Monthly Archives: December 2012

What Does Auld Lang Syne Mean And Why Do We Sing It On New Years Eve?

You’re probably going to go to a New Year’s Eve party tonight and as soon as the clock strikes 12, somebody will inevitably start slurring the tune ” Auld Lang Syne” because they heard it in a movie. But people very rarely nail down the correct melody, nor do they know all of the words. And what does “Auld Lang Syne” even mean?

It began as a poem written by Scotland’s Robert Burns in 1788 (with a few of the lyrics cribbed from a James Watson ballad from 1711 called “Old Long Syne”). The tune is a traditional Scottish folk song, and it quickly gained popularity in the U.K. as a song sung at the end of the year as well as at funerals. As Brits emigrated to other parts of the globe, the tradition spread, and took hold in the United States as early as 1896. It didn’t become a popular American staple in this country until band leader Guy Lombardo played the tune during his year-end radio broadcast in 1929.

The title of the tune literally translates to “Old Long Since,” though people readily accept “Long Long Ago” or “In Olden Times” as reasonable transpositions. The first verse goes a little something like this: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?/ Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?/ For auld lang syne my dear/ For auld lang syne/ We’ll take a cup of kindness yet/ For auld lang syne.” That second part is actually the chorus, but it usually just gets treated as another verse.


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United Kingdom’s Royal Mail To Release Dr. Who Commemorative Stamps

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of BBC’s “Dr. Who,” the Royal Mail is releasing collectible stamps featuring the show’s characters.

“It’s 50 years since a strange old man stepped out of a Police Box in a scrapyard down Totter’s Lane, and the most beloved and exciting television series in the universe began,” the promotional site for the stamps reads. “Since then, the Time Lord has had many faces and battled many foes, and his adventures look set to continue for years to come.

The collection begins with the first doctor, William Hartnell, and celebrates each subsequent doctor, reaching the current one, Matt Smith.

The “Dr. Who” stamps will become available on March 26, 2013.


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Argo DVD & Blu-ray Due On February 19th

Warner Brothers has officially announced and detailed its upcoming combo pack release of Ben Affleck’s thriller Argo (2012), starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. The release will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and for purchase online on February 19th.

Based on real events, the dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

Special Features:

– Feature Length Picture in Picture: Eye Witness Account

– Audio Commentary

– Rescued from Tehran: We Were There

– Argo: Absolute Authenticity

– Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection

– Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option

– UltraViolet

Argo Blu-ray


The Happiest Day of Batman’s Life By Dustin Harbin

The Happiest Day of Batman’s Life is a one-hour drawing rendered by Dustin Harbin. For fifty dollars, Dustin will sit down and draw on a 8″ x 10″ piece of high-quality, 2-ply Strathmore 500 bristol board for one hour. You may provide a very simple direction for the artist to go in.

Harbin’s art is available for purchase HERE.


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Amazing Darth Vader Helmet Made Using Recycled Typewriter, Machine & Computer Parts

Indiana artist and sculptor Gabriel Dishaw has built an awesome Star Wars Darth Vader helmet ($800) completely out of recycled typewriter, adding machine and computer parts.

The artist writes, “My passion for Star Wars and one of the baddest villain of all time has carried over to my upcycled art. Darth Vader was created using recycled materials from computer parts, adding machines and typewriters.”

You can check out Gabriel’s Etsy shop HERE.

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2012′s Insanely Expensive Gear

From alligator-skinned watches to electric cars to a two-person, submarine, Wired posted 2012’s insanely expensive gear and you can check out the list HERE.


One pricey item is the Air Yeezy II, designed by Nike for rapper Kanye West. The shoe was released internationally in June at a retail price of $250. But many retailers jacked up the prices and by the end of launch day, Yeezy’s were selling on eBay for as much as $5,000.

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Marvel’s Superior Spider-Man Reveled


This story reprinted from Comic Book Resources contains plot spoilers for “Amazing Spider-Man” #700.

For those who managed to avoid the online spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #700 posted earlier in December, the ending of the long-running Marvel Comics series written by Dan Slott no doubt came as a surprise to readers as, by the end of the issue, Doctor Otto Octavius takes on the mantle of Spider-Man in the body of Peter Parker, learning that with great power must come great responsibility.


“This is Moriarty in the head of Sherlock. This is Prince John inside of Robin Hood. This is the greatest villain inside the body of the greatest hero and trying to do good,” Slott told USA Today. “Peter Parker was selfish and horrible for all of part of one story. From then on, we’ve seen him be a hero. [Doctor Octopus] has a lot to overcome, and on some level, that road of salvation and stepping up and doing the right thing, it’s more interesting to see it from a character who has to fight his basic nature to do that.”

Amazing Spider-Man #700 not only serves as a definitive ending to the series, but as a lead-in to January’s Marvel NOW! series Superior Spider-Man written by Slott with rotating art by Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli. According to series editor Steve Wacker, the struggle of Otto Octavius is a key piece of the series moving forward.

“It’s also what the good part of our first year of Superior is about: Doc behaving in a manner he’s not accustomed to,” said Wacker. “We see a more sympathetic side of Doctor Octopus. We couldn’t have a Spider-Man who was running around murdering people. And I have no interest in seeing that sort of character win.”

It’s a huge change for Spider-Man, and with the fate of Peter Parker completely uncertain, there’s no telling whether the character will be back any time soon — something that has sparked some incredibly negative responses among readers — but Slott says that even the reaction is a part of the book.

“He had to be a hero in his own eyes, and on some level Otto Octavius is facing that struggle not with Spider-Man’s world but with the readership,” Slott said. “How do you get more Peter Parker than that? Now the readers think he’s a menace. That’s exciting. On a meta level, that is Spider-Man.”

Superior Spider-Man” #1 hits in January.




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The Plateau Print By Mark Englert From Gallery1988‘s Fringe Benefits Project Is Now Available

In honor of the upcoming Fringe series finale, Gallery1988 asked fans to vote for their favorite cases from the show’s history to determine which scenes and episodes should be depicted by the gallery’s favorite screenprint artists.

These “Fringe Benefits” hand-pulled screen print posters are limited to an edition of 150, in which only 100 are available to the public for purchase. Each poster is hand-numbered, unless otherwise noted. All profits from this project will be donated to The Mission Continues, an amazing charity that encourages and aids volunteerism by disabled and wounded veterans.

The newest Fringe poster is now available and it’s by Mark Englert. The glow-in-the-dark print celebrates episode #303 entitled, “The Plateau”.


Mark Englert for episode 303 “The Plateau”
36 x 12 inches, 5 color glow-in-the-dark screenprint
hand numbered edition of 150 (100 available), $30

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Dad Is Fat By Jim Gaffigan

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins (“celebrities for little kids”) to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”).

Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

The 208 page hardcover will be released on May 7, 2013.


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Hilariously Awkward Holiday Family Photos

We all have embarrassing moments in our lives but for some those moments are immortalized through photography. From regrettable hairdos and style choices to distorted facial expressions and embarrassing compositions, nothing describes these types of photos better than the word awkward.

Luckily, we can look back and laugh at the unusual images we’ve been part of and some people have even taken to submitting their hilarious personal photos to a website aptly called Awkward Family Photos for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Below are some hilariously awkward Holiday family photos for you to enjoy on this festive day. Merry Christmas from THE FIRE WIRE!













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