505 thoughts on “Brand New Day

  1. 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?”

    • 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.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?”

    • 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.

  6. Crap joke for the day:

    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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 !

  10. Three episodes into Jessica Jones S3. A lot of nothing things have happened. I hold out hope though. I assume it’s going somewhere.

  11. 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.

      • 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*.

  12. I’ve just realised I made the same mistake as those fundamentalist Christians made when complaining about Good Omens.

    So yes Hulu, fuck off!

  13. 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.

      • 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.”

  14. 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.

    Any suggestions?

    • 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.

  15. Watching a good friends family struggling from mental illness at multiple generations. Breaks my heart. And triggering, as the kids say.

  16. We spent the day at Downtown Disney, which was fun. The baby – – and our wallets – – couldn’t quite handle the park inside.

  17. This page has been quiet too! We’re headed home today, to the land of cell service. Orange County is apparently Sprint country.

  18. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

    In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’

    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 …

    ‘Mixin-me-toasties

  21. 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

  22. Crap joke for the day:

    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.

  23. 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. . . .

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

        • 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.

    • 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.

  28. 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.

  29. Internet outage last night was timed perfectly to wreck my half-hour window to work on cool shit.

    Starting the morning complaining, yay!

  30. 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).

  31. 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.

  32. 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 😉

  33. 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.”

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

    • 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
      Neo
      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**

  36. Morning Pan

    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

  37. 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.”

      • 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.

    • 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?

  38. 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*

  39. 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.

    Fuck.

  40. 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.

    • 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.

  41. 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  42. 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.

  43. Woah!
    Just watched “Serial Mom” for the first time in 20 some years and there was a scene that featured L7 !
    Just seemed
    Coincidental to the link with the article about them. That was the first I had read about them in years.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

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