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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

The Underbiters: Yarp

on April 19, 2009 - 7:08pm

Yarp of Ghoul Friday's Underbiters
Yarp is the last of the original Underbiter clan.

Yarp is attracted to things that make noise, including horns, bicycle bells, whistles and drills to name but a few. The louder the noise, the more excited she gets. In all the fun, she risks being discovered by sounding a deep call of her own: YARP!

If you've ever been using a noisy appliance or gizmo and turned it off because you swore you heard something, chances are it was Yarp getting carried away.

Favourite foods include all things plastic and chalk.

Airborne Skull and Crossbones Watch

on April 17, 2009 - 12:10pm

Skull and crossbones airborne watch
I have to credit for finding this little beauty.

Normally I don't like military-inspired design, but this Bell & Ross Instrument BR01 Airborne watch is suh-weeeeeet.

As you can see, it has a photoluminescent skull for 'optimum night readability' (i.e. it glows for prime spookiness).

They are only making 500 of them, and haven't listed the price. Which means I'll never be able to afford one.

It's also quite lovely in the light, but I know I'd constantly be cupping my hands over the clock face to make it glow.

Breaking a Rule to Help Yetch

on April 17, 2009 - 9:09am

Yetch Draws a Monster RobotNormally, I only blog about things related to monsters, art and Halloween. Today, I am going to break that rule (but will have a follow-up blog post to make up for it).

My darling Yetch has become 1 of 500 finalists who are trying to win a Nissan Cube. They are giving away 50 which means he has a 1 in 10 chance.

They judge based on interesting contributions (highlighted online and on the contestant's hypercube canvas) and votes. You can vote for any contestant once a day.

Yetch has even made his own website to show his nerd wizardry and enthusiasm for the contest (and all things open source/creative commons). He even made that drawing of the monster robot (so I'm almost staying true to my blog rules).

Vote for him once. Vote for him once a week. Vote for him once a day. Just please vote between now and May 15th. Hopefully he can stay in the top 50.

I think the car is neat, but I mainly want him to win because he's been so excited by the whole process. It would also mean the hideous forest green, dented car that acts as a planter in my back yard would finally be towed away.

The Underbiters: Curious Pete

on April 16, 2009 - 12:01pm

Curious Pete of the Underbiters
Curious Pete has proved to be the most meddlesome of all the Underbiters. I'm sure in other households he might go completely unnoticed, but in mine he's impossible to ignore.

As his name suggests, Pete is intrigued by the world around him. He likes to get inside items to see how they are made or what makes them work. This sometimes includes electronics, which he'll explore but rarely nibble on. Items made of clay, however, can be quite tasty to his palette.

Turns out Pete is especially interested in Halloween props.

Recently I did a blog post about mini pumpkins I created. I'd made 13 of them and had intended to title the picture "Haunter's Dozen". When it came time to take the picture, I could not find one of the jack o' lanterns.

Then I spotted Pete running by, accidentally ramming into the wall before disappearing.

Little Jack O Lanterns

on April 15, 2009 - 3:08pm

Ghoul Friday's Mini Pumpkins

With the dark shroud of flu lifting from my frame (and apparently shifting to cloak Yetch once more *sigh*), I emerged from my couch cocoon to finish the final details on these little pumpkins carved from Super Sculpey.

Ryan Wood

on April 15, 2009 - 9:38am

Ryan Woody ScarecrowRyan Woody Ghoulsmire
Very quick blog this morning. No biographical information to be easily gleaned about Ryan Wood, so I offer you two examples of his whimsical approach to the macabre. Scroll through his blog and you'll find it dotted with dark treasures (I'm fond of his witches).

The Underbiters: Skelespun

on April 14, 2009 - 12:56pm

Skelespun of the UnderbitersSkelespun. Of all the Underbiters, he's the most unpredictable and feral.

Note the scratches and scarring around his left eye; proof of many battles with rats, squirrels and neighbourhood cats. His victories have cost him - he has partial vision or complete blindness on the left side (I can't be sure how serious it is).

Skelespun is a scout, patrolling the territory for intruders. Though his eyesight is impaired, it doesn't effect his agility or skill. This may be because of the tiny spike on his head. It would appear our little friend's cranial appendage acts as an antennae of sorts, similar to the sonic radar of a bat.

Don't bother trying to sneak up on him.

He's nocturnal, preferring the darkness but is drawn to shiny things, collecting them like a crow. If your earring goes missing, or you have a broken zipper, Skelespun is most likely to blame.

Favourite foods include buttons and safety pins.

Stay Back, I'm Infected

on April 14, 2009 - 9:53am

SkellyCatGourd by Candace Navarate
I spent a couple days taking care of Yetch last week while he suffered through some nasty chills. Seems it's my turn now.

I've been battling the flu the last 48 hours, and spent the past two nights waking up in feverish sweats, tormented by roller coaster body temperatures and nightmares. I don't mind the monster dreams so much (they at least provide a possible prop idea) but I hate the ones that deal with human bad guys.

I normally have vivid nightmares as it is, but with the fever it's like someone slipped LSD into my Ginger ale.

The other downfall is that my blog reader gets backed up (79 new items), my email goes unanswered (14 and counting) and I don't get to post about all the things I love.

Like THIS exciting piece of news. I entered a contest held by the Eclectic Halloween Artist Group, and won (as did fellow blogger Frog Queen). What's even better? I won the piece done by Candace Navarate of Howlingmoonsblog:

Creepy Easter Special

on April 12, 2009 - 3:00pm

Bass Easter Special
I have to run, but I wanted to give a tip of the hat to The Haunted Closet.

There were tons of fantastic Easter posts that came through my blog reader this morning, but this was my favourite. Why? Because it filled me with the joy of childhood fun, reminding me of a treasure long forgotten.

Head on over and enjoy the screen shots from this classic (and possibly not well known) Easter special where some smart bunny decides it should be more like Halloween instead.

Easter Message: Love Thy Web Neighbour

on April 12, 2009 - 10:19am

Mr Flopsy by Ghoul Friday
Happy Easter, everyone! Hopefully the Easter bunny left you hidden shrunken heads instead of boring easter eggs (though chocolate is always a nice surprise).

This Easter morning, I found a random (but polite) comment on my site that didn't make any reference to my blog post but instead promoted someone else's blog. I thought I might - in the spirit of the holiday - break from tradition of erasing and forgetting what comes across as spam, and instead offer a bit of advice (hopefully without sounding preachy). This post is for people who might be new to the role of webmaster/blogger. I think it's fair to say some people just don't know the best way to get others to promote their site.

Generally speaking, people don't mind if you post a link to your site IF you at least comment on whatever their blog post was about. But chances are, if you just say "Hey look at my stuff!" your comment will not get approved or will be erased because it has nothing to do with the topic.