lizards, minding our business:
phylogenists: dinosaurs are actually a separate clade from you, and include birds instead.
phylogenists: also crocodilians and tortugans arent part of your group, they branched off earlier
lizards: excuse me
phylogenists: and actually you arent even a clade, lots of you are more closely related to snakes than each other
lizards: please, leave our home.
Gonna start a law firm with @lizardmentsh and it'll be over for bad policy writing.
looking at a bird and categorizing what you've seen. finding a lizard day after day and knowing it by its size and the patterns on its scales. identifying traits and calling them differences. closing your eyes and listening to all the animals that are nearby and going about their business. putting your hand on bark to feel the texture. walking the ragged edge of a pond as a duck warily leads her ducklings away. petting a dog. petting a dog. petting a dog. petting a dog.
im rewriting an old java project of mine (an annotation-based framework for creating runtime objects from, and persisting them to, rdf graphs) and im amazed by how much easier it's coming together this time. turns out that when you organize the data you're using better, the code gets much shorter and much cleaner.
lizard. man. talmudist.
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