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Nothings and everything else

Sophie has found her home


Sophie, foster mum’s homeseeker, is now home-free. Yay!


Bamy Wharhol

Just a little tinkering with the camera settings… no software to stitch them together proper though


Lurking, Slacking, and Kitten P0rn

Though I’ve been shirking my minionly online obligations, I have not stayed away from doing my usual lurking and photo-mo stalking.

While I sort through my thoughts on our efforts for the clannies and homeseekers, I’ve continued to snap pics of them all, including the slackers of course. But I have also been getting my virtual fill of kitten p0rn via avenues like trailing after the True Blood six, who are in the wonderful care of one familiar with love and hisses. It’s addictive, to say the least. But it’s also wonderful to see such dedicated effort, and I’ve been cheering for them. It doesn’t hurt that their foster is an adept of snugglecore.

Rheilly (right): … aren’t we cuteness enough?! Meowr!
Philly: Yeah, it’s not exactly easy work you know. The things I put up with.

But of course, events kitty have continue to evolve. Updates will be trickling online.

Ms Fix-It

This too too cute for words

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I’m particularly taken not with Kitty’s handymeow credentials but rather her penchant for standing up… much like

Prairie Dogs
Prairie dog standing and facing camera
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or Meerkats

meerkats information photo facts pictures
[EDIT: I am rather taken with this non-standing phot too]
and Mongooses
Art print: Banded Mongoose Sits Upright To Get a Better Look Things; a National Geographic photograph by Beverly Joubert

Seems like this peculiar trait is specific to Japanese cats:

Japanese Standing Cats

Cats have always been very popular in Japan.

Products like Hello Kitty and famous anime movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service are great examples of how much the Japanese adore their feline friends.

Cats are cool and all, but nothing weirds me out more than when a cat does something that is very human-like, such as standing upright on its hind legs.

cat-standing Japanese Standing Cats picture

We came across three great videos showing weird cats that can stand for quite some time.

Cute and adorable… sure.

Completely creepy and unnerving… absolutely.

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Extreme Sheep LED Art

Filched off Dawn’s blog


Clawing back…

Worklife is taking its toll on my minionly duties as usual. But in the recent weeks past, choking internet access has added to my crime of negligence, not to mention my sanity.  I am cautiously optimistic the issue is resolved.

I am at last on leave, (from today for 2 weeks) but well, minionly updates will continue to be slow over the next few days as I discharge my duties as a filial daughter and responsibilities as a useful member of the family, and partake in the spring-cleaning.

Sleepy-tired (Rheilly), thinking-restive (Philly)… exactly the mess mix I feel now

My bio batteries are depleted to the point colleagues ask me why my hair so messy! I am utterly looking forward to being away from the W word. The new year holidays should see us back in some action. There’s quite a bit of updating on the clannies, and the adoption stuff for the fostered kitties. Meantime, happy holidays and check back in a few days, would you?

Big read or small?

Weekend’s up, a good time to snuggle in and R.E.A.D, no? Shocking that average readership of the top 100 books is only a miserly 6. I checked a little more than that off against mine, how about you?

Filched off mrsbudak’s blog, comments mine:

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien <- Read about 3 times, can count separately?
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling <- eesh, give me Dianna Wynne Jones any time
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte <- gave up reading, can count?
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman <- planning to…
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare <- just what sec sch lit prescribed …
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien <- ditto as LotR
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams <- definitely read! Lately but at least this sci-fi nerd managed it
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll <- read long long ago
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis <- planning to…
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis <- eh, isn’t this part of 33?
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell <- read, thought-provoking
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood <- is this something i oughta make time for?
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel <- read halfway
52. Dune – Frank Herbert <- read, oh so so so long ago, plus the sequels and prequels too, was quite the dunehead for a while, but that’s all dust in the wind now
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen <- never read, but saw the movie
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon <- read a bit, in a bookstore
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov <- perhaps something to make room on the read list for?
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas <- read
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker <- read
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett <- read
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White <- apparantly something right up my alley, though i’ve not touched it yet
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle <- partial read
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton <- lots of Enid Blyton in my early reading, but no memory of this
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad <- looks interesting
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery <- also marked as read somewhere in the obscurity of history
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams <- read, but a bit too slow for me. Much prefer tailchaser’s song though I love both rabbits and cats
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas <- read. Only now do i realise how large Dumas loomed on my juvenile readscape
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo