Hammer in hand. Irons in the fire.
The forge is mighty!
Mighty is the forge!
Geordi is La Forge!
La Forge is The Way!
Vampire Survivors is out on mobile, ad supported, if you want to see what all the fuss is about go and download it and give it a whirl.
We watched the first 3 eps of Wednesday last night. Absolutely enjoying it so far. Looking forward to doing the last 5 episodes next week.
– Is Tim Burton actually following a script?? Wow.
– With a few minor changes, this could have been a new series set at Hogwarts. I’ve hear a lot of praise for this show, but I’m surprised I haven’t heard anyone else making Harry Potter comparisons.
– All of the familiar Addams characters are perfectly-cast.
Random phrase overheard from passer-by
“And I was 3D printing little train tracks for it …”
Was it a dog chasing a penguin?
Thinking out loud on the keyboard. Please let me know if my perspective is off, or if you disagree:
My recommendations for how we should all contend with the rise of AI art generators:
-Don’t use them to replace human artists on professional projects
-Develop ethical guidelines around their use and technology to ensure that the AIs are not taking images from works created by human artists
-Educate the masses and yourself about which of the AI apps are complying with ethical standards and which are not
-Don’t yell at people for playing with this new technology
-Don’t yell at pro artists who put AI art generators to ethical use to enhance their original work
-Accept that AI art is now a part of the landscape. Don’t yell and complain; join/lead discussions to find ways to ensure that it’s not misused.
Oh, Jack, you’re so adorable some times.
I think we’re just about at this stage of the AI art business
I’m afraid I am cynical about what awaits.
(perfect video response) – – I should have clarified that the the “we” in that statement was all of us low creatures and individuals. Big biz gonna do what big biz gonna do.
I said all that in response to seeing people condemning and threatening to unfriend people who goof around with AI art.
I’ll add that whenever new technology is introduced, the uproar is usually a bit too over-reactive. There were a lot of people upset when Photoshop came out–yes, I know that is quite a bit different than this, but… I believe that this will become just another artistic tool in the future. I also think many of the limits that people are putting in place are justified, but I really don’t see AI generated art ever supplanting artists. What I hope is this new tool will encourage new artists to enter the fold.
It will probably take 5 or so years for this to really settle out, imo.
What will probably keep AI from taking over the “creative” market is that the software creators will likely add clauses in their user agreement that allow them to maintain some form of ownership on what ever the AI creates, tracking the use of that art and demanding some payment everytime it shows up in media.
As for private use, most art I have purchased involved a combination of me likeing the work AND wanting to support the artest.
AI won’t have that draw.
Now that is small:
The book this mentions looks interesting.
The best trailers dropped at the game awards:
Most are on my wish list.
Holy Hell, they actually made a sequel?
This right here has got to be Jay Powell’s strongest argument for raising interest rates.
I guess the 2 people who saw the first one wanted more?
Goodbye to Chris Boucher, who was responsible for great classic Doctor Who stories and that banger of an ending for S4 of Blake’s 7:
Never heard of this drink before, going to see if I can buy a bottle:
Well, despite the world conspiring against me, I think we finally finished our Christmas purchasing this weekend.
For people expecting 2023 to wash away all the bad luck:
Wasn’t there an entire movie dedicated to the belief that the number 23 is cursed?
Luckily the protagonist discovers that there wasn’t anything sinister about the Number 23, he was just insane, and a killer.
Even my black heart loves the Charlie Brown holiday specials.
Loved this as a kid.
Even more as an adult when I read an article on what they went through to make it.
No one “got” what they were trying to do. Kids talking about adult topics, pointing out society’s screwed up values ?? Where is the comedy in that? CBS wanted them to add a “laugh track”.
The use of actual kids instead of adult voice actors was also “out there”. It took a lot of extra effort to make that happen as the kids had trouble with the lines. Many of little Sally’s lines were recorded a phrase or even a word at a time and painstakingly spliced (no digital here) together to make complete sentences.
While Vince Geraldi seems tame now, at the time they picked him his music was considered outside the mainstream and made the Network a little uncomfortable.Schultz hated it.
In the end, CBS wanted to pull the plug on it but it already had a broadcast date locked in.
It is a show by people who wanted to shake things up and it became cannon for many of us.
I love that.
All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.
That is a pretty amazing backstory. I do have to say: a laugh track would have been horrendous.
Completely differrent entertainment thought-
I don’t think I have ever seen a film Joseph Gordon Levitt has been in that I didn’t like. They all seem quirky and I like actors who are willing to take a chance on a strange film.
Johnny Depp was originally in that category.
RIP Angelo Badalamenti
Quantum Leap reboot gets renewed for S2:
Mine cart Madness, a game developed for NES system that you can play in your browser:
I feel like these outer space events – – whatever the country or space organization – – should be bigger headlines.
Just last week we started to watch “For All Mankind.” Funny how similar this looks to the old Apollo splashdowns.
I can now add French toast to the lists of things I had best leave to eating at a hotel.
I like making french toast at home, but it is always best from pro chefs.
If you remember The Rockford Files:
End of year, we should talk MMMmmmeetup. As a reminder, we’d discussed convening around Houston for the eclipse. This is not me inviting a group of people to Ed’s house. . . Just prodding the discussion.
Of course, the eclipse is in 2024 not 2023.
August would be a bit iffy for me, otherwise, *shrug*
silly me, a different site said 2024 I see it’s in October in 2023
*sigh* I change my mind. I think it is in 2024.
Can someone else double check. I’m getting differing opinions on line
Yeah, I think the total eclipse is April 2024. An annual one is in October 2023 but not quite the same as the total eclipse.
This is the eclipse we were discussing: https://eclipse.aas.org/eclipse-america-2023
This is what I saw
Oh, I see. We’ll just all stay in Ed’s guest room from October until April and catch them both.
I don’t want to sound snobbish, but you really need to see the total eclipse.
Turn around Bright Eyes.
October is CDN Thanksgiving. I’ll have to see the price of flights to determine if I can go.
Yeah, the 24 total one running up through the middle of Texas is the one I was planning for a MMeeetup for. Of course, we’ll still have a 3 hour drive from my house to the path of totality.
And with that, I’m definitely ready to travel in 2023. Where to?
Ok, Canada has been a suggestion, how realistic is that for 2023 for the USA lot?
There are hoops to be jumped for Canada 2023, but I’d be thrilled to make it happen.
My first hoop: I already have a Jan trip and a June trip planned.
New Miles Morales Spider-Man trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqGjhVJWtEg
(It’s long, but profound. The author is Adam-Troy Castro)
Do I bloody have to do this?
“Half this country has gone insane.”
Half this country has always been insane.
Half this country thought it was just terrific to keep a population of millions in chains.
Half this country used to pose for lynching postcards.
Half this country thought anybody who was against Hitler was a communist.
Half this country thought it was a great thing to beat up people for having long hair.
Half the country thinks that if a ten-year-old girl is raped, the little whore should shut up and have the baby.
Half the country thinks the rapist should get visitation.
Half the country thinks that the moon landing was a hoax.
You can argue that the percentage is closer to 27%, or whatever, that it only seems like half because of all those who simply have no opinion about anything deeper than what host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT is best.
But Trump didn’t make so much of the country insane. Fox didn’t. Even OAN and Sinclair and Alex Jones didn’t.
You know what these people are?
They are marketers.
They find the demographic and they go after it.
The demographic exists and the demographic is eager to lap up more craziness, more insanity, which is why the Overton Window has shifted from the forms of idiocy we had in some past decades to craziness about lizard people and child-trafficking pizza parlors and Jewish space lasers.
This is the country that once had a bunch of people who were proud, PROUD I tell you, PROUD, to band together as what they unabashedly called “The Know-Nothing Party.” Because this was who they wanted to be and they thought that they were labeling a virtue.
And you want to know what?
You want to know what?
The Khmer Rouge thought it was a good idea for a civilized country to slaughter all its doctors and schoolteachers and force everybody else into slave labor.
This country is not special.
The “half this country” complaint? Is true about the human race, in general. Ten percent of all human beings are sociopaths, and another few tens of percent will always listen to those who achieve power because they do not know the difference.
Trump did not do it.
He just stirred a pot that was already keeping warm on the stove.
What’s the source for that?
I cut-and-pasted from Adam-Troy Castro’s FB page. I don’t know if he’s posted it anywhere else.
A more nuanced look at the fusion news:
So, I recently finished Scalzi’s Kaiju Preservation Society. I had a bunch to say about it, but I see that someone (not me) gave it to Bunny as her DPSS gift. So I’ll wait.
I will just say that, to my surprise, I liked it quite a bit.
I’m in the middle of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir so I probably won’t get to this one ditto gave me until the new year.
Designing the Sinclair Radio watch:
Andor rewatch put to bed.
The only one of the new Star Wars series I felt the urge to rewatch so soon. It is brilliant,
I’m placing a bet that Lo will hate it though :-p
Your crap joke for the day:
A college pizza delivery boy arrived at the house of Mr.Smith. He delivered the pizza to his trailer. After giving it to him, Mr. Smith asked: “What is the usual tip?”
“Well,” replied the youth, “this is my first trip here, but the other guys say if I get a quarter out of you, I’ll be doing great.”
“Is that so?” snorted Mr. Smith. “Well, just to show them how wrong they are, here’s five dollars.”
“Thanks,” replied the youth, “I’ll put this in my school fund.”
“What are you studying in school?” asked Larry.
The lad smiled and said: “Applied psychology.”
I bet somebody enjoyed thinking up that headline:
It’s too bad about June, Jack. That would have been the perfect time.
Dates to keep in mind if you’re thinking Canada.
Between the May long weekend and Thanksgiving is best as a lot of things tend to be closed for the winter beyond those dates. (May 20 – Oct 9)
Stampede week is a terrible time to be in Calgary (July 7 – 16)
And August 4 – 6 won’t work for me.
I know this would narrow dates down quite a bit but thought I’d let you know.
Okay, May is sounding promising.
If it’s not too close to Jack’s June trip
September would also be good. Less tourists
I think September will be better for us, but let’s see what everyone thinks. We’ll have kindergarten (!!!!) to contend with in September, but I’m sure we can make something work.
I was just making a sandwich and noticed a graphic on the bread wrapper that proudly proclaims “nutrition in every bite“.
The implications of having to advertise this are stunning.
Is there a commercially available bread out there with zero nutritional value?
“Our bread contains molecular bonds that your body may find beneficial.”
“ This bread is sold for entertainment purposes only. Caution – some bites may have NO nutritional value!”
Please make no sudden movements around the bread.
Henry Cavill fired:
I read that more as “Man of Steel 2” scrapped. It sounds like if there are calls for an older Superman to appear, it will be Cavill.
It’s time for Marvel to snag him for Captain Britain.
I saw your FB post. It looks like he’s truly gone.
Big Finish’s tribute Chris Boucher:
A farmer goes out and buys a new, young rooster.
As soon as he brings him home, the young rooster rushes and screws all 150 of the farmer’s hens.
The farmer is impressed.
At lunchtime, the young rooster again screws all 150 hens.
The farmer is not just impressed anymore, he is worried.
The next morning, not only is the rooster screwing the hens but he is screwing the turkeys, ducks even the cow.
Later, the farmer looks out into the barnyard and finds the rooster stretched out, limp as a rag, his eyes closed, dead and vultures circling overhead.
The farmer runs out, looks down at the young rooster’s limp body, and says:
“You deserved it, you horny bastard!”
And the young rooster opens one eye, points up at the vultures with his wing, and says,
“Shhhh! They are about to land!”
New Scientist likes to remind me I’m not the target audience for the magazine with the expensive tours:
Black Adam pitch meeting:
CP: Shelter — MIYAVI
I don’t read a lot of horror, but this guy’s book/story titles are so great, I had to give him a shot:
Over the top:
TSO is basically the Metal band Savatage, with a bunch of extra touring members. That tour apparently (evidently) rakes in the dough. Hand over fist.
I haven’t checked this out, but considering most of us liked “Too Many Cooks”, this could be entertaining. 😀
From Superman to Space Marine.
Amazon orders are in! My Deadpan Secret Santa recipient’s gift isn’t coming until sometime on or after Dec. 27, unfortunately. Procrastination reigned this year, and today was my first day of serious Christmas shopping.
In reply to this comment earlier:
>>> End of year, we should talk MMMmmmeetup.
We should!! For 2023, I actually just finalized plans for an Alaska cruise with my parents, May 13-20, 2023. It has a stop in Vancouver, and I do have a current passport, valid through Jan. 2024, so I’m good on that front. Based on the date of that trip, I also vote September for MMMMMeetup (preferably not until after Dragon Con, which is Labor Day weekend, but as Jack said, let’s see what everyone thinks).
Depending on the dates I could do September.
What’s the weather like in Calgary in September?
I remember seeing tornado warnings on the tv when I visited Canada.
That was in July though.
This September we had record breaking heat. However, normally it’s pretty nice. A light jacket is usually fine. That being said, this close to the mountains, snow is also not out of the question
Dressing in layers is usually recommended
You should receive your gift no later than today, Amy. I got a confirmation of deliver 12/12-12/16.
Looks like I won’t get it till January, but whoever sent me a t-shirt via RedBubble, thank you.
I am hubbiless this evening. He’s watching Paws of Fury with a bung of elementary kids tonight. Since I’ve never seen it, maybe I’ll see if I can find the movie and stream it too
I should have liked Paws of Fury, but I didn’t. It was an attempt to remake Blazing Saddles using cats and dogs instead of racism and turning it into a family friendly flick. Just didn’t land with me on any level whatsoever. And I say that with a super heavy heart because Mel Brooks was a producer on that one.
Okay that is cool…silly but cool:
O tannenbaum, mien leben!
Barbie IS the monolith:
There was something both gratifying and very disturbing about that opening.
^Thanks, Jack! I have a few random, unopened Amazon packages addressed to me at my place; one of them might be yours. I’ll check for any new ones when I get home.
Sorry to bring this up, but on our last comment thread, JustaJoe posted about reading a roundup of the most recent (2022 study results) research on all of the things Covid is doing to the body; however, he didn’t post a link to it. You don’t happen to still have it, do you, Joe? I ask because I need to present a convincing case for continuing to wear masks as part of my annual Christmas care package project.
I don’t want anyone to ever feel uncomfortable asking reasonable questions about COVID protections. I’ll never shut down that conversation.
Brand new Two Steps From Hell. ATTN: Hollywood. Get these folks to score your movie, I’ll watch it.
Thanks, Jack. I really meant ‘sorry to be a buzzkill.’
Letter has been drafted, but is open to revisions.
Just seeing this. Sorry I forgot the link.
Hopefully this works
That looks like the one. Thank you!
A buddy of mine just got his 2nd case of Covid.
First time around it was like a common cold and he was over it in 5 days. This time he is 10 days in and has no energy to do anything.
Symptoms of a different varient or cumulative damage? ♂️
Oh wait, what?!
Just don’t let Ridley Scott anywhere near the adaptation, probably portray Case as secret agent or an Elf.
Alternative Xmas film list:
Was surprised “The Night Before” wasn’t on that list.
Directed by Jonathan Levine and staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I stumbled across it late one night years ago and thought it was great.
I might have been drunk at the time though so…
Tom Lehrer‘a website is disappearing soon so download all that you want (he released all his songs into the public domain years ago):
Thanks for the heads up!
Downloaded! “An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer” and “That Was The Year That Was” were so much a part of my childhood. Thanks for the heads-up!
If you want to download the Tom Lehrer albums, note that the link for _The Remains of Tom Lehrer_ (Disc 1) contains a typo: the file is given as trotll.rar, but it’s really trotl1.rar.
Here is a corrected link:
@Jack I’ve loved Two Steps From Hell for years. I think I first found them when I was trying to find the music for the 2009 Star Trek trailer. The were/are a Production Music company so a lot of their music ends up in trailers. I’ve also noticed their music in PBS series from time to time.
But, alas, I’ve not heard them score a movie. I’d love to hear that too. And maybe they’ll bring their Live show somewhere near here in the future.
Productive afternoon earlier. Christmas care packages have been sent to my parents, Van, and Mark the Encaffeinated One. Still have Bunny’s and Nutty’s; going to see if I can get Stamps.com to cooperate in order to take care of those. I also got groceries.
We caught the Cirque du Soleil Christmas show in a theater this afternoon. I’m pretty certain that one of them are human. Just mind-blowing.
In other news, watched ep 1 of the Interview with the Vampire series. . . It’s kinda like watching the recent Hobbit film trilogy.
“Why are all of these core story and character elements changed? How is all of this new, extra stuff adding to the story? Why?”
I don’t think I can hang.
Positives: The 2 leads are great.
It seems to be well liked by people who don’t know the source material.
The worst films of 2022 according to Variety:
Quite enjoyed some on that list, agree about Amsterdam though.
I’m officially sick and tired of people being blinded by the flash of AI technology. I work with AI and I’m well aware of what it can do an it’s limitations. People always want to focus on it’s abilities and completely ignore it’s limitations. This article is all about how some YouTuber used AI to color enhance a scene from Metropolis and therefore it’s fantastic and they were floored by the improvement. IT SUCKS! It’s the absolute worst colorization I’ve ever seen in my life. The colors are muted and in an almost constant state of flux. It’s actually difficult to watch. WTF?
I agree. The recent Science Friday coverage on this was pretty good. The artists they interviewed were more concerned about how AI was trained on art without artist permission and what constitutes fair-use.
They pump it up, like the wormhole simulation story and the fusion news, shrug.
These are early days, the AI is going to get better.
Yeah, the quality is poor now, but I’m sure it will get there faster than anyone is comfortable with.
Interesting times ahead.
More children now die from gun related deaths than in motor vehicle accidents:
The Sunderland flying boat:
So I got a FB friend request from Amy. I know I’ve received a few bogus friend requests lately, just seeing if this one is real.
Looks like the real deal:
Hello, me. Meet the real me.
(That one’s for you, Jack Mangan. )
When it became clear that I would have to start from scratch with a new Facebook account (my old one got stolen and deleted), I decided that that line would be the first thing I would post on it. RIP, old account. That was one of the OG accounts from the .edu-email-required days. I’m sorry to lose that OG status, the pictures (most of which were also stored elsewhere), and especially the message history.
On the bright side, I have a blank slate to choose my friends and my interactions more wisely so that I have better, more curated content to look at here. I’ve learned a lot since college, about information security, content algorithms, and many other things. This time, my interactions here will be more mindful.
Yes, I trust that to be the real Amy.
Yep! If I have an orange and purple sailor collar in my profile picture, it’s real.
I have no idea what’s going on, but sometimes when I refresh the page I get redirected to a porn site.
I did as well.
Ugh. I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for letting me know.
Same here btw
Whoever ordered that t-shirt for me got my postcode wrong, hopefully it will still get here.
I did a bunch of WP updates. Please do let me know if you see it happen again.
Did today, this was a casino site.
Crap joke for the evening:
By 2030, auto pilots on jet liners will be so sophisticated that the cockpit crew will be reduced to one pilot and a dog.
The pilot is there to feed the dog.
The dog is there to bite the pilot if they try touch the controls.
A good Tonight Show monologue-style joke.
From about the 2-minute mark to the 3-minute mark – Reb Brown talking MST3K and Space Mutiny:
-26C right now, -38 with the wind chill. I think I’m just going to stay by the fireplace with a good book today
Over here in Blighty, there was a 10C temperature rise over night that got rid of the snow.
Designing the map for the Holland 44 board game:
As an aside, there was a turn based game for the ZX Spectrum called Arnhem that got me interested in strategy games based on WW2.
The writer was RT Smith, one of those nuggets of information that got in my memory.
The writer was RT Smith, one of those nuggets of information that got stuck in my memory.
So there is a new series on Netflix called The Recruit. A bumbling lawyer for the CIA gets in way over his head.
Silly but fun and the English actress playing the Russian asset does a good job of being menacing.
Hi Jack, have you looked into this?
The redirect happened to me once, but now that I’m running dev tools, it isn’t happening again. I’ll try and capture some information, if I can.
If you do capture anything that might help me narrow things down, it would be much appreciated!
Thanks! I’ve been in touch with Tony. Basically elevating to a higher support tier.
Hubby got a bunch of cards from one of the grade one classes. One of them said he’s was the best pinspole ever. I think that will be my new nickname for him now, pinspole
I’m also going to start using this for that profession, just on general pinspoles.
Because, Canada. It’s colder now than it was before the sun came up
Tony cleared out all of the potential infections and ran a scan, which came up negative.
We should* be good. Sorry for the unexpected stuff. Damned hackers.
If anyone sees any wonkiness, please feel free to message me on FB, it might be the easiest way to catch me. That or you can email me tony at backseatproducers. I’ll try to monitor it as I can.
It just happened to me.
It looks like an attack on the cdn for some of your resources. I’ll email you a screenshot.
A slice of history about Snow Globes:
CP: Let It Snow — Broken Peach
Goodbye to Terry Hall:
Redirecting still happening.
Props to the Director for standing up to trolls but it sounds exhausting:
I don’t see why he wastes his time.
Also, why tf is anyone still on Twitter??
Recursive Game of Life:
Well, that’s a relief.
I’m glad they included the Douglas Adams reference.
I’ve never seen the redirect. Which is good. . . but also makes it harder to troubleshoot.
Can you plz catch a screenshot and send to Tony?
“The biggest stunt in cinema history”
I still have zero interest in Tom Cruise or Mission Impossible, but – – credit where it’s due. Wow.
I haven’t had a redirect issue since yesterday.
My favourite place right now is in front of the fireplace
I never switch mine on as it’s electric. The big radiator warms the sitting room up nicely when the central heating is on.
We have a gas fireplace
I miss having a fireplace. Although you’re all welcome to site around our backyard fire pit.*
*Less enjoyable in the dead of summer.
Goodbye to Mike Hodges who directed Flash Gordon:
An article from Games Radar celebrating the. 40th Anniversary of the Flash Gordon film:
Tried The Watcher on Netflix. Based on real events, set in Westfield NJ, where I once lived.
But episode 1 stunk. Contrived, cliched cheese. I’m bowing out of this one.
Not into historical dramas set in medieval times but started watching the adaption of Wolf Hall on the BBC.
Some good actors in this and a very young Tom Holland.
I am more than ready for things to warm up.
RIP Franco Harris. https://sports.yahoo.com/legendary-steelers-rb-franco-harris-dies-at-72-123247304.html
The “Immaculate Reception” is probably a little tame by today’s standards, but was a huge deal in its day. One of the biggest plays in all of US sports history.
A possible 150 dollars if you have an interesting story and recipe:
So what’s the deal with 1899 on Netflix?
It was discounted from 1900. 😉
It’s been a minute since we had to get someone their coat.
I liked 1899, be prepared to not be able to follow the plot until the end, and even then only answers a handful of questions.
Be careful what you say about Madison Square Garden
I feel it’s a stretch to make the central aspect of this story facial recognition. It’s really a story about the legality of policies use by MSG. Facial recognition was just the tool they used to identify the person.
Agreed. The evil isn’t the technology, it’s the actions taken by the venue.
Husband tried to take my picture this evening. We both ended up in giggling fits. He says he doesn’t understand how I don’t look like me in pictures. I say that’s why I don’t like having my picture taken
Will try again tomorrow
Winter storm hitting the Midwest from now through Friday afternoon. Planning on staying inside until church on Saturday evening.
I plan to spend the time I’m snowed in working on Christmas letters and getting my place in shape, as well as cooking So far, I’ve hung up a picture and 3 holiday garlands. Pictures on the new FB account when I’m ready to take pictures.
I look forward to seeing the pictures! Stay safe and warm through that mess. I.e., why I moved to Phoenix.
Looks like snowmeggedon is going to have its grips on most of the US. Stay warm.
So we got a “beer advent calendar”. Anyone familiar with Minhas Brewery from Wisconsin?
There was a Minhas brewery in Calgary. I wonder if they’re related
There are 1381 breweries represented in my bottle/can collection. Unfortunately, Minhas is not one of them.
If I said no would that be too predictable?
We’ve slowed down quite a bit. I doubt if I’ve had 24 beers in all of 2022.
We sampled the Peanut Butter Porter (eh. Tiffany liked it) and the Hazelnut Stout, which was tasty.
Disappointing that there are no cheese beers from a Wisconsin brewery.
Today is the last day of classes for the husband before the winter break. I think we are both looking forward to two weeks of him being home
God there’s a lot of chocolate in my house.
Elementary kids (and parents) need to be more creative when giving gifts to their pinspole
Wear sweatpants and enjoy overeating this Xmas.
The t-shirt arrived be Xmas, thank you to whoever sent it.
Hooray! (It wasn’t from me, btw)
Flexible saving accounts are not good for a lot of Americans:
Cool art site:
I am informed by my eldest, college age child that “citizen sleeper“ is a very good PC game that I might like. They thought it had a D&D vibe to it.
Looks pretty cool and has great reviews.
My Steam wish list has 200+ items on it. This is one of them.
It’s currently on sale.
Turn your old Blu-ray player into a microscope:
Going on 3 hours now if watching my laptop cycling. Killed it and restarted about 10 times. What’s the definition of madness?
There’s a reason “Dell” rhymes with “hell.”
Back! For now! #$#%$%&!!
Not directly about AI art, but there are some parallels.
Star Trek TV ad from the 60s. A stranger with no heart!?
“A stranger with no heart!?”
A brief history of getting fucked over by various social media:
No time to finish the article, but it’s off to a great start.
First day of holidays for the husband. W00t!
My child just told me that another good game is called “Tunic”. I might not have the spelling right.
Apparently a “puzzle” game and some of the people she knows who play it actually keep notebooks to write down and help sort the clues.
I quite enjoyed Tunic. It was such a bittersweet story.
BTW- currently it is 5°F here. I tried to play the “cold is no big deal“ game and went outside to try and do some chores.
My hands still hurt.
*falls on floor laughing*
That’s unheard of in your top secret location!
I am fortunate (in many many ways) that I occasionally go skiing so I have appropriate outer wear … just had to make myself dig them out
Am out running errands … seeing lots of desperate looks at my fur lined ski jacket from all the folks who are “bundled up” in hoodies.
Still on the floor with laughter.
I know it’s due to the ocean and the jet stream but it still weird that I’m at a higher latitude than TEB but get a warmer winter climate.
It’s about “the delta” TEB (rolls eyes… throws another log on the fire.)
I know it’s all relative. It’s like when I complain in the summer about the heat. I’m sure our Arizonians laugh at me.
I was a little uncomfortable in the sun earlier today with my sweater on. But it did get chilly later.
Sent this to my daughter because she’s big into the Five Nights at Freddie’s horror games. I spent many youthful hours at Showbiz Pizza. I think the real thing might be more terrifying than the animatronics in the game.
So there is this podcast covering cyberpunk and this episode has a cool sounding version of Greensleeves as the intro:
Corgi’s in Welsh mythology:
Faithless lead singer Maxi Jazz dies aged 65 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64087315
Oh shit. Damn, I was into Faithless back in the 90s.
Your crap joke for this Xmas Eve:
I went to buy a Christmas tree the other day, and the shop assistant asked “Do you plan to put it up yourself?”
I said “No, I was thinking the living room.”
Dog bless us, everyone!
Your Santa Hat sir.
Merry Christmas you old Deadpan!
Sorry about getting Zsu Zsu’s petals all over the floor.
Whaddya know about that!
I watched that one alone last year. It my happen again this year.
Up early for a zoom chat.
Merry Xmas, Deadpan!
It’s a weird one, with Tiffany and the eldest daughter both working, but we made a fun morning of it.
Today’s, bad, Christmas cracker jokes-
Q. What is grey and has four legs and a trunk?
A. A mouse going on holiday
Q. When do spare parts from Japanese cars start falling out of the sky?
A. When it’s raining Datsun cogs.
Q. What is green and bounces around the garden?
A. A spring onion.
CW: Glass Onion
I’m just going to say that Ed Norton is great in this.
We watched this last night after getting back from family gatherings.
Enjoyed it every bit as much as the first.
I do hope this becomes a regular thing.
So a programmer that created Dropzone on the C64, Archer Maclean has died, just 60.
My Boo gave us Star Wars Against Humanity. The franchise has never been so rude
..and just in time for the film:
We played “Ticket to Ride” on Christmas Eve.
It was a fun time. I don’t get to play board games as much as I would like.
Great game, the iPad version with online play is a good alternative if you can’t find players or you can play the computer.
Ticket to Ride is a favorite around here too. We haven’t messed around much with expansions or other maps. just enjoying the basic and the 1910 games.
So, after watching the Rings of Power Series while I was also working my way through the Silmarillion. I was trying to find some good articles on just how the show and Tolkien’s various writings of the second age differ. What helped me get through the Silmarillion was the Tor primer written by Jeff LaSala (https://www.tor.com/series/the-silmarillion-primer/). He was really able to put everything in a way that oddly enough made more sense that Tolkien’s own words and I actually enjoyed the primer at least as much as the Silmarillion itself. So, of course, the best version of an analysis of RoP that I was able to find came from… Jeff LaSala. If you have any desire to read a well written analysis from someone who 1) knows his Tolkien lore incredibly well and 2) really went in with an open mind and understanding that shows will always change things in their adaptations, I highly recommend reading his stuff.
Rare astronomical event this week:
VFX artists react to bad and good CGI:
I think I’m still on ship time.
Merry Christmas, Deadpan!
Happy Boxing Day! Go for the TKO.
Violent Night was silly fun. I enjoyed it a bit more than the Guardians Christmas Special.
I think I liked both about equally. Just in different ways.
I still need to see Everything Everywhere All At Once, goddamn it.
This list seems fine, but I don’t know how you omit the cultural phenomenon of Stranger Things. Even if you didn’t like it, the show was dominant in 2022.
I’d also add that The Peripheral is excellent. I’m rewatching now, so Tiffany can see it, catching so many little details on the second viewing.
Yeah, “The Peripheral” gets top marks from Teresa and me this year.
Will add that to the list.
Finally saw “Bullet Train” last night. It was fun. I definately liked the style/look of the film.
The geology of Wheel of the Time:
Directory of AI tools:
This is a fascinating deep dive into stars with famous/successful parents.
The early parts of this article make me realize how little I follow anything anymore. I don’t know 75% of the people listed. It’s not until you get down to the old fogies section (Michael Douglas, Jamie Lee Curtis, The Sheen Clan, etc.) that I start to know people.
Trailer for the David Tennant and Donna Noble return to Doctor Who, with one second of the newest Doctor:
Features two creatures from the Doctor Who comic that Marvel published in the UK in the 80s.
You know I will never stop thinking Vector displays are cool.
In this, you will always be right!
I’ve destroyed many a vector Death Star in my day.
That was definitely one of the highlights of my visit to the pinball museum in Vegas.
I LOVED THE PINBALL MUSEUM!
Also, I think it was called “Battlezone”. You were driving a tank and blowing up random shaped raster objects.
The first time I experienced that game I became thrilled with the potential of computers and what they might bring us.
Narrator: It was indeed Battlezone.
Been a nice, quiet holiday so far.
Deleted scenes from Star Wars and Indiana Jones:
Finished the Peripheral rewatch last night, although I forgot about the post-credits scene.
The ending was a bit clearer this time around. I definitely recommend a second pass.
Every single one of these is fascinating. Spider warning for #9.
Glass Onion: two thumbs up!
I’m enough of a music geek that I spotted this.
I saw The Menu in the theaters because I was stuck in Lincoln, Nebraska with little else to do. It was actually quite enjoyable. Really far more of a comedy with thriller aspects than what I would classify as horror. But the comedy was really well done so I like to think of it as a very successful comedy.
Missed that one at the cinema, Wil have to wait for it to come on streaming now.
Having friends over today. Will probably play some Winter Kingdom followed by Cards Against Star Wars
I watched Black Adam last night. Pretty descent flick. Starts to take an almost Watchmen concept of not having everything as simply good or evil. So, of course, it flopped and many people didn’t like it. Getting harder and harder to tell anything but a formulaic story in a comic inspired movie.
I’ve been in no hurry to see this because
It seems like a vanity project for Dwayne Johnson.
Zero connection to these characters.
And it’s DC.
But I’m sure we’ll get to it.
I found Black Adam to be Ok, but not beyond that. You should watch the pitch session on YouTube. It explains SOME of the issues I had
Pele: Brazil football legend dies aged 82 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42751517
I don’t know soccer all that well, but I know he played for the New York Cosmos in his later years. Most people considered him the GOAT.
Enjoyed the new Avatar film, sometimes a dumb action flick is all you need for a fun afternoon.
She was either very lucky or a ninja:
Required skills for working at Waffle House.
Tonight: introducing the elder daughter to The Lost Boys. She laughed at it and laughed AT it, which is appropriate.
Tiffany was less impressed.
I still love this movie, in spite of the Coreys. I acknowledge every bit of cheese, but I like cheese.
I liked the cheese as well.
This may be another film whose genious was it’s place and time in culture’s timeline.
I believe it was one of the first “teen” vampire flicks and also one of the first to be intentionally a “Dark Comedy”.
Now, teen vamps are/were a franchise (so it lost that edge) and murderous, sarcastic teenagers are a dime a dozen so it’s lost that “novelty” as well.
When it came out though … it was like nothing I had ever seen.
Eve came from the penis not the rib:
Read the article
A brief IndieGoGo update was emailed out today. Plz let me know if you got the message.
For a change, I actually got it. Usually it seems to get lost in my emails
Okay watching White Noise on Netflix and wondering if compacting your rubbish before putting it in bin a think in the US?
‘Putting it in the bin a thing in the US?’
“rubbish” = garbage or trash
“bin” = can or bucket
The garbage trucks here compress the rubbish after it’s been pickeded up.
Yeah, that’s the norm here too. Might be a rich people thing.
Tumbleweeds around this place!
Happy New Year’s Eve, Deadpan.
Happy New Year’s Eve!
Well past midnight here.
Welcome to 2023 Deadpan.
Happy New Year!
Well, at least Van made it to the future. Maybe there’s hope for the rest of us.
It’s official now in AZ too. Happy and prosperous 2023 to everyone!
I don’t know. So far, this year doesn’t feel a whole lot different than last year.
Right. I need instant change.
Alright, Van, I expect independent confirmation from you as our most local Panite:
Appears to be legit:
As it moves across the country, how close will that point come to where you are? Maybe a 2025 (or so) Meeeetup to be at the intersection of norths?
Well Berwick is about an hour train ride away, so pretty close.
Do you think we can handle that much Northern Exposure?
“ this is a one-off event that has never happened before.”
Maybe we can start a cult!
I went to Scotland a few years back. I’m sure I could take the balmy lands to the South without much effort.
Plus, I grew up in Upstate New York. My being spoiled in Florida for the last decade and a half hasn’t softened me up to the cold that much.
You know I was expecting more of a selfie from that rocky cliff.
Starting the new year right with a trip to the AZ Science Center.
Starting the new year wrong with truly disgusting takeout tacos.
Break from the old routine:
having friends over today. Gonna play some Isle of Cats
We played the Bob Ross: Art of Chill boardgame last night, which ironically, had some frustrating game mechanics.
But 2 out of 3 of us liked it. Tiffany and I may play it again.
Fantastic Ministry song, possibly my favorite.
The backstory to this song is even crazier than the article tells. It’s amazing that William S. Burroughs lived as long as he did.
Here’s the full list of the school’s banished words for this year:
Does that make sense?
It is what it is
So it goes.
Miss Kitty goes in for her arthritis shot today. I expect to have a grumpy kitty later this morning.
Deep Space 9 documentary:
Montage of films released in 2020:
2022 I mean.
New month, new thing.
Yup, kitty is angry with me and the husband
She’ll have her revenge when you’re trying to sleep.
The littlest one got the Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro storybooks for Xmas, so after reading, we had to rewatch Spirited Away last night.
This movie is just incredible.
It’s really a movie about an unhappy kid who has to grow up really fast because her careless, greedy parents put everyone in terrible danger. No wonder it was such a hit with Gen X.
CP: I Am The Black Ace — Black Ace
I think I’m going to get my locks chopped this morning
Well there goes all your power.
It’s always a bit of a shock to discover that a character actor has done so much more than his roles in western media would indicate:
Definitely one of those “hey, it’s that guy” actors.
The anticipated movies of 2023:
CP: Let You Down — Dawid Podsiadlo
Much as I love the Evil Dead movies, I think I’m gonna pass on Evil Dead Rise. I can’t really stomach “mom being evil to kids.” Even in a fictional setting.
Americas love of serial killers:
Watched the movie Moonfall on prime. Despite the high budget and name stirs, I wouldn’t recommend it
Where as I watched The Menu on Disney+, horror comedy, gets a thumbs up from me.
It’s been really difficult to get good sci fi movies lately. I’ll pass on Moonfall. Agreed on The Menu though. It was well done comedy.
The eldest daughter was offended tonight by “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson because of the “She might be cute, but she’s just a substitute” line – – because he’s just using the substitute girl.
Crap joke for the day:
Professor at the University of Sydney was giving a lecture on ‘Involuntary Muscular Contractions’ to his first year medical students. Realising this was not the most riveting subject, the professor decided to lighten the mood slightly.
He pointed to a young woman in the front row and said, ‘Do you know what your arsehole is doing while you’re having an orgasm?
She replied, ‘Probably fishing with his mates.’
It took 45 minutes to restore order in the classroom…
I’m glad I’m old enough to double check things before making comments.
For example, confirming that Van’s post did not say fisting.
Well THAT joke just took a turn!
Looks like it could be fun:
I’m definitely liking what I see so far.
Although I’m definitely looking forward to new Mel Brooks content… I am not a fan of Nick Kroll. Have to wait and see how this one plays out.
I applaud Mel Brooks for still being active and productive in his 90s. I’ll be shocked if this is funny at all, but hey, I’m in.
Harden my arteries with joy.
The other day I learned:
The same actress who voiced Lilo in Lilo in Stich and voiced Chihiro in the English language dub of Spirited Away, was Donnie Darko’s sister, and crawled out of the TV in the US version of The Ring.
CP: Ur Mum — Wet Leg
Ask ChatGPT to write a program in BASIC to sort three numbers:
10 INPUT “Enter the first number: “, A
20 INPUT “Enter the second number: “, B
30 INPUT “Enter the third number: “, C
40 IF A > B THEN SWAP A, B
50 IF A > C THEN SWAP A, C
60 IF B > C THEN SWAP B, C
70 PRINT “The sorted numbers are:”; A; B; C
As an aside, being asked to do this at school was the first sign I was never going to be a programmer.
If it asks you if you want to play a game
I repeat, DO NOT select
“Global Thermo Nuclear War” !
CP: βios — Hiroyuki Sawano feat. Mika Kobayashi
Just finished the third episode of “Wednesday”
Very much enjoying this.
The style is my kind of thing and the lead actress is killing it (pun intended).
IMHO they have avoided the pitfall of making each scene just a set-up for a snarky remark from her (ala – Roger Moore’s “James Bond“). Her snark seems to be “considered response” rather than “off the top of the head” smarm.
She might be kidding. She might not.
I think that is what makes it work.
There is going to be a season 2:
A lot of that credit goes to Jenna Ortega for her delivery of those lines.
But . . . I will give credit where it’s due. Tim Burton also stepped up his game on this show. I feel like he’d been phoning it in for about 30 years.
CP: Calamity Song — The Decemberists
How 8 bit computers loaded in games from tape:
Terrible stomach distress today. Not sure what’s going on, but it feels like heartburn run amok. Stay tuned.
As publicity stunts go, this is seriously fucked up.
The guy who started off creative Labs has died:
Back in the dim and distance past, when you bought a PC it only came with a buzzer for sound and you had to purchase a sound card for better sound.
I was there, Gandalf.
Playing Gloomhaven on line with friends this afternoon. Last time we failed miserably. Hopefully, today will be better
JW: Puss in Boots : The Last Wish
I wasn’t expecting much but this turned out to be bloody good fun.
We should do some online games! If we can ever schedule it.
We use Board Game Arena for a lot of our gaming (Not Gloomhaven). They have quite a good selection.
Crap joke for a Sunday morning:
A man climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai and gets close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord, “God, what does a million years mean to you?” The Lord replies, “A minute.”
The man then asks, “And what does a million dollars mean to you?” The Lord replies, “A penny.”
Then he asks,”Can I have a penny?” The Lord replies, “In a minute.”
We don’t have Pennie’s in Canada
Apparently, because of this fact, autocorrect has decided we also mean people of that name too
Goodbye to Earl Boen:
Speaking of board games….how to we move toward a weekend and country for the next MMMMeetup?
I think we determined September works best for Jack’s schedule but we haven’t actually chosen a weekend or place.
I thought Calgary was the final choice? Would a SurveyMonkey help to finalize everything?
Gawd no, I’m happy to go with Calgary but more concerned with the dates.
OK. Let’s Monkey it.
TIL: Boris Vallejo is still with us. Boris Vallejo turns 83 today! In honor, I shall oil up my muscles and go to the grocery store in a teeny tiny loincloth.
On the back of a giant tiger
You don’t do this everyday? Illusions shattered..
Today I’m getting my paperwork in order so it’s ready for tax time.
How did my life get so exciting.
The 25 best films of 2022:
CP: I Really Want to Stay at Your House — Rosa Walton & Hallie Coggins
Alan Moore should be proud.
It failed to reach orbit.
You’ll get another chance to stow away.
New Heike Langhans song:
Her voice is lovely, as always, though buried under a lot of ambient synths. The song is decent. Pretty different from Draconian.
It’s the guns:
This is a long read, so I skimmed, but it seems to be really well-presented and difficult to dispute. He seems to stick to verifiable facts and not rely on his own observations as the evidence for any of his assertions.
This link from the article is truly appalling: https://www.fastcompany.com/90721663/an-ar-15-designed-for-children-shocks-even-the-most-jaded-gun-control-advocates
I spent about 90 minutes last night trying to pick the bathroom door lock, to no avail. No one was trapped inside, just no one can access the bathroom now.
I’ve only every had bathroom doors with the hole on the outside of the knob so that one can stick something like a paper clip in it and the door will unlock. Sorry for the struggle.
When my son was 2 years old, he managed to throw the keys to a closet into that closet and lock it. I ended up taking the hinges off the door to retrieve them and put a none locking hardware set on the door so it wouldn’t happen later.
Always late to the party, I started an Instagram account, just because. So far I have one follower.
It’s just been about the cat so far but, let’s see how long that lasts.
CP: Ride — Liz Phair
Counterpoint: It’s not the guns, it’s the M&Ms
This author is not a fan of new Trek:
He does like Voyager though which make his judgement rather suspect.
The new Antman flick is looking good:
The full list of Golden Globes winners.
I’ve seen exactly none of these.
You really do need to watch Everything Everywhere All at Once, it’s a fun film.
I second that emotion.
This is right at the top of my wishlist – – as soon as my viewing partner and I can string 2 hours together.
Maybe in some alternate universe.
For the Space 1999 fans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr_jUXgZNjA
That was well done.
Initial success on project “find new standup comedians”. I rather like Tim Minchin, or at least his latest special “Back Live”. His music is good, and the comedy and social commentary are spot on.
I forgot about him. I assume Eddie Izzard is already covered?
Eddie Izzard is a long standing favorite.
Baby Shark do do do do….
Wow. Jeff Beck. An absolute legend. RIP
Was just about to post it.
Jeff Beck: British guitar legend dies aged 78 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64228780
I go for a bone density test this afternoon. I’ve never had one before so it should be interesting.
Ah, the fun things we do as we get older.
I don’t know what that all entails, but I hope it’s as fun as humanly possible.
Has everyone seen the SurveyMonkey for the MMMmmmeetup dates?
I’m glad John Fogerty lived to see the day:
My god – – a RUSH cover with William Shatner on vocals is somehow really good.
For my tastes, it doesn’t add any new takes on the song and isn’t better than the original.
I don’t see any reason to listen to this version instead of the original.
CP: Fade To Grey — Visage
A husband and wife in their 90s are both having problems remembering things.
During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they’re physically OK, but they might want to start writing things down to avoid forgetting.
Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. “Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?” he asks.
“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”
“Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” she asks.
“No, I can remember it.”
“Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?”
He says, “I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”
“I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?” she asks.
Irritated, he says, “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream — I got it, for goodness’ sake!” Then he toddles into the kitchen.
After about 20 minutes, the old man returns and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.
She stares at the plate for a moment.
“Where’s my toast?”
A bit of a dustup in the WotC D&D world:
Yeah, it is all over Twitter. It’s been good news for all 3rd party systems that compete with DnD. The publisher of Savage Worlds stated they sold out of all their base rule books for some reason. LOL Hasbro’s lawyers are pretty thickheaded in my opinion. Role-playing tabletop games are a cottage industry and there are plenty of other systems people can use and get the same or better experience. I’m also a little peeved with Hasbro the way they have handled the Rom:Spaceknight IP. James Gunn wanted ROM in Guardians 3, but Marvel stated it would be too difficult to work with Hasbro to get the rights. If Hasbro ever does make a ROM movie, nobody will have a clue who the character is. That was a big marketing opportunity for them, but lawyers.
Started watching Manhunter and nothings says filmed in the 80s then the bloody font on the title screen.
Oh and Will’s wife is played by the actress who was the love interest in Brazil.
The original Michael Mann movie? I’m a huge fan, but I remember this one being kind of a swing and a miss.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64255117
If you have a Phillips CPAP machine you should check if it needs to be replace:
The site wants me to pay to read into the meat of the article. I did the replacement when they first put out the recall because my old machine was, well, old and I wanted a free new one. But my doctor said that the issue with the foam was caused by people putting their CPAP machines into sanitizing machines that they were never designed to go into and that if I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t have any actual trouble with the foam. They sent me a new machine quickly and with no muss or fuss. The new machine works fine.
Yeah I’ve never done that as well, will get a new machine on Monday.
Mine isn’t a Philips so… go me?
Well looks like mine has the disintegrating foam, been having flu like symptoms all week that eased overnight when I stopped using the machine.
CP: School — Supertramp
Are you ok ditto? That’s a bit mainstream for you.
Don’t you talk about ditto, he’s the only one I’ve got.
Looks like it will be fun:
We have started watching the tv series Let The Right One In. I’ve seen both versions of the movie (French and English) and am quite enjoying the series now, too
Loved the original movie. I’d question the need for a series, but if it works, it works.
You’ve been eaten by a grue
Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.
I don’t remember Thorin being in Zork
Nope but he was in The Hobbit, another early text adventure based on the Tolkien book:
Yeah, I saw that earlier. Still not Zork though 😉
We don’t want Van to be eaten by a grue.
Happy Birthday Mr. Mangan!
My goodness, a rare sight.
Amy, your letter arrived today.
CP: Chaise Long – Wet Leg
Happy birthday Sénior Mangan!
Thank you, thank you! Been a lovely morning.
Beginning to wonder if my DPSS recipient actually got the gift I sent.
They did! They think it’s great. They’re just scatterbrained. Cough.
It was a lovely birthday! If you didn’t see on FB, Tiffany surprised me with front row tix for a great Led Zeppelin cover band.
Earlier, had hot pot for dinner, which was an adventure in itself.
The Top 40 Prog Rock songs of the year. So, roughly 7,861 minutes of music.
I know a handful of these. . . I’m intrigued by many of the others. In my ignorance, I’d thought that Tangerine Dream ended when Edgar Froese died in 2015. I see they’ve kept going.
I definitely had some Tangerine Dream albums back in the day. You know… the ones you would put into a dual cassette boom box and make a copy of. Those.
They have over 150 album releases. Sadly, some of my old favorites – Thief, Turn of the Tides – are not available through Amazon streaming.
CW: The Last of Us E1
Oh yeah, been waiting for this one.
Got a new CPAP machine, still a Philips but not part of the recall.
I both love and hate doing things I don’t really know how to do.
That’s definitely one of the books of my life.
Yeah, same he-OMG, it’s Nomad Scry!
Mandolorian season 3 trailer
“I’m from a tech-obsessed subculture, so it’s my habit to look for
scientific and industrial innovations and assume they’re gonna alter
the world’s situation.
That’s not what happens in this decade.”
Reading through Bruce Sterling’s 2023 State of the World.
Ok, watching the first episode of Chippendales and wondering if Backgammon was ever that Big in the USA?
Yeah, I remember it being big in Canada. I’m assuming it was similar in the US.
Watching the 2009 rebooted Star Trek film and man that cast was fricking fantastic,
This first rebooted Trek movie is the best thing JJ Abrams has ever and will ever do.
A husband was sitting quietly reading his paper one morning, peacefully enjoying himself, when his wife sneaks up behind him and whacks him on the back of the head with a huge frying pan.
“What the heck was that for!” he asked.
She replies, “I found a piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Marylou written on it…”
“Oh, dear, remember two weeks ago when I went to the horse races? Well, Marylou was the name of one of the horses I placed a bet on.”
The explanation seems to appease her, and she leaves the room to go about her business.
Three days later, the man is again sitting in his chair reading the morning paper. His wife abruptly hangs up the telephone and then whacks him on the back of the head with the huge frying pan.
“What the heck did I do wrong this time!” he asked.
She answered, “Your horse just called!”
I’ve been mulling a reread of these books. . .
It’s definitely a good idea to re-read them instead of watching the do the same to Amber that they did to the Wheel of Time.
I’ve not read any of his novels.
I did watch Damnation Alley though.
I read the Amber series for the first time around 2009. They took me by surprise – – I rather enjoyed them. Corwin and Random were great characters.
At the request of someone, I made a video presentation of some of my work.
I now have a newfound appreciation for those who work in that field
It’s expensive and what is the point if you aren’t looking through the eye piece, may as well download a photo from NASA:
Someone sent Nick Cave AI-generated lyrics “in the style of Nick Cave.”
He wasn’t happy.
Looks like Wizards of the Coast finally addressed the open license controversy.
This seems like the right direction in my opinion. I don’t begrudge Wizards trying to make money on their IP, but I do get how content creators felt the reigns tightening. As for myself, I’m not going to be subscribing to any monthly digital services from Wizards, so if DnD Beyond makes it mandatory, there are plenty of paper & pencil systems that don’t require it, even older editions of DnD.
I imagine it’s too little, too late for some. Still, this is the right thing to do today, given the situation.
Amazon should have done something like this after they wrecked Comixology.
In “Am I Evil?” news: I have a physical promo comic book in my hands!
It’s not the finished product, but – – wow!
THAT is exciting news!
Can’t wait to see it !
BTW – I got my indie gogo email update.
The pictures look really slick!
I did not get an update 🙁
Actor Julian Sands is missing on a California hiking trail. 🙁
I really liked 1899 on Netflix! I’m disappointed in Netflix for cancelling it.
Calling on Amazon Prime to pick it up and let them finish this thing!
Yeah, we quite enjoyed it too. I know there’s some sort of petition going around to get it renewed but I don’t think that’ll work
End of an era.
I subscribe to two magazines every year. Well just went digital only with one of them.
With postal strikes and the pandemic deliveries of the print magazine were a tad unreliable. Discovered I quite enjoyed reading the digital version of the magazine on my iPad every week so went for the cheaper option.
I’ve gotten the PC Gamer magazine digitally on the Ipad for a few years now. I don’t think I’d ever go back to paper given a choice.
CP: Rubberband Girl — Kate Bush
Gina Lollobrigida: Italian screen star dies at 95 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64292026
Somehow didn’t expect that people referenced in Bugs Bunny cartoons would even still be around. Not sure why the joke even stuck with me, but I definitely remember Bugs saying to someone “ducka you head, lollobrigida” right before the other character smacks their head on a bridge.
The classics !
Half of my education of how things worked in that era are from cartoons. I still remember finding out what an A card was for gas rationing (https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2019/12/30/how-gas-rationing-worked-during-world-war-ii) and finally understanding the joke at the end of “Falling Hare” when the plummeting plane stalls out before hitting the ground because it runs out of gas and Bugs saying “You know how it is with these A cards” https://youtu.be/ZElJxTCIsJI?t=484
US rock legend David Crosby dies aged 81 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64341315
What an iconic voice and character. CSN/CSNY absolutely takes me back to a specific place and time.
I know he’d been “grandpa yelling at cloud” online in the past few years, but whatever. Great musician, great career. RIP
Everything Jack said.
He brought great music and musical stories into the world.
The album “So Far” is a milestone piece for me and is music that will outlive us all
Honestly, I didn’t know he was still around.
Crap joke for this cold morning:
I recently had a mouse infestation in my kitchen.
I sprayed WD 40 around the hole they came in through.
It didn’t get rid of them, but it stopped them squeaking!
I just noticed (I’m slow) that Ryah did not get her Am I Evil? email update.
Did the update miss anyone else?
For whatever reason, these go straight into my read/trash folder. Once I know it exists, I’m able to locate them but they certainly don’t like going into my in box. I’ve double checked all my settings and everything and there seems to be no reason for this.
I didn’t get anything either. Checked the spam and the read emails and the last thing I have is from December of 2021.
CP: Short but Sweet — Louis Armstrong
So Jetbro Tull are doing a concept album based on Norse myths:
So Jethro Tull are doing a concept album based on Norse myths:
Well that became a confusing search really fast. I went to find the latest Tull album and it was The Zealot Gene (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zealot_Gene) in 2022. I though that might be it but when I finally got to the description of the album it was “The Zealot Gene is not a concept album, but biblical references are made throughout and Anderson began writing each song with a passage from the Bible.”
So much for that album. I love Tull, but that really really isn’t up my alley.
Turns out the one on Norse Myths is RökFlöte and has not been released yet. That one I’ll definitely be on the lookout for.
Well I did write doing, which rather indicates it was a work in progress.
Indeed, you are and were correct. Doesn’t mean that you (or anybody else) has always been so. And when I saw 2022 I though there really couldn’t be two new Tull albums in the last year or so. It was still worth investigating, even if it turn out that the 2022 album doesn’t look for me. Would have been worth it for new Tull.
I guess these are the people who cheer for Pinky’s rant in “In the Flesh.”
Funny thing is, 50 years ago Pink Floyd was doing things that caused people who didn’t like change to get upset.
Nice to see they can still do that.
Yet another example of the statement my friends and I used to explain every unexplainable thing when I was an undergrad in college… people are stupid
Eldest daughter is home from school. We were going to watch Terminator 2 (the first isn’t on HBO right now, just the 2nd), but went with John Wick instead. I figured it was a bit more current and relevant to a person born in this century – – and little shorter, which mattered when starting after 11.
I’ve seen the John Wick movies once apiece, in the theaters. This movie is still really good, but far darker in tone than I remembered. I guess it was the sequels that I was thinking of that get more playful with his gun-fu.
Still excellent, but I couldn’t help feeling like we shoulda watched T2.
John Wick has of late, become a running joke around here. For some reason in the Dec/Jan time period, it was almost ALWAYS on if we sat down to watch TV at night.
The real funny part was that when we flipped through the channels and hit it, there was ALWAYS a gun fight going on.
If there is not a drinking game based on him reloading there should be.
Still haven’t seen all of any of those films.
As much as I like the first Terminator movie, it can be hard to watch for younger audiences as the special effects were far far far superior in T2.
T1 will always hold a special place in my heart but it’s prevalence of cultural references and images (which I think made it feel more real and important to me at that time) made it almost unwatchable decades later. I could overlook the aged FX but not the heavy 80’s vibe.
Also- my “decades later” rewatch was with a high school age daughter and I had not remembered the John/Sarah sex scene. I remembered they had hooked up but not that it was given so much explicite screen time.
THAT became very uncomfortable.
I remember an awkward time with my daughter when she got into horror movies and there was a constant struggle to find stuff that contained violence but not sex. I am well aware of the hypocrisy there. However, she and I were both more comfortable watching one than the other. Oddly enough, the most uncomfortable movie for us to watch together had nothing to do with sex scenes. It was, if I recall correctly, Aliens 3 or 4 in which it seemed that every other word spoken was an obscenity. I thought nothing of it the first time I saw it. But watching it with a teenage daughter and we were both superiorly aware of the language. Crazy the things that see off when watched with a school age daughter.
Episode 1 of the Vampire Chronicles completely went there (a shock to me, since there’s nothing like that in the book, goddammit), and after about 20 seconds of everyone silently begging the scene to end, the daughter just said, “bye” and left.
I think the solution is to always always always always check the content warnings.
Just going to pop in and say again that T3 rocks and the downbeat ending is bloody fantastic.
Boy did I hate T3. I last watched it as a Blockbuster rental, so maybe I should give it another shot.
I was thinking – – as Asshat was kinda saying – – that T2 is the better starting point for a younger viewer.
Ok, so in Iron Giant, did the robot have a head injury from the crash landing or when he fell after Hogarth cut the power off at the sub station?
I believe it was from the crash landing. His demeanor changed drastically after the dent was repaired.
How long did they make him sit out before he cleared “concussion protical”?
Similar album covers
While some of these ARE clearly based on the previous work … I feel the author was clearly reaching on others to get enough material to make their article marketable.
New maps of Mars:
Monterey Park: Nine people dead after shooting near LA, police say https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64364144
The husband, myself, and a friend of ours have this running joke about cat people. Last night, John and I decided to watch the eighties movie Cat People. If you like nudity in your movies, this I the one for you. If you want your movies to make sense, then walk away.
I think tonight we’ll watch the fourties’ version
The husband, myself, and a friend of ours have this running joke about cat people. Last night, John and I decided to watch the eighties movie Cat People. If you like nudity in your movies, this I the one for you. If you want your movies to make sense, then walk away.
… Nastassa Kinski
Seems like I liked Cat People, but have a vague memory of it being fairly dated the last viewing, which was probably over 25 years ago.
Spoken in Cartman voice “yeah I want nudity in my movies”.
I first watched cat people as a horny teenager so it was a fast favorite. Since I’m still a horny adult I expect it will have aged well. Although I remember sections of it being slower and that still won’t bode well with me.
A slice of history about the men who designed the Electroliner train:
Anyone here read Scalzi’s Kaiju Preservation Society? Looks interesting enough and I did like the one other thing of Scalzi’s that I’ve read. Apologies if anyone has already expressed their opinions here and I missed it.
I just finished it. I’m pretty hit and miss with Scalzi. This one was cute but not what I would call ground breaking.
It was entertaining enough, though.
I loved it. It was a fun read and parts were hilarious.
It’s on my TBR pile.
I was greatly entertained by this book. I felt like he was gunning for a big-budget movie adaptation.
I’m definitely hearing that it’s worth a try. It will be next month’s Audible credit purchase.
Last night we watched the 1942 Cat People. With the exception of the nudity, you could definitely see the parts of this movie that made up its remake
CW: The Last of Us E2
We watched it earlier today. I’ve never played the game and I’m usually not into the whole zombie apocalypse genre. But, given the two lead actors, I was up for giving it a shot.
We’re enjoying it so far.
We’ve enjoyed it too. I’ve liked and appreciated almost all the changes and additions. I thought the “kiss of death” just a bit too much though.
We saw episode one yesterday and enjoyed it. I never played the game as it hasn’t come to PC
So, did we come up with a weekend for the Mmeetup yet? I don’t remember seeing results from the survey.
I don’t think Jack has posted the results yet
I leave that to my wife’s capable clicks.
Majority of the votes (6/9) are for Labor Day Weekend.
What do we want to do with that?
The Mangan Fab Four are IN!
Ok, if I lived in the USA I would be seriously tempted:
I am way too much of a cheapskate, but wow. Although the sit-down version would be Fassbender perfection.
That’s pretty great. I don’t think I would have room for such a monster. However, Teresa liked her brother’s arcade emulator so much it is likely we’ll get one of those in the coming years.
The only one of the Best Picture nominees I’ve seen is Top Gun, and are you fking kidding me??
I’ve actually seen more than I thought I had … but none in the theater and that may be why I didn’t think I had seen any.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Top Gun: Maverick
Hands down … “EEAO” gets my vote.
Only haven’t seen Women Talking and Triangle of Sadness of the best pic nominations.
New Murderbot on the way!
Insta buy if they release an audio version
CP: Power — Joy Oladokun
I just heard about this movie. Now I really need to see it
And read the comic book adaptation!
Wolfcop and Wolfcop 2 are fantastic! The right balance between comedy and horror.
John Leguizamo looks like a teenager in the Super Mario Bros trailer:
I liked Solar Opposites pity the creator turned out to be a douche bag:
If he’s guilty, then kick him to the curb and good riddance.
If the accusations are false, then we’re seeing an innocent person lose his entire livelihood.
I haven’t seen proof either way.
Please remember: should I ever hit his levels of fame, then there is a vindictive, mentally unwell person from my past who will make as much noise as possible with false accusations.
I came to the realization decades ago that “Fame” was something to be avoided.
“Fortune” on the other hand …
Yeah, I’ve appreciated people’s kind words about things I’ve created – – that’s been great. Otherwise, I continue to enjoy my anonymity, thank you.
Watching all the Bond films at the cinema:
The writer vets high marks for watching all of them and being able to find something good in all of them.
Yes … even Moonraker.
Vets = gets
12 year old me loved Moonraker. I think I tried to rewatch it as an adult and had to change the channel.
Watched Moonraker during the pandemic and still enjoyed it.
Tonight and tomorrow my evenings will be lonely
Stupid parent teacher interviews
Generally speaking, it’s best if parent teachers aren’t stupid.
I assumed it was teacher interviews with lonely, stupid parents.
I guess that could be bad as well.
An archive of public information films:
David Prowse is in one!
These are probably best watched with the help of your robot friends.
I only just learned about Tony Iommi’s hand injury that lead to the distinctive Black Sabbath sound.
New meaning to “wow! That song has quite a hook”?
(* this post brought to you by
“people who have no idea what they’re talking about and blithely post before they do any research“)
It’s rumored he is the originator of “palm muting.”
Okay not really. (To no one’s surprise I am familiar with the injury in question)
To this day, he wears little finger caps on his right hand. Many believe that this was the first reason why Black Sabbath tuned down to their ominous, Doomy sound, so the string tension would be easier on his hand.
He’s a lefty player like me!
As was explained to me, to avoid a lot of pain due to the injury, he wears those finger caps, plus he strung his guitar with banjo strings and used drop C tuning.
I hope those Texas tornadoes didn’t affect Ed! I’d hate to have to go pick him up from Oz.
Thankfully, we came through unscathed. An area further east looks like it took an EF-3.
If you google Last of Us, they have a mushroom at the bottom of the screen you can click on.
CP: I Need Never Get Old — Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
CP: Young at Heart – The Bluebells
A board game review:
Heat: Pedal to the Metal Board Game Review
The mechanics sound similar to the DIY miniatures combat car game, Gaslands. https://gaslands.com/
..and the ghost of Leonardo da Vinci laughed and laughed..
for those who want to keep watching Netflix during their meetings?
I was just recently introduced to this one. I wasn’t even aware of the “LitRPG” genre. This one is a particularly solid opening and has pulled me out of a bit of a rut I was stuck in with finding something new to read.
Cool, I downloaded the audio version of the first book to check it out. I’ve mentioned before the podcast “Tale of the Manticore” which is a Dungeons & Dragons story that changes with dice-rolling skill checks. The production quality is on par with commercial offerings.
Intrigued. I’m connected to Matt Dinniman on FB – – he has some devoted fans.
MMMmmmeetup polling results are in!
Majority of the votes (6/9) are for Labor Day Weekend.
What do we want to do with that?
The sixth of September is a week day here so how on Earth can that be the memorial weekend?
Labor Day weekend I mean.
The long weekend is the first to fourth here. The sixth is a Wednesday. I’m assuming it’s the first weekend of September that we’re talking about
When people are ready, I can let you know about the hotels closest to me. Although, Airdrie is small enough you can drive from one end of the city to the other in ten or fifteen minutes so anywhere is probably fine.
Also, my car, while having seatbelts for four, will comfortably fit 3 people. I can try to snaggle John to drive so we’ll have an extra vehicle for the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (he’ll work on Thursday and Friday), but there’s a better than average chance he’ll say no. He’s not an overly social person.
I still don’t know if I can get that weekend off, I’ll ask tomorrow.
I guess I need to update my Canadian passport. No, that doesn’t mean I’m growing a mullet.
Another lonely evening for this bunny tonight
Looking forward to E3:
Before I clicked the link, I was expecting some kind of preview for the Electronic Entertainment Expo…which apparently isn’t until June.
This is better!
Why Van’s pudding is weird:
You can talk, your chocolate pudding is bloody custard!
Man, what a night at the Metal Hall of Fame gala. I can’t even count the number of amazing people I met and talked to through The Metal Voice (I was on their Livestream for quite a while.
Van, have any updates about Sept?
Got the time off, so date wise I’m good to go.
Most excellent. Mrs. from Texas will be joining this year. Both kids will be oft to college, so we’re ready to enjoy being empty nesters.
Excellent news, Ed. I look forward to meeting her
Burger and chips:
So, for some planning purposes, what airport should we be looking at flying into?
Calgary. The Calgary airport is less than a half hour drive from my place
Actually, it’s funny. I no longer live in Calgary, but am now closer to the airport than when I did
So Jack, I don’t know US taxes well enough but, if you can arrange to meet with one of your artists while here, can you write off your flight? (I know not the whole family’s)
They are welcome to join us, or come to the Saturday food thing at our place that always happens at meetups
Thanks, Ryah! I was planning on inviting Kyle, Derek, and Jim (the trip from Edmonton might be difficult). Please also feel free to o cite Ryan, Randy, and anyone else who’d be inclined.
When making plans, one thing I can tell you, the closer you can arrive to when a place opens, the better. I’m sure Van can tell you from when he was here, we’d go to the Tyrell, or the zoo, or Heritage Park and there were few crowds by arriving earlier. By the time we were ready to leave, the lines were hours long
The two hotels closest to me is a Best Western Plus and a Days Inn. While the Best Western is about five minutes closer, The Days Inn was only built about five years ago so it’s newer.
I haven’t been inside either one of them so couldn’t say what they are like, but I can take a peek at them next week if people want
Wow, the snow is really coming down
Well that is dodgy and a Simpsons sort of way:
Stupid accidents are stupid.
Cut my finger trying to separate mini Yorkshire pudding trays with a knife, knew as I was doing it that this was probably not going to end well and it didn’t.
Sylvia Syms: Veteran British actress dies at 89 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64426891
If you’ve you seen Ice Cold in Alex or the Heineken ad that used a scene from the film, that was her.
Carlsberg not Heineken..doh!