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As of this past August, I'm a Store Associate at Eastern National Boston ( www.nps.gov/bost/supportyourpa… ). I wanted to tell you right then, but decided to wait until after my 90-day evaluation just to be safe. This job is very important to me for 2 main reasons: 1) It's as a Gift Shop Guy at a museum store (not a natural history museum store, but a museum store nonetheless: www.deviantart.com/jd-man/jour… ) & thus my 1st career-related job; 2) I have cool new responsibilities (E.g. Both opening & closing the store all by myself). The plan now is to use my experience at Eastern National Boston to get a similar job at a natural history institution. Once I've settled down at said institution, I'll start volunteering there as a Natural History Interpreter.
SD: My favorite aspects of Camp Cretaceous
Hi everybody! As a life-long dino/"Jurassic Park" fan who's been very disappointed by ALL the sequel movies, I didn't expect to like "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous" very much, let alone feel all the feels that I felt.* Even after S1-2, I downplayed how much like CC b/c I didn't wanna get my hopes too high, let alone expect S3 to go as far as it does. In this journal entry, I list in no particular order my favorite aspects of CC in general & S3 in particular (Spoiler Alert). I hope that at least some of you will get something out of it. Cheers, Herman The main characters in general & Yaz/Sammy in particular: -In reference to "in general", see "Netflix: The 5 Most Likable Characters In Camp Cretaceous" ( https://screenrant.com/jurassic-world-camp-cretaceous-good-bad-characters/ ). Even Kenji & Brooklynn, who started out as 2 of the least likable main characters, have grown on me throughout CC (More on that below). -In reference to "in particular", I love Yaz/Sammy's dynamic. Not
SD: Why I can't take Jurassic Jabber seriously
Hi everybody, I recently reviewed Dixon's worst dino book (I.e. "If Dinosaurs Were Alive Today": https://www.amazon.com/review/R2906RZLY2I88D/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ), which was the last straw "that made [me] cease taking Dougal Dixon seriously" as a source of dino info ( https://chasmosaurs.blogspot.com/2011/11/not-vintage-dinosaur-art-if-dinosaurs.html ). Similarly, Jurassic Jabber's recommendation of Blasing's "Dinosaurs! My First Book About Carnivores" (which I'm in the process of reviewing) was the last straw that made me cease taking JJ seriously as a source of dino info ( https://www.facebook.com/JurassicJabber/posts/2682380538690151 ). This isn't the 1st time JJ has promoted a not-so-good dino book, but it IS the most egregious example:* For 1, Blasing's book is educational non-fiction (& thus, should be held to a higher standard than the other books, which are educational fiction); For another, when I questioned/commented on JJ's recommendation (See quote #1), they
SD: My 3rd election!
Hi everybody, Yesterday, I voted early for Joe Biden/Kamala Harris. However, back in August, I was going back & forth on whether I should vote on the president part of the ballot: -On the 1 hand, the idea of voting for Biden makes me feel bad, especially given his problematic history & the DNC's shitty treatment of Bernie Sanders (who I voted for in the primary). Why make myself feel bad when I probably don't have to, especially given that I live in a very blue state? -On the other hand, I previously thought my state would be an easy win for Bernie (It was in 2016: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Washington_Democratic_presidential_caucuses ) & was wrong, so maybe I'm wrong about it being an easy loss for Trump. Thus, the idea of not at least trying to vote Trump out also makes me feel bad, especially given how much damage he's doing w/his border wall ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZRE6uVMDAo&t=1125s ) & immigration enforcement (
SD: Most annoyingly-popular dino hypotheses addend
This journal entry is an addendum to "SD: Top 4 most annoyingly-popular dino hypotheses" ( https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/SD-Top-4-most-annoyingly-popular-dino-hypotheses-395469447 ). I hope that at least some of you will get something out of it. #3 Update) I've since come around to this hypothesis, partly b/c I was told to think about it in the context of Nanotyrannus (which helps to explain the seemingly adult features of Dracorex: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-origin-of-a-little-tyrant-130792981/ ), & partly b/c I was told to think about it in the context of Triceratops (which, like Pachycephalosaurus, became less spiky w/age: http://whenpigsfly-returns.blogspot.com/2010/07/toroceratops.html ). #1 Update) I've since come around to this hypothesis, partly b/c I was told to think about it in the context of green iguanas (See 13:00-14:30, which helps to explain baby sauropod digestion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CPf8wm8ins ). New #3 Contender)