Sunday, October 26, 2014

Extra Life Charity Live Stream - MAX!!!!

So one of my favorite Youtube gamers is running a live stream charity at Twitch HQ this weekend and the gist was - if they managed to hit their goal of $20,000 Max would shave his facial hair off. Completely off.

I've been following this guy's Youtube career for a while and I've NEVER seen him without the beard. Never. So here goes:

With a pair of clippers and his girlfriends compact mirror, he shaved away, catching the excess hairs in a garbage pail between his legs. MLG, for sure.

He did some playing around of course, and had a lot of fun with the handle-bar mustache look for about five minutes. And then the time came and the mustache vanished.

It's like a completely different dude sitting there! My first thought was that he resembled the "model" guy from 10 Things I Hate About You. But you know what, the look is kind of growing on me. His gf, Renee, is not feeling so generous. ^_^

If you're curious, Extra Life is a charity created by gamers to raise money for children in need - those who are hospitalized or suffering from diseases. All money raised goes to this organization and if you donate $100 or more, you get a shout-out from Max and a chance to win some cool gear. So incentives aplenty - not that people need them.

The stream is still currently running, so pop on over and have a look for yourself!

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

With Halloween being only a week away, I want to create a tribute to my favorite silver screen zombie of all time: Billy Butcherson.

I'd like to make something perfectly clear before we start - I don't like zombies. The Walking Dead is a soap opera with rotten guts, and Resident Evil was better as a video game. None of this T-virus crap...I like my zombies old-fashioned. The poor exhumed souls of the dead, raised to do one's bidding. Necromancy at its finest, I suppose.

So we've got Billy, rending apart the splintered wood of his coffin long before the zombie craze took off. Formerly Winifred's lover (would die to know how that got started, heh), dallied with prettier (albeit daft) Sarah, and paid for his poor judgment with his life. I imagine if my beau poisoned me and sewed my mouth shut, I'd be a bit pissy too when I crawled out of the grave.

The guy doesn't get many lines, but the Doug Jones ad-lib is pretty spectacular.

According to some behind the scenes chit-chat, Billy was supposed to be a handsome zombie. Isn't that great? Now my first ever undead movie crush is justified - it's not just me being weird and creepy.

Dani wants to be his new best friend. What a weird kid.

Cool, wanna hang out in my coffin?

Come on! Could you say no to those eyes?

Pinkstylist even did a makeup tutorial for this character, Check it out here!

Friday, October 10, 2014

An Appropriate End

I do realize that we're barely halfway into October, but I've decided to call it quits on the photo challenge. I'm having a hard time figuring out what exactly fits the themes presented and I have no motivation whatsoever to get dressed these days or wander about with my camera in tow.

As it IS October and the month of things that die, it seems an appropriate spot to just cut ties with the stupid challenge. So what do I plan to do with this useless blog in the interim? No clue.

Can you tell from the first two paragraphs that I'm a positively foul mood today? Blame the mental disorder - it's hitting hard. I have a counseling appointment next week and I'm contemplating bringing some booze and matches to burn the structure down. That's how optimistic I am about things.

I did have the good sense to wonder though if something nasty slipped through the portal recently and decided I would be a good host. For those who don't know, there's a doorway to the spirit world in my laundry room (I kid you not, it's some minor ley-line nonsense) and sometimes things slip through and wreak havoc on the household. The most active time is, of course, right around Halloween.

And it wouldn't be the first time some naughty ghostie-goo tried to play demon possession in my head. I guess a good cleansing might be in order. Better burn some sage.

Until I feel a bit more like myself again, this blog will likely be on hiatus. Hopefully not a permanent one like my Lolita blog (might as well delete that piece of crap) but a break is needed none the less.

I you don't hear from me again before Halloween....go ahead and fear the worst.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Photo Challenge

I found both of these photo challenges on Pinterest and since it seemed like a simple but visually striking way to update my blog on the regular, I'm gonna go for it.

This first one is much more "Halloween" oriented so I'm leaning towards that version. Expect days 1 -3 up tomorrow sometime!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Black and White: A Trip to the Otherside

Eleven years ago, on September 27, my beloved grandmother passed away. Her funeral was held shortly after my birthday of Oct 1st - so the beginning of the month is always a bittersweet time for me. I thought it appropriate that not only would I kick off my October/Halloween blog sessions with a tribute to her (and death itself) but it also coincides with Sophistique Noir's Black and White Monthly Theme assignment.

This September 27, I decided to visit her grave and in doing so, found myself connecting with not only the cemetery itself but some of it's other inhabitants. And we all know that really poignant gravestone photos are hands down the black and white variety. So let's get started:

There seems to be a strange synchronicity in my family concerning life and death. My grandmother died on my mom's wedding anniversary (she's been divorced for nearly my entire lifetime, but I digress) and my brother was born on the day my would-have-been uncle died. It will be interesting to see if any other strange occurrences will come to light one day.

I think I would have liked my Uncle Steve. From the stories that Mom told us and the photos I've seen, it's such a shame that he left this world so young. The kid didn't even make it to 21, and yet he was killed by a drunk driver. There's another one.

The boy and I had a bit of debate over whether this was an ironic last name or a simple statement of the obvious.

We found a lot of headstones for those who had participated in WWII and even a few that were Civil War Vets. The history that you come across in some of these out-of-the-way cemeteries is fascinating and tragic in the way that so much of it's been forgotten.

There were a lot of families buried near to each other. These two were siblings and probably both died as a direct relation to either the Great Depression or the war. Lubbertus (cool name, right?) made it to  30 and his sister Alice died in 44 at not much older. Life in rural MN was tough in those times though....

Some headstones were either so old that you could barely read the epitaphs anymore or simply had no associated grave. These two were stacked next to each near a rather spacious family plot - where the wealthier family had been placed atop the graves of these two and rather than just remove their headstones altogether (which does sometimes happen) opted to leave them nearby.

Gerrit J. Shut died at age 22 in 1944. We speculated that he might have served overseas during the war or even fought in it. It's hard to say, but the dates are right....anyways even though he's a Shut (and there are lots of these German folks in the cemetery) he's buried at a distance from the rest of them so either he's an unrelated Shut or perhaps crammed in at the last second.

The arrangement of burials is a fascinating one to me.

Do you enjoy visiting graveyard and cemeteries? Are you like me, interested in the lives of those lost to time or do you just like the "spooky" factor? It's almost Halloween, you can be honest. ;)