Friday, April 17, 2015

Getting Back to Normal

I would once again like to apologize for the lack of updates.

Hopefully I'll be back to doing what I've been doing for seven years very soon.  I also wanted to say how much I value both your patronage and  your friendship.  Sadly, this latest crisis is the culmination of events that have kept me from staying in touch with many of you over the last year.

Going into specific details would be tedious, but I would like to give you one piece of advice.  Take any signs of mental illness in your loved ones seriously.  Give them all the support you can.  Listen to what they're saying.  Show them that they matter.  Share their burden.

That said, there comes a point when love and kindness aren't enough.  When someone loses hope, and becomes mired in confusion and despair, don't be afraid to call out for help.  It could be as simple as having them talk to a counselor, either secular or religious.  If they're contemplating self-harm, or have actually started engaging in it, don't be afraid to hit the panic button.  Take them to an emergency room or call 911.

As someone who had to make that decision I can tell you it's the best way to see your loved one gets the care they need.  Compassion and understanding are incredibly powerful healing forces, but they can't fix a brain chemistry gone awry.  That only comes with time and professional help.

Well, I've rambled on long enough.  The usual parade of horrors will resume soon.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

MIA

My sincere apologies for not keeping the blog updated.  Sadly, I'm undergoing a rather vexing crisis in my personal life.  Nothing life-threatening, for those of  you that were concerned, but definitely life-changing.  Everything should be straightened out in a few days.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Dyagileva Edition.

Long time readers of the blog know that one of my pet peeves is the lack of more mainstream depictions of Cthulhu.   Hordes of artists are creating horrific idols inspired by Lovecraft's works, but there's a notable dearth of more playful items.  Where are the crocheted Cthulhus, the Cthulhu ski caps, and plush Cthulhus that would open up the Mythos to a whole new audience? 

Thankfully, things are starting to turn around.  Russian artist Marina Dyagileva brings us this delightfully cute take on the Great Old One.  Gaze into those love-filled eyes and see the future of the Mythos!



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Tóbal Edition.

Tóbal delves into the restricted collection at Miskatonic University to bring us this interesting find- a paleolithic Cthulhu idol.  From the associated documents and photographs it appears the artifact was excavated during an expedition to Austria.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Slater Edition.

New Zealand artist Carlos Slater brings us this 3D printed Cthulhu idol on Thingiverse.  I suspect that within a decade we'll see an explosion in short run sculptures like this.  As the technology continues to mature the price of creating custom pieces is going to drop down to a pittance. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Forging With Foam

Will Morgan of WM Armory has posted a pretty comprehensive collection of tips for crafting costumes and props from EVA foam


Anyone considering a live action game should take a look at his techniques.  No matter what genre you're playing in foamcrafting is an ideal method for making costumes and props. The materials and tools are inexpensive and easy to obtain.  With his tutorials and a little patience anyone can craft useful items.  With a little experience you can go beyond that and create some truly incredible props, like this fusion rifle from "Destiny".

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Old Tilman Beer

One of my favorite things is discovering props based on books.   Lovecraft's work is far and above the most popular inspiration for those literary props, but it's not the only fictional world that inspires cool stuff.   Imagine my joy at stumbling across these prop labels for "Old Tilman" beer, Honor Harrington's brew of choice.  They're the work of graphic designer Nicole Hefner.

If you haven't read the Honor Harrington series I would heartily recommend giving them a try.  It's a rip-roaring, futuristic take on the Age of Sail consciously patterned after Horatio Hornblower.  The later books in the series are increasingly Mary Sue-ish, but the secondary characters and interesting technological extrapolation help make up for it.  They're published by Baen, which has an outstanding "try before you buy" philosophy.  The first novel in the series, "On Basilisk Station" is available for free, along with the opening chapters of every other book