Via NYMag. What’s on the agenda for the evening, as the rest of us scrabble to catch up?
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Via NYMag. What’s on the agenda for the evening, as the rest of us scrabble to catch up?
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Almost lost my medical to one of those computery blood-pressure thingamadoodles.
Fortunately, I lost 70 in the systolic with a manual pump thingy.
Why does SyFy add laugh tracks to every freaking thing?
I wish one of the front pagers would start to watch Orphan Black so we could get
a goodany orphan black thread at the end of the season on saturday.
Welcome summer by making mango lassi, recipe here. Bonus: Photo of a green mango on the tree, in my friend’s garden in India.
Very interesting article: The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% – ex CIA spy
I can speak from direct, personal experience, this:
is accurate. The major Decision Makers in the US are ignorant and/or Not Even Wrong. Iraq is one example. Austerity is another.
I mentioned this morning that I was going to the VA to see about a hearing aid test. I don’t know what’s happening in other places but it was obvious these folks are trying their best to help everyone that walks through the door. The guy at the desk located my records on the computer, asked me a few simple questions and has me scheduled for lab work tomorrow and to see a specialist Monday. They then sent me next door to the State Vets office where, in about 15 minutes, the rep had my forms filled out to file a disability claim. All of this may be for nothing, I make a decent living and am fully covered by BCBS but I think my service impacted my hearing and if I can get an aid and not have to pay $3600 I’ll do it.
Like I said, it may just be where I went but I have the sense that they are under the gun and are really trying to help out. It may not last.
I’m “alone” at home (with only two dogs, seven hens and one hedgehog for company) for the first time in forever? I don’t know what to do with myself. I lived alone for several years before I got married and actually liked it just fine. Somewhere over the ensuing 20 years I was domesticated without my knowledge or consent!
Props to giving Charles Dance top billing like he deserves.
This cartoon is about as perfect as it gets
Season finale of “In the Flesh” just aired and it was brilliant.
This happened to me last week when my husband was in California for 5 days. On the second day one of the cats (who weighs 24 pounds) got sick and I had to somehow wrestle him into the carrier — I still don’t know how I did it. He was in the hospital for three days, and it was just me and the female cat rattling around the house. Now husband and male cat are back, and I feel normal again. I couldn’t believe how stressed I was. And you have family illness on top of it.
@Betty Cracker: I’ll stop by if that helps, Betty. But only if you promise to make some kind of wine foil art.
Red or white?
@Betty Cracker: My wife is going to “Art Camp” all week next week and some of our friends are doing this “we’ll come over and keep you company”! Sheesh.
@raven: I’m guessing you didn’t see the thread earlier where I’m moving to GA to become a timber sports competitor. Roomie, inbound!
@Corner Stone: In the Highlander Games at Stone Mountain?
@raven: I’m not sure yet. I’m just determined to get my hands on some big wood.
@Corner Stone: RED, if you please. I cannot abide white wine that isn’t champagne, and those foils are useless for artistic purposes.
@Betty Cracker & @gogol’s wife:
Spent a million years being forward vision, bipedal, pack hunters. Like all such we undergo stress, e.g., anxiety, when separated for long amounts of time from our pack.
Checked WeatherUnderground to see how much rain was heading into town and found out that we have a new record for the amount of rain in one calendar day for the month of June. We had 3.95 inches of rain overnight. I was woken up a couple of times by thunder but had no idea we had so much rain. That record notice was posted at 1:30 pm and we’ve got a big swath of rain moving into town again right now. Southern MN and Iowa have been getting hit a LOT harder than we have in the Twin Cities. It’s an amazing amount of rain that’s fallen this month.
@Betty Cracker: Oh man. I tried my best to find a white I liked for about 10 years. I finally did, and it’s awesome. But give me a fruity, bold red any day.
I knew there was a reason I liked you, Betty. Beyond the boobs dipped in cement, I mean.
One of my fellow Viet Nam vets and regular Saturday golf partner just had ear surgery at the VA to remove scar tissue. The results are amazing. Considering that his main occupation is songwriter and musician, being able to hear with both ears is pretty important. Good luck, and I hope they can help, although it may just be a matter of age.
@Corner Stone: Umm….
@feebog: I went to a ENT Md yesterday and had a thorough test. He was straight up and said, although it undercut him, I should go to the VA and see if I can get them for no cost. He said my hearing loss is such that hearing aids would really help so that’s what I did. Someone this morning also suggested I check COSTCO and they are much cheaper so I have that filed.
@raven: My kid has hearing loss & her new aids are…nothing short of miraculous*. We know no one else who can afford them, except one relative your age who got his at the VA. It’s not clear to me that his hearing loss was service-related, but I guess they figured artillery, 1965-1968…
Anyway, the VA has the best damn hardware anywhere and the aids my kid uses were developed to meet VA specs. So thank you for your service!
*digital noise cancelling, programmable for various environments, BT compatible, on frequency with and adjustable through her phone…
@gbear: There’s not much that makes me happier than climbing some wood poles, all the way to the top!
Sometimes I have to chop ’em down to size, but what I really enjoy is going all the way up to the tip, tip, tippy top! Then sliding all the way back down.
Repeat as necessary.
@Corner Stone: I’m flinching from the crotch slivers in my imagination after reading that.
@PhoenixRising: That’s what the chainsaw’s for, silly!
@Litlebritdifrnt: Too true! I thought everybody in the cartoon looked like themselves except Hillary. Interesting.
@Corner Stone: So what was the acceptable white?
@WaterGirl: Where was Hillary in that cartoon?
@Anoniminous: That is an interesting article. I think I will read it in small chunks so it’s not too overwhelming.
Those were features, not bugs.
@raven: My friends (Vietnam Era) have been having much better luck at the VA since Shinseki was appointed. I went with one of them a couple of times and the campus was nice, everyone was helpful, and getting fitted for a wheelchair isn’t fun.
@PhoenixRising: The new hearing aids are amazing. They aren’t just narrow band amplifiers, they really do work! I like the programming capability.
@WaterGirl: I think that was supposed to be Gretchen or whatever plug-and-play blond lady is on Fox & Friends these days!
Where do you see Hillary?! The blonde at the bottom is the Fox News harpy on Fox and Friends.
@PhoenixRising: I was in the arty too in Korea and then a tour of the Nam. The audiologist told me that the VA had Caddy hearing aid because they bought so many. I don’t know if I’ll qualify but it was worth a shot.
@Betty Cracker: The Fume Blanc.
Admittedly, I loved the 2006. Haven’t had any in a couple years but that’s mainly because of other things.
We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
Elizabeth Warren is on my tv right now. Lawd I love that woman.
@Betty Cracker: Here’s a brief review I did for BJ in 2009.
@Betty Cracker: @Steeplejack: Well, that’s better! Sorry, I don’t watch Fox so I had no idea who she is. Appears to be a lovely, likable person. Ack.
@raven: Exactly. The reason the technology keeps getting better every 18 months is that the VA has a standing order with the hearing aid companies. They are the customer for about 85% of all aids fitted in the US.
Now, as you Boomers continue to work your way through the python, that dynamic will shift; the newest amplification will become a high-end consumer electronic for the well-heeled Old and the VA will be fitting ‘older’ aids, which are pretty damn good compared to what was available 10 years ago.
Meanwhile, there has never been a better time to lose your hearing.
Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name)
@Corner Stone: I was just going to note that for a red wine person, a fume blanc can be a workable white.
@WaterGirl: You just hate Hillary. It’s ok, we get it.
@Corner Stone: Thank you for that useful tip. I have friends who prefer white wine, and I’m always baffled when trying to choose something to bring over that doesn’t suck.
I have never heard that before. Damn, what a great quote.
Edit: from 1912???
@PhoenixRising: And maybe never a better time to file a claim. That being said, 2 years after I went in there was ear protection galore (in training) but we had nothing. Imagine 100 M-14’s blasting away at the same time. I checked and I qualified on M14,M 16, M 60 and 3.5 Rocket Launcher. That in addition to being in the Ammo Platoon in a 105 howitzer outfit.
@Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Most whites give me a headache, as does champagne. I first had this fume blanc at a party in River Oaks in Houston (fancy $$$$). A beautiful young woman walked me through the available catered options. My wife suggested I take the white, and move on.
@Betty Cracker,@Corner Stone: : I don’t know if you can get it in Florida (I can’t get Eden Winery stuff here, after all), but Westport Rivers (Westport, MA) makes some incredible whites. And their Farmers’ Fizz (methode champenoise) is to die for. Their (dry) Rose de Pinot Noir is our thanksgiving wine every year.
I drank so much of what I bought last year at the farmers’ markets that I’m going to join their damn wine [email protected]Corner Stone:
@raven: Honestly though, what the hell would plugs have done against that nasty shit?
@Corner Stone: Just stop. I was complaining that they made her look awful, not like herself. Of course, it wasn’t Hillary, but I didn’t know that at the time.
I did not see Hillary in the cartoon. The blond was probably Gretchen Carlson, as the bottom panel is the Fox News morning show, I think.
@Corner Stone: I think this is what they use now.
Ok, this freakin’ place. I guess.
On June 4, someone named ralphb suggested using something called Ghostery. It’s a browser add-on that lets you block ads, tracking cookies etc. I installed it that day, and I have to say that it has completely resolved all the memory issues I had been having with my macbook air. Simply amazing!
I was already using AdBlock (sorry John) but was still having issues. Blocking all these trackers has made a huge difference.
@WaterGirl: ralphb was and is a racist asshole. It’s disturbing that you would have taken his advice on just about anything.
@gene108: I just googled her. Yes, that is surely the woman in the cartoon. Now that I see who she is, I have to say they did a good job with her likeness.
No dragons? I had such high expectations for your future career!
@Corner Stone: I had never taken note of his nym before, so I googled Ghostery and it looked interesting.
I just googled his nym just now on site:balloon-juice.com, and the first 5 links that came up all had reasonable comments, though I did see that the two of you had some back-and-forth.
Regardless of the source, I am really impressed with Ghostery.
@WaterGirl: No, he’s not a bad guy. I was just jacking with you some more.
I’m disappointed you didn’t beat chopper back more from his insulting insults against me.
@Anoniminous: Seems funny that my pack is four cats. Course, when I consider what Cole’s pack is like….
Ooh! Pillow Talk is on TCM. I love this movie. I already have it on DVD but I’m sitting here watching is now commercials and all!
I have the top 3 Doris Day/Rock Hudson romcom DVD collection.
@Litlebritdifrnt: What is “In the Flesh”?
@lamh36: Did you see the article about the CDC and anthrax? I posted one link, and Elizabelle (I think) posted another.
@WaterGirl: I did see the headline. I hadn’t read it yet though.
@lamh36: damn double post.
Anyway, Looks like they are airing all 3 I have on DVD. They are showing all 3 back to back with Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randell.
Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers.
@lamh36: I really just love Doris Day movies.
Teacher’s Pet and That Touch of Mink are also two of my favs.
@lamh36: What’s up with your trip?
Stopped the pressure wave from impacting the 1st turn of the cochlea, where your most sensitive hearing is.
Is it worth visiting Dallas in August or should I pass and wait to visit in the winter?
@raven: I’m still planning and researching it now. I might be prepared to buy my plane tickets tomorrow or sometime this weekend.
I plan to apply for the Micro job at CDC this weekend too. I figured why not. If I’m considered for the position I’ll just have to decide then about my trip. but it’s still far enough in advance that I could make changes if I needed to.
@schrodinger’s cat: Dallas? Just pass altogether. It’s a horrible place.
ETA, but to answer – August in Dallas is almost as bad as August in Houston. And that is to say 102 or so plus 99% humidity. Brutal heat, brutal humidity, and bad air quality. There’s no where to go to escape the heat/humidity. It’s awful, and the people in Dallas are the worst fucking smug assholes in TX.
@efgoldman: The worst of the worst. Smug fucking masshole spirits in asshole Texans bodies.
Houston, Austin, San Antonio and most other places West of Beaumont/TX/LA border have a bunch of awesome people. They’re happy to see you, talk with you, show you around.
But Dallas is a bunch of fucking assholes.
@schrodinger’s cat: Trick question, yes?
“Pillow Talk” has some of the most clever use of split-screen you’ll ever see, especially in the bathtub scene. It’s one of those movies that makes almost no sense if you see the pan-and-scan version.
Also, I’m almost 100 percent sure it’s an unauthorized remake of one of my all-time favorite movies, The Shop Around The Corner. The plot similarities are just way too close.
@Mnemosyne: now see that movie reminds me of You’ve Got Mail.
and if we are talking about old movies I own I guess I’m willing to admit that I own and LOVE Houseboat with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren.
ETA: Thinking of Doris Day, I’ve always found it hard to figure what age range they were going for in her early romcoms. I mean was she supposed to be in her 20s or 30s?
@Corner Stone: Thanks, you have helped me make my decision.
@schrodinger’s cat: Happy to help! I’m here for you.
You’ve Got Mail is an actual (admitted) remake of The Shop Around the Corner. It’s the whole “falling in love over the party line while hating the person in real life” plot of Pillow Talk that makes me think they swiped a lot of it from Shop.
@Mnemosyne: Although the plot took a 180 in Pillow Talk because she hated the guy over the party line but fell in love with him (or the person she thought was him) in real life.
I haven’t seen it in a while, but I remember the phone conversations being where they fell in love, especially the one where they’re both in their respective bathtubs while on the phone. (And in widescreen you can see that the shot shows them both in the bath, with their feet both “touching” the split screen line.)
Looking over the Wikipedia synopsis, Pillow Talk is not quite as close to Shop as I remembered, although in Shop, the Jimmy Stewart character does discover who his secret correspondent is long before she does and tries wooing her a little before being harshly rejected and playing a mind game of his own. So I still suspect that Pillow Talk is, at best, a bastard child of Shop. :-)
For a great pastiche of those Doris Day / Rock Hudson movies, see “Down With Love,” starring Ewan MacGregor and Renee Zellweger.
Dallas has cool scenes and great people, but you have to seek them out. They’re mostly in the south, in places like Lakewood (where they filmed “Mars Needs Women”) and Oak Cliff.
Seconded on Down with Love. Very funny. And David Hyde Pierce (Niles on Frasier) in the Tony Randall slot. (It even has Tony Randall in a cameo!)