Saturday, August 9, 2008

Spanish shopkeeper finds Homer Simpson euro

MADRID (Reuters) - A one euro coin has turned up in Spain bearing the face of cartoon couch potato Homer Simpson instead of that of the country's king, a sweetshop owner told Reuters on Friday.

Jose Martinez was counting the cash in his till in the city of Aviles, northern Spain, when he came across the coin where Homer's bald head, big eyes and big nose had replaced the serious features of King Juan Carlos.
"The coin must have been done by a professional, the work is impressive," he told Reuters.
The comical carver had not taken his tools to the other side of the coin displaying the map of Europe. So far, no other coins of the hapless, beer-swilling oaf have been found in circulation.
"I've been offered 20 euros for it," said Martinez.
(Writing by Sarah Morris, edited by Richard Meares))

Actor and comedian Bernie Mac dies at age 50

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.
She said no other details were available and asked that his family's privacy be respected.
The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.
Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side. He began doing standup as a child, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy "Mo' Money" in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama "Get on the Bus."
He was one of "The Original Kings of Comedy" in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience.
"I'm going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac told Letterman. "I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977." In his 2004 memoir, "Maybe You Never Cry Again," Mac wrote about having a poor childhood — eating bologna for dinner — and a strict, no-nonsense upbringing.
"I came from a place where there wasn't a lot of joy," Mac told the AP in 2001. "I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn't a lot of things to laugh about."
Mac's mother died of cancer when he was 16. In his book, Mac said she was a support for him and told him he would surprise everyone when he grew up.
"Woman believed in me," he wrote. "She believed in me long before I believed."

Geek Revenge!

Come on, you know you wanna see this happen...

WTF??? 10

Is this not the creepiest ad campaign you have ever seen? I mean, yeah, sometimes you have to reach out and slap someone to get their attention, but do kids need to be around this?

WTF??? 9

um... is this really a big problem?

WTF??? 8

If you are like me, sleep is (very) precious... now you can sleep anytime, anywhere

WTF??? 7

Ever wanted to look like an elf or a Vulcan or a certain sub-mariner? Me either...

Friday, August 8, 2008

$6 million home-theater system

This is the coolest 6 million dollar project since Steve Austin got his upgrade... God, I think I just had an orgasm...

WTF??? 6

For those of you can't possibly lug a heavy umbrella...

Anorexia anyone?

All my life I have heard how 'Barbie' and Hollywood make young girls feel inadequate and leads to depression, eating disorders, etc. Well, I think I just found the real culprit...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Harold & Kumar...

Just finished watching 'Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' again... I saw it in the theater (same day I saw 'Iron Man' and 'Diary of the Dead'-- I never just watch ONE movie when I go to the theater), bought it as soon as it came out on DVD (didn't have to open any boxes this time either) and I have watched it several times since... love that movie-- love them both. If you enjoyed the first one, you will definitely enjoy the second. If you didn't enjoy the first one, you suck. If you haven't seen the first one yet, get your ass to the video store right now... NOW! Seriously, if you enjoy movies like 'American Pie' or 'Van Wilder', you'll get a kick out of the adventures of 'Harold & Kumar'.
This is a rare sequel that picks up RIGHT at the end of the first one. The directors/writers are the same guys who wrote the first one, and they kept the same quality (if quality is the right word) of the first...
The first film is mostly about the boys trying to get some food and the wacky shit that happens to them along the way, making it more of a road picture, complicating what should be a simple task. At the end, Harold finally connects with the girl of his dreams... just as she is leaving for Amsterdam-- part 2 picks up with the boys going to Amsterdam to find her, but again, the simple isn't so simple for them and they end up being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Gitmo... They manage to escape, and the movie becomes a chase picture as they try to get across the country to find help, the feds chasing them, and all the madcap hijinks they run into along the way including the KKK, a cyclops and the return of Neil Patrick Harris playing... Neil Patrick Harris. Beverly D'Angelo makes a memorable appearance as a madame, and you get a certain presidential figure in a way you've never seen him before. Nonstop fun, even managing to make things that shouldn't be funny (and wouldn't be funny at all in another picture) hilarious.
I know I am not doing a proper review for this film, but I don't want to give away too many plot points, and also there is so much from the first film you need to know to truly get this one... so watch both... soon..................... Watched them yet?

WTF??? 5

I have no comment for this either-- the page will have to speak for itself...

How you can say, “My poop doesn’t stink!”(and improve your health at the same time)

WTF??? 4

Shoes that transform into sandals in seconds could end footwear confusion
By Daily Mail Reporter

Unpredictable summers can make choosing the right footwear well nigh impossible.
A pair of stylish sandals might seem the best way to avoid sweaty socks, but if the heavens open you are left trudging home with distinctly damp feet.
Now a shoe company has come up with an ingenious solution to get the best of both worlds - shoes that transform into sandals with a flick of a zip.

The Nat-2 design looks like a regular pair of canvas shoes, similar to popular designs by the Converse brand.
But when you want to give your feet a bit of fresh air you can unzip the sole to reveal a pair of sandals.
The canvas top can easily be folded up and slipped into a bag.
With more than 20 different designs available, you can mix and match soles with different uppers.
The concept of transforming shoes is sure to bring out the inner child in those who grew up playing with Transformers in the 1980s.
However, unlike the ubiquitous plastic robots, the Nat-2 is much harder to track down. The only place selling them in Britain is Wild Goose, in Twickenham, South-West London, where you can pick up a pair for £59.99.

for the geeks...

Comic Strip Bandages are an ideal gift for covering scratches and scrapes in classic comic book style. Featuring exclamations like OUCH!, WHAAM!, and POW! in fun colors and shapes, they’ll let onlookers know what an action hero you really are.”

WTF??? 3

My Quest? Build A Better Condom
Thursday, Jul. 31, 2008 By CALLIE LEFEVRE

Jan Vinzenz Krause, inventor, 30
German entrepreneur and sex educator who designed a spray-on condom made of liquid latex
There are lots of reasons scientists are looking for ways to make condoms more appealing--and safer--to use.
TIME's Callie Lefevre asked Jan Vinzenz Krause about his efforts to make a spray-on condom.
How did you get this idea?

I went to get my car washed. In Germany, you drive through a tunnel, and there's water coming from all sides. I was sitting in my car, and I said, "Yes! This is the idea! I will try this with a condom." So I went to a hardware store--I felt a little like MacGyver--and I bought a tube, put some holes in it, attached these nozzles and connected them to a box of liquid latex. The latex sprays out of the nozzles.
What's the advantage?

The condom fits 100% perfectly, so the safety is much higher than a standard condom's, and it feels more natural.
Did product testers worry that spraying on latex protection would ruin the mood? Yes, that was mentioned. The prototype takes a few minutes to dry. For people to buy it, it needs to be ready in five to 10 seconds.
Any other hesitations?

They were a little bit afraid to use the tube.
Are you waiting for someone to come up with a better latex formula?

Right now, I have to focus on things I think will be successful in the immediate future.
So what's your latest project?

A condom brand in six sizes. We developed this brand for the Web. Men on the Web--they are very honest.

No comment... other than, since when are men honest on the web?

Paris Hilton for president...

Paris Hilton has hijacked the U.S. presidential race with a spectacularly sarcastic attack on candidate John McCain.
The heiress filmed a spoof response to a television advertisement run by Mr McCain's team.
The Republican, 71, had tried to discredit his younger rival Barack Obama by likening him to light-weight celebrities such as Miss Hilton.

But he may be regretting the comparison after her two-minute rebuttal video became an internet sensation and stole valuable air time on the major news channels.
The video, in which Miss Hilton describes Mr McCain as 'the oldest celebrity in the world', was the work of a TV comedy writer.
It starts with a grave-sounding male narrator saying that Mr McCain is 'like super old. Old enough to remember when dancing was a sin and beer was served in a bucket.'

Then Miss Hilton, 27, wearing a leopard print swimsuit and lounging around a swimming pool, offers her take on the White House race. 'Hey, America, I'm Paris Hilton and I'm a celebrity too,' she says. 'Only I am not from the olden days and I am not promising change like that other guy. I am just hot.
'But then that wrinkly, white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad. Which I guess means I am running for president - so thanks for the endorsement, white-haired dude. And I want America to know that I am, like, totally ready to lead.'

The heiress - whose family has donated several thousand pounds to the McCain campaign - even offers her thoughts on solving the energy crisis.
She says: 'Why can't we do a hybrid of both candidates' ideas? We can do limited offshore drilling, with strict environmental oversight, while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars.
'That way the off-shore drilling carries us until the new technologies kick in - energy crisis solved.'

Yesterday Mr McCain's camp tried to make light of the video. 'In reality, Paris Hilton may have a more substantive energy policy than Barack Obama,' spokesman Tucker Bounds said.
Yet the video has shifted the focus firmly back to the thorny issue of Mr McCain's age, ahead of the November 4 election.
Miss Hilton's film was written by Chris Henchy, who is married to Brooke Shields. Mr Henchy said: 'McCain strayed into the pop world and now he's getting bitten back.'

WTF??? 2

(Simpsons movie promotion with JetBlue)

JetBlue offers free trip to nowhere from JFK
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Want all the hassle of air travel without going anywhere?
Step up for JetBlue Airways Corp's trial of bag check and security systems at its new John F. Kennedy International Airport terminal, which is set to open in September.
New York-based JetBlue is looking for 1,000 of its frequent flyers to show up at JFK on August 23 to check bags given to them by the airline, go through security and wait at the assigned gate for their imaginary "flight."
In return, the airline is promising unspecified "giveaways," free parking and lunch.
The U.S. No. 7 carrier is taking no chances with the systems at its new Terminal 5, following the chaotic opening of British Airways' Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport in March, as baggage systems failed and staff didn't know their way around the new building.
Only last week, AMR Corp's American Airlines had to cancel flights from JFK after its baggage system software malfunctioned at a different terminal.
JetBlue, partly owned by Germany's Lufthansa, is no stranger to snafus at JFK, canceling hundreds of flights and stranding thousands of passengers last year after an ice-storm hit New York.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby; editing by Carol Bishopric)
Maybe restaurants will start serving free meals that you can't eat next...

111-year-old reptile finally becoming a father

(not a picture of Henry)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Officials say an indigenous New Zealand reptile regarded as one of the last living remnants of the dinosaurs will become a father for the first time in decades at the age of 111.
Henry the tuatara and his younger mate Mildred produced a dozen eggs last month after mating at the Southland Museum on New Zealand's South Island in March.
Tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley said Wednesday Henry has lived at the museum's special enclosure for Tuatara since 1970 and had shown no interest in sex until he recently had a cancerous growth removed from his genitals. He was now enjoying the company of three females and might breed again next March.

Way to go, Henry!!! But at his age, I guess he can only manage once a month...


The first in a series of WTF's...

World's First Bio-Degradable USB Key Looks, Tastes Like Corn

Hong Kong-based Hoshino today announced the release of what it's designated "the world's first bio-degradable USB disk." I'm always a bit hesitant to accept manufacturers' claims of world's first anything, but for the life of me, I can't remember anyone making a similar claim.
The USB keys are corn-based--the corn is fermented into a material called polylactide (PLA), which, unlike the plastics traditionally used for these devices, can be safely broken down (but we wouldn't recommend ingesting, popping, or barbecuing it, however).
The key is also shaped like an ear of corn, so you can acknowledge your own greenness, every time you go to retrieve information.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My review of the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special DVD epilogue

I just realized (if anyone is reading this or cares) that I neglected a couple of things in my two-part 'Robot Chicken Star Wars Special' DVD review-- I mentioned how much I love 'Robot Chicken' but made no mention of how much I love 'Star Wars'... shame on me...

I was born 6 years after 'Return of the Jedi' came out, but nonetheless I grew up on 'Star Wars'. I can't remember when I first saw 'SW', but I do know that when I was 4 I had dubbed VHS copies of all 3 films and watched them a LOT... I know that because when I was 4 I got hit by a car and spent awhile in the hospital-- I remember asking for my portable TV/VCR combo to be brought in and as far as I recall, I only wanted four movies: 'The Princess Bride' (shut up, that movie rocks) and the 'Star Wars' trilogy. Over the years I have watched each at least 200 times always loving every second.

Then around '95 I recall seeing commercials for the newest release of the trilogy on VHS... what particularly caught my attention was the announcement that this would be the last time the original versions would be available. That scared me and I begged my mom to buy them for me and she did-- BUT she got me the full frame version instead of the wide-screen... I'm still irked about that, but that is neither here nor there.

A year or two later the special editions hit theaters and I was so excited-- not because they had changed things (lord knows I still can't deal with Greedo firing first or the fact they cut out footage to add new stuff), but because I would finally get to see 'Star Wars' on the big screen. I bought advanced tickets and opening day I was there smiling... and I walked out disappointed. I enjoyed the experience, but not what Lucas had done to the film. Later I watched 'The Empire Strikes Back', but I never bothered with 'Return of the Jedi'.

I started to get the special editons on VHS (just to complete the set) but I never could find them in wide screen when I had the money. When they later became available on DVD, I bought them just to find they weren't actually the special editions, but new versions where Lucas had changed even more stuff... But luckily he had the sense (and want of dollars and cents) to release the original versions on DVD so once again I bought them, and loved them. 8 or 9 years after announcing they would never be available again, I got the real deal, "my Star Wars"... and finally I got my wide screen...
Not even going to get into the new trilogy-- that sort of rant deserves it's own series of blogs...

Oh, the other thing I didn't cover in the other blog(s) was why even though I love 'Robot Chicken' I have a deep resentment of it... I used to have a fascination with editing movies and videos... I spent many hours hooking two VCR's together and making my own cut of movies. I reduced 'Titanic' from 3 hrs 15 min to about 20 minutes and still retained all the character development, special effects, credits and even a chunk of Celine Dion's song. I also edited the first three 'Highlander' movies into one more coherent (if less linear) movie. I was watching the Steve Martin movie, 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid' one day and admiring the work-- not that the movie itself is all that wonderful (but it is fun), but the fact that they edited together several older movies and matched footage of Steve Martin to them to make a new tale. I wanted so badly to do that, but the more I thought about it, I realized I couldn't accomplish something that ambitious, but it got me thinking about making my own movie instead... I got an idea for a stop-motion animation film using action figures and such. I bought a video camera, spent probably a couple grand on props and toys, wrote a script, shot some test footage, and after about a year or so was ready to go... it was going to be a parody kung-fu movie where characters from comic books, cartoons, TV shows, movies, etc. popped up and did silly things throughout. And just as I was putting the finishing touches on the platform I was going to be filming it on, I saw an ad for a new TV show coming on Adult Swim called 'Robot Chicken'... the show did exactly what I had in mind-- even used some of the characters I was going to use and very similar gags. My bubble burst. I knew I couldn't make my little film now because even though I had been working on it for over a year, it would take me months more to complete and by the time it would be done, anyone I showed it to would think I was inspired by or outright copying 'Robot Chicken'... so I put everything away and haven't even touched my camera since. So, you see I both love and resent 'Robot Chicken'... but much of life seems that way...
I just realized I did a 'Star Wars' blog trilogy... sort of. If I had known that would have happened I would have given each a cool sounding subtitle like "Revenge of the Blog" and such... oh well

My review of the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special DVD part 2

In my previous blog I told of how I came about the DVD, now on to the review...

I am not going to actually review the special itself (which isn't all that "special"-- don't get me wrong, the sketches are great as always, but it's nothing more than a half-hour version of the regular show, just focused on 'Star Wars' parodies... of which about a quarter of the running time is previously aired sketches). I see little point in reviewing the show because A) it has aired 317,000 times already, so most anyone reading this (if anyone reads it) will have already seen it if they were at all interested, and B) people have been blogging about this thing for months and months already-- I can't possibly add anything new or interesting... So, I am going to review the DVD itself.
First off, the sound sucks-- the dialogue is low so you have to turn it up, but the sound effects and music are loud as hell so you have to turn it down... I got tired of the up/down, up/down and finally just watched it with the subtitles on.
If you buy the DVD, you will pay about 15 bucks for 23 minutes... not worth it you say? Ah, but the commercials drilled into our heads that there are over two hours of special features and bonus material. Now if you are like me, you LOVE special features... sometimes I buy DVD's just because of the bonus material. If you don't care about such things, and aren't a completist, stick to watching it on TV-- you'll have plenty of chances...
The special features aren't all that special either unfortunately-- the sound quality on most is awful (they didn't wear microphones and recording audio on a camcorder is never good). They consist of:
"Chicken Nuggets" which is Seth Greene and the other creator (don't know his name, don't really care-- he's dull) doing sketch by sketch commentary... but because of the rapid pace of the sketches and the fact that some are less than a minute long, they do a video commentary where the action stops and you see the two of them telling you about the making of the show and such, which is great (if not all that informative), BUT it isn't automatic-- you have to click on an icon every time for this function, which is a drag (wow, what a sentence).
There is also an animation meeting where Seth Greene acts out the potential stories interspersed with cuts from the special itself-- pointless and boring unless you just love to see Seth Greene do stuff... This lasts about 6 1/2 minutes, but I didn't make it halfway through.
There are on-air bumps (actually some were not aired) promoting the special-- Adult Swim devoted an entire night to the special and between shows Seth Greene and company were "hosting"... don't waste your time unless you just want to see guys who are acting like drunken frat boys who don't know they are on camera.
There are trailers for the show, which is fine, but again, they have been shown to death on Adult Swim...
There is a semi-interesting behind the scenes special that last about 7 minutes, but it really isn't all that informative-- it focuses more on how they got Lucas to agree to let them do it in the first place.
Deleted scenes... what a joke-- they are merely (poorly drawn) storyboards with dialogue and sound effects laid over them).
Alternate audio-- five scenes where they show you a still from a sketch and you hear the voice actor improvising... I didn't make it through the second one.
There is a cool 19 minute featurette on the production design of the show... It shows them making the sets and models while Seth and the production designer provide audio commentary.
Also, they have a 3 minute "time lapse" feature where you see the animators doing the stop-motion animation... this is really interesting for about 30 seconds.
Photo gallery-- these are always dull but they spiced these up by adding (non funny) captions and playing annoying music... don't bother.
And what should have been the coolest feature was too dang short to be worth a darn-- they have panel discussions where Seth and company do Q&A sessions about the special... even though they show clips from different panels, this only runs about 6 minutes and barely covers anything. There had to be a ton more footage.
Add to this the menus on the DVD-- loud and annoying music plays the whole time...
Like I said, unless you've just got to have the DVD for your collection, watch the TV version instead... it has all that is worth watching anyway.
Well, I need to run... the 'Robot Chicken Star Wars Special' just went off 5 minutes ago and will be coming on again in 5 minutes-- let's go watch it.

My review of the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special DVD part 1

Bear with me here because this is my first attempt at a "real" blog. You'll notice that I tend to go off on tangents, love to put things in parentheses, am not big on paragraph breaks, am notorious for 'run-on' sentences and generally just ramble on, but I do usually get back around to what I was saying...

For my first actual blog (am I the only only that thinks that word sounds like someone retching?) I thought long and hard about what the subject would be-- perhaps something dealing with comic books or cartoons or comic strips, or old TV shows, movies, radio programs, science-fiction, toys or any of the other geeky stuff I am into, and I decided to do a movie review (since movies/DVD's are my main passion). I considered doing one on one or more of the movies I had seen in the theaters recently like 'Zohan', 'Love Guru', 'Hulk', 'Indiana Jones', 'Hellboy 2', 'Wanted', or 'Hancock' (of which, 'Hellboy 2' was the only one I didn't actually enjoy), but I couldn't think of anything particularly interesting to say about any of these films that hasn't already been said by 10,000,000 other bloggers, which if you would like to read, I'll wait.................
Ok, you're back. Instead, I decided to review a DVD. There presented another question: what DVD(s) to discuss? I have a personal collection of around 6,000 DVD's (Bow down before the DVD Queen), mostly movies, the rest being TV shows, cartoons, documentaries, etc. I am constantly adding to my collection, BUT I rarely buy new stuff (as in new releases) because A) most new stuff is crap, and B) I tend to not hurry to pay $20 for a DVD that will cost 5 bucks a year from now... Whenever I think about how much money I could have saved over the years by waiting a few months to buy DVD's, I die a little inside. Good lord, I'm rambling...
On occasion though, there are DVD's that I can not wait for at all-- I'm right there at Wal-Mart Monday night after midnight waiting for the new releases to be stocked, sometimes even opening the boxes myself because the employees aren't as eager to stock the shelves as they should be (not that they have a reason to be eager, but I digress-- you'll get used to that). My most recent "must have" DVD was the 'Robot Chicken Star Wars Special'. I LOVE 'Robot Chicken'-- I started watching it when the first episode premiered on Adult Swim and religiously watched the first season-- no matter what I was doing at the time, I dropped it to run to the TV (even sex was interrupted a time or two... but you guys aren't interested in that, are you? too bad). I was instantly in love with that show (even though I held and still hold a strong resentment to it for reasons I may explain later... no, they aren't sex related, you pervs). Week after week I watched it, even MULTIPLE airings of the re-runs. Bought the first season on DVD and dove headfirst into season two on TV... but eventually I tired of the constant re-runs and long periods between new episodes, so I became less religious with my viewing-- I still watch it if I catch it on, but even now I still see the same 3 or 4 episodes every time I watch it. I did purchase season two on DVD and am awaiting season three which is coming out soon to buy. I saw several commercials for the 'Star Wars' Special and was interested, but somehow missed it every time it came on (even though they have aired it 47 times a day for the past year), so when the DVD release was announced, I was excited. I ran out that Monday night, opened four boxes of DVD's before I found it (attention Wal-Mart: label your damn boxes better).
Well, this is turning out to be ridiculously long, and I have only gotten to the part about buying the stinkin' thing-- I think I will do my review in a part two, so



Sunday, August 3, 2008



I just set this up, so the first blog is a test...