austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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And the elephants are kindly but they're dumb

So one of the first things I discovered in e-mails from the Group taking over work is that the video linked to it didn't work. It wanted a username and password that hadn't been set up for us. I e-mailed the Human Resources person overseeing the transition and got it confirmed that yeah, they had to send this out to us a different way. Then today I read the e-mail about the start of the signup period for our benefits, and it was starting today and extending to next Saturday. I had thought the signup period was supposed to open Monday and stay open for a month. So I e-mailed the HR person overseeing, and again, turned out that I had it right and the e-mail was wrong.

I'm not sure what all this means except that maybe I'm making an impression as the guy who actually reads the e-mails and checks things. That's got to be worth an extra 10,000 pa, right?

Also, one little benefit that they say they want us to use is for ``personal enrichment'', a phrase that makes me somehow feel suspicious of their motives. But the HR person explained that it's for the things that make us-the-employee fulfilled, things like concert tickets or museum passes or yoga classes or whatever brings us mental peace. I think this is saying they'll pay for my Cedar Point season pass. Possibly bunny_hugger's. And still have budget to spare. This is an interesting prospect if I want them to know I have a Cedar Point season pass.


When we last left the Potter Park Zoo I was facing the business end of a dinsoauroid foot. And now, the conclusion ...

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Cliffhanger resolved! So that big old foot belonged to this emu, who was unafraid to prowl around up front by the fence. (You can see bunny_hugger's take on this emu at https://www.flickr.com/photos/bunnyhugger/51072140481/in/album-72157718776483821/.)


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Kangaroo squatting at just the right angle to show off both ear tags.


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And then sitting up to play with a fidget spinner or something in the paws there.


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That red kangaroo from the start has decided to power down and have nothing more to do with this.


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Raven wants you to consider [ EAR-PIERCING CRY ], thank you.


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Amphitheater set up near the animal clinic and the farmyard. No shows this year.


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One of the farmyard residents strutting around.


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More of the farm animals, all figuring that whatever it is on the other side of the fence is better.


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Rare headless goat put on display. It lives a normal life despite it all.


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Turtle gnawing at the ground, trying to puncture the Earth and deflate it like a balloon.


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OK, I think he heard me and I'm in trouble now.


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Another historical plaque, this one about the newspaper columnist who plausibly rescued the zoo when things were falling apart in the 60s.


Trivia: The Knights of Malta (formally, the Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodas and of Malta), which has had a presence in the United Nations since 1994, has no permanent citizens; all knights and dames of the Order are citizens of other countries. Its only territory is its headquarters in Rome Source: Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood, Joshua Keating.

Currently Reading: Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear, Jim Steinmeyer. So he describes a magician who tossed off this quick explanation of the trick in a way that didn't explain anything. Except that he found, on building the apparatus (he's a student of historical magic) that the more he re-read exactly what was written, the more it made sense; as he got the trick more right Steinmeyer realized the description was an exact explanation, but it only gave you something useful if you were using it. That's a masterful bit of writing, have to say; it makes me think of, like, Richard Feynman's explanation of quantum electrodynamics as a number game with spinning clock hands, which tells you exactly the work to do if you have the mathematics background to do it, without using any equations.

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