Posts tagged “Wil Wheaton”

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

“Of the Month” March 2017

Comic Book of the Month:

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat

A superhero starts a temp agency that matches super-powered people to jobs other than fighting crime. Hi-jinks ensue! Along with Ms. Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat forms a triumvirate of fun, funny, optimistic, and kick-ass female-led comics from Marvel. Hellcat is seriously a joy to read each month, with Patsy’s searing optimism and amusingly convoluted back-story (she was once the star of teen romance comics about 50 years ago, and at one point she died and went to Hell under the influence of a depressing villain (but she got better), and she has an ex-husband who’s a sorcerer) serving as fodder for great comedy. Writer Kate Leth gives each character an excellently funny voice, and the art is vibrant and cartoony without being un-relatable. These feel like real people. Extreme people in an absurdly extreme world, sure, but real enough that you really do care for them. Seriously, pick up Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Hellcat (and toss Howard the Duck in there while you’re at it) and you’ll have a great time every month.

Restaurant of the Month:

Mizuki Buffet

An inexpensive, all-you can eat buffet with an entire wall of fresh sushi, within walking distance of my work? Uh-oh, that’s trouble! Seriously, the lunch buffet is only $15 bucks, and you can easily eat $40-$50 worth of sushi for that much money. And if (for some unfathomable reason) you get sick of sushi, they have two entire other walls full of other Asian (and some non-Asian) foodstuffs. Bonus: if my team at work meets or exceeds our monthly goals, our manager treats us to lunch here. That’s fantastic motivation.

Tabletop Game of the Month:

Get Bit!

A very fun, small game where you play as a bunch of robots swimming away from a shark, who will devour a limb off of whichever robot is in the back of the line at the end of the turn. The last robot with at least one remaining limb wins! Each player plays a numbered card to determine their place in the line, but if two or more players play the same number they get stuck and have to watch as all the other players swim ahead of them. A great deal of the fun is that the robots and shark are all actual pieces, with movable parts (and removable limbs for the robots). It’s such a simple idea that my three-year-old daughter figured out how to play almost right away. And she giggles quite a bit when she makes the shark eat a robot’s leg. They played this game on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop a couple of years ago, so you can actually see how it goes here (Get Bit starts at 19:30):

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

How November is Winning the Internets

The Best 11th Month of the Year!

The Best 11th Month of the Year!

So far the month of November has turned out to be a surprisingly awesome month not just because it contains my daughter’s birthday (and my wife’s as well), but also in one other regard: internet videos. Yes, these last couple of weeks have seen the release (or viralization at least) of a whole bunch of fantastic video content.

Not just the fact that TWO music videos were released for songs that were written for my daughter (1 and 2), or the fact that Tim & Eric have made a commercial for Totino’s Pizza Rolls that is more like an experiment in terror than a commercial. No, even beyond that we have some exceptional gems:

Last Week Tonight’s Home Depot Commercial

In which we learn the true purpose of Home Depot employees (played admirably by Ron Swanson):

Bonus points for including Coach McGuirk himself, H. Jon Benjamin.

Camera in a Weightless Water Orb

Some astronuts on the Internation Space Station grew a rather large orb of water, then decided to stuff a waterproof video camera into it, with some entertaining (and scientific!) results:

Too Many Cooks

And then finally we have the ultimate TV introduction parody… that goes completely off the rails. This is one of the greatest pieces of comedy satire to hit the internets in a long, long while:

Whew! That was quite an experience, wasn’t it? Too Many Cooks originally aired quietly at about 4:00 in the morning on Adult Swim before finding its way online.

AND MORE…

That’d be enough awexomeness right there for a whole month, right? But there’s more on the horizon! GASP!

TableTop Season 3

Later this month will see the return of one of my all-time favorite webseries:

Baman Piderman Season 3

A promo for the third season of Baman Piderman has premiered! HOOWAY!

There’s no indication that the third season is actually gonna premiere in November, but still just getting this preview video is pretty awexome.

New Video from The Jesus Rehab!

No details, but it looks like it’s for the song “Sallie Came Home” from The Zoo At Night based on this one promotional screenshot:

That should be coming out on November 18th!

GO NOVEMBER! YOU’RE THE BEST!

Categories: Round-up, Videos.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Funniest Thing on Twitter in a Long Time

So there’s some bad stuffs going on in Ukraine right now involving Russia. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I guess wanted to show that he was standing in solidarity with the USA, so he tweeted this:

This is very strange. Did he use a stock photo of him looking serious on the phone? Or did he have an aide photograph him just for this occasion? Why did he need a photo of himself on the phone in the first place? Did he think twitter wouldn’t believe that he actually talked to Obama on the phone?

Despite how serious the Ukraine situation is, this of course needed to be mocked. And mocked it was. And who better to mock the Prime Minister than Twitter superstar Rob Delaney?

And Sir Patrick Stewart was thankfully also on the case:

But things couldn’t get started until comic writer Michael Moreno joined in:

Whew! Now I know the situation is well in hand!

Edit: 11:59 AM
O noes! Wil Wheaton was too late to join the call 🙁

Hahahahahaha

Categories: Celebrities.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Geek and Sundry by Felicia Day and Friends

I must say I am rather excited for this venture: Felicia Day and friends are starting (on April 2nd) a new YouTube channel called “Geek and Sundry” that includes a bunch of interesting-looking shows. Here’s a trailer:

I have to say I am probably most interested in Wil Wheaton’s “Tabletop” show, which he says “combines Celebrity Poker with Dinner For Five, but we play boardgames instead of poker.” I am also curious as to just what the heck Paul & Storm’s show is going to be like.

More info:

  • Geek & Sundry’s YouTube Channel
  • Geek & Sundry on Twitter
  • Felicia Day on Twitter
  • Wil Wheaton
  • Paul & Storm
  • Categories: Videos.

    Tuesday, 22 June 2010

    @wilw’s twitter hijack hijinks

    I like twitter for interactions like these. You see, Wil Wheaton’s basically-fully-grown son Ryan has an amusing habit of sneaking his own tweets into Wil’s account when Wil isn’t paying attention. As Wil explains:

    We play this game where he tries to hijack my Twitter account when he comes home … which he is currently winning by a VERY wide margin. 1

    So a few weeks ago during a rather regular day of tweeting from Wil, we suddenly get this:

    Hey Ryan is the best!

    Me: DAMMIT!
    Ryan (slowly, is if to a child): What did we learn?
    Me: rassum frassum rassa…

    And then, a few minutes later…

    Seriously Wil…. Ryan is amazing.

    SON OF A!

    And then again just last week:

    Ryan sure is awesome. Yes he is.

    @wilw DAMMIT RYAN! I’m out at the barbecue, making *YOUR* dinner! rassum frassum sassum …

    I always look forward to these Ryan hijackings. And besides which, Wil Wheaton is one of the more entertaining celebrity tweeters out there, so follow him if’n ye ain’t already (though ye probably already are).

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    Categories: Celebrities, Links.

    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    Happy w00tstock Birthday!

    My birfday was on Thursday, and for a present my ever-loving wife gave me a ticket to w00stock 2.0 at the Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle. Not coincidentally, it was @SphinxAkashaa’s birfday last month, and his ever-loving wife also gave him a ticket to w00tstock 2.0 at the Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle. So the two of us (our wives had to work and stay home with a baby, respectively) went and saw the show last night.

    It was lots of good.

    Let me just try to do a quick run-down of the many, many things that happened at the show. This probably won’t be in order at all, but oh well:

    The show was run from a Macbook, and the desktop was visible on a giant screen in the background throughout basically the entire show (unless they were showing something else on the screen). You would actually see the mouse cursor double-click on the next section of the show to start it in Quicktime, which would then go fullscreen. The background of the desktop was Ceiling Cat:

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    Paul & Storm did their “Opening Band” song.

    Canadian sketch comedy troupe LoadingReadyRun did a humorous time-travel reading, then showed two sketches on the big screen. One was only okay—about superheroes who all have similar emblems so get confused as to whom the signal in the sky is summoning. The other one—about a guy who obsessively installs Linux in EVERYTHING—was really very funny.

    Molly Lewis performed four songs: the three-movement one about the assassination of Lincoln, a brand-new one that didn’t have complete lyrics about wanting to have Stephen Fry’s baby, the one about breaking up with Wikipedia, and then a “Two Girls, One Uke” version of “Conjunction Junction” with Presidents of the United States of America drummer Jason Finn backing them up, and a special surprise to perform the spoken-word segment of the song. Don’t take my word for it, though; I recorded it:

    Xbox Live banhammer Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse gave a humorous reading about the process of banning people from the Xbox Live service. He gave it in the style of a pious religious reading, with Paul & Storm backing him up as chanting monks.

    Two guys from Loan Shark Games are making a sequential puzzle video, and they’re showing a different piece of it during each of the next few w00tstocks, starting with this one. It was a funny video that involved one guy juggling some very specific objects. Then they did a live plate spinning trick. The climax of the trick was a hand holding a stick on top of which was a spinning tray, on top of which was a really long pole (probably four or five feet), on top of which was a spinning plate. Very impressive.

    Wil Wheaton gave a reading from his book, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, about the first time he went and saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Interesting side-fact: I’ve never seen it, and have absolutely no desire ever to do so. It sounds like a dreadful time to me. But it was a well-written and well-performed reading, with again Paul & Storm backing him up with snippets of songs where appropriate.

    MC Frontalot did a set. It was really hard to understand his lyrics; I think a combination of mic volume and speaker placement made it so that where I was sitting was just not the best place acoustically. But man, what energy! Very entertaining.

    Hank Green performed a couple of his nerdy songs, about particle physics and evolutionary biology. And one about Star Trek: TNG, which he said he never imagined he’d be performing in front of one of the cast members.

    Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame gave a very funny talk that started with revealing his geek street cred about how he got his first kiss from a girl he met playing Dungeons & Dragons at the public library. He then told funny behind-the-scenes stories about Mythbusters, and show lots of in-depth clips from an upcoming episode. He was very funny and engaging.

    Paul & Storm closed out the show with a set. There wasn’t anything new in it, and I’ve (strangely enough) now seen them three times within the last nine months or so, but they’re still very entertaining. They brought Wil, Adam, and Jason out to do the “Pirate’s Wife’s Lament” with all the Arrrs.

    There were a series of running audio and video gags throughout the show between performers. One of them was “A Moment with Wil,” wherein We’d spend a few minutes watching Wil do something, like wear a necktie or drink a Guinness or eat a pizza. A funny gag in those series of videos was that the episode numbers quickly jumped from three to seven to fourteen. Then there were a series of audio clips of George Takei singing various songs that would end whenever he said, “Fire,” which would be followed by phaser and explosion sound effects. Really hilarious stuff. They also showed the Academy Award Winning Film trailer and did a funny bit with the Trololololo song when they came back from intermission.

    I bought the official w00tstock 2.0 t-shirt and it came with a free matching poster! Looks like this:

    wootstock-web-600

    The whole show lasted just a few minutes over four hours (including intermission). Good times. I only took five photos during the whole show, and here they are (click for larger):

    Categories: Articles, Concerts/Shows, Links, Pictures, Videos.

    Monday, 3 May 2010

    “Of the Month” May 2010

    Link of the Month:
    Axe Cop
    A remarkable collaboration: This webcomic is illustrated by professional comic book artist Ethan Nicolle. It is written, however, by his 5-year-old brother Malachai. As such, the stories have all the coherence and logic you would expect from a 5-year-old, but with excellently-drawn illustrations, which just makes the story seem even stranger and absolutely 100% fall-down hilarious. Must be experienced to be believed.

    Album of the Month:
    Open Mike Eagle: Unapologetic Art Rap
    I’ve never done this before: This album is so good, I’m making it my Album of the Month before it’s even been officially released (I got an advance copy a couple weeks ago) on 5/11. The lyrics of this album are intelligent, witty, funny, and about actually interesting subjects. Mike is not afraid to sound smart. He has a fantastic flow, which is easy and relaxed without sounding at all lazy. It’s almost conversational, like you’re having fascinating discussions with a good friend who really knows what he’s talking about without sounding haughty or snooty about it. And above all that, it’s damnably catchy. An incredibly confident and high-quality debut album. Take a look & listen:

    Book of the Month:
    Memories of the Future Volume 1 by Wil Wheaton
    Wil Wheaton takes an irreverent and hilariously snarky look back at the firsty half of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation with amusingly embellished synopses, behind-the-scene recollections, and very honest reviews of what was, honestly, not a very good season of television. Not a tell-all book at all, the results are more like sitting around watching the episodes with Wil with him shaking his head and saying, “I can’t believe they wrote that,” or getting excited and going, “That was actually pretty cool!” It’s a funny and fun read—I just wish it could have been the whole season instead of just the first half.

    Categories: Books, Links, Music, Of the Month, Videos.