Tuesday Open Thread ~ No Signs of Intelligent Life
Americans celebrating Thanksgiving by spreading disease is actually an incredibly accurate way to honor the holiday.
— Victor LaValle (@victorlavalle) November 22, 2020
Frank Zappa once remarked that stupidity has a longer shelf life than pretty much anything else in the universe. As we head into what looks like a super spreader holiday with reckless people doing reckless things, I'd have to agree with him. In what has to be one of the strangest "Thanksgiving" messages I've ever had to write, I can only bring myself to focus on what I can do. Which is stay home.
So, for the upcoming holiday, I plan to do a little cooking, watch some movies, and lounge around in my pajamas all day. Hope you all will be doing something equally cozy and safe this Thanksgiving holiday.
19 healthy mushroom recipes that put the fun in fungi https://t.co/ViMdEFwjuk
— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) November 10, 2020
Netflix & Chill
Even if you know nothing about chess, The Queens Gambit is compelling viewing all on its own. Beginning with a mysterious automobile accident which suddenly orphans Beth Harmon at the age of 8 years old, she is sent to a religious institution in the 1940's for young girls where she learns how to play chess from the janitor of the orphanage. As was the practice back then when institutions used to give children drugs to keep them calm, we are both horrified and fascinated as we watch Beth "play" chess in her mind by lying drugged in bed imagining chess pieces on the ceiling. When she comes of age and sneaks up on the unsuspecting male chess tournament circuit, the chess strategies she executes are perhaps some of the most satisfying competitive encounters I've seen on film. Flawed, damaged, brilliant, fascinating, it is almost impossible not to root for this character. With a marvelous cast including Anya Taylor-Joy playing the magnetic Beth Harmon, this series is thrilling to watch from beginning to end.
Every time I think the TV renaissance is winding down, someone throws another work of art out there. This time it's THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT, which I'm three episodes into and which is every bit as good as you've been told. https://t.co/BXBA9em5XD
— Scott Chantler (@scottchantler) November 15, 2020
Your Moment of Zen...
Who knew I had so much in common with a bear? https://t.co/pHdPlpM4Ly
— Anja Geitz (@AnjaGeitz) November 4, 2020