Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

This was my tenth year of keeping the Halloween mood going on Electronic Cerebrectomy. It was a nice season, and it's culminating in a cloudy, dark day and a Treehouse of Horror marathon on FXX. Enjoy your day!

Here are this year's Halloween-themed posts:

:: It's October 1st
:: Peanuts, 1980-1981
:: This Week in Neat-O
:: Shatterday
:: Tumblr Finds
:: Muppet Monday
:: Lego Minifigs!
:: The Halloween Whopper
:: Mutts
:: Peanuts, 1982
:: This Week in Neat-O
:: When Halloween Was Forever
:: Tumblr Finds II
:: Muppet Monday
:: Pumpkins, Part I
:: Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts
:: Throwback Thursday
:: Peanuts, 1983
:: This Week in Neat-O
:: Dream a Little Dream
:: Tumblr Finds III
:: Muppet Monday
:: Pumpkins, Part II
:: Mutts Again
:: Peanuts, 1984-1986
:: This Week in Neat-O
:: Titano
:: Tumblr Finds IV
:: Muppet Monday
:: Night on Bald Mountain
:: Muncherdammerung!
:: Peanuts, 1987-1988
:: This Week in Neat-O
:: And past years' posts with links that may or may not work.

Have an excellent Halloween, everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2015

This Week in Neat-O

:: POSSESSION Perfected Acting, And It’s Terrifying (Possession is an amazing movie.)

:: Here's Why Libertarians Are Mostly Men (My sister almost got married to a guy who had the same sort of incorrect fantasies of being some kind of rugged economist. I can really trace the deterioration of their relationship to when he read Atlas Shrugged in his senior year of college...)

:: Stream the Complete Works of Bach & Beethoven: 250 Free Hours of Music

:: The 34 Year Old Male Who Bought FORCE AWAKENS Tickets Represents The Past (I'm very interested to see how The Force Awakens plays to the kids who grew up with the Prequels.)

:: This fan-made Crisis on Infinite Earths trailer is cute. A little bummed to not see Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman or Adam West's Batman, although anyone can tell you that Adam West's Batman is so campy that he ruins the nuanced subtlety of grown men in bat costumes.

(Also, I haven't said anything about it, but I thought the Supergirl pilot episode was really, really good. This review nails everything I dug about it.)

:: The final trailer for The Peanuts Movie hits the nostalgia button so hard it nearly breaks. That said, I really do want to see this movie.

:: This Never-Before-Seen Ghostbusters Concept Art Is Completely Incredible

HALLOWEEN: Peanuts, 1987-1988



Thursday, October 29, 2015


I love making jack o'lanterns. It's the only time of year I get to sit, design, create, and fabricate a creature. Last year's pumpkin creature, Nabiru, was my first time adding a prop into the mix. This year, I decided that instead of carving the pumpkin, I was going to paint it for the first time.

My idea was to go a little minimalist and create something emoji-like. So I thought... ghost. I've been seeing a lot of minimalist ghosts on Tumblr, and they're very cute. But then I wanted to do something more than just plain white with dot eyes, and I thought... ghost pig.

And so was born this year's pumpkin: Muncherdammerung.

I live in a farm town, so I'm sure there are ghost pigs floating around somewhere. Mine was achieved with white paint. I thought about carving him and hollowing out the ears, nose and mouth, and then using part of a plastic bottle so the nose would stick out. But that just seemed like a repeat of what I did last year, so I thought a while about how I could get some prop action out of the nose and ears.

What I ended up doing with the ears is cutting them out of cardboard and painting them. To get them to stick, I came up with the idea of unfolding a large paper clip half way, taping the ears to the clip, and then simply skewering it into the pumpkin itself. Went right in the exact amount I needed it to.

For the nose, I used the cap of a prescription pill bottle. I did the same paper clip trick, unfolding two halfway, then taping them into the underside of the cap, and shoved it right into the pumpkin. Then I painted over it white with a wide brush. It took about four coats to cover the instructions on the top completely. Then I just waited until the paint dried and painted on the eyes and the line mouth (you know I love my Charles M. Schulz-style line mouths), and painted the pumpkin stalk. I'm saying it's a little tuft of hair for personality.

It was fun to make. We watched movies, ate pizza, and painted pumpkins last night.

Muncherdammerung is a little nonplussed to find himself in a ghostly state, but I think he's starting to accept it.

Becca painted her pumpkin again this year, taking inspiration from one of the movies we watched last night.

Damn, she's good.

Painting was a different experience than carving. I already have a plan in mind for next year that involves carving, painting, and prop work, so we'll see how that turns out.

And there're our 2015 jack o'lanterns.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HALLOWEEN: Night on Bald Mountain

Rimsky-Korsakov's version of Modest Mussorgsky's St. John's Eve on Bald Mountain is one of my favorite pieces of music, and I'm always happy to have it up for Halloween. This is a 1933 short French animated film by Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker that is nicely surreal and bizarre.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Muppet Monday

Here's a page of Halloween postcards from The Sesame Street Postcard Book, published in 1976 by Random House. Unfortunately, the artist is not credited on the book and seems to be unknown, but the art is really charming. I love that it includes characters like Little Bird, Prairie Dawn, Herry Monster, Frazzle, and my buddy Roosevelt Franklin.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Becca!

My lovely wife is 39 years old today, so I made her a cake and I'm letting her do as much nothing as she wants (for a change; girl works too damn hard and has a mentally ill husband). Happy Birthday, my dear.

Song of the Week: "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)"

I love it when I find a song from my childhood that I had completely forgotten existed. Makes me feel young again for a few minutes. I was 12 when this was on the radio, and I'd managed to forget it until I just randomly ran across it yesterday on the great Punk Chicken Radio tumblr. Damn, I love New Wave synth pop. Information Society, from 1988.

HALLOWEEN: Tumblr Finds IV