- FBI terrorist interrogator on the uselessness of torture and the efficacy of cookies - Boing Boing ow.ly/absU
Amazing how much more reliable the information you can glean from humane treatment is. Somebody in the discussion pointed out that it's sort of like inducing Stockholm Syndrome, and I suspect they're right. And strangely, the Geneva Conventions are completely silent on the use of kindness.
- Spare Cat is not an Affection Sponge. She is an Affection Mugger who wants Teh Love Nownownow and will crawl up on your face to get it.
Chumley is definitely an Affection Sponge -- if you start petting him, he can never get enough of it. And he will often remind you that he likes being petted.
Spare Cat, however... isn't content to wait around for it. Oh no. She demands it. If she had a little gun and opposable thumbs she'd force you to pet her about 80 times a day. As it is, she jumps up on your lap or the desk or whatever, and pushes into your hands or even your face.
- ZooBorns: Nubian Goat Kids at the Indianapolis Zoo ow.ly/achC While I'd take a turkey for the backyard, I'd really like a goat!
Even if it turns out that the only plants left in my backyard are Weeds That Goats Don't Like To Eat -- it would be worth it. Also... how cute are these kids?
- Amazing how much better the patio looks now that I swept about a billionty-seven maple seeds and old blossoms & whatever off it!
- Said hi to house-shoppers checking out the empty house behind my yard. Seemed like nice people, hope somebody like that buys the place!
- My state rep put an offer up on Freecycle for some violets, mint plants so I emailed her & got some. That's real public service from a pol!
What can I say -- it was a backyardy day for me. I felt ambitious early and used an old broom to sweep up, so that the concrete isn't speckled with litter and I'm like... oh gosh, this looks so much better. Glad I did it before the Prospective Buyers showed up. Talked to them over the fence, volunteered that the train tracks so close by are very very rarely a problem (which is true, but keeps the cost of these houses a bit lower, which is good if you're a buyer in search of a bargain).
And yep -- my State House rep is Patricia Jehlen, who lives about a mile from here, and has a lovely garden. When I told her that my childhood backyard had white violets all over it, she got a shovel and dug up a couple more for me! And now they've been planted in my backyard, where I've already got some purple violets, but have missed the other style a whole lot. Aww!
- Spare cat has not only managed to get out of her e-collar, she's hidden it... somewhere. I'm tempted to put her back in the stiff one.
And it would SO serve her right. But I think I'll just go by PetCo and get another soft one. She's managed to reopen the wound a bit, and anyway, I've got to be able to return something to the nice person who lent it to me.
Of course, the collar will turn up probably when we least expect it. But it's really, thoroughly G O N E for now.
- Testing the XML Flash app online! Don't mind the silly icons, K? ow.ly/ahmP
- Movie Trivia: Mary Poppins - Neatorama ow.ly/ahBu Still a Biiiiig favorite movie for me, bad Cockney accent and all!
I do love this: "Dick Van Dyke freely admits that his cockney accent was awful and in fact kind of gets a kick out of it. " Good for him, I say. This makes me want to write a bit of fanfic where it turns out that his character is in fact an American posing as a Cockney for some bizarre reason. Thank goodness that the impulse will pass me by.