Post 826: home movie time…again!

Videos of the boys as kittens and young cats were a hit, so I’m posting a few more videos today. It always is fun for me to revisit these videos — Andy and Dougy are my boys! — and they remind me what a good decision I made to adopt those two little kittens back in 2011 so soon after the death of the great Louie the ginger cat. 

Hope you enjoyed the show! =(^+^)=

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Post 413: museum day

After yesterday’s busy trip to the veterinarian with Andy and the follow-up posts and video, today lacked drama.

This morning, I answered comments on the videos and post, tossed some of the boys’ new toys out for them to chase (and knock under things, where I’ll find them when I clean, I fear!), and spent the afternoon at the military museum.

Sallows Military Museum

The museum will be open seven days a week for the summer, which is nice because it means new volunteers will fill in the five other days a week another volunteer and I didn’t cover since last summer.

A new director was hired, I think, after a long search, and she will have a logjam of busy work going back to last summer to catch up with. A good way to learn what’s involved in the museum, eh?!

With the warmer weather, I had several visitors today, something that didn’t happen most of the winter. I always feel great when this city resource starts to get some use! With the coming holiday, Memorial Day, it is all the more important that people visit the military museum for a reminder of what the holiday is all about.

I like to use live flowers when I decorate family graves for Memorial Day. Mom used to put out geraniums when it was her turn to honor our dead, and it has been my turn to continue the tradition the past few years.

I like to use live flowers when I decorate family graves for Memorial Day. Mom used to put out geraniums when it was her turn to honor our dead, and it has been my turn to continue the tradition the past few years.

Post 368: How to change a mood.

One thing I find fun about editing videos is finding the right combination of length and content.

The two videos below are essentially the same content, other than title, caption, and music. Your job, if you chose, is to decide which better enhances the visual of me waking Dougy while he tries to sleep by my arm when I’m on my computer.

Example ONE: “Wake the Kitty Time!” ~ ~

Example TWO: “Don’t Wake the Kitty!” ~ ~

What do you think?

DrNworb and foster kittens, a great combination!

I can’t speak highly enough about people who work to find homes for cats (or dogs, for that matter) that might otherwise end up euthanized or condemned to fending for themselves in sad, dangerous, short lives as feral animals.

Thanks to one Vancouver couple, however there is help and hope for abandoned mother cats and kittens in that lovely city. I learned about them through YouTube videos posted on the DrNworb channel. They foster abandoned kittens and their mothers till the kittens are old enough, then help place the cats with good families. I am a big fan!

Yesterday, I discovered DrNworb expanded to Facebook.

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I have a bit of a cynical outlook on life some days. Well, many days! But people like DrNworb (Doug and Sharon) remind me that goodness and decency does exist in this world, that there is hope for humanity, that there are people who selflessly do the right thing because it is the right thing, not because it brings them glory.

It’s impossible to select one perfect example of the type of videos you’ll find on DrNworb’s YouTube channel – and now on Facebook! – but here’s a great one:

Aw! Aw! CUTE!!! If you like cats, check out this channel or the new Facebook page, you’ll soon see why I live for the days a new video gets posted! Always entertaining, always uplifting, always promoting humane treatment of cats and kittens.

Typically, their foster kittens are adopted out in pairs when they are mature enough, an arrangement you probably know I feel is best for the cats and their humans! (Andy and Dougy didn’t tell me to tell you that, but I tell you that because of them.)

Here’s another great DrNworb video:

If you enjoyed this taste of DrNworb videos and want to see more, or learn more about these and other fostered kittens and their mothers, here are some links:

https://www.facebook.com/drnworb?ref=profile

http://www.youtube.com/user/DrNworb?feature=watch

http://www.orphankittenrescue.com/

I’m addicted to cat videos, whether it’s making them or watching them. Most are posted on YouTube by the human companions of individual cats. Many are posted by breeders who use YouTube as a way to introduce viewers to the specific characteristics and behaviors of the cats they sell. The best ones, though, use videos on YouTube to promote humane treatment of cats through specific actions and established organizations like VOKRA (Vancouver Orphaned Kitten Rescue Association).

This post is in support of these two volunteers who’ve opened their home and hearts to abandoned cats and kittens in their community. Vancouver is fortunate to have such great ambassadors for humane treatment of cats!

vicissitudes of cat photography

One thing about digital cameras, you make a crap photo, and all you’ve wasted are the few electrons it took to create the image on the memory card. Occasionally, though, mistakes yield a potentially “good” photo that, with a little help from Photoshop, give the false impression you know how to handle a camera to make true art!

For example:

Impressionistic, "arty" photo of Andy and Dougy in the window. OR, a failed effort to get a focused photo of Andy and Dougy in the window, heavily processed in Photoshop.

Impressionistic, “arty” photo of Andy and Dougy in the window, or a failed effort to get a focused photo of Andy and Dougy in the window, heavily processed in Photoshop.

Let’s face it, you can tell a cat, but not much! Andy looked cute in his favorite perch, but low light (flash went off each time I attempted to get a candid shot) and a wary cat from all the flashes of light in his face didn’t make for a happy subject. (Andy’s always wary, thanks to all those baths he got as a kitten.) Oh well, even a surly Andy is cute. He can’t help it!

I don't know if anyone mistakes this for "art", but this Andy portrait sure as heck took some major Photoshopping to capture his surly, little essence!

I don’t know if anyone mistakes this for “art”, but this Andy portrait sure as heck took some major Photoshopping to capture his surly, little essence!

My digital camera will select an ultra-slow “shutter” speed for flash photos in low light. Slowly…! Before the flash goes off, your cat subject usually leaves Dodge to do something else, probably naughty and much more interesting! Not for this one, though, so I have to destroy it and everyone who reads this blog to assure no one knows I ever took a bad kitty shot. Never!

Photoshop couldn't help this one of Dougy. I tried, man! I tried!

Photoshop couldn’t help this one of Dougy. I tried, man! I tried!

Another benefit of digital photography is the crap photos, once deleted, exist no more. There aren’t any negatives to betray the reality that my cat photo everyone admires is one of dozens taken that I couldn’t Photoshop into submission. I guarantee, very few of my photos are virgins.

Patience, persistence, practice, prayer, Photoshop, and a good stout pair of woven stainless steel mesh shark-resistant gloves yield great cat photos every time! If you lack any of those, however, try making videos of the little darlings. I bet I scrapped out five minutes of videos to get this one short vignette:

Notice the thumbnail photo that appears on the YouTube still is, well, pretty darn much like the first photo in this post, only I couldn’t run it through Photoshop to make it “purr-ty”!

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[NB ~ Not unlike cat photography, this text went through 21 revisions – knock on wood! – before I called it polished enough for public viewing. Cat prose is much like cat photography: Patience, persistence, practice, prayer, proofread function, and a good stout pair of woven stainless steel mesh shark-resistant gloves yield great cat prose every time! But is it great literature? Dun-dun-dunnnn!]

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You don’t believe me? Here’s a Screen Print of the revision record for this simple, little post. In addition to the 5 P’s for successful cat photos and videos is the “P” of perfection. Nothing’s too good for my readers! Rats! This addition makes another revision! “Argh!” as Charlie Brown used to say.

So many revisions! Can't I think straight?

So many revisions! Can’t I think straight?

Twenty-two. Rats! Not another one! Yep, twenty-three!


Most people I know probably have seen these videos of “the boys”, my Persians Andy and Dougy, but here’s a recent sample of their contribution to mayhem and slapstick at this address.

You can’t have too many cat videos. Or so it seems.

Louie alive~!!

All Louie blog time. I’ve found the video feature on my digital camera is just a little more fun than a straight photo, so you get to endure all Louie videos this time!