294 thoughts on “A Grand

  1. I’m never quite sure how I feel about tax refunds. On the one hand, it’s nice to get a chunk of money once a year. However, it also means too much tax is being taking from our pay cheques so, if a little less was taken from our pay cheques, we’d have that money to spend right now instead of waiting a year.
    It’s a conundrum.

  2. I love it when Scientists get pissy with one another.
    According to an article in a recent Scientific American –
    Apparently there has been a battle between those who say the “randomized controlled trial” (in which a random sorting leads to only some subjects getting the real intervention being tested) is the ONLY true way to prove effectiveness VS. those who say that you don’t need RCT to make reasonable conclusions about certain effects of certain actions.
    To back up their point of view, in 2003 supporters of the later group published a paper in the British Medical Journal entitled, “Parachute Use to Prevent Death and Major Trauma Related to Gravitational Challenge: Systematic Review of Randomised Controlled Trials.”
    In which they said results of parachute use was CLEARLY observable and the paper went on to suggest “We think that everyone might benefit if the most radical protagonists of evidence based medicine should organize and participated in a double blind, randomized, placebo controlled, crossover trial of the parachute.”

    OOOOoooooooo! Major NERD BURN there!

    Not to be outdone though (because NERDS), proponents of RCT from Harvard, the University of Michigan and U.C.L.A. joined with skydivers to publish a paper where they did JUST THAT!

    “The team enlisted and randomized 23 volunteers. Twelve participants wore parachutes while the other 11 donned backpacks that contained no parachutes. All 23 leapt from either a plane or a helicopter. The jumpers were assessed shortly after hitting the ground for death or major trauma, and most were reevaluated 30 days later.”

    HA! Take that!!! Wait … what!?!

  3. This would only make sense if you’ve read “Gotham Academy” but now I can imagine Maps from Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs being sung by Olive.

    • Around here that would be a lazy man’s “Nacho’s”. Only it is usually made with Tostedos (or similur pre-packaged chip) covered in cheese and heated in anything from a toaster oven to a microwave oven. What ever is convenant.

  4. It’s snowing. I have to go into town today. I’m trying to decide if I want to cancel my appointments in favour of not going out on the roads

      • Am I still allowed to like the music of MJ ?
        I was never an MJ “fan”. It was/is not him I liked (or really cared anything about one way or another), it was some of his music.
        So am I still allowed to like the music if it turns out he was a monster?

        He’s dead so it’s not like he’s benefiting in any way from me listening to one of his tunes. Any MJ music I liked enough to buy was bought years ago and even before the latest allegations I was never likely to spend money on anything else MJ related.
        The tunes I like don’t push any agendas or take any political stances. If someone who had been born yesterday and had no idea who he was heard one of his tunes and didn’t know the name of the artist … would it be ok if THAT person liked it?
        I am conflicted.

        • I fully believe in separating art from artist. I love the Roman Polanski movies I’ve seen, but he’s an unrepentant monster.

          I haven’t seen Leaving Neverland, but I think those questions ahave lingered around him for decades now.

  5. So The new Spiderman film is subtitled Far from Home.

    So we have an English guy playing an American in a film set partly in England, so he’s actually not that far from home.

    That some fucked up shit right there…

  6. After 11 years of movies led by male heroes, with only 2 female hero characters I can think of, only 1 with actual powers, I really feel like Marvel are cramming their leftist agenda down our throats with Captain Marvel.

    (In the theater now!)

  7. Just came out of theatre. Film had too many strong female characters and too many people of color also on strong leads. When will the left stop this male white privilege bashing??!!!!

    (I enjoyed Captain Marvel!!!! That is all.)

  8. So there were Charmed reruns on the TV during the 30 seconds I was in the break room with no sound or subtitles and I think it might be my favorite show of all time thank you.

  9. I think tomorrow will be a good day for a pbp.
    If anybody has suggestions on how they want it done, I may be open to that.

  10. Finished Umbrella Academy on Netflix. I only read the first 6 of the comics, which is basically covered in the miniseries.

    Lotta differences. I enjoyed a lot of things about the show, but there were a few characters and one big subplot that I kinda hated. Overall good though! Was season 2 confirmed?

  11. Crap joke for the day;

    A man goes into the pub with a newt on his shoulder.
    “What do you call him?” asks the barman.
    “Tiny” answers the man.
    “Why Tiny? the barman responds.
    “Because he’s my-newt”, says the man.

  12. Moning Pan

    We too watched and enjoyed umbrella academy. There better be a second season since they didn’t really finish anything in the first.

  13. Alright, I’m back in the house. So, I expect much more tomfoolery and carrying-on around here. Y’all have been slacking.

    Florida was fun with my daughter’s band group. Another one of those “lasts” that I’m going through this year with her.

  14. Van!!!!! I am so deeply sorry to hear this, as I was hoping for a different outcome.

    We are all with you in spirit. Big hug!

  15. Ok Pan, it’s movie time

    Today’s movie is First Born
    A young couple fights supernatural foes in an attempt to save their daughter from the dark and mysterious forces that follow her every move

    Animal poetry?

  16. Well Im glad
    To hear of an owl being eaten vs a human eating another human

    (Did ai follow the interpretation correctly)

    Well done DJ Bunny on this PBP Animal style.

    Mmmmmmmm, animal fries

  17. So here I am, a middle-aged man sitting alone in the bleachers while the girls skate, and I realize my fly is open.

    How do I fix this without approaching Aqualung levels of creepy?

  18. *Not directed at anyone here, but I just need to say it in a public place:

    OMG, you fucking failed hipster, you were posting fake-deep bullshit recently about how you’re so tired of the Marvel movies, while rattling off your faux-film-school snob list of lamentations for the state of modern cinema because of the Marvel movies, replete with some lip service nonsense about storytelling – – but now you’re professing love for the Captain Marvel movie? Get over yourself, you pretentious dimwit.

  19. Morning Pan
    It was a busy weekend so didn’t go shopping. Will have to sneak out later this morning to fill my larder.

        • Actually, what I did find interesting, to prove their theory, some did scientific experiments. The idea being, if a happened, the earth was flat, if b happened, the earth is round. In the experiments, b happened, showing the earth was round. In each case, instead of accepting the findings, they would find some way to brush it off as flawed and change the parameters. Thus showing they were less interested in using the scientific method, than in looking for confirmation biases

          • It’s on my watchlist. I’ve encountered a couple of “flat earthers” on Quora. They make a big deal about how fast the Earth is spinning at “1000 MILES PER HOUR!!!!!” Lots of all caps and exclamation points, trying for an emotional response. I always tell them to look at the hour hand of an analog clock. It’s “spinning” at twice the rate of the Earth.

  20. Crap joke for the day:

    This man is in the hospital for a series of tests. One of the last test has left his system upset. Upon making several false alarms to the bathroom he decided the latest was another. He completely filled his bed up with human waste and was embarrassed beyond anything he could possibly
    face. Losing his presence of mind, he jumped up, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window. A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cussing and swinging his arms which drew the attention of the security guard.The security guard ask:”What’s going on?” To which the drunk replied: “I just beat the shit out of a ghost.”

  21. I had dinner with Mark Forman, the Brooklyn Bluesman in town from Taiwan.

    Dude hasn’t aged a bit. Still the same wisecracker from 2006.

    • I believe we have the weekend and destination finalized.

      I think we still need to figure out hotels/Air-BnB/etc.

      While I always encourage most discussions here instead of FB, that Facebook page is probably the best place to hammer out those details.

  22. I cleaned the washrooms.
    The tub was rather dusty.
    This just shows hubby and I are shower people more than bath people

  23. Just got back from a long walk. I’m glad the weather is nice again, even if it’s temporary. (they are predicting snow this weekend)

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