Ostrich and Vulture

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:01 pm
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In the hot desert sun, vultures look for shade wherever they can get it.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Grey Bird Grasshopper

Aug. 23rd, 2017 06:01 pm
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In reading about these guys I found them described as both grasshoppers and locusts – so I went a researching.


It turns out that all locusts are grasshoppers, but not all grasshoppers are locusts. Certain grasshoppers, when conditions are right, will go into a swarming mode. This is often triggered by over-crowding. Interestingly, the over-crowding response is triggered by their hind legs being stimulated, which causes a release of serotonin (I believe in the brain, but the articles aren’t clear). This release causes the grasshoppers to change form, eat more, breed more quickly, and start to congregate into groups. Then they all fly away to devastate the land all around them.


That’s right, the grasshoppers’ genetic response to overcrowding is to eat all their food and make more grasshoppers.


I guess it works.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Vulture

Aug. 23rd, 2017 02:00 pm
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When it gets too warm outside, vultures can melt.




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Doctor Who rewatch thoughts

Aug. 23rd, 2017 03:48 pm
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In case anyone where is interested, here are some random thoughts and observations from the Doctor Who rewatch I've been doing this summer:

Series 1
Series 2 & 3

(for the record, these are the thoughts of someone who for 10 years was a casual viewer who watched the show despite the Doctor and then suddenly a few months ago became a "proper" fan who watched the show *because* of the Doctor)

The Blood is the Life for 23-08-2017

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:00 am
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Meerkat

Aug. 22nd, 2017 11:01 pm
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Once the meerkat cannon has been loaded, you’ll be wanting to get yourself elsewhere.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Gorilla

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:01 pm
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Gorilla pondering the death of Vladislav II of Wallachia, 561 years ago today, and wondering how the world might have been different had he lived.


Perhaps we’d have more movies about Saint Patrick battling snakes.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Fossa

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:01 pm
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The Fossá is the highest waterfall in the Faroe Islands and one of the biggest attractions in Northern Streymoy.


And this is why diacritics matter.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Colobus

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:01 pm
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Hipster colobus does not believe this is really organic.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Golden Conure

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:13 pm
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That moment when you expect your feather to taste like lemon and you get banana.




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Bactrian Camel

Aug. 21st, 2017 02:01 pm
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Did you know that you can replace any Ziggy comic with a photo of a bactrian* camel and the caption still works?



  • “I wished for patience over a month ago … when do I get it?”

  • “Nope … this isn’t your day either.”

  • “Whoever said ‘talk is cheap’ probably had unlimited texting”

  • “Talk about irony … I ordered a GPS and it got lost in the mail”

  • “I just ate six happy meals and I’m still depressed”


* This may work for dromedaries as well, but I have not tested it.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Antelope

Aug. 20th, 2017 11:00 pm
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According to the Internet, the best way to tell if an antelope is ripe is to locate a small depression at the bottom that yields somewhat when pressed. Sniff there to see if it smells sweet.


In unrelated news, I am not certain the voice search on my phone is working properly.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Polar Bears

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Katajjaq, iirngaaq, piqqusiraarniq, qiarvaaqtuq, and nipaquhiit are different names for a form of rhythmic throat singing practiced in the far northern reaches of North America, in which the two singers face each other, using each other’s mouths as resonators.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Chimpanzee

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:06 pm
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Someone is posting fake news on the Internet, but don’t worry, chimp’s on it.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

The Blood is the Life for 20-08-2017

Aug. 20th, 2017 11:00 am
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Schmidts Guenon

Aug. 19th, 2017 11:00 pm
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The Schmidts Guenon has evolved a soft cushion to facilitate the nose boops their species uses to foster group togetherness.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Diana Monkey

Aug. 19th, 2017 06:01 pm
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The staff has no magic in of itself, serving just as an aid to help wizards focus their thoughts.


When the wizard is so intent on a certain action that the staff is dropped, you know you’re in trouble.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Fish

Aug. 19th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Fish checking to see if it’s safe to read the comments yet.




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Marks and Spencer and the National Autistic Society have launched a school uniform range aimed at the parents of autistic children. Note that I say aimed at the parents of autistic children, rather than aimed at autistic children. All the blurb is to do with how easy it is to put on, and how hardwearing it is. The subtext is that it's designed for kids who can't dress themselves. This is clearly aimed at parents.

The other way you can tell that actually autistic people were not involved in this is that if you ask any autistic person what is most important for them in clothing they will tell you it's the fabric it's made of. Many autistic people have comorbid eczema, and a lot of those that don't have sensory issues, which mean that fabric and texture are hugely important in clothing. Something that is in contact with your skin all day needs to be made of something non-irritating; that almost always means 100% natural fibres. Cotton, or bamboo, or silk, or modal. Sometimes wool, but sometimes not. NEVER SODDING POLYESTER. And some of the clothes in that M&S range are 65% polyester. And of course it's very wearying that the only clothing specifically designed to be worn by autistic people is school uniform, because nobody of above school age is autistic, and no autistic child ever wears non-uniform clothing. AND they've "removed pockets for comfort". I have never known an autistic person who didn't want MORE pockets, as long as they are made from 100% natural fibre too.

So what would clothing for autistic people actually look like? Well, from the conversation on twitter today:
  1. Clear, obvious fabric labelling on the rack/shelf. While most of us just want everything 100% cotton, some of us prefer other natural fabrics like linen, and some actively prefer viscose or modal. Some of us can cope with silk or wool, some can't. Every single one of us, though, would like to see fabrics clearly, obviously labelled on the rack, without having to go hunting through the clothes for a tiny illegible care label.

  2. No polyester. Not even a little bit. Not ever. No, not even in linings.

  3. Linings are important! Linings are the bit that is actually in contact with your skin, so they need to be all natural fibres too. Note, though, that this does not mean you can take a garment made out of something horrible and line it with cotton and it will be OK - outer fabrics need to be touchable too.

  4. Care labels to be made of the same fabric as the clothing, not scratchy plastic.

  5. Elastic to be covered with the fabric the clothes are made of, not left to be in contact with your skin.

  6. Flat seams! Or even NO seams!

  7. For Cthulhu's sake, SOMEBODY make some bras we can wear! It is really, really, incredibly difficult to get hold of cotton bras, to the extent that I have considered making my own. And even if/when you DO find them, they are covered in non-cotton frills and lace and fripperies. And have stupid care labels made of plastic right in the middle of your back.

  8. Comfort and fit are much much more important than being on trend. I saw an article the other day that low slung waist trousers are coming back into fashion and actually cried.

  9. Moar pockets, on everything, especially women's clothes - but again, made of the same fabric as the actual clothing

  10. Stop saying things are "cotton touch" or "cotton feel" or "cotton rich". All this does is bugger up searching for cotton things. And actually, make your website searchable by fabric. That would be amazing.
And a clothing store for autistic people?
  1. Would be lit sensibly, not with migraine-inducing lighting.

  2. Would have the afore-mentioned obvious, clear clothing labels on the shelf/rack.

  3. Would sort by size and colour as well as style.

  4. Would have assistants that wait to be approached rather than badgering you the second you enter the shop.

  5. Would not have music at all (many many autistic people love music, but find music that they don't like intensely irritating; whatever music you play some of us will like and some won't) and would ideally have sound baffling so that other people's conversations are not intrusive.

  6. Would open from (say) 12 till 8, rather than 9 to 5. Autistic people are more likely than others to have odd sleep patterns and/or working hours.
Now, if some kind banker or venture capitalist would like to give me a wad of cash to make this a reality... And to M&S and the NAS... I do appreciate that you're trying, and I don't wish to appear ungrateful, but if you consulted any actually autistic people in fomulating that clothing range it's not immediately obvious. Please, please, bear in mind the priorities of actually autistic people, not the parents of autistic children, when making clothing that the autistic people are actually meant to wear. Remember the phrase: nothing about us without us. Thank you.
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