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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marta's First Steps

This is Yuriy's movie for Marta's first steps in our home. She does a lot of fun staff which I really want to tape and save for later use :)

She is also still scared of a big camera, so the only chance we get is with iphones and ipads, therefore the quality isn't so great.

But no "quality" can ruin this loveliness...

Just in case you were wondering: Marta is a purebred scottish fold kitten, currently 3 and half months old.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Meet Marta

I haven't been posting for a while, but that is because we were busy preparing to welcome this little ball of fur to our family.

So meet Lady Marta, she was ok to pose for a photo after a short nap on a night stand:

Marta: 3 months old Lilac Scottish Fold

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Leopard TV: Growing up

I continue enjoying my "Leopard TV" (see beging of this story if interested)...

I am very sad that Tallin Zoo removed the feed from their website (community there was pretty nice and always shared news around "kittens" in the feed which are hard to get otherwise being available most of the time in Estonian). But for some reason (and to my total luck) the feed for mobile devices (ipads/iphones/androids) is still available even thou there is no way to communicate to other ppl who watches it.

By now cubs are about 7-8 months old, and they are still the same fluffy, funny and kittens alike, just maybe two-three times bigger than they were back in May. Soon they will be almost the same size as their mom; see for yourself.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Squirrel of the Month: September 2012

Squirrel of the month

I am still not sure whatever this furry fella jumped or actually fell from the roof, I just heard some noise and barely saw some movement from the roof to the patio with a corner of my eye.

When I realized that somebody invaded our top patio I went to check it out. The squirrel was picking thru the kitchen door at our kitchen :)

He saw me, turned around, then sneaked thru patio rails to the ground and decided to climb a tree near by, as if nothing had happened.

This is where Yuriy manager to catch him with a camera...

Friday, June 1, 2012

New California Wildlife: Raccoons

So, I guess that is what you get when leave home for long and then don't have much time to pay an attention to it for a while

You get a family of cute, fluffy, stripe-tail and tree-climbing creatures under your deck.

The internet says I shouldn't be so happy...

It also suggests a lot of humane wild animal removal services to pick from.

However these ones didn't do any harm just yet:

Raccoon-mama is more interested into inspecting nearby woods, and raccoon-babies are checking squirrel feeders like they know where nuts should be.

But after all, who said that stealing somebody else's food is the squirrel only job?..

I said "checking", like they are doing it over and over again, which isn't quite true: we only saw them climbing once so far.

It probably was their first time out from the nest. They were so excited that didn't notice neither us making pictures nor the fact that mama escaped to the nest because she saw us first.

See these and couple more of other stripy-tail pictures on Yuriy's blog.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Leopard TV

Sometime last month I stumbled upon a live feed of a webcam installed in enclosure of Amur Leopard Darla nursing 3 one week old cubs.

Since then I return there every time I need to relax and smile: cubs are a bit more than a month old now and are pretty playful even though the most funny screens I have of them are when they are sleeping on or near their mother:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Squirrel of the Month: February 2012

I wished for more squirrels and I got some. And I decided to share pics of some funny ones with you.

Meet the "Miss Back Yard February'12":

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Google's Recipe Rich Snippets Markup

It looks like I finally managed to convince Google to use recipes info provided in rich snippets info of my cooking site in the search results.

It would be a sarcasm to say it doesn't feel like almost 2 years passed since Google announced recipe snippet format.

And now, after testing over and over, trying couple of different formats, making sure page with markup loads as fast as I can get it to, talking to the silent wall of rich snippet testing tool which gives you everything but useful info about why the formatting of your snippet may be not the correct one and how can you fix it... I finally got it right or at least to the certain extend: review numbers are not showing up in the results, but at least cooking times are and, most importantly, images.

So here are the things which worked for me, maybe some of them will safe some time for you:

  • recipe rich snippet format - easiest and cleanest to implement
  • Hacked wordpress to not use any other microformat: comments template has hcard in markup and post has hentry one that makes them to take over recipe formatting and only comments were showing up in testing tool
  • Removed rel attributes from tag-links, category-links and links in blog roll
  • Made sure that all marked up info is also visible to human visitor, so no <meta itemprop...> unless it is followed with text which explains it
Funny enough that the last issue was pointed to me by Google itself in email with "Rich Snippets Implementation" subject which I received after my second to last attempt to submit my site to rich snippets submission form. I didn't receive any reply from that form submission before, so it felt like I was almost there, just had to fix that small issue with visible content.

Would it be so hard to add this kind of check/error/message to the rich snippet testing tool results, nobody knows...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy B-day to me

This windy sunny snowless winter day I want to wish myself more squirrels: these restless furry creatures never fail to find a motivation to do whatever they want raid our bird feeder: