Magic the Gathering Fans: Some Magic News!

Hands up those of you who still play Magic the Gathering, either the card game, or the video game version thereof. Good, you can put your hands down, because I’m unable to see you anyhow. There’s quite a lot of Magic the Gathering news coming!


End of Year Review 2011

It’s been a really eventful year, hasn’t it? Let’s look back on 2011 to see what’s happened!


History News

Indiana Jones Explains The 2011 Egyptian Situation

In case you haven’t heard, there’s some kind of revolution going on in Egypt right now. Apparently, they feel that the current president (who has been in power for the past 30 years) is a complete bell-end. Naturally, this means all sorts of fun things like marches, rallies, demonstrations, shooting, maiming, looting, and shutting down of Internets. To put all of this into some kind of easy-to-understand perspective, Twitter user furrygirl created this delightful precis of the goings on. Full image after the jump.

Entertainment Movies News Video Clips

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth?

If you remember my previous posts here, you would know that I love the beat-em up games of my childhood. And if you were too, you probably could not wait for the eventual crossover to the big screen.

Mortal Kombat was the only one I feel, that crossed over and was relatively faithful to the characters. Yes it was a bit campy and Goro looked awful, but it made me shout “MORTAL KOMBAT!!!” when I left the theatre and tried to dance to the rocking theme track. Then they made that awful sequel and it all went pear-shaped.

A reboot or proper sequel has always been on the cards and has been stuck in developmental hell for some time. And recently test footage of a “reboot” has cropped up on Youtube. It looks like they have taken a completely different approach and its definitely not a sequel, a re-imagining if you will. I don’t know if I like that but, its definitely going in the R-rated direction that it always needed it to be. 

Watch it and let us know what you think.

Here are some facts on the clip:

  • The short was directed by Kevin Tancharoen, who did the remake of Fame last year. Judging from this short, Kevin is the perfect director for this movie.
  • Jacks is played by Michael Jai White. Michael played Spawn and was in Undisputed II. Michael makes a great Jacks (Jax).
  • Sonya Blade is played by Jeri Ryan, who played Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager.
  • Baraka was played by the very talented Lateef Crowder, who plays the Brazilian fighter in Undisputed III.
  • Scorpion is played by Ian Anthony Dale. Ian plays Kazuya in the upcoming big screen version of Tekken.
  • Johnny Cage was played by up and coming martial arts sensation Matt Mullins.
  • Still working on who played Reptile. Will update when I find out.
  • The fight choreography was done by Larnell Stovall. Larnell did the fight choreography for Undisputed III and is one of the best fight choreographers in the business. You want to see the fights you deserve? Then you fans should DEMAND he be the guy in one charge for this reboot. Click HERE to read the exclusive interview I did with Larnell.
  • I know who might be playing Sub-Zero, but don’t want to mention it in case it screws something up. He’d be perfect for the part.

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Entertainment News Useful/Useless Info

Hilarious Newspaper Headlines

I’ve heard that proof-reading is a thankless job. I’m sure that proof-readers and subs on newspapers sometimes just can’t resist slipping a sly and amusing mistake into copy.  Other times of course these “slip-ups” are the result of a lazy incompetent twit. Well, intentional or not, these typos are funny nonetheless.

The Great Arsehole Debate

Truck Leaves Rubber On The Road

See a few more after the jump.

Entertainment News

The Big Caption

Considering that reading a lot makes my brain hurt, I particularly love’s The Big Picture for its “news stories in pictures” ethic. Today I stumbled onto designer Ian Collins’ foil to the somewhat serious nature of The Big Picture.

Collins’ ongoing project, The Big Caption, is a supplement to’s popular series. Collins sources photos from The Big Picture and attaches witty/random/off-colour captions to them for comic relief. Have a look at some of them after the jump.

News Science & Technology

PS3 Torne

Sony has announced that they will be launching a digital video recorder (DVR) called “Torne”, in Japan this week.

The Torne (similar to the PlayTV DVR in Europe)  connects to your PS3 via a USB cable. It’s got an easy to use interface and the possibility to record shows with a timer function. Shows are recorded to the PS3’s hard drive, or can also be stored on an external hard drive if you don’t have enough space on the internal drive.

Torne will automatically record pre-programmed content in Stand-by Mode, during game play or when using the XMB (XrossMediaBar).

Users can control control the program guide via the DualShock 3 controller.

Finally, users can transfer recorded content to a Memory Stick Pro Duo or Memory Stick Micro to view on the Blu-ray disc application to initiate DVR functionality.

The Torne will retail Japanese consumers ¥9,980 (872 ZAR) and will go on sale this March. There will also be a bundle available which includes a 250GB PS3 and the Torne for ¥42,800 (3736 ZAR). However there is no news on whether this will be released in other countries.

Entertainment News

Tiger in the buff… to speak

Well what do you do when you get caught for numerous infidelities? No man you have photos of yourself, all buff, printed in Vanity Fair.

Apparently Tiger needs some publicity, of the good kind, so his PR machine has allowed photos that were taken in January 2006 to be shown. Guess Woods needs to win back some sort of respect after, the wife tee’d off his head with a 9 iron, and he made a run for it into a tree. So show the guys he’s still a MAN and show the women……well what those other women wanted I guess. See the full image after the jump.

Cautionary Tales Featured News

The Russians Have Hitler’s Skull. Or Do They?

This came out from a comment left on our Nazis in Colour post about Hitler dying in Brazil as a big drug dealer.

Given that my only knowledge of Hitler’s death comes from Wikipedia, I accepted the general notion that he topped himself with his Walther PPK in the Führerbunker on April 30th, 1945. However, after a second of Googling, an interesting article turned up.

A year after Hitler’s death, fragments of his skull fragments dug up by Russian forces, and ABC News reports that recently a US archaeologist by the name of Nick Bellantoni visited Moscow to work on those very fragments. He returned to the United States with a sample from the skull and a sample of blood from the sofa on which Hitler is said to have committed suicide.

hitler_skullAfter doing some complex DNA tests on the bone sample, Bellantoni concluded that the it wasn’t as robust as a male bone tends to be, and that it corresponded to a woman between the ages of 20 and 40. This startling discovery has been refuted by Vasily Khristoforov, the director of Russia’s FSB intelligence service archives who insists bones are definitely Hitler’s; the vice president of the Russian state archive, Vladimir Kozlov, however is not so sure, saying “No one claimed that was Hitler’s skull.”

Did the Führer pull a fast one and escape death? Read the full article and let us know what you think.

Oh, and in other news, reports that terrorist extraordinaire Osama bin Laden has been found in KwaZulu-Natal’s upmarket Umhlanga neighbourhood, posing as a woman. Read that article.