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Cat Thursday — Rockykins Vs. Mr. Eccles: Eccles defeated!


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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

In the struggle between the size, old age, and strategy of Rockykins and the and the youth, speed, and guile of the evil Mr. Eccles, Rockykins won out, sending Eccles off to nurse his wounded villainous pride for having been roundly overpowered by fluff and muscle, vowing to, as in a bad 1980s cartoon, return to best his nemesis another day. In the words of Mr. Eccles:

“You’ve not seen the last of me, Rockykins! I shall return to steal your kibble, your gushy food, and your scratching toys, and get my monkey slave to forget to clean your litter box on time! (insert corny cinema villain laughter in cat-speak). You shall rue the day!”

Meanwhile, Rockykins relaxes in his favorite cool spot on warm nights and hot days, the bathroom sink, which fits, so he sits, and sucks up all the attention he can get from the resident monkey…

Eccleston, on the other hand, plots away in his (not-so-secret) hideout on his monkey’s workspace, hatching new schemes of ebil cuteness and tricksiness, to tweet at @Mister_Eccles when the time is right…

Curse you, Rockykins! It was such a cool plan!

Curse you, Rockykins! It was such a cool plan! Mew! *licks paws*

The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/07/27


Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon, July 20, 1969

Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon, July 20, 1969 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and good morning this Sunday! I’m scheduling this post so I can get more sleep than the previous evening. I was awakened by a drunk neighbor shouting incoherently outside, and so have been in somewhat of a pissy mood, and that’s no good for online activity. No worries, then.

I’ve completed three lectures on the 5th disc of political theory lectures, which is good, and this month’s end, coming up, I’ll be updating the pages on the blogs.

I’m not sure how successful yesterday’s Caturday’s Astrophenia was at adding cats, which only a couple of pics of the local Feline Overlords, so maybe I’ll add pics from Cheezburger.com and other sites, with attribution and permission where necessary. Cat videos would be cool too.

I’ve been working on new parameter sets for Ultra Fractal of the sorts of images used and described in Indra’s Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein, and those are working out well. I’ve not much really big planned for this week, but I’ll keep busy nonetheless.

May you never be out-logicked by Evil Spock…and,

Talotaa frang.

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/12


G’day. I’ve been posting more than I have last week, and so here and on two other sites, I’ll post once each to finish off the week. I’ve been testing my limits, and it’s proven informative and useful. Given time, or rather, making time, I’ve seen that I can post fairly often in a week without being P.Z. Myers or the blogging staff of the Skepchick sister sites.

This is cool, but I’ll have to fit study into this as well, which will have an effect on blog posting. Well, this last Thursday, I’ve deleted my copy of Talking Tom, on my iPad, as I’ve reached my in-game goal of raising the Pseudo-Eccles, the Quasi-Eccles, the Diet-Coke-Of-Eccles to full adulthood from a kitten.

That’s now one less thing to distract me when work is needed, but I’ll admit it was fun while it was lasted. I got my money’s worth. Will I maintain my posting schedule from this week? I’ll not promise what I can’t fulfill, but I do know that I can if I’ve enough spare time available.

Enjoy this week’s video, posted by Twitterer and YouTuber @mavireck.

Manhattanhenge: A New York City Sunset 

J1502+1115: A Triple Black Hole Galaxy 

Iridescent Clouds over Thamserku

Gliese 832c: The Closest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet 

Noctilucent Clouds over London 

Spotty Sunrise over Brisbane

SN 1006 Supernova Remnant

Images of the Week:

ACS Image of NGC 5866
Source: Hubblesite.org
Hubble
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

Astrophotos: RGO’s best of the year contest.

Contest: Get Your Video On The International Space Station

OCO-2: New NASA satellite to monitor Earth’s carbon dioxide.

Timelapse: Watch the Antares Rocket Go Vertical on the Launch Pad

The View: McCarthy and Shepherd to leave daytime talk show.

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The ‘Pinwheel Galaxy’ Field Of View

Typhoon Neoguri: Huge cyclone heads for Japan.

Water Or Not? Fresh Martian Trenches Primarily Due To Carbon Dioxide Freezes, Study Says

Climate change: A threat to national security.

‘Gyrochronology’ Allows Astronomers to Find True Sun-like Stars

Ceres and Vesta: Two asteroids have a close encounter.

How to Watch Spectacular Antares Commercial Launch to ISS on July 13 – Complete Viewing Guide

Crackpottery: BBC journalists told to stop interviewing science deniers.

Help Bring Astronomy to Children in East Africa

Occultation: The Moon and Mars.

Curiosity Captured from Orbit Crossing Landing Ellipse Boundary – Martian Scenery from Above and Below

Putin-Huilo: Ukraine astronomers mock Vladimir Putin.

Cosmic Voyage IMAX HD

The video uses factors of ten, to focus the viewer on the inner and outer scale of the Universe. Everything from the atom to the Big Bang, Black Holes & supernovas is shown, giving one a profound perspective of the Universe.Narrator Morgan Freeman

via mavireck‘s YouTube channel

Irreducible complexity: Parts 1 & 2: [by QualiaSoup]


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