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So last semester I had to do a research paper for, like, almost every class. One of my classes was ancient western civilization.

This assignment was different from the rest. See, most research papers require primary sources. Except my topic was about something that

  1. Predated writing
  2. Would have been in a language I didn’t have time to study
  3. Archeological papers in their unadulterated form are actually really hard to get a hold of without special credentials and/or certificates because they specify exact locations. Why? Security risks.

My topic?

The domestication of dogs!

Originally I was going to upload the paper on here. Unfortunately, as it turns out, I did not back up all my school papers like I thought I had before lobotomizing my computer of all its hard drives.

So instead of a super fancy, academic paper, I’m just gonna blather at you guys about some awesome dog facts I learned. Sources….uh…I’ll try to find them.

Those were in my paper. And on a spreadsheet. … That was on the previous computer.

Oh, also, best part about this paper? I got to look at puppies. For research.

So here are some dog facts!

The process of domesticating dogs was one of two things:

  • An on/off process–the oldest dog-like skeleton (meaning it had a different physical structure from the Eurasian gray wolf) was found in modern day Belgium. It’s about 35,000 years old
  • Domestication of the dog was likely a process of convergent evolution given how, currently, according to Scientific American and the AAAS, consistent (my word, not theirs) domestication of the dog as we know it has been traced to Nepal and from 15,000 years ago.
    • Nepal and Belgium are thousands of kilometers and these events are thousands of years apart

Couple other facts

  • When you make eye contact with a dog, it develops the love/trust hormone
  • Humans, even ones who don’t care for dogs or have had little contact with them, can identify the emotions of a dog, even through a recording.

Aaaaand those are some facts!


Camp NaNo Take 2

So I kind of fell behind. By a lot.

But I tried. I’ll give writing another go later this week, I think. May or may not end up with a lot to do, and I do have to start considering applications for a third job. I have no idea how that’s going to work since both jobs have hours that die off during the summer, but there’s still a shot at hours.

Anyway, next update will be more positive.

deviantART rambles

So back in the day I used to have a deviantART account.

Well, two or something like that.

But you get what I mean. I went back to the site just now because I like collage art and I wanted to see what was there.

Sadly, I lack a CORE membership as it requires both money and a dA account. This means I can’t see the stuff from waaay back in the day when I was there.

I mean, every so often I’ve gone back to see an old dA friend’s account. None of them seem to be very active anymore. Not surprising. But seriously, that site has gone through some serious renovations, so like…there’s no real nostalgia to hit me whenever I take a peek in.

Well, that’s not fully true.

If I go back and read the Xemnas Reports or the Potterific comics then there is definitely a woosh of nostalgia.



Because I like music

Trying to make a habit of just posting something–anything, really–every other day. Things have been extremely chaotic, and a lot of the previous posts of late haven’t exactly been happy.

So here’s something!

This is a song I’m quite fond of.

I don’t remember when I first heard it, but I’ve almost always known this song. The artist, Heather Alexander, no longer tours, but her heir, Alexander James Adams, does.

The older albums are probably my favorite.

Anyway, here’s the site.