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He-She: The most cunning, vicious and fiendish killer of all time!
01.23.2012
03:33 pm
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One of the weirdest villains in the history of comic books was the formidable He-She. A creation of writer and artist Chuck Biro, the part man/part woman baddie appeared in the pages of Crimebuster comics featuring crime fighter Chuck Chandler. The series ran from 1942 to 1956.

Crimebuster had no super powers. Chuck Chandler decided to fight crime (Nazis, specifically) after his parents were murdered by Iron Jaw, who was Crimebuster’s main recurring nemesis and a really pretty nasty bad guy.

Want to read the whole exciting comic featuring He-She? Go here.

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.23.2012
03:33 pm
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Rock banned: X-Rated pop music
01.23.2012
02:51 pm
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Broadcast on UK Channel 4 in 2001, Top Ten: X-Rated looks at the banning of rock and rap songs and videos on radio and TV. Hosted, appropriately, by a snarling John Lydon.

Ironically, the documentary itself was not banned despite been chock full of nasty bits - thanks to the progressive programming at Channel 4

Among the banned: Scott Walker,  2 Live Crew, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, The Sex Pistols, Ice T, N.W.A, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Kool Keith, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin and The Pogues.
 

 
Part two after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.23.2012
02:51 pm
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Mickey Mouse meets Joy Division (official Disney merchandise!)
01.23.2012
02:37 pm
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WTF?

Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey’s image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That’s appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!

No, this is not merely another lame meme, this is something that is actually manufactured and sold by the Walt Disney Corporation! Reedonkulous. Buy yours at the Disney store...
 
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Thank you Lenora Claire!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.23.2012
02:37 pm
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Angry, flatulent robot stars in little-known Jim Henson film from 1963
01.23.2012
01:23 pm
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Seldom-seen short film by Jim Henson from the AT&T archives:
 

Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic — Data Communications.


 

 
(via Nerdcore and Submitterator )

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.23.2012
01:23 pm
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Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis Throbblehead
01.23.2012
12:36 pm
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Well whad’ya know? Dinosaur Jr. frontman, J Mascis, gets his own Throbblehead figure. Apparently J comes with the “signature silver mane that features REAL DOLL HAIR.”

You can pre-order one now (shipping starts in April) at Aggronautix.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.23.2012
12:36 pm
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Islam vs. Christianity, in a nutshell
01.23.2012
11:19 am
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‘Nuff said!

(via reddit)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.23.2012
11:19 am
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Kiss your free movies and music goodbye: Is the era of digital piracy over?
01.23.2012
10:20 am
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If you’ve been illegally downloading movies, music, software, e-books, pr0n or anything else from the Internet’s various file sharing cyber-locker services like Megaupload or Filesonic—and you know who you are—then I hope you got your fill, because you can pretty kiss those days goodbye.

After the arrest in New Zealand last week of German-born Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (AKA Kim Schmitz), several—most—of the file-sharing businesses are opting to close suddenly or greatly modifying their business models. Although Anonymous rallied to defend Kim Dotcom (who’s more than just a bit of a freak) taking down the websites of CBS, Universal Music, the U.S. Department of Justice, RIAA.org, MPAA.org, the U.S. Copyright Office), Hadopi (France’s copyright-enforcement agency), Warner Music Group, BMI and the FBI, over the weekend many—most—of the companies who provide server space for much of the world’s digital piracy have suddenly ceased doing business or are restricting their domains from US visitors. Less cautious companies have merely dropped money-making affiliate programs that encourage top pirates and leave them more open to prosecution:

From Oh No They Didn’t:

What are they closing these programs?

Most filesharing hosts have legalspeak in their Terms of Service that make users/uploaders responsible for all uploaded content, instead of the host itself. The monetary incentives offered to uploaders from affiliate schemes could potentially give them massive legal problems.

Due to the Megaupload case (as well as Hotfile & Rapidshare) it has been shown that these Terms of Service loopholes are not considered valid by the USA / FBI. What the authorities dislike more than rights infringement, is people earning money from rights infringement.

Megaupload is said to have had more than 1 billion visitors, more than 150 million users and 50 million daily visitors. The service was said to account for 4% of Internet traffic alone and Kim Dotcom is apparently worth half a billion dollars.  If they can take down a guy twice as rich as Mitt Romney, they can take down anybody.

SOPA and PIPA might have been DOA, but it’s no surprise whatsoever that the Obama administration has opted to pay its debt to Hollywood by going after the file-sharing services. Of course it was just a matter of time, and that time is now, I suppose. It was inevitable. What IS surprising is that it was allowed to flourish this long!

It will certainly be interesting to see where this goes next.
 
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Thank you Mr. Steven Daly of New York City, New York!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.23.2012
10:20 am
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Steven Tyler’s ‘Bizarre Spangled Banner’
01.23.2012
04:03 am
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Had I seen this as a young impressionable kid, I would have opted to be a jock instead of a rock and roller.

The agonized expressions on the faces of the Patriots and Ravens seem like the prelude to an ass-kicking. Fortunately, for those among us who find this silly fellow some kind of legend and wish him no ill, Tyler got out alive. The rest of us will have to wait for next year when Tyler attempts to sing “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba at a football game in Liverpool.  
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.23.2012
04:03 am
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The Ramones on Manhattan public access TV 1978
01.23.2012
01:21 am
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Joey and Dee Dee Ramone appear with their artistic director Arturo Vega and longtime buddy Michael Mckenzie on Efrom Allen’s Underground TV program in 1978.

This is classic Manhattan public access; chaotic, anarchic and fun. I used to call this cocaine TV because I was generally zooted to the gills when I was watching it. This show is particularly good. Instead of the usual assholes that would call in to insult the artists that were being interviewed, the callers on this night seem genuinely curious about The Ramones and the scene revolving around CBGB. This was a time when something very fresh and unpredictable was happening in the downtown clubs and the bands and their audiences were all discovering it together. Even the cynics were starting to pay attention.

Along with Robin Byrd and Al Goldstein, Efrom Allen was one of the pioneers of NYC cable TV talk shows. With its mix of porn stars, punk rockers and nightlife impresarios, Underground TV was always reliably weird entertainment on those nights when you just wanted to stay home and get fucked up.

Enjoy the roots of Youtube.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.23.2012
01:21 am
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‘Sez Les’: What John Cleese did after ‘Monty Python’
01.22.2012
05:42 pm
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If John Cleese hadn’t gone into Monty Python, then he would “have stuck to his original plan to graduate and become a chartered accountant, perhaps a barrister lawyer, and gotten a nice house in the suburbs, with a nice wife and kids, and gotten a country club membership, and then I would have killed myself.”

Ah well, the best laid plans of mice and men. Sensibly, Cleese opted for plan B, and all the success that entailed. It was therefore a surprise when Cleese quit Python in 1973, after its third TV series, and joined up as a supporting player to stand-up comic called Les Dawson, in his comedy sketch show, Sez Les.

Dawson and Cleese could not have been more dissimilar - Dawson short and plump, Cleese tall and skinny. Dawson was working class and self-educated, who had worked a long apprenticeship of stand-up in the working men’s clubs in the north of England, while maintaining his day-job as a Hoover salesman. Cleese was middle class, university educated and was upper-middle management, white collar material.

Dawson had originally wanted to be a writer, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, he had hitched the highway to Paris, where he found work as a pianist in a brothel. Unable to find a publisher for his poetry, Dawson returned homewards, and inspired by his experiences as a pianist, tried his hand as a comic. Though he made his name with mother-in-law jokes, Dawson was a clever and verbally dextrous comedian, who dismantled jokes, only to recreate them in a funnier form. Cleese described Dawson as “An autodidact, a very smart guy who was fascinated by words.”

After a winning run on the talent show Opportunity Knocks, Dawson earned his first TV series, Sez Les (1969-1976), and fast became one of Britain’s best loved comics. In 1974, Cleese joined Dawson on the series, and the pairing (like a hybrid Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) proved highly successful. Both men had great respect for each other, and more importantly had a genuine affection which came over in their performances together.

Cleese eventually left to make Fawlty Towers, but for 2 series of Sez Les in 1974, Dawson and Cleese were top drawer comedy entertainment.
 

 
More from Dawson and Cleese, after the jump…
 

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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01.22.2012
05:42 pm
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