Saturday, November 29, 2008

UK Anatolian Hip scores and sad stuff about cognitive function

Excellent Hip conformation in an Anatolian Shepherd Dog
(this is Semavi Burali "Bertha")

Caroline Southen has some updates on her November blog about Anatolian health. She's also updated the complete list of UK Anatolians that have ever obtained BVA hip ratings. The ratings include pass and fail, not just the good ones. Sadly, there are not more breeders in UK that check hips, and dysplastic dogs are commonly bred together. An international comparison of hit ratings is here.


There was a heartbreaking article in The Scientist just over a week ago, about two little twin girls who have a rare genetic disease called Nieman-Pick Type C (NPC). You do need to sign in as a free account holder to read the free article... here is an excerpt from this one to get you started.

What can two little girls teach us about Alzheimer's disease?

By Alison McCook

When you meet identical four-year old twins Addi and Cassi Hempel, you might notice something about the way they walk. They used to run around like other toddlers, but now they are more wobbly, more uncertain, and walk with their legs somewhat wide apart, as if aboard a boat. They can sway in any direction, losing their balance. They fall more often than they should.

They will notice you, and smile. They don't say words but they talk, a rhythmic, nonsensical babble from which a crystal-clear sound occasionally escapes: "ice cream," "paddycake," "four." Their heads have a slight bobble, and they sometimes can't angle their eyes downward, so they fall again.

Unlike most children, who get better at things with time, Addi and Cassi's gait will get worse, and they'll reach more for railings and furniture for support. They'll fall more, adding to the bruises that already dot their elbows and knees. The few steps in their parents' newly renovated house will become impossible; when walking gets too difficult, they'll use a wheelchair. They're not potty-trained, and likely never will be.

They will stop saying words, and may stop speaking altogether. Soon, they'll start to forget things they once remembered; like which bed is whose in the room they share, or who their parents are. They may start to have seizures. As their condition worsens, their swallowing will deteriorate, and their parents may place them on feeding tubes. In several years, they will likely die - first one, then the other. [to see the rest, go here...]


Reading the whole article put me into such a reflective and sad mood. While it's not quite the same thing, I remember reading "Flowers for Algernon" in a science fiction anthology of best selling stories. It was in the sixties when I used to read just about anything that didn't wiggle out of reach if I'd grab it. I understand there was later both a book and a movie based on the short story and these had changes in some details of the story. But never mind them!! I want to read the short story again. ah... found a copy of the original short story (circa 1959). Yay. :)

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Text tricks... and some Bill Cosby

Silly stuff - Making my own picture font....

How to make your own font character in XP. The link gives the basic instructions.

I tried it out a couple months ago. The doggie image is based on an old gif I made when I first created my Semavi dog, Anatolian icon. Actually, it was in PCX format back when and the original didn't have a spike collar -- I just added the collar for this exercise. The dog is not a very good likeness of any of my dogs, but at the time it was all done dot by dot twenty years ago on an old XT computer with an old DOS computer, no Windows! I just hang on to the pic, never sure how I'll torture the thing next time I run into it. The odd thing about it is that over the years with different base image rendering programs, the proportions of the leg and body length changes depending on the program and font that renders it. Sometimes the image is very square and other times it is stretched left to right. I haven't tried to figure that out.

In this image for this font creating exercise, below, you can see what I mean about the changing proportions. :)
You can see it rendered above in Wordpad, along side other decorative fonts for fun. Real useful, ha, I know!

Give it a try if you've got a logo or evil little icon you want to mess with.


Now for ---
Something less intensive...

How to type upside down. (- go to the link which requires javascript)
I'd put a sample of what this ɯɐɹƃoɹd can do, it's so ʎןןıs, but you can go ʇno ʇı ʎɹʇ for yourself!


I found a wonderful captioned Bill Cosby video. Enjoy!

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Blogger yetipaw sent us a woof // February 09, 2009

Love your site.
Please check out my Anatolian site here...

http://utahpaw.blogspot.com/

I'd love to be added to your blogroll.
thanks   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // February 09, 2009

Oh, your blog has a really cool header. Sure, will add you to the blog roll. It's still 'broken' as I write but soon as it's fixed, you're on!   

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

SEND a card to our troops! (courtesy of Xerox technology)

I ran into a variation on the turducken. I've never had one, and to many the original turducken was supposed to be a joke, but some people love and rave about it. Supposedly John Madden is one of them. I know I'm a meatarian type, so I'd be happy to try it but it's a lot of meat to fix at once for my purposes. Actually I've never had fried turkey either. When I first heard of that, I thought that must have been some sort of joke -- this was over fifteen years ago, but apparently there are now a variety of turkey fryers sold at cookware stores for making it throughout the year. No, this new creation I surfed into looks like something I'd have no patience to fix, and again it's too much meat to put by at once, but I'm sure I'd get first in line for, to try it out. :)

Check it out.... Turbaconducken (Turducken Wrapped in Bacon) from Bacon Today. I love Bacon. Don't have it often. I haven't even tried the chocolate dipped bacon candy yet, but as I love sweetened meats, like Canadian bacon, pineapple pizza; sweet and sour pork; baked ham with fruit & honey glaze. I can well imagine that chocolate covered bacon is on my list of to-dos. :)

Have a safe day!

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // November 27, 2008

Now, what would happen if you deep-fried your turbaconducken? Inquiring minds want to know!

Have a great holiday!! Gobble gobble!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // November 27, 2008

Now that's an idea. If it's deep fried and then the bacon parts dipped in chocolate, I'd accomplish having chocolate bacon, deep fried turkey, turducken and turbaconducken in one fell swoop!   

A Captioned Video Feed and more about hearing....

Bill Creswell finds captioned online videos or he captions many of them himself. He adds them to a VodPod feed via a widget which provides a constantly updating, wide variety of interesting pieces, from movie trailers, to music video with captioned lyrics, topics in disability, political stuff, oddball humor; many other things. He has another feed of his collection here http://ccmovies.org/ .

So cool! Much appreciated. I told him so. :)

I added his vodpod widget to the left panel of this template. You can find it quickly by clicking here. Take a look at some of the vids in the feed. There are many more on his various webpages, and the widget box gives a link to one of these collections. Thanks again, Bill! :D

Jamie Berke at About.com mentioned an interesting article about the idea of potentially using infrared to stimulate nerve cells in the ear to detect sound at a level better than that of current cochlear implants. The idea of being able to hear music again is very intriguing. The idea of ultra sensitive perception is something that transcends the imagination (or mine at least... I start thinking too much!)... I really wonder what it is that one actually senses when infrared is used this way. For some reason I get a weird vision of Telltale Hearts in the walls, alien communications, ticking watches, and peeling paint or other odd things I'd rather not be hearing. Time will tell if this technology will actually be useful.
Electrical stimulation of the inner ear by a cochlear implant produces blurred maps, but the light stimulation produced maps that were as sharp as those produced by sound in hearing guinea pigs, says Richter, who presented the findings at the Medical Bionics conference in Lorne, in the Australian state of Victoria, earlier this week.... [get the full article here at New Scientist]

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Assorted oddities...

On LGD-L, (Livestock Guardian Dog discussion List which also has a library on subjects regarding these dogs), we read about how flockguardian dogs work with livestock and sometimes run into stories about various species kept under LGD care. One type of goat I hadn't heard of on the forum is a Moroccan goat that climbs trees. One of the by products of tree climbing goats is argan oil.


Chickens do have amazing abilities. I thought this was one of the better videos on chicken head orientation. :)



Constitutional crisis?
I thought it a bit odd, what is going on for Donofrio. He set up a Blogger blog when another site of his went down temporarily. The Blogger blog has since been taken down for about 24 hours as of this writing.

American Thinker has much of the Hawaii birth certificate info up to date.
A news site in Oklahoma has another summary.

I thought Salon was a bit amusing, after all, elected officials say one thing during campaigns and then do another. Honeymoon killer - Salon

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bookmark & Password Sync (Firefox) and HS Girls in Trouble

Discovered some very useful (free) tools for maintaining my bookmarks across several computers. I also needed a temporary solution for password storage. Found it all here.

I was amused to learn that Denofrio [sic?] "retired his license to practice law to become a professional poker player".

In something that sounds a bit completely different in a casual game, there is "Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!" which you can read about at the link. What an intriguing name for a game. As is typical of most casual games, you can try before you buy. You get the first 60 minutes of gameplay for free, then you can choose whether or not to buy the game so you can have more time to complete it and replay as desired. :)

A bit from the description given in the review at Gamezebo:
As it turns out, high school girls in the 1920s got into about as much trouble as they do nowadays - they just do it with flapper-style flair and scratchy swing music playing in the background. The game does a superb job of immersing you in the Roaring '20s, and the biggest treat of all is the irreverent dialogue. This isn't one of those games that you can just click through on your way to the next puzzle. Each sentence is dripping with wit, and – parents be warned – healthy doses of innuendo. ("I lost my cigarette lighter. If I don't find it, I'll have to ask a boy for a match. Who knows what he'll want in return!" or "Myrtle is an ignorant amateur at the art of passion. Why, last summer in India, I satisfied a Raja, while remaining full flowered.")
That's all for now...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Modest Kats and a Follow up on Cooking for Dogs (Golden Bone recipes)

From JokeIndex.com


A follow up on a two year old posting (Nov 2006) -- few months ago (Sept), I got an email from a person that wrote regarding the old blog posting I wrote which featured a widely distributed free collection of recipes, containing over 300 dog/cat treats and meal recipes (a few misc other things). You can still get them here.

In the two year old posting, I had asked if anyone knew anything about what had happened to the collection and its author. No one seemed to know, and then about half a year later, there was that Chinese melamine fiasco and people started to look for alternate foods for their pets while the commercial mess was straightened out (the file got a lot of downloads for a while back when). Well turns out that the original author wrote to me in September and sent this cheery note which follows. She seems to be okay that her efforts are still enjoyed by so many people.
I started the Golden Bone Hall of Honor for Dogs on the Web back in 1996 as part of a grad school project, and the Mastercook file of dog treats was part of that site. How fun to see it referenced online after all this time! I did indeed take it down several years ago. I changed ISPs, and just never got around to putting it online again. I have been interested to see it being sold on Ebay a number of times over the years, though... :)
Your Anatolians are beautiful!
Regards
- Keri Cathey

I thought I'd follow up on this matter and link again to that posting because with the holidays coming up, I'm sure a few people might be wanting to make pet treats as gifts too. There are not only doggie cookies in the collection but homemade versions of such things as something called Icy Paws ice cream, special diets like low purine meals, milk substitute for puppies, many Three Dog Bakery treats, recipes to bulk up emaciated dogs, casseroles and liver treats. Just quite a lot of stuff. :)

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Okay, I was wrong but PeTA Mommy is still alt.wacked.disturbed

I had thought he was 1/4 Arab but apparently I was off by quite a bit -- :edit: 28Nov2008 IF that link doesn't work, try this one. The author of the page had used a tilde in the page name and it doesn't not resolve properly from some links. :)

Gamezebo has an article about a game where PeTA perpetuates its radical mayhem, apparently based on its favorite "Mommy".

Now, let's move on with some Free stuff!

A cool looking, free online game is Something Amiss, about a young woman named Alice, who wakes up on the table of an MRI machine and finds there's no one there around her. Apparently she is locked into this MRI room and with your help she will figure out how to get out of there and solve the other puzzles in the cascade of questions surrounding her situation. It's all played entirely in a browser window and you can click any key on your keyboard to get game help and tips. You move Alice around by mousing the crosshairs onto different objects and left-clicking when the crosshairs turn red and choosing from a menu.

November 21st (Friday) is the day that the launch for the public beta for another free online game. This is Elf Island, a fantasy world game with a cute homepage. Nice concept. It seems to be about teaching children about compassion and doing good for others. The registration page seems to be pretty straightforward that it is intended to be a nice game for kids and others who like this concept.

Both "Something Amiss" and "Elf Island" each have blogs linked each their homepages so you can learn more about the latest updates on each.

Now more along the line of things I actually make time for, cooking and recipes! There's a free, beautifully illustrated Bisquick recipe collection, which can also be downloaded and kept handy offline. Likewise, one for Diabetes, one on brunches, soups, holiday cookies, whole wheat baking and birthday parties. These are courtesy of Betty Crocker and General Mills and I think these magazines are typically sold as impulse items at the checkout stands. I just love freebies! (and uh... to someone who will not be named, No, I'm not really downloading the entire internet... I think? lol) Psst... to everyone else, is she gone now? Shhh... here's one more, a Kraft Food and Family Festive 2008 recipe collection.

There's more but I think this is enough for now!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Law and Order!

Semavi Kale Shadow (Ruya's sibling pinto sister) caught on a picture after she ran in and rolled a puppy for unwanted behavior among Shadow's sheep. You can see from her expression as she leaves the crumpled puppy, just how she feels. Yeah, I know there are 'all positive' dog training advocates that argue that dogs don't do the 'alpha wolf roll'. I don't have time to argue with them. I don't think they've observed how large dogs keep order, which age ranges and the types of infractions - it is complicated and justice is administered 'to effect' - not at all like some sort of 'thug city'. Mama dogs teach their kids the law of the tooth and fang and normally one or two lessons can instill certain respect for the life of the given student. :)

Above type scenario came to mind when I saw this... it is a video showing some chickens disrupting squabbling ruckus from a pair of rabbits.

The hens are beautiful. I would love to have some Light Brahmas again some day. They are a really gentle breed despite what the video may seem to show. Pretty substantial in size, slow to grow, good layers, broody, good moms, light brown tinted eggs.


Just read that BoingBoing has a new game related blog starting up, Offworld. Might be kind of fun.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

CaptionsON - advocate & Captioned Bolt Trailer

CaptionsON.com's video (clicky!) has a very nice video, briefly discussing and demonstrating the benefits that can be had with captioned video for the diverse population of people (many who are not deaf) that are inadvertently forgotten, when people create online video without captions. Click the movie above to see!

Below are some of the points that make captioning so important, as listed on CaptionsON.

Captions matter because captions are.

  • Free to viewers of television and the Internet.
  • Accessible to individuals living in nearly every household in the United States.
  • Professionally produced in the US by highly skilled stenographers and offline captioners. Stenographers transcribe the audio portion of a live program as it is being aired and send the captions across the country in seconds. Offline captioners transcribe prerecorded programming with 100% accuracy before it airs.
  • An essential service for the over 31 million individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, giving them access to the audio portion of programming on TV and the Internet.
  • A tool that improves reading and listening skills of children and adults by visually tying words with sound.
  • A way to strengthen language and comprehension skills for those learning English as a second language, marrying the spoken word with the written word as well as reinforcing grammar and sentence structure.
  • A great way to engage and exercise the mind by challenging the viewer to focus on reading, listening and comprehending in real time
  • Able to enhance family time by not only allowing all members of the household to enjoy programming at lower volume levels but also knowing the added benefits captions are bringing to everyone – regardless of age.


Pixar began working on an animated movie about an German Shepherd a few years ago. Disney wanted it and but not in the four years that Pixar would normally take. Disney has changed the story a bit, and the doggie hero is called Bolt. Bolt will be coming out this Thanksgiving holiday. I initially thought it was a Pixar movie, but in its current form, it is not. It is a Disney movie. I won't be able to watch it in theaters but look forward to seeing it when it's out on DVD. Here is a trailer that was captioned by Bill Creswell. Yay Bill! :)

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ad Age's Marketer of the Year - Obama Wins 2008!

Resistance is futile.
LOL, pic. Funny geeky stuff.

Marketing --
On techy stuff... Popular media is always changing. Newspapers in printed form aren't doing so hot any more. Live video or TV seems to do much better. There's a lot of good to be said for finding ways to get citizens involved with their choices in government although it is sometimes an analyst's minefield, and all resort to some amount of flakey propaganda. The goal, of course, is to successfully sell the strategist's candidate. Presidential debates (see link for history) for example, are somewhat like today's real time reality shows. How much longer will be before you can pick up a cell phone and vote on such performances? It could be a cool thing because it keeps the heat going because people can be interactive in the selection of candidates for their strengths.

In light of that, I found the following very interesting...

Obama Wins! Ad Age's Marketer of the Year - 2008
From unknown to presidential nominee
"I think he did a great job of going from a relative unknown to a household name to being a candidate for president," said Linda Clarizio, president of AOL's Platform A, the sponsor of the opening-night dinner attended by 750 where the votes were cast.
For another look at how technology enhanced this election and how the times, they are a changin' <-- check out the link.


Not entirely a total non sequitur to above material on marketing a candidate, the following Google video is an interesting lecture which has concepts which tie into marketing strategy, technology and choices. Certainly contains material for reflection for analysts, or those that are involved with developing and understanding stratagem. It is 64 minutes long.

The Paradox of Choice - Why More Is Less, by Barry Schwartz.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The sun is shining, the birds are singing...

Protecting Constitutional concepts is apparently truly non-partisan. Now, not only are loyal 'D' party supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton involved and some former Obama supporters figuratively clasping hands along with various picks from the 'R' party, but Presidential candidate of the American Independent Party, Alan Keyes; Wiley S. Drake, V.P. candidate of the Independent Party & California elector, and Markham Robinson, another California elector as well all want to know the answers.

Alan Keyes has filed suit in California on Nov. 12, 2008 against Obama and others. Yeah, I know -- some loyal Obama supporters are keeping their eyes closed, sticking fingers in their ears and chanting lalalala... after all, Berg supposedly had no standing to sue (Berg v. Obama: Surrick dismissed the case , finding that Berg lacked standing to bring the suit - standing defined thusly -- because he did not face direct harm even IF the allegations were true). Ah fine on the legal lingo, but that's still avoidance. Berg has filed again with the Supreme court and still has a Writ of Certiorari standing.

As I pointed out in a recent post about the forensics of our recent politics, ignoring or obsfucating unanswered questions does not make them go away. Even FactCheck.org which was oft' cited in reams of forums very pointedly did the same -- fingers in ears, lalala -- and it remains. Dated from back in August it passes their decree to their unquestioning faithful that Obama is "born in the USA"... Yet, they wrote: We tried to ask the Hawaii DOH why they only offer the short form, among other questions, but they have not given a response. Even Snopes which is increasingly unreliable, cites factcheck as proof that Obama was born in the USA. Sorry folks, it hasn't been proven yet. Self referential is bad forensics.

We'll just have to see how our various judges address the issues.

Alan Keyes may have standing as it was defined in the Berg v. Obama, PA suit, we'll just have to see. Keyes v. Bowes, Petition of Writ of of Mandate (get the PDF here) develops on what was learned about Bergs previous technicalities and then some. Quoted in part, below:
[...]At this point, Senator Obama has not allowed independent or official access to his vault (original hospital) birth records and supporting hospital records. Senator Obama’s citizenship status has been, and is being, challenged in 17 different legal actions in various federal and state courts, which challenges cast doubt on the validity of the electoral process, regardless of outcome, if not resolved prior to the certification of the election by the Electors. SOS is specifically charged with certifying and guaranteeing the validity of official documents and overseeing the elections in California, such that the people’s confidence in the fundamental aspect of democracy is maintained. To date, in this regard, SOS has not carried out that fundamental duty
The PDF does outline a case when the Secretary of State did do the job they were supposed to do regarding another young candidate.

Below, as the rest of us have continued wondering over past months... have we a metaphysical President-elect?
However, there are a number of separate reasons that would make Senator Obama ineligible to serve as President of the United States. On August 21, 2008, Mr. Phillip J. Berg, former Deputy Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania, filed a legal action against Senator Obama and the Democratic National Committee. With his action, and in the subsequent appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, Mr. Berg provided documents to the effect that Senator Obama was born in what is now Kenya (the British East African Protectorate of Zanzibar at the time) and that his paternal grandmother was present at his birth. Senator Obama claims that he was born in Hawaii. According to statements made by his half-sister, Maya Soetoro Ng, he was born in Kapiolani Hospital in Hawaii. According to his biography posted on Wikipedia, Senator Obama was born in Queens Hospital in Hawaii. [Map] However, he has never provided the original hospital birth certificate from 1961, with the name of the hospital and the name and the signature of the doctor in attendance. All that Senator Obama has posted on his website is a Registry of Live Birth (short version), obtained in 2007, that does not provide the name of the hospital or the doctor. Clearly, one human being cannot be born in three different places. Hawaii Revised Statute 338-178 allows registration of birth in Hawaii for a child that was born outside of Hawaii to parents who, for a year preceding the child’s birth, claimed Hawaii as their place of residence.
Interesting times indeed. Over all, I see in the groups with which I communicate, there is less concern about the party that leads our nation (no concern at all regarding race) than there is for concern that 'We the People' are truly able to ask questions without being forced into silence by our own constitutional judiciary.

I don't think Obama wanted his life to be secret if he wrote about his life. Do the facts stack up? Will we find out? Have his legions been swept up into a Harry Potter-like world in Obama novels loosely based on someone's imaginary life?

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Blogger Ted sent us a woof // November 15, 2008

Unavoidable scenario: If SCOTUS disqualifies Obama BEFORE 1/20/09 inauguration, McCain is POTUS per remaining electoral college electors; if SCOTUS disqualifies Obama after 1/20/09 inauguration, Hillary likely becomes POTUS per vote of Dem controlled House of Rep. Either way, is clear Obama will NOT be or remain POTUS.   

Friday, November 14, 2008

Anatolian Rescue goodies

I just got my beautiful Anatolian Calendar for 2009. Leydi above, is the cover girl. You can see more pics of her and her beautiful kids, over at Zaltana's Anatolian blog. It's a fun blog to visit because it is a picture web log and the pictures give a lot of clues about canine pack behavior. I think Marlene does a great job on her blog. :) (Plus, I just like to harass her! )

Kadim, Leydi and Alex are among the featured Anatolians in the 2009 calendar. 100% of all proceeds benefit purebred Anatolians. There might be some calendars left for those who forgot about preordering - they do not last long because the number that are printed is based largely on preorders. For more info on if any can be had, or info on how much is raised for rescue, and if you have a great Anatolian you'd like to see in next year's calendar, go here.

NASRN has an assortment of items for fund raisers. Alex is also featured on an Anatolian holiday card over at the new NASRN (rescue) blog, check it out! :) What a gorgeous headshot!

I'm tempted to scan Alex and put him on my blog too, but that would make it too easy for you. If you really want to have it, get his holiday cards or buy a 2009 calendar! heehee :D

BTW if you have a Myspace profile, and are looking to add friends you can add NASRN as a Myspace friend.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Anatolian Rescue Blog and some MMORPG video fun!

A couple days ago I discovered NASRN's blog. (National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network.)
I'll be adding their blog link to the Anatolian Blogroll whenever Blogrolling is back up again. Blogrolling is reportedly undergoing a rewrite so it might take a little time. Anyway, I'm linking to it here for now.

Unrelated: Note to self... get a replacement box of baking soda next to the stove to quickly put out cooking fires.


Okay, I ran into some really funny video a few days ago and the best part is that not only is it really hilarious stuff, but it is captioned!! :D

The Youtube homepage for this series of movies is WatchTheGuild, and they have Season 1 available here. I will embed the first clip of Season 1 below so you can get an idea what it's about. It really is hilarious. I haven't played any of these massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) but I know dozens and dozens of people that do, -- some with almost entire families in different locations around the world meeting and playing a game periodically. Some people really get into it (maybe too much!) and others play off and on. Being reliable with your group is important to the gaming and social success of a guild or group. For example, it may take a team of players with a wide variety of skills to kill a virtual dragon. This sort of game play isn't my thing, but the fun thing about these clips is how realistically they depict or parody real time social network individuals. If you like this clip below, head over to the homepage linked above and watch more as you find time. :) Fun!



A week ago, I mentioned a couple free anime styled MMORPGs. If you just want to check them out, go here for "Winterland Online" and also check out the drop down menu for a list of their other virtual worlds at the topmost right.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Polar bears and dogs playing

Polar Bears playing with Huskies.



If you ever meet wild polar bears up close and personal like this, let's hope that they are not hungry! (don't click this link or this one, if you are eating!)

I have an older posting on this topic, here.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Forget mtDNA, I met Eli on Pixdaus! :)

What a find! I was trying to clear up a mess of bookmarks while looking for a genetics link I thought I lost (found it), and ran into a bookmark which is an RSS feed to Pixdaus. I clicked it and got the photo feed. Too nice a bookmark to delete, but wow, just on the first hit (this is a very active feed so it's like winning a lottery in one hit, lol), I see this photo which the poster at Pixdaus had the grace to add with the name of the photographer included. Yay!

A quick search digs up Gary Minish who has awesome Alaskan photography online and is featured on a Valdez, Alaska site with several slide shows. Searching for info on his dogs, I found a link referring to several dogs (three). Click the pic above to go directly to Pixdaus (the link to Eli), and then click this link to meet Gary's other dogs. He's got two LGDs and one black shepherd type dog. All of them enjoy the awesome alpine scenes which seem to be within Gary's driving distance. He is apparently a supporter of Anatolian rescue as well. What a guy. :)

It's a little difficult to immediately see how to scroll through parts of the album and Gary takes the time to caption many of the photos, it's worth the tour. Once you see enlarged pics, navigate the album from near the top left and you will see a '>' (and also '<' symbols) that will short cut your scroll through the album. About four pages down currently (a guess), you see his big white LGD who is actually clipped for 'the warm weather'! (in that remote alpine pic... you can see snow in the background!). :) Now I loved 'meeting the dogs' but this pic (High Intensity Symmetry) just blows me away! (click) I would just love to have a high res desktop image of it!

Awesome pics! If it weren't for Pixdaus and a missing browser link about a potential logical red herring concerning sequencing of intestinal mitochondrial DNA of a 5,000-year-old mummy named Öetzi (an Iceman), I might never have seen Gary's awesome photography! :D

What with all the snow... it reminded me of another Pixdaus picture I found, which unfortunately did not give any photo credit.

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 11/07/2008 12:05:00 PM | Permanent link | (0) Comments

Surfing add on - Snap Shots

Weather changes sometimes bring me migraines. ugh... I decided to explore Snap Shots and try to figure out how to implement it in different parts of a domain including on this blog. I've admired Snap Shots on some blog pages for the past year or so but never got around to checking it out. I actually installed in this blog template then realized how annoying it got in nothing flat due to all the exploding links... unless I found time to do more tweaks to the blog template. But whoa and YAY... I discovered that some tweaks can be made within the settings of the Snap Shot tool without doing anything else to a page template.

I like the changes so far on my long standing test page, the Anatolian Blogroll page which I occasionally torture with various javascript and dilapidated nonsense. If you're not familiar with Snap Shots, that would be a place to go to see what tweaks I have done with my version of Snap Shots.

So....... what to look for -- See the blogroll page above. If you are not blocking javascript (which this depends on) there will be a little box icon next to a link... you put your cursor over the box and it will give a little popup snapshot of the link to which it is pointed. You can preview the link before you go there. I've also customized it on my test page with a little icon of an Anatolian and the words "Semavi Dogs". (pats self on back) :) Pretty cool if you want to see if a blog was updated before clicking the blog links.

Btw if you like seeing those sort of previews to links, you can install an add-on for most browsers. This little tool will let you customize what you see on your own browser. Go to this page and choose the link for the End Users.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Whew it's over! -- Now for some relaxing Cat Music

I'm so glad the election is over.

While everything isn't final yet, electoral college matters among other things -- the basic elements of world economy, broad international lack of stability, and the position of being the world's most powerful leader will truly test his mettle and show us if he really has a strategy or has been a novelist and poet all along. His anticipated tenure will sorely test the soured faith of hundreds of thousands newfound proletariats, from countless populations of inter-conflicted and indeed clashing special interests. And to begin with, he has already lowered the bar to define who are the bourgeoisie, he has over half the country uneasy with his lack of accountability, which includes his being held up to less scrutiny than other 2008 candidates and even a plumber, up to this point. (probably politically incorrect to do, if we are to consult our mainstream media's recent actions as our guide.) Hoping for the best.


Now time for a little Cat Music or at least some grins. :)

I can't hear a thing on the vid of course, but there is a bit of open captioning. The part of this clip that made me laugh was what appears to be a sort of 'dueling pianos' demo at a tempo slower than that of "Amazing Grace". Having played piano for about ten years as a child (in Japan), I do know what those keys sound like that the kitty is pressing and maybe I need a disclaimer for my subject line. ;)

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // November 07, 2008

The cat music was adorable!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // November 07, 2008

I agree. So childlike and almost human! The one cat I had when I also had a piano was good at knocking music and knick knacks down to the floor -- or walking on the keys.   

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote 2008! and this and that... (UFOs and Anime Pirates?)

Hope you all get out there and vote if you already haven't!

I've started playing around with Google adsense and other ads on this blog. The pages drawing the most visits are usually the game pages or special interests posts (like the python that swallowed a sheep, erk) or random stuff I have on science and genetics. Will be kind of fun to see what clicks generate for the site.


A really popular image on my site is this Sims 2 Space Port by SimMaster Ralph.

It's just too cool looking. Has UFOs hovering above the house, one of which UFOs is actually the main entry into this Sim household. There is a transporterlike 'stair' into the UFO from which your sim can then enter the house proper. I'm going on memory. I don't think I have taken a sim to that house in a couple of years now and other than a short visit to observe its coolness, I haven't actually played it! It might be interesting to see how Seasons affects it with the snow, ice and thunder storms... hrm.

I like to collect oddball Sims creations, sort of like the way we all used to collect hundreds of fonts for computer word processors. I generally end up keeping all the fonts (lol) but some of the Sim 2 creations are just a brief curiousity and then they go byebye. If you have the game and want to check out the Space Port -- the link to it is on an old post here. The image on that page is scrunched. I don't know why I never fixed it. Oh well. The Space Port is suitable for all base Sims 2 (computer) games. You do not need to own hundreds of dollars in expansion packs to use it. :p You do need to have a registered Sims 2 game in order to download the house at the official EA Sims 2 homepage.

Much newer oddness, and FREE -- that I ran into a few days ago are a some online games where your character is in the form of a stylized Japanese cartoon art form called anime. The games are MMORPG - which is a multiplayer online format. Flexible, it can be a sort of interactive 'chat room' if that's all you want. Or you can go exploring or play it as a skill game -- be a warrior or whatever. You need to be able to download the main program tho. So if you're on dialup, that could be rather piggish since I think the file sizes are close to a half or 1 gig (I forget) but it comes with a pausable, resumable downloader if you are determined to try for it on a slow connection. The homepage screens are beautiful. See "Wonderland Online" or "Tales of Pirates" for examples. Or after landing on either page, just click on the Free Online Games menu at the far top right corner of the page where you can select other choices. The software is free and so is playing the free versions, but some of the more enhanced games in the menu require a paid membership if you decide to keep playing.

I keep feeling vaguely confused... daylight savings time changes sometimes do that to me. When I'm feeling really tired, I can't remember if we're supposed to "Fall forward and Spring back", or is it "Spring forward and Fall back"? I'm still looking forward to seeing Apple Hill and getting a bushel of fresh apples (I love Fuji, Braeburns and Winesaps!)... we haven't found time to do that yet. But soon... yes! Anyway, adios for now.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Turkey Takeover

Peeping Tom? (or Alien from Planet X with outstretched neck over 6' high, peering at James)

Today, we had a surprise...

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Turkeys are not small. That is one in front of a 6' gate to the horse pasture.

James was on his way to do some errands -- but once he got out the gate, he was startled by the appearance of a flock of apparently free ranging turkeys (escapees?) strutting up and down our easement, wandering around in the paddock and flying to the top of our ag building and fences. He dashed (well, the best you can using two forearm crutches) in to grab a digital camera and take some shots. It was a wet and dismal day out there so the light wasn't optimal for digital pictures. Nevertheless, he got some nice ones so I'd know he wasn't making this up. ;)

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Pretty birds. On top of a 6' fence.

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On top of the tin roof of our horse shelter/ag building.

He said of the (possibly) ten (or so) birds, there was at least one tom which displayed a lot of white markings on the tail feathers when when he puffed up and strutted in a little show off dance -- but he only did it once, probably to make a statement to James, about who was in charge of the pretty hens.It is hard to make out from the photos which might be the male(s) because no one danced again after James got the camera. The birds seem to be escapees from someone's place. I imagine they must be going nuts about where the birds have gone.

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In the paddock keeping their backs toward James.

They aren't timid enough to be wild turkeys -- although in almost every picture, they make a point to be headed in another direction or as far from the camera as possible. :)

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On a gazebo structure - 6' high.

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Lined up on the ag building.

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On top of a 6' foot metal gate.
The 'peeping tom' in the very first shot (this isn't the same one) was standing on this black, 6 foot tall metal fence and peering over a board fence, into the corral. (it could have been a hen, IDK) This pic was taken by James using the camera like a periscope*!

Anyway, this makes James story easier to believe. :)

I'm glad he kept his distance and didn't mess with them. Turkeys can be pretty formidable if they're in a bad mood.

The turkeys are gone now. Don't know if they will be back.
Why were they here? I suspect they might have gotten wind of an invitation to an upcoming holiday party as featured guests. Really can't blame them if they preparing to migrate. :D


*PS. James is over 6' tall, but he got these and over a dozen other pics (some much fuzzier, birds sometimes not centered) by standing with arms outstretched, the camera over his head -- taking blind shots at them then peering at preview to see if he had the angle right. Not bad, huh? :)

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // November 07, 2008

I love turkeys! There are wild flocks in N. Illinois and occasionally you see signs like the deer crossing signs except they say "turkey crossing".   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // November 07, 2008

I'd love to have more poultry here. Chickens especially and some day, some peafowl. Chickens can make wonderful pets and the eggs are such miracles. If you putter around in the garden and turn over rocks and such, calling them over to hunt for worms - it becomes great quality time, lol. And you get good fertilizer to compost for your garden.

Don't know about your area. Many people in the cities and crowded suburbs who have a scrap of yard are legally able to have a few hens. Roosters are not as welcome. ;)

Then again, I think you might have to say goodbye to your garden (not going to happen, I know). Chickens like tender greens... You would probably have to make a choice on which organism gets to free range. With Foley, brindled girl of the Greys there, it's at least two against one for the free range birds. :D   

Sunday, November 02, 2008

"Vetting" a Candidate Gets a Boost from the Electoral College?

Approaching storm... where is the light?

Vetting the Presidential Candidates does not exist at the level of confidence that some voters believe.
Claims that it does exist in a secure, thorough and consistent manner are bogus and based on assumptions. Vetting of - Vice Presidents is done by the presidential candidate's advisors and is probably a more thorough procedure than that used for presidential nominees. Vetting of visitors to the White House however, is abysmal.

Now, on Monday the 3rd... a day before the big day, Electoral College may be involved in the growing number of lawsuits challenging Obama's eligibility. In my opinion, EC does have to get involved with the alleged and unsatisfactory vetting process and how it failed for Obama's campaign. ". . .24 potential Electoral College electors are filing action Monday morning in court"

So who screens? Who does the vetting? Had it been a different election year, Obama's alleged party affiliations (eg, with Illinois' socialist New Party) might have actually had some elements of conflict with California's nomination requirements which include the following, but it's doubtful that SoS would actually investigate or challenge since it appears to be merely a paperwork formality:

1Any candidate for state partisan office shall have been registered with the political party the nomination of which he or she seeks continuously for not less than three months prior to the time of presentation of his/her Declaration of Candidacy or, if eligible to register for less than three months, for as long as he or she has been eligible to register to vote in California. The candidate shall not have been registered as affiliated with a political party other than that party within twelve months immediately prior to the filing of the Declaration of Candidacy. This party affiliation requirement is not applicable for candidates of political parties participating in their first direct primary election subsequent to their qualification as political parties. §8001

Here's a PDF of the procedure in Washington state to get more familiarity (or if it's your state).

The Illinois webpage listing Obama as a member of the New Party has been deleted from the NP site, and if you clicked that link above, you find yourself landing on the Internet Time Machine. More info here including other sources of NP info with Obama membership. Are the dates for his affiliation known? October 1996 was the date of the article that has been 'deleted'. 12 months is pretty close to his Declaration of Candidacy filed with the State of California given his youth. While his affiliations with alternate parties is his choice and of little quibble to me, it is relevant to me that his affiliations mirror important issues of party allegiance, consistency and faith in direction, and that was part of why the stipulation of a grace period is important. It's also very important to me that all the elements of lack of accountability in politics are addressed with a reasonable explanation, rather than whatever is going on now. It's quite obvious that Obama is not about 'change' if he doesn't want to be held accountable for his own deeds. It mirrors the exact issues we all have with all parties.

At any rate, what about that 'vetting' he went through? For presidential candidates to be accepted in California-
Each party nominates and then certifies their chosen presidential candidates to the California's Secretary of State. The SoS accepts the 'Certification of Nomination' (see sample jpg of one, from another state) from each candidate or that which is submitted by their party on their behalf. Independents are only 'vetted' by popularity and the media. This is really an inside job! An example of procedure is shown in PDF for California, quoted here, in part:
Selection is based on any combination of several criteria, including but not limited to:
• Being generally recognized as seeking the office
• Qualifying for federal matching funds
• Appearing in public opinion polls, candidates' forums, debates, etc.
• Being on the ballot in other states' primaries
• Actively campaigning in California
• Having a campaign office in California

Candidates not selected by the Secretary of State may qualify by circulating petitions statewide
to gather signatures of voters registered in their party.

• Democratic candidates must gather signatures in each of the state’s 53 congressional districts, equal in number to 1% of the district’s Democratic registration in the 154-Day Report of Registration preceding the presidential primary or 500, whichever is fewer. The period for circulating nomination petitions is October 8 to December 4, 2007 (E-120 to E-63). §§ 2187(a)(1), 6061, 6101, 6108, 6122

• Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom Party candidates must gather signatures equal in number to 1% of their party’s statewide registration total in the 154-Day Report of Registration preceding the presidential primary; signatures may be gathered anywhere in the state. The period for circulating nomination petitions is October 24 to November 23, 2007 (E-104 to E-74). §§ 2187(a)(1), 6343, 6360, 6365, 6382, 6568, 6569, 6581, 6586, 6587, 6591, 6725, 6781, 6786, 6787, 6791

By the 120th day before the election, the chairperson of each qualified party must notify the Secretary of State of the number of delegates to represent California at the party’s national nominating convention. Prior to the presidential primary election, each Democratic and Republican candidate must file a slate of the requisite number of delegates for his/her party, selected according to the party’s requirements. For the American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom Parties, each group of candidates for delegate must receive the endorsement of a candidate for the presidential nomination, which must be filed with the Secretary of State.
Anyhow, so much for careful "vetting". There at appears to be a lot more attention to 'vetting' his past into obscurity in many areas, from which other candidates cannot escape scrutiny, or if they attempt to, noise is made about it in main stream media.

Icon, Barry Potter's Obama's charisma and debating skills seduce some into believing he is a hero! that will give them solutions and change. Frankly, no one should need reminders that every candidate promises change, but the complex realities of idealism vs reality smack them all down. They are supposed to both uphold the Constitution and serve other people including those that may not have elected them. They are between a rock and hard place. So Obama's desire for change is mirrored in all of us but embodied in different ways.

How many us decide as kids, that we would never raise our kids the way our parents did? And then what happens? You grow up, you get the brats by the tail, and over time, you start to see your own parent(s) when you look in the mirror. Reality and idealism are yin and yang. They are never the same. There must be a balance between the id and the ego. And any executive faced with too much change at once has no easy way to deal with a disaster. If 9/11 never happened, how different would be our situation now? Decisions are hard. I still see people leaping to their deaths from smoking, towering buildings and huge barrelling clouds of smoke and debris flowing down the streets like a river... -those images will stay with all of us for a long time.

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My Favorite Sims 2 Video - Little Mermaid

An old favorite, this is a Sims 2 movie, made from the game and using special camera effects.

There are no captions for the story but it is based on the original Hans Christian Anderson version of the "Little Mermaid".



It was fun running into this again! Isn't it amazing what you can do with a game like the Sims 2?
Choreography, costume and set with a great story! Imagination is power! :)

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sarah Obama tapes available...

Did several updates on this post, this AM. (Nov 2, 2008)

Sarah Obama's tapes are finally now available to the public and online.

Go to America's Right blog for details with Jeff Schreiber's comments. (Jeff is: Legal writer by day, exhausted law student by night)

Along with the well publicized "confirmation" from Grandma Sarah about being present at Obama's birth, some of what is there includes... "from Rev. Kweli Shuhubia's sworn affidavit":
I left Kisumu City and traveled to Mombosa, Kenya. I interviewed personnel at the hospital in which Senator Obama was born in Kenya. I then had meetings with the Provincial Civil Registrar. I learned there were records of Ann Dunham giving birth to Barack Hussein Obama, III in Mombosa, Kenya on August 4, 1961. I spoke directly with an Official, the Principal Registrar, who openly confirmed the birthing records of Senator Barack H. Obama, Jr. and his mother were present, however, the file on Barack H. Obama, Jr. was classified and profiled. The Official explained Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. birth in Kenya is top secret. I was further instructed to go to the Attorney General’s Office and to the Minister in Charge of Immigration if I wanted further information.
:edit: I forgot to post this other link showing Obama's Grandma. She is an awesome, beautiful lady. She seems to be very active, healthy and astute. It is interesting to consider that others will be trying to silence her or be 'speaking for her' -- from this point on and in the near future -- because what she has to say is not considered "evidence". Main Stream Media could have sent someone out to speak with her, months ago, but there appears to be any number of reasons that this did not happen. Instead, we have to rely on regular civilians who can be doubted for any number of reasons, for what they have to say or hide. I did particularly like the video showing the ride to the home and a little about Grandma Obama. (adds more information to the video posted the other day about Obama's paternal grandma).

I've also been trying to dig up information how how Obama was 'vetted'. I am told by his supporters that he was vetted by the Secret Service, the FBI and NSA, but none of them have even tried to source this. I could say more but I have a few more things I want to do after posting this.

:edit: See today's post at Zombietime. (some of the speculation is just a bit weird, but the real underlying connections are in the philosophical material)

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 11/01/2008 10:41:00 PM | Permanent link | (0) Comments

Born in Kenya?

The Flag of Kenya

I found a couple interesting videos on YouTube on Friday.

Wasn't sure what to make of them, but I'll embed video two here...


You can find video one here.

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Sims 3 - The Next Generation

Above, a Sim 2 creation with two of her Anatolian Shepherd Dogs.

No, The Sims 3 isn't out yet, but it's getting more interesting all the time so I just had to post! I still haven't found much time to do much of anything with my Sims 2 game in the past year or so, although I install the expansion packs as soon as I get a chance - just so I know the newest disks work. It's such a fine game if I can ever get back to it. Unfortunately, its not really a quick little game, like Tetris or Solitaire, because it is about families and little simulated people and their lives.

The simulated scene above shows a young lady who has just bought a house. She brought two Anatolian Shepherd Dogs created from the family creator in the game. The three are not really even familiar with each other yet, although the lady looks comfy to be with her dogs. They need more relationship points before they are close friends and the dogs need to learn basic obedience. My girl hasn't bought any furniture for the house yet, and it's a small one at that, since she didn't have a lot of money (simoleons) to get started. I'm going to have this Sim lady help me do a doggie tutorial eventually. She will probably have a big garden, grow all of her food, a pond where she can fish, and lots of space for her pets. Since her property will have lots of trees, for fruit and landscaping, she's likely to have some wolves as visitors. I like to think she'll be close to nature and I'd like her to meet and marry a rich celebrity Sim -- but since she's a family oriented girl, she might be happy with any compatible sim guy. Since neither she nor I know the neighborhood where she has just moved, she'll have to socialize in her town and maybe do some traveling. Hopefully, she'll fall for a great guy amd eventually have some great kids, some of whom may go to college. I can't remember what she wanted for a career (these are spontaneous and part of their "Life Time Wants", or goals for the game play). I'll have to check it out again some time. I really love The Sims 2!

With all the busy stuff in life lately, I have been avoiding peeking at anything about the next generation game. ...except for small doses. :)

In fact, I'm beginning to think that the next generation game, The Sims 3 will be out in the stores (next year) before I get anywhere with my Sim 2 families. And... and, and (sigh...) The Sims 3 is looking very promising indeed. (and resource hungry, I'm sure!)

So, I just saw an announcement with a link to a brief and humorous Sims 3 trailer showing a simulated brawl between two Sims 3 simulated VP candidates.

I really appreciate the detail that goes into animating these sims. Some of their actions are things you direct them to do with mouseclick menus, but many of the little details of things that sims do are spontaneous and you can't always tell what they are going to do next. It's a pretty deaf friendly game, although the sims do like to sing and dance. They don't speak English, but their own langauge which is called Simlish. People who can hear what they say can't know for sure what the words are, but like people who learn to speak Klingon, there are actually word patterns in their speech. However, hearing or not be you, they are very expressive with their hands and faces. :)

The kids btw are really cute. (and they get their genetic traits from their parents, as do the pets, which are breedable). Intriguing, eh? :)

Click here to see an avi video file, created by another Simmer (a Simmer is someone who plays The Sims) of her Sims 2 toddler child who is having a tantrum about getting out of her crib. The child's parents have taught her how to walk, and this unlocks interesting potential for her problem solving ability which you can observe in the clip. It's really cute. I like how she looks both ways to see if anyone has observed, before she makes a break for it. ;)

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Anonymous My Sims 3 sent us a woof // July 12, 2009

Nice dogs on a grass, I am also playing in the Sims 3, and have developed website, please take a look:
http://www.mysims3.com   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // July 12, 2009

Nice dogs on a grass, I am also playing in the Sims 3, and have developed website, please take a look:
http://www.mysims3.com