The Secret Origins Of Cannon Fodder

"So, do any of these guys have names?"
“So, do any of these guys have names?”

G.I. Joe was the sort of 80s animated series that didn’t necessarily excel in answering questions, but here’s one that maybe should have been answered:  where exactly did Cobra find all its soldiers?  Knowing may have been half the battle, but maybe you could cut the battle by another half if you could dry up Cobra’s recruitment.  Instead, there’s a ton of generally faceless guys who seem to line up in order for the Joes, a military unit with the loosest uniform standards in the entire American Defense Department (thanks for that joke, Robot Chicken), to punch out by the dozen.  Its a good thing the Joes couldn’t shoot any straighter than Cobra could, because that would have been rather messy.

Seriously, where do groups like Cobra find recruits?  Who lines up to join them?  I suppose the same question could be applied to modern world terrorist organizations, but unlike them, Cobra had a whole island that everyone knew about.  I am sure a more pro-active group like Seal Team 6 would have stormed that place and taken out the top leadership in about a minute and a half (again, thanks for the joke, Robot Chicken).  Cobra had cheap equipment, and most missions had the Joes rounding up the foot soldiers by the hundreds to, I dunno, go to prison somewhere.  And its not as if Cobra is alone here.

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Mystery Geek Box Monthly Subscriptions: The Good, The Bad, and The Geeky

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Mystery box subscriptions are all the craze these days. You know what I’m talking about, right? Mystery subscription boxes are mail order boxes filled with stuff that you pay for on a monthly basis. The catch is that you have no idea what is going to be in the box month-to-month. You have to go on faith that what is being delivered, will match the value of what you’re paying for the monthly subscription. And depending on what you subscribe to, you can open your mystery box and it may be filled beyond the value of your monthly fee, or you may come up short. It’s a gamble. And with a million different subscription themes out there; boxes for dogs, for foodies, for grooming, for geeks, etc, etc. You have to be sure you know what you’re getting into. Curious? Read on.

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Show Off Your Skillzzz With These Geek Merit Badges

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Nothing says awesome like having a patch proclaiming your geekiness. Watch out girl scouts, cause we’re coming for you next! Before you know it, geeks will be selling crack cookies just like you. Oooooooooh, just you wait. You sneaky little she-devils. Wait…. wait a minute. This is about patches, not cookies. How easily I get distracted. Anyway – I came across these awesome geek merit badges by Veronica over at StoriedThreads. Just wait till you see the geekery that’s in store.

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The Walking Dead Stinks!

"Does this smell funny to you?"
“Does this smell funny to you?”

MTV.com posted an interesting interview with two doctors with regards to what the world of the Walking Dead would smell like. Long story short, you’re probably not going to survive very long because you’ll be to busy throwing up on yourself to get away.

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Anatomy Of A Horror Movie: What Really Scares Us

This image comes from a movie called "Zombeavers".  I am not making that up.  If I know my horror movies, the dog and the woman who keeps her top on longest will be the survivors.
This image comes from a movie called “Zombeavers”. I am not making that up. If I know my horror movies, the dog and the woman who keeps her top on longest will be the survivors.

I’m not generally one for horror movies.  Horror novels I can generally deal with, but I was a rather nervous kid who was easily frightened by things that probably weren’t that scary to begin with as far as TV and the movies go, and as such I’ve never been much for scary movies.

That’s too bad.  Horror movies are about what scare us, and not just on the surface, but what is frightening to a society as a whole in a specific time and place. Continue reading Anatomy Of A Horror Movie: What Really Scares Us

World War Z Sequel To Start Over. Just Like Zombies…Nothing Is Ever Really Dead

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I don’t know about you, but I kinda liked World War Z. No…I didn’t read the book, like many of you may have done, so to me, it was a fun zombie flick. I especially liked the bite-bite-bite noise of the zombie chomping towards people. It’s super creepy. But, to hear that they are making a sequel that is, well, not really a sequel, that concerns me. Why not just call it something else? Why connect it to the first at all?

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