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Sleeping on the Sofa

Posted 2011.11.28 10.14 in Cats

Pixie has the best job.

A Snicker of Snail Sprouts

Posted 2011.08.24 10.03 in Aquaria

Or is it a bevy of snail babies? Either way, it’s a [collective noun] of snail [youngsters].

From larger-than-a-pea to smaller-than-a-dot, it’s a platoon of Pomacea diffusa youngsters. And every last one of them is a cutie.

 

The Littlest SLR Camera!

Posted 2011.08.19 22.30 in Hobbies, Photography

During some recent internet roaming, I stumbled across some information about this camera and it was an instant had-to-have response. The smallest SLR camera system ever? Who could resist that?

Back in 1978/1979 when the Pocket Instamatic format was already losing popularity, Pentax came out with their first (and only) 110-format camera. They only made one, but they made it count! This is no simple one-speed one-aperture point-and-click plastic job. No way. This is a complete camera system.

Single Lens Reflex body, interchangable lenses, filters, dedicated electronic flash units, and motorized power winders… the Pentax Auto 110 was a full-fledged system camera, for a sub-miniature plastic cartridge format.

How small is it? In the image above, you can see the camera along with two spare lenses, a film cartridge, and for a sense of scale, a quarter. The camera and a couple lenses can fit in a jacket pocket. The camera and a couple lenses are smaller than most 35mm SLR bodies. Amazing.

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Scaredy-Cat

Posted 2011.01.17 19.37 in Cats

OMG! Free Kittens!

Posted 2010.10.16 13.28 in Cats, Pointless Blather

I was driving to the grocery store and I passed a house.

And the house had a sign.

And the sign said FREE KITTENS!

And I’m all like OMG! Kitties!  I love kitties! I should stop!

No I shouldn’t!  I got kitties at home. I don’t need more kitties.

But kitties!

My kitties would hate me with the passion of a thousand white hot fiery nuns!

But kitties!

Free kitties!

OMG!

I should stop and find out what kind they are.

No! If I see them I won’t be able to resist them!

But kitties! They need a home!

Free!

Fortunately by the time I’d got through all that in my head, I was at the grocery store.

But still!

FREE KITTENS!

OMG!

Froggies and Snailies

Posted 2010.02.17 11.12 in Aquaria

Time for some more fishy photographs…

This is Spot, the Snail. The big white one, that is. I named him Spot because he has a black dot on his shell…you can’t see it in the photo because it’s on his butt. He wasn’t born that way, I put the dot there so I would be able to tell which one is him. It’s sort of a paradox thing… the dot is there so I can figure out who is Spot, but he wasn’t named Spot till after he had the dot… time travel can be confusing sometimes.

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Half a Cup of Snail Babies

Posted 2010.01.18 9.40 in Aquaria

I just moved another half-cup of babie snails out of the nursery and into the big tank. Actually it was more like a quarter-cup but they don’t all stay still at the bottom. “The contents of this package may have shifted during transportation.”

The pic shows them and their cup floating around in the big tank, doing the whole “adjust to the new temperature and water” thing. I counted out thirty of them. With the sixty I moved over earlier, that’s 90 babies now in the big tank…. and over a hundred still in the nursery tank.

Once they’d had enough time to adjust, someone came along and tipped over the cup…