Callin’ it early – an open thread.

Ta-Nehisi is clearly tied up today, so I thought I’d throw open the Student Lounge a little early. Have at it! (PS WordPress still sucks).

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.

178 Comments

  1. Have I mentioned that WordPress sucks? Cause it really sucks.

  2. dmf

     /  June 13, 2012

    • socioprof

       /  June 13, 2012

      Oh, this is nice. Must find more of this music.

    • socioprof

       /  June 13, 2012

      And she is a fellow U of I alumna, according to teh wikipedia. Even more reason to like her. Thanks so much for sharing this video. I am listening to her Enganjyani now and like that even more.

      • dmf

         /  June 13, 2012

        glad it clicked for you, nice to have a place to share and discover new music

  3. cofax

     /  June 13, 2012

    I haven’t seen the movie (I avoid horror flicks), but some of y’all might enjoy Cleolinda’s recap of Prometheus in 15 Minutes.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 13, 2012

      That was breathtakingly hilarious and dead-on. Thank you for making my evening.

  4. In follow up to yesterday’s glee, NPR featured the dB’s yesterday, complete with new song:
    http://www.npr.org/2012/06/12/154591724/the-dbs-after-a-25-year-absence-a-vital-return

  5. caoil

     /  June 13, 2012

    Hullo strangers! I’ve spent my last two days in Win7/Office 2010 training so have had to be largely absent. I’m still not looking forward to the influx of phone calls when this rollout happens, but I could hug the (customization) programmer who has made it more difficult for the lawyers and staff to mess up documents at the click of a mouse.

  6. David L

     /  June 13, 2012

    May I please be excused from work for the rest of the day? I have the pre-vacation squirms. (Then again, if I had planned to take today off, I would have just gotten them yesterday. This is a no-win situation.)

    Also, you know what’s really annoying? When you think you’ve made that one… last… trip… to the supermarket for supplies like travel-sized toothpaste a couple protein bars to tide you over between your early wake up call and breakfast in a different state, but then between when you get home and when you go to bed, you think of three or four more things that would be good to have and realize that you forgot to stop at the credit union to get some additional cash.

    • I give you permission to totally slack off. I am in an empty office, the only desk still standing, with the Denmark/Portuagal game up on one of my screens. I am obviously productive.

      • aaron singer

         /  June 13, 2012

        Pretty exciting game thus far. I like the Danes.

        • It’s a really good thing this office is empty because the stream of profanity that came out of my mouth when the Danes scored AGAIN in the 80th minute was probably not strictly professional.

          But Portugal just scored again with less than four minutes remaining, so the world is slowly righting itself.

          • aaron singer

             /  June 13, 2012

            What a game.

            • Ok, Netherlands HAS TO WIN NOW. so we can have the group of death all with 3 points. because and that’s why.

              • k___

                 /  June 13, 2012

                BTW, my neighborhood is WALL TO WALL GERMAN FLAGS and bars advertising FOOTBALL GAME LIVE ON BIG SCREEN TV. Last weekend when Germany played, I could hear the commentary echoing out of every window, as ubiquitous as the voice of God. People are goin’ nuts

                • koolaide

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  I am VERY much looking forward to this Germany-Holland game. I have yet to decide who I want to win. Will likely end up wanting Holland to not win–especially if De Jong & Van Bommel are up to their usual dirty tricks.

                  (also, I’m trying to figure out why Ballack is doing American tv commentary for this tourny. I feel bad for him b/c he’s been paired w/ Alexi “Blabber, Blabber” Lalas during studio time. Big Red keeps stepping over Ballack’s words and generally not giving him enough space to talk.)

                  • WAIL! GERMANY SCORED.

                    • k___

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      I was sitting in the kitchen w/ my flatmate, no radio or TV nearby. And we still knew instantly.

                      Kind of wishing people would save up their fireworks for an actual WIN, but whatever, do what you feel crazy Berliners.

                  • aaron singer

                     /  June 13, 2012

                    Many people, including myself, picked them to win this tourney beforehand, and they certainly look the part thus far.

                • This is ugly. Germany’s going to wallop Holland at this rate.

                  • Heads is gonna roll in the Netherlands for this shit.

                    • koolaide

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      Theoretically, that can get beat (but not too badly) and still advance if both 3rd games go their way. But yeah, the coach isn’t going to be coaching past this tourny if they don’t advance far this Euros…

                    • Yeah, I guess that’s true. Shit, it seems likely that no one in any of the groups will have earned a spot until the 3rd game.

                    • Wait, I take that back, Germany (of course) will.

                    • koolaide

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      And I take back my “they can still advance” comment. The Dutch players are arguing w/ each other on the pitch. If they don’t come back to at least tie, the team is going to implode.

                    • Welcome to the Euros, RvP.

                    • David L

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      Is it just me, or has Robin van Persie been around since about the Spanish and Indian War? It seems like I’ve been hearing that name associated with soccer for ever.

                    • Dutch people all basically seem the same to me, I don’t know.

                  • koolaide

                     /  June 13, 2012

                    Bob Ley is using “clinical” and “Germans” a bit much for me this half-time. But yeah. Holland has had some defensive issues…

            • koolaide

               /  June 13, 2012

              Great game. Except I want someone other than the “Big Teams” to win this tourny so I decided maybe to want the Danes to win. The maybe is to save the Danes the kiss of death that often comes with my picking a team to cheer for when I have no real rooting interest.

          • efgoldman

             /  June 13, 2012

            Aahh. Soccer.
            A good excuse to re-read the phone book.

            • aaron singer

               /  June 13, 2012

              Yawn, what a tired argument.

              • efgoldman

                 /  June 13, 2012

                Not arguing with anybody. To me, its slightly less compelling than watching paint dry.

                • aaron singer

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  And many Americans, especially sports fans, are very proud of that fact and will interject themselves into any and every soccer conversation. There’s a pride in hating soccer that borders on xenophobia that I find obnoxious.

                  • I think us football fans are also a little sensitive and fear being sneered at since it happens so often.

                    • aaron singer

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      A lot of soccer haters and otherwise sports lovers are getting even more defensive of late because ESPN is covering the sport more and more each year.

                  • Well, ok, but it’s our buddy efg. So, you know. (efgoldman – don’t annoy the soccer fans, ok? That’s what America has Jon Stewart for).

                    • aaron singer

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      I wasn’t meaning to accuse him of that, I’m just tired of hearing “Soccer sucks omg why do you watch that boring crap why do you hate American and love EUrope bla bla bla”

                    • efgoldman

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      (no room under aaron’s comment below)
                      You’ll notice I never said anything about soccer fans. I said “to me”
                      Many people feel thevsame way about opera – but I loveit.

                    • aaron singer

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      Yeah, I wasn’t meaning to respond solely to you, but many soccer-haters/sports fans in general attack soccer on the same basis, and feel the need to act like a troll and inject themselves into soccer conversations saying how terrible and anti-AMerican the sport is.

        • Let’s talk about America, because America. Our team has too much talent to be sucking this much in the qualifying games, right? A fucking draw against Guatemala? And even though we beat A&B, giving up a goal to that team at home was kind of embarrassing.

          • koolaide

             /  June 13, 2012

            I’ve never been in favor of Klinsie as our coach. I wasn’t interested in him the first time Sunil wanted to hire him and I definitely didn’t want him after his shameless tv campaigning. I like him even less now that I know what he’s being paid (we could have gotten better w/ that money) and his mistakes at the beginning.

            This whole 5 games in a short period while also doing 2 a days in camp seemed like a bad idea from Jump. I didn’t pay for the game so I didn’t see it and can’t really comment on specific play from the game.

            • I don’t want to overreact about Klinsmann, since it’s still early in this team’s and the years of the USMNT not qualifying out of suckass CONCACAF are probably over in any case. But he certainly hasn’t brought anything novel to the team so far, it’s been pretty much your bog standard 2 steps forward 2 steps back performance for this team.

              • *this team’s run

              • koolaide

                 /  June 13, 2012

                Knowing that I didn’t want Klinsmann from the start, I really did try to keep a more open mind. But I must admit that I have a list of things that Klinsmann’s (tactics & player selection–both types of players & specific individuals) done that I don’t think have worked out and that I disagree w/.

                Right now I’m going w/ Klinsmann is a panderer that knows what to say to get fans (at least American fans) to like him but then doesn’t follow through (to some degree b/c what he says in pandering isn’t actually possible in reality land).

                • aaron singer

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  I don’t love Klinsmann, either, but I’m not all that upset with a draw in Guatemala. A few of those Central American countries are very tough places to play. I’m not exactly worried about qualifying.

          • Team USA frustrates the hell out of me. and I feel like half the problem is our country doesn’t take the sport seriously.

            • koolaide

               /  June 13, 2012

              You want to be frustrated by Team USA? Watch the women’s national team.

              I probably take both women’s and men’s soccer in the USA WAY too seriously….

              • aaron singer

                 /  June 13, 2012

                So you can be even more frustrated, as I was watching the World Cup last summer?

                • koolaide

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  I’ve followed the US women’s national team for pretty much ever (yes, I even managed to find out scores from 1991 WWC in all but name due to where I lived). WWC ’11 was not the most frustrated I’ve been cheering on the USWNT. But you want predictable problems and Pia not planning for the solutions? Watch the Olys this summer. I mean, you would want a back up for your soon to be 35 yr old mid w/ lupus, just in case. Right? And let’s not even talk about the backline…. sigh….

    • David L

       /  June 13, 2012

      Also, I have had two cups of tea this morning instead of just one, which was fueling my squirminess, until the crash hit very abruptly about five minutes ago.

  7. corkingiron

     /  June 13, 2012

    Ugh. Apparently, November has more than thirty days. It seems that November gets to scatter some of its extra days throughout the other months – like June. Today is a lovely November day here on my island.

    • David L

       /  June 13, 2012

      Want to trade for my yesterday? We hit 100F/38C in the afternoon, had a thunderstorm blow through right around six, which allowed us to have a very lovely, mild (70F/21C by sunset) evening. We Texans could use a change of pace during the summer.

      • caoil

         /  June 13, 2012

        I don’t know why we’re not allowed to average them out. Wouldn’t that be an excellent option?
        Ugh. 38 degrees. Please, have this sympathy breeze for your daytime.

      • aaron singer

         /  June 13, 2012

        Meanwhile, the forecast high today for Vostok Station, Antarctica is -103.

        • Ian

           /  June 13, 2012

          I just came back from here:

          June

          Around freezing with 50 mph winds, so it was a happy middle ground between Texas and Vostok Station. And I saw Russia.

          • aaron singer

             /  June 13, 2012

            That old cable car looked a little nuts.

            • Ian

               /  June 13, 2012

              Way nuts. Open cars. They were still using it up until a couple of years ago.

          • Did you get offered a slot on the Republican ticket?

            PS: Also – so cool, so jelus!

            • aaron singer

               /  June 13, 2012

              I remember watching Full Circle With Michael Palin (one of his excellent travel shows, this one focusing on him traveling around the Pacific Rim) a couple years ago, and he was in that part of Alaska. I was thinking that were was one Palin who could see Russia from Alaska.

              • Ian

                 /  June 13, 2012

                He was on Little Diomede, which is obscured by the mountain in the photo, and then Wales, which is a very small village on the other side of that same mountain. While I was in Tin City they were trying to re-open their road to Wales, which washes out every spring. Often planes can land at one airstrip but not the other, so that road can be the only way to get people out in an emergency.

                • aaron singer

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  I love hearing your Alaska stories, it just reinforces the fact that I live in the most boring part of the USA.

                  • Ian

                     /  June 13, 2012

                    I think the four guys in Tin City might disagree with you on that. At least in January.

  8. Tell me to get writing on my Midnight Blues rough draft. Although I may be changing the title to Midnight Deals because the blues part of the story idea isn’t entirely fleshed out.

  9. corkingiron

     /  June 13, 2012

    Oh – and there’s a picture goin’ round showing Montreal Student Protestors giving the Nazi salute – and a whole bunch of condemnation attached. Wise or not (and who ever uses the word wise and the word student together?) what they were doing was mocking the Police for enforcing a newly enacted law that is egregiously dictatorial.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 13, 2012

      An EmilOTAN!
      mocking the Police for enforcing a newly enacted law that is egregiously dictatorial.
      Is this Canada we’re talking about?
      Big honking country north of Maine?
      World capital of mild?
      What the hell’s going on?

      • efgoldman

         /  June 13, 2012

        :::meekly:::
        umm, Emily?
        Format fail.
        Please.

        • again? huff and sigh.

          • efgoldman

             /  June 13, 2012

            You’ll be old some day, and need an edit function, young lady.

            • Fixt, old man. And here’s your onion. You dropped it.

              PLUS: xoxoxo

              • efgoldman

                 /  June 13, 2012

                1) Thank you.
                2) Craig doesn’t want me to carry it anymore. He says the meme is worn out. He’ll be old some day, too (if his wife lets him live that long).

      • corkingiron

         /  June 13, 2012

        These demonstrations – involving thousands of students and supporters – have been going on every day since February. Apparently, outside of that big country north of Maine, the only regular media coverage they’ve received has been in Al Jazeera. Since the draconian law (Bill 78) was passed, it has morphed from a tuition protest to a civil rights issue. I mean, even some of the Crown Attorneys have joined in – unwilling to try and enforce such a pice of sh*t legislation.

        Oh – and as far as us being mild. That – like rude French waiters – is mostly for show.

        • I’ll trade with you Canadians. We’ll exchange Rick “I’m Taking Your Power To Vote Bwhaha” Scott in return for two minor league hockey players and a Mountie to be named later. Deal?

    • dmf

       /  June 13, 2012

      I used to think that these kinds of happenings/details made a difference but the chances of someone being swayed from their existing views by this kind of news clip seem next to nil.

      • aaron singer

         /  June 13, 2012

        Using that kind of imagery only makes them look worse. I wasn’t sympathetic to their protests until Bill 78 was passed, and this kind of crap certainly doesn’t help.

        • dmf

           /  June 13, 2012

          so your bias was confirmed?

          • aaron singer

             /  June 13, 2012

            I guess? I don’t see how using Nazi imagery helps.

  10. DC HORDE MEETUP. SATURDAY. Be there or be a parallelogram!

    (Back from my luncheon. The food was hotel average, and the rig was unimpressive.
    R’s gig last night was more interesting. Apparently it featured the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff drunkenly singing Sinatra.)

    Over on my blog we have reviews of the Balenciaga line, and later will have Carlos Miele, which should not be missed! Also we say happy birthday to Idol and look over the new pics of the Doctor’s newest companion. Who sadly is not me.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

    • JHarper2

       /  June 13, 2012

      Loved the Idol birthday post. I read it on my phone; if I go back and re-read from my ‘puter does make me two unique individuals?
      Also, for any writing looking for a spy plot concept, wouldn’t a high end DC events rigger be just the coolist cover for a spy. Or second concept, be the gal or guy who really runs the country by dropping words in the ears of the bigwigs they encounter?

  11. Today in 3 year olds (an email from my SIL):

    At breakfast this morning :

    Me: what’s in your mouth!?!
    NieceB (smiling): a boogie!
    Me (failing to edit myself): that’s gross!
    NieceA (in informative tone): sometimes when you’re not there we eat them. (smiles)

    • efgoldman

       /  June 13, 2012

      Sitting at my work desk trying not to laugh so hard I pee.

    • THAT IS AWESOME.

    • Today in what might as well be 3 year olds:

      Meeting with a bankruptcy lawyer does not constitute filing bankruptcy. We don’t care who you met with, if you haven’t filed bankruptcy, you haven’t filed it and you owe us money. End of argument.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 13, 2012

      What strong immune systems those girls are building. Also: hee!

  12. Hey efgoldman

    Are you being driven absolutely nuts by the level of crazy your poor benighted daughter is having to deal with right now? I would be losing my mind. And trying to do it quietly, so as not to become yet another burden on her benighted shoulders.

    • k___

       /  June 13, 2012

      What? what is the crazy. what is happening!!!

      • It boils down to: “If you write about the problem of sexism in gaming, it doesn’t matter because you’re a chick, and by the way, boobs or GTFO.”

        • k___

           /  June 13, 2012

          I think I noticed there was some of this shit going on, but I didn’t realize our dear K. was involved. yikes.

          • I’m not catching the worst of it like Anita Sarkeesian. But this week in gaming has been particularly vile. There was the major issue of E3 being practically plastered with booth babes, then all the abuse she’s getting over the Kickstarter, and then two very high-profile upcoming releases / marketing campaigns (for Hitman: Absolution and the new Tomb Raider) have basically been like, “HI! OUR RAPE CULTURE! LET US REVEL IN IT!”

            So it’s been a four-way shitstorm for about 10 days now and most of us are just exhausted.

        • koolaide

           /  June 13, 2012

          Is it around the woman w/ the Kickstarter for a study on women in games? I just read about that this morning and, well, a big chunk of humanity sucks.

          • cofax

             /  June 13, 2012

            It’s been very weird, because I know her (she’s a friend of a friend), and she’s really cool and not a confrontational feminist, but someone interested in education and media literacy. AND she’s a total geek: the first time I met her, we spent two hours talking about BSG, Farscape, and the Terminator franchise. It’s awful to see the bullshit that people are saying about her, because she’s trying to do a good thing and people are sending her DEATH THREATS.

        • There are no boobs in World of Tanks. I know for a fact there will be no boobs in World of Warplanes, Also, I’m pretty damn sure World of Battleships will also be sexism free.

          1. About 95% of WoT and WoWP players are male (not knowing anything else, most whould assume “there must be boobs!”)..
          2. Based on linked video clip, Wargaming.net appears to be an equal opportunity employer.

          http://na.worldofwarplanes.com/news/56-devs-diaries-warplane-classes/

          Not every computer game finds its success through boobery.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 13, 2012

      Well, the problem with being a daughter’s dad – no matter how old the daughter – is that you always want to beat the snot out of anyone who hurts her. I’m sure Mr. Hauser feels the same way. I mostly stay out of it and try to give comfort when I can, mostly by reminding her that @-holes gotta’ be @-holes, like the scorpion and the frog – in their nature.

      I’m very glad that she’s getting a lot of direct and indirect support, both from people she knows (you and Alyssa) and people she only knows about. There was a thread on Balloon Juice last night, for instance, but I can’t connect from my work browser to link it, sorry.

      Of course, as all true Lost Commies know, just when you think you might be winning the war, new pockets of resistance spring up.

      • Well. Mr. Hauser, being my dead father, is dead, so one presumes he feels nothing. But the gentleman some once referred to as FellaEsther, my husband, likely feels something much like what you describe! ; )

        • Mr. Cox gets downright ragey on my behalf sometimes. I remind him that having my husband burn down the entire internet because it said mean things about me would not, in fact, help prove my point (that women can manage just fine thank you and the patrtiarchy is well past its prime).

          • Yeah, it’s reassuring, but kind of complicating.

            I’ve played “good feminist”/ “bad feminist” with Mr. Dirt a couple times, though, and that’s embarrassingly fun. Of course, with him, it’s more like “screaming pathological man-eating feminist,” but it does make everyone else sound moderate and reasonable….

          • I can see why that would be a problem…!

            Still, Mr. Cox is a delightful young man, and I’m all for him.

        • efgoldman

           /  June 13, 2012

          Sorry, I didn’t know that Fellaesther wasn’t Mr. Hauser. And yes, I expect he does. And I expect your father did, too.

      • cofax

         /  June 13, 2012

        wait wait wait: You’re Anita’s DAD? That’s so cool! (I’ve met her & Jonathan, they’re friends of some good friends of mine. We all went to see The Avengers together, and then dissected it afterwards.)

        • (No. He’s K.Cox’s dad.)

          • cofax

             /  June 13, 2012

            ::facepalm::

            This is what I get for not paying sufficient attention.

            • (That’s ok. Bookwoman is somebody’s mom, but I have no idea whose.)

              • Bookwoman

                 /  June 13, 2012

                mythopoeia’s. 🙂

                • taylor16

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  I’m so jealous of you parent/child commenting teams.

                  My mom is always complaining that she doesn’t know enough about what my husband and I and our dogs are up to in our daily lives, since we live out of state. So I started a little private blog where she can see what we’re up to and funny pictures and stuff. Sent it to my parents and my in-laws and a couple of close friends.

                  Everyone else has started commenting on it. My mom didn’t say anything. I asked her about it. “…Oh yeah, what was that? A … bloog? What’s a bloog?”

                  (My mom uses the internet every day, by the way).

                  Then once I explained it, I got “I can’t remember another web site to look at. Everything doesn’t have to be on the internet to be important, you know!”

                  Facepalm. I love my mom, but……….

                  • mythopoeia

                     /  June 13, 2012

                    Heh. We have the opposite relationship. When I was a wee ‘un in the fifth grade, we had a snowstorm in the middle of the school day. The rule was that you couldn’t call your parents to pick you up, but if one of them spontaneously happened to come by you could of course go home with them.

                    So I ducked into the computer lab next door and emailed her and asked her to please “spontaneously” come pick me up.🙂

                    • Bookwoman

                       /  June 13, 2012

                      I used to be ahead of the tech curve…a long time ago!

          • efgoldman

             /  June 13, 2012

            (No. He’s K.Cox’s dad.)
            I am? She’s much too smart to have me for a father.

    • David L

       /  June 13, 2012

      It’s somewhat tangential to the first post in this thread, but on the broad topic of things like “booth babes”, I would just like to say two things to companies:

      1. When you use T&A to market to men, you’re missing out on some of us. Heck, you’re not even marketing to all straight men, because there are women shorter, taller, more muscular, flatter-chested, darker-skinned, (fill in the blank)er than what passes as the current ideal. You’re alienating most of the women and some of the men by creating the implication that you’re only interested in getting customers who are attracted to these models.

      2. I know that this point has been made in previous debates and elsewhere during this debate, but it’s also an insult to men’s intelligence to act like we are that easily influenced by our libidos. It’s pretty transparent, even for guys who are attracted to those women, and for some of us it’s a turn-off when a company tries to do it. I’m not immune to this sort of thing, but usually it’s my brain that makes the decisions, not my genitals (and, in every instance I can think of off the top of my head, the influencer was someone I knew in person, not a spokesman.)

  13. k___

     /  June 13, 2012

    I ordered my Foner for the book club! Anyone know when it’s getting started? I’m getting it in 14 days, because I decided to go with an independent local bookstore instead of Amazon. It’s just as expensive and will take a week longer, but I Have Standards.

    • It’s the one simply titled Reconstruction, yes? I need to add that to my Nook asap.

      P.S. all Nook owners should check their B&N Classics series. I think they’re doing a weekly run of FREE downloads of certain titles this summer (again).

      • k___

         /  June 13, 2012

        I believe the full title is “Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution”. Or at least I hope so. That’s what I bought, in any case.

      • efgoldman

         /  June 13, 2012

        DAMMITALL, PAUL!
        Get writing!

    • I forgot to bring Game of Thrones with me today. Which means either I start reading Reconstruction or I try to find something else to do. The second might be a better idea; I have this fear that if I try to read both books at the same time, I’ll think the North used dragons to win the Civil War and Reconstruction South was populated by wights.

      • caoil

         /  June 13, 2012

        As a fan of the Temeraire series, I can see some potential in what you’ve described.

      • JHarper2

         /  June 13, 2012

        The South being populated by wights TOTALLY explains Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

        Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, sadly comes up before plain presidential Abraham Lincoln in a Google search I just did. This is truly sad people.

  14. Captain Button

     /  June 13, 2012

    I’ve been good so far this week. I’ve got three nastygram emails saved that I wrote but did not send to an obstreperous person. Instead I have sent emails that were much more … restrained.

  15. dmf

     /  June 13, 2012

    • k___

       /  June 13, 2012

      ❤ richard sennet❤

      • dmf

         /  June 13, 2012

        one of my role-models, so few of us social democrats left in the US.

        • k___

           /  June 13, 2012

          I once got to see him at a podium discussion w/ Saskia Sassen, and they also happen to be the cutest married couple ever in the world.

          • socioprof

             /  June 13, 2012

            I took a seminar with Sassen and was wayyyyyyyy out of my league.

            • dmf

               /  June 13, 2012

              this is an accessible talk:

            • k___

               /  June 13, 2012

              She is p. eurocentric I suspect.

              • dmf

                 /  June 13, 2012

                in views or research?

                • k___

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  Views… ish. This is just a guess, but I think her whole Global City thing is easier to understand from more of a London perspective than, say, an NYC one. A lot of her ideas about class seem to be bound up with the relationship between **recent** immigration and entrenched privilege in a way that doesn’t quite map onto urban America imho.

                  • dmf

                     /  June 13, 2012

                    makes sense, tho if david harvey had his way there would be “rebel” cities in the usa as well.

          • dmf

             /  June 13, 2012

            k__ =city planner ?

            • k___

               /  June 13, 2012

              yepppppp

              • dmf

                 /  June 13, 2012

                ah my dad did his phd @ nyu and then the inner city riots all started so he never really got to practice but I grew up steeped in the stuff

                • k___

                   /  June 13, 2012

                  … He got his PhD before practicing!? what/why/how/etc

                  • dmf

                     /  June 13, 2012

                    yep did a civil engineering degree at Cornell, some kind of fellowship at UNC and then night-school in NY.
                    he worked on all kinds of highways, dams, and such but after doing some work on nuke-plants ended up retreating to academia and ended up founding an environmental studies program for SUNY.

    • socioprof

       /  June 13, 2012

      I love Sennett–The Fall of Public Man is the bombdiggity.

      • dmf

         /  June 13, 2012

        so many good works and still at it, Respect in a World of Inequality should be taught in high schools.

      • socioprof

         /  June 13, 2012

        As is Flesh and Stone.

  16. koolaide

     /  June 13, 2012

    Are any of the “looking for a job” horde do graphic design? Cause I know of a job opening at a neat place though not where I work.

  17. watson42

     /  June 13, 2012

    Today in job hunting:

    I went to a mandatory orientation for people on emergency extended unemployment benefits. If this was a representative sample of the long-term unemployed in my state, it was quite….enlightening.
    Of the ~40 people, all appeared to be 35+, nearly all were skilled/professionals – engineers, lawyers, scientists, finance people, master auto mechanics, etc. Only one person was NOT a racial/ethnic minority. He was a white male, late 40s/early50s and the only person there without a college degree. He also had a physical disability.

    Any conclusions that may be drawn from this sample I leave to the reader….

    More positively, I may have a contract position coming up. It’s only for a few months, and off the career path, but still in my field, so that’s good. Also, money.

    • Hopefully work leads to more work. One of the most annoying Catch-22s in existence.

      • watson42

         /  June 13, 2012

        Thanks. I hope so too. I actually have an interview for another position tomorrow, but I’m not sure the company is really viable. It’s a start up with two employees. I will find out tomorrow.

        • taylor16

           /  June 13, 2012

          A word of hope – I started at my current job when we were just an office of three people. We just had person number 13 start this week. There’s hope.

          And in the meantime, if you can get something started to get some income rolling in (and to put yourself in that “employed” column for future job applications, it might be a win-win.

          So good luck tomorrow!!

          • watson42

             /  June 13, 2012

            Thanks for your encouragement! Now that I think of it, two jobs ago, I interviewed when the company had only five people and now they have multiple drugs in clinical trials.
            Upon further reflection, my ambivalence may be more because of the position rather than the company. I will have much more data tomorrow over which to stress. 🙂

    • What state?

  18. Today’s LeBron-o-Meter setting:

    “Seriously, does Dwyane Wade suck now?”

  19. koolaide

     /  June 13, 2012

    Hey, k______ (b/c you’re in Germany) or anyone else. What’s the deal w/ the Forest Boy story? Random teen walks out of the woods and no one can figure out who he is? Weird & somethings totally up there…

    • dmf

       /  June 13, 2012

      is k__ k-bee?

    • k___

       /  June 13, 2012

      @dmf: yes.

      @ koolaide: I was just having a totally uninformed convo about this story, based only on tabloid headlines, none of us knew wtf and one person was totally convinced that the whole thing was about a DEAD BODY found in the woods. Yeah, idk… I’ll have to sift through the papers and get back to y’all later

      • dmf

         /  June 13, 2012

        hey katebee, what a nice surprise, grad school these days?

  20. Hardly anyone had had heard of Wargaming.net two years ago. This year they had a big booth at E3, which featured hands-on access to World of Warplanes. Media reaction has been favorable:

    IGN – Two years ago Wargaming.net had just over 100 employees …Now at E3 2012 they have one of the biggest booths, over 900 employees in nine countries and people lining up to play their next title, World of Warplanes. A carefully crafted balance between simulation and arcade flight…uses the same tech as World of Tanks, but it looks even better. Nicely rendered WWII-era fighters soar through skies filled with clouds, while bullets streak past and puncture fuselages, resulting in good looking plumes of smoke and fire….World of Warplanes will launch with Russian, German and American planes to start, but will eventually add in Italian, British and Japanese fighters….Unlike many other aerial combat games, you don’t need to own a joystick to succeed in World of Warplanes. The mouse and keyboard controls are intuitive, and within moments of first picking them up I was lining up enemies with ease.

    PC World – Roughly 30% of players in the free-to-play MMO World of Tanks spend real world money to upgrade or add cosmetic changes to their vehicles. It’s a phenomenal conversion rate, and likely the highest in the crowded Free-to-Play market….Wargaming.net hopes to replicate the amazing success with the upcoming release of World of Warplanes. The approach is similar: Arena combat, 15-versus-15 battles, with historical aircraft…Players always start and finish in the air, so they don’t have to learn the delicate arts of taking off and landing–it’s all about the combat, after all. The view is always external, so there’s no cockpit controls or views to worry about…World of Warplanes will enter closed beta in several weeks, and is slated for a fall 2012 release. In addition to World of Warplanes and World of Tanks, Wargaming.net has announced World of Battleships, which is likely to launch some time in 2013. With multiple games available, Wargaming.net is now an integrated portal for all of these games–users will need only a single account that will integrate across all the company’s games.

    Gamespy – Warplanes looks great and features intuitive, responsive controls. The airplane models are highly detailed, with flaps that lift and drop as you climb and roll, and the harbors and islands I flew above looked fantastic, with enemy battleships and gun batteries adding to the sense I was in an actual battle…. It all worked flawlessly, and a nice visual cue helped give the controls a solid feel…. I never once felt stymied by the controls. The slower speeds definitely helped, but overall I give Warplanes’ controls the thumbs up.

  21. CitizenE

     /  June 13, 2012

    Just about every star in Senegal from the 70s and 80s did a cover of this song of love for the singer’s (composer’s) mother, by the legendary Star No.1 Band of Dakar, widely anthologized: “Yaye Boye”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTOxmkiNZpM

  22. wearyvoter

     /  June 13, 2012

    Next Tuesday is the 30th anniversary of confirming that someone was indeed insane enough to marry me. Even more insane, he stuck around. 🙂

    • How lovely! We’re coming up on 20 years together (17 married) and thus numbers kind of boggle my mind.