Morning Link-O-Rama, November 13

•November 13, 2009 • 1 Comment

Good morning, faithful readers, it’s Friday!

Put your drinking caps on, because the next two days of your life are the most important days you will ever experience!

….or it’ll just be another weekend.  Probably the latter.  Anyway, time to get link-tastic!

io9 has a great piece titled “Disaster Movie Moments That Pissed Us Off The Most“. You can imagine how bad some of this stuff is.  Sadly, I actually enjoy watching The Day After Tomorrow, even if, somehow, the characters can outrun cold.  That’s still not half as bad as that absolute piece of shit The Happening. I mean, it started out cool, with all the suicides and such (as cool as suicides can be, I mean), but GODDAMMIT who the hell is afraid of wind? Only if the wind looks like this would I fear it:



Also from io9, they recently had a post about pop-culture cyborgs.  While perusing this, I came across, in the 1970s section, none other than the world-famous ROM: Spaceknight!  What, you haven’t heard of him? Yeah, you’re not the only one.  More like Skirkster-famous.  But the guy did have a Marvel comic book series at one point, so hey. Anyway, I had this toy when I was a kid (note the Wikipedia article saying that the toy was a failure). I loved that damn robot-knight-guy-whatever-he-is to death. Ah, memories of getting bullied on family vacation and using every ounce of my willpower to somehow change into ROM.

It didn’t work, by the way. I just went back to our hotel room and watched Shazam. If you’re curious what you were missing by not having such an amazing piece of technology back in the 70s, check this out:

In continuing Prisoner links, Topless Robot has posted The 8 Trippiest Twists of The Prisoner as a lead-up to this weekend’s premiere of the miniseries.  What an absolute mind-fuck of a show.

Maxim has a list of 70s superheroes who should be on the side of vans.  And guess who made the list?  A CERTAIN SPACEKNIGHT!

Finally, io9 (yes, them again) has an exclusive on Cylon centurion target practice posters. 


I’m gonna need one of these now, please.

Enjoy your Friday, peeps.  Maybe I’ll see you over the weekend.


Morning Link-O-Rama, November 12

•November 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Somewhat sparse offerings today, but we’ll make do.

The Google Street View car captures another bizarre set of images after a FIRE TRUCK HITS AN OLD LADY AND KEEPS GOING.  The lesson here is apparently don’t eff with firemen in The Netherlands.

Kotaku has a round-up of some of the best suits Mario has used throughout his long history, plus some proposed new ones.  I really need to get Super Mario Galaxy after seeing the bee suit.

In a recent interview, Stephen King said he’s planning on writing another Dark Tower book.  Not sure what to make of this.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely read it, but that story is certainly over.  Side note – that link came from Sean Collins’ blog, where he linked to his own complete review of ALL of the Dark Tower books.  Makes me want to go back and read them all over again.

AMC’s miniseries remake of The Prisoner starts Sunday night, which you should know about, because you should have been watching Mad Men this season, and they’ve been overloading viewers with promos lately.  I’ve been watching the original in preparation for the new version, along with Zack Handlen’s reviews at the A.V. Club, and while I can’t wait to see what they come up with, it’s going to be nearly impossible to eclipse the original in everyone’s eyes.  Here’s a link to a very cool  interactive map of The Village provided by AMC.

Also over at the A.V. Club, they’ve started their “best of the decade” lists.  This week was TV, inspiring passionate comments, as always.  I’ll probably be steering clear of the insane pretentiousness of the commenters once music week starts.  But, the TV lists remind me that I have plenty of shows to add to my own personal must-watch queue.  Like The Shield, I always forget about The Shield.

And finally, in warm-your-heart-until-it-melts news, here’s a collection of videos over at Mental Floss comprised solely of dogs’ reactions to their masters arrving home from being overseas in the military.  Try not to smile while you’re watching any of these.  Dogs Welcoming Home Soldiers

And yes, I know about the title.  It’s still morning on the West Coast, ok?

No More Dollhouse

•November 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment


News just broke via Twitter and the Hollywood Reporter that Dollhouse has officially received the proverbial axe from the programming geniuses over at Fox.

No surprise, here, really, but still a bummer.  The show had a ridiculous amount of potential and was just starting to settle into a run of decent episodes.  But it’s pretty tough to have faith in a show that gets pulled for November sweeps because House and Bones reruns get better ratings.

Now we just sit back and wait to see what Whedon will come up with next.  Again, nice work, Fox, your mission to turn every fanboy on the planet against you has nearly succeeded. (to be fair, though, the ratings really were abysmal)

Morning Link-O-Rama

•November 11, 2009 • 1 Comment

Good morning, freaks.

Since my current job entails way too much downtime, I figured I’d try and start off most mornings by sharing links, videos, etc. with you that I come across as I go through my myriad of feeds.  IT’S A CORNUCOPIA OF FUN!

On to the show.

Boing Boing has a great video about marriage from Sesame Street.

Pigeon: Impossible is a CG short by a first-time animator! that took him five years to complete.  I wish I had that kind of dedication to anything besides alcohol. (via Laughing Squid)

Blockbuster is offering movie rentals on SD cards.  Seriously.  Hold on, wait for it,


(via Engadget)

In “in-your-stupid face-NBC” news, last night, The Jay Leno Show was beaten in the ratings by TWO CW shows.  Tastes so good. (via Ain’t It Cool)

The Wonder Twins are coming to Smallville on Friday.  This is actually happening.  Between that and Clark’s new outfit, who the hell knows what’s going on with that show anymore? Besides, there’s just no way that they’ll be able to top the Wonder Twins reference from Family Guy.  Yeah, you know which one I’m talking about.



I absolutely love this.  Vinyl stick-ons for your Mac. (yeah, I know, sorry PC peoples)  Various flavors available, including Mario himself.  From MacSlaps.

For anyone traveling over the holiday season, our Google overlords have granted us the gift of free wi-fi in 47 airports.  All you have to do is give them your firstborn child and a pint of blood.  Ok, that part isn’t true.  OR IS IT? No, it’s not. Great deal, though. Free holiday w-fi from Google

While you’re using that free wi-fi, though, don’t forget to make sure you’re not sharing everything on your computer with the entire airport.  Do you really want everyone at the gate to know you have folders marked “Team Jacob” and “Team Edward” on your computer?  Because I sure don’t.  I know how dreamy Robert Pattinson is, but keep it to yourself, ok? Follow Lifehacker’s advice and lock down your information. (via Lifehacker)

In extra-awesome font news (what a grabber of an opener) Typekit has gone live to everyone.  Basically, Typekit is a cloud-based font service, allowing users to have their chosen fonts delivered to pages via a server, as opposed to embedding them, or using Flash. Closer and closer to using whatever fonts we want.

Are you using Foursquare yet?  No?  They’ve got iPhone and Android apps available, with Blackberry and Palm webOS coming soon.  And it’s fun.  TRY IT

That should do it for this morning.  Be seeing you!

I’m back, geeks!

•November 10, 2009 • 1 Comment


Ok, so it’s been six months.  And who knows how many before that, even.  But I know how much everyone has missed me, so I thought I’d try to get back on this horse.  We’ll see if I can stick with it this time.  Besides, I know how much the stupidity level of the general internets has gone up since I left.

I’m certainly going to pull back on my previous incarnation, which was mostly long-winded recaps/reviews of TV shows that I watch.  Being the television freak that I am, there’s no way that I’d be able to keep up with all of them.  This year, I’m watching (on a regular basis) The Amazing Race, Mad Men (which is over for the season, sadly), V, Fringe, Flash Foward, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and yes, Gossip Girl.


Yeah, he’s pretty much a douchebag, but yet hilarious at the same time.

The first step is admitting I have a problem, so that’s out of the way.

In the real world, I’m just designing as many sites as I can, working on applications (which is HARD, dammit), continuing to drink, and trying to see a movie once in a while as well as catching up on thousands of issues of comics that I’ve missed in my lifetime.


HAHAHAHAHA gross, right?  Needless to say I’ll be steering clear of Liefeld’s work.

(that was the most bizarre comic pic I could come up with on short notice, ok?) (And could I use more parentheses? (Seriously, what’s with this guy and the parentheses?))

So readers, start your engines, let’s get my average daily hits to 15!

Where’s He Been?

•May 29, 2009 • 3 Comments

I know, that’s the question you’ve all been asking yourselves for the last two months.  I’ve been busy, ok?  Well, more lazy than busy, but you know how it goes.  Strangely enough, I found less motivation to post here after I got laid off than when I had my job.  So yeah, lazy wins.

Here’s the recap of my last couple months:

  • I got laid off.  And yes, I was that guy being escorted out of the building with my box of cubicle crap under my arm.  And then walked through the Market with said box.
  • My wife and I went to Austin, which I wrote about here.
  • I continued writing and looking for work.  Yee-ha.
  • Battlestar Galactica aired its final episodes.  This made me sad, probably because I made it a point to watch them completely in my cups.  Ron Moore told us that robots are probably going to evolve and kill us all (I think).  On the other hand, I might be related to Chief Tyrol.
  • I still kept looking for work.
  • Lost kept getting better every week.
  • Twitter exploded in popularity, to ridiculous levels.
  • I got a job, literally one day after my severance ran out.  So, I got paid for two and a half months to not work, then got a raise, and didn’t miss a single paycheck.  Everything’s coming up Milhouse.
  • I designed my first website/Wordpress template.  How’s it look?
  • The Lost finale blew my damn mind, as Cuse and Lindelof did it again, bringing us Dexter’s girlfriend’s ex-husband as Jacob.  And Locke is….something else.
  • We went to New Orleans for out long-delayed honeymoon, and subsequently, I’ll never stay at a W again.

So it’s back to work, and back to reviving the blog.  See you in the cloud, people.

Back From the Dead.

•May 27, 2009 • 1 Comment


Just like these guys, I’m making a comeback.  My new job has a serious amount of downtime, so I figured, why not revive the world’s greatest blog, and get my stats back up to a mind-blowing 20 views a day?

Look out, fools, ’cause here I come.  To tide you over until my first official return post, here’s ninjas.  And soccer.