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August 7th, 2009: My friend Allene (she of the rarely-updated LiveJournal and the artist of the Happy Dog the Happy Dog book we did together!) would always say "Crows are smart, Ryan" and I'd say "WHATEVER, ALLENE", swatting her away irritably as I returned focus to my current project, which more likely than not was dropping pebbles into a long-necked jar so I could reach the worm floating inside. But guys it turns out Allene was right! Vince sent me a link in which SCIENCE proves it: crows are pretty smart.

And Willem just sent me an article about how crows can tell people apart and also become alienated and seek revenge. And Jay links to this TED talk involving crows using a vending machine! Finally, Cody sent in this link to a paper about clever New Caledonian crows, which includes video proof.

To make sure the best gifts ever in time get to you when you want them, here are the HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES. Orders placed before these dates will get to you in time for Christmas!

December 1st-4th: All shipping methods except U.S.P.S. First-Class Package International Service™ are safe.
December 5th: International orders made not selecting U.S.P.S. Priority Mail Express International™ shipping will likely arrive in January.
December 10th: USPS FIRST CLASS and STANDARD may not make it in time and neither will USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL.
December 14th: ALMOST NOTHING IS SAFE. USPS EXPRESS is the only safe USPS option. For FEDEX HOME/GROUND shipping it depends on where you are: refer to this map!
December 17th: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE (IF THINGS PLACED ON OR AFTER THIS DATE ARRIVE BY THE 24TH, THAT IS)

One year ago today: i was wolverine for a day last week, and just never used my powers. I Am Almost Certain Of It.

– Ryan

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