Sunday, December 25, 2011

Season's Greetings!

With the busy holiday weekend upon us, don't expect much for a few days. Thanks!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Iguana

Here is my iguana Hank (when he was really young) altered to be put onto a tree.  I hope you and yours have a wonderful and joyous holiday season!

Daily Rock Band Name

Everyone to the mosh pit! It's Defibrillator Toaster!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

The Roboz: From the TV series Riptide airdate 1983-1986. The Roboz was created by the geeky Bill Gates-type third partner of the Riptide Detective Agency Murry "Boz" Bozinsky. The little orange guy never got any dialogue. I guess he should have hired a better agent. At least Twiki got to say, "Bidi bidi didi, Buck".

(Image from Riptide Fans)

Daily Rock Band Name

I think I saw Fosdic III and the Census open for Morris Day and the Time.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Andrew (aka Andrew Martin, Bicentennial Man, NDR series robot): Andrew is the protagonist in the 1999 movie Bicentennial Man. Just like every robot's number one dream Andrew wants to become human. Really? Do robots really want to become or replace humans? I spent a week rooming with a Roomba once, I wonder if it was secretly plotting against me.

(Image courtesy of IMDb)

Daily Rock Band Name

The album Stockholm Reeling by Giant Chipmunk Shocker makes a wonderful gift for the holidays!

(Via Dave Barry)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Iguana

This is one of the species that lives in the Galapagos Islands.  Oddly, it is called a Galapagos Land Iguana.  What are the odds?

(Image courtesy of

Daily Rock Band Name

I really like Plush Robot Bear Pillow's debut album Face Tickles. I think you would too.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Gigantor (aka Tetsujin 28-go): From the 1964 American TV show called Gigantor based off the 1956 manga Tetsujin 28-go. It's about this giant robot that is controlled by this 12 year-old boy named Little Jimmy Sparks set way in the future in the year 2000. I wonder if Gigantor was adversely affected by Y2K?

(Image courtesy of

Daily Rock Band Name

Ladies and gentlemen our next ambient band is Technical Nonsense.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dwayne's Rockin' 'n' Rollin' Robots

Here is a little ditty played by robotic floppy drives. (It's my call, and I say it counts!) The tune is Still Alive, and it's from a video game that has robots in it. (I think.) It is all so confusing. Enjoy!

Daily Rock Band Name

Steam-Powered RC Trike by The Apex of Mechanical Eye Candy was a rocking debut album!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

The Iron Giant (aka The Iron Man): From the 1999 film called... well, The Iron Giant which was based on the 1968 book called The Iron Man. The film takes place in 1957 when a giant robot crash lands in Maine. Things he likes: the little boy Horgath Hughes and anything metal he can ingest. Things he doesn't like: weapons especially if they are pointed at him.

Daily Rock Band Name

Give it up for the Magnetic Cows!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Daily Rock Band Name

For some reason, the band name Tiny Elephant sounds familiar. It would be a good one nonetheless.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

What would it sound like if Simon & Garfunkle were rabid Star Wars fans?  I don't know, but here is Paul and Storm's Happy Thanksgiving song! (NSFW -- It's not my fault!)

Daily Rock Band Name

Give a warm welcome to the progressive rock band the Vacuum Tube Orchestra!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Eve (aka Eve VIII): The emotionally unstable android from the 1991 film Eve of Destruction. Gregory Hines must stop this walking and ticking atomic bomb/homicidal robot created by Dr. Eve Simmons. If you ever run into a robot that says, "I'm very sensitive" you may want to run.

(Image courtesy of TV Guide)

Daily Rock Band Name

I think I saw Mozart and Machine Guns open for Falco back in the day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Audio Version of The New Computer

As you may know, Dwayne MacInnes and I have an e-book out. It is an anthology of horror stories, and it is entitled Terra Mortis and is available at Amazon. To give people a taste of the type of things one might find in this collection, I have recorded myself reading The New Computer. Give it a listen, and if you like what you hear, think about purchasing our e-book. Thanks!

<Download the story here>.

Here is a question for you.

I am way behind on my RSS feeds, so this was posted a few weeks ago. However, it is a question I can get behind.

Could the Enterprise beam a vampire into a house she didn’t have permission to enter?

Daily Rock Band Name

Welcome to the stage Competitive Sobriety Test!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

No description...

There is no way to fully describe this clip. Darth Vader and the robot he built C3PO dancing to Meco's Star Wars theme. Let's see George improve on this!

(Hat tip to Gizmodo)

Daily Rock Band Name

I think I remember my dad talking about when The Candy Hierarchy opened for The Lovin' Spoonful.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Speaking of band names

Apparently it is all about band name goodness today.  In that spirit, here is one that I might have passed over.

(From Dave Barry (of course))

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Peace (aka Necron 99): A reprogrammed assassin robot sent by the evil Blackwolf to kill Montagar's president in Ralph Bakshi's 1977 film Wizards. Most people remember Bakshi's lackluster adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and have forgotten about this little gem.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Band Names

We -- here at AOENC central -- are not the only ones that develop names for bands.  Naturally, there is the inspiration for this feature here -- Dave Barry.  However, John Scalzi also tweets band names on occasion (@scalzi).  Apparently, John Hornor Jacobs has collected these tweets in a Google Doc.  Check them out.

Daily Rock Band Name

Put your hands together for Mummies and Monkey Skulls!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Audience members are now obsolete!

Slowly, the robots are taking over every aspect of life. Kids are no longer needed to participate in the song, "If You're Happy and You Know It". What's next for the robot takeover?

Daily Rock Band Name

They're ready to knock your socks off, it is Vibrating Nails!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

EATR (aka Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot): This is actually a real robot being developed for the US military. EATR can forage for plant biomass to fuel itself. However, there have been rumors that it could even use animals for fuel, and therefore, humans. Maybe we have developed our own Terminators.

(Image courtesy of the Robot Shop Blog)

Daily Rock Band Name

I think I saw Bone of the Victim Mastodon open for Toad the Wet Sprocket back in the day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Destroy All Monsters!

If you're like me (and you might want to see a specialist if you are), you know that Destroy All Monsters comes out on DVD today! We have talked about this DVD and Godzilla vs Megalon coming out on DVD before. We hope this release lives up to the promises. I'll probably wait until Godzilla vs Megalon is released on November 22nd, and get them both together. If you have the set, let me know what you think. Thanks!

Holy Shat!

All I can say is William Shatner has done it again!

Daily Rock Band Name

Put your hands together for Zombie Orbital Array!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Iguana

You'd be cranky too if someone woke you up from a nice beach nap.  This guy was spotted in Dade County Florida.

(Image courtesy of Wild Herps)

Daily Rock Band Name

Cyclops Shark Fetus usually has quite the mosh pit.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Do you have a pest problem?

Do you live in Japan?  Do you have a problem with large atomic monsters wrecking the place?  Well, have we got a product for you!  It is a great deal more humane than an oxygen destroyer.  Of course, what you do with a live angry radioactive monster, is none of their business.  Order today!

(Hat tip to Greg Laden)

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Marvin (Marvin, The Paranoid Android): is the ship's robot aboard the Heart of Gold in the science-fiction classic(s) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Marvin was constructed (according to him it was against his wishes) by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.  He was an experimental model to robotically mimic human personality through artificial intelligence.  Thus, he was always unhappy with his miniscule duties on board Zaphod's ship.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Daily Rock Band Name

Brace yourself for our next band -- Live-Bearing Lizards!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Daily Rock Band Name

This one would probably be a good name for a tribute band, but I don't know which band. I give you Fake Foreigner!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Terra Mortis

I would be remiss in my duties to not mention this here.  Dwayne and I have an e-book out.  It is called Terra Mortis.  It is an anthology of horror stories from my other blog Around the Campfire.  Lots of zombie goodness to be had there.  (Plus some other stuff.)  Please think about purchasing it.  Thanks!  Also, if you do not want to put down $4.99 for this fine literary masterpiece, could you at least log into Amazon and give us a "Like".  We sure would appreciate it.

EDIT:  I thought I would add a few notes.

First, if it matters to you, it is DRM free.  Thus, if you buy a copy, you can put it on multiple devices without restriction.

Second, the Amazon preview includes the entirety of The New Computer story and a couple of chapters of Terra Mortis.  Those two stories will give you an indication of what is in store for you from this inexpensive book.  At least check them out.  Thanks!

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Yo-Yo  (aka Gregory Yoyonivich):  This android robot was a police detective in the 1976 series Holmes & Yo-Yo.  Like many comedies featuring our mechanical friends, no one was supposed to know the cop Yo-Yo (John Schuck) was a robot.  His partner Detective Alexander Holmes (Richard B. Shull) had a tendency to get his partners hurt; thus, he finds out quickly when Yo-Yo is unhurt in one of their capers.  Clearly, not much hilarity ensued on their capers because it only lasted 13 episodes.

(Image courtesy of Star Stills)

Daily Rock Band Name

I think I saw Canine Elevator open for Gorillaz.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

William Shatner

In honor of William Shatner's new album (Seeking Major Tom) that just came out, I bring you one of his most memorable quotes.  "The wonder computer of the 1980s.  Under $300."  That is compelling stuff!

(Via Modern Mechanix)

After all Satellites are Robots...

I'm a little behind, but it is funny.

(Hat tip to Fake Science)

Daily Rock Band Name

I really enjoyed DNA in the Dirt's first album entitled Animals in the Area.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Iguana

These three fine specimens serve as a reminder to not get a pet you will not care for its entire life. These guys are part of an invasive species problem in Florida. Please, if you get a pet (any kind of pet), you must take care of him or her for the rest of its life. If you are not willing to do that, then do not get a pet.

(Image courtesy of the Discoblog.)

Daily Rock Band Name

Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Mysterious Mercury Arc Rectifiers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Robot Chicken is funny...

For $10,000...

And Charlie Brown can't spell beagle...

(Via Thom on Facebook)

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

KARR (aka Knight Automated Roving Robot): KARR is KITT's evil older brother. A concept later stolen by Star Trek: The Next Generation for Lore, Data's evil older brother. KARR like KITT is a black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. However, KARR is not as philanthropic as KITT and has to be destroyed not once, but twice in the series.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Daily Rock Band Name

Introducing a fine Emerson Lake and Palmer tribute band: I give you Flood Defense Goulash!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The robots are among us!

According to this article from 1978(!) someone built a couple robots called Robbie and Gronk.  That was 33 years ago.  It makes me think robots could be more advanced than I thought.  Prepare the robot-proof bunker!

Daily Rock Band Name

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Indiscriminate Squid!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

KITT (aka Knight Industries Two Thousand): KITT appeared in the TV show Knight Rider from 1982-1986. This 1982 Pontiac Trans Am with a supercomputer may not strike you as a robot, but in the strictest sense KITT is a robot. Poor KITT suffered years of torment at the hands of his partner Michael Knight who weekly allowed some bad guys to use KITT for target practice and would further torture KITT with his taste in popular music. 

(Image courtesy of The Telegraph)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Ash (aka Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 android): Ash was the science officer on board the Nostromo in Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien. Being a true corporate, android Ash deliberately allows an infected crew member aboard the Nostromo as per his secret instructions which states, "Bring back alien life form. Crew expendable." Boy, were they. However, the crew was quick to make Ash expendable first.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)


They came out of nowhere, now here they are: Travel Ninja!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Iguana

This iguana is eating some bougainvillea -- yum!  It is from Wikipedia, and if you go there, you can see this guy in action.  It is one of those funky moving type picture things.  Neat!

(Thanks Wikipedia!)


Put your hands together for Monstrous Crocodile!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Hymie (aka Hymie the Robot): Hymie appeared on TV in Get Smart which ran from 1965- 1969. He was played by Dick Gautier.  Originally designed by Dr. Ratton to serve with KAOS, he is ultimately convinced by Maxwell Smart to join CONTROL. Hymie is designed with many superhuman capabilities; however intelligence is not one of them. After all he was convinced to join CONTROL by Maxwell Smart.

(Image courtesy of Dick Gautier's Official Webpage)


I think I remember hearing about The Eyeborg Documentary playing at Woodstock...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gamera vs. Zigra!

As I stated in a previous blog post (this is the fifth installment, so you should know by now...) I purchased the MST3K Gamera pack. Since I have received it; naturally, I am going to live blog the watching of it. So, put in your copy of Gamera vs Zigra and follow along!

Theme song - la la la

Rootbeer kegger. Super party! Mystery voice is drunk on rootbeer!

Set wayback machine to Nia Peebles joke!

TV's Frank is a Stooge-a-holic! Thus, the Mads invent the Stooges gun with the appropriate Stooge gun defense.

Joel turns TV's Crow into a delicious shish-kabob.

Last Gamera movie...

Movie sign!

Back to the ocean credits -- with funky 70's theme.

Zoellner sisters!

The moon is a sandbox! (At least its model looks like it.)

Naration -- boring!

Horribly cheep space models. Where is the love Gamera movie makers?

Perky voice actors. I hope they're not on long. That would get old fast.

Kenny! (and Helen)

SeaWorld™ tie in. Get with it Kenny.

Kiss the picture? Then kiss the whale.

Kenny wants adventure. That will end well.

More SeaWorld&trade footage -- talk about product placement.

Cut up the dolphin.

Kenny (and Helen) are missing - big laugh.

Science destroys everything.

This is a movie and we watch them. So, why are they showing us people listening to the radio.

Magnitude 16 Earthquake? Let me see that would be 887,503,681 times more powerful than the biggest quake ever to strike the earth. I can't see it doing much damage.

Peanut butter sandwiches and lemonade -- these guys know how to live.

Kenny and Helen ate their lunch. They should be severely punished.

The flying saucer is seen on radar, so it wasn't Kenny's imagination. Glad to see the scientists aren't asleep at the wheel.

Gamera shows up. Helen does like Gamera. Hey a smart kid!

Attractive space alien. So, typical Gamera film.

Zigra star space ship? Never heard of it. Is it local? I wonder why the guy has never heard of it. It is quite a mystery.

Hey, Zigra is a Romulan.

400 light years means it would take 400 years to get here at what speed. Thanks for the science lesson.

Space is curved? So, you can ignore all of that Relativity crap!

If we learn anything from Gamera it is listen to the kids. They're smart...

Tell the earth about the alien magic tricks.

Wait, they can broadcast to everyone. Why do they need these people? If the aliens know whats best for them, they'd kill the humans now.

Magnitude 18? Dad is BSing the kids...

We see a model of Gamera made by the bots. Gamera has lots of room inside. He even has an interior pinball machine.

Tokyo was only a model.

Wait the humans polluted the seas on Zigra - the planet. We did this from earth? Very confusing.

Heavy anti-pollution message here. Must have seen Godzilla vs Hedorah. (AKA Godzilla vs The Smog Monster.)

Kids run wild. Kenny knows how the ship works. He is smart. He can make it take him home.

On the other hand, Kenny can't start a boat.

Kenny and Helen know too much... I told them they would rue the day they didn't kill Kenny on sight.

Zigra wants to eat the Earth's land animals. He must know about bacon.

Shark poorly greenscreened. Is that a shark? What is this all about?

Those kids would be toast without Gamera.

Gamera theme! They're saved. Drat!

If the kids could start the bost motor, Gamera would be unneeded.

Where are their parents. They were on the boat at one point.

Kenny knows all about time travel. He should teach astro-physics at a university somewhere.

Hey its 1985!

Kenny and Helen are only a little pretensious.

Interview the kids. They know everything.

Who is the third kid? Why is she horning in on Kenny and Helen's moment in the spotlight?

Get the best military doctors - listen to the kids. They'll know how to wake the dads.

They're going to attack Zigra. We know how well that will work.

Gamera Diaramas!

No Military fight scene? This movie has no budget.


Alien in a bikini. Hey Japan does exploitation!

Who are these people? And why are they in this movie? Is there a point to the fish argument?

Did SeaWorld™ pay for this movie. If so, they should have ponied up more money. No military fight scene? Cheap bastards.

Goodbye bikini hello short skirt.

Use the H-bomb! But there is no budget to show it.

Kenny and Helen escape. I would have never guessed.

Sure alien lady you won't hurt them. I want to hurt them...

She hypnotizing the entire planet.

Calling Gamera - where is he?

Gamera fighting the space ship of gumballs. Uneventful fight, but it was underwater?

Gamera's flame works underwater.

Zigra programs himself to be bigger.

Crow tells old fishy jokes.

Gamera vs Zigra was anticlimatic.

No cure for the Zigran hypnosis. I feel like I'm losing consciousness. Coincidence?

This movie is full of silly science. Nearly enough, but it worked.

She finally caught the kids. Go away or the kids get fed to the dolphins.

Recap on why the hot girl was a Zigran.

Good thing the kids were a part of the military meeting.

Toy helicopters - they are going down.

Gamera is dead on the sea floor. We can dream...

The plot is off the rails.

Doesn't anyone watch these kids.

Cheep toy effects. Come on SeaWorld™, fork over more dough!

Back to the party on the SOL. Sports talk.

Mike Nelson is Kenny.

Now the kids are in trouble. Where is Gamers?

Let them all die.

Only an hour. It'll be forever until they are dead

Zigra can talk without moving his mouth. Ventriloquist monster.

That was a slow 10 mintes.

I think there needs to be a few more experts in this movie. Someone get Stephen Hawking on the phone. Maybe he can figure out this movie.

And Kenny is dead...


Gamera is sleeping through this in the ocean

The Zigran hypnosis is getting to me. I am having trouble staying awake.

Back to the dead children.

Another underwater fight. We need buildings being smashed, but that won't happen underwater.

Gamera has sea-island green blood

Drat. The kids are fine. I had big hopea...

Now out of the water. Not much better

Zigra is musical -- when being played like a marimba.
With the music, we get a little Gamera dance.

Kenny has to remind Gamera about the flames.

Long fire.

More fire.

How long does Zigra burn?

Litter message.

Gamera splits.

Gamera song again.

Did anything happen in this movie?

Styles of Gamera song.

Gypsy as Viking version. Excellent!

The Mads with the punk version.

Press the button Frank.

Johnny Quest!

Rock it man!

Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

(Hat tip to io9)


I am looking forward to the Cyborg Beetles' first album Neural Implants.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Avast ye mateys!

By thunder it be National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Shiver me timbers! What're ye doin' fer it? I'm a postin' this here video thing.  (Although we're on the Ninja side of this whole Pirates vs Ninja debate.)

Dwayne's Rockin' 'n' Rollin' Robots

Here is Your Favorite Martian with Robot Bar Fight. (Slightly NSFW because of language and violence.)


What else besides robot band names? I bring you Ninja Horse!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Live Blogging Gamera vs. Guiron

As I stated in a previous blog post, I purchased the MST3K Gamera pack. Since I have received it; naturally, I am going to live blog the watching of it. So, put in your copy of Gamera vs Guiron and follow along!

Gamera vs Guiron

Theme song -- la la la.

The bots are eating lunch from MST3K lunch boxes!

Tom Servo has a note from his mom in his lunchbox. Tom Servo has a mom? Nope.

Cheese blockage joke doing double duty tonight.

The Mads invent a new centerfold - the Rorschach version. Only the crazy get turned on by them, so Frank sees an attractive woman and his mother.

Joel has collapsible trash can -- you know -- for camping.

We've got movie sign!

No ocean for these credits and the theme is lame.

A series of stills with voiceover. I was hoping they would describe the plot...

It starts off with scientists that could bode well.

Very poor dubbing. They should have hired actors to dub this.

I hope this guy is not a main character -- his dubber is the worst.

Kids discover the space ship. Scientist asleep at the wheel.

Mom doesn't notice the kid wearing a coat. He is definitely ready for bed.

Jump to morning with a song from TMBG -- maybe not.

Snuck past officer Kon-chan who was practicing kendo. He is clearly the comic relief.

Joel and the bots call him Officer Cornjob! So, Cornjob threatens to shave the kids' heads -- foreshadowing...

Kids are not afraid of bush shaking.

The space aliens are good at painting.

The aliens should have locked their spaceship before exiting - darn hooligans.

Stealing a spacecraft is -- being naughty. I am sure Mom will believe that story!

Kids are in trouble -- cue Gamera.

In space, Gamera can scream. Is there nothing he can't do?

Gamera song - in movie. I think they're going to get lots of mileage out of it.

Gamera loves juvenile delinquents. Honestly Officer Cornjob -- they were just joyriding that spaceship.

Gamera! Gamera! Gamera is really neat... everyone sing!

Gamera is really smoking

These kids can really fly that stolen ship.

Kids speeding away from Gamera. Rub in the whole turtle thing.

Mom doesn't believe in anything. I would have never suspected that.

Hey no adults listen to kids... Are you sure this is a Gamera film?

Model planet ... destruction cannot be far behind.

They call that acting...

Vampire Gaos makes a showing.

Razorface? Knifeface? Guiron vs Gaos.

Razorface reflects laser -- off goes the leg. Gaos is still lame -- get it? Lost a leg...

Gaos isn't long for this movie.

But a scratch! His arm's off? He is nothing be a head...

Aliens have transporter pyramids. They are so easy a child can use them.

Lots of cutting humor from the crowd.

They still think they are on a star. Don't they know the difference?

Servo makes light of the poor dialogue dubbed from the young characters. He is right.

How do you get off a moving walkway -- oh jump off.

Meet the aliens -- Gedney and Cloy.

No wait -- that was a disguise. These aliens sure are attractive.

Universal translator -- how convenient.

Still mixing up star and planet.

These kids are getting ready for their PhD theses.

Pluto is a planet. These kids know everything. Silly astronomy!

Computers made monsters. Those lucky Terrans.

Magician Joel uses Guiron Servo to cut Crow in half -- reveal is ruined.

Only two aliens left -- need to repopulate... I'm just sayin'.

These kids think they are really lucky -- it must mean trouble.

Crow is still wearing a shower cap (from the ruined reveal). Looks weird without the net.

They are going to eat the kids' brains -- they're not going to get much.

Hypnotized -- to get donuts.

What else do they learn? Gamera is the freind of kids. Yep, they're not going to get full on these kids brains.

Clip show! When Gamera destroyed that dam -- they somehow skipped that. They also don't show him killing all those people. He just saves kids.

Kenny! And Itchy.

Gamera footage from some other Gamera movies.

Mmmmmmmm donuts.

Mmmmmmmmm raw brains.

They are going to eat their brains and take their knowledge!

Mom is not worried about her kids running away. They'll be fine. It is not as if their any brain eating aliens around anywhere.

Officer Cornjob is on the job!

Those stone stairs down are very convenient.

Doesn't mom know that kids know everything?

Lunch time!

Here comes Gamera to keep the kids safe. He will try to prevent them from... They ate the donuts.

Out they go...

Hair cutting time -- officer Cornjob misses his chance.

Gamera vs missiles -- standard result.

Release the steaknife!

Monster fight -- Gamera takes the early lead.

Ninja stars -- that was unexpected.

Guiron's advantage continues as Gamera bleeds profusely. Spock blood!

Plot is revealed to Kids! These two will foil everything!

Kids escape because the aliens ignored them. Clearly, these two aliens do not believe in security.

Bad boys bad boys what you going to do?

Locked up at last in a shake machine.

Back on Earth, the reporters want to interview the girl because kids know everything. Why don't the parents think so?

No one cares about the moms whose sons have been kidnapped by brain eating aliens. Let's hear from the little girl.

Crow T Robot does a good Richard Burton. (One of the kids has a vague similarity to Richard Burton.)

Who is Afraid of Gamera Turtle and King Arthur in musical Gamera are two Richard Burton films I've missed.

Back in the movie, Gamera will save the kids because they are trapped in a megaphone. He can hear whatever they say.

Rex Dart (gun) -- Eskimo Spy. Getting plenty of mileage out of that.

Release the Guiron!

Alien ship cut in half. Everyone is stuck on the planet now.

Alien treatchery. Now only one alien left. That was smart.

The Tom character in the movie takes a styrophoam rock to the noggin.

In the water, Gamera is healed.

Monster fight is back on.

Tempering the monster blade with a little Gamera fire.

Gamera even jumps up and down slowly.

Gamera nails the landing.

Guiron is back in his coffin.

Gamera goes underwater to regenerate again. His opponent is a knife faced creature, but the ninja stars get him every time.

Wait how did Guiron get out?

Underwater fight without the water.

Guiron in space!

Guiron's blade stuck in the ground -- how embarrassing.

Last alien is dead.

Guiron is cooked.

Hey! Gamera can weld. He welds the spaceship back together.

Kids get jammed into jury rigged spaceship.

Return of Gamera song. We believe in Gamera.

Once again kids observe objects before scientist.

Listen to the kid! Tell them Cornjob.

In his mouth?

Maybe if you watched your kids more closely...

Hey they got the planet thing right.

We are anxious for the dissertation.

Festive Gamera song in mock Japanese. Hirohito Gamera

Black haired Mike Nelson telling celebrity gossip on the piano.

Plays Gamera theme in a Roger and Hart way then Gershwin. Kill him!

Press the button...

Friday Iguana

Here is a young Iguana lounging about.  Enjoy. 

(Image courtesy of Animal Wallpaper)


Let's hear it for Kimono-Wearing Rabbits and The Ice-Skating Camels!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Johnny 5 (aka Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport (SAINT) Number 5). This military robot in the 1986 movie Short Circuit is struck by lightning and goes on a rampage destroying the freedoms of Americans! At least, that is what Captain Skroeder (G. W. Bailey) would have us believe. However, other characters played by Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, and Fisher Stevens would have us believe that this robot is alive and not bent on complete destruction of the human race. I don't know who to believe...

 (Image courtesy of


Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you The Burger Transitory Committee!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TrollHunter Review

Last night I watched TrollHunter. Here is my review -- it was really good!

This is my kind of movie. The only minus I would have would be the Blair Witch POV cam thing. This movie tracks the story of some college kids making a student film. Their topic of choice is some mysterious bear killings. They follow a man who they think is a poacher only to find he is not. They discover the truth.

This movie is filled with all kinds of things you want from a monster movie. It has government conspiracies. It has sparse footage of the actual monsters, so tension is built. It has moments of laugh out loud funny moments, so tension is built. It has a slight amount of silly science©. The characters are likable, so you do not find yourself rooting for the monsters. This is what Cloverfield could have been.

The TrollHunter himself is played by Otto Jespersen. Mr. Jespersen plays the part to perfection. He is part crotchety old man and part capable troll hunter. He is the Grizzly Adams of the troll hunting sect.

The college reporter Thomas was played by Glenn Erland Tosterud. He does a good job of just getting out of the way.  He pushes the story along and fills in the plot lines.  Mostly, him and his team follow this mysterious man around.  That is all that is needed.  We are put where the action is.

There are other enjoyable characters who just add a little color and tension to the story. Johanna Mørck plays the lovable sound person -- Johanna. She is there to give Thomas someone to bounce things off of. The camera guy is mostly unseen -- which is how it should be.

The antagonist Finn played by Hans Morten Hansen is also well done.  He's the guy from Natural Resources Management -- nudge nudge wink wink.  The Norwegians have that Scandinavian Stoicism down pat!  So, there is very little to complain about there.

 We know the Japanese know how to make monster movies.  The Host by the South Koreans was excellent.  Now we know the Norwegians can make good monster movies.  When will the Americans learn?


I think I saw Malibu Mermaid open for Jack Johnson. (Video mildly NSFW)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Bender (aka Bender Bending Rodríguez, Bending Unit 22): He is the robot in the animated series Futurama (voiced by John DiMaggio) He is a drinking, smoking, wisecracking robot who wants to "Kill all humans". What's not to like?

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)


Stock Pigeons is my cover band for The Byrds.