Best $3 I Ever Spent: Bicycle Zombie Playing Cards

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When the zombie apocalypse happens–and it will–you’re going to need a good set of playing cards to pass the time with other survivors. I suggest Bicycle Zombie Playing Cards: You really can’t go wrong with Bicycles. They’ve been making these cards since 1885.  You think a little thing like the zombie apocalypse is going to […]

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Achievement Unlocked: Meeting Jane Jensen, Legendary Game Designer

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Last Saturday I was among the privileged few invited to Pinkerton Road, the game studio and home of famed game designer and author Jane Jensen–one of my personal heroes of the video games industry. She’s the ex-Sierra Online designer behind the successful ’90s computer game series Gabriel Knight and more recently, one of my personal […]

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All the crap I did while I wasn’t blogging.

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So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Sixteen days, to be exact. The past few weeks have been a blur of work (of both the kind that pays the bills and the kind that doesn’t), sleep, and time with family, punctuated by a business trip to NYC, the fulfillment of one of […]

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I’m Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry for Loving Ace of Base

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This week The League wants to know what our guilty pleasures are. Well friends (that is, if you still want to be friends after this) the time has come for me to reveal my secret shame: my deep and unconditional love for Ace of Base.  I’ve been sitting on this gem for a long time, […]

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The Walking Drunk and Disorderly Dead

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I was on my way to the bank this morning when I saw this sign: My first reaction was excitement, thinking the zombie apocalypse had finally come. Then I got a little further into town–where all the bars are–and realized it’s St. Patty’s Day weekend, and by “walkers” this sign is referring to drunk and […]

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6 Inches of Vintage Turtle Power!

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What does it say about me that on my recent fantasy shopping spree to Hakes Americana & Collectibles I only came away with $1639.00 worth of stuff? I had carte blanche with my pretend money to purchase all the coolest, most ridiculously expensive pop culture artifacts I wanted, but wound up buying tschotskes and a couple of […]

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21 Red-iculous, Random Things About Me

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The color of the day is red, like Honey Boo Boo’s neck. Or cats dressed like lobsters. Or the ex-Power Ranger who does gay porn now, and other awful red things you would have probably never thought of on your own. You’re welcome. This week The League threw down a red photo challenge. I accepted. I even […]

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History, motherf*ckers! FDR: American Badass

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It’s not often something that’s actually educational sneaks into my feed reader, and even less often when that something perfectly aligns with one of my weird interests in some way and I end up giving two shits and posting about it. Today is one of those days. But first, here’s the history lesson from Geekosystem […]

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Remembering the Top 5 Dirtiest Music Videos on The Box

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Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage, back to the early 90s when a lesser-known music video channel known as The Box used to exist. With the tagline “Music television you control,” The Box let viewers call a 1-900 number to pay $1.99 to play any music video through its automated phone system, using […]

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10,000 Points to Everyone Who Recommended I Read ‘Ready Player One’

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If I could pay you in valuable rare artifacts like Hayata’s Beta Capsule or Fyndoro’s Tablet of Finding, I would. At the very least I would send your avatar some OASIS credits, even though I’m only a third level noob who’s never ventured far beyond the planet Ludus. After spending the past few days glued […]

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Fantasy Shopping Spree at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles

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I want money, lots and lots of money, so I can buy all this cool stuff at Hake’s! This week’s assignment from The League was to pretend money is no object and go on a fantasy shopping spree at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. Part of Baltimore’s famous Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Hake’s is a huge auction […]

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Hola? Is it Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos you’re looking for?

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You don’t have to tell me how sad it is that I’m excited about Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. I already know. But combining this excitement with a Spanish-language version of Lionel Richie’s quintessential 80s ballad “Hello”? Someone at Taco Bell understands me better than I understand myself. I made this anatomically incorrect picture in […]

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Nicky & Alex voted most likely to be kicked out of Full House.

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In last month’s poll, I asked you guys who should be kicked out of Full House. Personally, I threw in a vote for Joey, because what does Joey even do? Sure, he’s supposedly there to help raise the girls and be the comic relief, but what does he really contribute  besides wearing the most god-awful shirts […]

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Are you ready to go on a World Wide Webscapade!?

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Reblogging because 90s! You’re still running Windows 95, right? Someone over at College Humor–presumably named Douglas Engelbert–has created a browser-based game (and I’m using the word “game” pretty loosely here) where literally all you have to do is scroll your mouse! Note the extreme mid-90′s aesthetics. You haven’t seen graphics this intense since Game Genie. [Start […]

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Oscars Mixtape: Best Original Songs of the 1980s

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With the 85th Annual Academy Awards having come and gone, this week’s League topic was an Oscar-worthy one. But the thing is, I don’t really care about the Academy Awards like I once used to. I can’t stand the pretentiousness, the media hype, the scripted jokes. Not even Seth MacFarlane hosting this year was enough to get […]

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River Phoenix and other actors I had a huge crush on in the 80s!

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Over at Cult Film Club, things are getting personal (and a little weird) as I relive the days I spent in my bedroom daydreaming about hot young actors from my favorite movies. In my list of Top 10 Movie Crushes of the 80s, I reveal all the movie stars who captured my nerdy, pre-teen heart and […]

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Huge Thank You to Shawn Robare for this Epic Care Package!

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When my buddy Shawn from Branded in the 80s told me he was sending a couple of TMNT comic books my way, that’s all I expected–a couple of TMNT comic books. I didn’t expect a giant box full of extra goodies and TMNT stuff in addition to the comics, but this is Shawn, and he’s famous for […]

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My official reaction to the Megan Fox = April O’Neil news.

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From Variety: After pushing production to do more work on the script, Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot looks back on track as the studio has tapped Megan Fox to star as April O’Neil. Megan Fox to play April O’Neil in Michael Bay’s TMNT movie? Everyone get some popcorn and get ready for @shezcrafti to […]

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100 Romantic Couples from Video Games

Note to readers: re-publishing this list from last year! :) It’s Valentine’s Day!  And what more could you want than YET ANOTHER list about video game couples?  I know you’re excited. Don’t try to hide it. I realize there’s no shortage of lists out there about video game couples.  I’ve seen them all:   “Best Couples”, […]

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Speaking of TMNT watches…

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Not to keep turning this blog into “Hey! Look at my Ninja Turtles stuff!” but I thought some of you might want a closer look at the sweet Nick Turtles watch I scored last weekend at Toys R’ Us. I only went there to buy a TMNT iPhone case, I swear it, but this elegant […]

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