Posts from July 2014

Friday, 4 July 2014

“Of the Month” July 2014

Webseries of the Month:
Bravest Warriors Bravest Warriors
Created by Pendleton Ward, who also created a little show you might know of called Adventure Time, this webseries offers up a similar vein of creative surrealism. But being on the internet instead of a network in some ways frees Bravest Warriors up to be even more crazy than Adventure Time. Also, the shorter running time means that the craziness is packed tighter into each episode. It’s quite hilarious. And you’ll absolutely love Cat Bug. I know, I know, everybody loves Cat Bug, therefore you automatically don’t because you can’t possibly like something that the majority likes, because then your opinions would be “common.” But you’ll love Cat Bug.

Sorry, that was a weird rant, wasn’t it? Anyway, you’ll love Cat Bug.

Video Game of the Month:
Pikmin 3 Pikmin 3
The third in the Pikmin series doesn’t stray too far from its roots. You’re tiny people trapped on an alien planet (highly implied to be a post-apocalyptic Earth), and the only way you can survive is by utilizing mobs of tiny, plant-like creatures called Pikmin. You utilize them by throwing them at things. *Cough*

Yes, it is a bit of animal slavery, but not really any more than Pokémon. And it is a lot of fun. In this outing you (eventually) control three people (whom you can also throw around) who can split up to do coordinated tasks. There are some clever puzzle-solving elements, and Pikmin 3 seems to be the most epic of them all so far. I’m already about two weeks into the game (as far as in-game time goes) and I haven’t even activated all the colors of Pikmin yet. So I feel like I’ve got a long, satisfying game ahead of me.

TV Miniseries of the Month:
Cosmos Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Ah, yes, Cosmos. I was only three years old when the original Cosmos aired, but due to repeats I have vague recollections of the dandelion-shaped spaceship piloted by Carl Sagan and our imaginations. Now comes a new, updated Cosmos hosted by the charismatic Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It’s a visual wonderland of sciences, from microbiology to astrophysics. The capabilities of modern special effects dwarf anything that Sagan’s series created, visually. And yet Tyson’s version still has the same warm heart and joyful defiance of the original. It doesn’t shy away from “controversial” topics like evolution and global warming (which shouldn’t be controversial because the science for both is absolutely sound). It draws marvelous chains from history through to possible futures. And it is especially good that for even me, an agoraphobe, it made the infinite vastness of space seem wondrous rather than terrifying. An excellent miniseries that I can’t wait to show to my daughter.

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Nerdiness of Dark Comedy: Part 1

Dark Comedy

Mike Eagle is bad at sarcasm so he works in absurdity. He’s also kind of a nerd.

In honor of The Mike Eagle Show happening in Seattle tonight, I wanted to write some sorta big article about Mike and his latest album, Dark Comedy. After having listened to it about a dozen times since it was released, I realized that one my favorite things about it is all of the nerdy references he slips into his lyrics. So here are all of the nerdy references I noticed in the first six songs on the album. I prolly missed a bunch; let me know if you heard any that I didn’t. If you’ve already read Part 1, you can head straight to part 2 here:

[PART 2]

Still here? Okay, here we go… More… »

Categories: Featured Posts.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Geoff the Yellow Fool’s FINAL SHOW with Fools Play Improv is This Saturday!

Geoff Gibbs: The Yellow Fool!

Geoff Gibbs: The Yellow Fool!

This is IT, folks! Geoff Gibbs the Yellow Fool of Fools Play Improv is moving to Canadia soon(ish), so he is only going to be performing with Fools Play one more time before he goes… and it’s this Saturday, July 5th!

After that, it will only be the rarest of occasions when he will return to our neck of the woods and is able to perform (how many times has the Green Fool performed since he moved to Los Angeles?). So this is your last chance! For reals! Don’t be a wishy-washy “maybe” — commit to having your face explode from laughter!

And let’s all wish Geoff good luck with his poorly-thought-out plan for a Canadian “Street Lemonade” stand!

Lemonade in da Hood.

The Ginger Fool is skeptical about Lemonade in da Hood.

Geoff the Yellow Fool’s FINAL SHOW with Fools Play Improv! (Facebook event)
Saturday, July 5th 8:00 PM
@ Olympia Family Theater
112 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
$5, All-ages (some mature content)

Categories: Fools Play.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Too Many Fun Things? Lookit My Calendar!

Hey, I know I’ve been posting about a metric tonne of shows and concerts recently, and it might be difficult to keep them all straight in your brain. But did you notice that there’s a new link in my site’s top navigation? It’s a CALENDAR BUTTON!

This screenshot will be out of date SO QUICKLY.

This screenshot will be out of date SO QUICKLY.

This way you can quickly glance at upcoming things that I think would be fun to go to, do, watch, and/or experience. I don’t end up going to all of these, obviously, but at least you can see what’s what and when. Hooray. Ooh—also, if you know of something upcoming that you think should be on that calendar, let me know. THOINKS!

Categories: Updates.

Surprise “Mike Eagle Show” in Seattle This Thursday!

The Mike Eagle Show Seattle Dark Comedy Release Party!

The Mike Eagle Show Seattle Dark Comedy Release Party!

Surprise! Only a couple of days ago, Open Mike Eagle announced a new stop on his whirlwind tour, right here in Seattle! That’s right, Mike is bringing his comedy/music/variety extravaganza “The Mike Eagle Show” to the greater Pacific Northwest THIS THURSDAY, JULY 3rd!

I’m excited to go to this! It’s not gonna be just your usual concert/music show. Plus my pal Three Ninjas is in the lineup!

Don't get fooled by pretenders; there is only one Three Ninjas.

Don’t get fooled by pretenders;
there is only one Three Ninjas.

“Now wait just a gorram minute,” you’re probably thinking. “Didn’t you just say how you don’t like it when musics you love happen on a school night?”

Well, yes, that’s true. But this Thursday AIN’T NO SCHOOL NIGHT, BITCHES! Friday is the 4th of July! And Carrie & I both have it off, so Thursday night we’re gonna leave the wee beb with the grandparents and we’re both gonna head up to Seattle to see some sweet, sweet, Mike-Eagle-and-Three-Ninjas variety meat.

And you know what? YOU CAN JOIN US!

Open Mike Eagle: Now THAT is a handsome fellow.

Now THAT is a handsome fellow.

Open Mike Eagle Show at the Back Bar at the Crocodile (Facebook Event)
Thursday, July 2nd, 8:00 PM
@ The Crocodile’s Back Bar
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (map)
$10, 21+

We’ll see you there! HELLZ YEAH.

Categories: Concerts/Shows.