Towel Day 2014!

douglas adams inspired "Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy" H2G2Today is Towel Day, a celebration of all things Douglas Adamswho was taken from us all too soon.

Here are few of my favorite quotes from the man himself to get you in the mood:

  • “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
  • “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
  • “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
  • “We don’t have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.”
  • “Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

So grab a towel and spend some time thinking about things upside down or inside out.

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Things that I wonder About: Mike Teavee

Mike TeaveeRemember Mike Teavee from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“? The boy that was completely TV crazy?

Well, in the book and both film adaptations Mike was so incredibly excited about TV and being the first person broadcast by Wonka-Vision that he idiotically threw himself in front of the equipment and ended up getting shrunk down to action-figure size.  Despite his size he’s ecstatically happy about being sent by television. In 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory“, he shouts, “I’m famous, I’m a TV Star!” He’s thrilled as a pig in slop to be on TV.

But (in the book and both films) when he wins the Golden Ticket and a horde of reporters show up to actually put him on TV, as the star, for the first time in his life he… annoyed, mostly ignores them and just wishes they’d just go away.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Vadar Thumbs UpIt’s Star Wars Day, May the Fourth Be With You!

The official Star Wars page has a huge list of sales and deals just in case there’s a nook or niche in your home that’s screaming out for a Jar Jar Binks combo foot massager and potato peeler.

It’s a good time for Star Wars fans. The cast of the new trilogy was recently announced and isn’t horrifying. So far, at least, Damon Lindelof has been kept away from the project. A new animated show, Star Wars Rebels, is in the works.

Yes, it’s a good time for fans, so enjoy Star Wars Day!

Superman Returns Rocked

blastr LogoIn Not Guilty: Superman Returns revisited, blastr.com’s Cher Martinetti expands on a point I’ve been making for years: “Superman Returns” [IMDB] rocked. While I normally prefer to defend the position by suggesting opponents lack the ability to find their elbows with both hands, Cher has decided to present well-constructed arguments instead.

I agree with every point she makes. The movie was a delicate homage and spiritual climax to Richard Donner’s 1978 classic, “Superman” [IMDB] and his sadly marred vision for “Superman II” [IMDB] (which was only realized partially decades later with his labor-of-love, special edition, “Superman II: Richard Donner Cut” [IMDB]). It also does the world a favor by completely ignoring the existence of “Superman 3” and “Superman 4: The Quest for Peace” (sorry, folks: I won’t even link to them).

The three movies together, “Superman”, “Superman II: Richard Donner Cut” and “Superman Returns” perfectly transition Superman across multiple generations. I was eight years-old when I first saw “Superman” in the theater and my son was eight years-old when I took him to see “Superman Returns”. I was thrilled to be able to share Superman with him. Not a “reimagining” or an “interpretation” but – essentially – the same Superman that had made such an impact on me.

I’m not against change. I loved “Man of Steel” [My Review] and I’m looking forward to seeing more of our new Superman. But I’ll always be thankful to “Superman Returns”, however, for allowing me to share a new adventure of my Superman with my son.

Wired Presents the Oral History of MST3K

Wired_MST3kUntil somebody is smart enough to do a real, professional documentary of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Brian Raftery of Wired has us covered in his extensive “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece“.

15 years after its depressing cancellation MST3K remains a perennial fan favorite. To call it “cult” undercuts its quiet, but massive, impact it had. Minute-for-minute no other show, before or since, has provided the sheer density of hilarity. We’ve had the pleasure of seeing Joel Hodgson speak about the origins of his particular brand of riffing and, if possible, left with even more respect for his understated genius.

This is an absolute must read for fans.

Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters 2014!

BEBE Logo_TransToBlackIt really snuck up on us, but Boiled Eggs and Brain Eaters (BEBE),our Easter celebration of everything zombie, is less a week away! April 20th!

We’ll be spending most of the week and all day Sunday on our sister blog, MoreBrains.com. If you’re into zombies, why not join us?

Well be doing another batch of zombie cookies and likely have another go at an undead bunny cake. Of course there’ll be plenty of boiled eggsmovies and games also on the menu!

BEBE was started in 2009 and is something our family always looks forward too. If the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased can’t bring us closer together then, truly, what good are they?

Tabletop Day!

tabletopdaylogoToday, April 5th, is International Tabletop Day!

It’s an easy day to observe: just get together with people you like (or people you might like) and play some games.  Old-fashioned cardboard and plastic, look-each-other-in-the-eye games.

Everybody has a game or twenty tucked in a closet or stuck up on shelves.  Get them out!  Better yet go to your local game shop and ask about the hundreds of awesome independent games available.  Whether you have kids or not, five minutes or five hours, want to think really hard or not at all there’s a game out there that’s perfect.  Go find it!