There Is No Cat

A huge orangupoid, which no man can conquer

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The weather outside was frightful

Let it snow...

Snow falling in our back yard at night

Let it snow...

Bird house covered in snow

Let it snow.

Snow on the tree branches in back of our house

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

First against the wall when the revolution comes

This story about rich people getting free stuff makes me think of nothing so much as an old Saturday Night Live sketch. Eddie Murphy was made up to be a white man, and when he went out into the world was amazed to find that there was a giant conspiracy among white people where they didn't have to pay for anything ever, at least not so long as there were no non-white people around. Winks all around. Clearly the way it really works is that you have to be green, not white. Creepy. Because, after all, who needs free stuff more than rich people. I think I'll have to keep track of what's being pimped and make sure I don't buy it. (via Dan Gillmor)

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Friday, January 14, 2005


Finally, a month and a half after our return, the last of my photographs from our trip to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving. This batch focuses mainly on the St. Augustine Lighthouse, something I was really looking forward to photographing. I've photographed a number of lighthouses here on the Jersey Shore, including Sandy Hook, Twin Lights in Atlantic Highlands (both just a few miles from our house), Barnegat Lighthouse, and Cape May.

St. Augustine Lighthouse in the early morning light

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Monday, January 3, 2005

Terror from the deep

A hungry crocodile lunges at a terrified photographer

New Year's resolution number one: finish posting my photos from our Thanksgiving trip to St. Augustine, Florida. Today's installment consists of photographs taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm®. They don't limit themselves to gators, though; in fact, both of these photographs are of crocodiles.

Many crocodiles in a small amount of space

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Sunday, January 2, 2005

There's got to be a twist

Interesting article in the New York Times about people who buy arcade versions of video games and pinball machines for their home game rooms. I would love to have a real pinball machine, myself. Video games would be cool, too, but for the prices they're fetching, I'll stick with the Atari Anthology and NAMCO Museum I picked up for Laura's new Playstation 2 (birthday present to her a couple of weeks ago, and yes, she asked for it, or at least for a system that would let her play Dance Dance Revolution). The company that sells new Stern pinball machines is located only about 20 miles from here. But I don't like the machines they offer. Elvis pinball? No thanks. On the other hand, there's a place near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that sells my old favorite table from my college days, when I pumped a small fortune in quarters into pinball machines. The price is much more reasonable than a new table, but still a sum I'm not going to drop just for a pinball machine when there are so many other things we need around the house. Still, it would go nicely with the jukebox and phone booth we already have (Laura got both of them before I met her; my wife is too cool for me, I think), both of which the place in Pennsylvania sells. I can dream....

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What do you mean there is no cat?

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

- Albert Einstein, explaining radio

There used to be a cat

[ photo of Mischief, a black and white cat ]

Mischief, 1988 - December 20, 2003

[ photo of Sylvester, a black and white cat ]

Sylvester (the Dorito Fiend), who died at Thanksgiving, 2000.


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