975 thoughts on “Scrolly Diapers

  1. Let’s see. I have 2,600 points. The flight is 3,600 points. The difference would cost me $300.00 plus taxes. The flight itself is $500 including taxes. Not using points for that.

    Will see what hotel Jack & Pixie recommends and see if points can be used there.

  2. Vitamix concoction of the day:
    Orange Juice
    Cap’n Crunch

    I can’t really give ingredient sizes, I just threw it all together and hit blend. Expected it to be awful, but it’s kinda grown on me.

    Although it is kind of a Swamp Thing green…

  3. Crap joke for the day:

    An old lady is rocking away the last of her days on her front porch, reflecting on her long life, when–all of a sudden–a fairy godmother appears in front of her and informs her that she will be granted three wishes….”Well, now,” says the old lady, “I guess I would like to be really rich.”

    ** POOF *** her rocking chair turns to solid gold.
    “And, gee, I guess I wouldn’t mind being a young, beautiful
    *** POOF *** she turns into a beautiful young woman.
    “Your third wish?” asked the fairy godmother.
    Just then the old woman’s cat wanders across the porch in front of
    “Ooh–can you change him into a handsome prince?” she asks.
    *** POOF *** there before her stands a young man more handsome than
    anyone could possibly imagine.
    She stares at him, smitten. With a smile that makes her knees weak,
    he saunters across the porch in his catlike way and whispers in her
    ear, “Bet you’re sorry you had me neutered, aren’t you?”

  4. So.
    Apparently, there was a rumored threat against the school, allegedly made by some kid. The school sent out an email saying the threat wasn’t credible, and that there’d be an increased police presence.

    And so, of course, the fear-mongering and hysteria followed. Not just from students, but also from parents, who kept their kids home in large numbers.

    I’m super proud of my daughter for being bigger than that and going to school as if it were any other day, and choosing not to live every moment ruled by fear. She knocks me out every day.

    • All to shittily common. 2 weeks ago there was a bomb threat specifically against all Arvada schools (where my daughter goes to HS). She went to school and texted back that there was maybe 15% of kids that showed up. My son, who also goes to Arvada schools, said that his elementary was pretty well full. I didn’t see any mass hysteria or fear mongering overall here…but I’m pretty sure the High Schoolers used it as an excuse to not go to school. Ultimately it was deemed a hoax.

      Good on your daughter for going.

  5. Crap joke for the day:

    What do you call it
    when GOd kicks all the major angels out of heaven for sending holy memos in arial instead of times new roman?


    • Short Tumbleweed poem by Brian Strand| Details |
      MONOKU #20
      a tumbleweed,windblown – the bounty-hunter dismounts
      Copyright © Brian Strand | Year Posted 2007

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Rick Parise| Details |
      disengage and roam

      a dry desolate journey

      a rhythmic chance , found…….
      Copyright © Rick Parise | Year Posted 2010

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Stephen Parker| Details |
      Tumbleweed ball
      Dust dances across plain
      Lightning Polka ignites boardwalk
      Copyright © Stephen Parker | Year Posted 2011

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Sue Mason| Details |
      Desert Jazz
      The brown tumbleweed
      rolling across the desert
      dances to a tune
      beside the running rabbit.
      They always gig together.
      Copyright © Sue Mason | Year Posted 2007

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Kim Rodrigues| Details |

      Alaskan huskies
      sense the breeze combing the park ~
      tumbleweed hairballs


      Copyright © Kim Rodrigues | Year Posted 2017

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Brian Strand| Details |
      One day
      thorns +thistles are our curse,
      bramble +tumbleweed,our chore;
      likewise our lives,
      streessed with strain,
      heartache +pain;
      ’til resurrection bodies
      in a twinkle,one day regain

      Copyright © Brian Strand | Year Posted 2011

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Danny Nunn| Details |
      Shallow roots, always thumbing a ride on a breeze
      A natural born drifter, the west wind is your ticket
      A nomad’s heart and a gypsy soul
      Copyright © Danny Nunn | Year Posted 2009

      Short Tumbleweed poem by valerie bellefleur| Details |
      Prairie graveyard
      Reckless tumbleweed
      hurries across forgotten graves
      of those who toiled through despair
      and anguish
      fighting drought and famine
      depression and unemployment
      heat and cold
      locusts and dust storms
      daily uncertainty…
      Copyright © valerie bellefleur | Year Posted 2008

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Christina Cowling| Details |
      How I long for the tumbleweed, rich prairie soil,
      green stains on my jeans from the long, juicy grass,
      the songs of the frogs, my father’s deep voice,
      my mother’s goulash, my innocent youth
      and a rain water bath.

      How I long for my childhood, my magical past.
      Copyright © Christina Cowling | Year Posted 2011

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Jo Bien| Details |
      my mind drifts…a tumbleweed in the wind
      blowing across open desert
      bouncing over past thoughts
      briefly lingering in prickly places
      unsettled dreams with thorny consequence
      aimless is the trail it wonders
      spiny twigs left as memories fail
      a trail of broken remembrances in hot sand
      Copyright © Jo Bien | Year Posted 2010

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Dylan Catalano| Details |
      Wild, Wild West
      Magazine ads and newspaper obituaries
      skitter across the streets
      like tumbleweed in the desert.
      Rims the size of carriage wheels roll by.
      Everyone’s holsters are filled,
      even the children carry pistols.
      The schools are ghost towns
      but the saloons stay occupied.
      This is the Wild, Wild West.
      Copyright © Dylan Catalano | Year Posted 2012

      Short Tumbleweed poem by lacey vann| Details |
      Always depended on the wind to carry me where i needed to go,
      never expected one day that it would not blow,
      a tumbleweed without a home
      needs a breeze to help move it along
      ‘coz if it sits still to long,
      a fire is ignited by the scorching sun,
      and where there once was one,
      now there is none
      Copyright © lacey vann | Year Posted 2007

      Short Tumbleweed poem by lori hopkins| Details |
      it’s wrong
      to want to kill
      your muse?

      drown it
      like an unwanted
      bury it deep, somewhere
      in the desert
      where essences rot, decomposing
      the way they left your soul

      arid dusting with the tumbleweed
      wherever the wind decides to move you

      then SMACK, stuck on the grill of a semi
      barreling on through
      Copyright © lori hopkins | Year Posted 2013

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Arnisha Paxman| Details |
      Sundae Spice
      Do you remember
      the first time we met?
      I do: it was on a warm
      sundae afternoon.

      There were gales
      of mischief and glee
      all around, each cradling
      a clear plastic bag,

      with a treat of tumbleweed
      trying to escape the rim:
      banana, toffee or
      vanilla flavoured

      cotton candy; or
      were they woolly fibres –
      similar to the strands that
      intermingle in your felted hair?
      Copyright © Arnisha Paxman | Year Posted 2012

      Short Tumbleweed poem by fnx D11| Details |
      Murmur of A Tumbleweed
      As you read this, I have gone.
      After all, I belong somewhere in nowhere.

      When you are by the sea, or on a mountain site,
      Think of me, even just for a brief moment.
      Then, my soul will be set free.

      Don’t be sad.
      When fairytale comes true, you will see me again.
      Through a cloud floating in the sky, or in a leaf whistling by …..

      I am leaving now; it is time to say goodbye.
      Copyright © fnx D11 | Year Posted 2011

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Dennis Broe-Ward| Details |
      Ether’s 88 where ya going
      Behind her locked gate
      Caught shy my freedoms
      My baiting the idioms
      My came from extensions…
      Is it ever too late?
      Going easy with tumbleweed
      Boarding space beyond dreams
      Rejecting all cultural greed’s
      And creeds the world bleeds…
      Is it ever about beauty creams?
      Vapour your gate
      It’s never too late
      Open your mind
      Be kind
      Tumble me
      Copyright © Dennis Broe-Ward | Year Posted 2014

      Short Tumbleweed poem by Margi Spurgeon| Details |
      I’m just a tumbleweed
      Rolling in the dust
      Nobody notices me
      But I just must
      On the ground

      Dancing, rolling
      I’m stuck by a tree
      The wind moves me on
      I keep rolling free!

      Tumbling, Tumbling
      All through the day
      Just a lonely little tumbleweed
      With nothing to say

      But stay out of my way!

  6. Today’s movie is The Devil’s Candy

    This beautiful home is the perfect spot to raise a family. Or, if that’s not your thing, become possessed by the devil.

    It’s always good to have choices, I guess

  7. On a related note, in Ontario (I think) someone took the previous owner of a house to court, and won, because they didn’t say on the listing the house was haunted. True story

  8. Oh good, more night scenes

    I suppose, if my living room wasn’t brightly lit from sunshine, the dark scenes might be a little easier to see

  9. Second hand pot smoke

    That’s actually a concern for us comes summer. Being in a condo, we’re hoping the neighbours on either side of us won’t partake

  10. I hope you guys got to witness the segment of the Olympic Closing ceremonies that featured the 13 year old shredding to Vivaldi’s “4 seasons”. I’ve tried to find a link but all I can locate is short clips.
    You need to see the whole thing. It starts with some sort of circle of traditional instruments and then he takes off and then another group joins and it just becomes epic … like Zeplin’s “Kashmir” or something.
    The ceremony was already shaping up to be some sort of TRON meets K-pop thing and I was totally NOT expecting this.

    Try to find it.

  11. I’m totally talking the talk, but not walking the walk, for spending less time on the phone. When I’m not looking at a loved one, I’m killing time on some small screen.

    I’ll get my eyes and brain back in gear this week.

  12. A man walked into a bar and ordered a drink. While he ordered, he noticed a short man (about a foot tall) playing a piano. Confused, the man asked the bartender what was up with it.

    The bartender said, “behind the bar there’s a genie that comes out when you knock over the trashcan. He’ll grant you one wish, but-”

    Before the bartender could finish, the man went out into the back and knocked over the trashcans. The genie appeared and the man made a wish.

    “I wish I had a million bucks!”

    On command the genie granted his wish and a million ducks appeared. Dumbfounded, the man marched back into the bar to confront the bartender.

    “What the hell, man? I asked the genie for a million bucks and he gave me a million ducks instead!”

    The bartender retorted, “you ran off before I finished telling you that the genie is hard of hearing. Did you really think I wanted a twelve inch pianist?”

  13. At what point in the future will people hear the phrase “what is love” they won’t think to themselves, “baby don’t hurt me, no more”?

  14. A lady called her gynecologist, and asked for an “emergency” appointment. The receptionist said to come right in. She rushed to the office, and was ushered right into an examination room. The doctor came into the exam room and asked about her problem.

    She was very shy about her emergency problem, and asked the gynecologist to please examine her vagina.

    So the doctor started to examine her. He stuck up his head after completing his examination. “I’m sorry, Miss,” he said, “but removing that vibrator is going to involve a very lengthy , delicate and expensive surgical operation.”

    “I’m not sure I can afford it,” sighed the young woman. “But while I am here could you just replace the batteries? “

  15. Morning Pan

    Only got a little bit of snow over night. However, the weatherman says we’re not out of the woods yet. Lots more to come

  16. I’m just gonna say it. Episodes 2-7 of this season of the X-Files have not only erased the terrible taste of the season premier, it is becoming one of the better seasons period. Job well done.

    If you haven’t seen ep 7 yet, do so most immediately. You need not have ever seen an episode before to enjoy it

  17. October by China Meiville

    The long Russian names slipped through my ears, but an interesting acount of the Russian revolution.

    Finally, because it was going cheap on Audible, I’ve started ‘reading’ Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

    My initial thoughts after the first two chapters is he info dumps far too bloody much. FFS, no wonder the audio book is 17 hours long..

  18. I see lots of cool stuff during my many hours at the ice rink, famous hockey players and figure skaters, amazing skating displays, amateur hockey at all levels – – but today there was a sled hockey tournament, which was amazing to see.

    If you don’t know, sled hockey is played on ice by athletes with limited or no use of their legs.

  19. Netflix finally put on the first two seasons of Ash VS Evil Dead and fuck me if I haven’t flown thru them. Dana Delorenzo is freaking fantastic. Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless are goddamn National Treasures. What a gross funny wonderful witty well-written show. The shit (no pun intended) they can pull off on the show is fantastic. Nearly every show I say to myself “they are not going to actually show that are they?” And lo and behold there it is in all its practical effect gory Glory. This is a show that I want to spend time with. That I want to immerse myself with the characters and the surroundings. If you have the stomach for it go do it. It is one of the greatest rides out there. Have I mentioned Dana Delorenzo?

  20. ditto, I read All Systems Red last year and loved it.

    What I didn’t love was Tor jacking the price of the sequels (ebook price that is) by about 300%

    So won’t be buying them straight away, when they get released.

  21. I was able to sneak out with my sister and catch Red Sparrow at the theater.

    We both enjoyed it. Less sex. More psychological espionage.

    Not sure why we were the only people under the age of 60 seeing this movie, though.

  22. Crap joke for the day:

    I went into the doctor’s office the other day with a steering wheel stuck to my testicles.

    I said, “Doctor, can you do something about this? It’s driving me nuts!”

  23. Lay down fall away
    Lie awake
    Just cannot move
    My arms and legs
    I’m paralyzed
    Don’t recall how to free
    Myself from this
    In the heart of the dark
    My face contorted
    Don’t know how to reach the light
    But I feel so bad
    Like a freak in a cage

  24. Oh… oh god I need a bag…..bluuurp

    Billboard Hot 100’s Top 20 Songs Of 2002
    1. Nickelback, “How You Remind Me”
    2. Ashanti, “Foolish”
    3. Nelly, “Hot In Herre”
    4. Nelly (feat. Kelly Rowland), “Dilemma”
    5. The Calling, “Wherever You Will Go”
    6. Vanessa Carlton, “A Thousand Miles”
    7. Linkin Park, “In The End”
    8. Fat Joe (feat. Ashanti), “What’s Luv?”
    9. Usher, “U Got It Bad”
    10. Puddle Of Mudd, “Blurry”
    11. Avril Lavigne, “Complicated”
    12. Ja Rule (feat. Ashanti), “Always On Time”
    13. Jennifer Lopez (feat. Ja Rule), “Ain’t It Funny”
    14. Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle”
    15. P. Diddy (feat. Usher and Loon), “I Need A Girl (Part One)”
    16. Usher, “U Don’t Have To Call”
    17. Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”
    18. P. Diddy (feat. Ginuwine, Loon, and Mario Winans), “I Need A Girl (Part Two)”
    19. Eve (feat. Alicia Keys), “Gangsta Lovin”
    20. Creed, “My Sacrifice”

    • YEAH HOW??????

      Be “warned”… after volume 3 they completely (well sorta completely….)reboot the series due to real problems with the artists. Its still well worth reading, but don’t expect a long run.

        • RIght. This one really could have but the seminal artist of the series was fired after the first volume do to alleged domestic violence. It never recovered art-wise after that. Too many cooks….

  25. Back to damn work today. Getting in the damn shower and diving into my damn commute now. Then hopefully getting damn coffee to keep my damn eyes open at my damn desk and in all those damn meetings.

  26. In happier stuff: I saw the “Celebrating David Bowie” show tonight. The tix had been a bday gift from my lovely Mrs.

    Mostly members of his old band, with some guest vocalists. The most surprising was Joe Sumner – – that’s Sting Jr. He was great. And the songs sounded amazing. Thanks, honey!

  27. Stupid Prime video has stopped working on our tv. I’m assuming they’ve updated the app since the icon looks different. Now they need to update it again to fix it.
    Now we have to watch the rest of The Tick on my ipad.
    (which we hook up to the tv so not a real issue)

    *Yes, I know this is a fwp, live with it.

    • I didn’t really know who she was, but something seemed vaguely familiar. Then I discovered she played the part of Alice in the episode “Autofac” of Amazon’s “Phillip K Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Seems like appropriate casting.

  28. I never knew that a baby could have such polar opposite smells eminating for her tiny little human body.

    Up top, it is sweet baby fresh softness.

    The other end, blech.

    • I believe that is absolute evil that comes out of the innocent.
      As we get older, we begin to lose the ability to rid it from ourselves as easily as we did as infants. Those adults who develop a clinical inability to rid themselves of this evil become Corporate Executives or politicians.

    • It is an interesting point. I wonder if The Pure Good Guy vs the Pure Evil Guy is rooted in Judeo Christian stories – – where the Holy Trinity and famous icons are flawlessly good, and Satan and all of his allies are irredeemably bad. Maybe?

      • I think it isn’t as simple as that otherwise the myth would have been established much earlier in Western culture. But it definitely plays a part.

        • Yeah, I don’t claim there’s 1 simple root cause to point to, but I do wonder how much the Mono God of pure good with his antagonist Devil if pure evil is a factor.

          Interesting sidebar to this – – if you call out the greatest movies and stories of all time, then the protagonists are usually shades of good and bad – – or pretty awful, but we still cheer for them – – the George Baileys, Peter Parkers, and Voldemorts are the exceptions, not the norm.

          Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Batman (not Adam West), Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver…. Even Luke and Frodo caved a little into their evil temptations.

      • Got to be pre-Christianity. Every “leader” who has ever needed people to do things they would have never otherwise have even considered has relied on the “Us = good, them = all bad(or at least anti-good)” narrative to motive otherwise peaceful agrarian folks to go and kill and maim.

        • That’s simple tribalism. Us vs Them. It’s hard wired in us and it’s not going away. That isn’t the same as the good guy/bad guy dichotomy discussed in the article.

          • I’m not sure I agree. I can see her point that folklore does not rely on the Good guy / bad guy trope but it is pretty well documented that this trope has been used in real life to dehumanize the “other” in nationalistic conflicts.
            As for the entertainment media, we’ve had that trope since the first radio plays hit the airwaves.
            When movie cameras came along, it wasn’t a minute before some guy in a black outfit, twirling a handlebar moustache, tied Purdee Pureheart to the train tracks for no other reason than … he was a bad guy.

            … or maybe I’ve missed the point all together?

  29. Gut punch, just like I expected, at the end of “Life Is Strange – Before The Storm: Farewell”. Great conclusion to the series.
    CP: Black Flies — Ben Howard

  30. Interesting timing with out discussion on stories of good vs. evil.
    Last night I watched Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke” in which the over-arching conflict between Gods/Spirits and humans had no clear cut “good guys”.
    Both sides did horrendous things but the motivation for these acts was (they felt) to protect their group.
    There was human on human conflict that may have had more shades of “white hat/black hat” but it still wasn’t clear cut.

    The real world is so full of shades of grey … maybe we want our entertainment to be easy?

    I enjoyed the film, by the way.

    • R.E.M. have a couple of embarrassingly awful songs, but their excellent-to-great songs far outweigh those. Overall, they’re completely legit. No snark from me.

      • Agreed. This is actually a lot of fun and helps that their first few albums are quite short… and very very good. I’ve listened from Chronic Town through Fables of the Reconstruction so far and it’s been wonderful.

    • “You want your hero to appear on one of your songs. The natural thing to do is to send them a recording and then wait. Your preferred response would be an email a couple of hours later with a vocal already recorded and attached. Failing that, you’d settle for a note saying: “Schedule’s busy, but let’s try to find some studio time.” You could probably understand silence – after all, heroes are busy people. What you might want least of all would be for said hero to respond: “It’s not a very good song, is it?” Which of those do you think happened when Coldplay approached Bowie?”


  31. So someone on twitter asked what would trump say to the UK accusation that Russia tried to poison a old traitor.

    “Why didn’t the idiots use drones like we do?”

    Was the reply I didn’t send.

  32. We had record amounts of snow this winter. It’s now starting to melt, brining with it lots of road flooding. There are currently workers outside with a metal detector trying to find the storm drain so they can unclog it and, hopefully drain some of the giant puddle on the road in front of our home

  33. There are way more people at Sky Harbor airport at 12:30am, than I ever expected there to be. On the plus side, they all seem like your average, happy-go-lucky people too. Winning.

    • He’s either being quoted badly, or he’s not making any sense. I don’t get the point he’s trying to make. If there were actresses who willingly used Weinstein to get roles (and I’m sure there were), then how does that invalidate any of the stories of his victims??

      • It doesn’t. It’s doesn’t at all. In fact no where here does he mention anyone being forced against their will. This is really really gross.

        He’s stating that there were two kinds of women. Those who willingly used Harvey Weinstein to get a career and GOT a career out of it and those that used him to get a career and did NOT get a career out of it. He’s being super gross and intimating that it’s only those that did NOT get a career that are crying the victim.

        • No horror story but I found this passage interesting.
          ” all the land surface of Trent or 75 million square miles in extent was a single City. The population at its height was well in excess of 40 billions. This enormous population was devoted almost entirely to the administrative necessities of the Galactic Empire and found themselves all too few for the complications of the task.”
          Hmmm….me wonder if Lucas was a fan

    • I’ve read some Isaac, but a few of my friends had warned me away from Foundations during my young days, saying it was dull and slow as paint drying.

      And unfortunately, along the same lines as the previous topic, there’s a pretty shitty story about him being a creepy lech at Sci-Fi Cons in the past.

    • In the last decade, I can confidently say no. Would have certainly been early 90’s when I read the original trilogy. I have just a few vague memories of concepts. Never read any of the other books that he wrote about the Foundation.

    • Oh right. Different country.
      Yeah, the serial killer in Toronto is an ongoing news story here in Canada. They are still finding body pieces he stored in gardens where he worked. Last I heard, they are waiting for spring thaw to dig up even more gardens.