A Friday Moment of Zen


From Patrick Stewart’s twitter machine doohickey thingamabob.

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  1. 1
    LanceThruster says:

    I love these guys so much. Makes me smile, it does.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    And they’re wearing all my fave colours. LOVE!

    (BTW, John, that if your knee is any of those colours, maybe see a doc today?)

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    cleek says:

    the new palantíri aren’t as cool as the old-timey ones. too flashy.

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    BettyPageisaBlonde says:

    Their Waiting for Godot was a thing of beauty. Go, it’s still on Broadway!

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    Served says:

    Reposting from the below open thread, because it’s great to watch them eat their own.

    Well, the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary is blowing up nicely today:http://www.suntimes.com/252994.....t-him.html

    Bruce Rauner is our local bajillionaire now playing the common man with a fresh crisp Carhartt an an $18 watch (who of course made his money off investing public employee pensions, and is now campaign to destroy said pensions).

    And now this tweet from Rich Miller, who runs CapitolFax.com, the best IL politics blog:

    Rich Miller ‏@capitolfax 12m
    As I chase this story, there could be some really bad stuff coming out. And not necessarily on Rauner, either. Oy.

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    How is your knee now?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Broncos are gonna win: Gandalf trumps Captain Picard.

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    Review of Downton Abbey, fourth episode here

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    @Betty Cracker: How are you and your mom? I am keeping my paws crossed!

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    Mr. Longform says:

    @cleek: damn – palantir joke already taken; but Gandalf looks like he just saw something that really freaked him out, like playing a Feb. 2 football game on fking New Jersey, maybe.

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    NonyNony says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Broncos are gonna win: Gandalf trumps Captain Picard.

    Ah, but the relevant question is actully “is Gandalf > (Picard + Charles Xavier) ?”

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    R-Jud says:

    @NonyNony: Isn’t that “(Gandalf + Magneto)”?

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Betty Cracker: Just caught up that your mom is unwell. I hope things are looking better. Keeping you both in my thoughts.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Ah, but the relevant question is actully “is Gandalf > (Picard + Charles Xavier) ?”

    ITYM (Gandalf + Magneto) > (Picard + Charles Xavier)./geek

    ETA: and let’s be clear (Gandalf + Magneto) >> (Picard + Xavier).

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Note that your review is of Episode 5, not 4. Just in case anyone doesn’t want spoilers (too late for me).

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Served: Rutherford is the best reason to vote for Quinn, the governor who presided over our screwing on pensions.

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    Richard Fox says:

    Mr. Stewart apparently is a new neighbor of mine, in Park Slope Brooklyn. No sightings as of yet, but I’m keeping watch. :-)

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    Served says:

    @WaterGirl: I would have entertained a vote for him over Quinn in the general, to be honest.

    I also will bet money that this is Rauner using subterfuge to out Rutherford as gay. It is, at least, pinging the undertones in shades of W in South Carolina circa 2000.

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    @Smiling Mortician: Sorry about that. I will put in the spoiler warning now. I thought it was unnecessary for an episode that aired almost a week ago. ( I am counting the first two hours as one episode).

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    Warren Terra says:

    If you want your Friday moment of d’aww, an accurately titled post: Here’s Your Heart Melter for the Week

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Someone has been smoking something.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Broncos are gonna win: Gandalf trumps Captain Picard.

    Seahawks win. Science trumps magic.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Um, no. Picard > Gandalf any day of the week that ends with y.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @schrodinger’s cat & @TaMara (BHF): Better news today, so we’re happy about that! Thanks!

    @NonyNony: Good point, but does anyone really trump Gandalf? He survived death and can summon giant eagles!

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    Kristine says:

    @Warren Terra: That was sweet–thanks for the link!

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    grape_crush says:

    Both being Brits, what’s funny to me – besides the look on McKellen’s face – is that on American Football Superbowl Weekend, they’re holding a real football, not the funny oblong one used here in the States.

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    Petorado says:

    “Captain, permission to go into Beast Mode.”

    “Make it so number 24.”

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Served: Rutherford is gay? Did not see that one coming, and I normally have excellent gaydar.

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    Mary G says:

    @Warren Terra: That is awesome indeed.

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    Gex says:

    @Betty Cracker: I missed original reports on your mother’s situation. But sending my best wishes for you both nonetheless.

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    grape_crush says:

    @Roger Moore: > ETA: and let’s be clear (Gandalf + Magneto) >> (Picard + Xavier).

    What about Picard + Xavier + Leondegrance + Gurney Halleck? /geeksquared

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Broncos are gonna win: Gandalf trumps Captain Picard

    Sir Ian was the creepiest, evilest Richard III evah. That’s how I think of him, not Gandalf.

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    different-church-lady says:

    Hang on, I gotta jot this down in my “headlines I never thought I’d see” notebook:

    Pope Francis Continues Outreach, Blesses Male Stripper’s Parrot

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    Napoleon says:


    Does this mean some guys are calling “it” their parrot now?

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    But Picard is real, whereas Gandalf is a Fig Newtown of Tolkien’s imagination.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It’s one of them newfangled German Palantiri, as you can see from the manufacturer’s three-striped logo.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Warren Terra: Damn, it got dusty in here all of a sudden. And it all seems to be going in my eyes…

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    different-church-lady says:

    I really love the Sprint ads they do together.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Judging by the look on that face I am glad I can see all four hands in this picture!

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    Anoniminous says:

    The warp drive dilithium crystals have cracked, Scotty is no longer around to fix them. Gandalf’s wizard staff was broken so he’s out of the running as well.

    Prediction: Mordor by 7.

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    Francis says:

    umm, any update on the cat and the car?

    (also, Ezra no longer blogs at the Ezra Klein link.)

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    catclub says:

    @grape_crush: Patrick Stewart was also the Sargeant at Arms
    for Caligula in “I, Claudius”.

    He had to pass on the daily password: “Give us a Kiss”
    He later helped murder Caligula and installed Claudius as Emperor, If I recall.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Patrick Stewart with a football looks kind of like Fabien Barthez.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    I interviewed Stewart years ago, on a press junket for a “Star Trek” movie. Got a one-on-one for about 20 minutes, and just HAD to ask about his character Sejanus, the cheerful assassin in “I, Claudius.” As I remember it, Stewart thought for a few seconds, then smiled and said, “He was a man who loved his work.”

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I’ll be he deals with crosses better than Barthez ever did.

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    p.a. says:

    @grape_crush: Picard + Xavier + Leondegrance + Gurney Halleck + Sejanus

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Francis: The cat came back the very next day. Thought he was a goner, but he wouldn’t stay away.

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    Petorado says:

    @Napoleon: It was very special parrot – a Norwegian Blue.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Barthez has now taken up another sport, and is apparently doing quite well at it.

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    scav says:

    That does somehow make things much better.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @Warren Terra: that was cool! It’s better than a “d’aww” though. Thank for posting the link!

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    Roger Moore says:


    It was very special parrot – a Norwegian Blue.

    It looks more like a Yellow Crowned Amazon to me.

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    Kylroy says:

    @grape_crush: I’m sorry, but “real” and “association” are not synonyms.

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    Warren Terra says:

    If you want a truly wonderful (if quite possibly embellished to the point of near-complete falsehood) story about one man’s multi-decade relationship with Ian McKellen, there’s an episode of Believe It, the fictionalized radio memoirs of the British Actor Richard Wilson, as ghost-written by Douglas Adams’s one-time flatmate Jon Canter. You can download the Ian McKellen episode here, and learn about Greek islands, Los Angeles muggers, knitting, financial advisors, and Bleak House.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    News to which many will react with no small sense of Schadenfreude.

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    Mr. Longform says:

    Are you sure it wasn’t an African swallow?

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @catclub: Naw, he played Sejanus, who Tiberius first betrothed to his niece Livilla then recommended the Senate kill him.

    Caligula’s guy was Cassius Chaerea, who had carried him on campaigns with this father’s legions.

    Patrick Stewart’s wig in I Claudius was the worst hairdo I’ve ever seen.

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    jl says:

    So, this being Friday, I was hoping not one damn thing happens at all, and was reading up on some health reform stuff at TPM, when…


    Official Who Ordered Lane Closures Says Christie Knew About Them

    ” The former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive [Wildstein] who directed the George Washington Bridge lane closures said in a letter Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew about the closures when they were happening, according to The New York Times. ”


    Is this good or is this bad, should we be happy or should we be sad.
    Let us anatomize these brass balls of Chrisie…

    But then, if Wildstein and some of Christie’s staff were wildcatting in a play or some payola off the Ft. Lee development project, they would have the ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ needed to take down the Big Man, regardless of the truth, to help themselves.

    But, something did happen this Friday.

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    scav says:

    Well, MacBeth ≅ MacBeth but John of Gaunt > Edward II so there might be a slight Seattle edge on my DVD shelf at the moment . . .

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    raven says:

    It’s a new world of God’s and Monsters.

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    kbuttle says:

    Also pleasant viewing on a Friday evening, from Pierce:

    “Reince Priebus is a not very convincing marionette who couldn’t even get elected to the Wisconsin state senate. What he knows about politics you could put up his ass and have room for a change of clothes.”

    That’s just good prose.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @jl: Friday, aka “Take Out the Trash Day”. Especially before the Superb Owl.

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    jl says:


    Oh yes indeed. I thought someone would beat me while I was typing. News likes this spreads fast.

    Gosh darn it, whether that weasel Wildstein’s charges are true or not, the story just might maybe spread fast enough to hurt poor little Christie before the 2016 elections.

    That would be sad, huh? But then, Christie decided himself to surround himself with, hire, adn appoint, thugs, sleazy operators, and grifters. I sure didn’t give him any advice.

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    scav says:

    @scav: Ah, there is Sejanus and not one but two Claudius the Danes. Seattle is pulling ahead.

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    Trinity says:

    So much awesome.

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    Roger Moore says:

    I’ve been saying for a while that the sign on Christie’s back says “insert knife here” rather than “kick me”. It’s just a surprise that Brutus struck first instead of last.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @scav: In addition, Rob Ford is rooting for the Broncos. I knew there was a reason why my colour preference was shifting from orange to lime lately.

    Go SirPatStew!

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Petorado: Beautiful plumage…

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    sdstarr says:

    I always figured that Gandalf would be a fan of the Seahawks! Didn’t he (much like Richard Sherman) say “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”

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    Bill in Section 147 says:

    @Warren Terra: Nice! Thanks for that.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Speaking of Richard Sherman, the LA Times had a human interest piece about his dad recently since Sherman is a hometown boy. His dad still works for the LA sanitation department and (for obvious reasons) is very proud of his son.

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    Tripod says:

    “Real football”??? A real football is a black and white truncated icosahedron, or a brown prolate spheroid. I’m not sure what that thing is. Also, get off my lawn.

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    poptartacus says:

    fuck a bunch of weed bowl

    PUPPY BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    That ball is the wrong shape. Or something.

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