Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Crazy People have Good Grammar

Remember a few weeks ago when I was talking about all the horrible things that Facebook has to offer? Well today I found perhaps my favorite part of Facebook.

When you are friends with a decently intelligent person who has somewhat similar interests as you, it’s an amazing way to share and discover incredible new things. And the great thing about it, is you don’t even have to necessarily know the person who posted it. Because Facebook networks everyone, you can see posts from people who aren’t even friends.

An example is this fantastic blog Emails From Crazy People. This site takes incredibly ridiculous emails sent to or mailed by people who are a bit on the iffy side.

Check out a few, and make sure to visit the site.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stuff You Should Know

What’s really a hangover? Do toads really cause warts? Are there really dead bodies on Mt. Everest?

Two great hosts who seem to know everything, take you through a real persons description of things an everyday person should know. Interesting talking points for your next party or a great way to pick up chicks, all within a half hour. Check it out.

They also have several other great informative, brain growing podcasts like stuff you missed in history class and Brain stuff (A super short version full of fun facts).

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Crazy Things that Pet Owners Do

Working on cat food has let me come across some very odd things that pet owners do to shore their love and affection. I am hearby starting a new feature where every Friday I bring you one of these crazy pet owner things.

The first:
Clown cat.
Piss your cat off on Halloween too!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tarantino isn't the only one who can mash up genres

I love when people mix and match different genres. Especially when they mash up a classic genre with a relatively new movie. Obviously this is how Tarantino makes movies (I just saw Inglorious Basterds and loved the Spaghetti Western feel), but many people besides ludicrous, over zealous filmmakers do this all the time.

Take this for example. Spider-Noir

Also Count Batman

Also sometimes creative people get bored so they insert their favorite character into another movie. Here are a few that i enjoyed.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Shit You Can't Regift

Let me first start out by saying I love Facebook. It’s great for keeping up to date with people far away from me, which is basically everyone now, and a fun way to stalk people without getting those pesky restraining orders. However there are several things about Facebook that I would be thrilled if they got rid of.

First thing I’d like to get rid of, are the Facebook quizzes. Sure at first I enjoyed taking a quiz to find out what horror movie character would kill me. Then I grew up. I don’t mind seeing a few in the news bulletins, some I even find humorous, but when the same person does thirty quizzes in a row and posts every single result, it clogs up my news feed and starts to piss me off a bit.

Second thing I hate about Facebook are the stupid gifts. Kara has given you a piece of sushi! Ben has given you a cup of coffee! Unless you’re actually giving me things in real life, I don’t care. And what are the rules for re-gifting and not giving back. Do I have to gather enough credits, clicking and annoying all my friends, just to give you a butterfly because you were bored at work last Tuesday and decided to give me a bumblebee?

Facebook might as well be called amateur night. Unless you’re a comedian and have aspirations to try stand-up comedy, don’t use Facebook to muse poetically, or try to write funny quips on your wall for people to “like (thumbs up). You’re not a comedian and you’re not a tortured poet, so stop pretending you are.

Finally,(though I could go on forever with all the things that annoy me about Facebook) people that don’t understand how Facebook works. There is a difference between sending a mail message and writing on your wall. It’s not hard to figure it out, so figure it out; it’s not MySpace for a reason people.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Food Flags

A very, very cool idea executed perfectly. Australian Advertising Agency, WHYBIN/TBWA made these flags out of the regional food from that Country.








South Korea





What exactly would an American Flag look like? Hamburgers don't really make good stripes and stars.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Best Halloween Costumes

Another great part of Halloween is the creativity that people put into their costumes. I never, ever will buy a store brand costume, the beauty of it is making your own. Here are few exceptionally awesome costumes to inspire your own Halloween creations.

Monday, October 5, 2009

You deserve a trillion breaks today

Say you’re stranded in an unfamiliar part of the Country. All of a sudden you have a craving for two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles onions, on a sesame seed bun. You worry that maybe there isn’t one nearby. Poppycock. Look at this.
This magical map features every single McDonalds in the U.S (minus the wonderful Alaska and Hawaii) It might not look like much at first, but then you realize that those bright dots in the Midwest and East and actually concentrated smaller dots.

That’s a lot of Egg McMuffins.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October!

Winter is a time for sharing. During the spring hearts are filled with love and a feeling of awakening. Summer is dedicated to all things sunny and outdoors. But fall means one thing. Terror.

To me, nothing says fall like getting the bejusus scared out of me. Sure the leaves are changing, and you can pick apples, but for me the month of October, is strictly dedicated to Halloween and all the accoutrements that accompany it. Candy, horror movies, haunted houses, pumpkin flavored everything, costumes, parties, lame TV show specials (Like when they cover the Wheel of Fortune Set with spooky spider webs and junk), and anything else related to the Holiday.

So, seeing as how it’s October 1st, I’m going to go through my Halloween movie must list. These are movies that are left on my shelf (or hard drive as of late) but don’t get opened until October creeps around.

15.) Saw, Saw II, Saw III

To me, the Saw franchise was nothing more but shock value. When it first cam out, it truly was a disturbing and grotesque creation. Then came the hundreds of copycats that followed. Although I loved the first movie (the first time I saw it), as the sequels kept coming, they started to be very formulaic. How many different times can I be grossed out by the way someone is dying? Regardless, they are great October staples because they are nothing but gross out, jump –out scares, just what I want in a Halloween movie, or a haunted house.

14.) Scream

Wes Craven made slasher movies cool again, by making fun of them while still making one hell of a scary movie. While the first one is a classic, the sequels are just as fun for cheap thrills. The only bad part? The hundreds of people who still think it’s cool to dress like ‘ghostface’ for Halloween every year. Really people?

13.) The Typical, Textbook-Formulaic, Horror Remake or Sequel. See Dawn of the Dead (2004), House on Haunted Hill, or any of the several Jason, Freddy, or Mike Myers Sequels.

While far from original, these movies always give me a good time if not a good scare. Plus, they make perfect background noise while carving pumpkins and drinking pumpkin ale.

12.) Child’s Play

While being one of my least favorite of the big slasher stars, Chucky is still terrifying. If I ever woke up to find that doll anywhere near me at night, I’d be freaking out. While the sequels inevitably got lame and comedic, this original still scares me. Chucky’s death scene, where he melts and screams, is a classic horror villain death.

11.) Shawn of the Dead

My favorite zombie movie by far, but let me also say, I don’t like zombie movies. While I love the originality of this movie, the last ¼ of the movie, turns into a typical zombie runaway movie. Still a must to watch in October.

10.) Classic Horror. See Suspiria, Pet Semetary, The Exorcist.

Although awesome in their own way, these are the must have movies that I typically interchange from year to year. They don’t have the must-watch-annually feel that some of the other movies on my list have. In fact I saw Susperia last year, and don’t want to watch it for another ten years, not because it’s bad, but it’s so disturbing, I couldn’t handle a repeat watching so soon.

9.) Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2

You’ll notice I left of Army of Darkness and yes, I did so on purpose. I just don’t like it, sue me. To me it’s the equivalent of Spiderman 3 to the ‘Spiderman’ series. However the first two are masterpieces of horror because they were done so low budget, yet still remain scary. The second one is great because it’s essentially a remake of the first movie rather than a sequel, yet different enough and awesome enough to hold it’s own. Plus how many great movies involve tree rape.

8.) The Descent

By far the scariest movie to come out for a while. Not only does it work on those that are afraid of claustrophobically small places likes caves, but it also works for us monster lovers. Kinda like Dusk til Dawn in a sense, as you didn’t realize it was a monster movie until halfway through when it switches gears dramatically.

7.) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 & 2003)

The original slasher movie. I enjoy both of these for different reasons. The original, for its originality and creepiness (remember this came out before Freddy, Jason and the others), the remake for its jump-out scares and updated effects. Plus the dude from Full Metal Jacket is just fun.

6.) Foreign Horror. See Ju-On, Rec, The Audition, Let the Right One In, The Orphanage

Some of the biggest surprises for me in horror over the last few years are how much better foreign horror movies are then they’re quickly, badly made American counterparts. Movies like Rec and Ju-On are much scarier than Quarantine and The Grudge. Do yourself a favor and see Let the Right One In and The Orphanage before we remake it (both are in production).

5.) Mel Brooks Horror Comedy

Both of these are great comedic parodying of classic horror monsters the way that only Mel Brooks can do. I dare you to not laugh when Frankenstein lights his finger on fire or when Remfield eats a bug. I dare you. Plus you need a few laughs with your scares.

4.) Poltergeist

Several of the scariest scenes are in this movie. Trees come to life, toy clowns bare teeth and some dude’s face melts off. From Tobe Hooper, one of the best director’s of horror. Plus it has Coach’s Craig T. Nelson.

3.) The Shining

The best Steven King book is also the best movie adaptation. This one is just pure creepy. It doesn’t need jump-out cheap scares to get you with this one. Teddy bear BJ’s, elevators pouring with blood, and bartenders that are bad influences. Do I also have to add that Scatman Crothers is in this?

2.) Sleepy Hallow

Now I know this one seems odd to you. But for me, I haven’t gone a single Halloween without watching this Tim Burton classic. It’s got Johnny Depp and the super hot Christina Ricci, plus Christopher Walken is the horsemen (when he has his head). Full of blood, suprises and lots of Halloween goodies, to me, it’s a must.

1.) Halloween

I know, big surprise right? But it really is the best movie to watch on Halloween. The very best slasher film ever made. Rob Zombies version doesn’t even come close. Don’t waste your time and stick with the classic.

So that’s my list of must watch Halloween movies for this October. Update your netflixes, grab some pumpkin ale and enjoy my friends. I know I will.