Found: A Letter to the Future From 1995
Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions
More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome
A Window Into Windex
How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food
Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clock
Hyenas spark admiration, not fear, in Ethiopia's Harar city
Marrying Later, Staying Single Longer (Nifty animated graphs!)
The Power of Inclusive Sex Education
Tech giant releasing 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno; that's a good thing, really
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun
The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates
Swiss glacier yields bodies of couple missing for 75 years
The Prisoner Who Painted Dachau’s Horrors (Some of the paintings are reproduced in the article.)
Puerto Rico economic crisis hits island's only zoo
The Summer of Misreading Thucydides
'Inappropriate' and 'Insulting.' Most Americans Disapprove of Trump's Twitter Use
More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women
Republican attempts to replace Obamacare fail
Separatists proclaim a new state to replace Ukraine
A video of a woman in a skirt sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia
Australians see woman's shooting by police as US nightmare
Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye.
'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat
UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials
I went looking for songlists, as I've been doing, to spark my memories. There are no song lists for "strong women in love." There are countless love song lists, and there are "female empowerment" lists (there is, apparently, basically no such thing as "male empowerment"), but nobody combines those ideas. There's a lot of love songs I like, but very few that make me "want to fall in love." Even these, I'm not sure are correct, but at least they don't carry any "nope nope nope; I am so done with that game" vibes for me.
It Must Be Love (Rickie Lee Jones) | Circles (Captain and Tennille) | Innocent Man (Billy Joel) | In a Big Country (Big Country) | Like a Prayer (Madonna) | Country Bumpkin (Loretta Lynn)
( And the only one that actually brings me happy thoughts about a hypothetical relationship )
(And they progress so rapidly! They no longer panic when I stand up, but just kinda look at me.)
City birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks
Artificial Intelligence Learns to Walk
Southern-style barbecue is spreading around the world, turning weekend grillers into would-be pitmasters. Meet a real baron of barbecue – ‘Big Moe.’
Unsucking the Classics
10 Coolest Ice Cream Traditions
Jerry Foster: King of the Wild Blue Sky
A Refugee Family Arrives in Arkansas, Before the Door Shuts
Maduro foes: Over 7 million vote in Venezuelan referendum
6 Terrifying Powers You Didn't Know The Government Had
Despite low approval rating and controversies, Trump pushes forward
Trump Cuts Over $200 Million from Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Sessions Argues ‘Sanctuary’ Cities Breed Crime By Citing Study That Says They Don’t
As US hits 50,000 cap, refugees must prove they have American connections
Amid disputes, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea
200 Environmentalists Were Murdered Last Year
A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment (The Atlantic asks the same question I had: Where was all this rethinking and non-judgmental reporting when these "opioid-dependent newborns" were mostly black?)
My Visit With One of the Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo
The unwanted: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup
Turkey’s Erdogan turned a failed coup into his path to greater power
Year after coup, Turkey's opposition on the march. But to where?
Here are some of the toughest battles still to be fought against ISIS
Vaccine deployment for cholera suspended in Yemen
In St. Louis, America's nuclear history creeps into the present, leaching into streams and bodies.
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.
The Heat is On | Little Red Corvette | You Want It Darker | September | Rebel Rebel | Lucky Man | Big City | Faith
( 2016 was a horrible year to be a celebrity. )
And then I picked up my CSA and headed home, and by the time I reached the boat I realized... I had actually managed to not eat anything all day. It was really hot! I wasn't hungry! But that won't do, and I was starting to get cranky, so I took my remaining $4, borrowed $3 from the boys' mom, and bought myself some food from Wendy's.
This is where the older boy spoke up: I like Wendy's food. They're my second favorite, after Burger King. I don't like McDonald's at all.
Me: Why not?
Kid: Because it'll make you fat!
Me: Hm. *munchmunchmunch* Are you perhaps operating under the impression that Wendy's or Burger King are somehow healthier than McDonald's?
Kid: ...aren't they?
It's interesting how kids get these ideas, isn't it? (Of course, I took pains to point out that skinny != healthy, and that fast food in moderation can be part of a healthy diet so long as you mostly eat healthy and get a reasonable amount of exercise, and that at his age he shouldn't be thinking about his weight at all.)
I should really start referring to him with a letter, like I do with most kids. Trouble is, his usual name is his initials already! So I can't just use those. He likes the Flash, maybe I'll call him Flash. Can't just keep calling him "the older boy", it's ridiculous.
Canceled $30K wedding becomes dinner for Indiana homeless
Actor and rapper Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, commissioned Sam Spratt to do the art for his 2012 mixtape “Royalty.” However, the project took on a life of its own and Spratt created ten limited edition prints inspired by Norman Rockwell.
Jane Austen, Home Brewer
The Story of the ‘Portofess,’ the Prank Confessional Booth at the 1992 Democratic Convention
New boy muppet in Afghanistan promotes gender equality
How transgender-friendliness may help in battling female-unfriendly toilet culture (In their analysis, they forgot two factors as to why women wait longer on line to pee. First, cisgender women have smaller bladders even we aren't pregnant, and sometimes we have to handle periods, two things which make us visit the bathroom more often. Even a small increase in potty usage can lead to lines. Secondly, children, regardless of sex and gender, are more likely to use the ladies' room than the men's room, because they're more likely to be with a female caregiver. Add that to the factors they did mention and - yikes!)
Sword belonging to commander of black Civil War unit found
If Disney Princesses Were Engineers…
Filipino church feeds expansion by buying ghost town in US
Generous people live happier lives
Baby squirrels are more likely to survive if they’re born early (The article just restates that in a wordier way. Ignore the words, look at the pics. SQUEE!)
How Goofing Off Helps Kids Learn
The Insolent Chauffeurs of America’s Early Automobile Era
‘400 years is long enough’: Virginia’s ‘first contact’ Indian tribes demand federal recognition
Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts
A Victorian Wife's Best Friend: The Role of Cats & Dogs in Cases of Spousal Abuse (This is not, of course, limited to the past.)
The Librarian Who Took On Al-Qaeda
A small, vocal group of Conservative rabbis is pushing the movement to accept marriages between Jews and non-Jews. The fight is really about the future of the religion.
After a Harrowing Flight From U.S., Refugees Find Refuge in Canada
A mission to the Pacific plastic patch
She’s His Rock. His Parole Officer Won’t Let Him See Her.
America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children
Police killings: the price of being disabled and black in America
The Reckoning Over Young Prisoners Serving Life Without Parole
Should NYPD lawyers step in to prosecute? Protesters say no
Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US
Pakistan’s secret atheists
Rohingya villagers tell media of abuses during army crackdown
Somehow I appear to have missed posting last week. We've moved. (Looking at the notes for last Sunday, I'm guessing that the reason I missed posting was sheer exhaustion -- that was a busy day, and I'd done more lifting than is good for me.)
We moved into the new house on Wednesday. The movers, from Two Men And a Truck, were fast and efficient - we were out of the apartment in an hour and a half. Highly recommended.
My new phone, on the other hand, is not highly recommended. It's a great phone, except that because it was factory unlocked it doesn't support HD Voice and, hence, WiFi Calling. That's bad, because the cell signal here is rather spotty. It could be worse, except that I actually have a signal in the house, albeit a weak one at times.
I spent hours on chat with AT&T's tech support, and hours in their store, and a little while in the T-Mobile store, trying to get the damned thing recognized by the network. No dice. Now it won't even work as a WiFi hotspot, which sucks. I'll have to swap it again. I hate phones. I hate phone companies. H8 H8 H8. (Basingstoke.)
We are mostly moved in, except that our beds are in the second pod, which isn't arriving until next week. Oops. So we're still on the sofabed, which is in the living room because we didn't want to try to deal with moving it out of the bedroom. It's not merely heavy, it's huge, and won't fit vertically through a doorway.
The house is going to take some getting used to. The kitchen is lovely and open, but doesn't have as much storage as we expected -- in particular, there's only one rather narrow set of drawers. So that will take some refactoring.
The biggest problem, though, is the cats. Ticia is no longer being aggressive toward Cricket, but she's curious. Cricket, however, is terrified, and just hides. That's going to take some work -- it's not the usual case where one cat is being aggressive, so the usual procedures for reintroducing cats don't really apply.
Other than that, though, I like it here. There are a few other assorted inconveniences, but the place itself is lovely -- calm and quiet.
SAM FROM ATTACK THE BLOCK IS THE NEW DOCTOR!!!!!
Does this mean we can have crossover fic where Sam is really the Doctor taking a break cos the TARDIS is messed up or smth, and when it gets fixed she takes Moses and Pest with her across the universe as Companions? PLEASE CAN WE HAVE THIS????
....or I could just write it myself, fucking hell.
Or, if you're more in the mood for picture books, she hasn't written this one but I still need, like, a dozen copies: Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is OK!
I tell you, this time Amazon's recommendations are exactly right.
They are habitually hiding when people enter the room... but when I shifted the bed a little they came out and purred at me. This is probably because they thought I had food. No such luck - Eva had already fed them, and since I know kittens who haven't gone hungry will eat until they vomit, and these kittens have, I didn't want to risk them upchucking even a little bit of their medicine. I'll feed them later. Nellie came close and let me pet her, even putting my hand over her eyes! But when I attempted to move her to my lap, she bolted. Conclusion: I'm definitely not the first one to try snatching her up. And Kid Blink also came and sniffed my fingers and gingerly rubbed against my hand for a second, which makes me feel really good about her prospects.
I meant to talk to my neighbor today, but I forgot she goes to Mass, and I don't know when she'll be home. I should leave a note on her door.
Also I went looking for the details about several bands I thought had broken up and discovered that many of them had gotten back together in some way, and several of them are still recording. (Supertramp is still active. Huh.)
White Rabbit | Gimme Gimme Gimme | Vacation | Peaceful Easy Feeling | Come Dancing | Anarchy in the UK
( One of the few bands I've seen in concert - well, I've seen the abridged version of the band. )
But I'm the one saying it now, and I'm saying it so you know not to judge me too harshly for the events in this story.
I was walking home from the grocery store, laden down with two very heavy bags (among other things, each had a six-pack of snapple), when I saw my chance to nab one of the two tortie kittens I've been worried about. Not the sicker one, the friendlier one!
Turns out this kitten is friendly enough so long as you don't act like you're trying to snatch her. This is unsurprising - apparently, two of her five siblings got picked up in just this way. (A third died. You can see why I want to TNR Mama.) So I waited until she was very close, and then I grabbed her nape. Well, kittens will settle when you do that, but she wouldn't let me hold her close, and I had no way to pick up my groceries!
As luck would have it, a family was walking towards me right then. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers, and had no hesitation whatsoever in asking them to help me with my bags if they were going my way. They dropped me off at the corner and I ran home, stashed the kitten in the front entryway, and ran back to grab my bags and the antibiotics from my neighbor.
Naturally, after having been isolated for five minutes in a strange place, the kitten decided that I must be her best friend. I've encountered this before when rehoming semi-feral kittens. If you'll excuse the armchair psychology, I figure it's some sort of Stockholm thing. They're away from everything they know, but you're familiar and you haven't actually hurt them, so you must be a friend! She purred up a storm and let me hold her properly to put her in a larger room with food. (FOOD!) There was medicine on the food, which is the important thing, but not what she cared about. (That medicine is crucially important - this kitty's eyes are better, but she's sniffling. Sniffles + eye troubles = bad news for kittens.)
Then I got a little overawed with my own mad skillz, and decided to get her sister. Guess what I forgot? Yes, I forgot to bring a carrier. Like I said, I'm usually smarter than this, so don't judge me! Her sister's eye is much worse, and looking at it, I'm not sure that there isn't any permanent damage. But at least it's only one eye. This kitten was not so friendly, and smart enough to avoid me after my first attempt, so I had to enlist the man who's been feeding her. Smart kitty - she wanted the food, but she was wary of approaching any human with me still right there! He wasn't clear on what I meant by grabbing her neck either, but between the two of us I eventually did manage to grab her nape and lug her home, so now she's ensconced with her sister. (This was the third not-so-smart move on my part. I should've isolated her for half an hour first, and then had her warm up to me before putting her in with family. Well, I don't care that much.)
I'm tentatively calling the one with the bad eye Kid Blink, so I guess that makes the other one Nellie Bly.
On to option two - put out small dabs of wet food with antibiotics every day, wait for the kittens to approach and eat them. Worst case scenario, they're cured of the infection. Best case scenario, they eventually chill out enough that I can nab them and take them to the shelter or to a feral rescue organization. They're young enough that they should be able to acclimate to living with humans, provided the humans don't mind shy cats. (I want to TNR the mom, too. Strangest behavior I've seen in a cat - she came up and rubbed between my legs while growling the whole time. Admittedly, she caught me in the act of trying to kittennap her babies, but seriously?)
But I have to move on this fast. The younger you get them, the better the odds. At least they're only semi-feral.
However, any kid who goes anywhere with us - and she does - is expected to haul a book around, and eventually Eva will open up her own book and read. I've been handing N graphic novels to limited success, but yesterday I had the best success ever. I gave her a copy of Hamster Princess, and she said "Oh, good, I'm bored. And you know what? I think I'm kind of getting used to reading."
Then she literally read it while walking and laughed out loud as she did so. Ursula Vernon is a genius, and I'm going to pop over to her journal and tell her so.
There aren't actually a lot of those. And most of them are at least somewhat in the filk genre.
Old Time Religion (the filk version) | Little Fuzzy Animals | Velveteen | Badger Badger Badger Badger | Black Powder and Alcohol | Cranes over Hiroshima
( I really wanted Black Powder to be the video, but then I remembered this one. )