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  1. I am not doing a damn thing at work today. I did enough over the past four.
    Refuse to do things with me!
    Read about Britney’s semi-stable first day on her new job, or the chart positions of our New American Idol now that the information is no longer suppressed. Watch the terrible new trailer for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
    But most importantly, check out the new Dr Who Olympic themed short. Because Matt Smith is carrying the torch tomorrow.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

    • caoil

       /  May 25, 2012

      I’ll refuse too! I’ve done a handful of Very Small Things, but I’m so worn out from yesterday still that I’m willing to stop.

    • I am soooooo mentally checked out — we have an easy schedule today, I only had to write two posts and they’re already done — but I really need to write a Monday post. Because I have one, exactly one, that needs to run at 6:00 Monday and the second I finish it, I am free until Tuesday morning. But I can’t make the brain go…

      • I have given myself permission to run only three posts on monday.

        • JHarper2

           /  May 25, 2012

          The joys of being a self-employed blogger!
          If only the pay was better.

      • efgoldman

         /  May 25, 2012

        Go Brain Go!

    • koolaide

       /  May 25, 2012

      Can I just go home now? bah.

      • I wish I could too. I was a good girl this morning, and picked up my boss on the way to work and everything! Can’t I just go home now that his car is out of the shop?

      • efgoldman

         /  May 25, 2012

        I am going home now

        • helensprogeny

           /  May 25, 2012

          I’m AT home now, and unlikely to be called to work today. Which is good, because I don’t want to work. But also has consequences, since (as a commission employee) I only get paid when I work.

          But on the whole, I’m very happy to be where I am.

    • JHarper2

       /  May 25, 2012

      No Anibundel love for Duets?
      I normally don’t watch the contest shows, but started watching this one last night and I didn’t think it half bad. Not sure I want to continue without expert guidance though.

      • I hit my limit with Duets. We cannot have singing competition shows 12months a year. Something had to give.

        Besides SYTYCD was on. I don’t recap that show because i know jack about dance, but I love that show.

    • David L

       /  May 25, 2012

      I think it’s just that kind of a day. I have spent the afternoon doing little two-minute tasks here and there because I can’t work up the interest to actually do the two-hour task that I have.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  May 25, 2012

      I wish I could refuse to do things with you.

      But what with the holiday Monday, we got both today’s pallets *and* Monday’s pallets today, and they all need to be on the floor by opening tomorrow. So I am probably pulling an open to close, then here every day of the holiday weekend.

      But Tuesday shall be sweet! And I shall refuse to work!

  2. If there were a way to force our dev lead to answer to the people who his latest release is pissing off, I’d do it.

  3. SWNC

     /  May 25, 2012

    Emily, I mentioned it in the post itself, but I love, love, love your piece about progressives should not tolerate sexist remarks aimed at conservative women: https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/progressives-are-feminists-or-theyre-not-progressives/

    You hit it out of the ballpark with that one.

    • Thanks!

      One was very, very angry….

      • taylor16

         /  May 25, 2012

        I finally just read that last night, and … yes. It was terrific. Really, really terrific.

        This S.E. Cupp thing really pissed me off for a number of reasons … the most obvious one, clearly, being that sexism is NEVER OKAY. But also, because I was getting pretty fucking tired of seeing all of the conservatives talking about how “liberals/feminists would only speak up if this happened to Nancy Pelosi or Rachel Maddow! Why won’t they stand up for S.E. Cupp?”

        Meanwhile, twitter and FB and the feminist blogosphere was BLOWING UP with criticism of Hustler for it.

        It pisses me off because I know that most people who like S.E. Cupp will never check to see if liberal women were defending her, so they’ll go on thinking that it’s all an “us v. them” thing and that feminists never defend conservative women so screw them.

        And the myths about feminism will live on.

        (But beyond that, yeah … that Hustler thing and any sexist joke by a “progressive” man needs to be called out loudly and often. Insult their ideas if you want, but don’t resort to ugly sexist attacks.)

        • The scare quotes around progressive really are not enough here. The notion that Larry Flynt rests in anything close to the vicinity of “progressivism” is a symptom of a political discourse in this country that is completely cuckoo bananas.

          • Yes, it completely is. I couldn’t believe that I was being forced to treat him as some kind of representative of my side of the political map.

            • Not that it’s not right to stand up for S.E. Cupp (just this one time) but this is going to land a permanent spot on the “left victimizing the right” Greatest Hits album that Sean Hannity compiles. Because it’s Larry Flynt! A lowest common denominator porn merchant is a liberal champion in Crazyland.

  4. caoil

     /  May 25, 2012

    Happy Towel Day, everyone! If you’re not enough of a hoopy frood to know where yours is, perhaps at least you should spend tonight reading HHGttG again.

  5. Lizzou

     /  May 25, 2012

    Anyone else see the trailer for The Great Gatsby? I was a total sceptic when I heard Luhrmann was doing it, but I like the energy I feel from the trailer…

    • I was distressed that not liking the trailer meant I’d outgrown Luhrmann.
      But then I noticed the spelling error, and I felt a little better.

      • Lizzou

         /  May 25, 2012

        I don’t know if my excitement is about the movie, or just the fact that one of my favorite songs in featured in the trailer lol After suffering through Australia, I’ve been turned off to BL. There is a special place in my heart for him, though, merely due to the existence of Strictly Ballroom.

        • Strictly Ballroom is Luhrmann’s best movie, hands down. Even if Ken Railings has never walked into my life and said “Pam Shortt’s broken both her legs, and I want to dance with you.”

        • mythopoeia

           /  May 25, 2012

          My main reaction to that trailer was “Holy crap, who thought to cover Love is Blindness?”

          Apparently it’s Jack White, so respect.

          • Lizzou

             /  May 25, 2012

            He’s incredible, and that cover blows my mind!

          • Lizzou

             /  May 25, 2012

            Here’s the whole song:

            • I think this might be like Romeo+Juliet… A movie I watch once, but wear the soundtrack out.

  6. stephen matlock

     /  May 25, 2012

    I’ve answered multiple questions at work today, offering Value for my Employment.

    And I discovered that the manuscript I’ve been sending out for reading/review is missing a key scene. Gah.

  7. I’m going to be on bloggingheads tv next week.

    !!

    • Bookwoman

       /  May 25, 2012

      So cool! And who will be the other head, so to speak?

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 25, 2012

      Congratulations! Who’s your lucky co-star?

    • your head is going to blog on video?! is that legal in all 50 states?

      • JHarper2

         /  May 25, 2012

        There are a couple of pending referenda.

        • David L

           /  May 25, 2012

          And until the Defense of Headblogging Act is repealed, the federal government won’t acknowledge that it happened.

    • koolaide

       /  May 25, 2012

      Congrats! And good luck🙂

    • caoil

       /  May 25, 2012

      Insert more exclamation marks here.
      So how famous are you going to get, exactly? 🙂

    • dmf

       /  May 25, 2012

      cool, which “show” ?

      • Sarah Posner’s – and I’m now boning up on all my anti-immigrant rioting news, and phew-boy, is that a not-fun thing to do.

        • dmf

           /  May 25, 2012

          thanks for wading in for the rest of us

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  May 25, 2012

      Woot!

      May you crush your subject matter like a tiny, crunchy insect made for crushing!

  8. dmf

     /  May 25, 2012

    This was when my daughters were just children
    playing on the rocky shore of the lake,

    their hair in braids, their bright-colored jackets
    tied around their waists. It was afternoon,

    the shadows falling away, their faces
    glowing with light. Whatever we said then

    (and it must have been happy; it must have
    been hopeful) is lost as I am now lost

    from that life I lived. This was when nothing
    that I wanted mattered, though all I wanted

    was happiness, pure happiness, simple
    as strawberries and cream in a saucer,

    as curtains floating from a window sill,
    as small pairs of shoes arranged in a row.

    “Happiness” by Joyce Sutphen

    • JHarper2

       /  May 25, 2012

      dmf, you bring us the wonderful poetry, the thought provoking poems, the joy and the sorrow and the longing.
      Thank you for all that.

      • dmf

         /  May 25, 2012

        yer most welcome, that’s what fridays are for

  9. Lost Battalion of the Horde on Namaadi Corridor needs 600k of credits to start a guild bank.

    Are my Horders all waiting around for Mechwarrior Online to start up, or something? Sigh.

    Also, got cousins traveling in from Virginia for the weekend. They want to see the Rays game Monday, hope they enjoy!

  10. By the by, Horders: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR TOWEL IS!

    http://lemon.ly/uncategorized/celebrating-towel-day-may-25-2012

  11. David L

     /  May 25, 2012

    How do people who do consciousness-raising and education about sexism, racism, homophobia, etc. full time do it?

    I’ve had to give a few lectures out of Gay 101 this morning and I’m feeling pretty beat down.

    • dmf

       /  May 25, 2012

      I think that not doing follow-up studies is probably key to keeping at it with any enthusiasm.

    • David L

       /  May 25, 2012

      On second thought, I think that one about the use of gendered pronouns and drag queens might actually be from the sophomore-level course.

  12. dmf

     /  May 25, 2012

    I’m really enjoying Siri Hustvedt’s book on her shaking syndrome and was wondering if she is any good as a novelist?

  13. CitizenE

     /  May 25, 2012

    The wonderful Samba Mapangala from the last live concert I went to already a few years at Yoshi’s in Oakland, Jimmy Saxo, Miguel Yamba on bass, I believe Huit Kilos on solo guitar, Bopol Mansiamina, rhythm, and Komba Bellow on traps. The song, a huge hit in Kenya and Congo in the late 70s tells a story about Samba, orphaned at a young age, overhearing a conversation as a boy in which his elder brother promises his mother to take care of him, once she passed away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY2lHY7RBWU

    The original recording, over eight minutes long, from the lp Virunga Volcano, one of the very greatest studio recordings of the era. There is a truncated version on You Tube, but it is worth it to listen to whole thing.

    Happy Friday.

  14. baiskeli

     /  May 25, 2012

    On the bike commute in to work today, run into the World’s most polite cop.

    Was stopped at a red light in Somerville, car to my left rolls down the window and I hear “Sir!” (normally when Boston drivers roll down their windows to talk to a Cyclist, it normally starts with a few curse words and threats of bodily harm). Turn, and it’s a uniformed officer in an unmarked car.

    Him “I need to make a right turn up ahead, do you mind if I get in front of you? I didn’t want to cut you off.”

    Me “Sure”,

    Him, “Thanks!” with a wave and a smile. Made my day.

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 25, 2012

      I so, so like this! Also, I will adopt this strategy next time I find myself in this situation with a biker. Cooperative interactions FTW.

    • Makovnik

       /  May 25, 2012

      Wow! Thanks for nudging my faith in humanity upwards.

    • Ian

       /  May 25, 2012

      That’s like something out of a dream.

  15. dmf

     /  May 25, 2012

  16. A song for Friday. The uber-song, really.

  17. I’m finding it interesting that many people have assumed that when my kid called another kid “trash” in the course of a heated argument about the use of the word “gay,” it was a class slur against another white kid.

    Aside from the fact that that phrase has never come up in his family or community of adults, and I’ve never heard him say or refer to it (which, take that for what it’s worth), the other kid was African-American.

    I’m clear that, under the circumstances of that particular argument, I’m not terribly bothered by my 12 year old boy calling someone “trash” for [and here’s the piece I haven’t mentioned] constantly using the word “gay” as an insult — but whatever I might feel about it, it had nothing to do with the notion of “white trash.” Assumptions are tricky things.

    • JHarper2

       /  May 25, 2012

      In a world that contains Donald Trump and certain celebrities from well off backgrounds, I think the word trash is pretty much divorced from social class.
      Trash is behaviors, learned or chosen. I’m not sure about the use of it as an epithet in this case though I don’t know what word I would have chosen.
      He did stand up though, not an easy thing for a 12 year old.

    • Electronic_Neko

       /  May 25, 2012

      That part of your story bugged me too. Sorn addressed it so well that I didn’t need to speak up and risk offending you if I fumble what I want to get across.

      I give kudos to your son for speaking up. That’s hard for anyone, much less a 12 year old. What bothered me is that it seems very harsh to call someone trash. Trash, to me, means worthless, and that’s seems like a bad enough thing call someone by itself, even outside any class implications. I also wish he hadn’t attacked the kid as a person when the problem is the kid’s behavior. ::shrugs:: But I’m not saying I would be able to avoid doing the same thing during that argument. It’s easy to lose sight of fine distinctions when you’re pissed off (again, for an adult, to say nothing of a 12 year old). That’s my two cents on the “trash” thing.

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  May 25, 2012

        Yeah. Kinda where I am. Not wanting to inappropriately vent at the person rather than the behavior is the main reason it takes me a minute or so to warm up to injecting, and even then I don’t always manage to keep the ire focused entirely on the unacceptable behavior.

        The other kid is not “trash” … possibly a bigot, but not trash. Regardless, the constant slurs are small, sad, unacceptable behavior.

      • (please note the reply I just made to myself).

    • Here’s the deal: He’s 12. He’s in middle school, where people judge everything you say and every move you make and every breath you take, and the word “gay” is a ubiquitous as the air.

      Under those circumstances, he stood up, and stood his ground, and when someone wouldn’t let go, he chose a very powerful word that signaled very powerfully how wrong the slur in question was, without choosing any one of a number of much worse words. He did so in the hearing of his entire gym class in which, I guarantee you, there was at least one gay kid who for the first time in his/her life, saw a straight kid stand up for him/her.

      I’m ok with it. No one does anything perfectly, and I’m ok with the fact that this was done imperfectly. I’m ok with the fact that in standing up for what is right, my son is imperfect.

      • Electronic_Neko

         /  May 25, 2012

        You said you were surprised that people took issue with the word “trash” and it seemed to you they assumed it was a class-based insult. I see that a couple people did say they felt “trash” automatically implied a class judgement over at TNC’s place. I just wanted to say that I found “trash” troubling because it is such a strong personal attack, not because I thought it was used in a classist way.

        I hesitated to say anything because I didn’t want to come off like I was criticizing your son. I don’t really have an issue with how things played out. He’s your son, and if you’re fine with it, that’s the end of it. As you said, no one is perfect, in the heat of a confrontation it’s possible to say far worse things, the fact that he said something probably raised the spirits of some kids, and even if he didn’t reach that particular kid, other kids might stop after hearing someone speak out against it. God knows I’ve handled myself worse when arguing with people.

    • osbenz

       /  May 25, 2012

      To my reading, I didn’t see any racial pushback on the use of trash (in the three threads I’ve seen this topic arise). Rather, it was explicitly framed as a class slur. That the child with a homophobic problem was black is incidental. Trash most certainly is a slur and need not carry a racial component to demean. I’m impressed with the moxie your son possess (and he wield it for a good cause), but bigoted behavior shouldn’t be coded as lower-class. Some of us folks down here fighting that good fight.

  18. JHarper2

     /  May 25, 2012

    Since January I have been walking with a cane, five months in I am still warmed and astounded by how considerate and kind people are. They will wait while I go through a door, hold doors open, ask if I need help with carrying things. This cuts across all demographics, even the much maligned teenagers who are supposedly too self absorbed to even notice some else, let alone an Old with a cane.
    So while some things are rotten in this world, there are people who aren’t.

    I hope I never stop noticing that.
    JH2

    • Teenagers – it turns out they’re just people!

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 25, 2012

      It’s because you are in Canada, where you are required by law to be kind and considerate.

      • caoil

         /  May 25, 2012

        Until the budget bill passes, as I’m sure there’s something in there retracting our need to be nice.

      • aaron singer

         /  May 25, 2012

        Possibly even involving many people stating that they are from Surrey.

    • Makovnik

       /  May 25, 2012

      Amen. Between Baiskeli’s story and yours, I may have to conclude the handbasket isn’t heading hellwards.

  19. carlosthedwarf

     /  May 25, 2012

    Hi everyone! I am settled in to my temporary digs here in DC. I’m having a great time so far: I’m living with four awesome friends in a great apartment a few miles outside downtown. I’ve been trying to be a value-added by cooking and cleaning and whomping my housemates at various games. No jobs yet, but I’ve been sending out resumes and bugging my temp agency, so hopefully things will turn around after the long weekend.

    • YAY!

      And as long as the whomping is only at games.

    • JHarper2

       /  May 25, 2012

      Best wishes for a happy, a prosperous, and a fulfilling summer.
      I hope things are well settled by the fall of the leaves.
      Transferring chapter members are supposed to bring the cookies to the Horde meetups.

      • efgoldman

         /  May 25, 2012

        Transferring chapter members are supposed to bring the cookies to the Horde meetups.
        Coals/Newcastle.

    • R_Bargis

       /  May 25, 2012

      Welcome to DC! Try not to sweat to death. Come out to Annapolis some time if you need a taste of the water and gracious southern living. (there’s the 922 and 950 commuter buses, or the 921 vanpool that goes from New Carrolton and runs on Saturdays)

    • kateislate

       /  May 25, 2012

      Congratulations! Have your parents grokked that you are gone yet?

      • carlosthedwarf

         /  May 25, 2012

        Yes. My former boss has not.

    • You do realize there’s a Horde gathering in DC next month, yes?

      P.S. if you find any librarian openings up there, save me a spot and I’ll drive right up there with my resume to hand-deliver!

  20. JHarper2

     /  May 25, 2012

    Emily: Your last four retweets from Mobius1ski.
    Yes!

  21. David L

     /  May 25, 2012

    How to have a blood pressure spike over how the world views women’s bodies in two simple steps:

    1. Go find pictures of Aishwara Rai at last night’s AMFAR event in Cannes (the site I saw them on can tend NSFW, so I won’t/can’t link from my work machine.)

    2. Think about the fact that she’s being criticized for not losing weight fast enough after having a baby

  22. Ian

     /  May 25, 2012

    Some jackass put a bear bait station about 200 feet from where we’re supposed to install a seismic station. Barrel of rotting meat, bear sign everywhere, bits of flesh and fur strewn about, etc. Large, loud-breathing beast coming through the brush. Me, miles from the nearest other human. Retreat. You’re supposed to shout or sing so the bear knows where you are, and this is what my panicked brain came up with:

    • helensprogeny

       /  May 25, 2012

      Bears. The reason I do not go camping in the cool, cool mountains in the summer despite the hot, hot temps in the valley. Also, I could see reaching for “I Want to be Sedated”. And congratulations on making good your escape.

    • watson42

       /  May 25, 2012

      At least you have good taste in bear-notifying music. 🙂 The only possible better song may have been the Dead Kennedys’ “Take This Job and Shove It”….

  23. Dex

     /  May 25, 2012

    I’m five gallons into what will likely be an eight gallon job, painting all non-bedroom walls in our house. I would call it a pit of despair, but that doesn’t really cover it. Thank the baby jesus I’m done with the stairwells. 11 foot second floor + vaulted ceilings on the third (we’re in a tall, skinny townhouse) = motherfucking awkward and frankly terrifying ladder work. And also, too, we had the genius idea to do multiple colors in some areas, so the extra coats and back-cutting, coupled with the fact that our place is rife with half-walls, angles and outcroppings and this is taking AT LEAST three times longer than a normal paint job should.

    PSA: if you’re ever about to paint something and you see yourself buying a cheap-assed brush, or worse yet, one of those three-for-one multi-size abominations, go for the expensive brush. This is my first time using a Purdy and I have miles of cutting to do, have cleaned it several times and it still paints like buttah. A hundred million times worth the extra cost and now I believe people who say they’ve painted with the same brush for years.

  24. chingona

     /  May 25, 2012

    Hope everyone has a great weekend. The boy graduated – excuse me, “continuated” – from kindergarten this afternoon with a Cat in the Hat certificate and an ice cream party. Then he and his dad headed off for three days of camping. It’s me and the girl – all 22-month-old “MINE” and “NO” of her – this weekend. There is cold beer in the fridge and a new box of graham crackers in the cabinet. We should be fine.

    • If I know one thing about toddlers, it’s that they fucking hate warm beer. Put her sippy cup in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to chill it before you pour.

      • What should chingona do with the graham crackers, though?

      • chingona

         /  May 25, 2012

        ? vbbbbbbbbbbbbb mmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnbvn

        • chingona

           /  May 25, 2012

          That was what the kid had to say about that. I think that means, “Get off the internet and pay attention to me!”

          • This potential den of iniquity has gotten off to a rocky start. But there is still time!

            • chingona

               /  May 25, 2012

              Out like a light at 7:15. Kid can’t hold her liquor for shit.

              • kateislate

                 /  May 25, 2012

                And that`s after the dog drank half of it and buried the rest.

    • Please tell me the school didn’t actually use the collection-of-letters-that-is-not-a-real-word “continuated.”

      Please.

      • chingona

         /  May 25, 2012

        The principal told us that these were the second group of kids to “continuate” today. The fifth-graders “continuated” to middle school earlier that day. So yes. They did.

        • aaron singer

           /  May 25, 2012

          What, praytell, is wrong with the word graduate?

          • chingona

             /  May 25, 2012

            I think they get crap for having kindergarten graduations. And it’s not the end, it’s the beginning, etc. They also got a key on a ribbon that is “the key to your future.” “It unlocks the door to first grade,” my son told me.

            • They also got a key on a ribbon that is “the key to your future.” “It unlocks the door to first grade,” my son told me.

              Oh but that’s cute! Dang it, I can’t be annoyed with “continuate” now.

              Tell the school to carry on. The lady from the internet won’t complain anymore.

      • helensprogeny

         /  May 25, 2012

        As the child will hopefully grow up to conversate, I’m thinking continuating is probably going to put him ahead of the game.

        • chingona

           /  May 25, 2012

          Oh, he conversates.

        • Bob Jones' Neighbor

           /  May 25, 2012

          Is “continuate” going to end up in the Horde vocabulary, then? Because if it is, I’m going to have to practice using it!

          • wearyvoter

             /  May 25, 2012

            Just remember that a good Horde-ite never haircuttery-ates.