Thursday open thread (from the road!)

I’ll be back at my machine soon, but for now am posting from the road. Fingers crossed that it works- have at it!

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  1. It is not possible that I am the first one here.

    Who’s hiding under the sofa? Come out come out wherever you are!

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  2. There’s an XFactor recap, Hobbit Posters and some Dr Who details. Plus a promo for Idol’s return.

    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

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    • caoil

       /  November 29, 2012

      I like those posters. I’d still like to have the large banner ones from the premiere the other day, even though I think I’d need taller ceilings to accommodate them.

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    • SWNC

       /  November 29, 2012

      We’re reading The Hobbit out loud in my house. Last night, we just read the scene where Smaug dies–which the sprout was downright gleeful about. I had forgotten how much more bad-ass Bilbo is compared with Frodo. (Frodo was very heroic, of course, but Bilbo is definitely more awesome.) We have already lined up babysitting for December 15.

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  3. koolaide

     /  November 29, 2012

    I don’t know if Craig or Persia will post here but maybe people that aren’t family of hard of hearing people have and answer for me:

    A kid at my sister’s old school is very hard of hearing. He needs hearing aids but his family has no money. It is going to take them a while to save up for hearing aids. (setting aside the ‘why didn’t they realize he couldn’t hear before teachers noticed at school’ questions) The school system has a loaner but for various reasons they are “for school only” and must be turned in at the end of the day–please note that the teachers HATE having to make him do that.

    They’re trying to find some group that helps poor hard of hearing kids get hearing aids. Kinda like the Lions Club helps people that can’t afford glasses get glasses. Does anyone know of a non-profit or other group like that?

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  4. doginajacket

     /  November 29, 2012

    Work is making me work, but I’m kinda around.

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  5. Today I put up a post reviewing David Wondrich’s book “Punch – Delights of the Flowing Bowl”. It’s a great history of the topic, ranging from the economic circumstances at the end of the 17th century that brought about its emergence to its ubiquity during the 18th century (George Washington had a large budget for bribing constituents with rum punch during his run for a position in the Virginia House of Burgesses). A highly recommended read.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-punch-delights-of-flowing.html

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  6. Emily, if/when you have time today, you should hit the FB group and find Stephen Matlock’s thread on gun ownership. Because of Cole’s amazing response:
    “A million invisible societal threads are keeping your comfortable existence thriving… a gun cannot replace them if they go away.”

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    • koolaide

       /  November 29, 2012

      you’re doing your darndest to try and lure me into the fb group. ;)

      sigh.

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      • efgoldman

         /  November 29, 2012

        I will not be lured. Hell, we still have (dumb) flip phones, off most of the time.
        I’ve been feeling a “When I Was Your Age” post coming on, but I’m too too tried today.

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        • efgoldman

           /  November 29, 2012

          too tired
          dammit.
          like my typing isn’t inaccurate enough.

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          • I read “too tried” as in “it’s been a trying day” and it made perfect sense.

            But then I’ve also had a trying day, so maybe I’m projecting.

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            • Captain Button

               /  November 29, 2012

              My dad had a ad he clipped from the paper on the wall. It is for a brooch saying “Try God”.

              He wrote under it “On what charge?”

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        • koolaide

           /  November 29, 2012

          I think I’m the last person in my age cohort who has a ‘dumb’ flip phone.

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          • My husband still has one. His age begins with “2” for several more months.

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            • koolaide

               /  November 29, 2012

              Is this where I pretend people whose ages begin with a “2” are in my age cohort? I will pretend he is in my age cohort in a couple of months when his age begins with a different number.

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              • My age cohort begins with “3.” I have a smartphone.

                I pointed out that he’s a twentysomething, though, because NONE of them have dumbphones. Except him.

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          • SWNC

             /  November 29, 2012

            No, I’ve got one, too. We don’t get cell phone reception at my house, so I don’t see the point in paying a lot for a cool phone.

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      • Carlos

         /  November 29, 2012

        The water is nice, wade on in… you can hit up just the horde and ignore most of the rest of the FB junk…

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      • SWNC

         /  November 29, 2012

        Yes, yes, we are.

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        • koolaide

           /  November 29, 2012

          I just have this desire to keep my secret identity secret. That way my irl stupid stuff doesn’t hurt my pseudonym’s Horde cred.

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      • watson42

         /  November 29, 2012

        I refuse to be lured as well. If only because I have a (literally) psychotic ex who is even stalking me on LinkedIn. I can’t see joining Facebook ending well….

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  7. So glad this worked! My Droid and its WordPress app are still a little bit of a mystery to me. I can’t see my own front page, for instance. I’m sure I’ll figure that out any minute now!

    Other than that, I’m on deadline with a contract piece involving international labor and safety, and am having to pay attention to the Palestine vote at the UNGA (Abbas starts his speech in like five minutes), so I’ll just wave hello and go back to it all.

    Hello! :: waves ::

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  8. I’ve just put up a post with a few sources on the Palestine UNGA vote for anyone interested, and will add to it as I find more. BUT NOW I’M GOING BACK TO WRITING.

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  9. CitizenE

     /  November 29, 2012

    I may post this again, because the artist featured in this video deserves it, but this is a vid of a show of work by my dear friend, Marsha Klein, a marvellous, marvellous artist. The stills of her work were done by her spectacularly talented husband, C.M. Illgen. For as long as I have known these two, whose children are a green architect living in upstate NY and a popular underground dj in San Francisco, they have lived on a shoestring the uncompromising lives of artists. I cannot say enough about Marsha’s artwork, other than I have several pieces in my own home. As long as I have known her, her work has always been just ahead of the curve:

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  10. watson42

     /  November 29, 2012

    The power just went out here at work, but the internet is still up so I am “working” from my laptop. There’s some sort of snarky comment to be made about working in the dark…. All this makes me think about how much I hate being on contract/paid hourly. Plus I am way more productive when I’m not watching the clock wondering if I’ve worked enough.

    My nephew is reading The Hobbit. I’ve promised him I will take him to go see it over Christmas if he’s finished the book. One topic of Thanksgiving conversation was how the hell is Jackson splitting this into three movies. No good consensus was reached.

    Which reminds me of the awesomeness of my nephew: He’s eleven and quite his own person. At Thanksgiving he was wearing an old belt of his mother’s. His older sister made fun of him a bit for it and asked him if he’d wear a woman’s shirt, not just a belt. His answer was, “If I liked the style and it looked good, of course i would.” I love that kid.

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    • Are you in Cambridge MA, by any chance? My half-Boston-based Twitter just exploded with commentary about that blackout.

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      • watson42

         /  November 29, 2012

        Yes, as a matter of fact. Crap, does that mean that all of Cambridge is out? Possibly more? That means likely no power at home. At least we have emergency power here at work….

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    • caoil

       /  November 29, 2012

      Honestly I think it depends if he’s doing 3 movies of 3+ hours each, then yeah, it will definitely feel too stretched. If it’s 3 movies of 90 minutes each…then that’d be different. I can’t find a running time listed anywhere yet, so we’ll see, I guess!

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    • koolaide

       /  November 29, 2012

      I, too, remain highly concerned about how Jackson is stretching The Hobbit into 3 movies.

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  11. caoil

     /  November 29, 2012

    Crossing my fingers that my sewing machine will behave itself tonight, so that I can finish off my shirt cuffs & buttonholes, and maybe, just maybe, FINALLY move on to sewing hobbit pants!

    Also I think I am getting the hang of serging. Slowly, mind you. It ‘helps’ that I’ve had to rethread a couple of times so I’m getting a better sense of what goes where.

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    • “helps” – heh.

      My sister always says she has to do something the opposite way first to figure out how to do it the right way.

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