Geekdown: Best Weird Al CDS

Weird Al Yankovic. You would think after four articles – four BACK TO BACK – articles about the man I’d be running out of things to say about him. Well you’re wrong. The only things I have left to say about him, however, are WAY TO PERSONAL.

Seriously I’d seem like a freak or something.

I did get to meet the man though, Back Stage Pass in 1999 for the Running with Scissors Tour.   BOOYEAHKASHA!!

To celebrate his release of Mandatory Fun I looked at all 14 albums and I chose the TOP TEN Weird Al Albums Continue reading

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Geekdown: Weird Al Parodies

I might have revealed this before but I am a MASSIVE Weird Al Fan. Seriously. MASSIVE – and a BIG FAN – and HARD CORE FAN.

To Summarize: when it comes to Weird AL i’m Big, Massive and Hard: WAIT.

That came out wrong.

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Geekdown: Best Weird Al Originals

I have been a big Weird Al fan for years, like years and years. There may have even been a couple years before that – but that’s it.

Amongst Weird Al fans you find the discussion of what is better, the parodies or the original music? Some think that the songs he writes, like Skipper Dan, Everything you know is Wrong and Dare to be Stupid, are better than some of his parodies. Others think that him making fun of popular music is superior.

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Tuesday Test: Weird Al

Welcome back to Tuesday Test.  Today marks the relase of Mandatory Fun – the latest CD by the King of Parody – Weird Al Yankovic

From his first CD in 1983 to Bad Hair Day, Even Worse, Straight otta Lynwood and Alpocalypse – Weird Al has given us some of the best music, both parodies and not, that has ever hit the airwaves.  To celebrate his release I give the Weird Al Wordsearch! Continue reading

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Tome of Geek: Old Man’s War

OldMansWar(1stEd).jpgOld Man’s War.

What can be said about this book that hasn’t already been said? What could I add to a review that would make mine stand out? What could I add to a review that would lend an iota of credibility or originality to my work? The truth: absolutely nothing. A lot bigger names then I have said a lot more meaningful things about this book then I could. So when all else fails and my backs to the wall I do what I do best. I rely on humour and sarcasm.

Old Man’s War – by John Scalzi – is a brilliant military sci-fi book. It takes a society where 75 year old men and women enlist in the Colonial Defense Force to fight. When they get there they find their mind transferred into an upgraded-cloned body of them in their prime. Then they are sent into space with a rifle and some armour and told to fight – a war – in space. IN. SPACE.

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Tuesday Test: Mistborn Metal

Welcome back to Tuesday Test.  Today we look at one of my favorite book series in recent years, the Mistborn Saga.  This book series, written by Brandon Sanderson, starts as a fantasy series, evolves into a steampunk western, and is set to grow into something even greater.

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and here’s another thing…

Xanthor:

Another reason why I love Carrie Vaughn

Originally posted on Filling the Well:

You know that thing where people say, “Well, how do you write strong/tough/kickass/whatever women characters who aren’t just men with breasts?”  i.e. so-called women characters who are basically men, in female trappings, doing male-type things in the  story.  I guess.

I realized awhile back that I have no idea what this means.  Seriously.  What kind of men?  What kind of breasts?  What does this even mean?  The answer is, it doesn’t mean a damned thing.  In fact, I think it’s nothing more than apologia, another thing feeding into the idea that strong/physically tough women characters are somehow weird and need to be explained, and if you do them wrong you’ll be accused of some kind of. . .I don’t know.  I’ve written before about the discomfort with powerful women we often see in fiction, how they’re often mitigated by being some kind of “chosen one,” or given some kind…

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