Weekend Open Thread - Now With Comment of the Week!

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

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Since day one of my time here, reader Canadian.Scott has been asking for a "Comment of the Week" feature. I finally told him that if he wants to pick the contenders, I will showcase the winner on the open thread.

So this week's winner, responding to the Jem movie image, is...

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Congratulations! You have won a big, fat, invisible set of bragging rights for the next seven days!

Now talk about whatever you'd like, though I suggest that if you want to talk about Leonard Nimoy, it might be better placed in the Nimoy comment thread several posts below, where we've been collecting tributes in the comments.

PODCAST: The X-Files' Dean Haglund and Filmmaker Phil Leirness

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

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On this week's Topless Robot Live!, we get Lone Gunman Dean Haglund to read erotic fan fiction about himself aloud. We also discuss the Oscars, trigger warnings, how to deal with haters, Dean's contrarian take on Disneyland, Phil's definition of "fictional documentary" versus "Mock-Doc," what's next for The X-Files, Dan Aykroyd's delusions and more! Phil and Dean host the Chillpak Hollywood Hour every week, and have had me on as a guest many times - I'm delighted to return the favor.

The embeddable version is below. It is also currently available on iTunes, which is another great reason to subscribe - I don't always know when the podcast will go live (it's out of my hands at a certain point) and iTunes subscribers will get it first.

I don't know yet who the next guest will be - there are several possibilities - but if you have questions for me and Julia that you'd like answered on the next one, post them below. Also, if we need to adjust the sound mix, or you have any other feedback on how to make this better - we're listening. Let us know if Julia's still too loud in the mix.

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Japanese Ad for Learning English Puts a Bald Black Man Inside a Kid's Mouth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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That actually sounds pretty bad from a certain point of view, but it's more literal than you think. And according to RocketNews24, it's even freaking people out in Japan, which is no mean feat.

Just before the ad comes to a close, the kid, trying to snap his parent out of his stupor, asks, "Are you OK, dad?" It's quite telling that he doesn't make any attempt to say yes.

Neither did these online commenters in Japan.

"Too startling, too creepy."
"Crazy."
"The heck kind of commercial did they make?"
"Stop, please. You're making my kids cry."

That last one lacks context, however - it could be that the kids are just crying because they don't want to have to learn another language with a new alphabet. I cry sometimes when I just have to learn a new html tag.


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Here's a Short Film About a Girl With an Anus for a Mouth

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

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It's horrible. And yet I suspect that, just like me, you'll feel compelled to click on it anyway.

It's called "Eat My Shit," and here's what its director has to say:

Eat My Shit has become a viral success in Spain, France, the United Kingdom... The movie is going to do it. This makes me think that people understand a woman with an anus on her face more than I thought they would.

The video player takes a second or two to load, which gives you plenty of time to second-guess your choice to watch it.

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Good News, Wichita - That Organ-Playing Clown Robot You Lost Was Found in a Sex Offender's Home

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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It's always a win when sex offenders take out their urges on mechanical clowns instead of real people, and yet it's still messed up that folks like that walk the earth.

Louie the Clown's long nightmare has finally ended.

Nearly a decade after he went missing, the beloved mascot at Wichita's Joyland amusement park is free again and was to be re-introduced during a media briefing Thursday morning.

The thief, who is currently serving a life sentence is described as "former employee of the park who built and renovated organs." What kind of organs, I now wonder.
"It is a great feeling we finally have found it," said Margaret Nelson Spear. "And that it is where it is supposed to be at least in our hands and then we can do what we want. It is a big relief. We are pleased."
"In our hands and then we can do what we want?" Are you aware of how creepy that sounds, in context?
"Louie at the organ is what all children remember," Kite said.
In their nightmares, I'm sure. Check him out in motion...

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Weekend Open Thread: Happy Friday the 13th, Toy Fair's a Comin'!

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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Pay attention to our Twitter feed over there on the right ---->
or on Twitter. Jim Dandeneau is at Toy Fair and will be Tweeting pics throughout the weekend, with a big list Monday morning that covers the highlights. If anything hugely awesome is revealed over the weekend, it may get its own separate post, so keep eyes on the main page as well as the comments section here.

And the winner of the limerick contest is HappyManCreates. It was tough, even after rooting out all the entries that had the wrong number of syllables, but his made me laugh the most. My apologies to the site in question - we like y'all, truly, but this is funny.

This nerd site's news section's quite fine
But the talk backers' comments do whine
I swear they all read
Like a tween's Tumblr feed
Well no wonder - I'm at IO9!

Happy weekend, and HappyMan, email me your info.


Topless Robot LIVE Official Podcast #1 - On Anime, Ascension and Inclusive Casting

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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if you're wondering why this is "#1," the last one was technically #0. This is the first that will be on iTunes, maybe even by the time you read this. Our guests this week are Peter Paras and Greg Jones Jr., and we discuss Kingsman, Jupiter Ascending, whitewashing vs. color-blind casting, what properties we'd actually LIKE to see remade/rebooted, and as always, answer your questions and comments. If you'd like us to answer yours on the next episode (in two weeks) leave them below.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: The Lego Movie Oscar Snub Shirt

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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Okay, now I actually want to sand down the hand on an Emmet minifg to reproduce this.

But what happened to his legs?

h/t Jeff Sneider

Russian Stuntman Sets Self on Fire, Jumps off 30-Meter Building, Shoots POV Footage

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

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There could be context to this, but I really don't know what it is and I'm not sure that it matters.

Alexandr Chernikov has made his first-person footage un-embeddable for some reason, but it is viewable on YouTube; the eyewitness point of view, however, is below.

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Weekstarter: Oculus Rift Porn, Monstrous Births, Rhino vs. Buffalo and More

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Ancient sex trips for monsters, a temple to the "real" Thor, Oculus Rift porn and a few other stories you may have missed over the weekend are collected below for your enjoyment, compiled with an assist from Kyle LeClair.

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