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Today is Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

From the Ancient Archives: (1979 days ago)

Black and White Photo Illusion:

Here is an optical illusion based on the concept of an afterimage. An afterimage refers to the way the eye retains an image even after you’ve stopped looking at it. It’s why you see dark spots in front of your eyes after looking into a bright light, or why you see shadow images after you close your eyes. This is a black and white photo. Look exactly at the red dot in the middle. The image... read more...

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I come from Piano stock...

You may not know it but I come from Piano people. Something aboutPiano Tuning Houston made me think about it… I don’t really play the piano, though I did at one point in time possess the ability to play the entire first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”… but my family was in the piano industry. The company was Doll & Sons Pianos and there is one at the Smithsonian Museum…

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The Lucky Apartment That Could

You may or may not be aware that I just recently moved from the Boston area to the Atlanta suburbs. My husband’s residency finished, and he wanted to “come home” to where his friends and family were, and staying in Massachusetts with its ridiculous cost of living was out of the question. Dan came down immediately, but as he was staying for free with his mom, and as we had three cats (not really welcome...

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Ronon Dex, kitten fighter

We had three cats—a full house—when my friend Meghan called me one night. “I found a kitten,” she began. Her own cats were not friendly enough for her to keep it even temporarily to find it a home, and she wanted to know if we could foster him and find a home for him. I agreed to it as long as she took him to the vet and had him checked for diseases. He...

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Indigo, a too-brief friendship

When Dan lived in his top-floor apartment in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the downstairs neighbors were feeding a local stray cat. The cat was friendly and would come over to get pet when he saw you. When I moved up to Ohio and Dan and I moved into a house in Independence, Dan’s downstairs neighbors were also moving out. Actually, they’d moved out a few days before. We were back getting the last few boxes of...

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Pretty Little Pixie

Pixie was an addition to a house of three existing cats. We already had Ding, Cory, and the stray we’d taken in the year before, Indigo. However one day when we were shopping at Petsmart for some food and other supplies, their animal adoption corner was full of kittens and I just had to look. In looking, one of them just cried out to me spiritually. Or maybe not spiritually but I felt a...

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Cory the Cat

This is the story of Cory, one of our cats. I figured it was time to immortalize the kitties in word. I’m not sure how old Cory is because he was a stray when I acquired him. I was moving out of an apartment in Marietta, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) into a house in Acworth (another suburb of Atlanta) and my ex-husband still had custody of my cat, Ding, and my son, Dominic, both of...

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Webcam - the last 2 minutes

Here are the webcam image from the last two minutes, updated every 5 seconds…

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Wedding Videos

Now that I’m about a week from my first anniversary, I’m finally remembering to post the videos from our wedding. These are all on YouTube…

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"Growing Up" Slideshow

Here is a slideshow that I made for our wedding DVD. It’s Dan and I as kids, growing up, then at the end are photos of us together doing various things…

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It's A Fine Day (A Juggling Video)

I created this video in 2006 to teach myself how to use video editing software—it is not by any means an impressive display of juggling. All the actual juggling is just the most basic of things—the hardest things in this video I think are a short run of Mills Mess and another short clip of Dan passing 7 clubs with me. So don’t expect to be blown away by my mindblowing juggling talent, as I...

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A Juggling Romance--How Dan and Katherine Met (smaller video)

This is the video that played (partially*) before the ceremony at our wedding (though I did add some stuff later, since I had some time). Dan and I met in 2004 at a juggling festival in Buffalo, NY. This is a retelling of that story, with some…err…artistic liberties taken. And fancy special effects. Very fancy. Special thanks to Jack and Jeri Kalvan, Michael Karas, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers: Mark Ettinger, Rod Kimball, and Paul Magid,...

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A Juggling Romance--How Dan and Katherine Met (full-sized video)

This is the video that played (partially*) before the ceremony at our wedding (though I did add some stuff later, since I had some time). Dan and I met in 2004 at a juggling festival in Buffalo, NY. This is a retelling of that story, with some…err…artistic liberties taken. And fancy special effects. Very fancy. Special thanks to Jack and Jeri Kalvan, Michael Karas, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers: Mark Ettinger, Rod Kimball, and Paul Magid,...

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On Cats and Trust

As I find myself closer and closer to the inevitable time when my cat, Ding, will die, and the possibility that I may have to have her put to sleep, I find myself repeating an inner argument about the nature of trust. I got Ding as an 8 week old kitten in the spring of 1990, when I was 18 years old. She was a skittish and nervous kitten. Nervous to the point of being...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most recent update: August 13, 2011 Questions Why “world domination”? When are you going to take off your clothes? Why aren’t you willing to at least flash the webcam? Are you married? How old is your son? Where do you live? How old are you? What kind of music do you listen to? Did you do your website yourself? What about the graphics? What’s the deal...

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Live Webcams

Note: while I used to have the webcam on any time I was in the room, I now turn it on mainly when I’m doing something like working on a painting. You can visit the webcam archive if you like. Please see the note at the bottom of this page regarding webcam software. Watch the Cam: Cam One (low bandwidth) still image image that refreshes at 5 second intervals. These will almost always be at my home, or...

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Personal Statistics and Such

As promised, more info than you want to know. I’ll break it down all scientific-like… Geek Code (?) -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.12 GFA d--(+) s--: a C+++$ UL>++ P+ L+ E- W+++$ N+ !o K? w+(---) !O M--()@ V-- PS++ PE-@ Y? PGP t+ 5+ X++ R tv+@ b+++ DI+@ D--- G e++>+++ h---- r+++ x++++ ------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------ Not a geek? de-Geek my code code updated Sept 14, 2009 due to changes in my marital status, education, etc How...

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My Boring Life Story

I grew up in the southwest, in the city of Tucson, Arizona. I hated it. I don’t like the heat, and Tucson summers are HOT. 110 or 115 is a common high temperature for a day anywhere from June to August, and it is often over 100 starting in March through October. I suffered through a day in Phoenix that was 122. The winters can’t really be called winters. They aren’t cold. They get “...

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Who is OpalCat?

I am a thirtysomething* remarried mother of one. I live in the suburbs west of Boston, Massachusetts with my son, Dominic, and three cats, Cory, Pixie, and Ronon. I was married in 1991, but separated in January of 2005 and my divorce was finalized at the beginning of November of 2006. Fortunately, we’re still good friends. I am now remarried (May 24, 2009) to a man named Dan who is currently serving a podiatry residency...

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February 11th: Does My Birthday Affect My Personality?

From The Secret Language of Birthdays, by Gary Goldschneider, a book that gives personality profiles based on the day you were born, here is mine.

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Kitties: Kaia

My (now ex-)husband and I got Kaia from the Humane Society when she was a tiny kitten, back in about 1992. Her cage was labeled with the reason that she’d been brought to the pound: “too aggressive; doesn’t get along with family dog.” Naturally, we wondered what sort of candy-ass wussy dog these people had that was intimidated by this tea-cup sized kitten. She truly was very small, and really did fit in a coffee...

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Passing the Time

Contrary to popular belief, I do have hobbies besides the internet. This is where you can find out what the heck I’m doing with my time! (Aside from making web pages about what the heck I’m doing with my time…) Juggling Juggling page — includes links to my juggling photo gallery and my gallery of juggling events. I also do some club swinging and poi swinging. Atlanta Jugglers Association — this is the website of the juggling...

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Theory of Relativity

Well, of Relatives anyway. Ok there really isn’t a theory associated with my relatives, either, but here is a quick run-down of the members of my family and a rough timeline of relevant stuff. My primary family member is my little boy, Dominic, (born September 15, 1995), and there are also my cats, Ding and Cory. When I was still a baby, my parents parted ways. My mother has never remarried and is a very...

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Terms of Endearment: The Evolution of Nicknames

When my ex-husband and I were dating we were obscenely sweet and cutsie. We had the typical nicknames for each other at first…“sweetie” being predomenant. Somehow we ended up applying the suffix -opotamus (as in hippo…) to words. Namely, “sweetapotomus” instead of “sweetie”. (Naturally “hippo” must be a type of “potamus”, right?) Any descriptive word could be used (and sometimes twisted) into the suffix. For example, if I was cooking, I was a “fixopotamus of...

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My Big List O Pet Peeves

We all have them. Things that just grate on us. Sometimes they are rational, other times they are a bit silly. Some of them bother us a lot, some of them only tickle a little at our irritation. Some make our blood boil, some make us roll our eyes. Whatever level, whatever reasons for existing, I also have mine. And here they are. People’s “driving” in the Boston area. They call it driving… but I’m...

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Opal's Natal Chart

February 11, 1972, 5:02 PM, Tucson, Arizona, Interpretation: Ferociously proud and somewhat vain, you like to be impressive and to be seen as…

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Behold, a Dominic Is Born

I went into labor at 2:17am on Wednesday morning, September 13, 1995. This was almost 2 weeks before my predicted “due date” of 09-25. At 3pm on Thursday I went to my OB/GYN (a regular appointment, scheduled weeks in advance) and she did a sonogram to see if I was ready to be admitted into the hospital. …

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An Early Dominic Progress Report

I used to post Dominic’s new achievements on my site when he was a baby and toddler. I don’t have an archive of these, but I did find this one report in an archive of old pages, and thought it was interesting: updated: July 30, 1998 (Dominic is 2 1/2) Height: 34+ inches Weight: 29+ lbs Achievements: Peepee in the Potty!!! Talks in short sentences, helps mommy clean up… Favorite Songs: “John Jacob Jingleheimer Shmidt,” “Clean up,” “We just got...

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More in “Fence Posts”:

That One Time I Barely Survived Hitchhiking

Right after I turned 18, my boyfriend and I were at Bentley’s coffee shop, and I was going to spend the night at his apartment at River and La Canada. Problem was, neither of us had a car and it was 11pm, so no buses. Being idiots, we naturally decided to hitchhike…

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The Candy Corn Incident

I’m not sure how old I was, but I can’t have been older than about 8 or 9. It was near Halloween and my mom, or maybe Sonia, had given me a bag of candy corn. At the time this was one of my favorite candies. I had been given the absurd limitation of two pieces per day. Considering how tiny these are, and that most people eat them by the fistful, it was nearly...

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Taos Skiers Beware

I was 11 the Christmas my mother gave me my own pair of skis and told me she was taking me to Taos. I had never been skiing and I was very excited. I can’t remember if it was a business trip, but I think it probably was. Most of my childhood travel that didn’t involve visiting relatives involved tagging along with my mom on business. Taos was having a bad year for snow. The...

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Misty the Wonder Horse

When I was growing up, my godmother, Barrie, had a horse named Misty. She was all white and generally very friendly. One of my earlier memories of her was being totally grossed out when she licked my hand and the spit foamed up. I’ve always been an animal lover, and horses are no exception. I loved to ride Misty when I got the chance… Oddly, Misty sometimes had other ideas. When I was three or...

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I Survived a State Mental Hospital

My mom talked my (now-ex)husband into committing me to the mental ward when I was 5 months pregnant. I’d gone off my medication (Lithium and Paxil) and kinda flipped out. What I needed, of course, was my medication (which I apparently refused to take, but after a few hours of TV or something I probably would have taken willingly). Then I would have calmed right down. After sitting around the ER for about 45 minutes...

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The McDonald's Gunman

Back in early ’91 when I was still just dating my husband, I used to go to the McDonald’s where he worked to hang out. I’d order some fries or a Big Mac with no meat and sit and read, and when he had a few minutes I’d chat with him, and when he went on break to eat, we’d sit and talk. This particular evening, my friend Star was with me and we were...

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Dissecting a Fetal Pig

I attended a Christian school from second grade through the first semester of seventh grade. In science at my tiny religious school, we’d been learning about plants. We’d dissected a flower, examined onion skin under a microscope… cut open lima beans… pretty simple stuff. Over winter break my mom FINALLY decided to let me go to public school. So I landed in a new school and a new science class. This new science class had...

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I Fall Down, Go Boom--a brief history of clumsiness

Ok, I was at Vail, staying at the Westin (which I hear has been bought by some other company now) with my mom. She speaks at some fancy convention there every year, and sometimes lets me come along). So it’s snowy and cold out, and we’ve had a great day skiing (mmmm… gotta love the Vista Bahn) and we decide to go down and sit in the jaccuzi. It’s an outdoor one, and they have...

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Dog Bite

This is one of my oldest vivid memories… When I was almost three years old, I was in Connecticut visiting my grandparents. I was with my grandmother at a friend’s house when a little dog came wandering in. It was a Dachshund… a weiner dog. Apparently I decided to feed him a cracker. I remember bending over and handing him something, and I remember him lunging for my face. I also remember seeing something in...

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From the time I was a little girl I had a close relationship with my godmother, Barrie. She lived with Kathleen, and they were lovers. I didn’t really catch on to this until some time around the beginning of high school, but that is my problem. I loved Barrie and Kathleen like family. I considered them to BE family. Growing up I often spent weekends at their place out in the foothills, taking long baths...

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