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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Why is that cat trying to balance on two paws?

  2. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    That cat would taste delicious with some roasted peppers.

  3. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Three Day Weekend for a lot of people.
    What are you doing?

    I think we’re going to clean the house, watch some vintage Celtics games. Maybe I’ll get a haircut. Maybe some tubing in the riffffer.

    • JonBonWonton says:

      Rearranging my living room. I’ve only been putting it off for six months now.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      More redecorating. It never, ever ends.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I need to start doing that. I haven’t painted anything since I bought the place in 2002. If I decide to get the hey out of here, I will need to at least make the house look halfway decent.

    • theycallmeGinger says:

      This might be the last weekend for good tubing in New England (assuming that’s your area, Celtics and all) — the corn mazes have opened already!

      We’re having a partay for my SO’s birthday. Cornhole (it’s a lawn game, pervs!), bonfire, BBQ. Think I’m going to make the jello shots Squinko referred to a few weeks ago… So, cleaning the first part of the weekend, messing it up in the middle, and cleaning again at the end!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        if you use the jello jigglers recipe you can make boozy jiggler shapes

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        I moved to Tennessee – I think we mave a few more good weeks.

        I just discovered what “CORNHOLE” was a few months ago. NEVER heard a beanbag toss be called that before. Cornhole!

        The fairs and harvest events around here start at the end of September for the most part. There’s so many…….!

        • theycallmeGinger says:

          Ah, yes — you have plenty of summer left down there!

          If it justifies the name, they are bags filled with corn and they are thrown into a hole. We contemplated calling it the alternative “corn toss” but the mid-play jokes are a lot funnier when it’s called cornhole. Especially after a few beers…

          • DoubleBaconVeggieBurger says:

            My husband and I just made some cornhole boards recently but then I couldn’t find corn to put in the bags, so had to use beans. So now I guess we have beanbag toss boards. Darn.

            • theycallmeGinger says:

              Beanhole? Still sounds funny, it works.

              We made our own and some for friends, too. You can get dry, whole kernel corn at a grain store. Some insist on Kentucky corn (?) because it stays whole.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I want a haircut SO BAD. Hooolly moly. I hope you get one so I can live vicariously through you. lol.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Have you ever gone tubing, and woken up in the ocean?

      • Daverson says:

        No, but when I was a kid a friend and I jumped on an ice floe in the river and ended up 18 miles downstream, getting rescued by the fire department.

        My parents, who had to drive down and pick us up, were pissed.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        No, but that dude from King of the Hill ended up in a downtown city sewer pipe thing.

        I end up stuck on rocks because it hasn’t rained much.

    • nbs2 says:

      Hoping for a call from that will invite me to come up for an interview which would then lead to a job offer, which would then lead to moving. Of course, it would mean needing to sell our place. Which means I am also hoping that I can find a buy who is willing to pay our purchase price+8k to pay the government back+6% realtor commissions+maybe a little more would be nice considering how much we’ve done to improve the place in a year.

      It’s a lot of hoping this weekend (of course, they are the same hopes as last weekend).

      Oh, and I celebrating my birthday.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      My sister is coming Saturday, so I will hang with her and cousins a bit. After that the bf and I might watch a movie remotely (we get on MSN and push Play at the same time), depending on whether his buds keep him out super late. They finish up their fed training next week so I imagine this weekend will be Party City.

      I have to run home tonight and clean the house really quick. My sister says she doesn’t care, but she’s one of those people whose house always looks PERFECT. My cluttered little hole is probably going to make her have a stroke.

    • katia802 says:

      Going to Ren Faire, hopefully cleaning house, and playing with the new kitty! He’s a little cutie pie, grey, black and white stripes, runs full blast for about an hour at a time then has to nap. Absolutely the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Anyone doing Hurricane Earl preparation? We’re probably close enough that it’ll be a nuisance, but I don’t think it will be very bad. Certainly not as bad as that storm we had a few weeks ago where people died and trees smashed cars.

    • mac-phisto says:

      yes. i’m fully prepared for my roof to blow away. (it’s old & needs to be replaced)

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I went flea marketing this morning and hoped that the vendors would be motivated to sell. I didn’t get any Zippo’s, but DID get a display shelf for thimbles or doll house furniture, that will fit lighters. It’s being glued in the places it kinda warped right now.

  5. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    My boyfriend’s sister and dad are coming to visit us this weekend. Along with the dad’s girlfriend and her daughter. They’re getting a hotel, but the girls are staying with us and we have one guest room. This will be fun.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Slumber party!!!

      Really though, I think I’d be miserable in that situation… I hope you like those girls and have a good time.

  6. JulesNoctambule says:

    Art show in nearly two weeks! Ah, pre-show times; when I work myself into shoulder issues and invent ever more new and exciting swears as the days go by. So much stuff to make that I’ve even dreamed of sewing, felting and piecing, which sometimes gives me good ideas when I wake up and other times makes me feel like I haven’t slept at all.

    The hard part for me is pricing — I’m super-cheap generally, but while I’ll spend money on handmade things I have a hard time believing anyone would actually pay that much for the stuff I make! But I had a custom order last week, and when I delivered it the customer (an artist himself) insisted on paying me *more* than the price on the grounds that ‘your work is worth more than that!’, so now I’m second-guessing myself. It’s one thing when a friend says it, but something entirely different coming from a random person!

    • Jfielder says:

      Ah, just the person I need to talk to… There’s a big art show near me (Arts, Beats and Eats), and last year I saw some art I really enjoyed (Bruce Jeffries photography), and he’ll be back this year, but I am a cheap, poor college student. Is it considered acceptable and appropriate to try and haggle with an artist? If so, is there a good way to go about it?

      I’ve never really bought anything from an art show, so these are things I don’t know.

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        At every show I’ve ever been in, haggling is Not Done. It’s considered disrespectful and tacky; this isn’t a merchant with factory-made wholesale goods but someone who has spent their time, energy and money individually creating each piece. You might ask if he has prints available (many do, and they’re often quite affordable) but it’s not appropriate to ask him to devalue his work. Plenty of people may disagree with this, but that’s my experience.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          growing up with a mom who showed work at art shows, i agree haggling is not done. but sometimes barter is acceptable if there’s something the artist needs/wants. like another artist’s work or manual labor.

          • JulesNoctambule says:

            Trades are usually a-okay. Haggling, not so much, since it suggests less respect for the work and its creator.

        • Jfielder says:

          Thanks. I was kinda thinking that was the case… but hey I had to ask (this site is all about consumerism, after all, right?).

          He does offer prints, but they’re just so tiny. I kinda wanted something bigger. Guess we’ll see what he’s got and how spendy I’m feeling. Thanks again!

      • Laura Northrup says:

        It depends on the level of show. Maybe not fine arts, but I sell at low- to mid- level craft shows. I will allow people to haggle if–and ONLY if–they are buying a relatively large volume. Say, they want three pairs of $10 mittens for $25.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I think artists and crafters usually do under-price themselves, but it also could be a function of regular people not realizing how much money and times goes into something. Like when regular people ask me to knit them something like it’s no big deal, they figure the yarn is so cheap and it looks like it’s effortless so what’s the big deal? Well it is a big deal. So no, I will not knit your random friend, who I don’t even know, a yellow teddy bear just because she loves yellow and tried to steal the bear I knitted for your daughter, my neice. lol. (Sorry, pent up issues with my sister in law, I guess.)

      Anyway, you might just think about it. How much more did he pay you? Did it seem reasonable? Did you talk with him about it more than just that?

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        Yeah, cheap people are a big issue, as are cheap imports from sweatshops. Some people think Wal-Mart is the standard for pricing and quality, though why they even bother going to art shows I do not know.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ooh sounds neat! I’m trying to figure out what rates I would set for any writing. It’s the same thing; you don’t want to end up doing it for free, but you don’t want to charge something outrageous either. So many people out there are paying a pittance and writing is WORK! So is crafting and art!

  7. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been able to participate in Open Thread. I’m so. glad. it’s. Friday.


    So remember I was going to go clothes shopping 2 weeks ago? No? Well I did.. and I had the Groupon for the Gap.. and that turned out to be AWESOME. I went and picked out some shirts, and then when I got to the check out the girl asked me for my email address, “If you give it to me, you get FREE JEANS tomorrow!” and I looked at her like : O And she said, “Yes, really!” I had no qualms about giving her my email address because the Gap already has it anyway (I shop online usually.) so I confirmed it on the little signature pad and she gave me a ticket that said “FREE JEANS” for the next day. Then, Mr. Aroo suprised me by taking me to the Container Store and letting me buy whatever I wanted (not a lot) so that was VERY exciting because I love the Container Store..

    Anyway, the next day I went back to the Gap and I really did get free jeans. They were worth $69.50. So for $44 dollars, I got $150 worth of clothes! How awesome is THAT?!

    Also, that Saturday I found out that Roger Ebert, of Siskel and Ebert, tweeted my Rice Cooker Cake, so my cake is FAMOUS.

    Anyway.. this weekend should be much more low key… I have no plans at all and I’m off for 3 days.. and so is Mr. Aroo. YAY! : )

    Yesterday was Alfred’s (as seen on Consumerist) birthday.. he’s 4. He’s still my furry baby though.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I love a great deal. Glad you got a ton of value from the Gap Groupon! And I love the Container Store. We just got barraged with catalogs and I’d be annoyed if it weren’t for the fact that they had coupons. We don’t need anything though.

      Now…let’s talk about the lack of Alfred birthday photos? I usually think it’s stupid for people to celebrate their pets’ birthdays, but I think pets wearing hats is funny. It’s a dichotomy I have yet to explain.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Oh dear, if you want to see a cat with a hat on it will not be Alfred. Alfred puts up with no such shenanigans. Alfred doesn’t even like hugs. Alfred likes head rubs and such but only on HIS terms. Otherwise, watch out! (Well not really, he’ll just complain very loudly and then run away.)

        You might be able to get a hat on Bastien though, he is much more laid back about such things. Perhaps I could make something happen like that for you. I would have to find a suitable hat though…. Hmmmm.

        I could, perhaps, provide a video next week of Alfred eating cat nip though. He loves it. For now though, I offer you a picture of Alfred as a wee baby. Does this suffice?

        • pop top says:

          That cat is so confused by the scratching post. Adorable!

        • mac-phisto says:

          my cat loves party hats -> EVIDENCE!

          that’s oliver (a/k/a oliver twist, oliver dafloor, oliver clothesoff). he’s not with me anymore. disappeared a couple years ago. :( best. cat. ever. don’t tell my other 2 though.

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            I dunno if “loves hats” are the right words for that picture… LOL. SO cute though, sorry he dissapeared : (

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Woah, awesome! I need to buy a rice cooker one of these days, too.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Thanks : ) Needless to say, I highly reccomend the Panasonic Fuzzy Logic rice cookers, because they have the CAKE function… and really.. that’s what it’s all about. Hehe.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Mee toooo!!!

        And Kimaroo kiss the kitty happy birthday for me. :)

    • Dustbunny says:

      Aww…happy birfday Alfred – give him a snorgle from me. And congrats on being famous for your rice cooker cake :)

  8. dragonfire81 says:

    Any aspiring/professional writers here? I

    ‘m halfway through my first novel and still coming up with plenty of story to fill out the second half. I’m hoping to have a first draft completed by Christmas if not a little earlier. I’ve also started blogging a little bit and I write songs and poems on the side for my own personal enjoyment. In lieu of spending a ton of money on a Father’s Day gift I wrote my dad a song and he loved it. There are few things in life I enjoy more than writing (which probably explains why I comment on this site so much!)

    • theblackdog says:

      I have a developing interest in writing, though I’m still just barely getting started

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m querying a book right now and working on another. Good luck with your novel! I can recommend some good editing / revising books when you get there. :)

  9. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    realized last night, that with the systems i already own, recent gifts from friends, other peoples’ yard sale leftovers and a super cheap goodwill purchase….
    i now have:
    atari 2600
    atari 5200
    sega genesis [2]
    super NES
    PS2 [3]

    i think this calls for custom made furniture since they each get their own tv [the duplicates will be housed in other rooms – bedroom and guest room]
    anyone have any suggestions? or similar experiences?

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      All I know is that if I ever get rid of my Dreamcast I know where to offer it first!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        nah, first we try to sell it in the semi annual alley cats and angels fundraiser yardsale [now accepting donations] and then if it doesn’t sell and Re-Tails doesn’t want it then it comes home with me. which is how i got a second sega genesis with no controllers or power cords after the last one. no one wanted it with no accessories or power. but i have spares.

        oh, and ahem…. hint, hint

        • JulesNoctambule says:

          I’m planning a yard sale of my own in October and I know I’ll have more stuff to sell than I want to bother pricing! Craft stuff especially; I have a ton of bead strands I doubt I’ll ever get around to using.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            that’s when you put a box out and say ‘this box only, any three items for $x” but you have to put it right in front of the seller so people don’t try to scam you when it gets busy

    • Daverson says:

      I have tons of consoles, too, but i have them split off between two televisions.

      The 46″ widescreen with losts of HDMI and component-video inputs has the 360, the PS3, the Wii, and my beloved old PlayStation and GameCube.

      The old-but-still-awesome 36″ CRT TV (not widescreen), thanks to lots of component-video inputs and a bank of video input switches, hosts:
      Sega Saturn
      Sega Genesis
      Atari 2600
      Atari 5200
      Sega Dreamcast
      Mattel Intelivision

      Like you, I rely on tag sales, thrift stores, and so on to feed my “classic gaming” obsession.

  10. pop top says:

    I had an awesome birthday yesterday! The husband got me some German books so I can start learning it again and some cute Mass Effect 2 magnets from etsy. Our best friends got me a Rammstein poster and made me a Mighty Boosh clock AND some bacon/banana nut/pb M&M cookies. Today we’re having a taco dinner with my mom, tomorrow we’re bowling with friends and going out for sushi with some other friends. Yay for multiple birthdays! :D

  11. momtimestwo says:

    Love the picture!

  12. TheMonkeyKing says:

    Freeze tag!

  13. CompyPaq says:

    Wow I’ve been busy this week. I worked full-time hours at one job, a part-time at another, and am attending college full-time. Now the university is giving us a much needed (for me at least) a week off and my jobs won’t be so understaffed and I will be able to go back to more reasonable hours.

  14. Cantras says:

    Hey so consumerist, since you’ve stopped doing weekend posts, could the open thread be moved to the one of the last few things on friday? That way it’s easy for us to find and we can all natter at eachother easily all weekend.
    My thoughts about it, at least.

    Still job hunting, being lazy about it. :/

    • pop top says:

      I’d like to see it stay at the top for a while, so that it doesn’t get pushed down the page so quickly.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      I’ll talk it over with the management. When would you like to see it?

      • Cantras says:

        It’s hard to say, since I think a lot of people do get glee from posting on it at work — but on a busy friday, it ends up at the bottom of the page pretty quick. From squinko, it’d be neat if it was flagged to stay toward the top– I don’t know how hard that would be, but I think the stories of cashforgold suing you did that?
        Or maybe make the flickr one open too. or trade them or their places. I don’t know. just throwing out ideas, really, but it sucks that conversation dies because it’s down at the bottom of the page, or below a bunch of stuff already read.

  15. Noir says:

    I noticed there’s no way to “fav” articles anymore :(

  16. Not Given says:

    “You’re More Likely To Go Bankrupt From Winning A Lottery Than To Win One”

    I’d be willing to put that to the test.