Game of Thrones T-Shirt on His Kid Gets Professor Suspended, Sanity Questioned

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, TV
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm


With the shirts I wear on a regular basis - and would let my kid wear if I had one - maybe I should never be a college professor. Bergen Community College in New Jersey put Professor Francis Schmidt on leave pending a psychiatric evaluation when he posted the above photo of his daughter on Google+, and an executive director of the college who got an email notification that the image was posted took it as a threat.

How so?

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

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Tech
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?

Scarecrow - Creepiest Comic-Book Mego-Styled Figure Yet?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm


Figures Toy Company, which is making 8-inch, cloth-costumed figures in the Mego style of comic Batman and 1966 TV Batman (they're the ones finally doing Egghead), just revealed their Scarecrow headsculpt. And it's seriously scary-looking.

Maybe it's just that Robot Chicken conditioned me to expect something more Super-Friendsy, but this looks like something Cillian Murphy could have busted out. They're also doing Ra's al Ghul, but whatever...great character, with a head that just looks like a caricature of a caveman-browed rich dude with weird mustache bits. Sure, it's accurate enough, but it's not like something I'd be terrified to have on my nightstand lest I wake up and find it looking my direction.

Lego Greenlit the Ghostbusters - Now How About This Amazing Marshmallow Man?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:30 am


At 13 inches tall, fully articulated, and pretty much to scale with minifigs, this would not only be an outstanding Lego would also be the best action figure of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ever made. He's more poseable, durable and correctly sized than any other toy figure of this Gozer guise has been in the past.

The only problem is that he doesn't yet exist in purchasable form - he needs Cuusoo votes and ultimate Lego approval. As a Capitalist Gozer might say, "Choose...and buy!" Because if anyone asks you if this is godly, you will say "YES."

Super Mario Bros. Theme Played With Wine Glasses, Pencils and a Frying Pan

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Video Games
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 am


This isn't half-assed, either - it includes the underground music and goes all the way to the end of the level.

For the benefit of my readers under 21 - wine glasses are designed for drinks that you aren't supposed to go near yet. And pencils are these things like styluses, but way cooler because you don't even need a mobile device to use them!

Empty frying pans, of course, are drugs just waiting to smack you in the brain.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Copping a Feel for Video Games, Raccoons, Immortality

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, TV, Video Games
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 am


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.

Hello. It is Thursday again. This is Easter week. The weather is warm and sunny here in the desert. I have been out doing yard work; I have a secret project going that Mrs. LYT will see this weekend when she visits (LYT has to stay in LA to cover WonderCon). Yes, that is one of my outside cats in the back ground. This is the second week of Coachella Music Festival and shortly we will be having the Joshua Tree Music Festival. The Easter Bunny will be stopping buy in a few days. I think we are coloring eggs on Saturday. Would you believe that the first Easter Egg Hunt that LYT did was here at my house a few years ago? [Not exactly; just first one as an adult - LYT] We have to do this early in the day so the chocolate does not melt in the heat. This is also Earth Day weekend here in the Desert, so there are big Earth Day doings in Yucca Valley at the community center. We also just had a casino open in 29 Palms - I have not been yet, but Mrs. LYT went on opening day and won a few dollars. This week I also got the pool open for the summer: water is not quite warm enough to swim yet, but it is clean and the water looks nice.

7 Ways Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Was Significantly Better Than Its Parent Show

By Natalie Nichols in Daily Lists
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


I for one - and possibly the only one - will miss Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. ABC's Once Upon a Time spin-off, which bowed out earlier this month after just 13 episodes, never hooked as large an audience as its parent, but for me it's a much more satisfying guilty pleasure. This crazy, psychedelic action-romance take on the adventures of Alice (Sophie Lowe) in Wonderland intrigued me from the start, and by the end I really rather adored it.

Arrow SPOILER Thread: Under the Hood

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm


Does a Hollis Mason reference mean anything? Or is it merely a common enough phrase?

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Lifesize Lego Hatsune Miku Builder Takes Panty Shots

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Toys
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm


You can't call this NSFW when it's a Lego model of a person who has never been real, right? Anyway, a Lego fan on Twitter named ChaosBrick built this model of the virtual pop idol, and it seems that more than merely a love of construction was on the mind (this isn't even the most extreme closeup posted). So ironic that building a fake girlfriend this way takes you so much further in the direction of never, ever getting a real one.

Taking a page out of '90s McFarlane Toys Angela action figures in long do you think it'll be before another fan imitates the build, but replaces the "underwear" colored bricks with "flesh" colored ones?

Hell, the Japanese aren't Republic Serial villains (any more)...I reckon somebody did it thirty-five minutes ago.

h/t Kotaku

The Video Game About People Who Pretend to Be Planes

By Luke Y. Thompson in Video Games
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm


Used to be, as a kid, that one of the easiest, cheapest entertainments was to ruin around with arms outstretched, pretending to be an airplane. Of course, kids also used to play Mr. Potato Head with actual potatoes - businesses love to find a way to monetize our imaginations.

So now you have Cult of the Wind, a video game in which you run around with arms outstretched pretending to be a plane. I'm guessing the real reason Hayao Miyazaki retired is that he heard about this and plans never to leave the house again.

One caveat: it does have to be upvoted on Steam Greenlight first.