Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 30 2013

The Greatest Grumpy Cat Meme Ever

grumpy cat tardis

I stumbled across this looking for something else. I am a Doctor Who fan*, and I approve this meme. If anyone knows who created this, tell me who they are. I love them. I want to buy them alcoholic beverages. But you know Grumpy Cat never actually met The Doctor. No way you can hate …

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Nov 30 2013

Sometimes It Works Out Fine

Image is of two cats hugging. Caption says, "Don't worry. Everything is fine now."

Many of you were there to offer cyber-sympathy during the recent dust-up that plunged me into Emoland. Your support prevented me from becoming a permanent resident there – thank you! But for a while there, it looked like I’d be living life without B. Which led to frequent trips to Emoland, lemme tell ya. But …

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Nov 28 2013

Gone Eatin’, Plus Lots o’ Thanks

Image is of a cat lying on a dinner plate. The table also contains a salad bowl in the center and plates full of food. Caption says, "I is TURKEY.... stuff with noms.

So it’s that day again in America where we give thanks and stuff ourselves into a coma. Sometimes, Christians ask us what we have Thanksgiving for if we don’t believe in a god we can give those thanks to, which displays an appalling lack of imagination, not to mention no appreciation for the people around …

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Nov 27 2013

Magnificent Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier and the curved arch of a portion of the I-90 bridge.

Seattle doesn’t lack for scenery. I mean, you can be coming back from gathering wool (no, seriously, Starspider and I were at The Weaving Works getting her wool for felting), and you drive through the city onto the I-90 bridge, and Mount Rainier happens.

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Nov 26 2013

Went for Shrooms, Came Back with Birds

My little cormorant. Image is a profile of a cormorant, which is standing on a small lump of wood or similar in the creek.

Inspired by Kenny and the small stretch of charming weather we’re having, I went on a quest Saturday to find mushrooms. Only some unutterable barstard’s mown down all the local fly agaric. And the ones I did find were – oh, shall we say, well past their prime and leave it at that? Bleck. And …

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Nov 25 2013

The Cataclysm: “Vancouver! Vancouver! This Is It!”

Dawn arrives early in the Pacific Northwest spring. The clouds are usually thick enough to filter the light to the satisfaction of all but the lightest sleepers, but on the morning of May 18th, 1980, 5:30am saw the sun rising in cloudless skies. It called all rain-locked residents to seize a sunny spring day while …

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Nov 24 2013

Sunday Song: Leaves

Sunlight through yellow leaf on green hedge.

It’s the dying time o’ year again. In Seattle and surrounding areas, that means rain, followed by rain, and showers, then some rain, and this is an especially wet fall so we’ve had some rain to go with our rain. When it’s not raining, it threatens to rain, and the sun is a distant memory. …

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Nov 23 2013

Fundamentals of Fungi: Kenny’s Quintet

A fly agaric fit for a gnome's throne.

Oh, my darlings, it’s been a very long time since I’ve given any love to those of you who adore your shrooms. Fortunately, I’ve got a coworker who finds some fabulous ones, and had a good camera on his phone, and he’s sharing the love with you. He hit me square in the squees with …

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Nov 21 2013

Dave Crockett’s Narrow Escape

One of the eeriest things I’ve ever seen is the video shot by KOMO News reporter Dave Crockett on May 18th, 1980. He was just 28 years old. Something woke him before dawn that Sunday morning, telling him this was the day to be there. Good reporter’s instincts, that man. I was a very young …

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Nov 20 2013

“They’ll be led, be bled, and time’s wheel will turn on after they’ve gone.”

"Worse crimes than burning books." Image by Eric C. Castro on Flickr. Photo is of stacked antique books, with the quote "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. - Joseph Brodsky"

There is a remarkable piece written by a man who once called for Salman Rushdie to die. It’s about the awesome power of books, and the fearful power of ignorance, and the power we have to change the future. Read all of it. But in case you needed persuading, here’s a taste.

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