Fly casual.

Found this online today:

Even I get boarded sometimes.

God bless the internet.

If you’ve been listening to Greedo Shot First or Time Travel Murder Mystery then you know that I’m definite supporters of Idris Elba as Han Solo (in a remake) or to be involved in some kind of capacity in the new Star Wars.


In the last episode of Greedo Shot First we discussed the latest rumors about the next episode of Star Wars and then revisited The Phantom Menace, and in the latest episode of TTMM, we talked about the latest episode of Homeland and the end of Veronica Mars‘ second season and after that, Benjie took his pants down and squatted down and took a ripe hot shit on Peter Jackson and The Return Of The King, all in eager anticipation of The Hobbit. You can check out both shows in iTunes, of course.


Filed under podcast miscellaneous:

Just a nice little tidbit that I didn’t want to forget, in preparation for the next episode of Time Travel Murder Mystery.

“With your feet in the air and your head on the ground.”

From the internet:

Schizophrenia: the insanity virus.

The return of literary magazines?

Bill Clinton to be in The Hangover 2.

How the CIA used modern art as a weapon.

Darren Aronofsky’s Wolverine sequel to be called simply The Wolverine.

Carey Mulligan considered the front runner for Daisy in the Baz Luhrmann/Leonardo Dicaprio adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

The reign of right-wing primetime.

J. J. Abrams’ Undercovers canceled.

Thankfully: Satoshi Kon’s last movie to be completed by Madhouse.

The future of reviews.

Previously on Counterforce: Gravity Girls.

Pictures in this post by Stephen Morris, from here.

Six x-rated comics you can read without shame.

Six steps to being the coolest person at media/tech parties.

My crush is engaged! 😦

Facebook’s “gmail killer” coming on Monday?

Aaron Sorkin’s four big problems with the WGA.

Natalie Portman wasn’t the “Deep Throat” for The Social Network.

…but she has written a new “raunchy comedy.”

Kanye West’s “media trainer” reportedly quit within a week.

According to John Lennon: Yoko does not sweat.

The words “Thom Yorke” and “photobomb” are always funny in the same sentence.

“Try this trick and spin it, yeah.”

After the tragic death of Party Down, Rob Thomas (no, not that cunt) has a new FOX sitcom.

When Tyler Coates met Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Iain M. Banks on uploading oneself and living forever.

Jonathan Lethem on They Live.

Caveman science fiction.

Embarrassing Moments” by Megan Boyle.

We wouldn’t have this pithy little thing you call “civilization” if it weren’t for beer.

Psychic wars.

A comprehensive glossary of GIFs.

Can we see into the future?

You still got it, Gutenberg.

…from one of the recent episodes in the current season of Party Down, which is brilliant and completely underrated and not nearly well known enough. Probably cause it airs on Starz, right? I mean, I know there was this big hoopla last week of people reporting that Starz had picked up the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood after FOX turned it down, but honestly, who watches Starz? It’d be worth it for Party Down, which features Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan and Jane Lynch (prior to her joining Glee), and is the pet project of Veronica Mars‘ Rob Thomas and Paul Rudd. But, again, who watches Starz? No one. That’s why we have the internet.  And thank God for this episode. And for Steve Gutenberg. And for his amazing art collection.

Lovers across time and space.

So, like I said the other day, I’ve read The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and it’s really good.

The movie, however, maybe not so much.

But now there’s going to be an attempt at a television show version of the novel. The attempts to bring the story to the small screen started before Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company tried to bring it to the big screen, and presumably it’ll keep the same basic premise: A man with a genetic disorder that causes him to involuntary move through time and space and his romance with the woman who loves him.

This is a relatively new thing, the turning of novels into television shows, right? I mean, True Blood and Dexter and even shit like Roswell make a kind of sense since they’re not just a single novel, though a series of continued novels, and Veronica Mars doesn’t count because it was an adapting idea in continuous morphing form from it’s original young adult novelized version (featuring a male lead character). But like Flashforward? I mean, I get that it’s easily cashable as an attempt to synthesize what people think is so successful about a show like Lost, but does anyone really expect it to last longer than one season?

Not impressed by the filmic version of The Time Traveler’s Wife, I eagerly look forward to an attempt to do good on the story/characters via television, and succeeding where a show like Journeyman did not.

In other television news:

James Marsters of Buffy/Angel/Smallville/Torchwood fame is going to be featured in Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica spinoff prequel, which also will now feature Patton Oswalt amongst it’s cast.

Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic The Walking Dead is the getting a television adaptation, but for AMC, and with Frank Darabont involved somehow (nice to see him pulling his face out of Stephen King’s lap for a while), joining the ranks of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, showing that AMC has an interesting taste for original programming. More so than FX, at least. The Walking Dead is quality work, and probably the most realistic take on the zombie thing. I just hope they lose the folksy atmosphere, but other than that: it’s something that has good elements that can translate straight from page to screen and plenty of things that could be improved via television writing.

Right now: You can watch my favorite episode of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, “Objects In Space.”

Experience The Venture Bros. panel at this past Comic-con.

Everyone was joking around the release of G.I. Joe that Mr. Eko would want to be one of the returning cast members to Lost this coming season, and then the actor who played Mr. Eko, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, confirmed that he would indeed like to make such a return (which makes a kind of sense since they’re even bringing fucking Charlie back). Now, it’s looking like he may get his wish since they’re rebuilding his church. Or maybe not.

You’re Standing On My Neck

I’ve had the theme song to Top Chef in my head for approximately 1,000 hours. I blame this on my job, which forces me to watch each episode of the show mutliple times, and on myself for being in love with Padma Lashkmi and Gail Simmons.

See? I eat.

I also look like this when eating ribs.

So, here is a list of other opening songs I like. Let’s start with Top Chef and get that monster out of the way.  The best way to title this song is: WE’RE GOING TO COOK THE SHIT OUT OF THESE CORNISH GAME HENS, BRO!

The Office has an excellent theme song. I also like how they’ve never changed frizzy haired Pam to the new learned how to use hair product Pam. NBC hates us and doesn’t want us to have the opening credits, so instead here is a talented young lady playing the song on the piano:

Daria has an opening theme song that yells out: it’s 1997, people. And pissed off teenage girls will never get this kind of representation on television again.

Veronica Mars was another show that did a smart thing by using an actual song instead of making up a fake song. In this case, the Dandy Warhols “We Used To Be Friends”.  Season 3’s opener featured a slower version of the song.  Some very resourceful teenagers created the following amazing video, a fake opener for Gossip Girl (where Veronica Mars’ Kristen Bell lends her vocal talents as narrator) using the Veronica Mars theme song. It’s actually really clever:

To continue with the trend of forgotten WB shows, the theme song to Popular was always so confusing to me, especially since the show is just high camp and nothing more. If you don’t know, Popular created one of the finest characters in Gay Pop Culture (the only pop culture that matters): Mary Cherry. And the song is a really strange strung together studio songwriter ditty about having to choose between looks or character. Oookay.

To say goodbye, we’ll end with we started with beautiful brunette brilliant Gail Simmons. Til next time.