Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Caught With Their CGI Pants Down

Nighttime meows, my Springtime-funning Kittens... warm, but a cold wind gusted with a lot of force across the tame prairie for most of the day... beautiful scudding clouds for awhile... and the sky during sunset was that glorious shade of sapphire with a wisteria purple cast to it... oh, and the Kougaress saw one of the smaller eagle fairly close up... it was probably a she, and she landed in a tree, about thirty-five feet high.

Caught With Their CGI Pants Down... today the Kougaress listened to a fascinating guest on THE POWER HOUR internet radio show. Seems like Ed and others have caught the major news networks using CGI movie tech instead of real film footage... hmmmm...

ED CHIARINI is a contributing writer to and blogger on . He has been an illustrator, web designer, Avionic Technician with the USAF, patented inventor, founder of and lecturer on Internet dangers and how parents can effectively monitor their children's online activity. Having been an advertising industry insider, Ed has many keen insights into propaganda techniques and false reporting. You can visit his YouTube page at:

Ed co-producer of the documentary "JFK: The Case for Conspiracy". His current project: which is part Investigative Journalist focusing on cover ups and media manipulation of facts, and part cyber watchdog.

Big Cat by-the-numbers ~

12:12 am... 2:12 am... 11:11 am... 12:12 pm... 3:33 pm... Currently living in this world is like living in an insane asylum where the psychopaths rule!!!

The Kougaress heard a couple of folks who live in Japan and are journalists on internet radio today. It’s unbelievably horrific as far as the nuke plant. The radiation poisoning is so high in the immediate vicinity that a lot of death is probable, and expected. Nuclear waste is pouring into the ocean. Between the Gulf of Mexico and now the poisoning of the Pacific Ocean... well, think twice about eating ANY seafood. Of course, that radiation is heading to the West Coast.

Authoress news and mews ~

Yes, the Kougar is re-reading her finished manuscript, Kandy Apple and Her Hellhounds... but, so far, it’s not going fast. Going good, but not fast.


Wolf in the Doghouse.
by Rebecca Murray

You knew it was coming—admit it. There is now an actual movement to nab Prince Harry. In the last week, he’s been listed as one of the most eligible royal bachelors, “Harry-hunting” has become a favorite pass-time of the Paris Hilton set, and the paparazzi is foaming at the mouth in hopes he does something they can trash him over.


King of Rabbits: Ancient, Gigantic Bunny Discovered
Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor
Date: 21 March 2011 Time: 03:02 PM ET


Just in time for Easter, the skeleton of a giant rabbit has been discovered, one that was once about six times the size of today's bunnies.

The fossils of the giant were discovered on the island of Minorca off the coast of Spain, a fact reflected in the rabbit's scientific name, Nuralagus rex, "the Minorcan king of the rabbits." [Illustration of giant rabbit]

"I needed four years to recover a good sample of N. rex bones because they were in very hard red stone," paleontologist Josep Quintana at the Catalan Institute of Paleontology in Barcelona, Spain, told LiveScience. "To pull the bones out from the matrix, it was necessary to use some hundreds of liters of acetic acid, a very concentrated vinegar — very hard and patient work! But it was worthwhile, of course."

When the bunny lived approximately 3 million to 5 million years ago, it weighed about 26 pounds (12 kilograms), about six times the size of the living European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

The fact that it got so big on Minorca seems to follow the so-called "island rule." On islands, big animals often get smaller, due to limited food, while small animals often get bigger, due to lack of predators.

"For most of their over 40-million-year history, members of the rabbit family have fit well within the size range exhibited by relatively well-known modern members of the family. Now, discoveries on Minorca have added a giant to the mix, a 25-pound, short-legged rabbit," said rabbit researcher Mary Dawson at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, who did not take part in this study.

As big as it was, N. rex might have been easy prey today — it lost the ability to hop. The long, springy spine of a typical modern rabbit was lost in N. rex, replaced by a short, stiff spine that would make leaping difficult.

"I think thatN. rex would be a rather clumsy rabbit walking — imagine a beaver out of water," Quintana said.

The giant probably also had poor hearing and vision, with relatively small eye sockets and internal ear parts. Its senses likely deteriorated for the same reason it got so large — it did not have predators to worry about. As such, it probably lacked another key trait often associated with rabbits — long ears. The bunny likely sported relatively small ears for its size.

Based on the rabbit's curved claws, the researchers suspect the animal was most probably a digger that lived on roots and tubers it unearthed. Its neighbors included bats, large dormice and giant tortoises.

Quintana proposes that this newfound giant might make a good mascot for the island. "I would like to use N. rex to lure students and visitors to Minorca," he said.

The scientists detailed their findings online today (March 21) in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

The most powerful weapon is the human soul on fire. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

~ May the March winds blow prosperity and good luck your way!


And, May you live the dreams of your heart, not in interesting times...

Springtime-funning kisses from the Kougar...


Serena Shay said...

Oh I'd take warm with cool gusts, that's for sure... We are offically 2 inches away from hitting 100 inches in just this winter alone. Blah!

Oooh, thank goodness the re-read of Kandy is going well!

Savanna Kougar said...

WOW! Almost 100 inches... at least, there's no possibility of a drought, but I've read there's a possibility of flooding with the spring run off.

So far, so good on Kandy... and I have to keep all the plot points in order, as well.

Hey, how's the progress on Magic?

Serena Shay said...

Yep, flooding is already starting to be a problem...the rivers they are a rising. :(

I'm still waiting on edits and a cover for A Magical Return...hopefully I'll see something soon.

Savanna Kougar said...

Serena, be on the lookout about the flooding. I have a feeling it might get out of hand in some areas.

Oooh! Once you get a cover for A MAGICAL RETURN post it on Shapeshifter Seductions and on Happily Ever After. Hey, I can post it on ROMANCE WRITERS BEHAVING BADLY, too, when there's an open date.

Serena Shay said...

Oooh, that would be wonderful! I'll let you know when I get the cover. Thanks!

My brain has been on overdrive trying to come up with promo ideas again. ;)

Out of hand, indeed...flooding is going to be a nightmare this year. Luckily, I'm in a fairly "dry" area, but will have to contend with the road runoff flooding. ~gulp~