Monster Community Pool – 5/7/2015

As I mentioned Tuesday, I had some ideas for new stuff to post.  I also said that I wasn’t going to rock the boat, so that brings me to our new segment, the Monster Community Pool.  It seems like we’ve all been getting busier, so I foresee many open threads in the future.  However, I thought I’d spice things up by adding some hot news items of the day in case in case you guys need something to talk about.  It’s like the Afternoon Links of yore, but with the added option of talking about whatever is going on in your world.

With that, I bring you some of today’s popular stories:

BTW, I only plan on posting lighter stuff.  If you want to talk about the elections in the UK or the conflict in Yemen, knock yourself out, but I’m here to entertain.  I only plan on doing this on days when we’re light on content, but that can change if you guys like it.


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55 Responses to Monster Community Pool – 5/7/2015

  1. martinmegz says:

    Am I to understand that I can use this post to talk about whatever’s on my mind? OK Great!

    So I watched Battleship last night for the second time and I think it’s a really fun movie! I remember it was the butt of jokes when it first came out, and I remember thinking “it’s not so bad” when I watched it then. But now I am prepared to say that I actually liked it.

    Yes, there is no deep meaning or plot, but it’s just a fun, mindless summer blockbuster. You get to spend most of the movie looking at Tim Riggins’ face. There’s a lot of explosions. The way they integrated the Battleship board game was clever.

    My point is: People need to relax and let themselves enjoy things without having to act all cool about hating stuff.

    • Casey says:

      If I can ride your coattails and discuss much-maligned action movies, I finally saw the Matthew Broderick “Godzilla” for the very first time. And wow, it really was terrible. Halfway through it just turned into a Troma version of “Jurassic Park.” I did appreciate its innocent pre-9/11-blockbuster patina, though. And there was product placement for Josta in it, a soda I hadn’t thought about in a good long while.

    • flanny says:

      You’re speaking my language, boo.

    • nastyemu says:

      I only want to look at Tim Riggins’ face as a side effect of staring at Minka Kelly.

    • FRQ says:

      1) This is a totally sanctioned topic by the rules of the community pool.

      2) My dad recommended Battleship to me, and like a punk kid I scoffed at his suggestion. He then told me more or less what you did and ended up watching it. You and my dad were right.

      • martinmegz says:

        Hell yeah, me and DadFRQ! At the risk of flying too close to the sun, I’d like to make an even more heartfelt case for The A-Team movie, which I thought was amazing. There are so many plans that all come together! The ending was a set-up for Jon Hamm to be the antagonist in the sequel, but sadly we’ll never get to see it.

        • old man fatima says:

          I did not see Battleship, but I loved the A-Team way more than I thought I would! I love all fun dumb action movies, though. I will watch all Expendables movies until the end of time. I’ll be watching The Expendables 273, in which babies who haven’t even been born yet are the old washed up action stars.

    • hotspur says:

      I have long harbored a secret suspicion that I would enjoy Battleship. I like navy ships and I like space ships, so it seems to have it all.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    The air conditioning is on in our office, and it is so cold that I am seriously contemplating turning on the space heater. It’s finally nice enough outside to not have to wear 25 layers except that I still have to in order to be comfortable at work.

    • summerestherson says:

      THIS IS WHAT LIFE IS LIKE IN FLORIDA. It’s blazing hot inside so everyone cranks the AC up, but when you have to spend more than 5 minutes in a place, you freeze. I spend most of my life schlepping a sweater around places even though it’s 95 degrees outside. My work is so freezing, I keep an electric throw blanket there and MULTIPLE people have space heaters.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        The best is when you leave the freezing building to get into the car, which has turned into a sauna.

        Only to turn the air conditioning on in the car 10 minutes later when you get too hot.

    • old man fatima says:

      If you ever have a chance to speak to the people in charge of budgeting, bring it up. I fought long and hard to have my old office turn the AC down to a reasonable temperature, but it took the 2008 recession for them to actually look into how much money it would save (no surprise: fucking TONS of money).

  3. artdorkgirl says:

    Tom Hiddleston is dating Elizabeth Olsen and I don’t know how to feel. Sad? Yes.

  4. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I’ve never seen the Mindy Project, but sorry to the fans that it was cancelled!

    In happier TV news – iZombie got renewed for season 2 and Orphan Black renewed for season 4!

  5. Casey says:


  6. flanny says:

    Guys, I’m working outside right now! My keyboard is almost too hot to type on!!! SUMMER!

    • nastyemu says:

      I walked up the street and got pizza and beer! (Let’s say it’s healthy)

      • flanny says:

        Stop it with that.

        • nastyemu says:

          I won’t. This is the last week of Emu Fantasy Camp and I’m going to enjoy it.

      • martinmegz says:

        I don’t understand the shape of those slices but they look so good.

        • nastyemu says:

          Their pizzas are sort of rounded rectangles. Those are the “corner” pieces (which are slightly bigger than the other slices) because I ordered from the full pizzas they had out because I didn’t want to risk getting slices that had been sitting for a while. Also: bigger pieces.

      • taoreader says:

        I want to go to whatever place you got that from.

  7. Commentatrix says:

    Um, will no one comment on the cuteness of monkey baby Charlotte? It’s nearly as cute as human baby Charlotte.

  8. old man fatima says:

    I’m not even a little surprised by the Mindy project news. The end of the last season really seemed like a show ending anyway? I am not sure how they’d continue it. I was glad she finally got some female friends, though!

    • summerestherson says:

      Wait, it ended on a cliffhanger though! What are Mindy’s parents going to say to Danny who’s flown all the away around the world to express his love? (I’m convinced, that if the show actually gets another season, he will be at the wrong house talking to the wrong parents.) And what will baby Lahiri-Castellano be named??? I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS.

      • old man fatima says:

        Ahh, true. I was just thinking that with Dr Adam Polly moving to Texas and Drs Mindy Kaling and Danny moving to SF, it would be a really different show when it came back. Also, I was sooooo upset that Danny bought that brownstone. Here is a list of things that TV seems to think are romantic that I fucking hate: 1, acting like her having a bf is just an obstacle to your love rather than respecting that she is in a relationship (MP gets a mark off for this one – never thought I’d feel badly for Dennis Reynolds) 2, stalking your partner to win them back, bonus hate for running through bus stations and airports because why the fuck did you wait until they are already packed and on their gd way?? 3, buying huge things for them that should be their decision or a mutual decision, like a house for example. I would be SO MAD if someone bought me a fucking house without consulting me. “Instead of talking to you about our relationship, I bought us a house with no input from you on style, neighbourhood, preferences, etc, to show you I am serious about us.”

        • mikaelajm says:

          AGREED ON ALL OF THESE. Jim from the Office gets points off for #3. There are a few things about the Jim/Pam relationship that always bugged me, and that was one of them.

  9. old man fatima says:

    Also! My school has vet tech program and I happened to be wandering by the classroom when they were working with month-old black lab puppies and I threw myself against the window wailing, pretty much, so they waved me in and I got to hold them and rub them all over my face and breathe in that new puppy smell and they were so fat and roly poly and it was the best. I had left class on a bathroom break and was gone for half an hour.

  10. catweazle says:

    I want to jump into a real life pool and stay underwater forever goodbye everyone!

    • catweazle says:

      JK (mostly) it’s just literally the most insane work day I’ve ever had and I just know they’re going to ask me to stay overtime for the fourth day in a row and also I have terrible cramps. All I want to do is go home and curl into the fetal position on my bed and let a string of Gossip Girl episodes wash over me until I fall asleep. If I could somehow also get some kind of wine IV set up so I could get sauced without having to lift a glass that would also be good.

  11. Wallflower says:

    I went to the Rifftrax showing of The Room last night and it was so great! I really miss MST3K, guys. Other than that, I’m counting down the days until school is out (we go until June 2nd argh!) The kids are pretty much checked out so it’s going to be a long month. 😦

  12. Kate says:

    I planted a whole bunch of flowers today! So you can count on a nighttime freeze at some point!

    • old man fatima says:

      Me too! I made a little greenhouse with some old wood and a plastic sheet to keep them toasty until I’m sure the weather is going to be ok. But I planted veggies, I hold off on the flowers until I know they’ll be ok going right into the ground. I have a shoebox full of seeds just itching to get into the ground though! My mom sent me a bunch that she harvested from her garden in a ziplock bag, so I have mystery flowers! We’ll see what comes up…

  13. mordonez says:

    Tonight I am leaving the confines of the home office to see a production of Streetcar Named Desire as a ballet? This means that by the end of the night, it’ll be the piece of culture I’ve consumed in more forms than any other that comes to mind. I’ve read it, I’ve seen the play, I’ve seen the opera (I would pass if given the opportunity—does not translate well).. Oddly I have not seen the movie, so if it turns out I need to bump it up to 5 versions, I’ve got it that in reserve.

    Is there a filmstrip or graphic novel or concept album? Does Streetcar!! on the Simpsons count?

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Oh Streetcar totally counts. I believe the review “Play enjoyed by all” speaks for itself.

      Also, you should totally see the movie. Just to be a completist. Plus it’s really good.

    • old man fatima says:

      I second the movie. It is much more sympathetic toward Stanley than Blanche, though, I found. Or maybe that’s just because Marlon is everything I want in a man… but I found I sided more with Blanche when reading the play and with Stanley when watching the movie.

  14. I had the loooooongest day, but it was good and involved sushi. I miss you guys a lot though! I’m going to have to go through all the day’s posts and read your comments.

  15. Sota says:

    I just bought seven used books at the goodwill tonight. I didn’t even realize how many good books goodwill has. Pretty excited about this new realization. Now I just have to schedule a week or 10 to lay on the beach and read.

    • old man fatima says:

      Yes! I got so many there last time I went! I have to avoid the book section now, my reading list is already way way too long.

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