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It’s yours….

Standard FYI clause: I generally wait about 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would typically open a thread (roughly noon, EST, back when such a thing was typical…!), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

 

73 Comments

  1. efgoldman

     /  July 6, 2012

    Charles Pierce and some other bloggers read David Brooks so I don’t have to (and I don’t). Today’s evisceration includes the following:

    Apparently, there was sufficient down time at the Big Ideas Festival — between the Wagner Karaoke Sing-A-Long and Bobbing For Fellowships — for Master to grind out a column.

    As an opera fan, a musician, a (platonic) lover of Pierce, and a guy who knows that What’s Opera, Doc is the greatest seven minutes ever committed to celluloid, it just cracked me up.

    • Bookwoman

       /  July 6, 2012

      What’s Opera, Doc is the greatest seven minutes ever committed to celluloid,

      Amen to that!

      I read Brooks’ column this morning with my mouth hanging open in astonishment.

      • efgoldman

         /  July 6, 2012

        I read Brooks’ column this morning with my mouth hanging open in astonishment.
        Life’s too short – especially at my age – to waste time on that dreck. Anyway, I have Pierce and the folks at Balloon Juice and (occasionally) TNC to explain it to me. And they all do a great job.

        • Bookwoman

           /  July 6, 2012

          We get the dead tree edition of the NYT every day, and I had it with me in the bathroom, so….

          • efgoldman

             /  July 6, 2012

            I had it with me in the bathroom, so….
            Well, you can always put that page to better use.

          • “Dear sir,

            I have your work in front of me.

            Soon it will be behind me.”

            I don’t remember who first said this.

        • Brooks always has been for me an inferior replacement for Gergen.

          • efgoldman

             /  July 6, 2012

            Ouch!

            • What? I grew up watching McNeil/Lehrer. Gergen&Sheilds were like the Bert&Ernie of pundits when I was growing up.

              • efgoldman

                 /  July 6, 2012

                That’s a very low standard.

                • Bert&Ernie are THE BEST EVER AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT MISTER.

                  • efgoldman

                     /  July 6, 2012

                    :::sigh::: I deserved that, as the antecedent police….
                    We were more of a Big Bird/Snuffy house.
                    Gergen, however….

    • baiskeli

       /  July 6, 2012

      link?

  2. Captain_Button

     /  July 6, 2012

    But if we open the thread, the cat may die!

  3. efgoldman

     /  July 6, 2012

    Emily, how are you and yours coping up there in Chicago, where there’s no evidence of climate change? I only see quick squibs on the national news. Just sucks to be in the Midwest or South right now, doesn’t it?

    • not when there’s a pool right outside the front door!

    • Sucks.so.much.

      We have learned, over the years, how to keep the house pretty consistently cool (though what with our second floor being converted attic, we still need fans at night), but omg the out-of-doors shouldn’t be allowed at this point.

      • taylor16

         /  July 6, 2012

        My coworkers and I were talking today about how it’s so hot that we don’t even want to go to the beach or the pool. Unless you just sit in it all day long, it’s just too hot to even be outside next to a pool.

        I feel like I’m starting to get some reverse of the typical Seasonal Affective Disorder or whatever it’s called. I’m no super-outdoorsy person, but I’m getting tired and crabby and sort of depressed from being inside so much when it should theoretically be the time of year when I want to be outside!

        • caoil

           /  July 6, 2012

          Ugh. Summer is my least-productive season. So many hours of the day are wasted because I’m too tired from the heat. Plus…10 mosquito bites in as many minutes last night, while out simply repotting some flowers. No. Do not want.

        • Yeah. I basically haven’t left the house in six days (since I work from home) and it’s really starting to wear on me. But with temps over 100, I really don’t need to stand on the pavement in the non-shade to get myself to the Starbucks.

        • aaron singer

           /  July 6, 2012

          Can’t wait for sunday. 80s!

          I went to the Evanston 4th of July parade, as I do most years. Normally the curbs are packed with people watching the parade. It was quite empty this year.

    • PS Soon after being invited to your gathering-that-I-cannot-attend, I was invited to similar in Seattle. So now I’m sad all the way out to both coasts!

  4. Captain_Button

     /  July 6, 2012

    Chatting with my philosophy grad student friend yesterday we came up with the question:

    Was Friedrich Nietzsche an intelectual proto-troll?

    What about Niccolò Machiavelli and Jonathan Swift?

    • baiskeli

       /  July 6, 2012

      Niccolò Machiavelli was definitely a tongue in cheek troll

  5. I miss my kitties.

    but I have a pool to go jump in every time I get too hot and I’m sitting around in a bikini. So life isn’t all bad. even if the temperature is threatening to reach 107 tomorrow.

    • Well, rest assured that they miss you, too.

      Kinda.

      • Marnifers sent pictures. There’s one of Marshmallow she caught mid-meow. I’m pretending the kitty is asking where the regular staff is.

        • This reminds me, anxious husband is begging me to check with you again about the last week of July. Even though you are on vacation now.

  6. I got it up a bit too late yesterday, but I posted about a cocktail that’s basically a Pegu (gin, lime, Cointreau) + sparkling wine. A really great summer cocktail that would be easy to make in batch form for a party.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/07/classic-cocktails-tahiti-typhoon.html

  7. The latest victim of the heat: my car’s battery. It gave up the ghost this morning after a valiant struggle. Feh. (And while I could jumpstart my van in my sleep, when it came to the car, I had a heckuva time trying to FIND the battery.)

  8. David L

     /  July 6, 2012

    While we’re talking about out people in the R&B/hip-hop world…

    Cazwell f/ Amanda LePore, “Get Into It”

    Or, if you want a video suggestive enough that I consider it NSFmyW: Ice Cream Truck

  9. David L

     /  July 6, 2012

    Your body-image rage of the day: Olympic heptathlete is “carrying too much weight”(?!):

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/fat-really-olympic-hope-laughs-off-officials-jibe–but-others-arent-amused-7786325.html

    • efgoldman

       /  July 6, 2012

      I should be so fat.

    • taylor16

       /  July 6, 2012

      I am so fucking tired of world-class athletes being derided because they don’t look like supermodels. I mean, it just sends me into a rage-stroke.

      Case in point: I am probably one of the biggest Serena Williams fans out there. If I have to listen to one more tennis announcer fret and worry about her “fitness” while she is outrunning and outhitting and just generally mowing down her opponents in major tournaments for hours at a time, I am going to throw something at the TV. I just cannot handle it.

      The body-policing just never stops, does it?

      • Let me identify your problem, in a very succinct nutshell.

        If I have to listen to one more tennis announcer

        The good Lord, in his infinite wisdom, invented the mute button for a reason. That reason is to turn off every single sports announcer’s dumb, stupid voice forever. Push that button, put on your very favorite record, and then enjoy your sport in the divine quiet that God intended. Turn the captioning on if you feel like you don’t want to miss any real insights, and then just look up when the announcer is blathering on and on about some nonsense (ie. most of the time).

        • did anyone watch the HotdOg eating contest on ESPN? I did not watch (because I would have retched) so much as I listened to the sound of two sportscasters having a ball parodying what they have to do every day.

          • That was my favorite part of ‘Dodgeball’ and ‘Best In Show’ – their take on sports announcers.

            • helensprogeny

               /  July 6, 2012

              Fred Willard in Best in Show nails it hard.

        • taylor16

           /  July 6, 2012

          Ha. Yeah, I do hate sports announcers more than anything in the entire fucking world.

          But at the same time, I have a really hard time watching sports while listening to something else. I don’t know why. I don’t even like to watch football games at bars unless the audio is on the loudspeakers.

          No idea what that’s about, but it causes me a lot of unnecessary stress.

      • efgoldman

         /  July 6, 2012

        She should have let her javelin “slip” during practice.

  10. chingona

     /  July 6, 2012

    It’s supposed to be in the 70s this weekend. I am so damn happy about this! We’ve had high 90s or 100+ temperatures for more than a month straight. It doesn’t even seem real. 70s!!!!

    • dave in texas

       /  July 6, 2012

      We’re kind of at an odd place here in Austin with temps. We’ve only had about a half dozen days over 100 this year after setting records for 100 degree days (or coming close to records) the last few years. It seems odd to say that mid-to-high 90s every single day is a mild summer, but there it is. Last year, we had 90 days of 100 or higher

      • chingona

         /  July 6, 2012

        My last summer in Tucson, I said to someone, with no sarcasm whatsoever, “It’s been really mild this year. I don’t think it got above 110 once.” Everything is relative, but I’ve been gone for three years now and I’m not used to it anymore.

  11. dmf

     /  July 6, 2012

  12. dmf

     /  July 6, 2012

    for fridays and a promised coming day below 100degrees fer christsake:

    No moon; the pickup’s headlights stare
    across the river from the bluff above, where
    fields of sunflower heads turn away,
    waiting for dawn. It’s cold, yelps Amy,
    and Brian calls where are you
    but she screams no, get away, so
    he and Tommy laugh, dive under for
    her legs again. In March I skated over
    this same place, past Farm Island, leaving
    my track lines in the snow hard to imagine
    now, and even then the water must
    have moved like this beneath me, erasing
    bodies’ outlines, as if everything touched
    everything all the time.

    “Skinny-Dipping After Work at the Drive-In”, by Debra Nystrom

  13. Haha, TNC fucked you again.

  14. baiskeli

     /  July 6, 2012

    I started this comment here….

  15. dmf

     /  July 6, 2012

    http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201207061000
    We talk with the chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, Maen Rashid Areikat.

  16. CitizenE

     /  July 6, 2012

    Giving matter mass, the ghost of Marley’s mentor, the Bison of Reggae–Joe Higgs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6sD4ssNXaw

  17. It just hit 70 degrees here.

    SUMMER.