Fan Expo 2014

Ugh. I’m pretty sure I’m getting a cold. Seeing as it’s  just two days after attending Fan Expo, I’m concerned it might be a case of Con Flu. That is the dreaded disease that comes from spending far too much time with far too many people for whom the basic tenets of hygiene are a foreign concept. But, I digress. Fan Expo! Conventions! Woo! Continue reading

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Turtle Soup – Episode 1

This is the first of a series that may take me the rest of my life to complete. I’m going to go through every episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and post my thoughts on it. Some will be longer than others, but I imagine I’ll have something to say about each one. Eventually, I’ll also use this space to discuss the Archie Comics run of Ninja Turtles comic books. Continue reading

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Google search suggestions

If you’re really bored, you can go to Google and start typing in something to search. At the bottom of each search result page, Google will show related searches that have been commonly searched for.  Some of these search terms will reveal unusual problems that people have like dogs eating grass and dogs eating poo.  You find out interesting questions that people have such as “do people really live in igloos?” (the answer is no; igloos are like emergency tents and nobody lives in them).

But ultimately, this form of entertainment is a trap.  Eventually you start finding out that some human beings want to do certain things with poo, and that’s just not cool.

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More Reasons Why Star Trek Voyager Sucks

Today I’m going to revisit a topic close to my heart – Star Trek. In the past, I have made my distaste for Star Trek Voyager pretty clear. It’s a b-list show, with rejected or rehashed Next Generation plots and actors. My biggest complaint is how they ruined perfectly good enemies from their sister show. The main way that they did that was by humanizing them. However, I feel I need to clarify that point. In recent weeks, I’ve been re-watching and reading about Next Gen and I realized a lot of that humanizing started on that show. Continue reading

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SRT – CH21

Huh… well THIS one turned out to be a little too serious… like, even if I wanted to make fun of it, it would have tonally conflicted so much, I physically couldn’t do it… or maybe I’m trying to practice my ‘dramatic chops’. Either way, here’s Chapter 21.

Thanks to Kathy Harnack for donating to our Movember efforts.

 


(right click to download) – Shaggy Reads Twilight Chapter 21 (12m08s, 11.3mb, warning: contains strong language)

AAAAAnd if you need something a little sillier, check out this little ditty:

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Churnalism

As a kid growing up, I was taught that reading the newspaper is “good” for you.  Nowadays, I have a very different opinion of newspapers.

People who graduate from journalism school are usually unemployed.  But those who find work in their field usually end up doing one of two things: either they work for a media outlet or they work for a “public relations” firm.  PR firms write news stories for journalists in the hopes that the journalists will reprint the article with few or no changes.  Journalists often churn out stories like this to deal with their workload.

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The New Mutants

Tonight, I am finally seeing the new Ninja Turtles movie. I’m going to give you some before and after impressions:

BEFORE

So far, I’ve just seen some trailers and heard some scuttlebutt. Mostly, I’m leery. The turtles look pretty ugly. I mean, I guess they look more like actual turtles, but turtles are kind of ugly. It looks like Shredder is more of a henchman, like Bane in Batman and Robin. We all know how that turned out (hint, not good.)Besides, Shredder is awesome for being an imposing physical threat while still being the mastermind. I don’t think that’s been done well in a while, and this was a good chance. I don’t think you need to add some sort of evil businessman to the mix to make the story work. April looks like she probably takes up a lot of screen time, but whatever. She seems to be the only actual movie star in this thing, so I guess you’ve got to put her front and centre. My final pre-viewing impression is that there looks like there’s an awful lot of CGI. I mean, there’s a shot in the trailer of the Turtles fighting army vehicles down a mountain and it looks like a cartoon. And, you know, I’m fine with that in principle – the CG Turtles movie was pretty good – but if you’re selling this as live action, make it live action! Continue reading

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I wouldn’t trust Yelp

Yelp.com is one of the most popular online review sites for restaurants and other businesses.  Unfortunately, it extorts business owners.  Either the business owners pay up or Yelp will hide a business’ positive reviews.  Since 2008, the Federal Trade Commission in the US has received over 2000 complaints about Yelp’s business practices.  Many of these complaints are from business owners seeing their ratings plummet after Yelp solicited them for advertising dollars and Yelp got turned down.

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RIP Robin Williams

Every year there are celebrity deaths. Usually, if they’re lucky, it’s old age that does them in. Sometimes, though, it’s misadventure, murder, or suicide. All are sad, but the latter are shocking. They lead to speculation, and intrigue. They play out like the fictions we are used to seeing the celebrities in. Their deaths become another part of the distraction from daily life that we counted on them for. The mourning and sadness we feel when most celebrities die is fleeting as we move our attentions on to some new source of amusement. Continue reading

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Grumbling of the Galaxy

Sorry for the delay, loyal UberFriends! Life got in the way this past week, but I’m here to make amends. But, because of that you’ll get a double dose of grumbling this week.

Now, I’m a little late, but I feel like I can’t allow Guardians of the Galaxy to pass by unnoticed. To give you an idea of how much I liked it, I’ve seen it twice in theatres. So far. The last time I did that was in 2010 with Scott Pilgrim. The last time I saw a movie more than that in theatres was for the original X-Men. What I’m saying is that I have to REALLY like something to pay to see it in theatres more than once. Continue reading

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