Sunday, March 11, 2012

Penguin Cam: The cause of and solution to all of life's problems

May God damn every effing one of you out there that sent me the link to Penguin Cam (and it was a STAGGERINGly large number of you). It has single-handedly added a month to my dissertation, just in the past few days, due to the ridiculous level of awesome - smothered with cuteness awesomesauce - forced upon me. I'm honestly thinking of canceling my cable plan because I have no other need of video entertainment. I do, however, have a need for a third monitor in my office: one for my dissertation, one for Facebook, and one for Penguin Cam. The dissertation monitor can be the smallest... and it really doesn't even have to work.

If you haven't experienced Penguin Cam, it's penguins. Hundreds of them. Being cute. And awesome. And penguins. And the molting one are mangily precious. AND IT'S 24 HOURS A DAY. OH! And if that isn't enough, JUST WAIT until you see them getting fed or frolicking in the fresh-from-the-hose snow. What I would give to spray their habitat with fake snow! They taunt me with their lively fleshiness, as all I have in my lab are dead, fleshless penguin carcasses. And no, I'm not kidding. About any of this.

Penguin Cam features Sea World's "Penguin Encounter" exhibit and the 24/7 live feed is in promotion of Discovery Channel's new series Frozen Planet. Sea World and Discovery Channel obviously have NO regard for my dissertation. Bastards. Well, seeing that I AM currently writing a paper about pygoscelid penguin bone histology (and 2 of the 3 Pygoscelis species are featured on Penguin Cam), I'm just going to have to pass this off as "research". Anyone know how I go about citing Penguin Cam in my references?

In the mean time, may your life be as unproductive as mine: