Otterday! And Open Thread

It’s the first day of the school hols (in WA anyhow), so there are two otters today! April 12 is also the day Jonas Salk declared the first polio vaccine to be safe and effective, the day Yuri Gagarin first traveled into outer space (Cosmonautics Day in Russia, it is also celebrated as the International Day of Human Space Flight elsewhere), the day of the first Space Shuttle launch, and the birthday of amazing judoka Keiko Fukuda, who died aged 99 about a year ago. It is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

On to the otters!

Would you just look at this face? (Courtesy of Ray Morris on flickr.)

closeup profile of an adorable grey otter standing among foliage, staring off into the distance with a serious face.

And Peter Trimming brings us these, snapped at the British Wildlife Centre.

two otters rolling on their backs on a grassy riverbank.

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. Good morning! I’ve just emerged half an hour ago from a rare sleepin, which was nice.
    The sprogs and I went to see the second Captain America movie yesterday. Most enjoyable action scenes, some fascinating character development for Black Widow, and reading the spoilers thread on Making Light has been a fun reexamination of those little niggles that one suppresses during the flick.

  2. I am wondering, on a scale of one to OMG why did I do that whether it would be a good idea to let the sheeps out to eat some of the grass I don’t want to mow.

  3. @Mindy I would estimate the goodness of that idea to be inversely proportional to the number of things in the vicinity of the grass that you don’t want the sheep to eat.
    I haz a lurgy, so I am having a lazy Saturday.

  4. Wow, my sleep patterns have been all over the place since I finished work – going to bed around midnight, falling asleep a lot later and not waking up till nine at the earliest. :smh:
    At least I’ve got that blasted CV put together, and today did the first pic from scratch of Mr K in yonks. Not the greatest ever, but I’m happy with it. (Hell, I’m happy just to have done a picture.)

  5. I just finished watching Buffy and read the first four volumes of the season eight comics and now I am lost and aloneeeeeee send help and punctuation

  6. Chally, quick, swallow these!

  7. I am experimenting with dyeing fabrics at home, with far more eco-friendly methods than is commercially used, after coming across India Flint’s excellent Second Skin in a bookstore. I’m using dairy protein rinse-water and boiled water with recycled aluminium foil(our water is a wee bit alkaline, and apparently a wee bit acid is better) as mordants. Dye experiment #1 was the old standby of onion skins (which I’ve never done before, but gives exciting results!) and #2 has some geranium leaves, too.
    India uses a lot of eucalyptus, so I’m thinking I may go on a gathering mission – there’s also heaps of wild fennel hereabouts, both of which I know are non-toxic.

  8. So, a second airport for Sydney to help “western Sydney contribute” to profits for the private companies who are going to build it, reading between the lines.
    I know there’s been a lot of opposition on the grounds of noise and traffic in the past: still the same feelings?

    It’s official: Irish dancing has become one of those horrible American baby beauty shows. I especially don’t get the wigs. And what’s happened to the dresses? The embroidered ones of MY day were expensive enough: these ones must be fanatically expensive.

  10. Marking frenzy!!!

  11. Oh Eilish, that’s made my face go all D:

  12. That Irish dancing picture … gross. Even worse than ones I saw in the 90s (Riverdance era, so to speak).

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