Sunday, April 19, 2015

The New Star Wars Droid is NOT CGI

So if there's one thing all us Star Wars fans can agree on its that the new droid, BB-8, looks awesome. Most assumed from the first trailer that he was all CGI, but it turns out we all assumed wrong. This is BB-8 making his first public apperance at the big Star Wars celebration event. He is very much a real robot.

The mechanics of this are pretty amazing. I'm guessing either a lot of magnets are involved or they put a little person on a uni-cycle inside the big ball. Either way it's cool that they're using more practical effects in this movie. Fancy computer graphics have their time and place but they simply never look as good a real practical effects. It's why the Orcs in the Hobbit movies look so much worse than they do in the Lord of the Ring films.

Friday, April 17, 2015

David Hasselhoff: True Survivor

All the cocaine. That's how much cocaine David Hasselhoff has done. All of it.

Holy Balls, if Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Robocop, Mortal Combat and a Whitesnake video had an orgy this is the poor baby that would have been born in a toilet 9 months later. I think this if for a kickstarter or something. I'm not sure I want to know. The last thing I need is more of this showing up in my browser history. I'm pretty sure you end up on watchlists for that.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII, trailer #2

It's official, I'm ready to get excited about Star Wars again.

People React to Celebrity Booze

Celebrities doing weird things with their money and their likeness isn't anything new. However, I feel like ever since 50 cent made like a billion dollars from his initial investment with Vitamin Water there's this big trend of celebrities and vanity-drinks. From Jay-Z cognac to Nikki Minaj moscato There's all kinds of ways for the modern music lover and brand supporter to get blasted.

I was a little bummed that they missed a couple. Maynard from Tool has a wine, so do Brand Pitt and Angelina Jolie, also Sammy Hagar has a tequila and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Oh well, it's a buzzfeed video I just I should just expect it to be half assed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Beastie Boys: Check It out

I've got nothing today. So here's the Beastie Boys appearance on Letterman from 2004. It's pretty awesome. I'm a total sucker for performances while walking. If I had like a billion dollars I'd have rappers follow me everywhere I go rapping behind me. I'd mix it up day to day, like Tuesdays afternoons would be 3rd Bass or something. I don't want to be a total a-hole and bogart all of Pete Nice's time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tragic Links

Incredible Hulk, GI Joe Artist Herb Trimpe Passes Away at Age 75. Jeez, I'm not sure if this served as a kick in the ass this morning or just one more thing to keep me down. I guess we'll see how the rest of the day goes. Long story short Herb Trimpe is one of the co-creators of Wolverine (who I'm silly enough to have named my son after), he's a legend that had a long storied career in comics. He also kind of got dicked over by the big 2 when art styles changed in the 90s. He went from goto guy, to guy that couldn't get regular work. Anyway, his passing is sad and I wish his family the best.

As far as the context of where this fits in with my life, the last 24 hours have been pretty rough. My son has bronchitis and walking pneumonia, which is entirely treatable BUT he completely refuses to take his medicine. We spent about an hour and a half last night trying to get him to take it. We started by offering rewards but that didn't work. Finally after taking away everything he likes to play with he agreed to take the medicine and then immediately spit it out... That's when I totally lost it and made a BIG deal about throwing his new toys in the garbage right in front of him. That's when he completely melted down and I had to retreat to the basement with baby girl. It was just a horrible feeling as a parent. Long story slightly shorter, after another hour of nonsense this morning he finally took his medicine. Needless to say it's put me in a real poor mood. This Herb Trimpe stuff.. I don't know. It bums me out even more, but it's also a good reminder that my problems with the kiddo aren't that big in the grand scheme of things.

I Tried Tidal and It Sucked. The press conference for Tidal had glorious flop written all over it. So far so good. The funny thing about Tidal is that I believe if it really was a better streaming platform it could be successful. There's certainly a market out there willing to shell out big bucks for for high quality audio. Yes, people who wear Beats headphones aren't really getting quality audio but they think they are and that's the important thing. It's amazing how sometimes repackaging the same old crap as premium and goosing the price can actually work. HOWEVER, if your product is hot garbage, which it sounds like Tidal is, it doesn't matter how many Kanye's you have at your press conference you're doomed from the start.

Olivia Munn has been cast as Psylocke. Not bad Fox. I'm not sure how Olivia Munn will be as an action star but she's been surprisingly good on The Newsroom. They could have done a lot worse here, right?

The Tragic Love Story of Christy Mack and MMA Fighter War Machine. Jimminy Christmas this is a sad story. When this hit the news cycle a few months ago a lot of people were really dismissive of the whole thing. I mean she's a porn star, who cares right? Plus his name is freaking War Machine what did she expect?

I think that's kind of a garbage attitude to have. Domestic violence is a terrible thing that effects a ton of people and this story is brutal and real and I think very important in the context of today's celebrity obsessed culture. Anyhoo, it's a good read, check it out.

The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

If you're going to watch one 11 minutes youtube video on how aluminum cans are made it should totally be this one. He covers everything to why the can is shaped the way it is to how the evolution of the pull tab. I found it surprisingly interesting.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ant-Man: Official Trailer #2

Man, this was a big weekend for watching stuff. You had Daredevil premiering on Netflix, a new season of Game of Thrones AND AXS was replaying the rematch of AJ Styles vs Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Ok, maybe that last one was just big for me.

To cap things off Marvel debuted a new trailer for Ant-Man. I still really like it. I know there's sort of a stink of failure surrounding this movie since Edgar Wright left it but I'm a big fan of Ant-Man and Paul Rudd so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Also that Yellowjacket costume looks totes rad.
 

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