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  1. efgoldman

     /  November 13, 2012

    Wait! What? Anibundel is asleep? Paul W is out for a walk? Can’t be. And from work, too.

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  2. JHarper2

     /  November 13, 2012

    Pro Tip
    If you have an appointment with the ophthalmologist, and if your city got 12 inches of light fluffy snow on the weekend, and if all that snow on the ground is full of reflecting crystals and if the sun is shining brightly, and if you are getting dilating drops,
    Do NOT for the love of all you hold dear forget your SUNGLASSES.

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    • /passes you a cool cloth

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    • efgoldman

       /  November 13, 2012

      My ophthalmologist keeps big, wraparound sunglasses in the office, and insists you take them whether you have your own or not.
      He also has un-dilation drops, which act pretty quickly.

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      • doginajacket

         /  November 13, 2012

        Where did you find this saint? At mine you are LUCKY if they can spare a pair of those disposable ones with the cardboard ear pieces that don’t stay on & if you ask for the un-dilation drops you are informed “we don’t use those because they don’t work very well.”

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        • efgoldman

           /  November 13, 2012

          Well, mine is the head of service at Mass Eye and Ear, and teaches at Harvard Med. The companies that make new meds, accessories, and some very expensive machines just shower his office with stuff.
          Found him by accident; he has an office, one day a week, just up the street from where we used to live.

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  3. caoil

     /  November 13, 2012

    So right in the middle of hobbit shirt #2 yesterday my sewing machine decides to screw up and not feed the bobbin thread properly. 2+ hours of monkeying about, vacuuming out the dust, rethreading, and oiling did not solve the problem. I was tempted to kick it, but I refrained, and hopefully my g/f can take it in to the service place today to get it looked at. I just do not NEED this kind of delay right now. I’m already behind!

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    • Sometimes kicking things does solve the problem. It’s the ongoing solution to one of my lab’s vacuum pumps frequently not firing up when you turn it on.

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  4. What the hell is going on with this Love Pentagon? Does anyone have a diagram I can use?

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    • Captain_Button

       /  November 13, 2012

      Well, as all “Illuminatus!” readers know, the real purpose of the Pentagon is to imprison Yog-Sothoth. So a useful diagram would be some non-Euclidean multi-dimensional thing that would drive you insane if you looked at it.

      Sorry.

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    • TIIIIIIIN Tank! RUSTED! (laugh)

      …what? We can’t sing it to the tune of Love Shack? Or am I the only one who had a brother crushing on the B-52s back in 1989?

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    • Captain_Button

       /  November 13, 2012

      “Love Pentagon” makes me imagine a militarized version of “The Love Boat”. Which in turn makes me think of the Saturday Night Live parody of a “Love Boat” and “Star Trek TNG” mashup.

      To Klingon Warriors, beheadings are romantic.

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  5. Reminder, once again can someone coach me on the general requirements of starting up a wordpress blog? I’m thinking of dropping Blogger as my blogging tool.

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  6. caoil

     /  November 13, 2012

    Note to anibundel: parcel will go out in today’s mail. Hopefully that gets it to you next week?

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  7. doginajacket

     /  November 13, 2012

    Something here in the office smells like a dead animal and the smell keeps getting stronger. We’ve requested a visit from maintenance but we haven’t seen them yet.

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    • caoil

       /  November 13, 2012

      Eughhh…I hope they come soon, for your sake. That’s a dreadful smell.

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      • doginajacket

         /  November 13, 2012

        Thank you. I’ve set up a fan pointing out into the hall, but don’t think it’s doing any good. I wish I could open a window and get some true fresh air, but that’s not possible.

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      • doginajacket

         /  November 13, 2012

        Update: I’ve started sniffing my co-worker’s scented hand lotion.

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        • mythopoeia

           /  November 13, 2012

          I am a fan of that old-fashioned method: a (clean) dust cloth or handkerchief sprayed with the perfume/pleasant scent of your choice.

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          • Captain_Button

             /  November 13, 2012

            I recall some thing on the salvage of a centuries old Spanish ship where one of the things they found was a perfume-dabber thing that noblemen used to try and deal with the stench of the ship’s bilges and all the lowlifes who actually made it go.

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          • doginajacket

             /  November 13, 2012

            mythopoeia, you inspired me to scrounge around some more. I found a packet of masks in the first aid kit. I’ve smeared some of the hand lotion on one and I think it’s helping. (Thank the FSM I am out of the public eye.) Maintenance staff have been spotted peering in corners with flashlights.

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            • It’s seriously not taken care of yet? Oh dear. Bon courage!

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              • doginajacket

                 /  November 13, 2012

                It’s finally gotten better over the last few minutes. Word from the man who empties the trash cans is that someone put something stinky next to an air-intake vent, spreading it throughout the building.

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  8. Tunes for Tuesday: Xtina: http://anibundel.wordpress.com/tag/christinaaguilera/
    (this also leads to The Voice Recap.)

    also: Colin Baker Not Back for Dr Who 50th: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3uX

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  9. Mostly better after an unpleasant case of strep over the weekend. However, I am finding that sitting in a climate controlled lab is less good for me than sitting in front of an open window where I can breath in moist air from outside. Need to drink more water.

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    • Captain_Button

       /  November 13, 2012

      I am mostly better from my sinus infection and bronchitis, through the good offices of my doctor.

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    • caoil

       /  November 13, 2012

      I hope you’re past the contagious stage! I don’t need that illness again. *puts on mask anyway in case germs float through the screen*

      Has the throat pain eased up enough that you can drink lots of fluids?

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  10. I was in a meeting from 8:30 this morning until about half an hour ago. I feel like I should be allowed to go home now.

    Also, I think I have coffee poisoning. *urk*

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    • Captain_Button

       /  November 13, 2012

      And how much of that meeting was in the zone where the meeting might be over in 5 minutes, or might not?

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    • Captain_Button

       /  November 13, 2012

      LD50 for caffiene is 10 grams, if I recall correctly. which would be about 100 cups of coffee, or 250 Mountain Dews.

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      • I don’t *think* I consumed that much, though in the swirling black hole of misery that was the morning, it’s possible I lost track.

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  11. I ate my potato of responsibility instead of going and buying pizza.
    Can I be thin now?

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  12. You know how people with dementia always claim people are stealing their clothes? My mother has it backwards. *She* is stealing *my* clothes. I have no clean pants and few socks, because she’s appropriated them.

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    • Dearie me, I am so sorry.

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      • The one good thing about it is my birthday is next week. I think I may have gotten her to agree to clothes shopping Saturday, she’s buying, hopefully lots of pants.

        How I keep them in MY closet will be another thing…

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  13. caoil

     /  November 13, 2012

    I cannot listen for I am at work but the ENTIRE HOBBIT SOUNDTRACK! http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/11/the-entire-hobbit-soundtrack-is-streaming-right-here

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  14. As we snuggled before bed last night, the 9 year old girl and I got to talking about the word “fat,” and how people talk about women and girls’ bodies. At one point she said “People think they can summarize human beings because of their shape.”

    A bit later, I was snuggling the 13 year old boy. We got to talking about the way people talk about groups-of-which-they’re-not-a-part, and he said “It’s crazy that as a white male I can make and break stereotypes.”

    I think they’re going to be ok, these two.

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    • just make sure the boy joins the politically correct frat house when he heads off to U of Florida. …which one, I have no idea, I never went frat.

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      • (I want to make a knee-jerk anti-frat comment, but that’ll be the very moment at which someone blows through here and tells me about the incredibly important and life-affirming work that he got to do with his frat back in the day and I’ll have to learn yet again not to judge and so I think I’ll just skip that comment and slap myself upside the head to get it over with).

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        • There are advantages to fraternities: above all, making a group of friends in his age range. I didn’t join a frat in my college days: while I had good reason (having been harassed in middle school/high school I was not going to submit to any fraternity initiation/hazing rituals), I suffered from lack of a social life and from a lack of personal connections that would help towards employment / adulthood socializing. My brother Phil was in a fraternity and socializes frequently with them to this day. The trick is, making sure your son joins an honorable fraternity that will not abuse him, not get him drunk, nor teach him any disrespect towards women.

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        • Neocortex

           /  November 14, 2012

          Ha!

          I learned at MIT that fraternities really do come in all sorts, ranging from about as stereotypical as you could imagine to as unstereotypical as you could imagine (e.g the fraternity of mostly gay and bi guys that wore purple jumpsuits during rush and other special events, had a couch on the ceiling, and welcomed unrecognized-by-the-national-organization women members…or the fraternity of nice Jewish boys with very high GPAs). At least at MIT. Can’t really speak for anywhere else.

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    • Bookwoman

       /  November 13, 2012

      Your children are officially superb.

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    • Darth Thulhu

       /  November 13, 2012

      D’aaaaww! Please hug them for me (not that you wouldn’t hug them anyway, but a hug from you will probably be less discombobulating than a psychic poltergeist hug from nowhere).

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    • efgoldman

       /  November 13, 2012

      I think they’re going to be ok, these two.
      They’re already OK.
      I’ve never met you, its likely I never will (coming to New England any time soon?), but I love you and your kids. And I’m sure I’d be crazy about your husband, too.
      They will make you proud(er). those rotten kids.

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      • Speaking of loving my kids [:)] – hey, my big kid wrote you a thank you note, right? (I just realized that about four notes never got written. I think we need to finish that up!)

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        • efgoldman

           /  November 13, 2012

          Oh yes, yes he did. I was partly surprised how swiftly it arrived (he is a 13 yuear old boy, after all) but then said “hey, he’s Emily’s kid. Why should I be surprised?”

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  15. David L

     /  November 13, 2012

    God hates… racecars?

    The Phelps family is coming to Austin for this weekend’s Formula 1 event.

    http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/sports/2012-11-13/westboro-baptists-hate-formula-one/

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  16. Squeeeee! A local preschool just got in touch about me becoming a “regular substitute” this year!!

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  17. chingona

     /  November 13, 2012

    For people who like comics and female heroines (and Jewish stuff), the second volume of Hereville (How Mirka Met a Meteorite) comes out this week.

    http://www.amptoons.com/blog/2012/11/11/hereville-2-premiere-event-thursday-the-15th-in-portland/

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  18. So, cat people, have you heard of this? (For some odd reason Amazon just recommended it to me.)

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    • caoil

       /  November 13, 2012

      No, but it’s tempting. It would probably sit quite nicely beside my “French for Cats” books.

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  19. Tenar Darell

     /  November 13, 2012

    Hello Horde, here I am at Twilight of the Elites at MIT. Squished indeed. Yay! I will try to report later. Bad signal strength here.

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    • Gratz and enjoy! Pity some of us cannot travel… (sitting alone in Florida while everyone else enjoys Horde gatherings)

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    • Lucky you!

      /is jelus

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    • Tenar Darell

       /  November 13, 2012

      Is it bad form to reply to myself? Anyway…

      It was very good. I was impressed enough that I plan to buy the book for my nook. They were filming, so it may be available as a podcast. Won’t try to recap.

      Just got home, time for a dinner of ibuprofen and leftover pizza.

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    • Neocortex

       /  November 14, 2012

      I tried. Probably 75 people, including me, were still outside when they announced that the room was at capacity and they couldn’t take anyone else.

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  20. Just noting right now, got to 21,000+ words on NaNoWriMo, am back on pace, hope to exceed pace by this weekend! :)

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