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8/21/2000

My new kitty displayed an

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:06 pm

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My new kitty displayed an amazing amount of smarts while I was away. I cleaned the litterbox for her before I left, but she then proceeded to fill it in short order. As kitty lovers know, they don’t much care for soiled litter boxes. When the box gets messy, they find other, cleaner places to do their business. Usually, the places they choose are not at all good for the humans involved. I can imagine my Sherry running around the house thinking, “I’ve got to go! Got to go! Where’s that boy? My box is dirty! Got to go!” She got to the kitchen, got onto the table, and spotted my sugar canister. I keep my sugar in a large glass jar with a metal screw-on lid. Sherry’s seen me use it on many occasions, and I guess she thought the powdery sugar would make an excellent litter substitute. First, she unscrewed the lid and knocked it aside. She then tipped over the jar and rolled it to the edge of the table. Then, somehow without knocking to jar to the floor, she scooped a bunch of sugar out of the jar and onto the floor. When she had a nice pile (a couple pounds’ worth), she jumped down and took a whiz. As it turns out, sugar really does make a nice litter substitute. It clumps nicely. It’s easy to clean. It masks the odor perfectly. Still, she was very happy that I scooped out her box as soon as I walked in the door.

New dad Mike Gunderloy at

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New dad Mike Gunderloy at Larkfarm pointed to UFO netzine Saucer Smear. Lo and behold, the current feature story is new developments in the famed Socorro, New Mexico UFO landing. Physics professor emeritus Charles Moore, the man behind the Project Mogul balloon flights that almost certainly led to the Roswell hulabaloo, suggests that the Socorro sighting may have been a lunar lander flight test that went off course from the White Sands Missile Range, south of Socorro. Regular readers of Kestrel’s Nest know that I went to school in Socorro, and ended up staying in town for eight years. I’ve met Lonnie Zamora and have seen the area where the sighting occured. For much of the time I was in school, psychology professor Dr. Frank Etscorn, inventer of the nicotine patch and all around really smart guy, was dean of the school. He was fond of telling the story behind the sighting. I don’t recall all the details, but his story involved a couple of students (Tech students are notorious pranksters), back projection, and making “eep eep” noises while wearing strange coveralls. He giggled when telling how these students managed to fool not just Officer Zamora but also a horde of UFO experts.