Even more grand than before.
Pika, Pika, Pikachuuuuuuu!
Detective Pikachu was funny, sweet, and full of pokemon! Everyone should have a pokemon buddy!!! Wht a cute movie. Ryan Reynolds can do no wrong. (Although, I never saw Green Latern)
Yup, the two Ryans are the are the one Canadian export most Americans are ok with
I thought Green Lantern was ok, seen worse films.
I’ve always disliked golf games since the Leaderboard days.
So you can knock me over with a feather now I discovered Golf Blitz (available on iOS and Android). Arcade Multiplayer 2D golf game, give it a go!
I liked golf games well enough back in the day (home, not arcade). Which is funny, because I have no use for golf as a sport.
I liked the old Leaderboard games a lot. It was one of the few games I could play multiplayer with that my folks enjoyed. But it feel about as real as using a mouse to swing a club can. But Tiger Woods golf on the Wii with the Wiimote feels very close to the real thing. Haven’t played it in years. I wonder if there is something similar for the Switch?
Hubby came home last night with a heck of a cold. I’m letting him sleep in this morning
And, no school for the kids today. Most area school districts have canceled classes due to the heavy rain and flooding going on. Thankfully, we’re still high and dry.
I’m glad you guys are good. I’m sure the kids will enjoy the long weekend.
A Texas snow day! I do wish you guys the best, riding this one out.
Here, have some Friday weirdness. Just keep in mind … it can’t be unseen.
Ummm. Words fail me
Cool bit of Saxon history unearthed today:
I couldn’t find Biff Byford’s name in the entire article.
But the article does lend credence to the idea that the men of Essex get their kicks when they can.
I knew I could count on Rhett for that reference.
I brought him lunch in bed to help him get better
That’s awful. . . I hope he feels better soon. And doesn’t share.
Off to church!
How to shut down conversation…..
Hubby’s still not feeling well so I’m shopping for groceries on my own this morning
I made the mistake of seeing High Life, my advice is to never watch it..ever!
What’s wrong with it?
Tenacious D’s evil twin
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers. Especially Tiffany! And Shaft.
What a lovely day it was today, thanks to my favorite man – Mr. Jack Mangan! And to my spunky little fast walker and fast talker – Holly!
Maybe that old saying about suckers was true:
This probably shouldn’t make me delighted. But it does.
The Twitter scuttlebut is that The Orville is going to get a S3.
It better!! I just got way too good
Just re-enacted the Monty Python Cheese Shop skit with a cranky teenager at Dunkin Donuts.
That’s more like it.
Robot solves Rubik’s Cube:
I know, as husband and wife, we are suppose to share everything, but I would have been happier if hubby didn’t share his cold with me
Actress Doris Day dies aged 97 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48257670
Halls have little motivational saying on their lozenges. Personally, the last thing I want to see when I have a cold is “you can do it and you know it”
*channeling my inner Van*
Thank you for echoing my sentiments on the peppy Halls wrappers. I’d like to slap executive who fancied himself a genius for pushing that idea.
But do feel better, Bunny.
Just keep up a positive attitude!
*slap the executive
(works as a correction or with no context at all)
That is the title of our next “Scream Metal” album.
I have to admit to humming the Tom Lehrer song as I started to watch this:
As our jaws drop every time a record is broken please never forget the true all time list…as ajusted for inflation
1 Gone with the Wind $1,822,598,200
2 Star Wars $1,604,857,600
3 The Sound of Music $1,283,791,309
4 E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial $1,278,107,600
5 Titanic $1,221,303,800
6 The Ten Commandments $1,180,310,000
7 Jaws $1,153,990,200
8 Doctor Zhivago $1,118,460,500
9 The Exorcist $996,498,500
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Dis. $982,090,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $974,117,00
Gamespot’s game of thrones review was, once again, pretty close to th mark for me
That is almost exactly my feelings. I have no problems with Dani turning evil, but considering how long GOT spent on other minor character’s (I’m looking at you King Robert), it is a bit jarring to go full storm of Death, after only so recently defending Winterfell. Pacing and a bit of sloppiness are a bit disappointing for these last few seasons, but the cinematography has been epic. Plus there have been a handful of scenes that are among my favorites of the series. I still find it entertaining.
While the compressed schedule these last two seasons has made things feel more rushed, and the long break from season 7 dulled a lot of memories, I’ve seen a number of takes on this episode that callout that Daenary’s instincts have always been toward destruction and it has taken the combined efforts of her advisers over the years to resist them.
Now, with all of them dead, traitorous, or stupid (looking at you know nothing, Jon Snow) she’s been unleashed to be what she has always been trying to become.
Though, as a general continuity problem, I would be want to argue that will all the traipsing back and forth along the length of the seven kingdoms, it should be many months between the Battle of Winterfell and the Burning of King’s Landing. But, if that were true, Cercei should have been a lot closer to giving birth than she appeared in this episode. The passage of time on this show has definitely been problematic for a while now.
I’m listening to an interview with the director Werner Herzog and he sounds like he’s doing a bad Arnie expression.
I’ve seen a few of his documentaries. That’s exactly what he sounds like.
Today’s Halls motivational statement
Don’t try harder. Do harder
Isn’t that basically what Yoda says?
Hubby: you should be lying in bet
Me: I’d rather tell the truth
Bet = bed
I just assumed he had a very stopped up noze.
I guess the pun would get risque if he’d said “laying” in bed.
Which is the first thing on your mind when you feel all sicky and blech.
There is nothing more cruel than to ask a person who never self reflects to score their own progress.
Ah man … Tim Conway.
That man brought my family and I so much joy when I was growing up. My father didn’t watch much TV but I can remember watching the Carol Burnett show with him and Tim Conway would leave my dad in tears.
Yeah, it’s easy to forget what a huge deal he was in the 70s. I recall being starstruck by the elementary school janitor because he was Mr. Conway.
I’m sure the Apple Dumpling Gang are in mourning today. RIP
Loved him on Carol Burnett and just about everything else.
I think this is good news if the reins are tight on them, and they’re given strict scripts and directives.
If they’re allowed full control, then this is terrible news (based on how they’ve handled the post-GRRM GoT material):
One of the commenters suggested they adapt the original Knights of the Old Republic game story into a movie.
That would be utterly fantastic. Revan and Bastilla given a proper movie adaption. for D&D, it would have the advantage of the story pretty much laid out for them to follow.
I thought of this too! It would be perfect.
Knights could be cool. Wasn’t there a rumor that one of the television shows would be in that era? Don’t know.
Much like the video game “Tron 2.0” I’ve found the Jedi Knight games and X-Wing / Tie Fighter games with characters and plot structures better than many of the movie sequels. Star Wars is such a rich world, it has a lot of avenues to be explored with characters other than the known ones.
Up late – – did something tonight that I haven’t done in years.
No, not that.
I’m at my desk but I’m not happy about it.
Resist! Don’t let The Man oppress you!
I only put in an hour or so. I had to get some government forms done today. Now I’m drinking honey ginger tea and pretending the world doesn’t exist
It’s an excellent song – – but I’m also impressed at the money put into this video. CGI effects (a little cheesy, sure), actors, stunts, a narrative. Someone believes in this band.
Good song. Epic keyboard setup
I was impressed with the size of his snake.
If I was going to nitpick I would say John Wick 3 was a bit too long, but it was still a blast.
I also won’t nitpick John Wick like a nitwit, if I see it.
In hindsight, not nearly as clever a post as I thought. Disregard.
Tomorrow starts a four day long weekend for hubby and I.
We both need it.
It’s a trainwreck…
“Another especially weird angle here is that San Jose has been the beneficiary of the biggest questionable calls throughout this postseason, from a phantom major penalty call on Vegas’s Cody Eakin, to an extremely bullshit offside call on Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, to this. There’s no conspiracy—why on earth would there be one, and for the Sharks?—but try telling that to a team that ends up on the wrong side of the latest bad call.”
How did four officials miss that handpass? How is that not contestable?
It’s not because only if you literally threw the puck into the goal could a hand pass be reviewable. That’s what the NHL says. Here’s a great quote from the article pertaining to the “offside” goal review that went against the Avs …
“This is an unsatisfying explanation given that, just one week ago, the War Room in Toronto was allowed to review and overturn a goal because of something that had absolutely zero to do with the actual play. Meier’s, on the other hand, was a damned secondary assist.”
There’s gotta be consistency
So there’s a gang going through the area here systematically shoplifting clothing in size order. The police believe they are still at large.
Ask them for a coat.
That’s it. I think I’m done for the day. Me and my leaky nose are going to veg for the rest of the day
Brutal, Bunny. I hope relief is coming soon. 🙁
I talked to Brian Tatler of Diamond Head this morning! Super nice British guy. Did not remind me of Van this time.
In a strange, fun unplanned turn of events, I ran a quick errand afterwards, and Metallica’s “Am I Evil?” came on my playlist.
I am man.
RAD!! Stoked you got to talk with him. He’s legend level
The Tick has been cancelled:
Darn. We quite liked it
I mean it was brilliant so of course it was
I too am a fan.
We’ve started watching season four of Lucifer on Netflix
Intrigued. . . and it’s free.
I’ve read it, it’s cyberpunkish, just download the bloody thing.
Hell just read the first two pages to see if it will grab you.
I don’t know. . . . I need to mull it over some more. . . . 😉
I definitely will download tonight on the proper device.
I enjoyed it. There’s some interesting exploration for what “autonomy” means. /shrug
But, one of my favorite parts is reading the future description of a lot of places that I have visited.
Just got through the first two episodes of Chernobyl. Superb drama, but brutally depressing to watch it all unfold from the perspective of history.
HBO’s slogan should be: “Our Shows are Really Good and Depressing As All Hell. Except Curb Your Enthusiasm”
I was amused by a reply to your FB post about no spoilers.
lol. True, I’m just waiting for Rose to let Jack fall into the core and, years later, the diamond is thrown in as well. 😉
I’m more interested in the book, but I have to admit the series has intrigued me.
I cant even.
This is exactly why I have cut back so severely on Facebook.
I blocked his ass the last time we had a spat, Life is too short.
I’m going to do a Jack and ask if the new series based on Catch 22 is worth a watch?
I’m curious too. Funny semi-related story:
Years ago, when I was reading that book, someone saw me with and said, “Hey, that’s a great book! Did so-and-so die yet?”
And of course, no they hadn’t.
..and then the murders began.
My Dad was taking the dog out and got caught in the rain, we later learned the fallout from Chernobyl had hit the UK that day and the rain had made the contamination worse.
Grumpy Cat is gone..sniff:
New Rammstein album out today.
… but I’m sure you guys are already in line to pick up your copy.
CP: White Vertigo — Molice
I have missed you beautiful people. I think I had to take a beat after losing my mom in several facets of my life. The beat ended up lasting 2.5 years in this case!
I’m not sure how much I’ll be around, but felt compelled to drop in today! Loved reading the GoT discussion above.
Anybody here watch The 100?
I want to watch!
And welcome backish you beautiful you!
Yeah, losing your Mam is hard.
You just got to grieve at your own rate.
What Van said. No one dictates that but you.
Ladies and gentlemen… Mr. Robert Pattinson
DC makes me so happy with the Batgirl promo and so sad with this.
I don’t I’ve ever seen him in a good role.
Still pissed about High Life.
I’ve never seen him in a good role.
He was fine as Cedric Diggory.
Iron Man 1 still holds up.
A little slice of history:
‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ was one of the ‘free’ games on PS plus this month.
I’m not a great fan of walking simulator type games (although this does mix it up with some gameplay elements) but I found this one to be great. So good I had to play through it twice in case I missed something.
Walking simulator games?
To the Googles!
It’s strangely appropriate that autocorrect changes Ryah to Rush.
Why not? It’s all Canadian
(Fun fact: When hubby was in high school and college, his nickname was Geddy)
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Happy birthday, JohnBoze (if you drop by – – otherwise, forget it)!
A console you’ probably never heard of:
The niece watched the baby for us to see John Wick 3. The least of the trilogy, but still a pretty great action flick. Some fun casting choices – – and one meh one.
Still haven’t seen/probably won’t see the second
Because you’re not interested? Or are you waiting for Alex Winter to launch his action franchise?
Time allows me precious few film viewings.
I just bought 4 tix for two nites of Electric Six shows and spent less than I did for 1 ticket to Ghost. WTF. THIS is why I usually skip big well known shows in favor of those smaller bands and smaller venues that make me happy
That being said 65$ for a ticket to Babymetal in a small venue is awful and aslo tempting…
Jealous. I’ve heard it is a fun show.
I dunno if I will cause of cost. Theyre in KC Sep 23!
I’m seeing a lot of griping on FB, but I thought that was a solid finale.
I don’t have HBO, so if I want to watch live I go over to a friend’s house. His wife is a comically stereotypical person that yells at the screen throughout any show. She was absolutely flipping out upset at the ending. I’m surprised I even heard enough of the dialogue to know what happened. However, I am in agreement with you that I thought it was pretty solid. Looking forward to some spoileriffic discussion. Probably wait another day or two to let others catch up.
BTW. I don’t think there is a way to end a series like that without pissing people off. No matter how it ends, there will always be a camp that’s pissed off. How is it that people liked this show for so may years because they couldn’t predict where things were going, and they get mad at the ending because it wasn’t exactly as they predicted.
Breaking Bad pretty much set the bar for that.
Last day of a four day long weekend
I hope you and hubby are starting to shake that cold!
Last night was the first night in a week I didn’t medicate before going to bed. I think it’s a start.
CP: There is Xxxx (Within My Heart) — You Say Party! We Say Die!
Temp went up to the mid 80’s … and our HVAC system died.
Looks like a week before anyone can give us a new unit install.
Should hit 90°F by mid week
Still waiting for the cost bids to come in.
For having a day off, I seem to be doing an awful lot of work. Why can’t you Americans take the same time off as us? Then I wouldn’t be getting phone calls from US vendors.
I think I’m done for the morning. Time to continue into my dive of Resident Evil 2 remastered
Tonight’s cult classic:
A case of:
That’s the guy from Vanilla Sky
That’s actress that sleeps with a sea monster
Ooh she’s from humans and Captain Marvel..
I’ve never heard of this one. It must have . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sailed under my radar.
Would it be considered a …….
So this will not come as a big surprise:
Crap joke for the day:
A couple, both age 78, went to the office of a sexual therapist. The doctor asked:
– what can I do for you?
The man said:
– will you see us having sex?
The doctor looked puzzled but agreed
When the couple ended, the doctor said:
– there’s nothing wrong with how you have sex. – and charged them 50 €.
This happened several weeks in a row The couple was going to an appointment, had sex without problems, paid the doctor, then leave.
One day the doctor asked:
– exactly what are you trying to find out?
– we’re not trying to find anything, – he answered.
– she’s married and we can’t go to her house. I’m married and we can’t go to my house. Holiday Inn $90. The Hilton Cobra $108 . We do it here for $50 and I still get $43 back from Medicare.
busy day today.
A little later today I’m taking hubby’s car in to get a chip on his windshield repaired
At speedy glass getting hubby’s windshield fixed. Just call me the master of odd jobs
Just don’t throw me your hat.
There’s cute and then there is Keanu Reeves playing with puppies as he answers fan questions:
CP: Help Is On The Way — Rise Against
Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, ‘Name seven advantages of Mother’s Milk’.
The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages.
However, he wrote:
1) It is perfect formula for the child.
2) It provides immunity against several diseases.
3) It is always the right temperature.
4) It is inexpensive.
5) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.
6) It is always available as needed.
And then the student was stuck.
Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote:
7) It comes in two attractive containers and it’s high enough off the ground where the cat can’t get it.
He got an A+.
They could have least have ended GOT with ‘Spring is coming’
I guess the green plant spotted in the icy wilderness is a omen for Spring.
My interview with Brian Tatler of Diamond Head here:
So Blues vs Beans.
Why not both?
If there’s a god the Bruins will be swept in historic fashion
Blues, Blues, good for your Hart.
The Bruins / Red Wings game was the only live game I attended this season. I think I’ll be rooting for the Blues, being the most adjacent NHL team to KC.
Did you learn anything you didn’t already know?
Never. Not with Martin. His addressing whether the ending of the book and show will be the same was literally ” yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.” Jackass.
Game of Thrones alternate ending (contains some spoilers)
I admit, I had to pause it in some sections to read all the text.
Our dishwasher stopped draining. I think it’s still under extended warranty so there’s that
Enhances soak mode? :-/
Time for lunch with my Boo
I can’t tell if this is satire:
I believe the credited author “By Pamela Finklestein” is a characture from Weird Al’s movie “UHF”.
I mean who WOULDN’T pay 300$ per ticket for nosebleed seats to see the barely able to move Rolling Stones?
I wouldn’t. 😉
Tickets are different today, I hear every rock fan say.
CP: F.I.G.H.T. — Unwritten Law
Been binge watching Barry, only 8 episodes per season so easy to catch up.
Oh and fucking A short on seasons, much less padding.
For those following the Mike Alancourt saga (the crazy-bearded dancing guy who was on Ellen and in the Post Malone video), he now has 116+ Instagram followers and has a commemorative glass candle.
The Game of Thrones theme composer, the guy from Anthrax, the guy from Rage Against the Machine, the guy from Extreme, a country artist, and one of the show producers jam the the GoT theme on guitar.
That sounds like the start of a joke with no punchline … much like GOT itself !
Time to put a book together.
They are coming to fix my dishwasher this morning. I have two months left on my warranty, so I lucked out.
Well Aladdin was fun but an exercise in pointlessness.
Still prefer the original animated version.
I couldn’t possibly be less interested in seeing this, but I’m relieved it wasn’t a total trainwreck.
As mentioned on FB, the only real downer for me was Will Smith’s singing voice, it sounded much less booming that Robin Williams.
This week I discovered my new router is more leaky than a sieve. Even though it’s a big make it’s unlikely to get fixed and it can’t be flashed with Open source firmware.
So I’m tempted to get on the WiFi mesh bandwagon, my house ain’t that big, so two units should be more than sufficient, any recommendations?
Google Wifi is a bit out of my price range.
I don’t understand many of the words you just said.
I’m sorry your mesh net stockings have runs in them, though. That’s no fun.
Apparently my dishwasher needs a part. That means they can’t fix it until Monday
So I finished Nikki Sixx’s book last night. Not the “The Dirt” that was by someone else about the band – – the book I read was “The Heroin Diaries.” Jeeesh, he was an awful person. All 4 of them were, to some extent.
I don’t listen to his radio show now, so I’m not sure if he’s grown up to be likable. I didn’t quite get the impression that he realizes setting random hotel room doors on fire was never hilarious.
I think the point was to show exactly how bad things got while he was messed up, published with the intent of helping others who are struggling, and dissuading those who see some kind of glamor or allure in drugs. . . . If he helps some people in that way, then bravo.
For me, I loved the first two Motley Crue albums, but this does not make me more of a fan of their overall careers. If anything, it’s has the opposite effect.
Also: Nikki Sixx is 60 years old.
Oddly from the bits I’ve heard of his show, he’s pretty thoughtful and eloquent. Whether that’s actually him now and not just a persona I can’t say.
Also.. how old does that make Mick Mars!?!??!
68! That’s how old!
I’d have liked him to disown his shittiest hurtful antics from the old days, but maybe the point of the book was to just say, “This is what happened when I was an addict.” No judginess about his bad choices or self-destruction. . . I just cringe at the stories of innocent people he abused/terrified/used.
It was super ballsy to share these awful stories with the world, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Also – – he was involved with Vanity for awhile. She was/is a crazy person.
Was. She died in 2016. I forgot!
LOL we’re now at the point where the headlines read “Yes, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Box Office Was Massive, But It Fell Short of Expectations” (Indiewire)
Really? We’re going that route?
I wonder if Marvel will continue to make movies.
It’s a great question Rhett.
Rhett, haven’t you heard? No one is actually going to see those feminist movies. Disney is just buying all of the tickets to make themselves look good. It’s showing to empty sold out theaters.
Truly it’s the greatest of business models.
So watched the season finale of Barry, enjoyed it (both seasons as well).
Definitely one to try in my view, it’s in HBO.
One other interesting note: Nikki Sixx says in his book that:
-“Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits was inspired by Mark Knopfler seeing some blue-collar guys reacting to a Motley Crue video.
-Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady” was written about Vince Neil.
-Bruce Dickinson’s “Tattooed Millionaire” was written about Nikki Sixx.
And his father in law… oh nevermind.
It’s Friday. That’s something, I guess *shrug*
Start of a long weekend here in the States! Still at work today.
Possibly my number 1 challenge in life:
My bedroom window faces east, so every fucking time there are no clouds I get woken up early.
Hence the brick windows comment a few days back?
Sounds like you need a coat….for your eyes. Honestly, while we’ve got blackout curtains for our bedroom at home, when I travel, I pretty much always need blindfold to sleep with.
CP: You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind) — Buffy Sainte Marie ft. Tanya Tagaq
Finished S1 of the Leftovers. I didn’t know going in that it was based on a Tom Perrotta book, but it has his fingerprints all over it.
Super fucking gloomy throughout, but I’m curious to learn the mysteries. If this show pulls a Lost. . . . .
Just stop now then. You get some answers but you are only told about the big one and can’t be sure if the person is lying.
That’s appreciated – – but I’m actually good to go on to the next season. My TV companion is less so. . . I don’t expect or need to learn the major “why” of the whole series.
My objection to Lost wasn’t that they left some things a mystery, it was how sloppy they were in the handling of those mysteries.
I loved all 3 seasons, wish it had gone one for longer to be honest.
Turned me into a die hard Carrie Coon fan.
Yes, but did it turn Carrie Coon into a “Die Hard” fan?
I’m currently a very big Meh and WTF.
I am willing to start S2 and see what it does for me.
Thanks for the insight, Van!
It wasn’t Losts fault necessarily. The writers had the story for a tight 5 season run and the network demanded they string 8 seasons out of it once it got popular, hense the sloppy sloppy stuff in the mid bits. Lost wasn’t a perfect show by any means but fsmbif it wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had watching and discussing a show.
Yes, I enjoyed the entire ride for Lost. All of the mysteries were a blast. I single out Lost because of those abandoned loose threads that can be pinned to Lindelof.
The best example of a show where the writers misplaced their marbles bananas is BSG.
I don’t know how legit this is, but it’s pretty great.
MFG… these are lost gems. (if legit).
How Tom Stoppard took the Third Indy film to another level:
That was a pretty impressive read. Last Crusade still remains one of my favorites. Definitely a solid end to the Indiana Jones movies.
Agreed. I’m glad they didn’t cheapen the franchise with another lameass followup, 20 years later.
Exactly! I can’t even imagine someone trying that.
I didn’t hate Crystal Skull
How a quartz watch works:
Amazing how a watch that could come in a cornflake packet is more accurate than mechanical time pieces that cost way more..
I admit I didn’t watch the whole vid (TL;DW?), but it was interesting, for sure.
It brings me back to my first watches, which I wore with pride throughout my middle school years. I know that watches have never gone away for some, but I wonder if they’ll make a vinyl-type retro comeback.
Today the part should be in for my dishwasher and it will be repaired
I know Lo will disagree but the new Twilight Zone is a bit shit.
That’s the word on the street. I’m still curious to see the sequel(?) to Terror at 40,000 Feet.
Is the new Twilight Zone, as I feared, just remakes of classic episodes are are there new stories afoot?
No, there are homages to past episodes, but most stories are new but not very good.
The street sucks. I think the vast majority have been timely, extremely current, and spot on. And of course the “street” hates it. It’s very pro-black, pro-woman, and anti-Trump.
I respect that you don’t like it Van, but I’m hopeful that folks give it a thoughtful look before dismissing it.
I’ve seen zero episodes, so I’ll talk no trash.
They moved my dishwasher repair to tomorrow
After 10 days in 90+ degree heat we gave n yesterday and bought a window AC unit.
It keeps one room cool and the humidity down in the whole house. It’s tolerable.
A “1st world problem” but it is what I am conditioned to. I don’t know how you live in the south without AC.
Our new central system should be installed June 10th.
Houston pretty much wouldn’t have become the major city it is today without A/C
Went out to get razor blades for hubby and came back with a new pair of runners. Go figure
Gonna be tricky to shave with runners.
Tonight’s cult classic was ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, i’m Not a great fan of film with children but this was rather wonderful.
Endgame will probably fall 50mil short of Avatar’s all time box office. What a colossal failure. Kill the franchise
Another beautiful day here in Canadaland
Not taking hubby’s car in to get a chip fixed. Now I have to make an appointment to replace the entire windshield. *sigh*
Hubby commuting in to the city everyday has sure been hard on our car budget. They really need to sweep the highway into Calgary.
Our youngest turns 31 today. I think I’m feeling my age.
My oldest turned 30 a few weeks ago. I’m not far behind.
replacing a windshield if frikken expensive.
I never had to replace a windshield in NJ, but I’ve done it at least 4 times in AZ. Stupid rocks.
I currently have a chip that I am trying to pretend isn’t there.
^^^ Out of context, a great dystopian story opening line.
Write this novel.
Mine are always free*
*cause I pay a fuckton for insurance a month
JW: Chernobyl E1
Wow good or wow bad?
Oh, just wait until Episode 2. And definitely check out the podcast from the show creator.
Is this based at all on the book “Midnight in Chernobyl”?
The Wikipedia page has no mention of that book in relation to the series.
Cool. I didn’t know there was a wiki page for it. It looks like it started production before the book came out.
I also found this interesting article:
It’s a lazy afternoon
CP: All th fun of the Fair – Anthony Stewart Head
What is happening in America’s Heartland over the last couple of weeks?!?!
Man, tornado, tornado, tornado! And BIG ones.
Another rich ore of riffing goodness! There are a bunch of Cinematic Titanic episodes here:
*featuring Joel, Mary Jo, Trace, Frank, and J. Elvis from MST3K.
Got a lot more done this morning than I expected. I even cleaned my desk. Don’t know how long that will last but still…
So, the guy is (finally) here to fix our dishwasher. I was talking about an event I’m attending inJuly for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
OMG! He’s one of those conspiracy theorists who doesn’t believe the moon landing actually happened. I changed the subject rather quickly at this point
Speaking of kooky.
New Sleater-Kinney! Produced by St. Vincent! It’s terrific!
Awesome video too
Can someone please explain the mass appeal of Billie Eilish to me? What am I missing?
He/she/it has not found their/ its way under my rock.
Everyone has different tastes. She’s kind of like a darker Bjorik to me.
I can’t hear a thing she’s singing
I hate to vaguepan…. but……
Yeah, it was a moment of social media weakness. It’s good day-job work-related stuff. I will give details shortly.
In praise of short games:
over the years I’ve greatly enjoyed games that are completable in a few hours.
Yeah, I don’t want a game to be a second job.
I get that some people love the long-term story arcs of MMORPGs and quest games.
It’s already looking to be a very warm day. I think I’ll go for a walk before the weather gets too hot.
Not an Onion Article
From the DOE statement –
“I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of US freedom to be exported to the world.”
I thought “freedom gas” is what the hip kids are calling farts these days.
I saw a friend making wisecracks about this yesterday, but thought it surely couldn’t be true. Ah well. Be best, America.
Never go on long walks (approx 6k) in new shoes. I now have blisters
So far I’ve been ten minutes on hold with the cable company. Let’s see how long I can go
The answer was 23 minutes
Until the on-hold loop drove you to a murderous rampage?
Exactly. Although I don’t know if that’s an accurate number as they said they would make the requested changes to my account and call me in five minutes. That was ten minutes ago
Inevitable return of the Dark Crystal:
Still, it’s a good trailer.
The first Thor movie is still the okayest of the MCU films.
But is it more okay than the first Hulk?
..yeah, probably a little bit.
It’s fun enough. So.. .yeah perfectly ok
I like the movie. I even like the much-hated Thor 2.
I haven’t rewatched NortonHulk since first seeing it on Netflix DVD. I assume it’s less OK than Thor 1.
The Norton Hulk is the only Marvel film I’ll never go back and rewatch and that includes the aforementioned (unfairly) disliked Thor 2 and the equally unfairly disliked Iron Man 2.
It’s rather smoky out this morning. I may not be able to go for a walk.
Yup, just checked the local news. There is an air quality alert for our area. We are at a 9 (out of 10)
Damn it, the warm weather has only just started and wildfire season is here already.
Yesterday I spent a butt load of time with the cable company making changes to our account. This morning, in an apparently unrelated reason, the cable went out to our living room tv. I spent an hour talking with Shaw and they have no idea why the cable box quit. I can now only watch tv in the bedroom for the foreseeable future until they can figure out what is wrong. *sigh*
Well, in trying to fix the one cable line, they managed to bring down tv throughout the whole house. I should Have everything fixed in 24 to 48 hours *sigh*
OK most importantly, what does this mean for PBPs???
It doesn’t affect my internet so my streaming services still work. I was planning to do a pbp on Monday.
I’m seriously considering ditching fibre broadband and getting broadband delivered via 4G. Save a tenner a month but no idea how well it would work.
We’re considering getting rid of DirecTV and going completely internet based. As it is, the majority of television watching we do is Netflix/Amazon and a handful of shows we DVR. But most of the shows we record could be had over the air. Could save more than a tenner.
This is, more or less, what I did yesterday. We cut down to just the basic local channels. Saved us a butt load of money…
That is, if they can get it to work again.
We’ve been satellite/cable free for 6 years now. It’s glorious
Ha ha! Ha. . . . ha. hm.
OH HOHOHOHO no….
https://ew.com/movies/2019/05/30/mark-hamill-harrison-ford-george-lucas-star-wars-galaxys-edge-disneyland/ If you haven’t seen this. . .
I only watched the last one with Harrison Ford, which was nicely done.
RIP Roky Erickson, original singer of “If You Have Ghosts”
I highly recommend the documentary “Youre Gonna Miss Me”. What a heartbreaking life Roky led, tho I’m not sure he really understood that he did. What a talent.
The timing of this post on the page isn’t intended to be tactless. . .
Pretty big news, tho!
The original version of Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ from 1980. It’s cool.
How great is that. . . This version would never be the monster hit that you hear in the supermarket now, but it’s still excellent. A bit unpolished, sure, but all of its charm is there.
I dig it a lot. Little lost gems like this really…as Mike Mennennenenen enwnengeh would say…”really trip my trigger”
We watched the “International Assassin” episode of The Leftovers S2 last night, which is excellent, but completely bonkers.
More symbolism than Prince’s former name.
This show is whack
Go go Godzilla! Don’t suck!
Lots of fun! Don’t worry about science. And stay for the post credits scene.
Ghidorah was the shiznitz!
Agreed. Ignore politics and science (which should be done for any of the old Godzilla movies as well) and it’s a great movie. I really liked that they kept the kaiju pretty damn close to the original versions. Didn’t try to completely modernize them. Best of the modern kaiju movies for sure.
I got chills for the first Godzillla and Ghidora stand-off. These movies were a big(ha!) part of Sunday afternoons, as an elementary school kid.
Thanks for the heads up, going to see it tonight.
That was fun. I hope you all noticed when the original Godzilla theme was playing.
Yes, that was another chills moment.
And the Blue Oyster Cult cover at the end was also a nice touch.
When did he stop calling himself Sir?
Oh I thought you meant Peppermint Patty.
.hcnul retfa PBP a od ot tcepxe ylluf I
˙ʇsǝʇ ɐ sᴉ sᴉɥ┴
┴ɥᴉs ᴉs ɐuoʇɥǝɹ ʇǝsʇ
I think TEB is messing with us. 😀
But I’m looking forward to the PBP.
It’s already twenty degrees here. I think it’s going to be a hot day
ǝlᴉqoɯ uo ƃuᴉʇsǝ┴
CP: Stumblin’ In — Suzi Quatro
Ok Pan. It’s that time.
Today’s movie is Malicious
The Netflix elevator pitch: it was a gift they should never have opened. Little did they know, unlocking this box would unleash a murderer.
As I’m sure you figured out, today’s PBP will be upside down and backwards, because it’s just that kind of a day
ʇɥƃᴉu ʎɯɹoʇs puɐ ʞɹɐp ∀
uoᴉsᴉɔǝp ʞunɹp ∀
ǝuo snld ǝuO
ʇɹᴉɥs sᴉɥ ʇsol ǝʌɐɥ oʇ sɯǝǝs ǝH
ɹǝɥɔɐǝʇ ɥʇɐɯ ɐ ǝʌᴉƃ ʇsnɾ oʇ ǝsnoɥ ǝɔᴉu ɐ s’ʇɐɥʇ
ɯooɹ ʎqɐq ǝq oʇ uoos ǝɥʇ uᴉ xǝS
ɹǝʇsᴉs ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ʇɟᴉƃ ɐ
xoq ǝɥʇ pǝuǝdo ǝɥS
ʇɐɥʇ op oʇ ʇou ɹǝɥ ploʇ ǝH
ɹǝɥɔɐǝʇ ʎƃoloɥɔʎsdɐɹɐd puɐ ɥʇɐɯ ∀
spooʍ ǝɥʇ ɥƃnoɹɥʇ ƃoɾ ∀
uɐɯoʍ ǝƃuɐɹʇs ɐ ʇɐɥM
ǝɹnʇɔᴉd ƃuᴉʌᴉl ∀
sƃuᴉɥʇ ƃuᴉɹɐǝɥ s’ǝɥS
ʎqɐq lᴉʌǝ uɐ punoɟ ǝɥS
ʇɹnɥ sᴉ ɐsᴉ˥
uǝɹplᴉɥɔ ǝɹoɯ ou ‘ʇᴉ s’ʇɐɥ┴
dn sʍoɥs ɹǝʇsᴉS ǝɥʇ
ʞuɐʞs ɐ sᴉ ɹǝʇsᴉs ǝɥ┴
ǝsuǝɔuᴉ ou pᴉɐs ǝH
pǝʌoɯ xoq ǝɥ┴
ʇ’upᴉp ɟlǝs ɹoɹɹᴉɯ ɹǝH
ǝɹɐʇs ƃuᴉʇuᴉɐd ʇɥƃᴉupᴉW
ɥɔɐǝq ɐ uo ƃuᴉʇʇᴉs ǝɹ’no⅄
doʇ ƃuᴉuuᴉds ∀
ʎɐʍɐ ɯǝlqoɹd ǝɥʇ ƃuᴉʇɐɔᴉpǝW
ʇɥƃᴉu ʎɯɹoʇs puɐ ʞɹɐp ɹǝɥʇouɐ
ʎɹǝsɹnu ǝɥʇ uᴉ ʇɥƃᴉ˥ ɐ
uᴉɐɹ ǝɥʇ uᴉ xǝS
ʇᴉsᴉʌ oʇ ƃuᴉoƃ sᴉ ʇsᴉƃoloɥɔʎsdɐɹɐd ɥʇɐɯ ǝɥ┴
ɹǝɥ ƃuᴉuǝʇɐǝɹɥʇ sᴉ ɹoɹɹᴉW ǝɥʇ
ǝᴉʌoɯ sᴉɥʇ uᴉ suǝddɐɥ xǝs ɟo ʇol ɐ
ƃuᴉɥʇǝɯos sǝsuǝs ǝH
ʞɔɐq ǝɟᴉʍ ʎɯ ǝʌɐɥ I uɐɔ ‘pǝʌlos ɯǝlqoɹԀ
ɹǝɥ ʍɐs I
¿lǝǝɹ oʇ lǝǝɹ ɐ sǝsn llᴉʇs oɥM
ǝsnoɥ ǝɥʇ ǝɥʇ uᴉ s’ʇI
sʇsoɥƃ sǝǝs ǝH
ǝɔɐld ǝɟɐs ou sᴉ ǝɹǝɥ┴
ʎɐʍ ɹǝɥʇouɐ ǝq oʇ ʇoƃ s’ǝɹǝɥ┴
pɐɯ ǝuoƃ sɐɥ ƃuᴉʇuᴉɐd ǝɥ┴
spɹɐɔ ɥsɐlɟ ʎuɐɯ oS
ʎlpɐq – ɯǝlqoɹd ǝɥʇ ƃuᴉʌloS
ɥɔʇᴉq ɐ sI ǝƃuǝʌǝɹ
ɹǝʌo sᴉ ǝᴉʌoW
Ok, enough of that silliness
Even though it was cliche, I was ok with this movie. Although, the “twist” at the end was about as stupid as you could get
PBP FTW, BTW!
Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds
Shocked! Shocked, I say!
If you’re confused, they clarify that filming begins next year, not next week.
Are really going to film an action film with an 87-year-old lead actor?
My mom would’ve loved this. Maybe the target demo is 70 year old women?
“Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Broken Hip”
All kidding aside, I’m always up for more Indiana Jones, whatever the age.
Based on Harrison’s age, that would put a 77 year old Indy’s adventure somewhere in 1982. Perhaps he’ll run into a 13 year old verson of myself at the local arcade.
Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Misplaced Dentures.
Indiana Jones and the Kids on the Lawn
We saw two really enjoyable movies this weekend:
1) Always Be My Maybe – 4 nipples out of 5. Keanu Reeves playing himself was outstanding in this one
2) The Deadwood Movie – 5 out of 5 nipples. Wonderful. Shakespearean. I will watch it again.
I need to watch Deadwood all the way through. 38 episodes + movie is a helluva commitment, though.
I enjoyed Always Be My Maybe.
The Deadwood film I shall watch tonight.
Just finished the Lazarus comics series, minus X+66. So good. That cliffhanger though.
Just finished Chernobyl on HBO. Wow!
Absolutely maximum recommendation. And the accompanying podcast adds even more.
And after that Old Yeller, Infinity War, the final 15 minutes of Wrath of Khan, Schindlers List, etc…
I’ve just picked up the book that Schindler’s List was based on, harrowing reading ahoy!
So watched the first episode of Perpetual Grace Limited and boy is Ben Kingsley is bad ass in this.
It might not be Zapcon , but Game On 2.0 exhibition is the closest i’m Going to get.
After a pleasant few hours play various machines I conclude:
I’m still crap at Pinball
Tempest 2000 and Gauntlet still rock
I finally got to play Dragon’s Lair 2.
I have somehow never made it to ZapCon in Phx, but we’ve had a fantastic time at the GameOn Expo here every year we’ve gone.
Did you see any good cosplay?
Not that kind of event.
So just bad cosplay then.
Well I thought I was pretty good as a sad loner nerd in a raincoat.
Interesting. You can’t stop people from dressing up in cosplay here, for any kind of event. Our video game cons get all the costumes.
Brunch with the boss today. I’m going to ask her to spend some money. She always likes that.
Make checks payable to John Mangan, since that’s my legal name. I’ll also accept cash.
This could save your life:
JW: Chernobyl Episode 2
What. The F.
Started Leftovers S3. Here we go!
Definitely don’t watch while drunk, but some anti-psychotics might be in order. I still enjoyed it.
Bookkeeping, House cleaning, then off to the city. My life is exciting.
I’ve decided my boss’s entire purpose in life is to see if she can stump me.
CP: The 2019 PRIDE Playlist – shondalandmedia on Spotify
Every time I go to the city I feel I should say something both grand and silly like The Tick
Just yell SPOON! every time you cross over the city limits.
“Hey, can we make a reallllly annoying-sounding instrument?”
“Like a kazoo?”
“No, that’s kinda fun. We need something that grates your soul.”
“OK. How about this thing?”
Still less annoying than Scottish bagpipes.
The Chernobyl scripts are available for download:
Love it or hate it, we all lived through the era of this song:
Well it’s been almost universally panned but bought a ticket to see x-Men: Dark Phoenix later today.
Anyway, a bit of history about labyrinths to peruse:
Yeah, not a train wreck but I would recommend waiting for it to hit streaming services.
Cool link. Makes me want to read more.
Your X-Men review is encouraging.
TBH, Dark Phoenix has never been one of my favorite storylines, but the animated series did a good job with it.
I’ll still see this, but I’ll wait for the rental.
A certain Bunny had a little too much to drink last night, a school night. Bad bunny
For the freebie this month Tor are giving away four novellas:
Passing Strange is fantastic in my opinion and the rest have been highly rated, so go and grab them if you live in North America.
San Francisco is my favorite city. . . . but everything great about the culture there has been or is being swallowed up by big money.
SF isn’t the only place where this kind of thing is happening, btw.
The Tenderloin is still a rough place of town, but nowhere near as bad as it used to be.
Not surprised by this:
Yep. Not surprised one bit.
Their marginalization must be so terrifying.
Stephen Colbert talks about this on the late show. He said, and I agree, the band Smashmouth said it best on their twitter feed, “A straight pride parade? Fuck Off!”
CP: The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car — Trooper
Grammy-winning musician Dr John dies at 77 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48551452
I only really know “Right Place, Wrong Time,” but damn, that was a great one. RIP.
I saw him at Jazzfest in 2006. He was truly incredible.
If you want to dip your toe in Korean cinema:
I was getting to bed early tonight. . . .
Killed at birth:
That’s fine. Get it right or don’t do it
Is this based at all on the Alan Moore Swamp Thing run, from his early career?
I hear the show is only about the body horror gore. . . . Which has no appeal to me.
So this happened:
NHL level ugh
Happy 60th Mike Pence:
Since it’s Pence, would he have been more uncomfortable if it had been women? – – or less?
The cutest octopus video you’ll see all day:
The birds are up and noisy early today
Three friends – two straight guys and a gay guy – and their significant others were on a cruise. A tidal wave came up and swamped the ship; they all drowned.They each had to come before St. Peter to be admitted into heaven.First came one of the straight guys and his wife.St. Peter shook his head sadly.”I can’t let you in. You loved money too much.You loved it so much, you even married a woman named Penny.”Then came the second straight guy.”Sorry, can’t let you in, either.” said St. Peter. “You loved food too much. You loved to eat so much, you even married a woman named Candy!”The gay guy turned to his boyfriend and whispered nervously…”It’s not looking good for us Dick.”
If you choose to face the consequences of this joke, you must do it alone. I cannot interfere.
Magnificent Mangan Marvel Movie Night Feature was Iron Man 2. Not as bad as I remember, but still pretty poor. A few decent and important scenes, but overall, I have zero desire to rewatch.
Teresa and I decided to re-watch all the Marvel movies in order of their release. So far we’ve watched The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Iron Man 2 and Captain America.
The Incredible Hulk: I find myself liking this one less on the second watch. While I’m a big fan of Norton, I think he was miscast for this part. This is my least favorite of the Marvel films.
Iron Man: Great as always, no change in opinion.
Thor: Though uneven, I like this one more than the other times I’ve watched. It is a fun film.
Iron Man 2: Better than I remember. Again I really like Sam Rockwell as an actor, but his take on Hammer is too much of a caricature. Mickey Rourke is too wooden. But there are a lot of fun scenes that shouldn’t be missed.
Captain America: Loved it as much as the first time. I love the sepia tones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark feel. There is good character development of Steve Rogers. Overall the film balances the comic book tropes with convincing drama that feels fun.
Avengers 1 is up next. I’ve probably watched it more than any of the others.
We’re kinda doing the same thing, though we’re loosely following release order.
We have not done Norton Hulk yet; There was some discussion about whether or not we could skip it. I think the only essential piece of that movie is the post-credits scene.
There’s some value in the Stan Lee scene drinking a Hulk blood tainted soda. It is also worth noting the presence of General Ross, who also appears in two other Marvel films. In the comics Ross eventually becomes “Red Hulk”, but there is no hint of this during the franchise.
1. I know it’s not an “official MCU” film. and…
2. I know I’m in the vast minority.
But, I actually really liked the Ang Lee (2003) Hulk Movie. The special effects were not the best, but I grew up on 80’s crappy horror special effect and those didn’t phase me. I really dug the split panel comic-style presentation of the whole thing.
Saw “Elton” last night.
Kind of meh.
While I appreciated getting to learn his backstory and the musical numbers were a lark … over-all, I did not find the movie to be enjoyable. Unlike “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was fun whilst still portraying a tragic characture.
The main thing keeping me away is the lead actor. Unlike with Pattinson, it is him who I actively dislike in everything.
Wait a cotton picking minute, is it not named Rocketman in the US?
Another morning where I head to the city.
Well the HVAC folks are here bright and early.
Perhaps I will have cool, low(er) humidity air in my house by this afternoon.
Just having the humidity lower in the House makes a huge difference !
We watched When They See Us yesterday. So incredible, impactful. We were left wondering why the prosecutor and the police involved are not in prison right now.
Do they cover our illustrious leader’s involvement in the case? (but remember, he’s not racist)
a bit, yes
I hear he told
Reporters he wants a national holiday named after him.
I figure we can let him have April Fools Day.
Desert Pixie and I are still working through the final season of The Leftovers. I still intend to watch Deadwood, CYE, Chernobyl – – and they have Watchmen (a maybe) and Golden Compass coming. . . Dammit, their Game of Thrones snare worked on us.
This is just amazing.
CP: Holy Grail — Dead Posey
Leftovers S3E3 led to an interesting conversation about why one character who’d really had horrible things happen to her was less sympathetic than another.
We’re 5 eps from being done, so we’ll pose the question to Van and anyone else who’s watched after we do the finale.
If you are talking about the Carrie Coon character let me just say you are wrong.
I agree with Van here.
Give us 5 more episodes to have fully qualified opinions. I look forward to getting your takes on it.
I will say: Carrie Coon is absolutely brilliant in the role, and nice to look at.
Also: FWIW, I am loving this show.
The Leftovers is a fine series, just know that any reasons that Van has for liking it are the opposite of the correct ones. 😉
I feel like less of a true Pannite when I say that The Leftovers is just okay.
I think a lot of it is being edgy just to be edgy.
I feel like you have to know a fair amount of scripture to understand most of the undertones and the easter eggs in the show.
I think a lot of these episodes are whack.
I love the acting.
Most of these characters are assholes.
I love me some Justin Theroux
Let’s see how it all ends. More lions, perhaps?
You have to learn to read between the lions.
Would that be 91year old sexing lions or the furry-orgy-inducing kind?
I actually agree with Pixie on all points. In fact, I think at the juncture of episodes you are on I had a middling view of the series. But having completed it I think it is actually quite good. I look forward to talking in more detail once you have finished.
You want more Justin Theroux?!!
He is sexxy, amirite?
Another season of animated boobs and over-the-top cursing (and astounding creativity) is coming!
Well this could turn me veggie:
I guess people finally have a topping for their Impossible Burger.
Ok, what are our lists of celebrities 31 years older than us to challenge to a fight? I’m 48, Chuck Norris is 79… Al Pacino is also 79 … Nancy Pelosi is also 79…
I can’t beat any of them.
I got Donald Sutherland, he’s tricksy I would lose.
I might be able to take Woody Allen though.
Don’t think I would want to mess with Julian Glover (from GOT and IJ and the Last Crusade)
Dustin Hoffman, i could take him. My three wood is an excellent driver.
Mick Jagger – he’s going down.
Robert De Niro? I’m doomed.
Christopher Walken? I’m dead.
Hmmm. I’m 40, so in the 80 year old category I get John Voight, Ian McKellen, and the 6 million dollar frikin’ man. I’m fucked.
Finally watched all of the Chernobyl TV series.
It deserved all the praise heaped upon it.
I know it’s not linked to the tv series but I bought ‘Midnight in Chernobyl ‘ on audible.
I’m using hubby’s computer today. It feels all wrong.
After much cursing, I think I have this temporary computer thing worked out.
But, holy crap is hubby’s computer slow compared to mine. I think someone might need an upgrade
Today is the 3rd Anniversary of the Pulse shooting, which impacted me greatly.
On the day when the TX Governor signed the “Save Chick-fil-A” religious freedom law.
I know it did, Ess 🙁
Your allies are always here for you. Much love.
I don’t know all the facts on that bill, but goddamn, I wish I had spare pocket-change to buy and sell government officials to do my bidding.
This old white guy voices his solidarity with YOU and all other human beings who just want to live their lives, and love in peace.
Hubby and I have many friends in the LBGTQ community. Our daughter is bi-sexual and, while in a monogamous hetro-relationship right now, has had some very nice girlfriends prior to that. Our “traditional” marriage hasn’t suffered because of it. We feel that anybody who thinks people in the LBGTQ community either disrupts family values or hetro freedoms and relationships are either talking bullshit, or speaking to their own issues that have nothing to do with anybody else.
CP: Yuk Foo — Wolf Alice
If you haven’t seen the Jon Stewart speech to Congress. . . :
Fucking powerful and deeply moving. This feels like something that should be remembered 50 years from now. Sadly, it will probably just get buried under the hate machine.
I listen to a lot of C SPAN during my workday, and happened to be tuned in to this hearing yesterday. I appreciate Stewart’s passion on this topic, and agree with him that Congress is a dumpster fire on a good day. So much time is wasted doing things that do not matter, and there are so many empty chairs at many of these committee hearings.
CW: Schindler’s List
Discovered it’s still on Netflix, means I can watch it over several nights.
In happier news – – Michael Palin is now officaly a knnnnnnnnnnnnnnn-igggg-it.
I wonder if he exclaimed “Ni!”
CW: The Leftovers S3 E7.
Oh thank god my epiphany was wrong.
That’s a wrap on the Leftovers.
Tonight is hubby’s last late night of the school year.
I have my computer back. I’m very happy.
Hooray! As in the old one repaired? Or a brand new?
Old one repaired. Luckily it wasn’t computer ending
CP: Running from Wolves — Shireen
We made it to the end!
Lots of thoughts and questions on the Leftovers. Do we need a separate page, or can spoilers chatter go here?
Either/or. It might be best just to create another page to avoid spoilerieage.
CP: Cruel to be Kind – Nick Lowe
CP: Airport – The Motors
CP: Mirror in the Bathroom – The Beat
CP: Santjanna – Storm Weather Shanty Choir
I’ll sometimes took at my Good Reads readings stats and wonder if I spend too much time with my nose buried in a book.
Then I shake my head and turn to the next page
The sky’s all rumbly
It’s early and I have work to do.
In other words, a typical day.
So early in the week I spent three hours on the ice for skating practice, did fine. . .
. . . then at home, missed a step and rolled my ankle. No real injury, but – – ouch.
I am lucky it wasn’t worse.
What a drag it is getting old.
Oh look, it stopped raining
A subject of great importance to me. None greater, really.
And, we’re back!
And, I’m going to bed now…
Wow, I guess I really cleared the house.
Looks like you some flight delays and fun, Ed. I’m glad you finally made it home.
Why Keanu is the hero we need:
Just the kind of article I expect from Marjorie Liu: excellent.
Thanks for sharing.
This is excellent, and I’ll admit, not a perspective I’d considered.
Ice Show 4 of 4 starting in 4 minutes. My daughter is in 3 numbers plus the Father/daughter skate to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” The stuff memories are made of.
And I thought my lovely wife was going to be at home for baby’s nap for the last one, but she surprised us by being here. Babysitter at home.
Two ice shows yesterday. . .
Today: two ice shows, the Technorama pool party, then Gloryhammer tonight.
Most excellent skating endeavors!
Hope there is video of the father/daughter skate!
Happy Father’s Day to all of you fatherly Pannites!
A huge shout out to my Main Squeeze— Mr. Mangan. You are ze best Dad around and our family is lucky to have you. I love you babe.
I scored BIG … got 4 games and kids who want to play them with me!!!
I don’t know anything about these games… Maybe you guys can recommend which one I should play first?
– Seven wonders
– Ticket to ride – Europe
– One night ultimate werewolf
and – Betrayal at house on the hill
Werewolf needs at least 3 to play, is best with 4 or more. It’s a blast – – and quick, with lots of repeat play value.
Ticket to Ride is also a great game – – although we have an unwritten rule to keep it casual. If played cutthroat, it would get vicious.
Betrayal is great fun too. The horror is sometimes a little creepy. It requires about an hour or more to finish.
Don’t know 7 Wonders, but I know it’s popular.
Wil Wheaton has done them all on Tabletop.
Ultimate Werewolf is fun with a lot of people.
I never really understood Ticket to Ride till I was shown how to play it when I visited Canada. I found it great fun and would recommend it.
We have all those games and enjoy them all. Of those four, I prefer Seven Wonders, but, as I said, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Sharing a disco atrocity for Pink Floyd fans.
Werewolf was a hoot once we got into it.
Taking a break and then we are pulling out an old favorite … Munchkin!
Happy Father’s Day, Daddy-Os! To dads and kids alike.
Good Omens ep 1 makes me happy. Looking fwd to the rest.
It’s fucking excellent. Really happy how it came out
We saw episode one of season three of Jessica Jones. I’m so confused.
Game day was fun.
I forgot what a learning curve munchkin had. We hadn’t played it in maybe 4 years or so. For some reason it was kind of a grueling time remembering it all but then it was fun.
Played one game of “Betrayal”. It was a lot of fun.
Quite the Game Day, j0e!!
Not keen on the presenter but learnt a bit of trivia from this potted history of the VW Beetle:
Boy, that presenter WAS annoying.
James May did a much better VW Hystory in his documentary “Cars of the people”. If one was interested in knowing more.
I believe it is available on the YouTube’s
Just heard a rumor that Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
It’s a quiet and calm day out today
I remember the days when 104 in Phoenix was lovely.
It’s 104 out today. I nearly didn’t make it back from my walk.
Now this is cool:
Never played it – – but I kinda love this.
I’m onboard – – just do it right.
Looks like another rumbly, wet day here in the sunniest place in Canada
CW: 30 Hours with Donald Trump
Holy crap this guy is in his own fantasy world.
Kudos to George Stephanopolous for keeping his own shit together and trying to push Drump’s buttons.
We will never recover. Though, as has often been said – – he’s a terrible problem, but his insane rise to power just reveals the much larger problem beneath the surface in Western Culture.
I suppose when you think about it, maybe with Amerca’s Meteoric rise from colonies to global power … we shouldn’t be surprised that it would become unstable and fall apart just as quickly.
The Nation itself, just a 20 something with “affluenza”.
In other news … I am currently trying to slow cook, baby back ribs on the grill. This is my first attempt at this exercise.
In a sign of victory for Chili’s advertising firm, that song immediately played in my mind.
Sounds good, Justa! The ribs, that is.
I saw John Wick 3 over the weekend in Phoenix. Just about par for the series for me, but +10 points for Asia Kate Dillon (#2 was +10 points for Ruby Rose)
My review of Phoenix weather nicked from twitter, @theorygurl:
this weather? homophobic
and during pride month smdh
“The forecast is predicting a very Mike Pence weekend ahead, with the temperatures rising into the Chik Fil-A range.”
I take this as good news. Loved “The Killing”, should set the right tone.
I should read this, eh?
Rubicon was cool as well, pity it only lasted one series.
if it doesn’t grab you, you don’t have to. For me I was really into the premise of the books, which helped me get through the first volume. But I wasn’t really taken with the story until midway through the second book. From there on out I found it excellent. Of course I really liked Jurassic Park 3 and Event Horizon, so I may be an outlier.
Saga is hands-down one of the best comics I’ve ever read, so I’m definitely interested to read more by Brian K. Vaughan.
I seriously never ever judge people by the art they like or dislike – – except for 2 scenarios:
– – they’re injecting kind of exterior dogmatic nonsense in where it doesn’t belong (e.g.s: “Star Wars hates men now!” “Life of Brian is blasphemy!”).
– – they love D’nesh Disouza (IDGAF if I’m misspelling his name) propaganda bullshit.
Well this looks like it might be fun:
It was a dark and stormy morning…
This makes me want to re-read the series:
Haven’t read it, but it is getting a lot of Buzz.
I’ve read pretty much everything N.K. Jemisin has written and liked them all
I started the Fifth Season ebook, but my library loan expired and never renewed. I loved it, so it might merit a purchase.
I like her short stories but I struggled to finish her debut novel (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms) and never red any further novels by her.
..and her short still rocks:
I really struggled with that one too, but books 2 and 3 of that series moved for me. B just finished The Killing Moon and said it was great.
It wasn’t that I didn’t choose to renew it – – it was the library’s bizarre e-renewal policy (it’s electronic. . . . why can’t I just borrow it whenever for however long? It’s not like me having a copy prevents anyone else from reading it. . . )
The joys of getting older, did the upper scope today. The prep was fine. . . . Really, it was just an excuse for a midday nap.
Stayin Alive with beats 2 and 4 swapped. Because this experiment was necessary.
Cool profile on one my all-time favorite singers.
I love this.
“another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable”
Maybe they should also petition Amazon to cancel Lucifer?
(side note: Lucifer is a fun show and I’m glad it was picked up after it left mainstream tv)
I love that they petitioned the wrong company. We seem to have identified 20k idiots. Which, by the way is a paltry amount for a petition to begin with. Now if we could only get the press to start ignoring stories like this so they don’t get the coverage that they really don’t deserve in the first place. Super small minority group getting far to large of a voice based on their representative numbers.
I wish this were from the Onion. It isn’t. Worse still, the horror from this bunch is coming so fast and frequently now, this is getting barely any coverage. –
The Trump administration argued in court Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells.
Remembering what a piece of shit John Lennon actually was:
I think that article is stretching here and there to make their overall point – – but I won’t quibble with the premise. John was absolutely a dick.
I’ve been adding Facebook contacts en masse recently, even with some people I don’t really know, based on the numbers of mutual acquaintances.
A quick recent scroll showed one of those new guys complaining that people were shunning him, because he’d been outed as a Sad Puppy. He expressed his disappointment that people were putting politics over friendship.
I just wish I could find that post again, so I can unfriend him. To me, that’s a step away from “People who don’t like Jed for being a KKK grandwizard just can’t get over their politics.”
Of course, just like with Trump voters or anything along those lines, if someone I knew and liked was outed as a Sad Puppy, I’d want to hear from them their beliefs about that group. I wouldn’t automatically unfriend.
I generally don’t friend someone on FB unless I actually know them. They can be just a passing acquaintance, or people I’ve only met (regularly) at cons but have no contact beyond that, but I still have at least met them. I don’t care how many friends we have in common, if I don’t know a person, I don’t accept their friend request.
You’re 2500% right.
So after listening to a podcast that covers shows that only got one season I’ve started watching Happy Town. It’s delightfully weird and has Amy Acker and Sam Neill in it so I think I will watch all eight episodes.
I know most of us tend to recoil at these types of things now – – but I actually got a few literal LOLs out of it.
Why would anyone recoil at these types of things? They are hysterical.
You want weird punk? Well do ya?
saw the title of the link, refused to click on it.
A comma would have changed the meaning of this post entirely.
Favorite line –
“This is not a film aiming for any level of subtlety.”
It was crazy stormy last night. We have weather warnings for all of today too
I’m no musicologist but it’s an interesting, if not wholly satisfying, read
Definitely! I want to play with the riff mixer on that page.
CP: Dystopia — YACHT
Tonight I learnt, via the BBC and Katie Puckrik that there is a genre of music called yacht rock.
Toto is featured
It is indeed a thing.
Crap joke for the evening:
Mary and Ted got married and had 13 children. Then Ted died of heart disease.
She married again and she & Bob had 7 more children. Bob was killed in a car accident, 12 years later.
Again Mary remarried and this time she & John had 5 more children.
Mary finally died, after having 25 children.
Standing before her coffin, the preacher prayed for her. He thanked the Lord for this very loving woman and said, “Lord, they are finally together.”
Ethel leaned over and quietly asked her best friend, “Margaret, do you think he means her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd husband?”
Margaret replied, “I think he means her legs, Ethel.”
I’m seeing things and only half-understanding what the hell is going on. This is a sign of getting older.
One more link about Mike Patton/Faith No More.
The consensus seems to suggest I did observe noctilucent clouds last night, so there is that.
Yes … but did you inhale?
So I’m reading ‘Midnight in Chernobyl’ , which gives a good account of the disaster. But I saw the HBO series first and it’s rather surreal how something that was shown to great dramatic effect in the series (the three engineers opening the valves to drain the water) only gets a few lines in the book.
This is very cool news.
Mainly for “Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers”
Jadzia is formerly Jared Axelrod.
Finished the Good Omens series on Amazon. Bravo.
The elder dauther was so inspired by the first few episodes, that she started reading my copy of the book. . . . of which I’m very fond, because a dear friend of mine got it autographed by Neil Gaiman, and accompanied me to get it also signed by Terry Pratchett.
TEB? I still have the copy she got signed for me by TP and NG.
Yes, she got Neil Himself to sign it in Montreal(?), and was with me when Sir Terry Pratchett signed it at the Phoenix Discworld Con.
Last week of school for hubby before summer break. Kids are getting pretty crazy so he’ll be glad when it’s done
The Misses and I watched the Hulu series “The Act” over the weekend. If you are interested in a good psychological drama with good acting, I would recommend it. Joey King who plays Gypsy Rose was especially good.
We can haz JustaJ0e!
Crazy week here for the Mangans.
Fun to see the “from Texases” photos of their European vacation. I wonder what the chances of Ed visiting Finland are?
Ed from Helsinki just doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same.
Been a pretty quiet week here in our little bedroom community.
Also been a quiet week around the Pan too, I see. Maybe I’ll do a PBP tomorrow.
Your rant about John Scalzi for the day:
This led me to a locked Google doc. I’ll try again in a bit.
This may be a case of projection but I got the impression David Langford was rather embarrassed about winning best fan writer over such a long period of time.
Ok I read it. I’m sure he makes some valid points, but there are a bunch of warning flags too. E.g. his diss of one of the artist winners. Not necessary.
I don’t know enough about this Hugo history to really comment on it. I’d be curious to see unbiased (so not Scalzi, though I’m also curious to see if he has a retort) takes from others in the know.
As a piece of writing I find this pretty ranty, and my brain sort of tunes it out. Aren’t there more pressing concerns we should be focused on?
“…master recordings from bands like Limp Bizkit, Blink-182, and Whitesnake were reportedly prioritized over those from trailblazers like Les Paul, Merle Haggard, the Roots, and Captain Beefheart. ”
Seriously… why is this just NOW being learned. What a horrible hit for art, music, and culture
If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the Limp Bizkit masters were lost too.
Sadly another WTF moment:
So it was her fault she was shot….
….. Incidentally, we’re in Birmingham through the weekend. This city is not on my recommended travel list.
Internet law dictates that I point out that we have a relative housesitting. Who will kick your asses, intruders! Back off!
Get ready for another amazing play by play today. Not sure what I’ll watch yet.
Well good news from my MOT means I can now get my travel insurance sorted for September.
Hubby said both students and staff are mad at him today. Today is the last day so school for students (teaches still have to go in tomorrow). It is also only a half day of school for the kids. Hubby refused to make today a casual day so the kids still had to come in uniform and the teachers had to dress professionally.
He should have shown up in a Hawaiian shirt with shorts and sandals, just to send their rage into overtime.
He played quite a few baddies:
Definitely one of those bad guys you love to hate. RIP
I don’t think hubby owns sandals…
Ok Pan, it’s movie time
In honour of the new movie coming out, I thought I’d watch the last movie in the silly doo series.
Therefore I present to you, Annabelle Creation
The Netflix write up: Her fragile porcelain face disguises a demonic talent for conjuring terror and unleashing tragedy
It’s an eye
Mullins toy company (missing an apostrophe)
You are my sunshine
12 years later
Why didn’t they follow her?
Why are dumb waiters always the first thing to show as haunted?
I admit, that was a tiny bit creepy, even if it was a trope
Hide and seek
Don’t do it
Oh look. It’s their house. How original
There’s the doll
Never trust a doll that moves on its own
Just never trust a doll.
Obey the Mullens
The doll is now there
Ringing the bell
Getting water for the invalid