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tigtog (aka Viv) is the founder of this blog. She lives in Sydney, Australia: husband, 2 kids, cat, house, garden, just enough wine-racks and (sigh) far too few bookshelves.

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  1. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    This Whatever thread might well just be the Thread of the Year. Make snacks and waterproof your keyboard before reading.

  2. The Amazing Kim
    The Amazing Kim at |

    I, Animal at the Melbourne Zoo was boring and stupid, don’t even bother.

  3. orlando
    orlando at |

    Making this Shameless Self-Promotion Saturday: my book is finally published. Wheeeeeee! Not asking anyone to buy it, the price of academic hardbacks is gasp-inducing. But I am asking everyone possible to please go to your local library, or uni library if you have an association with one, and request it from them. I just need to sell 400 for the publisher to need to do a second impression, and hopefully stop it from sinking without trace. If you’re curious about the content, you can browse inside at this link.

  4. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Congratulations orlando! I shall do what I can.

  5. angharad
    angharad at |

    My 11 year old daughter has taken to watching infomercials.Voluntarily. I am perplexed.

  6. Arcadia
    Arcadia at |

    My 8 year old quite likes infomercials too, angharad.. He’ll call out to me with questions like ‘mum, do you like to make salsa?’ I don’t think he understands that they are just ads, or that the only purpose of an ad is to sell the product. I think he views them as helpful information from a nice friend.

  7. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    @Arcadia I think that your 8yr old and my 9yr old would get on well :) I know that they have done stuff at school about advertising but it still gets through.

    We have visitors up from Sydney. We have three adults who drink alcohol, 6 bottles of red wine, one bottle of white, a carton of beer, (plus the liquor stash above the microwave if they get really silly) cricket on the telly, a selection of cheeses, cold meats and salad for lunch and I will be making pizzas for dinner. I suspect as the non-drinking adult I shall also be preparing tomorrows recovery fry up since they will all be asleep or nursing enormous hangovers. Oh I also have a lovely box of Haigh’s choccies. I like my visitors.

  8. angharad
    angharad at |

    Aaagh! tigtog! I lost half my morning to that Whatever thread – and I’m still only half way through.

    Drums…drums in the deep…

    Also there is a really nice take-down of Evo-Psych on Pharyngula today

  9. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Les Mis review. I wonder if I can pre-book tickets this far out? Might be hard to get a seat otherwise.

  10. Tom
    Tom at |

    R.I.P. Larry Hagman. I never really liked I Dream of Jeannie. I mean, would Buffy or Xena have put up with calling a man Master?

  11. YetAnotherMatt
    YetAnotherMatt at |

    R.I.P. Larry Hagman. I never really liked I Dream of Jeannie. I mean, would Buffy or Xena have put up with calling a man Master

    every episode, without any irony, as part of a ploy for stabbing him or dropping him in a hole?

  12. YetAnotherMatt
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  13. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    This made me hopeful.

  14. orlando
    orlando at |

    @angharad, thanks for the pointer. This is great:

    …there are evolved human traits that are shared among every individual in the population without regard to sex, and that culture acts as the repressor/enabler of particular attributes in particular individuals. That ought to be the default assumption

  15. Louise
    Louise at |

    Just reading that Whatever thread. Love Captain Button’s comment about omega humans having to keep the vampires out. (Though I’m old enough to think of the Charlton Heston version of that film.)

  16. Merinnan
    Merinnan at |

    Shamelessly promoting a friend of mine: My friend Jay Kristoff recently published his first novel, Stormdancer. It’s a Japanese-esque steampunk setting with strong environmental themes (and a female protagonist), so if that’s something that might interest you, I highly recommend it.

    Also, where on earth has the year gone?! I can’t believe that it’s almost December already!

  17. Tom
    Tom at |

    I recently went to a Chinese restaurant with a friend and his female intended. The intended and I were utterly mortified when in the middle of the meal the friend said: “I love a good Chinky, I do.” At the time, we both told him to shut up but he denied saying it and still does.

    Last week in the office, a white male colleague aged 30 said, in answer to a question: “Yah mahn!” in a thick pseudo West Indian accent!

    Most of us were thinking, “Where the hell did that come from?!?”

  18. lauredhel
    lauredhel at |

    Hi Merinnan, I confess that I took Stormdancer off my TBR list quite a while ago based on multiple critiques like these:

    Dear Author

    The Book Smugglers

    Here on goodreads, and here.

  19. Merinnan
    Merinnan at |

    Hi lauredhel,

    That’s disappointing. I hadn’t seen negative reviews of it yet, and my sister and my partner both raved about it (I’m still early in the actual novel itself, but read the picture book version available at the launch, which was so adorable). As it falls into my research area I’m looking at incorporating it into postgrad topics, so I’ll certainly keep those criticisms in mind and keep a more critical eye out as I finish reading.

  20. Aphie
    Aphie at |

    Survived first day of brand new job, hurrah! MAY have scratched the bumper of a workmate in the crappy parking lot. *winces*

  21. Tom
    Tom at |

    I was having issues with my work laptop today. When the IT man was remotely connected to my machine my Outlook calendar reminder popped up about a Human League gig.

    Me: “Oh you can see my reminders now”
    Him: “Human League? What’s that?”
    Me: “A band – they’re great! Don’t you know them?”
    Him: “I’m only 25″

    I have never felt so old before. Him being born in 1987…

  22. Rebekka
    Rebekka at |

    A good candidate for a Friday hoyden perhaps?

  23. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Saw Skyfall. Have an uneasy feeling that I will have disturbingly erotic nightmares about Javier Bardem tonight. Perhaps James Bond will save me. Or Cleaver Greene.

  24. Tom
    Tom at |

    Back in the 80s, whenever I’d see an old story from 60s ‘Doctor Who’ on PBS it always looked absolutely ancient to me. Despite being from only 20 years earlier, it might as well have been footage from a 1930s movie. Yet stuff from the late 80s/early 90s such as ‘Quantum Leap’ or ‘Star Trek: TNG’ doesn’t seem anywhere near as old today.

    Okay, so a lot of that is down to the dirty kinescopes that were used for the WHO stories, but still.
    And I still think of the last couple of seasons of 80s ‘Doctor Who’ as being fairly recent, despite them being older now than the Troughton era was then.

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