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  1. Haunting Science

    Anyone who knows me knows I love big displays of science. Sure, vinegar and baking soda is a mildly interesting reaction, but put it in a ziplock and it explodes, which is much better! Put it in a volcano model, and ...well, we have all seen that. Mentos and Diet cola is another spectacular reaction. I am always looking for something that makes a big impact.

    You have probably seen a Jacob's ladder. Nothing says "mad science" like a buzzing, sparking thing that serves ...
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  2. Halloween On The Air

    What do you think when you think "old fashioned Halloween"? I was listening to a recording of "The Great Gildersleeves" From 1943, when one of the characters said "Let's have a real old-fashioned Halloween party". I thought about that. Here is a show about 75 years old. What would characters in their 40s consider old fashioned?

    Turns out, it was mostly about pranks that were clever but harmless. Perhaps a sock filled with chalk powder for smacking ...
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  3. The Beast Within

    I have always been drawn to werewolf stories. The idea of the shapeshifter intrigues me, but a werewolf is typically a tragic figure more than anything else. At first, it seems very cool. Every full moon the werewolf metamorphoses into a powerful beast, seemingly invulnerable to all but silver.

    The thing is, this is a curse, not a gift. The werewolf, by his very nature, is separated from mankind by the beast within. Worse, the victims will inevitably be those he loves. Therein ...

    Updated 07-06-2018 at 03:56 PM by JustJimAZ

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  4. Creepy ambience from a master

    Really, the whole film (Vampyr) by Carl Theodore Dreyer is an exercise in creepy ambiance. The light and shadow, the sets, the characters - they are all more than a little surreal. This particular clip, however, is just one set that could have been rather mundane. It is the doctor's office. I think you will agree, however, that this is no ordinary doctor.



    The very first feature of the room is a small child's skeleton. That's creepy and unusual ...

    Updated 07-01-2018 at 08:40 AM by JustJimAZ

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  5. Steampunk it!

    What if we lived in the world envisioned by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells rather than George Orwell? Airships, submarines, computers, prosthetics - everything would be powered by steam. A Victorian aesthetic would be the norm.

    This is the idea behind the world of steampunk. Copper is the metal of choice. Steel is not stainless. in this world, nothing is immune from "industrialization". I have seen steampunk walking sticks, which of course makes no sense since a stick requires ...
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