Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today it was impossible to decide between three otters, so it’s Super Mega Bonus Otterday!

First up – this plucky little chap decides to say hi to a rhinoceros. Shared by lazybone83, from Germany.

fairly close-in picture of two rhinoceroses at a zoo. Below them an otter stands on two hind legs on the lip of a concrete pool, stretching up as if to sniff the chin of one of the rhinoceroses.

The next otter was snapped by Chris Turner in England.

Mid-air action shot of an otter standing on its hind legs, about to catch a piece of food. Rocks and greenery are out of focus in the background.

And last but not least – Melissa Carolina caught this otter curling up to take a nap at Cape May County Zoo in South Jersey.

sepia-toned closeup of an otter curled up, eyes closed, looking extremely adorable.

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. I’m in Melbourne madly comedy-festing – 10 shows so far in 3 days. Anybody interested in a CBD-ish brunch tomorrow maybe? It would be nice to catch up with some non-comedy-tragics just for a little while.
    P.S. MICF is wierd, one night you run into Jim Schembri, the next night you run into Clementine Ford. Swings and roundabouts!

  2. I have many things I want to blog about this week, but have managed to write nothing. The actual writing thing is not working so well at the moment, for blogging and for uni assessments…

  3. Does anyone have any resources for people who are interested in people who are poly? I am feeling confused and could really do with some advice.

  4. @AK blogs.bluebec.com – she blogs about all sorts of things including being poly.

  5. The book ‘Opening Up’ by Tristan Taormio is useful for getting your head around poly in a practical kind of a way, TAK – it guides you through some ‘how do you feel about the idea of x’ kind of scenarios, as well as offering lots of info about the different ways nonmono is done. As someone who started dating a poly person and through that found herself thinking it – all the mono, poly, relationship questions – through for herself, I would just say that while it can be intense, it’s also been a really rewarding experience for me, and I’ve found a pretty happy space as a result of going through that process. Happy to chat if you want to. 🙂

  6. I don’t know if it’s relevant, but I do know of a YA novel where the main character’s mum is poly. A lot of the book is spent with both the mum and the daughter coming to terms with it. It’s calles Love You Two by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli. (It’s a great read for anyone, really!)

  7. I’m kind of reluctant to mention this, as no-one else has brought it up… maybe I’m (as so often) out of synch with people’s interests here. But I think it’s important, so I’ll go ahead.
    I was very saddened to read of the death of Adrienne Rich this week (although glad she’s been released from what must have been a painful and debilitating illness). Rich was enormously important to me when I came out (like her, from a heterosexual marriage with children), and even more so when I started reading and writing about feminism. If you’ve never heard of her, or are unsure why she’s so important, here’s the wikipedia page.
    Her essay ‘Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence’ (which has its own wikipedia page!) used to be a standard in Womens Studies course; I hope that’s still the case. Does anyone know?

  8. Thanks Viv. I didn’t really believe that the hoydens were ignoring her, but I thought I’d better check. 🙂 I’ll look forward to the post.

  9. Oh, I have something ask for people’s ideas on: my uni’s women’s collective is trying to think of an event or workshop for Diversity week, which we’ve been offered funding for. But in order to get that funding we have to actually think of something we want to do. Something feminist with a focus on diversity. Ideas or suggestions?

  10. Our womyn’s collective have had pretty good luck with picnics and pot-lucks – perhaps something like that? Otherwise you could get some musicians playing a variety of international music during a lunchtime, or have a multicultural fashion parade, or get some guest speakers in, or a crafternoon, or any sort of workshop like tshirt-printing, or zine-making, or mural-painting, or quilt-making.
    Thanks for the advice everyone – it’s really something I have to talk to with the person in question I guess! But bluebec’s blog was especially helpful, so thank-you Mindy.

  11. TAK: as a former (usenet newsgroup) alt.polyamory tragic, I recommend the various FAQs and such at polyamory.org. I’m also happy to answer questions in email. The alt.polyamory style is a bit more cynical and down-to-earth than some other polyamory resources, and in particular, we had quite a tradition of being more supportive of newbies who were trying to negotiate their first relationship with a poly person, than newbies who were poly and complaining that their new monogamous (or up until then only familiar with monogamy) partner wasn’t highly evolved or spiritually advanced enough.
    I was wondering if anyone else saw the review of Mirror, Mirror by Margaret and David at the Movies? ( will be on iview for another week and a half) I’m much more interested now, Margaret wasn’t expecting much and gave it four or so stars, andmentioned the F-word: feminist. And the costumes are apparently (posthumous) Oscar Award material.

  12. I’ve been finding life very hectic since commencing full time work (hence changing from commentor to lurker on the interwebs) and this semester I have a particularly heavy teaching load which I’m finding quite tiring.
    Today one of my tutorials brought out all the right wing racists (we were watching a clip about the one of the stronger smarter schools) and discussing ways to make the education system more equitable in regards to outcomes for disadvantaged students. In four years of tertiary teaching I’ve never had such a difficult session. I’d run the same class an hour previously and it went off without a hitch, but this lesson a couple of (privileged white) students were taking offense to a school that is working to make its Aboriginal students being proud of being “smart Aboriginals”. They complained about everything from “special treatment”, such as welcome to/acknowledgement of country ceremonies, to Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generation – each in turn with me defending/explaining these things and finally one student says “Look I’ve never even seen an Indigenous student at Uni” and her friend puts her hand straight up and says “I’m Indigenous”. I’m hoping the shock of that and realisation of the awful things they said in front of this young woman will make them reconsider their attitudes.
    I know these attitudes fester away in pockets of my corner of the world (the Hunter Valley) but seeing (and attempting to counter) the sheer racism of some of the out spoken members of the class has left me a bit disheartened and shocked ( I know, I’m showing my privilege here, because I’m dealing with this in an educational sense and not contending with it an ongoing basis and nor is it being directed at me). The frustrating thing was the main offender was saying ‘I’m not racist but…’ and he was genuinely unaware of how blatantly offensive, racist and incorrect his opinions are (I’d like to say ‘were’ but I don’t think I’ve gotten through yet). Hopefully I’m planting seeds, but today it seemed that every explanation I offered spurned (some of) them to counter with something more outrageous and more racist, so that on the surface it seemed that my efforts were having the opposite to my desired effect. Hopefully next week will be better but I am not looking forward to it. The worst thing about the whole thing is that these young people are training to be teachers 😦

  13. TAK, that is, in general, a good plan. Most poly kids get pretty invested in the talking, and are often quite practiced at it, which can be a good thing! Good luck, and I hope that there’s fun, of whatever kind, in the offing!
    Rayedish, that sounds so awful, and like it’s coming at just the wrong time too 😦 I have also taught future teachers – not much, but for a couple of semesters – and it’s really hard to not feel it as an even greater responsibility than usual. When a class is really hard like that, though, I have at times set aside the required material for the next week to specifically tackle the issue at hand. It’s so hard not to be disheartened by such things, though. There have been times for me where I’ve refused to engage with the person who is, basically, just trying to get a rise out of me, and reoriented the conversation back to an assumption of anti-racism, rather than allowing their challenge to that to shape the whole class. I mean, often these kinds of responses come from people who will never change their mind, because that would appear to be a ‘loss’ to others. So just refusing to engage, especially by making space for other people, who are more interested, to have other kinds of conversations can help – takes the wind out of the bigot’s sails because they can’t take over, makes sure it’s a useful class for *someone* and often feels better because it centres other voices, especially those who might have lots of things to say about the problems with racism (but who might not tackle the bigot directly, which is fair enough!). Or sometimes the push towards self-reflexivity: ‘let’s have a think about how the claim ‘I’m not racist, but…’ is working here. What does racist mean, then?’ Anyway, you know all this stuff, no doubt, and I’m offering thoughts where I intended just to sympathise. So, I hope next week feels a bit better – and that maybe you have colleagues around you who might have a conversation with you about it. Nothing is as helpful for me as a debrief. 🙂 But I’m sending you positive vibes!

  14. Did you hear that our very own blue milk is apparently a “commie mommie” in the eyes of more conservative motherhood bloggers?
    Yay.

  15. Thanks WP, your sympathy is appreciated. Thanks for your input, it sounds as though we have similar ways of dealing with these situations. I will see how next week goes and be ready to redirect the conversation if the ringleader gets going.

  16. Good luck with it, Rayedish. I’ll be sending you positive vibes! 🙂

  17. Hi Rayedish, I had similar experiences with education students too – very disheartening days. But I had at least one day where somebody really finally understood what disadvantage and unfairness meant for Indigenous students in schools, and had that slowly dawning look of what it really meant to try and address that.
    Good luck for next week.

  18. Thanks Pen 🙂

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