A photographer and his cat, end of January 2024

Two days ago I took a “selfie” again, using one of my studio strobes and converting the image with a Kodak Tri-X film simulation in Silver Efex:

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And today I took a photo of Bella while she was outside on the fence (in front of a Kindergarten). This one I converted using an Ilford HP5 film simulation in RawTherapee:

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So there you have it – two recent pictures of the cat and myself, both in black & white. Like always, thanks for viewing.

Now running…

  • GrapheneOS on the Google Pixel 6a mobile phone
  • DivestOS Mobile on the Google Pixel 3a mobile phone
  • Debian on my self-built desktop computer (for “work”)
  • Arch Linux on my self-built desktop computer (for “fun”, or to see the newest stuff)

Looks like this:

GrapheneOS
DivestOS Mobile
Debian
Arch Linux

Oh, and of course I’m also running the latest jams on the Wikiloops radio. You can participate in these if you like, why not give it a try?

Like always, thanks for viewing, reading, listening, and all that 🙂 Happy holidays 🙂

Update, from Wed Dec 20th, 2023:

According to the German security expert Mike Kuketz, GrapheneOS is the gold standard of all Android operating systems. His article is in German, only the parts where he cites Daniel Micay, founder and lead developer of GrapheneOS are in English.

Privacy Guides has the same opinion and recommendation. See also at Eylenburg’s comparison. And at AndroidAuthority. And maybe the best one at PrivSec.

Be aware tho that in case you reject all Google services and apps, you’ll also lose some of their “AI” and capabilities. Your choice. In that case, user profiles might help – one owner profile without, and a user profile with Google services (still sandboxed in GrapheneOS). And thanks again for reading.

3 months of Bella today…

As of today, our little Bella is with us since three months exactly. And each day, she tells me/us: “Let me out, let me out!”:

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Let me out let me out, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

And sometimes in November, when the weather was too bad, she’d gotten the “November Blues”:

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November Blues, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

In the evenings, just as right now as well, she’s waiting for Mitchie and Zuleikha to come home from work, like this:

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White cat on white sheet, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

There are times tho when we can’t let her out – the neighbours’ cats don’t like her that much, and now Bella got really protective about her home as well:

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Bella says “no”, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

In that case, I try to play with her – although she’s really watching the veranda door then:

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Bella, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

At the moment, like I wrote above, she’s sleeping. But a while ago we both sat on the sofa – I wanted to read a bit, and she came behind me. So here’s a selfie from my phone:

Selfie with human, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

It’s wonderful to have her around… <3

And like always, thanks for viewing, and for reading.

Happy birthday Bella

Today is Bella’s second birthday. We took a few photos, and Zuleikha made a collage of some of them:

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Bella on her second birthday, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2023

I took the first one using my compact flash bounced over the ceiling, two of the collage were made with a studio strobe, and one with Zuleikha’s mobile phone with the normal room light on.

And like always, thanks for viewing.

Another Caturday, after ~ 6.5 weeks

We’re letting Bella out since 10 days, and she is making good use of it, going up to 5.5 hours exploring her new home, garden, and surroundings. And then she normally comes home to rest. I take pictures when I see something, like this one for instance which I took using my phone:

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Or this one with my camera:

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It’s a joy having her with us, and I’m always glad when she comes back.

Caturday

Here are some more photos of Bella since last Purrsday:

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Bella Рa cat that fits into a phone case, M̦rfelden-Walldorf 2023
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Like always, thanks for viewing.

Five weeks – and freedom, finally ;)

Today it has been 35 days or 5 weeks since we’ve brought Bella to our home. And according to the suggestions, if you move a cat, keep her in for 4-6 weeks to get accomodated to the new home, or else she could head out just to search for the old one. So we agreed on 5 weeks, meaning: today.

Here are some photos since last week, and from today:

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Zuleikha also made a nice collage with her phone, which she sent me with Signal lately:

Here’s one from this morning, looking out at the dimly lit dining area/window:

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Later, Bella slept a bit (or recharged, like babies do?):

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And finally, while us humans were hanging the laundry: freedom! Yay!

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She hasn’t been out for too long this first time, so let’s see how she’ll do during the next days. So much to explore…

… and like always, thanks for viewing.