A social space for people to chit-chat, post links, and stay in touch. First time commenters will have their comments automatically sent into moderation (I’m keeping an eye on moderated comments so I can quickly approve them though). After that, you can post whenever you want.
This space will be moderated. There will be zero tolerance of any sort of bigotry: no ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, racism, or any other form of bigotry. I want this to be a welcoming area for people who need somewhere to kick their metaphorical feet up and chill.
188 thoughts on “Relaxing Room #2”
Can I? I’ve never done it before…
I took this photo from “The Lounge” in Gibraltar on Thursday, sat there with a cider it was relaxing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLQsjNOUMAEKVNJ.jpg
This is a good roundup of the Republican failure(s) to understand the deal with Iran.
A few excerpts:
More head-desk moments …
It gets worse as the summary of the hearings continues. Republicans seem stubbornly unaware that seven countries took part in the negotiations, and they obnoxiously misunderstand testimony. The obnoxious guys are not fit to govern.
I really hope this turns out to be true:
Thanks for the news feed Lynna.
I share your headdesking.
Rehersal for the military parade:
I don’t like things like that. Especially the low-flying military planes all the fucking day for the last couple of days.
Oh, here you are. I go out for the morning and when I get back there’s a whole new thread.
Anyway, I drove the Elder Daughter to the So Cal Bluebird Club meeting this morning – it’s farther than I’ve driven in several years, 46 miles round trip and mostly on the horrible scary 5 freeway. Nothing like looking at the speedometer and discovering that you’re doing 80 mph and still being passed on both sides, eep.
But we survived, the rest of the drivers survived (as far as I could tell), ED got to spend social time with other birders, and I proved I could drive to south county and back again. Maybe next weekend I’ll go driving by myself, which I used to do all the time before I got phobic about leaving our immediate area, sigh.
And yes, we saw birds during our drive, a red-tailed hawk, a raven, and crows, mostly.
I can’t sleep worth a damn in this blasted heat. Only a couple more days before the forecast says it’s due to start cooling down.
So I had to google that Karen Anderson Animal Communicator person, because I didn’t even know this “animal communicator” thing existed. (And yes, I should be working instead.)
From her site:
Living animals! Dead animals! Dead people! And all of this over the phone! But you need to cooperate with the cold rea-, sorry, I mean you have to cooperate with the energy connecting process.
She’s a reader alright. Just not of who she claims to read.
The comments to that post on her FB page are…interesting.
Humans suck. Buzzfeed, CNN, USAToday etc are reporting that Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho was poached yesterday, days or less from when the researches had released the information that Jericho was protecting Cecil’s cubs.
Fucking poachers. Fucking humans.
Tony, I have no idea! I can’t see her FB page.
Oh fuck. That’s… I can’t even find the words. Why? What the fuck is wrong with people?
I just realized that cicely sent a “pounce hug” my way on one of the previous pages of this thread. Love that. I hug you back as much and as often as is allowed.
Sorry to have posted so much head-desk prompting news, but that’s the way it is right now. As others have noted, the interrogation of Kerry and his team is especially irritating (regarding the Iran deal). So much stupidity on display by Congress Critters!
In more head-desking news, the governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, just signed sweeping legislation that will negatively affect the LBGT community. The Kansas bill is one of those Republican “religious freedom” bills that actually aims to enshrine discrimination.
I predict this new Kansas law will not fare well in the courts. Here we are, fighting the same battle over and over. Commentary from Chris Reeves:
A fourth heavily-edited video has been released by the doofuses who are trying to discredit Planned Parenthood.
Slate editors are asking for help to diagram a sentence uttered by Donald Trump.
Here’s the challenging sentence:
Maybe Sarah Palin can diagram that mess.
I used to be able to bookmark specific comments.
now if I try it, it just bookmarks the page.
Crap. I must have messed something up. I’d fix it if I knew what I did wrong. I’m sorry.
FossilFishy these days, all of my +pouncehugs+—however exuberant—must be executed with a cautious eye to The Agony Of The Knees.
Of which I have an unmatched pair, in that, while they suck donkey dongs in hell (to borrow a phrase), they each are possessed of different techniques for donkey-dong-sucking.
As it were.
Try visualizing the +pouncehugs+ as being done in Matrix bullet-time, allowing for maneuvering on the receiving end.
You may even opt to receive them in bullet-time, for a lower-impact +pouncehugging+ experience.
HappierLess-unhappy knees for everyone!
Attack chihuahuas are worse.
A comic by Ta-Nehisi Coates, you say?
“Shut up and take my money!!!”
Well done on the distance driving, Anne, Cranky Cat Lady!
Lynna, I don’t reckon that +pouncehugs+ ever go stale.
Tony!—clean-up on Aisle Two. I just tried not closing off the link-posting (the Assorted comics part)/
I’ve found our pomeranian!
Repetition of my previous link.
Ignore, please. Just testing.
Nor did that work.
I’m looking at it now, and where you went wrong is that you closed the tag after the word ‘testing’, rather than after ‘link’.
This place looks nice. I confess I felt intimidated by the Lounge, but this thread seems to have that feeling of novelty that attracted me to the old TZT.
Welcome in Phalacrocorax!
It works! Yay! Before I continue, I think I should come clean and say that I post as dõki in Pharyngula. I used this nym Phalacrocorax a couple years ago, but I didn’t do anything more noteworthy with it than annoying PZ by playing with rot messages with chas/sven at the TZT.
I also must confess that, despite what I said in the Pharyngula thread, in the end I think I did manage to catch up with the most important things that happened in the last couple months. Oh dear…
On another note, hi there!
Tony!, as far as I recall, I didn’t put anything after “testing”.
+shaking head in confusion+
Hi, Phalacrocorax; Welcome In!
I believe the Questionnaire is currently under review (for length and general lack of cheese).
I remember seeing your nym (dõki) several times in the past. Glad you’re around here.
Wow this place moves fast… 🙂
Something may have happened in transition. Ah well, I cleaned it up for you 🙂
You’ve been out of the loop. Things moved faster than this in the Lounge 🙂
Oh, and today has been a slow day.
I am hopeful that, one day, I will figure this out, so you won’t have to follow me around with a mop.
It isn’t too fast, I’m too old. 😛
Hey, Improbable Joe. To me these threads only seem to move too fast when I’m not around or when I’m too tired/busy/something to follow.
When it’s a Sunday morning (european time) they always move too slow 🙂
Hey Beatrice, I’m on a lack of schedule. 🙂
I’ll try to be interesting in the future, but I make no promises.
For cicely. A productive use of horse skulls.
Personally, I am now interested to find out if a similar practice existed here in Latvia! Not that there are many medieval structures left.
Definitely ‘threadrupt !!!
Thanks rq for the email and thanks Tony for remembering a sporadic poster (me) in you roster of ‘have they been contacted’. It’s SO NICE to be remembered.
Limited Internet access at the moment (still trying to process this situation).
Hope all here are well ….. and not giving up on some inexplicable benefits (until further clinical trials)……
*Hugs offered if needed and/or acceptable *
FYI Tony I actually emailed you via yahoo instead of FB, if you’ve caught up, because work. (If you’ve already checked email, forgive me the extra vigilance!)
Hello FossilFishy, and WMKkitty, and phalacrocorax, and awakeinmo, and bluentx and whoever I just forgot.
That’s how I learned sewing. Because as a highschool student and young college student, custom made was way out of affordable. By now I totally know that the prices charged are absolutely adequate, because I know how much work it is.
THat’s one of the reasons why I decided against making my passion my job: people don’t want to pay you for waht it’s actually worth and waht you need to charge if you make a living with this. And I don’t want to kill the market for professionals by offering stuff for “pocket money” prices because I don’t need to pay my own health insurance and stuff
Some weeks ago we had a discussion about whisky in which I mentioned that Laphroig tastes like “liking out the hearth after a peat fire.” Mr. objected with “but I like Laphroig”. WEll, I never said I didn’t…
Yeah, I learned to sew cause I couldn’t afford pre-made LARP costumes. Due to time and expense, I generally like to buy base pieces then mod/add to that. Plus, I’m terrible at making hats so I have to buy those for sure.
Yep, I haven’t sewn anything “big” in a while. I have like three costumes for fairs that I can wear. I need a work room…
Jesus fucking god damned christ. This plane was flying way too low. Sounded like it was flying straight into my building.
Could we please cut this shit out?
Help me, math nerds. Your my only hope.
Got a math question I’m hoping the group can help me with (since I completely suck at math.)
I have a deck of 109 cards. Each card can be one of three different types. i need to figure out the distribution of card types for the deck.
I guess I need a formula to determine the probability of drawing a particular type, where I can plug in different ratios so I can fine tune the deck.
There will (I think) be more type A than (B+C) where B and C are the same amount.
Does that make sense? Is that enough info?
I’m kind of avoiding Boardgamegeek right now, so I can’t really post it there.
(21 x 3) + 2 = 64 A
21 + 1 = 22 B
21 + 1 = 22 C
(if working with fifths)
15 x 4 + 3 = 63 A
22 + 1 = 23 B
22 + 1 = 23 C
(if working with sevenths)
12 x 5 + 1 = 61 A
24 = B
24 = C
(if working with ninths)
-> This is using your formula, where A > (B+C), just dividing into odd-numbered fractions and using the ‘major half’ (e.g. 3/5 or 4/7) for A and figuring from there. 🙂
Damn, that should be a + 3 in the first one for 65 A. Sorry!
My sympathies. I live in one of the few areas in the world where fighter planes can fly without many restrictions, a direct result of having waged and lost WWII.
Well, depends on your ration, doesn’t it?
Say you want card A to be twice as likely as B and B as likely as C.
That’s A = 2 times B/C
If you want A to be 1.5 times as likely as B or C, change accordingly.
Now, your total is 109
It’s composed of 1.5 X A + B +C
109= 1.5X A + B +C where A = B = C = Y
109 = 3.5 X Y
I’m glad someone was able to help with YOB’s math question, bc I suck to the Nth degree at math above algebra.
::runs away screaming::
For your amusement:
Tony, you have mail. It might be important.
Hello everyone and hugs galore,
That military parade looks like a Communist heritage. It’s funny – Israel is much more militarized, but it has less parades than any of the former Communist countries.
Hang in there and be glad that at least you’re not in Moscow – Russians have a parade for almost every week since many days are designated as a Day of Something (currently it’s Airborne Forces Day).
Seeing the red-tailed hawk and hearing its scream is one of the top things on my “must do before I die” list. Right there next to swimming with a dolphin and taking a bath in a hot spring with a Japanese monkey (I’ll even agree to do the whole delousing thing with them. It doesn’t seem to bother Jane Goodall much).
Needless to say, you’re so lucky to have seen them during your drive.
Speaking of Russia.
Russian police detain activists rallying in defense of gay rights:
Also envious of the red-tailed hawk sighting! Me, I saw a red kite some months ago and was in awe. Nowadays they are rare around here and I had never seen one before, so it was special.
On the smaller, passerine side of birds… I’d like to introduce you all to the zitting cisticola (or streaked fantail warbler). I’ve been chasing this little bird around for years, literally. I see them often, but they are so difficult to photograph for some reason. That photo from July I just linked to may be the best I managed to date, but I’m still not satisfied with it. Will keep chasing it!
So, I mentioned a while back that I have a new kitten. An adorable female brown tabby from an abandoned litter that I helped two kids rescue in early June. I was walking home, earphones on, thinking about bacteria and enzymes and how many days I had left to finish writing my thesis… when I noticed two kids looking apprehensively into the street gutter. I stopped and approached them: they had heard meowing coming from a draining pipe and were trying to get the kittens out, but with little success. The poor things were scared, mom wasn’t around. They were dumped there, I’m almost sure. After a few tries and with my help we finally got them all out of the pipe. Three kittens. One of the boys said “we’re three and they’re three, if each one of us adopts one they will all have a home!” Indeed. I told them that if their parents didn’t let them keep the kittens to bring them to me again so that I could find them another home. Then I allowed them to pick the ones they wanted and brought the other one with me.
Some photos here. She’s impish and talkative, always trying to destroy something while meowing like she means it.
[Squeeee] Java is sooo cute, Nightjar. Mia looks almost exactly like our cat, Fred. I mean like freaky alike.
Sadly, Fred has not been seen for 9 days now. We have come to terms with the idea that he is probably gone for good. We knew that there was risk involved letting him come in/out but he absolutely hated hated hated being cooped up in the house.
So, as of 2 hours ago, we now have a new family member… McMuffin the Guinea Pig. (Pics to come in a day or so, after he’s acclimated.)
Also, thanks rq and Gilelle for the math help. Hopefully, I’ll have a play testable version of my new game “Buried Treasure” in the next day or so.
Little kitteh is adorable.
There’s a part of me that wishes I lived on a farm (or at least had a big enough home) so that I could adopt a lot of cats. I’d be ‘Cat Man’. Probably ‘Dog Guy’ too, if I had that much space.
And it was so nice that one of the kids thought each of you should take a kitten.
One of the things on my bucket list is to swim with the dolphins. Just thinking about it sends chills down my spine. I’ve long had a fascination with dolphins.
“There’s a part of me that wishes I lived on a farm (or at least had a big enough home) so that I could adopt a lot of cats. I’d be ‘Cat Man’. Probably ‘Dog Guy’ too, if I had that much space.”
My wife and I have long said that if we ever won one of those big lottery jackpots, we would buy some land and open a no-kill dog shelter (once our other bills were paid and the kids’ college funds were set up).
As an aside, does < block quote > work? Or bolding, for that matter.
And one of the reasons I posted that above was so I could get email notifications for new comments and then I forgot to check the box.
Yeah, HTML works around here (the same as other WordPress blogs).
So sorry to hear about Fred. Maybe there’s still hope. My first cat ever, Puma, went missing for over 20 days once, we never figured out why. He showed up skinny, scarred, and probably sick. We fed and cared for him and he looked like he was getting better… but then he started losing weight again and we couldn’t save him. More recently (and with a happier ending), my cousin’s cat Zuri went missing for 5 days. She came back looking very distressed and covered in dirt, they still don’t know what happened, but she’s fine now.
I used to have Guinea Pigs too! Can’t wait to see McMuffin’s photos.
Yeah. I never had dogs because I never felt like I had enough space. And I don’t have a lot of space indoors so I try to keep the number of cats below 3 or 4.
Those two kids were awesome. They were really concerned with the kittens’ well-being and very upset at the thought of someone just abandoning them like that. “Why would anyone do this?” Well. How do you even answer that. I tried to make a point about the importance of neutering cats, hoping they will pass this information along to their parents…
I can vouch for the awesomeness of swimming with dolphins. Though in my case it was more, “get in the shallow part of their pool and squeal with glee when they would beach next to me” than actually swimming. It was at an aquarium somewhere in Florida during family vacation when I was little. Swore up and down for years that I wanted to be a dolphin trainer after that.
Major certification exam at work tomorrow. I have more than one chance to pass it, but I’m competitive and Husband already passed it first try months ago. It’s for promotions and the ability to telework.
rq, the reason for burying Horse skulls under the floor and dancing on it, is in the hope that They would rest quiet…instead of demonically possessing the townspeople.
This could be the origin of the saying, “I’ll dance on Your grave when you’re gone”.
Nightjar, Java is adorable! So perky and alert-looking! Mia is also a fine figure of a feline.
(I have a special fondness for black kittehs.)
Indeed! A teachable moment, which hopefully will result in fewer unwanted kittens being abandoned in the future.
YOB, I’m sorry about your Fred. Still…9 days isn’t necessarily The End, even in extreme weather. Our Merp-cat used to scare us witless from time to time, disappearing for up to 2 weeks—once, in the middle of a freak ice storm!—before coming back like it weren’t no thang. She lived to be something like 18 years old. I miss the cantankerous little beastie.
Might the place you went to as a kid be this: http://www.waterplanetusa.com/
I just spent the weekend with extended family. Exhausting! But it was fun to see my birthmom and my brother (and his boyfriend), and there was a lot of good food.
Apparently this apple didn’t fall far from the tree. My birthmom (and siblings) are all nocturnal, too! It’s not my fault I’m up all night and sleep half the day!
::perks up at the mention of ‘good food’::
What type of food did ya have WMDKitty?
THat kitty is adorable
Thumbs are being held for your kitty
I live next to a zoo which has a big falconery section and since the birds often fly as they wish, I get to see bald-headed eagles and all kinds of birds of prey from my balcony.
I was somewhere on a holiday with lots of interesting animals. I was taking pictures when suddenly a skunk appeared and everybody and all the lidlife ran away screaming like in an old Bigs Bunny cartoon. Only that I couldn’t run away because I was lying there flat with my camera, so I kept very still as to not to anger the skunk. The skunk decided to snuggle up against my legs.
Then the alarm rang…
Hello everyone. Welcome to all those who’ve been kind enough to join us. It’s great to see all these familiar names plus new ones.
Quick family tale: My daughter’s been waking very early in the morning recently and we’ve had to go in and convince her to to back to sleep. Yesterday morning she woke at a reasonable time and shouted for me. The shouts becoming louder and more demanding. So I walk to her room beginning to get a little irritated at the insistence. I go in and ask her, a little shortly, what’s wrong? She says ‘I want a cuddle’. Dammit, why does she have to be so sweet?
Tiny! It was at Gulfarium Marine Park, Ft Walton Beach</a href>. Had to ask my mom because I could not remember the name.
Speaking of Waltons, does anyone have Walton’s contact info?
Ahhhhh Tpyos strikes again! a booked tag and Tony!’s name autocorrected.
Sorry about that. And how do I close the a href tag here?
Sorry for the triple post but, gah, fucking anxiety. That exam is today and my anxiety has me on the verge of flipping out. No panic attack symptoms….yet, but it feels like a yet/when, more than an if. Which causes a feedback loop of anxiety about having a panic attack.
Which also tells me that I need to get my dosage of my medication tweaked. Which means calling the doc, and I hate using the phone.
Jesus, even I can see the irrational spiral in what I just wrote. 🙁
That’S the parental privilege also know as “being woken by a loving knee in your kidneys”
Oh hey it looks like my evil twin was posting for a second. 🙂
::stretches; feeling loopy, a queer shoop shambles out of bed, wishes he drank coffee; tries to wake up::
Hi ::yawn:: all. Morning.
You’ll pass with flying colours
You close the h ref with <# /a > (remove # and spaces, of course)
Sounds like your evil twin is off to a great start on the day.
Perhaps a strong cup of chai?
Morning Tony! . I hope you had a good weekend.
Yes Giliell it could be knees, elbows, feet….
I’m picky. Don’t care for tea either. When I was a kid, I needed a bowl of cereal and an hour or so to reach peak awakeness. Today I don’t know what the heck I need.
Quickie post to say thanks for the greetings and pouncehugs. (In case the evil twin’s comment goes down in flames.)
Even with all of the coffe I drink, I don’t reach peak awakeness till about 4 in the afternoon. 🙂
Some of the details about water use in California are really troubling. Mother Jones took a look at water use for golf courses, lawns and pools.
Some golf courses recycle gray water to water their courses, but many do not.
Lawns and pools also make a big impact on water use.
Having said that, we’re still looking at about 80% agriculture use of water as opposed to 20% municipal.
Donald Trump said some stupid stuff about the Obama presidency (not news, I know), but this time he made racist comments about how Obama has ruined the hopes of other African Americans.
There’s a common superstition among my RW/fundamentalist friends and family that you can “speak a thing into existence”.
Oh how I wish that worked.
+hugs+ and encouragement for Rawnaeris.
I drink coffee solely because of work-day mornings—because it is so embarrassing to fall asleep faceplanted on the keyboard, in a spreading puddle of drool….
That’s what the Koch brothers say. This is what they do:
Support campaigns to make all states demand a voter ID at the polls — in other words, disproportionately suppress votes from the poor, people of color, the elderly, and students. Why? Those people are more likely to vote for Democrats.
Fight against the expansion of Medicaid made possible by Obamacare. “[…] which has most harmed African Americans who live in southern states.”
Oppose not just raising the minimum wage; oppose having a minimum wage.
The Koch brothers host speakers who are racist.Additionally, the brothers’ past political summits have hosted speakers with explicitly racist views.
The Kochs talk about reforming the justice system, while backing candidates that promote long jail time for nonviolent drug crimes. Private prisons are also supported.
Maybe the Koch brothers are just confused?
But, srsly, nothing can bring me to “peak awakeness” in the morning, but time, if wake-up time was before about 10 o’clock.
re Waking up in the morning:
All through school and into my 20s, I was able to wake up roll out of bed into my clothes, and function normally. Then I hit that metabolism shift and everything went to a steaming pile of doodie. I don’t think coffee (which I didn’t start drinking until a few years ago) brings me to a peak awakeness, but it does do a good job of keeping me from falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon.
I just had my first cup of actual leaded coffee in quite a while. It’s supposed to help me wake up because the two large mugs of tea weren’t doing the job. Mostly, though, it was a vehicle for cocoa powder, whipped cream and nutmeg. It was delicious.
I had a very busy weekend and wore myself out. Today is therefore a Slow Day, not counting the laundry, payings of bills and other household usefuls slayage. Also, too, I have sorted seed beads and searched online for more 11/0 silverlined cranberry a/b Delicas so I can stop hoarding the last ones I have and actually apply them to the current UFO. I found something close, which I bought, and then did more research and found exactly the ones I wanted and bought those too. I need more cranberry (or marionberry or berry) seed beads in the hoard anyway. I have no shame when it comes to shiny things.
If anybody needs me, I’ll be napping in the pillow fort. Stupid neighbors and their stupid loud late night parties…
Ah, that’s my problem today. I woke up too early (8:30).
Tony!, I hate people who think that early rising is a virtue, and that failure to rise early is a Sin.
Can anybody recommend some sort of tracing paper or transfer paper that will let you trace over a design onto fabric, then wash out when you’re done? I’ve looked at this—or, more truthfully, I’ve looked at pictures and descriptions of it—but there does not appear to be any place in town to sell me any; and ordering it sent in seems to result in a total cost of over $10 for a single paltry sheet of something that I don’t know will even do what I need.
Ugh, Monday mornings are the worst. At least the commute wasn’t horrible.
Saturday was a nice turn-around from the difficult Fri – wife & I had anniversary dinner (22nd) at our favorite local steak house.
Hope everyone has a good week.
Someone send out the Skeptic Signal!
Has Bishopville’s ‘Lizard Man’ returned? Photo apparently shows fabled SC creature.
Note the lack of skepticism in the story.
That should be, “but there does not appear to be any place in town prepared to sell me any”.
Congratulations on the anniversary of your marriage!
cicely, tell me what you want to do with the design once it’s on the fabric. I will see what I have in my supplies that I could share, or if maybe there’s another way to put the design on without buying something new. Like, if it’s a fairly simple embroidery design, drawing on tissue paper with a permanent marker, then embroidering through the paper and tearing/picking it away when you’re finished.
Also, too I have access to an assortment of craft, fabric and art supply stores around here, and I would be happy to buy things on your behalf and mail them to you, if it came down to that.
I’m going to eat lunch and have a liedown, but I’ll check back later.
Happy anniversary, Jim B
Uhm, good question.
What do you actually want to trace? Outlines? A design?
Or, it shows someone in a B-movie rubber monster suit.
I’m probably just not being “open-minded” enough. 🙂
Anne and giliell, what I want to do is transfer an outline of a luna moth onto a white tee shirt, so I can paint it with Tulip ™Puffy Paint. I have carbon paper, but that shit does not readily wash out, and I’ve never yet been able to trace anything onto any other thing with the kind of precision I’d like.
In short, I’m wishing to hide the evidence of my incompetence. 🙂
Re: Lizardman link
I get the distinct vibe from that article that the author does not believe that such a creature exists, only that many people do believe. Either way, that story has the distinct aroma of onions about it.
Ted Cruz’s latest campaign video features “machine gun bacon,” and Cruz looking more insane than usual.
Hi Phalacocorax. I remember your other ‘nym from Pharyngula.
Hi FossilFishy, WMDkitty, awakeinmo, and bluentx et al.
Come to Oregon some time; we’ve got loads of the things. Growing up it was a rare day I didn’t see one cruising overhead or perched on a telephone pole.
I used to have a little black kitty who looked just like yours. After she had kittens, though, she started picking fights with the other cats and the dog, and we had to give her to a place where she’d be the only pet.
Sympathies for the missing Fred.
hugs and sympathies. If it helps, I know that spiral well.
Maybe it’s time to start shifting California’s agricultural production towards less water intensive crops then. Actually, it was time to do that before they started, but what can you do.
Personally, I’m going with a monitor lizard (probably someone’s escaped pet) seen standing on its hind legs, as they are known to do.
I was never a morning person, and the fact that my work shift starts at 5:30 PM these days doesn’t help. For me, morning ideally starts around noon.
For today’s Moment of Mormon Madness, we have a mormon father bemoaning the fact that his son does not fear and hate gays enough.
Raw Story link
Wildfires have gotten so out of hand in California that the governor activated the National Guard to support firefighters. Frantic. Fighting the wildfires has everyone in panic and frantic mode. Big fires have been doubling in size in less than 24 hours. Excerpt from coverage in Slate:
Kind of appropriate for President Obama to give a speech about addressing climate change today.
Thanks all for the “Happy” & “Congrats” sentiments.
Like, ALL the food, Tony! Meats, salads, fruits…
Now that the picture actually loaded for me, that’s a rubber suit, yeah. As far as the initial report goes (the one from the 80s that started all this shit), I’d still suggest that it might have been a monitor that person saw.
Thanks Giliell, YOB, Cicely, and Dalillama.
The encouragement and +hugs+ means more than ya’ll can know. Test is over now. It’s pass/fail, so there’s no stress pass hoping I passed.
I’m gonna go home and get some sleep, I think.
<3 to all Ya’ll
Hoping for a ‘pass’ for you Rawnaeris. Pleasant dreams.
Taking a poll on a possible new name for this area after I move to the new domain.
Keep Relaxing Room? Or change it to:
The Break Room
The Back Room
or, for old times’ sake, The Lounge (maybe 2.0). Let me know folks. It’s not just my blog, This is our space.
I vote for The Lounge or Tony’s Lounge.
Good photography. Hellish subject.
Holy crap. Clearly I’ve not been paying attention. I’ve got to head north about 2 hours on Fri for a weekend activity, I should probably check if there’s going to be any issues.
Adding “pass” thoughts for Rawnaeris.
I kinda like The Speakeasy.
I like Relaxing Room.
but you people will hafta put some clothes on before you come in
an least pants
Oh, oh, oh, I just had an idea. How about we rename it Le Salon? I am all for renaming The Relaxing Room. That name sounds so clinical. 🙂
cicely, I have embroidery transfer paper from Sublime Stitching and some good old-fashioned dressmaker’s pattern paper, the kind used with a tracing wheel. The stuff from SS says it doesn’t wash out, so your paint would have to go over the marks. The dressmaker’s says to use a sponge to clean the marks off, which sounds hazardous to your paint.
However, I would be happy to send you either or both to experiment with. They’ve been sitting around not being used anyway. Also, I’m going to Michael’s tomorrow for a frame, and I could see what they have, if that’d help. It’s got to be cheaper than Amazon in any case.
Let me know if you’d like me to send you the stuff I have – my email is rubberbandwmn at sbcglobal dot net, remove asterisks before sending, etc.
I like Le Salon, it evokes learnèd discussion. What about Tony!’s Place, or Chez Tony!?
or for an obscure reference from the before-time (it might have been on SciBlogs)
Under The Stairs
some of the regulars were tearing each other to shreds and some of the others hid
‘under the stairs’
it was a protopillowfort
The Pillow Fort
the pillow fort within The Pillow Fort would become Fractal
Oops, the asterisks went bye-bye in my email. Well, in that case, belay that part of the instructions.
I’d rather not name it after me, bc it centers the place too much on me when, as I said this isn’t my place. It’s for all of us.
We could be ‘The People Under the Stairs’!
We could be…
I don’t remember the earlier ones ever coming out from there, though…
(eery organ music)
I was not aware of that movie.
I withdraw the suggestion.
My vote in order of preference:
The Pillow Fort
I like the idea of The Back Room.
Tony!, I vote for Tony!’s Lounge, or Tony!’s Place.
Or, since you don’t want to name it after yourself, I like The Speakeasy.
Anne, the dressmaker’s stuff sounds like tracing paper that has failed me too many times in the past; and my oopsies—which will be many, for truly, I suck at tracing—really need to be wash-away-able. I tried looking at Michaels’ on-line presence, and they disclaim any knowledge of the item I seek. I tried every crafts and fabric store I could google-up here in Springfield, and while some admit to knowing of the item, none of them keep it in stock; it still comes down to having to send out for it, and the price goes ‘way up. Hell, I even tried Hobby Lobby. No joy.
🙁 🙁 🙁
I do very much appreciate your offer of assistence, though.
cicely, you said it’s a white shirt, yes? What if you drew the design on paper with a good dark pen and a thick line and tucked the paper inside the shirt? You’ll need cardboard or something to hold the shirt steady for painting anyway, so if you taped the design onto the cardboard, the lines would be visible through the fabric and could be used as a guide for the painting.
Anne: Hmmm…maybe. At any rate, a better idea than anything I’ve come up with—and I have the design-on-paper. I may try taping or pinning it to the shirt, itself, though, to prevent it shifting around. Right now, I’ve got it push-pinned to my cardboard shirt form with a sheet of waxed paper in between; if I replace the waxed paper with the design, it should show through nicely.
I hope it works, and I would love to see the shirt when it’s done.
If it turns out okay, I’ll post a pic.
If it doesn’t turn out okay, I’ll bury it in the furthest corner of the yard, at midnight, by the dark of the moon, and never speak of it again.
cicely, I know that feeling. [Hugs]
Some of my failed natural fibre stuff has gone into the compost.
Worms love it.
One of the bonuses of working in steel is that it is very very difficult+ to screw it up so bad I can’t make something out of it.
+difficult but not impossible. In case anyone was wondering, it is possible to set steel on fire. 🙂
[This is Crudely Wrott. I had some problems logging in through WordPress so I’m using the generic format or logging in.]
Mega thanks for providing this place.
It’s wonderful to see so many familiar nyms and folks and new folks and just more of the wonderfulness I’d come to treasure back in the Lounge.
I really need this sort of place; meat space is loaded with so much baggage. People that I deal with in RL and that I love unconditionally have a habit (one that they aren’t fully aware of) of putting me right off my feed.
Hello, to Lynna and chigau and cicely and opposablethumbs and that Cranky Cat Lady and wmdkitty (met a fine kiddun nun nun today! His name is Butterscotch and he looks it) and YOB and rq!! and all you fine folks. Kinda like a reunion, eh?
I has supergrins on. I also love pouncehugs and have the superpower of reflecting them back at the sender at a ratio of roughly (be warned; very roughly) three to one. Hope I don’t knock any one over by means of reckless enthusiasm.
Tony!, you are one stand up guy. By hosting this site you are the glue that binds kind and willfully nice (not to mention determined) people together. Way to go, dear friend. Way to go.
So, ahhh, do you think we should install an bar that automatically adjusts to the size of the crowd? I’ve a couple of new angles on how it might work if you’re interested.
He there Crudely Wrott! It’s great to have you!
Speakeasy is my provisional choice for a name for this new endeavor. The name speaks volumes as well as carrying reference to past times when people just went ahead and did what they felt was right and justified. Oh, them twenties! And almost a century since the Roaring Twenties. (Not that people just going ahead and doing what they felt was right and justified is constrained to times gone by; oh, no. It’s what we do best and it’s what has a habit of lasting and making a difference. Sometimes a large one.)
If I may, another suggestion, somewhat frivolous but, hey! fun is fun, ain’t it? How about Lolligaggers? Or Lolligagger’s Lounge? It is amenable to pillow forts and tea and chocolate as well as to hugs and higgs and carries a cache of informality that, I scry, many here appreciate by virtue of spontaneity, off the cuff invention and the easy invention that comes with familiarity.
Also, good will and hopeful thoughts for Ogvorbis, Definitely No Failure As A Human. I hope he finds this place. We could all use another Train Story.
Howdy, Crudely Wrott. Good ta see ya.
So I’m giving “Supernatural” a try. Basically the typical two pretty men solve murders shtick. Except the murderers are always supernatural. I’m 4 episodes in and haven’t made up my mind if I’m going binge the rest or not. The two dudes are fairly uninteresting and generic, but the monsters are kinda cool. And they make no pretense to try to “explain” them, so that is a point in their favor, IMO.
Crudely! Running pouncehugs comin’ atcha’!!!
Hey, YOB and Biped!!
Like they say in New Hampshire, “Wicked cool to be here with you!”
I love to say “wicked”. C’mon, say it with me, now:
Grin worthy or what?
Wicked cool, wicked cool, wicked cool. Giggle, giggle, giggle.
I remember “wicked cool” being wicked cool back in the 80’s in my part of Texas for a time.
Yo, Biped. That’s the spirit. In fact, that’s the ol’ smooth, easy rollin’ spirit — not beating up and not beating down.
Is time to go to dream land now. Very tired while also very glad. I really didn’t want to lose touch which is what I feared when the PoopyHead shut down the Lounge. While I did understand his decision (this is why we can’t have nice things!) it was still a frightening moment. I have really come to rely on the Horde for sustenance as well as something like existential grounding.
Good night, dear Hordelings. May your tomorrows be uplifting and gratifying.
And thank again, Tony!, you have prolonged my faith in my fellow humans. The sure-to-be-growing commentariat here is my testimony.
Peace and pouncehugs.
I also seem to recall “wicked pissah” although I have no idea what that actually means. Something good? Very difficult? Both?
Wicked nice. And good night. To life add spice. ‘At’s wicked nice.
[Tips over till morning.]
I am very happy you’re here.
NO PANTS IN THE SALON!
… And I had a nice comment about yesterday’s adventures that wouldn’t post and now it is lost to the sharks of the internet. Ah well. Archaeologically recognized pre-christianized fort mound for the win! Because nobody fell off.
Pouncy hugs for you!
And then you tape the thing to the window and draw your outline with one of those fancy magic pens that bleach out all by themselves after a day or two.
My secret super power? I can turn a t-shirt into half a yard of jersey. It usually happens when I do a complicated design, like combining three or four individual designs and it usually happens when I stich out the last design, after some 10-20 hours invested.
Fortunately, most things can be salvaged in some way. The dress for my sister that I ruined became a skirt for the kid, the shirt for the kid I ruined was turned into a dress with the help of a T from Mr that was too small. Afterwards #1 told everybody that “this is the dress daddy grew out of”.
(Pokes questing paw through internet mousehole)
Hopes you is well enough.
Soo … I went to the Jeremy Corbyn rally yesterday. Tickets for the main hall were snapped up long before we got to the website, but we got overflow tickets. But when we got there, not only was the main hall all spoken for – they filled the overflow room … and then another overflow room … and there were still about 500 of us outside in the street, so he came out and stood on top of a fire engine with a mike and did a somewhat condensed version of his speech just for us, before going back in to do the official talk.
Corbyn is that rare bird, a politician of integrity (with a long track record of actually sticking to his principles) and who doesn’t smarm to the media. Anti-war, anti-racism, pro-women’s voices in politics, pro-LGBT and hugely and intelligently anti-austerity – no wonder the 1% despise him (by old Labour standards he’s a regular centre-left; by current UK standards (Overton window having moved way right) he’s dangerously-far-left; by current US standards he’s probably off the curve altogether/RavingCommieRedBastard etc.). Not surprisingly, then, he’s always been relatively low profile (despite having a great record for many years as a constituency MP) … now he’s a serious candidate for leader of the Labour Party, which seems to have taken everybody by surprise (quite possibly including him). It’s almost as if there were people – a lot more people than anticipated – who are interested in having someone they can vote for without having to grit their teeth in order to do so.
Looking forward to voting for him 🙂
opposablethumbs I seems to me that, since Blair, the Labour Party hierarchy has become dominated by career politicians who are more middle than left and in if as a job rather than a vocation. They seem to think that the days of a genuine left party are over and they would not get elected with Corbyn. To me it seems that they can’t get elected as it is, so why not go back to being the party of the people? Look at the popularity of the SNP!
Today I’m supposed to get my new canine incisors implants. Tentacles crossd. ( there were complications last time we tried.)
Hi there Lofty! Welcome in!
Hi all, thanks to Tony for creating the space and rq for inviting me in. Very thankful to have a place to keep up with you all. I just got back into town from family vacation – missed the entire Thing. I think I’m basically caught up now. I’ll miss the Lounge, but to be honest I need to spend less time online, so it’s enforced “do stuff” space. I’d like to pop in now and then but might not be too regular about it.
Hey there Carlie! Good to see you.
Guess who gets to postpone her summer vacation for the second summer in the row?
I didn’t have reservations for any trips so it’s not a huge hassle, but it’s not great either. The thing is… it’s always us unmarried, no-kids-attached women* who stay. It’s great that the company tries to accommodate women with children, but the result is that I always get the short end of the stick. I’m not proud of it, but I’m starting to feel resentment about it. If they were included, we could spread the shit summers around a bit. This way it’s always the same crowd.
I don’t know what solution could make this better for women like me, while not making it worse for women with children.
I keep saying women because in the position required there is a bunch of women and just one guy who was busy with another task last year and was already on vacation when we learned about this job this year
Today we went to the botanical garden and I discovered there’s a shade of rose approaching black and that I really, really, really want one for the garden. Make it variety 52. Or 49, actually, since there’s about 3 that double up.
Good to see you
holiday plans should at least be reliable. Around here most companies require folks to make their plans in January
Is it possible to set a lower limit for when people can request vacation time? Such as, no later than a week in advance or something like that? And to encourage people to abide by this rule?
Because children or no, it seems unfair that anyone should have to change their own plans simply to accommodate someone who is making plans at the last minute. I understand there can be medical emergencies and the like or sudden opportunities, but they’re not THAT commonplace to constantly disadvantage someone not of your own demographic.
+pouncehugs with extra pounce+
Pleased-and-relieved to see you!
I has not one of them thar fancy magic pens; and—since I’m going to have to replace the shirt, having ruined this one in previous attempts in such a way as to be incompatible with the current attempt—I will not be able to acquire one in the short term.
However, I have tested and found that the drawing can, in fact, be seen through the shirt adequately for my Sinister Porpoises.
My current plan is to paint the outline onto the shirt in the faintest possible shade (Hue? Paled-down rather than darkened. Is “hue” correct, here? See what happens when you avoid art-related classes, kiddies.) of slightly-yellow green, since I want it for the veining any way. Then, after it’s dried, I’ll paint the rest of the moth; shouldn’t take me more than, oh, a week.
‘Cause I paint dead slow.
(See what else happens when you avoid art-related classes, kiddies? I know it can be done faster—just not by me.)
If it doesn’t work, I will cry, because I cannot replace the shirt a second time, and in my head it looks so cool, and matches my green capri shorts so well.
Then, it’s out with the shovel and the flashlight.
(I’m hoping to salvage the shirt at some later time, as tie-dye.)
YOB, I’ll keep my +tentacles crossed+ on your behalf.
Beatrice, what is this “summer vacation” of which you speak?
Srsly, I’m sorry you’ve lost yours; that sucks.
Plans aren’t last minute, the particular job is. Some people are just immediately disregarded for it because family.
Meh, I’ll deal.
blush sorry. I know not everyone gets to take a vacation.
Beatrice, I meant it to be a tongue-in-cheek funny; don’t worry about it. 🙂
Welp, good news “bad” news on the new teeth. Right incisor is in and looking good. Yay!
However the bone around the left post has either not healed up completely or is just outright disintegrating around the post. We find out which in 4 weeks. If it’s the first, yay. If the second, I’m in real trouble cause disentegrating bone is bad, especially when that bone keeps my teeth in. +nervous+
This is another “the company you keep” comment. Donald Trump keeps company with many questionable people, mostly clueless guys who seem to think like he does. No doubt you remember that one of Trump’s lawyers, Michael Cohen, threatened reporters from the Daily Beast Cohen was also the guy that claimed, “You cannot rape your spouse.” Here’s an excerpt from Cohen’s threats:
Now it’s Trump advisor Roger Stone’s turn to say something stupid:
Media Matters link
Trump did fire a political adviser, Sam Nunberg, when Nunberg’s racist Facebook posts came to light, so there is some line that Trump associates cannot cross. CNN link. Nunberg’s comments included references to Al Sharpton’s daughter as a “n____r.” He also called President Obama a “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser.”
Two gay graduates of West Point fought back when they were confronted with homophobic slurs:
The homophobe punched Daniel, and then Larry counterattacked:
It should be against the law to turn off peoples’ utilities or water. I just walked outside to see a guy from ECUA shutting our water off. I really, really hate my life right now.
Hopefully the bone hasn’t healed completely. That second option doesn’t sound good at all.
@YOB, I also hope it’s the first scenario and not the second. That sound scary.
@ Tony! Oh, no! I really super hope you can find a job soon. Have you heard back from your friend (right?) yet?
@Tony: I’m so sorry to hear that. I wish there was something I could do. Are there any programs in your area that might be any assistance?
Tony!, shit. That is horrible. I totally agree that it should be illegal to do this.
Carlie, it’s good to see you! YOB, tooth sympathies. I hope you get to keep the canine. rq, ooooooooh rose 🙂
godsdammit, Tony!, I so hope you get a stint of better luck soon 🙁
I hope blf clicks your link and finds their way over here.
Made me think of Ragutis. Anyone have a line out to xir?
Scheise, Tony, just caught up with your news. That is shit, and should definitely be made illegal – don’t they even have to warn you in advance?? Fuck. I’m sorry I don’t have a job for you. 🙁 But then, if I did, you wouldn’t ever be unemployed anyway.
And I have to share these photos of Idris Elba.
Shut your water off????? That should be classed as a terrorist incident and a risk to public health.
I just checked my water bill and I see that I didn’t pay last month. Being on limited funds, I’ve been skipping months paying certain bills. The cutoff date was yesterday, and I didn’t keep track of that. So it’s on me in large part. Still, it sucks, bc I’d really like to take a shower.
I think my parents can help me out, when they get off work tonight. So I’ll have it back on tomorrow more than likely.
Indeed it should.
All my sympathies. The other day we got our electricity shut off after we’d paid it (via Western Union, because otherwise it takes weeks for them to actually transfer the money out of my account, which makes accounting a damn pain in the ass), and they charged a reconnection fee to turn it back on, even though we’d paid before the deadline.
Wendy Davis penned an Op-Ed for mic-
Women should never have to do another filibuster about reproductive health:
I don’t know who it was, but some kind individual donated enough money so that I can get my water turned back on. It will be tomorrow since they’re closed now, but I can wait another 12 hours.
While I’m thinking about it, is there any reason our taxes can’t be used to supply the necessary funds for water and utilities?
The great and powerful Oz, who has been working behind the scenes to get the new domain set up, has informed me that the transition is ready to begin. This will involve a migration of material from here to there and as a result, the blog will be down for the evening. Once everything is up and running over there, I’ll let everyone know where “there”. We can have a party and get drunk and have pillow fights and stuff!
Thank you all so much for being friends and readers.
I’ll start packing the pillow fort now.
Replacement Shirt was marked down, sometime between when I bought Original Shirt, and this evening—to $2.
If I’d known that before we rang it up at the check out, I’d’ve thrown a couple more into the cart.
I hope it’s not the disintegrating bone option; there’s no way that kinda shit ends cheaply.
Shit, Tony!, that’s terrible.
I agree—turning off people’s water should be beyond the pale.
And I’m relieved that some kind person was able to help you out.
I’m starting to really worry that we haven’t seen Ogvorbis around here.
Idris Ebla is extremely aesthetically pleasing to look at.
Wendy Davis rocks, hard.
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