Archive for April, 2008

Flame: Still very much a kitten

Flame may have just turned one year old, but that he hasn’t lost his kitten ways. Today I walked into the kitchen to find one bag of cat treats on the floor, ripped open, and another on the counter. Normally, they’re kept in the cabinet above the stove. Both Flame and Zoe know how to open cabinet doors, and Flame knows where the kitty treats are. Need I say more?
The evidence:
The suspect:
I’m currently thinking of what the proper sentence might be… no belly rubs for a week?


I recently picked myself up a new electric shaver, the Braun 360 Complete. Braun has managed to implement the disposable razor / inkjet printer business model with these things, by creating a consumable that must be replaced each month. That consumable is a plastic tank of an orange-scented alcohol mixture, which is used to clean the shaver each day when you’re done using it. It’s pretty neat: you just pop the shaver into its “dock”, and it runs through a cleaning cycle. When it’s done, the insides of the shaver are as good as new. Unfortunately, the cleaning tank costs $6 a month. Very clever, Braun.

Updated DCRP test scene


I’ve been wanting to add some fur or a similar texture to my standard test scene, and now I have it, courtesy of Flame. Now if I could only get him to stand in the same place every time…

Mini Las Vegas Trip Report

I was hoping to have a bunch more photos from my weekend in Vegas, but my camera’s battery died in the middle of the trip! So, it’s pretty much a Palazzo and Venetian gallery. Here’s a quick trip summary:
Who: I went with my mom who, like me, enjoys a little gambling every now and then.
Where: We stayed at The Palazzo, which is the new hotel attached to the Venetian. Rooms are similar in layout to The Venetian, but a little more modern-looking (and less Italian). We both really liked it… lots of TVs, automatic curtains, and an amazing shower! Plus, it doesn’t take forever to get in and out of the place. Would definitely stay there again!
Best meal: Mesa Grill at Caesars. This is Bobby Flay’s restaurant and it was really good. Expensive, but mmm good.
High roller moment: Apparently I gambled enough at The Wynn when I was at PMA to earn some comps! I got two free buffet meals, plus a line pass… which saves you an hour wait! Food was pretty good, though mom felt crummy soon after we ate.
Low roller moment: While I started off great, lady luck was not on my side… this was NOT a good weekend for gambling. I guess that’s how they can afford to build all these nice hotels!
A few more pics after the break…

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Happy Birthday Zoe!

Kitty birthday week continues… today was Zoe’s third birthday! I’m really proud of how she’s taken Flame under her wing, after refusing to be around any other cat (let alone person) prior to that. I think that experience has helped to mellow her out a bit… she’s definitely more friendly than she used to be, though there’s still room for improvement.
Lots more pics of Zoe here.