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she limps back to her den
all eleven pounds
snuggles down in the dark earth
still bleeding from the lions
mauled when she walked into the pride
by accident

she fights back of course
she always does
six against two
though if one uses weight
it would take about 17 of her
to be one of them

she licks at the wound
on her belly

that was close

the baby is due in another
few weeks
so she's a slower fighter than usual

she wonders if she'll lose it

if she does

life goes on

female lion weight: average 280 pounds
female honey badger: 11-22 pounds

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News for Noders

SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End... hasn't ended. Still. See the quest node for details.

June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: The first day of summer (northern hemisphere) and winter (southern hemisphere).

June 28: Tau Day.

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April 1: April Fool's Day has been cancelled. Everyone just go home.

April 6: Happy birthday, borgo!

April 7: Happy birthday, Tem42!

April 12: Yuri's Night

April 22: It's Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!

April 24: It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown!

SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End is coming May 1st!

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Hello everyone,

As you can see in your URL bar, TLS (https://) is live!

What does this mean for you?

We are on the lookout for various browser warnings. All of the themes have all been ported over. There are some http assets in some of the second-tier superdocs, but we'll clean those up as we find them. If you are seeing crazy browser warnings or can't access the site, please drop me an email. On-site messages or Github issues are also good for keeping track of broken things.

We should see an increase in search engine traffic as they tend to penalize non-https sites. This is one of the steps to continue to secure the future of the site, and I'm very pleased we're able to get it done.

Additionally, the load on the server is considerably higher. I've pushed some changes to stabilize it, but we may experience some choppiness. Please let me know if you get connection errors

A lot of really old features or features that won't handle the 301 redirect properly may break. We'll do what we can to support them, but this is one of the instances where old broken stuff might just end up staying broken.


Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.

March 14th: Pi day.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

March 23rd: Today was grundoon's birthday.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!

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February 1st: Plagiarism Alert! A cache of copy/pasted nodes, without credit given, was discovered on Blogger. If any of your work was stolen, the DMCA request form for Blogger and other Google services is here.

February 7th: Join us for the Love on the Volcano: An E2 Romance Quest

February 15th: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18th: Happy birthday mjijm!

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