1,371 thoughts on “Mellow Scrolled

  1. Crap joke for a lazy Sunday:

    A husband in his back yard is trying to fly a kite. He throws the kite up in the air, the wind catches it for a few seconds, then it comes crashing back down to the earth. He tries this a few more times with no success.All the while, his wife is watching from the kitchen window I muttering to herself how men need to be told how to do everything.She opens the window and yells to her husband, “You need a piece of tail! The man turns with a confused look on his face and says, “Make up your mind. Last night you told me to go fly a kite. “

  2. “As we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.”

    — Eugene Cernan, last person to walk on another world, 42 years ago today

    -nicked from Robert J Sawyer on FB.

  3. So tonight I bought the ebook version of ‘The Quiet Earth’, the book the film was based on.

    Judging from the plot summaries on Wikipedia the film has a better ending.

  4. Yesterday, when I went to clear the bed for the night, Pidge was face down with his head jammed into the pillow. First I asked hubby if Pidge was bad or something. Hubby said no, he just wasn’t paying attention. Hubby and I had to have a talk about his treatment of (stuffed) animals.

  5. Wow, the spammers are getting smarter and smarter. I just got an email from my cable provider saying my payment didn’t go through and could I please update my info. Funny thing is, my cable payment does come out around this time. I was smart enough to NOT click on the link provided but it was good enough to make me wonder. I then contacted my cable provider personally and found everything was fine. A less cautious person could easily be fooled.

    I have since forwarded the message to my cable provider and they are looking into it.

  6. Oh yeah, to those whom I gave audio books to, please don’t listen to City of Demons. I realized I put the wrong file on your flash drive. Really, there is a better version out there somewhere. Now I just have to find it…

  7. πŸ™
    My dad is back in the hospital.
    That spot on his brain that was bleeding after he fell off the roof … started bleeding again.
    Apparently last Friday he was dizzy and had problems standing. He didn’t tell anyone that at the time.
    Currently waiting for him to get a CT scan.

    Anyone with positive thoughts to spare … could use a few.

  8. TEB!!!!!!!

    Your DPSS Package arrived at its destination today, per ME!

    You are so thoughtful! Jack, Wee Peeps, and I will devour the Canadian candy goodies. My wrapped gift will wait to reveal itself ’til Christmas morning. Ugh. (If Jack can hold out, so can I!)

  9. The local news lady had a case of the giggles. I guess tomorrow marks the third anniversary of Kim Jung Il’s death. They were discussing some of the things he was suppose to have done, including walking at three weeks old and getting 11 holes in one he very first time he played golf. I don’t think I’ve seen our noon news person so giggly

  10. I binging on Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. Season 1, while this nasty sinus infection tries to get the upper hand on me.

    The series only started getting “watchable” aroun episode 10. Now, I like it.

  11. So the nurse in the NICU told me it is “touch and go” for my dad.
    They need to cut into his skull to relieve the pressure from the bleeding … but because he had been on blood thinners they are having to wait for that to get out of his system before they can do the surgery.
    They have some sort of test they do to check his clotting ability and this morning it was just above a 2.something and they needed it below 1.4
    As of 3 hours ago it had gotten to 1.4
    They were testing again at 5pm – don’t know the results yet. Thye had originally scheduled his surgery for tomorrow morning but the nurse thought he was degenerating pretty quick from the pressure that was building. So the surgery needs to be sooner than later.
    Seems to be a race against time.

  12. So happy to see all the positive Deadpan Secret Santa news coming in! πŸ™‚

    I came to share mine, too. EssBee, thank you for the Death Star ice cube (er, ice sphere) mold! It will definitely see some use over the summer. :happy:

  13. Update –
    Things look much better today than yesterday.
    My dad’s surgery went well last night. He is doing pretty good this morning but due to confusion with the drugs and the poking around in his brain, they have had to restrain him to keep him from removing medical stuff. Given he is very claustrophobic, this isn’t helping.
    That aside, now we just wait to see how he recovers.

    Thanks for all the well wishes. πŸ™‚

  14. So I’m sitting in A+E waiting blood tests results after collapsing at work.

    I’m not holding out hope for a conclusion since they had no idea why it happened the last time.

  15. I have been writing random categories for ATW9K over the past few years.

    This week, for Show # 156, however I have written the entire show worth of trivia, so check it out!

    http://www.simplysyndicated.com/shows/atw9k/

    A bit of crosspost from Facebook, my apologies, but I’m trying to dash out of the house and just spotted it had dropped…

    Ugh, I said “dropped”

  16. I may be late to this party but just in case it hasn’t been brought up –

    Here is a ranking of every episode of every Star Trek, ever. 695 Star Trek episodes -from The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and The Animated Series.
    http://www.playboy.com/articles/star-trek-episode-guide-part-one

    Yes, it is an article the playboy site. So if that is blocked where you are, you’ll have to be creative.
    I think I agree with his #1 on the list.

  17. Crap joke for the day:

    Two campers are hiking in the woods when one is bitten on the rear end by a rattlesnake.”…I’ll go into town for a doctor,” the other says. He runs ten miles to a small town and finds the town’s only doctor, who is delivering a baby. “I can’t leave,” the doctor says. “But here’s what to do: take a knife, cut a little X where the bite is, suck out the poison, and spit it on the ground.” The guy runs back to his friend, who is in agony. “What did the doctor say?” the victim asks. “He says you’re gonna die.”

  18. JW: Ascension Pt3

    Well that was a but of an anti-climax, the ending did remind me of bester’s ‘Tyger1 Tyger’ where the viewer discovers what the girl can do.

  19. Catchup post.

    Van: You’re welcome! (re: Christmas card) I hope you feel better soon.

    ditto: I need to delete my backlog of emails on my oldest, catchall email account. It has recently gotten to OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAND!!!! (yes, really) (yes, I am a huge nerd) :silly: It’s my Yahoo! Mail account, and I’ve had it for at least 12 or 13 years, I believe.

    • Actually, now that I think about it, that’s 9.5k threads which is how gmail reports things. I used to keep all my mail on my computer, but I lost everything due to some serious crashes and bugs–it was a weird confluence of events. Anyway, at that time I decided to switch to gmail. I probably would have switched sooner, but it took me some time to convince myself that gmail was secure(ish) and would stick around.

      Now I’m fighting to get my mail client and gmail to work together in the way I want them. Sigh.

  20. JW : Legend of Korra Series finale

    Sad to see the this series go, but loved the ending.

    Hinting that the lead was bisexual in a series aimed at children..wow.

    • Hmm, that’s one that we lost track of. I know we finished the first season and part of the second. Definitely enjoyed it, but just failed to keep up at some point.

      Did the series get to finish its story like the original Avatar?

      • I never got to the end of the original Avatar, so I cannot say.

        Korra did come to a satisfying conclusion even with a baddy who give up far too easily at the end.

  21. I had forgotten how much of a pain it is changing the wifi password on my router, not for the act itself, but entering the new password on all the devices with wifi.

  22. We had a fun night last night with the Lo Pans! Killer Bunnies, Evil Baby Orphanage, and Chupacabra Dice (thanks Bunny) were played with glee.

    Lo, the Archiving Turntable works like a gem. Volume is seriously low, but that may be the age of the album.

    Jj – to an earlier question you asked, the tech LP loaned me allows me to break the MP3 file into tracks.

  23. Your crap joke for the day:

    An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other. When they had a confrontation, screaming and yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, “When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!”Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced black magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared. To everyone’s relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 68. His wife had a closed casket at the wake. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party as if there was no tomorrow.Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, “Aren’t you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way up and out of the grave and come back to haunt you for the rest of your life?” The wife put down her drink and said, “Let him dig. I had him buried upside down……”

  24. Your crap joke for the day:

    My misses is pissed of with me again.
    Last night while she was fast asleep, I gently removed her tampax and replaced it with a party popper leaving the string hanging out.
    I’m telling you, that woman has no sense of humour!

  25. My sister’s family said goodbye to their beloved Belle today. What a sweet and gentle soul. Even though she was my sister’s dog; my life was touched by Belle-y. I’m very sad today. I didnt get to say goodbye. πŸ™

  26. So, my DPSS gift arrived today! Thank you to whomever sent it. It went under the tree to be opened on Christmas. πŸ˜€

    And T Cat pointed out I was a bit unfair: I had neglected to mention DPSS to her. She made it a point for me to remember for next year. πŸ˜€

  27. Seriously, are jJ’s dad’s and Vanamonde’s heads alright?
    Cuz I’m watching the Elmo Christmas special and I don’t think it can get much worse.

  28. So, Colorado people. Not sure how familiar you are with the Colorado Springs area. It seems that Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is about 10 minutes away from my son’s house and Trinity Brewing Company is about 17 minutes away. Ever heard of either of these? We want to go out and hang somewhere tonight.

  29. Yea.
    Just back from visiting my dad. He is having a good day today AND they’ve moved him out of the NICU!
    He was sharing some of the visions/dreams/other that he remembers from the time just before and after his surgery. wild

    tie-in: He took me to see a re-release of “2001” in the cinema when I was 12.

  30. I think Arianna Grande and Linkin Park are the only full albums from 2014 I’ve listened to. (Both were available free at one point from the Play store.)

    Thus, Hunting Party wins by default.

  31. Well nice to actually see Die Hard with the swearing not censored.

    The showing got off to a rocky start when the 20th Century Fox logo looked liked it had been up scaled from the VHS release (“are they using a DVD?” Was one snarky comment from the row behind me), but the quality of the rest of the film was fine.

    Marvellous..

  32. “Theres something dead wrapped around her aorta.” These are not the words you want to hear at 11:15pm on Christmas Eve Eve, after working all day and an additional 6hrs on-call.

  33. Why thank you Seagate. There is a firmware update for the two HD drives in my NAS enclosure.

    There is no indication what the new firmware fixes.

    You can not run the install the update if the drive is being used in a RAID configuration.

    The two drives are in a RAID configuration.

    So the only way to update would be to take a drive from the NAS, stick it in a PC, wiped it and do the update. Then put the drive back in the NAS and rebuild the RAID config from the other drive. Then do the same procedure for the other drive.

    Think I’ll pass.

  34. Curiouser and curiouser:

    In the UK, Fringe S1 on Netflix has the season finale (where Olivia meets William Bell) ilabelled as episode 20 and the episode before that (with the young woman coming back from the deAd) as episode 21.

  35. Well since it’s gone midnight over here, I shall wish you all a Merry Christmas.

    There is no public transport tomorrow, at some point I may hang around a bus stop to laugh and laugh and..

  36. Thank you Santa JfS!

    Though, I think you’ll be surprised. Santa’s elves put the wrong thing in the package, though the packing label said what you originally meant to sent me. I hope they charged you the right amount since what was in the box was a lot more expensive. It was a collector’s edition Dr. Who watch.

  37. I really liked I’m Only Joking and Come With Me Now by KONGOS but Lunatic dropped two years ago and I didn’t particularly care for the rest of the album.

  38. Trying to decide if I shall have a beer tonight.
    I have my ONLY indoor Track Meet of the year on Saturday.
    I have to be on the road that morning by 7am to get there in time for my event. As tired as I am, I am considering just laying low and getting to bed early tonight.

  39. Watched “Pee Wee’s Christmas Special” tonight on Netflicks.
    I had forgotten how wonderfully wrong that show was.
    It’s a kid’s show but everything is just ever-so-slightly off, that it make kind of creepy.

    Oh what fun!

  40. Your crap joke for Boxing day:

    A motorist, after being bogged down in a muddy road, paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out with his tractor.After he was back on dry ground he said to the farmer, “At those prices, I should think you would be pulling people out of the mud night and day.””Can’t”, replied the farmer. “At night I haul water for the hole.”

  41. It took way longer than expected for the Devils to scapegoat fire coach DeBoer. I hope team management gives the next coach some on-ice talent to work with. And I hope DeBoer lands another coaching job soon.

  42. Dr. Who Christmas specials was in that place between “okay” and “good”.
    One of the better efforts for this Doctor.

    The “Last Christmas” theme was rather poignant for me this year.

  43. So this morning listened to the final episode of the ‘Good Omens’ radio adaption.

    Enjoyable enough, but not very funny, something’s work better on the page.

    • Awesome! πŸ™‚

      Today I found out that my church is having a Tamale Throwdown (a cook-off with different recipes and judging) on January 10th, as a fun way to prepare for our monthly meal for the homeless the following Wednesday.

    • I was under the impression that Wealth of Nations and Origins of the Species, while containing essential ideas, are essentially unreadable.

      Then again, there are sections of the bible that are unreadable, no matter the version. That whole genealogical section in particular.

      • He’s not proposing a list of books that make you seem smart. He also said that β€œIf you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.”

        I think he’s right.

      • I don’t have a problem with the list itself. It’s his explanation of what you will learn; particularly from reading The Bible. I’m an atheist as well, but I didn’t read the Bible β€œto learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.” If one is going to read the Bible as a non-Christian it should be to a: gain insight and understanding into what drives the Christian religion (e.g., a humanist perspective) or b: to have a full understanding of what the Bible teaches in order to have legitimate discussions with Christians that are trying to convert you. Neil is typically one of the better atheists when it comes to the “don’t be a jerk” movement (meaning don’t be a jerk by specifically belittling the beliefs of others as that just comes back to bite atheists in the long run by feeding their preconceived biases). It is OK to disagree with others beliefs all you want. Just don’t belittle them. He is one of the founders of the “don’t be a jerk” movement so I’m a bit disappointed to see him taking a jerk-ish stance towards the Bible. Upon a second reading, the rest of the list seems fine.

        • No, that’s not what he said at all. He didn’t say anything like what you imply. Again, he said “you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.”

          He didn’t say you will be a better person for reading these books. He didn’t say that these books were drivers of “good”. He said you will get insight. You’ll understand history better. That is true. There are other books he could have put on the list, but the set he chose are good for this purpose.

          As for the bible in particular… knowing what is said in that book and how it has been twisted through the ages will provide you both insight and protection from zealots of all stripes. Nothing he said in that particular post disparaged the bible in the way you imply. And he certainly wasn’t being a jerk, in this particular case.

          • Yes, that is what he said at all. It is a quote from the link:

            1.) The Bible (eBook) – β€œto learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.”

            Unless the quotes on the link refer to someone other than Neil. He definitely said exactly what the quote I originally put said. That is what quotes are typically for. It is astoundingly uncharacteristic of him. That’s why I’m upset by it. I hope my wrath hasn’t been placed incorrectly with him.

          • The article is fairly unclear about it, but I’d also assume the statement is a quote from NDT.
            I don’t think it’s unfair to state that the Bible instructs people what to think and believe. Would it be be unfair to say that’s all it does and all it’s good for? Absolutely.

            Speaking for myself, I don’t think you were being an asshat at all, um, Asshat. πŸ™‚

        • And to be clear, my statement that “how [The Bible] has been twisted through the ages will provide you both insight and protection from zealots of all stripes” is what Dr. Tyson really meant when he said “to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself”. I base that on the context in which he framed the list. And given the history of how The Bible has been used in our history, I feel pretty confident in that interpretation.

          • Yeah, I didn’t take any of that list as condescending, just obvious.

            It seems like the same list that 95% of my old college profs would have given (except that hippy Professor who would have added “The Celestine Prophecy”).

          • Also to be clear, I’m not taking umbrage with you or trying to be particularly antagonistic. Just trying to get my point across. Well aware I can be a jackass in doing so and apologize if I am.

    • I’ve moved on from DAI. Missed most of the Bull stuff because of the way my party was set up. Not sure why he didn’t get together with Dorian in my game though, they were always together as part of my party.
      Probably won’t go back to it in the near future. 95 hours in a game is plenty.

      • And, while I’m not sure how it happened (didn’t hit the “heart” replies) I ended up romancing my least favourite character, Blackwall. I found him such a condescending bastard I was glad when he took off. I didn’t do any of the war table missions to look for him simply because I didn’t miss him.

  44. Morning Pan

    Just a quick hop in. Have a very busy week so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear much from me until next Monday.

    While we didn’t have a white Christmas, it seems we will have a white New Year. Currently -20C here in Bunnyland.

  45. Tamales!

    The winter crud has struck our house – today’s the last day of vacation – hack!

    We watched TMNT today – not bad! Now CW: Dr. Who S6E1 (have seen this, but not the entire season – rewatching and catching up).

    Bunny, this weather is for the birds!

  46. Update – favorite album of the year.
    I heard 2 cuts from “Queens of the Stone Age” played on my local public radio station last Friday night.
    I liked. Sorry Weird Al.
    Can I choose it as my favorite after only hearing 2 cuts?

    • I haven’t watched any of Avatar, but I followed along a bit. As soon as I heard how it ended, I expected something like this. Frankly, I’m surprised it took as long as it did.

  47. I really need to step up my game. I am rusty at school work and studying. My new job is kicking my ass and I suck!

    Who wants to whip me into shape?!

  48. So, it’s a bit sleepy, but I’m digging David Gilmour’s “On An Island.” I’d never heard the entire album before. “The Endless River” is ok too, but I think “Island” is better.

    • I’m going to give benefit of doubt to the PlayDoh folks. This appears to be a clueless, innocent mistake.
      If this is able to ruin Christmas, then I hope she never finds two ball ornaments dangling too close together on the tree.

      • This one burns me. It comes in a play-doh cake decorating kit. It has a plunger. They had to remove the plunger in order to pretend to see a penis.

        They’ve obviously never decorated cakes and that is the real tragedy.

  49. If I was pissed and started getting maudlin I would probably say it was great to meet you all again this year (and great to meet people for the first time) in a slurred voice and then I would fall asleep.

    But I’m not pissed, so that thought will not be spoken, but it was written.

  50. Speaking of maudlin, I seem to have woken up on that bus as well.
    End of the year and all.
    Wondering how I de-clutter my life.
    So much STUFF that I have collected and haven’t touched in years.
    I only held on to stuff that really meant something to me … but add enough decades of even, “selective collecting” and you get … STUFF.

    Anyone got a good strategy for dealing with this “STUFF”. :/