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  1. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG—Yes, they cast the Queen of Thorns in Game of Thrones. Let’s talk spoilers here: http://wp.me/p10bqa-2wg

  2. Sunday Morning Images http://wp.me/p10bqa-2w2 and Evening Video http://wp.me/p10bqa-2wN —the Firefly Ten Year Reunion Panel at ComicCon.

  3. Next Food Network Star recap—we’re down to the point where your votes determine the winner. Even if you haven’t been watching the show, if you like the Food Network, I would love it if you would check out the 5minute test pilots and give me your feedback! http://wp.me/p10bqa-2vr

    • By the way–FN nerds–Marnifer watched the pilots cold this afternoon and gave her opinion in the comments, which i think is fascinating. Knowing nothing about the contestants–not even their mentors–her favorites? Yvan and Michele.

  4. You can be a racist and still have plenty of supporters. Be a child molester, though…
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/zimmerman-witness-sexual-molestation-160900334.html

    • efgoldman

       /  July 16, 2012

      I’d call piling on, but they have to get the sumbitch for something.
      They got Al Capone on taxes, and OJ on robbery.

    • chingona

       /  July 16, 2012

      Oh, people are still making excuses.

  5. David L

     /  July 16, 2012

    Three things:

    a. I win the “most obvious common thread on a grocery trip” prize for the day: Emergen-C, DayQuil, chicken soup, fruit juice.

    b. In spite of this, I was still flirting with the cashier at Target. If you knew me five years ago, that would surprise you.

    c. If I see one more thing where a baby boomer or early Gen X-er complains about how Millennials “don’t appreciate X”, where X is something that was popular when the comparatively older person was part of the generation that was setting tastes, I’m going to go ballistic.

    • b. Because nothing says “Ya wanna make out, ya big lug?” like telegraphing the fact that your nose is full of snot.

      (Feel better soon!)

      • efgoldman

         /  July 16, 2012

        Emily for the win!

      • David L

         /  July 16, 2012

        It could wait a few days…

      • David L

         /  July 16, 2012

        And on re-read after a long nap… The big point of b for me is that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to make even a tentative first move like that not that long ago even if I was looking my best. Heck, I would have had trouble making eye contact in any situation. Sometimes, I just need to remind myself that I’ve come a long way.

        • And I was just teasing, I promise! I didn’t realize that about you, and coming a long way is awesome and delightful and much to be celebrated! (Also to be celebrated? Feeling better soon! So work on that, ‘k?)

          • David L

             /  July 16, 2012

            I knew you were, but I thought that I could use a little more context for the significance of “Hey, you’re cute. Wanna swap germs?” My social skills are a long term thing improving by degrees, so I don’t talk about it very often even when I’m working on them.

            I’m trying to get better, but I now think it’s a sinus infection rather than a cold, so it’s fluids and rest rest rest today (and now caffeine because I realize my near-zero intake today isn’t helping the sinus headache).

            • That suuuucks re: your sinuses! I’m so sorry. I had several years of constant sinus trouble and I feel your pain. And yes, even one cup of coffee, just to keep all the headaches from piling up one on top of the other.

              (Also, sorry about the other thing…).

    • efgoldman

       /  July 16, 2012

      But see, MY kid, who’s an X-er I guess, loves the Beatles and especially The Who.
      Maybe there’s nothing that the taste-setters of today like, that will even be heard of in 20 years.
      :::prepares to fight, when I get home:::

      • Your kid is too young to be an Xer and too old to be a Millennial. The kids of 1980-1981 don’t really fit in to any generation. We’re the loners on the cusp.

        But the Who are just good stuff, man.

  6. dmf

     /  July 16, 2012

  7. dmf

     /  July 16, 2012

    http://hearingvoices.com/news/2012/07/hv025-heat/
    feeling the Heat @ hearing voices

  8. caoil

     /  July 16, 2012

    It was not as hot as originall forecast this weekend (thank goodness)! Therefore I did not get as much movie-watching in as I’d thought…However, for those we did get through, I thought ‘Super 8’ and ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ were both better than I was anticipating. And having no frame of reference for ‘Jane Eyre’ (I haven’t read it…sssshhh, I gave up on the Brontes after pushing myself through Wuthering Heights), I thought it was good too, although other people have said that Rochester shouldn’t be quite as attractive/compelling as Fassbender made him.

    • caoil

       /  July 16, 2012

      *originally
      stupid typo.

    • JHarper2

       /  July 16, 2012

      I was very favourably impressed by Super 8, especially the acting and the story in the first two acts.

    • I liked “Super 8,” too. It was cute, rather than profoundly dramatic, but sometimes cute is all you need.

      • caoil

         /  July 16, 2012

        I thought I read it was his homage to Spielberg – it certainly succeeded on that level for me.

        • It’s less “homage” and more “out-and-out mimicry”. The film Paul was actually worse in this regard, although it was obviously a lot funnier (but not as charming).

          I thought that, on balance, Super 8 was a failure, because the weakest part of the story (the alien) ended up overshadowing the strongest part (the film within the film that the kids were making on a shoestring). I cannot stress enough how much people should seek out the movie Attack the Block, which does not indulge in cheap nostalgia.

          • caoil

             /  July 16, 2012

            That I have been waiting for too – I should see if it’s at the library.

            I really wanted to see Paul – and then started reading bits and pieces about how it was a disappointment (compared to their earlier movies). Is it kind of a mixed bag, then? Amusing on some levels, but not strong overall?

          • CitizenE

             /  July 16, 2012

            Craig is this you? http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/is-the-film-trilogy-going-extinct/259832/
            Or just someone poaching your ideas? Not even a h/t Craig at TN’s place.
            Personally, I am waiting for John Sayles to come up with a 3rd period piece after Matewan and Nine Men Out. It would seal his reputation.

          • Attack the Block is a good example of a largely unapologetic film that takes genuine risk in crafting characters that are not altogether appealing. Whereas traditionally, if we have an anti-hero, they are a somewhat clear rabble-rouser, viewer relation in “Attack the Block” is not guaranteed nor particularly enforced. I liked the surprise of the film that the characters we’re introduced to in the beginning not only don’t just get quick comeuppance, but sensibly develop into heroes without betraying what makes them engaging. It’s infinitely better than Paul, which is weaksauce.

  9. http://www.thesadbastardbar.com/2012/07/sympathy-for-mitt-romney.html

    This is an article I wrote titled “Sympathy For Mitt Romney.” It’s about Mitt Romney.

  10. dmf

     /  July 16, 2012

    • CitizenE

       /  July 16, 2012

      Why Bay Watch ruled the air waves all over the world. They make it look so glamorous.

  11. Oh so here’s a poll.

    Which of these two quotes is funnier:

    A) Me (in my sleep) “Watch out for the gnomes!”
    B) Him (to the cat keeping him awake): “Shut your purrhole!”

    • Captain_Button

       /  July 16, 2012

      B.

    • Totally the gnomes one.

      Also? Good advice.

    • caoil

       /  July 16, 2012

      Definitely A).

    • JHarper2

       /  July 16, 2012

      Gnomes are not funny, those critters are dangerously creepy.
      Watch out for the gnomes is a basic survival skill.

      • I can’t remember anything from the dream that caused me to say this, except for a vague impression of umbrellas.

  12. baiskeli

     /  July 16, 2012

    My legs, I can’t feel my legs!

    So I rode with a new group on Saturday, and I went with the A ride (meaning the fast guys).

    Ended up with my fastest average speed ever (63 miles, about 2500 ft of climbing, 19.1 MPH including the bike path warmup to get to the start of the ride, 19.7 MPH if you exclude the bike path).
    Spent most of the ride drafting, chasing wheels, getting dropped on climbs and chasing back on. My heart rate data (and the ride profile) looks like Jaws teeth.

    http://ridewithgps.com/trips/775843

    • Captain_Button

       /  July 16, 2012

      There is some riding group at the bike store near me, but the one time I went by I couldn’t figure out who to talk to, and just sitting around on my bike waiting someone to talk to me didn’t work.

      But I’m not sure if I could handle 20 miles, even if it si the beginners group.

      • baiskeli

         /  July 16, 2012

        The groups around here are pretty friendly, just show up and someone will help you out. Most rides have an A, B and C (A being fastest, C being easy going).

        • Captain_Button

           /  July 16, 2012

          I know I can do 7 miles in 45 minutes (i.e. ~10mph), including several shallow hills, but I don’t think I could stay up at 20 mph for an extended period.

          • baiskeli

             /  July 16, 2012

            You wouldn’t have to. You’d be fine in the C group, and even maybe the B. Most of my group rides average 15-16 mph and I hang with the B group normally. My fastest solo ride this year was an average of just over 17 mph for 30 miles.

            A lot of people over-estimate how fast others are going and under-estimate how they’re doing. If you found a group averaging 14-15 mph I suspect you’d just be fine (distance is another matter, you slowly but gradually build up) and as people say You can go fast, you can go long, but you can’t go fast and long

    • efgoldman

       /  July 16, 2012

      Like to punish yourself, eh?

      • baiskeli

         /  July 16, 2012

        Yes. I have a tendency to do this. But since I knew the route I figured if I got in over my head I could just fall off and ride at my own pace.

    • I’ve managed an average of 20.3 MPH over 100 miles, but that was over pretty flat terrain and drafting pretty much the entire time. The some of the people who do the one day STP are freakishly quick.

      • baiskeli

         /  July 16, 2012

        20.3 MPH over 100 miles is hardcore, even with flat terrain and drafting.

        Yeah, there are some insanely strong people. On the ride, this one woman pulled the group for the first 10 miles. At one point, looked down, we’re doing 25+ mph on the flats. She also dropped everyone like a stone on the large climb, got to the top, circled back to do it one more time before meeting us at the halfway point where we were stopping for a bit.

        A couple of years ago I went for a “leisurely” ride with a woman I met at a friends party (not a date since I had a girlfriend, more a ‘hey, we both ride, we should hang out’). Nicest person, she also forgot to mention she came 7th in the U.S Nationals the year before. The ride didn’t go well for me, I really thought I would have a heart attack (and she was pulling most of the time).

        • Yeah, a lot of the pace lines were doing 25+. The people who finish that ride first are into 23+ MPH averages (The ride starts around 5:30 AM and the first finishers roll across the line in Portland sometime around 2:30 PM), so even that pace was mid-pack.

          That ride did teach me that when I’m tired, it’s easier to hang with a 26 MPH pace line than it is to do 16 MPH on my own.

          • baiskeli

             /  July 16, 2012

            That ride did teach me that when I’m tired, it’s easier to hang with a 26 MPH pace line than it is to do 16 MPH on my own.

            Yeah, drafting rocks! It’s amazing how much energy you can conserve. It also works psychologically, I’ve followed wheels going uphill where there is no drafting benefit and ended up going faster than if I was riding solo.

    • koolaide

       /  July 16, 2012

      So, say someone who knows how to ride a bike but has never done the sport that is cycling was interested in starting the sport at a rec/beginner level. Maybe w/ some sort of official ‘race’ as a goal. Kinda like how 5ks and/or half marathons are all the rage for folks with good knees. How would they go about that?

      • baiskeli

         /  July 16, 2012

        I’d just start out with group rides and doing longer rides. Find a group ride near where you love and just start doing rides with them. You might need to try a few because groups vary in their friendliness to newcomers. I’d first target doing metric centuries (62 miles) and then centuries (100 miles) with charity rides thrown in somewhere. I started out small, and remember my sense of accomplishment when I finished a 20 mile ride.

        A good target would be an organized Metric Century or Century, and follow Bicycling.com’s Century Training program)

        Racing is a whole different kettle of fish, I’ve done all of 7-8 races in about 3 years and been spanked in all of them. Even at the beginner level (CAT 5) there is a vast gap between group riding and racing (a fact I learnt the hard way) and it can be dispiriting if you’re not a genetic phenom so I’d not start out racing, not until you can hang with the A group.

        Also, if you don’t have a road bike, get one. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, as long as it is a road bike (drop bars, narrow tires). The efficiency of road bikes is amazing.

  13. dmf

     /  July 16, 2012

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  July 16, 2012

      That’s just brilliant! Emphasizes the horror, and I wouldn’t have thought that was possible.

    • CitizenE

       /  July 16, 2012

      Given the amount of his sculpture, and the point of his art, it is surprising that doing a sculptural version did not occur to him. I was never all that into Picasso till I saw an exhibit of his work at the De Young Museum in SF last summer, room after room after room, every major style but the most extreme abstractions in the 20th C, all done better than the master of each genre could have ever pulled off. The guy was not so much a great initiator of the modern as the master of all things and prolific in his mastery of the modern.

  14. Ian

     /  July 16, 2012

    So I just spent several minutes in the bathroom wiping my shoe clean of crap left by my wife’s best friend’s dogs, which I’m watching because she’s in Wyoming looking after a kid left motherless because her mother was just locked up for embezzling from her non-profit. My wife is in Austin. Has this country song already been written?

    • Ian

       /  July 16, 2012

      And one of these dogs, goddamn. I’d like to have her inside because she’s sweet and old, but she keeps pissing on our floor. I’d like to put her in the big pen with the other dogs, but she’s weak and small and retiring, which means they’ll eat her. So I attached her to a doghouse with a leash. And it rained all night. And she can’t figure out how a fucking doghouse works. I looked outside and she was standing in the rain, sopping wet, standing in front of the house with just her head inside. I feel like an unwilling animal abuser.

      • efgoldman

         /  July 16, 2012

        …she’s weak and small and retiring, which means they’ll eat her.
        What the hell kind of dogs you keeping?

        • Ian

           /  July 16, 2012

          They’re huskies, and huskies have high prey drives. This dog acts like prey. They’d never eat her in front of me, but I can’t say what they’ll do when I’m gone. Even nice dogs will do bad things in an unsupervised group setting.

          • chingona

             /  July 16, 2012

            They’re just barely not wolves, aren’t they?

            • Ian

               /  July 16, 2012

              They think so. I mean, they’re sweet, energetic, ridiculous animals. They just happen to want to chase down and tear apart animals that are smaller than they are. It’s sad because I would like to have a cat, but not a new cat every week.

              • chingona

                 /  July 16, 2012

                Our dog is like that, unfortunately, though I don’t think he would attack another dog, even a weak one. (He seems to have a thing for little white fluffy dogs, like, just really, really wants to play with them.) He’s killed birds and squirrels. We would never have a cat with this dog, which is too bad both because I love cats and because we have an intermittent mouse problem.

                (And that’s very sad about the dog house.)

                • Ian

                   /  July 16, 2012

                  She’s in the carport, now. It just never crossed my mind that she wouldn’t get inside the doghouse.

                  • corkingiron

                     /  July 16, 2012

                    Maybe you can arrange a swap with the resident carport moose. Might require some reno work…..

                    • Ian

                       /  July 16, 2012

                      A timely appearance by the carport moose could have made all of this moot.

                    • @Ian

                      Not sure I’m comfortable with how funny I find this.

    • efgoldman

       /  July 16, 2012

      They usually leave out the dog crap part, because it doesn’t sell.
      Also, I don’t even recall hearing anything about a non-profit in a country song. The closest is the feed store or general store that gave us credit because daddy didn’t have no job and mama didn’t have no money. Or maybe the bar up the road where daddy got drunk / my no good girlfriend and I met / my no good best friend stole my girl / I got into that fight and got hurt / killed a guy.

      • chingona

         /  July 16, 2012

        The older I get, the better I like country music.

  15. koolaide

     /  July 16, 2012

    Dear Student Lounge hostess with the mostess: Not on twitter but saw the post on the right margin of this lovely place you host.

    From time to time good tredmills can be had on craigslist for cheap. Enterprising folks could then check a site like instructables.com (or similar) to figure out how to build a desk attachment for cheap.

  16. Captain_Button

     /  July 16, 2012

    WTF is with web designers these days? I am trying to get Internet access for my mothers house and I go to the web page for the ISP and there isn’t anything I can find about how to get service from them set. Only stuff which assumes you already a customer with an account.

    Don’t they want new customers?

    • Captain_Button

       /  July 16, 2012

      Apparently it is hidden under “Moving”, though I doubt they really mean to say that you can only sign up when you move.

  17. My cat Tehya is real interested in talking to me this afternoon. She really wants my attention for some reason but for what I don’t know. It’s not food, it’s not for head-rubs…

    I know! She wants to flog my latest blog offering! http://reformamendment.blogspot.com/2012/07/these-questions-are-retroactive.html

  18. Breaking: Glass Ceiling.
    Google’s Marissa Mayer Tapped as Yahoo’s Chief http://nyti.ms/NtChjH

  19. CitizenE

     /  July 16, 2012

    Since Mitt is what is the matter for Monday, just a reminder of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3EzNGBFKPc
    A big hat tip to Andy who introduced me to this at TN’s place about a month ago. Like a breath of fresh air deodorant, is it not? Let’s take this thing viral.

    • I saw that, CitizenE, and I couldn’t believe it was real. Is it real, or is it a very tight, very clever parody?

  20. So I wrote a little something about the two mentally disabled men set to be executed on Wednesday: https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/warren-hill-yokamon-hearn-and-the-ethics-of-the-death-penalty/

    So that’s fun.

  21. There are times when I feel bad about all my piracy. Just kidding, I don’t feel bad about it ever. But I especially don’t feel bad about it when I find out that my cable feed is coming from motherfucking Dish Network and even though I don’t even subscribe to their service I won’t be getting AMC for the foreseeable future. Then I feel zero bad. Negative bad.

    • “Negative bad” = “good.”

      (I think you might be unfamiliar with the term, so I thought I’d help).