June 1, 2013

At the Saturday Peony Café...

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... you can talk about whatever you want.

60 comments:

Phil 3:14 said...

Why do ants so love peony buds?

Synova said...

Has anyone gone to see Star Trek?

I didn't think it was as good as the reboot, mostly because I thought they should have continued to make fundamental changes instead of relying on the "truth" of the original.

rhhardin said...

A couple planning their totally compatible marriage

Bernstein Candide

m stone said...

Star Trek Into the Darkness was too much flavor-of-the-day action oriented for me. Not a lot of plot or character development. Nonstop crises.

I found it disappointing for tthose reasons. It is intense and you'll find yourself gripping the armrests, but other than that...

It is LOUD too, by producer's direction to theatres, I'm told.

edutcher said...


Next time retread wants to talk about the recovering economy, remind himAmericans have only recovered 45% of the wealth lost in the '08 crash and, for once, the old wheeze minorities still hardest hit is true.

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bagoh20 said...

I know some Fuchsias that are pretty pissed off about what these Peonies are trying to pull here. You better tell your friends there to lawyer up. Hell has a ticket to ride - destination Madison, WI.

rhhardin said...

King's Barcarolle (Bernstein Candide)

A barcarolle is a musical form supposedly recalling the rocking motion of a boat.

Bernstein has introduced mostly seasickness.

rhhardin said...

Tiffany Eckhardt Barcarolle "Talk About" from Looking for Signs

(real audio, modern players will ask permission to download the old SIPR-9 codec that used to ship with real audio. They replaced its speed category with a Cooke codec in modern players.)

Eckhardt is the Shakespeare of girl experience.

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Palladian said...

A few years ago, "peony" was a very popular note in perfumery. Many perfumes used this note, which was generally done as a big, fluorescent, loud, fruity-flower odor of no particular interest.

Givaudan makes 2-cyclohexylidene-2-phenylacetonitrile, an aroma chemical they call Peonile, which I always find hilarious. Say it: Peonile.

edutcher said...

You did fall in love with the peonies, didn't you, Madame?

PS Unemployment is more like 22.8 and Libya isn't in flames.

But we've had domestic terrorists before, use of the IRS to get back at political enemies, and sleazoid cronies in the White House before.

The reality is bad enough.

No need to embellish it.

pm317 said...

this afternoon was all about the buttery fragrance of my magnolias..

SomeoneHasToSayIt said...

I want to know why Ann suddenly thinks it is a strike against a sitcom to use a laugh track (see her Big Bang Theory comments), when I bet EVERY SINGLE sitcom she remembers fondly from her youth, did the very same thing?

edutcher said...

"The Odd Couple" IIRC was the first to use a live audience.

PS Maybe the campaign in Iraq paid some dividends after all.

The Iraqis broke up an Al Qaeda poison gas ring. Attacks were planned for Europe and us.

Looks like the War On Terror isn't over just yet.

pm317 said...

Pictures from my garden

pm317 said...

Nothing has given me as much happiness as my garden does in the last few years.

sydney said...

Saw the new Star Trek movie last night. While watching it I told myself I would never pay to see a movie in a theater again. Total waste of money. I should have waited and watched it on the internet. Doesn't hold a candle to the first reboot movie. And as already mentioned, has too much action/crises. Ironman was that way, too.

The people who make movies need to step back from the action scenes. Even an action movie can have too much action. These days, they are just leaving the audience numb.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Lots of drunks from Wisconsin in Doctor Procters tonight, as of this very moment, in Glendale, CO.

Good looking women too, mostly.

The dudes next to me were giants.

I asked about UW Law "students" trying to find out an Althouse connection possibly and was reprimanded that they are all adults.

I didn't make myself clear; she did.

Synova said...

My garden is pathetic. Too hot for peonies, too cold for tomatoes, to dry for everything.

I do have one cactus that is looking a bit spectacular at the moment, but it's only going to be a moment.

edutcher said...

pm317 said...

Pictures from my garden

Nice. I'm hoping mine turns out as well.

pm317 said...

edutcher said..
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Thanks! see that lily, that was last year. A rabbit ate all my lily shoots this year -- just broke it like a twig standing on its hind leg. I was a day late in getting the repellent. I will be wiser next year.

edutcher said...

Gorgeous!

That is really a green thumb.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

I was, and am, wearing shorts.

Q.E.D.

Petunia said...

I enjoyed the new Star Trek movie. I'm not going to analyze it too deeply, I thought it was fun, and some of the characters, especially Spock and McCoy, are perfectly cast.

More importantly, my 82 y.o. dad, with whom I watched TOS when I was a young child, enjoyed it too. I'm hoping he'll still be willing and able to go see the next movie in a few years, but you never know. So I'm glad I took him to this one.

I'm going to see it again this week before it leaves the local IMAX.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Palladian writes: Givaudan makes 2-cyclohexylidene-2-phenylacetonitrile, an aroma chemical they call Peonile, which I always find hilarious. Say it: Peonile.

The name is apt. I see lots of structural rigidity in the linear nitrile portion which has a nitrogenous lone pair at one end. Then there's the cyclohexylidene portion which is quasi-floppy, but made stiffer by attachment to the olefinic core. The phenyl is of course rigid except for its rotational degree of freedom.

Inga said...

Gosh, botany has chemistry, sexy.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Inga said...
Gosh, botany has chemistry, sexy.

Eleven posts on how chemistry is like sex.

ad hoc said...

I liked the new Star Trek movie, although not quite as much as the original reboot. Spock, McCoy, and Scotty are great fun to watch. They could have done more with the character development, especially as they had a great actor playing the villain (he is also the modern day Sherlock).

NotquiteunBuckley said...

I do, and have, worn shorts.

Q.E.D.

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NotquiteunBuckley said...

I met some folks in Boulder months ago, on Broadway just up from the great University, and really have to say I am very happy and proud to have been around the greatest people I have traded with, in many aspects, on this street in this town.

There are reasons why things are the way they are, and conservatism shall be defined henceforth in respecting, amongst the nicest, happiest, and by-my-eye-only perhaps the most fulfilled kind souls I will ever meet.

edutcher said...

I quote:

Inga said...
Aw come on Whores, fess up, you know you loves yourself some sweet dark cherries.

Freeman Hunt said...

We had some new tile installed in our kitchen this week. One afternoon the installers washed their tools outside and left without coming back in. Because they did not come back in, they forgot to turn off their radio. The radio was across the newly laid tile that we were forbidden to walk upon.

So we listened to popular, contemporary country music all that evening and for three hours the next morning.

Heh.

Lem said...

We went to see a new friend perform at a local establishment and I took a picture of a sign near the entrance.

Dingo's is across the street.

Freeman Hunt said...

(That story is much funnier to people who know me in real life. I don't listen to anything in the background. Ever. No television. No music. Nothing. I only turn something on if I want to listen to it actively.)

Synova said...

I don't listen to "background" anything either. I can see you standing at the edge of the tile... yearning.

;)

Lem said...

The sign must have been altered to reflect the opposite of what I assume it has resumed signifying.

Freeman Hunt said...

"yearning"

Perfect word.

Freeman Hunt said...

Couldn't get used to that new avatar. Old avatar was eight years old, but new avatar was annoying. Too much face!

Blog sidebar picture too stern.

I'll go with one nearly three decades old for a while.

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MadisonMan said...

Today, a colleague of my brother's dropped off two Peonies ('Festiva' and 'Sarah Bernhardt' -- nothing fancy) at his apartment as we were cleaning it out (Mein Gott what a packrat! Ticket stubs from every movie he went to!) He grew them so I could plant them on Mom's grave (the cemetery people weedwhacked the previous planting to death). I am so thrilled to have them.

Thanks everyone for your kind words the past couple days. It was an incredibly fast decline, and I'm so happy I was here for him.

Palladian said...

The radio was across the newly laid tile that we were forbidden to walk upon. So we listened to popular, contemporary country music all that evening and for three hours the next morning.

That's what a handgun and good aim are for.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

In the entire history of Rock'n'Roll Alice in Chains won.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=i+stay+away&btnG=Submit&oq=&gs_l=&pbx=1

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Dead he would rather be than you.

When he (dead artist) sing's "when I'm down and blue, rather be me than you."

If I am not mistaken.

If I am then fuck me.

If not, revisiting Alice in Chains isn't the best use of time.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Untoward.

Towards.

Toward.

Chip Ahoy said...

Tree and plant protector. It's a wide plastic tube.

Tree wrap. 3"x50' would be a p in the b for a bush but dire circumstances require drastic measures. Or maybe netting designed for deer or birds and such, but folded and wrapped to buffer the whips of the trimmer near the bottom.

These three ideas are offered cheerfully for your rejection.

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MayBee said...

Mad Man- I'm sorry about your brother. Northwest Arkansas is a beautiful place. I hope you feel some comfort in the beauty of the mountains and the kindness of the people there.

Palladian said...

The name is apt. I see lots of structural rigidity in the linear nitrile portion which has a nitrogenous lone pair at one end. Then there's the cyclohexylidene portion which is quasi-floppy, but made stiffer by attachment to the olefinic core. The phenyl is of course rigid except for its rotational degree of freedom.

I love when you talk dirty!

MadisonMan said...

NW Arkansas is very pretty. It does remind me of my hometown in central Pennsylvania. My other brother has always driven in from the south, he says the drive up from Ft. Smith is really really pretty. I've come down from the north. The drive from Missouri to, say, Bentonville isn't quite so nice.

Humperdink said...

Just had ceramic tile installed in the sun room. I love ceramic tile. Wanted to install it myself, but nothing beats an experienced tile installer. Slate colored tile, natural cherry ceiling and stone walls.

Room was slated for a hot tub, but spouse is leaning (heavily) towards a mini greenhouse (argh).

Ann Althouse said...

"I want to know why Ann suddenly thinks it is a strike against a sitcom to use a laugh track (see her Big Bang Theory comments), when I bet EVERY SINGLE sitcom she remembers fondly from her youth, did the very same thing?"

Good question. "Suddenly" is a funny word in this context. It's a problem I've had since at least the 1980s. I didn't have a TV for a while in the 70s.

I'll go back and watch an episode from my DVD collection of "Dobie Gillis" and get back to you about the laugh track. Maybe I'll do a new post on the topic.

AllenS said...

I'm sorry to hear about your brother, MadisonMan.

Lem said...

Suddenly while at the Sac-o-suds, I felt like eating a succotash.

virgil xenophon said...

Ann, et al, re: laugh-tracks. Did you know that almost all are taken from radio shows of the 40's? We're all listening to the sounds of mostly long-dead people..

Rusty said...

Synova said...
My garden is pathetic. Too hot for peonies, too cold for tomatoes, to dry for everything.

I do have one cactus that is looking a bit spectacular at the moment, but it's only going to be a moment.

This reminded me of something. I took a cutting from a Peony my grandmother got as a wedding gift from a plant of her mothers. I planted it in the corner of our new yard. The thing just took off and grew. It must be over 100 years old. My studied conclusion is that they'll grow damn near anywhere.

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