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Feel free to read Norma's last line as 'One can make puns better than yours.'

Initially I meant to imply that Abby was about to make the pun “it’s an i-ball,” and was crushed when Norma came up with a better pun than that. But now I’m kind of leaning toward the interpretation that Norma assumed Abby was going to say “i-ball,” but Abby was actually about to make the same pun Norma made, and in the last panel she’s cursing Norma for beating her to the punch line.


“In the world of autistic adults, we keep hearing about the challenge of ‘living independently.’ This is used to mean such things as cooking one’s own food, shopping, cleaning and maintaining a household, as well as holding a job to support oneself.

But, somewhere in the back of my mind, a little voice keeps telling me that this traditional idea of being ‘independent’ is just another way of being dependent.”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com! Living Independently: The farm in my window.


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  If they're Lego, their pants actually do come off, but they take the whole lower body off along with them. What is this teaching our children??

Kids have more imagination than we give them credit for. Teach your daughter that the pirate doll with short hair and pants could still be a girl: that’s far more valuable than convincing a toy company to make a pirate doll with pigtails and a skirt.


“He still had insanely overgrown scales when he started living with us. In July of 2013, he looked like some monster from a video game.”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com! Curing hyperkeratosis.


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Galileo's idea about the planets orbiting the Sun was rejected for the same reason as evolution-- it contradicted a Bible passage.

Abby’s insinuation that Chrissy hasn’t read the first page of the Bible is untrue. Chrissy has mastered the art of reading every single word of the Bible without actually noticing what any of them say.

If you read closely, you see weird stuff. Like, the first few passages of the Bible make it look as if water was around before God started creating things.

(Well, if God created everything except water, I guess that explains why its chemical properties are so out of line with the rest of creation.)


“On Youtube, there are starling-haters who go around posting trollish comments on any cute videos of pet starlings. Things like “I’d shoot it if I ever saw it.”

Fine, so they think wild starlings are a menace to the ecosystem… well, so are humans. Anything they accuse starlings of doing, humans do a hundred times worse. How would you like it if that tired old science-fiction trope played out in your home: an alien appears, recites a list of atrocities committed by humans, and threatens to execute you for the crimes of your species?

Hey, Youtube trolls threatening to shoot someone’s cute pet starling– you are that alien.”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com! A year of Sirius Marley Black: Starlings in review.


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bird law in this country is not governed by reason

Even worse, the majority of protected birds that are “taken from the wild” are fallen babies that had to be taken in to save their lives (or fledglings that were old enough to live on their own, but their “rescuers” didn’t know that, in which case widespread education would be a much better deterrent than laws enforced with euthanasia.)


“I was painfully aware of the phenomenon of ignorant first-time parrot-owners who realize they’ve gotten in over their heads. I never expected to be that sort of person.

And I wasn’t, really. It was more complicated than that.”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com! Why we gave up our parrot after seven years (Repost)


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I bet the patent on patent leather has expired by now

I’m not sure this would work, though. I heard about some company that’s going around suing people for violating a patent that it claims to have on the concept of scanning and then emailing a document.

If publishing an idea makes it unpatentable, you’d think that could only be a valid patent if they could prove they registered it before anyone on the internet ever mentioned scanning and emailing a document. So either they got in really, REALLY early, or there are ways around that rule against patenting publicly available knowledge.

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 happy 33rd birthday to me

Only reason I know about this is ’cause my parents are doctors and they broke the Hypocritic Oath.

(Okay, I made up the Hypocritic Oath, but everything else Abby said was true. Or at least it’s what my parents tell me, though they started being doctors more than thirty years ago, so things have probably changed and/or memories have become warped.)


“33 is cool because it’s palindromic and all the same digit– but after this, I’ll have to stretch if I want to keep the streak going (like claiming that 34 is awesome because of the internet meme of “Rule 34.”) I think this may be the year to lay my cool-number streak to rest.”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com!
Geminis don’t believe in astrology.


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