A Tale of Two Tabbies

Actual argument captured between Little Bit and T-Bone.

tabbies 1T-Bone: Let me in please.

tabbies 2

Little Bit: Yeah. No. Go away.

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T=Bone: PLEASE!

So, yeah, I had to let him in. Damn tabbies and their sweet faces.

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Earworms, tune wedgies and bubble gum

Image swiped from Takei
Image swiped from Takei

It’s happened to all of us, the song that gets stuck in your head for what seems like an eternity. But what can be done about it?

I got such an earworm earlier this week and it drove me insane for a few days. Hazard of the job I suppose.

Now, scientists from the University of Reading in the UK report they have found a simple answer – chewing gum.

Say what?

Sounds simple, I know. Let me break it down for you.

According to the researchers, “The part of our brain that processes auditory information – the auditory cortex – is triggered when we listen to a song so, when we hear a familiar tune again, our mind fills in the rest, repeatedly. This would suggest tune wedgies may be a form of involuntary musical memory.

“The act of gum-chewing is very similar to irrelevant sub-vocalization, which has proved to degrade short term memory performance as well as auditory images.”

Therefore, chewing gum actually interferes with the earworm experience.

And here’s something I didn’t know, “The earworm phenomenon stretches back at least to the 19th century – Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain both referenced the experience in well-known works,” said Reading’s Dr. Phil Beaman.

Previous research has also shown that virtually any song can become an earworm. Seriously, I know this for a fact. Commercial jingles are the worst for me.

I guess I should buy stock in Bubblicious.

Cat chirps are awesome

For those in the know, Pearl is my youngest pussy. You can read her story here. She’s the baby of the family, and is spoiled as hell because of it. She’s always had this long-ass freakin’ tail too. At 2 years of age, she still hasn’t grown into it. Probably never will. Lately, she’s discovered birds and squirrels, through protective glass of course. I know cats chirp when stalking. My other cats do it all the time. Booty shakin’ bird chirpin’ dance. I get it. But she’s got a real talent for it. Anyway, this is her today. There were a few Cardinals on the feeder she just had to say hi to apparently.

Signs of a productive week

productive

Work on Stuart is progressing nicely. I took a break yesterday because of my outing, but today is back to business. Went to start up again and noticed what a lovely state the palette paper is in. You know that when it’s this messy, good things have been happening. I still can’t believe that all those colors are included in what’s mainly a blue and red piece so far. I will try to post an update image by the evening in case you’re following his progress.

Weirdness, and a bit of ego

WTF is wrong with WordPress these days?! My posts used to show up in the tag reader feed thingie (whatever you call it…I’m no expert). Now nothing shows up. You know, you post something tagged “Art” and then you can click on that in the reader and go to a listing of similar posts in chronological order…newest to oldest…so you can find like-minded people with similar interests to share things with. Continue reading