Monday, August 31, 2009

Dog-Proofing the Litter Box

I was googling around for info on keeping dogs out of the kitty litter a little while ago and ended up at a site that sells covered cat boxes that dogs can't get into. They're sort of expensive, and a little more complicated that what we'd need since Prancis is big enough that he could be foiled by something pretty simple. Here's what I came up with:

Computer model of litter box cover

It's not to scale, but there's the general idea...a little doorway for the cats and an interior wall to keep Prancis away from the goodies. (The litter box on the inside is a model I found on the web.)

I got the wood cut to size at the wood store and put it together with drywall screws because they are the best.

One side and top
Two sides and top
Three sides and top
Four sides and top

They wouldn't do curved cuts, so I had to get a jigsaw (racist).

Box with internal wall visible
Doorway cut

And here it is set up:

Covered litter box

The Colonel (and hence Lucy) can get in:

The Colonel stepping into the box

But Prancis cannot:

Prancis looks at the opening

I still need to sand and paint it. The inside should be glossy white for ease of cleaning. Not sure what we'll do with the outside.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Red Bulls!

Via Atrios, one can now take NJ Transit to Giants stadium. I should go watch some soccer!

Friday, August 14, 2009


I did enjoy this joke, despite it relying sort of overmuch on childhood nostalgia. But well done, in any case. Which also reminds me of this game I read about the other day that sounds like it might be in sort of a similar vein. Being vague here so as to prevent spoiling the comic.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What Digby Said

What Digby said:
If these Democrats had spent less time gossiping about what Clinton really did with Monica or handwringing about Gore's "lies" and more time analyzing how those spectacles unfolded, they wouldn't be caught flat footed today. But they didn't because they blamed Clinton for being "weak" and Gore for being "inauthentic" as if those were the real problems. I'm sure it made them feel very confident that it couldn't happen to them.
Though actually I had been surprised with how well the Obama administration was doing in this regard, right up until the health insurance reform lunacy. My guess is that the economic crisis had media types genuinely unsure of the future, to the point where they were less willing to undermine a president who seemed to be trying to make things better, even if he was a Democrat. Now that we're on more familiar ground, it's back to business as usual.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Baseball Sex

Man, it's been forever since I downloaded mix Gucci Mane is everywhere? With OJ Da Juiceman?

But Lil Wayne's "Baseball Sex" was basically designed in a laboratory to appeal specifically to me.