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This is Oglala Sioux Nation land.

But of course when the owners of this land said Pumpkin was not welcome to trespass there and make yet another pitch for boogaloo, the police were instructed to break up that “illegal protest.” Pumpkin went anyway.


I see a pattern; can you spot it?

This week’s Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Deny it, hope it goes away, worry about how it affects HIM, blame the innocent, shoot the messenger, and finally, reward Russia.

Compromat is a bitch, isn’t it.

What Did They Expect?

A couple of things that went exactly as you’d think they would. You just need the capacity to think. At all.

These idiots had a surprise party and now 18 of them have tested positive for COVID-19.

What did they expect?

Then there’s this series of tweets from an English guy who lives in France and has dual citizenship. This couple he knows, however… don’t. And they have a house near where he lives in France. Hilarity ensues. (Long, but worth it.)

What did they expect?

This is the logical extreme of the utter lack of empathy and completely selfish attitudes of the right. Rethuglicans in the US, Tories and UKIP in the UK.

A Good Binge Watch

There are many good binge watches in these days of COVID-19 lock-down. They are varying amounts of work, however. By “work,” I mean how much mental energy you have to invest to really enjoy the show. Intricate plots, realistically stressful situations, and complex characters all require some thought and empathy to get the full measure of pleasure. King Lear and Airplane! are each great in their own way, but you know which one is more work, I hope.

Here’s one that is no work at all:

The contestants work in teams to navigate “rooms” floored with lava (or more likely, mechanically-agitated, orange-tinted warm water). If one falls into it (above the knee is the cutoff, I think), then they’re out. In the consistent, deliberate way that each run is edited, whoever falls in is never seen again during that run. Not until their team is doing a post-attempt recap do we get the assurance that they somehow survived.

As all this is happening, the host is providing half-snarky, half-sincere voice-over narration. Sometimes it’s even funny:

Contestant: I’m trying to decide if I just fly or jump.

Narrator: If she can fly? She should fly. This course is much easier if you can fly.

Episode 10

That one cracked us up so badly we had to pause the show until we could collect ourselves. (Bits of me had fallen down a HVAC vent so there were flashlights and fishing line with bubblegum involved.)

Unlike American Ninja Warrior, which has become more like Queen For A Day than anything else, this show definitely does not take itself at all seriously. The winning team of each episode gets $10,000 and… a lava lamp. Because, of course they do.

Your #1 Show on Netflix This Week

Why Try?

Why try to parody these actual events?

What will you add to this story?


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