All Paws On Deck
“I’m wearing a tail,” a tall man in a dark jacket said into his phone, trying to locate a friend.
He didn’t appear to be actively wearing the tail as we walked by. But Tamara Bennett, an ASPCA volunteer I met outside the Nassau G station, reminded me that all we really knew was that he wasn’t wearing it “outside his pants.”
Space the Final Frontier
Your fussy, pure-bred longhair is about to get even snottier. According to the AP, Iranian officials are seriously considering sending a Persian cat into space. Because nothing livens up an orbital capsule like zero-G kitty turds.
The AP reports:
"But you guys love cats"
Law enforcement officials in the U.K. are getting an unlikely new tool: A database of cat DNA.
The BBC reports it’s the work of researchers at the University of Leicester, who created the database to help the cops catch a specific murderer who’d left crucial evidence covered in hair from his own cat. Now the Read More
"But you guys love cats"
Well, here’s a new way to get your money’s worth out of that iPad. The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s now a “nascent but growing group touting the use of apps for pets.”
Cats seem to have inspired a proliferation of apps. Nate Murray, one half of the team behind “Games for Cats,” admitted, “I started off really early on thinking that it was ridiculous, but it ended up being something really meaningful for people,” admitted Mr. Murray. Friskies also has its own line of apps, and there’s even an animal shelter using the apps to draw out shyer cats, to socialize them before adoption.
At long last, a hackathon has produced something truly worthwhile. Meet Snapcat, a product of Berlin-based EyeEm’s recent photo hack day. It is a photo-sharing app designed explicitly for cats.
BRB, heading home to make my cat a STAR.
Cronuts are hot right now. So hot, in fact, that a couple of regular Paulie Walnuts are amassing the delicious pastries and selling them on Craigslist at up to five times the original price.
The croissant-donut hybrid is sparking Magnolia-Bakery-in-2002 levels of buzz, although most have never even lain lips on its flakey, sugary layers. Cronuts are found at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo — but only for a few minutes after the opening at 5 a.m., after which point they’re sold out.
But thanks to some Craigslist schemers, the hungered masses throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and sometimes Staten Island can get their mitts on the half-breed pastries.
If you’ve recently received an email–not sent by your kooky aunt–with the subject line “Check out these kitties! :-),” you may have been the victim of a fake cyberattack. The Wall Street Journal reports that companies are hiring “ethical hackers” to build fake phishing scam emails to test which employees are dumb enough–or big enough cat lovers–to fall for them.
Adult Friend Finder might purport to help you find hot local singles in your area (and also clutter the screen with annoying popup fake IMs when you’re trying to watch porn), but what if you’re looking for a friend of the feline persuasion?
A group of cats rights activists are decidedly not amused by the recent backlash against the Internet’s favorite mascot. Last week, the New York Times ran a story called “That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think” based on a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute report, which set off a firestorm of “Cats are killers!” stories–angering cat ladies everywhere.
A clever hacker has dispatched Japan’s National Police Agency on a fruitless chase to find him after he sent emails from various computers that included bomb threats against elementary schools. According to Wired, the agency has released a bounty of 3 million Yen (about $34,000) for the capture of the anonymous hacker, who has evaded them for months by sending the threatening messages using a computer virus that allows him to control terminals remotely.