Standing Out in the Crowd: The Kickstarter

Standing Out in the Crowd Kickstarter

The question on everyone's lips is: when is HBO Now going to be released to everybody but Apple TV? The next question on everyone's lips is: how do you get someone to take a sip of what you're offering when the Internet is a damned firehose.

What one person can do, another can do...presumably. There's one way to find out: go to people who've apparently been able to do it and get answers from them. That's what Team Need Coffee members J.J. Hawkins and Aaron Fever want to do with their documentary Standing Out in the Crowd. Among the targets of their documentary: Prof. John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Bill Corbett, some crazy zombie artist named Len Peralta, and Friend of Need Coffee Joseph Scrimshaw.

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By |April 7th, 2015|Headsup|0 Comments

Widge's Favorite Music of 2012, Part 3A: The Songs

Regina Spektor

So, not too bad then. Here we are with Part 3 of my ongoing experiment in listening to more music than any one individual should. But what can I say? I said I was addicted; I never said it was a problem. To clarify: these aren't songs so much as individual songs that were not released as singles. They were either on a single or an album and stood out to me over the rest of the album. I'm sure you might have a differing opinion of some of these, but it's a big Internet. These are mine. As before, we have worthy contenders in alphabetical order followed by, in the next post, my personal Top 10. Enjoy.

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By |April 7th, 2015|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #234: All Hail the Queen of Drones

Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones from Lonesome Dove

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that is negotiating to be part of the MCU as well. Sort of like a collaboration between the Marvel Max and Star Comics imprints.

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By |April 4th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Black Phoenix Comes From Both Mars and Venus... and Brings Chocolate

BPAL Mars and Venus Botticelli

Spring has finally arrived and with it signs of life: pollen everywhere, animals in heat, and people contemplating matters both romantic and carnal. And yes, people are always considering these matters to be sure, but it occurs with more frequency without the winter chill to distract everyone. There are many festivals to celebrate the return of vigor to the soil and to our loins. The ancient Roman festival Lupercalia comes to mind for some reason.

In this festival, priests would run around the city, striking women's hands with thongs made from sacrificial animals. This would somehow help women get pregent and ease their childbirth pain. (Don't ask me why, religion is confusing.) The festival also indirectly honors both Mars and Venus. Venus is obvious, with celebrants wanting fertility--which was a big selling point in the ancient Roman marriage market. Lupercalia also honors the she-wolf that suckled the twins Romulus and Remus--founders of Rome and sons of Mars. Mars and Venus had far more in common with each other than their modern interpretation--more yin and yang than opposing forces. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab explores this intertwining with their Ode to Venus and Ode to Mars. We expose these two below...and I think you will find it tantalizing.
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By |April 3rd, 2015|Headsup|0 Comments

Are You Looking Forward to the Ash vs. Evil Dead Toys?

Army of Darkness Japanese poster

Because I am. Not just because you can't have too many Bruce Campbell-related items in your house. I'm looking forward to the insane variations of the toys that might occur. You know what I'm talking about. And yes, I mean beyond just Daredevil having his own Hot Wheels car, which you could argue is just the artwork on the car not an implication that he himself is driving it.

Along that line though, you do get the Avengers Tower Takeover set from Hot Wheels...which would make sense if the Iron Man Mark VXXII or whatever was a car instead of a suit. Perhaps.

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By |March 31st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #233: The Cilantro of Satan

Barnum With Top Hat

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that looks somehow derelict and unkempt but has a handpainted sign out front that says FREE CANDY. You know you want to come inside...

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By |March 27th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

RIP: Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett

Well, we've been dreading has come to pass. Sir Terry Pratchett has made his exit. He did so at home surrounded by family, so we have that to hold onto at least. He had been doing battle with Alzheimer's for quite some time, and drawing much needed attention to the disease through the fact that he was, well, Terry Goddamn Pratchett. His writing lives on. He was 66 years old.

Rox, our chief Pratchettologist, called my attention to the fact that we have three DragonCon panels wherein she and others celebrated his work and life. Below you'll find the 2013 and 2014 Worlds of Terry Pratchett panels. The 2011 edition is here.

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By |March 12th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #232: A Julia Roberts of Raptors

Majestic Deer

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that knows jokes are better when you don't have to explain it doesn't ever explain itself. At all. Ever.

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By |March 6th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

RIP: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy smiling

Leonard Nimoy--actor, director, writer, poet, musician, and elder stateman of the sci-fi geek community for his role as Mr. Spock--died yesterday at age 83. Chances are if you read this site, this is not news to you...since social media has been awash with memorials. And rightly so. An irreplaceable loss to culture, pop or otherwise.

Rox pointed out that bits of Leigh's interview with him from DragonCon 2009 has been posted on YouTube. So for a look back at the man in one of his elements, here you go:

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By |February 28th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Black Phoenix Puts Sherlock Holmes On The Right Scent

221B Baker Street Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

The Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes, must be one of the most scrutinized characters in fiction. Appropriate for someone who excels in observation and analysis. Study of the residents of 221B Baker Street and dissecting their stories is known as the Sherlockian game or more simply The Great Game. People regularly debate the location of Watson's Afghan war wound (leg or shoulder) and Watson's first name (John or James). Many have tried to determine Sherlock's lineage, his university, and even his sexual preference. No detail is too minute for scrutiny. Since I have been writing about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab a lot, something occurred to me. There seems to be a major aspect of speculation missing: what did Sherlock Holmes smell like?

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By |February 24th, 2015|Headsup|1 Comment