Callin’ it: An Open Thread for the time being.

Where’s TNC? We do not know. Do we like to chat even in his absence? Most assuredly. Here is a space in which to do that.

PS My general rule of thumb is that I wait two hours after Ta-Nehisi would usually open a thread (roughly noon, EST), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here. FYI & etc.

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  1. So I have to be really vague right now, because none of this is public and it may or may not amount to anything. But last night an editor I respect approached me about a possible paid full-time writing gig.

    I don’t know if it’ll work out, I don’t know what’s going to come of it, and I’m scared shitless while bouncing off-the-walls excited at the same time. But I’m going to have a phone call with him tomorrow.

    • O_O.

      That is secretly very, very, very, very cool. OMG. Fingers very crossed!

      (Also I suspect this might explain your sleep loss…!)

      • Yeah. The cat woke me up, as he always does, but usually I’m back to sleep in 5 minutes or less. Last night the “back to sleep” part wasn’t happening.

    • taylor16

       /  January 5, 2012

      OMG, that’s awesome!! Fingers crossed for you!!!!

    • mythopoeia

       /  January 5, 2012

      Squee!!

      Fingers & toes crossed for you, K. How very cool!

    • caoil

       /  January 5, 2012

      ooOOOooOO
      Indeed crossing fingers for you. I can imagine even being asked is quite an amazing feeling!

    • corkingiron

       /  January 5, 2012

      I shall surreptitiously keep my fingers crossed. No one will know.

    • Finger crossed that it’s something you want to write about full time.

      Have you worked with this editor before?

      ‘Cause that working relationship is the make or break of writing gigs.

      • It is, and I haven’t. He’s newly appointed to the EIC role and to be honest I was sure this particular outlet was out of my league until the back half of 2012 at the earliest. To have them come to me, and so soon to boot, has been an enormous, highly flattering ego boost and also deeply weird, and not something I was mentally prepared for.

        • I truly hope it works out well. As TNC has said, playing out of your league is the best way to grow.

          Do ask a lot of questions about how the process works, what’s expected in the writer/editor relationship.

    • Captain Button

       /  January 5, 2012

      (crosses fingers)

    • I guess it’s too early to say congrats, but that’s still really cool.

    • We’re all rooting for you.

    • MightBeLying

       /  January 5, 2012

      Ohhh that is so cool! Good luck !!!

    • helensprogeny

       /  January 5, 2012

      Just want to add my “luck” to the pile. This. Is. Awesome!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  January 5, 2012

      Most awesome! Prayers and hope that it turns out well.

      Anything you can do to politely interview them while they are interviewing you is a good idea. Anything you can do to clarify ahead of time what would be the expectations on deadlines, editorial oversight arrangements, company/personal policy on handling inevitable bumps in the road, et cetera. Because there’s always the chance that you might love the position but loathe the job.

      That said, hope it turns out perfectly!

    • wearyvoter

       /  January 5, 2012

      Fingers crossed.

  2. I left this in yesterday’s thread for mightbelying, but just in case anyone else is interested, re: Birthright alternatives:

    Ok the one option I keep coming back to is the one I already knew about: Birthright Unplugged. edit for more direct link http://www.toursinenglish.com/2007/07/birthright-unplugged.html

    The director, Fred Schlomka , is someone with whom I was once a little bit acquainted (he knows people I know, but I left Israel nearly 13 years ago, so…). I’m more acquainted with his work, or specifically one facet of it: He was once operating manager of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a group doing very, very important work on the issue of Israel’s policies regarding the demolition of Palestinian homes. (Aside from anything else, they go and help the Palestinians in question rebuild their homes). I’ve heard good things about Birthright Unplugged, but I don’t personally know anyone who’s gone on one of the tours to tell you more about it.

    I would also say that if you wanted to get in touch directly with an Israeli-Palestinian advocacy organization, they would probably have suggestions or their own tours, or whatnot. You could try Americans for Peace Now http://peacenow.org/ or any of the organizations that I list here: http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wo

    I know, for instance, that the Jerusalem-specific organization Ir Amim (“For an Equitable and Stable Jerusalem with an Agreed Political Future”) does English-language study tours of Jerusalem, looking at the politics, the ideology, the Israeli control of the Palestinian parts of the city, etc. http://www.ir-amim.org.il/Eng/

    I toured a section of the Separation Wall once but I can’t remember the organization I went with (& I was tagging along with an Israeli friend on one of my visits there, so it was in Hebrew).

    • MightBeLying

       /  January 5, 2012

      Thanks so much! I got tons of awesome information yesterday. I’m not going to be able to extend my trip at all (I’m missing a week of the class *that I teach* as-is, anyway … whatevs, students, you will all live!) but I know we get some time that isn’t dictated by the group schedule so I’m hopeful I can fit in some things that will give me a more rounded experience (for lack of a better term … ugh it makes me feel like I’m writing a college application).

    • Neocortex

       /  January 5, 2012

      I’ve looked at Birthright Unplugged, but I’m ambivalent about the BDS movement and I thought you had to contribute to it to go. Do you have thoughts on that?

      • This link http://www.birthrightunplugged.org/ shows they support BDS, but I can’t imagine they would require a donation. I’m opposed to BDS, myself (boycotting the settlements is one thing; boycotting the entire country is another, and I’m opposed to all forms of collective punishment).

  3. I just composed a new post to my blog, my first in months. It is a comparison of the ways that Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan have addressed charges of bigotry:

    http://kylopod.blogspot.com/2012/01/ivory-tower-crusaders.html

  4. caoil

     /  January 5, 2012

    So a sad thing happened the other day. A good friend was fired (without cause) from her job. Unfortunately the law firm I work for usually represents companies, so I don’t think I can find someone to help her here…

    I wanted to share: http://www.friends.ca/smackdown/ for anyone who wants to sign it (yes, even our fab friends south of the border) to try to stop Harper from once again gutting our national public broadcaster.

    And then for your moment of silliness: http://gothsuptrees.tumblr.com/ most inexplicably found via feministe yesterday…

    • I’m so sorry for your friend…! That stinks, it really does. And I will most certainly sign the petition! Now that I know a few Canadians, I’ve learned a bit about this, and it’s really not on, is it. Or, it shouldn’t be, at any rate.

      Goths up trees has come home to me! Rose Fox tweeted it the other day, I posted it in TNC’s open thread, and now here it is again, after a stint at feministe! Oh, internet, you are a funny old beast.

      • caoil

         /  January 5, 2012

        *shakes fist at firewall*
        See, this is what happens when I can’t see you all chatting during the day!

  5. Hey Emily, just wanted to check in. The blog is as entertaining and interesting as usual. Happen to glance at your twitter feed–are Republicans trying to ensure that minorities turn out with the same unprecedented rates they did in 2008? If so, Mission Accomplished!

    Just read your nerd post from a while back yesterday. Nice try, but did you spend your New Year’s Eve watching a Star Trek marathon? My nerd cred wins above all! (Though admittedly my fiancee was totally into it, which no doubt subtracts some points from my total.)

    • Hey there! I somehow doubt that’s what the GOP is going for, but yes indeedy, I think they may be achieving it. /eyes roll very hard and get momentarily stuck.

      I think that basically your nerd cred goes through the ceiling! Surely when we manage to engage ourselves to those who share our geekiness we double our geek opportunities at the very least. FTW! (We spent New Years Eve watching a stage production of Sound of Music, which I think gives all four of us a very different kind of nerd cred, but nerd cred none-the-less).

      (And did you see that Chris Hardwick tweeted me? DID YOU SEE??)

  6. mythopoeia

     /  January 5, 2012

    So I am not the first person to figure this out, and I won’t be the last, but it turns out that if you answer everybody’s software/computer questions at work, you get a reputation as the person to go to with all your software questions!

    Discerning advice I have given today includes “Click twice…wait, nothing showed up in the dropdown? Well, that’s a bug. Nothing I can do–just restart everything.”

    • At my old job, our group of ~40 moved from one office suite to another in the same building.

      Our office of 40 had an IT staff of one.

      She, and everyone else, found out that I used to do tech support and customer support in college. Guess who had two weeks’ work as The Other IT Lady?

      (But oh, these folks. They were all lovely, and true experts in their fields, but MORE THAN ONCE I had to say, “well, you see this plug here on your keyboard? It really, really needs to be connected to the PC if you want it to work…”)

      • mythopoeia

         /  January 5, 2012

        Heh. I don’t even have any kind of tech support experience or knowledge. You get me anywhere into network connectivity issues, say, and I am dead in the water. And I can’t code a thing. But I’ve used Windows machines my entire life and I’m comfortable in that sandbox, so…

        • taylor16

           /  January 5, 2012

          This is me as well! I am terrible at CONNECTING anything to the computer (networking or even setting up printers), but over the years have gotten fairly decent a troubleshooting within a Windows machine itself.

          My boss now thinks this means I can network the entire office and tell her why our printer keeps flipping paper trays on us so that 50-page-long reports keep printing out on expensive insurance claim forms rather than blank paper.

          Um, no. That’s what tech support is for, thanks!!

          And yes, “why don’t you try shutting down and restarting?” is my most common “advice.” Haha…

          • My big piece of advice in the office is “Please stop over filling the paper trays. That’s why they jam.”
            To which I had one coworker look at me confused and ask confusedly why she couldn’t put a whole ream of paper into the printer when loading it. This is the same one who I told to stop adding paper to the printer when it did print once, because it was obviously signaling that it was out of ink.

            (headdesk)

            • taylor16

               /  January 5, 2012

              Did you just pause for a long moment, then open the tray and jab your finger at the little line that shows how high you can fill the paper? And then walk away slowly, shaking your head?

              Because that’s what I would have done in that situation.🙂

              • Some people in our office are bigger computer stupids than others. #facts

              • Captain Button

                 /  January 5, 2012

                While it may feel good in the short term, I’m going to take the fuddy-duddy killjoy position that you should if at all possible try and help in a way that doesn’t belittle someone or make them feel stupid. Regardless of how much they may deserve it.

                It just adds negative waves to the system in the long term.

                One thing I saw recently as a wonderful example of this is to tell someone “Sometimes there is dust on the electical plug prongs which cause voltage problems. Unplug it, blow any dust off the plug and replug it.

                This achieves the same result as saying “Did you check to make sure it is plugged in?” without annoying people.

                (Now waiting for someone to warn of grisly plug blowing deaths and how they are destroying civilization.)

                • taylor16

                   /  January 5, 2012

                  Oh, I know. I was being sarcastic. I do not ACTUALLY act like that in the office, even when I want to. Don’t worry.🙂

      • Oh, I’m giggling!

    • Captain Button

       /  January 5, 2012

      What always bemuses me in this undocumented part of my job is that I usually don’t know the answer, it is just that I can generally figure it out in a few minutes. Or google up the answer.

      8-)}

      • caoil

         /  January 5, 2012

        Exactly. Which is why I have this pinned at my desk http://xkcd.com/627/

        (and also now own the tshirt, yay!)

        • Captain Button

           /  January 5, 2012

          Unfortunately at this stage of my life I really can’t use any shirt that doesn’t have a breast pocket. 8-({

          Curse you, sunlight triggered migraines!

          • dave in texas

             /  January 5, 2012

            Which begs the question, why are pockets no longer put on t-shirts? It hasn’t been all that long ago (well, OK dammit,about 25-30 years ago) that I owned many t-shirts with pockets. There is, after all, a reason why the phrase ‘handy as a pocket on a shirt” exists.

            • Captain Button

               /  January 5, 2012

              You can get plain t-shirts with pockets, you just can’t get the one with cool pictures or words with them.

            • I… have never heard that phrase. Even once. Ever.

              I doubt the veracity of your statement, sir.

              • dave in texas

                 /  January 5, 2012

                Might be one of those durned Texanism dealybobbers.

                Also, too, you have the audacity to impugn my veracity? I applaud your perspicacity.

              • SWNC

                 /  January 6, 2012

                No, “handy as a pocket on a shirt” is definitely real. As is “dealybobber.” My Texas-raised mom and aunts use both expressions frequently (and as a result, so do I).

        • I was just going to go look for that! Oh Horde, bless you.

      • MightBeLying

         /  January 5, 2012

        I like that people don’t know that this is how I figure everything out because it makes me look competent. I need the ego boost.

        • mythopoeia

           /  January 5, 2012

          Other discerning advice I have given recently: “I have no idea how to do that, but Google will. You should search that!”

    • As I stated in the OTAN, yesterday I had to show one of my co workers the little wastebasket on her screen as to “where to look for things she accidentally deleted.”

      I need a sign for my desk “The Oracle: Font of all Wisdom”

      • Captain Button

         /  January 5, 2012

        Won’t you then have to deal with all the partisans of other database systems sneering at you?

      • Oh to be the kind of person who knows how to make such a sign for you.

        I may have to learn.

    • “it turns out that if you answer everybody’s software/computer questions at work, you get a reputation as the person to go to with all your software questions!”

      this is why i quit answering these kinds of questions at my various places of employ. i used to do computer and software training and was well on my way to being MS cert… and i really used to enjoy it. but i enjoy uninterrupted time much more since it allows me to get in/stay in the flow of writing.

  7. In the interests of household economics plus a lightening-struck TV, we gave up our cable connection several months ago.

    Christmas provided a new TV, but the economics are not such that the $100/month for cable seems worth it. Plus, life without cable news is really good.

    So I got a Netflix account. And I’ve been watching the classic novels turned movie/mini-series. And collecting the instances where the beautiful young girl captivates the man at the pianoforte, singing. Best instance thus far: Sense and Sensibility, Maryann’s captivation of Col. Brandon. Worst: Middlemarch, Rosamond’s of Lydegate.

    Any other scenes you’d bring to my attention?

  8. I turn 40 today. I do not recommended it. It’s depressing.

    • Welcome to the Forties. I’ll go get the wheelchair and hearing aid.

    • caoil

       /  January 5, 2012

      Having rounded that corner last spring, I understand & sympathize. When I’m feeling more charitable towards myself, I add the two digits together and claim to be 4 (which certainly opens up more opportunities for naps, and fun stuff like finger-painting or reading Dr. Seuss books).

    • Happy Birthday!

      Being in your 40’s is awesome; you’re old enough to be responsible, still young enough to heal quickly, and experienced enough to know when to not risk the need to heal.

      It’s not until the 50’s that you start becoming socially invisible; so enjoy the decade before fading begins.

    • taylor16

       /  January 5, 2012

      Happy birthday!!

      40 is not old. (And I say that as someone under 40). Now get out there and celebrate!

    • Captain Button

       /  January 5, 2012

      Back when I turned 40 I had to walk to work in the snow, uphill both ways!

    • MightBeLying

       /  January 5, 2012

      HAPPY DAY OF BIRTH!

    • helensprogeny

       /  January 5, 2012

      Happy Birthday! And, yeah, what zic said. The 40s are grand. I hope you enjoy every minute of them!

    • Welcome dude. It’s ok. It really is. I promise.

    • efgoldman

       /  January 5, 2012

      Whippersnapper!
      When I was your age, Saint Ronaldus Maximus was beginning his second term.
      The only people who had a computer at home were Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
      An IBM desktop PC with a monochrome monitor, Hercules Graphics card and 10 meg hard disc cost $8900.
      Every POS car that GM, Ford and Chrysler made was rusting before you took it home.
      My kid was four years old, and already giving ,e grief.
      Stop complaining and get off my lawn.

    • wearyvoter

       /  January 5, 2012

      Happy Birthday!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  January 5, 2012

      Happy Birthday, Sir!

  9. Tomorrow. Job Interview in the afternoon. Remind me to wake up early to get out the door because I-4 traffic is a rhymes-with-hitch.

    • caoil

       /  January 5, 2012

      You will get up early, have a comforting breakfast, leave home with a good cushion of time, traffic will be easier than normal as a host of people have decided to make a long weekend of it, arrive in enough time to allow you to relax, and breeze through your interview.

      These are my good thoughts I’ll hang on to through tomorrow for you.

      • You’re very good at this, you know.

        What caoil said, Paul!

        • caoil

           /  January 5, 2012

          I don’t do it enough for myself (I am really, really good at turning my own mind into stress knots about negative things that may or may not happen), but I think there can be value in creative visualizations like these.

    • Captain Button

       /  January 5, 2012

      Good Luck.

    • MightBeLying

       /  January 5, 2012

      Luck Luck Luck

    • taylor16

       /  January 5, 2012

      Good luck!!!

    • helensprogeny

       /  January 5, 2012

      Everything caoil said, plus another dollop of luck just for fun.

    • Best of luck, Paul.

      And remember: Mama Emily says it’s okay to use bad words here, as long as we’re kind to one another.

      So go kick some highway ass and land yourself a sweet job!

    • Rooting for you so hard.

    • /runs to cupboard to get the duct tape to duct tape fingers locked in crossed position.

      Good, good, good luck!!!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  January 5, 2012

      Prayers and hopes for you, sir. Wake up early, give yourself an hour cushion, and eat a good breakfast.

      I know you’ll knock ’em dead!

    • wearyvoter

       /  January 5, 2012

      Best of luck!

  10. Talk to me like I’m stupid about Reddit. I have never visited the site at all. Emily posted that horrible story about the girl who posted a photo of herself and was met with a barrage of rape comments. But it so happens that since then I’ve seen links to two discussions there about trans issues that were surprisingly respectful. It’s quite a contrast.

    So who uses Reddit? What’s it really like? I see that nasty comments can be voted down. Why was that particular conversation so awful?

    • I do not really use reddit. But I should. Because the one time an article of mine was front paged, my traffic went through the roof. It’s still the single most hits in one day on my blog of all time.

    • Reddit is really an umbrella of communities — it’s akin to saying “The Atlantic,” rather than specifying TNC’s blog vs McMegan’s, for example.

      Some subreddits are particularly vile, particularly in the areas of race, sex, or gender. r/atheism is one of these — about as misogynistic as you’d ever expect. r/games and r/gaming both have their up and down days. Sometimes the trolls get downvoted; sometimes they dominate the conversation.

      The niche subreddits tend to be pretty mellow. I had a couple of posts of mine linked on r/ludology once and that was fine.

      • Thanks, that’s very explanatory.

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  January 5, 2012

        K_Cox is, as usual, dead on, and like her Atlantic comparison, it all comes down to moderation and the lack thereof. Subreddits with good moderators are fine, but subreddits with poor or no moderation rapidly hurtle toward 4chan levels of horrible.

        r/atheism really isn’t moderated at all, from what I’m given to understand. Ergo: sewer of rape “humor”

  11. I’m sure there is something clever I should be saying here. Sadly, all I can do is sit at my desk and twitch.
    At least Project Runway Allstars starts tonight, so I can go back to having at least some kind of recap so I can stop feeling like my blog is treading water. Oh, and has anyone else seen the new Les Mis cast movie line up? Because WTF?

    • Does ibuprofen help?

      And have you tried Maxalt?

      (I hate to say this, but you sort of get used to the eye twitching, and it becomes easier to ignore.)

      • I took Excedrin. I’m mostly having trouble concentrating. I feel all ADD. I did manage to get the job postings up today, so technically I’ve done all I had to do today, but i feel like I should accomplish more.

        • The concentration issues are pretty normal. Really, you’re brain is being overwhelmed by serotonin, dopamine, and excessive irregular electrical activity. As Taylor said yesterday, in some ways, the confusion/concentration issues are the worst part of it; because it feels like something you should be able to get over if you only applied yourself more, worked harder, etc.

          One of the big things about this is learning how to accept and value what you can do, and forgiving yourself where you can’t do or fall short of what you think you ought be able to do. It’s really hard with migraine, because there are not outward deficiencies. The problem really is in all in your head; but it’s real, not imagined. Migraine punishes enough; you don’t need to add to the burden.

          /please forgive lecturing.

          Hugs.

          • I know the suggestion was yesterday to but a very hot pack on my neck, but wouldn’t an ice cold one bring down the smelling?

            Also, I’m not longer sure those bugs I see out of the corner of my eyes are there.

            • I guess I’d ask what happens when you get cold; do you shiver uncontrollably in your neck/shoulders? For me, cold can be a trigger.

              If you don’t have problems with cold, you could try it. But think about your cold response first.

              (and a chiropractor told me not to use ice on the neck; but I don’t know if he meant me or in general.)

              But ice pack over the eyes works for some folk, and you could try that.

              • Cold always makes me feel better. I run hot.

                • Then I’d try the ice.

                  You might also try it in short bursts — say about 30 sec. to a minute on, then off and repeat about 10 times over a couple of hours. That would be enough to help improve circulation in the area, which also helps control swelling.

                  What works is as individual as the migraine sufferers are individual. As are the causes. And in the end, I can only say what works and doesn’t work for me; plus what I’ve retained in trying to understand what happens to me.

                  But even here, I’m an unreliable narrator; for what I’ve learned, I’ve learned under the influence of migraine; and that’s not my best.

                  I’ve found this website very helpful; particularly when it came to recognizing food triggers:
                  http://migraine.com/

                  There are many others; but that one seemed most balanced in approach; not leaning too heavily on the pharmaceutical solution.

                  And exercise. I walk a lot.

          • taylor16

             /  January 5, 2012

            Yes, exactly. It’s really easy to say “it’s just a headache, Self, get over it and finish your work!”

            But like I’ve tried to describe to my husband, it’s not that the headache incapacitates you. It just feels like you’re not quite “in the world” in a way …

            Just do what you can. You’ll catch up once you’re feeling back to normal.

        • and on Excedrin: It’s known to cause rebound headaches. If I take anything, I take Ibuprofen first. Maxalt second, a prescription for when I feel like migraine’s beginning. I use it only if I’ve something really valued to do. If I haven’t taken Maxalt and things get really severe, I can also give myself an Imitrex injection; I do this about twice a year, usually in airports.

          And for severe and uncontrollable nausea, I recommend medical pot; a wonder. But like excedrin, can also cause rebound headaches.

          If you’re a coffee drinker, try cutting back slowly; not all at once. While the caffeine may help, all the beany foods are high in estrogens that may be triggers; particularly if you’re sensitive to slight shifts in estrogen/progesterone levels.

          • Maxalt was what I ended up taking the other night when I’d really hit non functional. And I don’t drink that much coffee. My crazy pills aren’t big on being combined with caffeine.

            • A) Oh honey I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this!

              B) As I think you know, I see a naturopath for a host of issues that came up surrounding my adrenalectomy nearly 8 years ago, and I am very, very pleased with my results (I chose her initially because she also works within a hospital system and with an MD, which struck me as a good way to make sure I wasn’t stumbling into the office of someone who didn’t know what they were talking about).

              I spoke with her recently about my sister’s migraines, which now include extreme photosensitivity, and she said “Oh we work with migraines all the time,” and proceeded to say a lot of things that made sense to me, though I have not personally ever had the experience. My sister is working her way mentally to trying the naturopath and if she does, I’ll let you know about her experience. My real concern about my sister is the growing number of medicines, and the various ways they interact, sometimes requiring additional medicines, and so on and so forth.

  12. I just found out I’m on the blacklist of a white supremacist website. Metapedia, a “pro-European” answer to Wikipedia, tracks Wikipedia users they feel are engaged in “Zionist propaganda.” In my case, it was my attempts to document the (eventually self-confessed) anti-Semitism of the late Roald Dahl. I’m listed along with another user in this effort as “two Jews.” I’m famous!

    • Captain Button

       /  January 5, 2012

      Is this an alternative to Conservepedia?

      So now you can do “Two Jews walk into a bar” jokes all by yourself?

      • Captain Button

         /  January 5, 2012

        Misread the last part. D’oh!

      • >Is this an alternative to Conservepedia?

        It’s people who think Conservapedia is too Communist.

    • I was on the SHIT list once, for my op/ed writing – now I can’t even remember what “SHIT” stood for!

      Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

  13. dmf

     /  January 5, 2012

    • Well isn’t this just a nice ol’ piece of lovely right here?

      Thank you! I would never, ever have heard this without you.

  14. LA Noire is a very stupid game, but I like it anyway. Or maybe I like it because it is stupid.

    • boring. the word you are looking for is “boring”. and, yes, stupid.

      but gosh is it fresh. at least for a while.

      • “Frustrating,” maybe. So many flashes of brilliance, surrounded by so much useless bullshit. And neither the narrative nor the characterization really come into their own until the last 60-90 minutes of the whole damn game.

        • I won’t lie, a big part of it is pure nostalgia, since the parts of it that I like are basically Police Quest. I also enjoyed the deeply-flawed “Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper” for the same reason.

  15. I’ve gotten back to making tiki drinks lately, so I posted up a recipe using blended scotch last night. It’s pretty tasty, but I think it needs something kind of smokey to keep from falling flat.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/01/skye-somnus.html

    • what would you use for smoke flavor?

      There’s smoked salt.
      Alleppo chili pepper or chipotle; perhaps tobasco.

      Smoke and sweet; not that’s a challenge for you.

      • edit: meant ‘now’ not ‘not’, a drink challenge.

      • I was thinking in terms of the scotch. Whisky produced on Islay or the other islands off the Scottish coast tends to be made with malted barley that is dried with peat fires, and the smokey flavors of the peat tend to carry through to the final product.

        • Ahh! Eureka; I cannot drink alcohol, Jordan, the migraine. So I forget the wealth of flavors it contains. Smoked mash would bring smoke to he liquor.

          With sweet — not sugar, but fruit; an eau du vie? Kirsch? (Is my spelling killing it?) I used to adore Kirsch, and the fruit wood makes good smoke, so I’m fantasizing the forbidden fruit liquor with smoke and depth.

  16. David L

     /  January 5, 2012

    Getting here late because I was at an orthopedist appointment. His birthday gift to me was the end of crutches and permission to bend my knee with weight on it. Unfortunately, my knee was pretty tight today so he’s worried about range of motion, but I think his goal is not impossible.

    Also, I managed to get into the tub without being injured by myself or the cat when he was standing on the edge of it and threatening to attack my foot if it got too close as I swung it over the lip.

    (PS, Emily, you can ignore/delete the other comment where I used my initials rather than “David L”.)

  17. wearyvoter

     /  January 5, 2012

    Waiting for the mail carrier to deliver part three of the Christmas gift from my South Korea-dwelling niece. Parts 1 and 2 arrived in time for Christmas: Nifty mug with saucer/lid; two cans of specialty coffee–a Vietnamese blend and a New Orleans market coffee w/chicory. Part 3 is a single-cup drip filter that is used in Vietnamese coffee houses. (Seems that it’s back ordered.) I’ve sampled both types of coffee already through the standard coffee maker, but I’m looking forward to trying this properly.