McDonald’s Failure – It’s not about the sauce, it’s about the principle

Pop Culture Uncovered

This past Saturday, October 7th, saw one of the most notable failures of pop culture meets promotional campaign. McDonald’s tried to capitalize on their mention in the popular Adult Swim series, Rick and Morty.

The results were…less than acceptable.

Those who tried to participate in the promotion often went home empty-handed and upset. Videos and articles exist, regaling stories of angry customers berating employees, breaking out into fights, and bringing police out to keep the peace.

At the same time, people are berating Rick and Morty fans and the customers for their behavior. “It’s just sauce” and “stop acting like petulant man-children” are among some of the retorts.

What these tales and critiques seem to ignore is McDonald’s complacency in everything that went down. People want to blame Rick and Morty fans, or anyone who showed (regardless if they’d seen the show), for what…

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A Prelude to the Firearm Debate

Go on…

Musings on the World

I really don’t have the time or energy to write this. I shouldn’t even have to, except for the fact that another person committed a heinous act of terrorism that destroyed hundreds of lives with firearms. An act that might (or might not) have been prevented with specific laws. An act that bombards my social media feed with articles, memes, and opinion posts by people in an already divided country.

So here I am, trying to be a voice of reason and education, drawn into this because of my status as a gun owner.

Oh, I know people will take that status and make assumptions about my character. Without reading further, they’ll presume what I’m going to say or defend, what my political affiliation is, what I believe in, etc. Without ever knowing me, I’ll be labeled and ignored.

And that’s part of the problem. That’s why we can’t…

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Hey Comic Book Writers! Stop “Curing” Our Disabled Heroes!

Pop Culture Uncovered

Over the years, there have been many comic book heroes who are/have been disabled.  Here’s the thing, though: as we all know, what dies in comic books (even if it’s the use of a body part), doesn’t always stay “dead”, and it pisses me right off.  Let me give you some examples.

Charles Xavier / Professor X

Who DOESN’T know about Professor X???  Through the use of his superior intellect, political pull, skills as a tactician (and of course his mutant power of telepathy), Professor X strove for the rights of all mutantkind, and the inclusion of mutants into the world of humanity.
The founder & leader of the X-Men, and one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe; Professor Charles Francis Xavier lost the use of his legs when the alien known as “Lucifer” dropped a huge stone block on him.  Since that time, the…

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Stephen King’s most terrifying character

Well said

Pop Culture Uncovered

Anyone close to me knows that I am a huge Stephen King fan. From his epic multi-book series, to his expansive novels, to his short stories, King has the power to scare, inspire, and most of all entertain, legions of followers. So when I was asked to write an article on my personal choice for Uncle Stevie’s scariest creation, I was faced with a crisis. He has created so many dastardly baddies in his day, where does one begin? I wanted to convey his portrayal of evil without falling into the trap of choosing the obvious candidates. Pennywise, Randall Flagg, Kurt Barlow, these are monsters that terrify the mind and chill the soul. They are ruthless, diabolical, and will kill you without hesitation or mercy. You know what they are though? Expected. When you see a spider, you know it has icky hairy legs, pincers, and a million eyes. You…

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New Vid: Monsters (Stargate SG-1) by Holdt

So I’ve found it difficult, in recent years, to stay inside what I thought of as “my area” fandom-wise. Thought being the operative word. There is no bullpen in fandom – we choose what we want to see and what we  want to show. That  being said, it’s a real relief to come back to Stargate SG-1 and my first OTP. It reminds me of why I got into this kooky fandom lifestyle to start with.

Jack/Daniel, Romance, Established Relationship

Best if allowed to load first. 🙂
Vid Series: Movements in Time
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Warnings: NSFW
Pairing: Jack/Daniel

Music by Katie Sky
Password: Thing

Fic: Laufey’s Pride


Laufey’s pride has ever been his downfall.


1. Had this turning round in my head (2013) and decided to try to put some of it down for posterity. This may come across as Odin and/or Asgard bashing, but keep in mind that it is written from the view of Odin’s enemy and is a fair bit of fanon. Not quite AU, but definitely not the canon-compliant POV of the comics or the MCU.

2. Story is intended for entertainment purposes. No moneys made, transformative speculation only. Not my sandbox, just my words – legalise applies. Creative Commons such and such.

Comments and concrit welcome.

Link: Laufey’s Pride by Holdt

Paying Fanfic Gig

[18 May. 7th, 2017 05:18 pm]

Company will pay $25k for Shakespearian fanfic! Yes, seriously!

Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries:

(CNN)Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears — and your Shakespearean fan fiction.
Do you want to become a modern-day Shakespeare, or at least the next best thing? Do you have a great idea for a play about, say, Hamlet’s evil twin?
The American Shakespeare Center, a regional theater company in Staunton, Virginia, is looking to stage new plays as companion pieces to William Shakespeare’s classics — all 38 of them.

“We want to open the playhouse up to the next generation of the world’s greatest playwrights by having them write pieces that vibe off of, or are inspired by, each of Shakespeare’s plays,” Artistic Director Jim Warren announced on the center’s website.

The project, called “Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries,” is open to all aspiring playwrights and will run for the next 20 years.

Two playwrights will be selected each year and will be awarded $25,000, as well as the opportunity to produce their play at the center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton — a faithful recreation of original indoor Blackfriars Theatre in London.

The first two productions will be mounted during the 2018-2019 season and will accompany either “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Henry IV, Part 1,” “The Comedy of Errors” or “The Winter’s Tale.”

Eligible plays must meet Shakespeare’s original staging conditions, which include a cast of 10-12, minimal sets and cross-gendered casting.
“Help us build a canon inspired by the greatest playwright of all time,” Warren said.

The Blackfriars Playhouse was built in 2001 and uses Shakespeare’s staging conditions, which include the audience as a part of its productions.

Current Mood: excited

Signal Boost: Cat (alog)’s Cat(alog)

One of the issues with the network is that there are so many vids on the network that it can be hard to find just the one you are looking for. There is now a very user friendly Cat(alog) that will begin to populate with some of the amazing vids on the network by vidders such as Balistik, Luminosity, Charmax, Thedothatgirl, and many more. There are just about 4 right now but we plan on adding about 1,000 more to the collection but it will not be overwhelming as you will be able to search by Vidder, fandom, musical, artist, etc and find what you are looking for very easily.

This catalog can be viewed both inside and outside the network (so you can get a sense of the vids there). If you are not a member you can view at the following Google site link Vidders Catalog (to view the videos you will have to log into the site to see them). We’ll update as we get closer to our 1K goal.

Yes, I shamelessly used the word Cat as an abbreviation for Catalog. The audience for Cats is far larger than Vidding even in a community discussion for Vidding so I hope you understand.

We plan to expand this project and create other catalogs to include other collections of awesome vids.

If you have any questions send me a private message or if you think it’s a question others reading this can benefit from leave a comment.

[reblogged from vidderkidder posting in vidding]

Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin”: A Beautiful Film That Forces You to Examine Your Own Coping Strategies

Films/Plays/TV Shows for Weirdos with Wild Hearts and Soaring Souls

“Mysterious Skin” is Gregg Araki’s 2004 film, based on the novel by Scott Heim. The film stars Brady Corbet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Let’s start off by saying that this film isn’t for the faint of heart. Some may call it an “art film” or simply a film that made them so uncomfortable they either left the theater/turned it off or refused to peel back the layers of what was actually going on. As a huge Araki fan, I don’t know why it took me so long to find a copy of this movie (it’s not on Netflix- I actually had to do an inter-library loan to get it.) However, it was well worth the wait.


The film essentially begins with the voice-over/narratives of two young boys, describing the events that would change and shape their lives. These “events,” to put it lightly, took place when they were 8…

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