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Capybara dance party and open thread

Sometimes reading manosphere stuff turns my brains to mush. So let’s take a little break, with the assistance of a bunch of capybaras. Also this is an open thread.

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Nequam
Nequam
3 months ago

That last one’s not a capybara, though it’s still cute. Can’t place *what* it is though.

Dalillama
3 months ago

@Nequam
That’s a rock hyrax

DexX
DexX
3 months ago

How dare you adulterate our capybara purity with a hyrax! [fetches torches and pitchforks]

Crip Dyke
3 months ago

It’s about ethics in capybara journalism.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 months ago

Capybara are friend-shaped.

Robert Haynie
Robert Haynie
3 months ago

I’m going to differ from everyone else here and admit that I don’t find capybara’s that cute or attractive.

To me, they look like furry bricks.

Rather ridiculous furry bricks at that.

Because they’re kind of brick shaped.

And furry.

What?

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
3 months ago

@Robert: I hear ya. Yet somehow that still spells adorable to me. I personally don’t get people’s obsessions with monkeys.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 months ago

@robert : I don’t think the capibaras are cute by way of form. They are cute by way of being perpetually chill and never being bothered by other animals or humans.

If people were more like capibara in behavior, the world would be a better place.

Allandrel
Allandrel
3 months ago

Capybaras ARE cute, but they will always lose the Cute Rodent Contest to cavies/guinea pigs, who are basically hobbits in rodent form.

Since this is an open thread: I am getting worried about my nephew.

He’s 22 and has been in the Army for 2 years (has not yet been in a combat zone), and he seems to be unthinkingly picking up right-wing propaganda. While he recognizes individual cops (e.g. Chauvin) as terrible people, he does not accept that as member of an organization, that organization is culpable for their actions. Even the fact that murderous cops almost invariably suffer no consequences is, he insists, just evidence of a second terrible person in the organization, rather than a problem with the organization itself.

A lot of this seems to be naivete from youth. When he brought up the “good cops” who hate the bigoted, murderous cops, I asked him if he knew what usually happens to the good cops who try to stop abuse and corruption within their department. He answered “They join IA.” Uh… no. They have their careers destroyed for “causing trouble.” (Murdering an unarmed POC: fine. Exposing a murderous cop: Bad. See also any religious organization accused of abuse.) He does not believe that Chauvin actually being convicted was an outlier.

The idea of institutional responsibility seems to evade him. He repeated the “a few bad apples” myth, even as I point out that the phrase goes on to say “spoil the barrel.” He even said that blaming an entire law enforcement agency for the actions of those “few bad apples” was comparable to blaming the mentally ill for mass shooters, which… hoo boy, that’s another essay, but needless to say it REALLY cheesed me off, and not just because I am mentally ill. (Short version: The mentally ill are not an organization entrusted with upholding the law.)

He refuses to accept that some agencies, such as ICE or our own city’s infamous PD, are fundamentally bad and cannot be reformed, only dismantled and replaced. He does not accept that reforms have always had to be forced on recalcitrant police departments, who often just ignore them, and what this says about the organization itself – that it is not a good organization that is not working as it wants, but a bad one that LIKES how it works. (Consider the absurdly lax “escalation of force” rules that police must theoretically follow, which are far less stringent than those that my nephew and his fellow soldiers must follow in an active warzone.)

He also seems to have unthinkingly accepted reactionary propaganda in other areas. Despite immediate LGBT family and having grown up knowing many, many LGBT people, he views trans rights as a “both sides” issue, parroting anti-trans “recruiting kids” libel straight out of the TERF handbook, but was completely unaware of what a TERF is.

I don’t know how to approach him over this (currently limited to phone and internet communication as he is back on base). Just sending him links to articles or videos may not be productive.

Sophiab
Sophiab
3 months ago

1) Best rodent = pika (put the sound on if you google that)

2) I’m all over the place about going back to normal. I think I’m in like the 10% most cautious here, so on one hand everything is going too fast, I’m still not vaccinated (will get as soon as possible, just not yet possible), do we really need overseas holidays that bad this summer? I’m scared of variants, I would rather be too cautious now than have another year or two if this.
But it’s weirder than that. The few meeting ups I’m having I can’t feel enthusiastic about until its almost happening. Once things get started, I love it, but I’m having to drag myself to do it, which I never had before.

3) has anyone found they just have less to talk about/more silence lately? Oh what have you done the last few months? Oh, we went to one thing, you? Oh someone had a cold so we stayed at home lately…

Surplus to Requirements
Surplus to Requirements
3 months ago

Remember that newborn volcano in Iceland I commented about way back when it started? It looked something like this:

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Well, it has been erupting nonstop since its birth and now look at it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiD5qwDqmrE

That whole valley has been flooded with lava and it’s spilling over into nearby ones. It’s turned into something of a tourist attraction, since it’s apparently fairly safe to get close to the edge of the lava from upwind, as long as that edge is not moving toward you.

Impressive what nature can do when it decides to do a little non-urban renewal …

Viscaria
Viscaria
3 months ago

@Sophiab

2) I’m all over the place about going back to normal.

I feel this. I mean, things aren’t going back to any sort of normalcy for a while where I live, but I really wish I could be excited about the proposed timeline for the loosening of restrictions. I wish I could greet the idea of restaurant patios soon being open for parties from different households with excitement, and maybe if we had halfway competent leadership here, I could. Unfortunately, I know the timeline is politically motivated, not scientifically, so it just kind of makes me more sad knowing I’ll have to refuse any invites that come my way.

I think I would be happier if we could get away for a weekend and camp, just to be anywhere but home. That can be done pretty safely and with regard to the safety of others if you do all your shopping and gas up and whatever at home. Unfortunately, my husband and I really can’t go anywhere together because our cat needs twice-daily meds, and while we’ve talked about it, we really don’t think we could ask anyone to take over that responsibility for us. I’d rather have the cat than the vacation, but wouldn’t it be great to have both.

Woof, that was a lot of whining. Um, on the positive side, those capybaras are A+.

Last edited 3 months ago by Viscaria
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meani
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meani
3 months ago

And now, for something light and funny: folks from the US were asked to label a map of Europe, while Europeans were asked to label a map of the US.

https://unofficialnetworks.com/2020/05/13/funny-american-map/

Let’s just say if these pics are any indication of the entire lot of maps done, then no-one on either side of the ocean have geography teachers worth crap. 😀

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

Viscaria, Sophiab, I’m with you both. This whole time has been so weird. Does anyone else find that they have a hard time getting anything done, even with more “free time”? I feel like I have no motivation.

We’re getting back to normal here (schools back on, businesses opening), and though our case numbers are low, I’m worried that this will cause a spike just in time for summer vacation. So I’m dubious.

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 months ago

How about a capybara pool party?

@Viscaria: Could you take your cat with you? I know it can be a pain, to travel with a pet.

@Allandrel: Your nephew might “see the light” once he gets more life experience. I hope he does.

Viscaria
Viscaria
3 months ago

@Doormousing_it: That would be a good idea, but he’s very old and sick and likes his comfy life and his regular spots.

I really shouldn’t have complained, and I feel guilty about saying anything because around a year ago they told us he was terminally ill, so it’s actually such a gift that he’s still around. Any inconvenience is nothing compared to how happy we are to still have him in our lives, and it’s going to be hard when he finally does have to say goodbye.

Maybe what we should do is take more walks outside to get that feeling of being literally anywhere other than here 🙂

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
3 months ago

Maybe what we should do is take more walks outside to get that feeling of being literally anywhere other than here

We do that. Walk every day, sometimes just around the area, but usually we head up to the cemetery and wander for a while. It’s a peaceful, green place full of birds, and isn’t “same four walls.”

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Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

Did anyone else see this post and immediately start singing “Capybara dance now! Uh Uh Uh Ah Uh Uh Uh…”?

No; just me then.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
3 months ago

Capybara poem:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/52653/unit-of-measure

@Viscaria: We had to go out of town when we had a cat who needed twice-daily meds. We asked our vet if he knew of anyone who could do it, and he gave us the name of an ex-tech who now runs a pet-sitting business locally. We got our vacation, kitty got fed and pilled, it all worked out. It cost money, of course, but getting away for 5 days was so good for us.

If your vet can’t recommend anyone off-hand, there’s always Yelp and whatnot. Gotta be someone who can come in and do kitty medicating. Search for “pet sitting near me”.

I am still leery of going out any more than I did. We did go to a restaurant (outside) last weekend, but everyone wore masks except when eating and was distanced, plus it was only our bubble.

I am still going to wear a mask for the near future. I figure it will keep out pollen and dust as well as germs. And later this summer, wildfire smoke.

Socializing isn’t coming back soon. There’s nothing really to say. in terms of small talk. “So whatcha been doing the past year?” “Sitting inside, on my computer.” “Yep.” I didn’t bake sourdough or take up yoga or anything, I’ve just existed, and so have most people I know. Some of them had to take care of their kids, and that’s the only way they differ from me, and they don’t want to talk about it.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
3 months ago

@Alan: Well, NOW I’m thinking that. Thanks?

@Viscaria: My kitty was at the same state as yours when we had our vacation. She’s gone now, so I grok.

From the poem I linked:

“Everything is mistaken for a Brazilian dance craze
more or less frequently than the capybara.”

Capybara dance now!

Last edited 3 months ago by GSS ex-noob
Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 months ago

@Viscaria: Oh, I see. My spouse and I also put travel plans on hold, when our cat, Perry, began her decline. The vet estimated she’d live around 6 months longer; she lived 18 more months.

We also once took another cat along with us on a road trip, so we could be certain she ate her low-protein canned cat food. (Her kidneys were slowly failing – the typical elderly cat problem.). She died about a month after our trip ended.

I live in Brood X cicada territory. I can’t believe how noisy these bugs are, especially at dawn and dusk. They sound like whirring machinery, to me. I don’t remember them being as noisy in 2004.

I’m trying to get up the courage to cook with them. I think I’d like to put them in a stir-fry. Maybe try cicada patties. I’m curious.

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
3 months ago

@Allandrei: That’s rough, especially since new information tends to be rejected when it conflicts with their held beliefs. This video has some ideas about how to approach someone with different viewpoints and how you can maybe persuade them. Hope it helps.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
3 months ago

I always love an adorable rodent of unusual size.

I did get some bad news week that a friend/acquaintance (never know where to draw the line between the two) went in to the ER for GI problems and it turned out to be colon cancer that has metastasized and there’s nothing that can really be done. So from what I gather he’s probably going to die before to long. I’m not super close to him, he’s a good friend of my best friend, but I’ve known him for probably about 20 years now. So I’m okay, but still pretty fucking bummed about it. Also feeling awkward and not sure what I should be doing to be there for my best friend, who’s kind of a wreck right now.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
3 months ago

@ weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Ooof, that’s a rough one. My neighbor just died of it and it isn’t kind. Basically, I guess, if your friend is open to advice, the best thing you can do is advise them to be there for their right friend now, and not draw away. Extreme pain meds will come fast and rob them of remaining time.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

@ Alan,

Did anyone else see this post and immediately start singing “Capybara dance now! Uh Uh Uh Ah Uh Uh Uh…”?

Well…it was just you…

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

@ WWTH, I’m so sorry to hear that. (Sorry also for my tone-deafness; I replied to Alan’s comment before reading all the comment-thread). I hope your best friend is able to spend lots of time with him. I completely sympathize with feeling awkward; it’s hard to know what to do or say in situations like this.

FWIW, in my experience your best friend will probably be struggling to take care of their own mundane life-details (like cooking); would that be something you could take on? Or babysitting if that’s relevant? Tell me to can it if I’m not being helpful; of course you’ll know best what works for you and your BF at this time. Internet hugs to you if you want them.

Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

@ bookworm in hijab

As part of something I’m working on at the moment, I’m delving into old laws about cats. You might find this interesting.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=PRczAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA77&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

None of this actually relevant to the brief; I’m just easily distracted.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

Alan, I love it! I must now track down a copy!

Also, as this is an open thread, have you watched BBC 4 “We Are Ladyparts”? It’s my new favourite show. (If you’re wondering, I see myself as a cross between Amina and Momtaz 🤣)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MPqzoAjxvl4

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

Alan, just to clarify, it was the veterinary medicine one, right? The link was weird for me, but that book showed up in a sidebar so I assumed it was the one!

Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

@ bookworm in hijab

have you watched BBC 4 “We Are Ladyparts”?

I haven’t actually seen it (don’t have a telly); but it was recommended to me and I have seen some online clips. I like what I saw. I have a soft spot for band stories; and this was very funny, and actually quite relatable. I know a few people like some of the band members in real life.

And yes, the vet book. The cat rescue bit was interesting. I seem to recall also, that there’s a story from Japan about some emperor who cut his sleeve off rather than wake someone. Which led to a fashion at court for single sleeved kimonos.

Full Metal Ox
3 months ago

@Alan Robertshaw:

And yes, the vet book. The cat rescue bit was interesting. I seem to recall also, that there’s a story from Japan about some emperor who cut his sleeve off rather than wake someone. Which led to a fashion at court for single sleeved kimonos.

I’ve never heard a Japanese version of that story, but the Chinese legend about Emperor Ai and his lover Dong Xian led to the term “cut-sleeve” for a gay man; you’ll encounter it a lot in danmei (Chinese m/m romance)—and yes, it’s an outlaw genre, and yes, it’s profitable, and yes, the creators are forever doing an anxious balancing act between how attentive the government is at this particular instant, what the fandom wants, and what the drama and animated adaptations have latitude to do.

https://www.reddit.com/r/wikipedia/comments/mt6ixr/a_chinese_idiom_for_homosexuality_is_斷袖之癖/ (Note that this link also brings up the story of the Prophet Muhammed and his cat Muezza, although I’ve never seen the two shipped.)

Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

@ full metal ox

Ah yes; that’s the one I was thinking of! Now I feel a bit guilty for conflating Japan and China.

But speaking of accommodating animals and the East, I am really hoping to be able to check out this. Now we’re allowed to travel.

https://www.japanhouselondon.uk/whats-on/2021/a-playground-for-non-humans-at-the-architectural-association/

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
3 months ago

@Surplus to Requirements

Remember that newborn volcano in Iceland I commented about way back when it started?

Oooh yes, we’ve been following its progress almost daily. I do admit to missing ‘Northy’ and ‘Southy’ (the original double cone) but the current one is pretty impressive. I hope the town of Grindavik will ultimately be ok.

Mostly_Lurking
Mostly_Lurking
3 months ago

TBH, David, I don’t know how you do this all the time. Thanks for your tireless efforts and cute gifs.

Chris Oakley
Chris Oakley
3 months ago

I love me some capybaras.

mouse sparrow
mouse sparrow
3 months ago

@weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Oh no, I’m having severe GI issues right now myself but I’m too anxious to make appointments to check it out.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
3 months ago

I wonder if the Minassian-like murder of 4 Muslims in Canada was incel-related as well as an obvious Islamophobic hate crime. 75% of the murder victims were women.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Big Titty Demon – I just looked that up, that’s horrible. I’m so angry that this keeps happening in Canada (or anywhere, but it feels worse when it’s close to home).

@mouse sparrow – Anxiety can also do nasty things to your gut, just speaking from experience (being anxious + not sleeping well can bring diarrhea plus really painful cramps).

But if you can, I’d get things checked out, because there might be something even if it’s not serious (e.g. allergies/intolerances) and even if it’s serious it’s not necessarily life-threatening. One of my friends from choir has a condition where she can’t digest gluten (I forget the name at the moment) and things were much, much more manageable when she got diagnosed and knew what foods to avoid.

Granted, anxiety is a thing. I was terrified getting my first COVID shot last week, even though I knew *logically* that it was probably okay.

Full Metal Ox
3 months ago

@epitome of incomrepehensibility:

One of my friends from choir has a condition where she can’t digest gluten (I forget the name at the moment) and things were much, much more manageable when she got diagnosed and knew what foods to avoid.

If you’re talking about celiac, that’s comorbid with, and contributes, to, a lot of things that can kill you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeliac_disease

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
3 months ago

Often mistaken for celiac is a bad reaction to FODMAPs, which presents with basically the same symptoms. I had a friend who had all the tests for celiac but was just fine with gluten, yet had the same problems till in desperation she tried the anti-FODMAP diet and lo, her gut STFU.

And then there’s just plain old wheat allergy.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

Big Titty Demon, Epitome of incomprehensibility,

The kids in that family are around the same age as mine. I keep thinking of that poor boy whose family were killed…they keep saying his injuries “aren’t serious” but that’s just the physical ones; I don’t think anyone really recovers from something like this. I can’t even write any more about this right now. It’s too close to home.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Full Metal Ox – Yes, celiac disease, thanks! And sorry that I wasn’t clear – I didn’t mean to say that celiac or other conditions aren’t life-threatening, but rather that many things have treatment options and aren’t an automatic death sentence.

In a clumsy way, I was trying to indicate why it’s good to get recurrent problems checked out…but I know this isn’t always easy, either emotionally or resource-wise. So, sending encouragement to anyone who’s in a similar situation.

And to @Bookworm in hijab and everyone who’s in any way affected by the recent terrorist attack. My solidarity – nothing like that should ever happen.

Last edited 3 months ago by epitome of incomrepehensibility
Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
3 months ago

@Bookworm in Hijab

I don’t mean in any way to prompt you to respond here when you are overwhelmed, I’m only agreeing with you 100%. No one counts the injuries to his psyche as actual injuries, but how can he possibly recover from seeing all the closest adults in his life suddenly murdered right in front of him? Unbelievable that he should have to suffer this because of some hate-filled assrag.

Bookworm in hijab
Bookworm in hijab
3 months ago

@ Big Titty Demon,

Thank you, yes, that’s exactly it! Just in general, our society doesn’t acknowledge emotional, mental, spiritual wounds as serious (See also our attitudes towards mental health). But IMO they can be the worst kinds of wounds, the hardest to deal with, the hardest to admit to, the hardest to find support for.

(I don’t at all feel you’re pressuring me btw – honestly I’m just glad, though that’s probably not the word, to see anyone acknowledging this. No one at my work said anything to me today, and we usually pride ourselves as a staff on how aware we are of injustice. For myself, emotionally I’m passing into the “furious” stage rather than the “shocked denial” stage).

Any Mammotheers in London ON, or Ontario generally, I hope you’re doing ok. I don’t know the London area well, but I know a lot of parts of Ontario, and I’m so sorry your communities and your province are going through this. I get the sense the general London response has been overwhelmingly supportive, though.

Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

One of the many benefits of hosting the G7, apart from the warships in the bay and anonymous looking people whispering into their lapels when you take a shortcut past the venue, is that the government gave the council a £65 million bribe to make up for the hassle.

So got to see this tonight. Part of a series of short films by local creative types. Must confess I was very pleasantly surprised by how good this is. Well worth a watch if you want to know a bit more about the reality of living here.

https://www.screencornwall.com/news-events/behindthepostcard

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
3 months ago

@Alan: They don’t talk into their sleeves any more? How disappointing.

Alan Robertshaw
3 months ago

@ gss ex noob

When it looks like they’re talking into their sleeves they’re actually keying the transmit button on their collar/lapel mics.

(I know that as we were able to ‘borrow’ some of the radios when we did the assault course thing)

Mostly_Lurking
Mostly_Lurking
3 months ago

Reminds me of something I saw recently. Pelican tries to eat capybara, capybara gives zero fucks:

https://gfycat.com/briskflakycapybara

I mean, that’s pretty damn chill to act so nonchalant towards something trying to eat you.

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
3 months ago

Capybaras DGAF about most things. Particularly in captivity, when they don’t have to worry about predators. Even in the wild, they let birds stand on them all the time.

Dalillama
3 months ago

Apparently some states actually issue FOID cards. It’s short for Firearm Owner ID card, I wonder how gun-owning incels there deal with it.