Friday Open Thread
May 29, 2015 12:19 AM - Partridge
Maple stuff.

150 comments
May 29, 2015 4:19 AM - sixyearsandcounting
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/lesser-known-trolley-problem-variations

"There’s an out of control trolley speeding towards four workers. Three of them are cannibalistic serial killers. One of them is a brilliant cancer researcher. You have the ability to pull a lever and change the trolley’s path so it hits just one person. She is a brilliant cannibalistic serial killing cancer researcher who only kills lesser cancer researchers. 14% of these researchers are Nazi-sympathizers, and 25% don’t use turning signals when they drive. Speaking of which, in this world, Hitler is still alive, but he’s dying of cancer."

"There’s an out of control trolley speeding towards three workers. You have the ability to pull a lever and change the trolley’s path so it hits a teenager instead. At a minimum, the three workers’ families will receive a $20,000 insurance payoff each, and the families will no doubt sue the company, which in this scenario you represent. The trolley driver seemed to die instantly from a freak aneurism, so your company might not be faulted for negligence under the FELA and might come out okay. The teenager’s parents, on the other hand, make a total of $175,000 a year, and can afford a pretty decent lawyer."
#2
May 29, 2015 6:44 AM - dibs
GM.
#3
May 29, 2015 6:51 AM - dibs
The lawyer would take the case on contingency basis.
#4
May 29, 2015 6:55 AM - BoerumHillScott
I blame it all on union trolley operators.
#5
May 29, 2015 7:02 AM - Partridge
Good morning.
#6
May 29, 2015 7:06 AM - BoerumHillScott
I would say good morning, but RC is leaving me for the next day and a half, and we are already having issues at work.
#7
May 29, 2015 7:11 AM - Partridge
Not so good for you, Scott. Hope things get better as the day progresses.
#8
May 29, 2015 7:11 AM - BirdnestHead
Bizarre music track. Wish I could read the captions. Do you read Arabic?
#9
May 29, 2015 7:13 AM - BoerumHillScott
I do wish everyone else a good morning.
Now off to work.
#10
May 29, 2015 7:14 AM - dibs
I'm still in bed. With coffee. Boiler service guy here at 8:00. Maybe lunch at Ross' Grill or Pepe's
#11
May 29, 2015 7:19 AM - dibs
Democrat Martin O'Malley expected to throw his hat into the race over the weekend.


#12
May 29, 2015 7:48 AM - petebklyn
I'm ignoring you all.
#13
May 29, 2015 7:57 AM - rf
Good morning. Looks very nice outside here in Brooklyn!

Scott, I hope your day turns out better than you expect, and that the time passes reasonably well and quickly without your DW.

Dennis Hastert? I heard of him!
U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/us/ex-house-speaker-j-dennis-hastert-indicted-on-federal-charges.html
#14
May 29, 2015 8:07 AM - dibs
My Batik Irises arrived yesterday.
#15
May 29, 2015 8:14 AM - BirdnestHead
Not listening...
#16
May 29, 2015 8:28 AM - dibs
My wild, naturalizing blue iris, the yellow iris in the pond and the beach roses are all starting to bloom
#17
May 29, 2015 8:47 AM - More4Less
Let's Go Rangers!!

We want parade!!!
We want parade!!!
#18
May 29, 2015 9:05 AM - More4Less
WHAT BLOGICIDED???

Have to give Dudley for the conviction shown so far on sticking to his blogicide.
#19
May 29, 2015 9:16 AM - dibs
National Spelling Bee ends in tie

Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


My question is what happened to the all the Smiths, Goldbergs, O'Reillys, Polanskys, Sopranos, Changs, Watanabes, etc.
Edited by dibs at May 29, 2015 9:17 AM
#20
May 29, 2015 9:18 AM - dibs
Scott…thanks for correcting the edit function such that it no longer collapses all the paragraphs on each other whenver you edited!!!!!
#21
May 29, 2015 9:35 AM - petebklyn
If you had names like theirs, you would have to be good speller.
#22
May 29, 2015 9:37 AM - dibs
Chinese-Thai names can be even longer. Like Arun Sampanthavitat and Tom Kajohnkittiyut!!!!!
#23
May 29, 2015 9:39 AM - dibs
And my favorite first/given name in Thai is "Porn." Short for Pornpaj and a few other variations.
Edited by dibs at May 29, 2015 9:40 AM
#24
May 29, 2015 9:41 AM - Deleted
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated. The Commerce Department says the overall economy as measured by the gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the January-March period. The revised figure, even weaker than the government's initial estimate of a 0.2 percent growth rate, reflects a bigger trade gap and slower consumer spending. It marked the first decline since a 2.1 percent contraction in the first three months of 2014, a slump that was also blamed on winter weather. Economists expect a rebound in the current quarter to growth of around 2 percent and expect the economy to strengthen later this year."

Come on back, The What!! Your moment has arrived! Time for a victory lap.
#25
May 29, 2015 9:48 AM - Deleted
More Bait for The What.......

A story about conversions of warehouses into offices, and no mention of 1000 Dean St!

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/prices-industrial-facilities-soar-brooklyn-tech-boom-article-1.2238721
#26
May 29, 2015 10:13 AM - More4Less
Tgif
#27
May 29, 2015 10:22 AM - dibs
The start of the second "Obama recession" Just in time for elections!!!!!!!!
#28
May 29, 2015 10:26 AM - More4Less
That's teamwork.

Setting the bar low for the next person so easier to show improvement
#29
May 29, 2015 10:39 AM - pepper
GM
#30
May 29, 2015 10:41 AM - pepper
TGIF
#31
May 29, 2015 10:42 AM - petebklyn
you should be thankful for every day you have
#32
May 29, 2015 10:44 AM - More4Less
Ignore!!!!
#33
May 29, 2015 10:48 AM - pepper
This is the second year in a row that the Spelling Bee has ended up in a 2-way tie.
#34
May 29, 2015 10:53 AM - Deleted
"This is the second year in a row that the Spelling Bee has ended up in a 2-way tie. "

Fascinating. I hope that no one ignored that tid-bit of info.
#36
May 29, 2015 11:01 AM - dibs
And they say beardo Millennials are a lazy uncreative group…


https://www.facebook.com/simondesue/videos/10154303759185105/
Edited by dibs at May 29, 2015 11:07 AM
#37
May 29, 2015 11:10 AM - dibs
The rest of you can ignore this but I bet benson will like it…moving the Gay Head (nh) 400 ton brick lighthouse


http://capecodtimes.com/article/20150528/NEWS/150529405
#38
May 29, 2015 11:13 AM - pepper
Hiya, Stupid. Ignore me at your own peril. ;o)
#39
May 29, 2015 11:14 AM - BoerumHillScott
What a morning.
Time to start drinking.
#40
May 29, 2015 11:23 AM - dibs
Ignoring a pepper and it would burn while beaing roasted.
#41
May 29, 2015 11:25 AM - pepper
Maybe I should become a ghost pepper.


#42
May 29, 2015 11:26 AM - pepper
But I think it would make me look like an old lady.
#43
May 29, 2015 11:29 AM - dibs
OK…headed into town for some lunch at Ross' and Pepe's. Kind of a mini pub crawl.

Maybe we should stop at the Pig first for oysters but then again, we had oysters yesterday.

Decisions, decisions.


#44
May 29, 2015 11:34 AM - pepper
Please keep us apprised of any decisions you make.
#45
May 29, 2015 11:52 AM - Deleted
"Hiya, Stupid."

Weak. Needs at least more exclamation points.

Pepper, I knew The What. The What was a friend of mine. Pepper, you're no The What.
#46
May 29, 2015 12:07 PM - pepper
The What-ever.
#47
May 29, 2015 12:09 PM - Slope4Eva
lol.
#48
May 29, 2015 12:10 PM - DeLepp
benson, you are really baiting him now quoting llyod bensten.
#49
May 29, 2015 12:16 PM - dibs
Arrived at Ross' Grill


#50
May 29, 2015 12:17 PM - Deleted
Notice that I've been respectful, referring to him as "The What", instead of "What".
#51
May 29, 2015 12:17 PM - dibs
Having a craft beer...Cape Cod Blonde

#52
May 29, 2015 12:19 PM - Deleted
DIBS,

Exactly one minute elapsed between your arrival and your having a beer. Just sayin'.
#53
May 29, 2015 12:21 PM - DeLepp
"Cape Cod Blonde"

Not what I would have expected.

#54
May 29, 2015 12:36 PM - rf
Sounds like good service!
#55
May 29, 2015 12:41 PM - dibs
Jesse, the mo dou Fu (l) Chinese bar wench would be to blame, benson


#56
May 29, 2015 12:58 PM - dibs
Yumm

#57
May 29, 2015 1:03 PM - Partridge
Nice lighting on that burger. Bet not LED.
#58
May 29, 2015 1:03 PM - DeLepp
I would think it would be the bartenders themselves having a quick one when you arrive.
Edited by DeLepp at May 29, 2015 1:04 PM
#59
May 29, 2015 1:06 PM - dibs
The light is natural, unlike many peoples' hair color
#60
May 29, 2015 1:17 PM - pepper
At least some of us have enough hair to color in the first place.
#61
May 29, 2015 1:18 PM - dibs
I wonder if anyone has " Ignored" anyone yet. Not a particularly Christian thing to do and much akin to liberals' tendency to unfriend someone.
#62
May 29, 2015 1:19 PM - dibs
I have as much hair as anyone. I just keep it cut short and manscaped.

#63
May 29, 2015 1:24 PM - Deleted
Can the site generate a summary of:

-who is ignoring whom?
-who is lurking at any given moment?

#64
May 29, 2015 1:25 PM - rf
Not all of us are Christian.

FYI, it's possible to "ignore" someone on Facebook without unfriending them, but I don't see the point of that.
#65
May 29, 2015 1:30 PM - dibs
Those would be good features, Benson. I can see that the most constructive suggestions always come from members of the rhombus, as one would expect

#66
May 29, 2015 1:33 PM - pepper
<<< rolls eyes >>>
#67
May 29, 2015 1:33 PM - Deleted
It would also be interesting to see who is the most ignored poster!
#68
May 29, 2015 1:35 PM - pepper
I'm not ignoring anyone.
#69
May 29, 2015 1:36 PM - dibs
Is an eye roll more effective with a lot of mascara?????


#70
May 29, 2015 1:40 PM - dibs
Pepper, I think if you are occidental you should use the (((rolls eyes))) bout if you are oriental that <<< rolls eyes>>>. would be appropriate. Need we discuss single epicanthal folds again?????
#71
May 29, 2015 1:42 PM - pepper
You roll your eyes your way, and I'll roll my eyes my way.

We have never discussed single epicanthal folds.
#72
May 29, 2015 1:44 PM - dibs
We have.

#73
May 29, 2015 1:46 PM - pepper
Not you and I. No, we haven't.
#74
May 29, 2015 1:47 PM - dibs
It was usually followed by cross eyed and hair lips and bow legged


#75
May 29, 2015 1:48 PM - pepper
Yes, I know about the attributes of your ideal man.
#76
May 29, 2015 1:50 PM - dibs
Well. It was discussed. This is what happens when you ignore...as Benson and delepp said, you will miss out on real pearls of wisdom
#77
May 29, 2015 1:52 PM - pepper
<<< rolls eyes >>>
#78
May 29, 2015 1:54 PM - dibs
I'm going to ignore you

#79
May 29, 2015 1:54 PM - Deleted
Can I request to ignore Pepper's posts when she does an eye-roll?
#80
May 29, 2015 1:55 PM - dibs
Send a box of JTs to be un-ignored
#81
May 29, 2015 1:59 PM - pepper
Fine. Go ahead and ignore me. See if I care.
#82
May 29, 2015 2:00 PM - dibs
Pepper is learning about single epicanthal folds here more informative than learning about felching, which we have also discussed in case you forgot


#83
May 29, 2015 2:05 PM - pepper
Felching was before my time. As were single epicanthal folds, I believe.
#84
May 29, 2015 2:06 PM - dibs
So a Japanese guy and white girlfriend just sat down at the bar and he has great crossed eyes but like a Muslim length beard which is a real turn off

#85
May 29, 2015 2:07 PM - dibs
Being late to the party is no excuse. If you want to be part of the cool kids you need to keep up.

Another pearl of wisdom


#86
May 29, 2015 2:10 PM - dibs
Did you Google felching at work??? Now HR knows you are a perv

Edited by dibs at May 29, 2015 2:10 PM
#87
May 29, 2015 2:15 PM - pepper
No, I already know what felching is.
#88
May 29, 2015 2:16 PM - pepper
Beards are generally a turn off for me, too.
#89
May 29, 2015 2:23 PM - Partridge
Blech.
#90
May 29, 2015 2:25 PM - pepper
Blech to what? Single epicanthal folds? Felching? Beards?
#91
May 29, 2015 2:28 PM - dibs
We have moved on to Pepe's. I already have my beer thanks to bartender Scott.


#92
May 29, 2015 2:33 PM - petebklyn
so Hastert's payoff was to someone in way past....and he was once a wrestling coach. what are odds that there is a connection?
#93
May 29, 2015 2:34 PM - rf
A frame grab of a digital ad from the “super PAC” supporting Senator Rand Paul.
#94
May 29, 2015 2:35 PM - dibs
Yes, Pete, I saw that and my mind went right to the gutter


#95
May 29, 2015 2:35 PM - rf
No one wants to talk about Dennis Hastert, Pete.
#96
May 29, 2015 2:36 PM - Deleted
I couldn't stand Hastert. To me, he was a hack politician and am surprised it took this long to find something on him.
#97
May 29, 2015 2:36 PM - dibs
According to the polls rand is very close to hillary
#98
May 29, 2015 2:38 PM - dibs
Why don't you just ignore Pete, rf. You were the one lobbying the most for ignore feature
Edited by dibs at May 29, 2015 2:40 PM
#99
May 29, 2015 2:42 PM - petebklyn
someone brought home brownies from the office (paid for by some medical corp.) - I had to scrape off the coconut based frosting. Sort of like ignore.
May 29, 2015 2:43 PM - petebklyn
whoever is extorting Hastert for the money -- waited until he became a rich lobbyist. No sense in trying to get money from someone on govt salary
May 29, 2015 2:44 PM - dibs
There is a " block" feature for messages on silverdaddies

May 29, 2015 2:45 PM - Deleted
Hastert didn't wait until he was a lobbyist. He started his House career with modest wealth, and was a rich man by the time he left office. Not in the same league as Bill and Hillary (in terms of take), but the same idea.
May 29, 2015 2:47 PM - dibs
Hastert couldn't have had an email " problem" either

May 29, 2015 2:53 PM - dibs
Hastert had to know about OFAC rules about cash withdrawals.

May 29, 2015 3:01 PM - pepper
He did. He originally made the withdrawals in $50k increments. When the banks started asking him about it, he withdrew in under $10k increments.
Edited by pepper at May 29, 2015 3:03 PM
May 29, 2015 3:04 PM - dibs
Yes but he should have known that the pattern of withdrawals was also a violation.

What's surprising is that this is the sort of stuff Democrats get involved in


May 29, 2015 3:10 PM - pepper
It doesn't seem to me that either political party is immune from bad apples.
May 29, 2015 3:11 PM - DeLepp
Seems he was trying to hide a long ago sexual relationship with a man, sounds very republican to me.
May 29, 2015 3:21 PM - pepper
Do you think a wide stance was involved?
May 29, 2015 3:24 PM - DeLepp
Since he was a wrestling coach I would say yes.
May 29, 2015 3:24 PM - pepper
lol.
May 29, 2015 3:29 PM - dibs
Reminds me of the half nelson, full nelson and Father Nelson joke


May 29, 2015 3:55 PM - petebklyn
not going to share the joke with us?
May 29, 2015 3:57 PM - More4Less
No need to resign. They gave me the promised bonus - although was expecting a little more given record earnings. Cant be too greedy or complain as big boss delivered on his promise.
May 29, 2015 3:59 PM - dibs
Learning lots of dirt here...dh.....ex MJ CFO going to marry ex MJ sales guy....Tatiana von furstenburg buying Norman mailers house so Barry Dillar can have fuck pad...Ethan Cohen lives in town too
Edited by dibs at May 29, 2015 4:07 PM
May 29, 2015 4:01 PM - pepper
Good news M4L. Glad for you.
May 29, 2015 4:01 PM - pepper
Gibberish, dibs.
May 29, 2015 4:04 PM - Partridge
"Learning lots of dirt here...dh.....ex MJ CFO going yo Marty ex MJ sales guy....Tatiana vo furstenburg buying Norman mailers house so Barry filled can have fuck pad...Ethan Cohen lives in town too"

And you have the nerve to correct my typos?
May 29, 2015 4:05 PM - Partridge
Yay, Panda! You are a star.
May 29, 2015 4:52 PM - dibs
Wow....haven't heard this song in years....baby its you

May 29, 2015 5:02 PM - dibs
M went home to feed cats. I am still at Pepe's and then he comes back.


May 29, 2015 5:02 PM - Deleted
deleted - i'll email you - i wanna hear this dirt
Edited by Deleted at May 29, 2015 5:06 PM
May 29, 2015 5:09 PM - Deleted
^^^One post for today, and you delete it??????
May 29, 2015 5:11 PM - rf
Excellent, M4L!
May 29, 2015 5:27 PM - pepper
May 29, 2015 5:29 PM - More4Less
The hulk smashed it?? How does that happen??
May 29, 2015 5:35 PM - petebklyn
the lettering on truck says 'efficiency in motion'?

Making left from Atlantic onto Boerum but what happened to it?
May 29, 2015 5:38 PM - pepper
It buckled. On its own. No other vehicle involved. It was nuts.
May 29, 2015 6:00 PM - Partridge
She provided a link to the article for those with inquiring minds.
May 29, 2015 6:16 PM - dibs
I'm surprised What isn't here saying its a conspiracy by white gentrifiers


May 29, 2015 6:35 PM - dibs
Pepp...most of the summer help here on H1N visas are from Bulgaria and Ichy here from Bulgaria is a real hotty


May 29, 2015 8:05 PM - petebklyn
you surveyed and checked them all? or just projecting on sample of 5?
May 29, 2015 8:06 PM - pepper
I've never been to Bulgaria.
May 29, 2015 8:34 PM - DeLepp
crazy save by lundqwist
May 29, 2015 9:35 PM - More4Less
Let's GOOOOO RANGERSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 29, 2015 9:37 PM - pepper
What's the score?
May 29, 2015 9:50 PM - pepper
Ah. I see. 2 periods down, no goals. Tight game.
May 29, 2015 10:01 PM - BirdnestHead
Go Rangers!!!
May 29, 2015 10:05 PM - pepper
Go Rangers!!!!
May 29, 2015 10:08 PM - DeLepp
damn
May 29, 2015 10:19 PM - Partridge
Just back from Hometown BBQ. Big Ranger party going on there.

Line long for food. We left table early to help out the stranded without chairs. Went to Sunny's for the very first time. Nice! Very cool vibe there, Pete.
May 29, 2015 10:28 PM - BirdnestHead
Arg
May 29, 2015 10:48 PM - pepper
Booooooooooooooooooooooooo.
May 29, 2015 10:57 PM - BirdnestHead
:-(
May 29, 2015 10:58 PM - Partridge
I offered a stranger a ride out of Red Hook to the train station. She had approached me for directions to the B61 bus stop just minutes before. Poor thing looked like a deer in my headlights when I passed her standing alone at the stop. I made a 'U' turn around and talked to her through my open car window. "Can I take you to the train? I'm headed that way."

She had attended a play, she said, at the Waterfront Museum. About Female pirates. "Female pirates?", I asked.
http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org/events/performances/blood-red-roses

Well, the somewhat timid and dowdy woman accepted my offer without hesitation - clearly feeling more secure in a car with someone she had never met before than alone on Van Brundt Street in the dark. I asked Eve where she was from as I couldn't place her accent. She replied, "The East Village."
May 29, 2015 11:00 PM - Partridge
What? No 4th quarter? ;) Sorry, Rangers fans.
May 29, 2015 11:09 PM - pepper
Them East Villagers sure do have a "special" accent. Very kind of you, Part.
May 29, 2015 11:19 PM - Partridge
Stories are born in Red Hook. Always leave with one or more. I have another from the BBQ place. It involves a swarm of uptight PR/fashion gals, their cocktails and 3 regular bicycling guys. Maybe tomorrow.