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  • Flame: Still very much a kitten

    Posted on April 30th, 2008 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    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:
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    The suspect:
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    I’m currently thinking of what the proper sentence might be… no belly rubs for a week?

  • Clever

    Posted on April 29th, 2008 Jeff Keller No comments

    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

    Posted on April 25th, 2008 Jeff Keller 2 comments
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    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

    Posted on April 21st, 2008 Jeff Keller 4 comments

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    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!

    Posted on April 15th, 2008 Jeff Keller 1 comment

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    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.

  • At long last – New Disneyland Photos!

    Posted on April 14th, 2008 Jeff Keller 3 comments

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    It’s been over 1.5 years since I’ve posted any Disneyland photos, so here are a whole bunch for you. Despite the fact that I rarely make it down there anymore, my photo site still has quite a following. Enjoy!

  • Happy Birthday Flame!

    Posted on April 10th, 2008 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Today is Flame’s 1st birthday! I didn’t actually get him until he was 15 weeks old, but how can I forget those days?
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    Flame has grown up into a normal-sized cat, and is a large more “orange” than when I got him:

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    He’s definitely still a kitten at heart, though. He loves to play and cause trouble. At the same time, he is the most loving, gentle cat I’ve ever cat. Flame loves to sit in your lap, loves belly rubs, and has a great purr. Even Zoe likes him — well, most of the time.
    Lots more Flame pics can be found here.

  • Taxing weeks

    Posted on April 1st, 2008 Jeff Keller No comments

    I’m not a fan of this time of year. I should be — it’s Spring, the sun is out (most of the time), and my flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, it’s also tax season, which means that I have to give a lot of money to the government. While I’ve already taken care of my 2007 taxes, I’ve got property tax due on the 10th, then federal and state estimated taxes and my LLC tax all due on the 15th. That all adds up to a lot of money, which I’m not exactly rolling in right now.
    The LLC paperwork was really a pain — TurboTax doesn’t do it, and the instructions are truly awful. Calling the FTB resulted in a “we’re sorry, we can’t take your call now, goodbye” message. I think next year I’ll do an accountant for that stuff, if not more.