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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Disney Sunday: GOTG Mission Breakout

Last Friday, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney’s California Adventure completed its transformation into the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! And it looks awesome! Though I do have mixed feelings.

On the one hand, this attraction sadly replaces an already iconic Disney attraction; on the other hand, the former DCA Tower of Terror was reportedly not as good as the Disney Hollywood Studios version in Florida.

On the one hand, we finally have a Marvel attraction in an American Disney park (with Hong Kong Disneyland having recently opened the Iron Man Experience); on the other hand, this attraction is only in California with no chance of it or any other Marvel attraction ever coming to Florida. (Damn you, Universal! Why you still holding onto those theme park rights?!?)

Judging from the footage of the ride and show building, the attraction looks just as awesome as the GOTG movies, and it probably feels just as awesome as well. Too bad I will never have the chance to actually ride it. (Again, Universal, why for you cling to dem theme park rights? I want Marvel at Disney World, damn it! I don’t want to pay to get into Universal just to get my Marvel fix.)

Anyway, for those of you who can’t make it to California (or for those who can but can’t afford to), here’s some footage of the ride and everything it has to offer—including an animatronic Rocket Raccoon. (Damn it! I wanna see an animatronic Rocket in person! Universal, hand over dem rights! They should belong to Disney!)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free-Market Capitalism Isn’t “Anti-Innovation”

While reading about politics weakens my faith in humanity, a little bit of that faith gets restored whenever I read about the advancements being made in science and technology.

The last few years alone have seen great leaps forward scientifically and technologically: virtual reality, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, voice-activated software and hardware, private space travel, and autonomous vehicles.

During dark political times such as these, it’s comforting to know that both science and technology provide somewhat of a silver lining with promises of a "great big beautiful tomorrow” brought about through innovation.

That is, unless you’re Ben Tarnoff of The Guardian. In that case, you believe that we’re actually witnessing “anti-innovation” that’s bringing about “economic suicide.”

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Disney Sunday: Luke Skywalker Sings You're Welcome

Considering that Disney owns both Moana and Star Wars, I'm surprised they didn't create this awesome parody of "You're Welcome." Would have made for an interesting tie-in to the upcoming The Last Jedi:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Elon’s Car Tunnel Looks Hella Awesome!

I’ve already written blog posts about Elon Musk’s super cool idea for an automated car tunnel under Los Angeles. Turns out it’s more than just an idea. Not only has Musk built a working test tunnel (though where he built it exactly remains unknown), but he has tested it out and uploaded a video of the test onto Instagram.

According to the video’s description, the actual tunnel will have cars traveling at speeds up to 125 mph with the potential of traveling from L.A. to Westwood in 5 minutes. Five minutes! How awesome would that be? (That is, if the actual tunnel wasn't potentially going to be road blocked by government bureaucracy!)

Check out the video below and tell me that it’s not the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen. (Warning: may cause motion sickness or seizures!)

Fan Art Friday: Ooga Chaka Ooga Ooga! (Part Deux)

One week in theaters and GOTG:V2 remains #1 at the box office. This is literally not news. The franchise is Marvel's best. Of course it's winning at the box office. So to continue celebrating its awesomeness, he's even more GOTG fan art:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Psalty The Singing Songbook

If you went to Sunday School in the 80s and 90s, chances are you watched Psalty The Singing Songbook. If you don't know who that is, he's essentially the Christian version of Barney the Dinosaur, only instead of a purple dinosaur, he was a blue songbook. Sure, a singing, talking songbook may sound ridiculous, but no more so than a singing, talking dinosaur.

Here on the internet, Psalty has become the target of ridicule from everyone and everybody ranging from cringe blogs, YouTube atheists, and hack webcomic artists. But you know what? I don't care. I thought Psalty was cool as a kid, and I still like him as an adult--albeit ironically!

Sure, the character himself can appear creepy to some people--and the only thing creepier and cringey-er are the child actors accompanying him--but really, how is the character any less ridiculous than Barney the Dinosaur?

In fact, I'll go out of the way to claim that Psalty has Barney beat in the music department. Even to this day, I still have many of Psalty's songs stuck in my head. That's how good his music is. And really, can you expect anything less from a singing songbook?

Many of his songs and even entire musical albums are available to listen to on YouTube. Just take a listen to some of them yourselves and tell me that they don't get stuck in your head:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Blocked By Government Bureaucracy

About a week ago, I discussed Elon Musk’s crazy cool idea to dig a tunnel under L.A. to help alleviate traffic. As can be expected, many skeptics came out of the woodwork to mock his idea, and I told those critics to shove it because I thought his idea was super cool.

Of course, there’s a good chance Musk won’t be able to move forward with his underground tunnel, and it won’t be because he lacks funding, or lacks the technological capability, or even lacks public interest.

No, if Elon finds himself unable to build his tunnel, it’ll be because of the one thing that always gets in the way of innovation: government bureaucracy:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Ooga Chaka Ooga Ooga!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 just came out. In fact, I just returned from watching it at the theater. It. Was. AWESOME! If you loved the original, you'll love this. Definitely better than the original. A must see movie. In fact, stop reading this and go watch it. Right now! Then when you're done, come back and check out this awesome fan art:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Weird Al Star Wars Songs

How interesting is it that Weird Al Yankovic wrote, not one, but two Star Wars parody songs about Star Wars? I could think of nothing more fitting to share for Star Wars Day on Throwback Thursday.

During my pre-teen years, I used to listen to both of these songs on Radio Disney, and I even had one of them on a Radio Disney CD. “Yoda” is creative and funny enough, but my personal favorite was “The Saga Begins” (which back then I always assumed was “Anakin Guy”!)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wonder Woman Will Probably Suck

I wish I were more excited about the new Wonder Woman movie being released next month. On the one hand, this is the first movie ever created starring the Amazonian warrior, which is especially refreshing after tons of movies have already been made about male superheroes such as Batman, Superman, and Spider-man. So it ought to be a momentous occasion that the most famous super heroine finally gets her own theatrical release.

On the other hand, the movie is being created by the same studio that gave us box office blunders such as Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Suicide Squad. Considering how “well” those movies turned out doesn’t offer much hope that the first ever Wonder Woman movie will fare any better. So like the rest of the installments in the “I Can’t Believe This Isn’t the MCU!”, this movie probably won’t do well either.

But really, I’m not so much worried about the movie itself, per say, as I am about the inevitable backlash that will be created by its implosion, specifically the backlash from feminists—and if last year’s internet dumpster fire surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot is any indicator, the backlash will not be pretty. Be prepared to see "sexist" and "misogynist" lobbed at critics who pan the film.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Elon Musk Proposes Underground Car Tunnel

Funny story: Elon Musk was driving through L.A. when he got stuck in traffic. He tweeted how he hated traffic jams and how he would go as far as to drill a tunnel under the city to escape them.

And that’s exactly what he plans to do!

Musk plans on creating a new company—boringly enough called the Boring Company—that will not only create an underground car tunnel, but an automated car tunnel that operates almost like a “post-apocalyptic slot car race that takes place underneath the city of Los Angeles.”

Gizmodo further explains the details:
Think of it as a future free of traffic and sunlight. On the surface, Musk explained, cars would drive onto sled-like devices that would descend into the bowels of the Earth, where Musk’s Boring Company has built a vast network of tunnels. From there, apparently, the sleds connect to a track that sends the cars zooming through the tubes at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. There would be no need to fret about crashing, either, since some supercomputer (somewhere) could carefully direct traffic so that each car and sled rides at a safe but efficient distance from the next one. When all is said and done, you could get from Compton to Malibu in, who knows, maybe a few minutes.
Of course, like all of Musk’s visions, this one also has its fair share of detractors.