previously, the month of April marks the birth of a certain canine named Kate. Sometime in late April, Kate turned two years old, which, according to popular reckoning, makes her a teenager in dog years. Talk about terrible twos! (I hope not.)
Unlike her first year of life, Kate did not grow exponentially. She remained proportionally in the 60-70 pound range, although her vet advised that Kate stay in the lower 60s.
In the past year, Kate starred in a Happy Birthday video for my -- our -- friends on Facebook. One of these days, we might share the video, well videos, since there are syllabic variations.
Sometime in late 2012, Kate learned to whine-weep whenever she wants attention. Against the advice of almost every dog trainer (I'm assuming), I eventually give her that attention. Every time. Spoiled? You bet.
As the year progressed, Kate became a Whovian. Since she presumably has access to Snoopy technology -- in which dog houses are bigger on the inside, like the TARDIS -- I'm sure Kate fancies herself as The Doctor. I'm just her lowly human companion, who carries Milk-Bone biscuits in his pocket. (Since Netflix is slow to add new seasons, Kate convinced me to purchase Series 7.1 and 7.2 on Amazon video, so now we're caught up as far as new-era Doctor Who is concerned.)
Over the last couple of months, Kate suffered, then recovered, from a nasty ear infection. She received some world-class health care from her vet and vet techs. Following the advice of her medical team, Kate eats better quality food -- healthier than the (stereo-)typical American human diet, I might say.
I have posted various pictures of Kate on Instagram. Her birth-month was no different. In addition to the photo at the beginning of this dog blog, here are more photos of Kate that I Instagrammed in April:
|Lucky Rabbits are cool.|
I do not know who programmed the extra channels, either the TV factory or my dad or someone else. U1 was assigned to Channel 52, the Spanish-language channel Telemundo, even though my family didn't speak Spanish. It is noteworthy, however, that Telemundo was our only access to MTV. In the early 1990s, and perhaps on a newer TV set, we discovered an MTV show on Channel 52, with Daisy Fuentes as the vee-jay. That show would have English-language music videos, which was cool, since we didn't have cable.
U2 was set to Channel 28, when KCET was a PBS channel. I'll get back to U2 later in this long-winded, memoir-ish rant.
U3 was Channel 56, the local station KDOC. It had Wally George and his stoner audience. It was a strange political/demographic combo for sure. It also had World Class Championship Wrestling. If I had an editor, or if I had the will to self-edit, I'd most certainly remove a lot of these tangential details.
U4 was Channel 18, which was (and still is) the pan-Asian language station KSCI. I suppose by accident or by design, I had a fair amount of multicultural education whenever I (or we as a family) strayed into the UHF channels, or as my dad would call any given UHF station, "Channel Forgotten."
|Non-sonic, sonic screwdrivers that are flashlights, err, torches.|
Fast-forward to 2007, PBS Channel 50 or 58 broadcast reruns of the new-era Doctor Who. I wrote about my Who PBS experiences here, here, and here. I'm pretty sure after that last entry in 2009, I watched all the Ninth Doctor's episodes, as well as a few of the Tenth Doctor's adventures. Around 2010, I subscribed to Netflix.
By 2011, I had a crazy growing puppy named Kate in my life, and we had (and still have) all sorts of "adventures." Tossing the ball for a game of fetch/catch was (and still is) fun. It's always awesome to chill out (or prance about) to the music of Queen. We'd also watch streaming movies on Netflix. We'd watch some good movies, and we'd watch some awful movies. After watching a really long bad movie, I wanted something shorter to watch with Kate on a regular basis.
|Kate and I caught some classic 'Who' as well.|
When I started to watch Doctor Who with my dog, I decided that we watch the episodes out of order, like true time travelers. I knew that a lot of the details would go over our heads (maybe my dog understands these concepts better than I), and various realizations about the story arcs might be spoiled, delayed, or missed. I didn't care, Kate didn't care, and watching Doctor Who as pure storytelling was brilliant! It was like telling a bedtime story to a child, or a campfire story to friends -- if it works, it works, and if it doesn't, you can make fun of it (spoiler alert: "Love and Monsters"). (The performances by the actors, the effects by various technicians, and the artistry of the production crew also helped.)
|Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.|
Happy Easter, by the way!
Since the start of the new year, I have increased my Instagram snapshot posts to at least once a day! According to the old adage, these Instagrams are essentially thousand-word essays, with the subject matter ranging from my dog Kate to the adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to non-fortunes from fortune cookies to the status of the Moon (see above photo). Those are important topics, of course.
If my Instagram habit continues for the next few months, perhaps I should forward the URL "DeRamos.org" to my Instagram profile. Then again, maybe not.
Chord du Jour "coffee table book." This "book" contains 90 pages of keyboard (piano) and fretboard (guitar) infographics. I've limited myself to four colors for each image -- usually black, white, and two other colors. Each two-page "spread" has a matching color scheme.
Recently, I have been posting new images on Chord du Jour's Facebook page for two workweeks (10 images for 10 days), followed by a review on the Chord du Jour blog for one workweek (the same 10 images over 5 days). I believe I'll continue this pattern until the book is finished. Then I'll start on another Chord du Jour quasi-educational project.
I'll probably preview the new project on a work-daily basis as well, on the blog and on Facebook. Hopefully the "coffee table book" images will be polished enough to actually be a physical coffee table book, or even a tablet-worthy publication, but I am getting ahead of myself.
I just have to create a new infographic page, one day at a time.