For the last 13 years Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara has been taking pictures of her grandma, Misao, to commemorate her life. 9 years ago, 88-year-old Misao found a stray odd-eyed cat in her shed: she called it Fukumaru, hoping that “the god of fuku (good fortune) would come and everything will be smoothed over like maru (circle).” Miyoko has been photographing their beautiful friendship and the way they go about their daily routine ever since.
Beautiful eyes! What a pair. Photographs also feature: citrus fruit. (Via Blue.)
6 paintings of cats by Louis Wain with an increasing degree of abstractedness, attributed by some to his suffering from schizophrenia
I also enjoy this cat playing a lute. (Via daf, in response to this picture I took at some family friends’ exhibition of Victorian Christmas cards, in response to Harry Pointer’s Brighton Cats, via Dan.)
“Talkeetna has a Community Council and its mayor is a cat named “Stubbs”.”
And that’s not all! From Stubbs’s own page:
Every afternoon, Stubbs drinks water out of a wineglass laden with catnip.
Suddenly, the cat takes on a decidedly more masculine, “tom cat” persona. The cat now represented the violent realities of women’s struggle for political rights in the male public sphere.
Cat pictures aside, it took me a while to understand what the fourth and fifth pictures were trying to show. I think the fifth is saying “if women can vote, men might have to make a pot of tea unaided and men are too stupid and they’ll boil the cat by mistake” which is … not a particularly good argument that the heavy burden of the democratic process should be born by men alone.
(Via MetaFilter. What have I become‽)
The Internet Cat Video Festival 2013 itself is definitely not an April Fool, and the Brooklyn leg (despite being posted yesterday) looks like it might actually be real too.
Flickr isn’t even among the top 50 free photography apps in iTunes. It’s just below an Instagram clone in 64th place. By way of comparison, an app that adds cats with laser eyes to your photos is 23rd.
If you can’t beat laser cat, you probably deserve to die.