Wednesday open thread.

Have at it!

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

     /  December 26, 2012

    Bashing my head against my own business ignorance again.

  2. Good News:
    Bad News:
    Better news: Les Mis was awesome.
    Badder news: Mom drunkenly insulted Rob’s family at Christmas. So much so he still hasn’t said anything because he’s still processing how to handle it.

    • 1. Augh, I fell asleep before the Dr Who Christmas Special. (Nephews have a way of tiring you out). I take it that it was good?

      2. Augh about the drunk insult thing. I’m focusing an “let this be resolved quickly and for the best” vibe in your general direction. Also, tea and cookies.

    • Oh no. What did she say? If you don’t want to say, I understand.

      • Rob referred to his sister as being too busy for something. My mother laughed and said: “Busy?! But she doesn’t have a job! She does nothing all day!”
        Oh, wrong thing to say, ma.

  3. Captain_Button

     /  December 26, 2012

    Open Zion’s website is usable but not properly working for me with IE8, at least with the restriction It puts on us here.

  4. Christmas at home, as just the two of us plus cat, was one of the best days we’ve had in a very, very long time.

    Today was rain and sleet and snow and an absolute *miserable* time to go run errands but the milk doesn’t buy itself, so.

    Also dear Emily, if you could change your sidebar link back to my site and away from Kotaku, I’d appreciate it greatly. 🙂

  5. Captain_Button

     /  December 26, 2012

    Start rewatching and rereading the Crest of The Starsanime/manga/light novel space opera series. Not sure why because it is so badly done in many ways. The background is interesting, but it does far too much infodumping and way, way too much use of the constructed language of the Abh.

    (Or maybe it is just the translation, which seems to vary from ok to awful.)

  6. caoil

     /  December 26, 2012

    Not sure if you saw it from the other day’s thread, Emily, but we now match – I got a ‘kill you with my brain’ shirt for xmas (amongst many, many other shirts)!

    • I DID SEE THAT. But I was looking at my phone in a moving car so I audibly squeed but did not express it in pixelated form! That makes me very, very happy – we are cross-border twinsies! : )

  7. Remarkably for my family, Christmas involved no hurt feelings, inadvertent insults, or genuine stinkers of presents. Also all the knitting got done without me having to sit up to midnight on Christmas Eve. (I got awesome books, including Mr Jefferson and the Giant Moose which I am looking forward to HUGELY).

    Maman is still very sad about her purrbot, but appreciates all the comfort, and is already talking about going to the shelters after New Year’s to look for a new kitty “or maybe two who have to go together.”

  8. Christmas Eve went reasonably well, considering it snowed, a guest bailed due to the weather and the store gave us a frozen dinner (it was supposed to be refrigerated). Eventually the potatoes and gravy were thawed and things were mostly OK other than a few snarky remarks from my brother. (I told him if he was willing to go out, buy a tree, ship it to my house, put it up, decorate it, take it down after Christmas, take it to recycling and do that *every year*, then sure, we’d have a ‘real’ tree. There were no more comments about the tree.)

    Christmas, however…the younger nephew was obsessed with building Lego sets and barely acknowledged anyone. The older one was obsessed with their latest game system (4th system, for those counting) and wouldn’t do anything else. I wound up reading the guidebook to my Kindle because everyone but the little guy was busy playing video games. My brother only acknowledged me to make openly snarky remarks (“people who have *real* jobs don’t work Christmas week”, etc) and finally at dinner, he launched several insults in quick succession at me, I snapped back, and he told me to leave. Then Mom was upset, because I was her ride home so if I left she felt she had to leave and she didn’t want to go, so his in-laws had to talk him into letting *our mother* stay. I doubt I’ll be invited back anytime soon and honestly, I don’t want to go. I’ve had enough crap from Mr 1%.

    • “Real jobs”? Like, say, all of the white-collar executives I used to work with who had to go in between Christmas and New Year’s?

      I’m sorry your brother appears to have a bad case of congenital asshole.

      • Yeah, a co-worker is married to a radiologist who had to work yesterday. I’d like him to tell her to her face she doesn’t have a real job.

    • I guess “real jobs” don’t include being a technician in a medical diagnostics lab (like my uncle’s wife, who was actually working yesterday, in addition to the rest of this week).

    • efgoldman

       /  December 26, 2012

      mrs efgoldman and I had dinner at her brother’s house. This is the same racist, alcoholic, gun-totin’ brother in law that i wouldn’t allow in my house for ~10 years.
      There were just five of us: her brother and his wife, us, and my mother-in-law.
      I don’t know whether its his age (now 60+) or surviving the cancer which is very rare, 100% fatal, and from which he was supposed to have died 18 months ago, but he has finally, mostly grown up. He only drank a glass or two of wine, and we had a lovely time.
      Spiral-sliced ham and all the accessories, and more desserts on the table than any five human beings should contemplate at once.
      mrs efgoldman made the requested lemon meringue pie, plus an apple pie that replaced the one left on the kitchen counter when we went to mom’s on Thanksgiving, plus mint M&M cookies, plus they already had carrot cake and truffles and fudge and brownies…
      I’m too old for this shit….

    • Good lord, woman. I’m so sorry. I send you many pleasant meals with delightful and convivial conversations to make up for it.

    • I guess those firefighters who were shot and killed on Xmas Eve in NY State didn’t have a real job either.


  9. It’s BOXING DAY people! Time to do battle against the EVIL BOXES! Fight! Fight on, my brave Box Bashers!!!

  10. JHarper2

     /  December 26, 2012

    Lovely Christmas Dinner last night. Two lovely friends of mine, had me, my mother, their mothers, and another friend for dinner. We had store bought Christmas pudding and it was wonderful, just like Christmas pud should be. The Turkey was pre-stuffed cook from frozen and was, as they always are, just the bomb. No risking salmonella during the three day defrost, no difficulty with making the stuffing, and best of all, they don’t get dry when cooked; all the meat was juicy. Also, there was Cranberry wine which I didn’t even know was a thing. The white, which was a beautiful shade of yellow gold was full flavoured, tart and dry.

    Talked to a worker in dialysis this morning. She is originally a Roman and started the day for her family with tortellini soup and lasagne, then turkey with mashed potatoes and cabbage rolls and spring rolls, because that is how be roll in Saskatchewan, with cabbage and spring rolls.

    Very cold this morning, temp didn’t poke above -30C until after noon. Car started even though I forgot to plug it in. Best of all, ever branch and twig on every tree was covered in a sparkling covering of frost crystals, glimmering in the bright sun. It was of such beauty to take the breath away

    • And an American finally asks:


      (“just the bomb” – heh).

      (Also – would it kill you to post a picture of the glimmering? Down here in Chicago, we have neither snow nor sun). (Ok, to make it worse, we have a dusting of snow – enough to remind us of what snow is, but not enough to actually be in any way pleasant).

      • JHarper2

         /  December 26, 2012

        Emily, I posted a long reply with pictures of frosted trees and recipes and it disappeared! Maybe you can find it?

        • JHarper2

           /  December 26, 2012

          …and this one shows up! Life is so unfair.
          Pictures of frost on trees.

          • JHarper2

             /  December 26, 2012

            and one more.

            • JHarper2

               /  December 26, 2012

              I will not repost the recipes, they are way too rich, even the non-suet versions which are allegedly low calorie

  11. Tenar Darell

     /  December 26, 2012

    I kind of want all of these as posters. I’ll settle for wallpaper for now.

    • I really, really want that Portal 2 “Space” one now. It’s just the right kind of clever that I could actually hang it up on my wall without feeling too awfully nerdy about it.

      If I still want it that badly in February, I think I’ll treat myself to it for my birthday.

  12. Quick blogging, if only to increase some traffic to my Wittylibrarian blog before my job interview this Friday…

  13. caoil

     /  December 26, 2012

    A pretty piece of music for your Wednesday. I’ve never heard of this composer (Marini) but I like him now! Am spending my afternoon listening to all of Tafelmusik’s uploaded pieces.