Necessary Distraction

Hey, all.

Sad family news hit last week, so my already sporadic bloggery is going to get even more sketchy for a while.  But I did run across something this morning that was genuinely cheering.  Being a generous soul, I thought I’d share:

Yiddish is a delightfully expressive language, is it not?

Open thread.

46 replies
  1. 1
    TooManyJens says:

    I’m sorry about your sad news. We’ll be thinking of you.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve received sad news. A lot of that going around lately.

    So glad you shared that video, though! Fantastic musicians, and like you said, cheering.

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    Violet says:

    Sorry about the sad news. Best to your family.

  4. 4
    scav says:

    May it be as easy as it may be.

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    EconWatcher says:

    A few years ago, a klezmer band put out a holiday album called, “Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas.” I liked that.

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    pharniel says:

    Fucktons of Sympathy Tim F.

    Postmodern Jukebox continuously doles out the awesome.
    There’s a Patron campaign if you’d like to give these fine folks a few dollars per vidja.

    Their other bit of upbeat

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    pharniel says:

    I guess you can’t embed so have another video

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    eric says:

    sorry for the bad news

    Here is a time sink, if y’all have never seen the Numberphile videos…here is the NSA and Futurama ones


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    So sorry about the sad news, Tom. Hugs and thanks for your wonderful posts. Come back with more when you can.

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    Punchy says:

    Fucktons of Sympathy Tim F.

    New metric units to a ghostwriter? Man bites dog. Only at BJ.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Best to you, Tom.

    Thanks for the video.

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    Marc says:

    Sorry for the sad news, whatever it is.

  14. 14
    Tommy says:

    Sorry to hear. I dealt with a very sick mother last year and it was taxing beyond words.The only benefit is she is better and it got our family closer.

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    aimai says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that, Tom. Here’s a link to a song that really moves me, in these times. I’m sorry to say that I’m not skilled enough to remove the advertisement they put in front of it. Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart For a While.”

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    WaterGirl says:

    So sorry about your sad news, Tom. Sending good thoughts.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    All the best to you, Tom.

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    EconWatcher says:


    I should not have omitted, very sorry about your news.

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    Gex says:

    @Punchy: I’ve been using “a metric fuck ton” as a unit of measure for quite some time.

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    I wish you well and hope that Tikka is taking good care of you.

  21. 21

    BTW I can has first pg this weekend on both ICHC and ICHC/lolcats!

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    Origuy says:

    Sorry for your news, Tom.

    I saw the Irish-American band Solas yesterday in a little club north of Santa Cruz. Their latest album is a theme album, about the Irish who settled in Butte, Montana to work the copper mines. Tell God and the Devil

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    Ash Can says:

    Condolences to you and yours, Tom.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Stay strong.

  25. 25
    Chris says:

    Whatever the sad news is, I am sorry for it, and if at all possible hope things get better.

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    pharniel says:

    Oh bloody bumblefuck – Tom not Tim. Second time that’s happened today.

    I should be allowed to take a Mulligan and start the day over tomorrow.

    also too, fucktons are a time honored measurement.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Talk about sad family news-Peaches Geldof, dead, age 25, leaves behind two young children.

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    srv says:


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    Mnemosyne says:

    Unfortunately, sad family news has been going around a lot lately. Good luck with yours.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Like everyone else, sorry about the sad news.

    OT, but to cheer everyone up, Noisemax has picked a new RINO to go after:

    Jeb Bush: Illegal Immigration an ‘Act of Love’

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    Violet says:

    @Howard Beale IV: That’s sad. Seems awfully young. Wonder what happened.

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    Kristine says:

    Good thoughts for you and yours.

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    Suzanne says:

    Hugs, Tom. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts, FWIW.

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    Thoughts and prayers for yr family, Dr. Tom.

    I “forgot” how my bonus structure/payouts work and got a pleasant surprise when I went into my accounts to pay bills this morning, which was really nice. Will go to savings for our daughters. :)

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    satby says:

    Sorry to hear things are tough right now Tom. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

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    MomSense says:

    Sorry to hear about your sad news, Tom. Will keep you in my thoughts.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Violet: According to the Beeb, police are calling it “sudden and unexplained.”

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    burnspbesq says:

    Sorry to hear of your sad family news. Hang in there.

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    Right-wingers are all class.

    Oh and keep telling me how the war on women is fake, guys. k’thx….

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Southern Beale:
    Hmm … That looks rather like Arnold’s competition-era body under Jerry Brown’s head.

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    Violet says:

    @burnspbesq: How are you holding up? How was (is?) the family gathering?

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    JPL says:

    Tom, As the others have said before me, hugs and take care. We’ll be waiting here for your return.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    And here we see Jonathan Chait burnishing his Villager cred.

    “Both sides do it”

    Fuck Chait. With the remnants of Theon Lovejoy’s dick.

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    CaseyL says:

    Very sorry to hear your family has been hit with bad tidings. Definitely will keep you in my thoughts.

    I really like Klezmer music. It’s one of those genres that really shows off its anthro-archeological bones, too, with phrases and tonality that sound (to me, anyway) Moorish/Arabic, possibly Celtic, and FSM knows what else.

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    J. says:

    Oy gevalt.

    Who knew Jason Derulo was Jewish?

    (They should have titled their version “Talk Yiddish.” But what do I know. I’m just a long-suffering Jewish mother who likes to listen to Top 40 radio.)

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    the Conster says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Godfuckingdamn I want white men to SO shut.the.fuck.up about opining about racism.

    ETA: and sexism, and everything else, really.

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