Monday open thread.

As she not infrequently does, anibundel has reminded me that the world is full of shiny things! Shiny things that I cannae purchase. DRAT.

But she’s lovely, so that’s ok.

Anyhoo. 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. Well, let’s see. PreFall is here!
    There are recaps from Next Iron Chef and Project Runway,
    plus shiney things, hanukkah and cats.
    Yeah, i think that sums up my blog.

  2. Yesterday I posted my Holiday Gift Guide, for everyone who is trying to find booze-related gifts for their friends.

  3. I spent the weekend in Houston, and I hit most of my favorite places. Pappasitos and a 1am visit to the House of Pies. Done.

  4. Oh and Emily, Marnifer’s husband commented via FB that he always forgets the vast gulf between “exists” and “affordable.” So you are not the only one who is sad.

  5. Makovnik

     /  December 10, 2012

    A … squishily violent but amusing Chanukah e-card by Nina Paley, animator of the thoroughly delightful Sita Sings the Blues: Judah Maccabee hammering Romans.

  6. watson42

     /  December 10, 2012

    I’ve been on a an anti-viral medication for a week, but I still caught a cold. Only goes to show the panoply of viruses there are out there. I assume the virus responsible for my cold is an RNA virus, not a DNA virus since the medication is a DNA polymerase inhibitor. The meds also made me incredibly spacey – I wonder if it is inhibiting the endogenous DNA polymerase (conservation being what it is), so I also wonder if it will have an effect on my long-term memory formation.

    Yes, I become more of a geek when I get sick. My brain, it is weird. (but I can’t kill you with it.)

    Also: I WANT that Lego set. I need a real job…

    • I was just going to say that for someone who’s feeling spacey, you should are pulling out the Science! Now I know that’s just the drugs talking.

      • watson42

         /  December 11, 2012

        An ex-boyfriend told me that once while I was coming out of anesthetic, he had asked a question of the doctor. And though I was quite loopy went into a highly technical (and apparently correct) answer to his question about the procedure I had just undergone. I don’t even remember it, I was still mostly under…

        Perhaps this says something about the amount of energy that my brain normally devotes to behaving as if it is properly socialized rather than its true geek self?

  7. I cannot focus on a damn thing today.

    • David L

       /  December 10, 2012

      I felt like the fatigue that has dominated my life the last few weeks was starting to lift. Then, a matter of moments after thinking this, I manage to not only allow myself to drift off but not to wake up again for, as near as I can tell, half an hour. While sitting up at my desk. I’m impressed with myself and glad I’m at the quiet end of the hall.

  8. Guys, there’s now a FOURTH Kevin Clash accuser.

    • David L

       /  December 10, 2012

      I am reminded of something Garance Franke-Ruta said on Twitter during the emergence of the Petraeus stuff. “There’s either one or a bunch. Never only two.”

      • JHarper2

         /  December 10, 2012

        Another way George Lucas was wrong in the prequels.

      • Exactly. I was thinking that myself — the minute #2 showed up I was like “Oh dude. Await the opening of the floodgates.”

      • lasslisa

         /  December 10, 2012

        Is there ever even only one? I’m thinking like ants, here… if you see one, you just know there are more. (Less valid for ‘accuser’ – but thinking with affairs… what are the odds that the one that happens to become publicly visible is the first one ever?)

        • Darth Thulhu

           /  December 10, 2012

          There’s only ever one when it’s a false accusation … which is why the second one is such a bad signal to the chances of them being false. The culture of silence around harassment and rape accusations is similar: there’s the one lone uncertain accusation, or there’s a flood. Even if some are falsely dogpiling or trying to cash in, the bulk cannot be dismissed.

  9. At work, I sit under a vent. That vent has been blowing cold air down the back of my neck all day, and somehow I am supposed to write despite the fact that I feel like I’m in my own personal blizzard.

    I want a big cup of hot chocolate. 😦

    • Our internet and phones are having a comcastrophe.

      The recording claims they are aiming to have it fixed by 6pm tonight.

      • Wow, I bet that’s … great … for getting things done.

        For certain values of “great” and “things.”

      • taylor16

         /  December 10, 2012

        That happened to us last week, but everything was back up within an hour. Hopefully it’ll be the same for you.

        But more importantly, Comcast is the fucking worst.

        • It’s been like this since 11am. *punches Comcast in the face*

          • lasslisa

             /  December 10, 2012

            You know, the one and only good customer service experience I’ve had with Comcast was when I called to cancel. Apparently they have learned that people will try to game them by pretending to cancel in order to get special deals. So they don’t hassle you with special deals: they just cancel your account and tell you where to drop off the receiver box.

            It really was the only entirely painless experience I had with them.

  10. scone

     /  December 10, 2012

    Raawwwrr! I am grumpy. Stayed up way too late last night working on something that was given to me on Friday afternoon and due this morning, which was torn to pieces by my boss, who I usually find to be an excellent editor but who instead made it more complicated and kept asking questions that showed he hadn’t read the whole thing. Not to mention all last week my shoulder was hurting (a recurring office ergonomics issue I thought I’d solved by getting a new chair but popped back up after two months), and I had a delightful massage that fixed it this weekend (yay!) but within two hours of sitting at my desk my shoulder is again back to aching (boo!). And it’s rainy and gross outside. Grrr. Argh.

    In other news, how does one interview for a job when one has a job? Have lots of “doctor’s appointments?” Take random days off?

    • caoil

       /  December 10, 2012

      Luckily my company is used to my random half-days I take periodically, so I usually just try to slot an interview on one of those. Alternatively, the “appointment” excuse can be used in a pinch.

  11. Do y’all remember a couple years ago, when Jack Weatherford dropped by the mothership to discuss his book on Genghis Khan? I finally got around to reading that book and it is indescribably amazing. Before I even finished the first chapter my mind had been blown 16 times. Highly recommended.

  12. caoil

     /  December 10, 2012

    Why are welted vest pockets so tricksy? *sigh*

  13. caoil

     /  December 10, 2012

    Wow. I don’t know if there was any point in staying home today to sew, because I absolutely cannot brain today. I just sewed entirely the wrong seam on two pieces and now have to rip the whole thing out again. I should be finished this vest by now, it’s almost 4pm.

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