Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm


-"Their defense is down!" It's San Antonio Spurs Ackbar.

-PlayStation is working on a TV on-demand device. I feel old for not quite understanding why I need it.

-Val Kilmer is selling some really awful "art" online.

-Video riff on "The Force Awakens" features Jar Jar taking a shit. Ahh, Internet.

-Underoos were cool for us as kids because regular T-shirts weren't cool back then. Adult Underoos seem like too little too late.

-The race to be the first zombie movie to exploit Ebola fears has begun.

-Tattooed scientist wears a shirt designed by the wife of his tattoo artist. Lands a goddamn probe on a comet. People online go into offense overdrive, prompting a tearful apology. This is why we (sometimes) can't have nice things.

But what would you like to talk about? There WILL be a recap thread this week, so go crazy.

Man to Be Eaten Alive by Anaconda on Discovery Channel

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm


This is no gimmicky suicide attempt - Paul Rosolie is a wildlife filmmaker who simply wants to experience a serpent from the inside. He plans to survive it in the custom-made snake survival suit he has created.

Via communications in Parseltongue, we trust he was able to find a snake who prefers to swallow rather than spit. You can find out Dec. 7th.

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Surprised It Took This Long. Here's a Porn Short Filmed With Drones.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm


As you can see, the porn part is sometimes a little difficult to make out, because this is one of them there artistic statements. The idea being, "What if we were randomly having sex in a really unlikely wide-open space and a drone flew overhead?"

"We wanted to see the artistic value of this perspective," says one of the filmmakers of "Drone Boning." "The plan was to take beautiful landscapes and just put people fucking in them," says another.

"Even drones know to make love and not war, maaaan!" said some random hippie I just made up.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How to Mess With Phone Scammers

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though. We're all mad here.

Happy first week of November. Wow, it is already November - how time flies. Well, I hope you all survived Halloween and got your day-after 1/2 price candy - I did. Only a few more weeks to Turkey Day and then Christmas. Last weeks events had their ups and downs. Starting last Thursday, Edison (our power company) turned off the power from 8 am to 5 pm. Such fun on a work day. So the night before I had to work late and then after it all came back online I had to work Thursday night to make up of the lost day of work. Such fun. But hey, it finally all worked out and I did get caught up. Learned that LYT survived Hello Kitty Con; there was no doubt that Julia would. Friday was Halloween - I stayed home and watched It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Then Saturday was the 1st Saturday breakfast at Copper Mountain - yum yum.

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Trailer for National Geographic Movie Robots 3D Will Reassure You They're Not Ultron

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm


You've feared Ultron. You've felt for Chappie. But in this new trailer for an actual documentary about humanoid robots, you'll see that what they mostly do is paint, cut through stuff and fall down a lot.

Kind of like toddlers. Which leads one to question what will happen when they grow up...

Not that this movie will show that part.

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Tripping the Oculus Rift with Interstellar

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Fun fact about me: I didn't understand the appeal of the View-Master toy for most of my life. The reason was that rather than trying to focus my eyes through the viewer, I would always shut one for insta-clarity. And yet I had no idea - none - that in doing so, I was negating the 3D effect that was the main selling point of the thing.

No such mistakes with the Oculus Rift. Holy balls, is this thing amazing. And I say this after experiencing a three-minute "on rails" experience with no gaming element whatsoever.

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"Zombie Stars" Discovered Before Steven Moffat Could Invent Them

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm


It's really just a sexy name, as far as I can tell, for a white dwarf that should have been obliterated in a supernova but remains partially alive. "Coma Star" doesn't sound as good.

But I am surprised science discovered this and came up with the name before we got an episode of Doctor Who in which Peter Capaldi finds that the sun is in fact an actual giant zombie. Like, maybe it died from eating a rotten egg that was actually a moon of something.

Actual science below...

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Sideshow Has New Tron-Style Stands for 12-Inch Figures

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm


I have a novel concept for companies that make large action figures: design them so they can stand on their own, unassisted.

No? Not happening? Well okay then. These stands are pretty cool in the meantime. They light up, they spin, they hold figures under the arms instead of around the waist, and they give you space to put your own nameplate. $40 may seem like a lot, but we're talking about Sideshow and Hot Toys, so it's really only, like, 1/6 of the price of a figure. And since the figures are 1/6 scale, that's...cute.

But I collect 18-inchers, because size matters. Where's MY Tron stand?

Cosplay Documentary to Showcase at Comikaze in Glasses-Free 3D

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm


While I'm not sure I need to see Yaya Han get ultra-competitive in yet another cosplay documentary, the glasses-free 3D thing seems like a pretty big deal. Ultra-D is an adjustable 3D format that uses a combination of viewscreen lenses and 4K technology to make even existing content pop out in new ways. Or so the claim is, anyway.

There'll be an hourlong panel for Cosplay Dreams 3D on Sunday, November 2 at 12 p.m. as part of Comikaze in downtown L.A., but the film will also have a booth where you can check out the new tech. The movie will also headline the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival on December 6th.

If this technology proves operable as it is described, then yes, your porn DVDs will work with it too.

91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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