Sunday, October 31, 2010


Ultimate Halloween costume.

And because Halloween itself should have more than one video...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Haunted Nashville

I went on a date to Haunted Nashville last night. There are some spoilers in here as you move along, so if you don’t want to know anything more than “it’s a fun house that won’t do anything really annoying”, you can stop reading now.

Nena was actually kind of worried that some of the activities would trigger her phobias, but at no point in Haunted Nashville does anyone deliberately touch, grab, or chase you. In fact, many of the monsters are quite polite, as they indicate which direction you should go when you’re having trouble finding the next doorway in the dark.

Turbidite Manor was probably the most fun of the three tours. It has the best special effects, including both animatronics and holograms. They also put characters in this one with real lines. Nena had her finest moment here, as one of the “apparitions” follows you out of one of the scenes, saying spooky things. Unfortunately for her, she moved a little too soon, and she didn’t realize that Nena and I were behind her as she followed the rest of the group down the hall. As a result, when she broke character and turned to go back to her hideout, Nena was able to startle her.

Epidemic is less interesting, in that it doesn’t really have any impressive special effects. The theme here is people jumping out of dark corners and making loud noises right next to you. The character who introduced us at the entrance to this one played his part marvelously, though.

House of Distortion is somewhere between. There are a lot of long, dark hallways where people jump out at you, but there are also some pretty impressive animatronics, and the “electrified windows” are a pretty neat effect, too.

I don’t think I’ll want to do this every year, as I suspect it will tend to be repetitive, but I’ll probably look for some other “haunted” attractions around Nashville for the future.

Trial by Stone

Evil muppets.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Cave

Also in the "you might want to rent it for Halloween" series...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Mask

The best Jim Carrey movie ever.

Might be the only one really worth seeing, actually.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Manliest Movie Ever

Or so someone thinks of Fist of the North Star (the original anime version).

Lots of gratuitous bleeding.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rhinehart's Oyster Bar

Visiting someone in the hospital isn't the best reason to go on a trip, but Nena and I did get to try a new restaurant in Augusta, GA while visiting Decca. Rhinehart's came up on Urban Spoon, and it's completely awesome.

It has a gravel parking lot, and there's graffiti all over the walls inside. It reminds me of the Crazy Cajun in Gray, TN (which, as far as I know, hasn't re-opened since the kitchen fire). The oysters and jambalaya are excellent (although the jambalaya will light you up a bit), and the Hurricanes are killer. Important safety tip: stop at one Hurricane! I had a second and, enjoyable though it was, I was feeling it the next day.

None Shall Pass!

Nope... not Lord of the Rings.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

There's Nothing Out There

Sometimes, in a horror movie, there's one guy who knows what to do.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Superman gets into a toussle with Darkseid in one of the animated movies. Villains don't come much more badass.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Scream of Ktchooloo

If you're unfamiliar with Call of Cthulu (the game, the story, and the horror fiction genre), you won't fully grok this video, but I think it's still funny enough.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eclipse Trailer

It deserves no better.

Come to think of it, it deserves worse.

Vampires do not sparkle.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Science in the Media: Ridiculous Hype is reporting the discovery of "transparent aluminum". Here's the tag line from the article:
"Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminium' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion."
Of course, if you read the article, you'll quickly realize that this opening statement is composed primarily of cattle droppings. Let's look at the details:
  1. Changing the state of the aluminum requires bombarding it with an x-ray laser that draws enough electricity to power a city.
  2. It isn't really transparent. Only extreme ultra-violet light gets through, not visible light.
  3. The aluminum only remains in the altered state for about 40 femtoseconds (a femtosecond is one millionth of one billionth of a second, if you're not a technogeek). To paraphrase Doctor Manhattan, it's an event that occurs so quickly that it can barely be said to have occurred at all.
The experiment is interesting because it allows scientists to see how matter behaves in extremely high energy states, such as might be found inside a star. This experiment has no relevance for construction materials, yet the reporter is acting as if it does.


Cause how much more Halloweenie can you get?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Retro Avengers!

In other news, some of my friends won Best in Show at the Dragon*Con masquerade for their "Steampunk X-Men".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Trip to the Cemetery

I'm not sure whether the silly label applies to this or not.

Geeky, obviously, but silly?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cybermen vs Daleks

Daleks kick Cyberman ass.

Of course, the Doctor scares all of them.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tasty, Tasty Brains!

I think sequels seldom live up to the original, but this particular scene is pretty darn creepy. Not for the faint of heart.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Something Patricia Tallman shared with her FaceBook fans back in July.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Predator Fridge Logic

I wonder what it would be like if horror movie characters thought of these things.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

"Dexter" Fridge Logic

So I've been roped into watching Dexter recently (not that I'm suffering or anything), and I noticed something that triggered my geek reflex. This kind of thing might involve spoilers, so anyone who hasn't watched Dexter yet and wants to might do well to skip this post and watch some more Halloween videos.

I'm still on season one (yeah, yeah... lots of catching up to do), and I think it was episode 8 that I was watching (maybe 9) tonight, when we had one of the flashbacks.

As a child, Dexter was injured while playing. He needed a blood transfusion, but he has the rarest of blood types: AB-. The hospital was stymied by the lack of a suitable donor, and only Dexter's foster father was able to identify a blood relative who would have the right blood type.

Two problems:
  1. It's not that hard to find a donor for a recipient with type AB-. Any Rh-negative donor will do, because AB types can also receive A, B, or O types without any problems.
  2. The episode implies that the donor is Dexter's biological father, but if Dexter is type AB-, then his father must be either A- or B-, not AB-, so even if Dexter needs an exact match for some reason, his biological father couldn't be an exact match.
Whew! I've got that bit of geekery off my chest. Back to Halloween videos.

Edit: I suppose Dexter's biological father could be AB-, since he could donate either the A or the B if his wife donated the other one. My bad. Point #1 still stands.

Further Edit: A little research indicates that less than 10% of the population of Florida has Rh-negative blood, so finding a relative might still be fairly important.


This is its own special kind of scary.

Muah ha ha hah! Now it's running through your head, too!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Do you want to know about Rorschach?

Please remember that, while Rorschack is all badass and interesting, he's also insane.

Friday, October 01, 2010

ASL Brain Eating

October has arrived! Let the gratuitous video links begin!