Friday, June 20, 2008

memorial lion kitty maxx

Seems like many kittehs and puppies have gone on to the great beyond lately. We can only hope that they'll join Maxx on his great adventure in the cosmos.

I miss you buddy.

Celebrate the Solstice

Simply beautiful. Photo Credit & Copyright: Anthony Ayiomamitis

From NASA's Atronomy Picture of the Day
Today's solstice marks the northernmost point of the Sun's annual motion through planet Earth's sky and the astronomical beginning of the northern hemisphere's summer. But only two days ago, the Full Moon nearest the solstice rose close to the ecliptic plane opposite the Sun, near its southernmost point for the year. Astronomer Anthony Ayiomamitis recorded this dramatic picture of the solstice Full Moon rising above Cape Sounion, Greece. The twenty-four hundred year old Temple of Poseidon lies in the foreground, also visible to sailors on the Aegean Sea. In this well-planned single exposure, a telescopic lens makes the Moon loom large, but even without optical aid casual skygazers often find the Full Moon looking astonishingly large when seen near the horizon. That powerful visual effect is known as the Moon Illusion.
My most vivid memory of the moon illusion is from a serene summer evening in 1967. We lived in northern California, back during the days when kids still went out to play. And on pleasant summer nights, the thing we hated most was the sound of our mothers calling us in for the night. This particular night was different though... it was so balmy and bright, that even the parents seemed to be out in the neighborhood, chatting up their neighbors and futzing about with a highball glass in their hands (it was the 60's ya know). When the moon rose that evening, it hung on the horizon like a giant world about to crash to the earth. It looked so close I felt I could run to the end of the street and touch it. It was magical.

It happened 40 years ago and I can remember it like yesterday. I've never seen anything remotely close to it since. How about you guys? Any great moon stories?

Bonus baby pics

Just for the hell of it.

friday Part 2

I'ze watching teh birdies.

I lurves to nap.

Friday kittehs Pt. 1

Yes, there is a cat in there.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Eeeeeeek!!! Eatage!!!!

I been nommed.

Kitteh teevee

Nom nom nom nom nom nom.

Photos taken through my window under supervision of teh plushygurlz.

Sleepy plushies

Admire mah supreem plushitude.

A tummy closeup.

Maddie likes to nap in the half pipe too. Tho she doesn't exact fit any more.

I can hear Athenae going "EEEEEEEEEEEEP!!" all the way from Chicago.

Tornado instead

How would you like to look out your door and see this monster?

Also from Dark Roasted Blend


I lurves me some lightning. Well, I can't get the video to embed. So take my word for it and click on the link and watch the video.

Awesome lightning storm.

Via Dark Roasted Blend

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

That's the life....

This picture makes me think of Ripley.


Happy wednesday!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Because who among us does not lurve dem some ponies?

photo borrowed from Cute Overload

Aiieeeeee!! eatage ALERT!!!!

Ahhhhhh!! look out! scary bugs!!

Well, okay, not that scary.

H/T to JDW.

Busy day

I still givs U kittehs tho.

Some wun send me a cold front plze. Kai, thx, bai

Monday, June 16, 2008

Why Simon Schama... my favorite historian. From todays Froomkin:
British Web site The First Post reports: "George Bush's valedictory dinner at Downing Street last night was attended by a bevy of distinguished British historians, leading some to believe the president is looking to recruit a ghost writer for a book he is planning. Among those who joined him were Churchill's biographer Martin Gilbert, Niall Fergusson, David Cannadine, Andrew Roberts and Simon Schama. The latter is unlikely to receive a request to help him with the book - expected to promote his freedom agenda and also explain why he took America to war in Iraq -- given that he is on record as saying Bush is 'an absolute [expletive] catastrophe'. My emphasis added.
Nuff said.

For those plushyphiles unfamiliar with Schama's work, has quite a selection. My favorite is Citizens, Schama's hugely entertaining work on the French Revolution, released the year of the French Bicentennial.

For you Anglophiles who saw part or all of the BBC's series, "The History of Britain," Schama was the narrator as well as the author of an exhaustive three-book series to accompany the television production. And when I say "exhaustive," I mean it. He starts at 3500 B.C. and covers everything up to the modern day. Not to worry though, Schama's volumes read like fine novels. His flair for story telling would make most novelists cry with envy.

iz monday, iz hot, we be cranky


Wut dat thermomer saii? oh NOES!!

I haz a whiskerz 2

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday plushies

Wut? noes, I wuz not clawing on teh drapes. Muches.

Oh, birdies! I getz U sumdai