Wednesday, August 19
Monday, August 3
If Monty Python were Japanese and directed by Hal Hartley with design work by David Cronenberg... but then just made not interesting. Curious, yes. Interesting, no.
Thursday, July 30
Wednesday, July 29
Tuesday, July 28
Monday, July 27
Sunday, July 26
Saturday, July 25
Ready to go, I asked.
Just let me finish my daydream,
(from Instant Poetry)
Often when I wake up, I realize that I have left a dream uncompleted. I almost always have to go back to sleep to finish it.
Friday, July 24
Thursday, July 23
Wednesday, July 22
Tuesday, July 21
Monday, July 20
Friday, July 17
I love Alice In Wonderland. I cherish that story. I am also a big fan of reworkings of stories. So, yes, I was excited about Burton's Alice. Seemed like a pairing made in heaven.
But, in no world I ever want to live in, would Alice wear this. Never.
I'm done, Mr. Burton. I am out.
Wednesday, July 15
Monday, July 13
Saturday, July 11
Friday, July 10
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (btw 1st & A)
THANK YOU, ROBOT is host/perforing as always. As is OHIO who is an awesome newish team (sometimes coached by a TYR member) and IRON RUCKUS who is like an indei superteam of madness. Good madness.
167 Bleecker St.
ACTION PALS are great and such a supportive drive in the comedy world (you may have seen their hilarious vids) and this show is always fun. I am performing with NICOLE & CHRIS (which is basically the same as AGAINST ALL ODDS, the break-up improv tw0-person group I'm in, except we are stepping away from break-up for a bit and we haven't come up with a new name yet although I am still pushing for CASINO CHILDREN which is an anagram for "Chris and Nicole"). Also performing are ACTION PALS (of course), FAT PENGUIN (who I love as performers and people) and OHIO (who, while new, are booking shows all over town).
HOGWARTS IMPROVISATIONAL SOCIETY
307 W. 26th St.
Midnight. $5. Link to make reservations (which you might want to do since this appears to be popular)
To quote... "You are cordially invited to a magical romp through the realms of comedy, as envisioned by the finest improvisers that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has to offer. All Muggles, half-bloods and house elves are welcome to attend. (No Death Eaters, please!)"
Thursday, July 9
Anyway, I will, given any opportunity, yell "FORM OF A... BADGER! FOR OF A... ROCKETSHIP MADFE OF OF ICE!"
Here is some packaging for some new toys.
Awesome, right? Two things though:
1) Gleek is on the back/inside ofthe packaging... but do you actually get him as a figure? If not, SHAME MATTEL!
2) I love how Jayna gets a badass eagle has her form and Zan get a badass bucket of water.
Monday, July 6
"This is an experiment in playing a homeless family in The Sims 3. I created two Sims, moved them in to a place made to look like an abandoned park, removed all of their remaining money, and then attempted to help them survive without taking any job promotions or easy cash routes. It’s based on the old ‘poverty challenge’ idea from The Sims 2, but it turned out to be a lot more interesting with The Sims 3’s living neighborhood features.
I have attempted to tell my experiences with the minimum of embellishment. Everything I describe in here is something that happened in the game. What’s more, a surprising amount of the interesting things in this story were generated by just letting go and watching the Sims’ free will and personality traits take over."
Wednesday, July 1
Tuesday, June 30
Monday, June 29
The first half of the movies pretty great. Pretty much until the get out of the deadlands or whatever it is.
It also loots from Terry Gilliam films extensively, especially Time Bandits and Baron Munchausen. That is sort of awesome and sort of lame. But,hey, if you are going to loot surreal fantasy from someone, Gilliam is a good choice to do it from.
Depp recently said in regards to Pirates 4, "At this point I'm trying to turn it into a Beckett play."
God bless him.
Saturday, June 27
I have actually never followed X-Men (or any Marvel/DC stuff). I know enough from listening to other people talk.
However I do love relation maps. We made one in college of who had been involved with who (focus on the theater commmunty). Very educational.
I also love anything that says "signifies one of the parties is from an alternate reality." Sadly, our college map did not include this.
It probably should have.
Wednesday, June 24
Tuesday, June 16
Monday, June 15
Thursday, June 11
You should. She's here and here and here. (She doesn't use the last one much but I assume that is only because she hasn't had much opportunity lately to visit old timey places... she's a busy woman).
Wednesday, June 10
Here's the deal: I am scared of you all.
I know this is common fear, especially amongst people in the performing arts, but I often have the feeling, no, the belief, that no one actually wants to get to know me... or hang out with me. I'm not scared of folks actively disliking me (I already know who they are). I just assume I am not high on many people's radar/wish list.
It is nothing you do. In general, the people I want to get to know are great. They're friendly and warm. It's all me. (And as I type it, it sounds pathetic and sad and needy and whiny.) But it is honestly what goes on in my head, especially when I first meet people. “Oh, they won't want to get to know me.” And so I stand back, not putting myself forward. And that comes across as cold and indifferent.
The fear beneath that fear, is that if I let most folks see the non-cold me, they'd freak out. It comes out sometimes. When I get passionate about something. When I stop being concerned about being correct or making sure I see all sides of every damn issue and opinion. I rant from within. It's not an angry rant. It's a passionate rant, a fount of ideas and thoughts.
The weird thing is where I have recently tapped into that place in me: Storytelling in front of an audience. I've done in a couple of times, in a very safe/supportive place. And for some reason it is easier for me to formulate my ideas. I think sometimes being told “You have ten minutes and no one is going to interrupt or interject. It is all you” is just the freedom I need. It is like I am tapping into something that has built up and been stored. And, surprisingly, I lose that fear.
I also do it when I am gamemastering. Sigh.
Thursday, May 28
I am not going to waste a done of time hear on it. if you saw it, I will gladdy rant about it. Until then, here's Mr. Bale in 1983.
Monday, May 4
You can stop watching after the attack unless you understand Japanese.
Thursday, April 30
Wednesday, April 29
It’s Shatner VS Shatners!
It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.
Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL Shatner, and – of course – William Shatner!
No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no redshirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a lightsaber. But these Shatner-clones are about to learn a hard lesson…that the real William Shatner doesn’t take crap from anybody. Not even himself.
(via Topless Robot)
Tuesday, April 28
Monday, April 27
Saturday, April 25
Survivor this season is actually pretty good. The vast majority of choces and moves have been smart. Not always correct, but they have made sense from a game stand point. Often the game gets bogged down in emotion. It's fun to watch people just play. And there have been nice turns and shifts.
One thing I have always enjoyed about Survivor is the editing. Some of it is just silly, yes. The inevitable shots of spiders when people are scheming or of snakes just before someone turns on an alliance... but it works. ("Alliance." Weird to think that in season 1 everyone was SHOCKED when Richard "came up" with the concept of an alliance, Weird.)
There is one character that is just mind blowing. Yes, character. Hard to call him "person." Coach. Soccer coach and symphony conductor. Looks like Aragorn... a skinny creepy new aged self-help Aragorn. Credit to the producers for drawing out the reveal on his craziness. Maybe he revealed it slowly to everyone during filming, but that is hard to believe. Once he starts referring to himself as "warrior," "samurai," and, my favorite, "dragon slayer"... it's hard to take anything he says seriously. Add in his campfire story ofthe time he kayaked the AMazon and was jumped by an indiginous tribe and beaten and escaped. And how he responds to someone saying, "Well, none of us have broken tiles with a slingshot before" with "I have." Lovely lovely madness. He is like Baron Von Munchausen.
I have always enjoyed the Amazing Race. The lack of voting off and it being more of a personal challenge and seeing the teams of two struggle to work together. Also it's mix of ADD travel show/random slapstick is entertaining.
I usually hate when teams talk about "proving" something to the world. "Old people can compete." "Gays are like anyone else." "Blah blah." So I was a bit annoyed with the deaf son/hearing mother team. But, I have to say, when they won the first leg of the race... I cried.
Friday, April 24
Thursday, April 23
World's Largest Cheeto and the Optimus Maximus from Gizmodo on Vimeo.