Posts categorized “Holiday”

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

For Your Hallowednesday Listening Pleasure: Extremely Halloween

It's not just an album: It's an alblum.

It’s not just an album: It’s an alblum.

Yes, fortunately (unfortunately?) it is that time of year again. Time for 25 tracks of improvised insanity, as Stusan Willsing and Hot Bokkin’ Harris of Chubby Mummy present their Halloween extravaganza: Extremely Hallowen (An Alblum). No, “Alblum” is not a typo. Just take a wissen:

“Enjoy!”

Categories: Holiday, Music, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Monday, 23 October 2017

It’s the 23rd Day of Halloween: Lovecraft Word Salad

A Lovely Salad.

A Lovely Salad.

I found a predictive text generator and fed it the entirety of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space. It gave me back these 4 paragraphs:

The trees grew afraid of her consciously lied to seeds. With the moments the shining of the trees increased strength. It was a fearsomely archaic place that everything the Indians there had stunted. The men who hastened through the strange growths would draw all the changed colour out of humans. God was not so near. The blasted landscape forewarned the fruit portents. Thought be near a window overlooking the yard.

He thought unaccountably of the strange meteor. It must be something. It had shrunk down to just ooze. He climbed in.

There were other realms in the ancient dust. Sunlight changed to lethal grotesque night. He indulged in fallen detective, but there was absolutely none. It had been powerful acids. He climbed through the strange meteor to the growing luminosity of nothing but gouged, curving poison.

The spaces and trembling party realised that nature mystery was all that frightful messenger from unformed unnatural life. They gouged ye stoutest gardners.

These are a lots of funs! I’ll post them periodically throughout the remainder of the month! I think I’ll add some more Lovecraft texts to the mix as well and see what kind of salad we get.

More details on how I did it:

I somehow stumbled upon the Botnik predictive text generator (I don’t remember how). I found the entire text of The Coulour Out of Space on the internets, copied it to a text file (love.txt) and uploaded it to botnik. Then I had a window of Botnik open and a window of random.org to generate a random number between 1 and 18, which I used to pick the next word. I would then go back and add punctuation and clean up grammar (trying to get tenses to match and eliminating extraneous words, for example) to get it to make some semblance of sense.

Categories: Holiday, Life.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

It’s the 27th Day of Halloween! Here’s David Pumpkins!

Only 4 More Days!

Only 4 More Days!

Halloween is almost “all up ons” us! To celebrate, let’s watch one of the greatest things to come out of Saturday Night Live in the last 30 years:

DAVID PUMPKINS

Now that you have watched the majesty, enjoy this animated .gif (link only so as not to spoil the video).

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Holiday, TV, Videos.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

3 More Chances to see Fools Play Improv in March!

Two different shows, three different evenings!

Two different shows, three different evenings!

So you’re thinking, “Hmmm… I find this Chris chap to be interesting. I would like to see more of him.” Well, my fine little friends, you’re in luck!

My improv troupe Fools Play Improv will be performing three more times before the sun sets forever on the month of March 2016!

First, this Thursday the 24th will be Episode 3 of “Improv & Dragons,” our excellently weird show wherein we do improvised scenes based on scanty notes that were taken at an actual, real-life session of Dungeons & Dragons (that none of the Fools were at).

Improv & Dragons

Certainly NOT dungeons.

It’s very funny. You can learn more about it by watching the video that I posted here.

Details:
Improv & Dragons: Episode 3 (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, March 24th 7:00 PM
@ Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre
715 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405 (map)
All-Ages, $10

Then, this Saturday the 26th, come to our regular venue at 924 Broadway in Downtown Tacoma for a very special presentation of “Fools Play Easter Battle.” The two icons of Easter, Jesus and the Easter Bunny, battle it out for ultimate supremacy over the holiday!

Fools Play Easter Battle

Who will win?

It’s all funny and improvised! And the stakes couldn’t be higher, as this video proves:

Plus, I’ll perform my annual “Peep Show” wherein I perform a puppet show whose puppets consist entirely of marshmallow peeps! I usually end up eating a couple dozen of ’em! I believe this might actually be my 10th anniversary of the Peep Show. That’s a lotta sugar.

Details:
Fools Play Presents: Easter Battle (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, March 26th 7:00 PM
@ Tacoma Youth Theatre
924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 (map)
All-Ages (with swears), $10

Then finally, next Thursday the 31st will be the fourth and final episode of “Improv & Dragons.” What will happen with our intrepid party of adventurers screw-ups? There’s only one way to find out!

Don’t forget we have it on good authority that this show is funny:

Tacoma News Tribune review of Improv & Dragons

HELLZ YEAH I’M IN THE NEWSPAPER

Details:
Improv & Dragons: Episode 4 (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, March 24th 7:00 PM
@ Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre
715 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405 (map)
All-Ages, $10

And that’s it for the month of March. Oh, Fools Play will be a part of the South Sound Improv Festival the in Olympia the first weekend of April, but I’ll get more into that later. This is quite enough for now.

So I know what you’re thinking now: “Yes, this Chris chap is most delightful. I’ll most definitely (or mos-def) be seeing ALL of these three remaining shows, and I’ll also be donating at least three times the ticket prices at each deliciously wondrous performance.”

I knew it!

Categories: Fools Play, Holiday, Tacoma.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentimes Day 2016

What day is it? Happy Valentimes Day 2016

What day is it?

I’ve decided to do something new and HUGELY important in my life: I’m going to try seasonal beards. From Thanksgiving to Valentimes Day, I’m not going to trim my beard (except to shape and clean it up). That’ll be the Winter Beard, or “The Skywalker.” Then from Valentimes Day to my birfday I’ll have the Spring Beard, which will be a neatly-trimmed but full-face beard (except the neck—nobody likes neckbeards). This video is a hugely romantic transition between the two, captured for all posterity.

You’re welcome, ladies *winku*

Categories: Holiday, Life, Videos.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween 2015!

Or as Trevor Peach says, Happy Hallowwon’t!

Categories: Holiday, Music.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Quick Halloween Ghostly Embroidered Plush

Hey guess what! My work let me come up with a sewing project of my own and then post it on their blog! SO I DID! Here’s a link to that blog: http://www.qualitysewing.com/blog/?p=3112
And here, I’ve copied it to my own blorg so you can read it here:


Hello! This is Chris with Quality Sewing, and I’d like to show you how I made these adorable little plush ghosts with the Brother Dream Machine:

I confess I’m actually not much of a sewist; I work behind the scenes of Quality Sewing in advertising. But the Dream Machine is so unbelievably easy to use that even I could do this–so it should be no problem for you!

First off, draw a ghost. Just a simple face and a ghostly outline. Here, look how cute he is!

You can make it pretty much any shape and size that you want as long as it’ll fit on your fabric in a hoop. I used those sheets of felt that you can buy at a craft store for like 35 to 40 cents each. Those are about 8” x 10”, and I used the 5” x 7” hoop to hold them. So I drew a ghost that was about 4” x 6.” We’re going to turn the ghost inside out and stuff it, so try to leave a gap of about 1” to 2” in the outline.

Put your drawing on the Dream Machine’s scanning attachment and press “My Design Center” then “Illustration” then “Scan.” The machine will take just a minute to scan in your drawing.

Then it’ll appear on the screen. We’re going to embroidery just the face first, so use the stylus to select just the face portion.

Hoop up your fabric with some stabilizer (I used Floriani tearaway medium stabilizer behind my felt) and put it in the machine. Make sure your Dream Machine is loaded up with the color of thread you want (black in this case), and embroider that cute li’l face.

Once that’s done, take off the top frame of your hoop, lay another piece of fabric on top of the ghost’s face, and re-hoop it all together. Try to get it to be as close to where it originally was hooped as possible.

Put your ghost drawing through the scanner again, but this time select “Line” instead of “Illustration” before you scan it. The scanner will convert everything to outlines.

We don’t want to embroider the face this time, so what I did was choose the eraser tool and just rub out those face lines.

One of the reason I like using felt for these is because it’s ever-so-slightly translucent, and you can put that to good use. When you get to the embroidery phase, click this button to have the Dream Machine really quickly scan the hooped material, and voila! You can faintly see where your ghost’s face was embroidered. Drag the outline so that it is positioned around the face where you want it.

Then just stitch it out! You’d probably want to switch to white thread for the outline, but I used black so it would actually show up in the photos.

Now take everything out of the hoop, tear off the stabilizer, and carefully cut all the way around your ghost. I tried to keep it about 1/8 away from the seam.

Now turn him inside out and look at just how cute he is!

Now you just have to stuff him and stitch the opening closed and there you go! You have a cute little ghost plush.

This seriously only takes a few minutes to make. They’d be so cute to give away at a Halloween party (or even to Trick-or-Treaters).

If ghosts aren’t your thing, you can easily use the same technique to make Jack-o-lanterns! Here’s one I made, the only difference is that I used orange felt and I sandwiched a loop of green felt between the two layers of orange fabric before I stitched the outline.

If you don’t think your drawing skills are the greatest and you’re worried about how your plushes will look, below are some image .JPG files that you can download and put on a memory stick. That would make the creation of these plushes even faster because you wouldn’t have to physically scan the drawing each time; just put the memory stick in the Dream Machine and pull the design up instantly!

Just click on these images to download them to your computer (if that doesn’t work try right-clicking on them and selecting “Save As”).

I hope these li’l guys make your Halloween happier.
Cheers!
-Chris

Categories: Arts & Crafts, Featured Posts, Holiday, Work.