Archive - 2006

Odds and Ends for 3-4-2006

Popcorn popper coffee roaster

Caliban, stop humping Stephano’s leg! Over 400 things that should be verboten when directing Shakespeare for the stage or screen.

Penn and Teller almost had a video game? Apparently so.

As long as it doesn’t give any oceanic creatures Will Smith’s face I’m okay with this. Found via Drudge.

“Hey Archie!” Found via Digg.

What are the cores of gas giant planets made of? But what we really want to know is…how many licks does it take to get there? Found via Digg.

It’s a popcorn popper! It’s a coffee roaster! It’s…more gadgetry than we could ever get to work ourselves, but knock yourselves out.
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Tom Baker Says

Tom Baker Says

I realize we’re late to the party on this…but I remember seeing something about this and I don’t think it was clear to me what the hell it was all about. But I got it now. Tom Baker is the voice of British Telecom for when you send text messages to a landline–for a limited time. It sounds damn good, considering–since he recorded phonetic root sounds, you can make him say literally anything you want.

So, of course, somebody had to go and build a website around abusing this with hilarious results. High points are hearing Baker recite from Full Metal Jacket and Pulp Fiction, not to mention his Rex Harrison take on “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Wonderfully twisted.

Can one of our UK readers please snag him saying “Need Coffee Dot Com” for us? It would be much appreciated…
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Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 – Manga Review

Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 1


Art & by: Bisco Hatori
Published by: Shojo Beat/ Viz

Ouran High School Host Club is billed as a romantic comedy, but the emphasis is clearly on the comedy. Haruhi is a poor-as-a-church-mouse scholarship student at exclusive private school Ouran High. While searching for a quiet place to study, she stumbles upon a Host Club, a place where rich, idle, handsome men provide companionship for rich, ideal, pretty girls. While there, Haruhi breaks an $80,000 vase, and to work off her debt, which she could not possibly pay, she agrees to serve as a host, concealing from her eager fans the fact that she is indeed a girl. The girls who visit the Host Club merely see Haruhi as a particularly pretty boy (very bishie!), but the inevitable cross-dressing confusion is only half the fun.

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Your Next Mission: Fred’s Bad Day

Considering how well this worked last time and the excellent turnout we had, let’s play another round of Fiction Frenzy, shall we?

The game is played like this: we will throw open a certain period of time for you to write a short story with a given set of parameters. Anyone is open to participate, including members of the staff. Hopefully when this is all over, like last time, we’ll have a bunch of cool original material scattered amongst a few sites, all of which will play with the parameters in myriad ways. I’ll create a post that links to all the stories and we’ll have an instant anthology, just add water. So the rules of engagement are:

1. You are given your parameters and a timeline.
2. You write your short story.
3. You post it to your site or blog or Live Journal or whatever. If you have no whatever, post it to the Gabfest in the Library. E-mail me a link when you’re done.
4. At the end of the time period, the post goes live and we all get to marvel at what productive, creative bastards we all are. And really, we are all productive, creative bastards…this just gives you a box to do it in and a bunch of interested readers.

The rules for your short story are:

  • 250+ words. No haikus.
  • Must be prose or at least something resembling prose. It’s a short story after all.
  • Must be original. Either your creation or working with things you have permission to. If you want to write using Creative Commons properties, go for it. If you want to write an X-Men story, blech. No thanks. And it must be written during the time period given for the writing frenzy.
  • No shite. We will know shite when we see it. This is the equivalent of the Gabfest rule, “Don’t be a dick.” So no shite, okay?

Okay, got that? Here are your parameters.

Deadline: 1pm EST, Sunday 3/5. That’s a hard stop. At 1:01pm, I will laugh at your late-ass e-mails.
Parameter(s): Across the myriad places that make up the multiverse, there are certain times that a significant number of realities line up in some aspect. Thus the smallest of coincidences (if you believe in such things) can add up to events of cosmic importance. Submitted for your approval: the date March 3rd and the protagonist…Fred. No matter in what universe we find ourselves, we meet some version of Fred. And Fred is having a very, very bad day. This virtual anthology will document a sampling of the many versions of Fred and his Cosmic Bad Day.

Ready? Go.

Headsup: Cast Your Free Time Into Oblivion

The official word has come down from on high: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has gone gold, putting it on track to make its projected March 21st street date. Start setting yourself some automated reminders to do things like eat, feed the pets, and occasionally call your loved ones so they don’t spend frantic hours calling hospitals and morgues after you disappear completely from the social radar of everyone you know.

I’ll be available on Xbox Live if anybody needs me for anything.

Thanks for the headsup, Ripp!

This Just In: McFarlane’s Got Some Big Honkin’ Toys

We’re not shy about telling you what we like. If you’ve seen some of our features for McFarlane Toys in the past, then this is not news: we think their stuff rocks. They make action figures, yeah, but they’re as close to collectible statues as you can get without just flat out removing all the points of articulation and calling it good. Which, if you’ve seen the Miracleman statue they did (which, unbelievably, you can still get for 73% off at Amazon as I write this), you wouldn’t argue with.

Check out the Battle Damaged Robocop we’ve got up there: it’s the Robocop figure you’ve seen before, but ginormous and now banged up, including a piece of the visor missing. The stand is a bit of pavement with some lovely street detritus and, of course, the pistol (which recently made a cameo in Sin City). Now if we could just get the built-in holster in his leg, that would be sweet.

Also, there’s the 12-inch Spawn figure, based on the cover of issue 95. I’ll let you in on a dirty secret of mine: I’m not the biggest Spawn fan in the world. I think the concept of the character’s great, but I’ve never felt like it’s lived up to its potential. I have, however, always had a guilty enjoyment of his ginormous freakout cape. I know McFarlane capes were the rage a while back, but for Spawn it’s worked. That all being said, even I am impressed by this figure. They’ve managed to make a plastic cape look just like the character’s should: namely, everywhere, ragged, huge and out of control. It is badass the way Spawn should be, and they’ve nailed it in this figure. If I like it, hardcore fans will devour it.

And lastly, there’s the 12-inch Scar Predator figure from Aliens vs. Predator. Say what you want about the film (and we have), but the figure is sweet. Along with its wicked base, it comes with its throwing spear/javelin/what-have-you, backpack, and removable helmet. That way you’re welcome to stare at it and say, “Vat the hell are you?”

Buy the 12-inch Robocop from Amazon.
Buy the 12-inch Spawn from Amazon.
Buy the 12-inch Scar Predator from Amazon.

Dodgeball (2004) – DVD Review

Dodgeball DVD


Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel Moore, Chris Williams, Alan Tudyk, Jason Bateman, and Hank Azaria


  • Running audio commentary with actors Stiller &Vaughn and writer/director Thurber
  • Deleted/extended scenes and alternate ending with optional commentary by Thurber
  • DVD-ROM Content: Dodgeball Screenplay
  • Gag reel

Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: At the very least, rent it…

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