Jan
10
2019
1

Quote of the Day, I Kind Of Want To Argue This But I’m Having Difficulty Doing So edition.

“If you have thousands of dollars to go on a trip to see Blink 182, that’s on you; that’s Darwinism at its finest.”  I don’t know who the dude is, but it’s from the documentary on the infamous Fyre party.  And I want to argue this.  Even people with more money than sense have a right to expect that they’ll get what they actually paid for.

But there’s that little, highly inappropriate part of me that persists in giggling.

Dec
21
2018
3

Quote of the Day, Look, Aquaman Is Just Going To Be Cool Now edition.

I have to give the reviewer here credit for recognizing his situation.

Me: By now, the DC cinematic universe has lowered expectations to such a degree that “Aquaman” actually seems pretty alright. It’s not “Wonder Woman”-good, but it’s miles more likable than “Justice League” or “Suicide Squad.” If it’s as dumb, loud and overlong as any of the DC movies, it at least has a charm and sense of humor that jell agreeably with the ridiculousness of the story.

Me at 8 years old: This movie is the best movie I’ve ever seen in my life.
Because, in the end, Aquaman is not a movie for me. It, like Thor: Ragnarok, is at best a movie for the 8 to 15 year old version of me who still lives in my head somewhere.  Which is OK, because that version of me still gets to see all the fun stuff that they’re making now, and then go Wheeeeeee.  I can live with that.

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Dec
13
2018
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Quote of the Day, Wow This Makes Me Feel Young edition.

I treasure it.  On Keith Richards cutting back on his drinking:

[Keith] Richards added that “it was interesting to play sober,” while [Ronnie] Wood noted: “We’re weaving [guitar parts] a lot more conscientiously now. We’re much more aware of the gaps and the spaces between. We’re in our seventies, but we’re still rocking like we’re 40-year-olds, you know?”

…Bless you, Ronnie Wood.

(Via somewhere. The place where I thought I saw it? I didn’t see it there when I went back to get the link.) [UPDATE: It was Ed Driscoll, over at Instapundit.]

Dec
06
2018
4

Quote of the Day, Translation: “And So, Tolkien Wins After All” edition.

From the publicity stuff for Season Eight of Game of Thrones:

“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death. It’s an incredibly emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what [author George R.R. Martin] set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”

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Oct
04
2018
1

Quote of the Day, Ain’t No Such Thing As Clean Language, Folks edition.

It’s true! “Learning etymology is like going through the attic of a recently dead uncle, who seemed mostly domesticated, but who spent his life having x-rated adventures.”  The stuff that you say innocently today would have made your great-grandparents shudder, and will make your great-grandchildren blush.  The best part?  Thanks to the invention of modern A/V recording devices, they’ll be able to understand them, too!  It’s gonna take a LOT longer for languages to shift, now that we routinely preserve how people speak.  Which is kind of interesting, isn’t it?

Well, it’s interesting to me and this is my website.  So there.

Aug
07
2018
13

Quote of the Day, Sometimes, (Metaphorical) Bullets CAN Kill It edition.

The author here has a point.

The collective internet is kind of like the little kid in AI: Artificial Intelligence. When it loves something, that love is the most passionate, powerful and awe-inspiring thing. And if you even slightly interfere with that love in any way, it will destroy you with a cold, mechanical fury.

Particularly since the author was referencing what happened when they made a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender — No! Sit back down!  It’s OK!  It’s OK!  The franchise is dead!  It can’t hurt anybody anymore!  You can even click the link; it goes to a Blu-Ray of the real show.  The animated one.

Anyway.  See what the author meant?

Jun
16
2018
6

Quote of the Day, We Would Have Seen Jar-Jar As A Saviour edition.

This quote is accurate (go to the link for context).

George Lucas’ final trilogy plans are so dumb, fans would have begged for the return of Jar Jar

I understand that emotions are high over Star Wars, but: it could have been worse, my droogies.  Merciful God in heaven, it could have so very much worse. Always remember that George Lucas hates Star Wars for what it did to him, and hates us for making it impossible for him to seek closure. If he had been given the chance, Lucas absolutely would have giggled as the knife started to turn.

May
23
2018
3
Apr
24
2018
2

Quote of the Day, This Toyota Corolla Craigslist Ad Is Art edition.

From here:

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Sep
18
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, It’s Hard To Argue Against This edition.

Assessment: true, alas.

The rule of thumb is that pop culture comes back around every twenty years — much like the ravenous Pennywise who awakens every twenty-seven years to feed.

In fact, contemplating It as a metaphor for nostalgia itself kind of works.

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