Monday, October 15, 2018

Best Flamingo Ever

One last animal post XD
Watch about 20 seconds of this. This is the cutest freaking flamingo ever.

This is a scene from the show "Secrets of the Zoo."

Cub Photos

Dude, I never posted the photos of the baby snow leopards!

They're already a lot bigger. These are from a couple months ago.

Zoo Photos

I'm just going to dump a bunch of these here. These are from the last few months.


Black and white ruffed lemur, hanging like a bat

This is one of my favorite photos out of all of them.
Red tailed boa with a dying dart frog sitting on his head.

Prarie dog loaf (dude prarie dogs have entire languages with nouns, verbs, and adjectives @_@ )

Red ruffed lemur tucked into a ball

River otter

Grizzly bear. She's holding her foot out of the water XD

Our Sumatran tigers snuggling. He's got his paw draped over her back~

She's got a goats milk pop sickle

Baby francois langur. Babies are born bright orange

Siberian tiger
Flehmen response: When an animal like a cat smells something really interesting and opens their mouth to pull the scent in. It's adorable.

Over the course of 10 minutes her tongue kept coming out farther and farther.

Sifaka, rolled into a perfect ball

Baby mandrill

Red pandas eat bamboo, just like giant pandas

Siberian tiger

Red panda

Zebras lined up perfectly

West African crowned crane.
I love it when they ruffle their feathers. They look like porcupine birds.
Last week was one of the really big fundraisers for the zoo. I was scheduled to help out with it. I'd never done a big event like this, and wasn't sure what to expect. I kept teasing about how I'd handle a night with lots of rich people and lots of alcohol.
Half of that is pretty silly since I know plenty of rich people. It's not like they're aliens or anything XD
A lot of people would consider me rich, considering I have plenty of food, a nice place to live, and even a car.
And as to the alcohol, well, I didn't have to stay the whole night so I was was gone before that became an issue. Though someone did spill wine on me. They were rather mortified, but it didn't bother me. It's just a work jacket. Wine is a lot less messy than other messes at the zoo.

What ended up being the main problem? I hurt my neck really badly the day before. I could barely turn my head. I still can't turn it all the way, though it's a lot better. It's really hard to talk to people without moving your head. Especially when you're talking to tall people.

Other than that the event went really well. I was there to talk to our donors about giraffes.

All the people I talked to were really great and excited about them. Some of them knew quite a bit about giraffes and had even seen them in the wild.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Dragon Giraffe

Okay, this is our four-year-old giraffe.

There's a little spot just above her shoulder blade

And it seriously looks just like Toothless? Imagine seeing Toothless flying, or maybe diving with his wings tucked in a bit

Do you see it? @_@

Friday, October 5, 2018

The Battle Against Bad Posture

Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, as well as some of college, I had terrible posture. It was because of those tiny little desks. I'd hunch over them whenever I was working.
Every now and then Mom would tease me about my posture and try to get me to sit up. It didn't work very well.
Now of course people are getting bad posture from hunching over smart phones (I probably hunched over my GameBoy though, to be fair).

I get anxious watching my cousins folded in half over their screens. And they insist they aren't getting bad posture @_@

My shoulders are the main problem. They were always rolled forward and inward, which also dragged my neck down.
It wasn't until college that I started to make a real effort to change my posture. I guess it was something I had to decide for myself (though I'd been thinking about it for a long time).
I've been fighting to fix it for several years now. And it has been steadily improving. I'm very lucky to have my mom, a yoga teacher. If I ask for advice she will let me know how to relax my muscles or fix my shoulders. I have to be careful if I ask her for a shoulder massage though. She never gives a shoulder massage. Instead she stabs her fingers into any tense muscles in my neck and shoulders and demands that I relax that muscle. It never feels good @_@ Though I guess it's good to know to relax specific muscles (even if it hurts like hell to have stiff muscles poked/pinched).

At first I made zero progress. I would try to straighten my spine while I was walking around, but it would only last a minute or two at the most.
The first step that actually worked was just to sit for 5-10 minutes before bed and try to focus on my posture.
That worked some. But then I asked Mom to step in. I think by then she'd given up trying to comment on my posture. She still doesn't say anything unless I ask her. She told me to roll my shoulders back, but to not arch my spine back (by relaxing around the solar plexus area). And that worked as a good next step. But my neck was still forward more than normal.
Once again, I'd try to straighten my neck while I was walking or sitting, but it never stayed that way for long.

It was only about a month ago that she gave me the next step. I was rolling my shoulders up and back, but that wasn't enough. See, if you look at someone from the front and they have their arms hanging naturally at their side, you should be looking at the thumb side of their hands. My shoulders were still slumped in enough that it rotated my arms in. If you looked at me from the front, you would see the backs of my hands. So Mom told me to pull my shoulder blades together and down. But still, don't arch your back. I have trouble with that. My rib cage keeps wanting to arch back along with my shoulders.

(All I can think of when I start talking about bones)

It's still the worst when I'm standing and walking because then I get distracted and forget to hold my posture. If I'm sitting in a good chair, I can feel that my back is straight. Like my computer chair, right now.

I'm still getting steadily better. And I feel like I'm finally at the home stretch.

If you are one of the many people to have sucky posture, do what you can to fix it. It will screw up your back and neck when you get older.
My advice might be helpful, but you may have different posture problems than me, and I'm not an expert. Talk to someone who knows what they're doing, because you don't want to sway current posture problems with whole new ones. .
Don't take this post as medical advice XD It's here to encourage you to sit straighter, and to persist even if it takes... years.

Zoooo stuff~~
More of the sifakas! They like to play wrestle

Friday, September 28, 2018

Anime/Manga Update

Time for another anime/manga update.

3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother
Another older series. I heard of this a long time ago as I was looking into some of the Ghibli directors. I finally found it online and got to watch it. It's in the same vein as Heidi: Girl of the Alps, and Akage no Anne. I enjoyed it.

A cool concept. A ghost trying to make her final wish come true.

Death Note
A cool concept, but it got old very fast XD
The two main characters may have been geniuses, but their powers of deduction quickly became unbelievable and overly predicable. I think you were supposed to have sympathy for "Kira" but I never did. I was waiting for him to die.

One Punch Man
A spoof on fighting manga.
I've never been excited about spoofs though.

It grew on me the more I read it. I ended up liking it quite a bit.
Though when they got to the part of cooking for the mafia or whatever, that felt so ridiculously forced. It was like the writers were thinking, "how can we make a manga about cooking more intense? Oh, what if they're going to be killed if they don't win a cooking contest?"
Well, anyway, I liked it overall. There was a second run of this manga, but I could only find the first part. Ah well.
Hell this made me hungry though. Especially for Italian food.

20th Century Boys
The manga started out interesting, with jumps between the present and the character's childhood. It was neat how they drew from their past to try to defeat the big evil villain of the present.
But I read far more than I needed to. It kept dragging on and on. By the time we got to the second time skip, I no longer cared, and I stopped reading.

Bunny Drop
I started out liking this manga a lot. It was a fun story of a guy unexpectedly ending up with a little girl to raise.
But that ending drove me crazy. Married? Are you freaking kidding me? The guy seemed like he only agreed because the girl was so determined about it. Ugh.

Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist
Read the second arc of Yu-Gi-Oh.
I guess mostly because it was really popular when I was a kid? But it's also kinda fun in a ridiculous way. This arc mostly focused on the card games, unlike the variety of gaming in the first arc.

Mary and the Witch's Flower
A beautiful movie, no doubt about that. It was pretty good too.
But maan, you could see so much Ghibli influence crammed into most of the scenes XD Moving lanterns, broken broomsticks, talking flames, there were dozens of little similarities to other movies. I could list all of them, but that would take up too much space.
Anyway, lovely movie. I wish their team the best of luck.

My Hero Academia
Watching new seasons of the anime and new volumes of manga.
I freaking hate that creepy grape head. I hate him and I wish he didn't exist.
I've generally liked the series so far, but I'm liking it more now. Maybe because I've watched it get popular. Or maybe because I finally picked out my favorite character in it. I think I only realized it after I saw some cute fanart a couple months ago. But I like All Might. Specifically the scrawny All Might. He's so much more relatable when he's scrawny. I also think he looks better XP I never did like those overly bulgy, creepy muscles on characters.

And obligatory zoo photo!

Caiman lizard~