How to Properly Cater a Cornetto Trilogy Viewing Party

Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright is near and dear to our hearts. First, he had Spaced, a delightfully mental comedy show which also introduced a lot of people to the dynamic duo of Simon Pegg (co-creator/scribe of the series with Jessica Stevenson) and Nick Frost. That may have come out first, but I was ignorant of that madness. He made Shaun of the Dead (co-written by Pegg) which managed to send up everything about the zombie sub-genre (while simultaneously helping to revive it) but still be an actual horror movie. It is hands down one of the most amazing feats I've ever seen on screen writing-wise, since it seems to go from truly comic moments to truly horrific moments and then back again in the blink of an eye. (Penelope Wilton in the pub, anyone?)

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By |May 1st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Espresso! In! Spaaace!

Space 1999 Coffee

Arthur C. Clarke once said "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program." I have created a Need Coffee Pinterest board entitled "The Reason the Dinosaurs Went Extinct is They Had No Coffee." And now those two things have finally come together--and I think mankind can, collectively, make the next step.

Now, you may say that we've had coffee in space. And that's true. But just like astronaut ice cream is anything but ice cream, coffee in space is coffee, Jim, but not as we know it. But decent coffee drinks are in sight as an honest-to-God espresso machine has reached the International Space Station, thanks to Italian companies Lavazza and Argotec.

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By |April 19th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

Apone Sings!

Al Matthews as Apone from Aliens

So there we were, minding our own business, watching the Aliens commentary (as you do), when the Marines in the cast started discussing Al Matthews aka Sgt. Apone. I forget what it was exactly that was said, but I was inspired to look him up on Wikipedia (which is always right) and learned something new: before he loved the Colonial Marine Corps, he had landed a hit single in 1975 with "Fool," which reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart.

The path then was clear: find the song. And the Internet did not let me down. Here he is live from Top of the Pops...

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By |April 14th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Are You Looking Forward to the Ash vs. Evil Dead Toys?

Army of Darkness Japanese poster

Because I am. Not just because you can't have too many Bruce Campbell-related items in your house. I'm looking forward to the insane variations of the toys that might occur. You know what I'm talking about. And yes, I mean beyond just Daredevil having his own Hot Wheels car, which you could argue is just the artwork on the car not an implication that he himself is driving it.

Along that line though, you do get the Avengers Tower Takeover set from Hot Wheels...which would make sense if the Iron Man Mark VXXII or whatever was a car instead of a suit. Perhaps.

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By |March 31st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

I Have Been Typing For Over 37 Years and My Wrists Haven't Fallen Off Yet - Here's Why

Yes, I am that old. But my wrists are older. And that's because regular typing on a normal sort of keyboard makes you twist your wrists to get them in position to hit the keys. Because you bend and flex and whatnot to type, one's wrists can, at least internally, become truly FUBAR. Some people I know have had to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome...and I was afraid for a while there that I would need a bit of that myself. Here's how I've gotten my wrists to quit being so damn angry all the time.

First thing I did is changed my gear. I had a really sweet gaming keyboard--so I could make use of all the macros and extra programmable keys--and I hated to give it up, but my wrists demanded it. (And it was hell to get me to give up my Trackpoint keyboard in order to get the macros.) So, anyway, I started looking at alternatives.

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By |February 9th, 2015|Stimuli|4 Comments

The Week in Links

  • Well, we learned this week that the Lego version of the Helicarrier will be released in March--with 2996 pieces and running about $350. I have a feeling this one is going to get snapped up like nobody's business--eBay auctions are already underway for $1000. This is basically this generation's G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier. For parents, though, a warning: be prepared for your kids to re-enact the helicarriers from Winter Soldier. I'm just telling you now. Brickset has a number of pics. No pre-order link yet.
  • Rox appeared in an article and interview regarding her life and unclassified adventures--plus as much information about Spazhouse as we've seen since the VH1 Behind the Music special from 1997.
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    By |January 31st, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

    A Guide to Convention Preparedness

    (Widge's Note: Just as the summer movie season is started to break down as more and more films get crammed in anywhere they'll fit on the schedule (with most of them showing up on Blu-Ray six weeks later anyway), so the convention season sprawls lazily over the entire year. Hell, in the Atlanta metro area I swear there's an anime con somewhere just about every damn weekend. Thespia is the most prepared executive producer one could ask for. If she doesn't have it, you probably don't need it. She gave some thought to convention preparedness--having been a source of con sanity for myself for years--and here's what she came up with. If you're a seasoned veteran of a thousand psychic wars, there's probably nothing new here--but conventions suck in newcomers all the time. Can you be too prepared? Enjoy.)

    Cons can (and should) be a blast, but a lot of things can definitely dampen your mood: a dead cell phone, a torn costume, a bad headache, a lost badge...and the list goes on. Over the years, I've developed my own "preparedness kit" based on some hard-learned lessons. (One of the most important of these is that everything you choose to include has three costs: money, space, and weight.) The following is a list of what I have found to be the most economical in all three areas while still covering the essentials. It may look like a lot on paper, but if you pack it right, it should fit into a small bag (about the size of a lunchbox).

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    By |January 30th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Boy, Have We Got a Series For You: Westworld 2.0

    WESTWORLD gunslinger

    As most of you are aware, Game of Thrones will be starting its fifth season on HBO. Usually this means a series' expenses start growing ever faster and the quality is in danger of sliding downward. Now, Thrones may be the exception that proves the rule, but HBO is looking for the next big hour-long series. Like everything else in Hollywood, it will be based on an existing property. And since this is HBO, it should have plenty of sex and violence. So, the network is taking the over 40-year-old sci-fi classic Westworld and turning it into a series. I imagine many of you out there only have a vague idea of what Westworld is, so I thought I give you a brief primer on the film (yes, this is one case where we're simply not telling you to ask your parents) and what HBO could perhaps do to make it a continuing series.

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    By |January 20th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Starbucks Opens Theme Park in Seattle

    Starbucks Roastery

    Okay, not technically an actual theme park. But goddamn, it sure looks like it. And I know some people dislike Starbucks for varied and sundry reasons. Me, I'm an equal opportunity coffee drinker. I just need the liquid sleep and 99.8% of the time, I don't care where it comes from.

    Let's set all that aside for just a moment. Forget for a second that this is about Starbucks at all. Let's just focus on the coffee aspect of the following setup. In fact, do me this favor. Start the first video...and watch the second video muted. There may be ads preceding one or both, we can't do anything about that...but just...do this experiment. Sync them up as best you can and then see if it doesn't make you a little misty-eyed. If you don't, then I must question your true love of coffee.

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    By |December 18th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

    And Now... All Skate

    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 [...]

    By |December 6th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments