Solve This: The Valentine’s Day Special

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No, it’s not a second series. It’s a Valentine’s Day Special One-Off Episode of Solve This, the improvisational panel show and podcast that pits a panel of four romantic specialists against properly themed Valentine’s Day problems where the solutions become more wrong the further we go into the show.

Joining me for this episode are, in alphabetical order:

  • Jon Boutelle, president and CWTFO of The Unique Geek
  • J.J. Hawkins, host of Mars Needs Podcasts
  • Aaron Poole, reformed host of Cabin Fever, blogger and filmmaker
  • Rox of Spazhouse, hobo queen in exile and Need Coffee’s artist in residence.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:32:58+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Podcasts, Solve This|5 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #139: Lock This Episode in the Barn and Feed It Chickens

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is bigoted against sexism, sexist against racism, and racist against Speed Racer. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.


    Battle Chasers


  • Bradley Cooper and why Limitless is a great film
  • Rox, the bodies, and the chocolate coins
  • Happy birthday, Aaron
  • New Year’s Eve creepage or the lack thereof
  • Widge hates everyone
  • ScottC, walker
  • Muppets!
  • Holy shit, it’s Kim!
  • Rox revisits Tintin
  • Rox’s Hugo review
  • Jon’s Dave Grohl happiness
  • Trailers
  • The Rock‘s career
  • Kim’s trailer report
  • Defending Waterworld
  • Whatever happened to Touchstone?
  • Occupy Pornos!
  • Scooter!
  • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:42+00:00 December 2nd, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #89: The Webby Episode (Not the Award)

    It’s the podcast that is determined to offend somebody somewhere. Just one person. Intensely. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that eats the middle out of all the Oreos in your zip code, just to vex you. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.




    By | 2017-09-24T22:46:22+00:00 November 5th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Harlequin Turns 60; Should Have Celebrity Readers More Often

    Paul Rudd Reads Harlequin

    We’re no strangers to Harlequin Romances around here. At least from the standpoint of advising them (for free) of new alliances they could make in addition to the one they’ve done with NASCAR. But ABC News has done something that we only wish we could have done at the time: got a guy from NASCAR to do a reading from one of those books. And indeed, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and even Wolfgang Puck (among others) give their own particular dramatic spin on some Harlequin prose. And as interesting as this genre of books is and its number one publisher, it’s the readings that sell this piece. Sit through the whole thing.

    Direct link for the feedreaders. Found via The Consumerist.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:03:19+00:00 May 3rd, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Take Back Valentine’s Day Contest

    Make Face Time: Dentyne

    Okay, here’s the deal. Dentyne and Needcoffee have joined forces to bring you a contest for Valentine’s Day. And not because blasting your date with coffee breath is a bad idea on Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter–although that’s certainly valid.

    No, Dentyne wants you to “Make Face Time” with your family and friends. And this seems genuine. They’re not trying to make you feel good about not getting a date. Although maybe if you forgot to freshen your breath with Dentyne last year after you had your coffee…maybe that’s why you struck out this year. We don’t know. We’re not here to judge. Well. Mostly.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:59+00:00 February 10th, 2009|Contests|57 Comments

    Who Will Love Who When the Rubber Meets the Road

    Harlequin NASCAR

    Let me explain what I am giving an endorsement to in this picture. It’s the classic piece of literature Running on Empty, a joint publication from Harlequin Romances and… NASCAR.

    NASCAR crew chief Hugo Murphy could never forget Sylvie Ketchum, especially since he only had to look at her daughter—their daughter—to be reminded of the woman he’d loved. But she’d deserted him and Kim without a word, shattering their hopes and dreams. Nothing could fill the void—except NASCAR.

    Now I have nothing against NASCAR. It, like most sports, is an enigma to me. And I have nothing against Harlequin Romances. I swore if things ever got too bad I would create a female pseudonym and start writing them to pay the bills. But when you put the two together–my Ability to Refrain From Mockery fails.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:50+00:00 November 19th, 2008|Stimuli|3 Comments

    Foreign DVD Megadose

    belle epoque dvd cover
    bitter tears of Petra von Kant dvd cover
    broken wings dvd cover

    Belle Epoque. While trying to escape from the Spanish Civil War, young Fernando is befriended by Amalia, a free-thinking artist. They talk of life and religion and politics. Things get complicated as they usually do by women. Specifically Amalia’s four daughters: Clara, Rocío, Violeta, and Luz. All share remarkable beauty and their father’s free spirit. Now Fernando is being pulled hither and yon by the sisters’ desire and his own lust is adding fuel to the fire. Can love be found in all this romantic confusion? Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1994, this fun and frothy romantic comedy comes with a commentary from the director, Fernando Trueba. Click here to buy it from Amazon.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:23+00:00 September 23rd, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    Top 10 Couples in Anime and Manga

    Ah, love, sweet love. Anime has science-fiction, action, fantasy, horror, and realistic drama, and it often, in the midst of any genre, also has love. Here is our unscientific and wholly subjective list of the top 10 anime couples of anime and manga.

    Sorata and Arashi from X

    10. Sorata and Arashi, from X: the TV series. These two may be the “darkest” couple on the list, but only because X is such a heady blend of supernatural, good vs. evil, and universal stakes. It takes an Ice Queen like Arashi to sort out the womanizing Sorata, and you’re rooting for them from the first moment. If only they stay alive long enough to enjoy it… (Buy X on DVD from Amazon…)


    By | 2017-09-24T23:26:38+00:00 October 3rd, 2007|Stimuli|102 Comments

    Beautiful Thing (1996) – DVD Review

    Beautiful Thing DVD


    Written by Jonathan Harvey based on his play
    Directed by Hettie MacDonald
    Starring Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Linda Henry, Tameka Empson, Ben Daniels

    Released by: Columbia/Tristar Home Video.
    Rating: R
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Catch it on cable.

    Jamie (Berry) is the typical sensitive withdrawn teenager who’d rather run off from school than attend P.E. class. His mother, Sandra (Henry), loves him very much but she and Jaime have a very intense relationship and that intensity isn’t easy to live with at times. It also wasn’t help that Sandra’s taste in men tends to losers like Tony (Daniels), who is a walking advert about the dangers of long term use of marijuana. Ste (Neal) lives next door with his alcoholic father and drug dealing brother and is the family punching bag. Sandra, finding Ste after one of these beatings, offers him a place to stay. This freaks Jamie out since he has a major crush on Ste. After a while, Ste starts returning his affection. Now Jamie and Ste have boarded the rollercoaster of love for a ride that is both exhilarating and terrifying with added twists for being two boys in love. Will they and everyone around them realize that this is a Beautiful Thing?


    By | 2017-09-24T23:51:55+00:00 November 21st, 2005|Reviews|2 Comments