Wednesday (and Thanksgiving, too, if you want it) open thread.

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.



  1. Captain_Button

     /  November 21, 2012

    That link you twittered with the cease-fire agreement. It talks about opening the border but I couldn’t tell if it meant “back to the way it was last month” or an actual change to the blockade.

  2. I do not have time to explain to this dude how misogyny can be unintentional and is a baseline in certain cultural works, that the audience and the author take for granted without seeing. Someone go do that for me, please. I have cookies to bake.

    • I saw your tweet about having been schooled in the unassailable fact that there is no sexism or misogyny in film, literature or gaming, and I must say, it was such a relief to learn it! I had been under the impression that there was a bit of a problem.

      /off to bake pies

      • Yes, thank deity all these men are here to tell me my perceptions and lived experience are wrong!

        • Captain_Button

           /  November 21, 2012

          Shucks Ma’am, tweren’t nothing.

        • You too? Well, I guess I’m glad to know (maybe) that I’m not the only one who was delusional according to men.

          /posting while pumpkin spice cakes are in the oven

    • watson42

       /  November 21, 2012

      Well we all know a woman’s place is in the kitchen anyway. /sarcasm

      It reminds of the time on of my bosses (a rich old New England white guy) told me was shocked I had ever experienced any form of racism in Boston. I want to live in his parallel universe.

    • efgoldman

       /  November 21, 2012

      I did a couple hit and run posts but I’m not he one with the movie degree.

  3. Captain_Button

     /  November 21, 2012

    I do wonder how people who aren’t snarky tongue-in-cheek perverts talk to each other sometimes.

  4. watson42

     /  November 21, 2012

    Emily – I was trying to find the Calvin and Hobbes comic I referenced yesterday, but couldn’t find it. I might have to scan it from my Complete C & H and send it along. Basically it’s Calvin on the ground singing the song as the password to get into the treehouse and Hobbes up in the tree taunting Calvin that he’s not doing the accompanying dance.

    My brother will sometimes quote Hobbes in his bratty younger brother voice (“you’re not doing the daaaaaance…”) when I ask him to do something. It always makes me laugh.

    • It is nearly impossible to find C&H on the Internet. Watterson disapproves.

    • mythopoeia

       /  November 21, 2012

      Tigers are nimble
      And quick on their toes
      My REspect for tigers
      Continually grows…

      (One of my main contributions to humanity is knowing every Calvin and Hobbes and every xkcd ever drawn, and being able to reference them at opportune times.)

  5. David L

     /  November 21, 2012

    I had a couple drinks and watched “The Fifth Element” last night. Maybe it’s because I had a habit of joining the movie in progress over the years, but I’m amazed by how much of what I remember is back-loaded into the second half of the script. I had forgotten that.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  November 21, 2012

      So you’d never seen the Conveniently-Placed “Thermal Bandages” scene before?

      • David L

         /  November 21, 2012

        It’s not that I haven’t seen it, but it doesn’t stick in my mind very well.

        I’ll put it this way: The entire movie up to the spaceport scene gets about as much detail in my memory as the spaceport itself, even though the former is about 10 times as long as the latter.

  6. Waiting Room 2: Return To Boredom.
    At least this one is germ infested spawn free.

    • Hope you feel better for the holidays and for all time!

    • watson42

       /  November 21, 2012

      I hope the surgery goes well. I am sending good thoughts your way!

    • JHarper2

       /  November 21, 2012

      All good thoughts coming your way.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  November 21, 2012

      Prayers for safe surgery and swift recovery

    • Fingers crossed for good news.

      • UPDATE: Rob is going to have surgery next month. It’s not concerning enough for them to feel the need to do anything right this minute, which is good news. In fact the dentist said if he had to wait until January because we’d used up his deductible it would be ok. Breathing much easier.

  7. To everyone preparing for the annual Turkey Pagan Sacrifice Day, I salute you with these words: “As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly.”

  8. Oh there’s a voice recap on my blog, plus some other stuff.
    And there will be three posts a day for the holidays. So if you need an escape and a laugh, you know where to go.
    I can’t post links from my phone, so just use the one on the side of Emily’s blog.

  9. watson42

     /  November 21, 2012

    @Jordan if you’re around: a while back you mentioned you were awaiting analysis results to see if your compounds had activity. I don’t think I ever saw an update. What’s the news??

  10. Now that there’s a ceasefire in Israel/Palestine, I’m at war with the store that gave me not one but two wonky mobile phones, the manager of which began to treat me like a recalcitrant child the moment I sounded peeved.

    It’s not going well, mostly for me.

    • efgoldman

       /  November 21, 2012

      Perhaps they don’t realize that an angry customer has outlets to communicate with, I dunno’, a jillion bazillion other potential customers via these newfangled toobz.

      Also too, I was just wondering what you were doing around this late, and d’oh, I realized no isn’t Friday, not even in Chicago.

      • The end result was that I spoke with the single most comically helpful rep ever imagined and he was so sweet and wanted nothing more than to make me feel very well cared more, and things are now much better, thank you!

  11. efgoldman

     /  November 21, 2012

    An obituary to die for!

    At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to a pirate. To please his mother, who did not take kindly to his being a pirate, he briefly managed a mink farm, one of the few truly dull entries on his otherwise crackling résumé, which lately included a career as a professional gambler.

  12. Tenar Darell

     /  November 21, 2012

    Dear Horde,
    Can you source me some safe conversational topics?

    Otherwise, tomorrow will be like this:
    I will not bring up politics tomorrow at dinner, I will not bring up politics tomorrow at dinner, I will not bring up politics tomorrow at dinner….

    I will not answer anymore questions about my father is doing, or respond to earnest requests from my aunt about why he drove himself (Gosh knows I tried to make alternative arrangements, but she doesn’t need that story as ammo).

    I will not ask my cousin if she’s still going to Israel in January….oh for heaven’s sake there are freaking minefields everywhere. Help!

    • Why, the traditional subjects, of course!

      1) How hysterical that classic WKRP episode is (“As God is my witness, I thought that turkeys could fly”)

      2) What a fabulous actor Daniel Day-Lewis is (“I can’t wait to see Lincoln!/ “Wasn’t Lincoln awesome?!”)

      3) What everyone thinks about the new iPhone (bonus points if people in your family worshiped Steve Jobs).

      • Tenar Darell

         /  November 22, 2012

        Thank you! (I can even explain why I am trying out the Galaxy S3 and that as soon as I can I’m going to switch it for an iPhone 5).

  13. Christian Rene Friborg

     /  November 22, 2012

    You guys are funny!

  14. caoil

     /  November 22, 2012

    I hope everyone’s Turkey Day is relaxing!

    • efgoldman

       /  November 22, 2012

      Is it any kind of holiday in Canadia? [/ignorant arrogant American]

      • caoil

         /  November 22, 2012

        Nope! We’re all hustle-bustle, business as usual. I know someone at my train station today is getting tomorrow off because her job involves something something that relates to the stock markets, and your markets will be closed so it’ll be dead quiet. But for the rest of us, we just chug along.

        I should try to get potatoes today and have a mini second Thanksgiving dinner.