Late Night Holiday Open Thread

Thank you, commentor RossInDetroit:

Spent my evening with the Spousal Unit, watching The Nutcracker ballet, as performed by a small-city dance academy doing an excellent job with the materials available, if you know what I mean. (Recorded music, a couple of excellent student dancers who rather outshone the less-than-top-ranked professionals, and a supporting cast whose parents gave them a standing ovation irregardless.) And I liked it; now I’m in what passes for “the holiday mood” around these parts.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    I watched the America’s Most Wanted special on FOX tonight, and damn, if John Walsh didn’t practically give an Occupy-endorsing editorial at the end of the show. Amazing.

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    Yutsano says:

    Put red bows on the papillons. I dare you. :)

    Did pretty much nothing today. Tomorrow I clean my butt off, cause next weekend I’m gone for 4 days.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Question for the group: what would have to happen for Michael Bublé to suck any worse than he does currently? Is it even possible?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Yutsano: It’s important to have a clean butt where you’re going? :P

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Beastie Boy covers?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @FlipYrWhig: He could do an album of Weird Al covers.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Michael Bublé makes Taylor Hicks look cool.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: He could do stand up comedy covers. Sit around telling stories about his childhood in Philadelphia followed by seven words you can’t say on television followed by phone conversations with difficult people. Time would call it visionary, since no one had actually done that before.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    Don’t know how many of you have seen this, but holy shit. Quite amazing airport footage, from a guest poster on Jonathan Turley’s blog.

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    ferd of the nort says:

    Wonder what he would do with the 1812 Overture?

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik says:

    Lately, the only thing that’s been lifting my mood is watching “Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende”. For those who don’t recognize the name (and you probably won’t), it’s the Japanese comedy/variety show that spawned the ‘Silent Library’ and ‘No Laughing Game’ bits that used to be pretty widespread on Youtube before the takedown machine cranked up.

    Sometimes, I wonder if our politics would be better served by something similar to the ‘No Laughing Game’, except we get the ‘No Lying Debate’. Anyone caught in a provable lie during a debate gets publicly embarrassed by being pulled aside and swatted in the ass like on the show.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik: Wasn’t there a “get the answer right or you kiss this comedian’s hairy ass” game on that show? That would be cathartic if anything.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Why wife and I caught him on SNL. I had never heard of him. What a smarmy douche.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Why wife and I caught him on SNL. I had never heard of him. What a smarmy douche.

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    Mark S. says:


    His rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” was pretty bad. He seemed to forget the lines a few times, and flashed a big smile like he was singing “Jingle Bell Rock.”

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Watching nature shows on NG Wild tonight. When did the circle of life start to be so brutal?

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    Heartbroken Language Lover says:


    Say it ain’t so, Anne. Say it ain’t so.

    Like mispronouncing “nuclear,” using the word
    irregardless, even in jest, is a bad idea. The more
    it’s used the more likely dictionaries will be to
    yield to the weight of frequency and move from
    labeling it “wrong,” to calling it “non-standard (its current status),” to giving it secondary status, to finally saying “Irregardless,once considered incorrect English, has become the standard and accepted form. Regardless, has fallen into disfavor and is now largely used only by either those uncharitably known as “grammar Nazis” [sic — since it’s not a question of incorrect grammar] or just old
    timers who long for the golden age that never existed.”

    I’m one old-timer who implores you, Anne, to eschew the use of irregardless, regardless of whether you use it in jest or because you actually think it’s the right word to choose.

    From Merriam-Webster online:

    Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.

    [my emphasis]

    Yes, there is such a word, but there shouldn’t be, since it was invented by people who didn’t know the correct word and thought putting “ir-” on the front bestowed the negation they sought, when the shorter “regardless” already did the job nicely and completely.

    End of language plea.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Suffern ACE: I blame Obama. Seems fitting for the day.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    We’ve been watching this Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn marathon on TCM since getting back from a Christmas party. Said party was cut short(at least for us) by a wingnut couple(both dentists) ranting about Obama and Holder. It felt like something out of a Coen Brothers movie.

    Anyway, I loved the way they lit classic movies.

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    Alison says:

    @Hill Dweller: I happily caught The Philadelphia Story earlier, which I hadn’t seen in too long. One of my favorite older flicks, and really just flicks in general.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Alison: We started watching right at the tail end of The Philadelphia Story, which we’ve both seen and love. I’d never seen Holiday nor Sylvia Scarlett before. Apparently both bombed at the box office, and led to Hepburn being considered box office poison.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    Put red bows on the papillons. I dare you. :)

    “Not appropriate for the breed standards”, thank gawdess.
    Besides, the two boys are fox-colored-and-white, and Xmas red just isn’t their color. And Gloria is black-and-white, but (apart from the fact she’d fang anyone who tried), imagine a half-sized border collie wearing a red bow… as Cole would say, “wrong wrong wrong WRONG!”

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Heartbroken Language Lover: Unfortunately for you, I picked up “irregardless” reading Pogo back in the early 1960s, and it continues to amuse me. I think of it as a mid-twentieth-century version of LOLcat, a linguistic spice that’s delicious as an accent but overpowering when used too enthusiastically…

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Heartbroken Language Lover: Their, their. We can not let this blog become to stuffy.

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    @Heartbroken Language Lover: good luck with your mission. When you’re finished maybe you could do something to stop these annoying tides.

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    dogwood says:

    @Heartbroken Language Lover:

    @Suffern ACE:

    How true. Just between you and I, I must admit that I could care less about these matters. Lucky for us less people care all the time. Unfortunately, I don’t feel well right now, so I think I’ll go lay down.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Heartbroken Language Lover:
    I remember that time I grumbled about Anne Laurie writing “has smote” instead of “has smitten”. I reminded her that in the perfect tenses one uses, not the imperfect tense of the verb, but the past participle.
    @Anne Laurie:
    You wouldn’t listen then, either. Hmph.

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    Amir Khalid says:


    Lucky for us less people care all the time.


    (Sorry, I just can’t help myself.)

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    Raven says:

    @Amir Khalid: Years ago in a grocery store in Urbana there was a sign a the checkout that read “12 items or less” and someone crossed out the “less” and wrote in “fewer”. That is how I remember that rule.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    That dwarfs the US$218 trillion phone bill this guy once got from Telekom Malaysia.

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    MikeJ says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: It’s bullshit to call Princess Juliana dangerous. It’s not. Not remotely. At least not for anybody in a plane. The dumbasses that hang off the fence when the heavies land deserve whatever they get.

    While it’s beautiful, hanging out near landing jets isn’t my idea of a holiday. I’d prefer a place like Saba, especially before they built hotels (which isn’t that long ago.) Saba actually does have a far, far more dangerous airport, but nobody is ever gonna try to put a 747 onto a 1000′ runway. But you catch the prop plane to get there from St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana, which will bring us back to do, a deer.

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    @Amir Khalid: I think you missed the joke.

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    Raven says:

    @MikeJ: Hmm, I was there years ago but I don’t recall it being any big deal. Did the airport change after the hurricane?

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    Raven says:

    When I flew out of Bien Hoa we flew commercial and the pilot stayed on the deck for what seemed like forever. There were grunts on the plane who had just come from where we were flying and they freaked out, “get this goddamn plane up in the air”!

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    amk says:

    @Amir Khalid: If only that guy had settled his bill, there wouldn’t be any deficits or budget cuts today….

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @amk: Yeah, but a cup of rice would shoot up to $5,000.

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    amk says:

    @Suffern ACE: 218 trillion dollars will pay for anything including a diamond encrusted, golden soup bowl.

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    R-Jud says:

    Earlier this week a commenter linked to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker re-imagining, which is just so goddamned cool. You can imagine it being danced by Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly.

    We’re going hunting for a Christmas tree today, and then I have an outing with the folks from the gym this evening. We’ll be focusing on high-volume bicep curls with assorted weights for about three or four hours.

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    amk says:


    If a woman repeatedly cheats on her husband they call her a “whore”. But if a man does it, the GOP calls him a “frontrunner”.

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    can we really be honest, if men were supposed to like ballet, they wouldn’t call it the nutcracker.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    Wonder what he would do with the 1812 Overture?

    There’s a whole playlist on YT from this performance. Their Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor is pretty outstanding. And don’t miss the Astor Piazzola piece.

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    nancydarling says:

    RossInDetroit, I’m late to this thread so you may not see this. Are you a fan of “glass music”? If so, are you aware that Linda Ronstadt produced an album about a decade ago with Dennis James: “Cristal: Glass Music Through the Ages”.

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    RossInDetroit says:


    Thank you. I didn’t know about that and I’ll check it out. A FB friend posted this clip and I loved it so I shared in an open thread. I like instrumental music a lot and this seemed like more than a novelty.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    I just nabbed a copy of “CRISTAL: Glass Music Through the Ages” off eBay. Looking forward to hearing it.

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    Svensker says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    NG has gone to pretty much full on animal violence pron these days. We’ve stopped watching. Really a shame. I blame Obama, of course.

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    And Another Thing… says:

    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal: Spit take !
    I’m so totally using that..

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    Heartbroken Language Lover says:


    Dogwood, you dog, would that you weren’t so cruel.

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