Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Ending the drought.

Well crap, I haven't posted in quite a few days! I didn't realize it had been so long (working sucks)... so, just to make myself feel less like a slacker, here's a cool article. That's pretty nutty of them to chase the shark and actually try to catch it. Haven't they seen Jaws? Sure it's a different type of shark, but STILL... that's a big fuckin' shark. I think I found that link on Fark under the "Florida" tag. (Explanation for the reason Fark has a "Florida" tag.)

Who wouldn't want to Stop Alien Abductions? I mean really?? It's a very common-sense thing to invest in. So is planning defensive strategies in case of zombie attacks. What a fun way to waste time at work! (just kidding boss, I SWEAR I found those links at home)

I'll end with the follow-up on the Wendy's chili finger case (even though it's such old news that even the quote-unquote MSM has covered it by now). Wow. That's all I can say. I still can't get over the fact that she chomped through a real, UNCOOKED human finger just to try to get money. Jeez.

Since cat's are so popular in the online world, here's my requisite picture o' the day:

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Dude, I want that cat!

Off to bed...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

A big bunch of nothing.

It's late, I'm tired, and I've been staring at a computer screen for entirely too long. So what do we have tonight? - a big bunch of nothing. And it's all-you-can-eat night, so dig in.

I shall start with a couple of follow-ups to prior stories. In my last entry I talked about Holy Mary's and Holy Zira's - well here's a new one. And on the day a new Pope has been chosen, even. It must be a sign. Holy, much? <-- I apologize, that's the Buffy rubbing off on me.

And more news about the Wendy's finger-loving chili can be found here. How demented do you have to be to find someone's finger and put it into a bowl of chili and then actually chomp on it just for some money? Ick. There's also this older update about the possibility that the finger may belong to a dead relative of the finger-finding woman. Double ick. And I'm sorry, but she and her daughter feel like they are being treated like terrorists?? Gimme a break. I don't want to think that she may actually have lied because to me, that would be worse than Wendy's actually having let bits of finger slip through the cracks. Dontcha just love frivolous lawsuits? I'm getting all warm and fuzzy inside.

Here's a fun little article. And an even funner (more fun?) little Unitarian Jihad Name Generator for dessert. (Sorry, I bogarted these from MeFi - MetaFilter - but I just couldn't resist - thank you, oh Great-Meme Hacksaw of Calming Trivia.) From what I hear, there are many Unitarian Jihad cells sparking up around the nation. Too bad it's all a joke. I would totally join.

This is a blast (literally). Let's see... let me count the ways to be pessimistic about the end of the world. I found number 7 - "Robots Taking Over" - to be especially encouraging. I never even considered this. Always thought it was just stuff of science fiction. Now I will be abandoning technology and running away to live in a Third World country so that those nasty, selfish robots can't find me.

Just damn cool. And the people who submitted those entries are just awesome at Photoshop. I'm always jealous of people who have a talent that I don't possess. Which is definitely something I need work on overcoming. Meh, there's time for that later. Meanwhile I will just watch some more TV.

I am speechless. Who knew that Ted Nugent was a terrorist. Or something. I really really hope no one took his little "speech" seriously. But I'm absolutely terrified that many many people did.

Speaking of ignorance - WTF??? This guy should be asked to step down from his post NOW. I'm thinking that there will be much discussion on this topic in the days to come. I am now officially ashamed to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber. Too bad it's like $2,267.89 to get out of my contract at this point. I might just do it to prove a point... nah, who am I kidding. No money = no morals.

Just something bad-ass to end the night with. And I had to post my requisite Star Wars link, y'know.

And now that my eyes are starting to resemble this guy's:

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(I made the pic fairly small because it's just too scary when it's larger)

Turn me over, I'm done...

The Great Star Wars Broo-Ha-Ha of 2005.

The story of the LA Star Wars Line has been CRAZY popular on the 'net lately. My favorite blog entry thus far has got to be Jessica Stover's "feeding the nerds" entry. In a way it makes me sick though - how come I can't be as clever (and beautiful and talented and badass... I'll stop now before I kill myself) as she is?? It's just not fair. But it sure is funny as shit to read - as well as being a strangely moving tribute to the nerds. I also always like reading Wil Wheaton's take on LA-happenings, and this is a pretty good summary of what all has been going on with the infamous line. And now it seems that the nerds have sold out and have given up their battle for an Episode III showing at Grauman's by buying scores of tickets to the opening at A DIFFERENT THEATER!!! Shockwaves are felt all around the country! Long live the nerds (and I'm just glad I'm not one of them... although these T-shirts rock the house and I may just buy one even though I'm not part of the line).

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And now, on to more important things.

A great big 100-pack of these stickers are a must-have for any urban dweller. I wonder how long it would take someone to notice the sticker once it's stuck on? I think I shall experiment with hidden cameras...

The Found Footage Festival - celebrating crappy corporate videos ("10 Reasons NOT to Smack Your Sexy Co-Worker in the Ass" - actually I made that one up, obviously, but do check out the Wendy's one from the 80's with the rapping hamburger fryer) and even crappier home videos of yokels running around having barbecues. I can feel my IQ slipping.

A hilarious look back at "When the Web Was New". It's amazing to think back on the past 10 years and realize just how much our lives have been changed by the good old internets. I am very happy to have experienced this first-hand. I only wish that more people across the globe could also experience it - if I were the ruler of the world, these would be the first things I would do:

1) Food for everyone!
2) Computers for everyone!
3) Internet access for everyone!

And then if I could just get everyone to play nice (Netiquette courses for everyone!), the world would be a much happier place, although I'm sure we could find something to argue about no matter how awesome things were - not that I want to get too deeply into that subject in my light-hearted bloggy-blog.

Holy CRAP!! This person definitely falls into that "people with too much time one their hands" category. Actually, it's pretty terrifying, and I don't want to ponder it too deeply.

This story from the blog Creek Running North is a pretty inspiring and insightful look into human relationships. It very distinctly shows the shades of gray involved in all of human life. No black and white just makes things harder, but it also makes things more interesting along that way, that's for sure.

Look POTA fans - it's Holy Zira! This person should be banned from e(vil)Bay for taking advantage of those poor, desolate Planet of the Apes fans. I truly hope that no one buys this - but I suppose if someone does, it's his/her own damn fault for being so incredibly gullible. Although I guess the same goes for the person/casino who bought the grilled cheese Virgin Mary for... 28,000 DOLLARS, which falls easily into the "people with too much money AND too much time on their hands" category.


Monday, April 11, 2005

I have a serious problem.

I admit it. I have an addictive personality, and Buffy is just not good for me... not good at all. Yes, I've been at it again. Somebody take these DVDs away from me. No, I don't really mean that. I suck at cold turkey.

I found this kick-ass, pimpin' ride the other day while browsing the Alamo Drafthouse site. It seems the cinema sponsors this show called "Chemistry 101" where they throw two complete strangers together on a date and then film it. I guess kinda like Blind Date except more "real". So they rent this freakin' awesome bus for them, buy them dinner and drinks, and maybe some entertainment, and then everyone gets together later to watch the hijinks ensue. Complete with dinner and drinks in the theater. I just want that bus.

Go here for "shocking, weird, hard to find movies" like the Christian Kooks Collection. A friend sent me this link, and I spent a nice chunk of quality Buffy-watching time on it. Speaking of Buffy-watching (as if I needed an excuse), it turns out that the Alamo Drafthouse is also hosting their second "Buffy Sing-a-Long" this coming weekend. Can a movie theater GET any cooler??!! Too bad I don't live in Austin anymore...

Since I'm on a Drafthouse kick at the moment, it seems that these Air Force Academy punks have tried to re-create a classic Drafthouse "Open Screen Night" phenomenon. (See also the one and only Star Wars Kid.) I hate it when people try to re-capture the innocence and magic of once-pure internet hilarity. It's obvious that those Air Force Academy kids are acting, and that the one dancing knew he was being taped. Of course, I could be wrong, but I'll never admit it.

Last, but certainly not least, I was incredibly excited to unearth this little bit of information:

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A Spud Trooper to go with my Darth Tater! Coming in November. I just can't get enough of his potato masher gun.


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Chatting with Lance Henriksen

Last Friday, Sideshow Collectibles hosted a live web chat featuring the actor Lance Henriksen who apparently is an amazingly cool guy. Unfortunately I was out of reach of a computer at the time, so I missed it. I figured that since today is Thursday and there's a Sideshow newsletter being sent out tomorrow, there would probably be a page sent out with the newsletter that will provide an overview of the Henriksen chat. And of course there is, and I found it. It's a very very interesting interview with this man who has done so much. He was especially good in "Aliens", plus it turns out that he is quite a talented potter as well. I'm definitely calling Sideshow for that treasure map to the tiles buried in the desert :)

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More later....

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Is there a cure for procrastination?

So instead of writing last night I watched half of Buffy: Season 2. Until 2 AM. Oh well. I enjoyed myself. Seasons 2 & 3 are the best. I just can't seem to get enough of Angel :) And on that note, I should probably move on before I get completely sidetracked and start drooling all over my keyboard (so much for getting any work done today *slurp*)...

Speaking of procrastination, I came across this link yesterday and was quite amused. Someone put some work into this list, and they are great tips for sure, but if someone has a problem with procrastination (such as yours truly), there is no way this plan will work. Speaking from experience, it will be followed for a maximum of 3 days before it just becomes another task that I may as well do tomorrow. We need some sort of magical pill that makes us believe that TODAY is tomorrow. Or something. It seems that government agencies need this pill as well.

I had fun exploring the Prangstgrup site last night. I'm guessing that it's one of those spontaneous performing arts groups, such as this recent one. I think this falls under the category of people with too much time on their hands, although I suppose it could be some sort of assignment.

The big geek event of the weekend (other than the opening of Sin City, which is a great movie, BTW) was "Midnight Madness" (*echo echo echo*) at Toys R Us and Walmart stores across the nation. This is when geeks unite under the Star Wars banner, even though most of them agree that the first 2 prequels suck and that Lucas has sold his soul to Jar Jar, and break out into spontaneous fisticuffs over the last holographic Yoda in the store. I think that we adults end up frightening the kids with our incredible lust for any and every Star Wars action figure available. Here's a great report from the NYC quadrant. I partook in the madness mainly for this little guy:

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According to the back of the box, Darth Tater was once a promising young Jedi who lost his roots. Together, he and Luke will rule as father and spud. I just liked his little tennis shoes.


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Happy (late) April Fool's!

Apparently all kinds of crap happens when I'm away from internet access for an April Fool's weekend - Thursday's post about the Obi-wan link at Sideshow turned out to be an April Fool's joke (but never fear, I will still be trying more dates and product names to hopefully find some REAL preview pages of un-announced product - now that my "Sideshow URL organization theory" has proven correct - they won't get away so easily!)... go ahead and check the link now and wait a few seconds for the silly video that follows! How great is that?? I wish more companies played April Fool's jokes. Peter Jackson did one for KongisKing.net too - and it was VERY involved. Go here and click on the production diary for Day 123 on the right side of the page. Peter Jackson is my hero.

Okay, so I don't really have anything else because I've been gone all weekend (I'm becoming one of those people who absolutely HATE being away from the internet because I'm worried that I'll miss out on the good links - 3 day of Metafilter and Fark GONE - there's not time to catch up now - ack, it's like the end of the world!), but I'm sure I'll find some good stuff for tomorrow... and instead of a second installation of "Silly Sunday Cinema" I'll be moving it to Monday (and I couldn't think of any clever "M" alliteration for it at the moment, so oh well.)

More to come...