Friday, June 18, 2010

ASSORTED ANIMAL ANTICS



It's been a pretty big week on the interwebs for the animal kingdom. It seemed like nearly all my usual web haunts have featured something boldly beastly in as many days. As my list of these items to blog about grew longer, I decided a little potpourri would do just the trick!


"Doctor Hoo"
via io9

I'm still not entirely on board with Doctor Who - British television is very divisive for me - but here's an incarnation I can get behind! All eleven Doctors are featured in this incredible work of art...imagined as my most beloved of creatures, owls. I would watch this every week. Are you listening, BBC?


Noble Chief Ferret
via Daily Squee

If you can show me proof of a cuter rodent-wearing-a-headdress photo posted this week, I will buy you an iced tea. He looks to be a rather hefty ferret, on top of everything. I've looked at this photo several times this week at work, when I really needed to smile. All hail Noble Chief Ferret!


Rude Fucking Gummi Bears
via Towleroad

Katy Perry released the music video for her infectious "California Gurls" single, and I'm here to tell you that it doesn't make a lick of sense when compared to the actual song lyrics. But there are gummi bears. And this red one is a total prick who gives KP the middle finger (audience surrogate?). Trolli - a leading manufacturer of those chewy beasts - issued this absolutely batshit fucking insane/borderline creepy statement:

"Those are definitely not Trolli Gummi Bears in the video because Trolli Gummi Bears would never be that rude. Trolli bears would extend their chubby llittle arms and give Katy a big old bear hug and whisper, 'Everything is going to be alright'."

Wow. That's almost more disturbing than the various drag queens Katy has to rescue from their candy prisons in the video.


BIRDEMIC: SHOCK & TERROR
via CineFamily

Last but certainly not least, I'm going to see an "independent" film tonight called Birdemic: Shock & Terror. It's a midnight movie, not that that should surprise you. Peep the trailer here, and await my review. Sign me up for any morsel of cinema where the special effects look like they were done using Microsoft Paint!

Happy Weekend, gang!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

DELUSIONAL DATE NIGHT


Le sigh. These two are at it again.

When we last left
Glee's Cory Monteith and 90210's Trevor Donovan, they were caught tweeting together (it's a PUN, get it?). But now it seems they're really trying to overload my fragile but dirty mind by posing for yet another photo shoot, allegedly for OP clothing.

Looks more like a quiet night at home with my favorite fake couple, if you ask me. They've got popcorn, Twizzlers (note that I didn't say Red Vines - the East Coast has to win somewhere) and even some pizza as well. They're totally ready for the latest romantic comedy on their joint Netflix queue. It's like that episode of Sex and the City where H&G magazine comes to photograph Charlotte and Trey, since they're "the perfect couple".

Trevor and Cory (TrevCor?) are clearly at ease with each other. Shouldn't they both be on the couch? Better yet, both in the chair? Or best yet - not wearing so much damn OP clothing?

All in good time, I suppose.

Monday, June 14, 2010

TAKING ©A®E OF BUSINESS



I realized in the middle of my afternoon today that I completely missed the 2nd anniversary of the blog! On May 9th, Zip and a Kick! hit the 2 year milestone. Pretty exciting stuff, regardless of the fact that I let it slip my mind. What a horrible father I would be.

So I decided to research copyrighting, as I've been thinking about getting the law on ZK!'s side.
Knowing very little about this process, I decided to go straight to the source and play right into their hands by reading the FAQ. Which is where I found the most incredible government-supplied answer to a question that they clearly get a lot:

"How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?"
Copyright law does not protect sightings. However, copyright law will protect your photo (or other depiction) of your sighting of Elvis. File your claim to copyright online by means of the electronic Copyright Office. Pay the fee online and attach a copy of your photo. Or, go to the Copyright Office website, fill in Form CO, print it, and mail it together with your photo and fee. No one can lawfully use your photo of your sighting, although someone else may file his own photo of his sighting. Copyright law protects the original photograph, not the subject of the photograph.



- If Elvis actually was alive, would he be able to sue me for using his likeness for evil, rather than good?

- If someone published my photo without permission, would I be within my rights to shoot them on site if I ever saw them on the street?

- What is the practical function of copyrighting your sighting of dead Elvis at a barely legal strip joint in Albuquerque?

- WHO GETS TO PROCESS THESE APPLICATIONS?


Those are just some of the many questions/scenarios that came to mind. While I may still be a ways away from locking things down officially in the eyes of the federal government (if they don't read random entries and decide to deport me first, that is), I was still able to extract more entertainment from a government website than I ever thought possible. The runner-up question on the FAQ? "Can I register a diary I found in my grandmother's attic?"


Oddly specific, these Copyrighters, no?

Friday, June 11, 2010

MIX-N-MASH-FRIDAY: PRIDE 2010 EDITION



Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to an end of the week edition of Mix-N-Mash Mondays. The reason? Well, this weekend is LA Pride - and that's as good enough a reason to celebrate as any!



This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of LA Pride / Christopher Street West. To commemorate the occasion, Disposable Culture has put together something very special. The track features original music by DC himself, accompanied by a speech from famed playwright, author, public health advocate and LGBT rights activist Larry Kramer. It's beautiful, and sincerely quite moving. A great way to celebrate Pride - by looking back at how far we've come:


In Honor of Stonewall (featuring Larry Kramer)
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I'll be out and about West Hollywood throughout the weekend to partake in the festivities - which of course include the parade and the festival on Sunday. Beyond that? It's all parties, sun and fun for me. Oh, and En Vogue. Don't forget about En Vogue!

Happy Pride, y'all. Be safe and have as much fun as your body can handle without shutting down on you.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

THE FRESHMAN '10'



Since we're left to endure what most networks now call a "Summer Season" of bargain-basement crap-o-vision (True Blood notwithstanding, of course), I've decided to shine a blogosphere light on my favorite new comedy of the 2009-2010 season: Community.

What
began ostensibly as a(nother) Joel McHale vehicle - but soon proved to be so much more - this show charmed me from nearly the get go. Here are a few reasons you should check it out come Fall, or re/discover it on Hulu or Netflix:



#1 - It's a True Ensemble Series

In a TV landscape where every newcomer is working overtime to become the "breakout star", Community knows that it has a very delicate, well-crafted chemistry between characters and cast members. And while it may offer a stereotypical cross section of community college "types", it does so without making it offensive. Or worse, sad. Divorcees, disgraced athletes, the elderly...everyone is treated with respect at Greendale Community College! So much that it really feels like a place you'd like to be.



#2 - They've Done Their Homework
Forgive the school-related pun, but this is the aspect that really sold me. Creator Dan Harmon and his writers have clearly either worked in the television industry for a long time, or they've just watched a shit ton of TV - like me. Community lives for in-jokes, and most of them revolve around coming dangerously close to breaking the 4th wall. The pop culture references in each episode are countless, but none of them feel cheap.



Sidebar: Not many series can successfully handle a holiday episode - let alone in their first year - but the Halloween-themed "Introduction to Statistics" is probably one of my favorites. Annie (Alison Brie) in a black skeleton leotard for her Day of the Dead party? Sold. Pierce (Chevy Chase) dressed as Beastmaster, tripping balls? MEGA sold. The season finale (no spoilers, I promise) also executes every play in the book, without coming across as lame.



#3 - It's Like Real Life, Only Better
While many shows try to be as "real" as possible, there are a few out there that delight in showcasing heightened-reality.
Community is definitely one of these treasures. If you're the kind of person that wishes your life was like a TV show, then the world of Greendale is everything you could hope for. Wacky doesn't begin to describe these characters - but they're caricatures, not cartoons. They've still got enough heart to make you care when conflict arises, but you'll still be laughing the whole time. The fact of the matter is that much of the cast comes from a stand-up-esque background, so it's a veritable dream team of ad-libbing perfection.



#4 - The Paintball Episode is Even Better Than You've Heard

Yes, it's true. "Modern Warfare" is a complete television masterpiece, told in 22 minutes. Going a step further than reason #3 above, this one is pure, awesome fantasy. I don't want to spoil a thing - just watch it.



#5 - Joel McHale Hates Wearing Clothes
What's that? You think you already have a thing for Joel McHale? I'm here to tell you that you're wrong. You won't have a proper "thing" for him until you've seen him in Community. And oh, how much you'll see! Whether it's playing billiards in his underwear, stripping down to a wifebeater for paintball or good ol' fashioned sex on a study room table - Joel McHale is properly exercising every hot muscle in the human body. See a bunch more of the goods via My New Plaid Pants.

So what are you waiting for? Find it on OnDemand, watch it online, or bug the shit out of Amazon until they set a date for the first season DVDs. Who knows? You might even learn something.


Friday, June 4, 2010

GOODBYE GIRL



The world lost a bright, shining star this week. But on a more personal level, I lost an inspiration. A person that I have no problem admitting helped shape the man I am today. Rue McClanahan passed away yesterday at age 76.

You may laugh, but The Golden Girls has been an important part of my life since I was a child, and continues to be today. None of the girls had such a profound impact on me than Rue's unforgettable character of Blanche Devereaux. When I was young, the double entendres went right over my head - but I still laughed hysterically along with my grandmother and godmother. As I got older, I came to appreciate the brilliance of the show even more.

When I say that Rue was an inspiration to me, it's not at all because her character was slutty. Blanche taught me about southern hospitality, the virtues and flaws of a southern belle, and the outrageous fun of being an egocentric narcissist. Being a Leo, I loved the way Blanche said whatever was on her mind, regardless of how it would necessarily make her look. She was brazen, bold and proud. Growing up gay, I can't begin to explain to you how that molded me.

In the end, though, it all comes back to Rue. She didn't just read the lines that were written for her - she gave this character life. Off camera, she was confident but soft-spoken. She married several times, and was always searching for true love. It may be a common quest, but something about her point blank attitude on what she was looking for always inspired me.



Although I saw her and the other girls during a roundtable discussion of The Golden Girls at the Paley Center for Media several years ago, I never had the chance to meet her. This saddens me a bit, but I also already feel like I know her. I feel like she's a part of my family. Blanche Devereaux is the reason I occasionally slip into a southern accent (despite growing up in New England), and Rue McClanahan is the reason I wake up every day with the confidence to be exactly who I am...and let it shine.

Goodbye, Rue. See you on that big lanai in the sky. Infinite love, and eternal gratitude.