Wednesday open thread.

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. Allllllll allllooonnneeee in my own open thread.

    Well, it gives me a chance to clean up a bit, I suppose.

    /Swiffer

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    • caoil

       /  December 12, 2012

      Man, that reminds me, I bought a swiffer mop but I still haven’t used it.

      <—is a terrible housecleaner.

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      • what is this “housecleaning” you speak of? (picks cat hair clumps off his bare feet) Has it something to do with this… broom thingee hanging in my garage?

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        • caoil

           /  December 12, 2012

          It might, though perhaps someone else can jump in to clarify.

          (really, though, is there anything more boring than housework? I lose interest about half an hour into it, so I have to break it up into smaller chunks or attempt to do a couple of things simultaneously)

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          • I find that podcasts and audiobooks help, but only so much.

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          • scone

             /  December 12, 2012

            I absolutely have to break it up into chunks – I’ll set the timer for 30 or 40 minutes, and then finish whatever chore it is I’m working on when the timer goes off, and then take a lengthy break.

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          • taylor16

             /  December 12, 2012

            I highly recommend having a spouse who works evenings. The bulk of the housework just gets magically done! :)

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    • taylor16

       /  December 12, 2012

      I’m here now! The day got away from me. Didn’t even realize it was afternoon, much less 2:30. :(

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    • Hi! Sorry. When home sick, fell asleep holding Purrbot, missed everything.

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      • caoil

         /  December 12, 2012

        Sorry you’re sick! Glad, though, that if you have to be, at least you have a kitty for company.

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  2. Flogging (of the blog).

    Yesterday I posted a review of a rum that was so unpleasant that I threw out part of my pour. The worst part is that I think there’s good underlying material, but they’ve messed with it to make something disgustingly sweet.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/12/rum-review-ron-diplomatico-reserva.html

    To make up for that, today I posted a review of Longrow 10 Year, a rather pleasant peated whisky (though it was much less peaty than I was expecting).

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/12/whisky-review-longrow-10-year-old.html

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  3. So excited! I actually have a blog post I can flog today!

    I mostly blog about cooking and gardening (and other things I like) and when possible the history of whatever I’m cooking and growing. Today’s submission is on the saffron crocus:

    http://damenora.blogspot.com/2012/12/all-worthy-treasure-of-mycenae.html

    I have another post scheduled for tomorrow with a recipe using saffron.

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    • caoil

       /  December 12, 2012

      Shows how little I know about saffron…I didn’t know it came from a wee flower!

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      • It does! And a pretty wee flower, too, though I didn’t get pictures this year because it rained all over my little darlings and smashed their petals. (Mother Nature is a brute). They look like the spring crocuses, and are pale lilac with deep violet veins.

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    • i heart croci.

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  4. CitizenE

     /  December 12, 2012

    While the media has noticed the passing of Pandit Ravi Shankar yesterday, recently one of the greatest of the modern Malian musicians, Keletigui Diabate, the great balafon foly (master) died (November 30). Keletigui was not only a master of the balaphon, the mother of all vibraphones, but was an excellent violinist, an instrument he often featured when playing with international pop star electric guitarist, Habib Koite. His renown began with the National Orchestra of Mali in the 1970s where he served as chef d’orchestre and lead electric guitarist. Keletigui also performed with kora master Toumani Diabate and n’goni champion Bassekou Kouyate in Toumani’s ground breaking ensemble recording during the 90s. That is how I first came into contact with him. Here is a piece with Toumani, the sublime Keletigui Diabete:

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    • watson42

       /  December 12, 2012

      I told a friend this morning that the death of all these incredible musicians might be a sign that the Apocalypse might actually happen soon – they’re all being assumed to heaven because the Apocalypse is going to need a worthy soundtrack.

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  5. My annual Saturnalia Wish List is UP. Go read, please and thanku.

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  6. Darth Thulhu

     /  December 12, 2012

    Happy 12/12/12! Or, for the non-Americans among the Horde, happy 12/12/12!

    Just 9 days to DOOM! DOOOOOOOOM!

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    • Lizzou

       /  December 12, 2012

      My office had a champagne break today at 12:12pm, it was really cute.

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      • Think Geek tweeted that in honor of Dozen Day, one should buy a dozen doughnuts. As doughnuts are an entirely Hanukkah-appropriate treat (though the particular kind of jelly doughnut that is known as a sufganiya is best…), I have determined that this is an ESPECIALLY entirely appropriate dessert with which to surprise my family tonight. (Though I confess that we’re not likely to get through a dozen doughnuts before they go stale).

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        • Lizzou

           /  December 12, 2012

          Doooooooonnnnnnuuuuuutttssssss!!!!!! Really, people. After awhile, the croissants and pain au chocolat gets boring. I’d kill for a Tim Hortons or a Tastee Donut. Preferably something involving chocolate frosting. I heartily affirm you in your Hanukkah donut venture. :)

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          • wearyvoter

             /  December 12, 2012

            Timmy’s. Ahhhh…Timmy’s. Tim Bits. Honey cruller Tim Bits. *sigh*

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    • just get the 2013 Mayan Calendar app…

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    • Happy National Soundcheck day!
      12 12 12….

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  7. watson42

     /  December 12, 2012

    Wired has an interesting piece up about Occupy. I’d be interested in Neocortex’s take on it since she’s been involved in Occupy since early on.

    It resonate for me because I think I’m having a serious mid-life crisis. Or at least getting pretty damn tired of holding a contract job while looking for something permanent while trying to live my life while it seems we’re intent on burning down the world around us (one way or another). Or shorter: Focusing on dealing with my life has been feeling pretty pointless, I want to do something to improve the state of the world (however incrementally). What I’m getting hung up on is the what and how…..and hopefully eat and pay the rent at the same time.

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  8. I can no longer comment directly onto wordpress with my ipad. Stupid technology.

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    • Darth Thulhu

       /  December 12, 2012

      Boo technology!

      Posting on nuDisqus at the Atlantic from an iPhone has become increasingly dicey. I’m pretty much always composing on the notepad and copy-pasting now.

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