This post, and me.
Me: I have something. Don't know if it's a cold or an allergy, but basically my nose has been dripping nonstop for a day now, my eyes are red, and I'm all bleary and stuff. Bah.
This post: I'm reaching. Did a post over at the Fistful today. I don't think that counts towards my post-a-day here, but if you can't get enough of my deathless prose, there you go.
Also found a cool description of a visit to the Yezidi Kurds, from Christian Garbis' blog. No, I don't think that counts either, but it's neat.
Yezidis are Armenia's largest remaining minority; there are maybe 50,000 of them, or just under 2% of the population. We've driven past those villages, and we've seen Yezidi herdsmen on the slopes of Mt. Aragats, but I don't think I've ever talked to a Yezidi.
(Mike Ralls had an interesting suggestion the other day: since we know that we have just five or six months left, maybe we should make a list of "things to do before leaving Armenia". Claude?)
Okay, let's see... oh! The contract thing from the other day, where we'd have to change back to doing stuff from a year ago? Resolved. That's really good. There are a pile of other contract issues out there, some of which may be as bad or worse, but that one is done. Phew.
Hey, did you know that pterodactyls had hair? You did. Okay, well, there's a whole story there. Because some people were saying no, that wasn't hair! It was internal fibers. Or a taphonomic artifact -- the "hairs" were really collagen fibers in scales, that survived after the scales decayed away. (Apparently a few modern reptiles show something like this.)
So there was a lot of careful re-examination of pterosaur fossils. And at the end a consensus emerged: hair. And more. It turns out that, one, a lot of different pterosaurs seem to have had hair -- maybe even a majority of them. And two, it wasn't exactly hair. It was fibers that were hairlike, but not homologous to mammalian hair. Not "hair" any more than the fuzz on a caterpillar is hair. More like super-long, thin, flexible scales. One researcher used the word "hairoid".
Not a lot more to add, but come on -- hairoid. You have to love that. (And h/t to Darren Naish, who explained this to me in an e-mail.)
Okay, I'm fading fast here. Um. Armenia has found their Eurovision rep! Her name is Sirusho and she's twenty years old. You can find a sample YouTube here for her song "Yes Sirum Em Kez", which if you were paying attention to the grammar lesson you'll remember means "I Love Kez". (Okay, actually it means "I Love You", which you have to agree is a pretty clever name for a pop song. In Eurovision terms? I'm seeing some real potential here.)
All right. Home, hot tea, bed. Talk amongst yourselves.