Pavlov had it all wrong

I am a single adult human living in a house with two corgis. Got Girldog from a shelter when she was about a year, year and a half old maybe; got Boydog a few years later as an 8-week puppeh. And let me tell you something, from Day One, this has been a three-way psychological experiment. I no longer know who is manipulating who on a daily basis.

  • One of the first things I trained Girldog to do was not to bark at the dinner table; if she barked at me while I was eating, I put her in The Quiet Place (her crate) where she couldn’t see me. She learned almost immediately to subvocalize her barks, to let out a breath with just enough vocal cord vibration that I wouldn’t QUIIIITE consider it a bark and move her further away from the food. It’s a sound like this: “Hrrrr. Hrrrr. Hhhrahhh.” I didn’t realize how odd this was until my aunt came over and said, “That dog hissed at me.” “Yes,” I said, “she does that.”
  • Boydog learned to do tricks by watching Girldog. I never taught him to sit. He learned by watching Girldog get a treat for sitting. Once, I told both dogs to sit at the same time, while I held a treat in each hand. When Girldog didn’t sit quick enough, Boydog put his paw on her butt and pushed her down.
  • I hung a bell on the door and taught Boydog to ring it when he wants to go out. Girldog sees no reason she should ring the bell, as it is beneath her dignity, and she can get her way by barking instead. Boydog, however, will ring the bell for Girldog when she lurks around by the door, although he has no interest in going outside himself. Girldog has made Boydog her personal slave in this matter.
  • Boydog rings the bell when he doesn’t need to go out but thinks I have been at my computer too long. By the time I get to the kitchen, he’s nowhere near the door, but hey mom, as long as you’re up, let’s play! He obviously does not believe I can see through this extremely clever ploy.
  • Girldog once climbed onto a sofa, crossed the back of it, leapt from the sofa to my desk chair, leapt from the chair to the desk, and knocked all my stuff off the desk. (I wasn’t there, but it was obvious from the trail of destruction what route she had taken.) Then she got down and proceeded to ignore the bag of corn chips she’d encountered and focus her attention on biting my phone charger in half, chewing up a USB memory stick, and eating a pen. I still have no idea how she could be so smart and so dumb at the same time.
  • Boydog will chase a laser pointer (not uncommon for dogs introduced to them as puppies! Pro tip) but only when Girldog is not around, because she hates it for some reason and will tackle him for it. Girldog also likes to be outside while I want to be in, and Boydog prefers to have us both inside. Boydog will lead me to the laser pointer, pester me until I get it down, and then run around chasing the laser and barking madly. No matter how stubborn Girldog has been about staying outside, she wants to know what he’s barking at and immediately comes inside. (It is always the laser pointer he’s barking at, Girldog. Always.)
  • There is a chair in my bedroom that I cannot sit on. The dogs take turns sleeping on it, depending on who gets there first. The only hard and fast rule is that if the human sits on the chair, they will both lose their cool. The chair is for dogs only. I have not even tried to sit on the chair for about six months now.

I suspect I’ll be adding more of these as the three of us continue to train each other.


Osomatsusan merch for “Furusato Nouzei” (2017)

“ふるさと納税 furusato nousei” is a tax reduction given to tax payers who donate to local municipalities.
and tax payers can pay part of their local taxes to localities of their choice.
while recipient local governments usually send local specialties or other items to donors in return for their generosity.
some local governments send anime merch to the doners.

愛知県 一宮市 Ichinomiya City, Aichi - an Osomatsusan figure
愛知県 春日井市 Kasugai City, Aichi - 3pc of Osomatsusan USB memory sticks

Ichinomiya City officially collaborated on the tanabata/star festival with Osomatsusan last year. #osomatsusan ichinomiya tanabata

italian-love-cake  asked:

If the RFA, MC, V, Rika, and Saeran were dragons, what would they hoard?

Zen: mirrors. Compacts, hand mirrors, dentist mirrors, etc.

Yoosung: puppies! Toys or the actual animal. His den is just a puppy daycare.

Jaehee: Coffee mugs.

Jumin: White cats. Anything with a cat picture on it. Plushies. Lucky Cats. All the things. BUT. The cat has to be white.

Seven: Anything with digital memory. Floppy disks. CDs. USB keys. Hard drives. Memory cards.

MC: Cute boys.

V: Cameras.

Rika: Cell phones.

Saeran: Music boxes.

horizonvibes-deactivated2015122  asked:

Can you make a little masterpost on what to bring to csssa? (And like how many bags you'll need to bring to carry all the stuff) (and if you need like extra storage)

This is from the list of “What to Bring” made by last year’s CSSSA students (Again, not mine but hope it helps!)


  • Student Handbook
  • Electronics, Accessories, and Chargers (Cameras, Laptops, Phone, iPods/MP3s, Kindles/E-readers, iPads/Tablets; Ethernet Cable, Headphones, Speakers, Outlet, Memory Cards, USB Drives, etc.)
  • Lanyard With A Clear ID Card Holder (So you don’t lose your ID!)
  • A Fan or Air Purifier (IT GETS HOT — Recommended)
  • Lamp/Reading Light (No Halogen Lamps)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shower Curtain
  • Flashlight (No Candles)
  • Small Trashcan (Liners will be provided)
  • Medicine: Allergy Medicine (Including Epi-Pens), Asthma Inhalers,  Headaches, Stomach Aches, CRAMP MEDICINE FOR DA LADIES, Prescribed (DO NOT SHARE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION KIDS)
  • Things For Your Bed: Pillow, Pillow Covers, Blankets or Sleeping Bag, Set of Regular Twin Bed Sheets, Comforter, Memory Foam/Mattress Topper 
  • Cleaning Stuff: Hamper, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Fabric Softener
  • Shower Necessities/Morning Routine: Shower Caddy, Towels (Pool, Shower, Hand Towel, and Wash Cloth), Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Shower Gel, Face Wash, Razors, Shaving Cream, After Shave, Deodorant (PLEASE), Hand Soap, Hair Products (Brush, Comb, Teaser, Hair Dryer, Curler, Straightener, Gel Mousse, Hair Spray, Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, Clips, Headbands, Safety Pins), Lotion, Creams, Sun Screen, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Floss, Q-Tips, Tooth Picks, Retainers, Contact Solution, Contacts, Eye Drops, Glasses/Sunglasses, Make-Up, Make-Up Remover/Baby Wipes, Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Tissues, Coat Hangers
  • Clothes: Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Sweat Pants, Yoga Pants, Leggings, Tights,  Belts, Jeans, Shirts, Jackets, Cardigans, Sweaters, Sweat Shirts, Dresses, Socks, The Necessities/Under Garments, Pajama Clothes (Tops and Bottoms), Swim Suits/Trunks, Jewelry, WatchPossibly Fancy Clothes (Suit, Button Up, Tie, Bow Tie, Dress, Nice Skirt and Top), BRING SOME OF YOUR MOST FUN CLOTHES! You will have the least judgmental audience in the world! 
  • Shoes: Sneakers, Walking/Running Shoes, Flats, Flip-Flops (For Pool and Shower), Sandals, House Slippers, Possibly Heels or Dress Shoes
  • School Related: Pens, Pencils, Binder, Notebook, Sharpener, Backpack, Gym Bag, Highlighters, Scissors (Basically bring anything you think you might need for classes); If you have summer homework (Books, Textbooks, Writing Paper, Worksheets, Calculators, Flash Cards, etc.)
  • Free Time: Books, Board Games, Cards, Random Costume Items, DVDs, Pretty Much Anything Else You Want To Bring,  Spending Money, Tea


  • USB memory drive
  • (optional) funny clothing or wigs for an assignment
  • backpack or bag to accommodate 9” x 12” sketch pad and miscellaneous art materials
  • a masonite drawing board large enough to accomodate 18” x 24” sheet of paper
  • an object, book, picture or song that inspires you to share with your fellow students on the first day
  • art supplies will be provided but it’ll be good to bring special things you like using

Creative Writing:

  • Extra lead for pencils
  • Binder with paper and/or notebooks
  • Pens or colored pencils


  • Proper Footwear
  • Notebook to write down the words of wisdom you learn each day
  • Tissue box when you just feel like you have to cry out of physical and mental exhaustion
  • Reusable water bottles (then you can fill it with ice from the cafeteria) :)


  • Empty Notebook To Use As A Journal
  • Loose Clothes You Can Move In
  • A Hat With A Stiff Brim (Like a Bowler Hat)
  • For Musical Theatre Elective -> Sheet Music for Two Songs
  • Character Shoes 
  • Dance Shoes

Visual Arts:

  • sketchbook (although they apparently give you one anyway)
  • drawing board (optional?)
  • anything not found in a traditional art studio that you plan on using in a piece
  • beret (super important)
  • If you are in sculpture/ceramics, bring an apron and CLOSED TOED SHOES!
TFA ship names as consumer product brands
  • Finnpoe - Swedish furniture retailer, huge in the catalog business
  • Stormpilot - mid- to high-end headphones (“Beats By Stormpilot”), currently experiencing a surge in demand in international markets
  • Poefinn - sustainably sourced frozen gourmet seafood, recently landed a profile in the NYT (feature photo: the CEO gazing soulfully out at an extremely blue Atlantic Ocean, dark curls artfully tousled)
  • Finnrey - has made old-fashioned kitchen appliances since the 1800s, currently experiencing a revival among Millennials thanks to hip retro designs and a savvy marketing campaign, has an AMAZING stand mixer
  • Reyfinn - hunting rifle manufacturer, recently got into archery hunting, not as well-known as bigger name brands but has been selling reliable gear since 1956
  • Jedistorm - FitBit knockoff, popular in China where young people have hacked them into becoming a strange new dating trend somehow
  • Reylo - athletic clothing line designed by an up-and-coming hip-hop artist with Yeezy aspirations
  • R*ylo - local DJ/producer hoping to hit it big soon, will be opening for Passion Pit this Saturday at your favorite dance venue downtown
  • Kylux - ready-to-wear wannabe designer clothing brand available at mid-level mall retailers, particularly popular among young, upwardly mobile white women
  • Reylux - a big box home improvement retailer’s in-store brand of light fixtures and accessories
  • Kypoe - athletic drinks, fortified with the latest trendy superfood appropriated from South America
  • Darkpilot - AAA cyberpunk video game, wildly popular despite criticism that it’s “too derivative,” already on its fourth sequel
  • Jedistormpilot - one single absurdly expensive coffee brewing machine, designed within an inch of its life, currently being shopped around to coffee shops that have just spent thousands on the previous fashionably expensive coffee brewing machine
  • Finnreypoe - USB and memory card manufacturer, quietly supplies for bigger name brands
  • Poefinnrey - Engineering/architecture firm famous for narrowly losing the bid to build a controversial new Olympic stadium
  • Poerey - charming children’s TV show, currently playing on the iPad of the child nearest you
  • Jedipilot - Fast-casual chain restaurant widespread in Europe (pronounced “jeh-di-pi-LOH”)

Hi there boys and girls and girly boys and boyish girls. I was recently looking through some drawers and I found some old USB memory sticks lying in the dust. One of them had all my old YoGPoD drawings from 2011/2012. I had completely forgot putting these files on a memory stick, so I was rather surprised to see it all there. I am going to spend some time uploading these pictures, but it might take some time because there are just lots of stuff to go through.



For my first post i decided to make a “What’s in my backpack”

Let’s start with my agenda

1. It’s a good day to have good day 2016 Agenda:  I purchased this pretty agenda in december, in a store called Marshalls, it was around $8 and it has enough space on each day. It also includes stickers and I really liked that. 

2. My blue and green notebook: It’s just a simple notebook, since I’m an art student I am only taking one lecture class so I just need one notebook. 

3. Cute stickers: I purchased this cute stickers at Walmart. They were only .99 cents each and I use them to decorated my agenda. 

4. My black sketchbook: Like I said earlier, I am an art student, so I have to have a sketchbook. I recently got this one so it’s empty, but I will fill it up with things.

5. Camera Work book: My major is Photography, so I recently bought this book at the Art Institute of Chicago, and I am in love with it. I’ve been reading it for a while now and it’s coming with me to school.

6. My pens and pencil bag: I love to have with me tons of pens and highlighters, I really love to have them with me, it makes me want to have all my notes all cute. I have the same pen three times and that’s because it is my favorite, (Bic)
I also have my usb memories, and cute erasers. I bought my pencil bag at Marshalls and it was $3.99. And most of my supplies are from Walmart. 

7. My Frends headphones: I got this headphones on my birthday, they are my favorite headphones and I carry them with me everywhere, but I also have my regular earphones just in case.

8. My Macbook Air: I bought myself the laptop as a christmas present. My old laptop was getting so slow and it was giving me problems.

9. The North Face backpack: I got this backpack last summer and it is honestly the best thing ever. It’s big enough to carry all of my stuff, it has three different pockets and small zippers in side. Plus it’s purple with aqua green and those are my favorite colors. (around $60)

10. My canon camera: Since I’m a photography student, I have to take my camera with me to school and everywhere. I got it two summers ago and I love it.

I hope you like my first post on my blog!! 


Empty Memory 8GB - Transparency - Pure Black / Beyond Object

Empty Memory is a collection of unique USB memory sticks. Each design contains a physical emptiness in its sculptural form, evoking the metaphor of a blank space which can be filled with your own memory.

Beyond Object is a London based design label creating and distributing poetic objects globally - including desktop objects, accessories and tableware.

An informal language experiment

I heard a random language observation somewhere on the Internet: Regional differences are emerging in the anglosphere for the term for “a small data storage device you plug into a computer’s USB port,” even though they’ve existed in the mainstream for about seven or eight years.

Here’s an informal, unscientific experiment: Write a comment on this post stating which term you usually use, and specify roughly where you live. Choose from the following:

  • Flash drive
  • Memory stick
  • Thumb drive
  • USB drive
  • Another term (specify)
  • I know what this is, but I don’t have a specific term for it

I’ll get the ball rolling: I say “flash drive,” and I’m from Southern California. What term do you use?

anonymous asked:

What goes into the Origami box depends very much on what size paper you used, as well as what you have around and who you're gift-giving for and what they like. I've put marbles and single pieces of candy in boxes made from Memo pad Sheets, or a USB Memory stick or a stick of lipbalm, from multicolored paper specifically sold for Origami.




Custom USB flash memory




Someone in HJU forum pointed out the subtle nod towards previous series in this week’s episode of Kamen Rider Gaim.

During a scene in which Ryoma is looking at the files of the different prototypes that preceded the Sengoku Driver, we saw some of them were meant to use Fuestles (from KR Kiva), Cards (from KR Decade), USB memories (from KR W), Medals (from KR OOO), Switches (from KR Fourze), and Rings (from KR Wizard).

Also, the prototype that used USB memories was called prototype-W (a nod to KR W’s name) and prototype-U used donuts (KR Wizard’s favorite snack).

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Vintage Summer Carry

South Korean activist to air-drop 100,000 copies of Sony's The Interview over North Korea

Even if you didn’t end up finding The Interview to be funny at all, this move by a South Korean activist is pure comedy gold. 

from AP:

A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s “The Interview” toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un.

The comedy depicting an assassination attempt on Kim is at the center of tension between North Korea and the U.S., with Washington blaming Pyongyang for crippling hacking attacks on Sony Entertainment. Pyongyang denies that and has vowed to retaliate.

Activist Park Sang-hak said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie by balloon in North Korea as early as late January. Park, a North Korean defector, said he’s partnering with the U.S.-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation, which is financing the making of the DVDs and USB memory sticks of the movie with Korean subtitles.

Park said foundation officials plan to visit South Korea around Jan. 20 to hand over the DVDs and USBs, and that he and the officials will then try to float the first batch of the balloons if weather conditions allow.

“North Korea’s absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down,” Park said by telephone.

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I’m not even sure if North Koreans have DVD players, but if they do, I’m sure the North Korean police will be knocking on doors to do confiscations very soon.