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And Now... All Skate
Posted on 12.06.14 by Widge @ 11:09 am
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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.

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Of Dammiting Hydra and Engaging the Masses
Posted on 10.27.14 by Wolven @ 3:38 am
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Gillette Fusion: Hydra Cool

The latest from the insidious Hydra Product Placement Division.

Two big things happened this past week. One was quiet, but the other was very loud.

The quiet and more recent one was Marvel's Epicly Smooth rollout of the Age Of Ultron Trailer--yes, smooth, even in the face of it being leaked. Pretty much instantaneously, they popped it on their main YouTube page and all commercials for the upcoming Agents Of SHIELD episode with which the trailer was supposed to premiere went from "world premiere" to "world BROADCAST premiere" like it was Nothing. As I've said before, there's probably a "Leak Team" in most big studios these days, and if there isn't, there SHOULD be.

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Walking Dead Season Five Premiere: I Was Wrong About Practically Everything and am Quite Content to Be So
Posted on 10.20.14 by Widge @ 2:38 am
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Rick, closing of Walking Dead Season Four

'Hang on, everyone. Maybe my beard can chew through this boxcar and lead us to safety.'

NOTE: What follows involves serious spoilers if you have not already seen Episode 501 of The Walking Dead, "No Sanctuary." If you have, no worries about 502. I'm behind on everything. However, also spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which if you haven't seen...then there's no hope for you and you should probably just read on.

Season Four--which the more I think about it, the more I enjoy it--left me rather worried. Not worried about the fates of the characters--I've been reading the comic since Day One, so I know "Don't Get Fucking Attached" is the rule of the day. (Granted, that's what Doc said to warn me about getting involved in A Song of Ice and Fire, but it applies.) No, I was worried about what was going to happen, since a descent into cannibal-fueled torture porn wasn't going to be my favorite thing in the world. Anyone who's been reading this site for a while knows that I find the torture porn subgenre to be reprehensible and downright lazy, invented by cinematographers who wanted to avoid chasing victims through the woods and thought a victim bound to a chair would simply be easier to light and shoot. And having practically everybody locked in a boxcar surrounded by a freaking army of heavily armed pretty-much-guaranteed-they're cannibals didn't seem to leave much room for anything else.

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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 18: Creature of Destruction!
Posted on 10.17.14 by Widge @ 11:18 pm
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So for movie night #18, we go back to the world of made for TV horror for 1967's Creature of Destruction. It's from producer-director Larry Buchanan, who those in the know about gloriously schlocky horror flicks will recognize as the man who brought you Mars Needs Women and It's Alive!. It's what happens when you hypnotize someone into thinking they're a prehistoric sea-spawned ancestor. In other words...just say no, kids. Enjoy.

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Gulper Eel: A Haiku
Posted on 09.29.14 by Widge @ 3:41 pm
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Gulper Eel

Don't worry. This will make sense in a minute. Well. Maybe.

So it's like this. I would say we met a new hero while at the Need Coffee Fun Fest at DragonCon this year, but frankly, you were all heroes. However. One among you was knighted by not only the Queen of the Fun Fest but she is also Empress of the Daleks--both titles look very impressive on a C.V., by the way.

When I first conceived the notion of a Bad Poetry Slam contest, incorporating bongo playing, interpretative dance and, yes, bad poetry...I had no idea that by giving the topic of "Krispy Kreme" to a trio of enterprising maniacs we would be graced with such...well, Art.

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DragonCon 2014: Survival Confirmed
Posted on 09.07.14 by Widge @ 3:01 pm
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DragonCon 2014: Need Coffee Fun Fest Peter and the Ludicrously Big Die

'Peter and the Ludicrously Big Die' is not a children's book. But it probably should be.

Now that the smoke has cleared and the rubble of candy wrappers, makeup removal sponges and discard Predator gloves (no, really) has begun to slide into the mists of time, we take a moment to reflect on DragonCon 2014. And when I say "we," I mean me. Widge. Because if you saw our schedule, you know we were collectively all over the damn place.

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DragonCon 2014: The Who, The Where, The When
Posted on 08.25.14 by Widge @ 5:17 pm
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Madness: House of Fun

Dear God. Don't look now, but DragonCon is this weekend. I said not to look! It will sense you staring at it. And then it will pounce. But the time is not right. Almost. But not yet. Remember: when the time comes, You Cannot Show Fear. The Con will maul anyone who shows fear.

Use this as your guide to the stuff we're doing. We're sure going to use it.

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 sense.

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. Danke.

Update Log:
Version 1.01 - Added "Needcoffee vs. Sherlock"; added Rox's "Adventurous Women" in Alt History; added the BritTrack After Dark panels for Scott
Version 1.02 - Added Tuffley's and Wolven's panels.

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Today's Amazing Spam Harvest
Posted on 08.08.14 by Widge @ 1:03 pm
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Everybodys Saying Spam

I truly appreciate the odd spam comment. I just do. Some of them are like haikus written by glue sniffers. Some are like zen koans carved in bananas.

Quality ones are like gold.

So I was very pleased to see this one today:

What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable familiarity about unpredicted emotions.

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Your Weekend Goulash #2: Preparing for Conventions and, In Our Spare Time, Eating
Posted on 07.21.14 by Widge @ 2:24 am
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Orphans of the Storm

Not a convention we plan to attend this year.

Random bits of things I wanted to share. Because I can. Coming to you post-weekend because the weekend was crazy. More on that shortly.

1) Sound engineer, philanthropist and friend to the animals Jon Boutelle has fired up 50 Days of DragonCon once more. Photos, info and scads of interviews with people associated with the Con. Recent entries have included a chat with: Grim, the video games track director and Dan Carroll, head of media relations. It is co-hosted by Leigh with guest appearances from many familiar voices and/or faces. Find it here. Enjoy.

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Widge's Favorite Music of 2012, Part 1: The Singles
Posted on 07.14.14 by Widge @ 9:02 am
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Woodkid

Okay, first: what is this? Am I mental? Have I forgotten what year it is? Answer: sometimes, but not today. So. Here's something that's always bothered me.

Every time I compiled a list of "The Best" of some year, it nagged at me: well, I haven't seen every movie or listened to every song or read every book...how the hell can I honestly say this is what I consider to be the best, when it's really "the best of what I managed to consume"? And when you do that for a given year, you're screwing some stuff that came out in December, or some stuff that didn't rise high enough to make it on your radar.

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