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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
Number of posts: 5,788

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after 30 years (youtube link included)

Russian-language film posted on YouTube delights fans with its rudimentary sets and ludicrous special effects

A Soviet television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings thought to have been lost to time was rediscovered and posted on YouTube last week, delighting Russian-language fans of JRR Tolkien.

The 1991 made-for-TV film, Khraniteli, based on Tolkienís The Fellowship of the Ring, is the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed to have been made in the Soviet Union.

Aired 10 years before the release of the first instalment of Peter Jacksonís movie trilogy, the low-budget film appears ripped from another age: the costumes and sets are rudimentary, the special effects are ludicrous, and many of the scenes look more like a theatre production than a feature-length film.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/05/soviet-tv-version-lord-of-the-rings-rediscovered-after-30-years


Here it is (for now, until the Tolkien estate issues the take-down notice, I suspect)

Cattle Acrobatics

I don't know where this is or exactly what kind of animal it is, but I'm sure he meant to do that.

Blessed on Blessed: Brian's Celebrity Beefs

Actor Brian Blessed (he of the booming voice) airs his views on Peter O'Toole, Oliver Reed and others.

Hilarious! What the Hell did I just watch?

Hallo? Guten Tag? Staubsauger?

A happy memory of laughing so hard, tears ran down my face:

Peter Sellers in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

With all this negativity, here's a photo of a beautiful sunset

Google image search with my photograph returns links to hair design studios

I've been playing with google image search today to find out the locations of some windows wallpaper images. It's worked perfectly so far. Naturally, I tried it using picture of myself but it can't find the source, even though I've used it as a profile picture elsewhere.

Instead, it helpfully returned links to various hair design studios nearby.

I choose to believe it's because I clearly look like someone who could've been used as an advertising model for such studios and not because google believes I'm badly in need of their services.

No, I won't share my picture, so don't ask. Just imagine Brad Pitt's o̶l̶d̶e̶r̶younger brother.

Alright call me old-fashioned, but I utterly hate this version of a great Beatles song

Cadbury have inflicted this dreadful version of the Beatles' classic "Do you want to know a secret?" on us for the holiday season through advertisement.

Am I alone in utterly detesting tuneless, shapeless, jazzy remakes of classic songs? I've heard some doozies lately.

She can't sing!! She can't hold a melody!! She has a thin, reedy voice like gas escaping from a pipe!!

What the Fuck?!

And I can't believe the comments on this video! Have they never heard proper music before? Do they really not know any better?

We're boycotting Cadbury in this household this holiday season in protest.

Jamming Barcodes (Electronicos Fantasticos)

Six years ago, I posted a dot-matrix printer playing Eye of the Tiger. Sadly, the youtube video has since been removed because of bullshit copyright claims.

Now, here's some clever young guys turning bar codes into techno music by attaching their barcode readers to a speaker rather than a cash register.

I love this commercial! (Haynes Baked Beans Astronaut Ad)

Whale sculpture stops Dutch train crashing into water

Metro train overran stop, coming to halt 10 metres above ground on huge plastic tail

A metro train that overran the stop blocks at a station outside Rotterdam has been left balancing 10 metres above ground on the plastic tail of a whale sculpture.

The metro driver was reportedly able to free himself from the train without injury after the incident shortly after midnight on Monday morning. There were no passengers onboard.

Maarten Struijs, who made the sculpture of two tails emerging from water beneath the elevated metro line, said he was surprised the sculpture had held together.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/02/all-cetaceans-go-whale-sculpture-stops-dutch-train-crashing-into-water
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