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Meerkats make the best photographer’s assistants EVER.
If you can see the spark of curiosity and life in meerkats, you don’t think cows, pigs or chickens have it too? Have respect and love for all non-human animals. Go vegan.
As many of you may know, I have a habit of picking strays up off the side of the road and either returning them to their families, or finding them new homes. Well, I’ve done it again.
This is “Buddie Drake” according to his collar tags. I found him in Canyon Lake, TX on April 11. I have tried contacting his family, but when I call the number on his tags, it’s answered by a machine telling me the “user of that phone has opted out of receiving incoming phone calls.” So I cannot get through. I am still looking, but odds of finding his family do not look good.
I’m going to work on finding Buddie a new place to stay, but for now there is a more immediate issue to take care of.
Buddie has been hit by a car. His front leg is completely shattered, with the shoulder blade crunched inwards towards his sternum. His paw drags the ground when he walks, leaving it badly cut up and swollen.
He needs medical attention badly. But as a lot of you know, my family is struggling financially. We can’t afford the help he needs. And I don’t want to turn him over to a shelter or any other animal service. Buddie is an older dog, with graying fur on his face. If he’s sent to a shelter in this state, they’ll almost certainly just put him to sleep. I can’t live with that.
I hate to ask you all for more, because you did so much when I needed help after my house was flooded. But this is for Buddie. And he needs you.
I have set up a fundraiser page that will be done at the end of this week (April 18). It’s a short time period, but Buddie needs help and he needs it now. I have to do something for this sweet angel.
If you can donate, or just spread the word, it would mean the world to me. And more importantly, it will mean the difference in life and death for Buddie.
Losing, not violent content, triggers video game rage
University of Rochester -> Original Study
Hostile behavior on the part of video gamers may be due to feelings of failure and frustration during play, rather than a game’s violent content. A new study is the first to look at the player’s psychological experience with video games instead of focusing solely on the game’s content. Failure to master a game and its controls can lead to frustration and aggression, regardless of whether the game is violent or not, researchers say. “Any player who has thrown down a remote control after losing an electronic game can relate to the intense feelings or anger failure can cause,” says lead author Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University. That frustration is commonly known among gamers as “rage-quitting.” The experience is not unique to gaming, says coauthor Richard Ryan, a motivational psychologist at the University of Rochester. For example, in sports, players may lose a game as a result of a bad call. “When people feel they have no control over the outcome of a game, that leads to aggression,” he says. “We saw that in our experiments. If you press someone’s competencies, they’ll become more aggressive, and our effects held up whether the games were violent or not.” To tease out which aspects of the gaming experience lead to aggressive feelings, the researchers manipulated the interface, controls, and degree of difficulty in custom-designed video games across six lab experiments. Nearly 600 college-aged participants were tasked with playing the games—many of which included violent and nonviolent variations—and then were tested for aggressive thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. (via Losing, not violent content, triggers video game rage | Futurity)
fucking thank you.