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Remember Remember the Fifth of November…

I have been kind of obsessed with Guy Fawkes since the Daria episode “Depth Takes a Holiday”. I was sympathetic to this Guy Fawkes dude who, I felt, was mocked for basically being the lamest of the holidays. He was the lead singer of the band “The Holidays” and had a Sid Vicious flair. I had to know who this man was.

I was a bit disappointed when I found out he was not a punk rock god, but rather a cog in the gunpowder treason. The gunpowder treason was a plot to assassinate a king by blowing up part of parliament with him inside of it. Guy was only one of 13 conspirators, specifically in charge of lighting the fuse, but has become the most notable among them. Most likely due to his arrest, torture and ultimately his suicide to avoid execution. Over the years his story has been tweaked into one where he is an action hero, or at least a sympathetic rebel.

V for Vendetta is probably the most culturally relevant example of Guy Fawkes being the face of a revolution. V dons a Guy mask in order to hide his identity and it becomes the symbol of freedom for an oppressed society. In real life, the group Anonymous use Guy masks to hide their identities while making public appearances.

I guess the point is that Guy Fawkes Day is to celebrate that the King was ultimately NOT assassinated. It is a day celebrating his failure, but in pop culture he has been transformed into a hero.

Now that the history portion of the post is complete there is a special treat for all you fellow Fawkes fans. The Remember Remember Poem and V’s amazing introduction speech from the movie V for Vendetta. Enjoy! Read More…

Villains finally get their Happily Ever After

I was surfing the interweb today and I came across some Alternate Disney Art. Whenever I read a book or watch a movie I find myself judging the story by its villain. I am a huge Disney fan because they filled my childhood with villainous delights. I always wondered how these fairy tales would be changed if my favorite dastardly characters had been triumphant and apparently Deviant Art artist Justin Mc Twisp heard my musings and drew up some awesome artwork. Enjoy! Click for more images.

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Deadpool Dancing

If you’ve found your way over to our new YouTube page (youtube.com/callyourselfanerd), you’ll have seen Danny’s GrifballHub buddies joined by the Merc with a Mouth while checking out Dance Central 3. If you haven’t, go check it out! You also can check out a video of zombie dancing and a Vegemite challenge.

But that’s not why I’m posting today. I’m posting because since posting the PSY’s “Gangnam Style” mash-up with Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”, I have managed to get my girlfriend to fall in love with the song and PSY’s amazing dance moves. She is even sharing the video with coworkers. Well, now prepare to be amazed. Deadpool is out there doing it Gangnam style with a Gundam… and Bane.

Thank you critique4geeks for a hilarious video.

Cheap Date: September 5th

I am still recovering from PAX, but the show must go on. So welcome to Cheap Date, where I will recommend how you should spend no more than $30 on nerdy things for this week. I will pick out comics, movies, games, and merch that you should at least take a look at from the week’s selection.

Click on the jump to read about all the lovely things you may be interested in buying.

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Sharing Talents

I’m very particular when it comes to YouTube. There are basically 4 categories of video that I’ll watch. I love educational videos that will teach me something new. I enjoy videos that are intentionally funny (save for failblog). I must watch videos which are of particular interest to me, i.e. video games, movies, TV and comics. And finally, I truly love, enjoy, and must watch videos that feature incredible feats and abilities that I cannot match. I marvel at the talents and abilities of people all over the world through YouTube. This video was suggested via YouTube and advertises for metheone.com, a new social network (currently in beta) based on users’ talents. Talents featured in the video range from dancers to drivers, wind surfers to flair bartenders.

It also features one of the most amazing covers of one of the most overplayed songs, “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotiye. The cover is performed by Walk Off The Earth. Wait until the end of the video to see what makes that cover so special.

A Moment of Silence for the Colorado Victims

I usually do not report on actual, real-life news but the events of last night might hit close to home for some of us sitting in a familiar setting.

Last night at a midnight screening for The Dark Knight Rises; a young man went into a theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire while wearing riot gear. Killing 12 and injuring at least 50. Almost like a scene right out from the movie.

Soon, there will most likely be reports on how movies, video games and comics were probably to blame. That is an argument for another day.

Today, I want to make sure everyone make sure they are safe and keep an eye out for each other. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts.

Thank you.

Zombie Playground: Z World Detroit

My brother, Ricky, has often talked about not being satisfied with the choices out there for zombie survival reenactment (Run For Your Lives, The Walking Dead Escape). He had a whole bunch of ideas, but it looks like someone beat him to the punch. At least as far trying to fund the idea.

Welcome to Z World Detroit. It will be 200 acres of abandoned buildings in Detroit. This land will be turned into a zombie amusement part where you and some friends try to survive an overnight adventure where you hide and scavenge. Sounds like an excellent time, but I wonder how they will actually get this off the ground. They are currently trying to crowd source the funding, but the logistics must be a nightmare. I can not imagine how much the insurance for this place is going to be or who would really want to work a daily job of being a zombie. Either way, if they actually get this off the ground then I may find a reason that I need to visit Detroit.

Real Life Hot Wheels

I meant to put this up earlier, oh well. Anyway, I was out Saturday night and happened to look over my shoulder at a TV that was on SportsCenter at the bar. Apparently Team Hot Wheels decided to set a world record over at the X Games in LA this past weekend. The stuff you can do nowadays is completely amazing.

I mean I never got one Hot Wheel to do that, seriously.

Bat-narrator, Pinky, R2DWalken, and Bubbles Vader

This is absolute brilliance. Recently, at Emerald City Comic Con, a cast of famous voice actors performed a reading of Star Wars as their various characters and impersonations. Make sure to clear an hour from your schedule to be able to watch the whole thing.

This was definitely a lot of fun. The cast is made of Billy West (Stimpy, Fry from Futurama), Joe DiMaggio (Bender, Adam Fenix), Tara Strong (Bubbles, Timmy Turner), Maurice LaMarche (Brain, Wakko’s burping), Kevin Conroy (Batman, ’nuff said), Rob Paulsen (Pinky, Raphael from 80s TMNT) and Jess Harnell (Wakko, Captain Hero). So many characters I know and love acting the film that has defined my childhood. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Neil Gaiman says “Make Good Art”

Hey, Adam Savage isn’t the only one able to make incredibly inspirational speeches. Neil Gaiman is an amazing author whose creativity has astounded me since I first read Sandman. I went on to read his other amazing including American Gods, Marvel 1602, Stardust, Good Omens, and Coraline. He inspired me to stick to my dreams of writing and illustration. Neil Gaiman was at the University of the Arts 2012 graduation ceremony and this is what he said.

Now he’s making me question my return to school (don’t worry I’m staying in school this time), but just like my brother, words like these inspired me to create Call Yourself a Nerd. Whatever you want to do, just do it. Make something. Make good art. Be inspired. And don’t give up.

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