‘Twas the time before Christmas, yet nearly all thro’ 2020 Not only stirring creatures, but viruses, problems a-plenty; Stockings where hung like chads, courting interpretive care, Hopes aside, for most it had been a turducken of a year; People were quarantined, in lockdown, nestled not snug in their beds, While masks wrapped many faces with visions of stopping the spread Although some stood vigil without ‘kerchief, and clutching a MAGA cap, For they could not settle their brains, it was more nightmare than nap– When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, Carollers singing of the colour of lives that matter. Away from the window some drew, fearing its smash, Was it rebellion or looting, and what of government cash? Deficits to the moon seemed the solution to show, Gold had lustre, interest rates near naught and below; When, the reflection of frankness in a mirror did appear, ...Read More »
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‘Twas the time before Christmas, yet nearly all thro’ 2020 Not only stirring creatures, but viruses, problems a-plenty; ...
‘Twas the time before Christmas, and hence almost thro’ 2019 Not only a year-end occurring, now even a decade has been; ...
‘Twas the time before Christmas, near the end of 2018 Not surprisingly these lines stir, repeat what has been; Though Kh...
‘Twas the time before Christmas, reflecting back on 2017 Not much had worked, from what has been seen; Politicians fired...
LEGO and tape goes together like crowd and funding. Such is the idea behind Nimuno Loops – The Toy Block Tape. Bumps on ...
Coining a phrase isn’t quite the same as phrasing a coin, but Deadpooling looks to be a thing now. The character’s self-...
Cartoons are a product of culture, but is culture a product of cartoons? The question posed is of concern to a group of ...
‘Twas the time before Christmas, and hence almost thro’ 2019 Not only a year-end occurring, now even a decade has been; Stockings have been worn by males and females, but don’t stare, Hopes of inclusion and flames of division were seen here and there; Children rallied against climate change, quilts not on their beds, While Time’s Person of the Year brings with her a sense of dread And Frosty the Snowman, once in a magical land where ice did nap, Had just wished it no warmer, lest he melt leaving only his cap– When out on the streets there arose still more clatter, Protests in Hong Kong, democracy and China the matter. Away from America Huawei phones were sent in a flash, China tore things up, threw foreign PCs and software in the trash. Trade war talks stalled at Phase 1, plus mention of quid pro quo, Disney said Marvel’s ...Read More »
‘Twas the time before Christmas, near the end of 2018 Not surprisingly these lines stir, repeat what has been; Though Khashoggi was not quite hung with care, Mr. Miyagi waxed on popular culture to go there; Investors got nervous, some blamed trade wars, others the Fed, But Yellen was gone, no point in calling for off with her head And Hondurans plus more in their caravan large, at a border did nap, Calls to “build the wall” made wearing a Make America Great Again cap– Barbara and George passed, sadness, a dignified clatter, Deaths worth two Bushes in the hand for that matter. A way with turkey, a question of whether to carve or to cut? Yet ask the bird and it will tell you to go get– Ducked any profanity, since it’s a family show, Add a chicken, that’s a turducken of innuendo; When, Harry married Meghan, a Royal ...Read More »
‘Twas the time before Christmas, reflecting back on 2017 Not much had worked, from what has been seen; Politicians fired rockets and taunted without care, National security, sovereignty, diplomacy was where; People once thought concerts were safe as a bed, Bombings and shootings, sugar plum visions fled Hillary still held her ‘kerchief, and Bill his cap, Supporters unsettled, maybe in 2020 they’d be back– On the internet things were said with such a clatter, Put a hashtag on any opinion and surely it must matter. Those within range fear a North Korean ICBM flash, Batten down the shutters, and what is this rash. The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, The line above unchanged, relevant to what’s below; When, from Tinsel Town they came to say #MeToo, A cause to slay, power abused by more than a few, Thinking with that little old driver, so lively and ...Read More »
LEGO and tape goes together like crowd and funding. Such is the idea behind Nimuno Loops – The Toy Block Tape. Bumps on one side and sticky on the other, using the tape allows almost any surface to be turned into a LEGO-compatible building block land of fun. There’s also the Receiver Tape which acts like the base of LEGO-compatible building blocks, allowing for an expanded range of taping and block building activities. Whether it’s accessorising toys, sticking building blocks to walls, or getting closer to helping answer what you might look like as a LEGO character, the adhesive LEGO-compatible tape has got things covered. Probably literally. Since it’s being crowdfunded, jump on board and order a few rolls of the Nimuno Loops to help make the LEGO-compatible sticky tape a reality. Excessive use of the LEGO-compatible tape could be a sign of either necessity, ingenuity, desperation, or senility. It ...Read More »
Coining a phrase isn’t quite the same as phrasing a coin, but Deadpooling looks to be a thing now. The character’s self-aware nature allows Deadpool to appear almost anywhere. In everything. And be prone to be popping up over anything. Not unlike male teenagers Meaning that breaking the fourth wall is no longer limited to DIY mistakes or an Interstellar plot twist. Thanks to Zamurai Productions, the latest to get the Deadpool treatment, or a Deadpooling is a: Tale as old as internet Song as old as kismet Deadpool and the Beast For those waiting for the last rose petal to drop, it’s more of a Gaston musical number really and involves Disney’s live action rendition of Beauty and the Beast (2017) getting the Deadpool Musical parody treatment. Plus nothing says “live action” quite like Deadpool. There’s an irony there. Probably. Maybe. Only if you still need to change into ...Read More »
Cartoons are a product of culture, but is culture a product of cartoons? The question posed is of concern to a group of Islamic leaders in Australia known as the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), who are currently helping the campaign to raise funds for television shows which support Islamic values. In their sights is creating an Islamic alternative to the children’s (and just quietly adults’) television show Peppa Pig. Based in Sydney, Australia, the production company One4Kids, is aiming to raise $20,000 to start working on their Islamic Peppa Pig alternative. To be called Barakah Hills, it’s described as an “halal cartoon series” which is set in a “predominantly Muslim town”. Known for their character Zaky and animated cartoons which include the topics of learning Arabic, prayer, the Quran, and Ramadan, One4Kids has stated: “The show’s main objective is to show children what it is like to be a ...Read More »
In what appears as a faux pas, a Terry White chemist in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, made the mistake of displaying an “Experience a White Christmas” sign with golliwogs underneath it. Local George Helon saw the display and photographed it (shown above). Talking to the Toowoomba Chronicle, Helon said: “I showed a photo to other people and they said, ‘what the hell?’ I don’t think there was any ill intent, it was just inappropriately placed.” The manager of the Toowoomba Terry White chemist store explained to the newspaper that it was unintentional, with the golliwogs removed from the display. Golliwogs were once a popular toy (and an Arnott’s chocolate biscuit) of yesteryear, but since the 1960s have subsequently come to be seen by many as a politically incorrect and controversial caricature of black people with strong racist overtones. Terry White Chemists have now further apologised and withdrawn the golliwog doll from ...Read More »
Self-lacing sneakers like those worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II are finally available in larger, but still limited edition quantities. The future is now, and not just because Biff Tannen was based on Donald Trump. Back to the shoes, and these shoes are called the 2016 Nike MAGs. The MAGs are said to include Adaptive Fit technology which senses the wearer and tightens or loosens the laces accordingly. Meaning you don’t even have to use your hands. Because that’s apparently primitive in the future. The catch is though, to get your hands on (and feet in) these shoes with self-tying shoelaces, involves a game of chance. Only 89 pairs of the sneakers will be available, and there are all to be won in a lottery. Unfortunately, the winning ticket numbers aren’t listed in a future version of Grays Sports Almanac as far as anyone knows. ...Read More »
In whatever form it takes, the future zombie apocalypse, often induced by some sort of pathogen, has become something of a mainstay amongst pop culture and the entertainment industry. Granting the ability to tell the story of humanity questioned as survival and morals are tested, with the faint glimmer of hope on the horizon. Yet what of the science behind it? If it’s a pathogen, then it’s not some malevolent supernatural force. With the desperation of necessity being the mother of invention, then maybe science could find a cure and a way to save humanity? A pathogenic fungi of the Cordyceps genus has infected humanity, turning most into zombie-like creatures. Although hope exists with someone who’s immune to the infection, and perhaps a cure can be synthesised from them. Without going too Orson Welles on causing alarmism for the sake of a story, that’s actually the basic premise of the ...Read More »