Friday Morning Herd Check-in and Open Thread for the Moosekins

by: JanF

Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:47:06 AM EST





  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

JanF :: Friday Morning Herd Check-in and Open Thread for the Moosekins
If you are new to the Moose, Kysen left a Moose Welcome Mat (Part Deux) so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting.

The important stuff to get you started:
- Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones.
- To check for replies to your comments, click the "My Comments" link in the right-hand column (or go to "My Moose"). Comments will be listed and a link to Recent Replies will be shown. (Note: Tending comments builds community)
- Ratings: Fierce means Thumbs Up, Fail means Thumbs Down, Meh means one of three things: I am unFailing you but I can't Fierce you, I am unFiercing after a mistaken Fierce, or Meh. Just Meh.
- If you Fail someone accidentally, it is no big deal. Meesely Mentor Chris Blask on "mojo":
"The Moose doesn't do "mojo" in a standard fashion. Credit is earned on a more amorphous social basis than traditional blogoprofiling - more like real life."

(Some other commenting/posting/tending notes for newbies can be found in this past check-in and, of course, consult Meese Mehta for all your questions on meesely decorum.)

Here is a great link to have open in a tab: Motley Moose Recent Comments

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This is pretty darned easy to remember ... the posting rules for a new diary:


Be excellent to each other... or else

From Chris Blask on Moosing:

... the Moose is an exercise in socialization. While there is a political tilt to it and we try to talk about serious issues as much as is tolerable, an overarching goal of civility in discourse is much more the point.

Like any group of friends there are moments when things can get a bit dodgy, either because some lunkhead is crashing the party or a couple good friends butt heads, but like any healthy group we try and usually succeed to come back into balance.

~

If you are a new moose (or an old moose) looking for a second chance to make a first impression, you can start right here.

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-4 in Madison WI (2.00 / 25)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


LOL (2.00 / 15)
the horror if they grabbed Friday away from us and said kidding!

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Really!!! Unconscionable. (2.00 / 14)
Hi/rainaHow are  you?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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doing pretty good (2.00 / 14)
limiting my time on the computer these days because it seems to be giving me headaches. Are you staying warm?

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Yes, it helps that I don't have to leave my house to work. (2.00 / 15)
I did venture out yesterday (before the deep freeze) to stock up on coffee and chocolate. What more does a person need?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Internet Explorer problems still exist. (2.00 / 22)
IE 9 users seem to be able to post comments now.

For the rest of you, the workaround to is to do a right-click on the date/time stamp of a comment and choose Open in a New Tab. You should be able to reply in the new tab.

Kysen has a diary up asking for help in troubleshooting.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


SOME IE 9 users.... (2.00 / 24)
I have the SAME version as sricki...she can comment, I can't.

NO FAIR!!

/grin

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I noticed that!! (2.00 / 23)
Why do the Internets hate Kysennnnnnnnn???!!??

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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must hate me too ;) (2.00 / 17)
Maybe it's wow-playing users with internet explorer 9 ;)

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It senses (2.00 / 22)
your betrayal... treason.

I'm craftier and hide mine better.

(No no, IE, I swear I ADORE you and all of your glitches, errors, and total stupidity! I LOVE your pointlessness!)

Yeah. That's it. You just have to kiss it's arse, Kysen.

I have less self-respect for doing it.

But by god I can test drive with it.

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.


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I can't comment on IE9 either. (2.00 / 21)
Firefox doesn't play well with this site on my computer for some reason, so I'm using Opera.  

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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Don't forget to report to Kysen which version of IE 9 you have. (2.00 / 19)
^^^^ that is bossy JanF ^^^^

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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IE9 still borked for me. PLUS! (2.00 / 14)
All my email replies to you come back as undeliverable.

I'm going back to bed. :(

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


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my problem isn't ie at all, i use chrome (2.00 / 8)
my problem is flickr.  i suppose i'm going to have to move everything (over 3,000 pix) to photobucket because flickr and moose just don't get along at all!  chrome, so far, even with all my extensions (do not track, adblock, popup blocker pro, cause few problems anywhere legitimate and kaspersky and malware bytes are wonderful but they aren't the problem, flickr is!)

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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Holy crap! (2.00 / 9)
I can reply to you! Off to see if this is a one-time thing, or if it's fixed.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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[raining tears] (2.00 / 9)
Still can't reply in diaries. I plucked your comment from My Moose and replied there.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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nothing seems to be wrong on this end. n/t (2.00 / 6)


Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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Always happy for Friday, (2.00 / 22)
if for no other reason that I am less likely to get phone calls from people/places I dread... so I'm less twitchy about my phone. Heh.

And I have been playing with commenting in IE, trying to figure out what is wrong... and I realized that I had TOTALLY forgotten how deeply I loathe Internet Explorer. I want to beat it with a baseball bat. It gives me a STOPTHATSTUPIDSHITYOUSUCK.

And then I haz a PISSED.

**Takes chill pill**

Ahem. Friday helps.



Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.


Internet Explorer. Sigh. (2.00 / 22)
It is a good business browser because it is so rigid in its security. Which makes it a terrible browser for social media and blogs which are kind of free-for-alls. I use Firefox for blogs and IE for business (this keeps the cookies in separate places also). Thank goodness Microsoft finally got over their peevishness about IE and allowed other browsers on Windows.

Lots of people are still on Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 at work and they are not allowed to add other browsers. Somehow the complaint "But I can't comment on the Motley Moose!!" is not resonating with IT. ;)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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True, (1.95 / 21)
but...

"But I can't comment on the Motley Moose!!" is not resonating with IT. ;)

...really makes me very :(

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.


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37 in Hampton Roads... (2.00 / 21)
I am so very glad the weekend is nigh.

Looking forward to junk food, beer, funny commercials, and the Ravens winning on Sunday. If being completely honest, I'm mostly looking forward to the junk food...it is one of the only days of the year I don't get a 'raised eyebrow' for naughty eating. /grin


Super-Bowl-Snacks



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The Super Bowl this year seems more a focus on the personal quirks of the players (and coaches) than the game. (2.00 / 17)
Maybe it is always like that but this year it seems to be less about the game than what stupid things the players are saying to the media.

It seems like Unfiltered America™ is leading to a lot of icky headlines.

Is it okay to not want either team to win?  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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I usually root for the AFC (2.00 / 15)
since it is the same division as my beloved Browns, but this year I am NFC all the way - there is NO WAY I will root for the ravens. ever. I would wear a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey (and probably immediately melt like the wicked witch) before I would let one word of support pass my lips for the ravens.  It still burns my butt that a city that whined about their Colts packing up & leaving in the middle of the night did not hesitate to steal another city's team.

Thankfully they didn't get to keep the name or records...


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stupid is a full time game (2.00 / 17)
It has destroyed many lives and minds
Superbowl could have and should have been good to look forward to
But some unsavory speech and new and old scandals seem to overtrend the stupid attention and
No one edits, directs, conducts, opts out of letting the low stream junk fill the space where intelligence and tasteful judgment once lived.

America pretty sick lately.

Sports not a cure.

Remember when it was Science Vs The Humanities?

Now, it's Stupid Vs Science & The Humanities.

apparently, wise guys think Raven D vulnerable to SF O...

P.S. should I conclude that 'fierce' means rec?


[ Parent ]
Fierce "kind of" means Recommended. (2.00 / 15)
But it is not used to build mojo bars. Most people use it to keep track of which comments they have read.



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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---/zo? (2.00 / 12)
Do we know you, oh mysterious one?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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huh! u luvs me + i luvs u2/___zo ! ! ! shh. (2.00 / 11)


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I use Fierce to say "Word!" or "Me too!" (2.00 / 15)
It's nice to be able to Fierce as I react, without feeling I have to have one for everybody in the class.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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I'm with you Jan. I don't care who wins and don't plan on watching, (2.00 / 13)
unless my sports-mad family ropes me in.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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I see FLOTUS-approved veggies among the Junk food. away w yee ;)nt (2.00 / 11)


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That is amazing... (2.00 / 9)
I had no idea that pickles and carrots could stand up... ;-D

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Good morning Mooseketeers! (2.00 / 20)
Currently 27° here in the Shenandoah Valley, and we got about 1/4" of snow - enough to cause a 2 hour delay for the schools this morning. Kidlet's not happy - she doesn't want to ride the bus to school - she's been driving with one of us - and, she wants to go play with power tools (carpentry class this morning).


No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


Good morning to the herd. It's cold again (28 degrees) here in (2.00 / 21)
central NJ. I do not have classes on Friday. I survived the first week of school--only 13 more to go, but who's counting.

Good Morning (2.00 / 20)
Quoting my morning tweet.

Half inch of snow on balcony, snowing again, #birds pecking at the seed that's still in the feeders and under the snow. Life is good.


Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

19f in Dandridge this morning, (2.00 / 19)
I really don't want to talk about it.

Kids off school again. They should just make January a holiday in eastern TN, from current experience.

Looking a the thread of support discussion both here and offline, my guess is that BlogAds is the culprit.

We believe the problem has to do with some 3rd party widget you have in the right-hand column on post pages. Would you be able to back up the right-hand column and remove widgets one by one until the problem is fixed in which case you'd know which one is causing this issue and we can deal with this?

The TechnoMoose replied that we would look into it.

Sounds good, thanks. I could have had our folks do it, but they've already spent a couple hours on this and since there doesn't appear to be a quick fix and the problem doesn't seem to be in the Soapblox code itself, I'm afraid the company will want to charge support money for that, so if you have someone available who can look into this - that is good.

With more coffee and maybe between calls today I will play with that and see what happens. BlogAds supplies what (very) little the Moose runs on other than member donations so it would be nice to keep it working, but the revenue is so low that selling a coffee mug or two would be as useful.

Speaking of that, as a comment-poll of the Moose population, would anyone here want to buy Moose Mugs or Ts, or would that be too commercial?

The Moose requires very little to keep it running, just the cost of server, DNS and related trivia to date. It wouldn't hurt to have a couple bucks to pay other folks to fix things, and in an unimaginable Utopia maybe even write some custom code for the site someday.

I have been playing with Zazzle for the same purpose for the  non-profit I run, it would be easy to make neat Moose things, maybe immortalize some Moose's art or diaries.

Thoughts, anyone?

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Blogads may very well be the problem. (2.00 / 17)
The "blogads Advertise Here" logo/code is on both the diary page and the tab that opens when you open only the comment, so it is not the culprit.

Anything that shows on the "Open in New Tab" is clean because IE users can comment there. So that leaves the ads that show up below the "Advertisement" heading on the diary page. Do you have a way to turn those off, even for just a day, so we can see what happens?

Your ads are not annoying because they mostly just sit there but ads can pack a payload. I remember a few years back when some ads in Photobucket delivered some malware to unsuspecting Pootie People. An ad that is just picked up by a widget on your web page customization is not under your control, as you are finding out.

My research shows that there are a number of cookies that those ads are attempting to drop. When the cookie dropping javascript runs on IE, it runs afoul of the IE cookie vetting software and freezes. All scripts stop running, even those needed to run the comment buttons as the XML code behind the scenes gets messed up. ("Messed up", as you know, is a technical term.)

Can you share how much you need for cost of server plus domain registration? I would be willing to donate to the cause but I would want a sense that my contribution would not be just a drop in the bucket. An idea of the general size of the bucket would be helpful.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Moose costs are low (2.00 / 17)
All labour/design/editorial is voluntary

15 to 20 bucks a month for Soapblox - depending on advance payment

Probably 30 bucks or so a year for domain registration

If a 100 people chipped in 5 bucks we'd be sorted for two years

Previously we've contributed randomly among ourselves.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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Chris, Peter - for all the Moosy joy I am getting here (2.00 / 17)
I would happily chip in, buy gear, pay a subscription fee, or otherwise contribute. Please don't make me pay per word of my verbose writing, though ;-)

Drinking my morning coffee from a Moosy-mug would be awesome. I have ordered mugs and t-shirts through Zazzle for my now-annual Polar Bear swim in the Atlantic. One of the participants' kids designed a logo, and I could get it on various styles of shirts.

Best of all with a site like Zazzle YOU are not having to deal with payment and shipping, but I have no idea what percentage of the item cost you would get. You would get a bunch of smiling and generous-minded people decked out in free advertising, though, and that's priceless!  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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What CC said ^^^^^^^^ (2.00 / 16)
I am so glad to be here!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Me too! (2.00 / 16)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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Yes... (2.00 / 11)
drinking my morning coffee from a Moosy-mug would be awesome

^^^^^^this!

:-)


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Yes. I'd go for a mug and a t-shirt my own self... (2.00 / 9)


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This how a game site I play on is managed... (2.00 / 15)
Every year there's a membership drive and people contribute what they can to cover the cost the server service and upkeep. Works out very well.

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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The Moose coffers are almost empty (2.00 / 18)
So we would be having such a drive perhaps in the next few weeks. But it's really really minimal costs. Might be better than the pesky ads whose code seems to be causing the comment problems.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

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Too late!! (2.00 / 10)
Dee took care of it.

Your new moose are damn glad to be here. eom.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Donated $10 via PayPal. (2.00 / 7)
I will also buy stuff - coffee cups, t-shirts, a working reply button. :)

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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And a size 4 purple thong. n/t (2.00 / 7)


"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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I'm holding out... (2.00 / 7)
...for a boa in motley purple. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Thanks! (2.00 / 16)
That is exactly the kind of information that will make Moosers happy ... transparency.

$250 per year in real expenses is pretty frugal. I think we can find a few folks to help keep the lights on in this part of the Internet.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Moose gear would be great (2.00 / 20)
but please, no thongs.

Not sure that a big moose on a thong would bring around the desired result anyhow.

 


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Ha! (2.00 / 17)
deletedeletedeletedeletedeletedelete

Aaah, the image it burns!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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I can haz brain bleach naow? ;-) (2.00 / 10)


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So sorry to disturb you Lorinda Pike. :P (2.00 / 9)


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Here you go... (2.00 / 11)
MotivatorBrainBleach2

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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Thank you. I'm better now. :-) (2.00 / 8)


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don't think you want to get me started on this... (2.00 / 9)
my photobucket runneth over with the "not ready for prime time" imagery.

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I would! (2.00 / 16)
would anyone here want to buy Moose Mugs or Ts,

As long as they are cute! And glittery. :D

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


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And purple! (2.00 / 13)
They must be purple ;)

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Yeah, (2.00 / 10)
purple!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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8 Below here in central eastern Iowa - it's winter people!! (2.00 / 20)
It's supposed to be cold!!

4 hours to go to interview.  Didn't sleep well last night - excited and nervous at the same time.  Taking my time in getting showered and dressed.....

I'd really like to get this job - wish me luck that they like me and don't waste time getting me there.


Good luck!! n/t (2.00 / 13)


Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Good luck! (2.00 / 13)
Moose wishes with you.

You will do fine, I have no doubt you are qualified for the interview and they will be fortunate to have you.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Good luck! (2.00 / 11)
Hoping for the best outcome! :-)

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May the Moose be with you! (2.00 / 9)


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Morning Frosty Mooses (2.00 / 13)
30* here in Cowtown. Sorry to hear about all y'all's frigidness and hope for the warmest and best for you.  

moosekins? (2.00 / 15)
Somebody read Archie growing up.

Ronniekins, Archiekins, Reggiekins, Bettykins.

Woke up to the 40's. What's weird is yesterday my thermometer showed 31° but the "official" temp at weather.com was 44°. They don't always match, but usually it's just a few degrees difference, but 13 degrees?  


Ha!! I saw slksfca call Khloe "Khloekins" ealier this week and it tickled me. (2.00 / 15)
Moosekins is an interesting word. I will have to ask BlueStateRedhead (our linguist) to weigh in and break it down for us.

It has a very cute "sound" and it has the word "kin" in it. I am not too keen on the word "family" as its origins are in ownership. But kin is a word I like quite a bit.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Madam called? I think that is the right DA [ownton...bbey] formula (2.00 / 13)
I will have to ask the even more superior linguists on my staff and he/she use [gasp] books, so it many take more real time than we are used to. But up at at it I am....

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Ans. Moosekin[s] is a go. Reasons below. Illustration in your email (2.00 / 12)
Illustration of something not a Moosekin as there is no other such thing but close to it....and a very good thing indeed.

Why in your email?
Beside my still being an image embednoramous [can you explain that for moosekins some day?] its a copyrighted product, so there may be BHD issues.

And with these IBTF--a solecism/personal acronym for I-bid-thee-farewell.


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I live to tickle. Especially you. ;-) (2.00 / 10)


There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Ha! You seem to know where my funny bone resides, my friend!! (2.00 / 10)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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explains the boa. (2.00 / 9)
maybe they could do you up a purple moose hair boa?

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LOL (2.00 / 9)
That would be tres chic, bubba. And I think purple goes well with what's left of my complexion. ;-p

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Morning moosies. A sunny 6 F here in Columbia and will not get (2.00 / 15)
out of the mid-20s until tomorrow.  Hope the sun shines on the project mailboxes as mine seems to be frozen(?).  The key fits, just like the last time I picked up mail, but now it won't turn at all.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

Checking in from さいたま where it's still dark. (2.00 / 18)


Good morning! (2.00 / 18)
Always nice to hear from far away.  

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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Hello mishima, and welcome to the Moose! (2.00 / 17)
Love Japan, never been to Saitama but since it is near Tokyo I would be happy to share some sushi when I make it there again. Jealous as hell that you can get those awesome little rice triangles at the corner store.

Pull up a pillow, make yourself at home. Kysen was threatening to fix up some shabu shabu, you may want to intervene and give some pointers before here ruins some perfectly good Kobe Moose.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Is it still dark or is it dark already? (2.00 / 14)
:)

Good to see you mishima.


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mishima!! (2.00 / 14)
Nice to see you!! Are you a new Moose or an old Moose?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Bing Translate says: New! (2.00 / 14)
What brings you to these purple shores? I know you used to drop into town once in a while. We start a little earlier here, rolling out the purple sidewalks around 5am Central.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Flagged for Time Zone-ism. ;-p (2.00 / 8)


There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Hooray it's Friday! (2.00 / 15)
And the weekend shall begin very soon. No agenda this weekend! First time in a very long time. Yes, I know the Superbowl is on and in all likelihood my sons will be at my house to watch the game on the big TV. But that's their deal not mine. Spouse person and I have nothing to do, honest to goodness down time.

Crazy weather continues in my part of N.Texas. Yesterday the closing temp was 71, I get up to 31 degrees. Well alrighty then, let's just see what today holds. As long as the wind isn't blowing at 90 to nothing, it's all good. Wild winds kick up the mountain cedar pollen making for a miserable day of sneezing and coughing :o\


"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


Good morning. 48 in Wilmington. I haz a big happy... Sadie has an (2.00 / 16)
inflamed nerve root impacting nerves that effect bladder and bowel.  She is responding to meds.  No spinal cord tumor or disk.  Excuse me while I go cry.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

Someone mentioned it at another blog. (2.00 / 14)
I had remembered hearing the name a few years ago so I checked it out and here I 'm

Happy Friday...So did you know the RWNJs are defending the Holocaust now? (2.00 / 12)
http://www.nationalreview.com/...

This crazy mofo in this article is making the argument that the fucking Holocaust made some sense so the President having described the violence as senseless is someone to be criticized.  I can't with these people I just can't.


"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


Just when you thought they had gone as far into the weeds as they (2.00 / 9)
could...they find even more and deeper weeds. These people are so far gone that "crazy" can't even describe them anymore. Even "totally unhinged" doesn't work.

:::sigh:::


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Ok MOOQ how about this? NASA knew Columbia couldn't survive (2.00 / 9)

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/...

When it became clear that the orbiter was seriously damaged and likely wouldn't survive re-entry, Flight Director Jon Harpold said to Hale and others at the meeting, "You know, there is nothing we can do about damage to the TPS (Thermal Protection System). If it has been damaged it's probably better not to know. I think the crew would rather not know. Don't you think it would be better for them to have a happy successful flight and die unexpectedly during entry than to stay on orbit, knowing that there was nothing to be done, until the air ran out?"

That's so cold to me.  They were scientist maybe they might have wanted to spend their last moments conducting science, maybe they wanted to strip naked and have a huge orgy, seems a shame they weren't afforded the opportunity.

What would you want to do?  Roman candle in or hang out in space forever as a memorial?

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


[ Parent ]
Roman candle. But I would want to know. (2.00 / 7)


[ Parent ]
Me, I would rather flame out (2.00 / 5)
doing my best and not "know" unless there's something I could do about it. But I would never, never want to make that decision for somebody else, shudder.

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The Word is in on the WORD: Moosekin[s] and it is GOOD (2.00 / 11)
Moosekin ( plural Moosekins) works.

With due respect to Genesis I, the wordmeseister say that the word is new, unique, i.e. a neologism and it is

Here is why:

1. kinis a diminutive:  meaning smallness
1.1. Moose are BIG.
1.2 Motley Moose are physically smaller than the ruminate Moose and less Bullish that the Rooseveltian Moose.
1.3. therefore Moosekin is Perfect.

BSRH adds:

2. No other word can be confused with it to its detriment, except maybe the first, and only with obvious malicious intent.

mousekin (plural mousekins). Small mouse [rodent] [well m.

miskin (obsolete, music) A little bagpipe. From Arabic مسكين (miskīn).

moleskin originally referring to the short, silky fur of a mole, is heavy cotton fabric, woven and then sheared to create a short, soft pile on one side.

Moleskine® A [famous] brand of notebooks, diaries, journals, writing instruments, reading accessories

[BRSH adds: which are traditionally used by architects, writers  and artists for their personal note taking and sketches....JanF has an image of a most famous moleskine in her email if it passes copyright muster.  


I love how all you have to do is send up a Moose Signal and an expert shows up. (2.00 / 10)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Except when the responding signal has noise (2.00 / 5)
With due respect to Genesis I, the wordmeseister say that the word is new, unique, i.e. a neologism and it is [missing word] GOOD.

but you all got that from the With due respect to Genesis I


[ Parent ]
One of the key criteria is to make sure that a new word does not have an old meaning. (2.00 / 10)
For example, when "mooq" was used to refer to many moose, it turned out to have a completely different meaning!!

The reason I like "Moosekins" is because it satisfies this need I have to add pluralization where it is not needed or wanted. Like Mooses, with Moosekins you have the extrapluralization that tickles me.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Extrapluralization (2.00 / 9)
Ooohh, I love it when you talk multisyllabic!

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

[ Parent ]
warming up nicely (2.00 / 10)
here in the desert. Mr w stopped at our cabin in the hill country and found a downed tree from the last windstorm. He's staying over today to deal with it since it's threatening a stone retaining wall we just spent a bunch of money fixing last year. And he gets a chance to use his chain saw, haven't met a guy yet who didn't find to cut stuff up once he got one of those. Probably because I live in rural Texas mostly I know bubbas.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

Yep, hard to pass up a chance to use a chain saw (2.00 / 9)
Big plans for a Friday night? Hope you are well wordsinthewind.

[ Parent ]
the only thing better (2.00 / 9)
is blowing stuff up I guess. I have to admit to a rather adolescent fascination with that myself. My only plans are staying warm and figuring out what I'm going to make for sunday's get-together with our friends. No one cares at all about the game, it's an excuse to fix party foods and share some laughs.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

[ Parent ]
Acknowledging the fact that "blowing stuff up" isn't always good... (2.00 / 8)
(but for stumps it is often very effective) I will now quote my favorite Mythbuster, one James Franklin Hyneman... "When in doubt, C-4" and "Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing".

When I was a teenager, my friend Anne, her brother Tim, and I blew up a stump with firecrackers.

Took us about a year. It was a very slow and methodical  explosion.

;-D


[ Parent ]
I can do that (2.00 / 9)
mindless destruction is hard to justify once you age out of teen years. I lived in a time when we could buy black powder with no questions asked. What amazes me now is that we all managed to grow out of that with all our fingers and eyes intact. We did not have helicopter parents, we had cocktail swigging 50s parents who mostly wanted us out of their hair and not in trouble with the law. Other than that we were good to go.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

[ Parent ]
So true, so true.... (2.00 / 7)
Spouse person loves any reason to get out the chainsaw or the nail gun...Somewhere on the Moose there's a mention of the Binford tool company from the Tim the Toolman (Can't remember the name of that show!) Yep, my life feels like that sometimes, spouse person looks for reasons to drag out that fancy tool kit. Generally I find a reason to be elsewhere when that happens.  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

[ Parent ]
did he build a room (2.00 / 7)
in the garage for his tools? There's always something to look forward to you know.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

[ Parent ]
Oh no, not in the garage.... (2.00 / 4)
He has a little shop out back, his little man cave of tools and "stuff"...All good, I think lol...Though in fairness he does make a lot of stuff for me--quilting frames, various spinning tools, spindles--crochet thread holders. But when he begins working on the house, oh my...a simple idea generally turns into a full blown ordeal. After 30+ years of marriage, I've learned to just take deep breath and go find a crochet hook, take a seat in front of the spinning wheel and make sure the emergency room is speed dial!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

[ Parent ]
Slept in today. (2.00 / 9)
It's sunny and blue of sky outdoors, with mild temperatures in store (mid-60s). All may not be right with the world, but this is a pleasant way to roll into the weekend.

Happy Friday, Moosekinses!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


was allowed to sleep in by my lovely son (2.00 / 9)
i'm here now and will drop fierces as soon as the coffee kicks in.  i'll try not to screw up so much like i did yesterday LOL.

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

Hey all (2.00 / 8)
It is cloudy and threatening to snow here in windy Wyoming. My wonderful step kiddo is watching Arthur on PBS and later today we will go swimming at the local rec center.

Can I vent here just a little???? I am living in a place where the people have no concept of how government works. The biggest employer is the government, ranching and oil and gas. They complain about taxes and don't see that the government is paying for this whole town. Most people here are unemployed and dislike higher education. It's as if being stupid, ill-informed and ignorant is something to be prized. There is also a slew of Mormons here and I am so tempted put some D&D dice in a hat and start wring a book about what I see. It is frustrating to live here. There are as many people in this town as there were in my last apartment complex in Denver./rant  


I feel you pain, Patti - I'm in Mississippi, where our Goobernator (2.00 / 8)
is trying to take us back to the 1850s - thought many would argue that we never left...

[ Parent ]
aacckk... "you" should be "your"... need more coffee. ;-) (2.00 / 8)


[ Parent ]
Irish Patti, Texas Moosies share your pain (2.00 / 8)
I spent 8 weeks in Wyoming studying field geology many years ago, and we students learned quickly not to annoy cattle ranchers, sheep herders, oilmen, or other locals. Our 50-person university program brought in plenty of revenue for the town (admittedly much of it at the five bars, but plenty also for food, gasoline, laundry, and vehicle maintenance). Consequently, we were tolerated, but not exactly embraced. Announcing oneself as a Liberal would not have won any friends, and would not have ended well.

On the plus side, I did see this awesome moose in Wyoming, so clearly there is much there to love, albeit not necessarily of the humanoid variety ;-)

Moose Photo from Wyoming

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


[ Parent ]
Okay... where in Wyoming? (2.00 / 8)
Was it Dubois by any chance?

[ Parent ]
If it's me you're asking, Lorinda, it was Lander, WY (2.00 / 8)
near the Wind River Mountains on the Popo Agie River, where the water - and the trout - went underground and emerged again in the sparkling sunshine. Beautiful spot.

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


[ Parent ]
Yes... I was just wondering. I did my geology field work in (2.00 / 6)
Dubois (University of Miami, OH). I knew that it was maybe 50/50 whether you were there, or in Lander. I know the area a little bit. We were on the Wind River also. Absolutely beautiful country!

You guys were big time...we only had three bars (The Outlaw, The Rams Horn, and The Rustic Pine) but our laundromat was the Grub 'n Tub - a combination restaurant/bar/laundry. A most wonderful combination, I might add... ;-D

But the rest of your assessment is spot on. We always felt like outsiders and merely tolerated, even if they were glad to take our money.


[ Parent ]
I have an Obama/Biden sticker on my car (2.00 / 8)
I had a Howard Dean sticker on my car. They know that I don't fit here. My sweetie is s deputy sheriff, otherwise I would be totally shunned by the locals.  

[ Parent ]
I had to take my O/B '08 sticker off after the (2.00 / 8)
'08 election. My truck kept getting keyed right under the sticker. I have more cryptic insignias now. Gotta be a tad more intellectual to discern the meaning. It must be working - no new key marks.. :-)

[ Parent ]
The main bar in Lander at that time was the Stock Growers (2.00 / 7)
right on the main drag. They had a band which only seemed to know two songs, one of which was "Okie from Muskogee" and the other was "Your cheatin' heart". Friday and Saturday nights were pretty rough, with someone being thrown through the plate glass window almost every week, to the point where they stopped painting "Stock" on that pane of glass, so it was just "Growers".

Bars also served those crappy little Tombstone pizzas. What they lacked in flavor and texture, they more than made up for in low price and ready access. There were also drive-up liquor stores.

While we were at field camp, a large group of hippie-looking "Children of the Light" assembled for a massive camping/religious experience. At first, they planned to make their temporary home on the Shoshone reservation across the river from us, but the Shoshone said nothing doing, so they wanted to hang out at our field camp (and get fed for free). We said no also, because the last thing we needed was for the already aggravated locals to think we were supporting these witless kids.

Most of the thousands of young people arrived for this love-in with no food, no cash, and no means of transportation. One of the young men was panhandling at the local grocery store with an adorable puppy in tow. I bought some dog food for the dog but gave the young man nothing but a cold glance. Mind you, I am a generous giver, even to some people I think might be less than truly needy, but these guys were causing a major strain in the town.

Finally, the governor of Wyoming gave them all 24 hours to get out of the state - no easy feat if you don't have a car, truck, van, or other transport. Hitchhiking in Wyoming, where many locals carried guns in their vehicles or on their person - was pretty iffy.


I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


[ Parent ]
100th Comment (2.00 / 10)
I need to complain a little.

My right thumb is clicking. The joint is acting like a toggle switch, click it's straight, click it's bent. Also it's sore. Both thumbs have tightened up a little toward the palm of my hand but the left one doesn't toggle or hurt, and I can mouse with my left hand, so it's half good.

But that's not what I'm complaining about.

I can't find my right-handed carpal tunnel wrist brace. I've had two wrist braces for ten years. Now I can find the left one but not the right one. Isn't that always the way. Drat. /complaint

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


Back from the interview. It went very, very well - straight (2.00 / 8)
from the interviewers mouth too.  She says that there are 4-5 more to interview for a total of 6-7 candidates.  Now to just keep my hopes in check.....  it's going to be damned hard to do.

Heard from the Dr.'s office (2.00 / 7)
I just heard from the doctor's office. The person said "She looked at the list of readings you gave us and said it's fine, you don't need to change anything about your medications" or words to that effect. "She said to come back in six months."

My blood pressure is running 135 to 150 over 70 to 83, pulse 53 to 61. There are some normal readings during the day, though.

I'm experimenting with my meds, spreading one out to 4x a day for a while and taking readings. Maybe I'll get better results that way.

Maybe this is the best I can get. I'm most likely maxed out on meds. I've been on them for over 20 years, increasing dosages of one or another every few years. Drat.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


Heard from the Dr.'s office (2.00 / 7)
I just heard from the doctor's office. The person said "She looked at the list of readings you gave us and said it's fine, you don't need to change anything about your medications" or words to that effect. "She said to come back in six months."

My blood pressure is running 135 to 150 over 70 to 83, pulse 53 to 61. There are some normal readings during the day, though.

I'm experimenting with my meds, spreading one out to 4x a day for a while and taking readings. Maybe I'll get better results that way.

Maybe this is the best I can get. I'm most likely maxed out on meds. I've been on them for over 20 years, increasing dosages of one or another every few years. Drat.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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