Saturday, May 19, 2007


WARNING:To Stella and her ilk (i.e. if you're the kind of person who in response to: "Do you like cats?" replies: "Yes but I couldn't eat a whole one."

Here be cute fluffy kitten photos.

Continue reading at your own peril...

Yesterday I adopted an 8-week-old kitten. He's very useful at getting the cobwebs out from behind the fridge. He's also a VERY good climber, a very loud purrer, and as a preference sleeps on throats and heads. Which would be cuter if not for the incredibly loud purr in one's ear at the same time. He did give me a nice scalp massage last night though.

I'm still undecided on a name, so I can't get him a name tag yet, so I can't let him outside yet in case he wanders - although he is microchipped and also has a bell on his collar to give the birds plenty of warning.

I think he's probably Loki (Scandanavian trickster god), and I can also call him Loquito (little crazy one in Spanish). That could just be asking for trouble though.

So then I thought of Morpheus - to encourage him to be a sedate, sleepy cat - but I' m not sure it suits him.

A canine friend of mine is called Porter, because he's the same colour as the beer, so along the same lines I thought of Stout - which coincidentally means naughty in Dutch.

I've always liked the name Taliesin for a pet, but it seems a little unwieldy for such a small thing.

And then there's always Ron - purr in Spanish is ronronear.

Anyway, I think I've written enough now so that those who are averse to cute fluffy kitten photos won't have burned their eyes unless they scrolled down, and I did give you fair warning. So here are some photos.

What do you think his name should be? [note: Roadkill has already been suggested]

R (& kitten)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

GPS transcript

We (the Editter and I) drove down to Melbourne last weekend and a friend offered us the loan of his GPS navigator. Although I knew where we were going, it was actually very useful in telling me when to turn and all that. A built-in GPS is now one of three things I want in my next car that I don't currently have (the other two being cruise control and cup holders).

There is a new section of freeway going through my town, which the GPS doesn't know about yet. Its screen tells you that you're flying over rivers and paddocks. It panics. Every time you come close to where a road used to be, or still is but unaccessible because you're on the freeway, it tries to get you to turn onto it. Because you're going fast, it often doesn't have time to finish the sentence. The monologue goes something like this:

Turn around when possible.
Turn left in fort-
Turn le-
Turn right in twenty me-
Silence - because as far as it knows, I'm on the river
Turn around when
Turn left in forty metres
Turn next left
Sigh of relief as I'm back on a known road

The thing is, I felt guilty confusing it like that! I almost avoided the freeway so as not to confuse it! I found myself apologising to it.

What inanimate objects have you been known to apologise to?