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Starbucks Opens Theme Park in Seattle
Posted on 12.18.14 by Widge @ 3:58 pm

Starbucks Roastery

Okay, not technically an actual theme park. But goddamn, it sure looks like it. And I know some people dislike Starbucks for varied and sundry reasons. Me, I'm an equal opportunity coffee drinker. I just need the liquid sleep and 99.8% of the time, I don't care where it comes from.

Let's set all that aside for just a moment. Forget for a second that this is about Starbucks at all. Let's just focus on the coffee aspect of the following setup. In fact, do me this favor. Start the first video...and watch the second video muted. There may be ads preceding one or both, we can't do anything about that...but just...do this experiment. Sync them up as best you can and then see if it doesn't make you a little misty-eyed. If you don't, then I must question your true love of coffee.

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File Under: Stimuli
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Your Weekend Justice #228: The Further Adventures of Lucky Goldstar
Posted on 12.07.14 by Widge @ 10:41 pm

Hickory Farms

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is gigantic compared to Leigh. But then again, most things are.

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File Under: Podcasts and Weekend Justice
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And Now... All Skate
Posted on 12.06.14 by Widge @ 11:09 am

Welcome to the fun of roller skating

Apologies for the recent madness. I've been moving the site to a new server set up. We have close to 200 GB of images, podcasts, and other miscellaneous content that had to be ferried from one place to another. I have a degree in English. If you are thinking to yourself that this sounds like a great pitch for a new, darkly humorous sitcom...then you are correct.

I will spare you the full details of the reasons for the move, but suffice it to say that the old home was very old. and one of the things that you run into with an old server home are people trying to break in. if you run a WordPress site, I urge you to install some form of Limit Logins Plugin...because as I learned from one of Tim Ferriss' posts, native WordPress will let you try passwords all day long, making a brute force entry quite easy. And once you set this up and get notifications or view the log, I think you'll be amazed some bot hasn't already hacked you.

Also, on the new server, WordPress actually comes up without me having to go get a sandwich while I wait. So that's cool. Plus: that new server smell!

Some things may still be broken: like the ability to play podcasts direct on the site, since the plugin we were using for that is no longer kosher. If you spot something broken, feel free to email me or leave a comment here and I will add it to the list.

Anyway, enough with boring webmastery bits. We will shortly be back with slightly more regular (from a scheduling sense) content, and a new look for the site which will incorporate a mobile version. And then hopefully some ways to make the site more sustainable so I can afford to work on it more often.

File Under: Stimuli
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Fight Christmas Creep With Halloween BPAL Scents
Posted on 11.24.14 by ScottC @ 2:48 am

Christmas pumpkins

An example of Christmas Creep

At dawn on November 1st, an explosion goes off in stores across America. Not a chemical or nuclear bomb: a festive bomb. Yes, retailers in their greed and desperation start those jingles and deck the aisles with holly, mistletoe, and every bit of Christmas crap their perverse consumer product researchers can envision. I don't care what the "official" story is, The Elf On The Shelf was imagined by a toy executive after a 72-hour Hunter S. Thompson-inspired drug and hooker binge. This holiday madness has overrun Thanksgiving or The Day Before Black Friday (or Mauve Thursday or whatever the hell it's called). It is only the dark occult power of Halloween that has stopped its advance. Speaking of Halloween, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab gives you the scented tools to grab a little territory from the Kringle-Industrial Complex. Follow us as we peruse the aromatic armory from Black Phoenix. Because Halloween is always in our hearts. It can also be in our noses.

[[ Protect yourself from Christmas Creep ]]

File Under: Headsup
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Your Weekend Justice #227: Everything Happened
Posted on 11.23.14 by Widge @ 11:00 pm

Randolph Mantooth from Emergency

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that wears the Hat of Evil as well as the Socks of Malice.

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File Under: Podcasts and Weekend Justice
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Your Weekend Justice #226: Margaret Atwood, Please Fix Hollywood
Posted on 11.16.14 by Widge @ 9:54 pm

Used Car Lot

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that has Mr. Kaplan on speed-dial.

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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 32: Night of the Living Dead
Posted on 10.31.14 by Widge @ 11:00 pm

Bill Hinzman, Zombie Number One from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Bill Hinzman, the first modern zombie (1936-2012)

So here we are again. Halloween. And the end of another 32 Days marathon of mayhem. And, no surprise, our movie for tonight is the same as it's always been...much in the same way that Jack Torrance has always been at the Overlook. It's the first flesh-eating zombie movie. The one that spawned an entire industry...which I'm pleased about for multiple reasons. It's Night of the Living Dead. Maybe we'll see you again next year. Enjoy, everybody. Happy Halloween.

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File Under: 32 Days of Halloween
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Smart Costuming is the New Sexy Costuming
Posted on 10.31.14 by ScottC @ 3:02 pm

Sexy Beetlejuice, Sexy Pikachu, Sexy Patrick costumes

Ladies, you can do better

Tis the season for the internet to be inundated with articles on the latest in ridiculous 'sexy [blank]' costumes. You know, Sexy Nurse, Sexy Sexy Teacher, Sexy SWAT commando. Even geek culture is not immune from this. Take the picture above. In case they're not obvious (or in case one look was sufficient and you don't wish to repeat the experience), yes, you are seeing Sexy Beetlejuice, Sexy Pikachu from Pokemon, and Sexy Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants. I hate when reality is a better comedy writer than I am.

Now, I am not slut shaming. I am the last person to shame sluts, trust me. But some people for various reasons don't want to expose so much so that the whole world is your gynecologist. Also, some of you want to show some class instead of some ass. So if you're going out tonight or partying this weekend (I know it's November, but hey, any excuse) I thought I would offer a few suggestions on costumes that are geeky and sexy but don't make you look like a streetwalker.

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File Under: 32 Days of Halloween
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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 32: Christopher Lee Remembers
Posted on 10.31.14 by Widge @ 1:29 pm

Christopher Lee and Vincent Price, playing chess

Usually, today is the day I post a bunch of odds and ends that fell out the bottom and didn't fit anywhere else. But then I ran across this video...and it felt like it needed to be shared...and that it would be disrespectful to add anything else to it. Because I think it speaks for itself.

File Under: 32 Days of Halloween
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Your Weekend Justice #225: Every Breath You Take: The Podcast
Posted on 10.31.14 by Widge @ 1:26 pm

Real Roxanne on a Roll

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is going to show up at your house tonight to Trick or Treat and by God, you better have some good candy. Or next time we're recording at your place.

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File Under: Podcasts and Weekend Justice
Comments: 3 Comments




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