Walking Dead Season Five Premiere: I Was Wrong About Practically Everything and am Quite Content to Be So

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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By |October 20th, 2014|Stimuli|3 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 18: Creature of Destruction!

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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By |October 17th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween, Stimuli|0 Comments

Gulper Eel: A Haiku

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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By |September 29th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

DragonCon 2014: Survival Confirmed

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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By |September 7th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

DragonCon 2014: The Who, The Where, The When

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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By |August 25th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Today's Amazing Spam Harvest

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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By |August 8th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Goulash #2: Preparing for Conventions and, In Our Spare Time, Eating

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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By |July 21st, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Widge's Favorite Music of 2012, Part 1: The Singles

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

Constantine: Fear, Loathing and Leaked Pilots

Constantine

So, the pilot for Constantine--NBC's live-action adaption of DC Comics' HellBlazer--leaked to the internet, as was bound to happen, and it is…certainly a pilot. The bad notes aren't insurmountable, and the good will hopefully be built-upon, because the sooner they recognise and correct their issues as well as reinforce their strengths, the better off we'll all be.

Story starts with John Constantine having checked himself into Ravenscar Sanitarium after having caused the gruesome death of a young girl named Astra. He's ranting and railing at the head psych there, talking about a girl's soul being damned to Hell and dragged off by a demon. And so of course the lead doctor tells him "There's no such thing as demons!" Our John's reply?

"So you keep telling me. Now make me believe it!"

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By |July 3rd, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Goulash

Random bits of things I wanted to share. Because I love you. Yes, you.

1) The Rox of Spazhouse North American Tour rolls on. If you want to see photos from her ongoing journeys (and believe me, you do), you can check out her Flickr, her Instagram, and she's also started a Facebook page for the tour itself.

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By |June 27th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments