Ask and ye shall open thread.

You know what to do, you crazy, beautiful Horde.

Standard FYI clause: My rule of thumb is that I wait for 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would usually open a thread (roughly noon, EST), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

 

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  1. carlos the dwarf

     /  April 20, 2012

    Did I beat Ani today?

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    • Ani and the moderator herself!

      What kind of dark magic is this?

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      • carlos the dwarf

         /  April 20, 2012

        I navigated over here precisely at 1:59 EDT. I’m being really bad at focusing on my work today. But you beat me to what I wanted to post!

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    • Darth Thulhu

       /  April 20, 2012

      And lo, thou shalt be known as the Hover Dwarf, and as Carlos the Frequent Refresher, First of His Name!

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      • carlos the dwarf

         /  April 20, 2012

        I sought the like button, but alas, there was but a measly reply.

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  2. Look at these crazy cute pictures that BenjamintheAss tweeted.

    Just look at them! http://www.boredpanda.com/creative-kids-photography-jason-lee/

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    • carlos the dwarf

       /  April 20, 2012

      Dammit, I was just about to post that. I linked to it on the FacebookHorde.

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    • Bookwoman

       /  April 20, 2012

      That is too much adorableness (and creativity) for words.

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  3. So the contestant I hated went home on Idol last night.
    Then I found a blurb about Dorothy of Oz and got mad all over again.
    But then I found an awesome interview with George RR Martin to share.
    But the best thing I found today just posted on my homepage and you have to go look at it right fucking now because it will make you laugh your head off.

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    • Thanks, Ani. I needed that.

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    • caoil

       /  April 20, 2012

      OH, the one you put up on your blog made me laugh so much! But I also love the Spock one at #14.

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    • Bill Maher put up that pic last week, he was distressed Obama ‘wasted’ that look on kids when he could have used it on Congress and caused Boehner to ‘bronze his pants’.

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    • efgoldman

       /  April 20, 2012

      Whoever was the producer of that video, deserves a big retirement annuity or something. I lost track of all the cameos. Paul Simon? Ladysmith? John Candy? Fantastic and funny.

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      • Bookwoman

         /  April 20, 2012

        That is one of my favorite things ever of all time. Jeremy Irons dances!

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      • Put Down the Duckie was from the 1988 25th anniversary of Sesame street. There’s another clip from it I should dig up where Robin MacNeil interviews Cookie Monster over the case of the stolen cookie (or “cookie-gate”) and Kermit is there as Cookie’s shrill voiced lawyer.

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  4. Friday question plus Friday music, all in one. You must pick one, but only one. No cheating. Lou Reed:

    Or John Cale:

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  5. Also, seriously, if no one ever writes a single word about “Girls” ever again it will be too soon. With TNC’s piece this morning I believe it is official that every single cultural critic has now weighed in on TV’s 5th or 6th most interesting half-hour sitcom.

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    • There’s an interesting sitcom?

      I can’t abide sitcoms. I hope I can stomach Veep, given that it’s filmed around here I have to watch at least once.

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      • We’ve done this before. It is very boring.

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      • Community! Community is a fascinating sitcom!

        I don’t even like sitcoms, and I’m really growing fond of Community, because they’re doing this wacky shit nobody else would ever dream of. It’s fab.

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        • caoil

           /  April 20, 2012

          I’m so far behind in Community. I’m just going to have to marathon it at some point. Same with Parks & Rec.

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  6. What are your options when the cow come home and won’t leave?

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Moos_Of_The_World

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  7. efgoldman

     /  April 20, 2012

    Hi, gang.
    I am going back to work Monday, half-time (10-2).
    This means I can’t do the one, true, Lost Commie Horde Battalion if it goes up at noon, real time.
    My employer blocks all “social netwworking” access, including the usual suspects (that I don’t use, anyway) and disqus.
    Whic means I can access TNC’s front page, but not the comments page. Kevin Drum and K_Cox’s comments pages, also too.
    So I’ll be around late in the day; I’m not sick again. Its a software problem.

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    • caoil

       /  April 20, 2012

      Firewall solidarity! :-/
      And lo, they became the Late Commenters, barely seen by The Battalion That Could Not Be Found.

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      • I don’t even bother to comment on the OTAN after work–I’m in California, and there’s no point, nobody’s going to read it.

        I used to be able to comment from my phone, but something changed and I can’t even log into Disqus that way now. Bah.

        So, frankly, I’m kind of happy when Emily hosts the Horde, because I can participate!

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        • David L

           /  April 20, 2012

          Ever since Disqus’ auto-refresh got so wonky, I subscribe by e-mail, so I end up with every last post, no matter how late (whether because it was posted late or because Disqus’ mailer is running slowly.)

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        • helensprogeny

           /  April 20, 2012

          Also, too – there are other late bees about. A number of us Horders are on Pacific time and some of us are around on the weekend now and again. When I work all day (like I did today) I don’t get to check in until late (like now). It’s not as much fun as real time, but I still sometimes comment since I know that at a minimum the person I’m responding to will see it.

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  8. koolaide

     /  April 20, 2012

    Facial twitching is so weird. From time to time my eyelid will twitch but right now the right side of my lip is just doing it’s own thing.

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  9. caoil

     /  April 20, 2012

    One of my closest cousins had her baby earlier this week. Went into the hospital on Sunday, and was in labour basically for close to two days until they gave her a c-section on Tuesday. My poor tiny cousin – she’s probably no more than 120 pounds on a 5’4″ frame, but this baby was…9 lbs 15 oz. I’m not sure why she let her parents take photos of her in the hospital because she looks completely wrung out.

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    • koolaide

       /  April 20, 2012

      9lbs 15oz? That is a big baby.

      Congrats to your family

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      • caoil

         /  April 20, 2012

        I know! I thought I was a big baby but I was only 7lbs 12oz!

        Her sister is also due…sometime in the next few weeks, so I’m hoping she is not going to have the same giving-birth-to-a-giant problem!

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    • Bookwoman

       /  April 20, 2012

      Oh the poor woman. Two days??? I’m very much against the huge number of seemingly routine C-sections we do in the US, but in a case like this it might have been the better thing to do one sooner.

      But congrats!

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  10. dmf

     /  April 20, 2012

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  11. Anita of Feminist Frequency has a great post on the differences between the book and movie versions of The Hunger Games: here. I highly recommend her videos, they’re a great introduction to feminist and anti-racist analysis of pop culture issues.

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  12. efgoldman

     /  April 20, 2012

    And TNC stepped on your thread at 2:17…..

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    • Just FYI & etc, this is why when people say “Oh we could have two open threads!” I say: Not really.

      The minute his opens up, this place gets vewy, vewy quiet. Which is cool – his open thread is bigger and better! But yeah, there’s not much point in having two for the same group of people.

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    • caoil

       /  April 20, 2012

      DRAT.

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  13. mythopoeia

     /  April 20, 2012

    Warning: serious post is serious.

    We had a suicide at my alma mater this week: http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/apr/19/friends-remember-brunt-15/ There was one two years ago as well, my senior year, a boy I did not know. It’s like a time warp: the news articles describing a bright, cheerful, extroverted, hardworking young adult, the candlelight vigil, the utter shock on everyone’s part.

    The description doesn’t fit the picture of someone who would kill himself. It never does. I read such an article and I practically despair. Who is this person they are describing? Would he recognize himself? What went on in his interior life, in his brain, in his heart, that was so different from the face presented to the world? What were the particulars of his mind and his soul?

    I had friends in college with mental health issues. I was there for nights and days of discussions, of crying, of pouring hearts out. I kept tabs on one friend far more than she will likely ever know. I knew that interior life. I knew the dance, the constant vigilance, the text message asking for help. I knew the minor setbacks and the major victories.

    My friends made it through college, and no one killed themselves, or even needed hospitalization, thank God, and now they are out in the world and their stories are not in the Yale Daily News. What went on in their souls, the struggles of each day, is not known and does not need to be.

    But Zachary. What is his story? Is it anything you can comprehend in a YDN article? Can you even start? Does anyone know it for true? I feel strange mourning. The very nature of the article tells me I have no idea who I’m mourning for. The disjoint between the public article and the private pain is so very, very great.

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    • mythopoeia

       /  April 20, 2012

      Oh, crap, just saw there is also a thread at TNC’s. Emily, hope you don’t mind if I cross-post? Feel free to delete this.

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      • No worries. And for what it’s worth – I don’t think you need to feel strange mourning. People want to remember the best moments, not the darkest, but suicide is the end result of a great deal of darkness. We write about light, but we feel the dark in our hearts, I think. It’s possible to mourn the loss, without even entirely knowing why.

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