Memorial Day Weekend Open Thread

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

If I can be serious for just a moment...

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Remember

No enemy's weapon felled my father-in-law, but he was still technically in service when his body failed him for good, and this is the first Memorial Day without him. As hard as he had it remembering all his Vietnam friends every time this year, so it will be for us from here on out. Whether you believed in the causes of the fallen or not, take a moment to feel for the loved ones left behind. I encourage anyone with tales of family heroes to share.

Also, an important programming note: due to Monday being a holiday for me, there will be NO Weekend Hangover list next week. So you'll want to spend extra time in this thread making sure you don't miss anything!

And now a few frivolous and fun things...

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A Slave Leia Costume for People Who Can't Wear Slave Leia Costumes

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Not everyone can rock a gold bikini. I mean, I certainly can't. But thanks to our friends at 80sTees, now I don't have to. I can just stretch the shit out of a drawn-on one. And so can you, if you don't have the bod for the real thing and don't give a damn.

Don't believe me? Abracadabra ca-Photo-shop, put LYT in this fakeout gold top....

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Baffling Geek Apparel of the Week: Che Guevara as Tommy Wiseau

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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I do not understand this. It's not true. It's incongruous, I do not understand this! I do NAHHHT.Oh hai weird shirt! Does somebody out there think that all people with long, dark hair look alike?

It's not simply a Chinese bootleg-style mistake - the description makes clear that this is the movie The Room being referred to, despite its bizarre description of same:

On the 10th release anniversary of the movie voted "Best Movie Ever" by the academy, show the world your love for The Room.
And because she's a woman, we have the ladies tee too!
Obviously the academy thing never happened, but "Because you're a woman!" is a popular audience callback line at midnight screenings.

Che and Wiseau couldn't be more opposite. A mysterious immigrant from Whatthefuckistan, Wiseau loves America and proclaims himself an American; Che wanted to preemptively nuke us during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wiseau's philosophy is, "You can cry, you can laugh, but please don't hurt each other," while Che's was practically vice-versa. The only obvious connection is that both are beloved by drunk college kids who don't fully understand either - which, come to think of it, is the perfect demo for smartass T-shirts. So maybe it's brilliant.

In other Wiseau news, James Franco is apparently going to play him in addition to producing the movie about him. He thinks about everything, haha.


Geek Apparel of the Week: Nicolas Cage Cage-Fighting Shorts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Cage-fighting, or MMA as you call it when there are rules involved, isn't the nerdiest thing in the world, and that lousy movie where Uncle Owen fought his brother Bane didn't help matters. But wearing Nicolas Cage's face all over your crotch and buttocks? That, my friends, is all us.

Now, courtesy of Raven Fightwear's "Cage, Cage Shorts," you can not only rock that style, but actually compete in it, giving you the added bonus of being able to mesmerize your opponent with your crotch. However, to do this apparel true justice, you must only ever fight grade-A opponents, because as the man himself would tell you, NO, NOT THE B'S!! NOT THE B'S!!!! bLARRGHHLLARGHHLLAGGHHH!!!

h/t SlyDante777

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.

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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 (seriously...how 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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10 Things I Learned Running Game Demos at WonderCon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

This last weekend, I attended WonderCon for the first time. In addition to general convention activities like observing cosplayers and wandering the Exhibit Hall, I was also con liaison for Steve Jackson Games.

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PROOF!

WonderCon didn't particularly have gaming as a focus, but there was a sizable gaming area, part of which was reserved for the Steve Jackson Games demo team. It was an interesting and fun experience, so I'm sharing ten things I learned serving as a con liaison and miscellaneous convention attendee.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Shows off Rehearsals With Miniatures, Stunts

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The "white model" phase of this elaborate stage show features a miniature version of the set, vehicles and characters from the production, basically letting the creative team play with toys until they decide on the scenario that will entertain us as much as them. Plus they've come up with a way to create some new watch-like souvenir that interacts with the show somehow in order to make every kid in attendance have to have one.

Nice to see also - per the stunt team in action - that Roman Reigns' "Superman Punch" maneuver is indeed comic accurate, though perhaps to the wrong character set.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: WonderCon!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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I'm there. Right now. Maybe you've even said hello to me already today.

I'll have some WonderCon stuff to share come Monday, and will be Tweeting from the show all weekend - follow @Toplessrobot to see some of what I and other team TR pals see. If major news breaks that I'm aware of, I will post it, but otherwise, here is your thread to command, and share the stories I may have missed. Also remember that Monday is cheap candy day.

Disturbing Additions to Innocent Coloring Books

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!

(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)

Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.

As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.

h/t SlyDante777

18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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