The Meowfia Has Feline-Ethnobiologist’s Back

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Hi Burgers,

This week’s Featured User is doing important work. Feline-ethnobiologist is helping to bridge the gap between cats and their humans. Daunting? Sure. Terrifying at times? Absolutely. The head bonks make it worth it though and with the Meowfia on her side, Feline-ethnobiologist has made a powerful ally.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
I used “catlady” on other websites, so cheezburger needed something more specialized. “feline-ethnobiologist” explains that I observe what cats do, study why they do things, and interpret what it means to us hoomins, as best I can.

Seems like I’ve been observing and interpreting cat “language” for my whole life (48 years). But I don’t claim to be an expert. When observing them, I wonder, “Where is the line between house cat and wild predator?” Also, “Can we hoomins make assumptions about certain groups of cats – such as whether most tuxedo cats have sudden mood swings, or whether most tabby cats are especially good hunters?” Body posture and movements are key; for example, cats seem to express thoughts with their ear positions, and feelings with their tail movements.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I registered in October of 2011. Remember Grumpy Cat’s snarky holiday cards?

Before cheezburger, friends would visit me and ask, “Didn’t you say there are 5 cats here? We don’t see any.” So I took photos of the cats to prove they exist. Under each photo I made a comment about it. Then my friend said, “Go to cheezburger. You can caption your photos.”

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We’re Having A Spelling Bee!

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Hi Burgers,

Can your cat spell better than you? If so, then you’re good to go and need not read further. If not, you might want to check out our Spelling Bee.

First, let me give you the details. Cheezburger is teaming up with the non profit Powerful Schools to throw the very first Celebrity-Tech-Community Spelling BEE! The event will take place October 2 at the Showbox SODO in downtown Seattle. All proceeds and donations to the event and the individual spellers go directly to Powerful Schools and their mission to reduce the academic achievement gap by creating strong partnerships with public schools to help children thrive.

The BEE itself will be run by The creators of Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! These hilarious veteran improvisors will put our spelling acumen to the test while providing you with non-stop laughter, suspense and obscure vocabulary! There’s nothing better than obscure vocabulary.

This should be an awesome time for a good cause. Tofu and myself will be there representing the Cheezburger community and of course handing out swag. If you’re a Seattle Burger or are going to be in the area, we’d love to see you! Each ticket comes with dinner from Marination Station (so good)! You can buy tickets here.

Whether or not you can go to the event, if you want to support the cause please donate to our individual spellers! Every dollar counts and as spellers raise money they unlock various cheats so they can keep playing even if they can’t spell ‘esquamulose’. The spellers consist of various Seattleites in the social spotlight including our local KOMO weather man Seth Wayne (Donate to him!) and Will Braden, the human behind everyone’s favorite cat in an existential crisis, Henri. Check out the full list of spellers here.

Thanks for your support everyone and we hope to see you there. It would be awesome if you’d consider sharing this with your friends too. If anyone has questions about the event, let me know in the comments.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Happy National Cheezburger Day!

Furrgetmenot, we salute you!
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Thanks for the tribute!

Hi Burgers,

Fact: Cheezburgers fuel the cats that fuel the Internet.

In celebration of this important holiday and because you all probably have the day off, we’ve hidden 5 Cheezburgers throughout various images on Lolcats, I Has A Hotdog and Animal Capshuns. They’ll be posted throughout the day. See if you can track them all down.

Is there any real reason for this? Absolutely not, but you are welcome to come back here and gloat about your investigative prowess when you find all the burgs.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

As far as I know, Toolbee and Chris10a are the first ones in. Looks like Toolbee is suggesting a Cheezburger in paradise to celebrate?

 

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Are You Going To Cat-Con?

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Hi Burgers,

What are you up to on the weekend of June 6-7 next year? No plans? Thought so. If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area consider making a pilgrimage to one of the greatest gatherings of crazy (and not so crazy, if you prefer) cat people the world has seen.

Cat-Con LA is essentially like Comic Con for cat people. I’m thinking it’s going to be like Cheezburger IRL, which is awesome!

Our founder Ben Huh will be attending and talking at the conference as well as many other fat cats of the Internet Famous feline world. Lil Bub and his dude Mike Bridavsky and Will Braden, the man behind the feline philospher, ‘Henri Le Chat Noir’ are among the many allies of the cat tribe that will also be attending. In addition to celeb appearances, more than 150 exhibitors will showcase their cat-centric wares, all of which will be for sale to the public. It’s going to be an all around good time.

There will be more info posted as the date nears. There isn’t much to see now, but you can keep the Cat Con LA site bookmarked, as it will be the place for updates.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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There’s No Need To Gif Alone

Hi Burgers,

Why are Tuesdays perfect for Gif-Togethers? I have no idea, but they are. Maybe it’s because it’s like the pinky toe of weekdays. You’re not against it, you don’t really need it, but you’re fine with it being there.

I think I need more coffee.

Anyway, The Seattle Sounders are going to win the USOC Final today! I’m hoping for plenty of this:

What’s new with you guys?

just battlin’ a bad case of the toads… it ain’t pretty.

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Eww.

I do LOVE me some gif togethers~

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Mods are alseep.

Post pictures of Mods being high.
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Um, I meant to do that. It’s legal in Seattle. Doesn’t count.

Something like this happened today… And I was the laughing one…

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Chasing shadow to amuse myself:

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Fine Art And The Double Fumble

Hi Burgers,

The Cheezburger Blog is a well known haunt for connoisseurs of the fine arts, right? Absolutely.

Whether or not you agree, I thought I’d share the works of the Seoul based artist group known as Shinseungback Kimyonghun. Why? Because these guys are exploring the complicated relationship we all have with the robots and computers we interact with every day.

Theres’s a photo collage of clouds that have been recognized as human faces by face-recognition technology.
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A group of cats that were recognized by the same software as human faces..
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I hope no one told these cats about this horrible insult.

And of course, humans that were recognized as cats.
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There’s a strange program that creates a composite facial image from all the faces shown in a given movie. This video is from ‘Avatar’.

There’s even a strangely intimate video of a montage of screen grabs taken every time one of the artist’s clicks his mouse throughout the course of a day. Seems like a dangerous experiment to sign up for.

There are some other pretty interesting exhibits on the artists’ site. If you feel like getting all cultured on a Monday morning, check them out. Check out ‘The God’s Script’ if you go.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

PS – If it’s too early for all of that, please join me in enjoying the greatest play of the NFL weekend. James Jones of the Oakland Raiders performing the rare and mystifying double fumble.

Nailed it. What a crazy week in the NFL. Making FIFA look like a bastion of high morality lately, yikes.

 

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Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire

Hi Burgers,

No Featured User this week, but this gives us a chance to focus on a worthy cause and restore our faith in humanity a bit.

People are taking to social media after a fire at the Manchester Dogs’ Home in England took the lives of more than 50 dogs. Rest in peace pups.

The campaign started when one person took a selfie with his dog along with his donation to the home and asked people to pass it on. The goodwill of people has been incredible and so far more than £600,000 has been raised – obliterating the original £5,000 target.

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Those donating have been posting their #dogselfie to help raise awareness and more money. You can join the cause at the Just Giving page through Facebook.

Bravo Internet! Even the kittehs are proud today. All the more reason to save Internet Neutrality.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Good Dogs

Hi Burgers,

I wanted to quickly share some feels. This gallery contains the last survinving search and rescue dogs who helped recover victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks 13 years after their brave efforts.

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A bunch of heroes.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Well That’s Awkward

Hi Burgers,

Looks like we should maybe move our Gif-Togethers back to Tuesdays, until then I’ll just lay low.

You guys up to anything good today?

I’m workin’ hard CATching up on laundry. Okay you got me…, I’m playing with the cat again.

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Just relaxing. Had a long day

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I don’t even know

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I don’t know either tentoes2..

Today I learned the French word for shower.

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Stop The Spinning Wheel Of Death!

Hi Burgers,

We need you to help us fight for the Internet on September 10. It’s simple, the FCC wants to slow down and break the Internet and they are getting closer every day to achieving this goal. Take a look at the kitteh below, she’s trapped, doomed like some feline Sisyphus locked in her perpetual loading wheel!

There’s still time to stop the madness and keep the Internet free and weird! Hopefully you were able to sign the letter to the FCC that popped up when you arrived here. We hope that you’ll also join the Battle For The Net and get the word out tomorrow (September 10).

Please join the fight and help us get the word out tomorrow! Head to the Battle For The Net’s site for some good ways to share and to grab a spinning kitty of death avatar to display on all of your social media sites tomorrow. Please help us spread the word in whatever way you can. Tell everyone you know to free the kitty from the wheel! You might want to give some context though, because that sentence sounds crazy by itself.

Solidarity Internet!

Cheezburger

This movement is worldwide! The ‘Big Telecom Vs The World’ campaign is collaborating with over 50 digital rights groups and web platforms in 12 different countries to create a global call for the open Internet. Check it out and let’s keep this going.
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