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09:48 AM ET (US)
I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job! That's so amazing, somehow. Also thank you for reminding me about Lackadaisy, I hadn't checked that comic for over a year...? Sigh.
Bill the Splut
02:00 PM ET (US)
I love Iggy and Spike! Especially when they're evolved, and are just as stupid, just have a better vocabulary. (Although they are smart enough to realize that King Trump--er, Koopa--is a fascist they should depose.
Where's my devo ray gun to to use on Congress? And where's my pizza?!
05:05 PM ET (US)
Whereas I watched Super Mario Brothers entirely because Richard Edson was in it. I'll watch just about anything if Richard Edson is in it, tbh. You prolly know him as the (faux-Latino) parking lot attendant in Ferris Bueller, but Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise (1984) can't be overlooked either. He also was Sonic Youth's original drummer!
08:53 AM ET (US)
The fact that (spoiler) they chose to kill the sole person of color in the entire cast was just so fucking wrong on so many levels Why couldn't he have had a happy ending like in the book? It seems like such an arbitrary decision to kill him off, to say nothing of the underlying racism the Beeb would of course totally disavow.

I'm not sure when I gave up on organized religion, though it prolly stems from 9th/10th grade, when half my coterie of giggly teenage girls split off into their own little Baptist gang--we called them the Killer B's--and decided that since they were Saved, they were innately superior to the rest of us. That's certainly the root of my hatred of Fundamentalists (of every stripe).
Bill the Splut
11:56 AM ET (US)
once I read the book, I was distressed at the changes that were seemngly made at random.

I read the book first, but it was 10-12 years ago, so I didn't remember much. I had the feeling that Stephen's fate was much better than...well, having a fucking house fall in on him? After all he (and everyone) had been through at the whims of The Gentleman, the show should've been as vengefully satisfying as the book. I'd have to dig out my copy to refresh my memory, but the series kinda seemed like it could've been called "Jonathan Strange and Those Other Guys."

I liked the mayo article. I just reflexively grind my teeth at any "Millenials are Killing blah blah blah" shit. These Kids Today, amirite? That crap reminds me of my childhood, when boy did the old farts hate everything teenagers did. Circa 1968/69 my church put out a pamphlet that had an article about how the peace symbol was REALLY a thing the evil Romans created: it was the Cross, turned upside down with its arms broken! This made me mad. There was no Snopes back then for to verify that this was bullshit (and it was). Were the anti-Viet Nam war people using it to say they hate Christ? It's like saying Charlie Chaplin loved Hitler because of his facial hair. I think this was the first time I really started skeptically questioning "facts" I was fed. So, thanks for that, Saint Margaret Mary's, this was the path that eventually led me to rejecting religion.
02:26 PM ET (US)
I LOVED Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, though once I read the book, I was distressed at the changes that were seemngly made at random. Stephen Black's fate in the novel is an immense improvement over the tv series. I also emerged with such a massive girl boner for Childermass that I still follow Enzo Cilenti on social media. (I showed David the first ep and asked him which one he thought I liked. He said, "Oh, it's the manservant!" Damn. It's like he knows me or something.)

That millenials-killed-mayo article has received even more mockery than your own (superior as it is). Especially since mayonnaise sales have only increased every year and are exceptionally strong. Barring any quote from our dear prez, I think the statement, "She was a women’s and gender studies major in college. Naturally, she loathes mayonnaise" is going to stand as the dumbest thing said in 2018. For the record, I was a women's studies minor and I LOVE mayo, though of course as a GenX'er, I am an outlier and should not be counted.
09:53 AM ET (US)
Okay, the phrase, "likely smells of midget" has both encrypted itself permanently in my brain--in the, "I should not be so amused at this" category--and has convinced me to let that particular dream go. Especially since it was in proximity to taxidermy. On our recent NV trip, we visited with an old friend of my dad's who had an entire room of taxidermied anmals. It was difficult to maintain my politely appreciative expression when he bragged about how he or his wife had shot all of them.

 (Though full disclosure: I do live in a house with an antelope head on the wall. I named him Ralph 30+ yrs ago. Put a mustache on him once and my parents didn't notice for months.)
Bill the Splut
05:29 PM ET (US)
I have no idea what it cost. It was in a booth that was mainly taxidermy, and...yeah, we were already creeped out. Do know that this isn't so much a Head, as an ENTIRE BODY SUIT FOR SOME LITTLE PERSON, and thus really large. And likely smells of midget. I'll bet that they still do have it, as it's this store with a museum of "Movie Props No One Wants," like "Sylvester Stallone's Toy Gun From COBRA!" because whoa boy who don't want that.
Also, you should see Monkeybone because everyone in the world needs to see it, or never have heard of it, I'm conflicted, I'll bet Zef has it lined up with like fourteen bongs. Not bong hits, literally 14 bongs.
Bill the Splut
05:18 PM ET (US)
Kits, hey actually, can I get in touch with Aviv? Just to ask her about Monkeybone, and how that damn head ended up in Putnam, CT.
I was pretty sure that Luna Sea was Punkie, and WE SHALL MARRY ONE DAY. For our honeymoon, we will go to Reno and shoot a man just to watch him etc etc, you know how Punkie is.

"She's a sweet and simple girl my Linda, a lovely lava lass you see--"
I still don't know why that's so funny.
02:22 PM ET (US)
LOL, okay, Bill. I'd prolly have to watch Monkeybone and then decide whether the costs were worth it. How much are they asking for our nasty little friend? Of course I'd hang it up on the wall, high enough that the cats couldn't get it (though Maxil can be a determined lil' foo--I've seen him jump over five feet high, trying to get at the laser pointer).

I loved Space Ghost! Esp. the two Joel Hodgson episodes--the one he appeared in ("$20.00"), and the one he wrote ("Urges" re: Zorak's mating season). I loved The State too! There's actually a Doug reference in the new MST3K and I howled when I heard it.

Damn, Kitsarina, I wanna hang out at your house! :D
10:39 PM ET (US)
no - Aviv. "Luna Sea" is your bff Punkin (for whatever reason, I'm like 98% sure she doesn't listen to them).

in other news, I have acquired three volumes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast on DVD. also The State if anyone remembers that. it's so mid-90s up in this house I ALMOST CAN'T STAND IT
Bill the Splut
02:19 PM ET (US)

This is largely every conversation we have while Junk Shopping:
Person One, who maybe has a ponytail or has freckles, doesn't matter: (points, says "ahem")
(fits of laughter, possibly of the "horrified" variety)
Person One: "Yeah. Imagine waking up and seeing THAT every day!"
Person Two: "How long would this last with your cats?"
(shrugs) "Like an hour. Yours?"
"An HOUR? Like, 5 minutes!"

We're going to that place at the end of the month. Would you like me to ask if it's available? You're paying for shipping!
Bill the Splut
11:44 PM ET (US)
Divine Kits:
Was she Luna Sea? I saw that name on your FB. I don't have any questions for her, but it's always good to know the old Commenters.
(shakes head and laughs) "OLD."
04:47 AM ET (US)

I too have a dead FB friend. What really gets to me is when people still post to his wall on his birthday, as I'm not sure if it's just a commemoration of his memory, or if they don't actually know that he's dead. I'm not gonna be the one to tell them, but it's distressing and sad.
10:52 PM ET (US)
if you're interested to know, Luna is still alive and we are Facebook friends (but I have her muted because she wears me out fast)(out of 58 friends, eight are muted and one is dead; clearly the problem is me).
04:05 PM ET (US)
Nope. Blocked again. I'll post it at FB.
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