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…

Amazing Race 32 contest

Yes it’s still going strong! Dan pointed out that season 32 was coming up, and we are all in on another round of betting! How old is Phil now, anyway? He looks exactly the same.

  • Pick the team you think will win, and pick the team you think will be eliminated next.
  • For winners, start with 11 points. If your winning team is eliminated, you lose a point, and you have to pick another.
  • For losers, start with 0 points. If your losing team is eliminated, you score a point, and get to pick another.
  • Contest winner is the one with the most points after the final episode!

Winner gets a prize! TBD, ha. Also:
If Dan wins, Mike hauls his shit to the dumpster.
If Mike wins, he gets a TOP SHELF VO from Danno.


Coach & Son
Jerry & Frank

Glasses
Leo & Alana

Purple
Will & James

Orphans
​Kaylynn and Haley

Olympians
Kellie & LaVonne

Fucking Smart
Eswar & Aparna

Parents
Hung & Chee

Volleyballers
Riley & Maddison

Footballers
DeAngelo & Gary

Cajun Asians
Michelle & Victoria

Catfishers
Nathan & Cody

RESULTS

Ep01
Ep02
Ep03
Ep04 N/A
Ep05
Ep06 N/A
Ep07
Ep08
Ep09
Ep10

WIN PICKS

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08Ep09Ep10
Dan
Mike
Larry
Jane
Winner

LOSE PICKS

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08Ep09Ep10
Dan
Mike
Larry
Jane
LoserN/AN/A

SCORE

Ep01Ep02Ep03Ep04Ep05Ep06Ep07Ep08Ep09Ep10
Dan11111111111111
Mike11121313131313
Larry111111111111
Jane111111111112

Never heed the forecast

I almost bailed on a bike ride to get Indian takeout on the other side of town, because the forecast was for rain. They oversell it! I’m so glad I went, the ride was gorgeous, the food delicious, and I continued to blast away at my DVT. :-)

Yes I carried all this on the back of my bike… With lots of rope!
Dork patrol

9.0 The Peripheral

Intentionally, sadistically dense stuff, every single page its own literary sudoku, like only Gibson can get away with. Let it wash over you, rereading the page with the context of its contents. Once you’re comfortable with the ride, it’s good solid fun with some real payoffs. Quite explosive, actually.

Thanks Dan for the gift! You helped me rediscover my favorite author. Now on to the sequel, Agency….

9.5 Upload

Like a one night stand rebound, this show stepped in to save me from Westworld. By Greg Daniels, who works with Steve Carell and Mike Judge, it’s a near-future sci-fi comedy that walks well trodden ground with off-the-charts freshness.

From comicbook.com:

Daniels started writing the series right after The Office ended and it’s taken the past six years for the show to finally come to fruition. “It’s been a long time coming,” Daniels tells us. “I was writing episodes in 2017, and then we shot a pilot in 2018. And then we shot the series in 2019. There were so many special effects, that it took another year to do all the visual effects. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s great fun.”

This is how deep art happens.  It’s why bands have a hard time reproducing the depth of that first “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” release.  It’s why the strike in the middle of Bladerunner let it refine like wine.  It’s why the fire that destroyed all master tapes and forced Meat Beat Manifesto to rerecord its first release was such sweet good fortune (wait, Jack made that up? Genius).  It’s how Phoebe Waller-Bridge gradually turned her Fleabag stage production into the most powerful and sublime television, a fully-formed vision.  I am grateful for these gems, I hope you like them too, my friends.