Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Kelley, who knew him better than most, has an excellent and honest eulogy of her friend here: suburban blight: fo shizzle, my crizzleComments
...and another from Baldilocks.
Update: And of course Catfish, who knew him better than anyone, has this poignant tribute.
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I haven't been able to effectively put into words what I have been feeling over the last several days. Rob's departure has been a tremendous jolt, and I find myself far more melancholy than I would have ever expected. It comes in waves. I'll be busy with something else and then a bar of that melody together with his voice comes wafting through my mind again, and I'll have to turn in a private direction and squeeze out a couple more tears.Comments
Rob is not my blogfather, but he functioned as the central hub for a very significant number of bloggers I subsequently came to know and read on a regular basis. I first came to read Rob during the mass delinking he suffered after speaking his mind on racial issues a couple years ago. While others were scrambling to distance themselves from him, I read what he wrote and decided that this was a guy who said exactly what he meant and was willing to stand behind it whatever it cost him. It doesn't mean I agreed with everything he said, but I admired his resolve in saying it. I linked to him then and told him why.
I nearly delinked him myself when he shot the cat out of the tree. Eventually I decided his hatred of cats was one of those hard headed opinions of his that I wasn't going to change no matter what I said or thought about it. But I did agree with very much of the rest of what he said, about politics, about culture, and about human freedom. And more than once I felt that all I could say was "AMEN", because he had expressed my thoughts far better than I could have myself.
Rob linked to my site after we had a conversation about engineers and operators, and he decided that I was an engineer he could work with. I'm honored to have been included in his list of "Good Stuff".
Rob was one of those people that you wanted to root for in spite of yourself. He could be a nasty curmudgeon, but his humanity always shone through, and that's the part that I always felt for--for what he went through in losing his Roscoe, his marriage, his job, his son, his health, and finally now his life. I found myself sticking up for him, sometimes vehemently, even when I knew he was wrong. Just because even when he was wrong, he was so open I could put myself in his shoes and feel where he was coming from.
Where will we find a voice like his now? There is no one else. Not even close. And for those of you who knew him in person or got to meet him and listen to his music, your loss is greater. I've only now come to know that aspect of him, and it's a damn shame he didn't share more of his music while he was still alive. There's his recording studio all set up, but never used by him. And now it never will be.
Rob, I miss you bud, I miss you terribly, and I pray to God that he has a measure of grace for you, despite your adamant atheism, and that a part of you still lives on somewhere in peace, out of pain and beyond all bitterness and disappointment.
God Bless you anyway.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
This got me tearing up again. It's a recording of Rob singing and playing his guitar. This is originally from Catfish via Li'l Toni, but I think my bandwidth can handle a few of you downloading it from here.Comments
Right click, save as, then play it--please don't click it to play directly, as it may end up sounding choppy. Plus it'll eat up my bandwidth if you click it repeatedly to replay:
What an incredible and tragic waste. He never did make use of that recording studio he bought himself a few months ago.
And ours is the loss.
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Anna's Xanga SiteComments
Burn the Flag. Apparently, the vote to prohibit the burning of the flag was turned down by ONE VOTE. That royally pisses me off. People have DIED defending that flag. But I guess liberals believe it's violating 'freedom of speech' to disallow burning it. ((Speaking and burning are two VASTLY different things.)) Hey, is it violating my 'freedom of speech' to make murder illegal? I mean, after all, if burning a flag is permissible 'speech', why isn't chopping someone's head off and riding around with it in your car with you? I'm sorry, but I can't think like that. Liberal thinking is an oxymoron, I swear it.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
In the spirit of moving on, I finally got around to addressing a question someone had of me quite some time ago.Comments
Some bloggers plaster their mug across their site with abandon. And they're usually the best photos they have of themselves, either professionally done, or a good quality snapshot.
Me, I've been a little more reticent about it. But if I'm going to do it, I can't follow the crowd. Nope. Instead I got a great pic of myself I took in the mirror, first thing in the morning.
And to save the senses of the faint of heart, I've cropped it down to just a sliver and placed it below the fold.
AAAIGHH!! Run Awa-a-a-a-ayy!
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So I haven't been able to put together much of a eulogy--I usually take longer to process things like this than many bloggers, I've noticed. But if I were to write one, this is just about what I would say: Why I Read Gut Rumbles--Hog On IceComments
Thanks Steve. That sums it up for me very well.
Update: THIS ONE made me laugh out loud, and then a stifled sob.
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Rob's memorial service is this Thursday at 4 PM. However round-trip tickets from Tucson to Savannah are over $1,200.00! To Atlanta they're still over $800.00.Comments
Jebus!! Love ya Rob, but not that much.
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There are certain days when I could kick myself for forgetting my camera at home. Today is one of them. There is a perfect, intense ring around the sun today here in southern Arizona.Comments
Fortunately someone else has taken a photo of this phenomena in the past, and I present it to you as a nearly precise representation of what I'm seeing almost straight overhead today:
This is caused by high altitude ice crystals that refract the sunlight into a perfectly circular ring, very similar to a rainbow. The color bands are not as prominent as a rainbow, but they are present nevertheless.
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Monday, June 26, 2006
Whoever is sending me those e-mails about making my penis bigger, could you please stop it? I know you have good intentions, but if the thing were any bigger it would be unwieldy.Comments
Shamelessly stolen from FrankJ
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Someone has posted on his blog that he did it.Comments
Hoax or hard reality?
Update later when I can find my voice again...
Update: Not hoax, but cause of death is not determined at this point. Here is Sam.
Rest in peace, my friend.
Update 2: Having a helluva time maintaining my composure here at work. Maybe I should just go home.
Update 3: Looks like Sam (or someone) has altered/removed his suicide note. That's very peculiar...
Update 4: Joanie has one of the more poignant (and probably informed) eulogies HERE.
Who am I to eulogize him? I only knew him through his blog. I loved him, hated him, defended him, excoriated him, but always read him.
I will miss him, and that's an understatement.
Day By Day
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Haven't I been just proLIFIC lately?Comments
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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Daisycat and SamComments
I was looking for something else on my work computer and came across this photo from a few years ago. Sam is getting an "elephant ride"--wherein he perches on your shoulder and you walk around stooped over like an elephant carrying a maharaja.
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Monday, June 19, 2006
Bill Whittle is back to posting. And since that is such a rare occurence, it has to be announced far and wide so that no one misses the event.Comments
As usual, he does not dissapoint. Here's an excerpt from his latest:
Listen, I'm all in favor of reading and studying all manner of philosophy and literature. And while social studies evidence cards cut both ways, there are not too many expert physicists out there claiming objects regularly fall up off the table and into the air. People are not pool balls. Their behavior is not as predictable. Both intellectual studies, and expert opinion, have their place. It is only when they are used beyond their limits that problems come thick and heavy.
Read the rest...
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Do you support the troops? Are you tiring of John Murtha trying to score political points on the backs of our US Marines? You might want to considering supporting this lady in her efforts to unseat the bastard:Comments
Veterans Support Diana Irey for Congress - Vets4Irey.com
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Friday, June 16, 2006
"What's your humor style?"Comments
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Thursday, June 15, 2006
The Cotillion babes have a meme going in their ranks--Thirty Things About Me. Well if it's not patently obvious that I'm not of their ranks, then I'm in deep trouble.Comments
Nevertheless I've been itching to run through these myself, even though some just aren't going to apply. Ha!
#1 What time did you get up this morning?
7:30 a.m. Ask me what time I'd like to get up in the morning: 10 AM.
#2 Diamonds or pearls?
#3 What was the last film you saw at the movie house?
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
#4 What is your favorite TV show?
I don't own a TV. No. I'm serious. The last time I watched TV was the morning of September 11, 2001, when I dug the old dusty thing out of the back of the closet to see what the hell was going on. Got rid of it sometime after that.
#5 What did you have for breakfast?
Coffee and cream and a small pile of vitamins/dietary supplements.
#6 What is your middle name?
#7 What is your favorite cuisine?
That could be hard to narrow down. There's so much that I like. But I gravitate toward hot and spicy, so Mexican and Thai are high on the list. Pizza would be number one, but that's not a cuisine per se--it's part of Italian, which I also like.
#8 What foods do you dislike?
Vegan or vegetarian anything. Meat, please!
#9 What kind of car do you drive?
1980 Dodge camper van or a 1966 Dodge Class A camper (depending upon which is working better at the moment)
#10 Favorite Sandwich?
Lately I've had a thing for a simple grilled cheese sandwich. But I also love Subway's Italian BMT.
#11 What characteristic do you despise?
An unwillingness to assume responsibility for the circumstances of one's own life.
#12 Favorite item of clothing?
Huh? Well I do like wearing sandals lately. (No, they're not Birkenstocks!)
#13 If you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday where would you go?
Somewhere in the south Pacific, perhaps Tahiti. Or Maui. Or New Zealand. Most of Europe is off the list with the possible exception of Italy.
#14 What color is your bathroom?
Multicolored ceramic tiles in a sort of country Mexican motiff.
#15 Favorite brand of clothing?
Jeepers. More clothing questions.
#16 Where would you like to retire?
An atoll in the South Pacific as far away from the nattering statist nanny nincompoops as I can manage.
#17 Favorite time of the day?
I'd say 4:20 to be a smartass, but it is actually about 3:00 PM in the winter, about 4:30 in the summer.
#18 What was your most memorable birthday?
Turning 40. It was traumatic.
#19 Where were you born?
#20 Favorite sport to watch?
I'm not into sports, but I do enjoy attending minor league baseball games.
#21 What are you wearing right now?
Khaki pants, navy crewneck shirt w. company logo.
#22 What star sign are you?
#23 What fabric detergent do you use?
I haven't done my own laundry in years. If I did, it would be anything cheap and unscented.
#24 Pepsi or Coke?
Diet Pepsi or regular Coke. Diet Coke is disgusting and regular Pepsi is insipid.
#25 Are you a morning person or a night owl?
#26 What is your shoe size?
#27 Do you have any pets?
Pet City! Six indoor cats, four regulars at the backdoor, and an undetermined number of additional hangers-on.
#28 Any new exciting news you'd like to share with your readers?
My LED flashlights seem to be selling well on eBay. (Ooh! How exciting!)
#29 What did you want to be when you were little?
I assiduously avoided thoughts of being anything when I grew up. The thought of facing the world on my own terrified me. Probably a hermit if I had to choose.
#30 What are you meant to be doing today?
What kind of question is that? I'm doing well enough right now and muddling along toward the future. Such existential questions are out of scope.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006Comments
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
No kidding! The last fellow is especially funny to hear talk--"Oh no don't! Oh no no! Don't do dat!"Comments
Talking Cats Video - Darlugo.com
I have heard this level of enunciation most particularly amongst my outdoor boys when they are discussing territorial issues with a neighboring tom. It's fascinating to listen to--not the eventual shrieks that everyone associates with a catfight, but the negotiations ahead of time.
Dead mousie to Dadcat
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Monday, June 12, 2006Comments
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dead mousie to Rodger
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...but very, very funny: Hallelujah!Comments
...in a juvenile sort of way. Being that it's a TV preacher takes a bit of the edge off my feelings of remorse.
Guilty Parties: Bane and Ellison.
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Friday, June 09, 2006
Hey! I'm on the "Blogs with a Face" collage!Comments
Blogs with a Face
Interesting little project. Someone knows their way around the 'sphere, knows what buttons to push.
"Ego? Why yes, yes I do have a fair sized one. Don't know who this guy is from Adam, but looky, see! There's my mug amongst the greats!"
Meanwhile hits on his site skyrocket. Ha!
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
We all know what happens when you drop some Mentos in a liter bottle of Diet Coke... but what happens when it's 500 Mentos, 200 liters of Diet Coke, and you are wearing lab coats?Comments
...but now I do!
Amazing choreographed artistry is what!
Dead mousie to Bane
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With all the nonsense surrounding the number today, I'd like to again direct my readers to a book by someone I believe may be onto something regarding the person this number pertains to.Comments
If you're pre-trib, I'd only ask that you keep your mind open long enough to consider the implications of what he has uncovered over the last few years. His book is available through Amazon, but he has also published it free on the internet here:
We may be a whole lot closer than most of us think. Which to me is both exciting and deeply terrifying. But His word instructs me thusly:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Be it so. Amen.
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Just a couple of minutes ago I reached into my pack to retrieve a file folder I thought I had brought with me. But I hadn't brought it after all.Comments
I turned back to my computer and saw that the clock read 4:04 PM.
4:04...File not found.
Hyuk hyuk hyuk!
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Hey, I hope y'all are reading KisP on a regular basis! If not, you need to check this out:Comments
If it weren't so hilarious...
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Monday, June 05, 2006
Ok, I know Google is Evil, and Google News is biased, but one thing I do like is the rather interesting variety of news sources that they draw from.Comments
This bit from an Indian paper is supportive of Bush's Marriage Amendment proposal.
Khaleej Times Online - Marriage: Restoring the sanctity of an institution
I'm suspicious about the timing, coming conveniently in the face of hemorrhaging support from the conservative base of the Republican party, following the shameless abandonment of conservatives by the Republican leadership over the last few weeks and months.
I'm not buying it. I see it as political grandstanding--a last ditch effort to win back "true believers" in time for the November elections.
Psst! Bush? You're only appealing to a small percentage of your base with this: the stupid, gullible half of the statist half!
How about we get the state out of the marriage business altogether? The only reason gays and lesbians are interested in "marriage" is for the benefits, so ditch the benefits! Make all government institutions marriage-neutral. Let people get married as they have for thousands of years, before their God and family and the clergy of their choice, or by tying a knot in the woods on midsummer's eve if that's their wont.
Ooh, but how much government you'd have to dismantle to achieve that!
Yeah! Savor the thought!
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Sunday, June 04, 2006
Hot town, summer in the city
Ah yes! Summer is certainly here. Call me nuts if you will, but I love this time of year in Tucson. It is HOT, but not quite yet unbearable to me. It's enough to chase out the last of the snowbird holdouts and keep the riff-raff at bay though.
The cicadas began their raspy buzz-sawing last week as a harbinger of hot weather, and since last Thursday or so it has been not only hot, but humid as well. I had to work outdoors all day Friday in the 104 degree heat, and I will again next Wednesday. No it wasn't exactly comfortable, but it wasn't unbearable either. I was supervising, so I didn't actually exert myself in the heat. As long as I keep hydrated and keep my shirt and hat drenched with water I'm fine.
Now the guy who had to go inside the hot steel vessel and work--I felt a little sorry for him. He was chugging Gatorade by the gallon just to stay upright.
No, the *real* hot weather is yet to come. By the first week of July and extending through the first week of September or so, the humidity will climb and climb until every noontime sees 105 degrees and every afternoon sees heavy sodden thunderheads lurching heavenward in the steam on the horizon, brooding and churning, towering, building one grievance upon another, finally releasing their unbearable burdens with titanic fury upon the city at dusk.
Then the washes purge themselves of their hobo detrius like long-overdue menses, trees snap like twigs and car alarms shriek their dismay, while pedestrians unprepared for the onslaught are whipped one way and the other by the wind-driven deluge.
And deep in the bowels of Desert Cat's lair, the lights will flicker and the UPS units will peep and click uneasily. And I will know then that high summer in the desert has finally arrived.
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Saturday, June 03, 2006
I mean, my word! How did we survive all these years without a PENGUIN in our toilet tank?!
Do YOU have a penguin in your toilet tank? Well now you see what you're missing in life!
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Gut Rumbles: amazing
MY opinion here
UPDATE: In fairness I need to delink the original post that inspired my diatribe, as Rob has removed it from his front page.
You "certain people" KNOW who the f*** YOU are, and I damn surely AIN'T gonna inflict YOUR a**holery on her. And I ain't talking about ONE a**hole here. I've seen enough back-stabbing and behind-the-scenes, babbling, big-dicked horsesh*t over the past couple of days to make me despise a BUNCH of you underhanded f***tards.
Bite me, Rob. You haven't got the balls to be more specific, do you? You'd rather paint with a broad brush and lash out at anyone and everyone who hasn't coddled your sad ass just the way you want over the last week or so?
I had no desire to get involved in this stupidity on either "side". The both of you are screwed up beyond belief, and neither one of you has truly earned the right to point a finger at the other. And yet you BOTH get way more sympathy from me than either of you deserve. That's just how I am, it seems.
But there you go, sweeping up everyone who isn't kissing your little tootsies into "HER" camp. Bite me, Rob! Seriously! You want a beef? You get SPECIFIC and quit being such a pussy with your dramatic generalizations.
Remember this and this? Is this a southern thang then? You think you're sorting out friends from foes with that crap? Sorry dude. You're just sorting out the P.A.L.s.
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Thursday, June 01, 2006Comments
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...by commenter Tom T at Vox's place:Comments
Small-mouthed Libertarians have existed mainly in frontier societies in human history. As soon as the folks from that period's version of California invade that frontier, the newcomers institute restrictive laws and the SMLs move on.
Makes me wonder how big of a target for LEO I'm making myself here, as I express my opinions against statist tyrrany. When the SHTF, are they going to come looking for one certain Arid Feline with a penchant for fomenting discontent?
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