Another Open Thread by John Cole| February 20, 201210:07 pm| 100 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailWatching Smash.
General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero)
I’ve got a slow cooker going full of hillbilly caviar with onions and stuff that is making my mouth water and tummy growl from semi fasting today. I butter eat soon, or expect another end of times rant from the glucose crash shaky tremblies.
Ever wonder why there is no list of, say, Presbyterians?
I have, and I think the answer is there is no interest, and that seems right.
Someday that lack of interest will extend to other groups; or, perhaps, not.
My husband is watching the PBS documentary on Clinton, but I can’t take it! Living through it once was enough!
Arm The Homeless
Bumped from previous thread: A shitstorm is a brewin’
I hope this guy and the IPCC have some serious Ju-Jitsu to combat the crocodile tears from the denialists. Mark this moment, because in 20 years you’re still going to be fending off attack ads about lying sekular scientists and their machinations on perpetrating the greatest fraud evah! At least in the portion of the nation not inundated by water or wildfires.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
I don’t know how real this is, but Tom Scharpling, comedian and podcaster, was in a Starbucks with Chris Christie today
I’m watching the Clinton documentary too. I like to think of it as a refresher course. The very first time I ever voted it was for Clinton. Good stuff.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: The big man was in the midst of passing Republican legislation. And the paperwork – can never get it done!
Re-heated and re-worked teriyaki chicken left over from lunch. After this, who knows, but it’s early bedtime for me tonight.
Did anyone else notice that the NYT can provide context and deeper truth when reporting on Iran but not on Wall Street or Republicans? It was the only paper I read today that drew the immediate conclusion that Iran cutting off oil to France and Britain was merely symbolic because those countries don’t currently get much oil at all from Iran.
“Britain and France depend little on Iranian oil, however, so their targeting may be a mostly symbolic act, a function of the strong positions the two nations have taken in trying to halt Iranian nuclear enrichment and to bring pressure to bear on Syria, one of Iran’s closest allies.”
Why can’t they help provide context when US right wing nut jobs are spewing nonsense? Instead, they ask their readers whether they should push a bit further for the truth at home, when they have no problem pursuing it when the news is abroad. So glad I didn’t pay for the privilege of reading their publication since it’s so easy to get around their 20 articles and then you’re done for the month situation. After Occupy Wall Street coverage and the changing of headlines to make protesters look bad and cops look good, well, no thanks Old Gray Hair: we have many more options beyond you for news and less biased info.
Does anyone watch/enjoy that there Star Wars “Clone Wars” cartoon? I love it, and think it’s way better than all the movies, excepting the first two.
My little monster’s been ill with the flu, but she was well enough to go pick up all the Girl Scout Cookies she sold, so my entryway is filled with boxes. A not-insignificant number of them were for us. just ate my first Samoa of the year. FUCK, those things are SO GOOD.
Watching The Walking Dead
Speaking of Smash, poor Hulk. He just wants to SMASH, but “The Man” keeps trying to stop him.
Meatloaf and stuff.
Thin Mints=COOKIE CRACK
if you tell me you can eat just two at a time, you’re lying.
I love it, mainly because I like watching Anakin, since we know the end of it – how he turns out…but, I love watching it, because it adds depth to how much the betrayal of Anakin is going to crush Obi Wan.
We’re watching “Smash.” I suppose I should be a good little liberal and watch PBS’ Clinton documentary but honestly, I just don’t wanna.
I say, “cookie heroin”, but the sentiment is the same.
Do this (if you haven’t tried it already): take a small bite out of a Thin Mint to expose the wafer, then dunk into a glass of milk until the bubbling stops. Then eat the Thin Mint. Awesome.
I used to love ’em but now I hate Girl Scout Cookies. They have a funky undertaste to them, I think it’s cuz they’re made out of toxic waste or something.
I get the organic version of Thin Mints, they’re Back To Nature’s Fudge Mints. These are definitely cookie crack. We can plow through a whole box in a night, and they taste like Thin Mints used to.
They’re the only Back To Nature cookies that don’t taste like cardboard.
@rikyrah: Yes. The show is surprisingly sophisticated for a “kids show”, and adds a great deal of depth to the entire mythos, but especially, like you say, to the Obi Wan – Anakin relationship. Poor Obi Wan.
Samoas are AMAZING.
FYI; according to my tax preparer, GS cookies are deductible. WINNING!
you’re slaying me over here. deeper truth? if by truth you mean Get Your War On propaganda, transmittal of Israeli bullshit, and catapulting thinly sourced misinformation, then yes, I guess the Times does provide a certain service to their readers in their Iran coverage.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Southern Beale: Just doesn’t interest me. I remember it all pretty well, when he was wrong and when he was wronged. I really don’t need to relive it all. Though as I type this I do wonder where some of those people are.
Season 4 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
We are Clone War fans, a regular feature of Friday nights with the 4 year old. good animation, good writing, and strong voice characterizations.
Really? I have no problem with —
Oh. Wait. You probably meant two cookies, not the two tubes of cookies that come in a box. Never mind.
In retrospect, I’m disappointed in many of Clinton’s decisions on corporate power. Many of our safeguards against corporate rapaciousness were undone during his Presidencies.
Finally had an opportunity to sit and do nothing. This has been a crazy weekend for me: non-stop socializing and shopping (for stuff either the house or I have needed for a while, and was waiting to get caught up financially to get). I loved all the activity, and also love finishing all the activity.
Oh, and I had some homework. At work, we’re in the middle of some Motivation-through-Communications initiatives. I missed the first workshop of the latter, since I had to get some stuff uploaded and filed with regulatory agencies, so I am trying to catch up by reading the assigned text. I have been in the workforce for over 30 years, and I keep hoping the Total Quality Management thing will die die die. It never does. There is always some new wrinkle.
I should stop being cynical about the whole thing. There is a strange phenomenon called reification: making something real by repeating it over and over again. A few decades of hearing “Your people matter and work better if you treat them like equals rather than flunkies” actually has made managers more fair-minded and communicative.
Now, you could argue there’s a self-selection bias at work, since companies that go in for the workshops have already made the decision to put some egalitarianism in the workplace. And that may be so. All I know is, companies that go in for that sort of thing are much better to work at than the ones which don’t.
@some guy: Asoka rules. Did you know she’s actually in the live action movies?
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
Well of course all the news media this morning could talk about was THE LEWINSKY jeeeezus I’m so over it … Jay Leno is still making Lewinsky jokes after all these years, the Teanuts at the husband’s office still bring her up every time a Republican is caught with a rent boy, I mean jeeeeezus.
Finishing work then working out. Gotta love holidays and the kids staying home.
@Lojasmo: Yes. Samoas are THE BEST, and there’s no other cookie on the market like it. Although I can put away a fair number of Thin Mints, too. Good thing I got so many.
@Yutsano: Where? Don’t make me go to the Internet, for madness that way lays.
Mrs inD. is watching Smash and I haven’t left the room because I like her more than I dislike TV.
The dog had a tooth extracted today. He’ll be fine.
I unpacked & set up a 1,250 lb floor scrubber that I didn’t want today. It’s been dubbed The Rhino.
@RossInDetroit: I hope you have a LOT of floor to scrub.
Not that much. I wanted a smaller machine but who the hell ever listens to the tech? Who knows every machine in every building and everyone who runs them.
We’ll have to hold tryouts to find someone to run this.
The serving size for Thin Mints is “one tube.” Everyone knows that, right?
@some guy Good point about the war mongering but the point I’m trying to make here can exist next to your point. NYT can provide context when they want to, when it suits their needs. They can say that this Iranian threat is only symbolic but they can’t seem to acknowledge the symbolic bullshit at home (armed Tpartiers = ok while unarmed Occupiers = stinky dangerous; no comment on the pedophile protection racket lined up before Issa to prevent allegedly celibate men from deciding on women’s health). The NYT warmongering and their laughable editorial staff (save the very serious Krugman) is just so disappointing. My Dad (a closet liberal who felt like he could only support the money party who might make his taxes a little lower, to fit in with his fellow doctors at the hospital and country club [ack]) always believed the NYT was a liberal paper. However, it wasn’t really then and it certainly isn’t now.
How do we like batty Benjamin N driving our collective nuclear bus? This leaves me very, very unsettled.
@redshirt: In Yoda’s teaching scene she’s one of the pupils. My brother actually pointed that out to me.
Can’t find the exact scene out there. But it’s when they go looking for the clone world.
General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero)
Commander In Chief Walnuts McCain holding talks with Presnit Karzai
Arrogant clown thinks he’s the fucking president carrying out foreign policy on foreign soil in a war zone. There ought to be a law, and in fact there is. It’s called the Logan Act
@Arm The Homeless: Yeah, I’ll take that complaint seriously as soon as they agree that having stolen the so-called “Climategate” emails means that no one should pay any attention to them.
accepting the Times frame that Iranian nuclear enrichment is actually a problem is the real problem. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Everything they are accused of doing is legal and acceptable under that treaty.
why should a rogue terrorist state ( a regime that has NOT signed the NPT, btw,) armed with 400 nuclear weapons, drive the agenda about Iran? The Times coverage of the Middle East as a whole, but especially on Iran, Syria, and Israel, is nothing but a pack of duplicitous, self-serving lies. They should be called out for their misinformation, not commended for it.
Here’s one for John: scientific research into an ‘insomniac gene‘
No disrespect to Thin Mints, which are tasty, but Cookie Crack is definitely Candy Cane Jo-Joes from Trader Joe’s. There is a BLACK MARKET in them. Couldn’t find them all holiday season due to unscrupulous ebay sellers. Still bitter.
John, I’m pretty sure K-thug reads BJ or is channeling the raging Neuvo-DFH DougJ. On calls for him to be more civil to the Austerians:
We would have all had a little less trouble if we had hated the Republicans a little bit more.
Arbeit macht frei.
And, no, I’m not Godwinning the quote — Santorum pre-Godwinned it by the obvious similarities in the sentiment expressed.
In more serious news, everything I have read today makes me want to bring down the Nineteenth Amendment Hammer Of Justice all over November 2012 and shut this shit down but good. If every Republican male running for office spent the rest of his natural born life in mortal fear of pissing off American females, that would be all to the good.
If the Christie Starbucks story is true, then I want to know WTF the green drink was that Christie kept downing. Was it some special green tea thing, or is Christie powerful enough to get Starbucks to make him a Shamrock Shake?
What, Tagalongs can’t get any love in here?
Arm The Homeless
@Redshift: Now we move to discovery. I have a feeling that HI really has their scalp, will make hay from it, and then eventually let it go. I really don’t think these folks want a paid lawyer trawling through any of their power-points and relevant memos.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@YellowJournalism: The Green Tea Creamy Frappucino
Cookie crack? Newman’s Own Mint Chocolate Chips. My store stopped carrying them. maybe Newman took the recipe with him.
Any bike people around tonight? I’ve started shopping for a replacement for my dearly departed (aka stolen) Trek 7200 and have come to the conclusion that what I actually want is a city bike, not a road bike. Fortunately, I have come to this conclusion when “Amsterdam bikes” are very fashionable, so I have a few choices.
I test-rode the Trek Cocoa and it seriously was the most fun I’ve had on a bike since I was 12. I think my “whee!” is still echoing through Pasadena.
I’m also seriously considering a Schwinn Jenny 7-Speed. They didn’t have it in stock at the shop, but they swore that the Schwinn Coffee I rode was very similar, so I may ask them to special order the Jenny model I want so I can try it out. Apparently they will do it for a small ($25) fee that either applies towards the bike purchase or is refunded when I do the test ride.
Oh, and Andes Mint Cookies are the best. They are like Thin Mints with better filling. Eating them half melted…yum.
Only Chris Christie could find a green tea product with 430 calories in it.
Why have the fast food joints gone and told me how many calories in that juicy burger with fries?
Do dieters really go to these places?
we are a Nirve family. http://www.nirve.com/
I use a Street King, and used to commute on the Classic3. Should be easy to find in Southern Cal, we had to have ours shipped to a local shop.
@suzanne, @rikyrah, @Linnaeus, and the rest of the Girl Scout Cookie brigade:
Do-Si-Dos (formerly known as Savannahs) are two oatmeal cookies with a peanut butter filling sandwiched between them.
They are the TRUE cookie crack.
My internet pal Mr. Jalopy sells these in LA. They look elegant as hell. I’d have one if the basement wasn’t already full of frames and wheels.
thinking about this one for Some Gal as a summer cruiser: http://www.nirve.com/women-beach-cruiser-bikes.asp?cat=commuting&cid=582.57
The prophet Nostradumbass
@JGabriel: Next, from Rick Santorum:
“WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
“MARRY AND REPRODUCE“
“NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT”
“DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY”
The oils used for Girl Scout Cookies were changed in 2007, to get rid of trans-fats.
I think they sent you a Zamboni by mistake. Better check the packing slip.
@Steeplejack: I think they sent you a Zamboni by mistake.
Don’t do it, Paul: being magnanimous to the Confederates didn’t work out so well in the long run.
I watched Smash. The assistant needs to die. Period.
@Mnemosyne: Bike person here.
Those bikes are gorgeous! All I can suggest is test ride, test ride, test ride. I’ve had unpleasant experiences with city bikes with a relatively upright riding position. They felt fine for short rides, but trying to go uphill or hauling groceries on the back rack was very uncomfortable. I wasn’t getting power from my torso as I do when I’m on a performance hybrid or a mountain bike. It felt like I was working only from the hips down.
However, this may be due to my proportions (I’m very short) more than anything else. If you can at least try a hill (if there are hills in your neighbourhood) that would be good.
FYWP for not allowing me edit.
The dealer that carries the Schwinn I’m interested is also a Nirve dealer, but they didn’t have any ladies’ bikes in stock. Of the ones on the Nirve website, the Wilshire is intriguing, but I wish they had the geometry listed. If it only comes in a 17″ frame, I would be hosed, because that’s too tall for me.
They sent it with abrasive stripping brushes instead of cleaning pads. We nearly destroyed the finish on a hallway testing it. Because it was ordered by idiots.
Here’s my favorite. Fabulous machine.
Nirve rules. you can email them directly and they can send you specs for any given bike. I have had nothing but good experiences with them, and from my bikes.
@JGabriel: If Lakoff is to be believed, this is what conservatives commonly mean with all their talk of “freedom” and “liberty” — it’s only the “freedom” to the right thing, otherwise UR DOING IT WRONG.
Ella in New Mexico
That’s our beautiful black kitten’s name.
@JGabriel: Not big on the Do-Si-Dos. They’re not a big seller, either.
But I must concur with jibeaux about the Candy Cane Joe-Joes. The Trader Joe’s here also sells Candy Cane Joe-Joe ice cream.
I can’t wait until November.
I’m enjoying “Smash” although I really want to punch the assistant who
stole the notebook and eavesdropped
END SPOILER ALERT
He’s a smarmy, smug little thing. No like. Neither do I like Katherine McPhee. I remember her from American Idol and didn’t like her then. Her voice isn’t strong enough for her to be getting all the “she’s so amazing!” comments from the character in the show. Compared to the blonde chick, her voice sounds second-rate.
@Karen: I don’t really want to watch the show, but I will admit to being somewhat mystified by the Super Bowl ad. The entire message seemed to be “she auditions, everyone agrees she’s a star.” Since getting between those two things is the entire plot of some movies, it seemed like it would be somewhat lacking in suspense.
So, is it basically “Glee, but we’re not pretending they’re young enough to be in high school,” or what?
@redshirt: Crazy mumbo-jumbo make Hulk’s head hurt! http://www.theonion.com/articles/why-no-one-want-make-hulk-2,11081/
Pretty! But, sadly, the ladies’ Dutchie only seems to come in a 17″ frame, which is too big for my short little legs. Why do bike manufacturers hate short women? Feh.
That’s my one worry — Los Angeles is fairly hilly, so I know three speeds is the absolute lowest I can go. There’s no way in hell I could do a single speed around here. The Schwinn does come with 7 speeds, which is what makes that one tempting. My Trek had 21 speeds but I really only used the middle ones, so I think I would be fine with 7 speeds.
There was a bit of a hill where I test-rode the Cocoa but I was grinning so much I barely noticed it (though I was a little winded when I got to the top). I looked at the Schwinn and Trek websites and the two bikes have very similar geometry, which is interesting.
ETA: The Cocoa is a three-speed, which is why it’s still in the running.
My wife thinks this is going to be an All About Eve subplot. Maybe. Or maybe they just needed someone you could hate on without reservation.
@Mnemosyne: I love my Phat Daisy, if that helps. Though that Trek Cocoa is adorable.
Yes, exactly. I can’t stand him. I hope he gets his in the end.
I almost can’t exaggerate how much fun the Cocoa was to ride. The picture they use for their ad is pretty much what it felt like.
pseudonymous in nc
Looks like someone’s paying attention to Kay: the NYT has a piece on Catholic hospital mergers and acquisitions.
@Mnemosyne: I know that 21 gears feels wasted when you use only the middle cluster most of the time, but sometimes you really do need those granny gears for long climbs. And it’s not just the gears, I find, but the body positioning that makes a difference on hills.
When you’re looking at bikes and getting a rough fit for your test rides, try to assess the relative height of the handlebars and the saddle.
Lower handlebars = racing crouch, too extreme for those of us not training for road races.
Roughly equivalent heights = slight crouch and some power up hills (independent of gearing).
Handlebars noticeably higher than saddle = most of your weight on your butt and the risk of that disconnected feeling I had from not being able to easily engage my torso when pedaling.
You may find a great city bike with handlebars that can be rotated, like this one from Marin, which will allow you to set your hands a little lower than other city bikes.
But it’s your body and your fit: just test as much as possible under the riding conditions you expect to face.
@redski: Are we related, on the Internet?
It’s true though, no one does want to make Hulk 2 – heck! They just re-filmed it instead! Crazy.
Clinton was unlikable. Putting aside his policies (good and bad).
Okay. Just watched the first episode. Damn you John! I love it.
Only gripe – why do all the characters live in nice apartments? IN NYC?! the actress/waitress happens to live with a boyfriend who apparently makes a very good salary. Then there is Ivy who was complaining about not making it big yet but she also has a nice place. Where did she get the money for such a nice place? I want to see some starving artists here.
It’s funny, but I found the higher handlebars a little more comfortable because I have carpal tunnel issues in my hands, and it felt like the higher handlebars prevented me from putting weight on them while I was riding. I’ll have to test it out and see, but that may end up overriding some of the other concerns. I am definitely planning to do a pretty extensive test ride of each bike when I narrow it down to the final two — it will be city streets riding, but that’s what I’ll be doing unless I decide to drive my bike somewhere more remote to ride it.
Jesus H Christ on a moped thanks, HP, for recharging her coffers.
I just finished off a box of Tagalongs. I’ve got to remember not to start my diets right when Girl Scout cookies come out.
Though I should say that, whatever bike I get, I’m not planning to do the Fargo Street Climb on it.
(That’s a 33 percent grade, by the way. Most of the “sidewalk” is actually stairs.)
Favorite GS cookie story from when I was a leader — some of my troop was selling cookies outside Safeway, when a youngish man ran up, laid down a $100 bill and carried away $100 worth of thin mints. He had been sent there by his pregnant wife.
@Mnemosyne: Then it sounds as if you need higher handlebars. (Weirdly, that height hurts my arms and back. All kinds of people …)
1. Smash. Really? Real nerds watch Being Human and tolerate Lost Girl.
2. I think I may have had a GS cookie once. Meh. I made carnival cookies; popcorn and butter toffee sunflower seeds in a vanilla base. They smell nice, but my cheat has been the beer, mustard and cheese biscuits. Cussed deliciousness.
3. Thank you all for the good vibes. Sadly, it was a no. I doubt he’s checked his email yet, so I have not told him. Careening towards year 4 of unemp. This has passed tedious and gone straight into hellacious.
Please do not sully the honorific that belongs to Clarence Clemons by applying it to some unworthy politician.
Put me down as another Star Wars Clone Wars fan.
Paul in KY
@Lojasmo: Not the complete amount you paid, because you got something for the donation (i.e. the cookies themselves).
Paul in KY
@Mnemosyne: Would look at the weight differences between the two & I note the Schwinn is $200.00 cheaper.
Also, the Trek doesn’t have as many speeds (I think).
I’ve been watching “Smash” online. Commercials break narrative flow. They gotta drop the adoption storyline, going nowhere. If I may play the race card, it is certainly a nice change of pace to see an Indian guy in a non-comic role. Not that Aziz Ansari & Kunal Nayar don’t do a good job on their respective shows, but watching Raza Jaffrey portray “A Suitable Boy” on an American show is a surprise. Katherine McPhee is cute, can sing, but her acting chops are still a work in progress.