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Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

HPL by Virgil Finlay
Today is famed pulp horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft's birthday and we wanted to help you celebrate with a link to some of his writings so you can explore them at your leisure. This fantastic site (which I am loathe to link-out to since Google has spammed us) is the place to start, whether you are new to his works or an old fan.

Check out the homepage for links to more Lovecraft-related stuff, as well as the Horror Directory for more from across the Web as well as on-site.

I have uploaded some of the Library but it is presently unavailable. Stay tuned for more information regarding that!

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The Weirding Theater Presents Rip-Off


We had no idea Canada had children in the '70s but according to this fantastical movie, they did! And, going by the title alone, they hated life almost as much as American children do.

This Saturday, we go back in time to a magical place called the 1900s, when men were men and also sometimes women, to learn all about this imaginary place they call "Can Ada" when The Weirding Theater Presents Rip-Off. The live show starts around 9:30pm CST and is available on YouTube and Google Hangouts. Afterward, the recorded version will be available at The Weirding's YouTube channel.

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Ready for the Weekend?



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Remember to Update Your RSS Feed!

Now that the title has changed, so has the RSS Feed. Subscribers, please be sure to update using the handy chicklet to the right at the top or by clicking on the following link:


http://feeds.feedburner.com/Rated-B

Thanks! 


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The Weirding Theater Presents Black Cobra


Just because we're big fans of cult and exploitation films does not mean we're "purveyors of poor taste" or something smart-sounding. With that in mind, this Saturday night around 9:30pm CST, The Weirding Theater Presents Black Cobra.

In these trying times, in this country too often torn asunder by racial division, we decided it was in everyone's best interest to include at least one blaxploitation flick every now and again. Because we give a shit.

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Team Weng Needs You!


The Weirding needs you!

We don't much care what your skillset is so long as you are willing to not only contribute, but get down with "The Program." Like all websites and companies, The Weirding has, and is, cultivating what may seem to many to be a rather haphazard sort of "branding" (although we bristle at such a notion). That is to say that we have a direction in which we wish to take this site and whatever other media/content may result from it and we need like-minded people to join the fun.


The truth is that we cannot pay you outright due to tax regulations but we are not asking you to work "for free." We receive a shit-ton of what (we think) the kids call "swag" and we'll give you that shit. We also provide you with working materials, including programs, and other resources to help facilitate your output and personalize your workspace. Your work is unlikely to be seen by many because we get like zero visitors but you are expected to promote the site and content, including your own. We don't need programmers, so your job at McDonald's is secure, but if you're good at coding and/or webdesign, The Weirding could definitely use a facelift.

Requirements:



  • This is a "Nerd-Culture" site - a nerdery, a nerderarium - more specifically, a culture site curated by actual nerds. Watching Dr. Who does not make you a "geek" anymore so than liking comic book movies does.
  • Comic book appreciation, history, knowledge (including creators and companies) is mandatory.
  • Pop-Culture knowledge is mandatory.
  •  Movie buff knowledge is mandatory, specifically regarding B-raters and splatterflicks.
  • Knowledge of HTML is a must; DHTML, CSS, JS, Java, Pearl, Ruby on Rails, et. al. is all a plus. 
  • Knowledge of FTP is mandatory
  • We welcome ideas just not yours.
  • Photoshop (by any means - GIMP, Paint.Net, et. al.) is a must.
  • Metal (Heavy, Death, Doom, Progressive, Classic, et. al.) is a must. NO BLACK METAL (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate being the obvious the exceptions.)
  • Rudimentary knowledge of Art is necessary - composition, color scheme, personalities, works, et. al. This does not include Art History, though that is a bonus.
  • Blogging knowledge adamant - including use of tags/labels, Template/Layout, et. al.
  • You will be expected to help maintain blogs and social media outlets.
  • Full participation in American holidays mandatory.
  • Creators' Rights are fully respected and will remain intact. The Weirding's rights to display your work are not contractual nor considered "work for hire" but denote an implied relationship with the understanding that they may be used for promotional and/or decorative purposes.
  • Tasks are assigned and expected to be completed although deadlines are negotiable
  • If you consider yourself some sort of "improvisational comedian" who wishes to become a regular on the B-Rater, we're happy to audition you. You will not appear on the LIVE show until you pass the audition and have been tested off-air.
Not sure if you've got what it takes? Then please do not waste our time.

This is in no way considered a legally binding contract; this is an implied consent form.
Depending on certain circumstances an NDNC is required in full (mail-in).
Note the "Non-Compete" clause is negotiable.

Thanks!

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Gotta Get Down



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Welcome to Rated B

We're changing our name!

Yes, when I named the Fear the Outside weblog The Rundown in, or around, 2002-03, it was a rather quick decision that I'd given far less thought to than I should have. Truthfully, I'm reasonably certain I cribbed it from Bill O'Reilly's show. Hey, it was a time of war and sacrifices had to made - quick decisions could have saved some lives back then! This quick decision did none of that but Goddammit, it could have.

Of course, "The Rundown" is about as original a title as "Ass Invaders 28" but movies so entitled tend to do fairly well, so... Although the weblog itself has been online since around 1997-98, it had no title and once GeoCities went under, it disappeared. I saved a lot of that material although I've reposted little to none of it. Also, as a weblog, it had no specific purpose or subject matter - it dealt with everything from what I was feeling about everything from relationships to annoying commercials to comic books and movies, et. al. Furthermore, naming blogs wasn't important at all back then, so there didn't seem to be much sense in spending a lot of time overthinking it.

Then, when the BLOGGING BOOM came and went, a literal glut of blogs with the same title - mostly shitty and almost all of which have changed hands numerous times since then - emerged and quickly overtook us in the search engines. So, this title change - while well overdue and definitely something I've been wanting to do for a very, very long time - does have some business connection.

Still, the nature of the entire thing has changed over the years and I want the title to reflect that.

Because we accept non-Google AdWords advertisements, it is listed as a "spam" blog by that organized crime syndicate. Because I refuse to "pay protection" to these thugs and their strongarm tactics, we will not be requesting reconsideration for inclusion into their paid directory - ahem, "search engine."

We fully realize this is a BlogSpot blog, owned by the monopoly which has to remind itself and its employees to "Not be Evil," and that this may well mean this blog's termination on Comcast's Google's servers. If so, you will then be able to find Rated-B on The Weirding directly.

Please be sure to update your RSS Feeds accordingly! The new feed is:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Rated-B.

You can also use the chicklet at the top righthand part of the screen, if it's easier.

Thanks!

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RIP Marilyn Burns


We were shocked and saddened to hear of Marilyn Burns' death at age 65 today. Burns is best known for her turn as the "Survivor Girl" lead in the classic horror film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Following that star turn, she appeared in a number of other horror B-raters as well as a handful of more "reputable" films.

Burns was found dead in her Houston home earlier today.

Our condolences to her friends and family.

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The Weirding Theater Presents Devil of the Desert Against Son of Hercules


This Saturday The Weirding Theater watches Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules. We don't screen these movies beforehand so we don't know which son we're gonna get but the title promises one of them and we're holding it to that.

The live show starts around 9:30pm CST and will be available online for replay.

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Friday, Friday



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Yongary: Monster from the Deep this Saturday



Every Saturday, The Weirding crew gets together and watches a movie. Most of these movies are complete shit but that's what makes them so enjoyable. This week, the movie is Yongary: Monster from the Deep.

Since we don't screen the films before watching them, I have no real idea as to what, exactly, Yongary is about but I have a pretty good idea that it's going to suck. That makes me happy because I'm certain its lack of quality will inspire within me some choice words for the movie and everyone involved with bringing it to my computer screen.

The show starts around 9:30pm CST this Saturday and be sure to check out the Events schedule on our Google+ page for more information. Yongary: Monster from the Deep this weekend!

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Update

I told you this update would take a while but part of that has to do with publishing the pages in a timely manner for the search engines. Still, it takes a while to successfully design and test each webpage. I try to go for about a day per page but that rarely works. Most pages take several days just because there are so many elements. Designing a template takes twice as long because you have to double-check everything.

Some of the Directories have been updated and the rest of the pages will be rolled-out over the next few weeks. The old pages will be left in place for the time-being, so you shouldn't notice an interruption in navigation. There will be a new index and all of that eventually but that is one of the last things to be published as all the other pages must already be in place.

We really are looking for a better way to do our little Internet show, it's just that none of us has any previous experience with video and it isn't something you can learn overnight. Time spent doing that takes time away from designing and publishing the site as well as other projects. While time management may seem like the most important thing, you are mixing creative and practical endeavors which carry different mindsets and priorities and it can be difficult and tiresome to switch between these.

Speaking of acclimating, I just got new hardware and software. I had to do this on credit, so I'm also having to set aside some time for paid work pursuits and there haven't been a lot of those lately. I really couldn't afford all of it even on a credit card, so that's maxed-out now and I'm having to stay on a strict budget due to the payments (but only for a few months, as I bought a refurbished computer and my credit limit isn't exactly "high" to begin with).

Meanwhile, we are still recording the show because we enjoy doing it anyway. No one really watches the live broadcast but people are starting to visit the recorded videos. It really is a pain to have two videos going simultaneously, and difficult to keep synchronized, but we don't know another way to do it yet. We're also working on a chatroom app to use while watching the playback and we'll try to be around from time to time to join in the chat.

On an even more personal note, I had company all week long the week before last and it took me a week to recover! I'm getting back in the swing of things now.

I didn't keep up with whatever went on at SDCC this year but I haven't paid much attention to Comic-Con for a few years now. Some of the reports I read confirmed what I'd thought, in that it's become more of an expo for Hollywood than having anything to do with comics and games. I think it's great that so many people are having a good time with it but it isn't something that I have anymore than a passing interest in.

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Dance Class

If you are interested in going into TV or Hollywood in some performing capacity, you are probably going to have a lot of downtime between auditions and callbacks. A lot of people choose to take instructional classes related to their career in order to give them an edge over their competition - and there is a lot of that!

If you are near, there are dance classes santa monica style with a proven and well-known professional instructor who has worked with major celebrity clients for years. Check out his website, where you can learn more and even sign-up for classes.

The Weirding Theater Presents Yongary Monster from the Deep


This Saturday at, or around, 9:30pm CST The Weirding runs our mouths all over Yongary Monster from the Deep. This event is recorded LIVE, so crude humor and piercing insights that may upset some is to be expected.

Following, the event will be available online at The Weirding YouTube Channel.

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The Weirding Presents Are You in the House Alone?


This Saturday around 9:30pm CST, The Weirding crew gets together to view (and comment on) Are You in the House Alone? We're ignoring the poor grammar in the title alone, which should probably give you some clue as to the quality of this 1978 made-for-TV classic, only because it has a surplus of Quaids... if you are of the mind that any Quaid is too much Quaid.

Are You in the House Alone? starts around 9:30pm CST this Saturday on Google Hangouts. The replay will be available on the YouTube Channel afterward.

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