I recently dug up the following set of notes for a video Web site I was planning a little over 2 years ago. I brainstormed a bit, but in the days before YouTube, I didn’t think the video encoding, storage or bandwidth needs would be feasible.
I still think it’s a fun idea with a lot of potential. Whether I ever find the time to put it together, I don’t know. In the meantime, enjoy…
Editor’s note: the cats are now six and we all live in a house in Bridgeport, CT.
Between working from home three days a week and moving from a two-bedroom apartment to a studio, I’ve begun to really take notice how often my two cats have at it during the day.
Tahoma and Tarball are a pair of 4 year old siblings that I adopted from New Yorkers for Companion Animals when I lived in Manhattan. Tarball is a 7lb solid black female. Tahoma is an 8lb male tabby. Both hail from Queens, NY. Both now reside in Stamford, CT.
Most battles only last about 3 minutes, and end when one of the contestants runs away, either out of boredom, hunger, or exhaustion. They never draw blood, and their tails never fluff out, so despite the intensity, no one is hurt and I know they are playing.
It’s my general feeling that Tarball wins these battles, but I’ve come up with a scoring system to confirm that. Since most battles seem to start when both cats are sleeping peacefully (1, 2, 3) on my bed, and one shifts position which annoys the other, I will consider the “ring” to be my full-size bed.
|Successful swat to face||1pt|
|Bite to neck||5pts|
|Out of ring||8pts|
|Face-kick hold (you know what I’m talking about)||15pts|
For every given battle, the following information should be tracked for statistical purposes.
|Start of fight||___|
|Duration of fight||___|
Rate this battle
One to five stars.
Pictures and video
Thumbnails, all time best battles, highlight montages.
I finally bagged my cable subscription. This was easier than it could have been since I use DSL instead of cable for my broadband connection.
Some interesting thoughts on the matter from a fellow quitter.