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I’m still pretty sick, though I’ve finally kicked the fevers. I lost most of the week sleeping and sweating and cringing with pain every time I swallowed, so the holiday sort of snuck up on me. Anyway, Happy Independence Day!

And of course, a very happy birthday to Mrs. G-pants as well. Here is a Muppetacular video for you:

I’m totally burned out. Because I am a giant nerd and was a complete waste of space at work, I decided to seek validation via Google and learned that burn out has actual symptoms. Most are vague enough that pretty much anyone who is slightly bored or unhappy could probably see themselves in them but I did find an alarming comparison  chart  to help you determine  if you are  stressed out or burned out  (I feel like these prolly get fewer hits than all those “Do you have a cold or the flu?” sites).  I know these can be very serious issues for people,  but this page is SO ridiculously dramatic,  indicating that while stress may kill you, burnout might just make your life seem like it isn’t worth living.  How is this helpful? They must be trying to giggle the burnout out of of the reader. If so, this bit should do the trick: “If excessive stress is like drowning in responsibilities, burnout is being all dried up. ” Ok drama queen.

As if anyone needs more reasons to like otters OR Neil Gaiman.

“”Writers are otters,” states Neil Gaiman, firmly.

“Otters are not trainable,” he explains. “Dogs are trainable – if you want them to sit you train them and give them rewards and they sit each time. But otters… if they do something cool and you give them a fish, the next time they’ll do something even cooler. Or they’ll try to do something completely different. I think that most writers – or at least a lot of us – are otters.” ”

from a recent interview in The Guardian.

I love pigeons. I also love Scottish newscasters.

I also like seagulls, which is what this guy is. -K

I think all undergrads should be forced to watch this entrancing video from Haunted Love during orientation.  Maybe high schoolers too. And pretty much everyone at the public library. It would improve library manners immensely and also would remind everyone that librarians are not to be trifled with. They are silent but deadly (in the good, ninja-y way, not that other way) and know just what to do with the body.

Also, I’m majorly coveting those shoes. And that skirt.

Originally seen on the delightful Voice of Reason 

According to the weather robots, it is 96 degrees with the Heat Index today. Stupid August, all hot and sweltery. So, instead of going to the yard sale I planned on, I went to the air conditioned library. I got lots of goodies, including the audio-book of Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass on recommendation from Sunday. So far I’ve listened to about 20 minutes and I like it about 40 times more than the book. I guess I need someone to tell me fantasy stories instead of reading them because I enjoy fantasy movies (and evidently audio books) so much more than books. Reading them feels like too much work. Anyway, I’m getting back on the His Dark Materials wagon in preparation for the upcoming movie version (hop on board, you know you want to!) and it starts with this. Please take a gander at my awesome daemon, Callum, and let me know if you think he should remain a lion by answering a few questions about me, your darling Keem.

Check it out here. Currently Callum (read:Keem)  is modest, responsible, a leader, inquisitive and sociable. But what do you think?

Even though the next semester is looming large in only a few weeks, there are lots of things to be excited and happy about right now, not the least of which is that no less than three (count ’em three) members of my friend-family are starting exciting new career-furthering jobs in the next month. Hooray and congrats to all of them.

Other things I’m pretty jazzed about right now:

The understated, sneakily moving, music-filled delight that is this movie. I want the soundtrack immediately. Running constantly, please.

According to this, Sunny is coming to DVD! Hooray.

Finally finally the food scientists have listened to my silent pleas. I need to get my hands on this as soon as possible.

Also, meerkats.

Good lord. Like I need more reasons to be afraid of bugs. Or deep sea creatures. Or butterflies, for pete’s sake.

“dear diary: WORST ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE EVER? seriously, diary.”

From my very favorite talking dino-centric place: Dinosaur Comics

My new favorite story, taken from my Language Development textbook, as written by a typical 3 year old:

A little duck went swimming. Then the crab came. A lobster came. And a popsicle was playing by itself.

The End.

Cat Proximity

Once again from delightful xkcd.

Man. That drawing of the cat is really almost too much to bear. I’ve been looking at it for 15 minutes and it still is making my giggle aloud.