eve: these things are all over HI. Populations boom and bust - they are prob just working towards their population equilibrium in FL. Or they are going to take over. Which, like, sure. Sunday, April 21, 2013 : 12:12
kristen: i think i know just what you mean. we called her thumblina and it was honestly sooooo effing surprisingly heartbreaking. May all being be free from suffering. spring a l'heure in die Stadt. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 : 20:36
blaine: More than sadness. More like terror. More like reading the the inscription above the gates of hell that says "Abandon hope, all ye who enter," and realizing that warning is in full effect whether you decide to pass or not. And then there's the sadness which is too large for words - which is actually why animals can't talk. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 : 10:48
blaine: I don't know. The dumbness of animals is touching, no doubt, but I think the part that kills me when I see, for instance, a baby squirrel on the sidewalk, having fallen from its nest, or a butterfly on the ground weakly flapping its one uncrushed wing, is the sense that "this is how it is, how its supposed to be."
eve: Everyone is suffering in some way, all the time but somehow the suffering of animals is more potent. Maybe because they can't talk. "nature is a hard, hard thing"- perfectly said, Blaine. Thanks for the solidarity. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 : 09:32
blaine: similar thing happened to me last spring. early one morning on my dogwalk and...you know what? never mind. there are things i don't need to repeat. let's just leave it at "nature is a hard hard thing sometimes." anyway, solidarity. according to friends, i have forgotten some remarkably great times and yet i remember every suffering animal - down to a particular beetle trapped in a spider's web in the back room of a vid Monday, April 22, 2013 : 22:33
:r: Yea, I have a smallish Tumi bag that I can usually get about 4-5 days of stuff in and still be able to carry it on. I try to not ever have to check it mainly because I'm often being picked up at the airport and we have to get somewhere quickly. Monday, April 15, 2013 : 22:19
stu: J, I think deli is commonly accepted as well in many circles. I like "bodega" better because it better distinguishes your corner store from the delicatessen, like Katz's or 2nd Avenue Deli. Wednesday, March 06, 2013 : 14:21
j: I hear your pain. The last time I cut my own hair was the 4th grade. Never again! I do all my own hair dying. I spend the extra 3 or 4 dollars on the better dyes found at the Rite Aid. Monday, March 04, 2013 : 17:44
stu: Well, I have a certain amount of empathy for failed jokes, it's true, but I don't think that you can just be offensive and say "I was trying to be funny" and just get away with it. For instance, I didn't defend Daniel Tosh when he was making rape jokes. "I'm a comedian" is not carte blanche to be an asshole. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 : 10:48
stu: I wrote about this elsewhere, but the Onion has extensive joke testing for the article, taking days to refine jokes before they publish them. I think that doesn't exist for Twitter, but the culture of throwing everything out there probably contributed.
Which is to say, I largely agree with you on that.
I'm still curious as to why you're surprised I took this stance. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 : 10:18
pony: I dunno, to me it seemed like the onion let their private joke voice spill out during epic Oscar night. You can imagine it being floated in writing room, but getting kiboshed before anyone published it. But even the best goalies let one slip by, esp on Twitter. Of course, not funny out there on Twitter, and I agree with your points, but still suspect it was the brutal pacing of the platform.