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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-02 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad once held a lion cub in its arms
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Work starts in £15m plan to get Concorde flying — "Heritage flight". What a great term.

Testing the flotation dynamics and swimming abilities of giraffes by way of computational analysis — I adore geek science. This article is freaking hilarious.

Is Betelgeuse about to blow? — Where is Michael Keaton when you need him?

LightSail-1 Nears Critical Design ReviewCentauri Dreams on the Japanese solar sail mission.

Vaccine refusal is putting everyone in dangerDiseases such as measles and mumps are creeping back as well-meaning parents, wary of an unproven link to autism, refuse vaccines for their children, exposing them and others to a proven risk. The subhead is misleading. The vaccine-autism link isn't unproven, it's thoroughly discredited, at length.

The Visible Hand — A fascinating analysis on racial discrimination in purchasing behavior. Including a distinction I've never before encountered between "animus discrimination" and "statistical discrimination". Purely a descriptive piece, no conclusions or recommendations.

How Did Ulysses Grant Become a Caricature? — Ta-Nehisi Coates on U.S Grant. This is interesting.

Obama Administration Turns Focus To Homegrown Terrorism — I note that even this story focuses on domestic Islamic terrorism, rather than the "patriots" and militant forced pregnancy enthusiasts that infest the American Right.

Eyewitnesses Confirm Israeli Gunplay; Egypt's lifting of the Blockade likely Temporary — Mideast specialist Juan Cole with analysis of the Israeli ship attacks from the Egyptian perspective.

?otD: What's the strangest animal you've ever touched/held/been licked/bitten by?



6/2/2010
Writing time yesterday: 15 minutes of WRPA (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid once I got there)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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Hyrkanian
User: hyrkanian
Date: 2010-06-02 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: In a lovely segue to your link, I fed - which meant getting licked by - giraffes (but did not analyze their swimming) on the San Diego Wild Animal Park's Photo Caravan. Giraffe slobber is quite um, slobbery. But it was such an awesome experience that I didn't at all mind the slobber (got to feed rhino herd as well as see day-old gazelles and such. Going in June gets you lots of baby animal sightings).

Edited at 2010-06-02 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-06-02 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Obama Administration Turns Focus To Homegrown Terrorism

Funny, I didn't see Scott Roeder listed here anywhere, or the recent bombing of a mosque in Florida.
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scarlettina: Lion of Kenya
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-06-02 15:15 (UTC)
Subject: Pix or it didn't happen
Keyword:Lion of Kenya
I shared PDA with a giraffe in Nairobi, Kenya. With tongue.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-06-02 22:17 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Pix or it didn't happen
That's awesome! What a great picture.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-02 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Pix or it didn't happen
My brother got his head licked once under vaguely similar circumstances.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-06-02 15:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've touched a few strange animals. The most exciting was a Florida state panther; I'd never before touched a big cat. The most bizarre was probably the walrus (E.T., down at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium). He felt like hard, bumpy, wet leather.

The coolest was the 10-minute-old sea lion. (I probably shouldn't have touched him, but I was a teenager and he had just been born and assaulted by harbor seals, so I couldn't help myself.)

The most unnerving animals I ever had a close encounter with were the piranhas in a tank I had to get a water sample from while balanced precariously on a wooden catwalk (and unable to actually see into the tank), when I volunteered at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls.

And then there were the sea otters (I didn't touch them, but they had to touch me to get their fish), dolphins, belugas, false killer whales, Hawaiian monk seal (really bad breath), wholphin (my LJ namesake), horseshoe crabs, Amazon River dolphin, and other assorted marine creatures. And the penguins.

Ah, memories. :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-02 18:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's awfully cool.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-06-02 22:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My old life. :) Haven't done any of that stuff for something like 20 years. But the memories persist.

What was your coolest animal contact? (Why did you ask this particular question?)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-02 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Holding a lion cub in my arms once in Nigeria. It stank from living in the game warden's front hall closet while they tried to locate a foster mother, and had fur like a brillo pad. Still cute as hell.

the_child has held a baby panda.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-06-03 04:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's pretty frickin' cool. Baby animals are amazing, and I've always had a thing for lions.

Holding a baby panda must've been awfully cool for your daughter. What a great experience to have as a kid.
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scarlettina: Lion of Kenya
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-06-03 00:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lion of Kenya
I edited a book by a dolphin researcher years ago and was delighted talking with her about her experiences with dolphins. I've swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and touched a couple of them--solid muscle under warm rubber. Would love to get to work with wild animals and underwater mammals somehow. The experiences in Kenya and the Keys left metaphorical marks.
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User: twinkelbelpeach
Date: 2010-06-02 18:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: What's the strangest animal you've ever touched/held/been licked/bitten by?

Does being pooped on by a pelican count? I swear to god that animal took aim when he did it. He had been studying me for at least five minutes.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-02 18:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ok, I am laughing now...
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Steve
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-06-02 19:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: What's the strangest animal you've ever touched/held/been licked/bitten by?

Sneezed upon by a tiger cub (are they still considered cubs at the 50-60lb stage?) is about as exotic as I get.

-- Steve was in the process of discovering that his cat allergies follow the square-cube law, himself.
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zxhrue: please do not put the bones
User: zxhrue
Date: 2010-06-02 19:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:please do not put the bones

had to play keep-away with a baby elephant once. it _really_ _really_ wanted to know what I had in my bag, and was happily playing bump and grab to get me to give it up.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-06-03 01:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:reading
Because he looks just like my exhusband.
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