Republicans Frown Upon State Senate Candidate’s World Of Warcraft Character

With the 2012 election cycle in full swing it can be easy to forget about the smaller races, such as those going on for the state senates. Of course, most of those clashes would be pretty forgettable anyway even without a major political confrontation brewing on the national stage. This is boring, boring stuff at the best of times, which means we’re overdue for one side to do something really stupid.

Such as this attack flyer recently mailed-out by the GOP in Maine against Democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz. Platform? Issues? Values? Nah! Naturally, they go after her tweets. About her World of Warcraft character. Obviously.

I swear on my pretty floral bonnet that this is the real, undoctored image. You can also find it on the Maine GOP’s website if you’re still doubtful.

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That is not what “DPS” means. But nevermind that.

Memo to the GOP: People play games sometimes. It’s a perfectly normal pastime for a grown adult to have in this, the 21st century. Being able to distinguish reality from fantasy is something everyone learns to do, usually before they learn their times tables, and certainly long before running for political office. Going after someone for their Warcraft hobby would be akin to politicians in the 80s and 90s attacking each other over their favourite television shows, or their musical tastes in the 70s.

The smell of desperation here is more likely to earn eyerolls than votes, but hey, if that’s how the GOP in Maine want to play it, then I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours. I’m sure the thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours they spend on the putting green is all well spent and completely in-line with the lives of their constituents.

On the other hand, maybe Republicans do play World of Warcraft; they just all roll Alliance characters and this is the inevitable result of those battles spilling out into the real world. Or, it’s a predictable anti-Horde, anti-Orc sentiment. Racists.

Source: arstechnica / Image: Elsinne’s Blog

Skyrim Gets Lynchian With The “Crimes Against Nature” Mod

This began as an attempt to convert Skyrim’s dog head to a working headmesh. It evolved into something arguably worse.

Just in case inserting random Final Fantasy characters and Macho Man Randy Savage into your own personal world of Skyrim wasn’t enough for you, here comes the “Crimes Against Nature” mod. It does exactly what it says on the tin: the unspeakable, the unconscionable, the grotesque. Or a means to live out your weirder Genso Suikoden fantasies. You know who you are.

If you have the stomach for it and a taste for the bizarre, shlep on over to the source of all this madness and check it out for yourself, brave ones. There’s a quick trailer below for the rest of us. The ones who like to watch.

Unfortunately, while deer heads might be in there along with all the dogs, cats, animate furnishings, and *sigh* ponies, I doubt there are any NPCs wandering around commenting about Skyrim’s “damn fine coffee”. Maybe in the next version? That would make me very happy.

If my cat could talk, I would definitely want her to have Claudia Christian’s voice.

Source: GammaSquad, bringer of nightmares.

Hipster Disney Princess Memes Go Musical

On my long list entitled “Songs I’d Like Rael Linford’s Silent State To Cover, Preferably In Full Costume”, this one just shot straight up to the top. Move over, They Might Be Giants; YouTube musicals based on Disney internet memes happened.

Lyrics follow.

WHEN THE WORLD JUST SEEMS TOO MAINSTREAM
WHILE YOU DRINK KOMBUCHA TEA
JUST EMBRACE YOUR INNER IRONY
YOUR TRUE IDENTITY…

JUST BE A HIPSTER
AN INDIVIDUAL
COME ON AND JOIN US
DON’T BE A TOOL

WHEN YOU’RE A HIPSTER
LIFE SEEMS POETIC
YOU LIKE YOUR BANDS HOT
BEFORE THEY’RE COOL

I TALKED TO BIRDS WAY BEFORE TWITTER
LOVE EATING SUSHI!
THAT’S IRONIC!
GLASS SLIPPERS, UGH, SO BEFORE MIDNIGHT
POETRY READING? WHERE’S MY INVITE?
LIKE MY BRA, WELL, IT’S ORGANIC!

THE BOOK WAS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE
WE NEVER FALL, WE ONLY TUMBLE
SEE WHEN A TREE FALLS IN A FOREST AND NOBODY’S THERE TO HEAR IT, YOU CAN BET WE’VE BOUGHT THE VINYL

COME BE A HIPSTER
WE GO OUR OWN WAY
WE SHOP AT THRIFT STORES
OR SO WE SAY

YES, BE A HIPSTER
A F*$&%ING HIPSTER
WE’RE SO UNIQUE
WE’RE ALL THE SAME

It’s like MC Frontalot’s Indier Than Thou, but… meme-ier. And less mainstream. Of course.

Source: The Mary Sue.

Jackie Chan Solves The Senkaku Islands Dispute

Last time on China vs. Japan II: Electric Boogaloo: embassy riots, widespread corporate property damage, waterfights with Taiwanese fishing boats, and the main event: topless bodypainting, because it’s just warm enough in China right now to protest half naked. Silly Ukrainians.

When questioned by the Taiwanese media on the issue, a certain Jackie Chan, star of stage and screen and video game, put his foot down and resolved the matter once and for all:

“The Diaoyu Islands (Chinese name for Senkaku Islands) definitely belong to China!” said Chan, who was in Taiwan to film scenes for his upcoming film Chinese Zodiac.

He added, “The Diaoyu Islands belong to China, but what I say doesn’t count, it is up to the government to deal with it; I wish I am Superman, so I can pull the island closer.“

The line must be drawn here! This far and no further!

I can only assume that Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson were unavailable for comment, which is just fine; those two should never be given the last word on issues of naval sovereignty. Amateur diplomats, the both of ’em.

Look, Japan: I’m sorry. You know I love you guys, but you’re going up against Jackie now. There’s just no countering that. No amount of Gackts, Hard Gays, Ultimo Dragons, Morning Musumes, and Doraemons are going to stand up against The Drunken Master. You’ve had a pretty good run with that whole “Senkaku Islands” thing, but it’s over. No hard feelings, alright? We’ll always have Persona.

Jackie Chan. We’re done here.

Source: RocketNews24 / Image: Asian Movie Pulse

First Batch Of Characters Revealed For Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

As you’re already aware (right?), Avengers was kind of successful at the box office. Not only did all those truckloads of money immediately greenlight a sequel, but it also virtually guaranteed additional films in the personal franchises of each individual superhero… plus a TV series on ABC based around S.H.I.E.L.D. and their somewhat less superheroic agents.

Well, that new series, written and directed by Joss Whedon himself, is inching ever closer to its pilot, and a character list has just emerged to whet our appetites.

Behold!

SKYE | This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident — with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD | Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE | Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS | These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies — she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

Of course, all preliminary character outlines read pretty dry. Just keep in mind that this is a Whedon joint, which means that not only will there be layers here beyond anything a quick rundown can deal with, but we’re also in very real danger of losing one or more of the names on this list before the opening credits roll.

Finally, it just wouldn’t be a new show article without a little fantasy casting, and with Joss Whedon’s name attached that scores us a built-in stable of actors to work with. Not that we automatically assume he’ll just give jobs away to his peeps, but c’mon, let’s be serious: what are the odds that at least one major or recurring role won’t have a degrees-of-separation angle going on?

So here are my picks.

First off, I figure the role of Skye will be given to a new face, or at least someone previously unconnected to Whedon, just to throw us all for a loop. Could be anyone from a relative unknown to an oddball left-field choice (how about *throws dart* Rashida Jones?) or a well-established name returning to television (Alias lead Jennifer Garner?)

Grant Ward will go to someone Whedon’s worked with before, but who didn’t get as much time as others have, such as a Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica; with Whedon on Dollhouse) or an Adam Baldwin (the incomparable Jayne Cobb of Firefly fame), though perhaps both choices are a little too obvious and bordering on typecasting considering their previous outings, especially in Penikett’s case.

Althea Rice would be most interesting coming from an actress not generally known for playing the quiet, vulnerable type. Firefly‘s Gina Torres fits best for my money.

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Has the time come for Felicia Day’s first huge TV role?

Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons lend themselves a little too well to the most obvious pairings from Joss Whedon’s stable, such as Firefly‘s Summer Glau and Sean Maher, already more than familiar with the sibling routine; Angel‘s Amy Acker and Jonathan Woodward; or even Dr. Horrible‘s Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day.

Chances are that one of them will be a face we recognize and the other we won’t. This would be a great place to insert Felicia Day as Jemma Simmons, while leaving the other seat up for grabs.

Honestly though, I’m just excited that this thing exists at all. Here’s hoping for a successful pilot regardless of the names involved.

Source: TVLine / Images: Geekscape; TV Tropes

Hear The Earth Sing From Space

That other sound you’re hearing right now is hundreds of new age musicians cutting samples.

Quoth The Verge:

NASA has released a recording of a phenomenon called chorus, which consists of radio signals caused by plasma waves found in our planet’s radiation belts.

“This is what the radiation belts would sound like to a human being if we had radio antennas for ears,” explained Craig Kletzing, from the University of Iowa, who says that the new recording is “one of the clearest examples” of chorus so far.

What strikes me the most about this are all the chirping noises, almost like the sound of crickets at nightfall. I always imagined that if the Earth had a “sound” of its own, it would be something from nature, so it’s an oddly reassuring feeling to be right about that.

Give it a listen and see what you think. Just hold off on the dubstep remixes, okay?

Well, if not crickets, then perhaps the Earth sounds remarkably close to something off a Godspeed You! Black Emperor album.

I wonder what the radiation belts of other celestial bodies sound like? We may never find out in our lifetimes, but I figure some of them would be quite different. If Earth sounds like a field of crickets, imagine the intensity of a much larger gas giant. Jupiter in particular could be deafening.

Raise your skinny fists like antennas to heaven…

Source: The Verge / Image: NASA

Babylon 5’s Michael O’Hare Has Passed On

The sort of news I wake up to these days.

Quoth J. Michael Straczynski himself:

“I regret that I must convey the sad news that Michael O’Hare passed away today. He suffered a heart attack on Sunday and was in a coma until his passing this afternoon. This is a terrible loss for all B5 fans and everyone involved with the show wishes to convey their condolences to the O’Hare family. He was an amazing man.”

O’Hare, who headlined Babylon 5 in its first season as Commander Sinclair, joins fellow B5 castmates Richard Biggs, Tim Choate, Jeff Conaway, and the masterful Andreas Katsulas in their journeys “beyond the rim”. Though he was only on the show for one of its five years, he was nonetheless an indispensable cornerstone of the series, as his later guest appearances would hammer home in the craziest of ways.

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Before and after B5, O’Hare was an accomplished stage actor. His last TV appearance was on an episode of Law & Order back in 2000. After that, it appeared as if O’Hare had gone off the grid entirely. I don’t recall hearing anything official about a retirement, and most “where are they now?” discussions regarding B5 alumni always left the question open.

Here’s a depressing piece of trivia for you: since finishing its run 14 years ago, Babylon 5 has lost more of its leading actors than the original Star Trek has in 43. This has led some fans to ponder aloud whether or not their favourite show is “cursed”. Maybe they shouldn’t do that.

Source: Huffington Post.