Howdy Blog Otters, after a totes great discussion about the things that piss of off, including teaching, traffic circles, stubborn jerks, the handicap and their special privileges, and NFL football, I figured we’d get positive with today’s QOTD and enrich your life via the power of the world wide web.
What are your favorite things on the internet?
Is it a video? A meme? A website only you seem to know and care about? Is it an online game or distraction or creative work of not-quite-art? Well, share it with the masses and perhaps you’ll make them a fan for life, or be ridiculed for that fan fiction you secretly love oh-so-very-much.
Please refrain from porno and piracy.
I have a bunch of favorites, so I listed a few. These are all things I am really fond of, and I’m sure there’s more, but you know how it goes, the second you try to think of all the things you like, you can’t think of any. These are the ones that came to mind first.
The Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast
Stone Cold’s podcast and I have a love hate relationship. For one I wish they were longer and focused almost exclusively on wrestling, but judging from an e-mail I got from the fellah, he has an audience beyond his wrestling fans, and does like to keep things casual. Must listens include the Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and DDP interviews.
Mdickie’s Booking Revolution
If you’ve ever seen me post about this game, well, here I am posting about it again. Literally the only wrestling game that makes you have a good match, versus try to win. It’s EWR meets SNES Wrestling Games meets FirePro. It’s great on iPhone, Android, but my personal favorite is the Ouya version which lets you use a gamepad and is absolutely enthralling, especially if you play and watch something wrestling related.
Lots of people are put off by the controls, so let me mention that YOU CAN CHANGE THEM TO BUTTONS in the options menu, and save yourself the trouble of dealing with tap and drag ish. My review is here.
Ken Burns Baseball
I cried at the end of this. Well, I teared up. Okay, got a little choked up. Anyway, my point is that this 19 and a half hour documentary series on the history of baseball is one of the most interesting things I’ve ever watched. The beauty is that Ken Burns manages to make a lot of the goings-on in baseball sync up to what is going on with the times. Fantastic interviews, fantastic pace, fantastic editing, I breezed through this thing in about 2 weeks, and it was one of my favorite experiences of the year, so far. You can find it on Netflix streaming.
The Daystrom Institute Technical Library
Your all-in-one Star Trek guide. Literally anything you want to know about episodes, the cast, the ships, the technical specifications, episode reviews, movie reviews, links to good novels and games, fan polls, and more information on Star Trek than you could ever hope to absorb, all in one place. It’s a rush. As a kid I used to read this site all the time, yearning for the days I could finally watch all of Star Trek again. Now that I can, I look back at my time with this site with great fondness.
The Plinkett Reviews Archive
Mr. Plinkett is a….bizarre long-form review series where a really *really* weird dude reviews Star Trek, The Star Wars Prequels, Avatar, and a few other flicks via an insane juxtaposition of in-depth analysis and sounding like a moron at the same time. Using behind the scenes footage and an intimate knowledge of movie-making, cinematography, and film theory, he takes a variety of movies to task, explaining why they failed in scathing fashion. The Star Wars Prequel reviews, in particular, are must watch material for anyone who felt hollow after the prequels.
Be warned, this reviews are pretty graphic and insane, featuring swearing, graphic implied violence, and a bunch of other just freaking weird shit that is absolutely worth getting through to watch the reviews.
This is some truly exquisite stuff.
Atop the Fourth Wall is essentially what would happen if you took that geeky awkward mayyyybeeee-a-little-autistic-guy who read comics at lunch and recess during grade school, gave him a budget, confidence, and a fan base. Whether you agree with the guy, or like his style, I think this guy’s work, reviewing bad comics and some good ones, too, features some really great writing and a dedication and attention to detail that is rarely seen in a lot of web-review shows. I remember the last time I mentioned this I got a lot of flack for being a fanboy or whatever, but fuck it, I’m a fan boy, I think it’s cool, and if you give it a shot, you may like it.
I actually linked to the first part of his “History of Power Rangers” series, which is a most bizarrely creative thing. It takes the show and it’s continuity deadly seriously, but manages to walk a very subtle line between satire and seriousness, including lines like “In a rare display of intelligence for the Rangers” and little notes like how all the characters are dressed like cartoon characters. Really great stuff, really great writing, too.
The Intel Museum of Me – It reads all your Facebook stuff and turns it into a cool little fake museum thing featuring, well, you! It’s great!
The Blue Ball Machine – Trust me. Turn your speakers down, though.
Google’s first result for “The Best Thing On The Internet”
Blog Otter Award: TraitorAlex for his grammar slam in yesterday’s thread about Loose vs. Lose. I’m with ya brother. Alex’s Award can be found here. Scream09_HartKiller gets an honorable mention for apparently adopting an entire box of kittens. His/Her award can be found here.
Does anyone want to maybe make a push to get someone to take on “Raw Live Update” duties? versus checking in at 411mania then switching over to the blog for replay, would it be an idea to get that “Raw Thread” to also be a “Live Results” thread?
I also have a Ducktales for XBLA code to give away. The person who posts, literally, the best thing on the internet will get the code. This will be judged by up-votes.
Homework Assignment: Figure out your most honed skill, and be prepared to share tomorrow.