Thursday, May 28, 2020

Every Kitty Must Get Stoned

I'm growing catnip again, even got a little lighted plant stand (pictures later). Dora and Alfred are, of course, delighted. Alfred chows down on the stuff like a hyperactive grazing cow. I think it helps his digestion.

But Dora gets absolutely baked. She'd pretty scary to begin with and after a few munches she's whack, wild-eyed, running back and forth and then suddenly crashing out. Then back to the nip for a nip. And away we go again. She's too stoned to play fetch and she actually gets a little paranoid.

If I can master the skill of catnip growing year round, I may never buy catnip again.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

In Case Of Emergency, Press NETFLIX

I had to buy a DVD player recently. No, really, I had to. Three forest fairies in lingerie and Rona masks snuck in and held a gun to my head until I ordered it. They were actually kind of hot so I went along with it.

I got a Sony BDP-S6700, released around 2016. Nothing particularly special, plays DVDs and Blu-ray disks. Being a Sony fanboy, of course I like it.

But one thing stands out like a sore, throbbing, bleeding thumb:

Emergency Netflix button. How thoughtful!

There's a large button in the middle of the remote labeled 'NETFLIX' in all uppercase. And not just an ordinary remote button. It's one of three of the largest buttons and uniquely, it's white with red text. 

My first reaction was to wonder if people had episodes of sudden, uncontrollable, life-threatening  need for Netflix. I can see someone with chronic pain having a similar button labeled 'MORPHINE' right on their TV/DVD player remote.

But really, Netflix? Now my only question is how much did Netflix pay Sony to put this button on their remotes? It had to be a fortune. 

The only mistake they made was to use red text. Red symbolizes danger and is used in warnings. Black on white, not used on the other buttons, would have been a better choice.

Whatever, it's obnoxious.  

A Salty Tale

I'm unusually sensitive to salt. If I'm in a car and someone opens a bag of chips I can taste the salt in it. Driving down the road I can taste yesterday's road salt. I've asked other people and they say they don't notice it.

I nearly gagged on the salt in some instant mashed potatoes. Only later did I notice that according to the ingredient list, salt was the #2 ingredient. In instant mashed potatoes. As if I couldn't add my own salt. But I can't take it out. Thanks.

Then there's peanut butter.I started eating Smucker's Natural peanut butter a few years ago. If you like pb try a jar. You'll be shocked. Regular peanut butter tastes like cake frosting to me now.

But Smucker's, of course, adds a wee bit of salt (110mg/serving) to their otherwise natural peanut butter.

So I decided to make my own.

I've been considering the purchase of a food processor for a couple of years and now I had the excuse I needed. The recipe is simple enough for even me to get right. Put the contents of a 16 oz jar of unsalted peanuts in the food processor and turn it on until it turns into peanut butter.

Nom, nom. And no salt.

This is one of those things where I'm sure everybody knew about this all along but I'm feeling like I discovered the tenth planet.

But it's still a yay!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Barometric Cats

Cats have superpowers, we all know that. Of course, most of these superpowers are pretty useless as far as I can tell, at least to human being people-types like me. But after watching a YouTube video about Ship's Cats I did some serious journalistic research by scanning a Wikipedia entry on the subject and found this:

'Cats naturally react to barometric pressure changes, through which a keen observer can detect unusual behavior and predict an incoming storm.'

Ship's Cat Trim

Who knew? I've always been interested in barometers and weather so this caught my attention. Now I want to keep track of pressure trends and the behaviour of my own Ship's Cats. 

There's probably an app for that.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Getting To Know Me

Just me and me on a Saturday night, time to dim the lights, put on some soft music and watch something to spark that special mood:

Mooving Cinema
And before the movie's even over, I'm lusting for a Baconator.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Lockdowns vs. Liberty

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Notorious rebel, flew kites while not wearing a mask.
We're going to end up with exactly what we deserve.