Swarm to Attack, My Delicious Legal Monkeys!
Well, you gotta love Nintendo. No seriously, you've legally GOT to love Nintendo or else you'll find yourself at the end of a very costly lawsuit. The gigantic console megalomaniac has taken the next logical step and moved from suing small sites to suing much larger ones. As much as it pains me to sympathize with them, everybody's favorite online gaming mag Daily Radar has recently found themselves staring down the ass-end of a gigantic Nintendo lawsuit claiming copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and general "willful and unlawful conduct." Why? Because Daily Radar published a walkthrough Pokemon trainer's guide.
Now I'll be the first one to admit I'm no legal expert (that's why I have Leonard Crabs on staff), but what does Nintendo stand to gain from suing every warm-blooded creature in the entire world who dares to use the word "Pokemon" on their webpage? Why are they on such a massive witchhunt, obsessed with shutting down each site on the Internet that even mentions their game's name? I seriously do not understand why they'd file a lawsuit against Daily Radar, which does nothing but promote their products and post hundreds of thousands of links to buy their games. Hell, last time I checked, there wasn't a single link on Daily Radar that DIDN'T lead to a site where you could buy Pokemon. In fact, I don't even think Daily Radar is an online magazine anymore -- it's just a gigantic redirect to places that sell stuff.
Despite all this, Nintendo just couldn't help coming down on them and threatening a legal bitchslap if they didn't remove every single Pokemon graphic, picture, screenshot, and "trademark violation." I sat in my chair for six hours, desperately trying to brainstorm why Nintendo would go balls out and take such a drastic measure. Okay, maybe I wasn't exactly brainstorming, but I did have my pants off at the time, and I usually do all my best thinking when I lack pants.
Then it suddenly hit me like a ton of pillows (a ton of pillows weighs exactly the same as a ton of bricks, so it had the same effect): Daily Radar was facing the consequences of writing the world's most stupid article, "The 20 Gnarliest Torture Devices of All Time." In case you missed this wonderful feature the first time it ran (and you probably did if you're not currently in prison for attempting to assassinate the editor of Daily Radar), they tried to break up the "ho hum" monotony of reporting on video game ads and women's breasts by offering a look at the 20 most disturbing torture devices of all time. Just like in the Nintendo lawsuit, I can't help but ask myself, "why?" Why on God's green Earth would Daily Radar choose to suddenly publish an article about the top ways to mutilate and murder somebody? Who actually agreed to write this awful monstrosity and post it up on the site? How does something so horrible come to be?
At that point I imagine Professional Writer Scott DeVaney would probably just stare at the editor and wonder how he was able to hyperlink certain words in his oral conversation. If I had to guess, I would imagine it probably had something to do with the Bitboy's latest bullshit idea (NOTE TO SELF: make fun of Bitboys more). However, it's not my place to speculate how the editor of Daily Radar can manage to defy all laws of physics; it's my job to run an unsuccessful entertainment site. I assume that Nintendo's legal team, which consists of over 500,000 lawyers continuously replacing the yardsticks lodged up their ass every hour, were tipped off by a concerned parent who noticed the indirect link between Pikachu's evolution and cutting a person in half by sawing through their groin while they hang upside-down. To test this Nintendo legal theory, I am going to post a mini-gallery of the torture devices featured in the Daily Radar article along with various assorted characters from Pokemon (as drawn by Bobby, age 8). Nintendo legal team, if you're ready for a lawsuit, Leonard Crabs will be reading and waiting for your inevitable threats. I can't wait to see the look on your face when he busts free from your closet and stabs you with a particularly sharp comb that he whittled from a ripe oak tree last Spring.
Meowth being burned at the stake.
Yablonski Hits the Milestone!
Cliff Yablonski, the man, the legend, the hero, has hit a milestone: 100 pages of people he hates. Yup, the big one-zero-zero. That breaks down to Cliff's documented hatred of exactly 600 people in his hometown of Appleton City. I'm sure you can imagine the raw excitement his email message to me contained.
Oh that Cliff Yablonski. What a card! Make sure to head right on over and discover the six new pages of people Cliff hates, then congratulate the old bastard on hitting the 100-page mark! Sniff... this day will go down in history, I'm sure of it.
ICQ Prank? ICQ Prank!
Having gone through a brief dry spell of ICQ spammers who would fall for my idiotic pranks, I recently came up aces with Roy and his attempt to make me visit his life insurance website. My goal: to appear to be the absolute most horrendous credit risk in the history of mankind. Did I succeed in that goal?
Hosted Site Mayhem!
Look at all this hosted site goodness!
‘Toad coin?’ wondered the traveler as he examined the pebble. It did not look all that different from any other pebble, and certainly nothing like a coin. ‘What manner of coin has no head or tail, and bears no seal or flag? Who backs this toad coin, the toad bank? The toad treasury!?’ The traveler laughed, but the toads croaked sternly back at him.
Spending $10-15 a day on perishable organic dog food is not a sign of a decadent culture in terminal decline, it's actually real good and worth it.
No lifeguard on duty. Maze run at your own risk.
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