Archive for August, 2013

Mark Hamill on being the definitive Joker

Friday, August 30th, 2013

I am very pleased to have my theory affirmed that Batman: The Animated Series was modeled after the original Max Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Mark Hamill delivers a monologue as the Joker onstage at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL on August 24, 2012. (expand for links to full talk)

Links to the full transcript of his talk to be found at
First half:
Second half:

I know I have a deficit of readers

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I know this because if there were people here on a regular basis reading stuff then they would be complaining about the sheer number of embedded videos that I post here.

They would be correct.  If they existed.  The readers I mean.

Now the Trek videos definitely should be posted.  YouTube hosts a lot of interview content and they are pretty poor at saying what that content is or ordering it in any way, let alone sourcing it, granting a context.  It’s arranged like a social networking site.  There is an element of organizing where it tells you what you watched but it recommends other videos to watch based on algorithms and when you search for a particular set of words there are no promises that you will find something relevant.  If I search for Brent Spiner or Patrick Stewart I have no promises.  Therefore I’m indexing and sorting through the nonfiction Star Trek related YouTube videos.  I’m doing it mostly for me.  It would be neat to easily find a given interview with Michael Dorn or Avery Brooks and have the wheat already separate from the the chaff.

The other problem is that assuming I start writing my original content yet again, why should people read it?  Because it is awesome.  That works for me.

The template feels claustrophobic.   And I need to remember what I can do to promote this beast.  Hm.

Jack Kirby interview from 1982

Monday, August 26th, 2013

This interview aired on Entertainment Tonight on October 28, 1982.

From my perspective the words are amazing, as are the pictures, but his Brooklyn accent, like all Brooklyn accents, sounds like a speech impediment. It is fantastic.

To be fair I have never heard Jack Kirby speak. I like the cut of his jib.

what I hate about super speedster fights

Monday, August 26th, 2013

They seem awfully arbitrary.

Would a fight between two super-speedsters be like two normal guys fighting? After all, to each other they’re not moving at super speed at all, but normal speed relative to one another. Should a punch for one have relativistic effects?

So if one is in the air and is no longer moving at super speed and can not affect his position the other is attacking at high speed, right? Can one attack the other with super speed when the other is stationary and still have it be super speed or is it still just normal speed?

Why do they run? When/if I fight another normal person I don’t run around while punching him in the face. I just punch a guy. How does running grant the Flash an advantage over Reverse Flash if they’re really just running at a slow speed relative to one another. Olympic athletes wouldn’t have a fist fight like this.

And that is just what makes no damn sense in a fight BETWEEN super speedsters. What about a fight between a super speedster and a guy without super powers?

DS9 Season 7 Extras – Nog

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

DS9 Season 7 extras – Vic Fontane

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

DS9 Season 7 Extras – Benjamin Sisko

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


Interviews with Avery Brooks, Ira Behr, Penny Johnson

Rifftrax Live – Starship Troopers

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Melinda and I attended “Rifftrax Live – Starship Troopers” on Thursday.  This is the first RiffTrax Live I’ve managed to attend, and it was a hoot and a half.

Through a kickstarter fundraiser, Rifftrax finally managed to secure the rights to a relatively recent blockbuster, and the results were worth the effort.  Instead of making fun of a movie that excruciating to watch unriffed or is ineptly done (such as Plan 9 from Outer Space or Manos: The Hands of Fate), they tackled a movie that is bad on a completely different level.

Starship Troopers was an excellent choice.  We’re talking a film that has some poor casting choices (“Denise Richards as a starship pilot” being the big one, though you could probably add “the entire cast as people from South America”), improbable enemies that overcome futuristic weaponry using Flintstone technology, strategies that only work because the humans make poor decisions, such as flying their immense craft within an elbow’s reach of the next ship even though they have the entire stratosphere to spread out in…and ham-handed Nazi propaganda analogies that are about as subtle as a Lady Gaga dress.

Favorite riffs from the evening:

“I can fit an entire can of tuna in my mouth” – Spoken as Denise appears and won’t stop smiling.

As Jake Busey’s hand gets stabbed onscreen: “Ow!  That’s the hand I use to hold my giant toothbrush!”

“It’s Captain Sue Ellen Mischke!”  – Indeed it is.

“That breaks my bad!” – The military commanding officer is the DEA guy from Breaking Bad, who apparently hasn’t aged a day.

“Yeuchhhhh.” – Not really a joke, just an exasperated groan at the sight of yet another shot of Jake Busey’s mugging, horse-teethed face.  Probably got more laughs than anything.

The next Rifftrax Live is in October, when they’ll do “Night of the Living Dead”.  My understanding is that they would like to someday riff on “Twilight”, but we’d be talking serious dough to do it.  (Imagine all the young girls itching to see it on the big screen again, only to have three middle-aged guys making snide remarks throughout it.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?)

Maps are awesome

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Here are forty maps. Very educational.

Brent Spiner questions Patrick Stewart

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

from Wizard World Philly 2010, June 2010

Uploaded on Jun 14, 2010

some bits of Wolverine and how he came to be

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Wolverine's adamantium skeleton, presumably from the first live action movie. Taken from The Infinite Revolution

Today I went searching for the very first mention of Wolverine having an Adamantium skeleton, and not simply bionic claws, and it was a waste of time for a number of reasons, most notably that I could not find it.

I found the page from an archive of John Byrne’s Byrne Robotics Forum where the topic was literally “Wolverine’s Adamantium Skeleton & Claws” and that by itself is extremely fascinating as John Byrne talks about elements and aspects to the character that were his and the art and method of collaboration with Chris Claremont and the sheer amount of respect between the two regarding how their differences would work.  There is a good deal of summary and recollection from fans, including the stuff that is definitively marked as “retroactive continuity”, artistic differences.  I also enjoyed how one of the fans described how different artists and then media depicted how Wolverine’s claws were arranged and portrayed on his hands.

What I love is that everything I thought about Wolverine literally as a kid, every problem I had regarding the character in the nineties, was something that John Byrne agreed with.  I thought bone claws were stupid because there was not only no reason for them, but no natural analogue.  Hey look!  A professional writer/artist agrees with a 14 year old kid!

Stuff after the jump. (more…)

Addiction Will Cost You

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Addiction can cost you everything.

Robin Lisa Kelly died recently at 43 years old.

Here is the late actress in 1992 on Married With Children, acting opposite Christina Applegate.  Make no mistake.  She was 21 years old on Fox’s flagship sitcom.  She had make-up and extreme youth on her side but it still is enough to make the point.

This is a promotional image for That 70s Show.  Who is going to deny the use of make-up, photoshop, airbrushing, whatever?  But it still requires some amount of material to work with.  I am unsure of the origin of the rest of the images.

Lisa Robin Kelly as her That 70s Show character Laurie Foreman, with the helpful assist of make-up, and photo touch-ups

Lisa Robin Kelly as her That 70s Show character Laurie Foreman, with the helpful assist of make-up, and photo touch-ups

Lisa Robin Kelly with youth and make-up

Lisa Robin Kelly with youth and make-up

Lisa Robin Kelly, in a bikini.  That sort of draws attention away from any question of "does she need make-up to be pretty"

Lisa Robin Kelly, in a bikini. That sort of draws attention away from any question of “does she need make-up to be pretty”

Now purportedly the reason Miss Kelly’s character was written off the show and why the actress left the series at all is because she was fired for her alcoholism.

Here is a mug shot from 2011.lisarobinkellyformerly70showpledguiltyb9rypjjcw39l


Purportedly the bail for this misadventure cost her $50,000, her savings up to that point.

Here is  2012 mug shot.Lisa Robin Kelly fala sobre sua prisão 2

Now she is dead.  She passed away August 14th.

no more Fresh Hell here

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I saw episode 4 and I just don’t feel like putting my name next to it.

Go watch it on youtube.

RandomGuy Teaching #1 – Ian McKellan

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Michael Agrusso, aka RandomGuy, begins his series teaching his viewers, us, how he performs various specific voices one by one, starting with Ian McKellan.

For those not in the know, ItsJustSomeRandomGuy is the one that creates all of those “I’m a Marvel and I’m a DC” vidoes on YouTube, parodying the “I’m a Mac” “I’m a PC” promotions from way back when. I still hate Justin Long.

It is always a little weird seeing his actual face with the different voices coming out.

Fresh Hell s01e03 “The Agent Showcase”

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Breaking Bad Star Trek animated thingima

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

All I have to say is that there were no replicators in the original Star Trek series. Also I have never seen Breaking Bad so if you want adequate context you are out of luck there.

Fresh Hell s01e02 “The Actress Next Door”

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Fresh Hell s01e01

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Graham Nolan reviews a beer

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Bad service and ok food at the Blue Monk tonight. However, I did have an excellent beer, the Ellicotville Hopicide Nitro! A tasty IPA that is not carbonated but rather nitrogen infused (like Guinness) so it had that creamy texture and still had the wonderful citrus aroma prevalent in an IPA.

— Graham Nolan, August 2, 2013

Warren Ellis on giving up

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Warren Ellis was asked

what do you do when (if) you ever feel like giving up?

His reply was

There is no such goddamn thing.  There is only getting up and doing it all over again, smarter and harder, until something ups and fucking kills you, because that’s the only thing big enough to stop you.

This is The Great Work, and all you have to do is choose it, not look back and never fucking stop until you’re in your box, under the dirt and flowers are growing between your teeth.

And that is why I’ll never be asked to do motivational speaking.  G’night.

So it is pretty obvious that this is no longer a family-friendly weblog and I’m okay with that.  On a far more serious note this is not the exact angle from which I would approach the question/problem but the core action is essentially true.  When things are at their worst is when you should fight the hardest.  There are people that quit when it is the most difficult and they do so in the most final way possible.  They quit when there is the most left to do.

Best to not quit until everything is done or the Spirit in the Sky tells you your time is done.