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Everything posted by CritterKeeper

  1. Things That Are Just Annoying

    The animal hospital is closed on Sundays, but a client showed up knocking on the door tonight with his dog in the car wanting me to just take a look at her. That's not what's annoying, although it would be if I weren't already too far behind on Game of Thrones to be trying to get to a viewing party. It's a good client, and his daughter works for us, so I didn't mind checking their pooch. No, what's annoying is that his cell phone went off, playing just the first eight notes of Bach's Minuet in G. Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons will know this piece. And I had it stuck in my head for at least an hour, with periodic relapses since. Aren't cell phones bad enough without people putting earworms on them???
  2. I'd have preferred seeing George keep a George-ish size, just a feminine version, instead of giving her a skinny waist like that. And maybe keep Tensaided his proper age, which is noticeably older than our protagonists. I agree they don't look much like their male selves. A bit disappointing, but then transformed characters are often unrecognizable as themselves.
  3. Sketchbook Oct 29 2018

    Reminds me of a scene where the bad guy thanks the superheroine for flying around above everyone while wearing a skirt....
  4. NP Friday November 2, 2018

    Maybe it will next shrink her when Sarah approaches, only to have her grow back to full size as she rolls? Or maybe it will make Sarah temporarily bigger?
  5. NP Wednesday October 31, 2018

    Heh. I think that's an entirely different test than one to see if you are worthy to enter the crypt.
  6. This Day In History

    Got some catching up to do! Oct 1, 1887 = Friday ;-P The Celtics? Another Friday. Perhaps the expression needs modification? ;-) Whoops, maybe not, that's a Saturday.... My family went shortly after Epcot opened. It seemed crowded then, but considering the very longest lines were a bit over an hour, and the wait time for a couple of Avatar rides on my last visit were closer to four hours than three, I guess it wasn't so bad then. I remember when Nickelodeon was non-commercial. And had an actual nickelodeon, being cranked by a mime, for their station IDs. Nick cannot scoff at anyone else, ever. A mime! There were some interesting theories going around for a while that Peshtigo, Chicago, and several other fires that same day were started by a meteor that broke up into pieces which landed across the midwest and started the fires. Trouble is, meteorites don't generally start fires, they're cool by the time they land. If it were London, it would be aliens. Isn't that usually the other way round, re cold water making things more or less prominent? ;-) No permanent bases in the moon? Even if they're peaceful? I think I'm a little outraged, too! I remember driving past that on our big California trip! That, we got to see, but not Meteor Crater?? Aw, c'mon, Dad! Even the crooks had more integrity back then. Or at least cared about that part of their image more. I just have to speak up on this one. Those men and women got more right that most of us will ever get right or wrong in our lives. People struggled and died to get them up there, and then on to the moon. I'm with the xkcd guy on this one....they deserve our utmost respect. It's London. Wizards would be up in Scotland in their castle. In London, it's aliens and Time Lords. People talk about "as slow as molasses" -- well, apparently, molasses can flood a city at 35 mph. Killed 21, injured 150 in Boston. They're ahead if us on so many things.... I thought of Dagobah, myself. Not as easy a joke, though. Ah, yes, Seward's Folly, one of two such deals, the other being the Louisiana Purchase. Bite your tongue! (Or whatever the typing equivalent is) Yay Downton Abbey! Yay Sherlock! Too late, you already made it. But you'd be surprised how the law defines things -- there are a lot of laws which refer to "animal" in such a way that it doesn't include, say, birds or lizards. First so far as you know, anyway. ;-) "Ah, Jack, if ye'd fought like a man, ye needn't be hanged like a dog!" Mary Reade and Anne Bonney went above to fight while the men were all cowering and/or drunk down below. There's a guacamole for sale at Trader Joe's called "Avocado's Number"! Should've asked the natives whether to trust our treaties. The Olympic, of course, being the sister ship to the Titanic. Guess it's better to witness a sinking than to participate.
  7. Things you have no idea how to feel about

    Yeah, we had a kitten at work for at least a month. A client found him inside her engine -- she said they had to take the battery out to get to him. No harm done despite the ride, so we took him in, and he gradually went from people petting him, to holding him, to getting loose occasionally, to being let loose to have the run of the place just likethe cat who lives there. Several staff members considered taking him, but it wasn't quite right for any if them, and eventually he was adopted and went to his new home. Miss the little furball!
  8. Things That Make You Happy

    New doggie! Mickey is eight or nine years old, and his original owners had to give him up because he had bladder stones and they couldn't afford the surgery to remove them. He went from the Anti-Cruelty Society to another rescue, to Young At Heart, a place that specializes in older pets. And thus to me! He has to be on a prescription diet so he doesn't make more stones, but as a vet, I can at least get that at cost, so it's not as much of a burden as it would be for most other owners (that was a stumbling block to getting adopted at least a couple of times). He's sweet, and energetic, and loves walks, and is very snuggly and loves everyone. He is a bit shy of other dogs, but not in a biting aggressive way, just a moving-away way; and now that he's settled in he tends to bark at new people or opening doors a bit, but not to a point it's a problem. I feel very, very lucky to have gotten such a great dog! (He's also one of the reasons I haven't been on as much for a bit, but we're settling into a routine now and despite going on more walks, which also makes me happy, I think I'll be keeping up with the boards better now!)
  9. Video Game Discussion 4

    Just to show how cutting-edge a gamer I am, I just started playing Pokemon GO. I didn't have a cell that could handle it until recently. Gives me a second reason to do more walking (see Happy thread for the first!) and I'm slowly learning how to play.
  10. Shipping News

    Sounds like a lot of kinky/vanilla marriages -- the kinky member usually has some sort out outlet, be it a steady Dom/me or a series of one-time encounters, so that the vanilla partner doesn't have to participate. Sometimes there are rules, such as no sexual contact, but not always. You make it sound like Justin did something to her. They had one attempted encounter, and Justin never deliberately led her on or made any promises that would have matched the fantasy expectations she apparently had built up in her head. Melissa is the one who built up everything in her head with too little basis. It was a bad match, but neither one did anything to the other. Individuals don't generally think about such things when developing relationships, nor when sneaking in a quick mating while their partner's usual mate isn't looking. It happens all the time in nature. Biologists refer to "sneaky fuckers" (or more polite versions in more formal settings), often males who look like females so they can get to a more masculine male's girl(s) without being driven away. The female is usually a willing participant in the deception. That means both sides are being poly in their mating habits -- males seek out extra females to mate with, and females attract extra males to mate with. We're finding that even animals we used to think of as mating for life, actually can "get a divorce" or sneak around on each other while still acting like lifemates towards each other. Not really. As well as other methods of passing along property and wealth, many cultures see genetic relatedness as only one factor in choosing an heir, and not really all that important a factor. In Japan, it's quite common for a business owner getting close to retirement to choose an heir, someone experienced and capable of running the company but a generation younger, and adopt that person so that they can inherit the business instead of having to buy it or be given it as a gift and owe far more taxes etc. than if it were "kept within the family."
  11. EGS Strip Slaying

  12. ....because he thought everyone else, from the Ancient Greeks on up to the then-present day, had all somehow gotten the math wrong, and that the world was actually several thousand miles diameter smaller than we knew darn well it was. If there hadn't been s big honkin' continent in the way, his crews would have dies of hunger and thirst as their supplies would never have lasted far enough to reach India etc., given he'd only planned and supplied for the much shorter distance to the Indies that he was expecting thanks to his bad math. Also, he never actually set foot on said continent, so really he only discovered some islands.
  13. Wow, is that really that unusual?
  14. I'm gonna guess the one that can fly is Elliot, although I'm not ruling out it being Nanase, carrying Ellen.... Great job with the expressions on their faces!
  15. Story Friday October 26 2018

    I love Dan's commentary about whether to leave out the swearing or not. I suspect Rhoda will be even less likely to get detention for her outburst than angry-Diane or angry-Susan would be. She looks scary! I do hope it's only temporary....although Rhoda going off on a long furious rant is appealing too....like watching a kitten being fierce!
  16. NP Monday October 15, 2018

    Me too! It's well worth making this a Sunday-newspaper-comic sized NP.
  17. NP Wednesday October 3, 2018

    Dan seems to favor mind-altering effects which can be counteracted at will. I suspect Susan would be more reluctant to drink it if she were stuck with the effects until it wore off, than she would be if she could snap out of it if she had need to.
  18. NP Thursday September 27, 2018

    I make a distinction between conversational speech, such as dialog, and more formal speech meant to convey information; my writing usually reflects that distinction. That said, my language tends to be a bit more formal in either one than most folks. Eh, who cares? As long as it doesn't bug anyone too much, it's just what feels right, y'know?
  19. Story: Wednesday October 23, 2018

    I suspect she will happily jump on board this 'ship. Yeah, I'm kinda hoping the next panel is the girls breaking apart as they realize the whole cafeteria is applauding....
  20. What Are You Listening To?

    Verity!, an all-women Doctor Who podcast (named in honor of the original producer of the show). They've decided on a theme of Firsts for this year, and thus are reviewing both first episodes, old series and new. It's great hearing the breadth of perspectives on "Rose" and what everyone thought of the idea of a revival of the series at the time. The sort-of-companion-podcast Radio Free Skaro (which is all guys) often makes for a good contrast to this one, but I haven't caught up yet to learn what the boys have planned for the season off. One of my favorite review quotes ever came from a Verity! episode, describing Clara's influence on the Doctor. Something along the lines of, "Donna showed how sometimes, the Doctor needs someone to tell him when to stop. Clara has taken the brakes off and is going WHEEEEE!!!!"
  21. Story Monday October 1, 2018

    Anyone else read the actual book Jurassic Park, instead of just watch the movie? The company that made the park raised money by showing off a little elephant the size of a cat. Or, of course, there's the minmoths in Girl Genius. If you prefer real life, there's the dwarf mammoth... I love it when a writer comes up with a clever variation on this sort of thing. What I'm tired of is writers who think they're being clever, but are really just repeating the same old, tired cliches of SF. Someone already brought up the original The Terminator as an example of this type of story being well-done. River Song's timeline might be considered anothe good example -- at least, the consistency with the first episode we saw her (spoilers omitted because people might be watching the series on Prime or DVD), which was maintained during the rest of her appearances. Exactly. Some people insist on referring to some sort of "original timeline" which was then altered by the time traveller, but there never was an alternate timeline with a proper stable time loop A stable time loop doesn't mean there's no free will. Kyle Reece chose to make a one-way trip to rescue Sarah Connor. Sarah chose to take his hand and come with him. The Doctor chose to answer River's distress call, and River chose to carry out her actions at the end of that first encounter. Their actions are no more predestined as far as their choices go than what you did last week was. They have free will, the time loop just shows some of the effects of the choices made before their causes. People still have to take the actions, to make the choices involved.
  22. Things You Find Amusing

    A thread for sharing jokes, humorous situations or comments from real life, amything you find amusing. Please try to keep it light-hearted in general -- we want to be amused here, not depressed. ;-) Went to an event last weekend where a friend of the organizer posted on Facebook that she'd be wearing a Doctor Who T-shirt she knew she'd like. Well, there must have been a couple hundred Doctor Who T-shirts at the event! Including on me. That's what you get when you tell everyone in the Facebook group what the event organizer is into, and everyone wants in on the gag! I saw a trio of ducks outside my townhouse this afternoon, two drakes and a hen. The drakes didn't appear to be fighting or trying to edge the other out, they were just walking in a triangle, the boys leading the way almost side by side, the girl following close behind. I couldn't help but think a cheery, "You go, girl!" Which reminds me....why does a chicken coop have two doors?
  23. Story Wednesday September 26, 2018

    Wow, even your car thieves are nice guys, giving the kids a lift home and making sure a neighbor was there to look after them! I do believe that sort of thing could happen here, too, but the news media seems to prefer running the sort of story where the thief abandons the car with the kids still inside of it (see heat death discusdions), or makes them get out by the side of the road wherever they happened to be when he realized they were there, or somesuch. Statistics say we are much safer and less likely to be the victims of crime, violent or otherwise, than previous generations, but because the media tells us everything about every dramatic crime in the country, our perception is that we're all in more danger than they felt that they were.
  24. Story Wednesday September 26, 2018

    Yeah, another cause of death I hear about all too often is forgetting the baby is in their car seat, usually due to some break in routine combined with the baby sleeping quietly, and leaving then in the car which then overheats in the sun. It's not generally neglectful or uncaring parents this happens to, quite the opposite. Our brains apparently have a regrettable tendency to check off items on our mental to do list based on what we usually do, instead of what's happening on a non-routine day. Sadly there are a lot of important lessons to be learned from the misfortune of others. I've always made sure to keep the back door into the garage locked ever since hearing about how Steve Wynn's daughter was kidnapped by men who got in by triggering her garage door to open, and then walking right into her home through the unlocked back door that connected the garage to the house.
  25. Things That Are Just Annoying

    Downtown Chicago has been putting in a whole bunch of new bike lanes, including a number that are separated from the automobiles by space and/or barriers. There are also a number of long roads into the rest of the city that have a bike lane, although those usually have parked cars closest to the curb, then the bike lane, and then the moving traffic, meaning parked cars can and often do open their doors without checking their rear view mirror first and end up swinging their door directly into the path of a cyclist. Some of the newer bike lanes are wide enough to stay out of the way of most doors. There's also the Divvy bike-share program, where you can check out a bike from one of a number of stations around Chicago, ride it for up to half an hour, and then return it to a station near your destination. They have a few vans whose job is to collect bikes from a station that's got too many bikes and not enough places to park new ones, and move them to a station that's running out of bikes. My health insurance plan offered a discounted rate for a membership, so I got an access key a couple of years ago and have used the bikes to do stuff like park at a location that's free to park, and then ride the bike into an area that costs big bucks to park. I don't go into the city often enough to really take advantage of it, but I can see how great it would be for someone who lives and works there! I've seen video of places, mostly Scandinavian or nearby to them, where there are many more bikes on the streets than there are cars, and the walls of buildings have a solid line of parked bikes along them with a small gap for doorways. People had canvas trailers behind their bikes for carrying their shopping and such. Here, you'll occasionally see such trailers used to carry small children or pets, but I don't think people would trust for their stuff to still be there if they parked their bike and trailer and left it for any length of time. My own bike has a nice big basket in front of the handlebars, something I could put my backpack full of books into when biking to classes without having to unpack it into the small side baskets I see these days to either side of the back wheel, or having to wear the backpack while biking, which is hot and hard on the back. I haven't seen big front baskets for sale anywhere for ages now, no idea why they fell out of fashion....