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Huh. My phone pic was out of focus and it went weird when I tried to fix it. I kind of like it weird.

The things I’ll do to avoid just re-taking the flipping photograph.

I attended two Zoom meetings at once today! I had an important work meeting I had to host and it turns out it was at the exact same time as the Prehistoric Society’s AGM. Two computers, an earbud under my headphones. It was easier than I feared since the Prehistoric Society had slides with text. And nobody was the wiser.

Then I amused myself rewatching Freeman’s Mind. It’s a playthrough of Half Life, but with Gordon Freeman babbling to himself. Yes, it’s old.

October 21, 2020 — 8:56 pm
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Lookee what I got!

Kanye’s on the ballot! I thought he’d failed to qualify somehow (lack of signatures?). There’s, like, TWENTY people up for president.

A hunnert and ninety-two little ovals to choose from. It’s like an IQ test. I mean, thanks I guess, Tennessee…but are you sure you know your electorate?

Also, it says no postage necessary in the US, but I’m not *in* the US. That’s the whole freaking point.

I’ll put postage on it. I always do. I want to be sure.

Voting for Ye, obviously.

p.s. and have a small but leonine cat.



October 20, 2020 — 8:10 pm
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Say it with me: pisiform

That little knobbly bit in the wrist is the pisiform cartilege. It does indeed mean pea-shaped. It covers the pisiform bone in cats. This site says it’s vestigial, but I had read it was a shock absorber.

You have a pisiform bone, too. It’s the lumpy wrist bone farthest over on the pinkie side. Fortunately, you probably don’t have a pisiform cartilege, though, because that would look gross hanging off of you.

And because I apparently forgot to hit ‘publish’ last night, today you get two!

October 19, 2020 — 8:18 pm
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Must’ve been a Monday job

Documenting big cat’s sloppy paint job. There are some terrible bits that don’t show here, like the white V on his back and the random black spots on his legs. My favorite is the white ring near the end of his tail, though.

Silly puss.

I read once that skin temperature is how color is decided in bi-color animals. It’s obviously a very narrow difference. There was some appalling experiment where they shaved black and white rabbits and held icecubes to their skin, I seem to remember reading. That doesn’t make sense, though, does it?

— 7:15 pm
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Big cat in a deck chair

Big cat has the most unusual face – he has an aquiline nose. I’ve never seen that in a cat before. Haven’t really shown it properly here.

October 17, 2020 — 6:49 pm
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Dead Pool Round 134: near as dammit to Halloween edition

Roberta McCain was…108? Am I mathing that right? She had an identical twin sister who lived to be 99, but her three other siblings (and her parents) all died in the Seventies (except that one brother who died in the Fifties). Huh.

Rushbabe takes it. Interestingly, Rushbabe also won dick with Roberta’s son John, in one of the happier dick wins. Funny old world.

Now. Are we ready?

0. Rule Zero (AKA Steve’s Rule): your pick has to be living when picked. Also, nobody whose execution date is circled on the calendar. Also, please don’t kill anybody. Plus (Pupster’s Rule) no picking someone who’s only famous for being the oldest person alive.

1. Pick a celebrity. Any celebrity — though I reserve the right to nix picks I never heard of (I don’t generally follow the Dead Pool threads carefully, so if you’re unsure of your pick, call it to my attention).

2. We start from scratch every time. No matter who you had last time, or who you may have called between rounds, you have to turn up on this very thread and stake your claim.

3. Poaching and other dirty tricks positively encouraged.

4. Your first choice sticks. Don’t just blurt something out, m’kay? Also, make sure you have a correct spelling of your choice somewhere in your comment. These threads get longish and I use search to figure out if we have a winner.

5. It’s up to you to search the thread and make sure your choice is unique. I’m waayyyy too lazy to catch the dupes. Popular picks go fast.

6. The pool stays open until somebody on the list dies. Feel free to jump in any time. Noobs, strangers, drive-bys and one-comment-wonders — all are welcome.

7. If you want your fabulous prize, you have to entrust me with a mailing address. If you’ve won before, send me your address again. I don’t keep good records.

8. The new DeadPool will begin 6pm WBT (Weasel’s Blog Time) the Friday after the last round is concluded.

The winner, if the winner chooses to entrust me with a mailing address, will receive an Official Certificate of Dick Winning and a small original drawing on paper suffused with elephant shit particles. Because I’m fresh out of fairy shit particles.

October 16, 2020 — 6:00 pm
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Artist cat has creative block

Not really. It’s an image that popped into my head as I almost bought a pince-nez today. It was only £1, but it was busted on one side and a lens was missing.

Yes. I went into town today. And shopped for stuff! Without a computer!

October 15, 2020 — 5:49 pm
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The cat has my chair. The cat has had my chair most of the day. Ordinarily, I don’t let the cat have my chair all day, I pick him up and put him on my lap and he’s fine with it. But today I had to keep getting up to do things and he began to get pissy with me, so I just let him have it.

I miss my chair.

October 14, 2020 — 6:42 pm
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Do mice eat mice?

It’s that time of year – the mice are coming in for the Winter. They’re making an awful ruckus. I set a trap between our two freezers (where the cats can’t get to it but the mice can) and caught my first of the season last night.

I didn’t want to deal with it then, so I put it off until morning.

In the morning, I note the trap and mouse were dragged partway behind one freezer. Not surprising, I didn’t feel like dealing with it in the morning, either.

By afternoon, the trap was there, but the mouse was gonzo.

I know mice are opportunistic omnivores. I’ve known them eat everything from soap to silicon spatulas. But cannibalism? Really?

p.s. the internet says they will, but due to starvation or overcrowding.

p.p.s. yes, Roberta McCain was in the Dead Pool. You know what that means.

October 13, 2020 — 6:35 pm
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Note to self: don’t draw a black and white cat with a ballpoint unless you’re willing to commit your afternoon to tonal values.

October 12, 2020 — 5:21 pm
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