She brings such enthusiasm to every encounter that I can't imagine tallying her favorite. Playing that deep strategy game "stick" is high on the list. I shot this video yesterday after she'd been running around the yard for at least 15 minutes straight.
That man is MyGuy. He picks up a stick and waves it in Bella's field of view.
Bella, a medium-size black dog with floppy prick ears, drops what she's doing. She leaps for and takes control of the stick, twirling about a bit.
MyGuy picks up the other stick, holds it out until Bella realizes, OMG! a STICK. She drops what she's doing, leaps for and takes control of the stick, twirling about a bit.
Repeat until exhausted.
eta: The password is "bella"
( Use the password 'bella' to watch the vid )
They’re sorta mysterious! I don’t get why people like them, so I’m crowd-sourcing.
Please, help a nerd out!
So, why yard orbs?
Never seen one.
They're all over my neighborhood
I've busted one, it's fun to do
Let us never speak of this again.
I love mine, explained in comment
Wow, that sure is weird
Discovering that www.gardengazingglobes.com is a Wisconsin company may explain their local ubiquity.
A local culture critic faces up to the truly scary inventions of modern processed food in his series, "Yeah, I Ate That." Every Wednesday me & MyGuy alternate reading it aloud and trying not to splatter food all over ourselves. This week's edition addresses Peeps* in all their Easter finery ( with words )
On a walk with MyGuy two days ago, she got another. I asked him whether she tried to sneak it into the house again.
"No," he replied, "she's a hunter not a gatherer."
That, my friends, is why we've been together since 1977.
And then she caught another yesterday, and spent a pointless ten minutes burying it in a snow bank. Pointless because as she snored inside with all the sounds of the animal kingdom [from overful lion to bushed capybara], MyGuy unburied it and threw it in the sewer.
These pets—Sqwark and Whiskey—were videoed by their owner Bonnie Thomson in Australia.( Finish drinks before watching )
Captioned video at link, though mainly it just shows a very smooth hole in the ice and folks staring at it.
offers one-sentence summaries of theses by their authors. (It's based on Tumblr, and you can search by discipline.)
One can spend many a happy minute laughing (and crying a little). If you've ever written a thesis, you'll be comforted. If you've avoided the possibility of writing a thesis, you'll have your wisdom confirmed.
There are many examples: here are three.
These Egyptians living in Israel used poop as a fuel, probably donkey poop.
Archaeology, University College London
Democracy would work a whole lot better if we weren’t so, you know, human.
Political Science, Rutgers
I melted the Earth and all I got was this lousy solidified magma ocean and a dense layer of gunk at the bottom.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, MIT
So instead I learned about BOOP!
I didn't even know it was a word.
Evidently, it means to touch very lightly so as to gain the attention of another, with no hostile intent.
Lucky for my sighted readers, Reddit (the website without pity) has an entire boop subthread. Here it is sorted by popularity, and I can testify that the top ten boops are laugh-out-loud funny.
The CASTLE actors who play Esposito and Ryan made a trailer for a goofy movie with a serious message about racism and frankly I don't know if there ever will be a movie, but the trailer was excellent (Vimeo link, no captions, loud music)
Interested in Sherlock BBC fanfic? It just so happens I've been reading almost nothing else for a year and a half. I've been diligently annotating my reading, so if you visit the Archive of Our Own with this link, you'll find at least 44 fics with several paragraphs on each as to why it must be read.
As one Me-Fite put it, This is like some crazy almost unbelievable novel. The CIA, the Cold war, the Nazis, Tolstoy, the Soviets, Kissinger, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Chinese communists and the Kuomintang. What's that you say? You already knew about Countess Tolstoy helping thousands of Mongols ( Werhmacht veterans all) to immigrate to New Jersey? I bet this fabulous MetaFilter article tells you even more.
Final one is out-of-plumb in several dimensions. I'm usually all about the social model and how impairment + social discrimination = disability. I'm also hesitant about video documentary: there's too much bandwidth on the subtext channel for me to judge the accuracy. Yet, there's a couple women of color making a documentary about what ails me*, and it seems like they're off on the right foot. What do you think? (Click to start video, captioned.)
* Myalgic Encephalomyelitis aka Myalgic Encephalopathy aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
To celebrate, I'm soliciting examples of hyperbolic comparisons.
Yesterday I had the good fortune to dine with Karen Moore, former WisCon chair and all-around enjoyable human being. She praised someone's marketing skills thusly:
He can sell socks to snakes
I'm contemplating purchasing an Apple TV box to handle streaming sound & pix to my TV. Along the way, someone recommends a keyboard to control it, because using an Apple Remote to type a login is
like mowing the lawn with nail clippers
Raise a glass to energy guru Amory Lovins, who memorably wrote that cooking food with electric power was
like killing a mosquito with a nuclear bomb
What are your favorites?
What? MyGuy's an engineer, and I'm all up in the geek thought patterns.
In other words: thirty-two years of legal marriage. I needed health insurance. I felt then, and now, that the state should get out of the marriage business. I'd prefer a civil union open to everyone, and then a sanctified marriage provided by the religious institution in that institution's rules. Even if civil unions prevail, they're still the only three-way contract where two parties don't even know what they're signing up for.
Evidence of MyGuy's wonderfulness: he hypnotizes fish!
Caption: Context is the rippling blue water of a Northern lake. On a narrow wooden pier, a slender white man is perched on knees and elbows. He's staring hard at the water, his expression somehow both purposeful and confused.
Worth a look, as Tara the Internet Librarian used to say.
Am actually beginning to recover from WisCon. At this rate, I will be capable of joining a party with 950 of my closest friends in around one year.
Any readers have wisdom on region free (aka region 0) DVD players?
After that we were feeling quite lazy, so we went to one of our favorite restaurants:
The Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar
( More geographic & gastronomic details )
If you had just the opposite sort of day, here's a link for when you just can't take it anymore.
So if you feel like giggling about genre, read on!