Saturday, June 27, 2009

John Hodgman [chat]

John Hodgman at Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner

34 comments:

Caleb said...

I was having dinner at my Grandma's house with my Great Grandma and other family when on the television I noticed that an episode of Kings which I have not watched was playing. I was unaware that NBC had planned to air the remaining episodes on Saturdays during the summer. EP. 6 Brotherhood.

So that is something at least.

_J_ said...

Yes. They are airing the rest of the first season.

So at least we will know how the greatest television series ever ends...

/sniffle

_J_ said...

Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek were married and now want a divorce.

I had no idea this marriage happened...but I'm mostly confused as to WHY the hell it ever happened.

_J_ said...

The 3-part sandworm question was brilliant.

Caleb said...

Mind if I ask which sandworm question?

Caleb said...

Oh, that sandworm question.

Mike Lewis said...

for the record:

(1) Shai-Hulud
(2) thumper
(3) Water of Life

note: i had to look up the correct spelling of #1

Roscoe said...

alcohol?

_J_ said...

So I don't have television at grad school...so i'm watching news this afternoon...

Why does FOX have better afternoon news coverage than MSNBC?

MA17 said...

Wii Animal Crossing does indeed have an auction house. And the City has some of the DS town's amenities (hair stylist) and some of the weekly visit guys (fortune teller) in one arguably convenient place. It's also pretty much just a hub and some shops along with some more Animals wandering around. Really doesn't add much to the world other than a different bit of landscape to look at every now and then. In practical terms, I suppose it separates the online and the offline components definitively.

Animal Crossing: City Folk continues to get a "meh" on a scale of blank stare to load groan.

MA17 said...

It also has the auction house, of course, but that's the only thing even remotely worth getting excited about. That said, it should be noted that what you will be bidding on is tiny 3D furniture for your tiny 3D hovel. And the camera is still locked to only a handful of positions all a mere few degrees away from each other, so you can't really even get a good look at the shit in your money pit.

Roscoe said...

Two part answer -

1) For all his flaws, Shepard Smith is a journalist.

2) MSNBC is trying to lefty-capture the FoxNews formula.. and while they never had an AMAZING newsforce, they've negelected it for commentary.

Roscoe said...

Man.. I'm still half convinced that Animal Crossing was perfect when it first came out.

Yes, I mean before the release of the 256 memory card.

It was a bizzare semi-sim/collection game/ emulator test....

Combined with the best in passive-aggressive multiplayer. EVER.

Roscoe said...

I'm sure Kyle would agree w/ me.. if he wasn't busy running through my garden art, chopping down MY money tree, writing dirty letters about me to the neighbors, and surrounding a soccerball w/ pitfalls.

Mike Lewis said...

Glen Beck just ruined chalk boards for me.

This hurts me a very real way.

_J_ said...

I think the DS version of Animal Crossing makes sense.

- Online play / trading is a sensible addition to the game.

- Portability makes the sandbox "i'll play for 10 minutes" feel of the game far more functional.

That's all I have, really, but I think online play and portability is really all the original game needed to have added.

_J_ said...

Need to find the full clip of that Glenn Beck thing.

That was spectacular.

Caleb said...

He's also describing 12th century Europe, right?

_J_ said...

I'm not sure what he thinks he's describing.

But it's hilarious, whatever it is.

Mike Lewis said...

what he does not seem to grasp is that the US and the UK are completely responsible for the radical theocratic governemnet in Iran.

Which is fine because Beck is mostly talking about Louis XVI and the French Revolution.

Roscoe said...

http://hoekstraisameme.com/

Roscoe said...

How did I miss this?

During Secret Invasion? Beta Ray Bill, Space Horse Jesus Extraordinare, fought a Super-Skrull w/ the powers of the Warriors Three.

Mike Lewis said...

ros: none of what you just said made any sense

_J_ said...

Take what he said, change the nouns, and see if it makes sense.

During Mardi Gras? Paris Hilton, Space Horse Jesus Extraordinare, fought a super saiyajin w/ the powers of the Teacup Yorkie.

MA17 said...

Does "with the power of the warriors three" mean that he teamed up with them, or that he entered in a specific combo and did a super move that included them?

OR did he fight after having eaten their brains and hearts?

MA17 said...

Incidentally, not only are Attack of the Show's fake posters pretty stupid, but most of them are in Japanese in the sense that "me am do shower" is in English.

Roscoe said...

Secret Invasion had the Skrull Emprire creating armies of Super Skrulls.

With various power/costume collections. A lot of them were cannon fodder for action scenes, but also they sereved as an awesome breeding ground for in-jokes.

The Skrull who combined the powers of the various member of The Champions or The Defenders, etc.
So.. new, nameless skrull.. who had bits of costume, most likely. Might have also sat on Bill.

Roscoe said...

I do love that J keeps the important part of the sentence.

Space Horse Jesus, Extraordinare.

Mike Lewis said...

yeah - those still are not sentances with words.

_J_ said...

Why Morning Joe is awesome.

Roscoe said...

They're totally words.

Kyle understands it, and Adam had it close, but didn't have the context to realize that there is more than one Super-Skrull now.

Used to be just one Skrull, with the powers of the Fantastic Four. K'lrt the Super Skrull is now sorta outcast.. and the Skrull Empire has replicated that process in order to make an army of Skrulls w/ all sorts of combined marvel character power sets.

Roscoe said...

I'm so very very confused.

see.. Nat'l Lampoon movie is on Comedy Central. One of the cheap Canadian flicks.

and.. it's not great.. but.. it's passable.

and.. Matt Frewer is in it as a hippy. With a short unshaven beard, all salt-pepper? turns out.. he's Larry Thorton w/ longish hair.

and there is where I'm confused as hell.

When did Matt Frewer practice a Thorton Impression.. or.. When did Larry Thorton time travel back to become Max Headroom?

_J_ said...

Actually, if you want a Thornton character in contemporary televised fiction I'd suggest Larry David.

Roscoe said...

yeah, but the odd thing was... Frewer had some of the mannerisms AND looked like him.

Larry David? Not so much