‘NetNet: Wednesday Addams, 911, painting with light, 1″ buttons, an abandoned asylum & a not-so-abandoned mansion.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time this week tweaking my existing Twitter lists and adding a few new feeds. (If you regularly read this blog, and we aren’t yet hooked up via Twitter, drop your handle in the comments. Mine is @RRudeParanormal.) Paying more attention to Twitter led me further into the wilds of the internet than usual, and I found some cool stuff. There’s still a little of this long weekend left, and here are my suggestions for a few more things to do before the hustle and bustle of next week begins.

CHECK IN WITH A CHILDHOOD FRIEND

Over at YouTube, Melissa Hunter is creating a series she calls ‘Adult Wednesday Addams’. This is episode one:

Link to all 7 available episodes.

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CONSIDER TAKING IN SOME SLOW NEWS

Narratively slows down the news cycle. We avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, instead focusing exclusively on untold, human-interest stories—the rich, intricate narratives that get at the heart of what a place and its people are all about.

Each week, we explore a different theme and publish a series of stories—just one a day—told in the most appropriate medium for each piece…

Narratively dedicated the week of Halloween (2013) to ghost stories, including these:

The Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter by Lenora Desar
Matron of Morbidity by Ella Rubeli and Joel Tozer
Living With the Dead by Jessica Bal
Phantoms of  the Hamptons by Kelly Ann Smith

My favorite, though, was Up in the Old Asylum by Julia Wertz – “As preservationists fight to save a pair of psychiatric hospitals from demolition, a photographer explores their decaying beauty and the century-old tales hidden within.”

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Scroll this page to see what other weekly topics have been covered.

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MARVEL AT LIGHT PAINTINGS

Artist Darren Pearson is painting with light over at Darius Twin. Here’s an example of his work, but there’s a whole gallery at the link.

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... AND MAYBE TRY YOUR HAND AT IT YOURSELF

More information can be found here.

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VISIT A SECRET GARDEN

Two people went for a drive in the country and noticed an old building in a field. They opted to explore the area and found a wonderland. the first video, below, is the footage from the day of discovery, while the second gives more information about the site.


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GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A 911 OPERATOR DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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My friend, Caroline Burau (author of Answering 911: Life in the Hotseat,) lists 10 types of calls here: Ten THE HOLIDAY CALLS!

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ORDER SOME STOCKING STUFFERS FROM MY KID

Pooka tells me there’s still time to order button pins or magnets (and/or magnet necklaces) for Christmas. She figures that anything ordered before Dec. 16th will arrive on time (as long as it’s shipped to an address within the US. International orders are riskier.)

I made a video back in September, to demonstrate how the necklace works and reveal a few of my favorite designs, including several Halloween-themed buttons. If you missed it, feel free to have a look.

She will still honor the 5 button magnets + logo magnet + necklace  for $20 deal here.

Remember, too, that each design can be ordered individually as a pinback ($1.25) for wearing, or as a magnet ($1.75) for the necklace OR for fridges and lockers and such. Here’s some of her newer designs:

To browse ALL of her designs, visit PookCreations.Etsy.com

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Hiddleston: how cute would that be?

Apparently the internet is freshly taken with Jennifer Lawrence.

I just want to go on record with the fact that I mentioned how much I admire her work lasterday*, in my post Tom Hiddleston: self-deprecating, intelligent, charming, gentleman – now a vampire. (Yeees!!)

She was amazing in Winter’s Bone and Silver Linings Playbook. And in The Hunger Games, of course. She even elevated a middling horror/thriller, The House at the End of the Street, into pretty-darn-good territory. Later this year, we’ll see her reprise her role as Raven / Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past, And she’s rumored to be slated to star in Burial Rites, based on the book of the same name.

Clearly I’ve been following her career, but I hadn’t thought much about what she might be like as a person. Seeing the new viral video of her being a good human being reminded of the way she reacted to Jack Nicholson’s presence, back when she won her Oscar for SLP.

When it comes to charm and appeal, she and Hiddleston seem to be in the same league.

I am suddenly struck with the idea that the two of them would make beautiful babies together.

‘Just saying.

[End squee.]

(I swear, this is not going to turn into a celebrity-watching blog.)

* Lasterday is a word my daughter coined when she was little. It means sometime before now, and probably recently, but not any particular day.

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Yesterday, I posted this pic – in which I an NOT massively pregnant – to Instagram, etc. (Perspective is everything.)

scraped knee

Folks have been asking HOW I scraped my knee, so here’s the story:

We took the dog down to the laundry room. He was was wandering around as we moved loads – being a good dog – right up until a little girl and her mom and dad appeared in the doorway. He loped over to see the child, who promptly screamed. I made a running dive for his leash. There was carpet. My jeans, and my knee, tore.

I don’t remember a scraped knee being so … sting-y when I was a kid. I must have been tougher back then.

No real harm was done, as he didn’t actually touch the girl, but he was startled and dismayed by her reaction … and by my reaction, I suppose. I think he may have learned a lesson, because he was very obviously contrite when we brought him back into the room and put him into a down.

Ah, the joys of owning a big, goofy dog.

How old were you when you last scraped your knee?


Macabre & Mysterious Music: Madeline’s Lament by Nox Arcana

Music for a lovely stroll through a graveyard in the Bronx … or anywhere else, I suppose.

Nox Arcana

NOTE: Because I’m a stickler for respecting copyright, anything posted here at the blog will be carefully vetted – I’ll only embed videos and sound clips posted to YouTube by the artist for sharing, or those being offered by the original artist from the artist’s home page. If you know of a cool, creepy, macabre or mysterious song, drop me a comment. I’m always looking for good stuff.