I Know Where Your Cat Lives

I would say most of us at some point have posted pictures of our cats on social media, Facebook, Instagram etc…but did you know that it is possible for someone to pinpoint where your cat lives on a Google map?

A Kickstarter campaign, that was fully funded, by Owen Mundy an artist, designer, programmer and Associate Professor in Digital Media Art at Florida State University created the site called “I Know where your Cat Lives“. It shows how we really relinquish our rights to privacy by posting on-line, and this case your cat is giving you away.

I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites.”

An interactive map allows you to view a “random” cat from somewhere around the world, or be more specific and look them up by country, city or street. I was curious and looked up my city but did not find any of Spinner. If the idea of having strangers look at your cat and possibly find out where you live is a little freaky don’t worry, you can have your cats picture removed from the site.

The way you would go about doing so is by increasing the privacy settings of the photos of your furry feline friends. Then within 30 days your photos will be gone from our site.

There is even a cool overview of Cats by Country chart so you can see top cities from around the world.

So what do you think? Creepy or cool? Does this make you think twice about sharing a picture of your cat? Leave your comments below.

Caturday! Internet TV Gone To The Cats

Looking for something to do on a lazy Caturday? How about watching a free online television network that offers a round-the-clock channel full of nothing but cat videos? Now it’s possible with Pluto.TV’s Cats 24/7 channel.

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Kitten Zone on Pluto.TV

No more hours searching for your daily dose of cats – its all in one place!

You can enjoy PlutoTV wherever you are: Watch at home in the browser, stream to your Apple TV, or use our nifty app to watch on your iOS or Android device. Invite your friends and chat along as you watch, or save shows for viewing later on. Skip back and watch the same sweet moment fifty times, or just chill out and let the channel play.”

I had to check it out and it’s pretty cool. You just sign up create an account and away you go. Your browser will open with a video and TV guide at the bottom showing you what’s playing when. Cats of all kinds are yours for the viewing 24/7. Watch kittens playing, kittens and dogs, cats, famous feline celebrities like Grumpy Cat, cats in costumes and so much more.

A catucopia of all your favorite cat videos, plus some you didn’t even know you loved yet. 🐱

Book Review: My Name Is Bob

Cat, My Name Is Bob, Book, kids, James bowen, street cat named bob                          Authors: James Bowen and Garry Jenkins Illustrated by: Gerald Kelley                          Publisher: Barron’s Educational Price: $16.99 US/$19.50 CAN

If you are a cat lover like myself, you may already know of the books A Street Cat Named Bob and sequel The World According To Bob.  Both are based on the real life stories of how a serendipitous encounter changed the lives of street musician James and a stray cat named Bob. The famous duos presence on the streets of London would be the basis for an amazing and inspiring tale.

Being a huge fan I jumped at the chance to review the newest addition, a prequel of sorts, called My Name is Bob which is geared for young children and is smartly told from the point of view of Bob the cat! The book introduces a whole new generation of readers to Bob and what his life was like before he met James. Bob is a house cat who is very much-loved and well cared for by his elderly owner, however a series of unfortunate events lead him to experience some unhappy times as a stray cat on the streets of London.

Readers journey with Bob as he encounters people, other cats and the perils of the big city before finally meeting James. Once they meet their lives are changed, a beautiful and life long friendship ensues and the rest is history.

My Name Is Bob makes a wonderful gift for any young child, it is fun to read, entertaining and well illustrated. It also includes some wonderful pictures of the real life Bob and James along with a synopsis of where the pair is at now. It is a story of hope and perseverance that will be sure to engage and inspire a young person.

I also appreciate that the story brings awareness to the plight of stray cats by highlighting real life challenges they face on the street, making it a positive tool for teaching kids about compassion towards animals.

My Name Is Bob is a great introduction to the world of Bob and James and it will make a purrfect stepping stone for reading the other books later on.

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Bob and James

Release date is early May and can be purchased online from Barron’s Educational. It will also be available at most major and independent booksellers which include Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com in the US and retailers like Chapters Indigo, Amazon.ca, and Target here in Canada.

Did you know In real life James and Bob raise money for the Blue Cross animal charity in the UK giving back to the organization that helped them?

A copy of the book was supplied by the Publisher and the review was done for love not money 🐱

Do You Know These Cartoon Cats?

Fun Feline Friday is a little frustrating at the moment…so far I have Hello Kitty, Pink Panther, Garfield, Heathcliffe? Stimpy, Sylvester, Felix, Tom, Snowball I, Snowball II, Cheshire cat…

stimpy, garfield, pink panther, Hello kitty, Tom & Jerry, heathcliffe, felixWho out there can help me fill in the gaps?