Okay, so we appear to have survived another one. Our tenth year was a big one, so let’s pause and reflect, shall we?
Well, on the good side of things, Weekend Justice was relaunched with the entire Needcoffee crew instead of just my boring ass and I think can actually be listened to without psychotropic assistance. For those who like podcasts that become only comprehensible through the use of chemicals, Ken and I started Nuts on the Road, a desperate attempt to make our phone calls productive. You can find all of that mess in our Podcasts category.
Nuts on the Road was also the title of our revamped and revived Gonzo Film Fest at DragonCon, where we brought in not just cool films, but also Paul and Storm and “Howling Mad” Dana Snyder performed. Also there for the weekend were Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer of The Venture Bros., and of course, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Joel Hodgson of Cinematic Titanic. There was also Nuts on the Road: The Mother of All Panel Shows at DragonCon (known in the UK as “Goddammit, Doc!”) which was a triumph of surrealistic performance art. Special thanks to Robert Llewellyn of Red Dwarf for joining in and putting up with us.
Our two satellite sites, Daily Kicksplode and Colors Are Overrated, I put into dormant mode simply because I learned what a bunch of other sites are apparently trying now and will probably learn later: don’t open new sites. I mean, sure, if you’ve got a URL you’ve been sitting on for years and it has some history, fine. But why split your resources? I mean, unless you’re a mega-corp, then you’ve got enough money to override sense. But I’m just saying. One day when with your support we become a mega-corp and can stop making sense, I promise to bring them back.
I revived my Something Odd webcomic, which has now over 70 strips of silliness online. We also launched 700 Bands, our project to come up with usable band names and offer them up for whoever wants them. We’ve gotten more than halfway through, and I’ve expanded the scope of the project to include existing bands with unique names.
And we also implemented a translation plugin that puts this website out there in seven languages besides English. Thus we’ve been able to see some really cool stuff, like a huge surge in our Brazilian readership. We’re talking huge. I hope one day to be able to upgrade this box to the point where we can increase that amount of languages. We’re based in the U.S., but I’ve never wanted this to be a strictly-American website. In fact, any good writers outside the country? Ping me. I want to chat with you.
2008 was an improvement over 2007, but we’re looking to do even more craziness in 2009. Seriously, thanks to everybody who came out, read the site, linked to us (the cheapest way to help us out), and bought stuff through the site. Seriously, we started this site ten years ago as a lark and I have no idea where all you people came from, but may the Flying Spaghetti Monster bless you all.
And now, let’s take a look at the year that was. Starting with the Most Popular Non-Contest Posts of Each Month.
- Here Comes the Government To Save Our Children From Energy Drinks. Thank God.
- Who Was That Faceless Guitar Picker? by Doc
- Excuse Me, Mr. Cruise?
- American Top Gear Coming… From the People Who Brought You American Gladiators
- Something Odd #1
- Spongebob Squarepants vs. AMC
- Something Odd #5
- Sir Winston Churchill Fictional?
- Mississippi to Ban Feeding the Obese
- Mr. Coffee Nerves: The Crack of the 50s
- Brain Toniq Drink Review
- Paul Pope and DKNY to Party Like It’s 2089
- Jesus Christ Superstar’s National Tour review
- Bulletin from the Ministry of Naughty Bits: News Quickies by ScottC
- Bawls Announces G33k B33r
- Red Bull’s cola announcement
- Free Idea: Rockstar Energy Drink Ad Campaign
- Darvaz: Talk About a Hellhole
- White, Blank Page After Trying to Post? – WordPress solution
- Chick-Fil-A’s Coffee Caramel Milkshake – Drink Review
- Iron Man movie review
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie review
- Haagen-Dazs Reserve: Fleur de Sel Caramel – Ice Cream Review
- Brian Blessed Crushes “Have I Got News For You” in a Single Fist
- Boy (Lego) Toys of the DC Universe by ScottC
- Robert Downey Jr. in Cowboys and Aliens
- Paramount’s Dune remake
- Disney Films Online For Free
- Tom Waits and the Kronos Quartet
- 300 Sequel Ideas
- Douglas Adams’ Signed Typewriter
- Stuff You Need to Know, Monday, July 7, 2008
- REVEALED: Real George Lucas Captured in 1980, Held Captive by Hostile Aliens
- WALL-E movie review
- Our journalistic triumph about the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda time shrinkage scam
- The Dark Knight movie review
- Unagi Nobori: The Japanese eel drink
- Venom Energy Drink: Black Mamba and Mojave Rattler – Review
- What’s the Baby Using?
- Our Weird Paint Package From FedEx
- Hitchhiker’s Guide Book 6: The Cashbox at the End of the Franchise
- From: R.A. Heinlein to Stalkers: We Work Very Long Hours Every Day of the Year
- Jim Gaffigan: The Sexy Tour – Theatre Review
- Doctor Parnassus movie trailer
- Tropic Thunder movie review
- Happy Halloween 2008
- Vosges Haut-Chocolat: Mo’s Bacon Bar – Review
- The Care And Feeding Of An Evil Genius by ScottC
- Dan Aykroyd and the Vodka of the Crystal Skull
- Function Alternative Energy – Drink Review
- Bolt – Movie Review
- Fuel for the Boiler: A Steampunk Cookbook – Book Review by Rox
- Capucine and the Epic Tale of Magic and Crocodiles
- Americans for Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand
- Our New Friend, the Nameless Whatnot Muppet
- Chris Dane Owens and the Shiny Crusade
- Alcoholic Energy Drinks RIP
- First Monkey Poop, Now Weasel Puke, What Next? by Dindrane
- Axl Rose vs. Dr. Pepper: The Saga Continues
- Reform School Girl DVD Review by Scott