Open Thread because… just in case.

It’s yours, oh Horde o’ mine.

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.

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  1. Please make sure you watch my friend’s video re: Troy Davis – he should have turned 44 today….

    https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/troy-daviss-birthday/

  2. Close, so close.

    A colleague and I wrote a matched pair of pieces on the same game at the same time. The Khan calls out… my colleague. Alas.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/10/on-mists-of-pandaria/263383/

    • AHHHHH.

      I’m so sorry! I think that would actually bring tears to my eyes. (Mind you, you may be more of a grown-up than me. I’m just saying, about myself: I would be a baby).

    • caoil

       /  October 9, 2012

      I wondered whether he would link to you!

    • We can hate life together. Sully did not acknowledge my open letter to him.

      Though, in my case I was punching *way* above my weight class.

    • I feel like I’ve been disinvited from the dinner party with the new Disqus, so I have to ask this here: does anyone who complains that the quest model is too much the same (kill X of N, collect Y ears, ad nauseum) actually have any better suggestions? It seems to me I hear a lot of complaining about the design without much discussion of how it could be better or what would be an improvement. But I don’t read as deeply across gamer media as I might and perhaps I’ve missed a thoughtful discussion of alternatives.

      I’ve really been enjoying Pandaria — it seems better written (scripted and paced) than any of the previous releases, and for all that people complain it’s too kiddified (Pokemon! Farmville!) the quests are grappling with some grown-up issues. There’ve been a couple of moments that actually brought me to tears (eg, the Silentstrikes). And my husband, the guy who quit WoW in a snit sometime during Burning Crusade, is back and having more fun than ever. He powerleveled a death knight so he’d have a character to quest through Pandaria with my main. We’re leveling a pair of monks together. I haven’t seen him this excited about a game since original WoW.

      • I actually really like the alternative structure Guild Wars 2 presents, which is not *entirely* dissimilar (there still are some “kill 10 rats” kind of moments for sure) but which is, I feel, presented in a more… holistic, perhaps, kind of way and better integrated with alternate kinds of gameplay and direction.

        I’m now making my way through low-level Alliance content and not terribly impressed with what I’m encountering. Part of that’s me; I’ve never been terribly invested in WoW so I’m easily jaded and sidetracked. But it’s not a particularly welcoming world for a new player to explore, and I don’t just mean in terms of kill-on-sight mobs. Quests have taken me through the zone I’m in in a manner that’s most clearly “out of order,” and if I’m going to have that heavy a linearity I’d much rather also get guided through it in sequence, with fewer opportunities to fall off the path and get lost. It’s both got too much hand-holding in some dimensions, and not nearly enough direction or guidance in others.

        • If by “low level” you mean the 1-60 content, then yeah it’s linear and that’s leftover from the Cataclysm revision. The Blizzard developers acknowledged that they were too heavy-handed and the new content (85-90) is much better. Not sure how you got out of order — the complaint most people had was there was no way to skip around!

          I can see how it wouldn’t necessarily be a welcoming world to a new player. I loved the revised Westfall (for example) but then I played through the old version of Westfall and knew the NPCs and plots from that, so when I took an alt to the new version I was seeing the next chapter of a story I knew rather than jumping into the middle.

  3. It’s my fault. I had all my links ready to cut and paste…since yesterday.

    *runs off weeping in shame*

  4. JHarper2

     /  October 9, 2012

    Odetta sings Bob Dylan’s Masters of War

    • aaron singer

       /  October 9, 2012

      The Roots also have a great version of it.

  5. Hello from London! I bought a waxed cotton field coat! I have had “The Full English”, fish and chips, various pub pies, minted peas, and other local delicacies! I will browbeat anyone who has bad things to say about English cuisine. Off to Paris tomorrow morning ont the Eurostar.

  6. Also, too, I did a HuffPost Live doo-hickey again today!

    And, I am unreasonably proud of this, mine was the last word, and it was about how fully I support the President and how disappointed I am about his Israel/Palestine policies. Talking about the Middle East and mentioning the Palestinians as actual characters in the play? Watch out!

    http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/503409262b8c2a042f000ad8

  7. Also I feel not-well. Not sick exactly. My nose is just cold and I feel kinda light headed and lethargic.

    • caoil

       /  October 9, 2012

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      A wee pillow for you to rest your head on for a few minutes.

    • It has occurred to me that my feeling sick might be a direct result of having Zebra cakes for breakfast.
      Discuss.

      • koolaide

         /  October 9, 2012

        depends on what you had for lunch. if the only thing you’ve eaten today is zebra cakes, that might be a reason…

        • anibundel

           /  October 9, 2012

          I had a small homemade pesto salad for lunch and a hard boiled egg and a wedge of cheese.

          • koolaide

             /  October 9, 2012

            ah. that sounds delicious. I’d say the zebra cakes did not make you sick unless you generally have some reaction to that sort of food item.

            also, I❤ snack cakes and may be biased in their defense…

  8. caoil

     /  October 9, 2012

    Late for work today. #oops
    I told them my alarm clock didn’t go off, but I think that’s because I changed the time back from weekend setting and then didn’t actually turn the alarm itself on.

    • BJonthegrid

       /  October 9, 2012

      Been there, done that, it sucks.

      • caoil

         /  October 9, 2012

        It makes for a different kind of “oh, crap” statement than on a regular day.

  9. BJonthegrid

     /  October 9, 2012

    I wish I had something to say other than my house is clean and I only have 3 more loads of laundry to do. But that’s it! Oh and Good day!

    • I am being forced to keep my house in top shape and clean every day when i get home from work and then when i wake up in order to accommodate the MIL during the bathroom reno.
      It’s exhausting.

      The good news is, I think I might be winning the paint chip war. No “dolphin grey” for me (and let me tell you,it was uuuuuuuggh-lee!) After a long consultation at Home Depot at the Behr paint chip wall my first instinct choice is one of the two finalists once the tile is delivered this afternoon for color swatching.

      • BJonthegrid

         /  October 9, 2012

        I hated selling my house for the same reason! At the time the nerds were 2 1/2 and 3 months old – looking back, there’s no way I could sell a house now that they’re 13 & 10 without killing someone!

        • Bookwoman

           /  October 9, 2012

          We did a kitchen remodel/addition when our kids were 1 and 5. Fun times.

  10. Blog flogging! Finally got around to sampling the Classic Malts Isles of Scotland Collection I picked up some months ago, comparing Talisker 10, Caol Ila 12, and Lagavulin 16. They’re all fantastic, but I think Talisker 10 comes out ahead in terms of value.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/10/whisky-review-classic-malts-isles-of.html

    • Oh I suppose I should blog flog.
      There’s shitload of stuff at my blog, including the end of paris fashion week, today’s T4T and recaps of things.
      http://anibundel.wordpress.com

    • watson42

       /  October 9, 2012

      Yum. I had total sticker shock when I bought the Lagavulin last week. I suppose that partly comes from not buying booze whilst unemployed, but bloody hell…

      • Lagavulin 16 isn’t precisely out of line for its age (Springbank 15, Old Pultney 17, Glenfarclas 17, and all the Balvenie 17s are even more expensive), but it’s not exactly a great deal either unless you can find it down in the $65-75 range. The 12 year old Lagavulin is just absurd though. They’ve been putting it out for nearly a decade now. It’s time to stop calling it a ‘special edition’. A regular release 12 YO cask strength whisky shouldn’t be $100.

  11. David L

     /  October 9, 2012

    I think my post in the Facebook group has kicked off enough discussion that I’m going to sit back here and be quiet except to say that I think my health might slowly be improving but sometimes I think I might not be, which is worrying.

    • Bookwoman

       /  October 9, 2012

      Not being on FB I don’t know the details, nor what people have told you, but I will say to go with your gut – you know your body better than anyone else does. If you don’t feel well, go back to the doctor.

      • David L

         /  October 9, 2012

        FB thing was a completely different topic. (All about how I find it weird that people sort of subsume their individual identity once they get into a relationship.)

        I’ve got a follow up with the doc two weeks from today, which I suppose is a sign of how long they expect the recovery to take. And it’s not that I’m feeling like I’m getting worse, it’s just that I’m not feeling like I’m making as much progress as I’d like.

        • Bookwoman

           /  October 9, 2012

          Ah, ok. Well being a good Jewish mother I’ll just say that chicken soup never hurts.🙂

  12. Mom started at senior day care yesterday. She hated it. Operation Talk Her Into Going At Least One More Time has commenced.

    • koolaide

       /  October 9, 2012

      😦 sorry she didn’t take to it right away. Good luck.

      If she says she doesn’t feel “old enough” or whatnot is there a way to convince her that the other seniors need someone “young” or “energetic” like her to perk them up? Or something?

      • The ‘old enough’ thing was part of it, she thinks that compared to them, she’s fine; but she conveniently leaves out the part where she doesn’t remember what the dishwasher does.

        I’m more immediately concerned with ‘I hate the food’ – one item in one meal, Mom, try eating something else? – and ‘they told me I had to do this’, there were 3 activities listed for each time period and the director told me everyone gets to pick what they do, so I’m going to call over there and make sure they tell her, these are your 3 choices which one do you want? She may still claim she had no choice, but at least I’ll know better.

        • efgoldman

           /  October 9, 2012

          I’m more immediately concerned with ‘I hate the food’
          That was my mother’s constant complaint, while she was in the independent living=>assisted living=>nursing care spiral. That and the “gossipy old ladies who wouldn’t mind their own goddamned business” (hello, mirror).

    • BJonthegrid

       /  October 9, 2012

      Good luck! Can you take a day off and spend a day with her? Maybe she’s right?

    • Good luck….

  13. taylor16

     /  October 9, 2012

    God, do I ever need to talk about something other than politics, polls, debates, Romney or Obama. Something … anything. My god.

    Anyone? What are you doing this weekend? What new TV shows are you liking? See anything funny lately? Help me out here…

    • BJonthegrid

       /  October 9, 2012

      I’m thinking of buying one of those enamel polishing kits with the ultraviolet light. They say the polish stays on a long time but I also hear that the process is daunting. I’d really like to be more girlie without spending a ton or making appts. (I know it’s random, but it’s all I got)

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        Nail polish kits? I’ve not heard of those..

        I’m not very girlie, but I always keep my nails polished because it keeps me from picking at them and peeling them. I buy the 99-cent bottles of nail polish from CVS, though. Like you, I don’t want to spent money … and I personally *despise* going to salons of any kind.

      • Bookwoman

         /  October 9, 2012

        The gel manicures? They apparently last for a long time without chipping, but it’s murder getting the polish off.

        • BJonthegrid

           /  October 9, 2012

          That’s what I heard! I might just keep adding layers until my nails are 3D

      • Electronic_neko

         /  October 9, 2012

        Yeah, I’ve been hearing that the combo of the UV light for setting the polish and the acetone soak to remove the polish is quite hard on your nails and your hands.

    • koolaide

       /  October 9, 2012

      Did you end up going to the Fever game last night? Super exciting finish.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        No, I didn’t … because I got sick. :(:( Headache last night, now cold today. Woe is me.

        But I caught the end of it on TV and yes, it was really exciting! I’m hoping that they will somehow pull it out in Connecticut (though doubtful since it seems like they are outmatched) and then I can go to the finals. But we’ll see…

        • koolaide

           /  October 9, 2012

          Sorry you got sick😦

          Yeah, I don’t think the Fever will pull it out on Thursday b/c I don’t think their bench play is quite up to the same level as the Sun. But I’ve been wrong before.

    • caoil

       /  October 9, 2012

      Making plum jam on Saturday, and then off to a wedding. Have to go buy something to wear to the wedding (lunch hour today, hopefully). Have to buy a bunch of fabric to work on my hobbit costumes (less than two months to get them finished, ahhhhhh halp). Have to start working on sewing catnip mice for the craft fair next month (fundraiser for the cat shelter). Plus other projects. In other words, running out of time! 😮 *panics*

      I *am* enjoying The Mindy Project. I think Emily linked to something this weekend that said they’ve agreed to a season 2? Was that right? I watched the premiere of 666 Park Avenue and thought it had potential, but then had to miss ep 2 last night while we watched ‘Melancholia’.

      • Bookwoman

         /  October 9, 2012

        What did you think of Melancholia?

        • caoil

           /  October 9, 2012

          This was a repeat viewing for me. I watched it back in early September when my g/f was away. I liked it, with a couple of exceptions in Part Two that rang a little strangely to me (had a long convo with Sara about this on FB). A trailer came up for it with some other movie we were watching, and g/f expressed interest, so I got it again from the library. Short story of this long tale is, she didn’t like it. Not because of the performances or anything, she just felt it was long and kind of draggy.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        I am also enjoying the Mindy Project, basically because I really think Mindy Kaling is pretty hilarious. (I am not an Office watcher, so this is my first exposure to her).

        However, I sort of agree with Alyssa Rosenberg that I’m not sure how much I will like it in the long run if they don’t make her character more likeable and less frivolous and silly. I really have a problem watching TV shows where I don’t like/identify with the main characters, so that could be a problem (for me). We’ll see:

        http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/10/09/973271/the-mindy-project-2/

        • baiskeli

           /  October 9, 2012

          I have to agree with this. She show is funny, and has promise, but unless she can deepen her character I don’t think it has bright long-term prospects.

        • caoil

           /  October 9, 2012

          Thanks for that – I agree to some extent with her (and you). I guess I’m still being optimistic that she can take what seems flimsy or unrealistic (how did she get through med school if she’s this easily distracted?) and maybe put an explanatory spin on it that works, while also letting/forcing her to grow up a bit.

    • I cancelled my hair appointment on Saturday because we’re supposed to go apple picking. Priorities people!

      • BJonthegrid

         /  October 9, 2012

        We’re going to Cox Farm on Saturday! Hay Rides!

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        I’m heading back to Michigan this weekend for my parents’ anniversary party, and am hoping to squeeze in some time to go pick up some cider, apples, and donuts from one of the local orchards up there. Since, sadly, there are really none down by us in Hoosier land…

        • dave in texas

           /  October 9, 2012

          We don’t have any donut orchards down here in Texas, either, if that’s any consolation.

          • caoil

             /  October 9, 2012

            I would become a farmer SO FAST if that existed.

    • Strong odds that I will spend a good chunk of the weekend working in the lab because the PNW rain is finally coming. While I’ve really enjoyed the sun and (relatively) cool weather this summer, we really do need some rain. The trail I went hiking on Sunday looked like baked clay.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        Totally random question – I’ve told you that my husband reads your blog, right? He was asking the other day whether (since I “know” you) I thought you’d want to consult with him on his next seasonal bar menu. (With him giving you full credit and probably posting your blog URL on the menu and elsewhere, of course).

        Long story short: the chefs at his place come up with a new seasonal menu every 3 months or so. He is expected to come up with a full slate of new, creative cocktails every time they put out a new menu. He has full creative reign as far as what ingredients to use, liquors to order, recipes to make, etc. The restaurant has a “local, fresh ingredients” focus to it, so he tries to follow that pattern with his drinks (using fresh herbs, making his own infused liquors, etc.) – but really, he can do anything he wants for the menu. Which is good and bad. As he put it the other day (paraphrasing): “I’ve been creating new drinks every season for four years and am kind of getting burnt out. I need new ideas.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anyone else he can collaborate with around here anymore, so he was thinking outside the box. And wondered if you’d be interested in collaborating on a bar menu.

        His bar’s far away from you of course, so it’s not like you could easily drop in for a drink or a meeting … but the customer base is really into creative and classic cocktails. You could do some interesting stuff and I’m sure it would sell, and possibly get your name and blog out there as well.

        So, would you be interested? If so, I’ll hit you up on FB or have him email you.

        • Sure, I’d be happy to bounce some ideas around. You can reach me via FB or there’s an email address on my blog.

          • taylor16

             /  October 9, 2012

            Cool. I’ll mention it to him tonight. Thanks!

    • socioprof

       /  October 9, 2012

      We’re taking the boys to the haunted zoo Friday night, Haunted zombie-tram rides, costumed children, nocturnal creatures, and a dance party will be one of the highlights of our year. It’s sooooooo much fun.

      • caoil

         /  October 9, 2012

        Haunted zoo! I’m jealous.

        • efgoldman

           /  October 9, 2012

          Ghosts of wooly mammoths, great auks and passenger pigeons?

          • caoil

             /  October 9, 2012

            I was never entirely convinced as a child that the mammoth in the Royal BC Museum was fake. So Tiny Me would’ve been freaked out by this ghost suggestion.

      • Every once and awhile I am reminded that, in fact, you and I are very, very different people….

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        I would be terrible if I ever had kids, because I hate haunted houses and the like. I hate being startled SO MUCH. The kids would be all brave, and I’d be cowering behind them in fear…🙂

        Hope you have fun!

      • doginajacket

         /  October 9, 2012

        [cries out in anguish] I love Halloween, but I have no time to make costumes this year. We may have to buy them.

    • Bookwoman

       /  October 9, 2012

      I started rewatching a very old TV show: thirtysomething. When my husband and I watched it the first time, we were about the same age as the characters, and at exactly the same stage of life (I was pregnant with my first). Very strange to see it all again, 25 years later. The show still holds up well, except for the ’80s hair, mom jeans, and massive shoulder pads.

      • Neocortex

         /  October 9, 2012

        Huh, having been a baby in the ’80s, I mostly know that show for the most-of-a-chapter of Susan Faludi’s Backlash dedicated to talking about how anti-feminist it is.

        • Bookwoman

           /  October 9, 2012

          Hmmm. While there are aspects of the show you could certainly level that charge against, for the most part I found it very honest about what life is like when the kids arrive and your marriage begins to change as a result. For the most part the women are portrayed as the grounded ones, while a couple of the men are pretty adolescent.

          There are some incredibly realistic argument scenes between the husbands and wives – the best I’ve ever seen. Not to mention a frank story arc about ovarian cancer. And the first ever two-gay-men-in-bed-having-obviously-spent-the-night-together scene, which was groundbreaking for the time.

          I’d be interested to know Faludi’s take on it.

          • Neocortex

             /  October 9, 2012

            It has been more than half a decade since I last read Backlash, but as near as I can recall, she said that:

            – The show was egregious in its treatment of the idea of working mothers, even dedicating an episode to pushing the message that women with young kids should not work (I remember that she quoted the writing and production staff extensively on this; it wasn’t just her take).

            – Single women were portrayed as either miserable, pitiable, man-hungry messes, or (if they had solid careers) uncaring, irritating, overstressed, humorless-feminist stereotypes (she cites the charaters of Melissa, Ellyn, and Susannah – yes, I had to look that up, my memory isn’t that good :)).

            – The “good mother” character hope had little ambition of her own or identity apart from her husband and child, and spouted all the right led-wrong-by-feminism lines.

            I managed to find some bits on Google Books to jog my memory. She accuses the show of spouting progressive-sounding but hollow dialogue at the same time as it regurgitates ’80s antifeminist trend stories about women and the failures of feminism.

            • Bookwoman

               /  October 9, 2012

              Thanks. I disagree with a lot of this, but I won’t argue with you, since you’re not Faludi!🙂 All I can say is that while the show certainly has its annoyances (Mel Harris, who plays Hope, can’t act her way out of a paper bag), much of it rings very true. It’s of its time and place (like Girls, it takes place in a very white, upper-middle-class milieu), but compared to most things that were on TV at the time, it felt like a revelation.

    • watson42

       /  October 9, 2012

      I’m with you there. If I hear/read/see one more headline about how Obama has already lost the election, or my current favorite about how Obama just doesn’t “act presidential” (tell me that isn’t racially coded), I am going to take my forging hammer and start breaking things.

      On to more fun things:

      I got the flu or some such which SUCKS because I got an email about a potential job that I really, really want but my brain isn’t working enough to apply for it coherently. I see tea and honey and meds in my future for this evening. Keep your fingers crossed for me, Horde!

      Went apple picking last weekend so there is pie in my near future. There might be apple crisp in the more immediate future – there’s no way I’m wrestling with pie crust when I’m not feeling well.

      The plan for the weekend is to get caught up on cleaning the house and some sculpture projects.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        Good luck with the job!!!!!! Get that application submitted, you just never know……

        Apple crisp … that sounds FANTASTIC. I am sick today so I’m comfort-fooding it out all night long. Apple crisp might be on the menu…

        • watson42

           /  October 9, 2012

          Thanks! I am trying not to sound like an idiot in the cover letter, but my brain is not working. I am hoping a short nap after work will help.

    • Sunday is board gaming day; Saturday – either dog training/bathing or basement cleaning. Whoopee.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        I cleaned out my study the other day. I kind of want to blame that for how crappy I currently feel (allergies from all of the dust!) … but I think I have to own up to the fact that the germs have finally caught up to me. Sigh…

    • I❤ Alphas with all the❤ in my❤.

      FYI, & so on.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        Hmmm…for some reason I never think to look at the cable networks for my TV shows. I’m an old dinosaur, I tell you!!

        I will take a look at Alphas…

        • efgoldman

           /  October 9, 2012

          I’m an old dinosaur, I tell you!!
          There aren’t any more young dinosaurs, I don’t think.

    • baiskeli

       /  October 9, 2012

      I’m currently sick (boo!), but here is some random stuff (non political, because right now Politics makes me wanna Hulk Smash!)

      I think the animals have it in for me. Exhibit A,B and C

      I went for my first ride in almost 10 days on sunday. Slow and easy, nothing much happened, except a freaking chipmunk (I think) fell out of a tree, grazed my shoulder and landed with a dramatic Plop! on the bike path, and then scurried off un-harmed. Stuka chipmunk.

      A few weeks ago I was riding home, stopped in traffic downtown Boston and a seagull pooped on me (the driver next to me was both amused and horrified). Thankfully, it went all over my jersey rather than my head (and then, a few minutes later the skies opened up and it begun raining).

      About 4 years ago a seagull pooped on me while I was eating vanilla ice cream, and I spent a few seconds wondering how I managed to spill ice-cream on my pants before I realized it was bird poop.

      On the non Animal Assassination League front

      Last weekend, we went to the HONK Festival in Davis Square Somerville for a couple of hours, and I took this photo. Lots of really talented marching bands, good music, good energy.

      I’m planning on a quiet weekend. If I’m feeling better I might risk a longer slow ride, but if not, it’s taking it easy and reading.

      • taylor16

         /  October 9, 2012

        Okay, I’m sorry, but I’m laughing a little bit at the bird poop stories …

        And chipmunks are sneaky. Two of them live under our deck and/or around our house, and the dog just looooooves to torment them. She has, multiple times, scared them so badly that they run up the drainpipe on the house and get stuck inside. So our choice at that point becomes (1) listen to it struggle and cry for several days until it dies, or (2) pull out the screwdriver and unscrew the drainpipe so it can escape. Then cycle, rinse, repeat a few weeks later. (We don’t want to put mesh over the end of the pipe because then the dog will catch the chipmunk, and I don’t like when my dogs morph into killers and I have to deal with mortally wounded animals😦 ).

        In short … wildlife does make life interesting, doesn’t it?

        • I always thought chipmunks were adorable…and then one decided the air filtration system of my Nissan Altima was a great place for a nest. Chewed holes through much of the car’s systems, including the power steering lines. $1500 later, I don’t like chipmunks.

        • baiskeli

           /  October 9, 2012

          Yes they do. it surprises me how even in urban areas you have so many animals. We have a hare that eats the neighbors carrots. Since our neighbors are jerks of the highest order, I love that hare.

          We also have a skunk who lives under another neighbors back porch. The skunk has walked right past me late at night when I’ve been out with the telescope in the back yard. I guess as long as it doesn’t see me as a threat its cool.

          • taylor16

             /  October 9, 2012

            Last spring I saw both dogs out in the yard, wagging their tails and scratching at the fence like they had seen another dog in the neighbor’s yard and wanted to play. Neighbors don’t have a dog or cat, so I went out to investigate … and found my dogs happily sniffing noses and bouncing around with a very friendly baby possum in the yard next door.

            Yuuuuuuuuuck. That was not an animal friendship I wanted to encourage. Luckily, I haven’t seen it again.

            • One time when my family went on vacation, we decided to just leave the cats’ food bowls out on the back porch so that it would be easy for one of the neighbors to feed them. After we got back from vacation, my parents were woken up one night by scratching noises. When my dad went to investigate, there was an opossum in the house which proved pretty tricky to chase out. The next morning they saw muddy opossum footprints going from an upstairs window down to the kitchen where the cat food bowls were normally kept. Turns out that the opossum had gotten a taste for cat food while it had been outside and managed to figure out how it could get to it inside. We then made sure that all of the screens had been put up. A few evenings later, I was in my room when I noticed a small opossum face peeking around the edge of my bedroom window, hoping to find another route inside.

          • “I guess as long as it doesn’t see me as a threat its cool.”

            It will be interesting to test that theory.

        • doginajacket

           /  October 9, 2012

          If you put mesh over the end of the pipe and then use a strip of mesh to make a miniature ladder running up the outside of the pipe, do you think the chipmunks would use it to get away?

          (Speaking as someone who built a temporary chicken wire fence around an injured bird so that she could recover without being attacked by the dog.)

        • efgoldman

           /  October 9, 2012

          Can we borrow the pup? He can kill all the chipmunks he can catch i our yard. Little bastards get into the roller feeder and get stuck. Then a squirrel rolls the feeder, and the ‘munk gets its back broken (and has to be removed manually) or its alive, but looks dead, and when mrs efgoldman goes to take it out, it leaps! And you can hear her scream all the way to Providence.

  14. A couple random, television thoughts:

    ‘Copper’ gave a shout-out to ‘Homicide’ this week. Hee. And a friend of mine suggested to the Copper producers that Richard Belzer should be on the show, playing an ancestor of Det. Munch. Apparently Belzer found out about it and is campaigning for it.

    ‘Person of Interest’ started strong out of the gate and added a new, apparently to-be-regular character. He’s big, handsome, brown and has a military background; he’s fond of bearer bonds, first edition Asimov novels and sturdy work desks. Unfortunately, he only speaks Dutch. Looking forward to him being on the team.

    • If Belzer turns up on Copper, I will give the show a second chance.

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  October 9, 2012

      Well, let’s see. Munch (the character) started out on Homicide, moved to L&O, so sure, why not 150 years into the past? But a Jewish cop in NYC in 1864? Not so sure. I’m no expert, though.

      • He wouldn’t have to be a cop, he could just be the cranky old guy on the corner spouting conspiracy theories about Lincoln’s assassination.

        • socioprof

           /  October 9, 2012

          *upvote*

          • Hey hey! The thing that makes this joint look second class is its regrettable lack of a “like” button! Not a ferkaktin’ “up vote” arrow!

        • efgoldman

           /  October 9, 2012

          They had a 19th-century stereotype pawn broker in one episode.

  15. koolaide

     /  October 9, 2012

    The baked cereal product recipe I mentioned in yesterday’s OT at anibundel’s place did not turn out as well as I’d hoped. There was too much liquid, I think. And I probably should have used a baking dish that was more shallow but longer than the one I used. I’m kinda disappointed😦

    How wrong is it to just ask the people at the place where I’ve had super tasty baked oatmeal for their recipe? I mean, the point of my making it at home is so I don’t have to buy their product.

    • watson42

       /  October 9, 2012

      Hm….asking for recipes is always a tough one. I suppose it’s not cool but once or twice I couldn’t help myself. I did manage once to get the recipe for the creme brulee from my favorite French restaurant in SF. But I had been a long-standing regular, and creme brulee takes to much effort to make often…. One time my mother and the owner/chef of a restaurant in the Oakland went on for 20 minutes comparing their recipes and methods for a couple of dishes. For the next couple of years, every time I went in he asked me when my mother was next coming to visit from the East Coast….

      • koolaide

         /  October 9, 2012

        I suppose I could risk student lounge turmoil and ask folks here for their best baked oatmeal recipe…

        • watson42

           /  October 9, 2012

          I’m not sure I even know what baked oatmean is….

          • it’s when you cook the oats to average…

            • watson42

               /  October 9, 2012

              Hey! I said I was sick, so no holding me responsible for typos. Plus I’m sitting here logging means and medians of patient demographics for clinical trials. [I wish I could come up with a clever bad joke referencing oatmeal and box plots, but I’ve got nothin’.]

        • efgoldman

           /  October 9, 2012

          mrs efgoldman occasionally makes some kind of cake with an oatmeal and I think brown sugar topping.
          I think its something she originally found in the Betty Cooker Crockbook, and modifies (which usually means making more topping than the recipe calls for, and adding xtra brown sugar.

  16. Just a reminder cats and kittens, ‘Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ makes its television debut this evening, 9pm ET on the CW. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a chance to see one of the oddest things you’ll ever see on network television. And laugh.

  17. OMG it’s not even 3pm. *passes out dead at desk*

  18. wearyvoter

     /  October 9, 2012

    Anyone home? (I know I’m late….)