Monday open thread.

I’m about to be on HuffPost Live again, talking Israel/Gaza and so on – if you want to watch, go here: live.huffingtonpost.com

If you want to chat, it’s yours!

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. I am eating ALL MY FEELINGS right now.

    Somehow there are blog posts. They seem to be appearing by magic.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com
    There’s Next Iron Chef
    Dr Who stuff
    AMA stuff
    and other stuff.

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  2. Captain_Button

     /  November 19, 2012

    Must not argue about politics online. Must not argue about politics online. Must not …

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    • JHarper2

       /  November 19, 2012

      But someone is wrong on the internet.

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    • efgoldman

       /  November 19, 2012

      Its not time to argue about politics, now.
      Its time to argue about stuffing, or no stuffing, and what you do or don’t put in it.
      And about the one, true way to cook a turkey, before which all others are trash.
      And about appropriate (and inappropriate) veggies.
      And about what you put in a pie, and the kind of pie only a Philistine would serve.
      And after we’re done with that, we can start on oatmeal.
      Because this is the one, true Horde, and that’s the way itis, and we like it.

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      • scone

         /  November 19, 2012

        Exactly!

        Did you know that my boyfriend’s family does not serve mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving???? What kind of heathens are they?

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        • doginajacket

           /  November 19, 2012

          I like your boyfriend’s family. Mashing is a terrible thing to do to a potato. ;)

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      • My husband has “solved” the “other people do it wrong” problem by concocting a “Thanksgiving just for us” which somehow always involves me cooking a 15lb bird and trimmings for two people the day after the Grand Family Debacle.

        This year I am revolting in my own tiny way by NOT including a chile/jerk/Cajun dry rub. We have at least 3 kinds of hot sauce in the fridge and he can apply that to his own serving. So there. Harrumph.

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      • The Cox clan Thanksgiving this year is a bit of a potluck. The family matriarch is doing turkey and stuffing, but other adults are pitching in all the rest.

        I signed up to fill the bread basket, because now they’re shifting dinner from 2:00 to 1:00 and odds of us making it on time keep shrinking because we’re doing all the travel Thursday morning. Also, rolls and cookies travel well in a car for 7 hours but mashed potatoes don’t, necessarily. Plus nobody in the family likes my mashed potatoes anyway. Philistines. (I buy baby red potatoes and keep the skins on.)

        Anyway, I’m making plain corn muffins, cranberry corn muffins, and two dozen of “whatever dinner rolls Trader Joe’s has left on Wednesday afternoon.” Plus cookies. Because I think the cookies are why they keep me in the family.

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        • scone

           /  November 19, 2012

          As far as I am concerned, that is the proper method for mashed potatoes. Also white pepper. And buttermilk.

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        • wearyvoter

           /  November 19, 2012

          Baby red potatoes with skins on=yum.

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  3. Flogging of the blog! Yesterday I posted a review of “Peat Smoke and Spirit”, a book covering the history of Islay and its whiskies. There is also an abundance of nerdy factoids about the production process at each distillery, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-peat-smoke-and-spirt.html

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  4. Captain_Button

     /  November 19, 2012

    I saw Skyfall the weekend and I liked it. It did seem mor elike three movies than one, though.

    And all the inevitable buildings and vehicles constructed out of Explodium.

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  5. koolaide

     /  November 19, 2012

    Pro Tip: no matter how congested nor how worried one may be that said sinus congestion will trigger MASSIVE headache, do not, I repeat, DO NOT take 12 hr pseudophedrine hcl anywhere near bedtime.

    You may fall asleep but you will wake up at 1am and not fall back asleep until 4:30am.

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    • For a moment I read that as “don’t take 12 pseudophedrine”

      I’ve tried that by the way. Your head buzzes in the weirdest way and then you vomit water.

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      • koolaide

         /  November 19, 2012

        the line break did end up at an unfortunate spot.

        but 12! oh my gosh! Double plus ungood.

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        • I was in middle school and suffering from a severe cold and my nose wouldnt stop running. I wanted my face to dry up damn it. So I just kept taking them until it did.

          This story probably tells you a lot more about my childhood than I mean it to.

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    • It’s only a single reduction reaction away from being meth!

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    • Captain_Button

       /  November 19, 2012

      I called in for a perscrition refill this morning and they say allow 24 hours. Wondering how much of a dick I am being if I stop by the pharmacy this evening just to check in case.

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    • watson42

       /  November 19, 2012

      I just got back from the doctor and what I hoped was garden-variety ear congestion from the flu was…..steel dust. Time to buy some new ear protection.

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      • koolaide

         /  November 19, 2012

        Yikes. So, um, does the dr. remove such things or does steel dust come out w/ ear wax eventually? (A question I thought I’d never ask…)

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        • watson42

           /  November 19, 2012

          Well, I’ve been having hearing loss in one ear for a couple of weeks so they flushed out my ears. It was a little troubling to see the pieces of compacted steel dust come out. (The nursing assistant: “Your ear wax looks….black.” Um, yeah.) But that hasn’t solved the hearing loss so it’s possible that the steel has done some damage. *sigh* Hopefully it’s just inflammation that will resolve itself.

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        • watson42

           /  November 19, 2012

          I’ve been working in metal for years and this is the first time it’s been a problem, but we do joke about steel dust collecting in our lungs and various orifices (despite masks, ear protection, etc) and what that means for getting MRIs.

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          • Dust is insidious. My lab has a 50 kilo drum of silica in an unventilated room. I finally started wearing a dust mask when I went to fill columns from the barrel because I was worried about silicosis.

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  6. Mike Tomlin needs to attend Clock Management School. Preferably starting December 3.

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  7. efgoldman

     /  November 19, 2012

    We all know what this week is. You are obsessing about your TeaHadi relative, from whom there is no escape; or about the stuffing recipe you never made before; or about the stuffing recipe you did make before, that was criticized by your mother, or worse, your mother in law; or about whether the car will hold out long enough to get over the river and through the woods, and back; or whether the TSA will confiscate the very special scotch you bought for your brother; or whether you’ll get there in time for dinner, and if you don’t your mother will blame you for not traveling on Wednesday night (oy!!); or…..
    So here’s the annual attempt to lift your spirits:
    http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoafYtDe.html

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  8. So, Friday, the heater decided to give up the ghost. Except I didn’t figure that out until Saturday, so we paid the extra to have a guy come over and take a look at it and replace the part that was deceased. While he was there, I noted that it absolutely stank in the laundry/utility room. Quite embarrassing. I asked my mother if she knew what the smell was. She said she didn’t know. After the repairman left, she fessed up that she had turned off the downstairs freezer during Sandy, although she couldn’t give me a reason WHY she did that, and she never turned it back on.

    Over 100 pounds of rotten meat later…

    My back and shoulders are killing me from repeatedly going in after more rotten meat, I got splashed with the stuff so I had to shower and change clothes, I was unable to eat anything the rest of the day, and there’s still 3 inches of rotten meat soup at the bottom of the freezer. I don’t know what to do about that. Oh, and won’t the garbage men love us, the can is completely stuffed with rot that gets an extra 4 days to decompose further. I feel like a crime scene cleanup technician.

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    • efgoldman

       /  November 19, 2012

      Oh, yuck!
      Is your mother getting to that stage of life, or is this just an odd thing that happened?
      On Emily’s behalf, I award you extra chocolate for your efforts.

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    • watson42

       /  November 19, 2012

      Ewwww. As for the 3 inches of rotten meat soup: can you add water and some cardboard dividers, let it freeze then remove the resulting (hopefully) blocks of ice-meat in large pieces?

      You need scotch to go with that chocolate and caramels.

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      • I don’t know if the freezer still works, but if it does, that’s not a bad idea.

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        • watson42

           /  November 19, 2012

          As long as the freezer gets cold enough to freeze the resultant soup – which is why I recommended adding water to compensate for the freezing point depression of slurry you currently have. Depsite the greater volume, with added water it will probably freeze faster and more solidly. That way you’ll (hopefully) have blocks of ice and not rotten meat slush. I suppose you could try it first without adding any water to see if that works.

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      • doginajacket

         /  November 19, 2012

        It’s a chest freezer, right? I would make a scoop by cutting the top off something like a 1 gal. milk bottle since you’ll want to throw it out afterwards. Scoop it into doubled plastic bags and then freeze the bags solid until just before you put them out on trash day so the garbage men don’t see any leakage.

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        • doginajacket

           /  November 19, 2012

          (I meant to say, Try watson42’s idea first, It sounds possibly cleaner.)

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          • This is a fairly sizeable freezer, so Watson’s idea would be better. And I could take it out the night before trash day…or if I’m feeling brave, put it in the tub and hope it all goes down the drain.

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  9. How much of a fangirl am I?

    I really, really hope that TNC noticed that I wrote that thing on Wright’s blog & calls attention to it on his own.

    That’s how big of a fangirl I am.

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  10. baiskeli

     /  November 19, 2012

    Minor aches and pains from the group Mountain Bike Ride on saturday, which was my first in about 10 years. Nothing major to report apart from

    1: Inappropriate relationship with a sapling in a tight corner. Good things saplings are bouncy. Apparently I’m so instinctively polite that I apologized to the tree, which amused the cyclist behind me to no end.

    2: One wipeout that happened because I was stupid enough to try and wipe off some snot in a tricky section. Went down (that took care of the snot)

    All in all, lots of fun. The ride was intermediate (more like hard for me), organized by a local bike shop (Ride Studio Cafe) and led by Mary McConneloug and Mike Broderick, (http://maryandmikeride.blogspot.com/), 2 mountain bike pros and the nicest people ever. It turned out that we have some technical trails around here (Landlocked forest). One hardy dude showed up with a cross bike and rode the trail no problem.

    I forgot how tough/strenuous mountain bike riding is

    http://app.strava.com/activities/28090229

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  11. wearyvoter

     /  November 19, 2012

    Roof is done! Yay! Power company screwed something up. Boo! Power surge has disabled furnace. We are now in insurance and estimates and repairs labyrinths. Oh, my. (Am thinking worse. Furnace has a cooked circuit board, possibly cooked internal transformer. WIll be able to figure out more if they install a new circuit board which = $600. Other parts may be needed. Need heat before Monday. Want lots of booze, but have to be awake enough to deal with claims adjusters of all stripes.

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