Friday Cat Blogging – 9 October 2009

Today is Domino day.  It’s hard to get good pictures of a pure black cat like Domino, but the light was hitting her nicely when I took this picture and it shows her at her best.  So let us all admire Domino and her beautiful white whiskers today.  The other guy will be back next week.

And speaking of light, has anyone tried these new Pharox LED light bulbs?  They seem very cool.  Is the illumination good?  How much light do they give off compared to an ordinary 60 watt incandescent?  Do they come on immediately or do they need to warm up a bit like CFLs?  I know what the specs say, but I’m curious if anyone has any personal experience to share.

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