Monthly Archives: June 2012

T-Shirt Tuesday #11: Jester King Black Metal

It has already been one of those weeks and its only Tuesday so I felt it was fitting to feature a tee from one of my favorite Austin area craft breweries – Jester King.  This is not so much an entry about the tee (which is just fine), but about the brewery (and brews).  I discovered Jester King a few years ago with the release of their humorously named Commercial Suicide.  While I didn’t love that particular brew, what I did like was their approach to brewing.  Their first few beers (aside from Commercial Suicide) were serviceable, but it wasn’t until their shift to brewing farmhouse style beers that I really became a fan.

Add to that, leading the charge against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s ridiculous and antiquated laws, and I am a lifetime fan of Jester King.  Oh, and I didn’t even mention that they are the first (and for the time only) certified organic brewery in the state of Texas!  Well guess I just did!  So much awesomeness and tasty brews – if you can get your hands on some Jester King, definitely give it a try!

So I raise my glass and give this week’s sartorial shout out to Jester King Craft Brewery!  Cue the metal, rock on & wear tees!

T-Shirt Tuesday #10: Tesla vs. Edison

Who would win in this epic battle?  As a Tesla fan (the man, not the band) I would have to come down on his side, though I have had a number of conversations with folks believing Edison would have the upperhand.  In any case, this T-Shirt Tuesday featured tee is a fun one from Think Geek.  It brings together my nerdy science love and my passion for fighting games.   In fact,  the friend who gave it to me for my birthday said that he saw it and thought of me.  This is not surprising since I do have an art print of Tesla hanging in my dining room.

If you love yourself some Tesla (or Edison, I suppose) get your own Tesla vs. Edison tee and imagine what the game would actually be like with a special move involving Tesla’s  earthquake machine.  Actually, somebody should get on that like now.  I, for one, would LOVE a coin-op type fighting game with various scientists and philosophers as characters.  But then again, that’s just me.  Until next Tuesday,  keep cool (it’s been hot here in TX) and wear tees!

Dispatches from Cinematopia: And So Begins the Summer of My Discontent – Men In Black III and Prometheus

As I had mentioned before, I was cautiously optimistic about Summer 2012 films.  Sure, I loved The Avengers.  Maybe that lulled me into believing that this would be a completely kick-ass summer for movies.  Then I saw Men In Black III and Prometheus.  You hear that sound?  That’s me, banging my head on my desk.

Now I should have stuck to my initial assumptions about Men In Black III.  That is was going to be 1) As craptacular as MIB II, 2) A movie that didn’t need to be made, and 3) Horrible based on the trailer.  Even though I had these assumptions, the film got some decent reviews and somewhere in the dark, jaded film-goer’s heart of mine, I hoped that it would be as good as the first Men in Black.  Let me return a minute to MIB II, a film that was so bad that it diminished my enjoyment of the original.  How many films manage to that?  This one did.  It’s almost as if I was a little embarrassed to even enjoy the first film after laying eyes on the disastrous sequel.  So, here along comes part 3.   I won’t belabor the plot points since it has been out for quite some time, but it was pretty lame.  Biggest issues:

  • Why is Will Smith still playing J as some punky 20-something?  It just felt sad.
  • Tommy Lee Jones totally phoned it in.
  • Jemaine Clement and Emma Thompson were totally wasted.  I like both of these actors, but they were given hardly anything to work with
  • Oh and enough with all the aliens.  At least make them important to the story.  But that would be too difficult since it’s much easier to CG a bunch of creatures than actually write them into a coherent story.
  • Speaking of story, it was completely predictable

One shining bit:

  • Josh Brolin playing a younger Agent K.  He was great though the screenplay got a bit carried away with all the name calling: Slick, Cochise, etc.  We get it.  Enough.

I didn’t walk out of Men In Black III angry.  Just a bit disappointed, though I should have just trusted my instincts.  Now Prometheus . . .

Oh what can I say, aside from, “WHY?!?”  I know.  I shouldn’t have had such high expectations.  I should have learned my lesson by now.  But I love Alien so much and the trailers for Prometheus looked so cool.  And Michael Fassbender.  And Noomi Rapace!  Alas,  none of it mattered.  Prometheus felt incomplete and ill thought out in terms of story and plot.  I won’t even go into all of my issues.  It makes me too depressed.  I really, really wanted to like this movie, but instead I felt a bit punk’d.  So much pseudo-coolness but for what?  Characters that behave ridiculously?  A story that is at best meh and at worst incoherent?  Viral marketing videos that were far, far better than the film itself?  Sigh.

Well, at least there are still some other films that I am looking forward to this summer (I’m looking at you, Dark Knight Rises).  I’m going to dial down my expectations, but all I have to say now is – Moonrise Kingdom, you better not let me down!

T-Shirt Tuesday #9: Star Power

Star Power by Robbie Lee and Kasey Fleming

I have been terribly remiss at writing posts other than T-Shirt Tuesdays these last few weeks as I have had a number of house guests  which has drawn my attention.  Fear not, I will be back with reviews and/or discussions of Men in Black III (sigh) and Prometheus (double sigh).  Today’s featured tee is one I picked up from Threadless and is somewhat still available.

Of course, the inclusion of a robot on a tee pretty much makes it an instabuy, but this one also has a kickass girl on it and a reference to lesser known DC characters, Star Spangled Kid and her sidekick S.T.R.I.P.E which makes it mighty.  That’s it for this week’s sartorial shout-out.  I promise this will be more than just a shirt a week blog, but until my next post, keep cool (it’s hot here in Austin) and keep wearing tees!

T-shirt Tuesday #8: Cat Lady

Cat Lady

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of T-shirt Tuesday!  If you haven’t noticed before, my tees are like my children (or cats) I love them all and really have no favorite, but this one is a special one.  I have always liked cats, not just the felines themselves, but things with cats on them.  Of course, such behavior gives an easy path to being called a “cat lady.”  While I’ve never considered it a derogatory term (and my single female friends say that it doesn’t apply to me since I am married), I know there is a stigma attached to it, implying the term “crazy” preceding it – see image below:

Eleanor Abernathy AKA Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons

Because of this, for many years  I hid my cat lady tendencies from all but those closest to me.  Recently, I have decided that, “To hell with the Haters!”  I am going to be out and proud about my cat lady status, thus the many cat themed shirts.  Now mind you, this does not mean put a cat on everything.  There is such a  thing as too much and just cat tacky.  And anything with photo-realistic cat paintings on it are just a bit too ironic and hipster for my liking.  I tend to gravitate towards cat/pop culture mash-ups.

Today’s sartorial shout-out was given to me for my birthday by some great friends.  It’s a cat lady shirt, but as one of my friends said, “It’s a sexy cat lady!”  So I’m owning being not just a cat lady, but a sexy cat lady.  This great tee comes from a great shop here is Austin that is brimming with awesome goods, Parts & Labour.  I’m not sure if this particular tee is still available, but they have plenty of cool tees and other items.  Until next week, hug a cat & wear a tee!