302 thoughts on “Jack Mangans Deadpan Unshow Number Ninety-Three

    • I think that “The Twilight Zone” did get somewhat of a “cult classic following” in the very late 70’s/early 80’s which lead to the feature film of the same name in 1983. Then to it’s TV rebirth (sort of) with the NBC/Speilberg collaboration “Amazing Stories” which lasted until 1987. At that point enthusiasm for it seemed to just fizzle out.

      Certainly not the cult classic longevity of TV shows like “Dr. Who” or “Firefly” but I guess it did have it’s brief, shinning, re-birth moment in the pop culture limelight.

      • I don’t think Dr Who can be described as cult TV either, at least in the UK.

        The new reboot has had very respectable viewing figures and the old Who had even better figures at time (especially during the Tom Baker era.

        • I think there are two aspects to the “cult” terminology to take into consideration. The first is the founding of a group of people that repeatedly watch the item and make cultural references to it. Twilight Zone (and Dr. Who in the UK) I think meet that standard. I think the other aspect of “cult” (which I will allow is in some dispute) is that the item does not have a broad, mainstream following or at least not an initially large audience. Firefly certainly fits both aspects, whereas Twilight Zone and Dr. Who in the UK were watched by too broad and mainstream an audience to be considered cult. I grew up in the 70s and 80s and I think twilight zone was still pretty mainstream at that point. It (like Gilligan’s Island) simply remained in syndicated reruns for so long (and there was so little else on) that you just couldn’t escape watching it sooner or later. It was the numerous attempts to reboot Twilight Zone that I think finally killed interest in it altogether. Which is why I’m a bit concerned about the Kosinski Dicaprio attempt to do it all over again. It’s already been pretty well demonstrated that it doesn’t take well to reboots.

  1. First donation for Sausagefest 4 has come in and it’s Canadian. Canada leads 1-0 in donations. I don’t expect this to stand, but hey, if it gets people to donate, I’m all for exploiting a competitive spirit.

  2. … and I will balance your sad news of the death of smart dialogue, with an out of context quote I just heard on the weather channel.

    “Just 6 more inches and we’ll be the wettest EVER!”

  3. Your crap joke for the day:

    A bloke brings his best mate home after work to meet his wife.

    His wife screams “You fucking dickhead, my hair and make-up are a mess,
    the house is a right fucking tip, the dishes aren’t done, I’m still in my pyjamas,
    I can’t be bothered to cook and it’s my time of the month!”.

    “Why the fuck did you bring him home?”.

    The husband replies “Because he was thinking of getting married”.

  4. Cheer for team Cacao tonight! We’ll be dominating the Oskar Blues Geeks Who Drink, or at least not coming in dead last, or at least having some beer.


  5. The top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe:

    Rob Auton – “I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa.”
    Alex Horne – “I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying.”
    Alfie Moore – “I’m in a same-sex marriage… the sex is always the same.”
    Tim Vine – “My friend told me he was going to a fancy dress party as an Italian island. I said to him ‘Don’t be Sicily’.”
    Gary Delaney – “I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.”
    Phil Wang – “The Pope is a lot like Doctor Who. He never dies, just keeps being replaced by white men.”
    Marcus Brigstocke – “You know you are fat when you hug a child and it gets lost.”
    Liam Williams – “The universe implodes. No matter.”
    Bobby Mair – “I was adopted at birth and have never met my mum. That makes it very difficult to enjoy any lapdance.”
    Chris Coltrane – “The good thing about lending someone your time machine is that you basically get it back immediately.”

    Note: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wispa

  6. “Bobby Mair – β€œI was adopted at birth and have never met my mum. That makes it very difficult to enjoy any lapdance.””


    Joke beats coat

  7. Morning Pan

    Hubby was very proud of me yesterday. Saint’s Row IV came out and I didn’t purchase it. Instead I decided to wait until it went on a Steam sale.

  8. Some conversations you don’t really want to overhear.

    Seems there is a meme on buying three objects to freak out shop assistant. The overheard suggestion was:

    Baby Oil
    A packet of Condoms
    A Dora the Explorer DVD

      • Thanks for the offer TEB. I would rather order on line and cause less hassles for the people I know as a first line of offerings (just as I would look to order something through Amazon before asking Essbee or Lo Pan to go out and physically shop for me in Colorado). If I can’t get what I’m looking for, I will definitely get in touch. There are also two people at work who are from Canada and may have methods I can work with as well. I really do appreciate the offer, just trying to find the route of least hassles for other people.

  9. For you Pandora listeners –
    I recommend “Earth, Wind and Fire Radio” for an all-ages friendly, and quite frequently, entirely funky station you can leave running in the background.

    (Disclaimer: listening to this station at work may not be advisable if management frowns on you “shaking your grove thang”.)

  10. Well, today was one of the hardest days of my life. I quit my new job. It is a really strange thing. I liked everyone I worked with, but the pace was so far above what I was use to, I just didn’t feel like I fit in. Consequently, I never felt comfortable and I’ve laid in bed sleepless all week. Taking chances is a relatively new thing for me. Generally I like to play it safe and stay with what I know, but I’m trying to find my limits, and I definitely found some. Duh! So it is back to job search mode. I guess you’ll be seeing more of me around here.

  11. So it appears the net is all atwitter over Ben Affleck being the new Batman opposite Henry Cavil in the next Superman movie.

    George Clooney set a pretty low bar for worst incarnation of Batman, so here’s to cautious optimism.

  12. Tried using Stitcher as a new podcast downloader. Turns out if a show isn’t already in their catalogue, you can’t just give them the web address and add it yourself. You have to contact Stitcher with the address and have them go and pester the podcast host to add it to their line up. Screw that. I’ll find a different podcast downloader.

      • I’m using an iPhone 5. Used to be really happy with being able to play podcasts when it was still integrated in iTunes. Then they shifted the podcast app off into it’s own thing that doesn’t work worth a shit. Biggest gripe is that it won’t let me specify when to update podcasts (so I can’t have them ready to go when I wake up in the morning) and they frequently won’t transition from one podcast to another (hard to stop what you’re doing and manually play the next podcast when you’re doing something like taking a shower or driving). Like so many things in life, what I ask for isn’t really all that much in the long run, and I always get less than what I ask for.

        • A few points about the podcast App (assuming you’ve updated to the latest version):

          You can set each individual podcast feed to automatically download a new episode when it becomes available. Personally I keep this turned off because of the stupid 50Mb download limit enforces on files downloaded over 3G connections (stupid because I’m on unlimited data)

          You can add episodes to a playlist very easily, the App will then play through every episode on the list.

          • Wrong and wrong. You can tell the app to do those things, but it will flat out refuse to do those things that it claims to do so well. You can tell it to download the podcast “as soon as it is available” but it still won’t actually look to see when it’s available until you activate the app, so I still cant have it download at something like 5:45am so it’s ready when I wake up(which I was able to do on a podcast app I had on the android). It will only start looking for what’s available after I turn on the app and then have to wait for everything to download. I have also created playlists for the apps that are supposed to be set up based on oldest to newest for ever podcast. Even though you can create playlists, it will very often not transition from one podcast to another within that playlist until you open up the app and physically select the next one in line. I’ve had the issue across several different iPhones, so it’s not some random quirk of the iPhone 5 vs. 4 or my phone vs. some other phone. The app is junk. The hard thing is to find another app that isn’t just as junky in some other way. I would just add a podcast smart playlist to my regular iTunes and have the phone auto update with iTunes wirelessly at the same time every day, but I’ve found that that particular Apple feature doesn’t work any better than the Podcast app in general.

            Grumble, grumble. I am in a pissy mood today, aren’t I?

  13. Ok, I’m showered and the bed is made. Still not dressed yet.

    Today’s schedule:
    Accounting (bleh)
    Clean the washroom (double bleh)
    Go to Willow Park Liquor Store(meh *shrug)

    If there’s time I’ll also do some audio edits but I highly doubt this will happen.

    Now! …clothing

  14. You know, I’ve come to realize that, while Facebook – with postings from friends and family right and left, has made me more aware of all the worlds ills, it has also made me more apathetic. I’m finding that I just can’t get fired up about any of it anymore.


  15. OK. Saw The World’s End. Right about in line with the other two movies. I would place it as better than Hot Fuzz and not quite (but almost) as good as Shaun of the Dead. Definitely worth seeing. Excellent movie.

  16. Found this on NEtflix

    With reviews like this –
    “After reading all the bad reviews I just had to give this look. I am now blind in one eye, take anti-depressants and need a new TV. And that’s after 8 minutes of watching this…thing. This isn’t just a waste of time, this is a potential suicide mission. Run. Run away from this as fast as you. ”

    It appears it is so bad that no one has made it all the way through.
    How can I resist a challenge like that?
    I feel myself getting sucked toward the abyss.

  17. He’s a likable, semi-relatable guy whose Oscars are well-earned. Even with his fake teeth, Hollywood could have done much, much, much, much worse than Ben Affleck.

    Were I to nitpick this decision, however, I’d say I don’t know how well Affleck can do silver spoon, upper crusty Bruce Wayne. I think I’ve only ever seen him portray streetwise, blue-collar guys.

    Matt Murdock doesn’t count.

    • Did anyone else notice that the last ad in the “men who plan beyond tomorrow…” link was a fake. It is an ad for the milk/drug mixtures used in A Clockwork Orange.

  18. I went shopping with my grandmother earlier today. She made me go through most of Walmart to find her some witch hazel. I didn’t find any. I also told her it’s not used that much any more and therefor probably not stocked. She told me lots of people her age used it and would probably buy it it they stocked it. I did the polite thing and didn’t tell here there weren’t that many people her age (94) and less so that can get around on their own like her (no walker). Sometimes you just have to smile and nod.

    • “A wanker, whipping up fear”

      Imagine if a bunch of bumperstickers with that phrase on them, were made.
      Now imagine if those stickers were carried around and placed next to any Tea Party bumper sticker that you saw.

      (Disclaimer – I want to make sure that the NSA computer that is reading this knows that I am not suggesting to do this. I’m just saying “imagine”)

  19. We picked up the Sam Adams Harvest pack today. First taste out of it, Ruby Mild, is really tasty. We also picked up the Stone collaboration Coconut IPA, which we’ll try later.

    Today, we canned 7 quarts and 10 pints of tomatoes. Whew!

  20. “Put a $1,000 bounty on all sharks in theses waters but keep it quiet. We don’t want a media frenzy”.

    How do you keep a bounty quiet?

  21. The Dark Knight Returns (DC Universe Animated Series)

    interesting. meh. I think that is G.I. Joe guarding the White House.

    Bruno. WOW.

    Supermam becoming emaceated by the nuclear blast was super creepy.

    I did not like super old Oliver Queen.

    I did; however, like the beatdowns between Batmam amd Joker and Superman amd Batman.

    • The source material is terrible. Frank Miller has no concept of what Superman is about and wrote things into the story that made little sense just to support things that he wanted to draw.

      I haven’t seen DKR Part 2 (the cartoon) but the one redeeming part of that series was seeing Crazy Old Ollie. I might have to watch the second part just to see that.

      DC animation needs to learn that you don’t need to recreate things verbatim. Take concept and make it better. It would have been so easy to do with DKR.

  22. Your crap joke for the day:

    A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee”.The husband said, ” You are in charge of the cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.”Wife replies, “No you should do it, and besides it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.”Husband replies, ” I can’t believe that, show me.”So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and shows him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says: “HEBREWS”

  23. Your crap joke for a Sunny Bank Holiday Monday:

    A rich lonely widow decided that she needed another man in her life so she placed an ad, which read something like this:RICH WIDOW LOOKING FOR MAN TO SHARE LIFE AND FORTUNE …NEEDS TO HAVE THESE QUALIFICATIONS:
    For several months, her phone rang off the hook, her doorbell was ringing constantly, she received tons of mail, etc., all to no avail: none seemed to match her qualifications.Then one day the doorbell rang yet again. She opened the door to find a man with no arms and no legs lying on the welcome mat.Perplexed, she asked, “Who are you? And what do you want?””Hi,” he said, ” your search is over, for I’m the man of your dreams. I’ve got no arms so I can’t beat you up and no legs so I can’t run away.””Well, then,” she said, “what makes you think that you’re so great in bed?”To which he replied,….. “Well, I rang the doorbell, didn’t I?

  24. Just back from seeing Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa at the flicks.

    A BBC co production so I’m sure it will turn up on BBC America at some point.

    Possibly too English, the humour can get to cringe worthy to be funny for me, but still ended up laughing out loud quite a bit.

    Ah well…

  25. I want to see a grown up movie that isn’t a cartoon.

    Unless it has Devo and Cheap Trick on the soundtrack

    or it’s written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

    In a theater.
    Where nobody wants to sit on my lap.
    I’m not asking for much.

  26. “For this week’s #PrivateJam, Kenny G gave us his own guilty pleasure hit. Our woodwind spirit animal explained that after taking his son to one of their shows years ago, he’s still hair-over-heels for Megadeth’s “Holy Wars.” The band’s #1 hit featured on their 1990 Rust in Peace album is the heart and soul of progressive thrash metal. And no surprise, Kenny’s always been a fan of diehard musicianship and loves that something so heavy can be equally as melodic. “Plus,” he says, “the ability to head-bang to their music gives me the chance to put this hair to good use.” “

  27. I am having trouble using this site. I cannot find the “Like” button. Where do I click?

    And yup! Was awesomesauce running into :jack: and Pixie at the beer festival. I suppose if I’m gonna wind up in a Pita House Discotheque at the end of the night, you were the right crowd to be with.

    Did we ever find out why we had to change tables? Were we sitting on invisible people? I was so confused and I don’t think it had anything to do with the drunks… I mean drinks…

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