Sunday, March 29, 2015

The first game console I ever played was an Atari something

(via Wikipedia)
For a long time I thought that the first video game console I ever played on was an Atari 5200 because being all of six years old at the time, all I can remember of it is that it was black as the night. WELL, it turns out that it might not have been a 5200. The controller doesn't match what I remember.

Then there's the 7800. I don't think this was it because I can't recall the color strip and the controller isn't right either.

(via Wikipedia)

The closest match I think is a model of the 2600 called the "Darth Vader" because of it's all black casing.

(via Wikipedia)
My memory's foggy, but it does look more like the Atari I played when I was a kid, at least moreso than the others.

In any case, the first game I played on the Atari (and first period) was E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Yeah, that game.

(via Wikipedia)
And all those stories about how terrible that game is? All true. All so very true. The main problem with the game was falling into these damn pits and not being able to get out! In the game, E.T. has to find three pieces of a phone hidden in pits (because that makes sense?) in order to phone home. During all this, you have to avoid FBI agents, scientists, and a diminishing energy counter that can only be replenished by collecting Reese's Pieces. Once E.T. phones home, the game restarts, but I never got that far, I got tired of falling into all those pits.

Fear the Walking Dead? Really?

Wow, that is certainly a name for a spinoff of The Walking Dead. Certainly a name. Yep.

Better Call Saul of the Walking Dead would have been a better choice. Just saying.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dat Deadpool movie costume

Dang, that is a nice bear skin rug.
(via /Film)
Ryan Reynolds tweeted it today and it looks nice. I like how some movie costumes are being made with all the fake musculature like the batsuits have. I don't think baddies really give two shits about whether a hero has a sixpack or not.

Pop quiz, hot shot: When I problem comes along you must:

A. Study the problem in order to formulate a plan of action.
B. Flee in terror into the night.
C. Whip it, whip it good.
D. None of the above.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New old posts

Just FYI, I just imported posts from a blog that I'm shutting down. Mostly just mysteries and thriller stuff.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Here's the first two pictures of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl in CBS's upcoming show

 I really like the costume, even though others don't. It's obviously patterned after the costume Henry Cavill wore in Man of Steel, but it's a much better design. The skirt might seem a bit outdated, but I think retaining it was an excellent idea because it's a signature part of Supergirl's many costumes across all of the different media she's appeared in. The stockings are the only thing I'm feeling iffy about because they're an odd addition. I'm assuming they're supposed to help maintain the dark color scheme of the boots, skirt, and cape. And maybe to provide some coverage in case there's an updraft and Kara doesn't want to world to know she wears Minecraft underwear?

From what I've been able to gather, Melissa Benoist (who previously starred on Glee) will being playing a 24 year old Kara Zor-El and unlike Smallville and it's handling of her cousin's trek to superherodom, the new series will have Supergirl fighting crime early on as she learns about her great powers and presumably the great responsibilities that come with them. Calista Flockhart will be playing Cat Grant, head of her own media corporation and Kara's boss. Jimmy Olsen's in the show too, played by Mehcad Brooks. Very interestingly, Hank Henshaw, aka Cyborg Superman, will also be on the show (played by David Harewood) as the head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations.

I'm just wondering if DC/Warner Bros. have any plans to connect Supergirl to either the DC Movieverse or to the universe of Arrowverse? Will she get at least a mention in Batman vs Superman? It makes more sense to go with the latter. Greg Berlanti is both one of the creators of and an executive producer on Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, and CBS co-owns The CW along with Warner Bros. It also makes sense because the various DC series on TV right now obviously exist in continuities separate from the ones that Man of Steel and the upcoming movies are in, so why not bundle Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Constantine all into a single shared universe?

Unfortunately, CBS President Nina Tassler isn't all that keen on the idea, wanting to "keep Supergirl for ourselves for a while." and pointing out that Arrow and The Flash air on a different network. Yeah, a network that your parent company co-owns. CBS would make money either way and especially from crossovers. You can't tell me that the hype of seeing Supergirl teaming up with The Flash and/or the Arrow wouldn't be huge and successful. Of course, she might just be wary of the show's success or maybe how continuity between the three might become complicated. But seeing as how Greg Berlanti is involved with all three, he could easily make sure everything runs smoothly. Just give it a chance!

Supergirl pictures via The Verge.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Google backs off of adult content ban

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually explicit images or graphic nudity would be made private.
We’ve received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts longstanding blogs, and about the negative impact this could have on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies.

What this means for blog owners

  • Commercial porn will continue to be prohibited.
  • If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you must turn on the adult content setting so a warning will show. If a blog with adult content is brought to Google’s attention and the content warning is not active, we will turn on the warning interstitial for you. If this happens repeatedly, the blog may be removed.
  • If you don't have sexually explicit content on your blog and you're following the rest of the Blogger Content Policy, you don't need to make any changes to your blog.

Monday, March 2, 2015

This cat just had the soul brushed out of it

Remember that one time Rocko from Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life worked as a phone sex operator?

I don't even know what constitutes a "children's cartoon" anymore. Oddly, when I was a kid, Rocko having phone sex for a living didn't strike me as odd or anything. His monotone, almost confused 'Oh, babys' made me bust a gut, though.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is bisexual and that's just keen

I haven't read a Catwoman comic in...well, ever, but the news that the current writer of the Catwoman comic, Genevieve Valentine, has confirmed that Selina Kyle is bisexual is fantastic. As you can see above, the most recent issue shows Selina smooching the new Catwoman, Eiko Hasigawa (according to the Buzzfeed article, Kyle is a mob boss now).

The reason I think this is awesome is two-fold: First, there's not nearly enough bisexual characters in fiction period. It seems like a lot of writers treat non-heterosexual characters as either gay or lesbian with no in-between or spectrum. Second, there's a tendency in both fiction and real life for something called bisexual erasure. What this means basically is that if a bisexual person is in a relationship with or only dates a particular gender over the others, then they're "not really" bisexual. So if, for example, a bi woman dates other women, then she's not really bisexual, she's a lesbian regardless of whether or not she's also attracted to men. It also works vice versa if said woman primarily dates men, but is still attracted to women, then she's straight. Same thing if she were a man.

Here's the thing about bisexual erasure, it's just as bad as homophobia or any other discrimination based on sexual orientation because you're denying a person's sexuality just as you would a gay or lesbian person by telling them "Oh you're not gay, you're just going through a phase" or "You're too young to know what you're orientation is". Bisexuals can be harassed and go through the same trials and ordeals that any other LGBTQIA person goes through and honestly things like Catwoman being bisexual can be just as big of a deal with some celebrity or fictional character coming out as gay, asexual or trans.