Otterday, and Open Thread

This river otter was pictured on TrekNature New Zealand. Isn’t it beautiful?


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. A gorgeous shot, but if it was taken in NZ, the otter would have been in a zoo. There are no otters in NZ. Seals, dolphins and bats, but there are no other native mammals, and otters have not been introduced.
    But it’s a lovely otter. I enjoy Otterday – I’ve always loved otters since reading Tarka the Otter and Ring of Bright Water as a child.
    As for nattering – there’s a long, long thread on an NZ blog about domestic violence, with people being pleased about the discussion being civil and agreeing that violence is terrible no matter who perpetrates it and isn’t it good that we can discuss this without invoking gender. AAAAAGH! I’m wondering whether it’s worth the effort of going in and upsetting people’s sensibilities… NB – there’s some great discussions of the thread too, and the one MRA who has showed up has been promptly dispatched, so on balance it’s not so bad, as long as you don’t utter the f-word.

  2. OMG, otter to die for!
    In other news, I am madly trying to prepare for an interview. It’s my first academic interview, and it’s on the other side of the world. No, I mean literally. We seem to have skipped the whole ‘let’s have a chat on the phone’ or even ‘we can totes do that whole video linkup thing, coz techie types are around at universities’ and gone straight for the ‘fly over in two weeks; we’ll pay’. I’m researching madly to try and get up to speed on a whole set of things: what this uni’s courses are like, what the teaching style is (no, really; how many lecture and tute hours per week? How do I find this out?!), and considering whether I can live with so few days of sunshine a year… It’s a bit hard to gt my head around it all, really.
    Also, I have ants. I don’t get where they’re coming from, coz I can’t find a nice neat line making its way in from outside. 😦 I wouldn’t mind them, but they seem to be hanging out around my desk, so they climb on me when I’m working and give me little nibbles. [sigh] Sometimes living in Sydney feels like living with wildlife. I’m an Inner Westie, so there’s crazy numbers of cockroaches around too…

  3. PS. For you ningers who are wondering, yes, it’s for *that* job. Thanks to those who gave me thoughts on the application 🙂

  4. Well, hi and I’m back. *g* That otter is adorable.
    I got a catalogue in the mail today for work clothes and the like and all the pictures? are full colour drawings.
    What is up with that?! How am I supposed to want to order anything when I DON”T KNOW what it actually looks like!
    Explanations and Postulations welcome.

  5. If you want to be disgusted go and view the video here.
    *head desk*

  6. Tigtog– I saw that too– much glee here! 😀
    I’m cooking a roast dinner today, for my brother’s birthday– in spite of the 40 degree heat! Fortunately my parents have air conditioning (normally not something I’d be gleeful about, due to the environmental impact, but on days like today I make an exception.

  7. Deborah, I loved Tarka too, I have my copy on the bookshelf waiting to be appreciated by one of the offspring.
    I’m currently feeling very glad that I’m not still in a tent, we came home a couple of days early because I’d hurt my back and because of the forecast for HOT HOT and more HOT. My back is almost better and the air-con is awesome.
    WP, we get ants too though I can usually see where they’re coming from. A friend who was renting in Stanmore had such a persistent infestation on both ants and mice that she moved house to get away from them.

  8. 35 degree heat. Curtains closed. Pyjamas on. 1 litre of soy ice-cream (chocolate). Buffy season 2. See y’all Tuesday.
    This week I’ve been learning about Twitter, and today my housemate is doing his dishes for the first time in 3 months! It’s very exciting, even as I’m appalled by my own feelings of gratitude. I shouldn’t be happy that someone is fulfilling the minimum requirements for civilised behaviour, but they’ve just destroyed my standards over the past 6 months.
    Best wishes, wp, for whatever path you decide to take.

  9. When we got back from our break in NZ, I found dead ants in our toilet, and more appearing every time we flushed. They seem to have been discouraged now (three days later). There were also ants in our wardrobe, and in the other bathroom, but none in the pantry.
    I’m bracing myself for the heat. It’s very pleasant here in Adelaide today – a cool start, and a breezy 30 now, but the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting 35 on Monday, and then 41, 41, 41 and 39 for the rest of the week. Just in time for school going back…
    Deborah’s last blog post..PMT with a vengeance?

  10. Ugh – just watched a Panorama special on BBC News about the healthcare crisis in the USA, and this twerp of a multi-millionaire was moaning about how if Obama’s healthcare reforms go through then he’ll have to queue up for healthcare “like they do in Britain”.
    Liar Liar pants on fire. Never discussed “going private” on BUPA with your wealthy British pals? No queues there, twerp. The NHS has its flaws, and the queues for those who have to rely upon it as a safety net and cannot afford the BUPA alternative are an acknowledged blight, but at least poor people don’t have to go into debt and sell their homes to get basic life-saving treatment in the UK.

  11. It has been rather hot around these parts. WP, all the best. Kim, I, too, have been eating chocolate soy ice cream! I must confess that I have never watched Buffy.
    I have also been reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, which is great. Luckily, it runs at over 1000 pages, so there is much more of it to enjoy.

  12. Tonight for dinner I fancy Brickie’s Offsider’s Fish n Chips, sluiced through with the cheapest dry white I can find.
    Good luck with the interview WP.

  13. I am very disturbed with the recent spike of violence directed a POC since Obamas election in November. The recent rampage of a man who decided that it was necessary to kill non white people because they are under attack and endangered particularly bothered me. He spent time on those white supremacist cites. People always justify these sites as free speech. without thinking about the ways in which they lead to violence be reifying difference.
    And because I am sure we could all use a little bit of a laugh. Here is a spoof of Obama doing Beyonces All the single ladies.
    Renee’s last blog post..Shoppers Drug Mart Keeps Black Products Under Lock And Key

  14. tigtog @ 5, very good news. Does anyone know if the Rudd government has overturned a similar condition of Australian aid funding? The last I heard it was with the Foreign Affairs minister for his discretion, but never heard the outcome (if there was one).

  15. Hey, an open thread!
    Figured this would be a good place to solicit my friends in the Oz-osphere for entries in the upcoming Carnival of the Arid. We’ve gotten some good submissions so far, but all of them from the Western Hemisphere. I understand there is a bit of desert in Australia, and hence presumably a desert blogger or two therein. Content is broad for CotA, stretching from natural history to literature and art to civil rights issues.

  16. Does anyone know if the Rudd government has overturned a similar condition of Australian aid funding?

    Not yet – it’s been “under review” for many months, and today’s paper reports that what’s holding it back is the Government pandering to Steve Fucking Fielding. Even though no legislation is required to lift the ban, and there is cross-party support for getting rid of it.
    We are now the only country to restrict foreign aid in this way.

  17. Very disappointing, but thanks for update. Fielding seems to have morphed into a present-day Harradine – how awful!
    I will fire off an email to my local MP (Liberal) and our WA Labor senate reps asking when action on this will be taken and I encourage all Australian voters to do likewise. This policy was always retrograde, immoral and working against the interests of women’s health in developing countries.

  18. Otter update: Otter on tour
    Deus Ex Macintosh’s last blog post..Zsa Zsa loses $7 million in Madoff fraud

  19. I’m going to see Leonard Cohen tonight. Yeah, I know, the lyrics leave something to be desired in terms of gender equity in many songs – but I LOVE live music, it’s been forever since I’ve been to see any, and it’s Leonard Cohen. Gonna run home, find something nice to wear and head to the city for dinner and drinks beforehand. Oh yeah, Paul Kelly is supporting.
    fuckpoliteness’s last blog post..Can anyone explain Mad Max to me?

  20. I signed my daughter up for dance classes today, mainly because she insists on dancing when the ads come on tv. I hope that she likes it. I also hope that it doesn’t become a bottomless money pit. I’m already looking at buying a ‘uniform’, tap shoes and jazz shoes. I have no idea what it will cost. Luckily she has two weeks to decide if she is going to do it. As she is not quite three I’m not sure she will have the concentration span yet.

  21. Mindy, see if there are secondhand shoes available through the dance school, tap shoes in particular are pretty pricey. The school my daughter goes to organises secondhand uniform and shoes sales by providing a box in which parents put things they want to sell labeled with price and contact details and payment for the stuff is on the honour system so the dance teachers don’t have to be fiddling around with it. (And avoid buying anything for the first week or two if you can in case she doesn’t like it!)

  22. I saw Adam Hills live at a comedy room last night – fantastic. If you can possibly book tickets to his tour this year, do it.

  23. *is fuming about sex ed* *as usual*

  24. Ok…so I wrote about Henderson pissing all over Dodson and Indigenous rights activism and well any *whining* from those not *really* truly 100% (complete with official paperwork to prove it) Indigenous Australians the other day. Now Miranda Devine has an article up about how Australians of the year have to expect to cop a public tongue lashing…I can’t bear to read it right now. Anyone else game?

  25. @ FP, I think a pod person must have taken over Miranda. Not her usual self at all. Of course she does suggest that Pearson or Mundine should have been chosen instead, but apart from that I thought her article remarkably untroubling.

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