Time for a summer post.
Don’t mind if I do!
Ok, I’ll scroll & drag my butt across the floor
The next dance craze to sweep the nation?
(could be a response to both Ed and/or TEB)
Stolen from ditto’s Facebook feed.
Maybe it’s down to not being American, but the George Washington revelations did not induce an extreme emotional reaction.
I was just scrolling by. . .
Keeping my physical distance
the & sign just looks like someone sitting on the floor to me.
reading a book
Here as well.
a Goodbye to Carl Reiner:
Hell of a life. Hell of a great contribution to the world. RIP
He was apparently part of this in 2017.
He made me laugh.
Hubby’s gone into work. I don’t think he understands the word holidays
How to achieve superpowers. From your friendly neighborhood CIA.
Having skimmed through the text of this, I would say there is a lot of “woo” and vague language here.
Chapter 8: Be leery of red suits dropped off by UFOs in the middle of the desert – by William Katt
GAH for the win!
CP: Latchkey Kids — Silversun Pickups
I know June is normally our rainiest month, but did it all have to be put in to this one day?
It *is* its last chance to be part of the tally.
Debbie Harry is 75 today.
Feeling old yet punk??
The song has been updated to “Hip of Glass.”
I’m getting reports of strange events going on around here. . .
I got a security alert from my Chrome browser and when I logged into the page there was a website asking for log-in information and stating that this website was the future home of something “cool”. Seemed like a hacker was trying to set up a fishing scam. Anyway, a few moments later, no issues at all. My only guess is there was an issue at my end or the web hosting site automatically squashed the intruder. *shrug*
Although Chrome is reporting this site as “not secure”.
Ah, Tony clarified this is to be expected. Nothing to see here, move along.
Call me an old Fuddy Duddy, but ai’m sticking to using the standard controller:
(cough) bluetooth dongles (cough)
As I said on FB, I’ve never played animal crossing before but now, may have to check it out 😉
I wonder if it would be the same feeling using a mouse and keyboard…
I wouldn’t recommend inserting the mouse and keyboard. That sounds uncomfortable.
Speaking of which …(?)
Last night we watched “Escape from LA”
Amazing how much of it was the SAME exact movie as Escape from NY.
Except they tried throwing more money at it.
They needn’t have bothered.
I don’t want to know how you connected Escape From LA to Van’s Animal Crossing post.
There are many, many, many dumb parts of that train wreck of a movie. Most people cite the awful surfing scene, but I think the basketball trial is the worst.
No context, no explanation; he just magically hits these impossible shots because the plot requires it.
The most cynical part of me thinks that some film executive noticed that the NBA was trendy in the 90s, so they insisted on this garbage.
EFLA is such a cash grab. None of the charm from the original.
Ewoks Foil Last Attack?
Ernest Fries Los Alamos?
I’d totally watch “Ernest Fries Los Alamos” 🙂
I’d never seen Community. The first 2 episodes were funny. That is all.
That is one of those shows that grows into itself. As it went along it seemed to become one of those “we are going to do what we find funny and if you want to come along for the ride, that’s up to you.”
And personally, I thought it worked.
I actually have work to do today. What’s that about?
Neuromancer reread. I can’t even remember how long it’s been since the last reread. . .
Every page of this book just blows my mind.
Even now it’s just a fucking cool story.
No cell phones though, what was that about?
I’m interested in how they pull this off. Could be good, could be really bad.
This has potential
“ It’ll only feel like Fallout if it crashes halfway through every scene and loses all your progress”
So, “Groundhog Day: The Series” then?
At what point is it ok to unfriend your own mother on FaceBook?
Asking for a friend.
I think if it will improve your stress level hrm right now is the perfect time.
If you don’t want to block, unfollow or setting your post settings so she won’t see your posts.
Her seeing my posts isn’t the problem.
I talked to hubby last night and he agreed with Jack, So I took the plunge this morning and unfriended her. Let’s see how long it takes her to figure out I’ve done that.
I just don’t have time for her racist BS.
I think you did the right thing.
Family stuff is the hardest.
I suppose Snooze is also an option for these situations. You remain friends, you just don’t see their posts for 30 days.
Yeah. That doesn’t stop her PM’ing me her latest conspiracy links
Once was enough:
Well I went and bought Black Mesa to play over the weekend.
Time to step into Gordon Freeman’s shows one more time.
I don’t know. I kind of liked thinking of it as “The Gordon Freedman Show”.
Ack! No full controller support, playing a mouse controlled game on a trackpad is an exercise in frustration.
For further consideration.
I had a friend call me yesterday because they just needed a few minutes of sanity.
Their mother had died a few hours earlier of COVID-19. A few other ladies in the mom’s church circle are sick with it now.
Oh Jack. *hugs*
That’s hard. I’m afraid we’ll be dealing with more and more stories like this in the coming days.
In happier news, we finished season 3 of Mrs Maisel. Very good – – probably the best season yet.
I’m not sure which show is up next for us. Hearing good things about Dark and also Things We Do in the Shadows.
Hubby and I decided to add an extra half click to our walk and picked up lunch at Subway to take home. We haven’t done that in months.
I actually feel a little guilty as, since is was a spur of the moment decision, we didn’t have masks on us.
This is the kind of thing I think a sane society can ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about.
You should feel ashamed, though, because there are undoubtedly better sandwich places nearby.
I have finally seen Hamilton.
Today I learnt Hamilton got shot by Burr.
I also learnt I know more about WW2 than the War of Independence.
I blame all that fancy German tech.
I believe there’s a 200-year statute on spoilers, so we’ll let this one slide, Van.
Just skip this post and keep scrolling if you’ve already met your daily quotient of COVID-19 dread. Pasted from a local friend:
After a “brief” visit to a Banner ER last night, I have a diagnosis: early stage Covid-19. My symptoms are bad, bad enough to go to the ER, but not bad enough to be admitted. The magic symptoms for admission are a steady fever of 100+ and or oxygen levels below 92.
My fever has never gone above 100 and isn’t steady. My oxygen levels vary between 96-99. I have tightness in my chest and lungs that daily asthma meds don’t touch. It feels like I’m wearing close fitting chain mail….tight and heavy but able to still take nearly full breaths. When coughing, which is most of the time, it’s unproductive and painful. My ribs hurt. I have sharp stabbing pains happening from mid to lower ribs / back. My throat is nearly raw from coughing and have almost lost my voice.
Here’s the thing…..I know I’m in at risk group (before this diagnosis) . I’ve been home quarantining since early March. I wear masks anytime I have to go anywhere. About a month ago, just before AZ started spiking again, [husband] and I went out. We were having a little bit of stir craziness and had a list of places we wanted to go. We wore masks the entire time. We touched only those things we were interested in buying. We washed our hands and masks immediately when we got home. We haven’t been out since. That being said……masks do help! As bad as I feel right now, I am positive that I would be worse if I hadn’t been wearing one. I know that the flu like symptoms (husband) had would be this awful if they had not been wearing one. Now We are home quarantining again, this time with even stricter standards, until all of my symptoms are gone plus 4 days. Because of my diagnosis that may be a couple weeks or months. I may get better. I may stay the same same. I may get worse. The doctor doesn’t know. This is scary.
I love you.
Wear your fucking masks!
Sometimes it helps to put it in a personal way to people.
I did the math and was sharing this with some “It’s just a bad flu” folks-
Based on our state’s 14 day, new case average and the states overall morbidity rate AND assuming something magical happens and things don’t get worse…
By the end of August, 1080 of your friends and family who are perfectly fine at this very moment … will be dead. They will not live to see Christmas.
This doesn’t factor in what will happen when we run out of ICU beds.
Wear your damn masks.
What? There’s a new Doctor Aphra comic series????
I saw something about “Doctor Aphra” casting news, but it was just for the audiobook. Still cool, but it got my hopes up for a live action series or special.
Just got a message from my sister.
The husband of a long time friend of hers died from Covid yesterday.
He was 50-60 years of age and in good physical shape.
Started showing symptoms about a week ago.
His test came back positive today. The day after he died.
:'( This shit is going to get more and more real and continue to hit closer and closer to home.
Decent song from a guy who has nothing left to prove to anyone. It turns out Romany Gilmour is the youngest of his 8 children.
That’s David Gilmour, btw.
So apparently, I’m the only ne who finds the Holderness family and their videos kind of grating.
NO. Fuck that family. I don’t hate a lot of people. But them….
This is fun!
Disneyland rides available virtually.
What a life:
A fantastic life and body of work. A great deal of his music and brought me joy over the years. I hadn’t appreciated just how prolific it all was.
Dragoncon goes virtual for 2020:
Yeah, WWC is doing the same thing here.
I had no idea Rick Wakeman played on “Space Oddity.”
Watched Train to Busan over the past 2 nights.
Yes, it’s a zombie flick, but wow – – infuriating and impressive, and it doesn’t go for cheap grossout effects. I can’t say anything more without giving spoilers.
It was a pleasant surprise when it was shown at film night at the cinema bar last year.
I too was caught by surprise with that film.
I had lowered my expectations because it was a zombie flick but also (I’m ashamed to admit) because who knows anything about the S. Korean film industry.
I also won’t spoiler but would add that it is just good, solid film making.
My daughter simultaniously loved and hated it.
I think I exist this morning.
Therefore you might.
Hearing another Covid close to my family.
Our county finally past a mask ordinance yesterday and for that I applaud them … but for many, I fear it is several weeks too late.
Back in late March I read an article that quoted one researcher as saying, “It’s not a mater of “if” you will get it but “when”. And that your goal is to do everything you can to put it off long enough for the government to stockpile supplies(he never dreamed our gov would abandon us) and for the Hospitals/science to figure out how to effectively treat you.
History will not look kindly on us. It’s not even a lack of compassion – – it’s actually an anti-compassionate culture that’s been fostered. . .
Good news: George Miller is making another film in the Mad Max setting, featuring its best character.
Bad news: No Charlize Theron.
Well, I can’t really argue that it would be tough to de-age her for a prequel. Though it might be nice to do a sequel first with Theron, then a prequel with a younger actress.
This seems like a whole lot of musing out loud – – but I’m all in for more Tron.
I like the fact that they have a script they really like. I’m a little puzzled why they are hyping to get Daft Punk on board, I mean I like Daft Punk, but the article spends a great deal of time on them. Also, with Legacy being so lackluster, I’m not sure why they are trying to get the old director back as well. As a Disney property, I’d like to see them get Waititi, Favreau, or the Russo’s involved.
DnD for the over 40s:
*pushes up her nerd glasses*
While there is crossover, LARPing is not the same as playing D & D
(It was cute and applies to D&D too)
Ha! I had the same reaction. *throws bean bag spell*
…and some more actual good news!
This is a neat thing I did recently.
Jack IS our one way ticket to midnight.
A Sammy Hagar quote!
remember Star Control? well do ya punk? the creators are interviewed:
Facebook changed their look. It’s freaking me out.
I’ve heard the grumbling about it, but I think they’re rolling it out in phases. I haven’t been hit yet.
Facebook presents an interesting challenge for me this summer. I’m going to need Facebook to promote Am I Evil? – – and I like keeping up with friends and playing on a few pages I’m connected to – – but the rest of it is just a toxic tar pit. I need to just get in and get out and avoid the scroll.
It’s fine. It still seems to act the same, just a different look… too bad they can’t change their toxicity at the same time.
Oh. The spinning square. Yeah, that’s already gotten old.
I haven’t done a PbP in a while. I don’t have time this week, but I think I’ll do one next week.
I finally watched S2E1 of Legion last night. I recall really enjoying the rampant quirkiness and creativity of S1. This first episode of S2 felt like it was just doubling down on the weirdness, and trying to artificially inject some fun. The “Beat It” style dance battle nearly lost me.
It gets better.
Yes! We quite liked Legion.
We watched the Eurovision movie on Netflix. It took us a bit to realize the main rival is the lead from Legion.
Only watched the first few episodes of S3, so much other stuff to watch.
But not much better. Too bad you stopped
CW: Terminator: Dark Fate
In 4K!! Which is overkill for my 40inch 4Ktv hard to tell the difference between this and a film in standard HD.
Still bloody great film and pity it was a bit of a damp squib at the box office.
Never saw this one.
Where does it fall in the “sequel” order?
It’s the latest one, released last year.
But it basically ignores all the films after T2
Stairway to Gilligan’s Island – by Puddles the Clown.
Better than it has any right to be.
The song is EPIC!
Haven’t watched Puddles version. Hope it is worthy.
Puddles remains my hero.
I don’t like clowns, but that song is excellent so long as I don’t watch the video.
I never knew this, ditto. It’s worth an audio-only listen. Puddles truly has a voice of gold.
I hope you can work from home Ed. Stay in, stay safe, spend quality time with your kids.
I did something I rarely do. . . I told someone that their “live in fear…. tinfoil hats… economy…” Ted Nugent quote was irresponsible and stupid, then unfriended them.
Only 1 of their loony friends came at me with a “fake numbers… you wanna put your head in the sand” response, but the unfriendee liked that response.
Really, 99 times out of 1000, I unfriend and move on. The original post just caught me in a moment. Obviously, I’m not going to respond any further.
Their poor mental health is contagious.
I mean that with all sincerity.
If you spend much time in their “shallow end” of the pool it won’t be long before you have a nagging unhappiness.
Getting clear, is necessary for survival.
Just make sure you’re getting clear and not “going clear”. That could also be bad.
I will remain Everclear and avoid ze Wango ze Tango.
Cleaned two washrooms, backed up my computer, have my first of two loads of laundry in the wash, and went for a 5k walk. All in all, a good morning.
In happier news – – Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Desert Pixie! I love you, I love our family, I love our home!
Happy Anniversary Babbies,
got you on our
It was a lovely day and evening, capped off with homemade chocolate layered cake and vanilla ice cream then late night gaming – Dominion was on tap tonight.
I love you.
I love Deadpan
I love Jack Mangan and his Deadpan
Today I made toad in the hole for the first time using way out of date flour.
Turned out ok.
Follow Van for more recipes!
Consider me confused.
I went to the liquor store and 7-11.
There were three or four people at the liquor store, everybody, including myself, had a mask on.
There were eight or nine people at 7-11. With the exception of myself and the staff, nobody was wearing a mask. Also, there was a line up of three or four people waiting to use the washroom. Is there something about 7-11 I’m missing?
You forgot to carry the “1”.
(wait…I thought this was an algebra problem)
The 1 should be able to carry itself.
Hubby’s watching an esport. The commentator said, “she pounced on the opportunity like a shark”
I think that’s going to be my new saying from now on
We watched some virtual Tour de France coverage last night. All the competing cyclists were women on stationary bikes at home.
But did they pounce like a shark?
I haven’t watched yet.
I enjoyed it … but … but …
you’ll just have to watch it.
Not with your kids though.
Oh, we watched season 1. It was fun, though like the comic, sometimes going there and beyond just for the sake of going there and beyond.
I did watch the trailer. Looks a bit more serious, which would be a good way to go in season 2.
Wow, I kinda love this groovy Hammond organ German version of PAranoid:
GoGo boots make EVERYTHING better.
Well you can just bugger off with that:
The bit about putting your hand above the cheese spread so the maggots don’t escape made me gag.
That’s a pass from me.
Today’s Science tidbits:
-Scientist in Singapore have developed a small, pocket portable, solar generator that produces power when a shadow is cast across it. It is the differential between the light and dark that generate the current. It allows power production in much lower lighting situations. Enough to power a small electronic device.
-A certain type of sea worm, when threatened, exudes a blue bioluminescent goo. Lots of things bioluminesce but that takes energy and this stuff is outside the worm so it doesn’t get “power” from the creature and it can continue to flow from 16 to 72 hours. It seems the goo emits ions that cause a blue glow. That glow causes the goo to release even more ions. So it produces more light and the cycle repeats.
In the food chain of the ocean depths this is a devious defense. If you mess with the worm you are tagged with this glowing goo which leaves you attracting preditors to yourself for hours.
– Excavations and airborn LIDAR have uncovered the oldest and largest known Mayan structure ever built, at a previously unknown site in Mexico. Built somewhere around 1000 BC. Lots of other stuff about that culture has been genes from this site.
The 2-year-old has a temp today. This kind of thing just happens with 2-year-olds – – and 2-year-olds are generally not being affected by the big evil thing in the same ways – – but I can’t help being terrified.
This is not the kind of conversation I intend to open up to the FB world. Just had to type it somewhere.
/hugs Jack and fingers crossed it is just what happens to a 2 year old.
Thank you very much, sir.
Raising a kid is tough. It’s one worry after another. Hopefully yours is just a normal kid thing.
CW: The Old Guard on Netflix
Interview with there director here:
Not too bad at all. Check it out if you have Netflix.
The buzz is good. Plus Charlize Theron.
Dregs of humanity:
I’ve become convinced that about 40% of hte human population are significantly, dangerously mentally ill.
And 75% can’t type the word “the” properly.
For the Downtown Abbey fans:
AI coughs up cat names:
Bloody hell Ed was right about that episode of The Galley covering the tech used in The Mandalorian.
If anything, I was probably too restrained about it 🙂
Though, not nearly as restrained as Favreau and company talking out it.
JW: Palm Springs
It’s on Hulu
It’s a romcom that uses the Time loop trope.
It’s fun, go and watch it.
You lost me at romcom
Well Groundhog Day was also
A rom com:
You lost me at Hulu.
I just had a great interview recording with Ben and Keith for the TGGEEKS podcast. They’re really a lot of fun.
I’me still moving through Legion, stopped most of the way through episode 3.
So far, I’m not watching it full episode by full episode, just stopping when I feel the need, like putting a bookmark in a book.
Some good stuff. I still can’t help but feel like some of the things in the show are weird only for the sake of being weird. Like the android girls with the mustaches and the autotuned voices (maybe they’ll get a better explanation later).
I don’t recall them ever getting an explanation. That whole show was definitely a trippy ride. I probably appreciated it more following some of the “making of” type bits that they put out for each episode.
Man, that reminds me – he was supposed to be putting out a fourth season of Fargo. I need to go see if that ever actually came out.
So…. tonight was our first movie night in awhile. Part 5 in the chronological Star Wars rewatch. Solo. I hadn’t seen it since the theater. Kinda telling that I was struggling to find my enthusiasm.
Anyway. The first half of the movie is just terrible. Much worse than I remembered. The 2nd half redeems it, though. Mostly. The movie still serves no real purpose. It’s fine.
Rogue One next!
Happy birthday, Ryah!
What the man said.
Way late Birthday wishes.
Hope it was swell!
Can’t argue about the film being entirely plot driven but I enjoyed it.
The posh English voices you never got to see were annoying though.
Dammit, COVID – well, at least I haven’t missed Fargo season 4 yet:
“The upcoming fourth season is set in 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri, and features a cast led by Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jessie Buckley, Ben Whishaw, and Timothy Olyphant. The season was scheduled to premiere on April 19, 2020, but it was delayed indefinitely after production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
I need to dive into Fargo.
You need to dive into Fargo.
Bring a jacket.
Bicentennial Man is probably the worst film of Robin Williams’ career. I could never watch this dreck again.
I think it has a kooky charm. It’s overproduced, cutesy, and predictable, but stylistically consistent throughout. A film that does it better is “Mom and Dad Save the World.”
Neat article about the great Princess Bride swordfight.
The book that Cary Elwes put together chronicling the making of The Princess Bride went into pretty extensive detail about how much he and Mandy Patinkin prepared for that fight.
Along with a lot of other great history – “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” is definitely worth checking out.
He narrates the audiobook version himself.
I love this guy!
Watched the first 15 minutes of the Rankin-Bass Hobbit. I’m not sure if I should be concerned that the 2-year-old is insisting that Smaug is a nice dragon.
I realize that the end of the movie would be especially tragic for her, if we watched it today.
What a killjoy that Bard was.
My latest tattoo is of Smaug from the Rankin & Bass Hobbit.
Deleting emails from 2012 about my first deadpan meet-up.
Another quiet day at work today.
More on Warren Ellis allegations:
That is a large number of women.
It seems like a celebrity/groupie situation – – except in this case, the celebrity led each of the groupies to believe there was something like a relationship there. Shitty behavior. . . no doubt, no defense.
The article covers the whole f-ed up situation with clarity.
A little PSA:
According to chemistry, alcohol is a solution.
Yes… but is it THE solution?
Bloody hell this young lass is a ninja:
Just stumbled across this from a few days ago. Seems to have been announced in a very low key fashion.
The World Health Organization has expanded its coronavirus guidance to include the possibility in certain circumstances of airborne transmission, in which the virus could be spread through tiny droplets that linger in the air among people in crowded, indoor settings for prolonged periods of time.
Sure sounds like they are describing (amount other places) a school setting.
Bloody Hollywood :
Seems like all the R-rated Scooby-Doo content made it into the “Jay and Silent Bob” movie.
The Scooby-Doo movie is a Cult Classic?
Yeah, I was scratching my head about that too.
If you want a little time waster of a game, Missile Command Recharged is on the App Store:
You can pay to remove the ads on iOS or just watch a video every three games.
It’s a couple of quid on Steam as well.
Maybe tomorrow we’ll watch this.
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