A watch! My kingdom for a watch! Open Thread.

(I own a watch. I should probably wear it. Sorry I’m late again!)

Standard FYI clause: I generally wait about 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would typically open a thread (roughly noon, EST, back when such a thing was typical…!), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

 

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  1. Holy crap I think we posted one at the same time.
    I was seriously trying to use my boobs as a pillow I was passing out at my desk so badly. It didn’t work, but I did crack my neck in several new places.

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    • caoil

       /  July 19, 2012

      Would anyone notice if we just curled up under our desks and napped? I only got about 4.5 hours of sleep last night (parents, why you gotta talk so much anyway?) and I’ll be nodding soon if I don’t get some kind of cold caffeinated beverage with lunch.

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    • I wish I had big enough boobs to make pillows… Unfortunately, if I could sleep on them, they’d be about the equivalent of sleeping on one’s hands. Without, you know, that whole “bone structure” thing.

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      • Marnifer suggested that what I needed to make this work properly was a pushup bra so that they’d tuck right under my chin.

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        • Electronic_Neko

           /  July 19, 2012

          You could also cross your arms under your breasts, then lean your arms on the edge of the desk. That’ll get them in pillow position, but it’s still pretty hard on the neck.

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      • wearyvoter

         /  July 19, 2012

        Ophelia: I will gladly donate a cup size. My 13-year-old self should have been careful what she wished for. (It’s hot here, and boob sweat is the pits.)

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    • David L

       /  July 19, 2012

      I left work at 2 yesterday and slept for most of the following 16 hours. And yet I still feel like I could use a nap today.

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    • As a person of the male persuasion, I am… bemused… yeah, that’s it, bemused – by this conversation.

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  2. Yesterday I learned two things.

    1.) That the needles they use for immunizations, and the whole process, really have gotten significantly smaller and less painful in the decade since the last time I put up with one, and

    2.) That I am apparently one of the 20% – 30% of adults whose reaction to the tdap is a splitting headache, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Note to self of 2022: don’t plan to go back to work in the afternoon after your next round.

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    • SIL and I have a theory–the less the needles hurt, the bigger the bruise.

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      • The woman doing the blood draw on my other arm clearly screwed up. I’m used to having a little bit taken every year at a physical but I’ve never had a bruise like this one before. Could barely unbend my arm yesterday.

        Stupid poky things, being all integral to modern medicine. *shakes fist*

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        • caoil

           /  July 19, 2012

          Where are Dr. Crusher’s little handheld medical devices, I ask you!?

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          • Captain_Button

             /  July 19, 2012

            Prime Directive. We are not ready for such knowledge.

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        • baiskeli

           /  July 19, 2012

          I had one nurse who seems to have mistaken my arm for Moby Dick and himself for Captain Ahab. After the 4th or 5th missed attempt to hit the clearly visible vein I wanted to strangle him.

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    • TDAP bloody well hurts. My arm was sore for at least a week the last time I got that shot.

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  3. Over at my blog:
    Lego Helms Deep
    Emmy Nomination discussion, plus why SYTYCD is amazing
    the smallest witch…..
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

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    • The Emmys (really, any award show) are usually set up for people to gripe about them, so instead of doing that here are positive things.

      The comedy writing noms are weird and awesome.
      Giancarlo Esposito.
      Bill Hader, finally getting recognition as the best thing about SNL.
      Tio and his bell of doom.
      Jon Hamm will probably win an Emmy….for being hilarious in blackface.

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    • koolaide

       /  July 19, 2012

      I LOVE SYTYCD. I really love it. I have no dance background but that doesn’t really seem to matter in terms of my enjoyment of the dance routines. I want more people to watch it and love it so it stays on the air.

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      • Even Rob likes it.

        I know this probably doesn’t mean anything to you guys but EVEN ROB LIKES IT.

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        • koolaide

           /  July 19, 2012

          srsly, Horde. If you’re not watching it and you have a tv (don’t even need cable), I encourage you to watch this show. Do much better (imo) than Idol or XFactor or other contest shows.

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          • Seriously–this is a show that gets things like this on TV every week:

            Even PBS doesn’t have the nerve.

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            • taylor16

               /  July 19, 2012

              I’ve been trying to remember all day what the one dance routine I saw on SYTYCD once last year that made me sit up and pay attention. As I said at your place, I’m really not a dance fan and usually lose interest after a minute or two. (Even to the video above – sorry :()

              But this one caught my attention, and then I rewound it again, and then I was all “whew, is it hot in here? No? Just me???”

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          • koolaide

             /  July 19, 2012

            er… “do much better” should have been “SO much better”
            /typo correction

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  4. For those who watched the wire, a link to Ezra Klein and the Lego Wire (in 4 minutes)

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    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  July 19, 2012

      Excellent! And of course lollercoaster!

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    • aaron singer

       /  July 19, 2012

      I only just watched the episode where Ziggy’s pet duck dies. I laughed at the link, but didn’t want to watch the video for fear of spoiling the rest of the series for myself.

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  5. socioprof

     /  July 19, 2012

    Emily is at her brilliant and thoughtful best self in her bloggingheads video with Alyssa Rosenberg. If you haven’t watched yet, stop reading and WATCH!!!

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  6. dmf

     /  July 19, 2012

    http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-14610-4/parting-ways
    Butler considers the rights of the dispossessed, the necessity of plural cohabitation, and the dangers of arbitrary state violence, showing how they can be extended to a critique of Zionism, even when that is not their explicit aim. She revisits and affirms Edward Said’s late proposals for a one-state solution within the ethos of binationalism. Butler’s startling suggestion: Jewish ethics not only demand a critique of Zionism, but must transcend its exclusive Jewishness in order to realize the ethical and political ideals of living together in radical democracy.

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  7. #youpeople obviously don’t appreciate everything the Romneys are doing for us.

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    • I just RT-ed this.

      B/c I <3 it.

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    • Electronic_Neko

       /  July 19, 2012

      You’d think that will all their money, Romney could hire someone to do media training for him and his wife. He’s practically made a career of running for office. They should be embarassed to be making gaffes like that at this stage in the game.

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    • taylor16

       /  July 19, 2012

      It’s such an arrogant statement. I honestly can’t even think of a single example of a time when I would be even slightly tempted to use the phrase “you people” toward anyone. And yet she throws it out in a moment when she must be very aware of the fact that a camera’s on her. To refer to, basically, the whole country that she wants her husband to be the leader of.

      I mean, it’s just mindblowing in its arrogance and condescension.

      I also think it’s interesting to consider what would happen if Michelle Obama referred to anyone as “you people.”

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      • I honestly can’t even think of a single example of a time when I would be even slightly tempted to use the phrase “you people” toward anyone.
        My mother used it.
        In her late 80s and early 90s. But usually talking about us (i.e. family)

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      • baiskeli

         /  July 19, 2012

        Who is advising their campaign? Ross Perot?

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  8. Oh thank GOD someone just brought in cookies.

    Thursdays are so long for not being half day Fridays.

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    • mrs efgoldman is preparing to drive to her sister’s house in Vermont tomorrow.
      Naturally no-one in that family goes anywhere empty handed. It brings on dishonor.
      So, since yesterday she has been cooking and baking and marinating and skewering….
      Thank cthulu I don’t care for much of what she’s making. But the pecan bars…

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  9. Captain_Button

     /  July 19, 2012

    The watch will be ready at midnight. The watch. The Chinese watch. Goodbye. Mother.

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  10. dmf

     /  July 19, 2012

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  11. Justin

     /  July 19, 2012

    For some reason, I’ve developed this terrible idea that I want to start a webcomic. Here are three reasons why I shouldn’t:

    1. I can’t draw. Well, I can do vector art but that’s just tracing.
    2. I’ve never written a real story before. I tried NaNoWriMo last year. I don’t recall if I even broke 10k words.
    3. I should get a real job first.

    Somebody smack me.

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    • If you want to create something, create it. Like, always. It’s a good way to live. Or at least, better than the alternative.

      If you think it’s terrible, don’t share the URL or publicize it. It’s a big internet, people aren’t really likely suddenly to materialize just to condemn you. (Spammers, sure, but they don’t count.) Just… give it a try and see if you enjoy it enough to keep making yourself better. :)

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    • I don’t know. You’re talking to a woman who’s blogged for free for three years. I’m not sure you’re in the right room for being smacked over such matters.

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      • This!
        I blog five times a day. No one pays me a cent.

        But the idea of getting as job where I would be paid to do this scares me silly. So I cling to my non-fulfilling (with lots of desk ridden downtime) job.

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        • dmf

           /  July 19, 2012

          I can’t remember who the speaker was but at a recent televised conference I heard some tech-lord say that online production blogging, commenting, etc, is the new entertainment and for some reason that idea really hit me for the 1st time, still working out all of the implications…

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        • You have writing talent, maturity, wisdom & humor. Your topics won’t appeal to everyone *cough* fashion *cough* but have wide appeal regardless. I read an article recently on a woman who turned a blog about coupons into a six-figure income. Coupons!? So go for it. Treat blogging as a second job until you no longer need the first one. You won’t tank, I promise.

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    • caoil

       /  July 19, 2012

      I think xkcd is pretty universally loved, and he’s drawing stick people! Still gets the point across, though.

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      • Darth Thulhu

         /  July 19, 2012

        The stick figure and sprites field is pretty crowded with quality now, though. If you’re doing stick figures or sprites for art, you need *really* *good* comics.

        And even if your art is amazing, you still need solid comics.

        I’m with KCox … do the thing, improve at the thing, but don’t go public with the thing until you think it is worth sharing.

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    • You’d be a fool not to do what is in your finger’s purpose. A fool, I say!

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  12. dmf

     /  July 19, 2012

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  13. David L

     /  July 19, 2012

    Why do none of the predictions I see about self-driving cars ever propose a future that’s somewhere between the solution to all our vehicular problems and nothing but trouble?

    I did see a new twist on the latter part of the argument the other day: A local blogger pointed out that driverless cars will be able to skip circling the block looking for parking and instead circle the block in lieu of parking. My prediction is that we’ll be able to tell our car the maximum time we want to wait and the cars will go find whatever parking they can, even if it’s further away than would be the case if you were walking to/from the parking space. My other bet is that we’ll pretty quickly see some sort of service spring up that lets the owners of parking spaces and the owners of autonomous cars find each other and save on the gas and wear and tear of having to go out and actively search for parking spaces.

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    • dmf

       /  July 19, 2012

      wow, can’t imagine what would motivate someone to go to such a place in these days of the intertubes, and I’m grateful for this shortcoming, but it does put one in the flashback incense soaked mindset of frank zappa records freak brothers comics and pinball at bars.

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    • ….and the LA cops have nothing better to do? No family dogs to shoot? No minorities out of which to beat the shit? No pregnant diabetics to lock up in a cell for 16 hours?
      (Yes, I read Balko. Why do you ask?)

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    • David L

       /  July 19, 2012

      If the Internet has been good for one thing, is for the fact that I am yet to see anyone get sanctimonious about the fact that he was watching pornography, just the fact that he was doing it in a public place instead of the privacy of his home computer.

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      • Sanctimonious people don’t hang around the student lounge. They get really bothered by some of the byplay (see the first thread at the top).

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    • koolaide

       /  July 19, 2012

      so isn’t the *point* of adult theaters to show porn. and isn’t a, um, big point of watching porn to do what Fred is alleged to have done?

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  14. Emily has an open thread and I have a song.

    “Ode To Joe”

    The sheriff’s got a lot on his mind.
    He’s got no ear to hear reporters whine
    about all those unsolved petty crimes.
    There’s some microfilm the sheriff’s got to find.

    This charade, it has got to stop.
    The Sheriff says it goes to top.
    Now some may say it stands,
    where the sheriff makes demands,
    but the sheriff has no time for all that talk.

    It’s a matter of what’s wrong and what is right
    It’s a matter of what’s hiding in plain sight
    There’s a man standing tall
    to fight a plot against us all
    If you disagree, then you must be involved.

    The citizens of Arizona know
    That’s why they keep voting for Joe
    Now some might say it’s baseless
    And that all those folks are racists
    But being racist doesn’t make them wrong.

    If the President was really ever born
    Why isn’t there some kind of video?
    He’s the President, you mean to say,
    they didn’t think to film that day?
    Now tell me which of us sounds really dumb?

    If the President didn’t come from outer space
    Why’s he trying to enslave the human race?
    It’s the greatest story told
    Though the hero’s got no clothes
    So you better buy some gold
    You better vote for Sheriff Joe
    If you want to make it through these trying days.

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  15. Who knew?
    http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-junk-food-day
    Why is this different from any other day?

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  16. koolaide

     /  July 19, 2012

    I’m pretty sure Blue Bunny Ice Cream’s pistachio & almond ice cream is made of crack & heroin. Sooooo delicious. Soooo omg delicious. I don’t even look at chocolate ice cream when I go to the store now. I just look to see if the Blue Bunny pistachio is on sale. And I have always been pretty solid chocolate ice cream purchase gal. Til now.

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    • My actions, next time I visit the food store, are your responsibility.

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      • koolaide

         /  July 19, 2012

        My grocery store keeps putting it on sale, too. I might have to send them a bill when I have to buy new pants…

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    • Around these parts, you have to go to WalMart for Blue Bunny ice cream. Not worth it. Too far away, and its, you know, WaMart.

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