February 11th, 2021

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Cockatoo Tool Use

Here's a fascinating piece about cockatoo tool use.

What fascinates me is not that they use tools, which a variety of smart birds do.  It's the way they make the tools.  A human wouldn't do it that way.  Cockatoos and other parrots just see the world as more divisible  than humans typically do, because they tear things apart all the time.  A human wouldn't look at a solid beam of wood and see potential tool-sized splinters, because we don't have an easy way to remove such a thing from the surrounding wood.  Humans would look for smaller sticks, and birds will do that too, but parrots don't have to settle for that.  Their beaks are capable of biting off pieces from a solid beam.
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Moment of Silence: Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler and protector of free speech, has passed away.  He believed that everyone should have the right to fuck, or talk about fucking, or share pictures of fucking, or whatever the fuck other facts or topics they wanted, and he fought like a war dog for that freedom.  Pride flags at half-mast.

Between Heaven and Hell, a bit offside the narrower paths leading to Limbo and Fair Elfland, is another one leading to a little offshoot of the afterlife: the Party Floor.  It's for people who think Heaven is boring and Hell has all the good stuff but they haven't been evil.  Now the Party Floor is roaring a welcome, with a naked hot tub full of champagne, and a couple of angels have snuck out with a box full of banned books, and the leccubi are having a dildo-carving contest, and Lucifer waves with triplets hanging off him.

It's gonna be one hell of a party.