The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals
by William T. Hornaday (this is a free ebook, available at
Project Gutenberg!) I had high hopes for this book because it has
a chapter called "The rights of wild animals". But it's been another
sad disappointment for the animals. The author got most of his
info from zoo animals, and the rest of his experience comes from
hunting animals to be displayed in museums. bleh.
Some of his
facts are just plain wrong, partly out of ignorance, partly from
the dominionist mindset. He frequently describes how stupid he
thinks the animals are. It's really quite disgusting, but interesting.
I'm also reading
The Year's Best Science Fiction, #20 edited by Gardner Dozois.
I'm about half way into the
book, and it's less than so-so. I've considered skipping some of the
stories, and I usually like Dozois' choices. eh.
I just finished reading Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche
(pretty lame. or perhaps, just over my head!) and
Essays on Art, by A. Clutton-Brock (okay, not terribly interesting).
The other day, I noticed that Tegan the guinea pig's house had a
loose connector. Instead of pushing it back together, I pulled it
apart to see if she would like the choice of coming out and going in.
Her house is on the floor, so she just has to go over the solid
plastic wall, four inches tall, to get out through the new door.
And she does: she comes and goes, with a little, non-graceful Jump.
Well, the 15 baby pea plants are doing well, but my little wildflower
seedlings are dying due to a lack of rain. Poor babies. I am not
going to water them, but I am trying to save a few by moving them
into a planter, which I will water. And none of the other seeds I
planted have been born. So, another year of garden failure. bummer.
"new" Doctor Who, on the SciFi channel. Yeah, I'm a Whovian.
huh, do they even use that term anymore?!
I happened to catch a movie called
Flight of the Navigator on tv
the other day. Good 80's science fiction. Made me want to see
The Last Starfighter again, and
Ice Pirates, and
Mad Max. I love these old scifi movies! I wish hollywood
still made these type of movies, but sadly, coming up with an
original idea/plot is quite beyond them.
I despise exercising and everything that has anything to do with it,
like sweat and tiredness. But I do like to walk when there is a
destination involved... Which is why I am very excited about my
Significant Other's new job. It is within walking distance, and I
walked my SO to work this morning! Walking to work is a most awesome,
earth-saving thing! Yay!