No audio for this week’s Unshow.
This week’s Greasy Spoon Ernest Borgnines game will run in the next Deadpan episode.
And this week’s Greasy Jelly Bean winner is. . . .
Vanamonde! (he was the only one who sent in a guess). Congrats on the point, Van.
327 thoughts on “Unshow X”
I think that’s a “first” for me 🙂
Here’s an interesting superhero take on some classical artwork
Here is a flow chart of growing up with D & D
Here’s Teller (of Penn & Teller) discussion what life was like after Zombies attacked Vegas
Best piece ever. Even if you can’t read music, read the small print.
And now, tell me this isn’t creepy (hint, move mouse around screen)
And lastly … a new toy for your little girl
Now for lunch!
Holy crap, which link to click first?
I realize I’m coming off as excessivly bitchy lately, but has anyone caught the Geologic Podcast 57 yet?
This is just the perfect example of why I’ve changed my mind about fan shows. It isn’t that the subject person doesn’t deserve it. It’s the unpredictable fan reaction and how that can backlash on the subject person in such a disrespectful way.
It just hurts. We put a lot of love into that show, and George and every podcaster puts an enormous amount of effort into their show. We pour our hearts out and then some idiot comes along and finds a way to twist what was meant to be a very cool show of respect and honor into a complete slap in the face.
And I talked with George, and it’s not like he was upset about the thing. I guess he didn’t put it in the same context I did. But he’s still right, we pour or freakin hearts out sometimes to please these people and its not like theres some magical plugin that churns out great content every single week. This takes a lot of work, we can’t always be at the top of our game.
But still, this is just exactly the reason why I’m hesitant to do any more fan shows. That kind of reaction is complete and utter bullshit.
Sorry for my incessent rambling. I suppose I should just stick to Myspace.
The rambles are welcome, Dub.
I have no idea what happened with Geo #57; I’ll take a look.
What fan show are you talking about? I know I should be shot for saying that but I have been living under a rock for sometime.
In other news…
Hello Mr. Mangan 🙂
that could work out to be good advertising buzz for The GeoPodcast … based on your post, Dub … I might move 57 to the top of the pile just to see what the buzz is.
I had to give up on Geologic some time back. George is a smart guy and can be very entertaining, but there’s just too much anger that comes through in his show. So, alas, I know not what’s up with #57.
Still, I recognize that he’s got a right to produce his content the way he wants, as do everyone who podcasts. That’s kinda the point, isn’t it? If it doesn’t click with me, that’s fine. As we can see from the podcast lists that people have posted so far, we cover a lot of different podcasts and in many cases, we’ve each got unique ones.
I don’t know how many have podfaded, but I seem to recall close to 20,000 podcasts being tracked by podcast alley. I can’t listen to them all, I can’t even listen to all the ones I’d like to. But, hopefully, with 6 billion people in the world, they can each find an audience.
I certainly appreciate all the work that goes into the shows I listen to….and even the ones I don’t listen to.
I have to 2nd the “meh” vote on the Geo Anger. It’s one of the reasons his podcast has found it’s way to the bottom of my “To be listened to” stack.
I find his humor, skits and production to be brilliant and they take me to my “happy place” … then his anger/seething tends to kick me back out.
Still … I plan to listen. Sometime.
This might be of interest to the Deadpan
Obit by Mark Evanier:
Illustrator Dave Stevens, best known for his “good girl” art and The Rocketeer, died yesterday following a long, wrenching battle with Leukemia. Dave was born July 29, 1955 in Lynwood, California. He was raised in Portland, Oregon, then his family relocated to San Diego, where he attended San Diego City College and became involved in the early days of the San Diego Comic Book Convention, now known as the Comic-Con International. His skills as an artist were instantly evident to all, and he was encouraged by darn near every professional artist who attended the early cons, but especially by Jack Kirby and Russ Manning. In 1975, when Manning began editing a line of Tarzan comic books to be published in Europe, Dave got his first professional assignment, working on those comics and also assisting Russ with the Tarzan newspaper strip. Soon after, he worked on a few projects for Marvel (including the Star Wars comic book) and a number of underground comics. Later, he also worked with Russ
on the Star Wars newspaper strip.
In 1977, Dave went to work for Hanna-Barbera where he drew storyboards and layouts, many of them for the Super Friends and Godzilla cartoon shows and bonded with veteran artist Doug Wildey, who produced the latter. Wildey and Stevens became close friends and in 1982, when Dave created his popular character, The Rocketeer, he modelled the character’s sidekick, Peevy, on photos of Doug. Dave himself was Cliff Secord, who donned the mask of The Rocketeer, and other friends appeared in other guises.
The Rocketeer made Dave’s reputation and also spawned a resurgence of interest in fifties’ figure model Bettie Page, whose likeness Dave used for the strip’s heroine. But the strip was not profitable for Dave, who was among the least prolific talents to ever attempt comic books. It wasn’t so much that he was slow, as his friends joked, but that he was almost obsessively meticulous, doing days of study and sketching to create one panel, and doing many of them over and over. Even then, he was usually dissatisfied with what he produced and fiercely critical of the reproduction. Friends occasionally pitched in to help with the coloring but some begged off because they knew it was humanly impossible for anyone, including Dave himself, to produce coloring that he’d like. Eventually, he sold most of the rights to Disney for a Rocketeer movie that was produced in 1991. Dave served as a co-producer of the film and did a brief cameo, but the endeavor was not as lucrative for him as he’d hoped,
and it pretty much ended Dave’s interest in continuing the character.
Most of what Dave did after that fell into the general category of “glamour art,” including portfolios and private commissions. Many of these were illustrations of Bettie Page who, though once thought deceased, turned out to be alive and living not all that far from Dave. They met and Dave became her friend and, though he was not wealthy, benefactor. Deciding that too many others had callously exploited her likeness, Dave voluntarily aided Ms. Page financially and even took to helping her in neighborly ways. One time, he told me – and without the slightest hint of resentment – “It’s amazing. After years of fantasizing about this woman, I’m now driving her to cash her Social Security checks.”
Dave was truly one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life…and was certainly among the most gifted. Our first encounter was at Jack Kirby’s house around 1971 when he came to visit and show Jack some of his work. As I said, Kirby was very encouraging and he urged Dave not to try and draw like anyone else but to follow his own passions. This was advice Dave took to heart, which probably explains why he took so long with every drawing. They were rarely just jobs to Dave. Most of the time, what emerged from his drawing board or easel was a deeply personal effort. He was truly in love with every beautiful woman he drew, at least insofar as the paper versions were concerned. (Dave was married once…for six months to the prolific movie actress, Brinke Stevens, and she retained his last name after they divorced.)
Dave’s illness these last few years was a poorly-kept secret among his friends, but he insisted that it be kept quiet, and struggled to make occasional public appearances. We tried to get together for dinner every month or so but it wound up being more like every six months. The last time, he joked that it was lucky he had such a reputation for slow production. Now that he was unable to work for weeks at a time, no one noticed that his output had declined. His main efforts went towards an “Art of Dave Stevens” book he was struggling to assemble. Mostly though that evening, we talked about comics and comic artists. Dave was a fan in the very best sense.
I don’t really know how to end this and maybe I don’t want to…because it will mean another level of loss regarding one of my closest friends. As long as I can keep writing about him, I feel he’s still with me in some manner. And the thought of losing a great guy like Dave Stevens is just too, too sad. He was truly loved and admired by all who knew him. I’ll post information about a memorial service, if and when I hear about that kind of thing.
I know most of us here have either privately or publicly discussed the issue with George and his atheism rants, I dunno if theres a point in reiterating that everyone was on the same page on that… It’s his opinion, his belief, his podcast… If you don’t like it, don’t listen. But I would add that in the last three or four shows he has really toned that down, and I suspect that it was because even he was starting to realize it was going in a direction he wasn’t looking for. Of course I’m guessing, George will be George.
No what happened is apparently some guy emailed him and said he was slacking off and that the show wasn’t funny anymore, but the part that offended me was when he said George could learn a thing or two from the Geologic Fancast, which CarrieP put together and I was a part of. And part of George’s response was in the opening song he redid my “Things you didn’t know about George Hrab” and I swear it was like a million times funnier. But what pissed me off was, that was a labor of love and appreciation for George from everyone involved, and for someone to take that and turn it around like that… And George didn’t take it that way, he shared with me the personal response he gave the guy, but the reason why he mentioned it on the show was because clearly this idiot has no appreciation for what it takes to do a podcast. And he’s totally right, I mean we got Jack and me and the Draco Vista guys all on break this week and George has been doing weekly shows for over a year and has never missed a show, and only been late once. He doesn’t deserve that kind of BS for his effort. And yes I’m overreacting but I think its a slap in the face to all of us, not just podcasters but the people who genuinely appreciate them.
*save verses wall of text for 100 points damage*
I think that George is incredibly talented, smart and funny, but his show really isn’t my cup of tea. I still give him a perodic listen, but as I posted earlier I tend to go for lighter fare and George can be a bit heavy at times. But he’s the artist and it’s his art. That said, I agree with you Dub that the enormous effort that goes into a podcast goes over most peoples heads. Of course dipshits aren’t blocked from downloading and commenting on shows and I think most content providers are aware of that.
Yeah, I completely agree with you there. My stance on this is just on a tangent though, and granted its a theoretical tangent that isn’t entirely the case in this case. My point is that maybe doing fan shows are a mistake. Maybe we should just let podcasters do their thing and we go about doing our thing.
As the old saying goes, if you keep sticking your head over the wall, one day somebody will throw a brick at you.
Now there is no excuse for people acting like dicks, but if you release work on the internet you are going to attract negative attention sooner or later. It’s how you handle it that matters. If you start taking it personally than the dicks have won.
Oh and the Obit reminds me of the Rocketeer movie, which I remember watching when it was released and really enjoying it…just a fun movie.
Oh and it had Jennifer Connelly in it…..which I will not comment on further since I don’t want to be classed as a dirty old man.
I guess I need to listen to #57 then. My take on the Fan show is if the original creator has given it their blessing, it’s all good. I think I’ve shared this thought before about how the internet can bring you into contact with some truely incredible peopleand on the other hand it may bring you to unknowning chat up serial killer. The serial killer isn’t indicative of the community as a whole, but he exists and when you shake hands with a million different people you are bound to meet him. Just don’t take his point of view for the point of view of the other 999,999.
Work asplosion. l8r. 🙂
Ah you know I’m just entertaining negative thoughts and I need to stop.
That is all.
Oh and humans didn’t evolve from monkeys, but an ape like ancestor.
*flings poo at Vanamonde*
I have the photographs from my last visit to that time period, but if I showed them to you I would have to kill you…
The way they eat fruit is very cute though..
Who, time travelers?
I think George does good work. I haven’t listened to him in awhile because I rarely listen to anyone. Any time you put your creative shit out there for public consumption, you have to be ready for jerky people to fling poo at it.
So after the picnic, three legged race and the cake walk, there’s the poo flinging contest! Woo!
Ape like ancestor, but the Time Travellers can be cute as well..I think.
Company bowling party tonight. I haven’t bowled since Gil’s Bachelor party. Hmmm…
Have fun, Rhett.
I wouldn’t expect strippers at the company bowling party.
Plenty of balls though.
As promised, here’s the complete list of podcasts that I’m subscribed to in iTunes, organized by category.
Podcasts I stay current with:
Jack Mangan’s Deadpan
The Metamor City Podcast
Otaku no Podcast
The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
Podcasts I listen to fairly regularly, but don’t necessarily stay current with:
I Should Be Writing
Japanese Pod 101
UltraCreatives Interview series
I’m working my way through the archives of:
Beatnik Turtle’s Song of the Day
The Rookie (via Podiobooks)
I eventually plan to listen to the archives of:
The NanoMonkeys (for 2007)
Podiobooks I’ve completed, but are still on my iTunes:
Heaven – Season Three: Earth
Nina Kimberly The Merciless
Lots of balls for sure. LOL
As you know Jack and I have been talking about this a lot lately. However have yet to articulate our thoughts, well sober, while recording.
I am sure we will get this together soonly.
I am listening to Geo right now.
This about sums the whole thing up.
WHAT _ THE _ FRAK!
If you haven’t yet … GO HERE … watch the movie.
IMHO, it is absolutley one of the best “the story so far” EVEH!!!!
The entire first 3 seasons summed up in 8, fast talking, hilarious minutes.
Best of all … It’s done entirely in DEADPAN.
Hey guys! i’ve been hanging around.. lurking if you will… listening but not commenting… i have very little computer time these days.
That cubo site is CREEPY.. i sent it to my mom.. ha
Cant say i listen to Geo’s podcast much these days, for the same reasons you’ve all already discussed — I love George (i did squeeze his naked tush at Dragon Con two years ago…) but his podcast just isnt for me.
Jeremy — I’ll buy it for you if you buy it for me…i wish i hadn’t already spent my tax money…
Im mostly just going to school these days — Learning how to be an english teacher… Started swimming… Dating a great guy named Frank, he’s awesome… We started playing MTG, if you can believe it… working for my dad and myself making websites and a editing photos for video…uh… thats about it… as always tossing some ideas for projects around in my head, hoping to put them to web someday…
hope all is going well for everyone else… miss you Deadpan…
Anyway, good to .. um.. see… everyone…
There’s a bun in the toaster. LMAO
Jeas, they must have got the chick from Gilmore Girls to pull that one off. That was insane.
Jeremy, that’s that’s … beyond words!
What happen’s when “Melodyne” becomes self aware? What if it decides it no longer needs musicians?
Wait … OMG! Could “Melodyne” be “Skynet”s little brother?
Dub – I wonder if that’s what the writers were doing with their spare time during the writers strike! Shame there is no academy award for something like that!
Dub: babydoll, would you be game for a skype interview with me? we would talk beforehand and all that, and talk about this stuff.
leann2.0 at gmail dot com
Methinks I am a starfucker inc dammit.
Sweet mother of Frak, Joe. That was quite a find.
Brilliant doesn’t even begin to do that video justice.
Oooh, email. I will email you.
Just so we are all clear, my wife is the AIDS expert of this particular household.
Fooking scifi.com has blocked non US IP addresses..gits!
As for Melodyne, the music sounded like it was generated on Electroplankton on the Nintendo DS.
Plink, plink, plinklty, plink..
So is the video at the link that jj posted the same as:
Does the AIDS expert mean rubber gets used a lot in the Dub household?
I should have known someone on You Tube would post a performance using Electoplankton:
Congratulations, Van. That Youtube is the BSG Recap video.
When does Season 4 land over there, anyway? Sci-Fi says April 4th over here. It’s hard to believe it’s actually coming back.
April for for Sky as well, but that could change.
I probably get it via BT, since I can convert the AVI to watch on my mobile phone.
Yeesh such negativity last night
Deadpan needed a little Smarty Hottie love last night 🙂
That BSG recap was hawesome
Jeremy that audio program thingy freaked me out
Hugh sez: audio program thingy? You mean Melodyne
Yeah that thingy
I can’t wait for BSG to start, well actually maybe we can.. still catching up to this last season of Atlantis.
Hugh sez: we better make sure our Tivo has enough room to hold the entire BSG season
word, and Dr Who is right around the corner
Hugh sez: better start saving up for BT airline tickets to England
time to take The Hugh to work
everyone please have a nice day
Expecting snow today.
Now to do some work!
Darn, couldn’t look at the BSG link Jeremy gave. Not allowed to access from Canada 🙁
Sorry – J0e gave the link
Yeah for Van who find a version for us non-americans.
Wow, I tried to post a comment in my studio and my KVM switch went out.
I guess its lucky I got those two extra free ones. Five months later we see a payoff. *lol*
This is my hubby’s school!
Your husband has his own school?
Hmmmmmm … the mind boggles with the possibilities
For a video news feed go to http://calgary.ctv.ca/generic/generated/hubs/home/index.html
about half way down to “seniors and students playing games” Unfortunately, my hubby didn’t get in the news
Silly J0e, my hubby teaches at that school.
In other news:
Brisbane Australia – An Australian woman who stabbed her common-law husband to death because she was tired of begin bossed around says an argument over Bruce Springsteen was the last straw.
Karen Lee Cooper pleaded guilty to manslaughter yesterday and was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing partner Kevin Watson in a drunken argument at their home in northeastern Queensland state in July 2006.
Cooper, 50, called an ambulance after suffering what her lawyer Greg Maguire called a brain snap and stabbing Watson, 49, once int the chest with a kitchen knife.
On the night of the killing, Cooper said she tried to play a Springsteen CD and he took it off the stereo, triggering a bitter argument.
“I mean, who the hell doesn’t like Bruce Springsteen, for God’s sake?” Cooper said, “I just picked up a knife and I went ‘boom’.”
– Calgary Sun
I thought music was supposed to sooth the beast in us…
Copenhagen – Four guards at a prison in central Denmark enjoyed a cake baked for them by inmates, only to end up in hospital with suspected narcotic poisoning.
Minutes after eating the cake in the wing of Nyborg prison, housing members of the motorcycle gang “Black Cobra,” a female guard complained of not being able to feel her hands and legs.
“Normally the guards and the inmates are very close in the Danish system,” said Lars Enk Siegumfeldt, a spokesman with the Danish Prison and Probation Service. “Inmates bake cakes every day.”
Every day? Wow, that’s a lot of narcotics and nail files 🙂
Beijing – A Chinese bride burned her new husband to death when he got into bed after a drunken argument without washing his feet.
The couple, who married Feb. 2, had a fight on the night of March 4, “and in frustration they together drank a bottle of liquor to ease their anger.”
“Luo watched her husband get into bed without cleaning or washing his feet. In a fit of anger and intoxication, she set fire to the sheet he was sleeping in,” a local newspaper reported. “When he awoke, the tow began fighting before a very drunk Wang collapsed. As fire engulfed the bedroom. Luo escaped to the living room, leaving her other half to burn,” it added.
Wow, what’s with the revenge of the wives today?
^I guess everyone has to have principles.
And boy do I suck at bowling. I guess when you bowl twice in twenty years it doesn’t give you the chance to improve. LOL
That’s it. Reading the paper time is over. Now back to work.
I haven’t bowled since I was in my teens and then I think it was only 5 pin.
I think I’m going to get some groceries.
my favorite quotes from this morning’s TEB cast.
â€œI just picked up a knife and I went â€˜boomâ€™.â€
“…a very drunk Wang collapsed….”
yes, they will do that.
Combined – drunk wangs really collapse if you pick up knives and go boom.
Groceries put away, now to clean the bathroom, them I’m going to bake brownies. Jumping in and out as I can.
Look who’s back! It’s Long-Lost Sarah.
OK, I’m waaay behind. My PC Power Supply cooked itself last night. Yay.
Thanks to the lovely and talented Leann, I shouldn’t be completely dead in the water. I’ll keep you posted.
But first, to get caught up on the comments.
Mmmm… brownies. After a crazy work week it looks like the Misses and I can go out for a bite to eat. 🙂
TEB, don’t jump in and out of brownies.
And hey math geeks: a co-worker just reminded me that today is 3.14:
Happy Pi Day.
Formally from Charleston ????
Wahooo!!!! Good to hear from you.
Jack – Where DOES one find the adult size, Brownie pan? You Arizona people get ALL the fun stuff.
Didn’t see you up there. Good to hear from you, glad that things seem to be going well. 🙂 Don’t be a stranger.
I think someone needs to invent the brownie trampoline.
……………………. feel good link of the day:
http://tinyurl.com/2wo36c – 8 overtimes!
A friend of mine confesses to have had a reoccurring dream where-in he is in this GIANT pan of brownie batter, floating in space … and the bater is slowly folding over like waves on the shore … and all his senses are switched around so when he touches the batter he “tastes” it. I can’t recall how the other senses worked out.
To this day he still refuses therapy.
BTW … is it too early in the day to start drinking?
Does asking that make me seem lush-ish ?
Do I need to reiterate that my burial wishes involve my body being locked in a giant bottle of mayonaise and fired from the deck of the USS Enterprise into the sea of Japan?
Consider it reiterated.
Me? I want to be creamated and have my ashs snorted by female porn stars.
Brownies are baked and iced, now just cooling. And no, I didn’t jump in them 🙂
Dub and Rhett, Mayonaise? Snorting ashes? ewwww.
I THINK THEY ARE BRILLIANT!
btw – I took the lack of reponse (RE drinking) as a sign of permission
Will they’d probably cut me with some cocaine first. Bwhahahaha!
Make that “Well, they’d” not “Will, they’d.” =p
I wonder if Hugh would mind having brownie batter slowly licked off him…
should I ask him??
Long lost Sarah????? w00t!
j0e I give you permission to drink cuz I just started 🙂
We’ve got a big party with Hugh’s work peeps tonight, and Ive found when hanging out with stock brokers, its best to be properly lubricated
especially on a night when the DOW is at -250 and everyone is screaming recession.. should be a night of stunning conversation 🙂
I might have to let a boob slip out to get the party started
Got to deposite my paycheck, then it’s munch time!
Below would be the comment I was trying to make in my studio when my KVM switch blew. Now that I’m over the irony I’ve obviously since replaced it.
We were watching Southpark last night and Cartman contracted aids from a botched tonselectomy, and Kyle started laughing at him so Cartman snuck into his room at night and injected some of his blood into his mouth so he’d contract it too. I was like “that can’t happen.” After which my wife schooled me.
“and Ive found when hanging out with stock brokers, its best to be properly lubricated”
you SLAY me!!!!
I recommend the scotch. … or maybe martini’s.
and at some point you must ask someone about the impact of creeping inflation and the decreasing dollar on the Deadpan . The cuasually sip your drink as they try to figure out what the frak you mean by the Deadpan.
THEN with the boobage!!!
Lunch is on Rhett!
Yep Dub it sure can happen. Were you not old enough to remember when dentists didn’t use gloves and shit? Then a dentist got AIDS from his patient (or was it the other way around?)
j0e I will 🙂
I know how to bat my eyelashes and look interested when his bosses are blathering to me about stocks 🙂
and for those keeping score at home.. I am drinking martini’s this afternoon
shaken, straight up, stoli vodka, blue cheese olive
Sorry, too lazy for tinyurl.
I think we should all buy a share of DDPN, whatever stock that is.
writes puzzled from England.
Although these days it is of course necessary, one thing I hate about dentist visits is having latex gloves in the mouth…I have to try really hard not to puke.
Trent is oh so dreamy
meloves ghosts. its swoonerific
well Trent also kinda needs to realize that not all artists have quite the financial stability he has. Not all artists will be able to offer so much for so long.
I bought the mega fantastic version of ghosts and then was able to download the tunes in very high quality until they send me the box set in a few months which was very cool, and the download came complete with art and desktop pictures which was fantastical.
Can everyone offer all of this? I can’t see a little indie band doing all of this, a label would have to fund it.
I dunno, I don’t know all the ins and outs
speaking of in and out.. I gotta go get dressed for tonight. Market closes soon and the drinking begins at the first closing bell toll.
latex in the mouth isn’t always a bad thing.. and I’m just leaving that comment as that 🙂
but I agree Van, it is gross.
stupid AIDS and other diseases!
Hasn’t Bil Gates cured AIDS using Windows Vista yet???? 😉
all hail Bill Gates and his foundation
I think Vista can give a person AIDS. LOL
Wasn’t it the dentist who infected his patients, and wasn’t he infecting them on purpose? That’s what I remember, for what it’s worth.
Now for a coded message.
Wine N Jug? Wine N Barrel? Jug N Barrell? Barrel of Wine? Juggs N Winos?
Mother Jugs and Speed
Was there any Cosplay in “Mother Jugs and Speed?”
Yea for the MArtini -ASH!
I started of with a little burbon but since I have to go to a dinner party tonight (with a 30 minute drive on both ends – booooo) I decided to switch to coffee.
Coffee with a little Bailey’s in it … and a little Kahlua … and just a dash of Grand Marnier.
OH NO – someone has put a B-52 in my coffee!
Rhet – seems like there might have been a Nurse’s uniform involved.
… or was that “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” ?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen “Thunderbolt.”
*flings poo striaght up*
Did the poo hit the ceiling fan?
Which B-52 ended up in your coffee, j0e?
don’t worry … I urned it.
If Vista gave you AIDS I’d be far gone by now.
Herpes maybe but not AIDS.
Hopefully the cute one, and no I don’t mean Fred Schnieder.
I think that Vista is designed to give you AIDS but fortunately … it’s just not performing as advertised!
Fred Schnieder! LOL I admit that one caught me off guard. hehe
But on the bright side, CCS64 works in Vista.
AIDS and Vista – two great….no, that’s not it.
Vista apparently needs better virus protection. (oh come on, someone had to say it)
Anyone else remember the AIDS Diet Plan?
Luckily Vista leaves most PC’s limp, thus limiting the potential to spread it’s infection.
But please no limp wrist jokes…that would be too silly.
Where’s Graham Chapman when you need him?
Spinning in his grave?
What did he die from anyway?
Oh yeah… my bad.
Rare spine cancer. *slaps head* Nothing to see here, move along.
Cancer in the spine:
Just a quick hop in before company comes for gaming. Have lots to do on weekend so don’t know how much jumping in the forum I’ll be doing.
– seven day’s till Vegas; WOOT! –
Got myself all purdied-up and it’s off to dinner.
Oh you didn’t know? They haven’t yet been able to design a virus that runs on a 64 bit machine. Which is why Vista needs no antivirus.
Of course every copy that gets shipped out on every brand new 64 bit capable machine is actually the 32 bit version, probably to justify shoving Norton Antivirus products down everyones throats.
But hey, what do I know. They said the Mac was virus proof too. And cell phones, blackberries…
And photo frames
And California Red Zinfandels
Late night posting
Thoughts of superscience
And trench coat wearing
other stuff happened
i forget what I was talking about
Good night, mother.
Good night, John-Boy.
Good night, Hardcastle.
Good night, McCormick.
Good night, Chief.
Good night, McCloud.
Good night, Deadpan.
you going for the Noir look DS with that trenchcoat?
Supervillian schemes described in flowcharts:
Cooler than it sounds.
Although the Hitler one could be classed as being in bad taste.
Good Moring Deadpan.
Off to start on a Habitat for Humanity House.
Now, this is marketing:
🙂 Hi Vanamonde
I think I was going for the “old man on a park bench with exposed legs” look.
Possibly I could go for the “vagrant on a street corner giggling to himself with his hands in his pockets” look.
Now I am just being weird 🙂
Yay! It’s Sarah! Great to see you again!
Jeremy: Melodyne sounds awesome. I could spend so much time playing with that.
Van: I believe Sarah is referring to the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering.
J0e: Woohoo! I love working on Habitat for Humanity Houses. 🙂
There was a range on hamster cages you could buy called habitat. You could connect them together if you had the money and make one BIG hamster cage.
Of course I maybe wrong about the name.
Oh and the â€œold man on a park bench with exposed legsâ€ used to be called Flashers DG.
My arm is so tired and my hand is so sore from swinging a hammer … I might just have to go lefty tonight. 😉
… but seriously folks …
We were building the wall framing today.
I am amazed at the level of planning and organization. They really have this thing down.
You’d go pick up a pair of “plates” (the top and bottom boards of the wall”) and stapled to them would be a sheet with a picture of what the wall should look like and a list of the boards needed to make it. The plates also had the attachment points marked on them.
So, you’d go over to “parts” shelf and get the pre-cut boards that you’d need, lay everything out on the floor so that it looked like the picture … then nail away.
I paired up with one other guy and we just started knocking these things together.
We figured that the biggest difference between us and ACTUAL framers is that we made more mistakes … and then actually corrected them!
ouch, I think I have framers elbow.
Don’t read Common Misconceptions if you are a die hard star wars/star trek fan, I cannot be held responsible for any shattering of ideals.
Is this the organization jj:
Interesting notes on H4H –
In studying the aftermath of Hurrician Andrew in South FLA. they discovered that the H4H homes faired much better then many of the homes that surrounded them, in some cases they were the only homes left standing on a street. The initial conclusion was that the design must be superior but in the end, they concluded that it was because they WEREN’T built by professionals.
Seems that the volunteers, in their ignorance, used MANY more nails per square foot then a REAL homebuilder would use, especially on the roof and that was key! If you could keep your roof intact then the whole structure could withstand MUCH higher winds.
Another H4H note. Presiden Jimmy Carter has always been very involved in this effort. Not just as a cheerleader and fundraiser but actually providing construction labor himself. While “fundraising” for H4H might be a more effective use of his time, I have always admired him for spending his time doing manual labor, shoulder to shoulder with us little people – with no press around.
He’s the only ex-President I know of who has routinely done this.
Van: Thank you SOOO much for the link! Project Rho is going to be an invaluable resource for several of my planned novels, especially Vescaris, much of which takes place in space, on one-pilot spacecraft that take off from and land on their planet, every mission. 🙂
^Now there’s a rambling sentence if I ever saw one.
Why am queensryche doing a sci-fi video?
oh hell…. moderWHATtion?
nope. stuck in moderation.
Almost my bedtime. I’ve read quite a bit of that site, and have decided that the world of Vescaris shall have a space elevator that goes to a space station. This eliminates the need for the one scene with truly horrible science in my existing partial draft: the blastoff scene. That scene involves the use of ground-directed lasers as afterburners that get the ships out of the atmosphere. Really. -_-;
I think Jimmy Carter was the last US president who a lot of people in the UK actually liked. He got a good reception when he came to the UK:
Rambling Amy not being quite as poetic as Rambling Rose…
Now I don’t wanted to be hunted down by pitchfork carrying fpm podcasters, but anybody else noticed the dreaded slowastreacle download speeds for some the fpm shows (like deadpan and sliceofscifi)?
The triumphant return of Alvie and Addie foiled by moderation.
I need a functional computer
I am one man mission to make Dub crazy… Well Crazier… well I need to send Dub some flowers… are some thing.
Trucker- The Jehovah’s Witnesses beat you by about 20 years.
Flowers for Dubshack?
Maybe if he changed his name to Algernon.
Jack, you have a functional computer.
You just fear the Mac.
Wasn’t Flowers for Algernon about a mentally disabled guy and his friendship with a mouse?
Could be wrong.
I personally, and maybe this is because I am a man who is allergic to pretty much anything that grows out of the ground, do not understand the point besides flowers. Other than the fact that they make women feel special when you give them to them. But giving them to me… Other than making me sneeze, I don’t see the point. They have no function.
Wait, I’m negative thinking. Hold on while I replace that with a positive.
Might need a while on this one.
Nothing says you love someone than giving them a plant that is dying cos you ripped it out of the ground.
Everybody say Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
I’ve got the Spectrum book, but considering getting the C64 one:
So is there any difference between jackmangan and Jack Mangan?
On second thoughts don’t answer that.
Shades of grey all round.
jackmangan is like the Tyler Durden of Jack Mangan.
That Jack Mangan is a deuchebag.
heh heh. Let me guess: jackmangan is the ID saved in the browser on your home computer, and Jack Mangan is on your work computer? Or vice versa?
Dubshack: Yes, that’s what Flowers for Algernon was about.
When I first read that Project Rho URL, I read it as “Projectr Ho” some sort of new media porno film thing…
Stay away from the green beer and drink something decent, folks.
How about the pale or dark beers in green bottles?
Wow, it just occured to me that I own no green clothing. I guess thats because I DON’T LIKE THE COLOR GREEN.
Thankfully I work in a much more mature office than I used to, so there won’t be any pinching going on.
Kinda sad too, some of those girls are cute…
A beautiful day in the city! Most of the weekend snow is pretty much gone.
These links were given to me. Pretty funny.
Here’s the first
And here the response
I’ll check the tube-age when I get home. Happy St. Pat’s everyone, also my daughter is five years old today. 🙂
Guinness like coffee is something I so want to like the taste of, alas I find the stuff vile.
So no St. Patrick’s day for me then.
I agree Van, whenever my husband drinks Guinness I call it coffee beer. I’m more of an IPA person myself.
Happy B-Day Rhett’s daughter 🙂
Such a waste of all that cool advertising:
I find, 9 times out of 10, it’s the beer commercials that are the best of the commercials.
I just wrote a letter to Trinity United Church in Chicago supporting the statements made by Reverend Jeremiah Wright and decrying the media for their coverage of him.
Feel free to lynch me if you wish. I for one feel the guy was right on the money.
I don’t have a rope long enough.
Wasn’t “Flowers for Algernon” about that mentally disabled guy that had surgery on his brain that made him run around daring people to knock batteries off his shoulder?
I didn’t hear Reverend Wright’s speech, but my wife and I had a talk a few day’s ago about how it’s the media’s job to create scandal where there is none. Scandals sell ad time. =P
Much as I hate to be a killjoy:
Can’t remember batteries though.
I guess I was confusing Cliff Roberson for Robert Conrad. LOL
Actually – I post as jackmangan, when I’m logged in, Jack Mangan when I’m just browsing here.
Happy Monday/St. Pats/Rhett’s daughter’s birthday.
I also haven’t heard the speech. I’m really only interested if he used the word, “honky”.
Damn that jackmangan!
I don’t believe he did, but if he had, that would have been awesome. *lol*
There are two sermons I am aware of on Youtube, one is where Wright damns the US for being responsible for the 2001 Sept 11th attacks because of our foreign policy (which is accurate to say, more specifically our foreign policy with Isreal), and another where he says that Hillary Clinton has never been called a n***r or treated like a non-human. I dunno if thats accurate or not, but I think the spirit of the point is accurate.
Were they nice things to say? Absolutely not. Where they politically correct? Probably not. Were they true? Hell yeah they were.
But the media has also been saying he compared Barack Obama to Jesus Christ, and I have yet to see that come up in any of these video clips. I believe that allegation to be made up as of yet.
The only thing I will say though, and I could have heard it wrong because he is clearly one of those fire and brimstone reverends, but I think he actually called Jesus black… Which, you know… He wasn’t white, he was Jewish, but… wow. *lol*
There’s just a lot of muck raking on both sides. I didn’t think McCain got a fair shake when they were trying to pin the alledged affair on him. Why don’t we just stick with the indivual’s stances on the issues and leave it at that? Probably wouldn’t sell as many papers as “McCain’s aid has affair with Obama’s minister’s ex wife.” Or something. =P
Happy St. Patty’s Day, everyone.
Was gone for about a week and not near a computer. I need to do some catching up and chores and cooking and….
Anyone else see this?
I can imagine some real practical applications of this, but I don’t know if they would be worth the creepiness factor. LOL
Well at least it doesn’t use 8 legs, that would be really creepy.
But looks like big giant robots destroying Tokyo will be a reality sooner than most people think.
Would some kind of head make that thing more disturbing? – or less disturbing?
You mean like this?
Dolls are a whole new level of creepiness.
eek — That would be something to chase Woody and Buzz in Sid’s room.
I’m a Jew and if I told people I wasn’t white they would think I was a complete idiot. While there certainly are hereditary Jews there are also converts to Judaism. Approximately half of all Jewish marriages are mixed marriages. Even among hereditary Jews their Jews from northern Africa including Morocco. As well as Jews that come from Spain, although most of them were killed in the Inquisition. There are even Jews from Asia. While the largest percentage of Jews are Eastern Europeans most of those would simply appear to be white. There is a large number of Middle Eastern Jews as well. Other than mitochondrial DNA tests there are no real distinct facial or hereditary traits. And that’s even among hereditary Jews. The dirty secret among the Jewish community is that there are a large percentage of converts. And among the converts they marry other converts and further dilute the concept of hereditary Judaism. As far as what Jesus look like…
I prefer the Joe Rogan opinion that Jesus is really a metaphor for some kind of psychedelic mushroom.
The other concept I enjoy is the idea that Moses consulting a burning bush was simply Moses on pot. Which seems to be supported by a current scientific theory that mushrooms on Mount Sinai would make you trip balls.
While most people want to argue over whether or not man has created God or God has created man, they forget that God is still in the equation either way. If you turn science into your religion you are still worshiping at the feet of something. Just as religion changes to meet the needs of the people at the moment so does science.
By the way, I need to say I was wrong. I made a prediction that Obama would sweep Ohio and Texas. I completely fucked up. I was dead wrong and I want to publicly acknowledge my wrongness. I’m a big man. I will own up to my mistakes.
That said if Hillary Clinton uses the superdelegates I’m going to vote for Senator McCain. Simply put it Hillary doesn’t trust the will of the people I see no difference between her and George Bush. At least McCain was hated by George Bush. I get the really weird sneaking suspicion that we are going to go to war with Iran regardless of whoever gets in power. This would be a third war when we can’t even afford the two were in now. They might as well start converting our money over to euros because the dollar will be worthless if we continue to borrow from China to support wars that make no sense.
Would someone please tell me why we couldn’t put a hydrogen fuel cell car in every garage and build a hydrogen delivery infrastructure for the cost of this five year war.
I like boobs
Whoa – Trucker explosion.
Mark Forman directed me to this site:
“Monetize is an ugly word.
When you try and “monetize your users”, you accept the almost obscene assumption that people are meant to be pimped out, sold to the highest bidder, resources to be slashed, burned, and exploited.”
I like boobs too.
Sigh. Haven’t really gotten caught up much. Oh well.
Jack: I hate monetize in the same way that I hate companies, espcially consulting companies, that refer to people as bodies. “We need more bodies on this project.”
Damn it. Sissy Wish has gotten her claws in my ears.
Of course I mean good boobs and not bad boob. Like doofuses. Or is that doofii?
Hi pan 🙂
Alvie and Addie were on!!! *swoon*
Hugh sez: *swoon2*
I love it when Mr ditto swooon sez boobs. He can talk about my boobs all he wants
Hugh sez: she does have nice boobs
We will be off the radar for a couple weeks. Everyone take care of each other please, and whats most importantly (heh) don’t be hatin
Hugh sez: yeah, don’t be hatin
Definition of bad boobs?
Man boons perhaps…
All that is left is god of the gaps, the god that lights the blue touch paper that starts off the big bang.
Stop imposing the human pattern of birth-growth-death on the mutltiverse and even the notion of god of the gaps can be discarded.
Only a few days until we leave for Vegas and my poor hubby has caught a cold. As long as he doesn’t give it to me, I guess we’ll be ok 🙂
What was he thinking?
Obviously he wasn’t.
Unfortunately it’s one of the hazards of his job. Working with so many kids, you’re always susceptible to various germs.
Excuse me, ladies and germs…
Well a cold is just an inconvenience TEB, luckily it’s not flu.
Flu is going around the school, so…
Mark Forman? I thought he was dead! Or at least living in Nebraska.
Well, I’m off to the store. Hubby needs popcycle sticks to teach his kids to make catapults.
Mark Forman still posts on Twitter fairly often, as bbluesman.
I’ll have to add him.
My Grandmother is in a nursing home, sadly like schools, they are a breeding ground for infections.
This is why I had my cooties shot as a kid.
Wow, Trucker poured out some heavy topics that are worthly of a thoughtful response. Good show.
1. I never realized that about Jewish unions being mixed in such a way. It makes sense though.
2.”While most people want to argue over whether or not man has created God or God has created man, they forget that God is still in the equation either way. If you turn science into your religion you are still worshiping at the feet of something. Just as religion changes to meet the needs of the people at the moment so does science.”
Good point. I have a couple of takes on science. Science is about learning about the observable world through testable results. As such it teaches us a tremendous amount about the world around us, but tells us squat about things we can’t observe and can’t test. Science is also in many cases an abstraction of reality. We use mathimatical models, labels and such that are abstractions of the very things being studied, so at least on some level, the information gleened is incomplete. On the opposite end of the spectrum there are people so wrapped up in superstition and fancy, the can’t function the very real world around them.
3.”That said if Hillary Clinton uses the superdelegates Iâ€™m going to vote for Senator McCain. Simply put it Hillary doesnâ€™t trust the will of the people I see no difference between her and George Bush. At least McCain was hated by George Bush.”
Obama still has my vote. But the way I see it, whoever wins out of three remaining candidates will be a big improvement over George W. But GWB set the bar so low, maybe that’s not saying much.
So heres my overview of the candidates.
Obama: Pluses – Strong leadership and ideals that mimick my own.
Minuses – Can his ideas be implimented successfully, or will they contribute to more wasteful government spending, without advancing the issues they were meant too?
Clinton: Pluses – Polictically connected, so she has a better network to get her ideas passed. Also good overall experience.
Looks like WP is going make me split this into two parts. LOL
Clinton: Minuses – Tied to some unsavory aspects of the Bill Clinton legacy, maybe to political connected to special interest to bring real change.
McCain: Pluses – He is his own person, operates independantly from his party base. Good ideas for heathcare reform, less chances for tax increases if he got elected.
Minuses – Probably wouldn’t sweep out the lackies that came in with GWB, many of the Replublican special interests that need to be spanked, wouldn’t be, so the potential for further abuse by the GWB legacy could continue.
So that’s how I see it at the moment.
“I get the really weird sneaking suspicion that we are going to go to war with Iran regardless of whoever gets in power.”
Doubtful, whatever policitical will the American people may have had to sweep the Islamists out of Iran was spent on the botched Iraq war. Short of evidence of Iran having a long range plan to suicide bomb the US with nukes, I don’t see it happening. However, if Obama gets in, there’s a slight chance for a confrontation with Pakistan, but probably not an invasion.
“Would someone please tell me why we couldnâ€™t put a hydrogen fuel cell car in every garage and build a hydrogen delivery infrastructure for the cost of this five year war.”
Well the short answer is it would cost a lot more than that to achieve it. As much as the war effort costed, it still only represents something like 1 to 2 percent of the GDP. I’m guessing that it would take something like 10 oercent to do what you are asking. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. Realistically we need to phase in a renewable infrastructure and odds are the pace of the free market won’t make it happen fast enough. Considering that the cost of oil has increased five times it’s cost over an eight year period of time, it makes one wonder why terrorism is number one on the list as a threat to national security. What if the collapse of the oil economy was? We need a effort akin to World War 2 to make us energy independant. For a hydrogen economy to work we need to upgrade our power grid. For our investment in the power grid to be sustainable, we need to invest in technologies that will be viable for the life the power plants.
Ethanol from corn is a dead end and a waste of tax money.
Ethanol from about any other landbased crop has a large water use issue as not to be practical.
Ethanol from genetically engineered algae floating out on the ocean is promising.
Solar plants in the southwest are commercially competitive with atomic energy. Wind power on the plains, wave power on the coasts.
The US and China have lots of coal reserves, so clean coal is desirable and could be a 300 year solution.
In the short term though, in order to avoid economic collapse we are going to have to bring the cost of oil and gas down. That means higher effiecency standards for cars, replacement of all oil burning power plants with something else, renewables being perferred, but even coal burning ones lower foreign oil consumption. We need to exploit our shale oil reserves in Colorado and we need more gas refineries. If we phase in flex fuel / plug-in hybrid cars we make oil have to compete on thus drive costs down.
Okay I’m done rambling.
There was an article about coal reserves in the New Scientist earlier this year.
Basically the 300 year figure for coal reserves is a myth. Using Hubbert linearisation on reserves data, indicates that it’s probably half that for the US, alone. Even then the coal won’t be easy to get, since all the easy to get coal has been used up.
Thanks for the thoughts, Rhett and Trucker.
I tend to disagree about McCain. I used to think that he stood on his own 2 feet, but. . . . then we watched him spend 8 years shuffling up to the party line. He’s spent the past ten months trying to prove to Hannity and Coulter that he’s a “True Conservative”, rather than just laughing at their ridiculous Conservative Criteria. Honestly, I’m disappointed in him. I’d truly wanted to support him as an independent thinker.
And the final strike against him: if he’d just accepted the offer to run as Kerry’s VP in 2004, then they’d have won. He had an opportunity to help save this country from another 4 years of Dubya, and he blew it.
Well, it’s hard to predict. The question I’ve been asking myself is, “What is the life span of the typical powerplant. My feeling is that the next thirty years will be a transition period for the western world, first from foreign oil, then from fossil fuels altogether to renewable sources. Given the size of the installed enegy infrastructure, there is no way to replace it overnight. Current energy demands and tight supply are driving costs up, so if we don’t do anything to meet this current demand we risk a long lasting global depression. So short term we need to exploit the fossil resources we have to control costs as well as increase efficiencies. Long term we need to phase in renewables.
I can’t argue with you there Jack, that’s the reason he is number 3 on my list. Of course on the other hand, if McCain doesn’t reach out to the conservative base, he has no chance against the democrates, it’s unsavory, but understandable.
“Science is about learning about the observable world through testable results. As such it teaches us a tremendous amount about the world around us, but tells us squat about things we canâ€™t observe and canâ€™t test. Science is also in many cases an abstraction of reality.”
From my point of view, science tells us how things (the world, nature, the universe) works. It doesn’t really give us answers as to why there is a universe. That’s faith/god.
The Greeks didn’t distinguish between science, math, philosophy, metaphysics, or religion. We’ve made these important divisions as time went by simply because each answers different questions. Science can’t answer moral questions anymore than Religion can solve the 3 body problem.
Only a zealot will follow one path to the exclusion of all else.
“Weâ€™ve made these important divisions as time went by simply because each answers different questions. Science canâ€™t answer moral questions anymore than Religion can solve the 3 body problem. ”
There of course the arguement that asking why is irrelevant and it’s only the how that is important.
Were here because were here because were here…
This is all too deep, back to Q-bert on the C64 (a rather nice if chunky version).
“There of course the arguement that asking why is irrelevant and itâ€™s only the how that is important.”
That’s a matter of opinion. Mankind has long asked “Why am I here?” There’s certainly no reason why you should care but there’s also no reason why I should not.
Were here to play Q-bert of course. LOL
Does the ameoba floating around in my blood realize that it lives in a larger organism? Will it ever be capable of knowing it? Will it’s life be drastically altered with that knowledge? That’s kind of how I feel peering out into the void.
How about “we’re” here. Don’t trust the galactic musings of a man who doesn’t understand the difference between “we’re” and “were.” LOL
Ignore the man behind the curtain! 🙂
Because we’re all just long-snouted orb-bodied beings hopping diagonally around on a pyramid, hunted by snakes.
Off to bring some runch home.
I think this about covered it.
They were digging a new foundation in Manhattan
And they discovered a slave cemetery there
May their souls rest easy now that lynching is frowned upon
And we’ve moved on to the electric chair
And I wonder who’s gonna be president Tweedledum or tweedledumber?
And who’s gonna have the big Blockbuster box office this summer?
How ’bout we put up a wall between the houses and the highway?
Then you can go your way And I can go my way
Except all the radios agree with all the TVs
And the magazines agree with all the radios
And I keep hearing that same damn song everywhere I go!
Maybe I should put a bucket over my head and a marshmallow in each ear
And stumble around for another dumb numb week
For another hum drum hit song to appear
People used to make records as in a record of an event
The event of people playing music in a room
Now everything is cross-marketing
It’s about sunglasses and shoes
Or guns or drugs
We got it rehashed
We got it half-assed
We’re digging up all the graves
And we’re spitting on the past
And we can choose between the colors
Of the lipstick on the whores
Cuz we know difference
Between the font of twenty percent more
And the font of teriyaki
You tell me how does it make you feel
You tell me what’s real
And they say that alcoholics are always alcoholics
Even when they’re as dry as my lips for years
Even when they’re stranded on a small desert island
With no place in two thousand miles to buy beer
And I wonder is he different is he different
Has he changed what he’s about?
Or is he just a liar with nothing to lie about?
Am I’m headed for the same brick wall?
Is there anything I can do about anything at all?
Except go back to that corner in Manhattan
And dig deeper
Dig deeper this time
Down beneath the impossible pain of our history
Beneath the unknown bones
Beneath the bedrock of the mystery
Beneath the sewage system and the path train
Beneath the cobblestones and the water main
Beneath the traffic of friendships and street deals
Beneath the screeching of kamikaze cab wheels
Beneath everything I can think of to think about
Beneath it all
Beneath all get out
Beneath the good and the kind and the stupid and the cruel
There’s a fire just waiting for fuel
Ani DiFranco — Fuel
My kingdom for a ‘
Or what’s an ‘ between deadpanites!
Not only is there no man behind the curtain there is no curtain.
Well that’s my excuse for not replacing the shower curtain…
Time to shoot the grammar demon with a quad photon laser phaser:
Dub: Thanks for the link! Great speech.
Now if I could only run a grammar daemon within IE. LOL
I don’t think I have 37:39 to watch that speech….. not today.
But hey, here’s something cool that I half-watched with no volume:
Jack: I put on my headphones and listened to it in the background as I coded. Not much to watch.
I read some excerpts of the speech, I thought it was quite good.
That wing suit made me think of Wylde E. Coyote. LOL
Here’s a good analysis of the speech:
There’s also a linked transcript on that page.
Big thx for the links, ditto.
Last of the big three scifi writers of the 70’s is gone:
Sad day for scifi.
OMG. Not him too. 🙁
Yeah I just read that. I sense a great disturbence in the geek force. Sad week for scifi and fantasy.
Wow. Just watched (listened to) the speech.
Barack may have just elevated himself from my “lessor of the evil’s” category.
He may have actually just become someone I can vote for.
What a weird feeling.
Sad about A.C. Clarke 🙁
Arthur C. Clarke was a genius — that is truly a shame.
Indeed. Though, I’m just going to have to pretend that 3001 never happened.
Man, I’m going to have to put 2010 back in my video queue. I never caught this:
“At the start of the movie 2010, Dr. Heywood Floyd is engaged in a conversation in front of the White House. Clarke is the man feeding the pigeons to the left of the shot. Later on in the movie, in the hospital scene where Mrs. Bowman dies, the cover of Time shows a photograph of Clarke as the American president, and one of Kubrick as the Russian Premier.”
It’s a beautiful day in the city. The sky is all pink and pretty.
-and oh, yeah. 4 days to holidays!
In today’s news…
Sydney – A man in Australia is auctioning his life – his house, his job, his clothes and his friends – on eBay, after his marriage broke up, saying he wants to start a new life.
“It’s time to move. A completely fresh start. I want to see where life takes me,” Ian Usher, 44, told Australian television yesterday from Perth
Usher said he was auctioning his life as “a package” with his house in Perth valued at around $385,000.
“Hi there, my name is Ian Usher, and i have had enough of my life! I don’t want it anymore! You can have it fi you like!” reads his website http://www.alife4sale.com, which has a link to eBay for bidders.”
Does his friends and boss know they’re being auctioned off? “Take my wife, please”
Did you know…
A cat lover is called an ailurophile and a cat hater is called an ailurophobe.
Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to morn the death of their cats.
Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
Every human being spent about half an hour as a single cell.
(some humans are still single cell organisms)
That’s it for news. Now to try this work think for a bit.
The new Portishead song is good.
There’s definitely a NIN feel to the song.
I like it.
Pretty cool, Ed. I had no idea.
I’ll have to check out the song at home later.
Obama’s speech was strong. Good for him for not kowtowing to pressure. Now he should pick Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate.
Was never much of a fan of Clarke’s collaborations, personally his last great novel was Fountains of Paradise for me..full of great ideas.
I thought Rendezvous with Rama was a great book. But I couldn’t even get started on the first sequel — which was a collaboration.
Rendezvous with Rama was the first Clarke book that I really really enjoyed.
I’d read some of the others, everybody’s read 2001 or thats the way it seemed… but there was something extra about the ideas in Rama that just seemed to work. The sequel was ok…but after that the idea seemed to dilute itself. Maybe i was just more of an Asimovian guy.
Currently playing: Blue Man Group — PCV IV
Currently playing: The Monks — Johnny B. Rotten
Currently playing nothing (nowt, zip, nada, etc)
I’m on my old computer which hasn’t got any speakers connected.
Currently listening to this:
Rufus Wainwright’s sister. Daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. Brilliant song, apparently about her dad.
So a quick peruse of my bookcase, shows I have the following ACC novels (NOT in alphabetical order…I’m not that organised):
The Sands of Mars
The Lion of Comarre and Against the Fall of Night
The latter short story was expanded into the novel…
The City and the Stars (which I also own):
Personally I prefer the short story, even though it’s has dated for more than TCATS
Prelude to Space
The Deep Range
A Fall of Moondust:
Disaster novel set on the moon.
Expedition to Earth:
Collection of short stories.
Not scifi, a fictional account of the development of Radar. The only ACC book I’ve bought and never read.
The Fountains of Paradise:
Not one of my fav ACC novels, but many fans love this book.
Rendezvous with Rama:
2001 a Space Odyssey
I’ve lost count to how many times I’ve read this novel. Although I was interested in scifi shows like the Outer Limits, UFO and Space 1999 as a kid, didn’t start reading scifi till I was much older. Started off with novelizations of movies (like Alien and The Black Hole), then after reading 2001 started collecting other ACC novels and branched off into other other authors like Harry Harrison and Joe Haldeman.
Vanamonde Arthur C. Clarke asplosion!
Van, have you ever read Songs of Distant Earth? Or more specifically, have you ever heard the Mike Oldfield album, “Songs of Distant Earth”, based on the book? Excellent, if you dig Mike Oldfield-y type of stuff.
Mixed feelings about ACC:
2010: Odyssey Two
The sequel to 2001, and simple not as good. Didn’t think the movie adaption was that bad.
The Songs of Distance Earth:
Read both the novel and short story it was expanded from. Again I prefer the short story.
From the wiki entry:
On 26 May 2000 he was made a Knight Bachelor “for services to literature” at a ceremony in Colombo. The award of a knighthood had been announced in the 1998 New Year Honours, but investiture of the award had been delayed, at Clarke’s request, because of an accusation, by the British tabloid The Sunday Mirror, of paedophilia, which was, however, found to be baseless by Sri Lankan police and retracted by the paper soon after.
Of course wiki entries can be biased or inaccurate or sometimes the actual truth..
2061: Odyssey 3
I have a few more story collections and a couple of hardbacks but I can’t find them, so that’s the end of this ACC asplosion.
The first time I saw Loudon Wainwright III in concert, his daughter Martha Wainwright was the support singer:
Wanted to buy her CD, but she had sold out by the time I got to the front of the queue.
Aaaaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh, Jack had already mentioned Martha Wainwright.
Don’t hold back, Martha! Tell us how you REALLY feel. 🙂
Jack: I have the Oldfield album. Love it.
Well, with all the talk of this Obama speech yesterday, I figure I should at least listen to it to be informed.
I’ve dowloaded it from Youtube and converted and put it on my Ipod. I plan to watch/listen to it tonight while I workout at the gym tonight.
Multitasking is the way.
Ed: What do you use to download & convert?
ditto – awesome! I’ve never known of anyone else familiar with that Oldfield album. I almost forgot that I’d written a review of that book at SFReader.com: http://www.sfreader.com/read_review.asp?book=554
Who, ahem, also recently re-posted their Spherical Tomi review: http://sfreader.com/read_review.asp?book=1155
Ed: I consider you our resident intelligent Conservative, I’d love to get your take on the Obama speech.
I bought the album the same year the Shoemaker-Levy comet collided with Jupiter. I also was fortunate enough to meet Levy at the Ottawa observatory at that time. The album brings back fond memories.
It appears the speech wasn’t enough to get the talking heads to shut up, even though theres a lovely mortgage crisis with Government bailing out banks and weather destroying Atlanta that they can be covering. I feel an urge to fly to Atlanta and stab Amy Holmes with an ice pick. Unfortunately that would be a race crime.
The new speculation is that while McCain won’t touch the subject with a ten foot pole, there will be plenty of independent parties throwing ads on television attacking him over it in the general election.
I shall steal something for Jack and email before too much longer…
First, the technical. I used this site to pull down the video from Youtube
I can only do one link per post, can’t I?
**sorry, got interrupted**
Alright, after I got the file, I used this free program to convert it to an Ipod compatible format and save it to Itunes for sync up:
That part went quite well and it will be useful to remember this capability for the future.
As for the speech itself, overall, I thought it was quite good and I definitely recommend everyone give it a listen. It’s about 40 minutes, so you’ll need a good block of time.
This is the Youtube link
I’ll need to give some more thought before I say anything more substantial. Plus, I need to get to sleep. See you guys on the flip side.
You can also use Miro to grab YouTube videos: