Early Morning Open Thread

kishkan apr 2008

I am trying to upgrade my pathetic techskillz. This is Demon Kishkan, who is the perfect image of a Maine Coon except that she’s tiny, not even seven pounds at peak fighting trim. Do not let the catzen pose fool you — she is called Demon for a reason.

What’s on the schedule for a summer Sunday?

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    Awwww! Demon Kitty is teh cuuuuute! I got laundry to do and other chores. Ugh.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I am taking a coworker’s shift on Monday, so my usual weekend (Sun-Mon) is truncated. (But I get Thursday off. Meh. I like/need the two consecutive days.) I have to run some laundry, and I am going to look at another coworker’s laptop that died under mysterious circumstances (possible mis- or malfeasance by sister or niece). And I need to preserve and protect my vital essence in the continuing heat wave here in NoVA. Got up to 100° on Thursday, and it’s supposed to hit 96° on Sunday. Steamy.

    ETA: Cute kitteh.

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    @Steeplejack: Did you say a hundred degrees? Uh, no. That’s just insane and inhumane.

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    Yutsano says:


    I am going to look at another coworker’s laptop that died under mysterious circumstances

    Speaking of PEBCAK…

    @asiangrrlMN: I got the dishes done this afternoon and the laundry basket at least hauled upstairs, so all in all I don’t think I’m doing too shabby. Still reeally stuck on the no wanna go to work tomorrow thing. Sigh. I really need to seal the deal on Thursday, although I get the feeling it’s not going to be that simple.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Did you say a hundred degrees?

    Yes. Yes, I did. I would let you inspect my sweaty balls, but I left them in the sock drawer in a bag of ice for the duration. And, oh, yeah, that would be wrong. That, too.

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    Just got back from Chicago, got some decent photos from PrideFest, but Taste of Chicago was mostly shit. I’ll be posting them in the near future. FSM, I’m up way too late!

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    2th&nayle says:

    Ha! This kitty looks just like my new kitty, Lil’ Britches! Same coloring and everything. She’s got this huge furry striped tail. In fact she’s almost all tail. She looks just like a Maine Coon except she’s really small. ‘Bout 5 or 6 pounds, maybe, but she’s only about 6 months old so we’ll see. She’s like having a pet Coon though, she’s into EVERYTHING! I’ve already shut her up in the pantry several times by mistake when I was cooking. She just stays in there till whenever she decides she wants out, then she sets up the most gawd awful yowling you’ve ever heard. Hard to believe all that noise coming out of that little bitty kitty!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    That is an adorable kitten!

    Hot sticky night in Atlanta. I’m not sleeping well but going to try to get back to sleep for a few hours before the dawn of an even hotter stickier day. One of those cold fronts crashing through would be mighty welcome right about now, along with some rain (no tornados, though, TUVM).

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    Yutsano says:

    A little something for Anne Laurie here (I think I just fell in love with Colonel Mustang all over again, I’ll explain if I need to) plus a nice anecdote to make our illustrious bloghost feel a touch better about his dog poop incident last night:


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    @Steeplejack: I will take your word for it.

    @2th&nayle: Pictures! Must have them.

    @Yutsano: You are ahead of me, again.

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    @arguingwithsignposts: Want pics NAOW! Oh, all right. Harrumph.

    @SiubhanDuinne: We got the tornadoes and the humid, muggy weather (though, I’m guessing, not as hot). Ugh.

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    OriGuy says:

    I saw Get Him to the Greek tonight. Russell Brand is his usual over the top as a washed up rock star making a comeback. If you’ve seen the trailers and thought you’d like it, you will. If you thought you’d hate it, you probably will. P Diddy is great as the record executive.

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    bjacques says:

    I had a cat that looked like that and was a demon too. I still miss her.

    And, looky here, the Texas GOP serve up the wingnut hot and fresh:


    Corral your Libertarian and “small-government conservative” friends and watch them squirm as you read aloud the parts about banning abortion and “sodomy,” which absolutely wouldn’t require extensive and intrusive enforcement, or the reaffirmation of Creationism, which in no way conflicts with the “hard-headed realism” on which said friends, especially those in the tech sector, pride themselves. Maybe remind them of the GOP’s *niggardly* attitude toward funding science that can’t readily be applied to killing dark people.

    Of course they’ll squirm, because in November they’ll still go Republican, just like their heroes Ron and Rand Paul.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    My Maine Coon probably weighed 7 lbs at birth. To be fair, most of his heft is from fur…when he was shaved a couple of years back he was actually pretty svelte under there.

    He’s 19 now, and still his same cranky self.

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    thalarctos says:


    Hot out here in rural Eastern England, where I’m at work today, because the international participants for our workshop tomorrow and Tuesday are beginning to arrive. It’s great to be a scientist again (and have health-care access again!), even if I had to become an ex-pat to do so, and I’m *not* complaining about working on a Sunday.

    Your kitteh reminds me of Isadora of beloved memory:


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    demkat620 says:

    What a sweetie!

    I have laundry and the kids in the pool on the agenda(We are supposed to hit 96 today and it is humid enough already for condensation on my windows). And then tonight, True Blood.

    9Pm on Sundays isn’t too unbearable now that it’s back.

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    Nicole says:

    I’m visiting my aunt and uncle and my horse this weekend. Too hot to ride (assuming I could even still get into the saddle), but never to hot to shovel poop. Which, these days, is much more relaxing than the rest of life!

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    Ash Can says:

    Today we’ll be attending, and I’ll be helping to work at, a big picnic/festival at the assisted-living place where my mom lives. It’s always a lot of fun; it’s one of the biggest annual events, and always well-attended by residents, friends, and family of all ages. But it’s outdoors, and the weather forecast for today is sketchy to say the least. Hot and muggy, and heaven only knows what’s going to end up falling out of the sky. According to the latest forecast, though, there’s a glimmer of hope that the storms just might hold off until the end of the party. Fingers crossed.

    ETA: Aww, sweet fluffy kitty, smoochiesmoochiesmoochie!

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    HRA says:

    Almost ready to start my cooking marathon for the once in a month Sunday family dinner. Always high on the request list from my half Italian kids is homemade spaghetti sauce. For those who cannot have it due to dietary restrictions, I am making roasted rosemary and garlic chicken with potatoes.

    Cute kitten! Trying to get G to agree to a kitten. That was my first pet growing up and I always wanted another one when I left home. (sigh)

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    Xopher says:

    Ooo, Anne Laurie! A Bonsai Maine Coon!

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    Poopyman says:

    Eeeep! I luvs me some Maine Coon!

    Spike was our only Maine Coon, and he was perhaps the best cat ever. Sweet as anything, but really never had any clue what those claws and huge feet could do to people. He’d love to roll over and show his belly to people, but trying to rub it would be like trying to stroke the inside of a Waring blender.

    If anything, the weather on the Western Shore of the ChesBay will be warmer than at Steep’s. And I have to be out in the garage building a couple of kid-sized workbenches for next weekend.

    Gonna be a fun day, -sorta kinda-EXACTLY like the Bataan Death March.

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    elmo says:

    Weather here in TN will also be brutal — another 95+ day with thunderstorms in the PM. So what am I going to do?

    I’m going to dig the foundation holes for a pole barn. By hand. And for those who don’t know, I’m a 43-year-old woman.

    No, I am not sane.

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    debit says:

    What a cutie. I think all cats have a secret identity. Our orange tabby, Rufus, followed my daughter into our house one day, all testosterone and swagger (until the vet visit, that is). He’s still a big cat, all muscle and deadly claws…except his true identity is a little tiny baby kitty. He gives off these barely audible mews and nurses the air when skritched a certain way, and really wants nothing more than to be cuddled; by the humans, by the other cats, by the dog, he doesn’t care.

    Oh, and my plans for the day: ignore all chores and go for a long bike ride if the rain holds off.

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    Xboxershorts says:

    The Furthur summer tour opened up this past Friday in Rochester, NY with a great show. Lots of energy and very tight. Phil Lesh, the base player, turned 70 this year. Amazing. I hope I would have this much enthusiasm and energy when (if) I turn 70…

    The show is posted on-line already.


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    tesslibrarian says:

    @thalarctos: Beautiful! Makes me miss my Maine Coon mix, especially the goofy, stubborn mantle story.

    When we moved into our older house, we’d see Gilda plotting for ways to jump onto the picture molding. Who knows what she tried when we weren’t home. Even when she was old and sick, she’d look at that tiny ridge of wood with a gleam in her eye. I like to think part of her Great Reward is she can finally fit up there and it is as wonderful as she expected.

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    Rosalita says:


    hydrate Elmo!! I’ve done many a job myself (45 YOW). Ant and the rubber tree and all that

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    harlana peppper says:

    what a precious little feline, dozing sweetly in her little stuffed animal kingdom


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    Mike in NC says:

    If you hurry you can catch a rare appearance this morning of Sen. John McPOW on MTP! The go-to guy on all military issues, of course.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mike in NC: Did Davey aks him are we all still Georgians, now?

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    thalarctos says:

    @tesslibrarian: I love the Gilda story–thanks, TL!

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    elmo says:


    Exactly right. My partner and I built a 500-square foot cantilevered deck, complete with custom stairs (no store-bought stringers). Took us two years, working on weekends when the weather cooperated.

    We’ve also fenced in two hilly, overgrown acres, 150 feet at a time. Also took two years.

    We’re in Year Seven of living in this house. I figure by the time I’m really too old to do this stuff, I’ll have improved it quite a bit.

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    LindaH says:

    @2th&nayle: According to the experts, Maine Coons continue to grow until they reach age 5. You have several years for your little one to get BIG. I have 2 Coonies. My full grown one is a medium sized 15 lbs. and when I want to pet him I don’t really have to bend over he come up to my mid thigh. My younger Coon is only 4, but he is getting up there in size. They are great cats. I will probably always get Main Coons when my guys go to the great catnip farm in the sky.

    My plans are to go grocery shopping. Do some laundry and then veg. We’re supposed to hit the high 80’s here today.

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    Jenn says:

    Ok, that is one of the cutest kitties I’ve ever seen. And now I’m off for a walk by the river, drinking in the birdsong! Have a great day!

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    She looks just like our 16 year old cranky granny cat – a little shrunken Maine coon cat, right down to the frilly pantaloons. She is called “Ouch”, also for good reason but she does let us live here (so far).

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    @Xopher: FTW!

    That is one adorable cat. And I’m sure she’s a demon – have to pack all that cat attitude into a small package – cat concentrate.

    Don’t hate me, 85, dry and sunny with afternoon thundershowers (our norm) here in Colorado. I’ll be doing 20 miles on my bike (Comrade Mary is probably scoffing at that) and a little hiking.

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    Jennifer says:


    One of my commenters linked to this post from the one I just put up yesterday about those creepy faceless figurines…one of which is in the background of this photo.

    That is one cute kitty, though.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Our Annie is also a midget Maine Coon — barely 8 pounds but has the coloring, the coat, and the fuzzy paws. She’s very shy and retiring and she lived with ferals for a while so she’s still not quite sure about this whole Living With Hoomans thing. Oh, she likes the regular meals and the toys and the belly rubs, but she’s still convinced that it’s all going to end soon, so she shouldn’t get too comfortable. Silly girl.

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    Escher says:

    If I’m not mistaken, she is a Norwegian Forest Cat.

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    ruemara says:

    On the agenda is avoiding editing my sustainability show video, organizing the stuff for my first cartoon feature and begging for help form an experienced perfeshunal so I can maybe do it this year and petting my own version of such a lovely fuzzball.

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