If I stare at it long enough and act as though I don’t want it…
Victory is Sabina’s! The knight has been taken!
Good morning! I’m going to start a new series of weekly blog posts that will highlight interesting articles, stories or photos I found over the weekend that I feel are worth a visit.
-o- The 21st-century literary salon
What to do when you are unmoored, highly educated, and have been looking for a job for over a year in the publishing world? Why, start your own literary salon, of course. And that’s just what a group of young men and women in New York City did. Read about The New Inquiry in The New York Times.
-o- The Worst Book Ever
Despite my proclaimed literary aspirations I must admit I only recently discovered the Publisher’s Weekly blog and I generally find it informative and amusing. Last week they declared Microwave for One by Sonia Allison the absolute worst book ever. This book’s awfulness even trumped two previous nominees for Worst Book Ever – How to Avoid Huge Ships and Dildo Cay.
-o- 45 possible winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011
National Geographic granted The Atlantic‘s In Focus with Alan Taylor an early peek at some of the entries to this year’s photo contest. Find them here. (My favorite is #12 but man, #16 is cool… oh no, just got to #33. I am obviously biased toward the Nature/Animal photos.)
-o- Facebook is expanding
Facebook announced an expansion plan in a press conference attended by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as other officials. Facebook is opening its first non West Coast-based software center in New York; the facility is slated to be up and running by early next year. Facebook also bought Gowalla, a Texas-based social networking company. Read BBC’s coverage.
-o- Cain steps aside, Trump decides to host a debate
So who will it be? Mitt Romney still seems to hold “national electability” appeal (love those politico-phrases), but Gingrich appears to have a lot of momentum behind him. And now Rick Santorum has thrown his hat in the ring. The Washington Post asks, will Cain endorse Gingrich? And Donald Trump decides to host a debate between remaining candidates for the primary, but Ron Paul says he won’t attend what he’s sure will be a circus-like event.
-o- 13 Pet Apps
I went back and forth on including this but hey, they’re fun! Mashable’s Charlie White posted 13 helpful apps for pets - here they are!
Man… choosing these was tough. Enjoy!
I am aware that other people rarely if ever find your pets as cute as you do. Exception: my friend Renee has a dog that her sister Cristin certainly adores as much as if she were her owner. But we can likely agree: in general, the people whose used their new smartphones primarily as a “look how cute my pet is now” camera (guilty) can be kind of annoying.
Oh well! This is my new blog and my cats are AWESOME. SO this is a musing (with pictures!) on the adoration I feel for my kitties. There are almost 18 months old and still babies in lots of ways – i.e., they still fall off of things and play a game they’ve adopted from their ancestors called “Stalk and Pounce.” But they are almost real-sized cats now; My family has two at home named Boo Radley and Scout, and they are HUGE. Like 15 and 18 pounds, respectively. In fact my mom hasn’t stopped calling Scout “Scoot” and “Scooter” and has affectionately re-dubbed her “Fatty.” Dinah is only 5 1/2 pounds and Beanie is about 7.
Anyway. Dinah is a ninja and Beanie is a sweetheart. We got lucky. And since they make me want to have my own “Can I Haz Cheeseburger?” website and I don’t, here are few of the best photos. If you click on them gallery style, you’ll get to see my captions, none of which are as funny as the Lolcats: