fakespyder wrote on Jan 9, 2022, 16:08:Cyprus reportedly discovers a Covid variant that combines omicron and delta.No, damn it. Just no!Birds are real, a US government agency wants to assure you. Bird is the word, Peter Griffin wants to assure you
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 8, 2022, 18:26:jdreyer wrote on Jan 8, 2022, 14:03:sauron wrote on Jan 8, 2022, 13:52:Just cut out second breakfast and elevensies and you should be fine.
New Year's resolution - eat fewer hobbits. Doc says they contain too much salt, cholesterol and alcohol (!).
Double the hobbits, Elf's are just skin and bones....
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 8, 2022, 18:28:Wolfen wrote on Jan 8, 2022, 18:07:
Random update by me. I know a couple of people here were interested in my China stories during the start of Covid. Well, things here are still quite normal. Some cases pop up here and there and Shanghai continues to assault it with strength by enforcing lockdowns on anyone who had even been in close range of the person/people who tested positive.
For the most part, though our lives have been fairly normal for the past year and a half. We only wear masks in taxis as they require it, hospitals, banks, government facilities, etc. A lot of people will still wear masks purely out of safety for themselves and everyone else but it isn't even really needed at this point still. Most people are vaccinated, but it's that classic style vaccine of a deactivated version of the virus. I am unsure of its efficacy of it since I always hear different things. But I have had two shots and can't get a third until Feb. A few places ask for our health codes. The health code is how they know if you are safe, risky, or infected. The contact tracing here is insane because yes...China really does know at the very least where you have been all the time. Unless you don't carry a phone. Then they need to use one of their bazillion cameras to find you.
But the real big update is that I am moving to Malaysia in a couple of weeks. My time in China is ending after a decade. This was very intentional. Our company has a new studio there and my family has been in Malaysia since before COVID started. I haven't seen them since. So this move benefits both of us and has been almost a year in the making.
Anyhow, sorry to blog post on your forum Blue. And happy birthday to Frans!
Stay safe everyone.
Trust me I've blogged on here before. And congrats on the move I hope!
1badmf wrote on Jan 5, 2022, 18:17:Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2022, 17:06:
Novak Djokovic's visa cancelled after a 12 hour "standoff" at the Melbourne Airport. It will be interesting to see how it goes from here...
Edit: Ah... found this tidbit: ".....reportedly traveled to Australia on a visa that does not permit medical exemptions for being unvaccinated..."
fuck that douchebag. he hosted a tennis tournament where everyone got infected, and ironically it was that infection that allowed him to get an exemption. i'm glad someone down there is willing to stand up to his bullshit and told him to fuck off.
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 5, 2022, 11:37:
*pulls out the altar*
Blue wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 13:15:sauron wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 10:31:I agree. The Big Sleep is a good movie, and captures a lot of the book. But I must add that nothing lives up to Chandler's writing. Probably mostly due to the way Marlowe was such a strong silent type externally, but he also had an inner dialogue that just wouldn't shut up. It makes it tough to film. I appreciate the attempt to overcome this in the film version of Lady in the Lake. They shot it first-person from Marlowe's perspective. It doesn't turn out that great, and it's not nearly as good as The Big Sleep as a movie, but I admire the effort.
Agreed, The Thin Man (by Dashiell Hammett) is pretty good, and Basil Rathbone was always my favorite Sherlock. But I'd put Raymond Chandler's Marlowe above them all. I'm sure everyone here has seen The Big Sleep (Bogart and Bacall), but if not, give yourself a New Year movie treat!
My guilty admission is that though Chandler's Philip Marlowe books are my all-time favorites, I've always found it too difficult to follow the convoluted plot twists of the central mysteries. I thought it was just me, and maybe it is for the books. But I was really amused by TCM's noire movie package where they ask several film experts to explain the plot of the movie of The Big Sleep. They all laugh and admit it's basically impossible to follow even in that simplified form. One of them ventures something like: "It's a movie about the world's sexiest book store." And that's better than any summary I could ever come up with.
Cutter wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 22:11:Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 19:56:jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 19:47:Sarcasm or confusion?
Wait, Thin Man movies exist, and there are five of them already?? I'm a horror fan of both classic (The Thing, The Shining, Alien) and more recent (It Follows, Cabin in the Woods, The Witch) movies. How could I have missed this?
I'd say he's joking. Probably a joke related to Stephen King's Thinner. I've seen, and enjoyed, the Thin Man film series, Blue, is referring to. I've always been a huge TCM fan and watcher. It's easily my most watched channel. While not as good as the Thin Man series the Torchy Blane series is enjoyable too if you like these old sleuth type movies. And the old Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone are the best.
Happy New Year All!
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 28, 2021, 16:19:
Not bitching but i did have two back to back home visitors. One doa hdd that Dell's built-in hardware check said "what hdd?" and one corrupted windoze update that the troubleshooter couldn't fix.
Remember, there's only a few days left of the 15 days of freebies…
I will miss them when they're gone.☹️
Cutter wrote on Dec 28, 2021, 12:34:
Why would anyone want a game about something everyone hates doing? I remember a comedian talking about it once saying it was easier to recruit people to be suicide bombers than it is to convince people to help you move.