April 15, 2020 – May 15, 2020. The project goal is to create a graphic novel, based on the iconic Diamond Head song – – also famously covered by Metallica.
April 15, 2020 – May 15, 2020. The project goal is to create a graphic novel, based on the iconic Diamond Head song – – also famously covered by Metallica.
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Firsties! Firsties? Firsties. Firsties….
So, instead of death and taxes on this April 15th, the only things certain are a new Deadpan page and that Jack will be publishing new content.
Tangled was more Fun than I remembered When I saw it at the cinema.
I thought It was Fun but I Haven’t watched it In a While. 😛
It’s on my watch list, but I haven’t seen AB yet.
Took time off from the promotion machine to watch It: Chapter 2. Meh. Chapter 1 was really well done. This one was not.
What are you talking about?
He told you. 😛
He’s on third.
I’m happy to talk more about it.
It is da bomb!
So after watching the first Episode of HBO’s new series ‘Run‘, I’m left hoping the toilets on US trains are cleaner than UK trains.
That’s all I got.
I thought he was older:
He was just so hatable in First Blood, before Rambo became self-parody. That defined most of his career for me. Great, great actor. RIP.
CP: Juvenile — Amazarashi
Well that is fucked up:
Out to take my daughter driving.
Wondering if I should strap machine guns to the hood and put on my spiked football helmet.
Halfway through Locke & Key. Digging it. The keys are just brilliant. My sieve brain has already forgotten a lot of details of the graphic novels, so that helps.
The so this happened:
The song that should have played when they announced this:
I’m sure you’re the first person to associate this with Einstein.
Hubby’s working from home today.
A couple of our books have two covers, one for the e-version, one for the print. The boss asked me to change the website on those books to reflect the two covers.
I made changes.
She wanted it different.
Unfortunately, she can’t tell me what she wants. It’s one of those “I don’t know what I want but I’ll know it when I see it” kind of things.
Looks like it’s going to be a day of fiddling.
JW: Devs season finale
CP: Taking on Time — Sinead O’Brien
Has a great Waitresses feel to it, imo.
As a rule, I do not ask my medical providers for political or financial advice.
Conversely, I would NEVER take medical advice from politicians or financial advisors.
Certainly not when my family’s life or mine is on the line.
I only hope the system isn’t too broken for us to fix this in November.
From a Canadian perspective, your system was broken before the last election. Unless you can get your house and senate to start working together, You’ll always have a broken system.
To dig deeper-
I think I system broke when the US society tipped over into a “leisure time”’society.
We became pre-occupied with being entertained. Put to much societal value on “fun”.
The result is a society that can’t be bothered to get involved in it’s own governing. For the majority of us, that sort of thing is not “fun” and in fact is “work”.
So we get willing to hold
Our collective noses at an increasingly stinky outcome as long as “government” just keeps running itself and leaves us be.
… and here we are.
When all the other developed nations were opting for a single-payer system, American doctors lobbied hard against it. Now we have lobbyists for doctors, insurance companies, drug companies, and lawyers who all have a vested interest in keeping the system as is. As great as a single-payer system could be, the reality is it would mean a pay cut to all those listed above and they are well funded to oppose change. The best path forward would be a planned, gradual phase-in of a single-payer system over a 10 year period. But most likely the system will have to fail completely and then be rebuilt for things to change.
Yes. There are other broken parts in the engine, but yes.
Our choices are between a likely molester and the confirmed molester who currently holds the big seat. That’s all the evidence you need that the system is broken.
New Fiona Apple out today.
I love “Criminal” but this is a little too “art-house-ee” for my taste. 3 songs in and I lost interest, but I’m sure the mainstream Apple fans will dig it.
Same here. Sadly. I recently read an article blasting men for not digging her later records. I. . . . fully love her vision, but the only music of hers that I truly love was from “Apple.”
But goddamn, it had nothing to do with her attractiveness or that MTV sexed her up – – I really loved all of the songs on that album. Just brilliant stuff.
You know I absolutely loved that first album. Was crazy about it before I had ever seen her. I just mathew led
At how someone so young could sing with so much soul.
Then I finally saw her do a live performance on MTV and she was terrible. Couldn’t hardly stay on pitch. It’s possible she was drunk or stoned but it was really disappointing.
I went back and listened to that album after that and I realized she IS very pitchy. That the genius of that album may have actually been the producer.
I still will occasionally listen to That album and enjoy it by forcing myself not to listen to closely … but I never made an effort to follow her after that.
CP: Shame on Blue — Wugazi
Another new video from Heilung:
Man, this stuff is bonkers, but it’s mesmerizing and ambient.
JW: Hercules (animated)
Oh man that was far better than I remembered.
Ariana Grande did a version of my fav song from that film:
This is the one I remember best from when I was young.
Disney Hercules? I recall that James Woods’ Hades stoke the show.
No autocorrect pun intended.
Yup that the one, from a time before everybody knew what sort of person he was.
Crap joke for the day:
As we enter the next 3 weeks of lock down here is a summary of the advice:
1. You MUST NOT leave the house for any reason, but if you have a reason, you can leave the house
2. Masks are useless at protecting you against the virus, but you may have to wear one because it can save lives, but they may not work, but they may be mandatory, but maybe not
3. Shops are closed, except those shops that are open
4. You must not go to work but you can get another job and go to work
5. You should not go to the Drs or to the hospital unless you have to go there, unless you are too poorly to go there
6. This virus can kill people, but don’t be scared of it. It can only kill those people who are vulnerable or those people who are not vulnerable. It’s possible to contain and control it, sometimes, except that sometimes it actually leads to a global disaster
7. Gloves won’t help, but they can still help so wear them sometimes, or not
8. STAY HOME, but it’s important to go out
9. The virus has no effect on children except those children it affects
10. Animals are not affected, but there is still a cat that tested positive in Belgium in February when no one had been tested, plus a few tigers here and there…
11. You will have many symptoms if you get the virus, but you can also get symptoms without getting the virus, get the virus without having any symptoms or be contagious without having symptoms, or be non contagious with symptoms…
12. It’s important to get fresh air but don’t go to parks but go for a walk. But don’t sit down, except if you are old, but not for too long or if you are pregnant or if you’re not old or pregnant but need to sit down. If you do sit down don’t eat your picnic
13. Don’t visit old people but you have to take care of the old people and bring them food and medication
14. If you are sick, you can go out when you are better but anyone else in your household can’t go out when you are better unless they need to go out
15. You can’t see your older mother or grandmother, but they can take a taxi and meet an older taxi driver
16. You are safe if you maintain the safe social distance when out but you can’t go out with friends or strangers at the safe social distance
17. The virus remains active on different surfaces for two hours … or four hours… six hours… I mean days, not hours… But it needs a damp environment. Or a cold environment that is warm and dry… in the air, as long as the air is not plastic
18. Schools are closed so you need to home educate your children, unless you can send them to school because you’re not at home. If you are at home you can home educate your children using various portals and virtual classrooms, unless you have poor internet, or more than one child and only one computer, or you are working from home. Baking cakes can be considered maths, science or art. If you are home educating you can include household chores to be education. If you are home educating you can start drinking at 10am
19. The number of corona related deaths will be announced daily but we don’t know how many people are infected as they are only testing those who are almost dead to find out if that’s what they will die of… the people who die of corona who aren’t counted won’t be counted
20. You should stay in lock down until the virus stops infecting people but it will only stop infecting people if we all get infected so it’s important we get infected and some don’t get infected
21. No business will go under due to Corona virus except those businesses that will have already gone under.
Is this a Fox News update?
No glaring messpellings or grammar errors, so it can’t be from President Camacho.
JW: Thor 2
Not as bad as I thought it was when I first saw it at the cinema.
Thor 2 is a good movie.
So apparently some too trump aide is comparing the dimwits storming the US capitols to Rosa Parks and I can’t even with this species.
I can’t even with autocorrect anymore.
Some ”top aide.” Not some “too aide.”
The press shouldn’t even be covering these puppets.
The represent a tiny percent of less than a fractional percent of the electorate.
… and the counter protestors who represent the ACTUAL US citizen, are being responsible and social
Distancing … SO YOU WILL NOT SEE THEM ON TV!
On the other hand, these deplorable represent a problem that will probably self correct itself in an incubation period of 10 to 14 days.
Apparently J.R.R. Tolkien was not a fan of Dune.
I fear he was a bit of a literary snob.
We watched The Spy Who Loved Me last night. I, somehow, didn’t remember it being so mockable.
Well that is a shame:
Ok I played the demo of Bad North on steam (iOS and Android as well), it a simple real time strategy game where mus defend your island from Vikings.
Rather enjoyed the demo, so will be picking it up on iOS:
This reckoning is coming soon for AZ.
You know that part in the movie where it gets quiet and the people trapped in the room say “maybe it’s gone” and “we should go out and see”…
…and the whole audience is thinking, “YOU IDIOTS! IT’S RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR!!!!”
Yeh. That’s where we are in this horror story.
I will also say this, though – – and I’m absolutely open to counter arguments:
I get the temptation to spend time with your isolation crew/family at the beach, especially if you live in an oceanside town.
I’m not talking about going and joining in on beach volleyball or walking a boardwalk or letting your kid play with other kids in the surf. If the beach isn’t crowded, then social distancing of 20 feet or more would be safe and easy. I know that you can’t control what other people do, but I suspect you wouldn’t have assholes come and invade your space.
The above would obviously require light crowds. If there were lots of other beachgoers there, then don’t even park the car. Just keep going.
This is a disagreement-safe zone. Tell me I’m wrong, if you disagree. (It’s moot for me anyway. The nearest beach is 5 hours away)
So there is the rub.
If humans could act responsibly and humanly … there is no reason why we couldn’t keep most things open. Reasonable, sane people would give each other space and be careful not to infect each other.
So you’re right. Uncrowded beaches and parks and stuff would be safe
Except that brings us back to our reality. Have you SEEN the people who are demanding to be exposed to the virus?
Do they appear to be sane, rational or humane?
Those people are pathologically unable to play nice.
… and while they are far from being a majority, the few have always had the ability to ruin things for the many.
In Celestial News –
Seems Betelgeuse is NOT about to explode .
Back in late 2019 astronomers noticed the Star had suddenly faded in brightness getting people who follow such things pretty excited.
By February though, it had brightened again. Observations also showed that it has not dimmed in a uniform manor (darker on the bottom) and the darkness is across ALL spectrum of emissions which is more consistent with something being between us and the star.
Through process of elimination they have decided that Betelgeuse emitted a great puff of dust, something stars like that tend to do.
Source sciencenews.org April 11
So, basically this was caused by a star farting?
Do we just need to say it’s name 3 times?
CW: Source Code
Neat scifi thriller that I’m enjoying rewatching.
Not the USA for once:
Yeah, this is all the news right now.
For fucks sake. This is just horrible. Humans impress me less and less.
David Brin recommends a bunch of books.
I read that as David Byrne recommends a bunch of books.
Weirdly, I read it as David Blaine.
I would be all about seeing a book suggestion list from David Byrne.
Apparently, at one point he would lend out books from his personal library.
But I didn’t find any specific books mentioned in the article.
Ha, a list does exist!
Ten typeS of author who can go and fuck themselves:
This was actually quite good. I’ve met all of the authors he talks about.
I know I’m late to reply, but the “ten types of author who can go and fuck themselves” article up there is glorious. Every goddamn one of them, plus the bonus selections.
Two washrooms clean. one more half washroom left to do.
I need a maid.
The Tor ebook club is giving away all the four novellas (one each day) of the Murderbot Series:
Well worth checking out.
Fun! I’m down to check these out.
So that guy killed his wife first:
Good some good news yesterday. A specialist I’ve been waiting a year for but then was cancelled because the world ended is going to do a telephone consult with me next week.
Not quite the same as in person, and I’m not sure how we’ll deal with the testing I know will need to be done but, hey, better than the nothing I was expecting.
That is promising!
Hopefully this gets the ball rolling in a positive direction !
CP: Brighter Hell — The Watchmen
My elder daughter was looking for songs in other languages, so I suggeted this one. Such a beautiful song. Even without understanding the words, it hits me right in the feels.
Well there is always Norwegian:
This is actually quite nice.
In Spanish I would recommend:
Any particular “requirements” for the songs? I have quite a list, and no, not just Japanese. 😀
😀 She’s up to 12 languages now.
I don’t think it’s a serious project, just a fun playlist. I guess the only criteria is that it’s decent music.
I played Gimme Chocolate for her, and she kinda dug it! I don’t know if it made her playlist, but she was appropriately amused.
If you havent shown her https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAO7fMcECgw yet I’m going to disown you.
Here are a “few” songs she can check out:
Elvish: Na Vedui — Two Steps From Hell
Gaelic: Bheir mi o — Kate Crossan
Gaelic: Sleepy Maggie — Ashley MacIsaac
Irish: Eireann [Mass Remix] — Afro Celt Sound System
Italian: In Vacanza Da Una Vita — Irene Grandi
Italian: Gelosia — Adriano Celentano
Japanese: Kiminosei — the peggies
Japanese/German: Kuusou Mesorogiwi — Yousei Teikoku
Latin: O Fortuna from Carmina Burana
Native American: Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song) — Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Native American: Hina Na Ho (Celebration) — Susan Aglukark
Oceanic: Tulou Tagaloa — Olivia Foa’i from Moana
Russian: ? ????? ? ??? (Ya Shosla S Uma) — t.A.T.u (Russian version of All The Things She Said)
Spanish: En Ningun Lugar — Charades
Welsh: Y Bluen Eira — The Joy Formidable
Of course, I’m assuming you already introduced her to The Hu
Hu are you?
I told her I had a Chinese language song for her, but it got lost in the shuffle while I was trying to locate Opeth’s cover of “Den Stiga Risan” by Roxette. When tht failed, I went with “Svekets Prins.”
And of course we’ve watched “Fiendish Lotti!!!!” (??) – – but that was more for the dancing.
Sonofa… my last reply didn’t make it through something or other. Must have fat fingered something somewhere.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaTb2AtMCfU (a great folk story to this one about how the moon came to be crescent shaped to cradle an abandoned infant)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YYeEiWA32Y (very bluesy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3–0DWLSeo (more upbeat spanish and this guy had flair coming out of every pore of his body)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIxaOXjzVmg (Nina had other great hits besides 99 Luftbalons.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5gbZCkpYmI&list=PLr6k7GtYfQwUEhdaFfDL22rCaQAx0Vxby&index=2 (something more upbeat)
Gibberish (my favorite):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PpbYJyWBMU (vocals are used only as an instrument, no meaning)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE0hmDwzXyw&list=PLHpGCU_daINX2hAuGbTba4fogcPYFHoL0&index=9 (sounds like Japanese, but it ain’t)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VsmF9m_Nt8 (a meme that goes around from time to time, but it is rather catchy)
Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz.
A mixture of English and Portuguese.
Fabulous “chill” music.
So I watched The Winter Soldier again last night, was nice to see Robert Redford in non standard role, happy times.
We’ve started watching Tales from the Loop on Amazon. Only saw the first two episodes so far.
Really good but also quite heavy and tugs at your heartstrings.
It’s slow and ponderous and many questions will not be answered but I loved it.
It doesn’t get any lighter. Still interesting though.
Great page of music recommendations! I want to check all of these out myself.
My 2-second hot take: forget about our incompetent government responses and alllllll the ways they’ve failed us for a minute: the big cities have the highest amount of throughput from international travelers. It’s just natural for *anything* to take hold faster in those hubs. It was no surprise that Seattle was the first spot that COVID-19 appeared in the US.
Unfortunately, this gives agenda-based media the opportunity to convince their main audience in Bumbletown, Middle of Nowhere USA that this is all librull big cityfolk telling lies to disgrace the orange-skinned lord and savior.
So I finally cracked open a bottle of Amarula I bought years go.
It was a wise decision.
Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots!
So, if you happen to find yourself on a bike in Houston, I’ve spent the last couple of days assembling a map of all the Bike Tags that my fellow Houston cyclists have put down so far.
Each location include the picture that was taken to “tag” a spot. Next rider who finds the tagged location then rides somewhere else and sets up a new tag. Definitely some interesting sights around town, even more than I and my riding buddies had already come across.
I can’t see them on my phone map. I’ll try at a computer later.
Good job Ed.
In this serious situation (my diminished wealth, not the pandemic), I’m willing to take risks (not for myself, for you) to make the economy (my bank account) strong again.
The things that matter most in life (my money) are worth dying (you, not me) to protect. Great losses (of your lives, not my finances) are sometimes necessary to maintain a high quality of life (for me).
Well, you’re in luck then.
In just (if something that’s never happened before – a vaccine for a human coronavirus is successful) 18 (to 24 maybe 36 months?) we’ll have been able to vaccinate everyone….then you’ll be morally justified in leaving your house for the first time.
Oh, except that, at best the vaccine will probably be about 50% effective so, you’ll still be willing to let half of those who’ve avoided exposure die. But hey, it’s only money we’re talking about, right?
That’s not an attack on you, Ed. There are people out there who have studied the science, as well as people who have made careers of studying the long history of pandemics. I’ve worked with some of them. The good ones have zero political agenda.
When it comes to saving lives, I’ll stick with their recommendations, based on proven science and history, however inconvenient. I will not listen to people with their own personal or political agendas.
When it comes to finances, I won’t go to disease experts, I’ll again choose people who have proven money expertise and no political agenda.
“Moral superiority” has nothing to do with my take on the irresponsible words and directives coming from people like that Las Vegas mayor or your Lt. Governor. “Innocent people will die, but oh well” is Bond movie villain speak.
And to contradict myslef a bit: this person is not a disease expert (she’s a mathematician), but there’s a lot of rational logic in her suggestions:
A lot to absorb, and again – – if Dr. Fauci or Dr. LJ Tan contradicted her, I’d believe them over her.
Also, for the record: nothin’ but love for Ed. If Ed and I are in public arguing about this sometime in 2021, and someone gets aggressively in his face, I’m punching them out, not Ed.
. . . . OK, I’m actually hiding under the table if punches are thrown. But you get the point.
Hmmm, apparently the Illuminati or the Girl Scouts or the NRA doesn’t want me to see that link. Keep getting an error back from the site. Maybe the Florida Orange Growers doing DDOS her.
Here you go providing something thoughtful for me to check out and the site appears to have crashed.
Oh, I forgot: the passcode for access to the site is HILLARYISMYQUEEN4EVER1!
We really need some some kind of reaction/emoji system for the comments 🙂
Got cat food. She’s happy.
CP: Chrysalis (1) — Christopher Franke
Ah, the original Babylon 5 soundtrack…very nice.
Yep. Some great music from that show.
All large summer events have been cancelled by our minister of health. I’m fine with that. However, you can tell those who aren’t. On the Facebook group of one of the events I attend (not the Stampede which has also been cancelled), a person complained about “Dr. Doom” pulling the plug on something that will happen in a few months.
Luckily, this person is in the minority. Most everybody else agrees this is a good idea.
*sigh* People are silly.
As far as insults go. . . I’d love for me enemies to refer to me as Dr. Doom.
It’s just disrespectful of someone with medical credentials who has to work and make announcements in these impossible times.
Annnnd finally for your Thursday night posts. . . . this is one of the smartest, most erudite, most detailed pieces of music writing I’ve ever seen. In the New York Times, no less!
For a song called “Dopesmoker.”
GD it I can’t wait!
”The essence of heavy metal is discipline in service of the preposterous. ”
So yesterday I watched Wrinkle in Time (missed it at the cinema) and well it was ok.
Giant Oprah couldn’t save it from being ok.
Video of an interview with one of the co-designers of Homeworld:
I game I bought and never actually played, whats that about?
I have no work today
When my boss and I finally get together, I’m going to have a ton of paperwork
So this was a thing:
Well, at least they nailed Rowan Atkinson…
Beatle covers by Beatle tribute bands from all over the world:
John Paul George and Herbie.
Some of these are terrible. Some are quite excellent. Most attempt to be faithful.
It’s interesting to hear some of these songs in other languages.
Hubby and I were talking this morning and I think, tonight, we’re going to switch sides of the bed.
I’m telling you, it’s complete anarchy in the bunny house.
Our old Deadpan friend,Mark Forman, aka The Brooklyn Bluesman, has posted a photog website. Cool images.
So watched the first episode of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Impressive, will keep watching this show.
I liked the first Penny Dreadful series. Some parts of the ending were really heartbreaking.
I liked the first series a lot. Except for the ridiculous doll stuff.
I heart McSweeney’s.
I have to confess when Ed does a Facebook post about one of his bike rides with RT, I keep wondering if it’s the folk singer with the same name..
Is he famous? Can’t say my friends has ever run into a situation of his name being mistaken for someone famous.
He’s mostly known as “that guy who hangs out with the world-famous Ed Klein.”
There’s a guy on in a radio drama podcast whose surname was Messerschmitt and well the WW2 concatenation was right there.
No Willy jokes though.
Wait, I thought that was Jack Mangan…
I am “that other guy who also hangs out with the world-famous Ed Klein.”
Desert Pixie has put on an episode of David Chang’s latest food show. . . It’s basically him and Seth Rogen smoking weed and laughing while wandering around Vancouver.
Only read if you’ve watched all of S5 of Better Call Saul:
Van, was it a live turtle??!!
Thankfully not, looked like it had been well cooked.
Mine was alive
Mine was on it’s back … I came across it in the desert …
So I’m watching Martyn Joseph (singer/songwriter I see every year in concert) do a live concert via Facebook Live.
Our old Deadpan friend,Mark Forman, aka The Brooklyn Bluesman, has posted a photog website. Cool images
We were on line playing D&D with some friends and hubby’s computer died. Apparently his C drive decided to stop working. Because it’s still under warranty we took it in to be fixed. I guess everybody is on their computers because they said they were very busy and it could be as much as a week just to install the new drive and re-install Windows
CP: Sometimes the Trigger — The Last 3 Lines
Yep. But isn’t it always?
This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.
New Ministry single. Quarantine mix.
Pissed I won’t be travelling internationally this week.
CP: Sunshower — Ume
This would seem to be bad news. . . . Might be a good idea to stock up, omnivores.
Not just meat, farmers are ploughing up
crops and dumping milk, could be food shortages.
Can someone help me understand the logic of farmers destroying foodstuffs and not distributing them?
It depends on a huge number of things. This is a massive simplification, but as I understand it, it takes a lot of work and money to grow crops. Plus the crops pull nutrients from the soil. If the farmers are going to take a massive loss to try and sell a crop to a market that isn’t there, then tilling it back into the soil will add nutrients for next year’s crop and reduce the fertilizer they have to add. The farmers will likely not need additional farm hands to help either.
Dairy farmers have to dump milk because they can’t store it. They have to milk the cows every day. That is something they can’t avoid, but with no market to sell the milk, the only choice is to dump it.
There are probably hundreds of thousands of family farms in this country. Farmers often make very little money. Now, when the market has cratered, the only help they have gotten is the payroll protection loans and that has been a challenge to get. They need just as much help as restaurant owners and small businesses.
Our food market is going to be very different next year, I expect.
Also, keep in mind, farmers don’t distribute food. They sell it. There are a lot of companies involved in the commodity market. And, there is often not room to stock pile unprocessed goods. So, there has been reduced buying because of that, but mostly because of reduced demand by restaurants, etc. So, even if the price isn’t bad, if no one is buying an shipping, farmers are still screwed.
But prices have greatly dropped. Live cattle for instance has dropped from over $120/lb to $84/lb; corn from about $390/bu to $314/bu; and soy from about $960/bu to $839/bu. Those might not look like huge amounts, but it is more than enough to push many farmers deep into the red.
No, ditto. I just wanted to be mad. Don’t ruin it with actual logic and rational explanations.
It’s what I do
It’s all I do!
Seriously – – that has opened my eye a bit.
I hope that the corporate gigantors and the farming industry can find creative ways to deal with some of that daily excess production, so we’re not simply destroying and discarding food and resources, while also facing a potential shortage.
Also noted: I saw a headline today that the trump admin has ordered Tyson food plants to remain open. I’m confident that the rump administration will mishandle it, but from a high level, this seems like the right call. Just put protections in place for those workers inside the factories.
I guarantee that the farmers hate doing this more than anyone. You don’t do farming to make money. It’s a passion or a family tradition. The farm mega-corporations are a different story, obviously.
There are a lot of reasons why the midwest and farmers are pissed off at the rest of the country. They are tired of being marginalized, ignored, and getting very little help when they need it.
Lost in all this… Early this spring I remember reading an article saying that farmers of certain crops couldn’t harvest them from the fields because trump’s harassment of foreigners at the border had made access to legal, seasonal migrant workers nearly impossible to come by.
Stuff You Missed in History Class had an excellent episode on how this all evolved starting in the 1930s.
Red Fish, Blue Fish is simply amazing. Sorry, it’s mad ill fly.
And I can’t read Fox in Socks aloud under normal conditions. Seriously impressive.
Star Wars explained by a non fan:
Huey Lewis talks about his albums:
If you are in the Tor ebook club you can grab the excellent The Traitor Baru Comorant for free:
That was a good book. While ok, I wasn’t as enamoured with the second one
CP: Frightful in the Sunlight — Chemtrails
Hubby says, the way my hair is growing in, I’m starting to look like Velma from Scooby Doo.
I can’t decide if I’m flattered or insulted
Maybe it’s because you were on all fours?
Looking for your glasses, I meant! Velma’s always crawling around on the floor, looking for her glasses. Sheesh.
This is your reminder to watch that Dr. Seuss video up above.
Due to a number of recent mass outbreaks of coronavirus at several meat and poultry packing plants, trump has declared these as essential industries and issued an order that protective gear be made available to all plant workers and plants immediately have access to Covid-19 testing.
Oh wait… That’s in a different timeline.
In our timeline, Trump has simply ordered that the plants must stay open.
I found this doctor’s approach and opinions to be align with my thoughts on alot of things “covid-related” these days.
Let the next wave of anxiety hit us all like a tsunami, over the next couple of weeks.
I recently finished the book “You are Now Less Dumb”, https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Now-Less-Dumb/dp/B00DZ1J8F4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1Q7CZFJXK7OZV&dchild=1&keywords=you+are+now+less+dumb&qid=1588108412&sprefix=you+are+now+les%2Caps%2C190&sr=8-1
It is at its core a pop-psychological treatise on how all humans are prone to self-delusion. It goes on to say how presenting facts to people on the opposite side of an issue usually makes people hunker down further into their beliefs rather than making them see things “your way”. And while ranting on social media may make one feel better, it largely has the opposite effect than you hoped. I too believe in the nuanced approach. It would benefit us all to understand how we are prone to logical fallacy and the learn the best ways to communicate our ideas will out playing into them.
-will out +without
I like the book, but I like the podcast a lot more.
I listened on audiobook, but I’ll have to try the podcast. 🙂
I had to double check to make sure, but I’ve not listened to either of his books, though I think they are largely versions of segments he’s done on his podcast.
It’s just that he’s mentioned the titles so often on his shows, that I feel like I must have read them already 🙂
JW: Extraction on Netflix
An ok action flick.
Total War: Shogun 2 is free on Steam until May the 1st:
You don’t have to be competent do do massively evil things:
I suggest a podcast called Behind the Bastards. He does a pretty good deep dive behind bad people, past and present
Snow tires are coming off the car today
Spring in Canada is tardy this year.
Ha! It is not. Actually, it’s earlier than usual. While I always change my tires in late April, it’s known you don’t plant anything until mid-May as anything you plant before then is very likely to freeze or get snowed on
The ups and downs of your mood during the pandemic. You’re loving lockdown one minute but suddenly weepy with anxiety the next. It truly is “an emotional coronacoaster”.
Experimental cocktails mixed from whatever random ingredients you have left in the house. The boozy equivalent of a store cupboard supper. Southern Comfort and Ribena quarantini with a glacé cherry garnish, anyone? These are sipped at “locktail hour”, ie. wine o’clock during lockdown, which seems to be creeping earlier with each passing week.
*Blue Skype thinking*
A work brainstorming session which takes place over a videoconferencing app. Such meetings might also be termed a “Zoomposium”. Naturally, they are to be avoided if at all possible.
*Le Creuset wrist*
It’s the new “avocado hand” – an aching arm after taking one’s best saucepan outside to bang during the weekly ‘Clap For Carers.’ It might be heavy but you’re keen to impress the neighbours with your high-quality kitchenware.
As opposed to millennials, this refers to the future generation of babies conceived or born during coronavirus quarantine. They might also become known as “Generation C” or, more spookily, “Children of the Quarn”.
Wine consumed in an attempt to relieve the frustration of not working. Also known as “bored-eaux” or “cabernet tedium”.
An overdose of bad news from consuming too much media during a time of crisis. Can result in a panicdemic.
*The elephant in the Zoom*
The glaring issue during a videoconferencing call that nobody feels able to mention. E.g. one participant has dramatically put on weight, suddenly sprouted terrible facial hair or has a worryingly messy house visible in the background.
An attention-seeker using their time in lockdown to make amateur films which they’re convinced are funnier and cleverer than they actually are.
*Covidiot* or *Wuhan-ker*
One who ignores public health advice or behaves with reckless disregard for the safety of others can be said to display “covidiocy” or be “covidiotic”. Also called a “lockclown” or even a “Wuhan-ker”.
The sudden fear that you’ve consumed so much wine, cheese, home-made cake and Easter chocolate in lockdown that your ankles are swelling up like a medieval king’s.
Using health precautions as an excuse for snubbing neighbours and generally ignoring people you find irritating.
Someone so alarmed by an innocuous splutter or throat-clear that they back away in terror.
Extra make-up applied to “make one’s eyes pop” before venturing out in public wearing a face mask.
The 10lbs in weight that we’re all gaining from comfort-eating and comfort-drinking. Also known as “fattening the curve”.
…and finally: One sentence to sum up 2020, so far: At one point this week, 1 loo roll was worth more than a barrel of crude oil!
A covidcopia of new terms.
You can now view online most of the British Museums collections online:
CP: Nights Of The Living Dead — Tilly & The Wall
I was on the radio this morning! Can’t say that every day.
I was at work so I couldn’t listen. Did anyone get a recording? Cool news anyways!
Well, I guess DJs can say that, but I can’t. I’m gonna get hold of a recording soon.
Go Jack Go !!!!
This day kicked my ass. Well OK, that’s every day. But today for sure.
Today’s bit of data you may not want to know…
You know how bad they say Covid in Georgia has gotten?
Well death rate is worse than is being reporting. My neighbor’s daughter is an intern in a Hospital in Rome, Ga. she reports that patients who are brought in and not deemed not likely to survive are NOT being given Covid-19 tests because there just aren’t enough tests to go around.
Since they haven’t received the “official” test, state doesn’t count them as having died from the virus.
That’s alarming in many many ways.
CP: La Villa Strangiato — Rush
No jinxes, but I may have gotten some very good news today.
Not related to AIE, but other big situations. I haven’t exhaled yet. . .
Cool, fingers crossed!
I’m afraid no one around here understands my potato.
It’s just away the chips fall.
I’m keeping an eye on it.
I would root for you … but it’s a tuber.
I’m just a spud boy looking for a real tomato.
This has really been half-baked.
Just don’t like the appeal.
If you’re going to buy something via bandcamp, today is the day to do it:
Free Lewis Shiner ebook download:
Possibly only in the US. :-/
I haven’t read this one, but I loved his “Glimpses” novel.
I just stopped in to see what condition my condition was in.
I’ll tkae “Awkward Kenny Rogers lyrics for 2020.” Alex.
I’m seriously suffering death by 1000 typos
Marc Laidlaw, the author who worked on the Half Life series games has a YouTube channel where you can play recordings of his short stories:
Another day, another list of the best two player board games:
That Dominion card holder board is seriously cool. I may have to look into getting one.
A shame. I liked this restaurant. Many great times and meals there. They will never get a dollar of mine again.
We watched Us tonight. As a horror movie, ehhh. As a movie with layers and deeper meaning, excellent.
Had not realised the animated Mulan was released 22 years ago.
Watched it last night, as good as I remembered it being.
British food explained for Americans:
This is actually fascinating. I’m possibly more confused now. But it’s fascinating.
Uggghhh. Up til 5. Not doing cool stuff, just covidsomnia. I’m lucky to have a great partner who covers for me when I need to sleep in.
Another year, another ring around the sun.
Happy birthday, Van! Woop it up! Safely and responsibly!
There’s some “Robert” guy on Facebook who also shares your birthday. He seems a little strange, but nice enough.
Happy birthday, JustaJoe! Woop it up! Safely and responsibly!
There’s some “Robert” guy on Facebook who also shares your birthday. He seems a little strange, but nice enough.
Oh shit, I seem to have gotten you both the same birthday card. How embarrassing.
Have a great birthday Van and J0e!
Hmm, I’m trying to figure out if I’ve actually seem them both in the same place at the same time.
Maybe I only need to wish one happy birthday….or more likely I need to offer four.
Aw, hell – how ever many takes! Happy Birthdays!
Agreed! Happy birthdays to everyone! 😀
I read Ed’s comment with the squinting Fry from Futurama meme image in my head.
Spent the day working on a carpentry project for me, had a nice dinner and am now going to have a beer and watch a movie!
I will also add my thanks.
CW: Avengers:Age if Ultron
Why the hate again? It’s been pretty good so far.
I dunno, the “Age” lasted what, all of two weeks from Ultron’s creation to destruction? I don’t think this one translated out of the comic page very well.
Ultron tried to start an Age, so the title gets a pass, IMHO.
It’s good. Some memorable jokes, good action, important MCU events occur.
Lower tier for MCU movies though, for sure.
If you have some hours to kill.
Bad Boys for life …
Don’t. Just don’t.
So much doesn’t happen.
It’s been a while since I watched a movie that I just wanted to end. Yet it keeps going on.
So this article about the new series ‘Hollywood’ brought out all the racists to the yard:
Van, we just started Clone Wars S3 in our home. I was also pretty unimpressed with S1, but S2 was much, much improved.
May 4 – – the anniversary of the death of Adam Yauch, aka MCA.
We just watched the Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV. Definitely entertaining and pretty well done.
A list where I agree with the no.1 choice:
Hubby would probably agree. I’m a KotOR person myself.
Not sure where it would fall on this list but the new Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the better SW games of the new era.
This is both cool and disturbing. How many ladies can you identify?
Finding out what is left of Marlowe’s 1930s LA:
Finding out what is left of Marlowe’s 1930s LA:
And the London in the 1978 remake:
It’s the 4th of May. 4th id May. Star Wars fucking begins today. So call up your favorite Vader, or at least your favorite Leia.
I need to proofread if I’m going to use my damn phone to post.
Hmm, as some of us are wont to say.
I don’t know either of them. . . I hate celebrity personal life gossip. . . But this does seem kind of like a shitty play.
You know, Neil Gaiman occupies this weird place in my mind. I’m only somewhat acquainted with his works, the first issue of Sandman and the American Gods series. I’ve talked at length with Geoffry Notkin, the Meteorite Man at Mike’s house and he was a childhood friend of Neil. He played bass in a punk band that Neil was a part of. When Teresa and I ran into him at Phoenix Comicon a few years later he had produced a movie about Neil. It is sad about his relationship, but I end up thinking more about the people around him than the man himself.
I never knew that the Meteorite Man was an old friend of Neil’s.
Ryah has met him. He certainly seems like a sweet, charming guy. And he has written some great stuff. I highly recommend the Sandman books and Good Omens – – co-written with Terry Pratchett.
The answer to that is yes:
Actually quite a fascinating analysis of the changes.
But yes. Short answer: yes. Release the theatrical versions already, goddammit.
They should release the originals but as the article states at the beginning, there are good fan edits out there.
I know, I’ve watched them.
Store it in ‘shit I thought was already done’ locker:
Well, I think it’s time to clean the washrooms.
Seriously, I spend way too much time cleaning my house.
Congradts on The Metal Hall of Fame writing gig Jack!
What Joe said!
Speaking of the Metal Hall of Fame, new Draconian song out today.
This song is ridiculously great. It takes a minute to see where they’re going with it, but goddamn.
All of Dischord Records’ catalog available to stream for free.
Now we’re talking!
… or maybe mumbling with a lot of distortion but still … YES
Well this is cool:
CP: With Love, Vincent — Murray Gold
Everyone needs a little Kermit the Frog and Steve Martin right now.
You’re right. I needed that.
Harry Potter celebrity audiobook readings. Daniel Radcliffe is the perfect choice to kick things off.
Crap joke for the day:
While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head.
Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful woman who asked, “Are you okay?
As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low-cut blouse with a cleavage to die for.
“I’m okay I think.” I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look.
She said, “Get in and I’ll take you home, so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.”
“That’s nice of you,” I answered, “But I don’t think my wife will like me doing that!”
“Oh, come now, I’m a nurse,” she insisted. “I need to see if you have any more scrapes and then treat them properly.”
Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, “I’m sure my wife won’t like this.”
We arrived at her place which was just few miles away and, after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, “I feel a lot better, but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I’d better go now.”
Don’t be silly!” she said with a smile. “Stay for a while. She won’t know anything. By the way, where is she?”
“My guess is that she’s still in the ditch.”
Don’t read this if you haven’t gotten caught up on Clone Wars. I just got to watch the finale a few hours ago.
What an incredible ride it’s been. Ahsoka is definitely one of my favorite characters in all of Star Wars.
I am so ready for this week to be over.
..and it’s goodbye to one of the founding members of Kraftwerk:
🙁 I’d heard something recently about their health, but I didn’t know it was that serious.
Very sad news.
From my sister-
I went in to Target Monday and passed by two women( maybe late 50’s, no masks) bitterly complaining that they couldn’t try on clothes. Then one said “we probably shouldn’t be handling everything”( they were looking at earrings) and the other said” if they don’t want people to touch them they should cover it all up. I’m going to touch everything”
This was prompted by my other sister who sent us the following warning-
FYI everyone. I have a client who works in a Dr’s office. She just emailed me to tell me that they had “several” cases of Covid19 come into the office THIS morning, (needless to say we are postponing her apt). Its still out there you guys!
Spoiled rotten selfish foolishness.
CP: Same Old Blues — Phantogram
OK, I am slain by the cuteness.
OK, how the fuck do I send money to someone in Canada? The postal service has lost the check. . . . And fuck PayPal.
Fustrated? Oh, a tad. . .
I got it resolved. Huzzah.
Got an email about Sonos about their new sound bar:
Me (after looking at the price): fuck that!
So I finally got around to watching the original
Tron. It was better than Tron Legacy, low bar I know.
Although dated, some of the CGI was still impressive, like the light bikes and the tanks. But I did wonder how the actors could keep a straight face in the computer with those silly costumes.
Wait a minute. You’d never seen the original Tron?
Not until yesterday.
Visiting the vampires later this morning.
My turn next week.
Andy Serkis is doing a live reading of The Hobbit to raise money for charity:
Charlize kicking ass, I’m in:
Ah the late 70s:
I HAD THIS!
I got it for my birthday and was so colossally disappointed because I wanted a REAL pong, TV video game … and then … I played with it and it was actually kind of fun to play.
I wonder if I still have that somewhere?
CP: Psycho Killer — Talking Heads
Fa fa fa fa
CW: Tron Legacy
The deaging CGI is pretty crude..2010 seems so long ago.
That fucking British actor Is playing a bad guy..AGAIN!!!!
Wait, are you saying there are British actors who aren’t evil?
This ad is brilliant. There was apparently a whole series of them made with these actors.
There are three components that make up a bad guy:
1. Dark trench coat
2. Physical manifestation of some sort (e.g., scar on the face)
3. Foreign accent
If it’s not a British actor, it will be a German or a French actor (or some other “foreign” country). Lazy writing is as lazy writing does.
I liked that the guy in Casino Royale explained the red spot in his eye as a perfectly normal thing. . . then turned out to be the bad guy anyway.
Finished putting a coat of paint on my cabinet project so I got a beer and climbed up in a tree house.
I also fixed the zip line while I was up here.
So … not totally useless.
Drinking and treehousing and ziplining. Sounds like a YOLO kinda evening!
So many pieces to lose:
Why does one need King of Tokyo: Dark?
Wrong question. The real question is Why doesn’t one need King of Tokyo: Dark?
Alternate Question- Why is King of Tokyo:Dark, not a Rice based, high malt beer?
King of Tokyo is a fun little tabletop game.
Dark, I think, is the same game, just in a different colour scheme.
I enjoy King of Tokyo quite a bit, as long as no one involved is taking it too seriously and playing hard to win. Dice fails are part of the fun.
I’ve heard that King of New York is an improved complete game and expansion.
We have King of New York (surprised?). It’s actually a little more complex. It’s very fun too.
A cute little Dr. Who Girl in the Fireplace sequel.
I used to love the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and was really excited about someone making an animated series out of it. I was also excited that it has quality people like John Goodman. I was really excited… right up until the part in the description where the mysteriously wake up in modern times. Blech. I watched the mini episode and it was complete and utter shit. Way to destroy a fantastic piece of my youth.
– the mysteriously, + they mysteriously
Dead furry animals?
We must perform a quirkafleeg.
Well, I have reached (almost) worst case scenario… I have to go to the DMV.
I had planned on going last month but the DMV has been closed for six weeks. Now my license is expired and I am out of options.
Gather my mask and gloves and practice my Zen.
That’s interesting, the DMV here so far doesn’t have a planned date to reopen for the public. So far, they are focusing limited resources to support licensing for commercial drivers.
For the rest of us, we’re just coasting. The one impact is that I’m not in a position to get my son a learner’s permit.
I need to add my motorcycle rating and get my traveler’s thing squared away. Seems like something I should be able to do online, but probably not.
I’ve been to hell I’ll spell it. I spell it DMV.
So I punted.
The socially distanced line was out the door and into the parking lot, (which they had cordoned off) and it was raining.
This was a country song I had no interest in being a part of.
A search on-line shows that I should have a 60 day grace period. I just have to hit that sweet spot between when they finally catch up and when the next wave makes it too dangerous.
CP: Road To Nowhere — Talking Heads
Did anyone else get an email today from Arnold Schwarzenegger?
In my Gmail account.
Once again, im reminded of how out of touch with video games I am. The only ones I really knew anything about were the ones related to NES games. And Undertale.
Agreed – I know almost none of those games. Personally I think it’s cheating to slot a position (actually most of them) to a game series.
Also, without the original Wing Commander (and Wing Commander 2) anywhere to be found on this list, much less not at #1, means this is seriously fake news. Not to mention the first couple of Warcraft games, those were some truly ground breaking pieces of gaming music that are probably older than whatever punk thought they had the right to compile such a list.
of all time, my ass.
Ed telling it like it is!
Here you go, fans of Classic text-based computer games. The Zork source code.
Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard dies:
Yeah, seems to be verified. 🙁
The guy was a self-parody for most of our lives – – but so so so so so important to music history, black history, and LGBTQ+ history. RIP
Youtube actually brought some genuine joy to my day, suggesting this video by the Okuda’s about the visual aesthetic of Star Trek: TNG’s space ships. And how CGI wasn’t quite ready yet to depend on for a TV production.
Watched Antman last night, enjoyed it, certainly not one of the lesser MCU films for me.
My lovely husband insists on doing the grocery shopping. My husband doesn’t cook though, so sometimes he veers from my shopping list when he doesn’t understand what I ask for.
This morning before going out, he looked at the list. I decided I want to roast a chicken this week so I put whole chicken on the list. He looks at it and goes, I don’t even know what that is or where I would find it in the store.
I admit, I laughed at him.
Let’s see what I get when he comes home
(For context, we usually get chicken breasts, not the entire chicken)
Spring snow. How I expected thee.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mothers and also to Samuel L. Jackson.
We watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows last night, which I’d never seen. I actually like it much better than the first. It’s kindof a shame they stopped at 2. I can’t help but to compare to Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, which is unfortunate, because RDJ is really good in the role, he’s just not Benedict.
Martin Freeman is always excellent, but Jude Law is probably a better fit for the classic Watson character, as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This Moriarty, played by Jared Harris, is much better. IMHO. Sure, he was fun in the show too, but a bit too over-the-top with the crazypants.
I’m standing in a line about 30 people deep of carry out orders at the Italian restaurant. About 1 in 4 of us has a mask. Not much distancing. Rolling the dice with other peoples lives.
For those following along at home:
I was there for 1 hour waiting for my to-go food. FIne, it’s Mother’s Day. I should have been expecting that kind of thing. It’s fine. I’d say about 25% total of the many patrons who came and went wore masks, and none of the staff did.
The worst part was when other customers started getting cranky and yelling at each other. Luckily, it didn’t progress any further than that.
Ok. So has anyone else noticed the three-winged transport ship with the smiley face front in the Clone Wars show? Anakin has flown it a few times, but not frequently.
It looks like an early model of the stolen imperial transport ship that our heroes use to fly to Endor in ROTJ – – just with a smiley face grill. Anyone?
We actually don’t watch a lot of TV. Of that list I’ve only seen two in their entirety. Some of them I’ve see a few complete seasons, some only the occasional episode, most not at all.
Ha, I say! Ha!
A quote from the article: “I was six years old when “Six Feet Under” first aired so it’s safe to say I missed its original run.”
A few of those I’ve seen. . . of the rest, there are 1 or 2 that I’d personally consider tackling.
As with all lists, ymmv. Some I’ve watched, some I haven’t, some I am completely uninterested in, and some I don’t agree belong on the list.
Hmmm (part 2):
They certainly aren’t as appreciated as they should be.
*hums Computer Love*
It’s a nice piece. Kraftwerk were great and they do deserve more press.
Knew? No. Surprised? Definitely not. Disney, and animators in general, love putting in easter eggs like this.
Release the film!
Let my mermaid go!
CP: Labour Of Love — Frente!
To read later.
Behind a paywall.
It wasn’t for me, although I did have to shut off my ad blocker.
Activating my VPN let me read it.
CP: Devil’s on Fire — Headstones
My Boo gave me this for mother’s day. I finished one play through. That’s enough. It was very strange.
Yeah, that is a pretty interesting game. I’m not sure how familiar you are with the genre it is lampooning, but it still has its funny moments regardless.
A friend’s brother is a Gastroenterologist in Florida. Florida has decided elective surgeries are back on so he had 30 colonoscopies scheduled for today.
Regardless of what the state said, his hospital made all 30 take coronavirus tests. Although none of them were showing symptoms… Three tested positive. So there you go.
That;s a lot of assholes.
So I’ve been mum on this, but today was my first day at a new day job. It was actually a very good move anyway. . . every single thing about the company and role is an improvement over the last place.
So there you go – – some good news!
Way to go Jack!
Hurray! Glad that things are going better for you now! 😀
That’s great news Jack! Here’s to less stressful days ahead.
If you want to watch something different today:
Nothing new under the sun:
It was his density.
Are you calling Superman stupid?
He could have told that scammer who was macking on Martha, “Why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here.”
Crap joke for the day:
Just arrived home after seeing a good friend take his last breath, I was honoured to have been there at the end. This was a man when had dodged a snipers bullet in the Falklands, had survived many armed patrols in Northern Ireland. A man who had walked away from a high speed motorbike crash. At the hospital, just before he went, he beckoned me toward him, he couldn’t speak due to the pipes and tubes that were attached to him so I moved closer as he pointed at his mouth. I said I didn’t know what he wanted and asked if he could write, he nodded vigorously so I passed him some paper from his bedside cabinet and took the pen from my pocket. Unfortunately, as he was writing, he stopped, the pen fell to the floor, the machine that he was attached to started to make that ominous monotone that tells you its all over. The paper dropped from his hand as the nurses rushed in and tried in vain to revive him but all to no avail, he now knew all the answers to all the questions ever asked, including the ultimate. I returned to my car in the car park with heavy heart, trying to avoid looking into the faces of the mixed patients, visitors and hospital workers. I somehow managed to get to the car without breaking up, and, as I fumbled for my keys I rediscovered the note from the recently deceased. By now it was all crumpled up so I attempted to iron it out on the bonnet. It just looked gibberish so I returned it to my coat pocket. I have now got home and was about to throw it away but the though hit me, it might be some sort of final message with hidden importance, there are no spaces between the words, it just appears to be a jumble of letters. I decided to share it on Facebook to see if anyone could decipher it, I never was any good at anagrams or conundrums so here it is in its entirety (I’m not sure whether or not he finished before he shuffled from our mortal coil ) it says “GETOFFMYFUCKINGOXYGENPIPEYOUFATBAST”…..any ideas?
Thanks for the congrats, amigos y amigas.
I will now get back to my regularly scheduled crankiness.
CP: Feelings — The Offspring
CW: The Rocketeer
I’m still befuddled that this was a flop.
I’ve still never seen this movie. No idea why.
It’s on Disney+, easy to rectify.
Sometimes irony is not funny.
I finished my work for this morning already.
I think it’s time to curl up with a book.
Crap mini joke;
I have a pen that can write underwater.
It can also write other words too.
This joke is mightier than the swordfish.
I know there are all kinds of annoying MFers in the world, but over the past few years, I’ve really become especially unimpressed with the IT variety of “Busy, I’m so busy. No time because I’m too busy. Oh, look at you slackers eating lunch. I’m too busy. We have a ping-pong table but I’m too busy. I’m the only one who works around here. Busy busy busy.”
Are these the same ones that get the atta boys and bonuses for working a bunch of overtime to fix an issue that was the result of their incompetence in the first place?
Asking for a friend…
I think those guys sit in neighboring cubicles. They would hang out – – if they had time.
I hope you put in a ticket on that complaint, or I just don’t have the time to process it.
I thought it was just my IT guys who did that. One is famous for bending over backwards to help you 90% of the time. But that other 10% he can be a total and utter piece of shit about things.
So I finally watched all the episodes of Upload, it’s the new series on Amazon Prime.
A romcom/mystery, really good, well worth checking out.
Been watching that myself.
About halfway through. Was surprised (and pleased) they didn’t let the show be nothing but it’s obvious gimmick. It does look like it has potential to be more but I’ve been afraid to let myself give in and like it for fear that it would just suddenly get lazy.
Nice to know it’s worth going the distance!
So I finished the 2nd book in nK Jemisin’s big trilogy – – The Obelisk Gate. What a ride.
The first book was very impressive, but the ending was a gut punch, and kind of disturbing. This one also had some seriously fucked up moments, but was a great expansion of the world and mythos and story. I am excited to read part 3.
Avengers: Endgame rewrite:
Now if we can get him to tackle that ending to GOT.
Shit on the moon:
I have no work to do today.
Because of what’s happening in the world, the pandas at the Calgary zoo are being sent home (a couple of years early), because they are having trouble getting bamboo flown in. 🙁
While it’s a shame that Calgarians have less time with pandas at their zoo, that would seem to indicate a number of far more alarming issues around the supply of essential items.
Hey, that’s the same combination on my luggage!
CP: The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald — Headstones
Evo used to jokingly refer to that song as “The Wreck of the Ella Fitzgerald.” I think I was the only person who caught it.
He was referring to the original, of course.
The Deadpan and DotF podcasts stole from plenty of people over the years – – but no one more than these guys.
It was a good day
Keep fingers crossed for the email I just sent.
(Sorry to vaguepan)
Very interesting. The title of the article put me off and I almost didn’t read it, but it is worth a read to learn of the author’s journey. I also found that the 2nd to last paragraph reflects my thoughts on cultural appropriation.
This evening’s background music. Wes Montgomery.
Today’s episode of “Engines of Our Ingenuity” was an old one, but I think one of the best one.
So that is more Trek series in production than ever.
Hopefully I’ll watch them all.
I’m not a Trek scholar, but I didn’t realize Spock had spent that much time on Pike’s crew.
Cool. I really really like these characters on Discovery, though it did feel like Pike was sometimes a pushover of a captain. Especially for Michael.
I wonder how they’ll handle his tragic storyline.
Hopefully bring Melissa George back.
A lazy Friday before a long weekend.
That was last weekend in the UK
Up until the middle of the night, yay!
I need some lazy, but hopefully I can get that tomorrow.
CP: The Girl With April In Her Eyes — Chris De Burgh
Is the Girl With April in Her Eyes also in Red and Paying the Ferryman?
That is one way to put it. She’s also on a Spanish Train. ;P
Especially helpful if you have to work in a coalmine.
RIP to the photographer who was stil wearing leather trousers into her 70s:
And we’re back!
You were away?
I tried to post last night, but got errors.
This is terrible.
Stephen Spielberg’s first film is still a great watch.
It is a great minimalist little film.
I saw this on TV at a rather young age. I might have been in sixth grade. I recall that I found it very disturbing. Of course I didn’t watch much in the way of her films back then.
..and it’s goodbye to Fred Willard:
Everyone likes Fred Willard. Sad news. RIP
So tonight I finished the lastEst addition to the murderbot series, Network Effect.
Great fun, if you’ve enjoyed the novellas you are probably going to enjoy this.
I tried Alan Moore’s Promethea, because. . . well. . . it’s Alan Moore. . . and I dropped it after the 2nd issue. He is one of the true greats, but this is awful. The writing is just terrible. He’s attempting wry, witty social commentary that just feels out of touch. . . and the dialogue is embarrassing.
It’s pretty adorable when a 2-year-old sings the “My Neighbor Totoro” theme – – in Japanese.
She had a lot more life to live. 🙁
Car portraits from the 70s:
I think these are splendid! I really like this stuff.
There’s an ice cream truck roaming around our neighbourhood. I guess that means normalcy is returning to our world?
Unless it is driven by a clown.
Or David Lee Roth.
Here’s your coat. 😉
OK, I haven’t heard this yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UEnVZ3j6UA&fbclid=IwAR0Q8E8KmU3Tpd8J2ItL2p8USFLbBFborZUyfoysogJ7kuSxl8PDISe98I8&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
A soprano sings the TOS theme.
..and just like that I don’t want to read his stuff anymore:
Not the best decision, but this is a far cry from storming a state capitol with a machine gun.
It sounds like he is behaving in a responsible manor. That being said, I get why they would be concerned by this.
We’ve all seen the movie.
You open the door to let one guy in and the monsters flood into the room behind him.
He’s a rich person who thinks rules don’t apply to him and he can fuck right off back to New Zealand.
S2, it’s coming:
That was a fun way of announcing it.
I loved it too.
We watched Gattaca last night an Contact the night before. Apparently we’re watching The Abyss tonight.
My husband is obviously in a specific moon right now. It’s a good think I like all those movies.
I don’t think I’ve actually seen Gattaca. I know it’s gotten a mostly “meh” reaction, but that there’s a small devoted fanbase for this movie. I should get around to it.
Of course, Contact and The Abyss are both great.
We really like Gattaca. I’d recommend it.
“Contact” racks in my top ten films of all time. Abyss is a pretty good film and Gattica is underrated.
So watched the pilot of Stargirl another DCU tv series and it was a fun watch, will probably keep watching this one.
Yes, but can she play “Gone Daddy Gone”? 😉
Everyone likes rock music.
CP: Simple Song — The Shins
David Gilmour doesn’t get enough credit for his solo stuff. “On an Island” is fantastic.
As is “Rattle That Lock”
We have a couple of his concert DVD from a few years back
On the other side of the music universe:
It’s weird seeing Jeru the Damaja old. He used to be a knucklehead, but this is really excellent. Mad flow.
Not exactly how we’d intended it to look. . . But here’s the beginning.
OK, I need to watch this later:
This is outstanding. Take 3 minutes and be amazed, all ye children of the 80s.
CP: Land Of The Free — The Killers
CP – Mr. Apollo – Bonzo Dog Band
PC: Every Now and Then — The Last 3 Lines
This saddens me. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n_x3penXBFU
So I open my door to my enemies,
And I ask could we wipe the slate clean?
But they tell me to please go and fuck myself
You know you just can’t win
That 1986 digg link I posted above? The 1985 one is even better:
I will now extract myself from this rabbit hole until another time.
Of course, I just stumbled across a major Clone Wars spoiler in the article :-/
But it makes an interesting case for reading the novelization. https://screenrant.com/revenge-sith-novel-best-star-wars-story/
I’ve only read novelizations for the 1977 Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back – – which were interesting but just OK – – plus a handful of EU books and comics, so I dunno.
Well, I definitely have to agree the novelizations of the prequels greatly elevated the material. I know I read them all prior to seeing the movies and appreciated the movies more because of it.
I know I tried to read the original Star Wars novelization, but didn’t manage to get but halfway through it before giving up. I don’t think I ever read novels for Empire or Return. Read a lot of the EU novels starting with the Zahn trilogy. They started off solid, but progressed further and further into incoherence and I finally gave up somewhere late in the Yuzan Vong mega arc. They at least took the original characters in some natural directions and introduced a lot of new interesting ones.
Still, while I don’t care much for what Disney did with it, I do agree a “clean slate” was needed to try to tell new Star Wars tales set 30 years after Return of the Jedi.
Ed said pretty much everything I would have said. 😀
I’m fine with the clean slate approach too.
True…. but I think anti-campiness has also been the movie-making trend.
Which is why we got semi-realworld takes on Batman and the darker Justice League. Even the MCU has done its best to avoid anything campy, except by design.
I don’t think it is the fear of camp. It’s just that so much of that has already been done, why retread the same old paths? People want something different. Some friends and I have had this discussion before, especially around the reboot of BSG.
“Anti-camp” – – while a great name for a Punk band – – may not have been the right term. I think the past 20+ years have overall been more about than gritty and dark than the shiny and campy. BSG is a great example.
There’s good camp “Resident Evil, Austin Powers etc.”
and bad camp “Batman & Robin, Aquaman etc.”
To me, the difference is razor-thin. Mostly I think it is a combination of the actor’s buy-in and if the scenes are creatively funny or just a lazy handwave of plot resolution.
I’m really not sure on the camp/anti-camp front, but I can say (with more surity than I can say in most things in my life) that “people” and especially Hollywood are not, in any way shape or form, wanting something different and/or afraid to retread the same old paths. Reboots, re-imaginings, re-envisionings, modernizations, etc. are everywhere and not about to go away any time soon. It pains me to no end. But I have at least come to accept it (although I will never relish it or even enjoy it).
No, just no:
So my NAS enclosure is getting rather long in the tooth and Zyxel no longer update it. So when I saw a new low end model from Synology was on offer from Amazon I thought it was time to get a new one.
However since it’s a different make, I can’t just put the HDs From the old enclosure in the new one and have it read the HDs.
So not looking forward to copying over a terabyte of data over WiFi..
Now you’re just making up words.
Are the drives as old as the enclosure? Would it be better to just get new drives at this point and then be able to copy from the old enclosure to the new one? Disk space is pretty damn cheap now, all things considered.
No, they have been replaced over the years as drives failed (RAID 1 is good for that).
Plus I would still have to copy the files over wifi as my mesh router only has ethernet ports, one for internet and other other for the old NAS, everything else has to connect via wifi.
Not a good sign, when a third of the space is given over to 143,000 files.
Our family is safe.
Glad to hear y’all are OK.
You can tell things are opening back up when the mass shootings start happening again..
Pretty quiet at work this week.
Probably just as well.
Seems to be an underdog worth rooting for.
Here’s an interview I did for the Metal Hall of Fame.
CP: Save Part Of Yourself — Brandi Carlile
It’s snowing out right now.
Gojira at Red Rocks in Colorado. I attended this show with Alvie.
I photographed this concert, but you can’t pick me out from the tiny specks in front of the stage. Luckily, the video doesn’t have the moment when one of their smoke effects went off a foot away from my face.
Happy Birthday to Pac-Man:
I didn’t really have Pac-Man and Empire Strikes back as almost exactly the same age.
CP: Dance Along The Edge — Concrete Blonde
It’s a Variety article from last year about Alien.
You know, I’m old enough that installing a new piece of tech without a hitch still comes as a pleasant surprise.
New NAS enclose appears to be work fine, now I just have to copy all the files back on it..
If I ruled the world.
Aesop Rock – 9-5ers Anthem.
JW: Hotel Artemis
Low key sci-fi about a hospital within a hotel that is used to patch up criminals.
Episode 4 of “The Gallery” on Disney+ today may be the most amazing hour of television I’ve ever seen. The future of TV and film making in beyond imagination and the other applications are staggering to consider.
As amazed as they were by it, I don’t think Favreau and company fully appreciate what they have there.
Ok, you sold me, Ed. Throw it on the pile.
Printing photos in algae:
Under, late to the party, we’ve just started watching The Magicians. Only three episodes in, so far, but are enjoying it.
We’ve been pushing through Handmaid’s Tale season 3. I thought seasons 1 and 2 were excellent, but this season has been a slog. I think we’re on episode 478. We’ll stick it out, but goddamn.
Grim. Seemingly reliable sources.
The herd immunity explanation is spot on.
It may be controversial, but Michael Keaton is still my favourite movie Batman
This is not a controversial statement in my circles.
His movies are not the best Batmans, but he is the best in the suit.
Christian Bale is probably a better Bruce Wayne, but not by much.
Roll20 online Star Wars RPG was a success tonight! Thanks, Rhett!
And thanks everyone who played! Fun times.
Glad you enjoyed it! I’ll be busy planning the next encounters.
Five minutes from my misspent youth. I knew a bunch of the people in this video, including ~THE PUNISHER~
That game music brings me back.
Your next horror film is:
What sweet music they make.
So I discussed this with Ryah this morning:
The Deadpan FB page has recently gotten a few new join requests, but they seem to be people that no one knows. It’s possible that they’re listeners from the old days, but it would be odd for them to have zero connections to anyone in our old podcast community. I assume they’re bots or scammers of some sort, but just in case, I’d say we let them sit there for a bit, in case they prove some actual connection.
We’ve just begun our full Star Wars theatrical re-watch in timeline order (IDK yet if we’re going to watch the Clone Wars animated movie, IDK yet if we’ll save Rogue One and Solo til the end, or if we’ll watch them before Star Wars 1977).
So, The Phantom Menace. . . Goddamn, this is a lot worse than I remembered. It’s about 25% awesome, 65% pretty bad, and 10% OMFGWTF.
The random “Ooops” moments behind every one of Anakin’s major plot resolution successes drive me nuts. Always have, since 1999.
Midi-chlorians. Ugh. Thank Jedi Jesus this whole concept is basically ignored in everything Star Wars that would follow.
Jar Jar is sooooo much worse with subtitles. Audio only, a lot of his jibberish just sails past, but when you’re hearing him and reading his inane dialogue too, you get every idiotic, unfunny word. The rank stupidity just swarms around you like gnats. Only more annoying than gnats. The script and the movie needed a ruthless editor in the worst way.
Every single moment Darth Maul is onscreen.
The emperor’s machinations.
And look. Jake Lloyd was no childstar prodigy, but he really wasn’t disastrously bad.
I can’t believe that the consensus feels that Attack of the Clones is worse than this. That’s not how I remember it.
My heart is sad at you being forced to watch New Hope with all the special edition crap.
That movie nearly made me give up on the franchise.
I saw it in the theater and have never watched it again.
I may be misremembering but it seems like that was a time period where Hollywood decided films needed an inane comic sidekick. Wasn’t that the same year that they surprised us with “Short Round” … Indie’s unexplained, child co-star?
Short Round pre-dated Jar Jar by about 15-16 years. Same concept, although Short Round was not nearly as ubiquitous onscreen – – or as painfully unfunny/annoying – – as Jar Jar.
TPM isn’t a terrible movie, but I really don’t need to sit through it ever again.
Really, I don’t believe all of you who say that Attack of the Clones is worse than The Phantom Menace. I’ll confirm my modern opinion in the near future.
Trust me, AOTC is so so much worse that TPM. I will definitely die on that hill.
CL: Married Man – Rebecca Loebe
This article takes a really long time and way too many words to make a number of interesting points:
Lots to do before our virtual launch this afternoon. I don’t even know where to start.
What I learnt today after watching the first episode of Nat Geo’s new historical drama. That France still has control over a few islands off the coast of Canada;
Oh and the guy who played Shaggy might be the bad guy, WTF!
I always liked Matthew Lillard.
At least until they remove his mask and see who he REALLY is.
And France might have gotten away with it too… if it weren’t for those meddling kids Eh.
Happy birthday, Roaming Asshat!
Joy joy !
Welp, posted author readings to YouTube. Made a sheet to check off correct answers for our trivia questions. Did a personal post about the launch. Did some website updates.
So far, a productive morning.
I found this amusing. I’m not sure if I was suppose to.
Blazing Almighty Thunderclap
Your grace crushes me into a fine powder someone could snort
Bop bop, buh doop dop bob!
Tear us down with the power and destructive capability of an F-5
Blazing Praise Thunderclap
I can feel you moving through me (4x)
And we just want to drown in your great big flood! (8x)
Tear us down with the power and destructive capability of an F-5 (128x)
Your chords are:
G, D, Em, C (throughout)
CP: Bobcaygeon — The Tragically Hip
CP: Heart-Shaped Box — Dead Sara
So. Damn. Good.
Ok … I need to activate the powers of the Deadpan Hive mind.
I want to show some young 20 somethings that we DID in fact have good movies in the 80’s and 90’s.
Looking for good solid films of almost any genre … except horror. Not really that time of the year.
I can say that they have seen Brazil, Baron von Munchausen and Heathers as well as the Star Wars films.
Any films come to mind?
What was the Chicago Gangster film with Sean Connery? I recall that was good. Wonder if it would hold up to the passage of time?
80s and 90s, eh?
Yes, The Untouchables with Sean Connery is a great movie.
I recall finding Platoon to be dreary and depressing – – but – – Platoon.
Anything James Cameron:
Both Terminator movies.
Just about anything Spielberg (too many to list).
Army of Darkness is not actually horror, even if the first 2 Evil Dead films were.
The Princess Bride is obvious, but I’m sure they’ve seen it.
Big Trouble in Little China.
Escape From New York.
First Blood (forget the rest).
Good Morning Vietnam.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
A Fish Called Wanda.
A Fish Called Wanda.
A Fish Called Wanda.
A Fish Called Wanda.
A Fish Called Wanda.
The Last of the Mohicans.
Good list to get the brain going.
The Terminator was a pivitol movie for me at the time but last time I watched it … oof.
Some others there I loved but I do wonder if they would still be as good.
Glad to see that we have watched a bunch of those.
I WAS wondering about “A Fish Called Wanda”. I remeber it as being a brilliant and funny film but someone else was telling me it had some sexual content that might be uncomfortable to watch with family members. I don’t really recall anything like that but haven’t seen it in probably 2 decades.
There are a few scenes in A Fish Called Wanda that would cause everyone to squirm in their seats if watched with family.
Woof, that was tiring.
What was tiring, btw?
Another one bites the dust.
I remember him best as the lizard alien leader in V.
Seems to be a pretty good summation.
The Curious Case of the People Who Want to “Reopen” America—But Not Wear Masks
Can I go back to bed now?
You have my permission.
The commenters pretty thoroughly debunk the writer, but he certainly poured all his effort into the article:
It almost sounds plausible until the gets fact checked to the 7th level of hell.
OK, I only read the top 3 comments, but all 3 were comedy gold.
I have zero reason to defend Ace of Base (spoiler). I also find it plausible that at least one of the members had previously been in a nazi punk band and held nazi beliefs.
Everything else is a stretch. Is he hinting that Ace of Base led to America’s current wannabe-Fuhrer? Yeeesh.
Launch coverage is live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aymrnzianf0
Hopefully a go in just under 3 hours
I’m watching live here. Weather has been dicey in Central Florida today. We’ll see what happens. If I’m lucky I get to see a little light heading up and a streak of cloud. Close enough to make it worth while to walk outside. Would have to drive an hour or so to get a really closeup view.
No launch today..bugger.
Rescheduled for Saturday.
Which actually works well for me. One of my coworkers has a house on the Banana River across from the launch site. Now she can have a launch party on Saturday. Score one for me!
The rich are a strange breed, get to image 54 to see what this one family did to the basement:
I guess it’s no stranger than the folks who create replicas of the Enterprise bridge.
I bought some strawberry flavoured cider made in Sweden that I have yet to try.
CW: Agents of SHIELD S7E1
It’s back baby’!
I think it’s going to be another non-busy work day for this bunny.
The original Star Wars trilogy radio dramas:
Yeah, the stuff with Luke and his butthead friends on Tatooine adds nothing.
But I was going to go into Toshi Station to hang with my friends… uh, I mean pick up some power converters!
After hearing the audiobook where Luke’s friends are all buttheads, aside from Biggs, I’ve begun to think Uncle Owen might have been right.
He also had a good point about Luke following in his father’s footsteps.
Feeling old today. The kids are not allowed to have any more birthdays.
Happy birthday to the young bunny!
Yes. Thanks for passing that along!
Christopher Cross filled in for Ritchie Blackmore at one Deep Purple show in the 70s? I hope that this story is true.
Also: Eric Johnson played guitar for Christopher Cross??
CP: Mack The Knife — Ella Fitzgerald
This is the version where Ella just makes up the lyrics. lmao
Why were old PCs beige?
That Jupiter Ace Computer mentioned in the article ran FORTH.
Holy crap, I gotta stop looking at the main Facebook feed.
Goodbye to the guy famous for playing villains:
Wow, he’d been retired for a long time. Definitely memorable in his roles.
New films on Amazon Prine:
Reenact Chernobyl on the cheap:
The P+P would be a killer though..
Another quiet day at work. Without our regular brunches, my boss can’t give me paperwork. I know I have a ton piled up once we finally do get together. Until then, it’s fun, fun, fun, fun, fun until daddy takes the t-bird away.
Van and I are having a conversation about pickles on FB. We’ve determined I like both US type pickles (made from cucumbers) and UK (pickled onions). Van does not seem to be a fan.
It’s why Orser plain cheeseburgers in MacDonalds.
So the term “pickle” in the UK refers to pickled onions, not pickled cucumber?
The article is actually useful. I need to do all of these. It is a little hilarious that their stretching model has enormous, distracting boobs, but that’s not why I’m sharing it.
My hubby and his AP are sending silly messages to students and parents again.
Yup, locally if you mention pickle they would tend to assume an onion.
This is a hilarious comment misplacement, Van.
Did John do the music in the video?
I honestly don’t know.
Locus Award nominees are posted. https://locusmag.com/2020/05/2020-locus-awards-finalists/
There’s one southwestern US author whose name shows up every year on every major awards ballot. . . . I encountered her at a few long ago cons, and she was always so unpleasant, that I just never had any interest in reading her stuff. Never cranky at me personally, just generally uncool. I won’t drag her in public – – I don’t even have any gossipy bad behavior stories – – but feel free to ask me in private. Good for her getting accolades for what must be quality writing, I guess.
If it’s the same person I