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RIP Bartcop

Pour out a little Chinaco

The godfather of liberal bloggers, Terry R. Coppage, aka Bartcop, passed away last Wednesday.

Bartcop was a snarky, no-holds barred, riotous – at times mean-spirited, but never untruthful – oasis of hilarity and vitriol, where politicians and a compliant media were called out for their bullshit. Along with Media Whores Online (‘The Horse”), no journalist was ever again safe from having their stories fact-checked online and then held up to ridicule.

Bartcop was the brainchild of Terry R. Coppage, based out of his beloved and sometimes mocked Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Terry was fearless in a way that other media critics couldn’t be for a simple reason: he wasn’t angling to move up the fawning beltway food chain with a guest spot at The Washington Post. He didn’t pull punches and he called bullshit for what it was: “bullshit.”

The site was crude, the graphics sometimes even cruder (I have a special place in my heart for his animated gif of Tim Russert repeating “Clinton’s cock” over and over and over again), but most importantly it dispensed with the niceties with a wicked grin with a well-placed deflating shiv between the ribs.

posted by sensate on Mar 10, 2014 - 26 comments

What Exactly Is Curling?

A    gentle      slow     sport    -   with brooms and yelling [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Feb 15, 2014 - 93 comments

A History of Horror, a personal journey of horror films with Mark Gatiss

"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares." And so Mark Gatiss opens his three-part series, A History of Horror. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites," taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 28, 2014 - 17 comments

The Old Ways

A History of British Folk Horror
posted by Artw on Oct 22, 2013 - 62 comments

For the Emperor! For the Imperium of Man!

Best Warhammer 40K Costume Ever
posted by Artw on Apr 24, 2013 - 87 comments

The one with the hitchhiker in the yellow coat

Hammer House of Horror was a 1980 British anthology television series produced by the eponymous film studio. It was followed by Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense and there were a couple of other notable, similar themed, series around at the time, Beasts and West Country Tales. They might now seem a little crude and simplistic, but they employed an interesting array of writers, directors and actors and the best can still raise a definite chill [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 31, 2012 - 8 comments

Walking on Broken Maybes

Carly Rae Jepsen based "Call Me Maybe" on Annie Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass". Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend (wiki) mashed the two together: "Call Me on Broken Glass". (Bonus Lennox mashup link: "Sweet Dreams" vs. "Can't Touch This" and many others).
posted by WCityMike on Jul 11, 2012 - 43 comments

Please don't hurt 'em Hammer

The making of Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, and Part II. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 27, 2012 - 22 comments

Before Doctor Who, there was Professor Quartermass

British manned space flights; an insidious threat from outer space; a man mutating into an evil alien, his human consciousness being eaten away; and a scientist - utterly anti-Establishment, courageous and cerebral - the only man who can fight it. No, not Doctor Who, but his highly distinguished predecessor, Prof Bernard Quatermass. A decade before Doctor Who first aired, the The Quartermass Experiment was the first science-fiction TV serial produced for adults, and a live-to-viewers BBC production, to boot. The show ran for six episodes in 1953, of which only the first two episodes are known survive. The short sci-fi series spun off three original sequels and a radio drama-documentary, along with movie re-makes of the first three series by Hammer Films. BBC brought back live TV with a 2005 adaptation of the original 1953 series. You can watch the various series on online (in parts on Daily Motion), thanks to fans of The British Rocket Group. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 23, 2011 - 21 comments

This fine-art project is definitely going to give you cancer (or has already given you cancer).

The Hairpin shows us how to how to make a doll into a wine glass in 23 quick steps.
posted by item on May 16, 2011 - 35 comments

Writemare at 20,000 feet

Richard Matheson—Storyteller - To mark the publication of a book of tribute stories writer and editor Richard Bradley has been blogging about the author's 60 year writing career- covering I Am Legend, Duel, and The Incredible Shrinking Man, not to mention Somewhere in Time (full index here). Of course Matheson is probably most famous for his contributions to the Twilight Zone, being one of it's three major writers and scripting Nightmare at 20,000 feet. Twice.
posted by Artw on Jan 4, 2011 - 25 comments

Countess Dracula

RIP Ingrid Pitt, queen of Hammer horror. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 23, 2010 - 22 comments

maxwell's silver hammer

maxwell, a college film version...... You've seen this one, you probably haven't seen this one ( a bit creepy! don't let your daughter date this guy!). There is this studio version . The Steve Martin version, a bit more professional. Another college version...(extra credit for a damn nice hammer in this one!). This one scares me a bit! and... if you just want to play the darn song without all the blood! This one gets points for hammer and teeth! or.."wanna see my hammer?"
posted by HuronBob on Apr 2, 2010 - 12 comments

Satan Satan Satan Satan

The devil rides out - How Dennis Wheatley sold black magic to Britain.
posted by Artw on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 comments

LA's Got Talent

Hammer Pants mob invades a retail clothing store. SLYT
posted by exogenous on Jun 5, 2009 - 84 comments

BLACK BELT against BLACK MAGIC

The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires combined the tail end of Hammer film's Dracula series with, the then, burgeoning martial arts craze to create "The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular!" [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 29, 2009 - 11 comments

Hammer Time

Hammer quiz. Identify the intended use of speciality (mostly vintage) hammers. A sister site of Puzzle Photos (previously). [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 3, 2008 - 28 comments

Please Hammer, don't hurt 'em

Chinese MC Hammer. Move for move nearly perfect redo of the original Hammer video. In someone's living room. While mom knits on the couch. It's a thousand kinds of awesome. via blort
posted by mathowie on Mar 29, 2008 - 74 comments

Hammer Has Risen From The Grave!... er Rave!

Hammer films are back! ... The classic British horror film company has returned from the dead with the first new film in 20 years to be first broadcast in instalments via MySpace. This has allowed some news programs to camp it up just a little... See the trailer here. Behind the scenes. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 18, 2007 - 18 comments

If I had a hammer...

Hammer-wielding granny smashes up Comcast office. [more inside]
posted by contessa on Oct 19, 2007 - 239 comments

Toribash

Toribash is a turn-based fighting game where, during a turn, you set-up, articulate, and execute fighting moves with rag-doll characters. Looks like a pretty cool idea. Windows based executable, Linux based server software. I've been doing this for hours, and hours now. I... I... can't stop. Via (and description courtesy of )Negatendo
posted by boo_radley on Aug 22, 2006 - 9 comments

If the public likes you, you're good.

Frank Morrison "Mickey" Spillane, 1918-2006. Author, actor, circus performer, comic book writer.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jul 18, 2006 - 23 comments

Pants.

Please don't hurt 'em. Hammer got a weblog.
posted by The Jesse Helms on Mar 3, 2006 - 32 comments

MC Hammer visits Google.

MC Hammer visits Google. And there he is, blogging something. Wait, so this means MC Hammer has a blog somwhere?
posted by Count Ziggurat on Oct 22, 2005 - 29 comments

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Flash)
posted by boo_radley on Aug 13, 2005 - 31 comments

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