Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Oh the inhumanity--no sex for the sex geckos!

Okay, THIS has to be the saddest of the sex gecko headlines. THEY PROBABLY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE SEX. And yet they will be remembered across the internet as "sex geckos". What a gyp. They have to be wondering, in their Russian space sex gecko afterlife, whether it was even really worth it.

And when you think about it, "Space Sexplorer" probably looked AWESOME in the classified ads of the Gecko Times-Gazette. I bet it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a young lizard wishing to make his or her mark in the world of science. I think we owe it to these brave reptile cosmonauts to at LEAST honor them with a Lifetime Original Movie.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Inclusive Holiday Greeting Card

Trying to tweak a greeting card concept:
All the people(s) of the world unite...
To celebrate (rejoice in?) the return of the light.

We did something like this years ago--will try to find the images. Obviously Demetrius is my go-to guy for graphics, but I'd appreciate any help with the wording.


Ages ago, our ancestors, cold and fearful for their very survival, watched the winter skies for signs of the sun's return.

Each winter, we are still reminded that even in dark times, hope is waiting to be reborn inside each of us.

And just as the flame of one candle ignites another, so does hope become stronger and more brilliant as it spreads from one heart to another...until a better world is not a distant hope but a reality we have the power to create together.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Inter-species territory dispute

Winnie: Uh, excuse me. This is MY crate. Also, maybe you're not aware of this, but around here, I'm what's known as the "alpha".

Maddie: Yes, but you're the alpha DOG. As a cat, I'm not actually under your jurisdiction. I looked it up.

Winnie: Oh. I didn't realize. Well, I'm too tired to argue anyway. I guess we can share.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Discount Chocolate Day

Friendly reminder for folks who eat candy--especially chocolate don't forget to go out and buy discount chocolate:

 It may be hard to find that section in the store among all the Christmas stuff. But I suspect "Halloween" candy does not suddenly expire and become inedible on November 1...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Madonna or Madeline?

After calling this kitty Maddie, Madness, and Mad (right after her flea treatment), yesterday morning I was calling her and "Madeline" just kind of slipped out. So...

Thinking about changing my 1 year old cat's name to Madeline. (Bit of a refresher/background--I adopted her as an 11 week old kitten in January and she CAME with the name Madonna. The name always felt a tad awkward, but I didn't have any better ideas at the time.) Can still call her Maddie or whatever else springs from my lips at a given moment. LITERALLY no other human in the household cares, or even calls her by name. So, no help here, and I am REALLY undecided. Input please.

Addendum: For some reason I resisted calling her "Maddie" for a long time, and it still doesn't quite trip off the tongue. If Daughter had been a second son instead, I liked the name Matthew, but not Matt. Also, I did enjoy the Madeline books...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Operant Conditioning Lecture

Wow--this took an unbelievable number of attempts before I finally got it to work. Can you say "technical difficulties"?

Link to Rat Basketball Tutorial
Link to "How to Toilet Train Your Cat

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Classical Conditioning Lecture (Take 1)

Although I am not currently teaching psychology in an official (paid) context, I did devote a sizable chunk of my adult life to both learning and teaching this subject. I am loathe to let all of that learning go to waste, and also would hate to see my skills and knowledge base in this area erode.

So, I decided to create some video presentations. Maybe they will end up being helpful as "supplementary resources" for psychology students and instructors. This first attempt did not turn out as "clean" and "polished" as I really would have liked, but just finishing the presentation and converting it into video format proved much more daunting than I ever imagined. Mainly because my laptop kept crashing without warning while the PowerPoint was being converted into a video. I'm sure this will become easier, and the process with go more smoothly with practice.