We interrupt your regularly scheduled programing…

    Usually, the beginning of the quarter is pretty quiet after hammering out syllabi and lesson plans. This is when I would continue glossing common sources, dig around for less common ones, or just peruse the wonderful world of digital archives for something odd or interesting. Alas, not this quarter. Instead, I have been busy with some quite exciting behind the scenes workings at EHC– hopefully we’ll have some announcements soon!– and for WHEATS. In the meantime, you know what that means. Cats, of course. Well, cat. Have an Abdiel-roll.


Abdiel the Editor

I promised cats, right?

     The more intent I am on work, the more Abdiel insists on being in my lap. I take it as a compliment. When we first got him, he was terrified of me (and, well, almost everything). Now he wants to fix it if I’m “upset.” Of course, he takes just about any intensity as being upset, wether the project is going well or not. And of course, if I get frustrated typing around him, then he thinks I’m really upset and need extra soothing. By petting him. 



     I’ll be migrating the substantive posts from my old blog site to here over the next few days (or possibly weeks, there are three years of posts; they will be backdated to their original dates). As they come up I will be adding commentary either on twitter or in the comments section on each post, and writing followups to a few of the topics I’ve left hanging.

And, of course, there will be more cats. IMG_6618


Celebrity Catification

Normally, I am not a fan of celebrity endorsed/marketed projects. In fact, they usually annoy me. For example, I was working at PetSmart when the Martha Stewart line launched. Most of the products are priced at 2-4x similar, but un-named, items. Most of the items provided no innovation or advantage, and those that did tended to be minor (though, that line does often have a killer color scheme). Worse is the insane variety of bits, saddles, whips, etc. endorsed by celebrity horse trainers, especially when there are claims that “no other bit/saddle/flyspray/whatever will work” or that all other whatevers are “cruel,” even when there is often little difference. There are a handful of exceptions. Even smaller is the number of these items that aren’t horrendously overpriced.

So, here, I would like to offer my own endorsement (call it a PSA) of one particular celebrity product that is well worth the market price.


Yes, I watch My Cat From Hell. And yes, I love and adore Jackson Galaxy for his skill, his compassion, his mission, and his overall awesomeness. But, yet another celebrity marketed pet product? I was unconvinced.


(Cesar Millan dog water anyone?)

But they were on sale, and surprisingly comparable in price to other cat wands anyway. absmurder So we bought the bird.


Kill! My camera can’t actually keep up when they’re playing. 
All the ‘hunt’ pictures are blurrrrr.

Or maybe both. We ended up going back for the cricket (its not really called that, but we do). We have two cats with different preferences (they both love both toys, but each has a definite preference). They really are better. Way better. The cats play longer, they play harder, and then they are very happy mellow kitties and not little furry terrors twenty minutes later. They don’t get bored until they are well and truly tired. Also they’re fun to play with for us human folks, too.