Holiday Schedule

Lambert and your humble blogger, being habituated to working way too hard, and also having considerable fondness for the NC commentariat, will keep posting daily through January 4, but on our “weekend” schedule, which means 3 posts a day (Links + 2 others). Lambert I believe is graciously providing a Water Cooler Lite today, so be sure to check back for that.

Please bear in mind that since the world is (hopefully) disengaging and getting a bit of R&R next week, Links are certain to have fewer offerings, and we might dig into our archives and provide some reruns of historical posts that we think have held up well.

We hope all of you enjoy the holiday season! Safe travels for those of you who will be on the road.

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  1. ewmayer

    [h/t to my UK friend Paul, from whom I first heard this. Note the strongly-encrypted answer – try and crack that, NSA spooks and Iranian infrastructure hackerzz!]

    Q: What is the collective term for a group of financiers?

    !sreknab fo hcnuw A :A

    Oh, wait, I think I may have jumped the gun. :) Sorry, Yves! Luckily, I’ll be here all week – make sure to tip your waitstaff generously…

      1. ewmayer

        That is appropriately descriptive of the subspecies, but alas the resulting first-letter-swap ‘bountebank of mankers’ is not especially humorous.

        (OTOH ‘the best way to screw bank is to mount one’ might lend itself into being turned into a good laff line.)

  2. Benedict@Large

    Thanks both for all your efforts throughout the year, and be sure to enjoy the lighter schedule through the holidays.

  3. alex morfesis

    Sit back, relax and enjoy your well earned breaks…the darkness will still be here waiting for you to shed light on it…peace and happy holidays…

  4. fresno dan

    Happy Festivus!!!

    A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.

    Barbara Dawson, 57, collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went to seek treatment for breathing difficulties, said Blountstown Police Department chief Mark Mallory. Mallory said an officer had arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

    An autopsy on Dawson has been performed and the results should be released Wednesday, Mallory said. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials have been called in to investigate, department spokesman Steve Arthur said. He declined to comment further.

    Mallory said that the officer who arrested Dawson removed the handcuffs after she collapsed and escorted her back into the hospital.

    “We were told by a doctor once she got back in the hospital that her vital signs were good and it was their decision to readmit her,” he said.

    In addition to the obvious deficiencies of the hospital, one wonders about the competence of the physicians. You know your body best of all – if you don’t like what a doctor is telling you, get another one. In this case of course, there wasn’t time to be taken to a real hospital.

    will this affect the hospital accreditation? Do you think the SEC does a good job?

  5. abynormal

    Thank You Yves & Lambert for sharing your Time & TalentS…Happy Trails on the Down Time

    (hope i survive family behaving badly)

    “My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.
    My dream holiday would be a) a ticket to Amsterdam b) immunity from prosecution and c) a baseball bat.” ~Terry Pratchett

  6. ex-PFC Chuck

    Thank you, Yves, and Lambert for all you do. And thanks as well to the IT people behind the curtain who keep things running.

  7. JohnnyGL


    Please be careful to pace yourselves. We’re going to need your help to keep our society from driving itself into a ditch….again…and again. Lambert’s got a garden to chill out in. We should get one for Yves, too (if she doesn’t already have one).

  8. tegnost

    Happy holidays all, and safe travels, I’ve already started and did both donner and siskyous twice in the last week and it was gnarly if you’re going that way have yours chains ready!

  9. Teejay

    If you need any thoughts on possible reruns “The Moneysburg Address” is a winner in my book (for what it’s worth).

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