4 December 2008

Put on your tinfoil hat!

Chicago Tribune: The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama’s election. But this isn’t just any normal political theory. After Internet blowhards started circulating rumors that Obama was born in Kenya, the Obama campaign published a scan of his birth certificate. So the wingnuts moved on to claiming that the scan was a cunning Photoshop fake. ... Read more

1 December 2008

Antipodean avian addenda

Baby girl budgie had her first bath, after Chester showed her how. Although she’s hand-tame, she still has trust issues–if she’s in the cage and doesn’t want to come out, she’ll run away and hide in the corner when you approach. Ah well, eventually she’ll learn that I don’t do the “grab the bird and make it come out” thing. I got another play gym, a larger one. I also cleared enough space on my desk that I can put both of them next to each other. ... Read more

25 November 2008

New budgie, day 2

This morning I put some seed on a piece of paper so she could “forage”. She seems to prefer eating that way. I let both birds out. Today they are getting on well. They just sat together for about 10 minutes, with Chester quietly preening the new girlie. However, the only place where she felt secure enough for that was on my shoulder, snuggled against the back of my neck. Nevertheless, it seems clear to me now that they’re going to be good friends. ... Read more

24 November 2008

Even parity

We got a call from Gallery of Pets saying that they had taken delivery of two hand-raised budgies. We drove up yesterday evening to check them out. We came home with a new bird, a small temporary cage, some new toys, and some new veggie-enriched food. The new bird is very young, barely fully-fledged. Her cheek patches are still stick feathers, and her vent is bare. She seems to be a climber. ... Read more

19 November 2008

Hey Cosmo, bite me

Just got a robocall that said “is sending you a hey cosmo blast, press 1 to hear the message”. That’s right, no indication of who, it just started with the word “is”. For obvious reasons, I didn’t push 1. Google searches suggest that the company responsible is http://www.heycosmo.com/ On the off chance someone I know tried to use that site to send me a message: it failed. My money’s on someone trying to use it to spam, though. ... Read more

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