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There’s A [Tropical] Storm Coming, Mr. Wayne


My latest bit of silliness cooked up at 3am upon hearing that Gordon has been upgraded to a tropical storm. Batten down the hatches, there’s a storm coming!

Meteorology in Gotham City needs a little improvement.

“Power Surge” (Preliminary)


Well, I was going to post a teaser for a new video project I’m working on, but YouTube doesn’t like the music I used, so I’m left without anything interesting to show for my next ambitious endeavour.  If you’ve been to Disney’s ElecTRONica dance party either at California Adventure or Hollywood Studios, you might be familiar with the Power Surge stage show before the official opening of the party.  I’m at present working on recreating a version of the show to enjoy at home.  More details as they come, but for now, please enjoy my other offerings at my YouTube channel!

San Diego Comic Con 2012 Recap


Star Tours: The Adventures Continue


Okay, so being a fan of both the Star Wars franchise and Disneyland, it was really only a matter of time before I made a little write-up about the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction at Disneyland (and Walt Disney World).

Apart from griping about the fact that some permutations of the ride experience involve elements from the godforsaken prequel films, the ride is just as campy and silly as the original ride.  Disney Imagineers did a fantastic job of updating the entire experience for a new generation of fans.  The queueing area feels more like a “legitimate” spaceport and less like some Quonset hut in a backwater rim world–this I’m not sure how I feel about.  The original Star Tours had the same kind of feel as the original trilogy films:  low-tech, analog, hastily constructed, and ad hoc.  Now, the whole scene seems more elegant:  Solari boards are replaced with high-resolution LCD displays, maintenance droids are replaced with security officer droids (albeit with similar whimsical attitudes about their jobs), and there’s no more People Mover running through the station.

This little guy looks familiar! Sadly, he’s marked “defective” and even sparks to life with PTSD-esque outbursts using archival audio from the original attraction.

Whether or not I appreciate the “upgrades,” I love the attention to detail and subtle nods to the original attraction.  Oh, and the fact that Patrick Warburton voices one of the afore-mentioned security droids.  In all, it’s definitely worth the trip to the park if you haven’t ridden it yet.

Looks a bit like a stormtrooper wearing Mickey ears.

My Aurebesh is a little rusty, but this is best translation I can manage.

A placard on one of the loading doors, salvaged from the original ride. The lettering underneath reads “LOAD DOOR 3.”

After a little searching, I happened to find a copy of the original video feed from the ride.  Rex (the original pilot droid, voiced by the incomparable Paul Rubens) does not appear in the footage as it is the actual screen projection (probably recorded on VHS considering the tracking issue), but all the music, sound effects, and voices remain.  The part that I enjoy the most is fact that it was filmed completely with models–not the CGI bullshitery that permeates Hollywood now (and ST:TAC is unfortunately no exception to this rule)–something about it just makes it look that much more real.

Confused Rod Serling


“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.

–Rod Serling

The last thing the Internet needs is another silly image meme, but I have decided to officially throw that conclusion to the four winds in favour of this:

If you’d like to make your own Confused Rod Serling internet meme, you can get the original image here or here.

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)


“Everything that happens before Death is what counts.”

–Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Earlier this week, one of the greatest writers of our time (or any time) was taken from us.  I freely admit that I might have lifted a copy of Fahrenheit 451 from my school library, and it became one of those books that just changes your perspective forever.  Like The Power of Myth, 1984, and Anthem, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit spoke to me in a way that few books ever can.  In addition, as an avid fan of The Twilight Zone, Bradbury holds a special place for having written several episodes of the series.  So, to memorialize Mr. Bradbury, I just wanted to mark the end of the week with a post about him and top it off with a fitting tribute piece from a fellow DA Deviant, Gabriel Rodriguez.

“Bye, Ray, have a safe trip back home to the stars…” –Gabriel Rodriguez

The Heart of The TARDIS (Valentine)


Someone has finally located the true Heart of the TARDIS.  No, I’m not talking about that glowing light and mass of Huron particles that Rose Tyler used to brink Jack Harkness back to life, nor am I talking about the daffy lady in the blue bustier on the planet in the Bubble Universe.  I’m talking about the true heart and soul of the TARDIS, the one thing that has kept The Doctor travelling through time and space for almost fifty years, the one thing that brings Whovians together more strongly than the gravitational pull of a black hole, the one thing that will never blink in times of trouble:  love.

Congratulations to lastone2sherlockisasissy on making the best Valentine card ever, and enjoy the whole of time and space with your companion (or use this card to find one)!

“Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man)”


I know every Star Wars and music geek out there has probably seen this (and memorised it), but I thought it might be fun to include a little bonus for those of you who read Zen And The Art.  Okay, so this a capella “Star Wars” track gained notoriety when Corey Vidal uploaded his split-screen lip-synch video to YouTube.  Yeah, it’s a lip-synch.  The actual recording is a vocal group out of Provo, Utah called moosebutter [sic], and they’re pretty spectacular.  I mean, they’re not Rockapella, but they are pretty fantastic.  So go, watch the video, check out the moosebutter website, and oh, what’s this…?Click Me!

The Geek Zodiac


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I’m a Treasure Hunter. I guess that explains a lot.

“I, Don Quixote” from Man of La Mancha


Hear me now,
Oh thou bleak and unbearable world,
Thou art base and debauched as can be;
And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled
Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!

I am I, Don Quixote,
The lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!
Whithersoever they blow,
Onward to glory I go!

Hear me, heathens and wizards
And serpents of sin!
All your dastardly doings are past,
For a holy endeavour is now to begin,
And virtue shall triumph at last!

I am I, Don Quixote,
The lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!
Whithersoever they blow,
Onward to glory I go!
Yes, onward to glory I go!