Posted 2 days ago

Need some bumblefoot advice

This is the first time I’ve ever had a rat show this.  He’s got a swelling on the  hind heel, with what looks like a scab in the center.  Obviously, the first step is the vet, and I am calling first thing tomorrow morning.

I’m at a complete loss for what caused it.  For the past seven years, I’ve been using the Kaytee/Super Pet cages with the plastic shelves, ramps, and bottoms.  I just got a Critter Nation double this month.  I’m using all the trays, shelf liners, and ramp covers.  There is a pumice stone ledge, but it’s a flat surface.  I’m trying to encourage litter box use, but the two neutered males he’s been with aren’t nearly as fastidious as he is. 

I don’t think he’s obese.  He is a good sized rat, but he’s pretty active and athletic.  I’m just wondering what I’ve overlooked that this has happened.  I didn’t notice any wound prior to tonight.  I’ve got him separated from the others because I wanted to see how the neutered males did with the females.  I was planning on having him neutered very soon, but I need to get this sorted out first.  Any advice?  Anything I’ve overlooked?  I’d be so thankful for anything you have to offer.  Please?

Posted 4 days ago

I am seriously fucking sick and tired of my friend’s expectation that I’ll be friends with her wife.  I really don’t care for the woman.  The more I talk to her, the more she’s just been grating on me.  I’ve been silent about it.  I firmly believe in order to respect my friend and our relationship, I have to respect that her significant other means the world to her.  However, I’ve never believed that should be any reason for me to unconditionally like a person.  I may owe them a degree of respect for the part they play in my friend’s life, but I owe them nothing more than that.

I’ve been backing off and talking less in the online group chats we do.  I’m really fucking sick of her judging my taste in games and my personal decisions on what I want to spend my recreational time on.  Tonight though, I lost it.  Over a goddam shitty piece of art some kid posted on a forum we both frequent.  It’s a graffiti-tag style of multiple sperm, all shaped like penises, bloodily penetrating an ovum.  It’s yet another teenage boy trying to cause a stir with art, then claiming it’s biological reality.  I didn’t like it.  I honestly got a really creepy assault sort of vibe from the piece.  I made the mistake of saying that.  I’m apparently just another uncultured idiot who blows the rape whistle when I’m confronted by something I don’t care for personally.  

I really don’t think I am, but apparently, I actually am.  She’s not the first to say this about me.  The entire damn student advocation department of my school tells me I’m too sensitive and I’m the problem.  My boss gets on me nearly weekly for being offended by his humor.  I guess, if many different people of different genders are telling me, I must be the problem.

In any case, I’m done with her.  I love my friend, but I can’t be friendly with her wife.  I’m never gonna tell her she’s wrong for loving her because she’s not.  I just don’t think she and I need to be friends for their marriage to work.

Posted 2 weeks ago
You can cement the key gear (not the valve) open without worrying about flooding, because this is cementing the city's control point, the resident has a valve (usually a hand ball valve) inside the home to shut the water off further along the plumbing network.
Anonymous asked

I know this. I know it full fucking well. Also, at the last house I lived in, that exact shutoff valve broke in my hand, permanently sticking it in the “on” position. The reason I was even trying to shut off my water was because my sink supply line had busted. I kind of flooded my entire house before I managed to go out, buy the access key, find the water company valve, and use that shut off you think I should promote covering with cement.

So yeah. Just further proving my point that permanently disabling a valve is still a Bad Idea.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Fish in a beaker!

Not their permanent home. We were moving them from the biology lab to our lab. They’re now in a fully cycled, live planted 10g aquarium with heat, light, and filtration.

Posted 2 weeks ago

coppermouth:

marchcouldbedarker:

ragemovement:

Not just for those in Detroit, but anywhere where the right to water is being restricted or denied!

hey everyone, this post has only gotten a thousand or so notes and only a single follower of mine has reblogged this from me specifically.

Detroit has been shutting water off for entire neighborhoods regardless of whether people paid bills or not. Even if they didn’t, should that really mean that they should die of thirst? Should there really be a cost to stay alive?

Please, spread this. Link it on other sites so someone down the line who needs this anywhere can take back water, something that should be the right of every human being.

So here’s a thing. I live with a plumber, and he knows guys that work out in Detroit. What people aren’t hearing is that not only are people not having their water reconnected, the pipes aren’t stable enough to hold water in the first place. Many of the mains have broken and are permanently out of use. So this isn’t just a matter of “turn it on for good!” There is nothing to be turned on in many areas. Even if people paid extra money, the water and resources aren’t there.

Be scared of what (even local) government does to people that we never, ever hear about.

Reblogging from someone else because look.  Cementing the valve open is fucking retarded and might not even solve anything in the first place.  But if you’ve gone ahead and poured cement down the valve, I pray to whatever gods you may or may not believe in you don’t have something like a water heater explosion where you can’t turn off the water, and your whole fucking house floods. 

By all means, get the access tool.  But please, don’t be stupid and disable something designed FOR YOUR PERSONAL AND PROPERTY SAFETY.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Monty got behind the gecko cage, so Dorito had to run over and check him out through the glass.

Posted 2 weeks ago

not-fun:

marchcouldbedarker:

ragemovement:

Not just for those in Detroit, but anywhere where the right to water is being restricted or denied!

hey everyone, this post has only gotten a thousand or so notes and only a single follower of mine has reblogged this from me specifically.

Detroit has been shutting water off for entire neighborhoods regardless of whether people paid bills or not. Even if they didn’t, should that really mean that they should die of thirst? Should there really be a cost to stay alive?

Please, spread this. Link it on other sites so someone down the line who needs this anywhere can take back water, something that should be the right of every human being.

people have a right to safe water. people have a right to knowing how to keep their access to safe water. 

Hey I’m all for water for everyone, but please don’t permanently disable the shutoff with concrete. If there’s a contamination issue, and you’ve filled your shutoff with concrete, you’ve kind of fucked yourself over. So by all means keep your water, but don’t disable a good safety feature.

Posted 2 weeks ago
Is it possible to gutload worms and slugs? I keep a Storeria occipitomaculara, and I've been mixing reptile vitamins in the worms' soil, but I'm not sure how effective that is. I also have no idea how to get slugs eating anything but veggies.
spooky-science asked

theexoticvet:

They are very pretty little snakes. Simply feeding fresh vegetables and fruits to both worms and the slugs is gut loading them with nutrients that will benefit your snake. You can chop up veggies into very small pieces and place them on top of the soil for your worms and just feed larger pieces to your slugs. Every couple of feedings you can coat the prey with a vitamin powder to ensure your snake is getting enough nutrients.

I didn’t realize worms could eat food that wasn’t rotting.  I’ll be sure to do this from now on.  I’ll save the vitamin powder for coating and quit dumping it in the dirt.  Thank you so much for your advice.  She’s a great little snake, and I really want to keep her healthy and happy.

Posted 2 weeks ago

My mom got on me to finish my tanks today.  Tomorrow I need to get a new lid for the anole cage and a light for the snake’s cage.  From top to bottom:

A 15 g I got at a thrift store for Soap.  There are three live ficus plants, and some of that Hagen brand fake pot plant.  I’m working on setting up a mini-ecosystem with bioactive substrate.  Right now, it’s a few worms in the dirt.  I’ll be adding springtails next week, provided I keep my humidity up. 

Soap himself, basking.  He went a bit brown as I stood there taking his picture.  I can’t blame him.  I did kind of gut his home, scoop him up, and dump him in a strange place.

This is Soap’s old home, with a nice deep soil/coco fiber substrate for the snake.  Her favorite branch and her flowerpot hides are ready and waiting. 

A better view of Copperplate’s new cage.  The rocks in the corners are carefully set on flat rocks underneath so she can’t hurt herself burrowing.  All the plants in here are FAKE.  If you look close, you can see they’re actually tied to the stick.  Her water dish is big enough that she can fit most of herself in it, so I need a slightly larger one for her.

Copperplate herself, looking a lot more brown than usual.  She’s more of a cold silver grey, with a hint of copper in the stripes.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Today at lunch, with the University President

  1. Beorn: What do you mean you don't cook? Everything you've made for lunches has been good.
  2. Me: We've had five lunches. I've made the same guacamole for three of them.
  3. CG: That's how good the guacamole is.