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Flyer Printing

While we do a lot of stuff online, there is still no better way to get your word out than IRL. And, despite all the technological advances we have made in the last several decades, simple often works best - like good old-fashioned flyers!

Of course, those technological advances come into play in every facet of our lives these days, often in great ways. You can get online flyer printing for cheaper than you are likely to find it IRL. So do not make your fingers do the walking... well, except to place your fashionable flyers all over the neighbors' car windows.

The Weirding's Midnight Movie, Hosted by Manodogs, is Croczilla

The Weirding Midnight Movie: Croczilla
Croczilla - The Weirding's Midnight Movie
You read that correctly:

Tonight's Midnight Movie is the excellent Croczilla, hosted by none other than yours truly. You can check it out tonight at Midnight LIVE on The Weirding YouTube Channel or watch the recorded video later.

We do not provide the movie; the movie is provided by another website we generally refer to as the "distributor." Netflix, Amazon [Prime], Hulu+ - these are all "distributors." You watch the movie and listen to the commentary at the same time, usually in separate windows so you can see both simultaneously. Although I occasionally mug the camera or make some goofy physical comedic gestures, if you can't actually watch both at the same time, just minimize us and watch the movie - that way you will still hear the commentary.

We provide a Countdown (aka, The Infamous Countdown) at the start of the movie, as well as a Timestamp reference at various intervals along the way so you can stay in synch with the host. If you get too far out of synch, just FF or rewind or whatever, otherwise the running commentary probably won't make a whole lot of sense. Also, I am not MiSTying Croczilla; I am hosting it, not mocking it.

If you wish to actually participate in the commentary - that is, join the Google Hangout and comment on the movie along with us (me specifically but you never know who might show up), Skype us at The.Weirding and we'll vet you. If you get act a complete ass (and not in the entertaining way), we'll just drop you and maybe even ban/block you, so... you just sit there and think about that.

Midnight. Croczilla. The Weirding YouTube Channel.

© The Weirding, 2014

Remix

I honestly believe a lot of music is released these days just so they can remix it. And honestly, many times the remixes are better than the originals! I guess I shouldn't mention any bands by name (although I do not think they would mind it, this band in particular) so I will refrain from doing so, but a certain Industrial Jungle Punk outfit recently released an album that I felt was just awful then they released a handful of remixes from said album that rocked my socks off!

So, do what you must musicians - you know who you are - but do so well. And some cool dj software from guitar center may be just what you need to do so. So check it out. Make it so.

Nightwish Keyboardist REALLY Digs Scrooge McDuck

The A/V Club reported that Nightwish's keyboardist, Tuomas Holopainen, has based his forthcoming solo album on Don Rosa's graphic novel, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The first track has already been released and is included below. Holopainen discusses the origin of the high concept album in this video.

On the surface, this does sound like a silly idea but apparently, the story, a dramedy originally told in the ongoing series, is quite deep. In fact, it won Rosa the Will Eisner Award the year of its release. Metal also has a long-standing tradition of basing songs and albums on Sci-Fi/Fantasy books and characters, including comic books. Anthrax' "I am the Law" is based on Judge Dredd. They also did several songs based on Stephen King novels and stories, two of which appear on the same album as "I am the Law." The Ramones famously covered the theme song to the 1966 Spider-Man cartoon. Iron Maiden did epic songs about Dune, the Sci-Fi/Horror movie Children of the Damned, and more.

Rosa quit comics in 2012 due to health problems and the fact that the comics industry pays no royalties.




© The Weirding, 2014

Tonight! The Weirding MiSTy Theater Presents Night Fright with John Agar

The Weirding MiSTy Theater Presents John Agar in Night Fright - LIVE! Tonight at 9:00pm CST /10:00pm EST.

First of all, The Weirding and The Weirding MiSTy Theater are in no way affiliated, nor associated, with Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax, or Cinematic Titanic, nor any of the properties or companies concerning these properties.

To "MiSTy a movie" refers directly to Mystery Science Theater 3000, and means to mock a movie (generally in a group) the way it was done on the show. But use of this slang, as well as any other images or references to the classic TV show, is in no way meant to suggest nor establish any actual association with those properties nor anyone who owns, or is affiliated with, them. MST3K is obviously the source of inspiration for this repeating event and all references to it are meant to honor the show on those grounds.

The Weirding does not own the rights to the movie, Night Fright, nor do we own the rights to any of the movies we MiSTy, many of which are in the public domain. We are well within our legal rights as artists to mock them though, as - pursuant to American Copyright Law - we are actually adding value to the original product. Which, in many cases here, is the only value these movies have.

We're still learning, so don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure you can join the Hangout without a microphone or camera and post in the chatroom. You may not even have to join the Hangout to use the chatroom. We are just now starting to figure out Hangouts and what the hell we're doing here, so please bear with us. There is a chatroom, somewhere, but I'm not sure how you get there nor how it works. If need be, we will establish a chatroom for the audience that does not require logging-in to the Hangout.

Again, not 100% certain about this, but I believe you can watch the live broadcast on both/either Google+ and[/or] the YouTube channel (see top and sidebar for links, which are also posted in the Event). You do need to have the movie itself playing at the same time (in another tab or window). We will count you down when we start the movie so that everyone is in-synch - this is the Infamous Countdown. We will announce the current timestamp throughout the film, as well, and you can always request it.

Once the movie starts, it does not stop until it ends. We will excuse ourselves if necessary but it's simply too much trouble to start and stop the film. Sometimes we will stop the movie to resynch if someone gets too far off the time but it's rare.

Absolutely no topic is off-limits and no joke goes "too far." If jokes regarding race, rape, general violence, necrophilia, religion, politics, pets - whatever you got - offend you, The Weirding MiSTy Theater is not the place for you. In fact, The Weirding is not the place for you. Please do not make a scene.

Showtime is 9:00pm CST, promptly. Hope to see you there and be sure to tell your friends!

© The Weirding, 2014

Playlists, Embedded Video, and The Weirding Media

If you follow The Weirding @ Facebook, you know we post a lot of links to various movies, videos, and TV shows. This, for now, constitutes "programming." When it comes to music videos in particular, I learned a while back that creating Playlists was a great way to go. In this fashion, listeners are welcome to follow along and pick and choose the songs they want to hear, or they can just hit "Play" on any of the videos and start rocking-out on the entire Playlist from there.

When it comes to TV/Movies, I can't say and haven't made up my mind as of yet. While I like the idea of Playlists, the truth is that few of them are on YouTube. I can make "Watchlists" on Crackle but they won't include the Playlist I made on Hulu - or even the Hulu videos to which I link!

So I'm checking out the technologies available to me for doing this thing. I'm pretty sure there's a built-in way to make FireFox Playlists - a way to list URLs across any number of sites that will be visited, one after the next. I may have to put them on a timer... or I may just have to learn more about embedding videos and change the way in which I am presently doing this.

In the meantime, be sure to at least visit our little FB page, check out the multimedia fare we're sharing, and leave a comment or two along the way!

© The Weirding, 2014

Traveler Guitar

As longtime readers know, I used to play death metal - perform and compose it in a band - back when it was just called "death metal" and nothing else. One of the tenets of that genre back then was basically "function over fashion" - that is to say, it is better to sound good than to look good. But regardless of the genre or style you play, there has to be a bit of performance - a bit of showmanship.

Check out this traveler guitar for instance. I mean, that is kind of a show in and of itself! I have no idea why it should be shaped that way but there it is. If anyone knows, I would love to find out.

Harold Ramis Dead at 69

Harold Ramis - writer, actor, producer, and director in and of such classic comedies as Stripes and Ghostbusters - died at age 69 due to complications stemming from auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition he had reportedly been battling for some time. According to press reports, Ramis passed while surrounded by friends and family.

Harold Ramis can also lay claim to being the first head writer on SCTV, a Canadian version of Saturday Night Live that featured a cavalcade of stars before their prime, including Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Martin Short, and many more. The cast was from Chicago's Second City comedy troupe.

The Weirding @ Facebook regularly posts links to episodes of The Real Ghostbusters (cartoon) on Friday nights and many of Ramis' films are available online for free on such networks as Crackle, as well as on Netflix. I refrain from posting links directly to those selections as they will change.

Other credits include Groundhog Day, Meatballs, Back to School, Analyze This and the sequel, Analyze That. But, for many of us, he will best be remembered as Dr. Egon Spengler. Our condolences to his friends and family.

© The Weirding, 2014

Guitar Pickups

Building a guitar is really the only way to get precisely the sound you are looking for out of one. It can be a costly and time-consuming process but also a very valuable learning experience - not to mention a fun and rewarding part of the hobby. The fishman rare earth single coil soundhole guitar pickup is said to be one of the better pickups out there, so if you are in the market for guitar pickups, be sure to click that link and surf on over to the site to check it out.

Shirley Temple Dead at 85

Legendary child actress, Shirley Temple, died at her home at age 85 surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones.

I hate to sound irreverent because I grew-up enjoying Shirley Temple's movies just like most kids my age - they used to run them on basic cable basically all the time when there only was "basic" cable - but I would have sworn she was pushing 100! I also thought she died a few years back - okay, I guess I assumed she'd died but I really thought it was a safe assumption.

She left a great legacy that included a stint as a US ambassador. She was awarded a special Oscar in 1935. She documented her life in her bestselling 1988 book, Child Star: An Autobiography.

© The Weirding, 2014

Seeking Admins and Managers

Welp, it's been a week no since The Weirding went social - in a big way - and I am completely overwhelmed. Shit, I was going to knock this post out in a few minutes at like 5 this morning... it's now 3:00 in the afternoon!

That was yesterday.

Seriously, we need admins something fierce! The G+ account is actually okay; I have a guy on that and he shares stuff every once in a while. It might be nice to run it like a Facebook Page but there just aren't as many people on that network. It also has a totally different vibe, so I'm not sure how well it would go over there to be honest. Anyway, we got a guy over there and every admin has access to it, so if everyone checks in on it once in a while and contributes, it will be fine.

It's the FB Page that's so troublesome. I'm developing a system that makes it easier for one person, or just a few people, to handle it but I don't know how well it will go over. I would still prefer to have more admin to help keep things going, interact with the crowd, and help with all the other fun things associated with running a Page.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us by sending a message to the Page directly. I'd appreciate it! Thanks.

© C Harris Lynn, 2013

The Weirding TV: Saturday Morning Cartoons

You've heard it before or you know it firsthand: When people my age were growing-up, we had Saturday Morning Cartoons. It deserves Elite type - it was that big of a deal, it was that important. And not just to children (for the obvious reasons) but to adults, as well.

For children, it meant an entire morning spent sitting in front of the TV, often with a too-big bowl of too-sweet cereal, eyes glued to the TV set. For adults, it meant they got to sleep-in; Saturday mornings, it was understood, belonged to the cartoons, and it was fine to let the TV "babysit."

For us kids, Saturday Morning Cartoons were something special - after all, there were plenty of after-school cartoons on every day. I think part of  it was a sense of "belonging." Many kids played outside after school; some had sports or other, extra-curricular activities to attend; Cub/Girl Scouts were still big in those days, as well; and so on. Everyone watched Saturday Morning Cartoons - neighborhood streets were empty before at least 10am.

The Smurfs, for an example, became a national sensation almost from the moment their show premiered. In fact, my first-grade yearbook has a smurf on the cover because that is what we students chose as our theme. (I doubt you could do that anymore; you'd get sued!)

Sociologically speaking, Saturday Morning Cartoons provided structure. They were something to which every kid looked forward and knew were going to be there. They were an integral part of every child's weekly agenda, every week, without fail.

A lot of correlative points could be uncovered between children's behavior today - including the supposed prevalence of Autism and ADD/ADHD - and the lack of social structure Saturday Morning Cartoons provided just by existing. Even if you were a kid who didn't watch them (total freak), their very existence provided a sort of societal framework - they were a socio-psychological landmark of sorts.

So The Weirding provides you with Saturday Morning Cartoons every week viz Facebook. While the Facebook Page is Adults Only, you decide what to share with your children. Or the children you kidnap. That's the way it should be.

© C Harris Lynn, 2013

Eden Effects Pedal

All of the guitarists I ever played with had an effects pedal, usually several. They would spend hours with them, setting and tweaking then resetting, retweaking, rinse and repeat... 2349735475 times! To their credit, I realize how important it is to get the right sound, as well as how long it takes to achieve that sound - that is the point in having the pedals in the first place, right!? To save that sound scheme it took hours to get just right.

I do not know much about the brands nor even the features for which one should be looking but I know that eden effects is considered one of the best. Check out the link!

The Weirding @ Facebook

I told you a few posts back that I have been working the social networking thing for a while now with the original intention of bringing more visitors to the blog and website but that I've yet to figure out exactly how to do that.

I also started administrating some Pages on Facebook (which I may or may not have already told you). Pages are like Groups except that people Follow as opposed to joining them and interact with them as opposed to participate. They Like and can comment but they do not take a hand in deciding what content is actually posted on the page. They do have TLs however and members can post to those if the Page allows it although I've no idea who actually sees that content or where.

Despite having been admin on a number of these pages for several months now, I'm still uncertain as to how some things work - and Facebook keeps changing them all the time without notice or explanation. But, shit, I've been making PB&J for longer than that and I still have trouble spreading the PB evenly without crumbling up the bread.

However, I've had The Weirding's Page up for several years now, I just haven't done much with it. And that is all about to change. I have culled an admin or two from the contacts I've made along the way and we're soon to start updating the Page on a regular basis.

So, if you are on Facebook please take a moment to "Like" us, then you'll be Following the Page and will see our posts in your Timeline. Or, at least you're supposed to. You may have to add us to an Interests list or make us a "Preferred Page" or some shit. As we figure things out, we'll let you know.

This changes absolutely nothing here; I'll still continue to post as always. One of the cool things about that is I'll now be announcing posts on the FB Page, so you'll know when to come read the new ones!

www.facebook.com/TheWeirding

© C Harris Lynn, 2013

Amps

The way I learned to play the drums - I mean really play the drums - was by connecting my guitarists' amps to my stereo via the headphone jack and playing along to my favorite albums and songs. Yeah, it blew their amps, but who cares? That was a long time ago. Besides, if they had used their amps more often, it would not have been an issue.

Still, you do not need to buy a half-stack in order to do this. You can get some nice, small epiphone amplifiers at Guitar Center on the cheap and they will do just fine.

Croczilla

If you have Roku, you probably already know about Popcornflix (and Frightpix) but they are also available online. You can watch free movies that are unedited but have commercial breaks. The commercial breaks aren't that long although they tend to come at particularly bad times during the movies.

Anyway, I was flipping through the new releases last night and came across this flick called Croczilla. I was actually looking for a movie that I could put on and fall asleep to. This was not such a movie.

I was more than pleasantly surprised by this fun flick. It's more an action/comedy than anything else but it's a really fun ride. I assume the crocodile was mostly CGI but I have to admit I couldn't really tell - the effects were very well done, for the most part.

It's nowhere near as far-fetched as the title makes it sound; it's really just a big croc flick but it's definitely worth watching. The cinematography is brilliant, the acting is top-notch, and again, it's a really fun show. And you can't beat the price of admission.

© C Harris Lynn, 2013