October Takeover: ZomB Movies

~posted by Kara F. 

The BatteryThe Battery was simple in its execution, a dark film with a surprising amount of heart. It was a much more realistic film than other zombie movies I’ve seen in the past and by far my favorite. The film is about two guys and their baseball bats just trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, and bugging each other a whole lot along the way. I liked the relationship between these two friends because I could see myself being thankful for having someone by my side, but also getting annoyed as heck with them.

Cockneys vs ZombiesCockneys Vs. Zombies was quirky and odd, basically so very British. A group of friends go a mission to rob a bank to save a retirement home from being demolished. One of them has a grandfather who resides there, so between their inept skills at bank robbing and the zombie horde unleashed upon them, let’s just say it’s a good thing the humor can get you through… sometimes.

ZombeaversNow Zombeavers, yup, you read that right…and the cover… this one was by far the corniest of the bunch, but I couldn’t take me eyes off of the film. I mean what can go wrong in a cabin in the woods on a beaver infested lake when toxic sludge rolls in! Despite the corn factor, this is definitely a must-watch with a group of friends and a film worthy of a drinking game invented in its honor. Go forth and conquer, I say!

All Cheerleaders DieAll Cheerleaders Die
was a bit fluffy, but an interesting concept. It has all the girl drama of Mean Girls, but has a more boys against girls vibe going on. After her friend Alexis’ death the year before, Maddy decides to join the cheerleading squad to exact revenge on Alexis’ boyfriend. Add in a lesbian Wiccan ex-girlfriend and some powerful stones and boys being jerks—well it all goes a little haywire. Not that I was expecting much from zombie cheerleaders, but it kind of let me down. At least I got a few laughs out of it.

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October Takeover: DIY Ghost Tours: Guidebooks for your Local Ghosts

~By Blythe S.

Have you ever wondered who is haunting your neighborhood? Ghost have purportedly taken up residence in a number of bars, theaters, restaurants, stores, parks and other places in Seattle–enough to create entire guidebooks on the subject.

Find Spooked in Seattle in the SPL CatalogFind Ghosts of Seattle in the SPL CatalogFind Ghosts Hunter's Guide to Seattle in the SPL CatalogFind Pacific Northwest Haunts in the SPL CatalogFind Washington's Haunted Hotspots in the SPL Catalog

During October a number of worthy ghost tours are offered to guide you through dark, damp streets. You will pop into establishments, and peek through windows, hoping to spot something unusual while listening to a guide give you the lowdown on the undead.  But if you want to avoid the skittish screamers and loud disbelievers, or simply explore an area without a tour, you can design your own.

Plan an evening walk through a neighborhood in Seattle or even visit a nearby town. One of the unexpected treats of seeking out Seattle’s ghosts is that you will inevitably learn a lot about the sordid history of this city’s past 200 or so years.

For example, one of the most haunted places in Seattle is the Butterworth Building – home to the first official mortuary in the city.  Linda Hazzard (1867-1938), the “doctor” who starved 40 patients to death, allegedly had her bodies cremated here.  Many businesses have tried and failed to stay for any length of time in the main floors of the building. People have witnessed unsettling ghostly figures, objects being thrown and door knobs rattling. Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in the basement of the building has thrived, though there are reports of hauntings there as well.

In 1983 the Wah Mee Club in the International District was the site of the brutal murders of thirteen people. That portion of the building remained locked and abandoned but strange noises, shadowy figures and faces in the window were seen over the years. A mysterious fire broke out in the vacant, upper floors in 2013, proving devastating to other businesses in the building. A portion of the building was demolished, exposing the basement where the murders occurred.

Other highly haunted places include the Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Underground in Pioneer Square, but many neighborhoods boast ghostly inhabitants. Check out this list of books for help in planning your own haunted trip!

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You Know You Love Data…

~ posted by Ann G.

Or, if you don’t now, we can help you become the best kind of data geek!  Even if all you do is read news articles, in print or online, you need discerning data skills, to know what to believe.  Data is also behind many of the cool apps we use on our mobile devices.  The library is hosting an awesome program on October 13 (at 6 pm downtown), called From Data to Action: Open Data and You,” where you can start thinking about data, how to use it and how it might fit into your life (and how some Seattle developers created cool apps!).  We hope you’ll join us!

And, what do we mean when we say, “data”?  Is it the same as statistics?  Well, not exactly…generally, data is what you enter into your spreadsheet, and statistics are the charts and conclusions that you make after you whisper to the data and it tells you its secrets (better known as data analysis).  Statistics are what we see every day in news stories.  Here are a few festive guides to dipping a toe into the glorious world of numbers and statistics!

Photo credit: John C Bullas on Flickr

Photo credit: John C Bullas on Flickr

You can start with cartoons and manga.  They will help you ease in to understanding even tough concepts by explaining them in relatable ways.  The Manga Guide to Statistics follows Rui, who is “introduced to statistics with heart-pounding excitement” as she and her tutor Yamamoto travel through probability, distribution, and tests of independence—as well as, eventually, love.  Great art and humor make this a great starting place!  (There are also many more manga guides in our collection, from physics to calculus to molecular biology).  Another option is The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics, which features “dragon-riding Vikings, lizard-throwing giants, and feuding aliens”.  Nothing wrong with that!

There are also books like Statistics Demystified, which is true to its title and also part of a series, and Math for the Non-Math Lovers (which is in our Safari Tech e-book collection, which has our most up to date technical material and is easy to just read on any device, laptop or computer screen without downloading any software).   You can even come into the library and see a tutor if you want to go over this with someone!  Whatever the case, knowing more about statistics gives you power.  Grab it!

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October Takeover: The Death of Poe

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial

One hundred and sixty six years ago today, Edgar Allan Poe mysteriously died at the age of 40. Though his life was tumultuous and short he is still celebrated as one of the great American writers. His unnerving prose are often invoked during this month of the dead and his infamous raven has become as notorious as the witches’ black cat. There is a museum dedicated to him in Richmond, Virginia and the Mystery Writers of America give out an award named in his honor every spring. Although his death was over a century and a half ago he still influences literature and culture today. Below are just a few books we have that Poe either wrote or were written about him, and you can find them on this list in the catalog.

~posted by Selby G. 

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October Takeover: Crafting for the Apocalypse

~posted by Carrie M.

So, it’s finally happened: the world as we know it has ended. That’s right, it’s the apocalypse, and you have found yourself as one of the few lucky survivors. Congratulations! But does living in dystopian future without all the conveniences of the past really mean that you have to give up your favorite hobbies and crafts? Absolutely not! This short list of craft books will help keep you safe, stylish, and clean while you fight your way through the scorched remains of the world.

Find Junk Genius in the SPL catalogIf you’re thinking about gadgets and gizmos to make your new life in the wastelands easier, be sure to check out Awesome Projects from Unexpected Places, Junk Genius, and The Handmade Home. These books will teach you how to repurpose all the items you’ve salvaged from the old world to make them useful again (or turn them into valuable trade objects). You can learn how to make baby slings, test tube spice racks, wooden beer mugs, how to turn old crates into portable gardens, and so much more! Continue reading

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October Takeover: Asian Horror – Black Cats, Buried Secrets and Ghosts With Long Hair

~posted by David H. 

In 2002, the Hollywood film The Ring, starring Naomi Watts and directed by Gore Verbinski, opened to excellent box office, becoming a surprise hit. Though few were aware of it, The Ring was a remake of a Japanese film called Ringu (1998) that had been making a stir among horror fans. The success of The Ring started a wave of Hollywood remakes of Asian horror films, most of them inferior to the originals. Luckily, the box office success of the remakes meant the originals became available on home video where they’ve been scaring viewers ever since. Continue reading

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October Takeover: Halloween History

~posted by Meranda T.

Halloween_Vintage_05Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. My earliest movie memories have to do with Halloween. Such as Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree. Which is both a movie and a book. While I didn’t read the book until recently, the movie truly influenced me. It’s a fun The Halloween Tree by Ray BradburyHalloween movie that explores the history of Halloween and is narrated by Ray Bradbury himself! Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) is the leader in this voyage through time along with four kids on Halloween night trying to save their friend and learn about how Halloween came into existence. I recommend both the book and the movie but personally, I think the movie is better.

However, if you would like a more details on Halloween here are a few suggestions: Continue reading

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