385 thoughts on “Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #122: Watchmania, part 3

  1. 2 days ’til the weekend. woohoo.

    I would like to offer to anyone here – Please send me an audio review of your favorite podcast. I will edit / produce it. And any link information that you think is important.

  2. My podcast list has not just wrapped on itself. I haven’t listened to the last LLAP episode yet, and the new one just came out.

    Ah well, lots to listen to while sitting on the beach in Mexico.

  3. Great bath today, thanks! I think I sound truly dyslexic when I read out loud, so won’t be doing that again for the Deadpan, and didn’t enjoy that part. But still, squeaky clean here.

    Here’s some exciting (for me) news: I am cutting off my hair today. I have my ziploc bag ready for my 12″ braid that’s getting chopped and mailed to Locks of Love. Scary! Short-haired EssBee. Eeek!

  4. Wndr : HAHAHAHHHAhahahhaha! Good one!

    No really, I’ll see what I can do but I have the “Excellent” relatives visiting this week and “I need quite for about 20 minutes” wouldn’t mean ANYTHING to them.

    One of the fun bits – Her telling me the same story she told me 20 minutes ago … and earlier in the day AND the day before about how forgetful her husband has gotten.

    MMMmmmmmad sir.

  5. I need to work on this:

    The Google search for “climb into my spoon” reveals the phrase has yet to penetrate beyond the Deadpan.

    In a further search along Happy Chef lines, I was reminded that there is a former Chef about 20 minutes up the highway from my house. http://is.gd/o1Md

    I also thus far have no recent photos of myself with any Really Big Things. Probably the easiest (aside from the repurposed Chef) would be the Crow.

  6. Love Long and Prosper #108 is out, but linked on iTunes to the wrong feed so if you downloaded it already, check the length – it should be an hour. If it’s 13 minutes long, you’ll need to delete and re-download.

    The 13 minute show is actually The Computer King’s show – so listen to that too! Oops

  7. So, everyone needs to do a “climb into my spoon” post on their blog/journal/facebook, etc and point it back here? Kick starting a meme into the cold freezing night of the internet….so to speak?

  8. So after going to the cinema and finding the film I wanted to see didn’t start until tomorrow..went and saw Young Victoria.

    Not a great fan of period costume dramas and I know little enough about the history of Queen Victoria, but was more enjoyable than I expected.

    Ho hum.

  9. EssBee gets on-the-job-evil training every day.

    So I didn’t get out and accomplish the one thing I’d intended today, but I’m getting a bunch of other stuff done, so the day isn’t wasted. Completely. tweet.

  10. Once again, the challenge has ended. Today was the final weigh in day for, what has become, the traditional start of the year weight loss challenge at my company. I have served as the de facto chairman of the event once again.

    77 answered the call to try and reduce themselves by 7% over the first 10 weeks of the year. 34 succeeded, including myself. I managed to pull down 22 lbs, for a 9.5% drop. The best performer this year shed 43 lbs and reduced himself by almost 15%.

    Now, the hard part is to try to keep it off for the rest of the year.

  11. You got that right Ed. I’m happy to report the 20 lbs I loss from running has stayed off for the entire year. Well more or less. At one point I was around 171, but lately I’ve hovered closer to 175. But I’m inching it back down again.

  12. Ed – I think that shrink wrap and a storage closet might be handy tools in helping to keep the weight off. Just remember to pull them out every few days and hose them off.

  13. Dammit, I can’t get to my email and work…so, still don’t have my password for LLAP.

    Anyway – CJ – I’m fairly sure that the jeans you “remember” weren’t actually for sale, but were part of the premise of some 70’s movie. I only remember commercials for it (why would I remember this, I was like 5 or 6 – could this really be my earliest memory? how sad….anyway…back to the original thought)

    I have a title of “So Fine” in my memory. I’d plug that one into IMDB (which I also can’t get to from work) and see if that jogs the noggin.

  14. Ed – You through me for a second. I was about to go back through the messages and see where I’d posted about jeans duh. Then I realize that you are talking about the butt-less jeans I talked about on LLAP. I don’t think they were real either – maybe SNL or movie inspired?

  15. Ed, YES! So Fine is the movie. I can’t find a trailer though, I’m going to keep looking. You totally rock for knowing that.

    I feel so less alone with my memory now! 😉

  16. I touch the fire and it freezes me
    I look into it and it’s black
    Why can’t I feel?
    My skin should crack and peel
    I want the fire back

    Now, through the smoke she calls to me
    To make my way across the flame
    To save the day or maybe melt away
    I guess it’s all the same

    So, I will walk through the fire
    Cause where else can I turn?
    I will walk through the fire
    And let it

  17. Battlestar Galactica is done.

    Wow is about all I can come up with and I don’t know if words can do justice to describe it. It was an impressive ending on many levels.

  18. I enjoyed the BSG finale, and I think it wrapped up nicely. But I can’t help but feel like they tried to cram about a season’s worth of answers into two episodes.

  19. Can’t remember if I mentioned this already, but my hubby bought me the 1st season of BSG on HD so now I’m going to actually watch it. I’m pretty excited looking forward to it.

  20. You know, I’ve never had much hope for the new president, but I was at least looking forward to the end of foot-in-mouth disease. Apparently, that was too much to ask for.

  21. Seriously? After the last 8 years you can honestly be down on the guy after only being in office for 2 months??

    BSG finale- wait.. I don’t want to spoil anything if everyone hasn’t seen it. I enjoyed it, but what slightly annoyed by certain things.

  22. Here’s a fun game to play at home –
    Which of the following 5 quotes, is the one that people are trying to make a big giant deal out of, because it was said by the current President.

    “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

    “You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.” —to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska

    “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”

    “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”

    (My bowling ability) “It’s like the Special Olympics or something.”

    Gee, how quickly we lose perspective in this country.

  23. The BSG finale..I can’t help feeling it would have been a better ending if they had just ended the series after the FTL jump to X.

  24. Good catch on the Rorschach birthday, Amy! And way to go all out!! That deserves bigger blog coverage than Deadpan.

    A poke from the Smarty Hotties!!

    Happy Travels, EssBee.

    Thanks everyone for holding off on the BSG spoilers. If you want – I’ll make a spoiler-friendly post to discuss…? If the BSG finale merits its own discussion post…?

    I stopped in to say something witty, but I got nothin.
    Goodnight, Starbuck.

  25. I’m going to watch the first season of BSG in HD this month. So, I guess no fun spoilerific chat for me. . . although really . . . It’ll be like months before I see the end so I’ll forget.


  26. BSG SPOLIER ALERT!!!!!!!!!- you have been warned

    I won’t say too much in case this get read-
    the Starbuck explanation annoyed me
    the lack of Daniel info annoyed me (although I am wondering if they are saving that for that 2 hour the cylon side of the story movie thing they are doing.
    The fact that Balter made it to the end annoyed me 🙂 Although 1 thing I was wondering was are they basically saying that Balter and Caprica 6 become angels themselves?? The visions of themselves they both see… is that them as angels?
    I loved the old cylon toasters vs new cylon toasters fight scenes.
    Hugh and I generally liked the finale except those few annoyances I mentioned
    I cried over Adama and Rosalyn 🙂 I was totally sobbing like a baby. LOL. I am such a sap.

  27. Good morning Pan!

    If you’re not on the mailing list and haven’t seen it yet, go to ninja2009.com for free Nine Inch Nails/Jane’s Addiction/Streetsweeper content.

    Sunday means tax prep time has come along at last… grr

  28. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got a tax accountant who wades through all the data and makes sure we don’t need to pay much more, but it is time for us to get all the data in line for her.

  29. … and a day later …

    Yes Van, the special Olympics quip.
    The others are a sampling of the quotes the former president issued on a weekly if not daily basis. He was such risk at saying something offensive/stupid/dangerous that at fund raising functions … donors were forbidden to bring recording devices around him. (I got that directly from an attendee of one of these functions).

  30. Yes, the one lesson that Obama has mostly learned is to make sure that teleprompter is always up and running. Bad things happen when he’s allowed to speak on his own.

  31. Jack: Thanks! I posted links to that blog post on several LJ communities dedicated to Watchmen. Was there anything else you had in mind when you said “that deserves bigger blog coverage than Deadpan?”

  32. The BSG finale has me all screwed up. I am twisted with that happy-sad that comes from a good ending and disgust-rage at the lack of a good ending.

    Please, just give me one, not both at the same bloody time.

  33. So Mt. Redoubt finally blew three times last night. Sounds impressive, though under cover of darkness, of course. The USGS has of course been monitoring it and I had been hearing since January that it was imminent.


  34. Gotta get my daughter ready for school now. Then going to lunch with my Mother-in-law. I want to see more letters when I get back!

    Look at me being all bossy. 😛

  35. Well time to rummage around the old MP3 player.

    CP: Waiting around to Die – Be Good Tanyas

    Which featured on the latest Breaking Bad.

  36. Not to dive completely out of my numbered TV show nerd-dom but .. I feel to need to express, lovingly, that it’s spelled “Sk8er Boi”


  37. I’m going to write an article called Ways to Avoid Getting Work Done with content such as, “Keep Deadpan message board open and post names of TV shows all day long instead of entering data into spreadsheets like you should be doing.”

  38. I just ventured back outside to get the mail and saw one of those Smart Cars go down my street. They are so teeny!

    Also, made me wish I was outside. It’s a gorgeous day. I think we’ll have dinner on the patio!

  39. SMARTS are definitely not cars. A guy at my office has one and pretty much regrets buying it – the MPG is nowhere close to what’s advertised.

  40. I only watch it long enough to get the little ones enthralled then I escaped to do dishes and start dinner.

    I swear, I’m not enjoying it. LOL 😛

  41. Didn’t see “Knowing” but I went and saw “Taken”.

    Action adventure that you’ve seen before. Any of you kids ever see Bronson’s “Death Wish” series?
    Action sequences we’re chocked full-o-action.
    First third of the movie was painful “set-up” for the rest of the film. It was like everyone (Including the director) just wanted to “get on with it”.

    Over all … Sure, give it a look – but I’d wait till you can download it from Amazon for $1.99.

  42. OK. This is personal – but we’re all close now, right?

    I did a new workout routine this morning and It’s literally kicking my ass right now. I can barely sit on my sore ass! It means it’s working right? It fricken hurts.

    boo hoo

  43. Wow, CJ figured out the secret of the whole series and has just begun watching!


    tip for the day – water heaters aren’t cheap and need to be replaced on occasion. Check yours out – if it’s leaking into the drip pan, budget for a new one soon. Also, if you are a family with kids using lots of hot water for laundry, showers, and dishes I think the traditional tank design is probably going to be the most economical solution. The “tankless” ones have about 2-4x the installed cost and I don’t see my usage pattern providing enough energy savings for the cost difference.

    Enjoy your Tuesday.

  44. Home from the park. It’s flippin’ beautiful outside. Need to enjoy it before the heat gets here.

    I had to throw the kids in the shower though – Sand in shoes, hair, and everywhere! Can’t send the little girl to school while she’s leaking sand.

    CW: Yo Gabba Gabba

  45. Floors mopped even though I have about 20 children coming over tomorrow… Something tells me I’ll be mopping again soon.

    It’s a bittersweet day tomorrow. I’m retiring my music and movement program for toddlers. We’ve had 2 years of great times, but it’s time for me to move on. Should be a great party too 🙂

  46. Jack – Vodka makes a great gift for any occasion. I don’t know where I’ll put the bottles… You’ll have to help me finish off all this tequila so I can make room.


  47. Holy crap, I’ve caught up on all my podcasts! Time to panic! I’m actually going to listen to music on my Ipod today.

  48. Yes it’s a truly horrible feeling to go to the podcast cupboard and realise it’s bare.

    Morning Pan, two more days and then four days off..woot!

    Note to self – stop using woot.

  49. So, here I am with only a bit more than a week until surgery, and here comes arrives a lovely article about ANOTHER virus outbreak at my hospital…


    Haven’t these @$%@$%#$ ever heard of Lister? Does everyone need to go buy a bottle of bleach and throw it at the place? #@@$@#! What?

    *goes off to huddle and weep for a while*

  50. You’ve inspired me. Next time I’m seeing blue I’ll be thinking of having the laptop swim with the fishes.

    And next time will be soon, because every frickin windows update breaks the same damn key file and it starts going code blue multiple times a day.

    Oh technology, why must thou be carnal with microsoft?

  51. It’s a shame the jellies aren’t in season. It would be more satisfying, watching it gurgle down in the ocean among them, knowing it was getting death of a thousand stings…

  52. They don’t schedule the time until the day of, EssBee, but it’s supposed to be some time next Friday.

    If the hospital isn’t closed as they try to figure out where germs come from…

  53. Something you should never have to hear from your boss:

    I had a really weird dream last night and you were in it, but I’m thinking I probably shouldn’t tell you about it

  54. This made me crack up.

    Every once in a while, I take a break and look up a Japanese word/expression that I don’t know. So, just a while ago, I look up the expression yareyare [やれやれ] to find that it is an exclamation of relief or disappointment.

    What’s funny is the example sentence:
    やれやれ、女を選んで結婚することになるのか・・・。 Maybe I will settle down with a woman.

    Relief? Disappointment? Confusion? 😉

  55. *hugs* for EssBee

    I don’t need a beer, but I’d love a nap. I just did a head count – no wonder I’m tired. I had 19 kids in my house and backyard eating pizza and running amok.

    Only my daughter and I are here now – my son is sleeping and all is quiet.


  56. So I’m thinking about hosting a Def Jam Comedy hour with the Farpoint Recap, allow anyone a chance to spend 5-10 minutes doing their own comedy routine. One idea is to have people make fun of me for a change. Does this sound interesting to anyone, and what would be an acceptable amount of time to give people to write and record their material?

    The idea here is Deadpan has the Palooza, JT’s Indie Christian podcast has the Poetry Slam… It makes sense for the Recap to have Standup Comedy. Which would be open to pretty much everyone.

  57. Dub: That’s a great idea. I wish I could come up with something, but I’m barely making my own commitments right now. Fuckity-やれやれ-hell. 🙁

  58. Dub,

    I love the idea. If I were witty enough, I’d be all over that. My little brother does stand-up and I could probably coerce him into recording something. 🙂

  59. I’m getting a lot of people saying its a great idea but don’t have time or aren’t witty enough to do it. I may have to redefine this thing so people don’t feel so intimidated.

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