Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Green Fireballs, Black Cats, Brown Underwear

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hey de ho all - well it is Thursday again, another day at the funny farm, ah, I mean ranch. Things are a bit late today, but better late than never. Fun day today. I had already fallen asleep by the time my questions came in at 7pm. Yep, I crashed at 6:30 pm, even missed dinner. It's a b**ch getting old. It was a long day for me and I guess LYT got really busy. Last week was one of those weeks: it was my 58th birthday and 32nd anniversary, Both were 1st without my husband. LYT and Mrs LYT took over and sent 2 lovely sets of flowers and I also got a TV for the bedroom. Baby Frizzy is checking out the flowers and they were approved.

Getting hot here in the desert; we hit 95 yesterday. The garden is starting to sprout and I got the first vac done on the pool. The pool will need a couple of more passes with the sweeper before it is ready to open for the summer. We love to submerge in the pool like hippos and then BBQ dinner. Well, better get on with the questions.

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NASA Photo Depicts Apparent Artificial Light on Mars

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm


Either that or Martians just look like large mint Tic-Tacs.

Some are jumping to conclusions. We naturally assume it's...Gnomes.

Kate Mulgrew Is Not a Geocentrist After All

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Upon presumably seeing the trailer for geocentric documentary The Principle for the first time yesterday like the rest of us, she issued a statement today:

Robert Sungenis has been a Holocaust denier as well as a Bible-based geocentrist. You do it, Janeway.

Now I can like Voyager again...except I still don't.

Footage of Jean-Claude Van Damme as the Original Predator

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am


Seen here in the red suit used to create the cloaking effect, a young JCVD dressed as a giant bug looks more like a refugee from some aborted live-action version of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards than the iconic dreadlocked spacehunter who would go on to face Arnold.

A newly released video from creature FX supervisor Steve Johnson and Stan Winston's son Matt shows the costume in action, and reveals the bullet we dodged (can you imagine NECA making 50+ variants of that as toys?). Van Damme, of course, went on to never wear masks again, focusing instead on making his actual face look like one.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Scratch & Sniff Mint-Scented Jeans

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm


I think I'm like a lot of guys in that if you scratch certain areas of my pants, you will definitely be "rewarded" with an odor of some kind - though only my cat would likely claim that to be any sort of bonus feature (seriously, cats like sweat stains. A lot).

But what if your scratching could induce a pleasing mint aroma to be emanated? Luckily for you, this can now happen - for five washes, anyway. From the brand name "Naked & Famous" and the style cut known as "Weird Guy" ("The 'Weird Guy' is a slim fit that tapers from the knee down. Medium rise"), it's $158 pants that subtly invite others to scratch your nads.

I'm waiting for them to do a sriracha-scented version and call it "Firecrotch."

via Uncrate

Janeway out of It: Kate Mulgrew Narrates Creationist Doc About Earth Being Center of the Universe

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm


Oh, Kate. Really?

You should know full well that the Earth cannot be at the center of the universe.

Because Eternia is!

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Amazon Fire TV Is Perfect for Lunatics, Says Gary Busey

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am


Amazon strikes me as being on a bit of a thin line with this commercial, in which Gary Busey admits to talking to inanimate objects. On the one hand, it does feel oddly like mocking an insane person. On the other, Gary's gotta eat, and roles playing sane people aren't going to show up any time soon.

Or...maybe he's perfectly mentally healthy, and just really good at acting nuts? Hey, it's possib...never mind.

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7 Reasons You Should See Terminator Too: Judgment Play

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00 am


In 2003, a Los Angeles-based theater troupe premiered a live version of the movie Point Break, appropriately entitled Point Break Live!, and it was good. So good, in fact, that it's been running ever since, bouncing around Los Angeles, New York, and my home turf of San Francisco.

A few years ago they debuted Terminator Too: Judgment Play elsewhere, and after attending its San Francisco premiere on April 3, 2014 at the DNA Lounge, I'm here to tell you why you should go see either (or both!) of 'em if you can.

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It's Not Just for Skeletor Toys - Plastic Skulls Now Save Real Lives

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm


If your skull is growing, thickening, and constricting in upon your brain...well, you might want a plastic skull in its place too. And this 3D-printed one was just the trick for a 22 year-old Dutch woman who was losing her vision and her motor skills.

Considering that the video of how they did this is all in Dutch, I have no idea how this actually works. Just that she could become the real-life Dr. Badvibes.

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Tags: COPS, Science!

Alien Invasions, Giant Tentacles...The Pepsi Max Prank That Fooled the UK

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am


Oh, augmented reality, what can't you do?

A little application to a UK bus shelter, and people waiting for their transportation were confronted with tentacles from the sewers, debris from space, and giant robot attacks.

Most caught on pretty quickly, but it was still cool. For a moment, They Believed.

Too bad it was promoting a drink as terrible tasting as Pepsi max. But I guess that just makes the company try harder.

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