You know he’s just going to big foot me again – an open thread.

But in the meantime – the people need a place to talk! And it’s yours, until the big footing should occur. (And then it’ll still be yours. Just a lot quieter).

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.

62 Comments

  1. caoil

     /  October 3, 2012

    A quick hello-goodbye as I leave work for the day to goof off. Which is good, because this has been a pretty crap day so far – my bank card got compromised AGAIN, we had too much leftover work from the night staff and a host of new things to deal with, and one of my coworkers called in sick so we had to try to juggle all of it between the two of us.

    On the bright side from yesterday, though, I have to say I’m enjoying ‘The Mindy Project’ so far. Sure it’s a bit silly, but it’s a sitcom! Also a good reminder that I need to read her book.

    • Well, as it’s just you and me, I will hold your seat for when you come back.

      (So sorry for the sucky stuff…!)

      • caoil

         /  October 3, 2012

        Maybe there’s a big comfy armchair in the lounge, like the one the Friendly Giant has?

        *sends Emily on a wiki investigation spiral* 😉

    • scone

       /  October 3, 2012

      You should definitely read her book – very enjoyable. (I bought it for my cousin and read it myself before I wrapped it up – it’s a fast read.)

      Have you read this NY Mag article about Kaling? It unexpectedly made me get a little teary:http://www.vulture.com/2012/09/mindy-kaling-mindy-project.html

      I really enjoyed the pilot, but I spent a lot of the second episode thinking “huh, I’m not laughing and I think some of these plot lines are really dumb, but I still am interested and want to see where it goes.” I think it’s on a learning curve, but I like Kaling and I like the relationship between her character and Chris Messina’s character, and I’m hopeful they give Anna Camp more to do.

  2. MightBeLying

     /  October 3, 2012

    I am on my phone so reading more than writing! But I am here! (And the HP marathon is up to Prisoner of Azkaban!)🙂

  3. Um… I guess I’ll blog flog over here since Ta-Naheisi’s spam filter is too tight.

    Finally got around to trying Wild Turkey 101 in a decent setting and damn if it wasn’t tasty stuff. Lots of raspberries and chili pepper.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/10/whiskey-review-wild-turkey-101.html

    • watson42

       /  October 3, 2012

      I thought of you the other day while purchasing Lagavulin and Springbank at the liquor store. It set me back quite a bit, but I am looking forward to opening both.

      • Hurray for new whisky! Let me know how the Springbank is. I still haven’t tried the 10 YO, though I did get a mini of the 15 YO. And yes, it’s silly expensive, though only because of the importer. Thankfully that changed earlier this year, so I’m crossing my fingers that prices will start to come down. It shouldn’t be cheaper for me to buy a bottle from the UK than to pick it up at my local store.

        Should have a review of Lagavulin 16 up in a week or two, since I finally opened up that Talisker/Caol Ila/Lagavulin pack that I’ve mentioned before. Very tasty stuff.

        • watson42

           /  October 3, 2012

          That’s an idea: we need to find a med chem meeting in Scotland we can
          both attend….

          Lagavulin is probably my favorite usual whisky. I almost always have a bottle on hand. If my employment situation continues to be shaky, I might give up coffee so I can keep drinking whisky.

          Speaking of which, in today’s Boston Globe, there was an article about the top 10 careers in which people drink the most coffee (study/survey sponsored by Dunkin and Career Builder). Coming in at #2 after food service people: Scientists!

  4. I’m in a very bad headspace.

  5. Augh, is it Friday yet? My job has turned into a long-clawed sow grizzly that demands I wrestle for an indeterminate amount of time.

    Possibly related to my job eating my brain: this morning I tried to Google something in another language, and realised after a few misadventure that I was actually searching for “chicken socks” instead of the thing I wanted.

  6. watson42

     /  October 3, 2012

    The new Disqus now won’t let me read and reply to comments on my phone. Since it’s blocked from work, I guess I am now officially exiled from the Horde. 😦 At least until I get another job that lets me use Disqus.

    In other news, I am supposed to be at a funeral in NY, but due to circumstances, etc. I am incredibly sad over it.

    I’ve also decided I am done with election coverage. I am SO f*cking tired of being told every damn day that there is a good chunk of the country that thinks I don’t have a legitimate right to participate, or succeed, or even exist. The sheer amount of hatred for people who aren’t white is staggering. I wake up to it on the radio when my alarm goes off, it’s on every damn news website, I hear people talk about “those people” while on the bus, etc etc. I can’t take it any more.

    • baiskeli

       /  October 3, 2012

      Sorry about the funeral, that sucks.

      RE: Politics, De-friended one person so far. I try and avoid talking politics but people with really dumb/racist/extremist views seem to love foisting them on unsuspecting bystanders.

      • watson42

         /  October 3, 2012

        Yeah. It’s one of the reasons why I’m pretty bummed about Disqus – TNC clearly has the simmering rage thing going on with all this election bullshit, and I’d love to read and contribute to the discussions but alas.

    • Oh, sweetie, I am sorry about all of that. Every last bit.

      I can’t help you with most of it, but I did rant a little bit about the Drudge/Carlson/Hannity thing, if that helps at all. https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/on-code-switching/ It’s mind blowing, on many levels.

      • watson42

         /  October 3, 2012

        It is a very well-written rant. You are much more measured than I am feeling….if I had tried the same it would have probably been pages of explitives. But that’s why you’re a writer and I take out my frustrations by banging on hot steel in my free time. 🙂

    • efgoldman

       /  October 3, 2012

      I’m with you.
      I’m not going to watch a second of the debates, I’m lucky I’m in a very blue state, so there are some ads, but not even close, I imagine to what’s going on in FL or OH. My mind was made up in 1988, when I vowed never to vote for a Republican again.
      Anything important or unusual or controversial will be all over the blogs, even if the networks make crap up [Tapper mentioning the Gore “sighs” lies again last night!]
      I might seem uninformed, but actually I’m over-informed.

  7. baiskeli

     /  October 3, 2012

    Re Emily’s “where are you Horde tweet”

    I Tweeted We’re there like Tucker Carlson on Stupid. Then I deleted the Tweet.

    • YOU DELETED THE TRUTH.

      Except today it’s only true for Carlson, not for this open thread. It’s very curious! I think there’s a lot less commenting now at the mother ship, with the new (and I think intentionally hurdle-riffic) commenting system, and I wonder if folks are kind of moving on a bit, whether they mean to or not?

      • mythopoeia

         /  October 3, 2012

        Emily, I suspect that a lot of the OTAN conversation is now carried on in the Facebook group, which has managed to be *insanely* prolific–something like a dozen posts and a few hundred comments daily.

        • Bookwoman

           /  October 3, 2012

          Those of you who are part of this group should post timely updates on the goings-on over there in Facebook-land, for the contrarians among us who refuse to join.🙂

          • mythopoeia

             /  October 3, 2012

            The largest comment thread from last night discussed bodily fluids. Of many sorts.

            Would you like more details?

        • Ah HA. That’s it – did that happen just recently? With the new system? Or was the explosion earlier?

          • mythopoeia

             /  October 3, 2012

            I’d say it took off earlier this year? I’m not sure precisely when. I noticed it really picking up steam in the last few months, so pre-Disqus changes.

        • jcalchemist

           /  October 3, 2012

          Hey, who do I talk to to get in on the FB action? I’d love to be a part.

          • mythopoeia

             /  October 3, 2012

            I think you can message any one of us over on FB (just find someone whose Disqus name is an actual name, or linked to their FB profile), and either they can add you or they can get an admin to add you.

            If that doesn’t work, please come back and complain at me very loudly, and we will figure it out!

      • baiskeli

         /  October 3, 2012

        I wonder about the lessened commenting due to the new commenting system (I’ve also found on the plus side, there is much less trolling).

        I’d love to join the Facebook Group but that would involve revealing my super-secret identity (and compromise the other Avenge.. umm friends, I meant friends)

  8. baiskeli

     /  October 3, 2012

    RE: John McCain’s #Teddy Tweet (you have to read it, it is truly epic level hilarious).

    Background
    http://stream.wsj.com/story/campaign-2012-continuous-coverage/SS-2-9156/SS-2-63487/?mod=e2tw

  9. socioprof

     /  October 3, 2012

    Ok–so my husband is working from home and I just came in to see him at the Khan’s place using Firefox and the old commenting system, what with the like button and nesting function is there. I use Firefox on the same machine (although using a different user profile/log-in) and I get the up/down votes. What gives?

    • baiskeli

       /  October 3, 2012

      Do you live in an area prone to Temporal Disturbances? That would explain it (ask your husband what day it is).

  10. I’m disappointed in America. According to a local Patch, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of the top ten books whose presence in libraries has been challenged. http://herndon.patch.com/articles/banned-books-week-continues-through-saturday-8dad772a

  11. koolaide

     /  October 3, 2012

    I have given up on getting over this cough on my own and made a doctor appt. I am not a fan of the dr. I’m sure they’re just going to tell me it’s a virus and I have to just wait and get better.

  12. Fifty bucks says Mitt’s debate zingers tonight fall flat and…..OMG THAT FIFTY DOLLAR BILL JUST SPOKE

    • David L

       /  October 3, 2012

      I’m reasonably sure that the BF is going to expect me to discuss South Park with him as it airs opposite the last half-hour of the debate. I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing in the end.

    • baiskeli

       /  October 3, 2012

      He will try and pull a Reagan, and fail

      Reagan
      I will not exploit … my opponent’s youth and inexperience

      Romney
      I will not exploit my opponents poverty and lack of outsourcing experience.. oh wait, that didn’t come out right. Can we re-record?

    • I would not like to tell you how long it took me to get this.