Archive for July, 2013

22
Jul
13

All New Showcase Episode 292: San Diego Comic-Con 2013

AllNewShowcase2This week, Blake decides it’s high time the Showcase got a new coat of paint, a slightly amended format, and a much snazzier archive page. Welcome to the first episode of the All New Showcase! In this episode, Blake explains the reasons for the change before sitting down with Kenny and Erin to talk about all the news from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. Witchblade Vs. the Darkness, the Simpsons meeting the Griffins and the Planet Express crew, Riverdale swaming with zombies, JMS taking on the Twilight Zone, new series for Harley Quinn, the return of Nightcrawler, Avengers 2 gets a title and Man of Steel 2 gets a guest-star! This and much, much more in the first All New Showcase! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what’s cool this week? For Kenny, it’s Pacific Rim, for Erin it’s the works of the late Richard Matheson, and for Blake it’s The Argonauts!

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

All New Showcase #292: San Diego 2013

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20
Jul
13

2 in 1 Shot #9: Phineas and Ferb/Star Wars

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This week’s regular episode will be delayed a tad so that the boys can talk about all of the announcements at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but in the meantime, here’s a quickie to tide you over. They’re already taking on a mission with Marvel, and now next year, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb will collide with the Star Wars universe. What does Blake think about this? Find out in this 2 in 1 Shot! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

2 in 1 Shot #9: Phineas and Ferb/Star Wars

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18
Jul
13

Little Shop of Horrors opens tonight!

Little Shop of Horrors“On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places…”

The Thibodaux Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors opens tonight at 7:30! Visit ThibodauxPlayhouse.com for ticket information, and be sure to share the Facebook event with your friends!

14
Jul
13

2 in 1 Showcase At the Movies Episode 36: Monster-Sized Double Feature

showcase logo smallBlake is back this week with a double monster movie review. This week he looks at Guillermo Del Toro’s new epic Pacific Rim and Pixar’s prequel Monsters University. We also double up on the picks with Astro City #2 and Quantum and Woody #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

2 in 1 Showcase At the Movies #36: Monster-Sized Double Feature

11
Jul
13

Trying again…

A few weeks ago, I started walking. Not every day, probably four or five times a week, with weather and other circumstances sometimes preventing the walk. I’m averaging about 1.25 miles per session, although the app I’m using to track it fluctuates between 1.23 and 1.33 miles, even though I walk the same route every time. Go figure.

I’ve changed my eating habits. Cutting out junk food, sweets. Eating less. I’m drinking almost nothing but water. And when 4 o’clock rolls around and I suddenly desperately want to eat something, as always seems to happen, I reach for an apple instead of a bag of chips. If circumstances force me to eat fast food or nothing at all (something that happens frequently when I’m rehearsing a play until nine o’clock at night), I go for the grilled chicken sandwich instead of the bacon cheeseburger. In fact, I’ve only had one hamburger in the past month, not counting the fourth of July barbecue because, dammit, it was the Fourth of July and Benjamin Franklin DIED AT GETTYSBURG to protect our right to burn meat and eat as many hot dogs as possible at Coney Island. (I respect this last part tremendously, although I don’t take part — I don’t really like hot dogs.)

I am, as seems to happen every few years, back to making a real, concentrated effort to get healthier. It always happens the same way — I feel lousy, I get tired of feeling lousy, I do what I can to make myself healthier. I improve. I can tell you right now that I feel better today than I have in a long time. But I always slip up, I always go back to old habits. I’m particularly afraid of losing the walking once school starts again. Right now it’s relatively easy — although I have a lot of work to do, I’ve got a lot of freedom as to when I do it, so working in a walking session usually isn’t a problem. But I prefer to walk in the morning, before I start doing anything else, before I’m distracted by a million things. In order to do that once school starts I’d have to start getting up before 5 a.m., a punishment that should be reserved only for the most egregious prisoners of war. Doing it after school is viable, but I know from experience how hard it will be to jolt myself into activity after a full day on my feet chasing after high school students trying to teach them to conjugate gerunds or whatever it is I do.

But I’ve got even more of a reason now that I have in the past. I’ve got a wedding next year. And I want to feel great that day. And I want to keep feeling great after that.

 

04
Jul
13

Happy Independence Day

DeclarationIt’s once again the anniversary of the day the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain, and for those of us in the states it is — as it should be — a day of celebration and festivities. Barbecue pits are simmering, pools are being cleaned, beer is being iced and fireworks are waiting to be lit.

Before you do any of that, though, let’s try to remember what it took to get us here.

Read this. Even if — especially if — you’ve never read it before.

In Congress, July 4, 1776

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing taxes on us without our consent;

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in our attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity; and we have conjured them, by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

WE, THEREFORE, the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.




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