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Matting down the grass

ImageI put on a stern voice every morning as I try to get my dog, Penny, to ‘go poop’ after her breakfast. She wanders about, obviously taking in something more than I can perceive. She circles a spot and smells intently making a slight move as if – no. That was the wrong place. She bounces away and starts mimicking a tracker again, following some invisible trail.

“Go Poop!”

I imagine that I am helping her.

Despite my frustration with the dog this morning, I start doing exactly the same thing later in the day. I just arrived at the library to do a bit of quick studying (for the Chem Praxis Exam), do some research (regarding a product I am consulting on), and check email before I head over to the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC) for a lunch seminar. Because I arrived just at opening, there is nothing but space here and only a very few people. Like my dog – or like Dr. Sheldon Cooper trying to find a good movie seat, I go through the same antics.

I’ve wandered around for a while looking, then tried a few possibilities, and even now I’m sitting at what is decidedly NOT the right place.

I need to get something (other than this) done, so I think I’ll try just one more place and get to work.

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Personal Life, Uncategorized

 

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Fifty

ImageThe fifty word story challenge.

Thanks for the inspiration, Regina.

It Came From Under the Bed

His breath held painfully as fretful fingers climbed the bedstand lamp for the switch. Below, old homework papers crunched slowly. Ominously.

“Skipper…?” The dog’s name was little more than a slow exhale.

“Please be Skipper.”

Pffffffffft

He gagged on the warm, unlikely relief of dog fart.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Dogs vs Hyenas

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Homologous vs Analogous Evolution

I received this video in my inbox his morning from Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True blog. It’s a quick two-minute video outlining how convergent evolution has resulted in extraordinarily similar features appearing in species long after their phylogenetic divergence. In other words, these adaptations are actually analogous, NOT homologous.

The original video appears on phdcomics, where you can find a treasure trove of lab-related humor.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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