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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's Crappening? News, Reviews and Cats

Posted by on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

NOT NEW ORDER
  • NOT NEW ORDER

• Opening for the Notwist on Saturday night at Neumos, Anticon Records mainstay Jel looked like Jeff Spicoli's tightest bro from way back when with his lank blond hair and skateboarder-skinny build. But when he started tapping out beats on his MPC, Jel turned into a one-man Neptunes, his stark, hard-as-hell slaps recalling the production on Clipse's Lord Willin'. In between tracks, Jel mocked his old-ass flip phone and cracked wise about US/Canadian border patrol, among other things. He was as funny as he was funky. The Notwist's Germanic indie rock was fine—ranging from beautifully hushed slow numbers to fiery, rambunctious songs—but singer Markus Acher's bland voice always sounds like sour milk being poured on an elegantly conceived and executed meal. Like many rock bands, the Notwist would substantially improve if they went all instrumental.

New Order played a hit-filled set to a packed Paramount on Sunday evening, finishing with an encore of crowd-pleasing Joy Division songs. ("Love Will Tear Us Apart" was the final song, as it should be, always and forever.)

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Amazing Acro-Cats Return to Seattle

Posted by on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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Even if you're not a cat owner yourself, chances are you've probably seen your fair share of odd feline behavior this year. If you've spent any time online, you're aware that cats have achieved an unprecedented level of visibility, whether it's the latest cat news story going viral, or the media presence of bona-fide celebrities like Maru and Grumpy Cat. However, if you're looking for some in-person, species-defying excitement, the return of the Amazing Acro-Cats to Seattle could be the cat event of your year.

A veteran animal trainer, Samantha Martin first developed the Amazing Acro-Cats to keep her show cats mentally sharp in between television, film, and advertising jobs. Eventually, the show took on a life of its own in her home base of Chicago, and Martin began taking the circus event on tour across the country. Beyond the cuteness factor, one reason the show has become so popular in the last few years is because it challenges our biggest assumptions about cats: They are too independent, too uncooperative, and perhaps too smart to ever take orders from a human.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lunchtime Quickie: So What Can YOUR Cat Do?

Posted by on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Can your cat do this?!?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cat Saves Little Boy From Dog Attack

Posted by on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I'm not always the biggest fan of cats (I know, HOW DARE me!) but THIS CAT? Look at this badass SUPERCAT. It's the best cat, and I hope it gets to eat only the fanciest Fancy Feast for the rest of its long, long cat life.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's Going On In This Photo?

Posted by on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Click on Doyle's devilock (or even his man-nipple) to find out!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Lazy Firewood Cat Sends His Regards

Posted by on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Greetings from a rustic gas station in a tiny town south of Weed, California! I was perusing the wood bundles, when I noticed this spooky little guardian angel, cuddled up in a fleece blanket pile on a Chevron hat, meowing his face off.

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When I tried to strike up a conversation about the feline friend with the attendant inside, she just sighed, like a disappointed mother, and said, "Well, he sleeps a lot."

Emily Nokes is our tour with her band Tacocat. But she's still Slogging, because she loves you. Expect more random tour posts like this in the near future.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

$15 Minimum Wage: The Question Everyone Is Ducking

Posted by on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 10:27 AM

AVOWED BISEXUALS From left to right: Bill Gates, Dave Meinert, and Dorothy Bullitt.
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  • AVOWED BISEXUALS From left to right: Bill Gates, Dave Meinert, and Dorothy Bullitt.

I'm following the debate about the $15 minimum wage closely. I hate to be the one to raise this issue—this is going to play into all sorts of uninformed opinions about my position—but it has to be asked: Should bisexuals earning minimum wage be paid $15 an hour? Some people would argue that a person's sexuality shouldn't be taken into account when determining their hourly pay. But there are solid arguments on both sides of this pressing issue. Pro: bisexuals shouldn't be paid less than monosexuals. Simple fairness dictates that. Con: since all bisexuals have more than one partner and with three—or more—people splitting rent, utilities, and food expenses, bisexuals already have more expendable income than monosexuals do. Also, many of our region's highest earners are bisexual. Can you argue with a straight face that Bill Gates, Dave Meinert, and Dorothy Bullitt all deserve a raise?

I realize that this is an explosive issue and some readers are going to be angry that we're even addressing it. But we've never ducked the tough questions at Slog and we're not going to start now. In the interest of keeping this important dialogue going we set up a special email inbox. Please send us your thoughts, feelings, responses, and poetry.

Once again: I'm not taking a position on this issue one way or the other. I'm just asking a tough question. Clearly this is an issue that only a legally-binding Slog poll can resolve.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Adopt a Black Cat on Black Friday

Posted by on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

One idea that is better than shopping for electronics, clothes, etc:


You have until 8 p.m. to go shopping for cats! Adopt a black cat on Black Friday at the Humane Society (in Bellevue, sorry!) and they waive the adoption fees. Notes the Humane Society, "That includes all-black, black-speckled, black-spotted and black-striped kitties too!"

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ghost Stories

Posted by on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

  • Cass Avenue, Detroit, by Kelly O

Kelly O has a really good ghost story, from her excellent "Things I Remember About Detroit":

A Talking Cat

Move into a gorgeous brick brownstone called Phillips Manor—hardwood floors, fireplace, four bedrooms. My two roommates and I pay $110 apiece. The three of us are sitting and watching the huge Star Trek–looking TV I scored for $15 at the thrift store. All the remote controls are sitting in plain view on the coffee table. We're watching VH1. The channel changes itself to The New Dance Show—the local, low-budget version of Soul Train. This is the first of many times that the TV switches itself to another station. The radio randomly switches itself, too. And always to a black TV show or song. Seems to be a friendly ghost. Most definitely an African-American ghost. The only other thing living in that house, aside from the three of us, is my roommate's spooky black Persian cat. Always hiding somewhere. Can never pet it. Once, we can't find it for almost a week. My roommate leaves to make a "Lost Cat" flyer at Kinko's, thinking it somehow got outside. Boyfriend is sitting in the living room, and I'm at one end of the long hallway near the bathroom. The cat comes stumbling out of one of the bedrooms and just sits in the middle of the hallway, not moving, staring intently at me. I say, all sweet, "Kiiiii-teee, there you are!" The cat just stares. Then its mouth opens slightly and a very deep man's voice says, "Hello." With that, the cat walks back into the bedroom. Boyfriend says, "Who just said 'Hello'?" Not making this up. I scream and lock myself in the bathroom. For hours.

Top that!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dear Guy Who Just Took His Undersized Sailboat Through the Drawbridge on 520

Posted by on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Fuck you. And whoever is in charge of allowing that to still be possible, fuck you, too. I wonder how many people are now late to work, doctor's appointments, bathrooms, and whatever else-type destinations under the sun, all so some rich asshole (but not very rich, because his sailboat was not very impressive) could go out for an early rush-hour sail on Lake Washington.

Side note: Since this guy is crossing the 520 bridge, does he pay a toll?

Note undersized sailboat
  • Note undersized sailboat (Click to enlarge all photos)

Note bro-brahs wondering WTF!?
  • Note bro-brahs wondering "WTF!?"

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  • Note cars still not moving

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Do You Like Music and Free Things?

Posted by on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Of course you do. Win tickets to see July Talk, Grounders, and the Mad Caps at the Crocodile on Saturday. Act now!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Small Black Kitten Tries to Save the Internet

Posted by on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

This cat is trying to save the internet after it was ruined earlier today. It's a pretty decent attempt.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

NPR's Ari Shapiro Is Coming to Seattle to Ask Me Questions About American Savage

Posted by on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

And I'm going to ask Ari questions about what it was like to fly all over the country on Mitt Romney's campaign plane and if the rumors about the Romney boys are true and why there are no pictures of Ari in leather on his Instagram account. And you're invited...

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Since this event is taking place the weekend of Pride—the night before the parade—Ari has agreed to interview me while wearing nothing but a lime green thong. More info at Town Hall's website. Tickets available through StrangerTickets.

Monday, May 6, 2013

I Shouldn't Do This...

Posted by on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

...but sometimes I can't help myself. An ongoing email exchange:

Hope you get AIDS Fagget

It's "faggot."—Dan

LOL commie

LOL illiteratie.—Dan

Best illiterate than a cock sucker with AID. Hope you get AID fag.

Let me help you with that: "Better illiterate than a cocksucker [one word!] with AIDS. Hope you get AIDS, fag."—Dan

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Sport Balls Replaced With Cats"

Posted by on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM

It is exactly what it sounds like and it is wonderful.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Name the High Voltage Shop Cat!

Posted by on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Our neighbors over at the High Voltage Music Store just got a sweet orange shop cat, and he needs a name!

Vote on your favorite kitty name option right over here.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

To Be Fair to the Boys, the Cat Was Asking for It

Posted by on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

There's a wonderful story making the rounds about 10-year old Wendell Overton, who saved a cat from being tortured to death by a group of boys ages 5 to 13. You can watch the TV footage above.

It's a heartwarming tale. Writing at Pandagon, Amanda Marcotte thinks so too. But reading the comment threads on various posts, she noticed something interesting. The commenters congratulate Wendell on what a great kid he is or condemn both the cat-torturing kids and the society that allows their abhorrent behavior to flourish. But...

Missing from the discussion: Wondering if the cat was asking for it by being so cute and easy to torture. Blaming male hormones or implying that because it’s so sexually gratifying to torture a cat, some boys can’t help themselves. Making excuses for the cat torturers by saying that they don’t understand the difference between playing with a cat who wants to play with you and torturing it. Claiming that while cat torture is bad, we shouldn’t be too eager to punish the cat torturers.

A lot of people in comments said that we should teach boys not to torture cats, specifically noting cultural changes that could be instituted to prevent cat torture. These people were not subjected to an angry flame war where they were accused of being stupid, called by misogynist or racist names, or told that they should be tortured themselves until they understood that the only way to stop cat torture is for cats to defend themselves. It was understood that cats do try to defend themselves, but unfortunately, self-defense is sometimes not enough to prevent cat torture. It was accepted that cat torture is a crime that is cultural in origin, and that by changing the culture, we can prevent it.

By now it should be obvious where Marcotte is going. It's a brilliant analogy and a great read. So read the whole thing.

[via Natasha]

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lunchtime Quickie: YES or NO?

Posted by on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Do we really need these? Maybe we do. A Kickstarter-esque funding campaign is happening. No, seriously.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What I Learned from this Woman Who Eats Cat Hair

Posted by on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Here's what I learned from this video of a woman who eats cat hair (as featured in the TLC show, My Strange Addiction, returning Feb 13):

1) It's not The Mercury's Alison Hallett!

2) Cat hair tastes like cotton candy—almost.

3) Her sister Andromeda doesn't approve of her eating cat hair. And yet, her name is "Andromeda"! WHY SO JUDGE-Y, ANDROMEDA?? YOUR NAME IS ANDROMEDA!!!

4) Never mind #2—cat hair actually has more of a cotton ball taste. Even less of a taste than human hair, which we all know tastes like Salisbury Steak. OMG, I WOULD KILL FOR SOME SALISBURY STEAK RIGHT NOW!

5) The best way to eat cat hair is to lick it right off the cat. Well, of course it is, and... ALISON! Stop licking your cat!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fuck the Golden Globes

Posted by on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

If you want more celebrity bullshit posts, post 'em. And please note that the two Seahawks posts were by regular actual employees of The Stranger, and one of them was so disdainful as to actually constitute a Golden Globes post.

And the Seahawks game was more important: There's a Golden Globes every year. The Seahawks do not make the post-season every year.

Two Posts About a Football Game? And Not a Single Post About the Golden Globes?

Posted by on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

It's like I hardly know you anymore, Slog. It's like you're a different blog now.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Revenge Cats

Posted by on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

This works because cats are biologically programmed for revenge. Meow!

Just like women.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Free Pussy!

Posted by on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hi, my name is Dora. And you can love me for free!
  • Regional Animal Services of King County
  • Hi, my name is Dora. And you can love me for free!

Through October 31, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)—you know, the pound—is offering no-fee pet adoptions on all cats six months of age and older. "You can't put a price on love," said RASKC Manager Dr. Gene Mueller in a news release.

Well, actually you can put a price on love. The normal fee for adult cat adoptions is $55, but will be waived through the end of the month. The adoption fee for kittens younger than six months will remain at $100. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and have tested negative for feline leukemia, so it's a pretty good deal.

RASKC is hoping to place 200 cats and kittens into new homes by the end of October.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Acro-Cats at Stone Soup Theater

Posted by on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Look out.
  • Look out.

The Stranger spoke with Amy Bell, Cat Enthusiast and Body Language Expert at Fancy Cat magazine about the Acro-Cats stand at Stone Soup Theater.

When/how/where did you first hear of the show?

I saw a picture of Boyd Rice at a RockCats show on tumblr and became mildly obsessed. A few months later, I heard that they were passing through Portland, and my enthusiasm skyrocketed when I learned that they were going to be in Seattle shortly after.

Please set the scene for your visit to the show. Time, date, place, companions, other audience members.

Oh! This is a real tale of heartbreak. I wanted to take the object of my affection for his birthday, so we picked a date that worked and I bought tickets way in advance for a Sunday night show on opening weekend. We showed up to the venue—the Stone Soup Theater in Wallingford—stupid early, since I was worried about not getting a seat (?). Nobody was outside and we waited for a really long time until a woman wearing cat ears came out of the theater and told us the performance had been canceled since nobody had bought tickets! DEVASTATING. Anyway, we picked a different day to go a week later, but for an earlier show. The crowd was a mix of people, pretty much what you might expect at a cat circus, i.e. people wearing ironic tshirts and glasses. And one loud toddler.

What happened upon entering the venue?

The theater is really small, so we pretty much just grabbed the best seats close to the stage. It ended up being really packed!

The stage was set with lots of props covered in purple carpet and there was a male Acrocat carny putting cats into little carriers located in the wings.

What happened next—the show, or something unexpected? OR BOTH?...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Cat in 606: What Happened to Her?

Posted by on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Nadia at rest.
  • Nadia at rest.

This post has been updated with photos provided by Seattle Animal Shelter, courtesy of Nadia's new owners.

This week's feature is about witnessing a neighbor's psychotic break and suicide. The neighbor stabbed her cat seven times with a butcher knife before falling out a window. But—as you know if you got to the end of the story—the cat survived. Her name was Darcy, according to the boyfriend of the neighbor. All of my attempts to find out more about Darcy's fate came up empty, though. A source who helped perform surgery on her declined to be interviewed, explaining she was not authorized to speak to me.

But now we have an update, courtesy of Kara Main-Hester of the Seattle Animal Shelter:

Just a note on the cat in the story. She was named Hope and was put through surgery by the Seattle Animal Shelter.

We recently got an update from the adopter:
"We ended up naming Hope, Nadia! Which means "hope" in russian. She is doing really great here, still sleeping in her bed almost every night! She really loves her laser pointer! She's really grown on both my grandma and myself."

-Kara Main-Hester, SAS staff

That's some cat.

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Lunchtime Quickie: Acro-Cats!

Posted by on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Hey y'all. This is happening, this weekend, through September 1st. I'm not even joking. TICKETS!

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Hang in There, Little Guy!

Posted by on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM

You know that inspirational poster of the kitten clinging to a tree branch over a precipice, the one where caption is all, "Hang in There, Little Buddy!"

This is kinda like the Capitol Hill version of that.

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  • I own this

Monday, July 30, 2012

Lunchtime Quickie: Um, Nothing To See Here...

Posted by on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

... just doing a little shopping.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lunchtime Quickie: "Seattle" By Riz Rollins

Posted by on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I want to live in Riz Rollins' Seattle, forever and ever and ever. I love this man.

Riz on KEXP. Video by Shep Films. Music by Daniel LK Caldwell.

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