Sunday, July 24, 2005

carnival of the cats #70

Welcome all to my oubliette, and the 70th edition of the Carnival of the Cats. For those of you who are return visitors, you are familiar with the somewhat cramped conditions. For those of you who are visiting for the first time, an oubliette takes some getting used to, but I think with a little shuffling we can find enough space for everyone. I've lit some extra candles so you don't have to worry about stepping on any of the resident kitties. There should be plenty of refreshments for all, human and feline alike. So, get comfortable, make yourselves at home, and enjoy the show.


Laurence Simon of This Blog Is Full Of Crap starts off the Carnival by reminding people that the Signup for the Blogathon continues.

Earlier this week, I was sent a list of Theories of Cat Behavior. While this research may be incomplete, I will be indicating which theories are illustrated in each post. To make things simpler, I present you with the current list for your reference:

A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force, such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse.

A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction.

Cats know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and will, therefore, use as little energy as possible.

All bags and boxes in a given room must contain a cat within the earliest possible nanosecond.

A cat's desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

A cat is composed of matter plus Anti-matter plus it doesn't matter.

As yet undiscovered.
Lisa at the tao of me shows us how much Siofra Loves her new toy. Mmmm, crinkly. Crinkly is good. Here we see the Law of Bag/Box Occupancy.

From Blog d'Elisson, Elisson ponders the question "Do they miss us when we're gone?" Hakuna and Matata provide the answers. They also seem to be demonstrating the Law of Cat Inertia.

Barry at enrevanche receives a new shipment of software from Microsoft Partner Gato. Cats count as software, right? Also note the Law of Bag/Box Occupancy.

srp at Melange shows Mr. Rhett and Miss Clover calling Here Lizard, Lizard. This is a classic example of the Law of Cat Inertia.

Brian at Brian Moon shows Smacky Posing and biting. This behavior illustrates the First Law of Cat Energy Conservation.

Julie at blog presents Bandit, Down and Dirty Here we see two Theories of Cat Behavior being illustrated in the series of photos: The Law of Cat Inertia (the outside force being the sidewalk), and the First Law of Cat Energy Conservation.

Rahel at Elms in the Yard shows Taking a Drink like the lady she is. Her Ladyship seems to be demonstrating the First Law of Cat Energy, and possibly providing the field of cat science a glimpse of a new law of Cat Thermodynamics that has not yet been fully investigated.

Storyteller at Scribblings presents Feline Friday: Lazy Days. Here we see a textbook example of the First Law of Cat Energy.

Aunty Holly decides there is nothing better than a day in the sun. She also demonstrates the First Law of Cat Energy, with the interesting possible corollary of Cat Thermodynamics.

The Robot Vegetable at Middle-Fork snaps a shot of Sabaki, She Sleeps This Week who is demonstrating the First Law of Cat Energy.

Matt at The Tattered Coat show us Friday Luna Contacts Her Legislators. Here we see an exception to the Law of Cat Composition.

Russ at TacJammer has finally caught Lou on film, er, pixels, or whatever. We see another demonstration of the First Law of Cat Energy. Hmm, I think I'm seeing a pattern emerge.

SB at Watermark presents Friday Cat Blogging. Here we see a seriously sweet example of the First Law of Cat Energy.

Christine at BTW presents . An adorable example of the Law of Cat Inertia.

Chuq at 7610 presents Pip and Blur. Blur is demonstrating the First Law of Cat Energy, while Pip was demonstrating for us the Law of Cat Motion, and may begin to demonstrate the Law of Furniture Replacement.

Jeff at Athenamama documents the final inspection by Thalia of the bathroom remodeling project. Thalia does not seem to be demonstrating any known Laws of Cat Behavior. This case may warrant further study.

Catherine Collingwood at presents Friday Cat Blogging. Emily is demonstrating the First Law of Cat Energy Conservation to such a degree, that it is sometimes mistaken for the cat in question being deceased.

Tommy at Striving for Average presents In the dryer. This appears to be a more unusual, and potentially hazardous, variation on the Law of Bag/Box Occupancy.

Jan of CascadeExposures provides some wonderful photos of Spectra in the sun, and relates the adventures of Spectra. Jan describes a classic example of the Law of Cat Inertia.

DeputyHeadmistress at The Common Room shows us a feline in a rather undignified position, which is Why You Should Put the Lid on the Trashcan. An example of the Law of Bag/Box Occupancy, taken to the extreme.

Sissy Willis at sisu has a triple entry this week with the cats checking out the new computer, Babe in the garden, Baby indulges in some asparagus. An almost textbook example of the Law of Cat Composition for the first, and the First Law of Cat Energy Conservation for the latter. I don't know of any theories concerning cat nutrition preferences, so I sense there may be an opportunity for more discovery in that area.

Peaches at The Peach Pit begins catblogging with Recalcitrant Cat. Peaches's cat is demonstrating the Law of Cat Inertia, since both are new to catblogging, the camera will soon no longer be significant enough to change a cat's inertia.

maggie katzen at maggies meanderings and shameless plugs shows Carlos getting a drink. This seems to be another variation of the Law of Bag/Box Occupancy.

From Mind of Mog, Mog presents 3 entries for this week also. First she shows off her new laptop, next she reminds us about the upcoming Blogathon, and catches a photo of her own tiny terrorists. Each of these photos seem to indicate the First law of Cat Energy Conservation and the Law of Cat Composition.

Romeocat at CatHouse Chat presents I know, it's NOT Friday, but..., showing Law of Cat Motion in action

Susan at pages turned presents , which may in fact be an example of the Law of Cat Composition

Jack Cluth at The People's Republic of Seabrook presents Why, yes, you ARE disturbing my repose..... This seems to be a cat who is very upset that something has disturbed the First Law of Cat Energy Conservation.

Jay at Wizbang relates the story of a cat's fury. It seems the theories of cat behavior are incomplete, since there is not yet one that explains the interaction between cats and water.

Martin Lindeskog at EGO informs everyone that MORRIS WANTS TO COME IN. Indeed he does, and is a great example of the Law of Cat Motion.

Michelle at When Cats Attack presents The New Cat Toy. The series of photos is a great contribution to the study of cat behavior. We can witness The Law of Cat Inertia and the Law of Bag/Box occupancy.

Kimberly at Music and Cats presents Feline Friday: Mirror, mirror.... Hmm, some felines are more interested in their own appearance than others. This is also another area that warrants more research.

Brendan Loy of The Irish Trojan's Blog shows us what greeted him one day. Another prime example of the Law of Cat Energy Conservation and the Law of Cat Inertia.

Cathy, who appears to not have a blog, submitted a catcam page, for those who require constant observation of other cats. At time of posting, there were two cats demonstrating the Law of Cat Energy Conservation

Tonight, I end this Carnival with sad news. NF at Meanderings of a Post-Modern Present-Day Wit bring sad news that The Great Blue Hunter Is No More. Goodbye, Tsarina Mitzi. May there be good hunting for you on the Other Side.

This concludes the 70th edition of the Carnival of the Cats. I hope you all enjoyed your visit, and considering the number of participants in this Carnival, I may need to work on an addition, so it is not so cramped here whenever it will be that I host the Carnival again.

Next week's Carnival of the Cats will be hosted by Gir at Your Moosey Fate.

As a final note, if you find anything that needs correcting, please let me know, I won't be offended. I was working on this Carnival while trying to kick an upper respiratory infection, and wasn't always at the top of my game. I think I have found and made all necessary corrections at this point, but no guarantees.


Anonymous said...

Link to Brendan's post is wrong, here's the right one:
what greeted him one day

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's Lou (Bubba's brother) we finally captured on film, er, pixels.

Mira said...

thanks for pointing out what needed correcting. i had hoped that i had published an error-free carnival, but alas, that was not the case.

Barry said...

Mira, I am a sucker for a good theoretical framework. Excellent job on the Carnival, and I hope that you're planning on publishing these feline behavioral models.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog, but I do have a website, rarely updated these days: