Like NotMax, about this time of day I start winding down and can’t continue to deal with the din. The days of the impeachment hearing have been particularly difficult – so much lying, so much bad faith. The lying wouldn’t be so bad if it were an artful, consistent lie. But it’s just throwing stuff at the wall. It’s not clear they even care if it sticks.
I have one friend who goes on Twitter a couple of times a day and just retweets beautiful things and cute animals. Here are a few:
Adios, Spitzer. Good job.
The Good Place series finale! Both ? and ☹️.
That Canada goose does not belong!
I CAN HAZ COWPIGGIE?
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@mrmoshpotato: I got Hulu just to watch the good place, and then this last season they started restricting available shows to the most recent three or four. I’m hoping after the finale they’ll release the whole thing. Or maybe I’ll tell Hulu to pound sand and just get the NBC app.
@debbie: I was wondering what was gobbling like a turkey.
@dr. bloor: YOU CAN HAZ GARDEN HOSE TOO IF WANTED. ??
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Or badger Netflix to get season 4 overnight. :)
I couldn’t figure that out either. Is there such a thing as a silent duck?
I’ve got seeds!
For any so inclined the first episode of Star Trek: Picard is available (“for a limited time”) to stream for free on YouTube.
Verdict is: Relentlessly average. All the trappings, missing the soul.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@mrmoshpotato: I’ll put on my best Grandpa Simpson voice and get out my typewriter
I discovered a charming New Zealand murder mystery series on Acorn TV called the Brokenwood Mysteries. Engaging characters, beautiful scenery.
Only way to get the voice back is to waddle to the seedier part of town and hook up with a quack dealer.
I wanted a break from Impeachment Fury and various Southern California tragedies. I was going to see the movie Parasite, but didn’t feel like reading subtitles, so I went to see Knives Out again. Still fun even if you know the twists and turns. Daniel Craig may have a new movie franchise character in Benoit Blanc, and Ana de Armas is a good actor and a luminous screen presence.
In Russia, subtitles read you.
What did the doctor say about treatment?
I don’t know. It mostly worked for me. It’s hard to make a summary judgement on the basis of a single episode. I haven’t seen the most recent episode yet. And I am not big on fan nostalgia, but I think that Picard is a good choice to build a show around.
ETA. On subtitles. I love foreign films, but now find it fatiguing to read subtitles for long stretches. Also, the Russia story was interesting.
Dorothy A. Winsor
Love those stained glass peacocks.
@FelonyGovt: New Zealand is so beautiful. I never heard of Acorn TV. I wonder if the series is elsewhere too.
@Brachiator: I saw Knives Out just yesterday. I think it’s a movie you could see more than once because there’s a lot going on that’s easy to miss the first time through.
@NotMax: I clicked on the link and got Video unavailable. Pout.
I’m sitting here eating bagel crisps and they keep going down and going down and it doesn’t feel like there’s anything in my stomach. I could eat a million! Just as long as I don’t take a big drink.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: If you are in Amazon Prime, Acorn is available for a few more bucks/month. I’ve been trapped by Midsommer Murders.
Why I dropped by:
Dorothy A. Winsor
Thanks for the info about Acorn. I’ll take a look.
The relentless use of “Mister Manager” during the hearings gave me fond memories of the Arrested Development episode where George Michael Bluth is put in charge of the banana stand.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Netflix has had the previous seasons of The Good Place but we’ve had to wait until August or thereabouts.
The Peacock Room by Whistler at the Freer Museum in DC is amazing. My art historian daughter did her Masters thesis on it all about the conflict between art and commerce. Highly recommended.
Love Midsomer; I also enjoy Murdoch Mysteries but might be influenced by my infatuation with Helene Joy (actress). On the off chance she lurks here and likes really tall, REALLY nerdy Dudes…
@Dorothy A. Winsor
Acorn is similar to BritBox with an Australian slant.
Their website is one of the better ones for showing you what they actually have in stock.
Swine are native to well-watered forest edges and scrub. (They love acorns)
Given sufficient room, shade, clean bedding, and clean water, they prefer to stay clean, and will keep themselves clean.
When deprived of these things, and especially when there are too many pigs on too little land, mud-bathing helps cool them, and protects their skin from sun.
The few times that the SVPs, VPs, and AVPs are in the same meeting goes much like the ducks in the snow. Lots of noise and amusements, little actual progress.
@Dorothy A. Winsor
Acorn and also Britbox, IIRC. Also free (with ads) on the Roku Channel, IMDB TV and Pluto TV.
@debbie: That is not a Canadian goose, they don’t look like that. I’m pretty sure it’s a Toulouse goose.
@debbie: Yes. Quackless ducks. Muscovies. They hiss and mutter, and they aren’t very pretty.
Loved Brokenwood Mysteries. The only problem is I watched them all!
Subscribed to Acorn TV through Amazon Prime because of the Aussie/Kiwi slant.
Hmm, getting a Cloudflare 503 error when trying to go to the Acorn site from my link above, but I verified (again) that it is a good link.
@Shana: I loved the Whistler Room, and the feud between the artist and the commissioner. It’s a beautiful room, amazing, and we are so lucky it was saved for us.
(via a comment at Wonkette)
When the star takes space-time grocery shopping without its afternoon nap.
Astronomers Have Caught a Star Literally Dragging Space-Time Around With It
I made latkes.
That is all.
Did you make enough for the whole class? ?
Gin & Tonic
For anybody in the metro NY to New England area, you have about three weeks left to get to the Mystic Seaport Museum to see the J.M.W. Turner watercolors. It’s worth the trip, trust me. About this time last year, we stumbled into it at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, and were enchanted. Seeing these works, some of which may be familiar to you, up close, is a revelation. This is the only venue in North America where they will be before they go back to the Tate.
G finally got me hooked on “Schitt’s Creek,” so I’ve been getting caught up on that in the hope of being able to watch the upcoming series finale.
And, yes, “Good Place” finale tonight. Melancholy sigh. They’re ending it at the right time, but I’m still a little sad. ?
@Dorothy A. Winsor: I watched Brokenwood through the Chicago Public Library. Only allowed six shows a month though. I did end up getting Acorn though.
Finished and wore a hat for running today: trying to decide whether to go ask a stranger on Ravelry if she wants to sell me a specific leftover yarn so I can finish a knitting project, or whether I should just order a smaller skein from the yarn company. Going through Ravelry would leave me with more leftover yarn when my project is finished, but going through the yarn company would leave me inclined to buy more yarn in different colors as part of the order.
There is no doubt about it, the endless lies and monumental stupidity and corruption of Trump and the Republicans are exhausting.
@opiejeanne: It’s an African goose. The owner (who is also taking the video) identifies them in the thread.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Acorn is a great source for British and British Commonwealth shows. We’ve found a lot of good ones there.
By the way, for those without Netflix, IIRC seasons 1 through 5 of that are available at the little known CW Seed site.
Loving the “Something Good Open Thread” name.
Here’s my something good. Dad has agreed to sell the house and move to my apt complex in Queens. WOOP. I need him near me.
Good on him. He moved to his house 60 years ago. He built it with my mom. Forever when I would say “but eventually you will move out” his answer was “No. Bury me under the apple tree.” (Yeah I grew up with 3 apple trees on a 60X95 lot).
So now he is measuring his furniture to ensure he can fit into an apt where I live!! IT FITS!!! Yay. So that is my something good. ?
Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)
Four seasons is honestly a good place to end a show. Most shows run out of good material around the 4-5 season mark
This is respite-like because it will bring a smile to your heart:
I can’t link on my iPad, but there’s more than a few people on Twitter suggesting that Adam Schiff be nominated for a Profile in Courage Award. You can nominate him at the JFK Library’s website and it only takes a second or two. Aside from the fact he truly deserves it, it would be one more thing that Trump would not win! Share widely!
House locale’s loss is Forest Hills’ gain.
@Yutsano: Ah, thanks. I couldn’t hear the owner. Had to have the sound off
ETA: and now I realize it was in the comments.
What a beautiful post.
@Goku (aka Amerikan Baka):
I’m kind of sorry that the first episode I watched is the last of the series, but my library has the DVDs.
Hoping this is a live thread still.It’s midnight and I’ve received a shipping notice about my copy of the 2020 Calendar (approx 4 pm) and three hours later yet another Cafe Press notice of refund. I don’t see anything in the threads today about continuing calendar glitches, so maybe it’s just me, but maybe not, thought I ought to say something where someone will see it, also sending to WaterGirl. Sigh.
If you like Midsomer Murders, you’ll love Vera – also on Acorn TV.
If you are looking for non political twitter https://twitter.com/ChefHiking mostly sunrise pictures in . Portland Maine