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Aug. 25th, 2014 @ 08:32 pm WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
The bare minimum # of voters: The Brothers Bun, An-Day, Overcommitter

Season 6 Weekly Winners:
Paul Heyman, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Seth Rollins, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Kyle O'Reilly, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose, Stardust (Cody Rhodes), Titty Master Dean Ambrose, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Bull Bronson & Frank Wyatt, Luke Harper, Paul Heyman, John Cena, Mark Henry & Alberto Del Rio, Brock Lesnar

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 @ 03:08 pm Everybody's Working for the Weekend

I've been housesitting for my parents and had to pick up extra shifts at work, so let's get to it.

Last week I asked what the best Robin Williams movie is, and you answered both Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting.

  • Box Office News: Old men are weak and old!
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Automata, Nightcrawler and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: If I Stay, Sin City: A Dame to Kill and When the Game Stands Tall
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Blended and The Love Punch

  • Disney plans to release the original, unaltered Star Wars trilogy on home video, probably around Christmas 2015 when they will need to hype some big franchise revival
  • Remember the Tom Cruise flick Edge of Tomorrow that came out all the way back in June 2014? Warner Brothers is so embarrassed by it that they are changing its name to Live, Die, Repeat for the Blu-Ray release
  • Jackie Chan doesn't want Rush Hour 4 if it will be a bad movie
  • Robin Williams' final film may be shelved
  • The Doctor Strange movie will not be an origin story
  • Coming 2015: a sequel to Galaxy Quest... in comic book form
  • Terry Crews wants a crossover film between The Fast and the Furious and The Expendables
  • Continuity continues in Age of Ultron
  • Speaking of Marvel, Ant-Man finally began production this week
  • Nepotism is still alive in Hollywood
  • The PG-13 rating has ruined the action movie
  • 3D Netflix could be in our future
  • Who knew the MPAA is homophobic?
  • The new 007 film wants big, imposing henchmen

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Poll #1979678
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11

    Will you buy the unaltered Star Wars trilogy if released on Blu-Ray/DVD?

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    4 (36.4%)
    2 (18.2%)
    4 (36.4%)
    I'm a Star Trek Guy
    1 (9.1%)
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    Aug. 20th, 2014 @ 08:55 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    First, a few notes.

    You might see ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri phrased as "clashes between police and protesters." This is false equivalency. What's happening is that the cops are continually assaulting and terrorizing a community for the unthinkable crime of asking that a murderer be held accountable. Because local child Michael Brown was jaywalking, Darren Wilson murdered him; an autopsy report shows that the cop shot the former seventeen-year-old six times, twice in the head. Ferguson saw no homicides in 2014 before this. Now, the overwhelmingly white police force would rather come down hard on peaceful demonstrations than arrest and prosecute the officer who murdered Brown. Darren Wilson remains a fugitive, aided and abetted by the governmental structure that is still sending him paychecks. For what? For the inalienable right of a white man to kill a black child? For the inalienable right of a police officer to murder a citizen and escape all accountability? For the inalienable right of all police to impose their will? People joke around sometimes about international watchdog groups sending observers to the US to intervene in human rights abuses the same way they observe elections in young republics. This week, Amnesty International sent resources to the US in a way it's never done before. There have been some tense moments between AI oberservers and police, leading many to report that they'd been ejected on Monday night.

    Think of how it would be reported if it was happening in any other country, if that helps. On Sunday night, the cops (while cosplaying as soldiers and doing so poorly) shut off street lights, tear-gassed children, drove a truck through a crowd, and threatened reporters live on the air. These things have become a gruesome routine. The governor imposed a curfew just to have an excuse to crack down on peaceful rallies every night, then on Sunday they cracked down two hours early. Tuesday night there was no tear gas deployed, a welcome surprise.

    It's massively illegal for police to remove badges and personal identification; they're doing it anyway. Tear gas is banned in warfare under the Geneva Conventions, let alone US city streets; it's flying nightly. You may have heard of the right to free assembly, or a free press; "lol," say the police.

    They released video of a completely unrelated robbery to impugn Mike Brown's character, and have corralled most of the professional journalists who've shown up in town. We know as much as we do about the various atrocities being carried out by the police because of the bravery of citizen journalists. The violations of people's rights under the US constitution seem innumerable. And every morning, after another round of police violence, the community cleans up spent "non-lethal" rounds and tear gas canisters left on their streets. Look for the helpers, as they say.

    The Brown family is accepting donations for Michael's funeral and other expenses here.

    Meanwhile: in New Orleans, a cop shot Armand Bennett in the head and didn't bother reporting it, and it was later revealed that the cop who shot him had shut off her body camera; in New York, NYPD cops involved in the choking murder of Eric Garner have yet to be charged with any crime; in Los Angeles, protesters are rallying after the LAPD murder of Ezell Ford; in Beavercreek, Ohio, John Crawford III's family is waiting for more information about his death at the hands of the police. And among all these (and more) black men being killed by the police, we shouldn't forget about black women either.

    In non-police-shooting-black-people news, a rabbi has been killed in Miami, a woman shot her grandson thinking he was an intruder, there will be no charges filed against the cop who murdered a child for holding a toy gun, somebody's distributing anti-Semitic flyers in LA, one of the Steubenville rapists is back on the football team, a police cadet was killed after opening fire at his ex-girlfriend's house, a lot of the bottled water in the US comes from drought zones, Georgia officials are refusing to pay medical bills for a toddler burned by a grenade thrown by a SWAT team, a Sioux family is suing the South Dakota police for tazing an eight-year-old girl, human rights crises are underway in Iraq while the US is getting drawn back in militarily, and Christy Mack was severely beaten and tortured by MMA fighter War Machine. Entering the manhunt for Mr. Machine, TV personality Dog the Bounty Hunter proceeded to his home (where anyone would be hiding while on the lam), where he found a different wanted criminal and a slithery surprise -- actual snakes, mind you, not Randy Orton.

    Now, lets take a mental health break and look at some linky-loos. In honor of over two thousand pets adopted on Empty the Shelter Day, here are pictures of cute animals:

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    Aug. 19th, 2014 @ 12:40 am Wrestler Of The.... TOO BUSY ROCKIN!!!
    Current Mood: excitedexcited
    Current Music: alice in chains

    Had a busy week... Sevendust on Thursday, a friend's 30th birthday on Friday, Tesla on Saturday, more bands on Sunday (Trixter and the Great Affairs), then tonight was ALICE IN CHAINS!!

    This week's rockers: Steve, Overcommitter, K-Mo, Jawas, Jope, Steven Stoner, HMC, Brothers Bun

    Season 6 Weekly Winners: Paul Heyman, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Seth Rollins, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Kyle O'Reilly, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose, Stardust (Cody Rhodes), Titty Master Dean Ambrose, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Bull Bronson & Frank Wyatt, Luke Harper, Paul Heyman, John Cena, Mark Henry & Alberto Del Rio

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    Aug. 16th, 2014 @ 10:44 am A Flubberless Fiesta

    It has been a busy and deadly week in Hollywood, so let's just calm down for a second and check out Maria's ass thanks to the help of the NJPW cameramen.

    Last week I asked you if you wanted the Deadpool movie to happen, and you answered no.
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    Aug. 13th, 2014 @ 09:46 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, I can see the Bo AND Miz pushes disintegrating, and I don't like it.

    • RIP Robin Williams, who died this week of end-stage bipolar disorder. It's a story repeated too many times: the mania was what drove a lot of the performances he was praised for, while the depression was suffered largely in private. His daughter's touching statement hints at a lot of good times in private too. Our lives are complicated, and no less so at the end.
    • RIP Mike Brown. In an ideal world people strive to move toward, peace and justice could come to his family, and to other victims of police brutality.
    • We've been promised wireless electricity in a lot of ways for a long time.
    • The selfie belongs to the monkey. FYI: works produced by plants are not copyrightable.
    • Speaking of which, a Scottish plant sculpture declares: I am Groot.
    • You can now see the first footage from the Saved by the Bell behind-the-scenes telefilm, for fans of children who don't like each other.
    • If you're constructing a lair and would like to add some extra oomph to the décor, go ahead and give the beetle cabinet a shot. Maybe keep your makeup in there.
    • A new restaurant in Toronto is staffed by deaf people and takes orders in sign language, aiming to employ people who might otherwise find it hard to find work, and maybe teach hearing people a few things as they follow the prompts. Pretty cool.
    • James Brady, victim of a gunshot in 1981, died recently due to effects of that shooting, and so his death has been ruled as a homicide. Okay, prosecute John Hinckley again, why not. (Note: there are reasons not to.)
    • Kids just have the best stuff now. It's literally a sound track.
    • In an experiment in flexibility, the Portsmouth Sinfonia had its members trade instruments and attempt to play a piece; this is the result and, spoiler, it's kind of amazing.
    • The genome of the domestic cat has been sequenced. Apparently cats haven't had to make as many evolutionary adaptations as other species over long periods of time, including when they were domesticated, so large parts of their genome are very old indeed.
    • I generally abhor big cities, but one of the highlights of visiting one is the super-talented street musician.
    • BuzzFeed (yeah) highlights 24 people who hid mental health issues because employers often disregard them as "legitimate" reasons to need sick days.
    • I will never not be fascinated by major/minor pieces performed in the other key. This week: The Star-Spangled Banner.
    • Gillian Anderson's supernatural thriller novel is nearly upon us.
    • The NFL, and the world, would be made better by the addition of Weird Al.
    • Do you have problems remembering what to capitalize in your titles? Help is on the way. (And yes, I know I'm violating that site's rules on this very webpage. Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.)
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    Aug. 11th, 2014 @ 07:44 pm WILLIAMS OF THE WEEK
    RIP Robin Williams.


    Season 6 Weekly Winners: Paul Heyman, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Seth Rollins, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Kyle O'Reilly, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose, Stardust (Cody Rhodes), Titty Master Dean Ambrose, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Bull Bronson & Frank Wyatt, Luke Harper, Paul Heyman, John Cena

    This week's participants: Overcommitter, An-Day, HMC, Travis, Steve, Brothers Bun

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    Aug. 8th, 2014 @ 04:38 pm Cowabunga!
    Today sees the ruining of yet another popular franchise by either Michael Bay or M. Night Shyamalan, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I'm not a TMNT fan but I'll be sure to mourn with them.

    I did once own a VHS tape containing several episodes of the late 80's Turtles cartoon. I remember April being really curvy and wearing a really small jacket. Let's see if we can't Google what she looked like...

    Ah, there we go. Last week I asked you what the worst summer movie season has been over the last eight years, and you answered 2006.

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    Aug. 6th, 2014 @ 10:51 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, Ambrose announces his chosen stipulation for Summerslam, and just as I'd hoped, it's the Punjabi Prison!

    • Where salt is scarce, some butterflies get it from turtles' tears.
    • Parents: consider Judy Blume's advice and don't worry too much about what your kids read. (Standard disclaimer: I don't have kids; what do I know.)
    • "Happy Birthday" is famously under copyright by Warner Music, leaving us with a variety of terrible corporate variations in chain restaurants. Some people, however, have assembled evidence to the contrary, suggesting that not only does Warner not hold the rights to the song, they've also gathered hundreds of millions of dollars in illegitimate fees. Welp!
    • BuzzFeed has a history of TMZ. I'll just leave that combination there.
    • You all now have your marching orders for Halloween.
    • All of the true DolFans will be wearing a new T-shirt this season. It's a little wordy.
    • A Utah school employee says he was fired recently because his bosses weren't comfortable with the connotations of a post about homophones. Mm hmm.
    • A man in a persistent vegetative state has recently managed to communicate with the outside world. That's...huge.
    • When a Malaysian astronaut was preparing to go to space, he ran into a bit of a thorny issue: how does a Muslim pray toward Mecca in space? The result is the start of a guide for bringing our religions with us into space, if we simply must bring them.
    • Nobody actually likes honeydew. Honeydew is merely a fiction we sell ourselves, a symptom of our collective mania.
    • Explore the Roman empire in the style we're accustomed to today in this digital atlas.
    • Finally, your breakfast can be properly interesting with the help of the Möbius bagel. Now show me some Möbius lox.
    • "Saving yourself" until marriage is a dangerous, horrible way to indoctrinate kids.
    • The Walk recently noted the entrance of Sherlock Holmes into the public domain. For defending license fees that have been deemed indefensible, the Conan Doyle estate (in a somewhat imaginative definition of the word "estate") has been ordered to pay the legal fees of the person who challenged them.
    • The Avengers assemble in 8-bit form. It's the game we should have.
    • Craig Ferguson has a replacement for The Late Late Show, and it's Craig.
    • Audio can be reconstructed from silent video of objects vibrating. Surely this won't be used for any sort of intelligence overreach. Nah.
    • In March of the Juggalos, Morgan Freeman expertly narrates the mating practices of everyone's favorite pack of insane clown devotees slash watchlisted gang.
    • Electric bacteria derive energy from the source.
    • Someone converted electromagnetic waves traveling through space into sound, and the results may not quite set your mind at ease.
    • YouTube is wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. One thing you'll find in abundance is imaginative covers of peoples' favorite film themes, a genre I hope to contribute to someday. (Incidentally, the "Meets Metal" guy's channel is chock full of awesome riffs on themes & songs all across music. There's an A-level YouTuber right there.)
    • This Week in Crowdfunding Opportunities: the Casablanca piano is up for sale!
    • We've come up with a whooooooole lot of names for sexytimes in the last 600 years. I beg of you, call your sweetums today (if you have one, and if not, find one) and propose a good ol' session of putting the devil into hell, or houghmagandy, or playing at rumpscuttle and clapperdepouch.
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    Aug. 4th, 2014 @ 07:28 pm Guardians Of The Week

    Many in the Blogginova saw Guardians of the Galaxy over the weekend and it was praised by all. But the most surprising aspect is Batista, who also seems to be making headlines for his role as "Drax." Thanks for not being Botchtista and screwing up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cheers, Big Dave!

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    Aug. 2nd, 2014 @ 01:05 pm Cocky Little Freaks!
    With the release of the latest edition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, I thought I would pay tribute to the TRUE guardians. The team that guards the Lylat system, Star Fox!

    Last week I asked you if San Diego Comic Con is overrated, and you answered yes.

  • Box Office News: Glenn's pants are tight with news that a part-time wrestler doesn't win the box office. Or are his pants tight because of ScarJo?
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Spongebob 2: Sponge Out of Water, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Get On Up and Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Divergent, Need for Speed and Oculus

  • RIP a man who starred in both Beverly Hills 90210 AND Die Hard
  • COMIC CON RECAP: In some of the bigger news from the convention, a movie based on The Last of Us is being planned, we got our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, new footage of Ant Man and Age of Ultron were released, Bruce Timm is back, Godzilla '14 is getting a sequel with new monsters, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has already been announced
  • Hollywood is facing its worst summer since 2006
  • Test footage for a Deadpool movie was leaked earlier in the week; it has since been removed but if you dig around you can probably find it
  • Quentin Tarantino is rereleasing both Kill Bill movies next year
  • This week in really stupid rumors: WWE's Sheamus cast to play Darth Vader in Episode VII
  • The new film Boyhood is breaking records, probably because it defines life in the 21st century
  • Lots of celebrities died in Sharknado 2. Spoilers?
  • What's new to Netflix this month?
  • Oooooooooooooops

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Poll #1977524
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11

    What has been the worst summer of movies in recent years?

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    2006 (Superman Returns, Pirates 2)
    7 (63.6%)
    2007 (Transformers, Spider-Man 3)
    2 (18.2%)
    2008 (Iron Man, The Dark Knight)
    0 (0.0%)
    2009 (The Hangover, Transformers 2)
    1 (9.1%)
    2010 (Toy Story 3, Inception)
    0 (0.0%)
    2011 (Harry Potter, Captain America)
    0 (0.0%)
    2012 (Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises)
    0 (0.0%)
    2013 (Man of Steel, Pacific Rim)
    0 (0.0%)
    2014 (Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy)
    1 (9.1%)
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    Jul. 30th, 2014 @ 10:31 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, Swagger faces Cesaro again, and Randy Orton has something to say.

    • An HIV-killing condom may be available in Australia soon.
    • More on HIV: it's theoretically possible to use RNA to edit out parts of an infected person's genome.
    • Cut paper art is intricate, delicate, and beautiful.
    • This Week in Crowdfunding Initiatives: we could potentially buy eleven Pennsylvania bridges and brand them however we like.
    • One hazard of paddling out to see the whales is that you might get temporarily stranded on a whale.
    • If you're looking for the Cryptkeeper's diminutive great-uncle, apparently you need to look in an antique store in Maine.
    • If you have a phobia that can ruin an evening (or more) if you see it in a movie, or know someone who does, Phobias at the Movies is putting together a database you can consult.
    • Hey, whatcha thinking about Bane? "Oh, I can’t stop thinking about Bruce, wondering where he could be, who he is with, what is he thinking, is he thinking of me, and whether he’ll ever return someday."
    • Thousands of KGB documents are now available for viewing online, in case you want to look up whether the shady neighbor you had when you were growing up really was a malicious interloper.
    • PONCH obviously doesn't want any of us to be able to sleep ever again, for he's releasing a massive cloud of mayflies from his stronghold in Wisconsin to come after us all. Great. Thanks.
    • Jope once again brings the Nope, as he wants you to know about this lovingly-crafted portrayal of a very uncomfortable place. (Like the back of a Volkswagon?)
    • Last week I showed you had books on posters. This week, behold some imaginative books on books.
    • Hey, tri-state sports fans! With Mike and the Soundboard you can have your very own meeting of the minds with Mike Francesa! Go ahead, talk sports, go at it as hard as you can.
    • I never read the Star Wars EU -- I was always a Trek book kid when it came to tie-ins -- but this level of devotion about tie-in novel covers has got to be admired.
    • Lawns are utter crap; this becomes especially apparent during water shortages.
    • Take a couple photos from the surface of Mars of its moon Phobos crossing in front of the sun, put two of those photos side by side, and what you get is googly eyes.
    • This Week in the Black Death...welp, that's an unfortunate thing to type. In northern china, quarantine procedures are being put in place after a man died of the bubonic plague.
    • Sometimes you might like to think things are going to be okay. Sometimes you might like to think we as a society can figure things out, move forward, make real progress. Then you're reminded that the third-pound hamburger failed because people can't figure out fractions.
    • Astronomers recently found an exoplanet with a much longer year than most planets we've found so far.
    • MIT researchers propose new algorithms to optimize traffic light cycles. I wonder what sorts of bureaucracies you have to get through to change the programming on traffic lights.
    • Under ideal circumstances, you don't want to have to have brain surgery. I hope that's not controversial. But if the road ahead of you leads that way, you might as well have to do it because of metal.
    • One intrepid designer looked at parking signs that require you to read a lot of text from your car, found them wanting, and designed a new signage system that you could not possibly read from your car.
    • This Week in Dramatic Readings: The Beyoncelogues.
    • While she was pregnant, cartoonist Lauren Weinstein and her husband went through an agonizing wait to see if their potential child would have cystic fibrosis.
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    Jul. 28th, 2014 @ 11:38 pm WOTW: Open Til Midnight Or Later

    Season 6 Weekly Winners: Paul Heyman, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Seth Rollins, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Kyle O'Reilly, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose, Stardust (Cody Rhodes), Titty Master Dean Ambrose, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Bull Bronson & Frank Wyatt, Luke Harper

    This week's participants: Overcommitter, jAWAs, JediTAB, Glennie, Scott, HMC, An-Day

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    Jul. 25th, 2014 @ 04:09 pm Let's Get Comical!
    San Diego Comic Con is here! That means it's the time of year where we get lots of updates on sci-fi movies and other stuff coming to us over the next year. It's also the time where companies offer exclusive, limited production merchandise that can only be obtained at the show, like this exclusive LEGO 1960's Batmobile! If you're lucky enough to be at the show AND lucky enough to hold a winning raffle ticket, enjoy your purchase! If not, screw you, loyal customer!

    Last week I didn't ask you anything.

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    Jul. 23rd, 2014 @ 08:56 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

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    Jul. 21st, 2014 @ 07:11 pm WOTW: WEEK XV

    My friend's son wanted me to come over for BATTLEGROUND. We had an action figure Royal Rumble before the show, which Rey Mysterio won and thus earns a title shot against Chavo Guerrero, who's his World Champion. LOL. Kids. :-?

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    Jul. 19th, 2014 @ 03:58 pm Fiesta
    From the annals of "Stuff comes up combining with laziness," here is what I had previously wrote of this week's Fiesta!

    Last week I was going to ask you if you were a fan of the newer overpriced movie theaters, but the LiveJournal wouldn't format the code for some reason.

  • Box Office News: Moviegoers LOVE every ape, from Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Laggies, The Prince and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Planes: Fire and Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy and Sex Tape
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Heaven is For Real, Sabotage, Transcendence and Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club

  • Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Speaking of Marvel, the list of Guardians cameos has been confirmed (SPOILERS)
  • Ron Howard's next project will be about The Beatles' early days
  • The Universal Monsters are being rebooted with a new cinematic universe
  • The new Power Rangers movie will be written by the writers of X-Men: First Class
  • Speaking of writers, one of the guys behind the terrible new Spider-Man flicks is on his way out, and apparently the franchise is in jeopardy now?
  • The end is ever so near
  • Don't get your hopes up for a third Hellboy movie
  • Road House: So bad it's good

    No poll again this week. Enjoy your weekend!
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    Jul. 16th, 2014 @ 09:13 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

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    Jul. 14th, 2014 @ 07:34 pm Battle for the Wrester of the Week!
    Current Music: Badlands

    I'm drawing a blank on an intro for this week, so here's a song I have been playing a LOT lately. Bluesy rock n roll from Jake E. Lee and his old band Badlands, if anyone cares to listen.

    Season 6 Weekly Winners: Paul Heyman, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Seth Rollins, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Kyle O'Reilly, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose, Stardust (Cody Rhodes), Titty Master Dean Ambrose, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee

    This week's chimps: Overcommitter, An-Day, Jope, Travis, HMC, and the Dynamic Duo of Glennie & Scott!

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    Jul. 11th, 2014 @ 04:23 pm Hail to the Chimp
    Welcome to a Fiesta that's about to go bananas! Hopefully you won't see it as a big pile of poo thrown at a wall!

    Last week I asked you nothing, because I can.

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    Jul. 9th, 2014 @ 09:10 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, does Heath Slater have a new partner?

    • Finally, we've solved the conundrum of self-sustaining awesomeness.
    • Sally Ride was awesome, and smart, and brave, and is still missed. ("Is 100 the right number?" was a question from NASA engineers while preparing a supply of tampons for a one-week shuttle mission, because despite being actual real-life rocket scientists, they were still dudes.)
    • [Warning: Buzzfeed] This is what the internet was made for: Shakespearean lines (mostly his fantastic insults) delivered by cats.
    • Cliff Denton is a putter, for he is a putter-togetherer of scissors.
    • Repeating something to yourself over and over again can inculcate it in your mind. Hell, it works for advertising slogans, and it's the reason you shouldn't follow any minor setback with a plaintive "I cannot do a single thing correctly on this blasted planet," self. One man decided that as long as he has to keep entering (and changing) his password at work, he might as well use slogans to better his life. (Do excuse the inspirational-speaker tone.)
    • We can make everything better, with technology. We can make a better oven.
    • A new study suggests that what we thought were the top candidates for habitable planets in another solar system actually don't quite exist. And science moves on.
    • Aliens are pretty considerate -- they wait until after work hours to drop in on us. Imagine that.
    • Ancient humans were likely hunted by eagles that would pick them up by the eye sockets. Radiolab recently did a really engaging episode about this and the human skull at the center of the study.
    • If you ever wanted to know information about the great nation of Canada that can be put on a map, Maclean's has it for you.
    • In Colombia, locals are having issues with Pablo Escobar's wild hippos, which is one of those phrases you just wish you get to use seriously someday. Bless.
    • Human beings are very, very bad at properly assessing risk. But that doesn't help me figure out how to avoid getting caught in a bank robbery!
    • A mall in Bangkok was shut down in 1997 due to various factors, including a fire that destroyed its roof. When rainwater filled the building, resulting in a massive mosquito infestation, what better (and cooler) option do you have than to fill the mall with fish to eat the mosquitoes?
    • A shawarma place recently closed, because the owner needs to focus more on his aerospace engineering career. Priorities, you know.
    • Some intrepid soul put together a history of those stupid "peeing Calvin" stickers.
    • Warren G. Harding wrote some steamy, steamy letters when he was in the Senate. Also, if you want to know warren G. Harding's nicknames for his and his mistress' genitals, the wednesday Walk is here for you, friend!
    • If you've been to a fireworks display recently -- no idea why you would -- hopefully it was at least a big one.
    • The Fukushima nuclear plant (damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, if you don't recall) is still in a precarious state, and still kind of a disaster.
    • The pinky is an under-appreciated finger. We use it mostly as a shelf, which isn't all that far off from our ancient ancestors.
    • A local TV station in Delaware has submitted to the FCC a list of programs that address issues of importance to the community, including Star Trek. I buy it. Their episode list isn't bad, too, though it could use "Balance of Terror" and "The Devil in the Dark" for some bonus social responsibility.
    • For hetero couples on a budget, take a moment to consider: vasectomies are way cheaper than tube-tying.
    • Okay, I guess I should address the potato salad Kickstarter. It is a sci-fi villain. It is one face of cynical irony, wearing a grin. It is, much like the Penny Arcade Kickstarter, embarrassing for every actual cool and/or socially useful thing on the site, yet I almost wish I'd thought of it.
    • According to the Indiana State Board of Health, we're all in trouble.
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    Jul. 7th, 2014 @ 09:52 pm Conquest Of The Wrestler Of The Week
    Come on guys!! A lot of people seemed to praise this last episode of Monday Night Raw, yet only 6 of us voted?? That's barely more than our minimum of 4 voters. The rest of you will be banished to the Forbidden Zone.


    This week's voters: Overcommitter, An-Day, JediTAB, Hitmanclark, Glennie, Scott

    Season 6 Weekly Winners: Paul Heyman, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Seth Rollins, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Kyle O'Reilly, Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose, Stardust (Cody Rhodes), Titty Master Dean Ambrose

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    Jul. 4th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm Friday 4th Fiesta
    Good morning. In less than an hour, bloggers from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest online discussion in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom--not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from boring conversations. We are fighting for our right to think. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the blog declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate the 1996 film Independence Day!

    Last week I asked you if TV shows were better than movies now, and you answered Yes.

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    Jul. 2nd, 2014 @ 08:42 am Wednesday Walk Around the web

    • This week on SmackDown, I hear Lana and Alexander Rusev don't like the US very much.

    • Learn your sci-fi etymology. There will be a test later. You'll never know where, and you'll never know when. But it's coming.
    • Vacuum tubes may make a surprising comeback.
    • The Harappan civilization, which thrived in the Indus River valley for two thousand years, seems to have done so without engaging in wars. Even at the end of their civilization, what archaeologists have discovered doesn't point to anything more grandiose than gang violence.
    • Diamonds, in the sky.
    • Professor PONCH shared the story of a professional runner who competed while eight months pregnant. "I did all the things I normally do. I just happened to be pregnant." Truly, an inspiration.
    • Google Maps has run into trouble with disputed territories before. Now, depending on where you're viewing the site, Google can show you what you want to see.
    • This Week in Real Things in the World: The Met is home to a lyre made out of a human skull and antelope horns, which, sadly, is not currently being displayed. Is there a more metal instrument? I submit that there is not.
    • The most definitive way of determining what ancient humans ate is to find some of their feces.
    • Facebook is already shady as hell, but it keeps getting shadier.
    • KROOOOOOOOWE wants you to keep your pants zipped, tightly. And maybe put your kid in a straight jacket? And so does Hulk Hogan??
    • This Week in Video Games: imagine the calm, peaceful experience of being a rock.
    • The fallout zone around Chernobyl has become a refuge for wildlife, because the radiation is less harmful to the animals than humans are.
    • Here, have a gallery of Storm shutting Wolverine down. Use it for whatever purposes seem best.
    • This Week in Things Considered Dangerous in History Times: chess.
    • There are some updates in the world of suspended animation. Fun Fact: at the beginning of my middle-school health class, the teacher went around the roomand asked everyone what health-related subjects we wanted to talk about. I proposed a course on cryogenic suspension.
    • The Red Cross received $300 million in donations following Sandy, but where & how it spent that money is still unclear.
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