Pixel Scroll 2/20/18 Not All Pixels Scroll Up In Value. Some May Scroll Down

(1) NEW DOCTOR WHO LOGO. Merchandise with the Thirteenth Doctor’s new logo is on sale starting today.

(2) MEDICAL MARVEL. Pat Cadigan reports some good news in her latest update: “I Have Cancer But Cancer Doesn’t Have Me”.

The level of cancer in my body has fallen again. The hormones I’m taking are still killing off cancer cells.

Today I saw a new members of my oncologist’s team. It was all I could do not to start dancing around her office. Although who knows—she might have danced with me. She looked amazed when she checked the results of my blood test.

On our way out, Chris and I ran into a few fellow-travellers who said they liked my lucky short—i.e., the one that says, I’m Making Cancer My Bitch. I love my lucky shirt.

(3) HEDGEHOG DAY. Daniel P. Dern has been keeping an eye on superhero TV and provided this update for the Scroll:

In last night’s Legends of Tomorrow (B-lister superheroes travelling through time and space to fix history hiccups usually using the Dr “House” method of first making things much much worse…) Season 3 Episode 11, ”Here I Go Again” — “Zari [not from our time period] finds her place on the team when she gets caught in a time loop that results in the Waverider blowing up over and over again.”

The fun part is that when she realizes what’s happening, she tries describing it, one of the from-our-time heroes says “OK, on the next cycle, find me and say, ‘Groundhog Day.'” (which, of course, on the first try, she instead says ‘Hedgehog Day.’)

(And another of the from-our-time heroes counters with a Star Trek time loop citation…)

Fun episode, marred only IMHO by (SPOILER ROT13ed) znxvat vg ghea bhg gb or n pbzchgre-vaqhprq plorefcnpr rkcrevrapr engure guna npghny Tebhaqubt Qnl ybbcvat. Cuhv.

(Just like bar bs gur yngre Beivyyr rcvfbqrf univat ~3/4 bs gur rcvfbqr erirnyrq gb or orra n “Jr’ir unq lbh va n ubybqrpx fpranevb sbe cflpubgurencl” znthssva, sru.)

Like one of the recent episodes of The Magicians (scrolled recently), it’s gratifying to see characters from our time period exhibit familiarity with sf pop culture enough to use them as information shortcuts.

(4) A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED. Robin Reid says, “I just finished John Kessel’s latest, Pride and Prometheus (Mary Bennett from Pride and Prejudice meets Victor Frankenstein and his Creature)” and recommends Liz Bourke’s review “Literary Fusion: Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel” at Tor.com.

There are three main points of view in Pride and Prometheus. The most interesting, by my lights, is Mary Bennett, younger sister of Elizabeth Bennett. Several years have passed since the end of Pride and Prejudice, and Mary has passed thirty years of age and is entering into spinsterhood. She has an interest in natural philosophy, especially fossils, and feels as though she should find a man to marry, but does not feel as though there is a man who will marry her. When she encounters Victor Frankenstein, a young man haunted by some secret of his past, she finds herself oddly compelled by his presence. Mary’s part of the narrative is told in the third person, unlike the other two narrators, who recount their parts of the story in the first person. This matches the approach of the original narratives.

(5) KEEP ON TRUCKING. Time to celebrate: “NASA’s Opportunity rover sees its 5,000th day on Mars”.

This weekend, NASA’s Opportunity rover spent its 5,000th day on Mars. While that is a feat in and of itself, it’s even more impressive when you consider that it was only planned to last 90 Martian days, or sols. Both Opportunity and its companion rover Spirit were launched towards Mars in 2003, landing on two different parts of the planet in January 2004. Neither were expected to make it through Mars’ harsh winter though, which lasts about twice as long as ours and is severely lacking in light, but NASA’s team discovered that pointing the rovers towards the north and towards the sun was enough to keep them powered through the winter. Further, making sure the rovers were on north-facing slopes each winter helped to keep them going for years longer than they were ever intended to function.

(6) HEROIC EFFORT. The Nielsen Haydens’ Making Light suffered a server problem and at the moment the latest post displayed is dated 2008. I wish them the best of luck and a complete return to the internet of all their text and comments.

(7) MORE GENRE FROM THE TOY FAIRE. See photos of toys hyped at the NYC Toy Fair at the link.

With new installments of Star Wars, Jurassic Worldand the Avengers headed our way this summer, movie fans have plenty to cheer about. The same goes for toy lovers, who can look forward to action figures, play sets, board games, and other playthings based on 2018’s biggest blockbusters and hottest television shows. Yahoo Entertainment spent the past weekend at New York City’s annual festival for toys, Toy Fair, where we got to see both the new and retro movie- and TV-related toys that everyone will be talking about this year. Scroll through the gallery and start getting your holiday wish lists ready now.

They include —

Lego ‘Star Wars’ Kessel Run Millennium Falcon

It took Han Solo only 12 parsecs to make his famous run through the Kessel Mines. See if you can lap that record as you assemble this 1,414-piece Lego Millennium Falcon, which comes complete with laser turrets and a Dejarik board

Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie

It’s the Star Wars answer to Teddy Ruxpin: an interactive Chewbacca doll who talks, uh, growls on command and can also be rocked to sleep or tickled into a laughing fit. Warning: Kids might have to compete with their parents for cuddle time with this adorable Wookiee.

(8) APES AT 50. Mark Kermode talks about the 50th anniversary of Planet of the Apes release and wonders if Star Wars will look as good at the same age.

“Of course,” says IanP, “Star Wars isn’t growing old as gracefully with all its repeated facelifts …”

(9) ALMOST ERASED. Vulture interviews “The Man Who Made Black Panther Cool”:

Christopher Priest broke the color barrier at Marvel and reinvented a classic character. Why was he nearly written out of comics history?

“I’m an asshole. I’m abrasive. I am so sure that I’m right about virtually everything. I can sing you an aria of reasons to not like me,” says comics writer Christopher Priest, his bass voice rising to the brink of anger but never quite tipping over. “Not liking me because I’m black is so juvenile and immature, because there’s many reasons to not like me.” He’s speaking, as he often does, about the racism — both overt and structural — that he’s faced in the comics industry over his 40-year career. But that set of attributes, seen from another angle, can apply to the reasons to like him, or at least admire him — he’s unwaveringly outspoken, endearingly opinionated, as well as a pioneer in the comics industry. He’s also likely the only comics writer to have taken breaks from his career at various times to toil as a musician, pastor, and bus driver.

(10) NEBULA TOOL. Now that the Nebula finalists are out, Rocket Stack Rank has prepared an annotated version with links to the stories (where possible), synopses, reviews, etc. — “2017 Annotated Nebula Award Finalists”

Greg Hullender explains, “By sorting the list according to how many different sources of recommendation each one got, we make it easier to see where the Nebulas are acknowledging broadly popular stories and where the SFWA members have a unique perspective.”


  • February 20, 1962  — Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.


  • Born February 20,  1926 Richard Matheson (links to SyFy Wire’s commemorative article.)


  • Daniel P. Dern got the Amazon reference in Grimmy.
  • Chip Hitchcock noticed something super about Arlo and Janis.

(14) A LITTLE MISTAKE. If either of us had actually gone to a copyediting school, I’d wonder if RedWombat and I graduated from the same one:

(15) INTERNET VISUALIZED. Looking back: “The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A ‘Black Mirror'” contrasts idealistic inventor Vint Cerf with William Gibson’s what-will-really-happen.

While Cerf and his colleagues were busy inventing, the young aspiring science fiction writer William Gibson was looking for a place to set his first novel. Gibson was living in Seattle, and he had friends who worked in the budding tech industry. They told him about computers and the Internet, “and I was sitting with a yellow legal pad trying to come up with trippy names for a new arena in which science fiction could be staged.”

The name Gibson came up with: cyberspace. And for a guy who had never seen it, he did a great job describing it in that 1984 book, Neuromancer: “A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.”

(16) GOODLIFE. The scum of the Earth has been around longer than they thought: “Origins of land plants pushed back in time”.

A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought.

Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to new research.

These early moss-like plants greened the continents, creating habitats for land animals.

The study, based on analysing the genes of living plants, overturns theories based purely on fossil plant evidence.

“Land plants emerged on land half a billion years ago, tens of millions of years older than the fossil record alone suggests,” said study author, Dr Philip Donoghue of the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.

(17) AFROFUTURISM. The Washington Post’s Sonia Rao, in the wake of Black Panther, gives an overview of Afrofuturism and discusses forthcoming Afrofuturist projects, including Janelle Monae’s new album Dirty Computer and a forthcoming TV production of Octavia Butler’s Dawn directed by Ava DuVernay.“The resurgence of Afrofuturism goes beyond ‘Black Panther,’ to Janelle Monáe, Jay-Z and more “.

Monáe released a trailer on Friday for “Dirty Computer,” a new album with an accompanying narrative film. The 30-second teaser, set to air ahead of some “Black Panther” showings, presents clips of a dystopian world set to guitar feedback and snapping fingers. Monáe’s co-star Tessa Thompson is abducted by a man dressed in military gear. We cut to the two embracing on a beach. Seconds later, Monáe lies on an examination table while someone strokes a mysterious tattoo on her arm.

“They drained us of our dirt, and all the things that made us special,” she narrates. “And then you were lost. Sleeping. And you didn’t remember anything at all.”

Monáe’s work has exhibited Afrofuturist influences for years — the Quietus, an online British magazine, proclaimed back in 2010 that she “brandishes the acetylene torch for radical Afrofuturism.” In her multi-album “Metropolis” saga, the singer’s alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, is a messianic android who was sent back in time to lead a protest movement against an oppressive regime.


(18) CORRECTING AN OMISSION. Yesterday’s Scroll quoted K. Tempest Bradford’s tweet contrasting her own fundraiser to JDA’s, but she didn’t get all the benefit from that she might have because the tweet didn’t link to her YouCaring page — “Send K. T. Bradford To Egypt! (For Research)”. She had reached $3,135 of her $5,000 goal, but earlier today a couple of large donations put her over the top. Congratulations!

(19) THE FRANCHISE. With six you get Sharknado Bloody Disguting has the details:

Not surprisingly, Sharknado 6 is coming this Summer, and the first plot details, along with an early piece of poster art, have come to us out of EFM today.

In the sixth installment…

“All is lost, or is it? Fin unlocks the time-traveling power of the SHARKNADOS in order to save the world and resurrect his family. In his quest, Fin fights Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and even takes a ride on Noah’s Ark. This time, it’s not how to stop the sharknados, it’s when.”

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering and Cassie Scerbo return.

Sharknado 6 will premiere on July 25, 2018.

(20) BIG BANG’S BILLIONAIRE GUEST. Supposedly Sheldon has already met him: “Bill Gates to Guest Star on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — But Remember When He Punched Sheldon in the Face?!”

Bill Gates is headed to The Big Bang Theory!

ET has learned that Gates will be guest starring as himself in an upcoming March episode of the hit CBS comedy. The famed Microsoft founder will be stopping by Penny’s work and when this news reaches Sheldon, Leonard and the rest of our geektastic gang, the guys do everything in their power for a chance to meet him.

But here’s a Big Bang fun fact for you: Sheldon has actually already met the infamous tech billionaire on the CBS comedy and let’s just say their first interaction did not go very well. In fact, Gates punched Sheldon in the face!

(21) SUGGESTION BOX. Here’s a fan video proposing the way to begin Jodie Whittaker’s first episode as Doctor Who.

There are many great stories, but none as great as this. This is the story of the girl who fell from the stars. And this is how it begins… Without the Tardis and without hope, the Doctor is sent plummeting towards the planet below. The Doctor must come to terms with her new body quickly and escape her incoming demise. Here is a concept scene I’ve created for the upcoming debut episode for the Thirteenth Doctor! Just a bit of fun really but actually turned relatively believable. I have this theory in my mind that the Tardis would materialise underneath the Doctor as she’s falling and catches her. I’ve tried to imagine this as best as possible in this video!


[Thanks to Dave Langford, John King Tarpinian, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, IanP, Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, Carl Slaughter, Daniel P. Dern, Alan Baumler, Robin A. Reid, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Kip W.]

59 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 2/20/18 Not All Pixels Scroll Up In Value. Some May Scroll Down

  1. Exhausted.

    Dora’s problem is her kidneys. I will ask her vet hopefully intelligent questions tomorrow, when I learn how to give subq fluids.

  2. “Generate Scrollcoin by mining Pixelchains”

    Here’s hoping the good progress continues.

    “I wish them the best of luck and a complete return to the internet of all their text and comments.”

    Hear hear!

  3. Fifth?
    ETA: Fifth.
    And having claimed the coveted slot, I was going to come back and add some sort of witty and erudite substantial comment to justify having pounced on this quintessential achievement. But…I got nothing’.

    No, actually, I got something: Wakanda forever!

  4. I like the new logo! It’s got a nice open look after the rather boxy previous one. (Intentionally boxy, yeah, but still.)

  5. (4) Nice to see crossovers of unrelated stories getting mainstream publication! (Of course, crossovers are old as dirt, just look at the Argonauts.)

    (5) Go little rover!

    (10) I’m not sure the methodology used here supports the claim that Greg makes, especially since the story score is based on a sample of very few reviewers who are arguably even more “industry” than even the SFWA membership.

    More interesting to me would be to do a study of several of the major sf awards, maybe together with the best-of-anthologies, and check if there are any outliers, especially taken over several years.

    (14) Knowing our Wombat, weasels will always be an improvement.

  6. 1) Shiny Logo. 🙂
    2) Some good news. Good.
    6) And I thought our comment windows displaying the wrong date was annoying (if funny). Eep.

    16) Interesting. Life indeed did find a way, earlier than we thought.

  7. 14) But weasels aren’t stoats…. You can tell the difference by listening carefully. If you don’t hear anything, it’s a stoat. Weasels go “pop”.

  8. LIs — Good thoughts for you & Dora. FWIW, I had to administer subq fluids to my (late, lamented) cat Bart about 10 years ago, and the actual procedure really wasn’t that bad. Here’s hoping the patient is cooperative.

  9. Sorry to hear about Dora, Lis – I helped a friend give subcutaneous fluids to his pup a couple of weeks ago and the process was much less traumatic for the humans than we expected, and even less traumatic for the doggo than for the humans (although the overall experience of having a dog eat an entire roll of plumber’s tape is one that none of us want to repeat…!) Here’s hoping your experience is similar.

    2) Excellent news!

    14) I was going to comment, but I think Steve mustalidae that problem to rest already. (sorry! sorry. Sorry.)

    18) More excellent news!

    21) The video is cute and far be it from me to stifle anyone’s creative energies, but… *girl* who fell to earth? I must have missed that title in amongst all the Beast of Trenzalore Scourge of Skaro Doctor of War Impossibly Old Very Senior Man Shaped Alien posturing that was going on in the Christmas special (and, like, every third Doctor Who episode overall). Character is still a space alien with a 4 digit age, folks… so probably not a “girl”.

  10. It saddens me to see that the site http://www.whatbadgerseat.com is no longer up.

    Bart: C’mon, Lis, there’s gotta be a way to lure that badger out.
    Lisa: [searching the Internet] Well, according to whatbadgerseat.com, badgers subsist primarily on a diet of stoats voles, and marmots.
    Bart: [searches through the kitchen cabinets] Hmm, stoats … stoats …
    Lisa: Stoats are weasels, Bart. They don’t come in cans.
    Bart: Then what’s this? [holds up a can]
    Lisa: That’s corn, Bart.
    Bart: Must you embarrass me?

    A Tale of Two Springfields

    On the plus side, I did find this pic.

  11. …and of course the latest post on Making Light is about a server crash. Which threw me thoroughly until I noted the dates there and at the linked-to posts by Abi.

    We had a diabetic cat once who needed subq insulin for a short stretch ( once he’d levelled out he then ended up being the first such cat our vet had encounteredwhose diabetes was entirely diet controlled). It’s not as hard or scary as it first seems.

  12. @Lenora Rose

    We had a diabetic cat once who needed subq insulin for a short stretch

    Ditto. The first week was tough but after that, the cat just grumpily accepted it as routine. It’s not fun but, in our case at least, it became a pretty simple process very quickly.

  13. Darren Garrison saysIt saddens me to see that the site http://www.whatbadgerseat.com is no longer up.

    The redirect page suggests it’s up but has a definite problem right now. Internic says that the site is registered through August of this year so even a site that’s been taken should show something there.

  14. (2) I never get tired of good news like this.

    also (2): ‘shirt,’ not ‘short’

    (6) I rarely see the front page of Making Light, keeping a link in my top bar to the most recent comment (which I update manually). Another Fluorospherian has pointed out that from the present front page, you can still access ‘last 1,000 comments,’ and the links to those will take you to most posted topics, including the current Open Thread.

    Lis, maximum empathy on Dora and her kidney problem. Been there, so I even have a smidgen of understanding on this one.

    (14) Always glad to see stoats get their due in fiction. The classic, of course, is Moloch, pet stoat of Grypula, the 900-year-old inscrutable master detective so memorably delineated by D’Oothey Boyle (serialized in Scragford’s Farthing).

    footnote: These things are all included in D’Ordel’s Pantechnicon, subtitled An Universal DIRECTORY of the MECHANICAL ART of MANUFACTURING Illustrated Magazines, from 1904, and actually written by one of the architects of the disastrous partitioning of Afghanistan. Nonetheless, the book (which I first encountered when Ned Brooks requested it on interlibrary loan back in the 80s) is humorous and very much on-point when it comes to the various types of ephemera it dissects. Not only does it provide an example of The Serial Detective Story, it explains the genre and how it is made, even tipping in an example of the Serial Adventure Form itself, in which the putative author merely fills out a few blanks, and which is then sent on to the typesetter, who hangs it next to his machine and generates the story from it.

    I had hoped to link to it, but every site I go to today is being an absolute cinder block, hanging up and taking forever to load when it loads at all. You may try your luck with my scans of the book, or look in on it at the Internet Archive. I strongly recommend it. The first section of the book explains the individual parts of an illustrated magazine. Th second is the specimen of the magazine. The third section then explains these in even more detail, and the whole is a delightful stab at banal pop culture of 1904.

    Author Mark Sykes also wrote travel books about the Middle East, and was an architect of England’s disastrous meddling therein. A character in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is based on him, though under a different name. He also wrote a book on military tactics—that is, D’Ordel (or his brother) wrote it—and I’ve never managed to obtain a copy, virtual or physical, though it turns up on eBay at exorbitant prices now and then. If anyone ever turns up a scan, I’d sure like to know of it.

  15. @ James Moar

    Consider Phlebas to be adapted as a series by Amazon

    That is one of the most startling things I’ve heard this year. In a very good way, of course, but never in my life did I think a Culture novel would hit any type of screen.

    Now Listening to: “50 Ft Queenie” by PJ Harvey (a Filer kind of song, I think).

  16. @Rob Thornton: the news about Iceland’s power draw was a Pixel very recently.

    I’m glad to hear some people found subq’ing pets not to be a problem.

  17. @Chip Hitchcock

    Thanks. All I can say that this week has been no good to me, so sorry about that folks.

  18. One more thing. I went back to read the Bezos tweet and it looks like they are adapting the whole Culture series for TV, not just Consider Pheblas. And I quote the above tweet:

    “Happy to announce that Amazon Studios is adapting Iain M. Banks’ amazing Culture series — a huge personal favorite — as a TV series. Can’t wait!”

  19. @Rob Thornton

    Oh, good catch. Could end up as one of those “new cast each season” series, which would be quite cool.

    Also (and shamelessly stolen from twitter): GSV Cautiously Optimistic for the TV Adaptation

  20. @Lis – Sorry to hear about Dora’s kidney problems. My cat had the same thing and with regular subq fluids, she was back to her normal self. It’s easier to do than it seems and if you’re calm and matter of fact about it eventually the cat will be grumpy but calm about it too.

    Also, here’s an interesting article on Jaime Jones, who just happens to be eligible for Best Pro Artist this year.


  21. It’d have been funnier if the most recent Making Light showing up was the VD/Scalzi one.

  22. @James Moar

    Consider Phlebas to be adapted as a series by Amazon:

    Well frell me dead. I honestly never thought I’d live to see that happen.

  23. @ James Moar

    Consider Phlebas to be adapted as a series by Amazon

    I admit that I’m very skeptical of the Culture books being adapted legitimately. The temptation to winnow out the deep social and philosophical elements and over-emphasis the shiny CGI’ed tech in order to appeal to a broader audience is going to be significant.

  24. First subq fluids session today! Went very well. At the vet’s office, of course, but I did it under supervision, and Dora was very calm. I think my major problem will be figuring out where I’m hanging the bag to do it.

    Moments later, when we went out to the car, Dora jumped into the back seat by herself!

    At home, for the first time in days, she asked to be oicked up onto the couch, rather than curling up on the pillows on the bed.

  25. Lis–We’ve gone through the cat-hydrating process several times, and I’m assuming you’re administering from a bag of Ringer’s. The drapes in back of our sofa supplied a rail on which to secure an unwound coathanger whose hook end held the Ringer’s bag. The supply line was long enough to make up the vertical difference, and the sofa was a familiar snoozing place for our cats, which helped a bit. Once I got over my own squeamishness with needles it went very well–the cats were much less upset than I was.

  26. Oh, Lis, that’s great! I had to administer subcutaneous fluids to a friend’s cat while I was cat-sitting and I was far more worried and squicked out than he was. I’m stoked Dora is feeling better.

  27. Lis, happy to hear the first session went well. Myself, when I was administering the fluids I had a torchiere lamp with an attached reading lamp next to the couch, so I just hung the bag on the rod holding the reading lamp.

  28. I noticed this scroll item on Feb 18: (21) UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE The exhibit “A Conversation Larger Than the Universe: Science Fiction and the Literature of the Fantastic from the Collection of Henry Wessells” will run from January 25 to March 10, 2018 at The Grolier Club.

    I was around the corner from it today, so I popped in. Here are some of the photos I took with my phone.

  29. Just saw on Screenjunkies News (via Youtube) that Annihilation will be shown in theaters only in the US, Canada and China. It will go straight to Netflix everwhere else.
    They also seem to be quite impressed with the visiuals and now Im abit upset, that I cant see it in the cinema. But Im also a bit happy, because I can now watch it at home. Box half ticked/half unticked kind of situation

    (Cant provide a direct link, Im about to go to bed and my ipad dorsnt eant me to copy Video-URLs, just look for Screenjunkies news on youtube)

  30. (2) Wonderful news!
    @Mark: The GSV Color Me Skeptical begs to differ, but would be delighted to change its name to Happy to Have Been Proven Wrong at some point in the future.
    @Ghostbird: Not a chance.
    @Peer: Yes. That’s because one of the two executive producers (the guy who gave us Geostorm) thought the film was too intelligent and complicated, and wanted it dumbed-down prior to release. Fortunately the other executive producer had final edit approval written into his contract and backed Alex Garland, but the fall-out led to the bulk of the international rights being sold to Netflix to cover most of the production costs.

  31. Full story on Annihilation and Netflix deal is here.
    (For some reason this wasn’t showing up when I tried to edit it into the previous comment.)

  32. @Karl-Johan Norén

    (10) . . . More interesting to me would be to do a study of several of the major sf awards, maybe together with the best-of-anthologies, and check if there are any outliers, especially taken over several years.

    Are you thinking of something along the lines of this article we did comparing different “guides” to choosing short fiction? Or did you have something different in mind? (In case you didn’t guess, we love doing statistical analyses of the data, so ideas are always welcome!)

  33. @Lis, Great news! I’ll join the chorus recommending using a floor lamp/torchiere. I hung the bag from a d-ring and hung the d-ring from the floor lamp. I also left it up so the cats could sniff it and become familiar with it, rather than rigging it up each time. Also, I recommend room temp fluids as easier for the cats to deal with.

  34. @Arifel, “girl” bothered me, too. Grump.

    @Lis, I’ve known several cats whose lives were improved and lengthened by subq fluids. I expect it’s the same for dogs. A friendly vet tech helped me sometimes (because of squickiness on my part), and he used to set the bag down, insert the needle, then hold the bag up and squeeze it a little to increase the flow. This method is easier if Dora is happy to stay put, or if you have a helper to encourage her to be still. If you hang the bag up instead, you may want to take it down between sessions – I had a bag leak once. I concluded that they are not designed to withstand gravity pressures for several days – they’re the same bags used for humans, and normally get used up in one session when used on people. But it is possible I just had a bad bag, or sealed the line incorrectly. It’s a long time ago now.

    Best of care to you both.

  35. ” Father Of The Internet” — seriously?
    I had a Darpanet email server, which I used daily, in 1969, long before Cerf or Gibson ever heard of the idea. Not that I invented it either, but: Published on it in 1970 in Venture, invented the term “computer virus,” spam, etc .
    Who writes this junk??

  36. Now listen to the Pixel, and the Godstalk, and the Scroll, As she dashes thro’ the File, and speeds with puns quite droll

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