417 comments to Jack Mangans Deadpan #261: The Sequel is Even Better
This first comment is filled with AWESOME.
Phase 3 of DPSS is underway.
To the tune of the Mission Impossible theme.
Surely the end theme from Buckaroo Banzai is more appropriate :)
Thinking of Bugaboo
Finished the last bits of “Blood and Chrome” last night. It definitely had potential. Though, I do think a series would have eventually suffered some being an eternal flashback as, no matter what, Husker can’t die.
Heroes rarely die in fiction so I don’t think that would have been a major obstacle (other characters could be built up and offed).
New Deadpan Day!
Thank God it’s….wait, what day is it?
My episode is still downloading. Obviously Deadpan has issues with morning.
Scratch that. Not downloading. hmmm. Will have to get it directly from site then.
Is anybody looking for an earbuddy?
We had a dusting of snow last night
I think we should all call in and wish Deadpan Merry Christmas.
I’m going to do it now
There, my Christmas loves have been sent
Ordered a gift basket to be sent to my mom. My in-laws have requested a movie gift card. Since I can e-mail that direct I’ll do it closer to Christmas.
(padding the comments)
Hubby doesn’t do Christmas shopping. He leaves that to me. It’s tough sometimes.
me: What should I give your parents this year?
hubby: *shrug* I don’t know
me: Well, you talk to them regularly, what do they like?
me: What are they doing for fun?
me: Not getting any help am I?
hubby: I’m sure they will love whatever we give them
This year we bought my parents a Roomba.
Ours already have one of those
Hubby and I are actually having many discussions. He wants me to stay home and we’ll just use his salary. I vetoed that but he still mentions it. Yesterday he looked at my resume and told me that since I insist on getting a job, I should be choosy. Don’t get one because it’s available, get one because I’d like it.
I love my hubby dearly but sometimes he can be a little too sweet.
I’m also laughing at hubby. Whenever I send him an email to his work, I usually sign it “love, me”. He only just noticed I don’t actually sign my name. Men can be so silly
Better wrap up warm, A bit nippy in that part of the Solar System.,
Well Pan, off to Cumbria today, and hopefully getting to see ‘The Hobbit’ if the crowds aren’t too bad.
While on the one hand, I know it’s foolish to declare “No Spoilers” for this since the book is decades old. Anyway, we’re seeing it Saturday in IMAX and I expect my full nine minutes of Star Trek that’s been promised.
And, I hope no English teacher ever reads that terrible fragmentation I’ve just committed to electrons.
I was once an English teacher, and I followed you just fine!
I was shocked to see my well fit divorced neighbour knocking on the door last night. “I’m so horny that I can’t stand it.” she said. “I want to go out, get drunk and get a good hard fuck. Are you free tonight?” “fuckin right i am!” I replied enthusiastically. “Wonderful.” she said. “Would you watch my kids?”
Today can suck it.
I should have brought my new mug to work to drink out of here, then the day would be better
Oh look, it’s a new day
What do you mean I’m posting too fast. Maybe you’re just too slow WP!
On a side note, I was serious about calling in your Christmas Loves. Don’t make me be the only one *pulls out poking stick*
I think I need to throw my body under some hot water.
There, my body is nice and clean and I’m ready to take on the day. Too bad I have nothing to do.
I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or a bad thing
I read about that the other day. I’m tempted to try it on the iPad.
The iPad version has a lot of problems with performance and bugs and the touch controls are a bit wonky.
Off to lunch with my Boo.
The Hobbit Part 1 – the padding
In the LOTR films it was commented on what Peter Jackson left out, this will be about what PJ added.
I was afraid of that!! Also, how could it not be? Bummer.
Still worth checking out Essbee.
Also no 9 minutes of the new ST flick at the cinema I went too.
Well, PJ has said many times that he was also using the appendices from LotR to fill in “missing” scenes from The Hobbit. So, we’ll get to see the raid on Mirkwood and similar things that run in parallel.
My Boo gave me Prototype to try. If I like it, I’ll pick up the second one after.
I can’t believe CAD ended.
I know, it’s all BIM now.
Crafty Army Doctors have ended and now it’s just Bring in Munchkin time?
Beavers In the Military?
Not as exciting as that but rather, Building Information Modeling.
Just finished ‘The Last Dragonslayer’ by Jasper Fforde
First paperback I’ve finished this year..sheeeesh.
A nap would be stellar about now.
I’m so with you there.
My DPSS gift has arrived, haven’t opened it yet, think I’ll have a cuppa first.
Couldn’t wait, recorded myself opening the gift and sent the memo to Jack, but the way the weather is over here, bloody brilliant.
Could have done with those the train today, it was bloody freezing.
I loved Bard’s Tale, so I picked this up. Will play it… one day.
I’m still playing Pocket Places..ack! ack!
DPSS is away.
Today has been a great day for presents. Not only did I receive my DPSS gift today (Thank you!!), but so did my recipient (I was Van’s Secret Santa this year). And on top of that, my sister got the first of the two presents I sent her (fleece PJs with penguins on them), and she loves them. There’s a whole lot of Christmas cheer in my life today.
CW: Steve Jobs-The Lost Interview
Its fun to see this rare footage and Steve Jobs is geeking out over his love for computer technology. Neat.
I guess it was called Blue Boxing, one of his first creations
To build and make “Printed Circuit Boards,” Steve Jobs sold his VW Bus and Steve Weisniack sold his calculator…
hows that equal investments?
Depends on what sort of calculator he had, they were pretty expensive back then.
Also you don’t know how beat up the VW was.
As I recall the lore, it was a that it was an HP “scientific calculator”.
Just watched “The City of Lost Children” with Ron Perlman and the directors of Delicatessen. Holy shitsnacks,that was a really good movie. The more I see of Ron Perlman, the more I’m impressed with him. Apart from his performance, it was still a stunning movie. Well done.
Now that my computer is working, once I get Audacity setup and reconfigured, I’ll be recording my thoughts.
Think I’ve mentioned before that his agent claimed that PKD changed his mind about the film a short time before he died.
He never got to see the film, so I’m not sure how much to take that at its worth. He might very well changed his mind, but I think his initial impression, on that is captured in this letter, is probably right.
He did get some updates on how the movie was progressing.
Maybe we should record a point-counterpoint for the palooza? :)
So the itunes download failed. Not only that, it seems to have corrupted my itunes. It says I have the program but there is an error.
And it won’t even let me uninstall itunes
Have you tried manually selecting your iTunes library file (which tells iTunes where all the files are), press shift key as iTunes boots up.
Of course if it won’t boot up you won’t be able to do that.
What’s the error you get? Does it say? If you need the bin for 11.0, I can dropbox that for you. You might have to edit the metadata for your library to fix the version number.
Jesus H Christ, America! Enough with the school shootings.
There really is NO God.
Thoughts go to Connecticut.
Oh its beyond sad. This is pure fucking evil. Im fucking speechless.
But gun control isnt the answer.. right, Right? It’s 18 elementary kids this time. Your fucking right to own guns dosnt mean a lick of shit anymore.
The Constitution disagrees.
The parents of the 18 kids that wont be around for Christmas dont give a fuck about your Constitution.
Apparently there is a lot of mental illness going untreated in this country and the innocent are paying a price for it. Tragic.
We’ll see. Its that or its a parent of one of the kids at the school.
It’s the lack of civility.
It’s the public acceptance(and corporate monetization) of public outrage.
It’s kids being raised by pop culture because both parents have to work, if they are fortunate enough to have two parents.
It’s a general unraveling of how our society believes we should behave towards one another.
Guns make it easy but focusing on them is serious mistake. It draws attention away from the problems I mention above. It allows one side to think that it “will all be okay if we just get rid of guns” and allows the other to focus there efforts on just keeping guns.
No one wants to try and tackle the real problem which is social rot. Because I don’t think that can be legislated back into “fixed” and that means there are no easy answers and THAT is damn inconvenient.
I can at least agree this is an atrocity.
Ed! Thanks for the Christmas card/letter
Elementary needs a Moriaty FFS!
Yes, I think its time to do something about the plague of untreated mental illness in this country. Enough innocent lives have been wrecked. I’m too shocked and outraged and saddened to offer the fix it solution right now. I just know we need to act.
I would agree that it should have been MUCH harder for this insane fuck to get a gun.
Falling in love with the washing machine.
Ah Rutger you old fruit…
Politics aside, I don’t believe anyone thinks that a school shooting should ever happen. Why can’t we use that as our point of arrival, and figure out how to make that happen?
Because sadly if it hasnt been done by now it never will. People clamor for this, people shove back with that. It’s all become bullshit. No one has any idea how to do anything done here anymore. we’re living off of an antiquated piece of paper that is as irrelevant to our country now as beta is to visual media. No one wants to compromise anymore. No one wants to concede anything anymore. Everyone just wants to band-aid shit and never truly heal the wound.
I should leave and take a breath before I get banned form the Pan.
Considering some of the out-of-conTROLL people we’ve had around here in the past, I cannot see that happening.
I suspect some of the trolling passed me by, since I don’t remember any of it.
That was probably an unfair comment on my part. I just remember one person specifically who was pretty uncool, but maybe more on FB than here.
I have to agree with Rhettro and Jack. I feel that our laws, in our society, are designed for the sane-minded. For people who have the mental capacity to cope with the on-going daily/hourly/minute-by-minute stressors our lives throw at us. I find that U.S. influences in TV, movies, today’s overall sense of lack of accountability, laziness, gluttony, (fill in the blank descriptor), etc are just too much of a stimulant for people who suffer from (the various) mental illnesses just cannot tolerate.
Forget gun control- our basic gun control laws are just fine.
We need to focus on circling back to raising families on solid moral grounds and *then* on a governmental level, our policy makers and law makers need to: First, acknowledge that mental illness is real, it is a valid sickness that can only be cured with treatment, and to aide in training medical professionals so they can effectively treat these illnesses. #2 Our government can then reform Mental Healthcare and take it seriously and help its people who may suffer from it. Who knows, maybe a focus on mental health will cut down on welfare, medicare, violent crimes, homeless numbers, etc…
If we, on a global front, can learn and understand mental illness, then people can detect potential problems earlier on and maybe we can help treat those people.
Mental Health is a taboo topic, always has been. It’s an ugly topic. It’s a challenging topic. There is nothing positive associated with Mental Health.
It’s here. It will continue to get worse. Future generations will suffer even more from it.
THIS. THIS THIS THIS. I agree with this SO much.
“Forget gun control- our basic gun control laws are just fine.”
I cant… youre kidding right?
Honestly what do you think would be easier to fix? A biological condition that has and will taken years upon years to understand in the first place or controlling the amount of goddamn semi-automatic weapons that are easily found in Wal-Mart and Dicks? Add to the fact that this fuck, no matter how “ill” he was, had the presence of mind to pick the one thing that his mom card about most (her K class) and take them out. Including her.
Oh look, here’s something. What’s being glossed over is that there was another horrific attack on an elementary in China today.
The difference? This fuck didnt (as of yet) wasnt able to kill any of the kids because he only had a knife do to China’s gun laws. It’s called gun CONTROL. Not gun ELIMINATION. And no, its fucking FAR from just fine.
Wait. I’m was just disemboweling people a few minutes ago. I don’t have any desire to do it for real. I think the link is there, but not as is stated. It goes more in line with what Pixie said. If there is a mental health issue then, sure, gaming can act as a trigger but so can mud. My Boo, who has schizophrenia, was triggered by her school lockers (no, she never hurt anybody (except a mall security guard she punched because she felt he was watching her), luckily she got help before it got that far)
I suspect my lack of empathy would make me fail a VK test.
Judging from some of the comments I’ve seen on Facebook and media sites today, well I’m just not seeing much humanity on display. I think Scott Sigler’s advice to check out of social media for a bit until this cools a bit. Good choices are rarely made when in a rage.
A someone who does not “do” facebook, what I imagine is that you can look at posts today and see exactly what “the problem” IS. Facebook is a mirror of our society. What it reflects would not seem to be healthy.
Right because SUCH humanity was on display in Newtown, right? How the fuck do you expect people to act? On both sides.
Well I hope you see this before you check out, Ed: I got your Xmas letter and picture! I even showed it to my little ones to show off your family awesomeness.
I suppose I’m lucky to be insulated from FB right now. . . I do think we’ll all emerge from this latest horror with cooler heads and real solutions.
(Only one person ever got themselves banned from Deadpan, and it wasn’t that guy you’re talking about. We’re like a family around here – - just without the chain email fwds. Families disagree sometimes.)
Great soapbox, Pixie.
CW: Twilight Zone S1E1 ‘Where is everybody?’
what is this face-book people speak of. I think I heard of it once.
Ha to my hubby! He has to work late tonight. I decided not to cancel gaming. We will save the treasures of Forbidden Island without him
Just so you know, I’m finding Prototype very fun. Must get the second one after I finish this one.
I think EssBee nailed it. . . We all want the same thing here. Gun rampages have become epidemic, and we all want the solution that will put an end to them. It won’t happen in our lifetimes, but maybe we can set the precedent and begin the civil discourse that will get our children to a more peaceful, civilized world.
Beyond A Shadow
I lay there,
Suspended by a dream.
Sheaths of cotton clouds,
Laser beams of sunlight,
Dance with aura,
Above the summit.
Beyond a shadow,
A life is existing-
But not mine; I see.
Obscurity hides my true entity.
Happiness and fear,
Unknown to my soul.
Unforeseen, my being is there.
Most excellent to hear that my DPSS package has been delivered.
We traveled to the ancestral homeland this weekend to visit my parents. The wife, daughter, and I went and saw The Hobbit today. It was good, but not the grand slam I expected. Too much money and too little editing.
Going to see The Hobbit today
Maybe you’ll be lucky and see the first 9 minutes of the new Star Trek film.
I saw it. I enjoyed it. I made a prediction based on what I saw.
4-5 Gross of various holiday cookies & treats were made yesterday, with the help of my remaining family members. It was a wonderful day of bonding. I thinks its about the 5th or 6th year we have done this event.
Each year, I think the young ones will partake and each year, they choose to watch TV amd/or play video games instead.
All items were taste-tested and are Pixie-approved. :o}
So…. not spoilery, but you still might want to wait until you’ve seen The Hobbit to read this:
Wow, Gandalf must have found some good wrinkle creams in the years between the Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring.
Dear Mr. Jackson,
An accomplished filmmaker of your stature undoubtedly has a number of “Yes-men” in your employ. It would seem that you are in need of some “No-men” as well, for quality assurance. I feel that I my qualifications speak for themselves. Please contact me to discuss terms and wages.
You are going to need a new hat after that.
It’s tamale day today at our house!
So should we, or shouldn’t we, see The Hobbit in the theater?
As always, see for yourself.
But if you really need a shove in the right direction the YES!
Despite my reservations after having seen it, I would still say it’s worth a trip to the theater.
Happy to hear that Pixie and EssBee have had days full of holiday cheer lately. My goals for this ‘weekend’ (I work on a non-traditional shift schedule, so my weekends start on Saturday night and end on Tuesday or Wednesday) include getting and decorating my first real Christmas tree in this apartment (and the first one I’ve ever been 100% responsible for obtaining and decorating all on my own), making 7 dozen gingersnaps for the cookie exchange on Tuesday, and getting the rest of the apartment cleaned and decorated. I might go out and catch “The Hobbit,” too, if I feel like it.
It snowed today! I will post pictures shortly. Tonight, I made a batch of chili.
Hobbit was seen. Only saw the shor promo for Star Trek
Hobbit was good but not in the same realm as LoTR. It definitely felt like a LoTR Prequel as opposed to a film in its own right
I saw The Hobbit today with the high frame rate. It seemed like any scene with descent lighting looked as though it was shot with TV quality video. I’m a bit disappointed. For those that have seen the movie without the high frame rate, maybe you can confirm or deny that it was indeed the high frame rate that was causing the issue. The scene at the very beginning where we see townsfolk before Smaug shows up looks like it was ripped out of a television show. Another example is old Bilbo at the beginning of the film, getting ready to write stuff down, his movements looked like they had been speeded up, as though someone had set the playback of the film too fast. It also seemed that the CGI effect seemed to pop out and became very noticeable. Didn’t like that at all.
Other than that, the film was quite good. Not LOTR good, but good.
OK. I think I have a good way to describe what was wrong with the 48 FPS. If you’ve seen a “making of” special and you see the actors on the set, in full makeup, and everything looks crappy because it isn’t shot on high quality film and hasn’t had allthe special effects added yet… that’s what the high frame rate is like. It’s like watching a special about the making of the movie rather than the movie. It seems like you’re clearly seeing an actor in makeup, or a guy in an orc costume milling about the set rather than seeing it shot in film. Things look too real.
We saw it in IMAX 3D (without the Star Trek preview, long or short, grrrr). It certainly looked “film like” to me being the non-48fps version. However, the ghosting was the worst I’ve ever seen. I think this was the first time I’ve seen 3D in an IMAX theater and I definitely wouldn’t bother with it again.
2D with digital projector (black bars top/bottom on the projected image I kid you not), looked film like to me.
DPSS was hand-delivered to me this evening! I will send in my thoughts to the voicemail line soon.
Thank you, fellow DP Phoenician. These gifts are much adored and appreciated.
Thank you Desert Pixie for the DPSS!
Jack was your DPSS, not me. The gift I mailed out has yet to reach its intended Pannite. :-(
Opps, Ditto!!!!! I was your DPSS! I misread… Disregard previous comment
Ugh I need a nap
Thanks for the delivery, Rhett! What an improvement! I owe ya, amigo.
Goodnight, :dead laptop battery:
I’m glad it was an improvement for you and thanks for the Secret Santa gift as well. I think it captures my interests perfectly. :)
If you want to pick up some games for your iOS device nows your chance:
Looking like we’ll release a Full show on Wednesday this week, just like old times. I already have a few holiday-themed VMs, including DPSS reactions. I’d love for you guys to call in too and participate in the 2012 Xmas episode. 480-788-JMDP. Lo Pan also has a funny idea, if there’s time.
Secondly, I need your thoughts on Kindle Fire vs Kindle Paperwhite.
Depends on what you mainly want to do with the tablet.
If it’s going to be reading books than go for the Kindle White.
If you want some flexibility on how you consume media, don’t mind not being able to read the screen in direct sunlight, than go for the Fire (or consider other tablets like the iPad or Nexus 7).
What Van said.
If you want a low cost tablet that you can load apps, games and video onto, get the Kindle Fire. If you want a electronic book that you can read in any light condition, get the Paperwhite.
The rare hump day episode.
As long as it’s before Friday. The world ends that day.
Just got home and checked my mail. Thanks to my SS Cj. I love it.
Hurray! I’m glad it arrived safely! :)
On a not so happy note, I spilled hot tea on my while I was out. I now have a big red splotch on my tummy
Now… to wrap hubby’s birthday gift. He turns old tomorrow
Is this where his music room implodes from gravitational effects of too many guitars?
Nope. No guitar this year. Maybe next year once I have a job again
Oh! Happy birthday to John!!!1!!one!!!
Crap Xmas joke:
”Probably The first legal notice served AD
Unitary Borough of Greater Jerusalem
To: Mr Innkeeper, Little Town of Bethlehem, Judea
Ref: Legal Services
Date: 05 Jan 0001
WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON
UNAUTHORISED USE OF AN AGRICULTURAL BUILDING AT REAR OF INN AND OTHER MATTERS
I am instructed by the Directors of the Council that various activities are taking place in the stable behind the Inn in your freehold ownership at the Street, Little Town of Bethlehem. I must warn you that, if the following activities do not cease within 14 days of the date of this letter, I am authorised to take appropriate action against you under the relevant areas of legislation.
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 0001
The following matters have been brought to my attention which may constitute a breach of planning controls:
1. Change of use of stables building to a mixed use for residential occupation and acts of worship.
2. A complaint has been received concerning a bright light in the sky over the stables and I must warn you that any floodlights erected may constitute operational development requiring planning permission.
3. I understand that one family with an infant is currently in occupation but that shepherds, angels, kings and other visitors may at times be temporarily housed. If you have created a house in multiple occupation this may constitute a material change of use.
4. The condition of the land around the stables, caused by shepherds and their flocks, kings with camels and the leaving of gifts is such that the amenity of the area is affected and general tidying of the area is required.
I have reason to believe that these breaches have taken place and that they do not comply with the provisions of the Jerusalem Local Plan. I therefore have to advise you that unless they are removed, or a retrospective planning application submitted, within the aforementioned 14 days, Notice may be served requiring these uses to cease and the operational development to be removed from the land. Non-compliance with such a notice may result in prosecution.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 0001
I understand that choirs of angels have been heard singing; public entertainment in the open requires a public entertainment license under Section 36 of this Act. A person who, knowing such entertainment would be provided, allows an unlicensed place to be so used, commits an offence.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT 0001
Complaints have been received of excessive noise caused by cattle lowing, the baby awakening, and despite your assurances that the Little Lord Jesus no crying he makes, crying for lengthy periods of time, and angels proclaiming the Messiah’s birth. Accumulations left by flocks of sheep, camels and other farmyard animals have also resulted in complaints. If these should be found to amount to a statutory nuisance, notice may be served under Section 80 of this Act.
ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT 0001
Camels have been seen at the stables and if it is proposed that they remain, you will require a zoo license under the Zoo Licensing Regulations 0001. Operation of a zoo without a license is an offence.
I understand that a pet lamb was presented to the infant born in the stables and must warn you that should you intend to carry on a business of selling animals as pets, a license under the Pet Animals Regulations 0001 is required. It is an offence to carry on such a business without a license.
CHILD PROTECTION ACT 0001
In relation to the new born infant in occupation, I would advise you to contact Judea County Council for advice on the requirements of running a nursery. An officer will be visiting the premises shortly to assess the situation. I would advise that the family with an infant attend for an interview with the Council’s Housing Resource Manager with a view to an investigation of their homelessness.
If you wish to discuss any of these matters further, please do not hesitate to contact anyone other than a member of the Legal Services Team.
P.S. The Registration Services Manager would like to thank the occupants of the stables for making the journey from Nazareth and for completing the forms as requested.”
Haven’t started the movie yet. Decided I wanted chili for supper tonight so I threw a bunch of stuff in the slow cooker.
On an unrelated note: I gave up on Prototype. I was really enjoying the game but the way it saved was driving me nuts. Might get the second one at some point in the future but will wait until it goes on sale or something on steam. I don’t want to spend the money on it on the hopes it is better.
Wait, there’s nudity in this film? Am I watching the right movie?
If there is nudity, does it matter if you are watching the right film or not?
If there was nudity, I missed it
I rather enjoyed that movie
Singing in the Rain had a storyline about a silent film actor/actress and how life was for them after the invention of talkies. I wonder how many in show business did lose their work once pantomime was no lover in vogue. I can see it happening to a few.
One famous example (actually parodied in Singing in the Rain) but also a possible conspiracy:
Hmmmm, they seem to coming a bit to fast for my liking.
Hi DP! We’re enjoying the snowstorm in Southern Colorado, warm and toasty. Mwah!
As it happens, I’m doing exactly the same thing here in Omaha! :) I have a tree to decorate and the rest of my Christmas cards to assemble tonight. It’s going to be a merry evening! :)
We are buttoning down for the storm too. I have a few more errands to run tonight, but then that’s about it. Unfortunately, I’ll have to go out in the storm tomorrow morning. I hope it has settled down by then.
I’m anticipating it getting a bit nippy and wet tonight around here. Tomorrow we might approach freezing! I’m all tingly….
Torrential rain and gale force winds here, should make going to the cinema a damp experience.