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Monday, July 16, 2012

A Remedy for Societal Discord: 5 American Fakelore Heroes

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Myths, folklore and heroes' tales are at their root contextually more than the just the sum of their parts. Fakelore differs from folklore in that fakelore is consciously manufactured yarning whereas folklore has a more organic genesis. Joseph Campbell, the eminent mythologist, comparative religion scholar and de facto philosopher, wrote extensively on folklore and hero's and is considered the foremost expert on the cultural roles myths play. In his seminal book “Hero with a Thousand Faces” Campbell elucidates how the tale of a hero is formed; “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” A hero's tale is single type of myth which conforms to one or more of the four functional types of myths Campbell defines.


The five American fakelore heroes which follow are examples of the “sociological” function which heroes' tales provide. The sociological function of heroes' tales is that they, in a broad sense, reinforce and justify a particular social or cultural stability. That mechanism of coalescence into an accepted social order through a mythological hero's tale is at the core of these five American fakelore examples. Each hero is an amalgamation of specific demographics which are reflected in the attributes of the heroes and their unique tribulations and triumphs. Curiously, these five American fakelore heroes emerged from the 19th century as America was reflecting inwardly on the effects of modernization and industrialization.

Naturally, the obvious question would be; which cultural and social catalysts are subconsciously at work now helping to shape future fakelore heroes' tales?

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Friday, May 25, 2012

All-Star voice actor panel reads through Star Wars

"As if millions of voices suddenly cried out."

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM

(Fair Warning: there's some "harsh language" in this video. If you watch it at work...wear headphones)

Is Star Wars: Episode IV too boring for you? Old news? Ho-hum? A big snorefest?
Do you happen to have an hour and twenty minutes to spare?

Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen got together at the Emerald City Comic Con last March to lend some of their most famous (and infamous) voices to a live reading of the Episode IV script.

If that doesn't mean anything to you let me put it in another way

Bender, A Power-puff Girl, Pinky and The Brain, Ironside, Eric Cartman, Christopher Walken, Bill Cosby, Tracy Morgan, Toots, Captain Hero and a HUGE list of others re-enact the entire first Star Wars movie for you LIVE.

And the whole thing is narrated by the the Goddamn Batman!

Via the Nerdist

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Outside the Box: WMNF Tropical Heatwave 2012

I've never worked so hard to get TO work!

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

So I tried to get to get something from the office last weekend and was waylaid by WMNF's Tropical Heatwave 2012. Fortunately, I had my trusty cameraman/editor/professional eye-roller Matthew Michael Schiel there to document the goings on. So join me on yet another exciting vanity project adventure through the mean streets of Ybor city!

As usual, a couple of caveats:

1. I would like to apologize to that nice couple that I broke up. Please do not hunt me and kill me.
2. I am not 100% sure that the guy that was arrested is a douche-bag, but he sure dressed the part.
3. That circle spinning machine is a workout! Let no-one tell you differently!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Outside the Box: Free Comic Book Day

Check out this latest installment of my awesome, nerdly adventures.

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Check out this latest installment of my awesome, nerdly adventures called "Geek on the Street" and watch as I:

Attempt to get as many free comic books as possible by abusing the rules, my position and basic geography.
Finally get a chance to interview people that MAY actually be dorkier than me.
Find TWO girls dressed as Captain America and talk to them ON CAMERA!
Talk about how Biggs Darklighter was horribly underused in Episode 4. (That mustache is EPIC!)
Physically take a side in the DC v Marvel debate for a few brief seconds.

Plus, a multitude of other geekery...that you can cram into 4.5 minutes.

Like it. Share it. Comment on it. Send me creepy pictures of you in a koala suit.

Make sure you stay for the STINGER!


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Movie Matt-ers: Can men enjoy Twilight?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Editor's Note: Today marks the debut of "Movie Matt-ers," a movie advice column written by — you guessed it — a guy named Matt. If you've seen his work as a columnist for the movie site hudakonhollywood.com, you know that Matt Kaiser's specialty is answering reader questions. What's not going to kill me at concession stand? What PG-13 movies should I sneak my 10 year-old into? How do pick a movie that keeps my wife happy while not making me want to stab myself in the eye at the same time? If you have a question for Movie Matt-ers, email Matt at answers@hudakonhollywood.com or moviematters@live.com. Fire away!
This week, Matt tackles men enjoying "Twilight" and advice on picking which 3D flick to splurge on. Enjoy …


Question #1: "The wife keeps trying to get me to watch the Twilight movies, and tries to sell them to me by saying they have vampires and werewolves and action. I keep resisting because I saw the first movie and hated it. What should I do?" —Tom

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

CL on the Road: SXSW 2012, the future of music, film and interactive

Joran and Katie take on the sights, sounds and tastes of South by Southwest.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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SXSW - 3/18/12 - Day Ten

Goodbye, Austin. I’ve come to appreciate this strange relationship we have. We see each other once a year - the best and worst sides. No questions asked. And then we do it all over again. There’s a name for this. What is it?

I’ve shipped my souvenirs (and records) home, packed my suitcase full of crap from the conference and tradeshow. Thanks to Katie and Karl for letting me crash with them. Thanks to Chris for hanging out with me, even though I always have my own agenda and am checking my phone every other second. That’s what friends are for, I guess. Thanks to Kelley for taking some amazing photos (even some challenging group shots). Thanks to all the SXSW staff and the new friends I met this year, you’ll all be getting an e-mail from me soon.

I need antibiotics. I need a detox. I need to sleep for two days straight. There’s a name for this. What is it?

I’m saying goodbye now. Until next time.

Check out my coverage of days one through nine after the jump.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

A great American trailer park epic

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM


It’s a hard road for the first-time novelist.

First of all, you're confronted by a general lack of interest in fiction, unless you’re James Patterson or Stephen King.

Then there’s another Everest in your way: How do you get attention for your writing, unless you’re a serial killer, disgraced politician or a pregnant reality-show sleaze?

Tupelo Hassman
  • Tupelo Hassman

Of course, there’s also talent.

That’s the route Tupelo Hassman is using.

You’ll be hearing a lot about her first novel, Girlchild (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24). Mostly, it’ll have to do with the strong voice of the narrator, a young trailer dweller named Rory Dawn Hendrix. She’s third generation poor, growing up around a truck-stop bar and among legions of mouthbreathers.

But, of course, she has a voice, and a view of the world shaped by the Girl Scouts Handbook. If I tell you she’s indomitable, then you might think this is some Disneyesque rags-to-riches story. It is not. But it is a story told in a unique voice, a voice of a young girl who tries to work through the agonies and the ecstasies of modern life among the have-nots. Rory is a child left behind.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign playlist — Spotify style

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM


Last Thursday, our president released his official 2012 campaign Spotify playlist via his Tumblr account — yes, you read that correctly, Tumblr. (He also has Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, and Instagram.)

It would probably be silly to assume this was all Obama’s idea and that he actually compiled this list, but I'd like to think he had at least some say in it.

The Spotify description reads: "The official 2012 playlist features picks by the campaign staff—including a few of President Obama’s favorites."

Hey, at least he puts an effort into today’s technology, and I’d put money on him being the only current candidate who is actually computer literate.

Check out all 28 tracks after the jump...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Punny Grammy Snacks: 54th Annual Awards Edition

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Credit: DisneyDreaming.com

Last year, I decided to have a Grammy Party and was in need of some snacks, so I came up with the best "punny" Grammy foods for your Grammy party. And one year later, here we go again, Punny Grammy Party Recipes: 2011 Awards Edition. For maximum impact, I recommend making little signs for your food and drinks. Otherwise, how will people know how incredibly clever you are?!?!

First up, Egg Rolling In The Deep...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ten dragons to celebrate the Chinese new year

It's the Year of the Dragon. In honor of this month's Chinese new year celebrations, here's a list of cool dragon stuff.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Happy lunar new year! If you skipped the festivities in Beijing this week (or you totally ignored that paper placemat at your local Chinese restaurant), maybe you missed the good news. We’ve transitioned from the Year of the Rabbit (yawn) to the epically mythical and badass Year of the Dragon. Need evidence that it’s going to be a good year? Consider the accomplishments of the last Year of the Dragon, back in 2000: scientists mapping the human genome, astronauts opening the International Space Station — Richard Hatch winning the first season of Survivor. And, the Y2K bug didn’t turn ATM machines into flesh eating kill-bots! So in honor of the next twelve sure-to-be-awesome months, here’s a list of cool dragon stuff, put together in no particular order.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: It doesn’t matter if you’re talking the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium Trilogy”, the Swedish film adaptation, or the recently released American film by David Fincher, Tattoo is a worldwide phenomenon for good reason. Aside from being a dark, twisted and smart thriller, Larsson created the most compelling and original character in years with Lisbeth Salander, the tatted-up and pierced super hacker anti-heroine with Asperger’s, who proves she’s definitely not to be screwed-around with. Also, he managed to create a male protagonist who’s both a financial magazine writer, and an irresistible ladies man — no small feat in itself.

guy with dragon tattoo
This guy with a dragon tattoo: The muffin top says “I love McDonalds,” but that hardcore back tattoo says “I’m a Yakuza hitman, and I will cut your pinkie off with a samurai sword.

Dragon’s blood: Three ounces of vodka, four ounces of cinnamon liqueur, three ounces club soda. Makes six shots. Tastes like Red Hots that get you drunk.

Bruce Lee punching a guy right in the beard in Enter The Dragon: Nothing like a slow, dramatic buildup to the world’s fastest punch in the head. (Check it out after the jump.)

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