Life Changing Day OT
January 27, 2014 12:48 AM - Partridge
Today, January 27th, 2014, Dave will announce an important Life Changing Event. Dare we join him?

213 comments
January 27, 2014 6:42 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I'm back in Brooklyn.

Did Dave have sex with a woman while I was away?
#1
January 27, 2014 7:14 AM - dibs
I think i might have been drunk. Not sure what that was about
#2
January 27, 2014 7:16 AM - Deleted
Lame!
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:16 AM
#3
January 27, 2014 7:17 AM - Deleted
Thought you were going to announce you were actually going to do something
#4
January 27, 2014 7:22 AM - dibs
Going to be 42 here today and 12 tomorrow
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:22 AM
#5
January 27, 2014 7:35 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

What?! Drunk is no excuse! So you've decided not to tell us afterall?
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:35 AM
#6
January 27, 2014 7:46 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
C'mon, DIBS, little hint? Anything? Something? There has to be something...
#7
January 27, 2014 7:50 AM - dibs
No, absolutely nothing really. I dont know what that was about. Maybe it was just lust over mauricio
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:50 AM
#8
January 27, 2014 7:51 AM - dibs
In bucks county all week. I do think though i've met someone from near there on Silverdaddies....mexican american....seems very nice
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:51 AM
#9
January 27, 2014 8:07 AM - BoerumHillScott
Good morning. Was not on the OT all weekend, now it looks like I should go back and read.

Apparently on of the Superbowl teams is staying in the hotel next to my office. The street is blocked off, heavy police presence included an observation tower, around eight satellite news trucks, some sort of small cruise-looking boat docked next to the hotel, and a police boat with mounted automatic gun patrolling the water.

#10
January 27, 2014 8:18 AM - Deleted
Gm.
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:18 AM
#11
January 27, 2014 8:29 AM - Deleted
Scott:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/sports/football/hoping-to-sail-to-glory-the-broncos-first-board-a-ship.html?from=homepage


Stepping aboard a 210-foot luxury cruise liner serving as the team’s news media headquarters this week, the Broncos arrived to a scene that shaded toward the surreal.

The vessel — named the Cornucopia Majesty, typically reserved for weddings and corporate events — was docked in Liberty Harbor Marina just a few feet from the team’s hotel.
#12
January 27, 2014 8:31 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
DH, Does Daft Punk ever show their faces or speak? What's up with that? Is it a man and a woman?
#13
January 27, 2014 8:34 AM - dibs
Two guys….
#14
January 27, 2014 8:36 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ah! Thanks, DIBS.
#15
January 27, 2014 8:42 AM - dibs
I'm here for all your pop culture questions.
#16
January 27, 2014 8:46 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I appreciate that, DIBS. It seems I am falling woefully behind on pop culture.
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:46 AM
#17
January 27, 2014 8:48 AM - BoerumHillScott
Using the ship as a media center makes sense. The hotel has a decent sized ballroom, but it is on the top floor and shares an elevator bank with the rest of the hotel, so security would probably be an issue.
#18
January 27, 2014 8:55 AM - dibs
These types of events (Super Bowl, Olympics) have become a security nightmare and certainly a nightmare for anyone wanting to attend.
#19
January 27, 2014 9:01 AM - Deleted
Two french dudes. I don't think they've apppeared in public out of costume for 10+ years.

Glad they won. Pretty good all around album
#20
January 27, 2014 9:03 AM - dibs
Worried about these moves in currencies…Turkey, Argentina, Japan. Very bad stock markets in Asia overnight.
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:03 AM
#21
January 27, 2014 9:05 AM - Deleted
Macklemore is so wack.
#22
January 27, 2014 9:06 AM - dibs
Need to bring Ben, the fat cat, into the vet. Seems he hurt his front leg but he's also very lethargic and breathing heavy.
#23
January 27, 2014 9:08 AM - petebklyn
hope they don't piss off Christie. He might have his people unmoor that ship when nobody looking
#24
January 27, 2014 9:09 AM - Partridge
GM

Oh, for Christ's sake! Could you make something up, Dave. We are getting desperate here.
#25
January 27, 2014 9:24 AM - Deleted
Zzz
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:24 AM
#26
January 27, 2014 9:31 AM - dibs
At the vet now
#27
January 27, 2014 9:39 AM - Deleted
I don't understand what mackelmore is.
#28
January 27, 2014 9:40 AM - Partridge
Kisses to Ben.
#29
January 27, 2014 9:48 AM - More4Less
Dave was gonna say he won't sing creep anymore
#30
January 27, 2014 9:52 AM - MontroseMorris
GM

I did not watch the Grammys, was watching DA and Sherlock. Haven't watched the Grammys since they stopped giving awards to musicians other than pop stars during the show. Nothing like the music industry telling jazz, world, classical, new age, and other categories' musicians that their music doesn't really count. But watching the commercials in the week before the show, I realize I'm really out of touch with pop music, too. I didn't know who half of the people were in the commercials, and the ones I did recognize by name or sight, I have no idea what their songs de jour are. I've become my parents.
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:52 AM
#31
January 27, 2014 9:52 AM - MontroseMorris
Poor kitty, I hope he is well.
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:52 AM
#32
January 27, 2014 9:55 AM - Deleted
Question: is all that verbiage under today's POTD the script from a Viagra commercial?
#33
January 27, 2014 9:56 AM - Deleted
Dunno Benson, you and or dave would know better than anyone else around here????!!!!
#34
January 27, 2014 9:58 AM - dibs
Had to bring him to some intensive care place. He has heart issues and may have thrown a clot to his front leg. Got lasix (sp?) And I think they put him in an oxygen cage.
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:58 AM
#35
January 27, 2014 10:02 AM - Deleted
Sucks. Hope he's ok.
#36
January 27, 2014 10:03 AM - Deleted
Hey Randi;

Did you see this? The screenwriter's guild on the east coast and the Norman Lear center are sponsoring a panel discussion on how to "portray" Obamacare in films and TV. Yes, the crowd that loves to portray itself as "free-thinking" is putting itself at the disposal of politicians. Oh, I forgot, they are the "proper" type of politicians.

http://hollywoodhealthandsociety.org/events/affordable-care-act-comedy-drama-reality

LACKEYS!!!!
#37
January 27, 2014 10:03 AM - Deleted
Girl I've been hangin with digs Macklemore. Lame.
Edited at January 27, 2014 10:03 AM
#38
January 27, 2014 10:05 AM - Deleted
I wonder if the Hollywood lackeys assembled a panel to "portray" Medicare Part D, when it was enacted under the Bush administration.
#39
January 27, 2014 10:06 AM - sixyearsandcounting
http://howdovaccinescauseautism.com/
#40
January 27, 2014 10:13 AM - dibs
May be in heart failure. Vet saying 50/50.
#41
January 27, 2014 10:14 AM - Deleted
Sounds lame Benson. I'm sure no one with much intelligence will be at that thing.
#42
January 27, 2014 10:15 AM - Deleted
Funny six. I also like the donate bitcoins link at the bottom of page.
#43
January 27, 2014 10:17 AM - Deleted
Dh, my wife was into shitty music when we met, I was able to re-educate her. Haha.

Dibs, hang in there.
Edited at January 27, 2014 10:17 AM
#44
January 27, 2014 10:19 AM - pepper
Oh, dibs. Hope Ben is ok! Scary!
#45
January 27, 2014 10:20 AM - Partridge
Poor Ben. You are a good cat daddy.
#46
January 27, 2014 10:20 AM - pepper
"Girl I've been hangin with digs Macklemore. Lame."

Better than Toto, though (apologies to Mrs. Benson)
Edited at January 27, 2014 10:20 AM
#47
January 27, 2014 10:22 AM - More4Less
How old is the cat?
#48
January 27, 2014 10:25 AM - Kensingtonian
Sup everyone. Has anyone here ever had a crazy procrastination day where you REALLY didn't feel like doing anything work related? (Dibs - don't say all Democrats have had that).

Well....mine is lasting for like 2-3 months now.
#49
January 27, 2014 10:31 AM - Deleted
DH;

It's the things we do for love....like going to see Toto at the Westbury Music Hall.
Edited at January 27, 2014 10:31 AM
#50
January 27, 2014 10:31 AM - Deleted
Toto > mackelmore
#51
January 27, 2014 10:33 AM - Deleted
Haha randi. Good to know its possible to do that
#52
January 27, 2014 10:33 AM - dibs
9 next week. Going to see how he does in the oxygen cage. He is very alert and responsive now but that could be the meds
#53
January 27, 2014 10:33 AM - Deleted
Lol benson. I dated a girl who was obsessed with toto. It was painful.
#54
January 27, 2014 10:38 AM - Deleted
Being from Long Island - I'm very much into billy Joel - who doesn't seem to be as popular with people not from lI
#55
January 27, 2014 10:39 AM - Deleted
I drew the line at the Monkees, however. I drove her out to the Island, picked up her cousin, dropped them off and hung around a diner.
#56
January 27, 2014 10:43 AM - Deleted
I never turn down the opportunity to see live music if fun people I know are going. Some musicians put on exceptional live shows.

Bjork was like that for me. Find her annoying but holy crap her biophilia show was awesome.
#57
January 27, 2014 10:46 AM - pepper
Way to put your foot down, benson! ;o)
Edited at January 27, 2014 10:46 AM
#58
January 27, 2014 10:47 AM - Deleted
Yes, a man has to know his limitations!
#59
January 27, 2014 11:08 AM - More4Less
Toto is that Japanese toilets that folks with more $$$ pick for their renovation?
#60
January 27, 2014 11:09 AM - Deleted
Billy Joel can gargle deez nutz.
#61
January 27, 2014 11:10 AM - More4Less
Kens, looks like you itching to change jobs or it could be buffalo effect is kicking in
#62
January 27, 2014 11:13 AM - More4Less
I'll dust off the Wheeeeeeeeee for in case mkt tanks again this week
#63
January 27, 2014 11:28 AM - rf
Of course I am obligated to mention that I went to high school with Billy Joel. If he hadn't dropped out during senior year, he would have graduated a year after me, with my brother. We were in chorus together.
#64
January 27, 2014 11:29 AM - rf
Kens, post-wedding letdown? I know you had your issues with the job before that, and weren't feeling very good about your company.
#65
January 27, 2014 11:30 AM - Deleted
I think I'm getting sick.
#66
January 27, 2014 11:31 AM - Deleted
As I've mentioned before: Billy Joel once tried to hit up on my sister, while he was married to his first wife.
#67
January 27, 2014 11:33 AM - MontroseMorris
Dave, I hope Ben gets better.
Edited at January 27, 2014 11:33 AM
#68
January 27, 2014 11:54 AM - Deleted
Derp
#69
January 27, 2014 11:59 AM - Partridge
He's got a friend in you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1dAQN5QcZU
#70
January 27, 2014 12:29 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Very sorry to hear Ben is sick, DIBS. It sounds very sudden.
#71
January 27, 2014 12:34 PM - dibs
It always seems to be very sudden with pets. And, very expensive.
#72
January 27, 2014 12:35 PM - petebklyn
i thought of the toilet when mentioned toto .....or dorothy's dog. those are only 2 I know.
Edited at January 27, 2014 12:35 PM
#73
January 27, 2014 12:37 PM - dibs
Pete, you lived through the 80s. How can you not remember "Africa"
#74
January 27, 2014 12:40 PM - Kensingtonian
correct on both counts, M4L and RF.
#75
January 27, 2014 12:47 PM - petebklyn
so I recognize the tunes but would never know who the groups are.
#76
January 27, 2014 12:47 PM - More4Less
Kens, my current job is more zzzzzz than exciting but it pays the bills. Love to have an exciting job but then I ain't fast enough, strong enough, or tall enough to play in the NBA hence clueless what is a realistic dream job I would be excited about
#77
January 27, 2014 12:52 PM - Deleted
Chin up, Kens. Something better will come along. You are not alone. Economy is still not robust, and there are a lot of people I know who are frustrated these days.

By the way, I went to see Blue Man Group this past weekend. Normally I wouldn't go to something like that, but it was part of a college reunion. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The price, however, was another story: $92 pp to sit in the upper balcony.
#78
January 27, 2014 12:54 PM - petebklyn
if live in buffalo it requirement to take week off in winter to go to florida or mexico or someplace.
#79
January 27, 2014 12:55 PM - Kensingtonian
yeah M4L. My job is not zzzz and it pays the bills well so can't complain too much. Just company is doing meh and lots of Re-orgs and layoffs all the time. Morale is at all time low. Just feel like it's a sinking ship. All I do all day is powerpoint decks. Sorta meh.

Trying to get another job and my resume is pretty strong but not getting much interest out there or interest at lower pay, which I am not willing to take right now. If I get layed off/fired then maybe a different story but for now I'll keep on keeping on.

Just not too thrilled with my work week these days. Oh well.
Edited at January 27, 2014 12:55 PM
#80
January 27, 2014 12:55 PM - Deleted
When I go on my winter cruise - 2 weeks away! - a substantial number of people are from Canada, looking to get a break from the cold.
#81
January 27, 2014 12:56 PM - pepper
I bless the rains down in Africa...
#82
January 27, 2014 12:57 PM - Deleted
Stop the music!!! Stop the (Toto) music!!! I hear enough of that from the president of the Toto fan club, aka my wife.
#83
January 27, 2014 12:57 PM - Deleted
Stop the music!!! Stop the (Toto) music!!! I hear enough of that from the president of the Toto fan club, aka my wife.
#84
January 27, 2014 12:59 PM - pepper
hehehe. That was more for dh, than you, benson, but I see you have a similar reaction to those lyrics :o)
#85
January 27, 2014 12:59 PM - More4Less
I'm like Pete with the tunes - often clueless who is the singer/band
#86
January 27, 2014 1:05 PM - dibs
Rumors of a Wealth Management Product going bust in China. These are very widespread and very risky investments. Lots of cracks out there this week. Going to be very volatile.
Edited at January 27, 2014 1:05 PM
#87
January 27, 2014 1:06 PM - More4Less
Kens, that's like my old job in telecom which was frequent re-orgs, firings, etc. as crap as it sounded, I like my co-workers so that's what/where I found the joy in going to the office even though my job was zzzz and often times the one calculating how many people to fire and the savings net of severance etc. I never found enough motivation to leave as pay was good and jobs I looked at were a pay cut. They fired me then found this job with big paycut and I'm still happy as it turns out, less pay is fine as I don't really need it. Living the shorter commute an working for a company that is growing. Net is you'll find other stuff away from work to make you happy and that work is just to pay bills
#88
January 27, 2014 1:20 PM - More4Less
Is it time to buy some gold bars again and hope for a 100% profit?
Edited at January 27, 2014 1:20 PM
#89
January 27, 2014 1:22 PM - dibs
Well, I'm surprised that gold isn't up today with all the issues we are seeing
Edited at January 27, 2014 1:22 PM
#90
January 27, 2014 1:23 PM - Kensingtonian
Yeah I feel ya M4L. I am not bitching since I am WAY more fortunate than others and I think I have enough contacts and skillset to land me a job (probably not paying as much but a job). Just trying to keep my chin up and smile every day when coming into the office like all is great except that it's not. Others feel a lot more pressure since they have a family and life here in Buffalo and I am pretty mobile so can move anywhere for a job and don't need to stay here. Thank god I didn't buy anything here but part of me still wants to since prices are SO cheap. If I knew I could wing it in this job for another 5 years or so, I could literally buy something and be mortgage free in 5 years. Then I would not need to make as much and would probably have a fairly comfortable lifestyle working for 50K-70K if wifey brought in some part time income. Would ideally want to make more to be able to help future little kens(s) with college but that's about it.

Benson - lots of cruise news lately with people getting sick and so on so forth. I do enjoy a cruise here and there but this whole bad rep lately has me worried. I booked a Dominican Republic all inclusive at beginning of March. Going with wife and both sets of parents. We all get a long great so looking forward to it.


#91
January 27, 2014 1:28 PM - dibs
Who's going to NOLA???? 1-3" of snow expected
Edited at January 27, 2014 1:29 PM
#92
January 27, 2014 1:39 PM - pepper
Pete is, but not until Feb.
#93
January 27, 2014 1:41 PM - dibs
Ben seems to be doing a bit better. It was a heart failure and a blood clot. He has rersponded to the meds and actually ate a lot of food
#94
January 27, 2014 1:43 PM - pepper
Good news, dibs...
#95
January 27, 2014 1:51 PM - MontroseMorris
That's great, Dave. Cats tend to suffer until they can't not show it anymore, and you rush them to the vet for treatment which costs a fortune. But how can you not do it? At least the non-invasive stuff.
#96
January 27, 2014 2:09 PM - Partridge
Good news, Dave. Life Changing. :)
#97
January 27, 2014 2:16 PM - More4Less
Ben is only 9 and cats usually live to 15-20 it's right? Of course, eating too much is bad. Maybe let him get some exercise chasing mouse or birds
Edited at January 27, 2014 2:16 PM
#98
January 27, 2014 2:25 PM - Deleted
"eating too much is bad"

He tries cutting back, but every meal of kitty food he eats is the best he's ever had!
#99
January 27, 2014 2:27 PM - Kensingtonian
"eating too much is bad"

Says no one on an all inclusive cruise, unless there is a stomach virus lingering.
January 27, 2014 2:38 PM - Deleted
Derp
January 27, 2014 2:45 PM - dibs
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Going to see Ben at 3:30
Edited at January 27, 2014 2:45 PM
January 27, 2014 2:57 PM - More4Less
Cruises is mainly about gambling for me
January 27, 2014 3:10 PM - Deleted
"Cruises is mainly about gambling for me"

Yes!!!! Blackjack tables, here I come.
January 27, 2014 3:35 PM - More4Less
Benson, there are usual some bad poker players that you can take advantage of big time
January 27, 2014 3:36 PM - pepper
little factoid of the day:

Did you know that a group of cats is called a "glaring"? How purrfect is that? (also called a "clowder", but I like glaring better)
January 27, 2014 3:42 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
argh
January 27, 2014 3:46 PM - Partridge
At first glance, I thought those kitties were squid. I'm crackin' up.
January 27, 2014 3:49 PM - pepper
ew. Kitty squids...
Edited at January 27, 2014 3:49 PM
January 27, 2014 3:59 PM - dibs
Just got back from the cat ER…Ben actually looked quite good, very responsive and devoured the treats I brought him. He'll come home tomorrow but I have no idea what the prognosis or ongoing treatments will be and, he'll need some sort of PT for his foot. The clot should dissolve though. Not sure how well he'll be able to get around. This is a 4 storey house, including the basement where the litter box is so we'll hacve to probably keep him on the second floor with another box in the bathroom.

But if he relapses, we'll have to put him down.
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:49 PM
January 27, 2014 4:05 PM - Deleted
Good luck, DIBS.
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:05 PM
January 27, 2014 4:14 PM - dibs
Interesting….was posted on the Forum over there….

"Fellow brownstoners…wanted to let you know that our Bed Stuy neighbors at Evans and Nye have all gone on to Halstead. Ban’s mobile number is still (917) 607-3838 for those of you who would like to reach him and since they moved as a team, he can put you in touch with Donna and Morgan, too."
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:14 PM
January 27, 2014 4:23 PM - Deleted
From "over there":

"P.S. 321?s Diversity Committee is hosting three sociology professors for a roundtable discussion on gentrification this Thursday. Their conversation will explore the changing racial, ethnic and economic demographics in Brooklyn, as well as the causes and consequences of gentrification in neighborhoods throughout the borough.

The panelists are Dr. Zaire Dinzey-Flores, associate sociology professor at Rutgers, Dr. Jerome Krase, professor emeritus of sociology at Brooklyn College, and Dr. Emily Molina, associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College."

Oh lord.
January 27, 2014 4:23 PM - Deleted
Why is that interesting Dibs?
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:23 PM
January 27, 2014 4:28 PM - Deleted
You can say some things about America or Americans being messed up (guns, consumer culture, lack of culture, fat, etc) but at least we don't have tribal counsils that encourage gang rape. This latest story out of India is just horrible.
January 27, 2014 4:29 PM - dibs
Temp dropping fast here and strong winds
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:29 PM
January 27, 2014 4:38 PM - dibs
Looks like the authorities have arrested everyone involved, including the "tribal leader" who ordered it.

but yeah, there are a lot of people all around the world living in the dark ages
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:39 PM
January 27, 2014 4:40 PM - pepper
And the government is building her a house as restitution :o/
January 27, 2014 4:45 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Randi, It's interesting because a lot of us know one of the brokers that moved to Halstead.
Edited at January 27, 2014 4:45 PM
January 27, 2014 4:51 PM - dibs
Yes, saw that too, pepper
January 27, 2014 4:55 PM - dibs
Cobble, randi has a very narrow worldview
January 27, 2014 5:03 PM - Deleted
Interesting take about race and this years Grammys.

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2014/01/_2014_grammy_winners_daft_punk_macklemore_and_other_white_people_triumph.html


Kendrick was def robbed
January 27, 2014 5:13 PM - dibs
I call completee and utter bullshit, dh. jackass writer just wants to try and get his 15 minutes od fame by creating a controversy that is ludicrous at best. But I suspect lots of people will be wowed by his introspection
January 27, 2014 5:16 PM - Deleted
I mean - the Macklemore point makes sense to me.

Did you even listen to any of the other nominated albums for best hip hop ?

I think the daft punk comment is a stretch.
January 27, 2014 5:18 PM - dibs
Yes, especially the Daft Punk comment. Problem with the internet is it gives too many morons a podium and of course there are even more morons that will listen and nod their heads in stupidity
Edited at January 27, 2014 5:18 PM
January 27, 2014 5:22 PM - DeLepp
Be kind, he's Canadian.
January 27, 2014 5:24 PM - Deleted
"Punk comment. Problem with the internet is it gives too many morons a podium and of course there are even more morons that will listen and nod their heads in stupidity"

You just described the ot
January 27, 2014 5:26 PM - dibs
The article had nothing to do with any actual music, dh....just what they were wearimg, the color of their skin and back up musicians.
January 27, 2014 5:26 PM - dibs
I was actually thinking more about slate articles and you, dh
Edited at January 27, 2014 5:26 PM
January 27, 2014 5:27 PM - Deleted
Uhhh yeah. Hence my initial description of the article when I posted it
January 27, 2014 5:27 PM - Deleted
I'm glad you think about me
Edited at January 27, 2014 5:27 PM
January 27, 2014 5:29 PM - dibs
Dont take it as a complement.
January 27, 2014 5:29 PM - Deleted
Too late
January 27, 2014 5:34 PM - Deleted
Lol u guys.
January 27, 2014 5:56 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Glad to hear Ben's doing better, Dibs.

Remind me never to select a window seat for a super-long flight again. 14 hours from Abu Dhabi to NYC direct on Etihad. Service was great, in-flight entertainment system outstanding, and the seat was comfortable in itself...BUT I could barely reach my luggage after the guy in front of me reclined his seat all the way AND the guy in the middle seat next to me was large and had little sense of personal space (which may have been a cultural thing). Next time I'll take the aisle seat, thank you.
January 27, 2014 5:57 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Also, the in-flight meals were very good (especially the lamb biryani), and served with proper non-plastic cutlery.
January 27, 2014 6:00 PM - dibs
Proper cutlery makes all the difference
January 27, 2014 6:07 PM - pepper
Welcome back, six. How was the trip?
January 27, 2014 6:07 PM - BirdnestHead
As a white male, I am not allowed to have any valid thoughts or opinions on race or gender, but I will make two remarks about the Slate article: Kanye West may have been excluded because of his behavior last time, and describing Gary Clark Jr. with the word "new" betrays a very high level of musical ignorance.

Me, I watched until DA started, and none of the music did a damn thing for me, including Jay-B (except for her tushy, which while delightful, is not musical) Lorde, Daft Punk, and the Urban/Clark duet (nice guitar work, boring song)

When I was listening to rock, none of those bands would have even deigned to respond to an invitation, let alone attend. 1968 best song was Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking", I think...
January 27, 2014 6:08 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I signed up for their frequent flyer program to get the 20,000 miles they gave me when I submitted a complaint about their ground service in DC during the delay. In the signup process, I had the option of selecting from the following titles: Baron, Baroness, Brigadier, Captain, Colonel, Dr, General, HE, HH, HRH, Lady, Lord, Miss, Mr, Mrs, Ms, Professor, Sheikh, Sheikha, and Sir.
Edited at January 27, 2014 6:08 PM
January 27, 2014 6:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
It was great, Pepper! Pictures to follow sooner or later.
January 27, 2014 6:10 PM - ilovestoops
just popping in to rant.

my cell phone display has been going blank after I dial a #, making it impossible to end the call or input anything - causes lots of problems. existing contract ends tomorrow. went to Verizon on Montague, where I think cgar got good support. can't get deal on new phone until the exact date that contract ends!!! last time, my phone went bad about 3 months before end of contract and they let me get a deal on a new phone and get a new contract. now it has to be the exact day!!! I don't have time to deal with this and refuse to pay reg price for phone. will try to get it done on-line tomorrow. there were other problems with this I won't go into but these cell phone companies suck! none of the special deals they offer are that good, except for the phone deals with a new contract, and now you can only get that on one day every two years!!!
January 27, 2014 6:11 PM - ilovestoops
Six: I see you got back - hope you had a great trip!
January 27, 2014 6:12 PM - More4Less
Hey, where's today's Brandi pic???
January 27, 2014 6:15 PM - ilovestoops
everybody invited: some of the PLUSA's are willing to help me celebrate my birthday (Jan 7) tomorrow at the hollow nickel - everyone please join us - it's a really important occasion!

sorry haven't had time to read OT for several days and have to get back to work now. wondering if Rezmo had a kid and if snappy got new tights - will find out tomorrown night.
January 27, 2014 6:29 PM - Deleted
Kanye has a long history of being snubbed by the Grammys (even before his ego exploded ).

Although he started being all openly butthurt about the Grammys after he didn't win album of the year in 2011 (that album was pretty much unanimously considered the best album of the year by every music publication )
January 27, 2014 6:33 PM - Deleted
(Although he's won like 22 of em - but never in the big categories).


January 27, 2014 6:39 PM - BirdnestHead
Hmmm. Didn't know Kanye historically snubbed. By "music publication", are we talking about big-label shills that equate sales and quality?
January 27, 2014 6:47 PM - dibs
LOL at newest revelations from Snowdwn that analyze YouTube,, Facebook and tweets to predict events. Ummmmm, so what. You put this shit up.on social media then its there for everyone to see or analyze
January 27, 2014 6:52 PM - Deleted
Yeah. The usual suspects - and other indie leaning websites (like pitchfork). I think it was like 94/100 on metacritic which pulls from 100 publications

But if big music shill publications tout something as awesome - wtf are the Grammys looking at?
January 27, 2014 6:53 PM - Deleted
Lol business insider opines about rap music?

http://www.businessinsider.com/grammys-kanye-west-snub-2011-12
January 27, 2014 6:57 PM - Deleted
Here's the metacritic list. Not sure how reputable these guys are at not shilling for big label stuff

http://www.metacritic.com/music/my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy/kanye-west/critic-reviews
January 27, 2014 7:06 PM - BirdnestHead
A different Slate article, map of publicly funded creationism:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/01/creationism_in_public_schools_mapped_where_tax_money_supports_alternatives.html
January 27, 2014 7:08 PM - Deleted
Lol. Have we ever gotten the rhombus of moron to give us their stances on evolution?
January 27, 2014 7:14 PM - dibs
You never really evolved It would seem
January 27, 2014 7:15 PM - Deleted
Are you saying I'm a monkey?

Maybe I'm the missing link!!
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:15 PM
January 27, 2014 7:16 PM - Deleted
Do you believe in evolution dibs?
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:16 PM
January 27, 2014 7:19 PM - Kensingtonian
No way would I want to be I'm an isle on a long flight. Only sanity is that you can sleep in the window seat with out someone constantly disturbing you to go to the bathroom.
Edited at January 27, 2014 7:19 PM
January 27, 2014 7:26 PM - More4Less
so much for Apple earning to help get stock mkt back on upswing. it's running into some law of big numbers - ie can't keep posting massive growth and beating the big STREET expectation.
January 27, 2014 7:27 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I have to go to the bathroom more frequently than the average person, so the aisle is good for me. And if it's a 3-4-3 configuration, the middle is better because then only one person has to climb over me. The window seat works for overnight flights where I would want to sleep, but this was a flight that departed at 10:30 am and arrived at 4:30 pm. Only a rank amateur (like the guy in front of me) would try to sleep the entire flight. He was outdone by the woman to his right, who insisted that she was entitled to space in the overhead bin. Too bad, moron, you were one of the last to board and it's not our fault that your carry-on doesn't fit under the seat in front of you.
January 27, 2014 7:31 PM - dibs
Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny
January 27, 2014 7:31 PM - Deleted
Wat
January 27, 2014 7:40 PM - sixyearsandcounting
your epidermis is showing
January 27, 2014 7:43 PM - Deleted
Ur both a dickfor.
January 27, 2014 7:52 PM - dibs
I got a dickfor you
January 27, 2014 7:54 PM - Deleted
Haha.

I'm in a weird mood.
January 27, 2014 7:54 PM - Legion
"I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details."

Albert Einstein ;o)
January 27, 2014 7:55 PM - Deleted
That quote has nothing to do with evolution though.
January 27, 2014 7:58 PM - dibs
God as the primary mover
January 27, 2014 8:01 PM - Legion
...It blunts the underlying thrust of the argument that religious belief and rationality are mutually exclusive.
January 27, 2014 8:04 PM - rf
Notification issued on 1/27/14 at 12:00 PM. There will be a fireworks display in
New York Harbor tonight east of Liberty Island. The display will begin at
approximately 8:40 PM. In case of inclement weather, the display will be
postponed until 1/28/14 at 8:40 PM.
January 27, 2014 8:04 PM - Deleted
Well the underlying thrust is people reject evolution because of a fable in the book of genesis

Let's just say ok - god is the primary mover

Do you think we got made by god with a snake in a garden (a) or evolved from hairy monkey men (b)

Pick one. A Or B
January 27, 2014 8:07 PM - Deleted
Underlying thrust. Lol
January 27, 2014 8:09 PM - Legion
Also,
when we talk about the critique of Creationism, it would be helpful and
intellectually honest to include all the religions in the discussion.
Thus any reference to "Bible-thumping fundamentalists" as the crux of the presumed problem should be replaced by:
"That vast majority of humanity consisting of Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews, Bhuddists and assorted other folks who pray".
January 27, 2014 8:17 PM - dibs
Dh... look up what primary mover refers to. It has nothing to do with man, evolution or the origin of species. But thanks for your dose of atheism.
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:21 PM
January 27, 2014 8:22 PM - Legion
In short,
our ancestors understood an underlying principle that eludes much of modern man.

No matter how much knowledge you gain,
it will not lighten the burden of your existence.

"Tree of Knowledge" remember,
this is what Eve was tempted by.
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:22 PM
January 27, 2014 8:23 PM - Legion
dh,
when reading religious text,
you should first disabuse yourself of all notions of literal thought.

Think of the great religious texts not as dry historical documentation but as a blueprint for Man.
We have 100,000 years of our ancestral existence unaccounted for.
Just as today, we have all these interesting stories and experiences to speak of,
our ancestors also had "human" experience to speak to the ages about.
Unfortunately, due to flood, famine, pestilence and various other vagaries of existence,
their thoughts were lost to time.
At best, we got the last chapter of the great novel of history. We got the last 3000 years or so.
What was saved, were those stories that left the most lasting impression of our common experience and knowledge.

So, when ancient man sat down to tell the story for the ages, do you think they would just say,
well there was this dude and a lady and they kind of got together and yada yada yada, the Devil and there you go.
or
Did they say, well there is an epic story,
of a Man and a Woman. The first of our kind. And they had a choice to make between understanding all and
living in despair, or choosing faith in themselves and living without fear or loss.

Adam and Eve obviously chose and
their story is a fitting allegory for the pain that is existence and our consciousness of death.
January 27, 2014 8:24 PM - Deleted
Yes I know - i dunno why you brought it up

So no thoughts on evolution? Beuhler?
January 27, 2014 8:24 PM - Deleted
Derp
January 27, 2014 8:25 PM - pepper
[I can edit too ;o)]
January 27, 2014 8:25 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"snake in a garden"

in a bush, perhaps? hehe
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:25 PM
January 27, 2014 8:28 PM - Deleted
See you guys are having the "there's no room for god in science argument"

That's not the same as "what should we be teaching our kids in school" debate
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:27 PM
January 27, 2014 8:29 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I believe we are all connected. By what, I have no idea. But we are. Maybe it's g*d. Maybe not. But we are, perhaps just by sheer proximity on this planet and being hue-mons.

Ok, that's my philosophy for today. Time to go help BnH make our Breakfast for Dinner! Yay!

Oh, and Good Evening.
Edited at January 27, 2014 8:29 PM
January 27, 2014 8:29 PM - Deleted
I call obfustication on you both!
January 27, 2014 8:33 PM - Legion
dh,
you're setting up a false dichotomy for the sole purpose of attempting to dicredit the validity of those that adhere to religious thought.
Using science to discredit spirituality is like using
philosophy to analyze the results of a football game.

The spiritual world will not yield to the physical.
Why should it,
the Universe owes nobody an explanation.
January 27, 2014 8:45 PM - Partridge
Fireworks are on!
January 27, 2014 8:45 PM - rf
So Legion, do you think public schools should be allowed not to teach evolution, or to make false comparisons with "creationism" and other nonscientific explanations?
January 27, 2014 8:52 PM - Legion
rf,
we live in a world shaped by religion for good or bad.
Every day that you open your NY Times you will see a story based in religion,
whether it's the Pope speaking about the dangers of materialism or a group in Egypt destroying churches or the American military not being sensitive to the spiritual ideas in certain tribal regions.

What they should teach in public schools is science and religion.
They should not attempt to set themselves as the arbiters of all truth in a society and a world which
is framed by competing ideas.
You end up with a society without belief in anything.

Start with an informed discussion of science and its failings while leaving room for
the inherent spirituality of our existence.
January 27, 2014 8:56 PM - Deleted
Nope you have it backwards legion

As you've demonstrated there's room for science and religion. I'm against religious fundamentalists dictating what's taught to children
January 27, 2014 8:57 PM - Deleted
Evolution. Yay or nay?
January 27, 2014 8:59 PM - rf
Legion, it is wrong to teach religion as science. Unconstitutional too.
January 27, 2014 9:00 PM - rf
From my friend the recycling maven:

I'm going to suggest finding a new home for the unused paint, or recycling, or discarding.

Here are our tips for paint, jump down to disposal tips:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/wasteless/athome_tips_paint.shtml

I'd also suggest listing on a materials exchange (links on waste less) like PSP or Craigslist or freecycle.

If the cans are nearly empty, you could discharge the rest and recycle the empty cans.

All else fails, double bag each partially full can and discard in the trash (not in the recycling bin).

Hope this helps!
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:00 PM
January 27, 2014 9:07 PM - Deleted
Also legion. You brought up religion. I was merely talking about a scientific theory. Dunno how I could be trying to discredit anything
January 27, 2014 9:09 PM - Legion
I don't believe that they are teaching religion as science.
I would object to that.
The two are taught as separate subjects as far as I know.

Even if they did,
I would consider it on par with the lack of teaching civics in school.
To me, it is more alarming how many Americans have no knowledge whatsoever of
the role of our Constitution in government.
January 27, 2014 9:12 PM - Deleted
Sidestepping or changing the way you teach something because it conflicts with religious dogma = teaching religion
January 27, 2014 9:13 PM - Legion
dh,
here's an answer you can live with.
Evolution: sure, it seems to fall in line with much of the fossil record from the Olduvai Gorge to Mitochondrial DNA analysis of our ancestors.
also
The idea of the Universe created by a larger force (some might call it God): sure, it seems to fall in line with much of the observed science that there are larger forces which we cannot comprehend. Most specifically for me, the tendency towards an organized consciousness in a Universe whose underlying principle is disorder.
January 27, 2014 9:16 PM - Deleted
Yeah that's pretty much what I think and all I asked! LOL. Ywearguewhenweagreesortabro?
Edited at January 27, 2014 9:16 PM
January 27, 2014 9:19 PM - pepper
Speaking of sentience (or not), this is pretty amazing. Can an elephant be taught to paint like this? It's kind of long (15 min), so you might want to fast forward through some of it.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=566075863484336
January 27, 2014 10:23 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
That was interesting, pep. I don't quite know what to think about it.
January 27, 2014 10:28 PM - pepper
I know, right? But I don't think being THAT careful with every brush stroke can be taught, can it?
January 27, 2014 11:05 PM - BirdnestHead
Teaching that one, and only one, of the many creation myths is the same type of scientific theory as the theory of evolution is incorrect. There is a specific set of criteria to be met in order to qualify as a "scientific theory", and none of the creation myths meet these criteria.

Teaching that a myth and a scientific theory can be compared on common grounds, and that one can be validated to the exclusion of the other is just pointless, and encourages a sloppiness of thought that should not be tolerated in something that claims to be a school.

There is no reason a myth and a scientific theory cannot both be "true". They serve different purposes, there is no reason to try and prove one to be "superior" to the other.

Ironically enough, it is valuable to attempt to disprove accepted scientific theories, so the theory can be either refined or rejected in favour of a better one. But again, there are well defined criteria for dismantling one theory in favor of another. Attempting to present the ideas of creationism as a scientific theory is incorrect.

Attempts to discredit carbon-dating techniques have failed.

We should not allow Creationism to be taught in taxpayer-funded public education facilities as a scientifically valid alternative to the theory of evolution. It isn't. It may be a wonderful set of ideas and stories, and it may be true, but it does not invalidate evolution. Nor does it need to.

Oh well, too long...
January 27, 2014 11:14 PM - Partridge
Holy! I'm puzzled why he can't load his own brush.
January 27, 2014 11:20 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I dunno, pep. I'm tempted to think it's training, but I agree that it seems difficult to believe that's what we are seeing. The brush strokes are so deliberate, and the going back over a line. Fascinating.
January 27, 2014 11:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Don't hold back, Birdie...tell us how you really feel. ; )
January 27, 2014 11:43 PM - Deleted
Derp.
Edited at January 27, 2014 11:43 PM
January 27, 2014 11:44 PM - pepper
Yeah, the going over the lines, so precisely, as well as the very, very careful placement of any initial line, are what really impressed me. I suppose, even if it's mostly training, there must be some "natural talent". Really cool, even if all training....
January 27, 2014 11:46 PM - pepper
derp back atcha, dh.

btw, I'm planning on going to Stoops' fete tomorrow at The Hollow Nickel, in case any one was wondering.
January 27, 2014 11:48 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh good! Me, too, pep.
January 27, 2014 11:51 PM - pepper
Sweet! Look forward to seeing you, then. Hope others make it as well!
Edited at January 27, 2014 11:51 PM
January 28, 2014 12:10 AM - Deleted
What do u call a Spanish man with a rubber toe?
January 28, 2014 12:34 AM - Partridge
Senor Roberto?
January 28, 2014 12:41 AM - Deleted
Si
January 28, 2014 1:05 AM - Partridge
Hasta mañana. La vida cambia.