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Curmudgeons

A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty-mouthed, but endearing, comedy. Starring and directed by Danny DeVito.

not to sound like a curmudgeon but literally Every time i set foot in a Barnes & Nobles there are exponentially fewer books in it than the last time. and i feel like such a dupe every time because it LOOKS like a bookstore with books in it but it’s 2017 now so they only sell GAME OF THRONES FIGURINES and MEME CALENDARS and im flagging down some hapless 17 year old employee like “hey do you have this one George Eliot nov-” and he’s like hahahaha no way nope. But we have a new coffee table book about what Alexander hamiltons search history would be if he were alive to day, and also approximately 30 thousand funko pop figurines of pearl from Steven universe

Here’s one for the Humans Are Weird file:

The Lovable Curmudgeon.

Our literature is full of them, Dr. Leonard McCoy from Star Trek, Dr. Gregory House from House, Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies, and countless others from books, movies, tv shows, and plays from antiquity to today.

Even our children’s literature has prominent examples of them: Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street, as well as Waldorf and Statler from The Muppet Show.

The lovable curmudgeon displays traits that, on the surface, seem that they would alienate that person from the group. Yet, the lovable curmudgeon is completely distinct from the total jerk. We love them in fiction, and even in real life. Though they annoy us, we find ourselves strangely endeared to them.

The lovable curmudgeon genuinely cares for people, often despite their gruff exterior and stated desire to not care. Their quick, sarcastic wit makes us laugh when we need it most. They are not afraid to voice a contrary opinion and avoid going along with groupthink. They will gladly play the devil’s advocate when we need to test our ideas.

The thing is, this character trope is not just in fiction. Real life is full of lovable curmudgeons. They gripe, grouse, and grumble their way into our hearts and we love them for it.

No doubt aliens would find this confusing…

more underrated Iconic™ six of crows/crooked kingdom moments
  • nina’s singing
  • “on a dare, i once ate a literal trough full of waffles doused in apple syrup and almost went back for seconds.” - jesper
  •  jOGS THE LIVER
  • every time someone makes fun of kaz’s haircut RIP
  • creepy little genius
  • #NEVR4GET jesper mentally kicking himself for not paying attention when kaz was naked
  • kaz literally,,,, stopped in the middle of a job to give a dog a belly rub. this is still so funny to me
  • confimed curmudgeon matthias thinking nina looks glorious in her dumpy fjerdan sweater clothes
  • matthias’ middle name is benedik…… why have we forgotten this
  • inej “slowly wiped the blood of kings on her trousers” LEGENDARY
  • kaz stripping shirtless and washing himself in front of inej. inej blushing and wANTING TO MURDER HIM
  • secret tree handshake
  • every time kaz calls nina ‘dear’ or ‘love’
  • inej definitely has a Thing for kaz’s eyes. there are so many mentions of his eyes/eye color in her chapters                          
  • jes being in awe of wylan for getting away with lying to kaz. turns out kaz knew all along. #brekkered
  • nina trying to get kaz to join the group hug
  • “you heard right. stronger than wylan.”
  • wylan wanting to shove jesper off the wagon when he says “he has terrible taste in women”                         
  • that time matthias considered shooting kaz but then kaz stepped on a rifle, flipped it into his hands, and aimed it at matthias in the span of 1 second
  • the immortal “is my tie straight?”
  • you podge
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A new short film “Curmudgeons” Directed by and starring Danny Devito.

gilalyallen  asked:

Hi! The Austen-inspired tabletop is a thing called Marrying Mr. Darcy. Enjoy!

Okay, this is going to sound a lot harsher than I intend, but no.  It’s not.

I’ve played Marrying Mr. Darcy.  I own Marrying Mr. Darcy (with the Undead Expansion Pack).  I’ve been aware of it ever since it was on Kickstarter… what… 5 years ago? And I really enjoy it.

But it’s not a roleplaying game.

(For the record, neither is Polite Society, @cardsagainsttheregency​ (which I started), Pride and Prejudice the Game, The Jane Game, or any of the other “suggestions” I’ve been given since making that Jane Austen riff on D&D mechanics.)

The only thing that’s an actual roleplaying game would be The Regency Life, but I’m not into play-by-post RPGs.  I’m mainly making this post in the hopes that folks will stop messaging me about the above-mentioned games.

Also, while I’m in full-on grumpy Mr. Palmer mode, I’m going to point out that this is a pretty regular thing I notice, that somebody says “Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a roleplaying game like <insert franchise/desired mechanic>!”

Which people immediate follow-up with “Hey, you should check out <something that isn’t a roleplaying game and fundamentally fails at weaving cooperative narrative in a social environment.>”

So, for the sake of future clarity, when I reblog something about wanting a particular type/kind/or function of a roleplaying game, this is what I don’t want:

  • board games
  • card games
  • video games
  • movie suggestions
  • book suggestions
  • to be told to write a book?!?!?! (that happened it was weird)

This is what I want:

  • Hard-bound book with luscious illustrations and a ruleset designed for cooperative storytelling as well as suggestions on how to create thematically-consistent challenges for the players to overcome
  • D&D 3.x / OGL-compliant sourcebook 
  • Sarcastic reply about how I should just use GURPS
Everything amazing in the Captain Underpants movie:
  • The inclusion of the ‘Everything Except Fabric Softener Store’ and the ‘Piqua Pizza Palace’ in the backgrounds.
  • The various art/animation styles used which really made it feel like a kid’s imagination.
  • Harold’s complete inability to chill.
  • “I noticed that this tuna casserole had your name spelled out on the top in jalepeno slices.” 
  • Ms. Ribble’s voice was PERFECT!
  • The entire scene where they reopen the closed off art room.
  • “You’ll have a weird haircut and I’ll be wearing a suit for some reason…”
  • Melvin actually, physically, has no sense of humor.
  • Edith the Lunchlady, enough said.
  • SAD WORM, JUST A WORM THAT IS SAD.
  • “We are so guilty.” 
  • How perfectly depressing Mr. Krupps house is.
  • “The bee is not the bad guy.”
  • Harold successfully parallel parking an entire construction crane. 
  • All of the comic book style scenes, and how much Captain Underpants ADORES the comics themselves.
  • “Benjamin Krupp you sly dog.”
  • “We’re closed for Ebola.”
  • The revenge of the Stuck-On-Hold Lady.
  • The army of Talking Toilets.
  • Edith is into Captain Underpants just as much as she’s into Krupp.
  • The inclusion of George and Harold’s ‘silly’ names from the fourth book.
  • Captain Underpants actually successfully flirting with Edith.
  • They mention New Swissland.
  • The inclusion of Captain Underpants’ catchphrase thing ‘Faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts, and able to leap tall buildings without getting a wedgie!” 
  • THEY INCORPORATED THE FLIP-O-RAMA AND EVEN HAD ONE OF THE PAGES TEAR JUST LIKE THEY USED TO IN THE BOOKS IF YOU WEREN’T CAREFUL!!!
  • The unadulterated glory that is the Treehouse.
  • The Tattle Turtle 200
  • “I can pee a little in my underwear and no one can say anything!!” “Dude where are you going with that? Do you actually do that?”
  • “Not actual magic, we aren’t practising the dark arts…”
  • He didn’t say it but god if George’s face didn’t scream “I can’t believe I’m about to do this…” as he turned Krupp into Captain Underpants so he could save them
  • PROFESSER PEE PEE DIAHREANSTIEN POOPYPANTS ESQUIRE
  • “It’s a bird!” “It’s a plane!” “It’s an egg-salad sandwich!” 
  • “How many a’s does Tra La Laa have? I’ll just go with eleven.”
  • Mr. Krupp lives on Curmudgeon Road.
  • Underpanty World, led by Big Daddy Long-Johns and Princess Pantyhose.
  • “Potty humor is like, the lowest form of comedy.” “DON’T YOU SAY THAT HAROLD!”
  • MR. KRUPP READ ALL OF THE CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS COMICS AND ACTUALLY FUCKING SAID THAT HE THOUGHT THEY WERE FUNNY (Hell essentially froze over)
  • “Is that high def cause you can definitely tell that that’s us…”
  • Harold’s obsession with Dolphins.
  • “…how much of that was out loud…?”
  • Uranus
  • Captain Underpants putting all of the teacher’s in detention.
  • Professor Poopypants’ impressive collection of lip-balms.
  • Harold’s hand gets biggified.
  • The movie perfectly ending with George and Harold clutching desperately to Captain Underpants’ cape as he flies away while they shout ‘Here we go again!” 
  • The end credits all being actual comic style scenes from all the books.

Feel free to add your own!!

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Ron Swanson Tells FCC Chair Ajit Pai He Has No Honor For Trying To Kill Net Neutrality
Swanson 2020.

Ron Swanson has no time for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his bid to repeal net neutrality.

Swanson, the lovable curmudgeon from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is no fan of public officials who misuse their power. So Nick Offerman, the actor who plays Swanson, offered up a few choice words for Pai on Thursday.

Apparently, Pai is a fan of Swanson and the show, and showed off a signed “Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness” poster in a segment for Vice News. Offerman said this “felt strange” to him, given Pai’s stance on net neutrality, so he “went to see Ron Swanson to ask if he’d care to weigh in.”

Offerman’s tweet included a screenshot of a text message, purportedly from Swanson.

“I’m flattered that my pyramid of greatness has inspired you,” says the text. “I will remind you that the top category is Honor. Sadly, based on your duplicitous handling of the net neutrality issue, and the way you are willfully ignoring the public you claim to serve, I feel you may need that term defined. Which means, of course, that you don’t have it.” (Continue reading)