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A must watch - (stolen from EbonyTigress)

A rare unlocked post because I feel like this NEEDS to be seen.
If you cared, either way, about Prop 8 in CA and others like it - please watch.

I watched the whole thing with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat.

I hope more people see this and, if they voted against compassion and equality, I hope they feel deepest regret and shame.

Mattie 4/20/05 - 9/16/07

"My heart has joined the thousand,
my friend stopped running today."

I lost her suddenly yesterday afternoon. She was perfectly healthy less than 24 hours from when she died. No tumors, no URI signs, no pophryin, no lethargy, no anything. I'm not sure what happened and I'm heartsick about it.

We think it was either a stroke that wiped out her brain function enough to affect her heart rate and breathing, or she was just dying a natural death and I've never seen that happen before. When I found her, curled up alone on the bottom of the cage, she was all cool to the touch, floppy, and unresponsive... no ears twitching, no sniffing. She was a breathing regularly and deeply, but much too slowly. I couldn't even hear her pulse when I put her up to my ear. We ran her to the e-vet, but they couldn't do anything. She was on a respirator, her heart rate was only 1/4 of what it should have been. She died back with the vet.

They made me a clay tablet with her paw impressions in it and pressed her name and a stone into the clay. I added some of her whiskers at home, then baked it. It's very nice and was very kind of them. Then I put her with Frannie in the box in the freezer. I'm going to have them cremated together and either keep the ashes in a keepsake (or some of them, at least) and scatter the rest in the prettiest spot I can find.


She was my funny, active, stash happy girl. She had many rules that she lived by: the food could NEVER remain in the bowls. It absolutely must be stashed, preferrably in as many hammocks as rattily possible. When in the cage, it was a necessity to be out. When out, one must get back IN in any way possible, including jumping to the ground and scampering across the room to climb the back of the cage and go back inside, surprising mom while she's cleaning the cage. If attention is being paid to the boy ratties living above us, the proper protocol is to reach out with both paws and grab mom's shirt, tugging vigorously until she pays attention to YOU. She was my sweet, gentle, darling girl. I love her so much.

Today is hard.
All the other girls miss her. I do too.



Checking in...

Just want to let anyone out there who may be worrying know that me and mine are all safe after the Minneapolis bridge collapse. It's really horrible, of course, and if I think about it too much I just shut down.

Just wanted to let ya'll know we're fine.

Great rat article!


Super excellent. The bit about rats and metacognition is especially neat. I read the article on that study when it originally came out and it was so interesting. But, IMO, it's not a great shocker that animals think much like we do.



For those worried with energy consumption and all its downsides ... When
your screen is white, be it an empty word page, or the Google page,
your computer consumes 74 watts, and when its black it consumes only 59
watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would
be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge
number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour
per year would be saved.

In a response to this article Google created a black version of its
search engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the
white version, but with a lower energy consumption, check it out.




Really great article regarding the childfree written by (*gasp*) a new mom.
Who is super cool and does all us CF-ers a favor by getting this concept out to the masses.

As one sick of getting bingo-ed (look it up, it's a funny term for a not fun thing) about my decision to not spawn, I especially appreciate this. :) Also, I think I can actually afford a tubal sometime this year (!!) which is amazing and I'm so so happy about it! Now I just need to find someone who will actually do the dang surgery for me.

On that note, a bad article showing the kind of hoops young, CF women have to leap through... :/ *grumble*

That is all.


I find this ironic!

Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

85% Affectionate, 53% Excitable, 48% Hungry

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Tee hee.
I love LOL cats...


omigawd... roflcopter...

Overheard in Minneapolis is hysterical.

This killed me:

Woman on Street: You see this bridge overhead? It's called a skyway. We have an entire indoor world where you never have to go outside.

Her out of town guest: It's like a futuristic hamster city!

Also, this made me cry I laughed so hard...

20-something guy: Hey I totally forgot, it's Bastille Day!

20-something girl: What's Bastille Day?

20-something guy: It's the official French national holiday.

20-something girl: Ohh right.. The fuck is a bastille?

20-something guy: (obviously messing with the girl) It's french for, like, the son of someone who's a bastard. Like, "Hey I'm a huge bastard, and this is my bastille." See that kid over there? (Points across the street to kid throwing a tantrum.) Total bastille.

20-something girl: (disgusted and oblivious) Ew, major bastille.


Three girls drinking champagne talking about children's literature.

Girl #1: So we read the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was great!

Girl #2: (obviously disgusted) Oh my god! C.S. Lewis is such an asshole! I mean seriously, oh look it's a cross in the sky! Oh no, it's just Jesus-lion. Fuck C.S. Lewis, his shit is dripping in Jesus!

Girl #3: All cheers to C.S. Lewis being an asshole!

*all cheers*

Go, amuse yourself!



I think chocolate chip vegan cheesecake is a perfectly appropriate breakfast food choice.


Hero Rats

This is awesome. Gambian pouched rats are helping find landmines in Africa. The gent running the program is so cool, fond of rats, and treats them very well. I'm normally not so fond of exploiting animals for human purposes, but I feel these ratties aren't in great amounts of danger (light enough to not set off the mines) and are doing a *world* of good for people and other animals, too.


Worth a watch!