Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Fact: In the year 1990 there were many girls.
Fact: In the year 1990 there was Glenn Beck.
Fact: Many people are wondering if Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990.
Note: We are not saying Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. But, I mean, there is a totally legitimate police report of the incident. So, the story that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990 seems to merit some discussion.
Olbermann frowns on Justice:
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
So the full instrument set of Guitar Hero World Tour went down to $99 last week, meaning savvy shoppers could have both it and yesterday's new release of GH5 for less than the cost of World Tour's full set last year. I picked up GH4 on Monday and played it for a while until I was satisfied that it was mostly garbage, and then today picked up GH5 and did what any sensible person would do (stay up all night until all the songs and venues are unlocked).
It's pretty great. Set list is nice, the character designs are more or less back under control, and the things that have happened to game play since GH3 are largely positive. Favorite addition to 5 is definitely the challenges that accompany every song, and are rated individually from one to three stars based on how many notes on bass you hit only strumming up, or the amount of time you spend on the whammy bar with the guitar, et cetera. It seems a nice way to encourage people to get good at a song on a specific instrument, and it can also add an extra bit of game to what has become a bit monotonous over the last four years. Also completing these challenges is how new items, characters, and costumes are unlocked (no more money for buying unlockables).
Also nice is how new songs and venues are unlocked. You just need to have a certain number of stars (as in the kind you receive as a rating after a song) to proceed, and except for the last song, it doesn't seem like there's any reason why there's any song you'd HAVE to play to continue just so long as you can get more stars elsewhere. I didn't actually do it, but I'd guess you could even skip a tier if you wanted. Encores are still in the game, but that stupid shit where they come immediately after another song is gone. Instead there are just some songs with a little icon next to it indicating that some wild scripted event will happen during the intro. Nice.
And that's what I learned today.
Watch this interview.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children's show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.
This is fucking tragic and worthy of all manner of scorn. How fucking asinine is it that a show whose sole purpose was to get children to read is being canceled? I know not whether one ought to blame funding problems or the Bush Administration's jackassery with regard to Public Education. But I suggest blaming something and focusing a wealth of scorn upon that which is blamed.
I get that I grew up with the show, learned to read partially as a result of the show, and attach to the show a wealth of childhood memories. So in that regard, yes, I'm fucking pissed for personal reasons. But I think that absent those personal ties the mere fact that Reading Rainbow, a show which has for 26 years prompted children to read, can simply fucking die is simply an atrocity.
I mean COME THE FUCK ON! Reading Rainbow gave us RUN DMC RAPPING ABOUT READING! Dora the butt-fucking Explorer never had Run DMC!
"So if you look into a book, like Run DMC says, there's fun to find."
So, yeah, after the final episode airs this Friday I suggest that you hate something which you think is to blame for the end of Reading Rainbow while you curl up with your favorite book and a glass of whatever gets you drunk fastest. Because shit like this is just another example of how fucking worthless and shitheaded this god-damned world is.
But you don't have to take my word for it.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) said Monday it agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. (MVL), the creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men and thousands of other characters, for about $4 billion in the company's largest acquisition since it bought Pixar Animation Studios in 2006.
So are all of the X-men women going to be grandfathered into the Disney Princess collection?