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Oooo…so close!

Almost! Commenter Cup-o-Puddin nipped in and snagged Leonard Nimoy just in time. And a fine Dead Pool maneuver it would have been, too, if commenter currently hadn’t noticed it was a second pick. Goodness knows I would’ve been too lazy to check.

Sorry to be hardass, Puddin. My inbox explodes when I make a questionable ruling — people take this whole ‘rules’ and ‘fair play’ thing really seriously.

Years ago, I read…it was either I Am Spock or I Am Not Spock. Seriously, he wrote both. They were autobiographies. In it, Nimoy said the pressure of acting like a character without emotions made him burst into tears between takes. I’m not sure if it was just the once or with depressing regularity.

Anyway, he went into my mental “meh” file at that moment.

Still, I feel kind of bad for actors who get hired to work on projects that have a powerful fandom. Most of them wander through conventions with bewildered and blindsided looks on their faces, at least at first.

Awesome attempted sneaky-sneak and better luck next time, Puddin. Dead Pool 72 rolls on. Good weekend, all!


Comment from RushBabe
Time: February 27, 2015, 7:38 pm

Yay for the ruling, Weasie!

(But I do love the handle, “Cup-o.”)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2015, 7:53 pm

If you’ve never seen it, my memory is that Galaxy Quest is a fun spoof on the Star Trek cast and fandom.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 27, 2015, 8:20 pm

I’ll always carry a piece of Melmac in my heart, Dr. Spock.

Comment from Cup-o-Puddin
Time: February 27, 2015, 9:06 pm

Dag Nab it!!!!!

Oh well…. Roll baby Roll!!!

I respect the rules, rule maker and rule followers….

So now I have go and see who I picked that DIDN’T kick the freaking bucket!!!

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 27, 2015, 10:25 pm

up twinkles for Galaxy Quest!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: February 27, 2015, 10:58 pm

Yes, Stoaty, I agree (always) with your ruling, but ya gotta (and did) give cup-o kudos (heh – I like that) for obedience to the spirit of the “dirty tricks positively encouraged” Rule.

Cup-o … I salute you! Well-sneeked!

Comment from Nina
Time: February 27, 2015, 11:28 pm

I was thinking Leonard Nimoy the whole time, honest, I swear. I just forgot to post it.

No, really!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2015, 11:35 pm

No weasel will ever disparage a good attempted sneak, McGoo.

Comment from buffalone
Time: February 28, 2015, 12:44 am

Did you see this gif mashup Weasy?


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 28, 2015, 1:15 am

RIP Mr Spock.

Comment from The Mad Soprano
Time: February 28, 2015, 2:22 am

Would you believe that in 1951, Nimoy made a cameo appearance in the third season of “Dragnet”? He was playing a young hooligan being arrested by Joe Friday.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: February 28, 2015, 6:57 am

I have that episode on a Dragnet collection. He was a young thug Army deserter. Had a nice collie pup, though.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 28, 2015, 10:27 am

That’s awesome, buff. Who did it, do you know?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: February 28, 2015, 11:43 am

Nimoy also had a bit part in the sci-fi classic “Them!” – the original 50’s giant-ant flick. He played an army sergeant. IIRC, he had but a single line of dialog.

One of the weird things about the flick is that James Whitmore and James Arness first appear as (respectively) a cop and an FBI agent – but appear later in army garb. I never quite figured that out. Musta been the radiation. Or sumpin.

But I’ll never forget the line, “Make me a sergeant and gimme the booze!”

Comment from buffalone
Time: February 28, 2015, 3:19 pm

I dunno Stoaty, username “Hocuspenis” submitted it to imgur but I don’t think he made it.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 28, 2015, 4:06 pm

He’s dead Jim!

So I’m still in it, with my never ending quest for dick? I feel like the anti-Bruce Jenner at this point.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 28, 2015, 5:33 pm

Nice try, Cup! Nothing ventured…
Nice gif find, Buff.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: February 28, 2015, 9:59 pm

I found a new breed of chicken, and thought of you guys. The Ayam Cemani is from Java, it has black feathers, skin, muscles, internal organs, blood and bones!
If you want to add one to your flock, expect to shell out a few hundred pounds.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 28, 2015, 10:48 pm

Way aheadaya, Bob. They’re awesome, aren’t they?

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 28, 2015, 11:12 pm


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 28, 2015, 11:33 pm

“Ayam Cemani” doesn’t quite roll easily off the tongue. Howzabout we call ’em “Chiggers”? Too edgy? Then will “Chegroes” do? Ok, Ok, maybe we can agree on “Cheeps of Colour”

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 28, 2015, 11:41 pm

Come now, Uncle Al. That is very chiggardly of you to even suggest such a thing!

Comment from Stark Diskflüssig
Time: March 1, 2015, 12:08 am

We could teach ’em how to manufacture sarin & call ’em Ayam Shinrikyo?

Comment from mojo
Time: March 1, 2015, 3:55 am

Cat vs. Chicken


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 1, 2015, 4:07 am

Remember in the book “A Town Like Alice” (aka “The Legacy”) by Neville Shute Norway (published in 1950), the Australian POW Joe Harman narrowly escapes execution because the Japanese POW camp commander can’t find a bottle of beer to honor Joe’s last request of “one of your fine black chickens and a bottle of beer.” As I recall, Joe was condemned to death for stealing one of the Commander’s fine black chickens. And the setting for the story is in Malaysia, a mere hop skip jump from Indonesia.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 1, 2015, 7:27 am

Golly miss Sweasy, how did I miss that?
As soon as the fadness wears off, I’ll add a rooster to my flock.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: March 1, 2015, 12:44 pm


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 2, 2015, 5:28 am

I’ve been extra dotty since I started treatment for the lung problem I’ve had since last may. They certainly are something!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: March 2, 2015, 5:44 pm

Nimoy got much better as an actor as he went along. He didn’t spring onto the acting scene fully formed, per se. He was on record as saying that at one point he had to support himself as an acting teacher and by driving a cab. I’ve seen an early performance of his, pre-“Trek,” on “Perry Mason,” and (of course) his turn on MfU, and with both you could be forgiven for thinking he’d never be a star.

Then came “Star Trek.”

What he, and occasional co-star Mark Lenard, gave us with their alien characters was a strong impression of superb intellectuality holding emotion at bay. So many of the actors who followed them playing Vulcans seemed unconvincing, except for Tim Russ as Tuvok on “Voyager.” Nimoy brought some of that same flavor to a role as a Chinese spy, impersonated by his character Paris, on “Mission: Impossible.” The character was impressive.

On top of that Nimoy directed the 3rd “Trek” film, and did a fine job.

The stories and comments on Yahoo! indicate he was a gentleman in private life as well. R.I.P., Mr. Nimoy. When I get to the Happy Hunting Grounds, I’ll look you up, along with Robert Culp. I’ll bet you’ll have some real stories to tell.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 2, 2015, 7:28 pm

Nimoy directed the 3rd “Trek” film, and did a fine job.

I know it’s bad form to speak ill of the recently dead, but this is just too much!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: March 2, 2015, 8:18 pm

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 2, 2015, 7:28 pm

Nimoy directed the 3rd “Trek” film, and did a fine job.

I know it’s bad form to speak ill of the recently dead, but this is just too much!
Ill? Is Trek III thought of that badly? It makes a good companion piece to II, moves well, shows Kirk’s dedication to his friend Spock, and features Christopher Lloyd as a truly alien Klingon adversary. And there was the death of the original Enterprise, to boot, using the old “Zero-zero-zero” destruct sequence as established in the TV series. No, it wasn’t quite in the same class as II, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of!

Comment from LesterIII
Time: March 3, 2015, 12:35 am

Watched “Them!” in its entirety today. Had been a long time since I had watched the whole film instead of just snippets. Had forgotten that a very young Nimoy was in it, as a soldier reading wire messages and laughing about a guy in Texas who saw a UFO that looked like a giant ant.

This started a crazy train of thought that has led me to think there is a binge-session of the Mission:Impossible series in my future.

Nostalgia, it ain’t what it used to be. Oh, and ‘Boat Drinks’ to you, Mr. Nimoy!

Comment from drew458
Time: March 20, 2015, 4:23 am

All is sadness. I just found out that Terry Pratchett died 8 days ago. He was 66.

I’ve been a huge fan since Good Omens days; he has been my most favorite addiction, my best friend on the printed page.

We all knew he was fading, suffering for years now, but still. I can’t believe how much this hurts.

Comment from BrendaM
Time: April 1, 2015, 2:12 pm

Joni Mitchell

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 2, 2015, 11:26 pm

B.B. King

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 15, 2015, 10:35 am

Looks like you have won the (virtual) dick, Deborah HH.

RIP B.B. King. Thank you for passing away on a Thursday evening so we can dive into another pool right away.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 15, 2015, 10:43 am

Deborah HH or (R)ipley? Depends on which thread governs. Both grabbed BB on May 2 but Deborah’s was later in the day.

I am so confused!

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