Friday, November 14, 2008

Link proliferation: They really are a scree-um.

Their house is a museum . . .

Artist Mark Bennett has made a name for himself producing floor plans and maps for locations that only existed inside the magical world of TV land. Above is his layout for the Addam's Family mansion. He's also done the home of the Munsters, the charted whole of Gilligan's Island, the specs for the Lost in Space ship-turned-space-age-cabin, and mapped out the travels of Richard Kimble.

Your life is a song, but not this one.

Johnny Foreigner, "Eyes Wide Terrified." Pac-Man style ghosties. You watch. It's good.

Real Link proliferation.

Kelly Link's short story collection, Magic for Beginners, home of such brilliant stories as "Some Zombie Contingency Plans" and the Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Award winning "The Faery Handbag," is now available to you for absolutely nothing.

That's right, Screamers and Screamettes: Nothing!

You can download the mammer-jammer for free.

That's why you should read this blog regularly. You never know what sort of free shiznos is going to be thrown around!

I don't remember Ken Burns discussing that particular incident.

In 1863, in Virginia, scientists discovered a valley containing living dinosaurs. Union military leaders believed that the destructive power these massive monsters from before recorded history could be harnessed somehow and used as weapons against the Confederates. They sent a group of Union soldiers to the valley to capture the beasts.

The result was a complete disaster.

Now, finally, a historic park recognizes the sacrifice of these brave and forgotten American heroes.

Suddenly, I've lost my appetite.

Before you link through, this one is not particularly pleasant.

Armin Meiwes [pictured above - CRwM] is a cannibal. In March 2001, he killed a man and ate him with a glass of fine red wine. A crime so bizarre, it horrified and mystified the world. You see, Meiwes' victim was a willing accomplice, he actually wanted to be eaten. A rare case of what they call "love cannibalism". Now you're going to meet this quiet, unassuming man who became a monster. For the first time, he'll tell his chilling story. And at times I should warn that it is quite graphic and could Armin Meiwes is 46. A quiet, polite man who grew up in a loving family in a small town in Germany. But make no mistake. He is also a modern-day monster. His crime so horrific, there were no laws to cover it, no words in medical journals to describe his mental state.

For some grim true-crime style horror you can see video and read the transcript of the 60 Minutes interview with German cannibal Armin Meiwes.

The cannibal's crime is seeing renewed interest in light of the release of reporter Gunter Stampf's new book on the case, based on more than thirty in-depth interviews he had with Meiwes.

Today I know that what I did was wrong. That this can never be the right way. The wishes, the fantasies you have, that these can never ever be fulfilled. And everything that you dream about will only ever remain a dream. What I did, even after I'd done it, I always thought it could be more than just a dream. Today I know that it can never be.

D.I.Y. Jaws

For a famously complicated effects flick, Jaws continues to inspire kit-bashed, low-fi homages. Here's the Aussie band Pivot's gory, puppet-filled Jaws tribute: "In the Blood."


Anonymous said...

The Mewes case is an interesting one, but legally speaking the problem wasn't that the crime was so horrific, but that the victim asked Mewes to kill him, so they couldn't really try him for murder (only manslaughter) and somehow he also managed to pass all the psychiatric evaluations, so looking him away by declaring him insane didn't work either.

CRwM said...

Hey Anony Nony,

The hyperbole of the 60 Minutes intro aside, I believe the issue they're referring to was the fact that Germany didn't actually have a law against cannibalism on the books, on the assumption, I guess, that the idea that you shouldn't eat people was widely understood and hewed to by the general populace.

That quirk of the law, and not the seeming consensual nature of the crime, is what I believe they're talking about.

Though, honestly, how consensual can it be when the "willing" victim actually consumed large quantities of alcohol, pain killers, and sleeping pills?