So if you visit this website with any regularity, you probably have noticed that over the last couple months or so, visiting the F Plus website can give you a fair amount of SQL errors.
A while ago this wasn't a huge concern, but as the podcast gets more and more listeners, that translates into more and more simultaneous bandwidth used. And clearly, our old site setup just wasn't able to accommodate the traffic anymore.
So, this is the new setup. It should look pretty much the same, except when you click on things, you should expect the pages to actually load. I know, I know. This might take some getting used to.
I do want very much want to thank the several of you F Plus listeners who contacted me with offers of hosting the site on their own systems. Assuming you meant it, that was a lovely gesture and I might have taken you up on it, but the issue wasn't really getting a new host, it was just not wanting to deal with the process of copying everything over.
I got a couple shorts I'm planning on releasing in the very near future, but meantime let's just revel in the fact that the site is working properly again.
The Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein contended that a man could never truly know the mind of any other man. His belief was that language and thought are just too dissimilar in concept that to use one to explain the other is at best insufficent and at worst a fruitless excercise. Now it's about 70 years later, and we've all learned how to say “it's just like that one Star Trek episode.” TV Tropes is a community that defines and catalogues the shortcuts used in modern fiction, but this week, The F Plus is going to learn a little bit about these TV Tropers, and why so many of them are so gosh darn terrific.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Somewhere in the time frame between us recording this episode and us actually putting this episode online (it takes longer than you'd think), the TV Tropes admins decided to yank Troper Tales on the grounds that the content was embarrassing and made their site look stupid. Some might say the damage has already been done, but I guess this episode will now serve as a memory of what once was.
At least two different wikis (one and two) have been started to fill the gap, but neither contain anywhere near as much content as the original Troper Tales dump. BUT FORTUNATELY Portaxx had the forethought to collect most of the material we read, and we've compiled this handy readalong document for those of you who like to play at home.
Starting any creative endeavor takes a lot of hard work, dilligence, business acumen and some amount of money. It used to be that you were expected to come up with all of that yourself, but with the internet being what it is, people have come to expect that other people should provide at least one of those important factors. To that end, we would like to introduce you to kickstarter.com - a site dedicated to enterpraneurs amassing capital by the time-tested means of asking someone else for it. It's kind of like panhandling, except they like to use the word investment. This week on The F Plus, you won't need to put down your controller to grab a snack.
The reading of the kickstarter page for the Stupid Wankers Podcast was edited out of the episode, though a number of references to it stayed in, like the opening segment and the reader intros.
The Widgets are a comedy music duo that we couldn't really read because the real content is in the video. For their plea for donations, the video starts out with one of the two guys taking a shit, and then when he's done they sing a song about fucking a pie. Just.... No. No, no no.
This is a kickstarter page for a Halo fan film. Before you click, they are asking for quite a bit of money, and they got significantly less than they were hoping for. Please guess at what both those numbers would be, and then click to see how close you were.
So, after hearing about all these unfunded projects, would you like to see what a successful Kickstarter project looks like? Here you go! I have absolutely no idea what The Comedy Button did that the Stupid Wankers didn't, but apparently the secret is that you're supposed to say "brap" a lot.
We've been looking into your Facebook updates, and we've noticed you've been good all summer. You've been eating healthier, cutting down on sugary drinks, even getting a reasonable amount of excercise this year. Yes indeed, it's been work, but we've noticed you're looking a lot better and you don't seem quite as depressed as you used to be. But guess what? Summer's over. So let's get you back to your old habits. From the very fattest locations of AllRecipes.com to the most criminally negligant Food Network celebrities, we're going to be reading recipes that will make your arteries clog just from the sound of it. This week on The F Plus, it's all gonna look like poo poo.
Sometimes you get plagued by questions, and the only thing to do in a case like that is to start asking them. This lovely little cartoon by Zarla Sheenaza ruminates on a question which was asked in episode 45 (the Supernatural one), but never really answered with any satisfaction. C'mon guys, are there? Why won't anyone answer me!?
(Honestly, if you don't hit the PLAY AGAIN button at least twice on this thing, then I just don't get you, maaaaan.)
Since the dawn of the moving picture, studios have produced cartoons to appeal to a younger audience. These cartoons are typically colorful, whimsical, and unscrupulously cynical in their approach to selling merchandise to an impressionable and undiscerning fanbase. And since the dawn of the internet, this very same fanbase has demonstrated their psycho-sexual attraction to these cartoons that only wanted to sell them junk. To that end, we present you with Pokégirls - one man's fantasy to create an entire race of anthropomorphic beastgirls forced into sexual servitude and apparently being fine with it. This week on The F Plus, we take The Elite Whore Challenge*.
*- Portaxx assures us that joke is funny.
PIECES READ, IN ORDER
THE POKEGIRLS PRIMER (THE ORIGINAL RESOURCE DOCUMENT ON ALL THINGS POKEGIRL) by The Changeling, Metroanime, Alzrius, and A-kun
Pokemon Black/White OST - To Their Respective Futures
I think it might be in your best interest to familiarize yourself with ~PikaBellaChu, a woman who has devoted her life (and finances) to collecting Pokémon merchandise. In case you don't want to go through her gallery, here are some highlights:
As a species, humans have a small list of needs, a larger list of wants, and an even larger list of things to get arrogent and pissy about. This episode is all about water, specifically bottled water, which (as it turns out) can fit all three of these categories. Much in the same way that certain self-professed experts can wax poetic on the merits of certain wine vintages, there's a small but growing number of people who would like to share their enthusiasm for water, and just like the wine guys, they seem to be making most of this stuff up. This week, The F Plus gives the internet a thousand dollar swirlie.
Prince & The New Power Generation - Money Don't Matter 2 Nite
Merle Haggard - The Bottle Let Me Down
What with the economy and all, our buddy Lou had to get a new job as a repairman. Business has been a little slow for him since he's just starting out, so please check out his new TV ad and refer him whatever friends you feel might need his services..
So there should be a new F Plus episode online right now. We recorded it a couple weeks ago, and it's all ready to be edited. Thing is, it's currently my turn to edit, and instead of editing the podcast, I was spending my time editing this movie. Was that really the best use of my time? I dunno, maybe? I think you should watch the video and let me know.
Recorded by Boots Raingear, edited by Acierocolotl
When you hear the words "bad fiction", there's a lot of different things that might come to mind. Perhaps you think of the works of completely inept but infuriatingly popular writers like Dan Brown or Danielle Steel. And one day, we'll get to writers like those. But for now, we have Storyprovider - a Finnish fanfic writer who, in a sentence, will misspell as many words as he spells correctly. This week, The F Plus would like to recommend the Army Fried Gyu.
This is an episode all about vore. If you don't know what the word "vore" means, then you can consider yourself morally pure. You don't spent a lot of time on the internet looking up creepy fetishes, and you're probably living a healthier and more productive life because of it. Unlucky for you, you're about to lose that innocence. Vore is a fetish wherein people eat other people. It's not cannibalism, that's something else. This is a thing about people eating other people whole. I'm sure the community for this will be well-rounded and reasonable. This week, The F Plus asks to Super Size our meal.