The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Scifi News for 5/12/2018

Happy early Mudder’s Day to all the mudders out there. I can’t think of a better Mudder’s Day present than to listen to this podcast. Or just drink a tall glass of Mudder’s Milk and you’ll get the same results. 

What are the “BIG” 3 Scifi News items for this week:

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VOTD: Batman is Confused – Plot Holes of The Dark Knight | /Film

This a very well done video and I wanted to share the love.

Batman’s beginning to wonder if his movie makes any sense at all. In music video form, the eighth video in the Key of Awesome series takes aim at the plot holes of The Dark Knight. Of course, if you’ve been in a hole somewhere and still haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins sequel, be aware this is spoiler filled. Watch the video embedded after the jump, followed by the lyrics.

via VOTD: Batman is Confused – Plot Holes of The Dark Knight | /Film.

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Goodbye, MJ. Until next time….

mj smooth criminalToday has not been the greatest day when it comes to being a fan of pop icons. Michael Jackson has passed away from a cardiac arrest earlier today. While he has been out of the spotlight for many years, it comes as more of a shock rather than the passing of Farah Fawcett. I could go on and on about how many times I watched the Thriller video which was directed by John Landis. This was not only a groundbreaking video on many levels but a great homage to many classic horror as well as having dancing zombies. Come on, who does not like dancing zombie? And yet, MJ also had a scifi connection.

Michael Jackson & E.TI will admit to owning a copy of Michael Jackson narrated the story of E.T. on a record. Those who are familiar with the movie will know how special this Spielberg movie was to many kids. With Michael Jackson having released his Thriller album, you put this two huge icons together and I thought this was the coolest thing ever. To go one further, if you had ever gone to Disney’s Epcot when they first opened will know that MJ starred in a 3-D film production called Captain Eo.

While I vaguely remember what the film was about I do remember one of my earliest piracy efforts. Of course, I can say that this was a no-no but back then, I knew that I will not be able to see this again. There was no internet and not VHS copies of the movie, at least I could remember, so I used my camcorder to record the movie. Here was the big mistake about recording Captain Eo, the movie was in 3-D. But I didn’t care, I still recorded the film and did not return my 3-D glasses. I got back to NY with my prize and the video really sucked. Thank god, we have YouTube and below is the poster as well as the actual film.

I am sad to see Michael go but we have so much of him still with us in his music and many videos that captured the way I want to remember him. Until next time….


Happy Birthday, Tetris, Addictive Video Game

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While at lunch today, I was listening to NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me in which there was a trivia question about Tetris. In the actual game, we hear Russian music but did you know this piece of music actually had lyrics. The host of Wait, Wait rattled off 3 possible answers but I knew after hearing the first answer it had to be it. The actual lyric goes as this, “Oy, my crate is so light, The strap is no longer cutting into my shoulders!” I’ve been trying to find the rest of the lyrics and to post it on this entry. Read below the actual lyrics as well a video of a game of Tetris being played on a building, as well as article about Tertis itself. Enjoy!

Oy, my crate is so full,
I’ve got chintz and brocade.
Take pity, oh sweety,
Of this lad’s shoulder

I will, I will go out into the tall rye,
I will wait there till the night comes,
Once I see the dark-eyed lass,
I will showcase all my goods.

I paid no small price myself,
So don’t bargain or be stingy,
Bring your scarlet lips to me,
Sit closer to this fine lad.

The foggy night has already come,
The daring lad is awaiting,
Hark, it’s her! The desired one has come,
The merchant is selling his goods.

Katya is haggling with care,
She is afraid to pay too much,
A lad is kissing his lass,
Asking her to raise the price.

Only the deep night knows,
What they agreed upon.
Straighten up now, oh tall rye,
And keep their secret scrupulously!

Oy, my crate is so light,
The strap is no longer cutting into my shoulders!
And all my lass took
Was one turquoise ring.

June 06, 2009

by Amy Goldschlager

Twenty-five years ago, mathematician Alexey Pajitnov introduced the world to that compelling little time-waster, Tetris. The game of tumbling blocks made the Nintendo Game Boy a commercial success and paved the virtual way for other puzzle games like Bejeweled, Snood and Peggle.

Early Days

In June 1984, Pajitnov was working for the Moscow Academy of Sciences when he developed the Tetris program for the Elektronica 60, a personal computer, in his spare time, Kikizo reports. According to GameSpot, Tetris was inspired by a physical puzzle game called Pentomino. The game is deceptively simple but, says The Associated Press, “hard to master”: A series of blocks, or “tetrominoes,” in various shapes fall toward the bottom of your screen. Your task is to fit them together into rows with no spaces. If you complete a row, it vanishes. As you continue, the blocks fall faster and faster; eventually, when you can’t keep up, the blocks will pile up at the top of the screen and the game is over.

via Happy Birthday, Tetris, Addictive Video Game.

Bea Arthur Passes Away


You may be asking as to why is Bea Arthur appearing on my Scifi blog? Oddly enough, depending on your age, namely mine and above, will know there is a scifi connection to Star Wars. Never mind that she in the movie Mame or in Maude – a spinoff from All in the Family, or Dorthy from Golden Girls, or the Femputer in an episode on Futurama, none of that matters.  Bea Arthur was Ackmena on The Star Wars Holiday Special. She played a bartender in the very infamous Star Wars Cantina bar. 

I remember seeing this special live when it aired on the one and only time. While I can truthfully say, as Luke would say, “What a piece of junk.” Yes, this special is very painful to watch even for this die hard fan but it is a must for the commercials and the first Star Wars animated short starring Boba Fett. While I own a bootleg vhs copy, I have yet to plunk down more money for a dvd copy. Thank god that we have YouTube to see this rare tv special.

Having said this, Bea Arthur had a definite presence and who could hold her own. If you ever watch Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roasts you’ll know that she can take it and also give it.

So long, Bea.