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  • Red Sparrow Is A Super Solid Espionage Movie!

    2 weeks ago



    Red Sparrow is really solid. It's the kind of made-for-adults slow burn espionage film that thrived in the '70s here in the US and pops up occasionally overseas. Paul Verhoeven's Black Book is the last movie I can remember evoking the very unique tone.

    Gone are the YA sensibilities you might expect from a reteam of Hunger Games director and star Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) and in its place is a Cold War powder keg that is punctuated with moments of extreme violence and sexuality.

    Basically you have Jennifer Lawrence playing Dominika, a Russian Prima Ballerina whose creepy uncle enlists into the state's seductress spy program after she breaks her leg and thus becomes... not as graceful? I don't know how ballet works, but her life is pretty much over. Her passion was dancing and she worked towards being the best since she was a small child and now that's gone.

    Also gone is the money, nursing care for her sick mom and the housing provided by the ballerina company. She's desperate and agrees to use her beauty and former fame to help entrap an enemy of the state. Of course that goes violent very quickly and she's forced to choose death for her and her mother or enlisting to become a Sparrow. 

    She chooses option B.

    What I really liked about this movie was how delicately and intricately the intrigue was laid out. Dominka is smart, but always in danger. How much leverage does the State have over her? How many chess moves ahead is she at any given time? Who is she playing?

    That mystery is what makes or breaks a good espionage thriller and I think Francis Lawrence nailed it here. 


    The plot is less focused on solving the core mystery of figuring out who is the mole within the Russian hierarchy that is being protected by the US and more about how the hell Dominika is going to survive. She's not Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde. She can't fight her way out of any situation. But she's far from weak, but she's not Wonder Woman. Her superpower lies in smarts and manipulation.

    There are a couple of moments in the movie where she's in life or death situations and has to fight and when those happen the violence is brutal, realistic and dangerous. A knife is scarier than a gun here and I love it when a movie can feel dangerous for its lead. 

    Lawrence gives it her all here and crafts a character that is strong because of her weaknesses. She's on a pretty hot streak at the moment. Love or hate mother! you have to admit that she gives a tour de force performance in it, despite what the dipshits that run the Razzies think. 

    She's using her fame to help interesting projects that would not get off the ground without her A-list power and that's something she should be commended for. I'm sure she's offered every rom-com script in Hollywood, but she's choosing weird instead.

    Red Sparrow isn't a movie designed to wow you with giant set pieces. It's built to pull you into a world and make you care about the leads. You'll try to figure out who's playing who and at what point and if you're anything like me you'll be a couple steps ahead of the movie at some points and then realize you're way behind at other points. 

    I dig this one a lot.

  • We Need Your Rooster Teeth Cocktail Recipes!

    2 weeks ago

    Becca RT Torturer

    As the holy day of St. Patrick approaches, we need your help in creating a catalogue of Rooster Teeth-inspired drink recipes. Send in your original Rooster Teeth drink recipes and we will bring your creations to life, gently persuading our coworkers into drinking and rating them. You may even see the Achievement Hunter crew drink your very own concoction. On St. Patrick’s Day, we will list our favorites on the site so we can all celebrate together.

    Here are some examples we’ve already come up with to get your creative juices flowing:

    The Burning Burns
      - 1 1/2 oz tequila
      - 1/2 oz lime juice
      - 1/2 oz triple sec
      - 1/2 oz simple syrup
      - 1/2 jalapeño pepper, sliced
      - 1 wedge lime
      - Kosher salt for rim
    People Like Grapes
      - 1 750 ml bottle of red wine
      - 2 cups red grapes
      - 1 sliced orange
      - 3-4 tbsp sugar
      - 1 cup sparkling club soda
    Comment on this post to share your recipes and join in the fun. Make it sweet, make it sour, make it downright disgusting. It’s all up to you. Bottoms up!

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    3 weeks ago

    Ashley The Know

    I need to re-read this book before the movie comes out because the only bit I remember concretely is the creepy kids in the cul-de-sac. Who else wants to read along and we can do a little live chat or something talking about it after?

    EDIT: Just saw it's on Audible too! So if you'd rather audio book it you can use our code for a free trial (disclosure! they're a sponsor on Glitch Please this week which is what made me think to look for it). Code to get a free audio book is

  • HypeD

    3 weeks ago

    ezracooperst President

    This has been a week of meetings and email that have me pretty pretty pretty excited. This is going to be a huge year at Rooster Teeth!! 

    I am so hyped. More to share very soon. 

    My Dad is also coming to Austin for the first time since we moved. So that's cool. 

    What are you fired up about right now?

  • RTX Austin: Go Ahead, Ask Us Anything!

    3 weeks ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    Hi All,

    We did it once, and it was so fun we want to do it again. We want to hear from YOU! Ask us anything. Have questions about RTX? Ask us! Questions about badges? Ask us! Questions about sex? Ask a friend. 

    If you have a question please comment below. If someone else already asked your question, but you really want to know give it an upvote. Like the "cool" one. That one is my favorite.

    We are going to give you guys 1 week to post all of your questions and then on Thursday, March 8th at 5:00 PM we will do a Live AMA here on my page! During the week we will comb through your questions and update our FAQ. Then we will post the answers on the 8th as well as answer any new questions. IN REAL TIME! It is the future and we are so excited to make it awesome with all of you.

    It will all take place on my page, but answers will be coming from @Bethany, @Clarissa.Gonzalez, @nicolew, @shelbyengquist, and myself!


    Gossip Boi

    aka Patrick

    aka The Alabama Sidewinder

    aka Earl E. Bird

  • Holy Shit! Avengers: Infinity War Moved Up! You Can See It April 27th!!!

    3 weeks ago



    Well, well, well... Looks like we're all going to get to see Avengers: Infinity War earlier than expected! Marvel and Robert Downey Jr. teamed up to make the announcement on Twitter via a smart bit of cheeky PR. Check it out here

    It's such good news! It means we all get to see it earlier than expected and lets us have a chance to go back a couple of times before Deadpool 2 and Solo come out. It's quite possible that was the point of the move, to minimize the overlap between Infinity War's Box Office and Solo's and also don't forget that Deadpool is soon enough going to be welcomed into the Disney Marvel family, too.

    Excited yet? I'm excited. That's next month! I mean, it's still, like almost two months away, but technically this is March and it releases in April, so I'm still right! 

  • Tarantino Titles His Next Flick, Casts Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio

    3 weeks ago



    First of all, I know there's some controversy around this project and I myself am not all that interested in seeing a Manson Family-ish movie, but you know what I am interested in? Anything that Tarantino wants to do. If he wants to tell this story then he'll tell it in his way and that in and of itself is more interesting than 90% of other Tinseltown news. 

    He's calling the new project Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which automatically frames the new film in an epic light. Sergio Leone started the Once Upon A Time trend with Once Upon A Time In The West, which is just flat out great. Seek it out if you haven't seen it. It uses Widescreen unlike just about any other movie ever made. 

    Many years later Leone made Once Upon A Time In America, another fantastic film that gave the epic treatment to a whole new genre. It was more a Godfather-ish Italian Crime story. 

    Robert Rodriguez took that title trend and applied to a goofy action flick called Once Upon A Time In Mexico that is distinctly Rodriguez, even if it's nowhere near the same league as Leone's movies. 

    The point is Once Upon A Time In... has come to mean something to cinephiles. If you use that title you think epic story told in the unique style of its director and shot in wide-wide-widescreen. 

    So Tarantino using the title paints a picture already of his plans of doing a period '60s film set in Hollywood. Knowing his tastes I'd expect a long film overflowing with colorful, richly drawn characters.

    Two of those characters will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. DiCaprio will play Rick Dalton, former western TV star, and Pitt will be his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Both are trying to figure out their place in the world as they age out of the system they know. Also, Rick happens to live next door to Sharon Tate, the most famous victim of the Manson Family. 

    We know that Tarantino has approached Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate, but we don't know if she's signed on yet. 

    Anyway, that's the news. Pitt and DiCaprio are onboard and the movie's called Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. I personally can't wait to see how this one comes together. 


    3 weeks ago

    elliemainey Survivalist

    Hi all!

    Some of you might have seen the final Burnie VLOG that went up for First members a month ago. If you haven't you should check it out - Burnie takes us through a day in the life of a CCO and Founder of Rooster Teeth in a really personal and affecting way.

    The Vlog ends with a cover of Lenka's The Show, performed by me on the Burnie bus while he goes to pilot school (it was so awesome) and finishes out his day, and since we aired that I've been overwhelmed with the amount of support and love you all have thrown at me. Music and singing has been something that's super important to me, but something I haven't had the confidence to pursue. Your encouragement gave me the kick I needed to start playing more, join a band, record covers and start writing my own stuff. 

    I've put a few covers up on YouTube and Bandcamp, with the hope of raising some funds for a small home recording studio so I can put out better quality recordingssss! Check it out grin

    In order to say thank you for giving me the push to do this, I'd love to take some requests from this beautiful community!!! The next songs I record will be the top 5 modded (am I saying that right?) requests on this journal post! 

  • All y'all currently waiting on DMs and whatnot...

    3 weeks ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    I've got nearly 100 messages so far in regards (to what I assume) are for RTX codes and other related questions. I'm making my way through them, but fear not, I will be responding to you!

    Please don't send in another separate message if you can, and if you have more information to give me, just respond to your initial message so it's all grouped together. :D

    Much love!


  • March - Girls

    3 weeks ago


    March - Girls

    It's already that time again! This month's playlist is called "Girls" and will hopefully be the only playlist in this experiment that breaks the (admittedly self imposed) 12-song rule. Unfortunately, the Girls just wouldn't play along, and despite weeks of attempts, I could only get this thing down to 15 songs. It started at 41, ballooned to over 60, and worked it's way back down slowly achingly.

    These aren't the 15 best girl songs ever made, or even tied to a genre really. These are just 15 songs from female bands, artists, or bands fronted by women, that I've been listening to a lot lately, and who I think are maybe not super known, but deserve to be heard. It's also been a tremendous source of inspiration, if I keep these playlists going past the this year. 2019 will be full of playlists like "about girls" and "lo-fi girls" etc etc. 

    So here it is. Hope you like it. I'll be back next month with a playlist a little more specific.

    March - Girls.

  • Information about Double Gold and the NEW RT BOX PLAN!

    3 weeks ago

    Eric_Duncan VP, Marketing

    Hello, friends. I’m back with another update on the RT Box and Double Gold. Buckle up, because we have some big changes to cover. My last update covered a lot on why we’re making changes. If you missed it check it out here. Ok, let’s get started.

    The Double Gold name is going away. Welcome RT Box membership.

    Double Gold has been fun, but we haven’t truly loved the name. It’s all about the box anyway, so why not just call it what it is? So we’re retiring the Double Gold name and membership tier forever, starting March 1, 2018, and launching RT Box as a standalone subscription service starting April 1, 2018. You’ll get the following with a RT Box membership:

    • An RT Box every quarter packed with about $140 worth of high-quality, exclusive merch

    • A 10% discount on all purchases in the Rooster Teeth Store

    • Access to purchase live event tickets, including VIP passes when available, before anyone else

    • And you get to keep that dope double star on your community profile because I think it’s cool

    All of this will cost you a mere $64.99 per quarter (billed upon sign-up and then once at the start of each new quarter – every three months). This price includes U.S. shipping. There will be an additional charge for international shipping; we are currently in negotiations, so I don’t have that number just yet.

    Notice I didn’t mention FIRST up there? The biggest change we’re making is that a FIRST membership is no longer part of the RT Box subscription. This means you will need to sign up for a FIRST membership separately. I know managing two different subscriptions is not as fun as managing just one, but ultimately this simplifies processes with billing and customer service that allows us to reduce costs and bring you a less expensive product. And now you can manage just one FIRST plan and not have to worry about upgrading/downgrading based on whether you want the RT Box and its perks.


    Now that you know what the new plan is, let’s talk about what’s happening over the next month or so as we get to the end of Double Gold.

    • February 28 at 11:59 p.m. GMT (EDIT: Sorry now closed) is the last chance to sign up for the March RT Box – the VERY LAST monthly RT Box ever. It’s a good one.

    • March 1-3 will be the last time anyone is billed for a Double Gold membership. You will officially be the last Double Gold members, and you will get the March RT Box that ships later that month.

    • March 31 is the last day of your Double Gold FIRST membership if you are a Double Gold member in March. On April 1, you will no longer have FIRST member access, so sign up for a new FIRST plan before April 1 so you don’t miss out on any shows or benefits.

    We are targeting April 1, 2018 as the first day of sign-ups for the new RT Box membership.

    While I’m here, I have some quick updates on the February and March boxes for current Double Gold members. I’m sure many of you have questions about the whereabouts of your February RT Box. As of yesterday, February 27, boxes have officially started shipping! We’re sorry that it’s running late (again). This is one of the many reasons why we’re moving to quarterly boxes. On the upside, the February box is definitely worth the wait.

    As I mentioned above, the last monthly Double Gold box will ship out at the end of March. So many of us have been working on it to make it fun, exciting, and maybe just a little bit hilarious. No images right now to show off… but if you feel like deducing what might be included in the box, why not watch an old RT Short and put the pieces together...

    That’s it for now. Keep an eye on your emails, our social media, and this site for news. We’ll let you know when sign-up for RT Box membership opens up if it’s before April 1, and roll out details on the box itself, including the mystery theme for the first box. Can you guess what it is? Oh, and definitely make sure you get our emails, because there will probably be some sweet deals coming your way. Drop your questions below and @Chelsea and I will do our best to get you some answers.

    Thanks, we love you.  

  • Are lootboxes gambling? We ask a developer's group

    3 weeks ago


    Lootboxes in video games are definitely a hot topic these days. If you need proof, just look at the controversy around Battlefront 2.

    While some governments are calling for them to be regulated similar to gambling devices, groups that represent game developers have pushed back hard on that idea. 

    Recently, the International Game Developers Association referred to regulating lootboxes as "censorship," in advance of a panel discussion that it's holding at the Game Developer's Conference next month. 

    To dig into the issue a big more, we chatted with the IGDA's executive director Jen MacLean. Here’s what she said, regarding the whole gambling/censorship issue.

    Does the IGDA feel like regulating lootboxes in games (ie - not selling them to people
    under 18/21) is censorship? And if so, why? It doesn't seem like anyone's proposed
    regulating what kind of content can be in games.

    The IGDA is concerned about the potential unintended consequences of regulations, made
    by people who don’t understand game development or game design, and done in hundreds
    of different political systems around the world. Poorly-written regulations, or laws that are
    inconsistent, do pose a risk of restricting content in games.

    For example, if a law banned all random in-game prizes, the restriction could apply to a
    large number of RPGs that have random loot drops but do not use lootboxes.
    We believe that it’s important to discuss the issue openly – including the steps game
    developers and game players can and should take – to make sure game content isn’t
    inappropriately restricted or limited.

    A lot has been said about lootboxes being necessary these days to make up for the low
    sticker price of games (considering they've been $50-60 for years). Do you guys think that
    lootboxes can be predatory in some cases?

    Yes, lootboxes can be predatory in some cases, and can be relatively innocuous in others.
    We think the best approach to lootboxes involves reasonable, responsible implementations
    by game developers, including agreeing not to target children with lootboxes, clearly
    disclosing drop rates, and making it easy for players to track how much money they’ve spent
    on lootboxes.

    We strongly favor an open, constructive dialogue between game players and game
    developers about lootboxes, especially as an alternative to regulation. By choosing not to
    purchase lootboxes, or not to play games that use lootboxes in ways players feel are
    unethical, gamers wield tremendous influence and can push change in the interactive

    entertainment industry far more effectively and more quickly than regulation possibly
    It’s also important to note that in addition to the censorship roundtable, the IGDA’s Game
    Design Special Interest Group is holding a roundtable on professional ethics in game design.

    You guys represent indie devs, are they looking more into implementing lootboxes lately,
    as we've seen with bigger publishers like EA?

    As more games have moved to service models, requiring additional ongoing investment in
    content and operations, developers of all sizes are exploring ways to maintain and grow

    What role do parents have to play in this?

    Parents have final responsibility to monitor the content that their children consume.
    However, game developers and publishers also have a responsibility – to parents and
    consumers of all kinds – to clearly disclose the type of content (including microtransactions
    and random purchases) in their games so that parents can make well-informed decisions
    about the games their children play.

  • 9 to 5 is getting a reboot-sequel and I couldn't be more psyched!

    3 weeks ago


    I know it's not exactly cool to taut the love of the very, very '80s comedy 9 to 5, but a constant cable rotation of this movie in my youth has endeared it to me on a pretty deep level. 

    9 to 5, about three women standing up to sexual harassment in the workplace, is sadly still relevant today. Hell, in the era of #MeToo it's almost begging for a remake... and that's exactly what's going on. 

    But it's not a straight remake, thank God. It's what I like to call a "rebootquel." It's really a sequel, but since there's not really an audience for 9 to 5 Part II, it'll just be called 9 to 5 and focus on a new generation of women struggling against the patriarchy. But it doesn't ignore the first movie and is in fact a sequel. 

    Deadline is reporting that Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are in talks to return, likely as mentors to a new group of young women. Fox wants a young, sharp female voice behind the script and Rashida Jones is at the top of their list. Holy shit, a movie studio exec with a good idea! Someone write this down for posterity! 

    The only way I'd be more down for this rebootquel would be if they announced they were pulling Dabney Coleman out of retirement for a cameo. He is first rate, after all

  • Ralph Wrecks The Internet in this new trailer (and takes some pot shots at clickbait along the way)!

    3 weeks ago


    The new trailer for the Wreck It Ralph sequel dropped today and it takes the lovable brute Ralph and darling little Vanellope into the big, wide world of the internet. The trailer nods to King of Kong with an arcade owner who looks suspiciously like Walter Day, owner of Twin Galaxies and the self-appointed referee of high scores, takes the piss out of clickbait, jokes around with goofy mobile games and even shows us what eBay looks like inside the internet itself. No word yet on how they handle porn, which is scientifically about 97% of the entire internet.

    Check out the trailer:

    It's good, right? Loved the first movie, which felt the most Pixar-ish of all the modern day Walt Disney Animated movies. Can't wait to see what they do with the sequel!

  • RTAA Error

    3 weeks ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    I don't appreciate the RTAA team leaving out the most important part to the ending of the story told in the RTAA Twitch Chicken episode. Yes, Miles did send a photo of his junk covered by a hat. But... did Lynn and I.


  • Star Wars Apocrypha - An Introduction

    3 weeks ago

    LuxCommander Tech Artist - Animation


    Noun. Writings not forming part of the accepted canon, usually in reference to

    Biblical canon. Taken from the latin phrase ‘Aprocrypha Scripta’, or ‘Hidden Writings’

    Star Wars. It’s literally everywhere. It’s not simply a movie, it’s a cultural phenomenon. Four decades later and the franchise has spawned Nine live-action feature films with five more announced to be in production, two more rumored to be in production, an animated movie, six animated series, 378 novels, of which only 64 are within the modern Star Wars Canon, thousands of comics and an unspeakable amount of action figures, plastic model kits, coffee makers, toasters, tea pots, french press sets and other various home decorations that range from basic posters to custom art prints like this one we bought for my dad during Star Wars Weekends from the Acme archives.

    The point here is that Star Wars is a massive universe with over 40 years of legacy. And with 40 years of legacy from a multitude of creators comes the issue of contradiction.

    When Lucasfilm Ltd. was purchased by The Walt Disney Company that fateful day of December 21st, 2012 and announced that they would be making new Star Wars movies to take place after Episode VI, the question of the day was what would become of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. For over 35 years, anyone whose name was not George Lucas created their work in this sandbox that existed as a lower level of canonicity. A sort of Apocrypha to borrow a biblical term. With novels that stretched well into a century after the events of Episode VI, interpretations of cultures that directly contradicted the movies and Clone Wars television series, and no real way to give authors authority over others not named George Lucas, the Expanded Universe was rebranded as Star Wars Legends and can now be treated as another world away from the mainline Star Wars saga, forever lost to time… Sort of.

    See the problem with nuking an entire line of best-selling novels, comic books, TV shows and video games that have perpetuated for 35 years is that a lot of people read, played and watched those stories. And for some of them, they may have even liked those stories more than the ones told on the big screen. For some Star Wars fans, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, Darth Revan and Kyle Katarn are just as synonymous with Star Wars as Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.

    While a small group of the fandom has been vocal about their disapproval of this decision, fans have by and large embraced this decision, understanding the need to clean the slate to ensure that creators can tell the best stories they can without years of contradicting continuity to trip over, as well as the added benefit of providing new fans a more approachable universe to immerse themselves in.

    It’s not like this is the first time it’s been done; Lucasfilm did their own house cleaning back in the early 90’s in preparation for the Prequel trilogy. More importantly, the Lucasfilm story team is acutely aware of the popularity of these characters and their creators, as seen with the incorporation of Grand Admiral Thrawn into the Canon timeline with his debut in Star Wars Rebels and the Thrawn novel written by his creator Timothy Zahn.

    This leads us to the purpose and scope of this project I’m calling ‘Star Wars Apocrypha’. As you can tell, I’ve become very attached to this term far more than the official Legends designation because I feel that it’s a more accurate label due to the fact that these works were at one time canon and were only struck from it upon reexamination. And also because of the borderline religious nature of the continuity obsession that the removal of these texts has caused in the greater community. But much like the name suggests, these stories are in the process of becoming hidden writings, soon to be lost to time as they are overshadowed by the new stories that are slowly filling up the new canon. While I enjoy a good deal of them, there are many stories that are as strong if not stronger in the Legends continuity that I feel ought to be remembered as such. At the same time, I also want it to serve as a reminder that not everything in the Legends universe is as great as we remember it, because as high as the highs were, the lows were even lower.

    With that in mind, my goal is to try to cover the books, games, television shows, and whatever other kind of Star Wars story content that existed prior to the reboot of the franchise. In addition to focusing on the narrative part of these stories, I will try to also go over things such as behind-the-scenes insights and things like the old continuity structure, as I feel that these elements are just as much a part of the Legends narrative as the stories themselves.

    Because I’m doing this project here in my RT Journal section, I want to also add an interactive element to this, so if there is a particular part of the Star Wars universe you want me to cover, please feel free to pop a suggestion in the comment section and I will place it in the queue of things to cover. While there will be times that I will be intentionally focusing on certain characters at certain times of year (Eg. covering Han Solo in the lead-up towards Solo: A Star Wars Story), for the most part I will try to keep the content varied to prevent any burnout on my part or yours. The Star Wars galaxy is a rather large place with many corners all its own after all!

    With that in mind, I have four ideas on where to start, so I want to give you all the power to decide immediately! Our first true chapter in the Star Wars Apocrypha will be, based on your feedback, A) Heir to the Empire and the birth of the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe, B) Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Life before the EU, C) West End Games Star Wars – The RPG that Defined a Universe, or D) Canon Levels – Understanding Legends Continuity. I should hopefully have something done by either the end of the week or start of next, depending on how things work out scheduling-wise. I’m intentionally holding off a bit on the video games due to how long it’ll take to mow through some of them, particularly those attached to multi-media projects (Shadows of the Empire, I’m looking at you buddy) or would require multiple playthroughs for a proper write-up (KotOR), but rest assured I have many plans on how to best tackle them. Until next time guys!

  • Meet Byf

    3 weeks ago

    Qholtz VFX Artist Rooster Teeth


    Byf is my new fish. He got his name from being a Blue Yellow Fish and a suggestion from Brian. Technically he is a Yellow Belly Damsel fish and he is the first little dude in my salt water fish tank. My Wife's family has had a salt tank in their house their whole life. After getting some first hand experience, I wanted to get my own. The switch really flipped when I started to understand that it's not just a tank with fish in it but, an entire ecosystem that is contained inside this little cube, Fish, clean up crews, corals, invertebrates . I saw a used tank for sell and it was time to strike.  Hopefully I can keep you guys up to date with the set up and taking care of the tank.


    Here is the tank set up before any rock or water was put in.  It's the Aquatop 24 gallon cube tank with a 7 gallon sump underneath. Carrying 30 gallons of salt water up stairs was not the most exciting part of the process haha. 


    Here I am pouring in "live sand" after setting up the rock in a placement I liked. The "live sand" contains bacteria that help break down the waste product of the tank.  This process is necessary to begin the natural "filtering" of the tank and is called cycling.


    The tank got super cloudy once we poured in all the water and started the pump up for the first time.


    Final shot of the tank before we picked up Byf.

    Let me know if any of y'all have your own tanks at home or if you have any questions about mine! Can't wait to share this little adventure with everyone.

  • A Tale of Two Ads - Editor & PA Notes

    3 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    I looked up from the cold hard studio floor and my eyes were met with a pedestal, a floating pair of underwear, and one man's quest to produce the greatest MeUndies ad spot you have ever met in your entire life. That man's name is Noël Wiggins. Our director, our leader, our visionary. We've made it our goal at ScrewAttack to provide y'all with the best, most entertaining ads, we can produce. And no one better embodies that than Noël. 

    At one point during the nine hour shoot we found ourselves in need of a shoelace. Without hesitation, Noel took his shoe off, undid his laces and continued on with the rest of the shoot with one single shoe on his right foot. It was in that moment that I realized...I would follow this man to the end of the earth and protect his vision with my life. It's amazing what one can accomplish with a shoe string budget.

    I also edited together that War Robots ad. So there's that too. 

    Watch the Video: YT

  • How To

    3 weeks ago


    I was watching a how to video on YouTube that helped me figure out how to pull my wiper blades off my old truck. At the end of the video the guy says “be sure to watch the rest of my videos” I get that that is part of the vocabulary of YouTube but does this person really think that I’m going to watch a bunch of random how to videos for projects I am not currently performing?

  • Sipping a Joel Kinnaman wine

    3 weeks ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Guys. I am more than halfway through Altered Carbon. I'm not ok with this. I am literally watching like half an episode at a time to try and make it last as long as possible. This is a real problem.

  • Wait a minute, Baby Groot is actually Groot's son?

    3 weeks ago



    I guess I'm a bad geek. I assumed Baby Groot was kind of like Groot reborn, but according to James Gunn's tweets today he's actually more like Groot's kid. I suppose there's an argument to be made that children are pretty much quasi-clones of their parents, but that doesn't help my nerdy-ass mind from reeling at this bit of information.

    Is this how all beings from Groot's race procreate? Just splinter off? Thinking about it that's not too far off from how Earth trees handle that, but then you've got to consider pollination and all that weird stuff. You can also clone trees from cuttings, which is what I assumed happened in Groot's case.

    I'm dangerously approaching the line where I have my virginity reinstated with this discussion, but damn it if this isn't today's biggest geek revelation. 

    What do you folks think? 

  • Control Room Update - Feb 2018

    3 weeks ago

    RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

    With LIVE WEEK taking most of our team and equipment out of the office for the week - We found some time and some plans to make slight changes in how the control room is structured and organized. With the last redesign being right before Tuesday Night Game Fight (May 2017) it is frustrating that it only lasted a few months, but it is also exciting to see our growth continue and our room expand to handle more intense shows and make productions more efficient to all in the room.

    The majority of the updates are hidden and more to help keep the room looking clean and organized, but it goes without saying some help our productions and make the room more modular and customize-able depending on the production. This includes under-desk racks/shelves, New streaming PC, Power and Internet management, 4 Production Position Front Row (Engineer, TD, Director/Producer, Graphics) and flexible back row (Tech Flex [Bryan workstation] Associate Producer, Production Manager [Gavin C.] ) and more.

    We plan for these adjustments to help us bring better shows to you and improve our working environment allowing for more options to become available to us. 

    As a heads up - there are still more changes coming to the room and possibly switching the location and angle of the prestream camera (again). 

    This has been a fun and crazy project to be working on and planning for the past few weeks, but I am happy to see phase 1 almost to completion - can't wait for the room to be finalized (and probably changed a few months later.

    Enjoy The Show! #RTbroadcast

  • Adventure Time

    3 weeks ago

    AustinScrewAttack PotatoHound

    So it has been decided (honestly, on a whim) that me and a handful of my new friends from Rooster Teeth are going to be taking a vacation to Japan! Aaaand it just so happens that it's going to line up with my 30th birthday!!

    If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited; I've never had the chance to leave North America and this will be my first ever "real" vacation with friends.

    Anyway, all that to say: give me your suggestions! What should I do, what should I eat, where should I go? I won't have all the time in the world and we're staying in Osaka and Tokyo, but any and all suggestions are welcome.

    Also, would anyone be interested in me posting up a travel blog of our adventures?

  • Portfolio Update - Geoff Collection

    3 weeks ago

    JonBenson Sr. Graphic Designer

    I started working on the Geoff Collection soon after joining Rooster Teeth in September 2017. Geoff has always gravitated toward a dark and mysterious aesthetic, but for the most part the designs were abstract or only slightly occult in nature. I picked up right when Geoff decided to double down and push the collection in a specifically occult, at times satanic direction. I researched old runes and symbols of power and ritual as well as drew inspiration from the clean and clever styles of iamdooom and Jamie Browne. The following designs are from November 2017-January 2018. I'm very excited for you all to see what's coming soon. :D










    This is my first journal entry so go easy on me! I plan on using my journal as a place to display artwork so expect more posts soon. You can follow me on Instagram to see my lettering projects or head straight to my website to see my portfolio.

  • My Macaron Recipe

    3 weeks ago


    My #1 pet peeve are food blogs that make you scroll through their entire thesis paper just to get to the recipe, so you know what? Here’s my list of ingredients - 


    125 g caster sugar

    125 g almond four/almond meal

    125 g icing sugar

    90 g egg whites (~3 large eggs)

    Yields about 26 cookies, or 52 individual patties



    If you’ve been following my twitter since the beginning of 2018, you’ll notice I’ve been baking a shit ton of macarons. My family gifted me a stand mixer for Christmas, and considering how much it costs, I feel like I’ve been given the responsibility to bake more now. What else do you use a stand mixer for? Can anyone tell me? I could probably just google i

    I don’t have any specific list of how to make macarons because I’d like to encourage you, if you’re interested in making your own, to watch as many YouTube videos and read recipe instructions as I have HAHA. I spent a gooooood amount of time (both in work and out of work, sorry Maggie lol) watching a lot of macaron recipe videos just to understand the technique and figure out what I’m supposed to do. 

    Hell, I still didn’t get it right until the end of January. That’s like. At least *10* batches of macarons. At least my coworkers was more than eager to eat my self-perceived failures. 

    All the set instructions are roughly the same, depending on whether you’re using the Italian meringue method vs Swiss vs French meringue method. I myself prefer the French one because it’s easier. 

    My personal preferences (and ingredients list I tend to trust more) are the ones that have an equal amount of sugars and almond flour. If there’s a recipe I see that has more icing sugar than almond flour, I tend to just watch the video for their technique and not follow the recipe. As someone who recently got into baking desserts, fun fact, I don’t actually like it. I treat myself to an occasional doughnut, never say no to Boba or frozen yogurt or ice cream or gelato, will always say yes to some of the delicious cookies a coworker’s wife brings in to work (this is a long list of desserts), but I could never handle chocolate or cakes or cupcakes. A lot of American desserts make them reeeeeeally sweet. I actually have a specified sweet tooth that physically aches if I eat something too sweet, so for my own health, I have to stay away from them haha.

    AND YET. I probably have gained, like, 5 pounds the last few months with all the macarons I test-ate and have been consistently average irt my weight because I can’t stop putting sugar!! In!!! Every dish!!! The woes of loving Filipino adobo....

    Going back to macarons, I do have some tips that kind of helped me out, in list form!!!!! 


    1. To bake macarons perfectly, you must first perfect your oven.

    (Lol tho but for real, it took 10 tries because I was still trying to figure out my jenky ass oven. I got mine down to 13-15min at ~275 degrees F. I use “~” because my apartment oven isn’t digital, it’s just a dial that has I put the arrow to some where between “300” and an unmarked line that’s supposed to represent “250”.)


    (Three times, I have ruined batches because I was too quick after I piped them. It wasn’t enough that my macarons weren’t tacky to the touch. I had to wait at least 30min just for them to develop a “skin”, as the videos describe it, so they could bake up instead of out.)

    3. Some instructions will give you a countdown on how many times you should fold your batter. You don’t have to count to 75 all the time but....honestly, it helps when you start out.

    (That way, when you get better, you get more accustomed to how the batter is supposed to look and feel instead of counting it out. I don’t have to count anymore when I fold my batter, but it helped me a ton when I was trying to figure out what my it was supposed to look like before I put them in piping bags.)

    4. Cream of tartar isn’t necessary, but I hear it helps?

    (I never used cream of tartar. Never bothered to buy it. My macarons at least turn out ok.)


    That’s all I can really think of, off the top of my head! 

    There are a toooon of different macaron fillings you can use. You can use flavored jam, buttercream, or ganache as fillings! Jam is jam, buttercream is creamed sugar butter, and ganache is basically a chocolate paired with a flavor. Do a google search and look up some! Macarons are mostly known for using flowery flavors like rose and lavender, tea flavors like earl gray and matcha, but my personal favorites are nutty flavors like pistachio and fruity flavors like mango. 

    I personally prefer buttercreams, since ganache tends to be too sweet for me, but they all taste pretty ding-dang-darn good to me.

    Anyway, that’s my basic blurb on macarons. Everytime I make a journal, I feel like I could ramble on for another few paragraphs, but I feel so sheepish about writing so much about A Thing. 

    Happy Monday! Try a macaron!

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