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  1. Hekuni Cat, MQG says

    Dhorvath – *hugs*

    Tony – Congratulations and good luck!

    rowantvt – I’m very happy to hear that your adult snakes are safe.

    ednaz – Welcome!

  2. Aratina Cage says

    @Improbable Joe from previous lounge thread:
    I hear ya on that. Even many of the people who are suffering in the USA believe that bunch of baloney.

    The DA and the judge should have been speaking to the groper and the murderer and telling them what not to do and supported the victims and loved ones of the victims.

  3. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    American exceptionalism? If you get what you want, it is because you’re chosen by God, and if bad things happen it is because you’re a shitty person who deserves it

    PRAISE PROPERITY JEEEEEEEESUS

  4. DPB says

    Puggles look very sleepy and would be great in tissue commercials.

    @Improbable Joe:
    I think 2 lounges ago you said you wanted music suggestions and were a metalhead. I’m a metalhead too. What bands/styles are you into?

  5. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Aratina Cage (last thread):

    Sometimes I just want to scream. I signed up at the Atheism+ forum to add to a list documenting harassment of women by atheists and skeptics, and this douchebro pops up to argue with me about how the harasser doesn’t perceive himself as harassing women so obviously I can’t say for sure that it was harassment. Argh!

    Damn, it sounds just like brOkenmech, over at Lousy Canuck:

    Well here is where we fundamentally disagree. Feeling threatened, harassed, or intimidated, is not necessarily the same thing as actually being threatened, harassed or intimidated.
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/lousycanuck/2012/09/06/comparing-movement-atheism-and-catholicism-on-matters-of-misogyny/#comment-79659

    I provided a few basic definitions of those words xe tossed around as well as asking how you could distinguish between ‘feeling’ and ‘being’ [threatened, harassed, or intimidated]. I’m curious if/when xe will leave a response. I’m not holding my breath.

  6. Aratina Cage says

    @Tony

    Oh, yikes, br0kenmech provides us with all we need to know about him in his next comment:

    Once we had some friends over for dinner… The next day I learned that our friends wife had spent the entire night in tears over something I had said in friendly jest. She had been devastated by an innocent good natured comment

    Imagine that! Who woulda known that his innocent, good-natured comment (what, did he call her the C-word?) would hurt her?

  7. says

    DPB,

    Metal? Hell, I don’t even know anymore. On the one hand, I like some of the crazy downtuned chuggy grunty stuff… but if you own more than 10-12 CDs worth you really don’t ever need any more, sort of like if you buy and keep a year’s subscription of a “housekeeping” magazine you have enough tips and recipes to last you 5 years and they’re just going to recycle shit anyway. On the other hand, I’m cool with thrash and shred stuff, 80s and even early 90s Metallica, Pantera, Anthrax, Vai and Satriani.

  8. Aratina Cage says

    Also, Tony, what I was documenting (there is a screen capture of it that the douchebro ignored) was more along the lines of a threat as you defined it at Lousy Canuck’s:

    1:an expression of intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage

  9. says

    Clint Eastwood’s performance at the RNC rated as the Star Wars Holiday Special!

    HAH!

    So does that mean that Sarah Palin’s comments on the Dem convention would be rated as the Star Wars: Ewoks cartoon?

  10. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Aratina @9:
    I know, right?

    I don’t understand people like that.
    “Oh I insulted you and made you cry? ::shrug:: I didn’t mean to do that. I guess you have your feelings and I have mine.”

    At that point, if I was that friend, that would have likely been the last time I’d have talked to the jerk.

    I dated a guy once, for about 6 weeks. After taking him to dinner one night-which I paid for-he made the comment “Thanks for dinner, one day I’ll have to return the favor.” Upon looking back on the short time we dated, I realized he never paid for *anything*. Nor was I getting any sex. He was getting money from his parents and grandmother to pay for college and for any expenses, yet couldn’t pay for drinks or dinner. Of course, he was more than willing to buy stuff on Ebay. Needless to say, the next time he called me, I told him I never wanted to speak to him again and that I owed him no explanation. I deleted his number from my phone and have never spoken to him since. I felt like an idiot for letting someone use me, but it hasn’t happened again, so I learned something.

  11. chigau (違わない) says

    I’m thinking The Game™ is over.
    The Train just disgorged a horde (not the good kind) of loud obnoxious drunks.

  12. says

    Tony,

    Hey, at least you got out after 6 weeks. I was with a woman for two years and she bought me ONE THING in the whole two years, but when she moved out she took EVERYTHING. She cooked one meal in two years, and took all of the dishes, all of the silverware, all of the cookware, and all of the glasses and coffee mugs. She worked two months out of two years, and felt entitled to everything except my clothing and comic books.

  13. says

    I’ve noticed that the ads are getting weirder than usual– I saw one for used busses earlier today.

    Thanks to the magic of cookies, I get a lot of ‘targeted’ ads for stuff I’ve either looked for or already actually bought online.

    Right now, I’m getting come-ons for 1) terrestrial TV antennae (don’t need this, but did get and install one at my wife’s request a month or so back), 2) Argentina football jerseys (again don’t need–but did get one for son recently), 3) exercise benches (again–don’t need–went with gym membership but briefly considered just equipping here), 4) French horns (not really looking for one; passing nostalgic thing did have me looking, but sanity prevailed), and 5) hotels (thanks, no, vacation now done, and generally for business travel I’m kinda stuck with the corporate travel tool anyway). Notwithstanding it’s all kinda useless to me now, it’s still a bit like having a timeline of my life in my browser.

    … I get to thinking it might be fun deliberately to search on eclectically strange stuff just to make the browser ads entertaining, see what bizarre combinations I can get together. Mebbe even try for a ‘Gary Aldridge special’, see if I can get advertisements for all the gear from the police report together on the same page.

  14. John Morales says

    Only times I ever see advertisements here is when I look from other than my home computer.

    (Waste of bandwidth, they are)

  15. ibyea says

    @Aratina
    Wow, I haven’t seen it, but if Clint Eastwood’s portion is Star War’s Holiday Special, it must have been really crappy. Also, I like how all the Republicans are the prequels.

  16. DPB says

    @Joe:
    Hmm…interesting. I agree a lot of it is interchangeable and I love me some old timey thrash (listening to Death Angel at the moment).

    Check out Dresden. Their production levels are as low as one would expect. The vocals have a “disaffected young Lemmy Kilmister” kind of sound to them (to me at least). Here’s a fun Sounds of Silence cover that they thrash up a good bit in the middle.

  17. Aratina Cage says

    Speaking of weird ads, I’m really tired of seeing the one featuring shirtless Hoggle.

    @Tony
    No doubt I would have been more like Improbable Joe in that situation. But I know that sometimes it is best to move on and cut off all ties with a person for your own health, something I have felt forced to do several times recently. I don’t want to count people like br0kenmech as people I associate with. At least with dating you get to have a choice in who you are getting to know even if it turns out to be a bad choice, but these a-holes are invading our spaces uninvited thinking they are all brave and shit for standing up to the gynocracy, which is supremely annoying.

  18. John Morales says

    DPB, I am rather surprised that I really enjoyed that cover (and I’ve always liked the original). It kind of fits the song, for me.

    Go figure.

  19. chigau (違わない) says

    So what does it say about me that I delay opening the fridge to get a snack because the cat is in the way?

  20. says

    It is cool Tony, years and miles have dulled the pain… and knowing that she moved into the rotting trailer her older sister abandoned, and married the ex-boyfriend who screwed her best friend when he found out she was pregnant? Priceless.

  21. says

    Aratina Cage:

    Imagine that! Who woulda known that his innocent, good-natured comment (what, did he call her the C-word?) would hurt her?

    I’ve related this story before (back at Sciblogs), but this reminds me of what happened with a [former] friend. He and his wife had gone through some bad times and she decided she wanted a separation. I saw him one day and he was looking down,

  22. John Morales says

    Tony, I thought Libby’s blog was rather good when it was here and it’s now there (apparently, we atheists scared off the people she wanted to reach), but I don’t go to places that encourage theists and the religious so I haven’t seen it since.

  23. says

    Aratina Cage:

    Imagine that! Who woulda known that his innocent, good-natured comment (what, did he call her the C-word?) would hurt her?

    I’ve related this story before (back at Sciblogs), but this reminds me of what happened with a [former] friend. He and his wife had gone through some bad times and she decided she wanted a separation. I saw him one day and he was looking down, so I invited him out for a cup of coffee, just to talk.

    So, we’re talking and in commiseration, I tell him that Mister and I are having a rough patch, it happens, yada, yada, yada. Things get quiet for a bit, then he looks at me. Looks me up and down, then says “well, if anything happens, you could make money, you know. A lot of money. Hell, I’d be your first customer!”

    He was…taken aback when I made it clear that I did not appreciate that nor did I consider it a compliment. I paid for the coffee and left. Some people.

  24. John Morales says

    PS from Wikipedia on Patheos:

    The site is listed as 10th out of the 50 best spirituality blogs ranked by Online Christian Colleges. It was also ranked by a writer for the Buxton Initiative, a nonprofit supporter of interfaith dialogue, as the seventh top website on Islam, calling it “very objective” and “sort of a Wikipedia just on religion.”

  25. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Caine:
    Uh, damn.
    What a seriously fucked up thing for that guy to say. Sexist beyond belief.

  26. ibyea says

    On Caine’s story
    *facepalm* I may not be good at being social, but c’mon, even I realize that it is a total douchebag move! Where do these people learn social interaction from?!

  27. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    ibyea:
    I know what you mean.

    I realized a few years ago that I typically rehearse a lot of what I plan on saying, even in relatively mundane conversations. Obviously I can’t always do so, but if I’m meeting someone for drinks, or going on a date, or about to chat with my parents, or even just talk to either of my roommates, I create something of an overview in my mind of what I want to say and *how* I want to say it. I think I do it to try and avoid saying something insulting to the other person (not because I think I would deliberately say something insulting, but to avoid any accidents; of course that’s not foolproof).
    For instance, I told my parents earlier in the day that I wanted to speak with them at the same time to let them know of my job offer. Prior to talking to them, I did a rough mental outline of what I wanted to say. Of course it didn’t work out exactly like I wanted to, but I covered what I wanted, in the manner that I did.
    It’s almost like trying to mentally ‘preview’ what I’m going to say, in much the same way many people preview their comments here at FtB.

  28. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    That’s weird. I just noticed something about the date/time of posts. My prior post here is at 12:18 am on 9/8/12, while the post at Cristina Rad’s blog is 5:09 am on 9/8/12.
    That must mean…
    …I’m a time traveler!

    My mutant power finally kicked in!
    Sweet!!

  29. Aratina Cage says

    Thank you, One Thousand Needles! I wanted that one piece of documentation on there because that man (who made the threats) came to FTB yesterday patting himself on the back about how special of a cupcake he is because he took a Women’s Studies class, unlike the rest of us FTB gynofascists; therefore, he gets to tell us that we are wrong and what REAL activism looks like.

    I cannot let that one slide by. You do not threaten women and then act like you are the paragon of feminism! N. O.

  30. chigau (違わない) says

    Tony
    You shouldabeen here when PZ was time-stamping as UTC.
    Nobody knew what was going on.

  31. Aratina Cage says

    @Caine

    this reminds me of what happened with a [former] friend…

    First time I remember hearing that one, Caine, and what a creeper!

  32. see_the_galaxy says

    I’m very pissed off because I want to read thunderf00t’s blog here and it got deleted. Did anybody archive it?

  33. says

    Chris Kluwe, an American football player, defends another player’s right to free speech and speaks out in support of gay marriage, when Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote to the team owner, urging him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee.” Tone trolls would have a field day.

    Choice excerpts (but please go read the whole thing):

    It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

    I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children.

    In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in.

  34. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Ok, now for something cool:
    In part, this is for one simple reason: Atheists are Americans too.

    My beliefs in and about God do not need to be imposed on everyone else. That’s not what a pluralistic democracy looks like. This issue is also what has been at the core of so much of this year’s discussions about religious freedom and choice. I don’t need to impose my beliefs and practices on the Catholic bishops and I surely don’t want them to do that to me.

    I had to leave blogger Caryn Riswold a thank you.

  35. says

    SQL: ♥ ♥ ♥

    Meanwhile, I’m making chicken soup from a leftover roast carcase, and a (sort of) bolognese spaghetti sauce. My spag bol recipe has evolved over time and it’s kind of an improvise every time, but this time I observed myself.

    The ingredients are:
    * 300g minced beef (grass fed local etc etc)
    * 1kg tomatoes (mix of tinned & fresh, roasted)
    * 500g sliced mushrooms
    * 400g zucchini, chopped finely
    * 300g chopped onion
    * 400g cooked brown lentils
    * 400g chopped red capsicum
    plus wine, tomato paste, lots of garlic, oregano, bay leaves etc etc. That make 3kg veggies to 300g meat.

    My meat-loving bloke loves it. I’m not sure exactly how many serves it will do, but I freeze 2/3 of it for later, and the other 1/3 will do at least 6 servings.

  36. chigau (違わない) says

    I have a case of hiccups and my feet hurt.
    So I am taking a muscle-relaxant and a pain-killer.
    See y’all later.
    (*whoo colors!*)

  37. says

    Tony, I still enjoy Unreasonable Faith at Patheos
    Caine, oohh ratses. I miss my little critters, but not quite ready to have more. Soon, though.

  38. says

    NO, I’m not saying “good morning”
    It ain’t so.
    Can I please have a new one?
    The little one drew a picture.
    She drew a picture on my car.
    She drew a picture on my car with a stone.
    I haven’t seen the damage yet.
    Let’s hope I can use the scratches-ex on them.

    +++++

    OMFG. Trigger warnings ahoy.

    A cop in Flagstaff, AZ will get no jail time for groping a woman at a bar.

    WTF is wrong with that woman (and I mean the judge)
    So, ladies, never ever enter a bar again.

  39. says

    Dinner was at a Chinese restaurant. It was one of those nights when I just wanted someone else to cook for me and take care of the dishes.

    Joe:

    Somebody needs to get to work on a cat-to-human translator… my kittyboy has been upstairs saying “OW? OOOOW!” over and over again…

    I can’t figure that one out, either. Mine will do that when she has plenty of food, water, and litter; when nothing’s wrong medically; and when she’s recently been petted but walked away of her own volition.

    and knowing that she moved into the rotting trailer her older sister abandoned, and married the ex-boyfriend who screwed her best friend when he found out she was pregnant? Priceless.

    Right now you are down and out and feeling really crappy
    And when I see how sad you are, it sort of makes me…happy!

    That proverb about the best revenge being living well? Totes bullshit. The best revenge is seeing assholes who fucked you over fuck up their own lives as well.

    Also OMG LUCY!!!!!

    Portia:

    On the other, deity. Ha.

    Meh. Who’s worshipped that goddess lately? Then again, I don’t have a problem with names stamped with current religions, either.

    Morph is wicked cute, but I am partial to black cats.

    Esteleth:

    Problem: when I eat chips and salsa, I always dribble salsa on my shirt.

    I can’t eat anything without wearing it, either. To quote an ex-SO, “It’s the shelf.” ;)

    Josh:

    But. . that’s not a real VW bug. It’s a “new beetle.”

    YES, this. The whole point of the original Beetle was that it was cheap. The new one is purely yuppie nostalgia for their poor-student days, and it’s got the yuppie price tag to match.

    Fresh swordfish steak…

    Mmmmmmm, sea kittens.

    Hello, Ednaz!

    Aratina Cage, quoting a SF DA:

    Be very careful who you take home. The consequences can be very dire as they were in this particular case.

    Same damn thing women have always gotten. Anyone else remember Looking for Mr. Goodbar? The protagonist being murdered at the end was a “sad commentary” on “the consequences of promiscuity.”

    I just left a comment for Brokenmech. Unfortunately, Thibeault still has me in auto-moderation, months after I hurt his widdle fee-fees by calling him out on posting that triggering, misogynist LOLcat video. (Undoubtedly he still has Ginmar banned as well.) Even though he’s apologized to Happiestsadist for triggering them. Such an ~~ally~~. I told him as much in another comment… I wonder if he’ll delete it and ban me, or he’ll post it and reply with some kind of manipulative, scoldy bullshit? Asshole. With “allies” like him I don’t need enemies.

    how special of a cupcake he is because he took a Women’s Studies class…

    If I had a nickel for every sexist mansplaining douchebag on the internet who thought he was entitled to be a sexist mansplaining douchebag on the internet because he (allegedly) took a WS class or marched for women’s rights blah blah blah….

    Tony:

    Any recommendations about good blogs at Patheos?

    Love Joy Feminism. That’s… about it. And you have to put up with xtians in the comments, because she’s trying to persuade them gently.

    That comment to Cristina is of course uncalled for, but if you want to see real creepitude from NHBU, see this one.

    1000 Needles: Other than the sheer fugliness of the website, bullshit like that is why I avoid AtheismPlus.com like the plague. I mean, hats off to people who have the patience to do 101, but inevitably you get swamped with JAQers-off. (If we can still use that term, that is.)

    SQB: That dude gets points just for the phrase “lustful cockmonster.”

  40. McC2lhu saw what you did there. says

    Giliell @56:

    That would be a brilliant protest, actually; get women all over the US to not go to any bars for a specific weekend. If there’s no women in them, there’s no guys either, except for the hardcore rummies that would be there even during the Apocalypse/War Of The Worlds. When the pubs lose an entire weekend of revenue, the world takes notice.

  41. Moggie says

    DPB:

    Puggles look very sleepy and would be great in tissue commercials.

    Puggle is a Scots word meaning “tire out”, usually used in the past tense: “I’m fair puggled”. Though my father (not Scottish, but he did serve in a Scottish regiment in WWII) used “puggled” to mean “mad, crazy”. I don’t know whether that’s army usage (army puts its own spin on a lot of language).

  42. StevoR says

    @25. chigau (違わない)

    So what does it say about me that I delay opening the fridge to get a snack because the cat is in the way?

    That you are considerate, put other creatures above yourself and maybe also a cat person perhaps?

    @26. Tony •King of the Hellmouth•

    Hey all: Any recommendations about good blogs at Patheos?

    Isn’t that where Fred Clark’s marvellous ‘Slacktivist’ blog with its take down of the Worlds Worst Books Lahay & Jenkins Left behind rapture novels was or got moved to? Or am I mistaken there?

  43. Minnie The Finn, qui devient bientôt vierge says

    OFFSM, an echidna!!11

    I loved Steven Jay Gould’s take on echidna brain.

  44. onychophora says

    I must express how happy I am about A+. I’ve been catching up on FTB posts and comments from the week, and I freaking love the eloquent takedowns here and there. Religion is hurtful to all society. Societies based on a hierarchy of domination and submission, which is at the core of religion and sky-fairy worship, actively fuck over their members and suppress progress. I thank A+ for giving voice to this idea. Explicitly.

  45. carlie says

    Patheos blogs: Slacktivist by Fred Clark, most definitely. Love Joy Feminism by Libby Anne. I also like Hemant’s Friendly Atheist; I don’t agree with him on everything, but it is a source of news of atheist activism around the country. I just don’t read the comments on any Patheos blog except Fred’s, and then only on the Left Behind posts.

    Puggle? Poggle? Peggle is an adorable computer game with unicorns and rainbows and fireworks. It’s the ultimate in positive feedback and praise. You cleared a level! Here’s a kaleidoscopic display of colors and happiness!

    It is a drop-dead gorgeous morning outside. Sunny, 75 degrees, wind is blowing between 15 and 20 mpg making wonderful sounds rustling through the trees outside. It almost makes me feel bad that we’re not outside taking advantage of it, but I’ve looked at the radar and seen the front that’s coming in about an hour. You can’t trick me into getting stuck outside in the rain, nature!

    My days are still all screwed up from traveling – I can’t quite internalize that today is Saturday.

  46. hypatiasdaughter says

    #48 SQB Reading that letter was the best way to start my day.
    And thumbs up for two football jocks who are public about supporting gay rights. Maybe their words will infiltrate some machismo bigot’s brain where the words of us less machismo types would never enter.

  47. McC2lhu saw what you did there. says

    Maybe the nutters are winning at stealing the Twitter posts because their thinking is so simplistic it is easily contained in 144 characters. I would note it as a matter of pride that FtBers are more eloquent than that.

    And I always get the bizarre mental image of stoners on a certain Turkish recreational pharmaceutical trying to play a game of grab-ass in the park whenever I see the word ‘hashtag’.

  48. onychophora says

    I am finding the trajectory of the ideas that are congealing around the whole A+ dealio quite interesting. In some ways, it feels like a replay of some things I’ve experienced in other social justice circles. It’s almost like some folks out there forgot the difference between a position being a focal point of an organisation versus taking the position of an ally. Atheist movements don’t have to focus solely on sex, gender, race, other social movements to recognize their existence and be allies. Ignoring those issues seems detrimental, especially if those social injustices are (in part) a direct result of religious brainwashing. Why is this not a no-brainer?

  49. Wowbagger, Antipodean Dervish says

    McC2lhu wrote:

    Maybe the nutters are winning at stealing the Twitter posts because their thinking is so simplistic it is easily contained in 144 characters. I would note it as a matter of pride that FtBers are more eloquent than that.

    Similarly, it seems a significant proportion of the people opposing A+ are doing so by making videos of themselves ranting about how awful it and everyone involved in it is, while those for it (and those neutral but willing to debate) are writing blog posts and interacting on the forums.

  50. opposablethumbs says

    Hi all,
    has anyone posted about this yet? (I’m probably slow on the uptake, as per usual, so plz ignore if this is old hat)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/how-to-determine-if-your-religious-liberty-is-being-threatened-in-10-questions_b_1845413.html

    Emily Heath demonstrates that it is perfectly possible to be religious and yet manage to retain basic human decency and intellectual honesty (despite the illusion, presumably, that there are such things as supernatural entities). No excuse for the vast numbers of her co-religionists who fail Basic Decency and Honesty 101 so dismally.

    Funny how religionists in power all over the world, whatever flavour of religion they favour, gravitate to the B-league…

  51. Pteryxx says

    Similarly, it seems a significant proportion of the people opposing A+ are doing so by making videos of themselves ranting about how awful it and everyone involved in it is…

    I noticed that too – some haters who don’t usually hate via video are doing so. That might be because youtube’s a fertile field for hater support, as shown by TF among others; but I also have a suspicion some are making videos as a finger raised to A+Scribe. Greta’s comments about it got linked and amplified by pitters very quickly, such as JV. See also comments in Christina Rad’s OP about her takedown of GirlWritesWhat:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/cristinarad/2012/09/07/a-response-to-girlwriteswhat-on-the-dmca-drama-more/#comment-3379

  52. says

    Good morning!

    Ms. Daisy Cutter,

    Right now you are down and out and feeling really crappy
    And when I see how sad you are, it sort of makes me…happy!

    That proverb about the best revenge being living well? Totes bullshit. The best revenge is seeing assholes who fucked you over fuck up their own lives as well.

    Also OMG LUCY!!!!!

    Well, it started out as 100% happy fury that the ex had left me for an unemployed cheater and a trailer sagging in the floor and roof in a soft ‘U’ shape. As time went on, I realized that she had issues that I couldn’t fix and the pressure of my trying was making both of us miserable. So mostly just happy to be far away from that situation, and since I’ve been married happily for the last 7 years I can’t say I’m sorry we broke up, whatever the circumstances.

    And yes OMG LUCY!!!!!

  53. Hekuni Cat, MQG says

    Caine:

    Sorry for the almost duplicate post, premature submit via rat.

    Tee hee. My cat Chloe has nearly done this on numerous occasions.

  54. chigau (違わない) says

    Improbable Joe
    re: Lucy
    *squeeee*
    She looks a lot like my kitteh.
    But less spherical.

  55. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Well, I got pissed and posted a screed in a thread that I think is mostly-dead.

    But srsly, GunboatDiplomat (yep! he’s baaack!) seemed to think that the point of the Yes Means Yes Mythcommunication article was “well, if men are going to ignore ‘no’ signals from women, what’s the point in talking about consent?”

    Bah.

  56. birgerjohansson says

    Something cool shoots up from Texas*: Armadillo’s first space trip may speed commercial dream http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/09/armadillo-aerospace-prepares-f.html
    *As opposed to crazy fundies and George Bush.
    — — — — —
    Sweden is tops in making most of Internet, USA second report finds http://phys.org/news/2012-09-sweden-tops-internet.html

    — — — — — — — — — —

    Caine,
    that asshole must have served as a model for McFarlane’s Peter Griffin. Except Peter occasionally shows some consideration.

  57. birgerjohansson says

    “They’ve posted the 10 Commandments in the Capitol”

    There are two completely different sets of ten commandments in the OT. Retailate by posting the other set on a BIG sign nearby. The stuff about destroying rival places of worship might make people take notice…and think about why one set of commands is considered unimportant and the other essential.

  58. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Does anyone have some spare spoons? GBD is spewing some epic shit over on the “ready to be divisive” thread.

  59. ChasCPeterson says

    The whole point of the original Beetle was that it was cheap.

    When I was a kid the newspaper had the car ads opposite the comics page and I clearly remember the VW ads; $2000 brand new (ca. 1967).
    I bought my 64s in the mid to late 1980s for $400 and $600, both running great and one of them looked pretty good too.
    *sigh*

  60. Portia, Now With Improved Loudness and Feminaziism says

    Caine, that’s just insane. That’s the sort of thing that sort of makes it harder to reach out to help people, isn’t it? Gross.


    I tweeted. There’s sort of a deluge of crap in the hashtag though. Saw a post yesterday from the twit who was retweeted by Richard Dawkins. Her post is much more of the same victim-blaming crap. Among the gems is “Maybe if someone called you a cunt or a twat, you should consider that you were acting like a cunt or a twat.” I’d go get the actual verbatim language (and I’m not far off) but I am not in the headspace to go back to it again right now. Some people’s logic just baffles my mind.

    On a happy note, I went to a thrift store this week and found SO a necktie for a quarter. He wore it to court (he’s a lawyer) and got a compliment from the judge. My thrifty self felt so validated.

  61. says

    Portia:

    Caine, that’s just insane. That’s the sort of thing that sort of makes it harder to reach out to help people, isn’t it? Gross.

    What was interesting was that in the thread where I first related that story, several men were surprised by realizing they had said similar things to female friends in the past and at the time, they thought they were being complimentary and didn’t see why anyone would be bothered by it. They got better.

  62. Portia, Now With Improved Loudness and Feminaziism says

    Caine:

    I guess it wasn’t all loss then. Very gratifying when speaking up is demonstrably helpful. Good for you :)

  63. Portia, Now With Improved Loudness and Feminaziism says

    I think I accidentally replied to myself on twitter a couple of times. Sigh. Oh well.

  64. indicus says

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

  65. chigau (違わない) says

    indicus

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

    “Cover your mouth, asshole.”

  66. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    Reuters, AP, and all journalists:

    It is not illegal to call a tornado a tornado even before the National Weather Service “confirms” it. It will not throw your credibility into question.

    When you present Youtube video that clearly shows a tornado ripping through Queens, New York, it is not an “apparent” tornado. The video does not “appear to show a funnel cloud.” It actually fucking does. The tornado is right there for everyone to see. It didn’t happen at night. It wasn’t rain-wrapped. It’s not necessary to ask the NWS if it was “really” a tornado.

    Obvious tornado is obvious.

    /irked

  67. Beatrice says

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

    Na zdravlje!
    :)

    [translation: to your health]

    I’m guessing gesundheit wouldn’t be too unusual to hear in an English speaking country.

  68. indicus says

    Caine, I know its based on a myth. Unfortunately after many, many years it kinda just rolls off the tongue and you don’t think much about it. I say gesundheit but too many people look at me like I just insulted their mother :)

  69. opposablethumbs says

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response?

    Salud – or gesundheit.

  70. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    Oh Jeezis Christ. They’ve all changed the headlines to tell us the National Weather Service has confirmed it was a tornado. Right next to their footage showing the goddamn tornado ripping buildings apart.

    Journos: since you care so very much about accuracy and confirmation, try using “watch” and “warning” correctly. No, the entire New England corridor is not under a tornado “warning.” We are under a watch. A watch means “watch out because tornadoes are likely.” A warning means “OMFG there’s a tornado happening right fucking now and you need to take cover.”

    This actually matters because people can get killed. The NWS confirmed that.

  71. says

    Indicus:

    I say gesundheit but too many people look at me like I just insulted their mother :)

    Heh. I was taught to say gesundheit and I’m old. :D You could always go the Seinfeld route with “You’re so good lookin’!” after someone sneezes.

  72. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    Somebody stay my hand before I kill the next person I see. The fucking media is running photographs of the “blasphemy girl” in Pakistan as she’s being rescued by helicopter. Along with her name.

    What. . .are they fucking trying to get her killed? How. . I just can’t. .

  73. Beatrice says

    Josh,

    Well, her (probably violent and gruesome) death would make one hell of a story.

    /cynical

    (I’m not arguing that they are deliberately trying to get her killed, just that they are careless fuckers and besides, her death would probably bring them more profit than a happy ending anyway.)

  74. says

    Hey, Trinioler,

    We’re not going to have to resort to that twee, uptight SJW euphemism “Step on a lego,” the SJ version of “Bless your heart,” are we?

    One of my friends said the other day, “They can go die in a Lego.” I’m using that one. It’s too absurd for anyone to get their undies wedged over.

    Esteleth:

    Does anyone have some spare spoons?

    The only spoons that should be used w/r/t GBD are large wooden ones, applied directly to his skull. (OMG VIOLENT RHETORIC!!!)

    Indicus:

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

    I typically say “Bless you,” minus the deity. It’s just a social convention, acknowledging that someone has sneezed. If the phrase bothers you, you can resort to the German Gesundheit (“health”).

    I also still say “Oh, my god.” The pagans who change it to “gods” are so. fucking. irritating. Especially the ones who reply to your OMG with “Which one?”

    Caine: I still use “knock wood” metaphorically, but that doesn’t mean I intend to ward off demons by rapping on my desk. :)

    Josh, they have to be fair and balanced, you know.

    Chigau:

    Maybe it’s because tornadoes happen in Kansas, not New York.

    That was sarcasm, right?

  75. Patricia, OM says

    Yesterday I went to the Democratic headquarters here in Fundyville and bought some buttons and a sticker for my car. “Gay marriage doesn’t frighten me. No health care does.” The lady running the place said it was the first one she’s sold. Doesn’t surprise me one damn bit. If I suddenly disappear you’ll all know I was stoned to death.

  76. says

    Good evening

    So, my right arm is limp but I managed to polish out most of the scratches. If she ever goes near that door again with anything harder than a hanky I’ll kill her.

    I typically say “Bless you,” minus the deity. It’s just a social convention, acknowledging that someone has sneezed. If the phrase bothers you, you can resort to the German Gesundheit (“health”).

    Oh, some idiots have decided that you shouldn’t say “Gesundheit”, because it draws attention to the fact that somebody just sneezed. Instead the sneezer should say “excuse me”.
    To me, it shows a shift in society: From compassion and wishing somebody well to fucking having to apologize for being sick or allergic. I’ll say Gesundheit till my dying day.
    Although, with frinds I usually go for “Gesundheit” for the first one and “will you wipe that up” for the second one ;)

  77. Patricia, OM says

    Miss Daisy – I’m trying to break myself of all godist language, it’s almost impossible after more than 50 years of god bless,god damn and so on. When I was the worlds best christian, we had a “cussin’ kitty” where you had to give a coin for every swear word. Might have to resort to that for every god word. :D

  78. says

    Daisy:

    I also still say “Oh, my god.” The pagans who change it to “gods” are so. fucking. irritating.

    Eh, I say Oh gods or similar often enough. It’s nothing to do with being pagan, it’s more of a Discworld affectation along with having the benefit of annoying people who think there’s only one god.

    I also use Futurama’s Oh Your God now and then too.

  79. says

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response?

    At the Mercedes factory where I used to work as a student the response was usually a collegial “Shut up”.

  80. opposablethumbs says

    I occasionally use “godsdammit” and the like, and I’m definitely thinking of Discworld rather than paganism :)
    I hadn’t actually even thought of the pagan thing until just now. Hm.

  81. says

    Caine: Fair enough. Though sometimes fannish affectations get on my nerves as well. I could do without hearing “Shiny!” as an exclamation ever again, for instance, or the term “Gorram.”

    Rorschach:

    At the Mercedes factory where I used to work as a student the response was usually a collegial “Shut up”.

    …okay. Gotta be honest, I’d be tempted to sneeze on a person who said such a thing.

    Sporfle. R.E.M. orders Faux Noize to stop playing “Losing My Religion” during the DNC. Michael Stipe: ““We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”

  82. Portia, Now With Improved Loudness and Feminaziism says

    Caine:

    I also use Futurama’s Oh Your God now and then too.

    SO and I used “Oh Your God” for a while but after saying it to each other a couple of times, we switched to “Oh Their God.” OTG is a reflex now, ha.

    I had a friend who would say “Gasundheit” after your first sneeze. After your second, he’d say “You only get one.”

  83. says

    Somebody needs to get to work on a cat-to-human translator… my kittyboy has been upstairs saying “OW? OOOOW!” over and over again…

    Heh. My cat Baby is fairly vocal, but at night after everyone is in bed he has a habit of wandering around the house yowling in a completely different, much more guttural and deep voice for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. Initially we worried a little, but we’ve come to accept that he’s just … singing to himself. :p

    The pagans who change it to “gods” are so. fucking. irritating.

    This seriously got on my nerves when I was watching the Battlestar Galactica reboot. It’s like nails on a chalkboard. And, can anybody confirm this, but I don’t think polytheistic cultures had a lot of oaths and exclamations that were equivalent? My impression is usually people swore/blasphemed by a particular god.

  84. Nutmeg says

    We’re not going to have to resort to that twee, uptight SJW euphemism “Step on a lego,” the SJ version of “Bless your heart,” are we?

    I don’t really care what particular phrase you want to use to express your ill-wishes. But as someone who has actually seen two people die in a fire, I really wish people would stop wishing it upon others.

    Argue among yourselves if you want, I’m heading out of town.

  85. Patricia, OM says

    kristinc – Have you seen Rome ? Titus Pullo swore to and at every god he could think of. I like to use the old gods for swearing when ever I can think fast enough. My current favorite is Koalemos, god of stupidity. He seems to be in charge of society where I live.

  86. says

    Gotta be honest, I’d be tempted to sneeze on a person who said such a thing.

    Nah, it was a kind of rough but good-humored thing to say. I liked working there actually, although most people would think twice about buying a Merc if they knew that a lot of the regular workers there pull the first beer out of the ubiquitous vending machines in the factory by 830am every day. The Eastern europeans would get the schnaps bottles out by the 10am morning break. Ah, good old times!

  87. says

    Esteleth:

    Jesus fuck, is it “epic troll” day here or something?

    No, haven’t seen one of those days for a while. In the meantime, Goren still won’t explain why, in light of Alethea’s winning comment, he brought up safe harbor stations in his first comment and now he’s down to this: “Fine, but do you really think a few angry voices can out-shout the supportive but squeamish masses?”

    He’s an ally, ya see. *spits*

  88. says

    Caine #122:

    Jesus fuck onna stick, Ben Goren has gone all “abortion makes me squeamish! I don’t like it! Why are you being so meeeeaaan to me!”

    Ugh.

    I fucking hate these shame-meisters and squick-niks who pay lip service “I support the right to choose in all circumstances” and then hold that up as a sacred cow to ward off criticism of anything problematic they’ve actually said.

    Like I told someone yesterday, this is a sacred-free zone. There are no spells or incantations, no shibboleths or markers, no relics or gifts that will save you from the unending fire should you make a problematic statement and not repent of it (for lack of a better term).

  89. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Goren wants headpats and to discuss this totally abstract theory that has no bearing whatsoever on reality, and who cares that people actually use that argument as a bludgeon?

  90. says

    Esteleth:

    Goren wants headpats and to discuss this totally abstract theory that has no bearing whatsoever on reality, and who cares that people actually use that argument as a bludgeon?

    Pretty much.

    Markita, after the initial incident, I’ve asked men who say that sort of thing “If it’s such a good way to make money, why aren’t you out sucking cock?” Shuts them up.

  91. says

    I walk away from the computer for a few hours…WTF??!

    Alethea snags a Molly and someone has to taint it by being a giant douchecanoe? And in a couple of special and completely not predictable and never seen before ways? Shit on a biscuit, I’ve never heard anyone say “I agree with your rights but I’m never going to support those rights again because you hurt my feefees” before.

  92. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    This is interesting.

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker comes out in favor of equal marriage.

    Maryland legislator writes the Ravens owners scolding him

    MN Viking Punter writes the Legislator.

    some hilarity (and a few other things) ensue

    Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,

    I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):
    1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees,” more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

    2. “Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement.” Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who’s “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for “beautiful oppressionism”).

    3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you’ll start thinking about penis? “Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!” Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.)

    I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

    In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I’m fairly certain you might need it.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Kluwe

    P.S. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.

  93. says

    Esteleth:

    Jesus fuck, is it “epic troll” day here or something?

    Hey, it’s a day ending in -y….

    Caine:

    Markita, after the initial incident, I’ve asked men who say that sort of thing “If it’s such a good way to make money, why aren’t you out sucking cock?” Shuts them up.

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  94. Beatrice says

    I was watering the garden after dragging out of the well what little water was left, then I was collecting plums for our slivovitz and grinding them.

    I’m a weakling. I’m tired now. And then there’s Ben Goren making me stay at the computer long after my bedtime.

    Grrr

  95. trinioler says

    I think I just got blocked by WoolyBumblebee on twitter! Victory? Right after they posted about how we’re all victims all the time.

  96. trinioler says

    From Zinnia Jones: “Oh, if you ever want to use any of my transcripts (all linked from my blog), feel free!”

    Didn’t even have to ask!

  97. says

    We’re all victims all the time? Funny, because JohntheOther is afraid for his safety and won’t reveal his last name. Must be afraid that I’ll go to his house and flip him off or something, as if I have the time.

    Well. I do. I’d just rather spend it in the woods away from people than flipping him off, a concept that seems to escape him (and for that matter seemingly most regressives).

  98. trinioler says

    Well, the comment was specifically directed at me after I(for the 70th fucking time) tell an A+ hater I’m hard of hearing, hence why I started A+scribe. Because they make the logical error of conflating one person of a group with the whole group, rather than seeing us as people(like we fucking WANT), they have to find some way to not be ableist. So they claim I’m playing the victim card.

    What? Telling someone I’m HARD OF HEARING is playing the victim card? Seriously?

  99. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    indicus:

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

    I’ve stopped saying anything altogether. It took some time to stop saying “bless you” or “gesundheit”, but I finally stopped. I think someone (perhaps here or another blog) pointed out the silliness in saying *anything* following a sneeze.
    I’m still working on other things like exclamations of surprise, shock, or horror (to which I’ve often said ‘Good God’). I’m getting better at not saying ‘Oh my God’. Sometimes I say ‘Oh my Thor/Zeus’. I hate the ubiquitous nature of God in American society. The little things like expressions, or phrases on money are part of that subtle “let’s keep God everywhere” shit that drives me up the wall.

    ****

    Ms. Daisy:

    Especially the ones who reply to your OMG with “Which one?”

    You’d be irritated by me occasionally then. Despite not being pagan, I’ve said that at times.

    ****
    Rev:
    I loved reading that!
    I also love being a lustful cockmosnter…

    ****

    Geez, does Ben ever give up? How can someone be so dense?

  100. carlie says

    What? Telling someone I’m HARD OF HEARING is playing the victim card? Seriously?

    What game is playing that card supposed to win, exactly, and what’s the prize? Makes no sense.

  101. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Cleaned. Shelved the pile of books that was almost as tall as I was (for the record: 6 books by Pratchett, Cunt, Wolf Hall, Return of the King, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Fit For Freedom Not For Friendship).

    Decided to put away a box of knickknacks.

    Realized that I have lost my Wedge Antilles action figure. *weeps bitterly*

    Found a spritz bottle labelled “Brand Spankin’ Toy Cleaner: Clean toys for dirty fun!”

    Am somewhat confuzzled.

    Also, am deliberately ignoring the douchecanoes.

  102. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    I’m not sure why this is happening, but I seem to be getting targeted adds on facebook for very tight and skimpy mens underwear.

    I don’t have a problem with it mind you, however I think they’re really missing their target audience.

  103. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Dang, I’m not getting my tartar removed by chewing on the concern troll. The Redhead expects me to take her for walksies (ARF). (since she makes fun of it, and I’m only repeating her words, so be gentle)

  104. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

    If it’s my wife sneezing, everyone in the room either has a heart attack or spills whatever drink they are holding while simultaneously pissing themselves.

    Damn that woman is loud when she sneezes.

  105. John Morales says

    carlie,

    What? Telling someone I’m HARD OF HEARING is playing the victim card? Seriously?

    What game is playing that card supposed to win, exactly, and what’s the prize? Makes no sense.

    I refer you to TV_Tropes.

    (It’s an actual ad hominem)

  106. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Re: sneezing,
    Sally Strange introduced me to the concept of saying, “happy reboot!” when someone sneezes.

    In any case, as she, the SpokesGay, and Daisy can attest, when I sneeze I sneeze. And it is loud.

  107. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    I also love being a lustful cockmosnter…

    And really who doesn’t appreciate a lustful cockmonster?

    Not this guy.

  108. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    I smell of Rye whiskey, Angostura bitters and Mesquite smoke.

    It’s very alluring.

    I just can’t figure out why Mrs. BDC is hanging out upstairs.

  109. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    In any case, as she, the SpokesGay, and Daisy can attest, when I sneeze I sneeze. And it is loud.

    see #152

  110. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Am I married to Rev BDC and forget about it?

    *scratches head*

    *sneezes loudly*

  111. Patricia, OM says

    Chimpy – The kim chi is jarred up, and in the fridge. Damn is it good!

    Do you know if chow-chow needs to go in the crock for a couple of weeks? I can’t remember if my grandpa made it like kraut or not.

  112. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    An examination of the label informs me that the “toy cleaner” is 0.3% triclosan, plus some ethylenediamenetetraacetic acid and laureth sulfate.

    Basically, it is soap and some knock-em-dead antimicrobial.

    …why do I own this?

  113. says

    Esteleth, I don’t remember you sneezing any louder than the average human… was I not paying attention?

    Unrelated, but I thought you’d all enjoy this.

    Other amusing responses to the original comment included “If your g spot is in your heart, please allow me to stick my dick into your ventricle”; “oh so you’re supposed to put it in her heart? ive been doing it wrong this whole time”; and “Just because you can’t find the real one…”

    IMHO, if such an orifice actually existed, Jackhammer Jesus™ (NSFW) would be the best way to fill it up.

  114. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Ah, Daisy, those were not seagulls on the lake, those honking noises were coming from my nose.

  115. Patricia, OM says

    Can’t believe that moron troll is still going. Left to see Hope Springs and he’s yammering on when we get home. Sheesh.

  116. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    I am not sure what is more disturbing: the Shiva butt-plug or the Baby Jesus dildo.

  117. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Ah, Daisy, those were not seagulls on the lake, those honking noises were coming from my nose.

    [rhetorical]Why do the Lake Gulls have to use a supermarket parking lot 2 miles inland for their sleep area.[/rhetorical]

  118. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    I suppose so, Caine.

    I’d hope that if I ever have occasion to use it, I’d remember to rinse.

  119. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    From my perspective, it’s a bit much to get worked up over social niceties like “bless you” or exclamations like “oh my god.” Not using them isn’t striking a blow for anything, really. Do as you wish, of course, but it’s perplexing people seem to be apologizing for “lapsing” into these things.

  120. Patricia, OM says

    Josh – I dislike using religious phrases because it feels exactly like what you just said “lapsing” back into the crap assed mind set through habit.

  121. says

    Josh:

    Do as you wish, of course, but it’s perplexing people seem to be apologizing for “lapsing” into these things.

    It’s more of a matter of breaking the habitual pattern of god think and god expression which most of us had instilled from a young age.

  122. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    OK, Patricia and Caine. I can see that. It doesn’t have that relevance for me so that didn’t occur. Becuz it’s all about me, right?

  123. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    Do you know if chow-chow needs to go in the crock for a couple of weeks? I can’t remember if my grandpa made it like kraut or not.

    Not sure. I’ve never made chow chow and my Kim Chi is POWERFUL sour now.

    I’m not sure anyone but me will eat it.

  124. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    I am not sure what is more disturbing: the Shiva butt-plug or the Baby Jesus dildo.

    If by disturbing you mean awesome

  125. says

    Josh:

    It doesn’t have that relevance for me so that didn’t occur. Becuz it’s all about me, right?

    Of course, dahlink! :D

    I remember just how difficult it was for me to ‘take the Lord’s name in vain’ without having the horrible fear of hell popping up in my head (waaaaay back in my adolescent/early teen days.)

    One of my great-grandmothers would scold me if she heard me say “geez”. Oh, how I was tsked.

  126. Patricia, OM says

    Rev – Oh, mine went through that stage too. I took it out to the garage and left it two more weeks. Calmed it right down.

    My grandpa was from the south and he made chow chow at the end of the garden season when we had tons of green tomatoes left. We never ate butter or navy beans without a spoonful stirred in. Yumm! Sadly, there’s no one left alive in my family that remembers how it’s made.

  127. Wowbagger, Antipodean Dervish says

    trinioler wrote:

    Hey wowbagger:

    STOP TELLING PEOPLE TO DIE IN A FIRE.

    I realise that it was the wrong thing to say. I won’t do it again.

  128. hotshoe says

    Chimpy – The kim chi is jarred up, and in the fridge. Damn is it good!

    Do you know if chow-chow needs to go in the crock for a couple of weeks? I can’t remember if my grandpa made it like kraut or not.

    Dunno how your grandpa made it, but where I come from Chowchow is a sorta sweet sorta spicy relish made with green tomatoes and peppers, and it’s not fermented. I think you have to cook the relish for a few minutes. Then it’s canned in a boiling-water bath just like bread-and-butter pickles or pickled green beans.

  129. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    When I moved to the South after college I was astonished at how seriously people regarded “taking the lord’s name in vain.” It was frightening. If you said “oh my god” they’d get a look of real fear and dread; they clearly believed the word had power to rain actual hellfire down.

    How many times I had to leave the room because I was laughing too hard at hearing “Cheese and crackers!”

  130. hotshoe says

    Patricia – this sounds like what you remember:

    Granny’s Chow Chow

    Interestingly, recipe says you have to soak the huge pile of chopped vegetables with salt, in a crock, overnight before cooking and canning … that could be how your grandpa did it.

  131. says

    Josh, I had a BF in college who told me a story about an old friend of his who was in the Airborne Rangers and was generally a BAMF.

    One night, they were coming home drunk from bars. It started raining, and the friend — we’ll call him Bob — growled, “Aw, goddamn it, God’s pissing on us!” He then flipped off the sky and bellowed, “FUCK YOU, GOD!”

    His friends were unsettled. “Bob… don’t do that.” His friends were all raised in the North in families that were religious (mostly Catholic) but certainly not anything like the fundies are. None of them were too delicate for profanity in general.

    It goes kinda deep.

  132. Patricia, OM says

    hotshoe – that sounds like grandpas. He threw in everything that was left over in the garden (okra, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc) but for some reason I thought it went into a crock.

    The most beautiful thing my grandpa ever made – dead of winter – no fruit for hooch, grandpa made shredded carrot and raisin hooch. Oh for some yarn that color!

  133. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    How many times I had to leave the room because I was laughing too hard at hearing “Cheese and crackers!”

    Cheese and rice is what I always hear

  134. Patricia, OM says

    Hotshoe – that granny recipe sounds very close to what I remember it tasting like. I didn’t know the spices either. Grandpa just made it, who paid attention? I think I’ll try it. After the kraut and pickled beans… poor old crock!

    Anyway Thanks! I printed it out. :D

  135. ChasCPeterson says

    I know about pickled greenbeans from my brother. He and his cohorts would do ‘em up in Vermont and then during the maple sugaring season they’d eat their fall-canned ‘dilly beans’ to cut the sweet from tasting the sugar/syrup. A lot.
    They had a dog–a cool dog–named ‘Dilly Bean’.

  136. says

    [Lounge]rupt!

    I had my first “holy shit, I’m gonna have a baby!” class today– introduction to breast feeding. All in all pretty awesome, but the 15 minute La Leche League video (which was produced in the mid 80s, natch) was incredibly horrifying. It was basically a nurse bellowing at new moms, yanking newborns away from the nipple (eek!), and showing how to burp over the shoulder.

    Apparently, there’s not a lot of decent nursing videos out there. :-/

  137. says

    Sally Strange introduced me to the concept of saying, “happy reboot!” when someone sneezes.

    “How many brain cells did ya lose on that one?”

    Today was a great rummage sale day! We found a teak table with wings that pull out to replace our IKEA table — it’s been a challenge to find a small rectangle table for our dining corner. Now all we need are decent wooden chairs. And then an estate sale where I found sweet cotton gloves, almost a dozen beautiful hankies, a few tea towels, and YET MORE old buttons. I’m selling some of them to finance the hankies and gloves, but the rest are mine all mine.

  138. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Is it even worth responding to huntstoddard (of all places, in thread for Alethea’s Molly)? Is Ben enough idiocy for that thread?

    I tend to think (and I realize I’m probably going to get flamed for this) that unwillingness to address the personhood question has almost become a form of movement-endorsed obscurantism, and I suspect this is a mistake, since I think continued involvement in it could be a huge win for pro-choice, though I understand the inherent risk of lending credence to pro-life arguments.

  139. says

    Tony:

    Is it even worth responding to huntstoddard (of all places, in thread for Alethea’s Molly)?

    No, he’s a sexist, poisonous, dishonest toad. (No offense to any actual toads out there.)

  140. MissEla says

    Threadrupt (again), but congrats on the new job, Tony!
    Damn, those ratlings are getting cute, Caine. :P

    I’m just starting my holiday sewing (want to get it done as early as possible so I have less stress this year), and I’m trying plastic canvas for the first time. I’ve done counted cross-stitch before, so it’s not that hard. This is what I’m making for my friend’s Dr. Who-loving son. :)

    (holy crap, I think I got the link right the first time!)

  141. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Caine:
    Thanks.
    I must have read something by him in the past, because my douchebag sense was tingling.

  142. Patricia, OM says

    ChasCPeterson – We had those dilly beans too. Mostly in the winter. I have a killer recipe for pickled eggs, but no one eats them anymore, and I haven’t used it in years.

  143. says

    Tony:

    I must have read something by him in the past, because my douchebag sense was tingling.

    He’s invaded every single thread which has anything at all to do with women/sexism/harassment/etc lately, showing himself to be a compleat douchecake. Apparently, he thinks he’s one of the Horde now.

  144. says

    Caine: I don’t think I can figure out how they would work as tie pins. They’re not as sharp as a tack pin — more like a nail — more like they were carefully designed *not* to puncture clothes. And they don’t push shut like a hinge, the spike just sort of slides back and forth.

    There were three of them. Now that that tells us much, because they could be what’s left of a set of 4 or 6 or 8, but I doubt they were something meant to be bought singly or in pairs fwiw.

  145. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    I have been quite threadrupt, as I have had a metric fuckton of papers that need to be turned in.

    I applaud everyone’s performance (and especially Alethea’s) on the thread.

    Just can we please not do FPTP voting next time?

  146. Patricia, OM says

    kristinc – Dammit! I had just gotten out my 1960 copy of Windsor Revisited by HRH the Duke of Windsor, and was madly flipping through the pages of black and white photos from Prince Albert forward to find your studs, and you’ve already figgered it out. *Le sigh*

    What a treasure you scored!

  147. says

    Audley:

    Ack! I’m still catching up on that thread (I’m up to #167). I gotta say though, everyone fighting the bullshit has been incredibly awesome. I ♥ the Horde.

    The absolute worst was Goren’s smarmy “what if the fetus can be successfully removed and brought to term outside the woman with no harm and minimal invasiveness” crap. Totally avoided the whole *abortion* part of the so-called abortion. Just the same as his ‘safe harbor’ crap – it was never about a woman being able to terminate, just some way or another to rescue that darling fetus!

  148. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    Caine:

    The absolute worst was Goren’s smarmy “what if the fetus can be successfully removed and brought to term outside the woman with no harm and minimal invasiveness” crap.

    Oh dear. I seriously thought that way for a long while when I was younger. You and the rest shocked me out of most of the anti-abortion stuff. For some reason, I hung on to this one. Again, placing the fetus over the woman.

  149. says

    Caine:
    Yup, just hit the “transporter” argument (and Tony’s response). I’m floored that someone could be so dense that they missed the entire point of Alethea’s Mollyed post. *headshake*

    Also, I’m really fucking pissed that I rank lower than DarkFetus. I mean, I know there’s a crapload of people who believe that my only worth is in incubating her, but it’s like a sucker punch every time I’m reminded of it.

  150. says

    Thunk:

    Oh dear. I seriously thought that way for a long while when I was younger. You and the rest shocked me out of most of the anti-abortion stuff. For some reason, I hung on to this one. Again, placing the fetus over the woman.

    I think that’s a roadblock for a lot of people, Thunk. There’s a persistence of thought that if only you could remove the fetus safely, everything would be hunky dory. It says absolutely nothing when it comes to answering an unwanted pregnancy. That’s the bit a lot of people simply don’t want to face, so they take refuge in the thought that if a woman doesn’t have to give birth, she’d have no objection at all to having the fetus removed and brought to term.

  151. Patricia, OM says

    when I was younger.

    Wait a minute, aren’t you a teenager? When you were younger you were a fetus. This is pure learning time for you, and being in such high company as the Horde you are getting the best. Give yourself a break, well done young mind.

  152. says

    Audley:

    Also, I’m really fucking pissed that I rank lower than DarkFetus. I mean, I know there’s a crapload of people who believe that my only worth is in incubating her, but it’s like a sucker punch every time I’m reminded of it.

    I can imagine. I know it’s late in the thread, but I think that’s a point well worth mentioning (or ranting about in a most vociferous manner), because you are pregnant and it’s a wanted pregnancy, yet look at how this rhetoric makes you feel.

  153. says

    I’ve never seen this answered: who cares for that premature baby once it’s born? Care in the neonatal unit is WHOA expensive– is it up to the biological mother to pay for that? And what about after? Are adoptive parents going to take on a child who will likely have severe medical problems? Our social services are already overwhelmed with something like 100k kids waiting to be adopted.

  154. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    Oh, some idiots have decided that you shouldn’t say “Gesundheit”, because it draws attention to the fact that somebody just sneezed. Instead the sneezer should say “excuse me”.

    I’ve noticed people have started saying “excuse me” for not just sneezing but yawning, coughing, and even bumping into inanimate objects or stumbling. Which I find irritating, because none of those things have the actual unpleasant effects of, say, burping or farting.

    How many months do you suppose it will be until it’s expected after every breath?

  155. says

    Audley:

    I’ve never seen this answered: who cares for that premature baby once it’s born?

    It’s a handwave. It will all be *magically* good, you see, because an abortion was avoided! *Magic!* Everyone loves the fetuses babies, right? Right?

    More seriously, it’s why it’s a hypothetical. A useless, pointless, stupid hypothetical.

  156. chigau (違わない) says

    Shirt studs!
    (I know I’m too late but I knew the answer.)
    In Japanese culture the sneezer says “sumimasen”, more or less “excuse me”.
    In Japan* it’s common to see people on the street wearing what look like surgical masks.
    Sometimes it’s because the air quality is so bad but usually it’s because that person has a cold and is politely not sharing their germs.
    *OK Tokyo. I’ve never been anywhere else in Japan.

  157. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Audley:
    I’m not certain I should have humored Ben’s Star Trek scenario. It’s clear that his concern is for the fetus, rather than the desires of the mother (and was clear well before he posted that insipid ‘never gonna happen scenario’). Addressing the his hypothetical scenario gives it a legitimacy that it doesn’t deserve.
    I think in the future I’ll avoid engaging stupid wankery of that sort.

  158. ibyea says

    The inconvenience of being a placental mammal. Makes me wonder, if humans were marsupials, would it suck less?

  159. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    Jesus fuck onna stick, Ben Goren has gone all “abortion makes me squeamish!

    Abortions make me squeamish.

    I will continue to not perform them.

    Hmm. Slogan that randomly occurred to me: “I wish there were no abortions like I wish there were no root canals.” Good idea, bad idea…?

  160. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    Patricia:

    Wait a minute, aren’t you a teenager?

    Yes, in fact. Just because I was 8 or so doesn’t mean I couldn’t have opinions…

    That said, I’m still learning quite a lot from you, and I intend to keep doing so.

  161. Patricia, OM says

    Caine & Audley – I can’t believe we’re having to fight for this AGAIN. Birth control rights, again?! This is like stepping into the Way Back machine.

    A wanted pregnancy is, well just that, it will result in a child that will be provided for by its family,and cuddled, kissed and cooed over by the entire community. But a child of rape, force or oopsey is a whole different thing. I keep telling my great nieces, if you have a child while you are in school, your life as you know it will end.

  162. says

    Azkyroth:

    Abortions make me squeamish.

    That’s fine. I seriously doubt I’d ever find you making the shit filled “arguments” Goren was spewing all over the place.

    The bottom line: there won’t ever be a time that not one single woman on the planet won’t want to terminate a pregnancy*. Abortions will happen, just like they have always been happening, in spite of legalities.

    *If one must indulge in hypotheticals, how about how fuckin’ nice it would be if women were able to at will absorb a zygote? Now that would be handy.

  163. says

    OMFG! the other thing I found today was a cool old leather-covered suitcase in usable condition. I only just now noticed that the patent catch on it is stamped 1926. (November 1926, to be precise.)

    I paid $5 for the thing. Squeal.

  164. says

    Patricia:

    A wanted pregnancy is, well just that, it will result in a child that will be provided for by its family,and cuddled, kissed and cooed over by the entire community. But a child of rape, force or oopsey is a whole different thing.

    Yep. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it: being an unwanted pregnancy resulting in being an unwanted child is a bad thing. Very fucking bad. In my case, beyond nightmare proportion.

    It simply cannot be emphasized enough that the reason any given woman has for obtaining an abortion is no one else’s business, full stop. Only that woman knows what is best, and I cannot imagine what in the fuckety fuck people are thinking when they wish to force a woman to carry and birth. They are not doing the resulting child any good at all.

    Being unwanted tends to result in high resentment, neglect and various types of abuse.

  165. says

    Patricia:
    It’s enough to drive me to drink and I hadn’t even been born the first time around.

    I tell ya, if it were possible (and her ashes weren’t lost somewhere in West Virginia) my grandmama would be spinning in her grave right now. As it is, my mom has doubled her yearly contribution to Planned Parenthood and has written very strongly worded letters to just about everyone. I’m still amazed that I have to fight the same battles they did.

  166. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    Caine, Audley:

    Yep. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it: being an unwanted pregnancy resulting in being an unwanted child is a bad thing. Very fucking bad. In my case, beyond nightmare proportion.

    I’ve never seen this answered: who cares for that premature baby once it’s born? Care in the neonatal unit is WHOA expensive– is it up to the biological mother to pay for that? And what about after? Are adoptive parents going to take on a child who will likely have severe medical problems? Our social services are already overwhelmed with something like 100k kids waiting to be adopted.

    Now it clicks. Thank you.

  167. Patricia, OM says

    Thunk – Childfree Ladies of my age have a difficult time looking over our glasses and listening to the opinions of eight year olds, whom are certainly lovely to look at, but scamper about at astonishing speeds! One of my great nieces is six. She tells me the most amazing things. Did you know Giraffes lay babies in a nest at the top of Bow-bow trees?

    Honestly, I applaud you Thunk for hanging out here, and I hope we don’t over load you with some really heavy adult stuff that over whelms you.

  168. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    Random nonsense.

    I have a significant proportion of blithertarians at my school.

    Their favorite argument: “But after feminism, single motherhood increased 40%!!!”

    And I can’t even remember why they hate abortion that much. I thought they thought that people shouldn’t have to provide support for others!

  169. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    I hope we don’t over load you with some really heavy adult stuff that over whelms you.

    No; I’ll be fine here. If anything overwhelms me, I’ll flounce. And probably come back to read it out of morbid curiosity.

  170. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    whom are certainly lovely to look at, but scamper about at astonishing speeds!

    Reminds me of this joke:

    Where do young children come from?
    The ergosphere.

  171. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Patricia:

    Honestly, I applaud you Thunk for hanging out here, and I hope we don’t over load you with some really heavy adult stuff that over whelms you.

    I’ll second that.

    ****
    Thunk:

    No; I’ll be fine here. If anything overwhelms me, I’ll flounce. And probably come back to read it out of morbid curiosity.

    I find that some topics are way over my head.
    In those cases, I don’t chime in. I just read.

    So if anything ever overwhelms you, believe me, you’re not alone.

  172. FossilFishy (Νεοπτόλεμος's spellchecker) says

    So if anything ever overwhelms you, believe me, you’re not alone.

    Seconded.

  173. ibyea says

    @audley
    Because people are nosy and likes to get in everybody’s business even if it doesn’t concern them.

  174. chigau (違わない) says

    Audley my #242 wasn’t for you, just a random thought.
    But I have some advice for you:
    eat as well as you can
    get as much rest as you can
    get as many foot-rubs as you can
    don’t let the turkeys get you down.

  175. John Morales says

    chigau @242, in context the prohibition here clearly applies to all commenters on Pharyngula, therefore the answer is ‘yes’.

  176. Patricia, OM says

    Audley – Being raised on a farm I saw many births. Being the child of the worlds greatest christians I never saw the conceptions. That was sin.

    So I never understand how anyone gets to tell the mother how to properly give birth.

    I’m stunned that people can forget how fucking hard it was back in the 1970’s to get the right to use birth control, wear pants to school, get a vasectomy, or even get a divorce. And still, NOW, women make 70 cents on the dollar. Where the hell have peoples minds gone?

  177. Patricia, OM says

    so OF COURSE she knows better than my doctors or I do.

    Stupid cow.

    I’ve been witness to one human birth, I became so consumed with fear and pity for my friend that the nurses asked my stupid freaking out ass to leave. When the child was born I was there holding one hand while her husband held the other one, and it was the 2nd hardest thing I have ever done. SHE was radiant, thrilled, and so happy I about crapped! I went out and laid down in the back of my Subaru wagon and slept for 10 hours. Honestly, I have felt like a coward to my sex since that day. That little girl is 17 years old now.

  178. Patricia, OM says

    Audley – Yep, there it is AGAIN. How the hell does this happen? I married my husband in 1975, in 1976 we had hashed out that we wanted to be child free. We had to have a lawyer petition a doctor to give my 23 year old husband a vasectomy! Am I the only one in this country that remembers when the menz didn’t have rights to birth control?

  179. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Holy fucking shit!

    I knew Barbie was bad. I knew it was so unrealistic but really seeing it drawn out on a woman just sinks it in. Unbelievable.

    Also, don’t read the comments there.

  180. ibyea says

    @Patricia
    Holy cow! This country used to need a lawyer just for a vasectomy?! They treat people like they are baby factories.

  181. Patricia, OM says

    ibyea – Yes, we had been married one year, my husband was 23 years old, he had been in the Army for three years! Serving our country, and STILL, we weren’t OLD enough, or wise enough to know that we wanted to be child free. It was a nightmare. I don’t know how it is for men NOW, but in the 1970’s it was tough.

    Why is it that people who know they wish to be child free are so discriminated against? I’ve often wondered if a doctor would do a vasectomy for a single man?

  182. Patricia, OM says

    *snort* I’m off to bed. Those fuckwits over on the Molly thread are too stoopid to believe.

    Good night sweethearts!

  183. says

    Good morning

    You were busy here last night, weren’t you?

    Miss Daisy – I’m trying to break myself of all godist language, it’s almost impossible after more than 50 years of god bless,god damn and so on. When I was the worlds best christian, we had a “cussin’ kitty” where you had to give a coin for every swear word. Might have to resort to that for every god word. :D

    Hmm, living in Germany where the chance of anybody actually meaning it is small I’m pretty relaxed about this. If there’s a chance that the other person will catch it I rely on the appropriate gods and goddesses of the most famous German RPG.
    I remember that after the Japanese earthquake American journalists and pundits accused German media and experts of fear-mongering by using phrases like “apocalyptical”.
    It’s just that people here don’t think that god will end the earth in some time soon.

    Audley
    That’s not going to make it easier, I think. Seriously, I wished people wouldn’t get that worked up about breastfeeding. And if anybody there tells you that “mums always have enough milk”, tell them I’d like to have their phone number to yell at them.

    Right, right. And besides, she’s a doulla, so OF COURSE she knows better than my doctors or I do.

    Oh, one of them
    Yeah, it’s easy to give advice if you’re the one person in the whole scenario who has zero risk of real negative outcomes.

    +++

    It’s a handwave. It will all be *magically* good, you see, because an abortion was avoided! *Magic!* Everyone loves the fetuses babies, right? Right?

    Yes, that’s why all these people have already adopted 3 special needs kids.
    Seriously, the last weeks here have been another clear case why abortion is a really good thing more people should have. There was a terrible fire in which 4 children, ages 3-7 (!) died. Their parents and 1 yo sibling were rescued. The fire was caused by a mix of candle stubs and smoldering cigarettes. Candle stubs because their electricity had been cut.
    Before you go on about how poverty caused the tragedy, remember this is socialist commie Germany. It’s not fucking legal to cut the electricity of families with small children and there are ample ways to get a solution. But, well, you have to do something. You have to tell the energy provider that you have small children, you have to tell Social Service that you can’t pay yur bill anymore. I would say that contraception and abortion would have been much better solutions than children dying in a fire.

    Ibyea

    The inconvenience of being a placental mammal. Makes me wonder, if humans were marsupials, would it suck less?

    I think things took a wrong turn when we started to lay eggs on land.

    Particia

    I keep telling my great nieces, if you have a child while you are in school, your life as you know it will end.

    FIFY
    Although, it’s of course extra hard while in school. My second cousing knocked up his girlfriend when she was 16 (actually, it was her GPs fault, who, when asked if she had to take some care with antibiotics and the pill said “no no”). She decided to have the child, and although they are great parents (actually, they split up more civilly than many adults I know) and have a hellotof support, it’s tough for her and I’m wondering what will be the effects on the boy for basically having 4 homes and being constantly shuffled around because people have other things to do.

    JAL
    I’ll upload some pics of the Winxx club fairies you can find in the Girl kindereggs now. I’m going to send them to Escher-girls

    ++++
    Warning, cut kids story
    This morning we were despairing with a glass of jam (homemade strawberry daiquiri jam, unopened glass). While Mr. was sweating, the little one told him: Give that to me, I can do that better!

  184. theophontes (坏蛋) says

    threadcrupt :(

    … and likely to be so for a few days…

    Virtual scritches to teh virtual rodent Theo. (via Caine)

    {shoves large box of Mint Thins into USB port for all the hoomins too}

  185. says

    Fucking hell. I am sick and tired of hearing when knocking-off time and then waiting with half-bated breath to find out if that is really when we’re finished or if the giant corporate monster doing this job really needs us for another two hours but didn’t bother to fucking tell anyone on our end until we’ve got less than an hour until the original knocking-off time.

    I know, it’s better than holding the gate open right up to knocking-off time in hopes that the trucks don’t come barreling down the road (or, worse yet, trundling at 10mph — this has happened and I wanted to rip that driver’s head off for being slow and blatantly wasting our time on the last load when I told all of them when we’d be closing) exactly at said time, forcing us to stay another twenty minutes in order to get them loaded and weighed.

    What the fuck is this about public-private partnerships being more efficient and doing a better job than simple contracting? I can’t fucking see it through all the incompetence I have to deal with: not knowing what they want until they get here, not knowing how much they want (and thus how busy I will be), hardly ever knowing when they’ll be done, or for that matter not even fucking knowing if I’m working until I’m settled down in the chair at my start time. FFS, they should be fucking clear about how long they want us and how much they’ll be taking out when they place the goddamn order, not this bullshit where they seem to just cook up numbers and then do whatever the fuck they want come start time.

  186. strange gods before me ॐ says

    Oh, talking about good news, did you know that Vietnam has full gay marriage?

    Within the last hour? English language news isn’t reporting it yet.

  187. McC2lhu saw what you did there. says

    During the greate and epic purges by our Lord and Saviour (PZ) in the year of our LORD-AH two-ought-twelve, it became revealed wisdome that we shant partake in the utterances of porcupine shovingge.

    In thysse threade…oh fuck it, I’ma can’t type like that all post…Wowbagger was told not to do the DIAF meme. I can understand the angst people would have over both and can live with the request to desist in their use. I just hate to lose a useful vitriolic response. I’m trying to think of replacements that carry the same weight of anger without being triggers or overtly offensive.

    I also hate to get rid of the poor porcupine. He was becoming very mouldy and smelly, thus effective, although he had lost quite a number of quills in the months of use. Since the methodology of his use before was somewhat offensive and triggering, can we dig up the little guy and request that the offender ‘spoon’ (as in cuddling from behind) the porcupine? As in ‘Go spoon a rotting porcupine!’ If the offender is particularly thick and stupid, you can even add ‘…in a lemon vat.’ You know how it feels when you get lemon juice in a cut…yeah, you’re wincing right now, I can see it because my people have crystal balls!

    The DIAF meme is quite nasty. I tried to think of something less horrific, but still rather nasty. I think I found it:
    “Die in a Brazilian waxing!” would be my proposal. I looked it up on Giggle. It looks like the closest anyone actually came to dying from a Brazilian waxing was multiple severe infections that spread to the rest of the body because of weakened immune response caused by diabetes. So, so far no one has actually died of it, and it does have shock value. I’m hoping people can really get behind this one.

    I hope you didn’t find this post offensive. If you did, I will submit myself to porcupine spooning in a lemon vat during a Brazilian wax immediately.

    (I needed to take my mind off the real and pressing concerns about which this site keeps us up to date, and it is still a weekend evening here and didn’t want to have to get too deep(e) into anything…deep)

  188. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    I’ll upload some pics of the Winxx club fairies you can find in the Girl kindereggs now. I’m going to send them to Escher-girls

    OH GOD. I remember those growing up and there are commercials for it or some continuation of it on The HUB or Nick Jr running now. Seriously, fucking terrible in like every way imaginable. Little One is not allowed to watch it. I struggle as it is.

  189. McC2lhu saw what you did there. says

    Is it just me, or do the Winx girls look like the designer put some onion paper over the Sailor Moon cast, made the waists even more impossibly skinny and then slightly altered the faces to a more European comic style so the anime ripoff wasn’t so blatant?

  190. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Is it just me, or do the Winx girls look like the designer put some onion paper over the Sailor Moon cast, made the waists even more impossibly skinny and then slightly altered the faces to a more European comic style so the anime ripoff wasn’t so blatant?

    Not just the waist but the knees, wrists, and ankles are barely there.

    There’s also the fact Sailor Moon had some personality and jokes, instead of just talking about boys and clothes.

    Winx is all the boys are here to help save the day again! Oh where would the Winx girls be without them? Oh my god the shopping. They were always shopping. Then there were the episodes on the beach. Bleh.

    Or am I being defensive and remembering one of my favorite shows growing up better than it was?

    I think this calls for re-watching of Sailor Moon.

  191. McC2lhu saw what you did there. says

    JAL @270:

    I’ll watch with you, but forwarn that I yell along with Sailor Uranus when she yells ‘WORLD-AH SHAKING!’ Just in case you have any heart conditions or want to actually maintain your hearing.

  192. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    I’ll watch with you, but forwarn that I yell along with Sailor Uranus when she yells ‘WORLD-AH SHAKING!’ Just in case you have any heart conditions or want to actually maintain your hearing.

    Works for me. I’d shout with you but I have terrible timing so I’m always late, so I only do the shouting when I’m watching alone. XD

    I’ll just vicariously shout through you, if that’s okay.

  193. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    *Holds tummy and beams*

    “I’m shouting for two now…”

    HAHAHAHA
    /snort

    That was perfect.

  194. Psych-Oh says

    Audley – I was one of those women that didn’t thoroughly enjoy pregnancy. With kid #1 it was novel, and so I was cool with it up until the last month, when I giant and lumbering and miserable. With kid #2, I barely tolerated it. Both pregnancies were bad on my body. I breastfed and supplemented with formula. I put my son to sleep on his tummy (he was a reflux baby and he would scream on his back). All in all, I was a BAD MOM. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Guess what? My kids are awesome. I’m here to support you and your decisions.

    Any horde recommendations for books on Ancient Greece aimed at school-age kids? Girl Kidlet (age 8) is studying Ancient Greece in school and is looking for some interesting reading.

  195. ImaginesABeach says

    I spent yesterday canning, and return to the lounge this morning to find a discussion of canning. I don’t care what the skeptics say, you are all psychic.

    I have 3 dozen pints of dilly beans in my basement now.

  196. says

    Azkyroth, #215: Thunderdome, current page, #160. That is all.

    Audley, good for you. (Oh, gawd, a “doula.” Do they even require training in New York State?) If the friendship is worthwhile, she’ll STFU and learn to respect your boundaries.

    Chigau, #242: No.

    Patricia:

    I’m stunned that people can forget how fucking hard it was back in the 1970′s to get the right to use birth control, wear pants to school, get a vasectomy, or even get a divorce. And still, NOW, women make 70 cents on the dollar. Where the hell have peoples minds gone?

    In the U.S., most people’s minds are preoccupied with the important things. You know, like American Idol or MAH TAX DOLLAHZ or if Jeebus is really watching them masturbate.

    Yes, I know, blah blah blah “regressive,” blah blah blah “blaming the victims of society,” blah blah blah “misanthropy,” blah blah blah “most people are just trying to get through the day.” The truth is, most people are not all that bright, not all that informed, and/or not all that empathetic. We can try to change society so that intellect, education, and empathy are more valued and religious privilege is challenged. However, IMHFO Kant was right about the timber being too crooked, except that he forgot to mention it was also rotted, termite-infested, and impregnated with poisons. We can only ever do damage control.

    As for men’s reproductive rights, they still have far fewer challenges than women do. I have heard all sorts of stories from CF women whose doctors would not sterilize them unless they were x years old and/or had had x numbers of baybeez already. However, CF men have much less trouble getting a vasectomy.

  197. says

    Friend, asian lady, 14 years relationship with Tunesian boyfriend, finally he asks her to marry, financial security on offer and all, if she converts to Islam for him.

    Her response:

    yesterday i told my self that is enought to think about him or things behide… as i told you that life must go on… and i took desision already long time ago…. now i am happy , I cant accept Muslim things… it must be finish

    She can have me, that’s for sure. How much strength and determination it must take for a woman like her to reject to marry a richish guy like that. It would put her out of any financial troubles. But she just didn’t like the slavery part, and told this partner of 14 years to fuck right off. I’m so impressed it’s not funny.

  198. ImaginesABeach says

    There is at least one female member of the Horde who has posted about her struggle to be sterilized in her late teens / early twenties. If I recall correctly, she had to go to at least 3 different doctors.

    US federal law prohibits the use of Medicaid dollars to sterilize anyone under age 21, anyone with a guardian or conservator, anyone in labor, anyone seeking an abortion, and you have to wait 30 days after signing a consent form to have the surgery. I’m not aware of any other medical service that has these restrictions (and I’m pretty darn familiar with US Medicaid coverage regulations).

  199. says

    Psych-oh:
    Thanks. :)
    I’m starting to get the hang of telling friends and loved ones to STFU.

    Daisy:
    I have no idea what the hell consitutes a doula in NY– it’s worse ‘cos she’s in Maine and I feel like yeah, prolly totally unregulated there.

    I’ve received and apoligy text and fb message so far, but I’m still not talking to her.

  200. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    I can’t sleep. I’m so very very cranky. I need a real cig (I haven’t had one all night) and I feel terribly bad and guilty about a bad book review for an free ARC copy I received. I know what I’m going to say I’m just dragging my feet with actually writing it all out for the review. If I want to keep getting free books, I’m going to have to get over this though and man does it suck. I can’t even pinpoint why I feel so bad, I just do.

    I’m just going to pull a Little One.

    *pout, whine, stomp, now yell* I’ll do it later!

  201. says

    Audley, I don’t blame you… you’ve been dealing with so much flak over this pregnancy. I do hope you can patch things up with her eventually, but don’t worry about her; worry about you right now.

    JAL, sympathy. Insomnia sucks big hairy pustulent warthog balls.

    Also, I really fucking hate perimenopause. I barely ever drink, and here I am at 10 a.m. with a hard cider open. (Yep, Esteleth, the one I took home from Maine).

  202. thunk, circumzenithal arc says

    JAL:

    Ouch.

    Patricia:

    I’ve often wondered if a doctor would do a vasectomy for a single man?

    I’m kinda interested in one, at least when I’m very sure I don’t want kids.

  203. says

    JAL:
    Hugs. I’d be stomping and whining too– I’ve finally gotten a good night’s sleep after 2 weeks of insomnia. I know how you feel and it sucks.

    Daisy,
    I’m not too worried about the relationship long term. We go through this every once in a while: she gives some useless granola advice, I snap and call her an idiot, we don’t talk for a couple of months, then we laugh about how ridiculous we are for trying to hold a grudge.

    Speaking of, things are a little better with my asshole sister. We’re still not talking really– although we’ve been able to briefly chat if we run into each other– but last week she bought an Eeyore plush for the DF because it made her think of me (I luv Eeyore). I also found out that she’s been calling my mom and my younger sister to check up on me. No one’s really quite sure why she can’t stand to be around me, but whatevs. I’m not stressing about it any more.

  204. carlie says

    US federal law prohibits the use of Medicaid dollars to sterilize anyone under age 21, anyone with a guardian or conservator, anyone in labor,

    WHAT? During labor? As in, not in the middle of a c-section when everything’s open already, and it’s so easy and convenient to do then that I had to sign a form while in labor stating that I did NOT want it done? Shit, that’s cutting off the nose to spite the face.

    Made Josh’s recommended Cook’s Illustrated biscuits a few minutes ago. Although buttermilk is readily available less than two miles down the road, I substituted sour cream and milk for it (and then was reminded later that we had half-and-half in the fridge, which made me sad that I didn’t use it instead of the milk). They are FANTASTIC. Even my kid, who usually doesn’t praise much, said “wow, these are good biscuits”.

  205. carlie says

    Audley – the reason everyone gives you pregnancy and birth advice is to get you prepped for after the baby comes, when everyone AND their grandma AND their second cousin will be telling you how to raise your baby.

    “That baby looks cold, get her a blanket.”
    “That baby shouldn’t be bundled up that much, she needs air.”
    “You shouldn’t let your baby cry like that, pay attention to her!”
    “You have to let her cry it out or she’ll get spoiled.”
    “You’re not feeding her a bottle, are you? FOR SHAME.”
    “Ew, you can’t breastfeed her in public! Put that away! FOR SHAME.”

    Etc. forever.

  206. Pteryxx says

    (random) this is a really, really, good morning to have Sound of Music show up on cable. the way this week has gone I need all the Julie Andrews I can get ;>

  207. ImaginesABeach says

    carlie – I should have been more clear – Medicaid will pay for sterilizations of women seeking abortion / in labor / during a c-section IF the informed consent form was signed at least 30 days earlier. Interestingly, Medicaid will pay if it’s been less than 30 days if the woman is undergoing emergency abdominal surgery or premature delivery AND it’s been at least 72 hours since the consent was formed but NOT if the emergency abdominal surgery is an emergency c-section.

  208. says

    This is a semi-serious question… would it be too derailing to the good work in Alethea’s Molly thread to mention that I might be provisionally opposed to abortion in the case of a women collecting half-dollar sized fetuses, coating them in amber-colored plastic, and making cheap jewelry out of them? I mean, as long as we’re supposed to take ridiculous hypotheticals seriously and all… and as always, there’s good eating on a fetus!

    *runs away*

  209. carlie says

    ImaginesABeach – ah, so it’s just the old “we must make you wait a long time and THINK ABOUT HOW AWFUL YOUR LIFE WOULD BE WITH NO MORE BABIES for a LONG TIME before we’ll let you do it” rationale.

    Improbable Joe – why do you hate capitalism and the free market?

  210. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    I finally figured out what was bugging me about Ben’s herpaderp about abortion.

    He made analogy about blood donation: there are people who are squicked out by it, and there are people who firmly oppose it on various religious/philosophical grounds, but as a society we’ve collectively decided that blood donation is a good thing so we have it available, but no one is forced to have a transfusion if they don’t want one and understand the risk of not having one.

    But!

    Jehovah’s Witnesses (etc) do not run around advocating the BANNING of blood transfusions.

    Ben – and others – seem to think that their being squicked out by abortion (which is by no means an unusual position!) gives them the right to tell OTHERS what they can and cannot do.

  211. Beatrice says

    I think roasting peppers triggers a headache for me. We don’t cook this very often (a lot in one batch and then freeze it), but I think I’ve noticed a pattern.

    The smell bothers me and soon my head feels like it’s going to split, while my eyes feel like they are going to burst and trickle out.

    Maybe I’m imagining things and it’s a coincidence.

  212. says

    So, today in christian privilege
    My FIL’s uncle in law died and he and his siblings are the only remaining family members, so they have to organize the burial.
    Well, the man was a life-long atheist, or at least not a church member.
    Well, they had such troubles finding a priest to burry him!
    When I said “but there are secular speakers” the reply was “yes, but she wanted 400€!”
    Now, if the woman invests about the time my dad invests when he prepares them, 400 is more than justified and I needed to point out that church members have paid lot more than 400 in their church taxes.
    But they found a Lutheran priest who’ll do it for a 200€ donation, so now an atheist will burried by a priest because it’s 200 bucks less out of the inheritance.
    And they don’t even do it because of the money. They just don’t think that it might have been important for the man not to be burried by a priest.

    Audley
    Sounds like the thing with your sister is really not about you but about her.

  213. Beatrice says

    trinioler ,

    But I eat them raw all the time, put them in all kinds of dishes and they never have an adverse effect. Just when we roast them. Weird.

  214. trinioler says

    Okay kind of a personal story.

    I’m hard of hearing. What this means though, is that I was considered special needs as a child.

    Often, with a disability like hearing, there come behavioural difficulties. Its harder to bond, to learn things about other people, to participate equally in conversations as a kid.

    So this makes kids like me very susceptible to social and behavioural issues. We often don’t develop precisely like other kids.

    There were many times I wished I had been put in the deaf school, or the special needs class, because they knew and treated you differently. I imagined they would be patient with needing to repeat things for me.

    There were a few teachers that were very… impatient with dealing with my disability. Those were some of the worst years of my education, often accompanied by severe bullying. Its what made me turn inwards, to reading. Because I understood everything I could read. I didn’t need things repeated for me. I didn’t frustrate anyone. No one got mad at me. No one sent me out into the hall. No one laughed at me for asking a question that was already asked.

    When its a teacher, an adult, someone you’re taught to obey and trust, laughing at you, or showing visible frustration, or telling you to stop asking them to repeat themselves “everyone else gets it”, it changes you. I became this super-studious kid, very quiet and inward. I would try to impress the teachers and just not ask questions, not ask for help.

    Things got better when I got an FM system. Very helpful.

    These memories are old and starting to come back as I get more involved in anti-ableism stuff, like A+scribe, as I focus on how I feel about and deal with my disability.

    Imagine how toxic masculinity, with its demand of independence, can combine nastily with this kind of… not asking for help or repetition to understand things. As I’ve been addressing my masculinity, I’ve also had to begin addressing my issues with my disability.

    And that op-ed about restraints and seclusion reminded me of all of that, brought it up. I never had it as bad as those kids did.

    /personalstoryover

  215. says

    WHAT. THE. FUCK. TW for child abuse in school setting.

    Those monsters.
    Hello, is there anything like authorities licensing thee facilities? But I remember that the (conservative!) governemnt here tried to shut down the Pius Brothers school several times (child abuse, overstepping their license for boarding school pupils…)

  216. rowanvt says

    Good newlyafternoon everyone.

    That child abuse article is horrifying and furthers my general antipathy towards humanity as a whole. For a teacher to do that makes it even worse.

    This is probably why I generally prefer the company of my animals.

    I did keep back 2 hatchlings, just in case everyone else cleared. This is Ebon. He’s a little sniny.

    http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/9927/ebon2.jpg

  217. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Audley sez (in the thread for Alethea’s award):

    Frank,
    Is this the Clinton nonsense again? How about you shut the fuck up until you’ve got a well thought out point.

    I’m not familiar with whatever Frank is talking about and I don’t trust that fuckwit to provide an honest answer. Can someone tell me (or point in the direction of) what he’s referring to (I guess that’s assuming he’s talking about Clinton)?
    I’m really curious to see how far he can twist something to make it seem like rape in his head.

  218. says

    Trinioler, to quote an older commenter in the LG&M thread ,”Frankly, this is simply a return to the ‘good old days.'” Or another one:

    Every now and then, enough stories like the above get out and enough law suits get filed that state legislatures pass largely ineffective laws to curb these abuses, and there’s a temporary reduction in complaints, but sooner or later the authoritarian asshole types who are drawn to teaching revert to themselves. They just get better at covering it up.

    Rowan, that snake is beautiful. I love the pose; I have never seen that sort of “head shot” of a snake before.

  219. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Audley:
    Thanks.
    So he pops into a thread, and dropped some BS as if it were some sacred truth as a Gotcha!
    I still don’t understand why people like that even bother coming here.

  220. hotshoe says

    I’ve received and apoligy text and fb message so far, but I’m still not talking to her.

    Well, suit yourself … but giving an apology is more than many people are capable of/willing to do, so that puts her in a category of “worth more chances” than other folks, I think.

    Heh. I’m a fine one to talk. I’ve been cutting contact with people all over the place lately. Sorry, with the political situation being so dire (and my personal situation a little rocky as well) I just don’t feel like I have the time to make nice with anyone who’s an asshole to me. It’s not three strikes anymore. It’s one strike, out.

  221. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    hotshoe:

    Sorry, with the political situation being so dire (and my personal situation a little rocky as well) I just don’t feel like I have the time to make nice with anyone who’s an asshole to me. It’s not three strikes anymore. It’s one strike, out.

    Depending on how much of an asshole someone acts towards me, I’m with you.
    I’ve been told by people that I’m too quick to stop being friends or associating with people when they are assholes. There may be some truth to that. Of course my life is relatively drama free as well, so there’s that.

  222. betelgeux says

    Random bit of verse from beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti:

    Our father whose art’s in heaven
    hollow be thy name
    unless things change.
    Thy wigdom come and gone
    thy will will be undone
    on earth as it isn’t heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread
    at least three times a day
    and forgive us our trespasses
    as we would forgive those lovelies
    whom we wish would trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation
    too often on weekdays
    but deliver us from evil
    whose presence remains unexplained
    in thy wigdom of power and glory.

    O, Man.

  223. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Oh no, I don’t like the looks of this. The Pullet Patrol Products engineers/scientists looking at a picture of the Redhead in a wheelchair, and then watching a film festival of Home Improvement. Think I had better order some real running shoes.

  224. cicely (presented without qualification) says

    A person next to you sneezes. What does everyone say in response? Do you just unconsciously spit out “God bless you”? Is there another catchier phrase?

    “Pick up your nose!”

    Well, it works in my family….

    I occasionally use “godsdammit” and the like, and I’m definitely thinking of Discworld rather than paganism :)

    Me, too. :)

    Markita, after the initial incident, I’ve asked men who say that sort of thing “If it’s such a good way to make money, why aren’t you out sucking cock?” Shuts them up.

    WIN!

    Kyoot rats, Giliell. :)

    @304
    O-O
    -

  225. chigau (違わない) says

    re: link @304
    But it’s not quite like The Good Old Days™
    Back then, you kept Those Kind of People™ at home, locked in a cupboard.
    Now you can send them to a state-funded school to be locked in a cupboard.
    Yay progress!

  226. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    Ahem.

    A series of facts:
    1. I follow Wil Wheton (yes, Wesley Crusher. He’s cooler when Gene Roddenberry is not involved.) on Twitter. It is funny. He talks about his cat!
    2. Wheton found a dented ping-pong ball in his garage and named it Silas.
    3. Wheton decided to sell Silas on eBay.
    4. Wheton proceeded to write the a href=”http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190724712013#ht_1010wt_1156″>funniest eBay page ever.
    5. As of when I type this, Silas is going for over FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

    For a broken ping-pong ball.

    This is either hilarious, disturbing, or both.

    In closing, I love the internet.

  227. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    This is either hilarious, disturbing, or both.

    In closing, I love the internet.

    Yep, sounds like the internet, where the answers are like biology: Yes to all mechanisms.

  228. chigau (違わない) says

    No.
    No.
    No.
    Just saw some geese flying south.
    No.
    No.
    No.
    It’s tooooo sooon!!!

  229. chigau (違わない) says

    Caine
    I’m at 53°N.
    You probably have a few more days until…
    *ominous music*

  230. David Marjanović says

    *dashes in*

    Ooh! Echidna hatchling! Look at its ear!!!

    (…OK… probably not a hatchling.)

    Caine, I’ve been threadrupt. How are the ratlets in general and Dexter in particular? :-)

    *dashes out and to bed*

  231. says

    Chigau:

    You probably have a few more days until…

    Yeah, not enough. 10 to 1 it effing snows in October. *sniffs*

    David:

    How are the ratlets in general and Dexter in particular? :-)

    They are all fine. Esme’s girls are now back in the studio with the boys and settling in well. Rubin’s girls go in to be spayed tomorrow morning. Dexter is as squirrely as ever, he hides a great deal so I don’t see him all that much. He has, however, discovered Nutella and will go to considerable lengths to score some. :D

  232. ibyea says

    @chigau
    I guess then it is good news for me. I hate summer. Especially in the deli store I work in because it gets so hot, and I feel like having a heart attack since it gets really busy.

  233. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    Trinioler @308:

    I had a very similar experience. I’m not sure what to say otherwise. :/

  234. McC2lhu saw what you did there. says

    trinolier @329:

    Great link. Thanks for that. I loved the idea of the soccer style cards KC made for DefCon. These should be made available for any of the conferences. They speak volumes without putting someone on the spot of being overly confrontational and putting themself in harm’s way.

  235. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    Thanks Azkyroth. Are you hard of hearing?

    No; I have relatively mild Asperger’s syndrome, but other kids and adults around me related to it in more or less you describe them relating to your difficulties (I wasn’t actually diagnosed until I was 23, which was probably part of it).

  236. carlie says

    Esteleth – it’s almost a thousand dollars now. And it’s bidding for more than three hundred dollars more than a signed DVD of Stand By Me. I find that even more hilarious.

  237. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    AND NOW THE BROKEN PING-PONG BALL COMES WITH A STALE BAGEL CHEWED ON BY WHEATON.

    *nerdgasm*

  238. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    Who is Wheaton?

    Seriously?

    One clue. Look up “Crusher” and feel the hate. Even Wheaton hates Crusher.

  239. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    You know what? I’m happy for fall and winter to get here. Last year in New England we didn’t even have a winter, and it was disturbing. This summer has been brutally hot and humid since June, with today being a merciful exception. It’s like 60 right now. . mmmmm.

    I can’t wait to roll out 19th Century Casa SpokesGay and light the kerosene lamps while cooking beans in a cast-iron dutch oven.

  240. says

    trinioler,

    My wife has been out of work for long enough that we’re close to eviction, and she’s applied for several temporary out-of-state jobs. No more Taco Sunday means that my wife gets one of those jobs, and I stay here and take care of our furry babies. It isn’t ideal, but until a more permanent solution presents itself… you know what I mean?

  241. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Whenever Erika Ebbel Angle shows up wearing her Miss Massachusetts tiara at tapings of her television show, all the kids in the live studio audience go “Oooooh!” But it takes more than a tiara to define Angle: She’s an MIT graduate with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Boston University and the founder of the nonprofit organization Science from Scientists, as well as the host of a 10-minute science show on regional cable TV. And she’s preparing to enter the entrepreneurial world with her own biotech startup.
    […]
    In Japan, a similar desire to combat the geeky stereotypes of science drives the “Miss Rikei Contest,” organized by a student group and scheduled for Sept. 12. Six female finalists chosen from among Japanese university students and researchers will compete for votes based on the criteria of beauty, intelligence and making contributions to improving the image of science. (“Rikei” means “science” in Japanese.)
    http://news.yahoo.com/princess-scientists-stir-controversy-164621469.html

    ****
    Dr. Marty Klein offers A sexual health platform for any political party?

  242. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Janine:

    Some fans disliked the idea of a young boy who seems to constantly save the whole ship. Commentators have observed at least seven times in which Wesley, “who has trouble getting into the Starfleet Academy” and is on a ship “filled with Starfleet’s best and brightest crew members”, has come up “with the needed solution”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Crusher

    It’s been so long since I’ve watched ST:NG (even then, I wasn’t an avid follower of the show). Does the above capture most of the animosity toward the character or is there more?

  243. says

    Josh, I always have terrible S.A.D. at the ass-end of the year, but I have to agree that it’s time for summer to GTFO already. And, as little as I like shoveling or driving in snow, I hope we get significantly more than we did last year. We’re parched, and we’re still doing much better than most of the rest of the U.S.

    Tony, Marty Klein is a creepy, lying douchebag.

  244. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    Tony, I did not watch the show. (Meet the geek who detests both Star wars and Star Trek.) But one of my brothers, who was a huge fan, pretty much celebrated when Wil Wheaton left the show. He was hardly alone.

    Call him the male Mary Sue.

  245. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Josh:

    Last year in New England we didn’t even have a winter, and it was disturbing.

    Wait…you too?
    Seriously, it seemed like we skipped from fall ’11 to spring ’12. The winter of last year seemed the warmest out of the 9 years I’ve lived here.

  246. Esteleth, Who Knows How to Use Google says

    It should be noted that the actor himself hates the character. Gleefully.

  247. ibyea says

    Sorry, I don’t watch Star Trek. But yeah, seeing the entries on that character in TNG, I see why people would hate Wesley Crusher.

  248. carlie says

    Wheaton has matured into a hell of a guy, from what his online persona indicates. He got into internet/computer creation stuff from an early age and has built up a lot of history and cred in those areas (he started up and ran a company of some kind, I think?). He’s totally embraced his geeky nerd self, and has come to terms with the awfulness that was Wesley and the fact that he can’t really ever get away from it, and that he did learn a lot on that show. He’s done a couple of interviews with Chris Hardwick that were about as lewd as you’d expect, but I gained a lot of respect for him listening to them because of the way he’s managed to analyze himself and figure out his place in the world, and be so grateful and understand how lucky he is.

  249. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    I guess so, Carlie. I am not that deep in the culture.

    Even an outsider with the outsiders.

  250. cicely (presented without qualification) says

    Joe, I will graft on extra tentacles, just so I can cross them on your behalf.
    :)
    -

  251. ibyea says

    @Ing
    Oh yeah! I completely forgot about that. Yeah, I have heard of the character before thanks to TV Tropes, now I remember. Although I didn’t know about the actor.

  252. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    With cigs and sleep again, I feel much better. Now I just need to get off my ass to go get food and I’ll be set.

    Am I the only one who hates the book Go Ask Alice? Or Catcher in the Rye?

  253. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    Am I the only one who hates the book Go Ask Alice? Or Catcher in the Rye?

    Never read the first, but I recall finding the second to be painfully tendentious even as a 9th grader.

  254. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    No, I found Holden Caulfield to be an unsympathetic and completely self centered little shitheel. I hated that book.

  255. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Oh thank god it’s not just me. I haven’t meet anyone who admits to hating them. Maybe that’s living in conservative areas all my life, I dunno, but damn people have been assholes over those books. I’ve been called stupid and “what’s wrong with kids today” and blah blah blah over it.

  256. chigau (違わない) says

    I am very fond of Catcher in the Rye.
    I kinda like Go Ask Alice.
    I think all the characters, in both books, are a bunch of meatheads.
    Still like the books.

  257. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Man, I wish I had googled my question first. I feel stupid for not thinking of that, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one here either.

  258. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    How can you hate a book because you dislike one of the characters?

    When the novel is focused on one character, it is very easy. And I hated Holden Caulfield.

  259. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    chigua,

    Well, sometimes that makes it hard to continue reading or get into the book. And some people care more for characters or character development. One book that I love that really is all about the characters, set up and progression is Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice. I get that people who hated or disliked the characters, especially the main character would have a problem liking it or finishing it.

    What’s the point of finishing a novel you can’t stand because a character is too stupid, too unrealistic, too annoying (etc.)?

  260. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    I did like Go Ask Alice when I was a teenager. If I read it again today I’d probably catch all the scaremongering about drugs and sex.

    Yeah, with how I grew up that was so just blatantly obvious to me and got on my nerves. I couldn’t get into it and thought the main character was fucking annoying and stupid. It was a struggle to read through it for me and though “well nice that her family is well off and white to get her out!”. Irritated all the way with everything about it. Blah.

  261. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    I thought Frodo was a wieny.
    I still read the books 40 times.

    And The Lord Of The Rings had scores of characters and many plot points that did not involve Frodo. Can the same be said of Catcher In The Rye?

  262. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Ms. Daisy (from your Bill Nye link):
    I can’t decide who’s comments are more entertaining. Is it Cerberus with hir wonderful biting commentary, or Terry the American Genius (::rolls eyes::).

    I have to say Terry’s comments here are delicious:


    Presuming that what we teach our children is any of his business, a more fundamental question presents itself: how do we presume to teach our kids something that may or may not be true, particularly when we don’t really seem to understand it?
    […]
    And Nye would be right but for the inconvenient fact that he is wholly and utterly wrong, in his basic assumptions as well as his understanding of evolution.

    Oh, and I wonder what the heck a polyverse is…

    (This, after all, is what makes a universe a universe and not, say, a polyverse.

  263. says

    OMG you guys. YOU GUYS. I bought an entire set of Cathrineholm Yellow Lotus enamelware pots and pans, with lids, for THREE DOLLARS today. Imagine my shock when I looked up what a single pan is going for on eBay!

  264. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    chigau:

    How can you hate a book because you dislike one of the characters?
    I mean, srsly?

    The answer has more to do with how/why people enjoy a book.
    Some people can get completely immersed in a book and overlook and/or not notice certain aspects of that narrative.
    Others read to get invested in characters and if someone acts in a way one finds reprehensible, that can ruin the book.
    ****

    Somewhat related to that, I find that watching movies with one of my friends, ML can be occasionally frustrating. She and I have watched quite a few movies together and over time I started to realize that she and I approach movie watching from a completely different perspective.
    For instance, the recent Total Recall reboot, was IMO disastrous.
    I thought the dialogue was laughable.
    I wasn’t convinced by most of the actors (Colin Farrell was serviceable).
    The plot was predictable (it’s a hallmark of bad movies when I can predict what’s going to happen before it happens).
    The villain was so poorly developed I’m not sure he had *1* dimension, let alone 3.
    And of course, the SFX seemed like they carried the whole movie.

    Following the end of the movie, as we chatted, she just couldn’t understand my dislike of the film-despite the explanations I offered.
    I don’t begrudge her liking the film, though I don’t understand why she likes it (she didn’t give me a coherent explanation; ‘I liked it’ doesn’t quite cover it).
    She says I’m too nit picky.
    I can’t *not* be.
    I wish I could sometimes. Watching Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, I *wish* I could have turned nitpick mode off. It’s not a conscious decision to pick at things and it’s not like I’m trying to find things.
    When the lead character survives a ground zero nuclear explosion by hiding in a refrigerator, my suspension of disbelief is shattered to pieces. This isn’t a Superman movie. The world Indiana Jones operates in largely follows the laws of physics. Indy himself is *supposed* to be a normal human being. Last time I checked, normal humans (and normal refrigerators) don’t survive nuclear explosions. I’m aware that certain elements of the Indiana Jones movies defy reality. However, one shouldn’t have to suspend their disbelief in every aspect of the film (i.e. you can have aliens, and the logical repercussions of the aliens, but if your character is ostensibly a human being, he shouldn’t be able to survive a nuke).

  265. chigau (違わない) says

    I read Go Ask Alice about a week after a friend put herself through a plate glass window.
    So I have a different take.

  266. says

    The plot was predictable (it’s a hallmark of bad movies when I can predict what’s going to happen before it happens).

    Christ, a friend and I have been watching Legend of the Seeker and it is horrible for exactly that reason. We encountered exactly ONE episode so far we actually liked. The only interesting stuff is the WTF offensive, like the religious order of magical slavers that reproduce via rape…who are good guys.

  267. says

    Aw, I loved Crystal Skull, largely because it was so bad and silly. But, that was with awareness of what made it silly.

    My favorite books are the ones where rereading them is like visiting old friends. I guess characters really drive my enjoyment. That’s one big reason why I love the Vorkosigan books.

  268. says

    Aaaaaaand my second-highest ranking blog post today is, once again,…..the video of Rebecca talking about moving house from 2011. Who is still linking to this thing? (And we’re talking non-trivial numbers)
    The mind really boggles.

  269. says

    Oh, and I agree with Carlie and Esteleth on Wil Wheaton, the guy is alright, I follow him on G+, he’s much into geek and nerd stuff, and unrecognizable from the Wesley Crusher persona(he’d wanna be).

  270. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    Oh, and I wonder what the heck a polyverse is…

    A universe created by the Parrot God, of course.

  271. says

    On unlikeable characters – the most unlikeable character I’ve ever read is that of Tarquin Winot in John Lanchester’s Debt to Pleasure.

    The book is terrific and I recommend it, but it can feel a slog, even though it’s not a long book, simply because the character is so insufferable. The whole book is about Winot, so there’s no escaping him throughout the book. Hands down, also the creepiest character ever.

  272. Pteryxx says

    I heard somewhere that a central unlikeable character works fine, as long as the reader isn’t expected to *sympathize* with them or like them. Isn’t the trick to Catcher in the Rye that the main character’s basically lying all the time?

  273. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    I can’t re-read books. No matter how long it’s been or how much I loved the book I get terribly bored and just start remembering every part of the book in detail. That really kills every attempt I make at it. I’ve completely forgotten books but when I start re-reading it all comes flooding back and I can’t slog through reading the words again. I can re-watch some shows and movies but even then I have a low tolerance for it. But it’s easier because I forget what I watch so much easier. I can’t remember dialogue usually, even when I try but I can remember it in books.

    /shrug

  274. consciousness razor says

    I heard somewhere that a central unlikeable character works fine, as long as the reader isn’t expected to *sympathize* with them or like them.

    I’d even let that slide a bit, if I could at least learn something from it. But I didn’t (as a teenager, haven’t read it since). That might have more to do with the story than just the character by himself. It was all so stupidly unrealistic and whiny and irrelevant to my life. Was I supposed to get something out of it?

  275. Antiochus Epiphanes says

    Tropic of Capricorn

    Not a sympathetic character in the book. I don’t regret having read it. Sometimes understanding is enough.

  276. chigau (違わない) says

    If you can’t re-read books, what the fuck is the point of books?
    You are NOT the same person who read that book a decade ago.
    jesus fuck

  277. says

    Chigau:

    If you can’t re-read books, what the fuck is the point of books?

    Reading them in the first place. I rarely re-read books. *shrug* I am always reading new* ones.

    *Not necessarily new as in recently published.

  278. chigau (違わない) says

    Caine
    If you are not re-reading them why are you keeping them?
    they make good kindling

  279. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    She says I’m too nit picky.
    I can’t *not* be.
    I wish I could sometimes. Watching “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull”, I *wish* I could have turned nitpick mode off. It’s not a conscious decision to pick at things and it’s not like I’m trying to find things.

    Same way about books for me usually. I just emailed a pdf copy of one the free ARC books I got in exchange for a review, full of all my highlights. Typos (this I suck at), repeating words and phrases close together, where paragraphs would be simplified or condensed, where the author did telling instead of showing (big problem there), and just some notes on what I thought as reading. I didn’t go into reading it expecting to do this, I just do it every time. Every book I have has sticky notes galore or notes/highlights. I’m not even an editor, writer or anything like that. I just can’t leave well enough alone.


    To be fair, she just emailed me a copy of the book and specifically asked for us to email her back with our thoughts. Well, those are all my thoughts so…

  280. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    kristinc:

    Aw, I loved Crystal Skull, largely because it was so bad and silly. But, that was with awareness of what made it silly.

    If I know going in that a movie will be bad, I’m right there with you. Before M died, we would routinely do just that. Watching a movie in a theater with only 10 other people is perfect for ripping a bad movie apart.

    In fact, after M passed away, we chose to have a Celebration of Life at the theater he worked at (we probably had 50+ people show up for it). The movie we chose to view was Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. It was exactly the kind of movie M and I would have ripped apart. It was awful.

  281. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Well, jeez chigua, I’m sorry I’m not your type of reader and that I still love reading books.

  282. says

    How can you hate a book because you dislike one of the characters?
    I mean, srsly?

    Let me repeat. Legend of the Seeker has a member of an order of magical slavers who reproduce via rape and practice gender based infanticide…as one of the core protagonists. And it expects me to accept this not just as some anti-hero but as a paragon like virtuous pure cleric woman.

    Given that how can I LIKE the book given such a character?

  283. says

    Chigau:

    If you are not re-reading them why are you keeping them?

    Because I like having them. Because I’ve always had a library. Handy references. What the fuck difference can it possibly make to you?

    It’s just great you re-read books, but there’s no need to be such a judgmental asshole about people who don’t.

  284. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    Jesus Christ, Chigau—you’re angry at people who don’t re-read books? Maybe it’s time to call it a night. Really.

  285. says

    Chigau:

    How does you keeping and me re-reading make me a “judgmental asshole”?

    Oh, let’s see:

    You:

    If you can’t re-read books, what the fuck is the point of books?
    You are NOT the same person who read that book a decade ago.
    jesus fuck

    You:

    If you are not re-reading them why are you keeping them?
    they make good kindling

    See if you can figure it out.

  286. consciousness razor says

    How does you keeping and me re-reading make me a “judgmental asshole”?

    This seems to suggest a kind of judgment:

    If you can’t re-read books, what the fuck is the point of books?
    You are NOT the same person who read that book a decade ago.
    jesus fuck

    This is just loaded with assumptions:

    If you are not re-reading them why are you keeping them?
    they make good kindling

    What if you read a book and return it to the library? Does keeping books in libraries have a fucking point? Do libraries make good kindling? Mmmm… Questions. Why are we asking these questions again?

  287. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    JAL:
    I know we’re discussing movies and books, but some of the examples I’ve chosen venture outside of those two.

    Typos (this I suck at),

    I’ve found that typos stick out to me in ways that many authors don’t notice. Many of the restaurants I’ve worked at will post notices about upcoming meetings and I’ve often remarked that I should spell check for them (or they could use the darn function on their computer), because misspellings stand out to me.
    I particularly love when people misuse ‘their, they’re, and there’.

    repeating words and phrases close together,

    After posting at FtB for a while, I began noticing that many posters avoid this problem (many of you in fact don’t seem to suffer from it). I noticed a tendency of mine to occasionally repeat words close together. That’s something I still have to be mindful of.

    where the author did telling instead of showing (big problem there),

    Gah!
    I hate that.
    Over exposition is horrendous.
    I’ve read comic books for a long time. I never paid much attention to dialogue when I was younger. At some point in the late 90s, I became friends with an amateur comic book writer and he was trying to break into one of the Big 3 (Marvel, DC, IMAGE). He shared with me some of the lessons he learned from pros. One of them was “show, not tell”. From that point on, I became mindful of examples of writers making that mistake. It’s a problem many writers in comics have. The problem is compounded because comics are a visual medium, and if the artist you’re paired with is competent, they can convey the necessary information in their art. Yet many writers like to explain what’s clear to the eye! That’s one of the reasons it’s so hard for me to read Golden Age (1938-1956) or Silver Age (1956-1975) comics. For all that Stan Lee created many enduring characters, he indulged in ridiculous amounts of exposition.

    I’m not even an editor, writer or anything like that. I just can’t leave well enough alone.

    I know the feeling :)

  288. says

    For all that Stan Lee created many enduring characters, he indulged in ridiculous amounts of exposition.

    There’s a reason for that. The standard Marvel Method of Writing was horendously glitched (for lack of a better term)

    Writer would write outline->Artist would draw art->writer would then use the artists work to write dialogue.

    As you can imagine this led to many many odd things, miscommunications and necessity for exposition to fill in flaws due to poor communication between artist and writer.

    One example in early FF when they go back in time the outline reads basically “the Thing sees some pirates and steals their cloths”.

    What does the art show? Some pirates fighting over a pile of cloths and The Thing steals it from them. OOPS.

  289. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Ing

    Let me repeat. Legend of the Seeker has a member of an order of magical slavers who reproduce via rape and practice gender based infanticide…as one of the core protagonists. And it expects me to accept this not just as some anti-hero but as a paragon like virtuous pure cleric woman.

    Given that how can I LIKE the book given such a character?

    o.O
    Well, shit. I never thought of it like that. I was all feeling bad about the stupid mages who caused it and didn’t know what they were really doing. I felt bad for Khalan and didn’t actually think about it. I was totally wrapped up in the series. I only got irritated and bored at the end with all the libertarian lectures so I skimmed some. Then the author went into our world for a continuation and the dripping libertarianism bugged me. I haven’t been able to read the latest from that series.

    Huh.

    Oh, and the show and the series deviate wildly from each other. For instance in the book Khalan is the last confessor.






    Tony

    After posting at FtB for a while, I began noticing that many posters avoid this problem (many of you in fact don’t seem to suffer from it). I noticed a tendency of mine to occasionally repeat words close together. That’s something I still have to be mindful of.

    I definitely have the same issue and take forever when writing just to get up to mediocre (hopefully). I’m absolutely dreadful when it comes to writing but I can easily point out wrong/bad writing in others. I can usually see where I’ve gone wrong but can’t fix it.

  290. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Correction for my comment:
    but I can easily point out wrong/bad writing in others when reading.

  291. says

    Well, shit. I never thought of it like that. I was all feeling bad about the stupid mages who caused it and didn’t know what they were really doing. I felt bad for Khalan and didn’t actually think about it. I was totally wrapped up in the series. I only got irritated and bored at the end with all the libertarian lectures so I skimmed some. Then the author went into our world for a continuation and the dripping libertarianism bugged me. I haven’t been able to read the latest from that series.

    Huh.

    Oh, and the show and the series deviate wildly from each other. For instance in the book Khalan is the last confessor.

    Oh we are aware. “Hatred of moral clarity” is a common riff to throw in.

    But yeah…the bad guys have an order of magical slavers who destroy wills…and the good guys have one. I wasn’t left feeling there was a moral highground anywhere. I know that’s not intended but that’s because it’s of that sort of era of scifi/fantasy that has the odd both misogyny and misandrny package I call Peirs Anthonyism.

  292. says

    @JAL

    Part of the thing was that if it wasn’t that Darken Rahl (also really..>REALLY?!) wasn’t the designated villain wiping out an order that DESTROYS THE WILL OF PEOPLE TO ENTHRALL THEM would seem like a heroic goal. Putting my self in the shoes of a peasant in the setting I would have to think that Rahl’s scourging of them as a good thing. One less horrific monster to worry about.

  293. chigau (違わない) says

    So, I took myself and my go-to-bed-flounce out to the back patio.
    [heard and saw an owl]
    the SO stumbled out of bed and locked the back door.
    So I had to pound on the bedroom window to get back in.
    (I’d link to Poor Poor Pitiful Me but I’m so happy to be indoors, I cannot summon a “)

  294. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Part of the thing was that if it wasn’t that Darken Rahl (also really..>REALLY?!) wasn’t the designated villain wiping out an order that DESTROYS THE WILL OF PEOPLE TO ENTHRALL THEM would seem like a heroic goal. Putting my self in the shoes of a peasant in the setting I would have to think that Rahl’s scourging of them as a good thing. One less horrific monster to worry about.

    True. And I love that term for it.

    My line of thinking for that series was Khalan was trying to survive and was born into it while Darken Rahl was doing it to people still against their will. It wasn’t until the New Evil Dude from Foreign, forgot his name, had all black eyes and was in people’s minds, and the convent of witches and things went down. That’s when I started noticing things like the treatment of foriegn people, and women, and the libertarianism, that I started coming out of the story more to be like “WTF?”. I still had to finish it and wanted to know how it ended but I thought everyone would be better off with no magic at all. Then the Pillars of Creation and the ending happened! XD

    Man, Richard kept repeating himself and going on lectures. It was unbearable. I started skimming and I think those parts should be read with Ben Stein’s voice. It was terrible and I think the author even admitted he had to flush it out to make the series so long for the publisher and to make more money.

  295. says

    Chigau:

    So I had to pound on the bedroom window to get back in.

    I’m glad you made it back in okay. If Mister did something like that, I could kiss off waking him back up, he sleeps like the dead. We don’t lock our doors though.

  296. says

    If you are not re-reading them why are you keeping them?
    they make good kindling

    I re-read books all the time, science books because I forget what’s in them, and fiction because I want to relive some great story, like watching a movie again.
    And these days I find myself keeping books because I want my son to find them on my bookshelves some day in the future.

  297. chigau (違わない) says

    Is there a thing about men?
    I mean, I wake up when the cat farts and SO don’t stir if there is a lightening strike 50 metres away.

  298. anteprepro says

    Ing:

    Legend of the Seeker has a member of an order of magical slavers who reproduce via rape and practice gender based infanticide…as one of the core protagonists

    But she doesn’t want to reproduce via rape and angsts about such muchly, and doesn’t like using slavery magic (unless it’s convenient, of course, and continues to use it on every day that ends in “y”). And apparently the gender-based infanticide, while disgusting, seems fairly justified in universe (I may be misremembering the relevant episodes for the Male Confessors, but it seems like its basically, for each of them, “Would You Kill Baby Hitler?”). That said: She’s still morally gray, at best, and it is still pretty bizarre and galling that they portray her as Obviously Good. Which is actually pretty typical, actually. This is a series where The Heroes regularly lawnmower themselves through the armies of The Evil Guy, while later spending episodes pretending that they give a fuck about the lives of the poor folks who have been manipulated into fighting for The Evil Guy. And then they proceed to massacre a half dozen more of those soldiers per episode after their completely contrived spell of pretending that the show is going to start treating the nameless cannon fodder as if they were supposed to actually be people. I have to admit, they totally got me there. Must’ve been some kind of April Fool’s joke.

    I know that’s not intended but that’s because it’s of that sort of era of scifi/fantasy that has the odd both misogyny and misandrny package I call Peirs Anthonyism.

    I kind of got more of a Gorean (John Normanism?) vibe, personally.

  299. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Ing:

    There’s a reason for that. The standard Marvel Method of Writing was horendously glitched (for lack of a better term)

    Chris Claremont actually seemed to get *worse* as a writer over time. He was on Uncanny X-Men for 20 (?) years. After he left and came back years later, his writing was *painful*. It remained so until sometime in the mid 00’s (I think he finally got an editor who reined in his excesses).
    Oddly enough, despite their rivalry, John Byrne is another writer who followed the same track. One of his favorite writing tics is to recap the prior issue for new readers (because every issue is someone’s first, natch). I don’t have an issue with that*, but his idea of recap is to use 6-10 pages of a 22 page comic for exposition covering the previous issue**. Ongoing readers can easily get turned off to that.

    *in the last 15 years, Marvel has tried a variety of recap ideas. I recall they used a gatefold recap page on the inside cover, which also introduced the characters. I think that was a bit too much. A good writer should be able to introduce their characters over the course of the story. An ongoing, serialized adventure doesn’t need to convey the entire history of a character every issue, but there are some basics that should be known by the end of the issue.
    The current tactic used in the Avengers comics is my preference. The first page is a recap page, which quickly sums up the events that have happened prior and lists the relevant heroes.
    An advantage to the latter format allows them to remove the recap page in Trade Collections, without disrupting the flow of the story.
    All that said, some fans dislike the trend in the opposite direction. Many writers in the last decade use no captions, and thought balloons are almost non existent. You rarely see omniscient narrators in mainstream comics. That’s resulted in some relatively quick reads. There are times I prefer this to the purple prose employed by Claremont.
    Something of a ‘happy’ medium was found in Brian Michael Bendis. He doesn’t use captions or thought balloons (he tried the latter briefly, but it didn’t last long), but he employs ‘talking heads’. Many of his comics took some time to read, but too often nothing substantial will happen. I also find when he writes a large cast, he has difficulty giving each person a unique voice. For all that Claremont was overly expository, if you removed the art from a page, you often knew which character said what just by their dialogue.

    **This became problematic in Trade Collections of John Byrne written stories. I can’t imagine trying to read a TPB of a 6 part story and every 16 pages, you got a 6 page recap of what you’d just read.

  300. chigau (違わない) says

    so I spent three weeks in a place with a diesel generator going 24/7
    why was that quieter than living on a busy city street

  301. says

    Chigau:

    so I spent three weeks in a place with a diesel generator going 24/7
    why was that quieter than living on a busy city street

    Generator noise is always the same, easy to get used to and dismiss. City noises vary.

  302. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    I dunno. I’m a light sleeper, Mister is a heavy sleeper; it takes me forever to fall asleep, it takes Mister about 2 seconds.

    I’m totally like you and Rommie is like Mister but I wouldn’t extrapolate much from that. After all Step Dad is just like us and Mom is just like Roomie and Mister.

  303. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    chigau:

    Is there a thing about men?
    I mean, I wake up when the cat farts and SO don’t stir if there is a lightening strike 50 metres away.

    For me, definitely not.
    I wake up *too* easily.

    When I sleep I prefer to have 2 sounds going:
    My Fan (actually, I have three of them circling my bed)
    My radio (which is never used as a radio. Instead I use it for the sounds of nature. The setting is *always* thunderstorm.)
    I’ve found if I don’t have those sounds going, it’s hard to sleep (unless I’m dog ass tired [wonder where that phrase comes from…]).
    When I first took in my tabby, Kayta, she used to annoying the living hell (another weird phrase) out of me because she would scratch at my door in the morning to be fed. If I didn’t answer in time, she would start whining. Fuck that was annoying.
    I eventually bought a dog/cat gate. To this day she’s probably pissed she can’t reach my bedroom door :)
    Hotels are the worst places for me to sleep in. There are no soothing sounds and the quiet is just freaky. When M and I would go out of town, it was awful because his snoring was LOUD!

  304. chigau (違わない) says

    Now I’m really to bed.
    I’m inside.
    kitteh is inside.
    SO is snoring.
    All is right.
    [and my books are safe]

  305. says

    Chigau, I am choosing to believe that you phrased your point badly. (Review what you said: it does have a “my way or you’re an idiot” vibe.)

    I’m a big re-reader – it started for me as a child, when I read my favourites over and over again. Not just short little kid books or light stuff like Narnia: I must have read Jane Eyre a dozen times before I was twelve.

    I reread for various reasons. Comfort is one – if I’m feeling low I’ll often choose to reread something familiar. Prime comfort-reading candidates are the Vorkosigan saga, the Peter Wimsey novels, Terry Pratchett, and 17th-18th century novels (Austen, Burney, Gaskell etc). And Tolkein. When my father died I not only reread LoTR and all the appendices and the Hobbit, but also the Silmarillion, and the Book of Lost Tales – and even some of the preliminary annotated versions of LoTR published later by Christopher Tolkein. (Pretty sure I’m *never* going to reread those last ones.)

    I’m also a very fast reader, and when I really get into a book I can skim so fast that I miss parts. If I really liked a book, I’ll often reread it immediately. And them maybe go reread some others by the same author to prolong the experience. I just reread all the Charles Stross Laundry books because I got book 4, The Apocalypse Codex. (Recommended to all Pharyngulites and lovers of Modesty Blaise, BTW.) Oooh, that reminds me, now I must go reread some Modesty Blaise.

    And then there’s self-education – it’s often worth rereading non-fiction, because you forget stuff that you’re not using regularly.

  306. says

    It was terrible and I think the author even admitted he had to flush it out to make the series so long for the publisher and to make more money.

    I don’t know about that specifically but I *do* know that apparently the author, Terry Goodkind, asserts that “I’m not writing about fantasy. … I’m dealing with larger issues and the things that are central to all people.” Eyeroll. Also, ” I’m not writing fantasy. I’m accidentally published by a fantasy publisher so I get thrown in with that genre”.

    (Here’s the interview. He’s pretty much a pompous Randian gasbag. His publicity photo really says it all.)

    I can’t read books with unlikeable characters when the characters are unlikable because a) they are obviously hand puppets for vile author views and/or b) they are unlikeable because they are un-anything-able because they are not characters, they’re hand puppets. The Sword Of Truth series, the Left Behind books and all the Piers Anthony books I’ve ever read all fall into those categories.

  307. says

    (where did my post go? I’ll try once more.)

    It was terrible and I think the author even admitted he had to flush it out to make the series so long for the publisher and to make more money.

    I don’t know about that specifically but I *do* know that apparently the author, Terry Goodkind, asserts that “I’m not writing about fantasy. … I’m dealing with larger issues and the things that are central to all people.” Eyeroll. Also, ” I’m not writing fantasy. I’m accidentally published by a fantasy publisher so I get thrown in with that genre”.

    (Here’s the interview. He’s pretty much a pompous Randian gasbag. His publicity photo really says it all.)

    I can’t read books with unlikeable characters when the characters are unlikable because a) they are obviously hand puppets for vile author views and/or b) they are unlikeable because they are un-anything-able because they are not characters, they’re hand puppets. The Sword Of Truth series, the Left Behind books and all the Piers Anthony books I’ve ever read all fall into those categories.

  308. says

    ONE LAST try.

    (where did my post go? I’ll try once more.)

    It was terrible and I think the author even admitted he had to flush it out to make the series so long for the publisher and to make more money.

    I don’t know about that specifically but I *do* know that apparently the author, Terry Goodkind, asserts that “I’m not writing about fantasy. … I’m dealing with larger issues and the things that are central to all people.” Eyeroll. Also, ” I’m not writing fantasy. I’m accidentally published by a fantasy publisher so I get thrown in with that genre”.

    (Here’s the interview. He’s pretty much a pompous Randian gasbag. His publicity photo really says it all.)

    I can’t read books with unlikeable characters when the characters are unlikable because a) they are obviously hand puppets for vile author views and/or b) they are unlikeable because they are un-anything-able because they are not characters, they’re hand puppets. The Sword Of Truth series, the Left Behind books and all the Piers Anthony books I’ve ever read all fall into those categories.

  309. says

    All you need to know about Piers Anthony is that he once wrote a book called “The Color of Her Panties”. Well, OK, that and that it was part of a comic fantasy series with bad puns everywhere and an appalling condescension to women, aka “girls”.

    Another reason to reread – sometimes when I look back at stuff that I liked in the 70s, I’m horrified. The sexual revolution and women’s liberation were going on at the same time, and some stuff got very mixed up in ways that I could only disentangle in hindsight. Yay sex! Yes, women can actually like sex and want sex! Make love, not war! Clitoral orgasms! Wheee! Are we not revolutionary! No anti-sex league here! What are you, some kind of prude? … As the social pressure on women shifted from always “no” to sex or you’re a dirty whore, to always “yes” to sex or you’re a frigid bitch.

  310. says

    Tony:

    The setting is *always* thunderstorm.

    I cannot sleep at all without some sort of white noise. I use an app called Sleepy Time on my nook, set to play Rain 2 / Distant Thunder 2 / Rain 1. It has a zillion different choices, but those three combined work the best for me.

  311. Janine: Fucking Dyke Of Rage Mountain says

    Alethea, it is exactly what you fear it is. I am sorry that I am confirming this. But I also know you are smart enough and experienced enough to not be surprised.

  312. says

    One book I did re-read is Bill Richardson’s Waiting for Gertrude. Despite being a slim book, the content is wonderfully dense with a lot of subtlety and sly wit.

    When I first read it, I was hurried and I didn’t know much about several of the people characters were based on, so after the first read, I did some research and reading, then went back to it when I had more leisure time.

  313. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Caine:
    Those settings sound cool.

    One of the first nights K stayed with me, I told him about how I keep the setting on ‘thunderstorm’. He chuckled when I told him that ‘ocean’ and ‘rainfall’ were too peaceful for me to sleep to. They’re relaxing, to be sure, but they’re better suited to getting high on, rather than sleeping.

    Years ago, when I lived in Alabama, I recall having difficulty sleeping because there was a fucking orchestra of frogs outside my window trying their best to rob me of sleep.
    I also find it difficult to fall asleep listening to music or with the television on.

  314. says

    I thought Frodo was a wieny.
    I still read the books 40 times.

    Me too, but I think I skipped the “Frodo was very tired, sam was very worried and Gollum ate a fish” part most of the times.
    I’m wodering if the character had worked better if he hadn’t become a traitor in the end. Tolkien tried to write a suffering hero, carrying a terrible burden yadda yadda and in the one moment he turns into a bloody asshole who used each and everyone of his friends for his own ends.

    chigau
    Glad you made it back to bed.
    I once had the fortune to share a bed with one of my friends because his boyfriend accidentially locked him out (said friend shared a flat with another friend who had let me use her room for the night. His room had a knob on the outside, so if you didn’t have the key you couldn’t open it.) HIs boyfriend went to bed early, fell asleep and was not to be waken again. We simultaneously knocked on the window, the door, let the phone ring, let the mobile ring, rung the doorbell and shouted…

    Is there a thing about men?
    I mean, I wake up when the cat farts and SO don’t stir if there is a lightening strike 50 metres away.

    No. My brain is very well trained to switch off parts. Usually there’s the “sound the kids make” awake. Other sounds hardly bother me. I sleep through thunderstorms. But the sound of small naked feet wakes me up.

    Ms. Daisy Cutter
    Yes, that sounds familiar: old books are like good friends you can visit again and again and just talk about the good old times. Sometimes my brain just isn’t fit for new stuff (I’m really working my way through North and South at the moment. It’s not that I don’t like it, I like it imensely, but to find the time and muse to really read it is hard at the moment.)

  315. says

    ONE MORE try. I apologize for the inevitable trainwreck when all my posts appear at once in a string. Sigh.

    (where did my post go? I’ll try once more.)

    It was terrible and I think the author even admitted he had to flush it out to make the series so long for the publisher and to make more money.

    I don’t know about that specifically but I *do* know that apparently the author, Terry Goodkind, asserts that “I’m not writing about fantasy. … I’m dealing with larger issues and the things that are central to all people.” Eyeroll. Also, ” I’m not writing fantasy. I’m accidentally published by a fantasy publisher so I get thrown in with that genre”.

    (Here’s the interview. He’s pretty much a pompous Randian gasbag. His publicity photo really says it all.)

    I can’t read books with unlikeable characters when the characters are unlikable because a) they are obviously hand puppets for vile author views and/or b) they are unlikeable because they are un-anything-able because they are not characters, they’re hand puppets. The Sword Of Truth series, the Left Behind books and all the Piers Anthony books I’ve ever read all fall into those categories.

  316. says

    Alethea:

    (I am ignoring the Molly thread or I’ll cry. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel tougher.)

    It deftly illustrates that in spite of your passion, clarity and eloquence, there are still people who will read what you wrote and immediately delve into happy hypotheticals and when called on that, dive ever deeper into the realms of magic land.

    The thread sharply paints a picture as to why your point needs to be spoken about, loudly, and repeated as necessary. It also highlights just why such hypotheticals are actively harmful to women and to the pro-choice movement.

    Interwoven in all the arguments, however, is a lot of appreciation for what you wrote.

  317. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Remember the story earlier this week about the comic book writer Mark Millar investigating the misogynist on Twitter? Ron Marz writes a follow up post and explains why he is against “don’t feed the trolls”.

    I’m glad Ron Marz spoke up against that misogynist on Twitter. I’m glad he understands why ‘don’t feed the trolls’ works. I’m still a little bitter about some of his past work though.
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    The term “Women in Refrigerators” was coined by writer Gail Simone as a name for the website in early 1999 during on-line discussions about comic books with friends. It refers to an incident in Green Lantern #54 (1994), written by Ron Marz, in which Kyle Rayner, the title hero, comes home to his apartment to find that his girlfriend, Alex DeWitt, had been killed by the villain Major Force and stuffed in a refrigerator.
    […]
    Ron Marz’s reply stated (in part) “To me the real difference is less male-female than main character-supporting character. In most cases, main characters, “title” characters who support their own books, are male. […] the supporting characters are the ones who suffer the more permanent and shattering tragedies. And a lot of supporting characters are female.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Refrigerators

    Fuck.
    Looking at the list of characters and the way they were killed, raped or brutalized really angers me. I hate that the medium I love has this problem (I know, sexism and misogyny exist everywhere and comics are not immune; nor are they necessarily better or worse than any other medium, but still…).
    Part of that anger is directed at myself. The me of today is mad at the me of yesterday for not seeing the sexism when I first read that comic (irrational, I know. I can’t change the past and I didn’t know a thing about feminism or misogyny when I was in high school). Nor did I come to understand it until I came to FtB.

  318. says

    RE: Women in refrigerators
    There’s a Feminist Frequency video about this.
    I found it noticable how in the Harry Potter movie the torture of Hermione suddenly fits the trope. In the book, although the boys downstairs were distressed and angry, the scene was more about Hermione. In the movies, the whole thing got a sexualized context and was suddenly all about how bad it made Ron feel.

    +++
    Ahhh, do you remember when I whined about #1 having lost two bracelets in kindergarten and the boy she said took them denying everything.
    Well, I out up a note asking to please return them to her box which hasn’t happened. But I met his mother while shopping this morning. She looked away, didn’t say hello, in short, she had guilty conscience written all over her face. *sigh*
    So much for setting a moral example for your child.

  319. birgerjohansson says

    Good writers and comics/graphic novels:

    Gritty, gross and hilarious stuff: Garth Ennis
    Subtle stuff: Neil Gaiman
    other authors just keep disappointing me.
    — — — — — —

    Concerns in ´Merica: Economy tanking, bombs exploding.
    Concerns in Britain: See above
    Concerns in Scandinavia:
    http://www.thelocal.se/43110/20120909/

    Hahahahaha!

  320. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    On keeping and rereading books:

    Having just needed to move all the books that were in my office home, despite buying a large extra bookcase I’ve had to get rid of quite a few – mostly to Oxfam, who have a shop dedicated to books in Aberdeen. At some point, we’re likely to move to somewhere smaller, and I’ll have to get rid of more. I never find it easy – there’s always the thought that I might want to reread it / need to consult it. However, I am now trying to keep to a “one in, one out” rule – if I don’t, they’ll start piling up on the floor, as has happened before.

    As for rereading, there are a small and gradually shifting collection of books I reread for comfort or if I’m awake at night and want to be able to get back to sleep: P.G. Wodehouse is the best represented author, but it’s not all fiction – I’ve got a set of Penguin historical atlases by Colin McEvedy, among other non-fiction.

    My wife has recently bought a Kindle, which I’m free to use. It’s certainly better than any earlier screen-reader I’ve seen, but I can’t see it replacing codexes (paper books) any time soon for me – it still has serious limitations for non-fiction (diagrams and formulae are crap, it can’t even cope with the £ sign), and it’s still less easy to look back (or forward) from the page you’re on.

  321. Beatrice says

    When I was I kid I never reread anything because that would mean less time to read every book ever written. I did want to make all the books mine and have a huge library of my own.

    Now, I love having books of my own that I can reread when the mood strikes me. And I’m working towards that library I’ve been wanting.

  322. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Beatrice:

    I did want to make all the books mine and have a huge library of my own.

    Sounds miiiiiiiiiiiighty greedy.
    Did you have some plans for world domination as well?

  323. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Nick:

    My wife has recently bought a Kindle, which I’m free to use. It’s certainly better than any earlier screen-reader I’ve seen, but I can’t see it replacing codexes (paper books) any time soon for me – it still has serious limitations for non-fiction (diagrams and formulae are crap, it can’t even cope with the £ sign), and it’s still less easy to look back (or forward) from the page you’re on.

    This reminds me (in a loose way) of Rupert Giles’ (of Buffy fame) dislike for computers. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but it was something along the lines of preferring the dusty old pages and being able to feel them between his fingers.

  324. Louis says

    Alethea,

    1) You are ace.

    2) See 1).

    3) It is time for Teh Mockereh Of Teh Misogynists on that thread. I have posted accordingly. They need mocking because it hurts their fee-fees so very much.

    4) Ben Goren, in the words of the Prophet Mohammed, as intimated on PET, is exhibiting a piece of total fuckweasel behaviour. Some women who abort SHOULD feel shame etc? SHOULD? Ooooooh ho ho ho my chuckling funster, that is deserving of a big fuck you! Why, why, why, is this hard? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? {KHAAAAAAAAN!!!!}

    5) There is no 5).

    6) Hellooooo everyone.

    7) Caine, if you would be so kind, pet the ratlets for me please. I’d ask you to pay particular attention to Vasco’s Unmentionables but I think he pays them enough attention as it is. If you are keeping him, will they be “whipped off” and preserved for posterity? My wife used to castrate euthanised male rats and harvest the fat pads behind the testes during her PhD. She could help! BTW this is a fact she brings up when I am getting out of line.

    Louis

  325. Louis says

    Oh and getting rid of books is an anathema. You are evil fucking scum sucking bastards for ever considering it ever.

    Just, you know, a moderate and reasonable reaction from a committed (and indeed committable) bibliophile.

    ;-)

    Louis

  326. Beatrice says

    Tony,

    Did you have some plans for world domination as well?

    Nah, too many people, too much paperwork and no time for reading.

    Besides, I’d have more than just one world in my library. :)

  327. Beatrice says

    Oh, and when I write “all the books”, I mean a copy of each book. I would let other people have their own. *grin*

  328. birgerjohansson says

    A historical atlas is great for context of history.
    for instance, the German-speaking world* was really compressed during the era of Charlemagne, everyone east of Elbe were west slav speakers until ca. the twelfth century.
    German became a wide spread language through language transfer among subjugated peoples, just like the anglo-saxon language was adopted by celts in England. Anyone who can read a map can see why Nazi-style race theories were bogus.
    — — — — — — —
    Obama: ‘Help Us Destroy Jesus And Start A New Age Of Liberal Darkness’ http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-help-us-destroy-jesus-and-start-a-new-age-of,29478/

    Yesss!!!

    http://www.xkcd.com/1105/

  329. Louis says

    Beatrice,

    You are SO much nicer than I am. I would restrict access only to those who showed proper and due reverence.

    For the books, of course.

    Louis

  330. carlie says

    kristinc, you get the most awesome finds! And I know how much work goes into that – it takes a lot of slogging through crappy yard sales to get great hits like that.

    Books – I re-read my favs over and over and over. I don’t buy a book unless I plan to re-read it; I get it from the library instead. And even then I’ve been known to check out books more than once. Also, I hate Catcher In The Rye.

    Tony – you might try reading the Percy Jackson books. Nothing like the movie, and they’re such fun. My son and I literally almost cried in the theater, we had waited for the movie for so long and it was so bad in comparison.

    Esteleth – Here is video of Jonathan Coulton singing a personalized version of My Monkey to Wil Wheaton, along with Wil reaction shots. It’s as adorable as you might think. Around 1:30 he’s so giddy he just puts his hands up and shakes, and then at the end there’s a big hug and it’s all geeky fun times.

  331. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Louis:

    Just, you know, a moderate and reasonable reaction from a committed (and indeed committable) bibliophile.

    I knew it.
    There’s a body snatcher in our midst.
    Who are you and what did you do with Louis?
    I see through you! The Louis we know would never collect Bibles!
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    yes I know

  332. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Beatrice:

    Oh, and when I write “all the books”, I mean a copy of each book. I would let other people have their own. *grin*

    Wowee, you’re going to need some extra dimensional storage space then. My collection of 10,000+ comics takes up 1/5 of my garage and books are bigger and thicker than comics. You’re going to run out of room.
    Perhaps you *should* take over the world, so you can have the peons build storage space…
    Of course, if you could acquire a handy dandy science fiction shrink ray gun, your problems are solved!

  333. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    ImaginesABeach:
    Thanks.
    I still think ‘lustful cockmonster’ in the original is awesome.
    However, ‘lustful frolicking ostrich’ is quite hilarious.

  334. lexie says

    Cigau – I’m female and don’t really wake up to noise at all including people coming into my room and knocking stuff over or thunderstorms. I have to have my alarm volume right up or I just sleep through it. But I also have trouble getting to sleep and have to have some sort of noise.

    Caine – Please give Chester lots of extra scratches, belly kisses, tea and peas as I have been a very bad virtual rat parent lately.

  335. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    I had to post a thank you response to Chris. Both for not being worried about tone, and for his support of equality.

  336. Louis says

    Tony,

    I have 3 bibles in my house (one red letter bible modern doodah, one Gideon’s I got when graduating from prep school, one KJV), one qu’ran, one hadith, a couple of guru granth sahibs, a torah, a talmud, a bhaghavad gita, sundry buddhist things, dianetics, and a couple of other thingies. All in English, sadly!

    They’re quite interesting as it goes. And, in emergencies, they are very useful for roaches and/or toilet roll. Although the bibles are mostly printed on that really thin, crispy, cheap paper, and definitely chafe one’s bunghole.

    Louis

  337. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Beatrice:
    I promise I’ll help construct space for the books if you’ll ban PEA consumption when you become Ruler of All.

  338. Tony •King of the Hellmouth• says

    Louis:
    Have you read them all?

    If you have, that explains soooooooooooo much :)

  339. Louis says

    Tony,

    Of course I’ve read them all. I’m a book-o-holic of the first water. Any good combat atheist knows the enemy a bit! That’s just the path I took as it were.

    And yes, they did warp my fragile little mind.

    Louis

  340. Beatrice says

    Tony,

    I promise I’ll help construct space for the books if you’ll ban PEA consumption when you become Ruler of All.

    Oh yeah, sure. *shifty eyes*

    I’ll just store them somewhere safe.

    *mutters to herself*
    Need to buy freezers to save the peas.

  341. Pteryxx says

    busy night in the lounge…

    re (Seeker books) magical mind-slavers who reproduce by rape…

    I basically had to block consideration of it from my mind because OMFGS the incredible sexuality fail. The entire magical rape premise, and all the plot that depends on it, falls apart if sex doesn’t actually work as presented in cheap romance novels, where the woman’s swept away by passion just in the presence of The Man. The author could bother to be all fiddly with characters getting around the rules in plenty of other ways, but his notion of consensual sex comes right out of an air freshener commercial. NOBODY in all those hundreds of years figured out how women’s orgasms work? NOBODY figured out how *semen* works for petes sake? But it’s okay to have the glaring stupid as a major worldbuilding point because women amirite.

    The gendered infanticide actually makes better sense because of the power differential. Then I get snippy about gender essentialism but I wouldn’t expect an author that thinks sex = swooning to get that much of a clue. *spit*

  342. says

    Nick, re: the Kindle:
    I’ve had my Kindle for a few months now and I still find myself buying paper books– probably half of what I buy is digital, the other half are physical. My big issue is that I can’t browse and pick out books on Amazon*, so if I don’t have something in mind but need a book, I’m better off going to bookstore.

    Anyway, I started Infinite Jest last night**, so this means I’m going to get zero work done today. I prolly should’ve left the Kindle at home. ;)

    *Don’t get me started on the Amazon recommendations. I bought one John Scalzi book a few weeks ago (Old Man’s War) and now all the app recommends is other books of his. Prior to that it was Charles Stross.

    **The one piece of unasked for pregnancy advice that my mom has given me (she’s been really good and supportive so far, much to my surprise), was that I should consider reading out loud to DarkFetus. She apparently read Shakespeare’s sonnets to me (“I was hoping for a genius”), but she doesn’t think that books like Infinite Jest or Catch-22 are “appropriate”.

  343. Pteryxx says

    via Jen’s twitter, this long immersive essay about the feel of the Republican vs Democratic conventions. Like she said, read through to the end.

    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/down-and-out-in-tampa-and-charlotte/Content?oid=14690724

    You should know that I’m not complaining. Throughout the trip, I’m always aware that this is a rare experience. I’m one of the last few newspaper reporters assigned to a political convention in the early 21st century, and I’m a college dropout, besides. I was experiencing something not many people get to experience. There wasn’t a second that went by when I didn’t realize that I shouldn’t be there, that I didn’t realize how lucky I am to have had this opportunity. And Charlotte was much kinder to me than Tampa. The transit is quick and reliable and affordable, with a light rail running right from my mostly-not-burned-down apartment building right through the heart of downtown. Unlike the buses in Tampa, which were entirely devoid of any trace of the Republican convention save for grumbles about the gridlocked traffic, the trains and buses in Charlotte have been rolling Obama rallies, packed full of delegates and volunteers and media. They’re boisterous and friendly. The first night of the convention, the word “Michelle” weaved through the background of the trains like a breeze; people—especially the women, especially the African American women—couldn’t stop talking about the first lady’s speech. They used tones that were generally reserved for beloved spiritual leaders, or Oprah.