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January 15, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

“Somejoe” dropped this little brown nugget in last night’s thread. He’s a sharing kind of person:

In a surprising coincidence, the theme for tonight’s ONT is “kick somejoe’s ass in the comments.” Funny how these things work out. So be sure to thank him in your own special ways.


Some Saturday Night Happy Days Fer Ya’:

First episode and stuff. Fonzie doesn’t even say a word, let alone jump any sharks. It all pretty much went downhill from there due to the ever-diminishing role of Chuck. (audio & video are out of synch)

Death Wears a Snuggie:

Good post from the blog In From the Cold about Air Force missile launch crews, their habits, attire and much more. An excerpt:

"But before a missileer can unleash Armageddon, he/she must be properly attired: In a favorite missileer uniform patch, the Grim Reaper sits at an ICBM console, dressed in bunny slippers. In the real world, death wears a campus T-shirt, JCrew bottoms and the ubiquitous Snuggie. The silly blanket-robe hybrid is suited to the missile force, keeping an officer toasty while allowing him to interact with the weapons console unobstructed.

Missileers learn that on alert, comfort is as important as humor. One enterprising fellow liked to string a hammock between the two command chairs and stretch out for his long shifts at the console. Videogame systems are forbidden, a rule that was mocked until it got out that wireless Nintendo Wii controllers could cause the system to detect a false electromagnetic pulse attack and shut down.

I used to imagine that I’d have some sort of stiff-upper-lip moment should I receive “the order,” where I’d shed the Snuggie and slippers, zip up my flight suit, and make imperial references about “going out proper.”"

How's this for an awesome crew patch:

Read the whole thing. Thanks to Maet the Magnificent

Hey Babe, What's Your Sign?

Are you sure? An astronomy professor in Minnesota is suggesting otherwise.

"MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis astronomy professor said Friday that he's stunned by the attention he's getting for suggesting the signs of the zodiac are all wrong.

Parke Kunkle told a newspaper interviewer that the Earth's wobbly orbit means it's no longer aligned to the stars in the same way as when the signs of the zodiac were first conceived.

That means when astrologers say the sun is in Pisces, it's really in Aquarius, and so on, Kunkle said."

"Your place or mine?"

Happy Caturday. I Guess:

Actual kittehs for once. LauraW “suggested” using it tonight. And by suggested I mean “threatened to rip my eyes out and strangle me with my own optic nerves.” She makes a compelling case, and it’s probably better than the squiddehs I was planning to post.

The two “highest rated comments” on the vid are worth the price of admission alone.

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