Welcome to Twitter in Focus, where media comes to die. Today’s contestant is makin’ copies! The Robster! The Schneider Master! Rob Schneider!
December 1st: “”You didn’t change. It’s just that I didn’t really know you!”"
And wherever you go, there you are.
December 2nd: “Gracias, Cancun! Such a beautiful place!”
Not surprised he’s there. That’s where I’d be if I were the world’s most famous gigolo.
December 3rd: “My Comedy Special is available NOW ON iTunes!!!! “Soy Sauce and the Holocaust!”"
I don’t think Rob is given enough credit in the comedy world. I think he’s funny. He was really good in that Zohan movie with Adam Sandler.
December 4th: “Check out this FREE clip from my NEW COMEDY SPECIAL!!! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfhn1dcA70M&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWfhn1dcA70M …”
December 5th: “The great Joe Walsh ripping it up at Adam Sandler’s Holiday Party Jam! pic.twitter.com/nrKAF0wXF9”
Whoa, that’s an expensive party.
December 6th: “Never Forget that Ronald Reagan called
#NelsonMandela a terrorist!”
It’s true. He was on a terrorist watch list until 2008.
December 6th: “Always a sad day when a Hezbollah Militant is taken away from us in his prime!”
Someone is still doing lines from Zohan apparently.
December 6th: “The next time somebody tells you they’re on a “mission for nutrition” tell them you’re on “quest to punch them in the chest!”"
So I heard this story about Rob that I will tell and I have it on good authority that it’s totally true. So this person told me that Schneider showed up on the set of an Adam Sandler movie that he wasn’t in to wish Sandler a happy birthday. So the movie security guard or whatever says that Sandler isn’t around or available, but Rob asks if he can leave something for Adam. The security guard says, “Sure.” So Rob goes into a bathroom and takes a shit in a zip loc bag, takes the bag, along with a birthday card and tapes it to the front door of Sandler’s trailer.
And it turned out, that Rob wasn’t in the movie, but the movie used a clip of him from another movie. Rob had used the money to fly all the way out just to shit in a bag and leave it for Adam on his birthday. I gotta say, that’s pretty god damned funny.
December 6th: “Whenever I bump into a Chinese person, I always say, “I’m sorry for walking straight!”"
I have no idea.
Okay, let’s rate Rob’s tweets. Pretty genuine and a bit obtuse at times. I give him a 7 for Style, an 8 for Mustness and a 10 for Insanity. That’s an overall score of 8.3. Follow Rob.
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Life Skills for Fanboys: Geek Elitism
written by Tony DiGerolamo
Fanboys often mean well and while they often develop knowledge and skills most people don’t, there are often gaps in basic information they fail to fill. This column attempts to fill in those missed spots. Take my criticism in the constructive way that it is offered. Or don’t. What am I? Your therapist?
If you’ve every been to con, whether is comic book, sci-fi/fantasy or Bimonscificon, somewhere in the mix there will always be some high level geeks. You know, the guys that have been using Linux since they were in grade school, speak and write in fluent Klingon and Elvish and personally had a conversation with Harlan Ellison without pissing him off. But like any hierarchy, those in power sometimes have a dark side. These are the geek elitists. They turn a friendly community into a passive aggressive clique that alienates newcomers.
How it Starts
I think that with most geeks, we’re ostracized for being smart. Geeks tend to like books and technology that, say jocks, aren’t really into. But not being into football is easy. Football is a game and everyone understands that. However, not being into Minecraft or Star Trek or Magic Cards or other geek stuff for non-geeks is more than not just being into it. It’s usually something they don’t fully understand.
Now I’m not trying to generalize people that are not geeks. All people are different. There are evil geeks and nice jocks and everything in between. But when you’re a kid, especially in a public school, the mentality is to never draw bad attention to yourself. Since every other kid is just trying to find their identity, drawing undue attention usually draws criticism and insults. This isn’t because they are deserved, but because kids are naturally insecure of their own emerging identities.
Geeks tend to take the barrage of insults first. Why? Well, I think it’s several reasons:
1. Traditionally, that has been the case for a long time.
2. Anyone can be called stupid and being labeled as such is pretty much the ultimate insult. People can overcome most other weaknesses pretty visibly, but lack of stupidity is tough to prove once you have that label.
3. Being into geek stuff doesn’t necessarily eliminate you from the world of sports, but you tend not to be in it or stay on the fringe. So physically, you’re probably not going to dominate in the world of high school.
4. People tend to project their fears on others to deflect blame from themselves, so a stupid person’s best recourse (especially in the world of high school) is to target a smart geek as being stupid. Being physically and verbally dominating is fast, quick, but to rebut requires a pointed explanation. (This is probably why we have so many politicians that are like minded and not very geeky.)
5. Geeks tend to live in their head. Thus, when an attack comes, they are usually unprepared, since they are in the middle of doing something cerebral like memorizing the digits in pi or a Monty Python song.
Naturally, geeks band together with like-minded friends. Again, this isn’t 100% thing. There are always exceptions, but this tends to be the trend, I believe. At a young age, geek communities emerge: Chess Club, Computer Club, Dungeons & Dragons groups, World of Warcraft crews, etc. The geek community also tends to be the minority at an average school, so with their numbers few and far between, everyone knows it’s important to stick together. You tend to settle your differences in the Etymology Club quickly if everyone knows they’ll have to sprint to the bus to avoid harassment by the cooler kids.
The Geek Community Emerges
So geek communities tend to emerge late in high school and in college. College is an especially great time for us geeks as even the jocks are focused on some amount of knowledge. Things start to shift in our favor in college since the high paying job market tends to favor the intelligent. But it is exactly when geeks start to get comfortable that the tensions arise and the hierarchy of geeks start to be corrupted by their own power.
The Dark Side
The way I see it is this: the trauma of spending years on the fringe and finally coming into your own in a community that welcomes your kind, causes you to do the same thing to others. The abusees become the abusers. It’s not good enough to correct someone who makes a mistake online about the lineage of the X-men, you have to humiliate them and show everyone what a “true fan” knows. This is geek elitism and it should stop.
Now sure, some people are often due a comeuppance for bad behavior, either online or at a con. But when that comeuppance turns mean, when you’re kicking a geek when he’s down or when a genuine person makes a mistake but you’re verbally kicking him in the ribs in front of everyone— No. That’s just bullying.
We Ought to Know Better
Geeks are smart, so we ought to know better. We ought to recognize that not everyone is into comics, not everyone is going to consider Star Trek superior to Star Wars and not everyone knows the difference between the HBO A Game of Thrones and the books. Basically, we need to embrace the noobs.
And this isn’t about the geek community per se. No matter how nice and open Dragon Con presents itself, there will always be some people that stand at the edge of it and go “Sorry, that’s not for me”. And that’s fine. Tolerance is a sign of intelligence, as well as compassion. We had much to offer the other students back in high school when we were being ostracized, conversely, the non-geeks have much to offer us now they we have own our communities.
Reaching Out to the Non-Geeks
A clique ostracizes, but a true community grows and to grow, you need to reach out. It’s time that conventions of all sorts begin creating systems for noobs to enter and see what we’re all about. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been to conventions that didn’t have the most basic information in their con books. Basic info like show times, what was open when, policies in the dealers room, basic explanations of all aspects of the convention, etc. And the staff, often made up of geek volunteers, do little to help as they are so laser focused in doing their volunteer bit so they can get to the part of the convention they like.
I think one way to reach out is to offer panels free, to the public at conventions. Yes, I realize that it’s often the whole POINT of paying for a badge. But the thing is, the panels is where the knowledge comes from. It can be at these panels where noobs can see that the geek community has a lot to offer and we geeks are not a bunch of ostracizing jerks that sneer at people who didn’t show up in a Harley Quinn or Chief costume. (Maybe not all the panels, maybe a few select introductory ones.)
If we spread this knowledge, we’re not just making our conventions and geek communities a better place, we’re making the world a better place by educating people and by showing tolerance and compassion for others, even in the face of ridicule.
So, geek elitists, think on these words. Maybe it’s time you stopped making snide comments in message boards or cutting down your cohorts to make yourself look better. Maybe it’s time you lead by positive geek example.
If your birthday is this week: Your dog will buy you a nice gift, but use your credit card to purchase it.
Aries: The stars say, stop changing the channels and pick something to watch for Christ’s sake.
Taurus: The sudden realization that you have never been curling makes you sad.
Gemini: Robert Irvine will burst into your kitchen and yell at you for being an unprofitable cook.
Lemini: You’ll be hit in the face with mace. Not the spray, but the medieval club.
Cancer: During a kegger, one of the kegs get punctured, but thanks to your alcoholism, not one drop of beer is wasted.
Leo: You will be the victim of a victimless crime.
Virgo: You find out that when you sleepwalk, you also give prostate exams.
Libra: You will enjoy a cracker-based snack while watching TV.
Scorpio: You will be coated in cheese at least twice this week.
Sagittarius: This week, you will run out of coasters. Maybe you should just use the same glass over and over.
Capricorn: Your boss will fire you, but he’ll sing a song while doing so.
Aquarius: You will receive a sensual back massage from a furniture salesman.
Pisces: The ghost of Genghis Khan will whisper to you a recipe for spicy chicken. It will taste like shit.
Mud starts Matthew McConaughey is an outlaw, hillbilly named Mud. It’s a coming-of-age story centered mostly around a boy and his friend that stumble upon Mud hiding out on an island. Mud is trying to reconnect with his lost love, played by Reese Witherspoon, in an unusually sleazy role for her.
Mud is in love with this woman, who has gotten him into so much trouble, there are a group of men hunting him. Fortunately, he recruits the kids to get him supplies and help him refurbish a boat. Sam Sheperd stars as Mud’s not-so-mysterious friend. The final action scene, with regard to Sam Sheperd, is a bit convenient, but everything else is pretty spot on.
Tye Sheridan plays Ellis, a kid whose parents’ marriage is falling apart as well as their way of life along the river. Ellis helps Mud because he wants to believe in Mud’s love and if he can help the outlaw, then maybe his parents have a chance. But Ellis is force to face some reality. McConaughey isn’t too annoying, but is model-esque abs seem out of place in one scene.
Overall, this isn’t a bad rental on Netflix. Check it out.