Archive for January, 2010

F. Murray Abraham stops a thief back stage

F. Murray Abraham stopped a thief in the middle of stealing items from the dressing rooms back stage at a New York theater. Too bad he didn’t do the same when Uwe Boll stole my money in BloodRayne.

Robert B. Parker, RIP

Mystery author Robert B. Parker has died.

Poe grave visitor fails to appear

This is a sad break from tradition:

A mysterious visitor who each year leaves roses and cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe on the writer’s birthday failed to show early Tuesday, breaking with a ritual that began more than 60 years ago.

“I’m confused, befuddled,” said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum. “I don’t know what’s going on.” The tradition dates back to at least 1949, according to newspaper accounts from the era, Jerome said. Since then, an unidentified person has come every year on Jan. 19 to leave three roses and a half-bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave in a church cemetery in downtown Baltimore.

Martin Luther King Jr. remembered

Reposting this essay from a 6 year old girl from a couple of years ago:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew the key to living in peace – you have to meet hate with love. If someone is mean to you, you can be kind to that person. When you do that, a mean person often starts treating you more nicely.

Is it easy to be kind when someone is mean to you? No! N-O! When someone says something mean to me or talks to me in a harsh voice, I want to be mean back to them. But the Bible tells me, “Always try to be kind to one another.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew the Bible very well and that helped him live in peace.

Dr. King used words to change the world. In 1963 in Washington, D.C., Dr. King gave his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” He dreamed of a world where all people would be treated equally and where we would all live in peace.

Today, we can speak up when we see something that’s wrong or someone who isn’t being treated properly. When we see someone in need, we can help that person.

If Dr. King were alive today, he would want us to be kind to everyone, no matter how they look or where they live or if they’re rich or poor.

Your media will be Socialized

So… keeping in step with the whole social media thing, I just created a Twitter account for The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire. Should you desire to entangle yourself a little further in twits tweets, feel free to follow us here: twitter.com/MotHV (Some asshat spammer squatted on HauntedVampire. Did I say asshat already? Asshat.). I’ve integrated our RSS feed into it, so as long as there’s content here, there’ll be content there.

And yes, I think the whole Twitter thing deserves to be filed under ‘Unexplained weirdness.’

“The ghosts of West Virginia/Are calling me home”

Blitzkid, Genus Unknown

(I considered filing this under our old ‘Vampire Dance Party’ heading, but I’m not sure how many of y’all would dance to it :-) )

If you’re still looking…

…for a belated holiday present for your favorite steampunk/airship pirate wannabe/pulp aficionado/Edwardian engineering fan/over-the-top Burner who’s gonna out-do that damn motorized dragon, might I suggest that you could do worse than get them a copy of D’Orcy’s Airship Manual: An international register of airships with a compendium of the airship’s elementary mechanics?

How could you go wrong? It has the word ‘compendium’ in the subtitle!

Hey… does this belong under DIY, too?

[via The Stranger, from an article that's also worth your while about a Seattle-area bookstore that has installed a print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine.]

The Thanatos Archive

Happy New Year! Today we have a ghoulish visual treat for those of you who feel like you’re dead (or simply wish that you were) this fine New Year’s Day: an online archive of Victorian mourning photos and medical imagery to be found at Thanatos.net. Definitely one to add to the “Curious Exhibits” section of the blogroll…

Yes, it’s a paid site, but the proprietor maintains a Twitter account (which is how I found him – or, rather, he found me through my Twitter account – go figure) and a Flickr site along with a free preview collection of images.

 
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