Archive for April 2006

Saturday catblogging

Loco is ready to go … “I am a tightly wound spring” … you will NOT distract ME …


Loco is ready to go

Life in the City is good … when the humans are not annoying us …
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World’s smartest cow – what if there were 2 of them?

“We’ve never seen such a friendly cow,” farmer friends kept telling me. True enough. When people enter the pasture, Elvis comes running up to greet them. The effect is rather like a building lifting off its foundations and charging down a hill: You just pray he can stop if he wants to. He sticks out his big tongue and slurps. He grabs at shirts and hats. If you sit down, he’ll happily put his head in your lap. But since his landings are neither graceful nor accurate, it’s not an entirely welcome gesture.
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But Elvis has changed my ideas about cows. He’s very social, fond of me and my helper Annie and my Labrador Pearl. When I take the dogs out for their morning walk, he moos repeatedly until I bring him an apple. He’s figured out how to move bales of hay into place so he can snuggle next to them (when he lies down, you can sometimes feel the vibrations all the way to the farmhouse). He especially seems to love the view, staring out at the valley much of the day.

He is amiable, happy to hang out with the donkeys and sheep, given the chance. He coexists peaceably with the chickens—with everyone, in fact. Once or twice a week, he has a burst of cow madness and goes dancing playfully around the pasture in circles. Trees tremble.

Plus, he comes when called, stays when asked, and doesn’t grab clothing anymore. Not all of my dogs will do (or not do) those things as reliably. I’m very happy to have him on the farm. It will cost me more than $1,000 to keep him in hay next winter. A bargain.

The World’s Smartest Cow: What my steer, Elvis, has taught me,” by Jon Katz, Slate, April 28, 2006

DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. A vote is held, and the cows win.

DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. They outvote you 2-1 to ban all meat and dairy products. You go bankrupt.

See “You have two cows. The government….” from TheCapitol.Net

Road Naming Rights and Gas

How About the NYSE Tunnel?

[Chicago] is auctioning off naming rights for the Chicago Skyway, the 7.8-mile long, 125-foot high toll road built in 1958.
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Of course, the big question here is what happens when, say, there’s a massive accident with 20 fatalities on the Coca-Cola Highway? Or how good is the publicity if there’s a carjacking on the General Electric Freeway?

This Traffic Jam Brought to You by Cisco,” by Zach Patton, 13th floor, April 26, 2006

Gas Prices

Why do gasoline prices rise? Because either supply is shrinking or demand is increasing. And indeed both of these are happening as we speak.

The Oil Conspiracy Conspiracy,” by Tibor Machan, The Atlasphere, April 25, 2006

Gasoline prices are going up around the world, but the pain is not being felt everywhere the same way. Drivers in some countries pay a lot more than U.S. consumers. But others pay substantially less. That’s because pump prices don’t reflect just the cost of gasoline.
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Elsewhere in the industrialized world, the actual cost of gasoline ranges from $2.15 a gallon (France) to $2.61 in the Netherlands. But the after-tax price is $5.80 in France and over $6 a gallon in most other major European countries. Japanese drivers get off relatively easy: taxes there only push pump prices to about $4.50 a gallon.

What does gasoline cost in other countries?” by John Schoen, MSNBC, April 23, 2006 (also see accompanying chart, “Pump prices worldwide“)

Saturday catblogging

Loco is ready to go … knows where the tickets are …


Loco is ready to go

Life in the City is good … when we’re packed on time …
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“In search of the perfect shave”

In the Today Show studio [on January 29, 2005, Corey] Greenberg lathered up his face with English shaving cream and a badger brush, whipped out a vintage double-edge razor, and made a passionate case that the multi-billion-dollar shaving industry has been deceiving its customers ever since 1971, when Gillette (no small advertiser on network television) introduced the twin-blade razor. Everything you need for a fantastically close and comfortable shave, Greenberg said, was perfected by the early 20th century.
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Wet shaving is far from being a mass movement, but it is growing, primarily because almost every man who tries it discovers that, in fact, Greenberg was right: with a little time and practice, shaving with a single blade can deliver an extraordinary shave, and is great fun besides.
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The cartridge razor is safe, but it is ultimately dull. The double-edged razor, with apologies to Aslan, is not safe, but it is good. It is good to be at risk. It is good for me to face myself and hear the myriad plinks of each hair being numbered and shorn. It is good to wake up.
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It will sound like madness to say it, but when I have rinsed the lather from my face and splashed it with intensely cold water, when I have patted my face dry with a towel and rubbed in the lotion to protect the newly exfoliated skin, smooth and supple—I have some sense of what Homer meant. On a good day, a good close shave is the Iliad and the Odyssey in one: the mastery of the dangerous blade, the return to the comforts of home. To shave well is to be a man, and to be a man is closer than Homer could ever have imagined to being like in appearance to the immortal gods–as Psalm 8 put it, “a little lower than the angels,” and as Genesis put it, made in the image of God.
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Our final redemption will be, I think, a razor’s-edge experience. Like so many modern wanderers, Camus was both right and wrong. We will not ultimately be responsible for our own face. If the gospel is true, this life, where we face ourselves in the mirror and take responsibility for all we see there, is rehearsal for another. And that life will begin, if I read St. Paul correctly, with a very close shave, the best a man can get. Another will be the barber. If we have practiced well, we will know what is coming: the blade will be applied at just the right angle to shear off the stubble. It will be terribly sharp and terribly close, but wielded with tremendous skill and care, it will divide who we truly can become from what we were never meant to be. Then cold water will splash against our skin; fragrant oil will leave us glistening and new. We will arise and go, godlike, to the feast.

The Best a Man Can Get: In search of the perfect shave,” by Andy Crouch, ChristianityToday.com, March/April 2006

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Saturday catblogging

Luca relaxes after filing his tax return …


Luca can now relax after filing his tax return

Life in the City is good … my tax refund is on its way …
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Faith the walking dog

Meet Faith. She’s a dog with only two hind legs but still gets around just fine – she walks upright. She looks a little bizarre at first, but she’s pretty amazing.

There’s a link to a video in the post … amazing … Loco and Luca can’t do that …
What Faith Can Do,” Wizbang, April 7, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival – April 10, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week’s posts by NYC bloggers.
The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour, and different blogs host it … if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know … we’re taking some time off for Easter break, so the next BABF won’t appear until May 1, 2006, when it will be hosted by A Guy In New York …
This week’s Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars.
Some excerpts:

  • Ace of Spades covers Rudi Giuliani’s testimony at the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. This guy should fry.
  • Suitably Flip notes that “Joblessness Falls Again.” He also reports that Rep. Cyntha McKinney’s craziness goes far beyond slapping security guards. She’s a shill for the Scientologists.
  • Shakedown on Page Six! New York Post gossip column wants $220G for protection money. Or else… what? useless! worthless! insipid! has the answer.
  • Third Avenue thinks that conservatives are making far too much of the Islamification of Europe. Did you know that Holland prospects for foreign immigrants with a DVD of topless bathers? For subtle snarkiness, I think that Third Avenue is tops.
  • Oh, my God! Modern Fabulosity and I agree on something. This is the end of the world as we know it. We both agree… Katie Couric is not the answer. We just don’t agree on the question. “Whatever charms Couric had — bubbly personality, wide smile, optimistic charm — have long been excised by her rampaging ego and unfortunate plastic surgery,” sayeth Mr. Fabulous. Shouting Thomas (which is me) has a rather different take on the Couric problem: CBS news has no credibility, and a PC hire won’t help. Does this mean, Mr. Fabulous, that I’m not a homophobe?
  • and lots more

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.
To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF … or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF … send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com … or use the Carnival Submit Form … see you next week …
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Saturday catblogging

Loco is ready for the Paparazzi …


Loco waiting very patiently

Life in the City is good … it is tough being a celebrtiy … always having to look beautiful …. but I do it so … well …
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Big Apple Blog Festival – April 3, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week’s posts by NYC bloggers.
The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour, and different blogs host it … if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know … The next BABF, on April 10, 2006, will be hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars …
This week’s Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted by Suitably Flip.
Some excerpts:

  • Atlas Shrugs takes the “malevolent pigs” of Google to task for their selective qualification of various news sources and advertisers, sometimes with terroristy overtones.
  • Suitably Flip looked into the newly released 9/11 911 calls. So did the Village Voice’s Power Plays.
  • Cake or Death catches a nasty case “undocumented fever”. As an aside, Cake or Death might just have the funniest profile photo ever to grace a sidebar.
  • New Yorkology notes that pesky little indecisive tax on clothes under $110 that comes and goes so frequently has now left us for good.

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.
To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF … or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF … send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com … or use the Carnival Submit Form … see you next week …
You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.
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