April 1st, 2013
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox: April 1, 2013 Mobile Usability for Cats: Essential Design Principles for Felines…
- Rapid double and triple taps are common among felines, especially kittens; any response from a multi-tap should be even faster/louder/blinkier than from a single tap.
- Swiping is expected to work from any and every direction, so ensure that your targets are extra responsive and include corresponding sounds.
- Animation is especially important, including blinking. In fact, if your site or app doesn't animate, it's pretty much useless.
- This is a revolutionary finding, considering that blinking has been contraindicated in web design ever since it was #3 on the list of top-10 design mistakes of 1996.
- A sensory-activated "pause mode" is highly suggested, as nearly half the cats randomly stopped what they were doing to lie down on their devices and stretch, nap, or self-groom for extended periods before resuming their tasks.
October 9th, 2011
Kittywood Studios: this explains so much.
[Via James Nicoll]
January 25th, 2011
Ten Obscure Factoids Concerning Albert Einstein:
10. His Cat Suffered Depression
Fond of animals, Einstein kept a housecat which tended to get depressed whenever it rained. Ernst Straus recalls him saying to the melancholy cat: "I know what's wrong, dear fellow, but I don't know how to turn it off."
August 23rd, 2010
March 16th, 2010
The internet treats sleeping cats as damage, and routes around them. Just ask Tim Bray, enjoying an evening pottering around writing an application for his phone:
Eventually, Ant built my Android app out of 14 lines of Duby, and I needed the USB cable so I could ship it to the phone. The phone was handy but the USB cable was across the room, and my elderly female cat has earned a few evenings of undisturbed lap time.
Then I remembered that my laptop has a Web server and my phone was on the same home LAN, so I copied the .apk over to /Library/WebServer/Documents/whatever.apk and did an ifconfig -a | grep 192 to find my address and then pointed the phone's browser at http://192.168.1.57/whatever.apk. The phone installed the app, I proved to myself that it worked, and did some further enjoyable tinkering, all while routing round the cat.
Alternatively, as per a comment on that post, this may have been just one more manifestation of the Cat Gravity theory.
November 27th, 2009
September 14th, 2009
The biter bit.
It's the surprised expression on the dog's face that does for me every time…
May 31st, 2009
Sage advice from Robert Brady:
If one is swinging a cat with any sense of urgency, one should ideally have a short stiff cat and a large target.
Yes, there is a story behind that line.
May 13th, 2009
The playground pile-on from The Matrix Reloaded, reenacted by puppies!
[Via Making Light: Particles]
May 4th, 2009
December 9th, 2008
Robert E Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, knew cats:
The life of a cat is not numbered by nine. Usually it is short, violent and tragic. He suffers, and makes others suffer if he can. He is primitive, bestially selfish. He is, in short, a creature of awful and terrible potentialities, a crystalization of primordial self-love, a materialization of the blackness and squalor of the abyss. He is a green-eyed, steel-thewed, fur-clad block of darkness hewed from the Pits which know not light, nor sympathy, nor dreams, nor hope, nor beauty, nor anything except hunger and the satiating of hunger. But he has dwelt with man since the beginning, and when the last man lies down and dies, a cat will watch his throes, and likelier than not, will gorge its abysmal hunger on his cooling flesh.
[Via Artw, posting to MetaFilter]
November 13th, 2008
September 29th, 2008