February 2009

Ominous Knife

by Just Plain Bob on February 27, 2009 · 0 comments

in Comics!

So, Webcomics may be one of my favorite things on earth. In fact, I’ve always harbored a secret desire with a friend of mine that we’d one day create our own.. All we needed was to find someone who could draw it for us.

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Well, turns out that last April, two of my other friends beat us to the bunch. Thus, they’ve created Ominous Knife, a relatively new comic that quite literally brings to life their friendship. Maybe my fascination with it is how faithfully they portray the actual conversations they’ve had, and the fact that I can recognize their cameo characters (although I’ve yet to appear. Hmph.) but regardless, the wit and seemingly bottomless supply of obscure references to geek culture will keep any child of the 80s or 90s nerd scene coming back for more.

The discussions that take place beneath each comic are half the fun, so be sure not to miss them.
Just… Don’t mention Lost. Please.


Not sure what “clean coal” is exactly? Here’s a short tongue-in-cheek ad by the Coen Bros. to give you you the 411. This is just one in a series of commercials on the subject (read more here).

Clean Coal, from the Coens

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fanboys-movieI’m a self-admitted and unabashed fan of Star Wars and, as such, I really wanted to love Fanboys. Sigh. Sadly it felt like too many people screwed with this cute little project about Star Wars fans until the result was something jumbled and broken, which, is of course, what happened.

The film follows the reunion of young used car salesmen Eric (Sam Huntington) with his old pals (Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, and Kristen Bell) still rocking to Star Wars years later and counting down the hours and minutes to Episode I: The Phantom Menace. After discovering Linus (Marquette) is dying of cancer and won’t live to see the premiere, Eric and his pals decide to storm the Skywalker Ranch and steal a rough-cut of the film.

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I thought the AT-AT ghetto blaster I had seen a couple of days ago was cool, but this R2-D2 boom box is the coolest piece of Star Wars-themed merchandise I’ve seen since that R2-D2 ice bucket which disappeared seemingly overnight from Amazon UK. This fills me with all kinds of nerdy joy.


Huge props to Adrian Covert on Gizmodo for finding this!


New Avengers 50

New Avengers #50 – Yes! The entire issue is the team’s reaction (and sheer disbelief) to Norman Osborne’s announcement of his new team of Dark Avengers. Great stuff including Spidey hitting a serious groove with his comic quips about the team, Osborne, Venom, and Wolverine’s sex life. If Spidey was currently written this well in his own title I might not be ignoring him so much these days. Even Luke Cage gets in on the action with his take on the absence of Dr. Strange. And if you want some hero on villain violence there’s also a serious beat-down battle with the Hood and his gang out for revenge in the second half, too. Well worth picking up!

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My morning was going just swell until I happened upon this article from Geeks of Doom informing me that Columbia Pictures (the studio who in recent years has given us such high concept films as Gothika, White Chicks, and Joe Dirt) is going to remake one of the only decent movies adapted from a work by Philip K. Dick. That’s right, they want to remake Total Recall. Really? You couldn’t find one of the bad ones to remake? Like, say, this one? For those who don’t remember, the original starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man so fascinated with Mars he went to have a dream vacation planted into his head only to discover he is a spy, his wife (Sharon Stone) wants to kill him, and he must return to Mars, find a woman from his past (Rachel Ticotin), reclaim his life, and put things right… or is it all simply part of his dream vacation? Who have they got to produce the ill-advised remake, you ask? The guy who gave us xXx: State of the Union, Stealth, Torque, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Saving Silverman. Somebody shoot me. Somebody shoot me now.

Total Recal – Return to Reality?


I kinda dig the look of this trailer for the upcoming Alien Trespass (starring Eric McCormack, Robert Patrick, Jenni Baird, Jody Thompson, and Sarah Smyth) about an alien invasion in small town America in 1957.

Alien Trespass trailer

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Instead of the horrifying pictures of vivisected animals, PETA has taken a new tact… SEX. Check out their new banned advertisement deemed too sexy for the Super Bowl.

‘Veggie Love’: PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad


It’s just an honor to be nominated… Is it really? You’ve heard that expression for years. Let’s face it, the Academy Awards snubs many a film when it posts its nominations. Almost as bad, or in some occasions perhaps worse, is to be nominated for multiple Oscars only to take home none. Hmm… I wonder if someone could create a list of such films. Oh wait, someone just did!

There are actually more films that fit into this category than you might first think. I’ve managed to squeeze 11 onto the list but others also worthy of note include “The Grifters,” “Being John Malkovich,” “The Natural,” “Pride & Prejudice,” and–still my favorite Paul Thomas Anderson film–“Magnolia.” That’s what didn’t make the cut. Now check out what did.

10. The Magnificent Seven (1960) / The Great Escape (1963)

The Great EscapeWe start out with a pair of films which both only earned a single nomination each, neither taking home the award. One was based on a book, the other was adapted from a Japanese film (which, by the way, also didn’t take home an Oscar). Looking back, you would think that at least one would have won for score (“Great Escape” wasn’t even nominated in that category!), but alas the Academy had other plans. Whether it’s a gang of seven (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Horst Buchholz, among others) rescuing a small Mexican town or a group of P.O.W.s (James, Garner, Richard Attenborough, and again Bronson, Coburn, and McQueen) attempting to escape from a Nazi camp, both movies long ago earned the mantle of “classic.” A little McQueen trivia for you: The actor crashed his car to be able to free up time while “injured” to work on “Magnificent Seven,” and performed most of his own motorcycle stunts (including the unique move of “chasing himself” in a double stunt as the hero and also disguised as his a German officer in pursuit) in “Great Escape.”

Chico: “Ah, that was the greatest shot I’ve ever seen.”
Britt: “The worst! I was aiming at the horse.”

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hydrogen-powered-tractorI’m far from sold that Hydrogen is the best of the alternative fuel options out there, but this little article caught my eye and I thought I would share it with you. It seems New Holland Agriculture has produce the world’s first Hydrogen-powered tractor.

Kinda cool