Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #133: A Straight Deadpan Caper

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Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #133: A Straight Deadpan Caper

More of The Incredible Shrinking Deadpan

Come to the Deadpan Gathering! Come to visit cool people on the September Labour day weekend.

Promo – Down the Road by Jack Jaffe (http://www.12vtheater.com/)

Dirty Lyrics
Star F**ker by Kurt from St. George
Darling Nikkie by The Computer King

Deadpan Palooza movie is Flash Gordon (1980 movie)

Go to the Dead Pan website and vote on potential changes to the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey

Amy Bowen shares the contents of her graduation gift bag

Bad Lyrics Theatre
Bad (Michael Jackson) by imag1narynumber

More Dirty Lyrics
Sir Psycho by Lady J

More of Amy’s gift bag

The contents of Justa J0e’s kit

Andrea Smarty Hottie with a Batman riddle – see Dead Pan website for link

Cj with a dumb ass memory

Only one comment to be read today from Cj

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461 thoughts on “Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #133: A Straight Deadpan Caper

  1. (answering a question from the previous board)

    Jack: I’m podcasting about the environments of Jupiter’s moons for my third and final episode of 365 Days of Astronomy. My previous two episodes went out on June 2nd and July 24th.

  2. Tonight is podcast production night.

    1. My first guest audio for QN Podcast
    2. Two QC sessions for Angel Between the Lines
    3. Recording audio for Amy Bowen (long overdue)
    4. Dirty Lyric editing for Deadpan (recording of which will be on portable recorder in car at lunch today.

  3. So after to listening to this weeks DP, I can’t help wondering if Jack walked out near the end of 2001 and missed the Baby…


  4. There is a giant hill across the street from my workplace. At some point it was placed there by MNDOT. This summer they have been taking it back for road projects. It is startlingly about half gone.

  5. TEB, I have wanted a nice pocketwatch since I was 11 or so. I have a non-functional very spartan one of my grandfather’s that I have toyed with the idea of having repaired…

  6. I remember, a few years ago, my hubby and I were in the mood for 2001 so we went to the local Block Buster and rented it. (This was when Video was still the norm, not DVD). We were so upset when the copy we had was edited. We didn’t notice it at first but, near the end we noticed the main line of “My God, it’s full of stars” was missing. We then went back and rewatched the tape and found about ten minutes had been cut. We were not impressed. I complained to the BB clerk when I returned the movie but only got a shrug in return.

  7. I knew there was something I wanted to say, but I kept forgetting what it was.

    That story about the horse buggery? Yeah, it’s from South Carolina. I know when I die, I’m going to heaven ‘cuz I’ve already lived in hell twice. Bloody hate that state.

  8. Although if you read the book, the ending of 2001 makes a bit more sense, since DB is being converted into god like being by going backwards through his life.

  9. Messing with 2001 is a great idea, espeically since that movie is so booooooooooooring that I’ve never been able to sit through it without falling asleep.

    I propose full-contact 2001. 😉

  10. Good Morning!

    I haven’t listened yet – saving it for the treadmill. Leaving to do that in about 20 minutes. Coffee before treadmill.

    TEB – Yes. I can do the show notes. I can’t read todya’s yet because I haven’t listened to the show yet. I don’t like knowing what to expect. I’m a “surprise me” kind of girl.

    I think during next Deadpan Jack will need to say something like, “Cj, are you remembering to write this down?”

  11. I probably need to rewatch 2001, but as I recall he never said “my god its full of stars” in the original picture but the line was retconned in for the 2010 novel and film. I know I’ve seen the whole thing all the way through to the Starchild at the end.

  12. Slight hitch in the lunch recording, the portable recorder is apparently sitting next to the home computer, more or less defeating its purpose…

  13. TEB: JohnBoze is correct, the “My God it’s full of stars” line is at the end of the Book 2001, but not at the end of the movie, it is at the beginning of 2010.

    Oh, and Good Morning, Pan!

    And I know I promised not to say anything more about numerological films, but I’m not counting… Honest. And I didn’t start it. Ooh, look, a Monkey!

  14. Just doing my part in the pan-global conspiracy against you, Lejon.

    Is it possible the “My god, it’s full of stars” line was dropped into a special edition of the original? Along with extra silly footage of Jabba the Hutt and a new Ewoks song?

  15. “If while you’re out in space, love
    You’re horney as a targ
    Take a tip from a security cheif, love
    That fat slut Tasha Yar
    She discovered the pleasures of Data
    He became her sexual pet


    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct

    He’s defiant with his thrusters will explode in your wormhole
    and he’ll rub his trusty spangler wrench on your warpcore manifold
    his multiphasic torpedo will penetrate your rift
    and cause a quantum singularity in your transwarp conduit

    So if you’re a filthy horta Data’s your bestest bet
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct

    He gently massages your gel packs
    while he replicates some lube
    then he shoves his throbbing razor beast into your Jeffery’s tube
    so lower your shields spread your necells to make room for his craft
    as he thrusts his delta flyer to your big fat juicy aft

    So if you’re a filthy horta datas your bestest bet
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct

    His pelvis a tireless engine he skhakes it when he struts
    He’s full of dilithium crystals in his bulbs and in his nuts
    He too likes to be pleasured
    He will put you on your knees
    And if you’re into disgrace
    He’ll cover your face with his andriod anti-freeze

    so if you’re a filthy horta datas your bestest bet
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct
    He’s fully functional and anatomically correct”

  16. It’s a refurbished Dell, 2 GHz dual-core 3 gigs of ram, 150 gig HD. Nothing fancy, but it’s a huge update for me here. My needs are modest and my boss is cheap.

  17. I’m home and in dire need of a hot tub.

    21 days makes this workout thing a habit right? Is that when the pain stops? My arms are still aching and today I worked legs and abs so guess what I’ll be bitching about tomorrow! 🙂

    There were no bees on the loos at the gym today.

  18. Cj: The pain stops when it stops, is the unfortunate answer. It’s a natural reaction. And if, when it stops, you start to really, really kick up you workouts, it’ll come back. And if you stop and start, it’ll come back. It’s a uncomfortable friend.

  19. Muscle-building isn’t my goal, overall health, weight-loss, and just feeling better are what I’m aiming for so I don’t think I need to do the super-push that makes the pain continue.

    I’ve been through this before and I know it will cease shortly, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to vent about it.

    A great part of me is damned proud of this pain because it reminds me that I’m actually DOING THIS which is the first step toward my success. Getting started is the hardest part.

  20. Back from the Sentry Box. Ended up buying some new dice.

    Also stopped at the liquor store and bought the ingredients to make an Alberta Sunset (Rock Creek Cider and raspberry flavouring). A nice treat to have after MA tonight.

    Go Cj!

  21. Cj there’s an app for the touch clled livestrong that I use. If you’re interested.

    Van, what high? I found when I first started working out on a regular basis I felt more like I was going to die, than anything good. It wasn’t until I kept at it for a length of time that I noticed it on the days I didn’t work out. It almst becomes an addiction after a while. “Gotta…get…my…exercise fix” 😆

  22. BEsides, high or not, even if you a in relatively good shap, some exercise is good for you. (now I sound like a commercial)

  23. And I don’t know that I get the “high” either… I get more of a trembley, uncomfortable feeling afterward, especially when I do large muscle exercises.

    What I do notice is that when I’m using the treadmill regularly, I walk faster in my normal routines. I’m just generally more comfortable in my body when I’m working it regularly.

  24. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Glazed Cake doughnuts… Where’s that StarBuck’s again?

    I can attest after my high-school years of distance running, “The High” isn’t a myth, but it’s not something you can just get to.

    The high is usually the endorphins kicking in. Your “second wind” hits, and then you roll into “the high.”

    It takes a serious, long exercise period with a heavy amount of effort to hit it consistently.

    I never really got into running deep enough to have it more than a couple times… I’m not sure it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

  25. Oh how I loath iTunes store on the phone..too much lag between when a new podcast goes live and when you can directly download it to the phone.

  26. On average, people have sex 2500 times in their lifetimes in the UK.

    I think I had better switch over to the cartoon channel.

  27. Greetings, Pan. I have returned from Vegas, though I’m not quite sure why. Well, I guess having flight tickets for today and then end of my hotel reservation probably had something to do with it.

    Already thinking about a future trip.

  28. please tell me someone is going to touch on Richard O’Brien’s cameo in Flash Gordon. Also, Deep Roy, the little person who played every Mopalopa in Charlie and the chocolate factory had a cameo.

    I can’t think of a good way how to use these facts and the deadpan show. Hopefully someone more talented and mention them appropriately.

  29. And, I am greeted upon my return home with a shiny new two disc score for Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica. Ripping to Itunes now.

  30. Lejon, I have been trying to listen to your podcast but I can’t seem to add to my iTunes.

    Sorry if I gave you a complex about mentioning your from Chandler. I just don’t know anyone else named Lejon anywhere in the world. I think it stands alone without the geographical designation.

  31. As to FG, I suspect most of you missed out on Department S/Jason King in the 70’s. and you thought big hair and moutaches started with Magnum PI..

  32. Van, yes there was a new Nurse Jackie this week!

    Just home from Evil meetings. Rough day today. Now, it seems I’m working on another kidney stone. Please humor me as I say MOTHERFUCKER!

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled DP . . .

  33. *more hugs* for EssBee.

    Very successful day today. Last 365 Days of Astronomy episode was completed and submitted. Then I spent the afternoon at a water park, gave away a bunch of stuff, and went out for a delicious dinner.

  34. I’ll be writing an article tonight, but for the moment I’m off to soak my sore muscles in the hot tub.

    I can’t wait to be there so there is where I’ll be.

  35. Excellent photo, Ed! Did you drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon? Just curious if you saw that weird new bridge construction thing they’re building over the Dam.

    EssBee 🙁 I hope this is the last of em. Stupid stones.

    A Trucker Overdrive sighting!

  36. TO: I take the fact of living in Chandler as a penance. 😉

    ALSO, the iTunes thing sounded weird, so I checked into it. I can find it looking under the title Touching the Monolith – for some reason, we come up under Philosophy… I’ll have to fix that…

  37. Gorgeous shot, Ed. When we visited the canon about 5 years ago, I was struck by how unreal it looks. It’s very beautiful.

    Thanks for the hugs, y’all. I’m better this morning, ready for another day of meetings with the new corporate overlords. Actually, half a day – they must get their be-booted butts back to Dallas, so leave at noon.

  38. Why hasn’t this conversation about liking pie degenerated into total gutterness. Oh, there it is 🙂 Leave it to Jack.

  39. Holy crap.

    I’ve got basically nothing to do with tons of work hanging over me. And I’m pretty tired as well. There are somethibng like 7 jobs all on hold for one reason or another, and you just know they will all get cleared to go at the same time…

  40. Many thanks for the compliments.

    Regarding the Grand Canyon tour – We went with a small tour company for a day trip. They picked us up from our hotels and did all the driving. We had two guides and only eight tourists, including my wife and I. It was a fantastic experience.


    We didn’t go to the new clear bridge. I’m pretty sure that’s on the North Rim as part of an Indian reservation. Our tour went to the South Rim. Darryl, the owner and main guide, basically started this company because he could find no one offering tours of the Grand Canyon in small groups. So, he quit his banking job and is pretty much living his dream with this. I highly recommend them if you want to take a day trip to the Canyon from Las Vegas.

  41. Regarding imag1narynumber’s security post:

    During our last couple of days, it turned out the Black Hat conference was going on at our hotel. There were a few exceptions, but it was a sea of stereotypical looking computer nerds – white guys aged 25 to 55 wandering around with their red ID badge holders.

  42. Back from the grocery store. Hubby came with me. He’s the same way, Cj. I never know what I’m going to bring home when he’s with me.

  43. For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals.
    Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination.
    We learned to talk.

  44. Those are fun Star Wars pics. Especially love Darth Vader with Hello Kitty and the really cool poster of the Millennium Falcon on the top of the original linked page, but mostly, I think I now must own an X-wing desk.

  45. Thanks for listening to LLAP.

    Ed’s ODing on Jack? How is that possible? I mean, really isn’t LLAP just me interrupting him repeatedly? (I am really working on that bad habit!)

  46. And, TEB, yes, you can buy frozen pie crusts in the dessert section at the grocery store. Thaw, then bake. It’s terrible. I buy them as snacks and just break off frozen chunks and eat them. It’s one of the various things about me that makes me, um, you know… “special”


  47. I prefer the pie crusts to the pie contents.

    But to keep my weight under some sort of control the pie crust munching had to go.

  48. So for lunch I went to the Jack in the Box drive-thru and noticed that the car in front of me had a Hawaiian license plate. Does that mean the economy has gotten so bad that even Hawaiians have elected to drive instead of fly when traveling out of state?

  49. It’s Friday night and all I want to do is climb into bed and go to sleep.

    I think there’s something a little sad about that!


  50. EssBee – The new Who is excellent. I say that having only seen the first two seasons with Eccleston and never really having had a chance to get comfortable with the new Doc, the one from Harry Potter. *cough*

  51. Was it really only the one season? Wow. Cuz it really was excellent. I’m sure that there is some bad spec fiction tv being made in …

    Erm, do I want to say Briton, England, the UK, or something else?

    … anyhow, I’m sure that the BBC cannot have a 100% hit record, but the three shows I’ve seen were all excellent. Being Human, 3rd season of Torchwood, 1st season of Dr. Who.

    I would pick up the DVD sets of Dr. Who, but they were $90USD when I looked a year ago.

    I keep distracting myself, I meant to ask if there are bad specfic TV shows on BBC?

  52. Hell ya NS, soaps like Eastenders for a start.

    But in regards to BBC scifi, pre-new Who a lot it was great on ideas (Blakes 7) but let down by the shoddy FX.

  53. NS, do you have Netflix? The first 3 seasons are all watchable online (though we have gotten the DVDs). Our S3, disc 4 was cracked when we opened it up last night, though, so I bought those 3 episodes from iTunes and hooked the iPod up to the TV and we watched em that way. I think David T. makes a wonderful Doctor. I loved Rose, but I really love Martha.

    Mundane EssBee health update: I finally went to Urgent Care late yesterday because I could not stand it anymore! I have a ginormous bladder infection (I know that’s oversharing, but we’re all friends, right?) plus the stones, so now am on mega medication. It must be bad because I was told that if I wasn’t markedly improved today to head to the ER. I am better, so screw that, btw. /medreport

  54. Morning Pan!

    Woke up, ate breakfast then had a shower. Hubby still asleep and I don’t want to wake him so I’ve just got a towel wrapped around me ’til he gets up and I can get dressed. Now my shoulders are chilly.

  55. I think my feet are getting cold too.

    I might wait another 1/2 hour, then climb into bed and snuggle up to him with my cold feet and shoulders.

    That’ll teach him.

  56. Newsflash:

    The Deadpan Ambassador is now on her way home. Do to uncooperative weather, she missed her connecting flight was was delayed overnight in Houston. We were able to put her up for the night at the Deadpan consulate here in southeast Texas.

    And, yes, Joe, she did get to ride in the CTS. 🙂

  57. Ugh! Evil hubby kicked me out of bed because my feet were cold. I showed him, I turned on the bedroom light – without warning – so I could see to get dressed. I think we’re both up now.

  58. Hubby finally dragged his butt out of bed. Now I can clean the bathrooms.

    Him sleeping in is not as big of a deal as I’m making it. He was up quite late last night. I’m a morning person, he’s a night owl so every once and a while this difference clashes. We both understand 😉

  59. Hubby’s laughing at me because I’ve pulled out the suitcases and started packing. We don’t leave until Wednesday.

  60. Thanks, fellas. I’m on the nuclear antibiotics, and suffer from chronic kidney issues (thanks, mom). I’ll be good as new in a few days.

    I was gonna say, Jack, that I definitely will NOT be fucking around in my current state, but that might only be funny in my own head.

    Ed, what a guy!

  61. Morning Pan!

    My cat’s definitely left pawed, even though she’s female. We noticed this, almost from the time we got her.

  62. I guess I’m not weird because I don’t do any of that. However, I do have a significant other to go with so that probably makes a difference. If I was on my own, I’d be more inclined to go to a movie or a restaurant by myself.

  63. I wouldn’t play Monopoly by myself, but I have played the Game of Life solo before. Does it count if it’s a computerized version of the game?

    And I disagree completely with any solo movie viewings being weird. One of my favorite things to do is go to the theater to see a movie that is 100% my choice. Settle in with popcorn, redvines, and a diet soda – none of which I have to share – and watch the movie without having to concern myself with anyone else. Pure selfish enjoyment, that’s what that is.

  64. My LifePod

    I think we’ve done this before, but I’m in the mood to do it again and maybe some of you didn’t before. I didn’t cheat and neither should you.

    Put your iPod or iTunes on Shuffle
    Read the question
    Hit “next” and the song title that comes up is the answer.

    1. How am I feeling today?
    Lullaby – Jack Johnson

    2. What was high school like?
    Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Knicks & Tom Petty

    3. How will today be?
    Never Gonna Fall in Love Again – Eric Carmen

    4. What is in store for me this weekend?
    Mr. Roboto – Styx

    5. What is the best thing about me?
    All Around the Kitchen – Dan Zanes

    6. How is my life going?
    Upside Down – Diana Ross

    7. What song will they play at my funeral?
    Rock the Casbah – Clash

    8. How does the world see me?
    Julie – Merril Bainbridge

    9. What do my friends think of me?
    Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days

    10. How can I make myself happy?
    Bang Your Head – Quiet Riot

    11. What is some good advice?
    They Don’t Know – Tracy Ullman

    12. What is my current theme song?
    Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

  65. My LifePod

    1. How am I feeling today?
    Laugh Kills Lonesome – Michael Nesmith

    2. What was high school like?
    Gotta Make It So – Warp 11

    3. How will today be?
    Gonna Buy Me A Dog – The Monkees (my note: No I’m not)

    4. What is in store for me this weekend?
    Slither – Velvet Revolver

    5. What is the best thing about me?
    Salve Virgo Virginum – The Mediæval Bæbes

    6. How is my life going?
    Kiss from a Rose – Seal

    7. What song will they play at my funeral?
    Zor And Zam [TV Version] – The Monkees

    8. How does the world see me?
    Who Am I – Peace Orchestra

    9. What do my friends think of me?
    Little Red Rider – Michael Nesmith

    10. How can I make myself happy?
    Limelight – Rush

    11. What is some good advice?
    Brandenburgische Konzerte – Allegro assai – Johann Sebastian Bach

    12. What is my current theme song?
    What’s Keeping You Awake – Quantum of Solace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

  66. My LifePod

    1. How am I feeling today?
    Singing In My Sleep — Semisonic

    2. What was high school like?
    Go With The Flow — Queens of the Stone Age

    3. How will today be?
    Montana de Oro — Rachel Kann

    4. What is in store for me this weekend?
    Judith — A Perfect Circle

    5. What is the best thing about me?
    Serious Juju — Sammy Hagar

    6. How is my life going?
    Barracuda — Heart

    7. What song will they play at my funeral?
    Violet — Hole

    8. How does the world see me?
    A Farewell To Kings — Rush

    9. What do my friends think of me?
    Why I’m Here — Oleander

    10. How can I make myself happy?
    Best Waste of Time — Tom Cochrane

    11. What is some good advice?
    Minions — Wild Strawberries

    12. What is my current theme song?
    Big Daddy Of Them All — John Mellencamp

  67. 1. How am I feeling today?
    The Aspergian Theme – Torley Wong

    2. What was high school like?
    Cardeosa – John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia, Al DeMeola

    3. How will today be?
    Funk #49 – James Gang

    4. What is in store for me this weekend?
    All For This – Anything After

    5. What is the best thing about me?
    Back to the Pines – Moonlight Towers

    6. How is my life going?
    Tupelo – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    7. What song will they play at my funeral?
    Synchronicity II – The Police

    8. How does the world see me?
    Donna Donna – The Tenniscoats

    9. What do my friends think of me?
    I Don’t Know Why I Love You (But I Do) – Clarence “Frogman” Henry

    10. How can I make myself happy?
    Cowboy Jazz – The Relatives

    11. What is some good advice?
    Consider Me – Mark Lanegan

    12. What is my current theme song?
    Elvis’ Bathtub – Zeugma

  68. 1. How am I feeling today?
    Crying Song – Pink Floyd

    2. What was high school like?
    Squinting Contact Lenses – Dr. Science

    3. How will today be?
    Next Year Baby – Jamie Cullum

    4. What is in store for me this weekend?
    So Fine – Electric Light Orchestra

    5. What is the best thing about me?
    Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree – Jethro Tull

    6. How is my life going?
    Gowing Down Slow – Eric Clapton

    7. What song will they play at my funeral?
    Rise Up In The Morning – The Modern Jazz Quartet

    8. How does the world see me?
    Detroit City – Alice Cooper

    9. What do my friends think of me?
    Oedipus Tex – P.D.Q. Bach

    10. How can I make myself happy?
    Repent Walpurgis – Procol Harum

    11. What is some good advice?
    This Love – Maroon 5

    12. What is my current theme song?
    Do You Think It’s Alright? (III) – The Who

    Wow. Some of those came out quite interesting.

  69. Ditto: The midomi app on iPhone tells me it’s Backyard of our neighbors by Au Revoir Simone. It’s incredibly wrong though.

    I’ve tried it a few times now and it usually says it can’t come up with a close match. Sorry.

  70. One has to wonder about the reflectoporn. I mean… are they thinking “Hey, I’m taking naked pics of myself. While I have my camera out, I should take pictures of those things I keep meaning to put up on eBay.” ?

    Or do you think it’s the other way around?

  71. My LifePod

    1. How am I feeling today?
    The Promise – When in Rome

    2. What was high school like?
    Eye has not Seen – Marty Haugen

    3. How will today be?
    Ditch (from Twister score) – Mark Macina

    4. What is in store for me this weekend?
    The Stargate Opens (from Stargate Score) – David Arnold

    5. What is the best thing about me?
    Shadow of a Doubt – Roxette

    6. How is my life going?
    Two Wives (from Hunt for Red October score) – Basil Poledouris

    7. What song will they play at my funeral?
    The Treasure Caves – Diane Arkenstone

    8. How does the world see me?
    Find a Way to my Heart – Phil Collins

    9. What do my friends think of me?
    Ring Game and Dance (from Tron score) – Wendy Carlos

    10. How can I make myself happy?
    A Day at SGC (from Stargate: Continuum score) – Joel Goldsmith

    11. What is some good advice?
    Superfabulous – BT featuring Rose McGowan

    12. What is my current theme song?
    Boughs of Holly – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Well, given my music library, I can hardly say I’m surprised.

  72. Vanamonde: Your “It’s a-me, Mario” is one of the great moments in podcast broadcasting. (Finally listening to #132)

  73. ditto: the song is God’s Gonna Cut You Down originally by Johnny Cash. I’m not sure who the band singing there is, though

  74. Oh and Good Morning Pan! Terrible storm last night. I’m afraid to go out and see what kind of damage was done to my yard.

  75. Ed, I haven’t seen any ads for Evony, but it looks like it’s a game that runs in the browser, much like Free Realms which, from what I understand is horrible. I tried to play Free Realms and couldn’t make it work. Seeing as I like to think of myself as a little bit tech savvy (at least) that was frustrating. Now I’ll have to check this out and see if it runs better.

    Good Morning, everyone.

  76. The wikipedia article suggests in pretty scathing terms that it’s largely a ripoff of material from the Civilization games.

    What’s odd is that the banner ads suggest a game of an adult nature, but apparently that’s just a tease.

  77. *Yawn*

    …good morning, Pan…


    WNDRWolf: Good cast. Listened to 42. Would be better if Music and Spoken stuff were closer in levels. Listening in the car, lost half of what people were saying when I was turning the volume back up, had to turn back down when music came on.

    Good mix, though.

    Although, I must admit I’m a country music hater. Twang-on, change station… Oops, it’s my MP3 player… I guess I’ll listen…

  78. Lejon – No worries about the Country music It will be a while before it comes back…

    I will work on the levels…42 I was working with a new program… Thats my excuse and I am sticking to it…

  79. Van No worries… I have been fighting this problem for a while… I think I have found a better answer but I am still figuring it out.

    I tried levelator with the Bedlam Bards interview and that totally f’ed that up and I had to re do the whole thing… which was why that took so long..

    As a tool it is handy but you do have to watch it….

  80. WNDRWolf: Levelator is great for speech. Speech only. It will completely ruin music.

    Of course, if you cut your ‘cast together, levelate, then open both the levelator file and the original cut in your audio software, you should be able to mute the bad music on the levelated track, and mute the bad speech on the original cut, and produce a third file.

    Of course, that’s a lot of work… Probably just easier to increase the volume on the speech portions.

  81. Anyone know if EssBee is feeling better? Hoping that she is!

    I have a horrible horrible tummy-ache. I’m debating whether or not I think Alka-Seltzer will help. 🙁

  82. Quiche is heavenly.

    Pie crust filled with mostly cheese?

    I can’t imagine why anyone would not love this amazing creation of food goodness.

    EssBee – your ingredients sound ZOMG so delicious.

  83. Re: Van’s 11 Things That Are Weird To Do Alone, In Increasing Order of Weirdness.

    1. Check
    2. Check
    5. This one isn’t so much weird as it sucks ass. I’ve done it at least twice and it is really pathetic how much it sucks.
    6. I’ve played Pente and Chess and Tic-Tac-Toe against myself, but Monopoly never occurred to me.
    8. No Prom at my HS. No solo, no double, no nothing.
    9. Does running up a see-saw and trying to ride down the other side count? Cuz I’ve done that.

    That’s me. Yeah.

  84. Even for just speech, Levelator is hit or miss. Sometimes it works really great. And sometimes it spits out a pile of crap. You really really have to listen to the entire file afterwards to make sure it doesn’t go bad.

    But when it works, heh. Nothing easier.

  85. 37. Arctic is pronounced “ark-tik,” not “ar-tik.” [Not “ant-ar-tik-ah either]

    Sure. I’ve never heard anyone pronounce it clearly enough to differentiate. Then again, could just be my ears.

  86. Reaper looks like over kill of the “my brains are melting” variety, much like Ardour.

    I managed to record once using Ardour. I wasn’t able, in thirty minutes, to figure out how to do anything more than that.

  87. EssBee: Hope you’re feeling better, and I keep forgetting to add Who to the queue. *smacks head*

    Van: Sorry, I was unclear. I rarely have any interest whatsoever in anything non-specfic. If I can deal with the FX, should I check out the Blakes 7? Any other recommends?

    Everyone else: Where are you guys? It’s a great day out here!

  88. If playing computer Monopoly counts, then I guess I have committed that weirdness. Someone had it on their NES/SNES and I had to try it out.

    But I didn’t inhale.
    Erm, enjoy it.

  89. Blakes 7
    Star Cops
    Tom Baker Era of Dr Who (Pyramids of Mars and the Robots of Death being two of my favs).
    The Nightmare Man (one off, four part series)
    The Avengers (and The New Avengers)

  90. I survived Monday. I declare victory….oh, wait, I have to go again?

    I’m starting to detect some sort of pattern here.

  91. Good morning!

    Back to work today, but only for a 1/2 day. I have some unpleasant check ups with the Dr. mid-day, and then we’re going to see Harry Potter!!

    Better go shower and get to the office early. xox, y’all

  92. Morning Pan!

    Wet today. Suppose to be wet all week but that won’t dampen my spirits.

    Leave for World Con tomorrow! Woo Hoo!!!!

  93. …. and I’m back.

    You’ve been busy little bees haven’t you?

    Not sure about the “real man” thing. I’m beginning to suspect that ditto is just a very clever algorithm.

    Speaking of rhythm … Jack’s “Marva Whitney” link broke my “Funk-O-meter”®. I shall have to have it re-calibrated now.

  94. CP: Heavy — Collective Soul

    There’s that word again; “heavy”. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull?

  95. I don’t mind wasps. If they make it into our house, I’m usually the one that kills them. It’s other types of creepy crawlies that I can’t handle.

  96. So of course, on the day before I go on holidays nothing balances at work. I wonder if I can pretend to work and then deal with it when I get back? If I’m really lucky, maybe someone else will look at it while I’m gone – not!

  97. Explore the web.

    Pick the first song on your iPod that you are listening to. If you currently aren’t, listening, pick the first song on shuffle. Pick the first word in the song title that isn’t an article, preposition, or conjunction. Go to Google and do the “I feel lucky” search with that word. Post the results.

    More: http://www.more.com/

    Apparently, “More” is a women’s health magazine.

  98. “Climbing up the Walls” by Radiohead – – there’s apparently a Climbing Magazine.

    Have fun in Montreal, Bunny!

    Joe: Wasp stings CAN’T have been fun. Ticks also suck.

    “LeEds” 🙂


  99. Well, damn. The first song that came up was “Elmo’s Rap Alphabet” which means that http://www.sesamestreet.com is not surprisingly the website. So I’m going to re-shuffle and …

    “Workin’ for the Weekend” by Loverboy yields website:


    Because if you say “Workin'” instead of “Working” apparently you have a Texan accent.

    I had to test that theory to see what came up with the word “Working” and apparently that is the name of a musical. I didn’t know. I feel more smarter today now.


  100. RE: Legalising Euthanasia

    I just can’t help feeling it will be used to get rid of people who have become inconvenient.

    I don’t want to live in that world.

  101. Devil’s Advocate:
    Think about it from Pratchett’s perspective. He’s facing a lot of years of undignified suffering as the Alzheimer’s erodes his ability to think and to clearly perceive the world. The disease will kill him anyway, but he’ll undergo months or years of dementia first. In this case, he’s made a rational, functional decision to depart with dignity.

    There must be some way to allow this, while protecting elderly relatives who are “in the way” from their conniving relatives.

  102. RE: Euthanasia

    Like so much in life, there is NO black and white to this one. There will be times when it isn’t right and there will be times where it is the sort of compashionate act that actually defines us as “human”.

    I say we don’t “legalize” euthanasia but we don’t criminalize it either.
    I’m not sure how that gets pulled off. The idea is NOT to give it an official governmental blessing … but also have the human compassion to look at individual cases.

    Dang! Another hard one. Why won’t life just give in and be simple?
    … and where is my damn hover craft. 🙁

  103. What is the word for a song that is a mix of other songs. Like, I know there’s the Grease Megamix or Stars on 45 are they called remixes or megamixes? Is there a word for a bunch of songs all tangled up?

  104. Well Pan!

    That’s it. I’m gone. I’m not sure what the WiFi will be like so you may or may not hear from me. At the very least I’ll try to get word out on Friday after the awards. Wish me luck!


  105. JOe!! Scary wasp story, btw.

    We just saw Harry Potter. I loved it. I cried.

    We have 2 more episodes of Torchwood to watch. I cannot wait, yet I’m sad to be finished with it again.

  106. I just discovered that my hubby has never heard the song “Knockin’ at Your Back Door” by Deep Purple.

    I’m still just sitting here agape.


  107. But Nomad, why should they do anything when youre there to do it for them?

    Only about an hour left in the Flash Gordon poll. Not a huge turnout, but some great write-in responses. . . 🙂

  108. I think he meant 2001 – otherwise you all are doing some super-secret Flash Gordon poll and I feel really super left out.

    oh and … *snicker* you said “poll” .. oh wait.. I was thinking “pole” dangit.. never mind.

    Back to my dirty lyric recording… it’s happening tonight all you doubters! (i1)

  109. Nomad Scry: Can’t agree more. It’s gotten to the point I’ve told one of my co-workers that I will no longer spoon-feed him.

  110. Morning, Pan! Today I’m doing my Volunteer Service Project of the Week: going to the school where my dad works to help out with new student registration and/or the distribution of textbooks. I’m looking forward to it!

  111. I had this vision of Lejon “diving” by. As though he had a diving board at one end of the comments and jumped, leaped, dove… to the other end. And then, as if he was never even here, he disappeared in to the nothingness which followed, well, until imag1narynumber commented a few minutes later.

  112. Jack, I think you should know that your “wryly” comment made me laugh out loud for the first time today. That’s much better than my usual little snicker.

  113. Hello, crazy friends.

    It’s a pleasant evening at casa de Bee. I’ve worked out (because I overslept this morning), watered the flowers, and caught up on your — yes YOUR — dirty talk. In and out indeed.

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