Saturday, December 30, 2006

Windows Vista

See screen shots of the new windows vista.

Around the Neighborhood

Eventually the sun came out, making it a pleasant day.

This view is looking west toward Boulder. The fog is from sublimating snow.

After getting removed from the couch, Kelly found a pillow that had fallen off the couch to be her new bed. I guess the floor is just too hard for a little dog.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Lights Out

We've got another bad storm tonight. Already there is over a foot of fresh snow on the ground. We also had a brief power outage. Something about the dark Kelly didn't like. We first noticed this when we heard the Christmas tree starting to shake. Curled below it was a little black dog.

Dog Toys

There is something about a squeaky that is oh so satisfying to a dog. If we're not catering to her wishes, she'll grab a critter and start squeezing. And after a long day of chasing (and not catching) squirrels, nothing relieves her frustration better than her toys.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Faux fur jackets produced in China for Macy's made with Dog fur

Another case of the inhumane treatment of animals in China. This last week, Macy's discovered that two styles of Sean John hooded jackets advertised as featuring faux fur actually were made from dog fur. Also see here. The jackets, made in China, where labeled as containing fur from Raccoons and Coyotes. Tests by the Humane Society of the United States determined that the fur was actually from a species of dog called a "raccoon dog." It is know in the industry that fur sourced from China comes from domestic dogs and cats, which are killed in gruesome ways. It is estimated that two million cats and dogs are killed in China by fur traders each year and that generally the clothing industry turns a blind eye on the practice.

The Humane Society is calling on Congress to amend the Dog and Cat Protection Act, which bans the sale of dog or cat fur in the United States, to also ban the sale of raccoon dog fur.

Missionary to the Frozen Northern Wastelands

Yesterday Kelly was granted the title "Missionary to the Frozen Wastelands" by the Maximum Leader K T Cat. In honor of this Kelly will refrain from chasing cats and focus exclusively on the squirrels. More about the Feline Theocracy can be found here.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

The blowing snow left a nice cornice on the cars.

By thursday the streets where a mess from people driving through the deep snow. That evening a front loader was brought in to pack and smooth the street. The excess snow became a huge pile of snow on the corner of our yard.

With the street cleared there was still about twelve feet between the cars in the drive and the street to be cleared.

Kelly helped out by keeping the couch warm.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


The blizzard warning was extended until 1 pm. Here's our house this morning.

The drifts in font of the house are deeper than the dog.

Of course the enemy was out

and Kelly had to guard the yard.

But Kelly seemed to enjoy the snow.

Even More Snow

Well we're up to 32" of snow. Here's some photos from the local fox affiliate. I've put them here because they don't have perm-links.

A couple of happy dogs and an unhappy kitty.

A very unhappy kitty!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Even More Snow

Took the little dog out this evening. Was greated by the sight of a stranded car in the middle of the road. The snow drifts were so deep that Kelly had to leap to move forward. I'll try to get pictures tomorrow.

Lots of Snow Today!!!!

We'll we're getting a blizzard today. You know it is bad when the snow is traveling horizontally. The little black dog is quite perturbed that she doesn't have any sunshine to lounge in; unlike her Southern California friends. She just sits forlornly at the door waiting for the sun to return.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Scientific Republican

A new magazine brought to you from the makers of MAD!

Which says basically the same thing as this 2005 cartoon from Tom Tomorrow.

After all, human reproduction is just a theory!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Our new chair

We recently replaced our old futon with a a small sofa and chair. Kelly immediately claimed the sofa as one of her sleeping spots, but ignored the chair until tonight. Out of the blue she jumped up on the chair after being out in the back yard and tracked mud over it.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Online Etiquette

On December 14 David Pogue has a thoughtful blog entry (may require NYT registration) which ponders the lack of civility in cyberspace discussions. What struck him hardest is the level of hostility directed to complete strangers.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

We visited the Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples Florida. Its contains the largest stand of ancient bald cypress left in North America.

Many of the trees hosted epiphytes. I learned that they aren't parasites, but take nutrients from falling organic debris.

This guy is a southeastern Lubber grasshopper. I'm told they don't fly but instead smell bad to ward off predators.

We also saw lots of Kelly's nemesis, the Gray Squirrel.

Florida Everglades

Bald Cypress knees.

American Alligator. These guys were all over the place. The longest we saw was around 10 feet. This guy let me get pretty close - I was still in a car, thankfully I have an adequate zoom on my camera.

Unidentified bird mucking about the swamp.

These guys can move fast when they want to.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Rabbit Mountain

Today we went for a hike at Rabbit Mountain. Didn't see any rabbits, but saw a Red Fox and heard Coyotes calling. Most of the snow had melted, turning the trail into a soup of sticky mud. We had a very dirty dog by the time we got back to the car.

A very tired little black doggie back at home with a full tummy.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Squirrels are the enemy

It has warmed up considerably the last few days and the squirrels have come out to forage. The little black dog was beside herself on our walk, trying to climb trees and fences to get at the enemy.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Snowshoeing w/ Kelly

A couple weekends ago we all went up to the Indian Peaks Wilderness for an afternoon of snowshoeing. Kelly immediately took to the snow. The cold didn't phase her a bit.

When we got back to the car she slept all the way home.

It was great how her feet spread out like four mini snowshoes.

When the snow got crusty, she'd dig in with her claws - making natural crampons.