Cat Friday, now an occasional feature here at the Inlander, is back, and this time we have not one, not two, but three cats on Instagram — Insta-cats, as we call them — to share today. Because we all need more cats in our feed to balance out those obnoxious selfies.
Lil' Bunny Sue Roux
Roux was born without front legs, making her the cutest little T-rex/kangaroo cat in the history of cats. The New Orleans tabby doesn't let her disability hold her back one bit, as evidenced by her bunny-hopping antics on Instagram. Roux's lack of front legs is due to a congenital birth abnormality. She's still got little nubbins where her legs would be, and a short tail. But powerfully strong back legs and Roux's adapted walking pose — using the flat part of her back feet to balance like a bunny, and by positioning her center of gravity backward — allows her to get around just as well as any four-legged kitty.
Alien Cat Matilda
Just when we think we've seen it all, the Internet pulls another one on us, as it did with the introduction of a cat whose eyes are truly otherworldly. Miss Matilda's peepers resemble one of those classically creepy big-eyed, green-skinned aliens but (as far as we know) she's not actually from another galaxy. The reason for her cartoonishly bulbous eyes is due to a rare condition called "spontaneous lens luxation," which was also diagnosed in Matilda's littermates. Since surgery to fix the condition likely wouldn't benefit her, Matilda's owners have opted to let her eyes stay as they are, but remain vigilant in her care to make sure she's healthy and free of pain.
Yes, it's really true. George R.R. Martin is coming to the Lilac City later this month.
The murmurs have been quiet unless you've looked for them, but Spokane's own Auntie's Bookstore is leading the charge to get the acclaimed author to come visit the bookstore in person.
Although there isn't a major mention (we had to dig to find it) of Martin's guest appearance at the World Science Fiction Convention, happening Aug. 19-23 — also known as Worldcon; this year the event is going by the name Sasquan — on the event's website, we can confirm it via info on the author's site, and his personal Live Journal account.
This following except from another blog post by Martin also refers to his Spokane visit:
Truth be told, six months ago I was seriously considering skipping Sasquan. Not something I do lightly, given my history, given how much I have loved worldcon over the years. But I've been to Spokane, and while it seemed a pleasant enough town I wasn't dying to see it again... and I do have a lot on my plate right now. But that was before Puppygate. Once that kerfuffle broke, I knew I could not possibly stay away. When your family is being attacked, lied about, and threatened that's not the time you want to skip the family reunion.
Okay, so what the heck is Puppygate? Without going too much into the incredibly complex details and backstory, the controversy concerns the annual Hugo Awards, which recognize the best science fiction and fantasy works of the previous year. Considered to be one of the premier accolades bestowed upon sci-fi/fantasy writers, the honors are presented each year at Worldcon. Winners of various categories are voted upon by paying members who attend the event or who register to support it, but maybe otherwise can't attend in person.
But, this year, the Hugos were rigged. A voting bloc called "Sad Puppies" led a campaign to get a specific list of "anti-progressive authors, editors and fans" to the top of the ballot. Here are the resulting top nominees in each category.
To sum it up, the Hugo Awards' Puppygate is really similar in its warped ideology to Gamergate.
Martin's presentation schedule at Sasquan includes a reading on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 3 pm — the description for the event is "an excerpt from The Winds of Winter," the long-anticipated sixth novel in the GoT series. On Friday, Aug. 21, at 11 am, Martin and author Robert Silverberg host a panel to talk "about whatever they'd like to!" On Saturday, Aug. 22, Martin hosts an autograph session at 2 pm. The last panel featuring the author is on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 1 pm, titled "Colleagues as Family," and is a conversation between Martin and fellow fantasy writers David Gerrold, Connie Wills and Vonda N. McIntyre.
Okay, now how do we, the public and avid fans of Martin's, attend? Worldcon offers one-day membership rates to allow locals to check out this international event that's been touted as a super big deal for Spokane since it was announced over a year ago. The ticket prices are a little steep ($40-$70/day, depending on the day), but until recently, the only way to attend was to purchase an attending Worldcon membership for $240.
And it should be noted that there is tons more to see, do and learn from at the event beyond the panels and signings featuring the incredibly popular GoT author. Check out the complete schedule for the event here.
I've always dreamed of having a way to see what my cat, Alice, is up to during the day while at work, or during the rare times I'm out of town.
Sure, you could set up a webcam or use a home security system to check on furry loved ones holding down the fort, but a new product recently hit the market that's made for this specific purpose.
Petcube is a gadget that lets you see and interact with your pets from an iOS or Android smartphone. The device was in part made possible thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, and it's recently rolled out for purchase by non-backers of the campaign, which raised more than $250,000 back in fall 2013. It retails for $199 and can be purchased online from the company's site, and through Amazon, BestBuy and a few other retailers.
To promote the product and the noble cause of adopting a pet from a shelter, Petcubes have been distributed to several shelters and rescues across the U.S., including our own Spokane Humane Society. The cube there went online early this week, and lets users who download the Petcube app (find the Android version here; and the iOS version here) watch and interact with cats in the communal cat adoption room "Catlantis" at the shelter, says SHS outreach and volunteer coordinator Jenna Carroll.
While the Petcube is programmed to allow users to talk to their feline and canine friends through a microphone, and to control a laser pointer for playtime, the SHS cube doesn't let you talk to its cats (because, well: trolls. It would be weird for visitors and staff, too.), however you can play with them. The 4-inch cube sits up on a shelf high above the room offering a wide-angled view of the space.
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