A fan-made video set to a song that echoes the sentiment of a lot of us Browncoats.
via Whedonesque | a weblog about Joss Whedon http://whedonesque.com/comments/32035
A fan-made video set to a song that echoes the sentiment of a lot of us Browncoats.
via Whedonesque | a weblog about Joss Whedon http://whedonesque.com/comments/32035
Eddie Van Halen is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and his solo on the 1978 song “Eruption” is second on Guitar World’s list of the 50 best. A 14-year-old girl on YouTube named Tina S. is now racking up views with her spot-on cover of the rock classic.Uploaded on May 20, more than 1.7 million people have watched Tina as she plays seated, almost no emotion on her face, finge…
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Let me preface this post with two things: 1) This is not particularly geeky. 2) While I am not of the opinion that 30 years is the peak (or end) of life, I do agree that it’s a milestone age that inspires a bit of reflection and a flurry of future-planning, at least for me. My 30th birthday fast approaches, and while I didn’t expect to care at all, it seems there’s a bit of OMG I’M A 30-YEAR-OLD LOSER happening. I don’t mean to say that not being crazy famous or rich or whatever before 30 makes a person a loser — that’s absurd. I just meant that there are things I thought I would already have accomplished, and yet the Internet is loaded with lists of things one should do before completing a third decade of life, and invariably these lists contain things I have not done. Like some of these, actually:
This is an admirable list in that it contains both classical works and newer classics, and even a book on etiquette. I have read four of the 10 and while I think mentioning that Marcus Aurelius is easily consumed in bathroom-break length bits, I’m probably never going to touch it. What are your suggestions for other pre-30s reading?
I’ve done 12 of these 29 things, and no way in hell am I telling you which ones. Trust that jumping from a building is not included, but add .5 for once having pet a dolphin at SeaWorld. I already work my dream job — thank you, Internets — and have written a letter to my future-self, which arrived a year ago and was spot-on. Too bad “be totally psychic” wasn’t on that list, because then I’d have another thing to cross off. As far as activities go, which new thing should I try this month?
BuzzFeed’s list of 20 amazing places to see before you die has both my feels and my bank account weeping quietly in the corner. I have been to zero, though I did once watch an episode of Digging for the Truth wherein Josh Bernstein (the sexiest real-life approximation of Indiana Jones, IMO) went to Petra. (I realize that this does not count.) Have any of you been anywhere incredible or un-missable that you would recommend to someone?
Okay, here’s an area in which I excel. Of TIME’s 7 recommendations, I’ve had 7. But these are great regional American foods or items that I can make at home (mmm, bread). What crazy-but-available food should everyone try at least once?
Here’s a weird list: 1000 songs to hear before you die. Scanning just the first 17 — which is how many I can see without actually scrolling — I think I might be okay here. I give myself a predicted 50% completion rate, anyway. But this list seems bizarrely incongruous: Beyonce ended up mixed in with The Beatles, and where the hell is Nirvana? Anyway, drop your music recs in the comments. I’ll listen to them all.
So as I scramble to shoehorn base-jumping and eating a durian fruit into the next couple of weeks, tell me how you guys celebrated/plan to celebrate your big 3-0s, or any other important birthday. (Except the 21st — we all know how everyone spent that day.)
[image from the always-rad someecards, which is pronounced “some ecards” and not “so me cards,” which I recently heard just before my brain exploded.]
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BEN FOLDS FIVE TO PERFORM AT NEW YORK COMIC CON
Opening Night Concert Free for VIP and 4-Day Ticket Holders!
Appearance is part of band’s 2012 reunion tour
Norwalk, CT, September 5, 2012: Officials at New York Comic Con (NYCC) are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed and renowned alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five will perform at NYCC in an opening night concert. This exclusive concert appearance for the fans attending NYCC will be part of the band’s reunion tour following the release of their first new album in 13 years called The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind . Ben Folds Five will perform in the IGN Theater at NYCC on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 PM, presented by WD, maker of digital storage and home entertainment products. The concert is free for NYCC VIPs and 4-Day ticket holders with entrance provided on a first come, first served basis. Badges must be presented at the door.
This year’s New York Comic Con, which attracted over 100,000 fans last year, will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at Manhattan’s Javits Center. The extravaganza attracts top talent and major artists from all areas of the pop culture universe including comics, film, television, music, books and gaming.
Ben Folds Five reunited last year to record three new songs for the career-spanning compilation The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. At that time the band hit on ideas that yielded their first new material since 1998’s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner which has led them back into the studio to record a new album. Ben Folds has noted that when the trio, which includes bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee, got together for the compilation their time together was very creatively productive. He notes: “I just started throwing ideas out there, one after the other, and they were all coming together and sounding like something from another album, like an album in the future. We really found ourselves very interested in making another sound.”
In commenting on the exclusive concert engagement, Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President and Show Manager for New York Comic Con, notes: “This is an awesome way to be kicking off this year’s edition of New York Comic Con, and it is definitely a statement about the type of high quality programming and entertainment that we plan to deliver to our fans on all fronts. We are all about providing killer content from all strains of popular culture. This is simply the latest in a long line of notable announcements that we will continue to make right up to our show. We are grateful to Ben Folds Five for agreeing to fit us into their tour schedule and for getting our 2012 event off to such an auspicious start. The IGN Theater will be packed with fans on Thursday, October 11!”
As noted, New York Comic Con spans the pop culture universe, welcoming guests from the worlds of movies, television, anime, manga and video games and providing a home to all that is new, nerdy and cool. In the past, this has included performances from stand-up comics, dinners with all-star chefs and panel discussions with names in fields ranging from cryptid research to theoretical physics. NYCC is proud to be building on this tradition by playing host to Ben Folds Five. The band has been a part of the broader pop culture world since 1994 and their appearance at NYCC will be an opening highlight, ushering in a show filled with pop culture celebrities, guests and entertainment activities.
“Ben Folds Five personifies the inspiration and creative courage that attendees of New York Comic Con so much embrace and that we applaud at WD,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president for WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “We support artists, hobbyists and creative professionals of all types as we know their digital storage devices need to be reliable and entertainment products effortless to use and of the highest quality.”
WD will be showcasing its newest home networking products, which accelerate movies, video and gaming, delivering a premium high-definition entertainment experience. Truly fitting New York Comic Con style, WD’s showcase will be in a 34-foot Airstream trailer, wrapped in flashy images and parked inside the Show Floor (Booth #1167).
Tickets for New York Comic Con in 2012 are currently available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon and twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con . Organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comic, entertainment and anime announcements.
ABOUT BEN FOLDS FIVE: Ben Folds Five, the groundbreaking trio who changed the course of indie rock in the mid-1990s, has re-formed and is releasing The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group’s first album of new music in 13 years.
Ben Folds Five is Ben Folds (piano), Robert Sledge (bass) and Darren Jessee (drums) who emerged from Chapel Hill, NC in 1994. The trio’s high energy gigs garnered an intensely loyal fanbase and BFF signed first with an indie releasing their first eponymously titled album featuring the classics “Underground” and “Philosophy.” Then a move to the majors wrought 1997′s watershed album Whatever And Ever Amen. A slice of pure pop perfection, the album introduced the ballad “Brick,” broke the band commercially and sold more than two million copies worldwide. BFF recorded its last album, 1999′s The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner , which included the single “Army,” before disbanding in 2000.
The trio briefly reunited for a one-off live performance of The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner on MySpace in 2008 and in 2011, the original three members recorded three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a career-spanning Ben Folds anthology. The old magic seemed to be rekindled.
BFF gave its first concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York’s Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. That was followed by a short run of key US summer festivals in June including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee Summerfest, and Old St. Patrick’s Church Block Party in Chicago.
The band returns to the road this Fall with a major North American tour. November will see BFF performances at Australia’s two-week Harvest Festival followed by tours of the UK and Ireland. In 2013, Ben Folds Five will go to Japan, Korea and elsewhere in the Pacific Rim as well as returning for more North American shows.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
from Convention Scene
When the godfather of blogging tells you to write a post, you write that post.
Two days ago Leo and I were talking about habits and procrastination and things like that. I told him about a few of the rules I have for myself, and he said that I ought to write a blog post about it.
This morning I woke up to an email where he, again, told me that I should write a blog post about it. I’m not one to risk getting a horse’s head in my bed, so I’m writing the post. Actually, Leo’s vegan, so it would probably be a giant chunk of Tempeh. Still.
I find gray areas very difficult to work with. I think most people do. If I simply told myself to “eat healthier”, I would probably barely change my diet at all. However, when I give myself black and white rules, I follow them pretty well. The difference is that with black and white rules, you don’t have a thought process to go through– you just act. With gray areas you require yourself to think over every decision, opening the window to excuses.
Following is a sample of the rules I follow. It’s not a complete list, but you should get the idea.
1. When you say you’re going to do something, do it. I believe that without his word, a man is nothing. This rule applies to things I tell others I will do as well as things I tell myself I’ll do.
2. Don’t lie, don’t exaggerate, don’t withhold information, don’t mislead. This rule exists mainly because it affects my performance in every day life. If I know that whatever I do will be related with perfect fidelity to others, I do it better. It also allows me to show proper respect to the people in my life. The one exception is authority figures who have the power to enforce rules but make them. For example, I might lie to a police officer to try to get out of a speeding ticket.
3. Show up on time, always. This rule is pretty recent, maybe a year or so. I’ve decided that when I commit to being somewhere at a particular time, I will always be there at exactly that time. The trick is to just get there five minutes early every single time and wait. It’s a very very minor inconvenience in return for being much more reliable.
4. No sugar, refined grains. I do cheat days every week or two, either when traveling or when it’s the polite thing to do around other people. I used to skip Christmas dinner and make my own food, but now I’ll use that as a cheat day and eat with my family.
5. Walk out of movies, stop reading books, leave parties. If I’m participating in some sort of entertainment and I realize that it’s not going to be worth the additional time spent, I leave. The fact that I paid $10 and watched half of the movie is irrelevant. The real decision at hand is: how do I want to spend the next hour of my life.
6. Computer is off at midnight. The only real exception to this would be if by not doing so I would break rule #1 to other people. If I told myself I was going to do something but wouldn’t be able to by shutting off the computer, I consider that to be good punishment for not getting it done earlier.
7. Listen to people. I used to be bad at this and I hate it when people don’t pay attention in conversation. So when I have a conversation with someone, I make sure I’m really listening and not just waiting for my turn to speak. Sounds basic, but I’d say 50% of people don’t do it.
8. Do the right thing, even if it comes at personal cost. I have a very strong set of morals, which aren’t necessarily totally congruent with everyone else’s, but I defend them and keep them strong by living by them as closely as I can. For example, the story I wrote a couple weeks ago about the Vegas poker chip.
9. Only wear wool. Wool is a better fabric than cotton in just about every way. It’s warmer when it’s cold, breathes well when it’s warm, dries faster and feels drier when wet, absorbs far less odor, etc. Anything that touches my skin directly (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, hat, etc) is wool.
10. Only wear thin soled shoes. It’s better for your feet and joints. I wear invisible shoe sandals and vibram five fingers.
11. When buying things, buy the best or something temporary and disposable. If the purchase is replacing something (and given how minimalist I am, it pretty much always is), it should be smaller and lighter than whatever it replaced. I like high quality items that retain their value well, and I like making my traveling easier. I might sometimes buy something that’s a tiny bit heavier, but overall my backpack has gotten smaller and lighter every year. If it doesn’t make financial sense to buy the best, I invest the smallest amount of money possible in a temporary fix. In other words, I would buy a $9 Casio or a $1000+ Rolex, but never a $100 Seiko.
12. Do things other people aren’t doing. This one is more of a heuristic than a rule, but I include it because it defines so many of my decisions. When making a choice, I will greatly favor the unknown over the known. I feel like this is how you contribute to society, even if it’s in a very small way.
13. Always be learning something. I always have at least one learning project going on at all times. Right now it’s Violin. Soon I’ll be as good as I want to be (able to play one full Mozart song poorly), and I will move on to either Chinese or Japanese.
14. Never have debt. I would suffer way before having debt. That doesn’t mean I won’t borrow $20 from a friend if I forget my wallet, but I would never finance anything other than a house, and only then because I can get a higher return on my money than a mortgage would charge me.
15. Always have a one year buffer of money. Through the years I’ve managed to save up enough to support myself fully for a year (in my RV, cooking my own food). I invest my money buffer to grow it, but I wouldn’t spend it on anything other than living expenses if needed. I do this not because I’m cautious, but because it gives me the freedom to choose how I spend my time, and thus take risks.
Find more from Tynan about living an independent, minimalist lifestyle (and more) at Tynan.com.
USA NETWORK RETURNS TO COMIC-CON(R) WITH FAN FAVORITE “PSYCH” ON THURSDAY, JULY 12
Panel to Feature Beloved Cast Including James Roday, Dule Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson discussing the upcoming seventh season, new guest stars, the 100th episode milestone and plenty of surprises!
LOS ANGELES – June 22, 2012 – USA, which is currently dominating summer’s television landscape with a record number of original hits, returns to Comic-Con(R) for the fourth year in a row with its critically acclaimed fan favorite hit series PSYCH. The USA panel will take place as Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday, July 12.
PSYCH, USA’s longest running hit series currently on air, will feature a panel along with additional surprises for their loyal Comic Con fan base. As in previous years – guests such as Tears For Fears’ Curt Smith, a performance by The Friendly Indians singing the show’s theme song “I Know, You Know,” and a hilarious shout-out from William Shatner — PSYCH will not disappoint the thousands of ‘PSYCH-Os’ who will fill the ballroom, as there will be plenty of hijinks planned for the panel. The entire main cast will be on stage, including James Roday, who stars as Shawn Spencer, solving crimes for the Santa Barbara police department in his own special way; Dulé Hill who co-stars as Shawn’s best friend and reluctant sidekick Gus; Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s disapproving father Henry; and Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson who play the police detectives O’Hara and Lassiter who unwillingly rely on Shawn’s psychic skills, along with the police chief Vick played by Kirsten Nelson. Joining the panel will be creator and executive producer Steve Franks and executive producers Chris Henke and Kelly Kulchak.
The #1 network in all of basic cable, USA Network is seen in 115 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals including POLITICAL ANIMALS, Suits, Necessary Roughness, WHITE COLLAR, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, PSYCH, Covert Affairs, COMMON LAW and FAIRLY LEGAL. The network offers 52 weeks of spectacular live television with WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
from Convention Scene
The cast of “The Avengers” gets put into the Firefly intro and theme song.
I’m surprised it took this long for someone to make it. I think it came out really well!
Monday June 18, 2012
LENOX — Country-pop crossover singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will be the guest star during James Taylor’s July 2 show at Tanglewood, sources confirmed to The Eagle on Monday.
ABOVE: Yes, that is David Tennant as Dr. Who as a Dinosaur. Yes, it is awesome. Artist Peter Foglesong took several of the doctors of Doctor Who and gave them each their own dinosaurific transformation. Check out Peter’s other take on former Who stars in their Dino forms at What an Art. [The Mary Sue]
Hit the jump for more in this weeks Nerd Art Dump! Learning your life lessons from classic video games is a genius decision, like Frogger and looking both ways before crossing the street. In a series of pieces incorporating a classic Nintendo franchise, Chris Gerringer crafted images everyone should be able to relate to. From Kirby to Mario, every Nintendo game has a connection- except for Bowser, ’cause he’s an ass. [Geek-Art] This, this is how you reboot a character DC. Taking the classic design of Batman’s Harley Quinn and spinning her into something less trashy, deviant artist Oni-Geist has created crazed perfection. The next time the comic book industry decides to remake icons that have been around for a few decades, they need to check with Oni for inspiration first. [Deviant Art] Paying tribute to Beastie Boy’s Adam “MCA” Yauch, artist Steven Howard decided on going balls out, insulting two of the most unstable X-men in the Marvel universe. God speed MCA, we will continue your fight… for our right… oh you know the rest. [Deviant Art]
Blending the elements of popular sci-fi games like Halo, Metroid, Star Fox and even Space Invaders, and putting it all into a classic Star Wars poster mashup jnkboy has made something we dream of seeing/playing/being. Could you imagine Star Fox and Master Chief face to face and fur to armor? It would make any FPS shooter’s wet dream. [Geek Tyrant] Sorry fellas, Catwoman isn’t naked here. That catsuit is just really, really tight and with a fantastic pose, not to mention the kick ass look, this piece by Camilla d’Errico is one of a kind. No really, the original drawing was sold at auction for charity, so some lucky S.O.B has this in their home. [Deviant Art] The fellas of the Monty Python and the Holy Grail made these little furry bunnies so adorable- until they were discovered to be flesh eating rabbits looking for their next meal. Anna-Maria Jung brings the final moments of several knights into a much funnier light, including the famous holy hand grenade in the battle of the furry menace. No real rabbits were harmed in the making of this drawing. [Comics Alliance]
Oh Snap! Looks like the dark lord of the Sith is suffering from a bout with”performance issues” against the 11th Doctor and his sonic screwdriver. The weird thing is, with the Doctor’s ability to traverse time and space it isn’t unlikely for the the bow-tied wonder to have faced off with someone who had the force. This would be the best crossover ever conceived. [Geek Tyrant]
If only Dr.Seuss had written books this cool, the army and agents of S.H.E.I.L.D vs the unstoppable force of the Hulk and told in a rhyme scheme. The only way to make it any better would be to include pop up pages of the Hulk smashing downtown Whoville. [Blastr]
Groovy baby. Comic book artist Kate Leth loves to redesign super heroes, so much so that she’s been remodeling for years. A retro/mod 60′s styled Batwoman makes us yearn for a time machine so we can inject her into the campy Batman TV show. Admit it, you’d watch! [Kate or Die!]
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Yeah, after seeing Episode I I could have used a stiff drink, too. Actually, total lie. Since I was 12 and love it so much I saw it seven times in theatres. Oh, the shame!! (The Mary Sue)
Forget to feed me again, will you!?! (Obvious Winner)
After cake, we will CONSUMMATE this marriage. Sorry, it’s the only word I could come up with that ended in -ATE. (Geeks Are Sexy)
This lengthy infographic detailing several different sects of geekdom has been making the rounds lately. I’ve cropped the section I feel I fall into, well, minus Gadget geek. I’m a good Comic Book/Gamer cross-section. Though I do have healthy amounts of both Star Wars and Trekkie. And Cosplayer. And in turn a little bit of Craft in me, too. AGH! How can you classify yourself as only one! Visit Geeks Are Sexy for the whole thing, and comment below with what you are.
Two Tesla coils sing “Cara Mia,” which you might be familiar with as the end song the turret choirs sings for you in Portal 2. I love when machines make sweet, sweet, music. (Kotaku)
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield decide to sing rather than speak a lame bit of dialogue for a German Amazing Spider-Man promo. Was it the right decision? You decide! (Comics Alliance)
Even armed with a lightsaber Dumbledore isn’t a wizard to be taken lightly. Yeah, okay, a single stormtrooper isn’t that much of a threat, but, just watch it. (Kotaku)
Meet Mario’s other brother, Guiseppe. He has exciting adventures, too! Like laundry, and learning Quickbooks, and, and…uh…(Nerdist)
Mods often make terrible games good, or even good games better. Other times a perfectly executed mod can create something truly special, like this mod that brings everyone’s favorite little R2 unit into Grand Theft Auto. And the award for best video you’ll see today goes to… (Kotaku)
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