An open thread for them what are bored.

It’s yours….

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.

147 Comments

  1. WANT:
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/ebed/?cpg=fbl_ebed

    Also, there are new fashion posts on my blog today, plus a GoT romcom trailer. You know where to go.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 20, 2012

      Looks like me, xcept the glasses.

  2. MightBeLying

     /  June 20, 2012

    Oh thank goodness I was getting BORED.

    It turns out that I am good at moving. Well, not the actual physically moving things part. So I hired movers to load/unload a truck for me and bribed my stepdad into driving it. But the packing, and the unpacking? TOTALLY MY TALENT, GUYS. My apartment is so nice, I am all settled, everything has a spot. I really want to throw a housewarming party but I don’t know anybody so first I have to make friends. And buy booze, because instead of moving it here we drank it all.

    Now I have almost 2 weeks until my new job starts and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself. I figured I’d be moving and settling in for a while, but I am pretty settled. Netflix recommendations? Excursions? What to do !?

    • I am so good at packing boxes that I actually volunteer to help friends. It’s the sort of skill that one is ethically required to share if one has it.

      I’d say find some fun thing or other that you can volunteer at sometime during the next two weeks (animal shelter puppy fair? helping the local wildlife center clean its paths? Surely there’s some pleasant one-or-two-day piece of good work that’s searching for volunteers right now) – you’ll meet people and they’ll likely have a similar mindset to you (if they’re at the same event) and it won’t be as creepy as walking up to people at Starbucks would be.

      • MightBeLying

         /  June 20, 2012

        ANIMAL SHELTER PUPPY FAIR?

        This is BRILLIANT. I would have something to do AND ALSO PUPPIES.

        • Well do bear in mind that I just made that up!

          But having said that – animal shelters are forever needing a little help, and they do sometimes have these events about town to call attention to their work and the animals in need of homes. I’m sure that if you called yours and said “I have this free time and I’d love to give some of it to you,” they’d snap up a couple of days without hesitation or caveat.

      • socioprof

         /  June 20, 2012

        We should start a business. My skills lie in unpacking and setting up house.

        • MightBeLying

           /  June 20, 2012

          I feel like I should be donating my abilities. This is my first move – I was in my college dorm and moved into my last apartment with very little, so it was acquired gradually. I moved in here Friday afternoon and by Saturday night I was basically settled. Sunday and Monday were for fine-tuning, such as finding the perfect change dish (finally found at Crate and Barrel: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/divided-8-angle-bowl/s656723 – I needed the 2 compartments for quarters and non-quarter change). I’ve even got the kitchen totally stocked.

          For myself, I never ever ever want to do this again. But I could totally use these skills for good, right?

          • socioprof

             /  June 20, 2012

            Two times the womanpower, half the time? You’re hired!

    • efgoldman

       /  June 20, 2012

      You will have new friends, and auxiliary backup parents, shortly.

      • MightBeLying

         /  June 20, 2012

        I am very excited to meet you – and my mom is happy I will know someone in RI, although she is kind of weirded out that I now have an Internet Mom and auxiliary parents via “the Twitter.” She knows in theory that “do not meet strangers from the internet!” is a rule but is comforted by the fact that everyone I appear to meet from the internet is of her generation or older and decidedly non-threatening.

        • efgoldman

           /  June 20, 2012

          Tell your mom not to worry. I only attack stupid people.

          • MightBeLying

             /  June 20, 2012

            Hmm I will maybe not share that piece of information, as I was once affectionately called “the dumbest smart person I’ve ever met” … I am high on book smarts but occasionally bottom out in terms of common sense. Usually it’s entertaining.

    • helensprogeny

       /  June 20, 2012

      Congratulations on the move. I am jealous of the ease with which you’ve put your house together. I’m on day three of REARRANGING MY LIVING ROOM (for fuck’s sake!) and have only just today discovered that the trick to forcing myself to make the hard decisions about where everything goes is to pile the couch full of books so I will have nowhere to sit and open my laptop. After a morning of hustling books around, the shelves are WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO STAY (*ahem*), the books are on the shelves and I can now move on to Other Things (like where my vast rock collection is going to go – I have almost as many rocks as I do books; it’s a problem).

      As to things to do – I hear from sara_l_r that there is ice cream in your area which must be eaten. I would vote for this.

      • efgoldman

         /  June 20, 2012

        Its obvious. The rocks go next to the rolls.

      • MightBeLying

         /  June 20, 2012

        Ice cream is an excellent idea, especially because it suddenly got HOT.

        My secret is to have a (to-scale) floorplan (you can use grid paper) and then make (to-scale) models of your furniture out of post-it notes (just use the sticky parts so that they will stick) and then arrange everything on paper until you like it. THEN put everything where it goes and don’t second-guess yourself until it is alllll set up. It is much easier to move bits of paper than actual furniture.

        • helensprogeny

           /  June 20, 2012

          OMG, you are totally right about paper vs. furniture, and I wish I’d thought of that before I moved the bookshelves! Next time….

          (Also, I usually am pretty good about feeling out where everything needs to go and putting it there, just sort of instinctively. Right now I’m in a transitional phase – needing things to move around but not really sure where they need to go to accurately reflect who I am at the moment. So, UGH.)

        • I also learned, after my last few moves, to *keep the grid paper floor plans* (which I do to scale, very nicely, with a sharpie and rulers and then I draw the furniture in lightly with pencil). That way, when we’re debating things like, “will this bookshelf fit in this space,” or “can this room possibly be rearranged to accommodate a guest bed,” the paper’s right there to work with.

  3. dmf

     /  June 20, 2012

  4. Those who have HBO probably already know, it’s that documentary time of year. Good stuff, on the whole.

    However, if you have not watched this week’s entry, ‘One Nation Under Dog’, I have one word for you: DON’T.

    There’s nothing wrong about it, it’s a perfectly well made film and it’s on topics that frankly, a lot of people need to see. I’m looking at you, hoarders/puppy millers/abusers/abandoners/or anyone who won’t alter their pet. But if you like dogs…there’s a segment which has been labelled ‘disturbing’. Silly me, I figured if I can assist with euthanizing a dog, they can’t possibly show me anything worse than that. They did. I cried for hours last night and never did sleep, and I’m still crying randomly today. Trust me, you don’t want to see it.

    • Captain_Button

       /  June 20, 2012

      I’m not sure what “hoarders” means in this context. Something like the crazy cat lady stereotype?

  5. David L

     /  June 20, 2012

    I’m having one of those moments that reminds me that I do live in the lower latitudes by some measures: There’s blinding sun overhead, but a dark cloud emitting a good six or eight claps of thunder per minute taking up most of the sky.

  6. efgoldman

     /  June 20, 2012

    I can’t get into the comments from work, but TNC’s two posts, Toward a Politically Correct Racism are(as you’d expect, wonderful. Not the content – that’s pretty disturbing. I’ll get into the comments later, when I’m home and have Disqus access.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/06/toward-a-politically-correct-conservatism-cont/258755/

    • efgoldman

       /  June 20, 2012

      So, now I’m home and went over there. And TNC has closed the comments. ::sigh::
      Interesting (and not surprising) that the comments by new names tend to run the gamut from trollish to ignorant, but the hordesters are, as usual, trenchant and on point.

      • wearyvoter

         /  June 20, 2012

        I never have time to do those threads. Lunch break at work is not long enough, and it takes me ages to hone an argument, so I sit back and observe. (And I cheer on the hordesters who ride into battle to squish the trolls.)

        OTANs, on the other hand, are doable. I can chime in and leave, and hope that I was somewhat amusing along the way.

  7. caoil

     /  June 20, 2012

    Today is my partner’s (39th) birthday, so we’ve already eaten cake for breakfast (as if there was another option) after having some last night in a bit of “but it’s already your birthday in another time zone” logic. I think we have to go do a couple of hours’ work at the cat shelter, and then after that…she can’t decide what she wants to do, other than perhaps 16 different things at once. Typical Gemini. ;-p

    • Happy birfday to the partner!

    • One presumes that at least two of the 16 things involve more cakes. One hopes.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 20, 2012

      What kind of cake (since I never got any of anibundel’s blondies).

      • caoil

         /  June 20, 2012

        A heart-shaped chocolate cake with raspberry filling, chocolate frosting, and decorated with some tiny pansies. It was very cute. Also I’m not sure it will see the weekend.

        • MightBeLying

           /  June 20, 2012

          Want.

          • caoil

             /  June 20, 2012

            I’d link to a picture but I’m not sure it would show up, given her FB security levels? Hm. I’ll put it on photobucket.cake!

            • Aw! It would almost hurt to eat it!

              Almost. But not quite.

              • caoil

                 /  June 20, 2012

                That’s why we take pictures before the decimation.

                Though now I’m wishing I bought her a “caaaaaake” shirt from the Hyperbole store.

            • helensprogeny

               /  June 20, 2012

              Oh, that is lovely! And perfect for breakfast! Yay, cake! Yay for partners and birthdays! Hope you both have a wonderful day.

      • THAT IS NOT MY FAULT.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 20, 2012

      Happy Birthday to partner! Sometimes an aimless day (together) after a short bout of good works is a perfect day.
      As long as it ends in cake.

      • caoil

         /  June 20, 2012

        Oh, yes, there will be more cake, but first I’ll have to get to her to decide on what she wants for birthday dinner, which is likely to be another lengthy discussion about several possibilities.

    • socioprof

       /  June 20, 2012

      Birthdays and breakfast cake. What a lovely combination.

  8. AHHHH! Phone interview for a job in 20 minutes!!!

    DON’T PANIC!

    Repeat the mantra:
    I am a WINNER
    I am a WINNER
    I am a WEINER
    I… dammit…

    • Captain_Button

       /  June 20, 2012

      Don’t SMS them any pictures of body parts.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 20, 2012

      Take deep breaths. Fingers crossed for you!

    • cofax

       /  June 20, 2012

      Good luck. And yes, deep breaths.

    • caoil

       /  June 20, 2012

      Yes – very deep, relaxing, one-with-the-universe breaths.

    • MightBeLying

       /  June 20, 2012

      Good LUCK LUCK LUCK!

    • Good luck. And remember, how ’bout them Keys?

    • Sending you all good wishes I can possibly muster! Also, duct-taping everything crossed. EVERYTHING.

    • koolaide

       /  June 20, 2012

      I know you’ll ROCK that phone interview!! Kick Ass!!

    • watson42

       /  June 20, 2012

      Good luck! We will be waiting with baited breath for news.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 20, 2012

      By the time you see this you will have completed the interview in fine style.
      You ARE a winner.

    • socioprof

       /  June 20, 2012

      Fingers crossed.

    • Just finished the interview.

      Had to do a little roleplay – demonstrating my approach to helping library patrons. I had a problem with the “printer” jamming but I think I did well. Should hear back about the next phase of the hire process.

    • Plenty of good thoughts coming your way.

    • helensprogeny

       /  June 20, 2012

      I am late to the party, but Yay for Interview! Fingers crossed!

    • stephen matlock

       /  June 20, 2012

      Good luck, Paul

  9. chingona

     /  June 20, 2012

    When I was in high school, my dad put together a reading list that he dubbed “Books to Read Before You Vote.” The list included Randy Shilts’ “And the Band Played On” about the AIDS epidemic, Neil Sheehan’s “A Bright Shining Lie” about Vietnam and “Cadillac Desert” about water in the West. (I still haven’t read Bright Shining Lie.) If you were putting together a list like this, what books would be on it?

    • The Selling of the President by Joe McGuiness, regarding the 1968 Nixon campaign. Still relevant today about how our elections are packaged.

    • intangir

       /  June 20, 2012

      It’s definitely on the lighter side compared to those topics but ‘Anything For A Vote’ by Joseph Cummins is a great review of all the nasty stuff that has gone on in presidential elections since Washington.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 20, 2012

      Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (1972) is mandatory!
      I still have my paperback copy somewhere. It will probably crumble if I touch it.

  10. cofax

     /  June 20, 2012

    Adam Roberts reviews the new Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter collaboration at the Guardian. Sounds worth reading.

    Alan Sepinwell finds the new Sorkin show on HBO, Newsroom, to be clumsy, patronizing, and self-righteous. I’m not really surprised.

    I’m going to be out of town next weekend, so I won’t be able to see the season finale of Korra until Sunday night. To hold us over until we do see it, here’s a WSJ interview with DiMarino & Konietzko. [Note: there are a few mild spoilers in that interview!]

    Book View Cafe has a recipe for a summer fruit pudding that looks kind of cool.

    • Dude.

      THREE LINK MAXIMUM IN THE WORDPRESS.

      But I fished it out of moderation for you, for I am good and kind.

  11. dmf

     /  June 20, 2012

    http://www.cbc.ca/writersandcompany/episode/2011/09/25/tony-kushner-interview/
    The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, With a Key to the Scriptures.

  12. caoil

     /  June 20, 2012

    I don’t know if any of you follow the Scandals of Classic Hollywood series on the Hairpin (written by Anne Helen Petersen), but this week’s is about a lovely and talented woman and is also very, very tragic.
    Dorothy Dandridge.

  13. JHarper2

     /  June 20, 2012

    There are still a few bugs in the system
    The data mining system. The system that is supposed to be targeting offers at us based on all the demographic and purchasing information all the Little Brothers in our lives our collecting.
    Apple iTunes should know a bit about what I want in music. They have basic demo info on me, they know what I bought from them, and I assume, what else I have ripped into iTunes or downloaded elsewhere, like from the Smithsonian.
    There is nothing in the largely folkcentric music on my iPod nothing in the recent concentration on 19th century naval music, nothing in the 2584 tunes on the pod that would justify any halfway decent algorithm sending me 4 emails in the past 5 days urging me to take advantage of a special price on the new addition to the oeuvre of Justin Bieber!
    There is nothing in my demographic info, not my gender or advanced age that would justify such targeting.
    I understand that data mining and targeted marketing are the price we pay for internet convenience in shopping, but could they not get better at it?

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading.

    • David L

       /  June 20, 2012

      I always, always encounter a tipping point on those sorts of things (be it iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, whatever) where I like just enough stereotypically gay things for the algorithm to start throwing all of them at me, and then I have to spend forever going “Yes, I like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the Scissor Sisters, but I have no interest in the complete box set of Will and Grace or the complete discography of Mariah Carey.”

      • Sometimes it also flips. I remember for a while I used to get a lot of “These lonely (naughty? that was certainly the implication) Christian girls just need a man to set them on the straight and narrow” ads on FB, even though I clearly labeled myself as agnostic. Maybe it was actually an intentional ploy to draw sinners back into the fold, but if so it was pretty counterproductive as the ads just seemed really skeezy.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 20, 2012

      …nothing in the recent concentration on 19th century naval music…
      Band music?

  14. koolaide

     /  June 20, 2012

    no Euro soccer today. I miss it.

    • Me too. But it’s probably a good thing, because if i was caught watching it days in a row, I’d be in trouble.

  15. JHarper2

     /  June 20, 2012

    I spend a fair amount of time in the dialysis unit. The dialysis machines stand between 4 & 5 feet high, on a base with hidden wheels. They look sort of like something daleks either evolved from or evolved into. One thing they do not do is self-locomote.
    I may or may not have had dreams nightmares where I was pursued by daleks who turned into dialysis machines and vice versa.
    Today I wakened from a short nap in dialysis to see a machine gliding by at old school dalek speed, moving all by itself.
    I was shocked awake, then I saw a nurse come up to it and finish pushing it into biomed, the tech dept to be fixed. He had just given it a strong push, so it glided to a stop in front of the biomed door.
    That is no way to wake up people, especially when you cannot get out of the chair, needles in one arm and a bp cuff fastened to the other, and both fastened to the machine. If they turn on us, I’m toast. No way to wake up indeed. It should not be allowed.

    • caoil

       /  June 20, 2012

      Should we get you some kind of ray gun to have at your side during treatment?

      • Two. And a holster.

      • JHarper2

         /  June 20, 2012

        Or a defib machine.
        But a shiny ray gun would be way more fun! Ya, a shiny ray gun, that’s what I want!
        These things are scary.

        You don’t want to see this rolling towards you as you come out of a nap!

        • caoil

           /  June 20, 2012

          I know what we should do! We’ll get a length of canvas, and decorate it like a Dalek, and you can throw it over top one of the machines as you leave for the day! 🙂

          • JHarper2

             /  June 20, 2012

            Zic and Ani could knit me a dalek.
            I think the whole idea is awesome. There is a dalek dialysis machine bay which holds four machines waiting to go into service when there is a problem with a machine on the floor, one of those would really freak people out as they go by.
            If you can laugh at something, it no longer scares you.

        • The peristaltic pump elements do kind of look like eyes.

    • watson42

       /  June 20, 2012

      Methinks we need to get you a sonic screwdriver.

    • Just hope you are getting better.

  16. Does anyone else have the impression that TNC is just kind of quietly ceding the complication of an open thread to me/us? He posted two posts today, on either side of what would have been the typical time for an open thread.

    • (I wish I felt like I could ask him, but I really don’t).

      • dmf

         /  June 20, 2012

        fer G-d’s sake ee, just ask the man

      • Yes, I’ve felt it for months, ever since he realised you did them when he didn’t. It’s part of why I was so adamant they stay at your place instead of bounce around.
        (And i would totally ask. Because I’m pretty sure the answers yes.)

        • The thing is that I think at first it was unthinking. Now I’m wondering if it’s on purpose.

          • corkingiron

             /  June 20, 2012

            My guess, Emily? I think this upcoming piece has drained him to a great extent. He’s alluded to the impact it’s had on him more than once – including today. And it (I suspect) has involved facing some deeply ugly truths. So he’s “defaulted” to letting us play over here for a bit.
            My two cents.

        • dmf

           /  June 20, 2012

          but why guess, if there was ever a place for twitter wouldn’t this be it? i can’t imagine that tnc would be anything but grateful to get this clear for folks

    • caoil

       /  June 20, 2012

      I could certainly see that being true, although the complicating factors are the books, and whether his son is already out of school?

      • caoil

         /  June 20, 2012

        (way to sound disjointed…I mean, in terms of how much time he has to devote to watching the threads)

    • It’s probably a good compromise for him. The regulars get to have their fun, which keeps us from bugging him. As caoil mentioned, the book is probably a big factor because policing the open threads, especially since they almost always sprawl over 500 posts these days, is a pretty significant task.

    • koolaide

       /  June 20, 2012

      The threads today, methinks, have a heavy need for moderation (aka banhammer). And he’s said that he’s got lots of reporting and writing work (paper Atlantic & that book) going on this summer. I doubt he’s forgotten us totally.

    • watson42

       /  June 20, 2012

      Perhaps, but I also think if this was going to become a permanent thing, he’d say so. He did mention a while back that with the books, etc he was going to have periods of light engagement.

    • watson42

       /  June 20, 2012

      Also, thank you for hosting the student lounge! What with your Daily Beast gig and all, your hospitality is MUCH appreciated.

    • The one post he did of the racist NR writer probably entailed a serious policing of comments if he left comments open. In those moments he can’t afford to be distracted with an OTAN.

      I’d like to think he likes the Open Threads, if only because it keeps us around and chatting. People can be a comfort if you let them.

    • stephen matlock

       /  June 20, 2012

      He does depend upon you to be the hall monitor, after all.

  17. Just tossed up a review of a dram of Springbank 15 that I tried at a local bar, recently. Has all of the Springbank hallmarks, but didn’t quite live up to expectations.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/06/whisky-review-springbank-15.html

  18. koolaide

     /  June 20, 2012

    So, um, my lip was swollen (though not nearly as much) again when I woke up this am. It’s back to normal size now. Two days in a row. Different food. Different lip balm. Just weird.

    • If it happens tomorrow, would you do your friends a favor and call the doctor?

      But you might try switching your pillowcase – or, better yet, washing your pillowcase with a non-allergenic laundry soap. If you wake up unswollen, sleep with a non-washed pillowcase again, and if the swelling returns, you might have your answer.

      • koolaide

         /  June 20, 2012

        About the dr…I need a new one and I *really* don’t want to go back to the doctor of record* for my insurance company. and getting in to see a dr. as a “new patient” takes freaking forever.

        *srsly. she told me to google X diagnosis when I started asking her questions about something I may or may not have.

        • Well then, I would say try my pillowcase idea!

          PS I hate lazy doctors. HATE.

          • koolaide

             /  June 21, 2012

            I’m going to Dr. Google as soon as the office opens. With any luck, she’ll be out today and I can see one of the other drs in the practice. Or a nurse practitioner.

            • Fingers crossed for Dr. Google to be sipping a latte with friends, and that you get quick relief!

  19. It’s 101degrees today. I’d rather be home celebrating solstice in the air conditioning with Purrbot and FatOne and Trouble.

  20. so I have a problem people, and I need advice.

    I want to go on vacation.

    I have a sweater to knit. I have water to stare at. I have a week off from the job that pays the bills.
    What do I do about my blog? EE and KCox are both professionals now, so I can’t ask them to cover for me like I did last time. Is posting cat pictures once a day a good substitute? Will it really kill traffic if I go utterly dormant?

    • koolaide

       /  June 20, 2012

      1) Is it possible to set up posts to post at a certain time automatically?

      2) A “I’m on summer vaca but I’ll be back” post isn’t a bad thing…as long as you really come back.

      • Well of COURSE I’ll come back.
        And yes I can schedule posts, I do it every day! That’s how i do five posts and hold a full time gig. But scheduling stuff a week ahead seems a bit nutty, unless it’s like happy cats or something.

        • koolaide

           /  June 20, 2012

          yeah, I don’t think a “I’m on vaca” post is a bad thing. You’re going to be away for a week. Your income isn’t tied to your blog. You’re coming back to post more after the vaca. It’ll all be ok.

        • David L

           /  June 20, 2012

          If you don’t want to go totally dark, just do one post per day with a note. If you have some regular, weekly thing (e.g., the “Tunes for Tuesday” I see you posted), that’s your post for the day. Do one less post per day the week before if you feel like you’re going to be short on content.

        • Just put up a gone fishin’ sign. It’ll be a really good break for your sanity.

          In a semi-relevant aside, I stopped using bit.ly all together when they introduced the new version, because it was just too annoying and stupid, and I suddenly realized I had no way of knowing how many people clicked on which links — and that that was really good for my mental health. I could, of course, sign up for something that would tell me how many clicks I’ve gotten via Twitter links, but I’ve realized I’m better off not knowing. I’ve even gone a few days without looking at my blog stats, FWIW.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 20, 2012

      I think it is okay to go on holidays and just put up a post, gone fishing, back in a week.

      Or if you can automate posts on cats and tunes with a notation on each that you are away recharging and this will have to tide people over?

      Although I can’t volunteer her, have you considered Zic who could do interesting things around knitting, fashion and music.

    • CitizenE

       /  June 20, 2012

      I’ll always come back to give you a hard time about tv and fantasy. Take a vacation, the next fashion will be there when you get back, and summer tv is dismal.

  21. CitizenE

     /  June 20, 2012

    Actually if they appeared more often on his site, we’d have less of DMF. But I also think two hundred posts are quite enough. Six hundred, well… I feel for the man who must moderate so much verbiage. I can remember the early days of Otan when even a hundred seemed like a lot of posts. However, there is also the issue of being paid; it might, um, be nice if Atlantic hired you for this task.

  22. Blog flog: Incumbency. I hope it doesn’t bore people.

  23. dmf

     /  June 20, 2012

  24. wearyvoter

     /  June 20, 2012

    Thanks everyone for the 30th anniversary good wishes (and dancing Snoopy gifs!). For those of you who asked what we did to celebrate, here’s the scoop:
    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 and rooting for our Charlie Brown Christmas tree-like money tree to fill out like the one in the cartoon many years ago.)

  25. stephen matlock

     /  June 20, 2012

    It’s SEVENTY DEGREES HERE FINALLY! I am going to roll the window down on the way home.

    • I think it hit a solid 80º here in Portland. Just a tad bit warmer than my preference, but hopefully it doesn’t get any warmer than this for a while. Of course it’s supposed to be 60º and rainy on Friday, so there doesn’t seem to be much threat of a heatwave any time soon.

  26. wearyvoter

     /  June 20, 2012

    I will spot you 10 more degrees from here in the Midwest’s Convection Oven and we can meet in the middle. 🙂

    • stephen matlock

       /  June 20, 2012

      I’m sitting at home now with my sweatshirt on and a blanket while watching TV.

  27. So apparently, in the wake of the mega-success of the Avengers, Warner Bros, who owns the rights to nearly all of the major DC Comics characters is moving with all serious intention to establish a rival universe to what Marvel Studios has set up. This is all (potentially) awesomesauce, if done well. They are still in the planning phases. First thing they want to nail down is a Joss Whedon-style director to oversee and helm all of the reboot films coming since Christopher Nolan turned the offer down (and was never much of a comic book guy anyway). As long as they avoid Brett Ratner and a few other directors (McG ugh), this can really explode and blossom into their ultimate goal – a Justice League movie. In comic book geek terms, a well executed and well written Justice League movie is something of a nirvana. The Avengers was hard enough to pull off, but all in all, the lineup is a mix of decidedly 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier heroes. Divvying up screen time and origin stories isn’t too hard at the end of the day. But a Justice League movie has two of the titans of all comic book-dom – Batman and Superman – who in Justice League lore have an extensive story underlying their push and pull relationship and a bit of a leadership struggle between the two that can easily consume 90-120 minutes running time alone. Add Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, the Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Aquaman and well, can you really cover all of that, and do it all justice (no pun intended), in a 3 hour running time? I hope so, but skepticism is mighty strong