Thursday, January 11, 2018

The spying internet

I mention on Facebook that I may be going to Paris and this showed up in my spam folder.

Hi - Chaptal ,

My name is Veronica, I'm from Paris. Last week i Bought an old book from street here in Paris and i found your email inside of it, i'm curious to know if this is a real person, and what relate you with this book! Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks
Please reply to this email today To Either

Taping over your camera isn't going to do shit.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

To those who give unsolicited advice on the internet

I am going to place A and will stay in place B with a view of place C
I am not going to take into account that I stay in place D with no view
Or that I go into the countryside, outside of the city limits of A to see a sheep farm
I can go to the Ohio State Sheep Center, anytime I want
And I do not want

A vineyard, sure. That’s the only farm I want to see
If I wanted to see riots from the fifth floor, I would find a room with a view of E
But I do not want to see riots, smell tear gas or witness Gendarmes beating people up
I will take into account bakeries, as food is in my wife’s wheelhouse and I will need food
to soak up all the drinking I plan on doing
Do I want to stand in a crowded room of people in the Louvre, cell phones out, taking pictures of the Mona Lisa?
Not really, but I would not mind skipping through the room Anna Karina did in Bande a Part
Catacombs, ancient skulls at night, Pere LaChaise even without Jim Morrison’s grave are right in if you knew me,
giver of unsolicited advice

I’m going to eat chocolate, croissants, baguettes, drink wine, drink coffee, be claustrophobic in crowds of tourist attractions that are being loved to death, people watch, speak awful French, be insulted and scorned by the residents
and make love to my wife
In a hotel
That has a view
Of the Eiffel Tower
And none of your projections are going to stop me

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ten more things I'm already tired of in 2018

Other people’s diets
Other people’s pets
Naming winter storms
Twitter threads
Star Wars revision and criticism
Curated anything
Forced positivity
People who tell you to let it go
Historical negationism

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ten more words I'm already tired of in 2018

Mixed use
Fur parent

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ten words I'm already tired of in 2018

Fake news
Deep state
Rob Portman

Thursday, December 28, 2017

On screen 2017

Just about all the films I watched this year. I can also include 13 episodes of MST3K The Return, but you can look those up. Still enjoying TCM, and the occasional live tweeting on #TCMparty. Still trying to watch one film a week, but scheduling and all the TV series' on Netflix make that difficult. As always, would like to get to the theater more but streaming makes things too easy.

1) Sour Grapes
2) Sing Street
3) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
4) Miss Sharon Jones!
5) The Birds
6) Blazing Saddles
7) Casablanca
8) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
9) The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
10) Get Out
11) The Golden Vision
12) Vacation From Marriage
13) Crossfire Hurricane
14) The Quiet Man
15) The Commitments
16) The Sidehackers (MST3K)
17) The Giant Gila Monster (MST3K)
18) Trainspotting 2
19) Double Indemnity
20) Young Frankenstein
21) Turnabout
22) Palm Beach Story
23) Lilies in the Field
24) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
25) Obit
26) Breakfast at Tiffany’s
27) Mali Blues
28) Moana
29) Yankee Doodle Dandy
30) Spiderman: Homecoming
31) Baby Driver
32) Raiders of the Lost Ark
33) Marnie
34) Singing in the Rain
35) Sharknado 5
36) The Philadelphia Story
37) Holiday
38) The Animal Kingdom (1932)
39) For Pete’s Sake
40) Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
41) Kingsman: The Golden Circle
42) A Star is Born (1937)
43) Star Wars (with Columbus Symphony)
44) The Big Sleep
45) Lion
46) Madame Satan
47) Casablanca
48) Wee Geordie
49) The Last Jedi
50) In the Good Ol’ Summertime
51) Madame X
52) Eegah! (MST3K Live)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The last week of the year

Hope you all had a fine holiday. Despite my car accident (no one was hurt) it was a very good one. My lovely wife spoiled the heck out of me. If you ever come to the Westgate Cavern you will find out why. The teenager is doing well, as long as he has his iPad to play Badfinger and the Rolling Stones' "Child of the Moon"

I, too, listened to some music this year. Here's what kept me going. Really, really liked the first two - so I'm calling it a tie for the year's best.

Algiers - The Underside of Power
Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee
Alvvays - Antisocalites
Neil Finn - Out of Silence
Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Soul of a Woman
Little Steven - Soulfire
Lorde - Melodrama
Willie Phoenix and the Soul Underground - Garage Blues Band
Harry Styles - Harry Styles
Tinariwen - Elwan
Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm

Next up, the movies watched list, and car buying.