Monday open thread.

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  1. efgoldman

     /  November 26, 2012

    Today’s WTF?? moment:

    In Kentucky, a homeland security law requires the state’s citizens to acknowledge the security provided by the Almighty God–or risk 12 months in prison.

    This is not The Onion!

    http://www.alternet.org/belief/year-jail-not-believing-god-how-kentucky-persecuting-atheists

    • Captain_Button

       /  November 26, 2012

      This is completely wrong of course, but it sounds like it would have little practical effect:

      The law requires that plaques celebrating the power of the Almighty God be installed outside the state Homeland Security building–and carries a criminal penalty of up to 12 months in jail if one fails to comply

      Who is “one”? The building assistant superintendant in charge of plaques? ANd how many plaques?

      • efgoldman

         /  November 26, 2012

        I can’t believe no-one has taken it to Federal court yet, especially when the state appeals court upheld the law.

      • Bob Jones' Neighbor

         /  November 26, 2012

        And of course, WHICH Almighty God? (may his, or her, noodly appendage be upon us!)

  2. koolaide

     /  November 26, 2012

    Over the weekend I had many items I wished to discuss with the Horde. But today? I can’t remember any of them. sigh. Back at work & pushed for a deadline at the end of Dec that I might or might not make (and yet here I am).

    Hope everyone had a good TDay & weekend.

    • caoil

       /  November 26, 2012

      I’m starting to think that I should carry a small notebook at all times, given my propensity for forgetting an idea within a minute after its arrival.

      • koolaide

         /  November 26, 2012

        I remember one thing now!!

        The FoxSpew ridiculousness that is their “War on Men” angle now. Point and laugh? Or gird for yet another in the constant attacks on women?

  3. efgoldman

     /  November 26, 2012

    Did I kill the thread with the first post? Anibundel? Jordan? Anybody?

    • koolaide

       /  November 26, 2012

      (waves)

    • (also waves)

    • Sorry! I was out getting lunch.

      • efgoldman

         /  November 26, 2012

        :::Larry Linville/Frank Burns voice:::
        You know the student lounge takes priority, right?

    • (waves)

      Still suffering residual tryptophan poisoning over here. And yet somehow I’m supposed to sit upright and not snore.

      It does help that the office is blowing cold air down the back of my neck, though.

    • watson42

       /  November 26, 2012

      Hello? Is this thing on?

    • baiskeli

       /  November 26, 2012

      No, it’s just that after your first post, everyone began head-desking. The synchronized head-desking triggered a temporal disturbance that froze time.

    • Staying generally quiet, because nothing can go the way it should.

      The cleaning people came for the yucky freezer Friday morning. The power cord became stuck when they tried to move it. I tried to free the cord. A metal pole appeared from nowhere (Seriously, I have no idea what it was a part of or where it came from) and whacked me across the back of my right hand. That would be the hand that was not very successfully surgically rebuilt last year. I spent Friday with icepacks wondering how I could work with a broken hand.

      It’s not broken, just a deep bruise. But it hurts like the bejabers. I’ll stop typing now. Ow.

  4. Oh you know–the usual. Recaps, links and funnies.

    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

  5. David L

     /  November 26, 2012

    I’m so sick of the fatigue from all of my various ailments and/or the medications to treat them. It’s an achievement that I only came close to dozing off at my desk once this morning, despite my best efforts to fight this any time it starts.

  6. watson42

     /  November 26, 2012

    I hope all my fellow Americans here had a great Thanksgiving. My weekend was bookended by some seriously unpleasant family drama, but the rest of it was pretty great. I got to spend some time with friends I haven’t seen in years, and for the most part the family was fun and relaxing. Much food and wine was consumed…it’s going to take me weeks to recover.

    • Pretty good for me. We had Thanksgiving dinner with family friends and took a walk down to Puget Sound to burn off the meal.

      I also got to try a couple of fino cask whiskies from Bruichladdich and Springbank at a local bar. They were deliciously salty.

      • watson42

         /  November 26, 2012

        Nice. I opened up a 2003 Burgundy from my stash for Thanksgiving dinner. It was maybe a year or two past peak, but a very nice wine. I also saw my first real snow of the season on my drive back to Boston yesterday.

        Hey – you had mentioned a couple of weeks back that you were crunching assay data to see if your compounds had activity. I don’t think I ever saw if you said how it turned out. So how did it go?

        • The initial assay looks pretty promising for a number of the compounds. I got a couple that showed good activity at 10 nM and a couple that showed activity at 100 nM. Plenty more to test, but we’re also trying to work out what’s going to be the best screening path.

          • watson42

             /  November 26, 2012

            Very cool! I hope the SAR works out/makes sense once you figure out the screening path. [To me, that's the worst part about screening - you don't really know until you're well into it if you've decided on the right screening paradigm. That and the fact that years of work can fit on a single slide. :)]

    • Lizzou

       /  November 26, 2012

      A group of us got together, me being the only American – I roped a couple of Frenchies, and Australian, and a random Italian into the Thanksgiving meal. I did a cranberry relish this year, as something a bit different, and I wasn’t disappointed!

    • Pretty good here, too. Also I made this pumpkin spice cake (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Spiced-Pumpkin-Cake) only with butter instead of canola oil, and it is my New Favourite Thing.

    • This thanksgiving in three year olds:
      My SIL had the idea to bring their new Candyland game as part of the “keep them entertained” package.
      They were fascinated by the board and had me read the names of the places and the cartoon characters that inhabited said places several times.
      Then SIL and husband attempted to sit the girls down and teach them to play. This was an abject failure, and they were both wound up and not really interested in sitting. But they loved the card with the colorful blocks.
      Next thing you know they’ve laid the cards out, end to end, all around the family room and are hopping along the card trail yelling the colors as they landed on them. Every few cards one of them would stop and yell out “I’m in the lollipop forest!” or “I’m at the ginger bread tree” or other locations I had read to them. And then they would play at being in that spoit for a bit before hopping on.

      That’s when it hit me. They were live action role playing Candyland.
      I have three year old LARPers for nieclings. TAKE THAT BJS NERDS!

  7. So… I guess I should talk about booze then.

    Last Sunday, I posted a review of the book “Peat Smoke and Spirit”, which is a history of Islay and its whisky. A really interesting look at the island and its complicated relationship with its most famous product. Also a snapshot of the industry at a point where it was starting to rebuild after the closures of the 80s and 90s.

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

    Mixology Monday was last week, so I threw a whole bunch of mint at the problem of ‘Garnish Grandiloquence’.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/11/mixology-monday-lxvii-garnish.html

  8. efgoldman

     /  November 26, 2012

    :::sigh:::
    Time for actual work, at work.

  9. I’m sorry, I’m staring at the post on boners like one would a car crash.

    • koolaide

       /  November 26, 2012

      I didn’t know what you were talking about til I took a gander at TNC’s page.

      Um. Yeah. I’ll laud him for going there and yet your car crash analogy is accurate.

    • taylor16

       /  November 26, 2012

      Wow. That really is about boners, then. I thought the “dick” thing was just a clever headline.

    • Captain_Button

       /  November 26, 2012

      I’ve got a link from the other day about what causes morning wood and why it is a good thing.

    • I watched ‘Shame’ over the weekend…took four sessions to watch the whole thing…and accordingly I don’t think I can deal with a boner post right now.

      • Don’t get me wrong–it is a fascinating post–perhaps the most in depth meditation on the psychology on boners I’ve seen.
        It is also a car crash.

        • koolaide

           /  November 26, 2012

          I have to say, TNC’s piece is a very interesting way to push back (unintentionally, perhaps but perhaps not, he’s a smart dude) against the ridiculous “War on Men” FoxSpew.

  10. doginajacket

     /  November 26, 2012

    (waves) Still recovering from car trip from hell (6 hours of motion sickness) followed by nightmares about car trip from hell (see above, but on a roller-coaster track, complete with plunging-to-my-death scenes.)

    • caoil

       /  November 26, 2012

      Do you always get sick during (lengthy) car rides? Is there anything that ameliorates it for you?

      • doginajacket

         /  November 27, 2012

        Actually, it’s extremely rare, so I was totally caught off guard and couldn’t come up with anything effective to do about it.

  11. Also, the cat trees I was planning to acquire on cyber monday sales…..are not included in the cyber monday sale.

    CURSES! FOILED! DAMN YOU INTERNET!!!!

  12. On Friday, I read a lovely, lesser-known Virginia Woolfe book, Flush, the “biography” of a dog.

    On Saturday and Sunday, I came very close to completing Sense and Sensibility (for what I think is the first time) — 50 pages or so to go!

    On Sunday I also: did the laundry, winterized the windows of the one unheated room in the house + the basement windows, and cleaned out/reorganized the closet that I’ve left to languish (and fill with stuff) for three and a half years.

    So.

    • Captain_Button

       /  November 26, 2012

      Despite having four days of nothing to do, all I accomplished was sewing up the popped seams on about pairs of pants.

      • Captain_Button

         /  November 26, 2012

        s/pairs/6 pairs/

      • dave in texas

         /  November 26, 2012

        I had an entire week off, during which time I did everything possible to pop the seams out of all the pants I was wearing.

      • caoil

         /  November 26, 2012

        Well, that is still more sewing than I got done!

    • efgoldman

       /  November 26, 2012

      Just your usual awesome self, that’s all.
      Did you have overseas guests for the giving of thanks, also too? Are they gone?

      • I host every year, but they’re always people who live within driving distance! So I did that, too.

        The reading was the best part. And the eating of stuffing, for which turkey is merely a delivery device.

        • efgoldman

           /  November 26, 2012

          And the eating of stuffing, for which turkey is merely a delivery device.
          Absolutely correct. And you should consult with K_Cox about her [mother's] killer stuffing recipe. Its not Kosher, but I’ll bet you could find a work around.

          And now off to home.

  13. FOX doesn’t like guests calling them out on Benghazi:

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/11/26/1237231/ricks-fox-news-benghazi/

    You’re WELCOME.

  14. Cleaning the garden and getting everything really kicked my butt this year, but thre is now a good 3 inches of snow out there and more flakes still drifting down so Imma call it done.

    I am also feeling ridiculously cheerful about 2 pieces of Ontario news in the last week – southern Ontario is NOT going to be quarried into complete environmental disaster (at least not this year) and Mayor Ford has been, at least symbolically tossed out on his ear. Yippee-ai-ee-ai-o!

    • caoil

       /  November 26, 2012

      Oooo, what happened with Ford?

      • He’s OUT! At least theoretically… but he was found guilty in his courtcase. Seems he never even read the conflict of interest rules… and was, definitely, in a conflict of interest. Blatantly. Lol. Snicker.

  15. I didn’t do any shopping for Cyber Monday.

    Am I in trouble?

    • Captain_Button

       /  November 26, 2012

      You have violated Robot’s Rules Of Order and are asked to leave The Future immediately.

    • My cyber Monday shopping was two skeins of cashmere-blend sock yarn to make something nice for ME after this whole holiday disaster season is over.

      Somehow I feel this violates some rule of holiday shopping but I don’t really feel bad.

    • efgoldman

       /  November 26, 2012

      There’s still more than six hours left!

    • koolaide

       /  November 26, 2012

      I have done no shopping at since Wed. And Wed shopping was TDay feast related.

      • My shopping was on Friday for a replacement Christmas tree. That’s been about it. There’s an unusual amount of days left before Christmas, thanks to Turkey Day being earlier than normal.

  16. Also wik: this is the LAST WEEK of City of Heroes MMO. I may be distracted with both NaNo and CoH…

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