Open thread for a perennially lost battalion.

Dude, has the Khan just decided to stay on the steppes, like, forever…? I hope not. But here’s an open thread in the meantime.

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.

102 Comments

  1. Captain_Button

     /  September 7, 2012

    The Khan is off on aq uest hunting the Great White Whatever-it-is-that-you-hunt-on-steppes.

  2. Project Runway recap!
    Fashion recaps!
    Stuff! Nonsense!
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

    • Query: if anyone else uses Blogger.com, has your menu bar at the top of the blog workpage disappeared? It has on my blogs since yesterday, I have to jump through three more steps to get to the Edit/New Post page…

      • I cannae halp yoo. I am a wurdpresser!

      • I haven’t actually posted in my blog regularly in months (’cause I post elsewhere) but when I go to blogger, I still have the new post icon right near the top, next to the name of my blog.

      • Not sure if this is what you mean, but I just went and looked at my blogger dashboard. It seems that they have a new “feature” where if you click next to the line that says “Paul’s blogs” (or whatever yours says), the section underneath disappears and all you see is the All Blogs/Reading list thing. If you click in that spot again it comes back and you can see your list of blogs and the New Post buttons again.

  3. Captain_Button

     /  September 7, 2012

    I saw Z__ at lunch today and asked what sort of video player he had, but it turns out he isn’t the Z__ that wanted to borrow my Game Of Thrones DVDs. He is the tall one, the would be borrower is the short one.

    • If only I had any idea what on earth this meant.

      • Captain_Button

         /  September 7, 2012

        My friend said Z__ wanted to borrow my DVDs. We have two friends named Z__. He meant one, I thought he meant the other.

        • Ok, now I’m just confused as to how one person can have two friends with a Z at the start of their names, but it’s a different kind of confusion. One I can live with.

          • Captain_Button

             /  September 7, 2012

            One Steve Limit

            “A pretty rigid rule that no two characters in a work of fiction (novel, movie, play, TV series, comic book, etc.) should share the same first name, or even similar-sounding names. If there’s a Laura in the story, there will not be a Lyra; if there’s an Ed, there will not be a Ted. ”

            ObGameOfThrones: The books have Asha (Theon’s sister) and Osha (illegal immigrant nanny for the Starks). Theon’s sister was renamed in the TV series.

            • baiskeli

               /  September 7, 2012

              Tolkien violated this rule in Silmarillion with Elf names

          • CitizenE

             /  September 7, 2012

            It’s not the ZZ Top, but their beards, sunglasses, and hats that make them so hard to distinguish from one another, not to mention the Furry Freak Brothers. PS. I had a classmate in my elementary school, whose name was Zachary Zuball. For real.

            • David L

               /  September 7, 2012

              It came up in a work meeting this morning that the school district I work for has multiple students whose initials are ZZ (more than I would have thought) and multiple XXes, but only one QQ. (One of my co-workers likes to enter uncommon letters into the “first/last name starts with…” on his program when testing. Also, I hope I can say that much without violating privacy laws/policies.)

  4. David L

     /  September 7, 2012

    Good news/bad news, sports edition:

    A trans teen in Michgan has found acceptance even on the high school football team: http://www.thetowerpulse.net/?p=9649

    The USTA refused to let the world #1 in the women’s juniors rankings enter the US Open’s main draw because they think she’s too fat, and made her pay her own way to get to the juniors tournament (which she is apparently tearing up). http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444273704577635530959121916.html

    • Ok, RE: tennis:

      WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK. Tennis is hard, y’all. I can’t do it. I couldn’t even do it when I was in marching band and on the track team and 18 years old somehow active for 26 hours of ever 24-hour day. If she can play — and it looks like she can, and damn well at that — who are they to tell her she’s not in good enough shape?

    • 1. It’s weird that they refer to him as “a transgender female student” at the beginning of the article, and then use the correct pronouns throughout.

      2. They’re “concerned about her health”? What the actual fuck? Yeah, she must be in really bad shape. All tennis players are, y’know.

    • David L

       /  September 7, 2012

      Also on sports and LGBT issues…

      Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been vocal in his support of same-sex marriage in the upcoming vote in Maryland. An anti-same-sex-marriage Maryland delegate wrote to the team owner to ask him to order Ayanbadejo to stop talking about it. (Really!)

      http://www.wbaltv.com/blob/view/-/16490818/data/3/-/ijsbez/-/Emmett-Burns-letter-over-Brendon-Ayanbadejo.pdf

      Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe, who has recorded ads in support of Minnesota’s similar ballot measure and is pretty outspoken on a lot of other issues recently, has written an excellent rebuttal, which was just posted by Deadspin (language may be NSFyourW).
      http://deadspin.com/5941348/they-wont-magically-turn-you-into-a-lustful-cockmonster-chris-kluwe-explains-gay-marriage-to-the-politician-who-is-offended-by-an-nfl-player-supporting-it

      • I was going to post about Ayanbadejo myself. The Ravens, meanwhile, have decided they won’t dignify Burns’ request with a response. And, oh yeah, Burns himself is a real piece of work. Thankfully on-the-other-side-of-the-county piece of work, but still in my county. Ptooey.

      • baiskeli

         /  September 7, 2012

        Chris Kluwe’s response is so full of win (as is Brendon Ayanbadejo)

    • dave in texas

       /  September 7, 2012

      What kills me is that, judging from the picture that accompanied the article, her fitness level looks to be roughtly the same as Serena Williams, who is ALMOST SINGLEHANDEDLY KEEPING WOMEN’S TENNIS AFLOAT.

      Ahem, sorry, didn’t mean to shout.

      • David L

         /  September 7, 2012

        I can’t, off the top of my head, think of a male tennis player who isn’t pretty low in body fat, but certainly nobody seems all that concerned about CC Sabathia or Ben Roethlisberger and their fitness when they and their respective spare tires show up to games. Not to mention NFL defensive lines or rugby front rows, where part of the point is to have as much mass as you can easily move in order to create a lot of inertia.

  5. Did y’all see the Google doodle today? Did y’all see it?!

    • caoil

       /  September 7, 2012

      Yes – it’s super-cute!

    • I heart the little red e-shirt.

    • Hi-larious, I tell you.

    • baiskeli

       /  September 7, 2012

      Yes, pure awesomeness!! I’m a Trekkie. I have a Road ID bracelet, below my wife’s name and phone number is “Live Long and Prosper”

    • Are you clicking on the picture to find the various surprises?

      Have you found the Tribbles yet?

      • koolaide

         /  September 7, 2012

        tribbles? NO. I need to go back and randomly click things…

      • Captain_Button

         /  September 7, 2012

        TTMLIS:

        What are you are the other articles talking about? It doesn’t work for me. There is only one mouseover, “46th Anniversary of Star Trek”, and no matter where I click on it I just get a Google search on Star Trek.

        What is the sekrit trick I am missing?

        • Try hovering on Uhura, the com, and/or the door. Or just click, even if you don’t see what I see (which is: An outline around those things).

          • Captain_Button

             /  September 7, 2012

            Nothing. I’ve probably got the wrong browser or plugins or something.

            • Google uses HTML5 for these doodles — in part, to show off what HTML5 can do. Your browser may not support it, though I know that Firefox and Chrome most definitely do.

    • JHarper2

       /  September 7, 2012

      Did you click through all the actions? Lovely.

  6. doginajacket

     /  September 7, 2012

    The puppy (7 months old) is back in puppy prison today after a long streak of being trusted with the run of the house because yesterday she tried to eat the fire extinguisher.

  7. I’mma be on HuffPost Live at 3:30 EST to talk about the Jerusalem kerfuffle at the DNC. Huzzah!

    Should you care to watch live: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/

  8. What’s this about Canada being the nation to launch a First Strike on Iran? Since when did Canadians get so violent?

    • caoil

       /  September 7, 2012

      Steven likes to pretend he has actual human emotions, like anger and violence.

      Otherwise the country will figure out about his true android self.

      • I thought that was Mitt.

        • caoil

           /  September 7, 2012

          Now I’m starting to wonder just how far the machines have infiltrated…

          (I don’t recommend it, but really, if you look at a picture of our PM, his eyes give it away – he’s either an artificial intelligence, or else a sociopath)

    • Captain_Button

       /  September 7, 2012

      Stupid thought just had. Does this have to do with the upcoming movie about smuggling the Americans out of the Canadian embassy in Iran back in the late 70s?

    • wearyvoter

       /  September 7, 2012

      Maybe the Canadians have received reliable intel that Iran is responsible for the heist of their strategic maple syrup reserves.

  9. Hey! BJ’s tweet made it onto the Dish!

  10. I didn’t want to go to work. Purrbot was so comfy and purrhuffing away…

  11. Just to blog flog:
    http://reformamendment.blogspot.com/2012/09/convention-is-over-now-get-out-there.html

    Shall I also shill the “My Vote My Power” cafepress paraphernalia?

  12. Oh this was also the first year I did not watch the VMAs since getting a TV when I was 13.

    Is this proof I am old?

    • No. Proof of taste.

      • I started to when one of the DNC speeches got dull, but it was all a twitter fan war between beiber fans, the wanted fans and one direction fans.
        All i could think was ewwwww.
        That and No Gaga, No Bey, No Adele. The best they had last night was Rihanna (who kissed Chris Brown on camera) and Frank Ocean.

    • dave in texas

       /  September 7, 2012

      I swear, if I hear one more person in their late 20s-early 30s complain about being old, I’m gonna…I’m gonna…wait, what were we talking about?

      • I’m 34, going on 35. In under six months I will no longer be considered able to breed without serious medical help.

        • aaron singer

           /  September 7, 2012

          Serious medical help? At 35? My sister started having kids at 35 (she has two, is 38 now, and says she’s done).

          • There’s a professor at my alma mater who had a kid when he was 60 with his 40 year old wife (who is also his former thesis student).

      • caoil

         /  September 7, 2012

        Trip ’em with your walker, dude. Gets them every time.

  13. Today I’ve spent about 3 hours debugging a script that’s failing due to multiple problems with nested library calls.

    Yay.

    • efgoldman

       /  September 7, 2012

      …due to multiple problems with nested library calls.
      Dude! Birds in the library? Could lead to may messes. On the other hand, some patrons may find the calls comforting….
      [A certain, late, unlamented public radio morning host in Boston used to start every morning with a recording of bird calls. He said it was to comfort the listeners. Actually it was an endless loop that the previous announcer started when s/he was done, because said morning host was always, always late. True!]

      • efgoldman

         /  September 7, 2012

        ahem. “many” messes. :::grumps away:::

      • aaron singer

         /  September 7, 2012

        My local library has (or had, in spring months) a webcam with falcons on the roof, but unfortunately there was no sound.

  14. Here is my dilemma: the Baltimore Sun has hired a new columnist. A 30-something black man from East Baltimore who is dabbling with learning another language. I’d like to point TNC to the guy’s first piece, but there’s been no Battalion and I don’t want to shoehorn an offtopic post into what he’s written today.

    Ideas?

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-foster-introduction-20120907,0,5237308.story

  15. CitizenE

     /  September 7, 2012

    This just from my email in box:

    Barry, thank you for an amazing week.
    Barack and I felt your energy up there….
    Love Michelle

    Aw shucks m’am, I just love it when you talk dirty like that. You know when Joe, Barack, John, and all those other folks whose names I am unfamiliar with drop me a line with a link and a hand going for my pocket, I just send them to the trash, but when it says the sender is Michelle Obama, I just want to ask you if I can see you in that red dress one more time.

    • CitizenE

       /  September 7, 2012

      I forgot to note that the subject of the email mentioned me by name, and told me that I was amazing. Little old me. Dang that woman can make a fellow go crimson up around the earlobes.

  16. koolaide

     /  September 7, 2012

    Your vote is precious, almost sacred. More people, imo, should watch this speech.

  17. CitizenE

     /  September 7, 2012

    Thanks kool, this was one I missed.

  18. zenobiajo

     /  September 7, 2012

    Thanks so much for posting this–I missed this speech. I was a child during the time that Cong. Lewis spoke about, but that period of time is seared in my memory. Thanks again for posting this excerpt.