336 thoughts on “As You Requested

    • I, personally, dig it. Though, I’m probably more tolerant of Ben Stiller’s style than is typical for Deadpan.

      • I was a HUGE fan of the surreal/absurdist comic that the Mystery Men got their start in … so while the movie could have been a little less clumsy in it’s execution, in a lot of ways it surpassed expectations.
        Frankly, when I heard that they were giving the Mystery Men their own movie I was surprised.
        I just didn’t see how they could translate the idea into a film that could appeal to a financially viable segment of the public.

        Turns out it was as hard as I thought.

  1. Incidentally, I’ll join in commiseration about the current orange state of things, if others want to vent, but I have zero intention of getting heavy into politics next weekend. I won’t be the one to start it.

    I will make wisecracks, though.

  2. “I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”

  3. So we visited Dan tonight. He was drugged and sleepy, but things are looking better. He’s still got a long way to go, and nothing’s certain, but the situation is better than it was.

  4. Tickets bought for Ant Man and Wasp.

    Really looking forward to this one, especially after the heavy (but awesomeness) of Infinity War. All signs point to a super light and fun romp.

  5. Just go home from Mastodon/Primus! We should discuss.

    Is it ironic that a tweaker bumped into me while pushing through the pit?

    Both bands should have consulted with me before choosing their set lists.

    Bands shouldn’t do goddamn abridged versions of your most popular songs. Just play Jerry in it’s entirety, FFS.

    How does Mastodon do a show without playing Oblivion?

    Les Claypool is one of a kind. It was still a great night of music.

    • Oh… oh that doesnt sound the best. I mean they are playing Desaturating Seven in its entirety this tour, so if you arent a fan of that album you arent going to like 2/3 of the set

      • That Desaturating Seven album has grown on me, although the last 2 tracks are a little sleepy. It was a treat to hear it live, with all of the goblin visuals on their screens.

  6. A shit load of grammatically themed crap jokes:

    A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.

    A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

    An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.

    Two quotation marks walk into a “bar.”

    A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.

    Hyperbole totally rips into this insane bar and absolutely destroys everything.

    A question mark walks into a bar?

    A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.

    Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Get out — we don’t serve your type.”

    A mixed metaphor walks into a bar, seeing the handwriting on the wall but hoping to nip it in the bud.

    A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.

    Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They converse. They depart.

    A synonym strolls into a tavern.

    At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar — fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.

    A run-on sentence walks into a bar it starts flirting. With a cute little sentence fragment.

    Falling slowly, softly falling, the chiasmus collapses to the bar floor.

    A figure of speech literally walks into a bar and ends up getting figuratively hammered.

    An allusion walks into a bar, despite the fact that alcohol is its Achilles heel.

    The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.

    A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned a man with a glass eye named Ralph.

    The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.

    A dyslexic walks into a bra.

    A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines.

    An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars.

    A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.

    A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to forget.

    A hyphenated word and a non-hyphenated word walk into a bar and the bartender nearly chokes on the irony.

  7. I have taken a few days to watch a documentary, 30 for 30 film, Hillsbourough.

    Wow. Astonishing, this tragedy.

    and wow, the lack of responsibility by the police and the police chief- Duckenfield.

    I was not familiar with this event and it is just so sad.

  8. CD: Sweating like the proverbially pig.

    Getting too old for changing fucking terminals within 50 minutes shit.

    Just saying.

  9. I was going to reply to a post by Desert Pixie on Facebook but stopped because I wondered if she would get the Douglas Adams reference.

    Odin was fond of clean sheets everyday,

  10. 1:15pm local AZ time. Where my peeps at?

    Speaking for Desert Pixie and myself: we’re at home, taking care of business. I’m logged into work a few more hours, and then we’re off to the rink.

  11. Well, I’m all packed up and ready to catch my red eye in the morning. All systems go, Major Tom.

    Happy Birthday, TEB!

  12. Morning, Pan! Yes, there were great reunions yesterday. My favorite parts were Mellow Mushroom and movies at Cj’s in the morning.

    I’m feeling rested and ready for more adventures!

  13. Two elderly ladies meet at the launderette after not seeing one another for some time. After inquiring about each other’s health, one asked how the other’s husband was doing.”Oh! Ted died last week. He went out to the garden to dig up a cabbage for dinner, had a heart attack and dropped down dead right there in the middle of the vegetable patch!”…”Oh dear! I’m so very sorry,” replied her friend. “What did you do?”
    “Opened a can of peas instead.”

  14. I have to admit one of the worse parts of holidays is packing.

    I’m going to have a shower to put off packing for half an hour.

    • Yes! I am home safely. I had to go straight back to work, which sucked as much as I expected, but I had to go back to the overnight-shift sleep schedule somehow.

      It was a wonderful MMMMMeetup weekend! When I have more time later, I’ll write up my notes from gaming.

  15. CD: waiting to board.

    Sod’s Law of international travel:

    There will be no queue at the security checkpoint when you have plenty of time.

  16. Yes, I did make it back!

    Landed a bit before midnight local…slept in until about 10 am this morning 🙂 Amazing what sleeping on one’s own mattress can do for you. Though, the bed at the hotel actually wasn’t bad. I’m sure getting back to my own time zone had an impact as well.

    Great visits and gaming with everyone! I declare the weekend a success.

  17. Crap joke for the day:

    There was an exhibitionist who was taking a trip on an airplane.At the top of the stairs there was a stewardess collecting tickets.When the man got to the top of the stairs, he opened his coat and exposed himself. The stewardess said, “I’m sorry sir. You have to show your ticket here, not your stub.”

  18. So the Marriott wanted me to take a survey so I happily told them them their billing methods have made me think choice about them again.

  19. Whatever they are doing at our hosting site, I don’t think it’s working. I just hope she did a backup of my website before messing with it. If I have to do the whole thing from scratch, I’ll not be happy.

  20. So – – I do want to give a big thank you to everyone who accommodated our family and traveled to Phoenix, aka the surface of the sun, for this year’s MMMmmmeetup. I also want to shout out to those who were unable to be here in person, but supported the cause in other ways – – you were missed.
    Big specific thanks also to the Hastings for hosting our group on Sunday!
    Specific thanks to Cj, Tiffany, and Ryah for taxiing folks around.
    And specific thanks to Ed, Amy, Van, and Ryah for coming out to cheer on our figure skater!
    Thanks everyone for a fun MMMmmmeetup weekend! I already look forward to next year!

  21. From my mobile phone company:

    Wow! You’ve saved £3,106.55 using your phone abroad at no extra cost last month! Impressed?

    Well no since I would have just kept the phone in aeroplane mode, but nice I can save that.

    • Interesting conundrum.
      I think the braver move from Disney (in this case) would have been to keep him on, after his explanation. The jokes that I saw were shitty and indefensible, but were clearly just tasteless jokes from 10 years ago. He has disowned them now. Lots of popular comedians have gone to similar places with their comedy, and they’re still accepted by the masses.

      I don’t know. What do you think?

      • I thought it was interesting Disney (who by all accounts knew about the offensive tweets) caved into a bunch of right wingers.

        • As much as I hat right wingers, I think it’s really misplaced to think they are behind the zero tolerance political correctness craze that has any comments people have made in their past practically a crime worthy of incarceration. My big fear at this point is that if the craze continues, no one will be left alive that can have a career any more.

          • Yeah. Honestly I have made just as bad if not worse jokes in my life. It just happens that I’m not a world famous director.

            Disney has a lot to think about here.

          • BTW, and I promise this is it… these tweets came out in 2012 a full 2 years before Guardians. So Disney knew about them and still chose him to direct.

            And while I absolutely abhor the term “tranny”, the tweets he used these in was 10 years ago – a time where the term was not yet rightfully vilified

            The whole thing just sucks on so many levels.

          • Hypocrisy is as common as misspellings in politically-motivated hit pieces – – but I agree that it’s appalling in this case, with right wing media dicks applauding every shitty, hateful, mean thing tweeted or said by the rump family, while claiming outrage at Gunn’s dumbass inappropriate jokes. . . Especially since they seem to just be retaliating against him for speaking out against their orange-skinned idol.

      • I kept trying to figure out why the Pike actor looked familiar….then I realized that he was that constantly constipated looking fellow from the ill-fated “Inhumans” TV show last year.

        Looks like he gets to have facial expressions in Discovery.

    • Intriguing idea – – but I have zero faith in in M. Night Shmcsbcffjdurdfndcsybd to do it right. Maybe he surprises me.

      I would never ever have bothered with Split though, and now I’m contemplating it – – so it’s also a clever marketing move.

  22. Saw ‘First Reformed’ today, the latest film directed by Paul Schrader.

    Good acting from Ethan Hawke and the story is good at subverting your expectations but the 4:3 aspect ratio just makes Schrader look like an old fart.

  23. I (kinda) survived my first go at DnD RPG, with the assistance from my Main Squeeze and a lot of patience from our party and DM. It was online, so not in person. J and I also had a five month old to entertain, while we hacked and stomped and charmed our way out of the cavern with more gold than we could carry and a bunch of village kids.

    YAY us!

  24. I thought the series finale of Sense8 was (mostly) well-done and it was wonderful to get closure on this experience. I loved how these episodes were shot and the running theme of love and tolerance

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