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By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | October 30, 2012 | Comments ()


Hello my wind-blown, soggy lovelies. I hope all you East-y Coasty types made it out of the storm intact and that you survived by hoovering all the ice cream in sight before it melted. IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY. Anyway, the lovely Bierce Ambrose sent me this image as a storm palate cleanser and it did, I admit, fill me with a deep sense of calm. Hopefully it does the same for you. It can be a magical world, friends. (The Chive)

I know our very own tamatha baked her way through the storm. Drool with me, won't you, over her Hurricane-shaped bundt. (Bundt Cake Season)

Do you think Keira Knightley is pulling off Insane Asylum chic? How has she not convinced someone to cast her as Ophelia yet? That must chap her bony hide. (T&L)

Speaking of Shakespeare, had you heard the rumor that Daniel Day Lewis took a break from acting because he once saw the ghost of his father during a production of "Hamlet"? It's not strictly true, but it's a great theater urban legend. (The Guardian)

Baby pajamas that double as a floor mop...convenient Pippi Longstocking-esque ingenuity or absolutely disgusting and unhygienic? (Laughing Squid)

Quick, informal Halloween survey. Which is your favorite costume: this ingenious amputee idea, this brilliant "Saved By The Bell"-inspired couple or my friend Rachel's political effort? Ahem, VOTE FOR MY FRIEND.

If, in all the storm and drang, you haven't had a chance to put a costume together, here are some last minute geeky ideas. (Geek Femme)

Ian McKellan invites critics of The Hobbit to jump up his gay, beknighted *ss. (MovieLine)

I'm not usually one for toilet humor, but this little gem reminded me of My Favorite Pajiba Thread Of All Time, so I had to include it. (Joey Devilla)

Check out some gorgeously rendered photos of my SF neighbors being total *ssholes after the SF Giants won The World Series Sunday night. Yeah, jump into a fire, do that. (Thomas Lawn)

Maybe the Giants fans were drinking the world's strongest beer. If so, I'm surprised their brains weren't dribbling out their ears. (Food Diggity)

According to Joel McHale's Twitter account, "Community" has an official U.S. return date. I'm sure you're, um, bouncing with glee. (Twitter)

And while we're on the subject of our favorite study group, this here pumpkin is my clear favorite out of all these great pop culture gourds. (Uproxx)

Er, does Tim Burton hate fat people? Jack Giroux makes a somewhat compelling case. (FSR)

Finally, my dears, rest assured, your pumpkin is inferior to this one.

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  • I think this Renly costume is pretty cool, but it could just be my inner GoT fan girl peeking out...

  • BierceAmbrose

    About "the storm"...

    This is something that happens. The world is an imperfect place. Screws fall out all the time. Yet, there's an odd cocooning in cities, an isolation from the unmade world, all unknowning of the effort and contrivance that makes it so. It's not shocking and a disaster when something glitches. It's just reality intruding a little.

    Freaking out over storms remind me of Kevin Smith's bit about "Prince World" on his "Evening With" DVD. Prince can't fathom why someone can't get him a Giraffe in the middle of a winter night in Milwaukee. He lives in "Prince World." You ask, and stuff happens, at least until it doesn't. Folks who live only in cities don't have that visceral understanding of what keeps electricity humming, clean water flowing, and the relentless procession of *stuff* that's consumed there but produced elsewhere. They live in first-world, world, all unknowing.

    It's the same blindness that had a recent college grad yapping while some other gusty gusts just about blew us off our feet - "Look at that. Of course, we can't use wind power!" all snark-y and knowing. The problem isn't the gross amount or capture, which is merely hard, or even the density, which you can work around. It's storage, consistency and delivery. Electricity for your stuff is useful when it shows up in you wall, all the time, on demand, as much as you want. Build your life - or a few million lives packed onto an island - as if it'll be always there and you're missing the magic.

    I get a little hop of joy every time I flip a switch & light happens. Even more, when the land-phone works when there's a big storm, with power down, floods and facades blowing off buildings I just smile.

    My mom's a ways inland, right in the path. Power's been out since yesterday afternoon. Yet, in rural Pennsyl-tuckey it goes out a couple-three times a year. So do roads, occasionally. Everybody's got some water stashed, or a generator. Most folks have a chest freezer, which, while nice when you buy in bulk, will also hold its freeze for a couple days if need be. This is why you have a gas stove, and a fireplace along with oil heat (which uses line-power for the burner.) Everybody knows this stuff, right? except for people who think heat comes from the super & eggs from the bodega on the corner.

    So, mom's just fine. She's cooking better than I am today. In a sometime improvement, water from the mains runs when the power's out (but it cuts out when they do maintenance and upgrades, never on your schedule.) So, she doesn't have to switch to low-use.

    With this stuff more or less working, I wonder if we'll get over the institutionalization of panic, eventually. It's not so much an emergency as an occasional cost. There's a reason we have design standards for "100-year floods" and similar. It's not so much a disaster as a brief excursion into life back when it was quicker, sharper and more earnest. It's not a disaster, but a refreshing reminder of realities we're cocooned from most of the time. We're physical beings. We modify our environment to survive & that takes work. The world is a big place & we're mostly just along for the ride. Hell, it's not even much of a disaster in the old sense - resources overwhelmed & nothing to do aobut it.

    These days we see these things coming with satellites we didn't have, and Doppler their wind speeds with hand-held gizmos sporting last decade's super-computers, while WalMart pre-positions supplies & battalions of road, power & quick-responders swarm in & pre-position. Some people take some down time. Some people ride it out where they are, a few stupidly and many knowing exactly what they're doing. If it's bad, these days it's more a failure of will & execution than inescapable. We learn so quickly, now, when we're willing to. Tsunami tracking and response, for example, is different in kind just because of that one, a few years back.

    Me, I got the random stuff up off the floor & called my mom, with more "always on" connectivity than we could even imagine as little as 10 years ago. Went walking in rain and gusts that nearly knocked me down then really enjoyed closing the outside door to block out the weather.

    This is something that happens.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Er...this is a little condescending. An "occasional cost" can still be treated and prepared for as an emergency, since our society doesn't generally just go with the flow on weather-related human sacrifices. We try to avoid them.

    As a city-dweller, I'm just fine. I had flashlights, candles and some extra water. Matches and tapers for my gas range. I too went for a few walks with the wind gusting, along the East River, to see it rise. I don't know anyone personally here who panicked.

    My neighborhood in Astoria was lucky. I never lost power. The road along the river is the only area that flooded, and there are no residences there. But I saw lots of down power lines today, and I saw at least 6 large trees uprooted from beneath concrete to fall on & near houses - it's quite amazing none of the houses were significantly damaged (that I could see), and no deaths reported here.

    But there are a a hell of a lot of people who don't have homes to go to. It's not about the inconvenience of being without power for a few days - it's about people having no home at all. And there are people who died, in fire, in flood. Less tragically, there is also a massive expenditure to get infrastructure up & running again. That's what the anxiety was about, for most people.

    People in NYC aren't much less aware of what makes the city run than people outside of NYC are aware of how the money & commerce in NYC help make the rest of the country run. It's a symbiotic relationship.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Well, now I'm thinking we need a word for Big stuff that predictably happens occasionally. There's probably some word borrowed from German. They have the best words for stuff like this.

    There's some difference between, say, a dimensional portal pouring out Krikit players with their exploding balls, and a big damn storm. We know storms happen. We know, somewhat how they operate. And we can see them coming. Contrast with the Spanish Inquisition, which nobody expects.

    Meanwhile, I'll enjoy appreciating the vast apparatus that lets a few million people live within shouting distance, with digital watches (Pretty cool!) and cocktails, spending their attention on anything but the machinery most of the time.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I understand this idea of not over-reacting to a typical storm, but that's not this case. This storm exceeded predictions for flooding & damage, at least in NYC. And after just a few days, a lot of the city is up & running again. Authorities are urging patience, and most of the people I've run into are exhibiting it.

    As for spending attention on machinery - we can be cognizant of the machinery and appreciative of the machinery while still not spending much of our attention on it. That's the point of machinery. It frees you up to deal with other things.

    Please don't tell me you think NYC is only Manhattan, and that Manhattan is only Real Housewives, Friends and Sex & the City.

  • BierceAmbrose

    I understand this idea of not over-reacting to a typical storm, but that's not this case.

    I think I'm musing about not over-reacting to an a-typical storm. Galactus shows up to suck the life out of the whole earth with a bad movie, that's a surprise. A storm that's in the range of things that happen, that's a different kind of surprise. That's why I'm looking for a German word, or maybe pair of words to capture "unlikely" vs. "at odds with our understanding." These are different kinds of unusual.

    I think we loose something, maybe two things, when we lose that distinction. "Infrequent" is just part of the range of possibilities we know. So, you do contingency planning, which nobody does, but stll... Stuff that shouldn't happen ever given how we understand the world is an opportunity to learn something. Use one word, and we're off the hook for planning for what we know, *and* off the hook for learning when we're genuinely surprised.

    The big blow is unusual, but not all that surprising. Plus we quite literally watched it coming.

    This storm exceeded predictions for flooding & damage, at least in NYC.

    So much for the precision of our understanding of weather, or Godtopus help us "climate."

    Here's something I don't get. We're wealthy. We have *huge* amounts of surplus, and I'm not talking the 1%. What's it really hurt to batten down & bug out for an extra week every couple years, because *this one might get bad?* Yet, we don't to that. Then there's drama while people "recover" from the "disaster."

    Yes, there are people on the edge with nothing to spare. I'm not talking about them, with little choice. I'm talking about us.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, Godtopus no, Sarah. "New York" is anything North and West of the lower three counties in the Hudson Valley. The rest is "The City."

    As for my "storms happen" musing, apparently I now write for the onion:

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Hey! I did say "NYC", not "New York." :)

    Guess I should finally buy that cabin in the Catskills before the apocalypse comes in for reals.

  • BierceAmbrose

    I noticed the strangest thing with the term "The City."

    Out in the world "The City" is kinda the whole urban cluster - the three counties, exburbs, NYC proper, Long Island, and a bit more. Round about Albany "The City" is the exburbs, and they can tell that Long Island is a different thing. Get closer and "The City" is the five boroughs. In the bouroughs, it's Manhattan, and on Manhattan Island "The City" means midtown.

    I glitched the first time I heard that, while on the South tip of Manhattan. "Ya go along whatever, into the city." Wait. Aren't I *in* the city right now?

  • Lolux

    Re: Baby mop invention. Wasn't that a joke in a Raising Hope episode? I'm remembering man yogurt and baby mop.

  • Katylalala

    There was also an Amy Poehler SNL Commercial several years ago advertising Swiffer Sleepers:

  • Zen

    I knew I'd seen it before.

  • Lauren Mckenzie

    THANK you... i knew that sounded familiar... brogurt, by the by.

  • Slash

    Well, I'm a dummy. Didn't scroll down. I thought leg lamp guy was just being a dick. Turns out, he actually has just one leg. And yeah, I think he wins the contest.

  • BWeaves

    Sorry, I vote for Major Award / Leg Lamp Guy. Way to make lemonade.

  • googergieger

    Think Tim Burton hates directing classes.

    (think this will be my most downvoted comment ever.)

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I for one support you.

  • becks

    I think Canada may be getting Community before you. CityTV is advertising its return for January 11th.

    Those Saved By The Bell costumes are glorious.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Yes. Oh yes! SUCK IT 'MURICA!

  • Monica

    I keep thinking the last video says Pumpkintits, even though that is longer than the word Pumpktris.

  • East coast swing meant stranded in DC, now leaving Thursday morning. I have only to find the right sunglasses and grab a lowball glass to chance a Tony Stark look, that is if I can manage the careful goatee shaping.

    In that whole sequence of pumpkins, nothing from GoT or Sherlock? That seems improbable, given current stature within culture.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I saw your pic of Rachel on FB and it was great! So you really need to fix the above link because Pajiba deserves to see it!

  • Yo Joanna, you used the same link for the SBtB costumes as you did for your friend's costume.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Fixed! Thanks guys.

  • Slash

    I wonder if next year, amputee guy will go as major head trauma guy.

  • Blake

    February 7th will always be October 19th in my heart... FOREVER.

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