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Yet Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

January 15th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) will return on Monday. But you knew that already.

Jack of the Dust – Skull-related sculptures, including some neat “bonsai skulls” planted with artificial foliage.

@AwfulFantasy – A Twitter feed of greatness. “Diala drank a potion of healing. Then, she drank a potion of invisibility. Next, she drank a potion of detect traps. Then, she had to pee.”

The Afflictions – BoingBoing reviews an audiobook which describes various imaginary diseases.

Prehistoric Wreath – Decorative wreath festooned with dinosaurs; the volcano spurting “magma” ribbons is what really makes this. (The photos are toward the end of the post.)

Adopt a Bat – The Australian Bat Clinic is offering the opportunity to sponsor the rehabilitation of a bat.

Renegade Truffles – Limited-edition Vosges chocolates in a black spiked box.

Free Historical Costume Patterns – Large list of free patterns, including medieval, Victorian, and Renaissance. (via Charlyn)

Bowie Beauties – Playlist by @robdelaney, who said, “I made a playlist of some of my favorite Bowie tracks for any #teens who need a starter kit.”

Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep – Scans from an old book of creepy poetry for children (the 70s were a weird time). It’s recently been reprinted, along with a sequel.

Dark Fairy Wedding – Some interesting wedding ideas from Offbeat Bride. (via WitchArachne)

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Yet Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

January 14th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The Changing Portrait Hall that Never Was – The Long Forgotten blog looks at concept art for several changing portraits in Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

Design a Wig – Splendid interactive site that lets you design and decorate an 18th-century powdered wig.

Instructions – A guide to navigating fairy tales by Neil Gaiman. It’s also been made into a graphic novel.

I tried to make a new mom friend. Here is what happened. – You don’t see the phrase “clothing rodent” used often enough.

Taxiderpy – Site devoted to stupendously bad taxidermy. There’s a related Tumblr tag.

Plague Inc. – Strategy/simulation game in which you try to engineer a deadly pandemic.

BillionGraves – Resource for cemetery and headstone records, including photos of gravestones and GPS data. Volunteers can photograph requested graves and upload the photos, which are often helpful in genealogy research.

How The Addams Family Does BDSM Right – 1) Apparently, Offbeat Bride has a sister site devoted to home and life. 2) This is a pretty good rundown of Gomez and Morticia’s love life. (via Jes)

The Gothic Shoe Company – Purveyors of “handmade winklepickers.”

Star Wars Calaveras – Various Star Wars characters drawn as traditional “Day of the Dead” figures. Little Darth Vader is adorable.

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Yet Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

January 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Jabberwocky – A dramatic reading by Benedict Cumberbatch. Unfortunately he pronounces “borogoves” with the nonexistent second R so he gets a failing grade. (At least the Muppets got it right.)

Monster Dressup – Cute little web thingie that lets you create a custom monster.

Encase Your Friends in Carbonite – Enormously detailed instructions for creating a life-size “Han Solo in Carbonite” prop. It occurs to me that this general idea might be adapted as a Halloween costume by sticking your head and hands through cutouts in a cardboard frame.

Parasite of the Day – Unusual site devoted to parasites. Come for the squicky pictures, stay for the interesting commentary.

Agnoistrology – Horoscopes for people who don’t believe in horoscopes.

Ikea Dog Bed – Gothy “hack” for turning a chest of drawers into a bed-and-storage area for small dogs or cats.

Feminist Cthulhu – Amusing idea, mediocre execution.

Play With Me – Click on the glowing objects to make the doll do increasingly creepy things.

How I Wear My Corset – EPBOT talks about “everyday corset” wear.

Patronage Prints – The Century Guild art gallery sells limited-edition prints of macabre vintage advertising posters. A few of them are discussed in more detail here.

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Yet Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

January 12th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Goth Music for Baby Bats – YouTube playlist of kid-friendly goth-ish music.

3D Printed Trilobites – These trilobites, modeled from fossil data, are just gorgeous. I want earrings.

Dictionnaire Infernal – A whole alphabet of demonic illustrations. The full book is available several places online.

Chris Haas – Artist who creates mixed media “trophies” of impossible-looking creatures. There are more pieces on his Instagram feed.

5 Evil Plants We Should Probably Get Rid Of – An interesting roundup.

My Little Pumpkins – Dollhouse miniature enthusiast Bözse decorated a bunch of 1:12-scale pumpkins, including an eensy Cinderella’s coach.

Bran Muir – Artist who specializes in creepy animated images.

Sheldon – This comic explains why we don’t have to worry about ghosts.

Giant Inflatable Tentacles – DIY for making giant tentacles to decorate your house. There a short video too.

RecyclEARS – This isn’t precisely goth, but there’s so much potential inspiration I wanted to share it. This artist decorates Mickey Mouse ear hats with themes ranging from the Haunted Mansion to Doctor Who. EPBOT showcases some additional examples of her work.

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Yet Another Week of Link Dumps

January 11th, 2016 by Cobwebs

It’s been a while since I dropped the internet on your heads. Please to enjoy another week of hand-picked artisanal links.

The Geeky Hooker – Crafter who crochets little amigurumi characters from books and movies and hides them at fan conventions for others to “adopt.”

History Undressed – A site devoted to the more intimate bits of history.

Ten Things I’ve Learned from Shakespeare – The leek is an inherently funny vegetable.

Lisa Wood – Artist who creates wonderful miniature vignettes featuring bugs. The tarantula with the pretty Christmas package is my favorite.

Pornogami – This, weirdly, is not the only book devoted to adult-themed origami. There’s also Very Naughty Origami and Adult Origami.

Batty – There’s an entire subreddit devoted to adorable bat pictures. (via Beth)

Forgotten Boneyard – Art made with real (ethically-sourced) bones. There’s an accompanying Tumblr.

Listen to Simon Pegg’s Personal Goth Playlist – This is a couple of years old, but it just floated into my purview. Pegg did an interview promoting The World’s End and listed some of his favorite goth songs.

Things for Which You Can Find Knitting Patterns – Penis cosies, rat sweaters, and a phone holder that looks like a whale shark are amongst the items in this roundup which suggests some people might have too much time on their hands. (via Alli)

Dracula – This ‘toon by Buttersafe is funnier than it ought to be.

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The Link Dump Awakens

January 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Velvet Saree – This lovely gray-and-scarlet number is the most goth-friendly sari I’ve ever seen.

Creepy Co. – Horror-related enamel pins, patches, stickers, prints, and other items.

Visual Anatomy – Sells chocolates shaped like bones and organs. (via Bonni)

“Viking” Beer Mug – Woodworking Instructable for making a wooden mug by hand. This inspired another maker to create a Hobbit tankard, which uses power tools instead of the all-bushcraft method of the original tutorial.

Weird Food Gallery – Strange foodstuffs from around the world. There’s another list here.

Lilith’s Lunch Bags – When his 9-year-old daughter’s school asked him to label her lunch bags with her name, copywriter Ryan Myers started making geeky references and then couldn’t stop. There’s a second gallery here.

Octopuss – This knitting pattern for a tentacled cat is winsomely weird.

Eyeball Caprese – When you gaze too long at the hors d’oeuvres, they start to gaze back.

A Guide to Butts of Middle Earth – An exhaustively-researched illustrated guide to characters’ asses. NSFW. Duh.

DIY Mushroom Lights – Neat video tutorial for making glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Post-Apocalyptic Fashion

January 7th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Intrepid commenter Cookie recently emailed me this:

Maybe because I’m getting older or I’ve been watching too many zombie/apocalypse shows but I’m getting awfully tired of future fashion consisting of leather, combat, goggles, gears, guns, etc. in some or other combination. With the economy looking bleaker and bleaker and just about everything else circling the crapper why should our fashions be dreary too? Other periods of history were just as bad or worse yet they went through it with a bit of flair; think 18th century France. Too colorful? How about pre soviet Russia; late 19th/early 20th century kulak? Good peasant functional ethnic look. Looking for something a little closer to home? Why not ’20’s – 30’s American depression era? Think Waltons and Bonney and Clyde. I never thought that I would say this but I’m kinda getting sick of black. How are the other shadow folk thinking? What do they want to look like standing in the bread line?

Although I can think of exceptions (the Hunger Games comes to mind), it’s true that a lot of post-apocalyptic clothing is mighty boring. That’s often explained away as survivors wearing whatever they could scavenge from the rubble of civilization, but it’s suspicious that nobody ever seems to scavenge Elton John’s closet.

So what do you think, oh commentariat? When civilization falls will we all be wearing black leather, or will “peasant style” become a thing again?

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Seen Online

January 6th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dear people who question why girls go to the bathroom together, Hermione went alone and got attacked by a troll.

If someone killed the 1st zombie, stopping a zombie apocalypse from happening, he\she would more than likely go to prison.

I just think Halloween is too small in its ambition. We can be creepy EVERY DAY.

The best part of home ownership is that when I clean the house I pretend to be my own rebellious lady’s maid who’s getting above her station

And then when I’m done cleaning the house I can pretend to be my own queenly housekeeper who finds fault in my own work

A lot of home ownership is doing everything myself but pretending to be a complex staff of Regency-era servants and masters

Like I mopped yesterday but today I skated around my kitchen on Windexed paper towels grumbling about my unsatisfactory mopping

I shall have to have a word with myself, the slattern

75% of a Scandinavian park ranger’s job is rescuing black metal bands that get lost in the woods shooting album covers.

If someone doesn’t show up from the future to stop you how bad of an idea could it be?

A dildo is the sex toy most likely to be referenced in a hobbit rap battle.

Disappointed there’s no Brazilian horror movie about tourists-turned-zombies called A Gringo Ate My Baby.

Are Medusa’s leg hairs tiny snakes?
Shower Thoughts

You know those cutesy embroidery-looking graphics with, like, a butterfly saying “Be a bitch” or “Never Apologize” in cursive letters? (and the butterflies and flowers with faces and pastel colors are supposed to show that these are messages for women, only somehow that isn’t sexist)? They show up a lot on certain pop feminist blogs and they’ve always bugged me.

Anyway, I kind of want to do a series of opposite graphics. Like, a really metal looking t-rex saying in spiky, blood-dripping letters “Be polite to all you interact with” or a flaming shark saying “err on the side of apologizing if you think you may have hurt someone.” Fuck the “cutesy aggression” aesthetic. I want snarling, badass, compassionate etiquette.

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Trivia Tuesday

January 5th, 2016 by Cobwebs

  1. The Barghest is a legendary monster from North England. Sometimes it is invisible and walks with the sound of rattling chains, but usually it takes the form of this animal.
  2. Goth anthem “(Every Day is) Halloween,” was performed by what influential band?
    A) Sisters of Mercy
    B) Ministry
    C) Alien Sex Fiend
    D) The Crüxshadows
    E) Bauhaus
  3. Which member of the Peanuts gang believes in the Great Pumpkin?
  4. All of the Munster family are monsters of one kind or another, except for this niece, who is “normal.”
    A) Tabitha
    B) Madeline
    C) Katie
    D) Charity
    E) Marilyn
  5. What monstrous creature did the Nautilus famously encounter in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?
  6. According to Ovid, Medusa was cursed with the ultimate Bad Hair Day because she had sex with Poseidon in this goddess’ temple.
    A) Hera
    B) Aphrodite
    C) Demeter
    D) Athena
    E) Artemis
  7. In this post-apocalyptic novel by John Wyndham, most of the Earth’s inhabitants have been rendered blind by a meteor shower, leaving them easy prey for carnivorous, mobile plants.
  8. An American Werewolf in London opens with two backpackers on the Yorkshire Moors stopping for the night at a pub called what?
    A) The Slaughtered Lamb
    B) The Savage Beast
    C) The Headless Woman
    D) The George and Dragon
    E) The Olde Man and Scythe
  9. During the filming of Jaws, Steven Spielberg and his crew gave their oft-malfunctioning mechanical shark this affectionate nickname.
  10. Guillermo del Toro’s fantasmagorical Pan’s Labyrinth takes place a few years after which conflict?
    A) Spanish Civil War
    B) World War II
    C) American Civil War
    D) Thirty Years’ War
    E) Korean War

(Answers below the fold)

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Michael Jackson’s Ghosts

January 4th, 2016 by Cobwebs

No, not the figurative ones.

I had no idea this thing existed. Following the wildly-successful “Thriller” video, Michael Jackson teamed up with Stephen King to create a music video for Jackson’s song “Is It Scary.” The project eventually bloated into a 40-minute film which tanked hard.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, the whole disaster is available to watch on YouTube.

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