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He's the hack from Mar-a-Lago
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
told his workers, "No te pago"
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
He thought big, he was optimistic
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
They didn't know he was narcissistic
Little Donald rants on the big stage
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
What he says doesn't make no sense

Sometimes people can be oh so dense
He didn't want it but he won it anyway
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
Little Donald stands in the White House
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
What he says don't make sense
What he says doesn't make no sense
(Little Donald, Little Donald)
Little Donald stands at a rally

Oh Donald John Trump I see you behind
The barred door of federal prison

We can dream
Hi! I have nothing to add to this delightful post other than that, really. I like it a lot when you post here and don't take your effort for granted.

Oh--did you get through all of The Expanse books? Will you be sending them on, sending them back, or keeping?
I finished! Kim is reading them now, i will send back when we're done. Also, your strawberry jam came with us to on my birthday trip to Napa with my parents.
rone 11/18
Oh yay for the jam!

Hope Kim enjoys the books. I thought they were just so much damned fun to dive headfirst into and not come up for air until I was done. Like a really great novel, only the story kept going and going and going. Might be the first time I felt SATED at the end of a story, not left wanting more.
You don't know me so this might be weird, but this post was really fun to read/sing.

Also, one can only hope that "the Donald" gets a jumpsuit to match his hair.
Not weird at all, that's why it's there!
rone 5d

I heard that Twitter's dead
Well, I don't care about it
I heard that Twitter's dead
But I don't care about it

It happens anyway
It happens anyway
Thought i'd just buy Twitter
I thought i'd just buy Twitter, oh

I said no fake accounts
Just mark them "parody"
I said no fake accounts
And then I changed my mind
And then I changed my mind
And then you heard me say
"Well, that's the way I like it
Well, that's the way I like it
I like it too much"

“Apartheid Clyde” is a perfect moniker.
It appears to have been coined by Azealia Banks in Jan 2019.
rone 11/7

I'm having a tough time enjoying the first two episodes on their own merits.  The departures from the book seem to grate me more than, say, the first season of American Gods (of which i was reminded by the intro sequence, same feel, except for the bit they lifted from The Expanse's intro).

Just watched 1 & 2 with Mrs. Waider; we're both quite enjoying it so far. Wifey is particularly taken with the look of the thing. It's been long enough since I read the book that I'm just occasionally wondering what's been changed or left out.

Amusingly, I'd pictured Wilf as an actor I can't quite identify - someone who looks a bit like 90's Quentin Tarantino, but isn't; there's a specific actor I have in my head but can't place him. And this isn't to say "but of course a major character is a white man" - it's more to do with whatever sort of character this actor got stereotypically cast as. I wish I could figure out who exactly it is.
Waider 10/22
I envisioned Wilf as looking, well, more weaselly, perhaps more like the actor portraying Daniel. In my mind, Lev's hair should be thinning.
rone 10/22
Ha, amusingly which features the actor portraying Daniel does look a lot what I expected Wilf to look like. Still not the right actor - when facing the camera his face is too long.

I've started rereading the book because I basically couldn't help myself.
Waider 10/23
I have eated the book and started in on Agency.

In re: the differences, I think the book takes a bit of time to get to the fact that the future is, like, _the future_. Given that it's a HUGE HOOK I can see why they pulled that right back into the start of the TV series.

I'm also now wondering if that means they'll try to fit the whole book into "Season 1", and keep "Season 2" for Agency? I would like that, if only because it'd preclude this going the way of American Gods.

(I am _so_ disappointed that that ground to a halt.)
Waider 10/27
I think they could've spent the first episode as a sort of slow-burn intro to mimic the book's pacing a little, but maybe it would've made a poor pilot.

Changing Wilf from a dodgy PR liar to an assertive fixer still strikes me as off.

AG was such a clusterfuck (and i was into the departures from the book in that case).
rone 10/27
Fair call: wild is definitely more of a loser in the book.
Waider 10/29
I’m not familiar with either the book or show. Should I be?
There are some who say it's the best book Gibson's written. I don't know about that, but I certainly enjoyed it.
Waider 10/23
I'd say Agency (its sort-of sequel) is better, but it's quite good. The book does start off a bit slow and maybe confusing. It's near-and-not-so-near scifi.
rone 10/23
I read all of William Gibson's novels so I'm biased, but there were a lot of interesting drone and telepresence aspects of The Peripheral. Wheelie Boy was one of the most delightful parts, where a character's presence is largely facilitated by a toy that is an iPad-on-a-stick.
iPad-on-a-stick-which-is-a-Segway. It's actually mildly compelling idea that I'd expect to be able to buy on Ali Express or some such.
Waider 10/27
You can!

My department briefly considered buying one for me when I started working remotely in 2015. We couldn't figure out how I would operate the elevators though.

Our son married his sweetie, who wore a dress made by my sweetie.

Fabulous!! Congratulations, Papa.
Congratulations! That dress is fabulous. Best wishes to your family!
Heartiest congratulations!

Very lovely indeed.
Congratulations to the happy couple! And lorrrrrrdy, that dress is gorgeous!

If you have CBS All Access^W^W^WParamount Plus, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is everything you liked about old Star Trek plus all the coolness of the newer Treks.

If you have Showtime, The Man Who Fell to Earth is fantastic.  Chiwetel Ejiofor deserves all the awards.

>>>"Chiwetel Ejiofor deserves all the awards"

I've always really liked him.
I've been enjoying Strange New Worlds, too! They keep things just shallow and goofy enough.
Also, the captain's pompadour, which the actor has totally committed to, makes me laugh every time. I love it.
But I will say, these series "seasons" with only TEN EPISODES are for the birds.
This is something that seems to be a trend. I'm assuming it's because they're trying to get out 'seasons' faster to keep up with binge watchers.

But yeah, it's been really sticking in my craw, too. It feels like you're just getting started when it's time to wait for the next season.
I think of 10 episodes as being some kind of complete mini-series. Not stuff that's obviously going to be renewed.
Completely agree.
Agreed. Maybe we're spoiled from the 23-episodes era of the past, but it feels more like a movie being wrung out into a short series with filler sometimes. Are these half hour or an hour? I'm guessing an hour. One would hope.
Karen Kuhl 7/19edited
After the super heavy-handedness of "ST Discovery," we've been thoroughly enjoying how "Strange New Worlds" just takes its diversity as a given and incorporates it seamlessly into its story, scenes, and dialogue, without hammering the message home.

Robbb's getting more of the fanservice than I do, but I find that fun as well when I pick up references and in-jokes.

Also, TBH, a lot of TV for me goes in one ear and out the other. I can't remember the particulars of stuff I've seen, almost nothing at all. I joke that my favorite part of any show is its sweet, sweet "previously on" in the beginning. So for myself in particular, I'm very much enjoying how "SNW" is pretty much individual standalone stories every week. Yes, there are character arcs (and we haven't seen the last 3 episodes since we were out of town) and I imagine the show will basically end up being all about Pike and his premonition of death and stuff, but it's nowhere near the complexity that I had a hard time following with "Discovery."

I don't see that we have "The Man Who Fell to Earth" on our cable package right now, but on your rec here I'll put it on my list to watch for when it may come around.
Michele Grant 7/8edited
This is making me very happy. As a long time ST fan, I found Discovery to be overwhelming and am glad there are other options.
Oh, The Old Man is also stellar. It definitely has a lot of twists, and every actor involved is amazing.
rone 7/9
Oh good! It’s on my list but I haven’t watched it yet.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is absolutely amazing.  We braved going to the theater for the first time since "Parasite" and it was more than worth it.

From the moment I first saw the trailer, I’ve been wanting to see it. I can’t wait!!
We loved it too.
Yeah - I thought it looked pretty good based solely on the trailer. Glad to hear it gets such rave review!
This could actually get me to a movie theater.

Earlier this week, my calf cramped as i was waking up and i couldn't get it to release while remaining in bed, so i got out of bed to stand on that foot and force it to relax.  Unfortunately, i declared victory too soon and it kicked back, tipping me to the side and knocking me on my ass, much to Kim's concern, but i was unhurt.  By this point, my adrenalin had kicked in hard and, after finally putting an end to the cramp, i was awake and sweating.  After that, i headed to the toilet and, as i finished up, i felt quite ill as i felt the adrenalin rush recede.  I staggered back to bed and lay there nauseous and shivering, breathing shallowly until the feeling passed.

Anyway, don't do drugs, kids, because the comedown is a doozy.


Glad you’re okay.
Ow ow ow ow ow!

My mom used to get raging leg cramps that would wake her up, and she'd be crying and screaming-- it was awful. Apparently I've inherited some of this from her, too. No fun.

Someone recommended some weird topical concoction made of apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, and something else. It screams "snake oil," right down to the Comic Sans on the label... but holy mother of crap, it reaaaalllly works.

I don't know how, and if it's the power of placebo I don't care-- the relief is real and takes maybe 60 seconds max. The bottle says you can dab it on with a washcloth or cotton ball, you can splash it on Jean Naté style, or you can even drink it (!). I put it in a spray bottle which is easiest IMHO.

Here's a link if you're interested. Caleb Treeze Organic Farms Stops Leg & Foot Cramps

You will smell like a salad, but it really works.
SOLD plus one extra bottle for my mom.

Here’s an old wives’ tale that may be a useful data point. My mom’s friends apparently swear by taking a shot of warm water mixed with French’s Yellow Mustard, and no other brand will do. They claim that the turmeric and mustard powder prevents leg cramps.

I don’t believe it, but turmeric and black pepper might be helpful. YMMV, obviously.

It feels like aging is discovering which things that you used to do for fun are no longer enjoyable. 

11/3 '21 9 Comments
What did you discover?
Anne Mollo 11/4 '21
So far, watching hockey/football/baseball, playing soccer, collecting comic books, attending music concerts, doing wine tourism...

rone 11/4 '21
Are you also at least discovering new things to enjoy?
Anne Mollo 11/4 '21
Trying to. Nothing's sticking.

Oh, add role-playing games and technical conferences to the list.
rone 11/4 '21
Oh, we're playing more board games now. That's fun.
rone 11/5 '21
Shhh, ignorance is bliss.
Ooooof. Sorry to hear this man. [Makes a note to do all the things he enjoys this year, just in case they are meh next year]
Thomas Boutell 11/5 '21
I think Baryshnikov said something along the lines of "everything you do after age 40 is damage control."
“What I used to do all night, now it takes me all night to do.”

CM Adams 11/5 '21