Ariel the Blogging Cat

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Love to Fly

Terrorists- don't read this

Heading out after the week-end, look out EuroZone.

With luck we will live to tell the tale and have much to blog about.

Looking forward to: Prius for hire, Cardiff
Not: Coac class tickets to LHR.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mens Restroom

Edge Designs is an all-women run company
That designs interior office space. They had a
Recent opportunity to do an office project in

The client allowed the women of this
Company a free hand in all design aspects.
The client was a company that was also
Run by all women execs.............

The result.........well.....We all know that
Men never talk, never look at each other....
And never laugh much in the restroom.....
The men's room is a serious and quiet place...
But now...with the addition of one mural
On the wall......lets just say the men's
Restroom is a place of laughter and smiles.    

And they say women don't have a sense of humor.

Fwd: Finally, downed cows to get some relief

This morning, the USDA announced that it will implement a complete ban on slaughter for human consumption of cattle unable to stand and walk unassisted. The decision comes after The Humane Society of the United States documented horrible abuses of downed cows in a series of undercover videos.

For far too long, sick and crippled animals have been allowed into the food supply, subjecting them to needless torment and putting consumers at risk. Thanks in part to many thousands of animal advocates who emailed and called public officials about the scandalous mistreatment of these animals, the USDA is moving to close the downer loophole. We are calling on the agency to expedite the process and ban the slaughtering of downers without delay.

Good news for us (and for the food supply, and honestly, the beef exporters)  from the Humane Society!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Harry and the Potters are hitting the clubs

Unlimited Enthusiasm Expo '08 = SUMMER TOUR!

Dear friend!

This summer we are offering your a new kind of tour for a new kind or millennium! No longer is a rock show just simply and audience and a band. NO! This has gone on for too long and we are convinced there is a better way! With that in mind, we have created the Unlimited Enthusiasm Exposition, 2008!

We’ve teamed up with our pals Math the Band and Uncle Monsterface for a 6-week tour that is destined to bring the fun back summer tours! You know...summer tours like before they were devoured by huge corporate interests! Our corporate interest is in having an AWESOME TIME!

We're talking about a DIY summer camp, complete with songs about being a wizard! Giant monsters! Cool big videos! Rock and roll aerobics! Inflatable monkeys! Dancing sock puppets! Going bananas! Circus tents! Jumping! Yelling! More jumping!


Say what you want about the humble facsimile machine, but when it comes to moving a stack of documents from home to the mortgage broker it sure beats anything we have here in the office.

I guess you could replace it with a scanner and email but that still seems like you would have an extra step. This is just place, dial and walk away.

Probably not what Thoreau would have used at Walden Pond but he had the right idea, "Simplify".

ZAGAT: Sacramento Restaurants

Zagat Survey
The Sacramento Restaurants Survey is now underway!

Share your ratings and witty reviews on restaurants you've visited in the past year in the Sacramento area. Complete the online survey by June 15, 2008 and receive a FREE copy of the 2009 America's Top Restaurants guide when it's published.

Looks like the Sacramento dining scene is finally getting some recognition - this and just last week the San Jose Mercury had a big spread on Sacramento for their Travel section....

Monday, May 19, 2008

Spark: Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure

In February of 2005 , while practicing basketball skills with his father, Tyler could not bring his arm in without it shaking uncontrollably. After multiple doctor visits and misdiagnoses, Tyler's parents were told he had Dystonia. Those original shakes have become crippling muscle and body twists.

Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure is a foundation created to advance research and raise awareness about this disorder.

Spread the word and read more about Tyler's Hope.

From our foreign correspondents...

Dear Sir/Madam
I am Mr R** T**,Deputy chairman of Tokyo Mitsubishi ufj Bank. I have a business proposal that has to do with the transfer of funds and I cannot state the exact amounts and full details due to security reasons.I must let you know that this venture entails some rules bending but I must also state that it is not the type that gets one into trouble as it is extremely secure. It will be of immense benefit to the both of us.
If you want to do business kindly reply me so I will give you precise details. Please ensure strict confidentiality on this mail as the nature of this transaction requires strict confidentiality.
In replying kindly state the following:
Your full names



You are to reply me on my private and confidential email:

Yours Sincerely,
Mr R*** T***

Friday, May 16, 2008


The Whitburn Project — a huge undertaking to preserve and share high-quality recordings of every popular song since the 1890s - that's some 37,000 songs!.

This much fun can not be legal.

[via Waxy]

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

cats, books; books, cats

It will definitely be warm today. I was outside reading from 8-9:30 but got too warm
"The Hound of Rowan" is quite good so far, something of Harry Potter meets Young Wizards, but an enjoyable read and quick/easy. I decided that Prince Caspian seems "simple" after the Brother's Gynwdd quartet.

I had little Sasha as a love kitty all morning, she came over for tummy rubs and then decided to climb onto my lap (I did  not initiate it, she did). A little later, Kimball came for some attention. Mr Francis is in the pot by the gate last time I looked.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Funny Ha ha, or...

half laughed and half think it was sexist... you decide.

Never Argue with a Woman

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"
"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't it obvious?")
"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her.
"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading," she replies.
To which he replies, "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."
"For reading a book?," she replies.
"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her again.
"I'm sorry, off icer, but I am not fishing. I am reading," she replies, again.
Again he says, "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."
"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with Sexual assault," says the woman.
"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.
And she replies, "That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."
"Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.

MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

New video shows more abuse of downer cows - please help them!

Tell the USDA to stop the suffering now!

Update and call to action for farm animals

May 8, 2008 

You probably remember when The Humane Society of the United States exposed animal mistreatment at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. That investigation led to the nation's largest-ever beef recall. But now there's more.

A few months later, a new undercover video shows farm animals suffering terribly even before they arrive at the slaughter plant. Cows too weak to walk, called "downers," languish for agonizing hours at stockyards and auctions without veterinary care -- or being put out of their misery. This abuse must not continue.

The USDA has a presence at slaughter plants, but the animals at auctions and stockyards are in legal limbo. No one is watching at these intermediate locations, and no one is taking responsibility for ensuring humane treatment and that sick animals don't enter the food supply. It's a major gap in oversight, and we need to do better.

Please ask the USDA to act now to close the loophole that allows some downers to be slaughtered for food, and to require immediate, humane euthanasia of all downers.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President  & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Copyright ©2008 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). All Rights Reserved.
The Humane Society of the United States | 2100 L Street, NW | Washington, DC 20037 | 202-452-1100 |

So close but so far

So last week at Grand Rounds the MD presenting brought his spiffy new Macbook Air - problem was he didn't bring the adapters to connect it to the projector.

No problem, someone in the audience always has a laptop, right? Well - they did only with an incompatible version of PowerPoint.

20 minutes later we were able to get on with the show. Guess there is something to be said about being prepared (or having a PowerBook old enough to still have a bear a standard VGA connector).