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  1. Pingo

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I'm drawing hoopoes and I don't know why.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Of all mammals, koalas have just about the smallest brain to body mass ratio. Not only are their brains tiny, they’re smooth, rather than fractally folded like ours. They really are not very bright.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    My mother locked us out of a house in the wooded mountains of Pennsylvania once when I was maybe five or six. I saw a black animal that looked like a bear in the distance and pounded on the door begging her to let us in. She wouldn’t, so my little sister and I hid in the woodshed the rest of the day.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    That’s a mule, surely?
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    There were buffalo skin blankets you could touch in a Native American exhibit at our local museum. They were really rough and scritchy, even where they looked woolly.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Whew. Just finished my annotations on The Lament for Sumer and Urim. So many gods, so many cities, so much detail. At least now it makes some sense. I was charting out a Babylonian house floorplan earlier today and my Firstborn looked at it and looked at me and said, Gonna build some terrain? I ... don’t know. I’d love to make a gingerbread house based on a Babylonian spirit house. I guess we’ll see.
  7. I gather the science fiction author Gene Wolfe worked in the development of Pringles, and used aspects of industrial potato processing in at least one of his novels ("Peace," which is a terrifying ghost story disguised as a folksy memoir).
  8. I like how if you look at the little “Pringles” mascot from left to right it looks like he’s going “Up, up and awaaaay!”
  9. They were Zoroastrian priests. "Magi" is a Zoroastrian Persian word and concept.
  10. Pingo

    Happy Birthday Citrine

    Happy happy birthday to you!
  11. Pingo

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Lordy, I’m starting to fantasize about chocolate.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    No, I mean SERIOUSLY bad, not humorous bad. Eels are a major part of many ecosystems and humans have been gobbling them down like they're not going extinct. This is genuinely bad.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Oh no, that’s bad. That’s gotta mean humans have schlorped up so many from their breeding grounds that they’re in danger of going extinct.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Turns out I get twitchy when I'm looking at an architectural floorplan that was originally off-square that the artist has "cleaned up" so all angles are right angles.
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    Games and gaming

    The convention may be dominated by GW, but it reflects the industry as a whole. There’s plenty of other stuff there.
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    Games and gaming

    Adepticon is a major miniatures-focused convention. They have multiple ballrooms filled with long tables set up with miniatures gaming terrain. I have no idea if it’s provided locally or people bring their own. It’s quite something to see though.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Daddy Longlegs are not spiders. They don’t bite and are totally gentle. As a kid I let them walk all over my hands, admiring the delicate tickle of their feet.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ziggurats had long slopes where shallow mud-brick stairs were possible. Houses had much less space to spare. And I’m not sure a steep mud-brick staircase would be all that much fun. Mostly, though, I’m going by archeological finds which so far as I know never found evidence of stairs or windows in Sumerian houses. They did use ladders to reach their flat roofs of a cool evening. Yep. That’s the illustration. It makes Sumerian houses look like cozy two-story modern American suburban houses. The courtyard-as-skylight-and-honorary-stairwell is quite startling. The courtyard would have been bigger, a mini-yard in the center of the house. The hearth would have been in or near the courtyard for maximum ventilation, not shoved in a closed corner where smoke would choke the cook. Cooking was a communal activity, not the lonely province of the mom of the house. All rooms opened directly onto the courtyard for maximum light and air. You wouldn’t have a sort of hallway deck around it like they do here. This house is familiar and comfortable to modern American sensibilities but its every detail is wrong. I’m aware of that paper, thanks. There’s nothing in it to contradict that wood in that mudplain was a rare luxury used by the rich, the military, the priesthood, but not so much by common artisans and workers.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    (Looks at children's book illustration of Sumerian house.) (Notes presence of staircase and windows, neither of which were used in Sumerian houses.) (Notes “kitchen” in corner with lone woman cooking over “hearth” placed away in corner like a modern stove. Notes pots and pans hanging decoratively on wall, modern style. Notes what looks like an institutional two-shelved push table in a culture where wood was at a premium.) (Notes inner “courtyard” is treated like a modern two-story suburban house airshaft. With a newell-post railing around it.) (Has doubts about the accuracy of the illustration.)
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I think it was a Polaris Slingshot! My recollection is very close to the second picture. I feel like a birdwatcher.
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    Happy Birthday TaleSpinner

    Happy birthday!
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Every time we have had to speak to someone at the IRS on the phone they’ve been courteous and really helpful.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    No, it was something a lot more modern and jazzy looking, more black and orange than solid orange, with (I think but I could be wrong here - I was driving) two wheels in front and one in back. It reminded me of some of the more modern athletic shoe designs. Also I am pretty sure it was open topped. Unfortunately it was on the other side of the street and passed us before my daughter could get a photo.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    They were on the street.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    While we were out we also saw a couple of people in a bright orange three-wheeled car and someone and a big dog in a vintage 1970s Dodge convertible with the top down. And I didn’t ask, but I think the bright yellow vintage VW bug convertible belonged to our kids’ dentist. It seems to have been a good day for oddball cars.
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