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|Tuesday, April 15th, 2014|
|Monday, April 14th, 2014|
|Know Your Rhinos
Did you know there are 5 different types of rhino? I never really thought about it until I saw some goofy little "save the rhinos" fundraiser banner a couple days ago that had silhouettes and names of the different types.
The black and white rhinos aren't actually black and white. But the white rhino is bigger and has big wide square lips for grazing, while the black rhino has a beaky lip for like, getting leaves or whatever. The both have two horns, and are probably what you think of first when you think of a "rhino."
The Sumatran rhino has red fur! What is it with Sumatra and animals that have red fur?
They apparently have these rhinos at the Cincinnati zoo, and when I was growing up, I never realized how cool that actually was, but now that I think about it, I can totally remember them and what a big deal it was when that baby one was born. A lot of the pictures I came across also showed them with this wide-eyed ridiculous derpy expression,
which I guess is a thing?
Indian rhinos have the warty "plates" of skin, one horn, and those smooshy faces/necks. I had this big tube of plastic animals when I was little (also courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo, incidentally), and I remember wondering why the rhino in it was so smoosh-faced and ugly. I thought they just did a bad job with the mold. It didn't occur to me to check if there was a type of rhino that yes, actually looked like that.
And Javan rhinos are pretty similar to Indian rhinos, except a little smaller and less smooshy. It's surprisingly hard to find good reference photos because apparently there are only 40 or so of these guys left. That's pretty sad.
|Sunday, April 13th, 2014|
Annie this isn't even that funny just stop.
|Saturday, April 12th, 2014|
|Thursday, April 10th, 2014|
Get it? GET IT???
I did not even plan that. I'm just like, "Hm, what should I call this thing that's a cross between a—wait. Wait."
|Tuesday, April 8th, 2014|
|The Tortoise Ruins
Every so often, Tortoise Holds would cross paths. That in itself wasn't remarkable. But one day, an especially ancient tortoise showed up, and the castle on its back looked as if it had been abandoned hundreds of years ago. Every so often, people would suggest exploring it. And everyone would nod and agree that was probably a good idea. Someone should do that. But then they would change the subject and for some reason, no one ever did.
|Monday, April 7th, 2014|
|Thursday, April 3rd, 2014|
|Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014|
|Tuesday, April 1st, 2014|
I kept telling myself for the last week that I was going to color, vector, outline, or otherwise finish this guy, but ehhhh I don't think it's happening.
Actual turtle heads are not conducive to bandanas, it turns out. I was considering just wrapping the bandana around his upper jaw, since that would kinda be how an actual snapping turtle would have to wear one, but it just didn't "read," so it was worth fudging that part a bit.
|Thursday, March 27th, 2014|
|Tuesday, March 18th, 2014|
|Cooking Challenge Achieved: No-Knead Bread
Well, color me converted. I've baked bread, but I could never get it to come out, you know, like the delicious 5-dollar loaves in that little baskety section of the supermarket by the bakery. You know where I mean. Mine was always tasty, but flat and kinda dense. Which is great if you're dipping it in olive oil and soup, but it makes sandwiches difficult.
But the kind of bread they call "No-Knead Bread"
— apparently THAT's the secret to getting that effing amazing bread. I've never tried it before because you have to start it the night before, and I am very rarely thinking that far ahead about anything
in my day-to-day life.
But for reals. Four ingredients, and that's counting water. And apparently any large oven-safe pot works if you don't have the cast-iron thingy. It's crusty on the outside, sproingy on the inside, and just melt-in-your-mouth holy crap wow.
Next challenge: making sauerkraut. Apparently this isn't too hard? We'll see. I need some mason jars or something.
...And then my transformation into Insufferable Hipster Lady will be one step closer to complete muahaha.
|Sunday, March 16th, 2014|
My Cintiq pen finally bit the dust last night, after a month or two of being on its last... nibs? I dunno. The pressure sensor had been wonky for a while, but after taking it apart and putting it back together about half a dozen times, I'd gotten it working well enough, though I'd lost the ability to right-click. Whatever. Can work around it. But then it started acting up again, and this time, my trusty method of taking it apart and putting it back together apparently killed it. Also unfortunately, the pen from my original Wacom tablet from college juuust misses the "cutoff point" of what will work with the Cintiq. So to Amazon, to Amazon we go.
New pen should be here in 2-3 days, and OF COURSE now I want to draw all sorts of things.
I'll try to take this opportunity to draw with a real ballpoint pen
in a real paper sketchbook
and totally kick it old-school for a few days.
Speaking of which, here are some animals. Two dogs from a park, a squirrel, and 1.75 sketches of Baxter (intently watching aforementioned squirrel).
Squirrel faces are weirdly difficult to get to read obviously as "squirrel." It usually ends up in the land of, "this could maybe be a hamster or a gerbil except oh wait there's the tail okay it's a squirrel."
|Thursday, March 13th, 2014|
I got our taxes done the other day. I use TurboTax, which I normally quite like (those guys give a TON of attention to their user interface, and that warms my heart). But I only had one complaint.
A few years ago, before Nate and I got married but after we bought the house, there was always some weird finagling that had to be done with the tax forms for the mortgage, since we co-owned the property but filed taxes as two individuals. I'd have to send an extra little form that explained why Nate's social security number, but not mine, was on the mortgage form. I researched it a bit, and this was just the way you have to do it, it worked fine, etc.
Okay, fast forward. Now that we're filing jointly, that little explanatory form is obsolete. But for some reason, TurboTax insists on making me fill out fields for it, and I could not for the life of me figure out how to get rid of the whole thing. If I didn't fill in the fields, this counted as an "error," and wouldn't let me file electronically. So I'm trying to wrap this up, and for reasons I will never understand, it keeps prompting me to fill in addresses and names for this form.
It won't show me the form itself or give me any other options, and so I just keep filling in these prompts for "Name," "Address," "City," etc. over and over. It was a little distressing.
I finally made it through and was able to finish up and file, but I explain all this in order to tell you that when the IRS looks at my tax return, this is quite literally what they will see on one page near the end:
I hope it at least provides a moment of humor to some government worker somewhere.
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2014|
|Insert "Grapes of Wrath" Joke Here.
I just want you to imagine the little squelchy sounds when he blinks those eyes.
Between that and the crawly vine-hands, he could be pretty sinister if he wanted to.
|Sunday, March 9th, 2014|
|Saturday, March 8th, 2014|
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2014|
|Thought of the Day
I kind of love when people write "defiantly" when they mean "definitely." It adds this air of boldness and rebellion to whatever was being said.
|Monday, March 3rd, 2014|
|Friday, February 28th, 2014|
|Cooking Pro Tip
Turns out that if you add enough garlic and salt to anything, it turns out tasting like garlic and salt.
This is a delicious thing and has saved a number of dishes, I'm not gonna lie.