That Was Some Storm

February 26, 2011

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed the neighbours’ White Pine in some of my photographs. At the bottom of this pic runs the top of the four-foot-high chainlink fence.

Well, I don’t want to brag or anything, but we got quite the storm last night. High winds, lots of snow, and a bit of rain added to the mix.

The waves from the rain reached only to the middle of the windows. Here on the driveway side, that’s a mere two metres. The wet stuff came and went around midnight, with more snow on top of it.

After my tea this morning, I went outside to inspect. Even the White Pine was surprised at how much snow we got:

Friday the 13th at the Alley Cat Disco

August 13, 2010

It was Friday the 13th, but Cuca decided to go out anyway.

He was headed for the Alley Cat Disco for a night of struttin’ his stuff.

I told him he should stay home, but would he listen? Not he. He had the pack of Black Cat cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve and a walletful of cash for drinks, and he was sporting his white spats. The cat’s meow, he.

He’d been there an hour (so he told me the next day) when in she walked: Kitty Puff, the girl of his dreams.

Cuca almost couldn’t believe it when Kitty sauntered up to him. “Buy a girl a drink?” she purred.

Now ordinarily, Cuca won’t even drink fermented milk. Adam’s Ale is his preferred beverage. But one look at those Max Catfor slickered lips, and Cuca lost his head.

Too bad, really. Somehow he found his way home at three in the morning, yowling “What’s New, Pussycat? Whoa-oh-oh!” at the top of his lungs. I let him in, whereupon he toppled onto the boot tray in a heap and snored until ten.

I say “Too bad,” because Cuca couldn’t remember a thing. He didn’t know if Kitty liked him, whether they’d talked, whether they’d danced. All he knew was he had an empty wallet and a head pounding from too many glasses of Gato Negro the night before. Cai and Fergus avoided him, for fear he’d reach for a hair of the dog.

“Never again,” he moaned. “Never again. Coffee, please. And an aspirin.”


Narrator: Lavenderbay

Starring: Cuca

Co-starring: Mourning Cloak Caterpillar



Jobs Available on Planet Gheekon

February 28, 2009

The other day when I was trying to resurrect my terminally-ill computer, I noted a number of — what? functions, systems — that the diagnostics were checking out.

First came a series of tests. I jotted down the test names, thinking these would make good general candidate exams for any Human Resources department.

Later on, I copied out some other mysterious entities that were being tested. These items, to me, sounded like interesting occupations. One of them is already a bona fide vocation here on Earth; the others I’m not so sure about. I hope at least one of them gives you a smile, as you imagine what the job descriptions would look like.

The HR tests:

  • Confidence
  • Device Self-test
  • Read
  • Seek
  • Start/idle
  • Stop/stand by
  • Verify.

The jobs availabe on Planet Gheekon:

  • Human Interface Parser
  • Volume Manager
  • Enhanced Host Controller
  • Host Adapter
  • RAID Controller
  • Kernel Security Driver
  • Kernel Debugger
  • Bus Driver.

Ace the HR tests, and you, too, will be on your way to a new career!

A Valentine’s Day Heart

February 14, 2009

E.g. and I were out around Ossington and Bloor Streets today, and saw this in a shop window. Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!


Kiwanis and Other Natural Disasters

January 31, 2009

This little weekend post is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. The Kiwanis are an excellent service club that have contributed to the betterment of communities, focussing especially on children, since 1915. On that September afternoon when E.g. and I walked through Saint John’s Rockwood Park with her parents, they led us through a children’s playground which owed its existence to the local Kiwanis club. The playground is only one example of the fine work this organization has accomplished.

I will also admit that there were three other entries on the following list which would mitigate the impact of what made me giggle. I just enjoy deliberately misinterpreting things.

That said, I now present only part of an impressive list of ways in which a certain Ontario moving company has involved itself in community projects and worldwide disaster relief. I think you’ll see why I smiled:

  • Florida relief (Hurricane Andrew)
  • Saguenay relief (flood)
  • Honduras relief (Hurricane Mitch)
  • Tents for Turkey (Turkey earthquake)
  • Provincial music festival (Kiwanis)

  • Auguries of Innocence, Revisited

    November 15, 2008


    • To see a world in a blurp of sand,
    • And a heaven in whole-wheat flour,
    • Hold my life in a paper towel in my hand — ?
    • I need to get out for an hour.

    Many thanks to William Blake and his poem, “Auguries of Innocence”.

    Composition: Theme and Variations

    October 4, 2008

    1. Original photo.


    2. After playing with Colour Adjustment — RGB and Brightness/Saturation/Contrast.


    3. After swinging like a three-legged squirrel from the Tone Curve Adjustment line.