Monday, November 9, 2009

You're Making My Dog Sad

Look at that long face; how can you all do this to him? It's all because I used this picture to accompany the posting of the latest edition of Radio Abahachi, roughly a minute before twenty different people posted their playlists for 'Vim' so it's now disappeared into the depths far beyond the usual scrolling range. I'm not worried about the podcast, but Bailey thinks it's him that everyone is ignoring. He may be neurotic, forgetful and incontinent, but he doesn't deserve this...

24 comments:

ejaydee said...

You're right, it is unfair. I have finally transferred this episode of Radio Abahachi to the ipod. I never miss an episode.

DarceysDad said...

I haven't even got close to being able to listen to the latest RadioAbahachi yet; I'm disappearing under a musical 'To Do' pile again.

Big Mac And Large Flahs said...

Aba - just re-post to bump it up - or mebbe we should make a special page for the podcasts?

DarceysDad said...

A special page? Now if you can do THAT, Blimpy, that'd be ace.

tincanman said...

Sorry aba, not had a chance either. I still have leeds social CDs unlistened to. Plus other stuff from before that! And we've had a couple of huge topics lately. It's in the queue though (I know, it should be more of a priority, but so should the other stuff too. eeeeeeeeeeeee. Nice problem to have though he he)

Abahachi said...

Obviously I'm a little disturbed that everyone seems to think I'm talking about myself. I didn't leave a mess on the kitchen floor this morning...

tincanman said...

Sorry Abahachi. Didn't mean you at all. Just poor use of pronouns.
Come her for a scratch on the head big fella.

treefrogdemon said...

Hi Bailey!

bethnoir said...

Nice doggie, we're not really ignoring you.

goneforeign said...

I visited a friend this summer who now has an Italian Greyhound, for those not up on such things they look exactly like real greyhounds except they're only about 12-15" tall. I'd never seen one up close before and actually I sort of looked down my nose at 'em, not the real thing and all that. But this one was the most amazing animal, it would run around anywhere where we were, doing laps around the living room, he'd run around like a bullet train; supercharged. He'd suddenly leap into your lap or onto the couch next to you with the most mischievous smile on his face, amazingly friendly and totally full of energy. I wanted to steal him and bring him home to meet our three dogs, I don't know what they would make of him, probably think he was some sort of skinny rabbit.

steenbeck said...

I think Steenbeck (The dog) is a sight hound. She's a German Shorthaired Pointer. And, I hate to say it, but she doesn't like greyhounds at all. I think it's because they're one of the few creatures that are sleeker and faster than her (she's very sleek and fast). And she gets jealous. Or am I projecting human emotions on the poor dear?

I plan to listen, and to lots of other 'Spill offerings as well, but we've had 70 degree weather here (22 c, maybe?). ANd it's November! So I've been trying to spend every second outdoors.)

AliMunday said...

Please give him a jumbo bone from me. Haven't had time to listen to the podcast yet but do appreciate you taking the time to do it. Still have 6 Northern Social CDs to go but will get there eventually!

goneforeign said...

Steen: When you said 'sight hound' it didn't sound right so I went to Wiki, sure enough she's a hunting dog but not a sight hound. They're a specific group that basically evolve from and resemble the greyhound, there's many varieties of greyhounds plus there's Saluki's Borzoi's Deerhounds, Whippets etc.
There was a period when I was actively involved with sight hound groups, we used to 'race' them on weekends, in fact I made a short film to demonstrate how they run, they have all four feet off the ground when going fast.

ejaydee said...

Well I listened, and liked every track, only the NEU! was new to me. Great podcast, nice concept, what we're all about, maybe next time we coud have a tad more waffle please.

goneforeign said...

This might be more than most of you ever wanted to know about sighthounds et. al.
In the early '80's my girlfriend had a whippet [a sighthound], his name was Maxwell. She was an artist, she earned money as a commercial illustrator, she was writing/illustrating a piece about how greyhounds run. We decided to film Maxwell at speed and then analyse the frames.
Film is usually shot and projected at 24 frames per second [fps] If a filmed event takes one second to complete it's recorded in 24 frames, if it's filmed at 48 fps the action is recorded in 48 frames and each frame is a smaller, more precise image of the action. I own a 16mm high speed camera, it will run at phenominal speeds powered by a car battery, we chose to film Maxwell at 480 fps, that means that one second theoretical action would take 20 seconds to project at normal [24 fps] speed, so it could be analysed far more precisely.
We filmed Maxwell running in a park, there was a road that ran through the park, we put him out and started to drive away, he thought he was being left behind so he ran alongside on the grass verge. Joni was driving, I was filming: I told her to go faster until we were doing about 30mph, Maxwell kept up with us, when we had a straight stretch I started filming. 100 ft of 16mm film ran through the camera in about 9 seconds instead of the normal approx 3 minutes. When it was processed we threaded it up on the editing table and were able to see that he ran in a re-occuring cycle of about 10 frames. He'd lunge forward with his powerful back legs, his front legs raised foreward in front of him, then he'd drop his front legs and thrust forward at the same time bringing his back legs forward, that was a complete cycle. There was a period in each cycle where all four feet were off the ground, he was literally flying, his front legs were tucked in backwards and his rear legs were all the way forward ready for the next thrust. Joni traced a sequence of frames off the editor's monitor which showed the entire running cycle and used them in her article, I edited the film into a piece to show the dog's running action.
I told you it was more than you wanted to know.
OK, you can go back to sleep now.

steenbeck said...

I would love to see that footage gf. Reminds me of the story about muybridge.

tincanman said...

Am not a fan of some dog breeds, but whippet?
Whippet good

Abahachi said...

I now feel completely awful about posting this, because Bailey was put to sleep this morning. He'd deteriorated markedly over the last two months, and then got noticeably worse in the last week or so, and since it's a combination of a systemic autoimmune disease and severe senility he wasn't going to get any better. It was quick, painless and peaceful, and still heartbreaking, and I'm not even a dog person. I don't think I'm going to be around much for a bit; I don't want to make a big song and dance, which is why I've posted this down here, but given the affection shown towards Bailey by many of you I felt I had to say something.

Mnemonic said...

I'm so sad for you.

treefrogdemon said...

Dear abahachi: please don't feel bad about posting. It's just a very sad coincidence. So sorry about Bailey.

ejay said...

My condolences, Abahachi.

saneshane said...

sorry to hear about Bailey.. hope you are holding up, sad time.

steenbeck said...

So sorry, Abahachi. Condolences.

DarceysDad said...

With memories of Buxton still fresh, I both empathise and sympathise, Aba, and I'm really not a dog person.

:o(