Cats and Chocolate

Happy Caturday evening – hope you are all curled up with a cat or at least browsing cat pictures on Tumblr or Instagram…

Chocolat has started licking me – so far it has only been Marmalade who shows affection in this way. She’s very ladylike so it’s rather sweet of her. Lots of photos of her seem to show her looking quite formidable, with her glowing green eyes looking out of her dark face but she’s actually a real sweetheart of a cat. She can outlast even the most affectionate of cats when she’s in the mood.


‘I hate cats.’
Death’s face became a little stiffer, if that were possible. The blue glow in his eye sockets flickered red for an instant.
I SEE, he said. The tone suggested that death was too good for cat-haters. YOU LIKE GREAT BIG DOGS, I IMAGINE.
– Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

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Richard Dawkins doesn’t speak for me…so, who does?

The Contemplative Mammoth

Richard Dawkins is at it again. This isn’t the firsttime he’s made inappropriate or offensive comments, and this infographic nicely illustrates the perpetual cycle of eye-rolling and submission as the people who call him out get fed up and ultimately disengage. What frustrates me so much about Dawkins is that he has this incredible platform– numerous popular books, frequent speaking engagements, nearly a million Twitter followers– and yet, to me, he’s doing more harm than good when it comes to outreach about science. Racist and sexist comments are not only offensive, they contribute to the lack of diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Dawkins’ comments also bother me for another reason, which is what I’m going to focus on in this post: Richard Dawkins is one of the handful of living scientists that Americans can name. This means that he’s something of a spokesperson for science, and for scientists. Whether I like it or not, he…

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I know 
It is to late
everything should have been done before
long time before now
I am overdue
I am to late
I am to much
I am to little
and so on
I do not care
I have to live anyway

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