Monday, September 26, 2011

Something From Nothing

If you like Instagram photos but don't have an iPhone, here's your program. Pixlr is not new but it is adding lots of new effects. You can run the app on other smart phones or via the web, on an iPad, etc. Here's the Pixlr blog where you can keep up. I do love free stuff & a way to make something out of nothing, using what you have. It's a fun way to kill some time while you're doing something boring, too. (It's also a way to eat up time that would be best spent elsewhere but that's not your problem; it's mine:) Cheers, all.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I'm posting this to move on from the Oxford Comma. Also to post a pic of Julie in her new polka-dot collar given to her by a friend. I think Julie looks very Kate Spade NYC. If you want a USA-made dog &/or cat collars leads, etc. this Upcountry label is very nice. It's carried in some pet stores, but you can order online. Thanks to Hermione's mama for such a great gift.

The straight-faced, breathless fashion press declarations over the polka-dot (or stripes or whatever classic) revival make me laugh. It's necessary, I suppose, for covering the shows. See how nice I'm being? We all know that the polka dot never goes away. I have the pattern everywhere, on every conceivable piece of clothing (yes, everything:)

Very busy here. The tragic culmination of a 20-year death penalty case looks like it will be tonight, unless there is an unexpected stay. I am gutted along with millions, yes millions, of people around the world.

(photographs via Nastygal)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In Defense of the Oxford Comma

The illustration above floated down my Twitter timeline last evening just before my (-.-)Zzz... *night* tweet.

I have let so much of a pedantic nature *go* - I really have. (I thank Stephen Fry for this. I downloaded the blessay from iTunes last summer. Stephen is funnier to listen to, IMHO). I try to refrain from teeth gnashing on matters of a grammatical nature; but when it comes to matters of clarity, peeps, this stuff is important.

From a comedy perspective, though, I am glad that many omit the Oxford comma.

Comedy, like success, has many fathers (& mothers) but I saw this via the grand Nina L. Diamond, journalist & writer extraordinaire. She is a one-woman news bureau with entertainment division on Twitter. (Here is her Facebook Fan page for more information.)

(illustration credit is not easy to pin down via tumblr via the fabulously-named Edith Wharton Wants Your Shoes)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

La Lettre de Photographie - Call for Photographs

If I had a working SLR (or DSLR) camera, I would have already responded to this call. It's not a contest, though there is some judging going on. I can think of many people who ought to go right now & fish out a minimum of 7 shots from their folders & email them to LLdP. Don't make me come over there! Here are details of submission. It's a great opportunity.

PS: Blogger pal, Catherine sent in a terrific photograph for La Lettre's holiday stretch.

PPS: I wish I could wear orange (can you?)

(pretty photograph by Yuli Bow)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Refuge from Misery

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”Albert Schweitzer

I have both; also, great good fortune: the cat shares my eclectic taste in music.

Here's an article on Human-Cat Psychology. Also I laughed at this article on The therapeutic value of cats. It's from a scientific journal. If you are inclined to read it, it starts in the lower right-hand corner & continues onto next page. What made me laugh were the comments from a scientist & from one Simon Teakettle the Younger.

I watched this lovely video several times last night. Wicked insomnia. I logged on to Twitter & there it was...I think everyone in the world has seen it but me. I love the East African music, too.

Trying to catch up is not going well but I forge ahead.

(photograph by Leslie)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ballet Beautiful at Home

A quickie. I am slammed, exhausted, pooped. Julie the Cat is in her little house, listening to my iPod's French Pop playlist. I am not kidding. It makes her feel better. She also enjoys my Ocean & Rain playlist. I wish I could beam it out to's wonderfully relaxing.

On to exercise: I can vouch only for the Ballet Beautiful streaming video called Swan Arms. Ouch ouch ouch ouch.There are additional videos ($8.00) & finally some DVDs for sale. I've read about people who have the videos on their smartphones! Just thinking about doing ballet videos anywhere but in the privacy of my apartment behind a triple-bolted door makes me laugh. Out loud. I assume these people aren't doing butt blasts in the park.

Of course, if you have some money to spare & are in NYC, take a class. And then tell the rest of us about it. I follow Mary Helen Bowers (the founder) on Twitter & she's quite nice.

I hope for a semblance of bloggy normalcy soon. Whatever that means. Cheers!

(photograph by Mads Teglers - from his lovely Josephine portfolio)