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Religious Materials Enclosed

This came in today's work mail:

Do things marked "Religious Materials" get special treatment from the postal service? Does it work better than "Do Not Bend"?

By min | November 22, 2011, 2:17 PM | My stupid life | Comments (1)| Link

Introvert Care & Feeding

Actually, it doesn't get into feeding. I like beans.

I also don't, i should say, "love long conversations that explore intimate thoughts...". Passionate interests, sure (i assume that means comic books).

But "find[s] other people tiring" sounds about right. Oh, not you, though. I like you.

By fnord12 | November 22, 2011, 12:51 PM | My stupid life & Science | Comments (0)| Link

Picard Maneuver

I've been wearing these sweatery shirts/vests lately and all of a sudden, i'm Jean Luc Picard (only the first 15 seconds are relevant):

Wil Wheaton explains:

"The Picard Maneuver" is what we called it when we would sit down, and straighten our two-piece space suits (which came into use in the third season.) Patrick Stewart, being a classically trained actor with the RSC, couldn't simply tug down on his uniform, and always did it with dramatic flair, earning the move its name.

All of us had a problem with our jackets bunching up and looking lame, so we all had to do our own version of "The Picard Maneuver" whenever we sat down. When I finally got my two piece space suit, I did it after sitting down at the CONN, and a particularly officious associate producer pulled me aside between takes and said, "Wil, you can't pull your jacket down when you sit down. That's the Picard Maneuver."

"How am I supposed to stop it from bunching up?" I said.

"I don't know," he said. "Just don't tug on it, okay?"


I also recall Johnathan Frakes always making a huge deal about doing the Picard Maneuver with the jacket on his space suit, pulling it down, tugging it from side to side, standing back up, yanking it down, sitting back down and tugging on his sleeves . . . I don't think I'm conveying how incredibly hilarious it was, but maybe you had to have been working on the Bridge for twelve hours to be in the same comedy space we were whenever he'd do it.


By min | November 9, 2011, 3:57 PM | My stupid life & TeeVee | Comments (0)| Link

I stay at the nicest places

I didn't ask for the brochure.  I don't really want to know.

I know it's just California being California, and i suspect that there isn't a place on earth that isn't known by the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. But it's still pretty terrifying. Can i go home now?

By fnord12 | November 9, 2011, 1:33 AM | My stupid life | Comments (1)| Link

Dental Hygiene En Route

The chick driving behind me was brushing her teeth. Ew.

And you know how they say people don't brush their teeth as long as they ought to? Not this chick. She was brushing for blocks and blocks. It's a wonder i didn't rear end anyone from the fascination of peeking at her through my rear-view mirror.

By min | November 3, 2011, 4:55 PM | My stupid life | Comments (0)| Link

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