Would an Open Thread fit in my new live/work space?

Not sure if TNC plans on Open Threading or not, but just in case…. (For “new live/work space” reference, see here).

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.

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  1. Pimping my third installment of Dr Who Viewer’s guide:
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/a-dr-who-viewing-guide-old-who-part-3/

    I hope someone is reading them. I worked rather hard on them.

    • doginajacket

       /  August 8, 2012

      Can I read them if I’m not caught up? I’m not sure if I want spoilers. (pls imagine the word “spoilers” in River Song’s sexy whisper.)

      • New Who isn’t until tomorrow–these are all Old Who viewing guides for those who want to learn about the Old Doctors and the full history of the series. And no i don’t think I spoil anything…..

        • doginajacket

           /  August 8, 2012

          Thanks. I will read them as soon as I have a block of time.🙂

    • I am reading your Dr. Who guides. And good luck with your brain! Those things are nothing but trouble.

  2. David L

     /  August 8, 2012

    I would very much like it if someone could deliver me a roast chicken leg quarter and some veggies. All we have around here is either traditional fast food or subs and I am not in the mood for either.

    Any takers? I’m seriously pondering a run to KFC for some of their grilled chicken.

    • mythopoeia

       /  August 8, 2012

      I will be cooking that this weekend if you’d like to swing by.

  3. So today I woke up on an MRI table. I now have a CD with my brain on it. I looked at it, but can’t make heads or tails of anything.
    I do have new drugs which are slowly helping me function again.

    • mythopoeia

       /  August 8, 2012

      Huzzah for the new drugs helping, even if slowly!

      Do they have a better idea of what’s been going wonky?

    • doginajacket

       /  August 8, 2012

      Yay for drugs!

    • “Better living through chemistry” is a real thing, my friend.

      Good luck with it all, and tell your brain I say hi!

    • Captain_Button

       /  August 8, 2012

      So you lose your mind, you have a backup on CD?

    • watson42

       /  August 8, 2012

      Brains! Brains! I need…..brains!!

      Did you have imaging enhancement with the MRI? (gadolinium or similar) If so, you can look for bright spots or black spots where there aren’t supposed to be any. But really, there’s no way to make sense (esp diagnostic sense) of MRIs unless you’re an expert. And even then…. They’re cool to look at though. I have some films of my head. It’s trippy to see images of my rain but be able to tell from the profile, etc that it’s me rather than some random textbook brain.

      • No, no contrast stuff. Just several layers of ear protection and the weird sensation of falling headfirst through the tube every time I closed my eyes.

        • watson42

           /  August 8, 2012

          Actually, not getting contrast is reassuring. That means the MDs don’t think you have an onset of MS or something of that nature.

      • watson42

         /  August 8, 2012

        Whoops, that’s supposed to say “brain” not “rain.” Also benefit of MRI: at least I can prove that I have a brain despite all evidence to the contrary. 🙂

    • efgoldman

       /  August 8, 2012

      So today I woke up on an MRI table.
      Where, pray, tell, did you fall asleep?

  4. cofax

     /  August 8, 2012

    Man, I would so live in Boulder if I could. Live music in little mountain taverns, great food & shopping, climbing in Eldorado Canyon, and the best city-owned rec center I’ve ever seen. Makes coming back to work pretty drab by comparison.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 8, 2012

      And also all the Christianists you can stand.

      • James Cornwell

         /  August 9, 2012

        You’re thinking of Colorado Springs. Boulder, culturally, is about as polar opposite of that as you can get. If we could move Colorado Springs wholesale to Kansas or Texas, they’d be a lot happier, and so would the rest of us in Colorado.

    • aaron singer

       /  August 8, 2012

      My sister lives in Denver. Coming from the flattest, most boring part of the country, I love visiting her.

  5. CitizenE

     /  August 8, 2012

    This seems like the appropriate spot, though I might cross post. Aly Raisman. She looks just like so many girls I knew in high school, lo those decades ago. I hardly ever think about that time of my life, but from the first set of events I saw her perform in, she looked so familiar. I love how the media, even after last night’s performance, referred to her as the hard working one, the leader, with of course a kind of always the bridesmaid innuendo. All I knew was what I was looking at, thinking how she nailed the floor routine for the team event, and then, excuse me, let’s just lay it out there, the unbelievable athleticism–jump, Ms. Raisman–ok, just exactly, how high–of last night’s performance, I mean to say it the girl has, as they say, hops, not to mention bounding, muscular, twists and somersaults in the air. Her free-ex was the most athletic performance, and that’s not to put down Gabby Douglas in the all-arounds, of any female gymnastic performer in the whole tournament. Just breathtaking. In the tradition of Keri Strug, whom everyone said could not come through in the clutch, another great Jewish woman gymnast, Aly Raisman, American champion.

    Other thoughts on women’s gymnastics: what a small window, and how you have to just hit the Olympics right at the right time. Given its central place in the summer Olympic world, how difficult it must be to even win a medal. I kind of liked those Romanian women, who have stuck around for three Olympics now, and weren’t teeny-tiny teens still. It was nice to see Catalina Potor do her free-ex routine as a young woman, one who was old enough… On the other hand those Russian girls–of course,Komova just had one bad thing after another happen, but Mustafina did well enough, but both continually looked like they were the puppies with the cruel master who beat them, rather than girls competing in the Olympic games.

    • a) The part about the narrow window – so much this. I love watching them, but I am so glad — so, so glad — that nothing in my life has ever led to one or two (or three or four) single moments, all of which would have come, been, and gone before I was even old enough to vote (or: Just barely vote, in Raisman’s case).

      b) looked like they were the puppies with the cruel master who beat them I’m beginning to understand that for a lot of women (girl) gymnasts, this is exactly the case…. It breaks my heart.

  6. stephen matlock

     /  August 8, 2012

    The book is free again (Kindle version), and will remain free through Friday.

    And there’s an app that lets me add my “signature” to your Kindle book.

    So if you’ve ever wanted a signed copy of an e-book, now’s your chance.

    http://www.amazon.com/Stars-Texas-Sky-ebook/dp/B008NNSU3U

    • Uh.

      How does one sign an e-book?

      • stephen matlock

         /  August 8, 2012

        So you can associate a document with an e-book. I create the signature as a special doc, and then it’s associated with your e-book in your Kindle library. Anytime you open the book, you can (if you want) open the signature page as well.

        It’s all very easy, like WordPress.

    • Now that I have a Kindle – got it🙂 That’s the good news.

      The bad news is that the Kindle is already chockfull o’ books, plus I bought a few at Shore Leave last weekend and I don’t have time to read in the first place. I want a 30 hour day. Sleep an extra 2-3 hours and the rest for reading/gaming/watching stuff. Huh. Make it 36 hour day.

      • caoil

         /  August 8, 2012

        I want more hours too! Though I will use mine for sewing.

    • stephen matlock

       /  August 8, 2012

      BTW, love what the WordPress theme did to the simple link I pasted. Didn’t mean to put in an advertising link.

    • [sings] gooooot oooooone. Yay!

  7. Since yesterday was dedicated to the two unfunkiest politically-engaged white rock stars in the world (Springsteen and U2) I’m planting my flag for some funky white boys who are also politically engaged.

  8. This summer the boy and I determined that he would learn how to bake chocolate chip cookies (such as I bake, and such as he loooooves) all by himself. Today was Stage II: Independent Work with Mom Sitting in the Kitchen and Overseeing.

    Next Wednesday, the day before the Israelis arrive, he’ll move on to Stage III: Independent Work with Mom within Shouting Distance. Thus, he will make cookies, by himself, for his cousins.

    Frankly, this is the best part of his bar mitzvah year to date.

    • caoil

       /  August 8, 2012

      Three cheers for cookies, and for doing stuff independently!

    • SWNC

       /  August 8, 2012

      Good on you and your son! The summer that I was 12, my mom told me I would be responsible for family dinner one night a week. I would choose what to cook, and she teach me how to make it. By the time I was 18, I was capable of cooking the Sunday-dinner-for-company by myself. (Thanks, Mom!)

    • helensprogeny

       /  August 8, 2012

      It is certainly the best gift he will receive. Being able to bake one’s own chocolate chip cookies whenever the mood strikes is a skill to be embraced with enthusiasm and a gift that keeps on giving.

      • Also? Win the hearts of other beautiful young people, with whom one might want to make out.

        Cookies, man. Better than sweet nothings.

        • Electronic_Neko

           /  August 8, 2012

          Plus once he has chocolate chip cookies down, a whole world of other delicious baked goods will be open to him! I bet he could make brownies, for example, without too much difficulty.

          • Oh, brownies are the easiest ever. I seriously cannot understand why anyone ever uses a mix. It’s almost as much work, and not nearly as good.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 8, 2012

      As you remember, mrs efgoldman learned to bake Toll House cookies from Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman MA, who invented them.
      Stil, its good for the boy to learn. Wish i had.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 8, 2012

      Awesome. Congrats to him on the valuable life skill, and to you on the awesome parenting.

      But you can’t leave us hanging! What make these chocolate chip cookies “such as you make them” and “such as he loooooves”? Multiple chip types? Special chocolate? Heroin lacing? Internet-puppy kidnapping? Inquiring minds want to know!

      • IT’S THE PUPPY THING.

        No, here’s what I do:

        I start with the Toll House recipe.

        I reduce the flour from 2 1/4 C to 2.
        I only ever use real butter and real vanilla, and I double the amount of the vanilla.
        I beat the eggs together and only until they’re fully mixed in, and I stir in the flour (rather than beating).
        I bake for two minutes less than the time called for.

        Thus, they come out chewy, rather than cakey, plus buttery and vanilla-y, rather than (shudder) not.

        • efgoldman

           /  August 8, 2012

          If your recipe has 1:1 brown sugar vs white sugar, use the same total amount of sugar, but make it 2:1 brown.
          Requires a little arithmetic, but your kids can help with that.

        • Darth Thulhu

           /  August 9, 2012

          Mmmmmmm. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Captain_Button

     /  August 8, 2012

    If your first thought about an open thread is if it will fit into your life instead of if you will do it right, maybe open threading isn’t for you.

    (Or was that the line about having kids?)

  10. My annoyance of the day comes from a right-wing wacko who somehow got an op-ed published in my morning paper. I am not annoyed (more like amused) that he feels Romney is not conservative enough. I am annoyed that he claims that things like repealing ‘don’t ask don’t tell’, SSM and access to health care are restrictions on his liberty. WTF? Granting additional freedom to other people removes his freedom? Freedom is not a zero-sum game, people. You do not lose your freedoms when the guy down the street gains them. Get over yourselves.

    • Captain_Button

       /  August 8, 2012

      Isn’t the most important freedom the freedom to keep other people from being free?

      • baiskeli

         /  August 8, 2012

        Can I steal this?

        • Captain_Button

           /  August 8, 2012

          Yes, but not from me. I stole it from some USENET post way back when about a hypothetical MST3K treatment of the Civil War.

        • Captain Button

           /  August 8, 2012

          Where I stole it from:

          D. A. Kelly in Newsgroups: soc.history.what-if,rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc on Date: 1997/11/10

          The American Civil War begins:

          MIKE: Uh, what’s happening?
          TOM: It’s simple, Mike — the South is fighting for the freedom to keep
          other people from being free. The North is fighting to force the South to
          stay in a democratic country whether they want to or not.
          CROW: Cool uniforms on those Zoaves, though.

      • aaron singer

         /  August 8, 2012

        Well, freedom isn’t free*, it costs folks just like you and me…

        *It’s $1.25.

    • But he’s lost his freedom to hate!

    • FACT: For every gay marriage in America, there have been countless straight couple divorces over the same time frame.

      CONCLUSION: Gay marriage causes straight couples to divorce.

      • I would laugh, except that I’m pretty sure a lot of people really believe that.

        • David L

           /  August 8, 2012

          Clearly male homosexuality causes divorce. Just ask Arianna Huffington, Carrie Fisher, Fran Drescher, Dina Matos McGreevey…

          • David L

             /  August 8, 2012

            After staring at this for a few minutes as I finished my lunch: I saw earlier that they’re reviving “The $25,000 Pyramid” on the Game Show Network, and that set of names on the end reads like the sort of category I would not want to get if I was a contestant.

      • Captain_Button

         /  August 8, 2012

        And it probably cuts into the sham marriages too.

        • aaron singer

           /  August 8, 2012

          Or, in the case of Brooklyn Net Kris Humphries, the sham-wow! marriages.

    • taylor16

       /  August 8, 2012

      My personal favorite is how my getting birth control for free infringes on my BFF’s crazy ex-boyfriend’s religious freedom. Hoo-boy, is he upset about that.

  11. Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting due to Parkinson’s disease. I cannot highly recommend the movie “The Long Good Friday” enough to those who haven’t seen it. He’s a tour de force in it (and Helen Mirren ain’t bad either). The last scene is justifiably famous (I won’t spoil it, but it’s on youtube if you want to watch Hoskins act the shit out of it and don’t mind being spoiled) but the whole movie is really great.

    • I didn’t know he had Parkinsons. Sad.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 8, 2012

      I really enjoyed …Good Friday, but I loved him in Roger Rabbit, which is one of my top five all-time.
      What the hell, I’m just an animation freak.

      • aaron singer

         /  August 8, 2012

        Roger Rabbit, I love that film. People laugh at me when I say it’s similar to Chinatown.

        • efgoldman

           /  August 8, 2012

          Hah! Never thought of that, but…..
          I just got so wound up in the cross-animation, and the borrowing of characters from anywhere, that I just kind of let the plot go flying by.
          Hell, I watch it just for the ducks play Liszt scene. First time i saw that (in the theater) I thought my face was going to crack from smiling.

  12. David L

     /  August 8, 2012

    And we have an official open thread now, too…..

  13. Can I just say I’m so glad there isn’t an OTAN today? With my brain set to stupid, I can’t keep up.

  14. taylor16

     /  August 8, 2012

    I just came over here to chat, and it looks like TNC opened a thread too.

    Quick, let’s talk about everyone over here before they notice!!!!

  15. baiskeli

     /  August 8, 2012

    The thread went thataway ————————-

    • efgoldman

       /  August 8, 2012

      Actually on my computer it went thisaway
      <<<=====================

  16. dmf

     /  August 8, 2012