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April 14, 2010

Men of VC, Take Note: Part Deux

If your vacuuming doesn't impress her, you can pick up some smooth moves from this dude.

Via BOQ

Posted by Cassandra at April 14, 2010 03:09 PM

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I don't know whether to wait 2 minutes until the first brush of a kiss;
or put on some blubber and let my whiskers grow.

Posted by: tomg51 at April 14, 2010 03:41 PM

Well, the big sad puppy eyes don't hurt either :p

Posted by: Cassandra at April 14, 2010 03:46 PM

Well, I don't have the eyes,
and blubber and whiskers would just lead to a roomba in the nightstand,
so, I guess I'll stick with moving slowly.

Posted by: tomg51 at April 14, 2010 04:21 PM

Pssst. The only dude in the vid -- aside from a couple of the penguins -- is the big brown shlub in the background.

The two stars are dudettes.

Posted by: BillT at April 14, 2010 04:37 PM

No way I'm gonna mention sex and relationships in *this* thread...

Posted by: BillT at April 14, 2010 04:39 PM

Wow, did ya see the way he gained her trust?


Posted by: TC at April 14, 2010 05:58 PM

while it is sweet, I was keeping an eye on that sleeping male sea lion in the back - do not know why she sat so close to him - very dangerous... plus, the stink there should be very bad...

Posted by: olga at April 14, 2010 06:45 PM

I think that certain people are able to disarm the natural defenses/aggression of other people or animals. A lot of it has to do with not being afraid and therefore not communicating fear.

I wrote about this a long time ago - one of my all time favorite posts:

http://www.villainouscompany.com/vcblog/archives/2005/08/dancing_with_be.html

Looking at my list of 'favorite posts' in the sidebar. Most them, actually, suck. I just dont' have time to go back through everything I've written over the years.

I liked that one, though.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 14, 2010 07:44 PM

Blast to the 40s

One of the more interesting moments in pre WWII history came both from Bella Dodd, from the CPUSA perspective, and also from the social lite parties that oftentimes translated to defeatism. As all intellectuals and unworthy elites tend to become, if they do not become power mongers.

This ones, however, asks the question of who will become a Nazi at these parties.

Then there is this review of the Attack of the Clones.

Wonderfully done

Body shivering funny.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 14, 2010 10:32 PM

I thought this thread was about the Harbor seal video???

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at April 15, 2010 12:19 AM

I like the penguins better. ;-)

Posted by: camojack at April 15, 2010 01:29 AM

Not harbor seals, Miss L -- elephant seals.

The southern species, judging from the avian fauna -- they bark with a drawl.

Posted by: BillT at April 15, 2010 04:37 AM

It’s might be hard to pick the best Mother’s Day gift for the Empress this year, a Roomba or an elephant seal. The Roomba would make up for any vacuuming deficiencies that I have but she does love cuddling the cat the kids and I got her for Mother’s Day 2008. And there is so much more to love (and cuddle) with an elephant seal.

Posted by: crazy mike at April 15, 2010 05:58 AM

"Snuggling with Lions" seems to be an appropriate equivalent.... Those things are predators and all it would take would be for the briefest "I wonder what she would taste like" to flit across its mind and this would be a discussion akin to the dude who got himself eaten by his beloved bears.....

William sends.

Posted by: William at April 15, 2010 06:54 AM

"Showing respect for nature." No, that's not showing respect for nature. That's showing ignorance and lack of self-preservation. If you truly "respected" those seals, you'd be nowhere near them, as William and Olga point out, they're extremely large, territorial predators. Apparently, neither the female in the video, nor her male in the background were hungry enough, or annoyed enough to kill that woman. But that could have changed at any moment.

Respect for nature is realizing that at any moment, it can and will do its level best to kill you. Nature doesn't care that you want to preserve it. It doesn't care if your heart is pure or if your carbon footprint is zero. In fact, it doesn't care about you at all. And if you do not guard your life with steely eyed determination and take every precaution you can, it will kill you. And even if you do stay vigilant, it might manage to kill you anyhow.

We're an arrogant species. We believe we have the power to control, or even harm nature. Ask the Bering Sea fishermen if we control nature. Ask a farmer if we control nature. Ask anyone who's job actually involves going out into the wild places if we control nature. If they say we do, rest assured, they will find a way to die out there, or else they will have a close call and learn differently.

I respect nature. I stay as far away from it as I possibly can.

Posted by: MikeD at April 15, 2010 10:36 AM

That girl nearly killed me.
I'm never going near on again. ;-)

Posted by: tomg51 at April 15, 2010 02:12 PM

near one.
try to make joke....sheesh

Posted by: tomg51 at April 15, 2010 02:13 PM

"The southern species, judging from the avian fauna -- they bark with a drawl."
Bill, you owe my firm a new monitor

Posted by: olga at April 15, 2010 02:16 PM

Apparently, neither the female in the video, nor her male in the background were hungry enough, or annoyed enough to kill that woman.

They're predators, but what they prey on lives in the sea. If you don't look or smell like prey, you're not going to be eaten by a hungry seal.

That said, seals are also *prey* to other predators -- but in the case of the southern elephant seal, the predators are also sea-dwellers. A hundred years ago, they'd have bolted at the sight of a man, because we hunted them from ships, but no more.

The *northern* elephant seal is still a prey animal for man. The human dudette wouldn't have even gotten within 200 meters of the seals before they stampeded into the water.

Posted by: BillT at April 15, 2010 03:13 PM

Bill, you owe my firm a new monitor

How about a visqueen dropcloth instead?

Posted by: BillT at April 15, 2010 03:16 PM

This incident turned out OK, but not all snuggling with wild animals does. I kept worrying that the seal was gonna try for a little cross-species nookie, or accidentally crush the woman to death in his effort to smother her with affection. I'll stick to mammals smaller than myself, thanks.

Posted by: I Call BS at April 15, 2010 03:47 PM

I kept worrying that the seal was gonna try for a little cross-species nookie, or accidentally crush the woman to death in his effort to smother her with affection.

As noted above, the seal was *female*. They're a bit less rambunctious than the males, and weigh a *lot* less -- this one probably tipped the scales at about 230 pounds, and the neck-arching was *submissive* behavior...

Posted by: BillT at April 15, 2010 04:08 PM

Which is better.

Submissive Female or Aggressive Male?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 15, 2010 04:44 PM

Which is better. Submissive Female or Aggressive Male? Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 15, 2010 04:44 PM

I guess it depends on whether ONE is a submissive female or an aggressive male.

[rim shot]

Posted by: I Call BS at April 15, 2010 07:46 PM

Which is better. Submissive Female or Aggressive Male? Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 15, 2010 04:44 PM

I guess it depends on whether ONE is a submissive female or an aggressive male.

[rim shot]

Posted by: I Call BS at April 15, 2010 07:47 PM

Which is better. Submissive Female or Aggressive Male? Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 15, 2010 04:44 PM

I guess it depends on whether ONE is a submissive female or an aggressive male.

[rim shot]

Posted by: I Call BS at April 15, 2010 07:47 PM

It's hard to do better than a submissive female.

Posted by: Grim at April 15, 2010 08:29 PM

Tastes differ. Some men prefer a challenge. Other prefer a sure thing.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 15, 2010 08:36 PM

Who said submissive females weren't a challenge? The operative word is "female." :)

Actually, I can't kid you. You can judge me by the company I keep.

Posted by: Grim at April 15, 2010 08:40 PM

Some men prefer a challenge. Other prefer a sure thing.

I prefer women who consider *me* a challenge.

Posted by: BillT at April 16, 2010 05:41 AM

See? I don't hog *all* the straight lines.

Posted by: BillT at April 16, 2010 05:44 AM

They're predators, but what they prey on lives in the sea. If you don't look or smell like prey, you're not going to be eaten by a hungry seal.

Bill, sorry, but I'm calling oversimplification on this. Sharks are predators that prey almost exclusively on things that live in the sea. They've been known to bite people (and eat them). Humans are on the menu of a remarkably small number of predators, and yet, we manage to get bit (and eaten) by a whole slew of them. Why? because most predators tend to be opportunistic. If there's something that appears to be an easy meal, they'll take a bite at it.

Hell, hippos don't even eat meat, and yet they manage to kill more people in Africa than any other single non-parasite (mosquitos and tse-tse flies beat them, I believe). Any animal that weighs a ton or more needs to be treated with respect (by which I mean they need to be left alone). I wouldn't approach a moose or bison, regardless of the fact that they are herbivores. They could kill you out of neglect even if they aren't overtly frightened or hostile.

Posted by: MikeD at April 16, 2010 09:49 AM

Well, life is dangerous, Mike. That's why there is glory in it. :)

Posted by: Grim at April 16, 2010 10:11 AM

I can sum it all up in two words: Sex sucks.
Deal with it.

Posted by: Cricket at April 19, 2010 11:08 AM

Humans are on the menu of a remarkably small number of predators, and yet, we manage to get bit (and eaten) by a whole slew of them.

Then that means we're on the menu, aren't we?

Hell, hippos don't even eat meat, and yet they manage to kill more people in Africa than any other single non-parasite (mosquitos and tse-tse flies beat them, I believe).

You're overlooking one thing. Hippos can *run*.

The only thing slower on land than an elephant seal is slime mold.

Posted by: BillT at April 19, 2010 01:30 PM

I can sum it all up in two words: Sex sucks.

Well, if you do it right, anyway.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at April 19, 2010 01:38 PM

...you're not going to be eaten by a hungry seal.

I'll take great comfort in knowing that the seal that is crushing the life out of me because it was ticked off won't eat me. :-)

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at April 19, 2010 01:42 PM

Yup. Like we said about the VC and the NVA -- "they can kill us, but they can't eat us...."

Posted by: BillT at April 19, 2010 03:29 PM

I didn't finish: 'Sex Sucks. When there is a lack.'

Yu-Ain..oh thilly one! How can I get all piththed off at you?

*flounces off*

Posted by: Cricket at April 19, 2010 06:29 PM

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