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

Isabella Rossellini Is One Hot Mamma

It was bound to happen. Isabella Rossellini, making so many web series about animal sex, has finally made a web series about the consequences of all that animal shagging: getting pregnant and having babies. As the Sundance Channel website describes the series:

Featuring fantastical costumes and weirdly delightful enactments, the actress writes, directs and slips into the role of animal mothers, examining the different ways their maternal instinct is put into action in nature.

A lot of people are going to think Mammas is boring, especially compared to the kinky depraved variety of animal sexuality featured in her previous series. But those people just don't know Isabella. She amuses, surprises, and even shocks, but never disappoints. With her characteristic whimsy, she depicts acts of deceit, child abandonment, cannibalism--and more--all in the name of the children.

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By |May 9th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Coffee, Your Best Friend When it Comes to Project Crunch Time

Charybdis Crab

Greetings, programs. I've been meaning to get an update posted but something has been kicking my arse. More on that in a moment.

First up, unfortunately I believe the Captain America: Winter Soldier Wayhomer that I did shoot is unusable. As testament to why I need a different car mount (see my Thor: Dark World review for that fun), the damn thing fell and, while I tried to carry on as best I could, between that and the parking garage I was trying to find my way out of, I was thrown--and the result is neither entertaining nor informative. I may eventually do something with the footage or may be able to work it into a cohesive review, but that will take time. We'll see. Sorry about that. But I hope to have [...]

By |April 22nd, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Scarlett Johansson is Luc Besson's "Lucy," and I'll Have What She's Having

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy

I would like to have a serious chat with Ms Scarlett Johansson about her choices over the past four years.

First it was Black Widow, the expertly trained spy/assassin who runs around with a bunch of genetically-, magically-, or cybernetically-enhanced individuals...

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By |April 3rd, 2014|Stimuli|2 Comments