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Feb. 23rd, 2019 04:25 pm
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I'm seriously thinking of signing up for [community profile] hurtcomfortex But I need to study how to take part a bit more first. I've never taken part in exchanges like yuletide where you nominate etc, so it all seems a little intimidating atm.

Yesterday I wrote Umbrella Academy fic, posted it at AO3 and got over 100 kudos overnight. Talk about an exploding fandom. I also got a gentle comment reprimand that I hadn't tagged appropriately, which was completely justified and I immediately changed things and all was well. It's one thing I need to change in terms of writing now I'm moving into new fandoms. In bandom, I hardly tag at all and that has to change, especially with things like incest. But yeah, it was fun just writing after getting an idea and then posting. I did consider getting it beta read, but it was short and I self-edited a few times, so for this time didn't. Though it's not something I really like doing, so for anything longer I'll be bothering my beta.

Though looking at the UA fics today I saw someone who used the tags to say people who wrote incest were weird and gross. They were writing gen fic which I like reading, but in this case I'll keep my weird and gross self away from their fic, not that they'll care I know. I have no problem with people disliking incest fic, but there's a time and place to state your opinions and that's not in tags.

Other than that, while James has been out with our nephew I've tidied the garden a little, dried two washes on the line and read lots, caught up on some comments and have written more of my h/c bingo mini challenge. I may even finish it in time. Imagine that, winning an actual challenge. Madness!

My freebie of the NME UA/Black Parade mag came today as posted here. It's a cool little thing, well worth applying for if you can.
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Title: the night is long (i'll be waiting)
Fandom: the vampire diaries
Rating: teen
Length: 200 words exact
Author notes: title from song for the waiting by aron wright, canon death

'I have to check on the Salvatore boys, I’ll be back by morning.' )

Film Babbling: Kalyug (1981)

Feb. 23rd, 2019 08:47 pm
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Finally watched Shyam Benegal's Kalyug, a take on the Mahabharata set in 1970s Mumbai. I have no memory of ever having watched this film the whole way through, though I do know I saw about fifteen minutes of it while still in school and didn't like it.

I did this time. The cast is phenomenal (Sashi Kapoor as Karan; Rekha as Draupadi/Supriya; Amrish Puri as Kishan) and the cinematography, music, set design is A++. The plot is what it is, and pretty faithful to the basic beats of the epic without being fussy about details.

I say family a lot under here )
It is such a good film, tho. There's a good review in English here, and you can watch the film in Hindi here and here.

Umbrella Academy

Feb. 23rd, 2019 09:55 am
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Robert Sheehan is so cheeky. Wax put on a few videos of him and if anything he was even more ... him. Like imagine that he's playing himself in Umbrella Academy except he's having to tone it down.

If only because he's not drinking three beers first maybe.

Oh, and doing an American accent, that probably automatically reduces the perceived cheekiness value.

But we were comparing him to other notably cheeky people such as James McAvoy, scourge of press tours, who can keep up such an intense cheekiness that you can't even tell if he was fucking with you or not by the end of the interview, and who sucks people like Daniel Radcliffe into his orbit so they're just adding to the cheekiness as well. Domhnall Gleeson's another example of a cheeky Irishman (and Oscar Isaac has played the DanRad role when doing publicity with him).

And then there are people more like Ewan Mcgregor: palpably cheeky but not really up there in the stratosphere perhaps.

So obviously cheekiness isn't a universal celtic characteristic (there are non-cheeky Scottish and Irish people out there), nor is it unique to them (I'm sure everyone everywhere has had some cheeky bastard in their class or at their workplace who instantly springs to mind, plus there are other cultures that are known for it eg cockney), but it is a sort of salient cultural characteristic in that it's... presumably positively reinforced as part of the identity or something like that?

And this is what brings us back to leprechauns and American Gods on Starz, which we're enjoying even though it's not perfect. And the same should be said of the performance of the sublime Liev Schreiber's incredibly ripped little brother: he's doing a good job and we're enjoying it but it's not perfect. I'm not saying they needed to cast a person of celtic descent to play a leprechaun-slash-celtic-diety, just that cheekiness is, I would argue, a core characteristic of a leprechaun, and for whatever reason - it could be in the actor or higher up of course - he just doesn't seem very cheeky (in addition to his ginger hair never being remotely convincing, which is pretty odd in this era of wig and dye technology and I really have to wonder why they couldn't achieve a more realistic color at least on his head). He's thrumming with energy in a similar way, it's compelling and fun and all that jazz, but it's just... the frustrated and potentially violent and changeable elements of the trickster god are all there in the aura, but the cheeky quirk isn't. It's like if you take a cheeky smirk and remove the twinkle in the eye: it changes the whole mood from cheeky to ... ??? (smug? mocking? threatening???). It isn't necessarily changed for the better or for the worse, but it's definitely different.

IDK, maybe I'm assigning too much weight to the cheekiness of leprechauns.
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Posted by SB Sarah

We have a book for our first quarter Smart Podcast Book Club!

As I said back in January, I asked the Patreon community to suggest titles, and this one smacked me right between the eyes.

This recommendation is pretty tough to resist. I mean, read this:

“Sci-fi romance recommendations are often being requested across the Bitchery and this is my absolute favourite series in that genre by one of my all time favourite authors (Lindsay Buroker writing as Ruby Lionsdrake).

It has a brilliant heroine heading up a team of accomplished women who are starting up a new business in alien poop (yes, poop) and group of rag tag mercenaries lead by a big, broody Captain who actually uses his brain before listening to his peen! It’s hot, action packed and funny which is the holy trio of romance for me. I hope you enjoy it!”

ALIEN POOP, SCIENCE, and BROODING. This is going to be fun, especially because sci-fi romance is not a genre I read a lot of, and I’m very excited to try it.

Here are ALL the details:

Mercenary Instinct
A | BN

Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters isn’t good for one’s health. But Ankari Markovich needs a few archaeological samples for her latest business venture, a venture that might prove lucrative enough to move her family off the impoverished planet where she grew up. Unfortunately, she has no sooner collected her samples than she’s captured by a band of brawny mercenaries. The captain might be handsome, but he’s intent on turning her over to some finance lord who has, for reasons unknown, put a bounty on her head, a ridiculously large one at that. If she can’t figure out a way to escape before she’s delivered to the lord’s home world, she could be forced into a life of indentured servitude—or worse.

Captain Viktor Mandrake doesn’t usually take on piddling bounty hunting gigs, but when his intelligence officer informs him of a criminal on a nearby planet, he decides it wouldn’t hurt to take a shuttle down to collect the woman. But Ankari Markovich is trouble from the start, nearly eluding his elite forces, then fighting and tricking his people left and right. He finds himself admiring her spirit, but according to her warrant, she’s a criminal. The safest thing is to keep her in the brig and ignore her until she can be handed off to the man who wants her.

But the situation grows more complicated when other bounty hunters show up, wanting to claim Ankari for themselves. Thanks to this woman, Viktor’s ship is in danger, his crew members are going missing, and he’s fighting enemies he never asked for in a jungle in the middle of a hurricane. He’s either going to strangle Ankari… or fall in love. Either scenario could get him killed.

“Oh, this sounds so cool. How do I participate?”

Easy! Find yourself a copy of the book and read it. We here at Bitchery HQ are going to read the book, and record an episode talking about it. That episode will air on March 22, 2019. If you’d like to read along with us on that schedule, you’ll be able to listen in on our discussion. And if you prefer to read, there will absolutely be a transcript of the episode, as there is for each podcast episode!

AND, if you want to share your response, you can email SBJPodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at +1 201 371 3272. Please do so prior to March 12! I can’t guarantee that every message or email will be included, but we want to hear from you if you’ve got opinions – and I’m sure that you do!

“How do I help select next quarter’s book?”

Easy, part deux! If you’d like to join the Patreon and suggest what we should read for the book club each quarter, have a look at our Patreon and join the community. The form is open to all tiers of the Patreon community, and I’ll post a new submission form each quarter.

“I have questions! Many questions!”

The answer is: blue! Kidding. Email me or leave a comment below!

I hope you enjoy this book, and our multimedia book club. Talk, listen, and read soon!

this cat was that cat

Feb. 23rd, 2019 03:27 pm
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Somebody said ‘meow’ in a low voice, and looking down, I saw that the cat had strolled in, and if ever a cat chose the wrong moment for getting the party spirit and wanting to mix with the boys, this cat was that cat.

—PG Wodehouse, Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
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Posted by Anthony Watts

Remember the series of winter storms we experienced mid-January? It was the result of an “atmospheric river” driving a series of Pacific storms onshore.

Now there is a new scale to characterize strength and impacts of atmospheric river type storms, just like hurricanes. The scale is useful because atmospheric rivers often have a significant impact on California, bringing large amounts of snow, rain, and sometimes, catastrophic flooding. They are also a significant source for our water supply.

A new study, in the February 2019 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and published by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the UC San Diego ranks the strength and impacts of these “atmospheric rivers” type storms, sometimes called a “Pineapple Express” due to some of the moisture originating as far away as Hawaii.

Just like we have with hurricane strength categories, this new scale assigns five categories to atmospheric rivers from 1 to 5 and labels the categories “weak,” “moderate,” “strong,” “extreme” and “exceptional.” The categories consider the amount of water vapor the carried by the storms and the duration at a given location.

While the scale might be fine for helping people understand the strength of the storm when reported in the news, the real value is helping to determine if the atmospheric river will be beneficial, hazardous, or both.

The new intensity scale ranks atmospheric rivers like this:

Cat 1 (Weak): Primarily beneficial.

Cat 2 (Moderate): Mostly beneficial, but also somewhat hazardous.

Cat 3 (Strong): Balance of beneficial and hazardous.

Cat 4 (Extreme): Mostly hazardous, but also beneficial.

Cat 5 (Exceptional): Primarily hazardous.

For example, in California, there was the “Great Flood of 1862” which was an atmospheric river that continued non-stop from late December 1861 to mid-January 1862. It flooded downtown Sacramento, and Chico experienced flooding from Big Chico Creek. That storm would be categorized as a Cat 5, or “Exceptional.” It is the largest flood event since California was settled.

An example of a Cat 4 (Extreme) atmospheric river that would be mostly hazardous, but also beneficial occurred on Jan. 8-9, 2017. That storm continued for 36 hours and produced up to 14 inches of rain in the Sierra Nevada, causing many rivers to reach flood stage. It was a major contributor to the Oroville Dam spillway crisis.

Dozens of other storm events throughout California history can now be ranked by this new system.

In the study, researchers noted that 80 percent of levee breaches in California’s Central Valley are associated with atmospheric rivers, so this new scale will be helpful to water resource managers and emergency planning personnel in determining if the next storm coming our way will be helpful, hurtful, or both.

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Posted by Philip Santos

Students and community members are circulating a petition to change Humboldt State University’s mascot, Lucky the Lumberjack, to something else.

Jack Nounnan, who describes himself as an “Earth Firster,” is one of the individuals involved in the effort. Nounnan, who has been involved in environmental advocacy for decades, said the mascot embodies characteristics he’d like to see displaced.

“The Lumberjack is such a good label to bring people to understand that we’ve been carrying on in a romantic myth,” he said. “It’s a lot about the fact that we’re all indoctrinated … we do not need to take down forests like we do anymore.”

The mascot represents the prioritization of industry over the environment, Nounnan said, something he hopes will begin to change with small steps like the petition he is helping circulate.

“We put the economy and jobs first before we think consciously,” he said. “We don’t quite see the truth … we’re trying to make a new kind of understanding so we live by different ways.”

The lumberjack is emblematic of the timber industry’s influence on the university, which normalizes practices such as “clear cutting” in the forestry department, Nounnan said.

HSU student Chad Friefeld, who has taken forestry classes at the university, supports replacing the university’s mascot for several reasons.

“The forestry practices activists like myself take issue with, such as herbicide use and ‘clear-cutting,’ are taught as legitimate, sustainable forest management practices,” he wrote in an email. “HSU plays a direct role in how future foresters view themselves, the industry, the forests, and which practices they see as being acceptable.”

There is a connection between the role of HSU and the forestry department and their complicity with destructive forestry practices that have, and still are being committed by, logging companies in Humboldt County, Friefeld said.

When contacted by the Times-Standard, the university noted that similar efforts have occurred in the past, but did not have any further comment on the issue.

Gary Rynearson, a spokesperson for Green Diamond Resource Co., said in an email the “professors and instructors that I know at HSU are individuals that care about the sustainability of the environment and their students.”

“As a native of Arcata and a HSU forestry graduate, to me, the Lumberjack reflects the local history and the rugged nature of the North Coast,” he said. “HSU and its linkage with the local community also developed an environmental awareness that has influenced national policy … (now) the natural resources programs include holistic approaches to resource management.”

Rynearson said Green Diamond harvests less than 1.5 percent of their timberlands annually using “even-aged management,” adding that herbicides are applied, using backpack spraying, only when needed to control competing brush and invasive vegetation.

“The last I Iooked, the Lumberjack was not teaching courses at HSU — it is a mascot.,” he said.

Friefeld, however, maintains that HSU’s mascot has become an antiquated symbol that no longer represents HSU or the student body. Friefeld argues that history is written in books. Statues, symbols and mascots are designed for things to be honored and revered, he said.

“HSU styles itself as an environmentally-friendly and responsible school that claims to be dedicated to social justice, (students) are becoming increasingly diverse, and it’s predominantly female,” he said. “Yet we have a mascot that’s supposed to symbolize all of us being a white-bearded man who chops down trees.”

Additionally, Friefeld said, the early timber industry not only devastated the environment but was also complicit in the violent theft of land from the tribes who live here. The initiative isn’t about forcing people to bend to a different tune, he said, but rather to challenge others to think a bit differently.

“I understand the affinity and loyalty people have to the industry that provided them their livelihood,” he said. “But this is about acknowledging the legacy of these symbols, what they mean to groups that are marginalized, and how to build a unified culture that’s truly inclusive.”

As an alternative, Friefeld said several people have proposed the Humboldt marten. But the petition is focused on recognizing the problem with the current mascot, he said.

“It’s to get people to acknowledge the lumberjack is a problem so we can come together find a symbol we can all identify with,” he said.

Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.

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Posted by Casey Tolan

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing new criticism after a video went viral Friday showing her dismissive response to a group of young activists asking her to support the Green New Deal.

“You come in here and you say ‘it has to be my way or the highway.’ I don’t respond to that,” Feinstein told about a dozen kids who visited her San Francisco office Friday morning. “I’ve gotten elected, I just ran, I was elected by almost a million-vote plurality, and I know what I’m doing.”

Her comments — captured in a video posted online by the Sunrise Movement, an environmental activist group — immediately struck a match with supporters of the Green New Deal, the wide-ranging policy proposal that would invest billions of dollars in clean energy technology in an attempt to stave off the impact of climate change.

More than 1.8 million people had viewed the video of the meeting on Twitter as of Friday evening.

“My phone has been blowing up,” Isha Clarke, a 16-year-old from Oakland who was in the meeting with Feinstein, said in an interview. “I think that Feinstein needs to take an introspective look at her values and realize that her job is to listen to the people, even if those people can’t vote.”

About 100 people had come to a rally outside of Feinstein’s downtown San Francisco office building — including students whose classes were cancelled due to the Oakland Unified School District’s teachers strike this week. After the rally ended, the senator’s staff invited Clarke and several other kids and activists upstairs for an impromptu meeting, she said.

A full video of the ten-minute interaction posted on Facebook showed that the discussion got tense almost as soon as Feinstein walked out of her office.

“There’s no way to pay for it,” Feinstein said, adding, “That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here.”

“There’s tons of money going to the military,” one kid responded, while another reminded her that their generation would bear the brunt of climate change’s impact. Several unrolled a letter they had written her on a large poster, which included a drawing of a dog.

But Feinstein, her arms folded during part of the discussion, told students she opposed the Green New Deal and was pushing for her own resolution on climate change that she said would have a better chance of passing.

At one point, Clarke told Feinstein, “We’re the people who voted (for) you, you’re supposed to listen to us.”

“How old are you?” Feinstein asked. When Clarke said she was 16, the senator responded, “Well, you didn’t vote for me.”

At the end of the meeting, Clarke asked how she could intern for Feinstein, and the senator immediately offered her an internship.

In a statement released Friday night, Feinstein called the meeting a “spirited discussion.”

“I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear,” she said. “I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation.”

Feinstein was re-elected in 2018, defeating a more liberal challenger, State Sen. Kevin de León.

“The dismissiveness we saw is a clear example of why so many young people have been disillusioned with politics,” said Morissa Zuckerman, a 24-year-old activist with the Sunrise Movement who was also present at the meeting, in an interview.

The Green New Deal has become a cause célèbre among liberals in the two weeks since it was introduced in Congress. It has the support of Feinstein’s California colleague Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as multiple other Democratic presidential candidates.

But Feinstein’s blunt response to the proposal isn’t exactly out of character. During her first statewide election campaign in 1990, she made headlines for declaring her support for the death penalty in the face of furious Democratic activists at the state party’s convention. More recently, she shrugged off boos and jeers at town halls in 2017 from those who thought she wasn’t tough enough on President Donald Trump.

The image of Feinstein facing the kids ricocheted around the internet, drawing condemnation from California liberals — as well as support from others who saw the senator as simply explaining political realities.

“Climate change is real, and we won’t survive what’s coming unless EVERYONE is part of the conversation,” De León tweeted Friday night, without directly mentioning the controversy.

Clarke said she was disappointed with her senator but ready to double down on her activism.

“I’ve started to realize that I can no longer sit back and let adults do the work because they’re messing up,” the 16-year-old said. “I’ve thought about going into politics — but seeing how politicians work just really discourages me.”

The full video of the interaction, posted by the Sunrise Movement, is here:

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Posted by Patrick May

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Earlier this month, Seattle grabbed the snowflake headlines. Then Maui got a taste of non-tropical winter. This week, Las Vegas hopped into the act, followed by Los Angeles and Phoenix. And on Friday, it was Tucson, Ariz.’s turn to make snowmen.

Parts of the Western U.S. unaccustomed to getting snow have been getting it this month — and getting it good.

People, of course, are talking. People are also shooting lots and lots of videos of the white stuff descending upon them and their normally sun-baked, rain-drenched or star-obsessed towns. A winter storm brought rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip this week, while some foothills in the suburbs reported several inches of snow. The storm messed up flights at the airport and snarled traffic on Vegas’ highways and forecasters said it could snow as much as three inches by Friday on the western and southern flanks of Sin City.

You can almost hear the cameras whirring away, from Pike Place Market to Hawaii volcanoes to Hollywood to the Vegas Strip and Arizona’s saguaro-studded landscape.

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Posted by George Avalos

With roughly 100 million trees located perilously close to its power lines, PG&E just isn’t able to comply with state rules designed to reduce wildfire risks 100 percent of the time — and neither can any utility — the embattled power behemoth stated in court papers on Friday.

That unsettling disclosure was included in hundreds of pages of responses the company filed with a federal court that is supervising the utility’s probation in the wake of its conviction for felonies it committed before and after the fatal 2010 gas explosion in San Bruno.

U.S District Court Judge William Alsup previously had asked PG&E to respond to an array of questions, including its role in wildfires linked to the company dating back to 2017, and whether it is in compliance with state rules regarding clearing trees and other vegetation from near the company’s electricity lines. Officially, those rules are part of Public Resources Code 4293.

The code requires a 4-foot minimum clearance be maintained for power lines between 2,400 and 72,000 volts and a 10-foot clearance for conductors 115,000 volts and above, according to a post on the PG&E web site.

“Given the dynamic conditions of vegetation, it is impossible for a utility to achieve perfect compliance or to represent that it is in full compliance at all times,” PG&E stated in the court filing.

PG&E noted that the dense forests within its service territory in Northern and Central California are dominated by fast-changing conditions, which pose severe challenges for the utility. As an example of potential for tree contacts with PG&E electrical facilities and equipment, the utility estimated that 100 million trees could come into contact with the company’s 100,000 miles of overhead transmission and distribution lines. That works out to 1,000 trees for every mile of line. In a previous court filing, PG&E claimed that a wide-ranging wildfire mitigation plan would cost $75 billion to $150 billion to complete. The plan would require the hiring of 650,000 workers and boost bills five-fold to a new average of $835 a month, the utility said.

“Neither PG&E nor any other utility that operates tens of thousands of line miles in such environments can verify on any one day that no tree in its service territory encroaches within the minimum clearance distances established by Public Resources Code 4293,” PG&E said in the filing.

PG&E’s view of being unable to fully comply dismayed Mike Danko, a Redwood City-based attorney who represents some Northern California wildfire victims.

“This is very alarming. It’s discouraging,” Danko said. “On one hand, they say they are the experts and ask the judge to stay out of it. Then on the other hand, PG&E says it’s not their fault and they don’t really have this under control. PG&E refuses to take responsibility.”

It’s unknown how Alsup will respond. The judge has been publicly critical of the beleaguered utility for its role in the the deadly Wine Country fires that left 22 people dead. He suggested the company could have spent money trimming trees in high-fire danger areas but instead spent it on dividends to shareholders. The answers by PG&E will, in part, help Alsup decide whether to add conditions to its federal probation.

The review of PG&E’s probation comes at a time when the utility is busy in a separate federal venue with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. PG&E toppled into insolvency, listing $51.69 billion in debts, after its finances buckled under the pressure of a mountain of debts. Even worse, by some estimates, PG&E’s wildfire liabilities could potentially land in the vicinity of $30 billion.

The utility already operates a wide-ranging effort to attempt to comply with the state safety codes, PG&E said in the court papers on Friday.

“PG&E’s vegetation management program comprises a combination of routine, specialized and targeted vegetation management initiatives,” PG&E stated.

Still, the company admitted that it’s not always possible to undertake necessary inspections, maintenance or vegetation control in a timely fashion.

“Because of external factors, such as customer refusals or certain environmental restrictions, required work is sometimes delayed,” PG&E wrote. “In 2016, for example, there were more than 40,000 instances in which work was delayed because a customer refused to permit PG&E to conduct necessary vegetation management work, and more than 1,200 instances in which work was delayed because a protected bird’s nest was found in a tree prescribed for work.”

Some are skeptical that keeping up with the necessary work is beyond PG&E’s capabilities.

“It’s just not true that it’s impossible,” said Loretta Lynch, a former state PUC commissioner. “PG&E has decided not to do what it takes to ensure the safety of the system. Every utility in the country is better at these safety efforts than PG&E.”

Lynch cited an estimate by Bill Powers, an executive with San Diego-based Powers Engineering, who believes that PG&E can monitor its transmission and distribution facilities that are in the most impacted and highest risk areas with roughly 150 to 155 inspectors. That includes 25,200 miles of distribution lines and 5,500 miles of transmission lines in the high fire threat areas of the company’s territory.

The Powers Engineering calculations, which were provided to this news organization, estimated that if each inspector was able to get through 10 miles of line a day, working five days a week, the inspections could be completed on highly impacted lines every month.

“PG&E is playing a dangerous game of hide the football with Judge Alsup,” Lynch said. “But PG&E is playing an even more dangerous game to not prioritize safety in California.”


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Posted by Joan Morris

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Crikey! The Crocodile Hunter has taken over Google’s Doodle for the day, marking what would have been Steve Irwin’s 57th birthday.

The Doodle, which usually just spells out Google in shades of primary colors, gets a makeover from time to time to celebrate an event, holiday or the birthday of a special person in history.

Irwin’s Doodle is interactive, the product of a partnership with Google and Queensland’s Australia Zoo, which is known as the “Home of the Crocodile Hunter.” The Irwin-inspired Doodle showcases scenes of the Irwin family interacting with animals at the zoo.

Google users also can read a guest post on the Google Doodle blog from Terri Irwin, honoring her husband’s life and achievements, or recall fun Irwin facts by saying “Hey Google, Crikey” to Google Assistant.

Irwin mesmerized people with his adventures, and sometimes misadventures, teaching about wildlife and the importance of conservation. He died almost 13 years ago at the age of 44 while filming off the Batt Reef in his native Australia.

Irwin’s family, including children Bindi and Robert, have carried on his legacy at the Australia Zoo, which was founded by Irwin’s parents, and by participating in wildlife conservation efforts.

“We are incredibly proud that Google Doodle has chosen to recognize Steve and all the wonderful conservation work he achieved,” Terri Irwin said. “Steve always wished that his message to protect wildlife and wild places would be remembered. This certainly honors his message and mission.”

Irwin was born in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, and grew up in Queensland. His father was a wildlife expert with a particular interest in amphibians and reptiles, and his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator.

The family started the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where Irwin grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles, learning about animals, their care and how they were threatened by development and ecological changes. Irwin later took over management of the park and changed the name to the Australia Zoo.

Although many thought the Crocodile Hunter was a persona invented after the success of the “Crocodile Dundee” films, Irwin was the real thing. And when he uttered his famous “Danger, danger, danger,” it was a genuine warning about the wildness of an animal.

Irwin and Terri met in 1991. She was a naturalist from Eugene, Oregon, on a trip to the Queensland area when she decided to visit the Australia Zoo. She met Irwin there and, she says, the two fell instantly in love. They were engaged four months later and married in Eugene.

The Irwins spent their honeymoon trapping crocodiles, and the filmed footage later became the first episode of “The Crocodile Hunter” television series. Irwin, with his signature khaki shorts, Australian accent and occasional mishaps, soon became a worldwide hit, and conservationists praised Irwin for educating millions about wildlife and the need to protect and conserve it.

A filk waiting to be written

Feb. 23rd, 2019 11:03 pm
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Bye-bye, whiny white guy

To the tune of American Pie.

Yeah, that's all I got tonight.

Oh, except Sewing Bee is back and it's two episodes in.

Rocking to Sleep

Feb. 23rd, 2019 05:38 am
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Rocking promotes sleep and also boosts memory.  People with sleep disturbances or memory issues might consider a hammock or other rocking bed.

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