Caturday felid trifecta +2: Perfectly camouflaged tabby, hummingbird taunts cat, cat deep learning,

Welcome to another Caturday where we feature cats and absolutely nothing else.

Ready?

The first cat of the week is Camouflage Cat.

Well, some of this story is true, because this is indisputably a picture of a cat on a floor. Given that it’s source is the Daily Wail, it may be more embroidered than is claimed. Nevertheless, this ginger tom perfectly matches the stain on its staff’s floor boards.

 

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Next we have a cat and a humming-bird. One of the two is a perfect troll. That cat behaves itself perfectly.

Reader ViralHog:

This was a typical morning sitting in my yard, having coffee, supervising my cat and watching the hummingbirds. What was different today as compared to three years of comfortable apathy between the two was the aggressive curiosity of the birds! I’ve never seen them get up in her face like that! She has some pretty great self control and I didn’t really think she’d lunge. She’d rather have outside visitation than eat a bird and be forever banned. The look on her face at the end perfectly sums up my ‘what the hell!”

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Finally, a strange story of AI and cats, namely the Meow Generator where a computer is trained to learn what a cat face is from a database, and then generates its own. It’s the brainchild of Alexia Jolicoeur-Martineau. The results are a little disconcerting if indisputably cat-like. What do you think?

 

If you need something to soothe your senses after those cats, you could try Neko Atsume, which is a zen garden of cats on your phone. It’s free and available for iPhone and Android.

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h/t: Grania, Tom

17 Comments

  1. Posted July 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    That tabby!!!

  2. Posted July 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector- only for Androids. Sad!

  3. W.T. Effingham
    Posted July 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    The name “Meow Generator” momentarily had me hoping I could convert the energy my daughter’s cat expends making noises around three o’clock in the morning into electricity or something useful .😀

  4. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve solved the conundrum of why medieval artists couldn’t paint catlike cats and the cats they do paint look like humans.

    That’s not the case at all, i.e., that they couldn’t. There are cats that do look like humans. https://twitter.com/AMAZlNGNATURE/status/1014971440741769216. There just must have been a lot more of them around way back then than now. That last statement was made in jest; and finding one cat that happens to have a human-like visage doesn’t prove anything; but I do find it astounding that here’s this one, and it does look remarkably like some of the “bad” illustrations of human-faced cats in medieval manuscripts and later.

    BYW, Frida Kahlo’s black cat is a perfect rendering; that annoyed/alert cocked ear and the look in its eyes say it all. That cat could just walk right off her shoulder and into the world.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 7, 2018 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      That cat is extraordinary. It’s disconcerting. It feels wrong.

      (This is subconscious human bias, I’m sure): It also looks incredibly intelligent. As if it’s about to say something.

      cr

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted July 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

        And – it knows things. Look at its eyes.

        cr

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted July 7, 2018 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

          Oh, and if, a few hundred years ago, it had been owned by an old woman who lived by herself in a cottage, they wouldn’t have been able to get the fire lit quick enough…

          cr

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted July 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

        I’m referring to your Twitter link, not Frida Kahlo’s. Just to clarify. This link: https://twitter.com/AMAZlNGNATURE/status/1014971440741769216

        Oh, for an Edit function…

        cr

        • Jenny Haniver
          Posted July 8, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

          Unfortunately, with a black cat, they’d be after her, too. And unfortunately, that reminds me of the great cat massacre, which I do not want to think about.

    • nicky
      Posted July 8, 2018 at 12:44 am | Permalink

      Not long ago we had a discussion about it and one of the hypothtses was that cats simply looked more human then.
      I think Heather showed us one eample, but this one is eerily human looking.

      • nicky
        Posted July 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Sorry for the typos.

  5. danstarfish
    Posted July 8, 2018 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    On several occasions, I’ve seen hummingbirds check out my cats in similar fashion to the video. Even once they checked me out that way. I don’t think they are teasing, I think it is just their way of getting a better look at something.

    • nicky
      Posted July 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it does not look the hummingbird is really ‘mobbing’, like songbirds are wont to do with owls.

  6. Posted July 13, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    The generated cats look very real to me.


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