Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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-"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.

Poster of Dogs Playing D&D Raises Many Questions

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

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It's cute seeing pets do people things, though frankly I never imagined dogs had the attention span for tabletop RPGs. What I find fun, though, is imagining the different angles other sites might take with this image.

"Cute dog picture ruined by unnecessarily sexist background painting" - Jezebel.

"Mountain Dew and Cheetos? We need to talk about ethics in dog-painting" - 4chan.

"Damn, that unicorn painting's ass is irresistible" - Deviantart.

"Forcing your dogs to play Dungeons and Dragons, even fictionally, is torture, no different from waterboarding." - Peta.com

"When I was a boy, I used to imagine how cool it would be if dogs could play D&D, ya know?...[17 paragraphs later]...Here's a poster of dogs playing D&D!!!!!!!!" -Ain't It Cool News

"Something something something doggy style" -Topless Robot.

Naw, it's a cool print. You can buy it on various different objects at Redbubble.

via BoingBoing

These Doctor Who Retro-Style Movie Posters May Be the Best Thing About Season 8

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Remember that one season with Matt Smith where they made movie posters for each new episode? That was a good trend, and these are even better. Like, that "Kill the Moon " poster almost convinces me to watch the episode again, even though I don't want to.

These will be available separately and in a set from Big Chief Studios, though a release date is not yet set. Stay tuned.

7 Ways Blizzcon 2014 Rocked

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Blizzcon has been the (mostly) annual videogame convention for all things created by Blizzard Entertainment since 2005. (They skipped putting on a show in 2006 and 2012.) Fans of Warcraft, Diablo and more converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for two cosplay-dressed days. Like a younger, just-as-caffeinated kid brother to LA's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Blizzcon delivers more hang time with game developers, competitive gaming tournaments, and, obviously, more orcs. Here are the seven things that rocked along with a few that felt a bit out of tune...


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Geek Apparel of the Week: Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero Holiday Faux-Sweater

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Oh, the Kombat outside is Mortal,
And Babalities making us chortle,
But before all the lights get dim...
Finish Him! Finish Him! Finish Him!

It's gonna be a godforsaken 90 degrees this weekend in Los Angeles, in November. But if you happen to live somewhere colder, this garment offers the best of both worlds - it makes fun of Christmas sweaters without actually being all itchy like one (since it's just a cleverly disguised sweatshirt).

Stay toasty, my friends.


10 Reasons I'm Glad I Attended Comikaze

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Comikaze Expo is the "other" Southern California geek convention, coming in after Wondercon and San Diego Comic-con. Stan Lee's name is attached to it, though he's not exactly remiss about attaching his name to things, so I'm not sure how much the endorsement is worth. Basically, my feelings were a little mixed at the start. I wasn't sure if I would go or not, and annoyed all involved with indecision about whether or not I was willing to take the drive up to Los Angeles. The balance was tipped by hearing John Barrowman was going to be there. He's been great on Arrow, not to mention his more geek-famous role as the much-beloved Jack Harkness, so I decided to head over to the L.A. Convention Center. All in all, I had a good time and will be going back in a future year. Here are 10 reasons I'm glad I attended.

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Your Best GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Pitches and Costume Winner

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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It seems this was less easy than you might have thought. And now you know why it has taken so long to get the real version going. I asked you to pitch me a scene from Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters 3, and the estrogen element seems to have been confusing.

Two honorable mentions and one winner follow...

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Z-z-z-zombie! Chia Finally Comes up With Something Not Entirely Lame

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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...the Chia Zombie.

Officially the first thing I've seen advertised on TV at 3 a.m. that I'd actually consider owning (seriously, the hand is legitimately cool, probably by accident). I particularly like that they're being advertised as "Gift for the zombie in your life." Seems like from what we know of zombies, they wouldn't be that interested in vegetation.

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Bad Geek Apparel of the Week: That Goddamn Owl From Candy Crush on a Miniskirt

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I play Candy Crush, like, a LOT. When one's day job involves figuring out how to place words in front of one another to form some kind of coherent thought (results may vary), I appreciate a game that requires no thinking whatsoever, and can be played while intoxicated. For those of you who don't play, Odus the owl comes from a series of sub-levels called Dreamland, in which, every time you make a mistake, Odus falls off his moon-shaped perch and you lose.

I don't dislike this skirt because I'm holding a grudge against Odus. Rather, I am suggesting that a character whose defining feature is falling off of a moon might not be super-appropriate adorning one's rear end. As in, I can already practically hear some bozo yell "Hey baby, I'd like to see Odus fall down off your full moon, in my Dreamland!" [Yes, I'm aware his perch is a crescent moon, but anyone hypothetically dumb enough to pitch that pick-up line might forget] Or, perhaps worse, "I can keep Odus up all night, because I'm good at keeping things up that long."

But yeah, I also fucking dislike Odus. Little bastard has kept me stuck on the same level for months.

GIVEAWAY: Walking Dead Shirt/Toy/DVD Package From Flashy Geek

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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I think I speak for more than just myself when I say it's about time we gave away some Walking Dead stuff. In association with our friends at Flashy Geek, we're now going to do just that. Three comic-based shirts, two Funko toys (may or may not be the specific characters depicted) and a season 3 DVD.

And no, you don't have to make a meme or write a fictional season finale. You've just gotta give your info to the widget-thing after the jump below, and they'll take care of the rest, like your own personal Rick Grimes, minus the PTSD.

Entries close Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 11:59 p.m.

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