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They were over $100 for six doses. That was about a year ago, and comparable with cat flea meds. Last time I looked, a week ago they were around $20 for the same number. Sticker shock, but in the good way!

Finally got an answer for this - they came off patent! Well, hallelujah! Doggies hopefully will stop scratching soon, and I'll corral the cats soon. I'm making a mark of the day - it's entirely possible the real problem is that I wasn't keeping a strict enough regimen of when they were dosed. Fingers crossed, anyway.

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The Rock Solid History of Concrete

Adorable Japanese-style public service ads in LA metro

Historical Veggies Take Root In D.C. War Garden

How European Kids Are Getting Their Sex Ed: From Social Media

The Ancient Origins of Both Light and Dark Skin

Where food is limited, guppy mothers gestate their young longer

Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

What Happens When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help (14 New Pics)

How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down

Two sisters, a mountain trek and a wobbly wire bridge (Photojournalism)

In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?

A Fateful Hunt for a Buried Stash of the Greatest LSD Ever Made

The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England’s Fall Colors

The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule

8 Bizarre Medical Murderers

The School Synthetic-Turf Wars

Where the heck is autumn?

How fever in early pregnancy causes heart, facial birth defects

Trump kills key Obamacare subsidies: What it means

America’s Top Fears in 2017

America's shadow war in Africa

The government isn’t very good at keeping track of how often the government kills people

Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count

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Oct. 13th, 2017 08:37 pm
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Welp, I've decided to offer custom coloring pages for [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico. I hope I get takers; I've been wanting to draw some more of these but have been short on ideas (and distracted by my shiny new fandom).

Make me draw stuff so you can color it! It's for charity :O

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Oct. 12th, 2017 02:25 pm
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Keeping track of podfic offers at [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico right here, because PODFIC. (I have found a total of four for Miraculous Ladybug. I must have more.)

This is getting long and I am getting excited )

These are the only ones listed for now. Note to self: Check again later.

OMG

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm
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I got an email from the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, three concerts.

This is how each concert has a title, but for the link text to buy tickets to that concert, somebody carelessly put in lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur. Which actually makes this the second time I've encountered randomly inappropriate lorem ipsum in the past week.

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Researchers discover an evolutionary stepping stone to beet-red beets

Their Coffee Is World-Renowned. Now More Guatemalans Are Actually Drinking It

150 People Attempt to Draw World’s Famous Logos Completely From Memory

Behold the 50-Year-Old Can of Soup Someone Donated to a Food Bank

Greek transgender community hopes new law will improve lives

Catalonia, Spain’s Biggest Problem

The Movement to Bury Pets Alongside People

Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

After 3 Years Under ISIS, Mosul's Children Go Back To School

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

Rethinking Beauty and Race at Dominican-American Hair Salons

I keep going back to this interview Larry King did w/Bill Cosby where spiking women's drinks came up. Take a listen. (Content note: Turns out, in the 90s, it was okay to admit to this on national television and nobody reacted. Ew, gross.)

Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

For Puerto Rico's Children, Finding A 'Safe Place' In The Few Schools That Are Open

FBI is now going after "black extremists" (0.o)

AP PHOTOS: A Rohingya boy's struggle to reach Bangladesh

“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”

Trump suggests challenging NBC's broadcast license

Inside the CIA's black site torture room (ALL THE WARNINGS)

“Cooking Them to Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons
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​Theatre@First takes the stage this weekend with six brand new short plays to raise money for hurricane disaster relief!

Giving@First: A 24-Hour Play Festival for Hurricane Relief
Saturday, October 14th at 8pm
UNITY SOMERVILLE
Suggested Donation $20


Giving@First is a one-night-only festival of short plays that will be created from page to stage within a 24-hour period. Our talented team of more than 20 writers, directors, and actors will scramble overnight and all day long to create a full festival from scratch! This play-in-a-day event will be a unique experience to see live theatre that is fun, frantic, unforgettable, and for an important cause!

All donations and sales collected at this event will be given to Americares' Hurricane Disaster Relief efforts, which directly aids survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. For every $10 they receive, Americares provides $200 in aid. Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need.

To learn more about Americares and their work, visit their website, Americares.org.

For more information about Giving@First, visit theatreatfirst.org.

Bah, that's annoying.

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:23 am
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I was typing up something on family stories, and ten minutes in I realized that even though I have quite a lot to say on the subject of children's literature, none of it really was coalescing into anything vaguely resembling a point. I was just blathering.

And I still want to say it, but not if it doesn't go anywhere. That's just going to ultimately bore me and you.

So I'm going to bore both of us with my whining, which at least isn't nearly as long-winded!

I'm not always so good with faces

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:22 pm
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So all I really recall of those people who were not feeding Finn or taking care of him is a general impression of yelling.

This is very awkward, as I never know when the next neighbor I don't recognize is really them.

So today I'm walking the dogs, and two people carrying a fluffy pomeranian are staring at me. Is that them? Who the hell knows, but it can't be, right? Last time they bumped into any of us, they screamed their stupid heads off!

All the same, when I got home I asked Eva if she could provide a physical description. "Well, there's an annoying little girl who's a jerk, and an annoying boy who's an ass- a butthole, and...."

Not helpful, Eva!

"Also, they recently got a new dog, a pomperanian...."

GOD DAMN IT!

I better dig out those adoption papers just in case.

God, I wish they'd just move already, to some place that doesn't allow pets.

*sniff*

Oct. 15th, 2017 03:26 am
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*sniffsniffsniff*

...okay, so why does my brand new, freshly-out-of-the-plastic roll of paper towels smell like barbecue sauce?

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An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Forest

Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

Nobel goes to Richard Thaler, who made economics human again

Why Do So Many Rooms in the White House Have an Oval Shape?

An Interview with the Artist Behind the Covers for Goosebumps

This Vet Put Explanations Of 15 Common Cat Behaviours On His Cork Board, And It’s Hilarious (They're not overselling it, it IS hilarious.)

Seeing hope: FDA panel considers gene therapy for blindness

The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)

The search for the extinct Tasmanian tiger

To Win This Board Game, Keep Away From The Matchmaker

Dirty Birds Are Refining Climate Models

The High Price of Cheap Weed

Protecting Heroin Clinics From Prosecution

Syrian Widows in Jordan Take Charge of Their New Lives

Monument sought to recognize blacks who served Confederacy (Um...)

The Real Reason the U.S. Has Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests

ConCon 2.0: Six Amendments That Conservatives Could Push at a Constitutional Convention

Will Donald Trump let the Secretary of State do his job?

‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

Shared memories and the problems they cause

An eternal electric day is creeping across the globe, but our brains and bodies cannot cope in a world without darkness

A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point

We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention

Americans deepest in poverty lost more ground in 2016

Bystander rape-prevention programs face questions

After 78 Killings, a Honduran Drug Lord Partners With the U.S.

So the plan for this year

Oct. 14th, 2017 04:40 pm
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is that the boys get picked up from school by the mother of one of their classmates, and then I pick them up and transport them to a third babysitter until their mom gets home.

This is probably saving their mom $$$ in daycare, but the kids have had some time adjusting, in particular the older boy, because all the kids are either much younger than he is or dedicated high schoolers who focus on their homework.

So one day a week I'm trying to get them early so I can tutor him a bit, and really this is because I want to tutor Eva's best friend and I think she'll work better if she has another kid in her grade to work with.

But maybe he needs his own tutoring, because he bombed his first math test of the year, this after swearing that he had no math homework all month, which is a load of bull. (Babysitter 1 is asking his teacher tomorrow, and if she agrees that she didn't assign math homework, I'll buy him a soda.)

Anyway, I picked him up today and asked, as you'd expect, if he'd finished the reading comprehension packet that was assigned last week and is due tomorrow. "He told me he'd done all his homework!"

Uh-huh.

On the way to Babysitter 3, I set out a new rule. "If a grown-up asks if you have homework, and you're not sure, don't say no. Just open your bag, look in your folder, and check."

"How did you know I say no when I'm not sure!"

Um, I've met you? Also, I was a kid once.

"Oh, so when you were a kid you didn't want to do your homework either?"

No, when I was a kid I didn't do my homework*, but the difference here is that when I was your age, I never got a 27 on a test either. I got straight 90s and 100s.

In other news, today I taught him cursive f, m, and n. As he noted, he can now write "a dirty word", because he knows all the letters for it. All he has left to learn is o, p, r, s, x, y, and z. Oh, and the capitals. Tomorrow we'll do y and o, Wednesday we'll do p, r, and s, Thursday we'll do x and z. And next week we can start capitals, which the girls should review too anyway.

* And I lacked the appropriate skills and structure to do it either, but I didn't want to delve into that one.
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Bacteria self-organize to build working sensors

New York City's Students Are Getting Younger

The Little-Known Legend of Jesus in Japan

Japan scientists grow drugs in chicken eggs

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

Is living forever going to suck? (It is if we don't get a grip on climate change. But I'm sure that if this ever happens, the people who benefit from it won't be the ones who suffer in this world anyway)

It's not independence, but Syria's Kurds entrench self-rule

In Nigeria and Cameroon, Secessionist Movements Gain Momentum

Court: Movie theaters must accommodate deaf-blind patrons (It's taken a long time, but I think we've finally done it. We've found the ADA ruling that I think may possibly be an undue burden on businesses.)

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

40 years later, answers in cold case - and more questions

When bias beats logic: why the US can't have a reasoned gun debate

NRA lobbying has suppressed gun violence research

Don’t Let the NRA Control the Conversation

Texas Sheriff Broke Promise To Keep ICE Out of Local Jails

Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

Trump: 'Nobody could have done what I’ve done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation' (What a fucking asshat.)

Political Support Growing to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Wall Street Debt

Chinese factory supplying major laptop brands accused of student labour abuses

'I can't take this any more:' Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar in new surge
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