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Dec. 11th, 2008

phoenix

Time for some comic links! And other business.

So... my current relationship has had an interesting effect on me. I have become... cuddly. Unusually cuddly. And my mushy level has honestly increased. It's bizarre and frankly unsettling. An old theory is that I am likely a romantic very, very deep down. It's just covered by a thick, almost impenetrable protective layer of cynicism, sarcasm, pessimism and the remnants of my freakish dating life. That being said, I loved this xkcd comic. I wonder why? :P

On another note.
This Questionable Content comic amused me. It's more applicable for a friend then for me personally, but the last panel cracks me up.


In regards to previous posts, the political situation in Canada has taken a few more interesting twists. I can't wait for the break when I get to sit and figure out what the hell is going on. It was prorogued? Dion did what? Rae made a push for the leadership? Rae conceded when? What?!?! Crazy.

Also, I've got to figure out what control lets me identify who comments. If you do not have a lj account, please sign your comment! Does anyone know  who the heck it is who commented on the craigslist post? Cause until I figure that out, that comment is just creepy as all get out. I understand BDSM and realize I may have friends with related interests, but unless that person lets me know what was intended by the comment, it will be considered trolling and be deleated. And for the record, yes, I suspect Craigslist could have something in that market. Not that I want to know about it though!

That's all for now. Take care and hang in there!

Dec. 7th, 2008

phoenix

Venice Floods...

No one cares.







Now, THAT is a city with an awesome attitude!

'Hey, I've got boots. So long as my table doesn't float away, what do I care?'

Awesome!

Dec. 2nd, 2008

phoenix

Canadian politics for a change

A three-headed monster is born

New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton (L), Liberal leader Stephane Dion (C) and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe take part in a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Dec. 1, 2008.
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton (L), Liberal leader Stephane Dion (C) and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe take part in a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Dec. 1, 2008.

The biggest Liberal loser in the party's electoral history, a self-admitted campaign failure who advocated carbon taxes as sound economy policy and lacks significant Western Canada representation, seems set to become prime minister next week.

Forgive them. They know not what they've done.

Giddy opposition party leaders have decreed nothing will stop them from toppling this government next Monday to create the first governing coalition in almost 100 years, a 30-month, three-headed, Liberal-led monster bonded to New Democrats and Quebec separatists by four pages of policy duct tape.

The government's defeat can now only be avoided if Stephen Harper prematurely pulls the plug on the barely started session of Parliament this week. That seems a desperate and shameless tactic that would merely delay the inevitable until early next year and give the fledgling coalition time to solidify.

This means an electorate that cast a third of its votes for the Conservatives will have their representation replaced by a hodge-podge of lowest common denominator policies produced almost overnight by parties leaning left and toward leaving.

An election no longer seems to be an option. The coalition, despite lacking any modern precedent, has done an admirable job of building the case for securing the Governor-General's blessing to try to govern until June, 2011, subject to change without notice.

That will put the keys to 24 Sussex Drive in the hands of Stéphane Dion, an Official Opposition Leader who has already announced his resignation and set May 2, 2009, as the date to crown his replacement.

The three MPs bidding to replace him will be senior ministers in the new cabinet. Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae and Dominic LeBlanc will divide their time between governing a country at perilous risk from recession while campaigning hard to win the prime minister's job.

This move is clearly payback for years of facing a Stephen Harper who lay awake at night scheming on ways to eliminate or embarrass the Liberal party without fearing his own vulnerable state as a minority government leader.

That ensures there will be a fury in the land, particularly in the West and specifically in Alberta. Even if New Democrat rookie Linda Duncan of Edmonton becomes the province's token cabinet minister, replacing the five Alberta Conservatives in power now, the frustration of seeing electorally legitimized power seized by Toronto-based Liberals partnered with separatist forces in Quebec will be revolt-worthy in the West.

While the discipline of power may keep the coalition together, more or less flying in loose formation for perhaps a year or even longer, this is not a system of sustainable government as much as it is a power grab minus a compelling reason to exist.

It circumvents the public's Oct. 14 election verdict for no good reason, given the government has capitulated on every grievance their opponents spotted in the fiscal update. This makes it a personal putsch, not a rational rebellion.

It puts Canada on an uncertain track under leadership that will change again within months. In the meantime, Stephen Harper may well join Stéphane Dion as a former prime minister, the price for boneheadedly browbeating his opponents in dangerous times.

The deficit, already accepted as necessary to fight job losses and auto sector failure, is bound to be larger than expected as the coalition unleashes hefty infrastructure relief, industrial bailouts and unspecified housing construction and retrofitting. No projected price tag was attached to the plan Monday.

Under coalition control, the government's size will likely bloat to deal with social issues, environmental policy will be hardened against the energy sector, the large number of Senate vacancies will be restacked with mostly Liberal partisans and Quebec appeasement moves will be even more rampant than currently exist.

It must be acknowledged the coalition's organization is more advanced than anyone could have expected, given that the precipitating move, the botched fiscal update, was less than 100 hours old when the accord was signed Monday afternoon.

There comes a time where an aura descends on political leaders. Stephen Harper always projected confident, unflappable leadership. That changed Monday when his sagging shoulders and lacklustre performance gave him the look of a lost cause trying to come to mental grips with his six-week squandering of the largest minority mandate in Canadian history.

It's still an awful hard squint to see Mr. Dion as a prime minister power-sharing with Jack Layton, but it seems likely to become a reality.

Stéphane Dion is about to get the ultimate do-over to answer this question: Who actually won the last election?

National Post

Now, I'm a Globe and Mail girl myself, but that's a pretty good summary it seems. Gotta love the university bubble, when someone like me who tries to stay aware of political goings on around the world gets blind sided with this today. Amazing.

Now, I don't go for Harper or his party. I love Layton and wish he'd be the leader. But I have a really, really, really bad feeling about this.

I guess it does answer the ol' question of what importance does a Governor-General have. (Personally, I think it would kick ass in a very sick way if she turned them down and went for another election instead. Only to elect Harper again. That's how much of a bad feeling I get about this.)

Let the games begin!

Edit:
More links filled with fun.

And a special one for my American friends. Things are a little different here!

Oct. 24th, 2008

phoenix

An easy way to help!

The Animal Rescue Site is from the same organization as the Hunger Site. It's one of the places where you can click every day and your click donates something important. There are six sites and you can click each one every day.

The reason why I'm posting this is because the Animal Rescue Site, though usually awesome, has something extra special going on right now. Every day till Dec 15th you can vote for a rescue center or shelter and they could receive a grant of up to $25,000!

So that means clicking on a web page can help give food like usual, and now a vote for a place to get a huge grant. If you are wondering about places that you could vote for, or don't have one you are attached to, I've posted previously about Cat House on the Kings. They could use some votes and are currently pretty good standing to win a grant. Another one I love that is in the running is Rabbit Rescue. They are in Ontario, and absolutely great. When I get my bunny, I want it to be from them. I'd also love to foster for them. Anyways, both could absolutely use your help and it would be awesome if you could please vote as much as possible. (I've changed it to my home page so I don't forget!) It's an easy way to help out great shelters and do some good at the same time! Thanks. /plug

Oct. 12th, 2008

phoenix

After putting my geckos together for the first time...

I guess it takes practice to get it right...Collapse )

Sep. 9th, 2008

phoenix

This. This is how I want to die.

From the cute!

Sep. 4th, 2008

phoenix

Now that's innovative thinking!



Text reads:

I was watching inconvenient truth the other day and theres the bit where it shows the sea level rising really high and flooding most of the world. Well i live near the sea, and don’t want to drown, so i got to thinking. Maybe if we lower the sea level a bit, when the water level rises then it won’t rise high enough to flood.

Anyway, heres the plan. Everyone who can should take a bucket of sea water and pour it down the sink. If lots of people put the effort in, we could lower the sea level substantially and create a better world for our children to live

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Someone get this person a copy of Finding Nemo. If it helps 3 year old children grasp the basic idea of water systems, it might help this person. And apparently they need all the help they can get.

Sep. 3rd, 2008

phoenix

Cat Heaven


Their site. Please check it out and if you can, help out. From what I've observed from the video and website material, this is the most impressive facillity I've ever come across. Absolutely amazing.

Sep. 1st, 2008

phoenix

Lost African Grey Parrot Tells Rescuers Name and Address.

Two weeks ago, police in Nagarey, Japan, a town near Tokyo, retrieved a pet African grey parrot that had flown away from home and gotten lost. After being rescued and sent to a local veterinary hospital, the parrot began to talk to the vet.

"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to local policeman Shinjiro Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

While the parrot remained mute with police, the disclosed address details were passed along by the vet to the investigaters. They looked up the family name in the neighborhood indicated by “Mr. Yosuke” and sure enough the Nakamura family had lost their pet parrot. Apparently, they had been teaching Yosuke his name and address for more than two years.

This amazing story is indicative of why African grey parrots are considered to be the most intelligent of all domestic birds. When raised by humans, this particular species of parrot develops not only an extensive vocabulary, but also the ability to comprehend the meaning attributed to words.

In addition, they are thought to be the most accomplished mimics, re-creating owner’s voices and household noises perfectly. Utilizing proper tenses and word forms, African greys can be trained to speak in short sentences and phrases, as well as creatively employing the words they know during conversation. Scientists say that these birds can achieve the intelligence of a five-year old during their estimated 40-plus life-span.

One such example of the aptitude and intuitiveness of an African grey parrot is Alex. The pet of a psychologist and the subject of 30 years worth of studies, Alex could identify more than 50 objects, seven colors, five shapes, and numerical value up to six.

He also understood the conceptual difference between, “over and under,” “big and small,” and even displayed comprehension of emotion, as was made evident by his apologies to scientists after telling them he was “gonna go away” when bored of being tested.

N’kisi is another notorious African grey. His vocabulary consists of 1,000 words and he proved his extensive ability to understand meaning and convey emotion with his reaction when being introduced to famed chimpanzee scientist Jane Goodall. He asked her “Got a chimp?”

There is however, a down side to having such a clever bird. As with children, while they learn to communicate, they also often develop a mind of their own. African greys are known to be both strong-willed and manipulative. Take Kongo, for example, he recognized that when he did a trick or obeyed his owner’s command, he was praised and given a treat.

Thus, when he was in the mood to indulge, he would say or do something impressive, and after receiving his reward, tell his owner, “Good boy.”

Similarly, Mango, whose cage was right outside of the nursery, quickly learned that when the infant cried loudly, mom and dad would come running. As a result, he developed the ability to accurately mimic the baby’s noises, when he wanted the attention of his owners.

While in this case, Yosuke’s intelligence level and ability to communication brought him back home and his family back together, other African grey owners have had the opposite experience. Such was the case in London which happeneded a couple of years ago.

Ziggy wasn’t a fan of his owner Chris Taylor’s girlfriend, Suzy Collins.

So he started mimicking the girlfriend saying “I love you, Gary,” and making smooching noises when he heard Gary’s name. Ziggy effectively exposed the girlfriend’s affair with another man, so Taylor would break up with her. Sadly, in the end, Taylor had to break up with Ziggy, as well. It was just too upsetting for him to hear the name “Gary” over and over again.

Sauce

Aug. 28th, 2008

phoenix

In case you haven't melted from cuteness today...

Chip Pics
(and story)

Sample: 

Proof that there are good people out there rescuing things right. :)

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