Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
- I was looking around for something else and found out about a line of perfumes called The Morbid the Merrier. I have no idea what these things smell like, but I love the name.
- I always am questing for info on how to make good Nightmare Before Christmas themed costumes. I found a rather good (in 2-D anyway) Jack Makeup Tutorial.
- Never knew that Alla Nazimova did a version of Salome where it seems they tried very hard to imitate the look of Aubrey Beardsley's pictures.
- Best historical palm reading how-to guide I've yet found is from this book: Mother Bombie's Book of Witchcraft. Best astrology book I've yet found is this one: Sextrology.
Monday, June 25, 2012
"To Make Blancmange - one pint of milk, half an ounce of isinglass, or a small quantity of gelatine boiled a quarter of an hour; add loaf-sugar, and flavor to taste; strain, and turn out when perfectly cold."-- Godey's Magazine, 1859
"Blawmanger. Tak þe two del of rys, þe thridde pert of almoundes; wash clene þe rys in leuk water & turne & seth hem til þay breke & lat it kele, & tak þe melk & do it to þe rys & boyle hem togedere. & do þerto whit gres & braun of hennes grounde smale, & stere it wel, & salte it & dresch it in disches. & frye almaundes in fresch gres til þey be browne, & set hem in þe dissches, & strawe þeron sugre & serue it forth."["Blancmange. Take two parts of rice, a third part of almonds; wash the rice clean in lukewarm water and put it into a pot and boil it till the grains open, and let it cool; and take milk and add it to the rice and boil them together; and add thereto the white fat and the meat of chickens, ground fine, and stir it well and salt it and put it into dishes; and fry the almonds in fresh oil till they are browned, and set them in the dishes, and dust it over with sugar, and serve it forth."]-- Utilis Coquinario, ca. 1400
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Admittedly both here reproduce so small that it is difficult to tell that it's a photo of the Fairview Cemetery, but nevermind that. Here's how to work a similar job with Photoshop Elements (the cheaper version of Abobe Photoshop.)
1) Remove color from your picture by going to Enhance - Adjust Color - Remove Color.
2) Go to Filter - Blur - Surface Blur and blur as much as needed. The size of your picture will affect this, as will how sharp of a picture it was to begin with.
3) Go to Enhance - Adjust Lighting - Levels and tweek as needed to create a look like an old picture. If needed, proceed then to Enhance - Adjust Color - Adjust Color Curves and make further changes.
4) Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool and starting from the top left corner click and drag to the bottom right corner. Adjust the Feather option to a suitable number of pixels (this will depend on how large your photograph is.)
5) Go to Select - Inverse.
6) Use Filter - Blur - Smart Blur to blur the edges of the picture as much as you want for the effect.
7) Click off the Marquee, then go to Filter - Noise - Add Noise and as much as you need. Make sure it's set to Monochromatic.
8) Duplicate the layer (there should be only one layer at this point.)
9) Go to Filter - Texture - Grain to add grain to your new top layer. Set the layer then to Overlay Blending mode and Opacity 50%.
10) Now. Have ready a black and white picture of some scratches. Copy this and apply it as a new layer atop the others. Adjust the levels in Enhance - Adjust Lighting - Levels if needed, to create a crisp image.
11) Set the scratches layer to Soft Light mode at 80%. Don't fret if you don't see enough scratches yet, we're about to make magic happen...
12) Merge your scratches layer and your 50% layer. Now things should look like they came straight out of the video for NIN's Closer.
The following steps are optional (I did use them on the above example.)
13) Go to Layer - Layer Style - Inner Glow and adjust till you have the desired effect around the edges.
14) Flatten image.
15) Use Enhance - Adjust Color - Color Variations to achieve whatever tint you want over the photo.
And there you have it! Giving credit where it's due, this technique was adapted from the instructions at Alfoart's Photoshop Old Photo page.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
To Ruin the Happiness of Your Spell-TargetBottle or JarPaper with enemy's name written 9 timesGoofer DustBlack SaltRed Wine VinegarBegin by rubbing the name-paper thoroughly with Goofer Dust, while cursing your enemy. Shake off the paper, and place it into the jar. Fill the jar a portion of the way with Black Salt, and say "__(name)__, this destroys your luck." Then top it off with the Red Wine Vinegar, and say, "__(name)__, this sours your fortune." Tightly cap the jar, and give it a thorough shaking: the contents will combine into a black sludge. Dispose of the jar in a graveyard.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
- Cocaine (sprinkled in warm milk or snorted.)
- Essential Oils such as sump.
- Rough Shag (to be enjoyed in pipe before bed.)
- Doctor Gregor MacGregor's Unmentionable Embrocation and Axel Grease (rub on chest or raw poultry.)
- Claret (watered; avoid the year 1878 as it may cause internal bleeding.)
- Leafy Green Vegetables in goosefat.
- Swan (broiled NOT roasted.)
- Pigeon Compote.