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April 13, 2007 12:13 AM   Subscribe

Nice Ass! Jon Katz describes why he owns and loves his donkeys. Follow-up: what happened when Lulu fell during an ice storm.
posted by homunculus (20 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
The closest I've ever come to this was the pack mule in Dungeon Siege. The poor thing sure did panic easily.

I suspect that a robot donkey would be less emotionaly satisfying, but would also avoid some rare but rather awkward situations (possibly NSFW).
posted by homunculus at 12:22 AM on April 13, 2007


Unreal, that farmer is Jon Katz, who used to write technology columns for Hotwired and Slashdot. I didn't know he changed gears and wrote about animals now. Nice story.
posted by myopicman at 12:27 AM on April 13, 2007


The Last Burros of the Mojave Desert
posted by homunculus at 12:39 AM on April 13, 2007


myopicman writes "Unreal, that farmer is Jon Katz, who used to write technology columns for Hotwired and Slashdot. I didn't know he changed gears and wrote about animals now."

IIRC, Katz used to cover the pet animals beat before he got hired at Slashdot. I'm pretty sure that was why his coverage of technology was as 'insightful' as it invariably was.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:52 AM on April 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


WTF Jon Katz? That is quite a surprise. Also, he's now over 50? That explains a lot about his style of tech journalism.
posted by blasdelf at 2:45 AM on April 13, 2007


Thanks for pointing this out - one of the great mysteries of life has been solved.
posted by 2shay at 7:29 AM on April 13, 2007


I knew a girl from Boston, Mass. She had a magnificent ass.

It wasn't round and pink - as you probably think.

It was grey. Had long ears. And ate grass.
posted by tkchrist at 8:15 AM on April 13, 2007


...when Lulu fell during an ice storm.

Damn, I was hoping this would've been about the "To Sir With Love" singer instead. She was the hotness.
posted by jonp72 at 9:32 AM on April 13, 2007


Unreal, that farmer is Jon Katz, who used to write technology columns for Hotwired and Slashdot.

Aha! I knew the name sounded familiar, but I was tired and couldn't place it. Thanks.
posted by homunculus at 12:03 PM on April 13, 2007


I wondered if that was the same Jon Katz as well. Knowing he's not really a techie and he's older than I thought explains his reactions to my emails to him a few years ago, when he wrote that book on those geek kids from Idaho. I pointed out a dozen or more technical inaccuracies in the book and the blew me off and kind of mocked me.
posted by mathowie at 12:35 PM on April 13, 2007


Mocked our noble leader! Good lord. What could he have been thinking?

Katz wrote this book about moving to the country when the 1900s came to an end, and he turned 50, and he got into that, you know, midlife thing. (Which I myself hope to hit soon, after I escape this extended adolescence.)
posted by LeLiLo at 1:39 PM on April 13, 2007


Wow, Katz sounds like, well, a jackass.
posted by homunculus at 2:04 PM on April 13, 2007


His writings on his new life are nice, though. I'm glad he's moved on to something he likes more and is still sharing with the rest of the world.

I want a donkey someday.
posted by homunculus at 2:12 PM on April 13, 2007


I want a donkey. I came here to talk about donkeys.
posted by popechunk at 7:04 PM on April 13, 2007


I only know Jon Katz from his essays on salon. I have really enjoyed them, although at times felt like he was this priviledged guy pretending to be a farmer. He is not a farmer, he has a hobby farm. Well more power to him I guess. I think his heart is in the right place and his essays are really touching. I recommend them highly. I was about to pick some out to recommend, but I can't, they are all great. The whole donkey thing I love. I want him to get some goats next. Those are some crazy animals.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 9:26 PM on April 13, 2007


EEK!
posted by homunculus at 11:53 PM on April 13, 2007


Now I want a donkey too. My boyfriend's gonna kill me.
posted by Jess the Mess at 11:41 AM on April 14, 2007


What you gon' do with all that ass?
posted by homunculus at 5:42 PM on April 14, 2007


Horses saved from slaughter reach safety
posted by homunculus at 12:03 PM on April 16, 2007


Man brings donkey to testify in court
posted by homunculus at 5:38 PM on April 19, 2007


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