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Friday LinkFrogging – 4/29/11

I came to a realization this week.

That realization?  That my kids are getting older and at some point I’m going to have to explain the noble pursuit that is GonzoGeek to them.

Sure, they understand that dear old dad and some of his friends have a website, but they don’t really understand what that means or involves.  It became even more apparent the other night when, upon looking at the forthcoming design of our update, they asked me why we had girls in bikinis on there.

That led us into a discussion of traffic and hits.  It also led to so seriously glazed eyes.

What?  Why yes, I did mention an update.  Thanks for paying attention.

We’ve been promising an updated website since the end of 2010 and now, dear reader(s), its arrival is imminent.  Imminent as in Monday I’m told.  When you drop by on Monday you should see a whole new look for us here at the ‘Geek.  Its a change we’re VERY excited about.

And that’s not our only big news. 

We are currently in discussions with a certain columnist.  If things go well, he’ll be bringing you his musings on all things sporting and entertaining.

But wait!  There’s more.

Just this very morning we got confirmation that a quartet of your favorite Geeks will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego (Whale’s Vagina for all you German speakers out there) in July.  More details on that in the coming weeks.  Just know that we’ve been planning that one for a while and we’re all VERY excited about the chance to attend and report on the premiere Geek event of the year.

Don’t worry, we won’t forget to dance with who brung us.

Cheesecake anyone?

This week’s selection comes from Aamir.  Here’s what he had to say about her…

This week’s Cheesecake is Anna “Aya” Stefanowicz, vocalist for the Polish band UNSUN.  Aya is married to Maurycy “Mauser” Stefanowicz, who is the guitar player for UNSUN and ex-member of the highly lauded Polish death metal outfit called VADER.  She’s got a great voice, is very easy on the eyes, and has a really cute Eastern European accent.  UNSUN are easily and quickly tagged with the “Gothic-Metal” stamp, but I feel they are a lot more accessible than that.  The music is heavy, but the melodies and arrangements are rooted in Pop sensibility.  The latest UNSUN record is called “Clinic For Dolls” and was released in October of 2010.  The production is killer sounding and the songs are catchy, really fun and kinda kitchy too…but who doesn’t like a little bit of cheese now and then.

Well done, Aamir.  Well done.

On to the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 11/5/10

Bust it!

How the hell did it get to be November already?

Before you know it we’ll be gorging ourselves on turkey.

Then it will be Black Friday and that can only lead to Christmas.

Wow.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

This week we saw a typhoon of voter unhappiness turn control of the US House of Representatives over to the Republicans.

We saw the Dallas Cowboys lose…AGAIN!

We saw the “final” Saw movie top the box office.

We saw the San Francisco Giants win the World Series for the first time since they moved to the left coast.

It has been quite a week hasn’t it.

Kinda makes you wonder what comes next.

I can’t answer that question in the more big picture sense, but I can tell you what comes next in this post.

Cheesecake.

Please say hello to Kari Byron.  Kari is the hottest of the crew on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.

How did she get chosen?

Simple.  Stephe sent in a request.  I do most of the picking so when one of my Gonzo Compadres makes a request, I honor it.

Well done sir.  Well done.

On to the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 8/27/10

  

 Sometimes things are so obvious you just can’t see them. 

I mean I do this week in and week out and I try to be topical and/or timely with my selections, but somehow, and believe me, I don’t know how, I’ve overlooked Charlize Theron

The obvious time to use Ms. Theron was during the World Cup.  It was, after all, held in her home country, South Africa.  Didn’t even cross my mind.  I made what I thought was a good choice, and I still stand by it, but in retrospect, this was a no brainer. 

Do you remember the first time you saw this week’s cheesecake? 

I do. 

Opening night of 2 Days in the Valley and she was getting freaky with James Spader and in a cat fight with the internet’s (then) favorite pinup, Teri Hatcher.  In the post Pulp Fiction landscape, 2 Days wasn’t Pulp Fiction, but it had a good cast and was well executed. 

Since then she’s gone on to star with Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games, a giant gorilla in Mighty Joe Young and cement her geek cred with a starring role in Aeon Flux.  Oh yeah, she also won an Oscar for uglying up and playing a serial killer in Monster

According to Huffington Post, she’s single and ready to mingle. 

You are on notice. 

On to the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 7/23/10

Screw you JMS!

 

Well kids, if its late July the geeks are convening in sunny Southern California.

That’s right, its Comic-Con weekend in San Diego.  And while we at the ‘Geek were able to secure press credentials for the mecca of all geekdom, due to timing issues we were unable to get there.

That doesn’t mean we haven’t enjoyed reading the press releases and marvelling at the missed opportunities (an interview with Pauly Shore?  Christopher Daniels?  Elvira?).

Discussions have been had.  Plans have been tentativised.  Next year kids.  Next year, we at the ‘Geek will bring it to you first hand.

Until then we’ll just have to do our part with this week’s cheesecake.

Say hello to Lynda Carter, better known to a certain generation of American males as Wonder Woman.

Spinning her way into our homes and our collective consciousness in 1975, Ms. Carter came to epitomize the DC Comics Amazonian princess for decades.  Why, I still remember a summer vacation at my grandmother’s house during which I read the local paper and it mentioned that Ms. Carter and Farrah Fawcett would appear on a new show called Battle of the Network Stars and they would both be wearing swimsuits.  I asked my dad if we could watch it that night.  He didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Gread guy my dad.

Remind me to tell you the Risky Business story sometime.

But I digress.

Despite a recent costume change in the comics, Ms. Carter’s iconic portrayal of Wonder Woman makes her our choice for cheesecake this week as we sit at our desks lamenting what might have been.

Next year.

Next year.

On to the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 5/14/10

Take that Kristen Stewart.

Welcome back cats and kittens.

The word of the week is Adenovirus.  You’ve been warned.

The geek world lost an icon this week with the passing of Frank Frazetta.  For decades, his iconic work has graced the covers of books, magazines, Molly Hatchet albums and vans everywhere.  He created a style, full of buxom warrior women, barbarians and wild beasts that have worked their way into our collective consciousness

So, in honor of Mr. Frazetta’a passing, we are pleased to give one of his paintings the slot as our cheesecake of the week.  Say hello to Vampirella.  Whether a vampire or a blood sucking alien, Vampirella was this GonzoGeek’s first encounter with both Mr. Frazetta’s work and cheesecake.  You could learn a lot at the Kroger’s magazine rack in the 70s. 

Rest in Peace Frank.

To the links.

Continue reading

Summer Movies 2010

Its that time of year again.

Time for the studios to roll out the big blockbusters full of explosions and other enjoyable types of gratuity.  This is the time of year when we get to enjoy movies rather than films.

Last year, The Hangover was the big surprise and Land of the Lost was the big stinker.  After looking through the week by week list on IMDB, I see a lot of stinker potential.  Too much in fact.  Still, there are movies to been seen, popcorn to be eaten and fun to be had.

Let’s take a look at the summer movies I’m most intrigued by, in no particular order. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging – 4/16/10

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Alright, let’s get it on!

Welcome back cats and kittens.  Its time once again for you take a stroll around the web with your favorite bunch of geeks.

Don’t worry.  We won’t send you alone into those scary corners of the cyber world.  Oh no, as always we’ll provide you with a travelling companion sure to make the trip much more enjoyable.

Please say hello to this week’s cheesecake, Busy Philipps.

I can hear some of you already.

What the…?

Who the…?

Ms. Philipps got her first taste of fame as freak bad girl, Kim Kelly, on the late and lamented Freaks and Geeks.  Since then she’s worked pretty steadily with appearances on ER, Entourage, White Chicks and Made of Honor.  She can currently be found plying her craft on ABC’s Cougar Town.

And that my dear friends is what got her this week’s nod.  In a week with not much new to watch on television, the wife and I played catch up on some DVR’ed programming, including a nearly season length Cougar Town marathon.  She that sticks last sticks best I suppose.

And FYI, she also co-wrote Blades of Glory for which Jon Heder will be forever grateful.

On with the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging 3/5/10

March has come in like a lion, a very cold, very wet lion.  Let’s see if it goes out like a lamb shall we dear reader(s).

We’re back with our weekly dose of discovery from the gang here at GonzoGeek.  We’ve spent the last couple of weeks making our Oscar picks (you really should check those posts out if you haven’t) and the one thing we all see to agree on is that Sandra Bullock and The Blind Side suck.

So, what do we do with that consensus?

Easy.

We scour the web and find an old cheesecakey picture I’m sure Ms. Bullock would rather forget and make her our Cheesecake of the Week.  Good luck Sandra.  Well, with the Razzies anyway.

On to the links. Continue reading

Friday LinkFrogging

Well, if its Friday, then it must be time once again for your friendly neighborhood GonzoGeeks to share their favorite finds from the internet this week.

Because nobody asked, LinkFrogging, a term created by Stephe, is that activity where you follow a link off the page you were looking for and then another link and another until you find yourself in some dark scary corner of the net inhabited by Furries and vampires.

This week’s slice of cheesecake is Kate Beckinsale who was voted the “World’s Sexiest Woman” by Esqurire this month.  Its a nice change of pace from all the incessant coverage of Megan Fox, her tattoos and minimal acting skills. 

On to the links… Continue reading

Recasting “Smokey and the Bandit”

Eastbound and Down

Eastbound and Down

It was 1977.  I was 9 years old when my parents took my sister and I to see “Smokey and the Bandit.”  They took us on the condition that we wouldn’t listen to the “bad words.”  We lived a sheltered life. We didn’t know which ones were the bad ones.

But I digress.

If you’re of a certain age, you hold the Southern fried car chase movies Burt Reynolds made in the 70s in high esteem.  We grew up with the older ones running on late night television and the newer ones running in the theaters alongside Star Wars and Superman.

Burt was always a likeable rogue.  Having spent the early part of the decade perfecting the persona in lesser gems like “Gator,” “WW and the Dixie Dance Kings,” and “White Lightning,” he brought the car chase genre to its absolute peak with 77′s “Smokey and the Bandit.”  Only “Star Wars” made more money at the box office that year.

Its a simple story really.  The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarkana and the Bandit has 28 hours to get a truck full of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta.  If he does, he gets 80 large.

Simple and to the point.

The casting in the original is perfect.  Burt Reynolds, at the peak of his box office power, is the Bandit.  He laughs and smirks his way cross country in the iconic black Trans-Am.  Sally Field took a chance by taking the role of Frog.  She was still seen by many as Gidget so appearing in such an adult film.  Country singer, Jerry Reed, as Bandit’s buddy, Snowman, held his own in a film full of established stars.  And what can you say about the legendary Jackie Gleason.  He was born to play a Southern cop.

But 1977 was a long time ago.  Trust me, I know.

The other day my wife and I were going somewhere and we telling her about an idea a buddy and I had about remaking “Cannonball Run” and who we decided would be a good cast.  This led the wife and I into a discussion of who would be good in a remake of “Smokey and the Bandit.”

I’m not sure they’d ever make this movie, but if they did, here are our suggestions. Continue reading

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