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Judge John Hodgman Episode 178: In Chambers | Maximum Fun »


The first ALL DOCKET episode of Judge John Hodgman has been posted.

It’s me and Bailiff Jesse Thorn in chambers and UNCENSORED dispensing justice on the subject of horror movies, dog poop, and bicycle lights.

I have already fallen behind on the JJHO scary movie/TV Show club, having only watched the Talky Tina episode of the twilight zone with my children because I am a great dad NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT MONSTER TELLY SAVALAS.

And tonight I can’t watch a movie because I am performing in DC at the Lincoln Theater with Rob Corddry and Todd Barry and Jena Friedman and Kate Flannery.

But I am going to catch up with the quickness this weekend by rewatching Nick McCarthy’s THE PACT and TRICK R TREAT because I’ve never seen it and listener David P recommended it in a very smart (though a little bit yelly) email about horror films with a good list that I will repost.

Follow along with me if you DARE.

Spooky nights and days to you.

that is all

Trick R Treat is pretty great, and I don’t even like horror movies that much.


Finally got round to clearing up the queue of comments left on lukemckinney.net when the gater article went up. In the same way I’d clear up a Contra level, wiping them all out.

It’s partly thermodynamic tragedy, so much energy wasted in words which will never ever be read by anyone, but I feel good that so many psychos were kept tied up writing those pages instead of inflicting themselves anywhere else for a few minutes.

Truly a just and noble service to the world.

http://kathythewriter.tumblr.com/post/97697023649/all-day-boys-have-been-bombarding-cracked-and-its »


All day, boys have been bombarding Cracked and its social media for a measured response to today’s column by Zoe Quinn. I thought Cracked would do the right thing and produce an immediate apology to those the article had hurt, but it is looking less likely by the minute. Fortunately, I happen to…

Well played, KathyTheWriter. Well played.

Anonymous asked: Regarding the whole feminism debacle, don't you think that a website like Cracked should probably not take sides on issues like this and begin alienating fans?


[Speaking on behalf of myself and not Cracked-at-Large, the policies and shape of which are not under my sole jurisdiction.]

I’m not talking/thinking about every sub-faction of feminism and every misguided protest or action that has resulted from a misinterpretation OF feminism, because feminism is such a huge thing and, as Soren pointed out, not everyone is going to be getting it right, all the time. There will be feminist spin-off groups that don’t quite grasp the message, there will be groups that pervert and distort it for their own agenda, and there will be groups that go overboard and so on, but that is true of literally every movement (civil rights-related, political, religious or otherwise) in the history of time.

I’m by no means an expert, which is why I’m trying to learn, but what I think about when I talk about feminism is what I remember being articulated to me by my sisters-in-law and what I saw/see embodied by my Mom’s example (and my Dad’s, for that matter), and it’s a really simple and clear message to me: Equal political, economic and social rights for men and women. There are smaller and more specific aspects of this broader conversation that are a particular focus of mine (representation in fiction/pop culture, educating people to help make an America where a woman can walk down the street at night feeling exactly as safe as I do, every night of my freaking life [which is to say, very]), but the core remains the same:  Equality where it doesn’t currently exist.

So, when you talk about “taking sides,” my knee-jerk response is, uh, what’s your side? I’m not trying to be glib here. I could be wrong but, according to my slow, caveman brain, if my side is equality for men and women then the other side must be inequality, right? And if that’s the case, then, no, I don’t feel any responsibility to give the other side representation in my writing. There’s the potential that in doing so I’ll be alienating readers that either want men to have more rights than women or women to have more rights than men, but that’s a risk I’m absolutely fine with.

DOB is handling this in a very mature manner. Well done, I suppose, but I must be reading too much Yo Is This Racist. I keep expecting him to call these Anons “dumb as fuck ding-dongs who eat their own poop”.

mr-cappadocia asked: So why does Cracked CONSTANTLY push Feminist propaganda so hard? And let's not bullshit ourselves. You do. Just yesterday you published five articles. Two specifically referenced either Feminism or Feminist backed statistics. Conversely whenever you cover anything related to the opposition you not only mislead about their views... you straight up fucking lie about them and people let you get away with it because you're a "humor magazine". So I'm wondering why you propagandize *so hard*. Why?



Because we’re true believers! 

Let me take this moment to say how Cracked could have gone another direction 7 or 8 years ago, a more Maximy, Booby Gallery of the Day direction if not for the steadfast resistance of David Wong and Jack O’Brien. I barely acknowledge the side that opposes feminism, but Wong goes out of his way to understand people who are mad at feminists, and he writes about those views with more sensitivity and understanding that I could ever muster. 

To sum up: We don’t have an explicit agenda but if one comes across, It’s not one I’m ashamed of. 

Kristi is a liar. I remember the meeting where the Cracked brain trust sat down and was like “From now on let’s occasionally post articles that either directly or conspiratorially tangentially support equal rights for women so we can accomplish our ultimate end goal: Hack into the penis of every man and make it a smaller penis, or a penis that is otherwise laughable for a different reason upon which we all agree. It almost sounds TOO easy,” Jack said, as he (via the mainframe) hacked a young Robert Brockway’s penis. “I think my wife deserves my respect,” the now-neutered Brockway yelped.

Lesson: don’t fuck with writers. They’re smarter than you. They’re funnier than you. They will show the world that you’re a fool. Well played, Cracked writers.

Anonymous asked: Shit is hell of depressing lately. How about a picture of Boogie to cheer us up?


Oof, this is going to be rough, then, but Boogie actually passed away a couple months ago. I got a new little buddy a few weeks ago, named Sinbad (after the comedian, I think).

He’s a good boy, but I miss Boogie. RIP Boogie.

Fuck. RIP Boogie.