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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Finishing up Asimov’s Pebble in the Sky. After that, either another Asimov or I might move to some podcasts about the French Revolution. Probably another Asimov.

    I finished Revenge, which was ridiculous but nonetheless fun. I cannot think of another TV show where a protagonist got a happy ending they so clearly did not deserve.

    Still working on Flash/Arrow. It’s been a bit stalled, but hoping to get moving on that again. After which… Gotham, maybe? I used Fortitude to test the new TV set and my interest in it is again renewed, though there is still so much from last TV season I need to watch. And… accents.Report

    • By the way, I’m about halfway through a reread of Psychohistorical Crisis, an unauthorized sequel to the Foundation books, set much later during the Second Empire. It’s more a read than a reread, since I remembered almost nothing about it. I’d definitely recommend it.

      If you’re sticking to Asimov proper, have you read The End of Eternity or The Gods Themselves? Both excellent. And skip The Stars Like Dust. Everyone including Asimov agrees that it’s horrific.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        @mike-schilling On your advice, I skipped The Stars Like Dust, which I was about to start.

        Right now I have only read the Foundation books (including prequels) and Pebble. And a couple of the robot books. (The anthology and Caves/Cages of Metal/Steel the one with the title I can’t stop screwing up.)Report

        • The two I suggested above are quite good. If you want to stay closer to books you’ve read, so are The Naked Sun (the sequel to Caves of Steel) and The Currents of Space (the third early Empire book, in addition to Pebble and Dust.) Nine Tomorrows is another excellent collection of his stories.Report

          • Avatar Will Truman says:

            Started Currents when I skipped Dust. The accents are weird. “We’ll use southern for this working class character and then Irish for the other one from the same town….” but not too distracting.Report

  2. Avatar Murali says:

    I just finished watching the national day parade. It’s I think one of if not the best I’ve seen so far.Report

  3. Avatar aarondavid says:

    I started reading Darkmans

    Holy Cow is it good, and I try to give a synopsis here, but it is so much that this little space just do it. No, its because you are too stupid, turnip

    Oh, you are here… Well, there goes this writi…Report

  4. Avatar CK MacLeod says:

    Almost done with POLITICAL ORDER AND POLITICAL DECAY. Looking forward to the TRUE DETECTIVE finale this evening. Searching for something to watch earlier this week, I hit JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL on BBC America. Had been meaning to check it out, and have found it quite diverting – now up to episode 5.

    I wish someone had tipped me off to DEUTSCHLAND 83 when it was premiering. Am reluctant to start it midway, so will have to wait for a re-start or marathon or something.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

      I really liked BBC’s Strange & Norell, and I found the book tedious.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        Hey, someone else who didn’t care for the book! I also found the book a slog.Report

        • Avatar CK MacLeod says:

          Never got around to the book, though often meant to do so. Have a feeling if I had more time on my hands (not being spent watching trash TV, for example), I might enjoy it if it evokes the British fiction of and about that approximate period. The odd breaks – fade outs and ins for I think commercials or other interruptions – are distracting, and occasionally the production values slip and start feeling like old BBC rather than nouveau cinematic TV, but it still works for me. I am also quite with “The Gentleman” as to Mrs. Strange and do hope she makes out alright in the end! No spoilers, Kelly!Report

        • Avatar Stillwater says:

          I am intrigued by a book that has (apparently) 200 fictitious footnotes. That’s not nothin.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Guys. We might be in a commercial.

    I watched the yahoo fantasy football commercial before the movie and the guy held up his phone and, smack dab in the middle of it, I saw “league of ordinary gentlemen”.

    Dude.

    That was seriously weird.Report

  6. Avatar aarondavid says:

    Was he a bowling fan?Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Dunno. He was talking about “his sites” and we saw his phone for about half a second and the string “league of ordinary gentlemen” (which, I assure you, is a string that is etched upon the apple of my heart’s mind’s eye) was there smack dab in the middle of the phone.Report

      • Avatar aarondavid says:

        Well, that was the only other thing with that name I could think of…Report

        • Avatar Jaybird says:

          I was exceptionally confused because my first thought was some paranoid “are they targeting movie ads now?” and then I realized that that was *CRAZY* but then I was stuck thinking that either I was mistaken or that I wasn’t mistaken and, there in the moment, I was pretty sure that I wasn’t mistaken which is only slightly less crazy.

          I’ve been looking online for the ad but, of course, I can’t find it.

          Anyway, if you (or anybody) finds themselves in the theater at some point in the next couple of weeks, the commercial is the one where the guy is talking about how he was the commissioner and the other guy was talking smack about how the commissioner denied a trade for no reason.

          Of course, that happened *AFTER* the one guy showed his phone.

          But if you see yourself watching a Yahoo Fantasy Football ad at some point in the theater, please perk up a bit and scan when you see the guy’s phone and let me know whether or not I seriously mis-scanned something.Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Mission Impossible Review:
    I pretty much nailed it above, but I have a musing about the whole “Conspiracy” thing.

    The idea of a Conspiracy that is so deep, so well-hidden, so well-funded, and so competent that it is capable of terrorist acts that look like accidents or incompetence or acts of God that can only be fought by another one that is only slightly less deep, slightly less well-hidden, and approximately equally well-funded is something that I’m noticing more and more these days.

    Are there more of these things around than there used to be or am I just now seeing the fnords?Report

  8. Avatar Maribou says:

    Trainwreck positives: Amy Schumer is funny, adorable, hot, and ever so likable, and large parts of the movie were funny as hell. John Cena was unexpectedly hilarious (and I say that as someone who watches wrestling). The subplot about her dad was bracing, touching, and – weirdly enough – reassuring (because my dad is so very much worse than that, which provided a needed bit of reinforcement of the evergreen realization that yes, my childhood really was *that* fucked up, and yes, it really does make sense to have cut him out of my life).

    Trainwreck negatives: THE PLOT WAS EVEN MORE ANNOYING THAN JAYBIRD PREDICTED. BRAIN-HURTINGLY ANNOYING. FACE-PUNCHINGLY ANNOYING. Which I blame more on our culture than on the individuals involved because, you know, it’s the sort of plot that society-at-large eats up with a spoon, but which makes me so uncomfortable that I end up feeling kind of sad and alienated. Also, less importantly, I do not find Bill Hader attractive *at all*. Which in a different kind of movie wouldn’t even matter, but in a romantic comedy, I prefer to swoon at least a *little* over both the leads.Report