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Re: Guest Post - Eclipse

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My inner Republican doesn't remember those kids exactly being left on Jammies' doorstep.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 3:38 PM
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As for the eclipse, I feel like I'm in the weird situation that I think LB described her friends falling into, where they bought a house that neither of them wanted, because each thought the other wanted it. Which is to say, I don't care about the eclipse, but I got some glasses and we'll go out, because kids are supposed to be interested in such things, but I think they'll be bored, and only humoring me.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 3:41 PM
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I tried and failed again to find a clip of Chevy Chase doing the SNL news and saying "The eclipse is over. You can now stare at the sun." Maybe I imagined it?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 3:42 PM
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Anyway, don't slutshame Jammies.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 3:44 PM
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We'll spend the weekend in St. Louis, and catch the eclipse from someplace just south before heading home.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 3:53 PM
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I want to see the eclipse! By which I mean, I wish the eclipse was viewable from LA, because I don't want to see the eclipse enough to travel for the purpose of doing so. I'll see the eclipse as God intended, via cell phone videos posted to youtube.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 4:19 PM
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If the sun goes dark and people look up into the sky and see, hiding just beside the sun where it would not have been visible before, a slightly dimmer sun reading "Yes, the president of the United States is a shithead," I will feel bad that I missed it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 4:24 PM
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Doesn't even have to have an apology. Just affirmation.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 4:38 PM
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Waiting for the 2024 eclipse instead. Much more convenient.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:21 PM
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Optimism. I love it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:23 PM
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Guy in the bar kind of looks like Bo Pellini, but he's wearing a Michigan State hat.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:24 PM
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I'm going to be watching the e-clipse on my phone.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:26 PM
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I'm not a lazy entitled millennial willing to wait for the moon to block the sun. I'll block the son of a bitch myself when I'm ready to look up.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:33 PM
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I was considering a road trip, but, now that I look at a map, South Carolina is far.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:34 PM
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I heard millennials are the reason the sun is getting blocked out. Some say it's because they prefer indoor experiences like taking selfies while holding avocado toast, but it's actually because generational inequality means they can barely afford light for a full summer.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:36 PM
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Hilton Head is nice and not obviously racist.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:38 PM
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I remember an eclipse from elementary school, probably the same one as heebie given the rarity of the things. Our school herded all the kids into the library, wouldn't let anyone near the windows, and closed all the window shades, because they were convinced all the kids would stare at the sun and burn out their retinas. And on top of all that it was raining so there was nothing we could have looked at anyway.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:39 PM
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They could have brought in somebody with an arc welder.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:41 PM
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Or a melon baller. Lots of ways to hurt kids eyes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:45 PM
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I don't think I'm doing anything. My aunt is meeting people in south Oregon and then driving up the coast to a good spot, which apparently (in consultation with locals) has a reasonable shot at avoiding a lot of the eclipse-chasing traffic.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:51 PM
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The sun goes behind something every night. I don't see what the big deal is.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 6:53 PM
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Not doing anything for this one, but there's one in Bilbao in 2026 and I'm already planning a holiday. What's the earliest you can book ahead for these things?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 7:04 PM
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You have to call the scope conditions of the universe before the Big Bang.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 7:12 PM
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16: not obviously racist.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 9:08 PM
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In Trump's America we take what we can get.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 4-17 11:12 PM
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There was one visible from Japan in 2012. By the time I went looking for glasses they were all sold out, so I made a six-foot-long eclipse viewer out of cardboard boxes, which attracted the attention of enough of the neighbourhood children that my kids were able to borrow their glasses while they gawked at the weird contraption. (Motherhood makes you sneaky like that.)


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 08- 5-17 1:25 AM
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I am going to experience the totality vicariously through family who live in CO and are traveling somewhere in the path - including my 72-year-old mother, who has never been camping before in her life. Judging by the cool Vox graphic that shows the path of the eclipse by ZIP code I'll be able to see as much as I need to right here, assuming I remember.


Posted by: Eke | Link to this comment | 08- 5-17 5:03 AM
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NMM to Cool "Disco" Dan.

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Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 08- 5-17 10:17 AM
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We're headed to the South Carolina beach, so if it's cloudy, we'll still be on the beach.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 08- 5-17 1:15 PM
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28 is a huge loss for the Red Line between Fort Totten and Silver Spring.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 08- 5-17 6:55 PM
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I don't even understand all this comic-book talk.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 5-17 8:42 PM
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i'll be in wyoming too! maybe casper maybe douglas. let me know where you guys end up, heebie.


Posted by: Catherine Andrews | Link to this comment | 08- 6-17 8:25 AM
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I'm appreciating art for the next 15 minutes. After that I'm enduring art.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 6-17 11:08 AM
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Actually, I need better art to make the 15 minutes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 6-17 11:13 AM
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32: we were only there (Casper) for the night! We'll be back in Texas tonight.

If you happen to stay at Casper La Quinta, I missed taking a photo of the hallway carpet...


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08- 6-17 12:23 PM
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Yelp to the rescue.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 6-17 3:03 PM
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Catherine! Holy moly.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 6-17 4:09 PM
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Circe! Holy moly.


Posted by: Odysseus | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 1:46 AM
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Londoners, I need your help. I'm on an international scavenger hunt team this week, and we need photographic evidence of the following:

"Calliope. Clio. Euterpe. Erato. Melpomene. Polyhymnia. Terpischore. Thalia. Urania. Inspirational goddesses of literature, the arts and science in Greek mythology. On the steps of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, provide a visual representation of the muse that guides you in your art and/or life."

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"Two nice suburban monster moms out for a day of shopping at Hoxton's Monster Supplies in England."

Anyone up for the challenge?

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Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:19 AM
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London is pricey to film in. You could probably find the same in Toronto for less.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:22 AM
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I don't get it. Are you not in London? Is the idea to find out how resourceful you can be tracking stuff down at a great distance?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:23 AM
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36: I'm not perfectly certain, but I believe that's the carpet from inside the rooms and not the hallway carpet, which was better.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:24 AM
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Yelp has failed me for the last time.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:29 AM
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First one is easy. Set up an elaborate system of mirrors, so you can take a photo of this.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:35 AM
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How do you tell a nice suburban monster mom from a regular suburban monster mom?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:37 AM
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Read the Pixar character bible.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:52 AM
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I'm impressed J, Robot is doing GISHWHES. It seems so difficult and intimidating.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:54 AM
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39.1: "I'm your fucking muse you little polyp" http://oglaf.com/blank-page/


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 8:56 AM
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48 Coincidentally I just got internet and fired up the VPN which I recently subscribed to when back in NY because they block all VPN sign-up pages here and the first site I went to not five minutes ago was Oglaf because it's also blocked here.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 9:00 AM
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That was relatively SFW, but I should still probably not have clicked it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 9:03 AM
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Your team is supposed to do the majority of challenges itself, and most aren't place-specific. There are a handful that require leveraging connections, though, so if anyone in London (or anyone who knows a Fortune 2000 CEO with a real sense of humor...) can help that would be amazing.

Also calling dairy queen('s son) or any creative Bay area folk:
"Show us a beautiful mermaid or sea creature performing a politically defiant modern dance solo to the beautiful music of the Sea Organ at Zadar. (Can't make it to Zadar? The wave organ in San Francisco or the high tide organ in Blackpool may be substituted.)"


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 9:14 AM
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That's kind of subjective in about three different ways.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-17 10:09 AM
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I have been so disconnected from the internet and all other sources of news for 2 happy weeks that "what eclipse?" was my genuine response.

Confidential to teo: My time in Alaska was wonderful but I'm plagued by the memory of an NPS ranger reading a required script for our entire visit to Glacier Bay. She did her best to enliven it, but it was pretty tedious.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08- 9-17 10:29 AM
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53.2 Sorry to bust into the confidential message but was the script about how to avoid bear attacks or some other Alaska-specific wilderness survival tips?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08-11-17 1:45 AM
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The descent from "beautiful mermaid performing politically defiant modern dance solo" to "Blackpool may be substituted" is a tremendous bit of bathos.

She did her best to enliven it, but it was pretty tedious.

"He didn't even wake up for my in-flight safety announcement. And I did the one with all the screams."


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08-11-17 2:03 AM
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I have been so disconnected from the internet and all other sources of news for 2 happy weeks that "what eclipse?

It's not like the eclipse is a recent surprise, like some asteroid about to smash into the Earth.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08-11-17 2:09 AM
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Monster Supplies is a real business: https://www.monstersupplies.org/


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 08-11-17 2:50 AM
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