Afternoon Open Thread - Comic-Con Day 1

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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In all of San Diego, finding a spot where I can upload video or audio appears to be impossible. So for now, talk amongst yourselves. I'll be back in the wee hours with some good stuff.

(And will pray that this actually posts. It already failed twice.)

30 Great Star Wars Impressions, From Lobot to Probot

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Sure, we've all probably done Yoda, or Jar Jar, or even Harrison Ford. But to nail all those AND perfectly get Hayden Christensen's weird, disinterested Brooklyn-meets-Canada twang? Or perfectly land Ewan McGregor's imperfect Alec Guinness? Vocally mimic the Probe Droid's audio code? And then, as a bonus, embody Matthew McConaughey rambling on about the new sequels?

These guys are impressive. And the way the Jar Jar bit ends should please everyone.

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Comic-Con's New Wristband Policy for Hall H Isn't Helping

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Way back when I was in college, we didn't buy concert tickets online, because there was barely any "online" to speak of. This is going to sound insane to kids today, and it seems so in retrospect, but we literally had to go to a record store containing a Ticketmaster outlet, wait there before it opened, and hope that as soon as the doors were unlocked, our transaction would be handled before the show sold out. Like, you'd have to take a bus across town to do this. You could try the phone, but nobody you knew had ever managed to get through the busy signal before all tickets were gone.

In order to prevent die-hard fans from camping out in front of the store all night, Ticketmaster had a system: an hour before opening time, everyone in line would get handed wristbands with random numbers. The line would then be re-sorted in numerical order, meaning that if you were first in line the odds were that you wouldn't be after the resort. The idea here being that there was no advantage to arriving any earlier than an hour in advance. When I heard the news today that Comic-Con were introducing wristbands for the Hall H line, I remembered the Ticketmaster policy and thought to myself that it sounded like a step in the right direction. And then I read the details...

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Weekend Hangover: From Doctor Who to Fart Odors, 18 Stories You Might Have Missed

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Whatup, Holmes?

Ian McKellen as a 93 year-old Sherlock Holmes may see long life as a benidiction, but we have to wonder if he still wants to cum a batch. This was but one of the weekend thread stories you might have missed, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair, and now it's time for the rest. Tipsters this week include skrag2112, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus King, CobraCommander, NOT.DrAbraxas, brownkidd, Anyone00, scockery, DrAbraxas, SlyDante777, fury_cartoon, donnaryoko,andre_morelo

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WWE Photoshops Cat Heads Onto Wrestler Bodies Because Internetz, Amirite?

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm


There's something both disconcerting and funny about the way the company has arbitrarily turned its talent roster into cat people. "Have we lost our minds? Maybe." begins the gallery description.

And then they Photoshop a cat head onto Rey Mysterio, and Photoshop a cat-appropriate lucha mask on top of THAT...

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Weekend Open Thread - Always Enjoy Mood Whiplash!

Friday, July 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm


They finally kinda, sorta, but not really made a toy of the Mountain Dew vending robot from the first Transformers movie. I think "Mood Whiplash" needs to be a real product now.

Amuse yourselves and me below. Once again there'll be no Hangover thread Monday, this time due to Anime Expo coverage - but show me some fireworks anyway.

Tentacle Sex Toys, for the Cthulhu Lover Deep, DEEP Inside You

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Soooo...Yeah. These.

Pick a color. Pick the amount of "firmness" you'd like. Stare in horror (or joy) at the way the company chooses to promote it with a fan-fictiony (and very NSFW) image of a foxlike furry with a boner getting his octopus on. As we celebrate freedom this weekend, glob bless the fact that we live in a country where even this is allowed...I guess.

Programming note: minimal posting tomorrow, but the Weekend Open Thread will go up earlier than usual.

Story h/t to The Mary Sue

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hot for the Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:00 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.

I'M all can't get rid of me that easily. LOL. I didn't know what to do with myself last week with no questions to answer. So glad to have LYT back in the country. Well, it is going to be 109 and humid out here in the desert today thru the 4th holiday - lovely. At least the pool is ready to roll. Planning on going out this afternoon and submerging like a hippo to cool off. For now, let's get to work on the questions.

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Han Solo's Got Bigger Problems Than a Broken Leg

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

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While Harrison Ford has been seen walking around in London with a suitably Star Wars-looking leg brace, a real-life Han Solo is having some difficulties of his own. British Star Warrior Dominic Kimberley is so enamored with George Lucas' space saga that he recently had his name legally changed to that of Harrison Ford's beloved (and, apparently, limping) smuggler. But the erstwhile Kimberley soon discovered that this move had some unexpected consequences.

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Pac-Man's Got Bette Davis Eyes

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

As a child of the 1980s, I absolutely devoured all things Pac-Man related. Odd then that I have absolutely no memory of the above 7-UP ad from 1982 that features everyone's favorite metaphor for the futility of existence joylessly moving around a game board entirely on instinct as if he is a character in Vonnegut's Timequake while a lethargic soda-based reinvention of Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" slogs away on the soundtrack. It is at once as beautiful as a blind man seeing his wife for the first time and as tragic as catching up with an old friend after twenty years to see how time has ravaged their body and decimated their soul. It is the advertising equivalent of the sweetness and shit that makes up this beautifully damaged world we all live in. Whether you consider yourself a Pac-Man or one of his ghostly enemies we are all in this together, so be kind whenever possible before the power pellets run out, okay?

Wait, Pac-Man couldn't get a Coke endorsement? Dude needs a better agent. See you all tomorrow!