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Why isn't this in the budget discussions?


My sister just had a new Smilodon species named after her!

UF researcher describes new 5-million-year-old saber-toothed cat from Florida
March 14th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has described a new genus and species of extinct saber-toothed cat from Polk County, Fla., based on additional fossil acquisitions of the animal over the last 25 years.

The 5-million-year-old fossils belong to the same lineage as the famous Smilodon fatalis from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, a large, carnivorous apex predator with elongated upper canine teeth. Previous research suggested the group of saber-toothed cats known as Smilodontini originated in the Old World and then migrated to North America, but the age of the new species indicates the group likely originated in North America. The study appeared online in the journal PLOS One Wednesday.

“Smilodon first shows up on the fossil record around 2.5 million years ago, but there haven’t been a lot of good intermediate forms for understanding where it came from,” said study co-author Richard Hulbert Jr., vertebrate paleontology collections manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. “The new species shows that the most famous saber-toothed cat, Smilodon, had a New World origin and it and its ancestors lived in the southeastern U.S. for at least 5 million years before their extinction about 11,000 years ago. Compared to what we knew about these earlier saber-toothed cats 20 or 30 years ago, we now have a much better understanding of this group.”

Hulbert helped uncover fossils of the new genus and species, Rhizosmilodon fiteae, from a phosphate mine during excavations in 1990. The species was named after Barbara Fite of Lutz, Fla., who in 2011 donated one of the critical specimens used for the new description and allowed UF scientists to make casts of two other partial jaws in her collection.


Saber-toothed cat species, holotype specimen, is pictured in the foreground and the paratype specimen is pictured in the background.
Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage

She found the paratype specimen jaw in the photo.

The new Pope's first American TV appearance

Need advice on stamping impermeable items

I haven't done stamping since we cut shapes with potatoes and stamped craft paper with water colors at camp, so I am not at all familiar with the current stamp technology.

A group I am with needs to make favors for goody bags for a once a year gathering. A thought for future favors is to paint magnets with cute designs. I can buy ceramic disc magnets for cheap, spray paint them with an acrylic paint. Some people have hand painted little flowers on their magnets but the group I am with does not have that kind artistic talents.

I'm thinking of stamping designs on the magnets. My husband found some cute stamps, one set with flowers and leaves, the other with animal paw prints. Will these work to stamp acrylic paint on the painted surface of the magnets? Any tips as to techniques for applying paint to the very small stamps to get clean stamps on the magnets?

If this won't work, any suggestions?

Just watched "Saving Rhino Phila" and now "Rhino Wars"

"Saving Rhino Phila" was heartbreaking - the story of a rhino who survived two poacher attempts to kill her. It is a miracle she lived and she is now living in a zoo since that is the only place she can be kept safe.

"Rhino Wars" seems to be a land version of "Whale Wars" with combat veterans and high powered weapons to match the firepower of the poachers. After watching Phila's story, anything it takes to save the rhinos, including killing the poachers is fair game.

The opening of Rhino Wars shows a baby rhino whose mother has been killed squeaking for her. The poor baby.

This explains MSM's immortality!

Pope Tweets Picture Of Self With God
Dec 5, 2012

MIAMI—In his first post since joining social networking site Twitter early this week, Pope Benedict XVI has tweeted a picture of himself spending time with the Lord Our God, Divine Creator of the Universe. “Feelin real blessed today to be hangin out wit @therealHeavenlyFather today!” the pope wrote to his nearly 500,000 Twitter followers, attaching a link to a Twitpic photo of himself in which he is seen relaxing on his papal yacht with God. “Just gettin some sun and sippin cocktails. #loveit.” At press time, the picture had been retweeted by Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Oprah Winfrey, and Jesus Christ.

Why can't I upload a new avatar?

I had an avatar uploaded but I wanted to change to this image:

Every time I try to upload it I get a page with these error messages:

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If this page does not refresh, please click here.

I changed to no avatar thinking I needed to clear my old one before I could upload a new one, but that made no difference.


How wet is it? NWS says we've had over 6 inches of rain since Friday

And it is currently raining at several inches per hour. Our front yard is a stream and we have a lake in the lower pasture.

Saturday I had an event to attend. On the way home I had to drive through a rain white out - raining so hard I could not see the road. Before I got into it, I looked ahead and thought it was fog or smoke. There was a line past which everything just went white. I couldn't pull over, the sides of the road there are narrow with ditches that were full of water. In fact, the road, the ditches and any level ground near the road were one flat sheet of water.

It's rained harder than that a number of times since Saturday. According to the NWS we will get serious rain through tomorrow. We're under a flash flood warning right how.

This is Florida - where's my SUNSHINE?

Eleven crocheted Doctors and a crocheted TARDIS

The ‘Doctor Who’ Knitting Circle: Part 2
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Welcome, to anyone unfamiliar with her work, to the astonishingly nimble fingers of Austin, Texas’s crochet marvel, Allison Hoffman, who trades under the name Crafty Is Cool. Now Allison is not the first person to crochet or knit the cast of Doctor Who (remember the Doctor Who knitting circle part 1?), but she’s done such a bang-up job, it’s hard not to descend into outright dribbling worship.

all pics copyright Crafty Is Cool - http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com/

More pictures and patterns available at: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com/2013/01/doctor-who-patterns.html

First World Problems - Police Blotter version

The Police Blotter for America’s Third Most Expensive Zip Code is a Thing of First World Beauty

A woman told police someone was at her door and that when she asked who it was, no one answered. Police responded and determined the stranger outside had delivered a package.

A person was reprimanded for picking fruit from trees on a vacant property.

A resident worried that a noisy hawk in a tree was in some sort of distress. When authorities arrived, the hawk was quiet and enjoying dinner.


I'm particularly fond of the last entry!
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