A nearby rural lakeshore has a public beach which reopens today. The county vaccination rate for adults is under 24%
That beach will be crowded with unvaccinated adults and children, yelling to be heard over the boats from the cordoned launch ramp only yards away.
Sex is great and all, but…
Have you ever had sweet southern cole slaw from the bottom of the bowl after it’s been refrigerated an extra day?
Odds that John Q. Satoshi here does NOT have the COVID vaccine inside him seem very high indeed
The quote beneath the brake light is populist Q faux-revolution drivel …
Mom was a bit of a challenge today, mood-wise. 🤷
Everybody else had a good time, so I’m calling it a success. 💐
I found my fully-vaccinated self seated in a customer-free Indian restaurant, next to the gas station the fuel light had demanded I stop at. Samosas, naan, & a spicy serving of butter chicken were enjoyed 😋
📷 🐮 I’m not saying it’s a country store, I’m just saying they have a Cow of the Month pinup calendar
📺 🍿 “Lucky Day” (2019)
The poster caught my eye, then Nina Dobrev, but Crispin Glover is, as always, a reason to watch anything.
Clifton Collins & David Hewlett are treats in support of this bloody revenge rampage mashed up with an ex-con’s romance fairy tale.
“There is no promised land — anywhere. No heaven for Black folks hovering above the Mason-Dixon line. If I am not safe anywhere, then why don’t I just come back home?”
Browser Fact of the Day :
More people are now using an Opera browser (> 2014) than any IE version from 6-11 (< 2013)
Approximately 1.32% vs 1.10% of Global Browser Usage, per CanIUse
Tests are green again, and it’s after Midnight GMT, so that makes it both* Taco Tuesday and Cinco de Mayo (If you hold your mouth right…)
*Don’t ruin this with any joyless pedantry, just celebrate Zaragoza’s victory over the French!
Improvised standing desk for working on the deck while the spring weather is pleasant (I predict about 3 weeks until it’ll be too humid)
Had a discussion about the need to deliver WebP instead of JPEG, literally millions of our images will need converting.
Google decreed that any sites with JPEGs will be penalized in search results.
Where are those antitrust calls?
Does the market decide or does Google?
A hollowed-out tree trunk hangs by a twisted fiber along the trail at Pilot Mountain state park #EarthDay
Have had the “Dark Yonder” anthology capping off my tsundoko a while, finally finished it.
The last story, “Not Enough To Drink” by Rob Pierce, was the darkest. Perfect ending. Would have been at home in an homage to Flannery O’Connor.
🟣🎸Prince’s phenomenal guitar solo at the end of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (in tribute to George Harrison)
Location, location, location.
One simple brick to make car dealerships love you! 💵 🛻
Second Shot of Moderna in my arm! #Vax
“Worth the deuce” #KissARMY
Endeavour S06 E03 :
Forget the chocolates, murder, and tragedy : There is no way anyone would believe Olivia Chenery’s husband would leave her.
🎶🎸🥁🎤 C’mon start a fire / in my electric chair / Baby cross my wires / Light up my hair / Overload my circuits / Let me feel the juice / Make me an offer / That I can’t refuse / BLOW MY FUSE
If life’s lessons could be reduced to single sentences, there would be no need for fiction.
- Scott Turow, author and lawyer (b. 12 Apr 1949)
🌸📷 Solo bulb is sus, tbh. I don’t remember it from last year…
🌸📷 Sprung : three weeks ago this was all grey sticks and brown mulch L
If phi is zero, then the system doesn’t exist for itself; anything with Φ^max greater than zero exists for itself, has an inner view, and has some degree of irreducibility
“We’re told that Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are an item, but no actual romantic or sexual chemistry between them is shown in the films.” - BloodKnife . com
Rebuttal: The dance scene from Iron Man (2008)
📷 🔵🐦 party beneath the bird feeder.
Too heavy to land on the perches themselves, three blues scavenge for spilled seed below.
🎶 Dave Grohl plays his hit song ‘Everlong’ on acoustic guitar (after a personal seven minute story about writing it…) 🎸🥁 #FooFighters #Everlong
Saturday morning is the perfect time to say that if you’re missing WandaVision this weekend, you can get a good version of The Vision‘s origin from the 2012 cartoon “The Avengers : Earths Mightiest Heroes”
You can jump right in to the four episode arc E14 - E17 in S2
“Billy Butcher” Motivational Poster by ‘ButcherBilly’
Last night’s prototype for a lamp shade idea… Just popped it into that existing shade as a test
Happy Valentines Day to all you “Sexy MF-ers” from The Purple One 🎶🥁🎷💕
📚🇫🇷 My knowledge of Napoleonic France comes from reading the unabridged ‘Count of Monte Cristo’ by Dumas. Napoleon’s return from exile on Elba provided the intrigue that underpin the titular Dantès’ betrayal
America today feels how I imagine France did in those ‘Hundred Days’
🎙🍲 If you need something lovely this morning, I want to recommend the velvet voice of NPR’s Noel King as she charmingly learns to make Thai Chicken with Basil 🥰
Good night nodeJS.
I will most likely kill you tomorrow.
🎶 ‘Just Like Heaven’
Someone who shall remain blameless kept referencing The Cure, so I was inspired to put my faves on shuffle…
All I am saying is in the 25th century, somewhere there is a very rich salesman for a defense contractor who laughs every time he sees a Federation ship, and he absolutely refuses to step foot aboard one of them.
Streaming the next episode of Voyager which begins with a space battle that severely damages the ship.
A crewman dies after “his console exploded in his face” … from external damage?
I hate when these stupid little cliches are egregious enough to mar otherwise great episodes.
📺 ‘Save Yourselves!’
An existential crisis for a young couple leads them to disconnect from the internet & leave NYC for a week in the woods - the same week that aliens invade!
Sunita Mani (‘GLOW’, ‘Mr Robot’) is the best part of this mildly entertaining, offbeat comedy
📺 Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Edward Norton did everything in adapting this for film and it has a cohesive quality as a result.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw warms every scene she is in, an ingenue worthy of the definition.
Alec Baldwin as Randolph has a line which damns in recent echoes
“the systemic nature of crime in underprivileged communities is often driven by the inability of the powerful to empathize and address the concerns of the powerless. Submission to the powerful is often more important than the humanity of the powerless”
-The Way of the Laser
The four horseman of “I ain’t got no dipping sauce”
The Big Sleep (1978)
I’d seen the 1946 Bogart & Bacall version a few times, but never Robert Mitchum’s, who quips well, but fails to menace as Marlowe should.
The transplant from LA to the English countryside was odd, but otherwise the plot is faithful to the novel.
On Kiva, you can loan money to alleviate poverty around the world.
This morning I added the Dominican Republic and Mali to the countries where I’ve made a loan to help someone help themselves.
Mine is only one drop in the ocean, add yours
Good Morning America! 🇺🇸
It’s a great day to wake up refreshed and push progress forward for the least of us everywhere
🎶🥁’Who Owns Who’ - Prophets of Rage
🎶🎸”Goodbye Year, Goodbye” - ‘X’
The most prophetic song released in 2020…
“The Blurred Odyssey” - ‘The Sh-Booms’
1️⃣ This year is The One! Happy New Year 🥳 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ 🎉
The moral of the story is to never look behind the drop ceiling… 🙈🚧
Imagine posting a list of “Essential Episodes of ‘The Expanse’” 🤪🤓😜
You gotta watch EVERY episode AT LEAST TWICE! 🚀👽⭕️☄️
📺🎄OK, “Fatman” let’s do this…
Thunderkiss ’65 - Rob Zombie Black Shuck - The Darkness Arcane Montane - The Sword So Easy - Eagles of Death Metal
Lo the bare branches of winter Begun to reveal The demense of his lordship Looking down from high upon the hill
Lenny’s scream to kick off that horn outro over the epic groove : the last 30 seconds of ‘Always on the Run’ is in the pantheon.
🔗 Trump has, thoroughly and completely, lost the 2020 election. Now who’s going to tell the Republican base?
Or more to the point, who’s going to tell them they’re being scammed? #μβ www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/…
📺🖖‘Phage’ Star Trek : Voyager S1E05 Crew-mate Neelix has had his LUNGS stolen by a mystery alien… so the hologram doctor invents HoloLungs because they can’t replicate replacements for his organs. Except they replicated them every time he has used the transporter… ⭐️ 6.5/10
📺 👽 🚀 My rewatch of Star Trek has reached the point (DS9 S3E12) where I get to start interleaving Voyager episodes!
Tuvok, Paris, Kim, Torres, Chakotay - Janeway ended up with a great crew (and the show had a very likable cast right out of the gate)
🎸 Every time I go on another Prince jag I veer ever closer to starting a religion on what you could learn from studying his paisley life:
“How many want to get deep tonight? How many y’all want to stay on the shore though?”
Many people will struggle this winter, but you can help them to have a “Holiday without Hunger” for five bucks a box at your local Food Lion grocery 🦃 🥣 🥖
If no Food Lion nearby, please RT with your local equivalent
🎶 ”Take The Power Back”
📷 Backyard Colors
If you REALLY believed an election had just been stolen from you, would you go play golf for two straight days or would you be elbow deep in work; fighting hard to prevent the political coup? 🗳
Dead things have fallen, and we need to put together new tools to gather them up and throw them out
🎵 “In the pines, in the pines”
🎵 Starting the day off bumping to the Jamiroquai throwback ‘Virtual Insanity’
Spotted the local biz run by a QAnon victim…
Fortunate the County Board of Elections is convenient for me, as the lot is full and they are using all of the sidewalk on this first day of early voting
🎵 📺 Full Video of Lanie Gardner‘s smoky cover of ‘Dreams’ (Fleetwood Mac) on y/t:
The sound I heard just after I read the captions on this photo scared me; especially when I realized it was my own snort-cackling laughter 🐈💥
How it started. How it ended up. #FetchHappened
Roadside Seen : STDs
Stop The Donald 2020
“Don’t let the infection spread”
Currently super annoyed with all of you that knew that “Get Shorty” series was fucking brilliant and never mentioned it (or S01 at least)
Loves In Abandonment
The problem for the plumber is that from his perspective everyone is paying attention to two of his neighbors.
However, he is only adjacent to them in proximity. Many neighbors would call one of a few local plumbers. He is unremarkable.
He is not their peer.
Imagine an accomplished inventor scientist and her neighborhood friend the passionate philanthropist have a good-natured rivalry whose colorful annual competitions draw national news interest
A plumber they both use lives on the next street
Why doesn’t everyone know his name?
So glad to see Claudio is back with Ewan & Charley for ‘The Long Way Up’ on Apple TV+ 🏍 📺
Trail Break - it said ‘mountain wilderness trail’ on the map but it did not register upon me that would mean hauling myself up and down so heavily…
Feeling the fall of autumn weather today. Being in Carolina, we’ll warm back up a time or three, but the summer heat has broken
Reportedly, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) will play ‘She-Hulk’ - a young lawyer injured in a car crash receives a transfusion from cousin Bruce Banner, whose gamma-irradiated Hulk blood is responsible her gorgeous green hair & musculature
📺 ‘21 Bridges’ Chadwick Boseman as a detective known for shooting cop-killers. The same night he is cleared by IA, two hitters knock off the wrong coke stash & kill seven cops… “Trigger” is oddly placed in charge of manhunt & closes all 21 bridges to NYC 3.5 dirty stars
Every Mel Gibson movie is some shade of crime / noir but last years ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ was darker and better than ‘Force of Nature’ if you’re looking for one to skip…
📚5⭐️ ‘Legendborn’ - @TracyDeonn (YA) Modern Fantasy about a bright young black girl entering college at Carolina whose grief drives her to join a secret society older than The Old Well and darker than her family’s own ancient secrets.
A unique blend of Magic with timely heft!
📚 ‘Interference’ - 4 ⭐️
Brad Parks’ newest thriller is about a hoops-loving Physicist whose life becomes dangerously entangled with a spooky component of his quantum research …
Some days the best solution is to write a tidy little bash script 🐚 💻
📚 Hey lookitthat! My preorder for Tracy Deonn’s ‘Legendborn’ shipped early
Disappointed my relatives have lived near these pleasant spots forever and never mentioned any of them
Found a relatively quiet spot to sit by the water for a while
I wonder if a source of the powerless congress we have today is the automation of government expenditure. Has the ‘power of the purse’ the founders expected to provide check and balance to executive authority been abdicated? Imagine if ICE needed congress to cut monthly checks…
Rocks on Deep River
Want to read: Three-Fifths by John Vercher 📚
Want to read: The Warehouse by Rob Hart 📚
Protest against corruption of US Postal Service at Dejoy’s Home
Depression effect of the virus on vacation-dependent restaurants has to be MASSIVE 🦠 🏝 🥐
Proof you can still have a ball while socially distancing 🏝 🍷 #OBX
📚🏝 🍺 ’Monday Starts on Saturday’ - Strugatsky Bros. (W/ Schöfferhofer grapefruit Hefeweizen)
📚🏝 My next Beach Read is Kiese Laymon’s debut novel ‘Long Division’
Sound of the surf 🏝🎤 #OBX
Earthquakes, 2020? This piece of shit year…
Get in loser, we’re going to Arrakis 📚🚀🏝🌵🌍
Absolutely disgusting to see American democracy die because a few assholes in the right places usurped authority
I was sitting out on deck this morning with my coffee when a little hummingbird flew over to interrupt my doom-scrolling. As he departed, he took a quick nip from the feeder which has hung unvisited for the past year 🐦
🎵 🎤 🎸 “Peace Pipe” is one of those tracks that seemingly at random will pop into my thoughts from time to time; then I have to hear it five or fifteen times before I let it rest
Johnny Mnemonic is set in 2021, and in the second scene we see rioters wearing N95-style masks #FutureSense
America might be a pile of corpses and shit, but is OUR pile of corpses and shit
__ With apologies to Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham for paraphrasing Avasarala 📚🌍 🚀__
In a sense, this summer COVID-19 has finally granted the wishes of all of us who have always wanted a private tropical retreat… 🏝 🌴 ☀️
This passage from “Babylon’s Ashes” made me do some reflecting…
Looks like a wee bit of rain blowing in #NCWX
The 16th Dresden Files novel is out, “Peace Talks” and @LongShotAuthor is once again trying to kill Harry (and his readers) with an insane amount of concurrent crises and complications 📚
No one else is wearing a mask and the crowd is starting to thicken, so I’m a gonna vamoose on Audi
I might trade “Sophia” for this one #SoOrange
The Mustang Corral
It’s always a surprise to me how many cars show up for the July cruise-in down here. As in, I always forget it is happening
For a film with Malcovich, Vaughn and Hemsworth in it, I thought Eden Brolin made the movie ‘Arkansas’ with her odd and sweet, but neither stupid nor weak character
Breakfast for Bee
📚 Boomers crashed, and rain bucketed down on the tin roof of the deck, but the reader was comfortably ensconced, turning pages as the thrilling plot raced towards an undoubtedly bloody conclusion.
It’s a gorgeous morning to grab some pastries at Guglhupf 🥐☕️
I saw the decade end
and the world changed
in the blink of an eye … I was alive
And I waited
Ahh Yeah, sookie sookie now!!! The postman delivered ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ by S.A. Cosby
“The Southern Styllist” pan fried liver pudding slices and pimento cheese on toast
📚 Got word my copy of @blacklionking73 ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ came in today, but I’m busy priming an undercarriage and can’t go pick it up before Tuesday 😭
TFW you shaved all your hair off and now none of your ball caps fit any more
Grinding, and welding, and priming, and painting…
Even at my worst, I was never the kind of drinker depicted in the lyrics for ‘Out Cold’ so know that what I love about this track is that groove. It’s got a perfect sleaze rock grind that I just cant get enough of.
This is not how I wanted to play with laser blasters #KidneyStones