Advertising Has Shown Me the Mirror of Time

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Something a little strange to start off your NerdHall Monday.

Early this morning I was waiting in an office, naturally a television was playing the early news, nothing to out of the ordinary until there was a pause for commercial break. Still not having looked I was drawn in not by the flashy, yet responsible looking family SUV by Honda weirdly dubbed “Pilot”, but a stray, almost disinterested delivery of the opening line to Weezer’s “Buddy Holly”. Within the 30 seconds, the entire Honda family has half-sung through to the chorus, unaware of the chills they bestowed upon me, and the clicking wheels within my brain. 

“Why would this child pull this twenty-one year old song seemingly from the blue?” (pun unintended) Then it struck me, though the age appropriate parents seemed far older to me, they were looking to grab my attention. Not me personally of course, my tinfoil hat is always firmly in place, but my age category. 

Intoning the words of a young Rivers Cuomo to somehow send out a signal to those just entering post-collegiate life, the workforce, or some other personal money/home making endeavor. Isn’t it time you found your “Mary Tyler Moore”? Isn’t it time you leave the hallowed halls of “Whatsamatta U” find your shoes and get in a Honda and pilot a Pilot, kids and Grandpa in tow? 

Perhaps none of this is the case and they just found the Weezer track to be catchy, recognizable and comforting enough to get you into a 2016 Pilot, but deep within me I know that is probably not the case. Or perhaps I should take up marketing and overthink each ad to perfection. They could have easily used something from a further gone era to evoke deeper nostalgia as well as something more recent for a strangely similar effect. Either way, I’m goin’ surfin’, I’m still afloat.

A thank you to Honda for making me question several aspects of life and how we live it with the simple commission of a song that effects me on apparent deep levels, arising suspicion enough to provide you with this nervous musing.

This is no way an endorsement from Honda, though that would be pretty sweet. 

[Commercial care of Honda’s YouTube: http://bit.ly/1KGX9Fg]

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Stay tuned to NerdHall for more Pop-Culture news, musing, reviews, and existential crises as the week continues! 

Scream: the tv series: Slick as Stabbing Teens In a Horror Show

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

MTV has made another stab at horror drama with a new take on
a horror classic. Scream: the tv series penned by Jill Blotvogel, starring Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow, The Killing), Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains), and Tracy Middendorf (Lost, Boardwalk Empire) promises to
deliver exasperated groans and genuine chills in the show’s first season. 

The
pilot episode delivers on stylized, updated nostalgia. Gone are the ringing phones
and playful inquisitions, this time the fear comes from all sides of media,
social or otherwise. “What’s your favorite scary movie?” becomes a revealing
video gone viral or a threatening text. The warmth of updated nostalgia is kindled
again in the character of Noah Foster (played by John Karna) a computer genius
with a wide swath of knowledge concerning the “rules” of horror-drama
television. 

Treats like this may draw older fans into an otherwise modern retelling of the Brandon James mythology at a deliciously slower pace, hopefully pulling it into darker depths than the usual suspect; consistent camp while simultaneously dragging in a younger fanbase. Peppered with enough twisting high school relationships, some blood, more than a few dashes of self-awareness and a smooth soundtrack, Scream: the tv series has put forth a promising first venture into terrorizing teen drama television.

(PHOTO SOURCE: MTV [www.mtv.com]) 

New Photo From BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice

by Joey Pedras

Entertainment Weekly released this new photo of our Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) having a conversation of sorts. Dressed to the nines in what one only could assume is Wayne Manor.

Not much context was given with this photo, unfortunately. Bruce, and Diana seem to be having a lovely chat, and maybe a dance. Possibly a low point from the film? Who are we kidding though? I doubt there’s going to be any low points. This scene is probably rife with Bat-drama. What are you two scheming? 

(SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly)

Your iPhone 6 Plus (or Galaxy S6) WON’T Work With The Pip-Boy

by Joey Pedras

Bethesda says their Pip-Boy replica will not be compatible with the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S6 phones. Their reasoning is because formatting for those phones would deter from making the Pip-Boy‘s dimensions faithful to those in the games.

I see this as nothing less than reasonable. It’ll accommodate most other mainstream smartphones. If you like your phones bigger than the rest you’ll be missing out. No need to fret thought, my dears, I’m sure you’ll still be able to use the Pip-Boy app that will be released at Fallout 4′s launch.

We eagerly await the day when we can pre-order this precious Fallout lover’s dream piece. I guess that day will come soon, but with every new day the wait gets harder, and harder.

Fallout 4 is set to release Novermber 10th, 2015.

(SOURCE: Engadget)

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