Archive for August, 2010

Play Champions Online for free!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

In honor of its 1st year anniversary, Cryptic studios, the makers of CO, are offering 1 week free subscription to the game. More info here.

I will be writing my final review of the game soon, but in the meantime, why not try it out!

The Doctor visits MIT

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Either that, or its an MIT hack just in time for freshman orientation

I would have made a Dalek…

Emil Hamilton is ruined, all right (Spoilers for old Superman book)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Spoilers, I guess, if anyone cares.

As I buy old trade paperbacks from Scott Beatty, it has allowed me to catch up on some comic books I wasn’t buying even when I bought comic books. (I haven’t been to a comic shop since Blackest Night ended.)

So, I read this TPB that was all about Ruin, a new villain who had lots of insight into Superman’s personal life. It is heavily implied (too much, really) that it is Pete Ross, but the ID was not revealed in that book. Ruin is at one point captured, but he kills all of the policemen in the paddywagon with him (gorily so; there’s blood everywhere) and escapes.

The story is, sorry to say, not all that good. I don’t want to buy another book just to see who it is, so I look up “Ruin” on Wikipedia.

It’s Professor Emil Hamilton. Now, this is a guy who held a handgun on a young “strumpet” in order to compel Superman to do his bidding in only his second appearance, but he was stressed from Lex Luthor stealing his work and I always had the impression he wouldn’t really commit murder. He did his time in prison and had been a friend and asset to Superman ever since.

Then he started believing that Superman was a drain on the sun and would bring about the death of humanity in only 4.5 billion years instead of 5 billion. That’s why he suddenly turned into a mass murderer.

If he’d turned against Superman because he thought it would reunite him with Ray Palmer, I’d have said he had a better motivation.

To go from kindly absent-minded scientist to a man willing to rip apart police officers with his bare hands just doesn’t seem that believable. And I think they only did that because he was a traitor in the Justice League animated series, where his actions made total sense.

THE AVENGERS trailer! 1950s style!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Avengers Assemble!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010


Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Here’s the first movie that should be in the next MST3K boxed set.

My votes for the other three:

And for the box set after that one:

Here’s one of my favorite moments:

Biggest educational time-waster ever

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

TV Tropes.  You get linked there to learn about a literary trope in television, movies, comic books, etc.  For instance, I’m writing about a female barbarian character, and in researching costuming I ended up reading about Chain Mail Bikinis.  This leads to what the Most Common Superpower is, and how this often involves a Victoria’s Secret Compartment hidden in a Cleavage Window, leading to Power Girl’s catchphrase, “My Eyes Are Up Here“.  And then you just start reading about super-heroines with Boobs of Steel.  And on every page, there are dozens of examples.  And… oh my gosh, it’s 4:00 AM and I haven’t written anything!

Apparently, I’m not the only person who finds TVTropes more addicting than… well, I guess “crack” but I wouldn’t be able to say from experience. I can say it’s AS addicting as Cracked.

P.S.  While composing this article, I ended up surfing the site for three hours before remembering to hit “Publish”.

Family Guy: Easily Summarized

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Family Guy: Then and Now.