Friday, March 7, 2014


Friday Open Thread

Fri! Fri. You made it; we made it; it's almost time to have a drink. Before we go, here is where we've been this week:

• In the bedroom, to have sober sex for the first time.

• To the Madewell Museum of Human Curiosities with our tour guide Jornts, and across the street, where we made some revisions.

• To space (?) and back with our resident astrologer Galactic Rabbit.

• To the hair salon with... Dr. Oz?

• To relationship therapy, and then Baba Yaga therapy, and finally hot dog therapy.

• To the kitchen, with mixed results.

• To New York City, where we embarked on a word search, and to grandma's room, where we served as health proxy.

• To school. Homeschool.

Carcosa. C A R C O S A.

Thanks for joining us. Jia and I will be away from the Internet next week, but we'll have some surprise guests around these parts to keep you company. They're bringing the confetti.


Photo via tekniskamuseet/flickr.

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I made the mistake of reading the comments section on an article about a lawsuit against California's new standards for egg-laying hens and now I feel all sad and was hoping to find solace in the open thread. Don't let me down, pinners!

Also, I live in Austin, and my commute takes me through downtown and now it is COMPLETELY OVERRUN WITH SXSW-ERS AND MY COMMUTE HAS DOUBLED. AND APPARENTLY THAT MAKES ME FEEL UNHAPPY FEELINGS. Maybe that's just because I don't get to go to the parties... I have to work. :/


@coolallison That sounds pretty annoying! I have never been to SXSW.. is it hard to get in anywhere unless you are fancy/have a lot of money?


@coolallison Oh christ that's right. I got stuck on the 280 flyover on Thursday and thought it was weird for traffic to be that heavy at almost 10. Uphill stop and go traffic in a manual is punishment for shoplifting in some countries.

Stacy Worst

@coolallison Is it because The Toast exists?


@coolallison Oh gawd, SXSW. I just have to chant to myself "Good for the local economy, good for the local economy." It helps. And it's the perfect time to venture to north Austin, the most under-appreciated part of our fair city (to which I would go more often if it didn't take a pep talk to get me to drive on the highway).

Also, I'm working straight through (but demanding beaucoup coverage for vacation later in exchange) so you are not alone!

Shall we complain about all the scraggly beards? That is my least favorite part of this season. Also, one year I stumbled into a free showcase of women in electronic music, so wonderful things do happen. I am just a grinch.

isabelle bleu

@coolallison Oh, no!! I want this corner of the internet to be a place full of people who care, too, even about the chickens.


@isabelle bleu I care (not about chickens, because birds [like highways, crowds, and everything] scare me) but in a general way, I care quite a bit. :)


@coolallison Also crapcrapcrap the north is no longer safe: http://austin.culturemap.com/news/city-life/03-06-14-out-of-towners-guide-to-not-getting-austins-bad-side/ Stay off my laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

isabelle bleu

@coolallison @adorable-eggplant My sympathies! I still haven't quite gotten over living in the 2010 Olympic host city, and the subsequent year's hockey riot. Whenever I see more than four people gathered in toques around a piece of sport equipment I break a sweat. I can't imagine what it would be like if the same people tried to ruin music, too.



Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@isabelle bleu My city hosts a music and arts festival that's been getting bigger and bigger every year. Luckily the site is pretty far from downtown so it doesn't affect my commute too much. It does, however, mean that tickets are harder to come by. Damn you people who make it more expensive to see great music!

(But of course if any of you happen to come by, that's totally cool. Pinners are the exception to every rule.)


Wow! Wasnt expecting this goodness! @v

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

The thought of Jia and Emma away from the Internet for a week makes me kind of sad. But maybe it's for like a super-fun vacation or something! They're not sick of us, are they? Please say no.

Anyway, the last few weeks have been pretty great, so you deserve a little time off, ladies!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Super-girly topic, but... have we discussed this year's Oscar dresses yet? It's a great reason to talk about Lupita!


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Not a dress, but I really liked Helen Lasichanh's pant/white jacket/black (bowtie? ascot?). Super crisp, super lovely. Not sure about the short pants on Pharrell Williams, but I do like that it's adventurous. I would've prefered a 3/4 length pant or a rolled-up cuff kind of thing.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@adorable-eggplant I found it interesting that we're starting to see a trend toward those bowtie/ascot/tie things! They have kind of a vintage feel, and I remember seeing an interview subject in a PBS doc say that when women first entered the workforce, they wore those blouses that tied in the front in order to dress similarly to men who wore ties/bowties and thus kind of dress like equals.


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) That's interesting! I enjoy the contrast of the soft flowiness with the sharp jacket lines, plus the black/white contrast. I think it's super polished. I also liked all the bright, orangey reds that were floating around, like Jennifer Lawrence's dress. Very mod. :)

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@adorable-eggplant I think I usually prefer richer reds, like Jennifer Lawrence's dress from a couple of years ago or Catherine Zeta Jones' dress from a while back: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01007/1999-Zeta-Jones_1007059i.jpg

But you're right, the orangey reds look mod, and it's nice to see some brights! I was hoping that Lupita would wear another bright, but the pale blue was kind of spring-y, and I'm definitely ready to see some spring fashions.


Super late to this party but: I just finished season 2 of House of Cards and I just can't shake the feeling of "why am I watching this"

The sheer effectiveness of Underwood leaves me feeling cheated the same way Sherlock Holmes stories do. There's no one to root for (that I can assume will survive). And it's not even all that heroic or epic in scope.

It feels like an exercise in putting Spacey on camera.

I mean I know why I'm watching it: it's acted to within an inch of it's life by the entire cast. But even then it feels so Master Thespian sometimes.

I think I'm out.


Also that sober sex article did nothing to shake my lingering suspicion that sex is actually impossible and you're all just lying to me when you talk about it.


@Onymous I still need to read that! I imagine it's NSFW, so I've put it off to read at home.... and then I get home and collapse into a puddle.

up cubed

I'm having a really hard day. Can you post the best/happiest/funniest thing you've seen on the internet this week?


@up cubed Yes! Picture coming up (with some searching: I saw cute things, but have to refind them).


Bonus I found while searching:


@up cubed Here is a puppy that a local dachshund rescue currently has, and made me smile:



@up cubed Oh, I'm so sorry you're having a hard day! Ugh. I hope you can have a cup of hot chocolate, or whatever beverage warms your soul, very soon.

I apparently am an extraordinarily simple person, because a high school pal posted this link a two weeks ago and I laughed so, so much. Sometimes it's good to go back to basics, maybe? That's my excuse, anyway: 45 Funniest DYAC Mishaps of 2013

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@up cubed It hasn't been a great Internet week, but please enjoy these animal puns: http://i.imgur.com/SeB0d.jpg


@up cubed Also, are you a libra? Because I found the galactic rabbit's hell-swamp analogy to be eerily accurate.

ETA: @coolallison I neeeeeeeeed him.

up cubed

@adorable-eggplant No, a Capricorn. I have been trying to figure out what the Galactic Rabbit's advice for this month and I'm still confused...


@up cubed I am dating a capricorn and have also been puzzling over coming correct, which seems particularly fraught, given the swampness of my situation.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@up cubed oh, also, I know that there are people on here who don't really care about hearing what other people dreamt last night but:

I dreamt that my cat was swimming in my pool (I do not have a pool) and before I could get to her to be like "Silly cat, go inside! You're not supposed to be swimming!", Michael B Jordan climbed into my pool and picked up my cat and pulled her out.

So maybe the image of Michael B Jordan, all wet with pool water, holding a furry supercat will help make your week better?

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

He then picks up a nearby beachball and launches himself into the air - far higher and longer than it seems possible to do from a crouch. Following his trajectory, every intstant brings the possibility of apogee and a return.

This is of course a dream. Time does strange things in dreams. This would be explanation enough if it weren't for the water dripping and pooling beneath his suspended form at an absolutely conventional rate.

Michael's fingers tighten, completely circumscribing the ball, the sun's rays circumscribe Michael and the hoop (which has always been there, trust). When he arrives at the hoop, he pauses, perfectly naturally. The hoop knows its place - its fate, but it still appreciates propriety.

A slight incline of the head will suffice, and with that Michael shoves the beachball through the hoop with enormous force. It has been squeezed within an inch of its life and falls to the ground with a quiet *blap*.

While giving a satisfying scratch to a still-sodden chin, Michael says: "That's how you dunk, kitty!"

up cubed

YOU ARE AMAZING. This is exactly what I needed :)

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