March 19, 2011

Cat + Sweater

Cats on the internet are funny.  Add a sweater and the hilarity ensues. 

Here is my cat Oprah wearing a sweater. Guffaw.


I took this photo using a Powershovel Blackbird, Fly camera.

March 06, 2010

The wonders of Japanese engineering

Before we get started, this post has nothing to do with Toyota braking issue recalls.  My last three personal vehicles have been Toyota.  I don't think any one company or country has a monopoly on automobiles that are deathtraps, especially now in the age of outsourcing and globalization.  It isn't that long ago that people were burning to death with exploding gas tanks in Ford Pintos, rolling over in Suzuki Samurais, or having their Ford vehicles with Firestone tires blow out and causing massive accidents.  Anyways...

(Photo Courtesy of Giovanni Spina on Flickr)

Last weekend we made the trip to Costco to purchase some groceries and pick up a new cordless phone for the house.  The last unit we had was purchased sometime in the 2003/2004 time frame after then-puppy Hazel had brutally destroyed one of the handsets from our VTech cordless and Duke had chewed most of the plastic off another handset.  The last phone was another Costco purchase and was chosen because it was inexpensive and the model that they had in the store that week.  That Panasonic phone set endured countless handling atrocities such as having the handsets dropped hundreds of times on concrete, tile and laminate flooring.  While the handsets avoided the dog chew toy treatment that the last phone endured, they had been carried or munched on to some extent.  The final nail in the coffin for this fine example of Panasonic engineering happened to come from our cat Oprah.  As a cat with diabetes, she sometimes communicates her displeasure through the fine art of urination.  So we ended up buying a similar Panasonic model at Costco for $60 USD.  Note to Panasonic test engineers: Make sure your phone circuitry passes the cat urine test.  (Yahoo! Babel Fish tells me that it is this in Japanese: あなたの電話回路部品のパスを猫の尿検査確かめなさい ).  We are more than happy to provide Oprah as a "consultant" for a small fee.

September 05, 2009

not so lolcat

We've had a pretty awful year in regards to our pets getting sick and dying.  Yesterday we found out that our cat Oprah has diabetes.  While that is awful, it is way better than a diagnosis of something far less treatable.  Sometimes the only way to deal with this crap is through humor.  So I give you the fine musical stylings of Wilford Brimley

April 18, 2009

Ye Olde LOLcat

Pointed out by an astute poster, this relic is one of the oldest LOLcats on file.



April 06, 2009


I was sitting at SFO waiting for a flight (and trying to find a working power outlet in the International Terminal), and ran across this old cartoon.  So there is a 66% chance I am crazy. 



February 19, 2009

Fun with cats

The world famous "Kitty Go Round" is actually located at our home. Mr. F is demonstrating how fun this home office/amusement park for felines really is. These are the things that we do to amuse out infant and get him to stop crying. This time, mission accomplished!

November 23, 2008

Elvis the Robo-cat

This video is fairly old, but it always amazes me.  This guy's cat was injured in an accident with a car, so instead of putting it down, he built it a robotic platform to move around. I guess sometimes it pays to be a mad scientist. 


November 18, 2008

We welcome our robot overlords...

Nothing to lighten the mood like a cat riding a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.  Or a robo-hoover for the chaps across the pond. Allo, Guvnah!



  • October 01, 2008

    Mr. F has found a home

    For those who have been following the Mr. F saga, we have finally found him a home.  That home is with our loving family.  Unfortunately we did not find a home that would be able to take care of this plump dumpling of a cat in the luxury he is used to, so we've decided to keep him here at Rancho Relaxo. 

    We've had to make some ADA compliant accomodations in our home to deal with a cat of this girth.  The first to go was the pet door to our garage (where the cat boxes are located). A quick trip to Home Depot to replace the size small pet door with a medium dog door did the trick.  The issue here is to have a big door, but not too big.  Dogs love the faux almond roca that cats produce.  Nuff said. 

    Mr. F has been on a diet and has lost some weight (down to 21lbs!!!) since he came to our simple home and is beginning to fit in with the other residents.  He is an interesting feline.  He is cross eyed.  He is lovable.  He can be a demon sometimes, resembling the character "Stuart" played by Michael McDonald on MadTV.  However, Mr. F does not talk about funny feelings in his goo goo.


    August 29, 2008

    A microbrewed fruity beer in a can?

    I am by no means qualified to be a food or wine critic.  Throughout the 90's and most of this decade it has been a foregone conclusion that craft brewed beer should be sold in 12 or 22 ounce brown glass bottles.  When a brewer such as 21st Amendment puts beer in cans, people start to listen.  When they made a Watermelon Wheat beer, people look at each other in confusion and give it a try. When I read an article on the stuff in the local paper, I knew I had to track some of this stuff down.  From the description alone I can imagine it as something sold next to a self warming can of squid juice in a Tokyo train station vending machine.


    After several weeks of looking I found a six pack for sale at the local Beverages & More location.  Simply amazing.  Not too sweet like some other fruity wheat beers on the market.  Just enough to balance the flavor and make it refreshing in the summer heat.  If you are camping, take some Watermelon Wheat along with some canned hamburgers, or not.. ;)



    July 16, 2008

    Freedom of speech is worth protecting

    Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last ten years, you have probably heard of Craig's List.  For some people it is a great place to find garage sales, for others they find apartments or jobs.  There are other parts of the site that are meant for adults, and will most likely find you catching a "social disease".  Beyond all this is the most amusing a maddening thing of all, the rants & raves section of Craig's List.  Here people write the most foul, disturbing and sometimes amazing content, all under the cloak of anonymity.  I'm a big fan of our Constitutional rights in the United States, but sometimes is can be saddening to see how people abuse our right of free speech with this kind of amazing content.


    An example of the fine content available, with a search for the word "crap" returning 84 hits on postings in the last week.


     Out of those 84 hits, I picked one of the least offensive posts, one about a famous TV psychic.

    If you weed out the racially, culturally, genderally, politically, and any other offensive "ally" word, you end up with some posts that are sometimes incredibly witty, insightful and amusing.  The best of these posts end up in what is called "The Best of Craig's List" where these can live on forever.

    June 16, 2008


    There are not enough lolcats in the world these days, so I bring you beauty and splendor!

    Mr. F has been enjoying his time at the ranch. 

    June 01, 2008

    Mr. F

    This post is somewhat humorous and sad at the same time.  We have a new visitor staying at Chateau de Anderer and his name is Mr. F

    Mr. F in all his glory 

    As you can see, Mr. F is a really big boy.  Here comes the sad part.  Mr. F, or "Mr. Fatty" as she named him, came from the house of my wife's good friend that passed away last week.  Although she only had him for about eight months, he was her beloved companion.  We chose to truncate his name in honor of one of our favorite shows, Arrested Development, and the fact that calling this cat fat is sort of like throwing stones in glass houses. ;) 


    He's a temporary guest at the ranch right now. Unfortunately he can't fit through the cat doors (actually we installed medium sized dog doors).  While he is spry, he makes our other 18 pound cat look like a dwarf.  He's looking for a permanent home, but until then he'll be camping out on our couch.

    You can see more pictures at:

    May 18, 2008

    Something to be proud of

    I am a lover or all things lolcat, so when I heard about this mural, my heart skipped a beat.  San Francisco finally has something to be proud of ;)


    link here:

    the ichcb original: 


    April 08, 2008

    Sleeping.. KTNXBYE

    JD Sleeping

    (note: this does NOT get old) 

    March 25, 2008

    Radioactive Cats

    One of my co-workers came across pictures of my cat on the Internet.  I'm glad that someone else could get a laugh out of it.


    I found this amusing, as I put this in a public folder, but didn't plan on people blogging it.

    On a not-so-amusing note, our third cat had to go through the Iodine-131 treatment for hyperthyroidism.  Ka-Ching $$$.  Oh, and BTW Ely will steal your soul.  And if you are wondering why this picture was made, it was to thank Dr. Charlotte Sugar for taking such good care of Ely while he was in quarantine.


    March 18, 2008

    Come back later. loldog?

    Sleeping.  Go away.



    March 03, 2008

    Cat Shaving, Fun for the whole family

    As summer approaches, it is time to think about cleaning and sharpening the clippers.  Clippers, you say?  Yes, it is almost time for the annual cat shaving.  Being that I have allergies, and Ely doesn't groom himself that well, we opt for the most direct route to hygeine...


     Here is the link.

    No animals were harmed in the making of this video, or generally in our household.

    Note: Hello to our friends at Microsoft Live Operations! 

    February 11, 2008

    I have no idea what you're talking about...

    In homage to the "I have no idea what you're talking about... so here's a bunny with a pancake on it's head" meme page starring Oolong the rabbit, I proudly give you...

     Oprah with a pancake on her head



    (No cats were harmed in the pursuit of the perfect head/pancake combination.  Yes, that is steam coming off the pancake.  What is the point if it is not straight off the griddle.  Do not stare directly into the sun.  Do not taunt happy fun ball.) 


    Update: Grampy's Cliche City has a great link with multiple photos 

    Fashion Show!




    Note: For some reason I get about 50 junk trackbacks to this page from Russian fashion blogs.  Odd.

    Это нет страницы интернета которая общается с способом, его изображение кота нося шлем.

    February 06, 2008


    Many people are already aquianted with Despair, Inc.'s de-motivational posters.  You may have seen them in some random geeks office or online.


    They are now providing a much needed service of allowing you to create mini de-motiviational posters in JPEG from.  Their website is here: 


    Thank you to JD the cat for posing. 

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    January 31, 2008

    Unwanted Advances