The Studio Apartment in Brooklyn Where HP Lovecraft Lost His Mind

View Larger Map In the now fashionable area of Brooklyn Heights where dodging oncoming strollers is the sport of pedestrians lies a first floor studio apartment where horror author HP Lovecraft lost his mind. 169 Clinton Street, on the corner of Clinton and State in Brooklyn, New York to be percise. Lovecraft, best known for his “Cthulu Mythos” lived there for several years in the mid 1920’s. What we now call Brooklyn Heights– then part of a larger neighborhood called Red Hook– was the first suburb in the United States and a frequent residential destination for immigrants. Lovecraft, desperate for any work took his frustration out on every race, creed, and color including his own. As what happens with many people who move to New York from elsewhere he felt more alone than ever. Even though he was surrounded by millions of people. Lovecraft would later return to his native […]

Time Traveller Caught on Film in Charlie Chaplin movie– or Pareidolia?

YouTube user yellowfeverbelfast posted a video with a purported-perhaps-maybe-possibly butch or male time traveler in drag holding a mobile phone at a Chinese Theatre debut for a Charlie Chaplin film: Service sucks with AT&T when you are in the same time period and next to a tower. Must blow when there are no cell towers and well, they have not been invented yet. Then again, if this is a time traveler he or she may have a iPhone 5G. Going on a journey through space and time? There’s an app for that. Or, its pareidolia which as Wikipedia breaks it down: “a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.” A few months ago a photo found at a museum was dubbed to be a shot of a time traveler and it was thoroughly debunked on the blog forgetomori. Back in […]

Memegrabber: Interview with Pete Berg of Pie Heaven

When it comes to entertainment, I am a lazy, lazy man. By the time I’m defeated enough to spend my evening watching YouTube videos of cats eating people food or Eastern European men explaining their kooky hobbies in song, I’m not in the mood to actually go and type in a search box and click on the thingy and do the, uh… sigh.  Luckily, there’s Pie Heaven.  Pete Berg comes through with a deft mouse hand to embed the choicest cuts into a fun little blog that works like a Cliff’s Notes to the neat little videos of the web.  And for that, I could see no better tribute than to immortalize him in the web’s other vernacular: clumsy speed Photoshop. I aimed a few questions at the man recently: TITLE: How did you get started with this? Was it always more of a public-facing page or more of a […]

Worst. Disclosure. Ever.

Yeah yeah, white spots over Manhattan, let’s all get loopy and waste my damn time.  If that’s all the show-stopping “save yourselves before it’s too late” power the ETs can muster, I’ll wait around for the Vulcans to come snooping around. Seriously.  Why can’t it ever be like it is for Nic Cage? If anyone needs me I’ll be in the basement making a warp drive out of an Arduino, a whippet and a female condom. via wtfjapanseriously

Friendly Reminder: Worldwide UFO Sightings Tomorrow

Update: Looks like the aliens took a wrong turn at Saturn. They were a no show yesterday October 13, 2010. Just a friendly reminder: tomorrow October 13, 2010 we’ll know for certain there are extraterrestrials among us! So make sure that fits in with dinner plans tomorrow. That is according to former NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham. He claims tomorrow has “a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities” in store for us. Not excited? Not pumped? It’s probably because you are sane and may have thought you heard about disclosure about UFOs and extraterrestials before. Here’s a hint to those promising UFO disclosure: don’t be precise on your dates. You don’t want you kookiness to have a shelf date. Fulham’s website for Challenges of Change, the 352 book outlining what will go down tomorrow, October 10, 2010 has an olde-tyme Geocities feel. You’ll swear you’re back in 1997 catching up […]

Air Safety Cards are Pretty/Make a Water Landing Seem Plausibly Survivable

While typically the law-abiding sort, I am only a human, meaning that I am a twitching bundle of nerves and idea juice that leaps and shivers in reaction to the stimulation that comes beaming in my sensory portholes.  As such, I find myself unable to be anything less than a criminal when confronted with an airline safety card.  Something about their bland universalism, firm guiding arrows and t-square born graphic design makes my palms itch, my hairline sweat and my zipper lower.  On my in-flight carry-on, that is. In accordance with it’s primary purpose, the internet is there to let me know that I’m not alone in my criminal deviation.  Even outside of the aviation memorabilia/ex-pilot nostalgia parts of town, there’s plenty of straight up freaks for airline safety cards. All Safety Cards has about 30 safety cards from European and Russian airlines.  Some good variety in the design there […]

Somehow It’s Thursday Already (001)

Aw man.  Somehow my primary responsibilities at work have gone from Pretending to be Awake to Pretending to be Busy.  Definitely cuts out a lot of internetting.  I was meaning to read these but… you know how it goes.  Give the comments section some love and fill me in, will ya? Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.  Or how to best spend money to get the middle class to screw themselves and the poor to whip themselves in a lather defending the privileges of the rich. Brain Coprocessors: The need for operating systems to help brains and machines work together Make mine Windows ME. Fake Tickets, Scorching Heat: Inside Story of Disneyland’s Disastrous Debut Theme parks gone awry has been a favorite topic since I started reading George Saunders. The New Big Tobacco: Inside Canada’s underground tobacco industry Agriculture + Crime is always a […]

China’s Moon Shot Rains Rocket Parts on the Countryside

China sent their unmanned lunar probe Chang’e II (nickname: Moon Safari?) skywards last Friday, packing the usual assortment of stereo cameras, laser spectrometers and microwave detectors to scour the lunar surface as it orbits the moon for six months or better.  What it didn’t take with it, however, was a few large chunks of its launch rocket.  These fell to earth two days later, landing in a rural part of Jiangxi, China. Villagers thought they were being struck by an earthquake as the debris crashed down.  Luckily, no one was hurt and no structures were impacted.  While snarkier blogs than this one will no doubt bag on China’s devil-may-care approach to space debris management, I’m just glad no one was hurt.  Besides, there’s not a space program out there (not even Mr. Veer’s), that has its hands completely clean. Remember Skylab?  Australia does. Take a closer look at the above […]