Month: July 2004

  • Gallery Update

    Added three new recent drawings to the gallery. I’ve been working on a lot of exercises and quicker sketches lately, so it was nice to actually finish some drawings. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do some painting in the near future as well. -Jeremy

  • Book Review: Gates of Fire

    Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire is a work of historical fiction concerning the stand at Thermopylae made by 300 Spartan hoplites and their allies against an invading Persian force of a quarter million. The story is told from the point of view of a free-born youth named Xeores. He traveled to Sparta under his own…

  • Quick Update: The White Devil

    The White Devil has been officially posted to Project Gutenberg. You can find it here. Apparently I did an extra-good job typing this one; their software found only one error, a silly typo, in the entire text.

  • FOW: Troublemaker

    The other side of Loki’s personality is her propensity for trouble. We named her after the Norse god of mischief, and she does live up to it, though more so when she was a kit. She wakes up instantly whenever we are near the cage, and has a lot of energy, so it’s not surprising…

  • FOW: Wiggle and Kibble

    Loki is also a wiggly little thing. Where Pandora puts up tolerably well with being held, and gives ferret kisses like a champ, Loki can hardly even stand being held for a few seconds. A few years ago she wiggled out of my husband’s hands while he was holding her in the bathroom, and she…

  • FOW: Loki ’s Personality

    Loki has a very sweet personality. She is our omega ferret, which means it is her “job” to let all the other ferrets beat up on her. In fact, her preferred style of wrestling is to flip over on her back, and swat with her paws, almost completely ineffectively. In the photo above, she is…

  • FOW: Meet Loki

    Loki (a.k.a. Loco Poco, Loki-Dokey, Little Loki, Snaggletooth) is a 4.5-year old silver mitt sprite. She is a Marshall Farms ferret, identifiable by the two blue dots tattooed in her right ear–Marshall Farms is a major supplier of ferret kits to pet stores, and they neuter at 3 weeks of age, before the kits’ eyes…

  • Ferret of the Week: Loki

    Loki was our second ferret, bought from a pet store 3 months after we got Pandora. She was irresistible–teeny tiny and silver gray, with a white heart-shaped face and no mask. She was extremely squirmy and active right off the bat, the polar opposite of cautious Panda, and had a voracious appetite. Pandora hated her,…

  • The Kids

    My requisite participation in whatever the current main-event happened to be usually precluded the possibility of taking pictures. However, I did manage to snap a few during one of the days we played ‘tag’. It’s nice to see that the kids weren’t simply attempting to tag the youngest athlete, but challenged themselves to tag Shaun…

  • Alaskan Wildlife

    Wildlife wasn’t quite as plentiful as the Alaskan zealots would have you believe. I’m sure there was wildlife out there; we just didn’t see any without driving to a refuge. However, we did pass a road sign which bluntly stated that 173 moose had been hit by cars in the past year. With a moose…

  • Book Reviews: In Pursuit…, The Dark Half, and The White Devil

    On our recent trip to Alaska, I had some time for reading. I finished Elizabeth George’s In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner much more quickly than I anticipated, so we ran out to the book store, and bought enough to keep us busy for a while: for Jeremy, Gates of Fire and Tides of War…

  • Back from Alaska

    Julie and I were fortunate enough to be able to make a trip up to the Last Frontier this past week. My brother, Shaun, has lived in Alaska for the past year and a half. Needless to say, it isn’t very often that we get to visit with him or our nephews and nieces. This…