Darkest Night Open Thread

I suppose now’s as good a time as any for an open thread.

I had a bit of a rough day. Nothing in particular happened; I was just exhausted the whole time. Well–the three-hour meeting probably didn’t help.

Anywho. On the train ride home, I saw a tweet that reminded me of Cole’s Sesame Street thread from yesterday:

…which reminded that I had some quality grimdark cat content to share…

…and wouldn’t you know it, later in the evening, I had a nice photoshoot with a similar-looking cat:

The one okay part of today, other than this lovely picture, is that I am now a published fantasy author. The magazine responsible is available here; mine is the first story. It will be available free online starting Friday. (Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll find a way to work it into a post then too.)

Caption contest?? And open thread!

35 replies
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    Joey Maloney says:

    Kol hakavod! (That’s jewspeak for “congratulations”.)

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    Mary G says:

    I bought a copy! My grey cat Shiloh looks like Samwise’s scruffier brother. Someday I will achieve a photo, where both he and his environment both look good.

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    Caphilldcne says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Congratulations! Weirdly your post gave me the shivers. I was out on a deck smoking – everyone else is asleep – at an isolated lake house and flipped to the pics of your cat and had to go inside. It’s been kinda rainy and the trees are drippy and rustling. I’ve gotten too citified. Not comfy if there aren’t sirens, lights and traffic nearby.

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    @Caphilldcne: Ha, awesome, although the first pic isn’t Samwise.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I think I said this in the earlier thread, but Yay again!

    I was hoping to get some pages posted for my writing group to look at this weekend, but I got lazy. Maybe tomorrow.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Apropos the thread title

    He's still tweeting at 12:47 in the morning.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 2, 2018

    Stable genius indeed.

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    Gozer says:

    Playing through Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Blowing away countless digital Nazis and Klansmen is very satisfying.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Don’t worry, I’m sure nothing too bad has happened there since the last massacre. 👻😈

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    @Gozer: So I’ve read.

    @Mnemosyne: Thanks! And you can do it! Don’t let ARBG get to you :P

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    Platonailedit says:

    So, how are your blog custodian duties going? You can blow up this blog joint now, you know?

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    Caphilldcne says:

    @Major Major Major Major: samwise looks rather noble on reflection but still kinda forbidding in the context of your post. I love cats tho. I was just playing with my sister’s new cat. He loves it if you scratch his tummy. Curls up into a ball and tries to bite your hand altho kinda gently. Her kids call him the bitey coconut.

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    Caphilldcne says:

    @Mnemosyne: jeez. This is not reassuring.

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    Caphilldcne says:

    Oops. Double post.

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    @Caphilldcne: What a cute nickname. At least, I hope it’s a nickname…

    @Platonailedit: Well enough I suppose?

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    Platonailedit says:

    What a fucking nightmare you people are.

    — God (@TheTweetOfGod) August 1, 2018

    I’m serious. You’re the worst species I ever created, and I made 3,500 different cockroaches.

    — God (@TheTweetOfGod) August 2, 2018

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I didn’t see his comment until later since G got home and we were chitchatting. (Yes, sometimes my RL spouse takes precedence. Sometimes. 😜) I had a response.


    Sorry, I couldn’t resist after what you said.

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    Caphilldcne says:

    @Major Major Major Major: what a cutup! (I slay me). it’s pretty accurate. He’s a very silly fluffball for sure.

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    Caphilldcne says:

    @Mnemosyne: it was funny. No worries.

    And with that I’m off to bed. Nighty night everyone.

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    @cs: My husband comments, “What the hell? They look like refugees or something!”

    @Caphilldcne: I am also off to bed. Pick up after yourselves!

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    The Dangerman says:

    Saw Jackson Browne tonight and there wasn’t a MAGA hat that I saw (and I live in reasonably red country). Fine show. I wondered how political JB would go (see red country comment) and the answer was VERY. Felt great.

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    rikyrah says:

    You joke, but, it’s coming..
    The animals will hook up with the robots, and, it’s a wrap for us.😞

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    M4, picked up a copy of your story. Looking forward to reading it. Congratulations on being a published author. May it be a condition to which you become accustomed.

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    lowtechcyclist says:

    Major^4: Congrats on your story being published!

    Oh, and three-hour meetings absolutely suck. Not to mention, counterproductive as all hell. Who’s ever accomplished anything meaningful at work *after* a meeting that long? I feel your pain.

    @The Dangerman:

    Saw Jackson Browne tonight and there wasn’t a MAGA hat that I saw (and I live in reasonably red country). Fine show. I wondered how political JB would go (see red country comment) and the answer was VERY. Felt great.

    Good for him! Though I won’t say I’m surprised. I’ve had his “For America” running through my head a lot this past year or so, for pretty obvious reasons.

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    @Platonailedit: Stable genius coke head indeed.

    Fixed it for ya.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I thought it was Amfepramone (at least according to the old Spy rumors, etc.)?

    Coke would probably kill Donnie (like it killed a bunch of other old rockers…).


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    MomSense says:

    Congrats, M4!! I love Samwise.

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    WaterGirl says:

    I ordered on Amazon and they said it’s temporarily out of stock. :-(

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    karensky says:

    Caption: Grey Matter Rules!

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    Mel says:

    @rikyrah: It has already begun, I fear! One cat regularly turns on the desktop computer and Itunes while I am away (his selections so far have included, amongst others, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Houndmouth, and the BeeGees), and last month they somehow managed to enter a phone number for an unknown person in Vietnam, and were crouched next to the phone, staring with eerie calm while the elderly woman they had called was frantically trying to figure out who was calling her.

    Not a good thing. The next step will probably be reprogramming a Roomba.

    I fully expect to wake up some morning in the not too distant future and find them sitting at the table, casually eating toaster waffles and skimming the morning paper while planning their takeover.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @cs: Ha ha, who knew kitten angst could look so cute! Nice photos!

    And M4, congrats again! I look forward to reading your opus!

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @The Dangerman: We saw David Byrne last night in Boston. He announced that there was a group called Headcount doing instant voter registration at the venue, cited the dismaying stats for youth voters inn the 2014 midterm and said “if we don’t do better we don’t have a fucking democracy,” and closed with Janelle Monae’s protest chant about cop-murdered black people.

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    Speaking of Metal and animals…

    This anime series Aggretsuko is really fun. The episodes are only 15 mins long. It’s the story of a frustrated Panda that works in an office setting and has a dark secret… :)

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