System of a Firsties.
For an AV Club hipster reviewer to give a B- to a major release, the film must do something right.
Ohhh, is this a new page I see?
Nope, nothing to see here, move along…
And a Happy Victoria Day to you.
Or was that a Secret?
So I’m ignoring all the hold the door memes and watching the first episode of Preacher.
Go go India:
It is teensy. Go India and go humanity!
What they don’t tell you is that it actually holds 200 astronauts. https://www.google.com/search?q=india+packed+train&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi56oLWyfHMAhVXTlIKHcgWChAQsAQIHg&biw=1680&bih=925#imgrc=QThrYHlpvhTsJM%3A
I actually picked up the digital edition other day, because William Gibson. I’m still on the fence, though. I need to reread the first issue, and see where the rest of it goes.
Battle of the Bulge…hah!
So Xmen: Apocalypse today is the day.
I also feel naked without a coat.
Well that wasn’t too bad, and for Lo the Olivia Munn character says very little.
I’ll get you your coat. Wait…
Back to work. I need to find a way to stop working entirely.
Good luck with that.
It rained the entire long weekend but the sun is up and shining today. Figures
Never heard of him or the band:
That really sucks. The Hip is one of my favorite bands. During an Earbuds segment with Lo, I traded a Hip song with him.
I’ve never been that familiar with their music, but I know they’re a huge source of pride for Canadians – – possibly on the level of Rush. Sad news indeed. Fuck cancers.
Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther star, dies aged 85:
As a tribute today, I will lurk around the office and ambush people at random.
CP: New Orleans Is Sinking — The Tragically Hip
OK, one more:
So I’m watching the latest GOT and laughing at Sansa lecturing about the North to an actor with a Geordie accent.
Geordie La Forge?
Here’s a funny one.
Just hearing that Congress took 1.3 billion from the TSA, money that had been raised by placing “fees” on every plane ticket sold, a fee justified as the way to pay for the TSA screening program … and instead of using that money to hire more TSA screeners they spent it to pay down the National Debt.
Because raising taxes to pay down the National Debt is heresy. Raising a tax on airline travelers but calling it a FEE and saying it is for security but THEN diverting the money to pay down the Debt … why that isn’t raising taxes at all.
Just something to ponder next time you are waiting in line at a TSA checkpoint.
I fear jj that you’ve conjured up tumbleweeds with that common sense post.
Did you know JMDP is the first thing Google suggests when I turn on Chrome?
Kitty goes to the vet for a weigh in. I blame hubby for the fact she has become so large, and for the fact she hasn’t lost any of it.
Me: Why is there so much food in the cat dish?
Hubby: It was empty and she looked hungry
Me: Did you only give her two bedtime treats
Hubby: I gave her two…ish
Hubby: There were two in it…
the following is an email subject line I found in my inbox
“I’d wear these at night.” –Corey Hart
I found it amusing. I wondered how many people actually got it.
I got it because I’m old.
Did you turn to her and say…
I got it because I’m Canadian
I didn’t get it at all.
It took me 25 years to realize he was saying “Don’t mess around with a guy in shades” during that weird freaking out part, i.e.: the chorus.
CP: At The Hundredth Meridian — The Tragically Hip
Yep. I’m especially sad since I’ve never seen them in concert and now I will never get the chance.
I’d love for today to be the last awful day every in dealing with the bozo nightmare, but it won’t be.
Show that Bozo the curb!
I added something that rhymes with Pactronian to the music “box”. Hopefully that will bring a little joy to your day.
So it appears a lot of fans aren’t happy Marvel turned Captain America into a Hydra Nazi.
The creators of Captain America were Jewish, so still too soon Marvel I guess.
CW: Lady Dynamite E1
Not feeling the love to be honest.
So the older Draconian album “A Rose for the Apocalypse” is pretty great. The female singer isn’t as good as Heike, but I like the death metal vocals better than on “Sovran”. Reminds me of the early In Flames’ album “Colony”.
As someone who works in the publishing business, and, through my con connections, deals with authors of all types, some of her points are valid, though not all.
Women writers are not as left behind as they use to be (think James Tiptree). But, that in no way means they are considered on the same level as most male writers. I liken this to the whole female vs. male payscale, regardless of what industry you are in.
Speaking of pay, not all of the issue is female vs. male. In the writing industry, very few make enough to actually live on. And of those, even fewer make above a minimum living wage. This has nothing to do with gender, but more of the industry itself. They aren’t all Stephen Kings or J.K. Rowlings. This is similar to any of the arts such as acting, painting, etc.
To achieve even a modicum of success, you have to be able to be a shameless self promoter. Again, nothing to do with gender, it’s more about making yourself heard in a sea of voices. We have an author who refuses to do self promotion. He is of the opinion that the publisher does all the promotion and he doesn’t have to do any, and his sales suffer for it. I don’t care how big, or small, a publishing company you are with, you will end up doing 90% of your own promotion if you want to get any sales. A good example of this is Robert J. Saywer. I knew him in his early days before he was the A-List writer he is now. He was constantly doing cons, talks, basically everything he could to get his name out there. Even now, when he probably doesn’t need to do it as much, he still is his own best advertiser.
… I could go on but I’ll leave it at that, with one last thought: Tyche makes a point of seeking out either female authors, or stories with female protagonists. While we aren’t 100% we are around 90% female either writer or protagonist.
OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now.
I was doing some cleaning yesterday and found a half bottle of Sambuca. Hubby and I cannot remember when we bought it. Several years ago at least. I think I need to clean my cupboards more often.
I seem to have scared everybody away with my diatribe.
Nope, I was just playing with the tumbleweeds.
That was an excellent essay, Bunny. You said it really well. I’d never try to make any claims that sexism is a thing of the past (hello, Sad Puppies, Mad Max Fury Road, Star Wars VII, Ghostbusters 2016, etc), but I’d point out one thing:
The top-selling authors of the 2000s (at least as of a few years ago) are all women. Last I saw, Terry Pratchett was the only male author at the top of the charts, alongside JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, and some other mainstream female authors. This is a positive step toward diversity and better art in the long run.
How to write a spiteful review:
Sometimes a rose is just a rose
And happy birthday to our own Roaming Asshat Used Hair!
Happy birthday AHUH
Finally Got to see Captain America – Civil War.
It was okay.
I was never a fan of the – Super Hero “A” vs Super Hero “B” genre of comics and now that it is on the screen … seems it is still not my thing.
The “Tony Stark suddenly gets a conscience” thing never became believable to me. I wish they had played it up as “Tony Stark wants to sign away the responsibility for the consequences of his actions. He still wants to reign destruction but have the culpability to blame it on those who sent him.”
I think this would have been very much in his already established character.
Also, as I over heard someone else say, “Rogers and the niece couldn’t have seemed more contrived. Bucky had more chemistry with those plumbs than Rogers had with Agent Carter’s niece.”
The kiss moment, though – – specifically his buddies’ reactions – -was possibly the best moment in any Marvel movie yet.
Did like the buddies reaction.
The throw away moments and lines may have been the best parts.
Stark yelling “Hey! Under-roos!” was fun.
I also liked the way Spidey and Ant Man were all “Fan Boy” with Captain America and Iron Man.
Ummm. So I recorded a movie named Sleeping Beauty from our local movie channel. It didn’t have a write up. That should have been my first clue. I seemed to have recoded a porno. While I have nothing against it, a little heads up would have been nice. Not so much for me (hubby and I will probably watch it together at another date) but surely at least a rating would be good for those who have kids. I can see some mom recording it for their kid. Hilarity would ensue
“little heads up”
If your plan is to swim in the ocean … I can’t recommend the red suit.
Still not much more revealing than the miniskirts of TOS.
I have to wonder if any of those models are old enough to know what Star Trek TNG is….
Holy shit, this Tom Petty documentary is 4 hours long.
The sky was all grumbly and rumbly last night.
It must have a touch indigestion.
It must have a touch of indigestion.
I didn’t say ‘Simon says’
Funny how statuses keep repeating….almost like someone is desperately wishing for something.
Well ‘The Americans’ got renewed so I’m good.
I must have a touch of deja vu
I think I’m going to pull out an umbrella and go for a walk.
Before yesterday, I’d never heard of this album from 2000-2001. I’m intrigued:
Didn’t get rained on during my walk but the sky has sure opened up now
So it looks like we’re going to see Repo Man on a big screen at some barcade tonight. Tiffany missed the RepoPalooza, so this will be her first time seeing it (I’ve already warned her).
The Postcards from your Hometown are über important to us (ok, Me.)
Trudat. Even if you can’t make it.
I’ll send a postcard with Van. I’ll grab one from the zoo when we’re there.
JF: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Only a novella, a present day writer setting a tale in a Lovecraftian universe, I enjoyed it.
The HPL story he’s riffing against is one of the few Lovecraft stories I haven’t read.
..and why this appeared above is a bloody mystery.
So there is this:
I was a teenage dinosaur.
Do you listen to Iron Maiden?
Yes! But that’s Iggy Pop.
And that’s a good segue for the inspiration for this thread title:
A little slice of my MTV-obsessed youth.
The Long Kiss Goodnight is playing on the TV.
Geena Davis is wonderfully kick ass in this film.
The stuff of nightmares:
So that X-Men movie is pretty good. The first half-hour is atrocious, but it finds its way.
I have more to say, but I’ll hold off.
Would you be more accepting of Bladerunner as an adaptation if it had those sheep in it?
That Titov was just this guy you know:
So Sony lists the requirements for remote play of a PS4 as a minimum of Intel i5.
Installed the software n my puny Netbook and it worked quite well.
Way to go AMD.
Neat video about the Millennium Falcon’s design, although I would encourage you to read the comments on this one. The scholars are vehemently crying foul.
I could never get into Seinfeld.
That’s both impressive and a little bit sad.
CW: Wallander S4E1
There might be some DIY decorations making an appearance at the wedding.
Do I lose cred if I admit that I’d never heard this term before?
You and I both apparently.
Another day another project claiming to make perfect coffee:
Looks like a variation on the aeropress to to me.
To this, I say the same thing I do about all coffee makers. How can you make a perfect cup of coffee when everybody’s opinion is different on what a perfect cup of coffee is? I actually know a person who prefers their coffee after it’s been sitting in a pot for some time. I call it sludge, he calls it “the perfect cup of coffee”.
I find that the “perfect cup of coffee” is also highly dependent on the location in which it is consumed and the company one is with while this occurs.
So today’s quest:
Find a postcard covering something in the town I live.
Well I got the postcard and I didn’t have to stand on a pile of my enemies to get it.
Aww. A picture of you standing on a pile of your enemies would have been cool 😉
Had a very busy weekend. Expecting a busy week. I also have to find time to do some sewing this week, I’m way behind.
Sometime this month, I should clean out all the junk from the guest room. It’s amazing how much crap ends up piled up in a room that’s only used a couple times a year.
It’s gloomy and rainy outside. I like the rain. Everything is green and it smells all fresh and wonderful.
Guns don’t kill people. George R.R. Marting Kills people.
* Martin. Ugh, mondays.
So if you like camping:
I saw it mentioned in the New Scientist, the technology is also going to be used in a new range of microwave ovens.
Cool tech. I’m curious to see the Cyberpunk Maxim applications for this: “The street finds its own uses.”
I really don’t get this recent phase of advertising. On the front page of this web site, I see that it has groundbreaking technology, what kind of technology goes into it, what the dimensions are, how it compares in size to thermos, then how it compares in price to a stove, that it has “clever ergonomics”, and even an FAQ page listing where it can be purchased, how portable it is, etc. Know the one thing that frond page doesn’t tell me? What the $%@# is this goddamned thing? Let’s just hope they didn’t combine it with my other least favorite advertising gimmick… the billboard with just a name and web site trying to peak your interest.
Nice, in a melancholy way:
I cant believe it just has to sit there. That place could be a museum in itself of most fascinating proportions
That was beautiful
It was hot in the sun, cold in the shade, in the Mogollon Rim area of AZ today. Nice little day trip and mountain trail hike.
Meanwhile Captain America 3 passes 1billion worldwide after 25 days in release. There’s something to be said about proper story telling and presenting characters properly. When it comes to super hero film, make mine Marvel.
I’m off to see the Warcraft film.
I’ve never played an online Warcraft game.
It was ok, probably a lot went over my head as I don’t play Warcraft.
I’ve watched “The Guild”. Is it like that?
I haven’t so I don’t know.
I logged many hours on the pre-MMORPG Warcraft 2, on campaigns and vs. friends. I assume the film is aimed more at fans of the big game, so not me. Even if it was directed by David Bowie’s son.
It’s Belgium day once again.
I am especially found of the Belgium Tripple!
… um, we are talking beer right?
Hi Pan. I’m back to the real world today, whew.
Ill do it, guys..
Hi Ess! How are you and you fam??? Glad to have you back.
Air Attack 2 goes free:
It’s a great shoothemup.
I may have committed a faux pas.
I mailed the postcard from my home town today.
Was I just suspose to bring it to Phoenix?
That’s completely fine, Van. Especially if you used fun Royal Mail stamps.
If memory serves, Bunny is going to give you a Calgary postcard for hand delivery (?)
Yes, that’s correct.
Did I miss something about postcards? I’ve had my head down with work for a while, so I’ll admit that I haven’t been paying much attention.
Alas they only had a rather boring stamp, but you’ll get the post mark.
We’re just asking friends to bring or send a postcard from your hometown for the wedding. If you have roots in a few places (e.g.: Kansas and Toronto), then it’s your decision which postcard to bring.
I’m not sure if they make postcards for Orlando, FL. Most people have never heard of it.
On a more serious note, if we can really call what I’m about to say serious, the town just to the north of me is Taintsville. I’ll have to see if they make any postcards with that on them. That would be worthy of any collection.
I have some concerns about the neighboring towns.
I missed it too, ditto
CP: The Lonely End Of The Rink — The Tragically Hip
Moving in 11 days, and heading on tour in China in two weeks. Crazy times. So far: Ningbo, Shanghai, Wuhan, Changsha. I’ll try and report through the chinese firewall when I am there.
I hear they have great take-out.
Surely it’s take in? as he will actually be in China.
Sadly, they don’t have sweet and sour chicken balls, or fortune cookies. Last time, I knowingly ate Donkey meat.
Happy touring, Soulier! And good luck with the Great Firewall of China.
Xie Xie (thank you)!
Where are you moving to? Close or not so close to your current residence?
Just a couple blocks away, fortunately.
Unlike us, who are moving way the hell a far from our current home as you can get. I think we will have to get movers.
The weight restrictions on hand luggage the Air Canada flight to Phoenix are really going to
Kick my ass this year.
Will have to use a smaller bag and find a laundromat.
I’m sure you can use our washer before you go.
ditto that SPC ECO album is pretty darn good. I will say theres a lot more electronica than Im used to ESPECIALLY when it comes to shoegaze but that makes it interesting. Her voice is amazing, almost a sweeter version of Miki from Lush.
I believe I will be watching James Bond and eating Pizza tonight.
Can’t remember which Bond I am up to. “Tomorrow Never Dies” perhaps?
Sadly, tonight was “The World is Not Enough”.
Not a very strong movie and OMG, Denise Richards is a terrible actress.
I’ve actually never seen a Brosnan Bond film.
Two of my Favorite Bond films are Brosnan Bonds.
Brosnan’s James Bond gave us “Die Another Day” which gave us Rosamund Pike. That alone forgives anything else about them.
I thought Godeneye was good fun and Tomorrow Never Dies had the delectable Michelle Yeoh.
I thought Goldeneye was good fun and Tomorrow Never Dies had the delectable Michelle Yeoh.
Dated, but a good read:
There was recently a case (I think in Texas) were they had decided to try a Teenager as an adult for having nude pictures of an underage kid on his phone.
The pictures were selfies he took.
Besides the fact that he was being considered both the victim AND the perpetrator … he is being classified by the legal system as simultaneously being a minor AND an adult.
It boggles the mind.
And yes, this should have been with the post above.
On reflection, telling the young wAitress at the coffee shop that her tattoo on her arm was an image from My Neighbor Totoro was not a good idea.
I got the creep look.
In my experience, tattoos are rather personal and not up for judgement
I wasn’t judging, just the click of recognition where it was from.
You’re not a creepy guy, Van. The problem isn’t you.
Personally, if someone recognizes where one of my tattoos is from (especially a more obscure reference) I squee like a little girl. It brings me great joy. I don’t understand people that enjoy something enough to get a tattoo of it and then don’t want to have other people look at it. Doesn’t make much sense.
So don’t take it the wrong way if Van compliments your Wizards-inspired tattoo.
Exactly. Outside of the online community, I’ve had exactly one person recognize where that tattoo is from. Oddly enough it was a vendor of hand made ceramic mugs at a Scottish Highland Games Festival. I thanked the guy profusely.
Today we decided which of two homes we want to place an offer on. Decisions, decisions.
(BTW Van, we’re looking at an end of July possession date so will not affect your visit one whit… I guess I should start thinking of an itinerary)
Sounds like preliminary congrats are in order?
I just sent him a big email and gave him homework. I’m a horrible taskmaster.
Oh! I didn’t ask if you have a problem with heights! That would also make a difference on whether or not we go to Sulphur Mountain.
No problem with heights.
Although it looks like it’s not fully open till August 1st.
CP: Now For Plan A — The Tragically Hip
Putting this out there. I would like to visit the Grand Canyon while out in Phoenix. It’s on my bucket list. It sounds like Van is interested too. The trips can be up to 13 hours depending on where we visit and how. The best options are Friday before the party or Sunday. Is there anyone else interested in going before I look at more details?
Me! Me! Me!
Oh wait 🙁
Can you do Thurs instead?
It depends on Van’s flight. He doesn’t come in until Thursday
I won’t get to Phoenix early Evening on Thursday.
But if Thursday works for more people, than don’t let me stop you.
It won’t work with my schedule this trip.
Will not make that but that’s ok as Ive seen it quite a few times as to not be hurt if yall go.
So I’m being “left in charge” of my unit at work for the next several days and I take great pride in that and have puffed up my feathers. Go (career woman) Me!
Like a boss!
You know you’re avoiding work when you start watching this
XkCD just mocks us with his dedication to research:
Truly, he has a staggering intellect.
A question for the Friday night meal, do we have to pay in advance or pay on the night?
Boo. I’ll miss that. Can’t wait to see you Saturday!
I had better warn you I may smell of Maple syrup.
/runs off to hide from Canadians
I suppose you could smell like back bacon too?
We’re covering the first portion of it. We haven’t done the math yet, but it’s possible you’ll be fed and watered for little to nothing out-of-pocket.
I’m with the crowd that says this is being blown out of proportion.
I believe the Studio Execs’ memo read: “More Gungans.”
Probably not enough lens flare….
From @reelchanger on Twitter:
It would help if they didn’t call it “reshoots.” How about “Extra Time and Money to Make Good Movie Even Better?”
And, I don’t think I’ll be making the Grand Canyon this trip either. I’ll be coming in Friday afternoon and most likely leaving Sunday evening.
That said, it is most impressive and definitely worth a visit.
The sun is already peeking its’ head above the horizon and the birds are chirping. Looks like the start of a good day.
Well, will you look at that. It looks like we bought a new home. (not the one I linked to earlier, that house was just stupidly set up in reality)
What I’d like to know is how we went from, “Our house needs some major work” to “Let’s buy a new one”. *shakes head*
Although, from going through our stuff, I’ve become of the opinion we should have done this earlier, and more often. We sure have a lot of crap accumulated over the last 20 years. This will force us to do some much needed culling.
Congratulations! Share pics of the actual place when you can. :happy:
Jack, I can give you the link to the realty site which has pics, just not on a public forum. I’ll pop you off an email.
I haven;t been reading all along, but this is an interesting take on the final chapter.
Well, I guess it isn’t the final chapter anymore.
What the man said.
Enough of this nonsense. I’m taking my Boo for our normal Thursday lunch.
Yayayayayayay Bunny! Congrats on new home!!
OMG, I need to find some time to explore this further.
Alas poor Steam machines:
I found this illuminating comment following the article.
Please stop fucking around and make more Half-Life.
Half Life 2 came out in 2004..sheeeesh.
Robert Culp is dead.
New Tegan and Sara album today!!!!!
What? Since when did my cat become a musician? 😉
Another busy day for this bunny.
This cat just discovered, if she jumps up on my printer, she can reach the window in my office. I’m not sure how I feel about her jumping on my printer.
I saw him in concert a few times:
It’s national doughnut day?l, I did partake, but was not impressed.
I didn’t know that, until someone handed me a doughnut a moment ago.
Someone brought in muffins and strawberries here today. Now it seems like an act of rebellion.
Meanwhile in the UK:
Do you like fish & chips, Van?
I like the chips, I don’t like the fish.
Fish N Fries rule!
Freedom or French?
I don’t know, between you and hubby, dinners are going to be interesting around here.
CP: Fakey Fake — Earlimart
We listened to quite a bit of the “Top 500 Songs” thing that our local Classic Rock station did over the weekend. I haven’t heard this kind of thing in ages, but the Classic Rock stations in NY also used to do this gimmick every Memorial Day, back in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s. The #1 song was pretty much almost always “Stairway to Heaven,” with “Satisfaction” and “Born To Run” at #2 and #3.
We didn’t catch the top 3 live this year, but the station posted the total list on their site. I recognize these kinds of things are designed to stir debate. . . but. . Really? Have things changed that much in the past 10-15 years? Fucking “Sweet Emotion” was #1? Really?
I heard a similar list of songs years back on a KC radio station. They advertised that their number one song wouldn’t be “Stairway”, which ended up being #2. The number one rock song of all time was “Enter Sandman”.
In other words: it could be worse. . . .
“Sweet Emotion” isn’t even a bad song, but #1??
For those of you with the Jeff Goldblum fixations (you know who you are):
I don’t know if we can be friends after that one, Mr. Mangan.
I’m going to need lots of therapy….or at least lots of rum.
All prizes are manufactured in Battle Creek, Michigan
CP: Tough Towns – Nevermen
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74:
He was a regular in a Scottsdale restaurant in his old age, and was supposedly the nicest guy. He definitely made his mar on the twentieth century. RIP
If you like the idea of an extended fan fiction letter to the works of Arthur C Clarke then you may enjoy ‘The Medusa Chronicles’ by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq_d8VSM0nw See if you can make it to the end.
Wow. Just… wow.
48 million views? Amazing how people are drawn to train wrecks.
Official artist storyboards for the Raimi Spider-Man 4 that never was.
I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of these musical gloves before. Cool tech. Very Cyberpunk.
I discovered this episode of the Twilight Zone this afternoon:
The one where the death row inmate keeps telling everyone that reality is just his dream.
When you buy a load of ghostbusters comics by mistake.
It was a humble bundle, I should have double checked.
As long as the comics only have MEN Ghostbusters in them, then they’re ok.
(My friends know this is satire, but let’s add the disclaimer, JIC)
Got a refund.
Then bought a lot of small beer press ebooks which included the well rated but obscure ‘Archivist Wasp’.
If that makes sense.
Billie Piper wouldn’t tell me if Victor’s scheme worked on her.
Is that a Penny Dreadful reference? Awesome that you got to meet Rose!
Yep, Penny Dreadful. She was pretty rad.
From which season, because in season 2 it seemed pretty clear, but I haven’t seen three yet?
I’ve been Penny Dreadful curious for awhile, just haven’t gotten to it yet.
Add me to the list of those who enjoy Penny Dreadful.
Crap joke for the day:
Paddy says to Mick, “I’m getting circumcised tomorrow”. Mick says, I had that done when I was a few days old.! Paddy asks, does it hurt? Mick replies, “well I couldn’t walk for about a year”…!!!
Hands Van an extra-absorbent coat.
Another hubbiless evening.
So American Gods and A Canticle for Leibowitz are cheap on US audible today.
I honestly couldn’t get through “Canticle.” My sincerest apologies for being a cretin.
Well there is always this:
Happy break your neck day:
Yesterday we pulled everything out from the storage area under the stairs. If I hadn’t see it myself, there would be no way I’d believe that much stuff could fit in that small area.
The cat has discovered, if she lays on the papers in front of me on my desk, she’ll get chin scrubs. I think I’m giving her the wrong message.
I love Penny Dreadful too!
I liked S1, still haven’t watched S2 or 3.
BTW: Hooray for the return of Cynful!
and Hooray for the return of crap jokes!
Awe…. wait. I hope those are unrelated 🙂
Well, only one requires a coat 🙂
We’re breaking heat records again today
Today, in the good news/bad news dept:
There will be a Pacific Rim 2, but Del Toro has been pushed out. Also bad, it would seem that Charlie Hunnam is still involved.
He was sooo good on SoA, right Essbee??!!!!
Best music producers…. and go!
Robert John “Mutt” Lange!
Playground Drama at work.
So that Ready Player One was a super fun read. . . But. . . I also felt like I was being pandered to, with the overload of references and geek wish-fulfillment. I have more spoilery thoughts on it, but you’ll most likely read the book yourself or see the movie, when it comes out.
I loved the first game so will probably be picking this up, flaws and all:
Crap joke for the day;
Noticing this, a policeman stopped her, and said, “Ma’am, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag.”
“Oh, really? Darn it!” said the little old lady. “I’d better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me officer.
“Well, now, not so fast,” said the cop.“Where did you get all that money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”
“Oh, no, no”, said the old lady. “You see, my back yard is right next to a Golf course.
A lot of Golfers come and pee through a knot hole in my fence, right into my flower Garden. It used to really tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know. Then I thought, ‘why not make the best of it?
So, now, I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my hedge clippers.
Every time some guy sticks his thing through my fence, I surprise him, grab hold of it and say, ‘O.K., buddy! Give me $20, or off it comes.’
“Well, that seems only fair,” said the cop, laughing. “OK. Good luck! Oh, by the way, what’s in the other bag?”
“Not everybody pays.”
Another scorcher of a day on tap for today.
Brunch with the boss
Another highlight from Phoenix Comicon was when we were riding the down escalator and my daughter high fived seven Deadpools riding the up escalator.
That would def be my favorite moment! Go Cali!
Our first (and super awesome) wedding postcard arrived to The States safely!
Van– your postcard is PERFECT! We also really enjoy the Postmark on it! Thank You for sending it early and I bet now that you don’t have to carry it on the plane, you will not be charged any over-the-weight-limit fees! ftw
A postcard with a picture of centuries-old ruins from Van just seems perfect.
Well that got there quick.
Van, I think he called you an old ruin or something…
Well I certainly feel like that some mornings.
One of the problems with working from home is I get to be the one who does 90% of the clean-up in preparation for sale.
The dreaded packing and cleaning phase of the move. . .
Anatomy of a sucicide:
Spotted on FB:
Here’s what was released in the first five months of 1976:
Peter Frampton Comes Alive
David Bowie Station to Station
Heart Dreamboat Annie
Mahavishnu Orchestra Inner Worlds
Journey Look Into the Future
Be Bop Deluxe Sunburst Finish
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Bad Company Run with the Pack
Lynyrd Skynyrd Gimme Back my Bullets
Doobie Brothers Takin’ it to the Streets
Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
Wings at the Speed of Sound
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
Led Zeppelin Presence
Nazareth Close Enough for Rock and Roll
Joe Walsh You Can’t Argue with a Sick Mind
VdGG Still Life
Bob Seger Live Bullit
Jeff Beck Wired
Rolling Stones Black n Blue
Jethro Tull Too Old to Rock and Roll
Gentle Giant Interview
Pat Travers Pat Travers
UFO No Heavy Petting
Steely Dan The Royal Scam
AC/DC High Voltage
BOC Agents of Fortune
Steve Miller Fly Like an Eagle
Alan Parsons Tales of Mystery and Imagination
It’s just going on 6am here and it’s already 27C. in this house.
The guest room is usually the coolest in the house. If it’s this warm when Van comes, I might make him change rooms with us.
I’m a bunny, not a mouse.
You must have walked in while he was changing
Once Upon a Time is pretty silly, but the Hansel and Gretyl witch is awesome
We gave up on Once Upon a Time somewhere around the Peter Pan story line.
She is. I enjoy her much more than Cruella. And yes it is, but still entertaining
Time for your morning smile
I got a call this morning on the way to work that my father in-law passed away last night. 🙁
I’m sorry Rhettro. Never easy.
Condolences to you and your family, my friend.
So sorry for you and your family, Rhett. 🙁
Oh Rhett. 🙁
Thank you, I know I can always count on you guys and gals for support.
Really lame. You guys are in my thoughts
Mildly NSFW, but pretty hilarious.
Interesting news about the label changes, and an interesting diet idea, however difficult it would be to pull off in the real 2016 world.
He appears to have forgotten that the good old days were nothing of the sort.
Just go and learn about how the Victorians would adulterate basic foods with all sorts of crap.
This sounds like a super cranky old person rambling. Seriously? At what point did any real person only eat potato chips made by the Amish in their youth? Is this person 150 years old? It’s a bit over the top. I agree that we should eat more foods that we make from scratch ourselves… but extremist diets like this take a kind of dedication that 99% of the population simply can’t handle.
Also, it would cut out beer, cheese, and bacon (all labeled foods) from my life. There’s not a snowballs chance in hell those things are going away.
My take on that philosophical diet approach would absolutely allow for bacon, beer, and cheese, although maybe not Bac-Os(TM), Bud Light, and individually-wrapped Velveeta singles. My take:
Try to eat more foods with simple ingredient lists. Eat fewer foods with long ingredient lists which include a bunch of 10-syllable words.
— Maybe I’m willfully misinterpreting his words to suit my own feelings. I think he also said we should invest more in the space program and establish Martian colonies by 2020.
So I’m listening to the latest to the latest Tegan and Sara album.
It’s nice enough I guess.
I’ll get my coat.
I should give it a full listen. I’ve only listened to the first track so far, but that was also my reaction.
I’ll get my cap.
Its a good album. Its simple and poppy yes… and no its not like their indie rock, but its well crafted and contains some of their best lyrics. I also neve can see how one can give an entire album a reaction just by listening top one song. Its line giving a 5 season series a reaction after watching the pilot.
Agreed. Let no album be judged on the merits of just one track.
Except all Coldplay.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutter_oil Just no.
My gran rang this morning to tell me that my 98 year old grandad had just died. I rushed round to comfort her, and over a cup of tea she told me that he had died during their usual Sunday morning sex session…..
Aghast that they were still at it, she reassured me that they took it nice and gentle, to the rhythm of the church bells. “In on the ding, out on the dong,” she said. “And he’d still be alive if the fucking ice cream van hadn’t come round…”
Now that’s Good Humor.
Let’s see if the weather will become something a little more tolerable today
In three weeks the Vanster comes to visit!
I’ll to paint on go faster stripes to live up to Vanster.
You still have time to set up the Vanster wheel.
Oh shit, I haven’t donated yet to ditto’s June thing yet. ditto, can you post the info here, when you get a minute, please?
Try this: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/david-cattarin
I’m glad you said something because I forgot too.
CP: Testify — SRV
Wow, Tor.com is pushing hard for the Cyberpunk Renaissance.
Cyberpunk Renaissance. . . now there’s an idea for a festival. Huzzah!
They are like the Wolf in the fairy tale trying to blow the pig house made of bricks down.
Spot on. I’ve been mulling this very subject recently, but this crystallizes the points really eloquently.
Agreed. I’ve seen this in action.
I can recall in my early 20’s, not having cable TV and there was no internet (gasp), actually putting an album on to listen to. Not as background music for what ever else I was doing. I’d put it on and lay by the stereo looking at the cover art and reading the liner notes as I listened.
Can’t remember the last time I took the luxury of doing that. Actually, Now I don’t know how long I could JUST listen without feeling the need to multi-task. :/
I recall the days when a song – – or hell, even a riff inside of a song – – or hell, a soulful moment in a guitar solo – – could feel like it was instilled with great importance.
Now, all music is seen as disposable. The most inspired, brilliant phrasing is met with blank indifference – – or at best, its song gets a couple of Thumbs Up in some social media space.
Should I get money exchanged now or wait for the result of the away referendum, which will probably have a big hit in the exchange rate.
RIP ‘Mr. Hockey’. A legend among legends
Get out of here. I recall watching him and his sons playing for the Hartford Whalers in the 80s. There will never be another Gordie Howe. RIP.
JW: season 4 finale of The Americans
A bit disappointing that it was basically a setup for S5, but it’s been a ‘fun’ ride this season.
I thought it worked well not pushing the typical “dun dun DUNNNN!” cliff hanger. They’ve been confirmed for two more seasons, so they don’t really need to rely on such tricks at this point.
I enjoyed the season and thought it made for some solid and compelling story telling. Though, the body count (at least in getting rid of characters one way or another) was extremely high.
Good night, John Boy….
The Expanse S1, then Orphan Black S4, then. . . maybe we’ll get to that one?
I have to admire the guy for consistently not smiling smiling in photos:
So 3 Doors Down were supposed to play the pool, which could have been a neat experience, but they moved it inside due to heat and threat of rain. Alas
So, 4 Doors Down then?
Come and knock on my door, We’ve been waiting for you…
3 Doors Down would be greatly improved by the addition of Don Knotts, but then, that’s true of any band.
Fascinating and bonkers.
Happy Birthday, CJ!
Happiest of birthdays, Cj!
Happy Happy Joy Joy CJ!!
What they all said! Happy birthday, Cj.
CW: Voltron: Legendary Defender E1
So far, nicely animated and rather silly..
I certainly hope so!
I was listening to an interview with two people involved in the new series. They claimed the original Japanese story has some story elements that were still too dark for US children
..and I just laughed out loud..talk about being divorced from current reality.
Crap mini joke nicked from Twitter:
What time do philosophers go to the store?
I have say Advocaat is an underrated drink…unless you are Dutch.
Wikipedia says Advocaat us like egg nog. Hmm.
Reading that made my head hurt…huh?
Finally getting to ep 1 of The Expanse. Good start. Wow, 160 seconds of commercials feels like an eternity.
Happy DP birthday, CJ!
Did you know that Crayola has free coloring pages you can print?
Fun, quirky stuff from the guy behind the pAper chAse.
Stay far far away from comment sections today.
On a more trivial note got the dreaded price rise email from Netflix.
Went SD, I sit far enough away from the to not to notice..
Me too. SD that is. What was the price hike?
£1.50 extra per month for HD and £3.00 extra for HD and Ultra HD.
The multiple streaming option is wasted on me as I’m the only one that uses the account.
My shatty internet probably couldnt even handle ultra high def
These mass shootings that happen here have been labeled as terrorist attacks, rather than domestic violence attacks. Could that be why no one thinks about the gun control and mental illness connection?
So sad that two separate attacks in Orlando in two days are being viewed from different perspectives, and yet they each yielded the same end result.
It’s a hate crime and should be treated as such.
Mental illness is the greatest problem in the world today, but its link to gun control is complex. We’re decades away from sensible gun control in the U.S., even further in the world. It’s the same for proper, serious mental health treatment, believe me.
We’ve got to get shit started in this generation, though. We’ll never see legitimate change, but maybe our grandchildren will.
Doubt this was mental illness. This was cold, calculating, and he was ‘educated’ by the wrong people whomever those people end up being.
To be honest, only the Marvel shows and The new season of Orange is the new Black that is keeping me subscribed.
In my book, homicidal hate is always a mental illness. Maybe not the same flavor as Depression or schizophrenia … but an aberrance in mental processing none the less.
Here is a philosophical point for consideration. While this murderer’s connection with a non-domestic terror group remains to be seen, let’s postulate for a moment that he WAS motivated by ISIS. No amount of increase in military spending, or massive deployment of US troops to the middle east or even “Nuking” of some unfortunate foreign country could have stopped this. He was an individual with a fukd up head and a sense of morality that said random KILLING of other human beings is A-OK.
I just don’t see a military solution to this. This sort of “attack” is an individual who has seen this work, has seen the endless news coverage it generates – and suddenly feels empowered at the thought of copying these actions.
How do we even begin to put this genie back in the bottle?
On a lighter note, this happened:
So night I watched E2 of the Outcast TV series.
Gawd it’s bloody slow, one more episode like this and I’m done.
I cant speak for the show but the comic is an amazingly well thought out, tense, ultra-smart slow burn.
They could be being faithful to the comic then.
I’ve been hearing good things.
So finished the PS4 version of Gone Home.
What a creepy game without anything supernatural happening.
Penguins, huh? Eh thats fine I guess
Good for Crosby’s legacy. And awesome to see Mario hold the Stanley Cup again.
I do kinda wish Luigi would have been there to share it.
You should stop eating those mushrooms.
There must be an evil shark somewhere in some Mario World game.
This Arya storyline had better be done this episode. Its seriously like a bad horror movie.
Considering the current high exchange rate pound/Canadian dollar, might be better to just get all Canadian dollars and then convert the unused dollars to US (since that is almost one to one).
Hey Van, not sure where you got your information but, the exchange rate from Canadian to US funds is 30%, not par. I sped $200 US the other day and it cost me $260.
Thanks TEB, ah well it probably work out if I bought the dollars in the first place.
You live and learn.
So off to see this today, even though it came out in 2014 it’s just going on General release in the UK:
Subtitled version today.
Which was rather wonderful.
Cracked the crust around this cynical heart.
Read while whistling the X-Files theme tune:
I remember taking some out of town guests to Banff once. On the side of the road was a bear. A number of tourists stopped to take pictures. Among them was one group of Japanese tourists who had young kids. They were encouraging the kids to get closer to the bear so they could get a good picture. As we were watching, I was imagining the headlines on the news. Luckily for them, the bear didn’t actually attack. A lot of people seem to forget that, even though you see a bear in a populated area, it is still a wild animal. It’s name isn’t Ben, and it is not gentle.
*shakes head at the stupidity of people*
Had a busy and productive weekend. Now it’s back to routine.
I just want you to know, this moving thing has seriously cramped my reading style. I have read so little in the past week, I think I’m going through withdrawal.
Well that should keep me ahead of you this year…for a while.
There’s a new man in our lives and he’s 8lb 8oz.
Name to come. Leaning toward Hudson.
Awwww, you’ll be able to show him Hudson Hawk and educate him how not to make a film…
Awesome news! Congratulations to mom, dad, and all the new siblings! And happy birthday to the young Lo Pan, possibly Hudson.
Congratulations. Laynie and Dani are officially outnumbered. ♡
Congratulations Lo Pan!!!!
And obviously. . . you’re busy. . . but um, post pics when you can. :happy:
I even feel totally outnumbered!! Take a ride on the LoPan Sausage Wagon!
Such exciting news for your family! I trust Dani and Baby Boy Lo are both happy and healthy.
Great work, Dad!
Been away for a while and I missed this. Congratulations Lo Pan! Should the world be concerned that Lo Pan has another henchman in his army? But sincerely, great news man!
I’ve been away as well. Just catching up.
Congradts to the Lo Pan Clan!
Thanks everyone for you Relay For Life donations! 😀
Crap mini joke for the day:
Q.What do you call a man with 2 birds of prey, vacuuming with the light out?
A. Hawk Kestrel Man Hoovers in the Dark
Of course if you haven’t heard any electropop from the 80’s you won’t get that..
I’ll get you your coat. . . . If You Leave.
But don’t leave now…
Please don’t waste a single day
Flying to Ningbo via shanghai and beijing for the tour. Anyone have any dinner suggestions in any of these places?
17 | AD-LIB | NINGBO
18 | ELEVATOR | SHANGHAI
22 | TO IBIZA! | CHANGSHA
24 | TBC | GUILIN
25 | GENIUS PARTY | WUHAN
26 | STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL | CHANGSHA
01 | DB+M | DALI
02 | BANG CLUB | SHENZHEN
*See justaJ0e’s Chinese food joke from previous thread.*
No stops in Taiwan?
Comment of the day from The Onion:
“Yes because what definitely would have prevented this tragedy is mostly drunk people with guns returning fire in a dimly lit nightclub. I can’t see that going wrong at all.”
I’m a little nostalgic now. I wonder where the author lives in NJ. Diners are a different kind of thing there than the rest of the U.S. They’re really state institutions; my first breakfast when I went back last year was at a diner.
The food is never very good, it’s downright awful at a bad one, but they’re often social destinations, more than culinary experiences. I can’t tell you how many late evenings in the 90s I spent with friends over bland fries and club sandwiches at those places.
Another beautiful day
For those who aren’t Facebook enabled.
“Pinky is a very loving cat. He’s our pet of the week.”
I’m still laughing.
The agonized screams are really what makes it.
I still laughed when I rewatched the video.
My coworkers enjoyed this one
An Australian comedian’s perspective on US gun control
Good for Auston Matthews! Represent Arizona hockey.
I hear the site has been giving a weird symantec error for some? I’m not seeing it on devices here. Anyone else?
Ok on my phone at least.
Thx, Van my man.
Its fine on my phone too. Just on my laptop my symantic reports a redirect 6 attack. Odd.
This is so fucking powerful. You cannot watch this without being moved.
Another hubbiless evening in store for this bunny.
And thanks much for the well wishes, all. Little dude will be in nicu longer than thought but luckily nothing major.
Cheers to nothing major!!
Orlando is having a really tough week
A-team pop vinyls !!!!!!
CW: The Last Ship S3E1
Why do I continue to watch this piece of shut, why?????
My work computer’s anti virus software is reporting some trojan virus on the Deadpan site. Not sure if that is causing issues for others.
I had a warning today too.
I’m posting this on my desktop PC running the 64 bit version of Chrome and I’m not getting an error.
No error when using MS Edge browser.
I’ve not had a problem on my phone, but the site won’t pass my work filters. I’ve run an anti-virus just in case and nothing came up
I just did a scan with Windows Defender, it did pick up a trojan, whether that was from here or somewhere else I don’t know.
Yet the scan on the laptop detected nothing and I access the website far more often on the laptop than the desktop.
Each time I visit this page, I get the Trojan notification. This has happened 3 times. Microsoft reports it as this:
So, the first hit on this page gives me the warning. I don’t have a problem when visiting the feed page.
Looking at the page source, there’s some odd stuff, but I don’t know for sure what belongs and what doesn’t. The XML Friends Network looks benign but pointless. I’m not sure what bellevuehigh62.com, but jQuery seems a popular point of attack nowadays.
So I booted up the original Mirror’s Edge on the PS3 , eight years later and it still looks cool and plays great.
To watch later:
Thanks for the troubleshooting, ditto. I’m going to dive in tonight. I’ve also spoken to Tony M as st, who’s also going to do some maintenance work.
Thanks everyone, actually, for your testing. And that’s Tony Mast, not M as st.
It looks like Tony did some updates. I’ve done some digging around too, but I haven’t been able to find the offending files. Meh.
Another day full of spreadsheets for this bunny
Just as an FYI, my systems also came up with a Trojan:JS/Redirector.qs when I ran MS Defender. Not sure about today, though.
I’m still getting it. I sent Jack some more detailed info about the js code.
A policeman caught a nasty little boy with a bb gun in one hand and a raccoon in the other. “Now Listen here,” the policeman said, “Whatever you do to that poor, defenseless creature I shall personally do to you” “In that case,” said the boy. “I’ll kiss it’s butt and let it go”
So I’m listening to the audio book version of ‘A Canticle for Leibowitz’.
I remembered more of the book’d plot than I thought I would.
The narration brought out humour that I completely failed to recognise when I first read the book in the 90’s.
It’s still a rather serious book…
I appreciate you guys living on the edge here today. 🙂
Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack:
To PbP after lunch or not to PbP after lunch. That is the question
Have you already decided on a film or is there multiple choices today?
Dr Seuss has a lot to answer for:
Ok Pan, this is it
In answer to Van’s question, today’s movie is The Visit (the only one on my DVR at the moment)
The DVR writeup: A teen and her young brother discover a shocking secret about their seemingly charming grandparents while staying at their remote Pennsylvania farm
We did see this one in the theater. I’ll read the PBP in full when it’s done 🙂
I rallies this movie was more… “Mainstream” as far as theatre release goes so I’m going to make this PBP as vague as possible. If you watch this movie, see if you can figure out what scene I’m referring to
Rallies? Really auto correct.? That’s what you get from realize?
Pushing play now
PG? Really? That’s no fun
On a side note, my iPad is having slow down issues with the Pan so I might be behind in my PBP
I’ve come to hate “documentary” style movies
AKA “found footage”
Baby you can drive my car
Pineapple upside down cake
So now you know:
We’re old people
What is the correct term to describe a video podcast follower? A Listener? Or a Watcher? Or something else…
Someone who is oblivious to everyone/thing around them.
I always hear viewer or member
I’m going to get you
Smells like ass
Jerry the police officer
He’s following me
Night time noises
Open the door
I make cheddar buisquits sometimes, too
All the way in
A grizzly bear
Don’t answer that question
Nothing behind door number one
Well, well, well
Make me believe you
I’m still standing
Is it done yet?
So that’s a no…
Naw. Still has a half hour left
Darkies in a cave
It’s not coming off
Grandma found it
What’s the elixir
A white thing
A water story
Tell another story
I forgive you little girl
This is how children play
Listen to mom
Let’s play a board game
A perfect family night
Young vs. Old
The whight thing is real
A magic spell
I never liked you
Under the bed
The mirror cracked
A broken door
Post production interview
Post production rap
It was ok, I guess. Had some creepy moments, but wasn’t truly original
This is a beautiful take on a severely underrated movie. I’m really enjoying Emily Asher-Perrin’s write-ups of the Wachowskis films.
So today in 1963, the first woman went into space:
A great day for all humans.
I loved that show.
Wow. There’s subtlety and then there’s subtlety. Mind blown. I dug this show in the 80s.
Still looking for the solution to the stupid problem. I appreciate you hanging in there.
If you kneel before your god in prayer
But do not cry for those who died;
If you raise your voice in hymns of praise
But cast the plight of others aside;
Then I call you false, your religion lies
To you, and tempts with ephemeral prize.
If you say the words from mouth not heart
And close your ears to pain;
If you play along, but not your part
Then you’re a traitor to the game;
For all faiths preach of hope and love
And of kindness done for a god above.
It matters not what faith you claim
The central core is just the same.
I’ve decided to just visit through my tablet until the whole Trojan thing is sorted
I think, when I clean the washroom today, I’ll also do the guest washroom. That way it’s done and I don’t have to worry about it in two weeks when I have a very special guest
I resisted asking who the special guest was…
Hmmm. I must have cleaned the guest washroom some time between now and when I last had guests. It seemed pretty spic and span already
Missy Elliott is what gets us through Today
Actually – – Tony appears to have succeeded where I have failed. I’ve not yet run the bug checker, but we’re apparently in the clear again.
My virus checker no longer reports a problem. Huzzah!
And to think that back in the day Trogans were supposed to prevent the spread of viruses.
This one must have been ribbed.
Looks cleared to me too! Thanks guys! 😀
This looks like a must-watch for later:
Ditto and Manglocks, I went to the post office today. Who knows when they will arrive but just consider this a heads up
I sure hope that it arrives on Monday, when it’s going to be 116+ degrees here.
You are all kinds of awesome as well as kind. Thanks so much. Sorry we won’t see you.
Heads are up! Thank you, Bunny.
I now have http://www.teen.com in my browser history.
Is that the FBI kicking down your door?
I sang the song when I first read Van’s reply.
A guy finds his dog with the neighbor’s pet rabbit in its mouth. The rabbit is dead and the guy panics. He takes the dirty, chewed up rabbit into the house. He gives it a bath, blow dries its fur, and puts it back into the cage at the neighbor’s house, hoping they will think it died of natural causes. A few days later, the neighbor asks the guy, “Did you hear that Fluffy died?” The guy stammers and says, “Um… no… what happened?” The neighbor replies, “We found him dead in his cage one day, but the weird thing is that the day after we buried him, someone had dug him up, gave him a bath and put him back into the cage. There are some real sick people out there!”
Is this CJOTD Energizer Bunny-approved?
It’s the weekend so that is a no.
Are you saying I’m a grumpy bunny don’t approve of things over the weekend? :ermm:
Nope, just that you usually have other fish to fry at the weekend :-p
Trying to sign in to a sisters email account as she’s forgotten the password, the phone number linked to the account and the answers to the security questions….
Alas she wasn’t that dumb.
We apparently just had a Nessie sighting in Crossy Road, but alas, she got away. It’s apparently as rare as the real thing.
Have you tried Land Sliders?
Off to see the film tomorrow:
I’ve heard excellent things about the cinematography on this one. It’s on my DVD watch list.
It’s rather strange and the ending feels like a cliffhanger, looks good though.
As ads go, Captain Obvious is fun:
His ads are a staple around these parts. Maybe we’ll watch some commercial TV while you are here and you can see all the silly Canadian ads.
Good times at the Technorama Pool Party!
Even a Rhettro appearance!
This post from Van before the PBP should be seen.
The one about the sex positions popped out in the middle there too 🙂 Tricky little Van
So this is a thing: