The Ta-Nehisi Coates Is A Very Busy Man open thread.

It looks like TNC is going to be good on his word and not post a lot this week, so here ye be: A thread, and it is open.

Again: To all newcomers – Thanks for swinging by! If you scroll down and poke around, you’ll notice that I write about a rather ridiculously wide array of things, some funny, some tragic, some local, some international. And so on! I hope you find something of interest, and please do comment, and come back. (If you happen to already know me as an Israel/Palestine writer, here’s a link to all of that).

I’m going to move a couple of late comments from yesterday’s thread into this one — I’d hate for anyone to feel left out!

xo,
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  1. AlexBlake

     /  August 25, 2011

    I just opened yesterday’s mail. A postcard sized mailer dropped out.

    first line: Was Your Great Grandfather a Terrorist or a Patriot?

    Naturally, I’m intrigued. so I read on. “It’s been very politically correct … to classify as traitors” blah blah blah “Outgunned and outsupplied, but never outfought” blah blah blah.

    By now, I’m laughing, because, Battle of f’ing Nashville, where George H Thomas destroyed John Bell Hood and his entire army. jerkoffs. I finish reading.

    Somehow, the Sons of Confederate Veterans sent me a card and they want me to join. Bwahahahaha.

    This is almost as funny as when the Williamson County Republican Party sent me a second voter registration card. (it had the same number, so I couldn’t actually vote twice. darn it.)

    I don’t know how these people keep finding me. At least it’s humorous reading their claptrap.

    • Glenn

       /  August 25, 2011

      My brother made one donation to John McCain in 2000, a few years before undergoing somewhat of a liberal conversion. We’re still getting mail from the RNC, Karl Rove’s PAC, the Bush library and every GOP campaign under the sun…even after we moved, which is a tad impressive.

      • There is a college I went to for one semester back in 1975. (I’m dating myself…)

        They have tracked me through every state and every move. I am constantly invited to join their alumni org. And to donate money, of course.

        ONE SEMESTER.

        They call me twice a year asking for money. Poor students all cramped in some hall on campus dialing for dollars…

        • corkingiron

           /  August 25, 2011

          Hah! My brother attended a Community College near Toronto for all of 5 weeks before dropping out – this was in 1974. Two years later he got a transcript that awarded him three C’s and 2 D’s in his first-year courses.

      • taylor16

         /  August 25, 2011

        I sent a fairly unkind email to my Tea Party loving representative a few months back. I’ve now gotten at least 5 mailings from him asking for donations to offset the “socialist challenge” he will be facing in 2012. This is a district that’s leaned about 70% GOP for the last 20 years. (Insert a picture of me rolling my eyes here).

        If he ever includes a stamped envelope for mailing checks, I’m going to send something creative back. Maybe a donation receipt to Obama in his name?

      • AlexBlake

         /  August 25, 2011

        I just figured it out. I’m apparently still on the NRA mailing list, and they farmed it out. Awesome. Thanks Wayne LaPierre.

      • Oh yeah. Once you contribute even a dollar, the billion-dollar election industry thinks you’re sucker enough to contribute more.

        I got McCain letters up to 2008 (when I had made contributions to Obama instead). My parents – die-hard GOPers – are getting fed up with the constant campaign begging, fer crissakes.

  2. I went home sick from work.
    For the first time ever.

    I am somehwere between feeling guilty, relieved and like I need to vomit. I am glad I don’t have to eat the work provided rich lunch today, and instead can just have tea-and-toast. Also, that my cats are all here hanging nearby.

    They’re still jumpy from the earthquake (we had another aftershock last night–4.8, and strong enough to wake me up.) When the tea kettle went off they jumped and ran in terror. They’ve also jumped at the thunder outside and are watching the rain anxiously.

    • I woke up a few times last night and it most definitely seems that one of those times, it was the aftershock that woke me. (Timing’s too coincidental.) I didn’t notice at the time but it would explain why I felt confused and unsettled, heh.

      • You couldn’t miss it–BF’s hand me down bureau, which rattles when you walk by it normally, shook like it was going to fall to bits.

        Also Drake and Ani raced in and dove into the bed.

    • Oh dear! Banish that Calvinist guilt from your mind, sip your tea slowly, and snuggle the cats. I’m sending Super Toast to save you: http://cache0.bigcartel.com/product_images/27240628/300.jpg

    • taylor16

       /  August 25, 2011

      I, on the other hand, slept so hard last night that I woke up with my arms, shoulders, neck and back so knotted up that I felt like I’d suffered an injury. Remind me to move around a few times tonight, okay Horde?🙂

      The Indiana earthquake we had a few years ago freaked my dogs out as well. I still remember one of them walking across the backyard when a mild aftershock hit. She freaked out, ran approximately 10 steps, and then dropped and laid down in the middle of the yard, looking around frantically.

      If only there was a way to explain to pets that things are not that big of a deal and they can calm down….

      • taylor16

         /  August 25, 2011

        Oh, and because I’m apparently having a self-centered day, I hope you feel better soon, ani!!!🙂

  3. Is this just the never-ending week of doom for anyone else?

    Husband’s job is off-the-rails stressful this week. Mine’s not exactly that unhinged (they’re doing a once-in-a-decade project that directly affects broadcast airtime, and they’re doing it with only 3/4 the staff they’re supposed to have) but it’s one of THOSE weeks where everything’s a hydra: strike one head, two more arise.

    Add to that Tuesday’s earthquake and this weekend’s apparent right-in-the-face hurricane, and honestly I just want a bottle of wine, a bag of chocolate, and to go to bed for a week.

    • Let’s see.

      The mailings that were supposed to go out last week, that I only got the director to focus long enough to sign this morning, are now all on my desk while I’m home sick.

      There’s no one to follow up on the aftermarket arms debacle.

      The board packet–something I’ve never made up before, is due two weeks from tomorrow.

      oh! The second distribution picnic for the backpack drive IS THIS SATURDAY. The first one was a complete disaster, because the girl who was in charge was clueless–but since neither her boss nor the CEO were in town, everyone said it went great, so, hey it went great. (And by amateur event standards, it went fine. The problem is I’m not an event amateur.)

      So, no, you’re not alone in feeling like this week needs to be fired.

      • taylor16

         /  August 25, 2011

        Now that I know you work at a non-profit, your workplace stories make so much more sense to me.

        My best friend works in one, and the stories she tells about her workplace sound remarkably similar to yours.🙂 The people mean well, but … yeah.

    • JHarper2

       /  August 25, 2011

      K.Cox, sorry about the week and the worry of the impending hurricane?
      Query: what wine goes with chocolate?

  4. stephen matlock

     /  August 25, 2011

    Since TNC keeps insisting on being all high-literate and all (WHERE IS THE OPEN THREAD?) I am posting this here, because I think I’d seen this picture years ago, but saw it again today:

    http://wearerespectablenegroes.blogspot.com/2011/08/ironies-of-white-supremacy-black-state.html

  5. not a lot of time to do anything but check in and say hi, today. gotta teach the little-ish ones about noun gender, and then sit in on a colleague’s class while they read and discuss gustavo becquer.

  6. My conclusion for the week is that I just can’t find decent challah other than the two weeks around Hannukah and two weeks around Pesach when BJs decides to stock some. (Yes, it’s ridiculous to stock it for Passover. I don’t care, because whatever brand it is is delicious.) I found a loaf in a supermarket last weekend, but it’s dry as all hell, as if they didn’t actually put any eggs in the dough. It’s a shonda.

    Were I particularly adventurous I’d probably try making some.

    • We’ve made it from scratch, but we’ve also bought the kind you can get in the freezer and just sort of bake yourself without having to do any of the hard parts, and that was pretty good. If you’re feeling somewhat-but-not-very adventurous, you could try that.

    • Have you tried ordering from your local synagogue?

      Though once I worked for said local synagogue and realised they were ordering from Great Harvest Breead, I decided to cut out the middle man.

      If you do make your own, I highly recommend the American’s Test Kitchen’s recipe. They also have a clever way to solve the braiding problem.

  7. You know, I’m never too busy for my friends.

  8. Finally started the Matt Smith era last night. I had some thoughts about the Tennant era and Doctor Who in general but, really, who cares? It’s not like I know that much about the show. It’s just a fun sci-fi lark to me. I guess the 6th season resumes on Saturday, but I don’t know when I’ll catch up, and I don’t want to jump ahead now.

    The interstitial set of movies between the proper end of the 4th series and the beginning of the 5th were kind of lackluster, right? There was some decent stuff there I guess but even the big blowout with the Time Lords felt kind of weirdly anticlimactic, and Timothy Dalton was given very little to do. It seemed like the show could have ended the Tennant era at the end of Series 4 and moved right along, but I guess there were timing and financial issues that made them do it the way they did.

    • The end of Tennant’s run just got all kinds of troubled and messy, and his whole arc got bogged down in 1.) BS writing (I’m sorry but that one where he got old in the cage and Martha had to make the whole world clap their hands or some shit was just BEYOND AWFUL) and 2.) Ten/Rose fangirls.

      Matt Smith might actually *be* the Doctor, though, it’s hard to tell sometimes.

      • Shipper communities are weird and scary and I avoid them like the Plague.

        I do not like the romantic dynamic between Doctor and Companion at all. I don’t understand why that is such an integral part of the show now (I know enough to know that this wasn’t the case with the old show). There’s a sort of creepy component to it that’s built in, a huge power imbalance between the two people involved. Besides which you have the basic DNA of the show, which says that a companion is going to stick around for a little while and then inevitably get written out. You can’t build a decent will-they-or-won’t-they into a show where one half of the partnership is on a temporary contract. They corrected this problem with Donna Noble (who I had problems with for other reasons) but now seem to have re-introduced it with Amy Pond. Romance is fine (the stuff with Jessica Hynes was pretty well done, and also benefited from the fact that it was Jessica Hynes on the teevee again) but the companion thing is a non-starter.

        • They find a good way out of it with Amy, and instead find a way to give the Doctor someone who is not a companion to have a relationship with.

    • Ah, I was just about to post something about Who! I just started watching recently; thanks to the miracles of Netflix I finished barreling through season 5 last night. Most of the specials certainly were underwhelming–I liked “The Next Doctor,” but other than that I thought they alternated between boring (the one with the bus in the desert) and overblown & pretentious (“The End of Time”). Somehow they keep raising the stakes over and over again, even after Our Hero saves all of space, all of reality, all of time and all of spacetime, respectively.

      I don’t think they really could’ve ended the Tennant era at the end of the fourth series, though. That episode was already like fanwank of the highest order, what with all the crossovers and guest stars and continuity shoutouts; lumping another regeneration on top of all of that would’ve moved it over the line into flat-out farce IMO.

      • “The End of Time” is Davies wrapping up “his era.” I do not like it as a precedent. I think we all forgave it at the time since he *was* after all the one to bring Dr Who back to our televisions and establish it to the point where we didn’t have to worry about anyone cancelling it again anytime soon.
        Still, that being said, when Moffat leaves, i don’t want him to bring back every last damn character for a protracted encore. Old Who never did that. Doctors just died and new ones showed up. There was no time for last visits.

    • Tennant was contracted through a fifth season. But then he got cast in a full season of RSC shows, including playing Hamlet with Patrick Stewart as Cornelius. They could’ve found a way to just recast immediately, but then Davies decided he too was going to be done, and they wanted time to properly search for a new Doctor (memories of the 6th Doctor still haunt everyone, I think.) So they decided to do a truncated season with Tennant around his RSC schedule while Moffatt concentrated on working out a new season for a new Doctor and found himself the perfect replacement: Matt Smith.
      If you were a fan of the Old Whos, Matt Smith is the closest nuWho has come to an old style Doctor.

      • Ah. That explains it. Must have been frustrating for fans, watching these kind of crappy movies trickle out. It was easy enough to barrel through them over the course of a few days. I liked The Waters of Mars okay, that was the best of the group.

  9. dmf

     /  August 25, 2011

    • I LOVE THESE THINGS SO MUCH.

      You’re the one who introduced me to these Steven Johnson things! Thank you. Off to hit play while I eat my noodles!

    • Back from the noodles (which apparently took me less than 4 minutes & 7 seconds to eat, and that’s a little disturbing) to say:

      SO.AWESOME.

      I have been hoping to write a response to this piece of nonsense from Neal Gabler in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/opinion/sunday/the-elusive-big-idea.html?pagewanted=all in which he goes on and on and fucking ON about how there are no good ideas any more and “bold ideas are almost passé” and it’s all because of that ding-dang internet!

      There is the eclipse of the public intellectual in the general media by the pundit who substitutes outrageousness for thoughtfulness, and the concomitant decline of the essay in general-interest magazines. And there is the rise of an increasingly visual culture, especially among the young — a form in which ideas are more difficult to express.

      But these factors, which began decades ago, were more likely harbingers of an approaching post-idea world than the chief causes of it. The real cause may be information itself. It may seem counterintuitive that at a time when we know more than we have ever known, we think about it less.

      We live in the much vaunted Age of Information. Courtesy of the Internet, we seem to have immediate access to anything that anyone could ever want to know. We are certainly the most informed generation in history, at least quantitatively. There are trillions upon trillions of bytes out there in the ether — so much to gather and to think about.

      While we continue to make giant technological advances, we may be the first generation to have turned back the epochal clock — to have gone backward intellectually from advanced modes of thinking into old modes of belief.

      Aside from the sheer arrogance and a-historical view of the world (really? This is the age in which outrageous outstripped thoughtfulness? No other age? And humanity has never before gone backward intellectually? Really? Has this vaunted and highly regarded academic and author actually read any history?), I’ve been thinking that the very thing he’s railing against — the Internet — is, in fact, our generation’s Big Idea. It’s the thing that’s changing humanity, and we haven’t figured it out yet, but if you’re looking for a big, history-altering idea, the Internet is a good thing to think about.

      But Mr. Johnson wipes the floor with Mr. Gabler in these 4 minutes and 7 seconds and does so far better than I ever will be able to. I may have to buy his book!

      • dmf

         /  August 25, 2011

        maybe buy a book on mindful eating first…
        glad you liked it.

        • Ha! Someday I’ll tell you how quickly I ate my New Year’s Eve supper four months after my first child was born. This was slow, baby.

      • AlexBlake

         /  August 25, 2011

        em says, “Back from the noodles (which apparently took me less than 4 minutes & 7 seconds to eat, and that’s a little disturbing) to say:…”

        I Puts up sign, “Please Keep Hands and Feet Away from Jet Intake.”

      • 4jkb4ia

         /  August 26, 2011

        There was an awesome letter in response to that by a professor of chemistry–“walk across campus and you will see the scientists and engineers working on all the big ideas you could want”.

        • I love that so much. I was absolutely stunned by the sheer, pompous know-nothingness of that op/ed, and I’m so glad someone on his own turf took him to task. Do you have a link?

  10. dave in texas

     /  August 25, 2011

    Well, we broke our record for 100-degree-plus days here in Austin yesterday, with the 70th such day. It being only August, we are likely to see more than 30 additional ones. It’s not so much the 100 degree barrier; it’s that we’ve smashed it so thoroughly each day. I’ve lived here more than 30 years now, and I’m used to 100 degree days. What’s made this worse is that instead of the usual 101 or 102 (with a once-or-twice-a-summer foray into the 103-4 range), we’ve been in the 105-106 range every.single.day. To make it worse, not only are we dealing with unprecedented heat, we’re in the middle of a historic drought, with rainfall some 20 inches below normal.

    I don’t really have a point, I just wanted to piss and moan a little bit. Oh, and maybe to poke a finger in Rick Perry’s eye for his furtherance of the whole stupid “global warming’s probably not happening” rhetoric.

    • It was pretty hot here yesterday. 80 or so. And now it’s about 65. I had to wear a blanket last night while watching TV ’cause it got down to 55.

      But – in about 3 more weeks the clouds will roll in and we won’t see the sun again until the second week of July. We only get about 6 weeks of summer, and summer means a little less rain and clouds than normal.

      As long as I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen the Perseids meteor shower. Always cloudy.

      • dave in texas

         /  August 25, 2011

        What’s the phrase I’m looking for her? Oh yeah. Bite me.

        • Now, now. Both of you fine gentlemen are deserving of our pity. It’s just that it’s dave’s season for the pity. In three weeks, it’ll be stephen’s.

          • dave in texas

             /  August 25, 2011

            OK, sorry, mom.

            Wait, I guess that should be “Forgive me, oh mighty bouncer of the innerwebz, for my truculence and my less-than-generous response to my fellow weather-challenged reader”.

          • helensprogeny

             /  August 25, 2011

            Also, when people have been in unrelenting heat for weeks on end, they tend to get cranky (says the woman who has endured 17 SW Arizona summers).

    • taylor16

       /  August 25, 2011

      Ugh, I’m sorry. There is nothing I hate more than being unendingly hot. This sounds awful.

      I would suggest finding someplace to go for a swim, but the water’s probably disgustingly warm as well, huh?

    • David L

       /  August 25, 2011

      DUDE. IT RAINED AT MY OFFICE IN THE LAST HOUR!!!!! Nowhere near enough to break the drought, but enough that we might not see 100 today. (Which means that we won’t break the record of 29 days at or above 100 in a calendar month, but merely tie it.)

      However, the National Weather Service is calling for 110 this weekend, which would put our all time record of 112 in jeopardy, since I’ve found that they’ve tended to be a bit conservative this summer. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.318062321544453&lon=-97.76003837585449&site=ewx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

      Although, I don’t think that I’d trade this for the potential disaster that NYC is facing. If the storm surge from Irene is as bad as predicted, they’re seriously hosed.

      • dave in texas

         /  August 25, 2011

        Yeah, we got a little here at the Capitol, as well, although it didn’t last long enough for me to get outside and make good on my promise to dance naked in the rain, if it in fact ever rained again.

      • caoil

         /  August 25, 2011

        I have been nose-deep in Harry Potter for too long*, given that I read your sentence “IT RAINED IN MY OFFICE IN THE LAST HOUR” and I was going to say, but you can just use that spell-

        Oh.

        *there’s no such thing

        • Also, there are no little black rainclouds that float about in people’s offices.

          • caoil

             /  August 25, 2011

            And more’s the pity, as there are a few people here (at my work) I wouldn’t mind sending clouds to.

        • Ha! I (mis)read it exactly the same way!

          /is now reading books to second child. #itwasntreallyHagrid!

        • AlexBlake

           /  August 25, 2011

          +1. My second thought was “that’s an interesting way to say the sprinklers went off.” Then, then, I got it.

    • Doesn’t Perry think the whole “Global Warming” thing is really an attempt to hide the truth of Global Cooling?

      • dave in texas

         /  August 25, 2011

        I try not to dwell too much on what he might actually believe about any particular thing. That way lies madness.

    • Bitching and moaning about what Rick Perry says is shooting the messenger. He’s not the problem, it’s Fox News and the business lobby who promote this garbage and have most of the public half-persuaded it’s accurate. During the big snowstorm last year, they were mocking global-warming accepters as though their position all along was that the earth would get uniformly warmer everywhere, which is sort of like arguing smoking is healthy because some smokers live into their 90s. But now with the big heat waves we’ve been experiencing this summer, do we hear a peep from them? Not a chance.

    • i feel your pain, man. i feel your pain.

      except for two days in july, (99 and 98 degrees, respectively), phoenix has been sitting over 100 since the tenth of june. that is, 75 of the last 77 days have been over 100.

      ugh and a half.

  11. Phew! Nothing like the heart-stopping excitement of heating vegan noodles in your Very Very Kosher Microwave, only to suddenly think “Wait! Did those noodles have shrimp in them?!?!11!”

    All clear. Small “VEGAN” at the bottom of the ingredients list. I still can’t figure out why I suddenly worried about shrimp.

    • You can just rekosher with boiling water, yes?

      Though my rabbi once told me “one cannot unkosher the air” when I worried about my lunch sitting in the fridge.

      • Oh, rabbis!

        Heat is what transfers kosher/nonkosher, and so yes, in the case of the microwave, some act of boiling would have salvaged it, though I don’t know how to do it necessarily and probably would have faked something and then had to throw in an extra prayer on Yom Kippur.

        Last year, when we helped host the block party, the dinner was set up on my porch (rather than down the middle of the street) because it had started to drizzle. The lurch my stomach took when I saw the vat of pulled pork being placed on my front porch was an excellent reminder that I will really never be able to stop keeping kosher.

      • Caleb

         /  August 25, 2011

        Heh the rabbi was making a joke about vegan farts being totally unkosher (there’s one in my d&d crew), right? if so, +5 internetz to your rabbi.

  12. BJonthegrid

     /  August 25, 2011

    So I have to work the entire Hurricane weekend! I hope all the east coasters are prepared for Irene, otherwise it’s non-stop action. I have feeling she will be as billed because I am working. My husband and I are on opposite shifts in public safety and every time damn time I get the storms! (9-11, Isabel, both 2009 snow storms, Earthquake, now Irene) So I have to do alll the preparation at home, work the storm and then do allll the clean up & plowing at home.

    Okay I’m done whining. Actually, Sat I start training a new fire dispatcher so she’ll get some good experience. Now off to buy bottle water and another cooler. Everyone stay safe.

    • corkingiron

       /  August 25, 2011

      Ummm – plowing? From a hurricane? How bad is this storm? (Oh – and you stay safe. We have conversations yet unsaid to get on with!)

      • BJonthegrid

         /  August 25, 2011

        We’re getting alerts that we may have to stay over night at work. So they are preparing for the worst. “Plowing” was in relation to snow storms. My husband has to put up with the kids when the power goes out. No electronics! I hear that’s pretty bad too.

        • It’s your own fault for having nerds. If you had dullards they would just quietly stare at the dark in bewilderment.

          • caoil

             /  August 25, 2011

            Consider this ‘liked’, or ‘+1’d. I may have actually laughed out loud.

          • BJonthegrid

             /  August 25, 2011

            Typical! Always blame the mother.

  13. Today in Modern American Business:

    There are two teams. I’m in Team A. There exists a Team B, although I do not know its name or whom it comprises.

    Need to get something fixed. Talk to various people up my chain of command in Team A. They all agree that Team B is the fixer team. (However, they don’t actually know the name of Team B, and after two days they tell me who might be in the team.) I start at the low level and work my way up after finding out whom I should talk to. Team B’s official response is “oh, that’s something that Team A can help you with.” Sending the e-mail to the people on my team that told me to talk to them.

    Smacks head on desk.

    • The way to reduce support calls is to not give out the name of your team or the names of the people who comprise it. Then you can say “We support our users” without letting any of them actually, you know, know about it so they can contact you.

    • Owner C needs to get Team Leader A and Team Leader B together in a broom closet and Synergy the hell of them LIKE A BOSS.

  14. Is it wrong that I think the Star Trek TNG theme is far superior than the one for TOS?

    Discuss.

    • I’m sorry. Is it wrong to Speak The Truth?

      I thought not. And you are correct, madam.

    • Well, of course. The first one is all thermian or whatever. (What’s that vibrating thingy that makes the vibraty sounds? Thermidor? Thermian? Thermaster?)

      But you can love them both. You can love all your children, even though secretly you love one more. Just don’t tell the kids that. Because there’s another word like “Thermian,” and that is “therapy,” which is what your children will be in when they find out who the real favorite is.

    • You can think whatever you want in Wrongtown.

      • My BF insists that thinking that anything in TNG is superior to TOS amounts to blasphemy. But he also hated the reboot, so his opinions obviously are so biased as to not count.

        • The reboot was a masterstroke. It makes me wish I could be a young kid so I could see the new unfolding of the ST universe. How could anyone not like that?

          • Because it *changed* the original. Some people hate change.

            But I’m with you–*masterstroke.* So much so they could reboot the TV series with it, and I’d watch.

            • Me too, I would watch a reboot — and again, this is someone who didn’t start watching Next Gen until it was actually off the air already, because she was too much of a purist about TOS.

    • Ian

       /  August 25, 2011

      I can’t even remember the theme top TNG, so it can’t have been that good. The original is burned in my brain. Oh, and does TNG’s theme have bizarre, secret lyrics?

    • intangir

       /  August 25, 2011

      I totally agree but the TNG theme was actually first used in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AiSbxZYViE) so in a sense it is the TOS theme as well.

      Really though, I love the theme music for all the series, even Enterprise to a certain extent.

      • That’s it, go to your room.

      • David L

         /  August 25, 2011

        As I recall, what ended up as the TNG theme was used as the closing theme to at least a couple of the movies.

        While we’re on the subject of recycling between the two, I was re-watching Star Trek VI the other week and amazed by the number of sets that were re-dressed versions of TNG sets. How cheap was Paramount being with this film?

      • 4jkb4ia

         /  August 26, 2011

        The theme from Enterprise can make me get gooey and sentimental because it represents all the wasted potential of that series. My husband was one of the 10 people who watched it.

  15. Ian

     /  August 25, 2011

    That’s “to,” not “top.”

    • Ian

       /  August 25, 2011

      See, with disqus, I could fix these blunders of under-caffeination. Disqus is unfairly abused.

      • I’d fix it for you, but then this comment wouldn’t make sense, and it’s too good to lose. So I’m sorry. The Great and Powerful Oz declares that your typo stays.

        Also, too: Every time we’re here — in the blog of the woman who came up with the phrase “DISCUS! GIVE THE ELVES THEIR TOOLS!”, my very own blog, I find myself looking for the like button.

        Damn free platform.

        • “…the blog of the woman who came up with the phrase ‘DISCUS! GIVE THE ELVES THEIR TOOLS!’ ”

          We knew you when you were just an ordinary woman. Back in the days when you were just like us. Now we see you off in the distance, on TV, even.

          Sigh.

        • corkingiron

           /  August 25, 2011

          Yeah – me too. I thought of going back to TNC’s threads and randomly liking some of this crowd’s so-so comments – but there aren’t any so-so comments!

        • Ian

           /  August 25, 2011

          Somebody should study the effects of like buttons on commenters. Not sure how you would do that, but I bet it changes how people interact in a bunch of ways.

          • Are you suggesting that some of us shade our opinions just to get “liked”? HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

            (I only do it sometimes.)

      • Disqus also provides “like” buttons.

  16. Hate to say it, ’cause I do love having a party over to my place, but TNC’s thread is now… OPEN.

  17. Shameless gaming plug:
    If anyone wants to get into City Of Heroes now, the basic game is for sale for $1.99. It doesn’t have the Going Rogue settings, so you won’t have full access to a lot of powersets or zones. You’d also have to spend at least $14.99 a month (less if you buy the longer contracts) for the monthly gaming fee(s). But just in case I can get a few more game addicts to join me in superheroing…😉

  18. dmf

     /  August 25, 2011

  19. 4jkb4ia

     /  August 26, 2011

    So I opened an email about the Aish Learners’ Services for RH and YK this year. Because of Rabbi Grunberger leaving for Israel they moved the learners’ service out of my synagogue and into the Center of Clayton. My husband wants to go to the learners’ service because he is closer to the rabbi doing it than the new rabbi. This year in particular (I say that every year) I need to try to pray to Hashem instead of sitting through explanations from which I will learn nothing. WHY IS GOD SO MEAN TO ME?
    (Yes, praying with a group of clueless strangers is a lesson in humility.)
    (This blog is really the best place for this rant.)