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Tanked Episode 188 for Tuesday Jan. 24, 2012


- Beers
- Oscar Noms were announced this morning. We have a poll for best picture of
   the year up at UndeReview. Cast your popular vote now!


Megaupload shuts down

Last week file-server website Megaupload (yeah, you've heard of 'em) was shut down during a

collective sting on founder Kim Dotcom by the FBI and the New Zealand police.  With 150 million
registered users and about 50 million hits daily Megaupload accounted for 4% of internet traffic
last year and housed a multitude of illegally distributed files that supposedly cost copyright holders
at least $500 million in lost revenue.  Kim and three Megaupload employees were brought in on
additional charges of money laundering and is accused of operating a massive criminal empire.
Another file providing site Filesonic has pulled it's file sharing capabilities in the wake of the crack-
down as well.

Nick News

American actor Nick Nolte has criticized the emergence of 3D television,
saying that it will cause "psychotic breaks" in people.
Speaking on a Television Critics Association panel for the launch of Dustin Hoffman's
new television series Luck on HBO.
The actor believes that long periods spent watching 3D television will cause health problems,
according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"3D disconnects the eyeball, the lenses from the brain. It's like the brain itself is creating the
hallucination of 3D," he said on the panel.
"They're going to find out six hours of 3D TV will cause psychotic breaks.
Australia is doing the research. I can just tell you that."



Resident Evil 6 announced

Capcom likes it's cash cows and there at over 40 million units the Resident Evil series tops them all.

That being said the Big C has introduced the big 6 to the long standing survival-horror-turned-action-
shoot-em-up series last week in Japan.  RE6 will again star series mainstay Leon Kennedy along with 
newcomer Helena Harper dealing with the usual zombie-virus-parasite shenannigans.  OG S.T.A.R.S.
member and registered "turbo arms" Chris Redfield also is in there along with a bunch of others 
including more zombies, a new hunter called "Javo" and, yes, a zombie president.  Despite looking
way more like Gears of War (chest-high walls and all) and less like it's survival-horror roots RE6
looks to be a hoot with it's crazy action and rumored 6-player online co-op.  RE6 drops on November
20, 2012 for Xbox 360 and PS3 with the PC version coming later.


‘Arkham City’s’ Rocksteady To Develop ‘The Manhattan Crisis,’

New TMNT Video Game?!

There’s a delicious rumor going around currently that Rocksteady, the developers of “Batman: Arkham City” is

developing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game called “The Manhattan Crisis.”

While this is officially a big fat rumor, there are plenty of legitimate leaked details solidifying the rumor.

Additionally, while nothing has been confirmed, no one at Rocksteady had denied the rumor.

Here’s what’s been rumored so far:

- All four Turtles will be playable, with flashbacks played as Master Splinter/Hamato Yoshi.
- Gameplay and story/stage progression will be similar to Batman: Arkham City.
- Bosses include Bebop and Rocksteady, Dr. Baxter Stockman, Shredder (Oroku Saki), and Krang.

In the case of the humans-turned-mutants, you fight them in both forms throughout the story.
- The Turtle Van and Turtle Blimp will be included.
- The game will use Arkham City‘s graphics engine.
- The game is expected to be more dark than slapstick.

Finally, although the name of the game is similar, there’s reportedly no connection between

this project and 1992′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project.



Oscar shots game year 4. (what are we like Harry Potter Now?) Get it right you don't drink. Get a pick wrong do a shot.
Over all winner passes out a shot. Over all loser does an extra shot. This year a new twist,
the fans vote who gives away a shot to one of us.

Oscar announced today on GMA. A few surprise nominations and a few given nominations. 

Surprises: No Tin Tin for best animated pic. No Leo for J Edgar.
Melissa McCarty in bridesmaids for best supporting.
Biggest surprise to me is Extremely Loud and Incredibly close & Moneyball.  

Best Picture:

The Artist (RM)
The Descendents (CH)
The Help
Hugo (11Nominations)
The tree of life
War Horse
Midnight in Paris (AV)
Extremely loud and incredibly close

Actor in a Leading role:

Demian Bichir: A Better life
George Clooney: The Descendants (RM)
Jean Dujardin: The Artist (CH)
Gary Oldman: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Brat Pitt: Moneyball (AV)

Actress in a Leading Role:

Glenn Close: Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis: The Help
Rooney Mara: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (CH) (AV)
Meryl Streep: The Iron Lady (RM)
Michelle Williams: My Week With Marilyn

Actor in a Supporting Role:

Kenneth Branagh: My Week With Marilyn
Johna Hill: Moneyball
Nick Nolte: Warrior (AV)
Christopher Plummer: Beginners (RM) (CH)
Max von Sydow: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Actress in a Supporting Role:

Berenice Bejo: The Artist (AV)
Jessica Chastain: The Help
Melissa McCarthy: Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer: Albert Nobbs (CH)
Octavia Spencer: The Help (RM)

Best Animated Feature:

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita (CH)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (AV)
Puss in Boots (RM)

Best Director:

Michel Hazanavicius: The Artist
Alexander Payne: The Descendants
Martin Scorsese: Hugo (CH)
Woody Allen: Midnight in Paris (RM) (AV)
Terrance Malick: The Tree of life. 
Saw Haywire. Loved it. Wanna see a good action betrayal flick. Check out Haywire or is you just wanna see a hot chick kicking ass. Pay full price.

Saw Underworld Awaking: It's very much the same as the 1st two. Matinee or DVD at best. 

Hiller goes Haywire

Chris checks out Soderbergh's action flick.


Solar Flare-ups

Radiation from an immense solar blast hit the Earth Tuesday -- forcing Delta Air Lines to redirect at
least half a dozen airplanes that had been routed over the North Pole.
NOAA’s space weather Prediction Center -- the nation’s official source of warnings about space weather
and its impact on Earth -- issued a geomagnetic storm warning Monday after a satellite witnessed an
ultraviolet flash from the massive solar eruption.
There is no risk to people on Earth, Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center told
NASA and NOAA monitor for such events, as they could cause problems for astronauts, communications satellites,
and even rocket launches.
It could also affect navigation and the power grid.
The solar flare spat out late Sunday, Jan. 22, at 10:59 p.m. EST was rated an M9-class eruption --
nearly an X-class flare, the most powerful type of solar storm.
Also a nifty tid bit of info The sun's activity waxes and wanes on an 11-year cycle, reported.
Currently, activity in Solar Cycle 24 is expected to ramp up toward a "solar maximum" in 2013.
So if we don't all die on Dec.21 2012 then the sun might flare up enough to nuke us (not really)
I hope the R&D team over at Tucks Medicated pad is all over this flare-up like Bruce Will in Armageddon.


 85 year old woman wields shovel to stop moose stomping

You go, girl!

She may be 85 years old and weigh under 100 pounds, but an Alaska woman is being hailed as a hero after fighting off a moose.

Dorothea Taylor was waiting in a pickup truck as her husband, George Murphy, 82, went to round up their dogs from their

morning run when she heard the pets barking loudly, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

She got out of the truck, saw a moose strike something with its hooves — and immediately knew something was wrong.

"I thought he was trying to kill Fellar, the old dog," she told the newspaper.

She raced back to her vehicle, grabbed a shovel and took a swing at the moose, who was attacking the dog, the newspaper reported.

With a few more swings — and the help of a dog — she managed to get the moose to back away.

"Then I saw it wasn't Fellar the moose was after at all," she told the newspaper. "He was striking over the top of Fellar to get George."

She immediately tried to stanch her husband’s bleeding as a good Samaritan dialed 911.

George Murphy was rushed to an Anchorage hospital, where he is resting with a gash to his head and a few broken ribs.

And he couldn't be more proud of his wife of 40 years.

"Jeez, that was a pretty hard thing for anyone to do, to walk up on a moose like that," he told the newspaper.

"Heck, all she had was a shovel."



Woman tries to deposit stolen soda cans




LYNN, Mass., Jan. 24 (UPI) --

A Lynn, Mass., woman was charged with larceny after she allegedly stole

18 12-packs of soda and tried to feed them -- unemptied -- into a can-return machine.

Tina Cafarelli, 36, was arrested Monday after police officer Craig Fountain,

watching loss-prevention video at the Washington Street Stop & Shop,

observed her purchase the 12-packs and immediately attempt to deposit the full cans of soda

into the store's digital can-return machine, The (Lynn) Daily Item reported Tuesday.


Cafarelli allegedly purchased the soda with a stolen electronic benefit transfer card

and gave police two false names and two false Social Security numbers when confronted.

Police identified her once she was in custody, and a Lynn District Court judge ordered her held in lieu of $250 bail.

She was charged with larceny by false pretense, destruction of property,

obstruction of justice and receiving stolen property.






Woman refuses to leave toilet bowl for 2.5 years


She sat down on the toilet bowl in her master bedroom bathroom on March 25, 2009.

For the next 902 days, the small, white-tiled room became Madam Leong Mee Yan's home.

She ate her meals there and slept there.

And no amount of cajoling from her husband would make her leave the toilet bowl.


Madam Leong, now 58, claimed that she felt a strong force holding her down every time she tried to get up.

She also imagined stones being hurled and water sprayed at her by people she could not see,

preventing her from leaving the bathroom.

Said Madam Leong, who was naked throughout the 902 days, in Mandarin:

"I didn't understand what was happening, I only felt all the sensations

which prevented me from standing or leaving the bathroom."

During her two-and-a-half year stay in the bathroom, Madam Leong showered a total of 18 times,

said her husband, Mr Ong Kian Ann.

Those were the only occasions that she would move from the toilet bowl.

Mr Ong, 64, said:

"I had to take a stool into the bathroom for her.

Then I would slowly help her shift from the toilet bowl to the stool,

and she would bathe herself with the shower head."

Aside from her husband, Madam Leong, a Malaysian who's a permanent resident here,

did not see anyone during those years, including her only child, Mr Ong Jiing Yih, 27.


Ex forces dismantling of 'Star Trek' flat


HINCKLEY, England, Jan. 24 (UPI) --

A British "Star Trek" fan said he was heartbroken when his ex decided

to sell the apartment he remodeled into the interior of the Starship Enterprise.

Tony Alleyne, 58, said he spent years turning the interior of his Hinckley, England,

apartment into a re-creation of the interior of the Starship Enterprise,

but he is getting a divorce from his wife, Georgia, who holds the lease and wants to sell the place,

The Sun reported Tuesday.

"To say I'm gutted is an understatement. It is my life's work --

and it looks like it's going into a skip. I admit there were tears," Alleyne said.

Georgia Alleyne said she is having Tony dismantle his work

because she wants to sell the apartment as "conventional property."

Judge falls asleep during trial -- twice