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  1. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    I need to write a post about when a series ends, and you are happy about it because you were done with it 2 seasons ago, but you kept watching because they never did anything bad, and you felt like it was a question of loyalty, but man, hurry up all ready. Anyway, Castle got canceled and I owe it to them to see it through but there are twenty (TWENTY!) episodes staring at me on the DVR. I’m looking for any excuse not to watch them but running out of options.Report

  2. Avatar Fish says:

    My introduction to Monty Python was “The Meaning of Life,” which I first saw in (probably) 8th grade at that friend’s house who’s parents were really lax in monitoring what the kids were doing. I was hooked from the opening song.

    I’ve since introduced my boys to Monty Python, with my wife and I cringing because we inexplicably forgot how risqué much of their comedy was.

    I regret nothing.Report

  3. Avatar Fortytwo says:

    We’re gonna try to wait until the critter is 14 or 16 and hope she discovers it on her own. We have Princess Bride scheduled in 2 or 3 years, when she’s 9 or 10, Spaceballs at 13 or so, and I hope she finds The Wall at some point when she’s older. She’s only into Star Wars now, and my wife without my knowledge showed her the the three prequels that do not exist.Report

  4. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    Reading: I finished City of Mirrors, the last of Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy. Never have I wanted a book to end less than this one. I actually won an advance copy and debated as to whether I should read it or not. I can’t say enough good things about this series, and suggest you dive in right away.

    Watching: Nothing in particular. I did watch a film called Moonwalkers with my son tonight. It got terrible reviews, but actually it was kind of a hoot. The story is about a CIA agent who’s tasked with getting Stanley Kubrick for film a moon landing. Violent in the way of a Simon Pegg film, and Jay Benedict does a great send up of Jack D. Ripper. Really juvenile, but if you go in with low expectations, you’ll be rewarded.

    @fortytwo Don’t expect your daughter to appreciated the films you enjoyed at her age. I took my son to see Caddyshack with my brother. We cackled throughout the movie, and my son was mystified that we found it so funny.Report

  5. Avatar trizzlor says:

    Don’t know exactly where to post this, but I thought this Alt-Right Anti-Semitism Debate would be catnip for several OTers. What struck me the most was the generally post-modernist nature of the argument. One side is arguing that allowing anti-semitism to fester provides fodder for the opposition. The other side is arguing that angering the opposition is their goal and that one can launch racist attacks without being a racist. Notably, no one is really arguing from a core set of principles about what racism IS and why it’s WRONG; just in terms how it will shape perception.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      We’re kind of heavily into the whole “no politics, no religion” thing here in Mindless Diversions. Not because those things are bad, mind. They’re freaking awesome. It’s more that we’re hoping to avoid the whole “oh, you’re wearing an orange bandana? As someone who is wearing a purple bandana, allow me to place my thumb in your eye” phenomenon that always freaking happens when we start talking about our bandanas.

      So know this: Dude. I love ya. But that belongs in a “daily linky” link rather than over in the Weekend, Saturday, Sunday, or music posts that happen to show up here.

      S’cool though. I’ll take it yonder.Report

  6. Avatar El Muneco says:

    I’m always reminded of this quote whenever two or three nerds are gathered together and they proceed to recite the Parrot Sketch verbatim:

    ‘One of the things we tried to do with the show was to try and do something that was so unpredictable that it had no shape and you could never say what the kind of humor was. And I think that the fact that “Pythonesque” is now a word in the Oxford English Dictionary shows the extent to which we failed.’

    I’m re-streaming “Only Connect” starting at the beginning. Just like QI, it’s funny how many answers I can come up with just because I saw the episode before some time in the past…

    Which brings me back to Python… Back when my posse were doing College Bowl, it was amazing – pretty much every round there was a question that could be answered with knowledge gleaned from a Python sketch. Could be Thomas Hardy. Could be 1970s politics. Could be philosophers. But it seemed that just about always there was a question that poked into the same vein of knowledge that the Pythons did. Because they were absurdists, people underestimate how much of their reference material was quite topical.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:


      It’s eternally topical.


      Or, I suppose, delight.Report

    • I’m re-streaming “Only Connect” starting at the beginning

      Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to start at the end?Report

      • Avatar El Muneco says:

        When a show has run for 13 series, it’s definitely vulnerable to Early Installment Weirdness. It’s a lot less jarring to watch the host work out their role and get smoother, the graphics get better, and the writing more sophisticated – than to see the process working in the other direction.Report

        • Yeah, that one was pretty obscure. The phrase “Only Connect” comes from E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End.Report

          • Avatar El Muneco says:

            I knew the money quote, and knew it was from Forster, but I didn’t flash back to the title.

            Which is odd, because jumping between text/title/author and words/music/performer is just the kind of lateral thinking encouraged by a certain quiz show now on BBC Two.Report

  7. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Reading Bergson, who I’ve mostly encountered second hand through philosophers and writers who were influenced by him.Report

  8. Avatar Maribou says:

    I spent most of the weekend reading Ada Palmer’s _Too Like the Lightning_, which is my newly favorite book of at least the last two years. As it is set in a middle-future that (among many other things) looks back to the Enlightenment with reverence, I think it would be relevant to many readers here (@jason-kuznicki, I thought of you in particular, though you might be too well-educated yourself in the period to appreciate it as much as I did – but the author is a history professor at the University of Chicago, so the odds are better than usual that you won’t hate it).

    @rtod – if you haven’t already put this on your reading list, YOU NEED TO.

    I read/watched other stuff, but that was the important one.


  9. Avatar El Muneco says:


    Please come home.
    All is forgiven.Report

  10. Avatar El Muneco says:

    Another thing for those in my generation:
    In 1979 or so, Cheap Trick’s anthemic “Surrender” was about having parents who were around in WWII.
    1979 is now closer to WWII than it is to today.
    We’re old.Report