The Palooza is back! And make it a double!
We’ll use a SurveyMonkey to narrow our choices down from the lists below (there’s still time to nominate other movies!!). Then, sometime this summer, we’ll watch the two films and pitch content to the FB and web pages. More discussion in the comments.
Howard the Duck
The Thin Man
The Usual Suspects
The Fifth Element
A Fistful of Dollars
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother
Wet Hot American Summer
Murder By Death
The Bishop’s Wife
Kiss Me Deadly
Lonely Are The Brave
A Fistful of Dynamite
A Bridge too Far
Escape from New York
Assault on Precinct 13 (original or remake)
Planet of the Apes (original)
Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049
True Grit (remake)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Kung Fu Hustle
The Old Guard
327 thoughts on “Palooza Planner”
So many choices.
So many choices…ummm.
Not a Palooza suggestion, just an interesting article:
One of those films where I enjoyed the journey but hated the ending.
Preferred the tv series.
When I was a kid, I got an autograph from Michael York. I still have it.
I enjoyed the books.
I watched Onward last night, an underrated Pixar film and would put that in the list if 21st century films.
We finally have some rain. It’s been an unusually dry June.
I’d vote for “They Live” and “Escape From New York”. Didn’t we already do UHF?
I agree with Van: so many choices. Not that that is a bad thing.
I’d like to add the 1950 Cyrano de Bergerac to the 20th century list.
I’d like to add “Event Horizon” to the list. Lots of cool movies to choose from.
Surprised nobody has suggested Jaws or Duel.
CP: Things I Learned – Motel Mirrors
Finally got around to binging Broadchurch.
I like it. Has a very (original series) Twin Peaks feel to it. Except for a lack of “WTF” visual moments. Or in-depth characture development. Or a cleverly tangled plot line.
So… other than all that, it feels a little like Twinn Peaks
The Mrs and I really enjoyed it, although we had to turn the captions on a few times to understand David Tennant at times. LOL
I’ll add the movies in the list above (plus maybe a few more) to a SurveyMonkey.
This is the semi-finals, we’ll narrow this down to champion lists of 5-or-so per era, then select those.
Keep your eyes peeled.
My daughter reminded me that Owen Wilson voiced Lightning McQueen. Now I’m wondering if Mobius will ever exclaim “Ka-chow!”
This changes Wedding Crashers for me.
CP: Black Out Days — Phantogram
Well according to the Windows PC Health check app my desktop PC can be upgraded to Windows 11 but I’m going to bet that I will finally lose the my old bluetooth 4.0 adaptor due to the drriver not being upgraded/
Let the man retire!
It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.
Oh, it’s definitely the years.
GET OFF MY LOT, YA DAMN KIDS!
Now, where do I land my plane?
Try to keep it on the fairway.
Many of us have repeatedly wondered about the crazy-ass mindset out there from seemingly reasonable people – – I think this explains it:
One of Trump’s early adopters articulated the mindset perfectly in August 2015, back when Jeb! was still his closest primary threat: “I am voting for Donald Trump. I don’t care if he’s a joke. I don’t care if he’s racist. I don’t care if he’s sexist. I don’t care about any of it. I hope he stays in the race and I hope he wins. Why? Because I love the fact that he is making other politicians squirm. I love the fact he says shit nobody else will say, regardless of how ridiculous it is.”
I read a Cracked article a long time ago that wasn’t about Trump exactly, but about voters in rural settings. It talked about how small towns lacked publically funded projects, so they saw no value in taxation. Churches tended to be the only social activity so the culture was socially conservative. When the economy improved it happened in urban centers, the small towns had the same crap jobs they always did. So voting for a turd canidate was done as a protest for their lives not improving.
Liking the crazy, detached from reality guy is great when it is an eccentric uncle.
Not so much fun when it is someone with YOUR life in their “don’t give a shit” hands.
New Shang-chi trailer:
Apparently there was a moment in Loki #3 that got many people applauding.
Bimetallic strips are amazing aren’t there?
The blinking neon eyes at the carnival were pretty impressive.
Not a hint. No one should spend $50 on this.
It’s $70 in Canada. Wasn’t getting it either way. Hubby doesn’t like waffles.
You can get the Death Star one for $40.
That’s what I say.
Complaint #1: Murphy’s law. Why does the day I need to be chill turn out to be the exact opposite?
Complaint #2: Asking someone an elaborate question on a conference call, but they were reading their Slack messages, and at the end, say, “Sorry, can you repeat that?”
This describes most days for me lately. You have my sympathy.
I can’t begin to estimate the number of emails I’ve sent where I ask if someone wants A or B and they respond with yes or no.
Note the big red dot on Phoenix.
If we followed those recommendations….we’d all kill each other with the body odor alone.
I wonder if they included the energy and resources we’d consume with the additional five showers a day we’d be needing.
Here you go, Supernatural fans:
(Never mind the tabloid aspects)
Here’s your Palooza SemiFinals SurveyMonkey!
I can make fixes if you see any errors – – but this can also be the official one.
I’ll post to FB over the weekend.
Silent Running is on the list twice. Now who’s cheating?
I see Contact under 21st century. The only Contact I can find on IMDB is from 1997. I would definitely vote for it. Just want to make sure it was intentional to kind of round up and that I’m not voting for some other movie I might not be aware of.
Yeah, I thought Contact was 20th Century. I’ll fix that. And add 10 more Silent Runnings. (I’ve never seen it, but I have heard the Mike + the Mechanics song)
Wow! The Parallel between this and the US space program in the late 60s is remarkable. As usual though looks like the Chinese have studied what we did and then done one better. Plus they have modern special effects for THEIR space movies.
CW: The Ice Road on Amazon Prime in the UK.
Liam Neeson is pretty fly for an old guy.
The Palooza SurveyMonkey is basically set.
Vote away! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTNTGH7
Silent Running is still showing up twice.
So if I voted in the first link do I have to do it again with the new one?
No. I couldn’t delete it, so I left em both. It just means you can vote for Silent Running twice. It’s fine.
It’s also just the semifinals.
First flight in 2 years. *teeth grinding*
All systems grr
I kinda can’t believe it’s 12:10am, and we’re in a giant line to get our rental car.
Well, that was a fucking nightmare.
The full version of the song Loki sings in episode 3:
It’s not a traditional song but a modern one written by Erlend O. Nødtvedt and Benedicte Maurseth.
I convinced my work to send me to a conference in Las Vegas at the beginning of September. Have never been before so I’m quite excited about it. And, of course, the first thing I did was get a ticket to see Penn & Teller.
Vegas can be a fun town. I have no idea about good craft beers there, but the pinball museum is fun and Penn & Teller’s show is excellent.
9.5yrs ago, they met the fans after the show. I hope they are continuing to do that, safely.
Looks like the whole downtown area is peppered with breweries and I should be able to walk from one to the other. The people at Caesars said that Penn & Teller are still meeting fans after the show. I’ve got lots of time to research before I go. I have a friend that used to go regularly in the 80s and 90s and told me about all the quirky cool places he found. Apparently those are all gone now. No more $1.99 breakfast buffets and people giving away hats and decks of cards and such.
The pinball museum is worth a short drive, if its open
Yes – the pinball museum is a fantastic visit. And, it’s not just pinball machines. Lots of classic arcade games in there as well.
I’m assuming Penn and Teller are still over at the Rio hotel. If so, you’ll need to get a ride as it’s also off strip.
If there’s anyplace where Uber and Lyft make sense, it’s Vegas. If I never have to suffer another Las Vegas taxi it will still be too soon.
I am currently doing the same research.
Found out my mom has always wanted to go to Vegas and never has, even though her sister lived there for a few years.
Since we nearly lost her last November, I have taken it upon myself to get her there. I am aiming for the first week in Nov.
Hopefully a bit cooled off by then.
BTW – I am finding the Las Vegas “trip reports” in the Trip Advisor forums to be immensely useful!
I’ll have to look into those trip reports. I don’t see them as their own section in the Las Vegas page. Is there a way to get to them?
Also score 1 for me. I wanted to take a day trip to the grand canyon, but they look to be super long (leave at 7am, get back 7pm). Saturday I would be arriving too late, Sunday I’m going to see Penn & Teller and can’t get back that late, and Mon-Thursday are the conference. Looked like no luck for me. I read the conference schedule today and it looks like Monday is all paid classes that my company didn’t want to pay for. So looks like Monday will be grand canyon day for me. Hoopy doopy!
Then filter by newest first.
THEN, you can get a search window for searching just within the trip reports!
So if you want to see info about “Grand Canyon”, you are money!
You rock! Thanks.
A thriller from 1977 that got crushed at the cinema by the Star Wars juggernaut.
Which is a shame cos it’s really good.
So Krystal is just White Castle. But with mustard instead of ketchup. (Wtf??)
Was tasty enough.
End of food blog.
Have a great birthday EssBee!
Definitely have a great day, EssBee!
Nothing like breaking heat records to make sleeping nigh impossible.
Lately I’ve been into the bank Polyphia. They do mostly just instrumental stuff.
bank = band. Silly me
CP: A Distant Sadness (live) — Bear McCreary
Have a great birthday EssBee!
I stumbled on this article while shuffling through Twitter today. http://www.technoccult.net/2012/02/28/if-male-superheroes-were-drawn-like-female-superheroes/
I thought it was kind of funny.
Since I am hopelessly hetero, I haven’t paid much attention to whether the male costumes are sexy or not. The female outfits are indeed pretty much always over the top.
As for the unrealistic body images, the male action heroes in comics that I grew up with were not even close to be what a “real” average human male looked like. Superman, Batman even Sgt. Rock or Sgt. Furry.
For some reason that never bothered me or made me feel bad about my own self image.
In both cases, male and female heroes are drawn to appeal to males. Loin cloth Conan is meant to look powerful, not sexual (to most).
Loin cloth She-Hulk is intended to send boys to their bunks.
History of the bathroom scale:
Happy Birthday EssBee 🙂
Happy birthday, EssBee!
Crap joke for the day:
I think, I’m going to lose my drivers license and all just because of a stupid police officer…
The conversation went like this, when I got pulled over in my car:
Officer: “License and registration, please, I think you are drunk!”
Me: “I assure you, I did not drink anything.”
Officer: “Ok, let’s do a little test! Imagine driving in the dark on a highway at night, when you see two lights in the distance. What is this?”
Me: “A car.”
Officer:”Of course! But which one? A Mercedes, an Audi or a Ford?”
Me:”I have no idea!”
Officer:”So, you’re drunk.”
Me:”But I didn’t drink anything.”
Officer:”Okay, one more test — Imagine, you drive in the dark on a highway at night, and there is one light coming at you.What is it?
Officer:”Of course! But which one? A Honda, a Kawasaki or a Harley?”
Me:”I have no idea!”
Officer:”As I suspected, you’re drunk!”
Then I started to get annoyed and asked a counter question.
Me:”So…, counter question — You’re driving in the dark on a highway at night and see a woman on the roadside. She wears a mini skirt, fishnet stockings, high heeled shoes and only a bra as a top. What is this?”
Officer:”A prostitute of course.”
Me:”Yes, but which one? Your daughter, your wife or your mother?”
Things went downhill from there and now I have a court date to attend…
CP: Famous Last Words — My Chemical Romance
Happy Birthday, EssBee!
Off to the city this morning. Which, in this case, I’m ok with. I will go from a non-airconditioned house, to an airconditioned car, to an airconditioned building.
New trailer for the Foundation tv series:
The ‘real’ voices of top Nazis:
Why it costs so much to build in America:
CP: To Be Waiting — Dinosaur Jr.
New album is good. 😀
J Mascis is an acquired tasted.
I’ve never been a “car guy,” but it’s been fun driving a Dodge Challenger, these past few days.
Sounds fun! You still on for Judas Priest/Ozzy in March?
I had that happen once. Getting my rental car, the rep says you can have this, this, this or the Challenger. In my best “yeah I want cheesy pooves” voice I said “yeah I want the Challenger”. Then I proceeded to drive it to a brewery on my way to the hotel. Because, you know, I’m like that.
Tomorrow hubby and I get our second shot. Then we’ll have full 5G instead of just 2.5G
Two weeks until full diplomatic immunity.
CP: A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow
Good Omens 2:
A head ups, episodes 4 of
Loki has a post credits sequence.
That means shit is getting real!
Shit ∈ R
An honest obit:
I assumed he was dead already. Kinda always figured he a was a high-ranking stooge.
Eh. No celebrations, but certainly no tears.
Saw the actual Saturn 5 rocket yesterday here: https://www.rocketcenter.com/
The place was pretty gosh darned amazing. And even better, we had JustaJoe as our unofficial tour guide.
I wonder if we all tried to do Space Camp together, how far we’d get into the mission before anarchy set in. 🙂
“In Space, No One Can Hear You Deadpan.”
Now that is cool.
I’d thought about haveing a mmmmeetup here, but other than NASA and the space center, I wasn’t sure what else would be of interest.
Heat and humidity perhaps?
Lots of large flying insects.
At 27C, it’s almost livable today.
CP: In The Air Tonight (live) — Holly McNarland
So one of the Mercury 13 women finally gets to go into space:
By far one of my favorite Youtube channels.
I’ll be watching this. It looks cool. 🙂
By the time I get to Arizona. Oh wait, I am in Arizona!
It was great supporting Elder Daughter, great seeing JustaJoe, but I’m glad to be home.
Looks like something out of the bad ending of Life is Strange:
CP: People, Let’s Dance [ft. EERA] — Public Service Broadcasting
Interesting trivia for yesterday:
The first Sony Walkman went on sale in Japan, 42 years ago today (July 1st, 1979).
I didn’t set a deadline on the Palooza voting survey, so let’s just call it July 4.
Some time next week, I’ll create a new Survey with the top 4-5 from each category.
Cast your vote, if you haven’t already!
I almost went to see this guy in concert a few years before he killed himslef:
Man, I used to love Behind the Music:
Man, I don’t feel like I need to see any of these new episodes.
I’d watch LL Cool J, Huey Lewis, or Duran Duran.
The power went out. Now I’ll never know what happens in The Tomorrow War
Judging from the reviews you should be thankful for small mercies.
Natalie Holt’s music for Loki is damn good stuff.
The radioactive terror pigs of old Japan:
Going to be watching this film while having my tea:
The film’s plot is over complicated which maybe the point as it’s classed as Noir film. But it’s the first US film in a while where you get to see cramped rooms that feel cramped.
Shannon Lee on Quentin Tarantino:
Yeah, QT is coming across as quite the arrogant dickhead in this whole debacle. But then, that’s how he usually comes across.
I still love his movies.
This also sounds like a loud and clear warning to QT – do not write about Bruce Lee or I will sue the shit out of you…and win.
What a douche
The Tomorrow War
You have a choice, you can either watch it like some Star Wars fan and focus and nitpick over every little issue and have a terrible time;
Or, you can realize that this is a movie about the relationships between a man and his father and daughter and see that this is perhaps the most original an innovative time travel based story in a generation, and enjoy the ride.
It’s up to you.
You need to take the multi-string theory of time in this movie, otherwise the paradoxes will break your brain
We found it entertaining, especially some of the large set action sequences.
Ed, is right: it is very easy to criticize this film. It feels like it was made from a bad first draft of a script that desperately needed an editor and a science advisor. Just don’t take it seriously, and you’ll have some fun with it.
Bloody great film even after all these years.
I’d considered proposing The Fountain, but I recall it being a little dry, a little pretentious. IDK, I haven’t seen it since the theater.
It’s a moot point now. Results of round 1 coming tomorrow!
I guess it’s good I haven’t used it in several years.
I have a spyware free version on an older machine. Maybe they can’t touch that.
Reaper is cheap.
Doing a little work, then grocery shopping.
The Steam summer sale must be ending soon. How do I know that? Hubby purchased a number of games for me for my birthday. I figure that means the summer sale ends before my birthday actually happens.
..and it’s goodbye to Richard Donner:
The voting is closed! The results are in! The opening for audit jokes is here! I’ll make a new post, and also announce on FB. We’ve narrowed down our picks, now we’ll choose the actual 2 Palooza flicks.
The final round Survey will post shortly:
The Fifth Element
A Fistful of Dollars
Escape from New York
Blade Runner 2049
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Grand Budapest Hotel
I’m happy with all of these
Me as well, Krull is the only film I’ve never seen before.
This is why I read this column.
What a fascinating story.
I often disagree with Breihan’s assessments, but I concur fully with his 8/10. And I’m stoked to see the E6 version mentioned in the “Bonus Beats.”
I’m working a full day at the office today, meeting many co-workers for the first time.
Thankfully, LeeLoo made sure I had pretty purple nail polish for the occasion.
CP: Russian Doll — Gully Boys
As some of you know, Track & Field has been a big part of my life. If you watch the news, there has been a LOT of talk in this last week about US Star, 100m sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, losing her spot in that event at the Olympics after failing a drug test.
If none of this interests you, feel free to skip ahead but after listening to a LOT of people who barely know T&F exists, weighing in about it and now seeing the discussion pivot to “This is racially or identity motivated”, I have something to say.
Having world wide Track & Field competitions has always been extremely challenging. It’s hard to get different countries to agree on anything and the rules for training and competition are no exception.
Then, once you do get rules agreed on (and try to give a level playing field), it became an amazing challenge to get anyone to really enforce those rules.
Somehow though, in 1999 we finally managed to come up with a “World Anti-Doping Agency” that put together an agreed upon list of banned substances. If you wanted to play nice with the other countries, you had to adopt the World Anti-Doping Agency Code.
The USA and it’s Track & Field organization, (USATF) joined that group and not only agreed to play by those rules, they have been at the “tip of the spear” in enforcing those rules on other countries. There are several notorious countries who normally flaunt these rules and one who finally had their entire team banned after basically telling the world, “What are you going to do, ban our whole team?”
We said, “Yep.”
So this young super star has put USATF in a horrible position. Trust me, they WANT her to run! They WANT to have USA on the podium on a world stage. They WANT to add that medal to their list of “See how great we are!”
Most of all, for the 10 minutes that maybe 50% of the US public are actually paying attention to Track & Field, they wanted to put on the sort of show that generates more participation.
Now it’s gone to crap. It is a “No win scenario” for the program. If they uphold the ban they retain legitimacy on the world stage but lose US TV viewers.
If they dump the ban, all hell breaks loose among everyone else who has been banned both overseas AND with other US Athletes. Currently the US has a star in the Woman’s 1500m & 5000m who has a 4 year ban because she tested positive for steroids she claims she was accidentally exposed to by eating a pork in a burrito she purchased at a food truck.
Now I realize there is a whole debate about what substance should and should not be banned and that’s fine but there are definitely ways to go about getting rules changed. Most of those on the sport’s sanctioning bodies ARE ex-athletes and/or coaches and they are very much on the athletes side of things.
What you don’t do is just decided that YOU are too big a star to follow the rules. That those are there for other people. We just went through a 4 year nightmare of political leadership that pushed this idea and there is no telling how long the fallout from that will last.
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” Richardson told NBC on Friday. “I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do and am allowed not to do, and I still made that decision. I’m not making an excuse. I’m not looking for any empathy in my case.”
I don’t know how this ends but suffice it to say the damage is done. Richardson can try again in 4 years but staying healthy and in top form is a very difficult thing for a top Track athlete to do. It requires a LOT of training, singular focus, self sacrifice and sponsorship.
For it’s part, simply for following it’s own well posted rules, the USATF has to choose whether it wants it’s black eye from the US public or from the International T&F Community.
It’s just a bad scene all around. Richards has been working for her Olympic moment more that half her short life. 12 years of practices and running and may have thrown it all away in one moment of “I don’t care, I’m gonna do what I want to do.” If you have a heart, you hate that for her. We all make a lot of bad decisions when we are young.
Fortunately for most of us, we don’t do this on a world stage and we don’t have such a terrible impact on so many people.
I’m not qualified or knowledgeable enough to make an informed comment. I’d tend to agree that if an athlete breaks an established official rule, then they should face the consequences (disqualification, suspension, fine, whatever). No matter who they are.
I will say though, that you have to be consistent. It’s hard to expect someone to accept a harsh penalty if previous offenders got off easy. (Don’t know if that applies here)
If there’s more nuance to this situation, then I need to shush, sit down, and listen.
It’s definitely an unfortunate situation. This is the real pisser of it all, from the NY Times:
“Richardson apologized Friday and said in an interview with NBC that she had used marijuana to help cope with the death of her biological mother a week before the trials. She said she learned about her mother during an interview with a reporter.”
That’s another thing I don’t get. Where was her support? I have never known athletes at that level not to have a personal coach as well as a team of other support people. Why was their not someone with her that she could discuss that decision with? Where were her “people”?
It’s just a terribly sad thing.
Another quiet day here in bunnyland.
The days are gonna be frantic here for a bit. Yay.
The Palooza Finals link is up! You can vote for multiple choices in each category.
Let me know if it looks OK. For now, we’ll give it 10 days. Polls close on 7/17.
I voted for this too.
Where’s my sticker? 😉
Today I wrangle a newsletter from out of my head.
Is this an exorcism?
Sometimes it feels that way
CP: All My Fish Are Dead — The Vega Bodegas
I think this list was compiled to make the author look cool and hip.
The ones I’ve seen – – about half – – are all legit choices.
Glorious Purpose is totally our band name.
Who’s the alligator?
Happy Birthday Mr Mangan.
This is going by Desert Pixies post on FB.
Thank you! But it’s our anniversary. I haven’t checked FB yet, the browser was too damn slow.
That means I saw many of you 5 years ago today!
Sherlock Holmes I’m not.
Off to the city this morning
Wombat butt cheeks of death
I can’t believe I fell for the hype of another Zach Snyder movie. Army of the Dead was bad. The only good part was the opening Viva Las Vegas sequence.
It was just bad.
Long, dumb, and bad. Which also happens to be the title of my sex tape.
Not as good a sex tape name as “Guardians of Ga’Hoole.”
I was also tricked! I watched the horrible Liam Neeson ice and snow themed action film “The Ice Road” but thought I was about to watch the Liam Neeson ice and snow themed action film “Cold Pursuit”. By the time I realized what was what I was already 1/3 of the way down the shitty Ice Road.
Ah the ice road flick wasn’t too bad to watch early Saturday evening drinking from a can of cider,
I liked Amber Midthunder
In case you didn’t see the new What If. . .? trailer:
Mesh network on the cheap:
So finally got round to starting the final season of The Man in the High Castle.
CP: More — Holly McNarland
Goodbye to William Smith:
Black Widow was good. Nice post credits scene.
We saw it tonight too. Lots of fun.
Do stay for the post credits scene.
So fun! Exceeded my (kinda meh) expectations by far!!
Maybe top MCU 5 for me
Yup, pretty cool.
It was the perfect mix of heartfelt, action, and Marvel ridiculousness. Loved it.
Also I hope that Disney plus offers all the Marvel films on it premium. Not only did in save at least 30$ by watching at home than opposed to a theater, but I got to pause when I had to pee and got to see it in super hi def
We really are hitting a milestone in home theater technology. We’re at a point where my 70 inch 4k TV with the surround sound (with my viewing position close enough to the TV) provides a comparable viewing experience to a standard movie theater. And any difference in quality is massively (and I mean insanely massively) compensated for by not having to deal with movie theaters, not having to pay insane amounts of money for crappy food, not having to fight and jockey for seats, not having to listen to other people being rude in the theater, and being able to control the volume of the movie so as not to risk hearing damage.
This RPG is free today:
So when did hard seltzers become a thing in the USA?
That seems to have been on the rise with the party set for the past half-decade. It’s the new Zima.
A good 5 years ago, as Jack said. And it’s not the new Zima at all as seltzers are here to stay for better or worse. The country’s first seltzery opened 3 years ago down the street from me
It’s really a play off of the LaCroix sparkling water movement (which I find just as pointless) that mistakes a lack of flavor with the concept of “healthy”. I’ve had people tell me they drink those because it has fewer calories. It’s also extremely popular with woman that don’t like beer but want to hang out with their significant others and/or other people that do (I’m not being sexist here, this is what I hear from the people selling it who have done their market research and/or watched it happen in their breweries for the last 5 years). I had a great conversation with a local brewer about the fact that they were going to start making them at their brewery. They hate the concept, but it’s so popular that they said watching people buy so many in cans was like watching wheelbarrows full of money pour out their door. The other eye opener was just how easy it is to make them. With Beer there are all kinds of steps involved to process grains (roasting, milling, mashing, boiling, etc.) before you get to put in the yeast and get to fermentation. For seltzers you just add sugar to water and put in the yeast. When it’s done fermenting, you water it back down to 5% ABV or so and add some artificial flavor.
So I can absolutely understand the desire to brew and/or market/sell seltzer. As for being able to understand it’s popularity, I would imagine that much of it’s current popularity is a mixture of succumbing to advertising (something Americans seem to have almost no natural defenses against), trying to get drunk on the least amount of calories, and possibly finding a cheaper alternative to wine for people that don’t want to drink beer.
I rarely get into brand cults or brand bashing, but I gotta say, we have 2 Dyson vacuums in our house, and both suck. No wait, they suck in every way, except when pulling up small debris from carpets. No more Dysons.
Worst of all, they’ve besmirched Lemmy’s good name by calling one of their products the Motorhead.
Dyson seems to be an even better marketer than Bose, with about the same result.
Gawd Bose are so overrated, been disappointed since I QC35 headphones.
How dare you speak ill of Bose!
I’m kidding, but I am enjoying the wireless Bose headphones I got last Xmas.
I will give them one thing, they are very comfortable and you can wear them on an international flight without feeling like your head is in a vice.
Fascinating, but kinda terrible, no?
Tenacious D doing the Beatles Abbey Road medley, but it takes a turn.
Fascinating, but kinda terrible, no?
Well played, sir! And you’re not wrong.
Well now you know:
I would like to see the data further boiled down to included only engagements between compatible aircraft.
Watched Black Widow last night. It was fun.
Without spoilers, do you think the end credit sequence will be a series or a movie?
Ummm it’s going to be a series, pretty well advertised,
Obviously I live in a bubble, as I didn’t see the ads 🙂
Not ads, but in media stories about the MCU.
CW: The Tomorrow War
Reminding me that I would love to see an adaptation of the Simak story where humanity comes from the future to escape an infinitely adaptable aliens who love to hunt humans.
That is an interesting concept.
What if, all around the world, countries were suddenly inundated with human refugees from a future earth timeline.
That is an interesting concept.
What if, all around the world, countries were suddenly inundated with human refugees from a future earth timeline.
Latest Twitter theory on Loki.
Mobius is a Thor variant from Sylvie’s timeline.
Which is why he says she’s his fav Loki
Fun theory, but I hope not actually true.
I wonder if they’re testing the waters for an Owen Wilson series.
Btw, there was apparently a nod to Frog Thor in the latest Loki! Go Walt Simonson.
If you want another tile game that is just for two players, the Oatmeal has you sorted:
Gravity comparison for the major bodies in the solar system:
Pretty good q & a.
Happy birthday, Bittle Lunny aka Little Bunny aka The Energizer Bunny aka Ryah!
Thanks. It was nice and relaxing
I’ve stayed up way too late reading about airlock decompression. ugh.
Just a reminder that people don’t explode in space so Outland was wrong:
Yeah, but it’s still a fun schlocky movie.
It turns out they were all wrong – – Alien/Aliens, Event Horizon (a Palooza option!), Outland, Battlestar Galactica, etc. You don’t get sucked out into space at all, you get pushed – – and really, only if you’re standing right next to the breach when it opens. If you’re across the room, you’re fine.
And apparently, there was a recent leak in the ISS:
The cosmonauts used floating tea leaves to find it.
You know who wasn’t wrong? Arthur C Clarke in his novel Earthlight.
Well 2001 as well but Earthlight was earlier.
I don’t know Earthlight, but The Expanse and 2001 have been cited as accurate depictions.
Seriously, shit has got to get better.
This is the hill they want to die on.
Or at least, other people to die on. I guarantee all of these hypocrite fucks are vaccinated.
I think they want to see as many people die on Biden’s watch as on trump’s … even if it consists of mainly their own supporters.
It is psychopathic.
Ryan Reynolds Reacts:
Korg is far and away the best MCU character. Second place is not even close.
The links seems a-broke.
You’re high, yes?
Well, unless the delivery driver steals it (sadly not unheard of) I may have bagged a PS5.
Time will tell.
Work, work, work
JW: Loki season finale
Misconceptions about WW2:
Okay… so before I click that link I am going to guess if that is “World War 2” or “Wonder Woman 2”.
Given Van’s verried interests … it could go either way.
I’m going to guess “World War” and something to do with fighter aircraft.
Well a few fighter aircraft are mentioned.
I haven’t clicked yet either, but I assume there are Soviet artifacts involved.
Just click the link Jack! FFS!
Yes, Operation Barbarossa is mentioned.
Pouring down rain in Phoenix today. This is a good thing!
It’s also down to 80 degrees. Gonna feel freezing.
80 degrees cold.
My daughter puts on a sweater when the temp drops below 82.
Palooza voting seems to have stopped. No new votes for a few days.
Neither of our current front-runners are my top picks, but – – I’m fine with both, if that’s how it pans out.
Miss Minutes has a Twitter account.
That how you can tell she is evil.
TIL: Everlong is Dave Grohl’s love song to Louise from Veruca Salt.
I did something crazy and cut my hair for the first time in a year and a half
Yourself? Flowbee? Or at an actual haircut place in the real world??
An actual real world haircut.
Stan Lee’s alter ego form:
Beware the Lunar Nodal Cycle…BEWARE!!!
Reminds me of the old Sinclair Z88:
Ok, enough of this. Time to clean my floors.
It wasn’t so bad that I noticed it. I got the feeling there was an artistic choice to use muted lighting to mimic an ageing 1970’s show. Now the GOT fight scene with the White Walkers, however.
This is a serious nitpick to most of us, but of course, if that’s your specialty, than of course you’re bound to notice. As a layperson viewer, I was fine with it.
ditto posted a link a few days back about how some of the Loki scenes were difficult to shoot. (can’t search, must work)
I don’t think there was anything wrong with the lighting. Let me see…. Nope, nothing wrong.
I’ll take the artistic intention from the professionals that made the movies and show over some wannabe that writes an article about it.
So PS5 arrived and the first game I played on it was a PS4 game.
Spelunky 2 does now play full screen so there is that.
CP: Breaking Into Heaven — The Stone Roses
This could be a gamechanger:
Yes, because the problem is that the clothes are shrinking…
So, if Star Wars Squadrons didn’t do it for you (and it didn’t really give me what I was hoping for out of a modern Star Wars flight sim), may I suggest:
I can’t imagine how this gets past the Empire’s Palpattorneys, but wow, that looks impressive.
The original images look relatively great too.
Squadrons is okay, but I’m looking forward to this. 🙂 I’m at a loss as to why LucasArts didn’t do this years ago. I’ve been following the Fate of the Galaxy mod for FreeSpace for 15 years, it might actually release within the next year.
So the Freedom Phone that costs 500 dollars is a cheap Chinese phone:
Each phone comes pre-loaded with tracking and bugging software that reports directly to Beijing.
It’s often hard to work when hubby is playing games on the computer beside me.
CP: Mr. Prism — Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
I’m intrigued by the article, but I’ve only read the first sentence. Forgive me if it’s tripe.
It’s not bad, but it ignores the fact that kids from the 70s–and I expect earlier–were treated the same. We had a lot of “freedom”. I remember my Mom locking me out of the house at times when she wanted the house to herself. /shrug
Yeah, I was a 70’s latchkey kid. A lot of times, my mom had no idea where I was or what I was doing.
CP: I Did My Best — Soul Asylum
If you haven’t yet heard the Dee Gees super faithful cover.
I liked it. I’m disappointed that you can’t seem to get the songs digitally since this is a Record Store Day release.
Alright – it was a pretty faithful rendition. Essentially a cover.
So, I have to ask – what’s really the point? It’s not like the original has been lost to history and this version doesn’t really add anything.
I liked it.
And I did actually watch a full movie last night!
Book of Eli. It was just aight.
Hubble is back!
JW: Gunpowder Milkshake
Fun action flick.
RIP Biz Markie
I’d pack in smoking if I was you..
BTW – Finally went and saw “Black Widow”
First time back in a theater in over a year. Only about 8 others there for that matinee but it still felt awkward.
The movie was pretty much everything I want in a Marvel movie. Given the subject mater it easily could have been “dark, brooding and moody” but I was glad they went more in the “irreverent and fun” direction.
Not going to win any Academy Awards but that’s fine. I was entertained.
I liked it a lot. Also, Marvel has pretty much made the point that if you want to follow along you must have a Disney+ account. Which is fine by me, but may lose the folks who want a stand-alone movie.
I agree with you in part, but I think Disney has been pretty good walking the fine line of requiring you to watch all the Star Wars series and what is introduced in the movie. I expect that will carry over to the MCU as well. Plus, Marvel has also done a good job of making the movies somewhat independent while still fitting into a narrative whole.
I guess we will see how well they handle things over the next few years.
Indie coming of age flick, the lead actress is English putting on an Ohio accent, annoying but so it goes.
Pretty good and a better ending than I was expecting.
Speaking of Indie flicks, I finally got around to watching 1990’s “Swingers”.
Basically it’s a group of post, college-age buddies in LA struggling with being young 20 somethings in LA while helping the main character get over a failed relationship.
I knew some people for whom that movie was (for a while a least) some sort of cornerstone of culture. Maybe if I was 22 and this was the first Indie film I ever saw I might have felt the same. It wasn’t.
Turns out Vince Vaughn has ALWAYS been annoying. I guess if you like his comedy stylings you might enjoy it but I found it pretty much empty of any entertainment.
I will say that I appreciated it from the standpoint of all the gorilla film making they had to do to get it done and it was nice to see Jon Favreau in a lead (he also wrote and co-directed it) but other than that… meh.
It reminded me a lot of 1982’s “Diner”
Which IMDB described as “A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.”
I haven’t seen this since ’99-’00 or so, but I recall thinking it was hilarious. A lot of it was apparently ad-libbed, a lot shot on location in actual diners (guerrilla-style, like you said).
Many times, I’ve wanted to stand up on the table at a restaurant and say, “I would never eat here.”
The truth behind the Chinese seed panic of last year:
Finally had a chance to read this link.
Amazing bit of investigating AND what they found is also quite remarkable.
Palooza results posted tonight!
We had a tie in the 21st Century. Is everyone OK with me just making the call? Otherwise, we can do a quick tie-breaker vote.
Eitehr way, folks will know what 2 movies were tied for 1st.
I’m fine with you making the call, Jack.
Yup, MAKE THE CALL JACK!
I’m cool with you making the pick
I was ok with everything on the list so make the call and I’ll watch it.
The smoke is still stupid thick today.
Hubby and I are definitely gamers. How can I tell. Our anniversary is in two weeks. For our anniversary, I got him a new gaming joystick for his computer, her bought me a gaming mouse for mine.
OK, I’ll announce it here first. But I’ll prob post to FB end of the day today… and I’ll do a new main page Deadpan post:
The 20th Century Palooza Winner is. . . . The Fifth Element!
The 21st Century Winner was. . . a tie! So there are 2 choices: Tenet and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
I was going to cast the tie-breaker, but I think more options are a good thing. So watch both or watch one and skip the other.
I intend to watch both 21st Century movies, but Tenet will definitely be up first, then Buster Scruggs.
More info to come on how we can Palooza participate for each of the movies, in the absence of a podcast.
Works for me
Logan’s Run author has died:
Interesting to see how this plays out. https://variety.com/2021/film/news/movie-theater-owners-black-widow-disney-plus-1235022524/
New page came early!