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The Flexicat: A card game system for new games, or to emulate way too many existing ones – The Wrong Tools
"Each of the 88 card names has one letter emphasized in bold. Below the name, each card has 0-3 dots to suggest a point value, with rarer letters having more points."
games  cards  cats  hacking  via:zarba 
10 days ago by kevan
Make: VCR Cat Feeder
"Any old VCR has a programmable timer that connects to motors for recording TV shows. This is analogous to feeding a cat, and following this principle, you can convert a VCR into a weekend pet feeder."
cats  food  technology  hacking 
july 2010 by kevan
Japanese scientists create mice with no fear of cats | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"Mice fear cats because they are innately conditioned to fear when sensing the odour of the predators. So by getting rid of the specific receptors for sensing the odour, mice never feel afraid of cats."
genetics  rodents  cats  smell 
december 2007 by kevan
Psychiatric Times - People Who Hoard Animals
"Collectors exist in almost every community, large or small, rural or urban. They are in a state of denial that prevents them from seeing the filth or understanding their animals are sick, dying or dead."
psychology  delusions  cats  dogs  rodents  via:mindhacks 
july 2006 by kevan
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
An alternately breakneck and slowly-circling comedy of mistaken leopard identity. As seems to be traditional, a humourless manipulator loses to a creatively-lying one.
filmlog  3stars  love  cats  lies  bones 
may 2006 by kevan
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
A methodical teenage runaway hiding out in a quiet library, bordered by some overfamiliar-feeling Murakami staples and flat-feeling Gabriel translation.
booklog  murakami  japan  libraries  secrets  cats 
december 2005 by kevan
Sounds of the World's Animals
"Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. English and French cows sound the same, but not in English and French!" And Japanese bees go "bunbun".
language  sound  world  bees  cows  pigeons  pigs  monkeys  mammals  cats  birds 
october 2005 by kevan
Mindpixel Blog: Brainpixels - Extracting Video from Cat Brains
"Using cats selected for their sharp vision, in 1999 Garret Stanley and his team recorded signals from a total of 177 cells in the lateral geniculate nucleus."
cats  brains  eyes  science  television  technology  via:collision 
september 2005 by kevan
Advanced Pet Products - Purrfect Mood Detector
A giant LED neck-brace that flashes in time with your cat's purring. Presumably aiming at the wheelchair-bound niche market of completely-deaf-and-paralysed cat owners, and Davros.
cats  light  sound  technology  daleks  via:arbroath 
august 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Why cats prefer meats to sweets
"This 'huge deletion' of 247 base pairs in the gene that codes for the T1R2 protein – one of two proteins that make up the sweet taste receptor in mammals – has left cats unable to detect sweet-tasting compounds like sugars and carbohydrates."
cats  food  genetics 
july 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Online School That Gave Cat an MBA Is Sued
"Investigators paid $299 for a bachelor's degree for Colby Nolan - a deputy attorney general's 6-year-old black cat - claiming he had experience including baby-sitting and retail management."
cats  cheating  crime  education  spam 
december 2004 by kevan
Eddie Izzard : Unrepeatable : Transcript
"Why doesn’t the first bee who found the pollen say, 'Follow me! (buzzing) Here it is.' That could work, couldn’t it? No, they don’t think..."
advertising  bees  cats  dogs  humour  izzard  spiders  wasps 
may 2004 by kevan
The Infinite Cat Project
"I'll be happy to post a picture of YOUR cat as long as it is shown looking at a monitor which bears the image of the LAST picture in this sequence."
art  cats  photos 
may 2004 by kevan

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