I may be the last to have seen this charming time-consumer, but on the off chance not, enjoy:
Alas. I was sorry to learn from the comment thread on that vid that Fum — the cat — died in May, only three. Given the list I have in my head of the ambulant evil this world would be a better place without (fill in the names yourself), this is yet one more piece of evidence that were a deity to exist, s/he’d be one vicious asshole. But enough with such grand Pooh-Bah activity. I just thought this bird-on-cat action (and vice versa) was a hoot.
Very playful, makes me happy to see it. I was already feeling pretty good thanks to a good performance on a technical phone screen for a job earlier today.
OT: Soledad O’Brien is joining Al Jazeera America.
Right winger heads explode across America, just in time for the Fourth.
Animals – even animals that are mostly instinct-programmed like owls – can have varying personalities, and Gebra was hand-reared, so is very slightly socialized to people. Once Fum decided Gebra wasn’t in the “food” category, natural feline curiosity took over!
Watch the body language. Most of the time the owl’s neutral-to-annoyed (“oh, it’s you again?”) but every once in a while some affection leaks through, as much as a solitary bird of prey can feel affection toward anything. The cat, on the other hand, was having lots of fun with his grumpy playmate. ^.^
All that being said, I bet the Gebra misses Fum.
@ArchTeryx: Looks like the cat also put up with a lot of pecking. Which is probably better than play with talons.
@Comrade Mary: And in true TPM fashion, they get it wrong:
Do we still get to see heads exploding?
FSM help me, but I’ve joined Facebook and Twitter and installed Vine and Instagram on my phone. I blame Raven.
Anna in PDX
Good luck, wmd.
Was talking with the raptor-handler lady at our zoo, who said the bird they fear the most WRT talon strength is the great horned owl. Evidently, broken fingers and thumbs–throught the heavy leather gloves–are an occupational hazard.
@catclub: Exactly. The fact that the owl was pecking (and nibbling) was the tell – mild annoyance, not anger or fear. Gebra wasn’t trying to damage her playmate, only deter him from playing TOO rough.
@jeffreyw: Welcome! Let us know if you need an intervention.
And, Levenson, that’s so damned sad. Yes, sweet and happy, but fucking sad because Fum was so young.
Heard back from big jawb I interviewed for. Made it to second interview. We’ll see.
Tone in DC
Good for her. Lately, CNN truly sux.
@Ben Cisco: Here’s what the AJA site says:
So yeah, her production company has a deal, but she will be a special correspondent and AJA congratulates her for “joining” them. I don’t think TPM made any huge mistakes here, except if you interpret “join” as “get hired as a full time employee who can’t work for anyone else”.
@Jerzy Russian: Yep. Happy Canada Day!
FUCK. Can’t count links, am in moderation.
Anyway, if my comment above takes a while to surface, just check the Al Jazeera America site for confirmation. Her production company has a contract, as does she — she will be a special correspondent — and they even congratulate her for “joining” their team.
That video is totally runcible.
Or as Mark Twain put it, “If there is a God, he is a malign thug”.
Google is getting smarter or more mendacious. The stupid print ad at the bottom of the video is placed over to the right so there is no way to click the term button.
Our daughter on the carousel at the Del Mar fair over the weekend. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranchandsyrup/9187719984/
@SiubhanDuinne: In pea-green packaging.
Whoa, Serena Williams ousted from Wimbledon 6-2 1-6 6-4 by 23rd seed German person. Buh-bye Yanks.
On to Le Tour
Awww, li’l testarossa–cute!
@Anna in PDX:
Thanks. This was the third call – recruiter talked with me for 30 minutes, then hiring manager for a bit over an hour (I had to write code for him in a shared document on line in real time, produced good code and was able to see a performance hack as I was writing it). This one was with one of my potential peers and I think he was favorably impressed with my analytical ability when I was thrown a problem that is a bit out of my wheelhouse – I had good insights into where the issues were and both ways of ameliorating the issues and how to collect data to drive improvements.
I’m excited about the job, it sounds like work I’d enjoy a lot.
Recruiter mentioned that there’s a bit of a war going on in Silicon valley for engineering talent – basically green light for me to negotiate if they decide they are interested enough to make an offer.
I’m hoping to do 3-4 hours on site next week.
@Trollhattan: Our ginger ninja. Thx man. Try to stay cool up there.
@jeffreyw: FSM help you indeed. I kan haz hunt you down naow. This means apple butter!
Thanks, really, really trying to keep from bursting directly into flame.
They grow fast, so enjoy every second. Here’s ours, sadly done with toddlerating for good, but is still an Entertainment Unit.
@Trollhattan: Awesome pic. Made me smile. :) Thanks. Entertainment unit, indeed.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@Comrade Mary: I hope lots of head asplode, whatever the actual arrangements are.
@ruemara: Break a leg!
AHH onna Droid
Aww, love how the kitty mimics owl movements. And the way the video was edited was a labor of love.
@Yatsuno: I remember your apple butter lust and your attempts to horn in on Asiangrrl’s action. Jackbooted thug, you are!
Comrade Nimrod Humperdink
Legion of Mouse Doom