Open Thread

Hope you all had a good Memorial Day. I’ve been dealing with sinuses all day (love this weather flipping from 80 to 40 to 75 to 32 to 5o to 40. It is May, right?). At any rate, this has been the general theme of the day:


Big game between the Red Wings and Blackhawks coming up in a couple minutes.

*** Update ***

You want MOAR Tunch? Here is an action picture of fatboy in thebackyard from two minutes ago. It is, as always, a little fuzzy:


47 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    I’m sad about having to go to work tomorrow.

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    Yatsuno says:

    Needs moar Tunch. But I’ll tell wifey anyway.

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    Nicole says:

    I still have some work to do, but had a nice afternoon with friends. Going to make dinner and then check out one of the new Arrested Development eps.

    Vulture had a great article this week about the origin of some of the AD jokes. I loved learning that Carl Weathers came up with the “Carl Weathers is cheap” thing himself. He is a funny man. He was also my second crush (I was 8).

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    BGinCHI says:


    that is all

    weather here blows, btw

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    Elizabelle says:

    those be some happy dogs

    little did lily or rosie know what bliss lay in their futures when a big dude crossed their throwaway doggie paths

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    Love the photo text.

    I felt the need to stick my feet in the raging spring run off today. Do you know how cold water is when I starts out at 14K feet? It was great. I’m sure my little toe will turn pink again someday. hee-hee.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Is she inside now? She really is so cute.

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    Thread needs moar Katie Kitteh!


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    JPL says:

    @jeffreyw: Katie has won our hearts and I’m so pleased that she is becoming a couch potato. After watching her for months though, I feel she still hears the call of the wild.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Spent this weekend watching South Korean crime movies, The Chaser was over the top, Sympathy For Mr Vengeance was weird and over the top. But I Saw the Devil, was way off the chain! One thing about these movies, this ain’t Hollywood. I don’t think Hollywood has the stones to do movies like this, I’m surprised Tarantino hasn’t approached these films for ideas.

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    Josie says:

    @jeffreyw: She is so cute. There is just something about that face. It makes you want to hug her.I’m so glad you all were able to bring her back inside and hope she will learn how lucky she is.

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    Politically Lost says:

    I’ve been preparing my living room for the impending knee replacement surgery on Thursday. Moved the TV, computer, couches, chairs…borrowed a commode from a fellow joint replacement patient, scored a walker from a second hand store.

    This will be my sixth knee surgery, yet this one is really starting to weigh on my mind. Cutting out chunks of bone and slapping in some urethane in between the joints doesn’t seem like that elegant of a solution to the extreme arthritis that drives me insane everyday.

    My doctor wouldn’t do the surgery until I lost weight. Which I did to the tune of 90+ lbs. This last year has been preparation for a life changing surgery. Now….I’m just scared.

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    Mike in NC says:

    With no ‘Game of Thrones’ last night we had to settle for ‘Arrested Development’. Four episodes of House Bluth. Good stuff. Might do a few more tonight.

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    Msskwesq says:

    Go Blackhawks!!!!!

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    Elizabelle says:


    what’s this call of the wild business? Before I clicked on the pic, thought you might be raising a wolf.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    I bought a new camera.

    The wife and I are taking a day trip next weekend to Whitney Portal and all we have are cellphone cameras or my Olympus circa 2001. So I decided to get a new camera with zoom. Kind of useful to get a picture of Mt. Whitney.

    I’d read about the Galaxy Camera and looked into it. It’s a GS3 sans phone radio with a zoom lens and flash. So I checked on the web and Best Buy had them in stock. I drove up to there, stopping at Costco on the way to see what they had. They had a Samsung WB250F, not as high resolution, less zoom and smaller screen. So I headed on to Best Buy. I Looked at the camera section and there was no Galaxy Cam. Over closer to the cellphones they had the GS4’s and Notes, and there was the Galaxy Camera. It’s big and heavier than most point and shoot cameras but I knew that. I wanted to try it out, take some pics and see how it looked. I tried to turn it on, no dice.

    One of their “associates” asked if I need any help. I said, “sure, I’d like to turn this camera on and see how it looks”. He picks it up tries to turn it on, doesn’t work for him either. Says that the guy last night forgot to charge it. I say, “do you have any in stock? Do you have anyway to turn it on?” No, he says, but we have this other camera over here. I look at the camera, it’s $300 more expensive and not an android camera. I tell him that’s different, he leaves. I spent a few minutes playing with the GS4’s and Notes and left.

    So I bought the WB250F at Costco, Best Buy lost the sale due to not having a working demo model. My only thought now is whether Best Buy or Fry’s Electronic has the most incompetent staff.

    PS I like the cam that I bought. However, it doesn’t have GPS, but you can use the autoshare feature to automatically copy pictures as you shoot them to you cellphone and it will geotag them. I tried this today and it shows me somewhere between Cyprus and Lebanon, I guess that won’t be working for a bit.

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    Throwin Stones says:

    Saw your post Friday, Cole. You have not disappointed. I’m almost caught up on threads :)
    Go Wings!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    Sorry for the long comment, I just needed to vent.

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    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: Jeffrey rescued Katie months ago and she made a run for it. She lived through snow, rain and horrible weather. They would leave food out and slowly but surely they were able to capture her and turn her into a couch potato.

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    Violet says:

    Love your little doggies! So cute. Tunch is so wide. Pretty in the green grass.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Politically Lost:

    My thoughts are with you. Hope you have a good outcome on the surgery.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    You cannot overcome the awesomeness of Patrick Eaves.

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    JPL says:

    @jeffreyw: Was my description at 20 okay… She really is a wild child although a really cute one.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    In that last picture I see that John has finally figured out how to grow giant marsmallow Peeps in the garden.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @JPL: Pretty much correct, but when she came into heat and developed a crush on the neighbor’s Yorkie we were able to use him for bait and managed to corner Katie and grab her. She has a vet appointment tomorrow to be spayed.

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    JPL says:

    @jeffreyw: Well that is cool. I had assumed she finally came close enough to you, that you could grab her. Good work on the yorkie’s part though. She is such a sweetie and she has no idea how many of us were hoping she’d appreciate the hand that feeds her.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Back from our mini-vacation in Pasadena. The only annoying thing about it was that housekeeping didn’t get around to making up our room until 4:00 pm. If we’d known they would take that long, we would have hung around the room until they were ready to clean it instead of trying to find other places to be.

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    Me too seeing as I was sick yesterday and was robbed of one of my holiday weekend days. I hates it when that happens.

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    The Galaxy Phone, and similar Android phones, seem really interesting. They’re not exactly my cup of tea- I’m a hardcore DSLR guy- but Android seems like a great platform for people who want the ease of sharing their photos they get from a smartphone attached to a more serious camera. I think it also highlights the difference between Apple’s idea of a platform and Google’s. With iOS, you get some really nice hardware, but you’re limited to what Apple chooses to provide/can think of developing. With Android, you have to deal with a fragmented platform, but some of that fragmentation is that people are using it to develop new and interesting things that you’d never get from a single developer.

    On the photography front, I just discovered that one of my albums must have been linked to by somebody. I normally get at most a few hundred views for my pictures, maybe a few more if I link to them from somewhere. When I looked at the album for my most recent trip, though, I saw that a few of my pictures had hundreds of thousands of views, and many of them had tens of thousands. I wonder who linked to me.

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    Linnaeus says:

    Let’s go Red Wings!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Roger Moore: In addition to the screen size on the Galaxy Cam, I really liked that the camera software was upgradable or could even use 3rd party software(there would be things that wouldn’t work). From the reviews that I read, some of the image quality problems were software based and could be corrected with an update. Since both me and my wife are going to be using the camera, a DSLR was no in the running(cost was also a factor). The problem with the pictures transferred to the phone is the latitude is correct but the longitude is the same. This is a problem with the Samsung software on the phone, I gave it one star on Google Play with a comment describing the problem.

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    Fuzzy beast is fuzzy.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Great story about Katie.

    I hope she likes being a couch potato. Maybe she needs to go to a dude ranch for dogs from time to time.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: And floofy. Also. Too.

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    pat says:

    @Politically Lost:

    Best wishes for a good outcome!! I might be looking at hip surgery sometime in the future, and it is scary.

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    Yatsuno says:

    And proper authoritahs notified.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    That is one hell of a magic mushroom growing in your back yard, John. I guess you can put it in your carry-on bag for Fort Knox.

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    @Comrade Mary: You always crack me up.

    Of course Tunch pictures are fuzzy…he’s fuzzy…either that or in witness protection so John has to blur his photos.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @TaMara (BHF): Gravity bends light. Tunch haz his own gravitational field. I think he affects the tides too.

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    MikeInSewickley says:

    Mr. Cole,

    Thanks… I really needed to see someone enjoying the weather rather than suffering with allergies…

    …and seeing happy companions is even better.

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    MaryJane says:

    @Politically Lost:

    90 lb. weight loss — wow and congratulations. I can see how it’s been a long year of working toward that goal then waiting. May this surgery be the one that finally eases your pain. I’ll be thinking of you Thursday and wishing the best. Please let us know how your recovery is coming along.

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    TUUUUUUUNCHIE! There is never enough Tunch!

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    JustRuss says:

    Based on the fact that I’ve seen better photos of the Loch Ness Monster AND Bigfoot than Cole can manage to take of Tunch, I can only conclude His Rotund Floofiness is a hoax. But I want to believe.

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    Luci says:

    These pictures and text made my morning. I hope everyone has a great week! :-)

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    Dave Ruddell says:

    I’m assuming the pics of Tunch are fuzzy because his mass causes light to bend around him?

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