An open thread for them what need it.

Don’t mind me. I’ll just be sitting here grinding my teeth over the fact that I got one element of a story out of Israel completely wrong and thus undid an hour or two of work. You can feel free to chat around me, though.

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.

203 Comments

  1. Resortwear 2013: http://bit.ly/M76u5y
    Newly added: Peter Pilotto, Zac Posen, Zspoke

  2. If this is legit (and it looks like it is, as hard as I find it to believe*) then my former landlord’s son is kinda a genius: http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2012/06/18/wait-did-this-15-year-old-from-maryland-just-change-cancer-treatment/

    *If legit, I suspect that the technology won’t quite live up to the initial promise, since it rarely does.

    • watson42

       /  June 19, 2012

      If it works, it would be awesome. Then it has to pass the FDA to make it to market….

    • MightBeLying

       /  June 19, 2012

      I love, love, love this kid and this video. SCIENCE. IT WORKS, BITCHES.

    • OMG this kid! He was crying so hard, I was afraid that the confetti would choke him! Awww, this is so many kinds of awesome.

      “I love single-walled carbon nanotubes. They’re like the superheroes of material science…. It came to me one day in biology class.”
      ❤! Thank you!

  3. dmf

     /  June 19, 2012

    • Man, Siouxsie and the Banshees are pretty great. This is one of my favorites.

      • WM Rine

         /  June 19, 2012

        Somehow I missed this back when they came out, but I went on a Siouxsie binge recently, aided by my kids who really like some of her stuff, and found out she chose the name “Siouxsie” because she hated cowboys.

  4. Check out the third section of this column: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-rodricks-sailabration-20120618,0,4145017.column

    On the one hand, I can’t imagine why anyone would think a prayer asking for protection of slavery would be appropriate. On the other hand, if someone were to think it was appropriate, it would be a Catholic bishop. Sheesh.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 19, 2012

      Gawd.
      I guess the Red Hats don’t pay attention unless ladyparts and the medications thereof are involved.
      Pierce is going t have a ball with this.
      For those who don’t want to follow the link:

      It was brought to my attention by Jeff Ross, a Catholic who, in a powerful letter to Archbishop William E. Lori, protests the inclusion of a so-called “Patriotic Rosary” in the Fortnight events. What disturbs Mr. Ross, and should disturb every Catholic, is the customized rosary’s inclusion of a quote from Gen. Robert E. Lee, leader of the Confederate Army in the Civil War, imploring his soldiers to “beseech the aid of the God of our forefathers in the defense of our homes and our liberties, thanking Him for His past blessings, and imploring their continuance upon our cause and our people.”

      Of course, the “cause,” in this case, included slavery.

      • I hope Pierce finds it! It was buried pretty far in the Sun, and his blog seems to be for Facebook users only (else I’d comment there occasionally.)

        • cofax

           /  June 19, 2012

          Just for the record, I HATE HATE HATE FB-only blogs. I would be all over the comments at Alyssa Rosenberg’s blog, except not only can I not comment (because at work and no FB here) but I cannot even READ the comments (because I boycott FB).

          • I get why they do it–it keeps down the spam. But it’s not conducive to building community.

            • efgoldman

               /  June 19, 2012

              Well, the Esquire site (where Pierce blogs) probably doesn’t care very much whether a few Facebook-phobic users show up.
              You can read him, in any case, regardless of whether you can comment. That’s the important thing. My work blocks FB (and Disqus, also too), but I can still read the posts.

              • cofax

                 /  June 19, 2012

                Yes, I expect the dialogue at Pierce’s blog is not as good as it is at TNC’s place, but Rosenberg is talking about exactly the stuff I want to talk about, and I can’t. ::whines::

                • Some trolls get through at CP, it’s true, but they have some of the flat-out funniest commenters you’ll ever find.

      • I found an e-mail for CP and sent him the link. Hopefully I get an h/t, not a restraining order🙂

  5. Bookwoman

     /  June 19, 2012

    A Lego pop-up book:

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 19, 2012

      There is so much awesome in this, I can’t even

  6. Last night I wrote up a quick piece about a variation on the Champagne Cocktail:

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/06/classic-cocktail-champagne-cocktail.html

    I made some for a friend’s brunch on Sunday and they were quite tasty.

  7. caoil

     /  June 19, 2012

    :-/
    So…the river is up with the spring freshet, probably 2m above normal, and it’s started creeping up the back yard. There was a deep trench when we moved in, and we built a french drain in it, and then have covered it with grass clippings and chopped up bits of wood and gravel, but the water is still encroaching. I think this year I might have to sandbag. If I float away, it’s been lovely knowing all of you!

    • efgoldman

       /  June 19, 2012

      If I float away, it’s been lovely knowing all of you!
      You’ll probably float south, to where most of the rest of us are. Grab a tree when you float by our house. We’ll adopt you.

      • caoil

         /  June 19, 2012

        I suspect, if anything, I would float out into the ocean and then be sucked into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    • Srsly. What efg said. Just make sure you steer properly, and we’ll all welcome you with open arms. And your beloved.

  8. David L

     /  June 19, 2012

    Anyone want to go out to the post office and ship something for me? And pick up lunch for me while I’m at it? I am still not caught up on sleep from the weekend (mostly my fault for not going to bed earlier last night) and my feet are still somewhat sore from walking around so much from Thursday-Sunday.

    • No, I have no wish to go out in this heat. And tomorrow it’s going to be 100.

      • Presumably, we are picking up Mom’s car from the garage tomorrow. The garage on literally acres of blacktop. I almost passed out when we dropped the car off, and it was only 84 then. If you don’t hear from me after tomorrow, I had heat stroke.

      • helensprogeny

         /  June 19, 2012

        Huh. I’d kill for 100. In our week’s forecast, temps range from 105 to 109, possibly 110 tomorrow. I was running errands at 10am today and my dashboard said it was 97. At the moment we have no humidity, but that’s scheduled to change by Friday. As caoil says above, it’s been nice knowing you.

    • koolaide

       /  June 19, 2012

      I’ll do the post office run for you if you’ll do the mind-numbing data entry I’ve got to do this afternoon.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 19, 2012

      Sure. My cross-country commuter expenses are billed competitively. I’ll be able to afford a new vehicle afterward.

    • David L

       /  June 19, 2012

      Update/addendum: Man, the USPS has gotten cheap/broke. They don’t even have pens-on-a-chain anymore. I had to get one from behind the counter to address my box.

  9. NEW SHOES!!

    Sorry, it’s just that every time I look down and see them i get excited all over again.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 19, 2012

      Are they red, sparkly mary janes?

      • No, they’re the blue pair: http://bit.ly/KRmv1i

        • efgoldman

           /  June 19, 2012

          No yellow brick road for you.
          Also too, employer is blocking your link. I’ll check it when i get home.

          • Sadly there will be no blondies for you. Your daughter squished and ate them.

            • The squishing was unintentional. The consumption, less so.

            • efgoldman

               /  June 19, 2012

              I heard. I can’t believe you take me seriously. Remember, I am the dad of whom said child said, at 8 or 9, “Dad, are you ever going to give me a straight answer?”

        • The red ones are pretty nice as well.

          • The red ones didn’t go with today’s outfit. I’m planning on wearing the brown ones tomrrow since it’s going to be 100degrees.

            DID I MENTION TOMORROW IT’S GOING TO BE 100 DEGREES?!

            • caoil

               /  June 19, 2012

              Here is where I loan you some of our current clouds and 20C weather. Also some of tomorrow’s showers, if you’d like them.

              • helensprogeny

                 /  June 19, 2012

                SOLD! Please ship immediately!

              • JHarper2

                 /  June 19, 2012

                It’s 14C and raining in Regina SK.
                We dream of 20C

                • caoil

                   /  June 19, 2012

                  Tradesies? It’s a bit muggy here today.

            • This is one of the reasons I live in the NW.

              • watson42

                 /  June 19, 2012

                And one of the reasons I want to move back to SF. It’s supposed to be in the high 90’s here tomorrow. Ugh.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 19, 2012

      Pictures?

      • (In the link, grampa).

        • JHarper2

           /  June 19, 2012

          Posted before the link was up Auntie Em.
          btw, you’re in an awfully good mood this days, feisty suits ya!

          • SO YOU SAY. But WordPress’s deficiencies mean I’ll never be able to prove it, so I’mma stick with my version of event, thx.

            Also, it turns out that being minimally recognized for being good at that thing one tries to be good at greatly improves one’s general worldview. Who could have predicted? : )

            • JHarper2

               /  June 19, 2012

              But, re: the twitters.
              Facts are stubborn things.

              Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
              John Adams Argument in Favor of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre <,Trials

              • JHarper2

                 /  June 19, 2012

                messed up the html again.
                I’m going out.

    • Captain_Button

       /  June 19, 2012

      Shoes For Industry!

      • Bob Jones' Neighbor

         /  June 19, 2012

        Shoes For Defense!

        …and extra credit for the Firesign Theater reference.

    • koolaide

       /  June 19, 2012

      erg. somehow my like comment was shuffled off on its own.

  10. koolaide

     /  June 19, 2012

    (like)

    • I’ll presume that’s meant for the entire open thread – nay! The entire blog – nay! The entire ME!

      Thank you.

      :: curtsies ::

      • caoil

         /  June 19, 2012

        I believe your assessment of the situation is correct.

      • koolaide

         /  June 19, 2012

        Of course! How could one not click an imaginary like button for you at all time😉

  11. EMILY L HAUSER BAIT:

    • I could try to be cool, but the simple truth is that this gave me full-body chills & goosebumps.

      !!1one!!

      So.

      I believe I’ll just have to post it up front.

  12. Since WordPress has no damn like button, you may assume I liked all comments made on this thread.

  13. ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! etc.

    • ….will be integrating another unlikeable player back into the rotation today. It’s like they grow them on a farm.

      • I said it the other day, but I cannot tell you all how happy it makes me that there’s a real-time footie conversation going on in my open thread these days.

      • koolaide

         /  June 19, 2012

        Shrek has a new haircut. I guess the hairplugs or Rogaine worked?

        • Every English player who plays reasonably well gets instantly compared to Beckham.
          That can stop yesterday.

          • koolaide

             /  June 19, 2012

            They all should be compared to Kelly Smith…

            • How much do I love that the announcers are obviously biased?

              • koolaide

                 /  June 19, 2012

                You’re watching the espn feed, right? I don’t mind those two too much.

              • koolaide

                 /  June 19, 2012

                Sorry, McManamanman, just b/c the players don’t surround the ref, that doesn’t mean they believe the call was correct. eyeroll

        • scone

           /  June 19, 2012

          Oh good lord. I can’t get ESPN3 on my work computer (sadness) but they’ve got a photo up on the main page at ESPN. That is hideous. I’ve always found Rooney weirdly and unexplainably hot. No longer.

          • koolaide

             /  June 19, 2012

            he totally did not deserve that goal.

            • WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

              • koolaide

                 /  June 19, 2012

                Now I will watch and cheer for Terry to get a red for something incredibly stupid.

                • OMG that SHOULD have been a Ukraine goal. SHOULD HAVE.

                  • koolaide

                     /  June 19, 2012

                    Yeah. That was a goal. The new goal-line ref likely blocked the view of the AR. But given how close he was, can’t believe he didn’t call it a goal. England totally dodged one.

                    • IT’S A MAKEUP CALL FOR ’66!

                      (Oh, wait…)

                    • koolaide

                       /  June 19, 2012

                      @Craig: Or just makeup for the WC goal that wasn’t vs Germany.

                    • There are only two England teams – whoever the team is right now, and ’66. Those are the only two options. 2010 World Cup? Don’t remember it.

                    • koolaide

                       /  June 19, 2012

                      haha. So true. And the ’66 team is always seen as THE BESTEST and the team right now is always never good enough yet always supposed to win. English football media & fans can be ridiculous.

                    • Everyone is going to flip the fuck out about the fact that Rooney scored the goal today. Take a mid-level team, add a great scorer who finishes his chance, England fans will convince themselves that they are better than advertised. At least they dodged Spain in the quarters, they get the underachieving (but still better than them) Azzurri. As much as I bag on England for being unlikeable, Italy remains the worst.

          • David L

             /  June 19, 2012

            I’ll have to check that out, as I’ve similarly found him attractive for no reason I can really explain.

            *goes and looks*

            Oh, dear God, no.

            • koolaide

               /  June 19, 2012

              Stick w/ Olaf Mellberg. Hot and bearded.

              • David L

                 /  June 19, 2012

                He is pretty nice. I think there was some other person on the England squad who I tagged as good looking, but I can’t remember who, now, other than that it was definitely not Terry, Gerrard, or Crouch.

                • koolaide

                   /  June 19, 2012

                  Scholes? Or a current player?

                  • koolaide

                     /  June 19, 2012

                    And I recognize that I’m showing my own biases in suggesting Melberg & Scholes😀

                  • David L

                     /  June 19, 2012

                    Don’t remember it being Scholes. I think it was all the way back at the World Cup, and I’m just blank on a lot of the specifics. Although going through the photos on a roster that I found, I have to say that Joe Hart is a pretty handsome fellow.

            • scone

               /  June 19, 2012

              It’s so bad, right?

  14. JHarper2

     /  June 19, 2012

    So last night I was noodling around on ABE, a listing service for used bookstores, and I put in the name of one of my favourite historical novelists, Cecelia Holland to see what was available. I no longer buy paperbacks if I can help it, just real hardbacks and ebooks. I found two of my favourite novels available, both I only had in worn out paperbacks, that are not available as ebooks. The were a reasonable price and one was right in province.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecelia_Holland
    I ordered both and am now expecting Hammer for Princes set in the anarchy times of King Stephen and the Empress Matilda in England; sort of Game of Thrones without dragons, and ta-da, Until the Sun Falls a novel of the Golden Horde. Both are good clean copies in good condition.
    From Wikipedia

    Until the Sun Falls (1969) — Psin, a senior general of reconnaissance from the steppe, takes part in the Mongol conquest of Russia and the nearly-successful invasion of Eastern Europe in the first generation following the death of Genghis Khan, c.1240. Still widely regarded by her readers as one of her most perceptive and most flawlessly executed novels, especially given its huge canvas. Fascinating portrayal of Mongol horde conquest, way of life, as seen through Psin, a Merkit rather than a Mongol and his fights with his son who is coming into his own in the army. Told in the 3rd person.

    This one is good too, Ms Holland believes this is her best novel.

    Jerusalem (1996) — Beginning with the Christian victory at the Battle of Montgisard, Norman Templar Sir Rannulf Fitzwilliam struggles to maintain his personal values (which serve him better in war than in diplomacy) while trying to survive the politics of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, all of which come to an end at the Battle of Hattin in 1187. (Holland considers this her best novel.)

    I love ordering books, when the packages come it is like having a birthday several times a year. And the present is always just what I wanted.

    Also a shout out for the YA fiction of Geoffrey Trease. He started writing in the 30s and continued until the 90s. He wrote from a left wing perspective (sort of) and has actual real female adolescent characters.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Trease

    • Totally going to see if I can find those two. They hit some of my favorite bits of history.

      Until the Sun Falls does appear to be kind of pricey unless I want to get the Kindle edition, though.

      • JHarper2

         /  June 19, 2012

        Got mine for $28.00 Cdn all in, which is pricey, but I wanted it so much. I’m on Kobo so no ebook for me, unless things have changed since last month.
        Books and single malts, thems my vices.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 19, 2012

      ABE is awesome. I’ve gotten many good books, both for reading and collecting purposes, from their dealers.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 19, 2012

      I like ABE, too. Found *two* good hardbacks of the Winnie the Pooh Songbook there, one for mrs efgoldman and one for her mother.
      But…. you do know that Amazon owns it, right?

      • JHarper2

         /  June 19, 2012

        I have no hate for Amazon. Just prefer a more open format for my ebooks.
        And some stuff they sell in the States, they will not sell in Canada, including for some reason, some emusic, which makes no sense to me at all.
        Also prefer to order, if I order new through Chapters/Indigo because they own the Bricks and Mortar chain that I have a loyalty card to and run local stores near me. This is not necessarily rationally consistent but its what I do.

  15. cofax

     /  June 19, 2012

    KORRA!

    Did anyone see this weekend’s episode? OMG Lin Beifong is the biggest badass ever. Middle-aged (single!) woman with grey hair and scars, willing sacrifice to save the last airbenders alive, and you know damn well she won’t let losing her bending break her. As a friend of mine pointed out, looks like the producers heard the complaints about the lack of positive older women in ATLA and corrected for it, with bells on.

    I am really enjoying this show. In case you couldn’t tell.

    • Man. I just… Lin. You can tell Toph was her mother, haha. She’s pretty damn amazing.

      • cofax

         /  June 19, 2012

        And now we have General IROH. Iroh! (I miss the original Iroh something awful.) Voiced by Dante Basco, no less.

        I have been wondering where the other kingdoms were in all of this: wouldn’t they be concerned about the rise of an anti-bending element in Republic City? What if Amon took over and cut off their access to Satomobiles and so forth? So it’s nice to see the universe getting expanded a little bit.

  16. socioprof

     /  June 19, 2012

    I am a nerd. I am a nerd married to a geek. We are raising a coupla geeky nerds. Or maybe they are nerdy geeks. Here is the latest piece of evidence to consider. Kiddo #2 (all of 2 years and 7 months old) has a new fave bedtime book*. It’s on the periodic table. Dad has to read two elements to him and then it’s my turn. So far, he has taken a particular shine to boron, lithium, and rhodium.

    *This is the book in question and I do have to say that I LOVE this series of books. Between these and my newly-acquired-thanks-to-the-Horde set of Charlie Brown ‘Cyclopedia, I am quickly re-remembering everything I’d forgotten about the natural sciences.

  17. CitizenE

     /  June 19, 2012

    This looks like the best fantasy movie of the summer, no Charlize Thereon, no Michael Fassbinder, no comic book, no Ridley Scott, no medieval, but it looks interesting:

    • socioprof

       /  June 19, 2012

      The cinematography looks beautiful. I want to see this one.

    • Lizzou

       /  June 19, 2012

      Filmed in Louisiana🙂 I definitely wanna see it!

  18. JHarper2

     /  June 19, 2012

    Because all the surviving Beatles are now over 70 as of this week.

    Also, saw the Buddy Holly story on stage this month, done so very well. Run was extended to 2.5 times the normal length it was so good.
    No Crickets, no Beatles.

  19. helensprogeny

     /  June 19, 2012

    I’m in the middle of rearranging my living room. This is taking days rather than hours because it requires me to place my hands on Every. Single. Book. I. Own. I am a) middle aged; and b) a Horde member in good standing. So you can imagine.

  20. koolaide

     /  June 19, 2012

    I woke up this morning w/ my top lip swollen as though I’d had some sort of cosmetic surgery. It was weird and disconcerting. Now my lip is no longer swollen but it is a bit chapped/itchy.

    I have no idea why this happened. I used Burt’s Bees lip balm yesterday which I normally don’t use so that could be it–but I’ve used that lip balm before w/o adverse effects. I ate at a restaurant last night that I’ve eat at before and didn’t order anything w/ unusual ingredients (chicken & dumplings w/ fried okra, black eyed peas, and cornbread).

    • mythopoeia

       /  June 19, 2012

      My sympathy for your travails has been overriden by my desire to go to that restaurant and eat that dinner. YUM.

    • Electronic_Neko

       /  June 19, 2012

      Well, it is possible to suddenly devlop allergies to things you have always tolerated before . =/
      Maybe some experimentation is in order?

      • koolaide

         /  June 19, 2012

        Right now I’m going to believe it was the Burt’s Bees lip balm. I suppose I could wait until my lip is totally back to normal, use the same tube of Burt’s Bees again, and see what happens.

        • Electronic_Neko

           /  June 19, 2012

          Yeah, the lip balm seems like a likely culprit. You might want to try using it again during the day, and if you start to notice your lips tingling or swelling, you can wash off the lip balm to try and keep it from progressing further.

          • koolaide

             /  June 19, 2012

            I might wait until there’s a need to look like I’ve had lip augmentation….

            • Is this a need that comes up often for you?

              • koolaide

                 /  June 19, 2012

                I haven’t had that need yet but you never know…

            • Electronic_Neko

               /  June 19, 2012

              Depending on how much swelling we’re talking about, I think you should save the allergic reaction lip swelling to commit some sort of petty crime.

  21. I don’t usually have much to blog-flog, but some of my first impressions of part-timing at the local school for the deaf may be found at my LJ (click on the username to find it, I think. Will add reply with URL if that doesn’t prove to work.) Please glance over if interested. One more half hour of sleep now pleasethanksbye.

    • Great stuff. Look forward to learning some more about your students.

    • corkingiron

       /  June 19, 2012

      Seconding Craig. This is fascinating stuff. I’d love to hear more about why the cochlear implant issue is less politically charged in Japan.

      • Thank you for reading. Honestly, I can’t even say with certainty that “the cochlear implant issue is less politically charged in Japan”–just don’t know enough about it. I will try to find out a little bit more as time passes, though, and update you with what I can.

  22. dmf

     /  June 19, 2012

    The most popular “act” in
    Penn Station
    is the three black kids in ratty
    sneakers & T-shirts playing
    two violins and a cello—Brahms.
    White men in business suits
    have already dug into their pockets
    as they pass and they toss in
    a dollar or two without stopping.
    Brown men in work-soiled khakis
    stand with their mouths open,
    arms crossed on their bellies
    as if they themselves have always
    wanted to attempt those bars.
    One white boy, three, sits
    cross-legged in front of his
    idols—in ecstasy—
    their slick, dark faces,
    their thin, wiry arms,
    who must begin to look
    like angels!
    Why does this trembling
    pull us?
    A: Beneath the surface we are one.
    B: Amazing! I did not think that they could speak this tongue.

    “Black Boys Play the Classics” by Toi Derricotte

    • efgoldman

       /  June 19, 2012

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      Is that enough?

      • efgoldman

         /  June 19, 2012

        Hah! FYWP!
        I actually posted three connected rows of likes, but WP just runs it off the margin.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 19, 2012

      Wonderful poem, I can see the scene, hear the music, see the 3 yr old looking up, see the men rush by, see the men watching, see and hear the concentration (oh so casually disguised) of the players as the concentration on the music and the joy of playing exist in beautiful tension.
      Poetry has taken me where I have never been.

      • aaron singer

         /  June 19, 2012

        I can picture myself standing there and watching them, reminiscing my youth spent as a cellist.

        Sadly, the city in which I live, the nation’s third largest, has no room in it’s heart for street musicians/buskers.

  23. I just finished The Safeguard of the Sea. Here’s the learning….

    1. The Middle Ages were intensely silly. Kings? Ministers? Plans, plots & intrigues? Please! Rare was the monarch who got anything right. The King of England issues orders for the fleet to sail immediately. It leaves port three months later. The King (doesn’t matter which one) would invade Ireland or Scotland and would sometimes triumph….only to have the army run home because they ran out of food. What are navies good for? England’s enemies were skillful to an equal degree. The French laid great plans of conquest only to get blown about in gale and default to burning Portsmouth, and then going home. Seems like burning Portsmouth was every enemy’s plan B. I think the English lost count of how many times Portsmouth was burned 700-800 years ago. One thing is clear: medieval armies spent much more time burning villages and sacking towns than they did fighting each other.
    2. England wasn’t always a great sea power. Far from it. The English didn’t impress anyone in the Middle Ages and were abruptly introduced to ship-borne long cannon by the Portuguese, in the late 15th century. That must have been a very long day. Or not.
    3. Elizabeth I was awesome! Elizabeth holds Philip II at bay with a modernized fleet even though he had 10x England’s wealth (floating on a river of new world silver). Elizabeth, who inherited the aftermath of Henry VIII’s lack of foresight & thrift, was a fiscal pragmatist and master strategist. Philip II was a micro-manager. Elizabeth delegated tactics to her commanders. Philip put his in straight jacket.
    4. English ships were notorious for being….clean! 16th century naval regulations called for ships to be washed daily with sea water and twice per week with vinegar. While they had the science wrong, vinegar is a good disinfectant and English crews may have experienced less disease than those of other nations (e.g., Spain).

    Image a woman, as head of state, leading her backward little country into the modern era, against multiple foreign powers who are far larger and wealthier. Twenty-five year old Elizabeth came to power November 17, 1558, just about 454 years ago.

    • Is Command of the Ocean up next? It only gets better.

      • Yep, gonna order that soon. I shoulda’ mentioned for everyone’s benefit, N.A.M. Rodger is a good and subtly witty writer.

        • JHarper2

           /  June 19, 2012

          These are on my List. I was trying to taper off on my book habit; and then I met the Horde!
          Best thing that happened to me in the past few years.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 19, 2012

      Are there lots of maps/diagrams? The reason I ask is that if there are lots of maps/diagrams, I will go old school print, as these do not render well in ebook format (due to size). Cost is about the same, but if there are maps, utility favours the hard cover.

  24. watson42

     /  June 19, 2012

    OMFG, Horde, today has sucked. The real WTF moment was when an employment counselor told me there’s no discrimination in hiring, then two sentences later told me that as a minority, I should only apply for/expect to get a job at ~50% of my previous salary because I won’t get anything otherwise. Um, logic, people?

    Also, fellow Bostonians – is it just me or does the T have a bad tendency to stochastically skip bus routes during the day? Something that is normally a 30 minute trip ended up being 2 hrs. I’ve spent 70% of today on public transportation and didn’t travel more than 10 miles. wtf?

    I need a drink.

    • /passes you the gin from the top shelf of the pantry.

      • watson42

         /  June 19, 2012

        oooo, and I have some limes and fizzy water in the refrigerator.

        What’s stupid about all this is that it’s just the normal bullshit of life. I don’t know why it’s got me so down today. Thank God for geeky Whedon mashups to remind me to laugh. 🙂

    • /passes you all the cask strength single malt

      • watson42

         /  June 19, 2012

        Thanks. BTW, your post on dilutions was cool. I admit, though, that I had visions of you with a pipettor and perhaps labelled Falcon tubes to do the dilutions. 🙂

        Granted, I have a metalworking friend who keeps pointing out ot me how many things in my tool bag are originally intended as lab equipment. (lab tape, forceps of various types, the 15 ml Falcon tube that holds my fine drill bits and jeweler’s saw blades, etc. Also, my bottles of acetone and ferric chloride are labelled with the chemical formula.) So I’m hardly one to throw stones.

        • Admittedly it was a bit hard to see, but I used the graduated cylinder behind all the bottles to make all the dilutions. So close enough.

          And I use nitrile gloves all the time for working on my bikes. Lab stuff is totally multifunctional.

  25. koolaide

     /  June 19, 2012

    Given today’s post on hair at TNC’s place, I thought I’d share this piece:

    http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/Pitstache.mp3/view

    • koolaide

       /  June 19, 2012

      (I had to look up where “clown question” came from…I, uh, don’t follow baseball)

      • aaron singer

         /  June 19, 2012

        Apropos of nothing, both Reid and Bryce Harper are Mormons from Nevada.

        • David L

           /  June 19, 2012

          And they both work in Washington.

          And they both strike out a lot.

  26. wearyvoter

     /  June 19, 2012

    Thirty years ago today, my husband proved his insanity by meeting me at the end of the aisle and saying “I do.” (Five years prior to that, after our first official date, I told him he was going to be the guest of honor at my wedding.🙂 ) Why he puts up with me, I have no idea, but It’s A Good Thing.

    • helensprogeny

       /  June 19, 2012

      Congratulations! And many happy returns! What are you guys doing to celebrate?

      • caoil

         /  June 19, 2012

        I hope it involves anniversary cake.

      • wearyvoter

         /  June 19, 2012

        Hubby got home immediately after I posted the announcement. Anyway, here’s what we did: We walked to a local wine shop that also has a nice little restaurant. Had some retro fondue (dippables were apples, grapes, and some crusty bread), sangria (because it was 92 frookin\’ degrees out), and then I had a portabella mushroom with tomatoes and other goodies sandwich with brie and mushroom soup on the side. He had a chicken wrap with a Caesar salad on the side, and we chased it down with a warm, gooey, fudge brownie with vanilla bean ice cream. (One dessert, two forks.) If they had still had any key lime pie left, that would have been the choice. It was yummy. (For our 25th, we went to Alaska. For our 30th, we\’re replacing a car and a roof.)

        • wearyvoter

           /  June 19, 2012

          Word Press seems to like to insert slashes to help the apostrophes along. Go figure.🙂

      • wearyvoter

         /  June 19, 2012

        Thank you! Snoopy is most appropriate. 🙂

    • JHarper2

       /  June 19, 2012

      Yay for thirty years!
      HUZZAH!

    • watson42

       /  June 19, 2012

      Woo hoo! Cake! Champagne!

    • socioprof

       /  June 19, 2012

      Hootie-hoo! Hootie-hoo! Hootie-hoo!

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 19, 2012

      Congratulations!