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09 November 2014 @ 05:17 pm
I think being buried under internship applications has made me a little loopy these days. I procrastinated on the Internet by getting sucked into some sort of youTube vortex about penguins. Yeah, I don't know.

Emperor penguins, in particular when they're babies are pretty damn cute:

There was this golden video about scientists trying to research Emperor penguins by creating a robot penguin:

I think describing that robot as "cleverly" disguised is exaggerating it a bit. I'm convinced the penguins knew it wasn't real but was kind of like, "Huh, someone left their toy behind. Oh well." But apparently the scientists are planning on updating it so that the robot can peep back because apparently the adult penguins were a bit turned off by the fact that it didn't make noises. Oh really? It was the lack of noise and not the fact that it had wheels for feet and a shiny hole where the stomach should be??

And then youTube helpfully pointed me to this video:

This is what happens when you do too many projects, Benedict Cumberbatch. You start to lose the ability to talk.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 9th, 2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad, I Googled how to style box braids on African hair for a story in which a character has box braids because I wanted to get a feel for how she might wear them, and ended watching videos on how to take care of African hair and how to install and take down a huge range of styles and ending up debating whether I might prefer the character to have Havana twists, or maybe Goddess braids instead. I was serious there for hours. For an OC. Who is John's physio in a daemon story I'm writing, and has no bearing on the plot other than to connect the one shots and flirt with Lestrade a little.

'Pengwings!' Aww, Ben. I couldn't say 'submarine' for many, many years. My mum can't say 'millenium'. We all have our words. I do have to put a little more blame on the people who let it go out with 'penwings', though. Did seriously no one stop him and say 'uh, Benedict, you're giving us a bit of a weird take on penguins, could you watch that?'
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 9th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
I for the longest time kept pronouncing 'epitome' wrong. I knew in my mind that it was epi-toe-mee but I kept wanting to say it as epi-tome. I'd have to sort of pause and force myself to say it the right way.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 10th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
My mum told me a story about when she was little and she used the word 'bedraggled' and her teacher burst out laughing, because she'd only ever read it and she'd decided it should be pronounced 'bed-raggled', like a raggled bed. I used to think Besmirched was pronounced 'bis-mirked' for some reason, until I heard someone say it aloud and I made the connection. I don't know why I chose to go with the less logical pronunciation.

English is a weird language.