President Obama Plays Soccer With a Robot in Japan

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Well, admittedly, it isn't much of a game. The robot kicks him the ball and he kicks it back. Sort of a good overall metaphor in a nutshell for diplomatic visits in general, though sometimes it's other balls that are being kicked.

What strikes me, though, is that this robot looks a whole lot like the one from Robot and Frank. I like to imagine that she and the president will have jewel-heist adventures together.

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Godzilla Trailer, Sweded: Featuring GI Joes, Toy Cars and Spot-On Cranston

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am


These keep getting better and better. Cinefix's latest "Homemade Trailer" recreates the epic moments and the human drama of Godzilla with an outstanding Bryan Cranston-by-way-of-Harrison-Ford impersonator, lotsa toy cars, G.I. Joe figures for wide shots, a less-good David Strathairn, and many creative ways to replicate each individual shot.

You might say it's more convincing than some of the Toho films. While that would be a cheap shot, you wouldn't necessarily be wrong. Also: MAN IN SUIT!

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WonderCon in 20 Photos: The Great, the Genius and the Disturbing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Number 1: Furry's a Jolly Good Fellow.


WonderCon used to be the wholly reasonable, doable, manageable, less-crowded version of San Diego Comic Con...but that's gradually going away as more and more people figure it out. Yes, you can still get into some panels easily, and yeah, parking nearby is quite attainable if you're an hour early...and yes, most of the exclusive clips of movies shown here have been shown at prior festivals ( many people out there were STILL surprised that the new Godzilla has more than one monster in it? More than you'd think).

I took a few pictures. I thought you might like to see them.

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High Schoolers Obsessed With Ketchup Solve Watery Squirt Problem

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm


We sometimes debate, you and I, what is or is not "nerdy" - it's silly, really, but it is a part of who we are and what we do, and I wouldn't change that.

Except that if you disagree about THIS being nerdy, you're wrong - teenagers doing a yearlong project to invent something that will solve their lifelong irritation with the fact that there's water in the first squirt of ketchup from a bottle.

I could have saved them time by saying "shake the bottle first." But they invented a gizmo. Check it out, and wonder why a mustard fan didn't come up with it first, since those French's bottles are the REAL offenders.

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HBO's New Viral Video/Ad Strategy: Your Parents Are Annoying A-Holes

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm


HBO GO wants tech-savvy kids to use its mobile service, and to do that, they've partnered with Buzzfeed to create a series of videos in which parents of teenagers constantly ruin the HBO viewing experience by saying or doing stupid things. It's a funny campaign...and utterly misguided.

Here's why: to be effective, ads need to target the decision-maker in the household for that product - and I have never once heard of a teen paying the family cable bill. Not to mention that if you have really awkward parents, the odds that they want you watching rapey shows like Game of Thrones someplace where you can't be monitored seem vaguely slim.

Though with all that said, these parents are pretty damn cool to let their kids watch anal sex on TV. Cut 'em some slack. Besides, they got you HBO in the first place, you ingrate.

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Weekend Hangover: Godzilla MUTO, Batman Beyond, Farscape, Star Wars Rebels, More...

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am


Diligently combing through all the online clips frame by frame, Kotaku Japan has put together a decent look at Godzilla's newest foe, the MUTO. Keep reading for the rest of the weekend highlights, compiled with the help of Ky6le LeClair.

This week's tipsters include: Dr.Gonzo82, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, donnaryoko, skrag2112, andre_morello, Hawkeye_Pierce, rkwsuperstar, Anyone00

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A "Real" Spider-Man Web-Shooter That Could Kill You

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Using electromagnetics, lasers, and a sweet Spidey glove, German tech-head Patrick Priebe has made an actual web-shooter that can fire a barb on a line, and bring back whatever you hook. The potential uses for fishermen are limitless...perhaps less so for aspiring Spider-Men, who have to deal with the fact that "web fluid" is essentially magic and violates multiple laws of science.

Though if all you want to do is catch Mary Jane's lunch tray...well, this won't do that either. Really it's more like Scorpion's spear from Mortal Kombat, but that's just not as hot a property to tie into right now.

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Via Online Dating Buzzwords, We've Figured out the Perfect Gift

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Every so often, by which I mean every day, I get weird article pitches from people who've obviously never read this site, with come-ons like , "Are you working on any celebrity plastic surgery stories?" Sometimes, for kicks, I'll read them. Then, from time to time, they'll make me feel smart. Like today, I got this from a dating site called PlentyofFish, which I assume was not intended as a derogatory vaginal reference...

The 5-most popular words among both sexes who left the dating site in a relationship are:

1. love
2. time
3. life
4. friend
5. music

Y-you mean? All this time, I had the perfect romantic talisman available to me via 1-800 number and I didn't even know it?

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Extreme Jenga, With Excavators and 600-Pound Blocks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm


Proof positive, if you needed it, that theoretically dorky games of balance can always be made bigger and manlier.

Also proof positive that "In the Hall of the Mountain King" needs to be retired as theme music. I know it's supposed to be shorthand for escalating tension, but whenever it comes on, all I hear is "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb; Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow."

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Trailer for Cyber-Seniors Is Funny Because Old People Can't Do Stuff

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm


Yes, I'm being slightly facetious - frankly, this movie could have been about my parents, who are significantly younger than the seniors onscreen, and they'd be even more frustrating to watch - my father thinks he can just type his email address into the URL field, and my mother uses Google to access websites she knows the address for. At least someone who has never used a computer comes to it with some freshness...I guess?

Bless the teens who had the patience to help them. Back in my day - says this Gen-X codger - I was not a patient teen. At all. Except when waiting for my computer to print stuff out, as it did MAYBE a page a minute.

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