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Three Halloween pics that caught my eye

The first is sort of feminist. The young woman doesn’t really fit traditional stereotypes. The second two are more traditional. Especially the second. It reminds me of something I’d see in a children’s book when I was in elementary school.

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My ‘Frankenstein’ Computer

Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster

Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of you may know that I like messing around with old computers, trying to squeeze every overpaid penny out of them that I can.

In Canada we pay more than in the US because of our devalued dollar. But there are also more taxes. And on top of this, an amorphous “environmental handling fee,” which to me looks questionable (I’m skeptical that tax dollars and ‘fees’ always go where they are supposed to go, but that’s another issue).

Some years ago I paid almost a thousand dollars for an Athlon processor computer. Because it is an older Athlon it cannot run Chrome extensions, no matter how much RAM I inject. And I like extensions.

The other day this old computer died. There was a brief blackout and when the power returned the computer wouldn’t light up. The fact that I wasn’t using a surge/spike protector probably didn’t help.

Luckily I had another old computer lying around in the basement. It was not completely dead but in a deep coma—that is, inoperable.

Because I know next to nothing about hardware, I was apprehensive about trying to mix and match the two into one working machine. But since I really had nothing to lose, yesterday I spent the better part of the day doing just that.

It all went fairly smoothly, figuring stuff out by trial and error. And I now have one working desktop that is better than each of the two previous!

Because this hybrid was born just before Halloween, I think I’ll call it my ‘Frankenstein Computer.’ 🙂


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Rest in Pieces

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Image via Flickr

People in our surrounding area are really getting into Halloween this year. Some of the displays are quite elaborate but also dark, energy-sucking things, which makes me think how we live in a culture of death.

But then again, the same neighborhood really gets into Christmas displays. So maybe it’s just a seasonal thing. It is Halloween, after all!

This display struck my fancy. At least the ghoul is grinning!


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I think I’ll do the trick this year and forget the treat…

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I took my Mom to the eye doctor today. All went well and on returning home I noticed the sun was brilliantly shining on our humble little Halloween creatures that we bought in a dollar store in Cobourg Ontario. Had to snap a pic with my phone. The text is a bit gimmicky but I don’t have Photoshop, so had to settle with what I could do with Photoshop Elements. (excuses… excuses…).


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Spooky – Halloween – Remix

A remix of The Halls of Hell… less reverb on organ, boosted screams and a few other tweaks…

Not sure which version I like better. Still not quite right. Hopefully will get it perfect by Halloween!


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The Halls of Hell – Warming up for Halloween…


“A demented organist plays while souls scream from the dungeon…”

I got bored of everything else tonight so found myself back at the keyboard. The organ is Bach. Or part of Bach. Then it just goes into my own thing. The spacey sounds are a free VST synth. And the evil laughs and tormented screams are from (in order of appearance):
http://www.freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/126113/
http://www.freesound.org/people/CGEffex/sounds/93961/
http://www.freesound.org/people/craiggroshek/sounds/179924/


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witch’s den

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witch’s den, a photo by earthpages on Flickr.

Last night I watched a really good episode of Lost Girl where Kenzi (whom I think is played by a dynamite actor) gets sucked into the realm of a nasty witch who scares little girls in their childhood dreams and then eats them later in life, provided the witch can get the girls to say her name three times in a mirror (which lures them into an unsavory covenant). It was one of the better episodes of this slightly campy series which, being made in Canada, has a nice international flair—in this episode, Russian folk tales permeate the story.

Anyhow, the whole thing brought back childhood memories of my being scared of that ghost in my closet. Was it my imagination or was something in there? Hmmm… I don’t wan’t to find out. But the whole thing prompted me to do this sort of Halloween themed pic with a recent shot I took at Edwards Gardens in Toronto.