Open thread – for all your jealousy needs.

On the one hand, here’s an open thread.

On the other, I won’t be around for a while — because I’m going to have coffee with socioprof.

You may commence to haz a jelus.

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.

Previous Post

51 Comments

  1. Captain_Button

     /  September 27, 2012

    I rather have a thread like ani’s with blackjack and hookers.

  2. caoil

     /  September 27, 2012

    HARUMPH, you people and your living near each other.

  3. Blog flogging! Yesterday I finished reviewing Bruichladdich’s Links St. Andrews scotch whisky. It was kind of a disappointment because, while there seemed to be a decent whisky in there, it was somewhat smothered by very peculiar sour wine flavors. At least I only bought a mini.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/09/whisky-review-bruichladdich-links-st.html

  4. Lizzou

     /  September 27, 2012

    Is it wrong that I feel slighty slutty-ish if I wear a pencil skit to work? I really have a fear of not being taken seriously if I dress too attractively.

    • I wish I could still fit in my pencil skirts. it’s not slutty. It’s looking good

    • Bookwoman

       /  September 27, 2012

      Depends what you wear on top and how high your heels are. A pencil skirt can look simple and elegant if paired with the right top and a pair of flats or low heels. Add a couple of inches to the heels and a plunging neckline and it’s a whole different look.

      • Lizzou

         /  September 27, 2012

        I’m wearing my 2″ heels and a black 3/4 length sleeve button down that’s a bit more poofy, so I think it’s still in the attractive but appropriate office wear category.
        I was a carpenter/maintenance painter’s assistant for almost 8 years before I started my teaching career. Now I work for a highly successful international audit firm (albeit as an English instructor), so I’m constantly worried about being dressy enough.

        • Bookwoman

           /  September 27, 2012

          Sounds perfectly appropriate and not slutty to me in the least.

      • I like ’em with knee-ish boots and tights, in the fall and winter.

        • Bookwoman

           /  September 27, 2012

          That sounds good too. I could never wear boots all day – I’d get too hot.

    • Captain_Button

       /  September 27, 2012

      For some reason a pencil skit sounds like something cute on The Muppet Show.

    • lasslisa

       /  September 27, 2012

      I totally have the same fear, for what it’s worth. Almost bought a dress the other day – long sleeves, gray and blue, made me look and feel awesome and stunning… until I looked in the mirror and thought, “Hot secretary.” (It really felt like something Joan from Mad Men would wear). Couldn’t buy it. The less my co-workers notice I’m female, the more comfortable I am.

  5. A personal note: as an older American I sign off the Internet earlier than most. This means when I come on in the morning I sometimes find responses to my comments which deserve a response, but comments are closed. I’d also say I tend to skim in my reading, meaning I screw up, as I did with TNC’s post on Nat Turner. In such cases just assume my response is: “you’re right, my error.”

    • efgoldman

       /  September 27, 2012

      A personal note: as an older American I sign off the Internet earlier than most.
      They said we old farts slept less, and needed less sleep. They lied.

  6. What’s this about Obama giving out free phones?

    Waiting on word back from possible IT company about a temp job upgrading hardware.

    And finally, Samuel L Jackson is telling voters to WAKE THE F-CK UP (not linked as its NSFW, but you can Google at your leisure).

    • efgoldman

       /  September 27, 2012

      How come you never told us about this cool blog? I mean, its from Miami, but I know you have intartoobz available…
      http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/wtf_florida/
      Recent headlines:
      Florida Woman Beheads Kids’ Pet Rabbit in Front of Them
      Floridians Now Renting Alligators to Swim in Pools for Kids’ Parties
      Florida Teacher Taught Third Grade Class While High on Marijuana and Opiates

      And so much more!

      • David L

         /  September 27, 2012

        There was a radio show here that used to do bits about how all of the weird news seemed to come from Ohio or Florida (“the dong of America.”)

      • Best police/security blotter piece I ever saw was that an entire sturgeon was found in one of the trash cans at the university where I work. No idea how it got there or why they decided to dump it. Just a whole sturgeon.

  7. OMG EMILY: THIS THIS THIS:

    Goldberg just called it the ME equivalent of Eastwood’s chair. I hate it when I agree with him.

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  September 27, 2012

      Bibi’s been playing the “Let’s you and him fight” game for years now. He won when GW Bush was his opponent. Obama? Not so much, I pray.

    • SOOooooo glad that I didn’t see that, as we say in Hebrew, “ba’live.”

  8. So can I just say that the changes to commenting over at The Atlantic make me sad? I’m finding I miss being able to read the open threads while they happen. Not that I’ve been able to do much of that this week anyway — work’s been a bear — but still. I think I miss you folks when I can’t see you.

    • caoil

       /  September 27, 2012

      I wish I knew exactly what makes the commenting different (and therefore invisible) at their site, versus other sites that also use disqus & have also upgraded to the new look but can still be seen/commented on. Atlantic, stop being a special snowflake!

      • What really gets me is that it’s only that way on the main site. I can read and comment on the Wire and Cities sites just fine. Disqus!

  9. David L

     /  September 27, 2012

    Friday night’s agenda includes astronomy (if the weather permits), Joss Whedon, and sex.

    I am such a happy nerd right now that I can barely focus on my code.

    • efgoldman

       /  September 27, 2012

      :::ahem:::
      TMI.
      This is a student lounge of at least a little discretion.
      At least until Craig and/or Eric shows up.

      • David L

         /  September 27, 2012

        Damn, I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned The Avengers…

        (And, believe me, you got the Cliffs Notes version of the agenda. TMI would be listing off what we’ve already said we’re doing to/with each other…)

        • I take it the seduction of a couple weeks back went well…! : )

          • David L

             /  September 27, 2012

            Yes and no. I did put my seduction skills to good use, but this is a different guy. (Let’s just say that both of us knew going in that the “date” the other weekend was a short-term thing.) This one could be different, if our chemistry in person is nearly as good as our chemistry over the phone the last few nights.

            • Someday I’ll tell you about the time I grabbed a gay friend’s iPad to search for a restaurant….

              Ahem! I’m glad you had fun on that “date,” and fingers crossed for chemistry!

              • David L

                 /  September 27, 2012

                I can imagine. It’s a completely different sexual culture. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s pretty much what happens when one gender is told that they can be as randy as they want and expect to get it anywhere, anytime, from whoever they desire, without the influence of the gender that’s taught not to give it up unless one has given it a lot of thought and is absolutely sure that it’s the thing to do.

    • socioprof

       /  September 27, 2012

      Wow. Mine involves pizza, my and my sister’s children, the Avengers, and caramel apples. Enjoy!

  10. Bob Jones' Neighbor

     /  September 27, 2012

    The Khan just opened an OTAN (Pacific Daylight Time, apparently) over at his place….

    • efgoldman

       /  September 27, 2012

      Poor Emily. She opened the lounge, then left. She’s going to come back to empty beer cans, coffee cups, and the two kids making out int the corner who aren’t paying attention.

  11. lasslisa

     /  September 27, 2012

    Re: your tweet – yes, but only as part of Yizkor, where it’s right there in the prayer books. Everything else was lefty, there were prayers for peace in the middle east, etc – but a couple of those Yizkor prayers…

    • 4jkb4ia

       /  September 28, 2012

      I think I have different Yizkor prayers. There was one for the IDF and one for martyrs.

  12. socioprof

     /  September 27, 2012

    “On the other, I won’t be around for a while — because I’m going to have coffee with socioprof.”
    And the coffee, caramel, croissant, conversation, and company were completely charming.

    • caoil

       /  September 27, 2012

      Caramel!? OK, now I’m really sad. *flounces off in a huff*

  13. 4jkb4ia

     /  September 28, 2012

    Responding to Jew poll–

    One of the things I like about Rabbi Tendler is that he’s not there to hear himself talk. He makes one point in 10 minutes and sits down. He mentioned that one of the things he has learned about being a rabbi is that the people who need to hear it never say how good your speech was. But I think he assumes that everyone knows what this is about because he said in his Shabbos Shuva drasha that you were all here for Rosh Hashanah, you davened for hours, and you should go and do what you know you have to do. He mentioned Israel in one speech, the Holocaust in another, and Iran not at all.