Open Thread for those in need of same.

I’m not at my desk today, but I see that Mr. Coates isn’t either (or perhaps is, and is doing the hard work) – so here ye be: An Early Open Thread.

Standard FYI clause: My rule of thumb is that I wait for 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would usually open a thread (roughly noon, EST), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

 

115 Comments

  1. David L

     /  May 24, 2012

    When I first started here, I was hired for a specific project and that project alone (to the point that I was funded out of the department that sponsored that project.) The original person behind that project is gone, things are pretty stable, and sometimes I find myself having to make work for myself and champing at the bit to work on something that doesn’t have five years of band-aids and cosmetic rebuilds.

    Today, my boss mentioned the possibility that this project is more or less done and that we should see what has to be done before I can move on to other things, and the idea of moving on is surprisingly bittersweet.

    • koolaide

       /  May 24, 2012

      I can understand that. I’ve been in a situation where I longed to move from a place but when I did, I ended up crying about actually moving. Here’s hoping that “moving on” in your case does mean continued employment.

      • David L

         /  May 24, 2012

        Continued employment is a given (It’s local government, the budget is looking OK this year, and I’m not planning on resigning.) It would just mean new (or at least different) projects. It’s kind of become my baby after all these years.

        Also, I’ve kind of turned into that guy who can stretch a 20 minute task to an hour and an hour task to a full afternoon. Being inherently lazy but aware that I’m capable of a lot, I both enjoy and hate being that guy.

        • koolaide

           /  May 24, 2012

          Glad continued employment isn’t the concern. I wondered due to your “was funded by sponsoring dept” phrase.

          • David L

             /  May 24, 2012

            My understanding is that it was political. Someone else started this project, they wanted someone full-time, our department didn’t have anyone they could spare, so the answer was to have them fund a position.

            Somewhere along the line, my budget got shifted back to information systems. I think, but I’m not sure, that it was done during the round of layoffs two years ago. If so, then the way I the math has to work out is that it was one less position on their budget, and someone else got cut from ours to keep me on (I was the least senior employee to make it through, and people more senior than myself were cut.)

  2. I think I just bought a Kindle.

    • aaron singer

       /  May 24, 2012

      You think?

      • I was at Craigslist (because the idiot with the dog crate STILL hasn’t gotten back to me), saw an ad for a Kindle for $50, thought what the heck, and…I’m picking it up at 6. (I suggested meeting at a library for reasons of irony.)

        • Bob Jones' Neighbor

           /  May 24, 2012

          You’ll like it. There are plenty of books out there for free, and plenty more for $0.99 (Think Grant’s Memoirs and Democracy in America).

    • Captain Button

       /  May 24, 2012

      In Soviet Russia, Kindle thinks it bought you!

  3. Captain Button

     /  May 24, 2012

    Do we need an open thread, or merely want one?

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  May 24, 2012

      It is like pure water, or fresh air, or Druish Princess Vespa’s industrial strength hair drier. We cannot live without it!

      • Captain Button

         /  May 24, 2012

        Life. Don’t talk to me about Life.

      • efgoldman

         /  May 24, 2012

        Funny, she doesn’t look Druish.

        • Captain Button

           /  May 24, 2012

          She will once we giver her back;

          HER OLD NOSE!

          • efgoldman

             /  May 24, 2012

            Funny, she doesn’t look Blueish!

  4. Captain Button

     /  May 24, 2012

    Have the “Obama will try a military coup if he loses the election” rumors started yet?

    • efgoldman

       /  May 24, 2012

      The coup has already started.Go to almost any US city or town this coming Monday, and you’ll see uniformed military marching down a main street…

      • R_Bargis

         /  May 24, 2012

        I will be marching in my War of 1812 US Navy uniform for the DC parade, demonstrating the stupidity of war and the dangers of marching in a wool uniform in 99 degree weather with a heat index of 115.

        • Captain Button

           /  May 24, 2012

          Just don’t get in a fight with the anti-war-of-1812 protest by the National Procrastinators Assocation.

        • efgoldman

           /  May 24, 2012

          Yeah, our high school band uniforms were heavy wool serge. Wore them every Memorial Day. Never had a cool, comfortable one, neither.

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 24, 2012

      No, but judging from the mood of the tea partiers I sat next to at last night’s debate in the run up to the special election for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat, it shouldn’t be long now.

  5. Blog flogging! I put up the 100th post on my blog yesterday and wrote a bit about an appropriately named cocktail for the event:

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/05/another-milestone-100th-post.html

    While I enjoy reviewing whisky a lot, it has been kind of nice to step back and focus on cocktails for a while. It’s a lot easier to kick back and enjoy them instead of trying to tease out every last subtle flavor and smell.

  6. Good News:
    I’ve worried that Obama’s endorsement of civil marriage equality would hurt him. Maybe it will still, but Adam Serwer at Kevin Drum’s blog reports it seems to have swung Maryland voters to support (they have a referendum on it in the fall). http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/05/did-obama-just-deliver-marriage-equality-maryland

    • Captain Button

       /  May 24, 2012

      Mawwidge Eqwality is what bwings us here today…

      • koolaide

         /  May 24, 2012

        I have not enough likes for this comment.

        • JHarper2

           /  May 24, 2012

          This is WordPress, none us us has any Likes. But I like the comment too.

      • No, I mean it. Where the hell is the like button on this fnucking blog?

    • I live in Maryland and while my fingers are crossed for the (probable) referundum to go in favor of SSM, I’ll believe it when it happens. I am confident Maryland will go Obama regardless of the referendum.

  7. dmf

     /  May 24, 2012

  8. I’m feeling a touch of the poet in me today…

    All around the mulberry bush
    The birdies ate the berries
    The car is parked in a bad spot
    Poop! Go the birdies.

  9. efgoldman

     /  May 24, 2012

    Hey, where’s Ani?
    Did she come to class unprepared?

  10. koolaide

     /  May 24, 2012

    Anyone here follow the WNBA?

  11. efgoldman

     /  May 24, 2012

    Its probably not a coincidence that the subjects are almost all male…

    • JHarper2

       /  May 24, 2012

      A few years ago, I was at the lake with my cousins then about 11 year old son. He was a reading one of the Darwin Award series which chronicles the results of stupid people doing stupid things. He looked up and said, wow, a lot of these stories begin, a bunch of guys were sitting around drinking one day and

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 24, 2012

      FOXES!!!

  12. Pray for me, Horde. I’m taking the Perpetual Motion Hordeling on a 4.5-hour bus trip from DC to NYC tomorrow to visit his godparents. I deliberately chose the trip time to coincide with naptime. We’ll see how it goes.

    • koolaide

       /  May 24, 2012

      Good luck. Bring snacks. Lots of snacks and new sticker activities (depending on size of child could be new coloring activities) maybe?

      After thinking she wouldn’t be one of the those parents, my sister decided to use a toddler leash on her kid when they did a big trip and it worked well for them. Gave the kid a touch of freedom but also kept her contained.

    • JHarper2

       /  May 24, 2012

      Sometimes for a PMH, a bus window can be a source of delight, have the hordeling count the cows and the fast food places or point out the different types of urban and rural terrain you pass through.

      • Thank you both–I’m going to take all the advice I can get! Afterwards, I’m going to do some cathartic writing and post my “how to survive a bus trip with a toddler” thoughts on the local urbanist blog.

        If I survive the trip, of course.

    • neighbors73

       /  May 24, 2012

      Crayola makes these color wonder markers and paints, we always took those on road trips because NeighborsJr couldn’t accidentally graffiti anywhere.

      I second bring lots and lots of snacks. Also, novelty is your friend. Bring new stuff–a book or toy she’s never seen before. Also, you know, some electronic gizmo that plays Dora videos. Don’t be a hero. You just have to survive this thing.

  13. JHarper2

     /  May 24, 2012

    To you all people who got me to go see The Avengers because it was all that and a lot more….
    Thanks a lot, it really was all that and a lot more.
    Good acting is important, even in an action movie, but writing, pacing, in a word direction, is so important. It is way not enough to put costumes on the screen, you have to have characters and give them ways to interact beyond blowing stuff up real good..

    Anyways to those of you who said go, thanks, to those who haven’t: go!

    • JHarper2

       /  May 24, 2012

      oh noes, i left an unclosed tag.

      • koolaide

         /  May 24, 2012

        but all the rest of the comments aren’t bold.

        • Also a mystery. I’m telling you, if only I knew my own blog!

          • Captain Button

             /  May 24, 2012

            If you ever fully understand your own blog, it will instantly change into something even weirder.

          • koolaide

             /  May 24, 2012

            It’s the continued mystery that keeps the relationship fresh, no? 😉

        • Dear Captain Button & koolaide – I❤ U both so much.

          love,
          ee

      • Fixt. You’d typed an i instead of a b. Happens to the iest of us.

        • JHarper2

           /  May 24, 2012

          Proffreading, I need to hire a proffreader!
          /errors deliberate this time.

          • efgoldman

             /  May 24, 2012

            Proffreading isz WICKETT hoarrd!

    • And this is why we all bow before Joss Whedon.

      • Surely you’re with me on hoping desperately that the money from Avengers will allow for Serenity 2?

        • mythopoeia

           /  May 24, 2012

          Much as I love everything about the Firefly universe to tiny bits, I have long since accepted that a tv show reboot is not happening and it’s ridiculous to try.

          But a second movie? That seems…actually within the realm of possibility…woah.

        • Oh, HELL yes.

      • mythopoeia

         /  May 24, 2012

        My goodness am I enjoying my first-ever watchthrough of Buffy. Mid-season 3 right now.

        • neighbors73

           /  May 24, 2012

          holygod. I LOVE Buffy. The best superhero ever.

        • Darth Thulhu

           /  May 24, 2012

          Buffy is fantastic. You are in the Golden Stretch of it, as far as I am concerned.

          So much stuff that just happens on TV now was pioneered there. Stunning surprises and reversals and character moments. The end of Angel chasing down Jenny Calendar, in particular, had me dropping my jaw when watching it live.

  14. JHarper2

     /  May 24, 2012

    For Emily, when she comes home,
    A penguin story.

    How to catch a penguin

    A Humboldt penguin that escaped from a Tokyo aquarium in March (Social Studies, March 6), has been repeatedly spotted swimming in Tokyo Bay, The Daily Yomiuri reports. “Though park officials are brainstorming ways to recapture the penguin, it is a difficult task as Humboldt penguins can stay underwater for nearly five minutes and swim at speeds of 30 kph to 40 kph. Because penguins return to land at around sunset to sleep, officials are hoping to recapture the penguin when it is asleep. However, there are many areas along the coast of Tokyo Bay where a penguin can go unnoticed by humans. The penguin has yet to be spotted on land. As a result, No. 337 [the penguin’s ID] will likely continue enjoying life on the run for the time being.”

    • Captain Button

       /  May 24, 2012

      Got to be a good anime concept in that somewhere.

    • “life on the run” – bwahahaha! No. 337 used to dream of running!

  15. Captain Button

     /  May 24, 2012

    The auction of Reagan’s blood has been cancelled.

    So much for my plan for a Reagan zombie clone army.

    Curses! Foiled again!

    • koolaide

       /  May 24, 2012

      That was just so weird, auctioning his blood. Ok, having his blood was weird to me. I suppose once you have his blood, it is understandable to then try and auction it.

      • Reminds me of the Red Dwarf episode where Rimmer gives Kryten a vial of fluid from George Patton getting his sinuses drained.

        • koolaide

           /  May 24, 2012

          Is this where I say I’ve never watched Red Dwarf and wonder aloud if that’s a good or bad thing?

          • Depends on your sense of humor. It’s very British, but I like that it’s mostly about the interaction of the characters with each other. The sci-fi elements are important, but definitely secondary to the people.

          • Katryzna

             /  May 24, 2012

            Have you seen the Young Ones? Did you like it?

            It’s like that. Sort off. But in space.

            • Captain Button

               /  May 24, 2012

              With not quite so much toilet humor, and a lot more pop psychology.

            • koolaide

               /  May 24, 2012

              I have not seen the Young Ones either…

  16. Right, the realization that of course I could access my blog from the Reg at UChicago has been helpful, but is now threatening to distract me entirely. I return to my research!

    Don’t get into trouble you crazy kids!

    • efgoldman

       /  May 24, 2012

      Hey, Commies!
      She “hides” the cookie jar on top of the fridge.
      Just don’t drop….OOPS! :::crash:::
      Who, me?

      • JHarper2

         /  May 24, 2012

        EMILY! EFGoldman is jumping on the couch. Again.

    • neighbors73

       /  May 24, 2012

      YOU’RE IN HYDE PARK????

      • : )

        I was! I’m going down to the Reg about once a week now to do some research that I can only do there.

        It makes me so happy to be on campus, I cannot even tell you.

  17. helensprogeny

     /  May 24, 2012

    So, my work day just got cancelled. NOW what do I do? Oh, look, an Open Thread!

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 24, 2012

      And if I could find a way to make reading the OTAN pay, my life truly would be roses without any thorns.

  18. koolaide

     /  May 24, 2012

    Thanks to all for the onion suggestions last night.

  19. efgoldman

     /  May 24, 2012

    Can’t believe no one in this blog has picked up on Bob Dylan’s birthday. Brother Pierce has our backs:
    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/bob-dylan-birthday-9118908

    (and thank FSM that someone is older than I am!)

  20. wearyvoter

     /  May 24, 2012

    I am late to the party.😦 This morning, the lawn looked like it needed to be mowed, but a high-wind warning and a reminder from the blood bank that they wanted a pint of my vintage 0+ saved me from dealing with it today. I am down a pint of said blood, and under orders to not lift or shove anything around. Also, my little corner of downstate Illinois plans to challenge Hell for which venue could be hotter come the weekend, so I may wind up deferring the slaughter of the greenery for early next week.

  21. caoil

     /  May 24, 2012

    Ugh. Farewell, today, you were trouble from the get-go.

    • wearyvoter

       /  May 24, 2012

      inserting a “like” here because we lack the button otherwise. Sorry your day was bad.

      • caoil

         /  May 24, 2012

        It wouldn’t have to be so bad, if people would turn things in on time instead of waiting until the last minute & then expecting us to be able to do a rush! I can’t, when I’m backed up with two other rushes! *grumble grumble*

    • Hugs to you and a kick in the keister to your day.