Random thought thread!


I always heard “Thunder King”, myself. Very Tolkien, I thought.


People might hate Peter Jackson’s LotR movies. Sure, there’s a lot to criticize. However, there’s enough that I love to forgive the bad. Such as:

Such a great scene.


I always heard Hotel California as “What a nice surprise, when you’re out of ice.”

And I always thought Joan was using the F word instead of “touch”.

I wonder why?


I would so play the game, The Kvetcher starring Gevalt of Richtikeh.


At the risk of turning this into a movie thread, I didn’t think a large number of people hate the LoTR movies. Perhaps you’re thinking of the Hobbit movies?


Hm, maybe you’re right. I do get an impression that some people hate them, though. Maybe I was conflating the vitriol (some of which is very just) for The Hobbit movies with the LotR movies? Or maybe I hang with a lot of people who hate stuff that is popular.


There was a whole contingent of folks who hated the films because they didn’t stick exactly to Tolkien’s text. I remember one guy actually stating that Jackson was a hack because he had Gollum slipping instead of tripping at the end or tripping instead of slipping. I forget which. As if it matters.


Oh, I’m sure some people (e.g., the folks Jason mentioned) hated them. There’s always some haters for anything. I just don’t think it’s a statistically significant number for the LotR movies. Note that I’m not saying everyone loves them, but I think people mostly either generally loved them or, at worst, thought they were okay. I think it’s one of the best movie trilogies out there, up there with the original Star Wars (and frankly more consistent than those). The Hobbit is a whole other bag.


I don’t really like the LOTR movies, mainly because I’ve read the books several times since I was a young boy, and the movies just don’t look much like my mental image of things. Normally this isn’t a problem for me, I can hold a film and it’s book source as two different things to be appreciated on their own terms, but I find LOTR to be too jarring somehow. I have this sort of stylized mental image of things, kind of based on the illustrations on the book cover and a few on the inside - in my mind, things probably seem a little more comic book-y than the more earthy and somewhat realistic version Jackson put to film. I recognize that probably sounds strange, but whaddayagonnado.


Well, the LOTR movies did have critics at the time, but once the Hobbit trilogy came out and showed how absolutely horrible the LOTR adaption COULD have been, I suspect quite a few of those critics have calmed down a bit…

Quality is all relative!


Probably this. LoTR is a generally well-received and well liked movie, so much so they keep trying to do something like it again and failing.

The Hobbit… eeeh. And that’s from someone who kind of likes it.


Weird question, but has anyone caught and watched the YouTube preroll ad for that Purple seat cushion, starring Ryan Stiles (currently on Whose Line is it Anyway and formerly of the Drew Carey Show)? The ad itself is a fun watch because he does a lot of characters and all but I’m wondering if anyone’s heard if the cushion things are any good.


I mean their ads are certainly a cut above. I’ll give them that.

No idea on the product.


I haven’t seen that one but I’ve seen a bunch of their mattress commercials on YouTube. I like the one with the Bigfoot family.


So… I went to see a Musical yesterday. Don’t do that very often and overall it was pretty fun.

However a frustrating thing was that since I live in Germany, the musicals here are all translated and sung in a bizarro German cover version. To top it off they then hire non-german speaking actors who then try to perform phonetically, thus completey mangling the pronounciation and making the dialogue & lyrics very difficult to understand. ie Actually following the narrative is frequently not easy…

I didn’t watch Lion King, but this video is a good example of what I mean, as most of these singers are NOT german speakers and are singing german cover versions…


Just… sing it in English then? Why don’t they do that. It seems it would be easier for everyone. Germans mostly spoke good English when I visited (except the more rural areas of Thuringia, Cold War hangover ftw).


Beats me… Generally their english is pretty good and I’m assuming most of these songs are popular in their original form there as well. Its just that when they bring them to the stage and try to tell a story seems like it needs to be in german…


This cracked me up on Twitter today:


I wonder if I could ask for some help in this thread, it’s pretty random but didn’t seem “big” enough to start a new thread over.

So, look, I’m a potty mouth. Been that way since grade school, and most of my friends and family were casual about the swears. But I’m a dad and have small kids who pay attention to this sort of thing, and I need to get better about this. And I am better than I was, I don’t really thoughtlessly pepper my sentences with bad words, but there are times when I lose my temper or stub my toe or some random occasion where I just yell out something tourette’s-like and this is really, really hard to stop doing. It’s like I need to rewire my subconscious brain to stop having one in the chamber for occasions like that. Luckily so far my kids don’t imitate me, I just get this sort of solemn, “Daddy, you shouldn’t say that.” And of course I shouldn’t. Is there an effective way to try to purge the impulse or at least clean things up a bit, that you guys have found effective?

Side note: I can totally see myself 20 years from now being all Kathy Bates and saying stuff like “cockadoodie.”


Amongst my friends, I have a bit of a reputation for… uh… creative invective, so I definitely get where you’re coming from.

For a while, both around kids and in the office, I tried the old standard of replacing my more colourful turns of phrase with innocuous versions, but as you note, that tended to only work until something really caught me off guard, at which point out came the unfiltered versions. Many eyebrows were raised and disapproving looks were offered.

I certainly won’t claim to be great at it now by any means, but I’ve found it more effective to train myself to bite my tongue completely (usually non-literal) for 5-10 seconds when I’m surprised. Let my conscious thoughts catch up and urge “dude, don’t say that!” to whatever curse is running through my head.

That is, for me it’s easier to go cold-turkey rather than to try to tone it down. End result is I’m less free with the swears even in contexts where it’s less problematic, which is also probably a good thing.