It's that spooky time of year when the spirits roam around and creepy, spine-tingling things start to happen. The leaves are dying and starting their death procession from the branch to the ground, lying there to crackle under your feet as you walk by. Strange creaks and groans occur in the night, waking you from your peaceful sleep.
Ok enough of that. Just looking at this website, the Forbidden Crypts of Haunted Music, turns me into a Lon Chaney-esque narrator.
This is the site of a man on a mission tobring you the creepiest Halloween soundtracks ever made. You'll spend hours here listening to blood-curdling screams and ghostly chains rattling.
This is a brilliant site. Brilliant brilliant brilliant.
You're sitting at your desk, happily working away (ok maybe not happily, but you're at work anyway) when your cell rings. It's not your best friend's ringtone. It's not your mom's ringtone. It's the generic ringtone. Caller ID shows this number: 000-000-0000.
Who is it? Well don't answer it. Instead, go to WhoCalled.us and check it out. According to "Karen" there, the Zero caller is a research marketer who persistently calls your number over and over and over until you answer. My advice is when you do cave and answer, scream very loudly and then hang up. It's very liberating :)
Some celebrities are so creative that they can't sit still in their 'downtime' and have to carry on being creative in any form they can get their hands on. Some of these people turn to painting, sculptures or photography to express themselves.
PopLifeArt.com is a large compendium of such celebrities and their artwork and it's interesting to see another facet to their personalities. The image here is a self-portrait done by David Bowie.
Other artists included on the site are Ringo Starr, Jerry Garcia, John Lennon, Dennis Hopper, Viggo Mortensen (his photography is simply beautiful), Johnny Cash and more.
The site lists galleries where the art is displayed and includes links so that you can peruse their work online.
Here's a good reason to move to France, if you're a history buff of any kind: Chateau Guédelon.
It's a living history project that sort of came about because a man, Michel Guyot, thought it would be interesting to attempt to build a castle using only medieval techniques. 13th century techniques to be exact.
And so, for the next twenty years, he and a team of about 45-50 carpenters, stonemasons and craftsmen will build this castle using only materials in the surrounding areas and without the aid of things like power tools and forklifts. Horsepower literally means horsepower as materials are brought in by carts
Tourists can watch it in action and after securing initial funding to get the project off the ground, the project now need only rely on tourism to fund itself.
The fashion anti-statement was carried out by a performance artist named Alex who designed and wore a little brown dress every day for one year (yes, of course she washed it.)
Her statement: I am making one small, personal attempt to confront consumerism by refusing to change my dress for 365 days.
In this performance, I intend to reject our sweat-shop-supporting economy of over-consumption, and the bill of goods that has been sold, especially to women, about what makes a person good, attractive and interesting. Clothes are certainly part of this image, and the expectation is immense. The economic resources required to regularly purchase newly-manufactured clothing in retail stores are staggering - a hundred dollars for one new shirt!
As a brand new working mom with a new family budget, these economies are coming sharply into focus for me. Even my beloved second-hand shopping requires time, effort, and energy that saps my attention from the more vital parts of my life - being with my family, making artwork, tending the garden, growing my community, keeping a watchful eye on the government, reading new books, learning new skills, singing new songs ... I intend to make good use of my energy saved!
On her site, there's a blog and photo gallery and while the project ended on July 7th, it's still kind of interesting to read her journal.
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