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DragonCon 2017: Better Strap In

Concert Party Band

Dear God, is it that time again? Yes. Yes it is. DragonCon waits in the shadows to pounce you and relieve you of your lunch money once more. Here's where we'll be this weekend.

TL/DR NOTE: The Fun Fest is Sunday, September 3rd starting at 8:30pm in Regency V in the Hyatt.

Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone's first mention has their Twitter ID linked up--so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they've been added to an earlier panel than I first had them--so they're Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I'm old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or reason or rhyme.

As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we'll get it fixed. DON'T PANIC. Trust me, I'll tell you when to panic.

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By |August 30th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

Wonder Woman Box Office: The Numbers That Actually Matter

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Let me say this up front: I thought Gal Gadot was one of the two good parts of Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice. And I freaking love the movie Wonder Woman. I want them to hand the DC Cinematic Universe off to director Patty Jenkins right now. So I don't want you to think I'm slamming the film when I say that this article about Wonder Woman breaking the Box Office Domestic Top 5 of All Time is nice, but doesn't actually mean anything. The reason? They're talking ticket prices that haven't been adjusted for inflation. They're also using...well, I'm not sure what comScore uses because unadjusted, Wonder Woman is currently right behind Frozen at #27.

Unadjusted all-time box office is currently Force Awakens with $936,662,225. However, when you adjust for ticket price inflation, #1 is Gone With the Wind with $1,796,176,700. Granted, Wind has had a number of re-releases to get to that point, but the average ticket price in 1939 when it was released...was $0.23. So if we assume a $10 ticket for Awakens, Wind would have to sell 43 tickets for every 1 ticket that Awakens sold. You see how whatever the unadjusted #1 is...eventually something will come along and unseat it just based on ticket prices alone. That being said, both Awakens and Wind have female protagonists, so the news isn't all bad.

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By |August 7th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #249: Something Funny With Synchronicity

Fill Colins

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...we sort out the archives, with this gem, recorded in 1823.

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By |August 1st, 2017|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Russell Howard: Round the World - Review

Russell Howard

Performance at The Earl, Atlanta, 4 May 2017.

Having seen Russell Howard on Mock the Week, then catching his stand-up and later seeing him host the terrific Good News, it was a no-brainer to go catch him live for $25 while he was in town. For those of you unfamiliar with Howard, he's what would happen if ADHD manifested itself in human form and was then filmed by a Phantom Camera so it could be slowed down from Tasmanian Devil speed to something you could actually perceive. Because there's something to be said for seeing comedy in the flesh and the energy at last night's performance was pretty fantastic.

Helping things were not only the fairly intimate nature of The Earl's performance venue (with seating in place vs. their usual SRO, there wasn't really a bad seat there) but also the fact that opening act Dedrick Flynn (unfamiliar with him before now, but damn, the man is funny) opened with a bit to amp up the crowd that Howard apparently liked so much he used it as a refrain for the rest of his act. So Howard leapt in out of the gate and honestly seemed to like the crowd, as he told us he was only supposed to do an hour (not sure why) but he felt much more relaxed and open to chat.

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By |May 3rd, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #248: The Trouble With Highlander

Ash vs. Evil Dead Bruce Campbell and friend

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...as we continue on this stroll down memory lane, we welcome you to return to that heyday of early 2016. Ah, the salad days.

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By |April 24th, 2017|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: God Forbid a Clementine

James Acaster

Good morning. Welcome to Monday and another week where at any moment the Matrix we're living inside of could blue screen and kill us all. Worrying about that, though, is pointless. Like stressing over the inevitable heat death of the universe. Or the inevitable return of bell bottoms.

Instead, let us take a few minutes to enjoy the madness of English comedian James Acaster. He is a very sick man, and we respect that.

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By |March 6th, 2017|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #247: We Never Thought This Would Happen to Us, But…

Smokey and the Bandit Snowman Truck

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...and holy shit, we've worked our way out of the 2015 recording archive and we careen into 2016. Amusingly, at the time of this recording, we still have no idea what a shitshow the year will be. Come join us and remember a kinder, more naive universe.

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By |February 21st, 2017|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Please Be Grapes

Michelle Wolf

It's no secret: I don't watch a lot of television, compared to most people. I have to be very selective about what I watch as well due to time constraints. So I don't watch The Daily Show regularly. Not that I don't enjoy it, it's just that, true to its name, it's daily. Which means I get behind really damn quick. I stick my head in from time to time to check out what's going on, or if the guest is awesome. (Sidenote: Trevor Noah is awesome. Check out his stand-up if you haven't.) That's how I wound up watching a recent episode with Michael K. Williams and saw Michelle Wolf. I had seen her before on Live at the Apollo back in November and at the time had no idea she was a Daily Show correspondent. Here is that set I witnessed, in all of its glory. Enjoy this to kick off what is sure to be a surreal week, friends.

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By |January 16th, 2017|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Remembering Carrie Fisher: Princess, General, Badass

Portrait of the Actress Carrie Fisher member of the jury in the 70 Edition of Venice International Film Festival 2013 by Riccardo Ghilardi

2016 has been a rough year for everyone. It doesn't seem to be interested in slowing down on its way out, since it has taken one of the biggest badasses of our time: Carrie Fisher. She blew up at the age of nineteen when she hit the screen in Star Wars, becoming one of the biggest first geek screen crushes of all time. She later was put in a space bikini outfit and then used her own chain to choke the Hutt that imposed it on her. In her time, she also stuck an automatic weapon in John Belushi's face, did not marry Billy Crystal and became a harbinger of the future for Tina Fey, among other things. She was also a blisteringly funny writer, creating a series of autobiographies and semi-autobiographies.

And that's all well and good, but the thing Carrie Fisher did for me wasn't her acting on screen...it was her being on screen--being herself--and giving no fucks about doing so. And this isn't easy for anybody, much less someone who has had to grapple with bipolar disorder and addiction. I didn't know specifically what she was dealing with until seeing her discuss it with Stephen Fry in his docuseries, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. But seeing how she was able to deal with it--and do so fairly openly and with tremendous strength--has made her a serious role model for dealing with mental illness as well as a personal hero of mine.

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By |December 28th, 2016|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #246: They Recorded a Podcast... You'll Never Believe What Happened Next!

Doctor Who gingerbread by Metallicar-67

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...and after a hiatus required to allow the new meds to adjust, we continue to claw out of the 2015 archive. Considering how much fun 2016 has been, I'm almost glad we haven't gotten there on the show yet. Yeesh.

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By |December 9th, 2016|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment