Quote of the Day, How We All Were Saved From a Discworldian Abomination edition.

I’m not even mad at Hollywood. It’s like being mad at a dingo for being a dingo. This is what Hollywood is. Let’s all just be grateful that Terry Pratchett didn’t need the money enough.

Reportedly the author’s first — and possibly future-defining — brush with Hollywood studios came following talk of his fourth Discworld book, 1987’s Mort (which centered on his character Death) being picked up for adaptation. Allegedly, after research from focus groups, he was asked to “lose the Death angle.”

(That’s an old article, btw. Also, via Collider.)

Quote of the Day, I Almost Don’t Want To Point This Out edition.

Somebody might go into Wikipedia and change it.

Jan Matulka (7 November 1890 – 25 June 1972) was a Czech-American modern artist originally from Bohemia. Matulka’s style ranged from Abstract expressionism to landscapes, sometimes in the same day.

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Quote of the Day, That’s An Amusing Weasel, Chris Pine edition.

When asked if there was going to be a second DUNGEONS & DRAGONS movie, Chris Pine replied:

“I’ve heard some rumors about it,” he tells us of a potential follow-up. “But I don’t know anything yet. But I feel pretty confident that it may happen.”

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Quote of the Day, “History Doesn’t Always Repeat Herself*…” edition.


The mercenary captains are either capable men or they are not; if they are, you cannot trust them, because they always aspire to their own greatness, either by oppressing you, who are their master, or others contrary to your intentions; but if the captain is not skillful, you are ruined in the usual way.

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter XII.

*”…sometimes she screams, ‘Why won’t anybody ever LISTEN to what I’m SAYING?’ and then lets fly with a club.” I had that on a button, once: I wonder whatever happened to it.

Quote of the Day, It Can Spoil You For BEING An Author Too, Tom edition.

Although Tom Anderson already knows that. Dude’s in the same boat as me: writing books in a world where Terry Pratchett existed.

Mort is a great book for many reasons other than the intelligent way it writes about AH, and only as a secondary plot at that. It is a good illustration in how reading Terry Pratchett at a young age will spoil many other authors for one, for all the things one takes for granted as a result.

(I assume you have all already read Mort. If not… what a nice thing you have to look forward to!)


Quote of the Day, The Reason Isn’t Always Flattering edition.

This was in regard to a question as to why some content in Cyberpunk 2077 was cut: “”Unused content is unused for a reason,” [Cyberpunk 2077 quest director Pawel] Sasko says.” Which is true enough. However, sometimes the reason is, Because we were already over budget, or We needed three more weeks that we didn’t have, or even We just weren’t good enough to figure out how to make it all work. Anybody who’s played KOTOR 2 or Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines knows that sometimes the spirit is willing, but the studio might be… under constraints.

Quote of the Day, There Should Be A ‘Movies People Like To Watch’ Category edition.

I can’t quite believe that the reviewer here is serious, but:

In a just world, those 95 minutes of blood-soaked carnage would be guaranteed to earn [COCAINE BEAR] multiple Oscars, from best screenplay to best director to best film. Alas, the lack of teachable moments probably means that won’t happen, but it matters not. For what matters is that in 2023, we have a movie that hearkens back to earlier times, back when Hollywood sought not to make us better people, but to distract us for a while, to invite us to imagine possibilities like “what if a bear got hooked on cocaine?” 

…I am still on to go see this flick with my eldest kid this weekend. We were supposed to go last Sunday, but I had a bout of mild food poisoning. Clearly, I will need to fast all of Saturday, just to be on the safe side.

Quote of the Day, Can Movies Commit War Crimes? edition.

Did you know there was a Garbage Pail Kids movie? Well, there was: and it was everything you might imagine, and less. This is supposedly a quote from the director, and even for 1987 this is some freaky-a*s sh*t, man:

“We got dwarves and put heads on them, and found out how long they could survive in there without breathing, and it turned out to be about five, seven minutes. So you had to rehearse everything without the heads on, put the heads on, have a paramedic [with] a stop watch. Little sons of bitches go in there, and you say ‘action’, and you shoot until they can’t breathe.”

I’ll wait for the horrified laughter to stop. Note, also, that I have not put up an Amazon link. I have my pride. And a basic sense of humanity.

Quote of the Day, I Don’t Know If The Venerable Bede Made It Up… edition.

…but it’s still one Heaven of a quote.

The present life of man upon earth, O king, seems to me, in comparison with that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the house wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your ealdormen and thegns, while the fire blazes in the midst, and the hall is warmed, but the wintry storms of rain or snow are raging abroad. The sparrow, flying in at one door and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry tempest; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, passing from winter into winter again. So this life of man appears for a little while, but of what is to follow or what went before we know nothing at all. If, therefore, this new doctrine tells us something more certain, it seems justly to deserve to be followed.

Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England, Chapter 13.