Yes, we’re all excited that we’re finally at the year when Back to the Future 2 takes place. But watch out, because another movie happens just two years later…

2015 - 2017

For old times’ sake, here’s the original trailer for The Running Man:

Here’s the film’s — and Arnie’s — worst one-liner. My guess is that Arnie ad-libbed it on an off day, and the people in the editing suite said, “Oh, what the hell, let’s keep it”:

“Here is Sub-Zero…now, plain zero!” Mathematically speaking, plain zero is greater than sub-zero. It would’ve been more scientifically and mathematically correct — and (ahem) cooler — if he said “now, ABSOLUTE zero!”

This fact was not lost on the Cinema Sins people when they put The Running Man under their microscope:

And finally, a gem from 2013 — the Running Man/Hunger Games Musical Spectacular. Be warned, there’s swearing galore and Arnie-style singing that’ll stick in your head:


man dressed a sailor scout

Posting cat pictures on Saturday (“Caturday”) has been done. Let’s post videos of men doing Sailor Moon-style transformations instead!

Here are the originals, for reference:

I’ll start with Iron Moon, which has Tony Stark putting on the Iron Man armor Sailor Moon-style!

If your Saturday isn’t weird enough, let me point you to Evan MacIsaac, hard-core Sailor Moon fan, who’s made a whole series of videos of him transforming into various Sailor scouts. Here’s one of his videos, titled Moon Crystal Power, Make Up! It’s amazing what you can do with video editing software, construction paper, and the power of Just Not Giving a Fuck:

He’s even made a music video, titled Sailor Amazing:

If you like your male Sailor scouts a little chunkier, here’s Rainbow Princess Kasumi Transformation Sequence by the comedy band The Axis of Awesome:

And finally, my favorite of the bunch: a Sheridan College animation school project titled Laundry Day:


If someone walked up to you on the street and asked you what your password was, would you say?

The TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live sent an interviewer out on the street to ask (presumably) random people on Hollywood Boulevard what their passwords were. As you might expect, they showed only those people who gave away their passwords (and of that group, only those who signed a release form to appear on the show), but the fact that anyone did so shows that we’ve got a big security problem, and it’s us. A couple of them simply gave them away without question, while a couple of others has to be conned — very easily — into divulging.

This is the technologist’s nightmare. For all the security measures we put into our applications and devices, they can easily be undone by the users. That’s why I often make use of this cartoon when talking about security:

and in this corner we have dave

The article also appears in my tech blog, Global Nerdy.


What’s on my camera roll #1: Wedding stuff

by Joey deVilla on January 15, 2015

Here are a couple of shots from my phone’s camera roll related to our upcoming wedding:

wedding shadow box

This is an early wedding present from Diane, a long-time friend of Anitra’s family. She took our invitation, used its beach-turquoise-tangerine theme and made a gorgeous shadow box out of them. It’ll go up on our staircase wall.

an invite for the prez

The odds of the President and First Lady coming to our wedding are pretty much nil, but it’s been a long-standing tradition for them to send you an official White House reply card, so why not invite them?


The palm trees above mark the start of what will be our wedding “aisle”. It’s just under two months to go!


Beijing now looks like “Blade Runner”

by Joey deVilla on January 15, 2015

beijing is blade runner

Click the photo to see it at full size.

After seeing the tweet below, I had to put together the graphics in this post. The crowded, dirty Los Angeles of 2019 featured in the 1982 film Blade Runner looks rather pristine compared to the real-life Beijing of 2015.

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If you’ve heard the aphorism “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team'”, you may be surprised to discover that it’s not true:

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Florida of the Day: The Sausage Castle

by Joey deVilla on January 13, 2015

florida of the day - sausage castle

definitely floridaAt Mike Busey’s Sausage Castle, located in St. Cloud, Florida, you can dance with snakes, ride ponies, and shoot Class 3 machine guns with the self-proclaimed “most ratchet stripper” in Orlando. Gentlemen, we may have found my bachelor party location!

Here’s a video about this so-very-Florida place:

Here’s a pic of Mike Busey, whom Vice describes as “a Juggalo version of Willy Wonka”:

mike busey

Mike claims to be the nephew of actor/train wreck Gary Busey, but it’s also been said that this is a fiction concocted by Mike, who’s simply taking advantage of his uncanny resemblance. Along with Mike, the Sausage Castle is occupied by his weird buddies and a cohort of “Busey Beauties”). Think of the place as a low-budget, Florida-flavored version of the Playboy Mansion.

ratchet regi

Pictured above is one of the Busey Beauties, Ratchet Regi, whose sweet “girl next door” looks are at odds with her title of “Orlando’s most ratchet stripper”. She became internet famous after a video of her doing a lap dance for 500-pound Busey buddy Big LA [warning: may not be safe for your workplace] — which might be more accurately described as a “lapband dance”) at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos became a big hit.

sausage castle fire performance

Busey loves to throw parties, but he’s a renter, and these the sort of parties that get you evicted. He finally found a very tolerant landlord, who allows him to throw the sort of shindig where fire-breathing, stripping, and airboat rides through the swamp are all part of the fun.

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In order to cover the rent, Mike has a number of income streams, all based on the Sausage Castle and the wackiness that takes place within. He sublets to veterans and the Busey Beauties, throws parties for interns from the nearby Walt Disney World, holds events for which he charges cover for attending or viewing online, and hosts “Rockstar Weekends,” where for a few thousand bucks, you can hang at the Sausage Castle and live out your sex fantasies.

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Back in September, the Orlando Weekly published an article announcing that Busey had some rooms for rent. The going rate is $800/month. I’m good for accommodations, but I’m putting this place on my “Plan B” list in case my current situation, which is quite good, goes seriously awry.

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Amidst all the weirdness, there’s a sense of family among the people who live at the Sausage Castle. That’s probably due to Busey’s messed-up upbringing and his longing for some sort of stability, and the “family” ethos that Juggalos preach. As the report on the Sausage Castle in Vice puts it:

Without traditional familial ties, Mike created his own with his loved ones and friends who live and hang around the Sausage Castle. Even though they are crazies, covered in poo and period blood, the Sausage Castle residents take care of one another better than many people look after their biological children, siblings, and grandparents.

“I always felt this sense of insecurity, like things weren’t stable,” Mike said. “I’ve known different ways of life and different lifestyles growing up, but the Sausage Castle has been the most continuous, steady thing. It’s going on, like, 15 years now. I’ve never had anything in my life last this long, not even a Christmas tradition or a relationship—nothing. It’s one of the few places where I find some kind of sick, twisted contentment and inner joy and peace amid the ridiculousness of what I call my life.”

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Here’s how far away I live from the Sausage Castle:

distance from me

For the full story, read: Welcome to the Sausage Castle, Home to Florida’s Most Free-Spirited Freaks and the follow-up, More Photos from the Sausage Castle. Please be advised that some of the photos in these articles may not be safe for your workplace.

Thanks to Meryle Evans for the find!