Out of the Blue

Today's extra-early update is brought to you by the letter H, as in hiking. We had to cut short a hike we attempted a few weeks ago because we simply hadn't left enough time to cover the entire thing. It's only 10K or so, so at a brisk pace, this would only take a couple of hours to cover. On such rough terrain, however, things slow down considerably. We plan a break for lunch, so this will probably end up taking most of the day. Wish us luck!

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In pondering this subject, it occurred to me to ask myself, "Well, what comedy films do you like?" And I have to admit, nothing immediately came to mind. My default answer in this subject area has been something along the likes of, "I don't think stupid is funny." However, I don't think that's completely accurate. In fact in thinking about it, it seems to me a lot of comedy is about stupidity. There is a fine line in there somewhere but I can not clearly define where it is. So, I did a Internet search for best comedy movies and here is a list of films on those lists which I did enjoy (in no specific order):

Crazy, Stupid, Love
Bruce Almighty
The Ugly Truth
Easy A
Yes Man
Rush Hour
Men in Black
Deadpool
Big
Kissing Jessica Stein
Beetlejuice
City Slickers
Stripes
Moonstruck
When Harry Met Sally
Tootsie
Heathers
Beverly Hills Cop
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
A Fish Called Wanda
Ghostbusters
Trading Places
Young Frankenstein
The Blues Brothers
The Princess Bride
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Oct 25, 2020, 20:30
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Oct 25, 2020, 20:30
 
Greentiger wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 20:25:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 13:31:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 13:21:
Ugh, 1 day ban from Bluesnews for Mr. Tact and jdreyer, or until they've watched Mystery Men.
In order to verify my memory I just re-watched the trailer. And yeah... NO. I can absolutely guarantee you I would not enjoy that film. If it helps, back when I was big into bowling I did have the skull bowling ball... In fact, after checking IMDB, I have never seen more than maybe 10 minutes of any film Ben Stiller was in. If he had never existed, that would be fine with me.
Stiller is a side character. Don't skip it because of him.
I'm not skipping it because of him, I don't do that for any actor. Although I've seen people talk about that a fair amount, they won't watch a film because actor X is in it. I was simply noticing all his films are of a type I'm not interested in watching. It would seem his tastes and mine are not very compatible...
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Oct 25, 2020, 20:25
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Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 13:31:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 13:21:
Ugh, 1 day ban from Bluesnews for Mr. Tact and jdreyer, or until they've watched Mystery Men.
In order to verify my memory I just re-watched the trailer. And yeah... NO. I can absolutely guarantee you I would not enjoy that film. If it helps, back when I was big into bowling I did have the skull bowling ball... In fact, after checking IMDB, I have never seen more than maybe 10 minutes of any film Ben Stiller was in. If he had never existed, that would be fine with me.

Stiller is a side character. Don't skip it because of him.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 25, 2020, 13:31
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:31
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 13:21:
Ugh, 1 day ban from Bluesnews for Mr. Tact and jdreyer, or until they've watched Mystery Men.
In order to verify my memory I just re-watched the trailer. And yeah... NO. I can absolutely guarantee you I would not enjoy that film. If it helps, back when I was big into bowling I did have the skull bowling ball... In fact, after checking IMDB, I have never seen more than maybe 10 minutes of any film Ben Stiller was in. If he had never existed, that would be fine with me.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:22
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:22
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 23:11:
I was reading this old Alan Moore comic yesterday when I came upon an ad for "Mystery Men," a movie from 1999 I'd never heard of. Holy crap, I recognized nearly every name in the cast:
Janeane Garofalo
William H. Macy
Paul Reubens
Ben Stiller
Wes Studi
Greg Kinnear
Geoffrey Rush
Lena Olin
Eddie Izzard
Tom Waits

Looks like the movie is mediocre, but what an array of talent.
You had me at Paul Reubens.
Not only have I never seen it, I’ve never heard of it.
It’s at the top of my watch list.
Thanks
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:21
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:21
 
Ugh, 1 day ban from Bluesnews for Mr. Tact and jdreyer, or until they've watched Mystery Men.

Seriously though, it's streaming on Amazon Prime, through their Starz channel, if the urge to watch it arises, just get Starz for the free 7 day period. That said, now it's probably been built up too much for what it is.

I just watched Chinatown again via Amazon-Starz, for a film from the other side of the spectrum.
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:04
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Oct 25, 2020, 13:04
 
Yeah, no. I also have never seen it and have seen no evidence to make me think I should...
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Oct 25, 2020, 12:41
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 23:11:
I was reading this old Alan Moore comic yesterday when I came upon an ad for "Mystery Men," a movie from 1999 I'd never heard of. Holy crap, I recognized nearly every name in the cast:
Janeane Garofalo
William H. Macy
Paul Reubens
Ben Stiller
Wes Studi
Greg Kinnear
Geoffrey Rush
Lena Olin
Eddie Izzard
Tom Waits

Looks like the movie is mediocre, but what an array of talent.

Seriously? You've never seen it? I thought that was one of those films that everyone with a passing interest in geekdom had seen at least once. It's ok. It's one of those 'has its moments' flicks. Good rainy day time waster.

Best scene in the film!

Disco is life!

I don't know why they say it's a deleted scene because I've seen it a couple of times and it was always there.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 25, 2020, 12:39
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What the... jdreyer, you've never seen Mystery Men before? Inexcusable!

The movie in and of itself is... not great. As a satire of comics/comics movies, it's a lot more enjoyable, and it's a decent enough comedy even if you aren't a comics fan. It's more relevant now than even when it came out, as far as taking the piss out of comic movies.

"He can't be Captain Amazing, Captain Amazing doesn't wear glasses!"

Also, Wes Studi can make guns fly apart with his mind.
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Oct 25, 2020, 08:30
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Oct 25, 2020, 08:30
 
Greentiger wrote on Oct 25, 2020, 03:30:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 20:43:
Here's the scary thing: The Lincoln Project (anti-Trump Republicans) has been so good with their anti-Trump advertising, that I fear 2024 when they turn that talent against the Dems.
I worry about this too. I'm afraid after Trump is ousted (here's hoping) that they will go back to politics as usual. And the problem with that is, not only does no real change occur, but it will only pave the way for another Trump-like politician in the future. From both parties. The country will be the rope in a tug of war that will only erode the country.
No sense in worrying, because we know it will happen. Politicians have openly reversed their stands on issues when the other party gains power and tries to implement the very thing they were claiming to support. Witness all the GOP members claiming to support protecting people with per-existing medical conditions while simultaneously supporting the lawsuit to rule the ACA unconstitutional, which in fact imposes those protections. And if ruled unconstutional will once again leave those people unprotected. Trump and others claim they will be protected, but offer no ideas how that will be accomplished.

The real question is if the politicians participating in those types of shenanigans will be numerous enough to cog the process, stopping the more reasonable politicians from making progress though bipartisan compromises.
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Oct 25, 2020, 03:30
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 20:43:
Here's the scary thing: The Lincoln Project (anti-Trump Republicans) has been so good with their anti-Trump advertising, that I fear 2024 when they turn that talent against the Dems.

I worry about this too. I'm afraid after Trump is ousted (here's hoping) that they will go back to politics as usual. And the problem with that is, not only does no real change occur, but it will only pave the way for another Trump-like politician in the future. From both parties. The country will be the rope in a tug of war that will only erode the country.

jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 23:11:
I was reading this old Alan Moore comic yesterday when I came upon an ad for "Mystery Men," a movie from 1999 I'd never heard of. Holy crap, I recognized nearly every name in the cast:
Janeane Garofalo
William H. Macy
Paul Reubens
Ben Stiller
Wes Studi
Greg Kinnear
Geoffrey Rush
Lena Olin
Eddie Izzard
Tom Waits

Looks like the movie is mediocre, but what an array of talent.

No, the movie is bad, but also not. It's not a 'classically' "good" movie, but I love that movie to death. Mainly because I love the actors in it, and I could totally see super heroes behave in all those ways. It's a super hero deconstruction movie, but nothing so dark or serious like Brightburn or Watchmen.

I would highly recommend it--but I also have a goofy sense of humor.

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Oct 25, 2020, 00:10
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Oct 25, 2020, 00:10
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 23:11:
I was reading this old Alan Moore comic yesterday when I came upon an ad for "Mystery Men," a movie from 1999 I'd never heard of. Holy crap, I recognized nearly every name in the cast:
Janeane Garofalo
William H. Macy
Paul Reubens
Ben Stiller
Wes Studi
Greg Kinnear
Geoffrey Rush
Lena Olin
Eddie Izzard
Tom Waits

Looks like the movie is mediocre, but what an array of talent.

It's bad in a good way.
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Oct 24, 2020, 23:11
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Oct 24, 2020, 23:11
 
I was reading this old Alan Moore comic yesterday when I came upon an ad for "Mystery Men," a movie from 1999 I'd never heard of. Holy crap, I recognized nearly every name in the cast:
Janeane Garofalo
William H. Macy
Paul Reubens
Ben Stiller
Wes Studi
Greg Kinnear
Geoffrey Rush
Lena Olin
Eddie Izzard
Tom Waits

Looks like the movie is mediocre, but what an array of talent.
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Re: 16 oz bottles of soda were to share with three people.
Oct 24, 2020, 20:54
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1badmf wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 18:42:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 18:34:
16oz glass bottles.. those were the days. I remember them all the way back to the late 60s. I'd almost swear it tasted better out of glass...

they still sell coke in glass bottles here in socal, and yes they do taste better because they're made from real sugar, not HCFS. they have a lighter sweetness, and it's more watery and drinkable than the HCFS stuff that to me is noticeably thickened because it's made from syrup.

They sell glass bottles of pop here too but they're quite expensive compared to the cans. I definitely prefer drinking out of glass bottles. I rarely drink draft, I'll take a bottle of beer over it any day of the week.
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Re: Santa is skipping Macy's for the first time in 159 years
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fakespyder wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 18:53:
Santa needs some Regeneron

Here's the scary thing: The Lincoln Project (anti-Trump Republicans) has been so good with their anti-Trump advertising, that I fear 2024 when they turn that talent against the Dems.
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Santa is skipping Macy's for the first time in 159 years
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Santa needs some Regeneron
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Re: 16 oz bottles of soda were to share with three people.
Oct 24, 2020, 18:42
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Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 24, 2020, 18:34:
16oz glass bottles.. those were the days. I remember them all the way back to the late 60s. I'd almost swear it tasted better out of glass...

they still sell coke in glass bottles here in socal, and yes they do taste better because they're made from real sugar, not HCFS. they have a lighter sweetness, and it's more watery and drinkable than the HCFS stuff that to me is noticeably thickened because it's made from syrup.
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Oct 24, 2020, 18:39
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good luck blue! hiking is such a rewarding way to exercise, i'm glad you took it up. i'm sure you already know this, but just in case, bring plenty of extra water, a snack or two, and a medical kit. no they won't instantly give you +50% hp if you walk over them, but still useful for minor injuries. you can buy them premade on amazon for pretty cheap.

a couple years ago i went on a 10 mile hike (bridge to nowhere hike in socal), didn't bring enough water and ran out about the 7 mile mark. it wasn't that hot but man i was suffering those last 3 miles. don't be me! be prepared!
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Oct 24, 2020, 18:34
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Oct 24, 2020, 18:34
 
16oz glass bottles.. those were the days. I remember them all the way back to the late 60s. I'd almost swear it tasted better out of glass...
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