Open thread for all your non-Mourdock related needs.

(But you can talk about him too, if you need to).

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.


  1. No, I really can’t even.

  2. David L

     /  October 24, 2012

    First world problems: I am having a serious macaroni and cheese hankering. The only place that you can get Mac and Cheese to go within 20 minutes’ drive of here is KFC. I am utterly disinterested in anything else on KFC’s menu at the moment.

    • Do y’all have Panera Bread down there? They’ve taken to making a pretty tasty mac n’ cheese.

      • Captain_Button

         /  October 24, 2012

        We have them in Georgia. And The Atlanta Bread Company chain seems to be in the same market niche, but I don’t know if they do mac’n’cheese.

      • David L

         /  October 24, 2012

        Not near work. This part of town isn’t exactly Panera’s demographic.

        But I did realize that I still have a gift card for the chicken-wing place across the street from my apartment, which makes pretty good Mac and cheese, so – Bingo! – problem solved if I just wait until evening.

      • Now I want Panera bread mac and cheese.

    • Noodles & Co? The one near me does mac & cheese, with mushrooms. Tasty.

  3. Yesterday, I was called the anti-Christ for what I believe to be the first time.

    Am expecting a shipment of horsemen any minute.

    • carlosthedwarf

       /  October 24, 2012

      Don’t you mean horses and bayonets?

    • doginajacket

       /  October 24, 2012

      Emily, what was all that? I am still flummoxed by the Twitter, and couldn’t figure it out. If you don’t want to talk about it that’s okay, I’ll just say that I am very sure that you are NOT the anti-Christ.

      • Oh, some left-wing loons thought I was just AWWWWFUL on HuffPost Live yesterday, and one of them went with the not-at-all-hyperbolic “She’s the anti-Christ” argument. Another one said s/he was casting a vote for me as “#biggestliberalasshole2012” – to which I could only say: “Dude. You need to get out more.”

        • doginajacket

           /  October 24, 2012

          Thank you. I should have watched you on my lunch break instead of reading the Mourdock thread, which only left me feeling depressed and stabby.

    • caoil

       /  October 24, 2012

      I thought I had read an excerpt from a novel in which the horsemen were actually horsewomen (and that it was going to be a book on each one individually) but I’m failing at finding it right now…I’ll take another look later to see. Might be useful for you to read if you’re going to need to control them at all.

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 24, 2012

      If so, you are one like Adam Young in Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. tl;dr version: the infant Anti-Christ gets switched with an ordinary English baby in the hospital, and hilarity ensues. The Hell Hound may be the best bit.

      • doginajacket

         /  October 24, 2012

        Damn, I wanted to reference Good Omens but I wanted to name the kid versions of the horsemen & couldn’t look them up right now because I’m supposed to be working. I love the Hell Hound.

      • Given how hard I just laughed at your tl;dr version, I feel powerfully inclined to read this book.

        • watson42

           /  October 24, 2012

          It’s a very funny book in a British humor sort of way. It gives “banality of evil” a whole new meaning. 🙂 And the Hell Hound is pretty awesome. There’s this whole bit that happens during a company team-building event that had me rolling on the floor.

        • read the book. READ IT. I even got my dad to read it.

          • I WILL READ IT.

            On the back of one of my horsemen’s horses.

            • Darth Thulhu

               /  October 25, 2012

              Only risk: This may suck you into the huge oeuvres of Gaiman and Pratchett, who each have so many awesome books that it is kind of terrifying.

        • This book is on the must read list along with Hitchhiker’s guide.

        • doginajacket

           /  October 24, 2012

          You cannot go on in ignorance of the nice and accurate prophesies of Agnes Nutter.

  4. There’s other stuff but I don’t really feel like hawking myself today.
    FaceOff: Grimm Tales

  5. Oh! And once again, Disqus is not letting me sign in at the mothership, so I have to go via Twitter, which means I don’t get any notification of replies & my “ellaesther” is nowhere to be found.

    All that upheaval and STILL, the elves don’t have the right tools!

    • I’m out. Unless he puts up a Lost Battalion thread, I am done for the day. My head hurts, I want to vomit and i have to sit here for another three hours before I can leave.

  6. Yesterday I posted a review of McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt, an homage to Islay-style whiskies. It’s surprisingly good for only being three years old, with lots of salty bacon.

  7. taylor16

     /  October 24, 2012

    Here’s the cutest video I’ve seen this week … a Sheltie dog playing with a baby who is laughing hysterically.

    Because I think we all need something like this today.

    • Hand to God, I read this as “a Shi’ite dog.”

      I need help.

      • taylor16

         /  October 24, 2012

        Watch the video. It’ll make you feel better and take all of your worries away for 2 minutes and 11 seconds. 🙂

    • Bookwoman

       /  October 24, 2012

      That was adorable, but I spent much of it thinking “I hope the baby doesn’t hit his head on the pointy corner of the table.”

      • taylor16

         /  October 24, 2012

        Ha! Can you tell I’m not a mom? I didn’t even notice.

        (For the record, when I am around actual human babies I do try to keep them safe. 🙂

  8. caoil

     /  October 24, 2012

    I shall have to check in on you all later, as I’m leaving work shortly to go home and round up my cats to go for their yearly exam. Poor Neville is going to be so upset.

  9. Captain_Button

     /  October 24, 2012

    Today’s Culture ship name from the Iain M. Banks novel THe Hydrogen Sonata:

    ex Psychopath VFP Outstanding Contribution To The Historical Process

  10. watson42

     /  October 24, 2012

    Can I tell you all how stupid my job is? My boss got laid off but his boss didn’t feel the need to tell me about it. I’ve spent the last two days working away completely clueless. And it seems no one (yet again) quite knows to whom I should be reporting now. (Though to be fair, I have been working on projects that live primarily in other departments.) Also, I will quickly run out of things to do. I am mystified that there isn’t someone who needs help with *something* around here. Every scientfic organization at which I’ve ever worked always had way more work than there were people to do it or hours in the day. Perhaps they will terminate my contract, but if so, just tell me so that I can make some plans.

    Yes, this has made me grumpy, but this is no way to run a business.

    • I would want to knock heads until they sounded like coconuts.

      Good luck, honey.

    • A girl just called asking about the Admin Assist position we have open.
      There’s only one admin assist position here. Mine.

      I emailed my boss asking what was up. There are many things I can’t do, but this one I just straight won’t.

      • watson42

         /  October 24, 2012

        [solidarity fist bump and chocolate sharing]

      • Holy crap. Holy fucking crap.

          breathing again.

          • koolaide

             /  October 24, 2012

            good grief. here’s some chocolate. and a drink for later.

            • I just ate a wedge of cheese. But I’m seriously considering suffering later for the blissed out comfort food of a panera mac and cheese and mozz tomato sandwich for dinner.

          • doginajacket

             /  October 24, 2012

            (exhales with relief)

          • Oh my goodness, thank heavens for stupidness.

            • He’s very sorry for scaring me and says he’ll buy me starbucks tomorrow.

              • mythopoeia

                 /  October 24, 2012

                With extra whipped cream on top, I hope! Glad to hear the outcome was good news.

      • baiskeli

         /  October 24, 2012

        Oh Fuck! I’m so sorry!

      • Have you gotten an answer yet? Because I had a job where people would call asking about the job that was mine, and it was almost always a cold call, they just asked every business they could find about admin jobs.

        I hope that’s what happened here…

        • I hope so. I hope it was just an idiot.
          But I also am not about to ignore a red flag the size of Asia.

    • OMG I hope the situation there either improves or that you’re able to leave on good enough terms and with a chance of a quick hire elsewhere.

  11. I’d like to thank whoever posted the Calming Manatees yesterday. They’re helping me cope with all the people showing up at my desk asking why I’m not working on their project right this very instant.

  12. Justin

     /  October 24, 2012

    I do a Trivia Night at a Pizza place with friends every tuesday night.

    Two teams picked “Horses and Bayonets” as their team name. Therefore, our team took horses and the other took Bayonets.

    Team Horses and Team Bayonets ended up tying for third place.

    Well that was cool.

  13. baiskeli

     /  October 24, 2012

    The history, it never goes away

    I was reading this article about a person whose neighbor confronted him and threatened to shoot him for having an Obama sign in his yard.

    The name of the town, Tulsa Oklahoma, rang a bell for me

    Yes it is the Tulsa Oklahoma, the scene of one of the worst race riots in American history.

  14. Geoffrey A. Lewis

     /  October 24, 2012

    Rhialto just popping in to say hi, as I don’t do it enough.

  15. The closer it gets to Election Day, the more I wanna write on my political blog

    The closer it gets to Election Day, the more I wanna grab every Floridian on the street and remind them that Romney means a return to the George W. Bush debacles.

    The closer it gets to Election Day, the more I hope that Rush Limbaugh’s radio company Clear Channel files for bankruptcy within the week all thanks to majority owner Bain Capital’s Modus Operandi of debt debt and more debt.


  16. *headdesk* took CJ to the vet today for a look at her broken tooth. The vet determined the pulp is exposed and there are some signs of infection and I should get her over to a doggie dentist, post-haste, for an extraction. If it’s not my mother, it’s the dog…

    • scone

       /  October 24, 2012

      Blech. That’s no fun My cat just had to have three teeth extracted at her most recent tooth cleaning – which was scheduled b/c she has horrible gums. Several hundred dollars later…

      • Just made an appointment for dingbat for Tuesday…they’re telling me because it’s a canine tooth, they would rather do a root canal. But there’s almost no tooth left, and the vet thinks extraction, so I’m going to campaign for that. It’s gotta be cheaper than root canal…either way, though, I’m looking at a months’ salary. Owf.

  17. koolaide

     /  October 24, 2012

    Flogging a radio show/podcast run by some people I knew undergrad and grad school.

    “Things Not Seen engages in in-depth conversations about how faith and belief work in everyday life. Faith is complex. It takes many forms, from church practice to personal spirituality to honest questioning, struggle, and even doubt.”

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