Chinchilla Ownership Pros and Cons

I’ve wanted to make a post about the joys and perils of Chin ownership for a long time! 

Let’s start with the positives:

  • Chinchillas live a really long time! A lifespan of 15 or more years is common! My last chin lived to be over 13. 
  • Chinchillas are pretty low maintenance. Once you have a cage set up, all they need is refilled water, food, and hay every day, and weekly cage cleanings & new things to chew. 
  • Chinchillas can live in same-sex groups, pairs, or alone. Some chins even prefer being solitary! 
  • Chinchilla poop is hard, easy to clean, and has no discernible smell. They’re like little brown grains of rice!
  • Chinchillas are not susceptible to pests such as fleas. 
  • Chinchillas are very clean. They love to bathe and their hair is so dense it doesn’t get very messed up, provided weekly dust baths. 
  • You can give them dust baths as much as you like! It’s adorable and they love it. 
  • Chinchillas smell really good. Unlike most other rodent pets, they and their cages smell fresh and clean. Even their pee is pretty close to odorless. 
  • They are incredibly soft. 
  • They’re the best looking animal on the planet. Blending the awkwardness of a squirrel with the plump sweetness of a bunny, a chinchilla is truly the whole package. 
  • They are pretty affordable to keep, once you’re set up
  • While they enjoy playing and can form close bonds with their humans, they also are just fine chilling out in their cages for extended periods and won’t get depressed if left alone a bit. 

And now the negatives!

  • They have very specific dietary needs and delicate GI tracts. Unlike many other pets, you cannot give them bites of human food, even fruits or veggies. Pellets, Hay, and safe treats are it. 
  • Very few treats are safe for them. Most available in pet stores are loaded with sugar and fat, which their bodies can’t digest well. The only safe treats are: oats, plain shredded wheats, dried goji berries, and rosehips. 
  • They need to have plenty to chew, and will chew everything. That means no plastic or easily torn fabrics in the cage, and a regular supply of safe wood chew toys. 
  • They must be closely observed during play time to ensure they do not eat anything unsafe, destroy furniture or power cords, or climb into small spaces never to return. 
  • They can squeeze into very small spaces and hide there, despite their chubby appearance. Don’t let their fluffy butts fool you. Their ribs are collapsible so they can wriggle in passages of two inches or less. 
  • They poop a lot. Those chocolate tic tacs are gonna be everywhere. 
  • They like to throw hay, bedding, and poop outside of their cages. 
  • They waste a lot of hay. Their instinct to forage makes them very picky eaters in this regard. 
  • They can develop diabetes if you do not feed them well. Again, simple pellets, hay, and safe treats only. No foods filled with added fruits or puffs. 
  • They often fall prey to dental problems. If their teeth grow too long or at an odd angle, this can even be fatal. Tooth spurs are also a problem. 
  • They hide illness very well. Like most prey animals, they have an evolved tendency to obscure any signs of weakness. This means you may not catch illness until it’s too late. 
  • You should be prepared to cage every chinchilla separately at any time. Even if two chins got along as cagemates for 10 years, they may begin to fight seemingly out of nowhere and need to be split up. Their relationships are complex!
  • Cage set up is expensive! A chinchilla needs a place to sleep/hide, multiple safe ledges, chew toys of wood, pumice, and other safe materials, an exercise wheel or flying saucer, a food bowl, a hay rack, a safe water bottle (glass), and a place to take dust baths. Expect to spend $300 or so at first, on top of the cost of the chin itself. 
  • Chinchillas are not great with kids or other pets. 
  • Chinchillas are not cuddly lap pets. They like to roam around and hang out in their cages. If you bond really closely with one, it will let you hold it and may even sleep in a blanket on your lap…but this level of trust can take literal years to develop.

As a radical feminist, I don’t talk about what it is like to be born a girl, raised as a girl and try to survive girlhood, or about female socialization into a gender norm in general, or about women’s bodies and things like the stigmatization of menstruation or women’s reproductive health issues, in order to exclude those who have not had these experiences or are not affected by these specific issues. Not at all. I don’t have time to waste on doing that, and I can’t imagine what the point would be in doing that. No: I, as every other radical feminist, talk about all these things - girlhood, female socialization, the stigmatization of women’s bodies and anatomy and the ways in which men have tried to take ownership over our bodies and our birthgiving - because it’s so important to do that. Because we have to do that. Because girls are raised to be silent and submissive, because girls are taught to feel shame over their bodies, because girls who don’t conform to gender norms are punished, because women are taught we exist for men, because we are taught or natural body functions are gross, because a lot of women barely know what they themselves look like, because a lot of women believe that sex with men should hurt, etcetera, etcetera. We are so far from being done talking about these things, because these issues are still huge problems that affect and limit girl’s and women’s lives. I wish people could listen without thinking that everything that isn’t about them or don’t apply to them is “excluding them”. We can fight different battles, or intersecting battles, or eachothers battles. We don’t have to silence one of them.



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Balduini Iunii
Roberti Bellarmini: Solida Christianæ Fidei Demonstratio
Printed in Antwerp by Martini Nvtii, 1611

At first glance ownership marks may appear to be an innocuous addition to books; however, they can be quite damaging. Pressed seals, ink stamps, and even cuttings can mark an owner’s claim to a book but in the process cause alterations and irreparable damage. While these marks can damage a book, they can also provide evidence of the book’s history and provenance. As evidenced by the marks of its past owners, this seventeenth-century book has changed hands multiple times throughout its storied history. Originally published in Antwerp by Martini Nvtii in 1611, this book found its way to a Zürich book auctioneer (evidenced by a stamp on the last page) before arriving in America as the property of Fr. Martin Carroll (d. 1902) as evidenced by multiple stamps located throughout the first few pages of the work. A cut portion of the first page indicates that the book might have had another owner before being donated to St. John’s University. Library ownership marks can be found in the form of stamps and a bookplate notating ‘Ex Libris’ and ‘St. John’s University’.

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Angelo Petricca
De potestate apostolorum
Printed in Rome by Francisci Mancini, 1656

Library stamps and raised seals mar the first pages of this seventeenth-century religious text with two bookplates attached to the pastedown: one from St. John’s University and the second in dedication to David Lewis, both of which provide evidence of the book’s provenance. A library call number can also be found on the spine in addition to a book pocket and card used for manual circulation systems on the rear pastedown.


The Philosopher’s Stone

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from Harry Potter fans who are watching The Flash TV series for Tom Felton and are excited by this week’s reference to the Philosopher’s Stone.  I’m sure it is a bit of a nod to the Potter series, but Dr Alchemy has used the Philosopher’s Stone since his very first appearance in 1958.  I’ve collected a few scans to show it to you.

In the comics, Albert Desmond first debuted as Mr Element, but soon learned about his cellmate’s “lucky stone” and stole it to become Dr Alchemy. The Stone’s been interpreted a bit differently over the years, but it’s mainly used to transmute substances into other things, such as oxygen to tungsten or a human being into gold. It’s also intelligent and has a mind of its own; it can teleport to Al’s hands from great distances, follows him and seems to prefer his ownership, and has even created a living doppelganger of Al based on his alternate personality.  It’s been thrown into space and even the Sun a few times, and has always returned no worse for wear.  

As you may surmise from this description, it’s an object of great power and makes Dr Alchemy one of the more frightening Rogues. And thus it’s no great surprise that it’s being used in some form on the show, even if it’s done a bit differently there. It’ll be interesting to see whether the CWverse Philosopher’s Stone can eventually transmute substances like it can in the comics and the old alchemical legends.

anonymous asked:

Extreme capitalism and extreme communism are two sides of the same coin. Neither system works well

Damn, if one side of the coin had being exploited for centuries, being under the thumb of the ruling class, monopolizing of resources by the wealthy, children dying as they work in coal mines, wars for oil, not having clean water, food, or shelter, dying from lack of healthcare, etc. and the other had improved life expectancy, free childcare, free healthcare, less racism, killing Nazis, collective ownership of the means of production, production directed towards fulfilling human needs rather than profits, and an elimination of social class oppression, etc. that would be a hell of a fucking coin flip.

Nightmares-Closed RP

It had been a couple years since the original Freddy Fazbear’s had closed down. Mr. Fazbear had decided to retire, passing ownership of the pizzeria to another person, who promptly decided to turn it into a Horror Attraction. This involved redesigning the animatronics to make them scarier. Unfortunately, what the new owner didn’t know was that the animatronics were still possessed by the souls of the murdered children. 

Nightmare Foxy, or rather Ian Connors, cringed as he saw his reflection in a nearby mirror. Like it wasn’t bad enough being in Foxy before…


anonymous asked:

Barry's balling in more ways than once. All this money for all of those dates with Iris, having ownership of Starlabs and that airport building and also having enough money for a LOFT (It looks like one instead of a condo). And of course, he has Iris. Jeez. LOL!

Barry is pretty damn lucky. The only one who can fuck up his life is himself. LOL

thatsachildphoenix  asked:

Q : Are the Delta Guardians or the Fleece Delta are Gaster's or Alphys's weapon creation or Gerson's technology artifact that ended given to her as her present after her success for being a new Royal Guard ?

The Royal Guardians have a little backstory that didn’t make it into the final cut, actually!

The Royal Guardians aren’t under the ownership of Red. In fact, she shouldn’t even know about them.

The Guardians (serial number 19911101) were developed for the war against the humans, boasting immense firepower and the ability to shield its user from harm (thus why Red’s defense spikes during the Genocide route). However, they have two critical flaws: They are bound to their current location, needing to siphon energy from the ground not unlike the CORE, and this rather volatile siphoning process also sucks energy out of of the surrounding area, both mechanical and magical. This prevented anything from being constructed in their vicinity, and with the magical nature of monsters, Red unwittingly runs the very real risk of death with their prolonged use, even with her soul housed in a body of polyurethane resin.

Both of these flaws left them unused during said war (not helped by the humans sealing monsters in the cave instead of pursuing them further) and the duty of the two slain guards Red alludes to is not to man them, but to prevent anyone from using them. Red gaining access to them was actually an oversight on Undyne’s part, and had she remembered, she likely would have posted Red elsewhere.

The names of all those involved are absent, or perhaps removed, from all known records of their development. Perhaps it’s for the best.

half the fun of cat ownership is the random scavenger hunts, like, where is my small friend sleeping today? are you in the laundry basket? are you under the bed? have you curled up behind the shelf or on top of a cupboard or crept into a shopping bag? have you discovered a secret portal to another dimension and gone to have adventures with a tiny mechanical dragon? where are you, cat??

You Don't Own Your Ebooks
You don’t own your ebooks with DRM. You’re merely licensing the privilege to read them. Some readers overseas have learned this the hard way (yet again) now that Nook is going out of business in the United Kingdom. But don’t worry, they’re working to let you maybe possibly transfer all those books you bought.
By Matt Novak

You don’t own your ebooks with DRM.  You’re merely licensing the privilege to read them.  Some readers overseas have learned this the hard way (yet again) now that Nook is going out of business in the United Kingdom.  But don’t worry, they’re working to let you maybe possibly transfer all those books you bought.

The Register and TechDirt brought this notice from Nook’s UK site to our attention (emphasis mine):

Effective from March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom.  The NOOK Store on NOOK devices sold in the UK, on the UK NOOK Reading App for Android, and at nook.com/gb will cease operation.

To meet your digital reading needs going forward, NOOK has partnered with award-winning Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand to ensure that you have continued access to the vast majority of your purchased NOOK Books at no new cost to you.  Further instructions on how to transfer your NOOK Books to a new or existing Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand account will be sent to you by email over the coming weeks.  Please ensure that you look out for these emails as they will contain important information on what to do next.

Your action is required.

“…continued access to the vast majority of your purchased NOOK Books…”

They’re not even promising that you’ll be able to transfer all your books!

Digital rights management (DRM) is absolutely crippling our ability to preserve digital knowledge for the future.  And it’s half the reason I prefer deadtree books.

Even when it’s an accident (like when Amazon deleted everybody’s copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from their Kindles) it shows just how little control we have over the books we “buy” from digital retailers.

So repeat after me…

You don’t own your ebooks.

You don’t own your ebooks.

You don’t own your ebooks.

This has been an issue for libraries since e-books first started being released.

Claire Fontaine, Untitled (I’ve stolen it), 2014.

Untitled (I’ve stolen it) (2014), is an animated neon sign that displays four different sentences revolving around the legitimacy of ownership and theft. The text of the sign is inspired by a chapter of the historical book by R.D. Laing entitled Knots that explores with disturbing depth recurrent double binds and vicious circles imprisoning our free will and condemning us to compulsive repetitions.

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