Monthly Archives: October 2014

Loot Crate Unboxing – October 2014

Hello there!  Welcome to my Loot Crate unboxing post!  Today, I’m looking at the October crate.  The theme: Fear.

Scary good stuff this month! Picture by me.

The ‘Death by Kitten’ t-shirt is a fun addition to this month’s crate.  It’s not overly fear-inducing, but it is comfortable.  The design is by Super 7 and features a bunch of cat pictures grouped together to form a skull.  I thought at first glance that it glowed in the dark.  Sadly, it does not.  It’s still a cool shirt, though.

A fun little bonus item this month is a piece of Toxic Waste sour candy.  You may notice that mine is not in the picture.  That’s because I already let my wife eat it.  She said it was very sour, which means she must have liked it. (She likes sour candy a lot.)

Up next, we have the Dead Rising 3 Sledgesaw Hammer pen from CAPCOM and Loot Crate Labs.  It’s a very well done little piece that’s lighter than it looks.  The saw section is removed from the end of the hammer to make use of the pen.  It should do a fine job of killing the zombies it draws (in the action I see in my head).

I will admit that I have never seen the astoundingly popular Sharknado movie.  It honestly sounds like a waste of my time to me.  But, I have thumbed through the book How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters from Random House Publishing in this month’s crate.  It is quite the amusing read.  From descriptions of the cataclysms, to the made-up ‘studies’ documenting how to deal with each event, the book is at times entertaining, but does lead to a lot of face-palming.

There’s another exclusive cover comic in this month’s crate: Issue #132 of The Walking Dead.  It features what appears to be a zombie woman, in a loot crate tank or sports bra.  Since I have not actually read any of the comics, nor seen any of season 4 of 5, I will probably hold off on reading this for a while.  However, I do look forward to reading it.

Sticking with The Walking Dead, there’s a cool postcard-sized piece of art with Daryl and Merle Dixon from SuperEmoFriends by JSalvador.  It depicts Daryl just after finding his brother as a walker, Evil Dead hand and all.  It has a fairly calm look about it, which is a far cry from the action- and suspense-packed show.  A very nice piece of art.

Speaking of biting, there are some pretty gnarly looking bites and slashes temporary tattoos from Loot Crate Labs in this crate.  I’m not sure when I’ll use them, as it’s been many moons since I wore temporary tattoos.  But I’m sure they’ll come in handy some day.

We also have another special unlock for the game Smite, from Super7.  I’ve never played this game, or even heard of it, but the download looks pretty cool.  It lets you unlock a character called Thanatos and a special Jack the Ripper skin for him.  He looks pretty awesome, not gonna lie.

That pretty much wraps up this treasure trove of death and scary.  I did get one other thing of a personal nature: my official Loot Crate Member card and ID#! Woo-hoo!  Let me know what you think of this month’s crate in the comments below.

Weird Al Wednesday 10-22-14

Greetings, fellow weirdos!  For today’s Weird Al Wednesday, I have selected a track from the album Alapalooza: ‘Frank’s 2000″ TV’

You may have recognized this, but ‘Frank’s 2000″ TV’ is a style parody of the early work by R.E.M.  In fact, it has quite a similar sound to ‘Shiny Happy People.’  The song also fits into Al’s old standby of poking fun at America’s dependence on television for entertainment.  As with all good satirists, Al chooses a subject that both hits on a current issue, as well as one with staying power.  One of the things I like about this song is the ridiculous nature of a TV this size when this song came out.  However, with television manufacturers now producing TVs as big as 90″, the concept is a little less farfetched than it used to be.  In fact, Frank’s TV is just a little smaller than the gigantic 72-foot by 160 -foot television screen in the Dallas Cowboys football stadium.  I find that tidbit alone to be staggering.  Someone made something more ridiculous than the subject of a Weird Al song.

And on that note, my friends, pun definitely intended, I draw this post to a close.  Stay weird everyone!  Look for my October Loot Crate review, coming soon!

Weird Al Wednesdays Schedule Change

Hello friends! As you may have noticed, I missed another Wednesday.  Due to my ridiculous responsibilities at work, I’m going to change Weird Al Wednesdays to an every-other-week thing.  I know there aren’t many of you out there keeping up with me at the moment, but I apologize for any sad feelings this brings you.  I don’t like it any more than you do, but it seems my job really is trying to crush my soul.  Anyway, look for a new Al post next week and until then, stay weird!

Weird Al Wednesday 10-8-14

Hello, and welcome back (finally) to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays!  For today’s selection, we go back to Al’s first album that didn’t have his name in the title: “Like a Surgeon” from Dare to be Stupid.

This is the first track off of Al’s third studio album, and a great parody of one of the 1980s’ biggest artists, Madonna.  Al’s lyrics mirror Madonna’s very well, with the exact phrasing and structure, and some great line reversals.  For example, at the end of the song, Al’s lyric “I can hear your heartbeat for the very last time” is a great reversal of Madonna’s “Can’t you hear my heartbeat for the very first time”.

The video also has a lot of nods to Madonna, as well as Al’s comedic nature.  Fans of the Three Stooges will note that in the opening sequence there is a page for Doctors Howard, Fine, and Howard.  Also present, is a lion wandering the hospital, in much the way it wanders Venice in Madonna’s video.  Al even does a respectable imitation of Madonna’s singing style, with the higher, nasally, whiny sound that a few female artists of the 80s had.

So, what do you like about this song?  Or do you not like it?  Have a suggestion of a song I should post in the future?  Let me know in the comments below, and stay weird folks!

Who’s that Giorgio guy on Random Access Memories?

So, if you’re like me, you listened to Random Access Memories and wondered, ‘who’s this Giorgio guy talking over Daft Punk’s awesome music?’  Well, I just looked him up on Wikipedia, and holy crap.  Apparently, nearly all of techno owes its popularity and roots to this guy.  I’ve included a rather lengthy video of a live session he did in New York not too long ago.  I think it’s a great session of classic techno sounds, beats, and melodies, and I’m pretty sure it covers a lot of his music career.  If you have the time, I highly recommend it!

Work Sucks

Hello, everyone!  I wanted to apologize for missing another Weird Al Wednesday.  Work has been pretty crazy lately and I’ve been working lots of long days.  I am going to make a concerted effort to get more things posted and work on my next entry for my friend’s blog over at quaintjeremy’s thoughts.  For now, please enjoy this funny picture.

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