Dried Roses

Sunday cat pix

Josie examines the magnolia.

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LinkOctober 9, 2006 in Cats

Partners

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As I shift to sitting from the prone position I’ve been in, reading the TLS, Musa, napping on my lap, awakens and moves off, with one of her throat sounds, neither meow nor purr, by which she indicates to me her readiness for, or interest in, a change of condition; I set my legs by the side of the bed, indicating to her that I’m about to stand up, and she, as is her habit, readies herself to jump on my shoulders, which she does, and arranges herself, back legs on one side of my neck, forelegs on the other, her head turned so as to give me a lick or two as we proceed down the stairs. We reach the kitchen table and off she leaps, hastening to the little black bowl where her dry food awaits her; if it’s empty, she turns and waits for me to pour in some nuggets from a coffee-can we keep nearby. It is part of our mutual understanding that a trip to the kitchen will end with her eating—if she wants to—, after which I’m free to go on with my insignificant human tasks.
Only someone who has lived in daily, long-term proximity with an animal will understand how much mutual shaping goes into the relation; though what Musa senses of the pleasure I take in her presence I don’t know. How well do we know such things even of each other? Language can make the feelings explicit; but with language comes lying, and grounds for skepticism. Nevertheless, I don’t doubt that we both benefit; nor do I doubt that elective affinities are at work. I like our other cats, but Musa suits me, and I her, in a way that in humans might well yield a deep and lasting friendship. So should we speak here of friendship? Probably not: reciprocity is lacking, one sign of which is that I may think of myself as betraying our relation, but not her: for her it is more like an alliance, an exchange of pleasures, which in becoming habit is indeed more than acts; but it generates no obligation on her part.

LinkOctober 13, 2006 in Cats · Society

Sunday cat pix

Under wraps on a wet grey day.

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LinkOctober 16, 2006 in Cats

Wednesday garden pix

Back by popular demand (you know who you are, Populus). Today: Arab Queen dahlias.

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LinkOctober 20, 2006 in Garden

Sunday cat pix

Morning wash behind the curtain.

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LinkOctober 24, 2006 in Cats

Wednesday garden pix

October harvest: Marconi, Corno d’Asti Rosso, Quadrato d’Asti Giallo.

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LinkOctober 25, 2006 in Garden

Pattern of the week

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LinkOctober 29, 2006 in Patterns

Flexible strategy includes mutating truth-values

There’s an endless supply of these, but this one caught my eye.
Twelve-thirty:
In Islamabad, Qazi Hussain Ahmed—an opposition political leader—blamed the U.S. for the attack and said claims that the madrassa was a terrorist training center were “rubbish.” He claimed 30 children were killed; an Associated Press reporter at the scene said no accurate count—or even identification—of many of the dead was possible due to the mutilated state of the remains.
“It was an American plane behind the attack and Pakistan is taking responsibility because they know there would be a civil war if the American responsibility was known,” said Ahmed. In Afghanistan, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Matt Hackathorn denied the U.S. was involved in the strike.
“It was completely done by the Pakistani military,” he told the AP.
One o’clock:
Despite earlier reports that the missiles had been launched by Pakistani military helicopters, Pakistani intelligence sources now tell ABC News that the missiles were fired from a U.S. Predator drone plane.
Sources: Habibullah Khan, “Pakistani Raid on School Kills 80”, AP (MyWay News) 30 Oct 2006; Alexis Debat, “Zawahiri Was Target in U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan”, ABC News, The Blotter 30 Oct 2006; see also Rahimullah Yusufzai, “Up to 80 Killed in Attack on Religious School in Pakistan”, 30 Oct 2006.
Added: More details, including a link to a video from Yusufzai, at Steven D., “October Surprise that Missed: Zawahiri Assassination Attempt kills 80”, Daily Kos 30 Oct 2006.

LinkOctober 30, 2006 in Current Affairs

Sunday cat pix

Don’t mess with Musa B!

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LinkOctober 30, 2006 in Cats