Wednesday Evening Open Thread: 12-12-12

By request. Apart from picking up those new Mayan calendars, what’s on the agenda this evening?

78 replies
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    MikeJ says:

    National soundcheck day
    1 2 1 2 1 2

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    cathyx says:

    So this will be the last day ever to have the 3 numbers be the same. Unless the Mayan calendar interpretation that the end of the world is upon us this month is true. Then I guess we start back to 1-1-01 after that happens.

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    cathyx says:


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    cathyx says:

    This is weird. Did the Mayan calendar end already?

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    Brachiator says:

    The Best Beer in the World?

    Drink Up

    Beer aficionados are pouncing at the rare opportunity to buy one of the world’s most elusive and revered beers for the first – and perhaps only – time in the United States.

    It is called Westvleteren XII, and it is often hailed as the “world’s best beer” by reviewers and fans.

    Westvleteren XII is produced by Trappist monks in Belgium and sold at the abbey of Saint Sixtus in the Belgian countryside. The beer can usually only be purchased by reservation at the abbey – and reservations are extremely hard to come by.

    But when the abbey found itself hurting for money for an expensive renovation, the monks reluctantly made the decision to sell the beer outside of the walls of the monastery on a one-time-only basis.

    “I think it will be the last [time],” Westvleteren Brewery spokesman Mark Bode told NPR. “They say, ‘We are monks, we don’t want to be too commercial. We needed some money to help us buy the new abbey and that’s it,’ Back to normal again.”

    Beginning today, limited quantities of the beer are being sold in the U.S. and abroad. A number of stores have been sent “bricks” of the beer, which include six bottles and two glasses from the monastery. The gift box retails for $84.99.

    “The phone has been ringing off the hook,” Megan McBrayer, manager at New York City’s Beer Table Pantry, told She said the store received 24 cases of the beer and has already sold many of them.

    McBrayer said beer lovers are taken with “the whole mystique about it and the rarity of it.”

    “It consistently rates as one of the best beers in the world,” she said. “It’s been something that [beer lovers] have wanted for a long time, but it’s been completely unattainable.”

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    So this will be the last day ever to have the 3 numbers be the same.

    @cathyx: You’re just not that bright, are you? (As you’ve proven amply on previous threads)

    January 1st, 2101. 1/1/1.

    This will happen every century until the heat death of the universe.

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    Wag says:

    One two, one two
    Then through and through
    The vorpal blade went snicker-snack

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    cathyx says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease: Yes, excuse me, in any of our lifetimes, asshole.

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    kindness says:

    I see a title of the 2013 Balloon Juice Calendar in the BJ store but there is no data under the title when clicked.

    I want to throw money at BJ but would like to see what is in it (and how much it is).

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    kindness says:

    @cathyx: Not yet. the 5025 (something like that, their long year calendar) year cycle ends 12/21/12.

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    Maude says:

    It’s not on sale yet.
    John said it was almost done. I think squeezing Tunch in is taking some time.

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    waratah says:

    @cathyx: Today is my birthday, does this mean I will not have any more?

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    JPL says:

    @waratah: Happy Birthday! Celebrate like there’s no tomorrow..

    also, too.. don’t drive

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    cathyx says:

    @waratah: That depends. Do you plan on dying within the next year?

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    Comrade Jake says:

    @Brachiator: sold out here in Durham in under 2 hrs. Fuck.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    What are you doing. auditioning for Burnsies topspot, Biggest Asshole?

    Fuck you, and WP.

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    JPL says:

    hello..this is a test


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    Crunchy shrimp tacos, margaritas and mariachis for me and the family as we celebrate early xmas with my wife’s family this week. Ole!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Haha blog is broken again.

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    JPL says:

    Is this what the end of the world looks like

    Is this what the end of the world looks like

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    JPL says:

    Comrade Jake … just say it twice

    comrade Jake … just make your comment twice

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    cathyx says:

    I knew word press would have something to do with the end of the world.

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    waratah says:

    I just refreshed and things look normal again.
    I was wondering if the end came early and I did not get to have
    my quiet evening birthday celebration.

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    jl says:

    I’m getting up the courage to read this story that just showed up on TPM front page today (probably need a little nip of serious hard likker first):

    12.12.2012, 05:19 PM
    Conservation Is Not Enough
    Gop Pollster: Republicans have “run out of” white people.

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    JPL says:

    Google Chrome still shows the site have wp problems but firefox is okay…

    @jl: They want to go back to the days of Bush when he attracted Hispanics.

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    JPL says:

    crap…crap…crap fywp

    crap….crap…crap… fywp

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    They want to go back to the days of Bush when he attracted Hispanics.

    Ningun nino detras. Heady days.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:


    Gop Pollster: Republicans have “run out of” white people

    You know who else ran out of white people?

    The Donner Party.

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    Yutsano says:

    @JPL: This new widget must have quite the strange bug. FYWP.

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    waratah says:

    @JPL: I am using chrome, I had come to the conclusion I was the problem as it happened every time I posted.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Yutsano: The bug is in the edit widget, which is why you only see the gibberish after you comment.

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    Jay S says:

    So if I comment can I see broken blog be broken? Does it only break for comments and not for lurkers?

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    anibundel says:

    You know why sound guys only say “1 2 1 2 1 2,” right?

    Because on “3” you lift.

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    MikeJ says:

    @jl: From the article:

    Republicans need to dramatically improve their standing with Latino voters or risk becoming a “regional party” of disaffected whites, according to a study released Wednesday by a GOP pollster.

    It will come as news to many Latinos that they aren’t white.

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    dmsilev says:


    Gop Pollster: Republicans have “run out of” white people.

    Explains why there’s been a recent uptick in ‘white women need to start having more babies’ columns from conservative blatherers.

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    Yutsano says:

    @MikeJ: I’d prefer to not open that particular can of worms thankyewverymuch.

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    Jay S says:

    Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::prepare(), called in /home/jcole1/public_html/bal/wp-content/plugins/wp-ajax-edit-comments/lib/class.core.php on line 470 and defined in /home/jcole1/public_html/bal/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 990
    Jay S Says:

    Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::prepare(), called in /home/jcole1/public_html/bal/wp-content/plugins/wp-ajax-edit-comments/lib/class.core.php on line 470 and defined in /home/jcole1/public_html/bal/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 990
    So if I comment can I see broken blog be broken? Does it only break for comments and not for lurkers?

    Yep I see this in my comment and the 3 comments above mine

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    dmsilev says:


    Google Chrome still shows the site have wp problems but firefox is okay…

    Safari also showing problems.

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    LanceThruster says:



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    Maude says:

    I made a Donner Party joke at the library once and no one got it. They didn’t know who they were.

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    LanceThruster says:


    Not with a bang but a whimper.

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    JPL says:

    @Brachiator: The Atlanta are distributor put the beer on sale two weeks ago… The monks are sad.

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    Tara the Antisocial Social Worker says:

    On tonight’s agenda: making latkes. But I couldn’t find caviar at either of the nearby grocery stores. Sour cream and caviar are the proper accompaniments to latkes (not applesauce as some blasphemers suggest).

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    Punchy says:

    When does Bowl Season start?

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    mdblanche says:

    It looks like American conservatives aren’t the only ones with a talent for mismanaging elections for fun and profit.

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    MikeJ says:

    BTW, here’s the “fix” for the problem. Doesn’t really fix it, just stops php from displaying the error. That’s WordPress quality!

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    @Punchy: Dec. 15th. 2 games. Nevada v. Arizona and Toledo v. Utah State.

    Unless you mean another “bowl” for the “high holiday” season.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:


    Well to be fair, Donner Party jokes are a matter of taste. Some people find them hard to swallow.

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    Raven says:

    @Maude: They are beetles!

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    mainmati says:

    @cathyx:Notwithstanding the Mayan caveat, it is just the last time this century. We can do it all over again in the next century just as we would have done it in 1912. But Americans probably didn’t notice since they had just elected Woodrow Wilson as President who had huge changes in mind, e.g. the currently topical fiscal cliff is largely about the income tax which was instituted by Wilson among many other things.

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    General Stuck says:

    Mitt Romney won a landslide among white voters, defeating Barack Obama by 59 to 39 percent. In the process he won every large segment of white voters, often by double-digit margins: white men, white women, white Catholics, white Protestants, white old people, white young people.

    I would like to just take a moment to thank that 39 percent of white folk who went against the majority of their tribe, and the rank stupidity and other bad things that caused 59 percent of white voters to vote for Mitt Romney, a candidate with no soul nor shred of intellectual honesty, with so much as a morsel of compassion for those less fortunate than him. And erstwhile, chock full of crass white supremacy, real or feigned. WE might be white, but we ain’t all mean and crazy.

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    cathyx says:

    Fun fact: I live right by the mall that had that shooting yesterday in Oregon. A friend of mine’s daughter was working there when it happened and saw it all.

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    cathyx says:

    Firefox has the word press problem too. It comes and goes and it has come again.

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    Cassidy says:

    Very excited for this movie.

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    MikeJ says:

    @cathyx: IT will show up every time you comment, until John or his minions fix it.

    to fix:
    find wp-config.php in the root of your wordpress install.

    Either edit it on the server if you have shell access or download it to your local machine.

    Open it with a plain text editor (like notepad on windows).

    Add the line:
    @ini_set(‘display_errors’, 0);

    Save the file as plain text.

    If needed, reupload it to the server.


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    Haydnseek says:

    @Punchy: The alleys are open every day of the year……

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    cathyx says:

    @MikeJ: all I can say to that is lol.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    This is a very cool “Year in Review” done by Google. Not only that, but the music for the video is really fucking good.

    If you’re the sentimental type, have some Kleenex on hand.

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    MattR says:

    Another moving service at the Church of Springsteen.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    I just read that Track/Trick/Trig/Tack–whatever Palin has filed for divorce from his wife of 19 months. They have a 16-month-old daughter. I’m torn between saying something snarky (at Sarah’s expense) and hoping things work out for the ex- and the baby. Don’t know the reasons for the split. Both husband and wife are probably young, under-educated, and spoiled. Oh, well….

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    WereBear says:

    We just went out to dinner to celebrate, something Mr WereBear can’t always do, so we are thrilled each time.

    We triumphed on 11/8/12. I still haven’t stopped celebrating that!

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    $84.99 for a six pack of beer? Dang! My palette isn’t sufficiently discriminating and my upbringing too low rent to be able to appreciate such a beer.

    Cheers to those who can and will appreciate it though.

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    piratedan says:

    handy link in case you hear some dipshit echoing the GOP talking points….

    love the fact that there has never been a Ryan budget, a Romney recovery plan and the Dems put out release after release with details, with specifics and the press just keeps promoting the same horseshit braying from the GOP.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: $85 is a lot cheaper than a plane flight to Belgium.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Comrade Jake:

    $85 is a lot cheaper than a plane flight to Belgium.

    Heh! To paraphrase Thomas Pynchon, I’m just a white hat in the Navy of life. For me, the best beer in the world is the one that’s cold and in my hand on a hot day.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    Completely unsubstantiated fearmongering prediction of doom #8873247986 bites the dust.

    Meanwhile, we continue to ignore the gathering climate-change storm.

    Is our humans learning yet?

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    Tonal Crow says:


    So this will be the last day ever to have the 3 numbers be the same.

    12/12/3012. 12/12/4012. 12/12/…. Not that civilized humans are likely to be around on 12/12/3012, mind you.

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    MattR says:

    @Tonal Crow: 12/12/2112 (for the Rush fans – who have had a good week) We’ve got a shot of lasting til then

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ: I had to read this twice to get it. What a gloriously sick joke.

    You know how you can name your iPod? I named mine Titanic. It’s syncing now.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Tonal Crow: No need to wait for 3012, 2112 will have one with a crappy album for a soundtrack.

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    Tonal Crow says:


    @Tonal Crow: 12/12/2112 (for the Rush fans – who have had a good week)….

    Quite right. I’ll acknowledge that as one of my more stupid posts, though others here might disagree.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason:

    I named mine Titanic. It’s syncing now.

    Now that one physically hurt.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    My friend is having a cool cookie party/open house tonight (12 is her favorite number) and I’m stuck at home with the flu. Oh, and I was unable to sell any of my stuff at the company craft fair because of the fucking FLU!

    At this point, I’m hoping the Mayans were right, because so far 2012 has been a crappy year and I’m not sure I’m going to make it to 1/1/13.

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    redshirt says:

    I was hep to this MAYAN APOCALYPSE way back – in the 90’s, man. But then I ran with a new agey crowd and there was all kinds of mystical explanations to everything. It was kinda awesome, and looking back now from my perch of stone hard scientific empiricism, I grow a tad wistful.

    Just a tad, though, mind you. I’ll take the truth – even if harsh, painful, and/or depressing – over myth or knowing lie any day. Except for Sunday. On that day I rest.

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    J R in WVa says:

    Well, we’re watching the 121212 concert, and I went to the donate link, and got an error so like the FYWP error I was shocked.

    I tried again, and I guess on second thought I may have contributed twice as much as I expected, which isn’t the end of the world…This is my first exposure to modern rap, not as bad as I feared, but not as good as Bruce, or Eric, or even the Who.

    Is this Kanye West?

    At least there’s more music to come. There is art in this act, it isn’t just chanting, and he’s political too…

    oh well, wish me luck, and g-night

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    Halteclere says:


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