32 Days of Halloween VII: The New Blood Begins Here!

Abandoned New Orleans Amusement Park

Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in. That's right, you can't keep a good celebration of the best holiday in the universe down. Thus we return with Year 7 of 32 Days of Halloween, aka The New Blood, aka you can expect some chick with telekinesis to show up and fight us. Fine. This year it's one daily post to rule you all and in the darkness bind you. So enjoy. Because we alternate between Warner Brothers and Disney, we veer back over to the Looney Tunes side of the house to bring you the Chuck Jones action of 1955's Jumpin' Jupiter.

Incidentally, that badass image up top is from an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans, found via Sophia's Motion Burns the Mood Tumblr. (There's an entire set there.) When you look at it, just in your mind's ear, hear the Cyclone pinball saying "Welcome to my house." It adds something.

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By |September 30th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Honestly, You Should Live Every Day Like It's National Coffee Day.

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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By |September 29th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #202: Podcasting is Not Consent

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that survived DragonCon, survived its own Ultimate Universe and now comes face to face with the Black Bolt equivalent of a squeegasm. Thanks, Clark Gregg. Thanks a bunch, buddy.

Vintage Tampon Ad: Where is the line between the generations?

Agenda:

  • Agents of SHIELD absentees
  • Defining The Night's Watch
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • The taste of Widge
  • Killing the wild tampons
  • The Crime College
  • The Blacklist
  • Ironside
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Agents of SHIELD people show up
  • Dressing left or right
  • Fangasm of epic proportions
  • Fangasm extends to Mitch Pileggi
  • Sleepy Hollow again
  • The Maria Hill Bodysuit Gambit
  • DC vs. Lycra
  • Apologies to Tuffley. Often.
  • Hot Toys
  • How Time Magazine suddenly became relevant again
  • The Uncanny X-Out
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    By |September 28th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Win Mark Knopfler's Privateering on CD!

    Mark Knopfler: Privateering CD

    It's Mark Knopfler's Privateering, available as a two-CD set from Verve. Here's what he has to say for himself:

    I chose to make a double album this time just because of the sheer volume of material. I didn't want to separate songs into genres and I didn't want to leave too many songs on the shelf. I just wanted it to be a reflection of the fantastic sessions we had. With a great bunch of players, it's the same as a great group of actors reading a script from the page, the thing can come alive in ways it just never has before. This is the band I have been working towards my whole life.

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    By |September 26th, 2013|Contests|0 Comments

    From Roomba to Boardable Robot in Just Eleven Years

    Kuratas pilot salute

    In a video that has quite possibly the most awesome warning in the history of translated warnings, Suidobashi Heavy Industry brings you Kuratas, a robot you can climb inside and pilot. I know, I know--like me, you won't be satisfied until it can transform into a jet fighter so we can fully address the impending Zentraedi threat. But still, I'll need you to protect Earth--I have a feeling that, based on the glimpse I saw of the cockpit in the following video, the controls are more Xbox than Battlezone. Which means I'm screwed.
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    By |September 24th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Dewey Finn, Gothic Black Courtesy Phone Please. Dewey Finn, Gothic Black Courtesy Phone.

    Kids from Music Academies cover Forty-Six and Two by Tool

    So here I was, sitting and minding my own business and thinking, "Man, you know what? There aren't enough videos of kids covering songs about Jungian angles on the potential evolution of mankind." Then, without warning, I came across this video, with "Rock Angel" (dig the shirt) singing about picking scabs and stepping through the shadow--and I found myself torn between admiring the band for totally killing it and feeling vaguely uncomfortable that a kid that young is singing Maynard.

    Make up your own mind. That all being said, I'd love to see this crew tackle "Third Eye." Because as long as we're going deep into Tool territory, let's take the submersible to crushing depths, yes?

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    By |September 24th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

    South Park: Season 16 DVD Contest!

    South Park Season 16 DVD

    It's Season 16 (Jebus) of South Park, out on DVD from Comedy Central. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

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    By |September 21st, 2013|Contests|0 Comments

    Insidious: Chapter 2 - Movie Review

    Insidious Chapter 2

    Written by: Leigh Whannell, based on a story by James Wan & Leigh Whannell
    Directed by: James Wan
    Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey

    I love Insidious. Whether or not you like the shift in the third act, the first two are utterly terrifying, and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty stupid liar. I've seen it probably eight times or more, and was lucky enough to see it on the big screen again just before Insidious: Chapter 2 (henceforth to be referred to as Insidious 2, because I'm lazy). It didn't lose much of its power in the theater a second time. Insidious was at its core a remake of Poltergeist.

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    By |September 20th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

    Sound Board DragonCon Special Edition: Brit Pop 2013

    British guitar

    Rob Levy and Aaron Poole take the wheel and pilot us through Sunday morning at DragonCon 2013. Tuffley and Widge are on-hand with Dana Franks as a special guest star.

    Please excuse the bits where someone's cell phone starts causing interference.

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    By |September 20th, 2013|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

    The Walking Dead Spinoff: Expanding the Apocalypse

    I've mentioned more than once my amusement at a successful film suddenly becoming a trilogy and the creative teams' reactions. "We always thought of it as a trilogy," they would say, when on a lot of these things, we know damn well they're amazed they wound up as successful as they were. I'm looking at you, Blade. I don't think we're surprised anymore at the Hair Trigger Franchise effect. And now we're looking at Walking Dead getting a spinoff.

    But I imagine going back in time fifteen years and telling my younger self, "Seriously, don't go to Bolivia." Then after that was taken care of, I would say, "Not only is there going to be a zombie TV series, but it's going to launch a spinoff. More CSI: New York than The Jeffersons, but you get what I mean." To which Younger Widge would say, "What the hell's a CSI?" But by that point, I would have run out of quarters to put in the timeporter and wound up back in the present.

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    By |September 16th, 2013|Stimuli|6 Comments