Tuesday Evening Open Thread: Sad Trombone

(Steve Sack via GoComics.com)
Paul Constant reminds us that Repubican primaries are still, technically, happening:

This is as good a place as any to officially announce that we will not be live-Slogging the primaries tonight. Even if Gingrich were to win Delaware—which I doubt, but I suppose it could happen—nothing would change. If there’s any news at all about the primary, I’ll be sure to post it here on Slog, but Romney winning all the states in tonight’s Republican primary is the opposite of news.

Apart from the warm glow of schadenfreude, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

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123 replies
  1. 1
    Egg Berry says:

    I mentioned this on the previous thread, but some front page people should check out this site NewsJack

    A description: Visitors to NewsJack can enter the URL of any site they’d like to hijack. The NewsJack homepage also offers quick links to The New York Times, CNN and Fox News to enable people to quickly try the tool.

    Users click on the portion of text or image they’d like to replace and enter new text or a new URL for an image or hyperlink. Save the changes and they show up on your edited webpage. When you’re done making edits, NewsJack generates a shortened URL to your hijacked page that you can share.

  2. 2
    Maude says:

    Newtie isn’t going to quit after tonight.
    Well, for excitement, I’ll take out the garbage.

  3. 3
    lamh35 says:

    I’m reading some excerpts from Romney speech tonight and I’m already pissed at how easy the media will make it for R-Money and the R-Money millionaires to “pivot” to the center.

    I’m glad the the Obama campaign stategy will include holding R-Money in the corner he boxed himself in during the primary.

  4. 4
    BGinCHI says:

    Newt is still getting full Secret Service protection. I’m guessing the dudes on that detail were initially pissed not to be going to Colombia but are now pretty glad that all they have to do is protect a guy that no one would bother harming.

  5. 5
    BGinCHI says:

    @Cato: Idiot says what?

  6. 6
    pragmatism says:

    packing for vacation. checking out of this failed state we call the good ol’ USA for a while.

  7. 7
    PeakVT says:

    In many, many ways it’s nice to have the primaries over. Still, Rih and Gnoot could have driven down Romney’s favorables a few more points.

  8. 8
    Arm The Homeless says:

    Been saving this one up for John for a few hours now.

    Might this portend the coming of Cthulhu?

  9. 9
    cathyx says:

    Mad cow disease is back, or it never went away and is rearing it’s ugly head again.

  10. 10
    Baud says:

    @pragmatism: Where are you going?

  11. 11
    dmsilev says:

    @BGinCHI: Something about VICTORY!, I think. Hard to tell.

  12. 12
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Large neo-fascist vote shakes French presidential race (c/o a bunch of Trots)

    While Sarkozy has undoubtedly appealed to neo-fascist sentiment, Hollande’s attempt to blame Le Pen’s electoral successes on Sarkozy is absurd and disingenuous. Rising support for the FN reflects the deep social crisis in France and the reactionary policies of the entire political elite, including the PS.
    Le Pen’s vote was particularly high in the Northeast and along the Mediterranean coastline, where unemployment is amongst the highest in France. In these areas, the fascist candidate consistently received over 20 percent of the votes in electoral districts, in many cases finishing in second place.
    In the south, she came in first in the Gard department, with over 25 percent of the vote. Gard is part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where the unemployment rate of 12.9 percent last year was the highest in France.

    This is your standard “PCF is petty-bourgeois” hit but a nice source for numbers

    White unemployed Westerners: fucking scary

  13. 13
    Yutsano says:

    @lamh35: I cannot wait for the inevitable cries of Obama being shrill and partisan. Dare I say it, uncivil. I hope the ghost of David Broder has a spectral fainting couch handy. He will be faint from all the meanness.

    @Cato: Waitaminute… You think Newt is SERIOUS??

  14. 14
    lamh35 says:

    Obama On Student Debt: Michelle And I ‘Got Poorer Together’

    “I didn’t just get a policy briefing on this,” Obama said. “Michelle and I, we’ve been in your shoes. Like I said, we didn’t come from wealthy families. So when we graduated from college and law school we had a mountain debt. When we married, we got poorer together.”

    Check this out, all right. I’m the president of the United States. We only finished paying off our student loans off about eight years ago. That wasn’t that long ago. And that wasn’t easy especially because when we had our kids we were supposed to be saving up for their college education and we’re still paying off our college education.

  15. 15
    the Conster says:


    I love that you think Newt=Obama. That’s exactly the kind of thinking that led to Newt looking under the seat cushions for the balls he sold to Shelly Adelson. VICTORY!

  16. 16
    BGinCHI says:

    @dmsilev: I have to admit that I love it when they call the Prez “Obambi.”

    In my mind I see a cute deer beating the shit out of all GOP challengers.

  17. 17
    lamh35 says:

    Obama Rips Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) For Student Loan Comments

    “She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that.’ I’m just quoting here,” Obama said. “The students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap.’ I’m reading it here. I didn’t make this up.”

    He continued: “Now, can you imagine saying something like that? Those of you who’ve had to take out student loans, you didn’t do it because you’re lazy. You didn’t do it lightly. You don’t like debt. A lot of you, your parents are helping out, but it’s tough on them. They’re straining. And so you do it because the cost of college keeps going up and you know there’s an investment in your future.”

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    pragmatism says:

    @Baud: cabo. very much looking forward to it. hope all is well with you and yours, Baud.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @lamh35: Saw part of that. Great speech. And how nucking futs is Foxx?

    I bet she can’t even make biscuits.

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    pragmatism says:

    @Arm The Homeless: i love klosterman.
    i hate creed and nickleback.

  21. 21
    BGinCHI says:

    Is it me or does cartoon Newt look like Norman Mailer?

    Also, that ass is wayyyy too small.

  22. 22

    How about starting a new meme : replace “regulations’ with ‘standards”, and see how you like that.

  23. 23
    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    what a waste of a primary day. the only thing going on is the test of the photo-id law.

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    lamh35 says:

    So what will the FoxNews “paraphrased” headlines be for this one?

    BTW, Obama will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight.

    Obama On Romney: ‘We’re Not Friends’

    Filming “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday, President Obama said of his relationship with Mitt Romney: ”I’ve met him, but we’re not friends. His wife is lovely.” Romney, Obama said, “seems like somebody who cares about his family.”

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    Surreal American says:

    @the Conster:

    Yup, because a once (and not future) Fox News commentator who was running for President just to sell books/raise speaker fees and with barely a campaign organization worthy of the name is totes the same as the incumbent POTUS.

  26. 26
    lamh35 says:

    FOX NEWS HEADLINE: “Michelle Obama talking that hippity hop gangsta language”

    Michelle Obama: ‘Stay away from the haters’

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    Baud says:

    @pragmatism: Sweet. Enjoy.

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    PeakVT says:

    @Arm The Homeless: Can’t stop laughing at this line:

    [Nickelback’s] weakness is their obsession with transposable power ballads, most of which sound like what would happen if Bob Rock helped Coldplay write a really loud song for Garth Brooks (which would undoubtedly be the most popular song in the history of mankind, were it to literally exist).

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    pragmatism says:

    @lamh35: on a day where the righty blogosphere is trying to make what happened in mobile the spark that lit the race war, fox has to jump in with the racist dogwhistle alpenhorn.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Idiot says what?

    I think he was trying to say “Unlimited Corporate Cash! Victory!” but not not quite as succinctly as Veritrash usually manages.

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    Raven says:

    Finally sprung for a dslr camera and now I see how “some” people get those great dog pics!

  32. 32


    Romney, Obama said, “seems like somebody who cares about his family.”

    [wingnut] Obambi just threatened Romney’s family, Chicago-style! [/wingnut]

  33. 33
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Why Does OSHA Move at a Glacial Pace? Democrat Calls on Obama Admin to Speed Up Safety Measures (In These Times)

    “The Reagan Administration issued new rules at a rate four-times faster than the current administration,” said Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), whose father, a coal miner, died of black lung. “I suspect that the lack of new rules is at least partly the result of relentless external pressure from business lobbyists and anti-labor groups. These groups pressure both OSHA and the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] to create delays that costs lives.”

    Sarkozy Supporters Want Alliance With Extreme Right (The Daily Banter)

    A majority of supporters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy want his UMP party to strike an alliance with the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen ahead of parliamentary elections in June, an opinion poll published on Tuesday showed.

    Metlife gets slap on the wrist for grave robbing (Los Angeles Times)

    Regulators concluded that when MetLife was aware of policyholders who passed away, it often didn’t make payments to beneficiaries. And when benefits went unclaimed after several years, Chaing’s office said, MetLife did not forward on the funds to the State Controller’s office as required by law.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Raven: What camera did you get?

    Mrs. BG currently researching them like crazy.

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    pragmatism says:

    @Baud: i shall. i’m going to get drunkenly sunburnt like a norwegian tourist so that i can’t properly enjoy the fishing trip or other adventury stuff we have planned.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor: You forgot the adjective “thuggish.”

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    BGinCHI says:

    @pragmatism: Watch “Under the Volcano” before you go.

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    Ruckus says:

    Dude looks ready for something. Not sure what but ready.

  39. 39
    Raven says:

    @BGinCHI: I went with the Canon Rebel T3 EOS. Here’s the review from Steve’s Digicams.

    And roses.

    Bottom line – Canon continues to produce powerful, yet affordable dSLRs for the masses, and the Canon EOS Rebel T3 is no exception. If you are looking for your first dSLR, the T3 is a worthy candidate that will offer you superior performance and image quality compared to your point-n-shoot, along with a broad range of exposure options that will help you further your photography skills. With a MSRP of just $599.99 US for the EOS Rebel T3 and EF-S 18-55mm IS II kit lens, the T3 is hard to beat in your are looking for an extremely affordable dSLR. If you love the T3, but would like a bit more versatility in both the still image and video departments, we highly recommend you look at its big brother. . .”

  40. 40
    the Conster says:

    @Surreal American:

    Don’t let him think that you’re snarking – it’s important for them to think that what Obama accomplished in 2008 against a war hero (did you know McCain was a POW?) and media darling was just ACORN and the New Black Panthers, mmmmkay?

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @pragmatism: @PeakVT:

    I must admit that North Florida released Creed upon the wider world. I truly apologize for all the douchieness. Our bad!

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    There is a frog joke in there somewhere.

  43. 43
    Raven says:

    @Ruckus: The ball, that’s it, that’s what he lives for.

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    Roger Moore says:

    It also helps a lot to shoot RAW and learn to use a good photo editing program well. You’ve got the basic image right, but a bit of tweaking could make that picture pop.

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    pragmatism says:

    @BGinCHI: you are the 2nd person in the past week to recommend Under the Volcano. I’ll pick it up. Thanks BG.

  46. 46
    lamh35 says:

    Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And ‘Must Go To Work’

    Bad choice of words. Did ya’ll know that times were so hard for Ann and Mitt at one time, that Mitt had to sell some of his stock to get by…the horror. I wish I had thought of selling my stock when I was a poor college student, I just settled for selling blood…oh wells choices huh.

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    satanicpanic says:

    @lamh35: Those two sure have a way with language.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    The best photo editing program is called Instagram and it uses your photos to instantly create grams of hashish

    Just kidding, Eric Holder would shut that shit down with helicopters because the most immensely serious thing a liberal can do is enforce prohibition

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    pragmatism says:

    @Arm The Homeless: LOL. You must use this pic as your holiday card to make up for it.

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    Jebediah says:

    Yeah, I had the same revelation recently when I was given a used Nikon D3100. I know it’s not the fanciest, but I have definitely gotten some nice doggie pix. Anyone who looks here will probably see right away which pics were taken with it and which were not.
    And they take decent video, too.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @pragmatism: Really great novel too. Underrated.

  52. 52
    BGinCHI says:

    @Raven: Thanks! Will pass it on.

  53. 53
    srv says:

    Can’t we have a few more debates? Maybe SNL could host some.

    I have a date with a funk band and a Hammond B3. Tuesdays can be so boring here…

  54. 54
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Arm The Homeless:

    This is for DougJ:

    The one transcendent Nickelback song is the semi-acoustic “Rockstar,” a dilemma for all those who want to erroneously pretend that Kroeger has no sense of irony. “Rockstar” has a faultless construction — it’s simple, true, sarcastic, and aspirant. I suppose those four qualities also describe Nickelback, which is another reason why humorless people will always hate them.

  55. 55
    BGinCHI says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Virginia Foxx walks into an elevator shaft….

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    Raven says:

    @Roger Moore: I’m tryin, I’m shooting in raw but it looks like my photoshop cs3 doesn’t deal with it. I downloaded the Adobe DNG converter but I can’t seem to be able to get it to work yet.

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    pragmatism says:

    @BGinCHI: just saw this on wiki: In 1998 it was rated as number 11 on the list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century compiled by the Modern Library.

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    dmsilev says:

    Tip for those thinking of buying a DSLR: Consider picking up a 50/1.8 lens as well. They’re cheap, especially if you buy them used, and they’re a great way of getting that nice “subject in focus, background blurred out” look. Good for portraits and stuff like that.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @pragmatism: Christ on a cracker! Look at the beaks on those two!

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    cathyx says:

    @lamh35: That sounds like Mr. Born with a Silver Spoon in his Mouth George Bush saying that it was uniquely American to work 3 jobs and that it was great.

    Most women love not having a choice about having to work to get by.

  61. 61
    lamh35 says:

    What is with this fake “War On Women”? Totally outrageous and without merit! /snark.

    Scott cuts funding for rape crisis centers during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  62. 62
    BGinCHI says:

    @pragmatism: I’m really surprised by that. I don’t think most people have even heard of Malcolm Lowry. Much less read it.

    You should take it on your trip.

  63. 63
    pragmatism says:

    @Arm The Homeless: Merry Creedmas! Scott and his wife could be brother and sister.

  64. 64
    pragmatism says:

    @BGinCHI: going to download it tonight. thanks again for the suggestion. hope all is well with you and your family.

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    gwangung says:

    @dmsilev: Double on that. Usually very, very sharp foots and nice out of focus backgrounds

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    It is really unfair of Klosterman to make fun of Stapp for waiting to drink until after the last song when Creed got class-action sued a few years back over Stapp being too drunk to perform

    Then again God was unfair to Klosterman’s jawline and I guess that’s how you end up writing articles like that

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    Raven says:

    @Jebediah: Aw, look at them knuckleheads!

  68. 68
    pragmatism says:

    @AA+ Bonds: he was referring to the opening band, not creed. he only stayed through song 3 of the creed show.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Kroeger is a borderline genius5 at his craft: He listens to the radio, studies every hit, deconstructs how those songs succeed, and then creates a composite simulacrum that cannot be deconstructed by anyone else. “Bottom’s Up” is about drinking your face off. “Animal” is about getting a hand job in a car. “How You Remind Me” is about being reminded of something you once forgot.

    How hard is it to actually be the person who wrote the stupidest shit on Earth about Nickelback

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    Roger Moore says:

    Yeah, Adobe can really get you on an upgrade treadmill; if you get a camera that’s substantially newer than your version of Photoshop, you will probably have to upgrade PS to get raw conversion to work. You might want to try an open source RAW converter like RawTherapee as an alternative. The workflow isn’t necessarily as nice, since you have to export from RawTherapee and then load into Photoshop, but it should work.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @pragmatism: Everyone is well, thanks. Have a great trip. Remember: bottled water and don’t wear socks with your sandals.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    “Proles like a thing.” –a less masculine Brian Posehn

    Seriously “How You Remind Me” is a very bad song but it is also clearly about driving a woman from your life by drinking too much which is probably the topic of 95% of what Klosterman listens to in his Volkswagen

    But fuck no we need to get this chortling complex simulacrum shit in there so everyone reading can feel GREAT about themselves

  73. 73
    Jebediah says:


    I have to admit that I love it when they call the Prez “Obambi.”

    All together now, in your best Barry Manilow voices:

    Oh Bambi, you came and you gave an asskicking

    To a bunch of wingnuts oh Bambi

    I also love the image of a cute little deer beating the snot out the tough, manly GOP.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Maybe he was promised some of that sweet, sweet groupie overflow in exchange for that piece of knob-slobbin’

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    Raven says:

    @Roger Moore: I got the dng converter but I can’t figure out how to get the image in it. I think iPhoto is standin in the way.

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    Jebediah says:


    Yeah, they’re pretty cute… and, if it isn’t totally obvious, the little one is cuckoo-crazy about the big one.

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    Raven says:

    @Jebediah: We’ve got a lil female cocker and the white guy, Bohdi. They pretty much just hang with each other but once a while I catch em smoochin!

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    How in the hell do you make a GUI that is worse at highlighting errors in code than your command line interface

    What is the market for this terrible piece of shit called SQL Developer

  80. 80
    Jebediah says:


    I love stuff like that – dogs being buds. Have you caught any of those smoochies with a camera?

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    namekarB says:


    Yepper, the Great Grifter is costing taxpayers 40 grand per day in Secret Service protection. How many families on food stamps would that support?

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    feebog says:


    Just got back last night from 8 days in Cabo. It was pretty hot for April, so be prepared. Also, if you are right in Cabo, I highly recommend dinner at the Hacienda. Very good and surprisingly reasonable. Have a Pacifico for me, and good fishing.

  83. 83
    efgoldman says:


    Finally sprung for a dslr camera and now I see how “some” people get those great dog pics!

    Your pooch looks unhappy that you didn’t allow him/her to freshen up first.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @namekarB: I eagerly await every host on Fox screaming about this for the next seven days.

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    Schlemizel says:

    There has been so much talk about how the left really hates Obama – surely he must be struggling in the primary this season. Has he even won a single state yet?

    I bet the librule media is just hiding the ass-whooping the Kenyan usurper is getting from the left wing

  86. 86
    Shari says:

    Georgetown Univ challenges Paul Ryan prior to his talk there on Thursday.

    “I am afraid that Chairman Ryan’s budget reflects the values of his favorite philosopher Ayn Rand rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Father Reese. “Survival of the fittest may be okay for Social Darwinists but not for followers of the gospel of compassion and love.”

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    pragmatism says:

    @feebog: Thanks for the tips! Have a good one.

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    JCT says:

    @Raven: Another thing to consider would be Lightroom 4. It’s photo- editing capabilities have been seriously beefed up and improved. Plus it’s great for organizing large photo libraries – like the one you will soon have thanks to that EOS.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    That Klosterman article reads like something Joe Queenan would have written in the mid-90s.

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    dmsilev says:

    Also, too, re: camera selection, best not to get too fixated on specs. Pretty much any camera one can buy these days will be perfectly capable from a technical standpoint; lots of megapixels, good high-ISO sensitivity, fine video capability, etc. The important thing from the point of view of the user is the ergonomics. How does the thing sit in your hand? Does the weight and balance feel right to you? Can you easily reach the important controls like the shutter trigger and whatever control wheels are there?

    Go down to a Best Buy or whatever, and spend a few minutes handling the models that you are thinking about. Make sure that they’re comfortable to hold and manipulate.

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    Bunt says:

    Enjoying the “should Eric Holder be impeached” ad on the front page.

  92. 92
    Bunt says:

    Enjoying the “should Eric Holder be impeached” ad on the front page.

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    Steeplejack says:


    If you’re a fiction reader, Malcolm Lowry’s original novel is excellent–a dense but satisfying read.

    I haven’t seen the movie in ages, but I remember being underwhelmed. But that could be because I liked the novel so much and my expectations were too high.

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    Raven says:

    @JCT: Ack! I got a pretty good deal on an official version on PS CS3, I don’t know how much I really care.


    Ooo, our system offers it for faculty/staff for $79!

    OOO, free 30 day trial!

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    no by the klostermann construction, that makes him the only one qualified to express the genius of creed and nickelback like one might express a boil falling on one’s ass on the ice.

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    NancyDarling says:

    @pragmatism: I used to go to Cabo every year—always during full moon. We always went with surfer friends, and I think the full moon had something to do with wave size or something. I once jumped into the fountain in front of the Palmilla Hotel—I kept my clothes on though. The full moon made me do it.

    I remember watching play-offs (can’t remember the sport now) at some little beach shack on a 12″ black and white tv. Fish tacos and beer made it all seem fine.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Raven: I saw on boingboing that Adobe has decided that photoshop is too well liked so they’re going to switch over to $80/month subscription so people will hate it more.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @cathyx: Yup, I hear an echo of that Bush comment in what Ann Romney said. I’ve mentioned that same episode on two other blogs.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I even read Aquamarine and Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place. But that was a hundred years ago.

    Under the Volcano really stands the test of time, but I would not put it anywhere near No. 11 on a list of top novels of the 20th century.

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    Raven says:

    @NancyDarling: Ever been on the mainland side of the Sea of Cortez? We drive down from Tucson through Hermosillo and turn west across the desert till we hit “Himalaya”! Insane fishing and nothing for miles.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Minor UI nit: I just upgraded to Firefox 12.0, and now vertical scrolling with the mouse is too much–it goes up or down four or five lines’ worth of text on each click, rather than about two before. Grr!

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    dmsilev says:

    Speaking of Newt and schadenfreude, apparently tonight he was going to make his defiant stand in Delaware, and from there stage a comeback or something. With 93% of precincts reporting, he trails the Romneytronic 3000 by roughly 30 points.

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    JCT says:

    @Raven: That’s a great price for LR4 – especially for all you get. Give it a whirl!

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    NancyDarling says:

    @Raven: I passed through some coastal cities and villages on a bus ride from Cd. Obregon to Guadalajara. I had been in Obregon for a friend’s wedding and couldn’t get a plane to Guadalajara as it was a spur of the moment change of plans.

    Ages ago I read some wonderful stuff by Cousteau about the Sea of Cortez. Did you catch dorado? In ancient Rome, they used to kill the dorado at the feast tables so the guests could “enjoy the fires of their dying”. Apparently they flash a lot of colors as they die. My son and I watched, but we didn’t see them.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Steeplejack: When my Toshiba went through some FF problems that caused my scroll-pad to do this, I solved it using this method. I use FF 6.x, so YMMW, but the fix should still work.

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    Larkspur says:

    I think I have begun to hate Mitt even more than I did before.

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    Raven says:

    @NancyDarling: Check “The Log of the Sea of Cortez” about the marine biology expedition they took in the 40’s. Insanely great book. We mostly caught grouper. They’d hit when it was light but before the sun came up.

    “The book, a fascinating amalgam of seafaring adventure, personal philosophy, and marine biology, recounts in journal form Steinbeck’s specimen-collecting voyage on a sardine boat around the Baja Peninsula into the Gulf of California (once upon a time called the Sea of Cortez). He was accompanied on this expedition by, among others, Edward Ricketts, the model for Doc, the beer- and women- loving, conformity-hating marine biologist in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. It is Ricketts’s original journal that forms the basis of much of Sea of Cortez. “

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    Rita R. says:

    It appears that Mitt Romney’s been getting some speech coaching. Unfortunately for him, his phoniness continues to shine through.

    And can you imagine the crap the GOP noise machine would throw at Michelle Obama if she said she’d asked her husband about America, “Can you fix it?”, like Ann Romney said she asked her husband?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Arm The Homeless:

    Thanks for that link! I love that kind of sawdust-sawing stuff. God help me.

    Actually, the change I noted was not with the mouse wheel but when I use the mouse to click the up or down triangle on the vertical-scroll thumb bar at the side of the browser window. I was used to the former increment, whatever it was, and now it’s about 2-3 times greater. Why they gotta change it?!

    I probably will fiddle with the instructions given in that article you linked to, but right now I’m doing okay with a gold nugget I found at the bottom: hold down the Alt key while scrolling the mouse wheel and you get one-line scrolling. Excellent! That will do me for now.

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    Hill Dweller says:


    I think I have begun to hate Mitt even more than I did before.

    You certainly aren’t alone. The one constant in Willard’s political career has been the more people see him, the more they despise him.

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    NancyDarling says:

    Funny story about Cannery Row. My son, in 7th or 8th grade at the time, was into Steinbeck after reading Of Mice and Men. He was discussing the book report he was writing with me and I said something about the women working at Dora’s being hookers. He got this look of horror and said, “They were? I thought they were just selling drinks.”

    A friend of mine was a marine biologist and knew Ed Ricketts.

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    Raven says:

    @NancyDarling: I guess he didn’t read East of Eden!

    I have “Between Pacific Tides” by Rickett’s.

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    Larkspur says:

    @Rita R.: And would she even love America if it were fixed?

    “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.”

    We wouldn’t be nearly so picturesque if everything got fixed. I mean, if we were all just Menschen, how could we tell who is Über and who is Unter?

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    Roger Moore says:


    I think the full moon had something to do with wave size or something.

    Yes, it does. The largest (spring) tides are at the full and new moon and the weakest (neap) are at the first and third quarters. That’s because at the full and new moon, the lunar and solar components of the tide add constructively, while at the quarters they add destructively.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Steeplejack: Glad you found a work-around.

    Be careful in config, there are some things that can wreck your experience. But otherwise, good luck!

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    Larkspur says:

    @Roger Moore: You must be some kind of lunatic. Hello!

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    RMoney wants to make the election about the economy. LOD has Steve Schmidt, Little Chucky, and Mrs. Greenspan performing fluffer duty.

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    Jeffro says:

    I notice Romney has already taken the Rovian tack of accusing Obama of “unfairness” re: the economy…um…WOW, JUST WOW doesnt’ really begin to cover my reaction to that degree of shamelessness.

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    Jeffro says:

    Also in fairness to Newt, here in DE, that is as close as anyone’s going to get to a pol other than Biden…maybe he was deluded by those couple of $50 photos people ponied up for?

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    @Raven: Excellent book, we read it for one of my college field courses I took down in Bahia Kino during the mid 2000’s. I would love to get back down there someday, I have a ton of great memories.

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    Roger Moore says:


    You must be some kind of lunatic.

    You may be right. I may be crazy. But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for.

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    Middlewest says:

    @Steeplejack: Uncheck the box at Firefox > Options > Advanced > General > Use Smooth Scrolling.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Thanks, already did that.

    ETA: Anyway, this was something that changed strictly in the depths of Firefox when I did the upgrade to 12.0. I don’t think it should have changed “optional” settings like scrolling rate. Slightly annoying to have to find a workaround.

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