Thursday, March 27, 2014

Episode #38 - "It Comes In Spurts" - Show Notes

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Alternate Title: "Prosetry" or "We're Gonna Need A Bigger Swear Jar"
  • Special Co-Host: Otto the Autopilot
  • Tonight's Beverage: Same stuff we've been drinking for weeks, but aren't going to mention until that sponsorship comes in. Chop chop, Smiroff! Wait, dammit!
  • Whoops! Wrong episode number giving at the start. D'oh!
  • Dirk's high school days.
  • The vast improvement Cop Out was on Blu-ray over the movie. DirkFlix review of the movie and Blu-ray.
  • Discussion of A Band Called Death and Anvil: The Story of Anvil, one of Dirk's Favorite Movies of 2009.
  • Mop-up from last week's show about Intelligence, why Brett Ratner directed X-Men 3, and the writer of Enslaved.
  • Quick discussion of Judge Dredd and Dredd.

  • Movie trailer discussion:

  • Music by Red September - "Killjoy" (Radio Edit version without the swear word.)
  • A 50-minute interview with local author Pete Wurdock about the Kickstarter for his book 2 Guitars, Bass & Drums - The History of the Dondero Pop Concert documenting the history of the Royal Oak Dondero High School Pop Concert which he and Dirk both played for in the early-'80s. We discuss his post-high school career and share tales of our musical (mis)adventures while being heckled by our choir director via FaceSpace comments.
  • A partial archive of Pop Concert recordings. In the 1983 Concert - the only one of the three Dirk performed in that's available - he played on rhythm guitar on "Foolin'" for sure and probably the lead on "Hard To Say I'm Sorry." Can't recall 100% if he's lead on "Last Chance."
  • The video featuring Pete and other Dondero alumni that narrowly lost on MTV's Basement Tapes:
  • Dirk hypes up Watershed again.The book: Hitless Wonder. The latest album: Brick & Mortar.
  • Sorry about the so-so audio quality, but the video is so brilliant we wanted that more:
  • Origin PC game service starting thing called On The House where they give away games. First one is Dead Space and it's free until May 8, so go get some. ADD LINK
  • Microsoft Office 365 is now free on Android. Go get some more!
  • Amazon is rumored to be starting a new streaming service or making a set-top box, triggering another Dirk rant about their blackballing of Android.
  • Rumors about rebooting Indiana Jones with Bradley Cooper and possible methods to make it work.
  • Anti-videogame and anti-gun California State Senator Leland Yee is charged with some serious gunrunning.
  • The Internet brouhaha over Occulus Rift being bought by Facebook. Voices against: NY Times; Bloomberg; Boing Boing; Notch. Voices for: Extreme Tech; Jim Sterling.
  • A little more Pop Concert talk.
  • The soundalike hits by P!nk and The Veronicas:

  • For Otto:
  • Quick Hits: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split - aka "conscious uncoupling"(try and be strong); the brilliant way Titanfall is dealing with cheaters; Andrew W.K. was a teen model(?!) and the proof is here; Adam West trolls his local phone book (West is 85 years old); unsafe speeds caused Paul Walker's deadly crash; Karmin has a new album (try and be strong); the new Pretty Reckless album;and the next two videos:

  • Social Fixer no longer tells you when people unfriend you on FaceSpace.
  • Taking a break from the gratuitous photos of J.Law for this gratuitous photo of Monica Booblucci:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Episode #37 - "Minor Differences of Opinion" - Show Notes

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Alternate Title: "Dropped Off at Van Dyke & Harper"
  • Special Co-Host: Otto the Autopilot
  • Tonight's Beverage: Smirnoff Ice Green Apple (Still waiting for that sponsorship, Smirnoff.)
  • The disagreements begin immediately as to the merits of Tom Waits as strip club music.
  • The disconnect between how many people are listening vs. interacting via the FaceSpace page. Come on by and say hello!
  • Tons of mop-up from last week's show.
  • RIP Hal Douglas:
  • Oscar nominees with their younger selves via Photoshop magic.

  • The first 11 minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier were briefly online, so we talk about it. (No link available now.)
  • The From Dusk Till Gone: The Series series (is this grammatically correct?) is touched upon.
  • The extra-fun kiddie murder episode of The Walking Dead and speculation about the season finale.

  • SNL's Rosetta Stone spoof.
  • Is David Lynch's Dune misunderstood? Dig the lasers coming out of the Guild Navigator's butt in the clip there.
  • Learn about Alan Smithee here.
  • Maggie Q at the Divergent premiere:
  • A discussion of whether third movies in series suck.
  • A big digression into Xanadu on our way to X-Men with a detour into Pixar losing the plot and whether Disney is evil.
  • How John Carter's trailers killed the movie. ADD LINK
  • Talk about Iron Man 2.
  • The stunning revelation about someone's negative feelings about Terminator 2 which pretty much derails the show.

  • Dirk's Roku and the fragmented experience in streaming, especially Amazon's refusal to support Android for video.
  • The mindlessness of iTards. 
  • Jimquisition: Why PS4 is Beating Xbox One’s Arse.
  • Google stopped underlining links.
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West video game and Lindsey Shaw who plays Trip in the game as well as Emily's girlfriend Paige on Pretty Little Liars:

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Episode #36 - "Lighten Up, St. Francis" - Show Notes

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    Alternate Title: "Black Is The New Holocaust"
    • Special Co-Host: Otto the Autopilot
    • Tonight's Beverage: Smirnoff Ice Green Apple (It's time for Smirnoff to start advertising on the show. Seriously.)
    • The seriously effed-up, even by Michigan standards, weather.
    • Otto reports on his trip to Las Vegas which caused us to take the week off.
    • This photo of Emma Watson launches a discussion of what's taking her so long to get hot?

      More photos from the ELLE shoot.
    • The difference between Avril Lavigne in 2002 (age 17) and the Maxim shoot in 2008 (age 23):

    • Keira Knightly in Bend It Like Beckham, filmed when she was 16. (Can't find a better full-length shot of this outfit.)
    • Discussion of the controversy surrounding Noah leads into an Otto rant about religion. (Really! Not Dirk ranting for a change.)
    • Discussion of the Oscars, the controversies regarding the ceremony and complaints from the professionally aggrieved, and Otto's dislike for Ellen DeGeneres.
    • Problems with pigeons.
    • J.Law is a total goon and that's what makes her great!
    • Dirk's Oscars 2014 Livesnark tweet compilation.
    • Late-'90s teen movies and Rachel Leigh Cook.
    • Dirk's deep affection for Josie and the Pussycats.

    • How The Walking Dead has become Idiot of the Week and agreeance about Lauren Cohan:
    • Discussion of TV shows Star-Crossed, Intelligence, Resurrection, Almost Human, Pretty Little Liars, Girls, and others.
    • Hotel Internet speeds.

    • Someone needs to learn how to spell "Shapeshifter."
    • The continuing mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
    • Lena Dunham and the BS controversy about screen time for women. She's also threatening to quit acting.
    • The annoying hypocrisy of Eddie Vedder.
    • John Mayer and Katy Perry break up. "Pussy Arrogance" spotted.
    • Amazon raises the price on Prime to $99. Boo.
    • Battlefield 4 remains broken after four months.
    • How Target screwed the pooch in stopping the credit card hack last year. Stunning incompetence. 
    • Local music impresario Sue Static is interviewed in this week's Metro Times.