Random non sequitur posts catch-all thread

Stengah wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

The planets in a garden appear to grow slowly until you find yourself in charge of keeping them in check and then they seem to shoot up and out like rockets.

Uranus is growing like crazy.

Bloomin’ miss spelt words that happen to also be a word. Herumph!

Prederick wrote:

When it comes to plants, my brief experience gardening can be summarized thusly:

My wife and I are trying to come up with names for our next child and it's a wee bit difficult. On my wife's top 3 names is Arthur, which I think I like. Trouble is our other child is called Sadie, and Red Dead Redemption 2 exists. I guess they're good characters, at least?

halfwaywrong wrote:

My wife and I are trying to come up with names for our next child and it's a wee bit difficult. On my wife's top 3 names is Arthur, which I think I like. Trouble is our other child is called Sadie, and Red Dead Redemption 2 exists. I guess they're good characters, at least?

My wife put polls up on name berry for random Internet strangers to vote on. I don't know if it helped or just confirmed her gut.

I like Sadie and Arthur together, it's a good sib set.

halfwaywrong wrote:

My wife and I are trying to come up with names for our next child and it's a wee bit difficult. On my wife's top 3 names is Arthur, which I think I like. Trouble is our other child is called Sadie, and Red Dead Redemption 2 exists. I guess they're good characters, at least?

Most folks won’t know and you’ll be able to call him Arty. My father’s name was Albert and he was always trying to bring that name back into fashion, if you could help out there. No pressure.

I like Arthur, exactly because of the RDR2 connection. I would also put Leviticus Cornwall and Lancelot on the table for the same reason.

In the spirit of the holiday and this thread, the most Dad thing I did over the last year was literally create a pros/cons spreadsheet of various chest freezer brands for research before helping my sister purchase one.

EDIT: Also, responding to EVERY greeting of "How are you doing?" with "Another day in paradise!"

Ahh. About ten years ago or more I switched from another day in paradise to another perfect day. Some people get the Randy Newman reference, and those folks will get the wink and gun finger from me.

Windows 11 is going to be able to run android apps.

I have decided that given the state of the world (and my annoyance at my own hair) that I shall declare all hair an enemy and it shall be fed to the buzzer this weekend (or whenever the package is delivered). It is too hot for long hair and I can buy a kit for the cost of two hair cuts. You have been warned!

This is the way

My brother and I were driving from our hometown back to Ottawa earlier this week, and we were listening to podcasts (the Venn diagram of our musical tastes don't intersect at all). Two of the episodes we listened to mentioned the (apparently hugely popular) 1972 TV show "Kung Fu". Neither of us had ever heard of it, and the two podcast episodes had nothing to do with each other (one was the Joe Rogan interview with Tarentino, the other was a podcast on marketing and advertisement).

Just a funny coincidence.

Also: I had never heard of the marketing podcast, called "Under the Influence", but I liked it quite a bit and will include it in my rotation now.

bobbywatson wrote:

My brother and I were driving from our hometown back to Ottawa earlier this week, and we were listening to podcasts (the Venn diagram of our musical tastes don't intersect at all). Two of the episodes we listened to mentioned the (apparently hugely popular) 1972 TV show "Kung Fu". Neither of us had ever heard of it, and the two podcast episodes had nothing to do with each other (one was the Joe Rogan interview with Tarentino, the other was a podcast on marketing and advertisement).

Just a funny coincidence.

Also: I had never heard of the marketing podcast, called "Under the Influence", but I liked it quite a bit and will include it in my rotation now.

We all have gaps in our pop culture knowledge. When I was younger a boss of mine called me "Grasshopper" and was astounded that I had no idea what he was talking about.

Thanks for the podcast reco!

“Under the Influence” is always fascinating to me. It’s been a show on CBC radio for decades, and I have never caught an episode that was less than enthralling.

PaladinTom wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

My brother and I were driving from our hometown back to Ottawa earlier this week, and we were listening to podcasts (the Venn diagram of our musical tastes don't intersect at all). Two of the episodes we listened to mentioned the (apparently hugely popular) 1972 TV show "Kung Fu". Neither of us had ever heard of it, and the two podcast episodes had nothing to do with each other (one was the Joe Rogan interview with Tarentino, the other was a podcast on marketing and advertisement).

Just a funny coincidence.

Also: I had never heard of the marketing podcast, called "Under the Influence", but I liked it quite a bit and will include it in my rotation now.

We all have gaps in our pop culture knowledge. When I was younger a boss of mine called me "Grasshopper" and was astounded that I had no idea what he was talking about.

Thanks for the podcast reco!

My wife is a high school teacher. She’s been calling her students “grasshopper” for many years.

“When you can snatch the pebble from my hand…”

I had been trying to get into the Cyberpunk 2077 game recently. Out of the blue I had the urge to fire up Mafia III. I had forgotten how to use some of the systems so I decided to restart from the beginning. Mafia III starts off with some excellent story telling. It quickly devolves into a very repetitive gameplay loop. The story becomes repetitive too. I’m hoping that it has a good ending.

Mafia III has such an amazing open world. It’s set in late 60s early 70s New Orleans. I forget what year exactly. The map is massive. I haven’t been so impressed with an open world environment since GTAIV. Some interior environments and exterior courtyards are used repeatedly, but the view from the main roads are mostly unique. It also has great cars and a bitchin’ song selection on the radio stations. Fairly interesting tunnel systems as well. This game doesn’t get nearly enough credit for how good it is.

It’s going to be a while before I jump back into Cyberpunk.

My new favorite thing is to log onto Star Wars subreddits and reference the NPR radio dramas and Alan Dean Foster novelization as if I assume everyone already knows what I'm talking about, but act confused when someone brings up anything that happened after 1996 or so.

"Obviously James Earl Jones is the definitive Darth Vader, but Brock Peters brought his own interpretation to the character that I appreciate."

someone says something about Hayden Christensen

"I don't know who that is. Sounds Danish. Is there a Danish dub?"

Never have I ever dropped my phone in the toilet.

Drink...

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Drink... :(

Random shout out to the time Raymond Chandler sh*tposted about genre SF, in a letter to his agent in 1953.

(note at the end how he casually invents the word "Google" forty years early)

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My takeaway from that is that Chandler should have gotten over himself and written some sci-fi.

I am reading my first Ursula K. Le Guin novel and it is like 75% of that.

Edit: Also, I highly recommend The Quantum Thief if you enjoy this sort of thing.

Mixolyde wrote:

I am reading my first Ursula K. Le Guin novel and it is like 75% of that.

Edit: Also, I highly recommend The Quantum Thief if you enjoy this sort of thing.

Reading an Ursula le Guin SF novel is like getting dropped into the third act of a Cyberpunk game without knowing what the heck Cyberpunk even is. Her ideas do make sense, it's just that she develops them over the course of many books and never bothers to update her readers on how thick it's gotten.

Jonman wrote:

My takeaway from that is that Chandler should have gotten over himself and written some sci-fi.

I can only apologize.

(I think it's hilarious.)

Jonman wrote:

My takeaway from that is that Chandler should have gotten over himself and written some sci-fi.

Could he be any more no, nope, I can't even finish that terrible gag.

Prederick wrote:
Jonman wrote:

My takeaway from that is that Chandler should have gotten over himself and written some sci-fi.

Could he be any more no, nope, I can't even finish that terrible gag.

Well you have to admit. He accurately describes every single sci-fi story ever written. /sarcasm

In Chandler’s defence, the mid-50s were a golden age for proper pulp science fiction. It was a golden age for good sci fi too, but a lot of the most prolific writers started their careers churning out 1-cent-a-page nonsense by their own admission

Sorry, I thought it'd be obvious that he was talking about the pulps. (he got his start in them too!)

DC Malleus wrote:

In Chandler’s defence, the mid-50s were a golden age for proper pulp science fiction. It was a golden age for good sci fi too, but a lot of the most prolific writers started their careers churning out 1-cent-a-page nonsense by their own admission :)

I have a book of the covers for some of the truly trashy pulp stories and each one is more hilarious than the last.

If you like goofy trashy pulp novel covers, you should really check out Paperback Paradise on Twitter. Literally everything they post is gold.