Random non sequitur posts catch-all thread

Hrdina wrote:

He said he liked them, but when I needed to make use of his room for a few weeks I tried to clean up the pigsty a bit and found a lot of unopened Kind bars in there.

Ha!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Hrdina wrote:

He said he liked them, but when I needed to make use of his room for a few weeks I tried to clean up the pigsty a bit and found a lot of unopened Kind bars in there.

Ha!

I said something monosyllabic at the time, but it wasn't "ha".

Another one of these...

I finally got around to watching the film "Vice". I realize it is satirical, but it is interesting how my perception of that part of history shifted when using the lens of the present . We truly are living in the darkest timeline.

Speaking of the darkest timeline, I’m re-rewatching Community for the second time this year and the season 3 subplot of Chang becoming a power hungry security guard is hitting a bit different than it did just a couple months ago.

Tscott wrote:

Speaking of the darkest timeline, I’m re-rewatching Community for the second time this year and the season 3 subplot of Chang becoming a power hungry security guard is hitting a bit different than it did just a couple months ago.

Funny, my wife and I just last night finished watching Community for the first time. When I saw Nimcosi use that phrase, Community was the first thing I thought of as well.

I have more free time than I ever did before, so how the hell is my Steam Library of "I'll get to them" games GROWING?

/buys Ace Combat and ME: Andromeda

EDIT: I blame Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. I recently passed the 100-hour mark and I've still only explored like 60% of the map.

So, Teresa said to me, as she starts her book on tape again, “I’m putting my headphones back in. Don’t take it personal, I just don’t want to talk to you.”

Last weekend my sister was telling me about how she got Hostess Ho-Ho’s and Ding-Dongs for her kids because they were curious and hadn’t had them before. Then she told me when she tried them they tasted awful. I wrote it off as her taste maturing since when we were little and she never had much of a sweet tooth either.

Then I tried a Ho-Ho. Horrible. Like dirt with bird poop, covered in chocolate. These Ho-Ho’s are NOT what we ate as kids. The Ding-Dong was a little bit better, but the filling was marshmallow instead of the cream they used to use.

Hostess has changed the ingredients over the years and yes I think they are worse now too. I loved Ding Dongs as a kid. Also Hostess went bankrupt in 2012 and were bought by a private equity company and when they came back in 2013 I think most of the recipes were different.

Did you know in the 80s, Twinkies had a 3 day shelf life? Now they are so artificial they have a 45 day shelf life.

EDIT:
I found a picture of a Ding Dong wrapper from the 80s:

Sugar, Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening, Flour, Water, Cocoa, Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Eggs, Food Starch, Whey, Salt, Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Polysorbate 60, natural/artificial flavor, Sorbic Acid

Current ingredients:

Sugar, Water, Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Palm Oil, Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening, Cocoa, Soybean Oil, Glycerine, Whey, Soy Lecithin, Leavenings, Diglycerides, Soy Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Glucose, Salt, Eggs, Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Egg Whites, nature/artificial flavors, Calcium Sulfate, Enzymes, Xantham Gum, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 60, Sorbic Acid

Pretty sure that's down to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which made manufactures list far more of the obscure ingredients than before. And others probably depend on supply availability or cost, since (for example) the three gums all do the same thing. "Food Starch" would now be Corn and Modified Corn Starch.

The interesting things to me are the additions of corn syrup and palm oil, both likely to cut the cost of similar but more expensive ingredients. Likewise with the soy flour.

So it's a combo of having to be more specific, and using cheaper ingredients, in my view.

I took so many pictures of the Lego project I finished today that OneDrive emailed me an event recap for my day.

I am disappointed in my cat Socrates.

I bought a feeding ball last week in an attempt to:

1. Limit the food intake of my other cat Joséphine (she has an obesity problem)
2. Make Socrates each slower so that maybe he wouldn't throw up as much

Joséphine figured out how to use the ball pretty fast. Socrates still hasn't. Or, if he has, he does not want me to know it. And yet he's the one who figured out how to open the sliding door in my bedroom.

Yes, dude in the pickup truck next to me at the stop light, that is a black guy blasting "Take the Money and Run" and I am aware that it slaps. Don't look so surprised.

AaOOOOO lawd!

Prederick wrote:

Yes, dude in the pickup truck next to me at the stop light, that is a black guy blasting "Take the Money and Run" and I am aware that it slaps. Don't look so surprised.

BadKen wrote:

AaOOOOO lawd!

At the next stop light, make sure you follow it up with "Blinded by the Light" while revving your engine.

Everybody tells me that it’s cool to be a cat

It is, indeed, cool for ca-a-a-a-ats.

(Damn, I love that song.)

Robear wrote:

It is, indeed, cool for ca-a-a-a-ats.

(Damn, I love that song.)

In case others need this ear worm, let's make it easy:

You know, for a video shot in 1978, that one really pre-figures modern song videos. So many at that time and in the early 80's were bizarre, cheaply done and often "artistically themed" to absurdity. But this is very much a polished, restrained and fun video. Compare to early MTV videos.

Robear wrote:

So many at that time and in the early 80's were bizarre, cheaply done and often "artistically themed" to absurdity.

Yeah. I really miss that.

The earlier ones have a certain, hilarious charm because no-one's still entirely sure what a "music video" is supposed to be or what you should do in a music video. I think the video for The Police's "Message in a Bottle" is one of my favorite examples of this:

Sting looks about as smooth as a landslide here.

I painted my camera black and unfortunately painted over the QR code. You need that to setup the camera. Lucky for me a little paint thinner fixed the problem.

I was going to cite The Police as an example of some bare-bones early music videos. Roxanne and Can't Stand Losing You are great examples. I can't find the ones I remember on YT, though.

Elvis Costello had a couple of videos like that too, IIRC.

This is one of the classic examples.

And if you look around, you can find a good 80's pop song video that has a famous Star Trek actor driving the action.

Sometimes that approach worked well:

Other times...

Compare and contrast Yes' minimalist video for "Leave It" to the strange narrative of "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

YES is supposed to be all artsy, though. Prog rock ethics demand it.

Robear wrote:

This is one of the classic examples.

Aptly, the very first music video to air on MTV.

Source

1) Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star”
US CHART PEAK: #40 (12/15/79)

Love that my impulsive posting of a lyric of the song in my head has led to a discussion of ‘80s music video aesthetics.