8932 – monday – payday!

A few bumps and potential knee-scrapes with the new MAS90 software, but nothing that a little tender care and cautious observation didn’t fix.

The word “chalupa” and “chupacabra” are inexorably and inexplicably linked in my brain. Chalupacabra? Apparently I’m not the only one.

Kev and I are probably not the only two nerds to want this Ultimate Blade Runner set. It comes with a toy spinner and an origami unicorn, for pity’s sake. I have the director’s cut already, but would much prefer the theatrical release, not to mention all of the other goodies.

Amy headed back to New York this morning, and she seems to have enjoyed her time with us. I think that she’s my favorite house guest, possibly short of Bugah. Very friendly, low maintenance, and likes to do “whatever”. I’m going to miss having someone to play all of our “3-or-more” games with!

quick night tonight… BHK went to the library, picked me up the hardbound All Star Superman to read and enjoy. GP and Kat got me hooked on the first issue or two when they visited a while back, and it’s nice to have more Morroson-y Superman, served up with just the right mix of super-science, villany and golden/silver age weirdness thrown into a Frank Quietly artwork. She also nabbed the new Harry Potter (how, I don’t know), and The Tale of One Bad Rat.
 

via Lore –

Wikipedia article on Metatron, the voice of God. It mentions in passing that according to the Talmud, in Heaven only God is allowed to sit down. The hey? I hate to be making the cheap and obvious joke here, but paradise is a place you have to stand for all eternity? I associate that more with BART trips and poorly-planned cocktail parties than the rewards of the afterlife.

1 year ago – first pente loss to bhk, newt and squirrel pic, dice wars, proximity, nobility, vista speech off, clip art movie, hotspot hacks, gamelan,

2 years ago – entry loss, sky high good, Danny wins prizes, calls while not on-call, 10k superballs, Newtcam Law and Order, meme stuff, pics of lisas, and autostitch garage

3 years ago – museum pics, slippery, Loveless

4 years ago – tv shows, comic fonts, paper money, sound resource, gay high, starmark, CA2, tunnel walkies pix, Dan visit, toys

5 years ago – random voog glimpse, infrasound, dinner timeline, GRASP, hate group mapping, Jen plans on being wed, FMM steals paid time from me, mach 8 jets

6 years ago – animal traits poll, Museum of Black Superheroes, remonstrate, Pompano info, evil news, mental health day, rainbow newt poll, icq/lj tech trouble

7 years ago – April stress, New everway group review, Babel fish translations, green lantern, Jerrys Birthday bash, Discover marquee, Bev Preggers, Bro working at Amici’s, We Like Pie, 29th Scroll, 6th Verse Geotarget (via Scotto’s Wall Scrawls)

8931 – sun

Blueberry pancake breakfast! Yum. What more can be said? The in-laws came over and we devoured the pancakes, after a visit to the garden. Too hot to do much outside.

Well, today I slept midday, just to regain some lost time during the past week – I intended to do a 30 minute quickie, but ended up grabbing quite the 2-hour snooze. I spooked BHK and Amy a smidgen when I awoke, as I ascended the creaky stairs to the loft while they were watching Kolchak (both the old and the new series) – I creeped them out during the “cult leader” episode of the 2005 series.

We got a lot of parlor games in over the afternoon and evening, paused in the middle with a fantastic dinner at Mama Lucias with the in-laws. They were really on top of their business tonight – all of the food was delicious, arrived quickly, was presented well, and service was right on the money. BHK and I did halfsies on Tortellini and peas with sun-dried tomatoes in Alfredo sauce supplemented by eggplant parm and spaghetti. It was all done just the way I like, and I was in gustatory heaven.

Games played were:

Lunch Money – didn’t go over so well… maybe with a different crowd it’d do better. I liked it, but the gals weren’t into the combat.

Chez Goth – not popular with Amy, but BHK liked it.  i think I liked the color more than the actual rule set. 2 games of that, I won one, and BHK got one. I’d try it again, but I think Looney Labs has spoiled us a bit.

Chrononauts – I think that was the clear winner of the week, actually. We played two games, and I *really* want to do a few alternate nexus points in history versions.

Aquarius – always a fun, quickie game. I think we got 3 games or so in before we had to head out to supper.

Pirates – 2 games, 40 points each. BHK played the 2nd game with a pair of Crabs that ended up at the bottom of Davy Jones’ Locker. We didn’t get to fight Amy’s giant shark, but she did quite well with human-crewed vessels, winning the last game by whittling one of my 6-masted junks down to kindling. Playing over appletinis didn’t slow her down a bit. My maggie moo’s cake-batter w/brownie-fueled aggression didn’t help me in the end. (I blame the scoop of chocolate banana for throwing off my internal clock… or maybe not.)

Next thought – Car wars… card game, and if it sticks, evolution to the wargame.

1 year ago – starting yoga, newtcam pics, visiting pals, comics, wrestler name, Jonathan Coulton – Bigfoot & Leonard Nimoy, cool cartoon, spoof caller id service,

2 years ago – met the Lisas, strawberry shortcake, Kamandi, cat cartoons, I remind JL of Rob from High Fidelity, meme-y thing, out with Dan

3 years ago – turtlenecks, skinbags, touchscreen, firestarter, recent tunes, oomiaq, walkies, manatees

4 years ago – tour guides, politics, bollywood, starmark, windows psa

5 years ago – swastika, dreams, newt, birds of prey, lizard droppings, zebrelle

6 years ago -WoG III, Chai, bro, coloring book, lj down

7 years ago -no-thang Geotarget

(via Scotto’s Wall Scrawls)

8930 – Sat

An abandoned village in Italy. The Village redux? (Found when looking for an abandoned radio facility near where I live)

I’m really happy that the coloringbook community is getting some action. Thanks peradouro !

Fantasy Island – minisode… what a great idea. trim all the fat out of classic tv shows, and distill ‘em into 5 minute chunks. the one I linked to is a “Most Dangerous game” type plot – Chuck Connors guest stars as a big game hunter who wants to hunt Mr. Roarke like an animal.

I am the Atacama Desert!
Which Extremity of the World Are You?
From the towering colossi at Rum and Monkey.

Girls (TM, Amy, and BHK) are off to watch tennis and do some shopping – I’m taking a little breather and slept in, and got a chance to catch up with some work that needed to be done at headquarters here. After Tennis – they stopped off at the Macaroni Grill.

BHK doodled me with my pyramid
nose on the provided paper.
<FW> from bhk's phone - me and my pyramid nose

Pye and Newt are getting along and chillaxing
with me on “Bachelor day” today.
8930 - 0728071543.jpg

When they get back, I figure we’ll put in a few more hours of gaming, movie watching or what have you. I’ll update on that tomorrow.

1 year ago – 8484, monet, 12 monkeys, talking with danny, walkabout pictures, crypto trivia (useful for playing hangman!), netflix goodies, I get my yoga pack from BHK, hungarian wellness mud, bus stop, sunrise

2 years ago – shots, Danny and wee free men, glowing breast implants, saturn’s radio emissions, little 12-toes, cool flying star wars ships, Teele suicides

3 years ago -thoughts on journaling, $20 recovered, retro science book covers

4 years ago – bro, woolly panda, mood scents, anti-piracy vid, alphabet meme, bubba ho-tep, visible embryo, deaths, reunified my homepage

5 years ago -Peter Gabriel bald, change the flavor of your sexual secretions, abunch of broken picture links, worh1000 coolness – Persian elephant

6 years ago -chores, Tron 2.0, tick quote

7 years ago – got invited to an everway group, palindromes, food, translations Geotarget (via Scotto’s Wall Scrawls)

8929 – friday

Dreams of being in Colonial Williamsburg with BHK – pursued by the police in minuteman garb… muskets with bayonets, breeches, the full uniform of Paul Revere-type garb. Most disturbing were the tri-cornered hats and braided ponytail, tied with blue bows.

When we were spotted, they blew into a silver whistle – standard pipe style, and the tri-corner hats unfurled into flying stingrays, the ponytails becoming some sort of antenna or navigational aid – remaining attached to the hat rather than the colonial-style policeman. A high-pitched wailing rose up from them, not too unlike a police siren – fortunately they were easily dispatched by running indoors.

I have no idea what were were supposed to have done to warrant a chase. Maybe because we weren’t dressed in period clothing?

Yeah, that’s it… because colonist law enforcement used flying, screaming stingrays to fight crimes against continuity.

After work, BHK, Amy and I came back to the house and noshed on queso and pizza with the in-laws and TM – TM headed home before the pizza arrived, poor gal’s beat after putting in a double time week. We watched Bridget Jone’s Diary (the first time I’d seen it in one piece) and then after the in-laws left, the remainders put in a couple of rousing games of Chronoauts. It was better than I thought it’d be, and I had some fairly high hopes. I wouldn’t mind getting Early American Chrononauts so we can play UberChronauts, now.

We still haven’t done Chez Goth or Lunch Money yet, but perhaps tomorrow after the girls comeback from the tennis / shopping spree they have planned. I’ve started an account at board game geek just to keep track, at this point.

1 year ago – Japan’s underground photography, free wifi attractive nuisance, 2nd life updates, tough times in the congo, fishbone, ape-o-naut doodle / gays in space

2 years ago – A/c unhappy, Lisa/Lisa plans, Jacques the Monkey, Candice fickle, shots, Tom Waits, Abandoned amusement and theme parks, grumping, “shut it”, mallah and the brain

3 years ago – monkey doodle, palm pictures from the bus, lavender-newt, notes from the road, atm jam, CoH, lj-flower, monkey yawn

4 years ago – palm doodles, power-outage, all consuming, power of burqas, sonic bullets

5 years ago – some day tripping, cool squirrel, Belgium is a myth, tongue-trimming, lj hot-or-not, Life imitates Real Genius!!!

6 years ago – overtired & grumpy, cockaigne, evil news, flash, evil news

7 years ago – wanting to go on a group outing, discover marquee Geotarget (via Scotto’s Wall Scrawls)

8929 – friday

Dreams of being in Colonial Williamsburg with BHK – pursued by the police in minuteman garb… muskets with bayonets, breeches, the full uniform of Paul Revere-type garb. Most disturbing were the tri-cornered hats and braided ponytail, tied with blue bows.

When we were spotted, they blew into a silver whistle – standard pipe style, and the tri-corner hats unfurled into flying stingrays, the ponytails becoming some sort of antenna or navigational aid – remaining attached to the hat rather than the colonial-style policeman. A high-pitched wailing rose up from them, not too unlike a police siren – fortunately they were easily dispatched by running indoors.

I have no idea what were were supposed to have done to warrant a chase. Maybe because we weren’t dressed in period clothing?

Yeah, that’s it… because colonist law enforcement used flying, screaming stingrays to fight crimes against continuity.

After work, BHK, Amy and I came back to the house and noshed on queso and pizza with the in-laws and TM – TM headed home before the pizza arrived, poor gal’s beat after putting in a double time week. We watched Bridget Jone’s Diary (the first time I’d seen it in one piece) and then after the in-laws left, the remainders put in a couple of rousing games of Chronoauts. It was better than I thought it’d be, and I had some fairly high hopes. I wouldn’t mind getting Early American Chrononauts so we can play UberChronauts, now.

We still haven’t done Chez Goth or Lunch Money yet, but perhaps tomorrow after the girls comeback from the tennis / shopping spree they have planned. I’ve started an account at board game geek just to keep track, at this point.

1 year ago – Japan’s underground photography, free wifi attractive nuisance, 2nd life updates, tough times in the congo, fishbone, ape-o-naut doodle / gays in space

2 years ago – A/c unhappy, Lisa/Lisa plans, Jacques the Monkey, Candice fickle, shots, Tom Waits, Abandoned amusement and theme parks, grumping, “shut it”, mallah and the brain

3 years ago – monkey doodle, palm pictures from the bus, lavender-newt, notes from the road, atm jam, CoH, lj-flower, monkey yawn

4 years ago – palm doodles, power-outage, all consuming, power of burqas, sonic bullets

5 years ago – some day tripping, cool squirrel, Belgium is a myth, tongue-trimming, lj hot-or-not, Life imitates Real Genius!!!

6 years ago – overtired & grumpy, cockaigne, evil news, flash, evil news

7 years ago – wanting to go on a group outing, discover marquee Geotarget

8928 – Thursday

Fresh Peppers from the Garden!
DSCN5890

Last night’s tasty dinner of baked pasta in tomato sauce with cheese and last of our zucchini, baked and parmed just the way I like it. Absolutely delicious. Farewell, dear zucchini… I have new appreciation for you that I didn’t before they were grown at home. I look forward to the autumn crop, now.

After I went to bed last night, Amy and BHK played more than a few games of Aquarius and Carcassone – Hunters & Gatherers. From my understanding, Amy won the bulk of them, but BHK wasn’t totally skunked. Nifty – There’s an online play version of C:H&G at Yucata and a solo self-play of Aquarius on the Aquarius link prior. If anyone wants in on a turn-based game or two, look for me there, or at superdupergames for icehouse -type stuff. I’m username scottobear in both, and try to log in once a night for a move or three. BHK and AMy also turned me on to Tribal Wars , which also looks pretty cool. I’d like to start a community or something to track all the different stuff!

Tonight – Witch Trial was a good time and we played more Aquarius, but we did’nt get a chance to play Chrononauts (All I wanted was a souvenir T-rex named Emily – or a Stegosaurus of any name.)

Ape Lad posted a picture in response to the death kitty: His lolcats cartoons are pretty dang cute variations on an otherwise dead meme.

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #113

Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

“He doesn’t make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die,” said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one,” said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.

The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses.

After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He’d sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. “This is not a cat that’s friendly to people,” he said.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill.

She was convinced of Oscar’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn’t eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar wouldn’t stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor’s prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient’s final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don’t know he’s there, so patients aren’t aware he’s a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

No one’s certain if Oscar’s behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him. Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa’s article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.

If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it’s also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.

Nursing home staffers aren’t concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.

Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his “compassionate hospice care.”

1 year ago – snakes on a plane burnout, newtcam flipside, still waitin’, talking with bhk, old book scans, hal jordan (green lantern) head injuries, 5x$2, gig upgrade, hoff – king of the Internet

2 years ago – M&M bday, there will come soft rains, yahoo widgets, maybe a visit from the lisas, mp bday in 18

3 years ago – Newt hates Mondays, Beaucoupkev nominates me for prez, Solar Filament, Bradbury, Math atlas, P.I.s, Obvious Movie title

4 years ago -Bambi hunt a hoax, online games, lj diversity, comic book/cartoon thoughts, including the doom song.

5 years ago – some missing pictures, wondering about my eyes, watching TV, evil news, some palm pics, Newt pics

6 years ago – senescence, thegosis, arrival as a pod, loving thoughts

7 years ago – Buds for lunch (I’ll miss that rare treat), dealing ok with winding down Geotarget (via Scotto’s Wall Scrawls)

8928 – Thursday

Fresh Peppers from the Garden!
DSCN5890

Last night’s tasty dinner of baked pasta in tomato sauce with cheese and last of our zucchini, baked and parmed just the way I like it. Absolutely delicious. Farewell, dear zucchini… I have new appreciation for you that I didn’t before they were grown at home. I look forward to the autumn crop, now.

After I went to bed last night, Amy and BHK played more than a few games of Aquarius and Carcassone – Hunters & Gatherers. From my understanding, Amy won the bulk of them, but BHK wasn’t totally skunked. Nifty – There’s an online play version of C:H&G at Yucata and a solo self-play of Aquarius on the Aquarius link prior. If anyone wants in on a turn-based game or two, look for me there, or at superdupergames for icehouse -type stuff. I’m username scottobear in both, and try to log in once a night for a move or three. BHK and AMy also turned me on to Tribal Wars , which also looks pretty cool. I’d like to start a community or something to track all the different stuff!

Tonight – Witch Trial was a good time and we played more Aquarius, but we did’nt get a chance to play Chrononauts (All I wanted was a souvenir T-rex named Emily – or a Stegosaurus of any name.)

Ape Lad posted a picture in response to the death kitty: His lolcats cartoons are pretty dang cute variations on an otherwise dead meme.

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #113

Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

“He doesn’t make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die,” said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one,” said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.

The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses.

After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He’d sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. “This is not a cat that’s friendly to people,” he said.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill.

She was convinced of Oscar’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn’t eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar wouldn’t stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor’s prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient’s final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don’t know he’s there, so patients aren’t aware he’s a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

No one’s certain if Oscar’s behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him. Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa’s article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.

If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it’s also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.

Nursing home staffers aren’t concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.

Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his “compassionate hospice care.”


1 year ago
– snakes on a plane burnout, newtcam flipside, still waitin’, talking with bhk, old book scans, hal jordan (green lantern) head injuries, 5x$2, gig upgrade, hoff – king of the Internet

2 years ago – M&M bday, there will come soft rains, yahoo widgets, maybe a visit from the lisas, mp bday in 18

3 years ago – Newt hates Mondays, Beaucoupkev nominates me for prez, Solar Filament, Bradbury, Math atlas, P.I.s, Obvious Movie title

4 years ago -Bambi hunt a hoax, online games, lj diversity, comic book/cartoon thoughts, including the doom song.

5 years ago – some missing pictures, wondering about my eyes, watching TV, evil news, some palm pics, Newt pics

6 years ago – senescence, thegosis, arrival as a pod, loving thoughts

7 years ago – Buds for lunch (I’ll miss that rare treat), dealing ok with winding down Geotarget