If you followed Friday’s post and comment thread, you already know that Rumblepurr and Simba guessed who the artist was who painted my portrait — R. Hutcheson — and the date when I first blogged about the the painting — February 3, 2006. A number of you were mystified about how they figured out the answers. It was easy! You just needed to know where to look. I will show you.
Not everybody knows that if you roll your computer mouse over the photos on my blog, there is usually a secret message! Just about the only photos that don’t have this are my Wordless Wednesday posts, because except for the blog title and tags, I keep them, well, wordless. A lot of other bloggers use these secret messages wisely, to add pertinent keywords — things like, oh, “Somali cat,” or “bad cat behavior,” or “expensive deluxe cat tree” (I added the last one because that is what I want for my birthday!). But instead of doing something smart, I decided to have fun instead, and usually I say something frivolous or amusing. I like it best when I don’t have anything to say and my human has to wrack her brain to put something there! As you can see, the blog post I referred to in Friday’s pop quiz actually had the artist’s name right there!
So that is how Rumbles knew R. Hutcheson was the painter. But how did Simba find out when I first posted about the painting? That was totally easy too — I bet he used the search box in the upper right hand corner of my blog.
If he did not find the name of the artist already, he could have just searched for “painting,” and that would have returned just two pages of blog posts. Which narrows it down quite a bit, considering that there are almost 850 blog posts here in total!
Or if he already found the name of the artist (which he said he did), he could have used that as the search term, and it would have returned only two posts — my birthday announcement post and the original post from 2006!
Rumbles and Simba are two very bright kitties — but now you know their secret!
Wow, you are such a smart computer kittie. How do you know and do all of this stuff? My mom knows just enough to get herself into lots of trouble on the computer at times. If you want to hire out your secretary I am taking applications but please don’t let my mom know.
Okay. But now I feel I am too stupid to even READ your posts, Sparkle. Sigh. Or wait–maybe it’s just the HUMAN that’s too stupid? Yeah, that’s the ticket.
How fun! I wish I had competent staff!
CCL Wendy says
Well, thanks for the information, Sparkle! I have never used secret messages like that. It was indeed very clever of Rumbles and Simba to discover the answers in this way. Kudos to them!
All we know is that Rumbles and Simba are two very handsome and obviously very smart Mancats!
Cat's Cats says
Wow, that was pretty sneaky Sparkle, but very neat too 🙂 I hope you get the deluxe expensive cat tree for your birthday!!!!
Katnip Lounge says
Sparkle, you are devious, and we like that.
Simba is an excellent detective! I like your ability to have fun with the keywords. i might have to start that!
The publicist found it in the rollover but she was too late.
Me thinks there will be LOTS more secret messages happening now!
I knew y’all were smart fur sure! Hey, that picture today is terrific!!!
Max the Quilt Cat says
Congratulations to the winners….
Fuzzy Tales says
Very clever! Of course, our mom doesn’t have a clue how you add roll-over text to an image. LOL.
Well done to Rumbles and Simba!
Mr Puddy says
A-Ha ! Ummm !!! I still confused, I think I better go for nap : )
The Island Cats says
Not only are they smart, they are quick too!! Congratulations to them!!
The Monkeys says
Congratulations to Rumbles and Simba! They are very smart kitties!
Eric and Flynn says
Concats to Rumbles and Simba. We also would like to know how to put messages on our photos.
After thought – now we just have to figure out how to do it. he he – that will be challenge and probably take us a week to do – if ever. We’re not the brightest on stuff like this.
Thanks so much for the education pal. We certainly learned something new today in reading your blog. Will have to give it a try sometime.
That is terrific. I had seen that little trick once or twice. OK, now Sparkle, how do you make that happen?? Does Mom need special software??
Simba and Rumbles are so very smart. Well done. Take care.
The Poupounette Gang says
We are in AWE of Simba and Rumbles (or is it Hamlet who guessed?!)
That’s very clever ! too complicated for me I guess ! I started with a blog in July 2006 ! and made my cat blog later it was too much for one blog.
Yup, I actually searched using “painting” . It was the first time I had used the search box, and I do have to say I did that before reading your hint that we could use it. That was fun!
Katz (And Other) Tales says
We keep our secrets, uhm, secret! But we like your rollover tags.
Ahh, but I have MORE secrets… mew ha ha ha (mysterious face)