Open Thread by Tim F| September 29, 200911:09 am| 68 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailTalk about anything except the [email protected]+$#*&$^ Steelers.
Remember that time when the Steelers lost to the painfully dysfunctional Bengals? Good times.
How can we get DougJ a shot at this?
General Winfield Stuck
I guess we’re going to need to root for the Steeler’s to start winning some games just so Cole won’t become tired and otherwise occupied, and might start posting again on his blog.
It’s a big effort for a Brown’s fan, but being a good trooper, Go Stillers!
Forgive me lord.
So, what is good to watch on TV lately? I gave up on Heroes awhile back, and am curious as to whether it’s redeemed itself.
As well, did anybody watch the season premiere of Family Guy on Sunday?
Should “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” be added to the Lexicon?
Can we talk about the Bungles rolling the Steelers this past Sunday?
How about them Redskins? :-)
J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford
OMG! Cat Lady wants to shoot DougJ!
Have you been watching Mad Men, RedKitten?
OT, but Schumer is tearing it up right now.
Wait, one can’t be “off topic” in an open thread, I suppose.
How ’bout those Lions?
Yeah this is like an invitation to talk about Brett Favre.
I’d like to point out that the Texans and the Steelers now have the same winning record. So, by logical extension, I can assume that the Texans are Super Bowl material. :-)
The Grand Panjandrum
C’mon Tim cheer up. They are in a position to beat out Cleveland for a wild card spot.
@Christian: Or Michael Vick.
Steelers? They couldn’t beat the Bears. Now that’s pretty sorry.
No Steelers talk here.
How about those New England Patriots!? 2-1, not too shabby so far.
Chargers win! I think they have a good chance this Sunday night, too. Who do they play, again.
Redkitten I like “Lie to Me” on Fox. Other than that I don’t got much. I do like Medium and hopefully Ugly Betty gets better.
But the Redskins lost to Detroit if it makes anyone feel better.
Oh c’mon guys that’s just rude… talking about the team from Pittsburgh after he specifically asked you not to. Have some compassion!
I propose a new topic:
@ET: I bet it makes the Detroit Lions feel better. Just a hunch I have.
Brick Oven Bill
My Ford Focus has many miles on gravel roads, and as such, the frame is slightly bent. The back doors open only from the outside and only when the car is cool. When the car is hot, the rear doors seize shut. This might be a good car to take to a Teabagging event.
The reason for this is because my Ford Focus absorbs radiation from the sun during the day, causing it to warm. This warmth is really the radiation exciting the atoms that constitute my car. As these atoms become more and more excited, they vibrate with more and more energy.
This vibration causes the atoms to need more space per atom, in a manner similar to a balloon shrinking in size when placed in the freezer, or growing in size when placed in a warm environment. A similar effect takes place with tire pressure. But instead of the principle effect being expansion/contraction, the principle effect is an increase/decrease in the pressure within the tire, which is confined to a much greater degree than a balloon.
The end effect is that my car swells during the day.
After the sun goes down, and the radiation fields and the energy they transmit are significantly decreased, the kinetic energy of atomic vibration is dissipated in my Ford Focus through friction, the atoms become less excited, releasing their energy to the atmosphere in the form of thermal energy, this energy not being replaced at the rate at which is it dissipated.
The atoms then take up less space, and I can once again open my rear doors.
Just voted for Bitsy. I do it every day. Isn’t it about time she won a week – if you’ve been slacking, go vote for her!!
Also busted some anti-Obama crap someone was spreading on FaceBook. I try to avoid getting embroiled in political discussions on FB, but this particular one was low-hanging fruit.
If you have a moment, please vote for ME in a People’s Choice poll for the United America pageant. No email address required, choose up to 10 favorites, but only one vote once. I’m on the second row, Ms. Classic Georgia.
Thanks much, and everyone have a great day!!
@Cat Lady: Great idea. I’m in!
I just saw the first episode of “Flashforward,” this year’s “Lost” entry on ABC. It was disturbing and fascinating, so I will watch until further notice. I also found out that the series is (loosely) based on a book of the same name, so I will be getting that from the local library.
Also watching “Mad Men,” “Drop Dead Diva,” (much better than the premise would suggest), “Project Runway,” and just finished watching season four of “America’s Best Dance Crew” on MTV. And of course “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” when I am able to stay awake.
@Christian: No. I am the saddest 3-0 fan, ever.
@Cat Lady: Oh.my.god. I am SO gonna enter. Thanks for the link! I would vote for DougJ, though, if there was some way to vote for him.
J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford
I’m on the last 3 missions of Grand Theft Auto 4. I’m actually kind of proud because it’s a long game and I usually lose interest and switch to something else. The game story was fun and the missions varied enough to keep it fresh. The cellphone and GPS really took the game to the next level. I wish they had developed the GPS system for San Andreas.
Next up, Batman: Arkham Asylum.
How about we talk about this:
“What has not been reported until now is that McCaughey’s writing was influenced by Philip Morris, the world’s largest tobacco company, as part of a secret campaign to scuttle Clinton’s health care reform…”
Seems like big news (though not ACORN level big of course).
Yes, that. I saw that this morning and got a great big belly laugh out of it. Who could have known? Well, apparently Sully (TNR editor at the time, I believe) says HE didn’t. Is he clinically naive or clinically cynical? I can’t decide.
And the DFHs and queers at RS have to break the story. The MSM is pitiful.
@asiangrrlMN: You go, girl! And let us know when the voting starts!!!
Methinks the wingnut logic is getting to you.
Okay, let’s talk about the San Diego Chargers. They play an interesting team next weekend, on Sunday Night Football. The only down side to that is that they will be on SNF which means that Keith Olbermann will be talking about them. But they do play an interesting team. Chargers are 2-1 and they play a team which is 1-2. My goodness.
I’ve only seen her a couple of times and I already can’t stand her. Like the Cheneys, I wish she would disappear.
@RedKitten: I watched it. Pretty much par for the course over the last few seasons. A few good jokes, a few groaners, pointless time filling musical numbers. American Dad has really surpassed it in pretty much all respects at this point IMHO.
Who Dey? ;-)
@General Winfield Stuck: From a Bengals fan to a Browns fan, I must ask, why speaketh you such wretched blasphemy?
So, what is good to watch on TV lately?
Since the second-season opener last week was really good, I will now admit to my guilty pleasure, The Mentalist. The plots are meh–as in most series–but the characters are not clichés and their interaction is pretty good. I especially like Tim Kang as the deadpan, seemingly-rigid-but-not-really sidekick investigator. And Robin Tunney and Amanda Righetti are both hot, which doesn’t hurt. And, yes, Simon Baker is teh hot too.
I haven’t been watching Mad Men, and keep meaning to, but it’s on so goddamn late that I’ve never been able to stay up for it.
Other than that, I’ve just been catching the odd sitcom here and there. I do enjoy the hell out of Jim Parsons’ character on “The Big Bang Theory”, and Christine Baranski’s guest spot was an absolute hoot. I’ve also been watching So You Think You Can Dance Canada, mainly for the pretty. I haven’t gotten into any dramas since BSG ended, mainly because I just can’t commit to any particular show right now, and so would hate to get absorbed in a particular drama, only to wind up missing three episodes in a row, due to the demands of motherhood.
@geg6: “And the DFHs and queers at RS have to break the story.”
When I read this, I immediately thought “Red State.” I had to click though the link to figure out WTF.
(And yes, I am unusually tired this morning. Why do you ask?)
Have you considered watching the MLB post-season? It’s like a reality show except that it’s completely unscripted and nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen until it does.
@Steeplejack: I’ve seen a few episodes of The Mentalist, and yes…it is a fun watch, due in no small part to Simon Baker, thank you very much.
In fairness to Phillip Morris, they have an obligation to return as much value to their shareholders as possible – but what’s McCaughey’s excuse?
Allegation here is that she’s selling her talents to cigarette companies in order help them make more profit (and killing more people in the process).
By that logic, doesn’t that make her the equivalent of a mob hitman?
How about those 2-1 Bengals? Currently second in the AFC North. Go Bengals.
I haven’t gotten into any dramas since BSG ended, mainly because I just can’t commit to any particular show right now, and so would hate to get absorbed in a particular drama, only to wind up missing three episodes in a row, due to the demands of motherhood.
DVR! Mine is built into the cable box, costs an extra 5 or 10 bucks a month and is well worth it. Once you have watched DVR-mediated TV you’ll never go back to the old way.
Get ready to never watch “appointment TV” again. You’ll start changing everything about your spare TV time. Netflix Streaming is the bomb yo.
General Winfield Stuck
I also want some Bj threads, and besides, my fingers were crossed while typing which isn’t easy/
“Mad Men” is excellent. Been watching it since day one. “Breaking Bad” is also fabulous. The traditional networks can only hope to aspire to the level of writing, acting, and production of both AMC shows.
“Big Love” on HBO is also a fav. They’re in production now for season #4 which starts in January.
@RedKitten: There’s always House. Not at its peak this season, but there are lots of episodes available on DVD, which you may find fit your schedule better than broadcast TV.
So, Dr. Nancy on MSNBC just gave a hearty endorsement to the Neti Pot.
John, as usual… so far ahead of the curve! ;-)
@RedKitten: I liked FlashForward, and am enjoying Fringe, which is basically this decade’s X-Files wannabe. Mad Men is great. If you have Netflix and never watched Twin Peaks it holds up amazingly well.
@Svensker: Wow, thank you!!
Why don’t you eat a Rothilsberger?
You’ll choke on it!
hahah, that joke was a lot funnier before he won a superbowl…
2 Super Bowls.
@RedKitten: It is redeeming itself. The second season was HORRIBLE, with story lines that ended up disappearing down the memory hole. It is getting back to its roots in a serious way starting with the end of last season, and this season (2 episodes so far) is shaping up to be a goody.
Also, I love the new CBS show, “The Good Wife” with Julianna Margulies. The series premiere was last week and second episode is tonight. I’ve even been rather amused by the new comedy “Community” with Joel Hale from “The Soup”. Both episodes have had me cracking up.
And of COURSE, Mad Men is the best thing on television right now – Hands down.
The Pale Scot
NFL? I’m still picking my teeth from my Giants beating the Cowpies last week, that glow is going to last awhile.
TV? utterly useless, I download torrents of BBC shows. Zipping thru Primeval at the moment, not bad, especially when you can watch a a season it two nights. BBC America isn’t available on cable in Tampa, at least not the package I’m willing to pay for. I wish they’d institute Ala’Carte service. BBC, NFL Network, Bay News 9 and C-span is all I need.
@Adrienne: I liked “The Good Wife” too! I found the first episode through OnDemand – now it’s in my DVR recording list!
L. Ron Obama
@Brick Oven Bill:
@Libertini: You are one hot mama. I voted for you. Sadly, I think the editors of the Post are the ones picking the new op-ed columnist. Sigh.
OK, so it’ll be a little while longer before I’ll see if my soon-to-come-out kid is cuter than RedKitten’s. Seems everyone went into labor overnight and they called us at 5am asking to postpone induction to Thursday.
So no piccies.
@Dr. Squid: Good luck!
(expletive deleted) Bucs!
(obscene gerund) Redskins!
(unbelievably gross bodily function) Yankees! Yeah, I know they won the pennant race. That’s why I’m cursing.
OI! Saints is awesome! Ain’t no Ain’ts no mo’! The only good Bush too!
So, how ’bout them Pirates? Quite the game LaRoche had yesterday…
Joe Flacco is looking like quite the talent at QB. He seems to be able to throw more touchdowns than interceptions and also manages to actually move in the pocket. He looks certain to be a thorn in the side of AFC North Defensive coordinators for a decade or more. Then there’s Carson Palmer. He may finally be able to stay healthy, which could spell trouble for teams fighting for a WC berth. Fortunately, Cleveland is still plugging away with Brady Quinn, so for the foreseeable future Big Ben will at least be the third best QB in his 4 team division. To the future!