Autodidact: self-taught

Sep
01
2013

Postmortem by Desura

by V. L. Craven

Postmortem by Desura

Thanks to the generosity of Paddy K , I had the opportunity to play Postmortem: Extended Scythe Cut , where you play an Agent of Death in and must reap one person attending a ritzy party in 1897 in a city torn by political strife. Your choice will impact various aspects of life in Galacia, so choose wisely. Explore your surroundings to learn about the various factions and engage in conversation to find out each character’s personal philosophy.

Or don’t. You’re Death, what do you care?


Postmortem Game Promo – Desura

One of my favourite parts is the post-reap conversation with the character you kill. The character asks why you chose them and other questions about the afterlife and, as Death, you choose how you’d like to answer. After reaping one particularly loathsome character I went with telling them they were going to hell, which was very satisfying.

Overall, the game was rather short, but it has replayability and with a choose-your-own-adventure feel to it it’s very much a game for readers.. The conversations can be quite involved and you can choose to agree or disagree or be indifferent to each character’s role in the goings-on of the city.

Currently only available for Windows, Postmortem is $9.99 USD on Desura or various prices on their website .

Jul
20
2013

Ten Thousand Days

by V. L. Craven

Ten Thousand Days

In Ten Thousand Days, a man lives his life believing he’s going to die on his ten thousandth day. Things don’t go according to plan and that’s when his life really gets interesting.

Ten Thousand Days from Michael Duignan on Vimeo .

 

May
18
2013

How to Cope with Death

by V. L. Craven

Feb
26
2013

Death and Madness

by V. L. Craven

Death and Madness

“I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness…”

-H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond

From Le Marche Morte .

Dec
08
2012

Rot

by V. L. Craven

Stop motion, face paint: Each frame was hand-painted on the model’s face.

Rot from Erica Luke on Vimeo .

Dec
05
2012

Some Thoughts on Death

by V. L. Craven

Some Thoughts on Death

A quote from another forum I frequent that sums up how I feel about death better than I could:

The Tralfamadoreans in Slaughterhouse Five see things much the same was as God sees things in Thomistic theology: The whole universe and everything in it not from instant to instant, but all at once. They see the ripples going out from each life that ever exists as we see the ripples from a handful of pebbles thrown into a small pond.

I think of death, my death, me dying, more as I age. And I spend a lot of time staring into the night sky now that I live in a place of many stars. I am still here to think about it because seat belts work, and copper does not spark, and surgeons are well-trained, and the fire chief hit his brakes some milliseconds sooner than he might have, and any number of other reasons I’ll never know anything about. But one day, I know, in the blink of an eye or a long, slow, fading blur, I will cease to be. All that will be left of me is a mess of molecules and the little bits of memory some few others carry forth into the maelstrom. I hope there will be more good bits than bad.

And eventually the human species will cease to be, and all trace of it disappear, and so the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, and so on, and others will come to be and cease to be from the same elements, even as we recycle the stardust of bygone supernovae in our own bodies at this moment. It is a single thing from beginning to end. How odd, how improbable to be in an instant of it all when we have some faint grasp of of the enormity of it, of how it works, and of our minuteness in it. Of course, others have felt this way before, and we may be as wrong as they were….

Nov
27
2012

Death and Woman

by V. L. Craven

Death and Woman

Unknown artists and title.

From Le Marche Morte .

Nov
19
2012

Spoiler Alert: We’ll All Die

by V. L. Craven

Spoiler Alert: Well All Die

I was re-watching this bit from IT Crowd and it made me wonder if there were actual sites that predict one’s date of death. And, being the internet, I was not disappointed. Here are a few.

When Will I Die : This one is close to the one on the show with questions about lifestyle and such. The interface is rather boring, but the maths seem sound.

Death Timer : The interface is perfect, and the stats are based on info from the CIA and UN, but it’s based only on BMI.

Death Forecast : A fun little site, which uses more info, like the first link in the list.

Just a warning, the How Will I Die quiz from Quiz Rocket only wants your information to email spam you. Bastards.

 

Nov
13
2012

Modern Vanitas

by V. L. Craven
Modern Vanitas

‘Still Life Infinite Vanitas’ Kevin Best

As evidenced by the gallery page of Vanitas paintings, I’m rather a fan of the macabre and beautiful still lifes. I find the warmth and depth of the paintings appealing.

Whilst building my gallery page, I came across some modern Vanitas art.  For example, the person who did the piece above,  Kevin Best , does amazing work .

Likewise lovely:

Modern Vanitas

‘Vanitas Symbols’ Jose Picayo
shot on 8″ x 10″ Polaroid film and printed as digital pigment photographs on canvas

 

Modern Vanitas

‘Vanitas’ Kalico the Kat

Nov
10
2012

Le Taxidermiste

by V. L. Craven

Le Taxidermiste from Le Taxidermiste Team on Vimeo .

Oct
23
2012

He Will Follow You No Matter Who You Are

by V. L. Craven

He Will Follow You No Matter Who You Are

Hans Holbein the younger. Danse Macabre XI The Queen.

He will follow you, no matter who you are. He will take you, no matter where you go. There is no escape from his grasp, yet you struggle against his grip. death does not take pity nor pause, just your soul.

From Le Marche Morte .

Sep
08
2012

Memento Mori by Alexander Mair

by V. L. Craven

Memento Mori by Alexander Mair

Alexander Mair. Memento Mori, One of Six. 1605

Thanks to Le Marche Morte .

Jul
14
2012

Arise, Ye Dead

by V. L. Craven

Arise, Ye Dead

Jacques Gamelin. Surgite Mortui, et Venite ad Judicium. Excerpt from Nouveau Recueil d’Ostéologie et de Myologie. 1779.

Arise, ye dead, and come to the judgment.
-Excerpt from I Thessalonians 4:16

Hat tip to Le Marche Morte .

Jun
16
2012

Death and the Landsknecht

by V. L. Craven

Death and the Landsknecht

Albrecht Durer. Death and the Landsknecht. 1510.

via Le Marche Morte .

Mar
31
2012

Killing Time

by V. L. Craven

Killing Time

“My mission is to kill time, and time’s to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.”

–EM Cioran

Older Posts »

Powered by WordPress