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The Phantom Link Dump

July 30th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Putting the Punk Back into Steampunk – Gorgeous costume.

A Friendly Chat – I’m assuming this pic was snapped at the recent Comic-Con. It makes me deeply happy.

Psycho Storyboards – Saul Bass’ storyboards for the shower scene.

10 Ways to Party Hard from Beyond the Grave – Amusing ways to dispose of your mortal remains. I think my new goal may be to have a Balinese funeral.

Killer Bees – Dang it, I always miss the cool woot shirts. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Manifesto – The Bloggess pointed to this recently, and I think it’s an excellent summary of how the Internet should operate.

Catalog Living – “A look into the exciting lives of the people who live in your catalogs.” Heh.

HeroRat – Charity that trains rats to sniff out land mines and TB. How can you not want to donate to a charity that involves rats? (In the U.S. you can donate tax-free by going here instead.)

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Lord Voldemort on Twitter

July 29th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Voldemort on Twitter

Faux Twitter accounts are a popular way for people with too much time on their hands to amuse themselves funny people to find a wider audience, and although they’re often shut down when they impersonate real celebrities–I’m still smarting about the fake Christopher Walken account being suspended–there are plenty of fictional characters who also tweet.

Recently a new account joined Darth Vader (“Just rolled over & hit the fire button instead of snooze. Right now millions of people are wishing I had gone to bed earlier.”), BP Public Relations (“The good news: Mermaids are real. The bad news: They are now extinct. #bpcares”), and Jesus (“Was sent a tip to remind Michael Jackson that Gary Coleman is not a child.”): Lord Voldemort is now tweeting regularly, and for a psychotic wizard bent on world domination, he’s a pretty funny guy.

Yeah, I murdered Cedric Diggory & he came back as a sparkly vampire. I also killed Colin Creevy & he returned as Justin Bieber. My Bad.

I crack myself up: “Knock, Knock.” “Who’s there?” “You Know.” “You Know Who?” “That’s right! Avada Kedavra!”

Let’s be real, Twilight fans only want to move to Forks because they never got their letter from Hogwarts.

If you don’t want to follow the account on Twitter,* you can also check out a collection of the funniest posts on Favstar.

*Incidentally, you don’t need to have a Twitter account to view someone’s tweets: Just subscribe to them in your favorite feed reader.

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Jack-o-Lantern Rings

July 28th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Pumpkin RingThis is both a post and a request for comments.

I recently got a note from RahneFan, who said:

I was looking recently for men’s rings, specifically for a jack-o-lantern one or other Halloween-themed rings. Real ones, I mean. It occurred to me that you may know of a good resource for this. I had very little luck myself, finding only one: If you know of a good resource for this kind of thing, I’d sure appreciate you linking me up.

I replied that I didn’t know of a resource for that particular kind of ring offhand, and suggested Etsy’s Alchemy feature. He wrote back with a note that good-quality JOL rings seemed pretty scarce, with searches only turning up two others: this one on eBay and this one (scroll to the bottom and click “pumpkin”) by Brent Michael Kelley, which is the one pictured above.

I can’t find any information about whether the Kelley ring is even available for sale; it may simply be part of his portfolio. And I’ve gotta agree with RahneFan: Good-looking rings featuring a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern seem to be few and far between.

So I’m asking you guys: Anybody out there have a source for a JOL ring that doesn’t look like it came out of a Cracker Jack box? Let us know in the comments!

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“Cat Meat Balls Mental Status”

July 27th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Cat Fortune Telling BookAnd I stand by that statement.

The inestimable pdq pointed me to this post on Quirky Japan Blog, which deals with some of the more peculiar Japanese books about fortune telling.

The first one in particular, Cat’s Paw-pad Fortune Telling, is sort of wonderful; apparently, “A cat’s mental condition, its character, tendencies, and even its fate are written on the pads of its paws.” (pdq noted, “The cat paw fortune book link on Amazon Japan is utterly worth using Google translate on for the sheer flavor,” which is certainly the truth: It’s where the post title came from.)

I initially thought that some of the items might be novelty/humor rather than genuine guides to fortune-telling, but apparently not; even the capybaras are taking themselves seriously.

If you’d like to know what penguins have to say about your love life or want to tell fortunes using Hello Kitty tarot cards,* go take a look.

*If you do, I don’t want to know you.

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Guillermo del Toro to Remake “Haunted Mansion”

July 26th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Mansion ArtworkLast Thursday at Comic-Con, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) announced that he will co-write and produce–and may also direct–a movie based on Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction. He also took pains to emphasize that it will have no relationship to that hideous Eddie Murphy thing.* And thank gawd for that.

It’s apparently going to be family-oriented but “scary.” Walt Disney Studios also unveiled a new piece of artwork for the movie (seen above, with a larger version at the Disney blog), which looks promising.

I’m assuming the story will be based on the whole “phantom bride” thing that’s hinted at in Disneyland’s version of the ride and fleshed out more fully in EuroDisney’s Phantom Manor. Given del Toro’s fantastical imagery in his other movies, this could really be pretty cool.

*I’m told his exact quote was, “We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s calls.” Hee.

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The Link Dump of Mirth

July 23rd, 2010 by Cobwebs

The Skull Mate – Cute little ceramic skull thread storage/pincushion. This appears to be just an artist’s concept rather than something for sale, which is a pity.

London Dungeon Ad Banned – “Have Queen Mary morph into a zombie in front of children? What could possibly go wrong?”

How To Make a Laptop Sleeve from a Leather Jacket – Great tutorial from Threadbanger.

Oh, Twilight. You’re ruining it for everyone. – Just…no.

Cthulhu Plush Cell Phone Holder – I think my favorite part is the little jagged teeth. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Zombies in Wonderland – Great T-shirt. I especially like the “Eat Me” tag.

Carpathian Pets – I love Para Abnormal.

Repuglicans – Political satire featuring icons of the U.S. Republican party made over into monsters. Some nice Photoshop work. (You can see a selection of images here).

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Vampire Scout Merit Badges

July 22nd, 2010 by Cobwebs

Last year on Craftster there was a post about a cute “zombie girl scout” Halloween costume which included merit badges for things like “limb reattachment” and “brain eating.” I’m not an enormous fan of zombies–I prefer my monsters less stinky and without bits falling off–but I loved the individualized merit badge notion. The idea has been rattling around in the back of my head ever since, and I finally decided to run up some badges for the local Vampire Scout troop (click to enlarge):

Garlic Eradication
Garlic Eradication
Coffin Repair
Coffin Repair
Fang Maintenance
Fang Maintenance
Blood Identification
Blood Type Identification

I tried to keep the designs simple enough that they could be easily rendered in embroidery, fabric paint, or whatever your medium of choice is; in a real pinch you could simply print them on stickers.

These were the achievements that I came up with off the top of my head, but there are plenty of others that could be used to expand the set: Burial Plot Landscaping, Care and Feeding of Children of the Night, Minion Recruitment, Anti-Sparkle Outreach….

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Win a Hearse…Possibly

July 21st, 2010 by Cobwebs

Somebody sent a note to my Halloween listserv a few days ago, alerting us that Rob Johnson of DarkSyde Acres was raffling off his custom hot rod hearse, the Lost Souls.

I have yet to be able to access the raffle site,, but Rob has posted about the raffle several other places so I can provide a few details.

The tickets are on sale now, and the drawing will be held October 31, 2010 at midnight. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25, and a maximum of 3,000 will be sold. The winner is responsible for picking up the hearse, so if you’re not local to Jonesville, MI, there’s transport to consider.

Taxes may be an issue–the stated value of the hearse is over the $5,100 amount that the US government allows before it expects a cut. On this thread Rob speculated that he might drop the hearse’s stated value to be in line with the cutoff, although I suspect that might open a whole other can of undead worms.

Additionally, by law raffle proceeds are supposed to go to a non-profit organization. In the same thread Rob said that the organization was “Wicked Jester,” but aside from the clothing company the only Wicked Jester I can find is this one, which does not appear to be a non-profit. (It’s possible that this is addressed further on the site, but since I can’t get to it, I don’t know for sure.)

The upshot of all of this is, there’s a chance to win a custom hearse, assuming a bunch of legal stuff is worked out and you’re either in Michigan or willing to travel.

They’ve said that if this raffle goes well, they plan to raffle off a custom hearse every year. If you don’t get in on the action this time, you can try again next year.

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Seen Online

July 20th, 2010 by Cobwebs

My wife is listening to Katy Perry so I’m heading to Rivendell to see if the elves know what to do about this wedding ring.

I’m waiting for someone to make a t-shirt that says, “Team Bestiality or Team Necrophilia?” Get it done, people. I need this!

Instead of downloading WebMD for the iPad, I taped a piece of paper to the screen and scrawled “IT’S CANCER” on it.

If you think commas don’t matter, try asking the girl for whom “Come On, Eileen” was written.

If you’re wearing clean socks and you don’t have hooks for hands then I’ve succeeded as a mother.
The Bloggess

I downloaded the Friday The 13th ch ch ch ah ah ah to my iPod to listen to while I did my trail run tonight. I beat my best time. By a lot.

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July 19th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Doomestic LogoDoomestic bills itself as “The Home For Haunted Housewives And Menacing Mommies,” with a mission statement that seems to indicate its focus as being, essentially, “Hints from Hell-oise.”

The site appears to be almost brand-new (its copyright is 2010, and its apparently-now-de-rigueur Facebook page only became active in June) so content is extremely sparse, but it looks like it might have some potential. It’s got what appear to be categories for recipes, sewing/crafts, household tips, parenting, and–somewhat inexplicably–an arcade area. Their sidebar also suggests that they’ll eventually have a blog and forum.

The site is definitely ambitious; it’ll be worth keeping an eye on to see how they build it out.

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