Late Night Open Thread: Adam & Dog

(via Gizmodo) (NSFW Warning: brief cartoon nudity)
Can’t endorse the theology, but that is an excellent Little Cur Dog, especially the ears. (I live with the piebald version, a puppy-mill pet-shop discard named Sydney, or Stanley when he’s being particularly ridiculous.)

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    👽 Martin says:

    So, that was about 350 minutes.

    Cole needs to grow a pair.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    I guess Cole lost on the over/under.

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    NotMax says:

    Can’t quite say where today went, but I hope it is happy wherever that is.

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    Alison says:

    How are things going for our East Coast commenters? Are folks still stuck at home or have things started clearing up?

    I don’t know how people deal with these snowstorms. I mean, I guess if you grow up there it’s just par for the course, but…ack.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Since I never watch these things but did tonight, I’ll comment as a less critical observer. I thought the Grammys were excellent. Good performances, agreed with the awards, thought he visuals were clever and interesting. Based on this, I’ll watch again next year. Probably been 10-15 years since I’ve watched and thought they sucked ass before – too much self-congratulation and not enough performing. Could have done with fewer CBS celebrities, though – but keep Neil Patrick Harris. He should be invited to everything.

    I did watch the AMAs a few years ago when my daughter attended, and thought those were pretty good. Katy Perry was the big thing that year.

    But Frank Ocean is okay – don’t really see the fuss. Maybe I’m finally getting old. But I have the other 4 album of the year nominees and think they’re all fantastic. Fun is hardly the epitome of fine music, but man, they really nailed the formula for catchy songs. Nothing wrong with that. And they can’t put Janelle Monae on camera often enough.

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    PeakVT says:

    Any Floridians out there? Is the pending f0recl0sure bill really as crazy as this post makes it out to be? (Yes, I realize the writer may have an interest in keeping the process more complex than it needs to be. Even in light of that, it still sounds crazy.)

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    Elizabelle says:

    Yeah, Grammys did look worthwhile, but had to check out early to feed the Downton Abbey habit. Two hour show tonight.

    Glad you liked it. (I missed any and all Black Keys sightings. Sigh.)

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    magurakurin says:

    Holy personal vendetta, Batman…I just made it like 150 comments through that drone thread. Wow. The hatred on the part of some directed at Zandar was….weird. Something else has to be going on there.

    fucking weird. The internet really isn’t a good thing for some people with issues. And some of those folks have issues.

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    👽 Martin says:


    I don’t know how people deal with these snowstorms

    I never thought it was that bad. It forces everyone to slow down. Everything gets really quiet – the neighbors get together more. When they’re really bad things can be stressful and that sucks, but that isn’t that often. I’d rather deal with 3′ of snow than ¼” of ice. I remember the 1978 ice storm in NY. That was horrible – no power for 4 days. No heat. All of the trees were destroyed. You couldn’t drive anywhere. But the snow was never that bad – even the 3′ and 4′ storms I’ve been in.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Elizabelle: The only thing I actually “liked” on the Grammys broadcast was the show-closing number, and there were fucking voiceover ads during it.

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    👽 Martin says:


    I missed any and all Black Keys sightings. Sigh.

    There were quite a few and a nice performance. Well earned. They’ve gotten more play in my house this last year than anything else.

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    Alison says:

    @👽 Martin: Okay, that sounds even worse. See, I have lived my whole life in the Bay Area, so I’m largely inexperienced with any form of extreme weather. Sure, we’ve occasionally had a heat wave or a minor flood, but mostly it’s very unremarkable. Just how I like it.

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    Arclite says:

    Anne Laurie’s posts kick ass, so whenever they come is always the right time.

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    Alison says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: I didn’t watch it, but saw this moment via Twitter and it made me grin :)

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    magurakurin says:

    @Alison: I had a professor once who moved up to Oregon from the Bay Area, but he was originaly from the Mid-West. He said once about his time in the Bay Area, “Californian’s don’t deserve California.” It was a joke, of course, but what he meant was that folks who grow up there really have no concept of bad weather. He got tired of the complaints when it rained or got a bit chilly. I noticed the same thing in Oregon with all the Californians who moved up North. Hell, I had come from Philly, so I though the Portland winters were fairly mild. Sure it’s gray and chilly, but there is hardly ever a snowfall of much amount and it is comparatively green. California is goddamn paradise for weather. I always enjoyed my travels there, alot. A beautiful place.

    Now traffic and freeway jams. You folks are the champions in that area. No equals. Oh and earthquakes, mudslides and fires, too.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Would love to see the Black Keys in concert. Some day.

    I love the quiet that follows major snowstorms. Forces you out of your routine. Much better with electrical power, though.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Alison: The one thing I miss living here in CA is the lack of day-to-day variety. Thunderstorms and snowstorms and all that create a nice diversity to the year. Something to look forward to, and then to look forward to ending. Something to force you to change direction and perspective.

    Living under the shadow of earthquakes isn’t the same. Snowstorms disrupt things but generally don’t do harm. Same with the wildfires.

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    Alison says:

    @magurakurin: Oh, trust – I also go off on people for the wimpiness sometimes. I mean, you either get people who drive like bats out of hell in the rain because they think they’re invincible, or they slow to a crawl at the merest drizzle.

    And yeah, our traffic. I’ve had various types of commutes as I’ve moved around and some of them are just crazy awful. One of the nicest things about not working is not dealing with our Godforsaken rush hours (plural because that shit seriously lasts 2-3 hours morning and afternoon/evening)

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    Alison says:

    @👽 Martin: The earthquake thing has never really bothered me. I mean, I’m 32, and in my life we’ve had the one big one in 1989 that did major damage, and then a few medium ones that did a little bit of damage, and then a shitload of tiny tremors that are nothing. It makes me laugh when people from other places are all BUT WHAT ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKES like we have a 9.0 every week or something. The vast majority of them are either not felt at all or just a little rumble where you sit and wait and go “okay, anyway” and go on doing what you’re doing.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @Alison: Bay Area? No snow, no ice, but there’s that earthquake thing you oughta be prepared for …

    ETA: I see someone beat me to it. No, seriously, all of this stuff is just preparedness. In my neck of the woods, we don’t get earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, or tornadoes. But we do get ice storms, so we need to be ready for about 3 days without power or transportation.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @👽 Martin: I missed Spring when I lived in SoCal and ended up moving back East where I grew up. I’ll put up with winter to have spring.

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    magurakurin says:

    @Alison: I live Japan now, so, yeah, if you are going to worry about earthquakes living on the Rim of Fire is pretty much a non-starter. It’s kind of like cancer or heart disease. If it strikes you, it strikes you. Try to be prepared as you can, but otherwise, it’s destiny. Snow, on the other hand, I always found to be a major pain in the ass back in Philly. I don’t miss shoveling driveways, deicing windshields, and that extra special terror of driving on rural Pennsylvania roads covered in black ice. I don’t miss the mud in Spring either. Hell, summers suck too. Only fall is nice. And it is short. The weather in Philly sucks ass.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @👽 Martin:

    I’d rather deal with 3′ of snow than ¼” of ice. I remember the 1978 ice storm in NY. That was horrible – no power for 4 days. No heat. All of the trees were destroyed. You couldn’t drive anywhere. But the snow was never that bad – even the 3′ and 4′ storms I’ve been in.

    You are correct — ice is nastier, much more dangerous & destructive, than snow.

    I like living in New England, we moved here deliberately, because we prefer weather to climate. Although we just came in from removing, for the third time today, enough of the 2’x2′ slushy-snow berm at the end of the driveway that we’ll be able to get the car out in the morning (six hours from now). Godsdamned city snowplow drivers are careful to ensure that the street is clear for commercial truck traffic, but they’re not paid to care about homeowners’ driveways! And the forecast is for rain during the morning rush hour… that means icy puddles wherever the snow piles block the storm drains…

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    Alison says:

    @magurakurin: “If it strikes you, it strikes you.” Yeah, exactly. I realize a big ass quake could happen, but it’s not definitely going to by X or Y date, and also, it’s not a regular occurrence like tornadoes, blizzards, etc. Plus, I feel like as time goes on and they get better and smarter about quake-proofing construction and such, the extent of the damage will be less and less. Of course in a big one there will always be some damage, but we get better about mitigating it all the time.

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    Alison says:

    @Anne Laurie: AL, I’m curious, and if it’s nothing you want to mention please tell me so (or if it’s something you’ve already mentioned and I’ve missed it, I’m sorry) – but I notice that you’re one of our late-night FPers and yet you’re on the East Coast. Are you just a night owl or do you have a job and/or school schedule that has you on an atypical schedule?

    I’m nosy. Especially when bored :)

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Alison: I’m unemployed, right now, and a natural night owl. So I can cover the late shift, and maybe put up an early-morning Open Thread before going to bed just as the “normal” people are logging on. If you’re an old TV show buff, think of me as the charlady caricature at the end of the Carol Burnett Show…

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    Alison says:

    @Anne Laurie: I’ve never seen the show (except clips here and there) but I Googled a bit and I love that you used this as a comparison for yourself :)

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    max says:

    @Anne Laurie: You are correct — ice is nastier, much more dangerous & destructive, than snow.

    Never snowed in Dallas (or so little as to not matter). Only ice. A nice 2 inch coating of ice and you can iceskate in your car pretty well. Wildfires, tornadoes, plagues of grasshoppers, droughts, heat warnings (i.e. people would die regularly), floods and the remnants of hurricanes. No mud slides, and only tiny earthquakes.

    Still beats the shit out of this incessant overcast. I now comprehend down to the bones why English people are all depressed.

    magurakurin:Holy personal vendetta, Batman…I just made it like 150 comments through that drone thread. Wow.

    While people are deeply frightened (or outraged…?) at the prospect that they might be killed if they join Al Qaeda and go to a foreign country, under the radar we have this:

    According to legal precedent, the Fourth Amendment — the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures — does not apply along the border. By the way, the government contends the Fourth-Amendment-Free Zone stretches 100 miles inland from the nation’s actual border.[…]The DHS watchdog’s conclusion isn’t surprising, as the DHS is taking that position in litigation in which the ACLU is challenging the suspicionless, electronic-device searches and seizures along the nation’s borders. But that conclusion nevertheless is alarming considering it came from the DHS civil rights watchdog, which maintains its mission is “promoting respect for civil rights and civil liberties.”

    The odds are terrible that you will be killed by a drone – the odds that you will searched and arrested regardless of the fourth amendment are very high. (So, to sum up, we have about the world’s worst prison system, a deportation system that’s been turned into a concentration camp system, the government that can search you at will (and confiscate your property at will with no recourse), you have no rights that the FISA court is bound to respect, and our government is in the middle of a major cyberwar that is spilling out all over everybody that they themselves started. That’s aside from the free speech infringements, the free association and free movement infringements, the usual police harassment, and also if somebody decides to fuck with you and calls the swat guys on you, they’ll shoot your dog, because they gotta use those AR-15’s on somebody.)

    Moral: if you want to live a free and happy life, unencumbered by government harassment or maybe you’re just some kind of wild-living libertine, you should get a job with a bank. Those guys throw some really wild parties and they can get away with anything.


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    scav says:

    While I agree that too many in CA are weather wimps, one thing I appreciate about growing up there is the ability to distinguish seasons without having them hit you with a baseball bat. Biggest one I remember is the sky is different when it hits fall. It gets bluer? Closer? Hard to describe. ‘f course, I was in the SoCal part that got snow and apppeciated it so not completely typical. Smog was a bear though. I’d take overcast and drizzle any day (Seattle tested). Not that the drama-queen seasons the Midwest hauls out aren’t fun, more that it’s like comparing a tea ceremony and an Octoberfest. They’ve each got points.

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    magurakurin says:

    @max: I was more talking about the hate being thrown and Zandar, which, quite honestly, didn’t seem to have anything to do with the subject matter. At all.

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    WereBear says:

    @scav: the ability to distinguish seasons without having them hit you with a baseball bat

    I admit, I do live in an area like that, and I love it!

    Month of Februrary I’m not thrilled with, but the rest is simply awesome. Best Fall ever!

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    What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us? says:

    I saw all the Oscar-nominated animated shorts yesterday and the one above (Adam and Dog) was my favorite. I just liked the aesthetics of it better than the others, and the story was better too. Head Over Heels was also very good. Plus there’s a short starring Maggie Simpson that’s pretty good – her parents drop her off at Ayn Rand daycare.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    California is neat, and has known “interesting” weather and geological events. It also has a history of regular devastating megafloods that haven’t hit in a while…

    The only megaflood to strike the American West in recent history occurred during the winter of 1861-62. California bore the brunt of the damage. This disaster turned enormous regions of the state into inland seas for months, and took thousands of human lives. The costs were devastating: one quarter of California’s economy was destroyed, forcing the state into bankruptcy.



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    Beth says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: Yes.

    Rules for buying real estate in CA:
    1. Always check flood plains, and buy up high.
    2. Always check geological maps and reports. Do not buy on a fault. Do not buy on ground that can liquefy. Etc.

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