165 thoughts on “On toward 1000

  1. Just finished the 2nd season finale of Picard. After the … disaster that was season 1, I wasn’t sure I was going to bother, but Q’s return intrigued me enough to give it a go.

    While it still had it’s issues, it was overall a much more satisfying and cohesive story. Much more of what I would expect of a story to feature a more senior and seasoned Jean Luc Picard.

    I think they pretty well stuck the landing with the finale and everything built up toward it in a way that both respected the Star Trek that came before it, and gave us some new twists and moved the universe forward.

    • I’m seeing a lot of love for SNW. I’d always been suspicious about a show focused on Pike, due to his tragic story trajectory from TOS, but if it works, it works.

      Plus, Star Trek loves to mess around with timelines. They can absolutely make it work.

  2. Other series we’re watching.

    Moon Knight: As good as I hoped for.

    Outer Range: Weird, I don’t understand anything that’s going on, but the acting is top rate and it oozes atmosphere.

    The Outlanders: Starting to turn a little soapy. I feel like they need to bring this one to a close. It is still entertaining, but I don’t really look forward to new episodes.

    Better Call Saul: Still awesome.

    • I enjoyed Moon Knight, but due to my weird sleep schedule, I dozed during a few episodes.

      I kept feeling like the show wanted to go a little more brutal, but couldn’t, because Disney. I think Moon Knight could have used a little more edge. I don’t get off on explicit violence, don’t advocate for it, but directors like Tarantino and Scorsese have used it artfully. It can have its place in storytelling for certain stories. See also the Deadpool movies.

      If Disney is going to own fucking everything, then I’d like to see them be a little more permissive for the types of story elements allowed in their shows and movies.

    • When you catch up, be aware that there is a pretty important end credit scene in the last episode. I didn’t realize this until I saw a story on it in one of my feeds and had to go back to revisit.

      Moon knight was well done and enjoyable. I’m not going to shake the rafters or sign petitions until I get a Season 2. But if one appeared I would watch it.

      I was ever so slightly worried that the director was making comments about wanting to correct past mis-portrayals of Egypt that there would be too much focus on trying to show that Egyptians are not the way they have been shown in the past. All told, I didn’t even really notice anything odd or out of place about the locations. It was just well done. Which, IMHO, is the way these things should be done.

      • We also had to go back and watch the post credit scene later. Should have known better and expected it.

        Especially since it was actually pretty important to the story.

    • At that time, most commercial videos released in the UK were priced so high that video rental was the only option. The first film I bought on VHS to keep was The Last Starfighter and that was years after the cinema release.

  3. The local paper had an article on how the last pay phone in the city is being removed next week. Honestly, I didn’t know there were any pay phones left

  4. Crap joke for the day:

    Two attorneys went into a diner and ordered two drinks. Then they produced sandwiches from their briefcases and started to eat.

    The owner became quite concerned and marched over and told them, “You can’t eat your own sandwiches in here!”

    The attorneys looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders, and then exchanged sandwiches.

  5. Off-hours software releases make so little sense.

    I’m on a call that only just started (6pm AZ time), and is expected to run until about 6am. The bulk of my work is expected to begin anywhere between 12am at 2am.

    • I’ve never seen a blogpost with 20 chapters. . .

      I did skim it, and – – to state the obvious – – this guy seems like a piece of human garbage.

  6. The last fucking straw with this.
    I know this site is far off the beaten path, but I still won’t say anything more in a public space.

    Goddamn skeksis.

  7. Crap joke for the day:

    The husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months yet the wife stayed by his bedside every single day.

    When he came back to his senses, he motioned for her to come nearer.

    As she sat by him, he said, “You know what?

    You have been with me all through the bad times.

    When I got fired, you were there to support me.

    When my business fell, you were there.

    When I got shot, you were by my side.

    When we lost the house, you gave me support.

    When my health started failing, you were still by my side.

    When I think about it now…

    I think you bring me bad luck!”

      • I hope so too. I’ve not been impressed with the writing for Whittaker. She was never given a chance to shine the same way as the previous Doctors.

        • With a very few exceptions, I thought the writing for Capaldi wasn’t good either.
          And IMHO I felt like the writing started to faulter towards the end of Smith’s term. I think I read that the show runners who had helped bring the franchise back had left to do another BBC series.
          What ever the change, the writing went slack and I went from being a huge fan to losing interest before the end of Capaldi’s term.

          • Guys, there were a LOT of terrible episodes for all 5 modern day Doctors. I think the bad actually outnumber the classics.

            But it’s true that the first 4 all had great scenes and great speeches, and some timeless villains and moments.

            I plan to slog through the Whitaker episodes, but so far in her series, nothing like that.

  8. Amidst all the insanity of the pat few days, I neglected to mention that I finally got to the final TOS episode. Turnabout Intruder has a low IMDB score, so I was surprised that it was actually pretty good.

    The full run took a strangely long time for me to complete, but I’m glad I did it. Admittedly, many episodes were on as background while I did other stuff, and many episodes leaked right out of my brain within days of viewing – – I’m certainly no TOS scholar, but I’m glad I did it.

    I don’t think I’m up for TNG. . . Too many atrocious episodes. I might consider DS9.

    • In light of the second season of Picard and the start of Strange New Worlds, we’ve actually taken on to start watching all of Star Trek from the beginning.

      Watched the pilot and the first episode of TOS in the last couple of days. Going to be an interesting ride. I do appreciate the updated graphics of the space shots – they even accounted for the slight changes to the model going from the pilot to the regular episodes.

      And, while I’ve been less of a canon snob both for Trek and Wars than others, I appreciate the necessity to not nitpick over how the show looked back then or try to retcon every little thing. It’s a much better way to enjoy the old show.

    • In light of the second season of Picard and the start of Strange New Worlds, we’ve actually taken on to start watching all of Star Trek from the beginning.

      Watched the pilot and the first episode of TOS in the last couple of days. Going to be an interesting ride. I do appreciate the updated graphics of the space shots – they even accounted for the slight changes to the model going from the pilot to the regular episodes.

      And, while I’ve been less of a canon snob both for Trek and Wars than others, I appreciate the necessity to not nitpick over how the show looked back then or try to retcon every little thing. It’s a much better way to enjoy the old show.

    • I watched a handful of TOS episodes when I was a kid. In college I got in with a group of hard core sci-fi people that were flabbergasted that I had not watched TOS and made me watch their entire VHS collection over a weekend. I can say with much conviction that is the wrong approach to get someone into Star Trek. I would watch TNG where there was a group also watching it and I’ve see a descent amount of DS9 episodes. I did like the first season of Enterprise. I keep wanting to go back and at least do a watch starting with TNG, but I just don’t get around to it.

      • I could never get into TNG when it was new. I saw a handful of really good episodes, but overall, meh. Of all the others from that era, I imagine I’d struggle the least with DS9.

        I’d agree that a force-binge of TOS would be rough. Overall, though – – I’m glad I did the full watch. I will rewatch the great ones, but never again the full 3-season run.

        My favorite TV Trek has been Discovery ssns 1 and 2. That’s all I’ve seen of the modern stuff.

  9. I only clicked “post” once. I thought the system was supposed to prevent a double post like that. That’s a pretty lame super power, I must say.

  10. I’m starting a new rumour.

    The queen is pregnant

    How did I come to this? She didn’t open parliament this year. According to the news, she only missed opening parliament twice before. Both times it was because she was pregnant. Therefore…

  11. Heading back home today, the plane was almost fully booked up so I had to pay 80 bucks to get an aisle seat…grrrrr!

  12. Morning Pan

    Covid seems to have his John harder than me. John got it first and is still feeling the effects. However, I’m feeling almost normal this morning. It’s strange because I’m usually the one that gets kicked by any health issues

  13. Ryah, I emailed you at shaw, but it was seemingly at the worst of it for you.

    It didn’t even need a response – – just checking to see if you got it.

  14. Well I just checked and I won’t be getting a notification to buy a Steam Deck till October at the earliest.

    Early Xmas present for myself I guess.

    • Looks like I won’t be able to order a PS5 from Amazon until sometime in 2024. I wonder if they will have their refresh by then?

  15. OK Ghibli experts – – I’m planning a movie night with the 4-yo tonight, if we can get started early enough. I’d like it to be a Ghibli movie I’ve never seen before.

    So, what do you recommend: Porco Rosso or Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind?

    Leaning heavily toward Nausicaa, btw.

    • Porco might be a bit boring for a 4 year old, although I prefer it to Nausica.

      Have you seen Arriety or When Marnie was There?

      • I saw Arrietty on its first US theatrical release. I recall finding dull, but that was a long time ago. She might like that one, though – – good thought!

        I will look up When Marnie Was There. Thank you, sir.

        • We did go with Nausicaa. It was good, no more, no less. A little hard to follow at times, especially when you’re 4.

          For the first half of the movie, I thought she was wearing a miniskirt with no underwear, until I finally realized they were stretchy leggings.

    • My first guess this was done by a racist white man, 22 years or younger with a gun fetish. *Checks notes* The fact that I can accurately describe the perp, tells us that we are socializing this type of mass murderer. Perhaps we should stop doing this.

  16. I’m infuriated that the controlling minority half of our government got elected on rhetoric and platforms that support and encourage these scumbags.

    I’m infuriated that the majority Democrats are too spineless to take meaningful action against the hate media and gun laws that keep enabling and encouraging these scumbags.

    • Just a couple years ago, In trying to avoid actually doing anything about the problem, the Republican’s bumbled onto something that could actually be addressed and would have gone a long way towards fixing so many problems.
      For a brief shinning moment they proclaimed “It’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental health problem.”
      That the Dems didn’t latch on to that and then relentlessly press for readily accessable/affordable counseling for every American, was a fatal blunder.
      Not just for gun violence but for the veritable cornucopia of other angst that are tearing this country appart.

  17. The new Death on the Nile is really well done, and AFAICR with my sleep-deprived brain, pretty faithful to the book – – although I’m pretty sure Agatha hadn’t envisioned such a diverse cast.

    Branagh’s Poirot is a bit more grim than the guy I recall from the handful of Christie books I’ve read, but it does sort of fit. Celebrity or no, his life is surrounded by death and murder.

    I’m down for more.

  18. The husband is still suffering some lingering effects. He turned on the fireplace this morning. My house is like a sauna right now

    • I’ve seen the ads for that, yeah. I have the Z2 books for Dio and for Anthrax, but I had to order both. For some reason, Z2 don’t seem to ship to the shelves of any LCS.

      It’s frustrating to see all of these projects taking off while AIE is stuck in the art phase.

      • She-hulk was my first concept of the sexism in comics. When Bruce gets angry he gets several feet taller and many, many times wider/bulkier. When she-hulk appears she just gets sexier.

        • Maybe I’ve only seen later comics as she was muscly in them, I mean not as much as the Hulk but still a lot of muscle definition.

          • She’d replaced The Thing in the Fantastic Four for awhile when I was a young reader, and yeah, she wasn’t bulky at all, just va-va-voom. Her clothes gor ripped to shreds and fell off just about every time she got into it.

    • I love Tubular Bells for sure. But I’m in a group of probably 10 people that really likes Mike Oldfield’s pop music. Moonlight Shadow, To France, 5 Miles Out, Shadow on the Wall, Family Man. Some of my all-time favorite songs.

      • I only know Moonlight Shadow and 5 Miles Out of those you listed, but I do like them both.

        I’d recommend his “Songs of Distant Earth” album to anyone. It’s just brilliant. Yes, it’s based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel.

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