The first ever Deadpan guest blogpost from our very own JustaJoe! Sharing his expertise about the Brosnan-era Bond films. Thank you very much, JusstaJoe!
The first ever Deadpan guest blogpost from our very own JustaJoe! Sharing his expertise about the Brosnan-era Bond films. Thank you very much, JusstaJoe!
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I recently had the opportunity to watch all 4 of the Pierce Brosnan “Bond Films” in sequential order, over 4 consecutive nights.Typically speaking, films in the Bond franchise had not been “good films”. That isn’t to say they weren’t enjoyable or didn’t make a lot of money but other than their music score, art direction or perhaps the “visual sequence”… there was little danger of them being mentioned at the Academy Awards. To a Bond fan though, this is of no consequence.
I saw my first Bond film in my mid teens and I was hooked. It was the Roger Moore era and even though I had read three of Ian Fleming’s novels before ever seeing a Bond Film, to ME these films defined what a “Bond Film” should be!The Bond film is it’s own genre. Well, maybe more of a specific sub-genre of the “Action Adventure” film.
To be a TRUE Bond film it needs several key ingredients;
Stunning action sequences, Stunning females, Stunning cars. Gadgets that are fantastic but not too far beyond the realm of possibility. A 2 dimensional villain (consistent in his character…but not complex because – we don’t care) and of course a stunningly dashing/charming/smart/clever/strong/ruthless/deadly/unstoppable/lLIKEABLE James Bond. Oh, and the opening, pre-title sequence should leave you with your mouth agape … and lead seamlessly into a titillating title sequence that was some graphic designer’s big chance in life to finally shine!
With all of THAT as my premise, I will boldly state, the first two Brosnan Bonds may be the Pinnacle of the Bond Film genre!
1995’s “GoldenEye” is firing on all cylinders as it hits each and every one of my key “Bond Film” metrics! Brosnan is dashing, the women are sexy, the villains are despicable, the quirky side characters are quirky, the action is nearly continuous and the evil plot is not overly complicated. (Note: a negative for a Bond film is slow “plot/character development” scenes that give you too much time to think)
This is a fabulous start to Brosnan’s tenure as Bond. He was blessed with a good director and a great Bond script which play’s him neither “tounge in cheek” (like the later Moore scripts) nor as a tortured, dark, brooding “Batman-esque” character.
I can watch this film again and again.
1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” – Holy Crap! Somehow they knocked it out of the park with two in a row! This again hit’s ALL of the “Bond Film” buttons … but they have gone one step farther and added a supporting female character that you’d like to see in her OWN franchise!
Michelle Yeoh is not only a fabulous Bond girl, she can act! … and for the first time in my memory of Bond Babes … her fight scenes look REAL. When she throws a punch you don’t have to suspend disbelief!Additionally, with the benefit (or curse) of viewing this film from where our world is now, the film has developed a disturbingly “prophetic” feel to it. The “fantastic” has become a little too close to reality.
This is another film I could watch again and again.
1999’s “The World is Not Enough“. Ooof. Well, we new it was coming. While not a bad film, it slipped a few cogs from the previous two efforts. When you watch these films back to back, you can feel when a struggle for creative direction starts. Someone has decided that they needed to put in some scenes to “build tension”. This slows things down and gives your mind a chance to wander. Not a good thing for a Bond film. Also, they are trying to slip in some of the 80’s era “tounge-and-cheek Bond” while simultaneously trying to give him “pathos’. That’s a problem and frankly, an over complication of a character that doesn’t NEED to be complicated.Also, Dr. Christmas Jones. OMG! Talk about “product placement.”
2002 “Die Another Day“. Well, that’s a wrap. Right from the horrific, Madonna produced “Theme Song”, you know that something is amiss. In summary, it has too many slow bits and it’s plot is way too convoluted (and after they get to Iceland the film just becomes a big ol mess), and some of the action sequences become “hokey” even for a Bond film. In some ways it feels like different parts of the film were written by different committees who all had their own ideas about what was important in this film. In fairness, if you had never viewed “GoldenEye” or “Tomorrow Never Dies” this film would be an okay Bond film. Or even if you had just not viewed those films recently. If you’ve come home from an evening out and it is the late movie on TNT… hey, it’s still a Bond film!
Sadly, after “Die Another Day”, Barbara Broccoli who after a previous legal battle had regained control of the character decided she wanted to make a different kind of film for her Bond franchise. Brosnan had ask for more money and while Die” was the 6th highest grossing film of 2002… the market was now flooded with “Action Adventure” films and someone convinced her that “Action Drama” was the future. That Bond films needed to be more serious. That James Bond needed to grow up. Brosnan was “let go”. 🙁
It would be hard to argue that some of the recent Daniel Craig films aren’t much better “Action Adventure Films” then many of the franchises previous efforts and even just all around better “films” … it’s just that they aren’t “Bond Films”.
In the 60’s and 70’s, Hollywood desperately tried to copy the bond formula. Then Hollywood, as it always does, grew on the theme and we got any number of “more realistic” Action Adventure films. Franchises like “Jason Borne”, “John Wick” and many of the Marvel characters (with their dark and/or twisted back stories) were making lot of $$ and I guess Broccoli wanted in on some of that loot.
Now, Bond films are trying to copy OTHER franchises.
For me, “Dark and Gritty” will never be a “Bond Film”. With the Craig films it’s like “The Dark Night” stumbled into the wrong franchise … and didn’t even get to bring his “Toys”. Where’s the “fun” with the new films? After viewing a Bond film I want to leave the theater feeling energized, amped up and perhaps a little giddy.
A true “Bond Film” should be a thrilling but always FUN ride.
1,029 thoughts on “From Justa With Love”
I saw all the Brosnan Bond films at the cinema and enjoyed them all.
Goldeneye was Derek Meddings last film, the SFX guy who learnt his trade on the Gerry Anderson puppet series:
A slight annoyance is jj’s text does not format well on a phone screen, meaning you have to scroll left and right to read it.
Works ok with the phone in landscape though.
We recently finished watching the Roger Moore Bond films. They were just as silly as I remembered them
Happy memories of being taking to see ‘Live and and Let Die’ at the cinema as a child with the whole family.
That was my first Cinema Bond so it will always have special feels for me. Some good action sequences in that one. “young teen” me appreciates the car mirror gun and the voodoo Doctor was just scary enough back then. Also- one of the top Bond theme songs. (Thank you Sir Paul!)
A couple of weeks ago we finished our D&D campaign. We’re thinking of switching it up and exploring the Traveller universe for the next one
Does Mrs. Doubtfire count as one of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies?
No you fiend it does not.
I appreciate Jack indulging me in my “creative writing” exercise. Nice to have an outlet for such things. Decades ago, I used to really enjoy writing. When you don’t write for a living… or even in hopes of doing it for a living, you find that you stop writing. Like any other skill, if you don’t use it, you loose it. So thanks again Jack!
BTW- I know from past posts on The Deadpan that there are a lot of Bond opinions here so I thought this might be of some mild interest. However, this is just my take on things “Bond” and if you completely disagree, no hard feelings!
My first exposure to bond was all the Roger Moore ones when I was young. I loved them all as a kid, unfortunately, they don’t hold up as well as I remembered. Still, there is a special place in my heart for “The Spy Who Loved Me” as young me remembered it. I can’t remember any of the Pierce Brosnan films, but I’m curious to view them now Joe. 🙂
My first Bond was “For Your Eyes Only” on regular TV, which I loved. I kinda don’t ever want to watch it again, because I don’t want to see how corny it actually is.
I do recall a sadistic delight at the end, when the bad guy was dangling off of a cliff, begging for help, and Bond chose to kick the car rather than save him.
(I feel like I’ve said this here before)
All the modern Star Trek films are on Prime…hmmm!
Bollox my mistake, only the last two.
By the way! We finished Star Wars: Resistance. It was fine. It’s the most low-stakes of the 3 animated shows, in that it has very little connection to the movie storylines, and almost no Force stuff at all.
That’s fine. The storylines can be low-key and easily-digestible – – for this kind of thing. It is the least of the 3 shows, but also the most consistent, meaning that it had the lowest ratio of terrible episodes to good.
That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. Clone Wars and Rebels are both good shows overall, but both have many terrible awful godawful episodes.
The most consistent.. are you insane ? Also you’re the only one I’ve met to remotely give a meh to this show. It’s also real unfair to compare a one season show to a show like Clone Wars that lasted nearly a decade. I love you but this is a gross take.
Look, I’d never have watched beyond ep 1 or maybe 2 on my own. Its highest highs were merely decent, especially compared to the best of Clone Wars and Rebels. But its worst episodes were just bland, not as actively painful as those shows at their worst. “Consistent” wasn’t really meant as a compliment.
Look! You can stop making fair points any time you want. OH KAY!?!?!?!
CW: The Expanse S1E1
No new American Gods episode this week due to the Super Bowl so decided to rewatch the first 3 seasons of the Expanse. So many characters I had completely forgotten about.
We’re planning to rewatch The Expanse from the beginning in the month-or-so leading up to the final season.
-36C. I think today is a curl up in front of the fireplace with a book kind of day.
After reading pages, you can rip them out and toss them into the fire to avoid freezing to death.
You would do that to a book? Heathen
Only if it is the tax code. 😉
Is that why Amazon called it a Kindle?
CP: Never Say Never — The Linda Lindas
Seems appropriate for a Bond themed Deadpan page.
Why don’t I know about them? Brilliant!
Small potatoes to Canada, but it’s predicted to be -9C tonight in this part of Blighty.
Looks like it will be a brisk 8C here tonight.
I would still not get in a hot tub.
I just got out of our hot tub. Probably going to be my last chance for a few weeks. Looking at a low of about 20°F around here by Monday. I can’t remember the last time it’s been that cold down here.
Unless … it’s a hottub TIME MACHINE!
Then you can go back to yesterday.
They offered to transport me back to
Any point in history that I would care to go
And so I had them send me back to last Thursday night
So I could pay my phone bill on time
Small potatoes? Never take weather shaming from anyone.
True but the UK really does grind to a halt at temperatures other countries would just get on with things.
Well, this is disappointing, but unsurprising. And the right call by Disney.
The surprise is that it took them this long. Part of me hopes they recast because I do like the character but if they write her off completely it ain’t no thing
Also, let’s face it – – even if Gina hadn’t turned out to be an asshole, her acting was wooden, awkward, and terrible. Every time she opened her mouth, the TV illusion was shattered.
I would like to see them get a competent actor and do something cool with this character. . . . just. . . . not an actor who equates criticism of her voting party with the Nazi persecution of the Jews.
Don’t replace her role but bring back Mercedes Varnado to some arse kicking on screen.
I am amazed when people whose jobs only exist because a large amount of the population likes them, act in a way the majority of those people find horrible and then are surprised when they lose their jobs.
I was mildly amused by her character, but I’m not having any pangs of remorse at not seeing her more. There’s an opening for a more charismatic Rebel character for sure.
Last Night I watched “CQ” on Amazon Prime.
A 2001 film that I would consider an “Art Film”. It was a bit full of itself but WOW did I love the fact it felt like it was made in 1969!
Not like the way “Queen’s Gambit” was SET in the 60s … this felt like it was MADE in the late 60’s. Film geek in me loved that.
Won’t say much else in case you want to give it a go. It is a slow paced “What’s going to happen now?” sort of film with some good performances and trippy “film making” devices but all in all I thought it was fun.
Want to watch something different? “CQ”
Here’s an even older movie than that one!
This is actually pretty amazing.
AS Van would say….. “cool”
Well bring it on, looking forward to this one:
Yeah, her US accent will probably be shit if she is forced to do one.
It is 5am
And you are listening
To Los Angelos
CW: The Expanse S1E3
This episode where the Martian battleship gets attacked was so good it got me hooked on The Expanse.
My mistake, it’s episode 4.
Sheesh my memory.
Give me lab grown bacon now:
I’ve long wrestled with swine remorse – – although I do still eat pork products. I suppose I’m a terrible person.
Details emerging ….
Was he set-up for his “Let’s meet in the middle” SuperBowl Ad? If so, mission accomplished. Jeep has pulled the ad.
I had to go out into the frikken cold this morning. Putting gas in my car was not fun. However, the mask makes a good face warmer, even if it fogs up the glasses
So with probably no prospect of international travel this year, I ordered myself a big tv that is PS5 ready.
So yeah, I’m going to get some serious eye rolling from of my sisters when I tell her.
The current tv is 5 years old and still working fine.
A slight miscalculation, I thought it was 15 inches bigger but it’s 25 inches bigger than the old one.
I may have to cancel, bugger.
Not a fan of the “fan vote” but here…
I’ve cast my votes. I may have said “Fuck the Rock Hall” yesterday on the livestream.
I may have been unfair. I’m glad it exists.
Nothing against Foo Fighters, but I don’t think they should be higher than Iron Maiden in the standings.
There-in lays my disgust.
I REALLY like the Foo Fighters … and the Go-Go give me a lot of joy … but they just haven’t made the sort of contribution to Rock N Roll or Pop Culture that Todd Rundgren, Devo or Kate Bush have.
I believe there’s room in a true Rock n’ Roll Hall for all of the above.
Because we’re all roughly the same age Wilford Brimley was in Cocoon, we may not have felt the Foo impact as strongly as kids born in the 80s and 90s. They’ve arguably been among the biggest radio/touring bands on earth for the past 20 years.
Foo Fighters are one of the very few bands I still would go through the effort for, to see in concert.
CP: Outrun the Moon — Lucero
Tonight’s Beer – Home brewed Belgium Stout.
Tonight’s film – 2010 “Malice in Wonderland”
Another “included with Prime” movie.
I find I really like these quirky little films.
Rush seem to be the nicest guys in music.
A kickass all-girl band delivered possibly the most rockin’ unknown song of 1971:
And yes, I see them, but that’s not why I posted this.
Why have I never heard of this band until now?
That drummer is fucking insanely incredible. (No that’s not why…)
Those might be part of the reason why they were mostly forgotten.
To clarify – – why label and radio bigwhigs chose to bury and under-promote them.
I realized that comment could be misinterpreted, out of context.
Hubby and I really liked this. We need to find more of there stuff.
I’m trying to find more of them on Amazon music. They have a subset of songs, but not the five albums that allmusic lists them as having. They really have been underpromoted.
I have never seen it:
Me neither. Doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, but on the other hand, I really liked “Mom and Dad Save the World”.
Same. Still a pass.
Off to the city this morning
Beautiful words n shit.
CP: My City Was Gone — Pretenders
Don’t sink to the level of anyone making these claims – – don’t engage – – but for your own certainty, here’s Snopes debunking their bullshit.
She was in danger. She didn’t exaggerate or lie. It was a fucking violent, murderous, treasonous riot. Any sensible person would have felt the same fear in her place.
Dislike her or disagree with her – – OK. But trolls need to check facts before spreading that particular lie. Fucking disgusting.
(This will be my only angry post of the day.)
This is more fun:
Marvel is really kicking it out of the park with WandaVision, every episode so has been great.
CP: Yeah, Whatever – Spender
Rediscovering this band from a cassette tape that I digitized. They were pretty good.
CW: Spirited Away
My Studio Ghibli rewatch continues with the film that got me hooked on SG films, think I saw Porco Rosso on tv before this.
Want to watch a live, college Polevault competition?
I hope that if we had any vaulters, they did well!
We’re connected to some people who’ve come to see us as enemies – – primarily because they’re COVIDiots. We don’t challenge them or even talk to them in any way these days, our only partial connection is because our teenagers are close. Although we’ve allowed the girls to remain connected, that household still don’t accept any sensible limits we impose on the girls’ time together. We’ve become aware of numerous unkind comments thrown our way. (Petty, mundane suburban dramas. Not the point.).
Their adult son recently died in a tragic accident. It’s awful. Unfathomable.
I said that it was a shame we couldn’t send them some kind of sympathy or condolences, because they’ve become so twisted. Tiffany spoke up and said we’ll mail them a card, because we’re good people, and that’s what good people do.
She still knocks me out.
The looming problem: there’s a wake coming up, and they want my elder to go. I called the funeral home last night with questions, received a voicemail this morning, which basically said, “Masks are encouraged, and hopefully there’s social distancing.”
I know human history is loaded with terrible behavior, but I can’t believe that humans have been this irrationally, willfully irresponsible before. I mean, how would we have survived so many eons like this?
In lesser disappointments, Matthew Sweet has a 2021 album called “Catspaw.”
And it’s completely uninteresting.
That is disappointing. I like Matthew Sweet.
I encourage everyone to check for themselves. Especially 90s kids. I found it to be meh.
On the plus ide, it inspired me to add a couple of his great old tunes to my playlist.
CW: Judas and the Black Messiah
Very powerful and anger inducing at the action of the FBI.
Happy VD to everyone who has one!
No thanks, too many antibiotic resistant strains these days…
I’ve already given my thought of Valentine’s Day
I’ve got a stew going in the slow cooker and we have scotch to drink this evening. So, just like any other day 😉
ditto spotted this free game that I am truly useless at:
Oh yeah! I downloaded it, but haven’t looked at it. Can we play head-to-head?
OK, I tried it out. I have a fondness for these kinds of word games, but I don’t love the interface. That said, I’d be happy to play, if anyone wants. I’m not sure if it has to be live, or if head-to-head games need to be turn-based.
The second season of “The Food That Built America” is every bit as good as the first.
Hubby and I did a Resident Evil movie marathon over the last few weeks. We’ve watched all the live action movies and two of the animated. Tonight will be the last of the animated movies, Vendetta
Stop throwing out your used tea bags(?)
No, my fav brand of teabags has removed all plastic but the downside the bags split very easily now so tea would get everywhere for most of those uses.
Because you need to embrace the taste wonders of loose leaf, you philistine.
Yeah, I can do that but with milk and sugar added it tastes no better than the tea made with teabags.
CP: When the Hammer Falls — Clamavi De Profundis
CP: Untamed — Cam
Science! It’s amazing that this behavior occurred naturally and independently in homes across the world.
Texas power grid struggling with cold weather:
I saw a friend in Houston post pictures of ice all over their deck.
I hope Ed’s hanging in there
That guy posted:
“Hour 28 of no power and no water.
Everything about this sucks. It’s cold, and miserable and really easy to feel sorry for yourself.
Then you stop and think about the people out there who are sleeping in a cardboard box…”
Infrastructure is just not a “sexy” political priority … until it fails.
As true of Pitchfork today as it was 14 years ago.
That said, I was all over Pitchfork’s free mp3s in 2007.
Because . . . an old Onion article has so much to do with the Texas power grid. . .
Every weekend should be as long weekend.
So tonight, there are many versions of me that suffered a serious accident assembling the new tv stand.
But not this version.
Well not yet anyway.
Is it a quantum tv stand?
Checking in. We’re coming up on 36 hours since our “rolling blackout” began. It’s odd the pockets that have power vs those that don’t. Yesterday we hung out with the in-laws to charge phones and enjoy some lights.
Today, we’re hanging with some friends who never lost power. Got to take some showers and wash the dishes we’ve been using the last few days.
The performance of the grid here has certainly been a disappointment. And don’t let anyone tell you it’s because of wind or solar. Plenty of fossil fuel based generation cratered and I hear even a nuke plant went off line. More than 30% of our generation went down when we were expecting record demand. I hadn’t realized how many homes used electric for heating. We’ve got a natural gas furnace, which itself isn’t so useful without electricity for the air handler.
It’s going to be interesting to see how many electric retailers go under as the wholesale cost to buy electricity has been pegged out at the max allowed $9.00/kWh. Most of them are selling it under retail contracts running from $0.04 to $0.12/kWh.
Sad part is that things probably aren’t going to improve until the weekend.
Oh Ed. Warm thought go out to you and your family
Thank for the update, Ed.
I have seen some gloating posts about Texas’s independent power grid. . . but that doesn’t help much. I hope Texans and people everywhere can learn from this and improve infrastructure to prevent the next one.
Good to hear from you, Ed.
Good to hear you have a place you can go get warm Ed. I was wondering.
This situation really sucks.
“Man enhanced” disasters are the worst.
A quiet day today
Still cleaning my office but definately running out of steam on the project.
I am to the point of going through all my file folders. All totaled, I have filled 4 kitchen trash bags full of shredded paper.
Fun but useless fact- in 2005 I was paying AOL some $14.95 a month for something called “Broadband access”.
I wonder what that actually was.
57.5 dial-up ?
Can I just say that Sony really screwed the pooch on the feet for the new TV, not only are the feet too wide apart, they are so big they don’t sit properly on the tv stand I bought.
Which means I’m going to have to get a VESA mount stand so the tv can safely stand on the other tv stand.
I will never celebrate anyone’s death, but this guy was actively causing harm to the world – – pretty much right up until the day he died.
So no cruel jokes from me, but I will say that the world is a worse place because of his far-reaching words, and it’s better off without him.
Hey, at least PG Holyfield and I got a fun Deadpan skit at his expense. RIP, Holyfield. Bye, Limbaugh.
A friend posted:
Hell has just a new radio host.
He represented the worst of mankind.
I won’t waste anymore words on him.
I wouldn’t wish the horror of death by lung cancer on anyone, even Rush. That said, I doubt his obituary will tout how full of empathy he was.
I don’t either. My dad died of lung cancer. But… Rush caused a lot of suffering for other people. Maybe in this case it is just karma.
Went to check the mail and there was some guy sitting on his back deck with his bong. Not sure what he was getting out of it though as he was coughing up a storm with each puff. Of course, never having done it myself, maybe that’s supposed to happen
CP: Everybody Knows Everybody — Earlimart
CW: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Rather charming so far.
In fact it stayed charming all the way to the end.
I too found it … charming.
I do give it high marks for tackling it’s biggest issue, head on. That would be that it’s plot is based on an existing quite popular film. It deals with that though.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t look for anymore info on this film. Just watch it and enjoy.
Well, now the electricity gods are saying to expect several more days without power. We’ve been able to borrow a generator, so we’ve been able to get our food back in the fridge, power the network gear, and a space heater. And I’ve got plenty of vodka, so it’s manageable. I’ve been able to avoid it for almost 30 years, but I think I’ll finally be getting some kind of backup generator of our own after this passes.
Power back on here. It came on this same time last night and ran for five hours, which provided a nice opportunity to bring some heat into the house. We’ll see how long this run goes for.
I had just finished refilling the tank on the generator, so it’s at least ready to go and will get a nice bit of cool down time.
I’m seeing similar reports from my other Texan friends. Just be warned, I’m also seeing that the power is dropping again for some. Make the best of it when it comes on.
Vodka should work as lighter fuel, if your campfire starts to run low.
Have to say that we finally broke down and bought a generator several years ago and it has worked like a charm… we haven’t had the power go out since!
…and honestly, even if it is life’s way of mocking us … worth it to not lose power!
…er, by way of clarification, I am saying that other then running it for maintenance test once a year … I’ve never used the generator.
Well that was fun. We got 4” of snow over the last 3 hours. Looked really nifty.
Now it has turned to a steady rain and the temp has risen to 33f
Have you moved to Saskatoon?
So Ted Cruz goes on holiday as the state he represents freezes.
I do wonder if masochism is more widespread among voters than people realise.
Blue bananas that taste like vanilla ice cream. . . . Call me skeptical.
I would be tempted by the cuckoo clock I have to admit:
I approve of this message:
Old sound bar 1 – TV speakers 0
Playing god with mice;
Very interesting read.
Discovered behaviors that are very apparent in today’s society.
Also theorized that the solution was to provide “creativity, artistry, and the type of community not built around social hierarchies.”
Of course, no one wanted to hear that bit.
So Jason Sanford wrote this:
..and the response from right leaning authors:
I’ve been following this saga (a little bit).
The Sanford guy does seem to have applied one paint brush to all of the authors at Baen Books. Eric Flint, a self-declared socialist, is one of Baen’s elder statesmen, and he *clapped back* at Sanford pretty hard.
But I have to say, my outsider’s impression of Baen matches what Sanford wrote. I don’t know that world well enough to really say, but. . . I mean. . . when your specialty is old-fashioned military Sci-Fi, you know you’re going to attract some kooky militia types. . .
Stolen from FB:
Teaching STEM without teaching the Humanities is how you get Spiderman villains.
Teaching Theatre without teaching the Humanities is how you get Batman villains.
Ther, my house is once again clean
Hooray for Ed’s generator!
I spoke with my brother, who lives in an affluent area outside of Dallas. He also iwns his own software company. He says that his house and office happen to “be on Grids deemed high priority list” so neither has lost power or water.
I’m honestly afraid to ask any more questions about it.
They are housing my brother’s FIL. My nephew is at college and stuck in 15 inches of snow. Bored.
But it seems everyone is safe and warm, and likely smelling good.
Came on here to see how Ed and family were doing. I’m glad to see you’re ok.
I just wish the access to power were equal for everyone down there.
Titanic’s alternative ending:
Get over here!
Looks suitably gory.
Wow, that looks like every bit as cheesy as the one with Christopher Lambert. . .
I did enjoy the first MK film, cheesey yes, but it was fun.
Let’s go Girl!
CP: Vagabond (feat. FJØRA) — Tommee Profitt
Six minutes till atmospheric entry.
And first image.
Humans can do such amazing things when they set their minds to it!
That was cool.
I finally watched the trailer for “I Care a Lot”. I think I really need to see this one. 😀
So this is big Marvel news: https://www.ign.com/articles/marvel-gets-punisher-jessica-jones-rights-back-from-netflix
Although all of these shows were pretty adult in tone and content. I can’t imagine any of them playing on Disney+
On the desktop, MacOS has been relegated to third place in popularity by Chrome OS:
Thanks to AI, a popular video has been upscaled to 4K:
it does look good on a 4K tv
That’s amazing actually.
Now if they could only fix the audio.
CW: The Silent Partner
From 1978, with old style Canadian money and John Candy before he was really famous.
50,000 Canadians dollars stolen….hahahaha
Although with inflation that would be the equivalent of almost 200,000 dollars today.
Or 130,000 US
TVs as furniture, as something to rest your drinks on, you can’t do that with modern TVs.
Christopher Plummer is rather nattily dressed in this film.
Nothing says villain line painted finger nails and excess make up.
Oh and beating up a prostitute.
My sister points out the nails are fake.
Nothing suspicious about a beautiful young woman picking you up at a park bench, nothing at all.
Nothing suspicious about a beautiful young woman picking you up at a park bench, nothing at all.
A french accent as well, oooh la la!
Ah the 70s , lots of boobs on show and full frontal naked glimpse of a woman.
Smoking in bed!!
A little bit of ramped up tension.
Which is bad news for the accented lady.
This is why I won’t keep tropical fish.
For a bank teller he’s terribly good at disposing of a body.
..and to be fair they did setup a reason for the convenient building site earlier in the film.
A bank security guard who can actually aim!
Ah, going off into together in an ambulance.
Enjoyed that, still a cracker of a film.
I’m thinking of changing my phone plan. We’ve been with the same company since our first cell phone a bajillion years ago. Changing is both exciting and scary.
Crossing South CArolina off places in the US I would like to visit:
Poor Sarah from Charleston doesn’t get a visit.
In an alternate universe, Sarah, James from London, Karen, Andrea and Jason C. attend a Deadpan Meetup.
I really, really, really hope this is happening.
Looks like it might be fun:
Apparently the latest WandaVision is only 1 hour. Probably a good day to avoid FB.
At least here at Deadpan, you only have to worry about Van 😀
Van-the-spoiler-man? Isn’t that the truth? 😉
I haven’t see it yet but haven’t all the WandaVisions been around a half hour each? An hour would almost make it a double episode
It’s not an hour but 37mins, episode 5 is actually longer.
However there is a mid credits sequence so try not to miss that.
Yeah, I’m not sure why I typed “only 1 hour.”
Every episode I’ve expected a hidden credits scene.
I’m guessing Van was using metric time units. Deciminutes.
Woo doggie, that was a ride.
I must confess, I’ve got little to know knowledge of modern sitcom conventions. Apparently last week was “Malcom in the Middle”, which I’ve never seen.
What was this week’s based on?
Um. . . Ed?
Born in 1936? Ed, what’s your secret. Can I have a map to your fountain of youth?
Ah yes, the guy who allows me to be anonymous on the internet by stealing all search traffic. Gotta love him.
Though, back when that Hillary book came out, I did get an email from somebody disagreeing about “my” portrayal of her. Good times.
Well good for her:
Funny that she’s being attacked by a subset of Texans and loonies for this.
Weird. This quote from her doesn’t sound radical or anti-American. What gives?
“Charity isn’t a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Fought my way thru the 1st 2 episodes of “Derry Girls” last night.
I’m pretty good with accents but I had to give up and turn on the subtitles for this one.
Did you enjoy it? even with the need to read the subtitles.
The weekend is here. I get my kicks when I can.
Are you hinting a road trip to Route 66?
Eric Flint made some good counter arguments to the Baen Books article. I must admit that I haven’t read any of Eric Flint’s books but (as my actual last name is Flint) I once sat at a table meant for him at a convention that had a sign that said “Flint” on it so I could get a picture. I am an infant when it comes to sense of humor.
Well I never thought the token socialist was a thing but here we are.
Also JS has received death threats and online harassment which tends to make me suspicious that Flint is actually being genuine in his response.
Well, even knowing nothing about this “Baen’s Bar” controversy nor having heard of this Eric Flint fellow, that was certainly an insightful read…and an all too rare and forceful push back against the cancel culture mob mind set.
His being an avowed socialist, there’s probably not much we’d agree on politically – but I could also see being able to actually have a discussion about political ideas with him that wasn’t just a bunch of shouting a name calling.
Both sides could stand to elevate more voices like these, but those don’t generate the clicks or flashy headlines.
I’ve read quite a few Flint books. While I have some qualms with him as an author, I feel we should give him the benefit of the doubt as is expected with JS’s article. When I read the original article, which Flint calls a hit piece, it did feel like selective reporting to me. While it may point out a legitimate problem, the subsequent piling on of Baen and Baen authors is too much of the mob mentality that has been going around lately.
This is perfectly stated.
I’ve not read any Flint, but I think he’s right to defend the place that made him famous.
I’ve always been drawn more to the human and Cyberpunk aspects of writing and spec fic, so “count the rivets” military Sci-Fi has never been my thing (Recommend a great one and I’ll read it). I don’t expect there’s anything more to see there. It’s surely just going to get uglier.
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, I would advise not reading the sequel (Forever Free), where his fucking obsession with god like aliens spoils everything..so much so that I’m still pissed about it over two decades later.
A few final thoughts about this… the death threats seem to be par for the course whenever someone speaks out against the radical right. That doesn’t automatically mean that whatever the person said was entirely true. Again, JS gets the benefit of the doubt from me.
I agree with Flint, however, that not enough proof is presented. JS says he took screen shots of everything, but he doesn’t use all of them. Nor does he point out whether or not this issue is endemic in The Bar, or as Flint asserts, is just limited to the politics section. You can go to pretty much any forum with a politics section and find pretty distasteful posts. And they get worse when there little moderation.
The big problem I have with JS’s article is when he asks why won’t Baen do anything about it, he never indicates that he contacted Baen about the problem. Ethical reporting would require him to reach out to Baen about the issue to get their response. There’s no indication he did that. Instead he posted a provocative article that more than strongly implies that Baen is complicit in this behavior. Maybe, maybe not.
There’s also the nagging suspicion of motive here. Is JS just being a concerned citizen? But then why lead the article with “If you like my writings on genre issues, consider backing my Patreon.” Did JS write click-bait to make money? It is a fair question, especially since the article can have a significant financial impact on Baen and its authors.
There are some Baen authors I like, and others I very much do not. I think it is fair to criticize Baen in that they do publish some very conservative authors, including some of the Sad Puppy faction. There have been quite a few calling on Baen boycotts just for that. So, I have more than a few questions about what is being said about this controversy.
I’m going to reserve my opinion before throwing Baen and Flint under the bus.
An interview with Shelley Duvall who is now 71..sheesh:
Still waiting for her to reprise her role as Olive Oyl.
Ok is CBS all access using a few beats from Wonderwall on it’s logo at the end of tv episodes?
Sure sounds like it.
Watched the first two episodes of Clarice, set a year after Silence of the Lambs, not bad but the supporting cast are better actors than the lass playing Clarice, Jodie Foster class she ain’t.
Welcome to deregulation, Texas style.
Residents who were lucky enough to keep power this last week but were UNlucky enough to get their power from “Griddy” found their electric bill went up $5000 since just last Saturday. Because deregulation lets Griddy charge based on market factors.
“ Those spot prices hit $9,000 per megawatt-hour. That means $9 for a kilowatt-hour that usually costs Cosby around 7 cents, and sometimes as little as 2 cents.”
It’s quite a bit more complicated than that.
I’ve actually been a Griddy customer coming up on about three years now. Yes, this past week was not pleasant, but the PUCT and ERCOT made it far worse than it should have been. I got away pretty luck compared to many I’ve read about. It’s going to be interesting to see what the ultimate fallout from this turns out to be.
I’d have to assume there’s going to be widespread forgiveness of these bills.
Somehow, there’s going to have to be. If nothing else, I can easily see the Feds getting involved with possibly some kind of civil rights action. Texas and ERCOT may find itself ultimately having to do things like submit to FERC authority and provide more interconnects to one of the major grids as part of some kind of consent decree.
As a concept, I and several of my friends have liked Griddy. It is definitely not for everyone – particularly folks who aren’t able to make adjustments to their usage. Because the price fluctuates, it encourages a more active form of energy conservation. A couple of my friends have electric cars. Pretty much all electric car users charge their cars over night. With Griddy, power prices are usually extremely cheap at night, as the wind turbines are usually most productive then – which the also like as it means they are making maximum use of green power. We’ve only had a few of the max $9 price spikes and they have usually not lasted more than a couple of hours.
August 2019 was a difficult round as there were several afternoons where high temperatures were driving the air conditioners hard and the grid ran pretty tight. But, again, that was a couple of hours. We would pre-cool the house in the morning and then, when the spikes came, we would turn off the A/C for those afternoon hours and just let the house temperature coast up. With all of that, my cost per kWh for that month was still only a little higher than what the average fixed rate plan would have charged – and the other 11 months were much less, so I still averaged out way ahead.
There is definitely a flaw with the system since the majority of Texans are on fixed rate plans – they pay the same price any hour of the day. They therefore have no incentive to conserve or to try to shift energy intensive activities to off peak hours. They don’t see that $9/kWh or even know it’s happening. The peak price is intended to be an incentive to producers to crank up their production – sort of like surge pricing for Uber/Lyft to get more drivers out…and bring the prices back down.
The other real killer was that it was the government agency, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), that put out the order on Monday that forced ERCOT to essentially ignore the market price action and peg the rate at the $9/kWh maximum. That’s never happened before and I think that is likely to draw the real attention from the investigations that are certain to come from all this.
Thanks for the “end user” report. Interesting to know how it works “for realz”.
Do you have a way of looking at what your rate is “in real time” so if it spikes you can turn everything off?
Too sleepy to read the full thing. Tomorrow.
CW: Frances Ha
Oh look, Adam Driver before he was famous.
So there are restaurants in NY that only accept cash or credit cards but no debit cards?
I recall some cash only places. But in my experience, you take cards or you don’t.
The only thing that struck me odd was the last time I visited Long Island, the people there still seems to always want to pay in cash at restaurants when eating in groups. So the poor schmuck (usually me) that doesn’t carry cash gets stuck putting the whole bill on their credit card / debit card / whatever plastic, and then carrying around all of the cash from their friends until they get to a bank.
Ok if you haven’t watched the latest WandaVision episode, don’t listen to this cover:
Well done cover. I’ve loved the Lopez’s work in the series. Disney was smart to tap them for the job. Hmmm. I wonder if The Soundtrack Show will talk to them again? 😀
It’s past 1am and the bloody birds are singing as if spring was already here.
You being British, I’m wondering if you mean there are ladies singing outside of your window or actual feathered birds.
Those darn Spice Girls.
I was reminded of the Bird Sisters from The Odd Couple.
(I’ll take obscure 70s sitcom references for 800, Alex)
The sisters from the Odd Couple were the Pigeon Sisters. But I’m sure it was meant to be a “pair of birds” reference.
I’m glad it wasn’t a Daily Double.
This music is fascinating to me.
Henceforth, I shall require that all of my cheese listens to A Tribe Called Quest.
Watched Space Sweepers on Netflix last night. We rather enjoyed it.
Hubby and I are actually looking at our retirement future. We’re hoping for five years. Since my boss has no idea of what I do and how I do it, I’ve started on a detailed procedure manual for everything I do. Because I’m adding screenshots and detailing everything, just showing how book layouts are done seems a lot more complicated than I feel it is. It’s taking forever just for this part. I’m afraid of how much time it will take to detail everything else I do.
I predict “Paid Consultant” in your future.
Work when you feel like it. Charge 3 times as much!
Seems it wasn’t a crazy, whacky happenstance that Facebook helped to tear down this country and prop up the racists and authoritarians. It was intentional.
++++++++++from the Twitter
So Zuckerberg personally does not believe Alex Jones is a hate figure, and Zuck re-shaped Facebook’s content policies around Jones — to protect the ideas and beliefs of Infowars.
Let that sink in for a minute. Source: buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanma…
CP: Say My Name — ODESZA feat. Zyra
In case you haven’t seen Daft Punk’s retirement announcement video:
I thought the video was cool.
Nice way to put an end on it.
Does raise the question though…
What groups would you PPV to see explode?
Very cool, but be warned that there may be spoilers.
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Break Down the WandaVision Theme Songs: https://www.marvel.com/articles/tv-shows/wandavision-robert-lopez-kristen-anderson-lopez-theme-songs-music
My favorite bit is that it really is Kathleen Hanna singing in the ep 6 jingle. 😀
Have not yet read that article, but I learned today that Elizabeth Olsen is Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sister.
. . . Wait, what??? . . . .
Although I suppose that is another degree of meta to the sitcom theme.
You didn’t know that? Yeah, I thought that was kind of funny when she got the job as Wanda. I completely didn’t think of the sitcom connection. That’s even funnier now. 😀
I have ceased to care about American Gods convoluted plot and now just waiting for it to end.
..and why not?
Could be fun. I have all the books, but I still haven’t had a chance to play a proper game of Gaslands.
I’ve still never watched a single F&F movie – – but Car Wars was one of my all-time favorite tabletop games, back in the day. I’m down.
Filing my taxes today. The excitement never stops in Bunnydom.
It’s snowing. What’s that about?
Today I get to visit my physiotherapist. Last time I saw her, I literally came away with bruises. Let’s see if we can not repeat that this time.
CP: Sell Out — Reel Big Fish
This looks like fun. And NSFW.
I’m not sure I mentioned this before, but the “new” Blade Runner comics series is really enjoyable.
Heavy metal cover of ‘Listen to Your Heart’;
Very good. 😀
The puppet confused me.
My doctors and I have the strangest conversations. For example, I found out today, because she deals exclusively with women, my physiotherapist can write off bedroom toys as business expenses.
I wonder if it’s too late to change professions…
Still, Lego in bed, ouch!
I do not think this means what you think this means.
Because of the free toys?
It’s snowing again
You know, if my DPSS gift hadn’t been the one most perfectly appropriate gift I’ve ever found for anyone, I might have cancelled the order and found something else. My biggest fear what that she already had it. Waiting for that thing to finally ship and deliver has been a stresser that I’m glad is finally resolved.
I love it Ed. And in a couple of months, it will actually be warm enough I can wear t-shirts again.
And, since I’ve been negligent in checking in and JJ’s question has scrolled to far into the past:
Yes – Griddy has an app that gives the real time electricity cost, which it pulls from the ERCOT website as it updates every five minutes. The app even has alerts when prices spike.
The biggest problem is that there are also alerts for low prices, generally when it drops below $0.01/kWh (which, ironicially, it’s actually be running a few cents negative most of the last few days). The low prices are generally also short bursts that are more about Griddy getting to show off to customers about how cheap things are. They are mostly annoying, so I had turned off all the alerts (since you can’t just pick high price alerts, it’s either all or nothing) with the plan to turn them on again come summer, when the occasional spike usually occurs.
As a result, I didn’t get the warning back on the 11th when some price spikes started occurring as the cold weather was starting to move in. I doubt it would have triggered me to try to switch off the plan at that point, but it would have at least put me in position to start asking questions.
All in all, the concept sounds good. Whether it actually turns out good is totally dependant on the execution.
IMHO, as long as the program is not being run by a “public utility” whose goal is to “serve the public good” instead of by a private company whose goal will always be profit… I fear it will be hard to live up to it’s potential.
Hopefully it won’t end up biting Ed this time around.
Night Flight is launching a 24/7 music video service?
Night Flight still exists? How can it work without Rhonda Shear?
If you want more Rhonda Shear you can buy her house.
Goodbye to Fry’s Electronics:
The last time I bought something in Fry’s Electronics, I spent literally 30 minutes arguing with the salesguy that no, I didn’t want the fucking warranty. It ended with him storming off in a huff.
And that was the last time I bought anything there.
Yeah, as time went on Fry’s seemed to get “sketchy-er.” I think it’s been three years since I bought something there. The one close to my house was featured in “Mr. Robot.”
Even so, it’s a shame for the many Fry’s employees who are now out of work. Even the sales pressure assholes.
Stardew Family has been adapted into a board game:
One to add to the list of places to visit:
Less about John Lennon, more about collective memory and focus.
CP: For What It’s Worth — Placebo
Looks interesting’ definite Alone in the Dark vibes:
added it to my Steam wishlist.
Just buy some Mig 21s:
Feature creep in defence procurement leading to massive cost increases was a concern in the 80s and it still hasn’t changed.
We just need to build some new F-16’s with new electronics.
I actually prefer the “happier” theatrical ending.
This might make a good T-shirt slogan.
Maybe don’t wear that t-shirt to the massage parlor.
Same. I still have my DVD that I had Bruce Campbell autograph. 🙂
Van Halen and Stevie Wonder mashup = perfection.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYUbUl8onqg Chained Uptight
I’ve always wondered how people manage to get these posted on YouTube without running afoul of the copyright bots.
Some years back I had a bunch of vacation footage with a Sam Phillips song behind it and Youtube took it down because of copyright. Then they put it back up because something about it having artist approval because it wasn’t selling anything or making money… then they took it down again stating “copyright infringement” and I never tried to post anything else with music.
Word is that YouTube has given up on the copyright thing. It’s probably not worth the time and resources required to hunt down every last copyright violation.
I think they’re leaving it up to the artists and labels – – who don’t have the time or resources.
Can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since the season finale:
I skimmed this. . . . Seems like a lot to unpack. I should read it through.
They seem to be saying “We knew during season 1 that the final shot would be Jack closing his eye, so that proves that we really did have all of the storylines planned out all along!”
Someone’s been huffing too many smoke monsters.
It’s very blustery today
This seems like bad news for future generations.
CP: Thru The Curtain — Red Rider
This week’s WandaVision is 46 mins long, longest episode this season.
There is a sequence after the credits start, so don’t hit that stop button.
Oh and if you look at the cast list for the series, there is a major spoiler right there for the series finale.
You’ve come a long way, Van.
Is that the next Fatboy Slim album?
Huzzah for Fridays!
Not really relevant to me, but maybe to some here? Interesting to see these worlds coming together.
We paly regular Warhammer (not LotR) and Magic. Might be ok.
CP: Shameless — Lissie
Oh yeah, it’s Avoid Social Media Friday! At least for 2 more episodes.
Lizzie Olsen and Kathrine Hahn deserve Emmys.
What does Emmy deserve?
Yes. It’s amazing what compelling television this show had turned out to be.
I expected it to be good, but this is even better than I expected.
Agee, 100 percent.
A lot to wrap up in the final episode.
The biggest company in the world is removing a perk from their paid membership accounts… and is now charging a fee to continue enjoying that perk.
I never used it.
Well, there’s pouring some salt on the wound for you.
It’s interesting that Griddy’s missed payment of about $1.1 million is a pretty small fraction of the $2.1 billion that ERCOT says didn’t get paid by Texas electricity companies. Which means that $9/kWh four day price spike impacted a lot more companies than we were lead to believe.
This deal gets worse all the time.
Enjoyed the season 2 finale of Dickinson, it rocked.
There is going to be a season 3, wahoooo!
Speaking of “Wash Dies”…
I am glad I went back and looked up the first two episodes of “Resident Aliens”, got caught up and have been watching them in order.
This show just gets better and better each episode.
It could have been “Mork and Mindy” and it is SO just not.
Yes and now I know there is such a thing as shiny yoga pants.
The most recent episode has been my favorite. It has gotten better, especially as they’ve reduced the cringe-worthy moments.
Forget the sketchy website name. This video is amazing. With sound, for the cameraman’s reaction.
That would truely be adrenaline producing if you were there.
We rematches Romancing the Stone last night. It didn’t really hold up
Rematches = rewatched
I’m afraid to rewatch some of those Indiana Jones knock offs from that era.
Had a similar experience with rewatching that film. Also, after talking up how funny Crocadile Dindee was to the kids we gave it a recent viewing.
Abysmal. Like, really not good.
That movie kicked off such an Australia obsession in the US. I know I saw it, but I remember nothing except “That’s not a knoife”
Do yourself a favor and leave that memory untouched.
Don’t go back.
“Romancing the Stone”
Rewatched it a few years ago and even though it still has some moments … you probably don’t want to go back there.
Having recently rewatched the first two X-Men movies I have to say they have lost a lot of luster since the first time I watched them. The MCU versions can’t get here fast enough.
JW: Greenland on Amazon Prime
Not what I expected from a Gerard Butler, for a end of the world film it’s quite low key, worth a watch in my view,
This is a very cool interview.
JW: The Good Place series finale. Great ending! Great show.
And here you go, Lo Pan. https://comicbook.com/marvel/news/elizabeth-olsen-deserves-an-emmy-for-wandavision/
CP: Lost Planes — The Fixx
“Shuttered Room” is still a very 80s-ish album, but I think it has aged well.
There is a rumor on the internet that Henry Cavill might play Captain Brittain in the future. I approve.
It will only work if he grows a mustache and they digitally remove it from every shot.
Only if he also has a French accent. The Americans will never notice.
So hey, this week we’re talking to Andre, the “rocker guy” from the very first season of The Real World. Even I watched the early seasons of that show. Anyone have any questions for him?
I’m afraid I only ever watched like part of one episode.
So I’d end up checking his geek cred-
( ) Kirk or Picard ?
( ) Who shot first ?
( ) How many Indiana Jones films are there?
And of coure
( ) Who is HIS James Bond.
We did get a former lead singer of Thrash band Exodus to geek out about Star Wars novels.
He also recommended Brian Lumley’s Necroscope series, which I remember but never read.
Well, you Arizona peeps take good care of our boy, JJ. He certainly deserve better than the Houston Texans.
I have no doubt you’ll enjoy having him as part of your community as we did while he was here. Just an all around great guy who deserves a Super Bowl ring while he still has a few good years left.
As long as I’ve been here, even with incredible talent, the Cards have been doormats or bridesmaids. Maybe he’ll be the one to get them that elusive SB win.
Nothing verified, just speculation and teasing. I’d love to see him get a real role, but if he’s in it at all, I’m expecting another quirky cameo.
Given that Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange 2, I would say there is a better than average chance for this.
On adopting a cat during a pandemic:
My desk is covered in piles of papers. I should do something about that.
JW: Debris E1
An interesting concept (straight out of Roadside Picnic/Stalker) spoilt with some atrocious acting and emotional reveals from actors that are groan inducing.
I’ve been uninterested in this one, and have been waiting for feedback from other people.
Frankly, it looked too formulaic, especially “ZOMG! We have a mystery!” Almost every major SF show since “Lost” tries to play with this slow reveal mystery show formula, which I’m utterly bored with.
Thankfully, “Resident Alien” is not doing that.
By major, I’m mostly limiting my complaint to the main broadcast channels. So, shows like “Emergence”, “The Event”, etc.
Gave it a view.
Feeling very tepid about it. Love the premise but boy … network TV just refuses to be good.
After one episode I didn’t care about the charactures and the male lead was just bad (badly written? Maybe)
Also, there is this line between spending the screen time for characture development/world building … and just filling out the hour because you really only have enough “show” for a 2hr movie and they’ve given you a whole season. It moved at the pace of a soap opera.
BTW- I use “Firefly” and the “Expanse” as my episodic, SciFi TV benchmark.
I have a “give it 3 episodes to hit it’s stride” rule … but I don’t have much enthusiasm for that here. 🙁
Some how, all I managed to do is add more paper to the pile. I think I’m doing this wrong.
Some how, all I managed to do is add more paper to the pile. I think I’m doing this wrong.
ICYMI: Scott Sigler has written an official Aliens book. I just started. I can’t tell yet if it’s the classic xenomorphs in a high fantasy setting or what.
I’m… intrigued. Let me know what you think. 😀
Haven’t read it but am interested.
Now though, I am wondering- Is it possible to create new genres anymore or has anything worth doing been done?
Some of these are funny:
Erm…. the Phantom Reply strikes again! Although I suppose some of these could be considered alternate genres.
Hubby and I are going bed shopping this weekend. We are thinking of getting an adjustable bed
I’m expecting a parcel today. I’m hoping is shows up before hubby gets home. It’s harder to hide a surprise gift if he’s here when it gets delivered.
I had a USPS package that went through a town 3 hours North of me… went past my town to one two hours south of me… where it sat for 3 days before they sent it to a PO in my town. They then sent it to a PO the next town over and THEY sent it back to the PO 2 hours south of me.
South of me sent it to a PO in my town… who sent it to ANOTHER PO in my town who then sent it BACK to the PO 2 hours south of me.
They then sent it back to a PO in my town who apparently got tired of this game and decided to finally deliver it to me. Each of those trips took at least a day.
trumps legacy – a truely broken Postal System.
Sounds like some wacky sitcom hijinks could ensue at the Bunny household!
It arrived. Hubby is getting this, just because.
Very cool! You guys are the biggest Drizzt fans I know.
Hubby and my Boo are the fans, they’ve read most of the books. I haven’t. We also have an autographed Todd Lockwood pic of Drizzt on our wall
Nice, I’ve read most of the early books. “Streams of Silver” is a standout in my mind. I did find this at a bookstore about 10 years ago. It seems to appreciated nicely.
I think we have that. I’ll have to check with John. We have figurines through the house and some in storage since we don’t have enough shelf space for everything
Well, recommend some good starting points. I’ll throw ’em on the pile.
CP: Hands Around My Throat — Death In Vegas
Tonight rewatched Dean Spanley with one of my sisters.
One of Peter O’Toole’s last films, very charming and I still love it.
CP: I Knew It! I’m Surrounded by Assholes! – Black Dots
Government forms. Ugh.
That’s the Album name and top track.
Never heard of this board game till today:
I was not prepared for an indepth article of that scope.
Sounds like they’re ready to round up game designers and send them to re-education camps.
Oh. My. God. I own and enjoy wingspan. In fact, we like to play it every March with friends because the eggs look a lot like Cadbury eggs. Seriously, he’s putting way too much thought into this.
I, personally, would recommend this game… and Terraforming Mars. Also a good game, but with different mechanics. Games, books, movies, etc. are like that. They can play differently but still be fun. You really don’t need to look for some grand life lesson from them
I’ve read a number of articles on this guy’s site, and they are all like this. His arguments for spoilers are even more eye rolling.
“Hello, I’m a man shaving. I never seem to be able to complete the process without cutting myself horribly.”
Hello, I’m a hero. Somehow I always have only 15 minutes to save the day and manage to do what is needed with .001 seconds to spare.
Hi, I’m a sidewalk fruit vendor, and my plywood stand exists solely for the hero or villain to drive right through during a chase scene.
Re-watched first two episodes of “Russian Doll” last night.
I had forgotten how good it is.
I had forgotten how good the soundtrack is.
Agreed on all fronts. It’s a genius show.
From the rumor mill:
I’m looking forward to the 4-hour Snyder cut, but if I had to pick between seeing it or missing out on a single episode of Wandavision, I’d go for Wandavision.
We were pleasantly surprised by the theatrical cut, so I’m not sure if this will be an improvement, but I’m willing to give it a try.
CP: Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You — Sugarloaf
An old advert that I saw for the first time today:
Egads/ I don’t blame DeForrest Kelly for skipping that trip.
The acting i
We’ve been watching a few episodes of The Muppet Show. Hubby observed all the guitarist play left handed. Why are all muppet guitarists left handed?
The puppeteers are right handed..maybe.
I wonder if it’s a requirement to join Dr. Teeth’s band.
The one we watched (with Mark Hamil) Scooter was in a skit playing guitar, he played left handed too.
https://mymodernmet.com/anish-kapoor-artworks/ These are neat. I saw “the bean” in 2018 when we went to Chicago.
So you’ve bean there, done that?
[Mr. Bean gif]
Does that make you a “has bean”?
CW: Resident Alien episode 6
Laughed out loud in places.
I started watching Resident Alien because you guys reminded me that it was out there and I really really like Alan Tudyk. I really like it so far (mostly because it’s the right role for him). Although there are some oddities that get under my skin. Like he learns flawless English through 6 weeks of watching television, but doesn’t seem to learn any cultural references at all. And there seems to be some back and forth between whether he has taken on the molecular form of a human or if he simply appears to other humans as a human.
This episode had a few “cringeworthy” moments that seemed a bit lazy (writing wise) but other than that… still getting high marks from me. Made me laugh out loud as well.
…and yeh, with this series it’s best to just check your disbelief at the door and enjoy the ride.
Huzzah for month end. Spreadsheets galore!
Wow, this is incredibly well done (for those who are up to date on WandaVision.
CP: Party at Ground Zero — Fishbone
Is it traditional to get a spouse a retirement gift or is that best left up to their company and coworkers?
Asking for a friend.
Not in the UK, up to the coworkers.
If I reach retirement/redundancy I decided a longtime ago I would pass on all that and just leave.
For your own spouse? Sure, why not? I’d say it could be something simple, like a nice floral thing.
I’m only 4 episodes into WandaVision and I am definitely enjoying it. But, dammit, this is exactly the problem I have with the MCU. It started out right and had standalone movies with one hero at a time. Then it went the way of the actual comics and you can’t actually watch a damn thing without first having watched 20 other movies with 100 characters each.
Now you tell me!
That’s definitely the opposite of a problem.
Just rewatched the Foundation trailer, looking forward to it but I have to admit I found the books boring.
PSsssh, all this talk of Marvel. Everyone’s forgetting the greatest superhero franchise of them all.
It’s quite the who’s who of 1960s A-list names.
I genuinely don’t remember some of these villains. I’d really like to check some of these out.
We have the blu-ray special box edition of the 60s Batman tv show. It game with a little batmobile and everything.
I stopped reading when I got to 11.
Another good link: http://teemorris.com/2021/03/04/a-new-adventure-tee-morris-on-youtube/
I’m not just pimping a friend. This is legitimately fascinating stuff.
Can you beat a chess engine a kilobyte in size:
Narrator: Turns out he couldn’t.
That’s pretty amazing. Looks like a landspeeder on Tatooine
It’s national poutine day here in Canada
The finale for WandaVision has two scenes after the credits start rolling.
CP: The City is London — Ithaca Audio
One of the interesting things about the internet is you can find anything. I was thinking about the Apollo space program toys my older brother used to play with in the early 70s and with a few keywords found this.
Major Matt Mason. I knew that he was a major, but I could remember the name.
That’s great. Are you going to get it? For his or yourself?
Although “This is ground control to Major Matt” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
This is one I’d be interested in reacquiring, although it’s very possible my hoarder mother still has it somewhere in her house in NJ.
Those wanted posters are pretty cool!
Yeah, Major Matt probably won’t ever be the subject of a David Bowie song. I’m not going to buy this one. But I may try to get one a little cheaper if it shows up. My brother would be impressed.
As a collector’s piece. . . . not to get down on the floor and play with. . .. because we’re grownup now. . .
CP: A Bower Scene — The Decemberists
Just had a service guy in. Some bunny needs a new hot water tank
I miss the tankless hot waster heater we had in the other place
Do you want JustaJ0e’s old one?
I can’t put one in. We Currently have an electric tank. I wanted to switch to gas but the condo association won’t allow a hole out the back for the venting
Just cover the hole with a bird feeder or something.
“Your grandmother may have up to 23 laser cannons and 36 projectile-ready portals, but the projectile portals, as I’m sure you know, are often used for non-weapon purposes, such as sending cargo and passengers to the surface of a planet, moon or other convenient heavenly body such as the surface of a sun.
It is inadvisable to mess with your grandmother at this time.”
1. I know a data scientist at work that could easily explain everything that’s going on in this article. Problem is he’ll explain it in such a way that you likely won’t understand a word of what he says.
2. We’re working on a DARPA project that can likely benefit from this approach to object recognition. So, thanks for the link.
LMK if you guys envision a need for a WandaVision discussion page.
I’d enjoy one but it would probably just be me loving on the show in every comment. I am so happy with how it turned out, tho I do have one major…complaintquestion…
Spit it out you fired!
That was meant to be fiend!
Not here you moistened bink!
It’s hard to create a whole new thread for 1 yay vote. . .
Have a great birthday, Lo Pan!
Have a great birthday, Mr. David Lo Pan! 😀
Happy Happy Joy Joy LoPan!
CW: Raya and the Last Dragon
This is a very pretty film.
..and that was lovely.
Well, we bought a bed. Now we have to wait two weeks for delivery.
Did you go with the craftmatic? And did it come with ginsu knives?
no, but we did get one that has a build in massager. Almost as good. Almost
Happy Lopan Day!
Thanks everyone. This eldergod’s knees hips back joints feet mind ain’t what they used to be.
Don’t you love it when you go to eject the micro SD card from your 3-D printer and it shoots out of the spring-loaded slot, flying across the room into the clutter of your maker space, never to be seen again.
Yeah me neither.
Probably hilarious to witness, though.
Wait Joe! Come back! I didn’t mean it!
On the fetishisation of the body in Hollywood blockbusters:
I found this more interesting than I thought I would.
Related to this, I much more prefer the first XMen movie Wolverine look over the hopped up more recent movies look.
This seems like an awful lot of cherry picking to support the author’s pre-conceived conclusion.
Not sure I get what the complaint is here.
Auther seems to be saying that people in movies are too beautiful and not having enough sex?
Seems like a personal preference issue to me.
A slice of history about a forgotten hero:
We watched Monster Hunter last night. It’s exactly what you would expect it to be. Knowing that, we enjoyed it
Just started a reread of Neuromancer, on audio and it’s made me realise that I don’t imagine people speaking in accents as I read the text version many moons ago.
Oh and Case’s meeting Molly in the first chapter has me hooked all over again.
I reread that in print last year. Truly the greatest.
There’s an old version read by young William Gibson in his North Carolina drawl. I believe you can still find it on YouTube.
Two very very good WandaVision articles – – with spoilers.
You know, I read that inverse article again, but I still can’t figure out what “the dumbest thing about Marvel movies” is that is now fixed by Wandavision. The article itself is a good read, but I don’t get the title.
I agree Ed, but I think it was implied instead of explicitly stated. I believe the author meant that heroes in the Marvel universe are too explicitly good and that having the MCU explore more philosophical aspects of herodom is a welcome change. That’s just my guess though.
Frankly, I think the author hasn’t read enough Marvel comics, but yes, by-and-large the comics are explicitly clear cut in terms of ethics and morality. DC tends to be even more so. This is why I tend to prefer Image as well as independent titles.
So has everyone seen the final episodes of “WandaVision” yet? If so, we could just discuss it here in this thread. Otherwise, Jack can consider this another yea vote for a separate thread. 🙂
I’m waiting for the DVD’s
So maybe a seperate page…?
For reference, I did not start watching breaking bad until it had been over for a year. And yet somehow I still had managed to avoid any spoilers.
Walter turns bad.
We rewatched 2001 A Space odyssey last night. Part way through I asked John if this was filmed before or after Kubrick filmed the moon landing.
It took him a moment. Then he threw some popcorn at me. He never did answer my question
2001 was released in 1968, Kubrick filmed the moon landing on location in 1969. He was a stickler for realism.
Answered my question, and didn’t throw popcorn at me. Don’t tell my husband, he might get jealous 😉
http://jackmangan.com/a-fish-called-wandavision/ – To discuss WV
Wow. Such a jarring change, it looks photoshopped. https://comicbook.com/marvel/news/thor-love-and-thunder-twitter-reacts-ripped-natalie-portman/#7
I read a run of Jason Aaron’s Thor a few years back – – really dug how he handled both Odinson Thor and Jane Foster. Looking forward to this movie.
It looks shopped to me too. The body position and proportions look wrong.
CP: Armageddon — Prism
Am I bad because I have no idea what is going on with the British Royal family and really don’t care to find out?
Not one bit. Although I will say as much as I don’t care either, the interview with Meghan and Harry was illuminating and sad.
Two very different films covering the same time period:
So thanks to Disney+ started a rewatch of Futurama. That first episode with the suicide booths is DARK with a capital D.
But what really made me love the series was the second episode and the notice notice by the historical sticklers society in the Lunar lander that Fry and Leela shelter in near the end of the episode.
Futurama is worthy of a full rewatch. . . I had no idea it was on Disney+.
Although, I don’t think I can do the dog episode again.
I paused an episode to see the contents of Fry’s refrigerator. Instead of a quart of half & half, Fry had a carton of a third and a third and a third. LOL
It probably isn’t in the US, it’s on the Disney+ Star service in Europe as we don’t have HBO Max.
Futurama is available through Disney here, so I’m assuming it’s available in the States too
JW: Debris E2
Oh gawd this is show is just bad! One more episode and I’m done if it doesn’t improve.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
That is hilarious.
The guy is here changing my hot water tank. Soon we’ll be able to go from Luke-warm showers to actual hot ones
CP: bang — Haru Nemuri
It’s pretty catchy. Turn on CC for the English lyrics.
I need to check this later. Excellent Psychedelic Soul band.
Ok, late to notice nitpick time. I just noticed that Jack’s intro for Joe has two s’s, making JustaJoe into part snake
😀 You have been working in publishing, haven’t you?
I think Joe needs to run with this and become JusssssssstaJoe.
CP: The Russian Messenger — Rodrigo Y Gabriela
So Debris did not improve with episode 2.
I had completely forgotten to watch the next ep. I don’t seem to care.
Conspicuously absent: The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
The inventor of the compact cassette has died:
A inventor who outlived his invention.
Even worse, he snapped and got wound up in the deck, and now the whole player is ruined.
(What?! I’m sure he was a lovely man. I got countless hours of enjoyment from his invention. RIP)
CP: Send a Little Love Token — The Duke Spirit
Speaking of nostalgia, in the Wanda thread anyway, I caved and purchased one.
Jack from 1981 is unspeakably jealous.
(Jack from 2021 is impressed too)
8 year old me loved the stunt cycle, but never had the satisfaction of playing with the dragster or sky cycle.
Still one of the better pre- Star Wars sci-fi films:
Good film, though I preferred Bruce Dern’s character in “The ‘Burbs”.
I’m not sure why, but Steam has decided it needs to recommend hard core porn games to me. Have I played any of these types of games? No. Have I said “ignore” for these games? Yes.
Seriously, if you have Steam, look up WanderLust and tell me why it recommended this to me?
(There was another similar game Steam recommended a few days ago. I don’t remember it’s name but I do remember saying to ignore it. Showed it to John and he shook his head asking why he never gets these kinds of recommendations from Steam)
Maybe Steam is using some new predictive A.I.?
This seems like the right approach. Intelligent discussion with reasonable people:
Kitty and I are just chillaxing this morning
I have to yell at my mother. As most of you know, we tend to walk on a thin wire around each other as it is. Now I have to tell her she’s a bitch without actually telling her she’s a bitch.
Fair warning, I’m about to go on a rant for background info. Feel free to skip, I’m just letting off steam since I can’t until my husband gets home and talks me down.
About 30+ years ago, before I met the most amazing man that was my husband, I was in an abusive marriage. I got out shortly after my Boo was born because I wasn’t going to subject her to that.
My Boo just spoke to me. Apparently, a short time ago, my ex got a hold of my mother, who decided to tell him my many health issues. He managed to get hold of my Boo and asked for a recent pic of me and how to get a hold of me. Luckily, my Boo is smart and said no on both accounts then contacted me to give me a heads up.
What the hell gave my mother the right to discuss personal stuff about me to him? I haven’t even thought of his existence for more than 20 years. Last time I checked, she hated him. Full stop. I guess the only good thing is she didn’t go so far as to give him my contact, but still… Now I have to figure out how to yell at her without burning bridges (only child, second last of the bloodline – Boo would be last. So it’s complicated).
Sorry, I vented. Now I need to go out and buy some alcohol.
Wow. I have no words. Vent away whenever you need. You are clearly justified here.
Yes, you should always feel free to vent here. Absolutely warranted, she is 100% out of line.
I hope this is the end of this episode for you, re: the ex, at least. I don’t have any advice for dealing with your mother.
Bunny, I’m sorry that dealing with your mother has given you such grief. I can only speculate on why she does what she does. But the important thing is that if you need to vent, we are here to take it. 🙂 I hope you feel better.
As the others have said, vent away. Sometimes that’s what we need.
CP: Visions Of The Night — The Police
Fifty years of THX-1138
I’ve only seen the ending as I channelled surfed one evening.
One of the first DVDs I purchased.
I haven’t seen it since the 90s. I recall thinking it was kind of a bleak 70s Sci-Fi slog, but with a cool futuristic car and cool sound effects.
I loved it as a kid, underground race cars, robot motorcycle riders. As an adult, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I still find it entertaining.
Off to the city this morning.
The international sign for “Help me”
Thanks for sharing.
CP: Lo/Hi — The Black Keys
This is neat.
Gender flipped Kung Fu, I’m in:
Yeah, that looks like fun. I’ll also enjoy seeing the SF locations in the show.
Great idea, even if it looks kinda like a CW TV show.
I hope her nickname is Kane. And I hope she eventually walks the earth.
CP: Flying North — Thomas Dolby
When PC game boxes were a work of art:
These are cool. The art around video games used to be so evocative. (I’ve mentioned that I own the coffee table book of Atari 2600 game art?)
Stop trying to save Jesus:
Welp. we made it to the LOTR finale tonight. We did part 2 of ROTK extended edition.
Seriously. Forty-three endings and all, this movie just works on every goddamn level.
“I am no man.”
“My friends, you bow to no one.”
“I can’t carry it four you, but I can carry you.”
*pushing up editing glasses8
How many Frodos are there?
The Fellowship of the Frodos
Our new bed is being delivered today. So now we’ve decided to rearrange furniture in both our room and the guest room.
Well, that took a lot less time than I expected
Rewatched Raya and the Last Dragon with one of my sisters, lovely film.
I cant wait to watch at a non-premium.
Sobering what you can’t hear as you get older:
As my degree is in auditory sensation and perception, I have done this test before. I can still hear 12k although I’m 50, but I have to crank the volume up a bit. 15k is a complete wipeout for me. Don’t get a thing.
The first third of your life you won’t listen … the last third of your life you CAN’T listen.
Ok, a question:
Have you ever eaten a soft boiled egg as a meal (with buttered toast)? That is the white is sold and the yolk is still mostly liquid. You dip the toast in the egg yolk.
Inspired by a FB friend who claims only posh Americans eat soft boiled eggs.
So not boiled.
I will fry them that way (white as solid, yoke still liquid for toast dipping).
I thought that “boiling” them that way and then dipping strips of toast in was a UK thing with a name that had something about “solders” in it ???
Soldiers! Cutting the toast into strips.
I’ve only had soft-boiled eggs in ramen.
I need to try the “solders” thing in your honor some time. How long do you boil the egg to keep it soft in the yoke?
About 3 minutes, Joe.
I usually do 5 minutes as that means the white is totally solid.
But only start the timer after the water starts boiling and you put the eggs in the pan.
The only time I did the soldiers thing was when I traveled to Scotland.
CW: Deadpool 2
“You’re so dark. You sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”
I know I’ve watched this but I remember none of it. I think I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t care about Deadpool or his movies
The closer we get to actually getting vaccinated the more pressure some friends and family are applying to act in an irresponsible Pandemic fashion.
Jack mentioned this a few weeks ago. I find it horrible to have to be the “responsable one” in any group and people that care about you shouldn’t be making you feel bad for not wanting to risk your life (or theirs) just for a meal.
Exactly this. People think that the vaccination is the end all be all. My wife can’t take the vaccines because of the milk proteins it contains (the J&J hopefully she can take). I fear for my autistic son for the same reason. “I’m vaccinated so you’re ok!”. Yeah… not how it works.
Also JJ, never ever ever ever be afraid to tell people to fuck off. I’ve lost 70% of friends/family by doing this for various reasons. But those who you don’t lose and you end up surrounding yourself with creates such a strong base for which to lean on.
Let’s face it, the public narrative is going to jump way too fast to “public orgies with strangers at McDonalds are on again!”
Then that kind of pressure is going to get way worse. The anti-maskers are gonna get really loud.
“Check out this Big Mac.”
I hung out a bit with the crew that worked in Wildwood, NJ, ca. 1987. They told me how the guillotine trick worked. It involved the “Victim” holding a pushup stance until the right moment.
I’m getting tired just looking at the map:
From the article:
“If you are a first-timer, walking from Cape Town to Magadan can be extremely difficult.”
CP: A Drowning — How To Destroy Angels.
It’s been a while since I’ve spun this EP. Are pianos prone to rust when playing them underwater?
Looks like the Snyder cut is going to be a snore fest:
Oh WP, why haven’t you let me type anything all day?
Huzzah! It finally worked. Strange that it wouldn’t accept my stuff earlier. It just sent me to the top of the page no matter what device I typed on.
Weird. I’ll check the spam filter
Interesting list! I’ve only seen a few of these.
Seen 6, From the Wikipedia page for Kiss Me Deadly:
Homage is paid to the glowing suitcase MacGuffin in the 1984 cult film Repo Man, the film Ronin, and in Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction. The “shiny blue suitcase” is mentioned with other famous MacGuffins in Guardians of the Galaxy. When the Ark of the Covenant in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark is opened, the shot of Rene Belloq’s face melting is directly inspired by that of Gabrielle opening the suitcase. In the film Southland Tales, Richard Kelly pays homage to the film, showing the main characters watching the beginning on their television and later the opening of the case is shown on screens on board the mega-Zeppelin.
I immediately saw the glowing Pulp Fiction briefcase as a nod to Repo Man. It wasn’t until years later that I learned they were both referencing Kiss Me Deadly.
I’ve seen it. It’s aight.
The cat is still not happy with Daylight Savings Time. I think I agree with her on this one.
New size chart on Godzilla and King Kong. Maybe the latest round are from Texas. Everything’s bigger in Texas.
Big changes for both of them – – with an especially big jump for Kong from 2017 to 2021.
I wish they’d dropped in a few famous buildings for perspective.
..and it’s goodbye to Yaphet Kotto:
Such a great character actor. I remember him best for Alien, but the guy was all over the place in his prime. RIP
Well, I finally got a vaccine appointment! March 22nd.
I have to drive to an adjacent state but beggars can’t be choosers.
I am actually on a local “wait list” at a Walmart “neighborhood store”. At the end of the day, If they have people who don’t show up for their vaccine, they call people on the wait list and give you 30 minutes to get there. That list is open to anyone as they don’t want the doses to go to waste.
Been on that list for a while though.
I read the entire article and I still have no idea WTF an NFT is.
It’s an over complicated way of taking about the fact that they can now make money off of things created in the meat world, that can be sold for use in a VR world/game.
The most talked about examples are music and art. The “new” thing is that these items can be tagged in a manor that will connect them to a block chain. So any transactions done online can instantly be tracked.
It’s an old techie term. Non-fungible has been used in the computer industry for a long time to mean something that can’t be modified. So, somebody took that jargon and thought it would sound cool for this kind of thing, especially tied to blockchain.
Ooops. I missed the unique part. Can’t be modified and is unique.
CP: Two Fools A Minute — David Lee Roth
Like Nick Drake I’m late to the party with this singer/songwriter:
So…………. I finished that book a few days ago.
This is far and away the best thing I’ve seen from him. The action scenes were tense and highly-detailed – – and there was even a bit of sly social commentary. Sure, I could write a full review and outline the negatives as well as the positives, but I’ll spare everyone. He applied some ingenious and creative spins on the mythos for this storied franchise. I enjoyed the book a lot and definitely recommend it.
For us with bad memories, what book?
“Hop on Pop”?
Scott Sigler’s Aliens book.
It’s supposed to be quite nice today. I may go for a walk later this morning.
Nicked from Facebook:
What it’s like to be British –
• Not hearing someone for the third time, so just laughing and hoping for the best.
• Saying “anywhere here’s fine” when the taxi’s directly outside your front door.
• Being sure to start touching your bag 15 minutes before your station, so the person in the aisle seat is fully prepared for your exit.
• Repeatedly pressing the door button on the train before it’s illuminated, to assure your fellow commuters you have the situation in hand
• Having someone sit next to you on the train, meaning you’ll have to eat your crisps at home.
• The huge sense of relief after your perfectly valid train ticket is accepted by the inspector.
• The horror of someone you only half know saying: “Oh I’m getting that train too”
• Loudly tapping your fingers at the cashpoint, to assure the queue that you’ve asked for money and the wait is out of your hands.
• Waiting for permission to leave after paying for something with the exact change.
• Saying hello to a friend in the supermarket, then creeping around like a burglar to avoid seeing them again.
• Watching with quiet sorrow as you receive a different haircut to the one you requested
• Being unable to pay for something with the exact change without saying “I think that’s right”.
• Overtaking someone on foot and having to keep up the uncomfortably fast pace until safely over the horizon.
• Being unable to turn and walk in the opposite direction without first taking out your phone and frowning at it.
• Deeming it necessary to do a little jog over zebra crossings, while throwing in an apologetic mini wave.
• Punishing people who don’t say thank you by saying “you’re welcome” as quietly as possible.
• Turning down a cup of tea for no reason and instantly knowing you’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake
• Suddenly remembering your tea and necking it like a massive, lukewarm shot
• Realising you’ve got about fifty grand’s worth of plastic bags under your kitchen sink
• “You’ll have to excuse the mess” – Translation: I’ve spent seven hours tidying in preparation for your visit
• Indicating that you want the last roast potato by trying to force everyone else to take it
• “I’m off to bed” – Translation: “I’m off to stare at my phone in another part of the house”.
• Mishearing somebody’s name on the second time of asking, meaning you must now avoid them forever.
• Leaving it too late to correct someone, meaning you must live with your new name forever
• Running out of ways to say thanks when a succession of doors are held for you, having already deployed ‘cheers’, ‘ta’ and ‘nice one’
• Changing from ‘kind regards’ to just ‘regards’, to indicate that you’re rapidly reaching the end of your tether
• Staring at your phone in silent horror until the unknown number stops ringing
• Hearing a recording of your own voice and deciding it’s perhaps best never to speak again
• The relief when someone doesn’t answer their phone within three rings and you can hang up
• Filming an entire fireworks display on your phone, knowing full well you’ll never, ever watch it again
Going to be a long day.
Meds gathered in a “go bag”.
Probably gathering some hard drives, chargers, and maybe a few photos in a backpack.
Then just trying to go about the day as if all were normal.
I do hope the long day went well, Mr. Joe.
2.5 inches of rain today but other than that, all the shenanigans stayed to the south of us.
Though my youngest had 2 or 3 reported tornados pass within a few miles of her dorm.
Another day, another tragedy:
Call me cynical but as soon as I read they caught the shooter alive I knew you would be a white dude.
Yes, we’ll be getting back to this bullshit, as soon as quarantine ends.
Probably way worse.