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In Remembrance of Harold Sunshine
Posted on 02.01.14 by Rox @ 10:18 pm
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Harold Sunshine

In remembrance of our behind the scene supporter (really, he kept me on top of watching all the shows I reported on and movies--in fact he would ask if I had my recommendations and topics for podcast night), we repost my reading of "Casey at the Bat." He was a major baseball fan and also taught literature and the humanities, so I went to him for help with the poem's cadence and inflections when I recorded this for National Poetry Month. In addition, he knew the importance of Need Coffee and DragonCon to me. He was a veritable Charlie from Charlie's Angels.

Harold Sunshine
February 3, 1935 - October 29, 2013

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I Lost My First Doctor, or The 11th Doctor is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself
Posted on 01.08.14 by Widge @ 2:49 pm
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Forewarning: The following is a rambling overview of one fledgling Whovian's reaction to the Eleventh Doctor and his televised adventures. If such a thing does not interest you, I offer this TL/DR five-words-and-a-pregnant-pause synopsis: "Yeah, that was...pretty good." If such a thing does interest you, bear in mind: if you have not seen the entirety of Matt Smith's run, then you face spoilers.

Doctor Who: Matt Smith goodbye to the bowtie

I did not, like many of my compatriots on this site, grow up with Doctor Who. My first exposure to it was actually one issue of the Marvel/Tom Baker series which made no damn sense to me whatsoever (looking for the image just now, I see it was actually issue #1--I really should find a copy and re-read it...see if I understand it now). And as time went on, I continued to look at Who from the outside like something impenetrable--you would have to already be on board the train to understand what the hell was going on. Unlike, say, X-Men comics, about which even people who have been on board for decades have no idea what the hell is going on.

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DragonCon 2013: And Now...Relax
Posted on 01.03.14 by Aaron @ 7:44 am
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And now...take a deep breath...and begin 2014 with...relaxation. Recorded at the Need Coffee Dot Com Show of Shows, live at DragonCon 2013, we test drive the upcoming Need Coffee Relaxation CD (patent pending). This video lovingly monogrammed for you by Aaron OBE. Cameras manned by The Legion of Unique Geeks.

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Make the Bad Men Stop: DragonCon 2013
Posted on 12.06.13 by Aaron @ 9:21 am
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Sad Kitten

If you think humans reacted poorly to the Catwoman movie, think about how actual felines felt...

For your dancing and dining pleasure...if you've never been to the madness that is a Make the Bad Men Stop panel at DragonCon, then this video will be like you were actually there. Aaron Poole (who also used his Magical Orb of Editing to create this video) will explain all. Thanks to Unique Geek, Ltd for filming this mayhem at this year's DragonCon. Enjoy.

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'Almost Human' Recaps: The Pilot
Posted on 11.29.13 by Wolven @ 8:09 pm
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Almost Human: Karl Urban and Michael Ealy

Remember that time when I watched the first three episodes of the American remake of Being Human, in order to give it a chance and try my hardest not to vomit? No? Well it's a thing I did. Now, in the effort of moving up and through the alphabet, I'm going to do the same with the new show from JJ Abrams and series creator J.H. Wyman, on FOX: Almost Human.

Why? Because, as I said elsewhere, I'm more than a little wary about this show, not least because of the title which is, in itself, indicative of network's perception of the audience as unable and unwilling to attempt to understand the position, motivations, and desires of a non-human agent. We want our AI to either already be somewhat humanesque (see J.A.R.V.I.S.), or to seek to be human but maybe never achieve it (see Star Trek's Data, and below), but we really don't do well with AI which have not only instances of, but even their own Types of goals and desires.

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In Praise of the Clicky Keyboard
Posted on 11.18.13 by Bailey @ 9:46 pm
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Old Style PS2 Keyboard

I have a minor philosophy in life that basically says: make small corrections. There are major philosophies as well (like never start a land war in Asia) but the minor ones tend to come into play more often. The small corrections are about change and how we implement it. Some people tend to overreact. It's like when you're driving and become distracted, then look up and realize you've drifted into the other lane. Some people simply ease the car back to where it needs to be--while others freak out and swerve all over the road. I'm more of the ease back over guy.

So it is with my workspace. I work from home. I'm kind of "eh" on the idea...but we make do. So I've got my work machine, my personal machine, and dual monitors that I can use with either machine individually or both at the same time--and of course a mouse and keyboard that I use on both. I've had virtually every type of keyboard you can imagine. Big and small, ones with built in touchpads and even a built in trackpoint like the Lenovo Thinkpads use. Gaming keyboards with eighty-seven extra buttons, etc. But what I've missed, really missed--but didn't realize it until now--is the old "clicky" IBM PS/2 style keyboards.

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Yet Another Article About Why iOS 7 is Rubbish. Sorry.
Posted on 11.12.13 by Widge @ 12:50 pm
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Donald Duck Applecore

Note: Before I begin, I'd like to state for the record that I understand that no one has died, no one is on fire and no one is trapped in a car that is rapidly sinking into a lake. I am about to rant about a smartphone, which is the epitome of a "First World Problem." There are many other problems in the world that are a bigger priority than this one. In fact, most of them are bigger. However, this is a pop culture site that considered The Last Airbender a war crime. So perspective is something we are well aware of yet choose to brush aside for entertainment purposes. You know that, I know that, and so...let's begin.

It is well documented on this site and on podcasts that my previous phone was a Samsung Captivate running Android. I have a personal rule. Understanding that I would be, if left to my own devices (no pun intended), one of those people who buys every single new and shiny device that came out, my rule is that I can't buy the next X until the current X dies. So I am very careful about what device I buy, knowing that I am stuck with it for a while.

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Rufus Hound on Life, Spasms of Joy & Facial Hair
Posted on 11.11.13 by Widge @ 3:29 pm
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Rufus Hound points

This man is going to beep your nose.

To help you through the Monday Blues, here's your friend and ours, Rufus Hound. Star of stage and screen, Doctor Who aficionado and blow job advocate, here he appears in a 2009 episode of Argumental, the debate improv comedy show. This iteration of the show was hosted by John Sergeant, and the opposing team captain to Hound was Marcus Brigstocke.

My favorite thing about Mr. Hound is this: have you ever played a sit down arcade racing game and decided to explore what happens if you veer right through the hedgerows and see if there's a shortcut or some wild hidden off-track area? Hound often does that with improv comedy shows. Enjoy.


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The Short Film That Should Be the Trailer for a New Wonder Woman Feature
Posted on 10.03.13 by Wolven @ 7:39 pm
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Wonder Woman short film by Rainfall

Just the other day, Rainfall Films and director Sam Balcomb proved they could do what DC Entertainment has so often said was impossible: they've made what looks like it should be the trailer for a feature-length Wonder Woman movie.

This is an amazing piece of proof-of-concept fan-art, made more amazing by the quality of the effects done by a smaller studio, and the amount of narrative layering they do in such a short space. the story moves from present day to Themyscira and back, showing Diana acting alone and as a part of a tactical force.

But I've talked it up, enough; take a look after the jump...

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Honestly, You Should Live Every Day Like It's National Coffee Day.
Posted on 09.29.13 by Widge @ 5:42 am
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Maxwell House: Out of Coffee

Yes, it's National Coffee Day. But we never like the whole "national" moniker anyway, especially when we're dealing with something as universally loved as coffee. So we hereby invite all of our many international readers to celebrate the day with us.

First Things First: if you want a run-down of where to get free coffee, here's your agenda. Once you have your free coffee (which is one of my favorite types of coffee, incidentally), come back here to disturb yourself.

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