Inhuman Lovers and Deadly Curiosity

The tale of Bluebeard has been adapted for the stage and the cinema just as often as tales of sleeping beauties and young women who cannot keep track of their shoes. Yet it is not a typical folk/fairy tale. Indeed, it is more akin to a modern horror film than to a Disney cartoon. It is a tale without a hero and, at best, can be seen as a cautionary tale about the dangers inherent in sex (particularly with inhuman lovers), greed, and curiosity. The most recent adaptation, Ex Machina, plays with the typical themes in a Bluebeard-inspired tale and adds its own narrative twist, but creates an even darker version for modern audiences to enjoy.

August 14th, 1851 – “I’m Your Huckleberry”

John Henry “Doc” Holliday . . . gambler, gunfighter, dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt Earp was born on August 14th, 1851. 

CHAKRAS – Time Travelers’ Ball 2015

They played at the very first Time Travelers’ Ball in 2011, and we are thrilled to announce their return . . . CHAKRAS are playing the 2015 Time Travelers’ Ball!

Steampunk Steals Matchstick Record

There’s a new world record holder for the largest wooden matchstick model. And it goes to Plane Loco, a flying train engine designed by Pat Acton. It was described by tickld as unlikely for two reasons, one being that it was steampunk and the second because “so ridiculously massive and intricately designed.” The piece took […]

August 13th, 1913 – The Phoney Five Day King

In 1913, when Albania broke away from the Ottoman Empire, some Albanian Muslims invited Halim Eddine, a nephew of the Sultan, to come and be crowned king. Noticing his own resemblance to Halim Eddine, Otto Witte, a German circus acrobat, traveled to Durrës with a friend, the sword-swallower Max Schlepsig. He claimed that he had succeeded in […]

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 55: Interview with Tyler Grant!

Today, we finally have the geektastic Tyler Grant on the podcast! After too much of life happening, we were finally able to get our schedules to match! The original plan was to have this be a two-parter episode and to record again the nest day, but, various things out of our control happened, and we […]

Psyche Corporation – Time Travelers’ Ball 2015

We are thrilled that we can now announce the entertainment line up for the 2015 Time Travelers’ Ball and we begin with our headline act from New York, Psyche Corporation! Far into the future, the Internet is jacked directly into your mind, an integrated brain-machine network known as the Psi-net. Psyche Corp. manufactures your custom-made dreams, […]

Pembroke’s Remedies – Cocaine Wine!

In a warm, mahogany paneled drawing room, adorned with filled bookshelves, gorgeous chandeliers and lofty ceilings, Dr. James D. Pembroke sits in an armchair, leaning slightly to one side. To his right, upon a handsome George III oak side-table, sits six or seven bottles of what appears to be wine, yet upon closer inspection they all bear […]

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