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Summertime, Finally

Posted in books, Cats, Photos with tags , , , on June 25, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Stella had a run in with another cat today, this one a new one.  All black with green eyes, Stella was drawn into a stare down right away.  As usual, it was Stella who hissed.  Her size alone was enough to intimidate the other, slender, feline.  Mr. Black came around a second time, but Stella chased it all the way up the stairs.  Never seen her do that before.  A vicious protector of her turf.  Don’t let the regal demeanor fool you.  Anyhow, while Stella was doing her outdoor cat thing I read a fascinating book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (http://www.amazon.com/My-Stroke-Insight-Scientists-Personal/dp/0670020745) about strokes written by a brain scientist who suffered a stroke at the age of 37.  Knowing very little about strokes besides it was damaging trauma to the brain involving bursting blood vessels and often resulting in the loss, at least temporary, of  linguistic and motor skill abilities.   Simply written, My Stroke… is a fast, yet informative read of the onset of a stroke and the recovery from the trauma.  It appears summer is finally here after dealing with some unpleasant weather lately.  Seattle hadn’t seen temperatures over 75 degrees in 174 something days until the streak was broken on Wednesday when it got to 78.

Inebriated Naked Apes Hollering at the Cosmos

Posted in books, Photos on January 7, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Here are the remaining finished photos from a recent touch up session.  I recently received an excellent gift in the form of an informative, easy to read digital photography by Scott Kelby.  Hopefully the knowledge contained within will manifest itself through the lens.  This was the book was really easy to absorb and approaches learning how to maximum your camera quickly.  Sometimes it is better to do before understanding all the reasons and concepts behind it is whatever you are doing.  Books can only help you so much, though they remain excellent sources of knowledge and entertainment (hopefully some of both at once).

That being sad there is one book I read recently that I want to recommend.  It is titled The Naked Ape and was written by Desmond Morris.  The Naked Ape is an old school book, published in 1967.  Despite its’ age, which can be seen in its’ viewpoint of homosexuality, it otherwise appears to have held up.  Insights into the origins of man, and why humans developed the way they did.  I am glad it avoided going to far into cultural evolution, focusing on the biological and environmental reasons for the transformation from ape to human.  It is written for laypeople to understand.  Morris did an excellent job connecting the ideas to concrete examples and avoiding jargon.  Information is freedom.  More importantly, information is essential to being able to recognize situations and respond accordingly, a skill inherited from our ancestors to survive in a world not yet conquered by the human race.  So check out the book if you are in the mood for an interesting read.

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Holy Jumping Elephants Batman!  Where did your clothes go?

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That’s what I’d like to know Robin!  Hey what’s that bulge your sporting champ?

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