Thursday, September 30, 2010

Surprised Vader

The way the top of the helmet pops off is what really makes this video work.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Overlord Nails It

Rhetoric fetishists love this question: What is a Hero?  The answer is always ludicrous and apologetic because the term has been watered down to the point of uselessness, but Overlord tackles it's close cousin "What is it to be Heroic?" with a statement that I wish I'd thought of first:

What does it mean to be Heroic?  To be purely Heroic is a very rare thing, and as a Villain I would have to be suspicious of anyone who is prone to self sacrifice.  Ulterior motives.  Heroism is, to Me, an unwise display of “courage” and “morals” and what not.  A true hero would not bring so much attention to him/herself.
That’s not to say that I have a problem with what the RLSH does.  I just shrug any of the less desirable qualities off as Villainous.  The Evil empire grows, one “Hero” at a time.

See the rest here at Overlord's blog, Evil as a Lifestyle Choice

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm Beginning to Worry About Sleep Talkin' Man

"Hey, don't creep up on me like that! Superheroes are wound super-tight."

Not good, not good. Where's the evil supervillain streak? You can't waste that fantastic accent on heroism!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

From Russia with ... WUT?

Look closely: I think that's Bjork moonlighting as a slutty Snow White

Marvel Kitties

More Here.

Beryllium Imposter

Heads up, everybody-- there's an imposter loose.  Smeagol92055 (formerly White Skull) has been getting comments on his blog from someone who had the same username and avatar as me, but if you go to the profile you can see that his is hidden, while my profile still looks like a godawful spaztic mess of blogger subscriptions (as it should be).

So who is it?

You guys remember Cloud Starchaser. He's the RLSH who has been arrested for stalking Ivanka Trump and more recently used the comments section of my blog to announce his campaign to to save "young girls" like me from supervillainy.

He made some threats after I chewed him out for treating me like a damsel in distress, so I've been kicking back, waiting to see how he'd make me "sorry" for what I said.  His great revenge turned out to be making a sockpuppet.

I'm not sure how to get this fixed-- or even IF it can be fixed-- on Blogger's side (banning him maybe? I'm not sure), but if anyone knows how, please let me know.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bioshock Infinite

If the original Bioshock was a reaction to Right-Wing America's rediscovery of Ayn Rand* and the disastrous implications of an Objectivist society (whether by "inferior" people rebelling against a lack of rights** or by the arrogance of leaders who neglect the good of the people in favor of their own gain***), then Bioshock Infinite takes it a step further and punches American Exceptionalism**** right in the face.

One gets the feeling that they watched a 26 hour marathon of Fox News and said "Let's just throw in some steampunk.".

* If you want to upset a Christian Randian, just mention the fact that Ayn Rand was an Atheist, because everyone knows that anything an atheist has to say is the work of the devil. Add that she's currently burning in hell for rejecting Christ. Watch them mumble that "nobody's perfect".

** A stupid person can riot just as well as a smart person; they might even be more efficient because no one's arguing about strategy. A good riot runs on speed and adrenaline.

*** Has anyone else noticed that Objectivists tend to be young, white, middle-to-upper class and a bit ... intellectually shallow? Like they decided that since they were gods among men, time is better spent coming up with rebuttals than branching out intellectually? Throw in the whole "neckbeard" problem and I've begun to wonder if Objectivism is just a coping mechanism.

**** You never see American Exceptionalists arguing that American-born Mexicans are superior to...say, a Caucasian British immigrant, do you?  Of course not, because brown people don't count when they wax poetic about American Greatness™.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Icky Science

The title of the article from NPR:

Bacterial Bonanza: Microbes Keep Us Alive

What the article actually says:

"[...]we're 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human. There's also an estimated 100 times more microbial genes than the genes in our human genome. So we're really a compendium [and] an amalgamation of human and microbial parts."

 Yes, you read that right. Divide your weight by ten and that's how much human slush there actually is in you. The rest is rod-shaped little nasties that no amount of soap will eliminate.  You can feel them underneath your skin if you sit really still.  You can, can't you?

In related news, Weight Watchers is debuting their new Triclosan-based diet and all yogurt and yogurt-like products will be irradiated to reduce our overall intake of Lactobacillus.

Yay science.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pretty Much This.

Do NOT skip the colloquialism unit of your language installation (but if you travel to rural parts of Wales and Scotland after the 15th century, you can get by with JUST the colloquialism unit if you're willing to do a lot of hand gesturing and eyebrow-wagging).

Hipster Superheroes

Portland wishes it was Seattle, who wishes it was Canada.  It's a vicious cycle.

An hour later he pees his pants.  Because he's a hipster, it's done ironically.

It's harshing his "obscure song lyrics as status updates" grrove.

Michael Cera?  You Ruined Scoot Pilgrim.  Get out of my Spiderman Hipster comic.  NOW.

More HERE.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This is my /Gaga/ Face

Everyone has said their two cents about the meat dress (including 14 reasons why meat couture was SO LAST YEAR) but no one has asked "how did the audience react"?

I cannot be bothered to Google the names of everyone in this picture so I will suffice to say that Katy Perry* and Kei$ha** would be excellent choices to be cast in a stage musical based on "Mean Girls" and I feel so verry sorry for Justin Beiber.  The VMAs are a terrible place to pop your first boner.

* Sideboob. We've seen so much of yours that it's starting to get it's very own tan.
** Bargain Basement Sith from the Planet of Ratty Extensions

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stephen Fry Weighs in with 140 Characters

And as for YouTube and Blogs making you stupider, well, read the next post and tell me you didn't learn something today.

Don't Know Much about Beryllium

The University of Nottingham has produced a "Periodic Table of Videos" made of spliced clips from science videos they've previously published. Yay (slightly dull and very British) science!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Which is How Supervillains Would Reply to those Same Questions

If you can guess which answer matches which villain, you win a prize*.

*There is no prize.

Because You Deserve to Know Why You Never Want to Hear "Code Delta" Over a PA System

Code Oscar: On a ship, a code oscar means someone has gone overboard. If the ship has to maneuver erratically to handle the situation, it must also send out blasts on the signal so that other ships nearby are aware of the fact that it is about to change its course. It should be noted that ships don’t have an internationally standardized set of PA signals and they can differ from place to place, but this is a fairly commonly used one.

Code delta: can mean that there is a biological hazard – though who knows what that might be on a passenger ship.

Code Alpha: often means “medical emergency”.

Code Adam: was invented by Walmart but it is now an internationally recognized alert. It means “missing child”. The code was first coined in 1994 in memory of Adam Walsh, a six-year old, who went missing in a Sears department store in Florida in 1981....

Read the rest here.

Haven't Heard from Spiderman in a While...

That's... unfortunate.

Friday, September 10, 2010

WTF Friday

Disney princesses as superheroes?  Sure, okay, Disney Princesses are ripe for pop culture reinterpretations.


Now wait just a min--


via Buzzfeed & Cartoon Brew

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sassy Gay Friend, Now in Meme Format

Oh, Sassy Gay Friend, how I love you.

More here.

No Costume, No Monkeybusiness

After 40 years of patrolling Venice Beach, "Boston Dawna" retires.

On her drive home in the city's gritty beach-front section, she'd see them everywhere: Thieves breaking into cars, drunks urinating in people's front yards, drug dealers peddling their wares outside stores that hours earlier were packed with tourists.
"And I would knock on neighbors' doors at 3 or 4 in the morning, this was before cell phones” and I'd say, 'Go call the cops.' And the cops would come and catch them," she says. "And I'd be like, 'Wow! This is fun!'"
Soon, she was patrolling Venice herself, snagging criminals and shouting at them, "Sit down or I'll blow your [expletive] brains out." She'd slap on the handcuffs, pull a cell phone from her bra and call the police.

Now what makes her different than an RLSH?  Well, the costume is a start: there isn't one.  The time she's saved by not "suiting up" every time she goes out must be tremendous after 40 years, and since she's decided to go the "get criminals arrested and off the streets" instead of the "my presence intimidates them into not committing crimes" route, a recognizable costume would make her a target.

Most RLSH don't carry handcuffs, many fewer carry guns, Dawna does.  I think it's a bad idea for a vigilante to carry either (especially a costumed one), but this lady seems to have figured it out: always catch them in the act, and don't use your fists when simple threats will do.

But vigilantism not the salient part of why RLSH shouldn't be calling this woman "one of their own".  Boston Dawna lacks anything resembling the RLSH media machine that is the bread and butter of the business.  She doesn't tote a camera around to interview her friends about what a great job she's doing.  She doesn't have a public Facebook or MySpace where she advertises her "mission".  She doesn't have a blog where she muses about what it means to be a crimefighter.   And "awareness"?  She'd tell you where you could stuff your "awareness". 

In short, Boston Dawna isn't in this for the fame, which I believe is the primary motivation behind the RLSH movement.

She's lucky to even still be alive after all these years, but her lack of online presence probably helped by keeping her out of the spotlight. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

For Those Who Asked

Yes I was at PAX, no, I didn't get any pictures.  Not unless you count this snap that Aluminum Chef made of me, proudly clutching my homemade LED-lit wand at the Triwizard Drinking Tournament Pre-PAX barcrawl, after I'd already plowed through two some-kind-of-fruity-boozy-crap-tinis in the span of about ten minutes.

The Next Morning: Concussion, lost wand, breadfruit-sized bruise and vague memories of kissing a hot chick from Ravenclaw.  Twice.  Yowza.

Yes, I am aware that the hair is still regrettable.  Maybe it's good that photo evidence is kept to a minimum.

Hero Fashion Accesory Kills Boy

A 15-year-old boy died in an ATV accident in Newfoundland Monday, when his makeshift cape got caught in the vehicle's rear axle.
Witnesses at the scene in Marystown, N.L., saw the boy riding the ATV with a blanket tied around his neck, simulating a cape. The blanket got got in the rear axle, and tightened around his neck, pulling him off the vehicle.
An emergency room nurse on his way to his cabin happened across the scene. He found the boy with no pulse and started performing CPR, but failed to revive him.
Paramedics arrived soon after and performed CPR until they pronounced him dead, said police.
The matter remains under investigation.

It's an unsurprising story that has little or nothing to do with RLSH or anything else since kids have been doing this ever since Superman came on the scene... but I did stop to wonder if he was shooting a video for the premier of "ATV Avenger, Real Life Superhero".

The Horrifying Truth

They were sexy for a two month grace period when Utilikilts handed them out to male models and turned them out on the streets.  Then I met the men who swore by them in real life.  You know... real believers.

No one should be that enthusiastic to talk to strangers about how their baby-soft scrotums get chafed by pants, and no one should offer to show you (and every other stranger they meet) said baby soft member to prove that they're serious.  Especially when they are built like a rotten cantaloupe crammed onto a rice sack, set upon a wobbly Ikea end table with gross toenails.

Sorry, renfaire manatees.  You ruined this for everyone.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Today in "How to"

I bet that when paperbacks came out, everyone thought that hardback books would soon be obsolete.

Good ideas don't disappear quite that readily.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Master Legend, Cat Killer?

Malvado just posted a picture of Master Legend that broke my heart.

The rest of his post will just make you angrier and even more confused.

I'm too hungover for this.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010