Otterday, and open thread

This fellow looks just pooped out.


[I grabbed this a while back and forgot to note where it was from – does anybody know?]

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. Offspring’s birthdays are not just for them: MarioKart rocks even harder on the Wii than it did on the classic N64.
    That is all.

  2. I’m officially going to be a Doctor! My reports came back with a stamp of officialness on them, and they make me very very happy (even if I’m occasionally wondering if they read my thesis. I really didn’t want to get them back, because I was sure I’d be devastated, so this makes the glowing-ness of them all the more affirming. And yay for feminist scholars who aren’t interested in ego, point-scoring etc, but are interested in supporting others and creating and sustaining community in a setting that’s becoming progressively more atomised!
    WildlyParentheticals last blog post..Champagne Days…

  3. That’s amazing WP! Congratulations!

  4. *cracks open the bubbly for WildlyParenthetical*
    Good for you.
    My thesis is due on Monday. My thesis is not going to be finished on Monday, however. It’s probably about six months away from being finished. Oh well. Maybe in a year’s time I will be in the same place as you, WP. 🙂

  5. omg yay! Congrats, WP!

  6. Gosh, congratulations Wildly! Isn’t that wonderful news. That gives me hope. If I can surround myself with successful geniuses, maybe I can get this damn uni application polished and maybe I can be one of the 10% of applicants that get into this course.
    And then I can worry about not having any money.

  7. Thanks everyone 🙂 I am a very cheerful kitten at the moment.
    Beppie, IME, deadlines are made for that cool wooshing sound they make as they fly past. I missed deadline after deadline after deadline. I think universities need to deal with the fact that having you set deadlines which you never achieve is an excellent exercise in demoralisation…
    Good luck with writing your app, Kim. What course are you aiming for?
    WildlyParentheticals last blog post..Champagne Days…

  8. Grats, WP. Inspirational and wonderful news!!

  9. Thanks, WP. 🙂 Although this is my Big Bad Due Date, after which the RTS people get mad at me and stop funding my department. I mean, I know they’re not going to kick me out, because I am really 90% done (finished my first draft, at least), but that final 10% is the hardest yet– I feel like I’m completely bogged, and I have no idea how I’m going to finish this thing (even though I know that, somehow, I will).

  10. You will, Beppie. I know it doesn’t help, but there’s a brick wall towards the end, one you just have to keep banging your head against til it crumbles. Yes, pretty much that hard. ;-P This doesn’t mean you have to pay, do you? Friends of mine are waaay over, but they haven’t had to pay yet…
    WildlyParentheticals last blog post..Champagne Days…

  11. No, I think they only make the International students pay. And besides, it really only should be a matter of months before I actually am done (even though it doesn’t feel like it right now).

  12. That’s fantastic, WildlyParenthetical. Congratulations.
    My results came through about two weeks after my twins were born (Beppie – I recommend finding out that you are pregnant with twins as one hell of an incentive for getting the damned thing finished). “You mean, I passed?” I gasped to the HoD who called me with the news. “Well, yes,” he said. “Congratulations, Dr Russell.”
    Then he followed it with, “What do you think you will do now?”
    D’oh! Feed the babies, of course.
    Deborahs last blog post..Friday Feminist – Jane Tompkins

  13. having you set deadlines which you never achieve is an excellent exercise in demoralisation
    My grandmother always said university would ruin a young lady’s morals!
    I’m applying for Games Graphics Design at RMIT. It’s sort of like script-writing for games. I figure if anyone is going to ruin the youth of tomorrow, it should be me.

  14. *pokes head up from desperate last minute de-cluttering*

    Yay for WP! Congratulations!

  15. Beppie – I recommend finding out that you are pregnant with twins as one hell of an incentive for getting the damned thing finished
    LOL! Well, I could discuss it with my boyfriend… 😛

  16. Thanks, Amanda, Deborah, TigTog 🙂
    Sounds exciting, Kim; I dream of writing games with proper goddamn stories ;-P It gives me the grumps, sometimes, with the lack of imagination I see in games, esp. coz I love them so. Good luck! Oh, and I suspect I was neither a young lady, nor a young lady with morals to begin with, but my degree has certainly helped with both a de-morale-isation and a de-moral-isation. Which I personally think is all to the good. 🙂
    Wow, yeah, I guess that would do it, Deborah. Honestly, I’m just glad to have my life back.
    And good luck, Beppie. The final bit is hard, horribly so. I hit a point where I simply just had to get it in; it was later than I’d meant, later than I’d promised to my examiners; and I just. couldn’t. bear. having it in my life anymore. That shows a bit: all my examiners commented on typos [shame]. But given that they were so positive anyway, I couldn’t care less!
    WildlyParentheticals last blog post..Champagne Days…

  17. Now all you have to do is publish it on the web for all of us to read!
    Off topic on the off-topic thread:
    You know what I’d love? Standardised clothes sizes.
    Lately I’ve been buying men’s clothes and relying on my crafty designer friends, because often I don’t feel like trying on 12 pairs of trousers in a shop. Unlike womens’ clothes, men’s have the measurements right there on the label, and although they’re often huge, at least I don’t have to strip down half a dozen times to figure it out.
    I read a PDF that said until recently, clothes sizes (which are optional for manufacturers anyway) were based on a 1926 survey, when girdles and petticoats were common.
    Also: pockets. it’s annoying having to carry a bag when all I need is a wallet and phone.

  18. 1. Dr WP: Congratulations! That’s awesome.
    2. tAK: Pockets, oh yes please, pockets. In skirts, please. (Most of my pants have them already.)
    3. I have an extremely shiny and delicious new (preloved/Original) iPhone. Can anyone recommend a suitable doodad to cart it around when my clothes have no pockets? Not my backpack, because I want to be using it as an iPod too.

  19. You know what I’d love? Standardised clothes sizes.


  20. Congrats WP! I’m gearing up for my final Honours-level exams … which are Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week (thanks, Awesome Exam Scheduling Computer!). And meant to be sorting out an application for a Real Grownup Job. Yipes.

  21. ~delurking, as I have finally chosen a satisfactory screen name~
    WP: that’s fantastic! I am finishing my Hons year and I’m finishing my thesis Right Now This Weekend and will hand up my ultimate draft on Tuesday. I want sooooo badly to get into a PhD, and seeing that you are there and finished is a huge morale boost!
    To echo tAK, (I am looking at wedding gowns on eBay) it is so good when they put the actual measurements in, not just the street size (or ‘bridal’ size, which is even less decipherable). Better yet, however, is when the seller gives you the height and weight of the model, so that you can more accurately judge how you’d fit into the item.
    What else do I love? Wondering if the fur from my cat would make decent felt. Is it TOO weird? Do I want to be The Crazy Lady Who Wears The Mittens Made From Kittens? … on reflection, I think this line of thought somes from me procrastinating re thesis.

  22. My sister coz has a couple of otter pics up from her trip to Monterey Bay aquarium. More to come hopefully. If you look at the big version of the pics they have such expressive faces — the left one is doing a good fainting couch/pearl clutching one. Love otters.

  23. PSA from the ABC:

    US doctors have found the Bee Gees’ 1977 disco anthem Stayin’ Alive provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.
    The American Heart Association calls for chest compressions to be given at a rate of 100 per minute in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
    Stayin’ Alive almost perfectly matches that, with 103 beats per minute.

  24. Phone holders? I’m addicted to Etsy at the moment, so…
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I especially like 10.
    Wishing this site had a preview button…

  25. Hm, have just realised that in summer I rarely if ever wear a belt, either, so the solutions with an inbuilt belt are the ones to look at.

    Darnit, how do you search etsy-Australia only for a particular keyword?

  26. Mazel tov, WP!
    US doctors have found the Bee Gees’ 1977 disco anthem Stayin’ Alive provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.
    This shall ever transform what happen in my head during an emergency.
    And finally: that otter is killing me. Someone urgently needs a forehead rub AND I CAN’T REACH ARGHHH
    Theriomorphs last blog post..Olbermann special comment:

  27. This shall ever transform what happen in my head during an emergency.

    Oh yes, me too.

  28. Am in dire need of academic motivation myself. I have to write a personal statement for a grad school app and I DON’T WANNNNNNAAAAAA.

  29. Something I need to get off of my chest: I hate the grad school application process so, so much. It’ll be over in about six weeks, thank FSM!
    annahams last blog post..Oh My, I Haven’t Updated in Nearly a Month!

  30. Bene, I did not see your comment before I posted mine–just wanted to say that I can definitely relate!

  31. Congratulations, Dr WP. I an about half way though on a part-time PhD so have years to go yet. You give me hope. :O And Hallidite, I know you can’t spin either cat or dog hair (not enough hooks on the fibres), but you can combine it with something else, like wool or alpaca, successfully. Although I was never sure about the doghair thing – imagine how it would smell if it got wet… .

  32. Oh, hallidite. You and I can get together and commiserate. I’m working on the second (third? fifth?) draft of my Honour’s Thesis Proposal and I want to scream
    I don’t even know how to talk effectively about my primary sources at the moment because the examples my profs keep giving me are things that one doesn’t need to be ankle-deep in the archives for. The stuff I’m looking at hasn’t even been *touched* in 10 years, let alone properly catergorized.
    ARG! Why didn’t dead people keep the notes I needed them to????

  33. Anybody seen that Sal in Harlem thing? Racism on Howard Stern!
    Sal is wondering if blacks vote for Obama because of his policies or because of his race. So he goes to Harlem and finds blacks so he can ask them trick questions: “Do you support Obama more because he is pro-life or because he wants to keep fighting the Iraq war?” “If Obama is elected, are you comfortable with Sarah Palin as his vice-president?” And the three people whose interviews he plays fall for it. Then the good ol’ boys have a big laugh.
    (link is to audio.)


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