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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
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About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Yet another adaptation of Maigret, starring.... Rowan Atkinson (no, really!)

We watched this last night, and it was pretty good!

I confess that it would never have occurred to me to cast rubber-faced Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean, Blackadder) as the passive, inscrutable Maigret, but I think he pulls it off quite well.

The pacing is right (slow), and the casting and production values (Budapest stands in for 1950's Paris) are marvellous.

It's lacking something, but I haven't been able to put my finger on what exactly yet. It might get addressed in future episodes/movies, which we'll definitely keep an eye out for.

Recommended if you like e.g. Morse, Endeavour, Touch of Frost, Midsomer Murders, that sort of thing.

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Johan Cruyff, Dutch football legend, dies at the age of 68

The Holland football legend Johan Cruyff has died of cancer at the age of 68. The Dutchman, who on three occasions was voted the world player of the year, guided Holland to the World Cup final in 1974 and as a manager he spent eight years in charge of Barcelona.

“On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement on the World of Johan Cruyff website.

Just last month the former Ajax, Barcelona and Holland star, one of the main exponents, along with Rinus Michels, of the world famous Total Football – the Dutch style of play that involved players constantly interchanging roles – popularised in the 1970s but still playing a major influence on modern football, said he was ‘2-0 up’ in his match with lung cancer.

Ajax issued a short statement that read: “Johan Cruyff has died in Barcelona at the age of 68. The greatest Ajax player of all time had suffered with lung cancer since October last year. Ajax share in this great loss and wish the families much strength.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/24/johan-cruyff-dies-aged-68-holland-football-legend


RIP, You legend... The 1974 WC and your Dutch national team are what turned me into a fan of the sport.

WSDOT: Traffic more congested following I-405 toll lanes

Well, duh! Who didn't foresee this? I don't believe for a moment they'll go away in two years either. They're a disaster and everybody knows it. I suspect the people who decide these things get to use them for free and love them.

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- It's not yet clear if the express lanes will have a permanent place on I-405 as the state has two years to gather data to find a solution.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said traffic has become more congested around the Bothell area since the lanes went in.

Driver Cynthia Ulrich has avoided I-405 since the express toll lanes opened in September.
"I use surface streets, arteries, and the Bothell-Everett Highway to get where I work in south Everett to our home in Woodinville," Ulrich said.


http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/WSDOT-Traffic-more-congested-following-I-405-6797292.php

Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor

This music always makes me introspective and wistful, almost a little sad. It's great music for doing creative work or reading by.

That nice Mr. choppin' could write a decent tune from time to time, eh?

(Rotterdam 1992) 1000 drummers & The Golden Earring (live): Radar Love

Found while messing around on youtube:

Elephants can remember (funny TV commercial)

I've seen this before (possibly in here), but it still made me smile...

The text is something along the lines of: "Think carefully before deciding what to do with your last Rolo".



George Best - A Life in Pictures

George Best died 10 years ago today. To commemorate his passing we take a look at some images of his Manchester United career, and how football reacted to his death on 25 November 2005



http://www.theguardian.com/football/gallery/2015/nov/25/george-best-a-life-in-pictures


Favourite Best quotes:

"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered"

To illustrate the point, Best recounted the story of how he went on a date with the woman who had just won the Miss World contest. They went to the races and won several thousand pounds.

That evening Best and Miss World laid the money out on the bed of their hotel room to count it. At that moment, a hotel waiter knocked on the door to bring them the two bottles of champagne they’d ordered to celebrate.

The waiter, still mindful of Best’s early retirement from football, handed over the champagne, looked at the beautiful Miss World, looked at the thousands of pounds and then said to Best: “George, where did it all go wrong?”

Kraftwerk - Robots (1978)

From the Man Machine album.

I loved this stuff back then while all my friends hated it. I've since acquired a new set of friends.

Some day you'll understand...

A really good friend of mine called me a few hours ago and told me of his terminal cancer diagnosis. He's 60 years old, has three kids, and he's one of the nicest, most decent guys I've ever known -- he'd literally give you the shirt off his back. He also told me that he's credited our conversations with his voting for Obama, Gore, and Clinton, despite his growing up in an extremely conservative household.

He's a self-described Jesus freak, and I sincerely hope his faith helps him through this awful time.

My world is shrinking and I'm finding it difficult to process. Aww Hell, this isn't about me; it's about Dave and his family...

Fuck.

15+ Cats Who Just Realized You Took Them To The Vet



Encountering the old rectal thermometer:







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