62 thoughts on “The Deadpannest

  1. I realized my Instagram posts are 90% either cat or gaming related. I guess I know where my priorities are.

  2. I circled back to a level I was stuck on with Marvel Midnight Suns. I switched to a new level that gets you Deadpool as a playable character. His lines are funny, it has elevated the game for me.

  3. Crap joke for the day:

    Man on journey stops in a village for a drink. “What’ll you have?” asks the barman, to which the man replies “What do the locals drink?”.

    Barman: “Rat”

    Man thinks this is an odd name for a drink, but orders one. “Pint or a half?” asks the barman. Man still unsure whether this sounds appealing plays safe and asks for a half, whereupon the barman reaches under the counter, picks up a squealing brown rat, bites the rat’s head off and puts the rest into a glass.

    Man stares in horror and shrieks “I’m not drinking that!!!”. “Why not?” asks the barman, puzzled; to which the man replies “There’s no head on it…”.

  4. When Calgary fell through because of passport nonsense, we canceled those flights and put that money toward tickets to NJ.
    And here we are. In the house where I grew up. I cannot express the weird.
    Between sightseeing and reconnecting with old friends, this trip is going to be a whirlwind

  5. I’m about half way through Starter Villain by John Scalzi. It’s a good thing I’ve read some of his other stuff, because otherwise I would have listened to Kaiju Preservation Society (read on Audible by Wil Wheaton) then Starter Villain (read by Wil Wheaton) and assumed that he was a one trick pony. My goodness how insanely similar these books are.

  6. I drank a lot of Yuenglings, but it was damn great reconnecting with my childhood pals. I somehow need to do this again tomorrow night with my Photon friends from my teenage years.

  7. So the current book I’m reading (a gender flipped middle aged Sinbad story) is making me want to watch those old Sinbad movies where Ray Harryhausen did the stop motion effects.

  8. My oldest child wants to start a scheduled, family on-line TTG night.
    I, of course, am all in!
    She has suggested the following.
    Anyone have any thoughts on any of these?
    Beginner ttrpgs

    Call of chthulu
    – Cosmic horror, lovecraft based story

    Beyond the wall
    – fantasy OSR

    Into the odd
    – industrial horror, OSR

    Brindlewood bay
    – cozy murder mystery that gets into horror

    • I played the Call of Cthulhu RPG back in the day. From what I remember, you were never supposed to “win” when attacked by a monster. Your best hope is to survive without going insane.

    • I haven’t played any of these games. I do know that OSR stands for (Old School Revival) which is basically using the paired down Basic/Expert DnD rules from the 80’s will some modern polish. Should be a lot of fun.

      • That should work well for me. I’m kind of excited about it.
        For me it was always about the fun of hanging out with like minded pals and the real time, story creation/narration of the Dungeon Master.

  9. I drank a lot of beers for 2 nights in a row, a feat which I haven’t accomplished in many years. Boy was my stomach sour today. But damn, it was great to reconnect with cherished people. The irony isn’t lost on me: this trip happened because my passport got fucked up, and I was denied the chance to hang in Calgary with all of you who I cherish.

    • So at least I learnt the quiz show ‘College Bowl’ inspired the UK quiz show University Challenge.

      So now you know.

  10. So I followed the link TEB posted and now my Amazon store is set to Canada with. O obvious way to change it back in the app.

    Grrrr! Bloody Amazon.

    • Hopefully better experience than mine.

      I go back today to see if the flap he cut in my eye has finally started to do its job.
      Meanwhile the vision in that eye is so blurry, not even my glasses can correct for it.

      • I go in for dilatation in a couple of weeks (once the mother has left).
        It’s nothing to deal with yet, but I’m starting to show early signs of cataracts.

  11. So I bought a new iPad Air. It’s so similar to the previous generations that it fits fine in the case I bought for the 4gen iPad Air.

  12. Got in last night! Great trip to NJ, but it’s good to be home.

    We spent 2 days in NYC, one day at the shore, and a few days reconnecting with old friends.

  13. We’ve watched the first two episodes of the new season of Dr. Who and, so far, it’s just not working for us.
    The first episode (not the Christmas one) had John and I looking at each other going WTF was that?
    The second episode was almost (emphasis on almost) passable until the “twist” at the end. It felt like they just added filler to make up their time.
    It also feels like they are trying for an over-arcing story, much like the Bad Wolf one of Rose but it’s just not working.
    There are still a few episodes to go before we are caught up, but it’s not looking good

  14. Odd… I use Feedly to watch the comments here. When I click on a comment from Feedly it takes me straight here. But if I type in jackmangan.com I get “Attackers might be trying to steal your information from jackmangan.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards)” and Chrome highlights with strikethrough that “https://” is not being used. When I try to type in “https://jackmangan.com” I get the same thing.

  15. But Why I really came here this morning is to say that a friend has pestered me for years to watch the Clone Wars series and I fought him tooth and nail. Now that I actually gave in and started watching it, it’s much better than I thought it was going to be. I could do without the cheesy announcer at the beginning of each episodes, the Rogers, and Jar Jar Binks. But they do a really good job of having a compelling story arc and keeping the action moving. My biggest fear was that it was going to be WB level “laser focuses on the youth market” complete with 80-style “here is the lesson we want you to learn today kids”. But it really doesn’t beat you over the head with that.

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