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EPISODE 289 – Wing Deep

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File your US Airways complaints hereIt’ll be interesting to see how Daniel finds himself in the rubber mask once again when the MRS. DOUBTFIRE sequel gets made. No plot details are known right now, so we spend the start of this week’s show coming up with our own. The general consensus is that, somehow, Daniel will be charged with caring for some unruly children and the only way to get through to them is for him to show up as Mrs. Doubtfire. Sort of a cross-dressing Nanny McPhee without the magic, if you will. And a lot has changed in the 20-years Euphegenia’s been away so the script will certainly call for that ‘fish-outta-water’ plot where she’s confused by iPhones and struggles to understand teenage colloquialisms. We’re not sure if Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan or the middle Lawrence brother will return, but we do know the youngest actress from the first film, Mara Wilson, will NOT. She made it very clear on her Twitter she would not reprise her role if asked. Not that she wasn’t happy with the first film, but she feels it doesn’t need a sequel. And we couldn’t agree more. We’ll revisit this one when more plot info comes available and we’ll see if our predictions are correct.

You probably all know that I’m a big fan of outer space. Planets, nebulas, quantum filaments… it’s all quite fascinating to me. I should work for NASA right? Wrong… I suck at math as you’ll hear on today’s show while we talk about the recent Blood Moon. By the way, I didn’t see that either. Went to bed and completely forgot. Could’ve busted out the telescope and everything. Oh well, there are three more chances starting this October to see one. I’ll catch it then.

Perhaps you’ve heard about this Heartbleed bug on the Intertubes? If not, let me simplify things. It’s a bug that resulted in a shit-ton of secure websites not being so secure. And since it went unnoticed for long time, experts aren’t exactly sure what information of ours might have been exposed in some fashion. Sooooooo, the easiest and best advice for you all is to change ALL of your passwords. A good thing to do every so often anyway.

Beginning early next year, SyFy will air a 12 MONKEYS series. They made the announcement this past week that the show, based on Terry Gilliam’s cult classic has gotten green lit for a season and will star Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean and Kirk Acevedo. Although the story of a man being sent back in time to prevent a deadly disease from wiping out a majority of the human population can be stretched out. We’re not sure it can fill a series. Maybe a mini-series?

Anna Paquin’s cut scene from the upcoming X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has been reinstated to just a “cameo”. Likely an unnecessary appearance forced unsatisfactorily into the script to please fans of the character. We’ve seen this before not only in X-MEN 2 with Colossus, but in that awful X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE movie with Gambit. And speaking of Gambit. Would you believe that Fox is thinking about doing a Gambit movie and they’re in talks with Channing Tatum to star in the role? Tatum spoke to MTV and said he’d love to play the part as he identifies more with Gambit being from the south. He added he’d already spoken to producers about the role, is already working on the accent and, “Would die to play it.”

Over at DC, they’re prepping another rough draft screenplay… err, I mean, new comic book coming out in July. It’s called “Grayson” and will center on Dick Grayson — formerly known as Robin and then Nightwing — as he leaves all that behind him to become a super secret agent for international spy agency, Spyral. He’ll have a gun and soon, an archenemy that’s akin to The Joker or Penguin. We have a better idea for a comic book secret agent. It’s over on the Marvel side though. Tune in to find out more. I’ll give you a hint… Frank Castle.

If you listened very very carefully on April 8th you might have heard a faint Windows XP crash ‘donk’ sound as the OS officially died, at least in Microsoft’s eyes. The company cutoff all updates and free support for what has been their most successful operating system. If you have a computer that still runs XP, which if you’re a business of any sort you probably do, that machine will still work, but over time will become less and less secure as security patches and updates will no longer be offered. Now’s the time to jump to Windows 7 (not 8… stay away from Windows 8), but even the current OS offerings have kill switches which we list for you today. I’m sure Microsoft has them entered on their Google Calendar.

We find ourselves back at the Who Asked You? Cafe this week with news that Dominos is making a pizza that has crust made from fried chicken instead of dough? No not so, but the Internet thought that was the case after seeing the images show up on Dominos’ website. They’re actually chicken nuggets covered in pizza-like toppings.

And while Dominos is merging deep fried chicken with pizza, Taco Bell continues to reap the benefits of their most successful menu item, the merging of Doritos chips and a taco. The Doritos Locos Taco was in the news again this past week after a woman told Huffington Post that she and three others came up with the idea while interning for the company back in 1995. She even has pictures to prove it! As part of a contest the four interns developed the Dorito Taco and presented it to a group of executives who in turn, voted down the idea telling the group the item just wasn’t marketable. Fast forward to today and the Doritos shell filled with taco-like food stuffs is their biggest seller!

In this age of Twitter and Facebook companies get feedback, both good and bad on a daily basis, instantly. And the airline industry is no stranger. Plagued with long lines, constant delays and expensive ticket prices they’re hearing from passengers all the time. But on the messy, incoherent, poor excuse for a chat room known as Twitter, hitting the wrong button when responding to a complaint can spell certain PR disaster. Enter US Airways who this week had to apologize to its followers after twatting an image of… well… a woman’s twat in response to a passenger’s complaint about her flight’s delay. The image which showed a nude woman spread eagle with her legs in the air and a model 777 jet stuck you know where, invited the complainer to, “Detail it here for review and follow-up.” Though, it looks to me like her inbox is already full. You can take a look at the image for yourself in the Show Links. The airline left the tweet up for over an hour before removing it an issuing an apology. They say it was a mistake and the image, which came from another user, was supposed to have been flagged, not tweeted back out.

You can send us your feedback. Maybe instead of a toy plane, the picture we send you to can have a microphone stuck in her snatch instead. Nah, we’ll keep it civil for now and just send you here.

EPISODE 288 – Nugget Love

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Nugget LoveWe’re all back! It’s been awhile, but the Who Asked You? Crew is all accounted for on our first Friday show. As if I haven’t been reminding you enough this past week, we’ve moved the LIVE stream to Fridays at 6p/9e. And we five pick up where we left off by eating up an hour and having to skip a number of stories. That is how we roll a lot of the time. But it’s all part of the plan.

You may have heard this past week that David Letterman plans to retire next year from THE LATE SHOW on CBS after hosting it for 21 years. The face(s) of late-night TV is certainly changing. He’s the last long-timer left. Oh wait, Arsenio is back and still on, right? Even though Letterman and his band mate, Paul Shaffer still have another year to go, rumors and suggestions are already zipping about the Intertubes of who might get the gig. We’ve heard a wide array of names thrown out from Conan to Chelsea Handler. Although it’d be awesome to see a woman finally anchor a late-night talk show, we’re not convinced Handler could handle it. We have a few of our own suggestions you’ll hear on today’s show.

And I’m sure you’ve probably heard that Amazon has released their own Roku-style set-top box called the Fire TV. It’s an Android-based streaming box that offers the usuals like Netflix, Crackle and Hulu Plus. But it jumps ahead of the Roku and Apple TV with faster internal hardware, tight integration with Amazon and its cloud storage service and the ability to play multiplayer video games. But like any new gizmo, it has its faults. Particularly in the gaming area. It is nice to see one of these devices offering a console-like game controller though, even if it is sold separately and is practically required to play the games. Is the Fire TV a game changer in the streaming box world? It’s been our experience that most people still haven’t heard of these types of devices, so… maybe not? What do you think? E-Mail us your opinion.

Something you probably haven’t heard about is the Body Dryer. It’s a new gadget we’ll likely see on store shelves in the near future that does just as its name suggests. The designers of it say they wanted to eliminate the use of bath towels since after just one use, they become infested with bacteria and germs. The Body Dryer, which looks very much like a bathroom scale (and has one built-in) blows compressed ionized air upward at “strategic angles” to completely dry you off in about 30-seconds. No towel required! What is required is a pretty good chunk of change. Its creators have gone to crowd funding in search of $50,000 to bring it to the masses and have set an MSRP of $250 once it’s widely available. But when you think about the money you’ll save on buying towels and lower laundry costs, it may just be worth it. And we’re not just blowing hot air.

You know us, we — more specifically I — never miss a STAR TREK story. And the one on today’s show combines that with another of our favorite things… beer! Under a licensing agreement with CBS, the Federation of Beer plans to release a number of brews themed toward or inspired by different drinks you’ve heard mentioned or seen on the shows and movies. The first release is Vulcan Ale. I don’t think this is an official cannon drink, but the Irish Red Ale is launching the line in Canada and within the next year, here in the USA. After that, an American brewery will release their version of Klingon Warnog. A Dunkelweizen made with wheat and caramel malts as well as clove. A drink sure to bring you victory in a glorious battle… of Beer Pong. A third, unnamed beer is on its way this year too. Next year we’ll see the most classic of STAR TREK beverages, Romulan Ale. Jabari and I have actually already had a version of this at the late STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE attraction. It was blue, light and evervesent with a smooth finish. Here’s hoping we get to try all of the Federation’s beers.

And since we’re now streaming LIVE on Fridays, it seemed appropriate to mention something going on at our middle schools that’s inappropriate. The students are calling it ‘Slap-ass Friday’ and like the Body Dryer, the name says it all. Fridays are a free-for-all for male (and maybe even female) students to give their female classmates a playful swat on their bums. YouTube videos show the students in action. It’s got parents here in Las Vegas pretty peeved. The kids use either their hand or a binder. And since it’s middle school, that binder is then used to cover the resulting boner. Our school district plans to look into the “tradition” as it’s described. Hopefully we can start our own Friday tradition here at the Who Asked You? show… with an entertaining and always fresh episode, not any ass slappin’.

EPISODE 287 – Short Story Long

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No, no and noooooWell, it was fun while it lasted. I wish this was an April Fool’s joke for our April Fool’s episode, but it’s not. Net Neutrality (an open and free Internet for all) is DEAD. Hopefully you’re able to download this show in a timely manner. Federal judges struck down proposals from the FCC that would ensure our Internet Service Providers COULDN’T choke or otherwise slow down connections to services of their choosing like Netflix or Hulu. Instead, they want to “double dip” by charging these companies astronomical amounts of money to use their networks to deliver content to us, the customers. And at the same time, charge us astronomical amounts of money for mediocre broadband speed (especially compared to other countries). And here we thought we were already paying them for broadband service. For the moment, Verizon, Comcast and others are now free to bottleneck your connection speed and extort more money from you IF you want your speed (or, the service you were originally paying for) back to normal.

But according to AT&T, Net Neutrality isn’t even necessary. That’s the subject of a story we have toward the end of today’s show. You’ll wanna hear their reasons why. Here’s a hint: the reasons are complete bullshit.

Before that though we have a discussion about THE BOONDOCKS returning after four years for a final season on Adult Swim, minus the series’ creator, Aaron McGruder. Sony Pictures claimed in a statement that the studio couldn’t reach a production schedule agreement with him and that’s why he’s not involved anymore. Get ready for a quote-fest and listing of favorite episodes from that show!

THE BOONDOCKS is a favorite show of Mike’s. He’s not here this week so we take a few moments earlier in the show to poke fun at him. His fill-in is our pal wonkknow who asks about our fucking with Mike and that leads into an explanation of Mike’s “Fuckery Alert Scale”.

To make a short story long, Dennis asks Charlie about his thoughts on Dane Cook. Charlie breaks it down in great detail which is then summed up in a final one-sentence statement Charlie could’ve just gone with.

The fellas from RiffTrax are going to be riffin’ it up on National Geography Channel, of all places. Mike J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy will be poking fun MST3K-style at some of National Geographic’s more memorable footage on April Fool’s Day. Be sure to set the DVR for the three episode bash.

After over 30-years Cheech & Chong are likely returning to the big screen in a new pot-picture being written and probably directed by Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard. Tommy Chong says they could be shooting the marijuana-movie as early as this summer.

And on that note, you have to wonder if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un isn’t high on something. Oh wait, he is high… on himself. He’s ordered the entire male population of North Korea to get his haircut. Unfortunately, not everyone there has a marshmallow for a head like he does, so those folks are going to look the worst. But since it’s kind of a dumb haircut anyway, at least everyone else will look just as bad. Before only having this one style to choose from, men in North Korea had their choice of just 10 state-approved hairdos.

Kim Jong-un isn’t the only one making new rules this year. The NFL has passed a few themselves for next season. The biggest, which is still in the pre-season testing stages would extend the distance of kicking extra points 18-yards. The goal being to make extra point attempts a more substantial part of the outcome of a close game. Or, if you ask Dennis, the goal being that the NFL is bored and just meddling with shit. They also raised the goal posts five feet to make it easier for refs to determine whether a kick was good or not. But really, they raised them to prevent players from breaking the third new rule which is no dunking the ball after a touchdown over the goal posts.

GameStop’s slogan is “Power to the Players”, but it seems they’re giving less of that to players as their competitors are giving more. Enter Walmart: the world’s largest retailer ran by the world’s richest family. They’re amending their current gadget trade-in program to include used video games. We here at Who Asked You? are no fans of either GameStop or Walmart, but competition is good for the customer, so this is welcomed! Here’s how it works: you bring in your used game in its retail packaging (sounds like that’s a requirement) and it’s evaluated by an employee. If you accept their offer you get a store credit you can use immediately at any Walmart or Sam’s Club as well as the stores’ websites. The games Walmart buys will be factory refurbished and later this year, will be available for sale in-store and online at discounted prices. So long GameStop! We wish we could say it’s been a pleasure, but it absolutely has NOT.

And we close with the aforementioned Net Neutrality pitch AT&T made to the FCC. Short story long… the only way to really get Net Neutrality back is to tell the FCC to fight for it. We talk some shit about them on today’s show, but in all fairness, they are pushing for it. And we need to write our reps and senators in congress and tell them to fight for it also. Long story short… we’re all screwed.