What's your worst offenders "Amazing horror, except for ____" that you've seen? (Big list of personal picks in comments!)This is a really interesting point to me, and I've started thinking about it more and more, how a small choice in the story, production or design (or once even soundtrack, looking at you Sweet Home) can just completely lets you down? I've got a list of some of mine, and what I felt went wrong with them. Spoilers, for each! Sweet Home: As mentioned above, this one was actually the first I ever saw that was ruined... by asoundtrack. I've never seen anything so badly fuck up, but for those who haven't watched it or don't know, it's a 10 episode Korean show, and for a little backstory, in 2014, the League of Legends championship hit Korea by storm with an incredible opening ceremony that really redefined MLG video game tournaments as a sport due in no small part to an incredibly powerful, awesome song calledWarriors by Imagine Dragons. - This song became a bit of a big deal in Korea, so when someone made Sweet Home, it was the perfect pick for one of the early confrontations with a monster! Then... later in the episode, part 2 fight with the same monster, same song, alright, that's fair. The show proceeded to play the song I believenine more times over the course of the show, including during a really weirdly self sacrificial scene of a dude setting himself on fire, which didn't fit at ALL. They basically had nothing else on the soundtrack, and by the end it just made me groan with frustration. Actually a pretty good TV show, but I was astonished at how much something as simple as a song could utterly ruin it. Brightburn: Now this one's interesting, because I feel like this is a case of a HUGEChekov's Gun fuckup. Basically, if you introduce an element, you should have it be relevant to the plot. In Brightburn, early on we see a parsitism lecture in class about wasps laying their eggs in others, and a huge portion of the early plot is this eerie foreshadowing, the egg/pod insectile look ofthe ship and the insect with a proboscis aesthetic of the mask combined with the boy's weird sexual fascination with human entrails... yeah, this movie was set up to befucked up as the most visceral, weird exploration of the concept that Superman is NOT A HUMAN and that why he was sent here is really fucking sinister, to basically populate an alien super-race on planet earth, and what that would entail, the grisly reminder that he's not a child; he's a specifically parasitic organism with truly horrifying instincts. This one feels like executive muddling, someone saw the original script and balked at the degree to which it went down that road and said, "Jesus christ just write it to be grisly slasher, this is too fucked up." - if it had explored what was laid out in the initial foreshadowing, I was expecting the most nightmare-fuel experience imaginable... instead it was a pretty middle of the road slasher with a few grisly scenes. Underwater: This one is a really big disappointment as a Lovecraft fan. It's another instance of foreshadowing failure, as the biggest plot element is an eldritch distortion of time. The opening scene contains a monologue about how time is warped in this place they're in on, how there is no concept of time. The captain furthers this eerie eldritch tone of unsettling time distortion by implying his daughter might have died years ago, or that they've been down there for a longer period of time than expected. There's also an odd element of the secondary drill site. Unfortunately, the film decides to conclude with a gigantic Cthulhu who seems to have no actual intelligence, the time thing is never explored, and it's really solved with 'blow up a giant tentacle monster with a nuke'. It was honestly more of a cheesy monster action movie, but with such a small shift in plot it could have easily been one of the most eerie Lovecraftian films of all time. This one probably hurts the most, because not understanding the madness when doing Lovecraftian movies is going to kill any film about it dead in the water (pun not intended). In The Tall Grass: This one was purely visual. The whole movie actually really was quite excellent, it was a little bit of Triangle mixed with Coherence and in a gigantic field of grass... some really solid acting, just a fun horror movie, except... the main plot point, the stone at the center, was made of really cheap paper mache and the CGI at the end was absolute garbage. I get that it maybe didn't have the budget to get a 5 ton rock out to the middle of a field, but the whole final act just felt really cheap from where it began. Honorary mentions to Sinister for really losing that tone from earlier, The Babadook with that weird dinosaur noise, Cloverfield for TJ Miller as Hud/camera guy screaming "Oh My God" (happened so much there's a drinking game for it), A Quiet Place with the numerous plot holes, IT CH2 with an interdimensional metahorror defeated by bullying, and The Void which just fell short of really fully capturing the Lovecraftian madness as well as I'd hoped. Anyway, if you have any of these, or ones that counter to them you feel were made absolutely AMAZING due to one particular element that elevated it to S-Tier, fire away! Also, I've got a few popular picks in my list here, so don't take this as a personal attack on a movie if you love it, I'm far from the arbiter of good and bad horror movies :P
Weird and Wonderful: This spectacular deep-sea siphonophore is a sight to seeWe’ve discovered a rainbow of siphonophores in the depths of Monterey Bay and beyond, like this stunningly scarlet species, Marrus claudanielis, described by MBARI researchers and their collaborators in 2005. The scientific name honors the husband-and-wife team Claude and Danièle Carré for their contributions to our understanding of siphonophore biology. Siphonophores (pronounced “sigh-fawn-oh-fours”) are colonial creatures made up of specialized segments that work together as one. Scientists have described some 175 siphonophore species. Most follow a similar body plan—a gas-filled float provides buoyancy, swimming bells propel the colony, and a central stem bears specialized parts for feeding, defense, and reproduction. Siphonophores are some of the longest animals in the world, with the giant siphonophore estimated to get up to 40 meters (132 feet) long, but only as big around as a broomstick. They capture prey with a curtain of stinging cells, allowing them to consume organisms much beefier than they are. Like most other siphonophores, Marrus claudanielis lives far from the seafloor, calling the endless expanse of open sea and midwater their home. They are ethereal and delicate organisms, readily jettisoning body parts when threatened. The cast-off swimming bells are bioluminescent and likely function to confuse predators, but this trait also makes them particularly challenging to study. Thankfully, MBARI’s remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) give scientists the opportunity to get a close-up look at deep-sea siphonophores without damaging them. Our skilled pilots carefully maneuver the ROV to record stunning video of these delicate drifters. These observations complement specimens we gingerly collect with samplers on the submersible. MBARI researchers and collaborators described Marrus claudanielis from specimens collected by ROVs off California and New Jersey. With observations off both coasts of North America, this species is likely widely distributed, but has simply eluded scientists. Although the deep sea is the largest environment on Earth, we’ve only explored a miniscule fraction of these midnight waters. Who knows what other fascinating discoveries linger in the darkness waiting to be found? Scientific name: Marrus claudanielis (Dunn et al., 2005) Size: Total length about 30 centimeters (12 inches) Depth: 500–1,500 meters (1,640–4,920 feet) Editor: Ted Blanco Writer: Megan Bassett Production team: Kyra Schlining, Susan von Thun, Nancy Jacobsen Stout Learn more: Creature feature: https://www.mbari.org/products/creature-feature/marrus-claudanielis/ The fish-eating siphonophore Erenna: https://youtu.be/Jp2qV4tI3sE There’s no such thing as a jellyfish: https://youtu.be/3HzFiQFFQYw Diet secrets of the rich and fathomous: https://youtu.be/TbGtPGFXEVc Find more Weird and Wonderful deep-sea animals on our Creature feature: mbari.co/34hlCzV Reference: Dunn, C. W.; Pugh, P. R.; Haddock, S. H. D. (2005). Marrus claudanielis, a new species of deep-sea physonect siphonophore (Siphonophora, Physonectae). Bulletin of Marine Science. 76 (3): 699-714. Follow MBARI on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mbari_news/​​​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MBARInews/​​​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MBARI_News​​​ Tumblr: https://mbari-blog.tumblr.com​
DIY Indoor Climbing Wall - How to Build a Climbing Wall in Your PlayroomNowadays, it’s harder than ever to keep the children active and off some sort of electronic device. A DIY indoor climbing wall can be an excellent addition to a home to keep the kids active. First, Let's Talk Safety! Obviously with any DIY climbing wall for kids, safety needs to be considered. Each parent will have to do their own assessment to see if a home is a good fit for their family. To mitigate the risk of injury, we choose the maximum height of 6 feet for the wall climbing wall. We found a good set of tumbler mats to keep under the climbing wall. The wall has been up for almost 6 months now and we are happy to say there have been zero injuries. If you feel having a climbing wall for kids in your home is too dangerous, don’t build one. How to Build a Climbing Wall for Kids? A successful project always starts with a good plan. Do as much research as you can before you purchase anything. When we were learning how to build a rock climbing wall we did a ton of research. You should be able to use the following information to get you started. Step #1 - Prepare and organize the tools and materials you will require to build your indoor climbing wall for home. Here’s what you’ll need: Painters tape 3 Sheets 4'x8' - 18mm finished plywood (¾” is also common) #10 x 3” wood screws (for fastening climbing wall to studs) Primer (find one for bare wood) Paint (we prefer eggshell finish) Climbing holds (we used 2 different sets) 25 Pack (big) - https://amzn.to/2Pdf8Oj - affiliate link 32 Pack (Small) - https://amzn.to/3tJx1D8 - affiliate link M10 - T-Nuts were included with the climbing holds (⅜” is the other common option) M10 bolts - should supplied with your climbing holds (length will depend on thickness of plywood and hold insert depth) cut them so they do not protrude past the plywood Self-adhesive screw hole stickers Dupli-Color Promoter Primer 2" Gymnastic Mats x2 ⅛” drill bit for #10 pilot hole 7/16” countersink for wood screws 7/16 Drill Bit (T-nuts) Personal Protective Equipment (safety glasses, dust mask, gloves, ear plugs, knee pads) Stud Finder Circular saw and/or jigsaw Tape Measure 2 foot & 4 foot. level (can also be used as your straight edge) Hammer (a heavier hammer is better for installing t-nuts flush) Palm Sander / 220 grit sandpaper Power Drill and/or Impact Drill Step #2 - Locate the wall studs using a stud finder. Then confirm spacing of the studs using your tape measure. Step #3 - Come up with a design for your plywood cutouts. We used painters tape and it worked great to visualize the layout. You could also use Google Sketchup which is a handy tool for projects like this. Step #4 - Transfer the climbing wall shapes to the plywood. We made sketches of each shape using paper then transferred those dimensions to the plywood. This can be time consuming depending on your shapes as you want to have as little waste as possible. Step #5 - Cut out climbing wall shapes. A circular saw and a jigsaw worked great. Step #6 - Sand the edges and any rough spots. Step #7 - layout your plywood cutouts on the ground replicating how they will be on the wall. Place the climbing wall holds for kids to your preferred layout and mark the holes to be drilled. I recommend taking a photo when you have all the climbing holds in place to reference when installing them. Step #8 - Drill out holes for t-nuts. Step #9 - Install the T-nuts flush on the back side of the plywood using a hammer. Test each t-nut by screwing a bolt to ensure there are no issues with the threads. Step #10 - Prime and Paint the playroom climbing wall shapes. We used 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint - Eggshell paint is the best for cleaning and will reduce visible fingerprints . Step #11 - Using the marks you made earlier when locating the studs, draw faint lines with a pencil the full length of the wall. These will help to make sure you hit a stud when hanging the pieces of the climbing wall. Step #12 - Secure each piece of the wall using wood screws. Always pre-drill pilot holes so you don’t split the wood or the studs. Step #13 - Install the holds using bolts. Make sure the length of the screws does not exceed the thickness of the plywood. You may need to cut them down using a grinder with zip disc, or purchase the correct size screws for your application. Use hand tools when attaching the climbing holds to prevent cross threading Step #14 - Prime and paint the screw hole stickers. I used a primer spray for plastic - 2 coats. Then rolled 3 coats of the same paint we used for the climbing wall shapes. This was an afterthought and actually turned out great. Step #15 - Safety Mats - The set shown in the video is 2” thick and works great for absorbing the impact when the kids jump off the wall. We hope this helped you if you were trying to learn how to make a climbing wall. A DIY climbing wall for toddlers is super fun. If you have any questions leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to respond.
...And With This Ring (ELC Films filmstrip, approximately 1951 or 1952)Desperately seeking sound filmstrips like this one to preserve! Nobody in America is preserving them but me, and most have already been thrown away. E-mail uncommon.ephemera@gmail.com if you can help. Ask me about high-quality videos of your old home-recorded cassettes or short-run custom records. E-mail uncommon.ephemera@gmail.com for a quote. These videos cannot be monetized. Any ads are being run by YouTube. If you want to help me keep preserving media, become a patron at https://patreon.com/uncommonephemera. The phrase "mixed marriage" didn't always mean an ignorant racist was trying to stop a caucasian and an African-American from saying "I do." While that was certainly going on at the time this filmstrip was produced, there were much more explicitly-defined power struggles between religious denominations that made it difficult for people of different faiths to just get married. Since this particular filmstrip was produced by the Lutherans, it'll certainly be the fault of the Catholics for making it difficult for religiously-mixed couples to marry. The problem seems to stem from a pre-nuptial agreement the Catholic Church forces Protestants to sign before marrying a Catholic, waiving any right of exercising their religion with their spouse or raising any children as anything but Catholic. Information is almost nonexistent, but ELC Films appears to be a company started in Minneapolis by World War II photographer Paul Rusten after the war. The content of the filmstrip itself appears to be put together by several local chapters of a nationwide Lutheran youth organization. While the dramatization in the filmstrip itself deals only with a Protestant trying to marry a Catholic, the included Leader's Guide says the problem of "mixed marriage" is "broad" and "includes any marriage situation where husband and wife are of different faiths, denominations, races, and may be said to include also marriages where one partner has a religion and the other has none." Ironically, by the time Rusten died in 2013, he was a member of a progressive Congregational Church in Minneapolis, who would have thought this doctrine obscene. The "ELC" in "ELC Films" probably stands for "Evangelical Lutheran Church," but does not carry the same meaning as it does now in the name of one of the largest Lutheran denominations in the United States. The ELCA, or Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, went through a sort of period of progressive reform in the 1960s, and would eventually reject anything even remotely associated with this doctrine, along with anything anti-LGBTQIA+, and eschewing church traditions like exclusively-male pastors. The lack of remaining public information on ELC Films and Rusten also makes it impossible to accurately date the publication of this filmstrip. The only clue is in the included Leader's Guide, which lists several periodical articles which the publishers thought might be helpful for further study; all the periodicals carry publication dates between 1949 and 1951. It is a safe assumption, then, that the filmstrip was published in 1951 or 1952, but there is no way to verify this with existing information. But what may be the weirdest part of this whole package is the soundtrack, which was distributed on two 12" 78 RPM records. The early 1950s is late for 78s; this is the only filmstrip this preservationist has ever encountered, out of more than one thousand, with 78 RPM records. Chrysler was using 33 RPM records as early as 1943. The projectionist had to stop three times during this fifteen-minute filmstrip to mess with the record player, which unfortunately is preserved here as well. "...And With This Ring" was presented by the All Lutheran Youth Leaders Council and produced by ELC Films, and released around 1951 or 1952. The film itself has no catalog number, but the four parts of the soundtrack are labeled with catalog numbers XPC-6606, XPC-6607, XPC-6608, and XPC-6609, respectively. Twitter: https://twitter.com/uncommnephemera Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/uncommonephemera/posts/ Patreon: https://patreon.com/uncommonephemera Odysee: https://odysee.com/@uncommonephemera:3 Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/@uncommon_ephemera PLEASE NOTE: Uncommon Ephemera is a media preservation project. 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