Tailer Park: Cowboys and Aliens

December 14th, 2010 by Kyle

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Presented without comment… because really, what can you say?

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Geek Tragedy #67: It’s Never a “Good” Burger.

December 14th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep67.mp3[/podcast]

This week’s GT starts with the GT X-mas gift exchange where Dave and Kyle reaffirm their friendship though giving, and Kyle reveal just how much he hates Jaimel for stealing his “echo”! Also, reviews on today’s new releases, and a nostalgia induced nightmare ans the geeks relive the horror of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

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Episode 67 Show Notes

December 14th, 2010 by Kyle

“Welcome to Geek Tragedy, home of the Geek Tragedy – can we take your order?”

Episode 67: It’s Never A Good Burger

Sponsored By LaBella Gift Baskets & Cards

Starters:

  • Get Well Alan Bagh
  • Holiday gift exchange

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. AMC opening Dine-In Theaters
  2. Tommy Wiseau confirms The Room Blu-ray, 3D conversion
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Mad Men spec script by Marc Zicree has Don Draper meeting Rod Serling
  • From The Gaming Desk
  1. “Shagg” Washington of Cypress Hill sues Rockstar Games, claiming that GTA: San Andreas steals his life story
  • From the Comics Desk:
  1. DC Editor gives Spider Man musical bad review
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Tokyo Governor calls manga fans losers, tells them to go talk to real girls
  2. …causing an industry boycott of the Tokyo Anime Fair
  3. China builds world’s largest bootleg Gundam
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Records reveal Bea Arthur was a truck-drivin’, officer-cussin’, VD-havin’ Marine
  2. A Klingon Christmas Carol coming to Chicago
  3. Gorillaz to release free new album on Christmas Day

Five-Minute Reviews:

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

Saturday Morning Rewind:

Stuff You Should Know About:

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Miracle on Geary Blvd.

December 10th, 2010 by Dave

We interrupt our geekery for a seasonal story. Gather ’round Uncle Dave and I’ll tell you a classic tale of Christmas in the Hollywood tradition, only this one is absolutely true.

So, one of the biggest attractions in San Francisco any time of the year is Union Square, right in the heart of the high-end shopping district of the City. But at Christmastime, the stores all get together to really decorate the Square, and Macy’s brings in Santa Claus. And all through December, Santa holds court in Union Square, listening to all the wishes of children from around San Francisco and beyond. It’s a spectacle and tradition every bit as big and wonderful as any you can find in a major city. And for over 20 years, a man named John Toomey has been Santa Claus for San Francisco. He’s an institution that spans a generation and draws kids and kids at heart from all over.

I happen to know Santa John personally; he’s a fairly regular customer at the cigar store I work at on Fisherman’s Wharf. He’s a good acquaintance of mine and a great friend to my manager, Mike. Santa John looks the part of Santa Claus: broad, stocky, a bit on the short side, and a full grey beard that goes down to his chest. In the off-season, he wears Hawaiian shirts and as he sits outside our store puffing on a cigar; he looks the part of Santa on vacation. Kids stare at him as they walk by and he always smiles and gives them a ‘ho-ho-ho’ to brighten their day. He’s a perfect Santa, always willing to bring cheer to young and old no matter what time of year.

And this year, he was fired. On the first weekend of December.

Macy’s let John go because he made a couple ‘risque’ jokes to a pair of adults that were sitting on his lap, doing the Christmas thing. No kids were near to over hear. When John gets supposedly rational adults on his lap, he has fun with them and gives them a bit more adult material to make them smile. He asked the woman if she’d been a naughty girl, she said no, and John chuckled and said ‘Oh, that’s too bad’. He followed with a joke: ‘Do you know why Santa is so jolly? He knows where all the naughty boys and girls live’.

Jokes that wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow at most church meetings, much less San Francisco. Jokes he’s been telling for over 20 years as Santa.

The ‘adults’ got offended and complained. And Mr. E. Scrooge that runs HR at Macy’s in San Francisco fired John.

Now, in this day and age of litigation at the drop of a feather and general oversensitivity, do I think John should have been joking like that? Not really. But firing him? A guy that’s been the cornerstone of your Christmas display and celebration for two decades? Even the Grinch would think that’s over the top.

So John was fired on Saturday, the 4th. He’s retired and has his Social Security, but it was going to be a tough squeeze to get by for him. Mike and I were both saddened and shocked by these turn of event. And so was everyone that knew John. And that’s when the Miracle happened.

John’s story was ran in the Chronicle on Monday, the 6th. Included in the article were notes of outrage from both normal people that were looking forward to seeing ‘their’ Santa again this year and several Macy’s employees (all anonymously) saying how unfair the whole thing was and how badly Corporate had handled this.

The next day, Tuesday, John was employed again; but not with Macy’s. Another San Francisco institution, a sports bar called Lefty O’Doul’s, hired John to be Santa for their annual toy drive at the bar that benefits the SF Firefighters’ Toy Program. At twice the rate of pay Macy’s was giving him. He officially starts there this Sunday.

The story continued to grow. ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ was playing out before our eyes. Wire services and newspapers across the world were carrying the story of the Santa who was fired by Macy’s. I’m sure Macy’s corporate management was wondering just how much worse this story was going to get for them. They soon found out.

Early Thursday morning, John boarded a plane at SFO. He was flown down to Los Angeles, Burbank to be precise. And John got to do his Santa thing on the ‘Tonight Show’ for Thursday’s broadcast. “I can’t tell you what all the boys and girls are getting for Christmas, but it won’t be Macy’s gift cards.” Even I, die-hard Leno hater that I am have to give the Chinned One some respects and props.

Kyle and I went into San Francisco today to go to the party for John that Lefty O’Doul’s was throwing for him. The San Francisco media was there, getting all the sound bites, recording a couple of the kids that were brought in (it’s a sports bar and restaurant, kids are allowed in with parents) to meet Santa and tell him their wish list. And just like that, John was back in his element, being a part of the magic of Christmas after a slight hiccup.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the layout of San Francisco, Geary Bvd. is one of the streets that runs along Union Square. And just 2 block up from Union Square on Geary is Lefty O’Doul’s. So all in all, it really was a remake of ‘Miracle on 34th St.’ played out in our fair City, with Lefty’s pinch hitting for Gimble’s and Macy’s playing…Macy’s.

So, the end of this story is that Santa John now works for better pay for a great charity and had a brush with fame. And Macy’s looks like the biggest Christmas villain ever. Who says Hollywood stories don’t really happen?

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And you can see him on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco.

Even if you don’t don’t live in San Francisco, you can help Santa John spread some Christmas cheer. Help out the SF Firefighter’s Toy Drive with a donation. Or spread the cheer by making a donation to a toy drive in your own part of the world.

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Geek Tragedy #66: Don’t Play in the Jungle

December 7th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep66.mp3[/podcast]

This week, the Geeks say goodbye to a trio of entertainment titans, and avoid spending any money via Akamatsu’s affiliate links. Also, does Panasonic have fun and games? Find out this week, on Geek Tragedy!

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Episode 66 Show Notes

December 7th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 66: Don’t Play In The Jungle

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Starters:

  • RIP Leslie Nielsen
  • RIP Irvin Kershner
  • RIP Umanosuke Iida

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Dolph Lundgren to team with Uwe Boll for In The Name Of The King 2
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Walking Dead Executive Producer responds to success by firing entire writing staff
  2. Congress passes CALM Act
  • From The Gaming Desk
  1. Panasonic testing new “Jungle” gaming handheld
  2. Case dropped against Xbox 360 modder
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Nobody buying from Akamatsu’s J-Comi affiliate links
  2. Fan sends teddy bear with knife through it to voice actor Sho Hayami, school
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Japanese scientists invent touchable hologram
  2. Playboy releases 250GB hard drive with digital copy of every issue ever published
  3. Steve Martin bombs at art talk

Five-Minute Reviews:

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

Saturday Morning Rewind:

Stuff You Should Know About:

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Trailer Park: Tron vs Narnia

December 1st, 2010 by Kyle

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This Holiday Season- We’ve got a battle between the franchise Disney let go, and the franchise it’s trying to resurrect. Pick a side fellow geeks! Which potential blockbuster are you watching?

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Episode 65 Show Notes

December 1st, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 65: Kyle Scrooge – Bane Of The Holidays!

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Starters:

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Wesley Snipes goes to jail
  2. Buffy to be rebooted with new movie
  3. Mark Wahlberg admits The Happening “was a bad movie”
  4. Stephen King lists Let Me In as his favorite film of 2010
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Internet campaign to get Cookie Monster to host SNL
  2. MST3K Gamera box set coming
  3. The Rock to do voices on Transformers Prime cartoon
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society 3D coming in March
  2. “Cafe Rottenmeyer” older maid cafe opens in Tokyo
  • From the Cellar:
  1. iTunes sells 2 million Beatles songs in its first week
  2. Axl Rose sues Guitar Hero

Five-Minute Reviews:

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

Saturday Morning Rewind:

Stuff You Should Know About:

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