Open thread, because I’d never forget you. Except for yesterday. When I forgot you.

I didn’t really forget you, per se. I just didn’t remember to act my knowledge of you in a timely manner. Forgive me, Horde (and thank you ani for catching us!).

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.

117 Comments

  1. Aw… no worries. Do you do, you know, have more important things to worry about right now.

    In other news, I posted a review of Neisson Élevé Sous Bois right in time for National Rum Day. While it’s a tricky beast to work into cocktails, it’s a surprisingly elegant sipping rhum, with some elements that remind me of Speyside honied malt overlaid on the traditional grassy/vegetal flavors of rhum agricole.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/08/rhum-agricole-review-neisson-eleve-sous.html

  2. dmf

     /  August 17, 2012

  3. I’m just waiting on a (hopeful) job offer…

    sigh.

  4. dmf

     /  August 17, 2012

    for paul ryan and sorn:

  5. ha! I’d just cobbled together another one because it looked like you were forgetting us again.
    Also, Bar Mitzvah.

  6. But I am happy you have a thread today, because now I can blogflog!
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/
    Romney: what the fuck was he thinking?
    ProjectRunway recap!
    Philip Phillips is actually really good.
    John barrowman has finally moved on from torchwood.

    • Captain_Button

       /  August 17, 2012

      You missed the news about Mance Rayder.

      Shame!

      (Ciarán Hinds, whoever he is. From the photo there, it could work.)

      Also:

      The news marks the second actor to join Thrones‘ third season from Rome. Tobias Menzies (who played Brutus) was recently cast as Edmure Tully, the younger brother of Catelyn Stark, who has has become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death.

    • and i’m going to double blogflog the projrun recap because it was a pain in the butt to do the pictures because lifetime’s website sucks. APPRECIATE MY HARD UNPAID WORK!

      • koolaide

         /  August 17, 2012

        I do, I do appreciate your hard work. I pay you w/ virtual likes🙂

        • lifetime and marie claire didn’t have those photoshoot photos ANYWHERE. i literally ended up streaming the episode and pausing and printscreening them.
          I hate lifetime.

          • koolaide

             /  August 17, 2012

            odd. they usually have the pics up.

            Alicia needs to make pants more often. Elena needs better meds & I’m over her shoulder-thing. I liked Melissa’s outfit better than you did (it wasn’t black! ).

            • No they have the runway pics up. But the photoshoot pics which were a major factor in the decision of who won this week were not.

    • John Barrowman turned up – hilariously – on The Nerdist a couple weeks ago. Kissed Hardwick on the mouth, dropped his pants, generally went wild. It was fun.

      • David L

         /  August 17, 2012

        You should see him on the British panel shows. It’s wacky hilarity on a par with things like Robin Williams’ appearances with David Letterman.

        Just a taster:

        (The whole episode is out there if you search for “Buzzcocks S19E05”)

  7. David L

     /  August 17, 2012

    So, TMZ has finally found the elusive Paul Ryan shirtless pic. It only confirms my feelings that I would rather sleep with him than vote for him.

    • I just finished my first draft of the Ryan clothing rant. I am seriously disturbed by his clothes.

      • taylor16

         /  August 17, 2012

        I was catching up on old Daily Show episodes last night, and now that you’ve pointed it out I could NOT STOP looking at how bad his suits looked. I totally see it now. Well done!

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 17, 2012

      Yeah, he’s got exactly the kind of physique I like (my husband is built that way) but the really long baggy shorts are awful…like his politics.

    • taylor16

       /  August 17, 2012

      He kind of looks exactly like every guy I’ve ever found attractive in my life – lanky, dark hair, bonus points for blue eyes – but now when I look at him, all I can see is Eddie Munster.

      I must say, I am grateful to the internet for that. I hate when I find abhorrent people attractive.

      • koolaide

         /  August 17, 2012

        I’m glad he doesn’t do it for me. It would bother me A LOT, too.

      • David L

         /  August 17, 2012

        I have to deal with this all the time. Little head goes “Oooh, nice!” before big head catches up to who I’m looking at. My favorites are when I’m going through my RSS feeds, and I’ll go “Hm, he’s kinda hot” just as I finish reading a headline along the lines of “Suspect in gay bashing arrested.”

  8. I just made a kipa (yarmulke) for a very small plush monkey (see: https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/thinkgeek-the-sweetest-darn-corporation-youll-ever-meet/ ) It is the toe end of a blue sock, the threads sealed with clear nailpolish. I CRAFTED.

    And now, with the extended family out and about, I have three hours in which to write, and I’d better do it, because I just promised someone something. So.

    :: waves energetically ::

    :: leaves in a cloud of wordsmithery ::

    • caoil

       /  August 17, 2012

      I sure hope a picture will eventually emerge of said monkey in said kipa…😉

    • chingona

       /  August 17, 2012

      We also have a toe-end kipa in our house. It is for a rag doll guy named “Guy.” I believe Guy hails from somewhere in southeast Asia, but he does rock a pretty good Jew-fro.

  9. So my grandmother is back in the hospital, and my mother’s run to new york, and i am waiting to hear if i have to run to new york too.
    Until then, my head aches. more pills! also, lunch.

    • Bookwoman

       /  August 17, 2012

      Here’s hoping your grandmother is ok, your mom has an easy trip, your headache stops, and your lunch is good!

    • dmf

       /  August 17, 2012

      not easy to manage these things in our far-flung times, the one speeding ticket I have gotten was on the return end of a worldwind roundtrip with my mother who had missed the death of her father and wasn’t willing to also miss the death of her mother who had been rendered animal (just by a ut infection as it turned out) and rushed to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning.
      headaches and flights don’t mix but i imagine that this is the least of your worries at this point, hope that the lunch is a good one.

      • It would be a lot easier to eat this sandwich if Sir EatsALot were not so determined to lick the peanut butter off the plate.

        • dmf

           /  August 17, 2012

          insult to injury…

        • caoil

           /  August 17, 2012

          Oh, kittens, always trying to help. Or help themselves to things.

          • dmf

             /  August 17, 2012

            heh, reminds me of the people who project feelings of being sorry for wrong doings onto their dogs who are just submitting to the reactions of their owners

          • He is contentedly licking his paws. Bastard.

    • koolaide

       /  August 17, 2012

      Hope all turns out ok w/ your gma.😦

      • The current theory is this is her rebelling against going into the home at the end of the month, and that she made herself sick to stage a protest.
        But that was the theory from 600 miles away. We’ll see what my mother thinks after she sees grandma in the hospital.

  10. Oh and today for the first time I heard upstairs neighbors.
    This is an issue: We own a town house.

    • dave in texas

       /  August 17, 2012

      I have a new next-door neighbor at my condo (which is half of a two-story duplex). He seems like a nice enough fellow, if a little noisier than the previous neighbors. The problem is that the previous folks had a couple of little girls (5 and 6 y.o.), and I miss their exuberance and enthusiasm a lot more than I thought I would.

      They had lived next door a couple of months before I ever saw either of them except hiding behind their mother. Then I guess curiosity got the better of them and they decided that they needed to find out what I was all about. The way they went about doing this just cracked me up. They knocked on my door one day, with the younger one complaining about a scrape on her knee, and could I fix it up and put a bandaid on it. Sure enough, she had a scraped knee, but one that was obviously several days old. So I said, sure, come on in. She asked where the bandaids were and I said upstairs, and she just bounded up the stairs and waited for me up there. I went ahead and put some ointment and a bandaid on her knee, all while she ws just asking questions a mile a minute. Of course, her sister had to have a bandaid, too. Just in case she scraped her knee, too, she told me.

      After that, I was the first aid station (for increasingly smaller booboos) for a couple of months until I guess they decided the ruse was getting old and they just started knocking on the door and asking if I could come out and play.

      All my nieces and nephews and cousins and stuff have been grown up for years, and it was really nice finding that I still had my ‘cool uncle’ chops. Those girls entertained me and involved me in their lives for a couple of years, and man, do I miss them.

      • Maybe I wasn’t clear.
        There IS NO UPSTAIRS.
        Except the attic.

        • dave in texas

           /  August 17, 2012

          Reading comprehension fail on my part. In the immortal word of Rick Perry–oops.

          Have you tried random shotgun blasts through the ceiling to deal with this problem?

        • efgoldman

           /  August 17, 2012

          Depending how brave you and Rob are, go up there with a big flashlight and a couple huge boxes of mothballs (and keep the felines away) OR call local animal control or an exterminator, depending how you feel about dead raccoons.

          • efgoldman

             /  August 17, 2012

            This reply is in the wrong place. Someday we’ll understand.

      • koolaide

         /  August 17, 2012

        That is a very sweet story.

      • That is motherfucking adorable.

      • Making the mother of the bar mitzvah boy weepy before she can even get out of the house is not quite cricket, you understand. (Also: D’awwwww!)

        • efgoldman

           /  August 17, 2012

          Is he reading tonight? I know that’s tradition in some temples.

        • dave in texas

           /  August 17, 2012

          hey, I expect you’re a little predisposed to weepy at this joyous time. Bless you and yours on this special occasion.

    • koolaide

       /  August 17, 2012

      oh. that’s not good. I thought cats were supposed to take deal w/ varmints.

      • Rob says he’s going to go up their when he gets home and serve eviction notices.
        I think he should have Marshallow help.

        • A friend once asked if she could borrow my cat for a little while, to scare away the mice in her house. Unfortunately she’s allergic to cats, so the window between “enough time to disrupt the mice” and “enough time to start having an asthma attack” was too small to calculate.

    • Was it a shadowy figure asking you to help it? That could be a problem.

  11. dmf

     /  August 17, 2012

    for fridays and thatgirlb rustbelt curator
    extraordinaire

    Year after year after year
    I have come to love slowly

    how old houses hold themselves—

    before November’s drizzled rain
    or the refreshing light of June—

    as if they have all come to agree
    that, in time, the days are no longer
    a matter of suffering or rejoicing.

    I have come to love
    how they take on the color of rain or sun
    as they go on keeping their vigil

    without need of a sign, awaiting nothing

    more than the birds that sing from the eaves,
    the seizing cold that sounds the rafters.

    “Old Houses” by Robert Cording

  12. So I\’m disgusted at the 2 year’s jail time handed down to three of Pussy Riot’s members, but I\’m really disgusted at Rod Dreher’s (his old blog Crunchy Con was my gateway drug to raging liberalism) bizarre, knuckle-cracking enjoyment of their punishment–as if any of this had to do with the Orthodox church, and not with Putin’s shady-ass regime. Barf.

    • Check Dreher’s pathetic misogyny in the comments.

    • David L

       /  August 17, 2012

      I have to admit, I’ve spent the last few weeks alternating between raging at the news outlets that report on the issue but go to great lengths to avoid using the word “pussy” (We can’t be that uptight about a not-that-vulgar slang term for a vagina, can we?*) and snickering like a 12-year-old boy whenever the use of the term “Pussy Riot” in a headline creates an unintended double meaning.

      * – Yes, we can be that uptight. Absolutely.

      • koolaide

         /  August 17, 2012

        Then you enjoyed the <Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me bit about Pussy Riot where they played a mash up of every announcer saying the band’s name?😀

      • Then you must listen to last weekend’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”. There’s a 20 second long piece that’s just clips of various reporters saying “Pussy Riot”.

  13. efgoldman

     /  August 17, 2012

    Let’s all take a vacation!

    PARIS (AP) — An emergency layover in Syria’s capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_FRANCE_DIVERTED_FLIGHT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

  14. I followed this story a couple years ago and I was most pleased by this result – http://www.freep.com/article/20120817/NEWS01/308170134/-1/7daysarchives/Andrew-Shirvell-ordered-pay-4-5M-blog-attack

    • koolaide

       /  August 17, 2012

      I remember that. Thanks for posting the follow up. $4.5mil seems, um, large. Clearly Shirvell was wrong and should have been sued. But I’m surprised at the sum. Also, too? Representing himself? never a good idea.

      • I suspect that he really ticked off at least some of the jurors with his behavior in court, so they laid a monetary smackdown.

        • koolaide

           /  August 17, 2012

          he does seem pretty crazy. and obsessed. the line in the story about “conservative Christians on the jury” speaking “forcibly” is also telling.

          • He forgot the 11th Commandment:

            “Thou shalt not antagonize thy core audience, lest they rise up and lay the smack down.”

  15. Chipper Jones is a pretty good baseball player. I genuinely hope he goes the next two months without testing positive to any banned substances. That would suck.

  16. Talking about porterhouse steaks on the FB page is making me super hungry and I haven’t eaten anything all day. I’m at the tail end of a Crohn’s day, where the pain has mostly subsided and now my stomach is rumbling, but I know if I feed it with anything that shit’s coming back up in an hour or two.

    This has been today’s installment of “Craig pulls back the curtain for nebulous reasons.”

  17. Shit. My grandmother is dead. Damn it.
    and just before sundown on a Friday night too.

    • caoil

       /  August 17, 2012

      Oh no, anibundel, I am so sorry. 😦 Much comfort to you.

      • Save it for my mother. I don’t think she made it in time.
        This funeral is going to suck.

    • watson42

       /  August 17, 2012

      I grieve with thee…

    • Sorry to hear about that, anibundel.

    • mightbelying

       /  August 17, 2012

      oh, honey. thinking of you and your mom.

    • koolaide

       /  August 18, 2012

      I’m so sorry. Condolences to you, your mom, and other family.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 18, 2012

      So, so sorry to hear. Comfort and prayer to you and your mother.

  18. wearyvoter

     /  August 17, 2012

    @anibundel wrt Upstairs neighbors: Our attic wound up being attractive raccoons a couple of years ago, and we still can’t tell how they got in. We now own a cage trap. It has been used a couple of times, and the raccoons that we caught apparently were accustomed to riding in cars. We have successfully evicted two of the critters, and have driven them to a park about 10 miles out and released them. They take to car trips much better than our cats do. (Of course, the cats know there’s a veterinarian waiting at the other end.)