Cool CAT scan of one of our cats

Here’s an CAT SCAN image of our cat Merrick’s head…

You can see his ears and the ear canals (black) going into his skull, and the bony round canal where the important ear stuff sits inside the eardrum. One canal is black and full of air (normal) and the other canal is grey and full of something not normal. We can’t tell if it’s just fluid (a nasty inner ear infection) or if it’s actually a mass (probably benign, but still needs to go) but the radiologist who reads the films will tell us next week. Either way he’ll be OK, but this picture was too cool not to share.


CAT scan of Merrick
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HAPPY MOUTH — November 2005

On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 members of the HAPPY MOUTH SUPPER CLUB gathered for Ron’s selection of VITO’S CAFE in Highland Heights Kentucky.

Eight of us — Ted, Tracy, Wendy B., Ron, Robin, David, Andrew, and guest Jeffrey enjoyed the food and ambiance of the place very much. Kevin, our waiter, was very entertaining and a good singer to boot. You see, it seems that most (if not all) of Vito’s front-of-house staff sing during service. Including Vito, who was generous enough to sing Ron’s request of Volare. The Christmas melody that they sang as a group was spirited and fun.

A good time was had by all! Another successful Happy Mouth.

Amazing Christmas Lights

UPDATE: Bad news from Carson Williams… He’s shut it down. Read all the details here.

After seeing this amazing video (and this one, too) of a house with a synchronized light show, a little research revealed that the house is located near where we live!


Lights on the house
With our friends Rob & Dave, we drove over to the house to see it for ourselves, and it was amazingly cool. There were three songs with synchronized lights — Frosty The Snowman, God Bless the USA, and the song in the video, Wizards of Winter — and a little pre-show from one of the NATIONAL LAMPOON movies. In order to hear the songs, you tune your radio to 96.9 (I think), which apparently is broadcast out of the house with a very limited reception area.The light show runs every few minutes from 6:00pm until 10:00pm until New Year’s Eve. To get there, take I-71 to exit 19 (Mason-Montgomery/Fields Ertel exit), turn LEFT onto Mason Road, which becomes S. Mason Montgomery Road. Turn LEFT on Socialville Foster Road. Turn RIGHT onto Simpson Creek Way (into a subdivision), turn RIGHT on Meadowview, and turn RIGHT onto Winding Creek Court. The house, which is impossible to miss even without the address, is at 8047 Winding Creek Court. The owner, Carson Williams, says in the broadcast that the lights are a “Williams family tradition” and thanks his neighbors for their patience.
The Williams Family
If you’re in the area, it is certainly worth a trip! Thanks to Mr. Williams, his family, and their neighbors for this great light show. A bit more information on Mr. Williams is here, and information on how he did it is here. 

Dean Gray Tuesday

Reprinted from Boing Boing.

American Edit
Today is Dean Grey Tuesday, a net-wide day of protest over Warner Brothers’s attempt to censor a stupendous noncommercial mashup album called American Edit that remixes Green Day’s album American Idiot.

For today, websites across the Internet are mirroring the American Edit album and/or turning their page-backgrounds grey. Mashup albums don’t hurt the sales of the albums they sample — at worst, they have no effect on sales, at best they can promote them. Artists who are signed to major labels can avail themselves of labels’ legal departments when they want to remix others’ work and get their samples cleared. Indie artists, hobbyists and fans don’t get legal assistance from labels’ high-priced fixers. This is pure patronage: in the old days you couldn’t make art unless the King or some bishop granted you permission; today you need permission from a studio executive.

The labels admit this. Last year, EMI made headlines by censoring DJ Danger Mouse’s Grey Album, which remixed the Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. I raised this with an EMI representative at London’s Creative Economy conference and she shrugged it off: “What’s the problem? We later hired Danger Mouse to make a mashup album for us.”

The problem is that copyright law is supposed to decentralize the process of making art, moving the power to authorize art from royalty to the marketplace. Labels have no business setting themselves up as arbiters of what art can and can’t be made.

Happy Dean Grey Tuesday. Up yours, Warners. Link

Pandora, discover music

From the creators of the Musical Genome Project comes the following:

Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask:Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?

Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.

We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you.

It’s pretty darned neat.