Thursday, October 28, 2010

Searching for "Killer Klowns From Outer Space"

14 miles south of Santa Cruz, California is the city of Watsonville, my hometown. Its claim to fame is its agriculture (strawberries, apples and lettuce) and Martinelli’s (known for its sparkling apple cider). What many people don’t know is that in the 1980’s Watsonville had some visitors. From space. Specifically, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

I was never scared of clowns and never understood why other people are. I found the ones in this film pretty silly, even if they had razor sharp teeth. When Killer Klowns From Outer Space was released I looked at it as a comedy while friends were terrified. Most of the classic Chiodo’s Bothers film was shot in Watsonville and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. After rewatching the film recently I decided to go on a little tour of some of the places where it was shot. Some were in walking distance or a short bike ride away. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I didn't run into any Killer Klowns. Check out the pics from the film and the locations as they look today.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Get your GEEK on

I love being a Geek. We get some of the coolest products on the planet. Below are 5 items that every Geek can appreciate.

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Wii Remote-

The Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is in your hands. This time it's a fully functional Remote Controller accessory for Nintendo Wii and is compatible with all your favorite Wii games. It can be connected to the Wii Nunchuck controller and Wii MotionPus attachments.

It's not a cheesy attachment like the lightsabers that were made for the Wii. No siree. This is an actual Wiimote. THIS IS AWESOME SAUCE! Unfortunately it'll only be available in the U.K. But, from the research I've done, even though the games are region coded, accessories/peripherals aren't. Translation: I will be importing this from the U.K. after it's released on October 29th.

Lady Clankington's Little Death Ray-

Introducing the world's first steampunk "adult toys" from Lady Clankington's Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities. Uh, yeah, 'nuff said.

Wii Darth Vader Sensor Bar Holder-

Yet another awesome Wii accessory. Channel the Force into all of your games with this Wii Darth Vader Sensor Bar Holder! This sculpture-quality Darth Vader character in high-density resin will look great in any room. The specially crafted Lightsaber is engineered to safely support the sensor bar while maintaining full range and performance. Specially made to Nintendo standards to work perfectly with original Wii Sensor Bar.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are ready for martial arts action with this latest series in the new BATSU collection of stylized action figures! This set includes stylized versions of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo, each 5" tall and equipped with their signature weapons.

The DC Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the DC Universe-

The DC Vault unlocks DC Comics' most fascinating secrets and deeply buried treasures, presenting a colorful array of historic and never-before-published memorabilia, including early sketches, covers, memos, press materials, and much more. From a working reproduction of a 1942 Junior Justice Society of America decoder, to a series of Public Service Announcements starring Superman and Batman, to the original pencils and inks for Wonder Woman #63, this dazzling chronicle contains more than 25 plastic-encased archival pieces for readers to pull out and examine, all while learning about the artists, writers, and world-famous super heroes that make up the DC Universe.

I received one of these for Christmas a couple of years ago and LOVE it. There are so many cool  pieces within the book and it's all ridiculously well put-together. A MUST for any comic fan. Also, be sure to check out the Marvel and Batman versions!