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Mu On Mo #40 – Minds Immeasurably Superior To Ours

October 1, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



October.

That means 8th month… wait what ?!?

Anyhoo, with this comes the end of Summer & the start of Autumn.



Rainier days.

Darker days.

Colder days.



Streets full of brown/yellow leaves.

Radio broadcasts by Orson Welles telling of fire, death & destruction.

The ensuing panic reminds me of a song that got the following comment on YouTube…





“My mother’s funeral song..

She’s not dead yet, it just makes me think about how much i appreciate her.”






…um, ok.

Normally, I’d advice you to get your mental health checked but kinda busy now.

Hiding from 3-legged alien fighting machines…













From across the gulf of space, that was Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn.

See you another time for more Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


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Mu On Mo #32 – Ex Mars, Scientia

August 6, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



Some hours earlier, I was watching the news.

Then suddenly “Curiosity” was mentioned.

The latest NASA rover to land on the planet Mars.



No small feat.

Despite that, I’d forgotten all about it as it had been traveling through space for months now.

In any case, to commemorate this & other such past achievements some music which got the following comment on YouTube…





“fucken beautiful”






Gotta love those YouTube users.

They have… such a way with words.

Yeah, they’re a form of Life, just not as we know it… anyhoo, enjoy…













From the stars… that was the Star Trek Theme originally composed by Alexander Courage & conducted here by Charles Callelo.

See you another time for more Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


There Is No Ripley, Only Goo !!!

June 12, 2012



& so it came to be that in the apocalyptic year of our Lord, 2012, the movie prequel Alien 0 was released.

Again.

Let us recap, lest we forget these previous examples of xenomorphia prequelis



2004 – Alien Vs Predator

2007 – Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem

2012 – Prometheus



…yes, we’ve been here twice before but this time Sir Ridley Scott will finally do things properly.

For 3rd time’s a charm, right ?

Weeelllll, sorta… kinda… maybe ???



Having seen Prometheus recently, I can say it left an impression.

Which should be good.

But there’s still some questions left, namely…



Whometheus ?

Whatmetheus ??

& Whymetheus ???



Whometheus ?

Well, take the God-finding mission of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, add a recoloured version of the mutagenic ooze from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II & finally the pseudo-scientific ramblings of an average ufologist, last seen in the other prequel Alien Vs Predator & you’re nearly there.

…oh, & also a question-filled script with illogical & sometimes even stupid stuff by (obviously) the co-creator of TV series “Lost”, Damon Lindelof.



Whatmetheus ?

Taking place about 30 years prior to the events of movie Alien (1979), this spin-off prequel attempts to answer that other movie’s 1 fantastically cool mystery… just who or what was the Space Jockey ?

…going by the visuals & the behaviour, I’d say apparently the wet dreams of Adolf Hitler all rolled into 1.



Whymetheus ?

Something I’ve been asking myself because there are no words I can type to describe how utterly disappointing it was… to learn Guillermo Del Toro has apparently abandoned his own movie project At The Mountains Of Madness because of the events depicted in Prometheus.

Why, Damon, WHY ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!



*snif*

…wait a second, t-that name of his, Damon…

Daemon ??? 😯






No More Madness


Mu On Mo #22 – Heros Divinus, Ex Improviso !

May 28, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



Deadline ? Looming !

Results ? None presently !!

Stresslevels ? Through the roof !!!



You know, for something that’s supposed to soothe the soul this current superhero themed Mu On Mo is the exact opposite.

Damn you, billboard.com, damn you for that “article” of yours using not just a handful of superhero songs but fifteen of them.

*sigh* …welcome to this unlikely & sofar not so super 4th part of May’s super Mu On Mo.



Looking back, these past 3 mondays were… inspired to say the least but very very very hard to figure out.

With billboard.com forcing my hand, it’s safe to say the choices I made during the past 3 weeks would have been different.

All that improvising, it’s almost like a continuation of the previous Jazz theme.



But billboard.com or no billboard.com, perhaps this attempt of mine was doomed from the start anyway ?

I mean, don’t all these superhero thingies come in threes, like trilogies & such ?

…hmmm, maybe this is how Christopher Reeve felt after trying his hand at Superman IV: The Quest For Peace ?



Sure could use a little bit of that right now.

Peace of mind that is.

I’ve come sooo far & I’m sooo close, should I… can I give up now ?



3 creative updates in a row, that makes a pretty good run.

Yes… yes, ok… I guess that’s it then.

…WHAT THE HELL AM I TYPING ???



Those bastards at billboard.com are Evil !

I don’t wanna quit, I can’t quit, I won’t quit !!

Ok, if the past 3 updates like The Powerpuff Girls, Sunshine Superman & Beautiful (May)Day were all based on what they didn’t include in their hellish list, then I…



Evil ?

Hellish ??

This has been my darkest hour yet… but it’s always darkest before the dawn… because it’s then, during such darkness, that the light shines the brightest !



Can it be that they forgot about the ultimate superhero ?

So, yet another omission, eh ?

Let’s see… he cannot die, he levitates, has healing powers & a dad more powerful than Odin…. why, it’s PERFECT !



Billboard.com, thy wicked article is cast back into the lake of fire from whence it came from.

But not by me though, no by the superhero standing with me in this battle against your Evil.

A superhero who has had many songs written about him, 1 of which is a vid which got the following comment on YouTube…





“jesus f***ing christ!”






That’s just horrible !

Not because it’s blasphemy but because it’s a spoiler.

Save your soul & enjoy this song about the ultimate superhero…













From the divine 90s, that was Genesis – Jesus He Knows Me.

See you another time for more Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


If Just 1 Person Believes In You…

May 16, 2012



May 16th, 1990.

As bad days go, it was 1 of the bleakest.

But since then to this very day, 22 years later, however sad there’s no darkness… because the music is still playing & the lights are still lit.



Let me use this moment to just say thanks.

Thanks for the worlds filled with crystals, goblin mazes, storytellers, postcard sending uncles, singing chickens, unfunny bears, hard to understand chefs, piano playing dogs, great whatevers, conceited yet vulnerable pigs & also frogs… it’s all such a rainbow connection of which I’m grateful to have found.

& all that, & perhaps more, is still very Inspirational, Celebrational & yes, Muppetational too.






22 Years Later RIP Jim Henson



Jim Henson RIP


Mu On Mo #19 – The Pink, The Blue & The Green

May 7, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



The Blog Of X-Mer’s New Atlantica Page !

Welcomes you to a new themed Mu On Mo with this month: “Super Heroe… …sorry, what’s that ?

Oh, they did, did they ? I see…



Well well well.

Seems those sons of bitches over at http://www.billboard.com had their own lil’ Mu On Mo (on a thursday !) entry complete with a superhero theme under the title of “15 Sensational Superhero Songs”.

Really ? Oh, gimme a break !



The only plausible reason for this… oh-how-odd occurring “coincidence” is that I am of course the victim… of a mind probe !!!

*dramatic pause to let that shocking bit o’ news sink in*

…yes, those billboarding bastards stole my idea & by using 15 so-called “sensational” songs about superheroes, they made sure I would not be able to do my own without making it seem I was copying them.



Well, I’m not going to take this lying down !

No sir, it’s time for Emergency Plan Zeta-Beta !

…unfortunately, there’s no such plan which means… that I am indeed utterly & truly… defeated !!!





Oh no ! Can this truly be The End for your favourite waste of time (aside from you-know-what, you disgusting perv !) ?

Just how on Earth can this conundrum of a cliffhanger ever be resolved ?? Is that even possible, dear readers ???

Find out next week in the exciting Part II, same X-Mer-Time, same X-Mer-Ch… oh, wait it’s just below this narration…









Yes, there I was… finished, kaput, all washed up & also no web log entry.

But seriously, as I went over my arch foe’s “article” again, I found they’d made… an error !

Not a spelling error or even a grammatical one but rather… an oversight of pint-sized proportions.



Sure, they had listed 15 of the best songs about superheroes.

Or so they thought because there was a grave mistake by way of omission.

An omission that fortunately for me does have some songs, one of which got the following comment on YouTube…





“This song isn’t on Itunes :(”






Awww, too bad but you know what it’s also not on ?

Billboard.com !

But, thanks to YouTube, it IS here…













From “Heroes & Villains”, a great lil’ CD featuring music inspired by superheroine group The Powerpuff Girls, that was (Black Francis AKA) Frank Black – Pray For The Girls.

See you another time for more Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


Buh-Bye Y’all

January 1, 2012



…whu-what ?

It’s here ? Already ???

Holy crap !



Ok, don’t blink now ’cause this is it !

That which we’ve all been dreading for so many years now…

…has arrived.



Yes, it’s thé Big One.

The end… of everything !

Quite soon, possibly right now as you’re reading this, Creation itself will begin to cease its existence.



For the coming of Nibiru is near…

Woe is us !

AAAAARGHHH !!!



There is hope though.

It will take courage but if you’re willing to go on a journey to your friendly neighbourhood New Age shop, you’ll find the answers to your salvation for only $19.99 there, as this is…

2012* (gasp)









*(Cue ominous music that chills your spine)


Striking An Avenging Pose

September 30, 2011



Sometime during 2012, when the world as we it know ends, (yet) another superhero movie will be released.

Currently filming & titled “The Avengers”, this movie will not only feature superheroes like The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Iron Man & The (…um, patriotic ???) Captain America but will also bring them together to… avenge… something or someone, I guess.

Now, keeping that in mind, it’s funny how this following Entertainment Weekly cover for the movie that’s supposed to bring all these characters together shows they’re not together at all.



The MIGHTY Avengers 2012



With a result like that, why even bother taking a group pic when Photoshop can do it for you ?

In any case, the cast clearly not standing together isn’t really that weird when compared to how their individual poses & facial expressions look & relate to eachother.

Let’s take a closer look…



Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow



Black Widow From The MIGHTY Avengers 2012



Now now Scarlett, we all know you’re angry those nude pics of yours leaked but that’s still no reason to aim your guns at your fellow actors, Robert Downey Jr & Chris Hemsworth.

& speaking of hostage Chris Hemsworth AKA Thor



Thor From The MIGHTY Avengers 2012



What in the name of Odin happened ???

I mean is it just me or has Thor suddenly got a little Kevin Nash/Tyler Mane thing going on & why in heaven’s name ?

Are there no barbers left in Asgard or could this actually somehow be seen as a good look for the character by the executives at Disney ?



Moving on on to Chris Evans as Steve Rogers AKA Captain Avenger America



Captain America From The MIGHTY Avengers 2012



He’s got the super soldier physique, he’s got the costume & he’s got the shield, so why isn’t Steve Rogers looking like he’s got gallons of patriotic heroism oozing out of his pores ?

Captain America ? More like Captain Sad (To-Be-Here-But-I’m-Coping-1-Day-At-A-Time-Thanks-To-Prozac).

Steve Rogers isn’t & shouldn’t be the type that makes you worry about his mental health & I’d type some more but I’m afraid he’ll just start crying & then commit suicide later in the week.



& speaking of mental health, then there’s Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark AKA Iron Man.

Why does Robert Downey Jr look like he’s been arrested for substance abuse (yet again) ?

I mean look at these… & don’t tell me his Iron Man pic doesn’t fit like a glove !



Iron Man From The MIGHTY Avengers 2012



Nothing says heroism quite like the mugshot look.

But seriously, what was the photographer thinking during the shoot ?



& finally, what’s up with Mark Ruffalo as Doctor Bruce Banner ?

As his monstrous alter ego he’s supposed to be “incredible” but as a human being he’s this weakling with serious anger issues & a recurring fondness for durable purple-coloured pants but here that seems different.

Very different even…



Child Molester Man From The MIGHTY Avengers 2012



Maybe that’s supposed to be all dark, broody & mysterious but it comes across more like he’s this escaped mental patient/part-time Russian mobster or something.

Banner used to say “Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry !” but now it looks like he’s actually saying “Say a single word & I’ll effing kill you & your entire family ! So, don’t make me kill you. You wouldn’t like me when I’m killing you !”

& why is his shirt purple ? Is this all-new Banner upon transforming into the Hulk going to lose his pants but keep his shirt on instead ???



Amazing how many weird & creepy things can be found in these promo pics & truly, unintentionally funny = the BEST funny.

So, coming in 2012 to a theatre near you…

Those Dysfunctional Avengers !


It’s A $mall World… After All !

September 1, 2009

Many WTFs were uttered across the I-net (& in real life) when it became known that…



WTF ?



Yes, as you’ve no doubt heard / read by now… comic book publisher Marvel has been taken over by The Walt Disney Company.

😯

Although shocking news, Disney suits were quick to reassure us that nothing would change.



…YEAH RIGHT !



But don’t take my word for it, let’s take a looksie @ a little thing I like to call… Evidence.

You see, before Marvel, Disney got their slimy paws on another property with famous characters.

The Muppets !

Sounds great, right ? I mean, Disney is this big & powerful entertainment company & those loveable Muppets hadn’t been seen on weekly TV since the end of “Muppets Tonight” in 1998.

Now this particular takeover was back in 2004. Think carefully, have you seen (m)any Muppet projects on TV since ?

Yeah, neither have I.



But then again Spidey, the Fantastic Four & others are monthly comics, not weekly TV series, so what could possibly go wrong ?



WTF ?


RIP

December 21, 2008

& the hits just keep on coming, don’t they ?

This time it’s…

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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry RIP

RIP

December 13, 2008

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Bye Bettie…