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June 17th, 2010

The joys of raising a puppy @ 08:00 pm

(It's ok; none of the payload was digested)

May 25th, 2010

Creature update @ 04:26 pm

Our chickens are now enormous, and ready to bust out of their tiny little chicken pen (or fly the coop, as the case may be). Already, a couple of times a week we need to rescue an errant chicken that has flapped/fallen out and chuck it back into the pen. Why, Alan had to rescue Ol' Green Legs twice last week.

Ridiculously huge chickens:

Future home for said ridiculously huge chickens:

For meaningless record:
Red Star: Rosie & Sandy
Golden Sex Link: Golda
Silver-laced Wyandotte: Lacey
Araucana: Lucy
Speckled Sussex: Beatrix & Betty
Barred (Plymouth) Rock: Penny
Light Brahma: Izzy & Bella
Ancona: Annie

Also, here's a picture of my aquarium:

And a puppy nose:

March 24th, 2010

More weekend news @ 07:35 pm

Rohit visited us during his spring break last weekend. He helped us buy our chicks and get them started, we went to the Celestial Seasonings factory tour, and we had Narooz dinner at the Tajik restaurant in Boulder. We also took Harvey to the reservoir, where he got wet for the first time. I tricked him into the water by throwing a stick there, and as soon as he got in he forgot about the stick and just splashed around for fun. But then he realized that the water is actually quite cold, and left. I could not entice him to return.


March 23rd, 2010

The household's most recent six members @ 09:03 pm

It's been growing rather fast lately, hasn't it? We acquired six more warm-blooded vertebrates this weekend, bringing the total vertebrate count to 10 endotherms and 14 exotherms.

The one in the center box has to be separated for medical reasons too fowl to describe on a public blog; we're not sure that she'll survive. But she got lonely when we put her there and started to make her alarm chirp nonstop. Some user at www.backyardchickens.com suggested a plush companion, and it worked. She huddles next to the toy bee and stops chirping.

They have to spend the next month or so in their box with a heat lamp before we can move them to a coop outside. At this tender age, they need an ambient temperature of 95 F to survive. Which is why we were very concerned when today's snowstorm knocked out power. Laura, aka Mother Hen, brooded them in this small box in her lap, wrapped in mylar on 3 sides and covered with a blanket, next to the fireplace. Fortunately she only had to hold the pose for 2 hours.


March 22nd, 2010

Audioblog! @ 10:06 am

Guess what the source of this sound is. Answer in the next post.

March 21st, 2010

Winter's last day of snow? @ 10:42 am

The weather has been fairly warm, but on Thursday and Friday we got blasted with 6" of snow (it was even more in Denver). It's melting fast now, but Harvey got to have some fun first. Despite being a short-haired dog, he loves to romp in the snow. Sometimes he'll just run in circles, occasionally buring his head and tossing up snowballs with his nose. Here are some pictures of Harvey with his mini-frisbee.


March 14th, 2010

Dog blanket @ 04:09 pm

I have a dog blanket. It provides many of the same benefits as an electric blanket, but occasionally bites my ear.


March 7th, 2010

We have a pet sealion @ 06:44 pm

Apparently Harvey considers this position to be quite comfortable.

March 5th, 2010

Pupdate! @ 11:20 am

Here at lauralan.livejournal.com, we respond to reader requests!

Puppy pictures, for your viewing pleasure:

I caught him blinking!

List of Harvey's nicknames (incomplete):
Mr. Puppy
Pupsicle (when playing in snow)
Carpet Snarkler
Land Shark (when using puppy teeth)

Ooh, and here's a bonus picture of our house:

March 4th, 2010

I have a supercomputer! @ 10:19 pm

The Somers household has its first massively parallel supercomputer. I'm typing this post from the system service processor of my new SiCortex SC072 personal supercomputer. It's a 12-node, 72-core, 90 GFlop desktop supercomputer. Lucky for me, this company went out of business and now the used market is flooded with their products. I got mine for 93% off list price! Right now I'm still just setting it up, but I can't wait to run some SPICE simulations.

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