954 thoughts on “Castle Grey Scroll

    • Not that I’m likely to ever play Talisman again, but it makes me happy to know that it’s still out there. I hope one of these two can keep it alive.

      • As GW reputation has descended and FFG’s has increased, I’m kind of happy to see FFG distance themselves from GW. I would imagine FFG would take the opportunity to introduce new IP to fill in the gaps and GW will be forced to do the board gaming thing on their own.

  1. Crap joke for the day:

    Before going to Europe on business, a man drives his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and asks for an immediate loan of $5,000.The loan officer, taken aback, requests collateral. “Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce,” the man says. The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank’s underground parking for safe keeping and gives the man the $5,000.Two weeks later, the man walks through the bank’s doors and asks to settle up his loan and get his car back. “That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest,” the loan officer says.The man writes out a check and starts to walk away. “Wait, sir,” the loan officer says. “You are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?”The man smiles, “Where else could I find a safer place to park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?”

    • You know, even if it wasn’t “remade”, it seems like it make for a good port iOS and Android today.

      And, yes, I remember that being quite the addictive game back in the day. I think I was much more into that one than Tetris.

  2. So today I watched the first episode of S4 of Agents of SHIELD.

    I have some misgiving about introducing Ghost Rider to the series..time will tell.

  3. I pity any poor tourist trying to find rythme and reason with train prices in the U.K..

    The return ticket price from Birmingham to Bletchley varied from 14 to 265 quid.

    What that’s all about?

  4. So the Mr. Robot season finale ends with two characters sitting outside of the Fry’s Electronics store that I go to all the time. Talk about meta.

  5. Crap joke for the evening:

    At the National Art Gallery in Dublin, a husband and wife were staring at a portrait that had them completely confused. The painting depicted three black men totally naked, sitting on a bench.

    Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis. The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble interpreting the painting and offered his personal assessment.

    He went on for over half an hour explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African Americans in a predominately white patriarchal society . “In fact”, he pointed out, “some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society”.

    After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and said, “Would you like to know what the painting is really about?”

    “Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery”, asked the couple?

    “Because I am the artist, who painted the picture”, he replied, “In fact, there are no African Americans depicted at all.

    They’re just three Irish coal miners. The guy in the middle went home for lunch”

  6. The in-laws gave us an amazing house warming/early Christmas gift. They bought us a gaming table with four matching chairs. No it is not a Geek Chic table, that would be a little crazy. But it is a neat hexagon double sided table. One side is covered in felt for card games, the other is wood for other type of tabletop games. (https://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Designs-Sedona-Table-Rustic/dp/B01D8NDHAK) It’s not scheduled to be delivered until the basement is done in November. We can’t wait. :happy:

  7. I had a busy weekend. Teresa and Levi did their yearly volunteer service at the Grand Canyon. Cali and I hiked Camelback Mountain. Yesterday we all played the Vampire expansion for One Night Ultimate Werewolf.

    • Kudos for defeating Camelback!

      We have Vampire, but we’re still not sold on the tokens. I think the jury is still out the for the adults, but the kids prefer the simpler basic Werewolf game.

      • The tokens take some getting use to, but overall we had a lot of fun. We were soon substituting older cards back. I think the Vampire pack lends itself to groups larger than 4.

  8. Wow. Sometimes junk email can be so close it’s scary.
    I’m expecting a package by FedEx (although, not until later in the week).
    I got an email saying FedEx tried to deliver a package today but nobody was home. I was actually out of the house this morning so even that had a little bit of credibility.
    It said to print out the package lable and take it to my nearest FedEx facility within 24 hours or the parcel would be sent back.
    Luckily, I know this isn’t how FedEx works, so didn’t open the lable or try to print it.
    What I’m wondering is how many people in my position would have opened the attachment? I know it was a coincidence, but it was scary silly how close they were to my circumstances (which is what I know people are hoping for).
    Seriously, I can see how people can fall for that.

  9. So it took a while to convince the broadband tech support that not being able to enter my 63 character passphrase for Wifi on the new cable modem/router was not acceptable and yes I wanted the old modem/router reactivated which does at least accept my wifi password.


  10. And this is not exactly a Martin Luther King stance, but I’ve decided I am not going to watch the debates. Any of them. I’ll do some due diligence to learn if anything significant is said, but it’s pretty unfathomable that anything would change my mind. Entertainment? No, I’m never entertained by this shit. Certainly not this year.

    I’ll fulfill my civic duty in November, but I’m disgusted with the whole thing, and don’t want to participate any more than that. Anyway, we’ll be active enough if Trump wins, because not long after that, we’ll all be roaming the highways in packs, warring for gasoline and cans of dog food.

    If you plan to watch the debates, then go right ahead with no judgment from me. This stance is for me.

    (I was going to make a similar comment on Facebook, but I’d prefer not to keep checking in on the kinds of discussions that could create.)

  11. Good Morning Pan

    The electricians are here to rewire the basement. Tomorrow the city inspector comes to check on the electrical. I think the basement work would go a lot quicker if the contractors were here more than two days a week.

  12. Crap joke for the day:

    Little Johnny is approached by the lifeguard at the public swimming pool.
    “You’re not allowed to pee in the pool,” said the lifeguard. “I’m going to report you.”
    “But everyone pees in the pool,” said Little Johnny.
    “Maybe,” said the lifeguard, “but not from the diving board!”

  13. Van talks about the past:

    So those art books remind me of a trend in the 70s and early 80s, where a publisher would print an expensive HB book with loads of sci-fi art from various sources, with a story (usually by a sci-fi author of the time) linking pictures together with a cheese story.

    So there was spaceships of the galaxy, aliens of the galaxy and even a tour of the galaxy (which had a spy subplot by written by Robert Holdstock).

    Van stops talking about the past.

    Carry on…

  14. One more thing for the morning:

    We have Canadian partners visiting us this week, and today – – of all the days in the year – – we get an email reporting that there’s been a maple syrup mishap in the fridge. Apparently, a bottle broke and leaked all over.

  15. Crap joke for the day:

    A lonely 70-year-old widow decided that it was time to marry again. She put an ad in the local newspaper that read: “Husband wanted! Must be in my age group, must not beat me, must not run around on me and must still be good in bed. All applicants please apply in person.”The following day, she heard the doorbell. Much to her dismay, she opened the door to see a gray-haired gentleman sitting in a wheelchair. He had no arms or legs.”You’re not really asking me to consider you, are you?” the widow asked: “Just look at you — you have no legs!”The old gent smiled: “Therefore, I cannot run around on you!”…”You don’t have any arms either!” she snorted.Again, the old man smiled: “Therefore, I can never beat you!”She raised an eyebrow and asked intently: “Are you still good in bed?”The old man leaned back, beamed a big smile and said: “I rang the doorbell, didn’t I?”

  16. Morning Pan!

    So far this morning I’ve cleaned our two and a half washrooms, swept and mopped the entire main floor, and scrubbed down my kitchen. Given the amount of dust being made, I know it won’t last, but it made me feel better.

  17. So the Dragon can’t walk much these days due to both her knees have been eaten away by arthritis.

    She been offered ops (one knee at a time), that may help, but she in her late 70s, has a list of health problems, so the operation will be more risky than usual.

    She asking us (me and my sisters)for advice and wondering if the ops are worth the risk, not just killing her, but the fact she’s been told that she won’t be able to walk for 3 months after each op which also has risks for her as her current limited mobility is also causing her problems.

  18. Off to see ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ today. Thought the book riffed too much in ‘I Am Legend’, but the film may be better.

  19. Morning Pan

    Today is all about the accounting. Why can’t places like Amazon, etc convert the sales to CDN dollars? It would make my life so much easier.

  20. Crap joke for the day:

    As a stranger entered a little country store, he noticed a sign warning, “Danger! Beware of dog!” posted on the glass door. Inside, he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash register.”Is that the dog folks are supposed to beware of?” he asked the owner.”Yep, that’s him,” came the reply.The stranger couldn’t help but be amused. “That certainly doesn’t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?”…”Because,” the owner explained, “Before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him!”

  21. There were three medieval kingdoms on the shores of a lake. There was an island in the middle of the lake, over which the kingdoms had been fighting for years.
    Finally, the three kings decided that they would send their knights out to do battle, and the winner would take the island.
    The night before the battle, the knights and their squires pitched camp and readied themselves for the fight.
    The first kingdom had 12 knights, and each knight had five squires, all of whom were busily polishing armor, brushing horses, and cooking food.
    The second kingdom had twenty knights, and each knight had 10 squires. Everyone at that camp was also busy preparing for battle.
    At the camp of the third kingdom, there was only one knight, with his squire. This squire took a large pot and hung it from a looped rope in a tall tree. He busied himself preparing the meal, while the knight polished his own armor.
    When the hour of the battle came, the three kingdoms sent their squires out to fight (this was too trivial a matter for the knights to join in). The battle raged, and when the dust had cleared, the only person left was the lone squire from the third kingdom, having defeated the squires from the other two kingdoms, thus proving that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides.

  22. We did start Luke Cage last night night, as it seems that everyone else in the human race did. Good first episode.

    We’re slow to get through shit, but we’ll make it. Bear with us.

  23. Crap joke for the day:

    Kelly was standing in front of Cohan’s Tavern when he saw a driverless car rolling slowly down the street. He ran to the car, jumped in, and pulled on the emergency brake with a jerk. Kelly got out and very proudly said to the man approaching him, “I stopped it!”
    “I know, you idiot!” said the man. “I was pushing it!”

  24. The drywaller put up the boards on the ceiling yesterday. I find this rather amazing since he is working alone and is not much bigger than I am. I want to know how he held those 4 x 8 boards in place until they were screwed in.

  25. I saw TM7 over the weekend. I still prefer the original TM7, but the reboot was still quite enjoyable. And while I like Seven Samurai, it is probably a little long and slow paced for modern audiences.

    • Yeah, I fondly recall the original Seven Samurai, but three-and-a-half hours of black-and-white and subtitles is a helluva commitment for a modern viewer.

  26. A while ago, some of you may remember, I mentioned the guy in the unit next to us has a Lamborghini. This weeken, the guy on the other side of him had his garage door open and he has a Porsche Baxter.
    Hubby’s reaction: “See. See! Now we have to get a sports car.”

    Seriously, what do my neighbours do for a living?

  27. Saw another two TV pilots today.

    Timeless – time travel show, thought the pilot was Cheesey but fun.

    Conviction – itmight star Hayley Atwell but I thought it was a pile of shite.

  28. Funny you should mention that. I mentioned (but didn’t spoil) The Force Awakens in…

    …the podcast episode I recorded tonight!

    I have to be at a meeting at 10:00 tomorrow morning. I should not be up at 11:35 PM. The creative muse called, though.

    Good night, mush.

  29. So I was out driving today and used an app to capture an elusive creature. No it wasn’t Pokemon Go, but Boulevard Beer Finder. I nabbed a case of Unfiltered Wheat at a Bevmo. Huzzah!

  30. Crap mini joke:

    Me boss has just said to me “Your the worst train driver ever, how’s many is that you’ve derailed now?” I said “I don’t know it’s hard to keep track”

    • We’ve only made it through ep 2, so far. People keep saying that it’s too slow, that it picks up later on, but I enjoyed the heck out of the first 2.

      • Teresa and I are about half way through the first episode, not enough to judge the series. So far I’ve found the acting decent, but I would agree that I would like the pace to pick up. On the polar opposite side of the coin, we’ve also been watching the Cinemax series “Banshee”. The formula for that one is “how much sex and violence can we pack into an hour long show”. It’s not boring, it’s not exactly Shakespeare either.

    • I remember her in the 90s as the hot everygirl with the catchy songs. I always figured that her potty mouth is what kept her from superstardom. Even as progressive as the 90s were. . .

      • I’m not really sure that was it, but it might not have helped. I remember in interviews how early in her career she battled a serious case of stage fright. It kept her from doing more to promote her music, I think.

    • ‘Exile in Guyville’, I firmly believe, belongs in the Library of Congress next to other groundbreaking and scene shifting records like Nevermind, Master of Puppets, and Rapper’s Delight.

  31. Today I’m filling out my death nomination form for my pension, I should have done it years ago, but I know my decision will piss some of my family off.

    The consolation is I’ll be past the point of caring at that point.

  32. So this week I viewed two more TV pilots:

    No Tomorrow – a sitcom about a woman falling in love with a man who thinks the world will end. It’s fluff but I enjoyed it.

    Frequency – based on the film of the same name. I loved the film and they do a good job with setting up the scenario in the first episode, will definitely catch more episodes as they are broadcast.

  33. Its never a good feeling to send the following mesg to your loved ones:

    “We have a person with a weapon running around inside the hospital.”

    Stupid crazy assholes!

  34. Crap joke for today:

    Bill, Jim, and Scott were at a convention together and were sharing a large suite on the top of a 75-story skyscraper. After a long day of meetings they were shocked to hear that the elevators in their hotel were broken and they would have to climb 75 flights of stairs to get to their room. Bill said to Jim and Scott, let’s break the monotony of this unpleasant task by concentrating on something interesting. I’ll tell jokes for 25 flights, and Jim can sing songs for 25 flights, and Scott can tell sad stories the rest of the way. At the 26th floor Bill stopped telling jokes and Jim began to sing. At the 51st floor Jim stopped singing and Scott began to tell sad stories. “I will tell my saddest story first,” he said. “I left the room key in the car!”

    • Kinda blows my mind to see Trump-defenders now saying that Snopes is a left-wing tool. Admittedly, I can’t *disprove* this claim, because I haven’t investigate it. . .
      But Snopes had always been the trusted non=partisan source for fact-checking. It would be a shame if they ever actually did lose their credibility.

      But given, um, this year’s crop right-wing leaders. . . It’s currently kinda hard to trust their assertions on anything.

  35. What I discovered this week:

    Ingrid Bergman was in Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde (Spencer Tracy), I never knew that because I’ve only ever seen a few clips from the film.

  36. FYI: The Usual Suspects is available on Netflix. It definitely holds up.

    The only movie with a character with a Japanese name, played by an Irishman, whose accent sounds Indian, who other characters call a Limey.

  37. Hmm, Facebook reports someone else has gotten older. Well, in the best correct version of the truth, we’ve all gotten older. But, Rhettro is the one with the birthday. Many happies, good sir!

  38. Today’s movie is Jessabelle.
    The PVR write up: A young woman returns to her childhood home to recuperate from a car accident and encounters a long-tormented spirit that refuses to let her escape