“Go away, this is my stripe!” (Open thread and a movie)

We’ve all been that iguana.  And perhaps that puppy too.


From an Australian kids’ show.  Feel free to treat this as an open thread and chat in the comments about whatever you like.

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6 Responses to ““Go away, this is my stripe!” (Open thread and a movie)”

  1. ArthurH says:

    Reminds me of the time a flock of geese landed on the baseball diamond in the play area of a local elementary school. One goose found the white line around the base pads mesmerizing and the other geese lined up behind him. They stretched almost from third base to first base. Must have scored nearly a dozen runs at home by the time I motored by.

  2. Guys, I need your help please. For the past two months we’ve been spammed by video ads that have their audio on auto-play, so the second you arrive on the site, some obnoxious audio starts playing. We have banned auto-audio-on ads from the beginning, but the past two months some movie promoters keep slipping through. I need your help. The only way we can begin to figure out who’s doing this is to know the following info:

    1. which page is the ad on, send me the page web address/url
    2. tell me where the ad is located on the page – and I mean specifically (e.g., top square ad in right column?)
    3. What is the ad for, what movie or whatever is it advertising?
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  3. Indigo says:

    Here’s another American Success story for you: The Orange County, Florida (Orlando) school board gave itself a 4% raise recently and yesterday the Orlando City Council gave itself a 21% raise. Teacher salary issues remain unresolved state-wide. Tourism is up, there’s plenty of low-paying, part-time food and hospitality (i.e., cleaning hotel rooms) jobs available. Life is good now that the recession is over.

  4. Hue-Man says:

    Climate change-deniers rarely mention the effect of CO2 emissions on the acidification of the world’s oceans. PBS Newshour this week looked at Alaska’s crab industry (video and transcript) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change/july-dec13/arctic_09-16.html

    “New research suggests the chemistry of the North Pacific is changing in ways that pose serious trouble for Alaska’s two signature crab species, red king crab and snow crab, the culprit, ocean acidification caused by carbon dioxide emissions.

    Crabs generally are quite resilient, so when researchers exposed baby red king crab to sea chemistry conditions expected later this century, scientists were not expecting much.

    And, unfortunately, what they found is there was a significant increase in mortality rates, a loss in growth rate, a loss in calcification, how quickly the crab was able to build their shell. The crab didn’t do as well under these ocean acidification conditions.

    Essentially, all the crab died within the first 200 days. So, if they are dying very rapidly in the first 200 days, obviously they’re not going to make it to be fishable size.

    [Here’s the kicker!] And what is really alarming about that study is that we thought we were exposing these crabs to future scenarios which may have been 50 or a hundred years from now, when, in fact, our recent work in the Bering Sea has shown that those conditions exist today. So this is a real thing that is happening right now today, not some future condition that they’re going to experience some time later on.”

  5. Hue-Man says:

    I know we’re supposed to lurv technology but this story makes me sick. After all the grief this family has endured, this is unimaginable. (I avoided getting caught up in the original story, as I mostly did with the Tyler Clementi suicide, because I don’t understand where the boundaries of privacy and good taste are for today’s teens and 20-somethings – everything seems to be fair game, including taking pictures of a 15 year old girl as you and your buddies rape her, then cyber-bully her by circulating the photos…I know, I’m old and therefore don’t get it.)

    “The discovery of an image of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Nova Scotia teen who died in April, in an online dating ad on Facebook has outraged her parents and put the social media site on the defensive.

    It’s yet more proof that it is almost impossible to control where images uploaded to the internet ultimately end up.

    Parsons is the Nova Scotia teen who died in April at 17 after a suicide attempt. Her parents said she was sexually assaulted when she was 15, and then bullied about it for more than a year.”

    “The ad in question, for a company called ionechat.com, carried the title “Find Love in Canada!” and featured the description “Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.”” http://www.cbc.ca/news/rehtaeh-parsons-facebook-ad-a-textbook-case-of-online-photo-abuse-1.1859585

  6. Naja pallida says:

    That’s the native Australian frill-necked lizard, not an iguana – which are mainly from Central America. It’s not uncommon for many species of reptiles to be found basking on roads. Asphalt warms up nicely in the sun, and retains heat well into the evening. Unfortunately, trying to thermo-regulate in such a place doesn’t often end well… but it does make things a little easier for those of us who enjoy wildlife photography.

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