Category Archives: Vids

Vids – movings pictures, with sound too

Bureaucracy, boxes, beer. Blech

Reading Dawn’s thoughts on the Cat on MRT tracks incident, one has got to wonder why Singapore bureaucracy has this tendency to stick around in the revolving door, and go with the flow to nowhere. Doesn’t it get motion sick at some point? Or rather, how long does the Singapore bureaucracy like to punish itself and those it affect before it does something and drag or throw itself out of it and perhaps give relief to the affected populace?

Dawn says:

“… the staff member may not have felt empowered to do this – or to face the consequences especially when the management may not already be very cat-friendly to begin with. I remember at least one case where I wrote in to offer our help because we were told that the unsterilised cats were usually rounded up and sent to the AVA if there were complaints or if they were found to be a ‘problem’.

So what needs to be done? Clearly what this episode shows is that there should be some manner of procedure or protocol devised so that staff members DO know what do in future. This would ensure that we don’t have to cross our fingers and hope that if this happens again, the staff member knows something about cats.”

It’s like the long long slate of mrt track “intrusions”. Only now are we getting platform screen doors for the doorless above-ground stations.

And consider the train service disruptions which jolt us out of our complacency every so often. The LTA says it takes a serious view of service disruption. But there’s been 92 instances of disruption over a 3 year period, and it’s always the same old same old in the bag of grievances when the letters of complaints flood the media. About how staff don’t seem to know about crowd control, traffic direction, or plain don’t know what they’re supposed to do. About alternatives which are non-existent or cause more “hardship” to the already inconvenienced commuters.

In place is a SOP which received a parliamentarian airing, so why are there still so many unhappy commuters who complain about the same things each time?

Do we dare hold out much hope that a SOP will be set in place to handle kitties in stations, or that it the SOP in place will actually be followed, or even applied correctly?

It’s also the same old same old in the bag of grievances us minions caregivers have about how we and the kitties living in Singapore’s streets are treated.

The powers that be keep relying on the same tired old excuses for keeping status quo.

Curiously, I keep thinking about the latest Tiger Beer ad making the TV rounds when I think about our situation.

Not that I’m stumping for the frothy or want some morose dousing, but it does demonstrate a life lesson (the ad, not the draught), which is saying quite something since beer ads never make much sense (though the Heineken ones I always found most palatable among the hordes).

The ad is no philosophical dissertation for sure. Two guys fighting over the last bottle in the bucket — can’t they just order more? – decided on arm-wrestling, and end up trying to one-up each other, morphing into bigger and stronger opponents which also happen to counter the other guy’s latest incarnation. The winner morphs into a blond hot chick and wins by shorting the circuits of his robotic rival.

No, there is no kitty involved but how cool that instead of being stiff-necked, conventional, and deadboxed into the one-track idea of bigger must be better, the winner takes stock of the situation (while in the very pleasing form of a buff Jungle Man who stares down Philly_Rheilly_20090927_005xsilverbacks), basically jumped out of the box and threw his then stronger-than-Jungle-Man robotic foe out of orbit with his twist on oneupsmanship. Imagine if he had been lazy and conformed with the flow, and morphed into something stronger than stronger-than-Jungle-Man-robot instead. Bore, broken record, tiresome, credibility depreciation. Vicious cycle.

Whenever I see the ad, I ask myself the million dollar question: why can’t the powers that be do the same when confronted with ideas, facts, or complaints about Singapore ’s cats? Have a tiger or whatever’s their poisons of choice, untie the knots they’re in and LOOK the issues in the eye rather than trotting out and nursing those so-old template responses that don’t do a thing except tighten the knots they’re in, and grind our noses in it. Vicious cycle, anyone?

Maybe this post should be titled “Saatchi & Saatchi for government” instead. [EDIT: Or maybe I don’t want that actually, imagine legislation that decree ad-watching quotas on citizens… ]

Footnote
Remember: if you come across an SOS, whether from a fellow human or a little kitten, don’t just walk away. And drink responsibly.

Ms Fix-It

This too too cute for words


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I’m particularly taken not with Kitty’s handymeow credentials but rather her penchant for standing up… much like

Prairie Dogs
Prairie dog standing and facing camera
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or Meerkats

meerkats information photo facts pictures
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[EDIT: I am rather taken with this non-standing phot too]
and Mongooses
Art print: Banded Mongoose Sits Upright To Get a Better Look Things; a National Geographic photograph by Beverly Joubert
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Seems like this peculiar trait is specific to Japanese cats:

Japanese Standing Cats


Cats have always been very popular in Japan.

Products like Hello Kitty and famous anime movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service are great examples of how much the Japanese adore their feline friends.

Cats are cool and all, but nothing weirds me out more than when a cat does something that is very human-like, such as standing upright on its hind legs.

cat-standing Japanese Standing Cats picture

We came across three great videos showing weird cats that can stand for quite some time.

Cute and adorable… sure.

Completely creepy and unnerving… absolutely.

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Extreme Sheep LED Art

Filched off Dawn’s blog

Uber!

Horses: Blinkers in New York

Filched off Dawn’s blog.

Horses do work very hard for people… it’s a crying what we do to them. Flog a dead horse indeed.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Blinders

I was just sent this video about horses that are used for carriage rides in New York City. Incidentally, I went by a horse show today and saw some horse rescue groups. Some of the horses were kept in such horrific conditions that they are now blind. One was tied to a stall for so long that even though it is no longer tied by its neck, apparently it doesn’t know it. You can visit the Horse rescue group at Horsenet They also have a bunch of cats on the premises, almost all of which are already sterilised..

38 Cute Animals, 1 Cool Screen, 8 Different Uses

This puts some serious chortle in the brain.

(filched off Dawn’s blog)

The three head-butting best friends (community cats)

I came across love this little vid and want to share it with everybody.

I could go on my typical ramble and soapbox my way through reality and animal-utopia , but I’ll keep it simple:

I think this demonstrates how affectionate, gentle, friendly and peaceful cats can be among themselves. Great plus point that they are all tipped-eared. I love the black cat especially, so busy making eyes, turning belly up, head-butting, and talking all at the same time.

She’s got a very small voice but she’s beautiful. I love how she’s the bridge between the video maker and her more timid tabby buddies.

All the cats need is to be respected as living creatures sharing our space and allowed to live their lives. They don’t need interference or intervention from people, barring the very crucial mojo-stealing of course.

Can’t help wondering if they are related. In any case, I hope they stay together, safe and healthy always.

Earthlings

Earthlings.

What does this word mean to you?