Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Now reading

'Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant-a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago...'

Birthday boy

One of the coolest, funniest dudes around (when he's not being terrifying), Christopher Walken is almost a regular on SNL. These are two of my favourite sketches: The Angel of Death and The Census Form.

Synth Brittania

The BBC is very good at producing music documentaries (previously) and this one is excellent. Synth Brittania starts in the mid-70s, when electronica began to sweep the music charts: Human League, Yaz, Depeche Mode are just some of the bands discussed and interviewed.

1-8 (links will pop up in sequence)
9 (due to YouTube takedown, this last part was sourced elsewhere and has Spanish subtitles)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New for Passover

Passover (or Pesach, in Hebrew) is a weeklong holiday celebrating the freeing of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The first two nights of Passover are spent in prayer and recollection, including a many-course meal (the Seder) featuring symbolic foods and reading the story of the Exodus from a special prayer book (the Hagaddah). But these are modern times...

Once we were slaves, a Hagaddah for those living the bdsm lifestyle
Ultimate Matzoh Balls, a shoot and score game


Yes, that's a Hello Kitty Pinhead tattoo. Yes, somebody decided that they wanted that image on their body permanently. Yes, there are a lot of people who think that some variation of Hello Kitty tattooed on various body parts is a good thing. More here, if you think your eyes can take it.


(Jessica Hische)

This is a website dedicated to the art of custom lettering. If you're a fan of typography or calligraphy, this is a must site to check out.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Beautiful book bindings

('Book of Ruth',Morocco leather,Bound by Michel Marius, 1880)

At BibliOdyssey. Some of the books date to the 15th century.

The Sesame Street History of Rock'n'roll

1 2

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The funniest thing this weekend

This is a hilarious new web show - a soap 'thriller' whose story is told entirely through 'previously on...' clips. Be sure to put down your drink before watching.

Previously on Point Dume

Not just skin

Beautiful works in oil, watercolour, lithograph by tattoo artists.

Come to the cabaret

Surreal cabaret band The Tiger Lillies have produced albums and live shows over the years that have made them the toast of the underground musical scene in Europe. Bloodthirsty and blackly comedic, their songs most often recall Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera (Mack the Knife) and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Moon of Alabama)

Mountains of Madness, based on the works of HP Lovecraft
The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches, based on the works of Hans Christian Andersen
Bully Boys, from their original opera 'Shock-headed Peter'

More music here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Old porn, new edition

'If you are caught stark naked, put one hand discreetly over your face and the other over your cunt; do not, however, then go on to thumb your nose with the first and jerk off with the second.'

Pierre Louys' 1926 filthy, hilarious instructional manual is available in a new, pretty edition. Louys wrote erotica, mostly lesbian, including Songs of Bilitis (1894) and the notorious Their Mother's Three Daughters (published in English as The She-Devils) (1926).

I am, of course, going to own a copy.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thinking about green

The NY Times looks at some of the new gardening indoor starter kits. I've spent a pleasant morning perusing the online Richter's herb catalogue.

Feast your eyes on these beauties

Blogger/baker SweetAmbs makes the most beautiful cookies, often to order.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'Love and sex, with zombies'

Author Amelia Beamer is posting her novel as an online serial, one chapter per week. Here's the author's synopsis:
'The Loving Dead is a zombie-comedy-romance that reads like the love-child of Chuck Palahniuk and Christopher Moore. It tells the story of Kate and Michael, twenty-something housemates working at the same Trader Joe’s supermarket, who are thoroughly screwed when people start turning into zombies at their house party in the Oakland hills. The zombie plague is a sexually transmitted disease, turning its victims into shambling, horny, voracious killers after an incubation period during which they become increasingly promiscuous. Thrust into extremes by the unfolding tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the decisions they’ve made, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive.'

The Loving Dead will be available in book form in July. io9 listed it as one of '20 science fiction novels [we] can't wait to read in 2010.'


A day in the life

Dick Matena's comic A Life In The Day, from Heavy Metal magazine's March 1982 issue, online at Easily Mused.

Monday, March 22, 2010

so not well...

Will post when I get better or get bored, whichever comes first...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"...a musical insanity."

Procol Harum. King Crimson. Emerson Lake and Palmer. Yes. Pink Floyd. Genesis. From 1968 to 1975, it was the Golden Age of Prog Rock. The BBC documentary starts here (links will cascade in order).

Saturday, March 20, 2010


A gay classic, now in pictures

Teleny, or The Reverse of the Medal is a Victorian porn novel attributed to Oscar Wilde (although never proven conclusively to be written by him), about the tragic love between two young men.

Jon Macy has produced a graphic version of the story. Preview here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

These are so awesome!

Mustache crayons at Boing Boing's Bazaar.

World's Fair 1970, Osaka

(Tower of The Sun)

Pink Tentacle has a gallery of photos and videos from the event.

Bacon vinaigrette candles

Over at Skulls and Bacon there's a recipe for edible candles made from (amongst other ingredients) rendered bacon fat. Apparently, one makes the candle, lights it to melt the fat and then pours it over a salad as dressing. At first glance I thought, Huh? but after reading the recipe it sounds kind of delicious.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Joe Hill at the Merril

One of my favourite horror authors will be reading here in Toronto for the Merril Collection next week (only North American stop this tour!). Here's the info:

Monday March 22, 7.00-10.00 pm

The Merril Collection is located in the
Lillian H Smith Library branch
239 College Street, Toronto (College at Huron St, just east of Spadina Avenue)

Let's jumpstart Monday

Pretty S/M vampires wearing eyeliner and voguing to Lady Gaga; this is how we start the week off, people.

Show me your teeth

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Compare and contrast

Movie Poster Addict takes posters from horror movie remakes and compares them to the original posters.

Let us eat cake, the end is nigh

(Raining Blood Red Velvet Cake)

'We’re doomed. Eat cake.

A variety of cataclysmic punishments from God continue to rain down upon us. Obviously, this is the time to eat several entire cakes. Use this blog to help you celebrate your time on this earth, for when you look up from your cake-smeared cakehole, the sky will fade ablack, the lakes will blaze aflame and the locusts will buzz aswarming. Eat now, little heathens; there are no cakes in the apocalypse.

Recipes for the end of the world

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Not in my house

Michael Jackson's furniture is being sold at auction. Telegraph UK has a gallery of some of the items up for sale.

Rock'n'roll'n'vampires, oh my


Photorealist paintings by Glennray Tutor


Friday, March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

For the love of a monster

Frankensteinia, a blog dedicated to "tracking Frankenstein and all things related in the arts, media and popular culture".

Dolph Lundgren is a god

Topless Robot has an archive of Dolph's recent doings: 1 2 3 4

Activities include singing and dancing, playing the drums, riding a Segway through the Swedish countryside, kidnapping children, looking at the internets with a hot goth girl (she's the actress starring in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), knocking out a bad guy with snow and sneaking into a gay bar in leather gear and a pink feather boa. Is there anything this man can't do?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Godzilla Haiku

The name says it all.

Isabel Samaras bids you Welcome

Pop culture icons reproduce classical art.


Best Twitter ever

"A parent's only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed."

Justin lives with his parents. He tweets what comes out of his dad's mouth.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

On the bookshelf

'Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He's a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he's still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, anything in his real life just seems gray and colorless.

Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he thought it would.

Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.

Best Rube Goldberg ever

This too shall pass OK Go

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tango at the movies

El Tango de Roxanne Moulin Rouge
Last Tango Strictly Ballroom
Cell Block Tango Chicago
Libertango The Tango Lesson

Friday, March 5, 2010

Somebody likes Jello. A lot.

(champagne, ginger ale, Knox gelatin, strawberries, grapes)

Meet blogger Victoria, the self-styled Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn. If you can think up a flavour/combo or shape, she's probably done it, using Jello or Knox gelatine as a base. This is a great place to get ideas for making fun stuff for friends or with kids.


Because somebody decided that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies needs a prequel. In stores March 23.

Happy birthday, little blog!

My, how you've grown.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

She sang, Let them eat cake

Lightworks Acid Girls
Sweet Frown My First Earthquake

The seventh Commandment

I've previously posted about the Ten Commandments, demonstrated in stop motion animation with fruit. Eventually there will be a complete series, but for now, here's the latest: Thou shalt not steal.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's music! It's art!

Two great tastes that taste great together: the French band Hold Your Horses! recreates famous paintings through the centuries in this charming music video.

70 Million

Monday, March 1, 2010

Another Toronto Con

More info

75 for 75

In honour of DC Comics' 75th anniversary (yes, they've been around that long) io9 posts a list of 75 essential DC Comics.