Enjoy the ride.
Kicking things off with the Doctor Strange trailer.
I’m giddy, in a Deadpan kind of way.
Ah twitter has been full of hate for this take on Doctor Strange.
Is it nerdrage or sexist rage?
Race rage mostly.
OK. I get it. Sure, The Ancient One probably should have been portrayed by an Asian actor or actress.
CW: Latest Supergirl
Woot! New comment thread!
It’s looking to be a beautiful spring day.
Is “Scroll in a Bucket” the prequel to “Message in a Bottle”?
Now, if only my Pan(dora) could just untangle her long, bony, intrusive legs from my own, I could get up and get ready for work.
JW: Hunters E1
Dear Liza, dear Liza.
Well fix it dear Henry
So what I learnt this week:
Ghengis Kahn used siege weaponry to invade cities.
I never knew that!
…and installing this new SSD is going to be more complicated than I thought…bugger!
installing new STDs are still remarkably easy.
Just don’t be crabby about it.
Oh and watched the first episode of Wynona Earp…
Not worth paying money for in my opinion.
Thank you, my brother
Crap mini joke:
Did you guys hear the joke about nihilism?
It doesn’t matter. Nothing does.
No coat for you!
A question from the TV series: LOST
Whay are there guns in purgatory? (The island)
An important read:
Just an observation.
I think this article overlooks the fact (based on personal experience)that a large percentage of guys who gravitated to gaming in their teens/early 20’s, lack basic social interaction skills to begin with. Being uncomfortable around people/having a non-awkward conversation is only exacerbated and magnified when they are in the presence of the opposite sex. Some guys grow out of this some don’t. If a socially awkward guy then surrounds himself with other socially awkward guys … the chances of self improvement would seem to decrease. Is this “culture” or is it just dysfunction feedback loop?
To be clear, not ALL guys who are into gaming are socially inept but then again not ALL guys who are into gaming are abusive and disrespectful towards women.
So the question I would pose – Is there an actual “culture of disrespect towards women” in gaming/geekdom worlds … or is there simply a large percentage of that population who lack the basic ability to pull off “appropriate, public social interaction”.
If the later is the case, what is the ratio of socially competent guys to Asperger’s like guys needed to pull off a “Pygmalion”?
The main takeaway for me is:
This kind of debasement is really happening to women and girls, even if the perpetrators are a tiny minority, and the community needs to send a message to the creeps that their behaviors will never be tolerated or excused or overlooked.
That can apply to every culture where this shit is happening – – not just gaming.
As popular culture makes previously male dominated hobbies like gaming and comics more mainstream, their will be certain cro-magnons who feel like they are loosing turf and give the average gamer a bad name. As a sign of hope, I’ve noticed locally the comic store’s patrons are split pretty evenly between men and women. The patrons at game stores are still mostly male, but more women are showing up every year. Eventually the cro-mags will die out, it’s a self correcting issue.
Here’s my two cents on the matter. Sexism pervades many aspects of geek and “normal” culture alike, from casting in movies/television, to female characters in literature, to comic book portrayals of female characters, etc. I think much of this is driven by the gender stereotypes that many of us learned as children. Many of us want it to go away, and we assume that it will work itself out as culture progresses. However, I was forced to observe a Nick Jr. show called Bubble Guppies just a few days ago and it occurred to me that even at the very youngest ages we are STILL weening our children on the kind of gender stereotypes that I was weaned on and that my parents were weaned on. If we continue to teach out kids that girls = butterflies and boys = puppy dogs with no grey area in between, how can we expect them to get any further than us in truly seeing gender differences as complex rather than stereotypes?
Gets off soapbox.
Thank you for posting Jack. It’s an interesting read and I am familiar with a lot of what he is saying. As are my male friends who have played as female characters in MMORPG.
A new Japanese Godzilla for 2016:
CP: laughing and not being normal — Grimes
My computer says it was unable to start and is currently doing a “start up repair”
Oh joy :ermm:
Huzzah! It took two tries but at least I’m up and running
Is it ever gonna be enough?
Is it ever gonna be enough?
Is it ever gonna be enough?
(Earworm planted. You’re welcome.)
Well, since I don’t recognize those lyrics, I’m afraid your planting has fallen upon unfertile soil.
All the gold. And the guns. And the tools. Couldnt get you off.
CP: Dominion/Mother Russia — The Sisters Of Mercy
Town is quiet now/
Like it’s holding its breath.
Stone marks the spot.
^You know who you are
That a way, Dallas. Im not a fan but I hope they crush the Wild in 4
Yesterday was a good news, bad news kind of day.
Bad News: I had to get a new computer. This wasn’t totally unexpected as my system was dying a slow and painful death. I was just hoping I could put it off a little longer as we have other expences.
Good News: I got a new computer! Obviously, the first thing I put in it was Steam.
I usually put a Spectrum emulator on before Steam myself.
So I’m in Glasgow for a few hours exchanging stuff with Ex.
I love how he just innocently sets himself up
Ah not too bad, it went ok.
Sometimes those occasions are good for closure and for restoring some affection.
Sometimes they’re opportunities for dramatic people to hold items hostage.
She’s got a gun!
No hostage taking.
Restoring some affection fits.
My old computer had Windows 7 on it, this one has Windows 10. Took a bit to figure out where everything was but I think I’ve got a handle on it now.
Arbitrary UI changes FTW!
Specs? For use that like that sort of thing.
Van, I always get a custom built high end gaming machine. I’ll get you the specs after lunch
My old one has Windows XP. Wait thats my only one…
A co-worker was just telling me I should watch Rick and Morty. Has someone discussed that show here before? Anyone have an opinion?
Yes, it’s good, has a lot of scifi references, some adult themes.
Oh and a lot of swearing if you watch the uncensored versions.
High recommendation. Its not Archer brilliance, but close
I definitely like Rick and Morty. It’s bizarre enough to keep me coming back for more.
It’s “Day of the amushroom” today. Maybe just at my work?
Even if it is National Mushroom Day then ewwww all around.
They grow on you.
When you are sleeping!
Anyone seen Midnight Special in the theatre? If so, thoughts…
Well-written article. Lots of insights about the significance of the Death Stars in Star Wars.
Fucking right! No Force, no wizards, no supernatural stuff. Just a soldier’s story set in the universe . This is all Ive wanted. I cannot wait
Very good article. I neglected to read it the first time I saw it. I’m glad I went back now that you linked to it.
If it’s true Darth Vader will appear than I doubt the force won’t appear at some point in the film.
I hope he doesnt appear. If he does I just want a quick cameo in order to tie it in to the Star Wars universe.
So I decided as I await the USB to SATA cable to arrive, to install the new SSD and install the 64 bit Windows 10 from scratch.
Fingers crossed and all jazz..
Aha! got my Bluetooth functionality back by going 64 bit.
But now I have to reinstall all my fav programs.
True, but at least your log in credentials to “Naked Ladies and Marsha Bradys” are still intact.
“I’m like Sam the Butcher bringing Alice the meat.”
Shake yo rumPAH!
I lost that one, what was your password again?
Ah it’s always a treat to educate people about the Reliant Robin:
Holy Euro trikes, Barman.
Barman is my super hero identity
Full of piss and vinegar!
Oh I just noticed that autocorrect.
To the barmobile!
Finished the Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell BBC miniseries tonight.
One of us liked it.
I was pretty happy with most of it, even the drastic changes from the book. I’d compare the experience to the Hitchhikers Guide, where the book and the TV series are both very different, but both pretty good, and fans should do them both.
So between the Dr. Strange: Season One digital comic (fun!), the Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel show, and a Dresden Files book, I’m on an unplanned real-world magic kick.
(what do you mean you don’t care??)
(what do you mean I dont support the system??)
I enjoyed both as well, although like HH I saw the the TV series before reading the book.
Although with HH, Douglas Adams was the creative force behind all of the versions. I don’t know how much creative input Susannah Clarke was given.
(Can you put a price on peace?)
Not much judging from her into to a release of her book.
Unless she was lying through her teeth, she seemed very happy how the adaptation in the intro to the book.
Don’t make eye contact with the crazies.
I stopped reading at the 2nd paragraph. I assume the thing ends by declaring itself a satire? No, I’m sure it doesn’t.
Well Pan, it’s been a while, but I think it’s movie time
Today’s movie is Breaking at the Edge.
The PVR write up: A pregnant woman tries to avenge a supernatural entity to protect her unborn child
The unborn child thing seems to be in vogue at the moment as this will her the third bad horror movie in a row with such shenanigans
The warning says it has all three markers for a bad horror. That bodes well
She’s well tanned
Creepy goth kid in the elevator
Seriously, what’s with all the mess?
Morning sickness in the middle of the night
What a mean man
The elevator keeps freaking her out
This was actually suppose to be two different posts
She must find her
The first right thing she did
I am so confused
Her tap needs a new washer
So far this movie is mor baffling than scary
It’s an apple, not a hand
Sounds like this is her second time around
She either went swimming alone, or was hallucinating. I am honestly not sure which it was
the movie uses a lot of symbolism. While that’s usually ok, in this case it’s sometimes hats to tell what’s symbolism and what’s “reality”
She found an earring like the creepy got girl’s
The creepy man is following her
Creepy girl is missing
Take the cat or it’ll kill it
Dropped her keys
Creepy guy is a cop
I don’t think creepy cop believes her
Kitty is trying to get her killed
I would never make it as a horror movie hero. I would never do any of the things they do. I’d leg it out of there so quick
Creepy girl is dead
Ok. Hubby is evil and creepy dead girl is trying to warn her of such. That’s what I think is happening between the symbolism, visions, and baffling scenes
That is the best acting ever!
He’s no better than his brother
Death by golf club
Creepy dead goth girl was pregnant. I’m so shocked
*sigh*. ThIs movie has turned baffling again
She ran away… Again
Hmmm. Which is the best kitchen knife to use to kill yourpregnantwife?
Are the tables turning?
Chopping him alive
Proving once again love hurts
All swell that ends well
Well two good things come out of installing an SSD in the old netbook and going 64 bit:
Battery life is a bit better due to the SSD using much less power than the previous HDD.
Bluetooth functionality is back, so I can stream music and videos to my TV.
scratch the videos, that goes over wifi
My only commentary re: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell TV miniseries is this:
I found it to be very peculiar
So was much of the 19th century..
You + are
I must confess, I was somewhat underwhelmed by the novel. Enjoyed the miniseries somewhat more, but still not something I’d put on my “man, let’s do that again!” shelf.
Though, oddly enough, having read Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” not too soon before Strange and Norrell, I could at least appreciate how much effort the author put into writing a 19th century novel.
I really loved the book and quite liked the miniseries, but I will fully acknowledge the oddness of Clarke’s little world. I’m sure it’s not for everyone.
Loads of cover art of an obscure magazine:
Hubby’s been into looking at old pulp magazine covers. Some of them were pretty risque for the time.
I have about ten days to get bunches of stuff ready for Calgary Expo. Wish be luck.
I have about ten weeks to get ready for my British invasion.
You make me sound like the Beatles.
Screams, cries hysterically and faints
Ill join you
You will always be a rock star to me, Van
Vanamonde is bigger than Jesus.
Do I need to throw cold water over you?
awww. (s)he’s a cutie.
My hands still smell of ice cream.
Are we speaking in codes?
The hand was in the ripple.
See my Facebook post with the 99.
Could be worse. You did say they were sticky
Was he eating Chubby Hubby?
I wouldn’t call him chubby and I don’t think they’re married 🙂
This subscription lark with Audible is not going well, I agonise over what book to choose to use y credit on for weeks.
Hubby often goes through this. His credit will come in and then the quest begins.
That sounds like a lot of pressure.
So it’s only took 38 years but I’ve finally read issue one of Starlord:
Chris Pratt approves
A serious discussion of space pirates.
What a great segway to discuss the next Palooza idea.
I vote, A Pirate Story!
I vote for The Pirate Movie. Mmmmmmm… Kristy McNichol.
That is all.
The weather girl said we are going to get record breaking heat today. Maybe we have switched weather patterns with Texas. We could really use some rain.
Going through the full-length “Tubular Bells, part 1,” which clocks in at about 30 minutes.
It’s a little dated, and could probably have benefited from a drummer, but it’s still a pretty amazing piece of music. Got me thinking about other epic pieces of music that should really be experienced. . . To start the list:
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pink Floyd – Echoes
Iron Maiden – Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Spock’s Beard – Falling For Forever
What else have you got?
War of the Worlds album
And it made a fine DPSS gift, Van!
I wasn’t fishing, it was my first encounter with a ‘concept’ album.
No fishing suspected. It’s a good choice.
Well there is the 60 minute epic from Green Carnation “Light of Day, Day of Darkness.”
Symphony X has “The Odyssey.”
Dream Theater’s “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”
See, this is why I asked.
Rush – 2112
Opeth – Blackwater Park
Devin Townsend – The Mighty Masturbator (weird name, but it’s a brilliant journey)
Kyuss – Movement III:
2. Conan Troutman
Sleep – Dopesmoker
Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by Bowie
Tommy -The Who
Red Headed Stranger -Willie Nelson
Chris Rea – Road to hell
The pirates stole the conversation
Down to Davy Jones Airlocker.
Am most ill…
If this is for real, then bleurgh. 🙁
No sorry. I thought we were quoting Beastie Boys…
And I’m rhymin and stealin…
You’re the illest motherfucker from here to Gardenia.
I spent a pleasant afternoon revisiting my childhood reading old comics via that link I posted earlier.
The people who made Cthulhu Fluxx know their Lovecraftian horrors. I thought I was fairly up on my Cthulhu Mythos, but I was schooled by many of the cards.
Anyway, it was a fun variant on the game. We also recently added Fluxx Dice, which also adds a nice element to the game.
Very nicely edited
Oh, hell yes!
A Bagel and cream cheese makes for a yummy breakfast.
Van, in reference to your FB post: The closest I could get to a bucket list would be if I put my shopping list into a bucket.
Two more for your epic musical experiences:
Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
side 2 (ha!) of The Beatles – Abbey Road
Wait are you doing whole albums or just individual songs?
Sorry but you just can’t leave “Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon” off the list.
Also – I haven’t listened in decades but I seem to recall there was an extremely well produced, Alan Parson’s album that was pretty epic to listen all the way through. Can’t remember which one though. (“Project Pyramid”? “Turn of a Friendly Card”?
Oh, just the other night I was listening to Queen’s “Night at the Opera” all the way through and remarking on the depth and complexity of songs. The lyrics seemed chosen for their meter as well as meaning and the incidental instrumentation is brilliant. Not to mention the guitar work, harmonies and vocals! Almost every track has you tapping your toes and/or singing along whether you like it or not. All that effort for “Pop Music” ?
Brilliance. Anyone know who produced that album? I wonder how much of that was Freddy Mercury?
I think the band were heavily involved in the production of their albums. I don’t know if they had one producer throughout their releases. Interesting research fodder.
Each of the guys would write their own songs and bring them to the rest of the band (which is how you got Freddy Mercury professing Brian May’s love for fat-bottomed girls), but their vocal harmonies were so incredible and highly-developed. . . there must have been band collaboration on them.
I was leaving out collections of individual songs, unless they were somehow linked. So that qualifies multiple songs that are fused to each other in an intended order – – like a concept album or Dark Side of the Moon – – or just plain old individual epic songs.
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys
Mountains – Choral
I’m also thinking of Sack Trick’s song “The Elder” which is a long montage of Kiss’ album “The Elder”. Good luck finding it though. I may have to post it.
It’s just me for the evening. So I decided to have a really healthy dinner of fish sticks and potato chips :sideways:
I miss fish sticks!
If they are similar to crab sticks then ewwww!
I believe you call them fish fingers
A slight weaker ewwww.
Crab sticks exist in your magical land??
To England, posthaste!
Alas I fear they contain very little actual crab.
Spotted on Tee Morris’s FB feed:
The Titanic sinks in real time. Fascinating.
ok, one more cool link:
(gn :mush: )
In a little bit, I’ll be taking hubby to the doctors for the third time this month. He seems to have developed allergies and they are not letting him sleep.
So today I started an cyberpunk novel that came out in 2015.
It seems cyberpunk’s corpse is stil a bit warm..,
I’m currently reading a book published in 2015 but has a very 50’s pulp fiction feel. It took me a bit to get into it because some of the writing is very dated but now I’m quite digging it. They talk to their computer using teletype machines. It’s so cute.
What are the names of these books, please?
Well in this case I can answer for TEB, hers is Colossus by DF Jones and mine was Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson
Ah right, I got that a few months back too. I should get to it this year.
RE: Cyberpunk. I follow a Cyberpunk Culture FB group full of people who would cut you with their razor fingernails for suggesting that it was ever considered dead.
(They’re not happy about the ScarJo Ghost in a Shell casting, as you can imagine.)
Lots of venom on Twitter about that casting as well.
Although the teletypes would have given it away, I did notice TEB was reading Colossus on Good Reads.
Re: Fluxx- SlyB and I recently picked up Firefly Fluxx and it’s a blast. Gotta get the dice. We also just bought our second copy of Loonacy, and love it so much – Lo it’s one I’m looking forward to playing with your kids.
Prince has died.
You Wiley bastard,, 2 minutes ahead of me.
Singer Prince dies suddenly at 57
What a terrible shock. Rest In Purple.
And 2016’s war on the eighties continues.
Joe Walsh – just an ordinary average guy … showing some class.
“Don’t read the comments” rule in full effect.
Its amazing how many people are suddenly Prince’s biggest fan today. That being said, revisiting his catalog is NEVER a bad thing. Death or not. He’s amazing. I highly recommend PlectrumElectrum by Prince & 3RDETEGIRL from 2014. Amazing stuff
After his string of bland in the mid-late 90s, I stopped following him.
Honestly, though, it’s rare that a 2-week period goes by without me listening to a Prince song – – either on my playlists or terrestrial radio. He has some great obscure songs, but his best-known are eternal. Kiss, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Darling Nikki, 1999, Sexy Motherfucker – – just to name a few.
Never was a fan, I stopped listening after 1999.
Yes, I enjoyed late 80’s early 90s Prince. After that he slipped off my Radar. One of the things I liked about him though was that he DIDN’T continue to put it commercially successful, pop gludge. I didn’t like his mid-90’s stuff and he didn’t seem to care that I didn’t like it. He had made his money, gotten his “fame” and now he was going to do stuff that made him happy.
At least that is how I saw it.
Give PlectrumElectrum a try. Ill put in on dropbox if you want. The way I know its actually good (besides my ears) is that Pitchfork only gave it 3.8 out of 10.
No! *cough* We’ll go buy our own copies *cough* (please Dropbox it) *cough*
I do recall seeing some odd releases from him during his TAFKAP days, while I was tracking inventory in my Sam Goody stores.
Spot on, Henry – – although I think Springsteen is usually 80% full of shit.
And that’s just musically! *zoinks*
I was so happy yesterday. I finished all the royalty reports and was able to move on to stuff for the expo. I send them to my boss and she says, “Oh. I forgot to tell you the percentages are different for these three items.”
*sigh* Back to spreadsheets I go. :ermm:
Hearing so much Prince since yesterday has me remembering high school I’m a big way.
So the city is going to bring in goats to control weeds. Goats are cute.
Do they eat tumbleweeds?
Their milk is good as well.
Crap joke nicked from twitter:
@OwnesDamien My wife says I remind her of James Bond. I’m bad at following orders, I’m emotionally dead, and she’d like to see the role go to Idris Elba.
I’ll get you your String.
Just booked my Captain America tickets.
CP: Lucky Numbr – Lene Lovich
CP: Hey Little Girl – Icehouse
CP: Six Months in a Leaky Boat – Split Enz
CP: Soviet Snow – Shona Laing
CP: E=MC2 – Big Audio Dynamite
CP: Fields of Fire – Big Country
CP: Roll to Me -Del Amitri
CP: Don’t Worry Desomnd Dekker – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
CP: Ask – Big Reel Fish and Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer
Reel Big Fish
What a mighty big reel you have there Van
hOW DID YOU LEAP FROM 80S ALT-POP TO 90S SKA?
hOW DID i GO FROM REGULAR TYPING TO cAPS lCK?
Shakespeare Google doodle today.
Sadly, this doesn’t men it’s happening, just that he’d like to do it.
I’m almost tempted to try this:
Only if you drink it at the Renfairre and shout, “Huzzah!” after every sip.
I’ll not bother then.
Yikes – – my joke even earned an eye-roll.
I made this one. It’s got the same basic ratio of honey to water, but is all around cooler and has more flavor. What I learned is that meads are really really sweet for my pallet.
Jesus. Big time thoughts for the guy.
That is truly tragic. 🙁
I honestly didn’t know he was still with us, but he still deserves recognition. Lonnie Mack was a hugely important instrumental rock guitarist. Rest in Peace.
Heading back home after seeing Eye in the Sky at the flicks.
It builds up tension nicely, but I seriously doubt the current crop of politicians would have any hesitation in killing a child to achieve objectives.
So this is something I’ve been saying for years:
I would add that I enjoy fiction, but it’s how the plot plays out and not the conjuring up of images from descriptions.
Jack, I don’t know if you are on Goodreads, but that Al Robertson cyberpunk novel is worth checking out.
Jack seems to be on GoodReads but it says the last time he did anything was 2011 😆
My cat is a whore.
When someone comes over, she rolls over and asked for a belly scrub.
She has also discovered, if the laundry basket is empty, she can jump in it, crouch down and rub her butt against the little plastic holes. By the way she acts while doing thIs, I’m assuming it feels really good.
Don’t knock it til you try it, I guess. . . *
*Meaning the butt on the basket thing. Belly rubs from your guests are completely at your discretion.
CW: Forbidden Planet
‘Nothing to do but throw rocks at tin cans and we got to bring the tin cans’
The cynical chef..
Amazing how much ST:TOS riffed onthis film.
Even though it’s the HD version of the film the paintings for the landscapes are still lush and the sets still look great.
The commander telling Morpheus’s daughter to cover up is a bit icky to these 21st century ears.
The Commander flirting is classic Kirk before Kirk.
The Krell are of course great film aliens, as they are the reason for all the cool tech but never actually appear.
‘A commanding officer doesn’t needs brains just a good loud voice’
Morpheus lays down his contemp for the Commander.
The Krell build BIG!
Ooooh invisible monster is leaving foot prints in the sand.
…and behold the monster..which reminds a bit if the cartoon Tasmanian Devil.
MONSTERS FROM THE ID!!!!!
The Doctor exits stage left.
I admit that I get Forbidden Planet, This Island Earth, and Robot Monster mixed up.
Bah! This Island Earth has the metalunans.
Whose that knocking on the door?
Well I say knocking…
Some scenery chewing before power down.
Just press down on the plunger for planetary annilation.
Bye bye Altair 4.
That film put the class in classic.
Fuck you Wild! Hahahahahwooooohooo
May Parise never win a cup there.
Now back to your regularly scheduled rooting against Dallas (depending on who they face in round 2)
And I just noticed the sad irony of your Prince avatar cursing Minnesota. 🙁
Crap! Unintentional bad taste
Speaking of Prince tributes – – this is a pretty excellent cover:
I like this version better than the Sinead o’Conner one.
We have a few of those. We almost never play Hive. No reason that I can think of, it just seems to have fallen by the wayside.
We really enjoy Dominion with 2+ players.
Many games are good with two players. If you want a card building game like Dominion, you can also do Legendary or Star Realms
Dominion is probably the better game, but Star Realms wins for the quick setup/cleanup time. Really, laziness wins.
More ruin porn:
We are finally getting some much needed rain.
Some of these terms are very appropriate
Talking of board games, reminds me that as the youngest child most two (or more) players games involved me playing with my sisters who as we got older we less inclined to play (me being a spoilt brat at the time didn’t help).
Playing single player games on an dedicated LED and LCD handhelds and later 8 bit computers was something of a revelation.
Ah, the hours whiled away playing my Coleco handheld electronic football game.
Ah, the hours whiled away while desperately wishing for a Coleco handheld electronic football game.
Have you seen this place, Van?
I’ve passed it many times over the years and never had a close look at the statue, will have a look next time I’m in the area.
Trent Reznor is going to have a role on the new Twin Peaks??
Is “Twin Peaks” code for Courtney Love?
Oh, Rhett. . . . .
I think you’re thinking of Twin Holes.
I’d ask for a Rim Shot there but someone might take that the wrong way.
Well the new season of GOT got off to a bloody start.
Hey.. hey buddy. You are.
Indeed. I can only hope we’ve seen the last of Dorne. It was a stupid place in the last book and only slightly better in the show.
I imagine they’re just getting started with Dorne.
It isn’t the same without Roy Dotrice.
Poor Dr Bashir and a missed opportunity for an epic fight between those two women and his son.
He didn’t really benefit from the genetic enhancements.
We’ve been watching the CNN series on the 60s and 70s on Netflix. They’re seriously riveting stuff. Highly recommended, especially for those of us born in the 70s.
Loving them both!! (Thanks, Hunney for tolerating it every night)
Did the good daughter thing and ordered Mom Day flowers for both mine and hubby’s mom this morning
Expect me to be a tumbleweed the next little while. The rest of the week will be preparing for and working at the Calgary Comic Expo
What’s on your schedule this go-round?
Jack, the company I work for has a table in the dealer’s room every year. I help man that.
Haven’t caught the premier of GoT yer, but LOL’d through the entire Veep premier.
A Death Metal band name inspired by Vanamonde?
Oh you know them?
It’s a death metal band, what do you think?
Hey, Deadpan! If y’all could come visit the webpage I made for one of my school classes, I’d really appreciate it. I need to turn in a Google Analytics report on it, and I’d really like to have that done by the end of the day today.
Hit from my phone. Anything you need us to do on the page?
No, nothing in particular. Mobile device hits are much appreciated, though. (Pretty nifty seeing the two visits from the UK and Canada on this dashboard. 😉 Thanks, all!)
So I was testing out my VPN, do tell if you see hits from Norway, Sweden, Japan, Brazil and Mexico…
If you fancy some Star Wars themed pinball on your iOS device:
Mutherfucking pink eye mutherfucking round two
In a time before GPS:
“World Naked Gardening Day: Annual Holiday Celebrating Nudism in Nature to Be Held May 7”
I have nothing further to add to this
with the exception of “Bugspray. LOTS of bugspray.”
Thankfully the weather over here will still be cold enough I can get away WITHOUT celebrating…
I thought that was the First of May? Not the 7th?
Jonathan Coulton would be proud Jack 😉
I’m having a lazy day in prep for the craziness that will start tomorrow.
So it’s morbidly interesting – – at least in the U.S. – – that Prince has “won” the most sympathy and tributes, of all the superstar musicians who’ve died this year.
I’d assume that it’s because he was the youngest of the major ones, the most “pop” of them all, and that the peak of his fame came during our formative years. Bowie was already established – – and had possibly already peaked – – when we were coming into our cultural awareness.
Normally, when I make fudge, it’s usually chocolate. Today I decided to try something different and made butterscotch fudge. It’s in the fridge setting now.
My Boo is coming over in a bit. She doesn’t know it but, going to make her taste test the fudge when she’s here
At least we can count on it not to be like that cheesy coffee commercial ” Will she be able to taste the difference?”
We’ve replaced Boo’s normal butterscotch fudge with Folger’s crystals. Let’s see if she notices.
I know this reeks of that chain email you get from your elderly relatives, but it’s apparently a very rare occurrence for 3 carriers to be photographed together like this.
Pass this along to five friends or else you’ll have a decade of bad luck and leprosy!
It’s always nice to remind the Hilary haters on my FB feed (posting pictures of her shaking hands with Bin Laden) that Ron Reagan and his cronies cosied up to Saddam Hussein during the Iraq/Iran war.
Logic, pah. Facts, hah. A Trump fan craves not these things.
In my feed its not Trump supporters sharing the Hillary hate – it’s the Bernie supporters. I caucused for Bernie, but am quite disheartened by this.
Logic, pah. Facts, hah. A political zealot craves not these things.
— Fixed it.
In the desperately-needed good news dept:
GTFO – – this is incredible.
First sign of the Armageddon, Portishead covering an Abba song:
So I’m at the flicks watching this:
Which was ok apart from English actors with crap us accents FFS!
Credit to Idris, he doesn’t even fucking try to talk like an American.
I’d never heard of this film. I’d be more interested if it was about the original Bastille Day.
Idris’s accent in The Wire was spot on.
He’s more famous these days.
Today is expo day.
Be careful out there.
This Friday a local theater is hosting the Air Sex Championship. I’m both curious and scared
Will a new pole vault record be set?
There might even be some pearl diving
Does anyone know how long you cook those ‘boil in the bag fish’ you get given at the fun fair for?..
Until they evolve?
Well it worked for the tortoises..
Hey! Van has some fans! j/k. 😉
Seriously, this song is pretty good. 🙂
CP: 35mm — The Van T’s
It’s a big book..oh wait.
My dilemma today, should I support an author who accused a bunch of Syrians of being terrorists, who turned out to be innocent.
The answer would be no, don’t support fear-mongers.
Yeah, I bought the rest of the books in a YA series instead.
So, remembering that Tiffany works in surgery. . . I received a text from her last night that said, “No sx tonight. They’re doing a bunch of tests in the morning.”
I might not have been so alarmed by this if I’d known that “sx” was the abbreviation for “surgery.”
They bad losers and bigots are at it again:
I’ll just leave this here for later. http://www.onionstudios.com/videos/study-americans-get-majority-of-exercise-while-drunk-1393
Every year, Yahoo NHL has guest bloggers write eulogies for the eliminated Playoff teams. This may be one of the best I’ve ever seen.
– – if only for the line describing Philadelphia as “a broken city, beaten down and demoralized by years of futility and being told cheez whiz on a meat Kleenex is a point of pride.”
I’m not sure how I feel about this
Anyone familiar with Clark Ashton Smith? He’s apparently a lesser known contemporary and friend of Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.
Looks like (all of?) his stuff is available online: http://www.eldritchdark.com/
I’ve only seen her in Ex-Machina.
She was good in the Man from UNCLE reboot film.
It will be interesting to see her in a straight-up action role. I hope the film suits Lara Croft’s look to Alicia Vikander’s natural dimensions. No need to augment her into something she’s not.
Or at least to the dimensions of Riki LeCotey.
So who thinks Martha’s going to get a bullet in ‘The Americans’ ?
Did not like the look of that Russian women when she claimed to have a pilot.
I was hoping she’d get a bullet last season.
CP: Leave In Silence — Depeche Mode
So I’m disappointed with the new season of Archer, Pam is much less bad ass this season.
Mos Speedrun 2 goes free on iOS:
I did finally check out a few episodes of Rick & Morty. Plenty of stupid humor, but I definitely laughed.
The use of Elliott Smith music to create existential angst in the teenage version of Rick was pure genius.
So John Sculley (of Apple infamy) is part of the company designing cheap(ish) android phones:
Interesting, but not entirely surprising:
I normally dislike videos, but Miike Snow’s “Gengis Khan” is pretty awesome. 😀
Dealing with a magazine subscription with a small press is a bit surreal.
On asking what issue my subscription will start, I had to email the editor, who was rather laid back and told it could start with any issue I wanted.
Really interesting take on the first Star Trek movie. http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/29/star-trek-motion-picture-geekly EW is apparently doing the whole series.
Definitely an interesting read, though it seemed like the author was having trouble picking a side.
Damn, Penny Dreadful is great
I still have S2 to watch…ack!
NICE FUCKIN MODEL! *honkhonk*
Temple of Doom was PG!
So I’m saving Civil War for my birthday, so shall be seeing this flick tomorrow:
It was that or a film about the Holocaust, I wasn’t in the mood for that.
Never really a mood for that. Not really.
Well it was a well acted case of OK.
They mostly come out at night. Mostly.
That’s man eaters for you.
Something chewing you up, Lo Pan?
And spitting me out…
Well, this ought to help Apple recover from their earnings miss:
BSOD on a watch?
Spotted on FB:
Interesting Movie Fact:
On the set of The Blues Brothers, they had to get John Belushi to tell Carrie Fisher she was doing too much coke.
You couldn’t have a better example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Vanamonde: In answer to your question about testing out your VPN, here’s the breakdown of hits I’ve seen on my website so far:
US – 75
(not set) – 10
Canada – 2
UK – 2
Australia – 1
Norway – 1
Russia – 1
Turkey – 1
Happy First of May, Deadpan! I’m enjoying my scone and large house blend. It’s chilly and drizzly here in Omaha, NE – not a great day for doing anything outside. Still, we have something else around here that also starts today – the annual Nebraska Passport Tour. My friends and I are driving to Lincoln, NE today (about an hour each way) to hit up our first few stops on the tour.
So if you like Jerry Seinfeld and you like cars you may like this interview show:
Yeah this has been on for years. Depending on the guest its very hit or miss.
First of May, first of May.
Well done, sir.
If you mix ‘The Unique Wit and Wisdom of President George W. Bush’ with ‘Orgasm Sounds’, the world ends.
OK, a bit of technical advice needed.
Now my laptop is running the 64 bit version of Windows 10 I can actually upgrade from 3 to 8 gigs of RAM (32bit windows effectively topped out at 3.5 gig of max ram).
Now this is a netbook with a low power AMD CPU+GPU chipset, would it actually be worth upgrading?
I basically use it for web browsing, simple games on STEAM and emulation, so I’m guessing I’m not going to see a big improvement getting more ram (apart from leaving more tabs open on the web browser).
Windows 10 and its applications, from what I’ve seen, tend to use less memory than earlier versions. 3GB is running too low, imo. Running with less than 4GB can cause certain issues, but from what you say, you likely won’t run into them.
I tend to stress out my systems since I don’t run a standard profile. I run a lot of personal and work applications at the same time. With Win 10, I’ve gotten close to exhausting my 16GB only a few times.
You might not see much benefit from the additional memory, but it won’t hurt. Plus, nowadays, upgrading to 8GB isn’t expensive at all. I would also think the extra memory would let you take advantage of Win 10’s better virtual desktop support.
I approve this comment.
What are you doing to tax your system that much, ditto?
Well, other than… cough.
I just tend to run a lot of stuff because of all the things I have to do. I run several different browsers, iTunes playing music, email, OneNote, Skype, different chat programs, a database for work purposes, and several other applications. And I use them all. 🙂 It’s just the way I tend to work.
OK. I’m going to call it. The 360 video stuff has gone overboard. Not everything is right for 360 video. Case in point, this video of a SpaceX Drone Barge Landing. There is really only one possible view in which this makes any sense at all. Being able to turn the camera to another angle cannot possibly add any value.
Well this snarled up our drive home from Cali today.
Of course, the people in the crash have had a far worse day. Perspective.
Alien, as told by the cat.
The blog is no longer there, I wonder if lawyers got involved.
Two faces, acid in their veins, destroy almost everyone they encounter – – the aliens would probably make pretty good lawyers.
Think I’ll give this one a miss:
Well ticket booked to see the new Marvel flick tomorrow.
Gene Simmons is an asshole. In other news: the Earth is round and orbits the sun.
So if one pleasured oneself on an Ewok would that make for one sticky Wicket?
I’ll never watch Cricket the same way again.
BTW, this is Ice Cube’s HoF speech. Pretty cool stuff.
Cool stuff. 🙂
Last link of the night. In case you were wondering what Enya was up to these days.
Happy Birthday Van
Survived Expo without actually getting sick after. Go Me!
Have a super, duper, birthday Van!!!
Thanks for the Birthday wishes.
Enjoyed the New Captain America film, but the MCU is in dire need of a scenery chewing villain, the one in the new film was very low key.
Happy birthday, Van!!
Sorry guys, the problem wasn’t that the movie was too romantic.
Oh Van… its your day. Time for spankings.
A day for my dreams not yours!
Can I watch?
We’re rewriting Blade Runner?
Indeed, Deckard’s back after passing the VK test, he has a certificate with a stamp as proof.
Happy Happy Birthday, Van!
Spankings when you arrive to Phoenix!
Happy birthday Mr. Van.
There once was a bloke named Vanamonde,
He lived far away across the pond.
Around the Deadpan,
We just call him Van,
And of him we’re all very fond.
Happy birthday, Mr. Van man! 😀
Thank you all.
You don’t want to mess with Kung fu Barbie:
Not that I need to produce more bullshit. But at least now I can do it more efficiently. Or rather I can credibly synergize empowered intellectual capital!
I don’t have any bandwidth, so I’ll have to table that to leverage it for deliverables at some future target.
Don’t forget Van’s birthday bro:
We love him as justa J0e.
His life is mysterious,
Though many are curious,
His real name they’ll never know.
There once was a Van from Great Britain
Whose cough caused the girls to be smitten
His crap jokes were ripe, about the innkeeper’s wife
He’ll make sure the coat makers aren’t quitten
But, even John Lennon and George Harrison were to come back and join McCartney onstage, I’d have a seriously hard time with those pass prices.
Wait jj needs spanked too??????
For almost ten years now.
I love the Slo Mo Guys. This might be the best one I’ve seen yet.
Fun! That led me to watch some others. They’re like Jackass meets Bill Nye meets the Mythbusters.
Pull out the cannon boys, steal us some wine.
Puff Tijuana Smalls and shake hands with beef.
She’s so fine,
And she’s so sweet.
Mom and dad they raised her
On huge slabs of meat.
The Bluetooth chipset on the iPad is more modern than the chipset in the netbook.
Yet when I use my Bluetooth headphones and watch a video, the audio is lagged on the iPad but not on the netbook.
What’s that all about?
Today is full of spreadsheets.
We had record breaking heat yesterday. If it’s not stupid hot today, I might go for a walk later this morning.
Being May 4th and all, perhaps it is residual heat from Alderran.
Fourth of May, Fourth of May,
Grand Moff Tarkin blows up today.
I’m not sure why my desert concert link went up there. It’s here. http://home.deserttrip.com/
And holy crap – – who can afford that shit?
Truly that is the Avatar of the concert world
I have major love for Dylan, McCartney, and especially Waters. I’d enjoy Tho Who and Neil Young. And sure, I’d probably even enjoy the Rolling Stones.
Someone needs to tally the sum of the ages of all those geezers.
It’s already 21C. here. Went for a walk anyway and got quite sweaty.
I’m not looking forward to the heat this year.
the 4th will be with you. Always. At least until its the 5th
Today is also MCA day. RIP.
“Born and bred in Brooklyn the U.S.A. They call me Adam Yauch but I’m MCA. Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon, I sip the def ale with all the fly women”
I said, “Howdy,” he said, “Hi.”
He’s got nothin to prove. His only intention is to bust a move
If you’re hot to trot, think you’re slicker than grease,
I got news for your kooch (???), you’ll be suckin’ like a leech.
You know you’re doing some furious sewing when you break a needle.
I apparently should have applied.
Holy crap, this looks like a disastrous move – – but hey, maybe the gamble will pay off. Call me a naysayer. Go ahead. I’d love to be proven wrong.
Holy shit the Yotes have gone the Josh McDaniels route…. ugh!!!!
One more before signing off…
Some voices got treble, some voices got bass; we got the kind of voices that are in your face / Like the bun to the burger, like the burger to the bun / Like the cherry to the apple, to the peach to the plum
See you on the flip.
So Canada is a big country, so Asking TEB is she lives near that big forest fire is probably a dumb question.
Same province, but I think Fort McMurray is pretty far from Calgary.
We’re pretty far from Fort Mac. However, hubby’s aunt and grandmother live on the outskirts. Lucikily, they aren’t in the evacuation zone
Good news from my hypertension review.
That always makes me worry 🙂
The problem with letting the cat play with the iPad is it gets covered in cat slobber
I’ll keep mine packed away!
Off to Scotkand for a few days.
You may not have noticed of course as I will have a mobile connection…
Off to Scotland for a few days.
Woah, déjà vu
Pictures of you in a kilt or it never happened.
Fuck + Yes
Not that I encourage Tequila at work, but today would be most likely for it to happen, even though historically today is a blip
Do you work in a biker bar?
A telecommunications company but close enough :p
Crap joke for the day:
I’ve just been house hunting.
One place had mirrors covering the walls of every room.
I thought, ‘I can see myself living here!’
Happy Day to all!
Our RSVP Deadline is fast-approaching for the MMMmmmeetup/Wedding Partay.
If you have not already RSVP’ed or declined, please visit our website or email me or Jack.
We look forward to hearing from those of you whom we have not heard from yet!
Checked off now. 🙂
The Anne Rice books would be far better-suited to a mini-series, though – – not a series of movies.
Yesterday’s ending will tomorrow life give you.
I’m not sure I’ve had enough to drink yet for that to make sense.
We must go deeper….
Wherever you go, there you are.
At last, some who speaks my language.
Here, have a Vegemite sandwich…
Who can it be now?
Today is a day
We are all very deep philosophers this week.
Only if you add ham and pineapple.
Even though it’s Friday, I will not be making cookies today. I will, however, still clean the washroom.
One more thing changed over to the new computer. I forgot to put in my custom ringtones. When I hooked up my phone to the computer it erased them from my phone. I now have them back. I’m happy :happy:
Gads, Billy Corgan hasn’t even hit puberty in the “Today” video.
First day of plugging in at work. Now I shouldn’t have to burn any gas on my 50 mile (80km) work commute.
My cat likes to munch on the carpet. It’s really weird.
(Not a euphemism)
Photo pass for Fear Factory tonight performing “Demanufacture” in its entirety – – pretty goddamn amazing.
What Lo Pan said!
He walks right into it some times 🙂
Electromechanical calculators looked cool, just saying.
I haven’t begun to dig through, but it seems like an interesting site. It can probably either fuel or debunk our theories that pop music has gotten worse over the years.
We plan to see Captain America later today
Remember, two scenes!
We always sit through the credits. I’m hoping to see it this weekend.
4 carriages taken out of service = packed train.
*sigh*. My mom is being herself again.
I sent her flowers, which she received yesterday. She sent me a thank you email, which would be nice except she signed off, “I may not have been a very good mom, but I’m the only one you got.” Why couldn’t she just say thank you and leave it at that?
Happy Mothers Day (US/Canadian Version) to all our Deadpan moms. Yes I include moms of fur kids 😉
Happy motherfucking day!
Hmm, things are apparently different in Arizona….
Twice in 2 days for Avengers 3. Attempt # 2 to get Tiffany to see it.
We caught the new Captain America movie this morning. Being Mother’s Day and all, my wife got to pick our agenda 🙂
Enjoyed it overall, much more so that Avengers 2.
I think I can safely say that this was basically Avengers 3. Just without Emma Peel.
A day without Emma Peek is like a day without… um, a leather jump suit ?
You were good with Emma Peek.
She’s not quite the same as the Queen of Thorns on Game of Thrones.
Never knew that about microphones:
Saw the new Captain America yesterday. It was fun.
Facebook says it is National Nurses Week.
Of course Facebook says a lot of things.
Even if it’s not though, it should be.
So Yea! Go Nurses!
Raises a glass to Desert Pixie.
I appreciate my favorite nurse every day.
Kitty both loves it and hates in when I make meat pies. She love it because I let her lick the plate I cut the meat on when I’m done. She hates it because that’s all she gets, I won’t give her any actual mead.
Only kitties at Ren-Faire drink mead.
A plonky cat, who knew?
I think most of you were on my email about this but I’ll say it here too. I am going to the wedding after all!
Beer’s on Essbee!
See you there. We haven’t quite worked out our schedule, but it will likely be a short trip.
Chelsea Handler vows nudity and probing…
Cold pizza and the latest Outlander episode.
But bloody hell the plotting fails time travel 101 at times.
Claire wants to change the future, but balks at slaying an ancestor of Frank, even though if she succeeded at changing the future Frank could be wiped out anyway.
Guys I really like the band Yes. Is that an issue?
Depends. Are you Fragile?
Now that’s a long distance runaround.
One down, one to go.
For those who missed the Firefly release for FCBD.
Making the Facebook rounds:
Empire Strikes Back opening titles redone in the style of a James Bond credit sequence. It works.
So I’m at the flicks waiting for this to start:
Been a while since I’ve seen a MS film.
That was good, however the Big Bang actor was the weakest link.
I agree with Van, ummm.
The “customers who looked at this also looked at:” was just as cringe worthy.
Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. But, it’s not quite the same thing.
OK, I’m a little bit late with this….
No. That’s a different colouring book.
Another hubbiless evening. Probably just as well as he’s in the doghouse right now.
Did he go woof! At the wrong time?
Let’s just say he’s had a rough couple of days.
Perhaps he clicked on Van’s colouring book link.
I still like cream cheese, that is all.
Why wouldn’t you?
My discovery was recent.
I always preferred Dawn of the Crabs to Night of the Living Crabs.
Is there a cream for that?
Van recommends the cream cheese.
Ovechkin overture over again. Oh my.
Hubby comes home today. :w00t:
Hubby and I are probably going to move next year. It will feel weird, as we’ve been in this house for twenty years.
Change can be good.
Our current place has a stupidly huge back yard and no garage. We want to move into a condo where we don’t have to worry about yard maintenance. And we want either a garage or heated indoor parking.
Going to talk to a mortgage adviser in the next week or so to see if we can buy first then sell. Our house is worth four times what we have left owing on it so it shouldn’t be a problem. We just have to do some maintenance on it before we can sell (including the work needed that’s stopping me from going to Arizona 🙁 ) so we want to buy and move and do (most) of the work on the empty house to make it more sellable.
Probably in the same quadrant too (Calgary is divided into four sections. NE, NW, SE, SW), if we can find something we like. Although, hubby is half hinting he’d like to move to the NW as it will be closer to his school. That one will still have to be decided as I’m quite happy with this area of town.
Come to Phoenix!
While Phoenix housing prices are amazing (our house worth $400k here is only worth about $100k or so there), the job market for hubby and I would be not so. I know what teachers make in the US vs. here. Even allowing for housing price difference, I don’t think it would work. 😉 And the fact that I’m at the doctor’s every month or so, that too would add up quickly.
Plus the heat and lack of rain….
Not forgetting the spiders and snakes…
And scorpions and jumping cacti.
There is absolutely NO way there is a house in PHX for 100K unless its been burned out and full of squatters.
Best of luck!
I wonder if the dinosaurs thought that as they spied that incoming asteroid…
That change can be good.
The original chromecast still works.
TEB’s post reminds me that I’ve lived in the same house for over 45 years.
I suspect it’s a punishment for thinking an old woman was weird for living in an apartment for 60 years when I saw it on a news segment as a teenager.
The universe never laughs with you, it always laughs at you.,,.
And now I’ve caught up on being away for about a week. 🙂
Which is why he is still walking around!
Dodge and weave!
Dodge and weave!
Words to live by.
… or perhaps the name of a new Detective Drama on TNT
“He’s a tough, Ex Texas Ranger. She’s a street savvy cop who’s got it ALL go’in on.
They’re Dodge and Weave!”
We should so pitch thi