Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Last season, Andrea had a different pistol.
You will NEVER find a crucifix in a Southern Baptist Church.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
While psyching myself up for tonight's premiere of Season 2 of ABC's The Walking Dead, I ran across this BBC article alleging that the actor who played SWAT Team member Roger in 1978's Dawn of The Dead is the direct descendant of 19th century American soldier-of-fortune Josiah Harlan, who won the title "Prince of Ghor" for himself and his descendants in perpetuity.
BBC NEWS | South Asia | US movie actor is 'Afghan prince'
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I would remind my subscribers (all seventeen of you) that I scooped The Atlantic back in June with Vladimir Putin: Man of Action.
"It's like the end of Spartacus. I have seen that movie half a dozen times and I still don't know who the real Spartacus is. And that is what makes that movie a classic whodunit."
Long before Chris Pontius and Steve-O were playing Hot Potato with the nests of Africanized Guatemalan Insanity Hornets and before Johnny Knoxville and Ban Margera got the idea to play mumbleypeg blindfolded with a welding torch, the masses were entertained by other men whose shtick was doing harm to other men. AoM has a great primer to those of you who have not watched every episode of Spartacus.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
"You must admit, it's hard to imagine this place being conducive to anyone's mental health."
—Batman, on Arkham Asylum
I've pretty much abandoned Falling Skies, and I'm desperately hoping that the writers of Terra Nova develop something beyond dinosaur-of-the-week with only the badassness of Stephen Lang and its family-friendliness to keep it on my radar. But there is one show this season that has me eagerly awaiting the next episode.
FX's American Horror Story is the story of the Harmon family. Psychiatrist Ben Harmon moves his wife Vivien (played by Connie Britten) and his daughter Violet (played by Taissa Farmiga) cross-country to Los Angeles, leaving behing mundane misfortunes and misdeeds like miscarriage and adultery only to find supernatural horrors at their new Hollywood Victorian abode.
With the New House, New Problems trope as its central motif, AHS has all of the tropes that make for great horror: the Waif-Prophet, Creepy Twins, a Spooky Painting, and a delightfully Politically Incorrect Villain played by my nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series Emmy, Jessica Lange.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Just in time for Halloween and the 2012 apocalypse, Zombie Industries is selling life-sized 3D zombie targets that actually bleed when hit by a round.
And for those of us on a tighter budget, they're also selling zombie paper targets.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Usually, when folks suffer the consequences of their bad choices, we say that they are reaping what they have sown. But, in the case of Georgia's Arizona-style immigration law , the state is NOT reaping what it has sown. Millions of dollars worth of what it has sown.
Not since Sherman's Army of The Tennessee dropped in for torch-lit Rape & Pillage™ has Georgia's farmland experienced the kind of ruin recently wrought by the state's legislative locusts.
Get-tough-on-illegal-immigration laws have inadvertently created manpower shortages on farms. The result: produce rots in the vine, and those "Made in America" fruits and vegetables will be replaced with inexpensive imports.
The great irony here is that the same crowd that chants the mantra of "limited government" is the same one that pushed this business-busting legislation through. The man who signed this into law is the same Governor who was smart enough and courageous enough to spearhead an initiative to clear his state's prisons of nonviolent drug offenders, the victims of Georgia's last bone-headed legislative crackdown, to make room for gang-bangers, rapists, and child molesters.
So far the conscription of these criminals into a makeshift Convict Land Army directed to the fields by their parole agents is the only solution the government has tendered to deal with the great migrant farmworker desertion.
Many of these felons don't last a week. These are the same offenders who prefer risking the shivs, shanks, and sodomy of jail to working eight hours a day in a nice air conditioned McDonald's. Yet, for some reason, now they are going to toil from sun-up to sundown under Dixie's infernal sun for a pittance?
She is going to stay on the porch, cut bait, and get the hell out of the way.
That is all.
h/t Sarah Palin Will Not Run for President - ABC News
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Salt Mummies: Usually found in mausoleums and appearing as bodies wrapped in spider silk in the fashion of mummies the touch of these mummies does not spread mummy rot, but rather drains the moisture from people (saving throw or lose 1d3 points of constitution; one point of constitution can be regained by drinking one gallon of water). Sewn into each mummy is a gold statuette worth 600 gp.
SALT MUMMY: HD 6+4; AC 3 ; Atk 1 fist (1d12); Move 6; Save 11; CL/XP 7/600; Special: Desiccate, hit only by magic weapons.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A few weeks ago, we received capital-N Notice that our local water authority has failed to do EPA-mandated testing for little things like lead and fecal matter for at least two years.
But at least it's not flammable.
The play focuses on Agnes who "is finally leaving her childhood home following the death of her totally weird sister, Tilly. When she stumbles upon Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook; however, Agnes embarks on an action-packed adventure to discover more about her sister than she previously cared to know. A octane comedy fraught with hostile faeries, randy ogres, and '90s pop culture."
The Flea will also host a D&D-inspired art exhibit: "Doomslangers," artist Casey Jex Smith's works focusing on a "D&D adventure to save the mythical city of Dingershare from the evil Lord Ricaek."
Casey Jex Smith
Davroar Arboshare 2010
For more info, tickets, etc., go to theflea.org.