Category: ‘random shit’

A new endeavor

06/23/2012 Posted by walterh

Okay, so as if I didn’t already have enough to do, I’m doing a podcast now! It’s been a lot of fun so far, but it’s probably not about what you’d expect to hear from me. See, back when I was 7 or 8 years old and every other kid wanted to be a fireman, ballerina, or astronaut, I wanted to be a an NTSB airline crash investigator.  Yeah, I know – I’m weird.

Anyway, if you want to check it out, it’s called CatastropheCast.com.  You can find the website at this link and listen to the podcasts there, or you can even search for “CatastropheCast.com” in the iTunes store and find my podcast there!  Or just click this linkiepoo.

Obligatory “gays in the media” rant

10/13/2011 Posted by walterh

Okay, so here’s the thing.

According to a new study, the number of LGBT characters on television has decreased this year. Yes, not increased, decreased. That pretty much sucks!  I mean LGBT people make up a good percentage of the population (like 5-8%), so why aren’t there more characters on television?

But you know what’s worse?  When they’re on, and they’re offed.  Let me explain.

One of the last bastions of television is the realm of Sci Fi.  Gay characters “just aren’t done” in Sci Fi, really.  I mean with a few exceptions here and there, it’s just not done on mainstream shows.  Gene Roddenberry wanted it before he died; he promised in the 5th season of ‘The Next Generation’ that we’d see all sorts of people, including gay characters, interacting in their day-to-day lives.  But of course that never happened.

This year, SyFy decided to add a new character to Warehouse 13, their highest rated scripted show, people were thrilled.  I was thrilled.  The addition of Agent Jinks was perfect; he balanced Claudia out, while Mika and Pete had their own thing.  It was awesome.  But I always thought it weird that they never added Jinks to the opening credits.  Like WTF?  Maybe they’re testing the waters or something…

And then the writers killed him off.  Color me surprised.  ::facepalm::

Here’s what I want: A gay character on a show, that’s part of the show.  And you know what?  Their “gayness” is just one aspect of them.  Like Jinks.  He was gay, but it didn’t define him.  That’s how it should be.  Gay characters shouldn’t be “sidekicks” or “comedic entertainment” or the like.  They should just be.  What’s wrong with that?

Yes, Brokeback Mountain mountain was beautiful – but of course it ends with a gaybashing death and unrequited love.  Longtime Companion?  A movie about AIDS where half the cast dies.  Philadelphia?  Hell, Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas don’t even fucking kiss!  And oh yeah – AIDS again.

So come on, media.  You can add a gay character.  And they don’t have to be comedic relief a la Jack McFarlane from Will & Grace.  They can just be.

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 19

07/28/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 19′s question is “What Weird Al song is a guilty pleasure?”.

Well, I don’t know about guilty pleasure, but I always smile, dance, and singalong to “Everything You Know Is Wrong”. Awesome song! :)

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 18

07/27/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 18′s question is: What Weird Al song can you dance to?

Ladies & Germs, I give you: Canadian Idiot!

30 Days of Weird Al – Day 17

07/26/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 17 is, “What Weird Al song do you know all the lyrics to?”. Well, that would be almost ALL of them. But I’ll go with “White and Nerdy” from the album just previous to his current one. Besides – a video that has Seth Green and Judy Tenuta? CLASSIC!

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 16

07/26/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 16 is, “What Weird Al song reminds you of a place?”. Easy. That one has to be “The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.” I’ve only been to Minnesota a couple of times, and this song always makes me think of flying through there, and the couple of times I’ve actually been there – specifically the Mall of America.

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 15

07/26/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 15 is “What Weird Al song reminds you of someone?”. Okay, this is a little trickier, because it’s not what you think. The song is “One More Minute”, which is a Weird Al classic, and it reminds me of my sister (high school BFF that we’ve basically adopted one another), because we used to listen to and laugh at this song when we were in high school, specifically the cafeteria at lunch. Aah, those were the days.

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 14

07/26/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 14 is the exact opposite of day 15. What is the worst Weird Al movie song? Ugh… Has to be “Spy Hard”. It’s a miss. Even the video isn’t that good, and is even a little offensive. ::sigh::

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 13

07/26/2011 Posted by walterh

Day 13 is: “What is your favorite Weird Al movie song?” Without a doubt, it’s “UHF”, the title song from Al’s 1988 movie of the same name. IT IS AWESOME!

30 Days of Weird Al Meme – Day 12

07/26/2011 Posted by walterh

Catching up on these…

What is the first Weird Al song that you remember? That would have to be one of his oldest – “Another One Rides The Bus”. CLASSIC!

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