Okay, Rats.


Vala the Brave, wreaking havoc on my desk, drinking my tea, stealing pastry, and waiting for me to leave so she can do mysterious things with the keyboard. Click for full size.

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© C. Ford.

Comments

  1. blf says

    So what sort of bird is she pretending to be?
    Habroptila wallacii — the invisible rail — I presume, except (1) H wallacii is not actually invisible, and (2) The puppet clearly is (albeit the effect does not extend to the inner rat propulsion unit).

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    The rat logic: I see it, it’s edible, it’s mine.

    Love the first and the seventh.

  3. blf says

    THat’s a rat with an attitude!

    Actually, it’s the tea who has attitude— observe how it keeps spitting the rat out.

  4. says

    Blf, she’s going puppet free!

    Ice Swimmer, yes, that’s rat logic, and it works. Pretty much the same priniciple of “Whatever is not nailed down is mine. What I can pry loose is not nailed down.” (Collis P. Huntingdon).

    Giliell, oh yes, Vala the Brave has attitude spilling out all over. (If I call her Vala, she either turns away, or nips at my fingers. She prefers Vala the Brave.)

  5. blf says

    she’s going puppet free!

    You mean there’s a free-rat bird out there!?
    The mildly deranged penguin is looking worried. Next you’ll be saying there are non-vicious peas, unevil horses, and cheese is made from milk.

  6. says

    Blf:

    The mildly deranged penguin is looking worried. Next you’ll be saying there are non-vicious peas, unevil horses, and cheese is made from milk.

    I wouldn’t do this for just anyone, but a word of warning: there will be horse photos in the morning! (Thurs. morning ‘merica time.)

  7. blf says

    there will be horse photos in the morning

    The mildly deranged penguin has A Plan™…
    (1) She’s gonna figure out this tweeter thing and tell teh toddler there’s photographic proof of moolsin horses invading from Canada, who intend to repurpose his new pipeline so Mexicans can simply walk under the wall. Then, (2) Well, uh, that’s too advanced thinking for teh toddler, but it’ll be really really great! And, (3) Best of all, he won’t pay any taxes on it!

  8. Patricia Phillips says

    Cute! Our rat Ginger also loves tea. I laugh when I see her going after my tea cup. She likes not only getting a little sip, but she likes to use it as some sort of perfume or wash water -- scrub behind her ears with a bit of tea. It’s the funniest thing.

  9. says

    Patricia, oh, at least mine don’t bathe in the the tea. I think. They do bathe in their water dish, necessitating a number of changes each day. :D

    rq, that’s about right. I don’t know what it is, but rats have an absolute genius for hitting combinations of keys which actually do things. I’m not a keyboard person, and don’t know most keyboard combinations or shortcuts, so I’m often in a quandary of figuring out what they did, and how to fix it.

  10. blf says

    I’m often in a quandary of figuring out what they did, and how to fix it

    Whilst keyboards which are proofed-against, or at least resistant-to, forty-foot high killer rats are uncommon, they do exist. There are three basic forms: Bigger than the Rats (hard to press magical key combinations), Blows Rats Up, and Releases the Krakens. CU, Which?, Modern Killer Rats, and similar, have not, however, done any tests / evaluations, so there is no data and less consensus as to which approach does just what…

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