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Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:49 pm
[personal profile] battlehamster headed off to the last 1318 LRP this morning, leaving Kheldar in charge of the house and me in charge of food provision. In years gone past this has meant that Kheldar's gooshy food has been served very, very late on a Friday night as I've hit classroom setup problems followed by public transport problems.

But with my new and improved working hours and commute I got home at pretty much the same time I have every night this week. So Kheldar's gooshy food was around about ten minutes late in arriving.

This is Kheldar's opinion of the matter:


There is just no pleasing some cats...
Friday, January 20th, 2017 03:06 pm

Posted by Melissa McEwan

I've had a number of spontaneous conversations with a bunch of different folks today about getting tattoos of resistance. So, in case you, like many of my friends, are thinking about the subject, here's a thread for discussion!

Most of my ink is a reference to resistance of one sort or another, but, tattooed on my right forearm is the Clan McEwan motto: Reviresco. It means: "We grow strong/verdant again."

I am feeling pretty good about that right now.

image of REVIRESCO tattooed on my arm
Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:36 pm

Posted by Helen Davidson, Calla Wahlquist and agencies

Police say there is no terrorism link after car drives at speed down Bourke Street in the city’s centre, leaving at least 15 others injured

• Four dead, 20 injured as car ploughs into pedestrians – as it happened

Four people have been killed, including a 10-year-old child, and at least 15 injured after a car drove into pedestrians in Bourke Street, one of the busiest areas in Melbourne’s central business district.

Victoria police said on Friday afternoon the victims were a child and a man and a woman, both in their 30s. None of the dead were believed to be related. A fourth victim, a 33-year-old man, died in hospital on Friday night.

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Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:36 pm

Posted by Alan Yuhas (now), Tom McCarthy and Matthew Weaver (earlier)

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Police and firefighters have extinguished the fire that burnt out a black limousine at 13th and K, but protesters are hovering at the scene despite the orders to back away.

“We’ve heard a few interspersing explosions,” my colleague Lauren Gambino reports from the scene. “People are throwing bottles at the police.”

Day One pic.twitter.com/N3MiDgyNIY

13th and K pic.twitter.com/WrodyM5jLN

The parade rolls on DonaldTrump, his wife Melania and his 10-year-old son Barron walk and wave alongside their armored limousine.

Someone has lit a limo on fire and tagged we the people pic.twitter.com/CyvsGzEfie

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Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:00 pm

Posted by Ed Aarons

• Watford and West Ham were also interested in 23-year-old striker
• Berahino has not played for West Brom since September

Stoke City have completed the signing of Saido Berahino, beating off competition from Watford and West Ham United. Mark Hughes has shown interest in the West Bromwich Albion striker in the past two transfer windows and the Stoke manager had thought his hopes of sealing a transfer were fading.

However, with Berahino’s contract expiring in the summer and the 23-year-old having failed to make a first-team appearance since September, West Brom were keen to resolve the issue before the end of the month and accepted a bid of an initial £12m, with a further £3m potentially due in bonuses. Berahino has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

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Friday, January 20th, 2017 08:57 pm

Posted by Lois Beckett

On a bus bound for the inauguration in Washington, backers of the new president explain their views: ‘He isn’t putting people down’

On the bus, in the morning darkness, Steph and Brandi put on their makeup, using a phone as a mirror.

Stephanie Friess and Brandi Tillman have been friends since high school, and now they were on their way from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington to celebrate the man who had given them a brand new country.

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Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:35 pm

Posted by Cathleen O'Grady

Enlarge (credit: Aachen Zoo (Wikimedia Commons))

Even though bats and birds didn't evolve from a common ancestor, they both have wings. This phenomenon, called convergent evolution, sees species in similar ecological niches evolving similar adaptations—not because they’re closely related, but because they’re faced with the same evolutionary problems.

Giant pandas and red pandas are a great example of this. They diverged around 43 million years ago, with giant pandas in the family Ursidae along with other bears, and red pandas as the lonely living representatives of the family Ailuridae, more closely related to ferrets (take a look at giant pandas and red pandas on this zoomable tree of life). But both kinds of panda are unique among the carnivores in that they're exclusively herbivores.

That lifestyle choice has apparently left similar marks on their genomes, as a team of researchers found when they sequenced the red panda genome.

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Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:12 pm

That annoying thing when you wake up pre-dawn and two hours later it's still pre-dawn and you realise you're 12 hours out.

And then two hours later realise it's not the day you thought it was either.

I had to check the modification date on a file I knew I saved earlier to confirm I haven't entirely missed Friday, which means I was so tired Thursday and Friday have merged together in my head. I can vaguely remember thinking I must check Friday's webcomics, which is more confirmation, but I don't think I managed to actually do that. It also explains why there was one less helping of soup in the fridge than I expected at lunchtime.

I can sort of piece it together, Thurday night's sleep was more two or three hours trying to doze followed by eventually giving up and going downstairs, rather than actual sleep, but that led to a crash-dive onto the couch sometime late-afternoon, and staggering to bed sometime after dark. When I woke up and the alarm said 6:30 I definitely thought that was AM, not PM, so at this point I'm really, really glad I rolled over and slept another hour.

But that still means I may only have had 4 hours sleep in the last 56(?) hours.

I'm not sure I'll manage to get back into a proper sleeping rhythm, and at this point I'd even settle for nocturnally awake, until I'm rid of this damned cold, which is clinging on by the claws in the back of my throat and proving annoyingly difficult to get rid of. It's really not much more than sniffles and a cough, but just enough to disturb you as you drift towards sleep.