Respite Open Thread: Turbo Takes On The World

Sweet puppy video h/t geg6

And from JeffreyW, a sweet pairing, Gabe and Homer:

And here, the ducks are back to normal after a hawk (most likely an overly confident Cooper’s Hawk) was hanging out on the edge of the duck pool. I sent the dogs out to take care of things, but I’ll be keeping a watchful eye for a while. The ducks were smart enough to hide out under the bushes.

We have battened down the hatches here, expecting a stormy night. What’s up with everyone tonight?

Respite open thread.

72 replies
  1. 1
    NotMax says:

    Need to go outside and trim the dead fronds from a palm tree in the yard. But it’s Too. Damn. Hot.

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    trollhattan says:

    Awww, just look at that tiny dude.

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    Baud says:

    Dogs are special.

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    trollhattan says:

    Did that until finally the ladder, roof height, pole saw length conspired against any more trimming, at which point the damn things (Mexico fan palms invadin’ our stuff) became fulltime vermin generators. They all gone now.

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    NotMax says:

    BTW if jeffreyw is around, made another loaf of potato bread, only this time added in a few tablespoons of that powdered cheddar mix mentioned the other day. Upped the yum factor significantly.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @NotMax: Hmmm… I wonder how that would work in a biscuit crust.

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: yum is right! I’m going to try that. I bought an Asiago cheese bread from a farmer’s market I visited on Sunday. Though it’s fine, I keep thinking I should have just made some.

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    satby says:

    @satby: and I should be out doing some mowing but I’m too tired. And it’s supposed to rain tomorrow… AGAIN.

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    Omgggg the puppeh!!

    I’m gonna play some Hollow Knight, speaking of respite. I Had A Day let me tell you.

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    I got some new USB cables and tried to run them between some hard disks and the computer, but it’s a real jungle back there. I’m going to shut the whole thing down and clean it out back there as well as label all the USB cables and power cables. There’s quite a few mystery cables… I hope to be back for OTR tomorrow morning*.

    *Yes, it’s really that bad.

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    satby says:

    So, if my flat screen tv randomly faded to black it means it’s failing, right? It’s about 9 years old, I think.

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    daryljfontaine says:

    Reminds me of his feline counterpart, the fierce T-Rex found at Raising Mercury.


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    Sab says:

    I went onto Jacy’s etsy page and it’s gone. Anybody know what’s up? I went out today on two errands and three different complete strangers came up to me and complimented my cat tee shirt.

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    Aleta says:

    About to go swim, in the river, which has a refreshing water temperature right now. Mosquitoes are the worst anyone remembers (except for in bogs and deep woods and things) no matter where you ask. The entomologist down the block says he’s wondering if it’s a new species for here. People are walking around with blood running down their faces.

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    @Major Major Major Major: Thanks, there’s a lot of USB devices.

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    geg6 says:

    @John Cole:

    I know, right? I just squeed and squeed.

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    kindness says:

    The spirit of handicapped critters makes you smile. I’m thankful there are people out there who help the helpless. The world ain’t such a bad place. Thanks.

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    joel hanes says:

    Storms are done here until late September.
    Just one damned sunny day after another for the next three months, or more —
    probably punctuated with smoke from wildfires.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    But it’s Too. Damn. Hot.

    It is that.

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    chris says:

    @Aleta: C’mon up if you need some blackflies. I’ve got bug spray on so they crawled up my socks and chewed up my legs before I noticed. Fucking wildlife.

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    satby says:

    @Sab: Not sure what’s up with her Etsy store, but you can contact her at her graphic design site:
    Now that you mention it, haven’t seem her around here much, but then I’m not on much in the evening.

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    MomSense says:

    My cholesterol is a little lower. Yay me! Still needs to come down. Pretty soon I’ll be down to a diet of oats and hay.

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    Peale says:

    Bret Favre remains retired.

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    Another thing to do is to bunch together cables that go to the same general area. So the keyboard and mouse cables can be plugged into adjacent ports and then held together with velcro or cable wrap between the back of the computer and the desktop. Keeping the cables together will reduce the clutter a lot.

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    OldDave says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: If we’re posting National Film Board of Canada links, here’s one of my favorites.

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    guachi says:

    Someone needs to front page Kim Olson’s announcement video. She’s running in TX-24. It’s really good.

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    seefleur says:

    THANK YOU for the Turbo video… needed something to lighten up the day and this really helped! Why can’t people be as positive and Turbo and his mom? Soooo tired of negativity and Eeyores…

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    MomSense says:


    It’s wicked bad – like a Stephen King novel made into a film by Hitchcock. I swear they travel in murmurations.

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    Jay says:

    Went for a walk round the lower meadow. The mosquito’s arn’t bad, because all of the Province is in a drought, except for a chunk of the Kootenays and the Purcells.

    Wild strawberries are coming ripe, but if we don’t get rain soon, the berry crop is going to fail. Bad for the birds, mice, chipmunks , squirrels, grouse and bears.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Sab: I have tried reaching Jacy a bunch of times with no success. I’m worried about her.

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    NotMax says:

    @Roger Moore

    El cheapo method to alleviate the tangles is to run the cables through the cardboard tube left over from a roll of paper towels. DIY types can decorate the exterior of the tubes, too.

    As for labeling cables, those plastic tab closures from bread bags, marked with a Sharpie, work. For very thin cables, may need to use some Scotch tape to close up the slit in the tab after attaching.

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    raven says:

    We just watched The Rolling Thunder Revue. There’s some made up stuff but the music in insane.

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    chris says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hahaha! That’s great, thank you. I’ve been in those flies and the mosquitoes in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. We’re just having a bad year here because of all the rain and cool temps.

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    dww44 says:

    @geg6: Been away all day. Can you enlighten me?

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    Baud says:


    First video in the post.

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    geg6 says:


    The Turbo video up top in the OP.

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    I’m not too worried about super cheap ways of doing this kind of thing. If I paid a thousand bucks for the computer, I can spend $10 more to get some proper cable management.

    I’m amazed at how often people do this kind of thing. They’ll spend a lot of money on some fancy thing but resist spending a tiny fraction of that amount on good accessories. The one that gets me is how many people have cameras that cost thousands of dollars and are still using the strap the company provides with the camera. A really nice aftermarket strap costs less than $20 and is much more comfortable, but people just don’t even think about buying one.

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    Tazj says:

    @Aleta: I was contemplating going for a walk and now I’m reconsidering. The mosquitoes have not been bad the last two years but they can be bad since there are woods behind my house. I remember some years just taking the garbage to the curb and getting bit 3 times.

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    NotMax says:

    @Roger Moore

    In this case I consider low cost or no cost a bonus to taking items which otherwise would routinely be disposed of and putting them to some practical use.

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    Ditto. I’ve had no luck reaching her.

  46. 46

    I found “Spotlight” for free on Amazon Prime and watched it last night. I hadn’t seen it before because I thought the topic might be too depressing, but hold cow what a good movie.

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    plato says:

    How do you not notice someone right next to you is shaking and shivering?

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    Brachiator says:

    Ok, I didn’t realize that Tasmanian spiders were really, really big.

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    @Brachiator: I’m not clicking on that, for god’s sake.

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    chris says:

    @Brachiator: It’s a Huntsman, they’re in Australia too.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’ve had a bit of proliferation, but nothing like that. All my gizmos used to be USB-A or micro-USB. Now the new phone is USB-C, and just last week I added a 6' mini-USB cable so that I could conveniently keep my Garmin GPS unit charged indoors. (It came with a wall plug and a whopping 18" cord.)

    Good luck under there! I hope you’ve got a mini-vac in case you’re attacked by dust bunnies.

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    chris says:

    Yay! Daniel Dale is back in business.

    "America will never be a socialist country," Trump promises. He adds, "We will defend Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) 19 June 2019

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    @chris: He’s fact checking Trump’s rally in real time.

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    plato says:

    Scots bought less alcohol in 2018 than any year since records began in the early 1990s, according to a new report.

    Analysis by NHS Health Scotland found Scottish adults still bought more alcohol than people in England and Wales on average but the gap narrowed.

    A minimum price per unit of alcohol was introduced on 1 May last year in a bid to tackle Scotland’s drink culture.

    The authors of the report said it was not possible to quantify the impact but “early indicators were encouraging”.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Turbo and Ruby are the upliftingest best!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Turbo ❤️💕🥰😘❤️💕🥰😘❤️

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    chris says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: It’s great, eh? I’ve missed him while he’s been moving from the Star to CNN.

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    Michael Cain says:

    @NotMax: Unexpected sunshine for a bit this afternoon, so made it to 70. Forecast says a few warmer days, then one with a high around 60. It’s been a bizarre weather year along Front Range Colorado.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    Big night in Joplin, Missouri: ate dinner at Crabby’s, one of the two acceptable restaurants in town, and visited the one sight to see, a garage apartment where Bonnie and Clyde once lived.

    Further bulletins as events warrant.

    Steve in the Quad-state area

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Dear god. You should be able to get some quality meth. though.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    I feel for you, man (native of KCMO here).

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    Brachiator says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    I found “Spotlight” for free on Amazon Prime and watched it last night. I hadn’t seen it before because I thought the topic might be too depressing, but hold cow what a good movie.

    Saw it in the theater and thought it one of the best films of the year, and among the best films about newspapers and reporting. And it dealt sensitively with the Church scandal. I will queue it up on my Amazon watch list.

    ETA. I’m liking “hold the cow!” as an exclamation.

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    Jay says:

    Drunk man invades Polish town driving a 36 tonne Soviet tank— LuckVintage Technical Support (@LuckVintageTS) June 17, 2019

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    Sab says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: In his defense, their possums are not opossums and are often tiny.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    White Sox @ Cubs here. 1-1 Bottom of the 8th

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    seefleur says:

    @zhena gogolia: As a former resident of the KCMO area, all I can say is that I’m very happy to be a former resident… Maine may be a backwater, but if refugees request to come here, that says a lot. (As a non-white transplant here over 30 years ago, I have to grudgingly admit that I couldn’t be pried out of Maine – and my kids (bi-racial) agree.)

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Steve in the ATL: If Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had lived there, I’d go for a visit. But Bonnie and Clyde? Meh.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @plato: Visiting Scotland has been on my bucket list. For reasons which need no elaboration.

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    J R in WV says:

    “We have battened down the hatches here, expecting a stormy night. What’s up with everyone tonight?”

    We got an old fashioned rain gauge the other day at the garden center, and put it out in the fern bed. Yesterday there was 1.25 inches, last night 7/8 inches. Nothing so far today.

    Turbo made me cry. Such a sweet woman to work so hard to rescue that tiny pupper. And he and Ruby are so happy together. So swell. And Trump hates dogs…

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    Brachiator says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Visiting Scotland has been on my bucket list. For reasons which need no elaboration.

    Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway lived in Scotland?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: you are correct

    @zhena gogolia: you are correct

    @Gin & Tonic: you are correct

    @Brachiator: well played

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    Steeplejack says:

    For those interested in fine dining in Frederick, MD, I have narrowed my possibilities down to (no particular order):

    Manalù (Italian).
    Ayse Meze Lounge (Mediterranean).
    Kittiwat Thai Kitchen.
    Lucky Corner (Vietnamese).
    a.k.a. Friscos (American).
    Black Hog BBQ.

    All of those except Black Hog are close to the theater where I’m meeting a friend to see The Dead Don’t Die (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Jim Jarmusch!). She’s coming from a conference in Gettysburg, PA, and of course I’m motoring up from my modest rooms in Threadkill Lane.

    Further details as they emerge.

    (Excellent use of Love’s “7 and 7 Is” [1966] in that trailer.)

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