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Web of AN.G.EL.S - the review

David Stellfox, Ex British Service turned Assassin has been chosen to correct the catastrophic ending to the Red War between America and China.  Using the Sugar Effect; an experimental method of Time Travel, Stellfox has been sent back in time to seek and destroy the mysterious Chinese General, Mah-He and his three bodyguards known as "The Three" before they can attack the White House and force America into surrender.

So reads the press release I received in August announcing the arrival of this new digital comic from Diomedes Productions.

Since then, Diomedes has had some problems delivering their comic.  They have, at every step, been honest with their press contacts and let us know about the delays.  So, I was very excited last week when I got the email telling me that the book was finally available for review.

I downloaded the book and gave it a read.

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The Ultimate Fighter - Season 12, Episode 7

We're down to our final first round fight.  Team GSP has won 5 of the first 6 fights and is firmly in control of the competition so far.

Tonight's fight will feature Dane Sayers (TEAM SaGSP) taking on Sako Chivitchian (TEAM KOSCHECK).

Sayers was the final fighter taken during the draft and he seems intent on making everyone forget that.  That and getting everyone to refer to him as Redhorse.

Chivitchian, affectionately referred to as "Psycho," has the better personal story.  He was a world class judo practioner before falling from grace and into gang violence.  He was even shot in a drive-by.  He's your redemption story at this point.

Team Koscheck desperately needs a win here to avoid ridiculously stacked odds in the quarter finals.

But, as with every season of The Ultimate Fighter, before we can get to that last fight, we have to sit through the Coaches' Challenge.  This season it is a batting combination.  I liked that the contest was held at the home field of the Las Vegas 51's, but that was about all.  GSP is from Canada.  He's not a baseball guy.  I really think Dana White felt bad for Josh Koscheck.  He's been shown up at every turn.  Koscheck wins the hitting contest and $10,000 to nobody's real surprise.

Nobody asked me, but if they did, I'd cut this ridiculous segment from the season.  It doesn't add anything.  Since they've added the wild card fight, I think the time would better be used to get that fight on the same broadcast with the last first round fight so we'd know who our final eight fighters are.

I'm just saying.

Let's get to the fight.

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Posted in: Sports

The Ultimate Fighter - Season 12, Episode 6

Tonight's show will have two of our final three first round fights.  Can Koscheck retain control or will GSP get it back?  Lots of action to get to. 

When last we checked in with our Ultimate Fighter cast, Team Koscheck had finally won a fight and taken control of the fight creation aspect of the competition.

Now, after getting Rampaged for most of the season, you'd think Team Koscheckwouldn't have let this one win go to their heads.  You'd be wrong.

Koscheck and his team celebrate by beating on the walls of the training center and generally acting like douche bags.  The more I watch this show the more I realize the teams really do begin to take on the personalities of their coaches.

Too bad for Team Koscheck.

Next up, Josh Koscheck taunts Michael Johnson for being out of shape while Johnson is getting stretched out.  Hey, Josh, last I check Johnson beat one of your guys.  Put up or shut up.

Koscheck announces the next fight will be his number one pick, Marc Stevens, taking on Cody McKenzie.  This one looks like a complete mismatch on paper.  Stevens is a more well rounded fighter.  McKenzie brings an undefeated record and a guillotine-centric offense to the octagon.

McKenzie, who Team Koscheck is looking past, gets under Koscheck's skin at the weigh-in and then its on to the fight.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 10/29/10

Its almost Halloween.

As Count Floyd would say "Ohhh...spooky kids."

Seriously, is there a better holiday than Halloween.  You get to dress up in a costume and, depending on your predilictions and/or guts, live out your fantasies, all while begging for food.

Think about it, if the guy under the freeway with the cardboard sign rang your doorbell on November 1st, you'd call 9-1-1.  He does it one night before?  He's a really authentic looking (and smelling) hobo.  Here, have some bite size Snickers.

Hell, you might even ask him to pose with your kids for a picture.

But, if there is anything we learned from the Firefly family, its that its not necessarily the scary hobos you have to look out for.

And with that rather ham-fisted segue, please say hello to this week's cheesecake, Sherri Moon Zombie.

Sherri is probably best known for her work as Baby Firefly in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.  She also starred as the mother of Michael Myers in Rob's two "reimagined" Halloween movies.

She's laid pretty low since Halloween II, but after serving as Rob Zombie's wife and white trash muse for the last decade, we thought she'd be the perfect cheesecake for Halloween this year.

On to the links.

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The Fourth Law of Robotics: Voter Early, Vote Often

My dad recently asked me what my ideal candidate for political office would be.  I thought about it for a second...

'Robot.'

'Haha...seriously.  You have to vote for a person.'

'Okay...robot.'

'Alright, son.  I'll play along.  Why a robot?'

'They have no party affiliation.  They do what they're told.  They don't need food or sleep or recognition.  They don't suffer from indescretions or hypocrisy.  You pretty much know what you're getting when you send them to congress.'

'Thought about this much, son?'

'Nope.  Just kind of going with the moment.'

Now, with the mid-term elections around the corner...I stick with the decision.

I'm voting for robots.

And I'm asking you to, too.

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Posted in: Lifestyle

Geeks Gone Wild!: King's X + Accept, Houston

Every once in a while even a Geek ends up with too many out-on-the-town options. Oct. 13, 2010, was one such night.

Choice #1: The final night of the Accept/King's X tour at House of Blues in the latter's hometown.

Choice #2: A one-off screening of homegrown horror phenomenon 'Sweatshop' (featuring Jeremy Sumrall as The Beast), at Alamo Cinema Drafthouse.

Choice #3: One of Houston's two best power pop bands of the past 15 years, dUNETX, live at one of its most venerable (and still indie) concert venues, Fitzgerald's, opening for two exciting touring acts, Electric Six and the Constellations.[NOTE: The other best Houston power pop band of the past 15 years is Ashbury Keys].

I would've been at all three if I could have been, but I haven't quite mastered that trick yet and in the end chose Accept and King's X. I made plans to meet up with a few friends there, and knew a number of others would likely be in attendance. The $7.5o Lone Stars started flowing as freely as such things can, and no longer than it took to exchange a few handshakes and brah-hugs King's X was on stage.

Between having played for a month straight, HoB's massive PA , and the hometown-end-of-tour vibe, the band did not dissappoint, delivering the best set I'd seen from them in years. 'Complain', 'What Is This', 'Pillow',  'Power of Love' and 'Pray' were particular standouts, and their set could have been twice as long without wearing thin.

I really had no idea what to expect from Accept. Novelty perhaps? In any case, hopes were very low. As a fan of metal there was probably only so bad it could be. But still, what if it was worse? It's happened to plenty of well-intentioned great bands over the years, from Skid Row to Anthrax to Nuclear Assault. Some rebounded by the next go round, some continued to muddle along in mediocrity, others were never heard from again.

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Posted in: Music

Zombies Coming to Your iDevice

The Walking Dead debuts on AMC this Sunday.

Not up to speed on The Walking Dead?  First, shame on you.  Second, now you can be.

10.25.2010– New York, NY – To commemorate the highly anticipated AMC series premiere of The Walking Dead this Halloween, comiXology has created a dedicated digital comic app of the award-winning series for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in collaboration with Image Comics and the comic’s creator Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead, which won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic Con, recently went day-and-date with its digital version on comiXology-enabled devices and Web reader and is now giving its loyal fan base the ability to enjoy the comic in all of its gory in its own dedicated app. The Walking Dead in digital format is exclusive to the Comics by comiXology platform.

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Posted in: Gonzo

"Hollywood Treasure" Coming to SyFy

If there is one thing geeks love more than anything its collecting.  From comic books to rare import vinyl, geeks use the emphemera of their obsessions to gauge their standing among their peers.

Someone has finally figured that out and they are bringing an inside look at the world of high end entertainment collecting to a television near you.

This week, NBC Universal and SyFy are debuting Hollywood Treasure.

From the press release:

Two back-to-back half hour episodes
Wednesdays (10:00 - 10:30 p.m. and 10:30 - 11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Syfy
Starting October 27

Syfy's new reality series, Hollywood Treasure, featuring Joe Maddalena, will premiere Wednesday, October 27 with two back-to-back half-hour episodes at 10:00pm and 10:30pm.

Hollywood Treasure is a weekly documentary-reality series that delves into the intricate world of collecting of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia, including science fiction and fantasy props and costumes.  The series follows Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and the world's largest auctioneer of original movie, television and pop culture collectibles.

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Posted in: Television

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez Predictions

The UFC's biggest star returns to action tonight.  Brock Lesnar might not be their best guy or even their most marketable given his reclusive lifestyle, but his name gets an awful lot of attention.  The crowd reaction to the former WWE Champion seemed to warm a bit before his gutsy comeback against previous Biggest Fight Ever challenger Shane Carwin.  So far, Lesnar has continued to improve, and he's in the middle of the "prime" window that so many previous UFC stars have enjoyed.  Can he continue his reign or is Cain Velasquez the guy to upset the champ? Speaking of upset, Matt tied it up in UFC predictions after the last event, so we'll find out if he can play Cain to Bruce's Brock and pull off the upset of the year.

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Friday LinkFrogging - 10/22/10

I, your humble editor, have a confession to make.

When I sat down to compile this week's list of links, I had no cheesecake.  That, dear reader(s) is a first.  I usually have the pick made by Monday with at least an inkling of what I'm going to write about.

This week, nothing.

None of the new movies moved me.  We've used a lot of the current TV stars.  I have a "do not use" list that includes Kardashians and Lohans.

I was listening to Prince's LotusFlow3r CD today and one of the tracks reminded me of "Batdance."  This, of course, got me thinking ofVicki Vale herself, Kim Basinger.

My wife mentioned that Bob Guccione died this week.  Looking for links to Bob is a risky internet search kids.  It did, however, remind me that Helen Mirren was in Caligula.

In the end, I decided to go with Anne Hathaway.

Why?

Well, last week was Stephe's birthday.  Stephe has a thing for Ms. Hathaway and I forgot to use her last week as I planned to.

Simple really.

Maybe I overthink these things.

On to the links.

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