I am a razor, please cut your wrists with me

The concept of machine rule is a common theme in science fiction stories and film, in which an artificially created lifeform takes over the naturally evolved beings that created them. As a theme, it may reflect a fear of one's creations running out of control, becoming the new masters.

Science Fiction Idea: Money becomes self-aware – $kynet.

A remake of Starship Troopers is in the works, joining remakes of Total Recall (2012) and RoboCop (2013). That's half of Paul Verhoeven's six Hollywood films.

Five of Paul Verhoeven's six Hollywood films spawned sequels — RoboCop (2, 3), Basic Instinct (2), Showgirls (2), Starship Troopers (2, 3, 4), and Hollow Man (2) — while Total Recall 2 came really close to happening, several times.

Cosmopolitan Bloodloss

Next week's Cornerstone Festival will be the final one. Sad, as I've enjoyed perusing its line-ups for contemporary Christian music curiosities.

For example:

The music has been described as Sage Francis meets The Postal Service, Pavement meets the Beastie Boys and DR. Octagon meets Larry Norman. [source]

Ah so…

Listen: Spoken Nerd – Just another Werewolf in the Night

Levi Macallister is on the speaking team for XXXChurch.com, where he discusses his own destructive experience with pornography and the redemptive hope of the gospel, and exhorts audiences to transparency, repentance, accountability, change, and a bunch of other words that are sure to offend the majority of autonomous, relativistic society. [source]

"Autonomous, relativistic society." Bet he's under 25.

Yup. 22 years old.

Listen: Levi The Poet – Werewolves

[checks to see if they've recorded a werewolf song]

MLB Consultant

Previously on Adam Riff™: Fantasy MLB Commissioner

Jon: hey
Ben: yo yo
Jon: i have a few more ideas i want to run by you
Jon: to improve major league baseball
Ben: …i'm listening

» In the American League, players run the bases clockwise.

» Replay is only used by request. A manager can replay challenge any call, but for each challenge, one of his relief pitchers, selected by the opposing manager, is ejected from the game. Once his bullpen is barren, no more challenges allowed.

» Five bases. Instead of a diamond, a star. Convert shortstop to third baseman, and third baseman to fourth. 360/5 = 72 feet between bases = more stealing, fewer outs at first, more strategy.

» Each team customizes its ballpark's outfield with sand traps and areas of rough grass for more interesting home field advantage.

» Offer homeless people a free hot dog and drink to fill empty seats with 4G mobile hotspots tethered to their bodies.

Ben: i think that's your best idea
Ben: and that's saying something
Jon: i'll spare you the conveyor belt one then
Ben: i don't even want to know

Solitude is not the same as singularity

I finally saw Indie Game: The Movie.

It was oddly reassuring.

Some game ideas I've been kicking around:

» An Adventure Time, Venture Bros., or Archer arcade beat 'em up game à la Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, and X-Men.

» A platform game in which you play as a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Instead of power-ups, each personality possesses different abilities, and you gain increasing control over the personalities as the game progresses.

» Poker played with UNO cards.

I keep the world at bay with all the stones I throw

Our Tumblr, The Agony of Defeat, crossed 4000 posts this weekend. Later this summer: Our first Summer Olympics.

If [Mitt Romney] were to win the presidency, Republicans would control the White House, the House of Representatives, most probably the Senate (the swings that would see Mitt Romney home would flip the Senate as well), and, in the eyes of a great many people, the Supreme Court, too.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal justice, turns 80 next year, and three more of the nine justices are in their 70s. A President Romney could quite possibly guarantee a conservative court for decades to come. [source]

Why do we accept life tenure for Supreme Court justices?

You know who else had life tenure? Fidel Castro and Joe Paterno.

Shouldn't our Supreme Court reflect modern sensibilities? Otherwise, it's the Baseball Writers Association of America.

I just finished reading Hitchers by Will McIntosh, in which spirits of the dead return to possess the living. It's not a memorable novel, but it can be affecting.

Idea: A man who travels backs in time to capture smoking gun crime footage to sell to prosecutors.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

25. Jon Hamm and Nick Kroll (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S01E03)

Stray Observations

  • Drew Roy and Connor Jessup remind us of Drew and K.C. on Degrassi, respectively (Falling Skies, S02E01)
  • "R-Dubs!" (The Eric Andre Show, S01E05)
  • Black Keys cameo (Workaholics, S03E04)
  • "Not sure if" meme title caption (Futurama, S07E01)
  • "Grab your severed arm with your other arm!" (Futurama, S07E02)


Abraham LinkedIn: Ghost Town

Beginning today, Sacrilege, a full-scale, inflatable, interactive replica of Stonehenge, will tour the United Kingdom as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Idea: Skydiving inside a bouncy castle.

Sexy Mandarin: "Learning Mandarin in an unconventional way"

Creator Mick Gleissner is a German fashion photographer based in Hong Kong. He came up with the idea with his girlfriend, Kaoru Kikuchi, a Japanese model. They share a passion for Mandarin study [but have] both struggled with boring learning materials. [source]

Dead or Alive Hiragana.

My heart is filled with songs of forever

At first glance, I thought the man on the right was Trent Reznor. "Don't he and Billy Corgan hate each other?"

I like how Billy replaced James with another Asian man, and D'arcy with another woman.

James, D'arcy, and Jimmy should form a band with a bald white frontman. Ed Kowalczyk is available.

Smashing Pumpkins' current drummer was three years old when Siamese Dream was released.


SoundBite: a musical tasting menu

Death Cab For Cutie: Tomato and peach "Caprese," sweet balsamic, aged cheddar, smokey almond pesto

Flying Lotus: Angel-spiced halibut, caramelized onion and fennel, black olive oil

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Beer-fried game hen and yeast-risen waffle, mustard, radish

Death From Above 1979: Berber spiced lamb, grilled paneer, baby eggplant, and minted yogurt

Empire of the Sun: Golden peaches-and-cream push pop, star anise, salt, and gold
Aloe Blacc: Foie gras bon bon, dark chocolate, plum, sea salt

The Malkmus entrée sounds about right.

This was a wedding cake?

Were there other cakes? Small wedding? That's not much cake.

I wonder if any of the wedding guests were Asian – awkward!

I lost the language, I confess

About 59
The "59" buckle was conceived by respected teaching professional Trevor Derrheim. Derrheim recognized a fashion shift in golf clothing towards micro-fibers and European styling but also a void in accessorizing the movement with stylish, quality belts.

Aesthetically, I understand why the "5" looks like a "6," but…


And when you see it on a dorky-looking 17-year-old amateur at the U.S. Open…

Halloween Costume Idea: A 59 belt buckle, a French Connection UK (FCUK) shirt, and a University of South Carolina "COCKS" hat.

In-game interviews with coaches are the Mad Men episode previews of journalism.

This photo of Adam Morrison in college is amazing.

James Joyce, eh?

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

24. Joe Biden (The Eric Andre Show, S01E04)

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

  • Richmond, VA = two dogs humping (Mad Men, S05E13)
  • "How big are her tear ducts? It's like they're fucking tidal!" (Veep, S01E08)
  • "Once you go Bryan, there's no point in tryin'." (WWE Raw, 06-11-12)
  • Love the mise en scène of Hit and Miss
  • Quiznos tattoo (Workaholics, S03E03)
  • "Battletoads." (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S01E02)
  • "Reggie, have you ever seen the Rockettes?"
    "Yeah… Herbie Hancock." (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S01E02)


Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb

The problem with Retina display is that images on websites you visit daily are not optimized for it (yet?). It's ESPN 3D.

Prometheus cost $130 million to produce — about $100 million less than Men in Black 3 cost (at least) — and looks infinitely better visually.

Where did Men in Black 3's reported $225 million to $300 million budget go? Its visual effects are cable television quality.

Game of Thrones' second season cost $69 million to produce and looks better visually.

The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy cost $281 million to produce. Could Men in Black 3…?

Grantland reported Men in Black 3's budget as $250 million, in which case, Men in Black 3 cost more to produce than Avatar.

According to Wikipedia, Tangled, that animated Rapunzel movie, is the second most expensive film of all time.

The first is Pirates of the Caribbean 3.

Half of the 10 most expensive films of all time are Disney productions from the past six years.

Adjusted for inflation, Tangled is still the fifth most expensive film ever made. Tangled.

Shortcuts through graveyards and a brand new way to breathe

Warplayer: How was the Thrice show? I have tickets to the final one next week.

Jon: It was, uhh…

Jon: It was good!

Yellow Belly
Image of the Invisible
The Artist in the Ambulance
Kill Me Quickly
Under a Killing Moon
In Exile
The Weight
Words in the Water
Of Dust and Nations
Red Sky
The Earth Will Shake
Stare at the Sun
To Awake and Avenge the Dead

Come All You Weary
Phoenix Ignition


Jon: Same setlist as Seattle and Portland.

Warplayer: [pause]

Jon: I…tracked their setlists in preparation.

Warplayer: You studied for a concert?

Jon: Eh, refresher course.

Jon: The bassist stole the show.

Warplayer: The bassist?!

Jon: I know, right? But I couldn't take my eyes off of him. Dood was really into it – conspicuously more so than his bandmates.

Jon: Picture a cross between Jennifer Beals' "Maniac" training in Flashdance and Kevin Bacon's angry dance in Footloose – with a bass guitar. I was dying.

Jon: If you isolated his performance, it could be the next "Star Wars Kid."