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Astronaut Mermaid

Likes ramen too much.

On "Closer," Tegan and Sara

@Decca The curly-headed one is Tegan in this, but in general the easiest way to tell them apart on sight is that Sara's ears are ungaged and Tegan's are gaged.

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:59 am 4

On Enjoy the Range of Dog-Based Emotions

Oh! And this is Robin: http://postimage.org/image/p144ti5az/

We sometimes call her "The Dog who Loves Closeups". Also Robinator, Ramen, Wopper, Woppet, Woppin, Underwear Thief, Vacuum Cleaner, Girl Wonder, and Stairmaster.

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm 5

On Enjoy the Range of Dog-Based Emotions

My dog and I met when I was doing relief work after last year's tornadoes in southwest VA and northeast Tennessee.

We'd gone into Glade Spring to start clearing parts of people's houses out of the road and look for people who were missing, and I go into this halfway flattened house and there's a mattress over the bathtub. Two walls are gone, but the mattress is still on top of the bathtub. That's one of the things they tell you to do in tornadoes: get in the tub and put your mattress over you. So I'm freaking out because I'm pretty sure there's a person under there who's suffocated by now. But when I flip the mattress over, there's this dog.

God, I'm getting teary. It was a female, and maybe seven or eight months old. Her tail's broken clean off to about two inches from her butt, and she's in pain and dehydrated, but she's this beautiful espresso-and-white thing that might be some kind of awkward ugly border collie/pit bull mix with freckles on her nose, and I took her out of the bathtub and cleaned her up and she is so perfect and we've been together ever since. Her name's Robin now. She's crazy and barky and thinks wind is the devil, but she is a GOOD DOG.

The people who lived in that house died. But they put their dog in the bathtub because, presumably, they loved her as much as I do.

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm 12

On Have You Voted Yet, Are You About to Vote, When Are You Voting

@districter Goodness, what? I just got back from voting in Arlington and it took all of half an hour tops. Then again, we had truly enormous early voting numbers, so there's that. I hope your friend gets to vote!

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 10:29 am 0

On Have You Voted Yet, Are You About to Vote, When Are You Voting

@redheaded&crazie In places that are not California or a couple other nifty states, it's mostly "hey can we have money to build a new elementary school" and things of that sort. It's neat, though!

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 10:26 am 0

On The Friendly Ghost Squid

oh god it's so sweeeeettt and tiny and it's ORANGE somebody help me

(I think I need a little collar tag that says "if found, please return to Tumblr".)

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm 1

On "...it is usually a fool’s mission to blame people for how they pronounce words."

@olivebee Haha, there are a million places in New Orleans that are called things that look like they ought to be French, but somehow aren't pronounced like French but also aren't pronounced how they look in English. It's like a secret code!

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm 1

On "...it is usually a fool’s mission to blame people for how they pronounce words."

@Weasley aaaahhhh I refuse to say "pain au chocolat" or "croissant" anywhere that isn't francophone. I just point awkwardly or say something stupid like "cocolate bread".

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm 0

On "...it is usually a fool’s mission to blame people for how they pronounce words."

@Beatrix Kiddo There are so many useful sounds that aren't represented in the English alphabet (but clearly should be)! Like that zh sound in measure and all of the French things ever, and that sound that's between y and w but definitely isn't represented by either, and the Arabic 'q' which is more like a really delicate kg thing? We clearly need more letters.

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm 0