Monday, August 19, 2013

Bow down before this robot!

Meet Armed and Dangerous! I have met Nemo Gould a couple of times -- he is a friend of my brother. He is slowly creating robots to take over the world. This is the latest. It is only a matter of time before the rise up and thirst for blood. (Hat tip to BoingBoing)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Iguana

Here is an iguana and marmoset hanging out in a zoo in Straubing, Germany.  Everyone wants to hang with the iguanas!  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of People Pets)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Iguana

Another photo of the old-timer.  Fun in the sun!  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Iguana

Well well well...  Here is a familiar fellow.  He turned 20 this year.  Well at least 20!  Happy Birthday Hank, and happy Friday everyone!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

PimpBot 5000: PimpBot is the robot pimp on the old Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Conan described him, “as combining the classic sensibilities of a 1950's robot with the dynamic flair of a 1970's street pimp”. PimpBot once mixed it up with Jonathan Harris who played Dr. Zachary Smith on Lost in Space.  No word on its plans for world or galactic domination. 

(Image courtesy of YouTube)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pacific Rim -- Movie Review

So, I saw Pacific Rim this week.  It is very tough to avoid spoilers in this day and age, but I avoided all trailers, previews, reviews, and almost had to give up Twitter and RSS until I could see the movie.

For those that know me, this should be a movie for me.  I LOVE giant monster movies.  I have been a Godzilla fan since I was a kid, and I have seen a large array of kaiju movies.  I even see the terrible ones.  Yes I have seen the non-Godzilla Rolland Emerich thing.  I have even seen Pulgasari -- the movie Kim Jong-Il had made by kidnapping a South Korean filmmaker.  I have seen Garuda a Thai kaiju movie. I could go on and on.

To make a good giant monster movie, you need to follow a few simple rules.

  1. You need a reason for the monsters to exist and attack.
  2. If giant things fight, a definite "Good vs Evil" must be established.
  3. Fighting and destruction (particularly with CGI effects) should just be a minor part of the movie.
So, what does all of this have to do with Pacific Rim?  Well, it gets all of these right.  At no point was I like -- enough with the CGI fighting -- it is 2013 we're not impressed with it anymore.  It fit.  It worked.  You know what we are fighting and why.  You know what is happening.  Guillermo del Toro gets it.  He is a story teller.  He knows how to make a kaiju movie!

My only complaint is one of the complaints I had about Cloverfield.  The monsters are too complicated.  They are very Gamera/Ultraman like -- involved and weird.  They just didn't work for me.  It is my personal belief that kaiju should be simple.  When we are working with giant monsters, we need to be able to get our head around them.  It is difficult if they have so much going on.

This movie is what giant robots vs. giant monsters should be.  It was fantastic!  Now on to another US Godzilla movie -- cross your fingers!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Around the Campfire Comment of the Day

I haven't done one of these in a while, so I thought I would fix that oversite. As you may know, I run another blog called Around the Campfire. It has been around a while, so it regularly gets comment spam. Here is a comment that you simply cannot argue with

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I definitely have bingo for that buddah!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Iguana

The monster roars!  I saw Pacific Rim last night (perhaps a review to come...)  So, we have a mighty iguana today.  I hope you have an excellent Friday!

(Image courtesy of Fine Art America)

They are coming for your pets!

Who would want a live animal when you could have a robot instead?

That is, until that robot bird goes for your jugular during the night.

(Hat tip to Dave Barry)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

W1K1 (aka W.I.K.I. or Wiki): Wiki is the pocket-sized robot that looks like a wind-up toy.  It appears in 1978-81's Jason of Star Command , which is a spin-off from Space Academy.   W1k1 assisted the members of Star Command in their fight against the evil Dragos and his sinister compatriots.  Fighting against galactic domination?  Seems implausible.

(Image courtesy of TV Acres)

Friday, July 12, 2013

T-800 prototype

If the model T-800 was a fully functional terminator, this is probably the T-2 model. (T-5 tops!)

Thanks DARPA! You've doomed us all!

(Hat tip to Gizmodo)

Friday Iguana

Here is a couple of sibling Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas. These two were hatched at the San Diego Zoo. It must be family reunion time! I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

(Image courtesy of Baby Animal Zoo)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Peepo: Ah, the future where a bunch of smart kids in the Wesley Crusher mode can go to Space Academy in 1977-79 television show Space Academy. The future may seem really cool to be a kid until you meet the annoying little robot Peepo. I would sure hope they could invent better a voice-box by the time the year 3732 comes around.

(Image courtesy of TV Acres)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Iguana

For the old red, white, and blue, here is a blue iguana.  (The red iguanas are more orange, and there are no white iguanas)  I hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day!  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Endless Forms...)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Fembots: The Fembots from1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery are the sexy female robots used by Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina to attempt to kill Austin Powers. However, his striptease causes the robots to literally lose their heads before they can employ their breast cannons.

(Image courtesy of the Austin Powers Wiki)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Iguana

What are you up to? Do you have any food? Cherries perhaps? (This is what Hank does when the cherries come out.) This guy was found in "Sint Maarten" I hope you are having a fantastic Friday!

(Image courtesy of Steve Borichevsky's Shooting My Universe)

WMAGNFARB: Conjoined Hammocks

When the Conjoined Hammocks release their debut album Three Isn't a Crowd, there will be dancing in the streets!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Agnar Sun in real!

Agnar Sun has been released! We're doomed!

For those not in the know, you can read The Curse of Agnar Sun here. For that matter, you can also find it as part of a collection of stories called Terra Mortis: An Anthology of Horror from the Around the Campfire Blog.

(Hat tip to BoingBoing)

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Vanessa Kensington: Vanessa is the daughter of Marie Kensington who was Austin Powers's partner from the 60's. Vanessa is introduced in 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. She is initially repulsed by Austin Powers's un-P.C. attitude; however, by film's end -- she marries him. On the other hand, in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Austin finds out Vanessa is actually a fembot -- a female robot assassin. I guess that makes Austin Powers a robo-sexual.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Planet of the Robo-Apes

Robotic scientists remain on track for complete robotic takeover of humanity. Now they are working on a walking robotic ape. Thanks science!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Iguana

It is the first day of summer.  So, I hope you can head to the beach like this marine iguana.  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Southern Cross Reptiles)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Cutie Honey (aka Cutey Honey): Cutie Honey was created by Go Nagai in the 70s.  She is a girl whose father has been killed by the evil organization The Panther Claw. To add on to that, she learns she is actually an android. But wait! an android with powers. She can turn into almost any type of woman she needs to in her fight against The Panther Claw. Wait! There’s still more! She also has a kick-ass theme song. Honey Flash!

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

It has begun

Everyone knows that the internet is mostly pr0n and cat videos. Also, if you take over the internet, you will have tremendous power.  With the internet, you could take over the world!  What would a hyper-intelligent race of robots do? They would begin with a robot cat.  Well played robots...

Humanity's days are numbered...

(Hat tip to io9)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Iguana

Here is a Mexican spiny-tailed iguana hanging out in rocky Mexico.  Viernes feliz todos!  I hope you have a fine Friday!

(Image courtesy of Wyatt Sailing)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Iguana

This fine Rock Iguana lives in the Bahamas!  I would like to join you!  I hope you have a happy Friday wherever you are.

(Image courtesy of National Geographic and the Shedd Aquarium)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

For Dwayne

Colbert agrees with us Dwayne!

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Robo Sally (aka Bimanual Dexterous Robotic Platform): Sally is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot. That is right, Sally's job is to disable bombs and other explosive devices. No word on plans to take over the world.

(Via Gizmodo)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Chani: This robot is a henchman of Nyah, in Devil Girl from Mars.  Mars needs men, so Nyah comes to the Scottish Highlands of Earth to look for some.  Okay, she was aiming for London and missed.  She uses her "indestructible robot" Chani to menace the patrons of a pub -- yes menacing -- look at it!  Sadly, her plot fails and the life on Mars dies out.

(Image courtesy of The Monster Shack)

Daily Rock Band Name: Swiss Cheese and Dust Devils

I think I saw Swiss Cheese and Dust Devils open for Trampled by Turtles.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Iguana

I'll be so blue without you! A couple of fine Blue Iguanas there. Happy Friday!

(Image courtesy of the Mother Nature Network)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Iguana

Sorry for the radio silence in recent times. We have been quite busy around here.  I hope to get back at it soon.  We shall see.  In the mean time enjoy this image of a quite young iguana. Have a happy Friday!

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Iguana

As we work our way through the lesser known iguana species, we come to the Lesser Antilles Iguana.  It is from the Lesser Antillies, not that it is a lesser iguana.  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

B.E.N. (aka Bio Electronic Navigator) is an abandoned robot on Treasure Planet in the Disney movie of the same name.  B.E.N. is a bit off because part of his cognitive computer has been removed.  This prevents him from knowing some vital information.  Information like removing the treasure will cause the planet to explode.  Luckily, they find his missing computer BEFORE they remove the treasure.  What a lucky break.

(Image courtesy of the Disney Wiki)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Iguana

"I say good chap, I believe our picture is being taken."

"How rude!"

Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Arkive)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Hector: The robot brought to station Saturn 3 in the movie of the same name.  The robot's mission is to replace one of the scientists on the station.  In order to fulfill this mission, the robot is implanted with brain tissues from human fetuses -- what could go wrong? Then Hector gets a direct brain link from a homicidal maniac.  Oh, that is probably bad!  A few people die, before Hector is destroyed.  I would have never seen that coming.

(Image courtesy of Something is Wrong on Saturn 3)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Iguana

Today's iguana is one that I have been negligent in featuring.  It is a Spinytail Iguana.  A bit different from the common green iguana.  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Daily Rock Band Name: Sloth Yawn

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Sloth Yawn!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

R. Daneel Olivaw: Daneel (the 'R' stands for Robot) is one of the main characters in Isaac Asimov's Robot novels. He is indistinguishable from humans which is difficult to portray in a photo. He is the Doctor Watson to Elijah Baley's Sherlock Holmes. That is, the two go around and solve robot related crimes as Daneel is the foremost expert on the Laws of Robotics.  Of course, Daneel ends up taking over all of the galaxy.

Daily Rock Band Name: The Trouble with Bulldogs

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you: The Trouble with Bulldogs!

Daily Rock Band Name: This Friden Calculator

When I saw Frankie Goes to Hollywood back in the day, I think This Friden Calculator opened for them.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Iguana

Maybe I'm blue from the 10 inches of snow we got today... However, this is a beautiful Grand Cayman Blue Iguana. Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Salon)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Horde Troopers: Horde Troopers are the She-Ra equivalent of the B.A.T.s in GI Joe. Their leader, Hordak, never runs out of robots and it gives something for the Great Rebellion to take out without "killing" anything living.  No one pities the robot minions.

(Image courtesy of Comic Vine)

Daily Rock Band Name: Transition Town

I think I saw Transition Town open for Paul and Storm.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Iguana

On Tuesday, Google had the above "Google Doodle" featuring an iguana.  The "Doodle" commemorates Maria Sibylla Merian's 366th birthday;.  So, I hope you have a happy Friday!

(Image from Google)

Daily Rock Band Name: Cicada Tracker

I remember when my dad told me about the time that Cicada Tracker opened for Buddy Holly.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Klangstumper: Kubla Kraus's robot horse. After Jack Frost (aka Jack Snip) defeats Kubla Kraus, Jack takes his gold, his castle, and his horse - Klangstumper.  Full of triumph, Jack returns to the town he just saved so that he can marry his love. Unfortunately, Sir Raveneau has beat Jack to the punch.  A bitter and wiser Jack Frost becomes a winter sprite again and lends his shadow to Pardon-Me-Pete the groundhog so he can sleep in.

(Image courtesy of Christmas TV History)

Daily Rock Band Name: Unicorn Wigs

I was into the Unicorn Wigs before they became big. Now, they have totally sold out to the man.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Keh-Nights: They are the robot baddies created by the character King Kubla Kraus in the 1979 Rankin Bass made for television film Jack Frost. It seems that Kubla Kraus has all the gold from January Junction and plans on destroy the town. Jack Frost meanwhile becomes human and wants to marry a woman named Elisa who is  a resident of January Junction.  Elisa on the other hand is in love with a golden knight named Sir Raveneau. Jack is able to stop and destroy the Keh-Nights, defeat Kubla Kraus and save January Junction from utter destruction. However, while he was doing that Elisa marries Sir Raveneau. Nice story, huh?

(Image courtesy of

Daily Rock Band Name: Brick Hurling Robot Monster

Ladies and gentlemen put your hands together for Brick Hurling Robot Monster!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Tex: Tex is the robot repairman for THX. He has to repair the THX logo and the crescendo called Deep Note before every film. I don't think it speaks well for your product if it has to be repaired every time it needs to be used.

(Image courtesy of

Daily Rock Band Name: Old Light-Bulb Factory

I cannot wait for Old Light-Bulb Factory's debut album Seven Developers.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dwayne's Computers That Byte

V'Ger: From the 1979 movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It is also referred to as "Where Nomad Has Gone Before". A giant and deadly alien cloud called V'Ger is approaching Earth destroying everything in its way. Poor V'Ger was actually an Earth probe called Voyager 6 created in the 20th century that happened to vanish in a black hole and was repaired by a race of living machines (maybe it was the Transformers) and then sent home to seek "the creator". Fortunately, Kirk's rival Captain Decker (who blames Kirk for the death of his father Commodore Matt Decker who took on the Doomsday device) sacrifices himself to merge with V'Ger and his bald girlfriend who is now a robot to become a new being. They/it zoom off to another dimension and do only God knows what.

(Image courtesy of Memory Alpha)

Daily Rock Band Name: Funky Solar System

I think I saw Funky Solar System open for the Ohio Players back in the day.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Iguana

'Tis the season for the wearin' o' the green! Like this little fella. Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone and Happy Friday!

(Image courtesy of Nature Focused)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

You: Do you have a desire for world domination?  Do you think the human race is not fit for survival?  Are you pondering what I'm pondering?  Then you too can be a robot.  (Because we're too lazy to post a regular Robot Romper Room.)

(Image courtesy of Fake Science)

Daily Rock Band Name: Sink of Slaughter

You metal-heads might enjoy Sink of Slaughter!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Iguana

On cold snowy days in Minnesota, I sometimes relish the beautiful summer days we have here -- where Iggy basks in the sun!  Spring is around the corner!  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Start Seeing Art)

Daily Rock Band Name: Metal Master

Grab the flying V guitar and the hairspray! It is time to rock out to Metal Master!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

The Clinkers: What do you get when you let two mimes have their own TV show?  Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Or you get "The Clinkers" from the The Shields and Yarnell Show.  These robots would perform mundane human tasks with "hilarious" outcomes.  What do you want for 1977 TV?

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Iguana

I don't think this marriage will last.... Primarily because one is a Komodo dragon statue, and the other is a Fijian Iguana.  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald)

Daily Rock Band Name: Emu Heist

I think I saw Emu Heist open for A Flock of Seagulls back in the day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Steel "Killer" Robot: In the serial The Mysterious Dr. Satan, the scientist named Dr. Satan hatched a cunning plan.  (With a last name of Satan, he couldn't help but turn out evil.)  He would steal the technology he needed to create an army of killer robots.  He did create a prototype, but he did not have the resources to build others.  Thus, what else could he do but turn to crime?  He is eventually thwarted by Bob Wayne who stalks the night as "The Copperhead".  (No relation to Bruce I'm sure.)

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Iguana

It has been one of those weeks... I am glad it's Friday! Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Fantom-XP)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dwayne's Computers That Byte

Nomad MK-15c: Nomad is from the 1967 Star Trek episode "The Changeling". In the future, 2002 to be exact, Jackson Roykirk builds and launches the "perfect thinking machine" the satellite Nomad into space. Along the way Nomad gets hit by a meteor and then crashes into another satellite named Tan Ru that is from another planet. They merge and combine their primary programs. Nomad's seeking out new life with Tan-Ru's which was to obtain and sterilize soil samples from other planets into the "find and sterilize imperfection". Thankfully, Kirk is able to get Nomad stuck in a logic loop and has it beam out to deep space shortly before he self-destructs.

(Image courtesy of Memory Alpha)

Daily Rock Band Name: Semantic Gymnastics

Known for their elaborate melodies and strange lyrics, the Semantic Gymnastics are ready to rock the house!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Iguana

Skeptical Iguana is skeptical...
That is, a Galapagos Island Land Iguana is skeptical.  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Daily Rock Band Name: Centrifuge Brain Project

For you progressive rock lovers, we bring you the Centrifuge Brain Project and their debut album Insane Roller Coasters.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

 Johnny Cab: If you need to get around Mars in the 1990 movie Total Recall, you call for a Johnny Cab.  While the mannequin head is not needed, it is there to comfort the pitiful humans that ride in the cab.  I would like to say that it took over the world, but Arnold Schwarzenegger was rather rough on the robotic cab and ruined its plans for universal domination.

(Image courtesy of Daily Fiasco)

Daily Rock Band Name: Superb Owl

This group really rocks a stadium. It is Superb Owl!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Iguana

While Quincy isn't really a realistic iguana, he turns 25 this year. Happy 25th Bill Amend! Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of the Foxtrot Wiki)