Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How Realistic Is Battlefield Hardline?

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Happy Thursday all. Hope you have all had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend; I know I am. Last week I posted about the new nail polish I tried, and one comment was I should have done the Vulcan salute. So here it is. As you can see the polish did not last 2 weeks, as advertised - it was really great for about a week and then started to fall apart between last week and this week's rants. But it did last longer than any other polish that I have ever tried. So I would buy it again.

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Video From Furry Migration, This Past Weekend's Furry Con in Minneapolis

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Todd Wardrope/City Pages

One of the reasons Topless Robot exists is because it fills a niche not always covered by our various sister publications in the Voice Media chain. But sometimes, just sometimes, we like to think we've inspired them.

Not necessarily to be better people, mind you. Just inspired. And we couldn't be prouder of Tatiana Craine and Todd Wardrope over at our Minneapolis sibling-site City Pages - they covered the Furry Migration convention like champs. I never before realized that there were "spiritual aspects" to Furries.

Take a look...if you dare...

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Weekend Hangover: From Sharknado 3 to Running Jetpacks, 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am


Yes, Yondu is now in Disney Infinity, and even though they've stylized the design and probably don't have to pay for Michael Rooker's likeness, it's clearly the MIchael Rooker version. Which means that Henry Lee Lucas can run wild in your personal Disney World.

Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are 16 more reader-submitted items from over the weekend that you may have missed. Tipsters include skrag2112, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, Rx79immigrant84, NOT.DrAbraxas, Anyone00

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"Fall of Grayskull": Teaser for Masters of the Universe Fan Film Has the Power

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm


This is one of the better looking fan film teasers I've ever seen, and it ought to be - filmmaker Daniel Benedict is a renowned He-Man superfan, having designed Castle Grayskullman and thereby won Mattel's Create-a-Character contest in the Classics toy line.

His movie, funded on Kickstarter, takes most of its stylistic cues from the 2002 cartoon and action figures, though the blonde bikini version of Teela comes from the original minicomics and the modern Classics toys, and Skeletor's voice is closer to Frank Langella's than the nasally whine common to both animated versions. With Mattel dragging their feet on ever approving anything for the proposed live-action movie, this is the next best thing we have...and fortunately, it would appear at this early stage to be pretty decent.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: When and Why to Throw a Ham at Someone

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Happy Thursday. I bet you are wondering why there is a picture of fingernails today.

Well, I have finally found a nail polish (guys, get coffee now), that stays on my fingers for more than a couple of hours. For years I have tried various brands of polish; at best it looks good for a couple hours and then starts to chip. I finally gave up except for special times when I know I would have to do nothing with my hands. Well, I have been seeing the ads for Sally Hanson Miracle Gel. It is supposed to last 2 weeks. Yeah, really; I know my hands and what my nails go thru in a day. ButI am happy to report this photo was taken after 7 days!!!!!. Not a chip. I have been typing, digging in the dirt, appraising, swimming etc. I would have been happy if it had made a day or two - but 7 so far - Yippee. It was pricey for the polish and gel pac at $15.00 , but there was a $2.00 off coupon on the next purchase. At the price it is a heck of a lot cheaper then going to get a manicure.

Okay, the guys are probably back from the coffee break...

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Top-Down Smackdown: That Time I Got to Pitch a Storyline to WWE

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm


It was around 2006 - I think - that I was flown out to Titan Tower to interview for a job as a WWE writer; ECW was still a third brand and had just hired Monty Brown, while DX versus the Spirit Squad was the headlining feud that had just ended. I had passed the first round of cuts that involved submitting a storyline, and now it was time to meet the staff who would decide my fate. I had been given a lot of advice along the way, most of it involving erring on the side of caution. Don't act like a fan, look super-professional, don't express strong opinions on the current product because you don't know who you might be meeting that could have written it, and so on.

In retrospect, I was far too cautious. But that said, I'm also happy I don't currently live in Stamford, CT. The storyline I DID pitch was a combination of two factors - the then-hot rise of the mentally challenged Eugene as a fan favorite, and the current headlines about terrorist sleeper cells. My storyline involved DX looking for a third member, settling on Eugene, and having him turn on them to reveal he was actually a super-intelligent sleeper agent for Uncle Eric Bischoff all along...and there were more we didn't know about.

It wasn't bad for what it was - I may be imagining things, but I think they ended up using some of the peripheral stuff I had in there, or something like it. But it wasn't the thing I really wanted to pitch.

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Weekend Odds & Ends & Open Thread - The Phanfic Menace, Spider-Dog & More

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm


-Here's a Kickstarter for an Episode I fanfic novel supposedly based on George Lucas' original drafts.

-Kimota! New Miracleman stories are coming, including one whose mere proposed existence pissed off Alan Moore back in the day.

-The finalists for the next fan-submitted Lego ideas include massive builds of Ghostbusters HQ, General Grievous' flagship and Wayne you know they'll end up picking the Hubble Telescope.

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James and Sean Gunn "Get Grooted" by Mass of Marvel Cosplayers

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm


So it seems "Grooting" is a thing now - you dance like a baby Groot behind someone's back, and stay perfectly still when they turn to look around.

I'm pretty sure the brothers Gunn are in on the joke, but it's still pretty cool.

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Happy Labor Day! Here Are Two Furries Cage-Fighting.

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm


Tomorrow is the first Tuesday of the month, which means an all-new, jam-packed Robotic Gaming Monthly feature will be coming your way, and among the topics covered will be PAX Prime 2014, which has been going on all weekend.

But neither Kyle nor I could resist giving you this early taste of Ubisoft's major contribution; the Far Cry 4 arena, in which volunteers can enter the cage as as an elephant, a snow leopard, a bear, or a honey badger, and get fast and furry-ous with the fisticuffs.

Hey, you worked hard this year. You EARNED this video of people dressed as stuffed toys trying to hurt each other.

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Literally the Best Funny Video You'll See Today...Maybe

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am


Words mean things. As editors we know this - reading a free newspaper yesterday I was actually annoyed by a restaurant review which stated that when Dorothy said, "There's no place like home," they were SURE she meant a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley named "Home." Really? You're sure of that? Not a moment of doubt that Judy Garland had that specific motivation when she uttered the line on camera?

But sometimes we lose. "Literally" doesn't entirely mean what it used to...and CollegeHumor is very angry about that, it seems. Behold "The Boy Who Cried 'Literally.'"

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