Sunday, February 26, 2017

I haven't watched a pageant or an awards show in years...

But I understood this much:

Apparently the Oscars broadcast was so caught up in other things, they announced the wrong Best Picture winner for the first time ever.

Maybe it's time to stick with what you know and stop telling the rest of the world how to live.

Monday, February 20, 2017

This is what tone-deaf looks like

So IMDb has followed through on their threat to shut down their discussion boards.

Since the announcement was made a few weeks ago, users have flocked to IMDb's social media accounts and made it crystal clear that they did not want to lose this feature.

This last comment is what's so amazing about this corporate clusterfuck - absolutely zero response from IMDb to its users since the original announcement. Nothing. Users have bombarded IMDb's social media accounts with pleas, threats to delete accounts and apps, confirmation of deletion of accounts and apps...and nothing. Not a peep.

I have to think that this whole fiasco really diminishes IMDb in the eyes of the public. Not only did they broadside their users with the loss of a very active feature, but they then went radio silence in response to the outcry to save the boards.

I realize the boards had their fair share of trolls, but apparently it hadn't gotten bad enough for people to stop using them. And would it have killed IMDb to do a little moderating and banning trolls via their IP addresses?

One commenter pointed out that with the exception of being able to leave reviews (which apparently aren't interactive) the loss of the boards really just makes IMDb another version of Wikipedia. It doesn't even provide news that can't be found elsewhere on the net. But one thing is clear: IMDb dropped a popular feature, then didn't care enough and couldn't be bothered to respond to its many users who protested the decision. And that, my friend, is a ginormous customer service fail.

A few weeks ago, prior to the announcement, I would never have imagined IMDb as the next internet entity to begin a downward slide toward being the next My Space. Now it's at the top of the list. And it could easily have been avoided, or at least handled professionally. I know IMDb is owned by Amazon, but I think the question isn't so much who owns it, but who's running it. Because they just effed up massively.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The penny/tire test

File this under "You Learn Something New Every Day". I had no idea.

My tires are relatively new, but since I'm a total girl when it comes to cars, I'm pretty dependent on my local Toyota dealer to let me know when something needs to be replaced. This is something to keep in mind for the future.

Thanks to the CHP for this advice.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bob Ross: The gift that keeps on giving

I wonder what Bob Ross would think if he knew he'd be living in people's hearts and minds and in pop culture more than twenty years after his death. All because of a low-budget PBS show and happy trees.

This one is still my favorite, though. If only the CSI franchise was still around to tackle this storyline:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Comic noir

I'd love to be able to write like this. My stuff comes out just so straight forward.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Occupation: Fool

Celebrities and politics...I just can't. They're so convinced of their own superiority over the unwashed masses that they can't just live and let live. This also translates into trying to find offense everywhere, even - and especially - where none was ever inferred or intended.

Which brings us to this highly entertaining example of a celebrity making an absolute fool of herself on Twitter. I give you the raging intellect of Sarah Silverman, and more importantly, the responses by people smarter and more reasonable than her (which is pretty much everyone outside Hollywood):


So Twitter fired up the grill and roasted Silverman.

Ah yes, the "rubber bullets" (aka earplugs). They never get old.

I have a feeling Silverman will claim it was just a joke, but I don't think anyone's buying that outside of her diehard fans. And also that she'll delete the thread once she realizes how dumb it makes her look, but fortunately for the rest of us, the internet is not only hilarious, but it's also forever!

Writer's block meets Prison Break

This is hilarious and really, really clever!

Update: Just realized that unlike You Tube videos, this one doesn't have a link back to the original site - it's from The Atlantic. Because credit where credit is due is important.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A day at the Arboretum

Last week Mom and I hit the Arboretum in Arcadia for the first time in a long time. We got there kind of late in the afternoon, but still had about an hour to stroll around and sneaky-feed the critters. I put a couple of the pics up on my Instagram account, and they were pretty popular, so I decided to post more of them here.

Black bamboo.

Bun buns. They're in there, you just have to look.

The ducks are pretty much my favorites.

Wood duck. So very pretty.

This is called an elephant-foot tree, for reasons that should be pretty obvious.

The geese are Mom's favorite, but they're awful aggressive, so I prefer the duckies.

Peacock. Amazing in real life. Pics don't do them justice.

Peacock on a table. They have run of the place and aren't shy about using it.

Just me, or does this remind anyone else of a Hitchcock movie?

Pretty, pretty peacock.

Queen Anne Cottage.

Mom heading up to the cottage.

The sign below explains why this happened.

Silver lining: This.


The Los Angeles County Arboretum is an oasis in our bustling and often crazy community. Check it out if/when this rain ever lets up.