Tag: Spider-Man

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days month or so: Awesome internet meme of the day -- Retro Spider-Man, bringing that classic '60s animated version of our favorite webslinger back to life in the internet age (Know Your Meme) Yet another way to get the most out of Spotify -- a ridiculous collection of shared playlists (ShareMyPlaylists) Not even the discovery of a fourth moon around Pluto can get it back in the big kids' club. (Defective Yeti) An extremely detailed and thoroughly riveting account of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden (The New Yorker) Productivity + internet = No Productivity (The Daily What) 21 Google+ circles you can actually use (HappyPlace) A giant list of movie references seen in The Simpsons (J
What’s so funny about insurance?

What’s so funny about insurance?

Advertising
It used to be that insurance commercials were created to convey one thing above all else — a feeling of total security and warm fuzziness that Company X was going to be there for you after your house blew up or your car got flattened by a rampaging elephant. Ad campaigns from agencies like Nationwide, State Farm, and Allstate were full of sensible people making sensible decisions. The slogans drove this theme home even more succinctly: Nationwide was on your side, you were in good hands with Allstate, and so on. But somewhere along the way things changed and insurance companies decided to start getting a bit cutesy with their ads. The Aflac Duck (voiced by the unlikely pitchman Gilbert Gottfried) debuted nationally in 1999, while local companies such as Chicago-based Eagle Insuranc
Burst bubbles and stale bubble gum

Burst bubbles and stale bubble gum

Ephemera
Via the Consumerist is a recent Slate article concerning the great baseball card craze of the '80s and '90s.  It contains an excerpt from a new book by Dave Jamieson called Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession.  It's a topic I am all too familiar with as a former sports card and comic collector.  I never became a card speculator, as others of my age did, so I didn't get burnt too badly.  Nevertheless, I have binders full of football cards that are now barely worth the plastic sheets that house them, thanks in large part to the ludicrous overproduction and subsequent cheapening of cards in the '80s and '90s. I had a lot of fun collecting cards back in the day - I didn't care much about the value of the cards although I did try to keep them in the best condition
George Lucas needs to shut up

George Lucas needs to shut up

Movies, Rants
I've read a lot of lukewarm and negative reviews of Spider-Man 3, and most of them raise some very good points. Even though I really enjoyed it I don't expect it will be everyone's cup of tea, and I welcome all informed opinions. But one person whose opinion deserves nothing but scorn is ol' turkey-neck himself, George Lucas. Recently, George chimed in on the latest Spidey installment, and apparently didn't think too highly of it: "It's silly. It's a silly movie," he said. "There just isn't much there. Once you take it all apart, there's not much story, is there?" Well, it's not "Star Wars." "People thought 'Star Wars' was silly, too," he added, with a wink. "But it wasn't." Now, I'm a huge Star Wars nerd -- I've seen the movies, read a bunch of the books, and played many of t...
Spider-Man 3 swings, baby!

Spider-Man 3 swings, baby!

Movies
This summer's movie season promises to be good enough to lure me to the theaters at least a few times more than I typically go in a year. Between the next Harry Potter movie, the final installment in the Bourne trilogy, and even the upcoming Halloween remake, I'm set for the year. But up first is perhaps the biggest of them all - Spider-Man 3. I'll get right to the point - there is a reason this movie made an estimated $148 million in its first weekend. It builds on the strengths of the first two, and has the powerful climactic impact George Lucas wishes Revenge of the Sith would've had. Even at a beefy 140 minutes, SM3 never seems drawn out or bloated. I've read some reviews that complained about the overly long and extended ending, but those are obviously written by half-wits. A...