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Downloadable science card game, in playtest mode. If you test it out, leave comments on its forums so the creators know where it may need tweaking, and what works well.

http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_science/161001.html
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Getting some cats adopted. My superintendent wound up fostering some kittens and their mom when she (then pregnant) was abandoned after a tenant moved out. He (the super) thought he'd lined up a rescue but...it was actually some jerk who was going to sell them to a lab. So no dice. Thus far a couple of people have sounded like they might maybe be interested, but if I've learned anything in the last 30 years, it's that you never rely on "I'm going to..." until it's happened. I have trust issues. They're for a good reason.

Moving on.

So a pet rescue called A Few Paws in Hightstown, NJ said that while they were full up, super and his wife were welcome to participate in their adoption days at a local farmer's market. So that's a plus. I'm also going to be working on some photos of them and a video to put online tonight.

They are so damn cute.
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Hair is oil-absorbent, and you can donate yours to the Gulf relief effort.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/21/hair.boom.florida/index.html?hpt=T2
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http://publicservicechallenge.com/vote.php?vid=e9ufxWcobKo

The mind behind this project is my friend the Mama Bird. If this project wins, the money will go to support public libraries in South Africa. VOTE VOTE VOTE.
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These Shrek novelty glasses have cadmium in the paint. THEY ARE TOXIC.

http://hughcasey.livejournal.com/1271192.html
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Things you, an ordinary citizen, can do about the oil spill:

http://cmpriest.livejournal.com/1116069.html
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Seriously. Boost this signal any way you can. Write to your local papers. Get people looking at Forrest City.

http://www.fcahumane.org/

I know, I know. There are bigger things in this world going wrong. But you're not doing anything about those either, are you? You have to start somewhere. Start here.
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The below article is copied from a post by a friend of mine; I can't take credit for the writing. The sentiment, however, is one I share. Get on this. Write. Call. Phreak. Do whatever it is you do, but speak out. And share this. Tell everyone you know.

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For those of you who are not aware of what's going on down in Forrest City, Arkansas, the local government is willfully turning a blind eye to gross neglect and animal abuse at the hands of their OWN Animal Control officers!!! What's worse is, it's been going on for so long that the local humane society began making videos and posting them online in an effort to fight back.

This past weekend, 14 dogs - 9 females, 2 in heat, and 5 males - were left unattended in an open area, outside in 91 degree heat with no water. Around midnight, a volunteer went by the shelter to check on the animals and found a bloody massacre. A fight had broken out and 6 dogs were injured. One died. As volunteers scrambled to tend to the wounded dogs, Animal Control officers stood outside LAUGHING and SMOKING!!!!

You can read more here: http://www.examiner.com/x-40189-LA-Dog-Rescue-Examiner~y2010m6d2-Breaking-news-Dog-fight-at-animal-control-shelter-leads-to-dogs-death

If you are as outraged as I am, please join me by writing to their local government and DEMANDING change!! If you would be willing to join me in a peaceful protest in their city, please say so in your letter!! I believe that if were to band together and go down to their sleepy little town, they would be so overwhelmed that it would make their lives hell. Small town like Forrest City are not equipped to handle large protests - particularly not large protests comprised of people from OTHER cities. It would overwhelm their meager government, and it would attract media attention which would shine a nasty spotlight on what's happening there.

And they know it. If we let them know how angry we are, and that there are a LOT of us, then they will have to listen.

Forrest City's City Hall email: fccityhall@forrestcity-ar.com
Forrest City's website: http://www.forrestcity-ar.com/index.html
For more info about the local Humane Society and to see some of the videos they've made trying to get help: http://www.fcahumane.org/

Here's what I said to them:
"To whom it may concern,

I am writing to express my deep outrage over the horrific events that took place this weekend at the Forrest City Humane Society at the hands of your Animal Control officers. Well, I suppose that's not entirely accurate. To say that it was caused by their hands would imply that they ever bothered themselves enough to become involved in the welfare of the animals in their care. What happened this past weekend was the result of neglect and a complete disregard for life and the people involved should be publicly censured for their actions AND inactions!

These officers are an embarrassment to their profession and a slap in the face to rescuers everywhere who toil endlessly to save and protect animals from abuse and neglect. Your government's response is a further embarrassment and reflects more than just "poorly" on the character of the people in your city. A ten minute search online revealed that there have been concerns over this shelter dating back to October of last year, and that your response has been one of nonchalance, at best. If the greatness of a society may be judged by how it treats its weakest members, as Ghandi suggested, then your city is about as great as a Darfur refugee camp.

This story has reached the news here in New Jersey and is spreading through the internet like wildfire. I strongly urge you act, and act quickly, before this goes to trial in the courts of public opinion. It seems to me that a small, quiet town, such as Forrest City, Arkansas, wouldn't want a barrage of picketers and activists overwhelming its municipality in their demand for justice. Which is exactly what you'll get if people like me continue getting angry."
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I have a friend who is desperately trying to re-home a pit bull off of death row. He's NOT a hard case. He needs expensive surgery (enough donations have been raised to cover the cost) on a leg injury. But the NC shelter that has him is not interested in getting it done; they'd rather just kill him. He needs a home so that he can have the surgery at all.

Dogs don't deserve this. If you're interested in him, or know anyone who is, please put them in touch with me so I can tell her. LJ messaging is fine, I check every day.

His name is Hugo.
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The viral video of the abused cows at Conklin Dairy Farm has resulted in the arrest of one of the abusers.

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/27/dairy-farm-worker-ar.html

Sad icon is for the cows. Hopefully the other workers involved will be identified and similarly charged.

Comics Me!

May. 25th, 2010 09:32 am
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People! Who know about downloadable comics! (stares at [livejournal.com profile] fatherdog1) Linkies please and thank you?
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I've had this guy's cooking. He's phenomenal. Keep him in mind.

http://jpvart.livejournal.com/29931.html
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http://www.citykitties.org/donate.html

I'm donating as soon as I get home to my secure machine. You should too! And repost this!
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Because he is so busy (working full time and a parent) he is most interested in good study guides, whether online or in print.

Suggestions?
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One of my coworkers is working full time, has kids, and is going back to school for comp sci. So he doesn't have the hours to deeply focus on his math reqs. Anyone out there in the Trenton area interested in giving him a hand? Message me.
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Apparently, platypi tweet.

  • 14:50 @julieanshar: title is Bonfire, I think. Massive improvement over their more recent stuff #
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