So this little fella is doing swell. We took him to the vet this morning and they tested him for the bad nasties, which thankfully came back negative. Of course, this got us worried about one of our other cats, Nadja, so I just brought her in for some tests. We find out in about a hour.
Nadja came to us from the wilds of Mississippi, courtesy of a co-worker whose parents found a litter of abandoned kittens. We had previously lost a cat to leukemia, and Nadja arrived at the perfect time. Our big bear of a cat, Brando, has been tested for everything, but he’s Strong Like Ox anyway. And we just found out his breed! He’s a Chartreux, which is French for "beautiful blue-grey feline." Well, not really. (Molly, we really think Brando is a Chartreux — this isn’t like the time your ex-friend pretended to be Native American.)
The good news is that Brando and the as-yet-unnamed new guy are starting to get along. As a matter of fact, they’re both flanking me on the couch as I type this.
What else is going on? I’m going to a very interesting conference on Capitol Hill on July 30 called "The State of the Net." It’s gonna be a long day of wonky tech talk, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Speaking of tech issues, the New York Times’ Bits blog is hosting a debate about whether or not the telecom and cable companies should block the traffic of copyrighted works on the net. You may have heard about AT&T and ABC canoodling at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, which led many to believe some kind of ISP-end "content management" was in the cards. You know, ’cause the whole FCC investigating Comcast thing isn’t enough to put them off.
On one tiny Southern Italian island they’re putting that wacky internet to good use. To crush the Sicilian Mafia!
UPDATE: Nadja is FEL-V free! We still need to find a name for the new kid, tough. Please chime in.