March 2008

Dutch West’s series long love letter to America’s finest time-traveling thespian (aka Robert De Niro: Back in Time) gets a double dose today with two episodes, “Hide & Seek” and “Once Upon a Time in America“.*

Behold their wonder!

And just to keep things complete, here’s the first episode, ‘The Untouchables’

*Dear Super Deluxe,

While you’ll always get some cool points from me for being the font of Brad Neely awesome that you are, allow me to inquire: What the hell? FarkTV sucks, and yet you continue to pimp out the ‘brand name’ stuff and utterly bury quality work from the likes of Dutch West and Team Tiger Awesome.

I had such hopes for you…

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by alphamonkey on March 31, 2008

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A trifle to be sure, but the I Can Has Cheezburger folks have throw out another user-generated lulz diversion with GraphJam, where you’re encouraged to engage in culture commentary, cubicle style.

The Current Location of “it”

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Here’s yet another example of just how awesome it is to have the TED Talks available for public viewing:

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

I heartily recommend a viewing (or at least a reading) of Jill Bolte Taylor’s phenomenal from earlier this year.

Can’t see the embed? Watch it here

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You know, there’s a point when someone is going to have to stand up and point out that rock music is closing in on itself. I get that the 80’s was the musical education for a big chunk of today’s artists, but c’mon…. Try something a little different, already.

To whit, here’s the single ‘Back of the Van‘ from New Zealand artist Ladyhawke:

Not exactly ground breaking, but not a bad tune by any means…. However, I’m not sure going full-on 80’s cheapo effects was the appropriate style choice to accompany a song that already sounds like some unreleased single from The Motels.

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Notable News

by alphamonkey on March 31, 2008

in Comics!

On Thursday, The New York Times ran a lengthy article detailing the defense contractor company AEY Inc., and their 300 million dollar contract with the US military to provide ammunition for native forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What’s notable here is the fact AEY Inc. (which had since had further contracts suspended) was run by 22 year old Efraim E. Diveroli, who had very little experience in large-scale arms dealing. Government corruption, kickbacks, and 40 year old Chinese ammo being sent to Iraqi and Afghan forces are just some of the highlights. Definitely worth the read.

Jerry Siegel’s heirs have won their long battle to have the copyright over Superman material in Action Comics #1 returned to co-creator Siegel. That’s not actually so ground-breaking as it sounds, as DC holds the international copyright, most of the trademarks, and all the subsequent material, but still.. A very nice nod to a creator’s right to hold some ownership for their work.

You gotta know that when Time magazine finally weighs in on something, the worm has turned. Micheal Grunwald turns in a (much belated, in my opinion) critical eye to real ecological and economic impact of our Administration’s push for corn based biofuel in the long form article ‘The Clean Energy Scam‘. While I’m glad to see Time bring this to the public eye, I can’t help but wish they would have done so prior to Bush’s initiatives, as the foolishness (and ecological cost) was already apparent.

And finally, let’s all look back and laugh at one man’s wildly inaccurate predictions regarding the Internet circa 1995: The Internet? Bah!

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Smash Bros. Brawl is certainly the rockness, but apparently I’m not the only one who thinks the opening theme requires some translation. After all, the human ear likes to make sense of things, and for many of us the lyrics come across a little like this:

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Feeling flashback-y, so have a little egg love courtesy of our friends the Koreans:

Remember, your breakfast treat can be made so much more exciting if you cry hard enough.

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WordPress released 2.5 unto a grateful world this weekend, so I took the update opportunity to make a few other little tweaks.

The crap-o Captcha is gone and has been replaced with ReCaptcha, which is both more effective as a spam-killer, and a socially beneficial tool as well.

If you’re a contributing reader (if not, why not start now?) you’ll see a streamlining of the posting page, which is always nice.

After much prodding from our good pal Andy Cochrane, I’ve added a Subscribe To Comments feature (via this nifty plugin), which does pretty much what it sounds like. Interested parties can keep track of contentious comment tomfoolery via simple e-mail notification. Sweetness.

Speaking of comments, WordPress 2.5 has native support of Gravatars, so I may play with including that functionality. Weigh in via the comments if you have an opinion on that one.

A number of other changes have been made, but mostly of a back-end variety that shan’t intrude upon the traditional Transbuddha experience, but will make things nice and shiney for a stats nerd like me.

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Hey folks, your pals at RazorFine have three brand spanking new movie reviews for you today – 21, Stop-Loss, and Run, Fatboy, Run. Come on by and check ’em out and if you missed it yesterday, you might want to check out our Top 5 Gambling Films.

There’ll be spectacle. There’ll be fantasy. There’ll be derring do, and stuff like you would never see. Hey! Three movies! Yeah! We’re gonna review three movies starring everybody – just for you!


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I doubt I’m the only one on the site that had a few Underoos growing up. God I miss them, you remember guys? How ’bout you girls?


I was hit with sudden nostalga shock when I heard that they (in much more limited form) are now available for kids. Okay, I’m happy kids growing up now get the chance to have these too, but… Screw the kids, make some for the rest of us!

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