This is what it looks and feels like in Los Angeles right now:
My apartment complex is elevated significantly off the ground, but because of the open courtyard, the drains not being able to handle volume, and the uneven floor, parts of my building are flooding anyway. Thankfully, our place has an apartment above ours (so the ceiling is unlikely to leak) and a post-earthquake angling of the floor leaves us slightly on the higher ground.
But before I get all wet, here are a few amusements:
-Sea urchin cocktails give a new meaning to spiking your drink.
-Space X is hiring engineers and coders to help them get to Mars. They don't seem to realize that calling themselves "The Borg" might be perceived as a negative.
-Remembering the first Lego figures that predated the minifigs.
-If the movie Her were set in 1995.
-A Batman Vs. Terminator animation that nearly everybody sent me, but I didn't care for all that much.
-Wear an arcade game on your wrist.
-Chips Ahoy pays attention to the fact that weird Oreo flavors do well, and is fighting back.
-Remake of The Birds to be directed by a guy named Diederik Van Rooijen, whose name will never not be fun to say no matter how bad the movie is.
-Dammit, how can we let the Japanese fast-food chains beat us on this level of excess?
-Johnny Depp, fond of pale-face roles, set to play a real mobster named Whitey, presumably just because of his name.
-Totally the wrong season for this, but how about some amazing pumpkin carvings?
And yes, I am planning a separate Oscars thread.
Subway doing pizza is one of those things that actually makes sense. In theory.
Sure, why wouldn't it work? You have a whole array of fresh-cut toppings right there, an oven you can slide them into, marinara sauce already made for your meatballs (which raises the question over whether it's wholly vegetarian, if that matters to you).
You are, of course, reckoning without the fact that this is Subway, and there's a reason the only cooked food they serve is pre-cooked. Because somehow, they only ever hire people who have no idea how to use an oven.More >>
Happy birthday to Ellen Page! You're gonna make some lucky lady very happy.
Not a whole lot of desk-clearing links to offer this week, but for what they're worth:
-Hand made Flappy Bird in a box, because hands and boxes belong together.
-Agents of SHIELD adds another cast member who isn't Coulson so I probably won't care much about him.
-What'cha gonna download? GHOST-BUSTERS firehouse Lego instructions.
-Yes, YES THE BEES! YES THE BEES! (via SlyDante777)
-Part man. Part machine. All...Pill? (via Gallen_Dugall)
-Are the Chinese inventing a T-1000? (Seriously, are they? It's a long article and I haven't finished it yet) via Gallen_Dugall.
-Do new TV spots for Captain America contain a massive spoiler?
-Lego Movie sequel coming, slowly...in 2017.
-KFC-flavored potato chips sound better to me than Doritos tacos.
Now talk amongst yourselves.
I have occasionally tried items with bacon in them, but things that make bacon the central, primary ingredient are not for me. My wife, however, loves bacon...but she does not necessarily love Jack in the Box. When they sent us gift cards on condition we try the thing - well, I made her get one.
And this exchange is what ensued...More >>
Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.
I am working on this week's questions while enjoying some peppermint sun tea, made out on the rock wall, and a fried chicken sandwich - yum. I also have the TV going -- may account for some of the answers and a kitty on the back of the desk chair. Another lovely and warm day out here in the vortex of Joshua Tree.
Wanted to promote something near and dear to my heart. It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!!!!!!. I got my box of Thin Mints and the other pics are from the sale table by our local brownie troop outside of the Wally World. I went thru the scout program until high school. Hated the group camping thing, but everything else was pretty fun. My idea of camping is staying at a Motel. My husband loved to camp, and with the fewer amenities the better. He used to tell LYT that he and the guys were going to take him out into the desert with only what he could carry on his back. They never got around to doing that. Luckily Mrs LYT has the same ideas on camping that I do, so LYT is safe for now.
So now on to this week's questions...More >>
Del Taco really, really wants you to like their turkey. I know this because they want me to like it. Having already fed it to me without telling me what it was and gotten a mixed response, they followed up by sending me a big box full of feathers with a gift card at the bottom.
After that, they said they were sending more gift cards for me to do a special tasting of the turkey tacos, unblindfolded. When the cards didn't come, they sent more. They were confident.
Was it worth it?More >>
Remember back when people thought Vanilla Ice was the worst famous person who could possibly be associated with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Let me ask you this - you think Michael Bay will ever portray himself as a has-been on minimum wage selling ancillary merchandise? I would bet on a sequel to Cool as Ice before that happens.
And I really, really want a sequel to Cool as Ice. But at least I have this commercial in the meantime...More >>
Your assignment: draw Jack in the Box mascot Jack in a different form. Your prize: $80 worth of bacon burgers, or whatever else you'd care to order at his establishment.
Perhaps because Jack isn't in every state, there were less entries than usual, which means your chances of winning were better...let us see who it was.More >>
I mean, twenty-five cents? When was the last time you saw ANYTHING for twenty-five cents? I don't smoke crack, but I can never pass up a bargain. Can I use them as funky drinking straws, maybe?