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Dec. 24th, 2014 @ 10:50 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

  • This Week in Christmas Celebrations from Around the World: The Nazis didn't want to support the whole "peace on earth and goodwill toward men" thing, and celebrating the birth of a Jewish character from a book mostly about Jews would have been pretty awkward. The solution, of course, was for Nazi ideology to assimilate Christmas the way Christian ideology assimilated the winter-solstice celebration in the first place. Recast Santa as a white guy descended from the pagan gods, celebrate the Führer, and celebrate the Reich!
  • We all know how to celebrate Christmas the proper way, of course. (Not being a Nazi is only part of it!) And that's by taking in a performance of A Klingon Christmas Carol.
  • Another way to celebrate it, of course, is to not. Happy Thursday. But even if you don't believe, you can rest easy that the defense infrastructure has its eyes on Santa.
  • Craig Ferguson has ended his late-night show after a decade on the air. He was many things, including someone to point to as a successful recovering alcoholic. Balls.
  • Rick Derringer is all old now, and really should not be doing new performances of "Real American." Is this what it's like for someone who really loves the Stones to see a video of a new concert?
  • The snow drawings of Colorado are a profound and enigmatic reminder that our forebears' artistic vision was grand and wide-sweeping, and a sign of the mystery that remains in our world. Some see them as a sign of alien influence, assuming that nobody could have made them with their feet on the ground. Until spring.
  • Anderson Cooper recently found out that his great-great-great-great-grandfather was beaten to death with a farm tool by one of his slaves, and his reaction is spot on: "He had twelve slaves. I don't feel bad for him."
  • The Lions have won every game they've played since a security camera caught a couple of fans rimming in the parking lot (NSFW). It's good luck for everyone!
  • Amazon briefly removed a book from its site because it had too many hyphens. I now know I can never sell a book on Amazon.
  • One for the comics crew: a sexy Aquaman pinup! (NSFW, maybe? There's no nudity, but plenty of beefcake.)
  • Lots of people who ought to know what they're talking about don't think North Korea was behind all this Sony business. And really, the people saying North Korea did it are...the FBI? How've they been doing with international intelligence in the last fifteen years or so? (Standard disclaimer: I don't actually know anything; I'm not a conspiracy theorist; I'm just some douche on a website.)
  • The Curiosity rover has found what NASA geologists think are signs of an ancient Martian lakebed.
  • This Week in Music: Greensleeves, as performed by three terrifying, tuneless, inhuman child-mouths.
  • Meme people: where are they now? Have no fear, the "how many does it cost" guy still looks like Quentin Tarantino.
  • A class-action lawsuit claims that Apple deleted songs from people's Ipods if it wasn't bought from Apple.
  • This Week in Data Crunching: the most unique words in the titles of top selling songs, broken down by decade. Just halfway through, the 2010s are already humming along with the excellent "Hell yeah, we die, fuck." Look at past decades, though. We have hardly any songs about the moon any more, or old uncle Reuben.
  • Sanora Babb was a journalist who saw her hometown turned upside-down by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, worked with struggling farmers, and in her private time made notes for a novel about her experiences. But her boss shared her notes with John Steinbeck behind her back, and by the time Babb had finished her novel whose Names Are Unknown, Steinbeck had completely ripped her off and written The Grapes of Wrath.
  • This Week in Our Horrifying World: Nepalese migrant workers building facilities for the 2022 Men's World Cup are dying at a rate of one every two days; factor in deaths of workers from other places and that rate would be even higher. Tanisha Anderson's family is still trying to get some solution from the legal system after her death at the hands of the Cleveland police.
  • On a lighter note, if you need a conversation piece for holiday parties, make up a batch of cookies with cuneiform text carved into them.

And now, the third installment of our whirlwind tour of the best of the wednesday Walk in 2014:


Word recently came from from on high that the Place to be Podcast feed was one of the ten most popular in the Sports & Recreation category on Podbean over the course of 2014. Hey...I was on, like, six of those episodes! And the ol' blog has current or former luminaries on almost every one, if memory serves. So that's cool. Also, I wrote a thing about Hulk Hogan that shows how much better life could've been.
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Dec. 21st, 2014 @ 12:55 pm Best Korea Celebration Funtimes!
Current Location: Pyongyang
Current Mood: Festive
Current Music: "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang
What is a Friday Film Fiesta?

We are hackers from North Korea, and not only have we convinced Sony to drop the latest Seth Rogen comedy extravaganza, we have also hacked into the Friday Film Fiesta, and are posting it on Sunday! WE ARE PURE EVIL!



Last week you were asked if Sony should sell the film rights to Spider-Man back to Marvel, and you answered YES.

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Dec. 17th, 2014 @ 09:15 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web



And now, another look at the best of the Wednesday Walk in 2014:
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Dec. 15th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm The WOTW Who Sold The World
bowie wall

I took a day trip to Chicago on Saturday with a buddy, since he invited me to join him in seeing the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at the art museum. It was pretty cool- you wore a headset as you walked through the exhibit and it picked up the audio from different TV screens that were playing either music videos or documentary clips. Also on display were costumes and hand-written notes and drawings.


This week's Spiders From Mars- Trust the Source, An-Day, Brothers Bun, JediTab, Basement Joe, Overcommitter, Steve, Jope

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, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Mark Henry, Mark Henry & Gail Kim, Sami Zayn, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, The Rock, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, -----, Rusev, Tyson Kidd, Dolph Ziggler, Mizdow & Titty Master Dean Ambrose, CM Punk


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Dec. 12th, 2014 @ 07:55 pm Friday Film Fiesta


Welcome to the Fiesta! Last week I asked you what your thoughts on the Suicide Squad cast were, and you answered you loved it.

  • Box Office News: Don't try to say you saw any movies last weekend, because you didn't
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Exodus: Gods and Kings and Top 5
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: The Maze Runner, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and This Is Where I Leave You

  • More fallout from the Sony Hack: Sony execs refer to Kevin Hart by a very specific name, Marvel is really trying to get Spider-Man back, and they also want Sam Raimi back in the Spidey director's chair, and a whole lot more. The hackers also want The Interview pulled
  • The 2015 Screen Actor's Guild Awards have been announced
  • Avengers: Infinity War directors have been announced
  • Godzilla returns to his roots in 2015
  • Christian Bale: Terminator: Salvation "didn't work"
  • As Glenn informed us in the Walk, the end of 2014 is upon us, and Rotten Tomatoes has deemed these films to be the worst of 2014
  • DC's March comic variants are quite spiffy
  • David Letterman will retire on May 20

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Should Sony sell Spider-Man back to Marvel?

    Yes
    6(75.0%)
    No
    0(0.0%)
    Spider-MEHn
    2(25.0%)
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    Dec. 10th, 2014 @ 09:29 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown: a biiiiig six-man tag.

    • Bon Rappetite is an Atlanta restaurant that serves up the best puns in all the land. Come for the Pone Thungs & Hominy, stay for the Ol' Dirty Custard.
    • Finally, Emily Dickinson's made it to Grindr. (Link contains occasional NSFW anatomical descriptions.)
    • Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman is getting a refresh for a new generation.
    • This Week in Radicao Recontextualization: "Gangsta's Paradise" meets metal. You can vote for the original in our 90s music tournament too.
    • Travis Banks makes his return to these hallowed halls with more contributions. First, let's take a moment to consider the great contributions to western culture Kurt Russell has made with his arms unencumbered by any fabric. Then, we have something to tell you about Kevin from Home Alone and his sad, sad story.
    • A cop who killed a "beloved trophy elk" got a more severe punishment than the murderers of black folk. "Nobody wants an officer like this in any police department," said a local district attorney.
    • In Ireland, a guy was sentenced for punching a Monet painting, aaaaaand apparently also had a bunch of stolen stuff in his home. Haven't we all been there?
    • How did watermelons become a racist trope? One answer is pretty typical: first they were symbols of African-American liberation, so of course white folks couldn't let that stand. Further digging reveals more interesting history, though the bones of the story are the same.
    • Check out an astrophysicist's recreation of Starry Night using Hubble images.
    • When the local news station's weather computer fails, the broadcasters have to improvise.
    • Just so you know, the world's still awful: in North Korea 80 people were executed for watching the wrong movies. In the US, the Senate Intelligence Committee has released its report on torture by the CIA. And that's the information they released.
    • YouTube's, like, changed, man.
    • Shimer College is the worst school in the US.
    • This Week in Art: 3D graffiti floats off the wall.
    • If you want to make action comedy, Jackie Chan is a pretty danged good source of inspiration.
    • "One size fits most" clothing does a distinctly poor job of fitting several.


    As the year 2014 is coming to a close (I hate to be the one to break it to you), it's time to look back on some of the Wednesday Walk's greatest hits this year. Permit me a few highlights:
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    Dec. 9th, 2014 @ 10:50 pm OVERLORDS of the WEEK
    I tried to pull up the blog while at work last night but the little web browser icon kept spinning..... damn Russian Overlords.

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    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, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Mark Henry, Mark Henry & Gail Kim, Sami Zayn, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, The Rock, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, -----, Rusev, Tyson Kidd, Dolph Ziggler, Mizdow & Titty Master Dean Ambrose

    Week 35 Voters: JediTAB, An-Day, Overcommitter, Glennie

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    Dec. 6th, 2014 @ 12:23 pm No More Late Nights
    Welcome to yet another HISTORY MAKING FIESTA! This week is historic because I start a new day shift job on Monday after three years of working graveyard shifts, meaning that this will be the LAST TIME EVER that I write a Fiesta at work at 4:30 in the morning. One of the Queens of the Fiesta is happy.




    Where will the Fiesta go from here, you ask? Will I still be able to write it at work? Will it be written at the last minute on Friday nights? Will it be delayed until Saturday, or even Sunday as it usually is? There's only one way to find out!

    Last week I asked you... nothing.

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    Dec. 3rd, 2014 @ 09:08 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, Rollins and Big Show might be a pretty badass team, actually.

    • Radio Shack is continuing its inexorable decline, and sounds like it treats its employees about as well as any large corporation. Be nice to retail workers, folks. Be nice to workers.
    • Pianogram displays bar graphs for piano pieces. You can run statistics on all your music!
    • Half memoir and half celebration of basketball, this piece on NBA Jam is fascinating.
    • Steve Rogers (not that one) brings to our attention Lars Von Trier's existential crisis over whether he can create art now that he's sober. "No creative expression of artistic value has ever been carried out by former alcoholics and drug addicts." Uh huh. The idea that recently-sober people can't make good art looks a lot like the idea that because a lot of great artists have been mentally ill, mental illness must have made them great. (It ain't a super-power, and it's not +2 when you roll for creativity. At most it gives you some perspective.) If his addictions are too well integrated into his movie-making process, of course, that's different, but again that's specific to him and his struggles.
    • Also from Steve Rogers: care of Eye of the Tiber, your home for some prime Thomas Aquinas goofs (haven't name-dropped him in the ol' High Spot yet!), comes word of the 72-part adaptation of The Silmarillion. Suck it, Christopher Tolkien!
    • From KROOOOOOOOOWE: either the current theory of star formation no longer fits the data, or the stars are going out and someone needs to bring The Doctor back to life again.
    • BACK to Steve Rogers: the University of Texas is missing a whole lot of brains. Crap, they'll be on to me any minute!
    • They just don't punctuate like they used to.
    • New England got its name in 1616.
    • Supposedly you can eat a bunch of yeast before drinking to avoid getting drunk. After some unofficial testing it seems to work if you pace yourself...but if you pace yourself even more you won't get drunk anyway, so I don't really get it.
    • If you don't imagine Mario running around the walls of your house, did you know this was an available option??
    • Meanwhile in Madagascar, there's an outbreak of bubonic plague. There's got to be something we can do about that.
    • The Guardian provides a batch of historical figures photoshopped into today's fashion. Of course Shakespeare is a hipster.
    • Kamala has lost both of his legs to diabetes, and is apparently on very shaky financial ground.
    • This Week in Recontextualized Music: "Killing in the Name" sounds pretty good coming from an orchestra.
    • Also in recontextualized music, Naughty by Nature, just got an upgrade.
    • Genetic analysis shows even more prehistorical interbreeding to create the melange that is us, including a population of ancient ancestors previously unknown.
    • Also in genetic analysis, long-time readers of the Wednesday Walk will remember the fateful day in 2012 when the skeleton of Richard III was found underneath a parking lot in England. At least, it seemed a lot like Richard III, and had a lot of characteristics that we'd expect Richard III's skeleton to have. Now, in the oldest successful DNA identification, we're sure it's him. We're also sure that there's been at least one "false-paternity event" in the intervening generations, which is just a delightful euphamism.
    • This Week in Medical Miracles: we can transplant arms now. This guy can hug his partner again, and eventually regain other abilities. It's a beautiful thing. I definitely hope someone gets my arms when I die.
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    Dec. 1st, 2014 @ 08:43 pm WRESTLER OF THE WEEK


    I saw KoRn in concert last Tuesday and they kicked some serious butt. Then I had actual corn on Thursday. How was YOUR Thanksgiving, bro?

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    Nov. 29th, 2014 @ 01:07 pm Black Friday Film Fiesta
    I was trying to think of a gimmick for this week's Fiesta and couldn't think of anything not related to Thanksgiving. So I checked the archives to see what I did last year, and it turns out I skipped a Fiesta that week. IN fact, I believe this is the first Black Friday Film Fiesta in HISTORY!




    Since the name "Black Friday Film Fiesta sounds really bad, let's see what the new Queens of the Fiesta are up to.





    True dat, spoons are chock full of spoony goodness!

    Last week I asked you if you would miss Angelina Jolie appearing in movies after she announced her retirement last week, and you answered she'll be back.

  • Box Office News: The Hunger Games isn't exactly starving for moviegoers
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar 3D
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Here is everything coming to Netflix in December
  • IN news nobody ever thought they would hear, Harrison Ford is confirmed for Blade Runner 2, while Ridley Scott is confirmed to not be involved
  • The Expendables 4 has been given an R rating
  • Guillermo del Toro discusses Pacific Rim 2

    No poll this week. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. And if you aren't American, enjoy something else!
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    Nov. 26th, 2014 @ 09:13 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web


    In Ferguson this week, murderer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted; a grand jury decided, with the guidance of a prosecutor who sounded more like a defense attorney, that gunning down a child in cold blood isn't anything that the fine people of Missouri need to bother holding a trial about. It wasn't determined that he's not guilty, it was determined that black people don't have access to the justice system. (A bit of background: out of 162 thousand federal cases in 2010, grand juries refused to indict eleven times. (Let's visualize that.) A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich if a prosecutor tells it to, it's been famously said.) Wilson got married the other day and is still on vacation while more tear gas flies at a community in mourning; white supremacy is a grand thing. Now I'll try to find some fun links and pretend that the world isn't horrifying.

    One exception: Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. Now, some outrage hiatus.

    • This week on SmackDown we have a big-time battle royal, and Santino's back!
    • Our sun is a mass of...yes, incandescent gas. It burns at the center of the solar system, and it's wonderful.
    • Also, if you're groping for a way to visualize the things orbiting around that massive self-ignited fireball, try tasty fruits!
    • From the macro to the micro, zoom into a microchip.
    • 10 Science Fiction Tropes We Will Never Get Tired Of is actually a decent list. At least it doesn't have "You Are the Chosen One," which has gotten quite tired indeed.
    • Hermit crabs trade shells, so they can grow into larger ones, by lining up in order of height. How wonderfully orderly of them.
    • Sometimes you have moments of transcendence. Sometimes they involve trashbag donuts.
    • What do various religions have to say about aliens? I'm not so sure about some of this -- "Judaism is not for the Klingons, unless the Klingons wish to live on Earth" seems like too much of a blanket statement, and my impression is that people of most faiths would adapt about as well as anyone else. They'd all want more converts, though the Klingons might be put off by the fact that, unlike the honorable warrior race, a lot of humans haven't slayed their gods (with some notable exceptions).
    • Sometimes you just won't fit into the guidelines set out for you by society or, like, the man. Try to be as carefree about it as this golden retriever.
    • PONCH welcomes us to the age of the cruelty-free turkey trot.
    • If you have lots of spare holiday cards banging around, try trolling by mail!
    • This Week in Online Archives: a thousand years of learning and science from the Islamic world.
    • Graphine aerogel is so light that a sizable chunk of it can balance on a blade of grass or the petals of a flower.
    • This is actually an interesting breakdown of the assassination of US President James Garfield. But the highlight is clearly the part where the reader discovers that a president's doctors, after groping around inside his bullet wound with their bare grubby hands because most people weren't hip to the germ theory of medicine, shoved whiskey, opium, and beef bouillon up his pooper.
    • An unlikely (anecdotal) trick for helping young and/or small drowning victims: the centrifuge method.
    • This Week in LEGO: how much for the particle accelerator set?



    It's a short Walk this week. To compensate, here's a picture of a duckling:

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    Nov. 24th, 2014 @ 07:04 pm STING of the WEEK

    This is the first time in a long time I can say I'm looking foward to RAW. I hope he shows up right away, because why hold off til the main event.. it's not like someone else is jumping to WCW.

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    Nov. 22nd, 2014 @ 01:14 am NXT&A
    ALL HAIL THE NEW QUEENS OF THE FIESTA!




    Last week I asked you if you were planning on seeing Dumb and Dumber To and you tied, saying both NO and MEH.

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    Nov. 19th, 2014 @ 08:55 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

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    Nov. 17th, 2014 @ 11:52 pm RUSEV OF THE WEEK
    I keep having formatting issues, where copying and pasting people's votes just isn't working and it's adding exra lines or just being wacky. It caused me to totally forget to add a RUSEV photo from last week. So here's more Rusev to make up for it.


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    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, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Mark Henry, Mark Henry & Gail Kim, Sami Zayn, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, The Rock, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, -----, Rusev

    This week's communists: An-Day, JediTAB, Glennie, Overcommitter, R8DR, Steve, Jawas


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    Nov. 14th, 2014 @ 08:05 pm Too Many Fiestas!

    It takes a lot to write a Fiesta
    But no matter what, Jope still takes a Siesta!
    Add a dash of movie news
    And just because, some pictures of boobs!


    For those who have no idea what I am referencing, it's the latest viral video from Adult Swim Too Many Cooks, which is frustratingly catchy.




    And for those who don't want to watch, I've gone ahead and screencapped the best parts:






    Last week I asked if you liked the title for the next Star Wars film, and you answered no.

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    Nov. 12th, 2014 @ 09:18 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

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    Nov. 11th, 2014 @ 12:10 am The Fast & Furious Return of WOTW
    Current Music: Alice Cooper
    Hey, lookie here, it's ALICE COOPER on Craig Ferguson!

    Starting on next MONDAY, Metallica will begin a week-long stay on Craig's late night show. He's my favorite (non-fictional) late night host, so I'm going to try watching for my first time in years. Let's see when Metallica last performed on late night TV...


    well, audio only for some reason, but I do remember they also played "The Memory Remains", too

    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, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Mark Henry, Mark Henry & Gail Kim, Sami Zayn, AJ "The One With Boobs" Lee, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, The Rock, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, Titty Master Dean Ambrose, -----
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    Nov. 7th, 2014 @ 09:56 pm It's No Shave/No Fap Movember!
    Welcome to the first Fiesta of November! Feels like just yesterday we were turning our calendars to January and now the year is almost over. The pink breast cancer awareness stuff is gone for 11 months, and now we get to hear losers such as myself grow crappy, patchy beards for No Shave November!

    I hope everyone spent this past week Remembering Remembering the 5th of November... 1955, which is the day that Doc Brown slipped and hit his head and envisioned the Flux Capacitor, which makes time travel possible.






    Last week I asked how you celebrate Halloween, and you answered that you sit at home with no friends, crying.

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    Nov. 5th, 2014 @ 09:07 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, unforgiving STEEL.

    • We all really did take a while to figure out our images, eh? To the extent that we have.
    • This steampunk Game Boy is great and all, but how retro can a Game Boy COLOR really be?
    • When you're a kid, you've got to get your picture day game so right.
    • Google sure is taking search in a different direction.
    • A pigeon can, apparently, just drop the back part of its body in times of trouble. Where's the superhero with that ability?
    • Amy Poehler's book looks pretty fun, and that Jon Hamm story is great.
    • No matter how hard it might be to imagine the play without it, the balcony in Romeo and Juliet is a product of adaptation.
    • Woe betide if you should need to fart while getting an MRI exam.
    • Making "Jediism" an actual religion-like thing faces a couple challenges. One, no. Two, do these people comprehend how deeply they should not want to get into it with the Walt Disney international megacorporation? Unless you've really got yourself convinced you can come back as a Force ghost, neither a victory nor a stalemate is an available option. This goes by long-standing carny rules; you can't just horn in on someone else's action, you've got to start fresh, like Hubbard, or work a sequel/spinoff, like Brigham Young or Jesus. "The Jedi belief system is a patchwork quilt of Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism and Samurai, says Singler." I mean, you do you, I guess these folks aren't hurting anyone, but great googly-moogly.
    • The cells in your body are constantly dying, being ejected, and being replaced. Your mental state is an ever-shifting emergent quality of the electrical impulses in your brain, representing themselves as a consistent consciousness because the phrase "useful illusion" doesn't have that first word for no reason. What makes you the same person as your childhood self when your thoughts, your perspective on the world, your feelings and desires and values are all markedly different? Personal identity, boy, I don't know.
    • Check out these candid videos of chemical reactions going on right now in your area!!!
    • Nickelback can rest easy. Florida Georgia Line is here for everyone to hate.
    • BBH wants you to understand something about the US of A, and that's that we here in the CT want to know more about the Wu-Tang Clan.
    • You never know what you might find on the ol' hiking trail. It's a ghost town! Hooraaaaay!
    • Family get-togethers get especially awkward when grandma poisons everyone.
    • This week in things I need the internet to tell me because I've never been to the other side of my home country: in the western US, butter comes in Western Stubbies. Huh. Does that mean y'all on the west coast have differently-shaped butter dishes?
    • Exposing child molesters is too hard already, let alone in tight-knit communities, let alone in religious communities, let alone in communities that are granted some latitude in policing themselves.
    • "Historical cooking blog" is just a delightful turn of phrase.
    • An orchestra eating the hottest peppers and then playing through the pain has to be seen to be believed.
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    Nov. 2nd, 2014 @ 08:21 pm Jopetoberfest VI: The Final Chapter (Week Five)
    It's the last week of Jopetoberfest...ever? Maybe. I'm just growing weary of doing this every month and I've run behind nearly all month. Also, I had Faces of Death scheduled for the day of, never got around to watching it. Mostly because I just wanted to not watch a movie that's just a collection of deaths. Maybe some day when I'm bored. Instead I watched Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. There's another movie thrown in here to match my total.

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    Oct. 31st, 2014 @ 10:52 am Slim Jim Halloween Havoc '14
    Current Location: Bates Motel
    Current Music: I Want Candy
    Welcome to the HALLOWEEN EDITION of the Friday Film Fiesta! Conveniently enough Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so the jokes and references will actually be relevant!



    Last week I was coming off from yet another week from hell, but instead of being lazy, I actually FORGOT about the Fiesta until Sunday when Jope mentioned it. Luckily there was pretty much nothing that happened last week outside of the Age of Ultron poster being released.

    Two weeks ago I... didn't ask you anything.

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    Oct. 29th, 2014 @ 09:24 am Wednesday Walk Around the Web

    • This week on SmackDown, Ryback is ryBack. HOW BOUT IT

    • It's time to get your pumpkins carved, eh?
    • While you're at it, check out some horror stories for the occasion.
    • And once you've procured your candy corn, eat some like the real thing. The presence of actual fruit makes it healthy!
    • And of course, you can't forget to tell the little ones all about Halloween Keith.
    • Why do witches ride brooms in our spooky tales of fright? Drugs, mostly, as with any enjoyment we might get out of life.
    • Last week we examined the wine connoisseur's guide to Halloween candy. This week, as the apocalyptic occasion approaches, we have another perspective. If you're spending your Halloween with Tootsie rolls and boxed wine, I'm so, so sorry. Send me a message to let me know you're okay.
    • This Week in Things That Exist: an entire YouTube channel dedicated to "Country Roads" covers.
    • A person who's been convicted of "an activist-related property crime" might have some interesting experiences going through airport security. And of course this person has a blog.
    • X-Wing and Tie Fighter, the height of Star Wars games in the 90s, are both finally being released for post-Windows-2000 systems. Oh, the times I had turning around in a Tie Fighter mission and shooting at the star destroyer I'd just launched from.
    • We can all picture some iconic album covers. Little did we know they weren't quite telling the whole story.
    • This Week in Stealing Nude Photos: cops have to get in on the scene, because of course they do.
    • This Week in Sitcom People: Alfonso Ribeiro will not play around with you.
    • Of All the Gin Joints is an upcoming book full of ribald anecdotes about Hollywood's greats boozin' it up. And I do love a ribald anecdote.
    • NASA's Antares rocket exploded shortly after liftoff. No people were hurt; the rocket was carrying supplies and equipment for the space station. Space is still hard.
    • RIP Gerard Parkes.
    • Roman Emperors didn't really meet good ends, as we might think of them.
    • The Tab-Man sends in a reevaluation of Contagion on the occasion of a new infectious disease scare. (Once more: Ebola is very rare and you're astronomically unlikely to get it unless you're a doctor or nurse for someone who already has it, as long as we can get some decent procedures in place rather than imprisoning a woman who doesn't even have the ding-dang disease. And if you are a caregiver who's contracted the disease, the Wednesday Walk salutes you.)
    • 3D printers promise to bring all sorts of medical and technological wonders to our lives (though some way of preventing them from making weapons would be nice). Never has this been more apparent than in the case of the T-rex skull shower head.
    • Selfies are great. Take as many as you want, share them with your friends, whatever floats your boat. Just don't take them with bears. Non-human bears, at least.
    • In a struggle between a ballerina and an MMA fighter, I think we all know who comes out on top.
    • The future of the book is always unfolding before us, hopefully in a hybrid form that doesn't entirely forgo long-lasting paper for convenience.
    • I'm sure that as young children a lot of us got some sort of speech from our parents about not using calculators in math class or for our homework. "It just does your homework for you!" That may have been true when our math homework was adding columns of numbers or multiplying fractions, but by the time we got to algebra that wasn't really a concern any more -- plus there was always the admonition to show one's work. PhotoMath is a program for your smartphone that apparently does your kid's math homework for them until they get to calculus, or maybe trig. except for word problems.
    • "Mr. Edison has invented too many things, and almost without exception they are things of the most deleterious character."
    • We have a new world-record parachute jump.
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    Oct. 27th, 2014 @ 11:27 pm GHOULS OF THE WEEK

    With Jopetoberfest happening and also Halloween later this week, I felt it was time to crank up the Halloween-related music. How about this?


    Not traditional enough for ya, well okay then...

    I'll go with Alice Cooper.



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