970 thoughts on “A Feast for Scrolls

  1. Like the BA app won’t grab the boarding pass for the Calgary Flight. No explanation it just craps out, had to a get a printout at the Airport.

  2. So far, Van’s plane is running on time. Still five hours to go before his plane lands. Then is the long walk from the plane to customs.

  3. All our games are packed, but hubby and I kept out four games to introduce Van to. Legendary, Tsurro, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ticket to Ride.

    A nice cross section

    • I’ve thought briefly about coming up with a rule to allow you to call certain routes in Ticket to Ride, before laying pieces on them.
      We play a friendly game, but we’ve also seen some frustrations boil over from someone innocently taking a track that they had no idea was desperately needed by someone else.

      Cutthroat TTR would be seriously evil.

      • I’ve played with someone who would deliberately block a line you were obviously working on. Sometimes to the detriment of his own tracks. We no longer play T2R with him. Actually, we only played cooperative games with him after a couple of games of Catan that turned rather mean as well.

        I much prefer to “play nice” to the point, hubby will sometimes laugh at me as I’ve been known to lose when helping someone else win.

  4. This time tomorrow I shall (hopefully) be landing Phoenix.
    Then immediately driving to Sedona. Followed by the Western Rim then the South Rim and then back to Scottsdale for Friday night.
    … by that point I suspect I shall need a beer. Fortunately, I hear they have them there.

  5. At the airport. Van’s plane isn’t landing for another 10 minutes. Then there is the walk down the long hallway, followed by customs, and more walking. I doubt I’ll not see him for half an hour at least

  6. My first Canadian Sunset!

    It was a long walk.

    Customs was surprisingly efficient, TEB assures me I must have come on a good day.

    The burning question for tomorrow, do Kellogs produce crunchy nut cornflakes in Canada.?

    I’m sure the eyes of that Teddy Bear follow me around the room..

  7. As for the 787, smaller it may well be, but the entertainment system was more modern..16:9 aspect ratio on the LCDs..welcome to the 21st century.

    • Tsurro is a fun, quick little game. I believe we’re indebted to the Bunny for that one :).

      TtR is more of an investment, but it’s a good one. We’ve only ever played the North America map, basic and also with the 1910 expansion. If we played more often, I’d be down for one of the other maps.

      • We have several version of T2R including Marklin and Europe. They ar all packed though, so we have to settle for the original

  8. We are being kicked out of the house while a potential buyer does a walk through. We are going to show Van the wonder of a Canadian mall :tongue:

  9. My family has fled to Kansas for the Forth holiday. I’m wifeless and kidless until they return on Wednesday. I guess it’s a good time to print and learn the alternate coop rules for X-Wing Miniatures, “Heroes of the Aturi Cluster”. You can read about it here: http://dockingbay416.com/campaign/ . Jack was gracious enough to print me a manual. It seems the first mission is trying to get the playing cards to print correctly using Windows 10.

  10. Good morning. Happy fifth of July.
    For what it’s worth, I’m excited about my guest arrivals coming soon and also, there’s not enough coffee for the amount of tired I’m having.

    I stayed up entirely too late feeding my Sylvia Plath obsession with some horrible movie from 2003 with Gwyneth Paltrow.

  11. Crap joke for the day:

    Young Woman In a train compartment, there are 3 men and a young woman. The four passengers join in conversation, which very soon turns to the erotic. Then, the young woman proposes, “If each of you will give me $1.00, I will show you my legs.” The men, charmed by this young college girl, all pull a buck out of their wallet. And then the girl pulls up her dress a bit to show her legs. Then she says, “If each of you gentlemen will give me $10.00, I’ll show you my thighs,”. And men being what they are, they all pull out a ten dollar bill. The girl pulls up her dress all the way to her legs in full. Conversation continues, and the men, a bit excited, have all taken off their coats. Then the young girl says, “If you will give me $100, I will show you where I was operated on for appendicitis.” All three fork over the money. The girl then turned to the window and points outside at a building they’re passing. “See there in the distance. That’s the hospital where I had it done!”

  12. So got through security checkin, waiting to board flight (in about an hour).

    Next stop Phoenix!

    Thanks to TEB and John for letting me crash in Calgary. Much appreciated. Hope you get a bite soon.

    Tegan showed me the appropriate of feline contempt :-)

  13. So I’m up at 5am, but it appears nobody else is.

    There’s a spider in the bathroom, I wonder if Cj has a Hoover….

  14. Hey, Deadpan! I’ve been in Phoenix since about 11:00. I rented a car, am checked into my hotel, and have spent the afternoon napping, shopping, and doing homework. I will see many of you at Fate tonight! :smile:

  15. When you open the back door to let the puppy out and the cat gets out instead…and you can’t remember if the cat is a house cat, so you have to go all ninja and sneak up on the cat to get it back inside..that.

  16. Wish I could be there. Moving out of one house in a couple weeks and into a new one a couple weeks after that. A month of chaos. The kids will go to Colorado for the inter-house period, Darcy will room with a friend, and I will be in my Superior, WI “sleeping room.”

    Wishing all the best though, and seriously wish I were there!

  17. Excellent trip for me as well and so nice to see great friends again. I am definitely getting too old to work all week, fly all weekend, and work all week again. Oof! Totally worth it, though!

  18. So waiting at the airport for the flight heading home.

    Thanks to Cj and again to TEB for letting me crash.

    It’s been great meeting you all again, glad the wedding went well and fingers (and toes) crossed I can come visiting next year.

    Thanks also to Chuck Tomasi for letting me on his podcast…

  19. Well, this is different….

    Survived my day of returning to work after coming in late. Though, this year I was smart and worked extra last Friday in anticipation.

    Southwest has officially earned its place on my shit list.

  20. Morning Pan

    Today’s schedule:
    Put in about two hours of work
    Leave the house so people can view it
    Get bubble wrap and a saw
    Saw a branch off a tree that’s decided it loves my eaves troughs
    Pack boxes

    How exciting is that?

  21. Ok, i’mgoing to make poutine tonight.

    But I’m going to have to use cheese as cheese curds are as almost st as rare as hen’s teeth in the UK…

  22. okay on a serious note:

    During recent malware saga, looked like Jack wanted to shutdown the DP site for good.

    I may be reading it wrong, but I hope he doesn’t.

  23. Running, and what a handsome devil Ralp Meeker was in his youth.

    The title credits need to be read down to up to make sense..

  24. Currently sitting in the driveway of our new home. We are doing the walk through today. It is ours tomorrow. (Insert squee here)

  25. Morning Pan

    An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.”
    Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.

    Dr. Young: “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?
    Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young’s mouth.”
    Dr. Young: Aaagh!! — “This is Gasoline!”

    Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations!

    You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.

    Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.
    Dr. Young: “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”
    Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”
    Dr. Young: “Oh, no you don’t, — that is Gasoline!”
    Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your memory back . That will be $500.”

    Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
    Dr. Young: “My eyesight has become weak — I can hardly see anything!”
    Dr. Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so,
    “Here’s your $1000 back.” (giving him a $10 bill).
    Dr. Young: “But this is only $10!”
    Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500.”

    Moral of story — Just because you’re “Young” doesn’t mean that you can outsmart an “old Geezer”

  26. From IO9’s coverage of the Star Wars: Rogue One panel:

    Alan Tudyk then told us about his droid, K-2SO, who is the best friend of Diego Luna’s character, Cassian. Cassian reprogrammed the droid and Tudyk described him as “unsettling.” He certainly seemed lethargic from the quick shot we saw.

    Tudyk also shared that he told Anthony Daniels that he was going to be a droid, too, but that his character was going to be CGI instead of a suit. Daniels responded, “You shit.” The C-3PO suit clearly left an impression.

    I lost it at that point….

    http://io9.gizmodo.com/darth-vader-appeared-at-the-rogue-one-panel-at-star-war-1783737820

  27. The tv and all the computers, and the musical instruments have all been taken to their new home. Tonight, our only form of entertainment will be our mobile devices. I see lots of reading in tonight’s forecast

  28. So I brought back an aging Mac Mini from Scotland, although still young enough to install El Capitan on it, so for the first time ever I will own a Mac.

    My younger self is already taking the piss from the 90s…

    • You need more pineapple. Pineapple has vitamin C right?

      Seriously, I hope this passes quickly. Not good to be sick in paradise :(

    • I was pleasantly surprised to see a guy at a brewery last night wearing a Rush t-shirt. Then it dawned on me that I’m in Toronto where the Rush fan base is probably denser than anywhere else on the planet.

  29. Great job to the Deadpan crew who guested on Technorama ep #477!!!!

    The lovely ladies… and Van.

    Lots of laughs from our hotel room in HI! :-)

      • To be fair you were a bit distracted at that point dealing with flight info.

        Thank you. I had a good time and enjoyed finally seeing the studio that has contributed to many listening hours over the last 11 years.

    • 100% of Trump’s supporters will not read and will dismiss any negative facts about their crazy person.

      However, there are still lots of people out there with no love for Trump, but who won’t vote against him because they keep hearing the “Hillary’s a criminal” soundbyte (even if they can’t name her supposed crime). Hopefully these kinds of revelations about rump will make an impact on those voters.

  30. Hey Deadpan

    The wifi has been hooked up at the new home :w00t:

    Hubby says the movers just pulled away from our old home. In about an hour, this place is going to become very busy

  31. The movers say we are banned from going to the book store. I think they weren’t happy about the 20 seven foot tall bookcases we are making them move :cheerful:

  32. I was just informed by a member of the Jr. Auxiliary that “napping to get rid of a headache – is the biological equivalent of ‘Try turning it off and back on again’ “.

  33. Morning Pan

    Today we do some grocery shopping to fill our rather empty new fridge.
    I also go back to work today. It’s going to be hard getting back into a routine.

  34. Good morning, Pan.

    I haven’t slept so I’m seriously goofy today. The haboob or whatever it was last night kept me up with all the wind chimes and whatever else banging on my house. I was surprised that I didn’t sleep through it since I had done my Yoga Nidra and was relaxed. What an awful night.

    Happy to be up and productive though.
    And I’m sure my makeup looks stellar because hot pink.

  35. Hubby is setting up the guest room. Our room is not completely unpacked, but he felt the need to do the guest room. We’re not even expecting anybody. *shakes head*

  36. To those Mac users that say OS/X is easy to use and Windows 10 is a pain use:

    YOU ARE TALKING SHITE!!!!!

    After two hours of fiddling, the Mac Mini still won’t show files on my network storage device.

    Doing this on Windows takes a few minutes.

    rant over

  37. Changing a flat tire last night in 106 degrees, 7 hours after landing back in town? I’m getting your message, :cth: . Loud and clear.

    OK, I’m done bitching.

  38. Okay, boys and girls… I’m going to take a snapshot of the database in about 5 minutes. 5 PM Eastern time.

    I’ll post one comment after I pull the snapshot. Anything after that comment WILL be lost when I pull the site over to the new server.

    If all goes well, the switch-over should take 10ish minutes… otherwise… Well… let’s just hope that otherwise doesn’t happen.

  39. Who comes to the hospital and checks in for surgery, but thinks they are only here to see the surgeon and not have any operation done?

    smh

  40. It would seem that now my @jackmangan.com email address is not accepting new email messages.

    If you have a message for me, then go ahead and use the sphericaljackm address. Failing that, you can go the FB or phone route.

  41. Jeebus. What the fuck is going on in Germany. Are we, here in the US, just oblivious to the outside world, or is Germany being specifically targeted? If so, why?

    Like wtf!

    • I saw this and suddenly realized how much I missed him.

      Then I had this surreal epiphany about how we were suddenly needing a late night TV comedian to save us from a reality TV “personality”.
      There’s a plot no producer would buy and yet … here we are.

  42. Ticket booked to see the new Star Trek film tomorrow.

    Hopefully there will be no wiping Klingons from the starboard bow.

  43. Just finished watching Bats vs. Supes. My expectations must have been pretty low as it wasn’t as bad as I expected. In fact, the movie pretty much had me until it turned into a monster movie, then it pretty much lost me

  44. The soundtrack to my evening will be western themed.

    Spotify has a playlist of the Ennio Morricone music written for westerns..

  45. I’m not sure if I should be worried about this little town we moved to. There seems to be a liquor store on every other corner. You’d think a town of only 60k wouldn’t be able to support that many liquor stores, but… *shrug*

  46. Went to see the Ghostbusters reboot.

    Trying really hard to come up with something that I thought might be an improvement over the first one. For a just a second I was going to go with the addition of the “Goof ball, clueless guy” (secretary character) but then I remembered the Rick Moranis character so I guess that really wasn’t new. Just swapped around a bit.

    If you haven’t seen it … it’s okay. But I wouldn’t shell out theater price for it. Wait for Netflix.

  47. I saw “Finding Dory” today, which I rather enjoyed. Not as good as Nemo, but still good nonetheless.

    I also finished “Person Of Interest” tonight. I’m going to miss this show.

  48. Do you know what is worse than missing another chance to see Public Service Broadcasting perform live due to work?

    I could actually get free tickets to see them through work..

    WTF!!!

  49. So last night, I finally finished Geoff Emerick’s memoir of being sound engineer for the Beatles through most of their career and some projects afterwards. Took me forever to get through, but it’s a fascinating look at some of the biggest personalities of the 20th Century.

    One of the countless little anecdotes I picked up – – there’s an audible “fucking hell” on the final recording of Hey Jude. It was on one of the tracks after Paul had flubbed a piano part, but Lennon demanded it be kept in. I went back and listened after reading, and sure enough, it’s there, way down in the mix.

    • We weren’t built to enjoy happiness, but rather to struggle. It’s the fruits of the “struggle” that leads to happiness. Zardoz was on to something.

    • Why the “ummmm??”
      Its a touching story and awesome that people are becoming more at ease with the decision of death and are able to have control of their end of life decisions. This is an amazing moment (and probably gratifying) for this young woman, Jerika.

      • Because it smacks too much of ‘we are getting rid of a disabled person’ lets celebrate.

        Ask yourself, if she did not have that condition and wanted to kill herself, would you think it was a good thing?

        • It absolutely would not be a good thing or acceptable, but that is not the case here.
          *this* girl is slowly and painfully actively dying right now, so why not end her suffering? A tangible, real thing is killing her amd there is no cure and no way to make her comfortable any longer. She is not suffering with a mental illness or just bored with life. So you cannot compare the two things, imo.

          • Thing is if you give people that right to kill themselves then you will (and in fact do) get people killing themselves with non terminal conditions.

            I have no illusions that you can stop people killing themselves, I just don’t think it should be legal to help them do it.

          • Then there is the flip side of the coin …

            Why should the laws be set up to STOP self destructive people from hurting themselves INSTEAD of being set up to help end the hurting of human beings who are in dire need ?

            Or for that mater, why does it have to be just one or the other?

    • I actually like “Killing Joke” as a graphic novel, but I have no interest in seeing it animated. I believe Alan Moore is quoted as taking things to far and he wished the censors at DC had reigned him in a bit.

  50. Your crap joke for the day:

    OH MAN!! I got some new deodorant today, the instructions said “REMOVE CAP AND PUSH UP BOTTOM”. I can barely walk but when I fart my god it smells amazing!

  51. If you are North American, and like fantasy in audio format, than Fran Wilde”s Updraft today is Audible’s daily deal.

    Heck you don’t have to be North American, I bought it today as Audible US lets me use my Amazon uk login details..

  52. Another missed event due to work.

    Sister has two tickets to see Ian Mckellan and Patrick Stewart perform a Harold Pinter play and wanted me to go with her.

    Sigh.

  53. Well, I get to spend the start of my morning, having brekkie with a co-worker (R) while watching the DNC on FOX News and hearing my co-worker’s (R) thoughts and comments about politics.

    Oh yah, we are awaiting a Trump breaking news press conference to begin.

    Sigh.
    I think I’d rather go clean a dirty OR right about now.

  54. So I’ve only read one Culture novel
    (By Iain M Banks) before, and now I’m about a third of the way through ‘Matter’ and now I want to read them all…

  55. RE: The Killing Joke

    Haven’t read the comic it was based on. Haven’t read any batgirl comic (flicked through a few issues of BOP where she was Oracle), so had no visceral reaction to BG fucking BM.

    Yeah the 30 minute intro feels tacked on.

    It was watchable but I have no desire to ever see it again…

  56. So my Apple earbuds were playing up and I booked appointment at the Apple Store.

    Had to cancel as the earbuds worked perfectly this morning…

  57. My cell service in my home has suffered near death recently, after a recent carrier update.
    I called customer service today to investigate. He was bery pleasant and my case is oending. But here is what ai learned, as I read between the lines from my convo with tech support. So it appears that my lastest cell carrier update included the activation of a feature called Wi-Fi Calling, which is a free service, through a wi-fi connection and does nor use cellular data or eat into my data plan. The skeptic in me thinks this change occurred intentionally, so as I use less of att’s cellular service.

    • It’s actually a feature most carriers have been moving to over the last two years. Yes, it helps with balancing data and call loading on cell sites, but doesn’t take the burden away from the company. You can turn off this feature on your phone. With the new spectrum auctions that have been happening over the last two months I expect we’ll see more changes coming.

      • Yeah, thats being introduced in the UK, however with mobile company I’m with, you have to use an app to get wifi calls.

  58. Faux News watching relatives are safely on their way. Managed the whole visit without any political comments arising and only one brief comment about “Trans people using the restroom”.
    Achievement Unlocked!

  59. I have a terrible confession to make.

    I just ate some cheese and crackers, where the cheese was salvaged from a number of cheese slices that had went mouldy and I cut the mouldy bits off.

    I hate wasting cheese…

      • There is that scene in the Das Boot tv series, where the command crew is eating and you can see the fussy Nazi cutting off the mould on the meat.

  60. Crap joke for the day:

    A guy calls up his ex-wife and, disguising his voice, asks to speak to himself.”Sorry, he doesn’t live here anymore, we’re divorced!”Next day, the guy does the same thing with the same results.He does this everyday for a week, and finally his ex-wife realizes who it is that keeps calling.”Look, Bozo! We’re divorced! Finito! End of story! When are you going to get that through your fat head?”…..”Oh, I know! I just can’t hear it enough!”

  61. I haven’t bought many ebooks of late, but when one come along about submarine warfare in WW2, got good reviews and is going for 99p..I gave into temptation..

  62. If I was going to nit pick about Stranger Things my first port of call would be:

    Do those walkie talkies have nuke battery’s? They last a long, long time…