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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
Number of posts: 4,318

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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Stand by Me (Slowed-down, instrumental track not on soundtrack)

I was disappointed that this particular part of the soundtrack to the movie Stand by Me wasn't on the CD when I bought it. Fortunately, we live in the age of the internet and youtube now so I was able to track it down.

I think it's quite moving and sentimental (in a good way)

Two ducks check into a hotel.

So two ducks check into a hotel for a weekend of romance and illicit sex. Just as things are heating up, one of the ducks asks:

"Did you bring the condoms?"

"No", says the other duck. "I thought you brought them."

"Well, what are we going to do?", wails the first duck.

"I know", says the other duck. "We'll call room service!"

So they call room service, and yes, they do deliver condoms to rooms in this hotel.

Ten minutes later, there's a knock on the door and a liveried porter is there holding a box of condoms.

"Oh, terrific, you're a life-safer", quacks the first duck.

"Why, it's all part of the service", says the porter. "Would you like me to put it on your bill?"

"Why, NO!!", recoils the duck in terror, "What are you, some kind of pervert?!"

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Drop Rooney already; Pogba is a big waste of money and Zlatan is a flat-track bully.

I couldn't sleep and got up at 3:30 AM to watch Watford - United. Watford's win was thoroughly deserved and enjoyed by me.

I still don't understand why Rooney hasn't been dropped years ago, both for Man U and England. What do/did SAF, Moyes, LVG, Mourinho and Hodgson see in him? Additionally, he's on 300,000 a week, when I wouldn't pay that for him as transfer sum. The guy is a complete passenger.

We were visiting my sister in Italy

We were sitting on her patio drinking wine, probably talking about the Champions League game that was going to be on that evening ,when her husband called and told her to turn on the TV.

It was unreal. Something from a movie - it couldn't be real. At that time they were saying that 50,000 people worked in those buildings during the day and that they might all be dead. Just imagine, roughly the entire casualty count of the entire Vietnam war lost in single day. I felt that life would never be the same again...

Over the next few days, while travelling around Rome and Florence, people from all sorts of nationalities made a point of talking to us and shaking our hands and telling us how they were with and behind us.

Although we lived 3,000 miles away from New York in Seattle, we felt like stand-ins for stricken America, and I suffered jaw cramp from the manfully determined look I felt obligated to return to those people who had come to shake our hand. Pity I'm rather lactose-intolerant to the milk of human kindness...

Just a few years later, most of the civilised world had turned against us because of the Iraq war and other excesses.

It took an exceptionally incompetent moron in the White House to turn all the goodwill we felt at that time into hostility in such a short period of time...

The amazing colour changing card trick

Richard Wiseman is an interesting guy. I highly recommend his book Quirkology on quirky phenomoma. This is a classic youtube video, if anything can be said to be a classic in that relatively new medium. Be sure to watch it to the end. It isn't what you think it is....

Epic Emotional | Liquid Cinema - Aeterna

This music was used in a Mercedes commercial, the Sam Harris Waking Up podcast as well as others.

I've been chatting with a cow orker on and off for about 5 years

Interesting hobby. I can't give you his name, of course, because it is still illegal in several states as well as the District of Columbia.

Unaired 'All in the Family' pilot (1968): Justice for All

I think this is pretty close to the actual pilot later, but of course, other than Archie & Edith, the cast is different and the house looks different. The family is called Justice (not Bunker)



A second pilot: Those were the days (1969) was also not picked up



Interesting to see these embryonic efforts to produce this show.

All in the Family was a remake of the British (far harsher and less sentimental) Till Death us do Part.



Well, they don't make them like they used to.

Big disconnect between the singer and the voice

Do you visualise the singer when you hear a song for the first time? I do, and I'm often spectacularly off the mark when I later actually see what they really look like.

The prime example of this category is, of course, Amy Winehouse, a twenty-something Welsh girl who sang with the voice of a 50-year old black woman from the Mississippi delta.

Here's another example:

I like this song, but I pictured the singer as a big, bearded, biker-type who rolls his own cigarettes. Imagine my surprise to hear that voice coming out of a 22 year-old beardless boy:

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