shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (Dusty/LOL icon)
You've heard of horse whisperers and dog whisperers now watch an amazing dog lullabye-er *g*  


shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (animal lover)
Two men bought a lion cub at Harrod's and eventually released him in Africa. Upon returning a year later, Christian the lion still recognized the two men. Here is a vid of his life in England, his journey to Africa and the eventual reunion:
What a wonderful story - love the part where he apparently introduces his friends to his wife.
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (Dusty/LOL icon)

I came across this vid of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, a canine surfing event (who knew?). Some seemed to really enjoy themselves while others had that martyred wet-dog look. What we put our four-legged friends through *sigh* 
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Many months ago I did a post about a horse who painted. It seems that in additon to painting apes and elephants and horses there are now dogs who paint - read about it here. Of course these animals all seem to be abstract painters as to our eyes what's on the canvas doesn't seem to resemble anything real but who knows?

Also came across a cute site called Wordspy that lists neologisms found in the press like: 

exergaming n. An activity that combines exercise with video game play. —adj. Also: exer-gaming.
exergame n.
exergamer n.

which I guess came into being after the new Wii was released.

microblogging
pp. Posting short thoughts and ideas to a personal blog, particularly by using instant messaging software or a cell phone. Also: micro-blogging.
microblog v., n.
microblogger n.

which I've occasionally seen done on my flist and finally these two

ungoogleable n. A person for whom no information appears in an Internet search engine, particularly Google. —adj. Also: unGoogleable, ungooglable, unGoogle-able. 

and 

googleability
(goo.gul.uh.BIL.uh.tee) n. The ease with which information about a person can be found on an Internet search engine, particularly Google. Also: Googleability, googlability, google-ability.
googleable adj.
 

English is certainly a growing, living language.

Doggie Fun

Jun. 16th, 2007 03:33 pm
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As you may guess by my icon and nom-de-courriel I like cats but there are a fair number of dogs I'm fond of too. Today I came across this hilarious post I Has a Sweet Potato about a dog and some root vegetables. LOL.

Animals

Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:47 pm
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (Only One Earth)
Well since today is Earth Day I'm posting two links about animals (as if I don't do it on other days *g*). The first one is a cute vid of a baby otter learning to swim. The other is a clip of a "Disco" Dressage performance by Andreas Helgstrand and his mare Blue Hors Martine that wowed the judges. It reallly looks like the mare is enjoying herself and feels the music.

Animal News

Apr. 9th, 2007 02:22 pm
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (animal lover)
There's an interesting article here about a pregnant dolphin at a marine mammal rehabilitation facility named Castaway who was discovered to be deaf. They opened a "chat line" to a nearby dolphin research facility hoping to teach a deaf dolphin's unborn calf the sounds of dolphin communication. Human beings can be so thoughtful and kind - if we could just encourage the spread of this kind of mentality *sigh* 
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (animal lover)
I swore to myself that I'd stop posting these links for awhile but I came across this and couldn't resist. Take a look at the pickpocketing duck. It's so "faginish" - she's lifting the green while the mark is diverted by the kiddies. They then bought  food to give to the koi *g* (see yesterday's post).  I realize they are different breeds of ducks but it makes an amusing story (I almost wrote cute again *sigh*).

Animal Fun

Mar. 30th, 2007 11:51 am
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (animal lover)
Oh boy here are a couple more cute animal vids. The first features an adorable little duckling feeding his koi pals. The other is of two otters swimming together in perfect harmony (I think it actually looks as if one of the otters is kissing the paw of the other). I may be anthropormorphizing them but I do believe that there's more to animals than scientists and some others are willing to admit.

Here's a cute article on footwear for miniature guide horses. Apparently the Guide Horse Foundation finds that most miniature horse handlers prefers sneakers for their miniature horses. Can you imagine the early days when perhaps they tried children's footwear?

Customer: I'd like to buy a pair of children's sneakers?
Salesman: What size?
Customer: Well he wears this size shoe (holds up horseshoe).
Salesman: WTF? (Looks around for security to handle the crazy person)

One more thing - if Fred Thompson does run for President all the "Law & Order" episodes he's in may have to be pulled from rotation (read about it here). I assume this goes for movies like "The Hunt for Red October" too. 
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (coldkitty icon)
This morning I came across this tale of a mother cat who's nursing a Rottweiler pup and wanted to share. I just love stories like this.

Websurfing

Nov. 18th, 2006 09:22 pm
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (autumn girl)
Went websurfing and came across a few things:

Gakked this from [livejournal.com profile] wisteria_  - If I dig a very deep hole, where I go to stop? Another stupid application for Google Maps...

Go look at Kiwi and how he made his dream come true - it's sweet and a little sad.

Lots of cute cat pics here 

Came across The Chapbook of William the Bloody Rhymer with its collection of poems by our Spike.
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)
Well Sarah Michelle Geller's "The Return" was just reviewed in today's New York Times which probably means there was no advance screening for the critics - usually a sign that not even the studio had any faith in it and I guess they were right as it got a pretty bad review. I'd hate to see SMG vanish in a slew of stinky horror movies. So far Alysson Hannigan and David Boreanaz are the only BtVS lead actors to find steady work.

I came across this really cute site called Costume Dogs and on the opening page there's a photo of a pug dressed up as Darth Vader *g*

Buddy

Oct. 6th, 2006 11:06 am
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)

I came across this story of Buddy, a dog whose leg was broken and yet managed to get himself into an ER where workers took him to a vet. No one knows how he figured out to go to an ER but perhaps it has the same smells as a veterinarian's clinic and he thought he could be healed there. I once read a story where a dog, who got a snoutful of porcupine quills, was taken to a vet by his owner to have them removed. The next time it happened he went there by himself. I just love stories like these about fur persons *g*

Whimsies

Oct. 5th, 2006 02:08 pm
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (Autumn Girl)
The other morning I caught an ad on TV with William Shatner in full Captain-Kirk-on-the-bridge mode hawking HDTV (I think - I was getting dressed at the time and wasn't paying too much attention). Leonard Nimoy was there in Spock regalia with a bunch of extras in StarFleet uniforms on the bridge set too. I don't mind seeing William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy hawking stuff (they're rather funny) but to me it's a bit sacreligious to have Kirk and Spock shilling things. However I suppose I could imagine them in the 23rd century doing so if they still had ads but I really hope that commercials will be a thing of the past .

Last night I caught on the news a segment about a bear eating fermented apples and becoming drunk poor thing. I read somewhere that a surprising number of animals do become intoxicated on fermented fruit when it's available. AA for elephants anyone?

The other day there was this quote in the lj'verse about how many are more comfortable with men holding guns than hands let alone having sex or getting married. If the conservatives proposed an amendment codifying marriage (heterosexual of course) according to biblical teachings it might go something like this:

  • Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women.(Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5.)
  • Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron11:21)
  • A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed (Deut 22:13-21)
  • Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden.(Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)
  • Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any state, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)
  • If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)
  • In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

    LOL. Read more here. Of course the South has the highest divorce rate in the country so I don't think this would get too far even if someone were to take this seriously and attempt it.

  • shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (Autumn Girl)
    Let's hear it for cross-species co-operation! First there's a baby dolphin named Winter who may get a prosthetic tail courtesy of us humans. Then there's the story of a litter of puppies rejected by their mom who are being fed by a cat who lost her kittens. See the tape here.
    shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)
    See the amazing toilet-flushing cat here. LOL

    Lola

    Aug. 27th, 2006 08:29 pm
    shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)
    Have you seen the story of Lola, a kitten in Denver, who was born with deformed rear legs and learned to walk on her front paws doing a handstand? Read about it here. I hope she finds a nice home poor thing.
    shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)
    "It starts out as sort of a gang-snorgle..." is the title of an absolutely adorable litle vid at Cute Overload. It's in Japanese or Korean but you can ignore the cloying narrator and just watch the cat among the dogs at a doggie (?) restaurant. Check it out.
    shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)
    See the cute Kung Fu Kitten. LOL

    There's a new Post-NFA story/community called [profile] championverse, an all ensemble (with S/X) series which fills in a tiny bit the lack of anything official. The writers cleverly had Angel turn and ensoul Wesley before his meeting with Cyvus Vail. 
    BTW another post-NFA virtual season series called "Heroes" seems to have been "cancelled" as the link doesn't work *grumbles* 
    And, oh yes, the WB plans to say farewell on September 17 by showing the pilots of "BtVS", "AtS" and "Veronica Mars". Could this possibly be the un-aired first pilot with Riff Regan as Willow? That would really draw in the curious (though Joss Whedon apparently would like that pilot to vanish into the ether).

    I grew up on mysteries but of late I don't read too many. Last night I stayed up late finishing J.A. Jance's Edge of Evil. I like Jance and this one features her new heroine (she has 2 other series characters) who becomes a blogger in the course of the book. She's also a woman of a certain age which is always a plus. I think this is the first book that I've read where blogs (or ljs *g*) are important to the plot. Hope she'll write more books featuring Alison Reynolds.



    shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (scholarcat)
    Any horse owners out there? I'm reading about Cholla, a horse that paints pictures!! I've seen articles and TV segments about apes and elephants that paint but this is the first horse I've come across. He was awarded an honorable mention at  "Going Underground"- Art at Large 4th Annual Juried Competition/Exhibition for his Equine Erection #1 though since it's his owner who names the pictures I wonder what's going on in her mind *bg*. Wonder what kind of animal will be the next to pick up a paintbrush?

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