Open thread for the obvious reasons.

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.

92 Comments

  1. Captain_Button

     /  October 15, 2012

    Can’t comment reading, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance now out as a a complete ebook.

    Forward Momentum!

  2. Next Iron Chef is experimenting with webisodes: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3cK
    Here’s the recap of that first webisode: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3df

  3. 10 Looks that were overlooked this season on PR: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3cm

    Caturday: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3bF (because it stars my big fat boy.)

    • SWNC

       /  October 15, 2012

      Oooh, I really like the silver dress in number 3. I’m way too short to make it look good, but I like it a lot.

  4. Oh and this one is for Emily: Castle + Firefly Almost Makes Castle Seem Cool http://wp.me/p10bqa-3bS

  5. Blog flogging! Yesterday I posted a little cocktail, in the classical sense of being spirits, sugar, and bitters, with a tiki twist: rum, mango and orange tincture, palm sugar, and bitters.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-cocktail-hillaby-cocktail.html

    And for anyone that cares, it’s Mixology Monday:

    http://mixologymonday.com/2012/10/01/mxmo-lxvi-october-15-2012-its-not-easy-bein-green/

  6. My fantasy football, pending tonight’s game, is 2-11. And that’s the best part of my weekend.

    • The best part of my weekend was when it ended.

      Hey, at least my bathroom is painted. Even if I was not allowed to do anything towards that goal.

    • WAKnight

       /  October 15, 2012

      My weekend was pretty damn good — reenacting (medieval, this time) was awesome, but sleeping outside in 40 degree weather might not be a great idea when you have a cold. Now I have a fever.

    • aaron singer

       /  October 15, 2012

      Both of my fantasy football teams lost (or soon will), but I had a great weekend walking around Chicago and looking at architecture, as part of Open House Chicago. Saturday was 3 mansions around the Prairie Avenue district, including the oldest house in the city; seeing an amazing, state-of-the-art media production facility as part of Columbia College; and getting a tour of the architecture school at IIT (one of Mies Van Der Rohe’s most famous works). Sunday, despite raining all day, was spent in or near downtown, first seeing a Louis Sullivan/Frank Lloyd Wright designed mansion on the Gold Coast, then the observation deck of the Kemper Building right on the Chicago River, Mies Van Der Rohe’s masterpiece IBM Plaza to see Perkins+Will (big architecture firm) and Thornton Tomasetti (big structural engineering firm), ending the day at the Chicago Temple Building’s Chapel in the Sky (United Methodist Church, with a small chapel several hundred feet up). Then I met friends for trivia. A good, busy weekend.

      • We had very good intentions of going to a few sites—and didn’t see any. Bah! We are the worst!

        • aaron singer

           /  October 15, 2012

          I really wanted to see Murphy/Jahn (the ex-husband of one of my mom’s good friends is an architect there), as an office/meeting room is in a cupola at the top of the Jeweler’s Building on Wacker; supposed to be quite the sight. Unfortunately, the wait for that was 2 hours when we got there (!!!). There were a couple other firms that I missed that I wanted to see; (Adrian) Smith/Gill, SOM (Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill), and others. There were also a few churches open that would have been neat, as well, across the city, but we focused mainly on the south loop saturday and downtown sunday. Next year!

          • One place on the list I’ve previously seen—the Gensler office. My brother is an architect there!

            • aaron singer

               /  October 15, 2012

              Another firm I wanted to see but didn’t!

      • OT in the OT – I figured out why I recognized you. Your picture’s on the Twitters! And you look remarkably like you.

        • aaron singer

           /  October 15, 2012

          Well, I’m glad I look like myself…I give credit to a friend who is a professional photographer; took that photo when we went on a little hike north of Atlanta (at the very popular Amicolala Falls, just below the start of the Appalachian Trail).

    • dave in texas

       /  October 15, 2012

      The football team of my alma mater had the everlovin’ shit stomped out of it on Saturday by its most hated rival, and just seemed to give up entirely about midway through the second quarter. I’ve been a fairly staunch supporter of Mack Brown, but this annual embarrassment against OU is starting to get really, really old.

  7. Again, I ask: which novel idea should I work on for NaNoWriMo in 3 weeks, a story set in the superhero universe I’ve established in an earlier published e-story; or a noir-ish thriller about getting revenge on (fictional) financiers who wrecked our economy back in 2008? Part of what motivates me to write is knowing which story people prefer to read/hear…

    • caoil

       /  October 15, 2012

      I think I’d lean to the superhero one, personally.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  October 15, 2012

      A noir-ish superhero thriller about a gritty superhero hunting down villains getting revenge on financiers who caused the economic collapse? Like Batman 3, but more thematic!

      • More like Taken 3D: where Liam Neeson goes after the crooked bankers who took his pension plan…

        Mills: “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you that you’ve already got my money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my portfolio go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
        Voice of Angelo Mozilo: “Good luck…” (click)

  8. Holy crap! I was just catching up with a friend, and lo and behold, his family farm in southern Illinois has an entirely inexplicable crop circle in the middle of a corn field! Investigators can’t find any signs of human activity, and to have done such a thing (in a field of corn, which if very stiff and difficult to manipulate) would have taken 200-300 man hours, they figure…. And if you knew my friend, you’d know: Never was there a less hippy-dippy/I-welcome-our-alien-friends type. Sooo… Huh! Here are two links: http://www.iccra.org/ and http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2012/USA/hopewell2012a.html

    • You’ll know the crop circles involve aliens when instead of circles they’ll finally spell out “Bring Back Mulder/Scully!”

  9. Here’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. Coates suggested a while back that he might like to make people submit a writing sample before letting them comment on his blog. I don’t entirely think that’s a good idea, but this piece on Wilfred Owen is what I would submit for my writing sample. What would you use? http://transiently.blogspot.com/2011/06/wilfred-owen-in-poetry-we-call-them.html

    • Can I just submit my blog?
      Seriously, one of the big trip ups that keeps happening in my applying to blog for a living is the “and three writing sample” requests that are always in them.
      I have no idea what one picks, let alone the professional way to to format it.

      • I assume that you pick your best pieces and/or the ones that seem most similar to what the potential employer blogs about.

        With old-fashioned writing samples they sometimes specify how they want it formatted. No idea how this works in the blogging world. Do you just send links to your blog?

      • That is a bit weird. You’d think they’d just let you pick, say, the three posts that you’re most proud of and submit links.

      • I pick the three I’m proudest of, or that I feel show off the most range. So for example, if I were compiling that list right now, it’d have my news feature on Stardock, my Gamer’s Gaze series from last year (I consider that one cultural-analysis essay, published in three parts), and then probably also a review or piece of single-game deep-dive analysis, to show how my writing style travels across feature types.

        So if I were you, I’d probably include something like one Doctor Who recap, one fashion recap, and one something else, all of which show your writing style off in different contexts.

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 15, 2012

      Wouldn’t. Can’t write for beans. Even failed my Bulwer Lytton entry.

    • David L

       /  October 15, 2012

      Probably this blog entry. Although I have many others on issues of sexuality that I’m pretty proud of.

      http://unreal-estate.net/bog/2011/07/18/on-masculinity-and-sexuality/

    • If I’m opposed to giving a urine sample to Rick Scott in order to get help from the career center, I’m not entirely keen on submitting a haiku sample to get on a forums board.

      Trust me. This is what you get with my writing. Broken sentences, obscure cultural references to 80s Britcoms, and participles that dangle on the razor’s edge for all these years.

      • efgoldman

         /  October 15, 2012

        Trust me. This is what you get with my writing…
        All the years we’ve “known” each other, i never have trouble understanding you.

  10. caoil

     /  October 15, 2012

    Psst…Emily…this is going to depend on finances, and issues at home, and all kinds of other variables, but there is a hint of a possibility that I might, just might, try to come to your town in early June for a (Hairpin) meetup. I will keep you posted if things turn out that way, though it’s going to be a hard-fought battle between that and going to LA in February, since I can only do one (if I can do it at all).

    • !!!!

      /holds breath

      /crosses fingers

      /offers free room & board

      !!!!

      • caoil

         /  October 15, 2012

        Don’t hold your breath! Asphyxiation is not a good thing. Whatever fingers you don’t have crossed for Paul, you can cross here, or you can just think positive things out into the universe.
        And goodness, I wouldn’t impose (esp. since I’d be coming in on a Friday, most likely)! But I would be glad to spend time with you/your family for a stretch over the weekend, as well as meet the other Hordeans around you.

        • I just want to make sure that it’s clear that we’d be happy to take in a northern friend (and/or her partner), should such need arise! But I promise to breathe, because if I pass out and/or die from lack of oxygen, we’ll not get a chance to hang out, will we?

          And certainly, at the very least, I’d make sure to get as many Horde members as I could gathered in one place!

          /crosses strands of hair so as not to take away from Paul-specific mojo

          • caoil

             /  October 15, 2012

            I don’t yet know what the ‘Pin ladies have planned in terms of hotels and events and the like, though I suspect they’ll be trying to get everyone rounded up into one or two locations and plotting things for the Friday and Saturday, which would perhaps leave me with Sunday and Monday. But, we’ll have to see! At the moment I can get return airfare that weekend for just over $600, which isn’t as bad as I thought.

  11. David L

     /  October 15, 2012

    Took my laptop down to the picnic table at the corner of the building for lunch, OTANing and a bit of work. Too nice a day to be inside.

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  October 15, 2012

      Definitely a “like” sort of post.

      • David L

         /  October 15, 2012

        Then the mosquitoes found me and I’m going to spend the rest of the day scratching.

        • Among the many things this weekend/today that distress me: Yesterday was beautiful so I opened my bedroom window, only to discover over a dozen stinkbugs on MY side of the screen. Closed that sucker in a hurry and complained to my mother about all the bugs trying to get in through the window.

          Yes, she went upstairs while I was gone, opened the window and let all the stink bugs into my bedroom.

          • SWNC

             /  October 15, 2012

            Gaaaaahhhh! My sympathies! A couple of weeks ago, we picked FORTY stinkbugs out of our bedroom curtains. So gross.

  12. For those who read Foner’s Reconstruction, Melinda Miller (a prof at the Naval Academy) did her thesis on a natural experiment: how the Cherokees handled their freed slaves–some got land. Here’s the link for the abstract. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/61705 Maybe if Booth hadn’t killed Lincoln, we might have done this nationally, and we wouldn’t need to be discussing affirmative action?

  13. So, I sent a draft of a project I’m working on at work to a subject matter expert with a stack of questions about substantive issues. He sent back … a mark-up “correcting” my commas. And mostly, he was wrong.

    *facedesk*

  14. Why isn’t it “Bring Your Purrbot To Work Day”?

  15. Sigh.

    I will not elaborate, but trust me when I say: Sigh.

  16. koolaide

     /  October 15, 2012

    I say pffft to today and to my own responses to today. pfffft.

    • Well, to look at the three of us, at least you, anibundel and I are in good company.

      • koolaide

         /  October 15, 2012

        heh. maybe. some of mine is kinda my own doing. but still. I’d like a re-do of today.

        • I don’t want a redo. I want my headache to lift and a long sleep with a kitty in the crook of my elbow.

  17. Oh, hey, funny little thing:

    I finally met my boss Peter Beinart yesterday, as he had an event that I attended in Chicago, an event that we’d discussed on the phone and that I told him that I’d be attending… and despite the fact that my picture is slapped up on the front page of Open Zion many, many days of the week – he didn’t recognize me!

    Me: “Peter, I’m Emily.” smile

    Him: smiles, offers hand

    Me: “Hauser.” smiles, shakes hand

    Him: smiles, shakes hand

    Me: (starting to laugh) “I write for you -”

    Him: “OH!! Emily!!” laughs, throws his arms around me

    It was, in fact, very very funny!

    • PS I think this is a different version of a fact that is unassailably factual in my life: People with whom I’ve been in contact exclusively by phone/email/online (which includes almost everyone I work with and of course all of you) almost always register visible surprise the first time they lay eyes on me. I have no idea what it is (I’m broader of beam than expected? Younger? Older? More gorgeous? Less suburban? Don’t look furious? No idea).

      • Whereas I thought, “Well, that’s Emily and she looks surprisingly EXACTLY like her Twitter avatar even more so than most people look like their Twitter avatars. Hello, Emily!”

        • Heh! Well, this is why one had a professional headshot done a few years ago. The hair’s a wee bit different and so are the glasses, but mainly? I wanted to make sure I looked like me.

          I honestly think that people are expecting someone either much more sour looking, or much more crunchy-granola looking, than I am. But then again, no one’s ever blurted out anything useful (just the occasional “wow! You don’t look like I expected you to!” and it’s always best not to ask too many questions about that), so I’m really just guessing here.

          (PS I saw your Kotaku pic – that’s a good one! You look very fun-loving and you-like, and yet I’d never be able to pick you out on the street!)

          • aaron singer

             /  October 15, 2012

            I watched your bloggingheads discussion before meeting you, so no surprises there.

      • Captain_Button

         /  October 15, 2012

        Myabe they are assuming you are a brain in a tank or a creature of pure energy trying to “pass”.

      • Darth Thulhu

         /  October 15, 2012

        Clearly, your sheer radiance is blinding. In your tale above, Beinart is literally dumbstruck until you connect all the dots for him.

    • At least you didn’t have to break out into a musical number to refresh his memory…

  18. Anyone besides me watch the season premiere of ‘Too Cute’ Saturday? Especially the Coton de Tulear pups and the pygmy goat. I’m going to have to get a copy of that for occasions when I need brain bleach.

    *wanders off muttering “I do not need a goat, I do not need a goat…”*

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 15, 2012

      No, but got Yotsuba&! # 11 today, so I am well stocked with cute for the moment.

  19. koolaide

     /  October 15, 2012

    I’m incredibly worried about the election’s impact on Medicaid and the ability for people to pay for their loved ones currently living in care facilities. I’m incredibly concerned because so few people are talking about the radical changes that could come if the GOP win this election. Many people clearly have no clue about the proposed changes to how the most vulnerable people will be impacted.

    Yes, my trip this weekend to see a loved one who is barely alive due to a massive stroke adds a personal pain to this particular issue. But come on general populance and media. Pay attention. And don’t forget the people you know who are in care facilities. Medicare for the elderly does NOT pay for skilled care of daily living. It will pay for medications and (some) medical devises. It will not pay for the person that washes your loved one or changes their bedclothes/clothes or the person that feeds them (if they can swallow food).

    /here endeth my lament

  20. Oh gods–my hatred of the members of the human race as a collective just shot up 100 fold. and it’s not even 4:30pm.

  21. corkingiron

     /  October 15, 2012

    Ahem. The next assignment of the Effete Liberal Book Club post is up at the mothership right now and you are encouraged to participate – yours truly will be hosting. If you don’t sign up, there’s the possibility I will be angry. It is not a pretty sight, believe me. Oh – and the book under discussion is amazing. Even Cynic agrees – so now you have two people with handles that start with the letter “C” recommending it. What more could you ask for?

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  October 15, 2012

      Well, if Chingona also supports it, I’d pretty much have to be in at that point.

    • efgoldman

       /  October 15, 2012

      If you don’t sign up, there’s the possibility I will be angry.
      An angry Canadian. Ooooooh! I will immediately go hide in the middle of my front lawn.

    • caoil

       /  October 15, 2012

      I’ll support it too.

      Even though I probably won’t be able to participate due to the other hundred things on my plate between now and the end of the year.

  22. wearyvoter

     /  October 15, 2012

    Howdy. This weekend in pregnant daughters: My kid is now sporting an impressive 24-week belly. (Seems her weight gain went mostly to the tummy so far.) Anyway, she exited her car at the grocery store, and an elementary school aged boy asked her semi-tauntingly why the big belly. She informed him that she swallowed whole the last kid who asked her that question. (She’s entering trimester three soon and her feelings of benevolence toward her fellow humans is flagging a bit.)