Today, I read an article about a woman with HIV who was raped. The man that attacked her is now HIV positive. All of the commentary surround this was about how she should have told him she was HIV+ and that women with HIV should have a badge or special underwear so that this doesn’t happen to another man. It is 12:12am and I am already done with the world.
That is rape culture
THIS POST WINS FOR THE MOST HORRIFYING THING I’VE READ ALL DAY
Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." 
more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.
Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.
Home made Catio!
Tai got to play in it for the first time today!
I’ve been working on and off on a catio (cat patio—in short, an outdoor enclosure) for my kitties. I know at least for Tai Lung (my boy kitty) must get bored inside, so I wanted a way for him to safely play outdoors without worrying if he’ll get lost, run over, or be attacked by other animals. But professionally made catios are expensive! ($2,000+) and even store bought enclosures can get pricey ($300+).
Luckily, I found this great tutorial on how to make your own catio inexpensively and without a need for tools using wire cubes! See more HERE
The materials, including the mats I used for the runways cost me under $100! (the decorations and foliage cost me extra, but I wanted it to look cute >.< )
I’m happy (and relieved) to say that Tai absolutely loves his new enclosure. He stayed outside for most of the day (until it got too dark and I lured him back inside with treats). Kona… well, she went outside ONCE and then quickly lost interest. Definitely an indoor kitty (can you tell by her old lady flab? it’s ok, I knew she probably wouldn’t get as much use out of it)
If you have an indoor kitty and would like a way for them to safely bask in the outdoors I’d definitely recommend this method. And the best part is you can make it as big or small as you want and continue to build and expand later!
Because it’s that sort of day.
Source: Laughing Squid
now this might seem like normal HUD stuff to you but I need to point something out
do you see this?
this is a RAINMETER skin. It’s made by Burnwell88, here’s the original upload of it: http://burnwell88.deviantart.com/art/TECH-A-298934441 and for any of you a little too lazy to open that link I’ll save you the effort because here’s his original upload of a preview of his rainmeter skin