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#406

2014-07-23

It's not your imagination--it's a sporadic update from KT!

Jaws is the best movie ever made. (You shut your mouth about The Godfather II.) It's not about the shark. It's about the characters. I adore the characters. Estimate any number to me, and I will add five, just to please the Little Quint in my head.

The shark is built with Nanoblocks. They are very cute, but I cannot recommend them. They do not lock onto each other, so they slide around a lot. This is not good for building tiny things! I hope Lego makes tiny blocks at some point. It's something missing in the miniature world!
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#405

2014-05-13

NO WAY!

Hi, everyone! So... long absence. Sorry about that. I have had a couple very exciting months! I helped put together a huge spring festival, coordinated a guest lecture, drove a paleontologist from Austin to Waco and back, presented at a conference for Kindergarten teachers, and continued with my research. My partner and I have started analyzing the camel tooth from the last Ponies and the Pleistocene. It is yielding some surprising results!

I suspect updates will still be sporadic. The good news is that things should be fairly calm until October, when another festival will roll around. Here's hoping!

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Ponies and the Pleistocene: Following a Fossil

This week, I took a big step in my new career as a scientist. That still feels not-right, being called a scientist.

In October 2012, I found a molar from Camelops huerfanensis, an extinct North American camel, at the Waco Mammoth Site. Soon after, it was put on display, where it has been ever since. This week, it got a little cleaning! My research partner and I will begin studying the teeth of all our animals here at the site. By scraping the plaque off teeth and looking for certain particles, we hope to learn exactly what these animals ate. Our first subject is the humble camel tooth I found. If we're successful, we'll move on to mammoths.

This was serious business, so of course I brought ponies. Stay tuned for adventures in the lab!

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Playsets!

This intrepid ponymonger keeps injuring herself. I'll be making a comic about the injury that kept me away for most of February. Today's injury is less exciting but has kept me bedridden.

You know how Michael Keaton's Batman has to tilt his entire torso just to look up, as if he were strapped to a pole? Of course, you do! Well, that's me today. I fought a gate yesterday, and the gate won. Dumb gate.

Anyway, between my injuries, I managed to get a new playset. How cute! It's a new line called Mi World, and it's sold in the US (hooray!), and while it's no Re-Ment, it's darn cute. Minty always has that blank grin, but I think she looks happier than usual right now. With a few modifications, I should be able to expand a little!

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#404

2014-02-26

When I wasn't digging in piles of gravel, climbing trees, or building Lego cars for my ponies, my childhood hours were spent watching movies. A lot of movies. Adults said I'd go nearsighted and my brain would turn to mush. I did end up with glasses, and the caliber of my brain is debatable, but I came away with a love of storytelling.

I also idolized Dr. Egon Spengler. He was smart and witty, and I thought he was handsome. Even though Ghostbusters doesn't have a shred of science in it, Egon made me love science. I wanted to be like him. As a teenager, my focus shifted, and I wanted to emulate his dry humor and timing instead. And once I began this venture, I shifted my focus again, to the work of the man himself, and I appreciated his eye for photography and his ear for dialogue. His work (on both sides of the camera) helped form who I am.

Safe journeys, Harold Ramis. You are dearly missed.

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Whoopsie

I set my sights on a Friday update, and I'm almost out of Friday. I will make the comic Sunday, put it on ice, and upload it Wednesday.

Have a kitty! Everyone, this is Ash. Ash, this is… everyone.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from KT!

We're starting our year with a case of strep. I won't be attempting a comic while on Nyquil, but if I think of anything hilarious, I'll be sure to write it down to use later.