Archive for October, 2008

Dr. Jackstraw, the Abnormal Drug Trafficker

It’s Finals time. Study breaks are a precious commodity, and I think all of the studying starts messing with your brain after a bit. While I was perusing Engrishfunny during one of my breaks, I came across this image.

engrish, movie, batman, toyIn case you can’t read it, here’s the full text:

When being a child Bruce Wayne had witnessed with his own eyes the fact his parents of millionaire were killed cruelly. So affected his strong desire of Revenging his parents. However, God had never given him a chance to fulfill his will. Following the advice of Raws Al-Ghul – the chief of Ninja Group, Bruce come to Gete, which was a corrupted city filled with various crime groups. Bruce found a basement under his villa that turned him into another person: Spiderman. With this mask Spiderman stroke all criminal activates and criminals everywhere. Such as Tougon, the chief of mafia, Dr. Jackstraw, the abnormal drug trafficker, even a mysterious opponent quite familiar with him——–

I love that the title is Batman Begins, and they (sort of) tell Batman’s story, yet once he finds the basement under his villa, he changes into another person, Spiderman. Spiderman? And Spidey fights crime in the city of Gete? All of that was funny, the villains were what put it over the top for me. Especially Dr. Jackstraw, the abnormal drug trafficker. I can only assume that’s the translation error for “Scarecrow,” but Dr. Jackstraw? Really? Hopefully I’m not the only one that finds this hilarious… Otherwise finals are already getting to me, and I haven’t taken my first yet.


You Just Got Barackroll’d!

If you’re not familiar with the Rickroll phenomenon, then you must have been hiding under a rock, or have a really slow dialup connection or something. What started out as a prank on message boards hit the big time on April Fool’s Day last year, when all of the links on Youtube’s front page linked back to the video linked above. Well, some enterprising fellow took bits of Barack Obama’s media time (because there’s oh-so-much of it to use) and put this little gem together for us all to enjoy.

(Nearly) Free Wing Tuesday!

It’s become a nearly weekly tradition that we visit Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday. Why Tuesday? Every Tuesday at Buffalo Wild Wings is 40¢ Wing Tuesday. It’s not a bad deal at all. Apparently they used to be 25 cents, but hey, these are financially uncertain times. A couple of weeks ago, when heading inside, I noticed the banner below hanging outside the restaurant.

.40¢ Wings?

.40¢ Wings?

Notice anything wrong? Notice the decimal point and the currency symbol. That’s a fortieth of a cent, not forty cents. How about that! You could eat 100 wings for 40 cents! That’s a fantastic deal!

As a complete aside, have you ever heard Buffalo Wild Wings abbreviated as BW3’s? Why is that?

UPDATE: Asked and answered. Thanks Justin!

Yep, That About Sums It Up

The excellent folks over at Running Down a Dream are always in fine form, and the latest post is no exception.

Mr. Scott’s most recent post features a quote by Prof. CivPro from a recent Practice Court mini-trial. I suggest you head on over and check it out, it seems to me to be the perfect way to quickly describe the Practice Court program. Go check it out and enjoy!

Listen Close to Everybody’s Heart, and Hear That Breaking Sound

Earlier this week, I realized something. Apparently, I’m a pretty big fan of Joss Whedon. I liked the Buffy show alright, but never really got into Angel. However, I absolutely LOVE Firefly. I didn’t see it when it came out originally, but watched it a couple of years ago on DVD and instantly fell in love. It competes with The West Wing for the top spot on my “Favorite TV Shows of All Time” list, I’m pretty sure. If you haven’t seen it, the premise is an interesting one. It’s set in the future, so of course it’s a space-themed drama, but it paints a far less utopian future than other sci-fi shows. Space travel doesn’t cure hunger or poverty or any of humanity’s other problems. In fact, with colonization of other planets come new hardships. As a result, the show is something of a hybrid between science fiction and a western, which seems like an odd match, but it really ends up working well.

The show only lasted for seventeen episodes or so, which was a real shame. The writing was extremely witty, inserting bits of humor into situations where you wouldn’t expect it. It was also easy to see that the cast had real chemistry together and formed a bond that you don’t always see in shows. They also made a movie, Serenity, which was fantastic. If you haven’t seen either, I highly recommend watching Firefly, then Serenity. You won’t be disappointed.

This week, I finally got around to watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I heard of it because of Felicia Day, and completely forgot that Joss Whedon was the one that wrote it. I also managed to look away at the exact moment that the credits said that he wrote it and also missed Nathan Fillion (Capt. Reynolds in Firefly), so I was happily surprised when Fillion had his first scene. Anyway, the web miniseries stars those two as well as Neil Patrick Harris, and follows aspiring evil mastermind Dr. Horrible (Harris) as he plans for world domination, sharing his plans with the world via his video blog. His attempts to take over the world are frequently thwarted by Captain Hammer, played by Nathan Fillion. He’s also in love with Penny (Felicia Day), the girl he’s never spoken to at the laundromat. Of course, as the title implies, it’s a musical (think of the Scrubs musical or the episode from Buffy that was a musical). The music isn’t Broadway or anything, but for this format, it really works. And, though it’s only about 45 minutes long, I was drawn in and cared about the characters.

There’s something in Whedon’s characterization, style, and sense of humor that does that to me. It was the same thing with Firefly. Though it only lasted a few episodes, I was genuinely sad when I got to the end of the last disc, and realized that after seeing Serenity, there wouldn’t be any more of Capt. Reynolds, Jayne, Zoë, Wash, and the rest of the gang. It’s even in the music for his stuff. After watching Dr. Horrible, I listened to a few songs from the Serenity soundtrack. The main orchestration theme fits the series perfectly, I think; it starts a bit slow and somewhat melancholy, conveying a sense of longing with a touch of sadness that is replaced by a faster-tempo melody that subtly conveys the sense of humor inherent in the series. When I listened to it, I immediately missed the cast of the show and wanted to go back and watch the show again (even though I just watched the series in August). In that moment I realized that I don’t just like his stuff, I’m a Joss Whedon fan. He has the ability to hook me, make me care about his characters, and leave me wanting more. He certainly did it with Firefly, and Dr. Horrible was no exception.

If you haven’t seen it, you can see the three-part Dr. Horrible series here, or it’s available via iTunes.

Strange Ways to Discover Music

It’s funny how much has changed in the past decade or so. It used to be that the only way that I discovered new music was through the radio or from friends. But now, I never listen to the radio anymore, and certainly haven’t found any new music in that manner in ages. I still get great music recommendations from friends, most recently Carbon Leaf and Guster from my PingPong Nemesis, and El Ten Eleven from Miss Alabama (after I recommended Explosions in the Sky to her). But it seems like most of the music I’ve been listening to recently has come from more random sources.

Last Christmas, Sears or JC Penny or some other random store had a commercial featuring a song by The Weepies. It seemed like an odd place to discover new music, but The Mrs. and I were both taken with the band. The more we listened to them the more we enjoyed them, and over the August break, we purchased a couple of albums. Those albums served as the primary soundtrack to our Colorado trip (along with Coldplay’s latest). It’s pretty laid-back stuff, but really worth a listen if you’re into acoustic folk-type stuff.

It’s not an abnormal thing for me to discover music through commercials. the iTunes/iPod commercials have provided me with several new discoveries, including Feist, the Fratellis, and a couple others. But never from a source like a JC Penny’s ad. But hey, I’m not complaining. Good music that isn’t just bubblegum is hard to come by, so I’ll take it any way I can find it.

Most recently, I discovered a new band in the most bizarre fashion yet. Over this past weekend, The Mrs. and I watched the final episode in the excellent Foyle’s War series (I highly recommend this show). I was looking up one of the cast members, Honeysuckle Weeks, on IMDB and instead of finding a photo gallery like I’m used to, I noticed a video at the top of the screen. Apparently a band called The Submarines were fans of the same show, fell in love with the actress’ name, and named their most recent album after her. I watched the video, which contains two performances in it, and fell in love with the band. Apparently, one of their songs actually is the background of the new iPhone 3G commercials, but I didn’t realize that until after I’d already listened to their stuff and fell in love with ’em.

New music has an uncanny ability to lift the spirits. I’m thankful for that.

The Best Seinfeld Moment Ever

I saw this clip when it first aired, and thought it was the funniest clip from Seinfeld that I’ve ever seen.  I hadn’t seen it since, though.  I even Tivo’ed Seinfeld off of one of the syndication spots for quite awhile to see if I could snag it, but it never came up on the queue.  I totally forgot about it until something this morning triggered the memory of it (though I can’t remember what it was), and I did a Youtube search for it. So, without further ado, I give you my personal all-time favorite Seinfeld moment. Enjoy.

I realize that I have been posting mostly videos with short introductions recently. Fret not, I’ll get back to using my words very soon.