Open Thread for Hordites not busy on Reddit.

TNC is on Reddit right now/was on Reddit earlier (I dunno. I’m not a Redditer, you see), and appears to have let the open thread slide (even though he mentioned it yesterday), sooooo….

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.

83 Comments

  1. efgoldman

     /  August 27, 2012

    I am totally hooked by Copper after just two episodes.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 27, 2012

      And anibundel must not be paying attention.

      • I was finding cat pictures for Emily! To make her feel better!

        • efgoldman

           /  August 27, 2012

          Clearly (below) the answer to feeling better is cupcakes.

          • Totes.

            But you know what? omg. Literally as I was typing “totes,” I remembered that I still have cake in my fridge from all the festivities!!1!eleven!!

            Oh, happy day! Off to cake-n-coffee myself!

    • aaron singer

       /  August 27, 2012

      I liked the first episode, forgot about it last night.

      Is it on iPlayer?

  2. Two weeks ago I was in a really, REALLY foul mood and had to leave the apartment and go for a walk. I walked up to the shopping area and grumpily went to a cupcake store. (I left less grumpy, because cupcakes.) While there I had dropped a business card in the “monthly drawing” jar by the register, on a whim. I’ve never actually done that before. And then they called Friday and said, “hey, come get your free cupcakes” and now I am having a cinnamon cupcake for lunch.

    (I had the chocolate toffee and lemon blackberry ones over the weekend.)

    Also the cupcakery is a block away from the hair cutting place and now I have shaggy layers and side bangs for the first time in, like, decades.

    • PICTURES!
      (of the hair. Also the cupcakes.)

      • I did a stupid, and I came home and wore my big heavy headphones for two hours *before* it occurred to me to get a hair picture.:-/

    • I want it to be a new law of physics that every time one has a grumpy day, one wins free baked goods.

    • Gratz on the cupcake win!

    • mightbelying

       /  August 27, 2012

      LIKE.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 27, 2012

      Congratulations on your crushing cupcake victory. This is a triumph! Complete success!

      How long does the bounty of cupcaking continue?

      • There’s only one left, I gave some away to a friend and her fiancé. Spouse feels badly about taking free cupcake from local shop but it’s his favorite flavor so I think I’ll be able to talk him into eating it.

  3. I wrote a bunch of stuff over the weekend, including RIP for Neil Armstrong a tribute to the 19th amendment and MARU!
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com
    Currently today there is Pond Life and Fox Chyron fail and B is for Batman.

    • caoil

       /  August 27, 2012

      Maru! A friend of mine went to Japan late last year and I asked him to look for a Maru calendar for me, since they’re not available here, but he didn’t, so I haven’t spoken to him since. ;-p

      In other famous cat news, Nora the Piano Cat had a visit from Mindaugas Piečaitis, the composer of CATcerto. I see it’s not yet on her blog, but it did make her FB page.

      • Whenever Maru meows, my cat Tehya perks up and looks about for him. She’s a fan.

        • caoil

           /  August 27, 2012

          Aw, that’s cute! My older ones are so jaded that they hardly ever respond anymore (I think I played too many cat videos for them). Though the youngest was tilting her head at my monitor when I played a youtube video of a very noisy munchkin kitten.

  4. and also: If you’re comparing your candidate to a past prez, shouldn’t it be one that most of the electorate has heard of outside of a pop quiz?
    http://angryblackladychronicles.com/2012/08/27/romney-polk/

    Ok I’ll stop now.

    • aaron singer

       /  August 27, 2012

      Polk: Not for the folk(s)!
      Polk: As healthy for America as an egg yolk!

    • One other thing: Polk was a one-term President, and pledged to just that one term. I doubt Romney can make or keep such a pledge.

  5. efgoldman

     /  August 27, 2012

    Since I am bound to flog Pierce (can’t help myself, I’ve been a fan since our counterculture days) the weekend brought a wonderful tribute to Neil Armstrong:

    For at least a time, there literally was only one other person in the history of man who knew what Armstrong knew — how that sandy soil feels when you walk on it, the exact places where the shadows fall, the precise geometry of the mountains of the moon. Today, there are only eight of them left, all of them in their 70’s. What will happen when the last of them dies? It’s very likely that there will not be a living human being who knows what Neil Armstrong knew.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/neil-armstrong-dead-12058885

    And also three marvelous “on the road” pieces, driving to Tampa for the RNC. (Won’t try to link them all – don’t know how many links Emily’s version of FYWP allows.)

    • watson42

       /  August 27, 2012

      I spent some time this weekend reading the transcripts and commentary of the transmissions from Apollo 11 and what really, really struck me – more than it ever had before – as how incredibly technical the whole mission was. These were engineers at the top of their game trying to do this intensely technically challenging thing that no one had ever done before. Armstrong himself had repeatedly described himself as a nerdy engineer, but I had never really appreciated the extent to which that was true for the men flying these missions. Reading the transcripts of the 30 minutes before touchdown was enough to give me chills – the amount of knowledge, expertise and skill that had to be brought to bear by everyone involved was…..awe inspiring.

      • wearyvoter

         /  August 27, 2012

        Here’s to the nerds and their spiritual descendants. And the hope that one of these days we’ll get back out there.

  6. caoil

     /  August 27, 2012

    I finally picked up your post on the bar mitzvah (and teared up, just like everyone else). You all look very happy (and Timmy looked quite excellent too), and it sounds like everything was smooth sailing. I guess you get a few years’ reprieve before you have to gear up again for The Girl’s turn?

    (also I am glad everyone is here today, because I’m once again in a disqus blackout at work, apparently)

  7. I just took all morning to write something about an outrageous attack by Kristol & the Breitbartians on the rabbis in Rabbis for Obama and was SO angry while writing that rather than pound out my words at a blinding speed (which is usually what happens when I’m angry) my fury actually slowed me down as I was kind of just spitting words on the page for a while, which had to occasionally be deleted off. And now I’m exhausted.

    I hate my job.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 27, 2012

      I hate my job.
      No you don’t, really.
      I was kind of just spitting words on the page for a while…
      Exactly. Which enables you to get your argument out to [some portion of] the world, rather than yelling at your family or kicking the dog over something totally out of their ken.
      Meanwhile your opinion, totally justified, might get one person, somewhere, to think for a minute. You never know.
      You might hate that your job, today, makes you *that* angry. I’m guessing that being emotionally out of control, even a little bit, is something you *really* don’t like.

      • Sure I do! But I mean “job” in a much broader sense, in the sense of being forever involved in trying to save Israel from itself and the Palestinian people from Israel, whether it pays or not. That’s what I think of as my real “job” — writing is the Thing I Do. If that makes any sense. And I really do hate my job. Really and truly. I do it because I don’t know what else to do. (And fyi, kind of like the Hulk, my secret is that I’m always angry. The other secret is that I know how to hide it, and my skill, as a writer, is that I know how to hide it in a way that maybe someone will be able to hear past it).

        But I like writing!

        • efgoldman

           /  August 27, 2012

          ….in the sense of being forever involved in trying to save Israel from itself and the Palestinian people from Israel
          Well, damn. If that was my job, I’d be an ulcer farm.
          Who was it that kept pushing the rock uphill? Sysiphus?
          Damn.

    • chingona

       /  August 27, 2012

      Let me offer you Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews.

      This wasn’t my favorite, but probably the most appropriate for the occasion:

      “May you find yourself lost and stranded in a village of Palestinian Muslims, and may you be treated only with dignity, kindness and respect.”

  8. Captain_Button

     /  August 27, 2012

    Too scared to go to Reddit even tough he might be answering some of the stupid question I have wondered about.

    • aaron singer

       /  August 27, 2012

      They’re not bad. Stupid questions are left unanswered and offensive ones voted down.

  9. Glen Johnson is reporting the Romneyites are seriously considering throwing away millions of $$$$ and cancelling the whole convention less than 24 hours out.
    http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/08/26/while-romney-campaign-talks-forging-ahead-isaac-may-prompt-convention-cancellation/D1rB5Sxn1uoqSNF1qgrUIN/story.html

    My brain refuses to comprehend that. Even McCain’s campaign never threw money away like that–and they cancelled PLENTY of gigs within the 24 zone.

    • David L

       /  August 27, 2012

      To reiterate something I said on Twitter, why would the RNC want to be seen having a party on one half of a split screen while Anderson Cooper, Shepard Smith, Al Roker, or whoever else gets blown around New Orleans on the other half? Especially after the last Republican president handled the last hurricane to hit New Orleans so poorly?

      • Because cancelling the whole convention looks bad too?

        • David L

           /  August 27, 2012

          The optics of not having the convention are a lot better than the optics of having the convention. “It wasn’t appropriate to be talking politics during a calamity” will be accepted. There’s also the precedent that was set with Hurricane Ike back in ’08, when the GOP convention focused on a “day of service” (or something like that) instead of politics on the day it hit Southeast Texas.

          I feel like you come at this from a different perspective as someone who has experience with the time and money that goes into planning an event like this. Most of the rest of us would just see the Republicans insisting on business as usual while a natural disaster strikes a few hundred miles away.

          • If they’re worried about the optics of the convention, perhaps they should start with the backdrop:

            • aaron singer

               /  August 27, 2012

              If you look close enough, you can read the words “Jack Abramoff” under the Northern Marianas sign.

  10. Captain_Button

     /  August 27, 2012

    I was going to ask if tea goes bad, but googling turns up plenty of info.

    • efgoldman

       /  August 27, 2012

      I was going to ask if tea goes bad…
      Only if you leave it on the far, far right side of the cupboard.

  11. Captain_Button

     /  August 27, 2012

    Told a friend the good news about Diana Rigg being cast as the Queen of Thorns. She asked who Diana Rigg is.

    [cries]

    • caoil

       /  August 27, 2012

      Play her the ‘Extras’ episode with Diana R and Daniel Radcliffe! That’ll be an amusing introduction.

      Also…Diana Rigg’s daughter? SO pretty.

    • carlosthedwarf

       /  August 27, 2012

      OMGWTF SHOW HER SOME AVENGERS NOW.

  12. Blog flog: What to Expect From Republicans During the Tampa 2012 Convention… http://reformamendment.blogspot.com/2012/08/things-to-expect-from-republicans-in.html

    I am surviving the storm at the moment. Mostly just windy outside, but more rain expected. We’ll see.

  13. David L

     /  August 27, 2012

    It’s the first day of school around here today. I feel so very insulated from it, here in this building; there really hasn’t been anything out of the ordinary today other than the increased traffic outside the high school just across the freeway and the “best wishes” e-mail from the superintendent. When we were at the main district headquarters, there was a slightly frazzled feel as everyone dealt with their last minute crises and parents would come in and try to get very late transfers because they don’t like their child’s assigned teacher or school or whatever, but at least for me, there are no crises right now.

  14. The furniture people were supposed to be here at 10am.

    it is now 2pm. They’re still not here.

    ….i am waiting for Vizzini

    • Captain_Button

       /  August 27, 2012

      Sic the Brute Squad on them.

      • cofax

         /  August 27, 2012

        Where’s the LIKE button here?

        • Unless the furniture shows up in the next 30 minutes I am going to be stuck at work late.
          Because people are no good very bad assholes.

  15. Two urls which may be interesting: one a Post op-ed by a Stanford professor onhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/womens-long-battle-to-define-rape/2012/08/24/aa960280-ed34-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html
    The other shows even conservatives can enjoy The Wire, even if they get it wrong. http://feeds.powerlineblog.com/~r/powerlineblog/livefeed/~3/qRQfDoURZV8/hard-wire.php

  16. I must know nothing about art., I thought that cubist looking face that was suddenly all the meme rage on Friday must be from some Mexican/South American portrait that I was heretofore unaware of.

  17. Welcome to the United States. Today’s random act of violence will be in Perry Hall, Maryland. Please withhold your outrage; Fox doesn’t want to hear it.

    BTW, this shooting was about 3 miles from both my house and Sloath’s. I went to Perry Hall’s rival school and took adult ed classes there. Getting a little too close by my reckoning.

    • Too many shootings in this nation, akin to a war-torn country. But then again, we are at war: war on drugs, class war on the poor and middle classes, war on ethnics, war on sanity…

  18. Something I just realized:

    There are two Beatles left.
    There are two Sweathogs left.

    Noooooooo…

  19. efgoldman

     /  August 27, 2012

    If you’re looking for someplace to visit on vacation (eventually – they haven’t broken ground yet).

    We will build the Hall of Fame as a brick-and-mortar structure in northern Kentucky, between Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum and the new Ark Encounter park.

    All creationists, collectively, throughout the world, will own the CSHF. We do not wish to own it, nor should anyone else. Eventually, we will have a five-member Board of Directors and will operate as a non-profit entity within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    We also expect all creationists to support this project collectively and without bias nor any regard to politics or past disagreements. True enough, many creationists do not agree with one another’s theories. But this will not determine who enters the Hall of Fame. We want our Lord to be proud of us and this project.

    The purpose of the CSHOF is to honor those men and women who honored God’s Word as literally written in Genesis, be they alive and remaining, or gone home to the Lord.

    http://creationsciencehalloffame.org/

    And all these people are spinning so hard in heir graves, they might pop right up:
    http://creationsciencehalloffame.org/deceased/

  20. koolaide

     /  August 27, 2012

    blah. That’s the best I have for today. blah.

    May I crawl back under the covers now? Please?

  21. mightbelying

     /  August 27, 2012

    Horde! Yesterday, I TURNED IN MY DISSERTATION. This feels both absurd and awesome. Now I just have to get through the defense, 2 weeks from today. I am feeling cautiously optimistic.

    I seriously would not have survived graduate school without the Horde. Thanks to all of you for the moral support, and also for sending me all your pregnant friends and relatives😀

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    • caoil

       /  August 27, 2012

      Two thumbs up, followed by an exuberant round of applause!

    • efgoldman

       /  August 27, 2012

      Two WOOTS-and-a-half with a double twist!

    • koolaide

       /  August 27, 2012

      YAY!!! Happy day🙂

    • Captain_Button

       /  August 27, 2012

      8-)}

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  August 27, 2012

      Congratulations! When the defense comes around, I am sure you will CRUSH IT. Best of luck!

    • socioprof

       /  August 27, 2012

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      • @socioprof–am through the first two books (Baratunde’s and Touré’s) and am working on the third (Rebecca Walker’s) which you recommended. Sorry to have to interrupt this thread, but didn’t have any other way to contact you. The first two were very good, and I think I read them in the right order, because they built up to this one.

  22. The furniture people have been found. Our nincompoop designer gave them the wrong address.
    NEVER USING THIS COMPANY AGAIN.

    • koolaide

       /  August 27, 2012

      bah. sorry you were waiting around all day due to bad info from others.