Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This'll happen to Third Eye Blind soon enough

PvP by Scott Kurtz.
And The Cardigans, Ace of Base, and hopefully Creed. God, can we all just forget about Creed?

And Kid Rock. And Limp Bizkit. Pretty much all rap metal bands from the late 90s and early 00s. Good? Good.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A most dangerous couple: When Gordon Met Chell

Awesome video is awesome.



I like how neither of them talked and instead communicated with hand signals. It was a nice touch for these infamously silent characters. Having said that, those two must never be allowed to have offspring because I don't think the Earth could handle that amount of win.

Now, if someone could go ahead and make Half-Life and Portal movies, that would be great. Just no Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, and especially not Uwe Boll.

h/t Girl vs The Multiverse.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

YouTube will be the death of me: I just found out there's anime on there

I know, a day late and a dollar short, but in my defense, before two weeks ago, I only used YouTube to listen to music and watch TableTop and The Guild. But since then, I've started devouring shows and actually enjoying it. Then, I discovered that the original Mobile Suit Gundam series is on YouTube the other day, and much, much more anime for my viewing pleasure, just now.

It's quite nice to see some companies using their noodles and utilizing the internet to promote their stuff. I mean, if you put your shows on the internet and let people watch them for free, it'll have a positive impact on your bottom line because most of those viewers will go out and buy the DVDs/Blu-rays. You'd think more media companies would realize that, but most are still stuck in the old days.

The fact that all those shows have been on there for several years just makes me feel like a bit of a dumbass, though - I could have been watching that stuff sooner! At least I understand now how people can completely write television out of the entertainment equation. I'm trying, but it's tough. I like wrestling and while WWE does upload their Monday Night RAW show to Hulu after it airs on TV, I'd rather not wait a day to get my wrestling fix.

Monday, November 19, 2012

I see what you're doing there, WWE: Why what happened during the CM Punk/John Cena/Ryback match last night was more important than the match itself

WWE.com.
 SO! While I didn't watch Survivor Series myself, Tumblr let me know what happened during the main event, namely that Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and one of the Rock's millions - AND MILLIONS! - of cousins (seriously, is he related to the entire damn island of Samoa?) named Roman Reigns attacked Ryback and put him through one of the announce tables. Probably the Spanish announce team's. This allowed CM Punk to score the pinfall over John Cena and now I'm going to mark out a little.

*ahem*

OH MY FUCKING GOD, CM PUNK HAS A YEAR LONG TITLE REIGN!!!!

THIS IS THE MOST MAGICAL THING EVER AND NOW I AM GOING TO PUKE A RAINBOW!

*ahem* Sorry. Hit the jump for the rest of the post.


In any event, the appearance of Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns is actually more important than Punk winning, because we're seeing a major change starting to happen in the WWE roster. I noticed it a few weeks ago while thinking about wrestling stuff and the then-current title holders and then it hit me: the WWE, probably without anyone giving it a second thought, had brought in the next generation of talent and at the same time, they've shifted the focus from the previous gen to them. Think about it for a second. John Cena and Randy Orton - the two biggest stars of their generation - both haven't held either of the world titles in over a year, though there are rumblings that the latter might be getting a title shot soon. Big Show is an exception, since he pretty much deserved a title run. Triple H is probably retired (and may prove to be the savior of the company, but that's another post entirely), and Undertaker is at least semi-retired, so we'll probably only ever see him at Wrestlemanias.

I think it's more than just refreshing the roster with new guys, I think what we're seeing is a major change, a realignment. It happened in the 90s when the roster shifted away from the bright colored, over the top days of the 80s and early 90s and towards a darker, more grittier style. Likewise, in the post-Attitude/pre-PG era, we saw the stalwarts of the previous era (Austin and Rock for example) disappear and replaced with fresh faces like John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Brock Lesnar, and others. Now we're seeing another change and while I don't see Orton or Cena disappearing like Rock and Austin. Like I said before, there are rumors of Randy Orton getting another title run, but if he does, it'll be his last. Cena, I don't see getting another run and will probably hang around the main event for a while longer - probably to fight Dwayne Johnson again - before he's shifted down to upper card to feud with up-and-comers. I think part of it is because Cena and Orton are basically used up as world champions. Each man has held the title ten and nine times, respectively, and at that point, it's just hard for people to become enthusiastic.

Still, I think it's the right time for this and I'm actually hyped to see what the next generation of WWE wrestlers brings us. God knows we've probably hit the jackpot on talent. We've got CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Antonio Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Sheamus, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Wade Barrett, and the list just goes on and on, and that's just the men! Hopefully we'll get some a new wave of women to the Divas Division too. It's actually astounding if you sit back and think about it; this might be the single most talented roster the WWE has ever had, or any wrestling promotion has ever had for that matter.

Truly, this is the best time to be a wrestling fan.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Why Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez broke up, according to Ryan Higa

The only explanation that matters.


My only regret here is not finding Higa's channel sooner. His videos are splendid.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Why I'll never buy any comic with Tony Harris name on it.

Because I refuse to buy shit drawn by a misogynistic asshole.

Kids, this is what an asshole looks like.
Credit: The Bird and The Bat.
Tony Harris is the artist who drew amongst other things, Ex Machina series for Image, which is unfortunate, because now I will never buy the trades. I could make a long winded post about how people like Harris are killing the geek/nerd subculture with this exclusionary bullshit and misogyny towards women in general and women new to the subculture specifically, but instead, I'm just going to quote from and link to an excellent post made by John Scalzi earlier this year.
Who gets to be a geek?

Anyone who wants to be, any way they want to be one.

Geekdom is a nation with open borders. There are many affiliations and many doors into it. There are lit geeks, media geeks, comics geeks, anime and manga geeks. There are LARPers, cosplayers, furries, filkers, crafters, gamers and tabletoppers. There are goths and horror geeks and steampunkers and academics. There are nerd rockers and writers and artists and actors and fans. Some people love only one thing. Some people flit between fandoms. Some people are positively poly in their geek enthusiasms. Some people have been in geekdom since before they knew they were geeks. Some people are n00bs, trying out an aspect of geekdom to see if it fits. If it does, great. If it doesn’t then at least they tried it.

Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”

Any jerk can love a thing. It’s the sharing that makes geekdom awesome.
I'll admit that used to have a bias against what I saw as "faux-geeks and nerds", but you know what? I got over it. If someone wants to call themselves a comic book geek, but only reads Deadpool or Avengers Academy, who cares? At least they're reading comics. If a woman likes dressing up at a comic book character, even if they have nothing but a brief familiarity with that character, then who cares? Maybe it'll pique their or someone else's curiosity in that character and they'll start reading the comics, thus giving the industry what it desperately needs - new blood. I mean, is it really killing anybody to see women cosplaying as Harley Quinn, Captain Marvel, Maria Hill, or what have you? I didn't think so.

Tony Harris and his ilk need to crawl back into their fucking dank holes with the other sexists and not come out until they learn to respect women period.

h/t rraaaarrl.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Because Felicia Day and Tom Lenk are awesome - Bach to the Future.

Day is a pretty good violinist. She seems to be a never ending source of talent.




There's a sex scandal on Sesame Street and it doesn't involve Bert, Ernie, a filipino prostitute, nor cocaine

No, it involves the Elmo's puppeteer of all things. According to Boston.com, he's being accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage boy, by the now adult victim. Regarding the matter, Sesame Street Workshop has this statement on their blog:
In June of this year, Sesame Workshop received a communication from a then 23 year old man who alleged that he had a relationship beginning when he was 16 years old with Kevin Clash, a Sesame Workshop puppeteer who performs as Elmo.

We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action. We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding internet usage and he was disciplined.

Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.

Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years.
 And here's my take on the matter:

Is nothing sacred anymore? Can we please not have sex scandals involving beloved institutions like Sesame Street? What's next, a Loonette the Clown sex tape?

h/t Topless Robot.

Binging on videos

I don't watch a great many videos on the internet for some reason. I blame procrastination and having a limited interest in what the net has to offer - I'm not much of a fan of nutshots, cute animals, or people doing song covers or what have you. Usually, I watch wrestling videos, music videos, etc., but last night, I binged like someone who hadn't eaten for days and just walked into an all-you-can-eat restaurant. I watched the first two episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (see my post here), followed by the sixth season of The Guild, and got caught up on the episodes of TableTop that I had missed. I followed that up with the episodes of Elementary and The Big Bang Theory that I missed last Thursday. Sprinkled around there for flavor was an episode of My Drunk Kitchen and Daily Grace.

I don't know why I watched all those videos. I think the internet is increasingly becoming superior to television when it comes to entertainment - I had more fun watching a hungover Hannah Hart try to cook a simple breakfast than I have watching half-hour, award-winning comedies on TV.

Whatever the reason, I'm making this a permanent thing; I don't watch that much TV to begin with. I might also start writing my posts about these videos: non-reviews, highlighting shows that I think are worth watching, that sort of thing.

Getting real tired of your shit, Robin

reddit.
h/t Wil Wheaton.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Doctor and Doc Brown from Back to the Future have a rap battle

The Doctor's rhymes are wibbly-wobbly phatty-watty.



I think the Doctor won. His rapping was funny and energetic, while Brown's was pretty much like watching an old man rap. He had some funny bits, but it was too wordy.

Who do you think won the rap battle? The Doctor or Doc Brown?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My mind, she is blown: George Lucas donating the $4 billion Disney paid for Lucasfilms to charity

Specifically, to educational foundations. There is only one gif that is appropriate for this:

I can't even comprehend the decision to donate four billion dollars to charity and for that, Lucas is a better man than I.

I'll admit that my reaction to Disney buying Lucasfilms was pretty much what almost everyone else's was - I lost my goddamn mind. I got over it though, once I thought about it more, but that's a different post entirely.

My hat's off to George Lucas for this.

(via Tor.com)

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