The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Home Improvement Minions: Crows vs. Flying Monkeys

Since making zombies is such a labor intensive process and they do half-assed work most of the time, I'm always looking for new minions of evil. So, this article at NPR really caught my attention.

Here is a short excerpt:

" Hacker Josh Klein wowed attendees this weekend at TED — the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference — with his "crow vending machine," a device that gives the birds peanuts for depositing a coin. It's all part of Klein's plan to train crows to save human lives.

Just wrapping up in Monterey, Calif., TED gives inventors 18 minutes to wow an audience of people who each paid $6,000 to be blown away by new ideas. Klein's game plan? To explain "why crows are better than flying monkeys, and how you can teach them to do your bidding."

Personally, I still think flying monkeys are the way to go. In addition to really freaking out your neighbors, they have opposable thumbs. I don't care how smart your average crow is, can he use a nail gun with that friggin' beak?

That isn't to say that having trained crows don't have their uses for the average DIY'er. Screw saving lives, let's focus on the important part: these birds collect money. And what DIY'er doesn't need more money? I don't know how fast these crows work, but I imagine that a whole flock of them working day after day could bring you quite a nice haul.

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