Saturday, June 16, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/16/12.

Rockwellian [rawk-wehl-ee-uhn]
1. Related to or sharing stylistic elements/themes of the the 20th Century American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, whose work presented a sentimental view of every day life and a celebration of American values.

EX. The delightful Megaman fanart above displays a Rockwellian scene of two kids sharing an E-tank, while the boy's robotic companion watches.

Friday, June 15, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/15/12.

exterminate [ik-stur-mehn-eyt]
1. To get rid of by destroying; to destroy totally; to annihilate.

EX.Click below to watch every time that the Daleks of Doctor Who have said, "EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!!"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/14/12.

stage combat [steyj-kahm-bat]
1.A specialized technique in theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers. It is employed in live stage plays as well as operatic and ballet productions. The term is also used informally to describe fight choreography for other production media including film and television. It is a common field of study for actors and dancers and is closely related to the practice of stunts.

EX. This...this is why you never watch something in slow motion. It reveals the faultiness of poor stage combat. At least no one was hurt. Except for Boba Fett. But screw dat guy.



So, I teased the coming of a Mixed Bag. Podcast last Saturday and less than a week later, the nerd gods have allowed me the ability to deliver you the 1st Episode. The program is hosted by Zach Martin (check out his blog by following him HERE) and myself. Zach is a film student at the University of Memphis and we discussed doing a podcast for a few months before we finally convinced each other to go through with it.

The subjects covered in the podcast are just like those covered in my blog; from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to 2001: A Space Odyssey, we'll cover films, television, video games and anything else that falls under our nerdy radar.

We're looking for future guests and, if you're interested, just contact us. All you gotta be able to do is hold your own in a conversation and you're in. Opinions and personality are wanted.

Now, here is the first episode and a special bonus. Make sure to like, favorite, subscribe, etc.

Mixed Bag. #1

Our first episode starts with a discussion about the upcoming Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph, a video game film starring John C. Reilly. Then, we move onto a discussion on the impact (or lack thereof) of the new Toonami block that hit Adult Swim a few weeks ago. After that, I gave a short sort of spiel about Zombie Playground, a kick starter project I talked about on the blog. A very long and disjointed discussion of the fail that was E3. And finally, the last half is a long discussion about The Avengers: Assemble. We'd give a spoiler warning but, if you haven't seen it yet, whats wrong with you?

Bonus: Mixed Bag. #0

This is actually the test conversation that Zach and I recorded to test out our mics, his recording software, and our ability to hold a conversation for a decent amount of time. The subject at hand in the video is a discussion on the latest episode of The Legend of Korra that aired a few hours before the recording.


And thank you for listening/reading. If you have any thoughts on what subjects you would like us to follow please comment here, on YouTube, or on Facebook. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012



WARNING: I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. But there is nothing I can do; once you click the link below, you're set to the challenge of seeing how long you can endure the torture that is the crackling voice of Chris Rock smash through the brick wall of a CG zebra's voice box as your eyes are violated by the polkadot, rainbow afro wearing, and disturbing clown-disguised abomination that is gyrating before you on the screen...for up to ten minutes.

Some people deal with this sort of trauma by shutting down. I never got past the first five cycles and I honestly believe people when they say they stopped when their noise began bleeding. This is only the latest achievement in a production company that brought us several dreadful Shrek sequels, the Ice Age of bad animation, and so many other crimes against animation.

When you build a company on hatred (seriously, the conception of this company was filled with so much sour grapes it could've fueled a World War) you're bound to create countless aberrations and lots of money.

Click the link below...

A Special Thanks to Mapp Pears

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/13/12.

osteoporosis [os-tee-oh-puh-roh-sis]
1. A disorder in which the bones become increasingly porous, brittle, and subject to fracture, owing to loss of calcium and other mineral components, sometimes resulting in pain, decreased height, and skeletal deformities: common in older persons, primarily postmenopausal women, but also associated with long-term steroid therapy and certain endocrine disorders.

EX. If your x-rays look like Tetris, you've got something worse than osteoporosis.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WEEKLY ROUND-UP! 6/4-6/10/12.


"Don't hassle the Hoff" are simple words that we could all learn to live by. After all, in our daily lives, how often do we dream of motoring across the sea on our well-tanned washboard abs to save a talking sponge and his starfish life partner from the beach. Worst case scenario? When you launch them to the bottom of the sea, using your mechanical pecs, you might pull a muscle; but that is a small price to pay to stop Plankton and save King Neptune.

Just in case you ever wondered why, in cartoons and comics, heroes always have white spaces in their mask's eyeholes. I give you exhibit A.

"...a perfect example of a good episode, is Episode 3 of the 1st Season, "Master of Da' Skies", where Chris discovers a shocking loophole in local law. In the sky, there are no laws and "The Baron" rules this criminal overworld from his flying zeppelin "Cloudtopia." The response of Chris? Extremely violent vigilante warfare on the criminals who think they can escape the long hairy arm of the law."

Just lean back and watch the fireworks.

"A heffalump or woozle
is very confuzle
a heffalump or woozle's very sly, sly, sly, sly." -Heffalumps and Woozles, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

So, Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, or Silver Snakes?

First of all, I want to hear what you guys thought of this little bit of fan fiction I came up with and I want to know who you think would win, assuming the Doctor has some force sensitivity.

The other thing I want to talk about is Matt Smith. Having watched him for two seasons and two Christmas specials, I have grown attached to the Eleventh Doctor and his companions. I think, at time, Smith can be a little too goofy and he doesn't have the intensity of Eccleston or Tennant, but the performance he brings has a lot of interesting angles and I find his shifts between silly man and time-traveling ancient badass to be quite natural and a little bit more seamless than those of his predecessors. I think Tennant is still my favorite, but another good season with Smith might change my mind.

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/12/12

caricature [kar-i-kuh-cher]
1. A picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things.
2. The art or process of producing such pictures, descriptions, etc.
3. Any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous.

EX. "Well, sir, looks like Batd*** has struck again with a daring caricature of the Gotham judicial system. What do you think it means?" The portly fellow asked the pipe chewing District attorney.

"Batd*** is either a brave man or an idiot," D.A. Carter explained, "After all, he didn't even erase the sketch marks and he misspelled dick the first time. If you ask me, its amateur. Real amateur."

Monday, June 11, 2012



"Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?
You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.
It's good to be curious about many things.
You can think about things and make believe.
All you have to do is think -
And they'll grow." -Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers Remix

I've apparently only every linked one other melodysheep video in the history of my blog and that really is a crime. Ever since I first discovered the "Symphony of Science", the world of popular science, an age of positive nostalgia, and the figures that populated it were open to me and I've taken several opportunities to learn from the great minds and amazing personalities of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

They understood the value of edutainment and the "Symphony of Science" series is an excellent celebration of their words and works. Please make sure to click the link below to see and here some more amazing videos from the maker of the video I have linked above. Thank you.

"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/11/12.

looking glass [look-ing-glas]
1. A mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
2. The glass used in a mirror.
3. Anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.
EX.  “If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass.” -Francois Rabelais
Fun Fact #3412 Rabelais is also the man who coined the adage, "Everything comes in time to those who wait."
Perhaps if the young man picture above waits long enough his dream of being a "badass unicorn" will come to fruition.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/10/11.

lorry [lawr-ee, lor-ee]
1.Chiefly British. A motor truck, especially a large one.
2. Any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
3. A long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.
EX. Oh dear. The Mario Bros. are going to crush those poor tortoises in their lorry.