Otterday! And Open Thread. [Election-Free]

“Dude. Don’t talk about the election, ok?”

two otters floating with their heads and forequarters out of the water. One has placed its paws on the other's chest, as though telling it something very important.

“Don’t think about the election. Just float around eating an octopus. Yes, that’s better.”

a Sea Otter floating in calm waters, eating an octopus.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. EXCEPT the election. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?



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  1. at the airport, on my way to Tassie. That’s pretty cool.

  2. I am thinking pizza for dinner. Might even light up the pizza oven and do them properly. I am hoping for a nice afternoon because there is a lot of gardening to be done. But first the farmers markets.

  3. MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES IS BACK
    sorry, i’m just excited.

  4. I’m hoping the Fremantle Dockers win their preliminary final against Geelong.
    What, there was another contest happening?

  5. rage just showed the music video of “Not Fair” by Lily Allen, which I had never seen before. I like her weird mind. I wish she was still making music.
    //www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/fUYaosyR4bE?rel=0

  6. Clarification: I knew the song well from the radio, just hadn’t seen the video.

  7. I’m going to the matinee performance of Tim Minchin in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead today. We’re taking the kids. They are currently behaving as though this is some terrible imposition. *sigh*

  8. According to Wikipedia, Lily Allen is recording a new album. I expect it about the same time as Beyonce’s. The world could definitely use more of LA’s point of view.

  9. Mim, how annoying! I hope they change their tune in time for you to enjoy it properly. I saw it last week and LOVED it.

    • I’m seeing it with the family on Monday night! It’s my big birthday present. The sprogs are looking forward to it – phew.

  10. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/07/stalking-harassment-online-dating-sites
    The comments are full of outrage that men might be unfairly labelled as abusers by this evil idea, and that the women who find themselves meeting an abuser are really to blame for not being more careful.
    I always say to myself “don’t read the comments”. I am properly punished when I do.
    I have come to the conclusion it’s the same ten blokes, who spend their days and nights at their computer keyboards, alerting each other by SMS that they are needed to flood a comment section with misogyny.
    It’s a depressing world.

  11. Speaking of Miss Fisher being back, Scott and Bailey is back in season 3 (ABC iView)! Passed Bechdel before 1 minute 30 seconds (at least for those who have seen previous seasons and know the regular’s names already, but hey, they are in the show title!

  12. Scott and Bailey is excellent. As Robyn Coopstock said, it passes Bechdel, and also doesn’t make murder glamorous or sexy.

  13. Thanks for the link, Mindy, that’s lovely 🙂 he sounds like a pretty amazing dad!
    I’ve had a busy weekend and not sure I’m ready for Monday.. Created a new type/recipe of cupcake though, so that was fun!
    After having a break from baking for ages, I’ve been doing heaps the last week or so.

  14. I have been avoiding all thought of the you-know-what this weekend by reading the entire back catalogue of Olaf…

    • angharad, I commend your excellent scheme.
      I need to do some singing practise and then get ready for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Very much looking forward to the distraction.

  15. I have a new knitting project under way. I’m torn whether to call it the Pseudo Kimono or the Mick Aston Memorial Knit. The yarn is Noro Silk Garden 309, which is rather more vivid than this photo shows: it has crimson, magenta, charcoal and tan/green mixed as well as the colours that show here. I’m going to make a long jacket using the same pattern as my tunic, with that brown wool as the fronts, cuffs, hem and back yoke (mainly to avoid the scratchiness of mohair on my neck). I needed something like this to cheer me up/ distract me after this weekend.

  16. A Norweigian company seems to want to be nominated for Most Absurd Gendering of Consumer Item 2013, by marketing “Princess eggs” and “Pirate eggs”. As in, laid by hens and often eaten for breakfast.
    Article in Norweigian, but includes a self-explanatory picture:
    http://www.aftenposten.no/familie-og-oppvekst/Prinsesse–og-sjoroveregg-skal-lokke-barna-til-a-spise-egg-7305104.html
    (Most of the article is about how ridiculous most Norweigians find the idea.)

  17. @Aqua – that reminds me a bit of a story about my great grandmother. Back in the 40’s or so, you could buy eggs in England graded by colour. For some reason brown eggs were regarded as more prestigious than white eggs, and were accordingly more expensive. My great uncle insisted he could only eat brown eggs, but my great gran (who was a single mother back then) didn’t want to pay extra, so she would buy white ones and dip them in tea. He never guessed. I expect the difference between pirate eggs and princess eggs is about the same as the difference between brown and white ones…

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