The Snuke

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Every time I see a funny South Park episode, I ask myself “why aren’t I taping this show?” Well, this past Wednesday night I watched a new episode titled “The Snuke” which confirmed that this show is still one of if not the funniest shows on tv, period. I laughed so hard it was hurting, my wife was crying and I now am recording every episode. 1104.gif.jpg
I won’t ruin the episode by providing any details. Just go rent it – buy it – tape it – do whatever you need to do, just see it. I think “The Snuke” should be in their all-time Top 10, along with the recent WoW take-off & the first Towlie episode.

This American Life is now on TV

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The extremely popular NPR radio show This American Life debuted its first-ever television show on Showtime on March 22nd but I don’t get Showtime so I didn’t see it (no, I didn’t grab it from bit torrent and watch it on my computer – believe it or not, I don’t do that, mostly because I just don’t have time).
Chris Ware, one of the most famous contemporary American comic artists and cartoonists, has provided some animation to this first feature, What I Learned from TV which, as Chris put it, “is absolutely hilarious and sad at the same time, much like all of Chris Ware’s work (Acme Novelty Library, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, his work in the NY Times humor section, etc). He is slated to do other animated shorts as well. I hope to view all of them, if not the show itself.
Via Chris


We Are…Georgetown!

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That was the chant heard throughout East Rutherford yesterday as Georgetown remarkably and ridiculously came back against North Carolina to win the East Regional in the NCAA tournament in overtime. They will be playing in the Final Four next weekend. I’ve been waiting for whole life for this moment. Seriously.
I became a Hoya fanatic because my uncle went to law school there however I missed their glory years in the mid 80’s because I became a fan around ’86. I remember vividly their loss in the East Regional final to Duke in 89 which is why I HATE Duke. I remember how Alonzo, Dikembe and a tat-less Allen couldn’t bring them a regional championship but wouldn’t you know it, the Big East player of the year this year is a Hoya named Jeff and sure enough, this was the year it happened…
If you by chance know how they got the name Hoya and why their mascot is a bulldog, pray tell. I know where I’ll be next Saturday at 6:07 PM – watching G-Town vs. Ohio State. Go Hoyas!
3/28 UPDATE: long time friend and reader Phyl has enlightened me about my question above courtesey of Wikipedia. I guess I could have gone myself but how else do you engage the public? See below for the answers:
The University admits that the precise origin of the term “Hoya” is unknown. The official story is that at some point before 1920, students well-versed in the classical languages invented the Greek hoia or hoya, meaning “what” or “such”, and the Latin saxa, to form “What Rocks!” Depending on who tells the story, the “rocks” either refer to the baseball team, which was nicknamed the “Stonewalls” after the Civil War, to the stalwart defense of the football team, or to the stone wall that surrounded the campus.
Georgetown’s nickname is The Hoyas, but its mascot is “Jack the Bulldog.” Among the earliest mascots was a terrier named Stubby, whose name is largely unfamiliar today but was perhaps the most famous dog of his generation. Stubby was discovered by a soldier at the Yale Bowl, and went on to fight in the trenches of World War I in France. He was “promoted” to Sergeant for his actions in combat and awarded a special medal by General John J. Pershing in a post-war ceremony. His owner then entered Georgetown Law School, and Stubby became part of the halftime show.


I Want To Pinch

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I’m going out to eat at Pinch in NYC tomorrow and the name got me laughing as I remembered a humorous series of Honda Element ads. They starred Gil the Crab who wanted to pinch everything in sight – who doesn’t – and if you know what I’m talking about you are probably laughing already. Of course I went to YouTube and collected and posted them for you. Watch and enjoy.
Video #1:

Video #2:

Video #3: (never aired)


Lying Robot Scum

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I regret to inform you that tricky robots have been built as the Technology Review, which is published by MIT, has reported this very unfortunate bit of news. Here is one sort of scary though at the same time pretty cool quote:

Keller (lead scientist guy) and his team did not expect this level of sophistication in the bots’ communication. They concluded that kinship and the imperative of the group to survive spurred a group dynamic that included helping one another and deceiving outsiders.

Weren’t the 3 Laws of Robotics supposed to prevent stuff like this? I swear, Skynet is in our future…
Via Chris G.


Captain America: Dead

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First Superman, then Batman. Now Captain America. He’s dead. Marvel killed him. Can’t wait for him to come back…
Read more after the jump.
Via Gary
Captain America has undertaken his last mission — at least for now. by the AP
The venerable superhero is killed in the issue of his namesake comic that hit stands Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. On the new edition’s pages, a sniper shoots down the shield-wielding hero as he leaves a courthouse.
It ends a long run for the stars-and-stripes-wearing character, created in 1941. Over the years, some 210 million copies of Captain America comic books, published by New York-based Marvel Entertainment Inc., have been sold in 75 countries.
But resurrections are not unknown in the world of comics, and Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada said a Captain America comeback wasn’t impossible.
Still, the character’s death came as a blow to co-creator Joe Simon.
“We really need him now,” said Simon, 93, who worked with artist Jack Kirby to devise Captain America as a foe for Adolf Hitler.
The superhero was spawned when a scrawny arts student named Steve Rogers, ineligible for the army because of his poor health but eager to serve his country, agreed to a “Super Soldier Serum” injection. The substance made him a paragon of physical perfection, armed only with his shield, his strength, his smarts and a command of martial arts.
In the comic-book universe, death is not always final. But even if Captain America turns out to have met his end in print, he may not disappear entirely: Marvel is developing a Captain America movie.
Captain America Is Dead; National Hero Since 1941 by George Gene Gustines (NY Times)
Captain America, a Marvel Entertainment superhero, is fatally shot by a sniper in the 25th issue of his eponymous comic, which arrived in stores yesterday. The assassination ends the sentinel of liberty’s fight for right, which began in 1941.
The last episode in Captain America’s life comes after the events of “Civil War,” a seven-issue mini-series that has affected nearly the entire line of Marvel’s library of titles. In “Civil War,” the government began requiring superheroes to register their services, and it outlawed vigilantism after supervillains and superheroes fought during a reality show, accidentally killing hundreds of civilians. The public likened the heroes to weapons of mass destruction that must be controlled.
The registration act polarized the superhero community. Captain America (whose true identity was Steve Rogers) considered the legislation an erosion of civil liberties; Iron Man, on the other side, believed that training heroes as the military, firefighters or the police are trained would only benefit society. When the factions came to blows and caused more destruction, Captain America chose to fight his battle in court.
But in the current issue of his title, Captain America takes bullets in the shoulder and stomach while on the courthouse steps. The assassin is alleged to be Sharon Carter, an intelligence agent romantically involved with Captain America. She was apparently under the control of Dr. Faustus, a supervillain. “It seemed a little radical when it was first brought up,” said Dan Buckley, the president and publisher of Marvel Entertainment, about the hero’s death. “But sometimes stories just take you places.”
“We as publishers and as creative people knew where the ending was going to go for a long time,” he said. “We knew people might not like it, but I think we delivered a compelling story that made everyone think.”
He added: “The stories we have planned dealing with Cap’s death are really compelling too.”
This is not Captain America’s first brush with death. Toward the end of World War II he plunged into the ocean during a flight on an experimental plane, and he was presumed killed in action. Actually, he was encased in ice and in a state of suspended animation. Many years later he was discovered by the superhero group the Avengers and thawed out to continue his career.
More recently, Bucky, the Captain’s wartime partner — who was thought killed by an explosion as he tried to defuse a bomb — was revealed to be alive. Bucky was saved by Soviet forces, who put him on ice and thawed him for their own missions. Captain America broke the Soviet hold on Bucky, and the two had a brief reunion. Bucky, who has taken on the name the Winter Soldier, is now on a quest to redeem his actions.
So is this the end of Captain America? “He’s very dead right now,” Mr. Buckley said.
Still, these are comic books, where characters have a history of dying and returning. Most famously, DC published “The Death of Superman” in November 1992. That comic was a best seller, but the Man of Steel eventually returned to the land of the living in August 1993.
Fans on, a Web site devoted to comic book news, quickly posted their reactions to Captain America’s death. They ranged from a cynical “Yeah, right!” and “I know it’s temporary” to the more media-savvy: “I’m fairly sure killing Cap with a movie in development (plus a possible Avengers flick on the way as well) would not be very sensible. So, I shall wait and see.”