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Monday, March 27, 2017

VGM Monday: Dark World Theme


The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from A Link To The Past.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

So Much BS, Yet So Little To Say


I don’t know what’s worse: that there’s so much bulls*** happening in the world right now, or that there’s very little for me to say?

Because while there’s plenty of things for me to potentially blog about, I’m finding it extremely difficult to actually blog about them without repeating myself or others.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Tale As Old As Time


Beauty and the Beast truly is a tale as old as time, which is why it's told time and again, both in animated and live-action. With the recent release of Disney's live-action version, I'd like to celebrate this classic with this week's Fan Art Friday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Power Rangers Review


With the new Power Rangers movie being released tomorrow, I'd figure that I'd share something Power Rangers related for this week's Throwback Thursday. And what could be more nostalgic than the very first Nostalgia Critic review of the very first Power Rangers movie?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Top 5 Disney Movies That Need Live-Action Remakes


Once upon a time, I rolled my eyes at Disney re-making its classic animated movies as live-action films. At first, these “remakes” appeared to be the same thing as the made-for-DVD sequels: needless cash grabs created for the sole purpose of milking the company’s cash cows for all they were worth.

To be fair, neither Alice in Wonderland nor Maleficent proved me wrong in that aspect. However, since then, the Cinderella and Jungle Book remakes have made me reconsider my initial opinion, as these remakes proved that they had the potential of taking the original material, offering a different and fresh perspective, and even fixing and improving many flaws.

With the recent release of the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, I’d like to share my top five picks for classic Disney movies that deserve their own live-action remakes:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite


As always, amidst all the noise about Donald Trump and his incompetent administration, there's some good news about Elon Musk and his sheer awesomeness. This time, SpaceX has successfully launched a commercial satellite into orbit.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Back To The Past, Samurai Jack!

Aku by SIIINS

Gotta get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack! Well, now the animated series is finally back on Adult Swim and ready to reach the big conclusion it was supposed to have reached long ago. It's awesome to see this series back, as well as see a renewed interest in fan material, some of which I'll showcase for this week's entry:

MLP:FiM Season 7 Teaser


The newest teaser for MLP:FiM Season 7 (set to premiere on April 15) was released, and--well--tell me if this setup doesn't look familiar:

Trump Budget Bloats Already Overbloated Military


Donald Trump's first budget outline has been made public, and it's exactly what I expected: cuts to minuscule spending sources such as science and arts while increased spending to our already over-bloated military industrial complex:
$639 billion in total defense spending, including both base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations (the war budget) — a $52 billion increase.

Increases of 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs. That includes funding for a border wall, $1.5 billion more to remove undocumented immigrants, $314 million to hire more Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and a $667 million reduction in grants to state and local governments, including FEMA grants.
Yeah, any "fiscal conservative" who voted for this guy because they sincerely thought he was going to tackle "big government" and "wasteful spending"—well, I'd say that they should be feeling like suckers by now, but let's be honest: if they were too stupid to vote for him, they're too stupid to notice the cognitive dissonance of their expectations and his actions.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump Officially Worse Than Obama With Drones


The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he’s making former president Barack Obama look better in comparison, especially when it comes to drones.

Throwback Thursday: Hamtaro


Any-ham else remember watching this show? Any-ham?! Even with Cartoon Network airing its Dragonballs and Sailor Moons and Gundams back in the glory days of Toonami, it was rather refreshing to watch an anime that was something other than an action-adventure thriller. Of course, even cute little hamsters can have big adventures! :D

Monday, March 13, 2017

How FFVII Cross Dressing Helped A Trans Person Cope


Whenever I discuss feminism and social justice mixing with video games, I’m usually not discussing anything good. Usually, I’m sharing yet another example of a hyper-sensitive Tumblr SJW taking something in a video game way too seriously. Thankfully, this is one of the rare exceptions where the two polar opposites actually mix well together and produce something positive.

VGM Monday: Temple/Great Palace


The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from Zelda II: Adventure of Link.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Disney Sunday: Is Moana A Terrible Movie?


The obvious answer is no, no it isn’t. Moana is a great movie—not as great as Zootopia, but still a great movie nonetheless. However, it’s quite refreshing to hear a contrary opinion now and then.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Moana Madness (Part Deux)


Moana may not have been able to see "how far she'll go!" when it comes to the Oscars, but as least she went far enough to make it to DVD and Blu-Ray. Her movie may not be as great as Zootopia, but it's still a great Disney movie nonetheless. It's also a great movie with even greater fan art, as showcased for today's Fan Art Friday:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: I'm A Goofy Goober


Earlier this week was March 7. You know what that means? It was the grand opening of the Krusty Krab 2. Or at least it was 12 years ago when The Spongebob Squarepants Movie came out.

Yeah, how uncanny is it that the Spongebob movie is more than a decade old? Or that the cartoon series itself is nearly two decades old?! And it's clearly seen better days!

I'll admit it: if Spongebob had ended with the movie, I would have been satisfied--slightly disheartened, but satisfied. Better than feeling ashamed that the series continues to linger on despite having experienced seasonal rot years ago.

The movie was clearly supposed to be the big sendoff for the series, and the overall production value clearly showed. I mean, remember the Goofy Goober music video?

Monday, March 6, 2017

VGM Monday: Legend of Zelda Overworld


This weekend saw the release of the newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m going to be dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda. For the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting music from the Zelda franchise, starting from the older games onward.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Disney Sunday: LeFou Is Gay


Originally, for this week’s post, I was going to share the two videos by Nostalgia Critic and Lindsay Ellis discussing how Disney villains have changed, but it seems that there are more pressing matters at hand that need to be addressed.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is right around the corner. To ramp up the hype for the movie, Disney has made a big announcement concerning one of its characters—namely, that one of them is now canonically gay. That character is Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Shameless Plug Saturday: Red Panels


Earlier this week, the creator of Red Panels announced that he was ending his webcomic after having published 370 comic strips. I’ve always wanted to feature the comic on Shameless Plug Saturday, so I felt now more than ever would be the most opportune time to do so.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fan Art Friday: She's From Another Dimension (Part Deux)


The Star Vs. The Forces of Evil season two finale was earlier this week, and, well, boy was it something. For an episode called "Star Crushed!", it sure did crush a lot of Star fans. LOL!

Anyway, in an effort to make SVTFOE fans feel better after that "star crushing" episode, here's a showcase of some SVTFOWE fan art.

Space X Taking Us Closer To Infinity And Beyond


I don’t want my blog to be nothing but posts about bad news or Donald Trump (but I repeat myself!), so here’s a post about some good news. And about science, no less!

This Is The Future We All Want


NOTE: This is an edit of a previous macro set that has been edited to coincide with the “this is the future that liberals want” meme.

In the future of Nineteen Eighty-Four, society is dominated by an authoritarian state that oppresses the population into submission by controlling their actions and thoughts through brute force, mass surveillance, and crude propaganda. This is the future as created by Republicans.

In the future of Brave New World, society is controlled by a “benevolent dictatorship” that pacifies the population into submission by granting their every need and ensuring their utmost happiness through trivial distractions such as drugs, sex, and entertainment. This is the future as created by Democrats.

In the future of Tomorrowland, society allows its best and brightest minds to exercise their creativity and ingenuity without boundaries or restrictions, allowing them to create technological and cultural innovations that benefit the population at large. This is the future as created by Libertarians.

Which future would you prefer to live in? The future is what you make of it. So choose your future, and choose wisely. (But in all seriousness, go with the libertarian future. It has jetpacks and flying trains!)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday: DuckTales 2017 First Look


Disney XD recently released its first trailer for the DuckTales 2017 reboot. I know that's technically not "nostalgic", but it is based on a nostalgic property. So close enough?

This trailer was too epic NOT to share, and what better way to share this first look at a reboot of a nostalgic classic than during a regular feature on nostalgic classics?

Big Spender Trump Pumps Up Military


We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined, and that includes Russia and China. We could cut military spending by 90 percent, and we would still have the largest military on earth!

And it's not like we're putting all that money to good use. We currently have $181 million worth of tanks that are collecting dust in the desert, and which the army itself neither wants nor needs.

If any "fiscal conservative" were serious about balancing the budget, they would consider slashing the military budget first and foremost. That would be their top priority.

Yet out "Dear Leader" Trump insists on increasing military spending rather than decreasing it.

But of course, we have to trust him because he's so "good" with money. He's such a savvy businessman. That's why he managed to bankrupt a casino, to steal a joke from Lewis Black.

Seriously, I would love to hear an explanation from the "fiscal conservatives" and self-proclaimed libertarians who voted for him as to how he's reducing the size and scope of big government with his big military spending.

Let's face it: Trump's just as incompetent with our country's finances as he is with his personal finances.

Trump’s Wrong Address To Congress


Trump recently addressed Congress. I didn’t bother watching his speech. If I wanted to waste more than an hour of my time watching a man struggle with honesty, I’d watch Liar, Liar.

I'm not exaggerating. Out of the 61 statements he made, 51 of them were false. Again, if I wanted to watch a man struggle with honesty, Jim Carrey’s movie would be far more entertaining.

If you want a basic rundown of Trump’s speech and how much he was “Wrong!”, I’d recommend reading PolitiFact’s assessment, of course. (Or just watch Liar, Liar. Seriously, we need a stupid good comedy to distract us from our stupid bad reality!)