Winston

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:22 pm
essentialsaltes: (yellowstone Falls)
I'm desolated to share the news that today was the right time to say goodbye to Winston. Of our cats, he was far and away the best-dressed, most gregarious, and least intelligent.



essentialsaltes: (empathyormurder)
It's a pretty game, and the story does a good job of showing the bond forming between you (as the kid) and the giant feathered cat with a chihuahua head. You can definitely see the influence of Ico on the gameplay, but instead of two equal human type people cooperating to traverse obstacles, there's a lot of freshness to having cooperation between big and small. Trico (the giant featered cat with a chihuahua head) can be an annoyance -- it moves slowly and even when you're trying to tell it where to go, the little hamster in a wheel brain (or rather the AI) is not very reliable. Not a hardcore game, but an enjoyable experience with some challenging puzzles.
essentialsaltes: (haha)
But at least dogs now also come with levitation power.


essentialsaltes: (haha)
You can see the PTSD building and building



'That rabbit smiled at me.'

essentialsaltes: (Pleases kitty)
Tails [not sic] is an anthology of stories about cats (rather generously applied in some cases to felids other than the common housecat). It's a nice thick book of 40 stories, and the list of authors is pretty spectacular: DeLint, Gaiman, Oates, Joyce, Beagle, Reggie Oliver, King, Crowley, Kessel, GRR Martin...

I'm afraid there's so many stories, it's hard to recall them all, but definitely the general quality is in keeping with the good company. Trying to flip through and recall anything that stands out in my mind...

The dismal slice of life of Michael Marshall Smith's "Not Waving" is not exactly enjoyable, but powerful.
Kelly Link's "Catskin" is a dark fable of revenge.
Mary Turzillo's "Pride" maybe heads for a predictable ending, but I enjoyed the ride.
Joyce Carol Oates' "The White Cat" is a great story. Even if it's 'just' a peculiar inversion of Poe's Black Cat, it's really well-done and stands alone without being derivative.
Nancy Etchemendy's "Cat in Glass" has a nice Twilight Zone feel to it.
John Kessel's "Every Angel is Terrifying" ends with a kind of horrible mystery (in a good way).
John Crowley's "Antiquities" is a satisfying gentleman's club story with just the right amount of implausibility.
Dennis Danvers' "Healing Benjamin" amuses you till you get to that heart-wrenching ending.
I liked the idea behind Theodora Goss' "The Puma" -- a 'sequel' to the Island of Dr. Moreau -- but it didn't quite live up to my expectation.
essentialsaltes: (Balrog)


(alt text: The kittens delved too greedily and too deep.)
essentialsaltes: (Empathyormurder)
Dr. Pookie and I will be gone for a week or so at the end of July.

We would really appreciate if someone or someone(s) could take care of the cats and the garden. And certainly, if you want a home-away-from-home, you're welcome to truly house-sit.

If anyone's interested, please let me know, and we can work on details.
essentialsaltes: (Empathyormurder)
Fascinating/Horrifying story in the current SciAm (only a wee preview available) about how traditionally land-based pathogens are infecting sea creatures. Possum cooties killing California sea otters. MRSA in dolphins. Meningitis (presumably originating from human sewage) killing off 90% of the Caribbean's elkhorn coral. Drug resistant bacteria from livestock (treated with antibiotics) in sea mammals. And, yes, Flipper getting your cat's toxoplasmosis.

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