Open thread, for a Horde abandoned by a steppe-steppin’ Khan.

It’s yours….

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.

89 Comments

  1. Hooray!
    Well sort of. My 2pm post isn’t up yet, but it will be a must-click for the Dr Who fans here.

    Until then, there’s a Project Runway recap, an XFactor recap and Disney Princesses Cosplaying as the 11 Doctors.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

  2. Captain_Button

     /  October 12, 2012

    Do we need a Horde-filk of “Don’t You Want Me?”

  3. David L

     /  October 12, 2012

    Quite a strange mix of emotions at the moment: The combination of disappointment at a lover postponing a visit from tonight to tomorrow and relief at the fact that I get another night to catch up on sleep before his arrival.

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 12, 2012

      There is a Plate-class Culture GSV The Anticipation Of A New Lover’s Arrival.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_ship_names#Excession

      (But that isn’t the case here, sound like.)

      • David L

         /  October 12, 2012

        It kind of depends on how you define “new lover”. This will only be the second time we’ve been in the same place at the same time, but we’ve been texting and calling each other for three weeks now.

    • David L

       /  October 12, 2012

      On a related note, I’m glad to be losing the water weight that one of my meds caused me to gain, but I do wish my body hadn’t tried to lose it all at once and in the middle of the night. That was not conducive to a restful night.

  4. koolaide

     /  October 12, 2012

    WNBA finals are set. The Minnesota Lynx vs the Indiana Fever. I was really surprised that Indy won in the way they did last night–especially when their leading scorer for the season went out with a bad ankle injury after 5 minutes.

  5. I’m on the iPad today, meaning posting links is a pain in the ass, so will someone do a Funky Friday post for me at the FB page? Your choice of song, but be serious, no “disco Star Wars” or whatever. Whoever does this will automatically gain 10 extra Fonzies worth of cool points, to be collected or cashed in at your leisure.

    • Byrk

       /  October 12, 2012

      I’m thinking something by Billy Joel, any suggestions?

    • koolaide

       /  October 12, 2012

      at the FB page

      What, us non-FB group members aren’t good enough to get Funky Friday song posts here? hmmm.

      • caoil

         /  October 12, 2012

        Here, I’ll give you a chair-dancing option!

        Or if you prefer, the more recent remake which is also good.

        • koolaide

           /  October 12, 2012

          Thank you. I think.😉

          • caoil

             /  October 12, 2012

            It is my firm belief that an ABBA tune can lift almost any mood. Though if someone wants to give me a grant to do a study all scientific-like, I’d be happy to!

  6. I can’t reply on this thing, or at least I’m too stupid to figure out how, so this is to Byrk – anyone does that will earn 20 Potsies worth of loser points, which I will cash in at my own leisure by making fun of you and derailing your posts.

  7. To Koolaide – consider this an enticement to join the FB group, which is where most of the cool people are.

    • caoil

       /  October 12, 2012

      <–And the uncool ones too.

    • EXCEPT FOR YOUR CURRENT HOSTESS.

      Who is actually uncool, she readily admits it.

      • efgoldman

         /  October 12, 2012

        And your designated grumpy old man curmudgeon :::bows:::
        You’ll have to clench your facebook in my cold, dead hands.

  8. caoil

     /  October 12, 2012

    I’m supposed to go to an outdoor wedding tomorrow evening and…the October rains have finally arrived. I am hoping she has a backup plan so the wedding party doesn’t get drenched! It’s too bad the clouds couldn’t have held off until Sunday morning.

    • We got married outdoors in October, on Sunday the 11th (in ’09). It poured on Friday, frizzled and was cold all day Saturday, and then bam! Sunday was 70, sunny, oh-so-gently breezy and perfect. I hope your friend/family member has the same luck!

  9. Look, look! I can write about funny stuff too! Look!

    About That Jew-Finding App: https://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/about-that-jew-finding-app/

  10. Look, I’m the base, and I guess I needed to be energized…because I just loved me the hell out of Joe Biden last night. Mmm…good.

    • And suddenly, Sully is readable again.

    • koolaide

       /  October 12, 2012

      I didn’t watch the debate. But I love Joe Biden more than I should.

    • wearyvoter

       /  October 12, 2012

      I watched vicariously through Twitter and FB and Sully and one of the people at The Atlantic.

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  October 12, 2012

        I read Emily and Rosalin and BJ and asiangrrlMN on twitter on dinner break, then Sully on the ride home, then the recorded event itself. Catching up on other sites this morning before heading into work.

        Good to see a spirited defense of factual Truth by Biden, but he was definitely veering into Romney/Gore over-emotive interruption territory at times for me. I guess I feel he was closer to the Golden Mean than Obama, but overshot a bit on the other side.

        • Hee. I watched XFactor and thern Projrun. and then when R got home we watched the debate on reruns.

    • I didn’t watch the thing live, but tracked it through a few live blogs, then went back and watched it in pieces. I really think Biden came *this* close to being too much of an ass, and I think if he weren’t precisely as condescending–if a bit less flamboyantly so–as Biden, that Ryan may have come out of the debate the victor. But Ryan’s eyebrows were nearly as emotive as Biden’s whole body. Those guys aren’t friends.

    • scone

       /  October 12, 2012

      I stuck with baseball and just checked in to see how it’d gone after the debate ended. Stayed off twitter, too, which was tough because I really wanted to bask in all of the reactions to the Nats win that I could find. Even though it was a win for Biden, I feel better for not having watched. (I’ve really enjoyed the “this fucking guy” gif that’s been floating around the internet today.)

  11. caoil

     /  October 12, 2012

    Further to your post title, I hope “steppe-steppin'” is some kind of dance move.

  12. koolaide

     /  October 12, 2012

    Chocolate. I want it. I do not have it.

  13. Snarl Growl Snarl Growl…my sister-in-law took my mother to a seniors expo yesterday – I didn’t know about it and neither of them saw fit to mention it to me. Anyway, every single suggestion I’ve made to my mother in the last couple years regarding transportation, socialization, senior centers and activities, etc? That she refused to even consider? My sister-in-law says the exact same thing and suddenly they’re just the awesomest ideas ever and why didn’t my daughter tell me about these things?

    Meanwhile, after six plus weeks of me working with the geriatric care manager and the senior day care center – including spending my only two holidays on my mother’s issues – my mother informed the day center today that ‘my daughter-in-law says I shouldn’t go to your place so I won’t.’

    Frankly, I’m at the point of OK, your son and daughter-in-law are perfect and can do nothing wrong? Great. Move in with them. They can take care of you, because clearly, everything I do is wrong.

    • koolaide

       /  October 12, 2012

      hugs. I’m sorry.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  October 12, 2012

      Wow.

      Deepest condolences.

      I hope the SIL and brother are on some level aware that they are getting a completely different reaction than you are for the same suggestions. If having them broach the matters actually gets stuff accomplished, then they would be the ones best to broach matters, no matter how painful and searing and unfair that is.

      This is the beginning of the long letting go. From my own Mother’s decline and departure, the only thing I can recommend is to do the selfish thing and forgive your Mother while she’s still with us here. It seems that she will not treat you fairly in her remaining time here, and I know from personal experience that little in this world hurts more than that. But if you are to be able to love her in this dwindling time, I believe you need to look past her unfairness and detach from her decline and find what ways, if any, remain for you to love her and express that love while she is here. For your sake, not hers.

      Having your sib and SIL handle the grunt work may be a necessary part of that process.

      Again, my deepest condolences. This process sucks.

      • Thanks. I will need all good wishes next week – safe deposit box Monday, neurologist Wednesday, attorney Thursday regardless of her day care status. Spiffy.

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 12, 2012

      Ouch. I’m dealing with a lot of refusal to consider, but at least it is consistent for everyone.

    • Oh honey, I’m so sorry. That sounds truly infuriating and awful. I’d be a mess right now, were it me.

    • It’s not exactly the best way to make myself feel better, but I spent some money. Got one of Chris Kluwe’s Sparklepony shirts. Now I can project attitude without most people knowing that’s what I’m doing.

      • David L

         /  October 12, 2012

        I have to admit to being tempted to get one of the “lustful cockmonster” ones. Even though I would probably never wear it in public.

        • That’s like me and the Avenging Uterus tshirt: http://www.mattbors.com/store/avenging-uterus-shirt

          I really, really want one, but where would a suburban mother of two children not yet in high school actually wear such a thing without, you know, some kind of uproar?

          • efgoldman

             /  October 12, 2012

            …but where would a suburban mother of two children not yet in high school actually wear such a thing…
            PTA meetings, Starbucks, Whole Kosher Foods….

        • Hence the Sparklepony. It’s only inappropriate if you’ve been following the Amazing Adventures of an Obscene Punter.

          Lustful Cockmonster – inappropriate 24/7. (Love it, wouldn’t wear it.)

          Fleeting thought – Kluwe should be on Real Time With Bill Maher, preferably as a panelist. He can take down thems who need it with any language he feels like using.

      • I did not know any of these shirts existed. I feel poorer for that, and for the fact that there’s pretty much nowhere I could wear them.

    • I’m sorry.

    • I would kick her out.

      But I’m a heartless bitch.

      • Eh, she owns the house. I’m the one who would get the boot. But if I can hang in there, I inherit the house. I keep reminding myself of that.

    • caoil

       /  October 12, 2012

      Yeesh. That is complete and utter rubbish. My g/f’s dad does that kind of thing now and again and it makes me want to poke him with scissors. All my sympathies to you.

  14. JHarper2

     /  October 12, 2012

    Wednesday, in my distress I turned to the Horde because I had sad.
    Following Medical Tests in dialysis in was determined that I was neither Sweet nor Hot.

    The Horde was kind. Today, upon further review as they say, tests have shown that while I am still not Sweet, I am Hot. Coming out of treatment today, I was .5 degrees C hotter than normal, rather than my regular .5 degrees below.
    While the rational naysayers in my frontal cortex would say that maybe the machine ran a little hot or it was due to the flu shot I had this morning at 6:45, the evolutionary older parts of my brain are all going. It\s the weekend, and I’m HOT, BABY.

    /less sad today.

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 12, 2012

      I got my average sweetness taken the other day and it looked very good, as did all the other cryptic numbers.

      • JHarper2

         /  October 12, 2012

        As long as the numbers are good, let them stay cryptic. You don’t need to know stuff you don’t need to know.
        Congrats on the good numbers; and congrats on getting checked out just in case.

    • LOLing, for real.

      Look out, Regina!

  15. koolaide

     /  October 12, 2012

    buzzfeed continues to step on our own anibundel’s fashion beat re: Paul Ryan’s to big for him suits.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/amyodell/paul-ryan-still-wears-everything-huge

  16. Ann (aka annprof1)

     /  October 12, 2012

    More love for Joe Biden:
    One night during the 2008 election, I dreamed he had light purple dragonfly wings. Four years later, he still has them.

    • JHarper2

       /  October 12, 2012

      I love that image!
      I thought he was the democrats beloved crazy Uncle Joe, everyone wants to sit at his table at the weddings. He will buck you up when you are down, and is in the corner of everyone in the family, he goes to the recitals and cheers, but not even the kids mind because they love their ol uncle Joe.
      But now with the dragonfly wings! The Best.

  17. Heh! (Or: “Sob!” I’m not sure).

    I saw that there was one comment at Open Zion on my post about the “find a Jew” app and I thought that surely – surely – a comment on that post would be safe to read! Possibly even jocular!

    Alas, one line in and I’d seen the folly of my ways. (And stopped reading).

  18. Time to shamelessly plug my blog once again.
    http://reformamendment.blogspot.com/2012/10/florida-ballot-amendments-2012-big-no.html
    This is my traditional, every election cycle evaluation of the state level amendments for Florida. There are eleven of them this year, all of them issued by the Far Right-led legislature and hated governor Rick “Medicare Fraud” Scott, which basically… well, read the blog for more. Danke.

  19. For the record, this time last week I was a collapsed mess of misery having had a week of everything going horribly wrong and the floor feeling like it had been pulled out from under me.

    Today I am bouncy and cheerful, despite the prospect of my MIL teaching me the proper way to paint a bathroom tomorrow.

    • dave in texas

       /  October 12, 2012

      That was me yesterday. I’ve seldom had a day where I hated my job more or wanted more desperately to just throttle about half a dozen of the unprofessional, discourteous SOBs who have been making my work life a living hell. The situation isn’t really any better, but I seem to have at least regained a sense of equanimity about the whole thing.

      I don’t think I’ve hit bouncy, but I did make it to cheerful.

    • David L

       /  October 12, 2012

      I have had to remind myself a couple times today that my irritations at work are still preferable to being a hospital inpatient last week at this time.

  20. CitizenE

     /  October 12, 2012

    First guests at the B&B last week, booked weekends all this month. Should have a website that is actually viable (one in the making almost done) with beginnings of a blog–purely local, b&b, maybe some art related, no interactivity like the smart and accomplished others that flog here. Will put on the link as soon as I am happy with content. Meanwhile, you want to stay a weekend in lovely Fredericksburg, TX. contact 1st Class Bed and Breakfast Reservation Service–see phone and website address below; and ask about BE’s B&B: Eclectica. Yeah!

  21. Final comment for the weekend–the Gawker take down piece on reddit? Needs to go viral. 47% style viral.
    http://gaw.kr/Qi8U6M

    • koolaide

       /  October 12, 2012

      wow. things I had no idea about. and now, kinda wish I still didn’t.

    • baiskeli

       /  October 12, 2012

      One of the first comments on that thread by <b
      The Revolution of… so nails it that I’m including it in it’s entirity

      Let’s be real here. Like all trolls, this is a story about privilege. It’s great for him to talk about niggers, to post pictures of sexualized preteen girls, to “incite reaction” from the crybabies, because he is a rich white man. He’s never had to deal with racism, sexism, being on the other end of hatred. If he had his face pounded into the cement by a gang of white thugs screaming “faggot” and “chink,” if hadn’t been able to leave the house without catcalls and the constant threat of sexual assault since he was 11, if his mother had been in a concentration camp, he wouldn’t think this was all such a joke. I’m not saying his life has been easy or good – people who have had good lives don’t start /r/picsofdeadjailbait – but he took all the power and privilege in the world and used to it hurt and attack and make the world a worse place. How about the teen girls who have killed themselves over jailbait pics? How about the legions of young men he’s shepherded into MRM and white-supremacist communities? F*ck him. No sympathy.