Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Un-Sprung

Weekend meows, my wondrous and wickedly naughty Big Kittens, the arrival of Spring on the tame prairie has temporarily un-sprung... the cold temps are moving in rapidly... and, oops, oh there might be SNOW... of course, maybe this is old man winter’s last hurrah... yowling howling maybe...?

The Kougar is attempting to finish her 10,000 word story, which, of course, is passing that word limit... darnikins... moi is hoping to word trim enough... if not, maybe there’s another anthology opportunity in the future. However, there can be no ‘trimming’ of the tiger passionate scenes between Stacy and Zyrru.

Authoress news and mews ~


Featured at TRES JOLIE ~ ~ Steam up your glasses or your eyeballs!!! with ~~~Thirteen Erotic Photographers~~~

Is Your Mind - Green?
By Serena Shay


Is my mind, green? I don't think so... No green beer for me this year, and I am indeed from this planet, but oh wait, I am environmentally conscious, is that the kind of "green" you mean?

Featured at HAPPILY EVER AFTER ~ The Arrival of Spring ~

Rejuvination of Our Spirits
by Bekki Lynn

Wow, spring is finally upon us. I’m so thrilled. There’s nothing better to get rid of the blues and clean the stale air of house.

Featured at Lindsay Townsend’s THE PINK BLOG ~

Jewel of the Sun's BLOOD DESTINY
by Bekki Lynn

A little about the making of Elan and Cassandra's story.
I saw a call for submission for stories centering around gems, and more specifically birthstones.


Flirty Friday ~ The Pick UP!

Pick up lines is flirting 101 with the subtlety of a chainsaw!
Let's look for a laugh, at some flirty pick-up lines. From crude to rude to plain cheesy, men have and will try anything, often to limited success.


GO, IDAHO, GO and the thirty plus states that are standing up against the UN-HEALTH CARE bill.

GO! Every individual and every country standing up against the Mafia-Banksters’ IMF.

New Way to I.D. Criminals (and Everyone Else)

The nose knows! -

We already have iris and fingerprint scanning to determine I.D., but nose scanning could work even better, and it might make it quicker to get through that security line at the airport. Or what if you had an "app" on your smart phone that let you point a it at a stranger and learn about them. And new research may have made fingerprinting criminals unnecessary. The future may truly bring the end of privacy.
The smart phone application has been invented by a Swedish company called The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). It combines computer vision, cloud computing, facial recognition, social networking, and augmented reality.

In the Technology Review website, Erika Jonietz quotes TAT's Dan Gardenfors as saying, "It's taking social networking to the next level." (and SPYING too?) "We thought the idea of bridging the way people used to meet, in the real world, and the new Internet-based ways of congregating would be really interesting."

Can computers read our minds? Scientists can predict with near- perfect accuracy the last thing you saw just by analyzing your brain activity under an fMRI machine (but they need to "prep" you first).

This can't be used to spy on people, because before a mind reading session, scientists need to scan your brain while showing you thousands of images. A computer then analyzes how your brain responds to each one according to details like shape and color. Eventually a "code" can be established for your particular brain, which can later be used to identify and reconstruct almost any object you see.

On the PopSci website, Lisa Katayama describes her personal experience with being scanned in this way and quotes neuroscientist Jack Gallant as saying, "Whenever I tell anyone we can do this, they say there's no way." She quotes Shinji Nishimoto as saying, "It's not perfect, but we're getting pretty close."

Meanwhile, when researchers scanned noses in 3D and categorized them by tip, ridge profile and the area between the eyes, they found 6 main types: Roman, Greek, Nubian, hawk, snub and turned-up. This is all part of the science of biometrics, which studies into ways of identifying distinguishing traits in people.

In BBC News, Doreen Walton quotes researcher Adrian Evans as saying, "Noses are prominent facial features and yet their use as a biometric has been largely unexplored. Ears have been looked at in detail, eyes have been looked at in terms of iris recognition but the nose has been neglected."

Since they are hard to conceal, noses would work well for identification by closed circuit cameras. Evans says, "Irises are a powerful biometric but can be difficult to capture accurately and can be easily obscured by eyelids or glasses." Also, "You can put in dilation drops which change the iris completely. No technique is infallible People can easily cover up their ears, with their hair for example. Of course, you can have a broken nose or wear a false nose or have plastic surgery but to have nose surgery to change your identity is fairly drastic."

Finally, BBC News reports that researchers have discovered that the bacteria on our hands could be used in forensic identification, in the same way as DNA is now, since the bacteria living on each person's skin are unique and are not removed by hand washing. We all leave a trail of bacteria behind us as we go about our lives. It's a new day for "CSI"- type TV shows!


Now ~ FIRST! just for the big cool cats ~ from the Flash Cat...

Happy Courtship on another Earth

X-Serial Flash in Two Hundred ~ Sylva and Zeke’s story continues...

Part 446 ~

Sylva paused on the top step after hearing Aunt Martha’s question. She’d heard Zeke and Lariat whispering, but couldn’t quite make out their words. Figuring she’d better stay out of the line of fire, whatever it was, she leaned her back against the wall and waited. “Blast the yellow belly with light,” Zeke returned. “Don’t think me or Lariat could sneak up on him now.” A sudden burst of penetrating light streaked up the stairway. Even though it came in from the outside, the brightness lit up everything around her. “There he is! He’s runnin’.” Lariat’s excited voice reached her.

Zeke swung out the door charging for the man racing toward his horse. Lariat raced behind him, and together they ran to intercept the whip-lean bushwhacker. Gaining his horse, the bastard placed his boot in the stirrup and sprang for the saddle. Zeke stopped on a dime, took aim and fired. The man’s hat flew off his head. In the following moment, Lariat leapt upwards, grabbed him and hauled him off his frightened wild-eyed horse. Twisting around, Lariat threw him to the ground while Zeke took direct aim at his chest. The buckskin old-timer glared at him with one eye.
Part 1 - 15 ~ see blog ~ January 15th Cometh, then Part 15... and before...
Part 16 ~ 445 ~ see the Kougar’s prior bloggies... or the Passionate Ink forum, the FREE READS page ~ ~ OR! Now available on The Romance Studio Forum, January through December 2009 flashes ~ ~ Click on the FORUMS, then Savanna Kougar ~ the Fantasy Lair ~

~~~ Do not comply with the corporate Borg. Resistance is victory. ~~~
~~~ Remember, knowledge and truth make us unfit to be slaves. ~~~
~~~ May the FDA burn in the hell it’s made for all of us, immediately!!! ~~~


Wish Upon on a Blue Moon New Year...
May your most romantic dreams come true...

Un-Sprung smooches from the Kougar...


Jolie Cain said...

I dunno. All this new technology for identifying people. It kinda creeps me out a little bit.

Serena Shay said...

Creepy indeed! When I read the title, The noses knows!, I thought for sure you were going to tell me people were going to start smelling me to identify me. Creep factor to the max!

Congrats on getting so much done on the short!!

Savanna Kougar said...

Jolie, I feel the same way. I'd like to know how to counteract it.

Savanna Kougar said...

Serena ~ from what I've heard there is smell-indentifying tech. Though, it's not supposed to be that reliable. Yet.

Thanks, I'm working on tightening my Short story now.
Wahoo, got the first draft finished!