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Love to be doing some mandatory training module for work and then at slide 59 of 69 my internet temporarily goes down and the whole module is in some dodgy format where it’s now loading forever and the only way to get my cursor back is reload the page and start from the beginning! 🤬

Update: Oh thank God. I did reload and it turns out it silently saved my progress somewhere so I only have to redo a couple of slides. Crisis averted 😮‍💨

This morning, Gidget actually led us to her harness and started prodding it and indicating—she’s coming to accept that the harness and leash is her ticket to outside! 😸 She had a blast a) trying to chase off Gracie, despite the leash and b) chewing these flower things.

a tabby cat with a purple leash chews a flower from a grassy plant the tabby cat looks up from her chewing at something out of frame (it's Gracie)

Today we walked all the way from our local beach to Red Bluff. To actually get across to the south side of the cliff, there were some really steep sections making for an unexpected challenge in the middle of our walk 😅 But exhausted as we now feel, it was totally worth it.

a reddish cliff seen side-on with yellow sand and ocean nearby the cliffs front-on, shrubs growing through the crevices
another part of the cliffs seen side-on above the ocean another part of the cliffs seen front-on, with a sharp vertical alcove within selfie of a masked white woman and unmasked Indian man, reddish cliff-face behind them

OK, I have to share this because it makes me crack up every time I go back to it. You might remember a while back that Hawaiians got a false alarm of an incoming missile, caused by someone “pressing the wrong button”. That was terrifying to many people, and not the thing that cracks me up. However, the incident did spawn this great meme, riffing on poor web design practices to explain how such a thing could occur… (via)

animated GIF of a cursor going to click on a ‘Send Test Warning’ button, but an ad loads above it so the cursor instead clicks on ‘Send Actual Warning’

Chillin’ with Gidget this afternoon. A new pair of runners I’d ordered arrived in the mail (see top left of frame); relief, since I hadn’t got any email updates since “we’re preparing it in our warehouse” 😅 They’re supposed to be waterproof, which’ll be useful on beach walks!

a sleeping tabby cat with a white belly, her head resting near a grey sneaker-wearing foot

My Preferred Olympic Winner Order

Watching the Olympics this morning, I think I’ve decided the order in which I like to see countries win events. It’d be easy to say “I just want my country to win everything”, but actually I don’t 😉 That’d be really boring and no fun at all. So, I reckon my order goes:

  1. small or underdeveloped countries that don’t see much Olympics success (e.g. Bermuda, …

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Had a telephone appointment with my GP this morning to discuss the results of last week’s ultrasounds. Each of them turned up an abnormality, but neither of them is really dangerous at least. I seem to have a kind of benign liver lesion, along with polycystic ovaries (…and technically I meet the diagnostic criteria for PCOS itself, but with no evidence of insulin resistance or high androgen levels, idk…). Specialist appointments are in the works to confirm the diagnoses and establish what kind of management might be required. It feels good to have an explanation, even though it would’ve been better still not to have this body weirdness in the first place.

Privacy and the 2021 Census

In just over two weeks, it’ll be Census night in Australia – that time every five years when every household is asked (in a “let us make you an offer you literally can’t refuse” kind of way) to sit down and fill out a detailed questionnaire about anyone who’s staying there that night. Now to be clear, while it’s easy to snark about the draconian penalties levied …

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The Tokyo Olympics Begin

I stayed up ‘til 1am last night watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. I don’t think I’ve paid much attention to any Olympics in ages – it’s probably just Sydney and Athens that I actually followed, because those are the ones that happened when I was just the right age (primary school) to care. (Don’t @ me with “what about the Winter Olympics” – …

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It’s like The Birds around my place today. Currawongs everywhere, digging through our gutters for soft weeds to turn into nests! Gidget has been loving it – “it’s like cat TV but real life” I think sums up her thinking – except she got a bit freaked out when I took her outside (on a leash) with me while I hung out laundry, and chose to hide under a chair 😂 To be fair, those currawongs are tough as nails. They were outright landing on the washing line or just perching on my fence to stare daggers at me as I worked… if I were a cat I’d hide, too.

a tabby cat, indoors, looks up and right very alertedly
photo of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.