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Tilting at Windmills

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September 14, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....No more playing favorites this week. Both cats get the spotlight once again, though as you can see, one of them gets the red carpet treatment. Is it any surprise which one it is?

UPDATE: More crude Photoshopping! But this picture is totally legit. Honest. Both cats were sleeping within inches of each other. However, I did use Photoshop to lighten up Domino a bit, since in the original she was basically just an inky black blob. This is a frequent problem with catblogging these days.

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2.35 to 1!

Posted by: Matt on September 14, 2007 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

They look so small on your bed. Hardly even in the way. What you need is a 65-pound slobbering mutt to climb up there with you, to teach you how to sleep comfortably in a fetal position or with your legs hanging totally off the bed.

Posted by: shortstop on September 14, 2007 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I can make out a 'glowing edge' around Inkblot...

Posted by: Brian on September 14, 2007 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

Has Herself abandoned the bench already?

There is uproar in my house these past couple days. I bought a new shower curtain and everyone is trying to get their mark on it last.

Have a great week-end all, have fun without ending up on mydeathspace.com!

Posted by: Zit on September 14, 2007 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

With all this PhotoShopping going on, how do we even know there are 2 cats?

Posted by: Glenn on September 14, 2007 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic.
- Lillian Jackson Braun

Posted by: Mike on September 14, 2007 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Dude, you really must retire the Cabbage Rose shams. Since your bedding is white, I'd recommend something more along these lines:

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/designers_portfolio/portfolio/0,2159,HGTV_16257_837,00.html

Posted by: Joshua Norton on September 14, 2007 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

I think Domino looks like she is phasing between dimensions, but then again I watched 8 episodes of Star Trek TNG last night.

Posted by: F. Frederson on September 14, 2007 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

Dear Joshua, this is cat blog, HGTV blog is over there, among the interiorly astute.

And dang Joshua, he'd have to retire the whole bedroom to get that particular effect.

Oh, and not a Cat in sight, so obviously that place is not cat-comfortable and if a cat can't sleep there, some mere human won't be able to.

And I do believe Marion may have learned the lesson of white carpet by now.....I go with orange carpet. Hair ball stains are orange.

:)

Posted by: Zit on September 14, 2007 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Cat blog or no, there should be a quilt on the bed, not a bedspread. What gives??

Posted by: judyinohio on September 14, 2007 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Is that a microwave on your bedside table?

Posted by: MichaelG on September 14, 2007 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

I must disagree, Ms Judy, with utmost respect.

Minnesota = quilt, maybe two. Or three.
Florida = flocked bedspread from the old North country.
California = duvet cover (really just an unflocked bedspread that sells for a higher price)

All of which should have a noticable amount of cat hair.

Posted by: Zit on September 14, 2007 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

What a wonderful way to start the weekend...all hail cat blogging!

Posted by: Vincent on September 14, 2007 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

MichaelG:Is that a microwave on your bedside table?

If I didn't know better, that's the exact same SONY AM/FM radio that's sitting here on my desk at work. My boss has had it for years.

Great picture of the two kitties. Detente is possible!

Posted by: bigcat on September 14, 2007 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

judyinohio: "Cat blog or no, there should be a quilt on the bed, not a bedspread. What gives??"

Why? Is it a fashion faux pas, like wearing white shoes after Labor Day? Kevin probably still wears a Members Only jacket that nobody likes but him.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on September 14, 2007 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

judyinohio: Our comforter is rolled up at the end of the bed, waiting for winter. For now, we don't even need the blankets, let alone more.

As for quilts, they come out in the winter too. We have dozens of 'em.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on September 14, 2007 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

Check the Kerning

Posted by: apeman on September 14, 2007 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps a 'counterpane' on the bed for the California climate, non?

Posted by: brian on September 14, 2007 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Kev, when you show us pics of your house in catblogging, it looks too normal and regular-guy- this doesn't jibe well with the Republican, Luntzian myth that you should be a metallic-grey-turtle-neck wearing, religion-hating, avant garde, puntillious-in-your-grammatical-usage, daily-drinker-pf-wine liberal. Shape up your place and get withthe prgoram. And no more Iraq war blogging.

Oops! Did I just let the cat out of the bag?!

Posted by: Swan on September 14, 2007 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

Agree with Swan at 6:30. Also don't show any bookcases. It makes people think of the fact that you ctually read/ are informed, and worse than that it offends my inferiority complex.

Posted by: Republican on September 14, 2007 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps those two were both sleeping within inches of each other on the bed, but it looks to me as though now Inkblot has cunningly stretched a tad close to Domino's turf: She does not look pleased. In my household, you see those moves, and the next minute, someone moves or hisses angrily.

But maybe it was the photoshopping.

Marion does beautiful, beautiful quilting. Do you actually use those on your bed? Do you have a sacrificial top quilt or are the cats declawed?

Posted by: PTate in FR on September 14, 2007 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

For the bedroom, maybe metallic grey sheets, a piece of non-objective or obscene art above the headboard of the bed, morose colors on the walls- grey or dark, almost black, blue, lose the device on the nightstand.

Insert yourself into the pics more, always with a stupid grin on your face. Holding a book noticeably upside-down once would be a good one. The catblogging pics can be with the cat in your lap, and you grinning. If you're in the picture with the art, it could be you smiling and groping the boob of a nude-woman statue. If your wife wants to get in on it, she could have some dominatrix type gear peeking out of her nightie, and lipstick on, like she always wears it to bed. For the hall, a suit of armor wearing some naughtu underwear on the outside.

The ultimate no-no is the combo of being a liberal, plus the regular-guy stuff, plus bookcases.

Posted by: Swan on September 14, 2007 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Ahhhh, see, I told you, they love each other.

Posted by: Me_again on September 14, 2007 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

Thank God for catblogging! Thank God for photoshopping!!

Posted by: pol on September 14, 2007 at 7:50 PM | PERMALINK

I think your monitor is different than mine. Bleachblot looks a little washed out.

Posted by: B on September 14, 2007 at 7:54 PM | PERMALINK

I'm in favor of your getting a big dog, if it will create more stress in your marriage.

Just sayin'.

Or you could just get divorced.

Posted by: Republican on September 14, 2007 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK

Swan: For the bedroom, maybe metallic grey sheets, a piece of non-objective or obscene art above the headboard of the bed, morose colors on the walls ....

If it's a choice between non-objective or obscene art, I'd pick obscene. Although subjective art is also a good choice.

I imagine the attitude Kevin has developing in response to our fashion advice could be best describe by our very own poet, Ludacris, "Get back, motherfucker; You don't know me like that."

Posted by: absent observer on September 14, 2007 at 8:41 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, absent observer. I'm sure a lot of conservatives have non-objective art in their homes, so we wouldn't want to cast our McCarthyistic net too wide.

Kev, actually you could keep the electronic device since once you change the other stuff it will probably look like it's some esoteric luxury gizmo that rich people have but that nobody else can even imagine what it does. I'm guessing that lamp behind it id not nearly weird enough, though, and of course doesn't go with the liberal color-scheme.

Posted by: Swan on September 14, 2007 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

MichaelG:Is that a microwave on your bedside table?

If I didn't know better, that's the exact same SONY AM/FM radio that's sitting here on my desk at work. My boss has had it for years.

Great picture of the two kitties. Detente is possible!
Posted by: bigcat on September 14, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Yep, I've heard a few of those Sony AM/FM radios-very good. There also seems to be a GE Clock-Radio sitting on top of that from the mid 80's. Interesting how reliable and long-lasting consumer electronics of that time were. Now if I could just get my brother-in-law to sell me his fully functioning Sony reel-to-reel tape deck at a reasonable price that he bought in Vietnam... Oh yeah cats! My Inkblot stray clone is hanging out trying to catch the squirrel that is eating and burying walnuts in the yard.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on September 14, 2007 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

Doc, I looked over at my GE clock radio the other day, realized I bought it for $40 in 1982 - and it's worked flawlessly ever since.

Now, if somebody could just make a CAR that would do that!

look at her face - Domino knows Damn well that Inkblot is daring to sleep on Her Royal Highness's Bed - and any minute know, she'll exact terrible vengeance.

Posted by: mldostert on September 14, 2007 at 11:45 PM | PERMALINK

one more digression on well-built machines - the fridge and stove on my mother's farm were purchased in 1949, when Rural Electrification finally reached the hinterlands of North Dakota.

They both weigh a ton, and were built by the International Harvester Company (who, postwar, evidently dabbled in home appliances, as well as farm machinery. )

And they have both worked perfectly, without a SINGLE repair for - what is it - 58 years now?

(for the last twenty years or so, they stand all winter (unplugged) in an unheated, 40-below house. The next spring, they just start humming along again. )

They kinda match the 1952 4-wheel drive International Harvester Pickup, that has been in the family 55 years, and still runs.

I'm just sayin - Toyota did not invent quality manufacturing. We used to be pretty damn good at it, once upon a time.

Posted by: mldostert on September 14, 2007 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

Just put the original up!

Posted by: chrisdub on September 15, 2007 at 12:30 AM | PERMALINK

So, what's with the bedside microwave oven?

Posted by: digitusmedius on September 15, 2007 at 4:10 AM | PERMALINK

Is that a Afghan on your bed, Kevin?

I guess you like the Afghanistanis better than the Americans!!!

What dope-peddling Afghanistani warlord did you pay money to to get your Afghan, Kevin?

Posted by: Republican on September 15, 2007 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

"Now, if somebody could just make a CAR that would do that!"
Posted by: mldostert on September 14, 2007 at 11:51 PM

You might get close to that with an ELECTRIC CAR. Electric motors and the drive-trains that would be needed would be amazingly simple and highly reliable compared to IC gas engines. ...Using fuel cells and/or decent battery technology with no moving parts...

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on September 16, 2007 at 12:41 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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