I heartily endorse this thread for the top photo alone.
Also, chat. Sample conversation topic: what the hell is up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Steelers?
Went to lunch with a broken link (fixed now). Already working on my next set of apologies for Yom…
Raven (formerly stuckinred)
link no worky
I see the Mustache of Understanding wrote another column advocating Obama’s agenda, while pretending it wasn’t actually Obama’s agenda. Douche.
@Hill Dweller: Just saw that and sent it around. Benen has a good piece on it.
Friedman must be hoping the GOP wins the next Presidential election so his writing looks smart by comparison. He ought to be able to critique Mitt without fucking up too badly.
In fact, that’s the problem, isn’t it? We have a media who play at the level of GOP national politics. They have no idea what to do when the Dems are governing.
I see Naomi Klein everywhere but in Canadian politics. Why doesn’t she write or comment about Harper’s government and how it terribly reversed Canadian stand on major issues, like the environment, I/P issues and many other important issues?
“what the hell is up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Steelers?”
I don’t know what that is supposed to mean.
But what it really should mean is that the master of this Steeler loving blog did not note the death of the Sainted Mr. Davis of duh Raiduhs.
Just out of sheer meanness, I am sure.
I’m suing this blog.
I am beginning to question this miserable lefty blog’s Pride and Poise and Commitment to Excellence.
Edit: Around the SF Bay, people on the radio news were asking ‘how did it happen’? Wah? Davis was over 80 years old, that’s how it happened.
My theory is that trying to come up with a new formula that proved duh Raiduhs still had the best record in professional sports did him in.
Anyway, RIP, Al Davis.
I moved crosstown today. Despite not speaking the local language very well, and not sharing a language at all with the two guys who showed up to do the job, it was probably the least stressful move I’ve ever made. It was less than four hours from start to finish, the guys were polite and efficient, and it cost less than two hundred dollars.
Now I’m ensconced in my new rooftop apartment (new to me, I mean – the building is the kind of run-down wreck generally described as “charming” by RE agents), the cats are gradually coming down from their freakout, and for a bonus the last tenant was stealing cable so the internet is live even though my install’s not scheduled for later in the week.
On the downside, my arms are a little shaky from all the lifting and shifting and I just spilled half my shot of Tullamore Dew on my foot.
I had a major Ikea-gasm over the weekend, and all that shit will be delivered tomorrow. Then I’ll be deep in flat-pack assembly hell for a couple of days.
All I know is that thanks to Mr. Roethlisberger (plus some other misfits who are rounding into form), my fantasy football team ism going to score ~130 points this week. Yay! Yet, somehow I’m still going to lose unless Jason Hanson scores 6 more points than the Bears defense.
/nobody cares about my FF team
Congrats on your new digs!
something interesting, probably has no legs though…
I’m learning to walk again. The problem is that now that I don’t have a cast or brace to wear, I frequently forget I have a broken leg with major muscle atrophy happening.
Example: I rolled out of bed this morning, stood up, took a step, and when I shifted my weight onto the bad leg it crumpled like an overcooked noodle.
Free Internet Advice Man says: Don’t do that.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Steelers? At least the quarterback isn’t Tony ‘Roller Coaster’ Romo.
@R-Jud: Oh, that sux. I snapped a tendon in my leg three years ago and went through a lot of the same kind of thing. Are you doing PT?
@Joey Maloney: Having trouble with the local language? What? Did you move to Brooklyn or something?
Edited: to fix link
I really like Alexander Flemming’s performance of Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche.
@JGabriel: Yeah, I think I’ll be taping a note that says “YOUR FUCKING LEG IS BROKEN, MORON” to my face before I go to bed.
@Joey Maloney: Yep, lots of PT. I snapped the corner off my tibia, had it screwed back on, and am about 6 weeks post-op.
I walked about four miles today with the help of the crutches. It’s SO NICE to be able to go outside again. Fracture doc and PT are both confident I’ll be jogging for Christmas.
Raven (formerly stuckinred)
@R-Jud: I feel for ya, I snapped both bones and had 18 fragments falling out of a tree in 1961. They said I might not walk, might have rods put in. Five years later it didn’t keep me out of the green machine. Hang in there and pay attention to the physical therapists!
The Ancient Randonneur
Joe the Plumber is back.
Thought I would brighten up your day.
it’s amazing how far you can go on crutches. i was on them for the better part of a year in college and i could actually move faster than i could walk.
You have to tell us about putting together the Ikea.
It should be interesting.
Glad the move went well.
Here’s a good short film on OWS. And it pretty clearly disrupts the notion that this just a bunch of white trustafarians who don’t know what they’re doing.
Thread needs more schnauzer.
Villago Delenda Est
@The Ancient Randonneur:
Oh, so douchbagfuckstick is running for Congress? Where?
On edit: “Follow the link, stupid”. Ohio, against Marcy Kaptur.
In other douchebagfuckstick news, wackaloon Art Robinson is planning on running against Peter DeFazio again. If the local Rethugs can’t find another candidate…which they will not.
And Another Thing…
@R-Jud: Word to the wise…don’t overdo the crutches and use good form. Crutch paralysis can cause loss of sensation in fingers & hands. Get exercise, but remember we aren’t designed to carry body weight on our shoulders. Good luck on your rehab.
RJud, I know what you mean. I fell off the bed (!) in April, got a pelvic fracture and went through wheelchair-walker-cane since. I can walk again, but it isn;t pretty and stairs are still real scary. Very glad to be out of that chair, but grateful that I had one. Love the grocery store electric carts though.
Raven (formerly stuckinred)
@And Another Thing…: The water is a good place to keep that cardio up.
Some of that Lifehacker advice is penny wise and pound foolish.
The one that caught my eye regards food: Advocating that people use frozen produce is all well and good, except for the fact that it tastes worse than fresh (if available), and often much worse. If you’re making enough money that you don’t qualify for food stamps, and you still need to save cash, then you can probably save it using some of their other tips. If you do qualify for food stamps, you can use those to buy fresh, good-tasting produce. I emphasize the importance of this because if you’re eating food that doesn’t taste good, then the temptation will inevitably arise to ditch the “prepare it yourself” route and hit up McDonalds or just buy some frozen pizzas. And then all that money-saving advice goes right out the window (along with your health). Better to just make healthy food that tastes good, and is cheap (but not rock-bottom cheap) to begin with. The key is, make the food yourself. It’s so much damn cheaper.
spent a few minutes watching CNN this morning, they actually had a poll up asking Americans if they had heard of OWS and whether they approved of it or not. Found it funny since it’s been going on for a couple of weeks now and the media, who is supposed to inform us of these things, finally deigned to ask the people that watch the network to provide news about if they knew about the protests that they refused to cover. It’s a great start to covering something that they had been patently ignoring for the last two weeks by starting with a poll as to what people who have never heard about it what they think about it. Your MSM media at work I suppose.
@Villago Delenda Est: Art Robinson is the proof that a person can have advanced degrees and still be bugfuck crazy.
Learning to walk again:
Patience. It may take a while. Glad to see that you’re progressing, though. :-)
Actually, I thought the Lifehacker tips were good, especially for bringing up angles that many people might not have thought of.
But it made me sad that it has come to this for so many, and I honestly question how much some of the tips would come to in the end; if they are worth the tradeoff. And still:
You can’t save your way of out of poverty.
I hereby demand that Steelers fans end their traditional clapping and, in its place, instead lift their hand above their heads and shake them when they see a play that pleases them. This is to show solidarity with my movement.
Also, from this point on, when the stadium announcer says something, all present shall repeat it.
@Joel: Want fresh produce cheap? Ethnic markets. Also excellent sources for meat. For example, flank steak goes for about $6/pound in Toronto groceries stores right now, while it’s under than $3.50/pound in the Asian market down the street from me. Good quality lean pork is $2/pound or under, way under even sale prices in groceries (where much “lean” pork still has a shield of fat, which is fine if you’re roasting, not so good for stir-fries). I just bought a piece of perfectly trimmed sirloin tip as big as my head for $3.29/pound for my freezer and this week’s meals (which, of course, are being stretched with lots of bean and pea soup.)
Whatever your local prices for meat are, an ethnic store in your town can probably beat it handily.
@Comrade Mary: Fair ’nuff. Back in my bachelor days, I used to buy fish from Haymarket and my meat stuffs from the C market in Boston. These days I don’t eat much meat, on account of my nearly-vegetarian wife, and I do try to get the meat I do eat from trusted sources (i.e. local farmers). Not the cheapest, but I earn decent income nowadays.
I know this is way off topic for most folks here except for maybe Mr. Cole. But I used to be a big NASCAR fan until it got so boring and they started killing so many people. Anyway, I just saw a clip of Darrell Waltrip being taken for a flat-out lap at Bathurst and scared the shit of him. Another thing, Aussie TV is pretty loose on the old censorship, not complaining, mind you.
You know what really bugs me about the Rich Man’s Pity Party thing they have going on is that the public vilification of fraud innovators that’s taking place right now is literally nothing compared to the chronic vilification of teachers that has been part of Politic Americana for at least the last thirty years.
@And Another Thing…: Yeah, nobody told me about that, but I figured it out when my hands went numb one morning while schlepping around the giant hospital where I see my ortho docs.
I’m okay to use the rowing machine now, so I’m doing two half-hour sessions of that and about 30-45 minutes of “walking” in the park daily along with the PT exercises. Also deadlifts, but just with the bar.
And, from the Dept. of Rubbing It In: Today’s post brought me the race number and chip for the half-marathon I was training for when I broke my leg. ARGH.
@Raven (formerly stuckinred):
@fleeting expletive: DOUBLE CRINGE.
Glad you’re doing better, fe.
Odie Hugh Manatee
Today is Fix My Laptop day here. I had four of them dropped off for repair this AM. Two are Dell XPS m1730’s and two are Acer Aspire One netbooks. One XPS has a bad motherboard (fans not working, overheating) and it gets a new mobo and the Penny Mod for the Northbridge and SLI chips. The second XPS is working but unstable (acts like it’s overheating). I took it apart and found there was NO thermal pad bridging the Northbridge to its heatsink. None, just a .036 inch air gap. No wonder the damned thing has been crashing! I’m doing the Penny Mod to it too and am now assembling it for testing. There’s evidence that the Southbridge was pushed to a high temp as the die for that chip is clearly visible through the substrate, which is unusual. Usually that indicates a shorted USB device being inserted or excessive power being drawn from that circuit. The owner says that the USB ports are working well but I will have to test them to make sure.
The Acers are owned by one couple. Their baby threw its bottle at one, breaking the screen, and the father stepped on the other one later that day, breaking its screen. Too.
I’ve been fixing lots of laptops lately, that’s for sure. Oh well, it pays well so I’ll take it. :)