Archive for February 7th, 2013

Zombie Teddy Bears

February 7, 2013

I don’t know if this artist is going to start selling them here across the pond anytime soon, but I really want one. You can find the story here.

A British artist has created a range of zombie teddy bears – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Phillip Blackman describes his ‘UndeadTeds‘ as “repurposed soft toys transformed into fluffy, bloody horrors to keep you awake at night”.

The 45-year-old, who lives near Ipswich in Suffolk, makes them using old toys and movie-standard gory effects.

“The inspiration came from a rather obscure in-joke between my partner and I,” he said. “She had a terrible cold at the time and we’d been talking about a gift for a friend’s baby.

“With a very stuffy nose “teddy-bear” kept coming out as “deady-bear” and we joked about zombie teddies that creep from under your bed at night to feast on your brains while you sleep.

“I’d been a fan of the Romero-style Zombies since my teens and in my youth I had obtained some minor qualifications in theatrical and special effects make-up; specifically prosthetics and gore.

“I already knew how to make a person into a zombie, so why not use the same techniques and skills on the teddies!

“Each UndeadTed takes in excess of eight hours to make, not including the time it takes for glue, paint and varnish to dry.

“I price them individually depending on size, complexity, materials used and time taken. Most are listed at around the £40 to £60 mark.

“They’ve all been great fun to make but of all the ones I’ve made so far my favourites are the Valentine ones, holding their torn-out hearts aloft as a grisly gift to their lovers. Horrible.”

I wonder how much £40 to £60 is in American dollars and how much shipping from Britain might cost

Update: Here is Phillip Blackman’s website UndeadTeds. His Etsy store is here. He does ship to America but he is out of stock at the moment. Too bad.

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What He Said

February 7, 2013

I haven’t been following Rand Paul‘s career in the Senate very closely, even though he represents our neighboring state, Kentucky. If this video is any indication, he might have a brilliant career ahead of him.

This is great! I’ve been wanting to ask someone these kinds of questions for years. Why can’t I decide what kind of lightbulb or toilet to use. It’s my life.

But, of course it is not about conserving energy of saving the Earth. It is, and always has been, about power. Maybe if we can get a few more Rand Pauls into the Senate, things will change.

The President is not Our Father

February 7, 2013

Way back when Rush Limbaugh had his television show, he liked to show this video from one of the 1992 Presidential debates.

I am as nauseated by this man stating that we are symbolically the President’s children as I was when I first saw this. I might have hoped that this sentiment might have lessened over time, but I guess with Obama it is as strong as ever. Here is a more recent video of Chris Rock saying the President and First Lady are our father and mother.

No, no, no. No, Ponytail guy, the president is not our father and we are not his children. No, Chris Rock, we are not obligated to support the President’s policies.

The Russian peasants used to refer to the Czar as “our little father’, little only in so far as God was the Great Father. This usage is appropriate for slaves and serfs of a despotic monarch. It is utterly wrong for free born Americans to refer to our leaders in such a way. We are not serfs. The President is not our master any more than he is our father. Rather, he and all the other politicians are our servants. The sooner we get that into our heads and treat them as particularly undependable servants, apt to steal the silver when not supervised closely, the better and freer we shall be.


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