Screw organic chemistry, I'm just going to write about cats.
James Ashenhurst uses (sometimes highly unorthodox!) cat pictures to explain topics in stereocat
mistry, starting with On Cats, Part 1: Conformations and Configurations. [more inside]
In 1964, Zambia joined the Space Race with help from Edward Makuka Nkoloso, an enthusiastic
, if overly optimistic
, primary school teacher (partial transcript, video very much of its time
). Though the rocket never left Lusaka, and there was never any real support from either the Zambian government or UNESCO
, Nkoloso's project
caught the imagination of Spanish artist Cristina de Middel
in her short film, The Afronauts
. Middel explains
, "The images
are beautiful and the story is pleasant at a first level, but it is built on the fact that nobody believes that Africa will ever reach the moon. It hides a very subtle critique to our position towards the whole continent and our prejudices. It's just like saying strong words with a beautiful smile." via.
According to a study done at the university of Hiroshima, watching pictures of cute animals makes you more productive
. Considering the state many Americans might be in on Monday following a long weekend of turkey and pumkin pie, perhaps watching a few cute videos might be a good idea to get America's productivity up to par. [more inside]
Circle The Cat (flash friday fun)
It's not like anyone was going to be productive at work today anyway, right?
RIP to internet and body-mod legend Stalking Cat
Known as "the cat guy" on many parts of the internet, Dennis had spent money to shape himself in the form of his totemic animal, which he described as "a stalking cat". He held the world record for "most permanent transformations to look like an animal"
by a single person No note or reason has been shared by the family.
"Dog owners have a dog park where they can show off their dogs, but cat people don't have that," she says. "The Internet is where people who love cats can go to say, 'Look how cute my cat is.'" On cat videos on the Internet
, and maintaining the popularity of Henrí and Maru
, while designers
of the Scratching Post
note how how some owners start writing in a first feline style. [more inside]
The Pliocene Pussy Cat Theory
(which originally appeared
in The Annals of Improbable Research) argues that the human ancestor Australopithecus domesticated cats for hunting, defense and harvesting static electricity to make it easier to climb trees. The theory, which was proposed by Lorenzo Love, is a parody of the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis
(which is critiqued here
and in shorter form here
). Whether you know about the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis or not, the Pliocene Pussy Cat Theory
, and Love's follow-up, the Subterranean Ape Theory
, will completely alter your understanding of human evolution.
"You are a cat.
You don’t know your name, or where you are, or how you got there. You are sitting on a pile of clothes that smell familiar, and the room around you is quiet and dark." So begins A Stray In The Woods
, an online collaborate comic/illustrated interactive fiction about being an amnesic cat. Take control of the story by suggesting things for the cat to do
. [via mefi projects
Rufus the Cat had to get some painful ear drops and was feeling pretty stroppy about it so his owner decided to build him a magnificent cardboard box tower to lift his spirits.
In 1952, a gray male tabby cat appeared at the door of Room 8 at Elysian Heights Elementary School
in Echo Park. He stayed throughout the school year, left at summer vacation -- and came back on the first day of class in September. He became the school's cat, and his name was Room 8
Room 8 was featured
Magazine and the Weekly Reader,
had a children's book
written about him, and lived until 1968.
One former student said, "I never liked Room 8 because he sat on my homework."
The Wikipedia entry
. Room 8's grave
. The Room 8 Memorial Cat Foundation
(a no-kill shelter).
The Walker Internet Cat Video festival took place last week
I was there, and I'd say that crowd estimate of 10,000 was pretty accurate as far as I could tell. Most of the content was, eh, but speaking as a not-cat-video fan there were a few that were pretty good not that far off. There were videos in multiple categories. [more inside]
How do you cheer up a cat-loving teenage cancer patient who misses her kitty? With the Cat Immersion Project for Maga
. Brought to you by Seattle Children's Hospital
and 3000+ people who sent in photos of their cats. [via ZeFrank]
CAT LOVES GIRL
Girl is unsure about it.
Not The Onion: Cat Mayor celebrates 15th Year in Office
(C-AK) is not the first or only non-human elected mayor of an American town; two dogs and a goat
have shared the same honor.
I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their helicopters, or why.
Kitty Cat Sings the Blues
(SLYT) "I woke up this morning...then I went back to sleep. Then I woke up this afternoon...and I went back to sleep..."
Little parakeet just won't leave kitty alone
. I mean, really
. Doesn't matter if kitty is drinking
, or trying to sleep
. He just won't leave kitty alone
. I mean, really
. Kitty's cool with it, though, and they enjoy the same food
. And neither of them are especially interested in the beetle
Henry Dagg squeezes out "Over the Rainbow"
with the help of a nuisance of toy cats
Description: A multiplayer game about being a cat.
Instructions: Be a cat.
(By Terry Cavanagh, who brought you VVVVVV
Contrary to popular belief, cats can make great DJs
. It's just a small sample, but it's nice to see him really get into it as the set progresses.
“We now have a ‘lost cat in airplane
’ file that’s got one piece of paper in it after this morning.” [more inside]
Cat GIF Page
You won't be able to stop looking.
A nightmarish Keyboard Cat
from the 1950s children's program Andy's Gang
. You might want to leave the lights on tonight.
If you think about the top ten science blog posts of 2011
you pretty much have to agree on the #1. It's the glow in the dark kitty
. But there are other animals that shine for Science
Cat soothes crying baby
It's a cat. Soothing a crying baby. It's practically designed
to go viral.
is having a Cat Week, and one of the features is "Kitty Lit 101"
Cat, meet CAT!
Photos of a mountain lion meeting Zeus, an 11 year old Maine Coon cat, only separated by a sliding glass door. Mountain lions are fairly common in Colorado, and as people develop in their territory, we'll see more and more encounters. A list of fatal cougar attacks in North America. Some facts about Puma concolor.