Oops, sorry! Open thread!

Sorry I’m late!

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.

148 Comments

  1. Good! Cause otherwise I was going to have to open my own thread!
    With blackjack! and hookers!, as Bender used to say.

  2. efgoldman

     /  July 17, 2012

    You were busy. Three major posts today. Students can wait until the lounge is unlocked.
    Wonder if I got in first? Doesn’t matter, I’m on my way home.
    In a truck with broken a/c. :::sigh:::

  3. Meanwhile, over in the Romney campaign:

    Drudge: “Sir! The VP distraction! It’s not working!
    Romney: “DEPLOY THE SUNUNU!”

    • efgoldman

       /  July 17, 2012

      The funniest thing was yesterday, when they had to take down the “devastating”(not) anti-Obama had because of a copyright violation.

      • cofax

         /  July 17, 2012

        Except that ad was a classic example of “fair use” in action. Shouldn’t have been taken down at all.

        • Shouldn’t have been taken down at all.
          So there even more incompetent than they’ve seemed for the last week.

    • The only way the VP distraction could ever work is if Romney goes with Palin again.

      • David L

         /  July 17, 2012

        Speaking of Romney and VPs, I really love James Carville’s line about “The McCain campaign saw Romney’s tax returns. They chose Sarah Palin instead.”

        May not be a clear-cut cause and effect there, but it’s still a pretty devastating line.

    • Drudge: “Sir! The Sununu has VEERED OFF COURSE!”

      Romney: “Where is the self-destruct button?!”

      Drudge: “HE TOOK IT WITH HIM !!!”

      Romney: “Great Odin’s Raven! HE MUST BE STOPPED !!!”

  4. Captain_Button

     /  July 17, 2012

    Slartibartfast: Come. Come now or you will be late.

    Arthur: Late? What for?

    Slartibartfast: What is your name, human?

    Arthur: Dent. Arthur Dent.

    Slartibartfast: Late as in the late Dentarthurdent. It’s a sort of threat, you see. I’ve never been terribly good at them myself but I’m told they can be terribly effective.

    Douglas Adams

  5. The last of the fashion posts went up today until we get to September.
    Today’s T4T is Chumbawamba. (Shut up. They’re better than you Americans think!)
    If you missed Marnifer’s review of the NFNS finalists’ pilots, I urge you to go to the recap comments and read it.
    And the best Chris Brown album review ever is up on my blog.
    Consider this the flog.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

    • Chumbawamba’s problem is that their worst song is the one everyone knows. The rest of that record is fantastic.

      • Seriously. it’s very unfair.
        I hope people check my T4T if for no other reason than to get educated.

        • aaron singer

           /  July 17, 2012

          My 6th grade music teacher was a big fan.

  6. Blog flog: I have a book review up about a pretty cool 19th century French travellogue about the author’s time in America during the latter days of the Civil war:

    http://testudomeles.blogspot.com/2012/07/book-review-frenchman-in-lincolns.html

  7. efgoldman

     /  July 17, 2012

    @ anibundel
    Nobody here but us.People are going to start talking. People I know read this blog!

  8. dmf

     /  July 17, 2012

  9. koolaide

     /  July 17, 2012

    Anyone know where I can find a good cupcake recipe?
    ducks and runs

  10. JHarper2

     /  July 17, 2012

    There were a couple of great retorts among the thoughtful comments in the Romney Standard thread at TNCs yesterday.
    First our own TNC’s response to a troll, you have hurt my feelings
    and then If political idiocy goes to $100.00 a barrel, I want drilling rights on Romney, a comment Ian found profoundly disturbing.

  11. caoil

     /  July 17, 2012

    I don’t suppose any Hordeans are on fitocracy? I signed up today in an effort to motivate myself to exercise more. I am somewhat lazy, so this is going to be a challenge.

    • Captain_Button

       /  July 17, 2012

      Fitocracy? Is that where you have to run a mile in 6 minutes in order to vote?

    • koolaide

       /  July 17, 2012

      I don’t know waht fitocracy is but I’ve been to fitnesspal to use their calories burned from excercise tool.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  July 17, 2012

      I am very “inactive” as far as posting, just because the primary thing I ever post is “walked a few kilometers today at work” and “I guess we’ll call DDR moderate aerobic dance, I suppose”.

      That said, I am there.

  12. JHarper2

     /  July 17, 2012

    I am back from a week at the family reunion.
    Weather at the lake was gorgeous, hot, but not humid. Forty nine relatives of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations attended. The members of the first generation are all gone now, but not forgotten.
    Third cousins met and became fast friends in five minutes.
    There were four medical events requiring intervention, luckily we had doctors among us.
    One boat was holed and repaired.
    The lake was lovely, the water refreshing and cool, not cold.
    I only had to drive 6 hours/day to get to dialysis.
    There were four dogs, 8 cabins, one dock, one beach, a riding stable close by and lots of fun and pictures from the last century.
    Worth it totally.

    • caoil

       /  July 17, 2012

      Glad you had a relaxing time, but “only” 6 hours/day driving? Are you sure that’s the right word for that sentence?

      • JHarper2

         /  July 17, 2012

        I have certain ambivalent feelings towards Manitoba Health and its attitude towards dialyizing what they chose to call transients. There were three dialysis centres closer than the one they directed me to, including one 35 minutes away. It however is at a place with a heavy summer population, so there was no room for me there.
        However the three 11 hour days that I spent on dialysis made the other days possible, so I focus on that. My mom’s cousin, who was a doctor involved in the early days of dialysis told me heart breaking stories of serving on a committee that decided who went on dialysis and who did not. For ever one they had space for, three or four were turned away. It was very difficult for everyone involved.
        The drives included several relatives who came along for the drive, and to see the old home town, which is 30-40 km from the dialysis centre. It was a rolling reunion.

        • caoil

           /  July 17, 2012

          Aw, well if you got to visit while driving & not just spend the time alone, that’s ok. 🙂

  13. Dex

     /  July 17, 2012

    It’s been coming for a long time, but women are now officially smarter than men, at least as far as IQ tests are concerned.

    Findings like these continue to flip generations of research and bigotry on the rattlingly empty heads that produced it. Equality has not yet been released in all countries around the world but not surprisingly, places where women’s rights lag also lag in terms of equality.

    This is yet another nail in the coffin of The Bell Curve gang, virtually all of whom doubtless believe in the inferiority of women as well as the inferiority of black people. The malleability of human capacity is, once again, shown to be remarkably sensitive to environmental conditions.

    • dmf

       /  July 17, 2012

      not an essentialist by a long measure and certainly training and other affordances can affect performance but plasticity is actually a fairly limited phenomenon and we need to be careful not to generalize.

      • Dex

         /  July 17, 2012

        I don’t understand this comment in the context of what I was talking about. Perhaps you could expand.

        • dmf

           /  July 17, 2012

          this “remarkably sensitive” seemed to be echoing the exaggerated claims of the conservative set, was making a plea for a more subtle/nuanced approach to areas about which we have very little understanding.

          • Dex

             /  July 17, 2012

            Ok, but I don’t understand how this is related to your first comment about plasticity.

            As for this comment, we do actually have a tremendous amount of knowledge about these phenomena. That’s part of the problem with the people who buy into the modern form of eugenics that are Murray’s writings. It willfully misinterprets much of the science and actively ignores science that disagrees with Murray’s desired conclusions.

            • dmf

               /  July 17, 2012

              we really know very little about plasticity, which is the capacity to adapt to changing influences/environs, otherwise we have a pretty weak collection of social-science/engineering and stats. but there is lots of good work being done so hope springs eternal.

              • Dex

                 /  July 17, 2012

                Perhaps you just haven’t read much about the research, which stretches back for decades and cuts across many different disciplines (biochemstry, anatomy, biology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, history, education, etc.). If you had a particular weakness in mind, I could probably point to studies that clear up these supposed weaknesses.

                By the way, I wasn’t really talking much about plasticity (i.e., at the individual level) in my first post. That was your interpretation. There are also cultural and institutional forces at play as well.

    • Dex

       /  July 17, 2012

      Reached, not released, although it’s not an entirely nonsensical typo when it comes down to it.

  14. Dex

     /  July 17, 2012

    I apologize to people for continuing to harp on the Penn State sex abuse scandal but, for those who care, the NCAA president was on Tavis Smiley last night raised the specter of the death penalty for the football program. Paterno’s son, still heavily invested in his father’s god complex has been out front criticizing the Freeh report, which finally got the world to wake up to this problem. I wonder who has more credibility: Junior Paterno or the former head of the FBI, who really just reiterated a bunch of things that we already knew from a wide variety of sources (including actual physical pictures of letters and emails from the big players in this thing)?

    • Did you see the plane that flew over campus today that said “Take down the statue, or we will.”?

      • dawn0oleary

         /  July 17, 2012

        LOL. If I were a student there, I would have tried to take it down by now. A chain and a pick-up truck would probably do the trick.

        I’m older, wiser, and less trouble now, so if I lived close, I would now content myself with hanging rude signs and stupid hats on it until the university takes it down.

        • taylor16

           /  July 17, 2012

          As a resident of a Big Ten college town, I am shocked that the statue hasn’t disappeared yet. It’s summertime and the kids are bored and out drinking. Do they not have anti-sports hipsters at Penn State?

          • dmf

             /  July 17, 2012

            sadly they do not, the lynchmob mentality there would make it a bold deed

          • Bookwoman

             /  July 17, 2012

            The words ‘Penn State’ and ‘hipsters’ do not belong in the same sentence.

          • As a resident of a Big Ten college town…
            Really? They still have a football team in Bloomington?

            • taylor16

               /  July 17, 2012

              Heh. Well-played.

              As with anything involving IU, I was thinking about the basketball team. Fans practically chased Kelvin Sampson out of town with burning torches when he made a few too many phone calls to recruits.

              Then again, I did arrive hear just a year after Bob Knight left, so I sort of missed the whole “longterm coach who is a beloved part of our community even though he had a dark side” thing. My perspective’s a little skewed.

              • aaron singer

                 /  July 17, 2012

                From what I understand of NCAA athletics, Bob Knight’s dark side consisted of a bad temper–recruits went there knowing his reputation. He hid no secrets and ran a very clean program. I used to hate Knight growing up, my respect for him over the years has really grown.

      • koolaide

         /  July 17, 2012

        I saw that on deadspin. wondered if I should post a link to continue our PSU discussions.

      • Dex

         /  July 17, 2012

        Haven’t seen pics, but have heard reports. Sarah Ganim has apparently already tracked down the company that rented the plane and may have already determined who it was that rented it. That woman has a fine, fine career ahead of her.

      • koolaide

         /  July 17, 2012

        Instead of the plane story, I’ll link to the story of the campout group renaming itself and the stupidity that followed.

        • Dex

           /  July 17, 2012

          The head of the group is being interviewed right now on WSCR here in Chicago. Looking forward to hear the comments, particularly the abuse they’ve received from the meatheads.

          • taylor16

             /  July 17, 2012

            There was one comment on their FB page saying that the writer had “read the whole report and there was NOTHING in it that implicated Paterno!!”

            It took all of my willpower not to make a comment about Penn State’s educational standards w/r/t reading comprehension…

          • koolaide

             /  July 17, 2012

            The fall semester (or are they on quarters there?) will be an ‘interesting’ one at PSU — whether or not there is football — for students as they deal w/ each other and the idiots that refuse to accept the truth about Paterno. I just hope it is a safe fall for everyone.

            • dmf

               /  July 17, 2012

              one would hope that there will be some kind of general reckoning but as with most disasters that they aren’t directly involved in by and large people are probably just going to ignore it and move on with their lives like it didn’t happen.
              if there are some active justice minded folks who resist this pull I hope that they are safe and supported by the school, but if the on campus occupy events were a sign of what’s to come it could be ugly.

    • dmf

       /  July 17, 2012

      time will tell, as I remember the NCAA president did not raise the issue, Tavis did, and in fact the president kept making the insane claim that this was not part of a larger pattern of power and violence and Tavis didn’t correct him, so the particular legal matters may be settled but the larger issues remain in play.

      • Dex

         /  July 17, 2012

        From Emmert’s comments:
        “This is as systemic a cultural problem as it is a football problem. There have been people that said this wasn’t a football scandal.

        “Well it was more than a football scandal, much more than a football scandal. It was that but much more.”

        I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the NCAA sends the letter, nor does it send Emmert on Smiley, if there weren’t going to be serious penalties here. The Freeh report was almost tailor-made to show how Penn State was in violation of the various and specific NCAA requirements. It won’t matter much in the grand scheme, as NCAA credibility is pretty much in taters as it is.

        • dmf

           /  July 17, 2012

          yes he clearly wanted to make this a Penn U problem and not a football problem but that just ignores history, especially the history of how PennU got to be a school that any of us know about.

          • koolaide

             /  July 17, 2012

            PSU not Penn Univ.
            /pendant (though it is an important distinction)

      • I assume the NCAA isn’t going to impose the death penalty. I will enjoy the uproar it causes.

        • dmf

           /  July 17, 2012

          that was what Tavis tried to bring up the question of “courage” in the face of pressure, which gives the NCAA much too much credit for being in any business but selling tv time, the president who tried to disconnect the issue from the influence of big-money sports dodged the question by ignoring the bigger picture.

        • Bob Jones' Neighbor

           /  July 17, 2012

          If memory serves, ant doesn’t always, I believe that Southern Methodist imposed the death penalty on itself, and the NCAA assented. (And yes, memory serves!) They cancelled the entire 1987 season and all the home games in 1988. Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Methodist_University_football_scandal

          • Yeah, but that was about a really serious problem: money going to the players.:

          • I happened to see a documentary on SMU recently and it seemed to indicate SMU received a ‘do this or else’ edict from the NCAA prior to ‘imposing the death penalty on itself’.

  15. David L

     /  July 17, 2012

    Sinus infection update: Mostly better, except for a runny nose that won’t quit and associated watery eye. It is slowly driving me insane.

    • Captain_Button

       /  July 17, 2012

      My standard sinus infection advice besides the usual. Lots of hot showers as hot as you can stand. Keep your face and head in the stream a lot. It helps hork out the gunk.

    • chingona

       /  July 17, 2012

      And the cashier?

      • David L

         /  July 17, 2012

        Didn’t trade contact information or anything yesterday. I actually hadn’t seen him before yesterday, but I don’t know if that’s because he usually works morning/midday when I’m at work or what.

        • chingona

           /  July 17, 2012

          Well, since you’re unfortunately still sick, you might fortunately have another opportunity to find out.

  16. dmf

     /  July 17, 2012

    http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2012/07/17/solar-dance-1/
    Van Gogh, pop culture, commerce, Nazis, forgery, and the search for authenticity in history.

  17. koolaide

     /  July 17, 2012

    Yesterday I asked about beginning to learn about cycling. And baiskeli kindly responded. But sometimes I’m a bit dense about new things. And by dense I mean ttmlis, please. How does a person find a beginner riding group? And 62 miles scares me. I thought I *might* be able to work up to 20 miles one day. A day far into the future. And I’ll never do it competitively.

    Charity 5ks and 10ks seem to be ubiquitous. I see tons of ‘I just ran X 5k” pics all over my fb feed. Are charity rides of less than 60 miles “A Thing” that happens in the same way? Should I just get over asking questions here and google “charity bike rides” ?

    • dmf

       /  July 17, 2012

      check with your local bike shop

    • Bookwoman

       /  July 17, 2012

      I don’t bike, but my husband does. There’s probably a local cycling club in your area – I’d get in touch with them and see what kind of rides they do. The clubs around here do all sorts, from short beginner rides that are flat and leisurely to the 100 mile with hills “you guys are insane” ones.

    • Captain_Button

       /  July 17, 2012

      I want to reference Monty Python’s “The Cycling Tour”, but that wouldn’t really be helping.

    • baiskeli

       /  July 17, 2012

      Find bike shops in your area, and most of them will probably have an affiliated group ride, or will know of group rides in the area (plus schedules, distances, routes etc).

      I do think there are charity rides of the 25 mile to 50 miles, but keep in mind cycling is much more efficient than running. I actually think riding 62 miles is easier than running 5K. And I bet you can find a group ride that has varying distances (the group I ride with does a long loop, and you can do anything from 15 miles to 60 miles at varying speeds and always find someone to ride with at your speed.

      Out of curiosity, where do you live? Do you see cyclists around?

    • koolaide

       /  July 17, 2012

      Thank you for all the helpful info🙂

      • koolaide

         /  July 17, 2012

        argh. no edit. I know where the local bike shop is and I will make inquiries. Well, I’ll make inquiries when it isn’t 1000 degrees outside.

    • Before too, too long, all the old nuns will be gone and they just won’t be able to recruit new ones any more. See how you like changing bedpans and teaching history to turbulent twelve-year olds, monsignor!

      • Lizzou

         /  July 17, 2012

        Sad thing is, all of the conservative, ultra orthodox orders are getting all the young recruits. What’s with the young women wanting to go back in time?!

        • dmf

           /  July 17, 2012

          masochism is a complicated critter

        • lasslisa

           /  July 17, 2012

          I think the problem is one of nuance. The young are not so great at compromise. If they are going to be part of the secular world, why would they join a religious order? If they are going to join a religious order, why not go all the way and join the “most religious” order? There are really compelling ethical and religious reasons for the more liberal / less-ultra-orthodox orders. But it can seem like they are part of a trend that people just look for ways to make religion smaller and less controlling in their lives. And if you’re trying to make religion less controlling in your life, why would you become a nun?

      • dmf

         /  July 17, 2012

        amen, just once I would like to see a major organization institute reforms without things falling apart first, oh human nature…

    • Electronic_Neko

       /  July 17, 2012

      “Our works are very much pro-life. We would question, however, any policy that is more pro-fetus than actually pro-life….Our concern is that right-to-life issues be seen across a whole spectrum and are not narrowly defined. … To single out one right-to-life issue and to say that that’s the only issue that defines Catholic identity, I think, is really a distortion.”

      I like the term “pro-fetus.” It seems to very accurately represent the conservative midset regarding pregnancy, abortion, and birth-control. I would also really like to see some politicians and religious figures who make abortion the end-all-be-all of policy making forced to sit down and address the ways in which a pro-fetus agenda fails to support “the dignity of human persons,” as Sister Farrell put it.

      I’m thinking of specifically of that Mississppi lawmaker who spoke dismissed the criticism that “the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger'” if Mississippi’s only abortion clinic shut down, and said “But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere.”

  18. Political news from Alaska.
    Probably a better mayor, and certainly less irritating, than the former mayor of Wassilla:
    http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-07-13/honorary-mayor_32667690

  19. koolaide

     /  July 17, 2012

    Amongst the political chatter that depresses me, I found this entry at balloonjuice helpful in thinking about the big picture structure of certain businesses and business practices.

  20. baiskeli

     /  July 17, 2012

    Breaking meme!

    I’m simply not enthusiastic about following the speed limit.
    I’m simply not enthusiastic about paying my bills.
    I’m simply not enthusiastic about….

    This message brought to you by the Romney Campaign hilariously idiotic meme generation department.

    And more politics.

    Exhibit A in the GOP exhibit Wooing Minority voters, you’re doing it wrong!

    http://www.greenmountaindaily.com/diary/8948/racism-from-the-rutland-county-republican-committee
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/rutland-county-republicans-facebook-joke_n_1677453.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

    Just wanted to let you know – today I received my 2012 Social Security Stimulus Package. It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my butt, 2 discount coupons to KFC, an “Obama Hope & Change” bumper sticker, and a “Blame it on Bush” poster for the front yard. The directions were in Spanish. Watch for yours soon.

    Also love the comments supporting the original post.

    Love the ‘apology’

    I totally regret that some members of the Democratic party were offended by the satirical post on this page yesterday. There were some that commented on the post that they did not see how the possibly inflammatory comments were anything other political commentary.

    This is tactic I’ve seen used recently (yesterday in a thread at TNC’s where someone came in and called TNC and Obama both Affirmative Action Recipients and then later made an apology/justification that they were angry and frustrated. “I was angry and frustrated therefore I employed racial attacks”. Yeah, makes perfect sense. If when angry or frustrated you reach for the racist toolbox, maybe, just maybe, you are a racist!

    Oh, and more
    http://www.greenmountaindaily.com/diary/8951/more-comedy-from-the-rutland-county-gop

    • My sister-in-law lives just outside Rutland. I’d be surprised if there are more than a half-dozen minority families in the whole area.
      BTW my SIL’s “companion” of twenty years and more (thank cthulhu she never married him) is a very serious black-helicopter sort – before anyone heard of Barack Obama. I don’t think he’d join the local GOBP, though – he’d have to give up his name and address.

    • Dex

       /  July 17, 2012

      There are times when the racism is so blatant that I’m almost unable to muster the energy to be angry about it. This sort of thing has to be noxious to, what, 80% of Americans? There has to be a bunch of people sitting there, thinking:

      Then they attack the whole party, like:
      “GOP! GOP, can I ask you a question?”
      “Why is this shit so racist?”
      “Why you made this shit so racist? Look at this shit !
      It’s motherfucking ridiculous, GOP!”
      “This post is too motherfucker racist! Why?
      You’re coming in every motherfuckin’ election, GOP…”
      “…and you burn up my motherfucking vote ! Why ?”
      “I’m asking you not to be racist at all?”
      “I’m not askin’ no motherfucking
      Malcolm X in this motherfucker!”
      “This ain’t motherfucking Mississippi Burning, GOP!
      It’s my vote, motherfucker !”

      (apologies to Eddie Murphy)

    • “If when angry or frustrated you reach for the racist toolbox, maybe, just maybe, you are a racist!”

      Yeah, I saw that & didn’t want to kick the poor guy any more. I don’t think he’s capable of seeing himself yet. And an amazing number of people don’t realize that their release of emotional control often displays who they “really are,” inside the buttoned-down exterior that hides their real self.

  21. Sorry I couldn’t be here, but I was busy writing this in a literal, on-the-clock hour http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/17/mofaz-takes-his-trucks-and-goes-home.html

    and then RECORDING A BLOGGINGHEADS VIDEO WITH ALYSSA ROSENBERG. In which we did not discuss Israel/Palestine. Whoot!

    Ahem.

    Details to follow!

  22. Oh, and do be sure to read my post about the Marissa Mayer, the new, pregnant CEO of Yahoo who was presented by People magazine today as having a killer cupcake recipe.

    Yes, really.

    https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/on-marissa-mayer-yahoo-and-cupcakes/

    • Dex

       /  July 17, 2012

      I actually wrote up a comment, then didn’t want to be a bummer and post it. I agree with everything that you say, but there’s something about the circumstances that make me not excited. I’m not sure if it makes me a bad feminist or what, but it’s hard for me to get excited about someone taking over a company that is badly adrift, and in a position that will make her the fifth CEO since 2011. I don’t know her personally, but from what I’ve read of her vita, I’d have to expect that a guy with similar chops would be getting jobs at high profile firms on the upswing. I dunno.

      It’s reminiscent of Mabel Walker Willebrandt, although perhaps not on such a grand scale.

      • koolaide

         /  July 17, 2012

        yeah. my first thought on hearing the news was “why leave Google for Yahoo! of all places” and I’m a person whose primary email is still a Yahoo! address.

      • watson42

         /  July 17, 2012

        You read my mind. The cynical part of me has been wondering if this is a “glass cliff” sort of scenario. I’ve seen that play out way too many times from project leaders to C-level executives not to wonder…

        • “Glass cliff” – well now. That’s a very powerful image!

          Fingers crossed that you’re wrong….

    • I’m I allowed to point out that most CEOs outside of arts/design/fashion don’t look like her?

  23. David L

     /  July 17, 2012

    I know this is old hat for all of you in the Greater Washington area, but it’s still pretty cool for those of us in the rest of the country to watch a presidential motorcade pass from the relative calm of not being out in traffic with it. Just took a few minutes out of my workday to do just that.

    • The key there is definitely “not being out in traffic with it.” I don’t mind ’em when I’m in a building with a nice view, either! It’s the added 20-30 minutes on a drive anywhere that gets you.😉

      • David L

         /  July 17, 2012

        Right after I posted that, my mother texted to ask if I heard where the motorcade was because she had been stuck right behind the rolling roadblock on the freeway for 35 minutes.

  24. Freshly bought Greek/sheep feta, kefalotiri, and kalamata olives from the Greek deli in Seattle (PFI/Big John’s) are on my plate right now.

    Unbelievably good stuff.

    That is all.

    Oh, they were out of the Greek/goat feta and the ricotta salata, so we didn’t get any of that.

  25. It’s been a while, but I’ve done a new blog post. This one is about being a movie buff and yet having a certain coolness toward very old movies:

    http://kylopod.blogspot.com/2012/07/challenge-of-old-movies.html

  26. wearyvoter

     /  July 17, 2012

    Emily: You’ll probably want this link: http://www.break.com/nerdmachine-2012-livestream/live-from-nerd-hq-nathan-fillion-pt-2-2348341 (If someone else hasn’t already sent it. Nathan Fillion is several kinds of adorable.)

  27. Could people please jump onto my site and have a look at this … I think it’s really important. Thanks!

    DRUG DE-CRIMINALISATION *WORKS* – where now for the debate?

    http://wellthisiswhatithink.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/is-this-something-all-politicians-could-finally-agree-on-de-criminalising-drugs-works/