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Yeah, so...despite what people might think, whatever preconceived ideas might have been nurtured by the sort of erotica I write, it is only very rarely that I have sex dreams. That is, dreams with sexual content, much less dreams wherein I actually get any. This morning, however, I had what can only be described as a Buffy slash fic dream. Me and Willow (Alyson Hannigan). Only she was older, and was dressed very like Stevie Nicks (some might say this is a Wiccan's worst nightmare). And I was a werewolf. And just as things were getting interesting, Spooky (who'd been there all along, watching from the sidelines), told us we should both put our clothes back on. And we did. And then the dream headed off elsewhere. Spooky claims that I cannot hold her responsible for things she did in my dreams. I mean, to her credit, in her defence, it was my dream. But...I'm suspicious.

Yesterday? Exquisite. We left Providence sometime between 12:30 and 1 p.m. (CaST), and took 95 south and then west out of Rhode Island and into Connecticut. It was cold, but there were clouds to hide the sky. I'd brought Lovecraft along, just in case I needed something to read, to keep my eyes off the blue sky. But the clouds were there to keep it at bay. We reached New Haven about 2:30 p.m. (CaST). Upon reaching the Yale campus, our first destination was the Grove Street Cemetery (organized in 1796, incorporated October 1797). We parked on Hillhouse Avenue, then walked west to Prospect, then turned west again on Grove Street. Anyway, the Grove Street Cememtery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever seen, with lots of Egyptian Revival architecture. There were exceptionally fat, fuzzy grey squirrels everywhere, and great hordes of pigeons. Well, flocks, I suppose, not hordes. We soon located the gravestone of Othniel Charles Marsh (October 29, 1831 – March 18, 1899), one half of the "Great Bone War." I'm sort of ashamed that I managed to visit Marsh's grave before Edward Drinker Cope's, seeing as how I always had a much greater admiration for Cope (and someday I'll tell you the story of my incredibly tiny role in the history of the Cope/Marsh feud). I laid a dime on the pink granite monument, despite my misgivings about Marsh. Buried next to him is another Yale paleontologist, Charles Schuchert (July 3, 1858-November 20 1942), who coined the term paleobiology in 1904. Anyway, regardless of his pomposity and dirty dealings, Marsh named such dinosaurs as Torosaurus, Apatosaurus, and Allosaurus, as well as the Cretaceous toothed birds, Hesperornis and Ichthyornis.

Oh, there was a stop before Grove Street. We ducked into a computer science building on Prospect to find a restroom. It was enormous and deserted, and quickly searching the empty hallways for a toilet, I felt a little like Sarah Connor. Yeah. I'm a nerd. And has anyone else ever been amused by the fact that the psychology department at Yale is located on Hillhouse Avenue? Anyway, after the cemetery (where I will be returning to steal names), and after I stopped to tie my shoe on the steps of Woolsey Hall, we headed back to the van, and then on to the Peabody Museum of Natural History (estab. 1917, though the original building was destroyed and the museum moved to its current location in 1925). I will spare you all the gory details. I'd not been to the Peabody since June or July of 2000. Eight years. We spent a good deal of time with the dinosaurs, but also took time to see the rest of the museum (which I'd never done before). By about 5:30 (CaST), my senses were on overload. All the paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, botany, evolutionary biology, ornithology, and so on and on and on. I spent a long time squinting at Rudolph Zallinger's mural, The Age of Reptiles (1947). I bought a small dodo bird in the gift shop, and the cashier remarked how sad it was that there is not even so much as a single photograph of a dodo. Now the dodo has taken its place on my desk, next to the platypus. If I have "totem animals," I suppose they are the platypus and dodo. Anyway...we left Yale just after dark. I slept all the way back to Providence. A grand day, indeed. There are photos below, behind the cut.

After Chinese food, we ate Turkish Delight and watched Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (2007), and it was great getting more Martha Jones. The look of the animation was beautiful, and the script was good, even if the character animation was stiff. After that, we watched (for the second time) "Partners in Crime," wherein the good doctor gets stuck with a bland, annoying woman as his companion. No, I cannot seem to warm to Catherine Tate. We've only seen the first four eps of Season 4, so we're getting them from Netflix now. Afterwards, we drank pomegranate martinis and played WoW. My disenchantment grows. And please, please, please...I know you mean well, but I need people to stop suggesting that I might enjoy text-based rp. I did. In 1995. Now, I need a visual interface. Otherwise, the rp is just writing, which is...work. I'm sorry. I'm just like that. We got to bed very, very late.

And, as I said, there are photos behind the cut:





The grave of Othniel Charles Marsh.



The grave of Charles Schuchert.



The main entrance to the Grove Street Cemetery.



The inscription adorning the cemetery entrance, which I take as further evidence that the zombie apocalypse is inevitable.



"Oh, wise Torosaurus! Hear me, as I come seeking your council. Should I continue squandering three hours a night on World of Warcraft? Or should I go back to reading, you know, books?"

To which the beast replies, "The answer you seek is to be found in the lair of a Level 38 Boulderfist orgre in the Arathi Highlands, which can only be slain with the Sword of Infinite Drudgery, which you must first acquire from a Level 50 centaur somewhere in the Barrens. Don't ask me where. Now, go in peace, my child."

Er...me and the Torosaurus scuplture (2005) outside the Peabody.



Spooky was fascinated by these skulls, taken by headhunters (though I can't recall where). She now wants human skulls to carve upon, and says that she's accepting donations.



LIfe-sized model of the Giant Squid (Architeuthis dux) in the entryway atrium. This is, by the way, the first ever full-sized model of the Giant Squid, sculpted by J. H. Emerton in 1883.



Theropods, large and small. What you're seeing here a skull of the tyrannosaurid Albertosaurus, and, indicated by the yellow arrow, a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. I had to stick the arrow in, because I'm standing in the background, looking at a display of living carnivorous plants, and the poor hummingbird gets lost in the shuffle.



Too bad this one came out blurry. The dinosaurs of the Peabody, including Camptosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Claosaurus.



An assortment of ceratopsian skulls, mostly Triceratops, with a Torosaurus skull at the very back.

All photographs Copyright © 2008 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

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smallpinkfish
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just zoned out for like an hour looking at these. They are almost better than being there because noone can stare at you funny or kick you and tell you to get out of the way. It is very hard not to imagine yourself inside the jaws of that albertosaurus or what it would be like to be next to one of any of those. I also loved the giant squid. I am completely usure what turkish delight is though and wondering if it is possible to prepay for a predetermined amount of sirenia digest or weather it's best to just just run it the regular way.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)

I am completely usure what turkish delight is

Loukoum. A confection. Look here. Also, it's a means sometimes employed by White Witches to lure greedy children into sleighs....

wondering if it is possible to prepay for a predetermined amount of sirenia digest or weather it's best to just just run it the regular way.

Works either way. Up to you (and thanks).
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txtriffidranch
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I have to get out there one of these days. I've wanted to visit the Peabody since I was four: the closest I've come is by putting up a copy of The Age of Reptiles in my cube at work. (My boss is a Fine Arts major, and he'd never heard of Zallinger before I came to work here. Now he's a serious enthusiast, but I think he's more fond of John Sibbick.)

Oh, and I apologize for not getting you the dodo when I had the chance: I thought you'd want the platypus more. On the other side, just to let you know, Safari now has its Amargasaurus figures out, and they're as good as the old Battat ones from a decade ago. It's about time the dicraeosaurs got a bit of respect.

And since you know that I'm going to ask, what sorts of carnivores were in the living plant display?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)


And since you know that I'm going to ask, what sorts of carnivores were in the living plant display?


I recall Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews.

On the other side, just to let you know, Safari now has its Amargasaurus figures out, and they're as good as the old Battat ones from a decade ago. It's about time the dicraeosaurs got a bit of respect.

Sweet. Yeah...I have the Battat Amargasaurus.

Oh, and I apologize for not getting you the dodo when I had the chance: I thought you'd want the platypus more.

Pfft. You got we the platypus, and now I have a dodo. Oh, and the BMNH Dimetrodon, that was a lifer.
elmocho
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Spooky claims that I cannot hold her responsible for things she did in my dreams. I mean, to her credit, in her defence, it was my dream. But...I'm suspicious.

Whenever anyone tells me I've been in their dreams, I ask about what I'm up to. I like to keep abreast of my dream rep.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)

I like to keep abreast of my dream rep.

I fear Spooky's just dropped a notch with me. Ahem.
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sovay
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a splendid day. Plus dreamtime lycanthropy. I used to visit the Grove Street Cemetery on a regular basis, but I think all my photographs are, you know, on film. I haven't been to the museum since 2006.

Er...me and the Torosaurus sculpture (2005) outside the Peabody.

Author photo!

If I have "totem animals," I suppose they are the platypus and dodo.

I think that very appropriate. Just don't go extinct.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Plus dreamtime lycanthropy.

Yeah. If only I got more of that. With Alyson Hannigan....

Author photo!

I fear the resolution on our digital is too low for print. But, yeah. We're talking about going back and restaging the same shot.

Just don't go extinct.

I am trying....

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k_t_r
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Ooh, cool dinosaurs! And a very cool cemetary entrance, too.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)

And a very cool cemetary entrance, too.

Perhaps the coolest I have ever seen.
iterum
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who season 4
Donna Tate, after an annoying beginning, grew on me to become my favorite so far of the new series. So maybe you'll like her better eventually. Or maybe not.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Doctor Who season 4


It seems unlikely. And I can't escape these fantasies of Sally Sparrow as a companion.
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tsarina
Dec. 5th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
What kind of offering would one give the Great Torosaurus? I love that picture.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 5th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)

What kind of offering would one give the Great Torosaurus?

Artichokes.
blakesrealm
Dec. 5th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I guess my only suggestion in regards to WoW (and any other MMO) is that it's all about your perspective and what you want from the game. As you've obviously noticed already true RP isn't available in WoW, or, honestly, any MMO. I think that the face to face interaction of sit down games just can't be replicated in the digital, typing based games like WoW.

So when you realize and accept that it's again down to your focus in the game. Perhaps it's working on 'building' up your character(s). Focus on perhaps working their personal stories and try to connect it to certain lore points -- and follow the various lore tangents and see where they lead. Some of the lore is utter crap, but there are some interesting story lines that you can follow through series of quests.

Here's to hoping that you and Spooky find something that you can focus in on and enjoy. I will say this, the story arcs get better once you get higher in level. Especially at level 58 when you move in the first expansion -- the Outlands. Though, given your level(s) it's going to be quite a while before you hit that point.

Best of luck. Also glad that you had a good time revisiting the museum and the cemetery.
teeheeiambad
Dec. 5th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Museum pics= teh awsum!

Marsh and Cope...*that* is an amazing story that most people have zero clue about. Its a great American true adventure saga, with everything and the kitchen sink, thrown in for good measure. What would you consider the best book on the subject for a layperson? I have a friend that I think would really like to read about it. Something well written, along the lines of say, Eric Larson or Simon Winchesters's style, would be right up his alley. Any tips, would be grand.

Doctor Who-Donna: Yes, she starts out annoying as hell. However, as another mentioned, by the end of the season, Donna pretty much rocks. She is cheeky as hell, loud, opinionated. It does him damn good to be challenged by her. Also, the pair are like a couple of kids, with their bent for the wacky.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Marsh and Cope...*that* is an amazing story that most people have zero clue about. Its a great American true adventure saga, with everything and the kitchen sink, thrown in for good measure. What would you consider the best book on the subject for a layperson?

I suggest:

The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Scientific Feud of the Guilded Age by David Rains Wallace (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).

and

The Guilded Dinosaur: The Fossil War Between E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh and the Rise of American Science by Mark Jaffe (Crown, 2000).
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jacobluest
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Don't be too suspicious of Spooky. Dream-Jacob is a total asshole, and I have the absurd desire to fight. him. But it's like that with doppelgängers. After all, I'm sure you would likewise ascribe--at least in part--to my personal theory that the dreamworld is there to break through, and if not that, at least fuck with us?

As for your Torosaurian-inspired quest, I offer this mildly amusing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExEVAiy85H4

Run-oningliestingly,

~Jacob
sfmarty
Dec. 6th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I tend to judge actors on how they move. Tate moves like she has body restraints. Also, I saw her on the Graham Norton Show and her ignorance about Who (she had no clue about the Daleks) and her evident distain for the show's concept was really evident. I have seen a few of her comedy shows and was underwhelmed. People seem to like her tho. I am glad you, who's taste I admire, doesn't care for her either.
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