thistlechaser: (tree)
Holy cow, this gave me such a laugh!

Hm, I seem to not be able to embed the clip directly here, so go to https://audioboom.com/posts/5471405-the-trumpster-quote-1 to listen!

Longer post coming soon...ish!
thistlechaser: (Chi_ :o)
One last amusing 2016 book:



No. No I don't think I'll be the first to review that. :P
thistlechaser: (tree)
Two little things make a small post.

I was invited to a movie preview, first time that ever happened. Unfortunately it was for a movie that I had less than no interest in seeing. Title: Long Halftime Walk. The summary:

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions.

Even if I could see it for free online, instead of actually having to go to a theater, I'd have no interest at all in seeing it. Less than none: It seems like a move I'd dislike. RL war. Sports. No thanks.

As the invitation was sent to me the same day as the preview, I wonder if other people canceled and they were trying to fill in spots? Either way, I didn't go, even though it was at my local theater.

The other minor thing amused me: New book I'm reading, the main character is 24 years old. My first reaction was to blink in surprise and wonder why the author made her so old! Then I had to laugh at myself -- clearly I've been reading way too many YA books!
thistlechaser: (Chi_Point and laugh)
Even though everything's packed so I have nothing left to give away, and I don't really want anyone's secondhand stuff, I still subscribe to Freecycle's mailing list just to see the interesting stuff people are offering/hoping to get. This morning had an offering posting that made me laugh:

California king mattress
20 years old, handles on side to flip.
You will need to carry it. We cannot help.

Good luck with someone wanting that...

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I had such a worrying thing happen. For the first time since I adopted her, Ellie escaped my apartment. Usually I'm very careful when I open the door, but I had been on the phone and there was a knock at the door, so instead of hanging up and dealing with it, I told my mother to hold on a sec. It was an annoying Comcast person (they pretend to check how your service is, but really just want to try to upsell to you). If I hadn't been on the phone, I could have dealt with him easier, but with my attention divided between the two, I couldn't get rid of him. Standing there talking with the door open, Ellie just ran out. (The Comcast guy was actually the one who saw her escape.)

She took off, but luckily someone was walking their dog towards us, and the dog went crazy snarling and growling and snapping. She flattened herself against the walkway/sidewalk, and so I was able to grab her.

The Comcast guy apologized a lot, but I was still pissed off about it, and really really worried. Now that she's been out once, she seems to be eyeing the door a lot more.

Silly, silly Ellie, I don't keep you inside to be mean! The world is full of dangerous cat-eating dogs and cat-hitting cars and other cats who would kick your pampered butt! Stay inside, where it's safe.
thistlechaser: (Book with cat: On stack)
I look though lots and lots of books when searching for ones to read. When I find something odd, cool, wacky, or WTFish, I usually just frown or chuckle at it, then move on. However, after posting about that women who credited her dark side as a co-author, I thought now and then it might be amusing to post a collection of odd things I find while looking for new books to read.

Things that will keep me from reading your book: Having your cat edit it. "Edited by the outspoken and fearless Timothy the Talking Cat..."

Things that will tempt me to read your book: A nice cover. (Though I passed on this one anyway. Summary was generic dreck, and it's from Smashwords.)



But not so much odd covers. Linked for size and NSFW? And this one: Linked for size, utter WTF-ness, and total NSFW.

It's nice when a summary shows a complete lack of professionalism, making it easy for me to pass up on a book:

Set in a distant land, a boy grows into a man as he learns about the gifts of his ancestral blood from a mysterious mentor. And then, on one fateful day, he learns that some knowledge comes with a price.
* Attention: this is not a story about werewolves/lycans/whatever you want to call them *


(Out of curiosity about what kind of story it was then, I googled it. It doesn't seem to even have an Amazon page at all, just Smashwords. Also, no ready answer, and I don't care enough to put more time into searching.)

Summary #2:

Meet Mark . . . a man who has everything, a life that is perfect and a woman who honors his every desire. And if he has it all, why do the visions . . . the uncertainty . . . the demons . . . invade his mind and chase him into what could be his own personal hell?

. . . the ellipses . . .

Added bonus, the title/author of Summary #2 is: T.H.E.i. by T. Duncan Butler.

And then there are books that I just know will be bad, but I cannot resist them:

Pet Noir by Pati Nagle
Overview: Can a lowly gumpaw hope for love with a girl who rides in a jewel-encrusted carrier?

Feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. Indentured to the Security department of Gamma Station until the cost of his creation is paid off, Leon alternates between harassing his human partner/roommate Devin and fighting sleazoid criminals, yet still finds time to flirt with the lovely Leila, an exotic Burmese who lives in the swankiest level of the station. Will he win her heart, and more important will he win his freedom?


Bad photoshop? Image choice? All-around bad cover design:

(Took me forever to make out that she must be riding, wearing white pants.)

Sometimes a book seems to come together. Attention-grabbing title "The Girl With Glass Feet", interesting cover:

When that happens, I hit up Amazon to check reviews and such. Unfortunately this one didn't have very good ones, so I'm skipping it. Still, kudos for the title and cover!

Another interesting title, though the book wasn't for me: A Fierce and Subtle Poison

I had really bad luck with my book hunt today. I looked at more than 1,700 titles and authors, clicking links to read summaries and look at cover when the title/author caught my attention, more than three hours combing through them, and only came up with a total of three new books to read. One will likely be bad (the Pet Noir one), one sounds interesting but comes from Smashwords (Shadows of a Superhero so it will likely be bad, and one I have hopes for (The Gaslight Dogs). Usually after this much time I have 12-20 new ones to read.
thistlechaser: (Chi_ :o)
I rarely spot food trucks at all, let alone cool ones. Today's encounter makes up for that lack!

I saw the back of it first, and pulled into the first parking lot I could find to turn around for another look.



Unfortunately the best part was facing the street, so I couldn't get a shot of it without standing in traffic. Not my picture, but this is it: Biggest artwork on it.

I was able to get a shot of part of the side of the truck that served food:


The lighting was bad for my shot of the front of the truck:


This shot shows more of the front -- not my picture. The text read "The Museum". I guess the Thunder Cats Museum? I hadn't looked inside to see if they had toys or something in there.

Unfortunately they only sold Mexican food, and I don't like that, so I didn't order anything. Plus I was kind of embarrassed to be taking photos of it, but it was so cool I couldn't resist.
thistlechaser: (Ha ha ha (laughing cat))
Yesterday I posted about Google challenging me (on my work computer) because they didn't think I was a person.

This morning I came into the office and opened Firefox. google.com is my home page.

Instead of Google I got:

"You're seeing this page because the website you tried to access may be hosting viruses or other malicious software. This site is blocked to protect your computer and the [company] network."

Apparently my company and Google are having a spat!
thistlechaser: (Dinosaur: green derp)
Wow. Jurassic Park gay porn made in Thailand. NWS (duh), though only kissing is shown? Though there might be some dinosaur/man action going on, it's kind of hard to tell.



I posted about this Toy Soldiers: War Chest game before -- a combat game using toys, but brand name toys from our world. He Man, My Little Pony, GI Joe, etc. Here are the latest armies: Cobra (From GI Joe) and the main character from Assassin's Creed:

thistlechaser: (MY BONE!)
I don't know if I'm actually losing my hearing or not, but I seem to miss-hear certain words and my brain fills them in for me. I guess most of the time I don't notice, but sometimes my brain makes odd choices. This morning I was listening to news on the radio. There was a story headline:

Lion kills 30 inmates in prison.

WTF? How did a lion get into a prison? The newscaster kept talking about how many people died and then I realized: She must have said riot kills 30 in prison, not lion.

I kind of like my version of the story better.

In unrelated news, if you own a Kindle, you can get one free book per month (pick one of four offered). Sadly most months there's not one that interests me enough to even click to get it free, and this month was no exception. However, this one tempted me. I LOVE the cover and title:



Unfortunately it's about a murderer who terrorizes a town. Not my cup of tea at all.
thistlechaser: (Avatar: Zuko)
My to read pile is getting "low" (only ten pages of books on my Kindle, six books per page), so I decided I could let myself look for some new ones. Oh the number of wacky books out there.

- The Green Kangaroos by Jessica McHugh
Overview: Perry Samson loves drugs. He’ll take what he can get, but raw atlys is his passion. Shot hard and fast into his testicles, atlys helps him forget that he lives in an abandoned Baltimore school...

- This Shifter Squad series, which has laughably bad covers:


And for the porn: I love these comic book movie porn spoofs. This is just the trailer for one, and work safe (no naked bits, no sex). It's quite amusing, and has an ending more serious than I would have expected from even a non-spoof:



Hopefully the full movie will be around online somewhere, like most of these porn comic book spoof movies are (official free online releases, not pirated). I suspect it will be quite amusing. (The DVD is even offering a non-sex version of it!)
thistlechaser: (Moon)
I'm rolling at this trailer. I laughed out loud a number of times!



In Lost news: Wow, season 6 is really, really good. I'm about halfway through it, and I'm so very tempted to go spoil myself because I want all the answers NOW NOW NOW. I suspect I'm going to really like how the series wraps up, this season is hitting all the best religion-in-fiction buttons for me.

It was worth sticking with the slow seasons to get to this point.
thistlechaser: (Moon)
While I always tell people I don't have a Facebook account, actually I do. (Oops! Secret's out!) My mother is very active on it, and before I had an account she would print out and snailmail me funny/interesting things. I figured if she did that much for me, I could at least make an account to make it easier for her. (Sorry, no, not sharing the account name. It's only purpose is for her and a few other family members who live near her.)

I had thought that jokes about Facebook were exaggeration, but they're really not. My aunt sends me chain letters on a regular basis. Those "Share these with nine people or SOMETHING BAD will happen!" types of things. I sat there staring at the first one she sent -- I couldn't believe those even existed anymore!

While hitting the reddit random button (shows you random subreddits) to find something new to read, I came across /r/TheFacebookDelusion/. Holy cow is this stuff funny in a scary sort of way!

For example:
Jesus wrote the US Constitution. (Cut for wide image.) )
thistlechaser: (Chi_Point and laugh)
Best. Ad. Campaign. EVER!

[livejournal.com profile] coconuthead mentioned this whole "South Dakota vs. Mars" thing on her LJ, so I googled to find out more, and cracked up.

More than 200,000 people have signed up to go to Mars (a one-way trip!), but no one wants to live in South Dakota. So SD made a pro-state ad campaign out of it! "Why die on Mars when you can live in South Dakota?"

What benefits does South Dakota have over Mars?
An abundance of oxygen!
Plenty of jobs!
You can leave if you want!

They also claim Mars is "cold and barren", but... isn't South Dakota as well? Haha. :D

I wish they ran these commercials around here!

thistlechaser: (Moon)
Recall how yesterday I posted about the Internet Wayback Machine not having archived a site I was looking for? Well it turns out Google is better than the Wayback Machine. I've never seen this feature mentioned before, I found it by chance.

Google archives stuff!



At the end of the URL, there's often a little arrow. Click it and you get a 'cached' option. I found lots of stuff I had thought was lost!

And in more amusing, less helpful screenshots: I decided to make a DW journal just to back up my old IC LJ one I had rediscovered, so I trotted over to their site and went through the process of making a DW account...



Um...

And, as you can see from my images in this post, I have a new FTP tool. I love WinSCP, it's exactly what I was looking for!

And lastly: So very very tired. I've not gotten more than a couple hours sleep for three nights now. Darned upstairs neighbors. I swear to god, who moves furniture at 11 PM? Especially when they also get up at 4 AM? Are there two of them? One noisy late and the other early? Blah.

My eyes are killing me, too. I've spent so many hours reading these IC journals and RP logs, my poor old eyes just can't take that anymore.
thistlechaser: (Puzzled (Getbackers))
There's an amusing new game show on Japanese TV: Can men sing karaoke while getting a handjob from a pretty young woman?

Video is NWS, though no details are shown.

Video preview screenshot is suggestive, so sticking it behind a cut. )
thistlechaser: (Moon)
As happens with many popular movies nowadays, there's a porn version of Guardians of the Galaxy ... and it's online for free!

It's surprisingly well done. Quite funny and worth watching! At least the first 15 minutes. Then things get... strange. Very strange. It looks like all the storyline is done by 30 minutes in, but I only skimmed after that.

Can't embed it (and it's NWS anyway, of course), so click here to see it.

You can hear the song again in the last minute or so, over the credits. It's quite well done!

In less interesting movie news, there's going to be a Play-Doh movie...

Edit: LJ tried to block my post as spam again, it didn't like the Play-Doh movie link. If that happens to you, using tinyurl to change it works to get around the issue.
thistlechaser: (Moon)
The Phenomenon is a piece of original fiction being written on/posted on reddit. It started from another thread: What's the scariest sound you could hear? Someone posted this fake emergency broadcast system announcement and the story took off from there. It's up to 50 chapters now, new ones posted near-daily. I'm enjoying reading it a lot.

At work, we have tons of long file names, so folks abbreviate them a lot. Most of the time, that's all well and good. We have a file analyzer though... Can you see where this is going? Today I've been working with files named anal_time, anal_option, working_with_anal, etc. I can't decide if people named them that out of amusement, or didn't realize what they were doing. All of my group is much older than me, and very straight-laced, so I'm suspecting they didn't see the humor in it.

Either way, I'm having a very hard time not snickering out loud.
thistlechaser: (Dinosaur: green derp)
1) Can I tell you how excited I am about the new Jurassic Park movie? It's been years since I last stepped foot in a movie theater, but I might have to go back for this. It's going to be such a hard challenge though, if I do. Popcorn is my #1 favorite food in the world, but it's also a food I can never eat again. I can resist it in day-to-day situations, but going to a popcorn-scented movie theater? Don't know if I can... but still, Jurassic Park movies MUST be seen on the big screen. :/

Anyway, they hired on a new star, and made a promo for the park featuring his character:



2) This song came up in RP today, and I died when I googled and found it was a real song. ("Real" song? A song that was sung by a character in a TV show.) NWS lyrics.
NWS video behind cut! )

3) This tree is quite amazing! Linked for size. It's like some kind of modern artwork thing. I see a dancer with more trees growing out of her.

4) #3 lead me to the most amusing discovery. I visit reddit a lot (a social/information/interesting links kind of place). Different groups or subjects have subreddits. Apparently 'tree' is slang for pot, so the /trees subreddit is actually about smoking pot. Since that was taken, someone made /r/marijuanaenthusiasts for people who like trees! Ha!

5) Seraphina (by Rachel Hartman) is the BEST BOOK EVER. I have about 8% left to go, then can review it. And I'm SO HAPPY SO SO HAPPY I was offered the next book for review! I have it waiting for me right now! It's not for sale yet, which usually doesn't matter to me, but this time it works out so eeee! It's put out by a major publishing house (Random), so hopefully this will get me lots of good offers in the future.

6) I had previously accepted a different book for review, and usually read them in the order accepted, but I'm making an exception in this case. I suspect this other one (Chaos Station by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke) is actually Captain America fanfic with the serial numbers filed off. (It's about a "retired, broken super soldier" and his lover (officer in the military) who everyone had thought was dead...). I accepted it for review more to see if it was fanfic-ish than anything else, so Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) comes first.
thistlechaser: (Avatar: Zuko)
Would you like to give a Caesarean section to a Disney princess? There's an app for that!



Princess Anna, from Frozen, is the main character in a game that lets you remove her baby by C-section.

While work safe, the whole idea behind that game is kind of disturbing. You can see step-by-step pictures of it all at the above link.

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3-6 months after major surgery (or childbirth, ha), you can lose anywhere from some to all of your hair. As yesterday was the four month point for me, I was hoping I was going to make it through without losing any. Then suddenly I started shedding all over the place. Boo! I hope it just thins, that I don't get noticeable bald spots. Worse comes to worse, I guess I'll just shave my head. :/ Hopefully I won't get to that point though.

Four months is the point where I can try eating raw vegetables and beef. I had some lettuce today, and it was surprisingly good. I don't think I've ever actually enjoyed lettuce before!

I haven't tried beef yet. Oddly I don't miss it at all. I'll probably try it sooner rather than later though.

Going out to work group lunches is something of a pain now. I paid $25 today for a couple bites of food. My meal was only $10 (cheapest on the menu), but most meals were $20 and everyone wanted to get an appetizer platter as well... which cost twice as much as my meal. Then when the bill came, we split it four ways. (At least in my work group, we always just split the check that way... which is fine for them, but I make a small fraction of what they all make, so if I order less I'd like to pay less.) So I had about a teaspoon of hummus from the $20 appetizer platter. Everyone else seemed to enjoy it, but I neither needed it nor wanted it. I got three meals out of my lunch so far, and enough meat left for another meal tomorrow, so at least that's something. It's just paying $25 for it is crazy...

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