Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #135: Bigger and More Sinister

Twazy Show Notes.

Jack ManganÒ€ℒs Deadpan #135: Bigger and More Sinister

Ziggy Stardust opening by Kurt

Starting with a time loop

Next week! DiscWorld Con and Deadpanmmmmmm get together! There will be lots of goodness! Contact Jack for more info

Promo – The Dollhouse Podcast (http://www.thedollhousepodcast.com/)

The Energizer Bunny Con Wrap up contunued from last week

Nowhere in Jersey is Safe (pt. 1) – Jack Mangan

Questors of Effpiem – Amy Bowen (http://amybowen.wordpress.com/)

More World Con wrap up.

DeadPan Comments (by You Tube)(I take no responsibility for spelling):

Jack Jaffe with a Dumb Ass Memory

Jack (Mangan) Twalks Twitter

DeadPan Comments by:
The Energizer Bunny
The Energizer Bunny

Dramatic Pause

Outro Babble

Send in content: 206-350-Tomi (8664) or e-mail: sphericaljackmatgmaildotcom

Contact Jack, Cj, or The Energizer Bunny if you have any questions about the Deadpanmmmm get together.

Outro Music

774 thoughts on “Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #135: Bigger and More Sinister

  1. Woo Hoo! It IS Thursday. I knew it was my Thursday, but I get confused sometimes when it turns into Thursday for anyone else.

    *dances grotesquely to Van’s shaken toothpick beat*

  2. Five, yo.

    Morning! Today is Sly B’s birthday, so should be a fun day. I took the day off of work, and we’re going to do something. Don’t ask me what, but something.

  3. Lucky seven.

    Happy Birthday Sly B. I’m guessing Sly B is somehow related to EssBee.

    So I should have pr1menumber or wh0lenumber in my household.

  4. My hubby is laughing at me. I’m bringing so much stuff to Arizona I have no room in my suitcase for my clothes.

    I told him that’s what carry-on is for πŸ™‚

  5. Happy Birthday Sly B.

    Good to see you are fighting fit Cj.

    I’m now off the weekend, heading off to Wales tomorrow for a friends 30th Birthday party…7 hour train journey..groan.

  6. Notice to Deadpanites attending the Sunday party but NOT attending Discworld Con.

    I’m doing special tags to identify you as part of our group so you won’t get kicked out. If you want your tag to say something special (i.e. (Amy a.k.a.) The Deadpan Ambassador) let me know, otherwise you’ll just get a generic tag when you come to the room. You also get your choice of Neon Green, Neon Yellow, or Neon Pink.

    I’m also offering up variations on the theme (Deadpan is the Way; Deadpan is the Weigh; Deadpan is the Whey; etc.)

    Let me know.


  7. Actually, even if you are attending the Discworld Con, if you want a special tag, let me know.

    I wasn’t excluding you, I just want to make sure everybody can get in to the party πŸ˜‰

  8. Well I found out my suitcase is small enough to count as carry-on. That means I can bring hubby’s old laptop and be “wired” at the hotel.

  9. Oh yeah, I won’t be doing show notes next week (will be on an airplane). Usually Cj’s my second but she’s offered to play chauffeur. Any takers?

  10. I wonder if I e-mailed hubby and told him I wanted a warm bubble bath if he would leave work to come join me… meh, probably not.

  11. I bet he has the silly attitude of, a warm bubble bath might be fun and all, but it doesn’t pay the bills. That’s a very unreasonable and selfish way of thinking. Even if a bubble bath can wait until tonight, why should it? πŸ˜‰

  12. They’re gonna play that muskrat ramble tune
    Like the way you never heard it played
    Get ready for the big parade
    All together now – one and two
    Join that happy crowd
    Tellin’ me that ramblin’ scramblin’ muskrat song
    Come on, ramble along

    – Harry Connick Jr.

  13. Muskrat, Muskrat, candle light
    Doin’ the town and doin’ it right in the evenin’
    It’s pretty pleasin’
    Muskrat Suzie, Muskrat Sam
    Do the jitterbug at a Muskrat Land
    And they shimmy, Sam is so skinny

    And they whirl and they twirl and they tango
    Singin’ and jinglin’ a jangle
    Float like the heavens above
    Looks like Muskrat Love

    Nibblin’ on bacon
    Chewin’ on cheese
    Sam says to Suzie
    Honey, would you please be my Mrs
    Suzie says, yes, with her kisses
    Now, he’s ticklin’ her fancy
    Rubbin’ her toes
    Muzzle to muzzle
    Now anything goes as they wriggle
    Sue starts to giggle

    And they whirled and they twirled and they tango
    Singin’ and jinglin’ a jangle
    Floatin’ like the heavens above
    Looks like muskrat love

    – Captain and Tennile

  14. Real Lyrics:

    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air,
    They fly so high,
    Nearly reach the sky,
    Then like my dreams
    They fade and die.
    Fortune’s always hiding,
    I’ve looked everywhere,
    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air.
    When shadows creep,
    When I’m asleep,
    To lands of hope I stray!

    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air,
    They fly so high,
    Nearly reach the sky,
    Then like my dreams
    They fade and die.
    Fortune’s always hiding,
    I’ve looked everywhere,
    I’m forever blowing bubbles,
    Pretty bubbles in the air.

  15. So, on a completely different tangent, wanna know a real thing that is good to do on a flight?

    Even if you don’t I’m going to tell you anyway.

    I’m short enough I can stand at my seat and not hit the overhead compartment. I can stand and stretch my legs without leaving my seating area. It’s cool. Now you can all be green with envy :mrgreen:

  16. Actually to be serious Wolf, the content was good as usual, but the levels were still a bit off.

    Oh and I may get to actually watch Farscape:The Peacekeeper Wars on that long train journey..it’s been sitting on my HD for years.

  17. I’m home from most of my errands. I have a doctor appointment in a few hours. Nothing major πŸ˜‰

    I am still kinda taking a break from the tweets and IM’s. Too many voices in my head these days, but I assure all that I’m in a chipper and fantastic mood. Gosh golly!

  18. WNDR – funny you should mention the levels … I meant to send you an e-mail about that “off-line” an episode or two back and forgot to do so … I guess the fact that THIS episode didn’t remind me to do so, would indicate that you are on the right track πŸ™‚

  19. Bunny, I can totally do show notes that day. I usually wait up for the show and hear it the night before anyway. Or early morning. I can do it. I volunteer.

    Does your carry on mean you aren’t checking luggage? I’m still trying to determine if I’ll be able to pick my son up from school or if he’ll be going home with a friend. (either of which is fine). If you are checking luggage (which is absolutely positively fine) it will take a little longer at the airport.

    I’ve already set up his ride home, but I’m an over-planner.

  20. Green.
    I think other options should be:
    Deadpan is the ONLY way.
    Deadpan is the ONLY way I like it.

    At first I thought Cj – Deadpan’s 2nd in command of the coat check closet…


    Oooh bubbles!

  21. One more thing.

    Yesterday I saw a movie called 10 Things I Hate About You In an effort to empty my mind of everything in it, I’ve been watching movies that are piling up in my Netflix instant watch queue.

    I also watched Nick and Nora’s Infinite Play List.

    Enjoyed both movies. They worked as intended and turned my brain off some, but suddenly…something bizarre happened along the way.

    I think I fell in love with Heath Ledger. The only thing I’ve ever seen him in previously was Batman sooo… yeah. He’s something else that one.

  22. BTW – For those in the U.S.
    The “Cash for appliances” stimulus plan that is about to take place … was an idea I mailed to Dubya when he was running against John Kerry.
    My angle was to make sure the stimulus got put right back into the economy WHILE benefiting the average taxpayer WHILE benefiting America’s energy needs by replacing old, energy inefficient appliances.

    Dubya ignored me.

    I sent the same idea to candidate John Kerry. He thanked me and ask for a donation.

    4 years later I sent the same plan to candidates McCain AND Obama.
    McCain ignored me.
    Obama’s campaign sent me a letter thanking me and assuring me that he was very concerned about finding ways to reduce our energy consumption … and could I send him a donation?

    Now we are about to see a mutated form of my plain put into action.
    I’m not SAYING that someone out there finally listened to me … but it’s nice to think that maybe

    In the mean time, I’m still waiting to hear back about my plan for government issued pleasure bots.

  23. Back, if only for a few minutes. Now to answer questions:

    Cj, I’m bringing lots of… stuff. So I’ll have both a carry on and checked bag. Coming home I expect to have a lot less.

    J0e, e-mail me your address and I can send you a name tag as well as a poster if you want.

    ditto: If that’s what you want your wife’s badge to say, I can arrange it. It’s amazing how much I’m able to customize πŸ™‚

    Ok, now off to buy some beer.


  24. I’m printing them on Tuesday, so let me know if you want anything custom by then.

    EssBee: The same offer stands for you as for J0e, get me an address and I’ll mail you a badge and poster.

  25. Definitely sweet work on the badges. The enviability factor is high.

    Why doesn’t Firefox know how to spell enviability? Doesn’t it know you can wordify anything. Hey, now it’s giving me smack about wordify.

    Well, Frack it then.

  26. Okay, looking for advice. It seems my cable modem (router) is dying. I seem to recall having them available at a Best Buy. So should I pick one up there or get one for my ISP?

  27. I’ve been up for an hour. There is something wrong with that. I could have been sleeping, but my brain woke me up an hour before I was ready to be awake.

    Good morning.

  28. I wasn’t looking for sympathy πŸ™‚ I was just up at an unusual hour. I don’t regularly wake up at 5am, but I’ve been going to bed earlier so it makes sense that I’d wake up earlier I suppose.

  29. TEB: The wife would like “DEADPAN Live Kettle” on her badge. πŸ™‚
    No word on color or name yet, though Mrs. ditto is a big no-no.

    I think I’ll go with neon yellow, “DEADPAN for life” and, to use an old name Jack gave me, I’ll go with ditto AKA da greaseman.

  30. Home again. I think my hubby’s going to throw coniptions if I don’t stop spending for my trip

    *But honey, I really do need that box of Canadian candy bars for the Deadpan party room*

  31. There is a full bathroom in the Party room. Plus I’m sure Cj has one too for the BBQ, now that I think of it. 😳

  32. ditto, IMHO, the Eagles put out a lot of syrupy, poppy, country-fried drivel, in addition to Hotel California and their handful of other good songs. I think Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey made their most interesting music on their other projects.

    I’ll get my ten-gallon hat.

  33. Jack: re: what you said before your story in this episode: No, of course I don’t feel like you’re stepping on my toes! I actually like it when there are two or more pieces of fiction in the same episode.

  34. Ryah: I’m saving my Pineapple Lumps chocolates from New Zealand for the Deadpan party room. With your Canadian chocolate candy bars, it’ll be an international candy-fest! πŸ™‚

  35. Holy cow that GI Joe video was a helluva thing. Especially going with the 80’s era characters. I remembered everyone of them as they came up in the song.

    Nicely done.

  36. Important to note that I only like taffy if it’s super duper stale. That soft stuff just doesn’t do it for me.

    Sooooo… make sure it’s fresh and soft so I won’t want to eat it. It might counter-act my efforts at the gym!

  37. Yeah, that’s not such a good song. Looking at their hits, I can definitely see what you are talking about. Personally, I like “Victim of Love” but maybe that’s because it sounds more like something Frey or Henley would have done in their solo careers.

  38. Cj: I once bought a 45 of the Axel F theme from Beverly Hills Cop. Played it for my 80 year old paternal grandmother. She liked it. Sort of killed 80’s music from there on…

    TEB: Now I finally get to request a Badge… Neon Yellow, please
    “Dead Pan was THE Fae” (actually, I”m mulling that one over.)

  39. Hey LJ: I’m assuming you want the actual name to be “Lejon (Some Guy from Chandler)?

    Let me know otherwise

    – now back to your regularly scheduled Panning

  40. Evening!

    First, Jack, I love Dexter.

    Second, and I told Jack about this earlier, “grammy winner” Coolio is playing live tonight at a sandwich shop called The Deli Zone here in Longmont, CO. Poor fella.

    Third, I was going to make an off color joke about Amy’s pineapple lumps, but Amy, you are too damn sweet — I can’t do it!

    Off to grill.

  41. I’d try sending Hot Air from Canelake’s, but last time I sent some to AZ it kind of melted. (Still, Evo was heard to say that “Hot Air is the best thing ever!”)

  42. Ooooh I get to meet Lejon for the second time tonight and this time I’ll know who he is. Jack introduced us once, but that was a while ago and before Lejon was all Deadpan and stuff.

  43. Actually, just looked up the “Dragon Page Wingin It” episode and listened to VM #56 just now and Evo may not have actually said it was the “best thing ever,” but Jack probably had some of that Hot Air, though it sounds like Evo and Summer got to most of it…

  44. Rhettro – if your going to fess up about seeing the “Roboto” concert then I guess I will too. I think I even liked it … but that was long enough ago that I could be wrong.

    Oh, and I STILL think “Snowblind” is swell !

  45. Oh it was a great concert, although I don’t listen to much Stix these days. I do really like “Miss America” though. πŸ™‚

  46. So using the wrong things that do seem to work:

    Shower gel as shaving cream.

    I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday use,but inan emergency (like you forgot to pack the shaving gel) it works.

    Oh and I now have an image of Cj as a cat…rubbing up against the legs of people..

  47. Morning Pan!

    Hubby still asleep. I should do something about the Saturday mornign laziness of hubbies.

    I too will be at EVFN next week!

    EssBee, it’s in today’s mail. I doubt you’ll get it by next weekend, especially since it’s crossing the border, but here’s hoping.

  48. I hate it when I think I’m going to be the hero and instead, me = fail.

    Had a friend who was changing laptops so she wanted to get her iTunes music off her old laptop, put it on an external drive, install iTunes on the new laptop and have it read her music from the external drive.
    I can sooo do this.

    So I transfered her library with no problem.
    Downloaded iTunes to her new laptop. Ran the install (which took f o r e v e r).
    Then tried to start iTunes so I could tell it where to find the music.

    It keeps giving me an error message saying that it can’t find the iTunes folder which should be located in the “My Music” folder.
    Of course, I can clearly see that the iTunes folder IS in the “My Music” folder just where it should be!
    So by 1am my friend was falling asleep and clearly disillusioned with me and I had to give up. I simply couldn’t get the damn thing to see what was clearly where it was supposed to be.


  49. My IPod is getting old and senile, yelling at IPhones to get off its lawn, driving 10mph in the left lane with the blinker on for miles, hoarding random household items in its sock drawer. . . . It will soon need to be laid to rest.

    There must be an iTunes alternative for when I transition to a new one. I’m not 100% sold on Winamp.

  50. I stopped using iTunes the second time it crashed and wiped out all of settings and subscriptions. I’ll second Rhettro on Winamp. My only advice on that is don’t load any additional skins. It’s always made my Winamp (when I had it) to be extra-crashy. I have no advice past that. I don’t own an iPod, and if I did, I’d put rockbox on it.

  51. I’m still pretty durned behind in my podcasts, but catching up. Anyhow, I just heard the last Unshow yesterday. I’m jazzed to hear that there will be more fiction in the Deadpan. Jack, do you have any stipulations on fiction, like exclusivity, or anything like that?

  52. Re: iTunes

    I have never had any trouble with iTunes in my own Mac-based universe.
    Works as advertised and does all I ask it to.

    Now as for PC’s … please see my anguished post from earlier today.

  53. justa J0e: I’ll consider it if I start slurring my words.

    As far as the PC deal goes, I’m mostly useless unless I’m in front of the box. The only thing I encountered similar to this was a problem with permissions (Who knew Windows USED permissions?).

  54. I was going to send yet another message saying “that is all” but I have one more thing to say at this moment.

    We are recording LLAP tonight. Maybe I’ll have a drink before we record – for entertainment purposes only.

  55. Ed: No, don’t do it! Wait, what —

    Cj: Thanks much! πŸ™‚

    So far going to bed with an asprin and a glass of water has kept the hangover ogres at bay. Especially for a lightweight like me.

  56. Good luck Ed!

    So tonight my six year old daughter has discovered the joys of playing drums in Rock Band. I can still hear the “CLACK CLACK CLACK!” in the distance. LOL

  57. Weekend did turn arround thankfully.

    Heading home.

    Although I hate iTunes for it slowness on a PC, that the only problem I’ve had.

    Touch wood.

  58. Seriously, who thought that last link from i# was a good idea? They need a thwack upside the head to put some sense in it.

    Morning Pan

  59. Of course I got a 94.4% positive when I typed my cat’s name in.

    πŸ˜₯ people like my cat more than they like me πŸ˜₯

  60. Of course, if I type in my full name (first & last) it just explodes.

    Not really, but it can’t give any results. It says, “Conclusion: Even the internet is not quite sure about you.”

  61. TEB: I’ll grant you it’s not as good as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And I can’t read more than a line or two of “l33t-sp34k” before I get a headache.

  62. and finally: “Conclusion: The internet is mainly positive on the subject of jack mangan, according to Google”

    I could have told it that πŸ™‚

  63. Well, thanks to some author who has the same name that I do, I score a 100% negative across all search engines using my first and last name.

    Pretty impressive, I must say. Though, I’m surprised there were only six hits.

  64. Re:LOL cats translation

    Man, some people have no clue when a joke has gone beyond it’s “funny-ness”.
    It’s not the subject mater that makes this a bad idea … it’s that a tiny little bit of lol cats is plenty.
    At best, “LOL cats” rates (on average) only a mild chuckle. Certainly not a funny enough joke to warrant this much effort.

  65. On the subject of cloud computing, Ubuntu One, Canonical’s Dropbox-esque service has recently posted several users’ file and folder names publicly when it crashed. Good job, folks!

  66. I really should slide by here more often.

    I’m planning on attending the Deadpan events this upcoming weekend, but not the Con, so I guess I need a badge. Plain colored if possible, neon green if I must choose. And it should probably say spellwight. I’m not around here often enough for an aka name.

    So… is there a reason they don’t say Deadpan is the Muthafu%&ing Way?

  67. I’m around annoyingly often and I don’t have an A.K.A. name, at least none people will tell me.

    But, hi Debbie. How are you? I don’t know you, but this here wine is making me less nasty to those around me for the next several seconds.

    I would like to be clothed in neon green. Can we make this happen?

  68. Hi imag1nametoolong, I’ve been around a while I just don’t follow the comments. I’m a IRL friend of Jack, CJ, ditto, Lejon, Justajoe, and some of the others. I met Jack when I was a regular on Wingin It and we’ve been friends since.

    AFAIK there is such a thing as neon green body paint, so have at it.

  69. Quick hop in.

    He Debbie! I also listen to you on Evo@11!

    I can have your badge say “Deadpan is the Muthafu%&ing Way”

    or even replacing the %$ with ck if you want. A few people have asked for custom badges. Just let me know.

  70. Here’s a silly question/request, probably for Cj or Jack. Can I get a Sharpie or something for the party room? I plan to have a bunch of generic name tags as well for those attending the party but not the con and didn’t ask for a “special” tag. If anybody is there that wants a tag, they can write their own name on them.

  71. I was actually hoping you could maybe have a wall of shame for those of us that won’t be making it and put my name tag up there. Maybe on one of the posters or something. Then at some point drunk in the evening … I mean late in the evening you can drink a toast to us losrs

  72. New True Blood last night, Van.

    Good morning, DP! I managed to get up, work out, and do the dishes this morning. Now I’m off to the showers and work. Have a great day, y’all!

  73. Morning Pan.

    Still kind of dark here.

    I’m printing labels tomorrow so you have 24 hours to get your custom orders in πŸ™‚

  74. Good morning
    Good morning
    Good morning to you

    Good morning
    Good morning
    Good morning to you

    The day is beginning there’s so much to do…

    Good morning
    Good morning
    Good morning to you

    La la la

  75. Good mornin’,
    Good mornin’!
    We’ve talked the whole night through,
    Good mornin’
    Good mornin’ to you.

    Good mornin’, good mornin’!
    It’s great to stay up late,
    Good mornin’, good mornin’ to you.

    When the band began to play
    The sun was shinin’ bright.
    Now the milkman’s on his way,
    It’s too late to say goodnight.

    So, good mornin’, good mornin’!
    Sunbeams will soon smile through,
    Good mornin’, good mornin’, to you,
    And you, and you, and you!

    Good morning,
    Good morning,
    We’ve gabbed the whole night through.
    Good morning, good morning to you.

    Nothin’ could be grander than to be in Louisiana
    In the morning,
    In the morning,
    It’s great to stay up late!
    Good mornin’,
    Good mornin’ to you.

    It might be just a zippy
    If you was in Mississipi!

    When we left the movie show
    The future wasn’t bright
    But tame is gone
    The show goes on
    And I don’t wanna say good night

    So say, Good Mornin’!
    Good Mornin’!
    Rainbow is shining through
    Good Mornin’!
    Good Mornin’!
    Bon Jour!
    Bon Jour!
    Buenos Dias!
    Buenos Dias!
    Buon Giorno!
    Buon Giorno!
    Guten Morgen!
    Guten Morgen!
    Good morning to you.

    Waka laka laka wa
    Waka laka laka wa…
    Ole, toro, Bravo!

  76. Good morning mister sunshine,
    you brighten up my day,
    come sit beside me
    in your way.

    I’ll see you every morning,
    outside the restaurants,
    the music plays
    so nonchalant.

  77. I can’t do anything just a few hours ahead of anything – it drives my hubby nuts.

    Besides I have to get up at 3am. I guarantee I won’t be packing then.

  78. I’m sure someone has already suggested this, but…

    MediaMonkey. I don’t know if it does iPod support, but! Out of Windows Media Player, iTunes, WinAMP, MediaMonkey, and Sony’s SonicStage – only one has not eaten my damn files. I have 12 gig of messed up, duplicated, incorrectly tagged music files because all of them are fervent in the belief that I couldn’t possibly know what I want done with my files.

    (A little angry.)

  79. “A pill to make you dumb
    a pill to make you numb
    a pill to make you anybody else.
    But all the the drugs in this world
    won’t save her from herself.”

  80. Actually, that’s not fair. WinAMP never ate my files. It was only so blisteringly ugly that I was unable to find the play button. That was the version before it got bought up, so perhaps it got better later.

  81. TEB: I’d appreciate an “Ed from Texas” badge for my non-attendance. Perhaps someone whose attending can volunteer to wear it on my behalf. I’ll leave it to the wisdom of the crowd to decide if that’s a blessing or a curse πŸ™‚

  82. Ed, things are in the works. What colour would you like your badge to be, pink, yellow or green – If I don’t get a reply the default colour is pink.

  83. I’m also accepting name request by other people for those who have not sent in a personal request. So, unless you want someone else to come up with your name tag…

    Names I’m missing from those confirmed (and Maybe) going to the BBQ:

    Dan Shaurette
    Evo Terra (and presumably Shelia)

    Accepting name tag request for them now. e-mail them to me. First choice will, obviously, be by the people themselves. If I don’t get something from them but do receive multiple name choices from others, I’ll pick one a random.

  84. Home from meeting my son’s Pre-K teacher. I like her. Win! He didn’t want to leave the classroom. Double Win!
    Tomorrow will be the 1st day of having 2 entire hours all to myself.

    I may faint.

  85. My hubby uses Google aps almost exclusively, Van. Don’t know the appeal but can ask him tonight when he gets home if you want.

  86. Honestly, I didn’t even think of it. I saw she was friends with just about every other DeadPanite I knew, I just added her without thinking. If nobody else knows who she is, I may delete her.

  87. Yep. I never add people just based on who they know because some people just accept everyone. I won’t add anyone to FB unless I have some sort of relationship with them already.

  88. nine times out of ten I’m the same way, however I meet so many people through cons etc, I sometimes forget who’s who.

  89. A friend who isn’t Deadpan also received a request from her and I see other people I know who have accepted her. She appears to have gone through and requested people just based on them knowing people. She’s definitely spamming.

  90. I’m in conversation with a woman on FB who wants me to be boring so I don’t complicate her life.

    I do tend to meet them on FB.

  91. Pink it is. I’m just full of surprises.

    And, yeah, I thought that woman was someone connected to Deadpan based on the list of common friends.

    “It’s a TRAP!”

  92. I have an acquaintance who has been having the worst luck I’ve ever seen:

    In the last year he had a heart attack so had surgery for that
    He was renovating his house so had his entire library in his garage which was set on fire by arsonists
    Now he’s been diagnosed with cancer.

    As a side note, his wife is completely blind (this is not new, but does add to the whole thing).

    I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t know this person myself.

  93. I’ve had so many problems with external battery packs for the iPhone I have to wonder if these things ever work to spec for users out in the wild (and not magazine reviewers).

    Just about to send another one back. Battery life decreased significantly after a week and the status indicator doesn’t work properly (two lights are suppose to indicate 50% charge remaining..yet battery fades after 30 minutes.

  94. Ok, had chicken sandwiches for lunch and rocked out to the Boomtown Rats

    Now have the vacuum running in the background while I print DP posters and go back to doing work.

  95. I think the creation of a Deadpan, “Social media Handshake” is required now.
    Something simple. Like say, either the requester or the requested sends a note that says “Deadpan is the …”
    and the other person responds back with really just about anything.
    A spammer would probably either NOT respond or would ask for more clarity or something like that.

    Just think’n again.

  96. When I send a friend request to a DPer I usually put in a note saying “DeadPan’s Energizer Bunny” so people know who I am.

  97. I’m under the opinion there should be a statute of limitations on apologies. This one is slightly better because it was close enough in time that his immediate relatives might be still alive to hear it. It’s the ones done several centuries later that make me scratch my head.

  98. A public apology/condemnation of old bigotry/stupidity will undoubtedly come across as a bunch of eloquent, empty words. I believe the Vatican got around to its apology to Galileo sometime in the 90s. The 1990s.

    He no longer cares.

    That said – – Turing does deserve more respect in the history books than he gets.

  99. BTW, Susan Bartelstone is a podcaster (in FL I think) who Evo does work for IRL. She has a radio show/podcast on women’s safety, so she’s not really an evil spammer. She might just be friending people on Facebook that Evo knows so she can get to know people. Not much of a conversationalist though. Maybe she is just trying to broaden her listener base. Who knows. It’s up to you.

  100. Don’t you hate when you see a tweet or post on Facebook that might be of interest to a specific person you know and you can’t remember who it is? And when you finally remember who the guitar collector is, you can’t remember who sent out the post about a huge sale on collector guitars?

  101. Debbie: Isn’t that the truth? I wish you could star items and they would stay in a folder, just like gmail. Then you could visit them later at your convenience.

  102. Who’s selling guitars?

    …wait, on second thought I don’t want to know. My hubby already has too many of the things.

  103. Hubby’s on the way home. Time to make supper.

    Don’t forget, if you have any tag requests get them in to me by morning.

  104. I ignored Susan’s friend request before I saw this. I have too many work ppl trying to “friend” me. I probably ignore 10 for every 1 I accept.

    I was friends with Debbie, but got dumped. Boo hoo.

    It was definitely a Monday today.

  105. Oh, I see. It’s your image – you should get to decide.

    Well, DP, I’ve worked out and now there’s no getting around it. It’s time to shower and head to work. Boo.

    Have a great day!

  106. Morning Pan!

    Introduced hubby to the wonders that was Flash Gordon last night. Turns out he never saw it before.

    The fact that I’ve seen more B SF movies, does it say more about me or about him?

  107. After talking with Cj, we’ll be opening the party room on Sunday around 4pm, Although I’ll probably start setting it up about 3ish.

  108. My suitcase weighs 42 lbs. I had to go on line to make sure I wasn’t overweight. According to the US Airways website, I can pack another eight pounds of stuff.

  109. Just finished printing out name tags. I’m not sure how many blank generic ones we’ll need. I did about 60 extra – I’m very optimistic πŸ™‚

  110. Oh, Ed, Ed, Ed – how little you know me! 90% of what I’m taking to Arizona will not be coming back with me. I’ll have LOTS of room to refill it πŸ™„

  111. Hubby forgot his lunch at home. Hopefully he’ll be able to puppy dog one of his co-workers or he’ll be real hungry when he gets home tonight.

  112. Found in my local community newsletter:


    Today we morn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

    He will be remembered has having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isnÒ€ℒt always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound finance policies (donÒ€ℒt spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge)

    His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a s year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition; Common Sense lost ground when parents attached teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to don in disciplining their unruly children.

    It declined ever further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Asprin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

    Common Sense took a beating when you couldnÒ€ℒt defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

    Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and IÒ€ℒm a Victim.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

  113. Yes.

    Hi. Actually my day went like this:

    Took son to first day of school (see pics on facebook)

    Took daughter to school.

    Went to gym. Showered. Enjoyed empty house for 30 minutes.

    Picked son up. Went to Target so we’d have napkins and toilet paper for Deadpan guests.

    Set son up with Play-Doh Table.

    Read Deadpan … oh… here I am.

    Spreadsheet Hell shall now commence.

  114. CP: Il Cimento Dell’armonia E Dell’inventione, Op. 8 Nos. 1-4: Le Quattro S –

    I feel like I should be smoking a pipe and wearing a dinner jacket.

  115. I think it’s supposed to be disturbing. It was just funny because when I heard it the first time, I thought it was interesting, but to see the spin she really put on it in the video just reminded me of that movie and when she blows the kiss at the end, you just know she’s completely psycho.

  116. I’m about 1/2 done with my first spreadsheet.

    Considering a lunch break before I go pick up my daughter from school.

    I wish my house was self-cleaning.

  117. I’ll try my best, LJ. I was sort of serious about this morning being the deadline. It’s month end and I have a ton of work to get done before I leave on Thursday. Tonight I’m taking off for a couple of hours but fully expect to be at my desk until quite late after that.

    Let me know what colour and I’ll see what I can do tomorrow morning.

  118. Finished my first spreadsheet of the day – the big one.

    Time to take a break with the kids and will continue tomorrow morning. I think I have a parenty thing I’m supposed to go to at the school tonight.

  119. TEB: I knew I was cutting a fine hair. She can have a handmade one when we get there. Don’t fret πŸ˜‰

    Oh, and a brief note about Rainstorms in Arizona:
    Rainstorms in Arizona are like Virginity after prom: There isn’t much to begin with, and what little there is doesn’t last long…

  120. Okay, I’ve sent out friend requests to random people with very dumb sayings. No, they were packets of brilliance. Yeah, that’s it. I just took the links from the DP FB page, since I’m lazy.

  121. Vanamonde: Yeah, but it’s too big a deal. I have more πŸ™‚

    That is correct. I thought it was a fun cyberpunk-esque kinda name.

  122. I bet you guys in Arizona are really smoked out from the L.A. fires, because we have a lot of smoke here. We can’t see the mountains at all and my eyes are burn-y. And Amy, how are you and your family faring?

  123. This one goes out to Cj and any of you Six Degrees fans:

    I had a friend posit me with the following challenge:
    Link Leonard Nimoy to William Shatner, going through DeForest Kelley, only using movies that are not Star Trek films.

    Leonard Nimoy was in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) with James Garner who was in Twilight (1998) with Henry Fonda who was in Warlock (1959) with DeForest Kelly who was in Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) with Dennis Hopper who was in The Outrage (1964) with Paul Newman who was in Tell Them Who You Are (2004) with William Shatner.

    And that’s that.

  124. So, does this mean I’m already 37 in Europe? I don’t think I’ve ever gotten birthday greetings from the future before….

    Well, in another hour, I’ll be caught up anyway. But, will I still be only 36 to the folks in AZ?

    I think I just hurt myself.

  125. I have never watched all that many music videos, but I did enjoy the subversive humor of the two p!nk (is that right?) MVs I did catch.

    Also – Roger Whittacker. Wow. I haven’t heard him since I moved out of my parents house years ago. He’s the one that whistles Greensleeves?

  126. EssBee: So far, so good. We don’t live within sight of any smoke that might be rising from the L.A. area. We do, however, live in a town surrounded by undeveloped hills and vineyard country. If there were a fire nearby, we could be at risk, but thankfully, there isn’t one nearby.

    Night, Pan.

  127. Wow.
    My first impression of Firefox 3.5.2 is FAIL

    It won’t show the page formatting for the Deadpan and it is NOT compatible with the “Tiny URL” plug-in.
    Should have stuck to my long standing philosophy of … “If it works, DON’T UPGRADE”!

  128. Lj, I got more done than I expected so I’ll have time to print extra tags. I’ll do your wife’s in the same colour I printed yours in.

  129. justa J0e: What’s wrong with the Deadpan page? I’ve got the newest Firefox on both my Windows and Linux boxes without issue (flash notwithstanding).

  130. Oh, Crap!

    I have got to finish cleaning this house.

    Those of you coming to visit, please don’t judge me based on my cluttered surfaces should I not de-clutter them all. πŸ™‚