Raleigh is ours

Regina and I walked from her old place to her new apartment at Peace that she will be in soon. It’s perfect. A 30 minute walk through the heart of Raleigh got us there. Raleigh was hopping today, with full parks, a set of Raleigh Astronomy Club telescopes beautifully filtering the sun (one showed dark spots, another had a hydrogen alpha filter that let us see solar prominences – unreal), live bands, noisy crowds, and sadly, lots of police (ahead of Tyre Nichols protests, Regina pointed out – a sad shameful ending to the walk).

The apartment is insane, right outside the door is the glorious pool, grills, a bar, the lounge with a theater, pool table and so much more. It’s basically the world’s biggest living room. Wow.

9.0 The Offer

It’s rare to find anything with this much high quality triple layering (actors playing actors playing characters). Some complain it is from a mysoginist eta (true) better left dead. Some elitist critics (*cough Rolling Stone *cough) find it shameful. Just focus on the world class acting through the twists and turns, it’s quite a journey.

Avon and the art of motorcycle repair

Real sports for kiteboard watching and a wrap

Aussie food truck free.coffee

Donna yoga on the beach sunrise

Nice good old boy pulled us from sand trap bought him beer

Walked a mile to beach, nailed the Nemo, extra poles

Sat at edge of tide, let it wash into us on the top of a steeeeeep bank.

Jamaica convenience cafe man scared us when I changed my order. Saw pinball and video games and poptart slippers and beers and…

Saw the sand motel

Swam and body surfed in huge waves, dragging feet to keep from getting rolled, or floating on back, so fun

Cooked tofu and veggies, pancakes and sausage, made so much coffee

Bluetooth speaker jams

So many sand crabs on the beaches! Sand pipers, gulls, a pack of crows… On sup, saw sting ray, crabs, seaweed beds, pelicans. So many dogs too! And cat alley.

On drive and hike into triangle of state Park land, saw beautiful green snake yay! And spiders. No beach in site, lol

Got extra Nemo poles for Anderson’s

Pelican limerick, kucuberaa sits on the electric wire, tears in his eyes cause his pants are on fire.. laugh kb laugh kb, gay your life must be

BattleBots 2021/22

It’s robot fighting betting time!

Loser buys Winner his favorite snack!

There are 32 teams in the single-elimination tournament, all ranked based on prior performance in the group stage.


RULES

For each day of competition, pick the winners of each battle.

If your bot wins, you score points!

Points Scored = (contestant rank difference) / 4 rounded to nearest integer – so root for the underdogs when it makes sense!

PLOT TWIST! If we pick the same robot to win a battle…
… if the robot loses, the point leader after the round cannot pick the winner to win in the next round.
…if the robot wins, the point leader after the round MUST pick that bot to win in the next round.
…if the point leader has conflicting rules in a battle, the rules are all invalidated.

Round of 32

Ep11 Mike Skorpios Minotaur Copperhead Glitch/WitchDoctor Hijinx P1 Huge Riptide
Ep11 Dan EndGame Bloodsport Lucky Glitch/WitchDoctor Sawblaze Hypershock Huge Riptide

Ep12 Mike Ribbot MadCatter Blip Tombstone Whiplash Yeti Rotator Tantrum
Ep12 Dan Hydra/Defender BlackDragon Blip Tombstone IceWave Cobalt CaptainShredderator Gigabyte

Dan2 – 2 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 4 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 8 – 8 – 8 – 15 …
Mike2 – 4 – 5 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 7 – 7 – 7 – 7 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 11 …

Round of Sixteen

Dan EndGame WitchDoctor SawBlaze UpperCut Hydra Blip Cobalt Tantrum
Mike Minotaur Copperhead SawBlaze Riptide BlackDragon Blip Cobalt Tantrum

Dan15 – 15 – 18 – 21 – 22 – 25 – 25 –
Mike11 – 15 – 15 – 15 – 16 – 19 – 23 –

Quarterfinals

Dan Minotaur Sawblaze Blip Cobalt
Mike Minotaur Riptide Hydra Tantrum

Dan25 – 26 – 26 – 26 – 26 – 26 –
Mike23 – 23 – 24 – 30 – 31 – 31 –

Semifinals

Dan WitchDoctor Hydra
Mike Sawblaze Tantrum

Finals

Dan WitchDoctor
Mike Tantrum

Dan26 – 26 – 31 – 31
Mike31 – 32 – 32 – 33

Kayaking the Roanoke River at Jamesville

Stephen and I drove out to his home town of Jamesville to check on his family’s properties there. It’s about 3/4 of the way from Raleigh to OBX. Classic old town America.

After we visited his parcels, we hit the Roanoke, and saw fish jumping, a great blue heron, a kingfisher, turtles among the natural lily pads (beautiful), what looked to be a copperhead fall from a tree and take a gentle upstream swim, and a pack of turkey vultures enjoying a catfish head on the shore, ha. A beautiful natural river.

9.0 Promising Young Woman

I found my militant feminist movie last night, after Hustlers failed hard to deliver on every level. Damn, some intense manhating. Good stuff, hahaha. Carey Mulligan continues to steal my heart.

About as dark as I Care A Lot, but with a solid theme: men are disgusting lustful gluttons.

Spy Games Season 1 contest

Dan and I have the Covid Blues so we are scraping for any reality races on which we can bet. Any show where each episode has a winner and a loser. Here’s our next train wreck! Call your bookie, slap down those bets!

New improved rules, now with more action!

  • Pick the player you think will win, pick the two players you think will be chosen to defend themselves, and pick the player you think will be actually eliminated.
  • For winners, start with 10 points. If your winner is eliminated, you lose a point, and you have to pick another. If your winner wins, you score a point, and they remain your pick.
  • For losers, start with 0 points. Score a point for each defender you got right. If your loser is eliminated, you score a point, and get to pick another.
  • Contest winner is the one with the most points after the final episode!
  • Also, we are playing with DAN’S BASTARDIZATION OF THE PICK RULES: you can change any pick you want in between episodes. WHAT? LAME, Mike does not approve… but he’s very accommodating, so here we go…
STILL BREATHING
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori
Chelsey Mori

Raffle
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock Thompson
Brock Thompson

Clone
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall
Christina Randall

Cheek
FUCKING OUT
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Saif Kareem
Saif Kareem
Iran
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch Abrams
Dr. Mitch Abrams
Shots
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica Studnicky
Jessica Studd
Emo
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright
Charnel Wright
Buff
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour
Nika Nour
Plank
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler Colin Hutzler
In-And-Out
Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson
George Jackson
Loser

RESULTS

Winner(the rest)Defender + Loser
Ep01Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Saif Kareem Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock Thompson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica Studnicky Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch Abrams
Ep02Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock Thompson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica Studnicky Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika NourSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Saif Kareem
Ep03Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock Thompson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika NourSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica Studnicky
Ep04Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright
Ep05Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour
Ep06N/ASpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler
Ep07N/ASpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock Thompson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson
Ep08

WIN PICKS

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08
DanSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Saif KareemSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori
MikeSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori
WinnerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock ThompsonN/AN/A

DEFENDER PICKS

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08
DanSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch AbramsSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel WrightSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel WrightSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallN/A
MikeSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch AbramsSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica Studnicky Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin Hutzler Spy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Brock Thompson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallN/A
DefendersSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch AbramsSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel Wright Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Saif KareemSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica StudnickySpy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina Randall Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel WrightSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika Nour Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey Mori Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George Jackson Spy Games Season 1 Headshot Chelsey MoriN/A

LOSE PICKS

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08
DanSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch AbramsSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel WrightSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel WrightSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Christina RandallN/A
MikeSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch AbramsSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonN/A
LoserSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Dr Mitch AbramsSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Saif KareemSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Jessica StudnickySpy Games Season 1 Headshot Charnel WrightSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Nika NourSpy Games Season 1 Headshot Colin HutzlerSpy Games Season 1 Headshot George JacksonN/A

SCORE

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08
Dan14 PERFECT!141317 PERFECT!191819
Mike12121213131314

The Future (thank you Elon)

  • Global fleet of autonomous-driving taxis (no more parking lots, traffic, pollution, car payments, crashes… you won’t grok this for a while, but Now You Know was there to warn you…)
  • Global near-instantaneous internet (Starlink internet-via-vacuum is 40% faster than fiber; again, you’ve been warned…); this alone will be lucrative enough to fund all Elon’s plans
  • Utopian Mars with a self-governed, self-sustaining, and industrious population, nonstop direct (rocket) flights, and fast-as-light communications network
  • Coming much sooner than you think to a planet near you…