Superman’s Top 11 Punches Video

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Superman’s 75th Anniversary video

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House of Cards is probably not getting canceled

 

The Huffington Post, the crapass internet rag that it is, pretended to be something of journalism and posted something that does not resemble actual journalism and was not true but pretended to be true.  This lazy notion was that the wonderful television show House of Cards was being cancelled after the second season based on speculation casually thrown about by some low-level writer.  In fact the plotlines for seasons three and four have been written for Mr Spacey and he has not announced a parting of the ways.

 

The show is not being cancelled.  May those that wrote and published that story as truth be ejected from their chosen profession and be forced to toil unhappily in order to make a decent living.

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The Batman got too much spite

Mark Pellegrini, the guy who runs the TMNT Entity blog, wrote a comparison between the Batman cartoon immediately after the Dini/Timm Batman/Justice League animated cycle and its predecessor, arguing that objective overall superiority of the DC Animated Universe stuff aside and the 1990s series especially, The Batman and its five seasons got short shrift.

now that both the DCAU and The Batman are but memories distanced by years and a multitude of newer cartoons and straight-to-video animated films clogging our DVRs, I think it’d be a good idea to discard the bitterness of the Bat-Embargo and judge The Batman against its holy brethren of the 1990s, Batman: The Animated Series, a bit more objectively.

Okay, so even objectively, Batman: The Animated Series wipes the floor with The Batman; like Hell I’m here to argue that. Instead, I think the safer activity to pursue is determining what aspects of the Caped Crusader’s mythos The Batman actually succeeded over Batman: The Animated Series in adapting and improving upon.

It is disturbing how correct he is. There is much to rip on in the first season of The Batman, including but not limited to how many of the characters’ first appearances involve less profitable crime and more the destruction of the city as facet or totality of the evil act.  There is also at least two episodes early on where Gotham City’s fate hinged on unlikely city planning.  In the episode where Killer Croc intends to flood the city that fate literally hinged on a switch that would “flood” or “not flood” the city.  The initial Mr Freeze episode was predicated on the entire metropolitan area having central heating and air systems.

There was also the far more naked use of concepts designed for toys, the Batwave coming to mind immediately.

The article does not mention any of that and it is absolutely correct to do so.  The article exists to extoll virtues of the program, not pound endlessly on what was wrong, which we in the internet and on our couches have certainly done already, far too much yet completely fairly.

So the article touches upon what The Batman did correctly, especially where The New Batman Adventures failed in a comparative place.

That said, I like these paragraphs:

On one hand, it wants to be a gritty and intelligent look at the psychological aspects of Batman’s adventures with daring plots and grim consequences, but then it also wants to be a fun and lighter take on the character where he eats enchiladas, pilots a giant robot and has kung-fu battles with the Penguin. The Batman wanted to be both kinds of shows and while it did strike that necessary balance from time to time, mostly it was a whole lot of nonsense and Greg Weisman phoning it in while waiting for that Spectacular Spider-Man gig to come along.

Perhaps its greatest hurtle during its initial run, though, was just the fact that it was the successor to the DC Animated Universe and that meant it was going to have a lot of guys in their early twenties who were going to hate it simply for existing. The fact that it ran concurrently with the last season of Justice League Unlimited, resulting in the infamous “Bat-Embargo” surely didn’t help (the Bat-Embargo prevented Batman’s supporting characters and villains from appearing in JLU as The Batman had exclusivity rights to them).

In other words, The Batman performed certain bits better because The Animated Series failed.

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is this Gundam timeline helpful or accurate?

Does this accurately represent the Gundam “Correct Century” timeline?


I’m not even certain what “Correct Century” means. I watched a good deal of a few shows within the continuity of the original series and some episodes in the continuities that are more fantastical but the graphic seems cut in bad places and my memory is a little rusty after ten years.

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Podcast 11: Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness

Erik Burnham and I finally get to review two summer hits, Iron Man 3 and Star Trek 2, er, Into Darkness.  Includes my discovery of the key difference of J.J. Abrams’ version of Star Trek, and our proposal of how Wil Wheaton can save Star Trek.  We also talk about MCBA FallCon, which we will be attending October 5th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Also mentioned:  How It Should Have Ended and their version of Iron Man 3.

And Red Letter Media’s Mr. Plinkett reviews of Star Trek and Star Wars.  I know it’s gauche to link to things that everyone on the planet knows about.  Oddly enough, neither Erik nor our TOS-obsessed friend John Morgan Neal has seen them.

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Mark Hammill finds out Data is the Joker

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This is why I didn’t buy a Wii until December 2008

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Deadpool in-games character bios

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Mark Hamill on being the definitive Joker

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 SciFi4Me.com:
First half: http://bit.ly/O3C2N6
Second half: http://bit.ly/PHyxMk

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I know I have a deficit of readers

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.

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Jack Kirby interview from 1982

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.

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what I hate about super speedster fights

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?

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DS9 Season 7 Extras – Nog

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DS9 Season 7 extras – Vic Fontane

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DS9 Season 7 Extras – Benjamin Sisko

 

Interviews with Avery Brooks, Ira Behr, Penny Johnson

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Rifftrax Live – Starship Troopers

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?)

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Maps are awesome

Here are forty maps. Very educational.

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Brent Spiner questions Patrick Stewart

from Wizard World Philly 2010, June 2010

Uploaded on Jun 14, 2010

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some bits of Wolverine and how he came to be

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. Continue reading

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