Sure, one side is dystopian hell ruled over by a tiny elite which manipulates population with totalitarian kitsch but North Korea is bad too
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) December 17, 2014
When Canadians attack! — very, very politely.
Apart from side-eye and shade-throwing, what’s on the agenda for the evening?
Didn’t we have the Cuba version of that joke earlier today?
I’m looking forward to February. January can go fuck itself.
Short notice: Friday the 19th at 12:45 a.m. TCM is showing A Carol For Another Christmas, a post-apocalypse version of the story written by Rod Serling.
If there’s a goalie’s mask lying around, slip it on to avoid external cranial damage from being clubbed by the message. Certainly a period piece and a curiosity, but oh, the cast!
Robert Shaw (barely recognizable but still brilliant)
Sterling Hayden (incapable of a bad performance even if he were paid to do so)
Eva Marie Saint
Peter Sellers (turning over the top up to 12 in this case)
Yay, an open thread.
I have a cat question. I have a feral cat in my guest bedroom. I’d tell you why and how he got there but it’s kind of a long story.
Anyway, I need to get him to the vet so he can be fixed. Putting him in a cat carrier is out of the question. I borrowed a trap, but I can NOT lure him in there. I’ve been trying for three days. He’d apparently rather starve than go in there.
Any suggestions, cat people?
2015 can suck my dick.
2016, get in line.
@kc: Why don’t you throw a blanket over it and manhandle it into a carrier? Yea that’d spook ’em good but…..
I would love a polite Canadian takeover at this point in American history!
Just Some Fuckhead
It’s crossed my mind. But I’m hoping there’s another way. I’d have to block the bed so he couldn’t run under it, and then chase him around the room for hours, but it might work. I could enlist help, but that would REALLY freak him out.
Will we live-blog Colbert’s final show tonight? Eastern time, I guess.
@kc: Housecat sized tranquilizer dart?
Iowa Old Lady
As a fun holiday exercise, Mr IOL and I filled out forms declaring we want medical care withdrawn under certain circumstances. Copies to be given to our son and our doctors.
@AndoChronic: They get Washington first. They did claim most of the territory that is the Puget Sound until a treaty created Port Arthur. Plus it’d be a lot easier than repatriating for me.
@kc: Tranquilizers in his food. Ask the vet for something tasteless and rather powerful.
@kc: Can you put some sort of kitty sedative in some tantalizing food–tuna?–and leave it in the room with the cat. If he eats it, maybe he’d be easier to catch?
How is the vet going to be able to administer a dose of Ted Cruz to the cat? And why do you hate the cat?
another Holocene human
Nothing polite about the way Canada has come after that ferry terminal project in BC. State of Alaska pays the lease, US highway dept is paying a lot of the bill but Canuckistanis are throwing a self righteous hissy fit over Buy America clause from usdot.
They’re right, of course and buy America should have an exception for projects on foreign soil. But the tantrum is a bit much given Canada and BC in particular’s history of mooching US bankrolled inter state and province transportation projects that overwhelmingly benefit bc economically.
Thanks! That sounds like the easiest thing. But I called my vet’s office and asked about this and they wouldn’t give me anything w/o seeing the cat first, and of course they can’t see him until I somehow get him in a carrier or trap.
I’ll try calling some other local vets tomorrow.
another Holocene human
@kc: Do you mean 2013 and 2014 were not in fact plumbing the bottom?
We’re gonna need a longer rope.
The fact that we’ve allowed Canada to remain an independent country for so long is more than they deserve.
Just remember half of all Canadians are descendants of traitors, who opposed America during the Revolutionary War, only had the nads to become an independent country in 1982, and they also sacked our capitol, burned the White House and had us blame it on the British in our history books.
James Mitchell, is that you?
@kc: Is there anything over the counter that would be safe for kitties? Benadryl or something?
Anyone have experience with Dragon Dictation for the Mac?
I’m considering it; I’m not interested in the tricky bits, I just want it to turn speech into words.
The Dragon Dictation app seems to work very well for me, but on a very small scale.
My fear is that the take over would simply poison Canada instead of cure America. I liked the map that made the rounds after 2004. As a Minnesotan it looked good to join Canada along with New England, Oregon and Washington. We could have a short period for the loons to get out & the well-intended to move into these new Canadian provinces.
Hmm, I just googled and it looks like you can give Benadryl to a cat.
@Violet: I wouldn’t try anything like that; cats react okay to a lot of human medicines, but dosage is tricky. And we’re not talking about mellowing him out so he won’t mind so much. He needs to be OUT.
Was just googling that. It looks like Benadryl is okay. That’s probably what I’ll end up doing.
Oh, well, shoot. So that’s out.
Well, I’ll keep trying. Gonna try some other vets tomorrow.
@kc: Sooner or later the cat may enter the trap, it took almost 6 days once for a feral I was fostering. Try hiding the trap under a blanket so that only the opening shows and maybe the scent of tuna will overcome his objections to the “cave”.
Find a vet who makes house calls.
@another Holocene human:
Both of those years sucked for me personally, but you know, things can always get worse.
As a map geek, always was kind of intrigued by the town of Pojnt Roberts, a dot of the U.S. and of Washington state attached to only Canada, created by the unforgiving 49th parallel.
Oh, that’s a great idea! He might actually like that. Thanks.
Villago Delenda Est
@gene108: Oh, that’s all bushwa.
Jeebus would never have allowed the godless Canadians to burn down our sacred capital, founded by the Archangel Gabriel in 1789.
Major Major Major Major
Double Amputee Gets Two Badass Robot Arms
Major Major Major Major
@Iowa Old Lady: One of my friends likes to joke that instead of a DNR order, his documents say “have you tried unplugging it and then plugging it back in again?”
@NotMax: Tomorrow evening; Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, at 8pm on WPIX. Check your local listings.
Did you know Marie Callender makes a pie with Razzleberry filling? Gerald McBoing-Boing would be thrilled.
North Korea: 1
When will the Interviewazi congressional investigations begin? How many movies can be killed under Obama’s watch?
Ayn Rand reviews children’s movies:
@satby: Yeah, that’s what happened with my friend’s feral cat as well. They needed to take her in to get fixed and it took forever to get her into the trap. Eventually she went in. Food smell made it too enticing.
WereBear:My boss tried it in its early days and it just failed to recognize his voice no matter how many times he tried. I suppose I should be grateful because if it had worked I would have been out of a job once he realized he could dictate briefs without me.
@kc: Well, I’ll keep trying. Gonna try some other vets tomorrow.
They can’t legally dose the cat without seeing it. You got to get it in the box.
So yeah, put on a leather jacket, jeans, boots, some heavy gloves, and a hood of some sort. Put the cat carrier just inside the door, close the door, block off the bed. And then take a thick quilt, and throw it over him from a distance. It needs to be spread out. The tackle the little bastard. (You can nail him to the floor with your knees.) The shifting left and right roll him up in the quilt. Then you put one end of the quilt into the cat carrier and loosen the quilt up enough to let him struggle into the cat carrier.
The only other way to do it is to manhandle which can be rough.
I’ve wrassled a few (angry, pissed off, vicious) feral cats in my time, and if he needs to go to the vet, he needs to go to the vet. So you just gotta do what you gotta do. This will work – not much else will unless you have a vet friend willing to do you an illegal solid.
[‘There is no better way, sadly. Well, animal control, but then the cat gets euthanized.’]
Fingers crossed they’ll be airing the uncut version.
@WereBear: I think this review will be helpful.
Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
I thought you were a girl?
OTOH I like saying it too.
@Violet: I have a clutch of ferals living at mvy front door right now. The urge to stop feeding them is strong, but the urge to feed them is even stronger. I even have my garage door propped open right now so they have a warm place to sleep.
@kc: Well, consult with the vet… if they are comfortable with dosing over the phone with it, it might work.
I’m just saying it sounds like you are sedating a buzzsaw. Safer for everyone to get some pro input.
@Litlebritdifrnt: I’m a bit ahead of the game in that I downloaded the app for my iTouch and it worked like a charm.
So … How ’bout them Red Sox?
Maybe cats like scotch? That shit’s gotta be good for something…
I posted a couple days ago, but the thread was dead…I have a bright, techy 13 year old who wants to earn money for various gadgets and doohickeys. He can do lego mindstorms, arduino, theater tech & lighting design, simple webpages, some coding, stuff like that. You’ve probably gathered he’s more the indoorsy type than the “help me move this couch” type. Are there any marketable skills he should be developing that might pay off? 10 years ago I’d have said make webpages and 5 years ago apps, but I’m not sure anymore. To be clear, apps would be beyond him right now, but I guess I mean further skills he could learn. Ideas welcome.
We realized while watching it on its first airing that Aaron Sorkin is the modern-day Rod Serling. If you don’t mind Sorkin’s mannered talkiness, you may like “Carol For Another Christmas.”
@max: To this excellent summary I cam only add: Don’t do it alone.
Tree With Water
When we annex the country, should we retain the names of the Canadian provinces, or re-name the brand new states altogether?
@Tree With Water: It will take more than a war to change the name of Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!
GHayduke (formerly lojasmo)
I’ve been walking to and from work (2 miles each way) with a fifty pound pack, and running 5 miles 4-5 times a week, and i’ve just started lifting weights.
I am sore.
@raven: Thanks! I’ve pretty much decided to go for it, based on the app.
I’m not operating the Starship Enterprise. I just want to try drafting via dictation. And I don’t mind having robot servants. Those I can afford.
@kc: Once you do get hold of the cat – whether in your arms or under a blanket – if you can get a top-loading cat carrier, do so. It’s a lot easier to stuff a cat into a carrier through a top door than it is to shove ’em in via a side door.
Yeah, it just feels good to say that every now and then.
IMO, he should learn Photoshop. What he uses those skills for would change, but basic Photoshop skills are always handy.
Oh, lord. That sounds so traumatic. But I’ll try it if I have to.
@kc: Do you have any vets in your area that make house calls? You get the mountain to Mohammed, as it were.
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@jibeaux: If he wants to get into coding, I recommend the book Think Python, which is a great intro to CS basics and can get you some decent Python chops too. It’s a good language to start with and a good book for that language.
Apple has a decent app language out now too, Swift. If he’s feeling more whimsical, Inform7 is awesome for interactive fiction and really fun to write.
Otherwise people love gadgets. With some intermediate knowledge you can do some really awesome things with a Raspberry Pi and Bluetooth.
Thanks for all the cat-wrangling suggestions, everyone.
Will update if I ever get him in there, if I live to tell about it.
I’m not aware of any. That would be great in general though, not just for this feral cat.
So I decided to knit some handwarmers (fingerless gloves) as a surprise Christmas gift for my mom. Finished them, washed them, held them up next to each other … and discovered that one is an inch longer than the other. And it’s VERY noticeable. D’oh!
(I made the thumb gusset too long on the left hand, if anyone needs a technical explanation.)
@kc: You should check out on the intertoobz and the yellow pgs. I found one when my orange girl was sick and she was wonderful.
I’m at my own house, which is novel after weeks of bouncing around the continent.
Things changed while I was gone. There’s a glowy tree surrogate display in the front window. The parrot added a new epithet to his vocabulary. It got cold. Might as well enjoy this. I’m packed to fly tomorrow.
@kc: Putting a blanket over the trap may help. And you’ve probably already done this, but something super-stinky, like tuna in oil, as bait.
If you’ve got an assistant, and some boards, many years ago there was an incident where we successfully forced a terrified, vicious cat out from under a bed into a carrier by strategically blocking the open sides, setting the open carrier as a “gate”. Then one person used a broom to “sweep” the cat towards the gate, while the second waited to slam the carrier door shut as soon as he bolted into it.
I’d try some valerian in tuna oil first, myself. There’s probably no un-traumatic way to get the poor beast out of there at this point, so all I can add is may Goddess have mercy on the both of you…
Yes, that sounds right. It took us a week to get our boy.
@jibeaux: If he uses windows, I’m going to piss off all my open source friends and suggest downloading MS’s free c# compiler. It’s as easy to program in as python is, but there’s an intuitive gui builder built into it. Plop a button on the screen. Double click that button to open the code editor where you tell it what to do when that button is pushed. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s free.
One of the biggest problems for beginning coders is coming up with problems to solve that aren’t trivial, so you get a chance to stretch, and aren’t too grand in scale so you have a chance of actually finishing the program. At ten years old though he could easily get the basics of a dice rolling program and then expand it out to a full blown Yahtzee game. And while c# may not be the language he wants to build a career on, languages really don’t matter. Once he knows how to program he’ll be able to pick up new languages in no time.
@kc: The blanket is a great idea and the benadryl might help. The blanket creates a cozy hiding and resting place.
2014 has not been easy for me. Got deathly ill in the spring. At 4:30 in the morning on hospital day 7 I realized that I was going to survive.
Of course, I’m not as capable as I was this time last year.
Hope 2015 is okay. I don’t think I’ve ever had a year when I didn’t have extended problems. of course, the man with no problems is a dead man.
I hope everyone has a good holiday, in spite of being naughty.
And may 2015 be better for us than we deserve. :-)
@kc: You could also contact the local chapter of Alley Cat Allies.
@kc: At this point, the Benadryl can’t hurt. If it slows him down some, it might give him munchies and he lets his guard down enough to get into the cage :)
@Tree With Water:
Yup, they all work.
@Schlemazel: There are a few Canadian provinces that would have to be eliminated – like Alberta.
@schrodinger’s cat: Great suggestion! They wrangle ferals all the time.
All the suggestions here are excellent. There just isn’t any GOOD ways until they develop a dart gun.
I guess I’ll say it again. I would love a polite Canadian takeover at this point in American history! Plus, how about instead of a fence between Mexico and the U.S. we erect it on the Mason-Dixon line instead.
So I don’t know if you saw any of my previous posts, but Charlotte has decided that Keaton was looking at her funny and now we have to keep them separated to make sure no one gets hurt. They both got a clean bill of health from the vet, though he did say that she seems like a very anxious, high-strung cat. Any ideas for starting to reintroduce them and/or reduce the anxiety level of a high-energy cat?
@Schlemazel: As a fellow Minne. please support the TC’s initiative to identify more as a northern destination than a mid-western one. There is a legitimate push happening with advertising dollars against our more corn-fed neighbors.
@AndoChronic: Sure, how would I do that?
To which I am forced to ask, WHAT TOOK YOU SO FUCKING LONG? SIX FUCKING YEARS OF WAITING ON THE DOUCHEBAG GOP AND THE SPINELESS, GUTLESS BLEW DOGS AND NOW, FINALLY YOU DECIDE TO BE THE PRESIDENT YOU WANTED TO BE ALL ALONG?
Firebagger yesterday, Firebagger today, Firebagger forever!
@Litlebritdifrnt: Great that you are feeding them, but you need to get in touch with a spay-neuter-release organization to get them all fixed and make sure there are no more kittens.
Had a lovely wool fair isle blocking and my son decided to be helpful and dry it for me.
Anyone need a doll hat?
Hmm, maybe if I bait the trap with caviar: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/513253.html
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): What a bummer! I would concentrate on lowering her stress.
How to turn off the reactor
It links to other helpful posts, too.
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): You should let them growl and fight and get it out of their systems. it is too nerve racking to keep two cats separate. If things get too ugly use the spray bottle. Any way that’s what I did when my two kittehs who had gotten along for years suddenly started having major hissy spitty growling matches. Don’t ask, I had moved and the neighboring cats were pissing Yogi off and he decided to take it out on my ginger kitteh.
@MomSense: Yeah, I once washed a wool skirt. The lining didn’t shrink. It was very Dada.
I’m pretty sure you’ve already send this from your Governor?
‘Governor, This Is Barack Obama, Formerly Of Somerville.’
If you’re a fan of lemon meringue, Marie Callender makes a tasty one, just the right ratio of sweet to tart filling.
You know less about me than so many things you comment on here so that was not unexpected. Way to misunderstand.
@Schlemazel: That’s probably true. But one thing I do not get wrong is your stone deaf ear for comments.
Does anyone a good recipe for gumbo? What if I put lobster in it?
no ‘probable’ about it. Second: WTF does that even mean? Crawl back under your bridge.
Sounds kind of like a waste.
I make a pretty darn good chicken and sausage gumbo, but don’t have access to lobster meat that would make economical sense.
@Schlemazel: Go fuck yourself Eeyore. Too dumb to get the initial reference or the follow up.
Thanks! I haven’t been around at my usual times lately (for both technical and personal reasons) and I kept missing you.
It’s especially depressing because Charlotte absolutely LOVED Keaton and now they can’t be in the same room without her picking a fight. They’re fine for 5 or 10 minutes together and then all hell breaks loose.
@Corner Stone: I have lobster stock, that I have saved. I was going to buy one lobster and then add shrimp and sausage. I wanted to make a seafood gumbo. Usually in winter our grocery store has a sale on lobster; $6 to $7 a pound.
He wasn’t calling you a “firebagger.” He was suggesting that others might (stupidly) do so, and he was laughing at them in advance.
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): She is upset about the move and taking it out on the other kitteh.
@efgoldman: Better than putting mayonnaise on it as some were suggesting the other day.
I wouldn’t waste lobster in gumbo, if you make a traditional gumbo with andouille sausage, the flavor will overpower the delicate lobster.
I would stick to chicken & shrimp.
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): That’s so sad! She was a rescue, wasn’t she? Stress might be piling up on her in ways humans have trouble detecting.
What do you think of a short-term course of kitty prozac?
@schrodinger’s cat: Yes, I’m sure that’s a factor. And it’s Keaton’s fault.
Dear Pammy, How can I lower my cat’s stress from moving?
@WereBear: She can’t take it out Mnem, so Keaton it is. Yogi did the same thing, when he was forbidden from beating up the outside kitteh, he took it out on Inji. I think it even has a name, transferred aggression.
@Linda Featheringill: Good to see you back!
And, yes, I hope 2015 is a less fraught year…
Use lobster for bisque. Its flavor subtlety would be overwhelmed by the spices in a real gumbo (and it would take a LOT of lobster to try to assuage that), plus there’s a good chance of it ending up either rubbery or mushy.
For seafood-based gumbos use shrimp (and/or prawns/crayfish) and sometimes also (but never solely) crab.
Chicken or duck work wonderfully in meat-based gumbos.
@Deecarda: I don’t have access to andouille sausage. I saw some recipe with crabs in it, and since I don’t have access to live crabs I was thinking about substituting it with one lobster.
Use the lobster stock, that sounds great, but and if you really want lobster, add it to the gumbo when you dish it up.
@schrodinger’s cat: Dude, I literally gasped in despair at your question…lol. you DO NOT put lobster in gumbo.
It would be blue shell crabs if you have access to them. Lobster has a different texture and I just can’t imagine it really adding anything to the flavor.
Also as people said, lobster is darn expensive. It can still be considered seafood gumbo with just shrimp.
‘Night all. Will report back on The Great Dictation Experiment.
@schrodinger’s cat: Not a cook, but I have to second CS on this — “gumbo” is like stone soup, it’s meant to be a strongly-flavoured stew that can stand up to adding all kinds of edible odds & ends. Even at bargain prices, it would be a waste to deliberately buy lobster for gumbo, since I am told that lobster is a delicate flavor that won’t stand up to long boiling. (Although if you’re using a fish base, your guests will probably call it bouillabaisse, not gumbo.)
Escoffier-inspired lobster bisque.
As you already have lobster stock, can probably skip right on through some of the more intricate steps.
OK the BJ hive mind has spoken, no lobster in the gumbo. How about clams and/or mussels?
@lamh36: Do you have a recipe?
ETA: BTW not a dude.
Thanks for the suggestions for my boy, and as a knitter I also give this thread a big “ugh, I’m sorry.”
@schrodinger’s cat: you don’t actually need “live” crabs. In fact no one I know actually use them live.
When I lived in Texas, it was hard to find crabs in general, but when I did, they were always frozen and since it was DFW there was no way it would be fresh.
I settled for some “frozen” blue shell crabs I found at the local Hispanic store, Fiesta in DFW.
If I couldn’t find the crabs, I just didn’t use them. I never actually even thought about using lobster and even now I just couldnt’ do it.
@WereBear: From Mnem’s description (& sad prior experience), I have the suspicion that Charlotte is taking advantage of the move to assert her new “dominance” over Keaton — who is having none of it.
Key for me, Mnem said Charlotte doesn’t attack Keaton when her Favorite Person (Mnem’s spouse) is around.
(I need to vent. Please ignore if xtian stupidity isn’t your thing.)
While using the Google to find advice on how to deal with the potential of my in-law’s extended family potentially proselytizing to my children this xmas, I inadvertently stumbled over Natasha Crain’s Christian Parenting Blog (which I will not link but you are more than welcome to google it yourself).
In trying to discuss how xtians should talk about atheists, she brings up the wretched example of air being a thing we don’t see yet know to exist. Ack. My head just about exploded. I’ve known many apologists, and this on was spot on pathetic. Of course we can see air! Jesus tap-dancing Christ! And she has a post on how to teach children critical thinking skills. Without irony, she asks if xtians are indoctrinating their children. Her titles are a litany of bulls’ eyes for an aspiring philosophy undergrad. And course she thinks that xtians are being persecuted in modern America. How provincial.
I’m sorry I asked Mr. Google. Please may I have my migraine medication now.
I have never made a gumbo before. I usually steam lobsters in a cilantro ginger and chilli broth along with some cumin. Then thicken the broth with a paste made of fried onions and dry coconut (unsweetened).
Also, if your fish counter/seafood market sells cockles, you could substitute those for the crab as an addition to the shrimp. Of all places, Costco here sells cockles for a really affordable price.
Just be sure to wash and scrub the cockles thoroughly.
I remember those days. I used to see him on Mass Ave.
@schrodinger’s cat: Lobster bouillabaisse?
@schrodinger’s cat: yeah, I meant in as a universal “dude” ;-)
then I remembered :-)
ok. I love to help, but I’ve never really written down a recipe and I’m no good at explaining it well.
I hate to use it, but she does have a good recipe.
Ugh…here is Paula Deen’s recipe: Paula Deen’s Gumbo recipe
hold your nose and just go…lol
Howard Beale IV
Obligatory live kittehs stream.
there might be local feral rescue groups who can help or tell you which vets are the most helpful. In my area catnip helps fix ferals and if they are not adoptable, rereleases them.
do several things and see what works. besides covering a trap maybe a big huge dog crate will seem less trap like and lurable with tuna and hide yourself with a string to the crate door. also move the bed. take it off the frame and put it on the floor so it’s not a hiding place.
Whether or not she’s acting up in G’s absence is a little up in the air — he had to work that weekend and I didn’t, so their routine was all out of whack. Out of three incidents before we separated them, he was home for one of them. He is definitely both of their favorite person, though, so that could be part of the issue.
The vet was recommending kitty Benadryl before kitty Prozac, but even before that, he gave us a new prescription food to try that his patients have told him has a calming effect. Quote from the vet: “You do NOT want to try and pill this cat unless you absolutely have to.”
Since sniffing each other through a crack in the door has been going well, we’re going to try and put a harness and leash on her this weekend and introduce them that way so Keaton has time to get away if necessary.
QUICK AND EASY RICE JAMBALAYA
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 pound andouille or other smoked sausage, sliced
2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) cajun-style stewed tomatoes
1 package (10 oz.) frozen cut okra, thawed
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
2 teaspoons creole seasoning
1 1/2 cups minute premium long grain rice, uncooked
heat oil in large skillet on medium high heat.
add sausage cook and stir until lightly browned.
add chicken, onion, pepper, celery, and garlic
cook and stir until chicken is cooked through
stir in tomatoes, okra, tomato sauce, and seasoning
bring to boil
stir in rice, cover, and remove from heat.
let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. stir.
i would recommend adding a little water if you really use minute rice. the first time i made this i used cooked regular rice and it was a very thick soup….
(addendum) we add about one tomato soup can’s worth of additional water, and typically use Hillshire Beef Smoked Sausage, and a red pepper in addition to the green one.
This recipe originally called for shrimp but since there are shrimp allergies, we eliminated it when we put it in the computer. YMMV
GHayduke (formerly lojasmo)
Don’t go in there. Your brain will catch the worms.
How old are your kids? If they’re over about 7 or 8 years old, you may be able to immunize them by telling them the Christmas story as essentially a fairy tale that some people believe is true, but remind them that it’s rude for them to tell their elders that they believe something stupid.
May I read you a story? It’s called “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
@GHayduke (formerly lojasmo):
Thanks, but it’s much too late for me to worry about that!
Sorry, link didn’t work.
Yes, but the child in that story didn’t have to sit down to Christmas dinner with the Emperor afterwards, or have to hear stories for decades afterwards about That Time You Were So Rude to Uncle Emperor. Telling an emperor you’ll never have to see again that he looks stupid has fewer consequences than telling Aunt Lynn that her Baby Jesus story is stupid.
(Well, the emperor could probably have you beheaded, but that’s quicker than having your relatives bitch about what you said every subsequent holiday.)
@kc: ok, I’m going to post these cat towel wrap snippets, you try to learn from it. https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperBark1/search?query=cat
They do work, but practice on something small and stuffed first, plus carry into the bedroom the carrier and all the towels you will need first.
@jibeaux: I’m going to post this here, and in the next open thread. I was just combing through <a [email protected]boing boing (as one does) and found a suggestion for your kid too. The site referenced seems like a good intro to writing games, which is a good way to learn anyway.
Hey, thank you. That looks like a good YouTube channel. I like Dr. Yin’s calm manner.