Fuck yeah social movements (and fur seals!) - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 27th, 2011
09:12 am - Fuck yeah social movements (and fur seals!)
So I got a very good mark for the Anonymous essay - good enough so that if I turn up for my presentation next Monday and hand in a piece of paper with my name on it for the final essay, I'll still pass the course. But naturally, that isn't good enough - I want to kick this course's arse. It's the last major requirement fulfilment one and a topic that really interests me so BOO FUCKING YAH.
Anyway, some people expressed an interest in reading this essay. I'm still not happy with it, I still think it's trite and I know there's information that's inaccurate in there in the absence of ability to expand on some ideas. However, I'm willing to put my neck on the block and allow people who are actually From The Internet to read it. But it's 4000 words and I'm fucked if I'm taking all the refs out, so instead of making a post I am going to ask you - do you want to read it? If so, let me know and I'll post it limited to only people who actually want to see it.
This lil guy was sitting on the seawall this morning having a scratch. It looks to be an adolescent and is thus still quite cute, and was studiously ignoring all the people that were surrounding it.
Did I mention my Dad was a dolphin trainer? Yeah. That means I spent my childhood helping him feed/muck out/doctor the seals and various other marine mammals. And this lil guy is not well. It's skinny and scratching for as long as it took me to walk past indicates not just a passing itch but an irritation. And wild seals don't often rock up in the harbour - they live around the south coast where they get goggled at less often and there aren't boats and things.
I'm gonna hazard a guess and say this one has been in some kind of altercation and that's a healing wound it's scratching. It's possibly been chased off or gone off from its colony to heal and ended up in the harbour because there are lots of small fish there and not many other seals. It's probably skinny due to this and being young and not so flash at hunting yet. I'm also gonna hazard a guess and say it'll be ok - ok enough so that calling DoC to come chase it around to check it over would probably do it more harm than good. If it's itching, it's healing.
Wow, that's a lot to surmise from a brief glimpse of an animal's behaviour as you walk past. OHAI, the things you learn as a shepherd with a history of marine mammal husbandry! Hehe of course I might be talking out of my arse and there'll be a corpse there when I walk past tonight, but I'd put money on this lil guy hanging around for a few days and then buggering off back out to sea.
This afternoon I'm going to do the pre-settlement inspection of the apartment. It's the first time I've seen it since I signed the purchase agreement back in June (yes, I have been resisiting sneaking up there and peeking in the windows). This is exciting, although the agent tells me there are 'things I should see'. I am hoping that doesn't mean holes in the walls or a missing hot water cylinder. I suspect what it means is that the tenants (who were the owner's son and his friend) have left without cleaning it and maybe left some stuff around. If that's the case, would I be within my rights to ask for a commercial service to be engaged to sort it out? Cos cleaning it before I can live there doesn't appeal all that much eh?
But but but - seeing mah place! *SQUEE*
Finally, an interesting piece on why #OccupyWallStreet is different. Points out something that more people should be aware of - the generation currently in their 20s are the first generation for a very long time to be worse off than their parents. And some commentary on the accusation of being disorganised.