Friday Cat Blogging Stuff

Gato - Israel Chavira
Here are my collection of links with cats, specially saved to blog today. And before you run away complaining “Oh no, cat pictures!”, take a look on the images and their descriptions. They have cats, of course, but they aren’t all just about cats.
The toy above, called Gato, was designed by Israel Chavira. This cat loves honey, probably cause his bee body type. A silly curiosity: the Spanish word “Gato” means cat, chat, Katze, katt, gàtto, and it has the same writing for Portuguese, gato.
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Among the hundreds of cool scanned images of Modern Mechanix, the vintage articles with cats always get my attention. And, of course, I saved them to share: Cats Are Fun to Photograph, From Cats to Cataclysms, Cat Pictures Used to Scare Away Birds, Blows Glass Globe Around Cats (no cats were harmed!) and Things I Learned from Ten Thousand Cats. The last article is from 1934, but some things about what we know about cats didn’t change.

By A. J. Adamson
ONLY by dealing patiently and kindly with a cat, particularly during its early life, may you develop the sort of animal everyone wants as a companion and pet. Unlike dogs, cats will respond only to kindness. Punish them and they grow surly and spiteful. I speak from rich experience, having bred fully 10,000 cats during the last quarter of a century.
The old idea was that every animal should be punished when caught in a wrongful act, but cats do not understand the meaning of a whipping. They are weak-willed and easily tempted and must, therefore, be guided in paths of righteousness.

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #317
Before all those stupid mania of LOLcats (I’m tired of them), there was The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats, a comic strip created and illustrated by the cartoonist Aloysius “Gorilla” Koford, according to Adam Koford his grandson. From 1912-1913 he produced a comic strip which was featured in 17 newspapers, including the Philadephia Star-Democrat, the Tampa Telegraph, and the Santa Fe Good-Newser. It featured the exploits of one Meowlin Q. Kitteh (a sort of cat hobo-raconteur) and his young hapless kitten friend, Pip. Adam is sharing those “treasures” (the comics are brilliant), and until now there are 340 images on the Flickr set. BTW, there is something on those comics that reminds me Krazy Kat. (via Will You Look At That)
iCat
The iCat is a project developed by Philips Research Technologies in 2005. I think iCat is a bit scary.

iCat is a research platform for studying human-robot interaction topics. The robot is 38 cm tall and is equipped with 13 servos that control different parts of the face, such as the eyebrows, eyes, eyelids, mouth and head position. With this setup iCat can generate many different facial expressions – happy, surprise, angry, sad – that are needed to create social human-robot interaction dialogues.
A camera installed in iCat’s head can be used for different computer vision capabilities, such as recognizing objects and faces.

Eek on the Plant Cup
The giant Plant Cup designed by Gitta Gschwendtner, was available at YouSayTomayto for $338.00. You can’t buy it for now, however, you can take a look on set of pictures Plant Cup, with more demonstrations of its uses by Eek, the grey cat, and Miss Moneypenny. Grey cats rock.

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5 Responses to Friday Cat Blogging Stuff

  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    Just checking to make sure, you know the “Laugh Out Loud Cats” strips are a goof, right? Adam plays it completely straight, but he draws them all himself, and I think the retro-authenticity bit is really brilliant.

  2. Bibi says:

    I’ve imagined, but they are great. They remind me the old Krazy Kat comics. Even the Hearst story reminds me Krazy Kat. I should change the text to “he says”.

  3. lotusgreen says:

    this post makes me very happy!

  4. lotusgreen says:

    p.s. i thought you might like the animation here: http://www.childlit.com/

  5. Bibi says:

    Thanks for the link lotusgreen!

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