Sunday, December 30, 2007

Robert F. Cat

Yesterday, in addition to about 10 lbs of chanterelles and about a tonne of beautiful scenery, we harvested a nice experience:

some face time with a bobcat. i've never experienced a big cat in the wild that really just didn't care about humans. we must have been about 75-100 feet from this cat - it just stared at us, with absolutely no concern. after about 5 minutes we continued on our way. sadly all I had was a crappy point and shoot as it was raining and mary didn't bring out her SLR.

Thursday, December 27, 2007


assassination is a weird thing.

one gets the sense in history that assassination is less antithetical to a healthy democracy than maybe it really is. this, i believe, is not so with the assassination of bhutto today. politics on the subcontinent are much harder to quantify than I think most realize. I've often said I thought the world as we know it will end there, as india and pakistan obliterate each other and the rest of the world for good measure.

but this post is about bhutto. if anyone had the ability to move pakistan further from the brink, i think it was her. musharef is a somewhat less skilled tito; he's holding it together, not particularly gracefully but the real fear is what happens when he stops doing so. bhutto however, regardless of what you thought of her, was capable of real change. sad that i have to use the past tense now to describe something hopeful.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I should like to add

I am pretty sure this new attempt by the SF zoo to use tigers to encourage people to leave the zoo in a timely fashion.

little joe! put that baby down!

why people name animals in captivity anything other than numbers confuses me.

from the AP, a list of "some [recent] maulings":

Some maulings and other incidents involving captive animals in the United States:

Dec. 25, 2007: A Siberian tiger named Tatiana escapes from its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, killing one man and mauling two others, before being shot dead.

Feb. 24, 2007: A 140-pound jaguar named Jorge fatally mauls a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being fatally shot. Zoo officials said later that zookeeper Ashlee Pfaff had violated the rules by opening the door to the animal's cage.

Dec. 22, 2006: Tatiana reaches through her cage's iron bars and mauls a female zookeeper during a public feeding at the San Francisco Zoo.

Dec. 22, 2006: The National Zoo in Washington is briefly shut down after a clouded leopard bolts from a wire-mesh enclosure. It is found snoozing just outside the exhibit 30 minutes later.

Nov. 29, 2006: Trainer Kenneth Peters, 39, is bitten and held underwater several times by a 7,000-pound killer whale during a show at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld Adventure Park. Peters escaped with a broken foot. The 17-foot-long orca is the dominant female of SeaWorld San Diego's seven killer whales. She had attacked Peters on two prior occasions, in 1993 and 1999.

Sept. 10, 2005: Three chimpanzees from Zoo Nebraska are shot and killed after they escape from their enclosure and could not be captured. A padlock on the cage was not completely closed after being cleaned, officials at the zoo in Royal, Neb., said.

March 3, 2005: Two chimpanzees at the Animal Ranch wildlife sanctuary near Bakersfield, Calif., attack a man and his wife, maiming the man, before being shot to death.

July 13, 2004: A state wildlife officer fatally shoots a 600 pound tiger that escaped from the property of former Tarzan actor Steve Sipek in Loxahatchee, Fla.

March 18, 2004: A 340-pound gorilla named Jabari breaks out of its enclosure at the Wilds of Africa exhibit at the Dallas Zoo and goes on a 40-minute rampage through a forest, snatching up a toddler with his teeth and attacking three other people before being shot to death by officers.

Oct. 3, 2003: Illusionist Roy Horn is severely mauled by a tiger during the Siegfried & Roy nightly show at The Mirage casino in Las Vegas, biting him in the neck and dragging him off stage.

Sept. 28, 2003: A 300-pound gorilla named Little Joe escapes from its enclosure at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, attacking a 2-year-old girl and a teen-age zoo employee, before being tranquilized. It was the second time in two months that the animal escaped.

Aug. 7, 2002: A catwalk over a shark tank collapses at New Orleans' Aquarium of the Americas, throwing 10 visitors into the water. The 10, including four children, thrash around in terror for up to 15 minutes with the sharks swimming beneath their kicking feet before they were pulled out. No one is seriously hurt.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

the ugliest car ever?

wow. check this out! the amazing thing is that the front looks like the back. in part this is because of the awesome window which was "so aerodynamic it did not require wipers"?!??!! to say nothing of defrosting or scraping ice off the damned thing.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

tina's gonna go and bitch slap ike's grave

ike turner, most recently recording with the black keys I think, died today. that's all fine and dandy, but he will always be a coked up wife beater no matter what. that's the deal, man.

Friday, December 07, 2007

on fitness

thrown into one of those neigh upon tearful karen dalton soundtracked moments I read that stockhausen died. how's that for juxtaposition?

"yesterday... any way you made it was just fine"

"this is a new secret science, to master the emptiness and turn it into something that is filled with sound and visual images"

antithetical? heretical? or just so?

Saturday, December 01, 2007

there is nothing more frustrating

than realizing that apple totally screwed its fans by putting all its eggs in the iphone basket and ruined their operating system upgrade.

leopard has been horribly executed - i pains me to click "upgrade software" and have an "up to date" message returned. it's frustrating that the software i use doesn't work well, but when iphoto can't work plug and play with standard cameras and hangs up to the point where you have to actually drop the battery, you're starting to act an awful lot like microsoft.

the whole reason I went back to apple was to stop wasting with problems like this.

tour busses

tour busses are no fun if "something is going around". iron and wine has one hell of a nasty bug at this time. like, vomiting and the rest. yuck.

show last night at the paramount was okay, first show snafus etc were a bit of a bummer for such a large venue, sold out show too. damn.