Katie Reads Stuff: Welcome To Night Vale (Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor)

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I should probably mention that I am a huge fan of  Welcome To Night Vale. The bi-monthly podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor has a wonderful blend of humor, horror, and just plain weird shit that appeals, not just to me, but to thousands of other people as well. So, of course, when they released a novel based on the podcast, I immediately went to the Kindle store and downloaded myself a copy.

So, does the book live up to the podcast? The short answer is, yes. Yes it does. For the long answer, please read the below.

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MST3K May Be Coming Back

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Holy crap! First Star Trek is returning to TV, and now they’re planning to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000? Do you have any idea of how happy this makes me?

Mystery Science Theater 3000, for those who are unaware, was a low-budget series created by comedian Joel Hodgson in 1988. It started on a local Minneapolis station until it was eventually picked up by the Comedy Channel (which would later become Comedy Central), then moved to the SciFi Channel, before it was cancelled in 1997. It followed mild-mannered janitor Joel Robinson (Hodgson), and later Mike Nelson, who was shot up into space by his mad scientist employers as part of an experiment: he was forced to watch the worst movies ever made to see how long it would take to drive him crazy. He and his robot friends Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo would make hilarious comments throughout the movies to try and keep their sanity.

Of course, to bring the series back, they do require funding. To that end, Joel Hodgson has started a Kickstarter page. The goal is $2 million by December 12th, and as of this writing, it is currently at $968,805. Click the link above if you’d like to pitch in. I know I’m definitely going to as soon as I get my next paycheck. 

People Are Losing Their Shit Over Starbucks Cups, And It’s Fucking Hilarious

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Starbucks recently unveiled their holiday cups for this year. The design is quite simple; it’s basically just a plain red cup, as you can see in the picture above (the cup contained a salted caramel mocha, by the way, and it was delicious). This post isn’t really about the cup, however. It’s about a certain segment of the population’s reaction to the cup.

You see, apparently a plain red cup is a symptom of the “War on Christmas” that a certain subset of Christians likes to complain about. I find this to be pretty god damn funny, because (a) the war on Christmas isn’t, you know, real, and (b) because it’s a red disposal cup, and really not worth the amount of hatred people are putting into this. It’s not like Starbucks decided to make a red cup with no other decorations FOR THE GLORY OF SATAN.

What makes it even better is that people apparently aren’t even boycotting this, which is a rational response when a company does something you don’t like. Nope, a bunch of people have actually stated that they’re going to Starbucks MORE now, and giving their names as “Merry Christmas” to the baristas. You know, to trick the liberal heathens into wishing them a merry Christmas.

Now, for all of you whose knee-jerk reaction to this is to say “not all Christians!”, please know that I am fully aware of that fact. I know plenty of Christians who are wonderful (and most of all not ridiculous) people. I’m only mocking the ones who are complaining over the existence of this cup.

Of course, Poe’s Law is certainly a thing, so it’s entirely possible that the person who started this whole thing is trolling us all. Then again, people this ludicrous do actually exist, so it could still be true.

Still, thank you Internet, for giving me a good chuckle.

New Star Trek Series Coming in 2017

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In news that has recently made me squeal at a pitch only audible to dolphins, there is going to be a new Star Trek series starting January of 2017. You have no idea how excited I am about this. Apparently, it’s going to feature an all new cast and stories, so it doesn’t sound like it’ll be a reboot or a remake.

I am extremely excited about this. Star Trek is a major part of both my and my sisters’ childhoods. Our mom used to watch the original series back when it originally aired, so we used to watch Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager together back when they aired. I saw First Contact (my second favorite of the Trek movies) in the theater, and the soundtrack to that movie was one of the first CDs I’ve ever owned. So,yes, very excited about this.

This is definitely something that I will be following, and will be providing updates on this blog as they become available. In the meantime, I think I’ll go watch me some original series episodes. To Netflix!