Archive for September, 2011

Nerd Lunch Episode 4: Guilty Displeasures

Posted in blogging, podcast with tags , , on September 27, 2011 by Paxton

Episode 4 of the Nerd Lunch podcast starring yours truly (and two other dudes) has “gone live” as those of us in “the biz” say.

Nerd Lunch Ep 4

This week we are joined by Nicole Wakelin from  She joins us for a discussion about “Guilty Displeasures”. The crux of the subject is that we pick 2 things that we feel we should like but don’t. Lots of surprisingly nerdy stuff is talked about and hated by the group.  Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones is discussed.  We also discover one of the group has no soul and hates Halloween.  Listen to find out who I’m talking about.

So download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.  We will eventually make it onto the Zune Marketplace.  I promise.

And don’t worry, our fans are not our “Guilty Displeasure”.

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No new article this week.  I’m still prepping for AWESOME-tober-fest which starts on Monday and lasts throughout October. Lots and lots of vampire content is going to suck the awesome out of the air and place it into your brain. I even redressed my blog header in preparation for Halloween.

So check back here on Monday for the beginning of AWESOME-tober-fest 2011.

Nerd Lunch Episode #3: Talking about fast food mascots

Posted in Burger King, fast food, food, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, podcast, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

We have a new episode of the Nerd Lunch podcast.  In this episode we discuss fast food mascots. And to help us with this discussion we welcome our special guest, Nick from is a pretty awesome food website where Nick explores and creates all kinds of awesome foods. Some of his best stuff is the stuff he creates like the deep fried Lean Pockets or the Poutine Burger made with the awesome gravy/cheese curd fries that are like a national dish in Canada.  Nick helps us have a very lively discussion about some of our favorite fast food mascots and ad campaigns. Download and listen to us on iTunes or Feedburner. Or, listen in your browser here at Nerd Lunch.

Also, I want to mention that today is my son’s 1st birthday.  I can’t believe it’s finally here and I know it’s going to be all downhill and time is just going to fly from here on out.  I can’t wait to watch him grow up, but I don’t want it to happen at the same time.

Happy Birthday, buddy.

PJ 1st bday

Prelude to AWESOME-tober-fest 2011

Posted in Halloween, holiday, pop culture with tags , , , , on September 16, 2011 by Paxton

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So, AWESOME-tober-fest begins in like 2 weeks and I’m completely and totally unprepared. I’ve been seriously scrambling to set up articles for my daily celebration of Halloween next month.  This is going to be a complete debacle.  FYI, for the new readers, complete and utter chaos due to unpreparedness on my part is just business as usual here on the Cavalcade of Awesome.  That guy knows what I’m talking about, don’t you?

So, not only is it going to be AWESOME-tober-fest, I’ll also be participating in the Countdown to Halloween blogathon all month.

The Countdown is run by John Rozum and Shawn Robare.  I’ve been doing it since like 2008 or 2009. Hundreds of other blogs are a part of this enormous celebration of Halloween so check out the Countdown website for a ton of blogs contributing awesomely scary content.  And it all begins on October 1st.

Anyway, I was shopping at my local Halloween store and found a bunch of cool Halloween props and costumes already.  So, as a prequel to the coming Halloween festivities, I thought I’d throw up a few choice items that I’ve found in my hunt for Halloween goodness.

First of all, there’s a company out there called The Chop Shop.  They are making some of the most gruesome Halloween props I’ve ever seen.

eyeball bucket packaged meat parts

These two items are the eyeball bucket and a meat tray of human parts. And it’s wrapped up just like meat at your local supermarket. I have to say, I love the attention to detail in the packaging for the meat parts. It’s gross, but it’s clever.

skinned man mutilated head

Also by Chop Shop, here’s half of a skinned man that you can hang from the ceiling and a mutilated severed head. Take a look at that sumbitch. It is gruesome. I have to say I’m impressed with how gory and gross Chop Shop is going with this stuff.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 2: We gotta get back in time…

Posted in Back to the Future, movies, podcast with tags , , , , on September 14, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

The boys from Nerd Lunch and I recorded a sequel to our ground breaking (and Internet breaking) podcast, Nerd Lunch! In episode 2 CT, Jeeg and I are joined by special guest Shawn Robare from Branded in the 80s.  Shawn has been a good friend to this blog almost from the beginning.  You may have heard me mention him several times in various articles plus we even did a huge blog crossover last year in which we talked about unofficial movie trilogies.

Me and Doc Brown

Anyway, this week we are discussing one of my favorite topics, the Back to the Future franchise.  I could talk for days about the BTTF movies, but don’t worry, CT managed to edit this one down to an hour.  And it’s a lot of fun.  Come hear the four of us discuss our favorite movie, our favorite scenes, some problems we may or may not have had with the movies’ temporal physics and whether we want to see a Back to the Future Part 4: Marty’s Grandkids.

So head to iTunes, download and subscribe to us or check out Nerd Lunch to listen to 4 nerds talk nerdy about Back to the Future.

Avengers are assembling…

Posted in Dr Pepper, movies, soda with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Paxton


Behold, The Avengers in can form.

Avenger cans

L to R: Black Widow (Diet Dr Pepper), Capt America (7up), Iron Man (Dr Pepper Cherry) and Thor (Dr Pepper).

I’m only missing Nick Fury who was found exclusively on a Dr Pepper Cherry can.  But, damn, he was super hard to find.  I never got him.  Also there was, unfortunately, no aluminum support for Norton’s Incredible Hulk.  However, there was a Mt Dew promotion featuring Ang Lee’s Hulk, but I tend to try and forget that movie ever existed.  And since Hawkeye just barely showed up in Thor, then he isn’t represented yet either.

I wonder if The Avengers movie will have all new soda cans with everyone on them.

CT over at Nerd Lunch wrote a good Countdown to Avengers article with a look at the buildup throughout all the recent Marvel movies.  Check it out.

As an added bonus, here’s the Red Skull can from Cherry 7up. How great looking is this can?

Red Skull 7up

Announcing the Nerd Lunch podcast

Posted in blogging, podcast with tags , , on September 9, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

So, you’re reading this blog and you’re like, “How can I get more of this guy, Paxton?  He is just so awesome I don’t want to only read his words, I want to drink him in.  Every ounce.”

Well, creepy reader, you can’t get every ounce, just yet, but you can get more of me.  Aside from this blog, writing occasional articles for Strange Kids Club and randomly posting movie ads on Held Over, I joined up with CT and Jeeg from Nerd Lunch to start the Nerd Lunch podcast.  And Episode 1 has gone live on iTunes.

Nerd Lunch podcast

The three of us will talk about all topics nerdy like movies, comics, books, fast food, the internets and anything else that pops into our ADD addled brains.  Occasionally, we will be joined by other nerdy bloggers.  It will be a ton of fun.  So subscribe to us, download our first episode and listen on your mobile device or desktop computer of choice.   If you hit up Nerd Lunch here, you can listen to the velvety sounds of our geekiness right in your browser without having to download.

Episode 1 of the podcast has the three of us taking internet personality tests to determine who is MacGyver, who is Big Bird and who is the GREATEST CARE BARE SCHOLAR ALIVE!  Join us, won’t you?

This podcast will be a part of the Atomic Geeks podcast network.  And, if you haven’t listened to the Atomic Geeks podcast, seriously, check it out.  4.5 guys also talking about geeky pop culture.  The discussions they have get increasingly loud and geeky and eventually devolve into shouting and violence.  You can even play the Atomic Geeks drinking game; listen to their podcast and see how many times Christian Nielsen says the phrase, “…for crying out loud”.  Prepare to get HAMMERED.

Anyway, subscribe to the Nerd Lunch podcast on iTunes.  Or Feedburner.  Zune is coming soon.

18 Slot machines based on movies and TV shows

Posted in casinos, movies, slot machines, technology, TV shows, video games with tags , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by Paxton

I mentioned last week that I was going to Vegas with my wife to renew our vows with Elvis. While there, we spent some time in a few casinos. I’m not a big gambler but I love walking casino floors and checking out the other gamblers and the various themed slot machines.

Casinos are awesome. It’s like walking into an arcade back in the 80s. Lots of lights and noise. People hunched over lighted consoles hoping to get high scores. I love going to casinos. Like I said, I’m not a huge gambler, but I love looking at slot machines. They are the modern equivalent of upright arcade games. I’ve talked about my love for slot machines before and their taking the torch of the arcade machine.

Anyway, here are 18 slot machines I found that are based on movies or TV shows. You can click any of these images to see them bigger.

The Hangover slots
The Hangover – I’ll start with this one because it’s the most obvious.  Expect to see images of tigers and babies on the reels.  “Tootle-loo, mutha-f**kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”

Alien slots 1 Alien slots 2
Alien – As you can see, there are two versions of the Ridley Scott Alien slot machine. One slot machine has the picture of the egg from the theatrical one-sheet and the other has a picture of the alien xenomorph and includes a special Alien Hunt bonus.

Alien vs Predator slots
Alien vs Predator – You got an alien slot machine, you also get an Alien vs Predator. Unfortunately, there isn’t a standalone Predator machine.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail slots
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – One of my favorite movies of all time. This slot was great because it had a ton of quotes from the movie, as well as clips and a special bonus round where you fought the black knight. There were even “hot spots” on the screen you could touch to generate a random quote or sound from the movie.

Star Wars Droid Hunt Star Wars Droid Hunt screen
Star Wars Droid Hunt – This slot machine was pretty awesome. Lots of images and sounds from the original trilogy. Back in the late 90s, there was another Star Wars slot machine called Death Star Escape. It was cool because there was a bonus round that activated a model Death Star built into the housing that started spinning. Funny, I’ve never found a Star Wars slot machine based on the prequel movies.

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