Ha! So my promise of blogging for the New Year lasted a while didn’t it.
I feel compelled today, however. I was a bit bored at work today (for oh so many reasons) and in a particularly bad mood, when a Boing Boing post pointed me to these classics which kept me amused for quite some time.
Popular Science magazine and Google have teamed together to put the magazine’s 137-year archive online, for free. You can only search the keyword right now.
Of course, my first keyword search was CATS. And this was one gem of an article I found amongst the various pieces on catamarans (left). It’s from January 1939. It helpfully explains, with the use of a sophisticated cardboard model, why cats always land on their feet.
I also uncovered this throughly controversial piece (below) debating the claim that dogs are smarter than cats (from p56 of May 1930 issue).
It claims cats have possibly not had a “fair show” in scientific experiments done thus far, and that this is about to change with some groundbreaking experimental work:
Because the dog is a gregarious, sociable animal that loves its master, is eager to please him, and is fond of praise, it is much easier for it to demonstrate its intelligence than it is for the cat. Solitary by nature and habit, indifferent to its master’s attitude and praise, the cat is difficult to “draw out”.
Indeed. Highly scientific analysis. It goes on. Great stuff.
I can’t help but read these pieces out loud in an old school BBC newsreader’s voice.
Do also check out some classics from 1996 on INTERNET TV.
A new cartoon from one of my fave fellow feline lovers.*
*I warned you this blog would not be catless.
Classic. Loving the cat yodeling. I could play the cat. If I had one.
Now why is it that Japan has all The Good Ideas?
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the Cat Cafe Calico where you can hire a cat to stroke while you sup on your latte (via Stylist Stuff).
In Toyko there are now 3 cafes were you can rent a cat for about £3 for an hour or £9 for 3 hours. Takafumi Fukui is the founder of the first and very popular Tokyo’s Cat Cafe Calico. There are 14 very clean cats to pet – they are shampooed and brushed regularly and you must have a thorough hand wash before entering the lounge.
What I wouldn’t give for one of those here.
*The cat in this photo is Sibsy, who belongs to Zanypurr.
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OK, so I would say I am coming out of what I am going to call my “transitional period” and I am going to make a concerted effort to blog again, as I should be doing. I miss it.
I have been using the internet like some sort of plaything for a few months and I am not feeling connected to it in the same way as a result. Weirdly. That ends today.
Now I just have to find some interesting things to blog about hehe. In the meantime, check out these pics of flying cats from Junku, my favourite Flickr cat person.
Cat lovers indulge yourselves: lolcats2. And make your own.
This made me chuckle muchly. (via Crys through Skype).
It takes the notion of LOL cats – a meme that has cat lovers and others spilling their milk rofl – to where no man has gone before. See also the Twitter fan wiki for more lolcat fun.*
Live Grenades poses the question we have all been dying to ask:
While this is nice and all, I quickly realized that there are no long-form lolcat works. The closest is Spatch’s wonderful Cat Town, and it’s only a relative to lolcats. That set my fevered brain to spinning: what would a lolcat story look like? What if lolcats had a TV channel? What kind of shows would be on it?
And this is it, a la Star Trek. Pure genius!
*Just seen Crys’ Twitter about lolgeeks!
The fantabulosa Sharonspotbottom has pointed me in the direction of My Next Favourite Website.
it is Wiikitty and features cats with Wiis and peripherals.
Reason No. 1001 to get a cat.*
*And indeed a Wii!!!
OK – so I am disappointed that after the Big Brother furore, Channel 4 has decided to axe their planned Wank Week.
Shame, I was rather hoping they would feature this video.
I love the determination of this kitten.
originally uploaded by bizargol.
Saw this on Wonderland and had to post too. Do you think it is playing Catz? I just got that.
While we are here, check out this fantastic montage of Demon Cats. Look out for the ginger one who screams like a banshi and the smokey grey one who.. well… talk about being one pissed off kitty. *
*Although nothing in here is cruel in any way, the sounds are quite fiendish.
originally uploaded by SuziJane.
Was checking out one of my much-neglected Flickr groups, Cats in Odd Places, and realised there 2,795 photos inthere! Well done people. How many calendars does that makle hmmm?
Watching a slide show of Flickr pix at the Bloghud HQ.
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