Rejected ENN – Jan 27, 2010
January 28th, 2010

Posted by Jeremy

Every week, Paul, Graham, Kathleen and I get together to write ENN. Over the week, each of us actually writes stories separately, then we get together on Fridays to choose what to use, what to revise, etc. Sometimes the stories we throw out aren’t very good; other times, they are too obscure for a wider audience. Even so, sometimes very good stories have to be thrown out because there is just not enough space for them in the episode. Here are some of those stories for this week’s episode:

She Caught them All

Pokemon collectors are being forced to find something meaningful to do with their lives now that the Guiness Book of World Records has declared 21 year old Lisa Coutney the ultimate Pokemon champ for her collection of just over 12,000 specimens. When asked for comment on how he felt about living out the rest of his life in captivity, all Pikachu could muster was a weak, “pika… chu”, as he rattled a small tin cup against the cold iron bars of his cage.

Kindle My Love

Zero Punctuation isn’t the only game headed to the Kindle this spring, as Amazon has opened development up to third parties with the release of the Kindle development kit. Randy Destrier from Amazon told ENN that “with it’s snappy processor, and quick (for an e-reader) screen refresh times, we’re confident Kindle will be able to compete with whatever Apple has to offer. Heck, it already runs Marathon better than a Powerbook 170, one of 1991’s fastest and most capable portables. [cutaway of Marathon running like a slideshow in B&W on a Powerbook 100-series]

Digital … Story that kinda went off the rails

Web-tech-company-that-is-totally-not-a-robot-master Green Man is demonstrating a technology that allows users to trade digitally purchased products for credit towards future purchases. Other users may then purchase these virtual used copies at a discount. “We understand the appeal of pawnshops like GameStop, and are committed to fully capturing that experience in the digital realm,” said a spokesman, cradling an E-tank and carefully eyeing the gate to his boss room, “We’ve already added the sounds of crying children to our client, and are working on a peripheral to spray users with gamer musk as they use the online storefront.” the Green Man spokesman declined to comment further, after exploding in a starburst and surrendering both his power and dog to a nearby blue robot.

In which the LRR crew are “Con” artists
January 27th, 2010

Posted by Matt

It appears that February will be a busy month for the LRR crew, and an exciting one for LRR fans! We have no less than four appearances scheduled this month!

The first is GottaCon, which happens over the weekend of February 5-7 at the pearkes Recreation centre at Tillicum Mall. LRR has a panel and sceening block scheduled at the con on Sunday Feb. 7th at 12:00 PM. Please see their site (linked above) for admission details.

The following weekend sees us in attendance at two events. The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival will be showing two of our films (‘Mercenary Solutions’ and ‘The Secret of the Sauce’) on the evenings of Friday Feb 12th and Saturday Feb 13th, at the Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo Vancouver Island University campus. The Crew will be in attendance for the Saturday showing, but if you can’t make that one, you should try to get to the Friday show anyhow – the festival shows a ton of great short films from all sorts of local film-makers, and the festival really deserves your support. Tickets can be purchased at the doors (doors are at 6:30PM) or in advance from the Nanaimo Art Gallery at Vancouver Island University, Falcnor books at Port Place Mall in dowtown Nanaimo, The Nanaimo Arts Council in the Nanaimo North Town Centre, House of Indigo on Commercial St. in downtown Nanaimo.

The Sunday of that weekend, on Feb 14th, LRR will be attending the Phillips Comedy Night, a monthly shocase of Victoria’s local comedy scene, featuring sketch, stand-up, improv, video, and sometimes even musical comedy. The featured act for this show is Slut Revolver. Tickets are $10, ($8 for students), and are available at the door. The event is held at the Victoria Event Centre on Broad St. Doors are at 7:30PM, curtain at 8. (As an additional heads up, LoadingReadyRun will be performing a live set the following month for the Mar. 14th comedy night, so make sure you come to that one too!)

And finally, on the weekend of the 19th-21st LRR will be appearing at TsukinoCon (formerly Kei-Kon) at the University of Victoria. We have a panel and screening block scheduled for 8PM on saturday the 20th. The schedule is not yet available on their site, but my understanding is that we will be in the main auditorium. Check back on their site for details as they are confirmed, as well as for registration details and prices.

Hopefully you can make it to all (or at least one) of these great events, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Operation: Get Your Lem On
January 27th, 2010

Posted by Tim

When life gives you lemons… Force your friends to eat a bunch of them really fast so that their teeth get all squidgy, like we did in this episode of the Iron Stomach Challenge:

Then, after that’s over and you’ve posted the video of it on the internet, encourage all of your fans to do the same thing!

In this Loading Ready Runners Operation, your task is to compete with Lemon Race winner James Turner, who was able to eat fourteen lemon wedges in two minutes.

If you think you’re up to it, we want you to film yourself eating as many lemon wedges as you can in two minutes. A lemon wedge is a quarter of a lemon. You must eat all of the flesh of the lemon wedge. The skin of the lemon must not be removed before you start.

Upload your video (which will preferably be a single shot so you don’t do any trickery with video cuts) to YouTube and post it as a video response to the original Lemon Race video on YouTube.

Whoever eats the most lemon wedges in two minutes will receive mad props and a medal on the forums!

This contest will remain open until midnight PST on Friday, February 12, 2010.

January 31: The first challenger has clocked in!

Just Drive
January 25th, 2010

Posted by Matt

So the video’s up, and can be viewed right here: Just Drive

I’d like to claim that no bicycles were harmed in the making of this video, but sadly, that is not the case. You see, the cycle we ride through the middle of this video was, in fact, the understudy of the bike we had planned to use.

The original was my road bike – the one I use to get to work sometimes. It’s not much to look at, being a hand-me-down 12-speed that I got for free, but it’s a dear friend. Before we began the bike scene, we practiced a little bit, just to make sure it would work and would look ok. Look ok, it did. Work, it did not. The first time I put foot to pedal, with Ben sitting on the back, the bike began to roll, and then lurched to a halt. The weight of two riders was too much for the bike to bear, and the rear rim bent completely out of shape. Naturally, this greivous injury precluded my bikes participation in the video, so I trotted off to grab my mountain bike as an alternative.

All in all, though, beteen the cop hats and the 70$ I had to spend on a new rim for my bike, I think this may have been one of our higher-budget videos. :p

Damaged bike aside, this was a really fun shoot. We may have some pictures, but I don’t presently have access to them. If we do, I’ll add them to this post later this afternoon.

LRR is Coming to PAX East
January 23rd, 2010

Posted by james

As you may have ascertained from the post topic, your favorite sketch comedy team will be making their way to the East Coast of this fine continent to attend PAX East.

As of right now Matt, Paul, Tim, Jer, Graham, Kathleen, and myself (James) are planning on making the trip out. If they have the ability to do so, Morgan and Bill will be joining us.

We will have a panel and possibly a screening block at some point during the con. When we have final times and dates you will be the second to know. Obviously this will be an opportunity for all of our fans on the East Coast to come and see us, which will be neat since we haven’t been to that area as a group before. If you want the chance to come see us make sure you get on top of picking up tickets ASAP, as they expect the event to sell out fairly soon.

So please hop on over to the PAX East Registration site and get yourself a three-day badge.

Hopefully we will see you there!