Friday, 13 July 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-07-13: Joni

Yawn. Relax. (It's a hard life for a cat.)

What They Want Is Everything: Part 2

It's taken me a while to write this, because it's hard even to think about. It strikes close to home. I am referring to President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their families.

There have been a few milestones in the sorry tale of ineptitude and hate that is the Trump administration. There are moments when anyone with an ounce of humanity, paying even minimal attention, must recognise: We are witnesses to evil.



Friday, 29 June 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-06-29: Joni

Sleepy cat.


What They Want Is Everything: Part 1

The Trump administration has reached new depths of obscenity over the last couple of weeks. It's going to take me more than one post to address it.



First, consider the Supreme Court vacancy. Anthony Kennedy, appointed by Reagan but generally regarded as a moderate, has chosen to retire. The fact that his replacement will be appointed by a Republican President and Senate may or may not have influenced his thinking.

I'm not the first to observe that if your political system hinges on one octogenarian's decision to retire, it is a stupid political system.

Be that as it may, the reason things have come to this pass is the Democrats have lost and lost and lost.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-06-22: Joni

Enjoying a seat on her new cat tree.


Programming note

Moving away from weekly long posts for a while. Instead I'll aim to post every other week, unless something is particularly topical or inspiring. Cute Cat Friday will continue weekly, of course.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-06-15: Joni

I don't think Joni misses going outside much. She's not a particularly large or assertive cat, so other cats might have been a bit of a worry. She never went out for long, or seemed to go very far (except a few times when, endearingly, she followed our son a long way to make sure he was all right).

That said, she was very, very interested in this pigeon on our balcony.

(Too bad, Joni. It's seventeen floors up and you're not going out there.)

Entitlement Issues Redux

I've been thinking about entitled fans, in relation to George RR Martin and Star Wars.

Where is the next book, George?

Martin's fans have awaited his next book with growing impatience, ever since A Dance With Dragons was published seven years ago this week. With admirable bluntness, Neil Gaiman once pointed out George RR Martin is not your bitch.

(Gaiman was writing in 2009, two years before A Dance With Dragons was published. Plus ├ža change.)

Here is a less combative analogy, which may help make the point:

Friday, 8 June 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-06-08: Joni

Who dares disturb me on my favourite windowsill?


Low Information Voter

Yesterday I voted in my first ever Canadian election. I was under voting age when I left, and by the time I was an adult I'd been away far too long for an absentee ballot, but now I'm back.


THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin


(On a personal note: I'm back to blogging, too, after a longer-than-planned absence. It turns out moving to another continent with a three-year-old child and a cat is very tiring, but I'm enjoying my new home.)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-06-01: The Return of Cute Cat Friday

After a longer-than-anticipated gap of just under three months, Cute Cat Friday (and this blog) are back! Longer posts will resume shortly.

We are settling in well to our new home in Toronto, Canada. Joni seems happy as an apartment-dwelling cat and has claimed her rightful place in my desk chair.


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Cute Cat Wednesday Classic: 2018-02-07

Originally published 2015-01-02.

Planned for last Friday, but I was on an epic drive to retrieve some rugby tickets, and subsequently very busy. (I'm disgruntled that after all my efforts Scotland's performance against Wales was so wretched, but such is life.)


Friday, 19 January 2018

Cute Cat Friday Classic: 2018-01-19

The lovely Joni is as well and happy as ever, but given our upcoming move and holidays I've decided to revisit some older editions of Cute Cat Friday. This one was first posted on 2014-11-27.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Cute Cat Friday 2018-01-12: Joni

Extremely relaxed kitty.



I was trapped by a cat sleeping on my lap, while both my wife and son were taking naps. The house was astoundingly peaceful. I had the sun in my eyes, but it was a small price to pay, easily remedied by careful positioning of the Terry Pratchett book I was reading.

Afternoons like that were a lot more common before I became a parent, but I wouldn't change things for the world.

Partial blog break (until April)

For some time I've been planning to take a break from the blog to focus on my move to Canada. I'm going to step aside from weekly posting until some time in April. I may still post from time to time if I feel the motivation.

Cute Cat Friday will still be up in some form, maybe revisiting some of my favourite pictures from times past.

Friday, 5 January 2018