Monday, March 31, 2014

March Entry Coming Soon

Hey folks, the entry for March is still being written! So watch this space for actual content within the next day or so!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sharkleberry Fin Lives!

Friends, I'll admit that I haven't drank Kool-Aid in over 15 years. That was around the time they stopped making Great Bluedini, the greatest flavor of all.


Great Bluedini was another member of the Kool-Aid Man's calvcade of mascot drinks back in the the 90s. You know them: Purplesaurus Rex, Incrediberry, Pink Swimmingo, Rock-A-Dile Red, and today's subject:


Sharkleberry Fin. Aside from the blue octopus, a pink shark was definitely the coolest thing around. I can talk all day about my memories of drinking this and how much I miss it, but sadly the blue stuff is all I know. I've had to drink vicariously through the memories of other internet denizens. 

Oh sure, I'd watch that awesome commercial all the time, but I was a finicky child and I was more of a Sunny D kid back in the day and Kool-Aid was but a treat for me. But I'd always have dreams of drinking that pink goo, getting to hang out with Sharkleberry.



Seriously, he's a shark that's bright pink and he wears shades. If that isn't the quintessential 90's mascot, then I don't know what is. So I've mostly put my thoughts of Mr. Fin in the back of my mind, to be tossed with the rest of my mental clutter. That is, of course until I saw last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Kool-Aid Man's float came flying by, and Matt Lauer or whoever it was gave off his spiel of fun facts about the guy just like every other balloon in the parade, until he mentioned Sharkleberry Fin with all of the other assorted Kool-Aid flavors.

"Wait...what ?!" Was all I could say. Did Thanksgiving just tell me that Sharkleberry was coming back?!

Indeed. Odd place to announce such a thing, but the Kool-Aid Man can't just go door to door and bust through your wall to tell you that a beloved flavor was coming back. That class-action lawsuit a few years back put the kibosh on it. 

But last week, Matt from Dinosaur Dracula (formerly X-Entertainment) tweeted out that he found Sharkleberry in his local Wauldbaum's.

A quest, that's what I had to do. And folks, I came back a winner.


It lives! Reboots, especially food reboots, don't happen very often so I pretty much witnessed a miracle at only nineteen cents a pop.

The packing isn't as charming as it used to be, but I'll take it. Why can't kids today grasp the idea of a pink shark wearing shades? Are those swimming goggles?! He's gone from being a shark to that dolphin from Super Mario World.


Now let's skip ahead to when I decided to crack it open for myself.


Holy crap, they weren't skimping on the PINK. I gotta caps lock the PINK, that's how pink it is. The lighting doesn't do the color justice at all, but trust me on this. Remember: caps lock.

Back when Matt wrote about Sharkleberry Fin in the X-E days, he described the color as such:

"Now this shit is pink. Not like Minute Maid's pink lemonade is pink - way pinker. The color is too intense for any gray area - you're either drawn to it immediately or so put off that you have to go to another room, one where there isn't something that pinking sitting on the table. Admittedly, it's not as inviting as the traditional Kool-Aid red, but like I said...red don't got no shark."

He also told me that The dude has a much better way with words than I do, but I wholeheartedly agree seeing the stuff in person. He also told me that it reminded him of the ecto slime from Ghostbusters 2, and he's not wrong about that, folks. I could easily see this stuff powering the Statue of Liberty.

Now for the moment of truth. A lifetime of expectations have led up to this one moment.


Hmm. Again, it might look orange here, but don't get me wrong, it's still PINK. And well, that sums up the flavor. Orange and pink. There's banana and peach in there too, and all of those flavors are fighting for your tongue's affection creating a real unique blend of tastes. As far as powdered drink mixes go, it's pretty good, and you could do far worse.

Again, Matt had a similar opinion, but he worded his thoughts far better than I did:

"It's good, but I'm having a hard time separating what my taste buds tell me from how much my heart wants to love the stuff. I guess saying this would be fair: I'd drink it to get through a bag of Doritos without dying, but I'd probably pass if, say, popcorn was in the bowl. There's a minute difference in the faiths involved there, but as far as radioactive kid soda goes, Sharkleberry Fin is well above average. It actually tastes a lot like peach Snapple, and that's totally a good thing. The fact that I look like I'm taking medication for diarrhea while I drink it just ices the kool cake. Without the ambiance, I give it a 7 out of 10. We can bring that up to a 9 by counting the sharks, the neat names and the idea that we may ultimately piss pink in the equation."

So if you can find this in your local store, pick it up! Nostalgia tastes just as good as you remembered it.

Now get on with resurrecting Great Bluedini, Kool-Aid. I'll be waiting.


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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Big Game!

This month really crept up on me, folks. Seriously, it felt like just yesterday I was watching the ball drop and now February will be tomorrow.

But anyway, the Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday and everyone will be cheering for the Jacksonville Spungoes and the St. Louis Scorpions or whoever the hell is playing this year. As per usual I'll be alone amusing myself with the Puppy Bowl and the occasional riffing of the weird commercials that we'll all be sick of in a week, all while gorging myself with those Scoops chips, the best snack God almighty had blessed unto us.

But hell, the Puppy Bowl is something I anticipate more than the Super Bowl itself these days. All 18 hours of it. I hope Meep The Bird livetweets again, she's one of the few Twitter feeds I trust these days.


Look at that, they got penguin cheerleaders this year! Do the Broncos have penguin cheerleaders? No. No they do not. But at least the real game will have competent refs. So many missed calls in last year's Puppy Bowl I lost about 400 dollars. I think I have a problem with gambling, guys.

And apparently this year there's going to be a few alternatives to THAT, like the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel.


I love kittens more than I love puppies and this is supposed to parody the Super Bowl but come on, at least have them pretending to play a different sport! Maybe a little rugby or hell, some foreign version of football that's not actually called soccer! At least it's better than what's gonna be shown on Nat Geo Wild, the Fish Bowl.


Everyone's a fucking comedian these days. Seriously, I'm not making this up, it's definitely happening. At least literally watching a fish in a bowl is better than watching yet another Duck Dynasty marathon.

What's also interesting about Sunday that for the first time that I can remember, Super Bowl Sunday just happens to fall on Groundhog's Day.


I guess if Mr. Phil sees its shadow, it'll be 6 more weeks of Peyton Manning or something. I never said I understood football, you knew this going in.


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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013!

Look at that, another year come and gone. I know I said I'd blog more but honestly I'm quite shocked I managed to blog even once a month! I'm trying to change that, honestly.

But before I digress into excuses yet again, lemme show you the highlights of my year.

First of all, Christmas stuff!


Look at them DVDs. I'm particularly fond of the MST3K 25th Anniversary set. I also got the Evil Edition of Scott Pilgrim #3 to go with the Evil Editions of books 1, 2, and 4. Seriously, I was able to get #4 at NYCC, but not #3 for whatever reason. In any case, it's finally in my hands.


I also got new bedding. That was a surprise.


And here's my boon of the past few weeks, Scribblenauts Unmasked, given to me by my best friend Steve. If you haven't played one of those games, essentially you try to solve puzzles by typing in ANY word, and using the objects you summon to do so. This particular sequel also adds in roughly 98% of the DC Comics catalogue to boot, allowing to call on just about every hero or villain they have to help you.

Seriously, CALENDAR MAN is in this game.


Calendar Man. Seriously. Because you can pretty much do anything with whatever you want, this game is a total time suck. As in, I start playing and suddenly two hours disappear on me. I'm getting better with that since I'm almost at the end of the game.

I also got this sweet TARDIS keychain


It goes with the TARDIS mug, both of which were given by a true friend of mine. And speaking of which, I went to a Doctor Who convention last month. It was a tiny startup con in a small hotel, but I had a great time, and this was the highlight: 


Meeting Sylvester McCoy aka the Seventh Doctor and Radagast The Brown from the Hobbit movies. He was pretty awesome to meet, too. Such a nice guy. Also, saw this: 


I can't for the life of me remember what that is, but it's freaky. Odd that I SHOULD know it, but I keep forgetting when I take my eyes off the picture.

What was I talking about? Oh right, since this was the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (give or take 15 years of no new footage aside from a few specials and a movie), we got a New Doctor to replace Matt Smith.


Actually, we got two new Doctors this year!


And we got to revisit a few old favorites.





That last one blew my mind when I watched Day of The Doctor. Moffat is one son of a bitch, I tell you what. On the topic of revisiting Doctors, I spent both LI Who Con and NYCC filling up this poster with as many Who signatures as possible: 


We have Peter Davison (5th Doctor), Colin Baker (6th Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor), Nicolas Briggs (voice of the Daleks), Frazier Hines (Jaine McCrimmon) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness). Now Peter Davison I got at last year's NYCC, and you have no idea how long I had to wait for John Barrowman.

Okay, it was 2 1/2 hours. That was insane, yet totally worth it. I also got to meet: 


Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky of Pinky & The Brain, original Raphael, currently Donatello, Carl Wheezer, the list goes on)


Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Stimpy, Prof. Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Doug Funnie, Roger Klotz, etc) that's what a Fangasm looks like, folks.

I got him and John DiMaggio (not pictured, sadly) to sign my Futurama DVD


Freaking awesome. You don't know the meaning of that word until you hear Billy say "Why not Zoidberg?" to you in Zoidberg's voice.


Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick from the Venture Bros. I got really lucky and won a lottery for a private autograph session, of which I used it to have them sign this DVD: 


Again, a long wait for my turn, but worth every second. They were totally nice and cool, and even mentioned how awesome my Mr. Sparkle shirt was. I was a puddle.

This was a great double feature:


William Shatner and Patrick Stewart on the same print! Shatner wasn't all that special, he only gave you more than a hello if you were a lady, but if you were he'd give you that famous Shatner Flirt. 

Patrick Stewart on the other hand gave me a better story. You see, he only had enough time to sign autographs for three hours on Sunday, so you'd know he'd be mobbed as quickly as possible. Thanks to my special VIP pass, I was able to skip the holding pen they stuck the regular people in and went right for the autograph line. It turns out I was 20th in line, which was a hell of a lot better than the literal mile-long line that started behind me. Not counting the 20 minutes that Patrick was late, I only had to wait ten minutes. Again, much better than the HOURS the rest if the peons has to wait.

So when it's finally my turn, having spent the last hour and a half thinking about what to say to him, I just blurt out " Commander Worf's head looks like a fanny!" (My favorite moment of his from Family Guy). His response?

Nothing. No awkward chuckle as I was expecting. not even a thank you, nothing. But still, I was happy too meet him and I disappeared into the crowd like everyone before me. I figured he'd heard that line so many times it no longer registers with him, but that's what I've been telling myself.

But by far my highlight for the con, and my entire year was meeting Stan The Man Lee.


Since the photo op sessions had to move as quickly as possible, I was probably with him for all of two minutes. But it's two minutes that I'll treasure forever.

It was like being quickly shuffled in front of a curtain, and behind that curtain was God himself, and you only had enough time to say one sentence to him. 

My sentence? "Hi Stan Lee!" But it probably wasn't even that, it was most likely a few moments of heavy breathing followed by some fidgeting and an awkward "hi," but he gave me a "Hey, how ya doin?" back, and before I knew it, I had to be on my way. So yeah, meeting God. He just turned 91, so see him while you can! I'm lucky I was able to get that bobblehead in that picture with him.

During this time I picked up Pokemon X, and my nosedive into the franchise began anew. I finally have all 18 starters in my collection:


It was a pain in the ass considering Pokemon Bank (the program that let's you transfer old Pokemon into the new games) was only up in Japan for about two days total. That's what happens when every Pokemon player on earth is online at the sake time, you're gonna crash the servers.

The Tepig in particular came from Rowsdower himself!

Overall I consider my 2013 as the Year of Renewal. In addition to the new bedding, Pokemon game and the New Doctor, I also got


New phone! A spiffy iPhone 5 with a sweet Stonecutters case! It's an incredible piece of hardware, I wrote this very post from it!


A mug that I can finally call "My Mug." Me and Troy and Abed have been enjoying Futurama. I can't believe it's over. Again.


New tv! My old fat tv finally died on me , so I finally upgraded to a sweet flat screen! It's playing a Yogi Bear cartoon with an, um, Japanese character named Yo-Yo. I know what you're thinking, and yes he spoke stuff like "A number one" and "Jerrystone Pahk" and he knew Kung Fu.

There's no racism like high-definition racism, I guess. These old cartoons look like I'm looking at the actual cels, it's so incredible.

I also got a new car, as detailed in this entry. Here it is again for those that need a refresher:


It no longer looks that nice, sadly. Not even a month after this picture was taken, some idiot dented one of the doors with a shopping cart when I wasn't around.

Also, I saw a duck!


And he came back!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Let's Give Tanks!

So, November is over and once again I'm in no mood to blog. Aside from Thanksgiving and Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary and attending a Doctor Who con, not much happened. I shaved off my facial hair before the month ended and I only have a matter of minutes to get started on my NaNoWriMo novel.

But hey, I'm thankful that I'm still here and you're around to read this! For that, I'm grateful. To tide you over until I'm in a blogging mood again, let me give thanks to you by giving you tanks!



 







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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween and NYCC!


Happy Halloween folks! Usually I post some kind of obligatory entry for Halloween but once again time escaped my claws yet again. But a few weeks back I attended New York Comic Con and got lots of pictures of awesome cosplayers!

I know I should've written a post on that as soon as I got back, but I ended up catching the Con Flu and was out of commission for a week. And then I got obsessed over the new Pokemon game. Add in my work schedule and Halloween is now upon us.

I swear I'll post about my full experience soon (in short: So much stuff I saw and did, but so little time), but for now let's look at my favorite costumes that I saw!


Out of all the Pokemon you coulda cosplayed as, you chose Buizel. There were SEVERAL Pokemon cosplayers this year, and i found these good ones (among others)


Vaporeon as a sexy woman!


And here's a kickass Jolteon! It seems Eeveelutions were popular this year since I also saw Espeon, Umbreon and Sylveon.


Here's the best Ash I saw. He's burnt to a crisp and he had a Charizard plush poking out if his backpack. Totally cool.


Freakazoid!


Oh, there were lots and lots and LOTS of Adventure Time cosplayers this year, it was definitely the most well-represented franchise. Fionna (the gender-bent version of Finn The Human) was definitely the most popular costume this year, followed by mainstays Batman, Wonder Woman, and Deadpool.
In order to truly stand out, people had to combine costumes, like Bane Finn here. Variations of Princess Bubblegum were probably more common than the regular version, as observed by Scientist Bubblegum.


Sailor Moon Princess Bubblegum


Here's the gender-bent version of Princess Bubblegum, Prince Gumball. Who is being cosplayed by a girl. Sometimes you gotta go meta, I guess.


Speaking of mashups, Sailor Deadpool because why the fuck not?


Need a costume? Why not Zoidberg?


These were the folks at the awesome Mideval Times booth. Spin the wheel and get a prize! They were mostly giving out crowns, but I already had two of them thanks to previous trips.


Oh yeah, variations of Iron Man were pretty popular, too. Got this slick Tony Stark while in line to see William Shatner (he wasn't cheap. More on that here).


Samurai Iron Man because, again, why the fuck not? The metal parts were metal, too. That couldn't have been light at all.


Obligatory Slenderman.


Saw these folks in line for the Archer Panel. From left to right we have Malory, Cheryl/Carol (with Babu in tow!), Gillette, and Pam.


Another set of Archer cosplayers, who were also at the panel. From left to right: Malory, Pam, Krieger's Hologram Anime Wife (one of two walking around!), Cyril, and Dr. Krieger. I didn't see any Archers or Lanas, but I think it's because they'd be pretty though to pick out in a crowd.


I call this pic "Virgins Among Virgins." All kidding aside, nice costumes, albeit creepy.


Mermaidman and (female) Barnacle Boy were pretty awesome. I heard that at one point during the weekend, someone told Mermaidman "There's evil afoot" and he proceeded to go NUTS. I would've paid good money to have seen that.


Bee & Puppycat! The cartoon is only a few months old, so it was great to see people dressed as her! Btw, Puppycat actually played the music from the cartoon when you squeezed it.


There were quite a number of Venture Bros cosplayers too, mostly 21 and 24. This Shore Leave was pretty great.


Cap'n Crunch is a character I never thought would be sexualized. But here we are.


Darkwing Duck and Nega Duck! Complete with Gas Gun! I've been seeing plenty of couples costumes this year.


Such as this pair of Legends of The Hidden Temple contestants.


And another! I also saw a pair of Silver Snakes


One of the Daft Punk guys! The other guy was walking around, too.


Here he is!


Seems legit.

Gotta mention all the Doctor Who cosplayers, too. Mostly 10 (David Tennant) 11 (Matt Smith) and girls in TARDIS dresses. Here's 5 (Peter Davison) and 9 (Christopher Eccleston) looking awesome. I saw plenty of 4 (Tom Baker), as well as an 8 (Paul McGann).


Pretty awesome Cyberman right here.


An entire Bob's Burgers family, minus Linda. You guys should really watch Bob's Burgers, it's slowly becoming the best show on the Fox Sunday lineup. I even went to the panel, and it was great fun. Again, will get to that later.


Another obligatory costume.


Hey Vegeta, how many times did people ask about your power level?


Yeah, I don't know why, either.

And now for my personal favorites and award winners!


Best Couple Costume was this amazing Work Loader & Xenomorph.


Pi Patel from Life of Pi definitely earns Most Random Cosplay.


The coveted winner of the "I laughed, then wanted to punch this guy in the face for making me laugh at that" award.


"Best Kid Costume" is for Little Boy Frozen in Carbonite. That was definitely one of the most awkward costumes as it was this big silver box, but definitely one of the coolest.


This totally wins Most Obscure. This guy is dressed as El Chaupulin Colorado, a famous Telenovela superhero that walked around in a grasshopper outfit for some reason. He's most notable for inspiring Bumblebee Man from the Simpsons.


This won I Totally Took The Picture Due to the Star Wars Mashup. Yeah, That's The Ticket.


The "I don't know where this is from, but there's breasts on this and it makes me feel weird." Award.

(UPDATE: The actual cosplayer somehow found this article and contacted me to say that this is a Black Cat Symbiote Queen cosplay from the Spider-Man: Web of Shadows video game. Definitely gets lots of points for obscurity. Well done, Geisha VI.)

The rest of these pretty much win Best in Show:


Voltron kicked ass.


Soundwave looking awesome.


Gotta love the commitment on Gizmoduck, supplying his own unicycle and everything.


Mario & Luigi as Ghostbusters. I saw a ton of Ghostbusters, these were by far the most unique. I love how they use Gamecubes as the ghost traps.


Inspector Gadget. You know, he could've done the extendo-arms or the umbrella. But no, he had to go the extra mile and lug around the helicopter on his head. Yes, that propeller was spinning the whole time.


I caught Steampunk Hawkman & Hawkgirl last year, but this was too awesome to not get again. Those wings were metal and were able to unfurl. Oh, and they made tons of noise whenever they moved.


I shouldn't need to tell you who this is or why this is awesome.


Really awesome Rita Repulsa.


And finally Super Mr. T. He pitied no fool.

This isn't even CLOSE to all the cosplay pics I have, and this is but a fraction of the awesome cosplayers at this con. I actually have a list of people I wish I took a picture of:

-Dante from Clerks 2. He looked EXACTLY like him and I had three chances to take his pic, and I never did.

-Afro Samurai

-a kid dressed up as Blastoise

-"Simon Petrikov" from Adventure Time. I'd go into detail into who that is, but it's an enormous spoiler.

-Showgirl Buzz Lightyear. As in, an old-school Vegas showgirl dressed as Buzz Lightyear.

-Finally, a guy that I couldn't tell if it was actually Mick Foley walking around or some cosplayer that looked a hell of a lot like him. I wish I asked him, but I'm pretty sure I'm not taller than the real guy.

And that's it for now. Happy Halloween, everyone!


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