Monthly Archives: February 2008

What If Lovecraft Wrote Comic Books?

into-darkness-cover.jpg Ken Hite’s Adventures into Darkness is a roleplaying supplement (just now released in PDF) based on the alternate history premise that H.P. Lovecraft survived the illness that killed him, and went on to write golden age super hero comics.

Take a breath and savor that idea.

Specifically, Hite uses the Nedor comics characters as the subjects of the Lovecraft treatment. This is a bunch of obscure golden age characters who are now roaming in the public domain, free for anyone to pick up and use, who have in recent years popped up in work by anyone from Alan Moore to Alex Ross. Because I’m a sucker for pretty pictures that overflow my blog’s design, here’s some art from the latter project. More here.

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Excuse the RSS spam

I was quite happy to aggregate my two bookmarks feeds (google reader shared items and my local scuttle) into one widget on my blog, except that it was rightly pointed out that nobody goes to the web page, they just read the RSS.

So I looked for one of those WordPress plugins that can periodically create a post automatically from updates to a feed. WP-o-Matic looked like a good thing to use, except that (it turns out that) it converts every RSS item to a seperate post. The result: I click a link and spam my feed with 35 new posts, each a single link. Even worse, they all get automatically posted on Livejournal, and when I delete them from the blog, they don’t get deleted there – I had to go and delete them manually using the even suckier (for deleting) interface of LJ.

So, if your feed reader just got stuffed with 35 new posts from me, I apologize.

War and Fight Scene

More videos, of a less embeddable kind:

  • The disturbing and funny stop motion animated short Food Fight reenacts global conflicts using national foods, starting with pretzels slaughtering matzos and, uh, just see it. What on earth is the pile of stuff which (as I understand purely from the context) is supposed to represent the soviets? [via Rob MacDougall ]
  • This simply awesome action short is both done in Flash and set in Flash: Animator vs. Animation. [via Global Nerdy]