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Dec
22


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The Arctic Circle

10:45 am | writes:

An Arctic inhabitant is fascinated by the sudden appearance of a mysterious box.

Dec
22


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Video of the Lunar Eclipse

10:41 am | writes:

A beautiful video of the recent lunar eclipse from William Castleman:

Dec
06


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Wiley vs. Rhodes

7:54 am | writes:

If Wiley E. Coyote and the Road Runner were human, it might go a little like this:

Nov
25

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Thanksgiving Cherpumple

7:36 am | writes:

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

May we all have the opportunity to make our own cherpumple:

Nov
22

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Abandoned Six Flags Video Portrait

8:50 am | writes:

Beautiful cinematography gives a last life to the New Orleans Six Flags amusement park — abandoned since hurricane Katrina and set to be demolished in 2011.

For the purposes of your enhanced enjoyment, let’s just agree that “abandoned” = “haunted.” The is both beautiful and creepy; saddening and stirring . More than anything, it makes me want to seek out some abandoned architecture for exploratory adventures of my own.

Nov
15

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Look Around You – Maths

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Oct
22


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Halloween Phenomethon of Links 2010

8:15 am | writes:

Welcome to the Hanttula’s 2010
HALLOWEEN PHENOMETHON of LINKS

Games

  1. Days 2 Die: defend yourself from the oncoming cartoon zombie attack (side-scrolling shooter)
  2. Days 2 Die – The Other Side: More side-scrolling, zombie shooting action; with advanced interactivity & game-play.
  3. Springed Spooks Attack: Fend off attacks from spring-bound spooks to save the princess {fun cartoon style!}
  4. Night of 1000 Zombies: You are a jack-o-lantern, tossing your own head to smash approaching zombies
  5. Blood Red: fend off wave-after-wave of rising zombies (in spooky silhouette against a setting sun)
  6. Monster Matching: Stack matching monsters to remove them in this reverse-Tetris style game
  7. Dead Frontier – Night One: Can you survive the night during an onslaught of malicious zombies? (a top-down Zombie survival game)
  8. Dead Frontier – Night Two: the second part of a series of gore-ridden zombie shoot-em-up
  9. Dead Frontier – Night Three: The third night of the zombie infestation brings new weapons
  10. Dead Frontier: Outbreak – a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’-type text (and audio) based story (a promotion for the MMORPG version of the “Dead Frontier” shooting game above)
  11. Mon-Buster: Match monster tiles to remove them in this timed memory game
  12. Whack-a-Ghoul: like Whack-a-Mole but with ghouls
  13. Ghost Town: a club-wielding baby in a cemetery makes battle with ghosts & other haunting baddies.
  14. De-Animator: a shooting game in which you play the part of a regretful scientist who chooses to undo his “reanimation” of corpses… one bullet at a time.
  15. Ghoul Academy: side-scrolling shooter action in this early 90’s style video game
  16. Pumpkin Toss: a shooting-gallery type game in which you toss pumpkins at approaching ghosts, ghouls & skeletons.
  17. Halloween Pumpkins: a stacking-puzzle/strategy game… with pumpkins!
  18. Halloween Hangman: just what you would imagine.
  19. All Hallow’s Eve: Defend your home from attacking zombies. Aim for the head.
  20. Candy Toss: toss treats to trick-or-treaters on the street below.
  21. Halloween on Creepy Street: kind of like Super Mario Bros. expect you’re trick-or-treater dressed as a ghost.
  22. Ghost Bowling: Roll jack-o-lanterns at ghostly pins!
  23. Bill the Demon: Find souls. Eat them.
  24. Halloween Smash: like Bejeweled, but with Halloween-related items.
  25. Pumpkin Remover: solve puzzles based around falling pumpkins

Inspiration/Entertainment

  1. Java’s Cosmic Halloween Specials: all three year’s of the broadcast mix of retro-lounge Halloween tunes and an eerie radio play with zombies, car races & possessed pumpkins.
  2. Music & Sounds – “Doctor Druid’s Haunted Seance”: a spooky sound recording from the 1970’s
  3. Carved Robot Pumpkins: 10 carved pumpkins, modified to look like robots.
    See also: The Automatonic Gourd (a fully robotized pumpkin)
  4. Para Abnormal: a web comic with posts for the “31 Days of Halloween”
  5. Crumpkin’s Pumpkins: visit this haunted pumpkin patch and click (and click and click) around to see what surprises await you.
    {or just go to listen to the creepy ambient soundtrack }.
  6. Pompor: the {faux} IKEA, flat-packed pumpkin
  7. Create and Draw Monsters: classic monster & Halloween coloring book pages
  8. Virtual Pumpkin Carving: illuminates when you are done!
  9. Vintage Halloween: decorations & designs (on Flickr)
  10. The Pumpkin Song

How-To

  1. Make a Meatloaf Severed Hand: a visually gruesome (and potentially tasty) Halloween dinner
  2. Make a Realistic Stitched Wound: part of Instructables’ DIY Halloween
  3. How to Make a Cylon Jack-o-Lantern: Battlestar Galactica meets Halloween.
  4. Make a Living Severed Hand: a somewhat convincing & semi-subtle Halloween costume
  5. The Snap-o-lantern: how to make a robotic, snapping jack-o-lantern
  6. Drilled Pumpkins: Carving pumpkins with a drill. Not very ‘traditional-looking,’ but makes for some interesting lanterns.
  7. Low-Cost Halloween Pop-Up Character: build your own creature to pop out of a container and scare trick-or-treaters. Here’s a video of the device in action.
  8. Halloween Candy Code: Hobo signs reinterpreted to mark houses for their Halloween candy content. For those interested, more on hobo signs/code.
  9. Breadstick Mummy Dogs: hot dogs wrapped in dough to look like mummies. Frightfully tasty!
  10. MonsterList: a massive list of Halloween projects.

Oct
11


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Shooting Gallery

10:34 am | writes:

This chronological collection begins in 1936, when a 16 year old Dutch girl [Ria van Djik] picks up a gun and shoots at the target in a fairground shooting gallery. Every time she hits the target, it triggers the shutter of a camera, and a portrait of a girl in firing pose is taken and given as a prize. This series documents almost every year of the woman’s life up until present times, where at the age of 88 the woman still makes her pilgrimage to the Shooting Gallery.

The book: In Almost Every Picture #7: Shooting Gallery

The gallery.

Sep
30


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Pomplamoose!

8:17 pm | writes:

Have you met Pomplamoose yet? No? You should do meet them now. Here they are covering the Earth, Wind & Fire song “September.” … Sorry, did I write “covering,” I meant “making it amazing.”

I especially appreciate the impressive dance moves of the musician’s grandmother at 1min 10secs in.

Sep
27


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Bit-52’s Cover ‘Rock Lobster’

8:51 am | writes:

Bit-52’s Cover ‘Rock Lobster’