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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Savage Chickens. Puzzles and Politics

The little guy at the left could well be me or anyone else trying to deal with stress, dilemmas, and General Pandemonium (...the latter guy whose uncle must be that famous fellow by the name of Murphy).

I got a just got a chuckle out of a recent Doug Savage Savage Chickens comic. If you're not familiar with it, it's a daily comic which is drawn on a square, yellow, sticky note. I get a kick out of it since I'm quite fond of chickens, humor, sticky notes, and Doug Savage's Savage Chickens. :) Check out the Wednesday, August 08, 2007 comic called Jigsaw. While it probably isn't a political cartoon, it struck me as being rather apt in characterizing bad political "solutions" to various problems. When one or more problems with the "solution" is pointed out by the opposition, you often get flocks of adamant "chickens" with a narrow perspective, who persist with their arguments that their solution is the ONE right solution. Of course, the issues of California AB 1634 come immediately to mind but I'm sure that all of us can certainly come up with many more examples inside and outside of politics and personal lives.

Check my label's links below for misc related topic including some free jigsaw puzzles for the PC.

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Anonymous jan sent us a woof // August 14, 2007

And there are all of those who think that government will solve all our problems. Without having a firm idea of what the problems are.But that seldom stops the clucking.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // August 17, 2007

So true. Superficial knowledge can be a dangerous thing when aimed at far reaching mandates.   

Saturday, April 28, 2007

More Free Puzzles- Captain Jack Sparrow & Boris Vallejo

Capt Jack SparrowA few more puzzles to add to the cache.

A 221 piece puzzle of my favorite movie poster of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Boris Vallejo, Hieroglyphic EggBoris Vallejo, 132 pieces, Hieroglyphic Egg.

I love the color in this one.
Fancy Oriental Fish were a near constant part of my childhood in Asia. And not so oddly, have symbolic meaning in my dreams to this day.

Boris Vallejo, BritorganBoris Vallejo, 117 pieces, Britorgan.

There's some fantastic twisting tale that goes with this piece. But I thought a winged unicorn, a dragon and a dragonslayer make for a lot of colorful interest for this puzzle.

Boris Vallejo, TattooBoris Vallejo, 96 pieces, Tattoo.

Rather monochromatic for a puzzle, so fewer pieces. This is just here so I can admire the, of course. ;)

See my other post- "Free Anatolian Puppy Jigsaw Puzzles With a Side of Shrimp!" for info on these jigsaws.

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // April 29, 2007

Mmm, Captain Jack :) Yet another thing to distract me from working, but in a good way!   

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Free Anatolian Puppy Jigsaw Puzzles With a Side of Shrimp!

In short bursts, I've had a little fun with a jigsaw puzzle program that Josephine MorningStar shared with me several months ago. She made several (numbers of pieces) versions of a puzzle based on Coco's photo. She has a website which has some of her art available here.

I liked the puzzle program so much that I went ahead and purchased it, made some gift puzzles with Anatolian photos from friends - with their own dogs featured. Josephine has the best ideas! :D

Gift puzzles are stand alone versions that don't have all the features of the full game but are still lots of fun. The full featured game allows you to modify puzzles or create them as gifts.

FREE Puzzle Samples!
Here are a few puzzles that use either my pix or public domain photos.

Shrimp PolentaHere is a yummy photo from, where you can get some public domain, gorgeous FREE photos that can be used any way you want. Did I mention that the pics are free? :)
-- Download this 104 piece shrimp polenta puzzle.
Photo courtesy

Kung Pao Shrimp PuzzleAnother yummy photo decadent shrimp foodies (like me) can enjoy, from
-- Download the 221 piece Kung Pao Shrimp puzzle.
Photo courtesy

I had also downloaded some of Jon Sullivan's (owner of other pics, including Mexican food pics (food pics are relaxing!) and travel scenery photos, from which I made a few other puzzles for personal use.

Anatolian Puppy Jigsaw Puzzles!
Click on the puppy names to download the specific puzzle.

Jasmine and 'T', anatolian pupsA 104 piece puzzle with two Anatolian Shepherd Dog puppies, Jasmine and her brother 'T' relaxing in the grass under an old picnic table.
Aren't they cute? :)

CocoA 110 piece puzzle with my puppy Coco.
This is one of my favorite puppy photos of this little monster her.

No actually, she is a sweetheart and a character! :)
First time I'd ever had a rough coat or a chocolate puppy in a litter.
Lately she sometimes lines up with my walker and keeps along side. Maybe a service dog in the making.

Jasmine, Anatolian puppy
A 110 piece puzzle of gorgeous girl, Jasmine sunning herself on a warm wooden ramp.

How-tos for enjoying your puzzle!
First download to a location that you will remember. I made a folder called Puzzles and saved all of them into that folder.

Once you have your puzzle(s) in your folder, then open your new folder and click on the name of one puzzle.

A window will open and have this menu bar... (see below)
puzzlemenu.jpg (34218 bytes)

To get started... maximize the window for the open puzzle.

Note the crayons icon. Next to that are puzzle pieces.
Use the puzzle pieces icon to change the size of puzzle pieces. Bigger pieces make the puzzle larger than many computer screens, so you can adjust to make it fit.
The puzzle pieces icon can also alter shapes called FUN PIECES -adding cute cut outs of butterflies and kittens in the selection, try it by clicking directly on the arrows in the box.

While playing, if you need the puzzle enlarged or shrunk, just click on the puzzle piece icon above and adjust!

Another tip to help you get started - use the square outline of squares. That will put the flat sided edge pieces around the edges of the screen where you can see them more easily.

You can save your progress or just leave the puzzle running in the background while you do the 'real work' you're supposed to be doing. ;)


Depending on individual photos, some are really fun when they have over 300 pieces. Photos with poor clarity and too many objects or too much of the same colors are so much harder! I made one one of these harder ones that 400 some pieces before starting taxes and it took me almost a month to finish. It was a much needed break (and now time for something totally different) & distraction from doing taxes. :( I've associated that puzzle so much with doing taxes, I had to delete it when I was done. LOL

Best part of it is, the pieces never get lost, even if your dog comes to help with the puzzle! :)

The website for the game has free puzzles to play, and if you buy the program, there are free downloads to add to your gameplay. If you like professional, very high quality photos of different subject matter, there are collections that you can purchase to add to your game. For the collections go here and the freebies are at the bottom of the page.

For more puzzles on this blog, click on 'puzzles' below.

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