The death of Jezebel is particularly painful. It is/was a terrific place to read interesting takes on all things human. And your dingus of the week is always the head dingus. How you do that, I don't know. But your dingus literary defenestration always makes me smile.
My mother used to make a Southern Comfort punch with ginger ale and lemonade at Christmas time. One year she accidentally (?) put in twice as much Southern Comfort and her entire party of holiday guests got completely bombed and she had to call cabs for all of them to get home. We laugh about that party to this day - probably 30 years later. And I have made the punch a few times over the years since. Definitely legendary in my family. https://www.food.com/recipe/southern-comfort-punch-28944
I live in Arizona and one advantage to living in the Phoenix area in the East valley despite the blast furnace weather and hateful politics is that we don't have daylight savings time, even if we are stuck with Andy Biggs as our congressman. And I signed the petition to out the right to abortion on the ballot in 2024 outside our public library. I snatched the clipboard out of his hands. I was the only woman he had successfully approached that day. Don't have words for that right now.
"If you have to crush a few be-dandruffed skulls of the poors to feel better, then so be it."
I'm a fan of ALL references to skull crushing and this made me tear up with its magnificence.
Oof. this was a tough one...as an artist and writer keenly aware of how much of my work is online and that I have little recourse if a billionaire wants to steal it because "trickle-down" something something. Large scale computing is the absolute worst.
I did put up my twinkle lights on November 2nd, granted, I am in Canada and Thanksgiving is long over, but I am keenly aware that some Canadians side-eye anyone putting up lights before Remembrance day. NEVERTHELESS. We need little joys now more than ever and heck do fairy lights ever help.
Not drink related (though I will post my great-uncle's recipe for Artillery Punch sometime when I have the permission of my family) but I feel I should note here that I was baptized from a punch bowl.
I was in the Mediterranean with my best friend for a few weeks in September and we got in the habit of sitting down for a Spritz every day at about 5pm on our first lengthy stop in Venice. We weren't like those other tourists, we did not expect dinner at 5, we knew and loved that it was Spritz O'clock. A few places set down a small bowl of rather stale popcorn with our drinks. BUT in Burano (or was it Murano?) we were given a small bowl of fabulous potato chips and it was glorious! We had the Aperol Spritz, the Hugo Spritz, the Campari Spritz. I was no stranger to the Spritz but it was amazing to sit in St Mark's Square and at the base of the Acropolis and watch the sun set with a Spritz. I'm home in Des Moines now, of course, and my spritzes for autumn have pomegranate juice, apple cider and sometimes Cynar. Perfect with a small bowl of Lays Kettle Chips, my backyard fire table, and an Iowa sunset.
From everything I've read, Daylight Saving Time is wrong for the science, and bad for the economy, which makes it a perfect cause for Republicans to champion. Totally akin to passing laws about "embryonic cardiac activity" before either heart or stomach exists.
Well you see if the tech geniuses only feed the chatbots their own words, nobody will want to interact with them.
I did not know about Jezebel, and I'm sorry it's being crapped on. I see Spanfeller says that "our business model and the audiences we serve across our network did not align with Jezebel’s,” and I think that means "they talk too much about vaginas and women and it scares me and our white men investors." I used to visit that site regularly and comment, etc. Boo!
I submit this blended "mistletoe margarita" as the perfect drink for thanksgiving or Christmas: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a25242232/mistletoe-margaritas-recipe/
When I remember to make it, I always wonder - why don't I have blended margaritas more often? They're perfect! And the cranberries in this one are a delight.
Fuck that turd Andreesen. A couple weeks ago he was self-fellating with that "manifesto"* and now this. The man is a cancer on society, akin to the reptilian Peter Thiel
* about how we should unshackle TechBros for the betterment of mankind, and how dare there be any regulations to get in their beneficent "progress" - what an asshole all around
Andreessen certainly has a lot of nerve. I'm reminded of the recent abuses of eminent domain in Iowa and elsewhere for the Bakken pipeline and for other pipelines in the works, but in this case, instead of settling for something as puny as the aquifer, he's laying claim to human consciousness itself.
Glad you mentioned the school board elections. Also glad you said not to put too much emphasis on the results. I hope you can dig into the "average Iowan's mind" in the coming weeks and months and help me understand it better.
Their is a great card game called guillotine and I think you could update it and rebrand it with dingus's. With the same headless results....
Team God's Time.
Signed, Indiana, circa 2005