Author Archives: Kristan

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A New Vision of Ireland

The camera I bring on a travel adventure is of the utmost importance and I often deliberate for weeks about what the perfect load out will be. For our recent trip to Ireland and Iceland, I decided on the ultimate in high end pro-sumer camera technology: the Cat Cam. Enjoy!


Kitten Games

Came across an amazing description of “kitten games” by Giles Turnbull via NextDraft. Giles’ piece is so hilariously accurate I just had to share it. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

The paw punching and ear chewing all looks chaotic to a casual observer, but I’ve been watching these guys carefully, notebook in hand. These games aren’t random. There are rules.

Smack You in the Face

The rules of Smack You in the Face are simple. One cat sits on top of the small wooden stool at the end of the kitchen. This cat is the “smacker.”

The other cat is on the floor beneath the stool. This cat is also the “smacker.” The aim of the game is to smack the opponent cat around the face with your paw as many times as possible, without (a) falling off the stool or (b) being struck by your falling opponent.

The uppermost cat has the advantage of height and an excellent view of the playing arena. The lowermost cat can use stealth to hide under the stool, confusing the uppermost cat before launching a sudden attack from an unexpected direction. This may result in the uppermost cat being smacked around the flanks or hindquarters; this may be frowned upon but only if you are the uppermost cat. It isn’t actually against the rules….

Read more from “Games Kittens Play” by Giles Turnbull.


Learning Japanese

I’ve been watching a lot of anime and finding various Asian dramas on Hulu recently, and I realized I was recognizing some Japanese words. Not big ones, or important ones, but still: Japanese!

So I decided to learn Japanese. I’ve been told that once I learn Japanese Max will go on a trip to Japan with me, so I have an clear end goal that should help keep me on track, but I also got this sweet folder to inspire me as well as to store my papers. Kawaii, no?

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Nouvelle Vague

I had the pleasant experience of hearing Nouvelle Vague for the first time yesterday, with their sweet cover of Public Image Limited’s “This is Not a Love Song.” So far I’ve listened to a bunch of their stuff (available on youtube, with a limited selection of free mp3s on their site). But it’s their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Master and Servant” that’s blown me away. Amazing!

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The Zhivago

I found some Stoli Blueberi Vodka for a great price at the grocery store today, and loving to try new liquors and new drinks, I bought it. The best part is that I just did a search for drinks using blueberry vodka and found this:

Dr. Zhivago - Stoli Blueberi

Marco Pasanella’s The Zhivago

  • 1 large snowdrift
    1 crackling fire
    1 girl named Lara
    2 shots Stoli Blueberi, chilled
  • Pre-freeze elegant shot glasses and carafe.
    Present two blueberries in each glass and serve on a silver tray.
    Caress gently.