This one goes out to the Sting fans! You know you’re out there!
Me too! 😀
My new company is mostly twenty-somethings. I like everyone, but holy crap. . . I’m feeling the old.
“1980s movies? Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”
I refer you to my FB comment about how many years I’ve worked.
Literally 90% of the people at the company I work for (70 or so person company) are in the age range of my children (23-30). I’ve been feeling the old for many years now.
I have to admit, this sounds like wishful thinking, but the track records of this policy do not lie. Considering how much the US likes to gamble with more unfinanced debt, is this the riskier system?
Just watched the “Apollo 11” movie on Amazon.
This was a master class in film making. I can’t begin to imagine the hundreds of hours of audio, video and film they had to sift through in order to put this together.
Using only original footage (digitally restored) and mostly original audio they put something together that felt much less like a documentary and much more like a theatrical movie.
I say BRAVO !
*adds to Watchlist*
It was cool to see it at the cinema, the restored footage looked amazing.
We have taken the plunge!
Ep 1 : Chernobyl.
My heart is so heavy with sadness for the innocent involved and for the workers who were so afraid to stand up to their superiors.
I would reccomend reading Midnight In Chernobyl after watching the tv series. it gives a more nuanced look at the ‘staff of the plant.
Agree with Van. The Show is amazing, but that book definitely adds a lot of context that the show glosses over. Not everyone was simply a hero or villain.
Missing my hubby. He expects to be out until next week at least. *sigh*
I should go for a walk. I don’t really want to, but I should
CP: Wash U Clean — Beth Thornley
Has anyone tried the new “Blade Runner” comic? I’m wondering if it is any good.
I read a preview of a new Bladerunner comic about 5-ish years ago, which didn’t really grab my interest. Is there a new series for 2019?
So what I learnt today:
Tickets for Slayer/Primus/Ministry secured. I gotta say.. I’m pretty excited
That’s a lot of notes!
Tickets for Social Distortion/Flogging Molly/Le Butcherettes secured. I gotta say…I’m pretty excited
Excellent song, excellent new Hip-Hop band, cool video.
This is one I’d actually like to see rebooted.
/waves old LP of the soundtrack at you
/waves old book and record at you
You have impeccable taste good sir!
As do you sir!
Turn the page when you hear this sound. *BINNNGGG*
I still have my audiobook on the original Edison record tube.
This is the one where Old Bob is just Bob.
Off to the city later this morning.
Very well said.
A lot of angry responses in the comment section. LOL
What????!!! I should jump in and type in all CAPS until those people understand how wrong and stupid they are!!!1!
Works every time.
Mixed feelings about the video. . . And I’m not sure if this is the album version – – but goddamn, this song has been under my skin all day. It’s hauntingly beautiful. Just one guy and a fiddle.
I played it in the background without actually watching the video. It was beautiful
Another day alone.
Ha ha ha ha! That’s funny for reasons
Cool to see Emily getting so much love from Tor.
Is this generation ship thing a modern trend in Sci-Fi books? I haven’t seen it a lot in my reading.
Did you miss out a link in your post?
When I first read article I was pissed they mentioned that ST episode but not Captive Universe by Harry Harrison, which is a damned good generation shop story.
Stop making me add books to my want to read list
Just take my money:
Crap joke for the day:
A grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says “we have a drink named after you.”
To which the grasshopper responds, “You have a drink named Dave?”
…. or GOAT?
Today I go to the observatory and listen to them talk about moon men
I ended up not going. The weather is turning ugly and I didn’t want to drive 90 minutes to the middle of nowhere in heavy rain.
The new Picard trailer made me look forward to the series.
I must confess, especially after seeing the latest trailer, I have no interest at all in the new Picard series. Maybe I’m wired up wrong, but I’ve just not been able to develop any enthusiasm for it. This latest trailer especially makes Patrick Steward look every bit of his 79 years old. He looks like more of a prop than an actor in those shots.
This series will obviously need to be a limited run, no matter how good it is.
Maybe they can get Clint Eastwood to be his main Klingon nemesis.
The great duel of the walking frames.
I’m 1000000 times more behind Picard than I am Discovery.
Temptation (if you collect board games):
We have the original version of this game that was released a bajillion years ago.
I figured you would!!
Justine never knew the rules,
Played Dune with all the freaks and ghouls.
Muad D’ib never knew the rules,
Played Dune with all the Fremens and Shai Hulud.
Terminator board game:
A Kentucky teacher was quizzing her students. “Johnny, who signed the Declaration of Independence?” He said, “Damn if I know.” She was a little put out by his swearing, so she told him to go home and to bring his father with him when he came back. Next day, the father came with his son, sat in the back of the room to observe. She started back in on her quiz and finally got back to the boy. “Now, Johnny, I’ll ask you again. Well hell teacher,” Johnny said, “I told you I didn’t know.” The father jumped up in the back, pointed a stern finger at his son, and said, “Johnny, if you signed that damn thing, hell, you damn well better admit it!
This one is especially terrible.
So tonight’s cult classic was National Lampoon’s Vacation.
I cringed more than laughed.
It’s been a few years, but I recall a lot of laughs in that movie. Especially when they get to Wally World. There are a couple of lines/scenes that still get occasional references in day-to-day conversation.
On buying an electric car:
One of the common gripes I see in these articles is the pain of charging infostructure. It really points out how Chevrolet dropped the ball on marketing the Volt. For those that don’t know the Volt operates as a fully electric vehicle for about 64 miles then it uses a gas generator to let it run about 300 miles beyond that on gas. I bought my second Volt back in March (a used 2016 model). It has almost twice the electric range of the 2012 (64 miles of pure electric range verses 35 miles). A used Volt with 25k miles on it cost less than half a brand new one, so score one for affordability. Funny what the extra range does for me. I bought the Volt back in March and the gas tank still shows it as full. With 64 miles of range and a 40 mile work commute, I just don’t use that much gas. But because of the gas back up, I never have to look for a public charging station. It’s like owning an electric car without the drawbacks of an electric car. A great transition vehicle while the charging infrastructure is being built.
From what I’m reading, if you are a “two car” family and have your own house/garage … making that 2nd car an EV makes sense and wouldn’t really impact your mobility. That is of course, if the cost of the EV is within what you would have already budgeted for that 2nd car.
In reality, if you commute less than 50 miles a day, the mileage limit is just not a factor.
That being said … if the EV dealerships would ALSO get into the business of renting cars and offer their customers a discounted rate, it would eliminate a large part of the argument against.
Yep, pretty much. EVs still have a chicken and egg problem. People won’t buy EVs before there is a robust charging network and there won’t be a robust charging network until people start buying EVs. Right now I would say an EV or plug-in hybrid don’t make sense unless you have a place to charge them at home.
A good innings:
He was supposedly as eccentric as they come, but one of those rare cases where their insanity actually did lead to success and innovation. The Apollo’s successes would have supposedly been very different without him. RIP
Speaking of. . . . I wish this story were true:
That even featured on QI!
Ugh. I want my husband home.
How many more days?
Beats the hell out of me.
Daddy in law went for his first physio on Friday, and had his follow up with the surgeon yesterday. Hubby figures he’ll be home some time this week but hasn’t really spoken to his parents about it yet.
This is the longest we’ve been apart in a single stretch in our 23 years of marriage
I think, in a half hour or so, i’ll watch a movie
Ok Pan, it’s movie time
Today’s movie is Soul to Keep
The write up: Beelzebub, a powerful demon hellbent to possess and consume souls, goes after siblings and their lifelong friends at a rundown country house.
Can’t go wrong with that
Quoting Willie Wagstaff
Starting i the middle of the story
Artwork of evil
That goat has been everywhere
Do your boobs hang low?
Gee, a run down building by a lake. That’s not tropey at all
Someone liked his hunting trophies
No phone reception! I didn’t see that coming
A locked basement. I wonder what’s down there?
She hears a child
So far, nothing in this movie is original
What the hell are they doing with that balloon?
Who unlocked the basement door?
The lights went out
They’ve shown that chainsaw a number of times now, foreshadowing?
Time to enter the, formally, locked basement, armed only with a flashlight
Nope, no tropes here
A hidden room
Let’s try the spell book found in the hidden room
First! The protection spell
Now, the summoning spell
Yes, let’s as the biggest and strongest to be the “vessel” and get possessed by the demon.
These things would resolve quicker if it was the weakest that was possessed
Oh oh, she plans to continue
Time to get wasted, again
She’s freaking out
The demon has the munchies
Two guys wasn’t enough, now the demon is pleasing herself
Really, what is up with the balloons?
For a forbidden basement, people seem to go down there a lot
Now there are two
Grace is being a bitch
Yup, the spell worked
He’s outta here
Oh look, the car doesn’t start
A demon can’t open locked doors?
An invisible barrier
Putting out the call
And here comes number four
How do we put grace to sleep?
Washroom break! Seriously, I’m pausing to go to the washroom
But first, kitty needs a tummy scrub
Ok, where was I…
Oh yeas, the backup plan
Was she in time?
Erin, lock the door
Time to hide
Isn’t this more or less where we started?
And all is revealed
Read the spell
Stop you rake
She’ll never read for you now
Aren’t we clever
And the (predictable) end twist
Well, it was a movie
But what happened with the kitty tummy scrub? We’re on the edges of of our seats!
Tummy’s were scribed. Purrs were created.
Now she’s just staring at me because it’s almost dinner time
Scribed = scrubbed
Just heard from Hubby. He comes home Saturday.
I feel personally attacked:
(originally from The Guardian)
Just finished our first game of “Ticket to Ride – Europe”
I declare it FUN.
Bonus fun was playing it while listening to the soundtrack from “Tomorrow Never Dies”. Made it all the more urgent/dramatic !
We enjoy the US/Canada TtR. I’m intrigued by the bridges in Euro version of the game.
Board game of the year:
It’s all grumbly out this morning. I think we’re in for some rain
Back from the dentist. My teeth are polished and I have no cavities. Life is ok
Awww. He’s seen things
Or, as hubby put it, that’s saddening
Damn, just saw that on my news feed as well.
Big bucket of win
That speech will live forever.
Little-known fact: Anne Rice had him in mind for Lestat in the filmed version of her books.
BTW: No one here knows who he is. . . .
Just remember that ghost pirates are not good marriage material.
The good news, for all you singles, is that they’re both available again.
CP: The Thief — The Heavy
I still haven’t seen Endgame. Or John Wick 3. Or the new Godzilla film. Or pretty much anything in a while.
I’ve seen Endgame, but nothing else. Hope to see Godzilla and Spiderman over the next few weeks if possible.
Why won’t silly wp not let me reply to this? I saw none of those
Now it accepts my post.
I think the first response had an email address typo.
Tony set up a potential fix for this, but I haven’t tested it. :-/
Ditto, I haven’t seen any of those either so don’t feel bad
Ditto, I haven’t seen any of those either, don’t feel bad
Just in case you had any doubts that we’re old…
Apologies for the text wall of a link.
That’s one old baby.
Three episodes into Jessica Jones S3. A lot of nothing things have happened. I hold out hope though. I assume it’s going somewhere.
Season three was better than season two but not as good as season one.
That’s the impression I’m getting – – though episode 4 finally got the ball rolling. I’m interested.
We’re only a little over half way through the year. I’ve forgotten the number of celebrities who have passed already.
Dear HBO, please fuck off:
I don’t understand. Why are you mad at HBO for a Hulu adaptation of Hitchhiker?
I was gonna bring up that new adaptation. I don’t know many details yet – – but it’s exciting news.
Because the film was such a fuck up.
I thought it more a fuck down.
Yes but, why aren’t you mad at Hulu, not HBO, Van?
The library tells me that “The Three Body Problem” is available for digital borrow. . . . Not sure if I can squeeze that one in right now, though.
Also – – why the F are there any limitations or wait periods for digital borrows from the library? It’s not like there’s a physical book that’s taken off the shelf when I’m reading it.
I can answer that(sort of) Libraries pay a for an ebook based a set amount of downloads. For example, they will pay a licence for 10 downloads of a particular book. Therefore, if 10 people are currently looking at the same book, if an 11th person wants to read that book, the library would have to pay an extra fee (as if they had to purchase an extra book)
Where it gets murky is renewals. Never having taken out an ebbok from the library, I’m not sure if you get the book for only a specific length of time. If that is the case, then if you don’t finish the book in that time and choose to renew it, like a physical book, it is then not available to the next person unless the library purchases another licence.
I think this is similar to how a radio station has to pay a licensing fee based on the number of times it plays a particular song. The more a song is played (or the newer the title) the more the station pays
I hope that made sense.
On a side note, The Trhee Body Problem was a good book
Thank you! That actually makes sense. You can renew an ebook borrow, but only if there’s no one else in the borrowing queue. If someone else is lined up for it, then they get it at the end of your time, and you’re SOL on the renewal.
I got burned trying to read “The Fifth Season,” earlier this year. I didn’t have time to really get going, and I lost it only a few pages in. I’ve been in the queue to borrow it again since *January*.
Perhaps you should watch “The 5th Element” while you wait. That always cheers me up.
Make a game like it’s 1983:
Make sure you don’t beat eaten by a grue
I’ve just realised I made the same mistake as those fundamentalist Christians made when complaining about Good Omens.
So yes Hulu, fuck off!
..and HBO you keep up the good work.
Today the specialist called with a date for my first appointment… in April. *sigh*
CP: Vow — Garbage
Ok, 1 and half episodes into The Boys (new series from Amazon based on a comic series) and I’m digging it.
But bloody hell Dr McCoy’s accent is truly terrible.
I’ve been meaning to read that before watching.
Maybe you should reconsider. From a reviewer on IMDB
“If you did read the comics before, this show may disappoint you. It took away too many elements that made the comics great. Hard to say it’s not good though, the production is solid and you may actually enjoy it.”
The image is actually pretty smartly-done. The 2-headed eagle is not just a kneejerk insult, it’s a parallel to the Russian flag.
Also. Ha!!! Burrrrnnnn!
Another sign of the apocalypse.
I’d rather die than give this a listen.
(In truth, I’m strangely intrigued)
Kind of like how you can’t stop yourself from slowing down and looking at the scene of a grinding car crash even though you know it will be horrifying.
Laws of humanity:
Whatever it is, people will find a way to fight over it.
Whatever it is, people will find an angle to sponge money out of it.
HELL TO THE YES!
Zombieland 2: Double Tap.
The first Zombieland was so.much.fun
I think Jack and I should watch it with the eldest girl. That would be a most excellent movie night, IMO.
I did love the first one, though I only saw it once in the theater.
While generally not a fan of the whole zombie genre, I did enjoy the first Zombieland a lot. Hopefully this sequel that live up to the original.
Same here. This trailer didn’t knock me out, but I’m still onboard.
For those with swimming pools keep them well chlorinated:
I irradiate mind.
Seems those brain-eating amoebas are already having an effect.
Beware and take heed, mortals! Cometh the Rhettro, Irradiator of Minds.
Hubby comes home today!
At the airport, waiting for hubby’s plane to come in
Hooray! I do continue to send best wishes for his father – – but I’m glad you guys get to reunite.
Why don’t postal workers like horny medieval soldiers?
Because they come in the mail.
This one joust about made it.
Google Docs keeps crashing on my iPad. It then takes forever to fucking reload. I don’t know who to shake my fist at, Apple or Google.
I realize this is a first world problem, but it’s a bit more frustrating than, say, a barista forgetting to draw a little image in the foam on my vanilla latte.
Use the Pages App on the iPad.
Since we use Windows at home, the Microsoft subscription lets me use Word on my iPad. Works great for me.
Thanks, amigos. I don’t have Office, but maybe(?) my Hotmail account will give me something? I’m sure they want to compete with Google. . .
I’ve tried just using Google Docs in the browser. So far so good.
Why they are so few mosquitos at Disney World:
This is far less sinister than I was expecting.
The Expanse gets green lit for S5 before S4 comes out:
I’m hopeful I’ll be able to take on the rest of the books with fresh interest after these next couple of seasons air. I stopped reading where the third season ended. While I enjoy the story, the narrative style really grates on me with a small number of POV characters, and many of them only appearing in one book then getting changed out for others in the next one.
I think Holden may be the only one whose been there the whole way, and he’s just not interesting enough to be the main narrator/protagonist.
Sounds like the GRRM narrative style.
Documentary on Hayao Miyazaki:
Ok, watched the season finale of ‘The Boys’, really enjoyed the whole series, well worth a butchers.
..and good news:
We just watched the first two episodes of The Boys last night.
The cynic in me wants to say it’s a more realistic portrayal of what people would be like if they got superpowers.
CP: The Center — Ume
Watching a good friends family struggling from mental illness at multiple generations. Breaks my heart. And triggering, as the kids say.
We spent the day at Downtown Disney, which was fun. The baby – – and our wallets – – couldn’t quite handle the park inside.
A little light reading: http://www.rudyrucker.com/blog/2019/07/27/our-world-is-an-absolute-continuum-new-infinity-the-mind/
Really quiet in the bunny household.
That is all.
This page has been quiet too! We’re headed home today, to the land of cell service. Orange County is apparently Sprint country.
CP: Tournament of Hearts — The Weakerthans
Don’t judge until you’ve … oh never mind.
You know the first thought I had when I saw the trailer was “I wonder if Kelly McGillis will be in the film”.
Still not tempted to search for it:
The cat woman in the boat?
Yeah, I still got nothing.
CP: Road To Nowhere — Talking Heads
Back in AZ, back at work, back to feeding the Skeksis.
I always found this but if Stephen King’s history to be fascinating: http://mentalfloss.com/article/502166/how-stephen-king-was-outed-richard-bachman
The article doesn’t mention JK Rowling’s recent pseudonym books, which would have made for interesting contrast.
*bit of. Dammit.
So watched the first two episodes of Pennyworth. Enjoyed them but gawd this alternative England comes over how Americans view England.
Need a cup of tea now.
Its another case of Hollywood ‘Murikazation. If only ‘Murikans would stop monopolizing on writing that really belongs to another culture.
The head writer is British.
Finished The Boys last knight. I’m glad it’s been renewed, they left a lot of threads hanging
When you need more Dick in your boardgaming life:
I would run from this song too.
Last night we started Another Life on Netflix. Hubby’s enjoying it. Me, not so much
Started and finished this week. It’s… entertaining, but pretty outlandish. I think that if all the astronauts had been given a thorough psychological evaluation prior to being accepted, they could have avoided 90% of their issues.
If my TV partner wants to watch, then I’ll do it. Otherwise, not interested.
It’s not required viewing. In one scene they haggle over how to detangle a sleep-inducing machine from a person’s brain without killing them and in another they reason they can power the ship’s warp drive by connecting to the alien device in other. (Pan to scene of crew member with large blue cable out the back of their head (USB 3.0?). I’m giving them a pass because Katee Sackov if the only celebrity I’ve met that said my name in a sexy voice. LOL
I can’t even describe (and really shouldn’t go into detail about) the miracle that’s occurred in the Mangan world over the past few days. Sorry to post vagueness, but it’s just sharing my joy in a safe space, where no one should get any backlash. Whatever happens next… I’m going to cherish the vindication of these recent events
Team Mangan is so ready for a WIN!
I applaud your “end zone dance” no mater what form it takes.
I’m always fascinated by people’s deep music fandoms. This is a great read, and makes me want to dig deeper on The Sundays, beyond the 2 songs I know.
Crap joke for the evening:
A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman,
‘Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie?’
The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie.
The rabbit drinks the beer and eats the toastie. He then leaves.
The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie.
The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the extra drinkers in the pub, (because word gets round), gives the rabbit the pint and the Toastie. The rabbit consumes them and leaves.
The next night, the pub is packed.
In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’
The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down.
The next night there is standing room only in the pub.
Coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending.
The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year
The barman says, ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties.’
The rabbit looks aghast.
The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says,
‘We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie.
The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are you sure I will like it.’
The crowd’s bated breath is ear shatteringly silent.
The barman, with a roguish smile says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends. I know you’ll love it.’
‘Ok,’ says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.’
The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie.
He then waves to the crowd and leaves….
NEVER TO RETURN!!!!!!
One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his), calls time.
When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar.
The barman says, ‘Who are you?
To which he is answered,
‘I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’
The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made me famous.
You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.’
The rabbit says, ‘Yes I know.’
The barman said, ‘I remember, on your last night we didn’t have any Ham and Cheese Toasties. You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.’
The rabbit said, ‘Yes, you promised me that I would love it.’
The barman said, ‘You never came back, what happened?’
‘I DIED’, said the rabbit.
‘NO!’ said the barman. ‘What from?’
After a short pause, the rabbit said …
I’ve tried emphasizing every syllable of that punch line…and I still have no clue what it’s trying to say.
My Babel fish must not be working.
Interesting, though I had never heard of it. I guess it must be a bigger deal in Europe.
That was a long long way to go for that.
Happy anniversary, TEB and hubby!
El Paso shooting: ‘Multiple fatalities’ in Texas mall attack https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49221936
..and less than 24 hours later :
I can only assume some directive has gone out recently in conservative media, which has triggered these nuts. That or it’s a terrible coincidence.
A night of Weird Al! This time with a symphony orchestra. Outstanding.
Glad you got to go. Have to celebrate the good where it still exists.
Hubby and I watched the new Hellboy last night. We weren’t impressed. Ron Pearlman did it better
Because of course Florida has fat camps for cats
Facebook is harder than usual today.
Agents of Shield has just gone off the rails bonkers and it is SUCH a joy to watch. What a great ride these last 6 seasons have been. In true St: TNG form I’m beyond stoked I stuck with it
Agreed, it’s been quite a ride.
One morning, the husband returns the boat to their lakeside
cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.
Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out.
She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up,
and begins to read her book.
The peace and solitude are magnificent.
Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat.
He pulls up alongside the woman and says, ‘Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?’
‘Reading a book,’ she replies, (thinking, ‘Isn’t that obvious?’)
‘You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,’ he informs her.
‘I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.’
‘Yes, but I see you have all the equipment.
For all I know you could start at any moment.
I’ll have to take you in and write you up.’
‘If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,’ says the woman.
‘But I haven’t even touched you,’ says the Game Warden.
‘That’s true, but you have all the equipment.
For all I know you could start at any moment.’
‘Have a nice day ma’am,’ and he left.
How does the ghost of the rabbit factor in to this?
Hare today, gone tomorrow?
Jack, temember at the Terry Pratchett convention. Which author was it that joined us in our room? And his wife?
The was Peter Norwood, and his much more famous wife, Diane Duane. Good times.
Thanks. I looked on the wikipedia site and found Peter Morwood and Diane.
You’re right. I am ashamed at my poorly-written, hasty reply.
That’s a lot of swearing:
I guess I should be relieved that the roach crawling up through the work men’s room sink was too big to fit through the drain opening. . . .
..goodbye to the guy who gave his name to the Kardashev scale:
Getting ready to go to the wilds of Scotland next week. High temperatures in August looking to be around 60-62F (15-18c). Quite the change from the 88-93F (31-33c) highs I’m getting in Orlando right now. Also looking like rain gear is going to be a good idea.
Don’t talk to any witches while you’re three. Especially in groups of 3.
If you are off roaming in the Highlands, bug repellent spray is something you should seriously consider.
I’m on a 7 day journey to see as much as I can. Will be in Edinburgh, Doune, Glenfinnan, Isle of Skye, and Orkney. Lots and lots and lots of driving. Bug spray duly noted.
Highlight of the trip is going to be renewing our wedding vows (26 years) at Dundonald Castle.
Also… keep off the moors.
I will not be threatened by a talking meatloaf.
Anything else for love. But I won’t do that.
Hubby laughs at me. WWC isn’t until Friday. I loaded my car up today.
Hey, are you going to see some mutual friends there? Please tell them hello from me!
Ryan won’t be there, but Randy and Val will be.
Well, say hello to Derek and Jim – – and Tim Reynolds, if any of them are there.
And have fun!
Derek will be there, not sure about Jim. He lives in Edmonton so there’s extra time and expense with him.
How do you know Tim Reynolds? He will be there. He’s one of our authors. We’re currently working on the audiobook version of his book.
First Man is a pretty damn good film. The stuff on the Moon (spoilers!!) got me right here. On a few levels.
The musical score is pretty great too.
Yeah, that one number he does in zero g on the moon was quite well done.
Hubby is Hangry this morning. He sees the vampires this morning so he’s not allowed to eat until then.
This morning I tetrised my car.
Later today, on the way back from the vampires, I will stop in to the local bakery and order goodies for our party room.
Tomorrow morning I have breakfast with my boss and we load both our vehicles with boxes of books.
Finished watching After Life on Netflix. It was pretty bad. While it ended with a lot of threads hanging, I’d be really surprised if it’s picked up for a second season. And if it is, I doubt I’ll watch it.
Or did you watch something different, called, After Life?
No, I meant another life with Katee Sackhoff
Looks like After Life gets two seasons on Netflix.
As for “Another Life”, yeah it had a lot of problems. Katee and the computer dude do a pretty good acting job, but the script is poo. I’ll probably still watch a sequel series.
I might be an outlier, but I actually liked the Netflix Will Smith movie “Bright’. It was savaged by the critics, but I thought it was everything it purported to be.
I enjoyed Bright.
Hobbs and Shaw was silly fun, Idris made a great bad guy.
While I won’t see it until it comes to streaming, I always know what to expect, and enjoy, movies with Jason Statham in them. They are usually check your brain at the door, type of fun that you need in your life once in a while.
It really was fun!!
Watched The Red Sea Diving resort with sister last night on Netflix. I can’t argue with people finding it problematic (white saviour and pro Mossad) but I enjoyed it.
For those interested –
It’s absolutely Tool.
It’s pretty great to be able to hear the signature Tool sound again
So a baking recipe in a creepy German voice?
und kiene Eier!
Du sprichst dushe?
Internet outage last night was timed perfectly to wreck my half-hour window to work on cool shit.
Starting the morning complaining, yay!
What did you just call me?
This comment should not be located here. WTF wordpress?
I realized that the only Dwayne Johnson things I’ve ever seen are Southland Tales, Jumanji, Moana, and the Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios (I’ve seen exactly zero F&F movies). He’s actually super likable and charismatic, unlike Tom Cruise, who – – while very talented – – seems charismatic, insane, and kind of awful.
Yet I’m still feeling serious Rock fatigue. I’m glad people enjoyed Hobbs and Shaw, but the guy needs to take some PTO days from making movies.
(I didn’t want to refer to it as Johnson Fatigue).
Might not be a good week for Van to visit Lo.
Time to break out the flame thrower.
Now that’s a headline. . . .
Though I would have gone with “Creepy hairy old dudes with too many arms skeeze on younger females amidst a cloud of pot smoke.”
Brilliant take on a brilliant movie:
CP: Change — Churchill
Well, despite hoping otherwise, I haven’t been able to make traveling to the meetup to work for me this year.
I hope everyone has fun in San Diego. I would have liked to go.
You shall be missed.
I curse the circumstances that will cause you to miss the SD MMMmmmeetup. You and your better half will definitely be missed.
I feel for you ditto, I too joined the non-joining ranks a few months ago.
Since Jack hasn’t answered my question, I’ll just have to ask Tim how the two of you know each other. And remind him, I’ve known him longer so I get Jack in the divorce 😉
Well, that went darker than expected 🙂
We’ve only watched the first two episodes but it will surprise no one that I’m quite enjoying it.
Ha! I’ll never tell you that it’s a Netflix series called The TypeWriter…
oh wait, I just did.
My bad – – I thought my question had gone unanswered :-/
Tim Reynolds published a story of mine in his Podthology book, a few years back. I’m connected with him on Facebook too. He seems to a genuinely excellent guy.
Still getting you on the divorce
As long as I get video games and my own room!
Fine. Just make sure you do all your chores
Oh look, doesn’t that make you proud?
Here’s the actual advisory
For fuck’s sake.
Here is Trump’s REAL wall…
So what is the Typewriter?
Indian horror series:
Oh, I see. No, it should surprise no one that Ryah’s enjoying a cheesy horror show.
Speaking of the premise for cheesy horror. . . .
I’m just gonna leave Tommy Lee’s rant…right…here..
“You Trumpsters better pray that liberals never gain control of the WH again because we are going to pay you back so fucking hard for all of this shit. Planned Parenthoods on every damn corner. We’re going to repaint Air Force One, pussy hat pnk and fly it over your beloved Bible Belt 6 days a week, tossing birth control pills, condoms & atheist literature from the cockpit. We’re going to tax your mega churches so bad Joel Olsteen will need to get a job at Chik Fil A to pay his light bill. Speaking of Chik Fil A, we’re buying all those and giving them to any LGBTQ person your sick cult leaders tortured with conversion therapy. Have fun with the new menu you bigoted fucks. Try the McPence. It’s a boiled unseasoned chicken breast that you have to eat in the closet with your mother. We’re going to gather up ALL of your guns, melt them down and turn them into a gargantuan metal mountain emblazoned with the face of Hillary Clinton. All parks will be renamed Rosa Parks ASAP. We’re replacing Confederate statues with BLM leaders & Mexican immigrants. Every single public school will be renamed after a child that was kidnapped by this regime. And after we fumigate the WH, we’re repainting the whole thing rainbow. Fox News will be taken over and turned into a family refugee shelter. We’re turning Hannity’s office into a giant unisex bathroom with changing tables & free tampons. And every single time a Trumpster complains about any of the changes, we’re adding an openly gay character to a Disney movie.”
Petty and not helpful – – but hilarious.
And how terrible do you have to be if Tommy Lee’s snaps come across as the intelligent side of the argument?
Off to Date Night with the famous Mr. Mangan— the new Tarantino movie it is!
Bless this immunity
I don’t know why this was in reply to Tiffany.
Once is a mistake, twice is a conspiracy.
Why yes, I do like cheese!
Sorry, wrong response.
I’m never sure how to digest Tarantino movie right after seeing them. This one I’m not sure about.
Fucker took the easy way out:
Jeffrey Epstein ‘found dead in cell’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49306032
He won’t be missed.
Considering that one of his clients is the POTUS and that the POTUS has a puppet installed as AG and even in the SCOTUS … that even with the system rigged that much in his favor …
Imagine how absolutely iron clad and damning the evidence against him (and his very powerful clientele) must be if he chose death over the coming storm.
I dunno. Was it really suicide?
If it was by his own hand … I’d be interested to know who had been communicating with him before he did it. It was certainly in the best interest of a lot of powerful/rich people NOT to have him go on trial.
FYI: the FoxNews crowd are claiming that the Clintons killed him. Yep.
“Fox News – doing to our parents, what they always said Video Games would do to us.”
Unlock more of the story by solving puzzles:
Well that sounds ominous:
You’ve been playing the dark side of Monopoly all this time:
We did Lowell Observatory last night, which is always fun, when weather cooperates.
This is where Pluto was discovered, btw.
And here I was, thinking that it was out in the Kuiper belt.
It is a fairly long drive to Flagstaff.
One of these meet-ups..
Nice and cool in northern AZ in summer! A nice escape from heat.
I love it when TV’s Frank gets into a complaining rant, and he just stops mid-sentence and throws his hands up with an “ahhh” as he’s overcome with disgust. Joel would sometimes do the same gag.
It just sums up my feelings so perfectly, so much of the time.
*slow clap building to raucous applause*
Interesting take on The Road Not Taken. . . . though a few of the tidbits are suspect. (Did his friend really enlist because of this poem?)
Y’all is quiet today!
So Little Miss Sunshine is still a very charming film.
..whatever happened to that Cranston guy…
He went on to have a very successful TV career on Malcolm in the Middle. It’s true!
I fondly remember the scene where they all get up to dance with her. The look on Steve Carrell’s face when he’s staring down the evil pageant host is priceless.
I really like Matt’s new song:
Made it through the con, now it’s back at my desk.
What do you mean the power went out? It’s not like I was doing anything.
The power grid was overloaded by your return.
Grease is the word
Not often a podcast interview left me wanting to buy a book, but this interview with with Adam Becker about his book on the history of Quantum Mechanics was fascinating:
“Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (How WotC Copied a 30 year old book without telling anyone, for giggles)”
Note: The author starts the post with this disclaimer: “Disclaimer this is my opinion not any real allegation idk they might have the rights to it who knows”
Re-watched Infinity War last night. We plan to finally see End Game tonight.
I thought we had a pretty good discussion here about it: http://jackmangan.com/a-vengers-discussion/
It’s not too late, if you want to chime in there tomorrow.
My floors are nice and clean. Ready for another week
It’s kinda weird. I actually have a few irons in the fire right now. It’s looking to be a very busy fall – – but with cool shit.
BTW, Derek wasn’t at WWC so I couldn’t say hi.
I did say hi to Tim for you. For some reason, he thought you lived in the UK.
Thank you! Maybe he’s been sending my royalty checks to Jack Mangan, the Irish pro football star.
I had not heard of this, but – – cool.
I don’t want to work, but I don’t have a drum. What’s a girl to do?
You should still bang on something all day.
Wow, does that convey differently in text.
I’m all about the premise of this article, but holy crap did Slate drop the ball.
Put more politely: very few of their choices resonate with me.
I’m one of the few people, who like that kind of thing, that was very meh on The Babadook when I saw it.
I have a hard time getting behind the “mentally ill mom doesn’t mean to be shitty to her kid” premise.
It was OK.
I would pretty much just keep Hermione and Jar Jar from that list as actually important and widely memorable. Most of the rest of that list was either forgettable, or never worth knowing to begin with.
Just a few I can think up
Daenerys (you could probably come up with many from Game of Thrones by itself)
Dr Who (the modern incarnation got going in 2005 – if Thomas Jefferson can be pulled forward in time because of Hamilton, I would think Dr. Who would qualify)
The cast of Jersey Shore – I’ve never even watched the show and I hate them all by osmosis.
And, since I’ve never heard of “Milkshake Duck” I’d have to put “Grumpy Cat” as more likely to be on this list.
Without even giving it much thought – – how is Walter White not on this list? I’m not even the biggest Breaking Bad fanatic, but that show was massive.
Frodo Baggins, hello? Or Gandalf?
No one from the MCU?
All of Ed’s suggestions??
**TV’s Frank exasperated “bahhhhhhhhhh” noise**
Hubby’s in for his physical. Somehow I got roped in to going to the doctor’s office with him
I guess that means it’s reading time
CR: Infractus by Sarah Johnson
I finished the first 3 storylines of The Boys, which was definitely crude and over-the-top – – but still actually pretty smart and good. I’m curious about the show.
After finishing that, I started “The Accidental Tourist.” I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in history to ever jump from reading “The Boys” comic to “The Accidental Tourist.”
ditto’s next LEGO project:
Honestly, I hadn’t really gotten any excitement over “The Mandalorian” or the Rogue One prequel series when they were announced. This one would get me to pick up a subscription:
Yes. This is the one that puts me over the top for Disney+.
Goodbye to an easy rider:
I hate to be the one to say this, but I thought he was already gone. He and Hopper were truly great in that movie. RIP
I still have not seen Easy Rider (except I caught the end of the film one evening).
My first memory of seeing him
In a film was watching Futureworld at the cinema.
I think it was big for that generation. There’s a speech from Jack Nicholson that’s really memorable, but otherwise, it didn’t do much for me.
That final scene that you saw is also pretty well-known.
So here I am at the office on a Saturday morning. Not even doing anything because the system is down.
RIP, Kip Adotta.
Wow, even the tumbleweeds are quiet lately.
I blame the Scotsman Maines
Wicked Game – Oxeye Daisy
No one can touch the original classic, but this is an excellent versions. Criminally low views on the vid unfortunately
I must confess this became my preferred version back when it was featured in the first season of The Blacklist. Haunting.
I must correct you Ed, the Blacklist version was from Emika… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-9Xr1a9LQ4
and this is the first I’ve heard it. And you may have turned me on to a favorite version just now.
You know, my comment would have made a whole lot more sense if I had pasted the link to the Emika version that I intended to.
But, as long and you’re converted, I’m good 🙂
Those are both excellent, but I do unabashedly love the Chris Isaak original.
This instrumental version from Vika Yermolyeva is a little bit different, but still lovely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxhMDHQpko8
Very cool. I’m a big fan of the song and the links above. I know that In Flames did a version not so different from the original which I think is pretty well done.
There’s cool and then there is this guy:
One of my greatest History profs told me that when doing a research paper, stick with sources the closest to or farthest away from your topic..
1991 is a bit in that grey area. He have any updated readings?
Hugo award winners:
I’ve actually read the “Best Novel” winner! It is an excellent book. Good for her.
If my computer decides to behave, I’ll be putting in a full day of work today.
CP: Legendary Enchanted Jetpack (Symphonic Version) – Gloryhammer
The strings really bring out the depth of the song’s meaning.
I can’t believe big magazines are publishing articles about the Kanye West-Taylor Swift “Imma let you finish” moment, as if it’s this massive pop culture event.
Beatles at Shea Stadium, Cobain suicide, the return of Star Wars, Imma let you finish.
*TV’s Frank baaahhhhhhh*
I hate everything right now.
CP: One — Filter
I’d never seen this one.
I’m not American, therefore that stat doesn’t apply to me
Fuck. Fuck. fuck. fuck.
I just found out that a good friend of mine died last weekend. Her husband hasn’t posted any details, so I don’t know what happened.
Aww. *hugs* Jack 🙁
Sorry to hear this Jack. 🙁
Hugs as well.
Hugs. That indeed sucks.
That’s too sad Jack.
My turn for a crap joke:
Once. a long time ago, there was this young man who was in a terrible accident. He lost one of his eyes and it was replaced by a wooden one.
A while after that, he meets this young lady with a club foot. They get along so he starts courting her.
After some time, he gets up the courage and asks the young lady if she would marry him.
The girl exclaims, “Would I!”
“F you too, you club footed bitch,” says the man and stomps off, never to see her again.
The male ego, thinner than an eggshell
I wooden keep telling this joke.
Now I understand why most Canadians are always wearing a coat.
CP: Night Train — Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery
Holy crap, indeed. And in a rare instance, the comments on this are gold. The joke about Dark City 2 had me almost literally LOL.
That is almost as unexpected as a sequel to Titanic.
to me the inevitable shitty Matrix sequel news is way overshadowed today by the news that Spidey is being yanked from the MCU. Sony has no idea wtf it’s doing
Shrewd move for Sony. Bummer for MCU Phase 3, though. But when did any movie exec ever give a shit about the fans or the greater good of the story?
The silver lining: this means we’ll get Spider-Man in Venom 2!
I’m a little disappointed. You would think that by now these big corporations would see that when they give fans what they want they make billions. Instead, they want to play these games. Oh well. I’ve felt a sense of closure with Phase 3. I’m prepared for some new things from Marvel, lots of opportunities for their back catalog of characters.
Honest trailers haven’t been funny for a while but this one looking back at 509 Days of Sunmer made me laugh:
I’m actually curious to watch this one. This movie is seemingly being retro-appraised as a classic. I mean, it was fine. . .
I could never get into romcoms.
To me, they are mostly about people (usually guys but not always) doing things that would get them arrested in real life (as the trailer said, stalker)
There’s this little black kitten that keeps hanging around our house. I have the bedroom window open and it was watching me fold laundry. I felt really bad for it because I wouldn’t let it in. (My cat does not play well with others. Also, presumably, it has a home) Finally I just closed the curtain so we couldn’t watch each other.
This is the saddest story I’ve heard all day.
So Once Upon a Time in Hollywood..
I did notice the feet..so many shots of feet.,
I know I shouldn’t get hung up on a movie’s “message,” especially in a QT film, but I was a little uncomfortable with that aspect. (it’s a spoiler discussion)
I’ve always appreciated his films much more on the second viewing. I suspect that will be the case with this one.
Re watching Hateful 8 this time on the Netflix extended miniseries edition and fuck do I love that film. Watched Basterds a couple times lately too. I look forward to being way late to the party on this one
“Eat my DivaCup you fuckers!”
L7 is a national treasure
I’ve only played Capture the Flag and not for long:
You really never played Scorched Earth? Forget Mario-Kart or any fighting game – – It’s the greatest sit-around-the-screen multiplayer game of all time.
I have DOSBox on my laptop at home primarily for Scorched Earth.
I don’t know any of the others.
Nope, I did play an artillery game on a CBM Pet at school though.
You’re going to have to bring that one to San Diego! I haven’t played Scorched Earth since my college days. Man, we had some epic all nighters…because we were nerds.
Good morning Pan
Busy morning so far, but now I think it’s time to clean the washrooms.
Take a dekko at this.
CP: Keep The Change — Mattiel
Off on a mini adventure, I may be some time.
No, not ominous at all.
Have a great time, you mysterious giant Englishman!
I’m honestly not sure what she wants here. Of course asshole executives aren’t going to reach out to her.
Bottom line … if you have a project that you feal strongly about how it is treated … you just have to “Executive Produce” it yourself.
I would think at this point that the Lee family would have the money to do so.
Your crap joke for the day:
A truck loaded with thousands of copies of Roget’s Thesaurus crashed yesterday losing its entire load. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, confused, shocked, rattled, paralyses, dazed, bewildered, mixed up, surprised, awed, dumbfounded, nonplussed, flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, confounded, astonished, overwhelmed, horrified, numbed, speechless, and perplexed.
I first heard this joke from Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling.
I’ll get your coat fur leather skin wool crust ectoderm epidermis felt fleece hide husk
integument membrane pelage pellicle pelt rind scale shell peltry protective covering
A bit of work this morning, then off to the city, followed by lunch with friends.
Just watched “Serial Mom” for the first time in 20 some years and there was a scene that featured L7 !
Coincidental to the link with the article about them. That was the first I had read about them in years.
Was gonna post a link, but the page was pop-up madness. So I’ll just tell you.
Apparently Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel will each have their own shows on the new Disney streaming service.
I’m generally not in favor of laughing at the deceased – – but I’ll make an exception for this guy. Fuck this guy.
Finally managed to get to the third season of “Legion.” Definitely not your normal show, even by Marvel standards. I thought the decision to end it the way they did was bold. Very trippy ride. Although I do find myself agreeing some with the criticism of the behavior of one of the major characters in the finale.
Though, probably the trippiest thing was seeing the actor who played Viserys Targarian (Danny’s “crown of gold” brother) in the last couple of episodes. After seeing it on IMDB, it was obvious, but quite a transformation compared to his character in Game of Thrones.
This time, let him make the light sabre noises:
It’s very important that his show doesn’t suck.
Yes. Though, honestly, unless they are going to break lots of things, it’s hard to see how much life a series like this can have.
Of course, in this case, I’m ok with breaking all the things for more Ewan McGregor as Obi-wan.
Hopefully, they can get his brother to make an appearance
Considering what a shit show BA’s response to the strike has been i’m Surprised I got things sorted..for now.
Memorial was tonight.
I dialed into a work call at 10pm, still on it now.
Not a great night.
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