Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Yeah, there's no such thing as a bad Taskmaster UK season, but they have definitely honed how to build casts and tasks as time goes on.

Also if you're willing to put up with subtitles (if you are only an english speaker) most of the foreign ones are pretty great. The Norwegian one, specifically, hit the ground running and S1 was as solid as any Taskmaster UK season.

I have an affection for Season 4 because it was my first season. A few of the seasons after that didn’t hit as well for me but they quickly got back into their stride.

I came here to say I randomly loved a bacon butty I had at the end of a walk today. The place always does a good one but they excelled themselves with today’s offering. The bacon was perfectly cooked with caramelised fat and juicy meat. It was spectacular.

A while back we had a discussion about Shakespeare in the park.
I am proud to announce that I have been cast as Flute/Thisbe in Midsummer Night's Dream at an outdoor theatre in the middle of a Redwood Grove.

Yes, that means you may see photos of me in a dress and make up ;P
Show goes up at the beginning of August. So if you are in Northern CA then, stop by Mill Valley and have a great time!

I am hoping, though I am open to whatever, that since RuPaul's Drag Race has been around 15 seasons that they will go a more fierce route rather than the cliche garish route...

Awesome, Fang! You'll kill it, I'm sure.

Fantastic Fang. Enjoy!

Saw a wren singing on this morning’s walk down country lanes. It’s tail was up (they can raise their tails to be vertical) and was flapping it’s wings as he/she hopped across the top of a trimmed hedge. They’re teeny tiny birds.

This isn’t my video but it’ll give you a sense of their song.

Tiny dino!

I guess they're not all that deinos if they're that tiny. More like a mikrosaur.

I always enjoy thinking of them as radically adapted dinos. Prehistory surviving amongst us in tiny feathered form.

Higgledy wrote:

Saw a wren singing on this morning’s walk down country lanes. It’s tail was up (they can raise their tails to be vertical) and was flapping it’s wings as he/she hopped across the top of a trimmed hedge. They’re teeny tiny birds.

I've always been partial to Skylarks myself

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Thrift shopping in Tokyo.

It’s a fairly significant part of why we decided to return to Japan for another visit this month.

Aside from it being a city with a unique, creative, pervasive sense of style, there’s also the added benefit that there’s SO many more options that fit me well than I’ve ever found shopping anywhere else in the world. Interesting benefit of being roughly in the size range of the average person in a culture with a bit more homogeneity in body size than many others, I guess?

zeroKFE wrote:

Thrift shopping in Tokyo.

It’s a fairly significant part of why we decided to return to Japan for another visit this month.

Aside from it being a city with a unique, creative, pervasive sense of style, there’s also the added benefit that there’s SO many more options that fit me well than I’ve ever found shopping anywhere else in the world. Interesting benefit of being roughly in the size range of the average person in a culture with a bit more homogeneity in body size than many others, I guess?

Nice!!!

Edit: Also, mana from heaven:

Edit 2: Also:

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Edit 3: Also, an incredible documentary about a horrendously difficult race:

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Went with my wife and a friend into to see the stage production of Moulin Rouge. It was spectacular!

People on reddit are posting stills from Taskmaster 17.1 which show the production team have been taking the time to edit out Nick Mohammed's reflections when he's dressed as a vampire, which is just wonderful.

That’s amazing.

We just completed the first session of our new mini campaign set in the Alien universe. We are a group of marines on a mission to round up a few deserters but in the course of our manhunt we came across a fully fledged alien in all it’s glossy, chitinous glory. After a brief but terrifying fight it died in a hail of bullets and a fountain of acid that went mostly over my character. Afterwards Roo said, “In regards to this mission being on a need to know basis, I feel that the existence of these things was something we needed to know about.”

Higgledy wrote:

That’s amazing.

We just completed the first session of our new mini campaign set in the Alien universe. We are a group of marines on a mission to round up a few deserters but in the course of our manhunt we came across a fully fledged alien in all it’s glossy, chitinous glory. After a brief but terrifying fight it died in a hail of bullets and a fountain of acid that went mostly over my character. Afterwards Roo said, “In regards to this mission being on a need to know basis, I feel that the existence of these things was something we needed to know about.”

I just feel like typing acronyms after reading this.

OMG, LOL.

Because oh my gosh, Higgledy, I'm seriously laughing out loud right now.

I had what can only people called a nice people day. Where I was out and about and only had pleasant interactions with people. Nice guy at the post office helping me with forms. With people in line being nice and friendly while chatting. Nice owner at a restaurant being friendly. A nice nun who was so amusingly worried that she double charged me even after I said I didn't really mind. She, and other nuns, runs a bakery and she didn't double charge me. It was nice.

The idea of the Francis Scott Key Bridge being replaced by the John Astin Baltimore Harbor Bridge.

This is a hilarious thread that anyone who has stuck a hidden diagnostic in user facing code can identify with:

https://www.threads.net/@noobde/post...

30+ years ago we were working on the very first #MortalKombat game. The game's software, had sections of code that it (theoretically) should never reach/execute. If it did, it incremented a counter that would log the ERROR. We also made a "Game Audits" screen where we could check this counter in arcades.

To keep each log short, I wrote an assembler MACRO that would call all the necessary functions in one line of code. The macro was called ERMAC... short for Error Macro.

Unfortunately or fortunately, we listed the number of ERMACS that occurred directly after the log/number of times players fought against REPTILE, who was a hidden fighter in the first Mortal Kombat.

This (of course) made players speculate that ERMAC was another hidden character, like REPTILE. Soon rumors of ERMAC became stuff of legend with players insisting they fought against him. They didn't.

In Mortal Kombat 2 we made REPTILE a playable fighter and added 3 new hidden fighters: Smoke, Jade and Noob Saibot. But some players were still looking for Ermac.

For MK3 we decided to turn some of the myths into reality, starting with ANIMALITIES. Finally in Ultimate MK3 (running out of kolors) we finally added ERMAC as an actual (red ninja) fighter in the roster.

Over the years he has made a number of appearances in MK games. Now he has a full story/history and is part of the MK lore.

We never (as in ever) would have guessed this red ninja with a ridiculous name would end up such a big part of Mortal Kombat's history and still be kicking over 30 years later! But here we are, as he is about to join the roster of MortalKombat1

Post includes a fun little video showing ERMAC in game.

Thought I share this here. Found it randomly and just think it's cool. It basically one massive growing animation. Mostly filled with all sorts of references and other cool bits. Some slight nsfwness. Also you can click on stuff and it tells you where it's from. Lot of neat non-american movie references in there.

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Don’t know if any of you use Dropout, the independent streaming service that use to be part of CollegeHumor, but they have been absolutely killing it lately. The most recent episode of Gamechanger (a game show where the game changes each episode and the contestants have to figure out the rules and goal of the game as they play) in particular was probably one of the most clever game show ideas ever filmed.

I have never even heard of it, but I'll check it out. Figuring out the rules as you play sounds like some real Taskmaster stuff.

full-length older episodes are up on youtube but it’s one of those shows that has gotten better each season. The most recent episode has the contestants playing bingo while their friends offstage secretly manipulate the game to fill their own bingo cards by attempting to provoke certain behaviors or actions from the unknowing main contestants.

ruhk wrote:

Don’t know if any of you use Dropout, the independent streaming service that use to be part of CollegeHumor, but they have been absolutely killing it lately. The most recent episode of Gamechanger (a game show where the game changes each episode and the contestants have to figure out the rules and goal of the game as they play) in particular was probably one of the most clever game show ideas ever filmed.

I'm about to watch the two part Survivor episode tonight. I'll get caught up to current episodes eventually.

Wow, Gamechanger sounds awesome. Definitely my kind of madness.

It's good improv. I know that doesn't sound right, but it is.

My 6 yearold just started yelling, "EWWWWWW! A smoochy-kiss!" whenever I kiss my wife.

My Proofreading habit.
I was messaging a female coworker on Microsoft Teams and I had meant to type:
“If you have a link I can try it.”
The letter “F” is right next the the letter “L” What I typed the 1st time:
“If you have a kink I can try it”

Glad I caught that one.

WizKid wrote:

My Proofreading habit.
I was messaging a female coworker on Microsoft Teams and I had meant to type:
“If you have a link I can try it.”
The letter “F” is right next the the letter “L” What I typed the 1st time:
“If you have a kink I can try it”

Glad I caught that one.

What's that about proofreading?

merphle wrote:
WizKid wrote:

My Proofreading habit.
I was messaging a female coworker on Microsoft Teams and I had meant to type:
“If you have a link I can try it.”
The letter “F” is right next the the letter “L” What I typed the 1st time:
“If you have a kink I can try it”

Glad I caught that one.

What's that about proofreading? ;)

Did I mention my attrition to details?