Monthly Archives: December 2009
It’s fun to look at the stats bar, telling me how many people visited this blog on a given day. Thanks to my Twitter account, I somehow lured almost 100 people here on December 5th. Self promotion works.
I have the week off from school, which means that I actually get to see my wife now and again. However, next week I’m doubling my class load, so I’ll essentially have a part-time commitment lasting 25 hours a week. While I’m not looking forward to it, with my accelerated class schedule it will mean I get to graduate in July instead of December 2010. This I am totally looking forward to. I just hope I can survive 6 months of limited enjoyment and seeing my wife on Fridays and the weekend.
I’d love to say I’m sorry for inundating you with my new cats…but I’m not.
This is the trailer for Blur’s new concert movie “No Distance Left To Run”. I don’t know where it opens, but you can find out more info at www.blur.co.uk.
This is a short video showing many pictures of Munchkin Cats. It also very briefly explains what causes a cat to be born as a munchkin. It’s safe for work (except for the usage of “WTF”).
Our cats chilling in the pet carrier, freshly home from the Middleburg Animal Shelter
Holly the washed-out calico takes a few tentative steps out of the carrier.
I recorded this earlier tonight at PetCo, and I thought I’d share.
This is a chicken coop on my in-law’s property outside of Sioux City, Iowa. The video was shot in September, 2009.
Man, those ancients were filthy! Although this is a Wikipedia entry, it might not be safe for work. link
But first, an annoying song.
My wife Sarah is buying me 2 cats for Christmas. The cats are Munchkin cats, meaning they are normal size in every way, except they have short legs. They have no muscular problems, they can manage stairs, and otherwise live life just like normal cats. (Munchkins are not an officially recognized breed due to their condition being caused by a deformity.)
Originally we were only going to purchase one cat, but the two cats were from a pretty specialized situation, and needed to be taken as a pair or not at all. The Middleburg Humane Foundation shelter also gave us a 2-for-1 deal on all expenses (including shots and spaying), which meant we pay $80 for 2 cats. Shots & spaying for 2 cats can cost $80 or more, so we’re essentially getting them for free. Plus we get to keep two pals together.
I will be picking up the cats later today Tuesday from the shelter. The reason why they really needed to be taken as a pair is due to their previous living conditions. They’ve been living at the shelter since June. Before this, they were in a hoarding situation where one woman had 117 animals (including 27 cats, various pigeons, birds, and horses) on one property.
The cats are clean, litter box trained, and have been slowly growing more and more sociable. It looks like they mainly just want to go somewhere without a lot of commotion. Since we don’t have any other pets besides 2 tanks of fish, and they are on cabinets that are hopefully too high for our short-legged friends, I think our place will make a good home.
The pictures are of the 2 cats. The first is named Holly, the second is Lila (pronunced LIE-la). I may just keep those names for the cats to retain a sense of normalcy for them. Or I’ll change my mind when I realize that they are only cats, and to each other their names are simply “Meow” with an emphasis on either “mee” or “oww”. But I’ll probably keep their names as is. I’d probably give them horrible names either pointing out their munchkin-ism, or name them after some obscure sci-fi reference.
Anyhow, I’m pretty excited to once again have pets I can actually touch (unlike fish, which don’t really enjoy human contact). Have a Happy New Year in a few days.
Is this such a bad thing? It’s obvious what the people want is to see more of the characters they like. How is this so horrible? Yes, it squeezes the door shut for many other original movies that could have been made in the same amount of time…but it keeps out many bad big budget movies like the occasional Howard the Duck or Leonard Part 6. I don’t know, I’ll leave the opinions up to you. link
There’s a lot of material to be found here, but unfortunately you gotta have Real Audio in order to play these many songs from the 1950’s. Enjoy! link
This is a fun list. Like it or not, I thought it was nice that, in some instances, the show creators took some risks…that just didn’t pay off. Others in this list, like early cancellations of possibly good shows, is a clear example of the executives being too impatient. Heck, even Cop Rock got 11 episodes (almost all of which I watched in the initial run, because I loved that show, but I digress…).
Anyhow, here’s your link
This farmer dug up a “root baby” on his land in Sichuan province, China. Unsure as to whether it would bring good luck or bad, he reburied it! link
I don’t need a reason.
I so want this for Birthmas…since my Birthday was a couple days ago, maybe I can wish for it next year. If you don’t know for a previous post many moons ago, the Scutigera Coleoptrata is a little alien-looking centipede that lives in many peoples homes. I had never seen one until I moved out to Virginia, and thankfully I haven’t killed the little guys. See, they eat up a bunch of the other little buggies that live in your home and office. So don’t kill them! Respect the little Scut Coleos! And what better way to show your respect than to wear this hoodie from Etsy?
(The video is briefly NSFW due to a spray-painted disco chick.)
Happy Birthday to Me. I’m now 34 years old, and to show just how old I am, here’s some disco for your viewing / listening pleasure. This hit number 1 on the charts in 1975.
…I had this song playing in the background as I typed this…and it’s stuck in my head. Fly, Robin, Fly! Up up to the sky, yeah yeah!
And here’s something random:
This is an interesting article about a different class of shoplifters whom you wouldn’t expect: the Middle Class. link via Neatorama
I keep stumbling over this one, so I might as well post it. Just click on the different performers to turn their instruments on or off. link
Gizmodo has this incredible commercial from Toshiba advertising their new television. Here’s the original site, with a little more detail.
I may have posted this before, but it bears repeating. This is the workout that Mike Rowe performs in order to stay in shape on the road. It’s a modified prison workout, and it’s much harder than it looks. Enjoy.