Friday, January 27, 2012

Some Pretty Tarot Cards

Kat Black Golden Tarot - Ace of Wands

Cary-Yale Tarot - Female Knight of Swords

Tarot of Durer - King of Cups

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paper Theatre - Lock The Doors! This Place Is Under Quarantine!

The Britannia Theatre presents:  Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves!

The really interesting thing about this one is that they appear to be putting the show on for a group of extremely tiny entirely faceless small-pox sufferers:

Here's the link to where you can get the pattern:


Paper Theatre - Give The Poor Guy A Break!

Yesterday, I ran across one of the most awesomely bizarre papercraft models I've ever seen, and of course, I had to build it.

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" is a French paper theatre that gives you numerous options for the scene you can build:

I went with the scene where demons and a serpent are burning down St. Anthony's chapel, but you can also build a scene where St. Anthony is being tempted by the phantoms of greed and womanly wiles....

....or a scene where demons are running around abusing his pigs. Whatever scene you choose, rest assured poor old St. Anthony is going to be having a bad day.

Happily, though, you're also given a backdrop you can use that depicts him getting his just rewards in heaven, which apparently ends up being the eternal services of three sexy angels.

Be aware, this sucker's tiny. Like, you'll practically need a magnifying glass to cut out the little figures. And, as is usually the case with vintage papercraft, the instructions are not in English. This time, they're in French, but not to worry. You can match up the letters provided on different sections, and after that it becomes pretty self-explanatory. It's actually one of the simpler paper theatres I've seen.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Papercraft - Robot Desk Calendar

It's a robot desk calendar!  You turn the wheels to change the date, which is cool enough on it's own, but there's also a drawer in the bottom to store little doodads.

The image above is of the one I just finished making, which I printed out at 6 inches due to my limited desk space.  If you print it out to fill the entire sheet of paper, though, you'll actually be able to fit things in that drawer.

Here's the link to where you can download the pattern:

You'll notice that the instructions are in German, as are the day and month reels.  Not to worry if you can't read German; this project is plenty easy to figure out from the pictures provided.  I've made a revamped version of the reels in English, if you'd prefer to use those, instead:

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Doctor Who Calendar Page

I need a new desktop calendar for this year, but haven’t seen any in the stores that I’ve liked so far, so I figured I’d just make my own.  Here’s the page for February.  It could be printed out, or set as a desktop wallpaper on your computer.  Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

But All The Cool Kids Are Doing It!

I've started a Tumblr account:

I won't stop posting here, I'm just going to do both.

But I'm not gonna do Twitter, goddammit.



Friday, January 20, 2012

They're So Happy!

My Weeping Angels have been so forlorn with nothing to attack lately, hoping and wishing that the TARDIS would make that one fateful destination miscalculation.  Then suddenly this afternoon….well, you can imagine their joy.  They’re so excited, they’re frozen with glee!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

"I Smile, And I Smile, And I Smile."

If you can stand the wibbly-wobbly, swoopy-woopy, stomach-churning handheld camera work, Melancholia is a profoundly beautiful movie, and especially easy to connect to if you understand clinical depression.

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There Were 150 Of Us Living In A Shoebox In The Middle Of The Road

We used to do this sketch as part of our summer theatre show every year in high school.  Monty Python sketches were our enduring staple.  "Albatross", "Argument", "Dead Parrot" year we did the witch scene from "Holy Grail".  I played the witch, and when my paper carrot nose broke, instead of deftly covering for it, I panicked and blew the whole shebang.

Anyway!  Here's "Four Yorkshiremen".

Groovy Spells - Scary World

Today was a day where just watching Law and Order: SVU and then the local news made me feel like digging a deep hole and hiding in it with a teddy bear.  I know I'm not the only one who feels like the world we're living in is becoming more frightening every day.  I feel like, if I'm going to make a spell for this kind of thing, though, rather than make one to try and change the way the world is, I should make one to help us ratchet up our bravery and common sense in the face of it, because, well....let's be realistic, here, right?

Here's the printout:

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And here's another one with a dark background.  I'm leaning toward liking this one better, but I'm still on the fence.  Feedback?

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As usual:

Print it out.

Color it in and decorate it however you want.

Cut it out.

Fold along the lines between the sections.

Tape the two edges together.

Hang somewhere where it'll be in your line of sight a lot.

There isn't any particular beginning-to-end kind of flow with this one.  It's just three cards that have complimentary meanings, which will lead to a stronger vibe on the whole.

The one on the left is The Chariot.  It represents resilience, self-reliance, and decisive action.  This is the card that covers ideas like standing your ground and feeling confident.

The one in the middle is Temperance.  This card is about an emotional even keel.  It's about being cool, calm, and collected.  It represents the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, and the ability to smoothly deal with volatile factors.  Basically, when everything around you is falling apart, you're the one with the cool head and the smart ideas.

The one on the right is The King of Wands.  Similarly to Temperance, it's all about retaining a psychological balance so that you can see things clearly enough to make wise decisions.

The color you're going to want to focus on for this one would definitely be blue.  Some of the things it represents are wisdom, tranquility, and hope.  Whatever space you choose to hang this spell should be full of blue.  When you sit down to meditate with this spell, ask your deity of choice for strength and support.  (Or, if you're not spiritual, skip that part.)  Focus on feelings of peacefulness and emotional control, and light a blue candle.  Imagine yourself literally keeping your head while all about you are losing theirs.  Imagine yourself coming up with good ideas that will lead to you calmly carrying on through frightening situations.  Spend some time every day, sitting in your blue space, imagining yourself being filled with calm blue bravery.


Monday, January 16, 2012


One of two Adventure Time-related posts for today.

Billy is not only the greatest warrior ever, he's voiced by Lou Ferrigno, which makes him even greater.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Paper Theatre - To Run Where The Brave Dare Not Go

Here's an easy diorama you can print out and build, of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, chasing windmills across the Spanish countryside.  It's left open almost all around when finished, but if you cut out some paper and stick it to the two sides, it'll turn into a nice little shadowbox.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Papercraft House - Open Weekends. Ring Bell.

Here we have.....The Fortune Teller's House:

The local fortune teller has a very small house on the outskirts of town.  She offers her services on weekend days to those who ring the bell.  Cash only.  Business is booming, as the times are frightening and uncertain for most people these days.

The lady in the purple dress is one of the fortune teller's regular customers.  She comes once a week since her fiancee mysteriously disappeared.  The townsfolk say he ran off with a younger woman, but she believes he was abducted by circus people.  The fortune teller will neither confirm nor deny this, but has more than once offered the lady her attractive nephew's phone number.

The fortune teller's husband has a special room on the other side of the house where he continuously practices his bassoon, in a never-ending attempt to be accepted into the town music hall's pit orchestra.  The flower box beneath his window is his prized possession, but no matter what remedies he tries, he can't seem to keep the snails out of it.  This has been keeping him up nights lately, and his tossing and turning has forced the fortune teller to start sleeping on a cot in her parlor.

You can build the fortune teller's house, yourself.  Just be warned, her husband's bassoon playing can wear on the ears.

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Friday, January 06, 2012

101 Songs - I Have To Finish The Hat

Sunday In The Park With George is one of those shows you have to grow into, I think.  When I was a teenager, and in the height of my experience working in theatre, I had no patience for it.  I loved shows like Into The Woods and Funny Girl, while shows like Sunday In The Park With George and Company I found horribly boring and musically unfathomable.

But then, I grew up, and now Sunday In The Park is one of my all-time favorites.  It's emotionally deep, and sad, and sophisticated.  This sequence, in particular, beautifully showcases what it's like to be a hopelessly single-minded, obsessed artist, and what it's like to be unfortunately in love with one.

Sunday In The Park With George - "Color And Light"

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I Might Be Sleeping With The Lights On For Awhile

It's only been about an hour since I finished The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, so I don't think it's too far-fetched to still be listening intently at every small noise in the house.

A few bits and bobs worth mentioning, without actually full-on reviewing the book, because I don't want to ruin it for anybody (well, mostly ruin it, anyway):

- The Little Stranger is a very slow burn.  Literally half the book has passed before anything real happens.  I was annoyed by this until I finished the book and realized how deeply the author had to flesh out the narrator's personality and mind in order for the reader to understand the subtext during the fast-moving final act.  And even then....I do personally tend to be slow on the uptake with this kind of thing.  I had seedlings in my mind as I read as to what the real deal was, but I needed to read the whole thing to get it altogether.  She waits until literally the last few lines of the book to make things clear, and they are serious whoppers.  I definitely suggest going to the forums related to this book at once you're finished reading it.  The comments and reviews are blah, but the forum discussions lay some of the murkier aspects bare in a very concise and well-put way.  Not that I'm suggesting that you, as a reader, need it, but I know it helped me put two and two together on a couple things.

- This book is perfect for fans of stories like The Haunting of Hill House and The Turn of the Screw. (Both of which have been referenced numerous times by critics reviewing it.)  It follows the same pattern.   The Little Stranger takes things a step further, though, I think, because the author includes a long list of actual historical references in the acknowledgements at the end.  She even has characters in the story make mention of real-life texts on the subject, which I found amazingly interesting.

Using this book as a gateway into my resolution to start reading regularly again was a good move.  I was enthralled through the whole thing, even when I was frustrated at the slow pace.  Highly recommended, especially if you like ghost stories.


Monday, January 02, 2012

Papercraft - Hi, Neighbor!

Who used to watch Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood when they were kids?  Like, everybody, right?

Somebody made a papercraft model of the entire Neighborhood of Make Believe, including the trolley track!

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And you can download it here, to build it yourself!

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