Thursday, January 31, 2013

How to tell if your Cat is trying to Kill You

cat kill
The six signs that Fluffy has it in for you

Oh, you think that little Mr. Snugglesworth actually likes it when you turn out all the lights when he's wide awake? That you don't let him play outside with the big cats? That you let those pesky dogs sleep under the same roof? Well, don't be too sure about that, bucko!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


"Ohana" is a Hawaiian Concept that Essentially means Brotherhood

surfing Lilo & Stich Disney movie

Ever since I wrote my review of "Lilo & Stich" for one of my websites, I've been thinking about the Hawaiian concept of "Ohana." Well, not ever since, but it has been in the back of my mind. I was out shovelling snow this morning (it was only a few inches, but still one of the heaviest snows of the winter so far) and I had some time to think about it. Anyone familiar with "Lilo & Stich" knows that it concerns an alien creature that looks somewhat like a dog and comes to earth. Landing in Hawaii, it is adopted by an orphaned girl and her caretaker older sister.

Now, animated films aren't usually the source of great philosophical inspiration. However, you can be inspired by anything that has thought or beauty behind it. I've been inspired by a lot less meaningful creative works than that! An inquiring mind simply needs a little push, and it can take care of things from there.


"Ohana" means family in an extended sense. "Lilo & Stich" implies that the concept apples to just about anybody, which is a nice thought, but a bit of a misinterpretation of the concept. Just to be clear, "Ohana" in its strictest sense is confined to blood relations, though there doesn't seem to be a clear limit on how far that extends. "Hui" is the proper word for non-familial associations.

As you might expect from a Disney movie like "Lilo & Stich," the concept of "Ohana" is broadened to imply that everyone is related, and we all must cooperate and be thoughtful to one another even if we aren't close family members. That's a beautiful thought, even if it isn't quite what word means. The people behind those films are quite clever and knowledgeable (Chris Sanders came up with the idea for the film, but nobody does any project like that alone), so it's unlikely that they were under some kind of misunderstanding of the concept. Most likely, they knew exactly what the term meant and ran with it in that feel-good fashion that makes Disney the enduring institution that it is. Nothing wrong with that, people love Disney movies for precisely that reason.

Anyway, the question for you to think about - for I am not trying to provide answers here, only trying to make you think on your own - is, wouldn't the world be a better place if there really were a practice of "Ohana" as spelled out in "Lilo & Stich"? If we treated everyone else as "family," rather than just blood relations, would the world not be better off? Would you not be better off? Politicians love to emphasize things like "family values" and the importance of "family," that is the usual mantra each campaign season. But, worthwhile as that it - we certainly should treat blood relations well - isn't there a certain destructiveness to setting people apart even in that supposedly noble fashion?

If you treat family better than others, that means you treat others worse. You may say, "But I have no obligations to others, and they don't have my best interests at heart." That is certainly true and undeniable. But if you restrict your feelings of togetherness to only close blood relations, that limits you, and limits your potential. Treat people well, and you might be surprised at how they treat you in return. Act as if the only thing that matters in the world is "family," and you aren't going to influence too many people the way you might like like. This is not an anti-family argument, but a pro-people one. We are all related, as people, and selectively including some and excluding others from your circle of togetherness may work, but it limits everyone. Many successful people, I think, in general (certainly not always) practice this type of thinking, for to become successful, you will have to rely and depend on others at some point. There really is no other way.

Maybe now you, too, will think about Ohana at some point when you are shovelling snow or doing the laundry. And maybe it will make you think about how you treat "strangers" and others. Which isn't a bad thing, and if enough people think about it, the world might become a slightly better place.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Can You Spot the Cat?

Let's play spot the cat! He's there, for sure! These guys are experts at camouflage.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Girls are Always Thinking More than Guys....

And he thinks you got over it! Ha!

Yes, it looks like he's almost gotten over all that bitching that you gave him about it the first time! Congratulations, ladies!

Oh, and here's a good song, too. "I've got my cat moves that so upset them. Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah!"

When the Handyman had a Little Too Much to Drink at Lunch....

When the handyman lets his imagination run wild... Stop him quick!

They Found Puss in Boots!

Puss in Boots at large!

They always look cute when they're in a cage in the pet shop or shelter, and then you take them home and... whammo! They start seducing all the neighborhood females!!

Sometimes Being Creative....

Sometimes being creative  doesn't work out

Sometimes being creative with your photography doesn't work out like you had hoped.

Reactions to Miley Cyrus

Reactions to Miley Cyrus

He speaks for all of us!

Different Views of School

Different views of school....

It all depends on your perspective....

Best Cat Reaction Shot Ever!

Not all cats are looking for attention.

Best cat reaction shot of all time!

Flirting in the Coffee Shop....

The dangers of feeling good, feeling sexy, feeling confident... and looking like an idiot.

Woman's Remote Control

Woman's Remote

Men know this is so true, and the older they get, the truer it gets.

How to Wash a Cat

How to wash a cat

The cat will thank you for it later.

That Awkward Moment When You Suddenly Remember....

Forget something?

That awkward moment when you realize you forgot the tether for your mobile device at home.

Niagara Falls Color Spectrum

Niagara Falls with a beautiful color spectrum in the spray

It's beautiful like that in person, too, not just in some kind of trick photograph.

Cool Optical Illusion

Cool optical illusion

It helps if you relax your eyes a bit. Do it a few times if it doesn't work at first. It's one of those things where, if you try too hard, it won't work. Use the Force, Luke.

Best Dog Expression Ever!

This Dog Belongs on Broadway

Best dog expression ever! That is one crazy little dog! I love how his eyes look blue to match her skirt, too, even if that is just a trick of the lighting.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Looks like you have a lot on your mind. Do you...

Do you wanna drink about it?

Doing that always makes me feel better, at least!

Sexual Maturity Test

How Mature Are You?

Do you see a cave? Or do you see... something else? This is your sexual maturity test.

A cave that looks like something else entirely
When you first look at this - what do you see?

Okay. Well, maybe you'll pass this one.

A cave that looks like something else entirely

All right, so you are 0-2. Let's try another one.

A cave that looks like something else entirely

Oh, you're having a hard time with this test, I can tell. Okay, one last try. I hope you pass!

A cave that looks like something else entirely

I knew you'd get that one!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Albino Peacock

Albino peacock
Albino peacock

Peacocks are awesome! Not too many albino ones.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Most beautiful beach in the world

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Even if it isn't "the best" in your eyes, it's a pretty nice spot, don't you think?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Brain Power Foods

Feed Your Brain!

Brain-power foods.

These include walnuts, lemon, green juice, brazil nuts, kale, cashews, almonds, avocado, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and several other natural foods. Please note that all foods have different effects on people, they may be good for one thing and bad for another thing, and some people are allergic to certain foods.

Eat lots of nuts if you can, they are good for your blood pressure, too!


How Men and Women See Washing Machines Differently

Washing machines

There are actually choices on these things?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Never Get Jealous When You See

toy to the less fortunate
Always look at things in the right way, and they immediately seem better!

Always share with the less fortunate! They need to learn their lessons, too!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Can You Spot the Leopard?

I bet it takes you some time to spot him!

Spot the leopard
Play "spot the leopard."

How long does it take you to spot the leopard? He's there, all right, but until you see him, you will be hunting in all the wrong places.  It took me a full minute - probably more, I wasn't timing myself - to see him, though of course everyone else is like, "Oh, it took me a few seconds." Sure, of course you saw him right away.

So don't feel bad if it takes you a bit of time to see the leopard. It took nature a few dozen million years to get this guy into position to jump when you obliviously walk by, enjoying the grass and leaves and trees and butterflies and smells and the warm day and everything else. Maybe you get to feeling so good that you decide you'll just sit down for a brief rest against that inviting tree, kick back a little out of the hot sun, maybe eat some lunch and then get a little shut-eye. You have plenty of time to rest a bit, then continue on your way and be home by dark before all the dangerous animals come out....

If you can't find him and say, "You're just kidding, there's no leopard there," well, my advice is to stay out of the jungle for your own good. That's camouflage!

Oh, here's a little musical accompaniment while you scan the landscape for that big... hungry cat.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Most Unusual Statue You Will See Any Time Soon

Sergei Parajanov
He's a famous film-maker

Statue of Sergei Parajanov, an Armenian from Georgia. The statue apparently is in Tbilisi, at Shardeni street. He is perhaps the best film-maker that you never heard of. He spent his entire career behind the Iron Curtain but still managed to win a British BAFTA award for "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors," but which also got him in trouble with Moscow.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Zombie-Proof House

This might come in handy for any number of reasons. Laugh while the latest hurricane blows all your friends' homes into the Atlantic! Drink beer and go fishing from the roof if there's a massive flood! Keep away those pesky process servers!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tom Cruise from Top Gun, Modern Vampire?

What is Tom Cruise's Secret, is he a Modern Vampire?

Tom Cruise Kelly McGillis Top Gun 1986
Think about it... 1986!
Tom Cruse was about 23 when he made "Top Gun" (1986) directed by Tony Scott (now unfortunately deceased). In 2012, Tom Cruise turned 50. Kelly McGillis, meanwhile, was about 28 during filming of "Top Gun," and in 2012 hit her 55th birthday. Do you think the five-years age difference is enough to account for that?
Tom Cruise smiling in Top Gun
Tom Cruise 1986 : "Man, I look about 30, don't I?  Cool."
Tom Cruise Kelly McGillis Top Gun
Kely McGillis, cute as a button, looks younger than Tom Cruise in 1986
Kelly McGillis Top Gun
"Tom, I'm ... growing ... old"
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise 2012: "Man, I look about 30,  don't I? Cool!"
Kelly McGillis
Kelly McGillis 2012 at an art show

Since you're here, below are a couple of videos from "Top Gun," the trailer and a music video:


Side Effects of Soda

7 soda side effects

I almost never drink soda at home, only when I'm out, and usually not then, either. Soda is bad, and just because it says "Diet" doesn't make it good. If you make soda an occasional "treat," you will be much better off in the long run.

All right, if that graphic didn't grab you, here's another one:

Soda effects on health
Just read the headers if the print is too small

And, here's another, clinical look.

In case you didn't actually read it, here's a summary: soda hurts you. You may go here for a look at the consequences of diet soda on your health.

Scariest Picture of the Day

Open wide!

That is a a five-foot-long caiman, similar to a crocodile. He was guarding a drug dealer's stash in his house. Imagine walking in on that!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas Are Good for You

health benefits of bananas

Here, as a public service, are the health benefits of bananas. Yes, I realize this was not at the top of your list of concerns today. However, I bet that some day, when you are in the fruit department at the store, you will look at that rack of bananas with a little more thoughtfulness after looking at this. Your mind will flip to "Oh, bananas are good for you, why not," and you will buy the bananas. And you will be better for it!

Oh, and just in case you think that bananas "aren't cool" or are "fuddy duddy" or simply boring, here's a shot of Rose McGowan of "Charmed" and "Once Upon a Time" and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Rose McGowan bananas
Rose McGowan eating some tasty fruit

Boring? I don't think so!

Eat bananas and live!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Why fit in, when....

Why be less, when you can be more?

Most Beautiful Picture of Nature You Will See Today

The most beautiful picture of nature you'll see today. I'm pretty sure I'm right about that....