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Extreme Sheep LED Art — You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!

What do you get with a herd of sheep, some LED lights, a few highly trained sheepdog and some rather imaginative Welsh shepherds? You won’t believe your eyes! Really. You won’t. (Make sure you stay for the fireworks.)

“We took to the hills of Wales armed to the teeth with sheep, LEDs and a camera, to create a huge amazing LED display.”

I’d say yeah, and then some.

Go here to watch an interview with the shepherds on BBC, if you’d like to hear more about how they did it. The shepherds claim it was “good dogs and good sheep”, not computer trickery.

By |2016-10-24T09:56:41-04:00March 29th, 2009|Dogs in General, Funnies|9 Comments

Warning Labels

On a recent, rather hot evening, Cait and I were waiting in the air-conditioned car while Andrew volunteered to get everyone ice cream cones. We’d all just finished hitting a bucket of golf balls at the driving range.

Andrew, interested in getting Cait good enough at golf to become a golfing buddy, had been trying to get her to the driving range to practice her swing. Lately, all she’s been interested in is challenging either me or Andrew to badminton matches in the back yard. To save myself from yet another badminton game, I volunteered to go to the driving range. Lesser of the two evils, I thought.

Andrew just rolled his eyes, because while I’m actually quite good at […]

By |2008-06-18T08:50:25-04:00June 7th, 2008|.Cait and Me, Funnies|10 Comments

Got It

For the last few years, whenever Cait’s been in the car with me, I’ve looked for opportunities to teach her about safe driving. I figure if I can slide in little tips and warnings over time, they’ll stick better and become automatic for her when she’s driving. It’s my chance to start her driver’s education early.

On a recent night, it was foggy and raining, which gave me the chance to explain why low beams work better under these driving conditions than high beams.

Demonstrating, I flicked the high beams on. “See how the light refracts off the fog and actually makes it harder to see?” I said.

“Yeah, I see that,” Cait answered.

“Now look when I put the low beams back on,” […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:50-04:00August 15th, 2007|.Cait and Me, Funnies|12 Comments

Wanderings — Worst Analogies Ever Written

I am often asked to play the role of book doctor for writer friends whose manuscripts need a little work. I am able to keep charging through, because at least I haven’t come across any of these! If you need a good laugh, go ahead and click.

Here are just a few of the gems awaiting you.

They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at […]

By |2008-05-15T16:18:11-04:00August 4th, 2007|Funnies, On Writing|6 Comments

Training “Quiet” the Brilliant Aussie Way

At dinner, Kiera lies by my chair while we eat. She likes to monitor my eating, as she knows she gets my leftovers when I’m done. If I take too long, she starts “talking” to tell me to hurry up.

Andrew finally gets annoyed and wants me to discipline her to get her to stop being pushy. So I remember Suzanne Clothier’s time-out lesson where you remove the dog from where you are for a few moments to essentially help the dog “reorient” itself toward better self-control. I decide that the next time Kiera talks, I’ll put her in a time-out.

I don’t have to wait very long. She talks, I say, “Oops, so sorry…” and close her in the bathroom (right […]