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12:00 AM
You know what I mean. I am too lazy to construct that correctly.
 
Ah, you mean you hadn't heard the name ASMR until I told you?
I, too, went for many years without knowing it had a name.
 
I Googled it when you said it, and knew of it immediately. These rooms are great for that.
 
Yay.
 
 
11 hours later…
10:52 AM
@Stephie Wow, that's huge. Very tasty looking
 
Hey!
I've got new speakers coming.
 
@Mithrandir24601 It only pretends to be huge - it’s only 18cm diameter.
 
I'm so excited that I posted flyers around my building claiming responsibility for any loud pre-1950 music and asking that any complaints be slipped under my door. I think we're pretty sound-proof that way.
I will soon find out.
And yes, the cake looks amazing @Stephie!
I never did chop that onion.
I did, however, order pizza.
 
11:12 AM
Sounds like a good choice.
pizza beats an onion.
 
There's a meme in there somewhere begging to get out.
 
@Jolenealaska Oooh, niiice! I'm still using my trusty headphones and earphones
@Stephie But it looks so tall (also as someone living by myself, 18cm isn't that small :P)
 
@Mithrandir24601 It is (was) tall. So we cut only thin slices and had more than enough for all of us, including grandparents and an uncle. And the ganache was pretty rich, too.
 
I love my headphones. I have halfway decent wired ones and truly tolerable Bluetooth ones. But I would love to feel my walls vibrate with Beethoven. And I think I can do that without annoying anyone.
 
I have about half an hour until feeding time again. My nights are being pretty rough lately - ok, only two nights so far, but I am not handling it as well as I used to.
 
11:22 AM
feeding time?!
WTF have I missed?
 
Is that a bat?
NICE!
 
I have a long history with those.
Very, very nice.
 
@Jolenealaska I have a pair of (very nice) RHAs, which are expensive for earphones, but actually better than my (more expensive) headphones
 
11:26 AM
Named “Bruce” - yes, that’s a Batman reference.
 
@Stephie Perfect :D
 
(could also be “Brucette”, but how am I supposed to check)
He’s incredibly tiny. Look at the knit in the photo: that’s not a sweater, it’s a sock!
I use a small paintbrush to feed him, because he’ll suckle on the bristles. A syringe is more hit-and-miss, only if he’s very hungry he’ll consider licking the milk from it. But the paintbrush is a lot of dipping and sipping to get him full.
 
12:14 PM
What fun! When I raised a very, very tiny squirrel decades ago I had great success with an 18 gauge IV catheter. I had my pick of stuff 'cause I worked for a vet, but that was what I stuck with. 3ml syringe with "milk", with the catheter on the tip. FWIW.
 
12:49 PM
@Stephie so adorable! Is this doable, to have the bat raised by humans and later "auswildern"?
and where did you get an orphaned bat baby in the first place?
 
@rumtscho It should be doable. He’s not too keen on humans anyway, but I am apparently ok - I have milk. You should have seen him crawling backwards and “screaming” when minor 1 just tried to have him climb from my hand to his.
 
as Jared Diamond points out, there is a big difference between pets, domesticated animals, and tamed wild animals!
 
Hello (my first time posting in here)! @Stephie that bat is incredibly cute, and shockingly tiny. How old is he (if you know)?
 
My dad found him, two days ago alone on the lawn. And we couldn’t get him back, because he was probably lost when his mom moved from one hiding spot to another.
 
I know you have many roles, but "bat mom" may be one of the coolest!
welcome @mfox
 
1:04 PM
@mfox hi! He (she?) is probably older than a week and younger that four - they have an age bracket where determining age is very difficult. But as he’s no longer naked or sparsely furry yet can’t fly yet, this gives a certain bracket. Teeth are like scratchy points
 
Thanks @rumtscho! @Stephie wow, so interesting. I've fostered very young kittens and some wildlife, but never a bat. Do they have good odds of survival at this stage?
 
1:21 PM
@mfox so-so. In the wild a bat pup has a 50% chance.
 
what's the other 50%, getting lost by the mom? If that, he already got his category assigned :)
 
Fingers crossed for the little guy then :)
 
So far, he eats, pees, poops, crawls around and sleeps a lot. Sounds like a normal baby to me.
 
2:21 PM
@Stephie That gave me much needed warm fuzzies. You know the odds here, sort of. Here's to things being worth trying.
My squirrel was 25 years ago. He lived to run off and hopefully make many squirrel babies. I have thought of him (very much a him) hundreds upon hundreds of times.
 
Our Harry (“the boy who lived”) didn’t get the chance - we didn’t want him to get aggressive and have lambs with his sisters, so we had him neutered. But there’s a huge difference between a squirrel and a ram.
 
is incest unusual for sheep?
 
Funny story: My dad initially declared him a “she”, so he was “Sophie” for a few hours, until the initial chaos of feeding a hungry and very assertive lamb plus treating the sick ewe subsided and I had time to look closely. You can imagine the reaction of the other sheep owners (a bunch of “old boys) :D
@rumtscho a good shepherd will switch rams often.
 
they looked sheepish?
(sorry, couldnt resist)
 
More like how come a man of his age had no idea how to tell a boy from a girl. He had claimed that he could tell by looking at the lamb’s _head_.
Duh.
 
2:45 PM
As a highly trained former veterinary professional, I can address that.
But not tonight.
Or this morning.
Whatever the hell time it is.
Thanks guys, you've helped me today.
With that, I'm going to try to catch some ZZs.
 
good night @Jolenealaska
@Stephie to be fair, I also can frequently tell a cat's sex by looking at the face and neck. Especially if the cat is adult and not neutered. I don't claim a 100% hit quote, but I am much better than random - they do have different faces.
not even that different from humans - toms tend to have squarer jaws and thicker necks.
 

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