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2021-07-31 6:52:50 PM  
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2021-07-31 8:51:15 PM  
She get that first gymnast center-of-mass, every time.
 
2021-07-31 8:57:46 PM  
That poor guy's butt. He's gonna have cat scratches all over it.
 
2021-07-31 8:58:06 PM  
Well, this settles it then: the Olympics must become a monthly thing.
 
2021-07-31 11:42:04 PM  
You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.
 
2021-08-01 4:15:52 AM  

Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.


Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing

/frog was not so happy about it of course
 
2021-08-01 5:47:12 AM  
Engage the Prey Drive!
Prey Drive engaged, Cap'n!
 
2021-08-01 11:44:47 AM  
Mine chase soccer players around.
 
2021-08-01 2:13:38 PM  
The cat was going after red color.  The color of blood, their favorite color.  You have lots of of red(blood) inside you.  Don't let them figure that out.
 
2021-08-01 2:15:33 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.

Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing
/frog was not so happy about it of course


I do wonder how true this is for most people. Do their critters actually scratch or damage their TV/monitor?
 
2021-08-01 4:44:50 PM  

FarkingChas: I do wonder how true this is for most people. Do their critters actually scratch or damage their TV/monitor?


I have cats who go at the screen with claws out. No ill effects yet.
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They seem to have better luck against motorcycles.
 
2021-08-01 5:37:47 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.

Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing

/frog was not so happy about it of course


It depends on the cat and the TV, but you're largely correct.  There are some cats out there that don't really seem to grasp the 'claws in' concept.  And of course some TV screens are more susceptible to scratching than others.  Seems like most modern flat screens would be vulnerable to scratching, but an old CRT type TV would be invulnerable to cat scratches.

/ the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong
 
2021-08-01 6:21:51 PM  

Neondistraction: / the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong


It had to be. Those things were essentially a ray gun shooting radiation at you, and the glass would catch it. And we watched those guns shooting radiation at us for hours every day.

Remember all the static cling that would be on the glass of a newly turned on CRT television? As a kid I used to love touching it. And putting my face right against it and looking at individual pixels. I'm amazed I don't have cancer.
 
2021-08-01 6:24:51 PM  

Neondistraction: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.

Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing

/frog was not so happy about it of course

It depends on the cat and the TV, but you're largely correct.  There are some cats out there that don't really seem to grasp the 'claws in' concept.  And of course some TV screens are more susceptible to scratching than others.  Seems like most modern flat screens would be vulnerable to scratching, but an old CRT type TV would be invulnerable to cat scratches.

/ the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong


No lie - bounced a .38 round off of an old TV screen once.

/no I'm not that psycho, we were at an outdoor range shooting at old junk for targets
//must have hit it just right
///thankfully not toward anyone - we had it set up sensibly, but Ptang ZZZzzzp! is not a sound anyone wants to hear in that situation
 
2021-08-01 6:25:46 PM  

Ishkur: Neondistraction: / the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong

It had to be. Those things were essentially a ray gun shooting radiation at you, and the glass would catch it. And we watched those guns shooting radiation at us for hours every day.

Remember all the static cling that would be on the glass of a newly turned on CRT television? As a kid I used to love touching it. And putting my face right against it and looking at individual pixels. I'm amazed I don't have cancer.


Snerk I thought I was the only one that poked at it just 'cause it felt kinda funky.  Mutants unite
 
2021-08-01 6:48:55 PM  

cefm: Mine chase soccer players around.


I'm going to need to see a video thankyouverymuch
 
2021-08-01 7:37:21 PM  

Neondistraction: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.

Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing

/frog was not so happy about it of course

It depends on the cat and the TV, but you're largely correct.  There are some cats out there that don't really seem to grasp the 'claws in' concept.  And of course some TV screens are more susceptible to scratching than others.  Seems like most modern flat screens would be vulnerable to scratching, but an old CRT type TV would be invulnerable to cat scratches.

/ the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong


I don't remember dogs or cats paying much attention to low def CRT TVs. It was when flat panel HD TVs were introduced that cats and dogs started paying attention. Low def images just don't look as real from up close.
 
2021-08-01 7:49:40 PM  

Ishkur: Neondistraction: / the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong

It had to be. Those things were essentially a ray gun shooting radiation at you, and the glass would catch it. And we watched those guns shooting radiation at us for hours every day.


The old Radiation King.

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2021-08-01 8:02:01 PM  

Ishkur: Neondistraction: / the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong

It had to be. Those things were essentially a ray gun shooting radiation at you, and the glass would catch it. And we watched those guns shooting radiation at us for hours every day.

Remember all the static cling that would be on the glass of a newly turned on CRT television? As a kid I used to love touching it. And putting my face right against it and looking at individual pixels. I'm amazed I don't have cancer.


When I lived in BC, a lifetime ago, there was a tv preacher out Bellingham WA who would tell people to put their hand on a hand on the screen to "Feel the Power of The Lord flow into them.
 
2021-08-01 9:02:52 PM  

Dknsvsbl: When I lived in BC, a lifetime ago, there was a tv preacher out Bellingham WA who would tell people to put their hand on a hand on the screen to "Feel the Power of The Lord flow into them.


Ah yes, KVOS out of Bellingham. I remember that station fondly. They would play cartoons in the afternoons when I got home from school.
 
2021-08-01 10:21:10 PM  

Psychopompous: Neondistraction: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.

Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing

/frog was not so happy about it of course

It depends on the cat and the TV, but you're largely correct.  There are some cats out there that don't really seem to grasp the 'claws in' concept.  And of course some TV screens are more susceptible to scratching than others.  Seems like most modern flat screens would be vulnerable to scratching, but an old CRT type TV would be invulnerable to cat scratches.

/ the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong

I don't remember dogs or cats paying much attention to low def CRT TVs. It was when flat panel HD TVs were introduced that cats and dogs started paying attention. Low def images just don't look as real from up close.


Dunno that anyone's done real study on it, but I've seen a lot of at least informed speculation that the ways cats' eyeballs work the current iteration of TV is something like a picture to them, whereas old CRT stuff was just a smear of colors and crap from their PoV
 
2021-08-01 10:37:59 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Psychopompous: Neondistraction: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Ishkur: You may see cats watching gymnastics, but all I see is cats scratching screens.

Oddly enough they don't - or at least the ones I've seen don't.  They don't quite get what's up, and they poke/swipe with sheathed claws.  They tend to do that when they don't quite understand what's going on - they're testing to see WTF is going on here - and when they keep hitting a screen instead of what they see they stay in that confused "What's this?" mode.  Same thing they do with unfamiliar bugs/animals in the wild.  If the animal/bug is weird enough, they'll stay confused too.  Watched one of mine bat gently at a frog for nearly 40 minutes once.  Never hurt it - frog was just happy fun poingy weird toy thing

/frog was not so happy about it of course

It depends on the cat and the TV, but you're largely correct.  There are some cats out there that don't really seem to grasp the 'claws in' concept.  And of course some TV screens are more susceptible to scratching than others.  Seems like most modern flat screens would be vulnerable to scratching, but an old CRT type TV would be invulnerable to cat scratches.

/ the glass on those old TVs was astonishingly strong

I don't remember dogs or cats paying much attention to low def CRT TVs. It was when flat panel HD TVs were introduced that cats and dogs started paying attention. Low def images just don't look as real from up close.

Dunno that anyone's done real study on it, but I've seen a lot of at least informed speculation that the ways cats' eyeballs work the current iteration of TV is something like a picture to them, whereas old CRT stuff was just a smear of colors and crap from their PoV


Agree. The analog nature of how the picture "creeps" through the CRT screen. An LCD displays the full picture all at once for however long the FPS is.


I found this:

Further, cats and dogs need a higher frame rate than humans to make it appear as a smooth film, a phenomenon known as flicker fusion, in humans we require 15-20 frames per second, dogs require 70fps and cats about 100. Before the frame rate of televisions increased in recent years it would appeared to them to be flashing images, similar to when you point a digital camera at a screen which may explain why the dog is not interested in the TV, it'd be like staring at a strobe for hours on end. Here is a paper which discusses flicker rates and color vision in dogs.
 
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