Saturday Morning Brain Drain [13/11/21]

A place to let it all out.

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What I watched:  Bloodlands, which had “whoa, no way” moment mid-way through season one, which completely changed the viewer perspective. Our protagonist has a Bosch-esque personal style, a Luther-esque moral ambiguity, and a whole lot of baggage.

As per Acorn TV “In the gripping thriller Bloodlands from Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodyguard), veteran detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) connects a criminal’s car pulled from the sea to a notorious series of disappearances-including his own wife’s 20 years earlier. Brannick begins an obsessive campaign to unmask a possible assassin, code-named Goliath, in a case that evokes Northern Ireland’s dark past.” But that is not the “whoa” thing.

There will be a season two, hooray! Here are a few trailers/clips:

What I read:

Gated Prey by Lee Goldberg, a bit of a hard-boiled police procedural, but with a female LA County Detective. Eve Ronion contends with active cases, the dregs of a nasty police gang, and a ton of resentment against her success. This is book three in the series, it is worth catching up with the first two.

I also read Fool’s Gold: a 1920s historical fantasy romance (Mysterious Powers Book 4) by Celia Lake. This lady’s writing is my jam, and she “spends her days as a librarian in the Boston metro area, and her nights and weekends at home happily writing, reading, and researching.” It shows. This book in particular reflects an enjoyable amount of knowledge and detail about paints, pigments, galls, art styles, and forgery. Plus, dragons.

What I listened to this week: Bodi Bill – What If; RIVER – Inappropriate; and Brothers of Santa Claus – Figure It Out.

So, darling DeadSplinterites, what’s up with you? What have you watched, read, or listened to? Have you actually had some fun? What is going on in your world? Please check in, tell us how you are, and share what you are up to!

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  1. Watched Red Notice starring Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds on Netflix. It’s a light hearted action comedy with a big budget. It has the right balance of heist, fight scenes, 1.25 car chase scenes, super expensive looking locations, charisma, and plot twists all held together by a begrudgingly budding bromance. I thought it was fun and worth watching.

    Sad to report that Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin was only so-so. I enjoyed it. It just wasn’t as scary or anxiety provoking as I expected from the series.

    I also watched partway through the worst Xmas movie on the planet and gave up before it did irreversible damage to my psyche. I became cringe personified and had to turn off the TV when two characters were grunting all like “cum-hither” and started rutting in a barn in front of a cow. I’m so embarrassed for the actors. Guess that sweet sweet Netflix paycheck was worth the degradation. I’m tempted to write a one-off post about all the Xmas movies that I plough through this season. I’ll save my thoughts on this mystery movie until then 😜

    🎄🐮👴🍆🍑👵🐮 🎄=👎👎

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        • Yeah, Medicare Advantage is a total shitshow.  When my mother and her husband were looking at enrolling I told them to stay the hell away from MA unless they want to piss away what little money they have left.  The only selling point is the lower premiums, but that’s like giving away the ink so they can kill you by beating you to death with the printer.

  2. Joe Pera Talks With You is back for season 3. The first episode can be streamed on .

    Somewhat annoyingly, the press is endlessly going on about how it’s some kind of fuzz coated nostalgic throwback — the NY Times went so far as to claim it dodges dealing with the issues of mourning that it literally addresses head on.

    But it’s wonderfully deep, and the show is ultimately about going to a much more honest place than I think most writers can fathom. It’s pushing back against the idea of DRAMA that avoids substance. It’s a sneaky, funny, really good show, but you have to see it for what it is, not what some people want it to be.

  3. im still watching japan sinks….one episode a week sucks

    going by the end of episode 4…i suspect weve ended the suspence part and are now headed for the oh gorey hallelujah this is grim part……ill find out monday…stupid weekly episodes

    other than that i watched a timeless classic

    and some zombie nazis

    • I think that it is awesome that there are enough movies in your preferred genres to keep you entertained! The same here; there must be an equal number of UK/European police and detective television shows and movies. The classic genres for the win!

      • helps that i love me some terribad b or c movies

        some movies are are just awesome…others are awesomely bad

        either way im happy

        (bonus points for zombies or disasterpron)

        (avoid zombie strippers…despite starring freddy kruger….its the worst movie ive ever seent)

  4. What I just read, literally five minutes ago. We are coming up on the 38th anniversary of Richard Nixon famously saying, “I’m not a crook.” This was not said at a press conference or one of his occasional addresses to the the American public. No, on November 17, 1973, he said it at a conference of newspaper editors. So? The conference, bizarrely enough, was held at The Happiest Place on Earth, Disney World, Florida. Imagine if Ronald Reagan had said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” at Six Flags Over New Jersey. Or if Kennedy had said, “Ich bin ein Berliner” as he boarded the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier. “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” President Roosevelt declared, as he and Mrs. Roosevelt took their seats on the MonsteRide rollercoaster, the country’s second highest, in Sandusky Point, Ohio.

    I don’t know why people don’t enjoy political trivia as much as I do.

      • I have this distinct, although now I know false, memory of him saying it on a nationwide broadcast. I can picture him, addressing us from the desk, a flag at one side, dark blue suit…He used to have these televised addresses fairly frequently, especially toward the end. But no, I read this, and googled it, and apparently it was at Disney World according to multiple sources.

      • Whoops, you’re right, 48, that was stupid of me!


        To be fair, I once read this really interesting article about how difficult it is to process the decade from 2000–2009. So if you say, “this happened in 1981. How long ago was that?” a lot of people will say “30 years ago,” because the 0 numbers are hard for us to account for. A few years ago I was at a birthday party for someone born in the 1970s and the organizer shaved a decade off her life. The cake read, “Happy X Birthday!” and the birthday girl responded, “That’s very flattering, but I’m actually X+10 years old, as a lot of you should know…”

  5. …finally got around to watching shang-chi (& the legend of the ten rings) since it popped up on disney+…if the title doesn’t mean anything to you then I think it’s a safe bet you don’t need to hurry off & get familiar…but having actually read a good chunk of the extremely-suspect comics from the 70s in which his dad is literally the yellow peril himself, fu manchu…tony leung’s character didn’t actually need to make a whole lot of sense to be a welcome shift from that…&…he’s tony leung…so even playing a somewhat thin marvel villain he very nearly managed to steal the whole movie…which (if you happen to like kung fu flicks & have a tolerance for marvel stuff) is basically pretty great if more or less entirely nonsensical

    • And another genre update! The varying viewing interests of this group are lovely, and offer many opportunities to get out of a “stuff I will watch” rut.

  6. Watched:  Summer of Soul, the documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival.  Excellent documentary and holy shit could Stevie Wonder entertain.

    Read:  Something I’m saving for my end of the month Brain Drain.

    Listened:  I’ve been listening to some of the best engineered albums from decades ago.  Recently I listened to the Harry Belafonte concert at Carnegie Hall.  Fucking awesome.


  7. Reading lately is not much, mostly a bit of Buzzfeed, otherwise it’s medical records, etc, between various medical appointments, county appointments, cooking sessions, de-hoard “going out with Lily” trips, and bouts of “trying to keep dad from RE-re-rearranging EVERYTHING” 24-7 in any given sector of his apartment…


    The last of those has been exhausting, because his “i need to COMPLETELY REARRANGE THIS RIGHT NOW!!!” compulsions can occur spontaneously at ANY hour between 6am and aboooout 11:30pm… sometimes around 1am🙃


    TV wise, I’ve been seeing LOTS of “GRIT TV,” “QUEST,” & True Crime crap, because Dad’s ALWAYS been a remote-hog, and even if he “doesn’t like this show!” HE is the one who always decides what “we” should watch.

    So it’s lots of the Australian Gold Miners show, Storm-Chasing dudes, something Dateliney-True-Crimey, and the occasional western/war movie…


    I’m not typically out in the living room right now, tbh, because in all of his “I must rearrange the house RIGHTNOW!”-ings, he has managed to scoot his recliner *directly* into the center of the living room, and made it so that it is physically impossible for any other person to get to any of the other seating in the room, other than the two (UNCOMFORTABLE!) rolling desk chairs he uses as seating at the dining-room table… annnnnd because Dad is Dad & will use something until it BREAKS before getting new things, those chairs *both* have “leans” to them, which means they’re not comfortable for sitting in long-term (AND my feet dangle, because they’re too tall–but he complains if I lower one to a reasonable height for *me*🙃)…

    So I’m spending most of my “sitting” time curled up in a throw blanket, amidst a nest of pillows (REAL pillows, not throw pillows!😁) on the bed where I sleep when I’m here.


    Usually Dad hasn’t had even *one* decent pillow when I stayed before, so I bought a set of two when I was at Sam’s Club last week getting supplies… and I also brought one from home, that I was planning on taking back with me when I left…

    But in the meantime, he’d apparently gotten a set of “My Pillow” (yes THAT Guy’s pillows!) A couple years ago, because a long-time family acquaintance was working there, and Dad had been gifted a set by the family member who knows that acquaintance…

    So the bed IS reasonably comfortable, AND I can regulate the temp of this room back down to a temp that’s NOT 80+°F (it’s currently 30-ish outside!) , by opening up the window😉

    I’m NOT kidding on the temp–there is a wall thermometer in this room, for some reason, and the temp in here–which is demonstrably cooler than the livingroom, fwiw!–is 78° in this room, even WITH the window open!🙃🙃🙃



  8. As usual, I’ve done a lot of reading and not much else. @elliecoo, I finally finished Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara and it was… ok. It was nearly 500 pages of ok, and honestly, I’m not sure all of it made sense (the reviews on goodreads are pretty great to read, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who was a little lost.) It wasn’t bad, exactly, but more like she had too many ideas to squeeze into one book but she was, by god, going to! I’ll get around to the 2nd book… later…

    Spent the last couple of hours reading The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann. It’s listed as YA but that’s not to say it’s a simple kind of story. It’s sad and hopeful and depressing and happy, all at once. It’s about a group of girls living in a residential school in the 1920’s. They’re labeled “imbeciles”, “idiots”, “morons”, and various other cruel things for the crimes of existing while different. This book is a real heartbreaker.

    Also read this week – Legacy by Nora Roberts, which was as good as her books usually are. I’m very rarely disappointed by N.R.

    – The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss which was weird and amazing and I can’t wait to get into the second book.

    – To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers which isn’t exactly part of the Wayfarers series, being a little more sci than fi, but I really enjoyed it. Apparently, this one was quite divisive and people seem to either love it or hate it. I’m firmly in the “love it” camp.

    – Swearing is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne. Fascinating. Turns out, that instant response of yelling “FUCK!” when you stub your toe or slam your finger in the door is a natural pain management technique! Also, when other primates are taught sign language, they come up with their own version of swear words. It appears to be literally hardwired into our brains to cuss at intense moments.

    Listened to the audiobook of Rivers of London, which I really enjoyed. The narrator has a great voice and does enough changes that you can tell when it’s a different character without getting lost. Currently, listening to the audiobook of Tales From the Folly, which is a handful of the short stories from the world of Peter Grant.

    Watched – Down Periscope, which is one of my favourite movies. It’s just so damn funny! One of only a few that I can think of from the 90’s that is more or less inoffensive, despite a few slightly questionable moments. Unlike, say, Overboard… ooof. That one did NOT hold up.

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