Pet angst

Once Chester had finished his molt, he began growing new a lot of new feathers. This included his flight feathers. The flight feathers are the outermost 6 feathers on the trailing edge of each wing. When the bird has his wings folded on his back, they stick out at the bottom. If the flight feathers are clipped back so that they no longer protrude beneath the wing when it’s folded, then when the wing is unfolded the bird can’t gain enough lift to gain altitude.

Operating directly on Shatner’s Bassoon

Danger! […] websites are targeting your children with so-called digital drugs. These are audio files designed to induce drug-like effects. All your child needs is a music player and headphones. There are different slang terms for digital drugs. They’re often called “idozers” or “idosers.” All rely on the concept of binaural beats. […] Some sites provide binaural beats that have innocuous effects. For example, some claim to help you develop extrasensory powers like telepathy and psychokinesis.

Caveat emptor

John McCain is surprisingly honest and direct about his desire to ban abortion: John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench. […] However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade represents only one step in the long path toward ending abortion. The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need.

On prohibition

We should legalize drugs, and make poetry illegal. The Mafia would have to make money by running speakeasy underground poetry slams, smuggling Faber & Faber books from Europe, and offering schoolkids a free stanza or two to get them hooked. Kids would all be writing poetry in order to be cool.


We bought this stuff: But it’s exactly the same size as ordinary rice.

Cute / not cute

On Sunday, I was sitting in the living room when one of our female squirrels came to the back door and tapped on the glass to ask for food. Entirely too cute, so by way of balance here’s a cockroach story: This morning rothko found a cockroach in her shoulder bag. So of course, she immediately said “Eww! Roach!” and tipped it out onto the living room floor, at which point it retreated to under the sofa.


I’ve finally done some online gaming a couple of times, playing GTA IV with a couple of people. I also have The Orange Box. I bought it mostly for Portal, but I’m amenable to the idea of Team Fortress 2. At some point I need to find out whether my USB headset works with the PS3.

Aww, puh-leeeeeeeeeze?

The following information is taken from Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser, from a chapter which talks about the marketing of fast food to children. James U. McNeal, a professor of marketing at Texas A&M University, is considered America’s leading authority on marketing to children. In his book Kids as Customers (1992), McNeal provides marketers with a thorough analysis of “children’s requesting styles and appeals.