"That is Google Glass on My Face."

When Google Glass first appeared, I found myself wondering, "Now what the hell is that for?" This after being convinced by two or three people that it was not, in fact, an attempt at sexy Borg cosplay. But as skeptical as I am of new technology, I have learned the hard way to be skeptical of my own skepticism. I remember resisting getting a cell phone (although admittedly, my main concern was that I was already available enough to the management at my day job, thanks). I also remember a toy company executive saying in the mid-1960s, "I think there is a world market for maybe five Etch-a-Sketches." Or...something along those lines.

Now I can't get through the day without my iPhone...mostly because I have a head like a sieve and it serves as my outsourced long term memory now. But instead of fumbling around in my pocket to grab my phone and responding to a text or checking my calendar...Google wants me to look slightly up to the right and then ask my glasses what's what.

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By |February 8th, 2014|Headsup|2 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #209: Never Try to Hold Asia

The Champs: Tequila

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that is not a doctor, doesn't play one on TV and doesn't advocate alcohol...it just prescribes it.

Agenda:

  • No homework in therapy
  • Kamchatka: The Truth
  • Revisiting Dune
  • Snowpocalypse 2: Snow Harder
  • Alcohol Safety with Jon
  • ...and Leigh
  • [[ More This Way... ]]

    By |February 2nd, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    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 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

    By |February 1st, 2014|Stimuli|2 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #170: Frozen (2013)

    Elsa from Disneys Frozen

    It's Episode #170 for Frozen, in which our protagonist watches Disney rise from the ashes of Pixar, gets tricked into enjoying a film and hopes Lebo M got paid.
    [[ More This Way... ]]

    By |January 25th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 27 Second Review

    Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Written by: Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Directed by: Peter Jackson
    Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Review: In what's winding up to be a six (possibly seven?) part Tolkien franchise, I enjoyed this one more than its predecessor. The action, while cartoonish, is fairly consistent, and we get several little treats in the form of cameos, combat barrels, and elves using various enemies as surf boards. Not to mention Cumberbatch and Armitage having a sassy insult throwdown.

    Time: 18 seconds

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    By |January 20th, 2014|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

    DragonCon 2013: Re: The Following

    Following: James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon

    From DragonCon 2013: just in time for the return of the show this evening, we bring you Rox of Spazhouse, Jon Boutelle, J.J. Hawkins and Thespia discussing the first season of The Following. Obviously, spoilers for anyone who hasn't made it that far.

    By |January 19th, 2014|Podcasts|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #200 - Live Highlights Reel

    Alex Ross Justice League

    The recording of Weekend Justice #200 took place at DragonCon 2013 in front of a live studio audience using crowdsourced topic suggestions and a shifting, ever-changing roster of Leaguers. It starred Jon Boutelle, Cosette, Kim, Leigh, Rob Levy, Aaron Poole, Rox of Spazhouse, ScottC, Serv, Thespia, Tuffley & a cast of literally thousands. Here is the video highlights reel, engineered and 4D sound FX by Jon Boutelle, filming by The Unique Geek, and edited by Aaron "Magic Fingers" Poole. Enjoy.

    [[ More This Way... ]]

    By |January 19th, 2014|Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #169: Saving Mr. Banks

    Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks

    It's Episode #169 for Saving Mr. Banks, in which our protagonist praises Emma Thompson even though in this instance he can't stand her, is happy that Ruth Wilson is getting work but wants her to do something else, and bemoans the fact that a spoonful of sugar does not make Atlanta traffic any easier to deal with.
    [[ More This Way... ]]

    By |January 19th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|1 Comment

    Your Weekend Justice #208: Christmas on Trenzalore, Labor Day on Alderaan

    Hawkeye Hawkblocking Aw Bro

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that's already been kicked out of 2014. Twice.

    Agenda:

  • The Rox Update
  • Microsoft and your lack of Skype choices
  • Alcohol report
  • Horse Bull
  • Lovecraft in art class, could try harder
  • [[ More This Way... ]]

    By |January 17th, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    A Delayed Christmas BPAL Post Because Krampus

    Krampus from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

    So you may be wondering why the post about the Yule perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is showing up after Christmas. Well, I was experimenting with some new search algorithms from Miskatonic University's Computer Science Department to see if it would improve the hook up app, Grindr. I don't know if it was the arcane interaction with the GPS or the time of the year, but somehow I summoned Krampus, the dark demonic beast and punisher of bratty children at Christmastime. There he was with his whip and switch in hand, looking me over, and answered the question I asked last year, "Yes, I am single." He then asked his own question: "Your place or mine?"

    So yeah, I hooked up with Krampus. I mean, it's not every day you have lots and lots of sex with an anthropomorphic avatar. And well, Krampus is insatiable. First, we

    [Widge's Note: I've had to trim six paragraphs and three diagrams from the article at this point. You're welcome.]

    then lastly, we cleaned up all the whipped cream and exchanged phone numbers. So since I've had time to recover, here are the scents to brighten your holiday season.

    By |January 16th, 2014|Headsup|0 Comments