Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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April Fool's Open Thread - Rounding up Today's Best B.S.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Today is a peculiar kind of hell for aggregator sites like this one, as almost no press release or announcement can be trusted, and it somehow doesn't feel entirely sporting to call out other site's jokes before people have had a chance to fall for them (I trust by now you've figured out ours from this morning).

So instead, let's make this participatory: what April fools did you see today? Which worked? Which didn't? Include links where possible. I'll be adding to them myself.

If you still wish to be pranked by other sites, you need not click comments to be spoiled, but if you're wondering what news is or isn't real, it could be a help.

Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - I Just Wanna McFly

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

One of many nerdy slot machines from last week's Vegas trip...

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Before I get to the last-minute desk-clearing items, a guideline: I have been fishing several weekend comments out of the spam filter, so here's a heads up. If you only post a link, or a YouTube, with no commentary, and you do this multiple times, there is a better than average chance Livefyre will read that as spam. I will rescue everything I see, but I'm not on 24/7. Now you know. Here are some links:

-I almost never post about basketball, but this full-court 3D image-mapping is too cool not to share.

-When your plastic bags are in shreds, you have Bane cat's permission to meow.

-A Blackout is coming to Agents of SHIELD. No, not that kind - the show remains on the air.

-Taco Bell Crunchwrap pajamas are fun, but if you want them, it's already too late.

-Every WrestleMania match ever, ranked in order from 1-287.

-A guy I never heard of before will play Miles Dyson's kid in the new Terminator trilogy.

-Hardee's X-Men commercial implies women have to dumb themselves into men before they'll eat huge slabs of unhealthy crap. (I think they mean it the other way, but whatever.)

-Carmageddon ruins a childhood favorite song, much to the delight of parents who are sick of it.

-The spirit of Wesley Willis lives, and loves Sonic the Hedgehog.

-Adding virtual arms to the Oculus Rift.

-Suspended animation isn't just a jokey term for cancelled Pixar movies any more.

h/t to Gallen_Dugall and SlyDante777 for some of the above.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Down Mexico Way, Plus Mysteries of LYT's Eyebrows

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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 all,

I was treated to a Mexico vacation last week. My mom, who is turning 89 in May, decided that we needed a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. This was to be my 58th birthday present - gifts should arrive for April and her May birthday. For 30 years, my mom has been a very independent widow. She has traveled all over the US and Europe. This year, however she started to use a cane and did not want to try the trip alone. She needed a suitcase helper and I was it. This lady still volunteers 2 times a week at her police department (yep, it runs in the family).

So here is my take on the good and bad of our week in Puerto Vallarta. P.S. There's not much on night life - we were watching CNN by 10-11 p.m. every night.

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The Weekend Hangover: Spider-Man Mail, Fake Penis Pants, Moisture Vaporators, More

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

My own weekend involved molluscs and crustaceans for breakfast, courtesy of an extraordinarily generous friend...

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Meanwhile, other nerdily newsworthy things were happening, and with the compilation help of Kyle LeClair, here are some highlights of what you may have missed in the weekend open thread. Tipsters this week include GreggoryBasore, SlyDante777, skrag2112, Anyone00, troi, rkwsuperstar, Citrus King, andre morello, Gallen_Dugall, franciebrady27, James.k.Polk

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Happy MupVergent Weekend

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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Which movie will you see this weekend? I'll be in Las Vegas, belatedly celebrating as we had planned to in December.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law - With Bonus Video This Time!

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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.

Hey de ho all!!!! It is another Thursday. Last week, as some of you know, I was visiting our fearless learder LYT and Mrs. LYT for the day. LYT planned a meet and greet - so when he suggested it, I said okay, I would venture out to civilization for a day. Joshua Tree is so different from LA. Anyway we had a pretty good turnout. LYT got some pics and he said he would post them for me. For those of you who were able to make it, nice to meet you. I am still waiting on my nickname suggestions, so keep them coming if you have an idea. Mom is always okay - but I know you are much more creative than that.

So let's get on down the road with your interesting - and sometimes disturbing -questions this week.

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Ashley Eckstein Announces Geek Fashion Show for Comic-Con; How You Can Participate

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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In association with Nerdist - presumably as a result of her use of Sith powers on Chris Hardwick (above) - Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein has announced a new line of "Geek Couture" fashions for women, inspired by nerdy properties, to debut at a fashion show July 24th at Comic-Con. Her Sith mind must have waned a bit from that whole "dealing in absolutes" thing, because thirty fans will have the opportunity to get their designs entered in the show as well, with two winners selected to co-design new clothing items for Her Universe with Ashley.

Keep reading to see our gallery of Ms. Eckstein's designs, and who knows - maybe you'll be inspired to enter. If anyone manages to successfully submit a Topless Robot themed design that gets chosen, I'll find a way to get you a special prize myself.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: Happy Steve Austin Weekend!

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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Monday may be St. Patrick's Day...but Sunday is 3-16.

Here's some stuff to get you started for the weekend:

-Highly optimistic rumor suggests Fantastic Four may get rebooted before the reboot even begins.

-Angry Birds, the turn-based RPG. That's how we're fuckin' doin' it, Clyde!

-Part Man. Part A Capella. All Robocop.

-KFC Canada rips off the Big Mac, adds fried chicken patties, makes me nuts I can't go to Canada now.

-Key & Peele, the animated series.

-A passable Amazing Spider-Man 2 clip featuring Electro.

finally, it was a little late going up, but don't miss the post below this, in which the Russo brothers discuss MAJOR Captain America 2 plot points.

Ewok Furry Sex Costumes Discovered in Abandoned House

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

This story may or may not be true...but I'd much rather believe these were found in abandoned house than the alternative - that the photographer somehow made them himself.

Yub-nub, fap-fap. Looks like somebody got all Wicket.

via Reddit

Tags: Ewoks, Furries