Wednesday Open Thread
December 28, 2011 8:20 AM - dibs
I got 4 out of 5 Mega numbers for $150.00 If I had the fifth it would be $250,000 and I was off by ONE...it was 43 and I had 42.

297 comments
December 28, 2011 8:46 AM - petebklyn
sounds like dibs is offering to treat everyone to lunch today.
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#1
December 28, 2011 8:53 AM - Arkady
Should've used my birth year!
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#2
December 28, 2011 8:56 AM - dibs
And someone from Middle Island won the $250 Million.
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#3
December 28, 2011 8:57 AM - Deleted
good, middle island (long island i presume) is pretty ghetto.
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#4
December 28, 2011 9:01 AM - dibs
It'll just get wasted away in bodegas and bad Caribbean vacations. If it were won by a few hedge fund guys they'd set up a foundation and do some good with it
Edited at December 28, 2011 9:03 AM
#5
December 28, 2011 9:04 AM - Arkady
Uh-huh. Un-uh.
#6
December 28, 2011 9:06 AM - Deleted
hedge fund guys would have pissed it away on overpriced hookers and expensive restaurants.
#7
December 28, 2011 9:07 AM - CGar
That picture scares the bejesus out of me, dave. I saw a whole flock of them in a store window the other night, and now I have to avoid 5th Avenue altogether.
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#8
December 28, 2011 9:09 AM - Deleted
best to avoid 5th avenue anyways, cgar.
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#9
December 28, 2011 9:10 AM - dibs
Is there an alternative name for 6th Avenue in Brooklyn like there is in Manhattan?
#10
December 28, 2011 9:12 AM - Deleted
avenue of the americas is such a dumb name
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#11
December 28, 2011 9:18 AM - Arkady
Yes, dibs: The avenue between 5th & 7th.
#12
December 28, 2011 9:18 AM - Deleted
Annual get-together today with college friends, at Soho Billiards. Have a good day all.
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#13
December 28, 2011 9:20 AM - Deleted
holy shit - this guy looks sorta like pete!

http://gothamist.com/2011/12/28/police_seek_man_who_impersonated_co.php


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#14
December 28, 2011 9:27 AM - Arkady
dh - Pete will thank you for the age description.
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#15
December 28, 2011 9:30 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Is there an alternative name for 6th Avenue in Brooklyn like there is in Manhattan?

no clue. but 5th avenue is called Cucina Boulevard. i was really confused once when i looked up and saw that i was on cucina boulevard i was like huh? and wound up walking back down towards 4th avenue :-/ (this was only a few months after i moved to park slope tho)


*rob*

#16
December 28, 2011 9:33 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Annual get-together today with college friends, at Soho Billiards. Have a good day all.

that's a hotspot for asian gangbangers (seriously)

*rob*

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#17
December 28, 2011 9:34 AM - dibs
How does the government of North Korea orchestrate all this wailing at the funeral???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StMUWG7ad2s
#18
December 28, 2011 9:35 AM - dibs
Annual get-together today with college friends, at Soho Billiards. Have a good day all.

that's a hotspot for asian gangbangers (seriously)

*rob*

[Putting on my coat, looking up address, stopping at ATM, heading down]
Edited at December 28, 2011 9:35 AM
#19
December 28, 2011 9:35 AM - Deleted
lmao dibs
#20
December 28, 2011 9:37 AM - dibs
Gotta spend the $150 on something, dh.
Edited at December 28, 2011 9:36 AM
#21
December 28, 2011 9:39 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
random question... DH, do you know of any working payphones around your old office down here? I have someone coming to pick something up today but they dont have a cell phone and need to call me from a payphone and for the life of me i can't think of ever having seen any payphones around here. most of the ones in the subway also just do not work.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 9:39 AM
#22
December 28, 2011 9:41 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
everyday i see toofless, sometimes limbless, down on their luck types spending all their monies on lottery (well im almost CERTAIN it's actually taxpayer's monies but whatever) and seems like they never win, yet dave wins the the lottery? the Universe is so weird

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 9:41 AM
#23
December 28, 2011 9:47 AM - dibs
rob, you know me. You know that money won't be spent in some Moonface upscale coffee shop. it'll likely be spent where it benefits some of the less fortunate, legally or not.
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#24
December 28, 2011 9:49 AM - Deleted
rob - there's one on spring across the street from your dentist
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#25
December 28, 2011 9:49 AM - Deleted
little far down the block but i can't think of any closer.
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#26
December 28, 2011 9:54 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
thanks DH. great, now i cant even email this person cuz our email server is down and our IT person is away. how does one reset a server? no one here knows how!

*rob*

#27
December 28, 2011 9:57 AM - dibs
"how does one reset a server? "

Slap him/her on the face.
#28
December 28, 2011 9:59 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
ah working now

*rob*

#29
December 28, 2011 10:04 AM - petebklyn
I'm not short either.
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#30
December 28, 2011 10:08 AM - CGar
"this guy looks sorta like pete!"

True, but no one would ever mistake Pete for being between the ages of 45 and 49 . . . 85 and 89 maybe.
#31
December 28, 2011 10:11 AM - petebklyn
speaking of short..
#32
December 28, 2011 10:15 AM - CGar
Seasons Greetings, Old Man.
#33
December 28, 2011 10:19 AM - dibs
Enough with the personal attacks during this holiest of seasons. Assholes.
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#34
December 28, 2011 10:25 AM - petebklyn
assholiest?
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#35
December 28, 2011 10:26 AM - Donatella
CGar, that's the Maneki Neko Japanese Kitty. They have them in Japan in all the restaurants to supposedly welcome customers. dave, ahh....the things that could have been...the things that could still be. I am going to the Diego Rivera exhibition at the MOMA. Got to get my act together. If possible.
#36
December 28, 2011 10:27 AM - petebklyn
take her act on the road.
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#37
December 28, 2011 10:28 AM - Donatella
hmmm. studdering. Have a good day everyone.
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#38
December 28, 2011 10:32 AM - Donatella
hi Pete.
#39
December 28, 2011 10:33 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
HAAAAAAA REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just had to go to the meanie genie hardware store down the block to get some replacement nuts for toilet bowls and i brought one in and went to the guy who is a total dick and asked if he had nuts that size lol. (the nuts are TINY btw)
i was totally lol'ing while i asked too hahah. then my mood completely soured when i saw in a trash pile someone threw out the box to a GIANT Barbie townhome :( *JEALOUS* of the rich girls who live in soho


*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 10:33 AM
#40
December 28, 2011 10:34 AM - dibs
Harry Kowalski was my avatar over on the beach, with the caption "Get off my lawn, assholes."
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:34 AM
#41
December 28, 2011 10:35 AM - dibs
How much did he charge you for the two nuts???
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#42
December 28, 2011 10:37 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i had to buy a box of 6 they didnt have individual nuts for sale. oooooooh i bet the barbie townhome belongs to one of kelly ripa's kids who live around the corner!

*rob*

#43
December 28, 2011 10:37 AM - petebklyn
is rob gonna tighten his own nuts?
#44
December 28, 2011 10:37 AM - CGar
dona, I don't care if it's Garfield. It's creepy. Only thing creepier is an army of them in a store window wildly gesticulating in unison, scaring innocent passersby in search of a decent Indian hair salon & restaurant.
#45
December 28, 2011 10:38 AM - petebklyn
I'm hungry - but am sitting at my volunteer work desk....client scheduled for 11 and 2 more around 1pm...so stuck for the day. damn.
#46
December 28, 2011 10:39 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
yeah i dont like them much either. they remind me of chinese which makes me wanna barf.

*rob*

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#47
December 28, 2011 10:40 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
you're a volunteer who helps people game the system, right? something like that?

*rob*

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#48
December 28, 2011 10:40 AM - dibs
"they remind me of chinese which makes me wanna barf. "

I'll tell Xing that.
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#49
December 28, 2011 10:41 AM - dibs
Pete, can you get me on SSD when i retire? I'll convert to a Democrat and promise to vote a straight ticket all the time.
#50
December 28, 2011 10:42 AM - dibs
All the tax loss selling should be finished.
#51
December 28, 2011 10:43 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i meant they remind me of CHINESE FOOD, not chinese people

*rob*

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#52
December 28, 2011 10:44 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
seriously, i cannot smell or eat chinese food without feeling extremely ill.

*rob*

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#53
December 28, 2011 10:45 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
pete can you hook me up with a section 8 voucher!?

*rob*

#54
December 28, 2011 10:45 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
and an EBT card pre-loaded with a coupla thousand bucks on it!?!?

*rob*

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#55
December 28, 2011 10:50 AM - dibs
I had pre-loaded Chinese nuts this morning.
#56
December 28, 2011 10:54 AM - petebklyn
no more section 8 vouchers. and i don't deal with housing stuff anyway.
you could probably find some sleeze lawyer to help get SSD -- but would cost more than your benefit.
#57
December 28, 2011 10:57 AM - petebklyn
irrational behavior (like voting republican) is not sufficient to qualify as mentally disabled.
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#58
December 28, 2011 10:59 AM - MontroseMorris
"irrational behavior (like voting republican) is not sufficient to qualify as mentally disabled."

Although it should be. Good one, Pete!
#59
December 28, 2011 11:08 AM - CGar
[Bimbo in the house]
#60
December 28, 2011 11:13 AM - MontroseMorris
CGar.
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#61
December 28, 2011 11:13 AM - Arkady
rob - New law going through - no smoking in section 8 housing.
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#62
December 28, 2011 11:17 AM - MontroseMorris
How are they going to enforce that? That's not even practical.
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#63
December 28, 2011 11:18 AM - dibs
"How are they going to enforce that? That's not even practical."

Just smell them as they leave the building.
#64
December 28, 2011 11:23 AM - MontroseMorris
And do what? Kick them out because they partook of a legal substance, available at any street corner bodega?

I don't like smoking, and no one smokes in my house, but that's because my friends, and my tenant's friends who smoke, voluntarily go outside to do so. But if my tenant on the top floor had a ciggy, I wouldn't know it unless I was up in her apartment, or if the smoke wafted down the stairwell, through my apartment, and into my nose, three floors below, which really isn't likely. This is a stupid law, and it's unfair.
#65
December 28, 2011 11:25 AM - dibs
I guess you don't understand the dangers of second hand smoke. What about their children who are too young to even understand???????????


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#66
December 28, 2011 11:31 AM - dibs
[Awaiting a 10 paragraph 500 word response]
#67
December 28, 2011 11:31 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
rob - New law going through - no smoking in section 8 housing.

LAME. as far i know it's still a legal product that is heavily taxed. maybe i can understand a new building that strictly prohibits it from the get go, but a lot of section 8 housing is private housing, even 1-2 family houses. totally unenforceable.

are they gonna ban food they deem inappropriate from section 8 fridges too!?!


*rob*

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#68
December 28, 2011 11:32 AM - CGar
Did everyone see that horrific story about the house fire in Stamford??? Fire place embers and no smoke detectors apparently.
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#69
December 28, 2011 11:32 AM - dibs
It IS enforceable in 1-2 family.
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#70
December 28, 2011 11:32 AM - MontroseMorris
I understand all of the health reasons for not smoking. But it's a dumb law. It's a nanny state law that sounds great when politicians are pontificating about helping people to be healthier, but it's not going to make one single person stop smoking, or keep a child from second hand smoke. Mostly because it's unenforceable, unless there is somehow the money for the smoke police, who will prowl the halls of section 8 buildings checking for smokers. Since there isn't, what's supposed to happen, you call 911 to report someone smoking a cigarette in their apartment?
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:32 AM
#71
December 28, 2011 11:33 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i assume this dumb law is a NYC or NY law, right? typical
nanny bloomberg saves us from ourselves, once again!

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 11:33 AM
#72
December 28, 2011 11:33 AM - dibs
Yes, CGar...awful. Apparently it was also "under renovation," which is an even stronger reason to have smoke alarms in place all over.
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:33 AM
#73
December 28, 2011 11:34 AM - MontroseMorris
Yes, CGar, that was heartbreaking. That woman lost her parents and her children. I can't imagine the horror and the loss.
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#74
December 28, 2011 11:35 AM - dibs
Montrose the smoker.
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#75
December 28, 2011 11:35 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Mostly because it's unenforceable, unless there is somehow the money for the smoke police, who will prowl the halls of section 8 buildings checking for smokers.

LOL! im picturing bright neon yellow vests with bloomburg pins

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 11:35 AM
#76
December 28, 2011 11:36 AM - dibs
"Smoking in the girls room..."
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#77
December 28, 2011 11:40 AM - MontroseMorris
You know I don't smoke, and I hate the smell, especially lingering in a house, in the curtains, on the furniture. Yuck.

But, I also hate dumb laws, because they cheapen a serious problem, and more and more lifestyle-restrictive laws really do not save people from their own bad choices, but rather put us one step closer to someplace like Singapore, where you can be caned for littering. Do we really want to be that puritanical?
#78
December 28, 2011 11:42 AM - Arkady
I haven't seen follow-up on the smoking ban but there were squibs in the paper & on newsradio about a week ago.
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#79
December 28, 2011 11:43 AM - CGar
"You know I don't smoke"

Except after sex ...
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:43 AM
#80
December 28, 2011 11:44 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
What the hell is happening with the posts?

I'll say it again —

Yes, awful, awful story, CGar. I can't imagine how the mother will ever recover. Heart-wrenching.
#81
December 28, 2011 11:45 AM - MontroseMorris
CGar, you'll never know.....
#82
December 28, 2011 11:46 AM - CGar
What's even worse is the boyfriend apparently led 2 of the kids down the stairs and they were almost out of the house, but the kids turned around and ran back into the flames, and the grandfather succumbed after climbing out a window onto part of the roof and had led the 3rd kid to the window. Just awful.
#83
December 28, 2011 12:10 PM - BoerumHillScott
Judging from the trash on Atlantic Avenue, we are a long way from Singapore.

I don't have any real opinion on smoking in housing developments, but I really wish cops would start handing out tickets for things like littering and adults riding bikes on sidewalks.
#84
December 28, 2011 12:11 PM - sixyearsandcounting
DIBS, I have one of those cats in the picture - was a present from a friend in Singapore. I kept it in my office and my students found it a bit disturbing.
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:11 PM
#85
December 28, 2011 12:15 PM - dibs
"Judging from the trash on Atlantic Avenue, we are a long way from Singapore."

You ran into Donatella???
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:15 PM
#86
December 28, 2011 12:18 PM - dibs
New York City Records Third-Fewest Homicides in 2011, Mayor Says

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- New York City homicides this year will total “slightly more than” 500, the third fewest since record-keeping began five decades ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today.
The city had 499 killings as of yesterday, tying 2007’s total, according to Marc LaVorgna, a mayoral spokesman. The record low was 471 in 2009, he said.
The city recorded 536 homicides last year, according to the police department’s website. Before 2002, the city hadn’t experienced fewer than 600 murders since the early 1960s, the mayor’s office said in a statement. Record-keeping began in 1963.
Major crime was up 0.4 percent because a change in the state’s criminal law expanded the definition of felony assault, LaVorgna said. Under the old formula, major crime would have decreased 1.2 percent, the 21st-straight annual drop.
This year’s 64 fire deaths were the second lowest, slightly above last year’s 62, the mayor said in a City Hall news conference.


Apparently no count on smoking related deaths.
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:18 PM
#87
December 28, 2011 12:19 PM - sixyearsandcounting
That Stamford fire was terrible. But on a note of insensitivity worthy only of the OT, I couldn't help but chuckle at this part of the story:

"Tony Low-Beer, another neighbor, said he was awakened by a neighbor after 4 a.m. who told him about a "raging fire" next door. "Cinders were flying all over the place," he told The Associated Press. He said he secured his three dogs and put his iguana in a carrying case because he was concerned he might have to evacuate."

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2103097,00.html#ixzz1hqoSfzew
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:19 PM
#88
December 28, 2011 12:21 PM - dibs
OMG...I KNOW Tony Low-Beer. He's one of my lunch colleagues for the hedge fund lunch. And yes, he has an Iguana.
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:21 PM
#89
December 28, 2011 12:21 PM - rf
Cheetah, the chimpanzee in Tarzan, died. He was about 80 years old.
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:21 PM
#90
December 28, 2011 12:22 PM - rf
The fire in Stamford is what happens when you don't have nanny construction laws.
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#91
December 28, 2011 12:25 PM - sixyearsandcounting
What kind of a last name is Low-Beer?

"Do you have an iguana in your carrying case?" might make an interesting pick-up line.
#92
December 28, 2011 12:26 PM - dibs
I don't know but he's Jewish.

he's the one with the line "Averaging down has killed more Jews than Hitler."
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#93
December 28, 2011 12:27 PM - CGar
"my students found it a bit disturbing"

Exactly!!
#94
December 28, 2011 12:28 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
big difference between safety laws and the nanny laws. oh and total psychic moment just now. it's SUPER windy out and im walking around soho and thinking how do people keep all this stuff down on their tables that they are selling without it flying off, then a few steps later on the ground i found something that probably flew off a vendor's table so i picked it up, it wasnt actually near any table and the tables somewhat near it were not selling what i found. it's some kind of navajo indian neck choker with a price tag on it that says 8 dollars. it's ugly as sin. but maybe it will bring me luck!

*rob*

#95
December 28, 2011 12:29 PM - CGar
"'Judging from the trash on Atlantic Avenue . . .'
'You ran into Donatella???'"

He certainly couldn't have been talking about me.
#96
December 28, 2011 12:30 PM - dibs
The cat is the Japanese Fortune cat.

How can anything japanese be disturbing???????????????
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#97
December 28, 2011 12:30 PM - sixyearsandcounting
A guy named Tony Low-Beer with an iguana sounds like a character in a low-budget mafia movie.
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#98
December 28, 2011 12:36 PM - dibs
Well, he does kinda resemble Luca Brazzi (sp?)
#99
December 28, 2011 12:39 PM - dibs
Any guesses what was the top performing major commodity this year???????
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December 28, 2011 12:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ass?

*rob*

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December 28, 2011 12:50 PM - CGar
"I don't know but he's Jewish."

In the words of Ronald Reagan, "There you go again."

Is he Jewish? Or JEWish?
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:50 PM
December 28, 2011 12:51 PM - dibs
Is today the last day of Hannukah???
Edited at December 28, 2011 12:51 PM
December 28, 2011 12:51 PM - petebklyn
I don't know what he is but I'm still hungry.
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December 28, 2011 12:52 PM - dibs
Don't they feed you there, Pete????
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December 28, 2011 12:53 PM - petebklyn
are you kidding, non-profits have no money.
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December 28, 2011 12:55 PM - CGar
Yes, dave, today is the last day, but, in typical Jewish calendar confusion, last night was the last night (and candle).
December 28, 2011 12:55 PM - dibs
Come by the club sometime and the republicans will treat you to a lunch.
December 28, 2011 12:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm just jew-ISH. ; )
December 28, 2011 12:58 PM - dibs
Call me ISH male.
December 28, 2011 1:04 PM - dibs
Not doing very well in the market today.

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away.
December 28, 2011 1:05 PM - dibs
Maybe the CIA isn't so ineffective afterall....

Chavez Says U.S. May Be Behind South American Leaders’ Cancer

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.
Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, said the Central Intelligence Agency was behind chemical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and that it’s possible that in years to come a plot will be uncovered that shows the U.S. spread cancer as a political weapon against its critics.
“It’s very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America,” Chavez said in a nationally-televised speech to the military. “Would it be so strange that they’ve invented technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”





Edited at December 28, 2011 1:05 PM
December 28, 2011 1:08 PM - dibs
AM I JUST HERE TALKING TO MYSELF???????????????
Edited at December 28, 2011 1:08 PM
December 28, 2011 1:11 PM - DeadCatBounce
If Chavez wants to think we are smart enough to weaponize cancer, we should definitely encourage him to think so. The sad truth is the CIA couldn't find the mens room in the White House.
Edited at December 28, 2011 1:11 PM
December 28, 2011 1:18 PM - DeadCatBounce
Tough market today, indeed Dave. Only about 10% of the S&P 500 showing gains.
One positive note for me, I wrote SHLD puts yesterday to take advantage of a price spike, and today SHLD is the best performer in the S&P. The rest sucks, though.
You can now buy closed end funds at a discount that invest in nothing but investment grade bonds and get a yield of over 7%. That is quite a deal!
December 28, 2011 1:21 PM - dibs
What are the tickers for some of those funds, DCB?
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December 28, 2011 1:30 PM - Arkady
A friend of mine had thyroid cancer & I did a lot of research on it. There are many, many kinds - most benign & very slow in developing. Sloane-Kettering says that probably 93% of the population dies w/ some form of it.
Edited at December 28, 2011 1:30 PM
December 28, 2011 1:33 PM - DeadCatBounce
These are all trading at a discount to NAV, have good yields and best of all, pay dividends monthly. Some may use leverage so further investigation before buying:
ACG, BPP, BHK, PSW, PSY, EGF, BNA, EVV, VBF
Edited at December 28, 2011 1:33 PM
December 28, 2011 1:37 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"The sad truth is the CIA couldn't find the mens room in the White House."

Yes - it's just as effective as all the other major institutions in this country.
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December 28, 2011 2:20 PM - dibs
[The CIA has been watching for the last 45 minutes]
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:20 PM
December 28, 2011 2:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I don't know why I laugh EVERY time I see that "...MFing game" cat pic!! Just slays me...
December 28, 2011 2:23 PM - Arkady
I wonder if the whole world has been hacked. I just got an email confirming my cancellation of my Times subscription - as if!! Can't get through on any of 4 phone numbers nor fax nor website. WTF??
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:23 PM
December 28, 2011 2:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I have a relative who was in the CIA. I learned early on that we were never ever to ask him anything about it or even mention his service to him. Everyone gets really 'freaky' about it.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:24 PM
December 28, 2011 2:25 PM - dibs
Arkady, not more than 5-10 minutes ago I got an email from the NY Times asking me why I cancelled my home subscription.

I never had one.



Edited at December 28, 2011 2:25 PM
December 28, 2011 2:26 PM - dibs
"I have a relative who was in the CIA. I learned early on that we were never ever to ask him anything about it or even mention his service to him."

Knowing your lineage he probably worked as the janitress.
December 28, 2011 2:26 PM - Arkady
Are you for real, dibs?
December 28, 2011 2:27 PM - Arkady
I had a cousin in NSA. He'd been a cryptographer in the Korean War.
December 28, 2011 2:28 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Did he speak in code, Arkady?
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:28 PM
December 28, 2011 2:29 PM - dibs
Not always, Arkady. Sometimes I'm "catwoman"
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:29 PM
December 28, 2011 2:31 PM - dibs
I wonder what benson will have to say about THAT cat pic
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:31 PM
December 28, 2011 2:33 PM - petebklyn
a cryptographer is a someone who writes graffiti on tombs?
December 28, 2011 2:34 PM - DeadCatBounce
I can the same NYT cancellation email.
December 28, 2011 2:35 PM - dibs
I think they keep us protected from grave danger
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:35 PM
December 28, 2011 2:36 PM - petebklyn
he'd have panic attack if got email saying silverdaddies was cancelled.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:36 PM
December 28, 2011 2:39 PM - dibs
Pete, Silverdaddies will never get cancelled. it's a gold mine. there are roughly 210,000 members of which, if ONLY 10% pay the $50 subscription fee, that's $1,045,000 in revenues yearly. I'm sure it's at least double that.
December 28, 2011 2:40 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I'd like to see jackal's panic attack if he got an email saying his silverdaddies was cancelled.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:40 PM
December 28, 2011 2:42 PM - CGar
Puma, I got the same email from the Times about having cancelled my subscription, too.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:42 PM
December 28, 2011 2:43 PM - CGar
Yesterday, I got a LinkedIn invite that turned out to be Spam.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:43 PM
December 28, 2011 2:44 PM - dibs
Silverdaddies is invaluable when travelling overseas.
December 28, 2011 2:44 PM - CGar
"there are roughly 210,000 members"

And you've only been with 209,000 of them so far.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:44 PM
December 28, 2011 2:45 PM - dibs
"And you've only been with 209,000 of them so far."

Ummmm, at least half of them are "Daddies" as opposed to "Admirers" so I'm only shooting (nh) for 104,000 plus or minus.
December 28, 2011 2:56 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Knowing your lineage he probably worked as the janitress."

Pffft. Be quiet, jackass!

I actually know what his 'cover' was. I just don't know 'what' he actually did. I'd like to think it was all very fast-paced, action-packed, adventure, James Bond stuff, etc. But I imagine that, in reality, it was more boring/bureaucratic.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:56 PM
December 28, 2011 2:57 PM - dibs
Usually I work undercovers.
Edited at December 28, 2011 2:58 PM
December 28, 2011 3:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I just made a fantastic Split pea soup with the leftover ham bone from Christmas dinner. Damn, this is good. (pat, pat, patting self on back)
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:04 PM
December 28, 2011 3:06 PM - dibs
"pat, pat, patting self on back"

Bag of split peas
Stock or water
Ham bone
Pot

So easy even a caveman could do it.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:06 PM
December 28, 2011 3:07 PM - dibs
Ok, one Bay Leaf too (remember to remove)
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:07 PM
December 28, 2011 3:07 PM - CGar
Doesn't sound very Kosher, cobble.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:07 PM
December 28, 2011 3:08 PM - dibs
The best things aren't, CGar.


Shall i rank them????
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:08 PM
December 28, 2011 3:11 PM - dibs
New York Times Customers Spammed With Fake Cancellation E-mail
2011-12-28 20:03:37.172 GMT


By Alex Sherman
Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- New York Times Co. asked subscribers of its namesake newspaper to ignore a hoax e-mail indicating they had recently requested to cancel their subscription and offering a 50 percent discount.
“If you received an e-mail today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It’s not from us,” Times Co. said on its Twitter account.
Both current and former subscribers to the Times reported receiving the e-mail today. The e-mail is addressed to “Home Delivery Subscriber” and includes a phone number and an offer code.

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December 28, 2011 3:13 PM - CGar
Yes, please, dave.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:13 PM
December 28, 2011 3:14 PM - CGar
^^^ And then we'll see how many of them you've served the Jew.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:14 PM
December 28, 2011 3:15 PM - CGar
^^^ Speaking of, Pepe and Linda served an amazing meal on Christmas Eve, but I suspect none of it was Kosher either.
December 28, 2011 3:17 PM - dibs
1. Foreskin
2. Pork belly
3. Pork skin or crackling (chicharones)
4 Seafood
5. Pulled pork
6. Pork tenderloin

December 28, 2011 3:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
there are roughly 210,000 members of which

that's a LOT of f'ing perverts!

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 3:26 PM
December 28, 2011 3:27 PM - BoerumHillScott
I just stepped in dog shit.
Inside.
Again.

I think my mom and step dad have really gone off the deep end with their 5 dogs.
December 28, 2011 3:31 PM - dibs
Inside???????
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:31 PM
December 28, 2011 3:31 PM - CGar
Mercifully, dave, you've only served me Items 4 and 6, though I love Item 5, too.
December 28, 2011 3:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i slipped in dog shit once (the wet kind), in my socks, in the dark in the middle of the night hit my head on the coffeetable and landed in pee. (this was the near the very end when my roommate was about to put her to sleep). :( she couldnt hold anything in anymore nor could she walk, so i couldnt really get mad at her..

*rob*

December 28, 2011 3:33 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
those last few days she would sleep on a pile of weewee pads but somehow that night she must have waddled like a seal off of them :( i dont ever want to see my dog like that.

*rob*

December 28, 2011 3:34 PM - CGar
Come to think of it, I don't think the meal I had Christmas Day was Kosher either, especially the ham.
December 28, 2011 3:35 PM - dibs
Dogs don't want to be like that either. It really upsets them when they do that where they know they are not supposed to.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:35 PM
December 28, 2011 3:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
true dave. they feel the emotions of shame and embarrassment unlike cats who have no emotions.

*rob*

December 28, 2011 3:42 PM - dibs
Don't be puerile and jejeune, rob.
December 28, 2011 3:44 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
at least i dont have to douse myself in purell after cleaning a stank litterbox!


*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 3:44 PM
December 28, 2011 3:47 PM - BoerumHillScott
They have totally given up trying to housebreak the dogs.
They now leave out "pee pads" in a few places around the house, but the dogs just use those for suggestions.
The once beautiful light wood floors are now stained dark in many places.
The house was once always clean and my stepdad would keep things fixed, but not it is dusty and dirty everywhere with more and more stuff broken each of the last 3 years I have visited.

They also have a dog with severe genetic defects that has had around 10 surgeries in the last 4 years.

I do worry about them, but they seem happy.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:47 PM
December 28, 2011 3:54 PM - dibs
If they are happy then that's all that counts.
Edited at December 28, 2011 3:54 PM
December 28, 2011 4:03 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh for cripes sake, DIBS! I added stock, onions, carrots, celery and thyme, bay leaf and the ham bone, jackass! Yes, it's easy, but I have a secret ingredient that makes it EVEN BETTER! : P
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:03 PM
December 28, 2011 4:08 PM - CGar
You put jackass in your split pea soup, cobble???
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:08 PM
December 28, 2011 4:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
They now leave out "pee pads" in a few places around the house, but the dogs just use those for suggestions.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 4:12 PM
December 28, 2011 4:13 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i LOVE pea soup but i hate hate hate hate hate when it has ham or bacon in it. blech. i like pea soup plain, and not watery. i also do not like when it has whole peas still in it.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 4:13 PM
December 28, 2011 4:19 PM - BoerumHillScott
I agree rob, but they are my parents, it is only for 9 days or so a year, and they have a well stocked liquor cabinet.
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:19 PM
December 28, 2011 4:20 PM - dibs
I love it when Cobble gets all riled up over the simplest of things!!!!
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:20 PM
December 28, 2011 4:26 PM - DeadCatBounce
We are now supposed to beg to know what the secret ingredient is.
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:26 PM
December 28, 2011 4:28 PM - CGar
I can't believe *rob* posted a cat pic.
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:28 PM
December 28, 2011 4:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
We are now supposed to beg to know what the secret ingredient is.


the psychic part of my brain is seeing...


December 28, 2011 4:43 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i see vinegar is a thread killer

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 4:43 PM
December 28, 2011 4:51 PM - petebklyn
I received the NYTimes correction email but not the original.

Pea soup looks disgusting. One of most unappetizing concoctions known to man.
December 28, 2011 4:58 PM - dibs
pea soup is famous....
Edited at December 28, 2011 4:58 PM
December 28, 2011 5:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"We are now supposed to beg to know what the secret ingredient is."

Love, of course.

Oh cripes, DIBS, that movie gave me nightmares for MONTHS.
December 28, 2011 5:10 PM - rf
Rob, it sounds like you are a fan of Campbell's pea soup.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:10 PM
December 28, 2011 5:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
UGH i forgot to put my social security # on a money i sent in to student loans and it hasnt been put on my account yet and i sent it in on the 20th! do you think it's just delayed cuz of the holidays?!

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 5:11 PM
December 28, 2011 5:11 PM - rf
We had lunch at the Smoke Joint and the pulled pork sandwich with fries (lunch special) was really yummy.

I think that's our first restaurant meal since October.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:11 PM
December 28, 2011 5:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, it sounds like you are a fan of Campbell's pea soup.

that might be one of them. i buy whichever brand of soup is on sale at associated for lunches, some of the brands of pea soup ive been disappointed with.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 5:12 PM
December 28, 2011 5:13 PM - rf
From the Times home page:

A Note to Readers
The Times mistakenly sent e-mails today to subscribers and others, erroneously stating that home delivery of the newspaper had been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:13 PM
December 28, 2011 5:16 PM - jessibaby
It looks like the green puke is landing on dave's avatar...

Rob - did you put your account number on the money order? anything identifying? I never put my social on but always the account number.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:16 PM
December 28, 2011 5:17 PM - lechacal
Saw The Descendants today. It was excellent but I wish the main character had been played by someone less conspicuously good looking than George Clooney. His character is sympathetic, not slick, and while he did a great job his general slickness in his other roles made it harder to believe this character. Very good movie overall though.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:17 PM
December 28, 2011 5:17 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
yeah my roommate got the email too

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 5:17 PM
December 28, 2011 5:19 PM - jessibaby
I agree, Jackal - though people said it was only someone like Alexander Paine who could make you forget that he was Clooney. I disagree with that - his smugness shined through, IMO.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:18 PM
December 28, 2011 5:19 PM - Arkady
I'd've liked the 50% off for 6 weeks, though.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:19 PM
December 28, 2011 5:21 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob - did you put your account number on the money order? anything identifying? I never put my social on but always the account number.

for university account services, the SS # is the account number pretty much... but no i didnt put that on. but my name is on, and the school the loan is owed to is written on the money order and my home address is written on the money order... the woman i spoke to said it should be okay. would suck if it's not ive been SO good with this loan lately


*rob*

December 28, 2011 5:26 PM - lechacal
I also happen to loathe George Clooney off screen - classic idiot actor who thinks screen time entitles him to a public voice on issues he has been told are important - but I don't think that got in the way of my enjoying the movie.
December 28, 2011 5:28 PM - lechacal
I think George Clooney and Toby Keith are secretly gay for each other.

(I have learned all about Toby Keith on this trip to Kansas City).
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:28 PM
December 28, 2011 5:29 PM - lechacal
Jessie - I took the kids to see the new Muppets movie yesterday. Manah manah!
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:29 PM
December 28, 2011 5:30 PM - petebklyn
I liked the movie too --- but am not one who thinks Clooney is hot looking or a fan. But he is probably pretty decent guy in real life. I am a fan of his aunt though.
Who has seen Melancholia -- and what did you think?
December 28, 2011 5:30 PM - petebklyn
I never heard of Toby Keith
December 28, 2011 5:30 PM - jessibaby
Jealous! I still need to see it! I've heard it was very entertaining for those who dig the Muppets. Did you enjoy?
December 28, 2011 5:33 PM - CGar
I like Rosemary Clooney, too. Saw her live at The Carlyle before she died. It was much harder to get tickets after she died.
December 28, 2011 5:34 PM - jessibaby
Why?
December 28, 2011 5:35 PM - CGar
Speaking of, that's Pete on the right . . .
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:35 PM
December 28, 2011 5:37 PM - jessibaby
Any of you Jews get married on Christmas? It creeps me out when people do that. Like you don't have ANY Christian friends?
December 28, 2011 5:37 PM - CGar
Hey, jb! Long time, no see.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:37 PM
December 28, 2011 5:39 PM - CGar
One of my best friend's parents got married on Christmas. They're Jewish.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:39 PM
December 28, 2011 5:41 PM - jessibaby
Yeah, one of my best friend's parents and her grandparents got married on Xmas, both Jewish. It just seems odd to me.
December 28, 2011 5:41 PM - petebklyn
she was here last week. trying to hook up dibs with her father.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:41 PM
December 28, 2011 5:41 PM - jessibaby
Like yeah, on the one hand, gives a Jewish person something to do, but on the other, where are your Christian friends?
December 28, 2011 5:42 PM - jessibaby
My dad hadn't realized I'd met DIBS in person before - didn't realize we all meet in the flesh.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:42 PM
December 28, 2011 5:47 PM - lechacal
I didn't enjoy the Muppets movie, but my kids did, JB.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:47 PM
December 28, 2011 5:47 PM - petebklyn
so nobody saw Melancholia? I want to know worth going and paying to see it.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:47 PM
December 28, 2011 5:52 PM - jessibaby
That means your kids are cool.

Pete - I've heard good things about Melancholia - and my "deep" friends didnt even laugh at it that much.
December 28, 2011 5:53 PM - lechacal
Pete, I saw Melancholia. I'll repeat, best I can remember, my OT report: the movie resonated in me, but for someone else it could be a different sound in a different room and have no resonance at all. In other words the movie was very privately enjoyable for me. It doesn't have universal appeal.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:53 PM
December 28, 2011 5:56 PM - petebklyn
okay, okay. Those are both interesting comments.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:56 PM
December 28, 2011 5:57 PM - jessibaby
I remember liking Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon because I saw in it Buddhist themes and I was digging Buddhism at the time. Person I saw it with certainly had a different experience. This prompted a fight - why can't you see the Buddhism in this movie? Why?
December 28, 2011 5:58 PM - CGar
I went to a Thai Buddhist prayer meeting a couple of weeks ago. I like Buddhism. Plus, I thought it would be a good way to meet Asian women.
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:58 PM
December 28, 2011 5:59 PM - jessibaby
Buddhism is a nice tool for dealing with existence.
Did you get any numbers?
Edited at December 28, 2011 5:59 PM
December 28, 2011 6:01 PM - CGar
Yes, one. She's Thai, but native Chinese.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:01 PM
December 28, 2011 6:02 PM - rf
Anyone see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:02 PM
December 28, 2011 6:02 PM - jessibaby
Nice. My friend dated a woman of the same descent for a while. She had an incredibly long name but used a 2 character nickname - spelled Ewe, pronounced like EU, as in, European Union.
December 28, 2011 6:03 PM - jessibaby
I saw Dragon Tattoo. Also read the books and saw the Swedish movies.

Edited at December 28, 2011 6:03 PM
December 28, 2011 6:04 PM - petebklyn
I saw the previews for Tattoo. meh.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:04 PM
December 28, 2011 6:04 PM - jessibaby
When we went bowling, Ewe made a strike and thought we were messing with her when we told her not to bowl again.
December 28, 2011 6:04 PM - rf
Jessi, did you like the American movie? Thinking about it for New Year's Eve.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:04 PM
December 28, 2011 6:05 PM - jessibaby
Tattoo movie wasn't very good - Swedish one was better. Though Daniel Craig aint getting kicked out of the bed.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:05 PM
December 28, 2011 6:06 PM - jessibaby
That said, it was entertaining - I think I just pushed it too far with the book, swedish movie, and american movie. Not a bad selection for NYE, assuming the violence isn't a deterrent.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:06 PM
December 28, 2011 6:08 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
A friend of mine saw it and said Finch went a little too far with the sexual violence. So I'm still on the fence about seeing it. BH & I saw the Swedish versions and read all the books.
December 28, 2011 6:10 PM - petebklyn
that is kinda low-life..trying to get laid at religious service
December 28, 2011 6:11 PM - jessibaby
Sexual violence was more intense in Swedish one. It was just that one scene.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:11 PM
December 28, 2011 6:19 PM - CGar
I agree with you about Buddhism, jb. Less the religion, than the peaceful way of dealing with life.
December 28, 2011 6:20 PM - CGar
"that is kinda low-life..trying to get laid at religious service"

Yep, that's me. I'll take it any way I can get it.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:20 PM
December 28, 2011 6:23 PM - CGar
Mmmmm, I love Ring Dings. Though they don't go great with Jameson.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:23 PM
December 28, 2011 6:31 PM - lechacal
The only people you'll meet at Buddhist events are retired white liberals.
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:31 PM
December 28, 2011 6:32 PM - jessibaby
Philly folk get down with the tastycakes. Signing off.
December 28, 2011 6:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I was digging Buddhism at the time.

lol.

quote:
BH & I saw the Swedish versions and read all the books.

embarrassed for BH

*rob*

December 28, 2011 6:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh and UM... the cat that is the header to this thread. why is there an anus on top of it's head?

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 6:40 PM
December 28, 2011 6:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
EW nevermind, i just realized there are anuses all over it's body :-/

*rob*

December 28, 2011 6:50 PM - CGar
You're so cynical, Uncle Ebenezer!!
Edited at December 28, 2011 6:50 PM
December 28, 2011 6:52 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"The only people you'll meet at Buddhist events are retired white liberals."

Untrue, but whatever...
December 28, 2011 7:12 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"i just realized there are anuses all over it's body"

I thought those were stigmata.
Edited at December 28, 2011 7:12 PM
December 28, 2011 7:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
same thing, 6years

*rob*
Edited at December 28, 2011 7:15 PM
December 28, 2011 7:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
this is going to sound REALLY gay, but i was like whatever, it was free. a few months ago i found this (UNOPENED) jar of wrinkle cream in the free section of my building for this stuff called DDF (it's a TINY jar that you only use one drop a night), stands for Doctors Dermatologic Formula by Howard Sobel, MD restoring night serum. okay, seriously, the shit works! my wrinkles have all gone away!!!! anyway, i highly suggest it. i wonder how much it originally cost, i wonder who threw it in the free bin of stuff without even trying it, i wonder who would even buy such a thing? anyway, it's great stuff. especially after shaving.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 7:20 PM
December 28, 2011 7:21 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
and im NOT a shill for Dr. Sobel!

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 7:21 PM
December 28, 2011 8:43 PM - Deleted
Back from my annual get-together with my college frineds. Three hours of pool, followed by dinner at Villa Mosconi on McDougal Street. Always a good time.

At one point, we got into a debate about the proper use of the material Gunnite. Engineers argue about such things. I won the argument (of course!). Thank goodness we have Google on our smart phones these days. Instantly settles these type of things.
Edited at December 28, 2011 8:43 PM
December 28, 2011 8:54 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
what is gunnite? the material balls are made of? (pool balls? or that chalk?)

::googles gunnite::

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 8:54 PM
December 28, 2011 8:56 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Back from my annual get-together with my college frineds.

that sounds like fun, i wish i could do that, but they are all over the place and they are ALL hausfrau now! ALL OF THEM! lol. at least there's facebook.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 8:56 PM
December 28, 2011 9:18 PM - Deleted
*Rob*

Three of my friends are on Long Island, one is in Jersey. So we meet in Manhattan because a) it's centrally located and b) it's near our college, so we reconnect with our roots.

Gunnite is a cement mixture that is sprayed on structural steel, to make it more fire-resistant. Steel loses its strength when it reaches a certain temperature, so gunnite is applied to insulate it. It's the stuff that looks like paper-mache that you see sprayed on the underside of roofs in parking garages.
Edited at December 28, 2011 9:18 PM
December 28, 2011 9:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i was just going to ask why that topic would even come up but then duh i just realized it was a group of engineers. that's really cool tho. everytime i try to talk about anything even slightly nerd peoples eyes start fluttering and/or they just assume there can't be any possible way that im talking about what im talking about kind of thing... frustrating. it's kinda true that when when you in a group of college educated people who majored in various liberal arts disciplines the only things that seem to come up to talk about are things in the entertainment industry, gossip, or poking fun at people you dont know.

i collect textbooks (recycle through them a lot, but always have at least 10 or so at any given time on my bookshelf). sometimes i will take them out and try to start a conversation with someone about any given topic that perhaps no one even knows anything about, but just to learn and discuss. most of the time it's impossible to do and most of the time the other person just wants to take out scissors and glue and cut out pictures and make collages from the the pictures in the textbooks. (shit you not)

i dont consider myself an intellectual, but i am totally a wannabe one at times and find it very VERY hard to get into those kinds of conversations with friends in person. even if it's just wacky discourse about what's in the books and outlandish theories (i have one friend who is able to partake in that actually) that make no sense, i find it much more entertaining than hanging around and holding stuff back. i dont even know what most people talk about, id imagine it's politics, the sports, and weather? three things i really just cant discuss in person as my eyes would glaze over.

*rob*


Edited at December 28, 2011 9:40 PM
December 28, 2011 9:59 PM - Legion
I know what you mean *rob*,
I have a very active and curious intellect and half the time I'm talking to people they think I'm trying to bullshit them or something. It's very frustrating but that's the world we live in I guess.
For instance, every time I bring up the idea of the CERN particle accelerator experiment which is trying to detect the elusive "God" particle (Higgs Boson) all I get is blank stares or cat pictures.
Recent experiments at this same particle accelerator have revealed results which are nothing less than ground breaking in their implications, like the detection of particles that can apparently travel faster than light.
The metaphysics of this alone are astounding if one considers that a particle traveling faster than the speed of light could almost be proof of a higher power in that, by definition, an object could be somewhere before it existed.
I don't know what kind of implications that would have for preservationists but I know it would certainly cause an uproar.

Edited at December 28, 2011 9:59 PM
December 28, 2011 10:03 PM - petebklyn
I am a retired white liberal --- and I assure you I have never ever been to any buddhist, hindu, shih tsu, yoga, whatever event.
December 28, 2011 10:08 PM - DeadCatBounce
So Legion, what you are really saying is that they scorn the Cern where the Physicists prognosticate on the passing of particular Particles.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:08 PM
December 28, 2011 10:11 PM - Legion
pete,
shouldn't you be keeping a lower profile?
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:11 PM
December 28, 2011 10:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
For instance, every time I bring up the idea of the CERN particle accelerator experiment which is trying to detect the elusive "God" particle (Higgs Boson) all I get is blank stares or cat pictures.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD!!!! while i havent the slightest fuck what a CERN is, if i did and tried to discuss it i would see nothing but cartoon bubbles on peoples heads (with cat pics in them!) i think that is what i dont the most when people post random cat pictures, and then the even lower rung of the intellectual spectrum, the punfests. (tho i will give it to people who pun well, i cant come up with a pun to save my life. my mind doesnt work that way) im also extremely bad at logic. logic and puns (not BEING logical, i mean like logic in the logic logic kind of way if that makes any sense...).

one of the reasons i DO find intrinsic value in reality tv television (the uscripted (yes i know that doesnt REALLY exist, but it does...)) is that you see how people communicate. i WILL say that people who are more depthy with their conversations get further in the game, they never win, but they get further than the omg it's like sunny outside types. for whatever that means i dont know.

another fun thing to do with a group of people, that the the french STOLE and turned it into a culinary restaurant eating type of thing is conversations in the dark parties where people sit down in complete darkness and just TALK. but moreso LISTEN. it's easier to listen when you arent so distracted by the shit going around you.

it's quite fun. one of you should hold a conversations in the dark party one day. just provide food and drinks and let the converasation begin. people have to be seated tho on the floor. and from a lot of times (tho ive never BEEN to one) they turn into orgies. (GROSS) but i doubt that would happen if any of you held one.


would ANYONE here be up for an OT in the dark get together? (im serious). (just please dont invite jester lol, jk)

*rob*



Edited at December 28, 2011 10:11 PM
December 28, 2011 10:14 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
For instance, every time I bring up the idea of the CERN particle accelerator experiment which is trying to detect the elusive "God" particle (Higgs Boson) all I get is blank stares or cat pictures.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD!!!! while i havent the slightest fuck what a CERN is, if i did and tried to discuss it i would see nothing but cartoon bubbles on peoples heads (with cat pics in them!) i think that is what i dont the most when people post random cat pictures, and then the even lower rung of the intellectual spectrum, the punfests. (tho i will give it to people who pun well, i cant come up with a pun to save my life. my mind doesnt work that way) im also extremely bad at logic. logic and puns (not BEING logical, i mean like logic in the logic logic kind of way if that makes any sense...).

one of the reasons i DO find intrinsic value in reality tv television (the uscripted (yes i know that doesnt REALLY exist, but it does...)) is that you see how people communicate. i WILL say that people who are more depthy with their conversations get further in the game, they never win, but they get further than the omg it's like sunny outside types. for whatever that means i dont know.

another fun thing to do with a group of people, that the the french STOLE and turned it into a culinary restaurant eating type of thing is conversations in the dark parties where people sit down in complete darkness and just TALK. but moreso LISTEN. it's easier to listen when you arent so distracted by the shit going around you.

it's quite fun. one of you should hold a conversations in the dark party one day. just provide food and drinks and let the converasation begin. people have to be seated tho on the floor. and from a lot of times (tho ive never BEEN to one) they turn into orgies. (GROSS) but i doubt that would happen if any of you held one.

would ANYONE here be up for an OT in the dark get together? (im serious). (just please dont invite jester lol, jk)

*rob*


Edited at December 28, 2011 10:14 PM
December 28, 2011 10:15 PM - Legion
dcb,
Precisely! Prestidigitators of Particles and Photons.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:15 PM
December 28, 2011 10:18 PM - Deleted
Yes;

An "OT after dark" meet-up!
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:18 PM
December 28, 2011 10:19 PM - DeadCatBounce
Pete, I find it very easy to believe that you have not been to any of those events.
Mrs DCB is a Buddhist, and is in no way a Liberal. In fact, although compassion is at the center of Buddhist thought, so is personal responsibility, since each person carries the weight of their own Karma.
Of course centuries of deep thought can't hold a candle to the political correctness of a Liberal.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:19 PM
December 28, 2011 10:20 PM - Legion
I don't know if I'd enjoy one of those restaurants where you sit and eat in the dark.
First of all, how do you know if you order the Carpaccio, that the waiter isn't just serving it from a tray nude with his junk sitting on the tray right next to it?

There's too much room for shenanigans with a restaurant like that.

Edited at December 28, 2011 10:20 PM
December 28, 2011 10:21 PM - Legion
benson in the house!
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:21 PM
December 28, 2011 10:21 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Our planet is in the middle of a cosmic shooting gallery! Hell, just last month, a meteor the size of football field did a flyby between the moon and us.
Do people realize what kind of damage something like that could have done if it actually hit a major city?

oh i have... i know all i need to have learned from Looty in New Orleans!

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 10:21 PM
December 28, 2011 10:24 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
not IN one of those restaurants, gross! and lame! i mean somewhere else. BYOB and shit. okay, i gotta go, my roommate and his boyfriend made dinner and invited me to come and eat with them :)


*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 10:24 PM
December 28, 2011 10:31 PM - rf
quote:
When we have no sight, other senses start to take over and play games.
So picture yourself sitting in a restaurant in the dark, chewing on haricots verts or something like that and all of a sudden someone farts.
Something like that can cause permanent damage to sensory neurons.

People who've seen the movie Altered States with Jeff Bridges will know what I'm talking about,
he spends to much time in a sensory deprivation tank and comes out looking like a horny chimp.



Doesn't sound very scientific to me, drawing conclusions from a scripted movie.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:31 PM
December 28, 2011 10:32 PM - DeadCatBounce
It always amazes me how intolerant liberals are to any ideas other than their own, particularly spiritual or philosophical ideas.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:32 PM
December 28, 2011 10:33 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
...also,
taste is a funny sense you know.
roughly two/thirds of taste is linked to smell receptors in you nose.

irrelevant if a drink is under your nose 2/3's of the time, no? im smelling something good right now and my tummy is rumbling. okay gotta go, it's totally anti-social to keep coming back into my room to go online


*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 10:33 PM
December 28, 2011 10:33 PM - DeadCatBounce
I tried a sensory deprivation tank and found the whole experience disappointing.
December 28, 2011 10:36 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"It always amazes me how intolerant liberals are to any ideas other than their own, particularly spiritual or philosophical ideas."

Oh...my...g*d, the irony of that statement.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:36 PM
December 28, 2011 10:37 PM - lechacal
WTF every goddamn post tonight is too long didn't read. Can't you people summarize?
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:37 PM
December 28, 2011 10:37 PM - Legion
"Doesn't sound very scientific to me, drawing conclusions from a scripted movie."

...you obviously haven't been to a dark downtown nightclub at 5:00 AM when they turn the lights on rf!
December 28, 2011 10:38 PM - DeadCatBounce
Did you read Pete's comment mocking Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism?

December 28, 2011 10:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I tried a sensory deprivation tank and found the whole experience disappointing.

lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0wWRNNIZBY

Edina disagrees!

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 10:39 PM
December 28, 2011 10:41 PM - Legion
...tell me about it DCB,
I think Buddha, himself once wrote in the Book of Changes:
"Let he who hath traveled far and wide, sit by your side and share bread,
least he be a liberal, in which case you're better off placing your head in an oven."
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:41 PM
December 28, 2011 10:45 PM - rf
Pete was responding to an earlier statement mocking retired white liberals.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:45 PM
December 28, 2011 10:46 PM - rf
Oh, and mocking Buddhists.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:46 PM
December 28, 2011 10:46 PM - Legion
The key to sensory deprivation tanks is the amount of salt in the water to float properly
....and the type of swimwear you choose.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:46 PM
December 28, 2011 10:47 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
if you cant mock retired white liberal buddhists who the fuck CAN you mock these days!? jeeeeeeeeeeeeez.
dinn3r not ready yet

*rob*

December 28, 2011 10:50 PM - Legion
What's for dinner?
Something tells me that your roomate is a good cook.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:50 PM
December 28, 2011 10:51 PM - lechacal
Buddhism is basically the easy way out for people who want to be spiritual without being religious and without thinking for themselves.
Edited at December 28, 2011 10:51 PM
December 28, 2011 10:54 PM - Legion
What's the story with Kaballah?
5000 years of mysticism reduced to a colored thread bracelet by a woman convinced that her vajajay can talk. (Madonna)
December 28, 2011 11:15 PM - Legion
...enjoying a Whiskey Sour here.

Nice.
Cheers to all my OT compadres,
hope you are all having a meaningful Holiday season.
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:14 PM
December 28, 2011 11:29 PM - Deleted
Cheers, and Happy New Year, Legion!
December 28, 2011 11:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
What's for dinner?
Something tells me that your roomate is a good cook.

amazing cook. some kind of beans, and chicken that was hammered and twirled around lemons and butter and some other stuff, and some great bread. YUM. sometimes i count my blessings i get to live here just for dinners like that. i think im going to use that 50 dollar amazon card on coffee beans (cuz for the last 3-4 years ive lived here ive never actually bought coffee but i drink it every morning). that's mad scrubby and it never crossed my mind as much :-/ im awful.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 11:31 PM
December 28, 2011 11:36 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Buddhism is basically the easy way out for people who want to be spiritual without being religious and without thinking for themselves.

LOL! DING DING DING vanna just dropped her drawers for you!

dang. girl needs some of my wrinkle cream i found in the hallway!!!! but then she'd just change her name to Bhudda White im sure

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 11:36 PM
December 28, 2011 11:40 PM - MontroseMorris
"'It always amazes me how intolerant liberals are to any ideas other than their own, particularly spiritual or philosophical ideas.'"

"Oh...my...g*d, the irony of that statement."

Yeah, really.
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:40 PM
December 28, 2011 11:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
What's the story with Kaballah?
5000 years of mysticism reduced to a colored thread bracelet by a woman convinced that her vajajay can talk. (Madonna)

i have two thin stripes around my wrists and people used to always be like omg is that kaballah?!?! and id be like ugh no. then they'd be like what ARE they or mean and i told them they were my blood lines. (makes no sense i know). oh well. one of the tattooes that i'd love to get removed. or done over with a different color. but at this point they just seem normal and i can just wear bracelets and watches or long sleeves so it's not that inhibiting i guess

not like the idiotic video game characters and bunnies above the red lines make me seem anymore better. :-/

tattoes are gross. i love the ones that i have really... but when i see people in porn with tats im totally turned off.

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 11:40 PM
December 28, 2011 11:41 PM - Legion
...also,
taste is a funny sense you know.
roughly two/thirds of taste is linked to smell receptors in your nose.

When we have no sight, other senses start to take over and play games.
So picture yourself sitting in a restaurant in the dark, chewing on haricots verts or something like that and all of a sudden someone farts.
Something like that can cause permanent damage to sensory neurons.

People who've seen the movie Altered States with Jeff Bridges will know what I'm talking about,
he spends too much time in a sensory deprivation tank and comes out looking like a horny chimp.
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:41 PM
December 28, 2011 11:45 PM - Legion
...considering another deep thought topic, I've been going on and on about this global warming stuff and the more I think about it, the more frustrating it is to hear boneheads like Al Gore pontificate about .1 degree F changes in temperature over the course of a hundred years.
Has this dipstick with a haircut even seen the recent images beamed back from Mercury?
Our planet is in the middle of a cosmic shooting gallery! Hell, just last month, a meteor the size of a football field did a flyby between the moon and us.
Do people realize what kind of damage something like that could have done if it actually hit a major city? It would leave a crater the size of Manhattan.
And by the way, our Sun is in motion around the center of a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Every time the sun takes a dip into the galactic swirl, the giant Ort cloud that surrounds our solar system gets tugged on and releases a bunch of gigantic comets heading towards the inner planets.
No wonder we've had about 20 extinction events in our planet's history.
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:45 PM
December 28, 2011 11:46 PM - Deleted
I love Vannah White!
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:46 PM
December 28, 2011 11:52 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
my grandmother used to call her a ho-bag. (seriously) she had a crush on pat sajack (seriously) :-/ lol of course my grandfather would then play it up and talk about vanna all the time, it would drive her INSANE. guess who lived longer lol

*rob*

Edited at December 28, 2011 11:52 PM
December 28, 2011 11:55 PM - Deleted
Vanna demonstrates that one can be sexy and classy at the same time.
Edited at December 28, 2011 11:55 PM
December 28, 2011 11:56 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
she also had it out for Cher, Dolly Parton, and Madonna (ALL ho-bags!) guess who she LOVED tho!?!?!?!?!? JULIA ROBERTS! at the time i think julia roberts was only in her 20s (i imagine) but she LOVED her. every other actress/ singer/ anyone was a slut and fugly. i cant think of a single role julia roberts played back in the day that would even make her like her.

*rob*

December 28, 2011 11:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Vanna demonstrates that one can be sexy and classy at the same time.

dude, she spent most of her lifes turning around letter blocks and silent clapping with a smile. that's borderline retarded

*rob*

December 29, 2011 12:00 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
(not like i should talk lol)

*rob*

Edited at December 29, 2011 12:00 AM
December 29, 2011 12:02 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
"'It always amazes me how intolerant liberals are to any ideas other than their own, particularly spiritual or philosophical ideas.'"

"Oh...my...g*d, the irony of that statement."

Yeah, really.



im not conservative or anything really, but um... really you DONT find most liberals completely intolerant people of other peoples ideas? i do.
i call them toilet paper collectors (dont ask)

*rob*

December 29, 2011 12:04 AM - Deleted
"dude, she spent most of her lifes turning around letter blocks and silent clapping with a smile. that's borderline retarded"

So? I didn't say she's an Einstein. She's a model, but she has class and is sexy.


Edited at December 29, 2011 12:04 AM
December 29, 2011 12:10 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
true true, i will give you that. "model" is pushing it, but then again i watchin too much Tyra. she *IS* classy tho. sexy perhaps, but i feel like she trips over the bedpost and accidentally knocks her head into the headboard one too many times to be truly sexy


*rob*

December 29, 2011 12:13 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
my grammar, these days, has gone to shit... again, probably watching too much america's next top model.

*rob*

Edited at December 29, 2011 12:13 AM
December 29, 2011 12:15 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
also she found her niche and made lots of cash without embarrassing herself. THAT actually IS mega smart when you think about it. and more than most people can do on this planet. so Kudos Vanna! SPIN MY BLOCK!


*rob*

Edited at December 29, 2011 12:15 AM
December 29, 2011 12:19 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
Donna, email me tomorrow at work.

*rob*
Edited at December 29, 2011 12:19 AM
December 29, 2011 12:20 AM - Donatella
ok
Edited at December 29, 2011 12:20 AM
December 29, 2011 12:40 AM - Donatella
I was sleeping after my trip to MOMA. Only my friend and I never went to the Diego Rivera exhibit. IT WAS TOURIST CITY. And crazy crowded. What were we thinking anyway, the week after Christmas, near Rock Center. It will be there till May so we just went to eat and drink. The wine made me sleepy. Seems like the Nightbirds here were busy tonight......
Edited at December 29, 2011 12:40 AM