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Some Holiday Lights Done up Sci Fi Style

12 Nov 2011

Here is some early Christmas cheer done Sci-Fi style for ya. This first one I saw on Facebook been trying to track down the origen of it but have not so far but still to crazy not to post it anyway. The others are dancing light displays that are pretty awesome. I had to laugh with the Star Trekkin song. I remember when that first came out and thought it was to total Shite but then ended up loving it for its insanity. Enjoy

Edited - I found out that this is actually a float in the Festival of Lights in East Peoria, IL. Check out the Festival of Lights Promo 2010 where the first clip is of the Enterprise float. It still damn cool.

42,000 Christmas Lights Dance Star Trekkin

Christmas Lights Dance Star Trek Voyager Theme Song

Star Wars Orange County Christmas Lights Show in Laguna Hills, CA. Designed and programmed by Andrew Blount.

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Scream Awards Results

16 Oct 2011

 

I really did not get a chance to watch the show last night but caught some of the highlights and saw some of the reviews and this time I think I was a bit disappointed in the results. I put together the winners and runners up list and I call them runners up because in the most part I thought some of them should of won and for that they are not losers. You can see some of my snide comments here and there about some of the results. Well with out delay here is the list.

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Some of the best pumpkin carvings I ever saw

12 Oct 2011

Tis that season when the ghouls and creatures of the night decorate the outside of houses, inside of school rooms , gyms , neighborhood parks , stores and just about anything that people could put a decoration on. The most popular is the ever so carvable pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns. So it is a no brainer that there is a shmorgasborg of pumpkin carvings on the web and oh my there are a huge amount of phenomenal ones. I started this by thinking I would post the top 10. I found out even though I had a couple of favorites there is really no way of putting a number of who's the best and who's not. Especially the really well done ones. So instead I am going to just put them in any order as a gallery slide show and add some. We'll humorous ones in the mix that would not necessarily be considered a great carved pumpkin. Just imaginative. Enjoy.

These are just a handful of great carvings I found. When researching this and looking for photos of great carvings I stumbled upon a site that has a host of fantastically carved pumpkins called Pumpkingutter.com. I posted some the work I found over there here as you probably can tell by the water marks on the photo's. Something I try not to do to out of respect to the artist if I see watermarks. But the site in itself is so cool I had to grab some samples to show. It was hard to choose from which one of those pumpkin carvings to choose from because one after another you have a wow moment or I wish I could do that. I however settled on a handful and gathered the rest from various images that you can find from just googling pumpkin images.

Here is some trivia about the term Jack O Latern that I found via wiki and other sites

Trivia 1 : Jack o Lanterns was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern.
Trivia 2 : Most people associate a pumpkin with the Jack O Lantern or for that fact the Halloween lantern. Not so. Throughout Ireland and Britain, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnip, mangelwurzel, or swede.[3] The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the larger native pumpkin.
Trivia 3: It was not until 1837 that jack-o'-lantern appeared as a term for a carved vegetable lantern
Trivia 4: In the United States, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween
Trivia 5: In 1900, an article on Thanksgiving entertaining recommended a lit jack-o'-lantern as part of the festivity
Trivia 6: Poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in 1807, wrote "The Pumpkin" (1850):
"Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!

Folklore:
The legend of the carved swede as a lantern comes in many variants and is similar to the story of Will-o'-the-wisp[9] retold in different forms across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn't get down. Another myth says that Jack put a key in the Devil's pocket while he was suspended upside-down.
Another version of the myth says that Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (the Devil could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.
In both myths, Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-Lantern.

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Day 2 of the Nashville Comic Con and Horror Fest

03 Oct 2011

So the second day at the Nashville Comic Con and Horror Fest was as good as the first. Pretty much the same vendors as the first even the cast of the Walking Dead was still there. This time I got to speak with Mrs Jones (Keisha Tills) for a bit and she thank us for watching the series. Seems like the whole panel of the Walking Dead were very gracious and had an up beat attitude that was contagious. Not bad for a bunch of zombies. The rest of the day I spent getting to know some of the vendors , checking out in brief the Dr Who panel and finally talking to some of the artist. One in particular that was real friendly and was really willing to talk about his work was author Bill Cain. An Iraqi vet that followed his love of writing after retiring from the service . Some of his writing is of his time in the service but he also wrote some tales that were fiction. One was a novel called I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush a supernatural thriller and the other is a comic called Void. I could not help but to notice a comment on the about page by Stan Lee himself.

I dig the title “Void”– it’s compelling, original and has an air of dark mystery to it. The art looks terrific and I suspect your title character will have a whole kaboodle of secrets we’ll be unravelling as the series goes by. It’s a provocative beginning and I’ll be following with great interest to see where the talented Bill Cain and his
oh-so-promising creation Void are gonna take us
.

Bill Cains

After the insightful talk I had with Bill Cain I meandered a couple of tables up to an artist who also started his own comic book company named Clint Basinger of Cosmic Mustache Comics. Spread out on his table were sketches and paintings of various characters form shows , movies , you name it he did. Which I had to get the one of an Alien form the Alien movies which also came with a comic of my choice ( I chose the comic Tricker ) which were both signed and dated by Clint. Next was the Dr Who Panel. A little disappointing in that I thought there were going to be people associated with the show but it was interesting and enjoyable never the less. In fact it was 4 girls dressed in Dr Whovian type of wears whose names I did not get that were huge fans of the show from what I gathered. If anyone has a any info about them please post a comment. That is what you get when you walk in late and leave early because of an antsy 5 year old that can not sit still for one of those Q and A gatherings. But they seemed to have a good knowledge of the show especially of the last 3 Dr's. After browsing once again and checking out some more stuff , speaking to some more vendors, and buying some Zombie shirts from World of Strange (Zombie Smurf shirt and Zombie Trek) it was time to leave and say to myself . I can not wait till next years Nashville Comic Con and Horror Fest.

Clint Basinger

 

Dr Who Panel

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Top 5 Funniest Zombie Shirts

02 Oct 2011

While I was at the Nashville Comic Con and Horror Fest I ran across a vendor there that had some really hilarious shirts and some really cool ones also. The vendor was called World of Strange (fantastic Apparel). And let me tell you it was hard not to buy some shirts off of them. It got me thinking hmmmmm there are so many wild zombie shirts that are just hilarious let me see how many I could find. Well I rounded the number to 5 that I thought Stood out amongst the rest. The first 2 and I think they are the best are the ones I saw from World of Strange's vending booth at the Comic Con.

1. Smurf Zombies - Oh man did I roll when I saw this one. You got to love the humor in the fact that brainy is being chased by a swarm of Smurf Zombies.

2. Gone With the Dead. Also from World of Strange. A spoof of the classic movie Gone with the Wind.

Another two I found at Shirt Shovel which were pretty hilarious among the 37 they got listed on their site were.

3. Zombies Hate Fast Food. I guess that is for the classic slow zombies not the fast ones that have been in recent movies.

4. Bring Out your Undead. Only because I am a Monty Python fan and loved Monty Python and  the Holy Grail.

And last but not least is one I saw at a site called Think Geek.

5.He's Undead Jim . The last was a tough one because there were a couple of more in the running including some other Zombie Trek shirts. Just the play on the He's Dead Jim phrase is great.

So there you have it my top 5 pick of funny zombie shirts.

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