25 October 2006 @ 09:09 pm
we have never been back there since  
I would like you to please admire the pumpkin I just carved. I got the pattern from Blade Diary where a guy named Posterchild posts stencils for graffiti and examples of how it looks actually painted on something. I like the site, but I'm not much of a tagger, so I altered one of the patterns and made it work for my pumpkin.

Step 1: pick out a good pumpkin.

Step 2: draw the pattern on the pumpkin.

Step 3: rip out the guts of the pumpkin.

Step 4: very carefully carve the pumpkin.

Step 5: hold the pumpkin up as if it was your head.

Step 6: light the pumpkin and see how it looks.

The gentlemen depicted is Alan Turing, who is considered the father of modern computer science... maybe you've heard of the Turing test for artificial intelligence? He was British and worked for the British secret service as a mathematician and cryptographer until he was convicted of being a homosexual (which he was and which was considered a mental illness under the law). To avoid being sent to prison, he had to agree to undergo estrogen hormone therapy, and he did for a year, but the homosexuality conviction caused him to lose his security clearance and therefore to lose his job. He killed himself a year later by eating an apple poisoned with cyanide, which seems a little ornate, I think.

It's quite a sad story, but he makes a delightful pumpkin. The last time I carved one was four years ago and it had a pineapple on it. It was pretty nice, but I think Turing beats it, even though he looked better in the drawing phase than at the end of the process.
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Nancy Baboon: saddest ghostnancy_baboon on October 26th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
That is probably the most ridiculously amazing thing I've ever seen. Shall I bow down to you now, or later?
Selwyn-Lloydsellywelly on October 26th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)

There really aren't any words for how cool this is so I should just end the comment now.
Tim Magawmanofthehour on October 26th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Why did you carve a pumpkin with an outline of Colin's dad?
Meryl Swiatek: wondermerylinabarrel on October 26th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Colin Morris: Black & Whitecolinmorris on October 26th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
My sentiments precisely. Haha.
David J. Schwartzsnurri on October 26th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
That jack-o-lantern is the greatest. Both in subject and in execution.
B-)>bulletsandbones on October 26th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm always amazed when I see these detailed carvings, and yours is great!

And the computer-guy in me loves that you picked Turing, ha ha! Awesome ~~Napalm %-)>
bkbkdeftones on October 26th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
so i totally remember the i pineapple barry pumpkin. should i not?
ex_architect873 on October 26th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
RIP Alan Turing
On top of everything else, the estrogen apparently gave him some formidable man breasts. Imagine the tenderness...

(The ornate apple suicide seems appropriate for someone who dealt with such ornate codes.)
Colin Morris: Heycolinmorris on October 26th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Where are you going to keep that? Is it be able to fit on your window sill?
calamity jane: LZ alcoholic jackjaneanger on October 26th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
You have got to be one of the coolest people I've ever come across. That pumpkin is amazing.
smartaxesmartaxe on October 26th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Wow! That pumpkin is great!!!
And such historical significance!

It's like, school and fun all rolled up in one!

Yay pumpkins!
overn0veragain on October 27th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
that is the coolest thing i have ever seen in my life.
Heir of Silenceheirofsilence on October 28th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
You can consider that pumpkin admired :D

That's quite a historical reference for a pumpkin- I must confess that I wouldn't have recognized Turing's image if I'd come across it walking around (but I definitely recognize the name).
Turing probably ranks up there with Oscar Wilde in terms of influential men's men, IMO.

If you didn't already know, this LJ post has been posted on Boing Boing, which is how I happened across it

(P.S... I think glowing Turing > drawing phase Turing. Just my input)
(Anonymous) on September 10th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Great post
This is amazing, what a talent. Happy Halloween!
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