Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fuel the Rebellion Fuels Fuel My Blog

Fuel My Blog has a contest going on right now, and the winning blog gets fame, recognition and stuff.

Naturally, we want to be that blog here at Fuel the Rebellion. Our name even sounds like their name. It's like it's our Destiny, dudes. We're, like, the Chosen One. Chosen Blog. Whatever.

All you have to do is click the button below and vote for Fuel the Rebellion, and we'll win. Simple as that. Do it now. Really. You can vote for us once every day!

You didn't do it, did you? Snap! We know what you're thinking, "What's in it for me?"
Well, there's our undying gratitude, for starters!

What, you want more?!

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Yeah, now we've got your attention. Greedy pigs.

So here's how it works: vote for us! Post a comment with your email in it saying, "Hey, I voted for you." Do this every day you vote. The more you vote, the more chances you have to win! We'll go to Fuel My Blog to verify (that's our policy: Trust, But Verify).

Then we'll pick an email from our comments to win the Fuel the Rebellion Logo Tee. Each time you vote and send us a comment, you get another entry! You can vote every day!
It's that easy!

Now, go vote! (Oh, and thanks for supporting Fuel the Rebellion!)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Evan Almighty Review

Evan Almighty has some stiff competition to live up to. Way back in the day, John Denver's Oh, God series of movies were incredibly popular with the right-wing, family values crowd (and the rest of us, though we were too cool to mention it at the time). More recently, Jim Carrey took the stage with Bruce Almighty, with the kind of success that makes movie producers drool, and croon "sequel" under their breath. Which is probably how Evan Almighty came about to begin with, sans its star.

Enter Steve Carrell, the newest hot comic on the movie block. Carrell, though, despite his meteoric rise to fame over the last few years, has only one mega-movie lead credit to his name with The 40-Year-Old Virgin--is that really enough Hollywood clout to bring in viewers to see Evan Almighty?

The answer is yes. Plenty of fans opted to see the film on its opening day last Friday. Unfortunately for the viewers, though, once they got through the door, they weren't quite getting what they were hoping for.

It's not that Evan Almighty is a *bad* movie. Media rumor suggests it cost a whole shitload of cash to make, and we all know that heaps of money thrown at a film help prop it up to at least "okay" status. There's even cute animals to add to its appeal to the younger viewers. And as family film fodder goes, you can't do better than a Biblical parable-cum-slapstick-comedy storyline.

Unfortunately, the film doesn't do enough to attract the demographic it should be courting: urban young professionals, to whom Steve Carrell, veteran of both the Daily Show and The Office, has always held the greatest appeal.

Instead, the movie flounders somewhere between family film and so-so comedy, never really achieving the cult classic level that 40-Year-Old Virgin did. Steve Carrell, to his credit, delivers the comic lines (such as they are) with perfect timing, performs the prat falls and physical humor admirably, and comes across the screen as an engaging, likeable leading man. And the animals in the film are cute as a button, as are the film's child stars.

But where Carrell has always shone is in that edgy, slightly off-color humor, the kind of comedy that makes us cringe a little inside even while we are laughing, and this movie is just not the appropriate vehicle for that kind of humor.

As a family film, it is up there with the original Oh, God series, complete with a morally-satisfying ecologically sound storyline.

But for Carrell fans, Evan Almighty is just...Evan All Right.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Funky Fur Flying over at MeFi and YouTube

Don't know where it started, don't know why, but over at Youtube, pianists (and even a couple guitarists) are fighting over the title for Funkiest Fur Elise Rendition.

Claims to be Funky, but doesn't know what the word means (sorry, Dude, it's impressively played for a nine-year-old anyway.

First Funky Fur Elise requirement: Shades

Fairly Funky Duet:

This Fur Elise Funk war has even made it over to Matt Haughey's Community Weblog,, earning its own thread with the regular pundits judging the various levels of Funk mastery. If you're wondering about their funk credentials over there at Metafilter, check out just about any tune posted by a guy named Cortex and prepare to bow down to the Master.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

It's Quiet Now...Too Quiet

We boarded up the windows with the plywood we used to use when the big storms threatened. Funny how we used to think that was our biggest worry. The

younger kids have been polishing up on their skills, hitting the Xbox 360 in turns while the rest of us kept guard at the windows, peeking through the sunlit splits where the wood doesn't quite line up. We think we're safe for now--they seem to prefer the night for their attacks--but it's only a matter of time before the pizza and Twizzlers run out, and someone will have to go for a food run.

By unspoken consent, we've avoided the Walmarts where they congregate, and hit the small mom-and-pop operations for the staples--soda for the caffeine buzz to keep us going, zippo lighters (fire still scares the hell out of 'em, but we're not sure how long that will last; with each successive raid, they seem to grow more cunning), any potential weapons we can lay our hands on. Billy and Dimitri came up with some kind of improvised flame-thrower we load up with Aqua-net Hairspray and let fly--you should have seen their little faces light up when the undead turned crispy.

Makes me hopeful for the next generation, when we finally get out of this.

If we ever get out of this.

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