Ask Auntie Hoyden: get your dog outlines here, and other search engine queries

an on-set photo of Katharine Hepburn, with overlaid text reading "Ask A Hoyden?"auntie hoyden

Why, I enjoyed those posts (1, 2, 3) in which Lauredhel tried to answer search queries as questions too! So much so that I show up in this site’s logs looking for them. So today, I too become Auntie Hoyden.

Frankly, it appears to me that most people stop here on their way to I Can Haz Cheezburger (funny cat pictures, captioned cat pictures, supernatural macros funny, funny pics), but they also appear looking for soylent green simpsons, any medicine for truth speak and, in considerable numbers, anal sex diagram. (Which is a bit odd, Google finds plenty of considerably more helpful sites for me on that term.)

But let’s see what I can do for you all today, although my specialities are more in the computer line than the sexual health and breastfeeding line that is traditional for this.

pluralising names

Lauredhel observed in 2008 that there’s a construction in Australian English (among others) that allows you to use things like “the Marys of the world” to mean “people like one particular Mary” rather than necessary literally multiple people named Mary.

But if you’re simply interested in how to add a suffix to a proper noun in order to indicate multiple things with that name, here’s a style guide’s answer.

dog outline png

I like openclipart.org for this sort of thing: it’s public domain clipart, take it, use it and modify it without credit. (Not that I don’t also love various Creative Commons licences that do require credit, but dropping that requirement makes using many pieces a lot easier. I’ve seen people who use CC images from Flickr need to put a credits roll at the end of slide presentations.)

Plus! openclipart.org provides SVG as well as PNG. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a free image format which allows pictures to be scaled up in size without loss of quality, as well as down in size. This is accomplished by describing an image in terms of lines or curves (hence, vectors) rather than in terms of individual coloured dots. It’s not very useful for photos, but it’s great for clipart (and fonts, which are generally described in vectors and thus can be scaled up).

openclipart.org has hundreds of drawings of dogs. I’m not sure if this person was looking for a silhouette of a dog, which I couldn’t find on a very brief look, or simply a line drawing of a dog, of which there are many. Here’s a cute one.

snuggle otter

Don’t. We love ’em but that doesn’t make them domesticated pets.

mother sprays milk

Does she ever. I breastfeed a ten month old baby. When he was little I had a supply suitable for twins, or perhaps sextuplets, and milk was everywhere. Then things balanced out and we had a nice interlude of not spraying. Then he got a bit more distractible, which resulted on the weekend in him getting a letdown, pulling off and slipping so that he headbutted me in the breast and milk shot out for the best part of a metre.

If anyone else wants to grace the Internet with a milk spray story, feel free.

australia’s prime minister 2010 smiling

On the 25th June 2010, one day after becoming leader of the government and being sworn in as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard smiled in the presence of the US ambassor to Australia, Jeff Bleich. This is important, because it was photographed by embassy staff, and as a work of the US Federal Government, it is thus in the public domain and you can get it from Wikimedia Commons.

anti filter

That’s us!

Can you help out with these?
squirrel give thanks
the worst shoe eveeeer
placenta accreta deathrate
crivens!



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6 replies

  1. crivens! is one traditional cry/expression of the Wee Free Men, or pictsies, who are characters in Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching novels, and is usually used to express a sense that things are not going quite smoothly in one way or another. Things often do not go all that smoothly in the vicinity of the pictsies.
    I’m a bit lost on the others.

  2. Worst shoe ever: Crocs or Uggs. I have never owned a croc, but I think I’ve owned an ugg or an ugg clone. Zero arch support, and the boot flops all over the place.

  3. This page reports an incidence rate of placenta accreta of one in 2500 pregnancies, with a case fatality rate of 7%.
    Women’s Health and Education Center – Obstetrics – Placenta Accreta

  4. Three comments, three questions answered. What awesome Hoydens we have around here!

    • Awesome indeed, Mindy – although I have to take issue with the Crocs/Uggs characterisation.
      Crocs have arch support, are also rugged and easy to clean and comfort in spades. They’re an excellent multi-purpose leisure shoe – I can hardly get my daughter out of hers! That some people hate the look of them is their problem.
      Uggs are not designed for walking in. They are designed for keeping warm around the house in, and for that they are awesome.
      I suspect that what brought the ‘worst shoes eveeeer’ searchers to HaT would be the posts on the Heelarious Heels for Babies. Do a search on Heelarious above to see what I mean.

  5. I’ve worn Crocs at various times and they don’t come within a mile of what I’d nominate as the worst shoe I’ve ever (eveeeer) worn: cheap stiletto heels.
    I’m sufficiently tall that the patriarchy instructs me not to wear heels, rather than the other way around and so I typically don’t wear them, although when I reached age 25 or so I stopped ruling out shoes solely on the basis of possessing a low, wide heel, since that tendency came from a “but, but, you mustn’t be taller than men (more than you already are)” place. But I’ve only worn stilettos for a short time as part of a costume and ow ow ow. Not for me.

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