Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Stray Cat

A few months ago, a pregnant stray cat came up to my door for food. I didnt offer it any but I gave it a cardboard mat to lay on. She was happy enough. So she hunts during the day and retires to a comfortable pad for a rest at night. However 5 weeks ago, she dissapeared. I didn't know where she went to, and I just assumed that she gave birth and went on her merry way.

smugfaced pregnant cat with no sign of appreciation

Then yesterday I found her again, this time with a brood of two kittens. Very cute. She was in this position yesterday evening, and this morning as I left for work, she was in the same place. She must be tired.
ex-pregnant but still smugfaced cat but with cute kittens

The strange thing is, when I saw her first in mid May, she looked like she was about to burst already. The gestation period is 65 days. She definitely is the same cat: same markings and all. The kittens: are they new born or 1 month old? I have no idea ...

I dont like stray animals. They live in such dire conditions, that I would hate that their offspring would have to endure such harsh treatment too. So anybody want to adopt a cat-family? BTW, Im not a fan of cats. They have such irritating attitudes.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Blast from the past: Stareogramme

I got a nudge from a friend, and asked if this was me, and it is!


SIRDS Programs available last updated: 94.06.11

A summary of SIRDS ( Single Image Random Dot Stereogram ) and SIS ( Single Image Stereogram ) generating programs for the PC. If you discover any errors or omissions, please send corrections and your opinions to peterj@netcom.com for inclusion if future updates.

My entry is as follows:

Program:                    STAR   3.21  Stareogramme
FTP site: katz.anu.edu.au:/pub/stereograms/programs/pc
Bump Format: TGA, TIFF 320x200 max
Output Format: TGA
Panel Format: TGA 200x400 max
Random pattern: yes, variable density
Number of Layers: variable
Back color: black
Shareware? Yes, voluntary amount.
Source Available:
Comments: Pretty good.
batch oriented

Author: Yoon Kit Yong

Information Systems Engineering Dept.
Electrical Engineering Building,
Imperial College

Of course nowadays that email doesnt work. And katz.anu.edu.au doesnt work anymore. And Ive lost the source code for this bit of software...

Must add that I received about 3 cheques from 'adoring fans' for this 'shareware'; 2 from US and one from Germany. It cost more to process the cheques than what it was worth, so at the end of the day, I still didn't get money from it.