Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Cockeyed Costco Prank.

We've mentioned before (right here in fact), but if you've never stopped by that site before, you should. It's quite entertaining.

They have a really great section of pranks that always tend towards the absurd. This one in particular involves fake magnetic product labels for nonexistent oddities like "STUFFED ZEBRA", "DVD HELMET", and "INFANT SKULL REPLICA". Several people were involved in this one, and there are many pictures of the results.

Admin note: Unfortunately, looks like the prank has been taken down from the site. I highly recommend checking out their other pranks, however.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PUG FIGHT: Great Thing Or Greatest Thing?

This, my friends, is Pug Fight. A brutal glimpse into the cruel world of underground pug fighting. You will never be the same after viewing this, but you may find yourself with a new hat.

John Cheese Shows Off His Ghost Hunting Prowess.

Looks like John Cheese is going at the ghost hunting thing solo for a little while. If you don't know who John Cheese is, amongst other badassery he's the 'John' from the book John Dies At The End, which you should totally go out and buy. Right now. I'll include an Amazon link, just in case you're agoraphobic.

He's also recently started a new site, Trucker Logic. Only has a few articles up so far, but they're funny. So is this video, where Cheese uses his experience in ghost hunting (and maybe a dose of soy sauce) to debunk some famous viral ghost videos.

I have to admit, however, that I was sorta hoping a new video in the JDatE Youtube channel meant that another round of the Alternative Reality Game was beginning. This is good too, tho.

John Dies at the End

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lord Knows I'm Not A Fighting Man, But I Want To Punch This Shirt To Death.

You know what, the existence of this Justin Bieber/Black Flag t-shirt makes me think that I may be getting too old for the internet. I think I've reached some sort of irony threshhold, and this definitely crosses it. I'm not exactly sure how though, strangely enough. If I had seen a character in a comic or cartoon with this logo on their shirt, I would have appreciated the irony and laughed. When I first saw the picture I assumed it was a mildly humorous photoshop. Apparently, however, the fact that this is an actual thing and you can buy it rubs me the wrong way.

I think it's because I now have to confront the fact that someone somewhere is going to buy this. Maybe even wear it. This isn't the same as wearing a worn-out thrift store Color Me Badd or Kenny G shirt ironically. This isn't even the same as wearing one of those fake thrift-store t-shirts that have been infuriating me for about a decade. This is worse somehow, and what makes it even harder to deal with is that I can't exactly put my finger on why.

Get the hell off my lawn.


From Bent Objects.

Also, for more silly romantic crap, you should ask yourself whether or not you and your partner are "Shmoopy Diners".

Sunday, April 25, 2010

ROFLSpiders? ROFL Spiders.

ROFLSpiders is an "anti-meme" spawned from the Cracked Forums. Basically it's LOLcats, but spiders. It's way funnier than it sounds.

Pokemon Redesigned As Traditional Japanese Monsters.

As reported at, this artist has rendered 150 Pokemon characters in the style of traditional Japanese art.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

OMG The Rad Times Are Totally Melting My Brain!

NSFW for Commodore 64 Porn. No, seriously.

With that out of the way, holy shit. Pulirula! Chicks in spandex! Skateboarding! Totally Rad Magic! All melted together, in and out like you're on salvia. Or like someone is still learning how to work Video Toaster. Either way, awesome.

These, my friend, are indeed Rad Times.

I've Finally Finished My Least Favorite Philip K Dick Book I Ever Read.

You guys may have noticed I don't do a whole lot of reviews, obviously because I'm completely clueless as to how the internet (and this whole 'blog' thing) works. I have an overwhelming need to share this, however.

Over the years, I've digested and revisited PKD's twenty or so brilliant novels. In search of fresh reading material lately, I have been forced to check out his lesser books. Usually, I would regard a least favorite PKD book the way I'd speak of, say, a least favorite type of candy. This is a different story however.

I picked up the book Dr. Bloodmoney, over three years ago. I read about 100 pages before I put it down, unable to continue. Recently, with the determination I'd imagine one would gather to perform dental work on oneself, I went ahead and finished the rest of the book.

The whole time, I was wondering to myself why I was having such trouble making it throught it. For starters, there wasn't a character I felt I was actually rooting for. Dick has been known for his flawed protagonists, but in this case I'd even go as far as to say I actually hated most of the main characters. There's flawed, and then there's downright feral. Everyone's motives are so shallow it made me feel kind of dirty. For example, at the end when (SPOILER: Bonnie tells Adrew Gill "I've decided I love you" I assume it's supposed to be sweet since he's the father of her kid and all, but since she's spent the whole book being such a transparently conniving bitch it just nauseated me). I could barely force myself to give a shit about even the characters that weren't busy stabbing each other in the back.

Then there's the whole thing about the (SPOILER: sentient, talking animals). It's so meaningless to the plot that I'm not sure why I qualified it as a spoiler. Yet they mention (SPOILER:some rat that can play a flute) a half dozen times, enough that it kinda makes all the human characters seem even more horrible and unlikeable for (SPOILER: investing in traps designed to murder dogs that can talk and musically-inclined rodents).

All in all, the most interesting thing about this book is you get to see PKD experimenting with narrative devices and unfolding imaginative landscapes that he uses much better in later works. In my opinion, however, it's worth skipping over to get straight to the good stuff.

Think you might disagree? Go ahead and pick up a copy and we can discuss it.

Dr. Bloodmoney

Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb

Friday, April 16, 2010

Comic Book Cartography.

Hey lookit, more maps! Check out this new blog, Comic Book Cartography, if you've ever wanted to see a map of the fantasy world in Little Archies backyard, several cutaways of the Batcave, or the above Map Of Krypton.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What Is This, Where Did It Come From, And Where Do I Find More?

Well, I guess it's pretty obvious what this is - some sort of speedrun schematic for Super Mario Bros 3. But seriously, are there more of these out there? Who made this one? So many questions...

Monday, April 12, 2010

One Of My Secret Weaknesses Exposed: Maps In Books.

Okay, I can admit it. I'm a sucker for a book with a map in it. I just really like maps in regards to stories. When I was a kid, I used to make my own painstaking maps of where different things happened in my favorite stories.

So here's the blog Strange Maps. They have a current article regarding pulp crime novels with maps on the cover. The above is a scan of the novelization of the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Rope", with a map laying out the most important events. This pleases me to no end.

This Is An AT-AT. Made Of Bacon. I Don't Know What To Think Anymore.

The bacon AT-AT stands 3 feet tall, is made of 40 lbs of bacon, and apparently took over 21 hours to build. This is the first time I've ever been able to use both the "Star Wars" tag and "Bacon" tag for the same entry. I approve.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Watch Out, Google AdSense!

Wait until I implement the PLUNDER FUNNEL system on Dorkstuff!

Samurai Star Wars!

At the blog of cartoonist Steve Bialik, he has been rendering classic Star Wars characters in the format of traditional Japanese art.

PIXELS - An 8-Bit Attack On New York.

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PIXELS, a two-minute Parisian short film by Patrick Jean, where retro video game characters ravage New York. You just have to see this. Did you catch all the retro-game logos? A lot of them are blink-and-you'll-miss-em.

EDIT: Just noticed the C64 subway entrance is at 23rd Street.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's... It's Got A Life Of It's Own Now!

The internet works fast. Batshit fast. At a couple of days old, the Constance Quit Yer Cryin' Facebook group is no longer breaking news. It's no longer even breaking news that it's been taken over by people supportive of Constance McMillan. But, if you haven't had a chance to take a look at it, you might just want to. That is, if you've got a whole lot of spare time. Facebook itself can get quite addictive, but this page has absorbed the better part of my day, and posting about it right now is the best I can do to try to salvage anything productive out of it. But damn, have I been entertained.

It's positively hypnotic. Layers upon layers of trolls, fuckery, Godwinning, double-reverse-concern-trolling, channery, and even occasional sincerity. There was even room for both Raptor Jesus and Raptor Satan to get in on the action as new levels of metaness developed.

Seriously, memes were just coming out of the woodwork to weigh in on the subject-

Wow. Look at the time. The page has been Godwinned, Kanyed, and now people are resorting to Lemon Partying. Time to turn off the computer for a while.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pac Man, Reimagined As A Saw-Like Torture Porn.

PACMAN: THE MOVIE TRAILER from Therefore Productions on Vimeo.

I think I like this even better than the classic Pac Man: The Movie viral vid.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Local Austin Video Game Store Buys Corporate Giant.

Ausin, Tx video vintage video game store Game Over Videogames just announced that it purchased all retail outlets of Gamestop, increasing their number of locations from 3 to nearly 1000.