335 comments to Jack Mangans Deadpan #265: Plug in the Crystal Ball
I have two balls, neither of them are crystal.
Wouldn’t a Magic 8 Ball be more reliable?
Finally got time to watch the series finally of Fringe last night. Nicely done.
Still have the final three episodes to watch..grrrr!
They were awesome… oh, wait…
They were awesome. And Wash doesn’t die.
I’ve never watched Fringe. One of these days, I’ll get around to catching up.
Well worth it. First season its really unsure of itself, but once it finds it ground its solid. Man.
Enjoyed the final Fringe and the majority of the series. :)
I agree that the first season was a bit difficult to get through. All told, I most enjoyed the freaky fringe thing of the week pattern that it fell into before they started getting all complicated and love-interesty. But it was a well executed series pretty much all the way through.
Agree on Fringe, UH. We dug it.
Ed, I’m about mid-way through A Memory of Light and so far, great! Sly B is nearly done and a bit sad that she’s getting to the end.
There’s a new Pan? Go figure
I always wonder if I should feign indignation at what Jack calls my show notes
Jack Mangans Deadpan #265: Plug in the Crystal Ball
Shouldnt this post be under Van’s “cat stroking” post?
Crap joke for the day:
I was with this really fit bird and i was so turned on that i couldn’t help having a cheeky wank under the sheet, either she did not notice or was too polite to mention, but she just carried on cutting my hair…
Another school shooting! My God.
I don’t really have any words. I’m disgusted. It needs to be tougher for potentially violent people to get legal access to weapons and explosives. That’s all.
Early reports seem like it was a gun fight between two individuals instead of a mass shooting. Nothing to cheer about but it could have been a lot more tragic.
I guess I should revise:
It shouldn’t be so easy for people with mental illness and/or violence in their recent past to acquire dangerous stuff.
I was looking into people’s homes in REAL TIME!
I saw someones nursery, watched a guy sitting at his desk working on his computer and making phone calls and on another camera I saw a woman in her living room wearing a fuzzy pink bathrobe and reading a book!
It was all at once fascinating and horrific that I could just let myself into these peoples homes.
How quickly our species adopts technologies it really has no understanding of!
It seems they’ve made their point. The live feeds are down now.
I saw Carlin live, sometime back in the late 80′s early 90′s and it was one of the disappointing moments in my life.
It wasn’t that he was “bad” it was more that he was “sad and annoying”.
I had always thought of him as insightful and clever. Sarcastic, yes, but with a keen eye towards society’s inner workings. Apparently this opinion was based on the audio and video clips that had been carefully sorted out for play on Dr. Demento or HBO.
In person, he came across as just the cranky, very bitter old dude that lives at the end of your street and hates.
A week or two back, I asked the Deadpan community a question about special abilities in Mario Kart games. I mentioned that I was asking because I was writing a story. That story is now done, and I wanted to share it with the Deadpan community because I think many of you will appreciate it.
A bunch of us went to see The Avengers together at the 2012 Deadpan MMMMMeetup, and a bunch of us raved about how much we loved Wreck-It Ralph within the past couple of months. I finally got around to seeing the latter at the beginning of this month, and I was inspired to write a crossover story between them.
Story is here. (Warning: This story is set after the events of both movies, and spoils major plot points from the ending of Wreck-It Ralph.) It’s almost 5,000 words long, but I had an absolute blast writing it. Thanks for the help, friends.
Deadpan is the geeking-out way.
Good night, pie.
Woot Amy! You go girl!
That was swell.
Neato! This story is “Rhettro Approved.”
Very clever and well-written, Ambassador! :applause: I’d never thought of those parallels between the two.
You know, while I think Mandy Patinkin is doing great in Homeland, it saddens me some that the article has to introduce him by that. I mean, seriously, does anybody on earth really not know him from “The Princess Bride”?
Hey Pan. I had a really hard time dragging my sorry butt out of bed.
Ed, isn’t that the guy from Alien Nation?
RE: George Carlin. Did I ever mention that my dad went to school with him in the Bronx?
“Only a thousand times, Jack.” ?
(No, this is nothing like EssBee’s encounter with Linda Perry)
“Good grief” and “Rats” FTW.
Now he has to stay at least 500 ft away from the red-haired girl at all times.
What a block head.
This is rich fodder for fanfick.
I’m thinking one of those “You’ve got 24 hours to clear your name!” sceneries where it turns out he was set up by Linus because he found out about the Ponzi scheme Linus was running.
I read: “and both Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson” and nearly spit out my beer in surprise and anger. Then I saw “will eulogize the late Donna Summer” and calmed down quite a bit. Mind you, a seventh place American Idol looser eulogizing Donna Summer is still a slap in the face to the memory of Donna Summer, but at least they aren’t being inducted.
Your useless information for today:
I have a new iPhone case, on the back is printed a photo of the Lighthouse near Tynemouth Priory.
CW: The Following E1
CD – Tyranena Sheep Shagger scotch Ale
I tell ya, the more I drink scotch ales the more I lament that I didn’t head down this path long ago.
There is an explanation on the bottle:
“…watching his shepherds shagging sheep for shearing. (Shagging means retrieving… What were you thinking?)”
Jack told me to post more.
Aye! Keep off the Mores.
J0e, Rhettro, and Jack: Thank you so much for the compliments on my fanfic! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Steve Downie – torn ACL. Done.
I guess no Downie-Vermette show this year.
Dammit! Was looking forward to round 2….
– girl crush driveby –
Luke Lapinski (local Phx sports radio guy for the Coyotes) just creamed his shorts while swooning over Steve Sullivan tonight and his hat trick.
It was Brokeback epic.
Perhaps we didn’t do so bad picking up Mr. Sullivan.
It’s off to Dallas for me! I’ll check in tonight when I get to my hotel. MWAH!
Have fun storming the Magnolia Building!
My kitty isn’t feeling well. At 17 years old, every time she starts looking a little down I wonder if sh’s reaching her end. Luckily she always seems to bounce back. Will have to call the vet today and see if they can do anything for her
Ransom appears to have been more widespread in medieval warfare:
…says they are found mostly in northern Canada and Alaska so naturally these were seen in Durango, Colorado. what what???
Comment on Jack’s prediction for media.
I think it would be more accurate to say that podcasts have proven successful as way to communicate with an established audience. They fail, however, as a financially lucrative “stand-alone” venture.
Interestingly enough, I see a parallel between what the public liked about sitcoms and what they like about “reality” TV. The general public likes to watch people behaving badly.
When the writers strike came along we discovered that the general public was just as interested in watching no name, no talent people behave badly as they were watching Bill Cosby’s kids or those “Friends” behaving badly.
There is a MUCH higher profit margin in the bad behavior of the talentless bucketheads though, so that is what has been pushed onto the airwaves.
I think the perception of what is “popular” has been skewed by what the networks have made available. They offer a much higher percentage of your “Honies Boo Boo” then your “Mad Mens” so naturally, there are more viewers of that kind of material.
I suspect that if they stopped with the reality shows all together and went back to an all “The Walking Dead” and “Big Bang Theory” programming there would be some wailing and gnashing of teeth for about two weeks and then no one would care. They’d still be tuning in to what ever was on.
Of course, networks voluntarily raising their production costs would be an economically silly thing to do.
My kitty is constipated and has been prescribed Zantac. How strange is that?
Considering her age, not strange at all.
The constipation isn’t the strange thing to me, it’s the people medication Zantac that I find interesting. Guess it’s off to the drug store for hubby and I after supper.
“Zantac for Kitty” is our new band name.
I wanted to leave a comment and make it highlight-to-read, but the “font” HTML tag gets your comment sent to Mod Purgatory.
The thing I wanted to make highlight-to-read was something that I found amusing, but I was afraid it might upset Bunny and other cat-lovers. I was going to go off of Rhettro’s “band name” post and write some parody song lyrics, but they’re kind of dark…
Go for it, Amy! We can handle it.
OK, but I warned you.
If the Ceiling and Basement decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the “No”s
On their “Vacancy” signs
If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
I’ll wander off with you
Into the park
(In all seriousness: Great band name idea, Rhettro. Hugs and sympathy to Bunny.)
Sorry for the lame joke. That was just what came to mind when I asked myself, “What kind of lyrics would a band named Zantac for Kitty write?”
+ 100000000 “!’s”
And here I thought you needed more fiber to cure constipation. Shows what I know. ;)
I’m glad to hear about the Zantac, Ryah. I was concerned that it was much more serious.
I’ve heard stories from friends that found and searched abandoned missile sites before, and I’ve always wanted to do the same. Not many floating around Central Florida. Just have to go on the bucket list for now.
Crap joke for the day:
I’ve been down on my luck recently so when I saw an old lady drop her pension money outside the Post Office, I was faced with a real dilemma.
Do I spend it on drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both.
It’s just the moon dust fooling you..
I’m up and dressed… except for my socks. I have to clean the bathroom in a bit so I haven’t bothered to put socks on yet.
Ok, time to clean the washroom.
CP: Speed of Darkness — Flogging Molly
There, the bathroom has been cleaned, dishes have been washed, and I have socks on my feet. All is right with the world now.
“Colorado and Mississippi have tried (and intend to try again) to pass personhood laws that would grant full constitutional rights to a fertilized egg.” No… the STATE did not try, a group of like 50 people tried to put it on the ballot and it failed to make it. I assume they will keep trying.. but its n the STATE. Its a wack job group.
Careful, Guardia…. this story wreaks of sloppy sloppy reporting.
Installed the tax program and entered everything I had. Now off to the post office. Another exciting day for the Bunny!
While I’m doing this, I’m going to melt some chocolate in the microwave
Now baking powder and flour get added to the creamed mixture
Now I divide th dough into two equal pieces
Then I take my melted chocolate and combine it with one of the dough halves
My dough is actually pretty soft so I’m going to put it in the fridge for a few minutes to chill
Ok, so the dough is… Let’s go with less stiff.
Now I’m going to roll out the vanilla half into a nice rectangle
Now I’m going to do the same with the chocolate half. Then I will lay the chocolate piece on top of the vanilla
Then I thanked my chocolate and vanilla layered cookie dough and roll it like a cinnamon bun
No, I did not thank my cookie dough. thanked = take
Into the freezer it goes for about 20 minutes
There, I washed the dishes I dirtied and then sprayed some cookie sheets with pam
Now I take my giant roll of cookie dough out of the freezer and cut it into cookie sized pieces
There, the first batch is in the oven. In about ten minutes I’ll have some nummy pinwheel cookies
CS: Hazelnut flavoured Baileys
Not too bad, but the Biscotti flavour is superior for me.
Jetpack Joyride is fun. I’ve only gotten up to 2500m. I can’t believe people have over 20km on the game.
How far have you gotten? Btw, I can send you a friend invite if you want.
I play to complete the missions so usually get to round 2000m or less.
I should be Vanamonde on the PSN as well.
Oh, hey look – a weekend has appeared. Where did that come from?
Well, better not let it go to waste.
Cant. Old. Eh?
Anyone hear the new Soundgarden album yet? Chris has certainly lost a step but the album is MUCH more than I expected.
Like a certain Mangan, its got its shit together.
Here at Sky Harbor waiting to pick up the Misses. Flight report list her plane as “IN RANGE”. I wonder what that means?
Thd comment seems weird with your Porkins avatar.
2B or not 2B.
You know how amusement parks sell ponchos, so people dont get wet on the water rides… Well, the theater should sell them to the first few rows of audience members.
Yeah, it was great when Hamlet smashed those watermelons with a big mallet.
My Boo saw Evil Dead the musical fairly recently. She had front row seats so they did give her a poncho to protect the spray. Even so, she ended up covered in pseudo-blood and had to get new shoes and pants
Just finished Death Race 3. Is it wrong that I kind of enjoyed it?
Ok, Calgary vs. Edmonton *sigh*
Wow, Calgary drew first blood. I may faint
2-1 for Calgary, end of the first
*feints a faint*
Woo hoo! Calgary scores again
4-2 Calgary, end of the second
J.R. Murdock, motherfuckers!
Jack Mangan, motherfuckers!
Crap joke for the day:
A teacher asks her class, “If there are 5 birds sitting on a fence and
you shoot one of them, how many will be left?” She calls on little
“None, they all fly away with the first gunshot.”
The teacher replies, “The correct answer is 4, but I like your
Then Little Johnny says, “I have a question for YOU. There are three
women sitting on a bench having ice cream. One is delicately licking
the sides of the triple scoop of ice cream. The second is gobbling
down the top and sucking the cone. The third is biting off the top of
the ice cream. Which one is married?”
The teacher, blushing a great deal, replies, “Well I suppose the one
that’s gobbled down the top and sucked the cone.”
“The correct answer is the one with the wedding ring on… but I like
Little Johnny’s a whore.
I just got off the phone with Apple tech support. Some not-very-nice person somehow hijacked my Apple ID account and changed the primary email address and password so I couldn’t get into it. I am in the process of recovering it, though. I am only able to do so because I set up security questions, which I was able to answer over the phone and which I remembered the answers to, and because I had set up a rescue email account. I have a followup call scheduled for tomorrow morning. It’s been a very stressful evening, but the stressful part is over, now that I just spent half an hour cleaning out that rescue email account and making sure that it works. (It does.)
Off to relax with a movie now.
Good night, Pan.
Sorry to hear that Amy, but glad you set up extra protection.
Sorry you had to deal with that Amy. Itunes has more hackers than an emphysema convention.
Fuck me San Jose is good this year…. but, like all years before, the Sharks will ultimately fail.
stupid head cold
I’m not sure if there are smart head colds but the one I have is stupid
iTunes streams video fine from my netbook to the the Raspberry Pi running Xbian, even though I can’t play the videos back on the netbook.
Well not via iTunes anyway, no video acceleration in quicktime.
If you use Twitter, enter #heardwhiledisabled as a search term….
That is just wrong.
Oh look, the Bunny is in the house
Hubby seems to have become addicted to FaceBook. I just don’t know what to make of that
I wonder if I’ve been stood up
Just finished ep 3 of Shameless. Very entertaining.
My kitty has decided I’m not paying her enough attention and so she needs to sit on my desk.
Kitty finally left my desk. She decided there was too much junk on it even for her.
Technical difficulties, please stand by
My life has been a little crazy since I moved back at the end of July/beginning of August. Now that it’s settled down, I decided to reconnect with the Deadpan by going on an extended trip through the Deadpan archives. Deadpan #191 ends with a Matt Mango song called “You Need.” It’s been foggy all day around here, and I just drove home, through really thick fog, after having taken my first tai chi class ever, while listening to “You Need.” It was, and is, a really peaceful, lovely night here. Soon, I will have tea and a brownie.
Ahhhhh. Life is good.
Amy, Tai Chi is wonderful. Remind me, and I’ll post links to the online instructional vids I found. I assume you’re starting with 24-form?
Also: “You Need” had been recorded a few months before my son was born, and I distinctly remember putting the fresh-from-the-studio recording of that on when I first brought him home from the hospital. It was his first song at home. Thanks for listening :)
Jack: My instructor said the form she was teaching only had 19 movements. *shrug* She advertised the class as “Tai Chi/Yoga blend,” so I think she’s doing her own thing with it, but we only did tai chi moves today. I enjoyed it.
You mentioned that story on-pod. You’re welcome!
Good night, Pan.
Never done Tai Chi but I’ve had some good Chi Tea!
Jack Mangan, Marty Friedmans!
The Yotes were sporting their impressive Johnsons tonight.
So in 1997 you had to bleap out “dope” but “sex” was ok?!?! I miss those times…
My thought process after clicking on that youtube link:
Uh oh, One of the artists has a “z” at the end of his name and the title looks a little sketchy.
Hmmm. This is looking more like it’s going to be rap.
oh, shit. React. React.
, Too late. abort! abort! close the page, dammit.
Ahhh, back to Zeppelin on iTunes.
New Tegan and Sara magically Amazonianally downloaded!!!