Some Late Night Steve

Freshly brushed (I swear I like brushing him more than he likes being brushed, but he is just so silky smooth when he is done and I really like it because it calms me) and he immediately escaped to the highest peak on his cat tower:

whatever

Amusingly enough, his mane is enormous all the time, but when I go all pusher man and get him nipped out, I swear his mane gets wider and wider:

nipped

This is where you all admit that I, with a little bit of effort, in the attempts to shut you all the fuck up, have become much more adept with the camera. Say it, god damnit. Say it like you mean it, assholes.

Walt and I just watched Spaceballs (he’d never seen it, horror of horrors) and had some tea, but he left and now I am wired, so I think I might watch some Arrow on blue-ray. Other than if Lily puts a wet nose in the armpit, I have no intention of getting out of bed until 11 am tomorrow, and it is going to be glorious. I intend to sleep so long my back is stiff when I get out of bed. You olds know what I mean.

BTW- it occurred to me that I have been really nice to you all lately, and I need to nip that shit in the bud before you guys go all soft on me.






41 replies
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    🎉 Martin says:

    You’ve definitely gotten better with the camera. Previously we had to take your word that Steve was a cat. There was some debate among the late night crowd. Yutsy thought he was a small bear. I was leaning toward sea otter myself.

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    NotMax says:

    Had I something to say I would, but I don’t so I won’t.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Dude, you are a Bush voting, Christie liking, Steelers fan with no sense of nuance. And that doesn’t even address your difficulties with foreign policy. Don’t worry about it. BTW Rosie is my favorite of your menagerie.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @🎉 Martin:

    Yeah, I could have sworn there was a chupacabra in one of those pictures.

    New well-lighted pictures are nice.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Don’t get too cocky about your photography skills. You just learned to take your pictures with the lights on, is all. That, and you finally turned off the Outofocus feature on your camera.

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    Alison says:

    I know what you mean about brushing being relaxing for you. I also admit I get a weird kick out of seeing the massive amount of fur the Furminator gets out of my cat.

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    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    It’s 3 O’Clock in the fucking morning.

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    By now this is oa bit ld (it came out before the Fri document dump), but it is worth reading– an analysis of what those aids of Christie actually did.

    http://neweconomicperspectives.....ident.html

    It was the gleeful misuse of government power to attack their fellow-citizens and the ethics-free, bigoted, screw people who don’t vote for us attitude of Christie’s lieutenants – followed by their pathetic lies trying to cover-up their depravity that will make their efforts infamous for a generation.  People will debate for many years which line made infamous by Christie’s staff is their favorite phrase. 

    and

    This represented a more radical application of the Romney doctrine – we must be willing to use our governmental power to harm even our supporters if doing so will aid our ability to crush our political opponents.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader:

    You’re on the nightside now, bruh.

    P.S. Breakfast at Applebee’s was genius.

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    Calming influence says:

    OK, check the background of my twitter page and tell me Moose and Steve weren’t separated at birth.

    Edit: the image – https://si0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/698015033/260d98b91acb12ea0d916486c51b569d.jpeg

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Top photo: too dark

    Bottom photo: much better

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    Calming influence says:

    “BTW- it occurred to me that I have been really nice to you all lately, and I need to nip that shit in the bud before you guys go all soft on me.”

    Makes sense. You probably realized that being nice to us in no way affected our lack of respect for you.

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    piratedan says:

    @Steeplejack: it’s a minute 51….

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    Glocksman says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Still noisy and blurry, tho.
    I guess they’re pretty good considering that they were taken with his $10 Walmart webcam. :)

    If you want to do indoor pics right, get a digicam that’ll take a powerful dedicated flash unit and bounce that sucker from the ceiling.or a bounce card.
    You might be surprised how well the pics turn out.

    For example, here’s a pic I took of my dog using a Canon Powershot SX20 IS and Speedlite flash.
    Pic

    Cute, isn’t she?

    Ignore the other 2 pics in the folder, as they’re just screencaps from my phone.

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    Botsplainer says:

    Watching Shameless (US) nowadays. Oh my God…

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Glocksman: That is a lovely dog! Would fit right in with my crew.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I’m fondest of Lily.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    I intend to sleep so long my back is stiff when I get out of bed. You olds know what I mean.

    Ummm, No Cole, I don’t know what you mean. My back is stiff after 3 or 4 hours at most.

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    JPL says:

    Thunder woke me up at 4. ugh… I’m so pleased that the calendar is going to be available next week. January is kinda a blah month anyway, so who needs it.

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    raven says:

    @JPL: Yep, I got up for one second and both critters made for my spot so it was couch time for me. The upside was I just woke up!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Terror charges faced by Oklahoma fossil fuel protesters ‘outrageous’

    Just in case you didn’t already think Oklahoma was the a$$hole of the universe.

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    Robert Sneddon says:

    @Glocksman: Flash indoors and closeup results in pictures, like, well the one you posted. Great if you’re making a Lost Dog poster to nail up on telegraph poles around the area but as art, ummm…

    Here’s a pic of Mafdet (sadly no longer with us) taken with no “police lineup” flash or any extra lighting at all, extreme closeup (I stuck the camera in her face as she was walking out the room). The secret is a fast lens, in this case f2.0 on a Panasonic LX3 pocket digicam. I’m going to upgrade later this year to an LX7 which has an f1.4 lens, two stops better in the same pocketable format. A fast lens is essential if you’re planning to shoot indoors on a regular basis and a lot less annoying in public generally.

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    WereBear says:

    @Robert Sneddon: That’s wonderful! Cats are tricky. Unless they are a ham like my Tristan.

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    Glocksman says:

    @Robert Sneddon:

    Well, yeah…
    I was just experimenting with the new flash, not trying to take photographic art.
    Haley (the boxer) wasn’t very cooperative and kept moving around on me.
    For some reason she didn’t like the flash…

    Back in the day, I had some fantastic pics I took with a Minolta 35mm SLR, their top end flash (can’t remember the model number), and some Kodak B&W film for that ‘film noir’ look.

    Of course I went through 2 rolls just to get 5 or 6 acceptable pictures.
    The guy that runs photo.net once said that it takes miles of film to shoot an acceptable portrait, and in my experience that was true for me.

    Before that I had a Konica SLR setup I got cheap at a pawnshop and had really good results with a 50mm 1.4 lens and Fuji 1600 film at a concert.

    All of the pics got lost when I moved, though.

    Though looking back, some of my most treasured pics were taken with a little Olympus Stylus Epic 35mm, as it was weather resistant and I usually kept the camera in my car.

    Looking at it that way, the best camera is the one you have with you.

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    Shortstop says:

    Yeah, I just woke up and was just about to start the back-unstiffing stretching exercises when I read this. (Laughs bleakly and hollowly.)

    The thing about getting older is this: it’s all good, it’s better than the alternative, blah blah, but they need to warn us about more shit so we’re prepared. For instance, I knew the girls wouldn’t be riding as high as they did in my 20s, but no one told me that one day I suddenly wouldn’t be able to read in a dim room. The third baseman expected more frequent peeing and nouns going missing, but he’s really annoyed about the ear hair. All we ask is a little advance information so we can prepare for slightly more dignified 50s.

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    Ash Can says:

    I love seeing Steve pictures and stories here first thing in the morning. They brighten the whole day.

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    Aji says:

    @Betty Cracker: This.

    @OzarkHillbilly: And this.

    @Shortstop: And this. Yes, the reading thing was like overnight. And I’d already been using reading glasses since I was . . . what? 35? So you young ‘ins who think that’s all it is: Oh, no, my pretties. It can get much, much worse. And it inevitably will.

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    Singing Truth to Power says:

    Steve sounds way more self-assured than these cats, but there is truth here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKffm2uI4dk A good cat video in the morning is almost as good as half a cup of coffee.

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    kc says:

    Yes, AWESOME photography. And cat.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Shortstop:
    Dignified 50s. What the fuck are those?
    There’s nothing dignified about being old. I’ve know people who sort of looked that way, and one gentleman looked dignified till he was 102. His secret? He didn’t act that way. The rest of us? Of course then I’ve never gone in for dignified in my entire life so I’m not about to be able to pull it off now.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Aji:
    What I like is that just when you get used to something not working as well or some part not feeling as good, something else pipes up and asks for your attention.

    The back thing. I sleep on a rock solid bed to avoid the 3 to 4 hr thing. It had gotten me up to 5 to 6 hrs, but not of solid sleep, that’s a given. But lately I’ve managed 7 to 8 hrs and my back doesn’t feel like I went 2 rounds with Ali, in his prime, pounding on it.

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    maya says:

    @Ruckus: I’ve learned that applying an ice pack to the small of the back for 10-20 minutes before actually getting up helps a lot. If you can do that.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Contemporary digital cameras make it possible for almost any idiot who spends three minutes familiarizing himself or herself with the camera’s features and controls to take great pictures.

    I’m the proof. I have shots from Maui, Yosemite, Switzerland, Mt. St. Helen’s, and Crater Lake as evidence.

    Keep working at it, Cole. You’ll get there.

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    Ruckus says:

    @maya:
    I’d tried heat and ice and neither worked for me. The bed does. But then mine isn’t a muscle issue, I have a herniated disc. When I travel (seldom anymore) I sleep on the floor.

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    Mary Brown says:

    Very good of you to have introduced Walt to Spaceballs.

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    Aji says:

    @Ruckus: Yeah, I know what you mean. One big cosmic joke: “Oh, so you think you can handle that now, huh? Well, let’s see you deal with THIS!”

    Gah.

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    Calming influence says:

    @carlweese: If I were Bill Gates, I would have an entire new house built onto our current house, filled with nothing but this cat furniture. (Well maybe I’d cure cancer first, then build the cat furniture addition…)

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