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Giving up on pets Mon, Dec 29, 2008
I've heard a few stories in my time about pet owners deciding they were "done" with their pets, as if the animals came with a specific lifetime of usability, and that lifetime had been reached.  That's why there are so many older pets in adoption centers.  It's really ridiculous if you think about it.  Pets aren't cell phones.  You don't just get one for a few years then give it to your neighbor when you're done with it. #nature

Christmas vs. Easter (2) Mon, Dec 29, 2008
I've always felt that Christmas is an overdone holiday.  Sure there's the consumerism and selfishness and all that stuff.  But in religious terms, the death of Jesus Christ (Easter) is far more important than the birth (Christmas).  Of course, without the birth, there would have been no death.  But that's circular logic.  The point is that the death of Jesus Christ allowed for the salvation of all mankind.  That's the event we should be celebrating.  Not some inaccurate estimation of his birth date. #religion

Gift excitement Mon, Dec 29, 2008
Different people show their excitement in different ways.  This becomes apparent at gift-giving occasions.  Some of us jump up and down and scream and play with our toys immediately.  Others say, "Hey cool," then calmly put it aside and continue drinking their coffee.  Sometimes we'll look back on a gift-giving occasion and wonder why the receiver wasn't as excited as the giver, or we'll think back to a gift-receiving occasion and think, "I wish I showed more excitement for this gift because I want the giver to understand that the gift is significant and I'm really happy with it."  But I think we all need to understand that gift-giving means different things for different people, and the excitement or lack there of is often ill-communicated and misunderstood. #sociology

Snowflake shapes Mon, Dec 29, 2008
Today I learned that snowflakes form in specific, named shapes, all explained in detail on this website

[Image: snowflakes.jpg]

(via WebEcoist) #nature