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Month: January 2024

Going Vertical

These blog posts are definitely demonstrating the “I didn’t have time to make it shorter” problem. When I do something formal for Nine Lives, I do a lot more editing, including trying to tighten things up even after I have a complete draft. I don’t do that here, because it would take too long and then I’d not just be…

AIC Problems and (Some) Solutions

(AIC stands for Augmented Interspecies Communication, which is a fancy but quick way of referring to ‘talking pet buttons.’) Even before our Neck Cone Setback, our button project has not always been smooth sailing. In fact, there have been several significant difficulties right from the beginning … and sometimes the solution to one problem just created another. Problem One: Garbled…

Back to Basics

With my last update for context, here are the words added since December 8 and their results: HI / BYE-BYE All the words I chose for the board in late November and early December were coming off a list I’d been keeping of possible vocabulary that I (and sometimes Jak) already said to Tashi often enough that there was a…

Hurt Tail

I think it’s going to take me three posts to catch up on what is now a month of Dog News. <sigh> I would have gotten to this earlier but then the founder of Substack went and publicly advertised that they were happy to keep platforming and making money off actual Nazis, and I spent two weeks — the weeks…