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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: Does the Fed adjust Schrutebuck interest rates? Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Posted by Will Li in Bloggers Gone Wild, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, hatchet jobs, Holy crap, making enemies of nice people, Search Strings, the office.
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I thought her luck ran out after the Friends series finale.  This is not a Great Movie You May Have Missed.

It’s been an interested week here at DeadOn. On May 10th, someone with the Fark handle Erotic Tangerines linked DeadOn’s running feature “The 20 Most Cromulent Simpsons Episodes of All Time: #15” in a Fark thread, which got us some nice traffic. Thank you, Erotic Tangerines, and may your sensual citrus-ness be blessed with eternal succulence.

That said, a couple of salacious searches aside, our traffic the past couple days has been dominated by two denominations. Follow me after the jump for some leprechaun to unicorn conversion rates.

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Lloyd Alexander 1924-2007 Saturday, May 19, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, literature.
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I wondered at first whether it would be appropriate for me to contribute to DeadOn a post eulogizing my favorite children’s fiction author, Lloyd Alexander, who died this past Thursday. But then I realized that the best way for me to pay tribute to the man and his works is by sharing their influence and brilliance with others.

The High King

We talk about books here, as well as movies and TV, and I have to urge anyone who has never read his books to go out and read them, no matter how old or young you are. And if you enjoyed his books as a child, why not revisit them now?

I was going to praise him later this summer after the release of the last Harry Potter book, in sharing other authors whose works may be enjoyed if the reader enjoys J.K. Rowling, but I feel compelled to share now, in light of his passing. So follow me after the jump, as I detail the impact Lloyd Alexander had, and has, on my life.

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: Rom Zom Com Edition Monday, April 30, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, hatchet jobs, I need to stop drinking so much, just some poor attempts at humor, Search Strings.
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Brains!!

*Player 2 Has Entered the Game*

Ed: Don’t you have work, man?

*Player 2 Has Left the Game*

Shaun: I wouldn’t if this sod didn’t stumble in last night, going on about some bint who got him ramped after the match.

*nudges motionless form on floor*

Motionless form: *snore*

Shaun: As such, it seems as I’ll be penning this piss-head’s weekly ‘net column.

Ed: It writes?

Pete, walking down stairs: About as much as you work, Ed.

Ed: Don’t be a prick.

Pete: What was that?

Ed: I said, your mother’s a spic.

Pete: Fuck-all, I haven’t got the time for this. Unlike present company, I have responsibilities. Make sure that one doesn’t chunder on the rug, is all I ask.

And someone left the front door open, again!

*Door Slams*

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate” Edition Monday, April 16, 2007

Posted by Will Li in "poetry", 7 deadly sins, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Search Strings.
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Where Are the Sodomites Again?

So did my soul, that still was fleeing onward,
Turn itself back to re-behold the pass
Which never yet a living person left.

After my weary body I had rested,
The way resumed I on the desert slope,
So that the firm foot ever was the lower.

And lo! almost where the ascent began,
A panther light and swift exceedingly,
Which with a spotted skin was covered o’er!

And never moved she from before my face,
Nay, rather did impede so much my way,
That many times I to return had turned.

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Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Ginger Snaps Sunday, April 15, 2007

Posted by Will Li in bite the hand that feeds you, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, O Canada, Reasons why I am single.
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Think of the sequence of scenes in “Spiderman” where Peter Parker is just discovering his powers. He’s growing hair in strange places, he’s more or less bouncing off the walls, and best of all, he doesn’t have to get pushed around anymore at school. Those were probably some of the best scenes in either movie, because as tired as the “developing superhero/puberty onset” metaphor is, it just works.

Ginger Snaps

There’s something wildly empathetic about it, in that we’ve all gone through it to some degree, and there’s also something very vicarious in it, in that we’ve all dreamed about how it could have been.

Well, sometimes that dream turns into a nightmare, and as much as you pinch yourself, you can’t wake up. And the resulting message is much deeper than any good vs. evil, “along with great power comes great responsibility” conclusion. Thanks Uncle Ben, but it’s never that simple. Follow me after the jump for some good old-fashioned horror in Canadian lupine form.

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: Bloody Mary Edition Monday, April 9, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Search Strings.
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It’s been a couple weeks since I wrote this column, and I apologize for being remiss in providing search-string related attempts at humor.

And unfortunately for this iteration of All Roads…, not to mention my liver, this Easter weekend has been three days of overeating and overdrinking, which is very pious of me. In any case, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Hooray Hangover Bear!

Join me after the jump for Shakespeare, tits and trannies.

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Tip of the Hat: Google Sunday, April 1, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, comedy, Elric, the balls.
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This is a bit random, but I wanted to give a Tip of my Hat to Google.

For their most cool April 1st, 2007 offer – free in-home wireless broadband internet!

I highly recommend everyone explore the offer. Personally, I think I may go with the Royal Flush package.

Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Topper Thursday, March 29, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, movies, no snark?, Reasons why I am single.
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For my first “Great Movies You May Have Missed” review, I went overseas. But since I didn’t want to throw another subtitled film at our readers, I decided to go in another direction for my second review. Namely, back seven decades to 1937.

Topper

We all know Cary Grant for his refined personae with romanticized flaws (like grand larceny). It was a role he cultivated and perfected over several decades. But before his memorable work with Hitchcock (Notorious, North by Northwest, To Catch a Thief) and before his best known slapstick comedies (Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday), there was Topper, one of his slapstick comedies which is sadly overlooked today.

While it does not survive the test of time quite as well as Bringing Up Baby, Topper is nonetheless an entertaining movie that deserves a viewing, especially if one is a Cary Grant fan. And who isn’t?

Oh, Judy.

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: Dancing Bear(s) Edition Monday, March 19, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, making enemies of nice people, ncaa, Search Strings.
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Since my bracket utterly busted yesterday when Wisconsin lost, I’ll be devoting this edition to what else, colleges (pre-jump picture to be explained later).

Radio

It was a slow week in searches, as most people were thinking about their brackets and the tournament. Still, we got some nice, random searches, like “asian guy who makes grillz,” “sliding tarp parties” (not to be confused with sliding larp parties or sliding tarp panties), and ” ‘300’ movie workout routines.” There’s an idea. Nothing makes you feel more physically inferior than a bunch of oiled-up Spartans – “THIS…IS…DEADLIIIIIFT!.”

After the jump, the two best searches we had this week, and my research into the sordid field of college nicknames.

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LovePhones and AltRock: (or, how I learned what a clitoris is and developed my taste for Nine Inch Nails) Friday, March 16, 2007

Posted by Will Li in 90s rock, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, I don't get out much, I'm hot for Alternative Rock, more indepth than probably need-be, Reasons why I am single, Wonderfully kinky.
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Like a lot of kids, I had a bedtime. Like a lot of kids, I didn’t really observe it. I did have to get in bed, but what I did after that was my own business. Don’t worry, despite my last All Road Leads to DeadOn post, this isn’t going to be about masturbation. But it is about Trent Reznor. And sex.

Radio

Follow me after the jump, and allow me to share some stories of sex ed and the best musical education a radio station could provide.

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: “Trent Reznor’s 1978 Volvo 244GLE of Despair” Edition Monday, March 12, 2007

Posted by Will Li in bite the hand that feeds you, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Search Strings.
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Pretty Hate Machine

Search Terms this week were fairly single minded – most people directed their attentions to our American Idol reviews, penned by Lady Andrea. In fact, the search “American Idol Results March 8” dominated searches this past Friday, the 9th.

Some were more focused than others, scouring the internets to find others who hated the same Idol contestants they did. These searches include “I hate Sunjaya,” “Where is Sunjaya getting votes from” and “Antonella sucks.”

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Guilty Pleasures: Soundtracks to bad movies from the mid-90’s Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Posted by Will Li in 90s rock, albums, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, guilty pleasures, I don't get out much, making enemies of nice people, more indepth than probably need-be, music, my turn to get music snobby, Reasons why I am single, Things I Wrote At My Real Job, Things too long to read.
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Let’s face it – the compilation movie soundtrack is a bit of a cop-out when it comes to buying music. Flying in the face of the concept of the coherent album, the movie soundtrack (the compilation variety, mind you, not the Morricone or Vangelis type) is usually little more than an amalgam of songs that may or may not be played during the movie for more than a few seconds each. When you buy a soundtrack, you’re usually just submitting yourself to the director’s musical tastes or placing yourself at the mercy of a record label exec with the word ‘synergy’ tattooed over the part of the frontal lobe normally responsible for conscience.

And yet, by my estimate, I own at least 30 compilation soundtracks, and probably another 15 instrumental ones.

So there are in fact two sources of guilt to this post (double the guilt, double the fun, right?).

First is the fact that I like some of these compilation soundtracks more than the CDs by the artists found on the soundtrack.

Second, although some (though not all) of the movies I’ll discuss were utterly craptacular, they could also be considered guilty pleasures.

Enough of the movies, I’ll warrant, are probably beloved by various DeadOn readers, something I’ll argue is largely in part due to the soundtracks, so I’m looking forward to some lively invectives in the comments. Don’t disappoint me.

Join me after the break for guilt and cookies.

Okay, maybe just guilt.

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn: “No buttplug (though pretty much everything else)” edition Monday, March 5, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, more indepth than probably need-be, Search Strings.
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Oolong the Rabbit

Join me after the jump for a review of last week’s most sordid search strings. And some hot lagomorph action.

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All Roads Lead to DeadOn Monday, February 26, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Japanese girls without panties, Search Strings, Things I Wrote At My Real Job.
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Aside from links from popular sports blogs, word of mouth and individuals stalking our female contributors, how do people find their way to DeadOn? In this weekly feature (future installments will post on Monday mornings), I’ll cover the most random and most amusing search strings that led people to our little corner of the eBays.

Follow me, after the jump

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Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Tampopo Friday, February 23, 2007

Posted by Will Li in 80s, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, movies, no snark?, Reasons why I am single, Things I Wrote At My Real Job, Wonderfully kinky.
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Here at DeadOn, we see it as our duty not only to tell you what’s going on right now in the world of entertainment and pop culture, but also to draw your attention to past movies or music which you may not have seen, or may not even have heard of. In this occasional column, your DeadOn contributors will be reviewing their favorite movies that never garnered much attention in the United States or were simply underrated, unappreciated and/or forgotten.

Trust us when we say that these films are well worth the effort; not because you might be able to feel artsy and be pretentious dicks to your friends (if you want to be a dick, these films may be of use to you too, somehow), but because they are truly some of the most entertaining, interesting, and thought-provoking pieces of cinema out there.

We’ll start with what I consider one of the funniest, most sensual movies ever made – the 1985 Japanese film “Tampopo.”

Tampopo

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Oscar Week Special! Watching the Noms So You Don’t Have To: Letters From Iwo Jima Friday, February 23, 2007

Posted by cdnmoose in athleticsupporter, CDNMoose, Elric, liveblog, movies, Oscars, racistmascot_inc.
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Unlike most blogs that wouldn’t piss on you if your hair was on fire, here at DeadOn we care about our readers.
LFIJ - Poster
We know that you don’t have the time, money or dating capacity to get out and watch all of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees. But you absolutely want to be able to impress your co-workers around the water cooler with your ruminations of what each movie has to say about the human condition, and you damn well want to win your Oscar office pool.

Therefore, as a service to our readers, some of our contributors are gathering every night this week at a renovated strip club now operating as a movie theatre (with very sticky floors) in Cary, North Carolina.

We are capturing their observations through a liveblog while they watch and annoy the patrons around them by talking incessantly throughout the movie and by kicking the chairs of the old people sitting in front of them.

Today’s movie is Letters From Iwo Jima, as viewed by CDNMoose, elric and AthleticSupporter (with an opening serious film comment from racistmascot).

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Elric Goes to the Movies: Ghost Rider Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, movies, Reasons why I am single, Short Attention Span Theater.
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ElricMovies

What is a hero? Is a hero defined by the weapon he wields, the powers he has or the enemies he has defeated?

Or is a hero more complicated? Perhaps a hero is someone who actively struggles with keeping his powers from injuring the ones he cares for, or from corrupting him and making easy choices he may regret in the future?

Some “superhero” movies I have had the occasion to view try to address this, and I admire their attempts, even as I acknowledge their simplicity.

“Ghost Rider” is not one of those films.

GhostRider

Follow me, friend, and let me tell you what I think of this not-so-valiant attempt at a movie.

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Oscar Week Special! Watching the Noms So You Don’t Have To: Little Miss Sunshine Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Posted by cdnmoose in CDNMoose, Elric, goathair, gordonshumway, Lady Andrea, liveblog, movies, Oscars, TexasGal.
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Unlike most blogs that wouldn’t piss on you if your hair was on fire, here at DeadOn we care about our readers.
Little Miss Sunshine Poster
We know that you don’t have the time, money or dating capacity to get out and watch all of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees. But you absolutely want to be able to impress your co-workers around the water cooler with your ruminations of what each movie has to say about the human condition, and you damn well want to win your Oscar office pool.

Therefore, as a service to our readers, some of our contributors are gathering every night this week at a renovated strip club now operating as a movie theatre (with very sticky floors) in Cary, North Carolina.

We are capturing their observations through a liveblog while they watch and annoy the patrons around them by talking incessantly throughout the movie and by kicking the chairs of the old people sitting in front of them.

Today’s movie is Little Miss Sunshine, as viewed by CDNMoose, GordonShumway, elric, Texas Gal, goathair and, for 10 glorious minutes, Lady Andrea.
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Oscar Week Special! Watching the Noms So You Don’t Have To: The Queen Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Posted by cdnmoose in CDNMoose, Elric, gordonshumway, liveblog, movies, Oscars, svpimh, TexasGal.
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Unlike most blogs that wouldn’t piss on you if your hair was on fire, here at DeadOn we care about our readers.
The Queen Poster
We know that you don’t have the time, money or dating capacity to get out and watch all of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees. But you absolutely want to be able to impress your co-workers around the water cooler with your ruminations of what each movie has to say about the human condition, and you damn well want to win your Oscar office pool.

Therefore, as a service to our readers, some of our contributors are gathering every night this week at a renovated strip club now operating as a movie theatre (with very sticky floors) in Cary, North Carolina.

We are capturing their observations through a liveblog while they watch and annoy the patrons around them by talking incessantly throughout the movie and by kicking the chairs of the old people sitting in front of them.

Today’s movie is The Queen, as viewed by CDNMoose, GordonShumway, elric, Texas Gal and SVPIMH. (more…)

Elric Goes to the Movies: Casino Royale Thursday, February 15, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, movies.
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Elric Popcorn

Alas!

Alas, that other incarnations of the Eternal Champion must share my grief!

Truly, the sorrow that comes with our fate is a common theme no matter what level of the multiverse we inhabit.

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