Topless Robot Live! From Drag Queens to Dianetics, Sex and Scientology

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:30 am


This is a fun one.

First, we catch up with TR correspondents Liz Ohanesian and Eric Diaz at RuPaul's DragCon, to get their take on the crossplay convention.

Next, we catch up with Tony Ortega, a veteran journalist and author of the new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, as he gives us a crash course in the history of L. Ron Hubbard's controversial sci-fi religion and its policies.

It's quite the wild ride, this podcast. Buckle up.

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Delta Airlines Populates New Safety Video With Stale Internet Memes

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 am


It's good to see Delta doing their part for charity by giving the unemployed a shot at a another paycheck.

I kid, of course. Nyan Cat quite obviously brainwashed everyone into doing its evil will for free.

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20 of the Most Bizarre RPG Character Creation Rules

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Not every RPG idea is a good one.

RPGs are marvelous things, with many strange twists and permutations, yet as different as they can be, nearly all of them have certain core concepts in common, and one of the most core concepts is character generation. Building a character is a rite of passage, and when done right it can be one of the best parts of playing a game. However, there's always some weird stuff that sneaks in on the periphery, and this list includes some of the strangest. It couldn't possibly be complete, so feel free to add your own favorite bits in the comments.

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Billy Zane and Steve-O Help Demonstrate How Back to the Future Part II Came True

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:00 am


What if our 2015 actually is the very same 2015 from Back to the Future Part II - but we just don't notice because we've gotten used to it? In at least one office, we see how a normal day at work plays out in a world where everything happened as it was supposed to.

And since they still apparently have Slice soda, I'll take it, even if the tradeoff is Billy Zane with no pants.

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10 Things Cosplayers Can Learn from RuPaul's Drag Race

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:00 am


No, this isn't about how to dance in ten-inch heels under boiling stage lights, or how to contour your face sharply enough to cut glass. Drag and cosplay can learn a lot from each other: both are bombastic, skill- and performance-based art forms, and involve twirling across a stage lip-synching to pop hits while trying to pretend you're comfortable in a metal corset that may or may not have just punctured a vital organ.

There's no bigger name in drag than Mother Ru herself, and by her grace, we were presented with a smash hit reality show chronicling the trials and tribulations of queens battling it out for America's crown. Just as she shares her wisdom with the show's superstar hopefuls, cosplayers can take a note or three from the show's example.

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That Guy Who Accidentally Boiled a My Little Pony Toy in Man-Juice Is Trying Again...

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:00 am


As editor of this site, Rob Bricken was often best-known for his discoveries of terrible, fetishistic fan fiction.

As his successor, I seem to find terrible, fetishistic fan FACT.

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Topless Robot Live! The Making of a Mandalorian

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00 am


Malice Skirata, a.k.a. Colin Logan, from the high-desert SoCal chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs, teaches us how to go about becoming a true Mandalorian, from costume to commitment. He also weighs in on the upcoming Boba Fett movie, and how Star Wars saved his life.

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The 19 Nerdiest Submarine Adventures

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 am


Among nerdy modes of transportation, submarines may be underrated. I suppose that the spaceship - or maybe the TARDIS - is the ultimate dream vehicle for nerds, but the submarine would still be high on the list, and it has, abetted by comic book advertising, a sense of plausible attainability the others do not.

So with Black Sea, Kevin Macdonald's heavy-handed but agreeably tense submarine thriller, out on Blu-ray this week, here are a few of the many submarine adventures with nerd appeal. I've focused only on vehicles, by the way, not undersea stations, even though it meant skipping such favorites as Destination Inner Space and DeepStar Six...

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27 Hours of Marvel: Surviving 11 Comic Book Films in One Sitting

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

[NOTE: This is NOT a spoiler thread for Age of Ultron. That will come later today.]


People are always trying to push the boundaries of nerddom. Whether you're going for a gaming marathon, binge watching Daredevil on Netflix, or trying to collect every single Pokemon, there's a group of fans can who, no matter what their love is, they want to be the very best. Hollywood certainly hasn't been opposed to relishing in the attention of nerds and geeks the world around. It's not unusual to see film screening turn extreme.

Other nerd culture websites have put on screenings a day in length, but as impressive as these butt-numbing events are, they still pale in comparison to the epic marathon that Disney, Marvel, AMC, and Regal cinemas have put forth for comic book fans, a marathon that I, as of this writing, am about to embark on. That's right true believers, I, Jason Helton, am attending the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon. The challenge: 11 films, 27 hours, one sitting. Every single film in the non-Sony Marvel universe, from Iron Man, all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Jeremy Renner Sings About Hawkeye's Lesser-Known Powers, and I'd Buy His Album

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:22 am


While I'm starting to become averse to Jimmy Fallon's desperate pleas for viral video attention via Stupid Celebrity Tricks, Jeremy Renner's actual singing voice makes this one worthwhile. Dude could have been a pop star if he weren't an action hero - and his straight-faced descriptions of his alter-ego's less-heralded abilities hit the spot (though once you see the new movie, you'll realize some are complete violations of canon).

Fight on, Barton.

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