A Night on Cat Mountain

Photoshop has some new filters that run a picture you might have through some pre-existing artwork, and so I took a picture of Spice and ran it through a filter of a painting of mountains. The result is not displeasing. Yes, this is what I am doing with my Sunday (I also wrote an essay, but that won’t be out until later this week).

Also, the last couple of days I was battling a cold which I picked up on the road, and yes, it was just a cold, I did a nose-stab when I got home, and it came out negative for COVID, so. I slept like a rock last night and woke up less phlegmy and scratchy-throated, although still a bit tired. Honestly it’s been so long since I’ve had a cold — thank you masking and social distancing — that I almost forgot what they were like. I could have been happy not knowing for a while longer, honestly.

— JS

14 Comments on “A Night on Cat Mountain”

  1. Is it a Cat Mountain — or a Mountain Cat? Interesting effect regardless. I’ve never tried tweaking a photo like that, could be fun.

    Welcome home, where the pillow knows your ear.

  2. That is lovely, and well named!

    Thank you for writing KPS – it was exactly the book I needed to be reading this past week: engaging, snarky, and not too heavy. It was especially apropos to be reading about radioactive kaiju while I was letting radioactive tracers circulate through my body ahead of a PET scan.

  3. That is one impressive picture! It’s really amazing what AI can do nowadays, isn’t it?

    As for “Sick, But Not COVID” – I share your space on that, believe me! I’ve had low-level bronchitis I got as part of a (non-COVID) flu I caught back in November, and even three courses of antibiotics haven’t kicked it out of me entirely. I go every few weeks for COVID-19 tests to be sure, and so far so good – if only I could convince people the constant sniffling and coughing isn’t anything contagious….

  4. Are you sure that’s “Night on Cat Mountain”? Looks an awful lot like “In the Hall of the Mountain Cat”…

  5. I am really impressed with Cat Mountain. It is great. Too bad you let us in on the secret, you could have pretended you were a great artist.

    It does raise the question of where technology stops and art begins. Or is putting them together also art? I think so.

  6. Per TimELiebe, above, I’ve found there’s nothing that will enforce a little social distancing like a nice vigorous cough behind one’s mask. At the beginning of COVID, I was walking in the neighborhood, and inhaled a (small) bug. In the ensuing hack, cough, struggle to clear my airway, multiple people crossed the street to avoid me. It simultaneously gratified me and made me feel like a plague-carrier. Still a useful trick for those who purport to no longer need masking or distancing.

  7. Is there a KPS spoiler thread anywhere?
    Because I just finished the book, and I have thoughts.

  8. huh…

    definitely warrants publishing as jigsaw puzzle…

    …dare I suggest your not-a-church deserves a new stain glass window?

    though I would advise plastic cut by CNC and glue rather than traditional hand cut glass and leading… faster-cheaper-safer-less-toxic

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