Thursday open thread.

If you will it, it is no dream.

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. carlosthedwarf

     /  December 13, 2012

    OH MY GOD GET THIS DAMN COLD OUT OF ME.

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  2. koolaide

     /  December 13, 2012

    Just for get about your troubles and your 9 -5
    And just sail on–that’s what you do–just sail on
    Now this groove’s so funky….

    (yes, the pandora funk station is helping me get through my current work STRESS OUT and the current afternoon sleepiness in unexpected ways)

    Also, miss y’all.

    /tiny break…

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  3. caoil

     /  December 13, 2012

    If anyone wants a bit of a time-sink today, this site called Colossal will do it. I’m currently mesmerized by this art.

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    • caoil

       /  December 13, 2012

      And another, perhaps for Jordan this time?

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    • Darth Thulhu

       /  December 13, 2012

      I really like the slingshot bench, but the levitating pillar-gates and the twig-gate are beautiful. Very in-mood to see Hobbit tonight.

      I’d seen the 5-hours of planes in 30 seconds already from Sully, but hadn’t explored the rest of the site. Wish I had more time on lunchbreak today.

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  4. Hi. At work. Not all the way better though.
    There’s pretty dresses today for fashion posts. An XFactor recap a Dr Who trailer and something at 4pm.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

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    • caoil

       /  December 13, 2012

      I think I like the strapless b&w panel dress the best out of those de la Renta pieces.

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    • doginajacket

       /  December 13, 2012

      Ani, TTMLIS: Why, in the fashion world, is it “pre-fall” (apparently) while here in the real world it’s nearly winter?

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      • Because the shows are always for the following season. So the shows in Sept-Oct were for Spring 2013. The shows in Feb-March will be Fall 2013. So this is “Pre-Fall,” which is the set of shows between the runway “fashion weeks.” The one that falls opposite “PreFall” (in june) is known as “Resort” because i dunno maybe they thought “Pre spring” was dumb sounding.

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        • doginajacket

           /  December 13, 2012

          Ah, thank you. It is clear now. (Maybe “Resort” because, while we little people are schlepping through the mud at the end of winter, the rich and fabulous simply jet off to someplace warm and sandy?)

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          • Sounds about right.
            To be completely honest my favorite shows are mid-January and Mid-July. Paris Couture–where the designers give you their most insane work. it’s just so fun.

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  5. Did anyone else watch the concert?

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    • NO? No one else watched the five hour marathon of the most Elderly British Rockers Ever Assembled in New York City?

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      • It’s on the DVR. Will watch sometime, but not this week.

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      • CitizenE

         /  December 13, 2012

        This is low fidelity, and I know lots love the Btls, but really these guys are pushing 70 years old, and if there ever were a better rock and roll band, it is hard to imagine:

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        • Sorry–if it was just them it might have been one thing, but that Daltrey followed and left it ALL ON STAGE in a way that these guys can’t really diminished the effect.

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          • CitizenE

             /  December 13, 2012

            Did not see them, though the difference between the vocalists has never really been in question. Loved the Who when they were young, and in 1965, I might have been on your side in this, but without Keith Moon or John Entwhistle, it’s not really the Who. Their Super Bowl performance made me never want to watch them again. Just checked out a youtube of Pinball Wizard, the sound was atrocious, but still the difference in the kinetic energy between the Stones and the Who imo was enormous. You did not apparently see the Who in their hey day.

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    • CitizenE

       /  December 13, 2012

      Saw the Stones, who were amazingly good, Kanye West, who had his moments, but also reminded me why I am not a fan of hip hop, preferring live back up to piped in, and Billy Joel, who was not bad–I had forgotten he was such a good piano player.

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      • I watched the entire thing, all the way until 1:30am.
        Of all the Old Brit Rockers, The Who were the best of the night, hands down. I loved everything, even the weird bit where they played an video of Keith Moon performing his section in “Bell Boy.”
        Eric Clapton was a close second. He didn’t give a damn why he was there, he just wanted to jam and his 30 minute set (following Bon Jovi’s rather sad one) felt like a master calls in How It Is Done.
        The Stones, on the other hand, best moments were Mick’s quips about how many old British rockers one can get in MSG, and that next time it rains in London, NYC needs to come help. Their music was phoned in. And damn Keith Richards looks like hell. Seriously, any song at this point could be their last, and I think that is the draw of watching them perform.
        Roger Waters was only good in that he brought Eddie Vedder. Otherwise, next time hire Gilmour. Seriously. At least he doesn’t preen.
        In the Americans-From-The Affected Areas category, Bruce took home gold and Billy took the silver. Bon Jovi took home the “not as good as Bruce by a long shot” participation trophy.
        Alicia Keys had a problem in that her set was obviously originally centered around singing that “New York” song, but the producers had decided it needed to be an encore instead all the way at the end after McCartney’s set. Robbed of her central number, her set leftovers were oddly sleepy.
        Kanye took the “quantity over quality is not better” award, and once again made me wonder if anyone ever tells him no to any bad idea. Look I’m not saying he wasn’t good–but his choice to do all 12 of his hits in 30 minutes (rather than choosing 5 or 6 like everyone else) meant that he did one verse of every song, one right after the other, which gave the sense we were watching a single 30 minute remix of all Kanye’s songs. it was a bad idea.
        My favorites of the night though were the surprisingly classy short set of Chris Martin that included the surprise Michael Stipe appearance and REM’s Losing My Religion. And of course, there was Macca, who really does deliver his old hits with a good humor that’s hard to find. Also, seeing him go toe to toe with the remaining members of Nirvana (Grohl on drums! Where he is best!) made me wish they’d get together and make an album.

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        • CitizenE

           /  December 13, 2012

          I’d suggest others watch and make up their minds for themselves. Having seen those guys all when they were young, it’s hard for me to think that it was the Stones that phoned it in last night. The NY Times reviewer Jon Pareles, a very good, and very knowledgeable music critic, wrote, while praising almost all the performers:

          “The Rolling Stones provided both a peak and a slight letdown for the concert. Mr. Jagger made the other performers look lazy. He was in nonstop motion around the stage, a strutting rocker and a mad scarecrow and a hip-swiveling tease, and the band kicked hard behind him, even tauter than they were in Brooklyn on Saturday night. “You Got Me Rocking” was a twangy, slidey taunt; “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” — with its mention of a “cross-fire hurricane” — was all-knowing bravado. Unfortunately those two songs were all the Stones played.”

          That’s what i thought too. But then Keith Richards has looked like that for 30 years now.

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  6. blog flog! sort of a follow-up to yesterday’s post, in which I give you a seasonally appropriate thing to do with saffron: make lussekatter.

    (What lussekatter are, and why you would make them, are also explained).

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    • watson42

       /  December 13, 2012

      Wow, that sounds sooo good. Where did you buy your saffron crocuses? My mother would be interested in planting some next year. I might try some in pots since I don’t have a garden.

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  7. JHarper2

     /  December 13, 2012

    NFL Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards called the NY Jets Front Office Management “idiots”.
    The NY Jets signed Braylon Edwards
    Res Ipsa Loquitur
    #thethingspeaksforitself

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  8. JHarper2

     /  December 13, 2012

    In a bit of a contemplative Mood today.
    Nathan Rogers singing Song of the Candle

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  9. The good news: I finally found egg nog ice cream at a store in my area.

    The bad news: it’s ‘low-fat’ egg nog ice cream.

    Methinks they missed the point of egg nog.

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  10. JHarper2

     /  December 13, 2012

    For those excited about the Big Movie of the season, no not the one with dwarves, the one with the singing, in Paris, that is released on Christmas. Get ready now, Turner Classic Movies is running three versions of Les Miserables back to back to back tonight.

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    • I have never, ever seen any version of Les Miserables. I don’t even know what it’s about, other than being about life’s miskenim (“miserables,” a word we REALLY need in English). Having seen a snippet of Anne Hathaway, I’m now actually very excited to finally find out.

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      • CitizenE

         /  December 13, 2012

        In a nutshell, the story is about an ocd sadistic policeman stalking and harassing a poor man who steals a loaf of bread to feed his family. Decades of it, not to mention hundreds of pages of it.

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        • bee tee dubs – I saw the words “in a nutshell the story is about” and IMMEDIATELY AVERTED MY EYES!!1!eleven!

          I’m kind of thrilled that I’m going into this completely blind. How often does that happen with a huge cultural phenomenon?

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      • !

        One of the few shows I’ve ever bothered to see live, and one of the few my mother and I both like, hence we probably will go to the movie. If you can find it, I highly recommend the anniversary performance of Les Miz that has been making the rounds on PBS.

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      • Darth Thulhu

         /  December 13, 2012

        Not spoiling any of the events, but rather setting timeframe (which the play doesn’t do well, in my opinion):

        The events take place in Paris, France, in June of 1832.

        Seventeen years earlier, Napoleon was defeated for the second time, and the European Powers put a Bourbon king back on the throne of France. The royal regimes of Louis XVIII and Charles X were increasingly ultraconservative, exiled everyone associated with the death of Louis XVI, re-established the Catholic Church as the state church, and kept chipping at Napoleonic reforms.

        In July 1830, a student uprising at a new ministerial appointment brought citywide rioting, and the government of Charles X fell. Charles went into exile, the Duke of Orleans became “King of the French” (rather than the King of France), and a constitutional monarchy was put into place. The government was generally known as the “July Monarchy” because of the month of its establishment.

        By 1832, many pure Republicans were increasingly unhappy with the pace of reforms in the July Monarchy. Sentiment simmered to repeat the protests and riots of two years previous.

        And that is the background against which the characters of Les Miserables are introduced and their story unfolds.

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  11. caoil

     /  December 13, 2012

    One more sleep.

    I’m glad I’m exhausted from the last few weeks because that means I will actually fall asleep tonight. Saturday’s going to feel a bit empty, though, with only holiday cards and presents to worry about.

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    • I would have to make a plan to go out for lunch on Saturday or Sunday with one of the other attendees so that we can talk about it all!

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      • caoil

         /  December 13, 2012

        I have a tea to attend on Sunday but I expect not to be able to discuss it then. Our friend and her mom host it every year, and her mom is very sweet but also the biggest talker I think I’ve ever met. She just doesn’t stop. Ever. And every new topic is a reason for her to share something from her experience, rather than listening to the originator.

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  12. Starting to get holiday cards from the Horde… am still sending out cards, got about 8 more on the list I needs to take care of (ran out of stamps)…

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  13. Welp.

    I’ve spent a big chunk of today writing about something for Open Zion that is now completely irrelevant because Susan Rice just pulled herself from consideration for State.

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  14. watson42

     /  December 13, 2012

    I just found out I didn’t get a job I really wanted. sigh.

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    • Darth Thulhu

       /  December 13, 2012

      Condolences. Just remember the Mad Scientist’s credo:

      “Deny my Genius, will they? Laugh now, fools! For the triumph of my Work approaches, and you will all rue the day you turned your back on me! HAH! Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha!”

      Repeat as necessary.

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      • watson42

         /  December 13, 2012

        I need to perfect an evil laugh. I’m *so* not convincing when I try to be evil.

        I’m really f-ing discouraged, though, re finding a job. And more than a little freaked out.

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    • caoil

       /  December 13, 2012

      I’m sorry. :-( I wish I had a way to help!

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  15. Emily, oh the stories I could tell you about Peter Himmelman. Cut and paste time, after-hours bowling, getting kicked out of a museum, lighting the Hanukkah menorah, ah, those were the days.

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  16. Yep. Or rather, I did know him, around ’89 – ’95. He probably would remember me. And the friend who came with me the first time we all met wound up doing artwork for some of Peter’s projects. But he hasn’t toured around here that I know of for at least 10 years, probably 15, so I haven’t seen him since.

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