Archive for March, 2012

Friend of the Month Reminder


March 31st, 2012 Posted 7:37 am

“Last day of the month,” Spence says. “Last day for uploading a photo into the Friends of Chet gallery if you want to be eligible for Friend of the Month. Friend of the Month gets to be prominently displayed where Raksha is now, and the human companion receives a signed copy of the latest Chet and Bernie mystery, in this case The Dog Who Knew Too Much. The random number generator – if we can get it put back together – makes the decision. This month sure went fast, Admin. Do you think time can actually speed up?”

“Relatively?” says Admin. “Yes. Einstein proved that. And also slow down. Maybe if you reached the speed of light you could just about stop it, but you can never reach the speed of light, because as you go faster your mass increases, slowing you down.”

“So to lose weight go slow?”

“Don’t think it works that way.”

Welcome two potential buddies, Koko, Pearl.


R.I.P.: Earl Scruggs


March 30th, 2012 Posted 7:39 am

“You love bluegrass, don’t you?” Spence says.

“And I’m not ashamed to admit it,” says Admin. “A great American musical form – one of many. At the risk of sounding chauvinistic, Americans are a very musical people. That sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.”


They Shoot Horses


March 29th, 2012 Posted 7:33 am

“What do we think about horse racing?” Spence says.

“It can be pretty exciting, right?” says Admin.

“But did you read the recent New York Times investigation piece, which unfortunately I can’t seem to link to?”

“I did not.”

“There seems to be widespread exploitation of the horses – and jockeys, too,” Spence says. “Here’s a quote: ‘A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.’ The horses are often pumped up with performance-enhancing drugs and also pain-maskers – which seems especially horrible in my opinion. More than 3000 horses a year are put down because of racing injuries, often right there at the track. Some states are worse than others – the Times’ reporting from New Mexico was particularly damning.”

“So,” says Admin, “we’re dealing here with human greed?”

Hat tip: Lily.

Welcome two waiting dudes, Maeve, Moe, guarding dude, Rufus, playful dude, potential date.


Beyonce: The World’s Smallest Puppy


March 28th, 2012 Posted 8:02 am

Welcome Ranger.


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