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I absolutely hate Fleet Week, and I'll tell you why.

Fleet Week involves air shows. Air shows sometimes end up sending fighter planes over my house. Fighter planes over my house panic me and bring me back to my third period class on 9/11, when they were right over my school. This is not good.

And I feel so stupid about it. Nobody I knew got hurt. Nobody I knew* was even there - the closest was Jenn, on the boat. She just walked off back into the terminal and went home. Likewise, my mother and I were both on Staten Island. (And trapped here for a week!) It's not like I had to flee Lower Manhattan with body parts raining down on me.

So even though "a lingering dislike of low-flying planes, especially fighter planes" is a very, very minor side effect of 9/11, I don't like having any at all, like it's somehow disrespectful to people who actually suffered and actually have PTSD. (And you don't need to tell me that this is a ridiculous position. Knowing that doesn't make it better, and I feel like the vicious cycle this can lead to is a bit self-evident.)

On the plus side, and there is a plus side, at least I'm aware it's Fleet Week. It's only really bad when I don't pay attention to the calendar and am completely taken by surprise. One year the airshow was a week late or something, and I ended up in the basement with the girls. They thought I was completely overreacting. And I was, but if I hadn't been, I might've just saved their lives, so whatever.

Edit: Actually, I had the bright idea after typing all this up to look at the schedule. Looks like all airshows have already happened. Boy, is that a relief. Worked myself up over nothing!

(Still don't like Fleet Week.)

* This is not strictly true. My mother's coworkers were all there, and I knew many of them. But you know what I mean, I hope. Anyway, they all survived with no physical injuries.
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I had to guess using my history, and there were a few I had open for long term use and now I don't remember what they were.

Very annoyed.
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Nothing doing. I think poor Finn might be stuck in that stupid collar until a full ten days has passed, given how he dove right for his stitches and started to nibble.

Edit: Also, he's making a weird noise in his sleep. He's burping or hiccupping, I don't know, but it sounds like the sort of bubbles you'd hear popping in an old video game. It is super adorable.

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Learning to read as an adult might change the way your brain works

Evolution Runs Faster on Short Timescales

Reinventing high school

Male Fish Borrows Egg to Clone Itself

Taiwan is closer to being 1st Asian place to allow same-sex marriage

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen

Last show for Ringling: Why it’s not really the end of the circus

Scientists Hunt Hard Evidence On How Cop Cameras Affect Behavior

Hundreds protest over minimum wage at McDonald's stockholder meeting

Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students

How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science

8 in 10 people now see climate change as a “catastrophic risk” – survey

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids' Lives – At A Cost

There Aren't Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy

The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

Border Walls and Biodiversity: New barriers, new horizons

Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

How the Right Is Perverting Religious Liberty

Trump's budget means deep cuts for health care safety net

In Trump's America, Infrastructure Is Not for the People

I read Trump's budget with an expert. His take: it's cruel and based on phony assumptions.

SMBC: Marine Biology (This is not a funny comic.)

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

Army trucks roll deeper into Philippine city that is under siege while thousands flee
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Finnegan's Wake (the song, that is.)

They certainly get to brawling fast, don't they? I get that the row and the ruckus has to start somehow, and that they're all a little into their cups by now, and Biddy sure is a buzzkill... but even so. I wonder if we're missing some important backstory here.

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Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

Why the Venus de Milo Has Extra-Long Second Toes

Capybara Loves All The Animals On Her Farm

Study shows snakes, thought to be solitary eaters, coordinate hunts

Gorgeous Artwork Shows Kids With Their Superhero Shadows and Will Warm Your Frozen Heart

Welsh Farmer Accidentally Creates World's Hottest Chili

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering (Relevant link to LJ)

How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirit

Migrants sweep their way to integration in rubbish-strewn Rome

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

Grasshopper Glacier

Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance

Why we have more and more days without frost

Animals still in cages a year after Buenos Aires zoo closure

In the aftermath of disaster, Haitians ask what makes a city.

Why A Surgeon Taught A Non-Doctor To Do Brain Surgery

Without ID, Homeless Trapped in Vicious Cycle

Covering Standing Rock

The 'Muslim World' Does Not Exist

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Cocaine Is Destroying Forests in Central America

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

The Deportation Fears of Immigrants With Disabled Children

Federal Agents Are Now Using ‘Stingrays’ to Track and Capture Undocumented Immigrants

The Disappearing Data Project

Dubious arrests, damaged lives: How shelters criminalize hundreds of children

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

They Outnumber Refugees But Don't Often Make Headlines

The Scramble for Post-ISIS Syria Has Officially Begun

20 million people are starving and the media only cares about Trump, says UN

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.
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Apparently, people are looking up: Suborn, nutjob, collusion, counsel, and witch-hunt.

*giggles*

Now, class, I want you to write out the entire list three times, and then use each word in a sentence.

Sigh

May. 22nd, 2017 01:24 am
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So I'm reluctant to give Finn too many treats while he's walking around like the silliest evil overlord ever. He doesn't realize he ought to face forward, and so I end up with my hand above his nose, and one way or another, I'm likely to get my fingers nipped.

But after I walked him this evening I saw we had some chewies and thought I might try getting him to sit while I took off his leash. Well, he sat obediently and waited when I asked... but when I reached for his collar he stood up again. Lather, rinse, repeat. We'll call it a work in progress.

How many days until the cone comes off again!? We're on day three already.

He's now on my bed, looking like a pile of laundry. This is also improvement - before we took him to the groomer, he looked like a dust mop, and I couldn't make heads nor tails of him. Literally, was never sure which end was which until he stood up and licked me.

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Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Gender confirmation surgeries on the rise in the U.S.

How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movement

Woman Uses Ancient Swedish Herding Call To Bring Her Cows Home

In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s

A Brief History of the Pencil

31 Vintage Posters That Demand You Pick Up a Book

YOU CANNOT ACTUALLY DO ALL THE THINGS

Autistic people can hear more than most – which can be a strength and a challenge (No duh)

The Joys and Challenges of Being a Parent With Autism (All parents interviewed seem to use identify first language. Somehow, the writer of the piece didn't get the memo.)

The Immigrant Activist Who Loved America’s Ideals, If Not Its Actions

Urban beasts: how wild animals have moved into cities

Bevy of bobcats: Thriving animals poised as next urban pest

Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina congressional district maps

Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to Haitians

Trump admin scales back threat to sanctuary cities

Study finds that speeding up sepsis care can save lives

A Short History of U.S. Presidents Explaining Islam to Muslims

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' Lives

The Slums Of Buenos Aires Are Too Wet And Too Dry

The Children Being Denied Due Process

Spreading south, jihadist violence threatens future of children in central Mali

The war you’ve never heard of

Flynn declines Senate subpoena in Russia probe
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How do I make the dog stand again so we can do it again?
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This is a fairly common thing for autistics to have, a sort of developmental foreign accent syndrome, and I've got it too. (So, I think, does my mother, but she has an alternate explanation. Well, whatever the origin, she also is afflicted by people asking where she's from.) Interestingly, the further I get from NYC, the less people are likely to hear some strangely unidentifiable foreign accent in my speech.

Anyway, it's been a while since this came up in real life, but what do you know, just yesterday one of the people at the doctor's office asked when I was there with my mother!

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Haiti chefs carving out higher profile for country's cuisine

We may have accidentally formed a protective bubble around Earth

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

The Lost Typefaces of W.A. Dwiggins

This Barista’s Disney Latte Art Makes Caffeine Too Pretty to Consume

Novel tissue-engineered islet transplant achieves insulin independence in type 1 diabetes

Flappers Didn’t Really Wear Fringed Dresses

The Suffragist Statue Trapped in a Broom Closet for 75 Years

Fiction: The Lifecycle of Software Objects

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls meet families after 3 years

Young Muslim Americans Need Leadership. Can These Men And Women Answer The Call?

Racism Harms Children’s Health, Survey Finds

Fast-Growing Moss Is Turning Antarctica Green

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly disease

American Dolchstoss: The German “stab-in-the-back” myth springs back to life in America, this time through scapegoating over lost jobs.

A meatpacking town in Kansas opened its doors to Somali refugees. Then a group of Trump supporters plotted to kill them after Election Day.

Yemen cholera cases could hit 300,000 within six months: WHO

‘It’s just horrific’: caseworkers break their silence to reveal toll of addiction on children

Politics )
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And there are no real sidewalks, so I took the bus to pick him up. The bus drops you off directly. OMG, the bus ride is even *longer*, though.

Plus, my metrocard didn't work, so I had to make a pit stop to make change. Got him some chewies in the hopes that they'd keep him happy on the ride. They did not. All he wanted was to snuggle, preferably entirely out of the bag.

He's now home, calm but subdued. Not much interested in eating yet. Looks like he's about to fall over asleep.

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Scorching weather breaking records in Northeast US cities (Golly, was it really hot out today? I didn't know at all!)

30 Excellent Terms From a 17th Century Slang Dictionary

How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset

Bessie Stringfield, the Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s

Swallowable gastric balloon could help the obese lose weight without surgery

The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files (I didn't know there was a film of the book!)

Scientists Just Found a Completely New Kind of Symbiotic Relationship

From Dark to Dark: Yes, Women Have Always Written Space Opera

Why Does New York State Control the Subway? That’s the 20-Cent Question

Why Is Trump Ignoring These Good Heartland Jobs?

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

Sri Lankan Tamils remember relatives killed in the civil war

My two messed-up countries: an immigrant’s dilemma

How the wrong cat litter took down a nuclear waste repository

The 1927 Bombing That Remains America’s Deadliest School Massacre

Unaccompanied minors among stranded migrants in Serbia

You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor

"No Place Is Safe": This Is What Happens to Kids When an Undocumented Parent Is Detained

Trump's Fans Shrug Off Oval Office Leak (Terrifyingly Onionesque. Sample quote: '“This is only a scandal in the minds of those who haven’t heard that the Cold War is over,” said white nationalist Richard Spencer, who over the weekend rallied a peaceful, torch-bearing mob in support of the Confederacy at a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.' OMG.)

Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748)

Dog chews

May. 17th, 2017 06:03 pm
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Why are they so expensive?

Tomorrow Finn is going back to the shelter to be fixed. I was supposed to get a ride over, but turns out she's, like, quadruple booked, so it's starting to look like I'll have to take the bus. Yeah, that's gonna be fun.

Well, the newest Attolia book finally came out, and I wanted to re-read the first four, so I guess this'll give me the time to do it. There and back again - twice. WITH A DOG.

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Cockatoos keep their tools safe

Why Early America Was Obsessed With Wooden Nutmegs

St. Louis Road Workers Were Defeated by This Small Blue Kia

Library brings drag queens, kids together for story hour

Humans rely more on 'inferred' visual objects than 'real' ones

Pointless snek meme, but no matter how often I see it, I still giggle

Some fandoms are like that. (Even in Australia.)

This Craftsman Creates Stunning Floor Art From Random Wood Pieces

It’s Not Just Chili Peppers That Are Hot

Setting aside a few uncomfortable economic truths such as the increasing U.S. skills gap, eye-wateringly high unemployment in parts of the euro zone, and growing income inequality in China, the world economy has been doing pretty well this year.

Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

Smoke alarm: Indonesians take tiny steps against Big Tobacco

'America's Deaf Team' Tackles Identity Politics

How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing

The Aesthetics of Bliss and Trauma in Plantation Weddings

Expelled by Beijing

Born a cremator: An Indian boy's fight for an education

Piss off a man today. Tell him you agree with his compliment of you.

Man gets 49 years for anti-transgender hate crime killing

When Your Child Is a Psychopath: The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.

El Daily Stormer: Neo-Nazi website is now in Spanish, too (What is this, I don't even.)

Why does the U.S. lead the world in incarceration?

Trump is deleting climate change, one site at a time

Famine 'not fake news': WFP head laments media's Trump focus

Remote island turns into a dump after 38 million pieces of trash wash ashore
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Mom: ...and after all, 100 years ago a marriage between an Irish Catholic and a Jew was considered a racially mixed marriage. I think there was a play about that...
Me: There was, Abie's Irish Rose, which was popular enough to spawn a sequel. The couple had twins.
Mom: HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS? THIS IS NOT NORMAL TO KNOW!

Honestly, Mommy, you're the one who brought it up!

And the answer is I know about it the same way I knew about Chekov's Gun when a cabbie brought it up a few weeks prior: TvTropes. So now you know! (I tried telling her that, but I'm not sure she's ever been on TvTropes herself, so....)
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Okay, I'm setting up a pool. Pick a day, a charity*, and a price between $1 and $10. If he's ousted any day other than the one you picked, you donate your money to the winner's charity. The winner gets to keep their cash. (If he's ousted on a day nobody picked, everybody donate!)

And to ante up, I'll take Labor Day, $10, CityHarvest.

* We all reserve the right not to donate to charities we find morally offensive.
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She's now 14 years old. Dear god, where does the time even go!?
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"The Black Panthers were scum, name one good thing they ever did!"
"Free breakfasts."
"Your source doesn't provide enough information! You're full of shit!"
"My source is National Geographic. They're a reputable source. You don't like it, go google it."
"Anyway, the FBI calls them an extremist organization!"
"The FBI called Martin Luther King an extremist. On this issue, they are not a reputable source."

I'm debating whether or not I care to go another round. On the one hand, it passes the time while the girls take their break. On the other... meh.
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First, if anybody reading this on LJ actually has a journal on DW that they post in, please let me know so I can, um, know.

Secondly, if anybody on DW is actively looking for new readers or journals to read, you might try posting in [community profile] addme, [community profile] addme_fandom, or [community profile] 2017revival. They're reasonably active right now. (Of course, most people reading this either already know about that or, better yet, met me via those comms, but that's not the point. I want moar people.)

Thirdly, and this is entirely unrelated, I screwed up dinner and now I need to cook something fast with, pretty much no ingredients. Fuck.
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Now, back when I first binge-watched all available Steven Universe eps I had a few thoughts, but I decided to wait until the current season had ended before posting. And now I'm pretty sure it has, so here we go.

This should not spoil any of the recent episodes )
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And if he does, he's better at shutting up when we return just after seeing or hearing us, without needing snuggles first. But he's still in a "I want to be touching you all the time, put me on your lap!" stage, which is... awkward. Moonpie went through this stage too, and I get it, I do... but I want my lap!

Also, his front legs are slightly bowed. Apparently this is a known issue with poodles. It doesn't seem to be harming him, and he's already fully grown, so I won't bother sending a bug report calling the vet over it.

Also also, every time I mean to say "poodle", I start to say "poogle" instead. All those years of Neopets, I guess. I didn't even like poogles! But sometimes, I just can't remember which is a real world pet and which is a Neopet.

Also x 3, cats keep their penises inside them. Dogs apparently do not. Every time he rolls over on his back for a tummy rub I go "Egads, what the hell IS that!?" before remembering that it's not a bizarre growth, it's actually supposed to be there. (Funnily enough, that's what happened the first time I saw a cat penis as well. My parents had a hard time convincing me it was supposed to still be there even though he was fixed!)

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The human sense of smell: It's stronger than we think

Katz's Deli to offer a taste of a its famous menu - by mail

The Doctor Will See Your Iguana Now (Warning: One of the treated animals dies in the article.)

Florence Nightingale Was Born 197 Years Ago, And Her Infographics Were Better Than Most of the Internet

On fanfic & emotional continuity

Mussel gloop can be used to make wounds knit without any scars

'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle and Slaves' Narrative

The Tale of the Toad and the Bearded Female Saint

Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?

How Don Diva Became the Magazine for Prisoners and Those Who Follow Them

The Victorian Belief That a Train Ride Could Cause Instant Insanity

Maybe the Internet Isn’t Tearing Us Apart After All

When Atlantic City floods, low-income neighborhoods are left underwater

Sessions issues sweeping new criminal charging policy

Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

Signing Away the Right to Get a New Job

A Civil-Rights Lawsuit in Mississippi

What an Immigrant Murder in Kansas Says About America

Sister: Weakened 'Sandra Bland Act' in Texas 'gut-wrenching'

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

Lucky break slows cyberattack; what's coming could be worse

Politics. God, I wish he'd just ascend already! )
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The girls don't like it, so I don't often make it, but it's delicious and healthy.

Ingredients

Enough greens to fill a 8-inch square cake pan, or the equivalent - I used a mix of half kale, half spinach
1 bunch scallions
A good handful or two of dill or mint (or you could try both, but I'm not sure that works)
A handful of parsley (optional)
1 - 5 cloves garlic, depending on how much you like garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
6-ish eggs
Feta cheese

Preheat the oven to, uh, 300? 325?

Chop up the greens and aromatics. This time around I used a food processor, it depends on how finely you want them chopped. The more you chop them, the more you'll need to fill your pan!

Add in your garlic clove, minced. Mix it all up with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Toss in the pan, make an indentation for each egg. Carefully add the eggs to the indents so you don't break the yolks. Sprinkle the feta around, careful not to just plop it into the aforementioned yolks. Shove in the oven. Cook for 25 - 35 minutes, depending on what temperature you picked and how hard you like your eggs.

This is an adaptable recipe. Take out the dill or mint, add basil and oregano and parmesan. Take out the dill and mint, add crushed red pepper, switch the scallions to onions and the feta to blue cheese. Take the dill and mint, add oregano and ham or bacon, switch the feta with cubes of cheddar. For some of these, you'll want to add the cheese later, though, so be careful.
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The flowers are blooming (achoo!), the grass is growing, and little baby birds are dead all over the sidewalks. You know, nobody ever seems to mention that sign of the seasons, but I'm sure it'd make a fine kigo in a haiku.

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'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials

10 Old-Timey Exclamations From Across the U.S. (I'm not convinced anybody has ever actually said any of these, but whatevs.)

Birds choose their neighbours based on personality

Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain

What's So Great About 350 Degrees?

If People Talked About Other Things the Way They Talked About Gender Identity

New studies suggest everything we thought we knew about salt could be completely wrong

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets

Israel’s Invisible Filipino Work Force

New Zealand's ambitious plan to save birds: Kill every rat

Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

Texas votes to give immigration lockups child care licenses

The Border Patrol's Corruption Problem

US digs for evidence of Haiti immigrant crimes

Of the 63 people killed during '92 riots, 23 deaths remain unsolved — artist Jeff Beall is mapping where they fell

“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King

How Amazon, Once Again, Is Driving Down The Value Of Books And Undermining Authors

In Senegal, Iran and Saudi Arabia vie for religious influence

Childhood bullying linked to health risks in adulthood

There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

How To Spot Fascism Before It’s Too Late

The American Health Care Act's Prosperity Gospel

Where have all the insects gone?

Abortion foes cheer series of advances, as opponents protest
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There are 9 Rovers and 9 Fidos, and 63 Finns, but only one Moonpie. (Interestingly, there is also a Moops, which is what we sometimes call Moonie when we're being silly.)

Of course, last I checked, some 80% of the dogs in NYC are unlicensed, so who knows if this is totally representative? Maybe people who license their dogs follow different trends from people who don't.
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Thus far, Finn has learned that he's much more likely to get a treat if he's sitting. He doesn't quite connect the action to the command yet, but still, that's progress. Moonpie has learned that if I'm saying "Sit!", treats are in the offering for good doggies, and she wants in on that action. Any actual sitting on her part is purely accidental. I've learned that I really need to get somebody to isolate the second dog while I work with the first dog, otherwise it's a disaster in the making.
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So naturally, after we've paid up, I'm wondering if we ought to switch CSAs next year. I don't like change, and we've been using this one for a while, but the last few years have been a bit lackluster as far as our share goes. (Translation: Not enough purslane or scapes, far too many jerusalem artichokes.) And it's a long trip out for meh. Plus this year fruit went on a twice-a-month schedule instead of weekly.

I should make a list of CSA options in a reasonable travel radius, with pros and cons. I'll get on that soon.

Also: In kinda a dinner rut. If anybody wants to suggest a recipe I might not have thought of, go for it. I don't eat mushrooms, the girls don't eat squash (winter or summer), sweet potato, or eggplant. (At least they agree on what they don't like!)

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Your Patek Philippe Caliber 89 Now Needs A Service – A Look At Horology's Easter Problem

Colony density, not hormones, triggers honeybee 'puberty'

The Writer Behind a Muslim Marvel Superhero on Her Faith in Comics

Black women move to forefront in fight for racial equality

Is This How Discrimination Ends?

The Thieves Who Steal Sunken Warships, Right Down to the Bolts

Old tech, passwords galore hurt US tracking of visa holders

He convinced former CIA operatives he was one of them. Was he an impostor?

The Secret Republican Plan to Redistribute America’s Wealth

Private Prison Corporation Wrote Texas Bill Extending How Long Immigrant Children Can Be Detained

Trump’s “religious liberty” executive order is meant to legalize anti-LGBT discrimination — and may be unconstitutional Or you could listen to somebody who's read the damn thing.

Another swamp win—Republicans in Congress voted to cheat workers out of overtime pay

Expensive, grueling fights in store for US special education

Don’t Make Housing for the Poor Too Cozy, Carson Warns (Fuck you, Ben Carson.)
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He doesn't need it just yet (no fur) except for his tail, but we want him to be used to it by the time he does need it.

In other news, Callie has finally consented to come in my room and sit on my lap when both dogs are present. This is great! I was worried she felt left out or unloved.

And Jenn has found out about Finn's twice-a-day peanut butter habit. "No wonder he stays up in your room! You keep feeding him doggy crack!" Honestly, she makes it sound like I lured him up here! Now that his weight is about where it ought to be, he'll have to cut down on how much peanut butter he eats. We don't want to go too far overboard in the other direction.

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The courting cephalopods of the East China Sea

One of the Earliest Industrial Spies Was a French Missionary Stationed in China

Bedrock of Earth got severely beaten up by hothouse climate conditions during one of planet’s mass extinctions some 200 million years ago. But the process also allowed life to bounce back.

16 Dandelion Recipes

Hand that 'sees' offers new hope to amputees

The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages

You are welcome here, US colleges assure overseas students

The midwife who saved intersex babies

The Twisted History of IUD Design

The Nazi Board Games of World War II

The Nazi Who Infiltrated National Geographic

Border Patrol brings stepped-up recruiting to fairs, rodeos

America’s Other Drug Problem

Why U.S. Criminal Courts Are So Dependent on Plea Bargaining

The Broken Promises of Choice in New York City Schools

Spooked by Trump, Central American immigrants turn to Mexico

Who Is a ‘Criminal’?

Female dragonflies found to fake death to avoid male advances

US plan to improve firefighter shelters falters

The Accidental Get Away Driver

Crumbling roads bring higher taxes

A Principal Is Accused of Being a Communist, Rattling a Brooklyn School (FFS!)

Afghan women fear loss of shelters as funding dwindles

Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas

Why you can't ignore Puerto Rico's bankruptcy

Decades of data on world's oceans reveal a troubling oxygen decline

In Ukraine, feeling grows that the east is lost to Russia

At FDA, TVs now turned to Fox News and can't be switched

A Path to America, Marked by More and More Bodies

Okay...

May. 6th, 2017 01:32 pm
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So I'm talking to somebody and it's friendly-but-heated, as conversations get (no hard feelings, though, right?) and every time they edit, it shows up in my inbox as a new notification.

Which is fine. I edit my comments all the freaking time! Editing is great!

But I don't want all those notifications. It doesn't look like there's an option for "send edit notifications if and only if I've already read or replied to the comment since the last edit", but before I ask for that feature, I thought I'd check and see if maybe it's just hidden in some bizarre, unintuitive spot.
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Obviously, individuals vary, but I was just googling up "chihuahua" and "poodle". Well, first I was looking up cognitive enrichment for dogs. Well, no, first I was looking up toys that dispense treats, and before that I was looking up how much chihuahuas and toy poodles should eat and exercise daily, but I digress.

All the resources I find on the internet seem to use a simple measurement to assess breed intelligence: How rapidly members of this breed learn new tricks, and how likely they are to do the trick when told.

Which is all well and good, but it seems to me that it's missing an important component, namely: What if your highly intelligent dog is simply not motivated to do what you want? (We see this with human testing as well, I guess.)

There has got to be a better way, but damn if I can see it.
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For crying out loud, if you want somebody not to respond, try not responding to them first. Definitely do not respond with "go away and stop responding to me" or any variations thereof. That never works.

Signed, somebody who is constitutionally incapable of going away and not responding to people.

(Honestly, I know better, but it's like I black out and the next thing I know, there's another response posted.)
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When Squirrels Were One of America’s Most Popular Pets (Honestly, I wonder why nobody's tried to domesticate the squirrel. Or maybe they did and failed? But it seems like squirrels can hardly be a worse candidate for domestication than ferrets and cats, so....)

Photographer Uncovers The White Ravens Of Legend In West Coast Forest

Forgotten History: The First Movie and the Scientific Question It Sought to Answer

Dear Mathematician Who Discovered Me…

How the NASA Wake-Up Call Went From an Inside Joke to a Beloved Tradition

How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I

How dandelion seeds act as a perfect pipette in the lab

A Visit to the Synthetic Cadaver Factory

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case

We Asked ICE About the Prank Calls to Their Anti-Immigrant Hotline and They Kind of Lost Their Shit

Key to Improving Subway Service in New York? Modern Signals

Colombia's famous guerrilla singer searches for a new tune

Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home

The Changing of the Global Economic Guard

Desperate Families Driven to Black Market Insulin

Overcoming Opioids: When pills are a hospital's last resort

Republican Blurts Out That Sick People Don’t Deserve Affordable Care

Inside The Immigrant-Prosecuting Machine That Transformed America’s Deportation Policy

Hey kids, salt stays and grains go in school meals

Without school, children of Mosul feared lost to poverty and conflict

Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria

Greece agrees to new bailout terms - and more austerity

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.

Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP
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Came out with two each duck and chicken feet, lamb and pig ears (each dog liked a different body part more, so that's nice and even), and also a bag of Himalayan dog chews. And a new 6 foot leash.

Forgot the toothpaste.

The bag for the Himalayan dog chews says the ingredient list includes cow milk, yak milk, lime juice, and salt. It then continues "no chemicals or preservatives". Excuse me, exactly what do you guys think "salt" is if not a chemical and a preservative? Not to mention that lime juice.

The dogs are intensely interested in having it, but not in chewing it. Dogs are very strange animals, and I'm still weirded out by the fact that they don't purr.
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We adopted him the Tuesday after Easter. At that point he weighed 6.1 pounds, counting all the fur. Now he's an even 7 pounds! And that's all him, baby, no fur at all! Go Finn! Just did the conversion, that's a gain of just over an ounce a day.

I should weigh Moonpie too.
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The cut had to be quite short, given the matting of his fur. Next time, we'll ask that it's not so short. He can be neat and clean and have an easy-to-maintain style without being totally naked.
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And when he was done chewing on the leash, he chewed on the cage. Oh, dear! Moonpie was no better about having her nails clipped, she tried to bite and had to be muzzled :( I've got to move on having her let me clip her nails myself, because clearly the vet's office is no place she wants to be.

Still, we now have Finn. They asked "Is that your dog?" and I did not recognize him! He's a completely different dog! He looks like a little lamb, a little lamb that people care about. Pictures are forthcoming. Actually, I want to get current pics of all the animals, so maybe I'll post them all.
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and she used my phone number to do it. I've gotten a lot of spammy calls and texts. When we get around to replacing her phone, I think I'll take the new one and give her my phone with the old number. Let her deal with telling the callers that she's only a kid and not interested in mortgages or car insurance!
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Well, no, the thunderstorm didn't wake me up - I just incorporated the booming into my dream. What woke me up was Moonpie shivering in terror next to me, and flinching at every boom. Poor baby! Finn, on my other side, slept through the whole thing.
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In 1940, the US Government had a radio broadcast highlighting the lives of illustrious immigrants. In 2017, we're starting an agency that focuses only on crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, and publishing a list of such crimes, which is literally something the Nazis did.

(Admittedly, FDR's government ended up interning the Japanese, and certainly deported any number of actual American citizens for being too brown and speaking Spanish, but let's not lose sight of the point here. This sucks.)
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You know, I've been going back and forth on how bad I feel about the way we got Finn. Right now I'm firmly back on the "not bad at all" side, because apparently the kids told her that he got out while they were bringing in groceries, and instead of catching him or chasing him (and as an older dog, he just doesn't move that fast, even when people do bother to trim his toenails so they aren't digging into his feet!) they decided to finish with the groceries first. This task must've taken quite a while, because it was a good 45 minutes between Finn arriving at our door and them arriving at our door to ask if we'd seen him.

Honestly, it seems this is the bare minimum of responsible dog ownership. Just a day or two ago, I caught somebody's dog for them. The dog bounded into my arms, and I held her still as the owner trotted up. That woman had chased after her dog for three blocks! But they couldn't bother to get their not-very-fast dog before they brought in the potatoes? Potatoes don't go anywhere!
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Dogs can really streamline my after dinner clean-up. I've long since been in the habit of tossing meat scraps at any cats lucky enough to be in my vicinity as I put away dinner, but now I have furry disposals for veggie scraps as well. (Yes, I know, dogs - especially small dogs! - should only have a small amount of human food. But I don't think a few bites of plain boiled potato is going to kill them. I google everything before I let any animal near it, and anyway, if it's more than a few bites I put it away in the fridge.)

Finn, thus far, has proven himself quite enthusiastic about plain boiled potatoes, tomatoes (only in tiny quantities, which means I now have to hide my tomatoes away), green beans, and sweet potato. Moonpie is enthusiastic about... dog treats. Sometimes. Well, there's no accounting for taste!

We want to get Finn fattened up so he can have his surgery, so anything healthy that he's eager to eat, we're happy to give him.

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