Crisis on Infinite Cards

So like many of you, we enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity. It's horrible, it's wrong, it's like Mad Libs reworked by Eli Roth, and it's terrific fun to watch two generations of a family playing it. (Trust me. Hee-larious.) We have all the expansion packs as well. We even bought the unofficial, unauthorized, uninterested-in-paying-for-your-therapy Crabs Adjust Humidity expansion sets.

Like many of you as well, we can't help but think of our own cards (and, indeed, blank cards are provided for you to vent your unholy misbegotten spleen upon). I started thinking along the lines of a common theme--comic books, mostly of the Big Two/spandex variety--and once I got started, I couldn't stop. I'm very sorry. But here's the result. Feel free to use where and how you see fit.

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By |March 28th, 2014|Stimuli|4 Comments

Who's Robert Redford in "Winter Soldier"? The Sundance Kid. No, Really.

Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

When the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer first hit, one of the weirdest things for me was watching Robert Redford and Nick Fury shake hands. And everybody was talking about The Sundance Kid (Redford's classic role alongside Paul Newman--kids, ask your parents) being in the cast of the film. But it struck me: I wonder if that could literally be the case?

In life as in the film (and sorry about spoilers, but Jesus, it's historical and the film's been out since 1969), Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were both likely killed by the Bolivian Army in 1908. But there's been loads of speculation as to whether or not they actually died there. There's more than one theory out there about one or both of them surviving. (See the film Blackthorn for a fairly badass "Butch survived" setup.)

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By |March 26th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

A Valentine's Day Lesson in Flirting

Idris Elba posing for Graham Norton

Sometimes you need a relationship intervention via text. And there's few better people to facilitate this than Lena Dunham (HBO's Girls) and Idris Elba, while on a recent episode of Graham Norton's show [...]

By |February 14th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

In Remembrance of Harold Sunshine

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 [...]

By |February 1st, 2014|Stimuli|1 Comment

I Lost My First Doctor, or The 11th Doctor is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself

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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By |January 8th, 2014|Stimuli|4 Comments

DragonCon 2013: And Now...Relax


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. [...]

By |January 3rd, 2014|Stimuli|1 Comment

Make the Bad Men Stop: DragonCon 2013

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 [...]

By |December 6th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

'Almost Human' Recaps: The Pilot

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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By |November 29th, 2013|Stimuli|5 Comments

In Praise of the Clicky Keyboard

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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By |November 18th, 2013|Stimuli|1 Comment

Yet Another Article About Why iOS 7 is Rubbish. Sorry.

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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By |November 12th, 2013|Stimuli|2 Comments