358 thoughts on “Jack Mangans Deadpan #279: Schlachthof Vanf

    • Well, of course you’re welcome to chime in with thoughts on S5, if you have the time and inclination.
      If anyone wants to record Slaughterhouse 5 stuff, then I’ll find a home for it in an upcoming episode.

        • Wow, David Gerrold is incensed about Card’s statement:


          The political issues began in 1969 with the Stonewall revolution and the formation of various LGBT activist groups.

          The political issues began when people like Anita Bryant and John Biggs campaigned to limit the rights of LGBT people throughout the 70’s.

          The political issues began when Ronald Reagan’s white house deliberately turned a blind eye to the spread of AIDS, thereby guaranteeing that we would have a worldwide infection rate of 50 million people — and more LGBT men died of AIDS than all of the men and women who died in Vietnam.

          The political issues began a long time ago — that Orson Scott Card was unaware of them is his shame. Writers are supposed to be good at research.”

          • Also, his comments were hardly “about gay marriage.” He essentially called 10% of the population “deviants” and worse, and now is saying, “hey, I’ll still take your money, fags.”

    • Well at last he’s turned into King Canute , trying to keep the ocean of tolerance from swamping him.

      Hmmm, that worked better in my head than in text..

  1. Im about 1/3 theough Gone Girl audiobook. Please tell me that the story gets better.

    I do not care about these characters yet, and she is “3 days gone.”

  2. Jack Reacher – cautious thumbs up. Though mostly because it could be just two hours of Rosamund Pike on the screen and that would do it for me.

  3. So The Life of Pi movie was actually pretty good,although it was gunning so hard for the Best Picture Oscar, I’m kinda glad somehow that it didn’t win.

    Goodnight :Richard Parker:

    • Hubby really didn’t like Life of Pi and not for the reasons you’d expect. He knew all the animals were cg but they were real enough looking he still had trouble handling their (mis)treatment. He’s such a softy

  4. At the risk of being lynched, while I completely disagree with OSC’s stance, I still plan to see the movie (albeit, probably as a rental). I haven’t read the book but do own it and will probably read it before I see the movie.

    I enjoy many of Tom Cruise’s movies, doesn’t mean I agree with his political or religious views either *shrug*

    • True. But Tommy boy doesn’t preach hate. He’s just mildy retarded. And that’s the diff between OSC and other folks I don’t share the same views with.

      • Maybe… but he is a high-ranking member of a deluded organization that not only brainwashes its members, but also bilks these people out of their money. So, he’s not exactly harmless.

        • He’s also not a spokesperson for taking away the rights and basic human equalities of an entire portion of this county. Like I said, these are the reasons I personally will have nothing to do with him and why I (personally) have a hard time comparing him to what Tom Cruise does.

          • I was just calling attention to your statement about TC. He’s not just midly retarded. I said nothing about OSC.

          • K. Should have said *I* find him mildly retarded. Next time I’ll be sure I have all my Cruise’s in a row.

          • Scientology has been linked to some pretty frightening anti-gay sentiment and action too – – but, unlike OSC – – no such statements or actions have ever been attributed to TC.

  5. Then there is this suggestion for enjoying the media without supporting it’s creators –

    “Support your local libraries, where you can find OSC’s books and, ultimately, this movie on DVD for FREE!” – blogpost I ran across.

  6. Been participating in an epic storm (precipitating?).
    1.7 inches of rain in the last hour and a half.
    An inch of that fell in 15 minutes though.
    Also the lightning has been nearly non-stop. As has been the sound of Fire Engines and emergency responders.
    I should probably have turned my computer off.

  7. Interesting bit about how the iconic throne that HBO uses in the Game of Thrones series compares to what GRR Martin sees in his books:


    I think it’s particularly interesting how Martin recognizes that going from the limitless descriptive ability from words in a book to the practical limitations of real world filming requires changes being made.

    • I know that when folks sit on the IT in the books, they get all cut up by the swords. Joffrey looks way too comfortable on the show, IMO.

  8. As google reader dies I moved to feedly. It was performing reasonably well, but (starting yesterday or so) it stopped tracking Deadpan. Anyone else get the comments through RSS having the same problem?

  9. Your scientific crap joke for today from twitter:

    @marcuschown: “Photons have mass ?!? I didn’t even know they were Catholic” – Woody Allen

  10. Had lunch with my Boo. First the jealous part: Her boss writes part time for Gay Calgary so Boo ended up with media passes to last nights concert so she got a few perks like free alcohol, food, front seats… no back stage though. Still…
    Now the cool part, for my birthday she set up a visit with some animals through work. So I will have pictures of me holding a little alligator, with a giant tortoise (I could have actually held him too but he was pretty heavy so I just went down to his level, and a big tegu lizard. Cool

  11. So we attempted E1 of Under the Dome last night, but fatigue stopped us at about 25 minutes. Also, if I rolled my eyes one more time, they might have popped out of my skull….
    Are people enjoying it? Is 60% of the pilot episode insufficient to condemn an entire series?

  12. Hubby and I are out and about but he just got a call regarding he interview he had this morning. You are now talking to the wife of the education coordinator of his school system (7 schools)

    Now we must celebrate!

  13. Crap Eastern Europe joke for the day:

    A Polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl.
    Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well.
    One day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him. The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions:
    Have you any grounds?
    Yes, an acre and half and nice little home.
    No, I mean what is the foundation of this case?
    It made of concrete.
    I don’t think you understand. Does either of you have a real grudge?
    No, we have carport, and not need one.
    I mean what are your relations like?
    All my relations still in Poland.
    Is there any infidelity in your marriage?
    We have hi-fidelity stereo.
    Does your wife beat you up?
    No, I always up before her.
    Is your wife a nagger?
    No, she white.
    Why do you want this divorce?
    She going to kill me.
    What makes you think that?
    I got proof.
    What kind of proof?
    She going to poison me. She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read English pretty good, and it say:
    ~~~Polish Remover~~~

  14. The letter went out to everyone in hubby’s school system so now it’s official. He now works at the central office. Two celebrations for the price of one today

  15. Sharknado. The story so far

    Sark fin soup will be off the menus for a bit.
    A hurricane is a odour to hit California (you heard me)
    Sarks are bellying up to the bar

  16. So I’m a shark. I’m swimming along minding my own business when I’m suddenly picked up by high power winds and blown about. As I’m flying through the air, or going through a window, or even splitting on the pavement the only thing I can think of is how Hungry I am

  17. So we watched our second daikaiju movie in as many days. Tonight was Big Man Japan. Jesus.
    This was weird on the Eraserhead level. Jesus. If we Palooza’ed this, then Ed would disown us.
    I like a degree of weird, but this was waaaay beyond me.

  18. Nice to be cruising the Internet via VPN on the free Frankie and Bennys with the knowledge the staff won’t know I’m reading Amazon reviews of coffee machines…

  19. Back from seeing Pacific Rim.

    There’s a short post credit sequence.

    It was fun.

    Ummm, is there still a taboo about Asian women kissing white men in Hollywood movies (outside of prostitute/client scenarios)?

  20. My turn to tell a crap joke:

    A woman falls from the balcony of her top floor apartment. She is screaming as she falls when, about a third of the way down a pair of arms reach out and grab her.
    “Will you fuck me”, says the man. “No'” the woman says indignantly.
    The man opens his arms and lets her go.
    Once again the woman is screaming when about half way down the building another pair of arms reaches out and grabs her.
    “Will you give me a blow job?” asks this man. Again, the woman says, “no”, so he lets her go.
    By now the woman is really scared, when, at about the ten story mark, yet another pair of arms grabs her.
    “Yes, Yes!” yells the woman. “I’ll fuck you, I’ll give you a blow job. What ever you want!”
    “slut,” says the man and lets her go.

  21. Your crap joke for the day:

    A farm girl from Saskatchewan walks into a bar in Calgary and orders three mugs of Bud.She sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When she finishes them, she comes back to the bar and orders three more.The bartender approaches and tells the farm girl, ‘You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.’The farm girl replies, ‘Well, you see, I have two sisters. One is in Australia, the other is in Cranbrook . When we all left our home in Saskatchewan, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my sisters and one for myself.’The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The farm girl becomes a regular in the bar and always drinks the same way. She orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.One day, she comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When she comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, ‘I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.’The farm girl looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in her eyes and she laughs.’Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,’ she explains, ‘It’s just that my husband and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking. Hasn’t affected my sisters though.’

  22. So now that Pacific Rim is out, of course certain people feel compelled to nitpick the physics and materials science of the movie. Really? They couldn’t tell that FROM THE TRAILERS?!

    I understand that it’s their role to talk about good & bad science, but sometimes it comes off as more than a little disingenuous.

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