330 thoughts on “What about a new page Jack?

  1. At the restaurant waiting for my boss and one of our authors to arrive. They have pina colada pancakes on the menu. I might have to try that today

  2. I passed on seeing Operation: Mindcrime live last night, and I fear that Geoff Tate isn’t going to continue doing the full show. . .

    . . . But it turned out to be the right call to be home, because my older daughter had a rough night – – and I’m glad I was there for her.

    • Im on the fence. I was left feeling like there was a creative fight going on between those who wanted to do something special and those who wanted more network “product”. It is an anti-hero hero story that seems to be afraid to get very dark.
      Hoping the more “creative” forces grab the reigns cause I think this has the potential to be really good.

  3. I think it’s movie time.

    Today’s movie is Hungerford
    The Netflix write up: while filming his daily life for a media course, Cowan discovers his small English town may be under an ominous and otherworldly influence

  4. Oh, Nick Cave. . .

    “But what had collapsed? What is at the centre of our lives? In an artist’s case (and perhaps it is the same for everybody) I would say it is a sense of wonder. Creative people in general have an acute propensity for wonder. Great trauma can rob us of this, the ability to be awed by things. Everything loses its sheen and appears beyond our reach. We were surviving, but we were surviving in exile on the perimeter of our lives, way beyond anything that mattered.”


  5. Crap joke for the day:

    My wife and I went into town and visited a shop. When we came out, there was a policeman writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and I said, “Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?” He just ignored us and continued writing the ticket.

    I called him an “a**hole.” He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn-out tyres.

    So my wife called him a “s*ithead.” He finished the second ticket and put it on the windscreen with the first. Then he started writing more tickets.

    This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. He finally finished, sneered at us and walked away. Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home.

    • I heart you, Ed. I respect everyone’s tastes and opinions. But wow, the second Kingsmen film is possibly the worst thing I’ve seen in the theater this decade. And that includes live Rifftrax and MST3K.

      The first one was fine. Ish.

  6. Internet to my neighborhood was out of commission for about 10 hours today. A dumb-ass utility crew cut the fiber optic line feeding our neighborhood in several places digging holes to put up new poles.

    Thankfully, AT&T had their act together and got it fixed up quickly…otherwise, we probably would have descended into The Purge in a couple of more hours 🙂

  7. Rewatching Firefly is a bittersweet experience.

    It’s so good and it’s a darn shame it never got a second season.

    It’s good to only to have 15 episodes to rewatch.

  8. Crap joke for the day:

    Three Women Three women — one engaged, one married and one a mistress — are chatting about their relationships and decided to amaze their men. All three buy black leather bras ” stiletto heels, and masks for their eyes. After a few days, they meet over lunch to compare notes. The engaged women says: The other night when my boyfriend came over, he found me in the black leather bodice, tall stilettos, and a mask. He said, “you are the woman of my life. I love you”. Then we made love all night long. The mistress says: I met my lover at his office and I was wearing the leather bodice, heels, mask over my eyes and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat, he didn’t say a word — but we had wild sex all night. The married woman says: I sent the kids to my mother’s house all excited about having alone time with my husband. Had the lights dim, candles going, I was wearing the leather bodice, black stockings, stilettos heels and a mask over my eyes. As soon as he came to the door and saw me and said,”What’s for dinner, BATMAN?

    • This is my pet peeve. Talking about the weather and taking about the meaning of life achieve the same thing, nothing!

      Introvert can come over as pretentious prigs at times.

  9. Last week I spent some time with tech support trying to figure out why our website says there is an error whenever we “publish” an update, even though there actually doesn’t seem to be. The site works fine with whatever changes I make.
    They couldn’t figure it out so put in a ticket and kicked it upstairs.
    It’s been a week and I see the problem still exists.

    Confounding tech support FTW.

  10. I’ve never read any Harry Harrison, so I started Deathworld. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28346
    It’s also free on Amazon Prime right now.

    Meh so far. It’s probably progressive for a 1960 publication, but still pretty damn dated.

    Have any of you read this one or its sequels? Or his Stainless Steel Rat books? AFAIK, they’re not related at all.

    • Yes to both.

      I love the Stainless Steel Rat books (and the 2000AD comic adaptions of three of the novels).

      The SSR for President is my fav of the series.

      Deathworld series I only read once, thought it was ok.

      • I’ve read the Stainless Steel Rat Novels. I also met him as he came to our local convention. However, this was when I was just an attendee, not working behind the scenes so I don’t have any real stories.

  11. So the remastered version of The Last of Us was one of the games on PS+ this month.

    Playing again and marvelling how bloody good it still is.

  12. Crossposting the good news here and in the Facebook group:

    On Friday night of the Deadpan MMMMMMeetup this year, I announced that I had finally, finally gotten a podcast feed submitted to, and accepted by, Apple Podcasts. I’m pleased to announce that the first-ever podcast-directory-indexed episode of “Movie Chat with the Movie Night Crew” is coming out Sunday, Oct. 6. The plan is to release a new episode every other Sunday thereafter, until I run out of raw audio. I’ve updated my website with “Subscribe” links and everything. 🙂

  13. So saw Joker, thought it was ok.


    I was bemused that after all the warning about incel violence, most of the people I could see were coupled up.

  14. Waiting for a connecting flight to Hartford, Connecticut.
    Touring Harvard and Yale because someone seems to think she wants to attend one of those institutions.

  15. So after all of my big talk, I now have tickets to see Joker tonight. The teenager had plans to go yesterday, but they fell through. She still wanted to go, so here we are.

  16. JW: In the Shadow of the Moon (Netflix)

    Not a bad film at all, nice time travel story that rather skates over paradoxes, recommended.

  17. Ok, on things I don’t understand, the swipe function in iOS 13.

    It works fine, but I still find it slower than typing on the virtual keyboard.

    This was written using the swipe functionality.

  18. Watching street performers in the Boston, market square yesterday – I was struck by the thought that I was taking part in an activity that humans had been on that very spot for over 200 years. Not ancient by any means buts still …

  19. So after watching the Discovery Trek short ‘Q&A’ I really want a ST series starring the Enterprise crew seen in Discovery S2.

    • It would seem that the answer is to drop the gender question.
      After all, someone looking to cause problems could change their gender appearance, rendering the whole issue moot anyway.

      Other note – I heard an NPR piece on this recently and they indicated that it was not feasible to process the 10’s of millions of people who still have not gotten the new national ID, by next year’s deadline.

      Good times

  20. I’m rather gobsmacked that the remastered version of the first three Spyro games clocks in at 38 gigs when the originals were 700MB each.

  21. Crap joke for the day:

    Three newly incarcerated convicts are discussing how they will pass their time in jail.The first one pulls out a harmonica and says “I can play all my favorite songs on this.”The second takes out a deck of cards. “I can play poker with myself with these.”The third gets out a box of tampons. “Well, it says on here that with these I can go swimming, horseback riding, cycling, …”

  22. I have to amend my take on Deathworld. The ending was really good. If the lead character wasn’t kind of a scoundrel, it could have been a top-tier Star Trek TOS episode.

  23. Morning Pan
    I’m suppose to go to the condo association agm tonight. It’s still cold and snowy, and I’ve still got the tail end of a cold. I think I’m going to skip it.

  24. We did an impromptu overnight in Flagstaff for Fall Break. Lovely temperatures.

    Also on this particular trip: walking an overstimulated toddler through hotel hallways at 3am.

  25. Crap joke for the day:

    As a singer I sing at many funerals & I was recently asked by a funeral director to sing at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery out in the country. As I was not familiar with the area, I got lost. I finally arrived an hour late and saw that the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.

    As I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to cry. They cried, I cried, we all cried together. When I finished, I packed up my keyboard and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

    As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I’ve never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.” Apparently, I’m still lost….

  26. I consider myself kinda knowledgeable about music genres, but “Blackgaze” is a new one to me. Metal, not R&B. I’d actually be really down for an R&B/Shoegaze hybrid.

  27. Sheesh, I barely remembered the details of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    But I liked it the first time in 2014, and again on my second viewing, 5 years later.

  28. So I have the ticket for the Eddie Izzard show in my hand.

    The only downside Is I’m going to be in agony all evening as there is so little legroom in the seat I’ve got.

    I guess it will be time to use that strip of codeine I have for a rainy day.

  29. We discovered something interesting about our community.
    We live in a small community within the city. For those who have seen it, think like Jack’s place except we don’t have an locked gate.
    Someone new moved into the area and asked how much candy they should buy for Halloween. After giving her very different numbers, we figured out that those who live in the front half, closer to the entrance got about 100 kids last year. Those of us who live in farther from the entrance only got a little under 30 kids.
    Our community isn’t that big, so we’re not sure why the sudden drop off.

  30. Crap joke for the day:

    A man needing a heart transplant is told by his doctor that the only heart available is that of a sheep.The man finally agrees and the doctor transplants the sheep heart into the man. A few days after the operation, the man comes in for a checkup. The doctor asks him “How are you feeling?”The man replies “Not BAAAAD!”

  31. So I haven’t see a stand up comic at a theatre for at least a decade. Then two coming along within a week of each other.

    Tonight it’s Ben Elton (of Blackadder writing fame), the first half was fun.

  32. In Metal News – Static-X’s new frontman has been revealed as Edsel Dope from the band Dope and I couldn’t give a fuck about any of it.

  33. In semi-metal news – Billie Eilish selling hats with her name in death metal font embroidered on them is causing a stir (I guess?) and I couldn’t give less of a fuck about any of it

  34. So one of the trailers before Gemini Man was for the Midway film.

    Never has a film trailer left me liking for the days when war films used real aircraft. It looks like actors superimposed on video game footage.

  35. // whine mode

    So I get back from a week of visiting colleges and promptly get sick. Fever, body aches just want to curl up in a ball … but now I am over a week behind in Halloween prep. Can’t afford not to be productive.

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