Spiff: There’s an App for that!

Loyal readers remember Spiff, the famous cat who coached me through my first five years of blogging before he finally expired in 2005 at the age of 14. Well I’m pleased to announce that Spiff lives on in Peghole’s iPhone App, Clean My Screen!

Mark (of Peghole) was looking for some images to use in the small photo library that comes with the app, and I provided some — including two shots of the famous Spiff. One of them is a bit of a shocker; to avoid having two orange cat photos in the library, Mark conjured up Spiff’s grey-furred alter-ego, Smiff.

Spiff & Smiff

Smiff on the left, Spiff on the right. Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!

As to the purpose of Clean My Screen, well, check the FAQ.

In the meantime, I have a few promotion codes for a free copy of Clean My Screen. If you want one, send me an email up until April 28, 2010 (blork-at-blork-dot-org). Note that the promo codes can only be used in the U.S. iTunes store.

Suburbaland Who’s Who

The rare Black Snowy Burb Panther spends most of the winter climbing in trees.

The Mini surveys his kingdom from on high

With the onset of daylight savings time, the Black Snowy Burb Panther descends from the trees and seeks meltwater with which to slake his enormous thirst.

The Mini has a drinking problem

For more information on the Black Snowy Burb Panther, contact the Canadian Mildlife Society.

Suburbaland Who’s Who

The Northern Boreal Tree Panther

The Northern Boreal Tree Panther inhabits a small territory south of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. Its habitat consists of large, sheltered interior spaces lined with an abundance of cotton and other materials, combined with limited exterior locations in and around cedar trees.

Nothern Boreal Tree Panther

The Northern Boreal Tree Panther’s diet consists of prefabricated food bits obtained and presented to them by a subspecies of human, commonly referred to as “cat people,” which are subservient to the Tree Panther. Tree Panthers occasionally consume other sorts of food and are particularly fond of yogurt. While they are known for their bird hunting skills, there are no recorded incidents of the hunted birds being eaten.

Humans are advised to keep their distance from the Northern Boreal Tree Panther, as it has been known to attack.

For more information on the Northern Boreal Tree Panther, contact the Canadian Mildlife Federation in Ottawa.

Intruder Alert!

Toute la famille is gathering chez nous for Christmas. Tonight we’ll have four overnight guests, and tomorrow it will be up to seven. Oh – and there’s a dog. An adorable ten-month-old labradoodle who stands about three feet tall and is still in the throws of full hyperactive puppydom.

The mini, however, is not impressed. He spent the first half hour of Maggie’s presence in “hallowe’en cat” mode; arched back, puffed-up tail, hissing and spitting. All that from the safety of the stairs that go to up to the second storey.

Then he calmed down a bit and was content to simply glare and send lightning bolts of hatred from his eyeballs. He still hasn’t come face-to-face with the dog, and I suspect he never will.


It’s going to be an interesting three days…