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December 23, 2017

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Pogonip

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Liz

Thanks for some great reads, David. Have a wonderful Christmas. :-)

David

Some niche amusement. Melvyn Bragg’s no-nonsense programme openings.

Via Damian.

David

Also via Damian, I don’t think that’s an owl.

[+]

Hope you (and the heathens here) have a great Christmas and New Year.

Thanks for another year of grim/funny blogging. I've dropped something in your stocking.

David

another year of grim/funny blogging

I should put that in the brochure.

I’ve dropped something in your stocking.

May your upholstery never discolour in places that are hard to conceal with carefully positioned cushions.

gunker

Merry Christmas, tipjar hit

David

May your toaster bottom remain free of combustible crumbs.

David

Via dicentra, this:

Oh, come on.

mike fowle

Thanks throughout the year for the fragments which I have shored against my ruins. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Jonathan

Cheers Everyone!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

As we head into this very white, colonial, cis-heteropatrirchal holiday that celebrates elven slave-labor and oppresses minorities and non-Xtian religions with violent images of bows and wrapped gifts, decorated trees, &c., the kind folks over at SDA bring us all a timely reminder that we all must check our privilege.

Anyone who actually prepares for, and enjoys, this Pagan celebration culturally appropriated by the Xtians is obviously a fascist. Oh, yes, also rayciss, of course.

David

a timely reminder that we all must check our privilege.

Plus fifty… and another fifty… minus 150… carry the four…

I’m going to need a pen and paper.

Sam Duncan

“check our privilege.”

“If you can't add, -30”

What if you can't read? Either way, I'm waiting until “Saterday night” to knock 15 off my score. Whenever that is.

Merry Chrissmess, everyone!

WTP

As the ship I was awaiting has finally come in, just sent a jingle up your leg, David. As the kids say, Ya feel me?

David

just sent a jingle up your leg, David.

Bless you, sir. May your visit to the supermarket never be blemished by accidentally picking up slimline tonic water.

WTP

Also, Santa Claus boot camp...I am sticky, I’m in pain...

https://www.facebook.com/weaponcrates/videos/2004205406460650/

Captain Nemo

To you and yours, a very good one.

As is my custom, thank you and likewise, David. Many happy returns to you and the Other Half.

Elephants Gerald

As always - my warmest regards to all Davids readers and their families.

I hope everyone is in the pink and so forth.

Now stop arguing with the internet and finish your Christmas shopping.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I hope everyone is in the pink and so forth.

Pink ? Really ? I hope you know you just erased the bodies and lived experiences of POCs with that privileged remark.

David

Now stop arguing with the internet

[ Summons henchlesbians. Drunken interloper is dragged into cellar. Shouts and crashing can be heard. ]

Fruitbat44

Merry Christmas to one and all! Peace on Earth and good will.

Spiny Norman

Merry Christmas to David and Chris, and all the strange and wonderful people who post here and make this page my "morning paper".

In other festive merry-making news, the Gävle Goat is still standing, proud and unburnt.

pst314

the Gävle Goat

https://youtu.be/tS_JBDRk8o0?t=221

R. Sherman

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2018 to you and yours, David and to all.

pst314

Summons henchlesbians.

(anquished voice) But, but, somebody on the internet is wrong!

--But never our esteemed host. :-)

R. Sherman

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2018 to you and yours, David and to all!

R. Sherman

Why my comment posted thrice is not clear to me. I swear I'm not into the grog yet.

R. Sherman

Comments are running amok. I swear, I'm not into the grog yet.

David

But never our esteemed host. :-)

And anything you hear to the contrary, especially from The Other Half, is a filthy lie.

Spiny Norman

pst314

Look, if we built this large wooden badger...

Joan

Merry Christmas to our host and the heathen rabble.

pst314

Spiny Norman
How about we build a large wooden budgie?
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/monty-pythons-dead-parrot-suspended-from-crane-in-london-in-tribute-to-comedy-quintet-9605312.html

Rafi

Merry Christmas all. Enjoy some news bloopers...

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/best-news-bloopers-of-2017/

Wh00ps

Merry Christmas to you too David, and likewise all of you in the commentariat. Looking forward to you all making me shout at my telephone throughout 2018...

JuliaM

Merry Christmas and here's to 2018!

Jacob

Flirting and ice cream -what could go wrong?

http://www.neatorama.com/2017/12/23/The-Flirt/

Have a good one, y'all.

David

Flirting and ice cream -what could go wrong?

You can practically hear the bosoms heaving.

Joan

You can practically hear the bosoms heaving.

*bosoms heaving*

Suddenly I want some ice cream.

David

Suddenly I want some ice cream.

His ice cream seemed to get bigger the more he licked it.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

[ Summons henchlesbians. Drunken interloper is dragged into cellar. Shouts and crashing can be heard. ]

Wouldn't it be easier to feed interlopers the pickled eggs?

David

Wouldn’t it be easier to feed interlopers the pickled eggs?

But then there’s all the mopping to consider, and the hazmat team, and the bribing of health and safety inspectors...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In keeping with the acoustic Christmas music theme, is now time we get hacked with Russians.

David

The festive season:

Via Holborn.

Spiny Norman

The festive season.

Okay, that one made me laugh.

David

Okay, that one made me laugh.

I’m beginning to wonder if it’s possible that Lynne doesn’t always see eye to eye with Steve’s mother.

Theophrastus

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Ed Snack

Now, from a place where is almost midday on Christmas Day, merry Christmas to all who post and peruse, and especially to our host for his dedication to the cause- whatever that cause actually is...

David

his dedication to the cause- whatever that cause actually is...

You’d think they’d give out medals for this kind of thing.

Pogonip

They do. The Golden Egg Jar.

I have a virus for Christmas; sore throat and exhausted. I am disgruntled.

Spiny Norman

Pogonip,

Disgruntled, eh? Caught the bah-humbug? A Grinch even?

Sorry to hear that. Eggnog with extra rum may help... here's to your feeling better tomorrow.

Quint and Jessel

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone.

Pogonip

Thank you, Norman. 😪😷. Cough cough cough hack—

Hey, where’d everybody go?

David

sore throat and exhausted. I am disgruntled.

Try one of our cocktails. It’s mostly crushed ice and Night Nurse.

I’ll put it on your tab.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

A cheerful Christmas tune with lyrics, so feel free to sing along !

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

And in sentences you can't unread, He reportedly purchased the butt plug in order to help ease an infection.

pst314

"in order to help ease an infection"

Riiiight.

pst314

"Cheers everyone!"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Devouring_His_Son

Hal

Postcards from 1968, Somewhere In London.

More Cowbell!!!

Say again???

Hal

Oh, yes, and more drumming.

R. Sherman

Hollywood Culture Wars: A Report From the Front.

We celebrate Christmas on the 24th so that leaves our Christmas Day free. For many years, we've taken in a movie at the local multiplex to packed houses for matinees and evening showings. So this year, we decided to take in The Last Jedi and I was expecting a similarly packed house.* Instead, we sat with less than 20 other people in a venue that seats 300 for a 4:00 PM show. Further, none of the other theaters were close to full as in the past. When we left, there were maybe a couple of dozen people in the lobby waiting for the early evening offerings. I'm not sure what conclusions to draw, but Hollywood cannot be happy.

*No Spoiler Review: On a scale from Heaven's Gate (Horrific) to "Meh" to Citizen Kane, I'd give it a slightly better than "Meh." The plot was too busy for my tastes; too many plot points seemed forced. YMMV.

Pogonip

Mixing dextromethorphan with a prescription medicine I take can cause hallucinations. Good thing David didn’t know that. Can’t remember having a nicer chat with a 12- horned pink flooblehopper.

Can I have some more Night Nurse, please?

WTP

I recommend a Night Nurse & Night Train cocktail. We call it Night-Night.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I recommend a Night Nurse & Night Train cocktail. We call it Night-Night.

Yes, calling it Nurse Train would have a completely different connotation.

Hal

I recommend a Night Nurse & Night Train cocktail. We call it Night-Night.

Yes, calling it Nurse Train would have a completely different connotation.

There is Linux, which is an open source operating system where the original founder oversees what is called the kernel, the main central Stuff that operates the computer. Of all of the surreally ridiculously infinite number of what are called Linux distributions, they consist of the Linux kernel and then whatever assorted additional bits the distribution staff think are important.

There is also FreeBSD, which is an open source operating system and one of the Unix offshoots. Among the differences between FreeBSD and the Linii is that FreeBSD is a monolithic project, where kernel development all the way out to the decorative bits are all worked on by the one overall team of volunteers.

A particular friend of mine has rather preferred Linux, but also keeps a general eye on assorted variations and editions. A number of years back he noted a particular set of possibilities and cheerfully announced, more or less;

Y'know, what could be quite interesting is to take the [something] Linux distribution, and swap in the FreeBSD kernel. We could then announce the creation and distribution of FreeLSD and really piss off the stuffed shirts!!!

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