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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mystery Team

Watched this movie thanks to Netflix Streaming's suggestions.

Painful, but in a fun way. Three guys who started a detective agency when they were 7 are now about to graduate high school, but are still in Encyclopedia Brown mode. Faced with either grasping reality or trying to become grownup detectives, they decide to take little Brittany's case and try to find who murdered both of her parents. Her older sister Kelly inspires both lead detective Jason's fire for justice and fire in his loins, and the three man-children are off using their powers of Boy Geniushood, Mastery of Disguise (dear god ow), and being the Strongest Boy on the Block.

It is very strong in the 'oh no, they are about to face an adult situation they are ill prepared for!', but still manages to be funny. Predictable, but a fun predictable, and the characters are amusing. Not high comedy, nor is it anything I'd have paid to see in the theater, but a good weekday-evening, vegging after dinner flick.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

From Scratch - Judith G. Klausner

Today, we hosted a bbq for the family. Rob got up at ass early to smoke a pork butt and some ribs, I made some sides, and we feasted mightily in the warm and the sun. So, I didn't spend much time on the net.

I did find this, though, on Regretsy.

From Scratch - Judith G. Klausner

Cameos made from Oreos. Embroidery on food. Sculptures made with insect wings and human teeth. It's fanciful, fascinating, and freakin' awesome.

From Scratch - Judith G. Klausner

Today, we hosted a bbq for the family. Rob got up at ass early to smoke a pork butt and some ribs, I made some sides, and we feasted mightily in the warm and the sun. So, I didn't spend much time on the net.

I did find this, though, on Regretsy.

From Scratch - Judith G. Klausner

Cameos made from Oreos. Embroidery on food. Sculptures made with insect wings and human teeth. It's fanciful, fascinating, and freakin' awesome.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fuck the What? Moment: My Little Obsession

I am a child of the 80's. More specifically, I was a little girl in the 80's. While, for me, that means I stole my brother's G.I. Joes and Voltron lions, I also collected and played with My Little Ponies. Cotton Candy, Firefly, Moondancer, Meghan the human minion, the damned castle...between my sister and I, we had quite the stable of plastic pony goodness. (Related to my brother's G.I. Joes, we also wound up with the G.I. Joe Mounted Division going up against the Attack of the 50 Foot Barbies, but that was a whole other bit of crazy.)

I watched the cartoons. They were pretty standard 80's cartoon fare. Animation was bland, music was tranquil, morals were heavy, plots were... surprisingly dark at times, but basically good vs evil. See also Care Bears, Rainbow Bright, any of the other girly-targeted 80's marketing cartoons. I ate them up as a kid, but going back and looking at them in hindsight, they were kinda crap.

Fast forward to now.

I'd read about the Bronies and cocked a brow. Bronies, for the uninitiated, are male fans of My Little Pony, between the ages of late teen-mid thirties. Yes. Dudes who not only watch a cartoon made for little girls, but obsess over it. They write blogs, they collect the toys, they make fan videos.

Take a look-see:

Brave high school lad confesses Bronyism, concocts a physics presentation based on the toon.

YouTuber BronyVids has a fantastic collection of Pony film trailer parodies. (Sidenote: OH MY FUCK HE DID SERENITY!!! GLEEEEE!!!)

Err, as I was saying...

Equestria Daily: A blog about All Things Pony

So, yeah. I read about this subculture phenomenon. And, of course, I wondered. I am a curious person by nature. I just am. And this was Relevant To My Interests, as a former Pony aficionado.

When I got back from my vacation last week, I needed a day to defrag my brain. Sooo... I remembered my curiosity, and I found the pilot episode. Figured, "Let's see this firsthand. This is research, dammit!"

Seven episodes later... as my finger hovered over the play button for Episode 8... I understood. And I realized.

Fuck, I'm a Brony. Or whatever the mid-thirties female equivalent would be. Shrony? Cougarony? Kinda-young-for-a-midlife-crisisy?

Seriously, this show is actually pretty cool. It reminds me a lot of Powerpuff Girls, actually. Hip, fast-paced, witty, funny, personality driven, clever, and all-around fun. Maybe it was Twilight Sparkle mentioning "Ponyville Urgent Care." Maybe it was the line "What is it with you and falling off cliffs today?" Maybe it was empathy with Fluttershy, as a mousy squeaker in my youth (and occasionally still.) Maybe it's just a hell of a lot of fun.

Yeah, there are still morals, but they're a bit less heavy-handed and framed with a lot more style. In an episode focused on one pony's refusal to accept her friends' help, preferring to overwork herself into heavy sleep-deprivation, they had fun with it. Applejack goes from groggy, to punchy, to klutzy, to trippy auditory hallucinations. After she's committed a mass poisoning and traumatized the blazes out of some baby bunnies, she finally allows her friends to help her out. (I'd give a spoiler alert, but jesus, if you're over the age of 10, you probably can figure out where the episode is going shortly after she makes her declaration of intent in Minute 2, after headbutting her injured brother in his broken ribs.)

Whatever the reason, I can't wait to sit down and watch the other 19 episodes. Fuck it, it's awesome and I don't care.

Fucking Metal!

This baby is too much metal for one diaper.

Thanks to my friend Doris Day of the Dead for this one.

Jonah loves Pantera, apparently. He will rule the mosh pit one day. Right now, he just rules.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mama! Oooo-oooo-ooh!

Dood. Just...Dood.

From my friend Bob, "The only things I need to say her, for the nerds in the audience, are: 'DECTalk' 'Bohemian Rhapsody'"

It is geeky and brilliant and geeky. I'm impressed.

Ponies in the hizzouse

Ok, so a little lead-in.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a current revival of My Little Pony, one of my favorite toys and cartoons of my childhood. The current rendition, though, is vastly superior to the one I remember. Yeah, I said it. The remake is better than the original, by a lot.

Now, I'm a grown-ass woman with no kids, so my excuses for sitting down and watching seven episodes of this cartoon in one sitting can only be chalked up to 'internet research of a fascinating phenomenon.' Also, it's funny as hell and genuinely enjoyable.

I'll likely be doing a full Fuck the What Moment on the show, the many fascinating online vids that have resulted from the show, and the whole Brony subculture. But today, I am posting this because of this video:

CAUTION: NSFW Language. Like, all of it. Very few words are safe.

This has been my Deeply Immature but Funny As Hell Moment of the Day (as spotted on Topless Robot)

Game developer makes a $25 PC from a USB stick and a dream

David Braben, a UK game developer (Kinectimals, Rollercoaster Tycoon series), is upset that schools have moved away from teaching how computers work and how to program in favor of basic computer use (typing, making presentations, using the internet.) So, he came up with a computer that can be made for $25, to give to kids who can't afford a big computer, that is powerful enough to run a free operating system and do basic computer stuff, including programming.

Pretty badass, huh? This thing is, I believe, more powerful than my first PC, and it's built on a USB stick. Plug in HDMI on one end and a USB keyboard on the other and bam, a PC that is smaller than my iPhone. Amazing times.

Here's the interview with Braben.

And a link to a full article on

Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25 – Video Games Reviews, Cheats |

(Spotted on Topless Robot)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Love Craft

Also on Topless Robot, I got directed to this bit of brilliance.

A half-hour long animated rendition of HP Lovecraft's "In the Mountains of Madness," by an Italian group calling themselves Cthulhu Films. You'll need to turn on subtitles, but it is so worth it.

It's a heady blend of 2- and 3-d animation, beautifully atmospheric, with some seriously cool rendered scenery. The 2d stuff is a bit primitive, but effective. I really enjoyed it.

One Billion Internets!!!

So, I was perusing Topless Robot, like I tend to do, and they'd posted this brilliant video.

Neil Gaiman. Calling out Adam Savage. For a performance of "I Will Survive." In the key of Gollum.

I'll let you absorb that a bit.

Also, apparently, the original performance that Gaiman is referring to involved some blood loss on Savage's part. This may explain a few things. Or, it could just be Adam Savage being Adam Savage. Anything's possible.

These are the things that keep me on the internet for far too long every day. Awesome people doing bizarre things.

I've missed blogging

Hey there!

I realized over the weekend that I have stopped blogging, thanks to the creativity slayer that is Facebook. This means that I have, by and large, stopped writing. Not cool.

So, I figured I'd try something new. See if maybe I can stick with it.

So, here it is: The Fuck Yeah Moment. Yes, I said a naughty word. It is not going to be the last one on this blog by a long shot. If that bothers you, bail now.

What is a Fuck Yeah Moment? They're what I call the little random weirdnesses, awesome videos, or general inducers of merriment that I find on the internet. I like to share them via Facebook, but I don't usually comment on them much beyond a line or two. So, this is where I will post a little more when the moment merits it.

It's also going to be home to the 'Fuck the What?' Moment. I want to do an at-least-weekly assessment of whatever random bit of internet weirdness has caught my eye and my productivity. This will include memes, trends, internet celebrities, internet shows, and other bits and bobs. Some may have been around for an age and I'm just getting around to them, some may be brand new, some may be a flash in the pan. I may wind up doing a bunch right off the bat, as there are a bunch that I am currently doofing around with.

So, here it is. Provided I don't flake, maybe this'll become something cool. We can hope.

Internet love,