Re: SF Meetup

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Blume und my dumb ass will be there.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 9:50 PM
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not near Josh's workplace

Just had to twist the knife, didn't you?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 10:08 PM
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It's a short walk.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 10:10 PM
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Barring 24 hours of productivity and inspiration, I will only make it as close as Cambria. Cheers, though.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 10:12 PM
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Alas, still in Orange County till 1/4. Have fun! I am bummed about not getting to meet Sifu and Blume and all the other non-Westerner Unfoggedtariat (esp. AWB) and everyone else in town for the MLA. Good luck at the MLA, by the way!


Posted by: belle lettre | Link to this comment | 12-28-08 10:27 PM
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Oh, bloody heck. I will not be back in town until 1/1, it turns out. How sad, for I did want to meet you scholars of modern language.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:06 AM
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I will be in the District Of. However in the near future my band hopes to play a loss-leading vacation show limited tour in San Francisco and hopes that time-delayed Unfogged readers will keep this in mind.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:13 AM
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Until when will this meet be up?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:41 AM
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my attendance is probable though not definite.


Posted by: ninjaphilosopher | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:46 AM
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Until the last king is strangled with the guts of the last priest, ari.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 1:18 AM
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I only wish there were some way for read to stand everyone up.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 3:48 AM
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 7:32 AM
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8: until we've made you a man.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:25 AM
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10 is awesome. People should put that on all of their party invitations.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:35 AM
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WHO'S ARI?


Posted by: BEFUDDLED PARTY INVITEE | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:38 AM
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15: Ari is a close relative of the people who killed Christ, so it only seems appropriate he would be the guest of honor at a priest-strangling party.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 9:22 AM
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Drink this in memory of me.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 10:03 AM
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After intimating that I could be there, I must regretfully inform you that I will not, in fact, be there. Christmas was in New York this year.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 11:28 AM
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Well don't that beat all.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:03 PM
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No, there are actually several things it don't beat.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:16 PM
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I'm not sure I like your attitude, buster.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:18 PM
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That's too bad. I like it quite a bit.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 12:24 PM
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Nowhere near my workplace either. Look what happens when we listen to W-lfs-n.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 5:36 PM
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It's right near the hotel where we won't be staying tomorrow, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 5:56 PM
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23: Very far from my workplace. And do you see me griping?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 7:45 PM
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I would take a leave from my traditional lurking and come to this, Ben. If I were, you know, around.


Posted by: Craig | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 8:36 PM
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Sadly, too short notice for me to attend, even in spirit(s). I guess these here bottles will have to wait for the next Portland meetup.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 9:09 PM
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How can something be to short notice to be present in spirit?


Posted by: ninjaphilosopher | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 9:36 PM
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Jesus' spirits need to be sent by mail.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 10:32 PM
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Color commentary on SF: 24:40 + on SWPL speaks.


Posted by: Econolicious | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 10:57 PM
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He does uptalk in a particularly annoying way.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 11:04 PM
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I couldn't get past the point where she said, "It's really, really funny."


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 12-29-08 11:42 PM
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San Franciscans have a crippling inferiority complex about *NYC*? Uh, okay then.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:00 AM
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I have a crippling inferiority complex about this guy's coat.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:13 AM
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I've watched the talk and subsequent questioning. It's clear that anyone who professes a preference for the reggaeton genre must be stopped. I mean, really. That shit is awful. And no, I don't think he's joking about it.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:46 AM
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Ari, e-mail me.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 9:17 AM
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Ari is a close relative of the people who killed Christ, so it only seems appropriate he would be the guest of honor at a priest-strangling party.

Also, Sifu's people were mixed up in a regicide, so it's doubly appropriate.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 10:32 AM
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My people weren't puritans. They were the booze-soaked plutocrats who waited to see if it was safe, then came over.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 10:59 AM
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My people weren't puritans. They were the booze-soaked plutocrats who waited to see if it was safe, then came over.

So you and Alameida are kin?


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 11:28 AM
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I won't be able to stay late, as I need to go back to Davis tonight. If Ari's coming, maybe I can snag a ride back with him???? But it is my intention to leave my bags at the Hilton and wander around until 7 to see all you nerds.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 11:29 AM
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My people weren't puritans.

I feel betrayed. Who am I gonna WASP out with tonight? Who???


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 11:50 AM
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Sorry I missed this by flying out last night. I had finally settled my brain and anxiety down enough by then to have been able to manage something.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:22 PM
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Sifus people were definitely WASPs.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:32 PM
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But not as WASPy as my people. No one's people are as WASPy as my people. I feel so alone.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:36 PM
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I'm WASPy!


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:50 PM
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But you won't be there.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 12:57 PM
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So?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:03 PM
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Alas, AWB (and others), I'm very unlikely to come. Our younger boy has a high fever, which probably means an infected ear. And his illness means that I'll almost certainly need to be home. Should I still e-mail you, Magpie? And if so, where? Oh, wait, it's probably linked to your name, right? I'll try that.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:03 PM
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What about eric, though? Is he coming?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:07 PM
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the linked picture is both funny and disturbing. that someone would do that to themselves and not have it done to them while in a coma or intoxicated is odd.


Posted by: ninjaphilosopher | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:14 PM
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Also, right now I'm trying to imagine how awkward i will find tonight... I'm thinking fairly awkward though maybe not too awkward.


Posted by: ninjaphilosopher | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:16 PM
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Sifus people were definitely WASPs.

With a trust fund. Tonight someone should remember to discuss the issues around the Patriots not making the playoffs, also the likelihood that Tom Brady's injury will be career-ending.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:22 PM
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It will be super awkward.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:24 PM
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as I need to go back to Davis tonight

So what's the outsider's perspective on Davis? I have to visit there in a few months and I don't trust the locals' glowing praise for the town.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:27 PM
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53. That's what I always look for in an evening out.


Posted by: ninjaphilosopher | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:28 PM
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So what's the outsider's perspective on Davis?

Well, as a resident of the Bay Area I'm duty-bound to badmouth the place. It's flat and boring and unpleasantly hot in the summer. Plus, you know, the school only exists because Cal needed someplace to teach the dirt farmers how to actually grow something.

That answer your question?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:32 PM
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Davis is a small pretty town. After you've walked the downtown, which will take you a couple hours if you stop and window shop, you've pretty much seen it. Very pleasant to live in, if you like small pretty towns.

If you'll be spending longer, you should plan a bike ride to Winters or day hikes in the Sierras.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:33 PM
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I was going to say it was a place Cal came up with to safely contain all the Okies outside of urban areas.

Also, it's where my aunt used to take her pet goat to get it de-farted.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:33 PM
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49: I don't know. We don't move in lockstep, though lord knows I've tried to tether myself to his rising star.

54: Davis is sort of like a Midwestern college town (Madison, Ann Arbor, Lawrence) plopped down in Northern California. I think I would hate it if I weren't me: white, straight, a cyclist, a lover of dogs, and fond of (my own) children. That said, as with the aforementioned college towns, Davis seems to grab hold of people who live here. And, finally, I should note that I lived in Madison and hated it there. So everything I say on this subject should be filtered through the fact that I'm a terrible person and a worse judge of excellent places.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:34 PM
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it's where my aunt used to take her pet goat to get it de-farted

New mouseover text?


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:35 PM
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Hmmm. Lesbians seem to like Davis just fine.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:36 PM
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58: I can't figure out who to e-mail you and don't know if you still want me to. If this has anything to do with your family's pet goat, please count me out. That's not my thing.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:36 PM
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"how to e-mail you"

But the goat part of the above message stands, freak.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:37 PM
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62: Check yer e-mail.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:38 PM
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Also 62: You restrict yourself to sheep?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:38 PM
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61: Becoupled lesbians? Because if so, yeah, I'd think so. Singles, though, not so much, I wouldn't imagine. But hey, what do I know?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:39 PM
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Ari, I was going to e-mail you our cell numbers for later coordination. Bring the kids! It'll be such fun!


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:40 PM
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65: Don't knock my hobbies, goat-fucker.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:40 PM
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Ari, I was going to e-mail you our cell numbers for later coordination. Bring the kids! It'll be such fun!


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:40 PM
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If you're visiting Davis from the east coast during the winter, then drive out past Winters and go hiking at the Stebbins-Cold Canyon preserve . It's lovely in the winter, very green, beautiful views, and the temperature is pleasant. Then you can either eat at the excellent steakhouse in Winters or do the beautiful drive over Highway 128 into Napa Valley for something even fancier. The Palms Playhouse in Winters also features very good SWPL-type folk rock performers.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:40 PM
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39: quite possibly literally.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:41 PM
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69: Is there some reason that I shouldn't tell you that my cell phone number is (303) 520-2500? Because if there is, I hope Ben will delete this comment. But if not, do let me know where you'll be. If the little one gets to sleep, I might try to come down for some late-night goat wrangling.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:44 PM
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Let the prank calls to Ari start NOW


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:44 PM
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That's a very elegant number you've got, ari.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:50 PM
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74: Home is even better (ends in 1234). My secret? I don't settle when they offer the first crappy number the computer generates.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:54 PM
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Thanks for the Davis opinions. I might not be there for long, and I might be sitting through talks for most of it, but I'll keep in mind the biking/hiking suggestions if there's an opportunity.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 1:57 PM
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Re Davis, at least go to the arboretum. It's pleasant and in town.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 5:32 PM
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At Davis they have a cow with a little window you can peek inside.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 5:34 PM
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Okay, now Blume and I are bringing a lurker so anonymous and lurker-y that he's never actually looked at the blog, and also doesn't know what it is.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 6:56 PM
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That's pretty intense. I mean, that's real dedication to lurking.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 6:58 PM
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AND THAT, FOLKS, IS WHAT A MEETUP SHOULD BE.


Posted by: OPINIONATED ENEMY OF AWKWARD | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 7:13 PM
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I'm a terrible person and a worse judge of excellent places.

Everyone should realize that Ari is Canadian. B can tell you that Canadia is a terrible place, and apparently the people there have sex with bears.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 7:35 PM
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Emerson is totally correct.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 7:53 PM
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At Davis they have a cow with a little window you can peek inside.

Thye have had such cows for a long time--at least since I was a kid living in Davis in the 1960s. Going to the university to look at the cows and other livestock they kept on campus was a staple of life growing up in Davis back in the day. When I tell my kids--who are city kids (or at least high density suburb kids)--about this, they are suitably appalled.


Posted by: Idealist | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 8:41 PM
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Dear people we drove put of the booth: sorry, Unfogged is rapacious.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 8:56 PM
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85: Did you at least tell them they seemed like very driven people?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 9:02 PM
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85: I assume you relished the lamentations of their women.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 9:20 PM
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I hope you all know that there is another seekrit meetup such that the outlandishly rapacious unfoggeteers are mere foils.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 9:33 PM
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The lack of update from the meet-up is suspicious.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 10:47 PM
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Did everyone leave already?


Posted by: water moccasin | Link to this comment | 12-30-08 10:48 PM
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Yep!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:34 AM
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Everyone was like, "oh, I have to go to the east bay."


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:36 AM
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Oh, also, we went to a different place partway through.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:39 AM
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We're back in the not-east-bay! In our defense, fuck off.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:54 AM
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Ok, maybe not everyone.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:57 AM
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And what you said is very hurtful.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:57 AM
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Everyone was like, "oh, I have to go to the east bay."bed. Because we have to work.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 1:03 AM
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And also what Tweety said.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 1:04 AM
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I'm also back in the not east bay, and I don't have to go to bed because I don't have to work tomorrow.

In other news the meet up was fun, but the bar(?) was too noisy. Also everyone looked exactly as they write.


Posted by: ninjaphilosopher | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 1:22 AM
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Exactly as they write, eh? A bunch of seriphim?


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 1:54 AM
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That meetup was fun. Fun! The drinks at that first place were terrific, and I got to drunkenly argue not-very-supportable positions. Capital!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 10:36 AM
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This turned out to be easy to locate, and cheaper than expected, too!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 11:08 AM
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102: I had the Reg's copy of that out for years.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 11:22 AM
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The book is a hoax, of course. The Romans were not interested in sex. People have been reading sex into things that were really entirely non-sexual. The Victorian scholars have been wrongly maligned.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 11:55 AM
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Do not be deceived: this is a scholarly work which deals with Latin sexual terms in a clinical and analytical manner. I purchased this book for a college Latin course and discovered it to be bereft of titillation

Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:02 PM
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My favorite Amazon review of a classics book. A review for The Power of Thetis by Laura Slatkin:

There's not one wasted word in this little opus, and I was fascinated by a perspective on Homer that I'd never thought of before. Okay...I know I really shouldn't say this, but there's another reason why this book is dear to my heart, so I'll leave serious comment on the contents of this book to others. The evening after I read Power of Thetis I had to go to this stuffy dinner party. Anyway, there was this really interesting woman there--really hot, too. It was driving me nuts just sitting next to her. Normally she wouldn't have looked twice at the likes of me, but it turned out that she was really into Greek literature. Well, I'm no Homerist but since I had just read this book and its arguments were really lucid and easy reccounted, I was able to get into this intense conversation with her about Achilles. It was really cool. And the end result was that she went home with me. Thank God for books like this.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:14 PM
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At Davis they have a cow with a little window you can peek inside.

You find these at ag colleges and the like, far and wide.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:20 PM
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106: And your side of the story is ...?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:24 PM
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the one with a window in it.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:36 PM
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107: University of Maryland College Park has one of these. I used to drive past her on the way to the lab. She seemed happy enough, but I'm not really up on reading bovine emotions. The cool thing is that it's not just a window - you can pop the lid off and reach inside to grab a handful of stomach contents.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:39 PM
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The cool thing is that it's not just a window - you can pop the lid off and reach inside to grab a handful of stomach contents.

Which is the point, really, so the students can see what's going on in there. I've been told it doesn't bother them at all (the cows I mean) but then again, the person who told me was the one responsible for the window, so I don't know how much weight to give that.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:42 PM
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108: I'll never tell.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12-31-08 12:50 PM
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This turned out to be easy to locate, and cheaper than expected, too

Hurrah!


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 01- 1-09 8:59 AM
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Rather than milk cows, we should use them to process cellulose into edible form and learn to cook with that. In terms of protein and carbohydrates, that would be much more productive than drinking milk, much less eating meat. Presumably the second or third stomach would be the one to harvest.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01- 1-09 9:08 AM
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Oh, nasty. You mean it's a real cow, not a model cow? I'd misunderstood on first read. Ughh.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 01- 1-09 9:56 AM
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