Welp. An open thread.

Even if TNC doesn’t love us today, I love you always.

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.

109 Comments

  1. I got a bunch of vids about the returning contestant’s for “project Runway All Stars” that starts tonight.
    I got a bunch of pictures of the XFactor top 16.
    But I’ve got neither video nor pictures of the Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. Sorry.
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

    • The boy’s fez arrived last night.

      Carry on.

      • Oh and there are Mad Men pictures now that it’s after 2pm.

      • Does his sister get a ray-gun?

        • Sadly, no! The schools frown on such things, and it’d be hard to juggle on the trick-or-treat trail — BUT. We’re working on a briefcase of Wonderflonium that can double as a treat bag. So, you know. We’re trying very hard to be full-service minions!

      • efgoldman

         /  October 25, 2012

        The boy’s fez arrived last night.
        Wait, what?
        A 13 year old boy (even one as wonderful as yours) wears a fez? Willingly?
        It is a marvel.
        I wouldn’t wear a fez willingly, and I’m an old guy who wears hats.

        • David L

           /  October 25, 2012

          Fezzes are cool. (And if you know who else said that line, you might get the point of the fez.)

          • dave in texas

             /  October 25, 2012

            It was either Akbar or Jeff, I can’t remember which.

            • …grabs dave by the medulla oblongata and psychically downloads the last two seasons of Doctor Who into his cranial processors.

  2. David L

     /  October 25, 2012

    Today, it’s supposed to get up to 90 here. Tomorrow, it’s not even supposed to hit 60. And yet there will be people out in shorts just because today was shorts weather. I kind of wonder how you don’t realize this stuff before you’re so committed to wearing clothes that are completely inappropriate for the weather that you can’t go back and change.

    • koolaide

       /  October 25, 2012

      I end up dressed for the day before’s weather from time to time. I don’t always check the weather report.

    • 60º is inappropriate shorts weather? News to me. But then I make more body heat than any one person needs.

    • I got a hurricane off to the starboard… or is that port?

      • aaron singer

         /  October 25, 2012

        Depends. Which way is the ship/plate going?

      • Starboard. Remember, left and port both have four letters. Therefore, right is starboard.

        • Bless you. Now I might actually remember.

          • koolaide

             /  October 25, 2012

            inorite! I have never heard that trick for remembering.

          • dave in texas

             /  October 25, 2012

            It was always kind of easy for me, because when I was a kid, lots and lots of sportswriters (who tended even more towards purple prose back then than they do today), would almost invariably refer to left-handed pitchers as ‘portsiders.’

        • scone

           /  October 25, 2012

          So long as you’re facing the direction the boat is going! (former rower speaking up here…)

    • dave in texas

       /  October 25, 2012

      It’s all a part of that ‘Keep Austin Weird’ thing.

    • chingona

       /  October 25, 2012

      Colorado can be similarly erratic, and I will cop to having sent my kids out in totally inappropriate clothes. I also seem to have the damnedest time remembering that it’s 20 degrees colder in the mountains when I’m preparing for a hiking trip.

    • Ian

       /  October 25, 2012

      50s is shorts weather. I believe Stringer Bell said something to this effect that the 50s are a temperature at which some people will barbecue.

      • Ian

         /  October 25, 2012

        Even without an edit button, Emily, this comments system beats hell out of disqus: the revenge.

        • chingona

           /  October 25, 2012

          You can actually read the comments, for one thing.

        • watson42

           /  October 25, 2012

          You can say that again. I can sometimes read some of the comments with the new Disqus on my phone, but more often than not it crashes my phone now. WTF. I really, really hate the new Disqus. Plus I can’t participate in snark about stuff that black people who like white people like. It’s…..unfortunate. Maybe I’ll get lucky and next week’s job interview will go well…

    • taylor16

       /  October 25, 2012

      Don’t people in Texas wear shorts every day, no matter what?🙂

      It’s 80 degrees in Bloomington today. Tomorrow, I leave for a trip to northern Michigan with my BFF, where it will be 40 degrees and we will be outside most of the weekend. I am looking forward to the vicious cold I’m sure to catch after this trip…

  3. Blog flog: man, the closer we get to Election Day the more I wanna write (either that, or go out and slap anyone with Fire Obama yard signs, which I know is more illegal).
    I wrote this after watching O’Donnell promote third party voting to non-battleground states as a way of protesting the rigged two-party election system. I disagree because protest votes do nothing but get the wrong guy into office (shades of 2000), and prefer a more honest approach of party-building from the ground up. Please read.
    http://reformamendment.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-third-parties-are-doing-wrong.html

    • aaron singer

       /  October 25, 2012

      I agree with him on the electoral system. I don’t think it’s really possible now to have a true third party movement, as the two parties are so entrenched into the flow of money within politics that it makes no sense for major donors to give to 3rd parties, and without money you ain’t going very far in a campaign, on any level.

      I sort of understand protest voting, but only if it’s really not a protest vote; that you think both parties are so far gone that voting for either of them won’t solve things. That said, voting for a 3rd-party now won’t really do anything, as you say. I think the argument that says all 3rd partiers have to do is just build up from small races to large rings a bit untrue, and I don’t think they will have any legitimacy until our electoral system gets much worse, whatever that would mean.

  4. So, filling out online job application forms is kind of soul killing by definition, but when you’ve spent your entire professional life as a self-employed freelance creative? It’s also nearly impossible.

    I need chocolate.

    • good luck job-hunting, I hope you find something (and when you’re hired, can you find me a spot in the organization? I’m sure everybody needs a librarian!…)

      • I actually thought of you when I saw that one of the local colleges needs a part-time reference librarian — but I don’t imagine that’s the kind of position for which one would move from Florida to Illinois….

    • Maybe this is my future?

      “The Chicago Council on Global Affairs seeks nominations and applications for the position of President.”

    • taylor16

       /  October 25, 2012

      Those online application forms are the worst. The absolute WORST. Good luck…

      • I got unexpectedly slammed with work in late February and the rush more or less continued (though with blessedly less intensity) until mid-July, when my field always goes quiet for two months, and it was perfect anyway, because of the bar mitzvah and my laser focus on same.

        Then sometime earlier this month I picked up my head and went: “Huh! September was a little quiet and October is less so, but I should might maybe keep doing that freelance thing where one is ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WORK.” Sigh. And so I am.

    • Paul Solman at the Newshour had an interview on job hunting http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2012/10/ask-the-headhunter.html

      • watson42

         /  October 25, 2012

        An interesting article. A lot of it is true. Certainly I’ve found that online applications are much better at excluding candidates than including them.

        I disagree with the assertion that introversion is merely a behavior. IMO it’s a personality trait/type that manifests in a behavior, but it it’s not “just” a behavior. A career consultant I know says that the major difference in extroversion vs. intrpversion is what energizes you and what drains you. For an introvert, dealing with people and being “on” and “out there” is draining and they recharge with alone time. For an extrovert, the opposite is true. This isn’t to say that introverts can’t learn to act more extroverted, but it will *always* be draining, even if one gets skilled at it. The trick is finding that ratio of being out there to being alone that is sustainable. Unfortunately for introverts, nowadays all of job hunting and most of working is geared toward extroversion.

        I went to a “networking for introverts” workshop last year which was hugely useful. It was probably the best input I got wrt job hunting. I’m a lot less introverted than many in science, but adding some tools to the toolbox has been really beneficial, and not just for networking.

  5. It’s looking likely that I may lose my job in the beginning of November, for reasons of ill fit. My boss likes me, the team likes me, I do good work, but I simply can’t do enough of it fast enough with high enough readership. In short, I’m a good writer but not a Gawker Media writer.

    The amount of stress and exhaustion I feel by Thursday morning, in any given week, tells me that a departure may not actually be a bad thing. And at least it’d be a departure with ten months’ of networking and high-profile portfolio-building behind it.

    • koolaide

       /  October 25, 2012

      😦 comfort to you. here’s some tea & chocolate. (and good luck w/ whatever’s next)

    • chingona

       /  October 25, 2012

      You are very talented, and I have no doubt you will land somewhere where you will be better appreciated. I’m sure it’s scary right now, but you are going places.

      • With only one exception that I can think of, everyone who is ejected from the Gawker system lands higher.

    • Sorry to hear that it isn’t working out. I can only imagine what it would be like trying to produce content on an almost daily basis. Hopefully you find a better place to land.

    • Hey–now you might actually be able to meet for coffee!

    • Oh honey. I’m so sorry! I completely get it (I actually just told someone that I write really fast for the world of print, but not so much for the world of blogging) and can certainly see that there may be a relief factor, but I am still so sorry. Networknetworknetwork! (Also, many hugs).

    • Ian

       /  October 25, 2012

      If you are that stressed and that exhausted, it probably isn’t worth it. Best of luck, however it turns out.

    • taylor16

       /  October 25, 2012

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear this. Although I agree with the chorus – if you’re that stressed out and exhausted, it might be for the best in the long run. And like you said … your resume is that much more impressive now.

      If it helps at all – a month or two ago, when your piece about the Stardock scandal came out, I spent a couple of hours on gaming sites reading about it. In my reading, I ran across several comments (all from different commenters on two different sites) talking about how much better Kotaku’s editorial content had gotten since they hired the new crop of writers, and specifically mentioned you by name.

      I remember it specifically because I was all “D’awwwwww…good job, Kate!” So take that as some small comfort in that. Surely there’s somewhere else you can do the work you are good at at a pace that will keep you sane.

      In the meantime, good luck…

    • Honey, we just want what’s best for you. Now if you were here in person, I’d be handing you a cookie. And a hug.

    • i am sure that you are looking for writing gigs elsewhere already, but i was curious to see if you were thinking about coming back to your own blog until you find something new. i very much appreciate your kotaku stuff, but you are absolutely dynamite with longer and more detailed topics. i hope that you end up with a platform where you can do multi-part series on something (other than mmo logs), and get paid to do so.

    • baiskeli

       /  October 25, 2012

      Comfort button clicked.

    • socioprof

       /  October 25, 2012

      Comfort and hugs button clicked.

    • scone

       /  October 25, 2012

      Oy. Sorry to hear this. But yeah, stressed and exhausted is no way to go through life.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  October 25, 2012

      Very sorry to hear of the ill-fit. Please don’t try to force a “success” if you would not enjoy the requirements of the process (AKA burning tons more hours weeky to pop up even more rapid flows of content). If you aren’t enjoying the desired workload for its own sake, the money/status is never worth it.

      Best of luck landing upward. You have a true voice, and a real talent, and it will be a pleasure to follow you wherever you call home.

  6. Blog flogging! In a follow-up to my review of McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt, I tweaked The Laphroaig Project cocktail to work with a slightly less smokey whiskey.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-cocktails-mccarthy-project.html

  7. chingona

     /  October 25, 2012

    Colbert went and found an undecided voter, who, statistically speaking, is a young women with low income and low education who is a likely voter but is isolated from the news. It’s … Nell.

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/420502/october-23-2012/illusive–mysterious–undecided-voters

  8. I’m just so tired. But I did take a nice little walk outside. Is it Friday yet?

    • caoil

       /  October 25, 2012

      No, but it’s getting closer!

      I’m so zonked today I’ve resorted to having some root beer. I’m sure there’ll be stomach upset later, but I don’t know what else to do to prop myself up until work’s over.

  9. So i tried to set the trap for our upstairs neighbors.
    It was a supreme failure. They took the peanutbutter without actually springing the trap.

    So now I’m feeding them.

    When I yell “THIS IS NOT A MOTEL” can you blame them for not believing me?

    • In a house with five cats, you have rodents?

      I would think they’d smell that much cat, freak the fuck out, and go to the neighbors’.

      • We have squirrels in the attic–the one place that’s cat’s free. Let me tell you, I’ve thought about putting Marshmallow up there for a couple of hours.

        • efgoldman

           /  October 25, 2012

          We have squirrels in the attic…
          Go buy a box of mothballs, and spread them around the attic as widely as you can. Worked for us for raccoons some years ago.
          Or get d-Con and kill the little bastards.
          The outdoor cat that sort of lives next door spends half the morning in our yard, but he’s way too slow and creaky to catch squirrels or chipmunks. More’s the pity.

    • So i tried to set the trap for our upstairs neighbors.

      Hey!

      • Well, if they’d stop racing along the metal ducts at all hours and through scratching parties at inappropriate times, or paid rent once in a while, we wouldn’t have to be serving eviction notices like this.

        • watson42

           /  October 25, 2012

          I’m having the same issue, except I *think* it’s mice. They have been waking me up every night at 4:15 AM like clockwork for the last two weeks (no wonder I can’t shake this flu). If only they could wait an hour, then I would just get up and go to the gym rather than try and get back to sleep.

          My building has a serious squirrel problem a couple of years ago. We needed to get a pest control guy in to set traps for about two weeks to get them all, and then a guy to close up all the places the squirrels were getting in. Wire mesh and sheet metal were involved in some places. So you might need a professional.

          • What I really need is Rob to be home.
            If i can’t manage to capture anyone by the end of the week, this project will get put on hold until after the election.

            • watson42

               /  October 25, 2012

              A friend of mine says that peanut butter with sunflower seeds sprinkled on top/mixed in is sure-fire squirrel bait. The pest control guy used whole in-shell peanuts (unsalted) which seemed to work pretty well.

          • socioprof

             /  October 25, 2012

            I had this problem last year and what I was convinced were mice awaking me at an ungodly hour were actually squirrels.

      • SERIOUSLY neighbors73, stop racing along the metal ducts at all hours and throwing scratching parties at inappropriate times, or maybe you could pay rent once in a while?!

    • Mousetraps for squirrels don’t necessarily work.
      You’re gonna need to fix those holes in the attic roof.
      And then, set the one trap no squirrel can resist: a bag of peanuts laced with LSD and a recording videocam. Not only will you catch the squirrels, you will get some awesome YouTube clips.

  10. I love Bruce Springsteen. I love his song, ‘Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)’. I do not love the idea of the song becoming LITERAL. (Although that would mean my area doesn’t get a direct hit.)

  11. David L

     /  October 25, 2012

    One of the problems of being in a city that’s trying to transition itself off of car-dependence: There are lunch spots near me that I would love to go to, but parking is difficult, and both my home and my workplace are in locations that are not at all pedestrian friendly, so I’m pretty wedded to a car.

  12. koolaide

     /  October 25, 2012

    I am feeling blah-er than light beigh paint on empty apartment walls.

    • Lizzou

       /  October 25, 2012

      Sorry about that! If we were in the same city, I’d invite you out to grab chicken dinner at the local Tunisian place… I’ve always wanted to stop because they roast them on a spit with potatoes right on the street and they smell divine.

      • koolaide

         /  October 25, 2012

        aww. thanks. sounds like something I’d like to try but wouldn’t go by myself.

  13. Lizzou

     /  October 25, 2012

    Just watched “Intouchables.” I don’t really get why everyone loves it… to me, it was pretty meh. I understood about 75% of the jokes, but, really, this is one of those times when it hits home that I’m NOT FRENCH.

  14. For those who have NFL Network, the Vikings are on Thursday night football tonight.

    In other words, it’s Chris Kluwe time!

  15. For those of you wanting your latest updates on the ongoing “Monkey On The Lam” crises threatening this nation, the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay has finally been tranquilized and caged.
    The Animal Control Maximum Security Wing will keep him for a few days to determine his health, and then put him on trial for inciting Darwinism. …well, this IS Pinellas County we’re talking here.
    Worse yet, the cagers are attempting to name him “Cornelius” rather than accept his superhero name of MYSTERY MONKEY.

  16. I am deeply in love with this photo:

  17. scone

     /  October 25, 2012

    I just wanted to leave a note here in memory of Paul & Sheila Wellstone, who died in a plane crash 10 years ago today. (And their daughter Marcia, as well as three campaign staffers: Will McLaughlin, Mary McAvoy, and Tom Lapic.)

    I was working for his campaign at the time, and I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. (My 10th college reunion earlier this year should have been a tipoff, but this seems much closer than that.) Our little campaign office was flooded with people as our local volunteers and people who just wanted to be near others came in as soon as they heard the news. Big, burly union guys, just standing in a circle and crying.

    My favorite memory of him is at a big campaign event that I had organized – there was a parade (BIG deal in southern Minnesota) as well as meetings with the local Latino community. I had put a ton of work into it, and got the flu the night before, but still drove down to the event. Paul’s scheduler told me not to get near him and infect him, because he had to get back to the Senate for votes he couldn’t miss. At the end of the day, as he was about to pile into a car to go back to the airport with Sheila riding on his lap because one of the cars I’d arranged for hadn’t shown up and there weren’t enough seats, he jumped out and came back to thank all the staff and volunteers who’d worked on the day’s events. I subtly tried to back away because I didn’t want to breathe on him and get him sick, and he basically followed me down half a city block, trying to shake my hand.

    Paul liked to say he was from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. He has inspired me, throughout my career, to follow his words, “Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.”

    Al Franken posted a lovely remembrance of Paul over at the Atlantic. I’m so grateful he hold’s Paul’s seat now, and not Norm fucking Coleman. It feels right.

    • Seeing the staffer’s names, I’m wondering if that’s where Aaron Sorkin came up with Will McAvoy.

  18. zenobiajo

     /  October 25, 2012

    Scone: as a former congressional staffer I can’t tell you how much Sen. Wellstone was and is sorely missed. I wish with all my heart and soul that more Dems. would be like him. A champion of and advocate for, working people 🙂

  19. dave in texas

     /  October 25, 2012

    100th!!!

    I never do the ‘first’ thing, but I noticed that there were 99 comments when I got here, so

    100th!!!

  20. koolaide

     /  October 25, 2012

    Is my fb feed the only one where conservative folks are all worked up about some story involving UN election observers going to TX?