Weekly Website: Heaven’s Gate

heaven's gate link pictureThe week’s website is the homepage of UFO-worshipping suicide doomsday cult, Heaven’s Gate. Yes, I am a terrible, morbid weirdo. I am mostly just astounded by the fact that, despite most of the members of Heaven’s Gate killing themselves in 1997, their website is still up and running. Apparently, two surviving members were given the directive to keep disseminating the cult’s teachings, even after the mass suicide. Weird that they’d still have so much loyalty to Heaven’s Gate, considering that there obviously wasn’t  a UFO hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet to beam them all up to Heaven.

The thing I find the most interesting about Heaven’s Gate is that they were just such gigantic friggin’ nerds. They made their money by doing web design and programming, and their literature contained several references to Star Trek. There’s an animated GIF that blinks “RED ALERT” at the top of their page.

Of considerable note, there is actually a section of their website entitled “Our Position Against Suicide“. Whelp. That didn’t work out so well.

Weekly Website Wednesday: Epic Exquisite Corpse

epic exquisite corpse link pictureAn exquisite corpse is a collaborative drawing, where one person starts a drawing and then folds over the paper so only a small, unrecognizable portion of the drawing can be seen, then another person continues the drawing from that portion, folds over the paper and passes it on to another person, and so on and so on, until there isn’t any paper left to be drawn on. The paper is then unfolded to reveal a freaky, mutant drawing that is a combination of everyone’s styles.

Epic Exquisite Corpse is a huge version of this. It’s already huge with over 73,000 sections already drawn, but that’s out of a total of a million possible sections, so it’s going to be insane when it’s finished.

Anyhoo, go draw your own section. IT’S FUN!