Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts by Dreamworks (2020)

So I started watching Kipo last week. Since then, I’ve binged the two seasons that are currently out, rewatched both seasons, and exhausted my supply of meme, review, and speculation YouTube videos about the show.

In all honesty, this is less of a review and more of me gushing about the parts that made me love the show. Unfortunately, this show has so many spoilers over the course of even a few episodes that it would be impossible to give this review without them. So if you have not watched both seasons already, read at your own risk!

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Hiyee (Flood Thieves Chapter 7.75)

“You know, I do apologize if the funeral song seems ill-timed now. I wasn’t aware that your friend was injured.”

No, I think the song was for you, Kooteeck thought threateningly. But she held her tongue in her mouth and her fist at her side. She knew nothing of fighting, anyway. It would be more effective to just leave the man in the dirt.

“So rude of me not to introduce myself. My name is Hiyee.”

“Isn’t that a woman’s name?”

“It’s anything you want it to be, young lady,” he said, seeming to not detect the insult. “It’s my apodo. My full name is KuyuKoosee Hiyee Ica Mex. But everyone calls me Hiyee.”

“What did you do to earn a name like that as your apodo?” Kooteeck wondered, somewhat dreading the answer.

“Well, you see I once had a sister by the name of Hiyee. The poor girl had a set of twins with eyes just like hers. She tried to hide them, but one look and everyone knew they were Bloodstealers. She tried to darken their glasunes and even blind them, but it was no use.”

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Mammary Gland Tumors in Captive African Hedgehogs

Today’s entry is an actual research article published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, titled, “Mammary Gland Tumors in Captive African Hedgehogs.” I’m still not entirely sure why they would want to do this, but these researchers analyzed the tumors in mammary glands (nipples) of eight white-bellied African pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris). Sadly, most of the tumors were malignant.  … More Mammary Gland Tumors in Captive African Hedgehogs

The energetics of lactation in the Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris

Today’s entry is an actual research article published in the Journal of Zoology, titled, “The energetics of lactation in the Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris.” These dedicated 1986 researchers wanted to figure out how much weight mother elephant seals lost while fasting and nursing their pups. The answer was “a lot.” Maybe I should’ve posted this on Mother’s Day… … More The energetics of lactation in the Northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris

Knives Out by Rian Johnson (2019)

Before the virus, my friends recommended that I go see Knives Out. However, my town essentially shut down the day I was going to see it, so I had to wait some time to watch it on demand with my family at home. But Jesus Mary Christ was it worth the wait. 

Now, I know everyone is already raving about this movie. So I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but just in case you haven’t heard: Knives Out is now tied for my favorite movie of all time. Yes, of all time.

I always worry about hearing hype for a movie or book, because I don’t want to be disappointed while watching/reading it. I worried that Knives Out would have this issue, but I enjoyed it far more than my friends made it out to be (Unfortunately, now that I’ve effectively called it my all-time favorite, I’ve increased the likelihood this will actually happen to you. But you should see it, anyway!).

Because Knives Out is a whodunit murder mystery, most of the appeal lies in spoilers. I’ll split this review into a spoiler and non-spoiler section, with the second alluding to what I found appealing and what you might find appealing, as well.  … More Knives Out by Rian Johnson (2019)

The Night Panther (Flood Thieves Chapter 7.5)

“The Bloodkoomas have been taken to where that life resides,” the Escopu growled. “If you find them and do not join them, they will kill you. If you do not find them, you will die. I can take you to the, and spare your life. Do you really want to die for mankind when its age will soon catch up to it? Don’t be stupid, Chosen Child. You have been raised to serve the gods and your ancestors, but soon they will all be powerless compared to those who remain alive. You can be a king in the new age. All you have to do is exactly what I say.”

Mawnco’s skin crawled at the Escopu’s words. He refused to even consider the possibility that they were true…except that the Escopu obviously knew where the Bloodkoomas were. … More The Night Panther (Flood Thieves Chapter 7.5)

When can you tell if feedback is genuine?

Presentations, creative writings, videos, art, etc. There are a lot of times when we want feedback from our peers, test-readers, and professionals. But if we ask someone if our creation is good, how can we know if the “yes” is genuine?

There are a few ways to divine the truth of someone’s feedback–I wish I had more, and would appreciate any comments (or feedback ;)) suggesting more methods. But for now, I’ll share what I know. 

More importantly, I’ll emphasize this point: sometimes it’s not the sincerity of feedback that you need, but the personal information to know whether or not to implement the feedback. … More When can you tell if feedback is genuine?