Happy 2nd Halloween Everyone!

Happy 2nd Halloween
So today marks an American tradition. Not only is it the day that we celebrate everything that we’re thankful for by stuffing ourselves with ridiculous amounts of food but it’s the official start of a holiday season filled with family, family discord and other sources of unnecessary stress. (Please note: I realize you probably started seeing Xmas directions back in July, but I’m talking about the official start.)

Three Halloweens is my own particular way of dealing with this mayhem. Thanks to this brilliant suggestion by The Oatmeal, instead of being said that Halloween disappears November 1st, I have two more Halloweens to look forward to! It has saved my sanity. I hope it helps you as well.

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By | 2017-11-23T09:55:53+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween X, Day 9: Curse of the Undead!

Curse of the Undead

First things first. As I’ve fully admitted to before, the Haunted Mansion is a slight obsession with me. One of these days I’m going to get around to visiting the international variations, including Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland. We’ve previously posted a ride-through video, but now we have ostensibly the full enchilada. This video includes the attraction from end to end. And I am a bit of a completist. So.

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By | 2017-10-08T22:48:11+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

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 | 2017-09-24T22:24:18+00:00 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 | 2017-09-24T22:24:29+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

Headsup: House of Lies: The Final Season on DVD

House of Lies Final Season DVD

I didn’t know this, but apparently House of Lies is based on a fabulously titled book–House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, written by the former real-life Booz Allen Hamilton management consultant Martin Kihn.

Perhaps that’s part of what gives the series its ability to be so unapologetic in its portrayal of “the 1%” and the (almost) larger-than-life characters who will stop at nothing to beat them at their own game (and then send them the bill). Leading this group is, of course, the charming anti-hero Marty Kaan, a role for which Don Cheadle achieved popular and critical acclaim. (Rounding out the main cast are Kristen Bell as Jeannie, Ben Schwartz as Clyde, and Josh Lawson as Doug.) Over its five-season run, the series collected thirty-one award nominations and five wins (including the Primetime Emmy for Art Direction in 2014 and Don Cheadle’s Best Actor Golden Globe in 2013). The show has been celebrated for tackling the difficult issues of interracial relationships, police brutality, gender identity, and the wealth gap in America–and remember, this is not only just a half-hour show, but a comedy. Such attempts are not for the faint of heart.

In the fifth season, viewers see the characters dealing with the challenges of raising a baby, navigating political and personal relationships, doing business in a communist country, and giving a TED Talk. When Kristen Bell signed on to star in NBC’s The Good Place, viewers began to wonder if this would be the final season. It was eventually announced that there would indeed be no sixth season, and fans said goodbye to “the pod” when the final episode of Season Five (and of the series) aired on June 12. (Fun fact: that episode was shot on location in Havana, Cuba, and thus made history as this the first American scripted series to be shot in Cuba since the US agreed to re-open diplomatic relations.)

Season Five is currently available for free streaming to both Showtime Anytime and Amazon Prime members. Individual episodes can also be purchased on Amazon and iTunes for $2.99 per SD episode or the entire season for $27.99 / $25.99 respectively. The DVD is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be officially on sale November 29.

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:43+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Headsup, Stimuli|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 9: Not of This Earth!

Not of This Earth 1957

So we start tonight’s madness with a personal favorite of mine: Ken Nordine providing his own creepy take on music from Pinocchio. He bookends the Disney covers album Stay Awake with this and “Desolation Theme,” although I couldn’t find the latter one to include here.

Tonight’s feature film is the 1957 Not of This Earth, directed by Roger Corman and scribed by Charles B. Griffith (Little Shop of Horrors) and Mark Hanna (Attack of the 50 ft Woman). The premise? An alien from a withered world needs the blood of humanity to survive! Enjoy!

By | 2017-09-24T22:25:01+00:00 October 8th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween, Stimuli|0 Comments

Plea for Sanity: STOP the Tinkering

Tinkerer

There is a plague, albeit of the First World variety, that has spread online through our technology…and it simply has to stop. I’m talking about the Tinkering.

By Tinkering, I mean screwing around with something that’s working perfectly well until you’ve basically ruined it. I mean not leaving well enough alone. Remember when Pinterest was, you know, a good place to pin and share images? Now anytime the iPhone app is anywhere near functional, I won’t update it for months. Like the very handy “You’ve just switched to the app with a URL in the clipboard, would you like to pin it?” feature, which works now about 7% of the time.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:04+00:00 September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|1 Comment

Because He’s Michael C. Hall, Musical Clairvoyant

Did you know Michael C. Hall can do an eeriely decent vocal impersonation of David Bowie? Well, considering Bowie’s musical Lazarus has been around since last year…maybe you did. I did not. So seeing that Hall was performing “Lazarus” at the Mercury Prize was just a novelty. Then the guy started singing. Nice. When the soundtrack for the show is released, I need it. And I definitely need to check out Mercury winner Skepta…because to beat out Bowie must be something special.

You can snag Blackstar from Amazon here. Or it’s on Spotify here.

By | 2017-09-24T22:25:05+00:00 September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|0 Comments

Midsomer Murders: The Bingo Game

John Nettles from Midsomer Murders
‘Officers, that man claims to have a bingo. Check his card.’

It’s no secret that we have fans of Midsomer Murders among us. Cosette, having watched through the entire series, identified her Top 10 crazy murders that have occurred in Midsomer. And now our very own Kim has applied her knowledge of the show to a brand new game that you can enjoy while watching: Midsomer Murders Bingo. There’s a sample below:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:09+00:00 November 29th, 2015|Stimuli|2 Comments