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December 14, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....The days are numbered for my beloved old Nikon Coolpix digital camera with the rotating middle. Soon, catblogging will be brighter, sharper, more colorful, better focused, and more image stabilized. Soon.

But not yet. Today the Nikon continues to crank out catblogging fodder. On the left is Inkblot, lurking on the stairs and seemingly looming out of the shadows. It didn't look like that in real life, of course. But the crappy dynamic range of the Nikon's CCD makes Inkblot look ever so much more dramatic than he really is, so score one for obsolete technology.

And what was Inkblot staring at? Do I even need to tell you? A few feet up the stairs, there's Domino sitting on the landing and looking slightly alarmed at the vast Inkblottian presence. Her response? "Grrrr." My response? Say that to the camera, sweetie.

By the way, here's an update on Inkblot's weight loss. As our vet told us, there was nothing unusual about it, and he's plateaued at about 17-18 pounds, down from 22. And it's made a difference. Not a huge one, but he's unquestionably more lively these days than he used to be. So that's good. Except for Domino, who's gained weight on the diet cat food and doesn't really appreciate Inkblot's increased desire to play. Her response? "Grrrr."

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When Shinobi (my cat who I constantly wish would just go away) sits like that, he sometimes has a limp wrist right paw.

It annoys because he's already stupid enough with adding "ludicrously effeminate" to the roster so I trained him out of it. Whenever I make a particular motion with my hand, even from across the room, that paw goes back to being stuffed under his body and not limp wristed.

He's a tuxedo cat and so resembles Domino so I always think of him whenever I see her.

Posted by: MNPundit on December 14, 2007 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Well, I guess someone has to say it first:


Posted by: Frenchdoc on December 14, 2007 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

A U-Haul box? Hmm. . . .

Posted by: Matt on December 14, 2007 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

I think "vast Inkblottian presence" is wonderful. Thank you.

Posted by: Vicki on December 14, 2007 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

I'm assuming you caught the CNN story on the new, glow-in-the-dark cats.... Video is up at HuffPo.

Posted by: Kevin on December 14, 2007 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

More colorful? Wait, are your cats not black and white?

Posted by: WHS on December 14, 2007 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Ahh, ...no one does useless trivia better than Kevin Drum. Perhaps one day your substantive analysis will come within striking distance of your stellar acumen on such things as food pyramids, movie reviews, and cat physiology.

Posted by: dick tuck on December 14, 2007 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

I used to try to weigh my cats by making them stand still on the scale, but then it dawned on me one day that I could weigh myself, then weigh myself holding the cat and subtract the difference.

Posted by: Speed on December 14, 2007 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

some good laughs for subprime worriers

Posted by: hector on December 14, 2007 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like you’ve made a decision on the new digital camera. Maybe by next Friday you can reveal all the bells and whistles along with the photos.

If you would, please include your impression and the pro’s and con’s in the new “electronic still image recording device” (camera).

My digital camera is so old I call it the “Bit Bucket”.

Posted by: MEG on December 14, 2007 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Dude, you can't start a catblogging post with the words "The days are numbered for my beloved old..." Scared the bejebus out of me... we've had too many lost friends here in the last couple of years and maybe the mind jumps to sad conclusions too soon, but still, you're playing with emotional fire here.

Posted by: Chasm on December 14, 2007 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, for those of us who've come lately to Friday Cat Blogging, would you give us the provenance of your two beautiful creatures. Are they related? Who's older? Etc, etc.


Posted by: phoebes on December 14, 2007 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

"The days are numbered for my beloved old......"

YOU SCARED ME! Thought you were going to pronounce bad news on a good cat blog.

Look at Domino. Isn't it funny how cats don't like to hold eye-to-eye contact?

My Russian Blue cat is the only one in my herd who will. Her normal name is Cheezy Deliciousness but if you tick that cat off, her chin will jut out and she transforms into Cheezy Maliciousness, staring at you with such razor sharp intent that you not only visual the spikes coming from her eyes but can begin to feel the blood trickling from the wounds she is mentally inflicting on you.

She is a Russian Blue with yellow eyes, which is why I have her.

Have a great pre-Christmas week-end! I am going home and scribbling furiously to finish the blasted Christmas card list........hohoho

Posted by: Zit on December 14, 2007 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

phoebes: We got Inkblot in 1999 from the Mission Viejo animal shelter. He was a couple of months old when we got him.

Domino also came from the Mission Viejo folks. We got her in January after our other cat, Jasmine, died. Domino is apparently about four or five years old, though there's no way to know for sure.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on December 14, 2007 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for the info about your two beauties. Enjoy them! And, Inkblot's weight loss, five pounds or so, is actually quite a lot for a 22lb-er.

Posted by: phoebes on December 14, 2007 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, and Kevin, was there a third cat in the picture a couple of weeks ago, an orange and white cat, that seemed to be hidden behind one of your cats?

Posted by: phoebes on December 14, 2007 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

I kinda like the sound of ink-blow-shun myself.

Posted by: Mo MacArbie on December 14, 2007 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK

Kitty kitty, love the kitties. And I laughed out loud about the diet!

Posted by: JWC on December 14, 2007 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

>Look at Domino. Isn't it funny how cats don't like to hold eye-to-eye contact?

That's why cats gravitate towards people who don't like cats or are allergic. Cultural misunderstanding.

If a human doesn't like something, they stare for just a second, then squint and look to the side. For a cat, they've just shown respect and good manners. The cat crosses the room to greet such a person.

Posted by: Bruce the Canuck on December 14, 2007 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

Switch to the catkins diet. They shouldn't be eating dry food in any case.



I switched my cats from dry Science Diet Light to
wet Wellness Turkey (no grain) and they've both lost weight and have never been more active. I highly recommend transitioning off of a dry food diet if you can.

Posted by: shinypenny on December 14, 2007 at 9:01 PM | PERMALINK

Sell me the old camera, you can respond via e mail.

Posted by: Matt on December 14, 2007 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, you are a smart guy..so you that good brain of yours and look at the two pics in this post. See anything that jumps out at you? Like a dark central subject framed in light fore and background? Or a light central subject framed by dark shadows?
In both these pictures you have asked your camera, a fairly good one, to negotiate 6 or more stops of light. They cannot do that without placing a potion of the picture in improper exposure. In most cases one directs the camera to expose on the subject and let the periphery take the hit. You seem to be using an averaging technique, a camera setting, that guarantees most of the pic will suck. Meter closely on Domino's eyes (a must in animal photography) and lock the camera at that exposure..then move to compose your pic. Shoot. The camera will expose for the critical eyes and face. You will have a nice pic.

Posted by: Richard on December 14, 2007 at 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

Domino may by plump and lazy but her eye lid muscles sure get a work out.

Posted by: B on December 15, 2007 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

Is your camera the Coolpix 4500 with the swiveling body? I've had one for 5 years and it's a great camera. It's built like a tank. My one complaint about it was that the controls were ridiculously difficult to figure out. I finally replaced it with a Canon SD1000. My new camera is so tiny but has a bigger screen and takes amazing video. Also, the controls are very easy to use. Still, that Coolpix served me well. I'm definitely holding on to it.

Posted by: Neilson on December 16, 2007 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, please do us all a favor and stop blogging about your cats! I understand people get attached to their pets, but seriously, enough is enough. this blog has been a one-stop shop for up to date political news and analysis. Nothing frustrates me more than when content providers waste valuable space and time writing about meaningless rubbish. I beg you to stop putting up stupid pictures and anecdotes of your cats and place your focus and emphasis on your competitive advantage, which is analysing socio-cultural political economic issues with great attention to detail and a sharp edge.

Posted by: Ben on December 16, 2007 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Ben, REALLY! Are you TRYING to get booed out of here?

1. Kevin INVENTED the liberal blogosphere tradition of Friday catblogging, many, many moons ago- it's who he IS, part of his zen-like wisdom and wit. It is NOT subject to criticism from newbies - you're messing with some serious blogosphere tradition here, boy.

2. Should Kevin cease catblogging, a host of devoted Inkblot-and-Domino fans would, after digitally lynching you in absentia, set up such a weepin' and a wailin' that their noise would FORCE Kevin to reconsider.

3. We ALL read Kevin for the incisive political commentary and valuable links. But we also look forward to The Further Adventures of Inkblot and Domino every Friday, for a little comic relief from the overwhelmingly depressing news about the state of the nation.

What, your mouse finger is broken? You can't just scroll past the cat-blogging, without trying to tell Kevin what to post on his own damn blog?

Posted by: mldostert on December 16, 2007 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

Eek, Domino's legs are gone, kinda like a bean bag kitty.

Posted by: James on December 16, 2007 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

I also love "vase Inkblottian presence." You always have at least one great turn of phrase. And Ben, I hope you are kidding.

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