Category Archives: A Series Of Tubes

More Anti-Endorsements: Mr. Burns For Mitt Romney

Move over, Joss Whedon! Who better to stand in Mitt Romney’s corner than Mr. Burns, Springfield’s highest profile 1%er?

Sadly, Springfield’s other visible Republican figures – Rich Texan, Count Dracula, Krusty, the blue-haired lawyer, among others – were not available for comment. But hey, it’s nice to know that they’re still in the same digs.

Say what you want about The Simpsons these last ten years or so versus the golden age that was its earlier seasons, it makes me happy that they’re still capable of biting this hard, and with exactly the right timing. The election is just a few days away, y’know.

Source: Warming Glow.

Joss Whedon. Mitt Romney. Zombies.

In this quick little video taken straight from Joss Whedon’s lovely kitchen, the Avengers director and Buffy scribe has managed to stumble upon the one voting bloc in America crazy enough to vote for Mitt Romney: zombie apocalypse survivalists.

I can see the attack ads now: “Barack Obama says he’ll chase down the terrorists wherever they are, but is he weak on the walking dead? Vote Romney.”

Coincidentally, most of Romney’s supporters could be old enough to actually be undead, or rich enough to be a Count of some kind. They certainly have the right deathly pallor going on.

Source: Facebook.

Got A Commodore 64? Get Ready For Super Bread Box

Vlambeer’s Super Crate Box for the PC and iOS devices is one of those crazy melds of shooting and platforming that never, ever seems to get old. Games like it have been around forever, or at least since… oh, the early 80s or so.

Segway! There’s now a Commodore 64 port of Super Crate Box on the way, dubbed Super Bread Box and developed by Paul Koller of C64anabalt fame. As someone who cut his gamer’s teeth on the C64, it warms my heart to see folks out there are still putting games out for the thing. Take that, Dreamcast homebrewers!

Super Bread Box will be out on a real, bonafide Commodore 64 cartridge sometime in early 2013, so you have just enough time to hit up your local pawn shops and flea markets looking for an old C64 unit that still works. Or, more likely, several broken units which you’ll then need to cannibalize for parts. Hope you know how to solder.

Source: Joystiq.

Community Isn’t On Tonight And This Is Why

I’m not even going to say anything. I’ll just let the cast of Troy & Abed in the Morning explain the situation for me.

Okay, scratch that! Maybe I will say something. Everyone has been worried about how the departure of Dan Harmon would affect the show, right? Then you really need to watch this video. It’s just clever enough that it should put most of those lingering concerns to rest.

As the date for Community‘s return is still up in the air, we might not know for sure how the show has weathered the backstage shakeup for a while. But even if this quick video is only clever based on the strength of the characters and their actors – who knows who wrote this, after all – we can still take some reassurance from the fact that the cast is every bit as sharp as they’ve always been.

Or, keep freaking out. You internet folks have that down to a science. Here, calm yourselves down with a bunch of stuff from Tumblr.

data geordi community

community troy emotions

community journey hawkthrorne

community troy abed

Source: Warming Glow. Images: Smoonie, Ginger Haze, Community Overdose, Periodically Sane, Enolah.

Here’s That Full, Uncut Trailer For Shin Megami Tensei IV

Those of you who know me personally (or even just from certain excesses on the forums) should be well aware of my Atlus fandom by now. Persona titles specifically and Shin Megami Tensei at large have been my jam for years now, ever since the decline of Phantasy Star and Suikoden. These games are the last, best hope for the JRPG as we know it, and I have on occasion gone out and bought whole new consoles for them. Yes, I am that guy.

So here’s the full, uncut TGS trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV that Atlus just unleashed into the wild. Give it a whirl. Tell me if you see what I see. Just be ready to lock down your wallet if you do; there’s a very real chance that I might end up buying a 3DS just for this, much like that shiny new Playstation Vita I’m tempted to obtain for Persona 4 Golden next month. I don’t expect you to fall down that rabbit hole with me.

Maybe I could get used to eating cat food? My Pickles seems to really enjoy it.

Head over to Siliconera for a subtitled version if you’re having trouble with that irksome language barrier. It’s okay. I won’t tell anyone.

Source: Siliconera

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.

Happy 25th Birthday, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Don’t you feel old now, huh?

That’s right, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered 25 years ago today, the first truly original addition to the franchise amidst years of reruns and movies with the original cast. It was a huge experimental moment for syndicated television, a breath of fresh air for sci-fi, and… kind of a hard episode to watch, actually. “Encounter at Farpoint”, like most of The Next Generation‘s inaugural season, really doesn’t hold up very well.

Of course, if you’ve read this far, chances are you know the history well enough already, so let’s just skip the preamble rather than waxing nostalgic any further. There’s bound to be enough trumpeting of virtues going on elsewhere; we here at Caffeine-Fueled would prefer to celebrate the only way our booze-addled Friday night brains know how: YouTube clips, and lots of ’em!

So sit back and feast your eyetounges on these memory pops!

Picard Can’t Sleep

Data’s Access Code From Hell

Worf’s Dating Advice For Wesley

Q Is Mortal Now + The Original Facepalm

Worf Objects To All This Nonsense

Worf Objects Again, This Time More Strongly

Riker Has Had Enough Of Your Shit

Data’s Lifeforms Song

Worf Delivers Keiko’s Baby

Data’s Crazy-Ass Dreams

Worf Being Talkative

The Creepiest Thing You’ll See Today

Captain Picard Day

Data’s Klingon Ritual Challenge

Riker vs. Klingon Women

Data Trolls Everyone With Small Talk

Q Is God Now

Worf Takes Care Of Data’s Cat

Picard Gets Some With Shakespeare

Einstein Sucks At Poker

Picard Lawyers The Sheliak

Fine, Here’s A Serious One: The Defector

Data’s Beard

Q’s Mariachi Band

Finally, Here’s Q’s Special Parting Gift

Have A Slice Of Bill Nye’s Science Style

I’ve been doing my best to avoid as many instances of this Gangnam Style meme as I can. It’s a little too big for its own good, you know? Plus there’s a forced quality to it which turns me off. I’m tossing it into the same category as dubstep; it’s just a matter of time before TV commercials start using it, or WWE wrestlers desperately trying to appear topical, at which point the waveform will collapse and no one will care.

Unfortunately, Bill Nye is a tough Science Guy to ignore. So stand up and take a bow, YouTuber AlexRMSTITANIC. You got me. Good job. It won’t stop everyone from looking back on Gangnam Style ten years from now like it’s the fucking macarena, but it’s a start.

Source: Boing Boing.

The Walking Dead’s Michonne Gets Her Swordplay Onne

That might be my worst headline pun ever. Sorry about that (but not really.)

One thing about last season’s Walking Dead finale that really made me perk-up and pay attention was our first fleeting glimpse of Michonne, the katana-wielding ninja-type-person, and her two armless zombie… are we calling them pets? Let’s go with that. Specifically, the visual of the sword. That kind of stands out on a series where no one else knows what they’re doing.

In this video, we learn a little bit about the process which goes into swinging a full-sized blade around for days at a time. As for the one question I’ve been asking for months: “just where the hell do you find an authentic katana in post-apocalyptic Georgia?” Well, I suppose that’s destined to remain unanswered. Serves me right for nitpicking, but man, this show doesn’t make it easy to stop.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 14th and no, Carl will still not be where he’s supposed to be.

Source: Multiple Verses via The Mary Sue.

When You Play The Game Of Thrones Theme, You Either Win, Lose, Or Tie

Being a Canadian means that I really don’t get the appeal of high school and college-level sports, and by “the appeal” I actually mean ” the borderline psychotic obsession with”. It’s not that we don’t partake in the same stuff up here, in the lands of winter; it’s just that no one seems to have the same lifetime-defining attachment to it that a lot of Americans do. “I can throw this football over those mountains” was the one part of Napoleon Dynamite that I found funny as a result.

Then again, some hockey parents… forget I said anything.

Maybe that’s why the marching bands bust out anthems like this, the theme song from Game of Thrones? Is this their way of rebelling against the jock culture they’ve somehow fallen into? Or are the jocks just really into George R.R. Martin?

Source: MTV Geek.