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  1. otrame says

    That kitten either has ear mites or is genuinely brain damaged. My mom had a kitten that had what looked like cerebral palsy, though it not known what actually caused the brain damage, and this looks a little too familiar. However, the kitten in the vid has good motor control, so I hope it’s just ear mites, which are easily treated.

  2. Cuttlefish says

    Thanks, Quodlibet! (I won’t fix the title, though, cos it will play havoc with the site.)

    The little whorl on the back feathers reminded me of a little button-quail I photographed in South Africa. Really quite a gorgeous bit of coloring, for something that is camouflage!

  3. northstar says

    From the youtube video with the kitten (I found this so interesting):

    “Ralphee’s condition is a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with “CH” when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

    These cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

    Unless a CH cat has other health issues, their life expectancy is the same as a cat’s without CH. Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse — and in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time. “

  4. FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!) says

    Is it wrong that I watched it twice. I think that might be wrong…

    Anyway, me= cheered.

  5. Die Anyway says

    I’m cheered up just to see you back D.C. I was beginning to get worried.

  6. says

    Responses to this will really cheer me up…

    Some background.

    Some years ago, and for one of my silly radio essays, I invented (unless anyone can come up with an earlier attestation) the hairimeraku.
    As its name suggests, this is a bastard of the limerick and the haiku.

    All (or possibly more) than you ever wanted to know about the form is hereand here.

    Anyway, due to the lack of violent public protests, I am thinking of wheeling the damn things out again for ‘Hairimeraku Trek III: The Wrath of Camus’ and it occurred to my innate writers’ laziness that If I solicited some from others it would save me absolute minutes of effort.

    Anyone up to it? I’ll of course credit any submissions (Hey! If it fills space with even more lack of effort…)

    If you can’t be bothered to follow the links (and I don’t blame you)
    “…the hairimeraku consists of seventeen on (a term that can be loosely translated as ‘syllable’) rhyming upon the fourth, eighth, eleventh, fourteenth and seventeenth on, in the pattern AABBA; (this is a damn sight easier to do in Japanese where almost all words rhyme, than it is in English translation where hardly any of the buggers do) and finally having it’s kireji (the caesura-like grammatical break), usually on the eighth on or fourteenth on, or occasionally on the eleventh on or rarely on the fourth on or indeed on the seventeenth on; and even finally-er, the best of them having both seasonal and salacious aspects as befits their combined ancestry. …”
    A certain amount of hypermetricallity is tolerated (especially with feminine endings and extra-especially in the last line).

    Autumn rain drips,
    Walking girl slips.
    Yobs cry “Ha!
    “Boo!” and “Ya!”
    —Foolish quips.

    A young lady,
    Name of Sadie,
    Cherry pit
    Wants to spit
    Somewhere shady.

    Or this which investigates propriety frankly though enigmatically:

    See that girl there
    Climbing the stair.
    She should know,
    Crowd below…
    Underwear.

    Come on, especially The Lord Cuttle himself, and post some here and become … what’s the word?… Famous? Notorious?? Ignored???…

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