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I woke up at 11:55 to-day. AM! Technically morning! I'm a normal person after all!

I actually fell asleep at around 4am, too, so I got about eight hours. I saw that a different cat comes around the backyard during the day, a white one with brown spots and a grey and black stripy raccoon's tail.

It's interesting the parade of animals that pass before the window just above the kitchen sink while I wash out the coffee pot. Yesterday it was a pair of alligator lizards doing push-ups. They were both facing me and it almost seemed worshipful, like the Kali cultists in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, until one of them pounced on the other, apparently misidentifying the other lizard as a member of the opposite sex. Or not.

Last night I watched the eighth episode of Battlestar Galactica, in which we learned that the Galactica has no-one more qualified to interrogate a dangerous prisoner than a recently injured fighter pilot, that Starbuck's plan to get information out of the guy was to ask him sternly, that Starbuck's ridiculously easy to manipulate, and that Cylons don't crack under torture. I already had misgivings about the episode when it began with Roslin walking through the woods in a luminous white gown. I was afraid we were heading for soppy romance territory.

But, despite my problems with the episode, I did actually enjoy it. It's nice when a show reminds us of the ineffectiveness of torture nowadays, and I liked the stuff between Gaius and Boomer. Of course, if Gaius doesn't immediately report his finding that Boomer's a Cylon to Adama, the whole thing's going to seem pretty silly. But I'm sure it won't happen that way.

The episode was written by Toni Graphia, one of a couple individuals involved in both this series and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, also including composer Bear McCreary. Small world.

McCreary's website identifies him as "composer/lyricist/accordionist". The picture of him on the site shows a serious young man with one of those van dyke's only terminal geeks think looks cool. I would so love to see him cameo on Terminator on a street corner with his accordion and maybe some lederhosen, telling Cameron that he wishes to "serenade her with the dark passion of polka."

But the guy does do a good job on both series. I enjoy allowing my mind to accidentally suss English lyrics from the alien language vocals of the Battlestar Galactica theme. Last night I was getting, "Oba awesome. Now we call the radio. On a garden rack's out your mind. Now young candelabra's a . . . way ya . . . HOP!"

Well, I'd better go make use of the day now. Ha!
Current Location: Gilligan's Island
Current Mood: excitedi am the lizard king
Current Music: "Star of the County Down" - The Pogues
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From:spacecoyotevega
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
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Actually, it sounds like those lizards were engaged in a territorial dispute, and probably each was fully aware that the other was of its own gender (male, at a guess, though I don't know the particulars of gender-specific territorial behavior in alligator lizards.) Anyway, yeah. That's pretty obviously an agonistic territorial display you're describing. Though there is a lot of overlap between agonistic/territorial behavior and courtship behavior, found cross-species and even cross-phylum. Oh, and interestingly enough, there is a species of lizard which consists entirely of females, which reproduce by parthenogenetic cloning- but they don't go through their reproductive cycles unless they engage in courtship behavior and faux-copulation with one another. I even think it's somewhere in California. Whole species of parthenogenetic-clone lesbian lizards. Kinda cool huh?
what are they called... I'm thinking some sort of whiptail lizard? I'll have to look that up...
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From:setsuled
Date:January 18th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
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Actually, it sounds like those lizards were engaged in a territorial dispute

Oh, okay. I bet they were fighting over which one was more devoted to my glory.
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From:spacecoyotevega
Date:January 18th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
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Ah yes, this makes sense! Obviously each believed the other unworthy of witnessing your divine countenance, and as neither would admit that s/he was the undeserving one, there was no other choice than to settle the matter by way of gladiatorial combat.
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From:setsuled
Date:January 18th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
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Exactly. And here I thought the world was running out of reasonable people.

I'd love to see how the neighbours would react if I started holding political rallies for the lizards outside the house. I could stand on a makeshift stage shirtless and wearing a strange tribal headdress singing "The End" and "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors. I bet I could get some followers that way . . .
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From:spacecoyotevega
Date:January 19th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I'd follow ya. Wheee, lizard dance party!
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From:setsuled
Date:January 20th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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Hey, I'd follow ya.

Good. We'll need human overseers for the lizards.
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