Saturday, 31 August 2019

A little off topic

I know this isn't exactly Halloween-ee but as well as a being a fan of mysteries, ghost stories and dark things, I am also a long time fan of science fiction.

I don't know when it started, probably with my first viewing of Star Trek at the age of three or four (I had big brothers). And then there were the UFO years where I scanned the skies and spent time beaming out telepathic requests for a ride. Later, as a teen I read a lot of sci-fi -- Arthur C Clarke (City in the Stars was a favourite); Issac Asimov's, I, Robot; Frank Herbert's, Dune; a lot of Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land and Friday); Samual R. Delaney's, Dhalgren; Marion Zimmer Bradley, Philip K Dick, Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Ursula K. Leguin, Douglas Adams, etc., etc. There were lots of movies and tv too. The stand out movie for me was, of course, Blade Runner and until recently, BSG was my standout tv series.

But now, now, it's The Expanse. My husband and I just finished watching all 3 seasons for a second time...and I don't do that very often. But this, this is something special. And very, very relevant. Highly recommend.

Listen to Imaginary World's podcast episode The Politics of The Expanse

Friday, 30 August 2019

Get to know where to go...

"At a time when nuclear tensions once again run high, The Hole in Reservoir Hill revisits a decommissioned nuclear bunker buried deep beneath North Bay, Ontario — and introduces some of the people who know its secrets...."

What really started me thinking about all this was the discovery, a few months back, of a video published by Australia's program, Dateline. The video is entitled, Why Sweden is encouraging citizens to become preppers. In the story it is mentioned that Sweden published and distributed, back in May of 2018, a public service brochure entitled, If Crisis or War Comes.

Today I printed it. To pair with our Canadian equivalent, Get Prepared.

It's true we live waaaaaay too far from North Bay to get there in time BUT I did recently discover an American prepper site that recommends relocation to one of two Canadian locations for  best survival possibilities. We happen to live in one of them.

Lucky us, I guess.

And in case you are thinking, "What a Chicken Little this person is!" you should know that the Doomsday Clock is currently set for two minutes to midnight...

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances. The Clock represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as "midnight" and the Bulletin's opinion on how close the world is to a global catastrophe as a number of "minutes" to midnight. The factors influencing the Clock are nuclear risk and climate change. Source

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Resist consuming...

You know, I've managed to gather quite a few Halloween themed things over the last 15 years or so. I started out making all my decorations and/or using what I had on hand, because where we were living didn't sell anything related to the 'holiday.' So when I was back here for visits I would buy a few things to poke away.  Last year, after finally having everything (almost) in our new home put in place and sorted, I realized we had two storage containers of Halloween related decor. Too much for our little crawl space. So, recently I managed to downsize into one very large one. As well as donating a few items I also put a few round the house for year round enjoyment. And now there's an embargo on bought items--except for candy, of course! At this point I have everything I could possibly need to decorate the house and make my small front yard 'cemetery' display.  

I still like to look tho...

So, admittedly, when I walked into Canadian Tire the other day, I was a wee bit excited by the stuff they are bringing out. I still think it's waaaay too early even tho the woman at the cash said it's been out for two weeks already. And with lots more to come. 

I haven't been to the dollar store recently so don't know what they have on offer. And I imagine Halloween has already come and gone at the local Michael's!

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Fun stuff at work

Last week's shipment included some fun stuff! Like these Harry Potter themed pins. And even tho I'm not a fan of The Nun or of Funko POPs it's kinda cute, right?

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Summer's end

A few signs that summer is winding down here...snoozier in the mornings, furry caterpillars, and lupins going to seed (you can harvest and eat the little beans inside the pods apparently).

Monday, 19 August 2019

UFO Conspiracies for the 21st C

Oh boy.

"More people in the UK believe in the existence of aliens than in God and over a quarter of us think that evidence of UFOs has been covered up by the government.

Writer and comedian Dan Schreiber is fascinated by these beliefs and goes in search of the most current ET conspiracy theories in a bid to track down the people behind them. He embarks on a roller coaster journey across the UK meeting the biggest voices in the UFO community. He learns that Jesus was an alien, that humanity is ruled by an evil reptilian overlord and that there is sentient black goo living in the sewers, threatening our very existence."

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Tractate Middoth

Beware old books. Your first clue should have been the spider in the stained glass, come on!

By the way, we have a window that's perfect for some stained glass. And my husband's uncle is a stained glass guy. crowns for me tho.

Just the spider, I think :)
Watch a Q&A here

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

M.R. James

You'll notice over the next few weeks that I'm having a bit of an M.R. James moment...


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Timeline - Murder most foul!

How did I miss this?!

Between 1482 and 1782, thousands of people across Europe – most of them women – were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. But why were so many innocent people suspected of such a crime? How many were killed, and were 'witches' really burned at the stake? - Source

Friday, 9 August 2019

Hilarious House of Frightenstein

I do recall clips of this on early morning tv when I was young. The best parts were those with Vincent Price. Sorry Billy!

Now on Netflix!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Gorey Envelope Contest begins!

Kick-off is today!

Our 2019 All-Ages Envelope Art Contest kicks off on Sunday, August 4th. Artists of all ages are invited to submit a decorated envelope with Edward Gorey Halloween-themed art and mail it to the Edward Gorey House by the Wednesday October 23rd deadline. Last year over 700 artists young and old sent us their art from around the world. Our favorites are on display in the kitchen. Maybe you’ll be one of them this year?

Deadline is October 21, 2019.

Winners are announced by Thursday, Oct 31st.

Events at Gorey House

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Here we go...

I'm gettin' that Fall/Halloween feeling!

This is from a series by the Smithsonian...

Do you believe in witches? For the good people of Long Compton, it’s part of a longstanding tradition – one that, as recently as 1875, cost a woman named Ann Tennant her life. 

 From the Series: Mystic Britain: The Rollright Witch