What is it about cats and boxes? Ask Maru.

I know they like cozy spaces. It tickles me to see our cats scuffle snuggle down in their choice of the innumerable boxes in our house. Here is Snoopy enjoying a respite in one of many Amazon boxes:



Maru, the box-obsessed Asian Kitty on YouTube, would concur.

Too small box and Maru:

He takes box love to a whole new level. I just loves me some Maru kitty.

UPDATE: Oh, my gosh. I was just browsing Amazon and found out there is a Maru book coming out in August: I Am Maru. No way…How fun!

Man, I love the Internet.

Texting while driving is deadly

I could quote statistics, but this PSA and the accompanying interview  is far more effective.

Have I texted while driving? Of course I have. Even after my accident, caused by a distracted driver who looked up just in time to slam into my stopped car, I have done so. But this video is reminder enough that I won’t do it in the future.

I mean, really, how important is something that I have to take my eyes from the road to read it or reply? I can pull over or — fancy this idea — just wait.

An aside: Did you notice the part at 4:55 about what we’re now supposed to call those who have been in car wrecks? They’re “victims of unintended consequences”. As this gentleman expert says, “We don’t say accidents anymore because it implies some measure of fate and all these things are preventable.”

That’s one of the most ridiculous euphemisms I’ve heard. With that logic, we’ll have to subcategorize such occurances. Wreck preventable? Okay, that’s an Unintended Consequence. Deer jumps through your windshield? Accident! Well, wait. You could trace it back to urban sprawl and conclude the deer wouldn’t be on the roads if they had sufficient habitat.

Just call them motorvehicle accidents, people. KISS. And don’t text while you’re driving.

Charlie bit me!

I’m not sure how I ran across this video just now, but I’m glad I did. Harry and Charlie are brothers. At one time, Harry thought it was funny to put his finger in Charlie’s mouth, because Charlie bit it. Harry knows better now…

They couldn’t have planned this. Harry’s expression at about :20 into it is priceless. And Charlie’s obviously delighted with the whole thing. The boys’ parents are expecting a baby (another boy!) in June 2009. Look out, Charlie; paybacks are hell. 😉