Archive for September, 2011

Weekend links for 9-10-2011

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Music to listen to for you.

First up we have Josie Charlwood who may not be everyone’s cup of tea but she is incredibly talented. Her voice reminds me of somebody but I don’t know who.
Next up is actor/musician/funny as hell man Hugh Laurie. Yes Dr. House/Bertie Wooster/The Prince Regent can play and sing.
Finally, not music but in honor of what would have been his birthday on 9-4 we have Brian May’s essay on his first meeting Freddie Mercury.

The 9-11 Links

Refuting the idiots, sorry the fucking idiots who think 9-11 was an inside job.
What one actor and former firefighter did on September 11.
How other actors also helped out.
In the aftermath of 9-11 what remains to be done.
The plan of two F-16 pilots who were sent up to intercept flight 93: a kamikaze mission.
The final funeral for the passengers of flight 93.
Lastly, welcome to Texas unless you’re from al-Jazeera.

Fact checking the Republican debate.
Lest you think the Republicans are a big happy family, they’ve already begun their war of words against each other.
Despite the cheers for it, did Rick Perry execute an innocent man? Probably.
Don’t blame the Tea Party for all of this. A blue-dog Democrat points out who really destroyed bipartisanship.

A better idea. What Astrophysicist and Nova:Science Now host Neil deGrasse Tyson would do if he were president. Not be president.

What the government doesn’t seem to get:
Exxon is betting on global warming being real while funding denialists.
Partisan cock-blocking is probably to blame for the feelings of fear.
Some of the rich do feel that they should pay more taxes.

DIY Libyan style. Mounting a U-38 rocket launcher on the back of your pick-up.
Speaking of Libya. Why shutting down social networks doesn’t stop rebels from communicating.

Headlines that lie to you:
man dies from toothache because he lacks medical insurance. He chose to buy pain pills over buying anti-biotics.
Why netflix may be on your side. They aren’t. They are on the side of their shareholders and that is all.
Not a lie but definitely exaggerated. Using media to forecast global unrest and find bin Laden, well after the fact anyway.

Recent deaths that you didn’t know affected you and the world you live in.
Founder of Project Gutenberg and e-book creator dies at age 64.
Bill Kunkel, writer of the first magazine column about video games, dies at age 61.

Things to make and do:
Make a flashlight from cereal boxes and aluminum cans.
Make a duel camera tripod.
Obsolete skills that show how old you are.
How to boost your self-confidence by making a list of your failings.

Finally, the pictures of the week

Death Sta… sorry lunar eclipse.

Dragon con cosplay Day One, Day Two, Day Three.

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Links of the Week for September 3, 2011

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Music you should give a listen to
For the country fans we have anime voice over actor and Godhead frontman Jason Charles Miller. Check out his cover of Pat Benetar’s “Love is a Battlefield.”

Far be it from me to not pimp my buddy Trent and his hard rocking band Hemi even if their lead singer is a soul patch wearing hippy.

And finally The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. You may have heard there song “Around the Bend” in an iPod commercial but don’t hold that against them.

The joy of test driving a BMW S1000RR motorcycle is in not getting run over.

Dress up your pool table light and your pool table as well.

Another foot washes up on the shores of Vancouver BC bringing the total to 11 to found along the BC/Washington coastline in the last four years.

Humanity is doomed by its own anger.

Here’s something cool for your Halloween party or goth bar.

Denny’s new 895 calorie heart attack sandwich debuts

How to tell an area is recovering from a natural disaster? Check the Waffle House Index.

Denny’s ups its own ante with the 1690 calorie heart attack sandwich. No, it doesn’t come with free angioplasty.

Nature attacks the Eiffel Tower.

Bad ass of the week: The Bear Puncher.

Maybe humanity isn’t doomed.

The definition of a good month in Iraq.

Live action Captain Planet? Yeah, I’d watch that

How to shit on the fans who made you a millionaire.

What George Lucas is a hypocrite.

Michigan governor: Fuck the poor and unemployed.

Is it anti-science or saying whatever it takes to get elected?

The History Channel lying to the public just for the ratings.

Idiot on vacation

Rebels to idiot: Go the fuck home!

I see your true colors shining through, and they are pretty awesome.

Basic math: If people are worried about lay-offs they aren’t going to buy luxury items to help grow the economy.

Devotion to duty

Follow up: A new home

What you should know about time: You get what everyone gets, you get a lifetime.

Countdown to Netflix streaming failing in 3, 2, 1.

Here. Go learn something.

Fine. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but let me be a bigot.

A reasonable fear for Dick Cheney.

Barack Obama proving he can cave with the best of them.

If you only check out one link, make it this one. A new way to let the White House know what’s important to you.

Tolerant cat is tolerant.

A cosmic perspective of everywhere mankind has set foot.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra finds new classical music to play.

How to stand behind your product.

Proper reporting of sexual assaults is key. Idiotic comments are expected.

Donald Duck lied to you.

Endangered or Threatened? The only species that is both.

Bad Science idea of the day: Capture an asteroid.

Women don’t know science. Do they?

Where do all those damn cat videos come from? Now you know.

Some stop-motion retro cartoon fun.

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The Geek Trifecta of Acting

September 2, 2011 1 comment

The Geek Trifecta of Acting is something I made up because I have too much time on my hands and spend it thinking about actors and the roles they play.

Simply put an actor can score a Geek Trifecta by having a major role in three movies that come from or relate to the geek culture of fantasy, horror, science fiction, comic books, video games, cartoons, toys, or fantasy/horror/science fiction literature or television. To qualify an actor must have played three roles in three unrelated movies or shows from three separate genres. Playing Aragorn in three movies doesn’t qualify Viggo Mortenson. Mentioning him however, does mean you have to say his first name as “Veeeeggo” like Peter MacNicol in Ghostbusters II.

First an abbreviated list of what qualifies: Any original sci-fi/fantasy/horror movie series or individual film. Any film in those genres spawned by literature, comic books, video game, or TV show, that has a continued following in geek culture. So the following movies/series apply: Comic book based films, Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Stargate, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, The Lord of the Rings, Resident Evil, Firefly, Buffy, Supernatural, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery, and the James Bond films.

You can’t watch Bond and tell me it’s not science fiction. There is no way you can have sex with that many women and not get an STD.

For individual films the qualifications are on a case by case basis The Fifth Element qualifies for science fiction films but Zardoz doesn’t. Mostly because no one should have to see Sean Connery with his junk in a bright red posing pouch. I did and had to bleach my eyes. Blade Runner qualifies but Dr. Gold foot and the Bikini Machine doesn’t despite having Vincent Price in it. It depends on audience reception more than critical reception but that plays a part as well.

So what actors have pulled of the GT of A?

Bruce Willis: James Cole in 12 Monkeys (remake of La Jetée), Corben Dallas in The Fifth Element (original movie), Hartigan in Sin City (cb).

Gary Oldman: Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element (see above), Sirius Black in HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Fantasy Lit), Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight (cb).

Patrick Stewart: Gurney Halleck in Dune (SFL), Captain Jean Luc Picard in ST:TNG movies, Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men

Christopher Lee : Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (SF Lit), Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II (OM), Saruman in LOTR (FL).

Lee would also win one for his horror movie work for playing The Creature in Curse of Frankenstein (1957) (SF/Gothic Horror L), Dracula in Horror of Dracula 1958 (GHL), and Kharis the Mummy in The Mummy 1959 (OM)

Peter Cushing gets his for playing Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (GH/SFL)(1957), Dr. Who in Dalek’s Invasion Earth 2150 AD (SF from TV), Gran Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV (OM).

Vincent Price gets one for playing Professor Henry Jerrod in House of Wax (Horror Play), Dr. Robert Morgan in The Last Man on Earth (adaptation of I am Legend), and Roderick Usher in House of Usher (HL).

I’m fairly certain that a law was passed saying that either Lee, Cushing, or Price had to be offered a role in any horror movie made between 1957 and 1972.

What about women?

Sigourney Weaver: Ripley in Alien (SFL), Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters (OM), and either Gwen Demarco in Galaxy Quest (OM) or Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar (OM) Personally, I prefer the former.

Natalie Portman: Queen Amidala/Panda Bear in Star Wars Episode I: George Lucas needs money, Evey in V for Vendetta (SFCB), Jane Foster in Thor (CB). Yes, I know that gives Portman two from comic books. However, comic books like other literature is divided into categories. If it’s superheroes it’s generally fantasy. If its dystopian it’s sci-fi.

So who else has pulled off a Trifecta?

Welcome to the basement

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome to the new blog. In here you will find the ramblings, rants, and even ravings of a self-professed geek/skeptic/historian.
Some of these writings might piss you off. Some might make you laugh. Some might make you think. Some might make you question whether or not this blog is written by several caged monkeys in between bouts of poo flinging. I assure you it’s not.

I’m a gorilla.

I will try to update this blog 3 times a week with Fridays usually being a collection of interesting links that I’ve found over the week.
All that being said, read on MacDuff!*

*Yes, I do know it’s “Lay on MacDuff,” and not the often misquoted “Lead on MacDuff,” but I like puns. Really, really bad puns.

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