Fisto's Disco: The LACWAC Social Thread

Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by G-FETT, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    I unleashed the two remaining pups on their father last night.[face_mischief]

    They chased the dude for 3 hour straight.:p

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  3. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    From some bartender my brother ran into on his honeymoon in Ireland:

    "Are you on holiday?"
    "Yes."
    "Don't drink too much Guinness."

    Ah, the reputation we Americans seem to have.
  4. SithStarSlayer Manager Emeritus

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    Springtime is fantastic, every seed on earth is buried in my pups' fur. And boy, do they love getting brushed. One smells like poo. Long nite ahead, they are both raring to go rumble some more.
  5. AkashKedavra_93 Emperor of the Seven Realms and the First Dragons

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    Germany awaits. 19 days. And then Austria and the Czech Republic in June.

    That's pretty much what's keeping me afloat at the moment.
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  6. EHT Manager: New Films

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    So what's the background story here? I love those big tortoises.
  7. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    Taking a wild guess that the tortoise is older than at least three of us combined.

    Species smart enough to outlive humans FTW.
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  8. Ahsoka_Tano_11 Jedi Master

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    Really!? In my class, we usually move around all the time! Everyone sits on a different table each day. I guess everyone is different.
  9. TaradosGon SWTV Mod - Like Palpatine with animals

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    @eht13

    I'm interning at a zoo in Idaho. The tortoises are Aldabra Tortoises. There are two. One is extremely friendly and likes to have his neck scratched. The other just hides in his shell and I didn't bother to take a picture of him. They were both caught in the wild 60 years ago and at the time they were fully grown, so there is no way of knowing exactly how old they are. I asked a keeper and they said their best guess is 100-150 years old. Though I was told that it is unknown how old they can get since most of those that have ever been in captivity are still alive.

    There are also Spurred Tortoises that I do not have pictures of. One just runs circles in his enclosure as I'm trying to clean it, crawling over the trash bag and knocking down my broom, rake and shovel when I lean them against the wall. I'm convinced he's being a jerk or playing. Since he seems to go out of his way to make my job harder.
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  10. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    That's really interesting. The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC has some Galapagos Tortoises who are estimated at 150 years old; I wouldn't have thought that they could probably live much longer than that and we wouldn't have any idea.
  11. TaradosGon SWTV Mod - Like Palpatine with animals

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    According to wikipedia, one had its shell carbon dated after it had died and it was estimated to be 255 years old.

    Most animals in zoos today are not wild caught unless they are injured animals that were rescued, or endangered animals taken from the wild as part of a population management program. I think a lot of these tortoises were taken from the wild back when it was a fairly common practice. Like for instance 60 years ago in the case of the Aldabras, when zoos were more focused on entertainment and less on animal well-being and conservation. So it would be hard to know how old they were when they were caught.
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  12. EHT Manager: New Films

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    That is really cool! That's a great experience. I've always like turtles and tortoises, and the sheer size and lifespan of these big ones is just amazing. I think you may have said before, but are you a zoology major or something like that?
  13. TaradosGon SWTV Mod - Like Palpatine with animals

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    Yeah, I am a zoology major. Already did an internship in Michigan working with amphibians which was fun and allowed more hands on interaction with the animals themselves since most of them are harmless, though the Japanese Giant Salamanders could apparently do some damage if they bite you.

    This zoo is a much smaller zoo so by the end of the internship the plan is to have some exposure with every "area" (the zoo is divided into 4). Right now I'm working in two areas: primates and hoofstock/mammalian carnivores (lumped together as a single area) mostly. The tortoises are lumped in with the primates as there aren't enough reptiles to warrant their own department.
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  14. EHT Manager: New Films

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    @TaradosGon : Very cool. I always like animals growing up, and I had two phases of especially strong interest: birds of prey and reptiles/amphibians. My impression is that the zoo here in Atlanta is a good one... one of the only ones to have successfully bred pandas, etc. There are a couple of areas with large tortoises, plus a standalone reptile and amphibian building.
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  15. TaradosGon SWTV Mod - Like Palpatine with animals

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    It must be a good, financially stable zoo to have pandas. Funny that you should mention them as I had asked about pandas the other day and why for being such charismatic animals - up there with lions, tigers, elephants, etc. - American zoos almost never have them. Every keeper I had asked as well as the curator told me that it is politically motivated on China's end. One keeper told me that China charges 1,000,000 dollars per year per panda, and that in addition to the cost of bamboo to feed a panda pretty much makes them prohibitively expensive. If Atlanta can handle all that, it must be very successful.
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  16. EHT Manager: New Films

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    Yes, and I have heard all of that as well regarding what is essentially China's control over the world's zoo pandas.
  17. iPodwithnomusic Jedi Master

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    Today my little cousin came over and saw me watching TCW. He said he didn't like Star Wars, so I asked him if he'd ever watched it and he said no.

    I showed him the Darth Maul vs Qui Gon and Obi Wan fight on Youtube, and he said, "Darth Maul died in the first episode? Then how is he so popular, does he come back to life or something?"
    All I could say was "it's a long story."
  18. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Heh -- appropriate response. You'd probably traumatize him from having anything to do with Star Wars otherwise.
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  19. Jordan1Kenobi Host of EUC Battle of... Games

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    I just saw Olympus Has Fallen, man that was a great film! Had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and Gerard Butler's character was so awesome, especially because of his quotes, they were so funny. The use of humour worked way better than Iron Man 3, but I reckon both of the films were just as good as each other.
  20. Darth Ibonek Jedi Grand Master

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    I just can't imagine a president as young as Aaron Eckhart though.
  21. Sgt Crowfield Force Ghost

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    Well, puppy just crapped under my seat while I was playing SWTOR ^^. He just didn't make it to the door in time.
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  23. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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    Did you pause the game in order to clean it up or were your priorities in order...? :p
  24. Seerow SWTV★Mod

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    One more day to decide whether to relocate to Jackson, MS with no guarantee of how long my position would last or take a paycut and two tier demotion. Pretty much have my mind made up.
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  25. Sgt Crowfield Force Ghost

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    Oh, I did clean up alright and took doggy outside! :D No pausing the game as I had been at Fleet, anyway, exchanging in-game pleasantries with a RL friend I had just met there by accident.
    Had I been in a combat situation, however ... :p

    @Seerow: Oh dear. So your corporation is as loving and caring as mine?
    Why did they do it - cost-cutting? What's your decision, if I may ask, and why?

    We had this two years ago when they decided to move HQ to a place far, far away, offering us to move there or be laid off on short notice. But being a really smart corp, they made some strategic errors. In the end they had to leave several departments at the place of the old HQ because none of the specialists there wanted to move, and there was no way they would find replacements in time: Firing these people = instantly hamstrung.
    Being the b**** that I sometimes am, I took them to court over this as I was clearly qualified to a bunch of open jobs at the remaining departments. Well, they had to take me back. A good friend of mine didn't go the way of the law and moved, though. She's not very happy about it as rent at the new place is exceptionally high, even for the hole she moved into. The same with other costs :/.
    Not that my job was safe, though ... we've been teetering on the brink of destruction for two years since. But my house, family and friends are here, and I'd rather sleep under a bridge covered with newspapers than move to a place where I would see my family only once in a while because going there with the herd was far too expensive.