Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Random Thread: 2017.3

‘Tis time.


Welcome, Neophytes!

If you’re new on the blog, please stop by this thread and say pie — er hi.

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The Hare and Hedgepig, v. V

As a Courtesy to Your Fellow Patrons,
Please Leave All Electronic Devices and Projectile Pastries with Our Pie Check Department
Formal Dress Required
Continued from Vol. IV.
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Best of the Blog

Use the comments here to swap tips about outstanding, little known, and/or underutilized parts of MuseBlog. (In four years, we’ve accumulated an amazing number of chasms, subterranean passages, sunken cities, and fossiliferous formations.) Be sure to include the URL (Web address) so others can share your finds.


Science March

After spending more than a month trying to get MuseBlog’s slideshow app to work, I’ve given up and decided just to post the pictures I took at the Science March. Here are some to start with; captions and more photos will follow later.

I marched with a throng of paleontologists:
Science March, paleontology contingent
Science March, paleontology contingent

Other marches may have been bigger or slicker than the March for Science, but the scientists had the best hats. Good costumes, too:
Science march, hats
Science march, hats
Science march, hats

We mustered on the Washington Monument grounds and then marched down Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol amid intermittent rain:
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue

Most of the signs were homemade, and not all of them were equally water-repellent. Some of my favorites:
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs

And, of course, the obligatory steely-jawed selfie:
Science March, Robert


MuseBlog Exclusive: World’s Most Adorable Rice Cooker

Free to a Good Home!

Aroma Mi rice cooker

Robert saith:

This Aroma Mi Three-Cup Rice Cooker is by far the cutest household appliance I’ve ever owned. It also works perfectly and is easy to use. Unfortunately, using it just once revealed that it actually makes just two cups of rice. (The “cups” in its name refer to a roughly 6-ounce or 175-milliliter measuring cup that comes with the cooker.) That’s not quite enough for my household.

My loss can be your gain. The first MBer to send ens address to me at “thegapas [at] gmail.com” will receive this little gem in the mail absolutely free of charge. How’s that for a deal?

(This offer applies only within the continental United States. That’s all the postage I can afford. Sorry, farther-flung friends!)


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April Fools’ Day Chat

Robert here. April Fools’ Day has rolled around again. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling very whimsical this year, so I’ve recruited this chipper chatbot to break the ice and, with luck, the angst. Its name is Carlos. Converse at will!

clear conversation

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Random Thread: 2017.2

Excelsior!


KaiYves as Katia Krafft

Kai, currently based in New York City, recently visited the American Museum of Natural History dressed as the pioneering volcanologist Katia Krafft. Pictures:

KaiYves as Katia

KaiYves as Katia

KaiYves as Katia


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Random Thread 2017.1

Happy New Year, MuseBlog!


Original Poem on December 2016 Random Thread

Fallen Caryatid by Rodin

Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honour bred, with one,
Who, were it proved he lies,
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbours’ eyes?
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.

–“To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing” by William Butler Yeats
(Image: “The Fallen Caryatid” by Auguste Rodin)


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Current Events

A bland, generic name for a thread about things that are anything but.


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Random Thread: November 2016

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October 2016: Retro Incredible Morphing Chameleon Thread

Since the responses on the Random thread seemed positive, I decided to reboot these threads.

Shiny new rule: No nesties! The conversation will meander from topic to topic anyhow. Also, it adds to the retro vibe.

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The last October Incredible Morphing Chameleon thread I found was from 2008. So I purloined the image and the first topic from that month’s random thread. Incidentally, this was also the month I first stumbled upon MuseBlog.

Unlike the random thread, this discussion thread stays on topic until the topic changes or the month ends.

Newcomers should read The Rules and The Guide before plunging in.

Current topic:
Online media: Post-truth cesspit or literal hellhole?

The election and its aftermath
Halloween

Suggested topics: 

Have fun!


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Hot Topics, v. 2016

It’s been a while since we had a new Hot Topics thread, so here goes.

As noted before, this is a place for careful, clear, respectful discussions of difficult topics. No flame wars, please. This isn’t the rest of the Internet (as you may have noticed).


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Greco-Kokonvention!!!

KaiYves reports from Athens, Greece, where she is on an archaeological dig:

Today, Gimanator took time out from his whirlwind tour of Europe to hang out with me at the Acropolis Museum here in Athens. I was pretty tired from digging this morning, so I don’t know how coherent I was, but I tried to be a good tour guide and intelligently discuss art, politics, and the ethics of museology. We took this photo outside of the museum.

Also attached is a photo of a pin of Urania that I saw at the Hard Rock Cafe earlier in the day. I didn’t know she had dyed her hair.

A report of our observations for the Kokonspiracy file on a possible heist of the British Museum’s Parthenon statuary will be submitted according to procedure S-39b.

Kai and Gim in Athens
Urania at the Hard Rock Cafe


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Cirque le lapin

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This is from a neat Japanese independent animation called “Cirque le coeur” (available on YouTube). A seemingly innocuous circus tent holds a marvelous world of enchantment for our morose anime heroine…

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