18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Copping a Feel for Video Games, Raccoons, Immortality

Thursday, April 17, 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. It is Thursday again. This is Easter week. The weather is warm and sunny here in the desert. I have been out doing yard work; I have a secret project going that Mrs. LYT will see this weekend when she visits (LYT has to stay in LA to cover WonderCon). Yes, that is one of my outside cats in the back ground. This is the second week of Coachella Music Festival and shortly we will be having the Joshua Tree Music Festival. The Easter Bunny will be stopping buy in a few days. I think we are coloring eggs on Saturday. Would you believe that the first Easter Egg Hunt that LYT did was here at my house a few years ago? [Not exactly; just first one as an adult - LYT] We have to do this early in the day so the chocolate does not melt in the heat. This is also Earth Day weekend here in the Desert, so there are big Earth Day doings in Yucca Valley at the community center. We also just had a casino open in 29 Palms - I have not been yet, but Mrs. LYT went on opening day and won a few dollars. This week I also got the pool open for the summer: water is not quite warm enough to swim yet, but it is clean and the water looks nice.


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That Harsh Reminder That Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Are Not Really a Perfect Cute Couple

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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The fact that they do absolutely terribly in this faux Newlywed Game hosted by Buzzfeed is proof positive that they're not secretly married, and in fact are just like your straight guy friends whose favorite things you can't be bothered to remember.

This despite the fact that Patrick says "I saw his Widow Twankey!"

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The 7 Coolest Things About Ayumi Seto's J-POP Appearance at San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Street fair season in San Francisco kicked off this this past weekend with the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It tends to focus more on traditional Japanese culture - I arrived just as a Taiko drumming performance was ending - but it's also a precursor to one of my most favorite festivals, also happening in Japantown, later this summer: the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. As the name implies, J-POP is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture - as they put it, "the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, games, anime, food, as well as" (my personal favorite) "niche subcultures" -- and we got a preview in the form of an autograph and photo session with Ayumi Seto. She's a Harajuku Kawaii model turned Aomoji-kei fashion designer, and I spoke with her about just what Aomoji-kei fashion is, as well as about the nerdy influences in her new clothing line, "Aymmy in the batty girls," which takes most of its inspiration from American pop culture. (There are aliens and zombies involved.)

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Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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Did Atari Really Bury Cartridges of Their E.T. Game? Excavation Will Find out!

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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The child-of-the-'80s nerd version of Geraldo in Al Capone's vault is going down in just over two weeks, folks. Xbox Entertainment Studios and director Zak Penn (screenwriter of such Marvel movies as X-Men 2 and Avengers) will shoot a documentary as they open the landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in which Atari supposedly buried mass copies of what has infamously become known as the worst movie-based video game ever.

Rumors that the pile of games is actually a Horcrux hidden by Rob Bricken are most assuredly unfounded.

If you're in the area, you can stop by and watch:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Alamogordo Landfill
4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310


Dammit, David Hasselhoff Changed his Mind About Selling Scary, 13-Foot Replica of Himself

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Curses! My plans to own the beauty above have been foiled again!

Following a ton of free publicity that anybody auctioning off a giant screaming self-replica would get, the Hoff has withdrawn the item above from auction.

Whether this was out of shame, jealousy, desire to jack the price even higher or fear of what a voodoo doctor or Abraxas might do to his effigy...we'll never know.

All I know is I'm gonna have to build my own instead.

10 Dungeons & Dragons Tips From Dan Harmon and His Dungeon Master

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Dan Harmon on the road in Harmontown
If you're a Community fan, you've already enjoyed two episodes featuring the gang playing Dungeons & Dragons. But if you don't listen to Community creator Dan Harmon's podcast, Harmontown, you don't know that you're missing weekly D&D sessions. Spencer Crittenden, who guested on the VCR game episode of Community, is Harmon's Dungeon Master. Yes, when you're as famous as Dan Harmon, you get your own personal Dungeon Master. Every podcast ends with Harmon, his cohosts and celebrity guests sitting down with Crittenden for a short campaign.

So you know he knows what he's talking about when he lays it down...

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NASA Photo Depicts Apparent Artificial Light on Mars

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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NASA

Either that or Martians just look like large mint Tic-Tacs.

Some are jumping to conclusions. We naturally assume it's...Gnomes.

Footage of Jean-Claude Van Damme as the Original Predator

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Seen here in the red suit used to create the cloaking effect, a young JCVD dressed as a giant bug looks more like a refugee from some aborted live-action version of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards than the iconic dreadlocked spacehunter who would go on to face Arnold.

A newly released video from creature FX supervisor Steve Johnson and Stan Winston's son Matt shows the costume in action, and reveals the bullet we dodged (can you imagine NECA making 50+ variants of that as toys?). Van Damme, of course, went on to never wear masks again, focusing instead on making his actual face look like one.

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