I’ll see you ride.
It’s here, it’s here!
Paywall site, but I guess I had my one free article. Didn’t read the whole thing:
One of the writers on B vs. S and JL vents his anger. He also worked on Rise of Skywalker, I wonder what he has to say about that.
We still haven’t watched the Snyder Thing.
If I was a writer involved in Batman v Superman, Justice League, and Rise of Skywalker….I’d probably go sign up for that truck driving school that Goose was suggesting in Top Gun.
I really enjoyed “Man of Steel” worts and all and “Wonder Woman”, but I’ve been pretty meh about every other DC offering. I’ll get around to watching the Snyder Cut eventually.
My take exactly.
Although I enjoy Rise of Skywalker. It’s not what I wanted, but it was fine.
I finished the first season of Cobra Kai. Loved it.
Loved season 1. Didn’t finish season 2.
Watched the first episode of the new Kung fu, enjoyed it.
The elder daughter has gotten way into My Hero Academia. I was gonna ask the experts about hit, but she’s already fully immersed. I don’t think she needs any pointers or other recommendations. 🙂
I haven’t seen it, but it seems pretty cool.
I think she’s going to try Attack on Titan next.
Both very good shows. She definitely seems to like shonen series.
An interview with the composer of the music in Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture:
Off to the city later this morning.
This is a tab I’ve had open forever. (ignore me if I’ve already posted about it)
Yet another amazing thing from Dolly. That guy who left her for Jolene is a damn fool.
Profound thought of the day: “I was in my 30s when I started participating in the Dead Pan, now I’m in my 50s.”
How meta if listening to Deadpan becomes a Dumbass Memory.
Ok I laughed at the Nazi quip in the latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Okay, I thought this was pretty funny.
Is this the next progression after Baby Metal?
A reboot for “Parrot Heads”?
Ehh, that singer is a featherweight.
About New Jersey:
She’s excellent, never knew she was a Jersey girl.
I do get just about all of the obscure references in that essay. I had a rich friend who went to Pingry.
There’s much truth in this. But I’d never fucking move back there.
It’s too soon to call it, but I still think WandaVision is the better show.
To be fair, apparently the plan was Falcon and The Winter Soldier to be released first. And, it was intended to be a more “traditional” type of Marvel story.
I am finding it an interesting take on what the Winter Solider/Civil War more political intrigue style of Marvel stories could look like in a post Endgame world. Hopefully this all has a payoff in the next phase of the MCU.
Parts 1 and 2 of the Snyder cut under our belts.
I barely remember the theatrical cut, but I can pretty confidently say that this is no better.
So yesterday achieved all the trophies on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
An old game now, but well worth checking out if you can pick it up cheap.
I’d seen Space Seed before – – but I think it’s the best of TOS season 1.
The City on the Edge of Forever is in S1 so hard disagree.
Ah, I’d thought that one was in a later season.
Before my rewatch, I’d have listed that as the best TOS episode. It’s been years, we’ll see if it holds up.
If you’d asked me a year ago, I’d probably have said:
1. City on the Edge of Forever
2. The Doomsday Machine
3. Mirror, Mirror
4. The Galileo Seven
Well it’s been 60 years:
JW: The Nevers E1
Although my first thought was “not another bloody supernatural drama set in Victoria London” ended up rather enjoying it.
Even though we hate Joss Whedon now?
He directed the first episode but has left the series.
CP: The Rabbit — Miike Snow
A other day, another mass shooting:
Such a high percentage of major American Historical events are somehow linked to gun violence.
TIL: John Wyatt is the son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
Which is completely obvious, after the fact.
Er. . . . Wyatt Russell, who portrays John Walker.
So the son of Snake Plisskin is the new Captain America? I guess that’s not that big of a stretch given that Snake Plisskin is a planet these days.
Wondering if this is the same Plisskin Jr. who was the goalie for our local college hockey team for several years.
I had heard that Curt and Goldie had bought the top floor of a local hotel but I had always assumed they must have had kids at Space Camp.
Only found out after the fact about the hockey thing so I never went to see him play.
“Wyatt Hawn Russell (born July 10, 1986) is an American actor and former ice hockey player.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyatt_Russell
I would think your intuition is correct.
Bluegrass cover of Take on Me:
Big squishy, cuddly hug!
Oh, just come on upstairs, would ya?
When movies started to take over from live theater, masses of live theaters were converted into movie theaters. As we lose more and more movie theaters now, what will they become? I wonder what businesses will start to take up residences in old multiplexes? Maybe we’ll get a rash of artisanal marketplaces with each theater holding a different business. They could become the shopping malls of the millennials.
I think I just saw the answer to your question last week.
I was in a section of town I used to live in and they had a big multi-plex that was the talk of the town when it went in.
Now…they were in the process of demolishing it.
I suspect it will either be over priced apartments or yet another cookie cutter strip mall with it’s nail salon, frough frough shop that sells painted monogram letters and stationary and a lot of empty shops.
Probably right. Or gyms. All of our shuttered supermarket spaces are turned into Planet Fitness or some other.
My take is they are likely to be demolished. A movie theater space doesn’t lend itself to adaptive reuse, with the projection space and slanted aisles and floor space.
Someone told me the other day that they went to a Karaoke club where each group rents out their own space. You are taken down a hallway and go into a room. Each room has a karaoke setup and a bunch of couches. This is the kind of think I would like to see happen.
I was hoping more for some creative takes on what could be done with these places rather than just assuming they will be bulldozed and built over.
CP: Move, Move — Anushka Chkheidze
Crap thoughts for the day:
Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard when he lives in the jungle without a razor?
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?
What is the speed of darkness?
Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up every two hours?
If the temperature is zero outside today and it’s going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Did you ever stop and wonder…….
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, ‘I think I’ll squeeze
these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?’
Who was the first person to say, ‘See that chicken there… I’m gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it’s bum.’
Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don’t point to their bum when they ask where the bathroom is?
Why does your Gynaecologist leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs !
If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Stop singing and read on……
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?
Best read in Jerry Seinfeld voice.
My nose is cold
That is all
Isn’t that a sign of good health?
Only of your a dog. Are you saying I’m a female dog?
Your = you’re
CP: Questions — Middle Kids
Pretty great new Quicksand song.
Quicksand is back?! Kind of steel tip boot gaze, but I like it.
“steel tip boot gaze”
Fauci’s take on what it’s now safe to do:
Yeah, I’m not planning any big changes two weeks after my second shot. I’ll be less inclined to wear a mask during one on one conversations with likewise vaccinated coworkers or friends. But I’ll still wear a mask for anyone who wishes me to continue to. Mid-summer, we have a trip planned. I won’t feel bad about traveling on a jet while wearing a mask. Hockey games or cinema will be a no until the fall if there are no more outbreaks.
I’ll still wear a mask. Frankly, I think it is a good look for me. I will be willing to meet friends for food or beer if they are willing to chance getting something from me… but only in empty restaurant/bars or ones that have outdoor seating. Preferably outdoor seating. I will be willing to invite other couples over … but again, people who I know have also vaccinated and still with space between us and or sitting out of doors.
Turns your sketches into realistic images:
Turn your images into 45 records!
Hmm. My browser says no.
The Snyder Cut.
I want my time spent back.
What a giant, steamy turd
There were 3 fun scenes I remembered from the theatrical version. Only 1 made it to this version (when Superman watches The Flash running).
I don’t understand the love. The dialogue is hokey, the plot is a giant tangle of nonsense, the fight scenes are zero stakes CGI blurs. Meh.
“Statistically speaking, six is not that significant, since nearly seven million people in the U.S. have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far. That’s less than one in a million. To put that in perspective, it’s slightly better odds than you have of getting to visit Willy Wonka’s Fantabulous Chocolate Factory, which, for the record, kills or maims four out of the five children who step foot inside.” — Stephen Colbert
Very true. But, also to be fair, when the other two vaccines don’t seem to have this side-effect, it kind of makes sense to put the brakes on the one that might have an issue.
I do agree – – we have alternatives, so let’s put J&J on hold for further studies. Keep rolling the Pfizer and Moderna.
Yes, except that J&J and Astra Zeneca are cheaper and more easily distributable – the majority of the world is counting on these while those of us in the 1st world have the luxury of access to the two mRNA vaccines.
So, “playing it safe” could still kill quite a few people.
Also a fair point that I hadn’t researched or considered.
But I don’t think anyone is advocating scrapping J&J, just being damn responsible.
Also keep in mind that they haven’t completely stopped J&J. They have stopped recommending it, but have said that if a doctor and their patient still feel it’s the best vaccine they can still get it. They aren’t giving up on the J&J vaccine. Just putting a pause in long enough to investigate.
I got my J&J last Monday. But as I’m not 18-48 or a woman I’m not that concerned. Also, I just got my semi-annual blood test that looks at platelet counts yesterday so I’ll have those results to reassure me soon as well.
TRA-werent you in a clinical trial for J&J, & couldnt do anything for two years?
Or am I confused?
I am in a clinical trial for J&J. The recently called us in to “unblind” us. They told us whether or not we had the vaccine and then (like in my case) if we got the placebo, they went ahead and gave us the vaccine.
I did a quick Google search as to how many people randomly show up with blood clots every year in the US and discovered that (depending on what factors you want to include or overlook) it is 3-16 per million.
No mass group has been as closely followed for this sort medical issue as is the vaccinated group.
So, yes… keep an eye on things and closely recording the data is a wise thing but if you take any group of a million people and follow them closely … haveing 1 of them develop unexpected blood clots is not unusual.
As for people who have had the other two and “not shown clots” … I have to wonder if this results from recent, specific, increased scrutiny of participants “post vaccine” because of the Astra Zeneca concerns?
I think it’s time for a walk
Do any deadpan items have a sub woofer on their tv sound systems?
Just wondering if it’s worth splashing on a Sonos Sub for my sound bar.
Yes, we do. It’s fun to see how the pets react to it. 😀
Yeah, I had to add the “.1” to my “5.1” system. And you can tell when certain scenes cause the whole room to viberate.
My soundbar came with one. Somewhere along the way it got unplugged and I never got around to plugging it back in. Just don’t feel like I need it. Then again, I’m the old man that complained that the theater volume was so loud it was likely causing me hearing damage when I went to see Godzilla vs. Kong.
The OP-1 synth is ten years old:
Opie Taylor is 67. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Howard
CP: Alimony — Weird Al
Yeah, but at least the USA is first in agility, whatever that means.
And yesterday, we’re not the best to visit. What’s that about?
Not yesterday day, yet. Stupid autocorrect
Our high Agility rank gives us a good chance to dodge in many RPG systems.
CR Son of Rosemary. Really kind of meh compared to Rosemary’s Baby but it did posit the question
Is Mother Nature just God in drag?
(Of course, if you believe god is a woman, then is God simply Mother Nature cross dressing?)
I have actually read the original Rosemary’s Baby. Is the sequel from the same author?
Yup same author. It’s kind of meh though
Sad news. Many of you will remember this place from past MMMmmmeetups.
I don’t I ever went into place by the front door.
I don’t think I ever attended, but the news sounds like they will be in a new location at some point.
It’s a of a bit college-y atmosphere, but they have some tasty Irish foods. Diane Duane and Peter Norwood live in Ireland, and they loved to eat there when they were in town.
And AFAIK, it’s the only place in Phoenix you can get Kilkenny on tap.
I wonder if it will finally be seen as another Vietnam:
My 2 favorites (so far):
Multi-slacker [n.] A person who can perform many unproductive things at the same time. These include phone conversations, instant messaging, and web surfing, often on company time.
Decision sniper [n.] The person that sits quietly in a meeting until just before a decision is reached, then raises a question that forces the group to reconvene later.
Driving hubby in to the city this morning
I got Pfizer dose #2 last night! I’m gonna run out and lick everyone and everything!
Hubby got his first shot today
Terrible news. She was a delight in just about every role, especially as Polly in Peaky Blinders.
I know I’m 20 years behind the rest of the world, but Moby’s “Play” album is pretty good Electronic listening.
I like it too. It’s a fun listen.
You should checkout his ambient album. It is very relaxing.
This seems unfortunate, although I don’t think it’s a black and white situation.
Note that they did offer him a check, but he declined it because it was an insult. I wonder how much it was for. . .
While I can sympathize with his disappointment–I say this without knowing anything about the contracts of comic book creators–Disney and Marvel were probably under no obligation to give him anything. He may have created the character, but he doesn’t own it; at least not anymore.
We watched “Nobody” last night. While not as good as “John Wick” it was still a fun watch.
CW: The Courier
Old school spy movie that is based on true events.
Enjoyed, nothing flashy, but if you like your spy dramas to be more realistic than bondian you might enjoy this film.
So there is going to be a S3, yah!
I picked up the novel that inspired The Warriors on sale for 1.99. I’m not even a superfan, just seemed like an intriguing alternate universe of 70s NYC.
Not done yet, but this looks to be one of those cases where the movie is a vast improvement. For one thing, the “heroes” in the movie aren’t murderers and rapists.
If you have small children and a protein treadmill:
Peloton not protein
I liked the idea of a protein treadmill better.
Sounds like my diet.
Ok all of you who watched Dark on Netflix:
How did you watch? In German with English subtitles? In the English dub? Some other method?
English dubbed. Hubby is lazy
That’s how we did episode 1, but I’m not sure about the B-grade voice actors for some of the characters. I think we’ll try German with Eng subtitles when we do ep 2.
New board and role playing games for spring:
JW: The African Queen
It’s a classic that deserves it’s classic status.
Because of the time, we haven’t bought a game in quite some time
This should be attached to Van’s gaming post, not The African Queen
It’s been decades, but I recall liking it a lot.
Bob Odenkirk stepping forward to try and take over from Liam Neeson in oldies kick ass movies.
That was fun.
Posting because I can’t read the entire thing right now. But the first few paragraphs are – sadly – spot on.
I finished the article. A lot of points and ideas are made, some pulled from facts, others from the author’s opinions. Probably about 30% of those points are off or just plain wrong. That leaves an uncomfortable 70% that are harsh truths.
I didn’t realize it was an Umair Haque essay until I hit the end and went, “oh, of course he’s the author.” I’ve read him before. He’s kind of like that ultra-arrogant, supersmart, super-nihilistic, condescending guy on college campus who you at first thought was cool, but very quickly came to dislike. His witty takedowns seem insightful at first, until you realize that’s ALL he has.
You: “Hey buddy, we’re going out for beers, if you wanna–”
That guy: “Beer is a bourgeoise social construct to keep the lower classes dumb and- – ”
You: “OK, bye!”
In short, I prefer the counterpoint:
Yeh, I don’t know the author but that was my take-away. He wasn’t really wrong … but like everyone else he has over simplified and then went on and on and on.
Also, anytime someone slips in “Bernie has all the answers if you’d just listen to him” I get a real negative vibe…and I’m even a fan of government provided basic healthcare!
I think as more accurate assessment would be rather than calling out “Americans” as psychopaths … the title should be “American Society Caters to it’s Psychopaths”.
I think it is easy to point out the bad things in a society. This is especially true of Americans because we are kind of in a reckoning of many poor decisions from decades ago coming to a head. People have become desperate, some for good reasons, some for bad. Desperate people are not thoughtful or generally full of empathy. The large political/corporate machine has many players and the inertia of the two is immense, so it will take time to change. We Americans don’t have an aptitude for foresight, consequently, things have to blow up in our face before we’ll admit there is a problem. But America’s strength is when we are in agreement, we can effect change faster than anyone.
“American Society Caters to its Psychopaths”
Spot on Joe!
I think Joe has pretty well capture it…not that rather odious article, but indeed the current state of affairs.
Well this was a day.
Woke up shivering and hot all at once. Everything hurt. Had a fever of 104F
Fought the nausea for hours but finally gave into it which is good because an hour later I could keep an aspirin down and that lowered my fever.
So 16 or so hours later, I’m exhausted but all the fever is gone.
I’ll just pretend this day didn’t happen.
Well that is awful. Here’ to feeling recovered tomorrow.
Feel better Joe.
CW: The Head E2
Creepy thriller/murder mystery set on an Antarctic base, on HBO Max if you have that.
At the shop getting the winter tires swapped out on hubby’s car
Spring is officially here!
It snowed yesterday
Well it’s going to get my money when the cinemas reopen:
Interesting parallel with the “Luke and Darth Vader” theme.
I even saw light sabers.
That’s not a judgement on the film, just what immediately came to mind.
This is one of the few Marvel properties I know nothing about. But that doesn’t matter, I’m sure it will be great.
I watch “Godzilla vs Kong” last night. Overall I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It seemed less dark than the other Monsterverse movies and I think that helped it stand apart. That said I couldn’t tell you who the human characters were or why they did what they did. Of course, that could be said of most of the Toho films.
CP: Deathloop: Deja vu — Sencit feat. FJORA
This has been my “new music jam” recently. Strong 70s Hard Rock vibe.
The Vintage Caravan – Whispers
These guys are fantastic! I’ll be looking for more of their stuff for sure.
I dig it. Sort of a Yes meets Mastodon.
Taking my car in to remove the snow tires this morning.
Later this week hubby’s car gets its windshield replaced. This whole week is basically about the cars.
About to do my 4/20 drug of choice…
Moderna dose#2 !!!!!
Now the 15 minute wait to make sure I don’t explode.
Congratz! I get no. 2 next on the 30th.
Hmmm, I hope he didn’t explode.
I was pretty smug this afternoon, all “Ha! That was nothing!”
But now I am a sad pup.
Arm is VERY sore, very mild fever but body aches as though MUCH bigger fever.
I’m turning in and hoping for a pain free tomorrow.
I should add…
Still better than being on a respirator!
I am thrilled at the opportunity to get the vaccine and will gladly take any booster shots that come down the pike.
Bring it on!
All that is well understood. It still sucks to go through!
No one will mistake you for Ted Nugent if you complain.
CP: New Way Home — Foo Fighters
I’m actually at my desk this morning. What’s that about
My phone decided to do an update overnight. AND my fitbit wristband snapped yesterday. So my alarm and backup alarm were both out of commission this morning.
I only slept 40 minutes late.
“The internet has permanently damaged our collective sense of humor. It fucking sucks. Nobody has any idea what’s funny anymore. In the past decade and a half, a particular style of non-comedy comedy has risen up out of the global network of bored people on computers. We’ve all somehow apparently agreed that subjecting other people to obnoxious bullshit is the funniest thing that anyone can ever do.”
“We’ve all somehow apparently agreed that subjecting other people to obnoxious bullshit is the funniest thing that anyone can ever do.”
Not wrong, as in that we all agreed to it, and that yes, it is hysterically funny.
Just watched “Hunt for the Wilder People”
Taking this into consideration with his other films that I’ve seen, I think Taika Waititi may be my new favorite writer/director.
It was a pleasant surprise when I saw at the arty cinema in what feels like another lifetime ago.
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve seen from him.
Hubby broke a cap last night so it’s off to the dentist with him this morning.
“broke a cap” is slang for shooting someone right?
An o/s just to play Tetris:
Defragmenting the disk drive on that machine would be fun!
I was never too impressed with Gauntlet Legends, as much as I loved the original 2 games.
The screenshots on this remind me more of Golden Axe.
Van shot the food.
Maybe Van will loan you his coat.
I want one of those (referring to Rhett’s post, not Van’s coal)
And I thought Van’s coat smelled bad. . . . on the outside!
*Posted purely for comedy’s sake. Van’s coat smells lovely.
Are we smelling Van’s coat?
Well this is a worrying development.
If you ever had any doubt: Frampton rocks.
Crap joke for the day:
A lovey dovey couple are sitting on a bench in the park and she says, “My ear hurts me…” He kisses it gently and asks, “Is it better now, my darling?” “It’s all gone,” giggles the girl, “but now I have a pain here,” and she points to her neck. The boy kisses it tenderly and asks, “Better now, sweet pea?” “It’s all healed, my love! But now I have a very bad pain here,” she replies and points to her collarbone. “Excuse me,” politely interrupts an old man from a neighboring bench, “this is really impressive! Do you heal hemorrhoids as well?”
I’m glad they edited that scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
CP: The Pretender — Foo Fighters
At first I thought Sports Illustrated was just doing a tacky headline grab, but it’s actually kind of an interesting article about Prince.
5 years already since he died.
CP: Hell’s Eight Acres — Adam Ant
And it’s Rover for the win!
Bring on the greyhounds!
Do folks want a F&WS discussion thread?
I have reactions/thoughts, but I don’t want to influence anyone else’s experience.
We actually haven’t even started it yet
? I am familur with WTF but not F&WS.
Maybe I should have married that with a spoiler warning.
Sorry, -a +s
Joe F&WS + Falcon & Winter Soldier
I’m utterly Alpha-Bits confused now.
JW: E1 of Shadow and Bone.
Ooooooh! Now this is good.
Are the books any good?
Mortal Kombat. It was a movie
Nice fight sequences though, plenty of gore, plot was very silly.
We made a construction paper finger puppet ghost, but the lil one chose pink.
Every attempt to make it look less phallic only made it worse. (It’s smile only added a head, for example).
Finally saved it with a “BOO” word balloon.
JW: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Classic primitive Carpenter.
Bought a pair of jeans, got home and they hadn’t remove the security tag.
20 minutes of research on the Interwebs to find a method for removing this specific tag.
5 minutes to make a tool out of a close hanger.
About a minute to unlock the tag.
Little victories FTW.
My 1990s Sam Goody also sold t-shirts. Sometimes the jaws of life couldn’t get those things separated.
Greatings, fellow humans. I’ve returned from my adventure and have even lived to tell the tale.
72 mile bike ride with my friend and his brother. the Silver Comet trail in Georgia.
That’s quite the journey.
I think I found a photo –
Oh, man, you caught me in the act….which, with the PeeWee caption is not so good….
I typed a posted a reply…but now it seems to be gone?
Found it! It was your identity change to “te.”
And that sounds amazing, Ed. Please tell us all about it.
I’m glad it was Ed’s Excellent Adventure and not a Bogus Journey.
We just finished watching The Stand on Amazon. It was ok but I sound the last episode needless
I’m cleaning the floors and this text conversation happens between me and hubby
Me: why is there a guitar pick under the couch
Hubby: it must have fallen ther last time I played upstairs
Me: and you couldn’t get it after you dropped it? That’s it. It’s lost to time now?
Hubby: I wasn’t too worried, I have others.
Re: the great TOS slow-motion binge:
“The Alternative Factor” is one I’d never seen or even heard of. Its IMDB ranking is terrible. Most episodes – – even the crap ones – – are rated higher than 7/10, but this has a 5.8.
It’s hokey as all getout, but it had some real promise. The alternate universe premise almost gets into Doctor Who territory.
As I’ve been watching TOS season 1, I’ve had the notion that someone should really remake all of TOS with modern sensibilities and special FX (and acting abilities). This episode makes me think that more than any.
City on the Edge of Forever is up next. I know how highly I’d regarded it back in the day and how much fandom loves it, but I wonder if it could possibly hold up. The concept was mind-blowing (to me) 30 years ago, but it’s been copied and co-opted so many times since. . .
It has been a long time since I watched a TOS episode, but there was an independent television station that played all the episodes after school, so I’ve seen all of them multiple times. I think this episode confused me when I was a kid in elementary school. When I was older, I followed it a lot better. I think it is an enjoyable episode, but I agree, it is a candidate for an update.
A link to warm Van’s cockles.
I still need to watch the super-duper with kung-fu grip edition.
Those bloody fingers didn’t last long.
I still have a Geek Fu Action Grip t-shirt.
CP: I Just Wanna Get Along — The Breeders
Just finished episode 3 of Shadow and Bone. Enjoying it so far. Never read the books previously, so it’s all new.
Did have to turn the subtitles on to follow the dialogue.
I’m waiting for the cross over –
“What we do in the Shadow and Bone”
I know some of you are Murderbot fans. I’m curious.
Got her latest book on preorder.
I looooove the series. I’m starting to read the latest novella today!
Advanced Tetris playing techniques. Incredible.
The history of Chrono Trigger:
So installed iOS 14.5 on all my Apple devices and colour calibrated my AppleTv for when using on the tv using my iPhone.
So there is that.
Well I’m tempted:
I really really enjoyed seeing this on the big screen a few years back.
As long as it ignores the LA movie, I’m in too.
I love the first film. The second film does not exist.
They should have used the original writer and director.
CP: Walk — Foo Fighters
Slept in this morning.
Up late talking to the teenager. Who turned 17 last week!
On the Bday that is.
I always thought that Vampire: The Masquerade was one of the best RPG worlds, even if it did crib a LOT from Anne Rice’s books:
CP: Fallen Stars — SPC ECO
..and it’s goodbye to Michael Collins:
The ultimate team player.
Saw that earlier. I read his book back in the ’80s, I remember it fondly.
An interview with the woman who wrote soundtracks for Sega genesis games:
CP: The Somber Lay – Eluveitie
I knew this girl….
Those are the least somber Lays I’ve ever seen.
It’s been a pretty quiet week for me this week. I like that.
So – – City on the Edge of Forever is still great, still probably the best of TOS, but way more loony than I remember.
“So the Enterprise is flying around time ripples or something and Sulu falls down having heart problems so McCoy gives him a dangerous hypo which works but then McCoy accidentally stabs himself with the hypo and goes on a whacked out rampage and beams himself down to a planet with a portal that talks and shows a movie of earth history on repeat and McCoy jumps through just in time to cause human history to be erased and . . . . that’s just the first 10 minutes. “
It would have been fun just to sit in the back of the room and listen while THAT idea was being pitched.
Three hour pitch session:
2 minutes of Harlan Ellison pitching the idea in exactly those words, followed by 1 minute of Gene Roddenberry saying, “Harlan, that doesn’t make any sense,” followed by 2 hours and 57 minutes of Harlan throwing a tantrum.
That seems to be a very specific type of lucid drug-induced hallucination.
I assume we live in the dimension where Bones saved Joan Collins. That’s why we were subjugated to “Dynasty”.
If only Linda Evans had been there in 1930 to finish her off.
CP: Down The Line — Jose Gonzalez
I was disappointed it wasn’t a Gerry Rafferty cover.
Every week, when I change the bedding, I wonder why such small people as hubby and I have such a big-ass bed.
Well I only have a single bed and no desire to get a large one.
Does make changing the duvet easier.
We have a split king. Making the bed is fine. It’s always an adventure when changing the sheets.
Does a split king beat a royal flush?
It looks like we’re going to get a bit of rain. I may not be able to go for a walk this afternoon
Is Bram Stoker saying Dracula was non-fiction? (Yes, I’m click-baiting click-bait)
So Tiffany dug out some old liquid soaps, one of them has a picture of a witch on it and claims to be “candy corn” scented, but to me, it really just stinks of “early 1990s club guido cologne.”
I don’t know how those 2 things are connected, but there you have it.
Godzilla vs Kong was an utter disappointment
It gets worse, the more it lingers in your memory.
No, we thought it was really terrible and couldn’t believe it got even decent reviews. It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve seen, but….
That pitch meeting video Imposted a link too really put the boot in on that film.
I thought it was one of the better recent attempts at a kaiju movie. Far better than Godzilla (2014), Insanely better than Shin Godzilla, and about on par with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I can barely remember ( to be honest) King Kong Skull Island, but I would bet it’s at least as good at that.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Kong: Skull Island
Kong vs. Godzilla.
But hey, a lot of people have enjoyed this latest one. More power to them. Especially if it means we get more Godzilla movies.
I agree wholeheartedly with that last paragraph, Jack.
Yeah it’s not even close to the worse in the series. Fuck King of Monsters with Mothra’s dick.
JW: The Mitchells versus The Machines
New animated film on Netflix, a lot of fun.
A good innings:
It’s still the First of May for another hour and 20 minutes where I am. Hope you had a good one!
I have missed you all. I don’t know why I didn’t post more during lockdown. I need to rectify that.
Got my 1st Pfizer shot on Thursday. Arm was sore for about a day, but I felt fine otherwise. And now, I wait.
All of the normal rules for socializing and engagement went out the window with the Pandemic. No one needs to apologize for struggling to keep in touch. Especially not you, Amy!
But of course, you’re missed! – – and I’m always happy to see you chime in here and on the Deadpan FB page.
Good to hear from you.
I am living in a Moderna world
Because I am Moderna girl.
Wait…. that’s Madonna.
In 2 days, the requisite “14 days” will have passed since my 2nd shot!
Fully Imunized!!! Give me a vaccine passport and I will carry it proudly!
My Moderna! Saturday was sort of a write-off as the day after my 2nd Moderna shot kicked me around a little. Had body-wide muscle cramps and joint aches, but no sharp pains. Come May 14th, my family’s risk of death from Covid is practically nil, so I would say it was worth it. Looking forward to having this mess behind us.
A French take on the classic Samurai genre turns out to be a super compelling read with great artwork.
(To steal a phrase from Van) Nicked from a Facebook comment:
When you’re watching a great actor, you can see what the character is thinking under what they’re emoting. When they’re silent, they’re still communicating a hundred words. As much as I can enjoy Tom Cruise movies, he has been incapable of any of that.
Sure… but he is one pretty cardboard stand-up poster!
So many questions, why are the solar panels so far away from the ship, why did leave orbital booster attached to the ship?
We watched that. I thought the production was pretty good but the writing was REALLY lazy. Seems like when ever they got their plot to a tuff spot … they said “and then some magical stuff will happen”.
And told themselves “hey, the audience is already willing to BELIEVE they are in space so they will be willing to overlook these holes.
… and also the stupid stuff we will have our astronauts do.”
I’d put it at the bottom of your “to be watched” cue.
Well, that’s disappointing. But, the warning is appreciated.
I’d never seen Bullitt before.
Much better than I expected. I’m kinda shocked at the slow pace. . . . This is often cited as the movie that led to the 80s Action Movie boom.
Was discussing that effect just a few nights ago. Movies that I distinctly remembered as being action packed … but now seem so slow.
To top “the last film” … they got more and
More frenetic until we have retrained our brains to need something to happen every 15seconds in a film or it seems to drag.
Cat let us sleep in a little bit.
Have a fantabulous birthday, Van!!!
Happy birthday Van The Man! 😀
Having an easy day.
I asked this on FB, but hen did they stop putting manual controls on TVs?
The new tv is useless without the remote. Heck you can’t even switch it on without the remote or asking Alexa to switch in tv.
Sony doesn’t even have a remote control app for iOS.
I don’t know when they stopped. It doesn’t bother me. I just use the remote *shrug*
Happy birthday, Van!
Happy birthday, Justa Joe!
Happy birthday to the twins!
Seperate at birth?
Thank you and Happy Birthday JJ!
… and a Merry one to you as well!
I am going to celebrate by inviting three other, completely vaccinated couples over to sit outside tonight and have bbq and beer.
It will be the largest crowd I have socialized with in a year!
Happy birthday Joe!
Happy birthday, JJ!
Haven’t fully read it, haven’t vetted it. I don’t know yet what I think of this incident and its implications.
Tom Hanks in a sci-fi film? Count me in:
Well, it looks like Marvel is betting on the theater business coming back:
Happy Birthday, Justa Vanamonde.
We’re Justa Van and Joe, and everywhere we go. . .
This reply went to the wrong thread.
That said, has there ever been a trailer for a block of movies?? A pretty darned impressive trailer too. Lots to look forward to.
It is amazing how festive it was just to sit near other humans, share a meal and swap stories!!!
Covid … bringing back perspective!
She has a more glowing opinion of UK dentistry than I do:
I cannot wear dentures, implants are not covered in the NHS pricing schemes, so I either have to accept gaps or pay eye watering money to get implants.
If I live long enough you are probably going have to start calling me gums.
Went on line and filled out the census this morning. Today, I was counted.
CW: Star Wars: Bad Batch E1
Yeah, I had forgotten I’m not keen on the CGI used in the SW animated series, especially the humans..ugh!
Cats understand their names, they’re just choosing to ignore you.
managed to sneak in a nice walk before the rain started.
Sigh. I saw someone posting their FauxNews-incited outrage, believing that “the left” are crying out against the Snow White Ride. I started to point out that it was seemingly just one review from one media outlet. . . but deleted my comment and moved on. Just didn’t want to deal with the inevitable back-and-forth. . .
I wish I knew how to combat this scorched earth disinformation campaign.
You can be encouraged that this is further proof the right simply has nothing left to offer.
No plans to get heAlthcare to Americans, no plans to modernize infrastructure, no clue how to put people back to work. Nothing, nadda, zero, ziltch.
So in the absence of any platform, they are just trying to manufacture outrage and Snow White is all they got.
In case anyone is interested (I know there are people here that really dig MST3K) here is way more information that one should want on the platform that MST3K wants to use for the upcoming season. The platform is called the Gismoplex. The biggest upshot for the deadpan community is that we can host virtual watch parties on there. Unfortunately, anyone without a Gizmoplex membership would have to pay a one day rate (they are thinking something like 99 cents) but the fee seems awfully small for the ability to have deadpan gatherings to watch something remotely. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/makemoremst3k/posts/3178709
I’ve been trying to reel in our budget. . . . but I definitely want to support this Kickstarter before it’s done (even though it’s already funded).
Interesting that they’re sticking with Jonas. I thought for sure that Emily was going to take over.
Glad to hear you’re interested in supporting. Even a $1 pledge helps them out by increasing the number of backers and helping them to reach goals like being the most backed film and video project on kickstarter.
They have been funded up to the 9 episode level. But they definitely still have some way to go to be funded at the full goal that will allow them to make 12 episodes.
Also, they have plans to have Jonah and Emily host episodes (possibly even at the same time). Also, now that they are at the 9 episode level, Joel will come back to host an episode. If they make it to the full funding level Joel will host 2 episodes.
*Jonah (my error).
I liked him, but he’s my least favorite host by far. I’d be fine with someone else replacing him.
Agreed that Jonah is my least favorite. I haven’t seen Emily yet because I think she was only on the live tour that I didn’t see (as opposed to the first live tour that I did see). So I don’t know where she will fit on the spectrum.
CP: Fade Away — Best Coast
Apparently, Prince was something of a guitar player…
I thought he was just a basketball player!
I couldn’t get past a pay wall. Found it on YouTube. He is quite good.
I’m not sure if this song is good, or just pure nostalgia. I hadn’t heard in 30+ years, since it faded from MTV.
I would say that I have no idea why it remained lodged in my brain all of this time, but. . . I’ve met my brain. This is just how things work in there.
Darling Cruel – Everything’s Over
Ah, the pop ballad with the hard rock edge.
I did it! Watched Operation: Annihilate! and completed TOS: Season 1!
I know there are 2 more seasons to go, but this is a big deal for me, you guys. It took me forever.
Operation: Annihilate was one I remembered from the old days. Hard to forget the novelty vomit alien creatures. This is another one that could use a remake.
CP: Fluffy — Wolf Alice
I’ve decided I like the music video Midnight City by M83. I don’t understand it, but I like it
Someone was watching too much “Stranger Things” ?
And the video Tarintino by Moist is disturbing
(Yes I know it’s from an NFB short, doesn’t make it any less strange)
Creepy Brazil vibe
Wow. Moist is still around?!
A car full of Irish nuns is sitting at a traffic light in downtown Dublin, when a bunch of rowdy drunks pull up alongside of them.
“Hey, show us yer tits, ya bloody penguins!” shouts one of the drunks.
Quite shocked, Mother Superior turns to Sister Mary Immaculata and says, “I don’t think they know who we are; show them your cross.”
Sister Mary Immaculata rolls down her window and shouts, “Piss off, ya fookin’ little wankers, before I come over there and rip yer balls off!”
Sister Mary Immaculata then rolls up her window, looks back at Mother Superior, quite innocently, and asks, “Did that sound cross enough?
This coat is for yoouuuu!
Went to Catholic school – this is totally accurate!
The Stranger Things season four teaser tells me nothing
Cool new song from HEALTH and nine inch nails
I’d never heard of this British show: The Thick of It. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjKHPv7b3fQ&t=486s
Peter Capaldi being hilariously vulgar.
The writer of that show was behind Veep
and The Death of Stalin.
It’s a morning
The Highways Agency found over 200 dead crows on the M4 near Bridgend recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone’s relief, confirmed the problem was NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be from vehicular impacts. However, during analysis it was noted that varying colours of paints appeared on the …bird’s beaks and claws. By analysing these paint residues it was found that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with lorrys, while only 2% were killed by cars.
The Agency then hired an Ornithological Behaviourist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills. The Ornithological Behaviourist quickly concluded that when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow to warn of danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout “Cah”, not a single one could shout “Lorry”
That was a lot of setup for the joke. =P
John Oliver on vaccine denial
Yeah, I saw this when it was aired. Unfortunately, he’s pretty much preaching to the choir.
Hubby has an employee who is vaccine hesitant. Her parents have stopped talking to her as they are both in healthcare, in one of the eastern provinces (a.k.a states).
Hubby and I are glad she embraced Alberta’s redneck stereotype when she moved here (sarcasm).
JW: Jupiter’s Legacy E1
Well I’m in for Netflix’s new superhero series.
This is where I saw the thing about The Thick of It.
It’s a long read. I haven’t skipped down to see what they picked for #1.
I don’t watch a lot of sit coms. Of the 100, I’ve only seen three completely, and maybe the occasional episodes/seasons of about a dozen more.
Their number one, I’ve seen a few complete seasons of, but no way have I seen the entire series, especially the newer seasons.
I imagine that “Night Court” would seem fairly dated now, but I think it should be much higher on the list.
Yeah, I’m very hit-or-miss on TV shows, especially sitcoms, but there are a few I’m glad to see represented:
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Taxi, Barney Miller (When I met Ron Glass in the bar at a Sci-Fi Con, I told him I was a big Detective Harris fan). . . Young me watched a lot of The Honeymooners and Burns and Allen in reruns, so I’m happy to see them too.
And of course, The Simpsons was such a game-changer in its early days. I haven’t seen a new episode in well over a decade.
Night Court is apparently getting a reboot/sequel.
I would put Frasier higher than the Simpson’s, heck I would put Futurama higher than the Simpsons.
But Spaced would be my No.1 sitcom.
CP: Blood Muscle Skin & Bone — Brandi Carlile
I haven’t watched, but I’m intrigued. “Shut Up About Plot Holes!”
And don’t be a dick about potholes.
Hilarious. But also kinda pathetic that this is what it takes to get shit done.
We watched “Space Sweepers” tonight. It started of a bit shaky, but by the end, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
We found it a fun movie
Interesting new Batman villain.
Might be some hope for Indy 5 after all:
Don’t encourage them
I had no idea they were going to make a fourth Indiana Jones film. Hope they don’t screw it up.
What could possibly go wrong? 😉
Big day for elder daughter! Her first day at her first job. She’s working at a local boba place.
Did you embarrass her by going by and being a customer?
And we started the Mama’s Day celebration early at this place:
It was delicious and I’m now nauseous from sweet richness overload.
Watching with my sister and when the plot gets to the scenes shot in Meteor Crater and loudly exclaiming “I’ve been there!”
Word to you Mothers!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Well, I guess we’re doing something right. Tyche has four things nominated in various categories
Nice! Congratulations, Tyche!
Metal Ball Studios generally makes some pretty mind blowing comparison videos. This one will really mess with your head.
I need to isolate myself in a room with this video for about 6 months to truly fathom it
The moral is, if you are waiting for the heat death of the universe, you might want to bring a magazine.
It’s like universes schedule these heat death appointments back-to-back all day, then get way behind.
“ if you are waiting for the heat death of the universe, you might want to bring a magazine.”
I find that “T-Shirt worthy”.
I can’t take all the credit for that joke. There is a Far Side comic of a man sitting alone on a cloud in the afterlife, and he states “I should have brought a magazine.” LOL
Long, tiring day. Some of it spent at Saguaro Lake.
I hope it was a nice one for the mamas!
I’d try this:
I’m still really not one for hard alcohol, but I suspect that heavy cream would make most of them more palatable.
The snow from yesterday has pretty much melted. If it’s nice enough, I might go for a walk later today.
Looks interesting and the book it’s based on predates 1984 and Brave New World:
It does look interesting. I’ve added the book to my want to read list. Hopefully there’s an english version.
I believe a new translation came out recently.
A bodybuilder was admiring his body in the mirror when he noticed he was suntanned everywhere but his penis. So, he went to the beach, naked, and buried himself in the sand with only his penis sticking out.
Two elderly ladies walked by and saw this penis sticking out of the sand. One of them moved it around with her cane. She said to her friend, “There isn’t any justice in this world.”
Her friend asked her what she meant.
“When I was 20, I was curious about it. When I was 30, I enjoyed it. When I was 40, I demanded it. When I was 50, I paid for it. When I was 60, I prayed for it. When I was 70, I forgot about it. And now that I’m 80, the damn things are growing wild, and I’m too old to squat.”
CP: Heavy Games — Portugal. The Man
2 episodes in for Jupiter’s Legacy.
I may only be in for 2 episodes for Jupiter’s Legacy.
Jupiter’s cock! This is a bad show.
We have not seen eye to eye recently on stuff like this (Kong vs. Godzilla better than King of All Monsters!?), but I believe you on this one. I had zero interest after watching the trailer.
I found it ok but I lean towards being a miserable git.
And how we do love your lean, Vanny Boy
I agree with Jack that the trailer didn’t inspire me. I have a ton of other stuff to watch, so unless this got rave reviews, I hadn’t planned to watch it.
How V-Ger gets started.
I keep forgetting about Voyager.
Unless all intelligent life in the universe started at the same time and progressed at the same rate, I predict our civilization will end because we eventually attract the attention of a more technologically advanced civilization.
Our best bet will be to convence them we’d make great pets.
We’ll make great pets.
So we’re 2 episodes into season 2 of Dark. I highly recommend it, but there are a few things I wish I’d known going in:
It’s a German language show, so be prepared to either use subtitles or English dub. We strongly prefer German with subtitles.
It’s a complete mindbender. You almost need to take notes to follow all of the characters and their connections.
In spite of the way Netflix marketed it, Dark only has a few superficial similarities to Stranger Things. They’re otherwise entirely different.
It lives up to its name. The tone is Dark. There’s almost no gore, but a few moments are unnerving.
We really liked the series.
CP: Song for the Fields — Fields
Mask up people.
The variants are here.
Seems that the data is still inconclusive on the vaccines’ effectiveness against the variants.
Still. Wear a mask. It’s easy.
That’s the thing …
The variants are here, there becoming prevalent in Fla (infecting tourists who take it back home with them) and we really don’t know what the implications are.
One of the ways we will find out what this means, is by watching what happens to those who get it.
I don’t see any advantage to being one of those test subjects.
Mask up, keep a distance, play it safe and let the deniers volunteer to be the crash test dummies.
From what I’ve read, it still appears that fully vaccinated people are that vulnerable to the varients. However, fully vaccinated people could still be a vector to the unvaxed for the varients. If I’m around small groups who are 100 percent vaccinated, I won’t be afraid to be maskless. I’ll still wear one at the grocery store or any enclosed space with lots of strangers. But at this point, it is more done to keep them from getting sick than me.
Pretty much the same.
I am fortunate that most of my friends are now vaccinated. So I would feel safe hanging with a few of them at a time.
So I haven’t seen any one story that puts this together but this is what I have gathered from the several stories I have read and an NPR report.
Hackers did NOT shut Colonial’s pipelines down.
They put ransom ware on the corporate computer system including the billing systems.
Rather than take a chance on under billing a customer, they shut their own pipeline down until they could figure out how to manually bill folks. There was at least a weeks supply of gas already out there so they figured no one would notice.
So they released a statement about being hacked (worded ambiguously to let people think the shutdown was done by the hackers) and told everyone not to panic.
Everyone is panicking.
Because humans are idiots, around here at least, they crowded the gas stations this afternoon and were filling everything they could with gasoline because … HACKERS!
Creating a needless shortage.
I’d love to see the venn diagram of the folks who go out and panic buy toilet paper, gas, etc. – – but who aren’t going to mask up or get vaxxed because they don’t “live in in fear.”
Well, we caught the first episode of Jupiter’s Legacy this evening. I think it’s a pretty solid premise so far….seems something of a cross between The Incredibles and Watchmen.
I expect to stick with it. It’s hard to go wrong with Ben Daniels.
I guess we’ll see if I join team Lo Pan after episode 2.
The day was a pile of shit.
But on the positive,
Tiffany made delicious cupcakes to celebrate the elder kid’s new job.
I listened the Grizzly Bear’s gorgeous “Yellow House” album all the way through for the first time.
We had a really fun Livestream tonight.
Now, to the next ep of Dark, before diving back into the guhh.
Mark Forman’s Spotify Podcast.
Due to recent legal changes, he can play licensed songs, like a radio station.
Thing is, I can’t listen, because I don’t have pay Spotify.
Me neither but I could listen to them with my free Spotify account.
Could you listen to the full songs?
Ah, I only listened to the intros, I did wonder why the episodes were so short.
It’s been a pretty slow week here in Bunnyland.
I really should thing about having a shower.
You will all be relieved to know my body is now clean.
My mind however…
That would explain the thing in the shower.
When did you look in my shower?
*pulls the “thing” out of the shower*
Why Lady D is important:
And for a minute here I thought you were becoming a Royalist.
Funny, I had no idea who Lady D was until reading the article. But earlier this morning I saw a post comparing Lady D and Christina Hendricks in a similar dress. I wonder why Lady D is trending?
They did a several part show on her on the Our Fake History podcast. It was interesting.
The Age of Samurai docu-series on Netflix is pretty good stuff. I’ve long found the 3 main “characters” to be pretty fascinating people, especially interacting with each other.
CP: Morning Glory — Oasis
Am I actually going to bed before midnight? Can it be?
Let’s see what happens.
Narrator: He did get into bed before 12, but still didn’t fall asleep for awhile, and is still tired this morning.
But first, an ice tsunami:
One of those films I’ve only seen bits of while channel surfing.
It was mentioned briefly on the last thread. Should we start an email thread on a virtual meetup?
It’s a yes from me.
Let’s do it
There will be an Enola Holmes 2, yah!
Debris got cancelled, yah!
Manifest got renewed, WTF!
Surprising but cool news. Gojira deserve every bit of their success.
On the other end of the spectrum:
Mazzy Star – Into Dust
Oh, that Hope Sandoval. . .
Cue the Steve Buscemi dialogue from Reservoir Dogs.
As pointed out in many places, the anti-vaxers and anti-mask crowd are going to love this.
Tiffany and I were just discussing this. The article doesn’t discuss the variants, so – – that’s good news too?
I’ll still mask up anywhere that requires it, or for anyone who feels uncomfortable. And for us, I’m still not going to risk my under 12-year-old unvaccinated child, so we as a family are still locked out of many of our favorite places.
Yeah, I was thinking about you and your child and how would you manage interactions. While I appreciate the CDC’s more lenient guidelines I wish they talked about unvaccinated children. For myself, I won’t be wearing a mask around other vaccinated people or outdoors. But I will always conform to business rules or any others’ request to wear a mask while engaged with them.
This article has a little more nuance.
Wearing masks is always safer.
Unsure of long-term effects of Covid.
Unsure of the length of immunity to the vaccine.
The numbers of unvaccinated people will remain for some time.
Stevie Wonder is 71 today!
Isn’t that lovely?
CP: I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
It’s been two weeks since my second injection. I’m at maximum immunity. I guess I can start blowing hobos again.
Giving “Community Service” a whole new meaning.
Is that why they call him Boxcar Willie?
So here we are…
Graduation Day for the oldest progeny!
Been a long road.
Wow, it seems like they just got started! Congrats to progeny and parents!
Made a Rob and Fab reference during meeting.
Met with confused silence.
Crumbled to dust and blew away on the wind.
Many years ago, a friend of mine who had just started at NASA was in a meeting where everyone was seated around a long wooden conference table.
The presenter pushed a button and a panel in the ceiling above the table slid open and a video projector began to slowly lower and unfold itself.
The meeting came to a complete stop as everyone watched this piece of equipment, servo motors whinning, maneuver itself into position. As it came to a stop, locking into place with a click, my buddy heard himself say out loud,
“No Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!”
Everyone just looked at him, crickets chirping loudly in the room.
He is still MY hero for doing that.
Shouldn’t NASA geeks get that joke?? No wonder we haven’t been back to the moon.
I did a stint with Lockheed Martin that started with an internship. I am currently on my third career in life so this “intership” was completed when I was 37 years old. I was excited to be working with a bunch of engineers that would finally get my geeky humor. I don’t know what it is about Lockheed and the crowd they attract, but this was the least geeky group of engineers I ever met in my life. We had an icebreaker type event where you had to fill out a paper with questions like “what is your favorite book” and go around this cafeteria-sized room full of people looking for someone with the same response. All I could back from this crowd was responses like “I didn’t have anything for that one because I hate reading”.
I will say that the people I’ve known from NASA were geekier than that.
Yes, I’ve had some lovely, super-geeky friends who worked at NASA. Their biggest complaints were about the bureaucracy.
When a country decriminalises drugs:
So watched the first episode of the new Amazon series ‘Underground Railroad’, based on the book.
Enjoy is not the right word, but the first episode was interesting enough that I will watch all the series.
As a singer I sing at many funerals & I was recently asked by a funeral director to sing at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a Pauper’s Cemetery out near Lindale. As I was not familiar with the area, I got lost. Everyone that knows me knows I can be directionally challenged AND my navigation lost its signal.
I hate Sprint!!
Anyway, I finally arrived an hour late and saw that the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt bad and apologized to the guys for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to sing. The workers put down their lunch and began to gather around. I sang my heart and soul out for this man with no family and friends.
As I sang “Amazing Grace”, the spirit began to move and the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I prayed a benediction and started for my car, my head hung low but my heart so FULL.
As I opened the door to my car, I overheard one of the workers say, “I’ve never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”
Apparently, I was still lost….
Literal crap joke.
Gives Van the Lat & Lon to his coat.
So finished Jupiter’s Legacy, enjoyed it.
That ending though, fingers crossed they will be a S2.
You’re my boi, so just for you I hope it gets a season 2. Because I want you happy. And if you’re happy then I’m happy. And if I’m happy then you’re happy. And if you’re happy then you’re happy….
For me it ain’t getting an episode 3 watch. Blech.
I wonder how expensive those mini reel to reel audio recorders were.
File under: “probably just me.”
The Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles trilogy books are among my sacred texts. I enjoyed the Tale of the Body as an oddball sequel, but never went back to it. And was kinda meh on Memnoch the Devil and Prince Lestat.
Those 6 are the Core storyline, but you only really need to read the first 3.
I’ve started Pandora, and am struggling. The first 12% is all seemingly unnecessary preamble. “I’m going to tell my story now…”
Get on with it!
I will stick it out til the end.
I don’t recall if it was “Interview With a Vampire” or “The Vampire LeStat” but one of those two was the book that got me to start reading again as an adult.
It was MY cannon for all things vampire.
Things I learned yesterday.
1) Cold Chiros are extremely dissapointing. Oh, they smell as good as when they were fresh and warm the day before but… just so dissapointing.
2) You cannot just show up at the Denver Art Museum and expect to buy a ticket to get in. ☹️
Have the rules changed? Cos the last time I was there a lot of it was shut for renovation and I bought a ticked at the entrance.
I know, in Calgary, a lot of places, like the zoo, make you pre-purchase your tickets on line so they can make sure they don’t have too many people in because of covid occupancy limits.
Exactly. That’s why they’re asking folks to buy tix online. It’s a much reduced COVID capacity still. You said it.
Had to buy on-line and well in advance. We were there 3 hrs before close on a Friday evening and they were “sold out” for the day. ☹️
The Botanical Garden was Aces though!
I mean some places actually think COVID is still a thing… so…
Not gonna lie I wish more places cracked down like that
I’m fine with it. Just wished when we checked their hours on-line… that fact had been made more obvious.
I wasn’t the one who checked though so I don’t know what the warning wasn’t… but apparently it was not blatent enough.
The Bot Garden clearly showed you had to get tickets on-line only and showed which time slots were available.
I don’t have the background to understand much of what the fellow says musically, but this channel is still a fascinating rabbit hole into some iconic songs.
This one is about The Police’s song “Message in a Bottle”
These “expert analysis” videos are all the rage in my YouTube recommendations. I haven’t seen this guy, but I’m intrigued.
We have a bunny rabbit in our back yard this morning.
No Jacks in my yard today.
Went for a walk. Lots of baby ducks and geese along the water today.
Ok, so this cropped up on Facebook, if you own a front loading washing machine, does it have different RPM settings for how fast the drum spins during a wash?
Sort of. Mine has various settings such as “delicate” setting in which the drum spins slower. But no actual RPM setting
This outcry is too little, too late:
So I guess Justin Flom is a famous person (shrug). If that’s him, then I can’t take the infomercial-host obnoxiousness. . . .but. . . this seems like an interesting way to make donuts.
Your cute video for the day:
The internet doesn’t want cute dogs! It’s all about the cats!
Just look at the cute dog Jack, LOOK!
Has anyone watched The Mitchells vs. The Machines? It looks like it might be a bit much for a 3-year-old, but possibly fun for everyone else. I’m hearing good things.
Well I thought it was fun, but you know middle aged guy here.
CP: What Went Down — Foals
Probably just as well. I expect with Warner/HBO/etc getting spun off from AT&T, my free HBO Max for being a Uverse subscriber will probably be taken away by then.
..and it’s goodbye to Charles Grodin:
He was best-known to me as the talk show guest who intentionally annoyed Letterman, Carson, Leno, etc.
He had a small part that he absolutely crushed in “Dave”.
Shame. He was a great actor. Brilliant in Catch 22, Heaven Can Wait, and Seems Like Old Times.
Chris Cornell died 4 years ago today.
Some of these covers are wonderful, and many are new to me.
Two prawns were swimming around in the sea. One called Justin and the other called Kristian.
The prawns were constantly being harassed and threatened by sharks that inhabited the area.
Finally one day Justin said to Kristian, “I’m fed up with being a prawn; I wish I was a shark, and then I wouldn’t have any worries about being eaten”.
A large mysterious cod appeared and said, “Your wish is granted”.
Lo and behold, Justin turned into a shark. Horrified, Kristian immediately swam away, afraid of being eaten by his old friend.
Time passed (as it does) and Justin found life as a shark boring and lonely. All his old chums simply swam away whenever he came close to them. Justin gradually realised that his new menacing appearance was the cause of his sad plight.
While swimming alone one day he saw the mysterious cod again and he thought perhaps the mysterious fish could change him back into a prawn.
He approached the cod and begged to be changed back, and, lo and behold, he found himself turned back into a prawn.
With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes Justin swam to Kristian’s home.
As he opened the coral gate, memories came flooding back. He banged on the door and shouted, “It’s me, Justin, your old friend, come out and see me again”.
Kristian replied, “No way man, you’ll eat me. You’re now a shark, the enemy, and I’ll not be tricked into being your dinner”.
Justin cried back “No, I’m not. That was the old me. I’ve changed…”
“I’ve found Cod. I’m a prawn again Kristian”.
This joke is a bottom feeder.
Snow showers are expected by tomorrow. What’s that about?
If you like horror, this is worth 35 minutes if your time:
It’s Spanish but you don’t need to speak it.
Speaking of horror:
This is my own town. People are fucking insane.
Our state house just approved a bill to make vaccine passports illegal. Then they added a provision that said private businesses could NOT require customers to have a vaccine to enter. (No ruling on shirts and shoes. Also this bunch supports not making you a cake if your gay).
THEN, because they just didn’t think their dumb-assery was completely clear to EVERYONE, they add a provision that said schools could STILL require proof of vaccination… but only for vaccines that were required before Jan of 2020.
That’s a lot to process. Of course, my State is still looking for bamboo traces on our voting ballots. I wouldn’t be surprised if they also stated they were looking for traces of sweet and sour sauce.
Surprised no one has suggested bringing in Panda Bears to aid in the search!
On a lighter note, I feel personally attacked:
Although Sanjuro is the better Yojimbo movie. 😉
Alas, I haven’t watched Yojimbo. I’m a rube whose favorite movie is “Fight Club.”
Belgium Ford, Belgium!
This guy is as unhinged as 1/3 of Americans.
The Belgians need to catch him. I hope they don’t waffle.
CP: Shambelle — The Police
Stuck in my head all day:
But sure, Hope Sandoval was lovely.
As posted in that other place:
Google: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Click the license plate.
At some point, click the “X”
It must be an American thing as there is no license plate on my Google search.
Definately an apocalyptic,sci-fi novel in there somewhere.
Or a good band name.
“The fungus takes over their bodies, causing them to lose their lower abdomen and genitals. And it pushes their mating into hyperdrive.”
I’m confused, they lose their genitals and it pushes their mating into hyperdrive? ?? ???
I can confirm my butt hasn’t been replaced with a “white plug of fungus.”
How can you the May long weekend is coming?
The marvellous anus:
Benedict Cumberbatch narrates a Drizzt animated short.
Peter Capaldi narrating 1984, I’m tempted to buy this version on Audible:
Currently famous on twitter:
Beyond Thunderdome is pretty terrible.
Not sure how this same guy also made The Road Warrior and Fury Road.
He had less money for those two.
So he had to be a better film maker.
It has ever been thus. I can’t remember the director’s name, but he did the first two Brendan Fraiser “Mummy” movies, which were a lot of fun with some pretty sketch CGI. Back in the days when DVD’s were a thing with director’s commentary tracks, I remember listening to the guy talk about all the scrimping and saving they had to do with the script and locations and all to get the movies made on the budget he had.
The same guy went on to make Van Helsing a few years later with about triple the budget of either Mummy movie. He didn’t have to cut back on anything…resulting in a bloated mess of a movie that had no joy.
I liked the Mummy movies as well. I had no idea that was the same director for Van Helsing. I see your point.
I’m not going to agree with The Mummy examples because I don’t think I could even finish the first one – – but your points are also really valid.
Some other points in his (possible) defense: it was the 80s, following unexpected big success for his little innovative B-movie. It’s possible that the studio was interfering a lot, requiring the next one to be PG-13, have a ragtag bunch of kid heroes, have a Pop singer as a meh villain, etc.
Also telling: 2 directors are named; it wasn’t just George Miller by himself.
And hey, it’s bad, but not a complete waste. Still lots of cool little Mad Max moments.
I feel like this is a common thing. I’ve heard perspectives that I agree with in which the original 3 Star Wars movies where Lucas was far more constrained were so much better than Episodes 1, 2, and 3 in which he had seemingly unlimited budgets and no one telling him what he could and couldn’t do.
Who run Bartertown?
Okay, Beyond Thunderdome isn’t as good as The Road Warrior, or Fury Road, or Mad Max even. But none of those others have quotes about Bartertown, right? Right?
My youngest graduated from high school yesterday. I guess this concludes all my parental duties.
Welcome to the Club.
So far the “parenting” feelings haven’t become less. Still hurt and fear for them but now with FAR less control.
I recomend drinking.
Hmmm, abandoning cities reminded me of the City stories by Clifford D Simak:
CW: Army of the Dead
So … was it worth your time?
Yeah, certainly better than the Snyder cut of Justice League.
I’m hearing that Army of the Dead is crap, although to be fair, my interest in it was close to zero.
I’d defended Snyder, pre-BvS/JL. Great style and directing chops.
I think I’m over it now, though.
I watched Army of the Dead last night. The movie wasn’t bad, but definitely didn’t need to be 2 and a half hours long. Also, the soundtrack was full of astoundingly bad remakes of astoundingly great songs. Definitely put me off. The plot itself and many of the character interactions made the whole thing seem like a SyFy movie with a big budget. But I like those SyFy movies.
Things have been a little nuts. No one in our household, but we do have a close family member on the hospital. Not COVID. There’s cause for hope, but there’s also cause for concern.
Fingers crossed for a good outcome.
She’s breathing on her own now – much sooner than expected, so that’s a positive.
Hope things continue to improve.
Bit of a black sheep that Caravaggio:
Of Mice and. . . . Werewolves?
Release the Steinbeckcut!!!
You know, I never liked rom-coms.
This is a lesson that rom-coms are not real life. If people acted, in real life, like they do in rom-coms, there would be arrests and restraining orders.
I think she came away lucky.
And putting this guy’s name and hometown on the internet like this may have endangered his life.
Yeah, this would have made my skin crawl from the stat, had I been aware of it.
Ah, the sticker shocks and stresses of flight searches.
Jesse, I saw your Facebook post. :'( So sorry for you for loss.
Thanks Jack. We lost our 13 year old dog today. It was a struggle with the vet at the end. He kept wanting to try more and more things to help her out but nothing was working and we honestly let her suffer too long. We finally put our foot down today and said we needed her to stop suffering.
*hugs* A pet is like a child. I always cry when we lose one.
That is a tough one man.
I have been there and it was the right thing to do but it still hurts.
CP: Together In Electric Dreams — Philip Oakey
Bob Dylan is 80 today!
Dude’s been Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door for decades.
I know it’s been getting mixed reviews here in Deadpan land, but hubby and I enjoyed Jupiter’s legacy
I’ve made it to the third episode and feel like it finally got an interesting story line. I haven’t been motivated to watch more yet.
I do plan to get back to it though.
This is a FUN IG acct to follow!
Cuteness, giggles, hairbows, heavymetal, and BUBBLES!
Take my money:
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That was all the work I had for today. Now what am I going to do?
Remove the snow tires from the cars?
Did that last month.
It’s overcast, but pretty nice out, I’ll probably go for a walk before lunch
You should dig out Gradius and finally beat the game. (See below)
So second jab today, and judging from my symptoms after a few hours I’m going to get side effects this time as well.
I did as well. Mine started about 8 hours after 2nd shot and lasted about 24 hours.
Well worth it.
If they recomend a booster shot 9 months from now I will take that as well.
Yeah I will be getting the booster as well.
I’ve got painkillers ready for tomorrow.
This is from last year, so it’s not news, but still sad.
And you know, I have zero recollection that this code applied to Gradius! I mainly recalled it as the Contra Code. I should go back and finally get past that Gradius level with the rocks!
Leave the aliens out of this:
There’s a lot of folklore from my mother’s side of my family that has tales of encounters with Big Foot and UFOs. According to two of my much older cousins, they were riding bikes down a country road in Kansas and saw a flying saucer sitting in a field. They approached it and tried to see inside of it. They left for home and came back a few hours later and it was gone. Both cousins will swear that they are telling the truth. My own theory is that someone had a saucer-shaped piece of hardware, like a septic tank, setting out prior to being hauled off and buried, that they mistook as a spacecraft. It’s funny how many stories like this exist in the midwest.
Or they were septic tank aliens.
I think there was an ’80’s movie like this.
Remake of a BBC series:
I’d buy that for a dollar. Plus, I’ll be in my bunk.
Without checking, I don’t think I could name any actual Linnea Quigley movie, but I know I saw dozens of them back in the day.
I remember her best in Return of the Living Dead. Partly because it was a very memorable character (where many of her roles aren’t) and partly because I would bet that she spends more screen time without clothes than with them in that movie.
CP: Everybody Breaks — Ivan & Alyosha
Pretty wild cover of a great Bjork song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hOLO9TlCy8
First I lull you into a false sense of security.
It’s movie time
Today’s movie is The Prodigy
When her brilliant young son starts behaving strangely, a mother suspects something malovent is at play and goes searching for answers
That house needs some tlc
Hoe big and fast does water have to be to turn from a creek to a river?
Hoe, big and fast?
If you need a hand, take one off some unsuspecting person
Everybody knows, when a psychopath dies, his soul enter a new born child at that same moment
No, no no no no!
Drinking by the lake, in the car
Hide and seek
Where are her socks?
Is he a Batman villain?
Are bad dreams good dreams?
Well, that wasn’t nice
Talking in his sleep again
Kid’s having dreams and anger issues, so the social worker immediately goes to reincarnation
The dog is afraid
You’re going to dad
Dad = die
I leave my body to make room
Did you forget to name the film you are watching?
Actually, I didn’t. Must have typed something wrong though, as it seems to be in WP purgatory.
Until it’s released, the movie is The Prodigy. The write up is in the lost comment
Found the dog
This may be your last chance
Tell me the name
Well, that didn’t go as planned
Or did it?
That will free your son
I already guessed that
You know, I love my kids greatly, but I still wouldn’t do that for them
Just five minutes
Her cat is named Pickles
She’s having second thoughts
Why didn’t she pre-load?