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July 08, 2016

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Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Atomic Filmmakers – Hollywood’s secret film studio.

Have I linked to The House in the Middle before?

Fred the Fourth

Hello? Any one there?
It's been hours. I'm getting a bit freaked out here.

Hal

Hello? Any one there?

Right, right, right, gimme a minnit.

Remember, David posts these thing to launch about midnight his time, so he's sound asleep at the moment.

In turn, I went off to run errands and attend a talk, then only just got back in a little while ago and have been doing some followup on the talk . . . Very interesting talk, very well delivered, and not entirely the usual Marines' Club material . . .

Hal

And then this happened.

Siiiigggghhh. Just wait for what's likely when he gets older.

Hal

French horn and chair.

Sinfonia Concertante for bagpipes, left-handed sewer flute, lute, double-reed slide music stand, balalaika, and ocarina, by PDQ Bach.

The interesting thing about this lineup of instruments is the problem of balance. When the bagpipe is playing you can't hear anything else, whereas the lute is such a soft instrument that if there is simply another instrument in the room with it you can't hear it, whether it's being played or not. So the problems of combining these into one work are tremendous, as you can imagine, and they are problems which PDQ Bach found no solution for whatsoever. But the lute looks nice, and I think that in this day of recording, that's one thing we've forgotten: the visual aspect of a concert. It's a very nice lute. We hope you enjoy it. Think of it while you're listening to the bagpipes.
Hal

Have I linked to The House in the Middle before?

Oh, the comments are excellent.

I don't think the three megaton MIRV hitting 5 miles away will care if you mowed the lawn last weekend or if your paint is minty fresh.

Hal

An auction of space history paraphernalia.

Ooooohhhhhhhh, Serious Toys . . .

---Seeing what the assorted final bids wind up being ought to be interesting, if that info is ever stated . . . .

Just the same, noting what Peter Sellers would do to it does also come to mind . . .

Hal

Inside Porton Down.

Ah, but do they have their own atomic bomb?

Hal

Japanese billiards.

That takes balls.

Err, hang on . . .

Hal

BearCam, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Bear collar cam . . .

Hal

Just swipe, they said.

For the Bay Area version, I keep expecting Bart to finally set up different lines for those who have real tickets, and those who have clipper cards . . .

Hal

UK media influence.

Ehn, reminded again of the classic analysis.

Sun readers don't care who runs the country - as long as she's got big tits.

David

‘Morning, all.

I see Hal found the cocaine someone stashed in the ladies’ toilets.

svh

Human pups.

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/07/07/Documentary-Series-About-Guys-Who-Like-To-Dress-Up-Like-Dogs/

David

Social justice.

Lancastrian Oik

"Social justice".

Amongst the comments on the Washington Post article:

"Leave it to WaPo to take a story about an unwarranted physical attack by a non-white and turn it into an expose about how guilty whitey is".

"It is absurdity piled on insanity and rolled in tortilla of stupid".

"The judge must have been brought up on old cartoons where the mouse is evidently justified in unprovoked attacks on the cat".

"The judge must belong to the same school of "thought" (to use the term very loosely) that makes some people claim that a man gunning down soldiers while screaming "Allah Akbar" is engaged in 'work-place violence'".

"Sounds like someone had a bit too much firewater that night".

David

Human pups

The thing about the more elaborate fetishes is that it all looks such a bloody faff. It’s hard to see how passion could be spontaneous if you’ve got to spend 45 minutes squeezing into a latex outfit with the assistance of a flatmate and a kilo of talc.

Hal

I see Hal found the cocaine someone stashed in the ladies’ toilets.

Oh. Missed that actually. All I spotted is what was sitting right on top of the stereo in that back room hidden behind the secret door in the utility closet . . .

Joan

New wave club night, California, 1986. So much moody, so much hair.

So much hair lacquer I'm amazed the place didn't go up in flames.

David

So much hair lacquer I’m amazed the place didn’t go up in flames.

And I’m guessing you don’t often see knitwear in a club these days, especially when combined with Flock-of-Seagulls hair explosions. It all looks very… pre-Ecstasy.

Sam

Are you worthy?

David

Are you worthy?

And a meme begins.

GC

“Passers-by found him sitting in the rain with steam coming out of his body.”

Male privilege.

sk60

The Sequence is a game.

Another lunch hour gone. Damn you, Thompson.

David

Damn you, Thompson.

No refunds, credit note only.

WTP

OK, am I the only one confused by this cyclist story? He's a cyclist, he's wearing thick rubber work boots, the lightning bolt hits him and exits through his penis. His penis. While riding a bike. What, they don't have athletic supporters in Slovakia? Was it dragging the ground?

JerryC

"Sun readers don't care who runs the country - as long as she's got big tits."

Ah. Leadsom, then.

Fred the Fourth

Ah. Order in the universe is restored.
And I even snagged the cocaine Hal missed...

Lancastrian Oik

Godfrey Elfwick.

SumDumGuy

RE: social justice

The victims name was White, so perhaps ms. Crowchief had been wronged by her in the past...

You know "I hate White, people!" Vs. "I hate white people!"

H

Good game tips.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Throwing off the patriarchy.

David

Throwing off the patriarchy

Quite. The comments further down that thread about self-styled “cultural trending expert” Catherine Deveny caught my eye too.

David

Good game tips.

Glad you like.

[+]

The Sequence is a game.

Okay, it's officially driving me mad now.

...

One more game.

David

Okay, it’s officially driving me mad now.

It does get quite tricky, and then more so, and then... well. If it all gets too much to bear, there’s a walkthrough playlist here.

But that would be cheating.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Noted at the French Horn and Chair link, play-by-play of Beethoven's Fifth.

WTP

The original Catherine Deveney comment seems to have scrolled off or disappeared, but her response to criticism of it to the effect that she laughed so hard she woke the dog...this seems to be an increasing trend lately with leftists. They've often resorted to it in the past, and to be honest I've encountered it among certain bible-thumper types as well. Another recent one I encountered lately after making a simple reference to basic fact was "I laughed so hard when I read that I literally peed my pants". Really? No argument, no thinking is necessary? It's not the mocking, for which I could give a flip considering the sources, it's the over-the-top reaction to a simple point with which one can hardly disagree. I'd like to believe that some mind altering substance is in effect. Or has been in effect. The more I hear such crap the more intolerant I'm becoming to even casual drug use.

David

The original Catherine Deveny comment seems to have scrolled off or disappeared,

This one?

It’s still there.

WTP

Heh...maybe it's this old iPad giving me grief or because I don't have a Twitter account, but couldn't find that at the link. Thx. Now if you're looking for something absurdly stupid to laugh at, in an abstract Monty Python kind of way, that is more the thing. Still not funny enough to wake the dog, though. Then again, he's seen it all by now and is not as curious as he used to be.

David

that is more the thing.

If memory serves, the tweet in question was challenged at the time by quite a few married women, none of whom, I think, were lucky enough to get a meaningful reply from Ms Deveny.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the tweet in question...

OK, the first is purely voluntary except for some non-Western cultures, the latter often forced with an actual gun to the head.

One has to wonder if bozos like Deveny are really this stupid and/or invested in their ideology, or just trolling.

WTP

are really this stupid and/or invested in their ideology, or just trolling.

My married woman presumed that CD was just some nobody trolling (not that she's familiar with the term) for attention. I pointed out that she's already a well known (though seemingly headed on the down side) comedian in Australia. Wife got mad, said that all those entertainers are crazy anyway and left for work. Even if they are just trolling, seems to be a pretty stupid way to go about it. In spite of the cliche there is such a thing as bad publicity, even if one is a narcissist. Though I suppose few narcissists think far enough ahead to realize this. Drugs will make you stupid, though. And excessive alcohol. Even after the direct effects have washed out of you.

Hanzo

David, this just in. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/07/08/confirmed-philando-castile-was-an-armed-robbery-suspect-false-media-narrative-now-driving-cop-killings/

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

I pointed out that she's already a well known (though seemingly headed on the down side) comedian in Australia.

Yes, I had to look her up, and saw she was a "comedian", but one whose shtick appears is of the "Boy is that (insert conservative politician name here) dumb", type. IOW, a comedian in much the same way Lena Dunham is an attractive and talented actress.

Given that "She considers The Love Party her greatest artwork and political statement.", I am now leaning towards her being stupid and/or invested in her ideology.

R. Sherman

Just back in from two glorious weeks in the internet-free American West. Geez, a lot's happened while I was gone.

Fred the Fourth

R.Sherman: Wait, what? I'm in the American (USA) West, and it sure looks like I have internet here. It ain't free, though, I have to pay for it.
Or is this all some kind of hallucination? A hangover from some of that crap street weed I tried so very many years ago at Berkeley, maybe?
Nothing has happened, though. You are mistaken. The world has merely continued its slide into the pit.

R. Sherman

Fred, I was here. Absolutely marvelous. I recommend it.

Theophrastus

So there are lightning rods and, er, lightning rods...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

So there are lightning rods and, er, lightning rods...

Yes well there are those, and our own lightning rod, Pastor Rod Flash.

Darleen

The Aliens are here, carry on.

David

The Aliens are here, carry on.

Are they all playing Pokémon Go?

Fred the Fourth

R.Sherman:
Beautiful. I've spent time in various places on the east slopes and foothills of the Sierra, which have meadows like those pictures in the Jarbidge website, but I've never actually been in the NE corner of Nevada.
Hmm. I've been looking for an additional excuse for a road trip from SF to Boise and Bozeman and the RMNP. Maybe next spring - this year is full of very elderly relatives.

R. Sherman

We combined a few days at City of Rocks National Preserve in NW Idaho with the trip and hit RMNP on our way home to the Midwest. If you climb, City of Rocks is worth at least a few days, if not more. From there, its a short jaunt to Jarbidge, albeit crap roads for the last 20 miles.

David

There’d better be a slideshow coming. And drinks.

Fred the Fourth

(Notes to self: 1) upgrade the encryption and security for my upcoming roadtrip; 2) buy new offroad tires; 3) move more $ from 401-K into drinks fund in case David is cleverer than we think.)

Captain Nemo

Human Pups

Eh, everyone needs a hobby. Not my sort of thing, but it looks much more enjoyable and much less weird than Morris dancing.

Hal

We have a report from the Sun Rises In East Department of Water Is Wet . . .

Charles Ramsey Thinks 'Some Incident' Will Take Place at Conventions
NBCNews.com - ‎2 hours ago‎

Ah, this is the political season---not merely Year this time in the US, bloody all out 2015-2016 Season--- where now everyone is also now finally noticing that all the outdated political bets have gone out the window, and starting the 18th will be the full, all out, convention totally silly season . . .

The more focused comment would have been the matter-of-fact note that Greater security is certainly going to be concern during the approaching rounds of political circuses . . . .

R. Sherman

There’d better be a slideshow coming. And drinks.

A few pics. Drinks are on your own. I just got back and need to get to the store.

City of Rocks, Malta, Idaho

Ubiquitous Prickly Pear cactus

More "Ho-hum" landscape

Driving to Jarbidge, Nevada and the trailheads

R. Sherman

@ Fred

If you go to Jarbidge, come from the north and drive to Jarbidge, NV. Drive straight through town until you find a decent place to park. GPS is good, but map and compass skills are a must. 4WD is a must for the trip from Jarbidge to the the wilderness. But trust me: it is most definitely worth the effort.

(BTW, if you come from the south and I-80, take time to hike the Ruby Mountains south of Elko, NV.

David

Via Ace, Jesse Lee Peterson attempts a conversation with members of Black Lives Matter.

David

And somewhat related. Note that raising an eyebrow at racial segregation is now a basis for being denounced as a “white supremacist.”

Theophrastus

RS
Thanks for the pics. Reminds me of Andalucia.

jabrwok

raising an eyebrow at racial segregation

Obviously PoC's need their own Safe Space where they'll be free of White, Patriarchal, Cis-normative oppression. Some place where PoC children can be taught by teachers with whom they'll be able to identify because melanin. Likewise police, judges, politicians, etc. should all be PoC's so as to avoid any possibility of White Privilege oppressing the population, and PoC college students would be able to study the history of their peoples without being forced to learn anything about Western "Civilization".

We could call this place PoCistan! Or maybe Liberia.

Fred the Fourth

R.Sherman: At dinner last night turns out my Brother in law had recently been in the Jarbidge area. He agrees it's worth the trip.
David: Hint- Rick Steves makes good coin recruiting folk like RS and publishing their travel comments. In case the henchlesbian 's contraband scheme continues to show crap gross margins...

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