Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Simon's Cat - Feed Me

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day Everyone

I celebrated Earth Day by picking up other peoples trash along Fox Farm Road this morning.
I'm not sure how their trash ended up along my road, perhaps it fell off a truck on it's journey to the transfer station.

I was happy to learn that the Twisted Tea company that produces much of the trash along our road is sponsoring a photo contest. I tried to enter the contest with my clever photo but got an upload error. I will try again. 
My morning haul
I like the contrast of the yellow packaging against the earthen tones of the pine needles
The Mountain Dew was an inspired touch. Thanks for that contribution.

This was my contest application
I can definitely attest that my photo does NOT depict Santa Claus
However I got an upload error when I tried to send it

Maybe they don't appreciate ART

Monday, April 21, 2014

A look back at the 113th Boston Marathon

My daughter will be running today in the 118th Boston Marathon

As part of my "Look back" series I'm posting some photos of her first Marathon in 2009. At that time no one would think anyone would do something as heinous as trigger a bomb in a crowd of people.

Meeting up with Emily in the Family Area
I plan to wear that hat today when we watch her race. It's a bit faded now

Looking pretty relaxed after running 26 miles

Waves for the crowd, just coming to the Finish Line

Not too shabby times

I suspect the police presence will be much higher in 2014

Always fun to see what kind of outfits some runners will wear

A running burger

A look at the finish line from Above

A sea of warming mylar blankets

Boarding the buses

A Simon's Cat episode in honor of Marathon Monday

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Friday, April 18, 2014

About Simon's Cat

Readers of this blog have no doubt noticed quite a few Simon Cat postings. I love these things since they clearly show our relationship with these strange creatures.

In this video Simon explains his art

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Simon says: "A playful cat discovers hidden wonders Cats seem to have an ability to discover long lost objects or even things you never even knew existed!" Simon says: "A playful cat discovers hidden wonders Cats seem to have an ability to discover long lost objects or even things you never even knew existed!"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dan Piraro - Cartoonist

Readers of my website may have noticed that I've started to post (with permission) some of the work of cartoonist Dan Priraro on my "News" page.

I've been a fan of his work and recently discovered this video in which he describes his craft.

Dan may be found on Google+ and Facebook

If you invite him to stay, serve him pie

Simon's Cat - Hop It

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Simon says: "A playful cat meets his match. Not everyone's cat has encountered a rabbit. But Simon's Cat has! In the second Simon's Cat book there are many rabbits. And this film is inspired from a scene in the book. A few cat owners have commented saying that in their experience it is the rabbit that chases their cat!"

Friday, April 11, 2014

Simon's Cat - Sticky Tape

Simon says: "A curious cat gets into a sticky predicament. There is something about wrapping paper that seems to attract my cats. Maybe yours are the same. I thought of this film after watching one of my cats get excited by a present I was wrapping."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lunk Alarm at the "Judgement Free Zone"

Simon's Cat - Santa Claws

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Simon says: "A curious cat discovers Christmas. After posting this film, I was amazed to see how many of you had also experienced similar shenanigans with your cats and trees. Many of you shared photos or videos on the Simon's Cat Facebook page showing evidence that 'Santa Claws' has visited your homes too!"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Simon's Cat - Lunch "Break"

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Simon says: "A naughty cat causes mealtime mayhem. My cats are always on the table in my house. It's like their workbench. It has many uses. It's a bed. It's a place they can try to steal a sneaky bite of food. It's a platform from which to remind me it's meal time. And sometimes it's just an obstacle in their way."

Exploring Ice Caves with a drone and GoPro

What can be done with less than $1000 of equipment?
$400 for the GoPro plus $500 for the phantom quadcopter

How cool is this?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Simon's Cat - Cat Chat

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Simon says:

"A curious cat cat gets into a prickly situation.

This film is based on one of the scenes from the first Simon's Cat book. If you've read the book you will have noticed that Simon's Cat behaves differently depending on if he is outdoors with other animals or with Simon.

Indoors he acts more like a real cat, but when he's out of Simon's gaze, he sometimes acts like a mishievous little boy. 'Cat Chat' is an example of this."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Simon's Cat - Snow Business

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Simon says: "A curious cat discovers snow for the first time. If you live somewhere cold enough, you might remember the first time your cat saw snow. My cats are quite adventurous and snow doesn't put them off going outside. In fact Maisy appears to actually enjoy leaping around in the white stuff. This film was inspired by her antics in the garden."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Simon's Cat - Hot Spot

Simon says: "A demanding cat goes to great lengths in order to warm up and become the centre of attention. This film was created to celebrate the release of the first Simon's Cat book. It brings to life one of the sketches from within its pages. At home I do a lot of drawing at my desk. Throughout my time working on the book, Hugh would come keep me company by lying under the desk, and interrupting me when he wanted attention. Many times I'd leave the desk only to find him sprawled across the pages when I came back."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Simon's Cat - Fly Guy

Simon says: "A hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to catch a housefly. The 'Fly Guy' scenario is very familiar to me and I know it will also be for countless other cat owners. This scene is played out every Summer in my house without fail. With glasses, curtains and anything else in the way of the chase getting wrecked."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Simon's Cat - TV Dinner

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Simon says: "A hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to gain its owner's attention. The oldest of my cats is called Jess and she is a true lap-cat. She loves a fuss and follows me everywhere when I'm at home. This is great of course, until there's something I really want to do. Then her constant need for attention can become a real pain."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Evian Baby & me

How did they do this?

Simon's Cat - Cat Man Do

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Simon says:

"A hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to wake its sleeping owner.

This film came from me wanting to teach myself Flash. To help with this I decided to animate a short story. That morning, Hugh, who was then a kitten, had been jumping all over me trying to get me up so he could have his breakfast. It didn't take long before I found the inspiration I was looking for."