Daily Archives: May 10, 2011

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Morticia Gossip Links

Good evening/afternoon/whatevs, darlings. I’m a bit pressed for time lately, what with packing for my imminent move to the Frozen Tundra (seriously) and so I’ll have to link-dump and run, but today’s gossip is particularly juicy and you’ll want to chew it over. And over. And no stomach-churning Xtina pix SANS FARDS today, I promise.

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Say No To Grandpa Joe

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Both the book and its two movie counterparts have many perceived villains. But, when you think about it, none of them are actually villains in the first place. Slugworth, the obvious culprit, is actually just a moral test placed in the children’s way by Willy Wonka.  You could also consider Willy Wonka a villain; but in the end he is just trying to find an heir to his empire. The true villain in the series is Grandpa Joe.

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Sarah Palin is a Troll

Terrifying woman is terrifying

We already know that Sarah Palin is an Internet troll, but it sure does feel nice to have a journalist confirm it. According to today’s piece in The Atlantic, Palin “obsessed over her image” and “orchestrated a campaign to inundate newspapers with phony letters praising her.” A particularly odd obsession, considering that she actually got stuff done for Alaska.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Cripples, Bastards, and other Broken Things

Well, now what is this? Little Bran is walking? So all that unpleasantness with him climbing a wall and witnessing two blond full-blooded maniacs rutting like common conjoined wombats didn’t actually happen? And the blondest of the two, and also the one filled with increasing crazy-juice, didn’t just toss the boy out a window like a stale mug of ale? Why no, of course this all happened. It’s just a nice little ploy that many a television show uses to get you to wonder if things are really real, or if everything is just some mystical dream. Sorry, though, Game of Thrones; unless Bobby Ewing appears in a shower I’m not falling for that again. No sir.

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The Big K.R.I.T. Mixtape that Might Actually Be the Best Rap Album of the Year

A Caddy with gold wheels, doves, a brandy snifter positioned under the crotch of a stripper, a random bulldog. This album cover touches all the bases.

I love hip-hop mixtapes. I also am fully aware that the vast majority of such mixtapes (even many of those put out by the rap game’s heavy hitters) are absolute dog shit and should be immediately forgotten.

But once in a while a true gem comes along. Like last month when the Mississippi-based rapper Big K.R.I.T. turned out what might be one of the greatest rap mixtapes released in a long time. Continue reading

What the PlayStation Still Has to Offer

All you young kids with your vidja games nowadays playing your Portal 2: Black Ops, Super Street Fighter IV: U.S. Navy Seals, and Fuck, Death, Kill: Unnecessary Violence and No Characters need to get off my lawn and let me take you back to the days of the Sony Playstation JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game).  In my opinion, the original Playstation gave the world the best single-player JRPGs of all time.  It was the first system to use CDs well and as such gave a player the chance to enter a whole new world for over a full work week.  These games gave you at minimum 40 hours of play time in your first attempt after an era of Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. Continue reading

Destruction and Renewal in Tuscaloosa


Tornado victims comfort each other in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Editor’s Note: This report on the situation in Alabama was written by Writesforfood, please show her some appreciation for sharing with us. Also, thanks to Michelle Lepianka Carter of The Tuscaloosa News for use of these amazing photos.

On nice, sunny spring mornings in my town, I used to wake up to the sound of lawnmowers and leaf blowers.

Not anymore. These days, the sounds that wake us are those of chainsaws firing up and heavy equipment rumbling past the house.

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Thor Movie Review: Vermithrax Pejorative’s Version


Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Written by: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. From a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich.
Based on the comic book Thor created by: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby

Of all the comics that Marvel has brought to the screen over the last few years there is perhaps none that represented as bold a risk as that of Thor. It’s one thing to sell the public on a character with strong name recognition or that has a well known actor cast in the lead. Thor however was a different sort of gamble entirely. If people have heard of Thor at all it is more than likely to be in the context of Norse mythology. That he also has a long history as a character in the Marvel universe is something I feel most people are unfamiliar with. Continue reading