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  1. Please, please don't Boris up the election. And this. Ugh. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/racial-slurs-quebec-1.5225459
  2. https://www.mlb.com/video/bryan-shaw-in-play-run-s-to-gerardo-parra
  3. Yup! This was the basis for Robin Sparkles and I love that Alanis 1.0 is this secret only Canadians seem to know. We also grew up like 2 miles from each other, though she's a few years younger than me.
  4. If your walk-up song is Baby Shark your contract should be voided immediately.
  5. Does not take my breath away.
  6. I do love that Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and Carice van Houten all submitted themselves for nomination and NOT HBO and they got it! Whether they belong with other nominees is up for debate but...I commend their making it happen for/by themselves.
  7. I had my second phone screen in 10 years today. The first was in the fall last year. In both cases I tanked it. I mean, I do not expect to get called in for on-site interviews for this one unless my resume wins out [spoiler - it surely won't]. I'm so mad at myself but also I was far too self conscious about not having direct experience in this particular industry. Also I hate phone screens. I'm on speaker phone with who knows who else is in the room. No social or facial queues. <sigh> I prepped too but the questioning format wasn't asking questions about my resume or experience. Instead it was 'go through our job posting and tell me how you meet the requirements' and I just choked. Ah well.
  8. Lena Headey stood at a window and drank wine for six episodes. Like, I love her but come on.
  9. Losing a perfect game bid at the top of the 9th to the Orioles. Oh, the humanity. https://deadspin.com/in-miracle-orioles-somehow-manage-to-avoid-falling-vic-1836361633
  10. Nope. I don't miss him but I am in the minority.
  11. Did anyone catch Verlander complaining about MLB juicing the balls? As that is the reason for his current stats and not anything else...
  12. Ooof, Vlad Jr. Wow. Round 2! JocPop and Vlad Jr. was incredibly entertaining.
  13. https://dcist.com/story/19/07/05/d-c-police-officer-fist-bumps-a-proud-boy-after-clashes-in-front-of-white-house/
  14. 7.1 they're saying. Crazy stuff. Stay safe!
  15. Just some Proud Boy walking about town, fist-bumping a stogie-crunching DC cop as he walks by. Serving and protecting white nationalists in Chocolate City. NBD. It may not be 'ACAB' but entirely too many are. So where does the change come from? If the job is about pay and security more than serving and protecting citizens, then it never ends. Authority + bigotry + racism + misogyny + homophobia + weapons = What could go wrong?
  16. I finished The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo in two days worth of commuting and it was so excellent. It did not win all it's accolades and awards by accident. I highly recommend the audiobook, read by the author. I think I would have enjoyed reading it but would have missed out on the ebb and flow of the verse (that's how it's written, in verse) and the pronunciation and inflectionof some words and phrases. Sadly, the day I finished it was the same day that the cover art came into question. It's looking very much like the artist hired to do the artwork manipulated a photo they neither credited nor sought permission to use. It's doubly troubling because it's a photo of the the uncredited photographer. I hope she gets suitable compensation from the publisher. Probably seemed low risk for the cover artist - unknown author, unknown photographer, book written in verse, how popular could it be? But then it became one of the most talked about books of 2018, winning The National Book Award. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelkramerbussel/2019/07/03/photographer-accuses-cover-artist-of-elizabeth-acevedo-novel-the-poet-x-of-plagiarism/
  17. Sadly quite the opposite. https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/06/10/david-ortiz-shot-big-papi-shooting-boston-red-sox-dominican-republic-eddy-feliz-garcia/
  18. I read that the actor who played Leon was an extra but didn't spot him. I knew Dillahunt immediately. It felt so great to be back in that world and that dialogue that I can overlook how rushed it was and some of the less plausible plot points. Powers Boothe was was sorely missed. We all could have used a little Cy Tolliver.
  19. The cover looks great... YA/NA/Adult, it's basically all the same as far as her writing style is concerned. More huffing laughs and cringey sex scenes I suppose. But I too will probably read it.
  20. This was a Kindle daily deal over the weekend and looks to still be. $1.99 at amazon.com
  21. Jason Ralph is done with the show. Quentin isn't coming back. He dead. https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/the-magicians-finale-death.html
  22. Overall I enjoy the series. The first book was good enough to get my interest in what was going on. This third book was really very good. I recommend but you may not love it.
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