Early Morning Open Thread: Book Domino Chain World Record!

Via Paul Constant. Seven hours of setup, five attempts, 2,131 books. But as a lifelong bookaholic and library addict, this is the paragraph from the Seattle Public Library’s press release that tickled me most:

Books used in the record-setting event can be purchased at upcoming Friends of The Seattle Public Library book sales. Each book will have a special sticker identifying that it helped set the book domino world record, as well as the Web address so the book buyer can watch the video.

What’s on the agenda today?

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  1. 1
    Raven says:

    Got to see this baby come down the river yesterday!

    Four Super-Post-Panamax Cranes Arrive at Savannah Port (USA)
    We had just finished the opening luncheon when it appeared outside the windows. Really cool.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Have surgery.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    Being that this is an open thread, thought I’d put up a pic I took this weekend of the highest peak in the lower 48, Mt. Whitney from Whitney Portal.

    Mt. Whitney

    I took it with my new camera and I’m still learning how to use it.

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    Good luck. May it be over before you know it.

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    Nice shot.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Thank you much. I don’t know if the rest of you can see the other pics, if not I’ll put up a pic of the Whitney waterfall and Manzanar.

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    Elias says:

    The downtown Seattle public library should be a major tourist attraction. Aside from the wealth of books, that building is an architectural masterpiece. It’s something to sit in a comfy chair reading a book when a single glance at the glass floor reveals nothing but pedestrians on the sidewalk stories and stories below you.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    I couldn’t resist that last.

    Actually my day’s schedule includes making and freezing meatballs, gardening, picking up 2 yards of mulch, putting out row covers (fat chance of finishing that) AND make time for very minor surgery…. I hope. Seeing as I have yet to see the surgeon I do not know what he has been told, and even tho the last Doc set my meds for the surgery, I do not know if the surgeon knows that and set aside the time for it.

    In other words, I might be just whistling Dixie.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Good luck.

    Appreciate it. As stated above I’ll feel good if I just get it over with. Lovenox is a pain in the stomach.

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    Don’t let a little thing like surgery interfere with your chores!

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    My goal for the day is to become less grumpy. Not making much progress so far.

    I found a delightful Grumpy Cat pic that says: “There are only two things that I don’t like, change and the way things are.”

    That’s me.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    From the Guardian we have this on guns today.

    “The report, presented on Wednesday, said that in order to have an impact in the next three to five years in reducing America’s problems with guns, a vast amount of research was needed on topics from video games to new safety technologies to looking at the links between gun violence and racial and income inequality.”

    It’s a start anyway, right? However we have this little fly in the ointment:

    “The report will now be turned over to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reflecting how the problem is increasingly being seen as a public health emergency. The CDC will then take on board its suggestions on key areas for research and seek for fund them for the next three to five years. “Hopefully the work will get done. From a public health perspective this is a serious problem,” said Alan Leshner, chairman of the committee that produced the study.”

    Really? You think you are going to get funds out of the NRA lap dogs that are the GOP and so many blue dog Dems?

    “Leshner added that it was shocking how little solid data there existed on guns and their owners and users in America, given the sheer numbers likely involved, and also the ferocity of public debate around the issue. “

    That’s not a bug, that’s a feature.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    “There are only two things that I don’t like, change and the way things are.”

    I resemble that remark. That and “If there’s one thing I can’t stand, you name it and that’s it!”

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    Raven says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: great shot! My buddy and I went up to triple devide pass south of Yosemite a few years back. Insane beauty

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Today’s agenda is planning meals around the contents of yesterday’s locavore produce delivery and hitting the grocery store for whatever extras I need before the rains come. Local weatherdrones have been using the T* word for a couple of days now.

    What will probably happen is more drama around the new plotter on top of post-migraine lassitude.


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    Linda Featheringill says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:


    Applying a heating pad to my feet during a migraine gives me great relief. It might not work for you, but it’s worth a try. No side affects.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Very stormy in my neck of the woods today. You know that expression, “madder than a wet hen”? Well, my hens are MAD today! They could stay in their hen house or under the sheltered portion of their coop, but they prefer to stand in the rain and look pissed off.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Been distracted this morn. Just took a look at the trap and what do I see? A very pissed off coon. Gonna take a break and run him across the river and let him go on that side of the water. Yeah they can swim but maybe it can be an added dissuasion.

    A hillbilly can hope.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: We have a neighbor who relocates possums that way. Our dogs seem to discourage the critters from making a home on our property.

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    Maude says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    In the US it’s Opossum. They have rat tails The possums have bushy tails. Got this from Twitter, USFS.
    I’ve been calling them possums for all those years.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Step 1: Find a heating pad….

    I’ll make sure I have one handy before the next migraine. This one started interestingly. A couple of hours of sinus pressure, then nausea, then photosensitivity, then I grabbed for the imitrex and short-circuited most of the pain. Not my usual sequence.

    Back to new and interesting ways to use crooknecks and zucchini and cabbage while I wait for the next office panic.

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    On the agenda: slog through another day of beurocracy and delay trying to finish a job here in Puebla. Tomorrow off to Toluca for what should be an easy task. Sunday fly home out of Mexico City. Then I have my first week off in over a year. And boy do I need it.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    But before I dive back into food.

    I love the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Even when I’m not really in the market for more fabric, I hit their daily deal every morning just for the writeups. Start the day with a smile.

    Today’s is about an angel food cake gone very wrong.

    No direct link that I’ve ever found, so the joke/story disappears at the changeover to the new deal.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    I’ve played the vid a couple of times. It’s great. I love the music they used as the background. I’m pleased that at the end they had some of the workers reaction to it working — the whoops and hollers expressed their joy really well. (Anne Laurie — how did you find out about this?)

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    Cmm says:

    Do some writing, do a sink load of dishes, go to IHOP for brekkies with my best girl (blueberry pancakes!) and see Iron Man 3 or the new Trek with her later today.

    Betty: our hens are mad too! They do the same thing.

    ObPolitics: I remember hearing the phrase “up or down vote!” all the damn time when Bush was prez, as a way to argue against Dem obstruction of nominees. Why did that phrase retire from the discourse when Obama came in? It should be in every speech made by Obama, Biden, and all Dem senators. Why does our side persist in thinking “ask nicely” will work this time when it hasn’t the previous umpteen?

    I will never forgive Harry Reid for chicken ing out on the filibuster this year. It’s not like the other side is going to scream any less if/when he finally does pull the trigger. Grr.

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    R-Jud says:

    I’ll be enjoying the English sunshine and warm temperatures. For once, I’m not kidding.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: wow

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Mission accomplished. One slightly less angry coon released to the wilds of the Meramec River. Still have all my fingers so life is good.


    In the US it’s Opossum.

    In the Ozarks (it is a different country) it’s ‘possum. Of course, the Fourche a’ Renault Creek is pronounced ‘Forshana’ and the Courtois Creek is pronounced ‘Coat-a way’. I know, I know, I go ’round and round with my Spanish born wife on this, but every time she asks where the ‘Courtois’ Creek is they look at her like she has crawdads coming out of her ears.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Our dogs seem to discourage the critters from making a home on our property.

    My lab lays out a cushion, pulls up the feed tray for them and then gives them a bath if they want…. When I get up in the morn (3am) he always heads straight for the door. I have to position myself very carefully when I open the door, otherwise he uses my bare feet for starting blocks as he tears out growling like he is going to kill something. But the coon doesn’t come till around 4. At that point he is back in bed with momma taking up all the space I vacated.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Just beautiful.

    And touring Manzanar was very interesting.

  31. 31
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    (Anne Laurie — how did you find out about this?)

    Via Paul Constant.

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    Bill D. says:

    @Maude: Opossum is the official name for the American species but they are colloquially called possums and have been for centuries. There is only one species wild in the U.S. and we can call it whatever we want, regardless of what similar species are called in other parts of the world. The bushy-tailed species live in other countries.

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    Cassidy says:

    Love the continued outreach efforts.


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    Mnemosyne says:

    So I mentioned to G that there are a couple of things I want to do this weekend (like check out the Irish festival at the Gamble House and stop by the EcoExpo at the LA River Ride).

    He looked at me like I was a slow child and said, “But we’re getting a new TV this weekend.”

    Sigh. I guess I’m going to those things by myself.

  35. 35
    Cassidy says:

    @Mnemosyne: What’d you expect? It’s a new TV.

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    JR in WV says:


    Our dogs (whose “purpose” in life is to ru the deer off – hahaha) have started playing with the deer, who have learned that if they stop and charge back at the dogs, the dogs will scream in glee and run fronm the deer.

    So it’s like tag… they take turns being it and running. Saw a tiny fawn yesterday, smaller than the dogs, spotted, pretty as can be. Hard to believe they grow up to be a plague on the gardens!’

    The wife thinks we need to get a good video camera and enter the dogs/deer playing tag together in some contest, be wealthy! I’m dubious, most city folks don’t understand about deer being a plague.

    ‘Possums here. Naked tails, eat the life out of your laying hens. The other thing the dogs are supposed to do, eat possums.

    A friend was down from Pittsburgh, new wife, pretty smart, but a city girl. I mentioned finding a possum in the trach can and shooting it with a 22. She askes “Why did you shoot it?” and I was speechless. Why do you put mouse traps in the pantry? was the answer, but I couldn’t say it.

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    Cassidy says:

    @JR in WV:

    most city folks don’t understand about deer being a plague.

    You mean trying to find food in there ever dwindling habitat?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    A new flat-screen TV to replace our old tube TV. With a Blu-Ray player. And high-def cable. And an Apple TV so we can stream our hundreds of digitized movies and TV shows.

    Yes, I should have known better, but sometimes that Y chromosome still pops up to surprise me.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Mnemosyne: Just be glad there is no new Xbox involved.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Neither of us ever really got into gaming, so for him it’s more the siren lure of seeing obsessive new details in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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    pacem appellant says:

    Netroots San Jose: Anyone going? It’s coming to my home town, so I don’t want to miss it. Just wondering if BJers are going to be there.

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    Anon says:

    Your Youtube embeds need to either shrink to fit the center column, or overflow to the right into the 3rd column. Otherwise approx 25-33% is cut off.

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    Origuy says:

    @pacem appellant: Costs too much for me, but I was thinking about a BJ meetup if anyone is coming.

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