True Blood Open Thread

Looks like we all took the day off. I was up super late because I didn’t want to kick Steve off my lap, and then, when I woke up this morning at 8:30 or so because Lily stuck her nose in my armpit to let me know she had to potty, I noticed an unfamiliar lump next to and on top of me. Apparently Steve had come in during the night and settled himself down on my shoulder, and was sleeping with his paws on my chest, butt on my shoulder, and head and glamorous whiskers between his paws facing me. He was sound asleep and looked pretty happy.

So that was pretty awesome, but the best was what happened next. I told Steve to get up and he went and sat next to the gate to his bedroom to keep the dogs out, but on the “unsafe” side of the gate. Yelled “Who wants to go out,” and Lily and Rosie jumped down off the bed and raced towards the door and paid NO attention to the boss.

That made me feel good. I’m still in the stage where any time Steve is on my lap I try to make sure I get Rosie up there or pet her as she sits next to me, or if I leave for a while I close the door to Steve’s room, but I think we are making real progress.

At any rate, True Blood! Oh, and a big congrats to the US Men’s National team for bringing home the gold. It was a really stressful but awesome game because it was so close the whole game.

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    Violet says:

    Ture Blood?

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    Honus says:

    Ture Blood?

    need to werk on speling.

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    Alison says:

    It was indeed a stressful game. I mean…we really should do better than 1-0 against Panama, but whatev, a win is a win, and it’s nice to have the Gold Cup trophy back home :)

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    maya says:

    People should not blog with an alcohol blood level of more than 2.0. I hope FLOTUS pushes that.

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    Garbo says:

    Family is not exclusive to one species. Sounds like yours is gelling well, John.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Well, ask and ye shall receive, I guess. I asked for a new thread, but I didn’t expect it to be a Ture Blood thread.*

    * “NOBODY expects the Ture Blood….”

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    Violet says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Just replied to you below–it is full of plenty of cat and dogs!

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    Baud says:

    I was only able to catch the last ten minutes, so it was less stressful for me.

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    Violet says:

    Awww…damn, he changed it. I loved Ture Blood while it lasted.

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    John Cole says:

    Fucking pedants. You knew what I was talking about. And it is 8 pm on a Sunday night, Maya. I’m not even drinking. FFS.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Damn with those type of regulations I wouldn’t blog about butterflies ever again.

    ETA Ms. Flossie snuggles up on the bed every night while Skeeter being the total boy he is lies on his back with his legs in the air and displays his crown jewels to anyone who will look at them. He can do that until September 6, at which point his crown jewels are going to be medical waste. I feel bad, but it is for his own good.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @efgoldman: if you’re going to use that as a yardstick, China should win every sports competition they enter.

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    maya says:

    @efgoldman: Perhaps, but it does not end well for the English language.

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole: Can we have a Lily and Rosie photo? It has been awhile.

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    gogol's wife says:

    It sounds as if Lily and Rosie are going to be fine with him. They coexisted with Tunch, so that’s a good start.

    Time for Endeavour!

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    Mike in NC says:

    Went to see “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Mellisa McCarthy; OK movie with good chemistry between two comedic actresses, though a bit too raunchy and bloody for a comedy.

    Best part was a scene trying to explain understanding Boston accents to outsiders, which was exactly what happened when my mom first met my fiancée.

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    Josie says:

    Maybe if you send him an email, he will post one for us.

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    maya says:

    @John Cole: ” And it is 8 pm on a Sunday night, Maya. I’m not even drinking. FFS. ”

    Well then, hadn’t you ought to ketchup?

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    MattR says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    It sounds as if Lily and Rosie are going to be fine with him. They coexisted with Tunch, so that’s a good start.

    Probably more accurate to say that Tunch properly trained them to know their place :)

    Gold Cup final was painful to watch. It was nice to have so much possession but they also weren’t able to do much to threaten the Panamanian defense. I know Beckerman does good defensive work but it felt like 9 of every 10 passes he made was backwards.

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    Redshirt says:

    “Kick Steve off my lap.”

    Does not sound like a cat.

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    Violet says:

    @Josie: Should I make that email out in ALL CAPS just be sure?

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    dmsilev says:

    Sunday evening. The perfect time for a piece of equipment to spring a leak. Joy.

    Hopefully the pump can stay ahead of the leak and prevent Bad Things from happening; if not, I’ll have to trek into work and safe the thing manually. Bleargh.

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    Redshirt says:

    Check out Sexy Prez if you will.

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    Josie says:

    Good idea! And add lots of exclamation points!!!

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    Msskwesq says:

    @John Cole: very humorous around here tonight! Glad Steve is fitting in nicely!

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Redshirt: no Putin pictures?

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    Baud says:

    This Fox News video is making the rounds.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Violet: Saw it, thanks!!

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    Violet says:

    @Josie: GOOD IDEA!!!

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    Msskwesq says:

    Puppy pictures, please!

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    Alison says:

    @efgoldman: Sigh. Soccer jokes. Not stale at *all*.

    And the population size has nothing to do with it. Consider – in pretty much every other country, all of their best athletes play soccer. In the USA, the majority of our best athletes play other sports. Even now, as the sport has advanced a lot here, we are still often at something of a disadvantage in that regard. True, I would still rank us as better than many small Central American countries, but the margin of betterness isn’t proportional to the gap between the populations.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Baud: I heard him interviewed about this book two or three weeks ago on NPR. Fox is wa-a-a-aaay behind the times.

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    Baud says:


    Fox is more than two or three weeks behind the times.

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    Violet says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I heard part of that interview too. Found it kind of interesting. Sounds like he’s had a rather unusual spiritual journey.

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    Quinerly says:

    and it sounds like you picked a winner in the kitteh department!

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    gbear says:

    @Baud: I only watched about 20 seconds of it and then realized – Fox News – and quit (I could see it ending with a Fox freak out but I just don’t care). As SiubhanDuinne says, he was interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air a couple weeks ago and that 40 minute interview is well worth a listen. You should give a copy of the book to any christianists who’s heads you would like to explode.

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    Baud says:


    Yeah, I didn’t post the link because it’s a good interview. It’s quite horrid.

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    Calming Influence says:

    So I got a call out of the blue yesterday from a scientist I used to work with, who wanted to get together for a beer. We met today at a bar overlooking Liberty Bay (Puget Sound) in the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer sunshine, and downed a few. Turns out he’s got a great idea for a start-up, has already got some preliminary funding lined up, and is just finishing up a proposal for a Small Business Technology Transfer grant.

    He just heard I was available, and he really wants to have me on-board.

    I Am Stoked. The next round’s on me.

    (I was laid off a year ago, and I’m of an age where your level of education and experience can weigh heavily against you in the job market. This is as much a boost to my self-esteem as it is a great opportunity. Cheers, Juicers :)

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    Violet says:

    @Calming Influence: Wow, that’s exciting! Hope it all works out for you. Sounds great! Congrats!

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    Redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: As Class President, I am responsible for all official reunion events with my class – unless, I suppose, I was overthrown in some post-graduation coup.

    I don’t believe in 5 year Reunions. And thus my class will not get a 25 sponsored by me. Is that cruel? Am I being unusual, or does that seem logical – 10, 20, 30, etc. No need for an official 25. If folks want to get together and have a party, go for it! Just not under my imprimatur.

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    Violet says:


    Limbaugh recently acknowledged difficulty selling ads, complaining ad buyers are “are young women fresh out of college, liberal feminists who hate conservatism“:

    That’s hilarious. He’s blaming the ad buyers themselves. Typical Republican. Blame everyone but himself. If a liberal show couldn’t find advertisers, I’m quite sure Limbaugh wouldn’t be blaming the ad buyers.

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    MattR says:


    If a liberal show couldn’t find advertisers, I’m quite sure Limbaugh wouldn’t be blaming the ad buyers.

    Limbaugh would be mocking those liberals for trying to blame it on the ad buyers instead of accepting that the lack of advertisers was the market telling them that nobody wants to hear their ideas.

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    lamh36 says:

    Been spending all weekend reading books and just doing absolutely nothing. Today my sister decided to come over and we watched movies for the majority of the afternoon/evening.

    Just found out that the morning DJ I listened to on my morning drive in DFW dies right here in NOLA yesterday of an apparent brain aneurysm??

    Damn: RIP Kidd Kraddick
    Kidd Kraddick dead at 53: How he changed radio in Dallas

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    Violet says:

    @MattR: Exactly. It would be the fault of the content not the ad buyers. That kind of finger-pointing is just lame, even from him. I know conservatives are a “blame everyone else” kind of crowd, but they aren’t always that sadly obvious. I think the sustained boycott and diminishing audience has gotten to him.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Not to mention that Dely Valdes has done a fabulous job as manager of Panama. They are the most improved team in the region. They have a real shot at catching Honduras for fourth place in the Hex and getting into the home-and-home series with New Zealand for a spot in the World Cup.

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    Pogonip says:

    You wouldn’t move because you didn’t want to wake the cat? The last guy who felt like that ended up founding a religion. Maybe you can call yours “Stevism” or “Tunchianity.”

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    debbie says:


    It’s quite horrid.

    An understatement. At the very end, when she thanks him for a “spirited debate” — actually, it was her slinging smear after smear at him — she best demonstrates what Conservatism has become.

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    Pogonip says:

    @MattR: Probably more accurate to say that Tunch looked them over, decided they ouldn’t taste that great, and thereafter ignored their existence as if they were a couple of pole toys.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Also too, and this may well be a minority opinion, but I am OK with Gus Johnson. Yes, he get’s a bit hysterical at times when compared to Martin Tyler, but that’s the American Way of Sportscasting. Heather Mitts is horrendous, however. How horrendous? Worse than Julie Foudy, that’s how horrendous.

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    MattR says:

    @Redshirt: @efgoldman: I wonder if Facebook is going to ruin reunions. Will people still have a desire to reunite when they never really lost touch? Or will the ability to keep in touch in between reunions make them a better party since you will feel more connected to your classmates and will be more excited to actually spend time with them in person?

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    In sports news that pretty much no one here will care about (but what the hell) we had a surprise upset this weekend as the ACT local Rugby union team beat the Bulls in their home ground in Pretoria to make it into the super rugby final next week. The Bulls were previously undefeated at home and are and always have been one of the top teams in Super Rugby and, while the Brumbies are definitely the best team in Australia this year, we’ve been all over the place internationally. I can’t wait for the final next week!

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    Calming Influence says:

    @Violet: @The Sailor: @schrodinger’s cat: Thanks all! And I promise that when I’m BillGates wealthy an powerful, I’ll remember all you little people.

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    gbear says:

    I’ve been hooked on the Kinks lately and BJ has been very cat-centric, so here’s a sweet song about a Phenomenal Cat from the Kinks.

    Congrats Calming Influence!

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    Calming Influence says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I knew there was something about that uncertainty principle experiment that didn’t make sense: the outcome was always uncertain, and yet the cat always came out alive!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Fox is a couple of centuries behind the times.

    What you meant, I think.

    @Violet: Yes, I found him interesting. Will likely read his book at some point, after I’ve plowed my way through some of the current TBR pile (or TBR queue, whatever the ebook equivalent of a bedside table is).

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    Alison says:

    @efgoldman: Well, it has gotten steadily more popular, although if you don’t care about it, of course it won’t seem that way. No one with any sense claims it’ll be as popular as baseball or gridiron football, but MLS games do draw higher average attendance/viewership than NHL and NBA games, so yeah…it’s more popular now than it was 20, 10, 5 years ago, and will be more so in another 5, 10, 20 years, especially with the younger Hispanic community growing all across the country.

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    JCT says:

    @lamh36: Apparently a great guy – unfortunate loss. It’s always the good ones, assholes live forever.

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    manyakitty says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: The kitteh in your blog’s banner closely resembles Schrodinger, my cat.

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    👾 Martin says:


    I wonder if Facebook is going to ruin reunions. Will people still have a desire to reunite when they never really lost touch?

    Facebook convinced me that I really hate most of the people I went to HS with. That had started to fade and I was inclined to assume that they had grown up, but no, most of them are even bigger assholes now.

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    manyakitty says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: The kitteh in your blog’s banner closely resembles Schrodinger, my cat.

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    MattR says:

    @burnspbesq: I’m with you on Gus Johnson and on Panama. It would be nice for the US to get 4 points out of their next two qualifiers, which could clinch a spot in the World Cup depending on the results of the other games. But more important is to get at least two points so that a win over Jamaica will clinch that spot and we won’t have to sweat out that final game against Panama

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    lamh36 says:

    This is from an interview in Esquire with James Baldwin in 1968, right after MLK was assassinated. With the Trayvon Martin murder in the news, his answer still fits

    Q. How can we get the black people to cool it?

    James Baldwin: It is not for us to cool it.

    Q. But aren’t you the ones who are getting hurt the most?

    James Baldwin: No, we are only the ones who are dying fastest.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:



    You wouldn’t move because you didn’t want to wake the cat? The last guy who felt like that ended up founding a religion.

    I always heard that the cat was sleeping on Mohammad’s sleeve, and the Prophet, PBUH, simply cut off the sleeve so as not to disturb the cat.

    Given John’s history, and the tendency of his cats to sleep in his lap, however, I’m not sure I’d want to let him close to a sharp implement, new religion or no new religion.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m guessing that Limbaugh’s audience was cut in half once my dad passed away. ;-)

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    dewzke says:

    I’m still thinking that “steve” is a horrible name. My old friend named his dog “bruce” awful.

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    @jeffreyw: She looks like she has a sad, poor thing. How are Homer and Bitsy?

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    manyakitty says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: The kitteh on your blog’s banner closely resembles Schrodinger, my cat. Excellent.

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    lamh36 says:

    jeez. now 4 year old are joining MENSA. Ugh. Damn! Are ya’ll smarter than a Kindergartener??? Welp, not this one I guess…lol,,20721049,00.html

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    jeffreyw says:

    @efgoldman: I hear ya. I set up an account a few weeks ago and FB seemed to be insisting that I list at least one friend. OK, OK, I list Mrs J. Then alla her pals are like will you be my friend too?
    So.. I unfriended my wife. We’re still cool, though. Mostly.

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    @manyakitty: Really? That is my kitteh, Yogi.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @jeffreyw: the trick is never to use anything like your real name and to allow no photos of your face. Then no one will want to friend you because you’ll be a random freak on the internet.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I have cats named Keaton, Annie, and Charlotte, so I’m obviously on the “people names are okay for cats” side.

    Though I do think that Cole should have thought of a way to continue the botanical theme for his pets since he already had Lily and Rosie. Rowan, maybe?

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    Keith P. says:

    Jeez, True Blood was boring as shit tonight. Too many drawn out dramatic scenes…Jessica and pretty-boy actor #11 actually had me changing the channel for a bit. Joe Mangianello furrowing his brow in every scene he was in. Everyone having a sad over Terry.

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    MattR says:

    @👾 Martin: I had a pretty cool HS class. There were all the usual social groups, but even if some were cliquey, they were never nasty or bullying towards others. Most of my closest friends today are from HS. And at our 20th reunion I learned that was true of a bunch of other groups of friends as well. But I also know we are more the exception than the rule. I definitely noticed a difference between the 10 year (pre Facebook) and 20 year (post Facebook), but I can’t really say which was better. And I don’t know what it will be like for current graduates who will have used social media since before their freshman year.

    @efgoldman: I am a bit older than your kid and our HS class page on facebook has 233 members. We had a graduating class of about 400. A few of the members of the group are spouses, but we still have a bit more than half of our class in that group. I am guessing the class from your kid’s year has 75-80% of the classmates in their group.

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    @jeffreyw: I don’t like FB they are too pushy and in your face.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Alison: also, there’s this.. On several Saturdays this season, Fox could have shown a national-exclusive baseball game, but chose to show soccer instead.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    G says that his relatives keep getting emails from Facebook begging them to find more friends for him. I am not on The Facebook, myself.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Bitsy still sits in my lap occasionally, but hasn’t licked my nose in a long time. Homer is still feisty as ever. No belly rubs for that boy, ever. Homer don’t play that game.

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    gbear says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: I don’t know. I found that my real name and real face had the same effect…

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    Alison says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Yes! I do wish we could get more TV coverage, but it’s slooooowly creeping along. What I hate is when there are MLS games happening and the sports channels are showing like…poker and shit. Come ON.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @gbear: We should all be so lucky. I’m the person on the bus that the crazy people like to talk to.

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    manyakitty says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Yes. He’s the epitome of felinity. I also serve Heisenberg and Mme. Curie. Sorry about the multiple posts earlier-I kept getting an error message and instructions to try again.

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    @Calming Influence: That’s because the cat designed the experiment!

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    TV thread. Close as it’s gonna get to appropriate for this nifty Star Wars vs Game of Thrones bit.

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    lamh36 says:

    There’s not an action that I take that you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority. Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”

    — President Obama, in an interview with the New York Times.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Calming Influence: Great news! Hooray for you!

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    Redshift says:

    @Calming Influence: Sounds awesome! And I know what you mean about the job market, having recently escaped from a similar situation myself.

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    Redshirt says:

    I can be Balloon Juice President too, you just need to vote for me. I run on the “If it feels good, do it” Plato – form.

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    Redshirt says:

    Yeah, not sure.

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    Jax6655 says:


    He has no advertisers due to pressure from Color of Change & other activists who successfully convinced the majority of his advertisers of the financial consequences (i.e. boycotts) if they continued to support his daily hatefest.

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    dms says:

    Lily seems to be the one getting screwed in this new arrangement.

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    Calming Influence says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: This is absolutely the way to go. I remember a friend extolling the virtues of FB on the day he signed up, and only a few days later telling me what a nightmare it was having all these strangers and marginal people from his past that he thought he had successfully left behind nipping at him like mini-sharks in freshly chummed waters.

    My real name stays off Facebook.

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    mudslde says:

    @efgoldman: panama is closer to 1% of our population

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Looks like we all took the day off. …

    MisterMix and I ask: What you mean ‘we’, white man?

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    Calming Influence says:

    @jeffreyw: The classic skunk eye.

    Toby looks a bit like our Ranger, but Ranger’s eyes are a lot more yellow. I think it initially freaked out our other two (green-eyed) cats. Of course it might also have been his continuous and raging (pre-surgery) testosterone buzz…

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    stinger says:

    @Calming Influence: Best wishes!

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    dewzke says:

    Ah, my real name is on Facebook and fuck the haters.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Ah – I kinda tried to get into True Blood but I just couldn’t feel it, ya know? This makes me an outlier among the cognoscenti here, I guess, but I just – can’t get into the campy vampy thing.

    I do not apologize for this.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Calming Influence:

    Congratulations and good luck!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    We watched the first couple of seasons, but I was out when Sookie found out she was a fairy. Dunno why that was a bridge too far for me, but it was.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    Mini-alert just for you!

    If you’re up late and wanting to watch a movie, TCM is showing Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) at 11:00 PDT. Two 16th-century Japanese peasants leave home to seek their fortune and get caught up with samurai and ghosts. Pretty damn good.

    And followed by Portrait of Jennie (1948) at 12:45 a.m. PDT. Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones in an eerie love story. Also pretty good.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Mnemosyne: It’s got a great opening credits/song thingymajoo but I just could never get into the plot.

    Maybe Anne Rice spoiled me all those years ago with her books. At any rate, I appear to have grown out of my vampire phase.

    @Steeplejack: You are such a treasure! Thank you – set up to DVR as we speak. Thanks, Steep.

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    katie5 says:

    @Calming Influence: The moment you connect with a few of your friends on fb then its data inferencing engine will start to work. fb’s whole biz model depends on knowing the true id of all the accounts. Therefore, your friends will start getting messages from fb like “is ProjectDynamo really John Smith II from Roanoake?”

    And congrats!

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    Older says:

    I watched a couple of minutes and that was enough. Clearly, she thinks that People-Like-Her can write about anything, but Others should stay in their own little ghetto of Otherness. And not write about anything outside of it, no matter how much it might affect their lives, or how much they might be An Expert on it. In fact, can Others even be experts?

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    Older says:

    Hmm. I believe I am on the wrong thread. Sorry. That’s how it is when you get old.

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    manyakitty says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Nope. Quantum mechanics enthusiast and writer with a theoretical physicist for a dad. He named Schrodinger and got the ball rolling.

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