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If you need a bit of a smile on this fine Wednesday (video)

March 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s this guy… he’s retiring at the end of the game. So, he decides to put his 5 year old son in for the last play. It’s in Russian, but you don’t really need a translation to get the good feels:

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Another edition of: Animals being jerks

March 26, 2013 2 comments

 

 

Sometimes the smaller critter is the most badass.

Epic body check.

 

Puff Puff has a little problem… she’s going to see a therapist about it Monday.

The look of resignation on the Frenchie’s face says it all.

“Don’t mind me, just gonna take this bit over here…”

And the winner of the Biggest Animal Jerk of the day goes to…

 

 

 

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Sometimes the universe acts a bit wonky

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Cats will rule the Earth one day, mark my words. It’s just a matter of time.

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Why I liked the book Life of Pi but not the movie, necessarily

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Life of Pi

Life of Pi

I’ll be the first to admit, I have a bad habit of reading a book before watching the movie adaptation. This time was no exception. What was interesting about the situation was not that I was anticipating watching the movie itself even during Oscar season, but that another book (Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French) actually made me want to read it. I love reading books about animal behavior; makes more sense than human behavior a lot of the time (just kidding, maybe).

On to Life of Pi, the movie.

The movie had many many differences from the book, but ultimately what really disappointed me was very little time was devoted to Pi and his observations in his father’s zoo, not to mention his quest for religious enlightenment out of as many religions as possible. They were so very interesting in the way Yann Martel described them that I didn’t understand why none of it was really captured. I’d say 5 minutes out of the movie, maybe. Then, a love interest for Pi? I don’t remember that, either.

Now I know that the producers of this film wanted to get as wide an audience as possible to watch it, so the graphic imagery was cut out. However, I felt like it should have been part of the movie, because a lot of those descriptions really drive home to the reader how much of a mistake it is to give animals too much in the way of humanistic qualities. A tiger is a tiger, no matter how cute and cuddly you may think it is.

Ultimately, if the movie had stayed true to the book, it should have been at least a hard R rating. That would limit audiences, but at least the more interesting scenes from the book would have made it in.

The book is wonderful, but not an easy read. If you are squeamish (and I do tend to be), don’t eat a big meal before reading. But it is so very worthy.

How often do you get a warning like that, right?

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

If it’s really true, and Voyager 1 has really left the Solar System, then Starfleet will be very pleased.

Science & Space

Updated 1:51 p.m.

It was a threshold crossed in the deepest reaches of space: A spacecraft launched from Earth has now entered new and unexplored territory that may or may not be outside our solar system. A press release issued at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday morning by the American Geophysical Union noted that Voyager I had exited our solar system, sparking excitement in the scientific community.

But just a few hours later, the AGU stood down from its initial announcement that the 35-year-old craft had exited the solar system and instead clarified its location. The substance of the findings that precipitated the announcement remains the same, but the headline of the release has been changed, according to an e-mail the AGU sent out at 1:28 p.m.:

CORRECTED — Voyager 1 has entered a new region of space, sudden changes in cosmic rays indicate

NASA, which quickly denied the original report, sees…

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For my 300th post, I present: mean critters in GIF form

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

I don’t have any illusions about animals. They’re cute, they’re cuddly, but they can also be the biggest jerks. That’s the only way I can explain seeing Powa chase my poor Big Kitteh out of a box he called home just because. Or why my dog can completely hear me calling him to come inside, and full out ignore me until I stomp over and yell.

It also explains why a pigeon will poop on the only clean car in a parking lot, or the following:

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You may be having a bad day when…

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

See this bird? This is a Kakapo, a flightless parrot from New Zealand. He is quite randy. Don’t get flirty with him or else.

So here is what happens when a Kakapo wants a little affection:

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