Xpress-rated: Video sneak peek at the July 30 Xpress

This week’s edition of Mountain Xpress includes the usual rich mix of news and features. Contributing editor Kent Priestley has this week’s cover story. For the piece, Priestly asked a number of Asheville luminaries to name the one thing from their particular discipline, business or passion that they would have to have with them if the unthinkable happened — if they got stuck on a desert island.

You’ll also find news updates, features such as Green Scene, Smart Bets, News of the Weird and our regular line-up of columnists.

— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor

 

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40 thoughts on “Xpress-rated: Video sneak peek at the July 30 Xpress

  1. ah… great as usual… but THIS week you did not mention those magic words, ‘Jason Bugg.’

    I’ll get over it.

    and PLEASE Google ‘dead cat microphone’ … you’ll thank me for it the next time you do a rooftop sequence.

  2. Ken Hanke

    If the Xpress wants me to streak, I will. I’m that dedicated.

    I was going to suggest guest stars, but a fleeting appearance by Jason in quite this manner had not crossed my mind. Now, the visual will not leave…

  3. Trey

    I don’t know who’s more bored….. you guys for making that video, or me for watching it.

  4. [b]I don’t know who’s more bored….. you guys for making that video, or me for watching it.[/b]

    Probably you. No one made you watch it. You can probably find a clip of a kid falling off a skateboard or something somewhere on YouTube, if you’d rather. Way less boring.

  5. Trey

    You guys really don’t deal well with criticism do you???

    Try this on for size….. Asking someone what they would take with them to a deserted island is what some loser throwing a bad party would do to try and get some conversation going.

    Totally played out.

  6. Trey

    I mean, honestly…… who needs a video preview of a “newspaper” that I can read in 5 minutes while I’m waiting on my sushi???

  7. [b]You guys really don’t deal well with criticism do you???[/b]

    Oh, I thought you were kidding. I was kidding back. But you were serious, huh? Yikes. Chill out, man. It’s just the internet.

    [b]I mean, honestly…… who needs a video preview of a “newspaper” that I can read in 5 minutes while I’m waiting on my sushi???[/b]

    What were you expecting that you didn’t get? It’s something we knocked out in a few minutes because it’s fun and people have asked us for exactly this kind of content. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it — it’s pretty simple. It’s not like you have to keep an eye on it because a new episode of [i]Lost[/i] is up next or anything.

  8. Trey

    Awww… jeez… I was joking.

    We need emoticons on here.

    Also, I’m a cynical a**hole.

  9. Ken Hanke

    Don’t do this.

    I understand your dread of Mr. Bugg in a diaper, but I’m not sure why you quake at the idea of me as Father Time.

  10. [b]I understand your dread of Mr. Bugg in a diaper, but I’m not sure why you quake at the idea of me as Father Time.[/b]

    Hanke + Loose, Flowy Robe + Sharp farm implement + X (where X is variable dependent on reaction to most recent film viewed, with a good chance Adam Sandler or Will Farrell being involved) = Fear.

  11. Steve, I checked your math on the above equation … you are correct the the nth place — where n = the possibility that the vision of Bugg in diapers would spawn tornadoes and earthquakes in gargantuan proportions.

    further calculations show that taking the derivative of Bugg and squaring the function of Hanke would = one heck of a good horror movie plot.

    oh, wait, there’s already been a ‘Jason’ used in horror movies.

  12. Ken Hanke

    Steve, I checked your math on the above equation … you are correct the the nth place—where n = the possibility that the vision of Bugg in diapers would spawn tornadoes and earthquakes in gargantuan proportions.

    I’m glad to see this discussion has taken a scientific turn.

  13. The only equation that I can get behind is the Anti-Life Equation.

    loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-worth ÷ mockery ÷ condemnation ÷ misunderstanding x guilt x shame x failure x judgment n=y where y=hope and n=folly, love=lies, life=death, self=dark side

    It’s pretty much a recipe for what will happen if McCain wins.

  14. you need some remedial math, Bugg.

    how about Jason + writing 2,000 words a day = a real writing career + income + women swooning at his feet

    been there, done that.

    No reason you can’t either. Selling your work regularly tends to give you a nicely positive outlook on life.

    been there done that, too.

  15. [b]Selling your work regularly tends to give you a nicely positive outlook on life.[/b]

    Not to play Bugg’s white knight or anything, but he’s getting published a lot these days. He’s already freelancing to more papers than I did when I was a freelancer.

  16. Ralph have you no respect for the mythology of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World?

    no, but I do have a favorite Jack Kirby story, the one about the time Johnny Carson saw something that had “Jack Kirby, King of Comics” printed on it. Neither Johnny nor his sidekick Ed had ever heard of this Kirby guy and could not recall ever seeing him perform, so Johnny goes off on Kirby in a big way, really insulting him.

    quite quickly Kirby fans (and I was one) informed Carson the kind of comics Kirby was involved in and just how significant he was. To Carson’s credit, he profusely apologized on the air.

  17. Not to play Bugg’s white knight or anything, but he’s getting published a lot these days. …

    Glad you got that off your chess. … I’m just trying to encourage the Bugg. I freelanced for about 15 years, selling literally thousands of articles and short stories and finally books, so I know how it is. Jest trying to be helpful. Not that the Bugg needs help, at least nothing more than disassembling him to the molecular level, cleaning all the parts in industrial-grade solvent, and putting back together in random order would not improve.

    So, if you’re Bugg’s White Knight can I be his Black Rook? Always wanted to live in a castle.

  18. My girlfriend is the White Queen. She looks enough like Emma Frost.

    Also, Alli Marshall is my bishop and Nelda Holder is my rook. The pawns are all of the posters on this site.

  19. You are the Bugg’s white knight:

    Alice in Wonderland (1999) (TV)
    Alice: You don’t seem to have much riding practice.
    White Knight: What makes you say that?
    Alice: You keep falling off your horse!

    White Knight: I see you’re admiring my box. It’s my own invention, to keep sandwiches in. You see, I carry it upside-down so they don’t get wet when it rains.
    Alice: …But they can drop out. The lid is open.
    White Knight: So, THAT’s what happened to my sandwiches.

  20. brebro

    I see I’m too late to make any Darkseid or X-men references, so I will just stay out of this.

  21. You can make all the Darkseid References you want, but the only X-Men references that are acceptable around here are relating to how awesome Dave Cockram was and how awesome Grant Morrison’s run was.

  22. [b]… and how awesome Grant Morrison’s run was.[/b]

    I agree with this, except for Frank Quitely’s rendering of lips on men. It’s like he only wanted to draw Angelina Jolie’s face for a living, but had to make due with Wolverine. A luscious, kissable Woverine, that is.

  23. [b]So, we can’t talk about the hot members of the Hellfire Club?[/b]

    No one comes to mind other than Emma Frost. How about hot members of the Morlocks, just for a challenge?

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