Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s honorary otter is a sea lion! This little pup was born in the Adelaide Zoo over Halloween. [via Zooborns.]

closeup of a bewhiskered grey sea lion pup's face

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 good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. My sprained ankle is substantially better today – icepacks and strapping FTW! About to go and sit in the dappled shade with my e-book.

  2. An interview with Cordelia Fine and Rebecca Jordan-Young on the ever-entertaining nonsense of evo-psych. Audio and transcript here.

  3. Wondering why anyone would care about Oprah’s visit to Australia next month, and why Greg Norman’s latest marriage gets the lead headline ahead of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi tonight. SMH online is such tabloid rubbish these days.
    On a brighter note our family is now free of HSC stress. Woot!
    I hope your ankle mends quickly, tigtog 🙂

  4. My almost 100 year old grandma died at 7:30 this evening. My mum was with her when it happened. After telling the kids, and after lots of tears and hugs, I went to be with Mum. My brother came too. I’m really glad I could be there but it’s taken a toll. Feeling a bit fragile now.

  5. I’ve been watching Australian Story Specials today. Some of them are really moving. I just watched the story of the late Matt Lafflan, who was born with a condition that caused him to not have full sized limbs, and a severe curvature of the spine that, after the age of ten, resulted in him being in a wheelchair. He became a barrister, was smart and funny, very involved in rugby even though he could never play it, and did a lot of wonderful things.
    There’s a really good quote from Joel Fitzsimmons (the rugby player). “He’s a man first, and after it comes these disabilities. And in many ways, these disabilities are the least interesting thing about him.”
    I really liked that.
    But yeah, after a breakfast buffet at our local Chatters this morning, and some shopping (I got a beach towel! It has striped in gelato colours!), I came home and just watched several hours of old Australian Story episodes on their website. 😛

  6. @ mimbles (((hugs))).

  7. (((((((mimbles)))))))

  8. @mimbles – hugs if you want them, and warm beverages. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, ever, no matter what age they’re at. Take extra good care of yourself.
    LOL forever at Pauline Hanson. She’s just so indignant that the Holy Land of White People is even more of a melting pot than good ol’ Australia is. Hahaaaa. Cry more, you silly person.
    Ugh, to fill in on my week, it’s been period-period-period-24 hr lurgie from hell-period! The virus was HORRIBLE. Headache, gut-ache, sore bones, sore face, sore teeth, ridiculous amounts of nausea and all I could really do was lie there and watch videos. So I watched Supernatural episodes, because I had nothing else to do. And the latest ep of BBC’s Merlin, which is the BEST SHOW outside Doctor Who right now. For me, anyway. 🙂 I’m a dork, though, so I like silly shows.

  9. Thanks for the hugs and kind words 🙂

  10. Watching season two of True Blood and trying to explain it to hubby who hasn’t seen season one or read the books. he’s still hooked though. Now I get the Eric thing. He’s so tall and yummy.
    Must rack down season one.

  11. or even track down…

  12. Oh, mimbles, I’m sorry. My granny’s around the same age, and she’s the last one of that generation. I can only image what it’s like for that link to be gone.
    In happier news, I’m absolutely fixed by this page:
    My favourite word so far is frutescent: having or approaching the habit or appearance of a shrub. I found the word for “the act of baby-eating”, but I lost it and can’t find it again!

  13. One of my favourite words is defenestrate; To throw someone or something out a window.

    Although urban slang has it with regards to stop using Windows (usually with much frustration).

  14. Heh, I hadn’t heard it applied to Wind0ze before. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    • BTW, you’ve all seen Privilege Denying Dude by now, right?

      • Ooh, new eggcorn encountered today: “ease the learning curb”. I guess if you’ve never actually heard the term learning curve in its proper context, that’s a natural leap to make.
        It’s been mentioned on the Eggcorn Forums, but hasn’t officially made the Eggcorn Database yet.

      • Just watched the Lateline Tony Jones interview with the terminally ill Christopher Hitchens about (amongst other things) sticking to one’s atheist stance despite the uptick in well-meaning deathbed evangelist intrusions.
        I’ll put up a post with links to the transcript once it’s available on the ABC website.

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