Otterday! And Open Thread.

Look at these little otterfolk! They were snapped by Growl Roar at the London Zoo, and shared on flickr.


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. Do you like computer generated smoke effects? Then the new Harry Potter movie is for you!

    The dragon is superbly animated, though.

  2. I’ve been pondering two questions lately…
    First, is the internet a boon because it allows us to meet interesting people from all over the world, or is the internet a curse because most of the interesting people we meet on it live too far away to conveniently visit?
    Second, what is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?

  3. @The Amazing Kim: I heard today that people in this Colorado town began lining up for the Harry Potter movie two days in advance.

  4. Just a whinge, because this popped up in my reader and I’m lacking even the motivation to open up WordPress (also this seems less self-indulgently whiny than making a whole post …)
    I’m just feeling like crap, online-wise. I’m feeling so freaking burnt out, and it’s not because of the trolls, and it’s not because of rape culture continuing to be vile, it’s because I feel like I’m some kind of Victorian circus attraction. Behold, the angry feminist! Stare in wonder! Murmur appreciatively about her “fire” and “fierceness” and “take-no-prisoners attitude”, but make sure she never escapes her one-girl-blog cage because then she’ll just ruin everything and anyway no one really likes her or takes her seriously.
    And then of course the next moment the other half of my brain pops up to say “well what do you expect, you *are* a bitch and you *do* ruin everyone’s fun and you say *fuck* a lot so of course it’s natural for people to ignore that you’re actually pretty fucking smart and on to it and point out crap no one else has noticed.”
    Anyway I’m sure it’ll all pass soon enough and I’ll stop feeling like a fucking pariah of the Kiwi blog circuit, but in the meantime you *did* ask if there was something I wanted to get off my chest … 😛

    • @QoT, I’m sad to hear that you’re feeling unappreciated/unwelcome in Kiwi blog-land. I love your work dearly, which is why I’m often linking to it on the FemmoStroppo Readers.

  5. Thanks tigtog. It’s been a pretty hectic month IRL for me as well so I’m hoping the glumness passes.

    • Still mulling over watching someone in my FB list who yesterday decided to post in support of Ban The Burkha Day (WTF, right?), with lots and lots of supportive “I’m not a racist but (I’m just gonna say something prejudiced now)” comments, and one guy who said “well, I guess friending you was a mistake – bye” and then people complaining “what about free speech?”.

      Somebody refusing to listen to something you’re saying does not breach your right to freely speak it. Free speech doesn’t mean that you can force other people to listen to you, and it certainly doesn’t mean that they’re not allowed to use their own right to free speech to tell you that they think less of you for saying it. FFS.

      For the moment I’m keeping out of it. But I don’t know how much longer I can stand it.

      • Ok, I have been inexplicably cheered by the news (via Pavlov’s Cat on Facebook) that Hollywood has cast Tom Cruise in an adaptation of a series of novels where a crucial plot point is that the protagonist (Jack Reacher) is 6’5″ tall. I’m not imagining it, the world really is that screwed up. Mwahahahahahahaha.

  6. Hugs if you want them QoT and TT.
    Currently we have one suspected case of Man flu (much better than actual flu though) and for me Antibiotics 0, eye infection 1. If it isn’t improved by tomorrow we have to go to the local hospital and see if we have a Dr on call. But at least I have access to medical care, even if I do end up driving to Canberra.

    • Happier news! My kids just got back from SMASH, and sprog the younger won the art competition in her age division! Yay! I need more exclamation marks!!!1!11!!

  7. I’m so homesick for London at the moment. Sigh.

  8. I had a happy day today!!!
    Not news for everyone, but for me (chronic depression, some seasonal components) it’s a good thing, so I figure I’ll share it with as many people as possible.
    Why was I happy? Well, the sun was shining most of the day, I had lots of energy and got a lot done (my monthly manic period – my equivalent of PMS, I swear), and I was just feeling good. Doesn’t happen often, so I figure I’ll celebrate.

    • Glad to hear it, Meg. I must get out for a walk sometime today!

      • Oh my. Somehow while I was distracted over the last month I thought people were only joking about Alan Jones being the patron of a climate change contrarian group calling itself the Galileo Movement. But it’s not a joke 😦
        Time to bust out Robert Park:

        “Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right.”

        They’re not even being persecuted, they’re simply being rebuffed – and they’re certainly not right.

  9. Good show, Meg! I hope you have many such days in a row.
    QoT: Digital personas are an odd part of modern life, aren’t they. But unlike the real world, the internet won’t burst into flames if you take a break.
    kirstente: if you’re anywhere in the Melbourne area, the weather should help. *looks out at sheets of pouring rain*

  10. Not sure how you know when you’ve crossed the line from being a temporarily unemployed academic whose husband has a heavy workload at present into a housewife with a workaholic husband who’s never home.
    QoT, I spent some time last year in various corners of the NZ blogger’s hangout spaces, both virtual and real world, and I don’t remember you being spoken of with anything other than respect verging on awe.

  11. Eye infectionallergic reaction? 0.5/antihistamine 0.5/mindy 0.
    At least I had a good excuse to sleep all yesterday afternoon and vivid antihistamine dreams last night. Must try not to fall asleep at my desk this morning after taking the next dose.

  12. Where to other Hoyden’s get their Aussie news from?
    I’m personally not a big news person – but a friend of mine is looking for more independent alternatives

    • @Alien Tea, I tend to do a quick skim of Google News headlines first thing, and see what the most-reported stories of the day are, but I’m looking for all news there, not just Australian news, although I do tend to click through on the ‘Australia’ section to get a bit more breadth of headlines than I get just on the front page. Sometimes that’s all I’ve got time for if it’s a busy day. I also have Google News Alerts set up for various topics of interest, which generally offer a rather odd assortment of links, but which tend to cover most partisan bases. That usually gives me enough links to get my web-walking on across any particular story.
      If I’ve got more time, I take a quick look at the front pages of the ABC News, BBC News, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, the NYT, the Independent, Sky-News, CNN and Fox-News to gather a quick sense of what stories are being spun up or spun down by various media organisations, and click through on those which most interest me. But I have to be in a reall strong media-junkie mood for that.

  13. Haha – that is a LOT of news.
    This friend is a reader of (*cringe*) and the Australian. He mentioned that he was thinking of getting a subscription to the Australian (he reads it at a local cafe usually – doesn’t buy it) – and I said that there was no way I’d support that business, so he asked for alternatives.
    So far I’ve linked him to Crikey and Alternet and Al Jazeera – but I don’t read any of them regularly so I’m not an expert. I’ve never tried Google news, I’ll go check it out – thanks!

    • As I say, it’s relatively rare that I go the full hog on all those sources, but I do sometimes.
      If one gets a Google account, one can tailor the Google News overview page to focus on one’s particular areas of interest.

  14. That sounds like a great idea – I’ll pass it on. Thank you!!

  15. Oh good, here we go again: Nile threatens to kill off ethics classes.
    I have to say, this is one of those things where I am wary of being too critical of the tactic (cross-benchers getting their pet projects through as part of deals with the government) because I’d be more OK with it if I agreed with him. However, leaving the tactic aside, I have an active preference for my child not receiving religious education in school time, and not being shamed/othered for same. So. Boo Fred Nile.

  16. In happier news, the British House of Lords has actually published an open letter demanding that Christopher Monckton cease and desist from claiming to be a Member of the House of Lords.

    Click to access letter-to-viscount-monckton-20110715.pdf

  17. I note the irony that because he’s so focussed on killing off ethics classes that Fred Nile would, de facto, be in support of workers’ wage justice if this does in fact go through. But the ends justify the means in his world, even if he does despise the cause of those socialistic unions.
    Rather like the cringeworthy misrepresentation trotted out by 2GB management regarding the relentless sexist bile and outright lies against Julia Gillard that are a staple of their stable of radio presenters, as laid out by Media Watch last night. 2GB and their fellow travellers don’t care how much they lie and goad their listeners into hatefests, the ends justify the means.

  18. Meg – Yay! It’s always nice to be reminded that you *can* have a happy day, something to help get you through the bad times.
    Kim – I’m in Scotland! The weather here at the moment is variable, to say the least. In my entirely fictional and very wistful nostalgia-driven image of London the sun shines all the time.

  19. David got his year 8 half-year report today (belatedly because he was sick when they were handed out at the end of last term). It includes a glowing report on what a good student he is in the Christian Studies class. He opts out, he’s not been to a single lesson this year.

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