Afternoon open thread

I’m playing Star Wars: The Old Republic today.   This morning I watched “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” for the first time in about 20 years.

Be excellent to each other.

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    Pangloss says:

    I’m on a 1970s music kick: David Bowie, The Tubes, Talking Heads, and Brian Eno.

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    RobertDSC-iPhone 4 says:

    I love my niece & nephew like there’s no tomorrow, but shopping for them is a cast-iron bitch.

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    Woody says:

    I’ve played about 34 games of Star Trek Next Gen Pinball on the iPad.

    It’s 4PM CST on Saturday, about 24 hours after Wayne La Pierre’s call to arms. While it is true that several outlets in traditional media have found the rant objectionable, there’s a dog that isn’t barking:

    Not one Republican has disavowed La Pierre’s remarks that I can find.

    Not one “reporter” has seen fit to ask a Republican on record to criticize (or even disassociate) the remarks.

    If this situation were reversed, Fox News hosts would have chewed through several shag carpets by now, the Sunday gasbag shows would be filled with Cokies being disgusted at the Democrats’ cowardice, and the Bachmann/Gohmerts getting big time CNN whine time.

    Instead, tumbleweeds blow lazily down a deserted main street.

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    Gozer says:

    I’m ’bout to watch Bullitt and start on the 3rd season of Boardwalk Empire. Might warm up some Indian food from the fridge and crack open the bottle of Laphroaig my Dr. Mrs. gave me.

    EDIT: Also…Battlefield 3 later.

    Gawd I lurve vacation!

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Playing Star Wars? When do you go on your lightsaber rampage?

    We need more federal agents on the Death Star.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    You too, Sooner! And the rest of you bums, too.

    I have 2 questions which I hope will be seen here near the top.

    1). Keith, the original story about Garnet mentioned all her teeth had been broken. Was the vet able to fix them?

    2). John, how do you keep your rugs and furniture so clean with 3 animals in the house?

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    Mudge says:

    My wife loves Bill and Ted. Aside from it being fun, it was filmed at her high school, so she also gets a nostalgia tour.

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    Andre says:

    I need to log back in to SWTOR some time today, too (just finishing off Chapter III of the Imperial Agent quest.) But I also have to craft stuff in GW2, run through the new content in The Secret World, and whoops I appear to have bought Dark Souls on Steam last night by accident. I don’t think I’ll have time to be excellent to anyone but myself. (That’s how I know this is a real holiday.)

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    So I’m back home more or less in one piece. 13 hours in a rental car from central Iowa to Detroit through the remains of a winter storm. Hundreds of cars and scores of semis in the ditch. I will never drive a base model Dodge Dart again if I have any choice. maybe this is a great car for you but I hate it. I also hate how a few Iowans hog the only open freeway lane going 20 MPH under the speed limit and causing dangerous miles-long backups. Not cool. I like how National Car Rental did everything they could to take care of me. It’s nice that when you’re in a bind you’re not just another transaction. I’ll keep doing business with them.

    Oh, and I picked up a cold in Mexico. Or on one of the nine airplanes I’ve been on in the last 10 days. Driving on ice and repeated explosive sneezing is not a safe way to travel. I’m pretty sure if you ACHOO! and send your hatchback spinning into the path of an 18 wheeler you go to hell with no appeal.

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    Brother Maynard says:

    I unlocked the S-35 CA in World of Tanks and I’m grinding out cash to buy a T95. It’s going to take very long time.

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    the Conster says:

    Socializing with old friends from the 70s, and all of our children are now older than we were when we first started all hanging out. I’m really glad there weren’t camera phones back then because we’re telling stories that involved copious consumption of various organic substances, and there was a lot of hair on head and face, most of it bad.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    The two Old Republic standalone games are structured so you don’t get a light saber to play with until you’re about a quarter of the way through.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: Only thing I think of when I hear Dodge Dart is that indestructible slant-6 engine. I am old.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Is that one of those games that kills so many people each year? (Snark)

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    Andre says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: SWTOR’s the online sequel to KOTOR (and because it’s BioWare, it ignores KOTOR II entirely.) You get a lightsabre after an hour or two of playing a Jedi or Sith character (and naturally enough, you’re just one of many.)

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    I’m getting to know my new home. I now live in a leetle town where homes cost WAY MORE than they’re worth. Location, I guess. And the town seems to be lily white. I’m told that everybody and their dog is Republican.

    However, this section of PA is wall-to-wall towns, with no country in between. There are neighboring towns that seem more “normal.”

    [My daughter’s SO moved us here from Ohio. He’s the guy she met online.]

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    lojasmo says:

    Ale and watching “Limitless” now. Later will be the final episode of second season Downton Abbey.

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    bemused says:

    We’re watching Jumanji and then The Man Who Came to Dinner on TCM.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Only thing I think of when I hear Dodge Dart is that indestructible slant-6 engine. I am we are old.

    Edited for comprehensiveness.
    I think the new Fiat sourced Dart has the bones of a fine car. But the base model was a torture chamber on wheels for me yesterday. I’d like to see it succeed.

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    Triassic Sands says:

    I just want to take this opportunity to wish the Great Orange Boner a Merry (war on) Christmas and extend my condolences to him for his being such a complete ass and positively worthless human being. May the New Year be kinder to him (which will require a frontal lobectomy and the alien abduction of all the Teabagger dicks in his caucus. You suck, John.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Merry Christmas to all as you set off to meet family/relax at home/whatever. Here’s a performance of Stille Nacht by the Vienna Boys Choir, complete with all six verses.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:


    Seriously, best to you for the season. Enjoy the warmth of all those vacuum tubes.

    Season’s Greetings to you too.

    Excellent tubes idea. I haven’t played a record in 2 weeks. Time for some sappy, sentimental holiday music.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    I’ve yet to play any of new MMOs mentioned here, though I did semi-reluctantly reactive my WoW account night before last. Mists of Pandara is on sale so I might spring for it. How _is_ The Secret World? I was really interested in that but haven’t been able to play, ditto with The Old Republic.

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    WereBear says:

    Sir Tristan, Kitten Extraordinaire (they are kittens until they are three, and he’s only two) wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season:

    Tristan and his new holiday rug

    Did I mention this cat is the goofiest goofball who ever goofed a ball?

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    Todd says:

    Be excellent to each other.

    Party on, dudes….

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    gogol's wife says:

    Okay, I’m now hearing fireworks in my neighborhood. Since when is CHRISTMAS a fireworks holiday? It used to be just the 4th of July. Now it’s expanded to all other holidays. GET OFF MY LAWN!

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    Politically Lost says:

    I’ve leveled a Jedi Shadow in SWTOR and have decided to gear up for being a tank. I’ve never played one of these games before and it took me months to get through all of the quests and am just beginning to understand how much more there is to the game than just running a maze, killing bad guys, and solving the puzzle.

    In the last two weeks I’ve just started to learn about the different roles that people assume during team play. Why are people such assholes to those that are just learning?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @RobertDSC-iPhone 4:

    shopping for them is a cast-iron bitch

    Properly seasoned, a cast-iron bitch can be just as effective as a nonstick bitch.

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Only thing I think of when I hear Dodge Dart is that indestructible slant-6 engine. I am old.

    My dad requests a capsule review of everything I drive. Here it is below:

    The Dart looks nice outside. The engine has decent power and it gets great gas mileage. Throttle is very abrupt. Brakes extremely touchy. Interior has weird styling. Nice sized trunk. Radio is awful. Even with bass turned all the way off and treble and mid turned all teh way up it’s boomy and fuzzy. The driver’s seat has a ‘short’ lower cushion that left half of my thighs unsupported. No lumbar support. Seating position is low even with height cranked up. Steering wheel is nice, but steering made groaning noises. Body seems solid. Tires are noisy. Heater blower is deafening. This was a base model. maybe the up-line ones are better. Mechanically, the bones of a good car are there.

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    John O says:

    A Merry Christmas to all BJer’s! (Oh, and Happy Holidays, too!)

    I’m just cuddling with my kitty, grinning at my doggie, and waiting for the MO-IL game…as an Illini fan, I’m looking forward to finding out if they’re any good.

    A little package wrapping, some sappy and very traditional Christmas music on, a cocktail, and you have yourself a good night.

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    Suzanne says:

    I just took my Structural Systems exam. I feel cautiously optimistic about it—by that, I mean that I didn’t immediately consider a change of professions upon completion.

    Drinking later.

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    KG says:

    I’m Christmas shopping because if you’re not doing it at the deadline, you’re doing it wrong. Also, too, I got a new ride a few weeks back (shortly after landing a new gig), 2013 Challenger R/T classic. It is so much fun, it probably shouldn’t be legal, or at least heavily taxed

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    Maude says:

    @Politically Lost:
    I knew someone who was ridiculed by a gaming group. They can get nasty, from what I understand.

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    pat says:

    There was a question about Garnet’s broken teeth. It hasn’t been answered yet as far as I know, but I do have some experience with a semi-toothless cat. Susy had some sort of decay that the vet told me was painful for her, so she (the vet) pulled about half of her (Susy’s) teeth. She still eats just fine, crunchy kibble and all.

    So maybe Garnet had some teeth pulled too.

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    frinklin says:


    SWTOR doesn’t ignore KotOR 2 completely. If you complete a certain Flashpoint on the Rep side you will meet the Exile. Sort of…

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    lamh35 says:

    Trying to decide if I’m gonna buy “Hip Hop Dance Experience” videogame for Wii (or flip-side, buy a new X-box w/Connect system)

    If it’s anything like Michael Jackson Dance Experience (which is awesome BTW, if you are a MJ-stan or just like the idea of dancing to MJ classics)

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Thank you. That’s very thoughtful.

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    geg6 says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    You anywhere in my neck of the woods? East or west PA? Please don’t tell me you’re living in Pennsyltucky!

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    Andre says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth:

    TSW is pretty interesting. It’s still a MMO at heart, so all the things that bother people about MMOs are still there (grinding, static worlds, areas crawling with low level trash monsters, etc)

    But it’s got a few nice tweaks as well. The classless approach and limited number of active abilities means it’s got a lower “curve” to getting your character geared up for anything, sort of like the original Guild Wars.

    The real highlight for me is the investgation missions. They require actual research (sometimes code breaking, sometimes linguistics, sometimes literary references or careful observation) and can usually be done without combat. They are often really, really difficult. Other missions de-emphasise combat over stealth and planning, so there’s a lot there. Every mission except the main mission is repeatable, too.

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    I guess you’d call it the greater Philly metropolitan area. Filled with what the folks Down Home would call damnyankees. But the town has been very polite so far.

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    Gex says:

    Ugh. Just depressed the shit out of myself. I was thinking about the big Christmas gathering and the fact that my Uncle Phil will be there.

    Phil is the guy I remember saying “Good. Those cocksuckers deserve to die” during a discussion of AIDS when I was a young girl.

    He is the guy with the explosive anger.

    He is the guy with a terrible drinking problem.

    He’s the guy who molested his younger sister.

    And he is the guy with a conceal and carry license.

    Last year I refused to go because of the gun. I will do the same this year. I hope to another Christmas with my grandparents again, but that’s not looking good.

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    Gex says:

    So maybe a more positive note…

    It has been years since my family decided to skip the gift exchange portion of Christmas. Sure, we get something for the new baby, but nothing else.

    I’ve really noticed how it takes a lot of the stress out of Christmas. No hunting for parking. No crowded shops. No credit card balances. What a gift!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I prefer Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, but that may be because I have fond memories of watching it during the LA Riots. Plus, you know, they give Death a wedgie.

    “You have sunk my battleship.”

    @RobertDSC-iPhone 4:

    My niece is 12 (going on 13) and my nephew is 9, so I’ve been able to switch over to Target gift cards. I did luck into finding a Jedi Academy robe on the sale rack at work, so my nephew is getting that as a secondary gift. They are both old enough now that they really enjoy the idea of getting to choose their own gift.

    (And you want kids who are tough to buy for? Try two who are on the autism spectrum and have very. specific. interests. and have no compunction about telling you if you bought the wrong Pokemon cards.)

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    geg6 says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Ah…well, at least you’re living near civilization and civilized people. I love Philly, but don’t tell any of my fellow Pittsburgh metro area denizens I said that.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I hope to another Christmas with my grandparents again, but that’s not looking good.

    If they’re reasonably close by, keep in mind that the 12 days of Christmas actually start on Christmas Day, so technically you have until January 6th to still see them for Christmas. Or just declare yourself Eastern Orthodox, in which case Christmas Day for you is January 7th.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I should be doing laundry right now, but G decided to take a nap, so I have nowhere to sort my dirty clothes. So now I get to blame him if I don’t have clean clothes. ;-)


    Is that a new holiday rug for this year, or last year’s picture? I just took a photo of Annie and Charlotte laying butt-to-butt on the bed. Because they hate each other so, or so they keep trying to convince me.

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    FormerSwingVoter says:

    @Politically Lost: If you’re going to tank or heal, I’d highly recommend doing it from the start, so you can learn in the easier, lower-level areas. If you’re new to group play, I’d also recommend going DPS for a while first, so you can get a better handle for what to do and not do in that sort of setting. It also makes it easier to see what makes for a good healer or tank.

    I’ve got my Shadow Tank up to level 45, and it might be the most ridiculously complicated spec I’ve played in any MMO ever. I’ve got at least 25 abilities hotkeyed, and I use them all. Personally, I love it, but it’s… not newbie-friendly ;)

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    Gozer says:

    @Linda Featheringill: My neck ‘o da woods. Lehigh Valley resident here.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: NEW rug. They have no interest left in last years’ rug, which has now been demoted to kitchen duty!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I should probably get our tribe their own rug. It’s driving poor G crazy that Charlotte keeps fighting a running battle with our entryway rug. (Literally, she will bunch it up and start biting and kicking it. We’re pretty sure some nip got spilled there at some point.)

    Here’s Charlotte and Annie, hating each other.

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    imonlylurking says:

    There’s stuff I need to do but there’s a snoring cat on my foot.

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    Lojasmo says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:

    The tarted up dodge dart is fucking fantastic.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Suzanne: Is this an exam for professional ranking? Will it help make your current job more secure? I hope you get a really good grade.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Great cats.

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    mainmati says:

    With the family went to see the actual musical Les Miserables at the National Theater in downtown DC. Haven’t seen the latest movie version but the live musical was really extraordinary: good performances combined with really good sets and use of lighting to go beyond what is normally possible on a stage.

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    BettyPageisaBlonde says:

    This is a most excellent open thread, young padawan.

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