A Memory of Light comes out next Tuesday. I am all aflutter.
I’m CR: The Passage — Justin Cronin
He’s from your ‘hood, Ed. He teaches at Rice.
I’d recommend this one, even though it took an odd “steal from Walking Dead” turn there for a minute. It’s a end-of-the-world story that’s unique and really, really well-written. I’m about 100 pages from finishing it and will definitely pick up the second book (it’s a trilogy – as yet unfinished), The Twelve, once I’ve finished A Memory of Light.
I’m CR one of Pip Ballantine’s books, Spectyr.
How are you liking it so far?
First crap joke of the New YEar:
A hippie gets onto a bus and sits next to a nun in the front seat. The hippie looks over and asks the nun if she would have sex with him. The nun, surprised by the question, politely declines and gets off at the next stop. When the bus starts again, the bus driver says to the hippie, “If you want, I can tell you how you can get that nun to have sex with you.” The hippie of course says that he’d love to know, so the bus driver tells him that every Tuesday evening at midnight the nun goes to the cemetery to pray to the lord. “If you went dressed in robes and some glowing powder,” says the bus driver, “You could tell her you were God and command her to have sex with you.”
The hippie decides to try this out. That Tuesday, he goes to the cemetery and waits for the nun. Right on schedule, the nun shows up. While she’s in the middle of praying, the hippie walks out from hiding, in robes and glowing with a mask of god. “I am God, I have heard your prayers and I will answer them but you must have sex with me first,” he says. The nun agrees but asks for anal sex so she might keep her virginity. The hippie agrees to this and quickly sets about having sex with the nun. After the hippie finishes, he rips off his mask and shouts out, “Ha ha, I’m the hippie! ”
The nun replies by whipping off her mask and shouting, “Ha ha, I’m the bus driver!
“gets off at the next stop”
You’re falling down on the job Van, I heard this one before.
This is a good one! I’d heard this one before (Lo Pan?), but not yet this year!
*sigh* Oh well, I guess I won’t have to buy any games for 2013… except maybe Sim City.
Steam has been playing up for me tonight, games bought don’t show up on my library list and frequent crashes.
I know how you feel. Both KotoR games for $5 total. The Tomb Raider franchise for $15. Dark Souls for $20.
I’m going to have to pass, though I want some of those. I have too big a backlog as it is.
Luckily I’ve played all The KotOR games. For a reason I just can’t pin down, I’ve never been interested in the Toomb Raider series. Did get Dark Souls, though.
Did play the first chapter of Walking Dead last night. Quite enjoyed it. Hubby, who was in the room at the time, didn’t realize it was more like an interactive comic than a straight up game. *shrug*
I’ve got the first ep. I need to play that and get the 4 other episodes.
It’s a good thing I’m not working. I’ll need this extra time to play all the games I got.
I have a very strange yet wonderful hubby. We usually split the house work. I told him, since I’m not working, I should, at least, take over some of his housework. He gave me these sad, puppy dog eyes and said, “but I like vacuuming”
That’s very hard to argue with.
It’s also just as well I don’t play first person games or my Steam purchases would be much worse, there are many of those I would love to play if they were in third person or had a third person mods.
little known fact
Except when shot that way for comic effect, movies from the early years of the film industry were not originally “jerky” as they appear now.
The “jerky” motion that is now attributed with old films is due to the use of an in-accurate frame rate when they were transfered to video.
In the early days of film, when cameras were hand cranked, film speed rates were more of a “guideline” then “standard”. Often, the same company that shot the film would also process it and show it in their own theater using their own hand-cranked projectors. Thus, you had a variety of film speeds being used.
Eventually, the frame rate standard of 24fps was adopted and then in the mid 1950′s a 2nd standard (because apparently “standard” means “more then one”) of 30fps (29.97) was adopted for use with film being shot for video broadcast.
Curiously, if care were taken to transfer old movies at a frame rate that produced “normal” motion, most viewers would think something were wrong with it.
I made the mistake of putting the Spyro 3 (Playstation 1 game)in my PS3, then ended up playing the game for quite a while.
I got 100% everything in the first two Spyro games but never in the 3rd one, think my challenge for this weekend is sorted.
I almost forgot to say, we watched John Carter last night. WTF was that?
A very expensive Disney movie.
That was about 30 Dizznee execs losing their jobs as well.
I liked John Carter. Terribly marketed but a fun film. I did read (listen) to the original “A Princess of Mars” novel shortly before the movie came out.
Too bad we probably won’t get any more of the stories.
Did you really?!
I’ve been watching Friday Night Lights as I work out in the morning and do like that actor.
Can’t say I was familiar with the actor before John Carter. Though, he did go on to equally dubious box office success with Battleship.
And, while Battleship was pretty damn cheesy, I must confess I enjoyed more than the Transformers movies.
He was in Friday Night Lights, the TV show.
Oh he was in Battleship! We enjoyed – or at least I did – that one.
Wasn’t he also Gambit? He’s fucking horrible. I don’t need to repeat my views on Battleship. :)
Still, I didn’t think John Carter was bad, definitely not as bad a its reputation. It helps to have waded through Burroughs’ original mess of a story, to appreciate that anyone made a sort-of coherent film out of it.
CW: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Claire Bloom will have to be added to my retro obsession list.
He was Gambit, Jack! I think I blocked out Wolverine – might have to see that again.
Still, I like him on Friday Night Lights.
It appears twitter may have demonstrated some shred of value. It also appears to have found signs of intelligent life, at least in orbit.
Hailing frequencies open:
CP: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2046: Beginning with Conclusions
One of the better recent episodes. It talks about people constructing arguments based on foregone conclusions.
That sounds like Evil’s business practice! I’m gonna check it out.
It’s a great podcast. I believe Ed introduced me to it. It tends to focus on historical innovation and engineering, but with a very human perspective. Episodes are around 4 minutes in length.
CP: Circleend — Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets
Sister in-law update: It appears that our initial hopes that she would recover were misplaced. Even though Barbara’s heart condition is treatable, the length of time her brain was deprived of oxygen has left her severely brain damaged. She has brain stem function and her body responds to pain, but there is no higher level activity at all. Most likely she will stay in this vegetative state until she passes.
That really sucks, Rhettro. You have our deepest sympathies.
I’m very sorry, Rhettro.
Very sad news
I appreciate it guys. I just wanted to keep everyone in the loop.
I’ll add my condolences too, Rhett. Very sad news.
oh no. Im so terribly sorry for this development. :(
Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
Truly sorry about that, Rhett. Keeping your family in my thoughts.
Goddammitt Rhett. So sorry.
Oh Rhett *hugs*
Thanks again everyone.
CW: Person of Interest S2 E11
I fear the writers have just done the computer equivalent of compressed water.
Shannon’s law is a bitch
stupid Steam putting Sleeping dogs as one of their sales.
Me: Stupid Steam
Hubby: More games?
Me: If I say no will you take that at face value?
Hubby: of course not
He knows me too well.
*sigh* luckily, I think this weekend is the end of the holiday sales.
I’m deliberately avoiding the site at this point.
Have you heard of the concept of ‘resisting temptation’?
A guy goes to a doctor and says, “Doc, you’ve got to help me. My penis is orange.” Doctor pauses to think and asks the guy to drop his pants so he can check. Damned if the guy’s penis isn’t orange. Doc tells the guy, “This is very strange. Sometimes things like this are caused by a lot of stress in a person’s life.”
Probing as to the causes of possible stress, the doc asks the guy, “How are things going at work?” The guy responds that he was fired about six weeks ago. The doctor tells him that this must be the cause of the stress. Guy responds, “No. The boss was a real asshole, I had to work 20-30 hours of overtime every week and I had no say in anything that was happening. I found a new job a couple of weeks ago where I can set my own hours, I’m getting paid double what I got on the old job and the boss is a really great guy.” So the doc figures this isn’t the reason.
He asks the guy, “How’s your home life?” The guy says, “Well, I got divorced about eight months ago.” The doc figures that this has got to be the reason for all of the guys stress. Guy says, “No. For years, all I listened to was nag, nag, nag. God, am I glad to be rid of that old bitch.” So the doc takes a few minutes to think a little longer.
He inquires, “Do you have any hobbies or a social life?” The guy replies, “No, not really. Most nights I sit home, watch some porno flicks and munch on Cheetos.”
“Distorted to oblivion via computer, at times you can hear the familiar sound of the chromatic scale dissonantly crying for mercy; other times it sounds like a clothes dryer tumbling inside a larger clothes dryer.”
I just realized yesterday that own NO Monty Python audio.
I have taken steps to correct this.
Wait, what about yesterdays that own no Python audio? Are they blue?
Seems like I have the “Contractually Obligated” album, on cassette, in a box, in the garage, under some other boxes.
..with a fox.
Candidate for the Silly Party.
Watch the latest Family Guy to give you a clue.
I contracted an SSD over the weekend. Windows 7 hasn’t been spread to it yet.
Perry Fatrel is working on a Jane’s Addiction musical? Will it makes more or less sense than gge use of Three Days in Southland Tales? Place your bets, pimps.
CP: SysOp — ComputeHer
Stupid coffee. I ordered 3 boxes of medium for my machine and they sent me 3 boxes of Pecan Praline. The packing slip says medium, the contents do not. What am I suppose to do with 3 boxes (equal to just over 100 cups) of Pecan coffee?
A group of high school seniors flee a mysterious killer after being thrown in to a 12 hour detention by their hard nosed principal. Meanwhile, life in their small town grows increasingly surreal in this inventive horror satire
Relative to “Crack in the World”, “Weird Science” seems like an episode of “Connections”.
1980′s Kelly Lebrock FTW!
Finished Walking Dead Game. Nothing like having your heartstrings pulled
… or chewed up by zombies.
… or knitted into a decorative bonnet.
CP: Bones — Data Romance
I’ve got nothing to say. Might as well say it here.
And oh yeah, you may have noticed the lack of show today…
My goal is to do another Wednesday this week.
Slouching toward 288.
Wait… was the first Wednesday Addams?
Back from a really good lunch with a friend. We talked lots, ate some, and strategized some. It was good.
Ok, without admitting to anything, let’s say it’s been years since I’ve had a Facebook account so am not up on any changes since then. Let us also say I wanted to follow a company on FaceBook. Let us also say I’m on their FaceBook site right now and I’m looking for a “friend” or “join” button. With all those hypothetical parameters, where would I find said button (said hypothetical company, just for reference http://www.facebook.com/tychebooks?fref=ts)
It’s the “Like” button.
Actually, i did figure it out.
CP: I Will Possess Your Heart — Death Cab for Cutie
CP: Tiger Phone Card — Dengue Fever
CP: First — Tegan and Sara
Where did the time go?
My Boo’s , soon to be, sister in laws are named Tegan and Sara
Do what now?
Is your daughter going to become a Quinn?
Nope, all coincidence.
You almost had Lo Pan and I as wedding guests you know.
BOY ILL SAY!
She would be truly mighty if that was the case.
Come on without, Van
On a different note, what is a good Skype recording program. I’m ok with a small cost.
I used Powergramo for years, but I think the one o have now, creatively named “Skype Recorder”, is a little better. If you have a Mac, then AudioHijack should do the job for you.
no Mac. I’m a PC Gal
Powergrammo basic is free and worth playng with before splashing out on more expensive software.
Not my money I’m spending. Will look into PowerGramo anyway. The less money I do spend is probably the better.
Ok, I’ve downloaded it. Don’t actually need it until the end of the month but, those who know me know, I’m very much a “GOTTA DO IT NOW!” kind of person.
CW: Latest Castle
I went to a wedding at which a rock star, Adrian Young from No Doubt, was in attendance once. Tegan and Sara would be better!
And I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned to you guys that I “met” Linda Perry once.
I hope you keep reminding us.
*activating “vicarious thrill” mode*
Isn’t Linda Perry the one who sings “I Kissed a Girl”?
Happy Birthday, Graham Chapman, Elvis, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Bob Eubanks, Shirley Bassey, and R. Kelly.
Oh one of theeese things is not like the oooother ones…
Crap joke for the day:
Scottish couple decided to go to Spain to thaw out during a particularly icy winter.
They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.
Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.
So, the husband left Glasgow and flew to Barcelona on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife.
However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Blackpool , a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral.
He was a minister who died following a heart attack.
The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends.
After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.
The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: October 16, 2008
I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones.
I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Bloody hot down here!
I slept in. It was wonderful.
Now I have this giant ToDo list I need to tackle today.
CP: Marching Song — Esben and the Witch
Is this week going to get easier?
Just a tad bit is all I ask.
Wait, what? -30 tomorrow? But it’s +5 now. I don’t think I can handle that kind of change
The DVR write up: in this terrifying supernatural thriller, a demon enters a police station and confesses to a crime. But as the night stretches on, it quickly becomes apparent that he has a diabolical plan, and that no mortal can stop him.
A joke for Van, a demon walks into a police station…
Go easy on Robert Englund.
No nudity? What kind of B horror is this?
Hospital lights been
While unseen noises creep
Been = beeps.
Stupid auto correct
A child is being born
Mom looks good, if a little forlorn
No, no, no! She screams
While baby rips through, into the scene
In a corner, wrapped up tight
In the asylum, daddy fights
Strange visions dance in his head
Of demons, sex, and blood that is red
Wood haven police station, our story now sets
Sex on a desk, was it a bet?
Her boss disappears. Where did he go?
She’s all alone, with nothing to show
The doctor asks about magic, to patient Tom
Inkubus, Tom says, and mentions the mom
Really WordPress? I was just getting my grove on and you have to hiccup?
Ok, let us continue
A flashback to that fateful night
At the police station, where they had such a fright
Miles is handcuffed to a post
His girlfriend is dead did he call the host?
Robert England is standing behind Jenny
He cut her head off and flipped it like a penny
Out the window he jumped with a bound
Without making a single sound
The cop gives a lecture, you are a liar!
Where is her head! Your pants are on fire
In walks RE, looking suave and debonair
He brings Jenny’s head. Holding it by her hair
Take the kid and put him in a cell
Just in case he has something to tell
RE’s one call is to a strange man
Remember Inkubus, I know you can
Justified got off to a bit of a rocky start with the first episode of the new series.
Sorry to bother you, says the cop on the phone
I am already disturbed, you’re just a drone
He calls a doctor, says come right away
You’ll never guess, I heard from Inkubus today
They check RE’s van, it’s full of the dead
Flies and larva are crawling, using them for a bed
A strange book has been found
Strange drawings abound
How old are you? 100 he says
They don’t believe him in so many ways
His cuffs are off, they’re in a bind
All is back, he’s messing with their minds
The prints are wrong, each finger is wrong
10 different dead, to which they belong
The captain arrives, can it be true?
Inkubus is back from out of the blue?
Fast forwarding through the police hallway
He can hear everything that they say
Back history on demon live birth
Only slightly relevant, for what it’s worth
The cop says I can out stare you
I have my doubts that this is true
Why are you here, RE is asked
In your fear, I wanted to bask
13 years ago someone took the blame
For murders which I should have the fame
We’re done here the cop starts to yell
Oh but there so much more to tell
He starts naming girls who have died
Those all can’t be yours, the cop decried
RE states, I am not Turing myself in
I just have unfinished business, with him
Abra-fucking-cadrabra RE says with a sigh
The games have begun as he flies
Switching places with the cop, no one can see
He has lots of places to be
An APB on Inkubus now
We need to find this ‘effin cow
The one cop is scared, we’re all gonna’ die
Any minute now, he might cry
Want to have fun RE whispers in the air
Listen to me, if you dare
Size me up, he says to the shrink
Ok, she says, I think you’re a dink
Te kids says, We are so fucked
Just wading through what isn’t muck
The hallway’s the same. One giant maze
All are confused, in a big daze
More body parts, on shelves and on floor
I pity the cop that looked through that door
The wall is red. Is it blood or paint?
We know for sure, RE is no saint
Unlucky in love he says to the shrink
Your lick’s run out, she says to the dink
RE uses a microwave to kill
I’d hate to see that electric bill
We’re all going to die, the kid says again
Shut up says the cop, you’re my bane
(Yeah, yeah. You try doing this)
RE’s the kid saying things to provoke
Te cop kills he kid, his life was revoked
Back to the asylum, the doctor doubts
That story is one of your psychotic bouts
The radio still doesn’t work
He pulls off the headphone with a jerk
Miles you killed him, the cop is aghast
It wasn’t me, he says and gives his last gasp
You cannot move, RE says, showing his knife
Then he stabs, causing more strife
The shrink is gasping, letting out a small moan
Captain Gil is forced to watch, it makes him groan
I’ll halve the doctor as a tribute to you
I feel alive, showing this view
Now we all see two halves of a shrink
Magic he says, making us think
Who is that, in the corner he is crying?
A young man, his son, who should have been dying
Take my hand, the young man reaches
Your my son, I love you, the cop preaches
He’s a good father, the kid says of RE
I’m no longer your son, can’t you see?
He’s a demon, Gil says to his son
We all have to face them, even this one
Cut to the cop couple, on the run
She turns to him, this oven has a bun
The cop yells, you’re not my son
Then he pulls out his gun
It ends tonight demon, and shoots himself
RE is angry and shows his true self
Back to the psych ward, you killed Inkubus?
And reborn in your wife? Stop making a fuss
Truth is, your wife died in child birth
I’m telling you it’s a demon for what it’s woth
He’s crazy says the doctor, put him in a jacket
He needs to calm down, stop making that racket
All that rhyming was so gallant.
We’re all impressed with Bunny’s great talent.
And now our tale comes to a close
End credits with pictures of demons in droves