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December 21, 2010

The horror of Yogi Bear

In Yogi Bear, Jellystone Park is District 9 (for bears)
Yogi Bear is not a kids' movie. It is a bleak futurist parable about humanity's inability to accept a non-human sapience. It is also about a bear who wears a hat. . . . But Yogi Bear is not a bad film; it is a deceptive one. Everything about the film (including its plot, which is about an evil mayor wanting to close Jellystone Park) is a cipher. Yogi's unabashed ineptitude underscores its thesis, which is about the implicit horror of that much maligned subgenre of speculative fiction: the talking animal film. There are two common vintages of the talking animal film, and each of them contains their own inherent horrors. The first is the lingua obscura film — this movie showcases animals who do not communicate with humans but often understand their language, technology, and mores. Furthermore, the creatures in these films possess a secret language with which they converse behind the humans' backs. The implicit horror here lies in the possibility of fauna cabal. In truth, Marmaduke and Looking Who's Talking Now have more in common with The Birds than Old Yeller. The second type of chatty critter flick is the lingua anthro film. In these movies, animals can talk to humans, but this interaction is unexpected or uncommon, and the animals tend not to receive the rights and privileges of Homo sapiens. Alvin and the Chipmunks and How I Saved The President are key examples. In this instance, the horror lies in a mishandling of this post-human consciousness explosion. If chipmunks, beagles, and platyhelminthes suddenly begin yammering at us about shamanistic folk remedies, humanity's entire philosophical, religious, and legal edifices will be blasted to smithereens. This is on par with a singularity-level event, and let's not even get into the inevitable resource war. Chipmunks breed and mature a lot faster than humans — they'll pump foot soldier after foot soldier out of their gestation hives until they have a monopoly on global acorn production. Yogi Bear fits neither the lingua obscura nor the lingua anthro models, but it occupies an uneasy morass somewhere between the two. Here are some details. . . .
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Sen. Franken (D-Minn.) on the Comcast/NBC/Universal deal and Net Neutrality

TL;DR: The Comcast/NBC/Universal deal is terrible for small cable networks -- which tell Franken they are bullied by the company into dummying up and going along -- and for diversity in the media marketplace. Imagine a world with five providers for all content. And the FCC Net Neutrality regulations are flawed. YouTube - Franken: FCC Net Neutrality Plan "Flawed"

December 16, 2010

The D & D alignments of Love Boat

He's just fucking with us now.

December 15, 2010

The top 100 films, by location

[via Laughing Squid]

December 10, 2010

The D&D alignments of TV shows, in general

Mightygodking.com -- ALIGNMENT CHART WEEK! Television, Generally

December 09, 2010

The alignments of The Wire

Another homerun from Chris Byrd. Click on the picture to embiggen. I gotta say, I really love this one.

December 08, 2010

The Arrested Development alignment chart

More fun from Chris Byrd.

December 06, 2010

The alignments of Mad Men

From Chris Byrd comes this beauty. Click on the image to go to his site and to embiggen.

November 12, 2010

New G.I. Joe series re-imagines Cobra as Halliburton-esque MegaCorp

It's a BRILLIANT direction to take GI Joe in. Cobra Goes Corporate in 'G.I. Joe Renegades' Promos [Video] - ComicsAlliance | Comics culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

November 04, 2010

BridalPlasty is the new worst reality show ever

The First Teaser For Bridalplasty Reminds Us That 2012 Is Real | Videogum
Each week, a group of women competes head-to-head in such challenges as writing wedding vows and planning honeymoons. The winner receives the chance to choose a plastic surgery procedure from her “wish list.” She’s given the procedure immediately, and results are shown at the start of the following week’s episode. One by one, the women are voted out by their competitors and, according to the show’s description, “possibly walking away with nothing and losing [their] chance to be the perfect bride.” The last bride standing will receive a “dream wedding,” where she will reveal her new appearance to friends, family and the groom. “Viewers will witness his emotional and possibly shocked reaction as they stand at the altar and he lifts her veil to see her for the first time following her extreme plastic surgery,” E! said.