OH HEY any of my friends in the Seattle/Tacoma area- I now live in Tacoma! So if you wanted to hang out sometime we could totally do that! (Although it might have to wait until my car arrives…) My days off are Thursday and Friday (at least at the moment, it might change). I’d say we could hang out after work but I am always pretty tired after work and I have to get up early so that might not be such a great idea!
I think it’s really funny- yesterday and today a few people asked me some question I didn’t know the answer to, and I replied honestly, “I’m sorry, it’s my first/second day working here so I don’t know,” and every single time they had this look on their face like it had never occurred to them that someone might have a first or second day working at a zoo.
In other news, work is fun! The budgies are super cute little idiots, and the babies are soooooo adorable! I get to do some other cool stuff besides just taking care of budgies, too, and I’m going to be trained to do more and more stuff. I can’t wait!
Hey tumblr! I could really use your help. I need to find a company that will print postcards different both sides! I’ve found lots of companies that will print multiple images in a single run but only different one side, and one company that would do different both sides but you had to order 25 of each design (I only need ~3 of each design). Any thoughts?
Greg recently added a Spanish web to the equipment he has at CiRCuS, so I got to try it out a couple times! This is the second time I tried it, and one of the other students kindly offered to film it for me. In the beginning there I was trying out an alternative method of climbing (I stopped because it was painful. Everything is painful on the rope but the regular climb is less painful). I kind of wish I’d taken off the extra shirt for being filmed but ah well! Anyways, I like Spanish web because it’s one of those things you can look pretty good doing right from the get-go.
Why oh WHY does EVERY SINGLE COMPANY have horrible reviews?!? And everywhere it says to contact that shipping companies direct instead of going through a broker but I cannot of the life of me figure out how to do that- every company I can find is a broker!
Aaaaaah shipping a car is HARD, especially last-minute…
I like how I’m like, “Hey dad, the head of my dapping hammer fell off, do you think you could fix it?” And he returns it not only fixed, but the handle sanded, oiled, and he even stamped my initials on it. Thanks, dad.
So I accidentally ended up making like… Chocolate butter. Oops.
On April 1, humans learned that they had made their first successful communication with dolphins. Despite its peculiar timing, this scientific breakthrough is no joke. Researchers testing a human-to-dolphin translator reported that last August, they had their first effective verbal interaction with the species after a bottlenose dolphin pointed out a piece of nearby seaweed to a scientist using human-taught dolphin language.
The device, called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (Chat), is a pair of underwater microphones that emits audio similar to dolphins’ clicks and high-pitched whistles. While the device doesn’t turn dolphin-speak into human language, it gives researchers the ability to teach dolphins words humans have made as well as detect otherwise undetectable dolphin noises, according to The Independent.
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You might be interested to hear about another dolphin communication project which was, unfortunately, cancelled. It took place at Disney, and a team of researchers attempted to teach an artificial language to dolphins using a large “keyboard” on which dolphins could select words. I heard about it from one of the researchers on the project, but you can read a little bit about it here (bottom of page 336- the article covers all the research being done, of which the keyboard experiment was only one). I watched some footage of these dolphins- the experiment was cut off before they were finished, and although the dolphins couldn’t really have been said to have learned the language, they were exhibiting the same early stages of comprehension that human babies do (eavesdropping and pointing). It’s really fascinating!