Monday Morning Open Thread


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Hayley Reardon’s sixteen. Maybe there’s hope for the future, after all.

What’s on the agenda as we count down to midnight?






108 replies
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    NotMax says:

    Cooking, cooking, cooking for the shindig Monday night.

    It’s not an agenda – it’s both an obligation and a pleasure.

    One fellow always brings his home-built harquebus and a supply of black powder to provide a few loud flash bangs to compete with the fireworks the neighbors set off.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    Very nice, Hayley. I wish you and your friends a good year, and many more.

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    JPL says:

    Happy New Year to our friends and commenters who are celebrating already.

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    Raven says:

    The only time in the last five years we stayed up til midnight was when the Hokies played UT in the Peach Bowl. I suspect we’ll crash out early tonight too. My big problem is what to do for the great brunch that friends have tomorrow. I have a small turkey and have been thinking about bearing down and making turkey tamales. The biggest issue is that they start at noon and the Dawgs play at 1!

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    Punchy says:

    2 inches of snow forecast for KC and the news is treating it like the apocolypse. Redonkulous.

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    magurakurin says:

    Just over three hours to go here in Japan. The wife and the mother-in-law are watching “kohaku,” the iconic NHK television singing program that is shown every New Years Eve. I’ll make ice cream sodas in a bit for the big finale. Then it’s a brief walk to the “jinja,” a Shinto shrine,” to drop a nickle into the box for luck. A five yen coin is “goen” and that sounds like good luck. Nippy outside, only about 35F tonight.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Raven:

    Email me some of those turkey tamales.

    Haven’t focused on New Year’s Eve yet. Up early to finish wrapping Christmas presents for my sister’s family.

    Really enjoying the holiday lights this year. Will be sad when neighbors take them down.

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    R-Jud says:

    We’ve been arranging our costumes for the fancy-dress house party we’re attending. This year’s theme is the color silver and the letter S.

    And I have been baking my ass off– stilton and parsley cheese puffs, two kinds of danish for tomorrow morning, plus brownies and cookies for the 12 children that will be at this party. I’m also in charge of the nibbles, so I have a heap of vegetables to slice and meatballs to fry off.

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    Napoleon says:

    Well Obama and the Dems prove again there are few people on the face of the Earth that are more incompitent at negotiating if this story in the WaPo this morning is true.

    Bravo on Obama, Harry Reid and Joe Biden being the parties that drown the government in a bathtub for lack of revenue while Norquist and the Republicans look on:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html

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    magurakurin says:

    @Napoleon:

    I know it’s just a typo, but “incompetent” is one of those you want to be careful with when proofreading. Kind of like “grammar.”

    And please submit your 5 paragraph essay on how you get something passed so that 2 million people don’t lose their unemployment and the tax accounts of thousands of employers don’t spin around like tops trying to figure out how to calculate the withholding taxes next week.

    It’s easy to bag on Harry Reid and Obama from the comfort of your easy chair. Dealing with the nut jobs in Congress, who, despite what you like to claim, hold power, is another story all together.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    No big plans chez Q, since I’ve got massive back spasms that are not responding to the usual muscle relaxants at the moment. I’ll be working on creative chemistry with the (all legally prescribed, though one was a canine Rx) other meds I have on hand. Thus I suspect high test Mexican coca cola will be my fizzy drink for the evening.

    I hope everyone’s day and evening festivities are dandy!

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    Cassidy says:

    Today has become an unexpected day off. My kids’ daycare was closed. So, 4 day weekend.

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    Napoleon says:

    @magurakurin:

    I know it’s just a typo, but “incompetent” is one of those you want to be careful with when proofreading. Kind of like “grammar.”

    Good point!

    And please submit your 5 paragraph essay on how you get something passed so that 2 million people don’t lose their unemployment and the tax accounts of thousands of employers don’t spin around like tops trying to figure out how to calculate the withholding taxes next week.

    As to the first, you simply do not crush the balance sheet of the US Gov on a short term extension of unemployment like that. They are complete morons to make that deal, just like I would be a complete moron to shove a hot poker in my eye. This deal, if properly reported, is just that stupid. It is not even close to making any sense from the standpoint of the Dems.

    As to your second item, easy, just have the IRS issue new withholding charts today based on the new higher rates and have them kick in a month from now. Tough shit if employers don’t like it, they can take it up with the Republicans.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    Happy birthday Hayley!

    I am trying to get over what I devoutly hope will be the last virus of the season. A happy 2013 to you all!

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    Napoleon says:

    @Napoleon:

    And PS, the Republicans are never going to take Obama seriously (and it is obvious they do not) until he absolutely holds a line he has drawn in the sand. He is incapable of growing a pair of balls and doing so and there is not a single person on the otherside of the isle that does not realize that.

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    chopper says:

    going to rock center to get some breakfast. lah dee dah.

    kiddo’s birthday tomorrow, so we have to do something nice on a day everything is actually open.

    waiting for the cliff, i guess. sequestration will cut my dept’s budget by a quarter billion dollars but as far as i can tell we’ll weather it just fine. we’re good with our budget.

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    chopper says:

    @Napoleon:

    lol, the fact that you think there’s a scenario in which the gop will take obama seriously is just so damn cute.

    the fact that you blame it on the president is too cute by half.

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    jeffreyw says:

    The weather report says “ice pellets”. Ice pellets with snow and ice pellets with rain. Throw in a little fog and we’re good to stay.

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    chopper says:

    @magurakurin:

    just to warn you, it’s going to be a combination of bafflegab and phrases like ‘bully pulpit’ and ‘line in the sand’.

    apparently, yelling and pounding the podium will magically get the gop to drop to their knees and give up.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @The Ancient Randonneur: I went to Free Republic and looked. Nothing about Hilary, but there was a report reprinted from the Daily Telegraph that authorities fear that the Warren Jeffs cult may be preparing for mass suicide.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    Almost there. NZ will be in 2013 already. NSW, VIC and Tassie will be there in about 20 minutes. One hour and twenty for us backward Qlder’s with no daylight savings:)
    Raven we must compare scars sometime, I had spinal sugery for scoliosis, graft, no rods(genetic deformity), 12 months in body cast, 7 of which were spent in bed(no sitting or walking) interesting, I was 13 at the time.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    No plans for today; maybe I’ll go to a yarn store just to see what’s there. One of my closest friends visited over the weekend and it was great to stay up late and talk with her.

    Tomorrow is dinner with a friend and then The Hobbit.

    When did it get to be 2012… I still feel like it 1976…

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @jeffreyw: Jeffrey, where are you situated on that vast continent? Of course this sounds interesting g to the woman who has never seen snow :)

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    Napoleon says:

    @chopper:

    lol, the fact that you think there’s a scenario in which the gop will take obama seriously is just so damn cute.

    He ought to do nothing and watch the Republicans scream as their friends in the defense industry are gored and scream when they are forced to take a position on tax cuts only below $250k. I bet they change their tune and the final result is nothing nearly as bad as what the paper is reporting. And if they don’t do you really think the Dems will end up with a worse deal?

    But Obama is a guy who is enough of a moron to take the arguement that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional off the table months before he even gets to the negotiations over it (I can only hope it is because he has a trillion dollar coin in his pocket).

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    Xenos says:

    @Napoleon:

    But Obama is a guy who is enough of a moron to take the arguement that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional off the table months before he even gets to the negotiations over it (I can only hope it is because he has a trillion dollar coin in his pocket).

    not
    getting
    off
    boat…

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    chopper says:

    @Xenos:

    yeah, minting a trillion dollar coin for a day. that’s a brilliant fucking idea.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): In S Illinois, close to the Mississippi river. Just about as Middle American as I can be.

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    J. says:

    Thank you for sharing that video. I have a 14-year-old daughter who feels like no one at school gets her — and I have tears in my eyes. Will be sharing.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): It isn’t New Years until it’s New Years in Murika.

    Kidding. Just felt we needed a dash of American Exceptionalism.

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    JPL says:

    @Cassidy: Well I live on the east coast of the US so we are the elitist of them all.

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    geg6 says:

    @Napoleon:

    Hmm, you mean an agreement has already been reached and both houses have already voted in it and it has passed? I didn’t see that in the article. All I saw was everything that was already reported by every media operation in America throughout the day yesterday. And that they still haven’t agreed and that there is much doubt that McConnell and Boehner could get the votes even if they did get an agreement. What’s new here? Why should I get my hate on for Obama, Reid, or Biden? And why are you under the impression that the word “negotiation” is the same thing as “my way or the highway”?

    I don’t usually think you are completely stupid, but your preemptive hair on fire crap is not only stupid but really, really old and tired.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @jeffreyw: I hate to think what my two, cat and dog would think of that. Looks amazing.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Cassidy: why thank you kind sir, life just isn’t the same without that dash…….

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    Cassidy says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): Now we just need to add some drunk, belligerent, entitled American Tourist and I’m guessing we just described some of the beaches in Queensland.

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    Phylllis says:

    Front room is undecorated, and vacuumed to boot. The outside lights are himself’s responsibility. Relaxing, reading Quiet, and cooking a light supper later this afternoon. We’ll probably crack open the bubbly during the Clemson/LSU halftime.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Cassidy: more than likely. I have a kind and sensible one in this house, she is married to my son. Hales from Oregon,

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    Cassidy says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): We looked into moving to Australia. The Australian military was ecruiting heavily from US Soldiers and I was unemployed. My wife wasn’t sold on it, though.

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    mai naem says:

    I don’t know wtf you are getting your info but I actually think Obama appears to be doing a halfway decent job this time so f off already. Is there anything more ironic than having Tom Osborn talk about how dysfunctional the Senate is? Except maybe Mitch McConnell talking about how dysfunctional the Senate is. And why the fvck does the liberal MSNBC have Baghadad Dan Senor on? Another Bush fvckhead who needs to go DIAF, after being a volunteer orderly for a paralyzed Iraq War vet for five years.

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    danielx says:

    Another three inches of snow today to go on top of the foot we received over the past week. The daughter unit got to go sledding with a couple of her cronies on Saturday, which of course was a highlight of her holiday break…this evening it’s either shrimp scampi or barbecued shrimp, salad, homemad bread and apple pie for dinner with a bottle of Chandon Blanc de Noirs at midnight or thereabouts.

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    Jim says:

    To help put yourself in a good holiday mood, just click on this short video of some teens having a party to celebrate New Year’s 1960. Although it may seem a little quaint to us today, I wonder if people didn’t have a lot more fun, once, than we do now?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IswxJDvow4I

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Cassidy: shame, it is a great country, not perfect, but great health care education , a great place to raise kids. But understand that being away from extended family can hurt.

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    debbie says:

    @ Rosie Outlook:

    They’re still insisting it’s a lie over at Althouse.

    http://www.blogger.com/comment.....3788989656

    Dicks.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    maybe I’ll go to a yarn store just to see what’s there.

    You know that thing where a lower-case RN looks like a lower-case M? Yeah, I read that three times wondering why anyone would go to a store stocking nothing but varieties of sweet potato.

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    lamh35 says:

    sitting in the service shop of my dealership cor one last check of my car before moving to Baton Rouge.

    why do auto shops assume that everyone wants to watch ESPN? it could be worse, it could be on Faux News…ugh-. thank goodness for my kindle fire and my IPhone hotspot

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    Steeplejack says:

    Nice grrrl power video up top.

    No big plans for tonight. Will go to Total Wine in a bit to pick up a few bottles, including a couple for bro’ man at Sighthound Hall, still besieged by loud, happy Brazilians. Maybe a field trip to Micro Center to pick up some odds and ends, including a wi-fi router.

    In trying to rise above “still camping out” mode in this apartment, I decided I needed a “fun” project in the mix, i.e., getting my “media center” whipped into shape: TV, DVD, stereo, streaming video, etc. And for that I need a new router.

    Thinking about the D-Link DIR-655, but feel free to recommend.

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    JPL says:

    @debbie: wow.. Who are those crazy folks.. Althouse must be so proud of herself to attract such a group of posters .

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: A very loud LOL. Thanks for the laugh.

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    Maude says:

    @jeffreyw:
    A nice rain with a twenty degree drop in temp right after makes for a wonderful time. Can’t even walk. Oh, I forgot, strong winds. Happy New Year to all.

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    Linnaeus says:

    Reading for my dissertation, research on possibly moving in the next year, going to a small party tonight.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Caught up with a buddy of mine last night, was a dose of heavy real-life discussion. Warranted the drinks, but slightly regretting it now. Not to worry, I am planning on being lit like a firecracker this evening. Leaving work early and getting my cook on in 5 hours or so.

    P.S. Ignored politics this weekend, but it sounds like Obama keeps negotiating against himself. He’s got to hold the fucking line and make the GOP put their shit stamp on whatever repressive, regressive measures they want. Make them own that shit, Mr. President.

    His apparent lack of learning that the GOP simply don’t give a shit and are willing to be economic terrorists is distressing.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Steeplejack: I just bought a Cradlepoint MBR95 so I can use the WiFi for Wan feature. It will let me use my Mifi LTE hotspot as a failover for my (slower) DSL. Right now I have it set up as a simple range extender, the radio in the Mifi is rather weak past 25 feet.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @lamh35: They assume that only guys take their cars in for a check-up. (You’re on honorary guy today.) Guys wants sports and ESPN.

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    CA Doc says:

    Holding down the fort at the office today. So far we haven’t seen the bad flu like the south and east–but I’m sure it’s coming. Last year’s flu season was extremely light, which means payback is due.

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    tokyo ex-pat says:

    @magurakurin: I’ve got something in common with your wife and mother-in-law,. We’re all watching the kohaku and waiting for the countdown. My MIL is also here for the event. Enjoy the jinja visit and best wishes for the new year from a fellow BJer in Tokyo.

    50 minutes to go

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    RobertDSC-iMac G5 says:

    Contemplating some software for the new iMac. Logging in books for the last time in 2012 after I get home from work. Bitching at my bank for two phantom overdraft charges.

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    RedKitten says:

    No big plans for tonight. Going to bundle up SamKitten later and bring him out to play in the snow. Poor kid has been going shack-wacky. Tonight we’ll probably just watch a movie. Just three weeks until my due date, so I’m not exactly up for large-scale festivities.

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    Emma says:

    Cut and paste from last thread

    sigh

    Here we go again.

    Do we need to go through the list of Obama’s accomplishments in spite of Congressional opposition? Again?

    I am beginning to think that many Democrats have internalized the Republican way of thinking about Obama. Weak… ineffective…. and when he gets everything he wants, including the presidency for a second time, they walk around telling us how he triumphed in spite of himself and how it was other people who did it, not him.

    Maybe Marshall is more right than he knew. Not only is Washington wired for Republicans, so are a lot of Democrats.

    And I’m making shrimp fried rice tonight. Tired of pork. Right now, I’m finishing my coffee and getting ready for my traditional New Year’s eve declutter morning.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @PsiFighter37: If President Obama goes too far out on a limb, Congressional Dems should reject his offer just like Congressional Repubs rejected Boehner’s offer. President Obama can’t get a deal worked out on his own.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @jeffreyw:

    That’s a cool setup.

    My needs are simple: one-bedroom apartment, but as the devices proliferate (Nook, now a Nexus 7 tablet) they all want to talk to the world. And getting the big-ass TV hooked up to Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime is probably the biggest deal.

    Looking forward to deploying MikeJ’s strategy of naming my wireless network “ATF Surveillance Van,” or possibly “Al Qaeda Sleeper 6.” Don’t think I have any actual wingnut neighbors, but you never know.

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    Baud says:

    @Emma:

    Yep. These people will never leave us. Thankfully, Obama’s reelection eliminated what little relevance they had.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Maude:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. The last one I had was a Linksys, and it was great. I’m trying to triangulate between friends’ recommendations, what looks good on Amazon and what my local Micro Center actually has in stock, because after waffling for weeks I suddenly feel that I need it right now.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Steeplejack: I have stuff scattered all over the house and garage. I think I counted 7 PCs in use, 4 TVs that are wired for ethernet, and 3 android tablets of various makes. I have the first gen 16 gig Nexus 7 and I really like it, paired with the hotspot I can go anywhere with it and get by with a dumb tracfone.

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    Cassidy says:

    Black Eyed Peas are soaking; went with the quick method. In about an hour, they’ll be in my crock pot with some ham, bacon, onions, and random seasoning. I’m thinking a little bit of cajun spice, but I don’t want it to get too hot.

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    cathyx says:

    Did you people watch that video? The song is fantastic and the message necessary. I’ve watched many such videos and heard a lot of songs from young artists, and this one is one of the best.

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    Poopyman says:

    @J.: Hopefully you also found this. Sounds like quite a girl.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Steeplejack: I’ve been looking at this one.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @jeffreyw:

    It’s kind of scary when you start adding them up. I’ve got the Nook and the new Nexus 7, two laptops, a Sirius table “radio” (it streams the channels from the Internet either by wire or wirelessly) and smart TV and smart DVD player. Oh, yeah, and the Droid cell phone would probably like a taste of the wi-fi too.

    Because of no wi-fi, I haven’t played with the Nexus 7 much. I took it with me when I was dogsitting last week and used it mainly as a Web browser and Nook reader. Would like to get to the point where it could be my only take-along device for over-nighters and short trips. Need to configure my e-mail, look for Microsoft Office substitutes and determine if I need/want a little Bluetooth keyboard.

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    magurakurin says:

    @tokyo ex-pat:

    thanks and Happy New Year to you and yours. I’m not really watching, I’m updating my banking records for the year and other end of the year mundane stuff. I keep getting order back into the tv room to see the really good stuff. Not sure how the really stuff differs from all the rest. But they are super, super happy right now. I’m in Tokushima on Shikoku, so it’s pretty quiet here. Small town and all that. Looks like about 20 minutes to go now. Kyotei Boat Races tomorrow with Dad. It’s my other annual New Year event. Dad doesn’t watch the singing. He sacked out at around 8pm. That’s why mom’s over at our place.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Napoleon:

    Well Obama and the Dems prove again there are few people on the face of the Earth that are more incompitent at negotiating if this story in the WaPo this morning is true.

    And what would you propose that they do?

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    Miki says:

    @Steeplejack: That’s what I have (d-link DIR 655) – works perfectly, all the time. Can’t say the same about Comcast/Xfinity or wtf-it’s-called, though.

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    Lojasmo says:

    @Napoleon:

    Re-read the story. Your fifth grade evaluation is a bit fifth-gradish.

    also, take a deep breath.

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    Raven says:

    @Cassidy: That’s what I have. It’s been great.

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    magurakurin says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Nexus 7 rocks. I love mine. There is a lot that can be down offline with it once you get stuff loaded on. Maps With Me makes a pretty good GPS mapping device and it’s free. Looking forward to using the GPS mapping on a trip to Spain and France this spring.

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    Lojasmo says:

    @Napoleon:

    Okay. I tried to be polite. Fuck yourself.

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    divF says:

    Happy New Year’s Eve to all.

    Wife (AKA TRD =”The Real Doctor”, as opposed to me, who only has a Ph.D.) and I will continue our decades-long tradition of going to bed at 10 PM, and being awakened at midnight by firecrackers going off in the neighborhood. The only time we’ve veered from this was to go to a Y2K party where everyone was watching TV to see if any computer infrastructure would go belly-up as various time zones crossed over into 2000.

    Since I won’t be online at midnight, here’s a big thank-you to BJ, both John and the other FPer’s, as well as the commenters. During this wild year, you became the first thing I looked at in the morning, and the last thing I checked at night.

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    catclub says:

    Is it just me who thinks that she sings like all the other nasal singers of the recent pop generation?

    Also, there is no tune, which increases the nasal singing.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Miki:

    Can’t say the same about Comcast, though.

    I’m laughing because when I moved back in the summer the cable provider was a serious criterion. Comcast has a horrible reputation here in NoVa, and I wanted to stay with Cox Cable because I have an add-on hard drive on my cable box that expands the DVR from 40 to 300 hours.

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    lamh35 says:

    @Patricia Kayden: I read the article from Jonathan chait & what he’s said was that the WH thinks it’s the Senate Dems who would cut them at the knees to save themselves & make a deal that undercuts the WH. certain groups always complain that the admin doesn’t have dem party back but rarely admit that on occasion the dems undercut the Prez

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    Raven says:

    From the wayback machine:

    Earlier, when told that Nixon was critically ill, California Governor Ronald Reagan gracelessly said: “Maybe that will satisfy the lynch mob.” In fact, the hospital switchboard was jammed with sympathetic calls, and its mailroom flooded with get-well messages from across the country. One room had to be set aside to contain the flowers.

    Nixon’s trauma last week in Memorial inevitably brought to mind his initial, cryptic refusal two months ago to enter a hospital: “I’ll never come out alive.” He had finally, of course, yielded and spent twelve days in Memorial in late September and early October for treatment of phlebitis, the painful inflammation of the veins in his left leg that has bothered him off and on since 1964. It could at any time cause a fatal blood clot to travel upward in the bloodstream through his heart to the lungs.

    New Tests. Doctors had discovered a clot in Nixon’s right lung during that first hospital stay. Fortunately, the small clot did no major damage, and supposedly adequate doses of anticoagulant drugs to prevent formation of new clots enabled Nixon to go home to his San Clemente villa.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Question to tablet users: I want to get a tablet so I can download instructional videos for crochet, knitting and beading. Which tablet do you use and what do you like about it?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Cassidy:

    I’m torn. The dual band is tantalizing, but the 3700 might be overkill for my place. Maybe the 3400?

    Plus I have irrational fears that 20 years from now we will learn that being bathed in wi-fi emanations causes tumors/depression/footscray. So more concentrated wi-fi power potentially means more and sooner footscray.

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    Lojasmo says:

    @Steeplejack:

    We use a sysco linxyx e1 200 for much the same (two notebooks, an ipad, three phones, 2 roku boxes.

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    tokyo ex-pat says:

    @magurakurin: Haven’t been to Shikoku yet. Know an other American woman from SC I think who married a Japanese And is settled somewhere there. I’m in Tokyo Disney territory. Pretty comfortable to live and raise family. Have fun at the boat races!

    59 seconds!

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    Cassidy says:

    @Steeplejack: I’ve got 4 laptops, an Xbox 360 (by wire), and 2 smartphones. I don’t have much choice anymore. We’re about to replace my wife’s laptop and mine is still kicking but from 2008, so I’m waiting for it. I’ve already replaced the hard drive. When i replace mine, I think I’m going tablet. I don’t game, just stream video, internet, etc. I’m thinking the Surface since it has a USB port for my external hard drive.

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    handsmile says:

    @magurakurin:

    “Nippy outside…” That’s a joke, right? :) Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful celebration tonight.

    I must ask my Japanese s-i-l about the “kohaku” broadcast.

    I’ll visit the Metropolitan Museum today (it’s open on this “Holiday Monday”) to commune with some old artwork friends and reflect upon how swiftly the years now pass by.

    Last night we saw Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” on the big screen at the Museum of the Moving Image here in Astoria. (For fellow Noo Yawkers, you really should check out the terrific screening series there.) An ironically appropriate choice to close out 2012.

    To all, best wishes for a safe passage into a year the Mayans never expected to see. Skoal!

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    tokyo ex-pat says:

    Happy New Year Balloon Juicers!

    Thank you for your witty, diverse and straight from the gut commentary. This place rocks.

    Best wishes to you all!

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    magurakurin says:

    @handsmile:

    ooo, unintended. It is chilly though. Just got back from the shrine. Beautiful clear night with Orion and Jupiter shining brightly.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    I recently got the Google Nexus 7. The new 32GB version was on sale, and it was my Christmas present to myself.

    I like the 7" size. I was surprised over the last year at how much I used my Nook Simple Touch (about the same size as the Nexus 7), and whenever I thought about getting a 10" tablet and what I would use it for I always found myself thinking, “Eh, I can just use my laptop for that.” The 7" size is good for reading in bed.

    And the Nexus 7’s screen is very crisp. I was a little surprised at how good it looks.

    If there is a Micro Center near you, I recommend a field trip, because they typically have all the tablets available in demo mode, and you can fondle them and see which you like. They might do that at Best Buy, but I haven’t been in one in a while.

    ETA: Have to say that I pretty much ruled out an iPad or iPad Mini because of the cost. If you’ve got the dough, by all means check those out.

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    magurakurin says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    I’m not a real techy person and I even surprised myself by buying the Nexus 7. But I did look at other devices and I choose the Nexus because it seems to be “freer.” As in, more free stuff. I know there are moral questions, but an Android device not overloaded by Amazon(read Kindle)lets you download lots of songs for free. Also, the Nexus 7 is just a bit smaller than the Ipad Mini and the Kindle Fire, so it seems to fit nicer in the hand. It also just fits in my front pants pocket. Not that it would be super comfortable, but it does fit and you can walk away with it. The Ipad Mini does not fit at all. The Nexus has a GPS, but the Mini does not. The Kindle has a HDMI port but the Nexus does not, so if you want to plug the tablet into a tv, the Kindle would be better.

    I haven’t loaded videos into the device, but Youtube and other streaming stuff works well enough. Also, Google has said they are coming out with $99 version in the spring. Not sure what the specs will be.

    I can’t say for sure if the Nexus is “better” than the others, but I can say I really, really enjoy the one I have.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @catclub: Around here, SWPL young women also talk with that Godawful nasal whine. Can’t imagine why unless it’s a class marker, but my goodness, couldn’t they just wear expensive jeans so the rest of us don’t have to listen to that?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It’s just past midnight here, and I can see and hear two fireworks displays from my bedroom window, one of them from the park by the Petronas Towers. Selamat Tahun Baru 2013 to all.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @Amir Khalid: And right back at you! Enjoy!

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    For accuracy’s sake, that blog should really be called Stuff RICH White People Like. I’m as white as they come–one of my great-grandmothers was Cherokee but you’d never know it looking at my wavy and used-to-be reddish-brown hair–but when I first read SWPL I had to look a lot of that stuff up. It was so expensive it had never been part of my world.

    SWPL is a very useful demographic descriptor, though. Now, what can we do about that Godawful whine? How can we get them to stop?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Amir Khalid: Et toi aussi monsieur.

    I have to work today. Boo. But maybe I’ll do beans and greens for dinner. Not black eyed peas unfortunately unless I run to the store right after work. And I’m buying doughnuts for the team today.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @catclub:

    Is it just me who thinks that she sings like all the other nasal singers of the recent pop generation?

    Yes, just like that Bobby Dylan kid. Or that guy Woody Guthrie. Or Bing Crosby. Kids today, I tell ya!

    Also, there is no tune

    Hmm. Listened to song again. Heard melody. Perhaps you have a bit of the tune deafness, yes?

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    I was once part of a lively discussion about when you knew you were in the SWPL class, though this was before the website so we ended up calling it the American Dream class. We decided there were three markers: everyone in your neighborhood had finished college; you took it for granted that you could see a dentist whenever you wanted to; you took it for granted that you would have at least one mortgage.

    Nowadays, of course, you can finish college and still not be able to get anywhere a dentist, so our definition is outdated.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Amir Khalid: Happy New Year to you too.

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    Nice tune to start the day off.
    Tonight is Northern Knights MC, no – not 1%ers, but very much a MC. After 2 1/2 mos in a new state on a new side of the continent I’m starting to make friends. A lefty is about as common as ice cubes in hell but they let it go – kinda like most of my friends in NE OR.

    I hope everybody has a safe and happy NY.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Amir Khalid: Happy New Year to you too.

    Two fireworks displays… nice, very nice. I like fireworks displays and when Macy’s has the show on the East River (as opposed to the Hudson River) I can see it from my terrace.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Brachiator:
    And what would you propose that they do?
    A better question would be:
    A true story about Obama in the WaPo?

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    Ruckus says:

    @Steeplejack:
    That’s the new healthcare from our commercial overlords. If they can’t stop the government from providing it, then they can provide the means not to need it for so long.

    /snark. maybe

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    Ella in New Mexico says:

    Irony:

    Anne posts a song by a little girl about what’s really important in life.

    And 99% of the adult responses here about what, really, is NOT.

    Thanks for the link to Hayley Reardon’s awesome song “Tribe”. Don’t miss her video explanation of the roots of that song and “Where the Artists Go”. She thought of this stuff in 8th grade for God’s sake.

    There really is hope for the future, isn’t there, Anne?

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    CaseyL says:

    Wishing everyone here in my favorite on-line hangout a wonderful 2013.

    This is a very sad New Years for me, so I’m not sure what I’ll do tonight.

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    muddy says:

    @CaseyL: Would you like to talk about it? No pressure.

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    muddy says:

    @CaseyL: Maybe see you in here later.

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