Saturday, December 11, 2010

Criminal Steals From Sick Kids or "How Low Can You Go? Wow, That Low?! Really??"

    


       Sometime on Thursday, December 9th, 2010, an un-identified man broke into the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and stole several PS3's and other gaming systems used by the young cancer patients that seek treatment at the facility. The Charlotte PD are currently looking this man or any info on his whereabouts. No employees or patients were in the building at the time, so no one was hurt.

      Unless you count the poor kids who are the real victims here. It takes a superhuman degree of not giving a goddamn to EVEN think about committing such an act. However, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud.

       EA Games & Microsoft, upon hearing about the theft, got in contact with the administrators of the Carolinas Medical Center. the two video gaming giants are stepping up and replacing the stolen systems and games so the kids have something that will take their minds off their illness, if even for a short while. 


      This act of douche baggery should...no, MUST be met with an equally inhumane punishment. I'd suggest plucking every hair off his body (even the short and curlies) one by one, but that would be letting him off easy. Honestly, I would very much like to start ranting about how I would very much like to punish this callow individual. BUT, I take a deep breath, count to ten and remember that Karma is a bitch.


(via Kotaku)

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Doctor Who" Theme Music Now Has Lyrics or "Crazy Scot Accomplishes The Impossible"

       Guess who put words to the "Doctor Who" theme music?? Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late, Late Show" and noted crazy person, that's who!



        I mean to say that only someone with the mad brilliance of the man who dances like a lunatic when the horse Secretariat saunters through the door could put lyrics to one of the most beloved pieces of sci-fi music in history.... and make it work. I cannot believe I missed this when it first came out on the Internets!

      This is what I get for not paying attention when I should.

(via Topless Robot)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Video of the Day: Lex Luthor, Master of Evil!!!



       Lex Luthor doesn't have to wash his hands because germs are afraid of him.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

'Batman - Dead End' Director Makes New Feature Film or "Yessir, I Like It"

 


   If you are any kind of comic geek or film fanboy/girl, you have heard of Sandy Collora. A man who has made his bones in the film industry by working alongside FX legends Stan Winston and Rick Baker, Collora wrote and directed the fan-film "Batman - Dead End" back in 2003. He used this work as a springboard to get directing work in Hollywood.

        Guess what? It worked.





      Collora has since gone off into the Hollywood hills and come back with his first full length film, "Hunter Prey". And if the above trailer is any indication, he definitely has the chops to go on to bigger and better things. Maybe even a 'Superman/Batman" film?!

      Oh. Wait a sec. He did that already.



(via Topless Robot)

'Transformers 3' Teaser Poster Released or "A Nice Poster Does Not A Good Film Make"

    


       The teaser poster for the forthcoming 3rd Transformers film has been released to little or no fanfare. It's actually a very good teaser poster, with Optimus Prime being back lit by the sun while standing in a heroic pose. I might even be excited for this movie if not for one little detail.

       The title.

       For those that don't know, the third chapter in the 'Bay-former' saga is saddled with the title "Transformers 3 - The Dark of the Moon". If this is the best that screenwriter Ehren Krueger can come up with, I am really scared. Krueger wrote the scripts for "Arlington Road" and "Scream 3", two films that I have a lot of love for. Though those are not the best films I have ever seen, the plots of both films were really strong and provided some solid entertainment. Based on the title alone, I wonder how much he got paid to write this. And how hard did he work on the title before he started on the script.
    
       I know, I know. I am reading WAY too much into this. All I have is a teaser poster and a movie title. I should wait for the teaser trailer. Which is to be released next week in front of "TRON Legacy".


       ..... I am really scared now.

(via Blogmatic 3000)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Leslie Nielsen Passes Away or "You Still Can't Call Him Shirley"


        Sad, sad news to report today. I found out that legendary funny-man Leslie Nielsen passed away in his sleep yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

       I was 10 or 12 the first time I was introduced to Leslie Nielsen's work. Though I was entirely too young to understand some of the humor in 'The Naked Gun' movies at the time, I still laughed myself silly watching Lt. Frank Drebin blunder into a situation and save the day. And as the years went on, his work continued to delight and entertain me. From "Airplane" and "Spy Hard" to "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and "Men with Brooms",  this was a man who was always had me laughing, who always brought a smile to my face. He was, honestly and truly, the funniest man I ever had the good fortune to watch!

       Go with God, Mr. Nielsen. You've earned your rest!



(via Slash Film)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Video of the Day: "Buffy The Animated Series"



       Back in 2002, while the hit show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was on TV, there were plans for an animated spin-off series, set somewhere during the first season of the show. Despite initial excitement and most of the real life cast providing voices (minus Sarah Michelle Gellar), "Buffy the Animated Series" never got off the ground. It's a shame because, judging by this 'proof-of-concept' video, it would have been a welcome addition to the Buffy-verse.

Quickie Comic Book Review #1: "Werewolves On The Moon VS Vampires" or "Who Has Home Field Advantage?"



       Going thru my comic collection awhile back, I came across this forgotten gem of a title. "Werewolves ON THE MOON VS Vampires" was a 3 issue mini-series released by Dark Horse Comics in 2009 that tried to answer the age old question: "Who would win in a fight: vampires or werewolves?"


       Set in the far future, "Werewolves VS Vampires" followed the mis-adventures of Ted, Jeff and Stan, 3 werewolves who travel to the Moon with the fool plan to become kings of the moon. After all, where else would a lycanthrope even attempt to such a foolhardy stunt?! Not only do things quickly spin out of control for the trio while dealing with the human settlers, they also have to contend with the vampire coven lurking on the dark side of the Moon. Hi-jinks and hilarity ensue as our heroes (?) try to survive long enough to figure out what to do.

      

       Art was handled by the brothers Matt and Shaun Fillbach, who also co-wrote the book with Dave Land. The Fillbach's art is nice and solid with great coloring by Dan Jackson. The art style has a nice 'animated' feel without being to loose and goofy, though the ordinary human characters did seem a little bit awkward at times. The story also has a nice comfortable feel, not unlike the old Saturday afternoon 'monster vs monster'  flicks I used to watch as a kid. Land and the Fillbach's balance the action and horror of the tale very well and even manage to mix in some nice humor as well, taking shots at the overly dramatic and gothic aspects of today's vampire literature.

       All in all, I really loved reading this comic. "Werewolves VS Vampires" is so very much a 'peanut butter and jelly' concept, I cannot help but love it! It takes a very basic and somewhat dated concept and gave it a good spin. It's entertaining without being too mindless and leaves you wanting just a little more. Totally worth buying if you can find it at your local comic book store.

"Werewolves ON THE MOON VS Vampires":  out of 5

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Video of the Day: Fan-Made 'TRON Legacy' Mashup Video




Made up from TV promos, movie trailers and music videos, this 'TRON Legacy' tribute was made by movie fan Josh Prescott. Mr. Prescott's ode to the upcoming (and long over-due, I say) movie sequel was so impressive that 'TRON Lgeacy' producer Sean Bailey even gave it props at a recent press conference in Los Angeles.

It's that good.





(Via WIRED)

Custom 'Back to the Future' External Harddrive or "Does It Hold 1.21 Jigawatts?"


This one is for my buddy, Donny.

Flash Rods is a company that produces custom made USB harddrives and flash drives that look like Hot Wheels and assorted muscle cars. This particular unit is inspired by the Delorean from 'Back to the Future III", right down to the hood mounted, 1950's circuitry and white side-walled tires. The price tag on this beautiful example of geekery is $250, which is a little steep in my opinion, and holds a maximum of 500GB of space. Now that is not nearly enough to break the time barrier. Not enough, by far.

But when you plug this baby in, I bet you'll see some serious shit!

(Via Oh Gizmo!)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video of the Day: Mario Gets Served!!




I wish more of the Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts were this funny!

Mark Valley Dishes on 'Human Target' - Season 2 or "The Human Target Paints A Picture"



FOX's "Human Target", one of my favorite shows currently on TV, returns for its sophomore season this Wednesday. In a recent video interview, Mark Valley, the titular 'Human Target', gave his thoughts on what we fans could expect during the upcoming season.

You can check out the video here.

All in all, it sounds like this season will be just as kick-ass cool as the first one. Which means more singular action hero moments per episode than any other action series currently on TV!

(Via ComicsContinuum)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Video of the Day: Daft Punk - "Derezzed"



'TRON Legacy' is coming out in a little under a month or so and one of the coolest things about it, besides the fact we're finally getting a sequel to 'TRON',  is the fact that legendary electronic music duo Daft Punk have composed much of the upcoming film's musical score. Here is but a small taste of the acoustic awesome-ness that awaits all us programs this December 17th.


Cast For 'Spider-man' Reboot Grows or "We Got Uncle Ben, People"

The rebooted 'Spider-man' is a ways off right now (it opens in 2012) but info on the cast has begun to trickle out. Already confirmed is Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-man....


... and Emma Stone as the ill-fated Gwen Stacy.



As for the rest of the Spider-cast:



Peter's kindly father-figure, Uncle Ben Parker, will be played by accomplished actor Martin Sheen.



Actress Sally Fields is currently in talks to portray Spider-man's Aunt May.



And Marc webb, the movie's director, has expressed his desire for Zooey Deschanel to perform as J. Jonah Jameson's secretary and potential Peter Parker love interest, Betty Brant.

This all really cool/interesting news. But one thing must be held over from the Raimi 'Spider-man' films.

Alfred Molina must, I repeat, MUST come back as Doctor Otto Octavius aka 'Doctor Octopus'!!



(Via League of Comic Geeks: Link 1 & Link 2)

'Cowboy Viking Ninja' Coming To The Silver Screen or "The Coolest Comic Book Movie EVER!!!"


Image Comic's "Cowboy Viking Ninja" is quite possibly the craziest, coolest, and just plain awesome comic book I've read in a damn long time! Here's the skinny: the U.S. intelligence community has a special unit called the "Triplets", agents with multiple personalities, with each trained in a specific area of expertise. When several "Triplets go rogue, it's up to the deadliest of them all, the titular 'Cowboy Viking Ninja', to take them down.

And now they are making a movie out of it!

This news is, quite frankly, AWESOME!

(Via Bleeding Cool)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Costumes From The Tim Burton - Superman Movie That Never Was or "Superman Would Have Been Fab-U-lous!"



Tim Burton. I like his work. Well, at least everything pre-"Planet of the Apes". But if the proposed "Superman Lives" movie had come to pass, I'm pretty sure I would have hunted him down and and exacted a terrible vengeance upon him. I mean, just take a look at some of the suits FX artist Steve Johnson worked up for the film.





I think Tim Burton was drinking from whatever bottle Joel Schumacher was hitting when he made his two entries into the "Batman" film franchise.

('Tim Burton's Superman Lives' gallery via League of Comic Geeks)

Scientists Create XXXL-Size Bugs or "Anyone Have A Giant Bug Zapper?!"



Dr. John VandenBrooks, a researcher in Arizona, has succeeded in re-creating the sort plus-sized creepy crawly usually reserved for time-travel and dinosaur movies. Now, I usually don't say this a lot, but ....

WHY THE HELL IS THIS NECCESSARY?!?

I read as many articles as I could find about the man's work, but I failed to find the answer to the above question. I mean, is it really so vital to the continued existence of the human race and the world itself that we need to know how giant ass insects lived back in the Paleozoic Era?!

Dr. VanderBrooks also failed in trying to breed giant cockroaches. Let that sink in for a second. GIANT, freakin' cockroaches! That kind of result only comes from steroids and gamma rays.

It is news like this that make me glad that I am a layman. Because, in all honestly, if I was a scientist dabbling in the field of genetic engineering or some other exotic scientific discipline, I'd probably be doing the same thing. I just would be doing it for the right reasons. Like world domination.



Doctor Doom would approve of this.


Hand-Made Animatronic Krang Costume or "Shredder, Where Is My Halloween Candy?"

I know Halloween is over. I know that all the little ghouls and goblins have gone back to their lairs and have probably devoured like 90% of their candy. But when I found this video of a hand-made animatronic & VERY TMNT cartoon accurate Krang costume, I just had to share this with you all.



And the best part? Actress and musician Melissa Dunphy, aka mormolyke on YouTube, created this for her husband.

That's love, ladies and gentlemen.

(Via Great White Snark)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Back from a recent hiatus...

Hello Authentic Geeks,

Well it's certainly been a while since I last posted...sorry. Life's been happening at 1000 kph lately, a new job, a new music interface, a new lady; but I'm finally used to the rapid acceleration and my life has settled somewhat giving me time for the creativity and the creation of blog-posts to add to the already mountainous pile of opinions and fan-leakage.

Speaking of which, I decided to make my return after a long hiatus about a similar return after long hiatus with D.C.'s new straight to graphic novel, "Superman: Earth One" written by J. Michael Straczynski and penciled by Shane Davis. I wanted my return to posting to be all happy and "This S#%T is AWESOME!!!" but sadly this S#%T was just mediocre and ultimatly...kinda S#!^^Y and I'd never lie to you Authentic Geeks...

"Superman: Earth One" is the first in D.C.'s new line of straight to market graphic novels set in a re-imagined D.C. Universe where all of our favourite super heros are about to make their first impact upon an unsuspecting world in the year 2010. It's an attempt to reinvigorate our favourite characters that are lagging under years and years of continuity. It gives them new life and new freedom. Sometimes our heros get new powers, sometimes the powers are the same, but the way the hero gets them or how the hero uses them are different. However the re-imagining goes, it is almost always a great idea for comic books, it not only gives new life to old heros, but it brings the characters new relevance to a younger fan-base, that may have otherwise overlooked them as old or outdated characters.

This is not a new tactic for comic books at all, in fact resetting the continuity of a comic univers is so common place, I wonder why it's taken D.C. this long to do it at all. I mean Marvel's been doing it for the last 10 years with their Ultimate comics, all the recent money-making comic book movies have involved a rebooted continuity; hell, D.C. were the one's that pioneered continuity re-sets in the first place with the Crisis on Infinite Earths! What gives D.C.?!? Why so long, huh?

Well at least they got the project done, and for a first outing, "Superman: Earth One" is a lot of fun; the art is very pretty and the story is engaging. However, I still feel like I enjoyed Marvel's re-imagined Ultimate universe more than D.C.'s recent outing.

For starters, I must say that I love J. Michael Straczynski, but there are parts of this book that it feels like he just phoned in. While Straczynski does a good job of presenting Superman in a modern, somewhat grittier context; he's making some rookie mistakes here. Mistakes that he even spends time bitching about himself through the voice of Daily Planet editor Perry White.

The first time we ever meet Perry he has a run-in with Lois over a paragraph that got edited out of Lois's article because the paragraph was redundant. Later in the story we hear Perry congratulating Lois and Jimmy Olsen on their coverage of Superman's first appearance, Perry compliments their courage and how they stayed and got the truth while everyone else ran. Perry then celebrates the fact that the Planet is the only paper to get the exclusive images and interviews with Superman because they are poor, and could use the circulation.

One page later, I kid you not, ONE page later we see Clark apply for a job is cornered by Lois and Jimmy as to why he came to the Planet. Clark replies that he did so because he was there at Superman's first battle and he saw how Lois and Jimmy didn't run, how they stood their ground and got the truth and...wait, haven't I heard this before? Oh, and then there was this great joke where the Daily Planet is all poor and losing money but suddenly all the other news corporations start calling because they want the rights to show the exclusive Daily Planet images and Perry's all telling them no and it's all vindicating and...wait...didn't I just get that emotion like two pages ago..?

But that's not all. Straczynski goes to all of the trouble of setting up some really interesting plot-threads, and then he unravels them all in the same page that he sets them up!
***<--Spoilers-->***
Like first Straczynski hints that maybe Krypton didn't just explode, but that maybe it had been destroyed on purpose!!! OOHHH, Awesome, cool idea I like it. Then he not only tells us that, yes in fact, it was destroyed on purpose; but he also shows us an alien from the race that did it, AND the Alien spends a few pages nicely detailing out exactly who he is, why and even how his race destroyed Krypton. Gee...thanks for that J. Michael...I was just hoping that you'd spoon feed me the plot like that...It always sucks when a main character has to find things out through stuff like hard-work and junk.

But he's still not done; we actually have to suffer through a description of how Supermans' powers work and how they are different now. Okay, I'll admit that the powers are pretty cool. Basically, the difference is that all Kryptonians are solar batteries and they get different powers from different kinds of solar radiation. White Stars, Dwarf Stars, Pulsars all have different effects; that's pretty cool!

But who tells us this fact and how do we learn it, is is something that makes sense like the computer aboard the spaceship that Superman crashed in? Nope, nothing like that...Superman learns about his powers from none other than the alien that is on Earth to kill Superman and finish the work he started with Krypton; cause it makes total sense that an Alien bent on Killing Superman would want to tell him exactly how all of his powers work... I mean this must be the most helpful Alien Warlord ever.

But it get's worse, later the alien tells Superman that his ship is made of metal that is almost as indestructible as the metal that Superman's ship is made of. He basically tells Superman that his ship will blow up if he rams it. It's like telling the other guy in a fight "Pardon Sir, but you might like to try kicking me in the Nards, it's this place right between my legs where I keep my reproductive organs" or "Do keep in mind that my indestructible bullet proof armour is slightly less hard than your bullets".

Then, just as the alien is being defeated, with his final breath he whispers "but you still don't know about...". MAN, this guy is helpful, Superman just killed him and he's still trying to tell him secrets. I mean, what's next?!? Are we going to see Lex Luthor voluntarily give up after Superman tells him that it's mean to hurt people?

But that's not the only let down's either. The art often looks really pretty and all gritty and shaded to look as real as possible, but the poses the characters take are just...mundane.

Like the first time we ever see Superman in full costume, he's just standing there. Well, he's flying, but he's just kinda standing there in mid-air. I mean, his arms are hanging straight down, his legs are hip distance appart; he just looks like he's going for a stroll. His fists should be on his hips spreading his arms in giant triangles and making his chest look impossibly huge and powerful. He should have a heroic stance with his feet at least shoulder width appart looking dynamic and god-like. In this shot, he looks like he's going to cry and have an emo-fart.

All in all "Superman: Earth One" is an interesting project, but I'd get it from the library and not shell out the $20 for it. While it is nice to get a hard-cover graphic novel for $20, the story and art are sadly ordinary, they are professional and they work, but it's nothing that I haven't seen before, and isn't that what this project is supposed to be about?

http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=15325

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fan-Made TMNT Party Wagon or "Cowabunga, Dude! Roadtrip!"


College student/major Ninja Turtle fangirl Brittney Schneck built this awesome tribute to the 'Heroes on a Half-Shell' (Turtle Power) signature ride out of a '94 Dodge Caravan.

She worked at two jobs (grocery store cashier and in her dad's auto detailing shop) to pay for everything in and on this ride. ON TOP of paying for her college studies and the van's insurance

She hand-crafted all the various gun-ports, radar dish, and other sundry body parts to make sure the minivan looked the same as the classic 'Party Wagon' toy.



Is this not awesome? Is this not the coolest thing ever? I certainly think so.

(Jalopnik via Geekologie)

Geeky Fashion Statement or "On Your Hands Too Much Time You Have"



I love it when someone demonstrates their love of all things geeky in such a way. Pictured here is 'mamaedgar', a member of Craftster, a arts & crafts website. She is modelling a knitted Yoda hat she made for her Star Wars loving four year old son. I have to say this is 'awesome!

You know your mom loves you when she goes out of her way to make something like this for you. I should know. My mom made a 'Sword of Power' and matching shield for my Halloween 'He-Man' costume when I was 5 years old.

(Star Wars Blog via Great White Snark)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Video of the Day: Crazy Kids and Their Stunts



After seeing some of the insane acrobatics in this video, I've come to the conclusion that it is entirely possible for comic book heroes like Nightwing or Daredevil could actually exist.

(Via Kotaku)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Video of the Day x2: "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" and "X-Men Origins" Gambit" Fan-Made Trailers

YouTube user 'silverlightsaber' makes some awesome custom movie trailers, mixing in new music and scenes from other films to make these trailers kick a lot more ass than the originals.



And he makes trailers for movies that probably will never happen.



Check out his channel to see the rest of his portfolio. It is awesome.

YouTube Channel - silverlightsaber

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NBA Bans 'Tricked' Out Sneakers or "You Can't Be Like Mike"


For the second time ever, the NBA has banned players from using a particular brand of sneaker.

However, to get a perspective on this decision, you'd have to travel back to 1985 and the debut of Michael Jordan and his namesake foot gear, the Air Jordans. See, the NBA at the time had a strict dress code when it came to sneakers: all-white coloring, NO exceptions. So whenever MJ (Jordan, not Jackson) strode onto the court  wearing these black and red Nikes, he got slapped with a $5,000 fine. EVERY time. And Nike paid his fines, EVERY time.

So, the decision to ban use of the Athletic Propulsion Lab Concept 1 (APLC1), which contains a spring-based system that adds 3 inches to your vertical leap, is not unprecedented. Like any other sports organization, the NBA has a specific ruling that forbids such game-enhancing gear from being used.

Which means, if you want to play in the NBA and your jump shot sucks, you're screwed. Unless you sell a lot of shoes. In which case, Nike will pay all your bills.

(Via DVICE)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lamborghini Makes Tractors or "Ever Wanted To Plow The Back 40 ...Doing 180 MPH?"



Lamborghini is making tractors.

 Let that sink in for a moment.

Lamborghini, the Italian auto maker responsible for one of the fastest production cars on the planet, is into making farm machinery. Well, they have actually been making tractors and the like for awhile now.

But seriously, 'tractors'? I guess their product runs way faster than a Deere.

(Via DVICE)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Video of the Day: The Day That MTV Died!



This is it. At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, Kid Rock performed on stage with two legendary groups: Run DMC and Aerosmith. I firmly believe that this was the precise moment that MTV began to suck.

Either that or when they started production on "Real World/Road Rules Challenge". Either or.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Top 5 Movie Themes of the '80s



Movies. They wouldn't be as epic and exciting as they could be with out decent music!

One of the best things about watching movies as I grew up in the 1980's was the awesome theme music that a lot of the films had. The theme music, like the movies themselves, used to be an experience when you listened to them back in the day.

Modern movie soundtracks just don't seem to have the same 'punch' that the soundtracks of old had. That's why this list contains both original scores and popular songs from some classic cinematic gems from the decade of the Rubik's Cube!

Give a listen, won't you?!


#5) The theme from "Gremlins"

This movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. Just had to mention that up front. And while being one of those movies that spans the horror, comedy and Christmas film genres (That's right! Like "Die Hard", it takes places during the Happiest Time of the Year!), "Gremlins" had one of those insanely catchy themes that you cannot help but hum to yourself for days after watching the film.






#4) "Teacher, Teacher" by .38 Special

This was and still is one of my favorite songs from a movie soundtrack. EVER! "Teachers" was one of those 'teachers fighting the system' movies that were so popular during the decade. This song perfectly summed up the story and was done by .38 Special, a band that mixed southern-style rock with arena rock, thus ensuring my love of them to this day!



I still have a copy of the soundtrack to the movie that belonged to my dad, which I still listen to. Because it's awesome.


#3) The theme from "Indiana Jones"


This piece of music is, without a doubt, one of the most recognizable tunes in the history of motion pictures!



Just listening to it makes me want to start searching for a lost tomb or some religious artifact. As long as there are no spiders. I hate spiders, Chuck. I hate them!


#2) "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Junior

Would the movie "Ghostbusters" have been as epic as it was without the golden tones of Ray Parker Junior?

I do not think so.



Does bustin' make me feel good?

......Yes. Yes, it does


And the #1 move theme of the '80s is ......

#1) "The Touch" by Stan Bush

In a movie where Optimus Prime died and Cybertron was nearly obliterated by Orson Welles (he voiced Unicron), we got one the greatest, fist pumping, get-you-fired-up rock anthems of the 1980's. I put "The Touch" above all other movie themes because none of them, not even "Indiana Jones", puts a spring in my step and fire in my gut the way this song does.



It is not a perfect song, by any means. But for 'sheer rocking out and making you feel good' music, you'd be hard pressed to find one better!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Marty McFly Re-does 'Back to the Future' Trailer or "Gonna' Go Back In Time ....Again"



Michael J. Fox recently made a promo for this years "SCREAM Awards" on Spike TV.

What kind of promo, you ask?

How about a shot for shot remake of the original teaser trailer for the '80s classic, "Back to the Future"!



How awesome is this? Despite being severely affected by Parkinson's, Mr. Fox pulled it off spectacularily. And the whole thing is for a 'Back to the Future' reunion with Elizabeth Shue and Lea Thompson at the 2010 SCREAM Awards, October 19th.

(Via io9)

The McRib IS Coming Back or "The Greatest Comeback EVER!!!"



It's back, baby! McDonald's restaurants are bringing back the McRib, the sandwich which will not die, for a limited engagement of six weeks, starting November 2nd.

Is this news, in and of itself, in any way, shape or form 'geeky'? Probably not.

But, what goes better with a chilled bottle of Mountain Dew on those long nights of YouTube mining, WOW raids and messing around on Facebook?

NOTHING!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Exo-skeletons Help Disabled People Walk Again or "Robocop Is Only 20 Years Now"

Technology grows by leaps and bounds everyday. And when one of those leaps opens the door for the creation of a real, live cyborg, I get chills.



The above promotional video shows a lady who has suffered severe spinal damage using a powered exo-skeleton called 'eLegs', a civilian spin-off of the US military's Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC). The 'eLegs' is not yet commercially available, but still, this is really exciting!

By my calculations, if the cyber nerds at Berkley Bionics keep working on this project with all due diligence, within say, 20 years, senior citizens won't just be yelling at kids to get off the lawn, they'll be punting any trespassers right off the lawn with their 'Iron Man' power suits!

Man Proves 360 Swing Possible or "Darwin Would Be Proud"



Natural selection, it's wonderful thing. When stupid people do stupid things, it make me smile.

And chuckle. A lot.

I am of a mind to send this into "The Darwin Awards".

How To Deal With Zombies Chart or "Got Undead?"



Seriously, this poster is a work of freaking genius! If (and when) the Zombie Apocalypse goes down, you better be sure to pack this along with a copy of "The Zombie Survival Guide" in your survival gear.

Right next to your boom-stick and beef jerky.

(Via Geekologie)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Video of the Day: Hoobstank Cover of "Ghostbusters"



Gotta' love any band who covers this song and makes it rock even harder than the original!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Japan Creates Exo-Suit For Kids or "The Invincible Iron Toddler"



Sakakibara Kikai, the company that made the "Land Walker", has constructed a kid sized version of their 'half-a Gundam'. The mere thought of a bratty child in control of this gives me a full-body shudder. The company says that they have no plans to put these into mass production, but who knows how long that will last?

I mean, can you imagine the playground of your local elementary school when the kid that everyone picks on shows up in one of these? He'd roof every kickball in the place!

(Via OhGizmo!)

Replace That Song In Your Head With Another One or "The Song That Never Ends .... Finally Does"



Ever had a song stuck in your head that you just can't get rid of? Like the theme from "The A-Team" or one of those goddamn "Crazy Frog" songs? Well worry no more!


You can use 'unhear it', a website that uses remixes of other annoying songs to get the annoying song currently taking up space in your dome out of it.

I use this site a lot. I get all kinds of songs stuck in my head. So if you would excuse me, I have to use the site right now. I heard a "Spice Girls" song on the radio and I'll be damned if I let those girls set up shop again.

(Via Geekologie)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

'Metroid' Alien IS Real or "World's Fugliest Invertabrate"

Pictured here in a graffiti mural is a Metroid alien from the long running 'Metroid' game series. It's a creepy lil' bugger that will suck the life-force out of you just as soon as it would offer you a cup of coffee. 




Now this here is a new species of jellyfish that was recently discovered living at 4000 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed 'Tiburonia granrojo', this new breed of jelly does not have tentacles. NO, no, no. This freaky sucker has 4 - 7 arms!



Anyone else see a family resemblance between these two suckers?! Does this mean we'll see Goombas and Koopa Troopas discovered next? How about a 'Pokemon'?


(Via Geekologie)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Man Creates 'Driveable' R2-D2 or "So Much Cooler Than A Seqway"


Any person, be they man or woman, who is capable of such an engineering feat, is surely worthy of praise. The Youtube user known as dmalford1 created this XXXXXXL-sized R2 unit using a plastic barrel, some mechanical skill and a lot of love for that plucky little astro-mech droid that puts up with all of C-3PO's incessant whining.



Seriously, if R2-D2 was THIS big, C-3PO would never bitch again!

(Via OhGizmo!)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Video of the Day: The Nostalgia Critic - "Batman & Robin" Review

The Nostalgia Critic is a video series, created by and starring Doug Walker, about an easily annoyed movie critic who reviews bad movies from the '80s and '90s. I love watching these vids because they are both 'fall out of your chair' funny and amazingly well crafted. The best of them has to be the "Batman & Robin" review. Check it out!





More reviews and other videos can be found at thatguywiththeglasses.com.

What Really Lies At The End Of The Rainbow or "God Loves Beer"


Ben Franklin once said: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

Amen. I think ole' Ben Franklin was on to something there. Well told, sir!

(failblog.org via Geekologie)

'ALIEN' Themed Birthday Cake or "Creepiest....Cake...EVER!!"


This is the single most disturbing thing I have seen in a while. But the nerd in me wants to high five Jeff Ross, the man who created this tribute to one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever.

Awesome and nerdy, but disturbing all the same!

(Via Great White Snark)

Russia Building 'Floating' Nuclear Power Plants or "Santa Is Going To Have Neighbors"



The government of Russia is constructing several floating nuclear power stations to aid in their push to take over nearly one-half of the North Pole. The stations will be providing power for research stations and gas/oil exploration.

You have to realize that this is all pretense, of course. The Russians are really searching for Santa's workshop and the secret of his ability to travel around the world in one night.

Why else would they want to take over HALF the freaking North Pole?!

(Via BBC News)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Make Albert Einstein Speak or "Dance, Monkey, Dance!!"



Found this while trolling the Interwebs yesterday. You enter what ever text you want into this box and click the 'preview image' button. And you can make the 'father of modern physics' say whatever you damn well please!

You could spend an hour making Einstein say ever bad one liner Arnold said in "Batman and Robin". Or make him write out "I will not make of Hitler's mustache" a hundred times. Or what ever your fevered little imagination can cook up.

Click here to try it. It's fun, trust me! Now, you'll have to excuse me. I'm going to make Einstein quote 'Star Wars' again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Scientists Discover The 'Dumb' Gene or "There's A Reason Why I Suck At Math"



Scientists at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia have discovered RGS14, a gene located in the hippocampus area of the brain, that they believe controls the capacity to learn and form new memories. Putting this discovery to the test, they disabled the gene in some lab mice and ran them through a maze. Mice with the disabled gene were able to run the maze in a better time than regular mice.

Do you realize what this means??

They have discovered what causes stupidity. There is an actual, scientific basis for not being able to understand languages, solve complex math problems, and so on and so forth. 


Obviously, this sort of thing needs to be researched properly before any attempt is made to produce a pill or serum or any sort of gene therapy that will turn off RGS14 and allow the brain to grow smarter and not turn a human being into a drooling moron.


Sadly, this will still not allow men to understand women.


(Via Gizmodo)

Video of the Day: io9's "Greatest Drunks in Science Fiction"



Alcohol and science fiction. Two great tastes that go great together.

(Via io9.com)

Monday, September 20, 2010

'80s Megatron vs Movie Megatron or "Nothing Beats Old School"



Searching for some new computer wallpaper the other day yielded this little gem. And it exactly mirrors how I feel about Michael Bay's 'Megatron'. Click here if you want to see my little tweak to it.

(Via Great White Snark)

Keanu Reeves Is Up For 'Bill & Ted 3' or "Wyld Stallyns May Rock Again"



In a recent interview with MTV, Keanu Reeves was asked if he would be interested in re-uniting with Alex Winter to make a third 'Bill & Ted' movie.

He said yes.

That's right! Years later, Keanu still wants to go back to the world of time-travelling phone booths, air guitars and being excellent to each other! It may or may not happen (according to the interview), but HOT DAMN, this is exciting news.

But, I am going to have to temper my enthusiasm with some reality. However awesome a third entry into one of my all-time favorite film series would be, it will be missing one essential element, the magic that is George Carlin.


Hey, if it wasn't for Mr. Carlin travelling back in time to help out Bill & Ted, we wouldn't be talking about this, would we?!

(Via MTV News)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Video of the Day: Dolph Lundgren Meets His Match



Sometimes, it's the threat you least expect that does you in!

Lego/Star Wars Inspired Chess Set or "Force Lightning Won't Help Here!"


Lego & Star Wars fan Brandon Griffith created this 'Empire Strikes Back' themed chess set. I like chess. I really do. And this chess set makes me want to start playing again. But this set wouldn't help my game at all.

My buddy, Kleedrac, would still kick my ass in about 10 minutes!

(Via Great White Snark)

Science Creates Skin For Robots or "Feelings! Nothing More Than Feelings!"

After the reports of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology teaching robots how to deceive each other (they making Decepticons, people!), we get this piece of tech news!



Scientists at UC Berkeley have succeeded in creating a touch-sensitive 'skin', made from semi-conducting nano-wires (!), that can be used to 'teach' our future robotic overlords how to shake our flimsy human hands without breaking them.

Sarcasm aside, this technology is a HUGE step forward in creating artificial skin for burn vicitims. Which is a good thing. But we are now one step closer to the future that is Skynet and that's a bad thing!

(PC World via Geekologie)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Super Mario Bros. Is 25 Years Old Today or "It'sa Me, Mario!"

September 13th is a day that will forever be a day that geeks, fanboys and general nerdy types will stand up and tip their collective hats to a true video gaming icon. It was on that day, back in the year 1985, that the  one of the crown jewels of video gaming debuted in his first game.

He's short. He's a plumber. He speaks with a bad, stereo-typical Italian accent.



He is .....SUPER MARIO!

The "Super Mario" series of games on the NES were, and still are, some of the best games I have ever had the good fortune to play! My brothers and I were fans of all the "Super Mario Bros." games, with "Super Mario Bros. 3" being our favorite, as I recall.

The "Mario" series was always one that I could count on to be fun, entertaining and just plain awesome to play. Never before had there been a character that spanned so many genres of video gaming and still retained the fun inherent in his original game. From the NES to the Game Cube to the Wii. From "Super marios Bros. 3" to "Super Mario Kart" to "Mario Party". Mario rocked the freakin' casbah, with his simple but addictive game play and a mustache that even Tom Selleck must be envious of!!!

I salute you, Mario! Hail to the King of Games! Long may he reign!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Video of the Day: "Least I Could Do" Animated Series Intro



"Least I Could Do" is a long running webcomic series created by Ryan Sohmer of Montreal, Quebec. It chronicles the mis-adventures of the narcissistic and eternally immature Rayne Summers and his friends as they careen from one crazy situation to another, usually caused by Rayne himself. Sohmer created this video as a 'proof of concept' for a potential animated series.

I've been reading the comic strip for a few years now and all I can ask is "How is this NOT a TV series already?!"

Kid Lands Double Back-flip.... In A Wheelchair or "You Will Believe A Man Can Fly"

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is an 18 year old guy from Las Vegas, Nevada who works with disabled children, trying to get them to see their crutches or wheelchairs are not traps, but toys. He travels all over the U.S. talking to kids with physical disabilities and teach them how to handle themselves in the world. How does he get this across to these kids? He is a wheelchair himself! Aaron was born with spina bifida, which is a birth defect where a person's spine does not fully form during the initial month of a baby's development.

But this physical limitation has not stopped him from fully enjoying life. Not only is he incredibly active, he can pull a double back-flip with his wheelchair! You may want to call 'shenanigans', but watch this video before you do.



That was just EPIC! If he can do stuff like that, it's proof positive that anything is possible if you believe! How can you NOT be inspired by this?!

(Via WIRED.com)

Coolest Game Controller Ever or "The Doctor Is A Gamer"


Towards the end of this year, when I write my Christmas list, I will be putting down three things: a Nintendo Wii, a copy of the Wii game "Doctor Who: Return to Earth" and a Sonic Screwdriver Wii-mote.

Why?

Because this is, bar none, the single coolest video game set-up I have ever seen.

Besides being one of the most interesting and continually satisfying sci-fi shows around, "Doctor Who" is a property that practically screams 'video game'! The sheer number of alien worlds, the Doctor's companions and the plethora of his enemies would translate very well into game levels, playable characters and enemy soldiers/level bosses.

So, until there is a gameplay trailer, I am going to withhold judgement as to whether or not the game will rock or not.

Seriously though, how could it not?

(Via Kotaku and Oh Gizmo!)