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25 Mar 19:30

Should you put coffee in your face right now?

by Matthew Inman
08 Apr 01:33

Mr. Lynch, I just want to know if Locke Lamora is okay. And if he has a warm blanket.

Denise

I'd take a Jean any day.

They have an army.

He has a Jean.

28 Mar 17:18

Photo

Denise

About how my week has gone...



24 Mar 12:49

Depression

by Jim C. Hines
Denise

DEPRESSION LIES.

  • Depression lurks in the corner.
  • Depression waits for an opening.
  • Depression is exhausting.
  • Depression has little patience for others, and even less for you.
  • Depression remembers every mistake, real and imagined.
  • Depression is afraid of change.
  • Depression is “fine.”
  • Depression teaches you to lie.
  • Depression is ashamed of you.
  • Depression is forgetful.
  • Depression doesn’t want you to go out tonight.
  • Depression thinks you deserve it.
  • Depression tells you not to talk about it.
  • Depression is abusive.
  • Depression is seductive.
  • Depression disguises itself.
  • Depression is always tired.
  • Depression thinks you’re weak.
  • Depression wants you to read the comments.
  • Depression doesn’t care about the good things that happened yesterday.
  • Depression expects you to fail.
  • Depression doesn’t believe things will get better.
  • Depression is overwhelmed.
  • Depression wants you to think you’re the only one.
  • Depression knows you more intimately than any lover.
  • Depression is a glutton, and depression can’t stand the thought of food.
  • Depression demands perfection.
  • Depression undermines success, and magnifies failure.
  • Depression is comfortable.
  • Depression is a bully.
  • Depression lies.
10 Mar 05:11

New San Andreas Trailer Ruins California, Promises Even More Destruction

by Katharine Trendacosta
Denise

Just I can't even!

I still can't believe this isn't a Roland Emmerich movie.

Read more...








14 Mar 06:11

Let’s make it easy: A workflow for physical sample metadata rescue

Denise

I'm sharing my just-published open-access article. I'm so geeked-out happy :)

Publication date: June 2015
Source:GeoResJ, Volume 6
Author(s): Denise J. Hills
Adopting standards for data and metadata collection is necessary for success of data rescue and preservation initiatives. Physical sample data and metadata rescue and preservation can be particularly challenging in that much of the available information may not be readily digitized or machine-readable. Making the legacy data rescue and preservation process as simple as possible through the development of template workflows can enable wider adoption of standards by personnel. Template workflows also simplify training of additional personnel to assist in the registration process.

13 Mar 18:27

Cat on final approach for landing

by Xeni Jardin
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“SHIT! THERE’S TIN FOIL ON THE RUNWAY!” (more…)

13 Mar 02:16

There is no Past Tense of Terry Pratchett

Denise

Lovely words.

I was surprised by my own mild reaction when I woke today and saw the first of many subtle tweets about Terry, though I guessed immediately what they meant. I was surprised by just how many of those tweets were also some flavor of subtle or mild or restrained. I didn’t see many all-caps primal screams or 140-character duets for Emoji and exclamation point.

Of course, I peer out at the universe through a knothole as tiny as anyone else’s and the plural of “Twitter stream anecdote” is surely not “data,” nor even a distant relation to data, nor even a part-time and barely convincing cosplay of data.

And yet I think there’s something natural and inevitable about this quiet reaction. It’s not merely that we’ve all known for some time that Terry had to be passing soon, that we’ve been forced to think about it, that he had the chance to say so much about it.

When some people die, they leave the rest of us with a sense that they’ve packed their words and warmth and hauled them along like luggage for the trip, that we can never hear from them again. Terry gave us so much of himself, though, so damned MUCH— seventy books, just for starters, and a world and its inhabitants that might as well be a religion for millions. A good religion, a useful religion. The sort where there’s always a little golden light flickering behind one of the church windows at any hour of the night, so you know there’s someone there to talk to you about anything, and they won’t have locked the doors. They won’t even have put locks on the doors. Some asshole suggested putting locks on the doors once, many years ago, and everyone else in the church carried that person out of town and threw them into a pond. That’s a Terry Pratchett sort of church. That’s a Terry Pratchett book. And he walled us in with them. He stacked them high all around us, and they’re all him, they’re all still here, and they’re going to be here so very long after you and I and everyone else reading this have gone off for a last walk WITH THE ONLY PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE WHO SPEAKS NATURALLY IN ALL CAPS AND WE DON’T REALLY MIND AT ALL, IT’S JUST THE WAY THINGS HAVE TO BE.

Terry Pratchett can die, and fuck everything for that sentence. Fuck those four words. I am feeling the cracks starting to appear in me now. I’ve lost the mildness and quiet I had this morning. But here’s the point. Terry Pratchett can die, but he can never go away.

Any hapless twit with sufficient fortitude of ass and typing fingers can leave a pile of books to the world, but too many of those books will be disconnected and unrevealing. Too many of those writers will leave nothing but layers of affect and encipherment between themselves and the reader. Terry didn’t leave us anything (despite the obvious depth and subtlety of his work) that needs Bletchley Park to decode. Terry wrote himself… Terry’s books are Terry. They are full of his everything. All his keen wonderment, all his flaying sarcasm, all his brimming love for the cracked vessels we are as individuals and as a whole.

Sixty-six is a good span of years, but Terry Pratchett was walking proof that we can have a world and a society where sixty-six is too young to go, too impossibly unfairly fucking young by far. All around us, people are trying to destroy the very possibility of that world. Some of them work with machine guns and some of them work with balance sheets, but Terry Pratchett was visible evidence that they all have to be mocked and scorned and hunted and fought. There can’t be Terry Pratchetts in the world they intend for the rest of us, which is proof enough that their world is a pile of shit.    

So even though there are things now rolling down my cheeks as I write this, I think my initial reaction was inevitable. What he gave us was just so big, so rich, and so real. It’s hard to feel a chill when none of the warmth has vanished.

Goodbye, Terry.

You’re not really going anywhere, you know.

——-

(Cross-posted from my blog. Fear not, Tumblr, I’m just trying to turn the lights back on at my own place. I don’t know how to quit you.)

06 Mar 17:21

22 Pets Who Have No Intention Of Letting You Read Your Book

Denise

Pretty much every pet ever...

By Lindsey Robertson

February 02, 2015

1. "Uggggh books are so boringggg!"

(Reddit: hjc26655)

2. "Can we just go outside and play instead?"

(Instagram)

3. "There's no way a simple BOOK could be more interesting than ME."

(Reddit: emmaleth)

4. "... I hate to break it to you, Human, but this is written in total gibberish."

(Reddit: playswithsquirrels08)

5. "What is this 'reading' you speak of?"

(Reddit: rook730)

6. "Spoiler alert: the main character dies. Now rub my tummy."

(Reddit)

7. "You suuuuure you don't want to play fetch instead?"

(Reddit: Spiderjohns)

8. "Uh-oh. Looks like you confused 'reading time' with 'petting time.'"

(Reddit: jaysendee)

9. "I've got a great idea: how about you broaden your literary horizons by reading the kibble bag while you feed me?"

(Instagram)

10. "... Is this not a pillow?"

(Reddit)

11. "You won't have your precious book for long, Human — once I get my lil' fangs on it!"

(Reddit: Cramjomlin)

12. "But ... we're OUTSIDE."

(Reddit: DTIT1TD)

13. "I demand that this reading nonsense stop at once."

(Reddit: Bobo_McGee)

14. "Okay doesn't seem like there's any treats in here — you can probably stop reading now."

(Instagram)

15. "I'm going to nom at your book until you close it, Human."

(Reddit: scumbagcoley)

16. "Why do you like this book? It doesn't taste very good at all."

(Instagram)

17. "Sorry, Human, but the news of the day is ME."

(Reddit: MeGusta1497)

18. "What do you MEAN you can't pet me right now??"

(Reddit: bonewolf)

19. "Waiting for you to stop reading is literally putting me to sleep."

(Instagram)

20. "Is this bugging you? Is me staring at you bugging you? Is it? Huh?"

(Reddit: EveryDayImJocelyn)

21. "I bet that book isn't nearly as cuddly as I am."

(Instagram)

22. "Okay, Human. That's it. Put down the book, or you'll find it shredded all over the house tomorrow."

(Reddit: MOARcookiez)

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04 Mar 15:24

I’m just gonna leave this here for y’all.

Denise

SQUEEE!



I’m just gonna leave this here for y’all.

02 Mar 22:30

the most human

Denise

Mine too, Leela. Mine too.

24 Feb 20:00

Lesson #2398 - Math


I think I've said before that science is just non-fiction for your imagination. So science is just boring imagination, and thus math is boring boring imagination. No wonder so many kids drop out of STEM related courses.

Missed yesterday (again), so there'll be a day with two comics sometime this week. Thanks.

PHD UNKNOWN: New page up! A glorious splash page!

PATREON:You can become a patron of STW and help us make more and better comics!

PhD UNKNOWN: My other webcomic about science, school and monsters! Drawn by Joan Cooke!

25 Feb 04:35

Admit it, the Eldren are secretly the Others. This whole story takes place millenia after A Song of Ice and Fire where The Others won.

Denise

Explains so much!

"Well, we finally chased the human race back to a few scattered caves and threw down their puny civilization. What do we do now?"

"Let’s build giant indestructible glass dicks literally everywhere!"

19 Feb 20:33

TEAM RICKMAN

by thebloggess
Denise

Sarah, #TeamRickman! And totes!

I was talking to a girlfriend about how you could divide everyone in the world into people who do or do not have a crush on Alan Rickman and she agreed, saying, “Oh he’s hot. I would totes swipe right for him.”

And I was like, “Ew.  You should already be wiping right.  Do you not wipe unless you think you’re going to get lucky?  Because that’s how you get a urinary tract infection.”

Turns out that she said she’d “swipe right” which is apparently what you do on the Tinder dating app when you like someone’s picture and are interested in them.  That made more sense but I can’t help but think that maybe some of these people are single because of communication issues like this where you never have a second date because the person thinks you don’t wipe correctly.  Long story short, I think Tinder is trying to keep people single in order to keep up demand for their product.

PS. Please wipe correctly.

PPS.  Also, stop using the word “totes.”  Unless you’re using it ironically.  Or you’re talking about plural tote bags.

PPPS.  #TeamRickman

23 Feb 16:49

When someone invites me to an event where there will be wine and cheese

Denise

I'm so there!

24 Feb 03:00

So with your promise of cats galore does that mean more Regal? (Regal for Ruler of Vadrans 2k15)

Denise

ALL HAIL HYPNOCAT

HYPNOCAT THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT BUT ORDERS YOU TO TEMPORARILY FORGET ABOUT REGAL

18 Feb 05:02

calibrashuns:I WENT TO THE CAFE DOWN THE STREET AND THERE WERE A...

Denise

That iguana is waaay nicer than that a**hole one we had at McWane.



calibrashuns:

I WENT TO THE CAFE DOWN THE STREET AND THERE WERE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THERE CELEBRATING THIS LIZARDS BIRTHDAY

HE HAS A LITTLE PARTY HAT

19 Feb 03:27

Victory Music

Denise

D'awwww

13 Feb 08:00

strip for February / 13 / 2015 - Have You Taken The Coffee Oath?

10 Feb 13:00

Scott, I'm reading republic of thieves, on page like 360, and I just wanna say the book needs more Regal the Pirate Cat. That's it though. Aside from that I have no complaints. I love it. You kicked ass on this book.

Denise

MORE REGAL!

You and my girlfriend think alike. There was a… disagreement on whether or not the book should contain even more Regal.

09 Feb 22:14

10 "If I Fits" Memes that Truly Explain the Phenomenon

A few days ago we posted about science trying to understand the "if I fits" mentality of cats.

We agreed that cats are weird and you all submitted some awesome memes on the subject.

Here are some of the best.

03 Feb 06:35

Mr. Lynch, they red scaly things are palm trees (leaves hidden out of frame)! Not nearly as exciting as your interpretation, sadly!

Denise

"Dancing Pyres of Igneous Doom" is the name of my next band.

Yeah, I like magma cones much better. In my head they’ll always be dancing pyres of igneous doom.

03 Feb 04:10

midwinterblossom:Us Camorri GirlsWe’re unforgettableFancy...

Denise

Sharing for 1) the lyrics, and 2) Lynch's comments. Love both!



midwinterblossom:

Us Camorri Girls

We’re unforgettable

Fancy skirts, with daggers on top

Long red hair, so hot

We’ll melt your popsicle

Now put your hands up.


No, seriously, put your hands up. Now give me your money. Good.

Okay, I recognize the Katy Perry costume, and the sharks, no problem. I recognize the dancing surfboards. But what the shmeckity-hell are those scaly red things? Are they meant to be crabs? Another masterpiece, Picasso. Are they shrimp? Are they… magma cones? Is this whole dance number about how the ocean is thick with cruel and indifferent predators, and how even that is meaningless in the face of inevitable geothermal upheaval? That would be pretty amazing, and significantly more lyrically challenging than “Firework,” I gotta say.

05 Feb 20:00

Lesson #2379 - Dragons


Dragons burn, coffee burns. I figure caffeine headaches are equivalent to being impaled on a dragon. I could be wrong but do you have a dragon nearby to allow me to scientifically test my theory?

WIRED: I was asked a few months ago to join a group that is contributing to WIRED magazine for their Chartgeist segment, and I got a chart accepted for their April issue. It is quite possibly the dumbest chart I have ever come up with, but I now will have had my work in a national publication. So there's that!

PATREON:You can become a patron of STW and help us make more and better comics!

PhD UNKNOWN: My other webcomic about science, school and monsters! Drawn by Joan Cooke!

21 Jan 15:38

Hey, fellow cat parents — we found these GREAT cat beds at Costco. Perfectly sized, tuck nicely under the wall heat vents, apparently super comfy — and best of all, very inexpensive, unless you fill them with packages of ribeyes before you bring them home.

27 Jan 22:12

Ugh. Today, goddammit. Those days where you semi-emerge from a...



Ugh. Today, goddammit. Those days where you semi-emerge from a period of bad anxiety and all the wonderful artifacts of depression, and discover all the Things That Need Doing. Oh shit, not the goat too… !

30 Jan 05:10

And I Can Enjoy It Without Donuts, Now

sleep is dumb

Tonight’s comic is basing our whole friendship around coffee.

08 Jan 23:03

A Question For Discussion This Fair Evening

by John Scalzi
Denise

Okay, so I missed this when it was first posted, and don't need to read through all of the Scalzi-fan comments. But I did want to comment on the pain-thing.

I prefer NOT to get the novocain shot when getting something drilled. Why, you ask? Do I enjoy pain? NO, I do not. That is why I don't get the shot. 1) The shot hurts like the bejeezus, and 2) I still feel everything with the drilling because novocain does not work for me, other than making me feel all discombobulated about where parts of my face are.

So, if I get a shot, I have the pain of the shot, AND the pain of the drilling, PLUS weird face crap. No shot means just the pain of the drilling (which they can put a local on the nerve ending when they get to it).

Which is:

I was at the dentist’s yesterday to get a small filling done, and while I was there the dentist, his assistant and I had a discussion about painkillers, and the fact that some people — not a huge number but not an infinitesimally small number either — prefer not to use them when getting their teeth drilled. The thinking there, as far as I can tell, is that the momentary displeasure of a high speed drill on your tooth is not worth either a needle being jabbed into your gums, or having half your face numb for a couple of hours, or both.

I personally think this is incomprehensible — please, numb me up and numb me up good — but I’m also aware that my tolerance for pain is not, shall we say, Olympic.

So let me ask you: When at the dentist, do you prefer to be numbed up into oblivion? Or do you prefer to ride it out without the Novocaine? Or does it depend on the procedure? I’m genuinely curious. Let me know in the comments.


15 Jan 04:24

It could have been Calo, Galdo, and Bug's world, couldn't it??? You monster! >:(

Denise

:D

Well, the real secret is that when Locke leaves the map room feeling awesome about himself, that’s when the curator slips back in and removes the “Locke’s World” signs that had temporarily been placed over all the “Sabethavania” signs.

29 Dec 21:51

How much fun is it to get to answer a question about your writing with 'Can't talk. Spoilers.'? because it looks like a lot of fun.

It’s like walking in a sunlit meadow and discovering a basket of kittens, and then the Free Cupcake Truck drives by, just in time for the twenty-dollar bills to start raining from the sky.