What They Do in the Shadows et Beurre: What I Learned Today – Tuesday, October 13

I stayed away from as much news as possible over the weekend. I’m not watching any of the sham hearing on that religious nut they are going to install on the Supreme Court despite their own rules that they wielded for Merrick Garland. At the moment I’m just trying to pace myself until November 3rd, after which I’ll either be completely inconsolable or see a spark of hope. Can you imagine waking up on a random day without having to deal with the narcissist in chief screaming for attention. And he’ll be screaming for attention no matter what happens, but if he is successfully kicked out of office, his wailing will be more easily ignored.

But, I did manage to find something new that probably most of you have heard about but it had slipped beneath my radar:

A little hurt that none of you mentioned this to me, but I forgive you.

Another thing I watched this weekend and enjoyed was the Spanish Netflix film, The Platform, which doesn’t even attempt to disguise the capitalist metaphor but still makes for a compelling film:


The California Republican Party has been placing fraudulent election ballot boxes around churches and schools. For the party that complains nonstop about election fraud, it seems that they really enjoy the frauding part. Hopefully there is some jail time for those responsible for this but I’ve given up hope.


A man attacked reporters doing a segment on masks. The man was so upset that he ended up knocking himself out:


The ASSailant got away before police arrived.


How traditional french butter is made in Brittany

Question of the Day and Ballot Update

Ok, my ballot arrived.  Going to do it this weekend and then drop it off at the local ballot drop box. I think I’ll wait to drop it off on Tuesday since it’s a long weekend and I have no idea how often they get removed. (I’m assuming frequently but I’m usually wrong so I’ll just do it on a business day.)

For the question.  What are your favorite scary movies for October?

I’m not a horror fan but this time of year I’m always game for some cheap scares.  I’ll probably give The Haunting of Bly Manor a go this weekend and going to try to find a few movies off this list of the 50 Best Horror Movies on Netflix right now.

 

 

There Should be Six Seasons: What I Learned Today – Thursday, October 8

From a Kurt Vonnegut speech which I agree with completely:

One sort of optional thing you might do is to realize that there are six seasons instead of four. The poetry of four seasons is all wrong for this part of the planet, and this may explain why we are so depressed so much of the time. I mean, spring doesn’t feel like spring a lot of the time, and November is all wrong for autumn, and so on.

Here is the truth about the seasons: Spring is May and June. What could be springier than May and June? Summer is July and August. Really hot, right? Autumn is September and October. See the pumpkins? Smell those burning leaves? Next comes the season called Locking. November and December aren’t winter. They’re Locking. Next comes winter, January and February. Boy! Are they ever cold!

What comes next? Not spring. ‘Unlocking’ comes next. What else could cruel March and only slightly less cruel April be? March and April are not spring. They’re Unlocking.


208 years of non-partisanship down the drain.  The New England Journal of Medicine has condemned Trump.

Speaking of President Roid Rage, he had a phone interview with Fox this morning that was even crazier than usual, and apparently that is possible.  I really don’t have the time to delve into the garbage this morning so here’s a link if you really want to wade in.

Cynics, I know you get bored of me trying to find new ways of calling Ron DeSantis an idiot  but……. he’s done something really fucking dumb again.

34 people connected to the White House have now tested positive for COVID-19. To put this in perspective:


If you want a wrapup of the debate last night, the only thing you really need to know is the condition of the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head:


McCauley Culkin’s mask is amazing:


Explaining the pandemic to her past self, part 3:


 

70,000 Meteors an Hour: What I Learned Today – Wednesday, October 7

I took a little mini-vacation from the news yesterday.  I say “mini-vacation” because it was actually only 3 hours. But even the smallest of breaks these days feel like a week at a resort. Then I got a notification that Eddie Van Halen had died, and then Stephen Miller came down with coronavirus and I was back binge scrolling Twitter.

But I think it’s important to get offline when you get a chance. Trump has made this political climate into a burning toxic dump. He is the ultimate narcissist. He has been tweeting nonstop the last day and not one tweet about the 215,000 people who have died from the same disease that he is now infected with, as he walks around the White House, spreading it even more to the staff and Secret Service agents who protect him. So mini breaks are needed from this incessant chaos. And I don’t think there’s going to be much let up from the news anytime soon.

And of course, the Vice Presidential Debate will be on tonight.  Lifehacker has a list where you can watch it online. I won’t be blogging this one but I’ll most likely be chirping about it on Twitter so join me there if you are up for it.


RIP Eddie Van Halen. Everybody always talks about Eddie’s guitar playing, and rightfully so. But his song writing was probably even more spectacular. Their early catalog material was just fun. It’s difficult to listen to them without turning the volume up as high as your ears can take it.


The hell is wrong with Republicans. (I know, I keep asking this question but come on.) Brit Hume is saying that Trump should debate Biden even if Trump is still testing positive with coronavirus by the time of the debate.


First of all, we know that Trump didn’t abide by the rules last debate and was not tested before the debate and more than likely was on stage with Biden while infected. Trump’s word is garbage about sticking to any rules. The only way I would go along with this was if Trump was in a different building altogether.


Chris Christie is still in the hospital and his condition is unknown.


Mandy Patinkin made a campaign video and it’s really something to behold:


The Great Meteor Shower of 1833:

The astronomer, Denison Olmsted, was awakened by neighbors on November 13, 1833, and walked into the cold November night to see a sky filled with shooting stars, 72,000 or more per hour. It was the November meteor shower we now call the Leonids, but at the time, no one knew what caused the display or where meteors came from. But because of the number of shooting stars filling the heavens—20 a second—Olmsted saw clearly a pattern that had escaped other astronomers.

“Olmsted realized for the first time that they came from one point, one he first called the radiant,” Littmann says. Astronomers today still use the radiant to name meteor showers: The Leonids take their name from their seeming origin in the constellation Leo, the Lion. And the Perseids seen in early August every summer take their name from their origin in the constellation Perseus.