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June 10, 2009

Overnight open thread (genghis)

I finally chewed through the ropes Krakatoa had me tied up with and managed to escape from his little pit of horrors when he was passed out on his sewing room floor. I’m not sure why he went through all that trouble though…if he wanted to do an overnight thread post all he really had to do was ask. And what is this obsession he has with lotion and hoses anyway? Sheesh…some people…

So where were we? Do you dare peer beyond the fold?

Item #1 Every once in a while we like to toss a bone to our female commenter in the form of knitting and quiltmaking news or helpful hints regarding proper sandwich-making techniques and sitting quietly all the way through the fourth quarter. But the overnight is a benevolent thread, so tonight from MSNBC we bring you Hot-to-Not Musicians in which you can discuss and/or vote on which musician went from most hhawwt to he-skank. Or something like that. Some of the choices on the list are a little, uh…”suspect,” so fire at will.

Item #2: So PETA (Motto: “Keep Self-Parody Alive!”) has a new campaign in which they proclaim Throwing Dead Fish is Like Throwing Dead Kittens. I couldn’t disagree more. Throwing (and particularly catching) dead fish is much more difficult than throwing dead kittens. The fish are a lot more slippery, so that requires a lot more skill and practice. Here’s the lowdown:

”SEATTLE - A PETA protest over a scheduled fish-tossing exhibition at an upcoming veterinarians' convention in Seattle may have paid dividends. The chief executive of the American Veterinary Medical Association says they are reconsidering the demonstration. PETA heard that the American Veterinary Medical Association asked some Pike Place Market fish throwers to be the opening act for their July 10 convention at the convention center. Ron DeHaven, chief executive of the AVMA says his organization thought having one of Seattle's top tourist attractions -- the fish-throwers at the Pike Place Fish Market -- come to the event would be a great "team-building experience” But PETA sent a letter to the association saying people who care about animals are appalled fish would be treated as toys.”

I have to admit PETA has a point. Fish should be treated with melted butter, a squirt or two of lemon juice and perhaps a hint of fresh dill.

Item #3:(sigh) Might as well get it out of the way: “I’m tired of these motherfuckin’ snakes on this motherfuckin’ battlefield.” FNC had this story on most of the morning and something called “engadget” has the story and vid online with the delightful caption Israeli Military Develops Robot Snake for Battlefield, Children’s Nightmares. Thrifty and efficient people these Jews are…always thinking of dual-use technologies. If it ever gets out about what the secondary use for the yarmulke is, the world will be horrified. Or jealous. It’s hard to say. Some of the features of the battle-serpent:

”This self-propelling, two feet long robot can crawl along the ground, climb through debris, and even stand erect to give the operator a better view. The Israeli Defense Force is will use this thing for routine surveillance and reconnaissance, broadcasting video and sound to a monitor and control station. And if this is not enough? In that case, the prototype can be wired with explosives -- making it, according to the Jerusalem Post, a "suicide snake."”

No sponsor tonight. Instead we’re doing some market research regarding potential “overnight thread gear” to see what items we can hawk which will most painlessly separate you from your money. Please rate the following item on a scale of 1 to 10:

Me, I’m thinking too bulky and not g-stringy enough, but then here at the overnight thread we’re always looking out for you (because you’re always stealing things when we’re not looking.) The more you bitch though, the more likely it is that tomorrow night's merchandise survey will be a doormat.

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