Like a Nucleus Burning Inside of a Cell

Aimee Mann has a new album out, with Ted Leo. That’s the big news in my world. Tell us what’s new in yours in this open thread.

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    Question: What do I wear for an Easter Brunch to be held outdoors. It is still cold here in New England.

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    dedc79 says:

    Coincidentally, I was just giving that album a first listen. I think I prefer them each on their own more than together – I don’t hear anything on this album that beats this or this – but it’s still a solid album.

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    What is the best blogging app for an ipad? Blogsy or PressSync or BlogPad Pro. Does anyone have any experience with any of these?

    ETA: I already the free WP app which is not all that great. On my laptop I use LiveWriter.

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    cleek says:

    turns out that almost all of our dogwoods died over the winter. so that sucks.

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    Ferdzy says:

    Gall bladder surgery coming up on Tuesday! I have been calm, but suddenly today I feel nervous. People who have had it, please tell me it’s a piece of (low-fat) cake.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    That song is counterfactually ridiculous. But catchy.

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    @Ferdzy: No experience with gall bladder surgery but I wish you all the best.

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    Belafon says:

    @Ferdzy: Gal bladder surgery these days is essentially an outpatient procedure. A few little cuts in your abdomen and they pull it out through your belly button. You even get to eat your favorite food that evening, as long as it’s not a really tough steak. When I had mine in ’93, one of the first years they did the arthroscopic procedure, the only reason I didn’t go home that day was I was in the Navy and there wasn’t anyone to go home to in the barracks.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @cleek: Sorry to hear that. So sad to lose trees.

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    Shakezula says:

    1. I got a SOT kayak for Christmas but it is NEVER EVER going to be warm enough to go out in it. So I’m gonna put it on a stand in the yard and make it into a groundhog-proof planter.

    2. I’ve been living a half life for years because I wasn’t listening to enough Megadeath.

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    @Shakezula: No wants to hurt poor bunny rabbits!

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    burnspbesq says:

    There was a great record released this week. That’s not it.

    This is it.

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    Karen in GA says:

    @Ferdzy: My father-in-law, in his late 70s, hardly eats, doesn’t take his medications when he should, shuffles when he walks, etc., had gall bladder surgery recently. He was up and around a couple of days later, and not long after that he went to the supermarket with my husband and attracted attention because he was such a ball of energy. (That and he’s a bit… um… unstable, but that’s another story.)

    So as surgeries go, it could be a lot worse. Sending hopes for quick and easy healing your way.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Here’s an interesting graphic memoir, from today’s NYTimes:

    Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

    Why do I worry this is going to be a Seth Rogen-James Franco movie?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    A really fake looking rabbit fur coat? Beg, borrow or steal. That would be great.

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    Ferdzy says:

    Thanks, Schrodinger’s Cat and Belafon. I have had the song and dance about what they expect to do from various doctors. I guess I’m just kind of convinced that I’m going to be one of the “more complicated” cases requiring more invasive surgery, as the Dr who did the scope seemed genuinely impressed by the size and quantity of my stones. (Hm… not sure that sounds right…) But maybe I flatter myself. I hope so.

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    Belafon says:

    @Ferdzy: A “giant” gal bladder stone is one that your urinary tract doesn’t like dealing with (they are painful). In the real world scale, that isn’t very big.

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    The Golux says:

    I heard an interview of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo on NPR that included song excerpts, and I loved everything I heard. I didn’t hear this one, but it’s equally good. I’m buying this one for sure.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Reposting from previous thread:
    Off topic, but it may be of interest to some here: Malaysian lawyer and opposition politician Karpal Singh was killed in a highway collision between the minivan he was riding in and a truck. Karpal Singh, a former chairman of the Democratic Action Party and known as “the Tiger of Jelutong” (the constituency he first represented in Parliament), was 74.

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    Shakezula says:

    @Ferdzy: You’re not a candidate for lithotripsy?

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    catclub says:

    @Elizabelle: With yellow chick-fluff ruff!

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    scuffletuffle says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Pastel layers…all different colors. Do you want to borrow my Easter Bunny necklace, earrings and bracelet set?

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    Imagine yourself at a small club in South Bend in 1991, seeing a Chisel show, and thinking, “Hey, I bet that guy will have a record with the singer from ‘Til Tuesday in about 23 years.”

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I’d actually heard of him.

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    Di says:

    About 100 years ago I was working on Newbury Street in Boston and stopped into a little hole in the wall record store. I bought a 45 (Pylon, I think) and the cover design was raised up and colored gold and the cashier, who happened to be Aimee Mann in her Young Snakes pre-Til Tuesday days, rubbed her thumb along the raised design and said ooh, shiny. I loved her then and I love her now.

    I had my gall bladder out 10 years ago. It took me a couple of days before I could stand completely upright due to the stitches, but you get your energy back pretty quickly and you can eat pretty much anything. As surgeries go, it’s kind of a breeze. Good luck, Ferdzy!

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    @scuffletuffle: Is there such a thing? I will probably wear my blue dress with a cardigan. I have a lovely beaded bracelet that looks like a corsage to go with it and I will pair that with blue topaz and silver hoops.

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    Ferdzy says:

    Thanks, Karen. Your FIL – ha! And, oh dear.

    Belafon; urinary tract? Do gallstones exit that way? The one of mine that made a run for it never made it that far – but managed to cause plenty of trouble (3 days in hospital) anyway.

    Shakezula, I’ve never heard of lithotripsy for gallstones, just kidney stones. I looked it up and apparently it can be done for gallstones too, but no-one has mentioned such a thing as a possibility.

    Aaand, thanks, Di! Glad to hear yours went well.

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    Elizabelle says:


    Good luck to you. Have no gall bladder wisdom to impart, but wishing you well.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    here is their Tiny Desk Concert

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    Viperbuck says:

    I heard this on World Café yesterday and found myself as locked in the groove as I was lost on the physics.

    Also heard the new single from Chrissie Hynde’s upcoming solo disc. If you’re as ready as I am to finally get your “Dark Sunglasses” out of winter storage – this might be the summer tune for you too.
    AND…just the right amount of cowbell!!!

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    Buffalo Rude says:

    @burnspbesq: Ooh. . . Nice. I’ve seen Rodney Crowell a couple times at my local watering hole in Buffalo, NY (true story).

    I heard a review for The Both’s eponymous record on Fresh Air whilst tote-bagging down I-90 yesterday, and I think I might have to pick it up. I don’t know much about Aimee Mann aside from Till Tuesday and one set of hers I saw at a free concert years ago (which was good, IIRC), but I’ve been a Pharmacists fan for a long time. They put on some epic shows at the late-great Mohawk Place in downtown Buffalo.

    Isn’t Record Store Day tomorrow?

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    geg6 says:

    Great story about POTUS’ visit in Pittsburgh the other day.

    Very cool.

    Here they are playing as the motorcade goes by. This is what made the president ask to meet them:

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    Trollhattan says:

    Love Aimee; love the beat-to-hell&back bass she’s playing. Had to google Ted Leo, but am no longer anything like a music encyclopedia.

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    Gus says:

    @Ferdzy: My mom had her gall bladder removed a couple years ago. She didn’t feel great for a few, but she was 82 at the time.

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    jebediah says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    A pastel parka?

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