Thursday Open Thread

Hope I got the day right. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Stef gets another spread (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:07:35 AM EST
    Sorry delete that (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:08:27 AM EST
    Messed up the link

    Stef gets another spread (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:09:34 AM EST
    Those pictures are wonderful (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by sj on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:58:35 AM EST
    I checked and I'm glad to see that the Senator Theater in Baltimore is still holding on.

    I got a kick out of this link from that site.


    It really seems that (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:04:12 AM EST
    After all these years of laboring in obscurity she might be on the verge f being an overnight sensation.

    That's awsum.


    What fun (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:12:59 AM EST
    One of the first clients was Chechen militant Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh.

    "Just after they got married, he took her to Anbar. These militants are very romantic," Salameh joked.

    But the two weren't able to sit together, because "women sit in the back, and men at the front. The bus driver plays militant songs all through the ride, and the ISIS black flag flies over the bus."

    I don't remember Al Qaeda having tour buses.

    Orwell was an amature (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:08:26 AM EST
    "There is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance of those who continue to support traditional marriage,"

    Rubio on gay marriage

    Threat to civilization (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:26:06 AM EST
    I think it was Bill Maher or another comedian who said that you can go to Las Vegas, get drunk, find someone of the opposite sex, drunk or stoned, persuade them to get married to you and have it done by an Elvis-impersonator-minister, and that's not a threat to marriage.

    But, two guys or two women get married anywhere in the country and that's going to flush traditional marriage right down the sh*tter.

    Yep, Mr. Blair would be gob-smacked at the odor of mendacity coming from the RW these days.


    There has been a (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:33:20 AM EST
    Not so subtle shift in the strategy of the republican senate candidate I'm my stare (AR).
    A real move to hang the recent gay marriage decision around his neck.  Which is of course ridiculous but it will be interesting to see how well it works.   Every anti Pryor ad now has two men kissing.

    I suspect this is a desperation (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:41:42 AM EST
    Move because Obamacare is not working as an issue quite so well any more.  

    Arrested Japanese Artist Released (none / 0) (#7)
    by squeaky on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:30:12 AM EST
    The Japanese "vagina artist," Megumi Igarashi, has been freed from police custody after a week in jail following her arrest on obscenity charges.

    on a mission to "demystify" female genitalia [she] has been arrested under local obscenity laws for distributing a digitized model of her vagina for 3D printing.

    Megumi Igarashi - who works under the alias Rokudenashiko or `good-for-nothing kid' - produced the 3D scan as part of a crowdfunded project to create a kayak modelled on her genitalia.


    I'd love to get photos of the (none / 0) (#10)
    by Anne on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:53:48 AM EST
    looks on people's faces as they realize they're seeing at an anatomically-correct vagina kayak move through the water...maybe her next project could feature a wetsuit for the kayaker to wear, modeled to resemble a baby's head emerging from it.

    Hahaha (none / 0) (#12)
    by squeaky on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:00:06 AM EST
    A baby head wetsuit would be hilarious... Although, I do not think that is quite where she is going with the project..

    The big irony, of course is that Japan has an annual penis festival.
    No one gets arrested for prosthetic penises..


    I am making (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:01:37 AM EST
    Fettuccini al Fungi and listening to A Perilous Night

    And having cocktails.  

    I am retired


    Psilocybin Pasta? (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:15:43 AM EST
    I like how you roll in retirement!

    There has been a farmers market (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:21:58 AM EST
    Here that has had the most amazing wild mushrooms all year.   I think because it's been so wet.  Vey very unusual weather.

    No special shrooms so far but....


    If it's wet... (none / 0) (#19)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27:51 AM EST
    hit the closest cow pasture at the crack of dawn with a flashlight...they're there ripe for the picking.  That's what we did in my Tally days...nobody paid for 'shrooms.

    My stoner nephew (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:32:11 AM EST
    Was always trying to get me to do this.  I told him that if it sounded like an episode of " 1000 Ways To Die" it probably was not a good idea.

    A sort of in joke about making mushroom pasta while listening to John Cage is that he was obsessed with mushrooms.   He was considered quite the mushroom authority.


    We did get shot at... (none / 0) (#21)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:37:59 AM EST
    once, we think, it sure sounded like a shotgun from the farmhouse in the distance...no guts no glory!

    My dog will drag me across 3 yards (none / 0) (#22)
    by ruffian on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:40:53 AM EST
    to get to a mushroom only he can smell. He loves the things. I know the bad ones for him, so that's good. No bad outcomes yet. But I often wonder if the ones he likes get him a little stoned, or if it is just the smell he likes. He is so laid back anyway it is hard to tell!

    I can't speak to Howdy's area... (none / 0) (#23)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:46:44 AM EST
    but your neck of the woods is loaded with wild psychedelics.  Our fearless 'shroom scavenger leader was from Lakeland, or as he liked to call it, Deadland.  He told us about picking 'shrooms during lunch across the street from his high school.  What a character!

    I left it up to him to tell us what was the good stuff and what was poisonous...I wouldn't trust myself with that task.


    The best psychedelic (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:50:59 AM EST
    Experience I ever had was with mushrooms.

    After I threw up.

    I need to know I am just throwing and not dying.


    Synthetic Mescaline.. (none / 0) (#26)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:01:47 PM EST
    was my best ever...but I've had great ones on 'shrooms and LSD.  Still have yet to experience real peyote.  One of these days I'll take that route to commune with god.

    Worst bad trip was on 'shrooms...Coney Island Summer of 2010, a day that will live in personal infamy.  Way too hot, way too crowded, took way too much...dehydration and projectile vomiting and extreme paranoia ensued.  Didn't think I was coming back, but I did and the last 1/3rd of the journey was actually pretty nice.  


    I know just enough (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:48:16 AM EST
    To know I don't know the deadly ones from the other ones.  I keep threatening to learn.  I love wild mushrooms.    If this weather pattern holds next summer I may make a greater effort.

    Yum (none / 0) (#15)
    by squeaky on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:12:36 AM EST
    Food and drink sounds perfect retirement fare, and I hope all is well with the romantic portion of your retirement:

    In Cage's words: "The Perilous Night concerned the loneliness and terror that comes to one when love becomes unhappy." The music sounds melancholic, lost and desperate; it "tells a story of the dangers of the erotic life and describes the misery of `something that was together that is split apart.'''



    That is very interesting (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:20:14 AM EST
    I never associated it with those feelings.   It's really a cd of Margaret Leng Tan of that and Four Walls.

    I have lots of Cages prepared piano music on CD.