Friday, October 30, 2009

Threestyle

Saw this on JB's site, but I had to repost it here. Mos and Thought are on point as always, but Marshall's verses are just re-donk-ulous. Why can't you just flow like this more often Em, rather than all that "celebritard"-laden BS you've got on the radio nowadays?

...huh...what?!? (note:NSFW/Not Work or School Safe!)

Sorry for the lapse in content, been getting over being sick this week. However, for the dudes out there, the following video would have you distracted as well.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hold up...Viacom/Nickelodeon to own the TMNT property....the FUCK?!?

(click picture above for link to article regarding this travesty, reported by the folks at Go Green Machine)

Nickelodeon Acquires Global Rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Nickelodeon to Develop New CG-Animated Television Series and Paramount Pictures to Develop Feature Film of Renowned Global Property

NEW YORK, Oct 21, 2009 — Furthering its mission to provide premium content to its audiences, Nickelodeon–part of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B)–has acquired the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE). The acquisition provides Nickelodeon, the world’s number-one entertainment brand for kids, global intellectual property rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the hit television, film and video game property that has delighted kids around the world for the last 25 years. The aggregate purchase price for the transactions is approximately $60 million.

Nickelodeon also announced plans to develop a new CG-animated television series based on the popular superhero franchise, anticipated to premiere in 2012. Additionally, in partnership with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, a new release of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film is also planned for 2012. Nickelodeon has also acquired all merchandising rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and will continue to work with its original and long-standing toy partner, Playmates Toys, which has been the creative force behind the successful TMNT master toy program over the last two decades.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. “We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to be able to focus on this property and creatively re-introduce it to a new generation of kids.”

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a property that maintains a very passionate global fan base, is rich with opportunity for a tentpole movie, and is exactly the right property for us to work together with Nickelodeon,” said Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Pictures.

“Mirage has been the proud keeper of the Turtles’ brand since 1984, and in 2009 we celebrated their 25th anniversary with our legions of fans,” said Gary Richardson, CEO, Mirage Studios. “Nickelodeon is a powerhouse global brand, and we are confident that the company will be a wonderful steward for Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and all the other TMNT characters and take them in all kinds of exciting and new creative directions.”

“We enjoyed our eight-year partnership with Mirage during which 4Kids and Mirage re-launched the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for a new generation of kids around the world,” said Alfred Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. “We will also work with Mirage and Viacom so that our Turtles’ licensees can be assured of a seamless transition.”

Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series, and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business–with DVDs, video games, toys and more–that has generated billions of dollars at retail.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on four mutant turtles–trained in the art of Ninjitsu–who battle evil from the New York sewers. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated television series–jointly produced by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios–will continue to air on “TheCW4Kids” Saturday morning programming block on The CW network through Aug. 31, 2010.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About Mirage Studios

The Mirage Group is a group of companies, including Mirage Studios, Inc., located in Northampton, Massachusetts, that owned and managed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property from its creation in 1984 through 2009.

About 4Kids Entertainment

Master licensing agent for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, licensing and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products, with U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California, and international offices in London and Hong Kong.

SOURCE Nickelodeon

http://www.nick.com


I don't know how to feel about this. The Turtles are one of the biggest influences on me to this day, and with Nickelodeon being what it is today (and not in it's former '90s greatness), I think they're going to flush this franchise right down the crapper.
If Nickelodeon's only major achievement in recent years is the success of an ambiguously gay sponge, then what will they do to my Green Machine?

Sexus

The automotive world has been abuzz all week about Toyota/Lexus's first true supercar effort. I am equally enthused, although I also know that the reality of owning one is just as far-fetched as your regular supercars (Lambo, Ferrari, etc). Take a gander for yourself:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chest Clutch

There are no words to describe this....


and to quote Electronista
" Microsoft has taken the unusual step of promoting Windows 7 in Japan with Burger King's launch of a Windows 7 Whopper. Fitting in with the software theme, the burger stacks seven patties in an otherwise normal Whopper and measures 5.1 inches tall. It also has an appropriate 777 yen ($8.53) price.

The stunt isn't unique for Microsoft's Windows 7 launch, which in the run-up to Thursday's introduction has repeated the "seven" theme in multiple publicity events; it launched a giveaway of the new OS for every resident of the Dutch village of Zevenhuizen ("Seven Houses") and decorated parts of the Spanish village Sietes ("Sevens") in Windows-themed colors. The campaign contrasts sharply against the more traditional ads of Vista and earlier Windows releases, highlighting Microsoft's desire to turn around its public image.

In North America, most of the developer's less conventional advertising has centered around promoting Windows 7 house parties and its first retail stores."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Button-mashing Mash-ups

I LOL'd and had a lot of memories come flowing back watching these shorts. Geez, I was practically raised by video games at one point. Scary.

One last Indiana pun

5 dozen little boxes of win packed into two cardboard cases packed into two suitcases. Enjoy, Keino & Adrian.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hoosier State of Mind

Upon arriving back home, I discovered that my crappy phone camera (which had recently lost it's outer lens), which I had been relegated to using whilst at The Indianapolis Super Speedway, took pics very poorly. Regardless here goes:

Jay doin' work @ White Castle our first day there

The next day, headed here

Some classic Ford/Lotus racers. Ill.

Harley Bonneville racer/rocket

"The Pagoda" while on-track. I'm still kicking myself for not having proper gear to shoot the tour while ON the track. SMH.

Don't ever say diesels don't go fast

I must not be a winner that often, as I'm somewhat lactose-intolerant lately.

The King's car: Often imitated but never duplicated

Check the width on this 935

A sick garage setup, even by today's standards
Then, while at the Cracker Barrel (again!), spotted this. Interesting... that milk up there would go great with this, or maybe a Coke. No, wait, that'd be overkill.


Thanks for the hospitality Catherine & family. See you all again soon.

Zombie file grievance

Nappien is a helluva drug!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hoosier Daddy

Getting fat(ter) here in the East is even easier for Jay and me. Not that eating's all we've been doing, but we had to get it in while the gettin' was good. Got mad pics that I am unable to post until I get back, but here's a sample. (This will likely be nothing special to you unless you're West Coast babies like myself, but this is my blog, so ha!)

Meat Feast pizza from Pizza King; Barq's Red Creme Soda


Homemade banana bars


Some finds to add to my plate collection (Trying to get all 50 states, and any vintage/unique personalized ones as well)


Jay getting all artistic/WDYWT at Dallas/Forth Worth Airport


My shitty attempt @ the Children's Museum of Indianapolis


BTW, said museum was pretty cool, although there were many things abound that could be interpreted in a sexual manner (Either that, or I'm just more perverted than usual)


Even Pops got in on the innuendo


Wish I got a full shot of this dinosaur's fossils. It was like part-dragon.


Whattup Pharrell


As prevalent as Denny's is in California, but with better food and a gift shop attached to every one. Lucked out that this one was 1000 feet away from my motel room


Kid in a candy store. Literally.


Lady Gumby & PokeyFace


And forget Pedobear, this well-endowed pedophiliac sock chimp is all you need to be aware of around your young nubile daughters


More, less-twisted stuff when I land back home tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In the (B)East

Reporting to you from Anderson, Indiana at the moment. Got to visit the Indianapolis Speedway and, surprise surprise, forgot the damn camera back with my luggage. Fuck. I'll upload whatever I got to take with my crappy Samsung phone-cam when I get the chance. Meanwhile, for no apparent reason, here's a semi drifting:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just Friends

You know there's a bond if your female best friend tattoos your likeness on her "cheek", and you're not her boyfriend/husband.

Strange? Yes
Intriguing? You bet

Click the pic to view the backstory (If you have Facebook, that is)

Friday, October 09, 2009

SFW or NSFW, that is the question

This has ben around for a while, but I still chuckle whenever I watch it

(Note: You may not want to watch this @ work/school, even though it's touted as SFW. No nudity, but I'm just trying to help you keep your job.)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Okay! No Me Yaw Key

Had a hankering for something Japanese aside from sushi and the regular Yoshinoya run. Luckily, my cuzzo Tracy hit me and the kid brother up for a trip out to our fave (albeit a bit out of town) okonomiyaki spot, GaJa.

There are griddle stations/condiment trays/utensils set up in the center of every table for cooking your own okonomiyaki (aka Japanese pancake/pizza hybrid), and the ingredients will come out to you in a bowl like this
(Or, if your a lazy-@$$, they'll cook it for you in the back kitchen, since they also offer up a bunch of other izakaya goodies and other treats)

Once it's near delicious completion and flipped once, it should look something like this

We were all too hungry and antsy for me to take proper pics of everything, but here's a shot of the sausage & cheese version Jay & I shared (sucker was HUGE, as big as the plate!)

The other highlight of the night, by far, was "The Kid".

He's a cute little dude, with an awesome name. (Think Mortal Kombat's resident Thunder God)

Trace, after heckling me to help her decide, settled on this monstrosity for dessert:

A huge Pyrex cup chock-full of shave ice-condensed milk-pudding awesomeness

Jay had this parfait that was heaping with doriyaki, mochi, ice cream, Frosted Flakes(!), and a bunch of other tooth-melting win


I'm getting sad just looking back at all of that. Makes me want to be back there already.