NHL, Game of Thrones, Mad Men Open Thread

Let’s go Pens!

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    MikeJ says:

    NHL, Game of Thrones, Mad Men

    Sounds like a setup for a Carnac the Magnificent joke that I don’t know the punchline to.

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    geg6 says:

    Ten minutes! Steaks are ready to go on and everything else is keeping warm! Except the wine. I am committing blasphemy and drinking white. Mainly because I forgot to pick up some red.

    Oh well…

    GO PENS!

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    Violet says:

    So you asked why hockey isn’t so popular. I had the TV on for a few minutes this afternoon. Some other hockey game was on (announcer said it was Boston v NY). Sports announcer guy was down on the ice interviewing a player. His name was Fabrice and he spoke with a French accent. You think Real Murkins are going to go for some sport where the players speak French and are called Fabrice? Not so sure about that.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @geg6: You’re drinking wine while watching hockey? I think there’s a law against that.

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    quannlace says:

    And don’t forget ‘Call The Midwife.’ Or don’t guys watch that.

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    geg6 says:


    Fabrice probably has few teeth and could kick most Real Merkins’ asses.

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    Violet says:

    @geg6: Probably. But Real Murkins aren’t swayed by facts or reality, as we know.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Red Wings and Blackhawks gonna be a wild seies-it’s like last night’s game the two sides traded uniforms.

    May the Two Al’s suceed this year.

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    JPL says:

    @quannlace: Several of us enjoy Call the Midwife. Tonight is the finale.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    Just finished reading A Game of Thrones. I think I know what I’m going to be doing next weekend already…

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Hockey? Well, in the worst most godforsaken shithole in America you can still play baseball, or football, or basketball within a short distance from where you live. Ice hockey not so much.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Scamp Dog:

    Just finished reading A Game of Thrones. I think I know what I’m going to be doing next weekend already

    Having sex with your sister?

    You don’t have to live out the books.

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    quannlace says:

    No need to add ‘Mr. Seldrige.’ It looked good at the beginning but has turned out to be one big snooze.

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    geg6 says:

    @👽 Martin:

    If I’m drinking at home, I’m drinking wine. I happen to know that’s what Mario has stocked his owner’s box with. If Mario can do it, so can I!

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    Haydnseek says:

    Cole, I share your love of hockey. I didn’t grow up with the sport, I didn’t play the sport, but so fucking what. I love it. The intensity of playoff hockey is like nothing else. I’m a Kings fan, have been since 1969. When they hoisted the cup last season it was as if all the bad years were washed away. I hope the Kings meet the Pens in the final for Lord Stanley’s cup. If that happens, and the Kings lose, have a Scotch to a worthy opponent, and wait ’til next year!

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    cathyx says:

    Wish I could watch the game, but it’s not on here. And my internet is so slow tonight that the only thing that moves fast enough to keep my interest is spider solitaire. And I believe that my internet provider slows it way down periodically to entice me to upgrade. I hate them.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Just finished watching Oldboy, the movie the boss saw last night. That movie is a mind-f**k and I have to go to the dentist tomorrow. yeesh.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:
    It could have been worse, you could have watched the remake of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

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    Some guy in Austin says:

    Chilling on the deck with a glass of Bordeaux. I’m planning on making a Don Draper inspired Old Fashioned tonight. I have some rye that I haven’t touched in 6 months, so it’s time to do something with it. I’m not sure I’ll like the Old Fashioned. I usually drink my Scotch neat.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Or Marathon Man :-)

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    pokeyblow says:

    Game of Thrones always sounds like a fraternity house ritual performed in the bathroom the morning after a night of dark beer and pizza puffs.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: You’re absolutely right. But consider this scenario. Climate change renders the east coast and upper midwest permanent glaciers. The NHL would be full of LeBron James quality hockey players in about 2 years……..

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    techno says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Hockey? Well, in the worst most godforsaken shithole in America you can still play baseball, or football, or basketball within a short distance from where you live. Ice hockey not so much.

    You have that right. Hockey is played well in USA in places like Minnesota and Massachusetts—colleges like Michigan, Harvard, and the Air Force Acedemy—internationally in places like Canada, Sweden and Switzerland. No godforsaken shitholes on those lists.

    This possibly explains why the broadcasts are sponsored by companies like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Or why hockey players are EASILY the best-educated, most multilingual athletes on earth.

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    Michele C says:

    @pokeyblow: Indeed. I remember a day like that, but it was some evil blue drink and nearly no food and the poor girl whom we were aiding clearly hadn’t even accustomed herself to a couple of beers.

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    Heliopause says:

    Any other weather geeks out there? Lots of very bad weather on the plains right now. Greater OKC getting hit hard as I write.

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    Michele C says:

    @techno: Okay, I *love* hockey, but I’m willing to admit that there are godforsaken shit holes in Manitoba, Michigan, Alberta, and somewhere outside of Vladivostok.

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    pokeyblow says:

    @Michele C:I figure you do, but do you know where Vladivostok is? I mean, I know you know it’s in Russia, but it is way the fuck on the east end of things… so far from Moscow/St. Petersburg. Always struck me as an “interesting” (not the same as “desirable”) place to visit.

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    Michele C says:

    @pokeyblow: I do, indeed, know where Vladivostok is. It’s right across from Busan, Korea, and you can get there by ferry. I am positive that you are right about “interesting.”

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    techno says:

    The leaving home at 13 is a Canadian thing. Hockey players in Europe are educated quite magnificently.

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    pokeyblow says:

    @Michele C: Had I world enough, and time, I’d go check it out.

    Meanwhile I’ll assume Russian friends who advise against have good reason for doing so.

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    techno says:

    @Michele C:
    You have a point. I have been to Flin Flon Manitoba.

    But notice that in the top four finishers in this year’s worlds were Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. There are literally no slums in any of those countries.

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    I’m finishing up the weekend work that I stupidly left all for today.

    Just did a circuit board layout for a new freelance electronics article project. 30mm X 30mm board has one IC chip, 4 capacitors, 6 resistors, three jumpers and 9 offboard wires crammed in. I think I can build this. I don’t know if I can describe to anyone else how to build it.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    Street hockey is always available, any time of year, any climate.

    So is hoseball, all of the equipment for which (garden hose cut into three inch segments for the ball, broomstick or mop handle for the bat) can be easily stolen. The game can be played in any parking lot or alley. Although hoseball was around in the early Fifties (When I played it) I have yet to see a hoseball league, let alone televised games.

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    Heliopause says:

    Weather Channel has some very nasty video from Oklahoma right now.

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    Michele C says:

    @pokeyblow: Yeah, Busan was wonderful and I recommend it if you’re in Korea. I never took the ferry, though, and I wouldn’t have gone to Busan if I wasn’t already living in Korea. Still, best massage I’ve ever had anywhere was Busan.

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    MikeJ says:


    No vacuum tubes? No condensers? You off your game?

    If it’s like last time he needs to be able to get the parts at Radio Shack. Their stock of tubes ain’t what it used to be.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    You aren’t a man until you’ve built a working five tube superhet.

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    Michele C says:

    @techno: There are not. That’s for sure.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Michele C: You need a visa to get into Russia as an American (egregious assumption so forgive me if that’s inaccurate) but only a passport for South Korea. So Vladivostok is something that would take more work.

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    pokeyblow says:

    Yeah, Michele C! Don’t be STUPID!

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    Michele C says:

    @Yatsuno: *And* a ferry would make me vomit. Seriously.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Two great quarterfinal games in the NCAA lacrosse tournament earlier today. Hope you got to see them.

    Perfect outcome: Duke wins, Carolina suffers a shocking, unprecedented collapse.

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    Origuy says:


    You need a visa to get into Russia as an American (egregious assumption so forgive me if that’s inaccurate)

    Not just a visa, but a written invitation from a Russian resident citizen or company. Usually for tourists this is from your hotel or tour company, but I was staying with a friend of a friend. The process for an individual to invite an American is long and expensive; I paid a tour company to issue an invitation saying I was staying at a hotel I never saw the outside of. This was for Moscow; I think you couldn’t do that for Vladivostok.

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    burnspbesq says:


    There are literally no slums in any of those countries.

    Ever been on Langstrasse in Zurich? It might not be Compton, but it’s not far off.

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    Nerdlinger says:

    Mad Men’s turned into a fucking snoozefest. There, I said it.

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    kjazz says:

    Overtime! Go Sens!

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    kindness says:

    GOT was good. What is this having to wait two weeks for the next one?

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    Duane says:

    well that was just heartbreaking….. :29 from a Vokoun SO…. let’s get em in OT…. GO PENS!

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    smintheus says:

    2 goals in 3 periods of play. This won’t really be ‘sudden death’, will it, more like a ‘slow painful death’ OT.

    Pens’ last minute collapse with a man advantage is one for the ages.

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    scav says:

    Swedish Rap if I’m not entirely mistaken. And here’s a bit on one of those entirely non-existent unpossible slums in, of all places, Malmö of Eurovision fame. From 2009 or 2012 or both, but basically, while the depths may differ, doesn’t mean they’re not deep. Lots of issues with immigrants in Norway and Sweden.

    Bits of Malmö I saw were grand, so it’s not to entirely disparage the town. Coincidentally, I was staying there with former political refugees from Communist era Czechoslovakia and they told me being a non-Swede in 1968 and on was hard work with a lot of discrimination so it’s not entirely a new thing either. They never talked with me about wanting to go back to the Czech Republic though.

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    Duane says:

    life on the edge… on to 2nd OT….. GO PENS…

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    Punchy says:


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    Liquid says:

    Two things —

    1) – If you possess Roku/HBOGO/Season 1 of GoT go and watch it now. Not the whole thing start-to-finish but those bits that matter. Such as the King and Ned, Cersei and whomever, anything with Tyrion.

    2) – If you have not read the books or been asleep for three years, well, The Lord of Light asks you to pay attention.

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:


    Yeah, it’s gotta be all Radio Shack parts, which is a bit limiting. Good news is that MAKE Magazine and Radio Shack will be co-branding kits, books and tools starting late 2013 so it will be easier for people to read something, buy it and build it.

    I’d still like to do a vacuum tube project for MAKE. I have a few ideas percolating in my head for this. We’ll see if any of them ends up looking practical enough to be worthwhile for readers rather than just a novelty.

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