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  1. Mike Dwyer says:

    We have our monthly Lunch Club tomorrow with family. We take turns picking new restaurants to try and unbelievably we’re still going strong after 4 months. It can’t last but still fun to introduce my picky family to more adventurous choices.

    And then tomorrow afternoon I’m taking one of the nephews to the National Farm Machinery Show so he can climb all over $100K tractors and I’ll buy him a Pioneer seed hat and a soft pretzel as big as his head and he’ll tell his parents, “Uncle Mike is the best uncle ever!” Or so I picture things in my head.Report

  2. Marchmaine says:

    Saw Lego Batman… thought it was more Duplo/Playmobil than Lego.

    Some funny moments, if you grew up watching the 60s batman (i.e. the real batman); if you didn’t not sure how you could sit through the boring story… and the earnest preachiness.

    Voice acting was also quite weak… Will Arnette was fine (whisper growled like a champ), but Zack Galifianakis was wasted as Joker and Michael Cera was miscast as Robin, Rosario Dawson would have been better served as Rosie Perez.

    My ruminations on voice acting lead me to believe that the animators still need to match the character with the voice… that is, Michael Cera cannot play a bubbly earnest Robin, but probably would have been a very funny angsty ironic millennial Robin. Similarly with Galifianakis; actually Galifianakis’ voice might not work in animation at all without being able to see him… much of his humor is body driven (I think). Absent that, he sounded like Random Guy #2 reading a script.

    Which is just to say that other than the dozen or so scripted jokes the movie was totally flat.

    {Lastly, holy Daddy issues, America.}

    {p.s. I thought it was funny after the fact to learn that the (minor) part of Lord Voldemort was played by Eddie Izzard and not Ralph Fiennes, who played (the Real(?)) Lord Voldemort… probably some contractual issue I suppose}Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine says:

      Well, it’s a movie that I kinda want to see and I’m keeping two things in mind:

      1) There are 50 ways to do Batman and all of them work
      2) It’s a feature-length film from (some of) the guys who do Robot Chicken

      Given that I don’t smoke weed, I’m not sure that #2 is a plus or a minus in and of itself but… Batman was the best part of The Lego Movie (which I *LOVED*). I could see how 90 minutes with him might wear thin, but I could also see how it’d be a good way to spend 90 minutes.

      Plus, hey, Batman.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird says:

        On the plus side, they did about 20 of those ways… it was the best leitmotif of the movie.

        The original Lego movie also never forgot it was a world of Legos and many of the jokes worked around that… I won’t say Batman forgot so much as wanted to transcend the Lego limitations. They wanted to make a movie in a Lego setting, which is not quite the same as making Lego Batman.

        Definitely cable worthy…Report

    • Miss Mary in reply to Marchmaine says:

      I saw Lego Batman last week. It was terrible. Batman was a real Dbag and the story was boring.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Miss Mary says:

        Part of the issue of Batman is that, yes, he *IS* a real jerkface.

        They explore the whole issue of how that’s required for him to do the things that he does and, periodically, they have Nightwing or somebody stand in for him and they’re a lot nicer and that, of course, comes back to bite everybody in the butt.

        Everybody prefers the stories where Batman is just punching people. Easier to compartmentalize.Report

  3. Fish says:

    Your work stories always make me question whether I’m a bad employee or you’re a bad boundary-setter. 🙂 Love you, Jay!Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Fish says:

      I am a bad boundary-setter. I work for a company that does stuff like invite me to stuff like “our baby’s first birthday is Wednesday but we’re having the cake smash on Saturday, show up at one!”

      Instead of saying “I just spent 40 hours with you people. 45, really”, I say “oooh, I need to go to the stuffed animal store and find a stuffed animal.”Report

  4. me and my main man took care of it on speaker phone in the restaurant (can we get a to-go box?), on speaker phone in the car, and then on speaker phone once we got back to the lab.

    Man, I wish I could make a joke about Trump.Report

  5. Miss Mary says:

    Manicures with the girls Sunday, but the rest of the weekend is all mine. I’m either too nauseous to eat or stuffing myself with pregnancy cravings. I try to keep a good balance. For example, today I’m eating chocolate while walking on the treadmill.Report

  6. Maribou says:

    Chores chores chores.

    On my 2nd round of litterbox washing (there are 8 of the cussed things and only 2 tubs we don’t use regularly ourselves), the handwash dishes are done, about half the laundry is put away. Oh, and we submitted our taxes.

    Then comics and anime and other diversions in between bouts of housework.

    I reckon the rest of the weekend will go similarly, only with bills instead of taxes.Report

  7. fillyjonk says:

    I hope this is my last working weekend for a while. I was busy from about 9 am until after 5:30 pm. And a lot of it was sort of thankless volunteer grindwork.

    I will say the women at my workplace were way overrepresented and the men were underrepresented at one of the volunteer efforts. I think that needs to change next year.

    Also, I totally forgot how absolutely nuts seventh graders are and I am now somewhat traumatized from having to deal with a bunch of them for an hour.

    Today? after church, I’m not going to speak to another human being for the rest of the day. Yesterday was Introvert Hell and I need to recover before I go back to work tomorrow.Report