I screw up buying a marker
Toph left the cap off one of her fancy art markers and it dried out,
so I went to get her a replacement. The marker costs $5.85, plus tax,
and the web site wanted a $5.95 shipping fee. Disgusted, I resolved
to take my business elsewhere.
On Wednesday I drove over to a local art-supply store to get the
marker. After taxes the marker was somehow around $8.50, but I also
had to pay $1.90 for parking. So if there was a win there, it was a
very small one.
But also, I messed up the parking payment app, which has maybe the
worst UI of any phone app I've ever used. The result was a $36
Lesson learned. I hope.
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Today I learned:
There is a genus of ankylosaurs named Zuul after “demon and
demi-god Zuul, the Gatekeeper of Gozer, featured in the 1984 film
The type species of Zuul is Zuul crurivastator, which means
“Zuul, destroyer of shins”. Wikipedia says:
The epithet … refers to a presumed defensive tactic of
ankylosaurids, smashing the lower legs of attacking predatory
theropods with their tail clubs.
My eight-year-old self is gratified that the ankylosaurids are believed to attack their enemies’ ankles.
The original specimen of Z. crurivastator, unusually-well
preserved, was nicknamed “Sherman”.
Here is a video of Dan Aykroyd discussing the name, with Sherman.
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