Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Minim prepares to drive companion human crazy by relentless luxurious purring until he receives tuna flakes!

The BBC, quoting on an article published in Current Biology, notes that cats manipulate their human companions by purring. This seminal finding is the work of Dr Karen McComb and colleagues from the Centre for Mammal Vocal Communication Research, University of Sussex, UK. Now really! I've no wish to denigrate the work of Dr McComb who, judging by her publication record, is a highly respectable scientist, but the axiomatic nature of this paper is staggering. What's next, I wonder? Parents give in to demands from perpetually whining children for a bit of peace, perhaps? I need to know where she gets her grants...!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Cat Came Back

Mad Dog's new wheels, c1992: since then some TLC has been involved as well as a bit of a sleep

Much has happened on the world stage in my minor blogging hiatus and it's hard to know where to begin. So I'm going to follow the maxim (mine) that when all else fails post about something automotive. Well it's too early for the Monte Carlo but I am getting ready to do some rallying next month. Hopefully nothing too demanding, just a nice Time-Speed-Distance event around Oregon for a couple of days with my very enthusiastic daughter. No Mini this time as I have a new rally weapon. Well not exactly new; I've owned it since 1992 but it's been in hibernation for nearly a decade and undergoing a major refit for the past year. I'll post the story of how this cheerless cat was brought back to life over the next day or so.