Thursday, April 23, 2009

This ain't no 'LOL cats' blog

So I went and posted a picture of one of our cats, The Kitten, for my Wordless Wednesday submission yesterday.

Don't worry, now. The Hawg hasn't gone soft. I still prefer dogs to cats and I'll not take to posting photos of cats with cute slogans on them such as "You will respekt me authoritah" or "Awl you birdz are be long to me" or "I will cill u in u sleep."

No, I just really like The Kitten. She's a fine animal. I just wonder what we'll call her in July when she's a full grown cat rather than just a kitten.

Is there a point to all this rambling? Is there ever? Does it matter?

Actually, I do have a point. For one thing, I'm out to promote one of my favorite ideas as of late, Tell Me Thursday (click, click, clickety, click that link, kids). The purpose of that site is to provide a spot for people to explain their Wordless Wednesday entries. Honestly, more people need to participate in that fine endeavor.

Second, that composite photo of The Kitten was made possible by a little program called The Gimp -- an open source program that's a lot like Photoshop. Unlike Photoshop, however, The Gimp is totally free.

I'm constantly amazed there are a lot of people out there who aren't aware of all the great, free programs that are available on the Internet. For example, one of my favorite programs is Evernote, a handy little program I use to take notes and access them from anywhere I have an Internet connection. As I've mentioned before, I'm a public relations guy and do some freelance reporting, so the ability to take notes at home or at work and access them later is invaluable.

Oh, and if there's a Web site with some great information on it, I can just clip it into Evernote. The same goes for emails, photos and -- heck -- just about anything. Since getting Evernote, I rarely use a notebook unless I'm going out of the office for an interview.

Meanwhile, my systems stay virus free thanks to Avira AntiVir, spyware is kept at bay with Spybot and I rather regret buying Microsoft Office when the very good OpenOffice is available.

I love cool, free stuff. Who doesn't?


Sherry said...

Based on your fine recommendation, I'm trying GIMP. said...


I rarely use a notepad any more. I usually just send myself an email. Look at all of the trees I have saved!

And we use Spybot as well.

Thanks for all of the free site recommendations.

Have a great weekend!


Eat Well. Live Well.

Patricia Rockwell said...

Those all sound like fine sites, but I really had my heart set on reading more kitty dialogue from you in the future! Boo hoo!

Rebecca said...

LOLCats don't say "I will cill u in u sleep." They say, "I will KILL u in ur sleep." LOLCats know how to spell.


Aw, come on, GO SOFT!!! Cats are WAAAY better than dogs anyway.

Denford said...

Why is your kitten playing with Yasser Arafat's head-cloth?

Tell Me Thursday said...

Hey- thanks for the shout out and for playing along with TMT - hope you'll join us this week too!