Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s open thread is hosted by these otters playing meerkat games in the London Zoo. The photo was shared by Giles Williams on flickr.

six otters on rocks at the edge a pond in a zoo. Two are standing straight up, meerkat-style.

Today’s bonus otters are our old favourite, otters holding hands. Today, there’s a cause: we’re working on those sea otters getting more Facebook “Like“s than the homophobic “Protect Marriage NZ” group. If you’re on Facebook, you can go and add your voice to the crowd here. [h/t to QoT.]

two adorable sea otters floating on their backs, holding hands.

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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16 replies

  1. Next Otterday, I hope to have at least one fewer parathyroid gland! If I manage to throw off this lurgy in a timeframe acceptable to the surgeon, anyway 😦

  2. Good luck Mary!
    I have had a lovely day chilling with my kittehs, after doing a stack of cleaning this morning, which means that it ALSO feels like it’s been a very productive day. Win!

  3. The delightful weather experienced here in Adelaide today and the new fence constructed around my vegetable garden meant I could get planting today, and hopefully produce edibles, unlike last summer when I produced hundreds of green tomatoes, eagerly stripped from the bushes by my toddler. From 16 tomato plants, I got 6 red tomatoes. This time I hope to produce peas, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce, plus herbs and pumpkin.

  4. Here’s a question. Why is looking after elderly relatives and expecting to get* a larger share of the will considered gold-digging, but doing sod-all for them while expecting an equal share with those who look after them considered not gold-digging?
    * Hypothetically, since the person doing the looking after isn’t expecting anything of the kind.

  5. Went and saw The Sapphires today, fantastic movie. All those actors should be in everything. They were just wonderful. I did wonder how much they embellished the storyline though. But still a cracking yarn.

  6. Watched the first new Doctor Who episode just then, was pleasantly surprised. Quite different feel, but interesting story. A little bit gratuitous in the Amy/Rory department. But I don’t want to say more in case I spoil people. Can we have a DW thread, TT?

  7. There’s new Who! Yay!
    I went to a wedding this weekend, very nice but too eventful. There was an interruption at the ‘any lawful impediment?’ bit, I headbutted a wine glass, one person lost half a tooth, another needed a paramedic, another had a panic attack, someone tried to arrive on stilts, and there was nearly a fight. All fine in the end, but rather stressful.
    SunlessNick – I think it’s partly because caring for relative is both an act of love, and really hard work with financial costs (e.g. time out of paid work). Sometimes people forget the second part, and assume that because something is an act of love it needs no monetary compensation. Or at least that’s my theory.
    But in general when anyone is accused of gold-digging it’s a horrible situation, and caring for elderly relatives is stressful enough without those arguments. So I hope things are OK for you and that was a hypothetical question.

  8. It’s not a hypothetical question, but I’m not the person being wronged. I just want to stab one person with a fork on behalf of another.
    I think it’s partly because caring for relative is both an act of love, and really hard work with financial costs (e.g. time out of paid work).
    And something generally done by women and lower-socially-classed people. In the UK, professional carers get a shit deal too.
    @Jo But I don’t want to say more in case I spoil people.
    I know what you mean. I have a “I want this to happen so much” comment I’m aching to make (mostly because I don’t think it will happen), but it would be a total spoiler if I did make it.

  9. Oh, you beautiful soul.

  10. The wonderful people at ChiCon 7 gave John Scalzi a gorgeously crafted Mallet of Loving Correction (Scalzi’s term for his technique of moderating comments).
    That is truly a thing of beauty.

  11. I’ve lost a post I need to quote, can anyone help? This is very recent, no more than a couple of weeks ago. Someone wrote about how speaking out about sexual harassment is not playing the victim card, but on the contrary, demanding to no longer be a victim. Where did I see that?

  12. Getting mixed reviews on New Who. I think I’ll wait until I can obtain it free and legally before watching.
    The Mallet of Loving Correction is awesome. Now I’m imagining a superhero version of a Moderator who wields one (smashing laptops of trolls where-ever s/he goes). The mantle is passed down from moderator to moderator… a sacred a trust (I might actually have to write this short story).
    That’s an awesome quote orlando, but I can’t quite place it. Good luck!

  13. @Eden – ABC is streaming it on i-view which is free and legal, but I haven’t had much success downloading it yet, although I haven’t tried for a couple of days. I think it is on TV on Saturday night anyway.

  14. Yes, the New Who is being broadcast this Saturday night.
    Meanwhile, just saw the promo for next week’s #qanda – Cardinal Pell and Catherine Deveny! Betcha they’re seated as far apart as possible.
    *puts popcorn on shopping list*

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