You are about to experience a Nerdgasm. (Hey, I told you this week was the Bullshit Factory. At least I'm giving you different stuff than the rest of the blogosphere, in my continuing doomed effort to avoid Titty Blogging.)
Earlier this week at the Carnival, I took a potshot at Joss Whedon, the truly great writer-director-et cetera of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. I'm an unabashed fan of the man, because he (a) writes great dialogue, (b) lives in the barely lapsed nerd section of science fiction that's right in my wheelhouse, (c) casts smart and funny women that are flat-out fantastic. Even the biggest meatheads would like to ride Charisma Carpenter, Sarah Michelle Geller, Amy Acker, Julie Benz, Gina Torres and Summer Glau... and I'm just scratching the surface, really. So there's something for the whole family.
Anyway, Whedom has spent the last several years not making more stuff, thanks to pointless sideshows with the "Wonder Woman" movie, his lingering heartbreak over not being able to make a lot more of Firefly, and I don't know what else, because I don't stalk the man. However, he appears to be back on the rails with the following Web phenomenon, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." It's a musical -- no, wait, stop, come back -- from the point of view of a would-be supervillain as he battles a two-fisted hero and his professional ambitions versus his love for a kind-hearted woman.
It's completely great, and you can see it for free... but only for a limited time. Click on the banner to go to the site, where Whedon is hosting the free episodes this week only. His Mad Plan is to have fans evangelize this, then make a DVD that we'll all buy / rent / give. After that, I think we're supposed to show up at conventions dressed as the characters, which isn't as bad of a deal as you think, because you might get to say this phrase, "The Hammer Is My Penis."
Anyway, go, watch, you'll like or you don't have my tastes, at which point I get to impugn your worth as a human being. I'll be here when you get back.