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Literate Luna   Leave a comment

Literate Luna
My wife and daughter do storytime. Since Luna moved in nearly three years ago, she has joined them. Presently, they’re working their way through Harry Potter. She lays there, listens, and occasionally purrs.

She skips some days. Other days, she’ll realize she missed it, and run in and chirp. Once in a while, another chapter is read, just for Luna.

My wife related to me today that Luna enlisted Beso in trying to get out the current book. He’s bigger, and better able to help. I wonder what she would do once they got it out–I’m not sure she can read herself.

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Posted 2014-10-11 by Mr. Guilt in cats, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

Kittens’ Third Birthday   2 comments

The are no longer kittens, though we still refer to them as such. Beso and Luna are three years old. Beso has deep thought sometimes.
Beso, Relaxed

Luna is still a hacker-ninja-princess, bounding through life.
Hacker Ninja Princess on her Perch

It’s hard work to look this good. Don’t you just love her pedicure?
Pretty Luna

Beso is also a handsome cat.
Proud Beso

Happy birthday, kitties!

Posted 2014-04-15 by Mr. Guilt in cats, Eddy, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

Mardi Gras 2014 for the Cats!   1 comment

It’s Mardi Gras! Time for the annual photo session for the cats. Luna checked out the beads.
Selecting Beads

Eddy is ready. “Throw me something, mister!”
Strutin' Eddy

Luna, of course, looks good in anything.
Luna, in Beads

I look…goofy (perhaps because I’m not a cat).
Charles, Beaded Up!

But Beso just isn’t in the spirit.
Phpppt!

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

Posted 2014-03-04 by Mr. Guilt in Beso, cats, Eddy, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

Better Model than Me   2 comments

This weekend, I set about taking a new profile picture for all my internet presence.
Charles, Straight on and Serious

I got a couple options.
Charles, Big Smile Avatar

I kept goofing around with that…
Charles Leaning, Arms Folded

…when Beso showed up.
Beso Looks Up to Charles

Let’s face it: he’s cuter than me.
Charles Looks at Beso

Luna also appeared, and I took a picture with her, too.
Charles and Luna Avatar
She was thrilled!

They wandered off. Luna checked out the snow.
Luna Looks at the Snow

Beso hung out on the bed, annoyed I was still taking pictures of him.
Beso on the Bed

I try to pull out my camera once a week and take pictures. This was an interesting session, with fun results.
Charles Standing with Beso

A Visit from the Christmas Snow Leopard   Leave a comment

Christmas Snow Leopard tagWe started the Christmas Snow Leopard tradition for our cats two years ago. I had ordered a couple of plush mice from the Snow Leopard Trust. The Snow Leopard Trust works with folks living in areas where snow leopards like to roam. They provide income through the production of a variety of things, such as the felt mice, in exchange for protecting the cats. Where before the snow leopards were viewed as a threat to their flocks to be killed on sight, now they are guarded by the herders.

A good example of the effects of this program was recently demonstrated. A snow leopard cub was found on the roof of a home in Mongolia. Before it would have been shot and killed on sight. Now, the only shooting took place with cell phone cameras. The cub was safely relocated to the mountains. I think it is great that this organization looks at how to look at the impact the endangered species is having on the humans it shares a territory with, and helping solve problems to minimize conflict, rather than dictating what should be done.

Last year, I gave to the Snow Leopard Trust through work, as the cats still had their mice. The Christmas Snow Leopard still came, bringing new Beastie Bands for the cats. This year, my wife actually adopted Devekh, a radio-collard wild snow leopard, for me. I have my very own snow leopard!

Adopted Snow Leopard
That’s not Devekh but another snow leopard on the cover of the folder–there was a good picture of him inside. Naturally, our new plush friend now shares that name.

The cats, however, got three cool gifts from a local store called Confetti Cats, specializing in cat toys and products. They had a grand time unwrapping everything.


Unwrapping

One, a “Luna Loop,” was a small, simple toy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures of it. The other two were well received and photographed.

My wife noticed Eddy really liked this shaggy plume on te top of one of the other toys, which also had a big base. We sound something similar but lighter.

Eddy Loves His Toy

He loved it!

Cuddlin' His Toy

We also got a Cat Crib, a hammock designed to attach under chairs. The box was the first part of that toy.

Boxes Make Good Toys

Then they each took a turn sitting in it.

Beso in the Crib

Eddy in the Crib

Luna in the Cat Crib

Beso eventually figured out he could play with both toys at once, while Eddy sat up top.

Beso Hogs the Toys

It was a great Christmas, and a fun continuation of our little tradition.

Devekh in the Crib

Tails are Handy   Leave a comment

They can keep the light from interrupting your nap.
Tail Covering Her Eyes

Posted 2013-12-23 by Mr. Guilt in cats, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

Why I Sometimes Stay Up Too Late   Leave a comment

I’m not always allowed to get to bed on time.
Lap Cats

Film Camera   1 comment

I got into photography as an all-digital guy. I’ve never had the space for a wet darkroom, and patience, at least when I was younger, was not my strong suit. When good DSLRs became more affordable, it seemed more do-able to me. I got a Nikon, along with my own “digital” darkroom.

Coincidentally, my late father had a Nikon. He mentioned wanting to get into photography from time to time, but probably had the same limitation. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity to try out a DSLR to really explore the hobby. He did had a Nikon N80, which he did shoot family events with.

My mom came across it, and asked if I was interested in it. I thought it might be fun to go retro, and try some film shooting. All my lenses were compatible, so the only real expense is the film. Inside, there was a roll of film, half-shot. I finished it out, in part to test the camera.
N80

Film has a different look from digital, though part of it may be because of the film’s age. There are actually filters for Lightroom to emulate various types of film. The roll was Kodak Gold 200, which I don’t believe is made any more.

As always, my cats were eager ambivalent models.
Crouching Pico-Panther

As it turns out one hour film developing is no longer common–two to three days seems to be the norm, though I was told black and white would require more like two weeks. I found one place that still offered it to turn around this initial roll, and they said they would be discontinuing this service early next year.
Luna on her Blanket

My workflow was similar to my digital process. I had the film developed to a CD, and imported the images to Aperture. There, I made my final adjustments. Still, the distinctive look of film remained.
Beso in the Study

The roll of film was over eight years old–to some extent, I was surprised it came out at all. Some of the prints showed damage. I was able to fix some of it in Aperture, but artifacts remain. You can see signs in the doorframe, as well as just above Eddy’s eyes.
Eddy in a Corner

While I doubt I will shoot a lot of film–there is a bit of cost and hassle associated with it relative to digital–I think it will be fun to experiment with it from time to time.

As I mentioned, half of the roll was used by my father, and it was interesting to see what appeared. And, it would seem my dad and I got to shoot a roll of film together.

Halloween for the Cats   Leave a comment

It’s become an annual tradition–at least since we got the kittens–to take pictures of the cats with the pumpkin(s).

Of course, the boys were more interested in the treats I got out for the photo shoot, rather than the pumpkins.
Checking Out the Treats

Which makes sense–black is really the most appropriate attire for Halloween.
Luna and the Pumpkins

Luna can really look the part of spooky cat.
Serious Black Cat

Eddy, though lacking Luna’s black coat, can bring the attitude.
Spooky Barn Cat

Clearly, he earned his title of “senior cat.”
Halloween Eddy

Happy Halloween!
Pumpkins 2013

What’s with the “Yes on 2?” Look here!

Posted 2013-10-31 by Mr. Guilt in Beso, cats, Eddy, Family, felis silvestris catus, Luna

Friday the Thirteenth?!?   Leave a comment

I spent the whole day writing emails referring to “Friday, September 13.” I was late making the connection. Even later did it occur to me: I have a black cat.

One does need to be careful with black cats on Friday the Thirteenth…they tend to steal your heart.
Luna Looks Down on Me
Well, she does that every day.

Truthfully, Luna wasn’t in a mood to pose. Beso always is willing to pose.
Beso, Having Deep Thoughts

Especially when you mention chicken!
Did Someone Say Chicken?

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