Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
February 6, 2009
Yay, octuplets!
Category: Linkage

BBC News: Octuplets mum wanted huge family

Shit like this makes me furious. Admittedly, I tend to look down upon the decision to have children in general -- if you really think about it, the decision is ultimately a selfish one (well, unless one is having a child to serve as a donor for a sick sibling, but that has its own share of ethical issues) -- but this is really disgusting. To put it bluntly, those children came into the world because their mother was a crazy and insecure bitch who needed to be undergoing intensive therapy instead of prenatal care. "Boo-hoo, I'm lonely and need human connection... so I guess I will acquire it by having a buncha embryos implanted and giving birth to a hugga buncha babies! YAY!"

Now, hopefully those kids will have wonderful lives and will never be prompted to dwell upon that reality... but if things don't turn out so well and they actually do end up with not only shitty lives, but also the knowledge that those shitty lives began because their mother fucked up and was fucked up (here, in the psychological sense)? I can't even begin to imagine how angry they'll feel.

Oh, wait, I totally can. Not that this makes me especially unique -- to a certain extent, I think that most people begin to pick up on this when they're teenagers, but fail to accumulate the complexity of thought and/or misfortune required to pursue that inkling in depth and detail -- but... yes.

Instead of tucking 14 children in at night, that woman should be tucked into a straitjacket and thrown into a padded cell.

-posted by Wes | 7:15 am | Comments (6)
December 16, 2008
All windows must go!
Category: Linkage

Okay, not all of them -- but I've been hanging onto many of these links for quite a while and now my Firefox has 80+ open tabs. So it's time to clear the board with another exciting linkage post! You may have seen many of these by now, but hopefully you'll find something interesting in here that you haven't encountered yet.

  • Hardcore Gaming 101: Athena

    I must've had this tab open for months -- ever since I started playing SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos earlier this year as part of the Capcom and SNK kick that stemmed from my purchase of the Mai Shiranui and Chun-Li action figure set. Athena's one of the two secret bosses, and she's got quite a history as a character! I tried desperately to find the Athena: Awakening from an Ordinary Life live-action drama, but I have not yet been successful in that endeavor.

  • Destroy All Monsters: Rogues Gallery -- Prehistoric Isle

    At least once a year -- and probably more along the lines of thrice a year -- I go off on a dinosaur kick. I think I found this during the most recent one, which took place from October-November and resulted in me buying a handful of velociraptor figures. It looks bloody cool! It's also an SNK game, which makes two thus far.

  • Beyonce: Now it's time for a black Wonder Woman

    I'm not sure how I'd feel about this. There are some characters -- many characters -- perhaps even most characters -- for whom I wouldn't at all object to a skin color change in the leap from comic to film. I thought it was fine for Kingpin in Daredevil, since Kingpin's supposed to be a big crime boss and they don't come much bigger than Michael Clarke Duncan, and while Catwoman had many flaws (or so I'm told; I still can't bring myself to watch it), I doubt that Halle Berry's skin color was among them. (Besides, in that respect, Eartha Kitt had already established a precedent for the character.) Batman, the Flash, Hawkgirl, Huntress, just about any of the X-Men... there are a ton of characters who could change their skin color and it wouldn't at all seem problematic for me.

    But Wonder Woman? Something about that just doesn't work for me. It might be because many other characters are more/less defined by their backstory, or by their costumes, or by certain physical characteristics -- for example, as with Kingpin, their size -- but Wonder Woman has an iconic look that incorporates not only her costume, but her entire physical appearance. Her backstory is kinda crap, but it also arguably demands a more "classical" appearance for her: she was fashioned out of clay by the Amazonian queen Hippolyta and brought to life by Athena. Granted, I have no idea who I'd cast in the role -- only Steel comes to mind, but she looks a bit too hard and I doubt she can act -- but WW is one character I'd probably try to match to her comic appearance as closely as possible.

    That said, if a live-action X-Men film ever touched on the Mojoverse, I think Beyonce would make an interesting casting choice for Spiral.

  • Zina Saunders paints Sarah Palin

    Obviously a holdover from the election, I found this painting to be pretty darned cool.


-posted by Wes | 7:47 pm | Comments (5)
October 27, 2008
I want projector eyes too
Category: Linkage … TV, Film, & DVDs

Repo! The Genetic Opera is looking bloody awesome.

Other links of possible interest:

The Anchorage Daily News endorses Obama. That's just... fantastic.

Banksy’s Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill is also pretty amazing, what with animatronic swimming fish sticks and drinking hot dogs and glammed-up rabbits and all. It's too bad it's apparently going away at the end of the month -- this place should be a permanent attraction.

Interview Sarah Palin via the Palin parrot! Granted, Palin's most recent interviews have been a little less embarrassing (though having McCain tag along to supervise doesn't help her image), but she still has a fairly strange relationship with words. It's like sentence structure and coherence are as foreign to Sarah Palin as... well, something that you probably wouldn't find in abundance in Alaska. Gila monsters?

BBC News: New feathered dinosaur discovered -- that little guy looks like the result of a freakish genetic experiment between a peacock and a Chinese dragon! Also, dinosaurs rule.

Apparently Dawn Eden has made it into a Snopes entry. I want to be on Snopes! C'mon people, make me popular. πŸ˜›

And usually fights between CGI creatures in visual media put me to sleep -- as with Hulk's battle with the Abomination in The Incredible Hulk and that insanely long fight between Kong and the V-Rexes in King Kong -- but I found the encounter between the future predator and gorgonopsid in "Primeval" to be pretty engaging stuff. That goes for the entire series as well, though Series 2 definitely represents a step down from the first six episodes. In any case, I now require a Series 2 Helen Cutter figure to menace the members of my 5" toy collection. Helen Cutter is evil.

Oh yeah, if you're running WordPress, I definitely recommend giving the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin a try. While updating WP wasn't terribly difficult to begin with, it's undeniably simpler when the process is automated for you. πŸ™‚

-posted by Wes | 2:16 am | Comments (2)
October 18, 2008
R.I.P. DVDSpot
Category: Linkage … TV, Film, & DVDs

I used to have my DVD collection listed at DVDSpot. It was great! Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, DVDSpot shut down this week. This development made me very sad. πŸ™

Anyway, I've since taken to listing my DVD collection at Chasing the Frog, but because that site lacks an option for me to import my old collection I'm currently in the process of manually adding every. single. entry. to the list. (I'm in no hurry, so I'm doing like a handful whenever it occurs to me to add some more. I imagine I'll be finished by February 2009.) Being hosted by Amazon, the database also lacks entries for some of the more obscure foreign titles. Ah well.

My (now outdated) collection is still up with DVD Profiler, though I haven't used that since they started charging money in order to use the full functionality of the program. Maybe someday I'll feel like it's worth the $30 so that everyone can see precisely which DVDs I own, but that day has not come yet. By the time it arrives, they'll probably want $60 for the service. πŸ˜›

-posted by Wes | 1:52 am | Comments (3)
September 19, 2008
Brachiosaurus in the Garden of Eden!
Category: Linkage … SC Updates

Remember that ridiculous religious play that I wrote about attending last month? Well, I've finally gotten around to reviewing it on Scary-Crayon! The review contains my thoughts on other parts of the trip as well, including a brief visit to a Biblical tabernacle reproduction and my first and god-willing last encounter with shoofly pie. Feel free to check it out!

Also, I find these survey results to be highly discouraging.

-posted by Wes | 8:56 pm | Comments (2)
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