1. Jesse’s coming over tomorrow and I’m gonna make him watch Steven Universe. I’m v excited
2. I’m probably gonna make Karl watch Steven Universe before he leaves for his show
3. Karl and Jesse are probably gonna room together this fall and honestly they are like my most favoritest people and the fact that they will both be within fifteen minutes of me is so !!! I’m so excited I can go bother them all the time and they can come hang out with me and Katelyn and our cats
4. I did not play Animal Crossing today. Do my animals miss me?
5. Maybe I can get through this semester
6. You still need a job, though, Kara.
7. Well I’m working on that, geez.
8. I’m knitting my first ever sock!!! It’s a big endeavor wow. And I’m modifying the pattern cause my needles are the wrong size. I live on the edge.
9. Gotta get back on top of VOX stuff and do my hw. I can do it. I think.
10. Like, I’m smart enough. I just don’t put the time in. Probably because of depression and all the rest of that shit.
11. I was stressing abt hw and Jesse was trying to make me feel better and he said I’m smarter than him, and that I’m also smarter than a sprinkler. Even the new advanced sprinklers. Somehow that helped
12. I think too much.


Comb Duck and Knob-Billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) -

Comb ducks are one of the largest species of duck, and they are the only members of the genus Sarkidiornis.  There are two subspecies of comb duck.  They differ only slightly by size and color.  These ducks are common in pan-tropical regions of Madagascar, southern parts of Asia and northern parts of Argentina.  

Male ducks have a large knob on their beaks and are larger than females.  Juveniles are more mottled and their feathers are duller brown.  As they mature, their wings become black and iridescent, and their breasts and undersides become whiter.  They live and feed in groups, eating mostly water vegetation and sometimes fish.  Unlike many other ducks, they prefer to perch in trees.

Photos: (top) (bottom left) (bottom right)


Malaysian Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus) -

True to its name, they are native to Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Singapore.  Aeluroscalabotes is the only genus in its family, and this gecko is the only species in that genus.  The term cat gecko comes from the habit of curling its tail at rest and wrapping it around itself as it sleeps.  

Unlike most geckos, it does not have the adhesive feet pads.  Instead, it climbs trees using small claws and its prehensile tail.  It is thought to be one of the more primitive species of gecko.  Its small build likens it to some fossilized gecko ancestors. 

Their coloration can vary from yellow to red, and their eyes can be black, silver and sometimes a dark green.  They are nocturnal and not picky eaters.  In certain regions, they are protected from poaching for pet trade, but in other areas, populations are unknown. 

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Gonatodes (Gonatodes daudini)-

Gonatodes is a genus of dwarf geckos that include many different species. Almost every species has a dramatic and unique color variation (in the males mostly). They mostly live in the forests of South America although some have adapted to live in cities and have been taken as pets.

They eat almost any bug that they can swallow.  Some species of Gonatodes are becoming critically endangered due to deforestation.

Most of the species have pointed noses and are rather narrow in body size.  However Gonatodes Daudini, shown here is the only one with large  scales, bright orange irises and the 3 eye shaped patterns displayed by the males. 

Photos: Strategy Forum INC on Flickr 


Aardwolf (Proteles Christata) - 

Despite its name, the aardwolf is a member of the hyena family.  It is smaller than its Hyaenidae cousins and it does not hunt large prey.  Instead, it has a modified, long sticky tongue that it uses to eat insects and termites.  Occasionally, it will scavenge for carrion.  Because of its diet, sometimes their teeth wear or fall out.

They are nocturnal and live in burrows.  They are social and pairs will both work to raise cubs.  However during foraging, they will typically separate and feed alone.  

Since they cannot run very quickly, they rely on their foul smelling spray, and their mohawk like manes that can be raised to seem more threatening. 


January 21st 1950: George Orwell dies

On this day in 1950, the acclaimed English writer George Orwell died in London aged 46. He was born in 1903 as Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, as his father was a colonial civil servant there, though moved to England while still an infant. The aspiring writer penned his first poem when he was four years old, and had his first poem published in a newspaper at age eleven. Blair studied at the prestigious Eton school, and went on to work for the imperial police in Burma. After he returned to England, he adopted the pseudonym George Orwell and published his first book - Down and Out in Paris and London - in 1933. Even in his early works Orwell demonstrated a keen interest in political issues, and offered a sharp critique of the British class system and colonialism. In 1936 he joined the international brigades fighting in the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Republicans, against the fascist Francisco Franco. He was injured in the fighting in Spain, and his health didn’t improve when he returned to England, where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He continued to write, and worked for the BBC for a couple of years as a propagandist during the Second World War, before resigning in 1943. It was after he left the BBC that Orwell wrote his two most famous works - Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). The former is an allegorical satire of the Soviet Union, as while a socialist himself, Orwell had become disillusioned with Stalin’s betrayal of communist ideals. The latter is a dystopian novel, set only thirty-five years after it was written, that envisioned a world characterised by excessive government control and curtailment of civil liberties. This novel introduced several phrases into the lexicon that are still used today, including ‘Big Brother’, 'doublethink’, 'Room 101’, and 'thought-police’. Orwell achieved great success with these two works, but sadly lost his ongoing struggle with tuberculosis in 1950.

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
- George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
- George Orwell, Animal Farm


Thanks to all the new followers, and rhamphoctheca especially!! I’m feeling good today, so today is my favorite animal (currently).

Ground Pangolin or Cape Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii or Manis temminckii) - 

This terrestrial insectivore can grow up to about 3.5 feet and weigh around 40 lbs.  The pangolin is the only mammal to be covered in hard keratin scales.  They are stalky, robust animals that trek about on their stubby hind legs, and use their large tails for balance.  They travel like this to protect their sharp claws that they need for digging and hills and termite mounds. 

Mostly nocturnal, they spend the day curled up in burrows, usually of other animals.  Their scales make for poor insulation, but excellent protection against predators and sharp rocks in its burrow.  They have an excellent sense of smell and can detect underground insect nests.  While digging and feeding, it can close its ear holes, nostrils and eyes, each covered with thick skin to protect against bites.  Their 6 inch tongues are stored in a pouch in its throat.  Baby pangolins (bottom right) hold on to their mothers’ backs, similar to anteaters. 

All Asian and African pangolins are in danger of illegal hunting, habitat invasion and poaching.

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