Posted on December 10, 2021December 10, 2021 General When the Pawn Scrolls the Conflict He thinks like a King.
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Where’s my needle?
Teresa almost convinced me to put this up in the yard for the holidays.
Your debt is someone else’s asset:
This is what happens when you reply to a post before getting to the end and figuring out there is a new thread. Posting again here in reply to Van’s informing us of the passing of Michael Nesmith.
As much as I love the Monkees, I think that the movie Elephant Parts had a bigger influence on my evolving sense of humor. He was truly a unique style in and of himself. Didn’t we watch Elephant Parts at some Meeetup as well?
The Roaming Asshat , December 11, 2021 at 6:09 am
Need to see that.
BIG fan of Repoman and it’s soundtrack.
Yes, I brought Elephant Part to a meeetup. I also own its sequel Television Parts
This late in the year?
More than 70 killed in Kentucky’s worst ever tornadoes https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59620091
Yeah, it sounded like a motherfucker. Very sad.
I do hope none of our friend or family in the area were affected.
This evening I will watch The Last Duel on Disney+
It’s not Bladerunner right? RIGHT????
Ok, I have no problem with the actors taking English playing French people but why sing songs in French?
..and why have an English actress speak in an American accent?
Anyway, not the train wreck I was expecting, pretty good in fact, over long but heck it’s worth a watch.
I hadn’t expected this one to go to D+
Well I had not heard of this before today:
Expanse S6 E1 was consumed last night!
I’d intended to rewatch the entire series in prep for the finale, but life had other plans. Maybe someday we’ll do the full rewatch.
Has the final season started?
I’ve lost track of the count.
One of the more weird names for a person:
Considering the industry he worked in this is all set I a case of nominative determinism
Scottsdale is 7 degrees colder than Newark right now.
Somehow, neighboring Phoenix is 20 degrees colder.
Anne Rice has died, I’ve only seen the film adaption of An Interview with a Vampire.
I was just going to share the same article.
Absolutely heartbreaking news. This is a celebrity death that gets me.
The first three books in her Vampire series are of the greatest things I’ve ever read. Absolutely brilliant. I cannot recommend them enough.
And they seriously changed the vampire genre forever.
I will always hold a special place emotionally for those as they were what got me back into reading for fun. As a kid I read everything I could get a hold of. Then in my late teens/early 20’s there were suddenly just so many other things to do. Then, in late 20’s a friend gave me the 2nd book in that series and said “Read this. No, seriously … read it!”
I did and started my “adult” love affair with reading.
Well, not that it was ever going to happen anyway, but it looks like Disney’s managed to save me six grand that I won’t be spending on their “Starcruiser Hotel” experience.
I mean, dear lord, does it look awful.
So this is why we don’t deserve nice things:
We’re a noble species.
At this rate my Secret Santa gift is going to be a Secret New Years gift. So sorry. It’s coming !
I don’t recall SNL going this far into the black humor.
Can’t view it in Canada
I don’t know if this will help.
The dangers of hiking unprepared:
We re-watched Blade on the weekend. It was still enjoyable
Think I’ll pass;
I received my booster Friday night. Aside from a stiff neck and a slightly tired feeling, I felt a lot better compared to my second dose.
It would seem that this is going to be a thing, every 6 months, for the rest of our freaking lives.
Well, who knows. Perhaps we may get a vaccine that grants sterilizing immunity to covid.
And in case we needed something else to worry about:
Some of their arguments defending the golf courses are a stretch, but really, the major culprits are the giant water-consuming industries and the over-development.
And if you think any lawmaker is going to curb any of those, well. . . .
A less cranky post:
This is my latest Metal Hall of Fame article:
And OK, OK, I’m going to bed. But I dedicate this last one to Van:
Long motionless crane near Pripyat, Ukraine
Are you sure that isn’t a screenshot from Half Life 2?
Well now this looks like it could be as cheesy as hell and fun:
Amazing photos and story:
Is that where they retrieved this?
A year in photos:
Those kids look so happy
How to pronounce Omicron by Star Trek
I should check the mail. However, it’s -17C. I have a small dilemma.
Is that dilemma not knowing where your coat and gloves are…
It’s more of a I didn’t want to go out into the cold dilemma, even with a coat and boots. I got over it though and bundled up and walked to our mail box and got the junk mail.
Normally I wouldn’t have even gone out today but I’m expecting a parcel
Star Wars Eclipse??
Impressive – – forget the game, let’s see this movie.
Good Morning from the frigid north!
Don’t forget to feed the reindeer.
but I wanna be a dentist!
So after watching episode 5 of Hawkeye;
Oooooh! at the ending.
Can we just have Hailee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh in everything?
So, we’ve been watching Corner Gas. They drink Pilsner. My hubby, ever the slave to product placement, picked up a case of Pil. He of A Castle for Christmas on NetFlix, now he wants to watch that this weekend.
At what point do I need to stage an intervention?
It’s an older Cdn tv show. We were pretty hit and miss watching it when it was out. Now it’s available on local streaming so we’ve slowly been going through it
I need to check out Matt Mango’s new album, out today:
Dune, although a fantastically well written novel, was not my cup of tea because I just don’t enjoy in-depth investigations into religion or politics. However, I’m definitely excited to see this adaptation. I’m a huge Arthur C. Clarke fan. The only thing that would have been better is if it was Childhood’s End.
I’ve been hit-or-miss with ACC, but I really loved the first Rendezvous with Rama (couldn’t get into the sequels).
Ah ACC, the first author whose a books I started to collect. RWR was frustratingly vague about the intentions of the builders of Rama.
Is it wrong that I want to see a bunch of these?
I want these PBPs!
That Jimmy Carter..what a guy:
While his effectiveness as a President can be debated at great lengths, he is clearly one of the finest human beings we’ve ever had as a President.
Agreed. I wonder: was he any less effective or bland than Gerald Ford?
Ryah, what are your people doing to me?
It’s not their first try to enter the US. I don’t think they resonate. Just like Dunkin Donuts have tried, and failed, to enter Canada.
Tim’s doughnuts are ok. I used to love their ice Capps, when I could have caffeine. The rest of their stuff is pretty meh in my opinion. Does that make me a bad Canadian?
They are making a big push in the UK, still haven’t been in the local one that used to be a Pizza Hut.
I think their coffee is pretty damn good, quite a bit like Dunkins.
I greatly enjoyed having a Timmy’s kiosk in the arena for Coyotes home games, but it only lasted a few seasons.
Another YouTube reaction channel covers “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” a few weeks after Lost in Vegas. I wonder if they track each other.
Roger is the brain, David is the heart, Mason is the muscle, but Rick is the soul, is the glue.
I never actually sit and watch these things in their entirety, but I dig seeing people love the music I love. I sometimes have it playing in another tab.
Awkward family photos:
George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord gets it’s first official music video (after 50 years):
I was happy to see the people that I recognized in that video. Unfortunately, even upon seeing the list of people that participated in order of appearance, I still don’t know 80% of the people involved.
Side note: I’ve been to the book store that they are wandering around in at the beginning of the “investigation”. Insanely cool place.
I haven’t watched yet, but I hope it’s a direct reenactment of the Chiffons “He’s so Fine.”
ElderDaughter’s favorite YouTube gamer jacksepticeye has also called this the best game of all time. His second favorite is Bloodborne.
Getting a booster shot when you’re team AstraZeneca is more complicated than you’d think
Not in the UK, was team AZ and got the Moderna booster.
They’re making us start from scratch. We’ll get our “first dose” on Saturday, then, in a few months get a second dose. In this case, we’ll be getting Pfizer.
Well looks it looks like I will be the winner this year of my DPSS gift being the last to arrive.
CP: Fighter — Sneaker Pimps
I’m liking the new album. 😀
Rogue One has already been out for 5 years?!
Yeah, but Metallica is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Cheers to 10 years of great music! (I kid! I kid the Metallicas)
These were our years:
So finally watched all 10 episodes of the live action remake.
Enjoyed it, pity they won’t be a season 2.
Cowboy Bepop that is.
Had you watched the original anime?
Nope, so not a Bladerunner situation for me.
Well, I’d strongly suggest you give it a try. It is one of the most beloved series out there.
Apparently, in the newest season of The Expanse, there are bonus short videos in the x-Ray section.
We haven’t started watching yet to test this out but it sounds cool
The second season of The Witcher has started streaming on Netflix. Goodness know when I actually get around to watching it with all the other to stuff I would like to watch.
Booked ticket to see the new Spider-Man flick this weekend.
I get to go to the dentist later this morning. Fun times
I know this was posted last year but it bears repeating
Welp, my teeth are now clean for Christmas.
CP: I’m Dead — Bam Bam
Started Gideon the Ninth. Halfway through, I paused to read:
The first Murderbot book. Every bit as great as ditto and Van have been saying.
Reread the first Matt Fraction Hawkeye graphic novel, which is a blast. (Only a few elements in common with the show)
“Attack on Titan” manga. #1 and #2
“The Sun Also Rises.” It’s fine. I don’t love Hemingway.
Now reading: “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” by John LeCarre.
What do you mean you didn’t ask??
I love the whole Murderbot series. It’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve read in years.
I also love Gideon and Harrow, but they are “work” especially Harrow.
AoT is good, once you get past the artwork. I enjoyed it overall, but I think the anime is better in many respects.
I also have to share this Tor article on Harrow:
It’s got spoilers but I love the lead-in:
“Gideon the Ninth waltzed up to the doors of reader expectation, planted plastic explosives around the frames while whistling a jaunty tune, and purposefully walked away in slow-motion, aviators glinting, and blew it all to hell.”
And Harrow did that tenfold, imo.
I don’t know if I’ll read Harrow. I’ll have to see how Gideon sits in my brain.
I wasn’t really enjoying the excess cheese while reading AoT vol 1, but then it ended the way it did, and I went, “Fuck, now I need to see what happens next.”
Kinda the same for AoT#2.
I expect to keep going until I run out of the free stuff on Comixology.
I will get back to the Murderbot books soon. Great stuff.
Can cats see optical
While the write up suggests he can, I don’t see it from watching the video. The cat seems fine laying across the “hole”
Crap joke for the day:
You are driving in a car at a constant speed.
On your left side is a ‘drop off’ , (The ground is 18-24 inches below the level you are travelling on), and on your right side is a fire engine travelling at the same speed as you …
In front of you is a galloping horse , which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it .
Behind you is a galloping zebra . Both the horse and zebra are also travelling at the same speed as you .
What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation ?
Get off the merry-go-round, you’re drunk!
Because I complain a lot, here is some positivity.
Here’s some potentially good news.
I would caution this is a single study and we don’t know what new mutations may come forward. But there might be an end to this madness in the not-so-distant future.
The new Spider-man flick was a lot of fun.
The cinema experience less so, but at least most people kept their masks on.
The young kid squealing out the names of the two guest stars when they came on screen even made this humbug smile.
Oh and two scenes after the end credits start rolling.
One slight flaw, the CGI for The Lizard is really really crap.
I have no idea when I’ll get out to see this movie.
I will let it come to me.
CW: Venom: Let there be Carnage
I was wondering why a lot of bit part actors were British, checked on Wikipedia and Lo and Behold it was mostly shot in the UK.
Well that was ok, but after the seeing new Spider-Man flick it was bit of a let down.
The Carnage move is actually quite terrible. I mean, good for a laugh, but not really a defensible movie in any way.
Booster side effects suck
Indeed they do ☹️
Speaking of which, I was/still am stunned that – as of last week 1 out of every 100 people in the US, over the age of 65 since Covid started … has died from Covid.
… but yes, let’s talk about what cookware the Vice President may have purchased.
The numbers are staggering. The lack of empathy… the denial of reality…. The irresponsibility from some – – also staggering.
Oh no. 🙁 Sorry Bunny. Feel better.
Loving the convenience of Stamps.com. Anything that saves me standing in line for the post office is a good thing. However, I’ve just hit a snag: the web form demands local phone numbers for international shipping.
Paging Bunny and Van: Could you please email or Facebook PM me a phone number I can use for each of your shipping labels? Thank you. You’ll get these care packages eventually, though probably not in time for Christmas. :/
Done, via FB.
Thank you! 🙂
That’s really sweet, Amy
I got this link from ditto on FB: the latest Hugo Award winners:
So have any of you played Wildermyth?
A game on Steam.
A reminder about Asimov:
He deserves credit for his innovations.
But he also needs to be remembered as a perverted creep.
CW: The French Dispatch
It’s Wes Anderson so weird is de rigueur.
Well that was all rather strange and beautiful looking.
I would like to see this.
Just finished the 2nd season of The Witcher. Very much enjoyed the ride and looking forward to more.
Looking forward to watching this. I just started The Expanse S6 tonight.
Back to grumpy links. Though I do hope this one is useful, even when not dealing with teens.
Some very direct, straight talk from the White House on Covid.
“For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.” – – it will change zero minds, but it’s satisfying to see.
I glanced at the comments section on the local ABCNews Facebook post following Dr. Fauci’s most recent statement. I can’t even crack a joke about the idiots. There were many calls for him to be jailed.
Holiday Morning Pan
Martin Scorsese is an underrated actor:
How the Enigma machine worked:
That is fascinating and well done.
Exciting Mars news – – but don’t call David Bowie just yet.
How the Enima machine worked:
Not like that!
Not gonna click it. Not gonna click it.
So after watch the first few episodes of Cobra Kai, I stopped watching for months and now I’ve restarted watching and really enjoying S1.
Loved S1. Bailed halfway through S2.
Your daily schadenfreude.
Stars at about 1:30
Apparently Quicksand released an album in August and didn’t tell me.
Yep. I was surprised too.
I’m thinking of telling my Boo I’m cancelling Christmas dinner again this year.
It’s usually just her and her partner over for Christmas. So gathering size is not the problem. The issue is, they go over to his mom’s house for Christmas eve dinner. It’s usually a big affair with several families (his two sisters, their spouses, children, as well as any extended family and friends his mother may invite). Do I really want the two of them over the day after that with unknown exposures?
I would say no, but then I don’t have to deal with the possible emotional fallout.
Agreed. That’s a lot of unknowns. There’s pretty much guaranteed to be some vax-challenged in that crowd.
Interesting bit of trivia, but the article stretches it a bit.
Just started Umbrella Academy. I have to say that I’ve been frustrated with the concept that you should give a series 3 episodes to decide if you like it or not. It’s created an “industry standard” IMHO in which TV series get to be very slow about grabbing your attention and hooking you on the show. I’m really, really glad to say that Umbrella Academy grabbed me right with the first episode. Fantastic setup, great characters, and action right in the first episode. Well done Umbrella Academy.
Side note: I had seen and really liked Robert Sheehan in Misfits. Was quite surprised that I really liked Klaus and went the whole episode without realizing it was Robert Sheehan. That guy’s got some talent.
Klaus is my favorite.
Doughnuts is the proper spelling, but it’s always donuts in my heart.
You’ll be spelling Color with a U next.
Would the Canadian contingent agree?
Derek Mah was just telling me some of the Hawkins lore. I love that they shut down production on weekends.
I do agree that they’re far more delicious than Cheetos. Thank you, Ryah, for bringing these into our lives.
I sent Hawkin’s Cheesies with my Secret Santa gift
Ha! The mentioned Corner Gas. I was talking about that in an earlier post.
And they were definitely better than Cheetos.
Worked out a compromise with my Boo. She’s coming over for dinner on New Year’s Day. That way, they have a week to figure out if they’re sick. I know, technically it’s up to ten days to see if you’ve got it but, *shrug*, it’s a compromise.
I’d never cast aspersions on anyone who’s doing their best. I’ll reserve judgment for those who are recklessly, carelessly, selfishly endangering everyone around them.
And FWIW, I’d probably make the same compromise in that situation.
Fascinating and absolutely nuts. What might have been.
HOLIDAY EATING TIPS
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly, it’s rare. You can not find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert, Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ” WOO HOO what a ride!”
Since it appears to have vanished, I watched the Hawkeye finale whilst having my tea and it was good, in fact the whole series was good.
The end sequence was amazing
Fun. Just stifle any “How could” and “Why did” questions.
Amy Bowen is pretty damn rad!
That is all.
Just checked the mail. There was a set of Fifth Element dice but nothing on the card said who it was from. While I want to guess Amy? I didn’t want to presume.
Thank you, whoever you are.
Just finished consuming the new Matrix: Resurrections film.
It’s everything the Star Wars sequels should have been. A believable and natural progression from the original trilogy that honors without getting mired in simply retelling the same old story. It also respects the original characters, heroes and villains alike.
Was it necessary? In light of how Revolutions ended, I would say it absolutely was.
So last night had a play of the The Matrix tech demo on the PS5. The action sequence is ok but the chance to explore the city by walking, flying or just driving is pretty impressive.
Good Christmas Eve eve day Deadpan
Did up the draft for the end of the year newsletter. God I hate writing newsletters. If I wanted to do a blog, I’d do a blog.
Free Harlan Ellison – I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream game for the next 48 hours. Comes with a soundtrack and a copy of the short story.
CW: Jungle Cruise
Rewatching and rather enjoying it a second time.
There’s a light snow falling and the trees are covered in frost. It’s actually kind of pretty outside
How to say you are a hypocrite without saying it:
Well, after that run, I’m hoping we get to see more of Hawkeye and Bishop in the future.
I do recommend the Matt Fraction Hawkeye comics. At least the first bunch of issues.
I’m a fan of Peter Dinklage, but this is a seriously tone-deaf take.
No, that’s not why we hated the final season.
CW: WOT season finale.
Looks like they spent 90% of the budget on the finale.
Weapons Of Tickling?
Whereabouts Of Traveling?
Werewolves Of Timetravel?
The Jewish guide to the Gregorian Calender:
Happy Christmas Adam Deadpan!
Eve wants a word with you!
It’s Christmas Eve, not Christmas Steve!
The Google page Santa tracker is either wrong, or Santa has a lot of explaining to do. He’s skipping a whole bunch of places.
JW: Encanto on Disney+
A rather charming animated film with forgettable songs.
Well worth a watch.
My Elder loved the Arcane series and has become infatuated with the soundtrack.
There are a couple of excellent songs on it. Check it out! She was even introduced to this hip new artist named Sting. Watch that guy, I think he’s going to have quite a career.
Well I’m getting up at 0515am tomorrow for a zoom chat so Happy Christmas Deadpan.
Enjoy! Sounds like an Xmas nap will be in order.
Been sick as a dog these past 2 days. It was bad enough that I went to the drive thru test line yesterday (negative).
Just gotta point out that I’m blessed to have Tiffany as my backup and partner. After working overnight, she let me sleep in today.
I still feel like shit. Gotta get unfunked for tomorrow.
Google’s Santa tracker and Norad’s show Santa in different places. Google says The Netherlands. Norad says Africa. They really should get their stories straight.
Some of you will remember my bass player friend, Lee. His long-time girlfriend is in the ICU. Just awful news.
Aww. *hugs* to you and your friend
So sorry man. 🙁
Sad you are under the weather as well.
Here is wishing it is all looking up from here for all concerned.
That sucks Jack, hope you feel better soon and fingers crossed for your friends girlfriend.
Thanks, everyone. I hate being sick, but especially on Xmas, when I need to put on A happy face.
Power has been out here for about 2 hours.
Sounds like the battery on my UPS is about to go now.
So long cable modem and wifi :/
I blame the 3 spirits who are coming to visit you tonight.
The fun part was around 3am when power came back on an everything that had been on CAME BACK ON!
A startling way to wake back up.
Expect a quiet day of gaming. Then, since it’s just the two of us, I’ll roast up a chicken breast as our dinner.
Merry Christmas Deadpan-y People! A gift for all They Might Be Giants Fans. They have some free downloads of live albums. https://bit.ly/3sBIFSX
Merry Christmas you old Deadpan!
What got stuck in rectums this year:
JW: The Matrix Resurrection
Enjoyed that. Jonathan Groff as you know who was fantastic.
CW: John Williams Live – Music from the Movies
JW himself, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic playing the music he wrote for films.
Last night, before we lost power, we watched “ Labyrinth“.
Might have to make that a new tradition.
We watched the new,Resident Evil movie tonight. I liked the original series of movies. I also liked this one. This one was actuacloser to the games (1 & 2) in feel
Another slice of history:
CW: Don’t Look Up on Netflix
Well that was an experience.
There’s a major character on The Expanse who is a serious drag on the show. Ep 3 of the current season teased killing them off and I was momentarily thrilled. Not as a rooting interest, but as a wish for the show to get back to its past greatness.
The Expanse is still great, btw. Wow, is there a LOT to wrap up in just 3 last episodes.
It’s -34C (-40 with the wind chill) right now. We’re going to do some grocery shopping in an hour. Do you think it will warm up much between now and then?
Goodbye to Edward O. Wilson:
The manga that teaches martial arts techniques:
CW: Swan Song on AppleTV+
You know it’s just bloody nice in this age of the sci-fi blockbusters to watch a low key sci-fi film where nobody is shot or blown up.
Oh and the first scene with it’s homage to a certain biographical story by Douglas Adams is the cherry on top.
Interesting walk through the movies of 20 years ago.
I haven’t seen or care to see a bunch of these, but the others made a major impact.
I saw Moulin Rouge by mistake as I went into the wrong theatre in a multiplex.
I adore Amelie, especially the music.
I’ve only seen seven of these.
And for the record, I liked Moulin Rouge.
Another quiet day.
Quiet days are the best. Been an bank holiday here cos Xmas and boxing were at the weekend.
Where is the James Webb Space telescope ?
Check it out in real time.
Crap joke for today:
A warning to all of you out and about , be careful about drink driving as we are getting close to new year. The Police are out there checking on people.
Last night a friend and I were out for a few drinks and a meal. One thing lead to another and we had a few too many beers and then went onto the wine, finishing with coffee and brandy. Not a good idea. Knowing we were over the limit, we decided to leave my car and took a bus home. Sure enough, we passed a police checkpoint, where they were pulling over drivers and performing breathalyser tests. Because we was on the bus they just waved it past. We arrived home safely and without incident, which was a real surprise as weve never driven a bus before and I am not even sure where we got it from. Now it’s parked outside my house and I don’t know what to do with it!
JW: Being the Ricardos on Prime
I knew going in there were inaccuracies and found out later that Arnaz was booted out of Cuba in the 30s due to a military take over and not Fidel and the communists.
Still, I enjoyed it.
Bit close to Lo Pan’s area:
It’s become par for the course and I pretty well hate it.
Holy shit but is Hit Monkey a fantastic show. It’s not MCU and that’s ok. Its great Marvel TV. A ton of fun. Jason Sudekus is terrific.
Your crap joke for the day:
I made a graph of all my past relationships.
It has an ex axis and a why axis.
Ending the year with your best material I see.
Goodbye to John Madden, who I first heard about when I played an American football game on the Sega Megadrive (Genesis):
Finally got out to see Spider-Man. Lots of fun. It’s the only movie of the current phase that I liked a lot. (Shang-Chi had its moments, but… meh.).
– We were basically the only people in the theater wearing masks. Omicron is going to be a bloodbath.
After the movie, it was hailing. Hailing! Literally.
So does anybody know this Lucy Rose that just popped up in the Deadpan Facebook page?
Stephen King hates fat people:
It’s an old-time lazy/easy shortcut for writers.
I would think/hope he’s evolved. All but one of the examples she cited are over 35 years old. *shrug*
*RE: It’s an old-time lazy/easy shortcut for writers.
Good writers shouldn’t do this. Especially in our more enlightened age.
Did anyone else read Warren Ellis’ webcomic FreakAngels? He started that back in 2008. It seems like there is an anime adaptation of it coming out now.
I thought Freak Angel was that Goth magician guy.
I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed by Matrix Resurrections. Maybe I was hoping for to much? I loved the meta commentary and tie-ins to the previous movie, but once you strip that out and focus on the story, it was a little weak. Still, I’m glad it was made by LW and not WB, and I really hope to see more of Bugs in the future.
Bugs was the most interesting character. I didn’t realize at first that she’s Colleen from Iron Fist!
I definitely like this movie, but it suffers a bit from the same issues as the new SW movies. Oh, you liked this character in the originals? Check out this new version of them! I need to see it again, but I still rate Matrix 2 as better.
1 – 2 – 4 – 3
I’d be more 1-3-4-2 but I agree with your comments.
Glad it wasn’t just me. It was a hole lot of OK as far as movies go. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great.
Bookmarking to read later.
My WiFi network has been slow for days, so spent an hour switching stuff off/on and turns out one of the mesh nodes needed to be rebooted.
Then discovered wpa3 had been switched off, switching it back on improved WiFi speeds about 10%..what the fuck is that about?
The Man from 1997:
James Garners performance in this sci-fi drama from the 50s lead to him getting the role of Maverick.
This is pretty damn exciting – due the launch going pretty much perfectly, the Webb telescope is expected to last a good bit longer than the 10 year plan due to not having to burn much of it’s on board fule supply for course corrections:
The early deployment of the solar array was also a bonus. I was a bit shocked when seeing it go open shortly after detaching from the upper rocket stage…as it was not supposed to happen for a couple more minutes. Turns out the deployment was automatic once the telescope reached the correct altitude, which it did a few minutes earlier than estimated.
I’m a fan.
I’ve been tracking this too. Seriously exciting stuff. Most of humanity’s best news these days is happening in space.
Book of Boba ep1 – good not great. But I’ll take it and i enjoyed it. I should also stop expecting great every time. That’s on me.
Unless it’s Matrix 4…. that’s on y’all. Cough.
Yeah, plus it’s good he’s not perfect in the role of a crime lord.
I had tix to MST3K Live at a local theater, so I will catch Boba Fett tonight.
I don’t think anyone is saying Matrix 4 is great? To me, it was just a fun little revisit to a beloved playground.
I chose not to get tix for MST3K for various reasons. Looked fun tho.
it was much fun. Judging by this one performance, I definitely prefer Emily to Jonah.
As for Boba Fett? That first episode episode was bantha poodoo.
My tickets for MST3K live are at the end of January. Got a hell of a deal on the VIP package.
Another quiet holiday morning
You say that as if it was a bad thing..;
Absolutely not! I love quiet. I can read, play video games, relax in front of the fire place. Give me quiet any time.
JW: Ron’s Gone Wrong
Well that was fun.
Alas poor BlackBerry I knew you not well:
Pretty bad fires near Boulder, Colorado, Louisville being evacuated.
Sadly about to get worse once the first subdivision goes up.
Our daughter is being evacuated from her apt so we’re a bit tense. No immediate danger but dammit child! Just get here already!
We are hoping that your family is safe, as well as Kris and Bernie.
All the best to you and your family, Lo Pan. And everyone in your area. Fuck.
Thank you all. All fam members are safe at home. The fires are out now with the help of a heavy snowfall today. Which, honestly, the fact the snow came today is a slap in the face to the 1000 families that lost homes yesterday.
Oh Lo. All the best for you guys out there.
A bit of good news:
This is incredible:
Have you posted this before? Clicked on the link and it was right at the end of the video.
That was beautiful
I’d never seen it before. Maybe you had?
Or maybe Youtube has gotten more specific about its links? *shrug*
The swing band version of the portal 2 song:
That was fun
It appears Betty White has died just as the year was ending.
Wow. Just yesterday the news was just all about her upcoming birthday.
Just saw that. Had to check several sites to make sure it wasn’t a hoax. Wow!
Sad news. I think we were all rooting for her to make 100.
Still – enjoying life and keeping your wits into your late 90s? It doesn’t get much better than that. Hats off to her.
Past midnight so Happy New Year Deadpan!
Happy New Year Van!
Happy New Year Deadpan!
Merry New Year sir. Since you’re in the future, can you tell yet if 2022 sucks as much as 2021?
The Piña Colada says no..hic!
I love sauced future Van…..
About a young lad growing up when the troubles hit Northern Ireland, impressive.
Happy New Year, Deadpan!
Always been a fan of Rally-X from the arcades, catchy tune, and spent a pleasant hour playing a 2018 version written for the ZX Spectrum (via emulation).
Any, here’s the tune I still hum from time to time:
Happy New Years, Dead Pan!!!!
CW: Fight Club
Haven’t seen this since it’s theatrical release back in 1999.
Its a good one. Can I also recommend the Fight Club 2 graphic novel
1930s footage from Los Angeles get color restorations an is upgraded to 60 fps.
1. Odd that this makes the first set of footage look like something shot in the 60s at first glance
2. I remember when colorizing black and white footage was considered a crime against humanity (although that was for beloved movies rather than random shots like this and we’re doing it for different reasons).
3. The footage starting at about 0:58 somehow looks like video rather than film.
4. Even in the 1930s LA was too damn crowded
2. Agreed. Remember how terrible the first colorized movies looked? I imagine it could be done properly now, but I don’t think the change would ever feel right.
So the new word game craze is Wordle:
Oh and if you want to play more than once a day:
CW: Werewolves Within
Horror comedy on Netflix
That was pretty cool, well worth a watch.
I really don’t get the hate for Boba Fett ep 1. Just fucking enjoy life for a second.
Cause it was a thousand times better than the awful and should have been aborted Matrix 4.
Speaking of Matrix 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHCsz78GfYg
I liked both, go figure.
And look, I’m glad some people liked that first Boba Fett episode. I want Star Wars to succeed – – it’s still sacred to me. I thought this ep was awful in just about every way.
I do have faith that they’ll right the ship, though. If nothing else. Ming-Na Wen can save it.
I wasn’t blown away by Boba Fett ep 1. But neither do I understand the hate. It was about what I expect so far. Only thing I wasn’t crazy about is trying to make Boba Fett too respectable. He is a bounty hunter and didn’t really seem to have the kind of ethics they seem to want him to have for this series when I’ve seen him in the other movies.
Yeah, I don’t get it either. It’s ep 1. I liked it. Yes, it was a bunch of backstory, but I’m hoping it will setup how the rest of the story plays out. Because you have to admit, the current Boba is different from the Boba we saw in the original trilogy.
If I had to rank the cool stuff that came out in December I would rank Spidey as first, Matrix as second, and Boba Fett as 3rd. I enjoyed all three, although the acting on the part of Boba Fett could be better, I’m confident the series will improve.
Tolkien would have been 130 today:
Finished watching S2 of The Witcher. I found some of the plot confusing and there were a few times I just enjoyed the spectacle as I lost track of the plot.
Still, it was enjoyable and hopefully there will be a S3.
Great to still be relevant at eleventy-one plus nineteen.
Last day of holidays before going back to work tomorrow
I’d really like to read this one. Rudy Rucker is a bona fide genius.
You know you’re Canadian when…
It’s minus a bajillion degrees, and you decide to go out because you want a slurpee
I slept on this band, but good gosh they’re excellent. They released 2 albums in 2021, and both would have made my Top 25 list:
Outer space grooves galore.
Definite “not uplifting” mood though.
My boss wanted to show off his new car, so he took me out to lunch. It’s one thing to say that a Tesla Model S Plaid will do 0 to 100 MPH in 4 secs. It is another to experience it. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a car that can make you lose consciousness through acceleration.
Did he remind you that if you work really hard he can afford another car :-p
Was this the Tesla launched into space??
No, but it felt like it had some Space X technology in it.
Just when you think old tech is dead..they add Bluetooth:
I have stuff that only ever existed on cassette. I got a cassette deck with USB to digitize and the very first thing I hooked into it (a bootleg tape that I made of a free Frank Zappa concert in Madrid in 1987) was almost immediately eaten. Fortunately I was able to get some cassette repair stuff and only lost a few seconds of total tape.
I love the concept of playing my old cassettes on Bluetooth speakers, but let’s not forget that cassette’s have a shelf life and can only be played so many times. I would make cassette copies and only play the copies on a regular basis. Then again, finding blank cassettes is it’s own issue.
Possibly the first SF convention..or at least in the UK:
I like how they went all in on the “old timey” COSPLAY.
Dani Cutler’s Top 10 albums of 2021. Definitely a more Pop-Alternative-Indie style; I’ll be checking a few of these out.
Actually at my desk working. What’s that about?
Out in the brrr
Why? Because the silly cat thinks it’s a good idea if she gets fed every day.
Did she want a slurpee?
JW: The Nest (Netflix)
A Carrie Coon film that was disappointing..I’m in shock.
Is anyone reading any of the “High Republic” series? I read the first book, but I’m not sure if it is worth reading more.
I follow a couple of the writers on twitter and it seems popular as far as I can tell.
Yeah, I’m more interested in a first-hand reaction, but thanks.
So basically this cream I got from the doctor is chemo for the sun damage on my head. So it nukes the fast growing cells and it’s going to leave inflamed oozing skin.
I came here to post a terrifying story about the aftermath of the 2024 US election, but my clipboard seems to have dropped the link. Probably for the best. I think we all have enough dread in our lives.
Instead, I’ll post a cool photo gallery of 1970s Tokyo:
I’ve not checked any of those out yet. I still need to get caught up on the most recent set of Thrawn novels.
I did finish the Deadwood series. And holy crapola, what a downer of an ending. I don’t have high hopes for the movie, but I at least hope there’ll be some accountability and some tying up of loose ends.
Overall, it was a good journey. The show had amazing dialogue, some great characters, and great little Godfather-esque intrigues. It had its issues too, for sure, but maybe some of those could have been fixed in future seasons.
Trailer for the final season of the Peaky fookin Blinders
A fleeting moment of fun:
Google the word “askew”
Got a Christmas card in the mail today from EssBee and SlyB. I always like their handmade cards.
Matrix 4 and trauma:
CP: Driving to Texas — Tom Morello feat. Phantogram
Well that was much much better. Although the lizard stuff was wacko.
When is lizard stuff not wacko?
Boom na da mmm dum na ema
Da boom na da mmm dum na ema
So on a recommendation, I watched Space Pirate: Captain Harlock – – a CGI Sci-Fi anime movie.
Deeply silly in many places, but some truly amazing visuals. The space combat scenes are pretty great. And ridiculous.
Hilariously, the buxom space babe – – 1 of 3 female characters in the whole thing – – just randomly takes a zero-g shower at one point. They don’t even attempt to justify the scene; it has no purpose at all.
“They don’t even attempt to justify the scene; it has no purpose at all.”
Oh, I believe it had a “special purpose”.
Yesterday a friend of mine, while taking down decorations, fell off a ladder and knew he had broken his leg. His wife rushed him to the emergency room where he waited for 6 HOURS before they took an xray and pronounced that it “was a doozy”. Broken 2 places below the knee. He then had to wait 2 HOURS before they could find a bed for him so a Doc could see him. This info came from his wife, to mine, to me so the timeline becomes muddled at this point but eventually, after the Doctor looked at it, they declared he needed “emergency’ surgery.
He had to wait in their facility for more than 8 hours with something that needed EMERGENCY surgery.
By the time they declared this, they decided he needed to be moved across town to their other Hospital to get to him quicker. It was the middle of the night and they had to wake the orthopedic team and get them in. At 8:00 this morning he was finally in pre-op where he still waits 3 hours later. His last pain medication was at 4am and has long ago stopped working.
This is what US emergency medicine has fallen to at this point. They day before both Hospitals had declared they were canceling ALL elective and outpatient surgeries because they were over run.
This is in a metropolitan area with top notch hospitals. He is a white male with ALL the insurance so if there is ANY advantages to be had, he would supposedly have them. I can’t imagine how bad it must be for those with no insurance.
I feel like the same people who have fought to keep us from getting socialized medicine (because they said that this is how it would be) are the same people who have fought all of the Covid mitigation efforts. They have given us THEIR worst “socialized medicine” nightmares without giving us any of the Universal access to Healthcare.
Regardless – I advise hunkering down. Do not put yourself in any position to get hurt if you can do so. There are no such things as “Minor medical emergencies” right now.
What a nightmare.
Terrifying. Our medical system was always slow and dangerously ineffective, but now that there’s a major medical event, it’s become entirely crippled.
Medical care shouldn’t be “for profit.”
In other news –
This from POTUS national broadcast a little while ago:
“Here’s the truth. The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” President Biden says.
“Because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution. He can’t accept he lost.”
Tough words are just words, Joe. Let’s see some significant sentences for these traitors. Let’s see trump and the other ringleaders in jail.
The Joe I was referring to was Biden, not JustaJoe. 🙂
Given what I’ve seen of your political system, I’m not sure how much power Biden even has to enact your wishes, Jack.
Yes, you’re right. Maybe JustaJoe has that kind of influence?
It’s amazing that these people are not only still free, but holding government positions and talking openly about running in 2024.
Gratuitously speaking, it felt good to here him say that. I think most bullies are bullies because no one who COULD have stood up to them ever did.
More practically speaking, that speach was undoubtably written and re-written and closely scrutinized and vetted by lawyers and policy wonks. I am thinking that he wouldn’t have been allowed to call out TFG like that unless THEY know something that we don’t.
I gotta hope.
I went out to check the mail. The cat was standing behind me when I opened the door to go outside. A blast of cold air hit her face and she gave me a look like i had done the most offensive thing in in the world
Similar thing here.
It was hovering around freezing with a steady rain/sleet coming down but cat was being a pain in the neck wanting go out. So I open the door to let her out and she ran past me like she had pulled something over on me … only to come to a screeching stop just outside the door and turn and scowl at me as if to say “What have you done to the outdoors, evil human!”
Neat idea. What could go wrong?
Goodbye to Peter Bogdanovich:
BTW – my friend got his surgery. Has stabilizers screwed into place.
Apparently he made the right initial choice of hospitals. The doc that saw him at 8 hours had seen his case on the list and for some reason, bumped him up the list. Would have been another 2 hours had he not done so.
Had he started with the Hospital they transported him to for surgery… the wait time in the ER started at 20 hours.
No update on the Christmas decorations he was taking down.
My ex cracked her toe back in 2004-2005 and was at the ER for 12 hours. It’s not like we’ve ever been good at this.
The main takeaway, I’m glad your friend got some kind of small mercy, and got that surgery done. At this point, it would seem a signal to just keep the Christmas lights up all year.
“What is the end result?” Lee asks. “When does the constant agonizing stop? At what point do we reach satisfaction in life and think ‘fuck yeah, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved and how far I’ve come’?”
Draft newsletter done.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled spreadsheets.
Sidney Poitier passed away
I didn’t realize he was still with us :-/ Good for him making it to 94.
Seriously, what an icon. Bravo to him.
I did another thing. This song is probably possibly a bit too far off the beaten path, but – whatevs.
You know, this is the third time, in the last 24 hours, I’ve seen/heard someone use “whatevs”.
Did I miss something? When did it become so popular?
It’s very fetch.
The sort of thing discussed over some za ?
I just figured I’d yeet out some whatevs.
Adding eyes to peppers. Both fun and disturbing.
CP: Paranoia — The Barstool Prophets
When I moved to the US, this was playing on the radio. I perhaps didn’t take it for the sign it should have been. 😉
“The government is putting poison in my coffee
So they can hunt me; mount my head up like a trophy”
Very well done Google Doodle on Stephen Hawking today!
CP: Sound and Vision – Franz Ferdinand
CW: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Wired weighs in on “which N95 mask” recommendations
Have we forgotten how to read critically:
I just finished watching “Hawkeye”. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well, except for the sole post credits sequence, which I hated.
Amusing at first. . . but then. . . oh god please make it end.
I greatly enjoyed the series – – a lot – – but I also really disliked the unexplained inconsistencies in the big bad. It could have worked just as well – – better – – without that.
I adored every single bit of the post creds. Mainly because it pissed so many people off.
There’s no inconsistencies in the big bad one bit. Worked extremely well.
I have questions about the watch that were left unanswered. That bothered me.
All in all probably the most consistent Marvel show outside Loki. More please.
1. Well OK then!
2. Absolutely some unexplained changes.
3. I assume we’ll get those answers.
4. Agreed. This was the most easily enjoyable of the Marvel shows.
Dr Rochelle Walensky @CDCDirector said on @GMA “the overwhelming number of death [sic] over 75% occurred in people who had at least 4 comorbidities, so really these are people who were unwell to begin with, and yes really encouraging news…”
I don’t use the c word very often but what a cunt Dr Walensky is for spouting that eugenic crap.
I have not specifically fact checked the following post, but have checked some of these details before and it is in line with what I had found. Also, not mentioned below – Obiesity is a comorbidity and a high percentage of Americans don’t even realize that it would show up on THEIR death certificate.
“If you have diabetes (32M US adults) and get diagnosed with depression (40M US adults), then depression is a comorbidity. Other comorbidities: high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, cancer, stroke, asthma, autism.
Also, covid literally causes comorbidities.“
Welp, finished Deadwood. Never thought I’d type these words.
The movie was. . . good. . . . but way too open-ended with most of the characters. And it also didn’t really alleviate the queasiness from the f***ed-up season 3 finale.
The movie was patronizing barf.
Again we disagree! It’s a wrap-up thing. . . I just wish it actually wrapped things up.
You are!!!! Cough I’m tired
The movement of tectonic played over time:
Guess I will be renewing my Disney+ Subscription:
Narrator: he was going to do that anyway.
So Tiffany had a bunch of accounts hacked. Good times.
I was a bit late to the party, but finally binged and finished “Only Murders in the Building” on Hulu.
Sublime is the word I have for it. Definite recommend and looking forward to season 2.
Probably the best show of 2021. Steve Martin is my hero.
Early reports are that Bob Saget has passed…. wtf
Only 65. As I recall, his joke in The Aristocrats went way, way, way further than anyone else’s.
IT is.. it’s art. Gross, offensive, brilliant art.
For all of the video gamers.
I’ve played about half of them. Like all lists, your mileage may vary. My favourite game(s) aren’t on this at all.
Restarted playing portal 2, still a great game.
It’s a pretty okay list. I didn’t see Horizon Zero Dawn, which is a hell of an omission.
I’d like to know how they figured out that list and the ordering. Some interesting omissions and the ranking is complete shit imo.
KOTOR at only #46 is a crime against humanity.
The neglect of TIE Fighter altogether is unforgivable….actually, it seems that flight/space combat sims were completely snubbed. Really, not even a Wing Commander? shameful.
Jack, that list is crap and I award 5 dark side points to House Slytherin on your behalf.
So, I got sidetracked watching other stuff, and TOS was dropped from Netflix. I’m not paying for goddamn Paramount+, and their free trial is only 7 days.
I’d paused after Journey to Babel in S2.
Bummer, but it’s 2022. I can find other things to watch.
You really should have been watching DS9 anyway. Star Trek peaked with that show.
It’s a beautiful 2C today.
Off to the city this morning.
Repairing a leaking toilet … day 2
Analysis for you homeowners.
I seems that when we had a tile floor out in a few years back, the contractor failed to make allowance for the fact that the mounting flange (which was screwed to the sub floor) was now significantly below floor level. The resulting gap meant that the new wax ring gasket was not compressed by the toilet and did not make a seal.
I hate plumbing.
Narrator: He really did.
Yuck. You have my sympathy Joe.
I’ve had 2 incidents now that have convinced me not to engage in plumbing. The first was when I tried to replace an outdoor faucet, wrecked the PVC pipe inside the concrete wall, had to make a trip to the store to buy new PVC pipe supplies, create a much larger hole in the concrete and re-build the pipe inside. All while hoping I could get it done before the sun set to avoid having the water shut off to the house all night long.
The second was trying to fix a leaking tub faucet. Internet made it look super easy and only need to replace a washer, then found out that the type of fixture I have doesn’t work that way at all. Not I had to run to the store (I have a good friend that likes to say that something isn’t a real project unless you have to run to the store and somebody bleeds) to buy an expensive piece of fixture. Then I and 3 separate friends (all of the friends had experience with plumbing) all could not manage to get the old fixture out. Had to call in a friend of a friend professional who came in and literally hacked the old piece out bit by bit by bit because it had stuck in there with sediment. What should have been a washer cost upwards of $150. Next time I’ll just let it leak.
I soooooo feal your pain.
My extentsive experience with plumbing consists of replacing all five toilets in my house. There was a class action lawsuit over the tanks cracking and generating extensive water damage. Thankfully, none of mine ever cracked, but they were all included in the models and manufacturing dates covered.
I’m still amazed that I got reimbursed for all five of them. Replacing the first one took me most of an afternoon while I kept rereading directions and looking at Youtube videos. I think I got the last one swapped in about 30 minutes.
Otherwise, I leave plumbing to the plumbers…
Possibly the best hting about renting. You can always “call the guy.”
I do wish I had “the guy”.
In my late 20’s my best friend bought a house (he was single with an engineer’s salary) and when he decided to move across town, he rented the house instead of selling it.
He always went on about how great the extra income was but he was seldom available for FUN because now he was “the guy” for TWO properties!
In today’s mail I got Christmas cards from both the Mangan’s and Amy. Don’t you just love the Canadian postal service?
I generally dislike musicals, but I really enjoy the Moana soundtrack.
It’s so Shiny!
Even the Rock’s singing ain’t bad.
That’s a joke you could tell your mother!
I can recall at least two times in my life in which there were research studies done on trying to break the recomended 8 hour sleep into smaller, spread out chunks.
In all cases it ended in failure. In one of them I can recall that initially the participants discovered they were much more productive. After some days of this though they lost the ability to concentrate and focous.
Now I’m picturing the Kramer micro sleep episode of Seidfeld.
How TF is The Expanse going to wrap all of that up in one last episode??
Badly I suspect.
A number of sources are claiming there will be another season. I guess we’ll see.
I’ve heard talk about future movies. I’ve not read this far into the book series, but there’s apparently a decent time jump after this, which gave Amazon a natural stopping point.
But, yeah, unless it’s 3 hours long, I don’t see how it isn’t anything but rushed.
Perhaps the plan on doing a movie to fix it ?
CW: The Tender Bar
There’s a scene in the film, set in the 80s, where they go ten pin bowling. So far so normal. However the bowling balls are the tiny (like crown green bowling balls size) and the pins are just vertical columns.
So was this ever a thing in the USA???
Maybe you weren’t seeing it in it’s original aspect ratio?
Anyway the film was good and it’s on Amazon Prime.
CP: The Guns of Brixton — The Clash
I’m trying hard to remain ignorant of what “Wordle” is. I wonder how long I can keep my ignorance alive.
I love me some word games, so I assume I need to try this.
It’s not bad, just some simple word fun. It reminds me a lot of a game I used to play as a kid.
Some people are comparing it to the old Mastermind game:
Yep. That’s exactly the game I was thinking of.
For those wondering when Kerry King from Slayer and Lionel Ritchie would work on a project together.
You know what …
I say, Why Not!
The library comes through once again! I’ve borrowed the complete Star Trek TOS: season 2 on DVD.
I’d actually left off at The Deadly Years, which is the one where everyone ages rapidly.
And is one of the worst episodes of the original series. Jeebus.
Never again…ever… give up on a show after the first dew episodes. The first two yeae of TNG were drek.
I want to say something pithy but it’s just not working today.
Above and beyond my general distaste for remakes, I think remaking Hitchcock films is an extra slap in the face. Going to see a Hitchcock film was often more about enjoyment of his directing style than it was about the plot or the actors involved. So to remake a Hitchcock film is more than just bringing an old story to a younger audience. It’s directly saying that the modern director is a better director than Hitchcock. And I would doubt that.
Has any Hitchcock remake ever improved on the original? I can’t think of any.
It seems like Tarantino was tempted to try in his Four Rooms short, but instead went for full homage.
“The Man Who Knew Too Much”? 😉
CP: Video Verite — Blue Peter
New Alex Lifeson song. The breathy female vocals definitely took me by surprise.
Really, this is closer to Bjork or God Lives Underwater than Rush. I dig it.
I like it. It also reminds me a bit of How to Destroy Angels
The slow monotony of the guitar in that particular song seems like quite a waste of Alex Lifeson’s skills. I hope he lets loose somewhere else on that album.
Trying not to doze off.
Actually, once a major plot point revealed it gets better.
Omg stop it. You enjoy some of the most boring films known to man
The Periodic Table in the real world.
Goodbye to Ronnie Spector:
Paywall on the NYT article.
Was gonna say… utter icon.
Matt Mango’s new album is available on Apple music, if you want to deny him his $.00.000000000000000000000000000000000000001 payment for a play on Spotify.
Remember before Christmas I was grumping because a friend dropped a trilogy on my to format? I guess I must have made him feel guilty. I received a $50 gift card in the mail from him today.
Hubby got a chip in his windshield yesterday. Today we are trading cars so I can take his in to get it repaired. The roads better treat my car nicer.
Every windshield here is chipped. I’ve been through a couple. If it’s not going to spread, then you just let it go.
This one will spread. I’d rather repair the chip then replace the windshield.
Because hubby commutes to the city for work, driving on the highway leads to a lot of chips. We usually need to replace his windshield every couple of years.
Imagine paying upwards of $1699 for a concert festival ticket, and then being unable to go or to get a refund.
Gore Vidal and Orson Welles play Warhammer:
H.G. Wells playing Star Wars Miniatures
I wish this was non-fiction.
Yes. Colour me intrigued.
The preview had a very “Edward Scissorhands” meets “Brazil” feel to it.
CW: Gorky Park
Still a damn fine film.
I remember liking that when I saw it ages ago.
I believe I watched this on HBO sometime in the mid-eighties. Can remember much about it. Probably too young to appreciate the intrigue.
-Can + Can’t
Well, as much as I worship Favreau and Filoni, we’re really struggling to dig “The Book of Boba Fett” in our little corner of the world.
Watched the 3rd episode today…still waiting for….something.
I’m all for the slow burn, but this thing hasn’t even found a spark yet.
Nah. Its a fantastic look into the world of Star Wars.
Yeah, that’s our feeling too. I haven’t seen ep 3 yet, but we loved the exploration of Tusken culture. The end of ep 2 was fantastic.
I like it so far, not as much as Mandalorian. I haven’t watched EP3 yet, but I’m heartened at the appearance of Black Chrysanthemen.
Happy Birthday Jack.
Or you will have a birthday.
OH HE SURE WILL!
Animated of London being reconstructed in 17th Century:
Have a great birthday Jack!
Happy birthday Jack!
Have a great Birthday Jack!!
Happy Birthday Jack! Try not to eat too many Pofflewacks and Tweedles.
CP: Halo: Opening Suite — Martin O’Donnell & Michael Salvatori
You know, looking at the picture I posted with Jack’s birthday greetings on Facebook…makes me realize that was the last gathering.
What do we think about a Mmmeetup in 2022?
I’m up for a virtual meetup, but still have my doubts that a physical one is in the cards
Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone. It was a lovely day.
We happen to be in San Diego this weekend, staying at a lovely beachfront Vrba house, primarily paid for by my aunt (long story).
We have been avoiding the unwashed masses, just enjoying the beach.
We will meet up with a small number of people while here, hopefully including my aunt, but always outdoors with social distancing.
As for a 2022 Mmmmmmeetup, I’d love to shoot for something, but I think it’s too soon to know.
Stay safe in California:
The waves aren’t expected to be high: a couple of feet at most.
Here’s video of the underwater volcanic explosion caught on satellite. It’s very cool.
Link my friend?
It was not a thing at all here, but I’ll be honest – – the waves were a bit freaky to watch. They weren’t especially high, just more persistent than anything I’d ever seen in person.
We’ve been playing with friends on Board Game Arena since we can’t do it live. Today we’ll be playing Gaia Project. We have this in physical form and quite enjoy it.
JW: The Tragedy of Macbeth
It looks sparsely beautiful, well acted, but the almost impenetrable dialogue leaves me cold.
Is it the original Shakespeare play and dialogue?
So watched the first three episodes of Peacemaker, not too bad at all.
CW: Black Mirror – San Junipero
..and just like that I know now know where I first saw that actress from Loki.
Actually that episode rocked! Didn’t think that after watching it the first time.
Just watched the end of The Clone Wars. Wow. That was awesome.
Like the final season end of Clone Wars? Yes, it most definitely was awesome!
That show really grew into itself.
Hands down, some of the best Star Wars I’ve ever seen or read. I can forgive some of the bad episodes–ahem… Jar Jar–when parts of the series, especially the last 4 episodes, are so great.
Finally saw Eternals on the weekend. Maybe it was because I listened to the reviews and had low expectations to begin with, but we enjoyed it
CP: Joy Division Ovengloves – Half Man Half Biscuit
I’ve been reading an old book from the late 80s that I got as part of an association with the Canadian space program. It’s called “Soviet Cosmonautics: Questions and Answers”. It’s pretty interesting reading.
JW: Episode 3 of the Station Eleven adaption.
I’m slightly biased because I just love watching Cameron Mackenzie in anything but this series is really good, if you have HBO Max give it a go.
I’m trying to figure out how I got to this age w/o having previously read any Lois McMaster Bujold.
I think I’m on book 7 now of the Vorkosigan Saga. Most of the audiobooks are included on Audible w/o having to spend credits.
Simply fantastic story telling.
I’ve read all of her vorkosigan books and liked them all
Hmmm. I’ve also never read her. Added to my list.
I like the characters but some of the freely available ones on audible have left me with a meh!
Also the setup for who Miles actually marries is a long game I utterly despise…so many more interesting characters are left by the wayside.
I literally just started listening to Falling Free on Audible today.
I’ve been reading this series since it was first serialized in Analog back in the 80s. I love it. I’m a bit behind, but it is one of my favorite series.
It would seem that Joss Whedon consulted with JK Rowling about doubling down and going on the attack when you should just lay low and be quiet.
And if you do happen to have HBO Max… give the television equivalent of a brain hemorrhage that is Peacemaker a go. Jesus Lord does it trip all the right triggers
It’s a good.
Do we dare hope? Will a Disney show go as dark as a proper Moon Knight story needs to be?
I guess we’ll find out. Do you think Disney will ever release Marvel properties on Hulu in the future? That would be the proper place for their more violent heroes.
they have the Alien movies on D+. I don’t think violence is an issue anymore
I can’t remember which one it was (maybe 3) that I tried watching with my daughter when she was really getting into horror movies but we were trying to keep the sex scenes out. The Alien movies were fine, but this particular one made us both uncomfortable to watch together because nearly every other word across the whole movie was a curse word. Surprised that’s making it onto D+.
Dodgy English accent incoming:
Putting the boot in, ho ho ho:
CP: Inversion — Quicksand
While I disagree, it’s still funny
Now they need to follow up by asking guys what it’s like to sleep with a lesbian.
Another book list!
Hmmm. Interesting list. There are a lot of good books on there, I won’t quibble with that. Even Scalzi might argue about considering him as hard SF. Personally, Vernor Vinge should appear in that section. But yeah, as a starting point, that list is good.
Goodbye to Yvette Mimieux:
That means only Joseph Bottoms is the only survivor of the main cast of The Black Hole.
Anyway, if you wanted to watch the actress in an early role there is Death Takes a Holiday from 1971 on YouTube:
Was gonna say – – I only really recall her as the psychic from The Black Hole.
MoonKnight getting off to a tragic start:
Yeah I heard this.
Rainbow Bridge appointment tomorrow for our cat Beckham.
Ah bloody hell, that sucks Jack, condolences 🙁
I’m sorry Jack. It’s hard losing a furry friend, especially a long-term one.
So sorry Jack.
Family is family no mater the species.
Oh Jack. *hugs*
Thanks. Beckham had been with Tiffany for a few years when I met her, so it’s going to be especially tough on her.
And also especially tough on our littlest one. He’s her favorite of the animals.
Our condolences, Jack & Tiffany. That’s always difficult.
The latest episode of Boba Fett was really good.
Picard S2 will be on Amazon Prime in the UK..woot!
If you told me I either had to watch one more episode of Picard, or have my skull kicked in… it would be a most difficult choice…..
Good! Means we will have less bullshit from you when the season starts.
No cause now Im gonna watch and complain just to piss you right off!!
I’m putting my boots on then.
May I call you ‘Puss’?
If you like slow-burn creepy horror, you might like “Archive 81” on Netflix. Teresa and I have been enjoying it.
First episode was intriguing.
Mangan TV recap from the past few weeks:
We liked Boba Fett eps 2 and 3 (I liked them more than Tiffany). Completely washed away the yuck of the first one. Not surprising. I’m not sure when we’ll get around to ep 4.
The Expanse finale was a bit disappointing. Unsurprising. Overall, still a great show. I do think the Amazon seasons were inferior to the ScyFy seasons.
Approaching the end of Ted Lasso s1. Really good show – – it definitely lives up to the hype. Surprisingly.
ST: TOS: Wolf in the Fold is an extremely silly episode. I remember it being a clever plot twist, but now the whole thing is just cringe. At least the tribbles are up next.
We’ll try to watch Eternals one of these nights.
Wolf in the Fold is one I have fond memories of. I don’t think I’ve rewatched it since I was 12. Maybe I shouldn’t.
We’ve only started watching the new season of The Expanse. One thing I noticed, why are all the tattoos only black? Do they run out of colour ink in the future?
Really enjoyed them all but boy, all the walking gives the Lord of the Rings films envy…
This… was supposed to go under Jack’s
Who was walking?
Are you talking to me?
Walk on home boy.
Somewhere in my brain is a newsletter trying to get out.
Big hugs for Tiffany today.
Tom Baker turned 88 today. Good time traveling number!
Meatloaf has died:
Well, everybody seems to be just dropping lately
Not today Satan!
His name is Robert Paulson.
Yeah, but Louie Anderson was added to the list
His death is sad, and I feel for him and his family, but none of this changes the fact that he as was an Antivax conspiracy crank.
TMZ is reporting that he died of COVID – – but I’ll wait for a real news source to confirm before I believe anything from TMZ.
You know I liked him in Fight Club, not so much his music career or his politics.
Well he was a man of his word:
Here is an example where he had underlying conditions that a certain section of the populace will use as a defense that COVID didn’t kill him. Well…. if I have asthma and get hit by a bus… no one is gonna say the asthma killed me. The whole “underlying conditions” argument is sickening.
A guy on twitter has done a wordle clone for prime numbers:
Knives Out 2 coming to Netflix:
When you have no time for the mainstream:
Colour me unsurprised:
Sometimes you root for the rise of the machines.
More often than not
Seems like this might be a great opportunity to get these folks some help.
Maybe they could program in some basic “counselor 101” stuff.
Unlike a real person … they can’t actually bully an AI because an AI doesn’t feel fear.
CP: In The Hall Of The Mountain King — The Offspring
On one hand, it’s better to abuse toasters than real human beings. On the other, what possesses these dudes to engage in such behavior?
I caught Ripley, Hudson, Hicks, and Vasquez. Nice little Easter egg in the Expanse series finale.
Thank you all so so much for the sweet love to me and da fam, regarding Beckham. He was a cool cat. Almost 14 years old. Im glad he isnt sick anymore. It was really hard taking him away from the youngest, after she said her goodbyes. She handled it much better than I did.
Run free and play some soccer, Becks!
Sonic for the C64:
Ok, trend or no trend, Wordle is right up my alley.
CW: Midnight Special
One I missed at the cinema, rectifying that tonight.
We all agree that comic properties should be family friendly so that all can enjoy. Movies – PG-13 at most for full family fun. But Jesus Christ, it seems the only thing that the DCEU can do correctly (besides Shazam) are hard R films/tv that don’t star major characters. If that’s the case keep it that way.
Do you really wanna taste it?
I’m so confused.
I think he’s talking about the Peacemaker tv series.
Peacemaker, The Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn the animated series – all hard R and all pretty terrific. DC cannot make good “family friendly” content with the exception of Shazam and even that film was violent for PG-13. That’s all Im sayin
I’ve enjoyed a lot of the CW shows based on DC characters.
Those aren’t done by the same companies and not in same universe ala the Marvel ABC shows and the MCU.
Although now that I saw that I dunno if Harley Quinn animated series is either. I think so…?
Has DC attempted a major release family-friendly movie or show in the past 2 decades?
I often recall A Piece of Your Action being touted as an example of “Star Trek being silly,” but it’s always been one of my favorite episodes. Still holds up.
This is the one where they go to the alien planet that’s modeled their society around 1920s Chicago mobsters. Totally plausible.
*A Piece of THE Action.
“A Piece of Your Action” is a Motley Crue song.
Oh goodness just no, it’s as bad as the ones where the society chose Nazis or Romans.
But what do I know I actually liked Assignment Earth.
It’s hard to defend A Piece of the Action. . . . but truly, it’s a lot of fun. Ridiculous, sure – – but really enjoyable. Especially when Kirk really gets into being a gangster.
Goodbye to Don Wilson:
Damn. The Ventures were truly, truly great.
I have now watched 3 episodes of the new Cowboy Beebop.
As someone who never saw the anime (was it a graphic novel ? ) I review it as being “Ok.” And “entertaining”.
I will probably watch the rest of it if I remember it next time I sit down to Netflix.
We enjoyed cowboy bebop. Are currently watching the anime and am enjoying that too