Thursday, August 21, 2014

Slip and Slide Pool Party this Weekend

If you have the guts (and live in Ohio) the Slip N Fly is open to the public this weekend. Although I hear on reddit that the tickets are already sold out, so maybe you should check out stubhub.

I guess you can rent this thing for private parties for the low low price of $4,000. I'm pretty sure that's comparable to a day at Disneyland. Who has frequent flier miles they want to cash in? I hear Ohio is beautiful.

From Wonder Woman to Mockingbird

Adrianne Palicki of the hilariously bad Wonder Woman pilot has been hired to play Bobbi Morse on Marvel's Agents of Shield. Despite it's flaws I enjoyed the first season of Agents of Shield and Adrianne Palicki is not unattractive. Those facts combine with me not having time to do a links post today was enough motivation for me to write a post about the casting.

Who is Bobbi Morse? Lets' let her ex-husband Hawkeye explain:

Yes, that Hawkeye is her ex-husband. She's not a major character in the Avengers-verse, having only served briefly on the West Coast and Great Lakes teams but she's a fan favorite. I doubt Marvel/Disney/ABC will actually link the two characters. There was a bit of nerdy hand-wringing when Captain America 2's plot dovetailed off events that were happening in Agents of Shield. If I had to guess I'll bet Marvel is very careful to let the movie-verse bleed into the TV show while keeping the show out of the movie-verse. With the way all the tumblers ship Hawkeye and Black Widow they probably won't write any connection to Hawkeye in the TV character. For all we know they've simply cast Bobbi Morse and we'll never see Palicki dressed up as Mockingbird, which would be a shame...

I feel like this costume has real potential.

The Doubleclicks: Nothing to Prove

This video by the Doubleclicks is pretty great. As the newish father of a baby girl I've become much more acute to the amount of institutionalized sexism there is in almost every aspect of raising a kid. For instance my son has a boat load of Justice League branded clothes and books. None of them have Wonder Woman in them, because he's a boy and I suppose if his shoes had a girl on them they would be girls shoes? Meanwhile have fun finding anything Justice League related for a little girl that isn't all Wonder Woman and Batgirl.... also hope you like pink!

Those are just small superficial things, I would rather deal with a mountain of pink onesies than the first asshole that tells my little girl she can't do or like something mundane simply because she's a girl (with my luck that a-hole will be my son).

Anyway, back to the video. This thing already has a million hits. That's pretty good for a Portland nerdcore folk band that I've only heard of because I've fallen far too deep down the Pacific Northwest nerdcore rabbit hole. Good on ya ladies, make your voices heard, or read in this particular case.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shake off that Anaconda

Yesterday morning Taylor Swift released her new video Shake It Off. Then a few hours later Nicki Minaj released her new video Anaconda. Please enjoy both.

Holy shit (pardon me this post is going to be full of swears). Within 12 hours of each other two monsters of pop music release videos that go "viral". In one Taylor Swift is singing about dancing your troubles away and in the other Nicki Minaj is literally rapping that she's fucking a guy because he has a big dick and sells cocaine. And she's the one of the two that has been a judge on American Idol, the most whitebread of whitebread shows.

Both videos feature everyone's favorite dance fad, twerking. But hot damn, there's twerking and then there's TWERKING. It's like if Taylor Swift had done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Nicki Minaj would have I don't know... shot a cop and then had sex with Drake in a bathtub of ice. It's for charity!

I don't know. I'm sure someone smarter and cleverer than I am can come up with better jokes and more insightful social commentary. Of course if you're looking for that sort of thing, stay the hell away from the comments on youtube. For me the most offensive part is the awful Baby Got Back samples. First off could she have picked a more obvious song. Secondly, whoever produced that beat should be shot into the moon. You clear Baby Got Back and that's what you do with it? For shame.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenged

Here's a supercut of people failing hilariously at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. There's 3 big types of fail that you see repeated throughout the video and they're all hilarious.

First, the people that can't lift a bucket of ice and or water without falling down or dropping it. Do you even lift bro?

Second are the people that break their bucket in some sort of hilarious fashion. Like maybe that styrofoam cooler isn't made to hold 20 pounds of ice.

Last but definitely not least are the fine folks that end up getting beaned in the head with the bucket. Or in one sorry sap's case the 50 gal garbage can. I imagine that he really thought his garbage can of cold water was going to out swag everyone.

Hopefully the next charity trend is equally hilarious. Save our girls wasn't funny at all.

First Image of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

I don't usually try and provide UP TO THE MINUTE EXCLUSIVE BREAKING nerd news simply because often my turn around between bookmarking something and posting about it is 2 or 3 days which in BREAKING NERD NEWS WORLD is an eternity. This picture of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (or more accurately Scott Lang the criminal who becomes the hero known as Ant-Man) that hit reddit a couple hours ago is the closest I'll ever get.

I know Marvel has had an unusually difficult time getting their ducks in a row when it comes to Ant-Man but I'm still excited about this one. Paul Rudd staring in a big Marvel movie? Hells, yeah.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Screech Fight!

Here's a trailer for the Lifetime network's sure to be awful TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell. Have you watched an episode of Saved by the Bell lately? Sweet Christmas it's worse than I remember. Every character is a total shitheel and the "jokes" feel like they were written by The Simpson's DJ 3000. Just a terrible, terrible show.

Last Friday's Links Late

The McDonalds Monopoly Fraud. Get this, for years the McDonalds Monopoly contest was rigged. For roughly 6 years an employee at a company McDonalds subcontracted out to run promotions was straight up stealing the rarest pieces and selling them or giving them away. 6 years!

It funny because I eat at McDonalds way too much and for years have dreamed about winning the Monopoly contest. I'm even one of those sad saps that will supersize my order or get nuggets just to get extra pieces. It's the only time I play something close to the lottery. I feel like Mouth felt in the Goonies when he started taking back his wishes: "Yeah, but you know what? This one, this one right here. This was my dream, my wish. And it didn't come true. So I'm taking it back. I'm taking them all back."

Motoped Survival Bike. Last week I rode my bike for the first time in about 6 years. Maybe I would ride it more if it came with a motor and a mother chunkin crossbow. Tell me I wouldn't be the coolest dad on the block riding around on this thing towing one of those bright yellow baby carriers. You better say I'm the coolest, I have a crossbow.

11 Characters Marvel Studios should consider for a female led film. Like many marvel zombies I'm a big proponent of a Captain Marvel movie but she's not the only female comic character ready to make the leap to the big screen. She Hulk would be great and a Black Widow movie could be very cool. If Marvel really wanted to stay a step ahead of DC they should go all in and make a Ms Marvel movie with Kamala Khan. You could make it on 1/10th the budget of a Guardians or Avengers and just market the shit out of it to tweens and YA readers. They wouldn't just beat DC to the punch they would practically be inventing a whole new genre of superhero movie.

Zoe Saldana on Going Green and the Importance of Teenage Boys. Yeah this is a weird read. Either Zoe Saldana is super insecure and just NEEDS younger men to think she's attractive or she's bought into the worst hollywood sterotypes that comic book/action/adventure/science fiction movies are for pimply faced teenage boys and if you don't feed them a hot chick your movie will be unsuccessful. Either way this article is kinda depressing.



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