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Capybara dance party and open thread

Sometimes reading manosphere stuff turns my brains to mush. So let’s take a little break, with the assistance of a bunch of capybaras. Also this is an open thread.

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Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
1 year ago

@ WWTH, I’m so sorry to hear that. (Sorry also for my tone-deafness; I replied to Alan’s comment before reading all the comment-thread). I hope your best friend is able to spend lots of time with him. I completely sympathize with feeling awkward; it’s hard to know what to do or say in situations like this.

FWIW, in my experience your best friend will probably be struggling to take care of their own mundane life-details (like cooking); would that be something you could take on? Or babysitting if that’s relevant? Tell me to can it if I’m not being helpful; of course you’ll know best what works for you and your BF at this time. Internet hugs to you if you want them.

Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ bookworm in hijab

As part of something I’m working on at the moment, I’m delving into old laws about cats. You might find this interesting.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=PRczAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA77&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

None of this actually relevant to the brief; I’m just easily distracted.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
1 year ago

Alan, I love it! I must now track down a copy!

Also, as this is an open thread, have you watched BBC 4 “We Are Ladyparts”? It’s my new favourite show. (If you’re wondering, I see myself as a cross between Amina and Momtaz ?)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MPqzoAjxvl4

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
1 year ago

Alan, just to clarify, it was the veterinary medicine one, right? The link was weird for me, but that book showed up in a sidebar so I assumed it was the one!

Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ bookworm in hijab

have you watched BBC 4 “We Are Ladyparts”?

I haven’t actually seen it (don’t have a telly); but it was recommended to me and I have seen some online clips. I like what I saw. I have a soft spot for band stories; and this was very funny, and actually quite relatable. I know a few people like some of the band members in real life.

And yes, the vet book. The cat rescue bit was interesting. I seem to recall also, that there’s a story from Japan about some emperor who cut his sleeve off rather than wake someone. Which led to a fashion at court for single sleeved kimonos.

Full Metal Ox
1 year ago

@Alan Robertshaw:

And yes, the vet book. The cat rescue bit was interesting. I seem to recall also, that there’s a story from Japan about some emperor who cut his sleeve off rather than wake someone. Which led to a fashion at court for single sleeved kimonos.

I’ve never heard a Japanese version of that story, but the Chinese legend about Emperor Ai and his lover Dong Xian led to the term “cut-sleeve” for a gay man; you’ll encounter it a lot in danmei (Chinese m/m romance)—and yes, it’s an outlaw genre, and yes, it’s profitable, and yes, the creators are forever doing an anxious balancing act between how attentive the government is at this particular instant, what the fandom wants, and what the drama and animated adaptations have latitude to do.

https://www.reddit.com/r/wikipedia/comments/mt6ixr/a_chinese_idiom_for_homosexuality_is_斷袖之癖/ (Note that this link also brings up the story of the Prophet Muhammed and his cat Muezza, although I’ve never seen the two shipped.)

Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ full metal ox

Ah yes; that’s the one I was thinking of! Now I feel a bit guilty for conflating Japan and China.

But speaking of accommodating animals and the East, I am really hoping to be able to check out this. Now we’re allowed to travel.

https://www.japanhouselondon.uk/whats-on/2021/a-playground-for-non-humans-at-the-architectural-association/

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
1 year ago

@Surplus to Requirements

Remember that newborn volcano in Iceland I commented about way back when it started?

Oooh yes, we’ve been following its progress almost daily. I do admit to missing ‘Northy’ and ‘Southy’ (the original double cone) but the current one is pretty impressive. I hope the town of Grindavik will ultimately be ok.

Mostly_Lurking
Mostly_Lurking
1 year ago

TBH, David, I don’t know how you do this all the time. Thanks for your tireless efforts and cute gifs.

Chris Oakley
1 year ago

I love me some capybaras.

mouse sparrow
mouse sparrow
1 year ago

@weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Oh no, I’m having severe GI issues right now myself but I’m too anxious to make appointments to check it out.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
1 year ago

I wonder if the Minassian-like murder of 4 Muslims in Canada was incel-related as well as an obvious Islamophobic hate crime. 75% of the murder victims were women.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Big Titty Demon – I just looked that up, that’s horrible. I’m so angry that this keeps happening in Canada (or anywhere, but it feels worse when it’s close to home).

@mouse sparrow – Anxiety can also do nasty things to your gut, just speaking from experience (being anxious + not sleeping well can bring diarrhea plus really painful cramps).

But if you can, I’d get things checked out, because there might be something even if it’s not serious (e.g. allergies/intolerances) and even if it’s serious it’s not necessarily life-threatening. One of my friends from choir has a condition where she can’t digest gluten (I forget the name at the moment) and things were much, much more manageable when she got diagnosed and knew what foods to avoid.

Granted, anxiety is a thing. I was terrified getting my first COVID shot last week, even though I knew *logically* that it was probably okay.

Full Metal Ox
1 year ago

@epitome of incomrepehensibility:

One of my friends from choir has a condition where she can’t digest gluten (I forget the name at the moment) and things were much, much more manageable when she got diagnosed and knew what foods to avoid.

If you’re talking about celiac, that’s comorbid with, and contributes, to, a lot of things that can kill you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeliac_disease

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
1 year ago

Often mistaken for celiac is a bad reaction to FODMAPs, which presents with basically the same symptoms. I had a friend who had all the tests for celiac but was just fine with gluten, yet had the same problems till in desperation she tried the anti-FODMAP diet and lo, her gut STFU.

And then there’s just plain old wheat allergy.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
1 year ago

Big Titty Demon, Epitome of incomprehensibility,

The kids in that family are around the same age as mine. I keep thinking of that poor boy whose family were killed…they keep saying his injuries “aren’t serious” but that’s just the physical ones; I don’t think anyone really recovers from something like this. I can’t even write any more about this right now. It’s too close to home.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Full Metal Ox – Yes, celiac disease, thanks! And sorry that I wasn’t clear – I didn’t mean to say that celiac or other conditions aren’t life-threatening, but rather that many things have treatment options and aren’t an automatic death sentence.

In a clumsy way, I was trying to indicate why it’s good to get recurrent problems checked out…but I know this isn’t always easy, either emotionally or resource-wise. So, sending encouragement to anyone who’s in a similar situation.

And to @Bookworm in hijab and everyone who’s in any way affected by the recent terrorist attack. My solidarity – nothing like that should ever happen.

Last edited 1 year ago by epitome of incomrepehensibility
Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
1 year ago

@Bookworm in Hijab

I don’t mean in any way to prompt you to respond here when you are overwhelmed, I’m only agreeing with you 100%. No one counts the injuries to his psyche as actual injuries, but how can he possibly recover from seeing all the closest adults in his life suddenly murdered right in front of him? Unbelievable that he should have to suffer this because of some hate-filled assrag.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
1 year ago

@ Big Titty Demon,

Thank you, yes, that’s exactly it! Just in general, our society doesn’t acknowledge emotional, mental, spiritual wounds as serious (See also our attitudes towards mental health). But IMO they can be the worst kinds of wounds, the hardest to deal with, the hardest to admit to, the hardest to find support for.

(I don’t at all feel you’re pressuring me btw – honestly I’m just glad, though that’s probably not the word, to see anyone acknowledging this. No one at my work said anything to me today, and we usually pride ourselves as a staff on how aware we are of injustice. For myself, emotionally I’m passing into the “furious” stage rather than the “shocked denial” stage).

Any Mammotheers in London ON, or Ontario generally, I hope you’re doing ok. I don’t know the London area well, but I know a lot of parts of Ontario, and I’m so sorry your communities and your province are going through this. I get the sense the general London response has been overwhelmingly supportive, though.

Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

One of the many benefits of hosting the G7, apart from the warships in the bay and anonymous looking people whispering into their lapels when you take a shortcut past the venue, is that the government gave the council a £65 million bribe to make up for the hassle.

So got to see this tonight. Part of a series of short films by local creative types. Must confess I was very pleasantly surprised by how good this is. Well worth a watch if you want to know a bit more about the reality of living here.

https://www.screencornwall.com/news-events/behindthepostcard

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
1 year ago

@Alan: They don’t talk into their sleeves any more? How disappointing.

Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ gss ex noob

When it looks like they’re talking into their sleeves they’re actually keying the transmit button on their collar/lapel mics.

(I know that as we were able to ‘borrow’ some of the radios when we did the assault course thing)

Mostly_Lurking
Mostly_Lurking
1 year ago

Reminds me of something I saw recently. Pelican tries to eat capybara, capybara gives zero fucks:

https://gfycat.com/briskflakycapybara

I mean, that’s pretty damn chill to act so nonchalant towards something trying to eat you.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
1 year ago

Capybaras DGAF about most things. Particularly in captivity, when they don’t have to worry about predators. Even in the wild, they let birds stand on them all the time.

Dalillama
1 year ago

Apparently some states actually issue FOID cards. It’s short for Firearm Owner ID card, I wonder how gun-owning incels there deal with it.

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