Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A roaming cat turns garden into litter box. And kills birds.

From an article in the Boston Globe we learn that a town in Vermont is debating a proposed law that would mandate leashes for cats. Apparently, there are many sides to this important issue.

"A City Council meeting with cats on the agenda drew an unusually large crowd of about 30 people Tuesday night, including one woman who brought three large signs, one of which said, "Arrest criminals, not cats. Can Barre afford a jail for cats?"
"City officials cited complaints from some residents about a roaming cat that turned a neighbor's garden into a litter box."
"Cities around the country and at least one state have enacted or considered cat restraint laws. In 1949, the Illinois Legislature passed "An Act to provide Protection to Insectivorous Birds by Restraining Cats."
"Scientists estimate that free-roaming cats kill hundreds of millions of birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians each year," the Virginia-based American Bird Conservancy, which runs a "Cats Indoors!" campaign, says on its website. "Cat predation is an added stress to wildlife populations already struggling to survive habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, and other human impacts."

Good Dog

I finally went to Huntington Park to see the Columbus Clippers (the Indians' AAA Minor League team).
During the game they had a golden retriever named Jake, as the 'bat boy'. He was fantastic. He runs out after someone gets a hit, grabs the bat, and brings it back to the dugout with his tail wagging the entire time. He brings water to the umpires. He catches frisbees between innings. He is a good dog. And the Clippers won 11-0.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

when will then be now ?

"What the hell am I lookin' at ? "
"When does this happen in the movie?"
"Now. You're looking at now sir, everything that happens now is happening now. "
"What happened to then? "
"We passed it. "
"When? "
"Just now. We're at now-now. "
"Go back to then."
"Now. "
"Now? "
"Now! "
"I can't."
"Why? "
"We missed it."
"When? "
"Just now. "
"When will then be now?"

Friday, June 11, 2010

Chicago : 24 or 6 to 4

With a special thanks to the person who got this song stuck in my head....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010


What is the sound of one stage-hand clapping ?
- AB

Mumford and Sons - Roll Away Your Stone

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

a copy of a copy of a copy...

This is amazing. A guy records a video, he uploads it to YouTube.  Here
He then downloads it to his computer. Then he uploads it to YouTube. He does this 1000 times, and this is what the last copy looks like :

and how was everything tonight ?

"The food was surpassed only by the service."

Steve Martin : The most amazing thing of all is...

I have had many moments like this :

and for dessert

a tornado warning...


Tonight, it was steak marinated in soy sauce, and honey. Potatoes with garlic, onion and paprika. And green peppers, red peppers, onions, and mushrooms. 

On the Grill. 

I amaze even myself.

Visualizing the Gulf spill

An interactive map that lets you see what the spill would look like if its epicenter were your house. Here is Columbus, Ohio.