A lot of folks are still skeptical about Twitter. I mean, there’s the recent Oprahcization, and then suddenly there are all these megacompanies and entire cities trying to “follow” you, and oh, yeah, the glut of “social media and branding experts” spammin’ it up, and I suppose I can see how, to a non-Twitterer, it might all seem like some sort of minutiae overload, wherein everyone can’t stop talking about their stupid boss and the snack they just got from the vending machine. #bbqruffles
But, look. Without Twitter, I would not have engaged in one of the most IMMENSELY SATISFYING nerd arguments I’ve had in forever.
In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this will be one of the funniest games around, rivaled only by, oh, let’s say the Sam and Max games, or the Penny Arcade games. And they don’t have comedy legends Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Bill Murray hamming it up.
Alert Nerd sibling-site, Proton Charging, in conjunction with This Week in Geek and GameHeroes, has an exclusive look at the game, including one really funny cinematic (from the first mission of the game – if this is the start of the game…)
I get the vague sense that this is not a popular feeling to feel, and yet, there it is. I love Peter David. Heart him. Enjoy the shit out of his writing.
Come on. How can you not love that guy? He looks like Clemenza from The Godfather after gastric bypass surgery.
But this isn’t about how dashing Peter David looks. No, this is about what the man writes. Which is to me almost always good stuff.
Trying to parse my feelings on the recently-announced Marvel Divas is about as simple as, say, untangling and comprehensively analyzing Alias’ infamous Rambaldi mythology. And then, for good measure, trying to explain it to a newbie who has never watched the show. Or, you know, television.
I mean, look: there’s crabbiness provoked by the expected source. The pitch is worded about as insultingly as possible (“hot fun!” Also, “sudsy!”). The characters, as rendered in the promo art, look weirdly similar (deflating balloon boobs gooooo!). And, you know, if we’re doing a series about “what it…truly means…to be a woman in an industry dominated by testosterone and guns,” it might be nice to see it written by a lady.
But here’s what throws a big, fat wrench in the seemingly clear trajectory of my fanrage — I find myself provoked to further crabbiness by a completely unexpected source: my fellow fans. These two strains of crabby meet and mate and produce a gigantic, tentacled beast of MEGAFANRAGE that wants to direct itself not just at Marvel, but EVERYWHERE, all at once, until I flounce away from fandom in a mighty huff, disconnect from the internet forever, and move into a cave in the most remote of wilderness locales, all “Han shot first! BlerggityblagblahFUCK!”
Office chatter turned into YouTube scouring today, ending at last with the Kate Bush video for Experiment IV, wherein a very young Hugh Laurie, Dawn French, and slightly younger Slartibartfast have their experiments in music twisted into a weapon by the British military. A very 80s theme. And as a video, it’s practically a mini-movie, complete with some effects lifted from Ghostbusters and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
This video just goes to show that all rock stars are nerds. Doesn’t matter what kind of music they make, they’re all giant geeks.