marcicat: (starburst)

I love reading the wikipedia pages of comic book characters, because they present the most wild storylines in such a matter-of-fact way. And so… some Wonder Woman info gleaned from wikipedia, presented entirely without context:

1. Wonder Woman was capable of bench pressing 15,000 pounds.

2. Wonder Woman’s Amazon training gave her limited telepathy, profound scientific knowledge, and the ability to speak every language – even caveman and Martian languages.

3. She is able to astrally project herself into various lands of myth.

4. She can apparently leave the planet through meditation, and did this once to rescue Artemis while she was in hell.

5. She possesses an arsenal of advanced technology, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, [and] a tiara which serves as a projectile.

6. She also had a pair of red glowing magnetic earrings which allowed her to receive messages from Queen Desira of the planet Venus.

7. [The invisible plane] is shown as being able to fly at over 2,000 mph (3,200 km/h) and to send out rainbow rays that penetrate the mist around Paradise Island, as well as landing stealthily and having a built-in radio.

8. Thanks to tinkering by gremlins, the Plane even developed intelligence and the power to talk.

9. Diana can slam the bracelets together to create a wave of concussive force capable of making strong beings like Superman’s ears bleed.

[1-9 are direct quotes from the Wonder Woman wikipedia page]

10. Looking for a soundtrack to make you feel like bench pressing 15,000 pounds, astral project, and talk with an invisible plane? Check out the Wonder Woman theme music!

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There is a book that lives in our work area, called “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” (author Patrick Lencioni) I have not read the book. As far as I know, no one has read the book, or even knows where the book came from. But it has been kicking around our area for a couple of years now. (Yeah, we’re not big on tidying. It’s a thing.)

But! At this exact moment, we actually have five people on our team, and I have been SO TEMPTED to make a “tag yourself” joke about the book. SO. TEMPTED. But alas, I fear it would not be well received, or even understood, so I have resisted.

[PS: I live in fear of touching the book, which I think may be some sort of cursed object, so I wiki’d the thing instead. Apparently the five options are: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.]

[PPS: I’m totally lack of commitment.]

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Fun fact from our day at Epcot: I got all the way into the Mission Space building without realizing it was *that* Mission Space — the scary puking ride I’d been warned about!

But, you know, we were already there. And so I cheerfully departed for the “Green Team” experience (*Andrea, being far braver than I, opted for the Orange Team). And it was fun! I would describe the Green Team experience as “less scary than flying” but I don’t like flying, so ymmv.

It wasn’t until today, more than a week later, that I happened upon a reference to the ride (reading about how Disney parks handle medical emergencies), and saw the word “centrifuge.”

WHAT.

“On May 19, 2006, Disney began offering a less intense version of Mission: Space (called Green Team, also known as Less Intense training or no spinning), where the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration for riders who choose the more tame experience. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion. The normal ride is still available and is called Orange Team (also known as More Intense training or spinning).”

*Andrea, I am SO MUCH MORE IMPRESSED now. Also SO HAPPY I was on the Green Team. (No wonder we didn’t get the same warnings!)

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:33 am
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The internet informs me that Independence Day 2 won’t be out on dvd until October. Thank goodness for wikipedia to remind me of all the characters’ names.

On the other hand, wikipedia also said that Connie’s absence in the movie was due to dying in a car accident — apparently that was explained in a movie prequel novel tie-in thing. NOPE. I am choosing to reject that reality.

Welcome back, Connie!

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I’ll try to keep the work drama to a minimum in honor of — as Miss Piggy would say — “the blessed day of Christmas.” But a quick update on the workplace: they love goals, right? So the company as a whole started the year with a list of FIVE things that were supposed to be the keystones, or goalposts, or whatever corporate jargon was in use at the time.

Here’s our progress so far as I see it:

#1 – reply hazy try again
(This one was about numbers, so I don’t really know, but my impression with those is that they always try to say ‘we’re doing well enough so you’re not fired, but not so well that you’re getting a bonus.’)

#2 – ask again later
(This one boiled down to “leaders lead,” which I thought was very ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ of them, but last week I mentioned it at a meeting and the leader of our team had forgotten that this was even on the list? So I’m going with a solid question mark.)

#3 & #4 – signs point to yes???
(These ones were pretty vague, kinda marketing and HR stuff, so I feel like they were included so we could have a few automatic wins. But hey, a win’s a win.)

#5 – outlook not so good
(Oh, #5. #5 is our shiny new computer system, set to launch in January. It’s one of those things you have to laugh about because the alternative is horrible sobbing and questioning what in the world has been happening for the last ELEVEN months that so much is being crammed into December.)

[ETA: I had to wiki Magic 8-Ball to find out what answers it has — I had no idea there were actually 20 different responses you could get!]

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Now my coworkers are recommending that I watch ‘The NeverEnding Story.’ I’m skeptical, after the whole ‘Hocus Pocus’ debacle, but I did find this interesting tidbit over at wikipedia:

Ende felt that this adaptation’s content deviated so far from his book that he requested that production either be halted or the film’s title be changed; when the producers did neither, he sued them and subsequently lost the case. The film only adapts the first half of the book, and consequently does not convey the message of the title as it was portrayed in the novel.

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…reading movie summaries on wikipedia. Because just in case we *do* end up seeing Jurassic World for team building, I want to make sure I don’t get too freaked out by it.

This info (not a spoiler) from wikipedia, made me stop for a minute:

Director Colin Trevorrow has stated that the Indominus rex, the synthetic hybrid dinosaur at the center of the film’s story, is symbolic of consumer and corporate excess.

What? I’m honestly not sure if that’s amazing, amazingly bizarre, or just completely horrible.

Probably this was one of those times they should have listened to the RAPTOR TRAINER (in my mind that phrase is always accompanied by a Power Rangers-esque sound effect):

“They’re dinosaurs. Wow enough.”

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*April fic: not finished

*turtle door art: not started

*vacuuming: not finished

*prepared for the upcoming week? (you must be joking)

Here’s hoping that by tomorrow night some of these answers will have changed!

[And a note on the olallieberry, for those playing along at home: per wikipedia, “The olallieberry is a cross between the loganberry and the youngberry, each of which is itself a cross between blackberry and another berry (raspberry and dewberry, respectively).”]

[[Super!kudos to my awesome family!]]

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Apparently there is a real song that contains the lyrics “Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail; hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way.” (‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail,’ sung by Gene Autry) And! The song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, who wrote Frosty the Snowman a year later, which may explain why those songs sound similar enough that my memory often combines them.

(I have a memory of playing with a snowman Christmas ornament and singing ‘Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail; thumpity-thump thump thumpity-thump, over the hills of snow.’ I have no idea if it’s just my memory swapping out one song for another, or if that combination of lyrics actually made sense to me at the time.)

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My Sunday movie-day movie this weekend was Frequency (not the Superbowl; watching Frequency — which I’ve seen before — was more than enough suspense for me). Still an awesome movie! I was surprised at how little I fast-forwarded through. I laughed, I cried, I shouted ‘you’re making all your friends think you’re crazy!’ at the screen a couple times. All in all, a pretty typical movie experience for me.

But! One thing nagged at me as I was watching. Why did the main character look so familiar? So I wiki’d him, and that’s right — Detective John Sullivan from Frequency: same actor as John Reese from Person of Interest! (Jim Caviezel) Big thanks to tumblr for helping me recognize a character from a show I’ve never seen!

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Here it is, the last Monday of the year, and one final animal to go with it!

The Dik-dik is a tiny antelope — they can run up to 26 mph and also whistle! (Though possibly not at the same time.)

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[photo credit Pedro Gonnet, via wikipedia]

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This is a neat one I saw while browsing kids animal alphabet pictures. It’s a Nutria, but it’s also called a Coypu. Pretty interesting history over on wikipedia, which is also where I got this picture:

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[picture credit to Norbert Nagel, via wikipedia]

As far as I can tell, the Nutria is basically a capybara-beaver-rat combo. Kinda cute? But probably not something I’d want to stumble into while meandering down a riverside.

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marcicat: (cat says hi)

Not expecting much, I ran a search on my pinboard for the word October, on the off chance I’d saved an o-animal link and didn’t remember. SURPRISE! OLINGUITO!

olinguito_mark_gurney

[photo credit Mark Gurney, via wikipedia,]

Also, I’m not sure who to credit for this gem of a wikipedia sentence, but the article describes the olinguito as “a cross between slinky cat and a wide-eyed teddy bear.” What more needs to be said?

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marcicat: (cleocatra)

The Serval! Such a cutie!

WhiteServalPharaoh_BigCatRescue

[photo credit: BigCatRescue, via wikipedia]

Fun wiki-fact of the day: Servals have the longest legs of any cat (relative to their body size).

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Apparently, there is an animal called the Agouti. It seems that “Agouti” can refer to a variety of South American rodents (thanks, wikipedia!), but since you could legitimately say, “Hey look, an agouti!” I figure it counts.

Plus, the general term agouti DOES include an animal called the acouchi (not even kiding), which is just — what a find for the end of the month! I would have picked the acouchi for today, but I thought the agouti picture was cuter.

agouti_benjamin_keen

[photo credit: Benjamin Keen, via wikipedia]

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A-Monday!

Aug. 11th, 2014 07:09 am
marcicat: (moon with clouds)

This one is a tiny stretch. I mean, it’s an antelope. And it’s native to Africa.

But technically, it’s called a Bongo. (Who could resist that? Not me. Plus, “bongos are the only tragelaphid in which both sexes have horns.” What’s a tragelaphid, you might ask. Well, wikipedia has an answer for that too. “The genus Tragelaphus contains several species of bovine, all of which are relatively antelope-like.”)

But wait, there’s more! STRIPES!

antelope_bongo_chuckupd

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Let it not be missed! For today is Monday, and it is August!

An Abyssinian — or, as I would probably call it, Kitty!

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[photo credit Karin Langner-Bahmann, via wikipedia]

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LAST J-MONDAY OF 2014!!!

To end with a bang, I present to you: THE JABBERWOCKY

Why the Jabberwocky?

1. It was the only thing I could think of.

2. Still less scary than the John Dory fish.

3. This brilliant quote via wikipedia: “Jabberwocky has been translated into many languages. The translation might be difficult because the poem holds to English syntax and many of the principal words of the poem are invented.” (*Might* be difficult? You think?)

4. There’s a children’s book! (Abridged, by Jennifer Adams)

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5. I feel an odd affection for it since it was mentioned in the Smallville Identical Series, by Lanning, which entered my life at a somewhat formative moment.

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marcicat: (hug it out)

Today’s awesome J-animal is the Jackrabbit! (Not the Rise of the Guardians ‘ship. The actual white-tailed jackrabbit.)

White_tailed_jackrabbit_Connormah

[photo credit Connormah, via wikipedia]

Fun Facts! (from wikipedia, so you know they must be true!)

*A jackrabbit that’s less than a year old is called a leveret!

*Jackrabbits can run up to 34 miles per hour (55kph) and leap up to 16 feet (5 meters)!

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marcicat: stress out and throw vase (stress out and throw vase)

First: adorable joey!

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[photo credit fir0002, via wikipedia]

Second: I always thought a joey was a baby kangaroo, but it turns out it is a baby marsupial, and can in fact refer to lots of other animals too, including: baby koala! baby wombat! baby quokka! baby bandicoot! baby Tasmanian devil! (aww….)

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