Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Entire movies compressed into single barcodes

Flowing Data
Posted: 07 Mar 2011 09:15 PM PST

Choice of color in a movie can say a lot about what’s going on in a scene. It sets the mood, changes the tone, indicates a change in point of view, so on and so forth, which is why moviebarcode is so fun to click through. The concept is simple. Take every frame in a movie and compress it into a sliver, and put them next to each other. Voilá. Movie barcode.

The above is The Matrix, making it obvious when they’re in and out of the system. Below are Kill Bill and The Social Network, respectively.



See dozens more on the moviebarcode tumblr, which is also selling these as prints.

[moviebarcode via @mslima]

Zodiac Sign Changed – What it really Means

By Kelli Cook, Reporter
Central Florida News 13 
Were you actually born under a different sign than you thought?

All across Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the Internet, there’s been a buzz about a change in the stars.

But what does it all mean?

It all started the Minneapolis Star Tribute published an article, stating that our horoscopes are wrong.

According to the article, if you thought you were a Scorpio, you’re really a Libra. Or if you got a tattoo of a fish because you thought you were a Pisces, you’re actually an Aquarius.

The reason for the change? The article said it’s because the signs of the zodiac were created 2,000 years ago, and since then, the stars have shifted.

So is the astrologer correct? Yes.

But does it mean that your zodiac sign is wrong? Depends on what you believe.

Many people don’t know it, but there are actually two zodiacs.

The changes mentioned above apply to the Sidereal zodiac, which is based on constellations.

The Sidereal zodiac is followed traditionally in the Eastern Hemisphere. If that’s the one you follow, then yes, your sign has changed.

Then there is the Tropical Zodiac, which is based on seasons. Most of us in the Western Hemisphere follow this zodiac, which means no, your sign has not changed.

Here’s what your new sign would be under the Eastern, Sidereal zodiac:

  • Capricorn: January 20 – February 16
  • Aquarius: February 16 – March 11
  • Pisces: March 11 – April 18
  • Aries: April 18 – May 13
  • Taurus: May 13 – June 21
  • Gemini: June 21 – July 20
  • Cancer: July 20 – August 10
  • Leo: August 10 – September 16
  • Virgo: September 16 – Oct. 30
  • Libra: October 30 – November 23
  • Scorpio: November 23 – November 29
  • Ophiuchus: November 29 – December 17
  • Sagittarius: December 17 – January 20

Wait a minute. Ophiuchus?

Yes, that’s is supposedly the 13th constellation the Babylonians threw out, because they only wanted 12 signs per year.

So according to some astrologers, if you were born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17, that is actually your sign.

SPOILER ALERT: Black Swan Movie Ending

O.K., I have seen Black Swan and have dissected the ending to no end. Please tell me, did Nina really die or is it just her imagination? Please post your thoughts!

Cyber-Monday Super Sale! Toy Anxiety Holiday Sale!

Cyber-Monday Super Sale!! 

Save 5%-20% Off Your Order!*

Take 5% off $25.00-$49.99, 10% off $50.00-$74.99, 15% off $75.00-$99.99 and 20% off $100.00 or more!* Monday, November 30th ONLY.

* $25.00/$50.00/$75.00/$100.00 minimum order is before shipping and/or taxes. Order must contain $25.00-$100.00 or more of product. Discount does not apply to trades. Discount will be automatically applied to your order once minimum amount has been reached. No coupon code required.


Sale is one day only – Monday, November 30th, 2009.



Arlington, Texas, Sept. 10, 2009 – Who has the best amusement park food? What about the friendliest staff or how about the best kids’ area in an amusement park? The ballots have been tallied, and in an awards’ show hosted this evening by LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad, Calif., Amusement Today announced the winners of its prestigious 2009 Golden Ticket Awards. The Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories such as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “shows,” “friendliest staff” and “water rides.” The 2009 winners are …

Best Amusement Park Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Best Waterpark Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

Best Children’s Park LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad, Calif.

Best Marine Life Park SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

Best Seaside Park Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Best Wooden Coaster The Voyage at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind.

Best Steel Coaster Bizarro at Six Flags New England, Agawam, Mass.

Best Kids’ Area Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio

Friendliest Staff Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.

Cleanest Park Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

Best Halloween Event Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla..

Best Landscaping Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.

Best Christmas Event Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Best Food Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.

Best Shows Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Best Outdoor Night Show Production IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla.

Best Water Ride Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

Best Waterpark Ride Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

Best Dark Ride Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

Best New Ride of 2009 – Amusement Park Prowler at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Mo.

Best New Ride of 2009 – Waterpark Congo River Expedition at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

Best Carousel Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.

Best Indoor Roller Coaster Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

Best Indoor Waterpark Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas

Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction Frankenstein’s Castle at Indiana Beach, Monticello, Ind.

This is the 12th annual year for Amusement Today’s coveted Golden Ticket Awards, which are the most sought-after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. The awards have become the subject of much discussion by park aficionados the world over and have garnered mentions in such notable media outlets as USA TODAY and the Chicago Tribune, by venerable radio newsman the late-Paul Harvey and were the topic of a one-hour documentary on the Travel Channel. “Congratulations to all of the Golden Ticket Award winners and the finalists on their well-deserved honors,” says Gary Slade, publisher and editor-in-chief of Amusement Today. “The competition is friendly, but the voting is becoming tighter every year. It’s fun to see parks and attractions the world over vying for a Golden Ticket Award, which truly recognizes superior quality in all facets of the amusement industry.”

Personally chosen by Slade, the Publisher’s Pick Awards are presented in three categories: Park, Individual and Supplier. Respectively, the 2009 recipients are Wonderland Park in Amarillo, Texas, for its dedication, drive and patience as a family-owned park; Dick and Barbara Knoebel of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa., for their professional and personal passion, challenges and journeys; and Gary Goddard Entertainment in North Hollywood, Calif., for its creativity, innovation and excellence in thematics.

New this year, the Legends Series will annually highlight an amusement legend who has touched the industry in a unique way. The first honoree of this series is the late Jack Krantz of Adventureland Park in Des Moines, Iowa, for the incredible vision, enthusiasm and business sense he instilled throughout his venerable career.

For the fifth consecutive year, Amusement Today recognized college students who plan to pursue a career in the amusement industry and are employed by the ceremony’s host park of LEGOLAND California and area parks Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., San Diego Zoo and San Diego Coaster Co. as Ms. and Mr. Golden Tickets. These individuals exemplify the spirit and integrity of the amusement park industry by promoting the cornerstones of safety, service, courtesy and cleanliness at the highest level, while consistently exceeding job expectations. This is an annual designation by Amusement Today to promote education in the field of hospitality and amusement. Amusement Today newspaper covers international amusement and water park news and trends and in its 13-year history is a five-time winner of various awards from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

For a detailed outline of the 2009 winners and survey results, please log on to

I Have Issues: Geek Plastique Episode #34

As we mentioned previously, Toy Anxiety was to be featured in a Podcast titled I Have Issues, in a segment called Geek Plastique. The first episode has been posted here. Our segment starts about 11 1/2 minutes in if you do not have an interest in comics. Geek Plastique is planned to be a monthly segment posted on Fridays, which will primarily be filmed at our store. So if you want to keep tabs on this Podcast, the main web address is We’ll also post it here in our blog when a new episode featuring Toy Anxiety is posted. Thanks and enjoy!

Michael Jackson, Nosferatu and Me – Our Brief Meeting

nosferatu2Back in May 1995, I had a couple of tables in the vendor area of the Famous Monsters of Filmland Convention in Los Angeles, California. On one of the nights of the convention, they held a costume ball with a contest for best costume. One of the guests dressed up as Nosferatu (or Dracula). I was standing out in the hallway with this guy and we were talking about the convention and what a great costume he had on. A cute little girl in a costume I cannot remember won the contest. Al Lewis (Grampa Munster) really liked her and he was the judge of the contest.

About a week or so later, People magazine had a little blurp about Michael Jackson showing up to the convention in disguise.  Here it is:

“Speaking of Jackson, that was he disguised as Dracula at a costume ball last month sponsored by Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. The event, at a hotel in Los Angeles, was held during a convention for fans of film and TV horror and sci-fi. When Jackson, rehearsing on a nearby sound-stage, heard that Al Lewis, Grandpa on TV’s The Munsters, was at the convention, he sent a limo and word that he wanted to meet him. After their chat, Lewis said, “He’s a mensch.”….”

I remember sitting and thinking after I read the article if there was anything that could have tipped me off that it was him. No, not really. He had a quiet voice and really tried to stay in character the whole time we talked. He had a really great costume.

I now need to go up in the attic and see if I still have the pictures of the costume ball contest and of Michael in his great Nosferatu costume.

Watch our YouTube Commercial!

To give you an idea of how many action figures and 1:6 military figures we have in the store, watch our now famous Toy Anxiety Commercial on YouTube. The guys that did this used a lot of creativity and it is fun to watch.

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I Have Issues

I Have Issues: The Internets Greatest Comic Book and Geek Culture Program. If you relate to that sentence, then you must check out this awesome localy produced and filmed video blog. Toy Anxiety will soon be featured in a series of Action Figure related episodes. Stay tuned! Be sure to subscribe!

New on our Blog – A Link to our main Web site

Our Other SitesFirst off, welcome to all of you folks who come to our blog from other sites besides our main site, We have added a link to our site under the “Our Other Sites” topic on the lower right side of this page. Just scroll down until you see the link.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our site!