Santa’s low on ho’s this year.
Those North Korean sanctions are having an effect.
What about Mrs. Claus?
She’s been de-claused for Xmas,
The new season of Agents of Shield has begun.
Working getting caught up on some media.
Finished Season 2 of Stranger Things. Decent, but didn’t really capture things quite like the original. I also thought they were trying way too hard this time with song selections that were just too on the nose most of the time.
Also watched the Scarlett Johansson version of “Ghost in the Shell”. I hadn’t partaken of any of the previous versions, video or comic. Decent and very beautiful. However, it seemed a much more shallower take on the questions of identity and what it means to be human than Blade Runner, or even the original Robocop, which it seemed to share an awful lot in common with.
I still haven’t seen SJ’s GitS. I recall thinking the original was pretty deep, a thousand lifetimes ago.
Your opinion is so wrong about Stranger Things 2, Ed. So wrong! So, so, so wrong.
Yeah Season 2 is pretty goddamn great. Ed just hates all things Netflix. It’s a Netflix bias I say! Get thee behind me, Edward!
DING DING! SHAME!*
*note. I don’t even watch goddamn Game of Thrones and I’m pretty sure I know everything there is to know. #GoTinherantinthesystem
I’m kind of on his page with the music. I did LOVE a lot of the music choices but I often found them distracting from the show. They didn’t advance or support the plot (just the time period) but often they where forced “front and center” anyway.
Several times it felt like it was a character who had randomly shown up and stood center screen yelling “ME ME notice ME hey guys look at ME.” Then it would exit frame with no explanation and the show would continue.
At least it was music I liked though.
I kid Ed. I didn’t have that reaction to the music, but it is a valid point.
Overall, I felt like it was akin to the way Alien/Aliens upped the stakes. And the they used an 80s movie trope beautifully in the final episode for a great emotional payoff.
Bingo! I think you really captured it. I mean, yes, I enjoyed all the songs and was able to appreciate the references. But, at the same time, they did tend to overpower the narrative.
Also, with the big setup going back to the trailers with Ghostbusters – I was a bit disappointed that they pretty much completely forgot about that reference in the approach to the climax.
That said, I did enjoy it! I don’t hate everything on Netflix…and, for the record, I like Flash Gordon! 🙂
Speaking of anime turned live action… I recently watched the live action Death Note on Netflix and it wasn’t half bad. I don’t watch a lot of anime, but will do so when I find one I like well enough (e.g. Witch Hunter Robin). Anyone have an opinion on the anime version of Death Note?
I’m not familiar with either, but I’ve heard good about both. Anime fans are surprised by the live action.
Hey Van, thanks for the link about Voyager 1 (previous page). That is pretty cool stuff.
So, any recommendations on which anime version of “Ghost in the Shell” to check out? Looking on Amazon, there are several, it seems.
I was a bit underwhelmed when I saw the restored version at the cinema earlier this year.
We rewatched the original anime GitS before we watched the new live action remake. To be honest, we liked the new one better.
Here you go, Ed:
Damn, the internet really does know everything, doesn’t it?
Speaking of anime, “Batman Ninja” looks fun:
DPSS present away!
Today we reconcile the company credit card.
Paddington 2 was a brightly coloured delight and even had a homage to the first animated adaption the BBC did, nice!
I quite liked the first movie.
More TSA madness:
The new norm.
So, this is actually a case of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) having issues. I know that everyone loves to hate the TSA. But, for a rare change, it wasn’t them this time.
It’s been a productive morning. Reconciled the cc and the bank accounts.
Also, did an update to the website.
Off to renew a prescription and mail my Christmas Cards.
Wow. I just got the most realistic spam mail yet. It was a paypal receipt for a scuba knife. It looked so much like a real paypal receipt (I ordered something else last week so used it for comparison). It said, “if this payment was not authorized by you log in here and cancel it.)
Good thing I’m a paranoid mouse. I logged into paypal but on my own through my web browser, not through the link.
Seriously, this was scarily good.
Once the scammers acquire basic grammar skills, we’re all doomed.
Altered Carbon trailer is up:
I liked that book, but not enough to continue the series.
I may have been a bit grumpy that he did such a great job with the body-hosting concept that I’d used in Spherical Tomi.
I’ll definitely give the show a chance.
Remember when MTV felt important? Like they had their finger on the cultural pulse?
It was. They did.
This is terrific stuff.
Get your manly men stories ready:
Let the Internets begin!
Stories are for pansies!!
God save the Queen
We mean it maaaaaaan
How is everyone doing?
All. Fucking. In.
When you transported on here, did my starship have a sign on it that said “Dead Klingon Storage?”
You win. You win.
“Damn Scotty. That’s some serious gourmet shit.”
Agreed with Lo – I actually laughed out loud! 😀
He’s dead Jim. Zed’s dead.
So it’s raining today. The first since I got my new roof.
… and my roof is leaking more than ever.
So now instead of getting all of my errands run that I had to do this morning because I will be waiting from 1 to 5pm for the cable repair guy … I am now waiting for the roofer.
And also trying to dry a hardwood floor.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
That sucks JOe, I would assume the work is still under warranty.
Yeh. The guy is on the roof now trying to track down the issue.
Water leaks are a particularly evil adversary. The point of entry is rarely anywhere near where the water shows up.
Couldn’t find the source of the Nile.
Will have to come back on a dry day and start taking things apart.
Ugh x2000. Sorry, J0e. If you shake your fist at the sky, you’ll be directing your anger in the right direction.
LoPanta Claus has sent off his secret LoPanta gift.
DPSS gift has been purchased and obtained, I still have to address and mail though.
CP: Behind Every Good Woman — Tracy Bonham
Moderately attractive sheep
You get me!
Don’t let the term “emo” scare you away. It’s a good read https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/secret-history-emo-music
I’d never wholesale disparage any musical genre, but I’m pretty resistant to Emo/Screamo.
That said, this is a cool and lovingly detailed geekout by a devout fan of the genre. I’ll always support that kind of thing.
I got my Deadpan Secret Santa gift in the mail today! Thank you very much, Dark Lord Mangan! 😉
I hope you enjoy it, Darth Bowen!
While I love my husband dearly, sometimes I wish he was a little more handy. When something in the house needs fixing, I’m the one he calls on to deal with it.
We finished The Punisher last night on NexFlix. It took a few episodes to get going but, over all, I’d rate it fairly high on the Marvel/Netflix scale.
The Ed shall hate it!!!!!*
*I love you, Ed.
I have one episode left to go. Definitely a slow-starter, but I’ve enjoyed the plot twists and turns. Especially when Frank found the Green Lantern ring and turned into the Silver Surfer. (fake spoilers)
I know, right? And that cross over where he fights the Iron Fist…
Using a dis-guarded Iron MAN suit … who would have seen THAT coming.
For what it’s worth.
Meh. While he has some ok music, as a whole, I could never get into him.
Loved him in CSN&Y.
CP: Upside Down — Boom Boom Satellites
DPSS gift away! I also received mine in the mail. I guess I’ll find out later who the culprit is. The gift is rad. 🙂
DPSS gift received! Thank you for the world’s smallest Space Invaders arcade cabinet, mysterious person!
Cool! Glad you liked it. 😀
Ooooh, post a photo you fiend!
Photos pending. Stay tuned to Facebook.
Maybe this is exciting news…
They keep trying to reboot Twilight Zone, but it never seems to stick. It’d be interesting to see his take on it.
Also – I’m having my name legally changed to “Buddy Thunderstruck.”
I dunno, “Buddy Thunderstruck’s Deadpan” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Who can forget his catch phrase –
“You’ve been … THUNDERstruck!”
A friend recommended this book. Definitely intrigued.
So, I must confess, I’m looking forward to this:
We recently got caught up on Season 5 and the ending gave a nearly perfect setup to going forward without Kevin Spacey.
That show lost me before Kevin Spacey did. Seasons 1-3 we’re good to excellent.
CAN’T YOU TWO EVER AGREE ON NOTHIN’?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
We agreed on Southland Tales.
My DPSS gift has been ordered! 🙂
Captain America says goodnight:
“BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.”
You can get it on his twitter page
It’s sweet, I guess.
Is it a Sequel to Goodnight Moon?
You know your hubby had a rough day at work when he comes home and says “thank you for being normal”
I guess he had to deal with some crazy parents yesterday
That would make for a good Hallmark card.
Well we aren’t The targeted audience.
CL: Arcs Of Command — Caspian
I just dig this song!
Caspian enjoyed their smoke machine when we saw them open for Katatonia. In a tiny club. Making concert photos impossible.
They’re still a very cool band.
CP: Obsession — OK Go
CL: Wow – Beck
A list of albums, none of which I have heard
Best heard with an unkempt beard, gauged ears, and a fez at an independently-owned coffee shop.
(They’re hipsters, you see. . . .) And yes, that is a fucking hipster list. RE: Kendrick Lamarr: people keep recommending him. I’ve listened, but I don’t get it.
AV Club might need to loosen their man-bun.
In addition to the Pearl Harbor attack and the shooting of John Lennon, December 7 is also the day that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released.
In fact, the long, sweeping shots of the Enterprise from that first screening are still playing, right now.
As I like ST:TMP i’m Going to stick my tongue out at ya!
I like it to. At the very least, that’s where we got the excellent theme song for ST:TNG. 😀
It’s definitely one of the good Trek movies.
Yeh me too …
… but still – Bonus points for this “In fact, the long, sweeping shots of the Enterprise from that first screening are still playing, right now.”
This is where VelociJack mauls the hunter just before he says “Clever!” 😉
And, if you’re in the mood for a most excellent CGI version:
btw – when you see the name Dennis Bailey – he’s the guy responsible for the CGI model of the Enterprise that everyone uses in their videos. And it is amazing.
CP: Dive For You — Boom Boom Satellites
Hey Lo! Have you heard of Starcrawler? I think they’ve got a nice early punk vibe going.
Funny video, but you have to skip to 1:56 to get to the music.
Well I have NOW!!!!!! 🙂
What do you think?
Agreed! Real impressed that kids in High School have this kind of sensibility. Def gonna check out the record when it comes out!
??? High School?
You heard me, Gramps
Hail Santa, Archangelo
You know that the Santa’s near
We’re standing here by the green wreath.
The Yule Log. . . is in flames. . .
Two elven workers reaching out
To the Belly… with many names…
He is. . . the shining in the night, to pull the sleigh for Santa to see.
Jack said “log”
Ten years later, there’s a Battle Angel trailer.
And it looks terrible.
A Dan Simmons adaption that is not the Hyperion Cantos:
The Terror was an intense read. I seriously can’t wait for this.
Crap joke for the day:
Two scientists walk into a bar.
“I’ll have H2O,” says the 1st.
“I’ll have H2O, too,” says the 2nd.
Bartender gives them water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda position, as well as pragmatic context.
Doesn’t anyone get poisoned in this joke?
I think I may have.
With the help of Alcohol, I have forced myself to get the boxes of winter clothes out and am swapping them with the “summer” clothes in my closet.
I hate giving up on summer but I fear it has given up on me.
Does anyone else still have clothes they wore in high school?
Good grief. What’s the deal with all the black, turtle necks? I am going to see if I can wear a different one for every day left in December.
That’s festive, right?
Is now the time on Sprockets when we dahnce?
I’m betting he won’t turn up but gawd it would be good to see an internet troll get his ass handed to him:
Attention, contact with a female, a chance to play the victim (after she kicks his ass, and he claims she cheated) – – most trolls desperately crave these things. He just might.
The new StAr Wars film is looking to fall on the good side of the entertainment equation:
The new Avengers Trailer looks good.
My pop culture weekend:
Finally getting to Sense8 season 2. Love the V for Vendetta nod.
Mindhunter. Seriously good, smart stuff.
Hip-Hop Family Tree. Fascinating non-fiction comic about the origins of Rap music.
And we’re off to see The Shape of Water today. Don’t let me down, Guillermo.
Doesn’t come out in the U.K. till February..the bar stewards!
It’s good! More like his older stuff.
It’s *real* gooood
So I gathered, it’s got some good reviews.
Got to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night – definitely a worthy sequel. I don’t know when’s the last time my son has laughed so hard.
+25 for familial laughter.
That’s even better than the movie, which is a blast.
(See, we also agree about GotG2)
Primordial rap music from Treacherous 3, including a pre-fame Kool Moe Dee. Call me a cranky old man, but I like this better than anything I’m hearing made today.
Holy shit…THIS rabbit hole
Right? “High Power Rap” from Crash Crew is another one. And then there’s Grandmaster Flash. . .
Today is backwards day for hubby. Instead of working late, he’s going in early.
Hey Bunny – – I emailed you at the gmail address last week. Did you receive it?
I love (most) of QOTSA. I love LOVE all of Kyuss… but Josh Homme has proven time and time again to be one of rock’s biggest assholes.
Ugh. What a utter dick move. I really hate it when the asshole personalities within a band start to affect how I enjoy that band’s music.
Bingo. Not for nothin but he clearly has a drinking problem. When I saw them a few months back he could barely form complete sentences in the between songs banter he was so sloshed.
And so his statement says. “Sorry, I was drunk.”
I’d only accept his apology if it was his first step on the path to getting clean and sober. No excuse.
I got a lot done this morning.
Now, off to the store. I need to get removeable hooks to hand the stockings on the fireplace.
Why would the box office even sell tickets for $485 apiece? I suppose it’s an interesting way to try to put scalpers out of business. . . .
Excuse me, while I try to start breathing again after seeing a $2000 checkout price come up in my Ticketmaster app.
WTF could you possibly be going to for that amount of cash?
I’m not going to anything for $2000. . . . That was what came up in Ticketmaster during today’s Hamilton ticket lottery. With a little patience and persistence, though, I was able to get $75 tix.
We only own 18 of the games listed. I guess we better get buying 😉
Bunny, your Glittery Xmas card arrived today, thank you.
Hubby asked for a Ferrari for Christmas, so I got him one. True, it’s a hot wheels Ferrari but that’s as close as he’s going to get
Tonight clunky classic is Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang!
You can it it’s 2004 from the mobile phones..
starring Batman and Iron Man.
Bunny, did you get my email at your gmail address last week? (Sorry for the repeated question – – I figure my previous post got lost in the waves above)
I have all my Gmail account hooked up to my mobile devices. Except I forgot to add the new personal email. So it got missed. Rectifying that now
DPSS gift is awayyyyyy
We got a Xmas card from our milkman today. Really nice gesture! Also I need to ask Dani a few questions…
The short answer is no. Long answer, just answered it
And I just replied! Thanks!
“I still can’t believe that my nan and grandad are having sex at 86.”
“Really? Why’s that?”
“Because they live at number 84”.
It’s very windy out this morning. Sounds like we’re having a chinook
You’re having salmon?
Today I’m making the dough for baking gingerbread cookies tomorrow.
First we combine oil and sugar
Next we add a whole bunch of different spices
That was a lot of spices
Now we add eggs
We added vanilla. Now we put in some molasses
Now flour. Lots, and lots, of flour
There. The dough is mixed, covered, and in the fridge, ready for tomorrow
I’m trying to decide if I want to watch a movie this afternoon or not
Hipster ass hate everything AV Club Just gave Jedi a B+ and says it shas “Middle Chapter Empire Style Mojo”.
They’re sometimes loose with spoilers, and supposedly, there’s a big one in this film. So. Not gonna read that review until I’ve seen the film.
Yeah Ive been good not being spoiled as well.
I’ve seen three other headline reviews, two positive and one negative. Trust in the Force.
I’m going to see it whatever the reviews state.
Thanks Obvious Oswald!
It’s what I do.
I decided to read instead
I get my kicks ABOVE the waistline, sunshine
Makes a hard man crumble.
But the pearls ain’t free…
I can feel the Papa standin’ next to me…
Baby class! They don’t call it Lamaze anymore.
Sounds like good news for Alabama!
Good news for humans everywhere.
In the words of that great philosopher, Tiny Tim … “God bless us. Everyone!”
RIP Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens. “Blood & Roses” was a staple of my acoustic gigs, back in the day.
Underrated band fueld by a massive great radio hit
Today my Boo and her man comes over and we bake and decorate gingerbread cookies :happy:
I’ll grant you the relevance of Nina Simone but, even though I am a fan of Moody Blues and The Cars, it seems like a paper thin crop this year.
Booooo. I hope they put Bon Jovi’s plaque next to The 1910 Fruitgum Company.
I don’t object to Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, or Moody Blues, but it’s a travesty that Judas Priest and Link Wray were left out. I’d also cast my votes for Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine, LL Cool J, and Radiohead. My votes were completely shut out.
OOOF!!! I had forgotten all those candidates. It looks even worse now
Oh no, Rhett.
RIP, Warrell Dane of Nevermore.
Oh shit… 🙁
Sad day, although not unexpected. The difference in his health from 2010 to 2014 was pretty daunting. Between his diabetes and alcoholism and other life choices I wasn’t expecting him to live more than 5 years. I am happy that I got to speak to him personally on two separate occasions.
RIP Warrel, may your spirit forever burn bright.
Well ticket booked to see the new Star Wars flick tomorrow.
Never heard of it
Crap quip for the day:
I’m never been very good at flying, which is why I always go on by plane..
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