Otterday! And Open Thread.

An otter painting.

Also, this has been everywhere, but check it out if you haven’t already: an otter playing the piano. Well, pressing keys for food rewards. I’m not quite as enchanted by it as the rest of the web is.

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. I have an appointment for my surgical consult preparatory to getting my tubes tied! And insurance will pay for it! (I think this is the only place I haven’t gone all SQUEE! about it)
    I’m so stoked. I’ve been trying to get sterilized since I was 18 and no one would do it. I guess once you get over 30, the medical establishment will finally allow you to make decisions about your fertility.

  2. @ slave2tehtink.livejournal.com/:
    Yay for voluntary infertility! Sucks that it took them this long to be convinced that you knew what you didn’t want.

  3. And yay! I get my desktop back today! *crossing fingers for uncorrupted data*

  4. P.S. Planning a new Hoyden site – should I go with Disqus for the comments? Pros/cons?

  5. Disqus crashes for me occasionally, and on very long threads tends not to cope, from my Shakesville experiences. I’m on Firefox 3. But it’s not so bad that I wouldn’t use it.

  6. If you want to see some outrageous cute, there are some newborn otters at Auckland zoo.

  7. I’ve been fine with Disqus at Shakesville, using Firefox 3 on a MacMini. But I know some people had problems with some of those huge threads, per Jet’s comment.

  8. I notice in the wingnuttosphere they have found a press release which says that according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the number of women charged with domestic violence has gone up 159%, which of course is a bad thing (compulsory denunciation for the benefit of any passing wingnuts 🙂 )
    I have been all over the Bureau of Crimes Stats and Research website and can’t find it, nor can I locate the relevant press release.
    The ABC article gives the increase as being to 2007 – Why 2007, when the crime stats on the site appear to be more recent than that? A search failed to uncover any stats for the year 2007 per se, but the PDF document http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/bocsar/ll_bocsar.nsf/pages/bocsar_crime_stats gives the total number of incidences of “domestic violence related” assaults for the 12 months to 1998 as 26,874. If we take the figure of 2,336 given in the ABC article and express it as a percentage of that, it comes to 8.7% (you might like to check my workings though?)
    My question is: Is the increase in women charged (that’s the basis of the figures) coming off a very small base? and why are commenters on the article, as well as the wingnutosphere, making it seem as though that means that now the inherent worse-ness of women, vis a vis violence, is now apparent, where it’s apparent that the overwhelming majority of the charged assaulters are, still, men? (Cue outraged complaints about White ribbon day!)
    And where the violence escalates to killing, doesn’t that move out of the domestic violence stats and into the homicide stats?
    I’ve emailed the BOCSR to ask them where the figures came from, may be a post in it.

  9. @ Helen:
    I’ve been curious about those figures myself, Helen, so I would love to read a post about it.
    In other news, I HAZ MAI DESKTOP BOX BACK, and all my data seems to be still where it was. The poor wee diddums just needed a new motherboard. Imagine me sitting in my corner making satisfied grunts.

  10. Today, I have the attention span of a five year old. All attempts to work on my thesis are ending in “Ooh! Look! Shiny!”

  11. So what’s going on with Sarah Palin’s resignation then? I admire the crafting of the spin that fighting court cases against the muckrakers was taking too much money away from the State and that Alaskans deserved better, but what about the gamble? Will she keep the PR momentum up for a run for prez in 2012? Is that what the Mayans were predicting?

  12. For watching: the NSW Legislative Council’s Inquiry Into Adoption By Same Sex Couples released its report (PDF) today. It recommends in favour of it (with dissenting reports at the end). And now, back to the Lower House.
    I understand Sylvia Hale of the Greens also dissented, but can’t yet find her statement on the internet.

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