Bailey has joined the Wild Hunt

April 29, 2008 at 8:19 am | Posted in cats, life | 4 Comments

If you knew him, raise a glass to him next time you’re in a position to.

I’ll probably write about him at some point, but for now, I’ll just say,

Hail, and farewell.

It’s a waiting game

April 28, 2008 at 7:11 am | Posted in cats, life | 2 Comments

Bailey’s not at death’s door, but he’s not out of the woods yet. We may have gotten him to the vet in time. Time will tell.

This sucks.

My poor cat

April 26, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Posted in cats, life | 3 Comments

Bailey “threw a clot” last night or early this morning. He lost control of his back legs and his bladder and sphincter control. He made quite a mess on our sofa last night. We didn’t discover it until he didn’t come around for breakfast. I searched and found him sitting in a spot he doesn’t usually sit in. He looked sleepy. I didn’t realize at first, and I just picked him up and brought him to the food. Then I noticed he dragged himself to his water dish with his front legs. We shortly discovered the mess, and 5 or 10 minutes later he was on his way to the vet.

They say it probably happened early this morning. They are giving him anticoagulants, and are rehydrating him. Best case scenario, the clot gets moved/dissolved very soon, and he regains control of his back half. Worst case, he doesn’t regain control by Monday, by which time organs that aren’t getting enough blood will start shutting down, and we’ll have to “make a decision.” He’s staying there overnight so they can continue giving him the meds and cleaning up after him. We’re under instructions to call tomorrow morning (there won’t likely be any change today) to see how he’s doing. In the meantime, we clean up the house, try to sooth the other cats a bit, and try not to dwell on it too much.

We knew he had a heart condition, and he was prescriped Atenolol. We haven’t been giving it to him since things got crazy with Jenny’s surgery a year and a half ago. According to what the doctor at the time said, he may live a year or two longer with the medication, but this condition was probably going to do him in before he lives a “full” lifespan for cats.

The poor guy. He didn’t look like he was in pain, and he still recognized us. But he clearly wasn’t happy about what was happening. I’m sad.

Amazing Poi Spinning

April 18, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Posted in art | 4 Comments

This guy is just inspiring.

Thanks, Lee!


April 14, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Posted in internet, life | 3 Comments

Wow, what a time-suck. Fun, though.

I’ve been trying social networking sites on the web since That went under. Then Friendster. Eh. Myspace? Didn’t do it for me. Livejournal … that’s more like it. Then I got my own wordpress blog, and this has done pretty well.

I must say, though, Facebook is compelling. It certainly seems to do things well that these other sites just didn’t do as well. It seems that through their concept of a “network,” it is a lot easier to find people you know. And the interface is not nearly as annoying as on myspace.

On the one hand, the stuff I see here is stuff I’ve seen elsewhere. They just seem to do it better.

For those of you not in the know, it’s not a blog site. So I won’t be replacing this blog with Facebook. That’s not what it is. It’s like everyone is in a big room, and you can see everyone and what they’re doing. You get little news updates called “stories,” and they say that so-and-so just, for instance, added this application. So you either ignore it, or you say, hey, that application sounds neat. Or a friend of yours adds another friend to their list, and you say, hey, I didn’t know they were on Facebook too, I’ll add them to my friend list.

I guess the thing is that they assume that completely open free flow of information is the norm, and it’s up to the users to limit that flow to the privacy level they want. For instance, I don’t have my email address visible there. Anyone who wants/needs to know that either already has it, or knows where to find it.

The advantage to this is that you don’t have to do much to network with people, find people you know, etc. High visibility and open exchange of information is the defualt, and you have to figure out how to limit that to your own comfort level. In these other social networking sites, you have to exert effort to figure out how to be visible and find people and exchange information. In Facebook, it’s almost effortless.

And it’s exactly what I’m looking for. I decided about a year ago that I would take steps to establish a public web presence. This is exactly what I’m looking for. That’s a good thing about livejournal, by the way. Want to look at your friends’ blogs? It’s all on one page for you. They do that well. Facebook does this well.

Another thing it does well, it integrates other web stuff. For instance, I’m posting this blog entry from my Facebook account. (If your blog is on LJ, you can post from Facebook, your friends can read your posts from your Facebook profile. I don’t know about your friends page.) I’m accessing my iLike from my Facebook account. I’m reading PHD comics from my Facebook account. (Ok, you can do that on LJ, too.)

Sorry to bore all you folks for whom Facebook is old hat. Now I have to get back to work. Criminy!

Mead in NYC

April 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm | Posted in food | Leave a comment

Remember when we talked about mead? Well, Magpie will be doing free tastings in New York City! Here’s the email I got from him today.

Greetings My Friends!
Magpie Mead will be pouring at:
The Greene Grape Downtown 55 Liberty Street New York, NY 10005 This Friday, 4/11/2008 5-7 PM
The Greene Grape -Brooklyn 765 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 This Saturday, 4/12/08 5-7 PM
Come in for a free tasting during this time! Perfect excuse to invite your friends from out of the area to come visit you in the city. Be well

I won’t be there; I will be in Syracuse at a Math conference. But if you are anywhere near the city, you should go! Best mead ever. You won’t be sorry!

Monty Hall, again

April 8, 2008 at 7:31 am | Posted in math | 11 Comments

There’s a NY Times article about cognitive dissonance in monkeys, and the Monte Hall problem.

You have to log in to read it, but it’s free to create an account, and I don’t think I’ve gotten spam from doing it, not with the NY Times, anyway.


April 3, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Posted in life | Leave a comment

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