Chatterday! Open Thread.

transparent-skinned frog, hanging from a twig. The frog's internal organs are visibleThis is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy.

What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in your part of the world? Feel free to add your own images. (Anna insists that these should only be of ponies, but I insist that very small primates, camelids, critters from the weasel family, smooching giraffes, and cupcakes are also acceptable.) Just whack in a bare link to a webpage, please – admin needs to deal with the HTML code side of things.

Today’s chatterday backcloth, a endangered transparent-skinned “glass frog” from the South American rainforest, comes from National Geographic, via Neatorama.

21 thoughts on “Chatterday! Open Thread.

  1. I am not motivated to do the work I’m paid for today. It’s like really bad. I’m awake because Adderall and caffeine whoa. But not exactly focused. I guess the awake is good, it’s progress.

  2. I just had that delightful experience where I discovered that something is displaying totally differently to people who are not me and am now mucking about trying to fix it while also trying to get ready to go to art openings. Best part of this story: mentioned this problem to Amanda and she said “oh, I totally thought that was on purpose!”

  3. Have tons of stuff to get done in a hurry, but play is stopped for pain. On the bright side, I am curled up at home with ginger biscuits

    I totally love the frog. That is seriously cool.


  4. I have spent virtually all of today too tired to stand up and really stressed because there is a MASSIVE PILE OF DISHES in the sink that needs taken care of and I know my dad is going to yell at me about it but I cannot stand up for five goddamned minutes let alone that at least an hour it’ll take to hand-wash that heap and the longer it gets put off the more there is and WHY CAN’T MY BODY AT LEAST SCHEDULE “my knees aren’t working so I can’t stand up” and “I am so fucking tired I can’t stand up” on the same day?!?!!


  5. I saw my new ortho for the first time this week. I don’t like him. He’s very tall and stood looming over me for half the consultation. Then when I asked him if he could sit down so that we could at least make eye-contact while we were talking, he refused. Then he had a good old poke at all my tender spots – no reassurance, no apologies, no acknowledgement that what he was doing was causing me pain. I don’t think I even registered as a person to him. I was just a lump of meat.

    Don’t like him. Don’t trust him. Don’t want to see him again.

  6. I just discovered I can’t attend my child’s school Valentine’s Day party (not a huge deal, but it would be fun for both of us), but it is scheduled at the same time as my rheumatologist appt, that I’ve been waiting for for a month, plus I need a pain med refill. Damn it.

  7. I need to see a dentist. I heard about one locally that takes our insurance (finally!)

    I want to eat something with ginger in it!

    I watched Terminator 4 and it’s… Okay… It’s watchable but it’s missing that classic Terminator feel. I have Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain that Wouldn’t Die at home so I’m hoping that’s good.

  8. Dogged – that really sucks. Dr Ego stands, I sit on the bench/thing, but I get chewed out if I don’t make eye contact with him.

    Ms. M – I hope your daughter understands, since you’re rheumatologist/insurance certainly won’t.

    My unhappy bit of medical stuff is pretty petty – Dr Ego just signed a sheet for this PT place, because that’s what they do for “everybody.” That was last Thursday. Friday, I made an appointment for this Thursday. There was no intake of breath at my insurance name, so going pretty good.

    It had to be canceled and I have to see my primary care doctor to get a referral to see the PT people. Yet another week delay.

    And the thing is we all know I have Tricare, we all know how it works, so stop going “Oh well, see your PCM” Dr Ego’s nurse!

    Also, my roommate moved out a couple weeks ago. I endangered her health and her schoolwork because I snored so loud that she couldn’t sleep more than 2 hours a night all last semester. But she never moved – I know you can do it, I did last year. (More complaints – why are you always asleep? why are you always in the room? Bah!)

    I expected her to move out because when I asked her to lock the door when she came in the room (sometimes it would be unlocked while she slept), she said it didn’t matter because she was moving. In September.

    But I can say that I moved back into a room with a roommate in it. Yet the school wants me to either pay for the empty half or do a lot of work to find a roommate. Or they’ll “consolidate” me. Consolidate away, I say! I ain’t doin’ jack. I didn’t move out, she did. I also told them I wasn’t physically moving, because it takes so much just to go classes that I can’t. “No guarantees.”

    Happy news – I’m at home for the weekend because I want to watch the Super Bowl and the Puppy Bowl with my mommy and my puppies.

    Also – Dean’s List again. School grade-wise, this comes easy to me. I mean, I struggled at the end to DO assignments, but I’m not like yes! Dean’s List again, I’m like yes, I passed! The Dean’s List isn’t so cool, because in elementary school we got these coupons for things like a free video rental and ice cream.

    I learned something this week. Say you get overheated in classrooms, but it’s freezing outside. So you go aha! and remember this one time last semester where you just changed in the bathroom from your warm pants to shorts. Yeah, I did that Thursday. Except it was raining Thursday. Oh, to keep things clean, I put the pants with wet cuffs in a plastic bag. One hour and 30 minutes later, I’m changing into wet pants. Duh, right?
    This compulsive need to overheat old drafty buildings when the school is incredibly broke never ceases to amaze and piss me off.

  9. It’s funny how something immediately seems much more fragile when it’s transparent (maybe because we do associate it with glass). Maybe it really is (in this case) is, but I could easily imagine that it is also possible that its skin is no less tough than the skin of other frogs of that size and build that are not transparent. Admittedly I know very little about frogs.

  10. Having those frogs would cut down on the need to do dissection in 7th grade science.

    Though slicin and dicin the fetal pic in 11th grade anatomy was freaky – I had to get the pig out of the bag and they looked so alive and so much like my dog… urgh! (Now the sheep’s eyeball was fine – I don’t mind the parts, but seeing the whole body?)

    The earthworm was probably the grossest, if only because we found out what that dark line was inside it. Probably from one of the kill joy tough middle school boys.

  11. I am having a relatively quiet week-end, which is not entirely a good thing given that I have way too much to worry about. I am rahter tired, but can’t really get a good night’s sleep.

  12. This weekend will be lovely and include a birthday party (not mine) and my further attempts to procure a weighted vest. All the ones I can find online are either made for children, too expensive, or both. I believe a weighted vest would help me deal with the stress of mondays… does anyone here know where I can get a good one?

  13. Camelids? You want ’em, you got ’em.

    A white llama, kneeling with body facing away from the camera. The llama is turning to look back at the camera with a slightly bemused expression

    My roomie and I are getting settled into our new place, which is missing a few things (a kitchen table, and curtains, and a plug for the bathtub, and so on). Until I install a curtain rod and get curtains for my room, I am shielded by a Frida Kahlo print. 🙂

  14. Any Americans watch the Super Bowl?

    I wanted to, but I watched the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet and horror of horrors, dozed off with 15 minutes to go! So when the football game started I was just bored.

    Puppy Bowl is still on and they have DVDs and squeeeeeeeee!

    Kitty half time show, and this year – bunny cheerleaders (they twitched their noses!) and hamsters in the blimp!

    Meanwhile, the real dogs at home were nice and soft too.

  15. I just heard what I consider to be pretty good news. Netflix is finally going to add captions as an option for instant watch. It’s a move long over due.

  16. @thetroubleis – really?! That is fantastic. I’ve been using the instant streaming for the last few months and was shocked to discover that CC wasn’t even an option. For the longest time, I thought I just hadn’t discovered the right button. After I read a help file that said it wasn’t available, I sent them an email to complain.

  17. @hsofia As far as I know yes. They mentioned it in press releases about adding HD movies. It’s about time, considering even Hulu and Youtube have captions, even if they aren’t on everything. Not that it’s okay okay that they aren’t on every, but the tech is obviously there.

  18. Sigh.

    Apparently they don’t have their recommended websites on their website.

    Here’s some pictures:

    The blurb reads:

    “Written by women with disabilities, this blog shares their stories as they deal with ableism in everyday life, the media and politics. Of particular interest is the “Ableist Word Profile” feature, in which writers explain why many commonly used words are disempowering to people with disabilities.”

    Personally, I’d say that the ableist word profile is the leasi interesting/useful for other people to know part of the blog. But it’s still nice that FWD is mentioned.

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