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People is weird

I don’t work Wednesdays, so I spent an obscene amount of time playing the wizard game today. I’m happy to say the world is stuffed full of cats and you are allowed to pet them. I mean, they’re funky skinny cats (most illustrators just don’t do cats), but better than usual. And, I repeat, you can pet them.

Thinking I can’t be the only one to wonder how many cats there are and whether I get an achievement for petting them all, I had a little google. Turns out, people are big mad that other people like the cats.

Just a heads up, Hogwarts Legacy isn’t a cat collecting sim. But, if you’re prowling around for a purr-fect count, the game doesn’t specify. It’s more about wizards and spells than tallying tails.

Honestly, Hogwarts Legacy is all about that wizarding world charm, not keeping a kitty census.

And then there’s this peculiar article, written as though the wizarding world is a real thing with actual rules, that warns you not to pet the cats because they might be some creepy old wizard pretending to be a cat.

In the game, cats are not meant to be pet as the petting feature suggests, they are meant to practice Avada Kedavra on.

“Don’t pet them, cast the forbidden dark magic murder spell on them instead!” is certainly a take. Honestly, what did I expect from a site called comicbook.com?

I know what I’m playing next. It’s supposed to be gorgeous in VR.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 24, 2024, 8:05 pm

Cat ladies unite! There’s cruelty to cats being performed at Hogwarts! Summon the armies! 🙀🦁🐯

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 25, 2024, 12:30 pm

What a coincidence! I don’t work on Wednesdays either.

But I did spend a good part of the day trying to tie four bows out of ribbon, to complete my period 1776 American housewife costume—to wear at assorted DAR functions. One is coming this Saturday.

I sewed a long dress out of muslin, and to wear under I added 12 inches of charmeuse to the hem of a slip that I already had. Then I made a long white apron out of batiste, and a mob cap with lace on the flounce. I want four little bows—one for the center neck of the dress, and one on each of the sleeves above the lace, and a large one with trailing ribbons on the back of the mob cap. Can I tie a decent bow? Apparently not.

P.S. A lot of DAR functions are held in conjunction with the SAR—Sons of the American Revolution. If you wear a period costume to the event, the SAR soldiers will let a DAR sister fire their cannon!

Comment from S.Weasel
Time: April 25, 2024, 6:33 pm

My cousin did the legwork to prove we’re both eligible for DAR membership, but I never followed through. Seems kind of pointless when I’m living in the country we revolted from!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 25, 2024, 6:45 pm

Hey! Stray is available for MAC OS! I may just give it a try!


…three proper Men out of five will always throw things at a Cat whenever they meet him, and all proper Dogs will chase him up a tree. But the Cat keeps his side of the bargain too. He will kill mice and he will be kind to Babies when he is in the house, just as long as they do not pull his tail too hard. But when he has done that, and between times, and when the moon gets up and night comes, he is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him. Then he goes out to the Wet Wild Woods or up the Wet Wild Trees or on the Wet Wild Roofs, waving his wild tail and walking by his wild lone.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 25, 2024, 8:04 pm

But Stoaty, think how much fun it would be to hang your beautiful membership certificate in a prominent place in your home 🙂

There are two chapters in London, the first founded in 1925 (and they have a large membership). I need to read their website, and find out what they do for their service projects. You might enjoy the occasional trip into London, and meeting other American women (no doubt some of whom are married to British men). You might find someone that has the same Patriot as you!

and https://www.stjameschapter-nsdar.org/

A few months ago, at a genealogy society meeting, I was visiting with a woman who is in a different DAR chapter from me; I’ve known her for about two years. I asked who her patriot was a nearly fell over. It was the same last name of one of my “Brick Wall” ancestors. She told me where to look, and I found everyone I was looking for. Now I have another Patriot who is a brother to her Patriot! Boom. Just like that, and I had been searching this family name for eight years. And I have a new first cousin, 4x removed.

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