no rigor mortis joke? 6/10
I have, and it’s an enjoyable book and I think it served its purpose well in its time. however, it’s still a standard that mortuary schools point to that maybe isn’t so accurate anymore. I should do a whole post on it one day.
yeah, I agree, dead animals are more upsetting to me for some reason. they just look so pathetic and helpless. their tongues are always lolling out and they have sad little poops.
not to say people don’t.
but I don’t know; it’s just different somehow. but I also feel closer to most animals and only really care for a few people, and have a hard time being around anyone I don’t know.
but in terms of enjoyment between cremating humans and animals, it’s probably about the same. it’s still interesting work to me, which is maybe a better word than “enjoyable”, because it is difficult, although the physical aspect of it does feel good most days. it’s far less paperwork and i-dotting and t-crossing than when I worked in funerals. transforming the dead to bone and dust is a much more visceral experience than the bureaucracy and decorum of funeral work.
in the tub listening to disintegration because let’s be real there was a time in my life many years ago when I wore two fake eyelashes on one eye like in clockwork orange. ask me questions and help me chill out on a sunday.
The last two nights were Members’ Night at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago! Here I am demonstrating the virtual unwrapping of a mummy from Ptolemaic Egypt. I also got to see Emily Grasile (@thebrainscoop) chatting about a two-faced calf skull, scoped out the dissection of a mountain lion, badger, and beaver, saw the dermestid beetles going to town on bird carcasses, and petted some stuffed birds. Every corner of the museum was open. I’m exhausted but I can’t wait for the next one!
1. make time for breakfast always
2. buy 10 sets of the same outfit and wear the same thing every day
3. stop narrating my life under my breath in a liberace impression
"Coffin Table"….Vintage coffin cart recycled in boutique hotel office.
Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!
1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace
I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work. He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.
I just watched the documentary and there is so much more about the troop that isn’t in this photoset—not only does the troop have a culture of little aggression and greater cooperation, but any incoming jerk baboons learned within a few months that their shitty behaviour was in no way acceptable, that the troop only rewarded sociability, and they changed accordingly.
If effin’ baboons can learn this there’s pretty much no reason to believe that our only option in dealing with assholes is to just ignore their behaviour and let it continue.
there really is no excuse.
"incoming jerk baboons" hahaha
one time in college i helped robert sapolsky get his powerpoint running because he had some kind of crazy ass flashdrive that wasn’t working with our computers, so he had to remake the entire powerpoint or something like 10 minutes before his lecture started, if i remember correctly. something crazy.
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