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Monday, July 6, 2015


It's Monday.  Start your week right.  Me, I'm off to visit Solar Impulse 2 as soon as I complete this posting.

So, today, I introduce a subject I've never before attempted to treat:  CATS.  Dogs and small babies tend to like me, Alzheimer's patients remarkably remember my name, but I just don't get along all that well with cats.  Maybe it's them more than me, for cats are not known to be universally friendly.

There are 86.4 million cats and 78.2 million dogs in U.S. homes.  The numbers are smaller in Europe, but cats also outnumber dogs, mostly because cat owners tend to have more than one.  The reverse is  so in the rest of the world.  Per capita, China much fewer pets in households, with almost three times the number of dogs than cats.  Japan also has more dogs than cats.

Guinness has Himmy (left) from Australia at 46.8 pounds as the heaviest home version, although Katy from Russia reportedly might have been 50 pounds, for Guinness stopped including domestic fat cats in the '80's.  Himmy was fed hormones to stop her from mating and look what happened.

Incidentally, Snowball (right) from the USA did not weigh 87 pounds, she was photoshopped.  You'll see loads of big house cats, but most of them gained the benefit of electronic tampering.  According to Guinness, the largest living cat at 992 pounds is Hercules, a hybrid liger (lion father and female mother) from Myrtle Beach:

But back to domestic cats, Tama, super stationmaster at Kishi Station in Japan, just passed away.  She was 16 and served for eight years, welcoming and seeing off passengers with grace.  She was the only female in a managerial position for Wakayama Electric Railway.  Some say she saved the station and materially boosted the economy at her stop.  The company supported her by providing cat food.

Tama is now a Shinto Goddess.  Another calico cat, Nitama (right), has been commissioned as  apprentice stationmaster.  The townsfolk are not idiots.  Last year I had a possible free day on Awajishima, and pondered on the possibility of going there.  But Kishi Station is at the end of the line and if golf at Kinokuni Country Club were on my schedule, I might have.  My Shinkansen in September will be whizzing reasonably close by, but I have a busy schedule this time.

For reasons I don't understand, Very Angry Cat from England has drawn 88 million visitors to YouTube.  While I can almost appreciate why Surprised Kitty has drawn 76 million clicks, Charlie Schmidt's Keyboard Cat with 41 million visitors and Tardar Sauce with 18 million are hardly worth the effort.  A ten cutest cats clip seems worthy, with 10 million pings, but why there are more than 2 million cat videos with 25 billion views must say something about our society.  Oh, the most visited is Nyan Cat (left) at 123 million clicks, and this is not even a real cat.

Maybe worse, the all-time #1 video is Gangnam Style with PSY at a mind-boggling 2.4 billion visits.  Nothing else is even close.  If you're puzzled, in South Korea, they are particularly WTF mystified.  PSY should not be confused with William Hung, although there is a similar beat on William's updated performance here.  No doubt Hung's American Idol audition, in a cruel way, is one the all-time memorable clips from that program.  My wife bought his CD (below) for my Christmas present in 2004.

I should indicate that William Hung is live and well as a crime analyst today for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

About YouTube:
  • Has more than 1 billion users.
  • Every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views.
  • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  • YouTube is localized in 75 countries and available in 61 languages.
  • Half of YouTube views are on mobile devices.
  • The number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month is up 50% year over year.
  • Mobile revenue on YouTube is up over 100% y/y.
Google operates my blog site and owns YouTube.  I'm merely abetting my parent organization better dominate your mind.

Chan-hom has finally become a typhoon at 75 MPH, and will quickly strengthen into a Category 4.  In grave danger is Miyakojima, Japan's solar island.  Read about Green Enertopia and my efforts to help this island attain solar prominence.  By this weekend landfall is now projected to be Wenzhou, far south of Shanghai.

Slightly north and behind is Typhoon Nangka at 90 MPH and likely to attain at least Category 3 strength.

There are no long term projections yet, but Okinawa and Japan will no doubt be threatened.


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