Thursday, 17 August 2017

RIP Oscar ( whom I knew from 2008 - d. 15/8/2017 )




Oscar was a next door neighbour's cat, in Bray, but he was my garden kitty, and I loved him..

Now that I'm living in Meath, I've been visiting Bray home ~three times a week, and Oscar always rushed to meet me at my car when I arrived, and later at night, when I was heading home, he'd always walk me to my car..

I was there when his owner came to tell, that another neighbour had found Oscar dead, on Tuesday..


This photo is from 2013 - I've posted loads more in the comments to the above Facebook post.. (Link here)

Some weeks ago, I was taking a nap in Bray, and when I woke up, Oscar was sleeping next to me.. He'd sneaked in to the house, and joined me for a nap

RIP Oscar.. I'll always miss you..

Monday, 29 May 2017

Reading Sarah Waters books

When I got lots of books from a Bray neighbour, he mentioned that he found the Sarah Waters books brilliant. So, I started on them..


Sarah Waters - The Night Watch

I'd read other WWII books, which had given very detailed descriptions of life at the time, but not many that were set in London, so that was interesting.. There were things you wouldn't really have thought of, like driving an ambulance during the blackout, with dimmed lights..

But out of all those things you hadn't really thought of, the biggest issue had to be the "secret lifestyle" of being gay, since it was illegal at the time, and if you were busted, you'd actually go to prison.. That just seems so unfair and unbelievable, nowadays!

I enjoyed this one. It was like drifting in and out of their lives..

Apparently, there's been a TV adaptation of this - I'd love to see it, but I'd also be a bit worried that it might be completely different from my very vivid mind film..


Sarah Waters - Fingersmith

I actually found the storyline very predictable, which didn't bother me at all, though.

I love it when a modern author can write about historical times with such detail, that you really feel you're there.. Like here, the constant references to clothing details, mundane tasks, etc.. So different from what we know nowadays, yet you became so familiar with them while reading..

Also, feeling sorry for people who had to be in 'madhouses' or prisons, in those days..

There's a TV adaptation of this one as well - what I said above, applies here as well..

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Now, I didn't actually know anything about the author - I'd never heard of her until I got these books.. However, after finishing Fingersmith, I thought, hold on, both these books had a bit of a lesbian theme..

I googled;

Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance

Sarah Waters: ‘I kind of missed the lesbian stuff’

Aaaaahh! πŸ˜ƒ

Well, THAT would explain it.. LOL

I still have two Sarah Waters books to read, so I'll be starting on The Little Stranger, next..

Thursday, 4 May 2017

VR games, brief Doom, and Wilson's Heart - - "days 7 & 8"

Wilson's Heart (picture from Oculus website)

My "day 7" on VR, was just a really brief taster of Doom. Now, I've never been into Doom (or similar games), so I was just checking out how it would look like, when you're "there"..

Moving around felt different from other stuff I've tried in VR (although, I think it can be set up in various ways - anyway, not interested enough to find out more..), and while I got the idea, the corridors just looked all the same, so when I moved to some point, I couldn't then figure out where I wanted to go, and where I'd just come from as it all looked the same. I did kill one monster, though πŸ˜‚ That was that!

However, "day 8" was awesome πŸ˜ƒ I started playing Wilson's Heart πŸ’“



This game is AWESOME!!!

I've always enjoyed entertaining puzzle / adventure games (like the Broken Sword games, etc.), and this is like a horror version - and in VR.. Brilliant stuff..

You're Robert Wilson, and you wake up in a 1940's hospital.. It's all freaky and disturbing, something's been done to you, and something's happened to the hospital.. You'll need to collect clues, find out what's going on, find your way out..

There are some moments that really make you jump!

Also, there was a disturbing portrait on the wall - I pointed out "Ted" (referring to the film.. when you're playing this, you'll see what I mean..), but it must have been Ted's evil cousin.. πŸ˜ƒ

While looking for clues, I was also breaking glass bottles all over the place - just to have fun with the physics.. (No harm as they're all virtual, eh!)

Eventually, I got stuck, just before the dark corridor with - things.. I learned to fix dim lights, but then found no way ahead - D has since played it further, so I know now where I'm supposed to go from there. Can't wait to continue!

Really, really, REALLY good game!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

GinGin pictures, starting from October 2015


As I am looking for safe and loving forever home/s for the outdoor cats, I thought I'd put together some photos of them.. It's easier to give potential new families a link to photos, rather than find them again in several folders, and upload to private chat on Facebook! πŸ˜ƒ

These first photos of GinGin, are from October 2015. It was the first time Little Mami brought him to the patio. (Little Mami was herself a very young cat, at the time, and she is quite small, so I think, GinGin may have been the only kitten of her first litter - at least, the only one that survived..)


GinGin on his own - on top of the cat run..


Dining with mammy.. (Little Mami)


Posing






Groomed by mammy.. (Little Mami)






These are GinGin's parents - Little Mami, and Hansom..

Then, I didn't see GinGin until months later..


This was in March 2016.. At this point, I didn't even realise it was him - I'd only seen him a few times as a kitten, and then there was no sign of him, so I feared that something had happened to him..


Here, I just thought he was a "new visitor", since he was so much bigger now..


It was only in April, I finally made the connection! I even compared the fresh photos to his kitten photos, and yes.. All markings matched




Independent boy.. (Still April, 2016)..


Doh!




Still April 2016..










May 2016.. Cat run roof hammock πŸ˜ƒ






With daddy Hansom, and mammy Little Mami - May 2016..








June 2016..


July 2016..


August 2016 - stung by a bee 😒 (His jaw was swollen for a day or two..)






September 2016, with mammy (Little Mami), who was heavily pregnant with her second litter.. (She has since been spayed.)


October 2016 - family meal..






January 2017.. With younger siblings..


March 2017.. GinGin at the patio door, RuaRua (younger sibling) behind him..