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Crappy Fake Science Babble Death Match!
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First Spaceship To Venus vs. Giant Spider Invasion:
which has the crappiest fake science babble?

We all know Crow's editorial position on the stupid, pulled-out-of-the-ass astrophysics gibberish in First Spaceship To Venus, but I'm just now finishing a viewing of Giant Spider Invasion, and wondering if Venus meets its match in that llab scene with Barbara Hale and that dude from Batwoman where they crap out such a sublimely worthless heap of fake astrophysics blather that all I could think of was that one astronaut's soul-crushingly dull changing-the-energy-back-into-mass-in-the-big-atomic-golf-ball rap in First Spaceship To Venus. Both of these scenes really hurt me, man, and I didn't even major in a science (I went to friggin' art school, f'cripesake).


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James GreyWolf - about 2 hours ago

Past few days, I did a little riff-recording. I got Yucca and Bloodbeast up to 300 riffs each. I have also started a tradition that I hope spreads to others. If you look at my riffs, you will note that a lot of them have a comment attached. I am recording origins of Riffs. Not all, because some are too easy to spot, and some are just jokes based on situation in movie. But song quotes, literary references, movie references (including movies actually watched in other episodes), some commercials, I am recording the origin below the riff (not as part of the riff). I think our riffs could be used as a database for people looking for origins of quotes.


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Showdax - about 4 hours ago

So I was sitting in the airport today, thinking about the plane I had to catch, when a voice came over the loudspeaker, catching my attention right away. "Attention: will McDonnell, Crow, and Hodgson please come to the blahblahblah".

I did not hear what the blahblahblah was, but I wished I had. I would've loved to dash over there and see who had the awesome sense of humor to page for Crow and Hodgson in an airport. I definitely geeked out a little and was somewhat disappointed that no one else's heads were searching about for "Hodgson and Crow". And of course, part of me was hopeful that Joel was there, but I doubt he was. That would've just been too cool. :P


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Vacation time.

Man and wife.

Unaware of scientific progress...


Question for Mac users
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I foolishly neglected to uninstall Crakinomee when I bought my machine. Is it too late?


About the General Hospital shorts
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Thanks to James GreyWolf's posting the missing info on FB, I've gotten some important feedback about those GH shorts from a Maureen Carney:
"Most stations have either moved or remodeled, and haven't keep tapes. (I know that to be the case with the then ABC affiliates in Manchester, Boston and Providence.) Some networks required affiliates to return kinescopes, which they then destroyed. UCLA has a full run of GH in their holdings, but they're not available to the public."


Another thank you
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This time to Leslie. Leslie was kind enough to give me some of her time to proofread a letter to Best Brains. After her look-see, I felt confident enough to send it to Mallon. Fingers are crossed.

It is almost becoming a cliche, but I really REALLY, could not have gotten this far without the thoughtfulness and advice of this group.


PAAAAACKERS!
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Gal Dagon - about 16 hours ago

This is absurd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y85scNreRd4

Well worth a watch even if you don't care for/about sports.


Elvira on Hulu!
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Starting today, there will be a new episode of Elvira for 13 days. I've only watched a few minutes of the first offering "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death" and it's already pretty great.

Anybody else following the nearly two week marathon?


Help a fellow MSTie out, please
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Rusty Shackleford - 1 day ago

A few years ago I used to have a...well, I'm not sure what to call it. Like an overlay?? It was a picture I had on the computer, and it was the theater silhouettes of Mike and the Bots from MST except with the screen area where the movie would be was cut out and transparent so I could bring it up over the RiffTrax movies I watched and it would look like M&tB were there riffing on the film. Unfortunately I lost the pic a while back.
Does anyone know of anywhere I could get something like this from without having to make it myself? And if not, any advice on how I could make another one for myself? The one I made was so long ago I can't remember much on how I made it except that I thought I simply used black (maybe) to fill in the screen area so that the RiffTrax movie would show through when I played it on VLC Media Player, but that doesn't work anymore.


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chris kaprys - 1 day ago

Where, specifically, and/or how are you watching your MST3K tonight? I'm watching it on my laptop over a 0.24 Mbps connection from an Arby's in the shadow of a tree by a creek in a parking lot in Knoxville, TN in the back of my 2-door car while I curl up to sleep. Road trippers still need their lullaby!
And you, madams and sirs?


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James GreyWolf - 1 day ago

Question for PC users
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Do you leave Goodyo running in the background or disable it?


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Theiguanaman2 - 1 day ago

There's this game i think you guys would like. It's a roleplaying space game called "space station 13". If you want to know more, ask questions in the comments.


Halloween was made for MST3K
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...and here's my imaginary MST3K Marathon, beginning at 6pm Halloween night:

-Samson Vs The Vampire Women
-Attack Of The Giant Leeches
-Bride Of The Monster
-The Unearthly
-Manos, The Hands Of Fate
-The Brain That Wouldn't Die
-The Screaming Skull


Happy Birthday, Tor Johnson... wherever you are
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Everybody's favorite big bald deranged kitten who can snap your neck like celery, Tor Johnson, was born this day in 1903.

Time for watch Bride Of The Monster!


rant
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RevJoan - 1 day ago

GAWD!!!!! MY VIKINGS BLOW!!!!


Once again, thank you!
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I have really been touched by all the suggestions and help this group has given me in tracking down the Unriffed movies and shorts. I am truly grateful for all you guys have done for me!


Contacting Best Brains
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So, I'm putting together a letter to send to Best Brains to see if they can help track down the 'missing' items for my Unriffed collection. I've been looking the net over, and all I can find as a contact is their generic Contact Us form at the webstore. Does anyone out there have another contact email/address? Thank you in advance!


OT - Where's Steve?
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I noticed a a couple weeks ago Steve-Headed Pig-Benton hasn't posted here in awhile. Does anyone know him outside of this forum? I liked his take on things.

Maybe he's just busy hopefully, I know I was AWOL for about a month busy. I guess that's the nature of anonymous places such as this.


Anyone Else's Viewing Become too Ritualized?
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For instance: Before watching I gather snack food of which I eat one item during each of the movie segments but NOT during host segments. The first bite must be taken after the first riff, after the first dialogue, after the opening credits OR if the first movie segment is a short, at the ten minute mark.


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Arterial Spray on Ice - 3 days ago

I'm 34, have two Bachelor's (degrees). I'm hoping there is another gay, MSTie who wants to spend eternity watching MST3K while adopting kids and building a life together. I have been drinking...I guess ill watch the leech woman again and wait for a suitor 😃🎇🎇🎇


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So I spend a significant portion of every day reading and writing about news and politics from Iran. Today, I happened to notice that the website io9 had a post that made fun of one of the latest examples of the regime trying to throw some metal sheeting on a civilian vehicle and call it state of the art anti-riot technology. The entire country is a low budget movie at times.

Several people commented on the post y making the same reference to Warrior of the Lost World and saying, Holy crap, the Iranian regime built Megaweapon!

http://io9.com/irans-giant-batmobile-is-just-the-latest-of-its-embarra-1647579679


Choose The Form Of Your Destroyer...
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Help me decide, mates. My sis has got some medically related things to do for most of the day tomorrow, so I have my nephews. I don't feel like sitting in the apartment all day, so I thought I'd take them out. Now, they are both left-brained with a healthy love of art and music... but they are also both teenagers(well... almost. The younger is 12.).

So. The David Lynch exhibit that just opened at the Museum Of The Arts? Or drive to Jersey and do the Halloween weekend thingy at Six Flags Great Adventure?


What to see this weekend
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Gone Girl or Birdman?


Unriffed Refueling!!!!!!!!
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Thanks to the efforts to Lewis Nitzberg, I am now watching The Starfighters UNRIFFED!

I've often said, I could not have collected all I have collected without the help of this community. A special thanks does have to go to Lewis. Not only has he tracked down one of two remaining movies, but his offer to do video transfer of 8mm shorts opens a whole new avenue to finding those last elusive ones. To say he is my hero of the moment does not go nearly far enough!


OT: WKRP in Cincinnati
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Shout Factory apparently has gotten clearance for most of the original music featured on WKRP! This might be worth the cash to Lady Unriffed and I!
https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/wkrp-in-cincinnati-the-complete-series


The Forklift Song!
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Rusty Shackleford - 4 days ago

I found a video on Youtube that has the forklift song from the Star Wolf OST. Posted it in Other Vids. Enjoy, won't you? I certainly did. (Hint: I titled it 'Star Wolf OST', not 'Forklift Song')


If you want to be a snobby MSTies
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http://tinyurl.com/MST3KCriticial
Here is the Amazaon description of "Reading Mystery Science Theater 300: Critical Approaches"
"First broadcast in the not too distant past on a television station in Minnesota, Mystery Science Theater 3000 soon grew out of its humble beginnings and found a new home on cable television. This simple show about a man and two robots forced to watch bad movies became a cult classic, and episodes of the series continue to be packaged in DVD collections to this day. Before its final run, the show received Emmy nominations and a Peabody award for Television excellence, and in 2007, Time magazine declared MST3K one of “The 100 Best Shows of All-Time.”

In Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches, Shelley S. Rees presents a collection of essays that examines the complex relationship between narrative and audience constructed by this baffling but beloved television show. Invoking literary theory, cultural criticism, pedagogy, feminist criticism, humor theory, rhetorical analysis, and film and media studies, these essays affirm the show’s narrative and rhetorical intricacy. The first section, “Rhetoric and the Empowered Audience,” addresses MST3K’s function as an exercise in rhetorical resistance. Part Two, “Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Genre,” analyzes MST3K through distinct generic traditions, including humor studies, traditional science fiction tropes, and the B-movie. Finally, the third section addresses postmodern and intertextual readings of the show.

By providing an academic treatment of an iconic television phenomenon, these essays argue that Mystery Science Theater 3000 is worthy of serious scholarly attention. Though aimed at a discerning readership of academics, this collection will also appeal to the intellectual nature of the show’s well-educated audience."


Tonight's Science Fiction-Double Feature (Courtesy of Netflix)
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Every so often, when we don't have to work the next day, the bf and I will curl up around the laptop and take in a couple of movies. This evening we decided on "The Blood Beast Terror" (no relation) and "Curse of the Swamp Creature" by our beloved, uncaring Larry Buchanan.

"The Blood Beast Terror" is a British flick about a mad scientist who creates a moth-woman hybrid that feeds on the blood of young(ish) men. It starred Peter Cushing, which was a thrill for my bf who is a giant Star Wars nerd. It was very, very British.

"Curse of the Swamp Creature" featured another mad scientist, this time living in the swamp (duh) and focused on creating a "beautiful, indestructible fish-man."As usual, Larry just didn't care. The continuity was non-existent, the plot was full of holes, the props were super hokey and the use of black actors with obvious 60's hair playing Creole swamp folk was really embarrassing. Oh, and the hero(?) was played by the always delightful John Agar.

The pacing of both was truly awful. "Blood Beast" took its time to do things like have characters dust cobwebs off of their jackets for what felt like several minutes. "Swamp Creature" had long scenes of walking and tons of reused shots.

Needless to say, we had a hell of a time riffng them to shreds. I'd recommend both to folks with Netflix (although probably not in one sitting.)