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review 2019-12-25 16:18
Bloody Stupid Johnson
Hogfather (Discworld, #20) - Terry Pratchett

"'It's a bathroom,' said Ridcully.  'You are all acting as if it's some kind of a torture chamber.'

'A bathroom,' said the Dean, 'designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson.  Archchancellor Weatherwax only used it once and then had it sealed up!  Mustrum, I beg you to reconsider!  It's a Johnson!'

There was something of a pause, because even Ridcully had to adjust his mind around this.

The late (or at least severely delayed) Bergholt Stuttley Johnson was generally recognized as the worst inventor in the world, yet in a very specialized sense.  Merely bad inventors made things that failed to operate.  He wasn't among these small fry.  Any fool could make something that did absolutely nothing when you pressed the button.  He scorned such fumble-fingered amateurs.  Everything he built worked.  It just didn't do what it said on the box.  If you wanted a small ground-to-air missile, you asked Johnson to design an ornamental fountain.  It amounted to pretty much the same thing.  But this never discouraged him, or the morbid curiosity of his clients.  Music, landscape, gardening, architecture -- there was no start to his talents.

Nevertheless, it was a little bit  surprising to find that Bloody Stupid had turned to bathroom design.  But, as Ridcully said, it was known that he had designed and built several large musical organs and, when you got right down to it, it was all just plumbing, wasn't it?"

Somehow, this read slightly differently this year.  I mean, I know it's supposed to be punning Leonardo da Vinci, but please ... B.S. Johnson?!

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text 2019-12-23 22:53
24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 - Hogswatch: Book
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

 

Aaaand off we go for the grand finale of this year's Festive Tasks reads!

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video 2019-12-22 23:50

Nothing like John Julius Norwich's version of The Twelve Days of Christmas to get into the proper holiday spirit.

 

Music by Adam Saunders (RTE Concert Orchestra, dir. by Gavin Sutherland); narrated by Joanna Lumley and John Julius Norwich.

 

Enjoy!

 

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text 2019-12-19 22:38
24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 - Hogswatch: Task 4
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

 

Oooh -- Aziraphale and Crowley.  It's very simple:


* The eternal teenager inside me roots for Crowley.  I don't think I'll ever outgrow tall, dark and handsome bad boys who aren't really bad at heart.

* The book lover inside me roots for Aziraphale.  I mean, how could any book lover not root for the owner of a bookstore?

 

And of course, however slick I may find this year's screen adaptation, there is absolutely no question that David Tennant and Martin Sheen are Crowley and Aziraphale.

 

Then again, by way of decidedly more than a side note, I also root for Agnes -- far and away the most kick-ass of all the book's female characters.

 

 

(Task: In Terry Pratchett’s and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, who do you root more for: Aziraphale or Crowley?  Or another character?  (And in each case: why?))

 

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text 2019-12-12 16:18
24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Hanukkah: Task 3
High Rising - Angela Thirkell

Nighttime flashlight reading with complimentary cat.

 

 

Though if the eyes fail, there's always this ... (and to the cat, it doesn't make one iota of a difference!). 

 

(Task: Read a book by candle light (or flashlight).)

 

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