August 14, 2009
I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for the weekend! Here’s some fun beastie-related stuff that I hope will brighten your Friday and get you through ’til 5:00. 🙂 Enjoy!
First, the latest report in the ongoing saga of the belljar atop one of Neil Gaiman’s beehives: “We’re individuals in the community…”
From the squirrel piece I came across this article: Bald penguin given wetsuit to prevent sunburn.
Finally, pictures of our dogs as puppies below the fold, just ’cause. 😉 Read the rest of this entry »
June 12, 2008
Hello my lovelies! Here are some links for you, since I haven’t been writing. I started a new job on the 2nd, and it’s currently sapping nearly all of my energy. Here’s hoping that changes once I adjust to the new schedule.
- Wolfrum at Shakesville points out that Bush declared June to be National Homeownership Month: “During National Homeownership Month, we highlight the benefits of owning a home and encourage our fellow citizens to be responsible homeowners.” Recent events in The Realm make this proclamation a bit akin to a nice paper cut with lemon juice poured on it, but even if that weren’t the case this would be infuriating. “Hey, folks, sorry ’bout your forclosure, but don’t forget the benefits of owning a home!”
- Jennifer Podkul guests posts at Feministing to explain the problems behind defining all commercial sex as human trafficking, with further discussion in this post by Juhu Thukral, Esq.
- Via Our Bodies Ourselves, which was linked in Feministing’s Weekly Feminist Reader (lots of other good reading there, naturally), comes a great post at Shapely Prose: 28 Days to A Bikini Mind. The workouts sound difficult, but worthwhile.
- Cara has a good roundup, with additional thoughts, on “Protest the Pill Day ’08: The Pill Kills Babies.” With LOLPILLS! 🙂
- Shark-fu takes down the idea of mere tolerance and the phrase “I don’t see color.” It was only a little over a year ago when I first encountered resistance to the idea of tolerance. Having reached adulthood in the late 90s (the 80s and 90s being a time when “tolerance” was quite the buzzword), it took me a bit to get it: “But isn’t tolerance a good thing?” Once it was linked to the root word “tolerate,” it clicked for me, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have Shark-fu in my blog reader to reinforce the idea.
- Hey, Boston Herald: partners =/= “galpals.” Thx.
- A guest poster on Shakesville, Annaham, does some myth-busting on the topic of Fibromyalgia. I’ve known several people with the condition, one of whom is very dear to me and was just diagnosed last year, and I can assure you that their pain is very real.
- Gina at the Pet Connection discusses pit bulls, PETA, the Human Society of the United States, and stereotypes.
May 5, 2008
I like how Lauren always puts it: what you should read since I’m not writing:
- This is over a week old now, but I very much loved what Shark-Fu had to say about “the power of positive thinking”-slash-prayer-slash-karma: A pondering…
- Pam and Jeff Fecke on the actions of the principal at Hollis F. Price Middle College High in Tennessee
- Holly at Feministe on hierarchies, patriarchy, etc.: I Blame the Kyriarchy
- Liss: Death Toll After Myanmar Cyclone Could Reach 10,000
- Diary of a Goldfish: Blogging Against Disablism Day 2008
- Remembering Deborah Jeane Palfrey
- Remembering Mildred Loving
- Cara discusses that horrifying Johnny Vegas performance (trigger warning), which brings out the rape apologists, which leads to an excellent post “On ‘Real Rape’ and Rape Apologists”
- On the Kentucky Derby and Eight Belles: Gina Spadafori, before and after; Christie Keith; and Patty Khuly
- Finally, tigtog at Hoyden about Town discusses the new WordPress feature (and tells readers how to disable it, as I’ve done!)
January 28, 2008
Leslie Nuccio plays with Hector, one of Michael Vick’s former fighting dogs, at her California home.
There’s a great Associated Press story up at CNN.com about the dogs seized from Michael Vick’s property, focusing on the dog pictured above, Hector. Rather than go into what he went through as a fighting dog, I want to highlight how he’s doing now:
Hector’s settling into his new life, getting further and further from his past.
Weekly “canine good citizen” classes are correcting his social ineptitude. And he’s taking cues on good manners from patient Pandora, a female pit bull mix who’s queen of the household’s dogs. Once Hector graduates, he’ll take classes to become a certified therapy dog, helping at nursing homes and the like.
For now, he’s learning the simple pleasures of a blanket at bedtime, a peanut butter-filled chew toy, even classical music.
“I put on Yo-Yo Ma one day and he cocked his head, laid down and listened to the cello next to the speaker,” Nuccio said. “He’s turning out to be a man of high class and culture.”
There’s more — including more absolutely adorable pictures — at the link. Enjoy!
December 7, 2007
Yesterday wasn’t such a good day in a number of ways, but the bright spot was getting to see the first snowstorm of the season — and, more importantly, getting to see the dogs romp around in the snow. I took 48 pictures, many of which turned out about like this:
I finally got the hang of pointing the camera at where the dogs were going to be by the time the shutter clicked, though I still did better when they were holding still. Ah well. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites:
Seamus tries to get Tiwa to come play some more.
Tiwa, however, is much more interested in eating snow. 🙂
Happy Friday, all!
November 22, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving, all! To mark a day on which we generally stuff ourselves silly, I thought I’d give you some fuzzy belly pictures (below the fold). Enjoy! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »
November 21, 2007
Mary Ann and the Professor wish you a happy and stress-free (or stress-as-minimal-as-possible) day-before Thanksgiving! (Also, the Professor says “Shiver me timbers — where’s me grog, wench? Yar.”)
October 31, 2007
Via Liss. And while I am indeed happy to see you, that is, in fact, a tiger tail in the back of my jeans. 😉
October 24, 2007
(Scroll down the page I’ve linked to for a video of Knut the polar bear enjoying his birthday present — a welcome change from much of the rest of my day, I tell you what!)
October 18, 2007
Lizard Queen climbs into bed, a look of amused bewilderment on her face. Evil Bender rolls over to sleepily greet her and ask how she is.
LQ: The Professor ate one of my contact lenses.
EB: That cat is insane.
LQ (still bewildered, but beginning to giggle): I’d taken it out and put it in the case, but I knocked the lid off the counter, and when I bent over to pick it up, he started lapping at the solution in the case, and by the time I pushed him away it was gone.
EB: I hope it doesn’t make him sick.
LQ: This too shall pass.
(The Professor: I have no idea what you’re talking about.)