The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. Kind of a magical realist comic book. An Algerian rabbi's cat learns to speak after eating a parrot. Some interesting stuff there: liked the depiction of 1930s Algeria, and the culture shock when the Rabbi visits Paris.
Artwork has a kind of pseudo-naive style which is OK but doesn't particularly appeal to me.
Worth a look if you feel like something different. Not a lot of plot or direction there though.
Flu or Man Flu
How do you actually tell the difference?
I don't take much time off sick from work: Friday was the first time I've done that in about three years.
As well as the normal symptoms of a cold, I've been alternating between feeling extremely hot and extremely cold, accompanied by bouts of violent shivering. Also aching joints and dizziness. Spent most of Friday flat on my back staring at the ceiling: tried watching children's TV for a bit but couldn't follow the plot.
I strongly suspect this is actual flu. However if I complain about it to real life folk I also suspect they'll think I'm just suffering from a cold plus self-pity. Bah.
Seems to be getting better now anyway.
Butterflies retain caterpillar memories. The findings "challenge a broadly-held popular view of lepidopteran metamorphosis: that the caterpillar is essentially broken down entirely, and its components reorganized into a butterfly or moth," wrote the researchers.
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