Re: I call shenanigans

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The little ones are often yellow.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 5:46 PM
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Some have yellow bills.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 5:48 PM
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So what you're saying is that the idea that ducks are yellow is a canard?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 5:56 PM
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1: Oh my god, those ducklings are cute.

I'd at first thought there was an iconic book called something like, or about, a Yellow Duck, but a quick google doesn't turn it up. Hypothesize that the shenanigans involve the infantalizing of ducks, then.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 5:57 PM
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infantalizing s/b infantilizing


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 5:58 PM
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You know what's really bunk? Geoducks! Not even actual ducks!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:00 PM
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When did we get the idea that ducks are yellow? Unless you mean the plastic kind, and I assume that's from hatchlings which can be a bit yellowish.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:02 PM
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Canard à l'orange?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:03 PM
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Ducklings vs.wind.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:07 PM
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I'd at first thought there was an iconic book called something like, or about, a Yellow Duck

The Story about Ping?

Incidentally, I remember that book being briefly popular among tech geeks as a metaphor for networking.

ah yes:

Using deft allegory, the authors have provided an insightful and intuitive explanation of one of Unix's most venerable networking utilities. Even more stunning is that they were clearly working with a very early beta of the program, as their book first appeared in 1933, years (decades!) before the operating system and network infrastructure were finalized.

The book describes networking in terms even a child could understand, choosing to anthropomorphize the underlying packet structure. The ping packet is described as a duck, who, with other packets (more ducks), spends a certain period of time on the host machine (the wise-eyed boat). At the same time each day (I suspect this is scheduled under cron), the little packets (ducks) exit the host (boat) by way of a bridge (a bridge). From the bridge, the packets travel onto the internet (here embodied by the Yangtze River).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:08 PM
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Back before duck ponds went nonsmoking, a lot of your white ducks picked up a yellowish tinge from the second hand haze.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:12 PM
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We keep reading Hawaiian Punch all these story books about the world, and then the real thing turns up and I realize how disconnected the storybook version is from the real item. It's like tasting your first grape after eating grape-flavored candy for years.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:34 PM
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Absolutely, The Story about Ping. Thank you.

This really puts a smile on my face. I had The Story of Ping (as I remember the title) along with half a dozen other stories in the form of a book + 45 record on which the tale was read aloud. These included Ping, Thumbelina, and Tikki Tikki Tembo (No-Sah-Rembo, Chari-Bari-Ruchi, Pip-Peri-Pembo .. which I see from Wikipedia is about right in terms of spelling, and it still makes me laugh that I remember this sing-song).

Those stories were amazing. When I got a bit older I came to love Peter and the Wolf, when I learned to identify the voices of various instruments.

Children's books should totally incorporate audio in this way to this very day.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:34 PM
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12: So what you're saying is that many story books are not all they're quacked up to be?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:43 PM
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We've got this one touch-the-textures book, where the elephant is leathery, the snake is scaly, the cat is soft, etc. EXCEPT! They've used the same fabric for every texture! It's kind of mind-boggling.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:47 PM
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Every spring when I was a child there were ducklings in the pond in the backyard. They were usually brown-backed, with yellow necks, breasts and underwings.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:49 PM
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We keep reading Hawaiian Punch all these story books about the world, and then the real thing turns up and I realize how disconnected the storybook version is from the real item. It's like tasting your first grape after eating grape-flavored candy for years.

Try a Concord grape sometime! You will find out why grape-flavored candy tastes the way it does, and your mind will be re-blown.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:51 PM
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I was on a Welch's grape farm once! The grapes tasted exactly like Welch's grape juice, which was a bit weird and fake-seeming.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:53 PM
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Or sour cherries versus sweet cherries. I love sweet cherries too, but only sour cherries are the source of recognizable cherry-flavor.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:54 PM
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Heebie, I just read the Wikipedia entry for Peter and the Wolf, and you should totally get this for Hawaiian Punch. Hokey Pokey is probably still too young.

I don't know which recording is most favored, though. There's a Leonard Bernstein version -- that's probably the one I had -- and a Sir John Gielgud. I don't know what to make of the Boris Karloff.

Jesus? McQueen, that is? This stuff is awesome for kids. Er, in my opinion.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:54 PM
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So why does banana flavored candy taste that way?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 6:58 PM
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20: There is a Peter and the Wolf on PBS this week.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:00 PM
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17 Can you get proper Concord grapes down in Texas? I occasionally buy them at the market during their brief season, and even when eaten immediately, they don't compare with my memory of wild version in my backyard as a kid.

19 You've never had good normal cherries. Very recognizable cherry flavor, more so even than sour cherries when eaten the same day they're picked.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:01 PM
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OT: I just ate two potatoes and now I'm very full.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:08 PM
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24: Hey, speaking of which, the US ambassador to Ireland is at the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game right now. So I guess nothing important is happening in Ireland.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:10 PM
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Banana flavor is (in)famously one of the simpler flavors to replicate - one chemical (isoamyl acetate) is pretty convincing all by itself.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:11 PM
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25: He doesn't own Ireland.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:13 PM
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+even +an


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:16 PM
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There is a Peter and the Wolf on PBS this week.

I'll keep an eye out for it, thanks. I have no idea why people aren't interested in the aural difference between a reed instrument and a string instrument, but there you have it.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:19 PM
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24: But did they taste like potato candy?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:21 PM
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26: We made that in my ninth grade science class! But didn't trust that we had distilled it well enough to drink it without ingesting other chemicals.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:22 PM
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Ooh ooh ooh—I linked to it here before, and I'm not sure it's still on YouTube, but the Peter and the Wolf you want to see is Suzy(?) Templeton's. I'd look it up, but I have to go hear Yo-Yo Ma. Oh, and Bernstein's is a good recording, and, um, some other ones I can't think of right now. Later.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:25 PM
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30: Or this stuff.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:27 PM
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24: then why don't they use that in banana flavored candy?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:29 PM
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I mean 26.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:30 PM
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32: Available here.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:30 PM
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34: Because candy makers love a challenge?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:42 PM
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20: I always thought the Karloff version was canonical. It's the one my Mom played for us as kids, and the one I bought my daughters. Truly excellent.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:48 PM
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Avoid Weird Al's Peter and the Wolf.

Ducklings: they be yellow.

I thought the weirdness with artificial flavors was that they just took the most common ester in, say, watermelon, so complex or subtle flavors would likely be poorly replicated?

Concord grapes make Blume swoon. Concord grape wine makes nobody swoon.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:54 PM
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Avoid Weird Al's Peter and the Wolf even though it's scored by Wendy Carlos, that is. Don't be fooled like I was!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 7:55 PM
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I had the Disney version, with Sterling Holloway. I'm currently trying to decide whether to take my son to this one.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:01 PM
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38: I honestly don't know which one I grew up with, though I'd recognize it in a flash. I have a feeling it'd freak me out to hear a different vocal cadence. But the point is that parents of young children should totally get a recording of it.

Just not Weird Al's version.

39.2: Utter cuteness, to be put in the queue along with the kitten picture that we haven't seen for a while, for when things are grim.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:03 PM
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42.3: For you.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:06 PM
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Has Weird Al tried Wagner yet? Because that could be something.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:13 PM
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43: Thanks. The beautiful thing is now saved. And also centrally located, blog-wise.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:15 PM
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I've never before looked at the kitten picture. Is that a radial saw?


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:41 PM
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The next pic in the series is more colorful.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:43 PM
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46: You keep away from the kitty.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:45 PM
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I found out tonight that we're getting one of the house cats back, but it's not the one who was crapping in the basement.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:48 PM
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YOU SHALL NEVER EAT DUCK AGAIN!


Posted by: PING THE MERCILESS | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:50 PM
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46: Good grief, I never noticed the saw. I don't think there should be a message in the kitty picture. It's just a beautiful kitty, life as we know it, no need to get all angsty about it.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 8:59 PM
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49: Crapping in a box upstairs. Hurray!?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 9:06 PM
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As I remember, white ducks are yellow fresh out of the shell, and brown ducks are brownish. All cute and peeping.

I had not remembered how damn picky C is. Yay for duck-typing.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 9:08 PM
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I saw yellow ducklings once. They were trapped in the bottom of a broken swimming pool. Some guys came and put the ducklings in a cardboard box. They either rescued them or ate them.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 9:16 PM
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54: Mmm. Peeps.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 9:17 PM
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Concord grape wine makes nobody swoon.

Antisemite.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 10:25 PM
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No, he's right.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 10:30 PM
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Nevertheless.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 10:37 PM
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Yo-Yo Ma was great, in case you were wondering. Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1. Half the audience was coughing the whole damn night, though, which annoyed me no end.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 10:44 PM
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Speaking of shenanigans, did they stop teaching basketball at UCLA?


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 10:51 PM
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Yeah, they drastically reduced the bduget for the sports programs. It was either that, humanistic research, or support for students, and, well, it's hardly a contest.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 5-10 10:53 PM
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I'm seeing Weird Al tonight! If he starts on Peter and the Wolf, I will tell him it's deprecated.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 1:08 AM
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And yes, we had several books plus 45s when we were little, and my kids have enjoyed many books plus tapes and now we have just one book and CD left.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 1:10 AM
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63 is pretty grim. All it needs is "And half a chair. And a window."


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 3:23 AM
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Bloody luxury! We had to brick up our window to avoid the window tax. And the bailiff was sitting on the chair all the time.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 3:39 AM
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Luxury! Norman Tebbit made us roam from town to town, and we had to eat the bike.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 4:19 AM
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56, 58: there are much better passover wine options available to you, you know.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 5:38 AM
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66: Yeah, well Spiny Norman insisted on sharing the bed with us kids. And he absolutely refused to be the little spoon.


Posted by: Annelid Gustator | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 5:43 AM
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Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 5:52 AM
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69: well you would say that today of all days.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 5:53 AM
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I was on a Welch's grape farm once! The grapes tasted exactly like Welch's grape juice, which was a bit weird and fake-seeming.

Welch's is actually a cooperative (or, more precisely, it's a company that is owned by a cooperative). The farms belong to the individual grape producers, with the cooperative providing a guaranteed market. Ocean Spray is similar. I think the same is true of Florida's Best Orange Juice, but I'm not sure about that one.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 6:05 AM
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I have heard that the explanation of artificial banana flavor has to do with the gros michel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gros_Michel_banana) variety, which was replaced by cavendish in the 50s, approximately.


Posted by: Molly | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 6:51 AM
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You want the David Bowie Peter and the Wolf. It also includes Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" and Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra".


Posted by: Light Rail Tycoon | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 7:29 AM
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73: I love that one.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 7:48 AM
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60: And just a few days after they lost to #4 Kansas by only one point.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 9:19 AM
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Heat...not working...in office...send brandy...


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 9:30 AM
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Alcohol fires are an expensive and inefficient way to heat your office, Jmo.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 9:32 AM
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I'm pretty sure she means "Sittin' Up In My Room" Brandy.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 9:33 AM
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Her singing voice is very warm.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 9:41 AM
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You don't get notions that ducks are yellow. You get down.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 10:59 AM
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You can get feathers in notions, but not often down.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 12- 6-10 2:13 PM
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