Good news for aficionados of excellent cartoons: this weekend marks the return of Nickelodeon's animated series Sanjay and Craig, beginning this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT), followed by the recently launched Breadwinners at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT).
In a new episode of Sanjay and Craig, Craig can’t stop eating Megan’s pet gerbil.
And in a new Breadwinners, Buhdeuce has to deal with some awesomely bad stank breath that leads to some awesomely bad trouble.
Sanjay and Craig fans can play 12 Frycade games inspired by the series including Cul-de-Sac Man, Do Your Taxes, Road Pugilist II, Centipeed Man, Zombies in Da House, Driving Ms. Peach Tokyo Slide, Couple of Dragons, Mrs. Dot Chomper, Thumbs Up Karate, Caveman Track & Field, Glitter Parade, and Punch! Breadheads can also visit Nick.com and learn to be a Breadwinner by playing a series of 10 fast, fun and addicting mini-games, in the Big Bread Booty Bash game. Players must complete a work day as SwaySway and Buhdeuce where they mine some bread, ride the minecart, fly the Rocket Van and more without crashing, toasting or roasting.
I've been enjoying Derek's "Post-Psychedelic Freakout 45s" posts on Bedazzled. This time, he presents MP3s of three 45s from the late '60s-early '70s, including "Make Me Stay A Bit Longer," by The Status Quo (who released the great "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" in 1967, which was covered to good effect in 1989 by Camper van Beethoven).
Lori Dorn of Laughing Squid says: "According to a new study conducted by the University of Manitoba Psychology Department, Internet trolls generally manifest signs of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism, a group of personality disorders known as the Dark Tetrad."
Actor James Franco in the NYT: "Mr. LaBeouf has been acting since he was a child, and often an actor’s need to tear down the public creation that constrains him occurs during the transition from young man to adult. I think Mr. LaBeouf’s project, if it is a project, is a worthy one. I just hope that he is careful not to use up all the good will he has gained as an actor in order to show us that he is an artist." — Mark
Mentalist Keith Barry works his powers of manipulation on used car dealers and customers in this video, like figuring out exactly how much people imagine they are willing to spend on a car. (Via Dooby Brain)
A fun video from the creative team making Star Wars Rebels, about Sabine, a character with a "love for blowing things up and tagging her work with graffiti."
Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. I have not been a fan of Star Wars movies except for the first two, but I'm willing to give this a try.
The Gorgeous Nothings, a book that reprints 52 of Emily Dickinson’s poems that she wrote on the backs of used envelopes. They’re incredibly beautiful, and it’s fascinating to see the way she wrapped her writing around the contours of each scrap of envelope.
I got a Minecraft server running on a Raspberry Pi (a credit card sized computer). It actually works! I’m reminded of Staislaw Lem’s short story, ”The Seventh Sally or How Trurl’s Own Perfection Led to No Good,” from The Mind’s I.
Fantagraphics went all-out with this beautiful 4-volume anthology of 1950s EC comic book stories.
A boxed set of our first four books in our acclaimed EC Comics Library, which collects the best comics of the 1950s from the greatest mass market comic book publisher in history. Featured are: Corpse on the Imjin! by Harvey Kurtzman, et al.; Came the Dawn by Wallace “Wally” Wood, Al Feldstein, et al.; 50 Girls 50 by Al Williamson, Al Feldstein, et al.; and 'Tain’t the Meat... It’s the Humanity! by Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, et al.
In 2012 I reviewed Economix, a terrific cartoon history of economics by Michael Goodwin and illustrated by Dan E. Burr. (After reading it, I bought a few copies of the book to give as gifts.)
Today, Michael emailed to let me know that he and Dan have posted an excellent and free 27-page online comic called The Transpacific Partnership and "Free Trade," which describes how the negotiated-in-secret treaty is a "global coup that's disabling our democracies and replacing them with multinationals and Wall Street," and is making the US "police state more extensive, more restrictive, and global."
Nine people died earlier today in mass protests over Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich's dictatorial rule and his decision to side with Russia instead of the European Union.
A police spokeswoman said seven civilians and two policemen had died in Tuesday's clashes.
Earlier the State Security Service (SBU), in a joint statement with the interior ministry, had set protesters a 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) deadline to end street disorder or face "tough measures".
Forces loyal to the Russian-backed president broke through front-line barricades near the Dynamo Kiev soccer stadium and advanced to the edge of the occupied Independence Square. They were met after nightfall with a hail of petrol bombs and fireworks, responding with bursts of water cannon.
Fox Carolina: "According to warrants Kayla Michelle Finely rented Monster-In-Law from Dalton Video [in Pickens SC] , which is no longer in business, in 2005 and the tape was not returned within 72 hours." Police say they are justified in arresting Finely because she was sent a warning letter in 2005 and "warrants never expire."