Friday Cat Blogging – 30 October 2009

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Today’s picture is life imitating art.  Or is it art imitating life?  Hard to say.  Is Windows wallpaper art?  Is Inkblot life as we know it?  Questions, questions, questions.

(Note: I’m talking about the picture below, not the one on the left.)

And here’s another question: who’s the cutest cat of them all?  Inkblot knows the answer, but as an employee-by-concatenation of the Foundation for National Progress, aka the publisher of Mother Jones magazine, he’s ineligible for our upcoming cat contest.  But your cat isn’t!  Go here and register a first-round vote in our contest to find the cutest cat made into a Mother Jones cover.  If you think you can do better, make a cover out of your cat and submit it for the cat-off to be held in two weeks.  May the best cat win.

As for Inkblot, the powers-that-be tell me that he’ll be appearing in costume on our home page over the weekend.  An e-costume, of course.  Check it out tomorrow.

UPDATE: No, it turns out that it’s Domino who gets the e-costume.  Which is appropriate since she’s the black cat in the house.  So everyone gets a picture this week!

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