25.12.09

Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

22.12.09

buzzzzzzzzzzz

Wowzers! I don't remember ever being so busy in December before. It's weird because I don't have a full time job. Then again, I didn't usually sleep much this time of year when I did have a job. If that's the trade-off, I'm leaning towards my 8 hours a night.

Leaving on a jet plane in less than 2 weeks may also have something to do with the busy-bee-ness.

Happy December 22nd!

17.12.09

One more Christmas chore checked off the list

I sent out a few Christmas cards a couple days ago. I woke up that morning with a runny nose and generally feeling like crap. Neither is much fun. The sneezing wasn't the Plague Du Jour, merely the regular bitchy sinus problem. The oversleeping was my own fault though. I always feel worse the later I crawl out of bed, even if I hadn't slept much the previous night. Between the oversleeping and over-sneezing, I was quite cranky indeed. The crankiness rose a few more levels on the crankometer when I made the mistake of looking out the window. White Christmas my ass. More like Friggin' Foggy Christmas.

So, anyway, about the cards. After intense negotiations between the Procrastination Devil on my left shoulder and the Organized Angel on my right shoulder, a compromise was reached: I'd write out the addresses and leave the personal notes for later when I'd be (hopefully) less cranky. Of course, once I start something like that, I usually finish it. And I did. There are a few more people I'd like to send cards to, but I don't have their mailing addresses. This whole mailing-Christmas-cards thing is kind of new to me. I guess this year is going to be a practice run for next Christmas when I'm away from all my friends and family. I'll be in a faraway land, romping with Ewoks.

I'll explain the Ewok thing later on. Right now, it's bedtime. And no, I don't have a thing for furries.

3.12.09

So THAT'S what the H stands for!

I was not online at all yesterday. Trust me, this was not from a lack of effort on my part. Stupid dial-up refused to dial-up. After many failed attempts and much checking of wires, I sat back and tried to relax. After a short period of extremely tense relaxation attempts, I calmly stood up, and began flinging furniture around the room.

Now, I do try to keep things in perspective - looking on the bright side, looking for the silver lining, singing in the rain, and all kinds of phooey crap like that (hey, I didn't say I try very hard). After just a few short minutes of intense teeth-grinding in the aftermath of the furniture-flinging, I realized that something positive did come out of the whole mucky situation - I now have many more curses at my disposal. I've discovered fresh new combinations of ordinary swear words that were already floating around in the pejorative language center of my brain - Cunting fuck Christ! Motherbitching hellfuck! Horny Jesus! Dick shitters! Shitfrigging pussy lips! I've given the names of common household objects the status of being profane language - Toast crap! Paint fuck! Buggering bag of lightbulbs! Lampshit!


Seriously though, I did move a lot of furniture around. Mom wanted the loveseat moved down the hall and into the newly de-cluttered (Halle-toastin'-lujah!) spare room. That was fun, let me tell you. Oh, the fun I had. Epic poems shall be written about the amount of enjoyment I received while dragging/shoving/lifting that paintfucking loveseat across the house. I did it though. It's nestled snugly in it's new home. I certainly hope it likes it back there, because I'm never touching the lampshitting thing again.

There was all kinds of empty space left in the living room after The Loveseat Incident took place. I rearranged the remaining furniture and then put up the Christmas tree. She smelled funny, but I guess that's what being trapped inside a cardboard box for 11 months does to Christmas trees. I sprayed her with air freshener, and she now stands (and smells) majestically in our living room. I named her Treena: Queen of the Christmas Trees, Defender of Colored Lights and Protector of the Sacred Candy Canes.

Have I mentioned all the free time I have on my hands?

1.12.09

It's December already?


I not only wrote 30 posts in 30 days for NaBloPoMo, I wrote 30 posts about zombies. That was my personal goal, to pick a theme and stick with it. That's how NovZomCon was born.

I had a lot of fun with it. There are definitely things I would have done differently, but I guess that's how it is with hindsight. I had toys and clothing squished together and I don't know what I was thinking. I could probably find 30 zombie themed t-shirts alone. Same thing for movies and television...and musicals and plays and short films and porn and music videos and...well, you get the idea.

No, I don't know why Borat is on the NaBlo winners badge.




Then there was NaNoWriMo. I totally rocked it. I wrote a novel - a big freakin' 50,000 word manuscript! It's not quite finished yet, but it will be. I came this far, I know I can keep going. I'm very proud of myself actually. There were fireworks when I had my novel validated, almost like at the end of a level in Super Mario Bros. Sadly, they weren't animated.

CreateSpace is offering each NaNo winner a free proof copy of their manuscript. With my novel sitting on the shelf with all the other paperback books, I can pretend to be a real author.

Actually, I already fit a few of the stereotypes; I drink coffee, own cats, struggle with depression, and spend much of my day alone. If I take up chain smoking or get hit by a car, I'll be on the bestsellers list before I know it!

30.11.09

Michael Jackson's Thriller - Dedication Video

Night of the Living Mon-dead: Movies and tv shows. Anything you can watch that features the digital dead. Also, plays and musicals. Zombies love musicals.

Filmed in St. John's, Newfoundland. Enjoy!



29.11.09

Parasitic Zombies

Undead Sunday: Feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that zombies exist purely in the realm of fiction? Prepare to have that sense of security shattered!

Some parasites have the ability to control the animals they inhabit. This usually entails the host animal sacrificing itself in some way, as it does the parasite's evil bidding (think of them as little voodoo priests). Discover Magazine has a great article about this: Zombie Animals and the Parasites That Control Them.

Even humans aren't safe from these zombie-making parasites. There's one that is believed to cause behavioral changes, or even schizophrenia, in it's human host: toxoplasmosa gondii. Cats are the main hosts for this parasite, even though about one-third of the world's population is infected with it. It probably won't be long before it evolves into a parasite that specifically targets humans, effectively turning us all into voodoo zombies. I bet the cats will enjoy that.

28.11.09

My Little Zombie Pony and Barbie of the Undead

Survival of the Satur-dead: Toys and clothing. Every ghoul's crazy for a sharp dressed man.


Have you ever beaten a dead horse? Pretty futile right? Well, grab a Sharpie and resurrect that sucker! Of course, she'll probably just bite your arm off before you can get even a punch in.

My Little Zombie Pony was created by Flicker user dbx1.
Edit: This user appears to have deleted their Flickr account! Sorry, I don't have any other contact information for the creator of this oh-so-awesome My Little Pony. :(
This idea is fantastic! Just think, you could make an army of undead 80s toys - Zombie Popples! Cabbage Patch Zombies! Undead Care Bears! 

Speaking of undead toys, check out Barbie of the Undead. Her skull  is peeking out, which was created by inserting a specially molded one inside her hollow head. Want to make your own? Here's the How-To.

Barbie of the Undead was created by Are Sundnes / Paranaiv.
I wish I still had my NKOTB dolls...

27.11.09

Zombie Garden Gnomes

Diary of the Fri-dead: Home decor. Nothing says homey like a horde of the undead lurking in your living room.

Decorating with zombies isn't just a great idea for your home - they look fantastic in your garden too! Just check out this guy. Meet the Zombie of Montclaire Moors. He's maxin' and relaxin', enjoying a nice sunny day, while crawling his way out of a flowery grave. He would definitely be a great addition to any type of garden. Maybe he'd scare the slugs away too. Unless they're zombie slugs, of course. Do you think zombie slugs move even slower than ordinary slugs? I think they do.

Perhaps you'd prefer to place your zombie on the front lawn. There are loads of good reasons for doing just that: neighbourhood children will stay off it, dogs will be afraid to poop there, and you'll have an excuse not to mow it. See? Loads of good reasons!

I like the regular garden gnomes too. I'd like them even more if they were zombie garden gnomes though. Or how about zombie pink flamingos?

I feel a craft project coming on!

26.11.09

The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead

Land of the Thurs-dead: Comics and books. Literate zombies? Well, literally about zombies at least.




Ah, The Zen of Zombie. Now here's a book that makes way too much sense to me. In fact, after I had read it for the first time, I quit zombies for awhile. I felt I had somehow lost a tiny bit of my humanity, and that I needed to regain my old perspective on life. It didn't work. I still find myself asking that all important question - W.W.Z.D? (What Would Zombies Do?) *

The answer is here, my friends. In the pages of this book, you will find all the answers to your questions - even those you did not even know you were asking. In Part One: The 24 habits of Highly Effective Zombies, you will learn just how zombies benefit from being zombies. Part Two is 12-week workshop, designed to help you become more like a zombie. Each week you will learn a different technique that will help you emulate the undead. There are scenarios to illustrate the points being made, as well as thorough explanations of each.





Sprinkled throughout the book are Zombie Tips. They are words of wisdom, meant to guide you in your everyday life. Here are just a few examples:
      - A brain in the hand is worth two behind the hastily improvised zombie barricades.
      - When life gives you lemons...use them to lay some kind of trap for a guy who likes lemons. Then you can eat his brains
      - A brain by any other name would still taste as sweet. *


 Who needs Confucius when you have zombies? Unless he's Zombie-Confucius of course...


The Zen of Zombie is brilliantly written by Scott Kenemore.

*directly quoted from The Zen of Zombie.

25.11.09

zombies & toys

Day of the Wednes-dead: Funny, cute and zombified websites. The internet is just maggoty with them.


I recently came across a blog entitled zombies & toys. I scanned through the posts and quickly realized how awesome this blog is. It's devoted to, well, zombies and toys; Collectibles, Media, and The Walking Dead, to be exact. Along with frequent updates of all the awesome zombie goodies out there, the site also features contests. At the time of this writing, there are three contests running, which means three kinds of zombie goodies to be won.

I love the little green guy in the logo too!

24.11.09

Zombie Cross-Stitch

Dawn of the Tues-dead: Zombie crafts and crafts for zombies. Just because your arms have fallen off doesn't mean you can't learn how to knit. Oh wait, yes it does.



This lovely zombie-themed cross-stitch was created by Craftster user skankamaggot. I love the font she chose for this. A traditional-ish border with a little pink brain in each corner might be a nice finishing touch to this.

23.11.09

Zombie Killer, Gay Zombie and The Things That Ate Detroit

Night of the Living Mon-dead: Movies and tv shows. Anything you can watch that features the digital dead. Also, plays and musicals. Zombies love musicals.

Ah, YouTube. Always a good source of zombie awesomeness. Here's a few choice selections.

This video for Zombie Killer by Leslie and the LY's cracks me up every single time I see it. Check out their MySpace page for snippets of other videos. There's lots more gold lame where that came from.


Fronk N Dego's Gay Zombie. "He's trying to style my hair!"


The Things That Ate Detroit. This is a really good short film by John Dunivant of Theatre Bizarre.

22.11.09

Zombie Pinup Girls

Undead Sunday: Feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that zombies exist purely in the realm of fiction? Prepare to have that sense of security shattered!

Smoking hot and scantily clad zombie pinups! Don't judge them by their appearance though, these girls have both beauty and brains - and now they want yours.


Also check out My Zombie Pinup. You can purchase a full color 12-month 2010 Zombie Pinup Calender, chock full of sexy undead girlie flesh.






Maybe this zombie outbreak thing isn't so bad after all...

21.11.09

RavensBlight Toy Shop

Survival of the Satur-dead: Toys and clothing. Every ghoul's crazy for a sharp dressed man.




These are definitely not your mother's paper dolls.

Ray O'Bannon, the generous soul behind RavensBlight, has designed dozens of paper toys that are completely free to print out. That's right, free. There are dozens of creations, all wonderfully ghoulish, and include things like haunted houses, masks, dolls, and games. There's even a Dancing Skeleton Marionette. His name is Styx.

Don't worry, there's lots of zombie fun to go around. You can make a cemetery for your zombie dolls to frolic in, and then build the Battle-Hearse to round them all up when playtime is over. I really like the Battle-Hearse! You might want to have a game of Undead Chess, or play with the 13 Piece Hearse Playset. Perhaps you've started your Christmas gift shopping. How about making some Coffin Gift Boxes (complete with occupants, of course).


All you need is a printer, a fully loaded ink cartridge, cardstock, scissors (or xacto knife), glue and patience. Loooots of patience. If you're almost out of patience, a swear jar can be substituted.

20.11.09

Zombie Attack Lampshade and Shaun of the Dead Throw Pillow *whew*

Diary of the Fri-dead: Home decor. Nothing says homey like a horde of the undead lurking in your living room.

Once again, Etsy has proven to be the perfect place to find unique undead decor. Here's a lampshade that appears prefectly normal until the light is switched on, revealing an advancing horde of zombies. The only thing cooler would be ninja zombies, getting closer and closer every time the lamp was turned on. Actually, I'd probably convince myself that these were ninja zombies, and burn my retinas staring at the damned thing to make sure they didn't sneak up on me.

"You've got red on you."

This Shaun of the Dead themed throw pillow is super cute too. I guess I'm not the only one who wouldn't mind cuddling up with Shaun, blood splatter and all.

You can buy this awesome Zombie Attack Lamp Shade and Shaun Throw Pillow from Horror Decor's shop on Etsy.

19.11.09

Marvel Zombies

Land of the Thurs-dead: Comics and books. Literate zombies? Well, literally about zombies at least.

Imagine all of your favorite Marvel characters as zombies. Now, imagine all of your favorite Marvel characters as bickering zombies. That's right, not only can Marvel Zombies talk, they can annoy each other. The ability to speak their minds is one thing that sets Marvel Zombies apart from other kinds of zombies (I imagine this must have something to do with the limited storytelling possibilities otherwise). They also retain all of their superpowers and lovable charm when zombified. They just want to eat you.

The first appearance of the Marvel Zombies was in the comic series Ultimate Fantastic Four. The concept was then developed into a limited series written by Robert Kirkman (creator of my favorite zombie comic series of all time, The Walking Dead) and illustrated by Sean Phillips, with painted covers by Arthur Suydam. Kirkman and Phillips also created the prequel Marvel Zombies: Dead-Days and the sequel Marvel Zombies 2. After that, another team stepped in for Marvel Zombies 3 and 4, Fred Van Lente and Kev Walker.

I received two Zombie Spider-Men as Christmas gifts a couple years ago. At first I thought there might be a bit of rivalry between them, but they actually get along quite swimmingly.

  "Web me, you bad boy!" *

Hmmm. On second thought, maybe they're getting along a little too swimmingly. I didn't stick around to see what they were doing with the dismembered limb.

* My friend Scott deserves the credit for the hilariously disturbed dialogue.

18.11.09

Zombie Caricatures

Day of the Wednes-dead: Funny, cute and zombified websites. The internet is just maggoty with them.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a zombie, only without all that messy decay business? I know I have!

Step right up to www.zombiecaricatures.com. For only $35, Sean Gardner will not only draw a full color caricature of you, he'll draw a full color caricature of you as a zombie. The examples on his site are fantastic. They're much more detailed than the simple sketches done by most caricature artists, so it looks like you'll definitely be getting your money's worth.

17.11.09

Knitted Zombie Dolls

Dawn of the Tues-dead: Zombie crafts and crafts for zombies. Just because your arms have fallen off doesn't mean you can't learn how to knit. Oh wait, yes it does.

Hannah Simpson's knitted dolls are absolutely fantastic. They are based on characters from her favorite movies, some of which just happen to be zombie movies. She's paid a wooly homage to Romero's films, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, even creating a wee Tom Savini!


Tom Savini

Shaun of the Dead is by far one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. How much fun would it be to recreate entire scenes using these little guys?

Shaun and Ed

Remember the scene from Shaun of the Dead where the one armed zombie usher stumbles into Shaun's living room?



"He's got an arm off!"

You can buy her knitted creations and other goodies from her Etsy shop, cakeyvoice. Currently, there aren't any dolls available, but you can purchase high quality photos of some. Hopefully it won't be too long before she has new dolls for sale.

16.11.09

XXX Hot Zombie Lovin'

Night of the Living Mon-dead: Movies and tv shows. Anything you can watch that features the digital dead. Also, plays and musicals. Zombies love musicals.

Zombies in porn. It's pretty obvious actually. I can practically hear the sound of porn producers all over the world slapping themselves on the forehead. I don't think I need to go into much detail about the movies I have listed here. Even with the addition of a few zombies, all porn is pretty much the same, a bit of the ol' in-out.

Only click on the links if you want to risk having something graphic and rotting shoved in your face. To definitely have something graphic and rotting shoved in your face, watch the movies.




Porn of the Dead is available from Rob Rotten's Punx Productions. Check out Texas Vibrator Massacre while you're there as well. Yeah, it's what you think it is: Awesome!

Burning Angel brings us Re-Penetrator, a cute and sexy blood-soaked spoof of Re-Animator.
 
Any horny Left 4 Dead fans out there? Check out Left 4 Head.

Last, and possibly least, Night of the Giving Head. It's worth a watch just to find out how they finally cure the Sperm Zombies.

I'm sure there's loads more movies that are chock full of zombie loads. If you know of any others, let me know in the comments! I'm always on the lookout for new things to subject my friends to.

15.11.09

Last Days Journal

Undead Sunday: Feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that zombies exist purely in the realm of fiction? Prepare to have that sense of security shattered!


In the aftermath of the worldwide zombie outbreak, lastdaysjournal.com will be your last connection to humanity. If zombie movies have taught us anything, it's that the few people left alive will have to band together in order to survive. These small groups of people will be cut off from the rest of the world, without even knowing if they are the very last of their kind. Fortunately, an online community has been created to prevent this: Last Days Journal. It's "...sole purpose is to record the name, location and current status of each and every survivor we can find." (excerpt from lastdaysjournal.com homepage)

"...in the face of the greatest enemy we have ever known, it will take – as so many of us have discovered – a new way of thinking, a new way of living with one another and for one another. That’s why we built this site and why we need you to register right away. Tell us where you are and what kind of help you might need. Put up as much information as you can: pictures, videos or audio clips if you have them and we’ll get through this together" (excerpt from lastdaysjournal.com homepage)


I know what you're thinking; When exactly did this worldwide zombie outbreak happen, and why wasn't I informed? Good question. I'd be wondering the same thing. Ok, fine. If you want to get technical about it, the website is pure fiction. We all agree that a worldwide zombie apocalypse is inevitable though. There have been pockets of zombie activity all over the world for years now, but most people blatantly ignore the ugly truth. It's just a matter of time before all of these strolling zombies outstroll us. Your only hope is to be one of the lucky survivors. But, how many of us are prepared to survive?

In the meantime though, practice makes perfect. I doubt there's a better place to practice your zombie surviving skills than lastdaysjournal.com "– a fictional world in which people create alter egos that have survived this apocalypse and struggle to stay alive. users build stories around their characters and may interact if they like with the alter egos of other people all around the world. that is all that lastdaysjournal.com is – part alternate reality game (or ARG), part blogging/social-networking site." (excerpt from lastdaysjournal.com)

14.11.09

If I only had a brain...

Survival of the Satur-dead: Toys and clothing. Every ghoul's crazy for a sharp dressed man.



Remember The Wizard of Oz? Remember the dorky straw-filled guy? Remember how he was always longing for a brain? Well, now you know why. Do you notice how he's walking down the Yellow Brick Road all by his lonesome? Oh well, I never liked Dorothy anyway.


You can pick up your very own Zombie Scarecrow t-shirt at BustedTees. Go on. You know you want it.


Not convinced? How about this one by Yvonne Willemsen. He's a slightly creepier Zombie Scarecrow, splattered in blood and carrying a basket full of brains. He's stocking up for the winter, no doubt. Winter really sucks for zombies, by the way. They freeze solid, becoming ghoulish ice sculptures.

You can buy the creepy Zombie Scarecrow t-shirt from RedBubble.

13.11.09

Living Dead Wall Art

Diary of the Fri-dead: Home decor. Nothing says homey like a horde of the undead lurking in your living room.

I want this. I can't decide which room it should go in through. The kitchen and bathroom are too small, and it would definitely creep out any guests that stay in the spare bedroom. It might even creep me out if it was in my bedroom. That leaves the living and dining rooms. I'll be watching all kinds of zombie movies in the living room, so that seems fitting. However, the dining room would be more appropriate for consuming the flesh of the living. Decisions, decisions...

This decal is just one of the many available from lildecalshoppe on Etsy. If you've made up your mind where you'd like to display this handsome horde, you can buy it here. You might want to look at all of their designs first though. Not only are there other zombies to choose from, there are also Nintendo characters, dinosaurs, and lots of other geeky goodies. Now go buy something.

12.11.09

The Walking Dead

Land of the Thurs-dead: Comics and books. Literate zombies? Well, literally about zombies at least.

I've spent the last few years of my life immersed in Robert Kirkman's zombie infested world. I do come up for air every once in a while, but only because I have to wait until the next trade paperback is released.

The Walking Dead is an absolutely amazing comic series. On the surface it may seem like a typical small group of people, struggling to survive in a typical post-apocalyptic world, that just happens to be riddled with typical zombies. When you actually sit down and read it however, you discover the typical survivors are actually fully developed characters, and they have to deal with the whole zombie thing for the long term. We're talking years here. Families are torn apart while new families are formed. People laugh, cry, fight and fuck. The mundane aspects of everyday life don't just disappear with the addition of a few undead neighbours. They have to eat, sleep, wash and clothe themselves. Then they have laundry to do. They tend to the sick, and teach the children. They have to learn how to be completely self-reliant because they are completely self-contained. There's no soap operas, fast food or telemarketers. Well, maybe it's not so bad after all.

AMC announced in August that they are producing a TV series based on The Walking Dead comics. I can't wait until it starts, so I can yell "That's not what happened!" and throw popcorn at the screen.

11.11.09

Zombie Reporting Center

Day of the Wednes-dead: Funny, cute and zombified websites. The internet is just maggoty with them.

Have you ended up here in search of something-anything-everything zombie related? Shuffle on over to the Zombie Reporting Center. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you haven't quite figured it out yet (maybe somebody ate the figuring-out-stuff part of your brain), the creators describe it as "an online community dedicated to the latest happenings in the world of the undead." I describe it as fully awesome.

10.11.09

Zombie Embroidery = Zombroidery! *

Dawn of the Tues-dead: Zombie crafts and crafts for zombies. Just because your arms have fallen off doesn't mean you can't learn how to knit. Oh wait, yes it does.

Here's a somewhat-oldie but a goody. About two years ago, Rachael of Average Jane Crafter came up with this gem of a ghoul. Her post, entitled Stitching the Undead, explains how she went about creating her Zombie Jitterbug Girl. It's things like this that make me want to pick up a needle and thread again.

* The term zombroidery isn't mine. I found it in the comments section of Stitching the Undead and laughed. Oh, how I laughed!

9.11.09

Dead Set

Night of the Living Mon-dead: Movies and TV shows. Anything you can watch that features the digital dead. Also, plays and musicals. Zombies love musicals.



If you haven't already seen the British mini-series Dead Set, what are you waiting for? In fact, you should go watch it now. Quick! Run like the entire undead audience of a Big Brother eviction show is chasing you. I'll wait.

Done? Exciting, wasn't it? And funny! It was, without a doubt, one of the best zombie anythings I've ever experienced. It had humor, celebrity cameos, gore, and cool zombie contact lenses. It also had one of the best endings I've ever seen.

For some strange reason, one of Pippa's lines from the first episode has stuck with me, possibly because I laughed my ass off: "Do toes have bones in them?"

Oh well, I guess you had to be there.

8.11.09

Zombie Squad: We make dead things deader.

Undead Sunday: Feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that zombies exist purely in the realm of fiction? Prepare to have that sense of security shattered!



Zombie Squad describe themselves as a "zombie suppression task force," and use their survival skills to help their community in the downtime between zombie outbreaks. They focus on the importance of disaster preparedness, and hold education seminars to further that cause. They also host charity fundraisers and volunteer with emergency response agencies.

Check out their website for details on events on your area, if you're lucky enough to live in an area that has a chapter of Zombie Squad, that is. If not, maybe you should think about starting one. The world needs all the "zombie extermination professionals" it can get.

7.11.09

Dismember-Me Plush Zombie

Survival of the Satur-dead: Toys and clothing. Every ghoul's crazy for a sharp dressed man.

Have you always wanted your very own pet zombie? How about a pet zombie with removable limbs and exposed intestines? You're in luck then! You can get your very own Dismember-Me Plush Zombie from ThinkGeek. I adopted one of these adorable little mini-zombies awhile ago. He's always chasing the cats though, so I have to keep a close eye on him. On nice days I let him play outside. After all, what harm can it do?

"This looks like a great place to catch some tasty blue jays. I'll just hang out here and - uh oh. I think I'm stuck."


"Well, I might as well have a snack. Good thing I packed a lunch today. Yum, bird brains."


"Crap."

6.11.09

Zombie Dishes!

Diary of the Fri-dead: Home decor. Nothing says homey like a horde of the undead lurking in your living room.

I recently stumbled across a fantastic shop on Etsy called Urban Soule. The artist has some amazing things for sale, including a wide selection of hand painted dinnerware. Of course, one particular design caught my eye; zombies.
There are a variety of zombie silhouettes available, all hand painted with glossy black paint on stark white dishes. As well, there is a 30% off sale during November for all zombie dishes. That's just too good to pass up! Here's your chance to get back at those zombies for eating off of us all along.

5.11.09

Zombie Jesus at Cyanide & Happiness

Land of the Thurs-dead: Comics and books. Literate zombies? Well, literally about zombies at least.

I've been reading Cyanide & Happiness for the past few years, and it's usually the first thing I do online every morning. It's how I get my daily fix of politically incorrect humor. Every year on Easter Sunday, they bring back one of my old favorites; Zombie Jesus!

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

4.11.09

Portraits as Living Deads

Day of the Wednes-dead: Funny, cute and zombified websites. The internet is just maggoty with them.

Everybody should take their time browsing through the collection of beautiful corpses at Portraits As Living Deads. The drawings are amazing, and I'm not just saying that because these are depictions of undead celebrities. Frederik Peeters has even cleverly incorporated the cause of death for the celebrities that are actually deceased (at the time of his drawing). Sadly though, the artist has finished with this project.



To the left is Bonnie and Clyde, drawn of course, by Frederik Peeters. This bullet-ridden pair were posted on November 5, 2008, on Portraits As Living Deads.

3.11.09

Sock Zombies

Dawn of the Tues-dead: Zombie crafts and crafts for zombies. Just because your arms have fallen off doesn't mean you can't learn how to knit. Oh wait, yes it does.



We've always lived in constant fear of the dead rising from their graves, but now we have something far worse to deal with; our socks rising from their drawers. You know all those socks that go missing in the dryer? They're back and full of Bounce-y rage. That's right kids, there's a new kind of zombie in town; Sock Zombies!

These darling little guys are completely handmade with love and caution by Erin Glaser, who's also responsible for the hilarity at http://outofcharacter.net. She's made sure that stocking up on these socks is dead simple. Just head on over to www.sockzombie.com. You'll find links there to all the stores currently swarming with Sock Zombies (including Trunkt, Handcrafted Gift Shop and supplier of fancy embedded links).

My personal favorite is the Throwing Zombie, just because I just love the idea of flinging one of those babies at someone. I like to imagine it in Six Million Dollar Man slow motion; the Sock Zombie flying through the air, his little sock mouth wide open, and his little sock drool trailing behind him.

2.11.09

Evil Dead The Musical

Night of the Living Mon-dead: Movies and tv shows. Anything you can watch that features the digital dead. Also, plays and musicals. Zombies love musicals.



A musical based on the Evil Dead movies? This may just be the best idea ever. Oh, who am I kidding? It is the best idea ever! It has a splatter zone for goodness sake!

I wish this was a review of the production, but alas, I haven't seen it. As soon as it tours again though, I'm grabbing a white shirt and sitting front row center.

Zombies? Well, kinda. There are possessed corpses called deadites that are similar to voodoo zombies. Most people don't consider the Evil Dead trilogy to be true zombie movies though.

But, c'mon! Splatter zone!

1.11.09

Zombie Walks

So many pictures exist of actual zombie sightings, it simply boggles the mind how so many people continue to deny the truth; That the dead have risen and they love long walks!

That's right. Hordes of un-living, un-breathing ghouls have been spotted worldwide, casually strolling the streets of major cities, occasionally pausing to window shop. The number of sightings continues to rise, despite pressure from world governments to keep this information under wraps. Eyewitness reports and photographic evidence of the powerwalking dead are continually being leaked to the media. Just this weekend alone there have been dozens of sightings, and information is still trickling in from all corners of the globe.

At www.zombiewalk.com, a brave group of survivors has banded together, hoping to raise public awareness of this growing threat. Through this website, people can stay informed of low impact zombie activity all over the world.

People are advised to stay away from hiking trails, promenades and seniors' mall walkers clubs.

Welcome to NovZomCon!

Awesome November Zombie Content to the Max Month!

Since it's the first post of the month, I'll give you a breakdown on how things are going to go down. Each day of the week is going to feature a different kind of zombie awesomeness. The daily dead titles are a nod to George A. Romero's ...of the Dead movies, which are among the most famous zombie movies ever produced (Survival of the Dead hasn't been released yet). His vision of zombies as shuffling cannibals has long been the accepted standard. I'm not going to dwell on the fact that the modern zombie has essentially been defined by his movies though, because so much has already been written on that subject. I wanted to focus on the not-quite-so-world-renowned stuff here. Plus, if you haven't already heard of him, chances are you wouldn't be reading this. Here's his bio on wiki though, just in case.


Schedule of events!

Undead Sunday: Feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that zombies exist purely in the realm of fiction? Prepare to have that sense of security shattered!

Night of the Living Mon-dead: Movies and tv shows. Anything you can watch that features the digital dead. Also, plays and musicals. Zombies love musicals.

Dawn of the Tues-dead: Zombie crafts and crafts for zombies. Just because your arms have fallen off doesn't mean you can't learn how to knit. Oh wait, yes it does.

Day of the Wednes-dead: Funny, cute and zombified websites. The internet is just maggoty with them.

Land of the Thurs-dead: Comics and books. Literate zombies? Well, literally about zombies at least.

Diary of the Fri-dead: Home decor. Nothing says homey like a horde of the undead lurking in your living room.

Survival of the Satur-dead: Toys and clothing. Every ghoul's crazy for a sharp dressed man.

Get ready to shamble!

31.10.09

Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos)

Tomorrow, November 1st, is the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. It's a fantastic celebration of one's deceased family and friends. The idea is to pray for them, and enjoy the good memories instead of focusing on the sad fact that they are now gone from your life. I haven't celebrated in any way before, but I've always been fascinated with the holiday. There aren't any celebrations in my teeny speck on the globe, which is probably due to the lack of a Mexican community.

There are two cemeteries where my relatives are resting. My paternal grandparents are buried in one, and my maternal grandparents in another. My father very recently passed away as well. Even though he was cremated, his wishes were to have his ashes buried. He's in the same plot as my maternal grandparents, as that's where my mother will be buried when she passes away (which I hope is many, many years from now).

I'm planning to visit both cemeteries, but I don't have any offerings for the spirits or decorations of any sort. I do love the colorful decorations and symbols though. I adore the Catrina skeletons, shrines and sugar skulls. I'm going to bring flowers, tidy up the plots, and fix anything that needs fixing. It's probably just weeding, because they were fine when I was there last, which wasn't all that long ago.

I just hope it doesn't rain.

7 things that annoy me about halloween

1. It only comes once a year. (I wanted to get the most cliche one out of the way early.)
2. How come asking someone to be your Valentine is sweet, but asking someone to be your Halloweenie is weird?
3. The Jack O' Lanterns I spend hours planning and carving always get moldy in a few days.
4. There aren't as many kids out trick-or-treating anymore. I know it makes me sound like a cranky old fuddy duddy, but back in my day all the kids went out! Or should I say, all the parents let the kids go out.
5. It happens in October, one day before November. October, especially one day before November, is cold in Newfoundland. Very cold. Halloween should happen in the summer.
6. Halloween is a gift giving occasion now. When the hell did that happen? As a matter of fact, all of the damned holidays are gift giving occasions now. Kids are getting spoiled and parents are going broke.
7. Rockets are icky.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

30.10.09

Extra! Extra! NovZomCon is a no-brainer! Starving zombies picket blog! Demand more brains and less overtime!

Each month thus far, NaBlo has suggested a theme which participants could use to inspire their writing if they wished, perhaps curing a few cases of writer's block. The last (and first and only) month that I attempted 30 posts in 30 days was July. The theme was routine, and I did write a few posts with that in mind, but I mostly just wrote whatever the heck I felt like writing about. Unfortunately, life interceded, as it tends to do, and I did not complete the month. For November's original-official-prizetastic NaBloPoMo though, the organizers have chosen to forgo a theme. So, since I'm just so darned good at creating extra work for myself, I've come up with my own theme...

...Zombies! It was a no-brainer really (...braaaaiiins...). Even though this here bloggy is mainly full of random personal stuff, it is entitled zombies wearing helmets (and here's an older post about that very subject). I do love those naughty little Mensa-munchers though, so I thought, why not devote an entire month to them? And how about I give this zombie-drenched blogging month a name while I'm at it? Welcome to Awesome November Zombie Content to the Max Month! You can call it NovZomCon for short.

Now, I know what you're thinking: How is it extra work if I already know what I'll be writing about each day? Well, I've already spent many happy hours googling zombies and zombie related goodies. I have sections and catagories and sub-sections and sub-catagories. I'm stockpiling links and making digital jot notes. I also have a wish list that's chock full of awesome zombie-themed home decor items. That's probably bad news for the bank account, but my apartment will be bitchin'. So, yeah, loooooots of Leahpower has already gone into this project, and I haven't run out of steam yet.

This is going to be fun!

29.10.09

I feel a wee bit off today...

...not really fluish, but not not-fluish either. Bloody hell. I thought I was doing a pretty awesome job of staving off any illnesses. I get lots of sleep (the kittehs don't wake me up before dawn every morning) and more importantly, lots of vitamin C(offee). Maybe I should go have another cup of C, just to be on the safe side...

26.10.09

NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo. Try saying that 3 times fast. If you DARE!


Today I registered for November's NaBlo, which means I've committed to posting here every day of the month. This is in addition to the novel I'm writing as a NaNo participant. Wow. I have way too much time on my hands.

As I understand it, the idea for NaBlo originally started as an alternative to NaNo for those who couldn't commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Writing one blog post per day is much less time-consuming, considering there isn't a minimum word count required. Simply uploading just a picture as your post is also an option. So really, you can spend as little or as much time on blogging as you want. As for penning a novel however, even if someone with total immunity to writer's block and a continuous drip of coffee running into her veins sat down and wrote 50,000 words straight out, it would still take a foolish number of hours and a massive amount of typing to accomplish. I'm guessing anyway. Anyone have the stats on that? Also, coffee IVs. How awesome would that be?

Now, any sane person who's pledged her time to both NaBlo and NaNo would probably be squirreling away all kinds of shiny post ideas. She'd have a big list of interesting topics, and all sorts of pretty photos lined up. That chick ain't me, so on to topic #2!

Poop.

Yup, poop. Not only do I have to scoop the cat's poop, I have to scoop the puppy's poop. He's a big puppy and he poops a lot. Every second day or so, I do the rounds with my trusty shovel. Usually Bender likes to poop on either side of the driveway. Sometimes he poops on the edge of the woods though, which is awesome, 'cause that's where I flick the poop anyway. Today I had to flick lots of poop out there, monkey style, because I haven't done the dookie duty in at least 3 days.

When that glamorous task was completed, I attacked the wet leaves with the rake. I worked 'em over for awhile, made 'em say uncle and tell me where all the bodies were buried. There were some holdouts though, so I had to kick it up a notch. I've had some measure of success using humiliation as a means of torture, so I had the perfect thing in mind; Halloween themed leaf bags. These babies were neon orange, goofy-faced pumpkin bags. Oh yeah, baby. Just the thought of them sends shivers down my spine. Needless to say, I learned everything I needed to know, and even some things I was probably better off not knowing. They were naughty little leaves indeed. Since things had gotten completely out of hand, I figured the other leafy bastards needed a gentle reminder of just who was in charge around here. So, I left the stuffed bags in the driveway as a warning. What exactly is that warning you ask?

Don't mess with the poop-flinging, rake-wielding, leaf-torturing gal, 'cause she just might have some humiliating Halloween paraphernalia lying around, and she's not afraid to use it.

24.10.09

Fear it!

Fear my sneezy wrath !!!