Autodidact: self-taught

Jul
09
2013

Cthulhu Wallpaper

by V. L. Craven

Cthulhu-old-time-map

From The Lovecraftsman: 101 Images of the Great Cthulhu

Jan
15
2013

Images and Art of E.A. Poe

by V. L. Craven

Today’s images are all Poe-centred. I only own one of these images (the one of the Raven and skull tattoo); if you know the artist of an unattributed piece, please leave a comment. Next Tuesday will be images of professional artists that illustrated Poe’s works. There are other images on the Poe Quotes page of this site.

Fan art

Poe fanart 001

 

Edgar Allan Poe by Vixie79

Edgar Allan Poe by Vixie79

 

Masque of the Red Death by tlmolly

Masque of the Red Death by tlmolly

Poe and Escher

The Fall of the House of Usher by Guided by Greed

The Fall of the House of Usher by Guided by Greed

 

The Fall of the House of Usher by Lilywhiteblack

The Fall of the House of Usher by Lilywhiteblack

 

Tattoos

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people loved our man enough to get a tribute permanently inked into their skin.

Poe Portrait Tattoo 01

 

Nevermore tattoo

 

This one is mine. It’s a double tribute to Poe (subject matter) and Tim Burton (style).

Raven tattoo

Poe with cat and raven tattoo

Amusing

E.A. Poe caption

comic by Kate Beaton

One Damned Line

Papercraft

PDF of papercraft below:  Little Eddie Papercraft

EAP Papercraft 04

The papercraft shown below is:  Poe’s Grave Papercraft   [PDF]

EAP Papercraft 05

Wallpapers

The Masque of the Red Death and the first Fall of the House of Usher fan art pieces above could be used as wallpapers, as well as these:

Edgar Allan Poe Wallpaper 006

Edgar Allan Poe Wallpaper Fondos 01

Masque of the Red Death Wallpaper

Edgar Allan Poe Wallpaper 004

Edgar Allan Poe Lenore Wallpaper

E.A. Poe wallpaper

Have a Poe wallpaper that I did not create

Nov
23
2012

Death Note

by V. L. Craven

Title and author of book? Complete Death Note Black Edition written by Tsugumi Ohba, art by Takeshi Obata

Genre? Manga. This is my first manga and I quite enjoyed it.

What led you to pick up this book? It’s about a person who can kill criminals without being caught and decides to make the world a better place in this way and how that person is considered a criminal. And it has a goth look to it.

Summarize the plot, but don’t give away the ending. It’s about a notebook that falls from the world of the gods of death. A human picks it up and learns that when he writes a name in it, the person dies. The notebook is accompanied by the god of death who owns it, a Shinigami, named Ryuk. (pronounced ryooku) who only the person who picked up the death notebook, Light Yagami, can see. Say hello, Ryuk.

Hi.

Light knows that criminals dying left and right will provoke suspicions, including that of his father, a top police detective. Light is extremely intelligent and goes to great measures to avoid being caught, which involves pitting his considerable wits against several other geniuses.

What did you like most about the book? The speculation on the way the world would respond to someone topping all of the criminals read as realistic and was interesting. The quirks of the geniuses was fun.

What did you dislike about the book? We can see the thoughts of all of the characters and they think a lot . All of the thinking about their very complicated plans and what they think the others are thinking and planning can get confusing. Some of the rules of the book also seemed contrived rather than organic.

What did you think of the main character? He was extremely intelligent but completely heartless. He had absolutely no compunction about killing both his sister and father. In a way, it makes sense, as God doesn’t have a problem killing people, either, and Light wants to be Kira/God.

Share a favourite scene from the book.  The end had me at the edge of my seat, wondering who’s side everyone would take. The beginning also had several tense scenes where we’re learning how the book works and getting an idea of Light’s intelligence.

What about the ending? It made sense in terms of the narrative of the story but I was disappointed that the ‘good’ guys won, as I wanted . The very end, where Kira has become a god and has worshippers, as well as how it’s revealed by Ryuk that there is no heaven or hell and that when people die they’re just dead was great.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Other Thoughts?  Thoughts on the philosophies in the series. Kira’s principle’s are quite Satanic, in that he believes that people are allowed to pursue their own happiness as long as they don’t impinge on others’ rights to do so as well. He says, ‘It all boils down to those who interfere with people’s pursuit of happiness and those who do not….The right to be happy, that is something that everybody has equal claim to. But that is not something you get by harming, deceiving or even killing other people. To pursue your happiness without getting in the way of others, while respecting the rights of others; that is the way humans should lead their lives.’

This is an excellent example of Satanic philosophy, stated succinctly. Towards the end, when Light explains his philosophy, Near says ‘Nobody can tell what is right and what is wrong, what is righteous and what is evil. Even if there is a god and I had his teachings before me, I would think it through and decide if that was right or wrong myself…’ though Near is pitted against Kira, his feeling is also quite Satanic, as Satanists believe in knowing oneself and one’s personal philosophy rather than what others tell you.  This is also one of the overlaps with Buddhism, as the Buddha said, ‘Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.’ I’m still with Kira, obviously.

Bonus factoid: A friend of mine who speaks Japanese says the translation of the word ‘Note’ in ‘Death Note’ is actually the word for ‘notebook’, so it should be called ‘Death Notebook’.

This clip is from the live action film. Shinigamis need apples in the way smokers need cigarettes.

Some bonus wallpapers:

 

Nov
21
2012

Wallpapers – NIN

by V. L. Craven

Ghosts I-IV Wallpapers – Widescreen   [zip file]

Ghosts I-IV Wallpapers – Standard   [zip file]

NIN Avatars and Web Graphics   [zip file]

NIN Ghosts I-IV album art PDF

Some of my favourite Nine Inch Nails wallpapers

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