What are the haps my friends

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.

YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

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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