Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nicholas Brendan's Legal Woes Increase with New Arrest

Actor Nicholas Brendan, best known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Xander, is no stranger to legal woes but he may want to turn it down a notch or two. Brendan was arrested at a hotel in Idaho over the weekend and charged with malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing officers, both misdemeanors. He was arrested on similar charges back in 2010.

Many Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni, including Brendan, reunited at an Australian convention recently and Brendan has been involved in the direction and writing of the latest season of the Dark Horse comic book. Brendan was also recently married and has a recurring role on Criminal Minds. His 2010 arrest lead to three years' probation in addition to public service.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

They Gave-Up on Buffy by Season 7

Joss Whedon recently mocked Buffy the Vampire Slayer when signing an autograph. We have some Buffy material coming up and Whedon is still involved in the monthly production of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book (Dark Horse), but he does not appear interested in pursuing anything to do with it that could be broadcast. Still, I love Buffy and her whole multiverse or whatever she's got going on over there and I intend to share this love with you all. Eventually.

For now, these pithy observations on season 7 (the final season of the series and one that I am just now getting around to watching) will have to suffice:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended at the right time. For whatever reason(s), the creators involved - including the cast - had kind of given-up on it. I do recall that Angel was disappointing in the ratings, despite having a vocal and supportive following, and the production company was going broke. While that accounts for the lack of SFX in the later seasons, the creative team simply wasn't up to snuff by season 7.

The wit and humor is all but gone; they're stunt-casting with former guest stars and regulars from earlier seasons; and even though they keep adding layer after layer to the legend of the Slayer, most of it is obviously focused on characters they were likely hoping to spin-off into other series. Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7 simply isn't as good as earlier seasons.

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Orchestral Instruments

There has been a lot of argument regarding music classes in schools and whether or not they provide any real benefit to students. However, several studies have proven that students can learn a lot from the Arts, including discipline, persistence, an appreciation for "The Finer Things," an appreciation for and how to tap into their own creativity, and much more. Of course, the materials for such classes can be expensive - palettes and paintbrushes, pencil sets and inking pens, orchestra instruments, and are only sometimes provided by the educational institutions that teach them.

While funding for these programs has dropped dramatically over the last few decades, it has been repeatedly proven that the benefits to being a student of the Arts outweigh the financial burden to the state or family (really just the family, as their taxes are used to fund programs regarding Art and creativity).

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Yu-Gi-Oh Dang

I have been watching Yu-Gi-Oh for a few hours now, completely by accident. I started out watching Family Guy then Hulu+ autoplay landed on Yu-Gi-Oh. Serendipitously, I was working on the gaming section of our fair site and kept noticing tabletop card game terms and rules - like, entire discussions about decks and cards.

It seems so forced, so blissfully unaware of its own lack of creativity. I mean, this is literally a cartoon based on a card game - and the entire action is the card game! It's kind of like if G.I. Joe was a cartoon about the soldiers playing "war" with toy soldiers. Make no mistake: I realize this is meant to sell kids the card game and I'm not really offended by that. I ate almost an entire box of Count Chocula the other night because it's mostly sold seasonally now and I have a fondness for it from childhood, as it was sold to me by lovable cartoon characters during my weekly meeting at the TV for Saturday Morning Cartoons, which they no longer show.

Still, even the Diabeetus-inducing cereal commercials had more personality, more charm, and more appeal than watching cartoon characters play a card game in real-time.

© The Weirding, 2014

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Weirding is Under Attack!!!!

Seriously though, over the last several years, we have had our individual social media accounts hacked, at least two of our e-mail accounts, and more. Many of these were sending out advertisements for bands, music, gear, and the usual spam. We obviously didn't do this. In fact, we were not even aware of this because they did not show up in our "Sent" folders, Timelines or Feeds, or anywhere else; we mostly learned about them from others and, by the time we did, they were gone.

Authorities were alerted to this years ago and have contacted us on occasion regarding newer instances but all we have been told is that they are working on it and that it is apparently "Federal" in nature (as I'm somewhat certain it's a felonious crime).

At least a few occasions, the attacks appear to have coincided with when we've either left accounts "logged-in" or simply saved our passwords in autoform-fill, but there's no way for us to know that for sure.

We *do* advertise on the sites and blogs - which is why Google blacklisted this blog, in particular - and I, for one, feel no fear in suggesting that Google has some part in this but AGAIN, we really don't know and on one's told us yet.

So, if you're wondering why we haven't been able to bring you more cool stuff more quickly, part of it has to do with the fact that we've had to buy additional security. Which apparently doesn't work.

© The Weirding, 2014