catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation...
The Infinite Cat Project
is about one cat watching another. A long line of
1799 cats so far. The very first
Infinaut is Frankie,
seen at left admiring a flower. He is the
owner of Paul Hamilton.
If you'd like to add
your own fuzzy friend to the Infinite
Queue you can find all the details here. Or
just take a picture of your kitty watching the kitty below and email it
to me. It's just that easy.
Dish O' Kute
"Hiya, pal. What'll ya have?"
March 27, 2015: "For
me, one of the pleasures of cats' company is their
devotion to bodily comfort." - Sir Compton Mackenzie
Infinaut, Cat #1799: Mary watching Lyra watching Reina.
The latest weapon in the war on cancer harnesses the power of a heretofore untapped
resource: our love of funny online cat videos.
Cats vs. Cancer, a nonprofit organization and Web site launched in December by
buddies Tom O’Connor and Eddie Peña, is counting on people’s
seemingly insatiable interest in online feline frivolity.
By posting cute and silly kitty videos, the two aim to garner enough page views
to attract advertisers, with ad revenues going to a different cancer-related
charity each month. Visitors can also make direct donations via a “Donate
Meow!” button on the site. But simply watching the videos and spreading
the word via social media is, O’Connor and Peña say, helping fight
In its first month, the site attracted about 130,000 visitors, O’Connor
says. That’s an admittedly tiny number in the grand scheme of Internet
hits: Some YouTube cat videos have millions of hits. But he says that’s
not bad considering there’s been little promotion and no advertising other
than a free placement on an electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square, “a
very generous donation from the company that owns the billboard,” O’Connor
says. The site’s most-clicked-on video to date? That would be “lazy
cat can’t reach arrogant pigeon.”
In choosing organizations to receive their donations, O’Connor says, “we’re
looking at smaller charities that are doing good work and for which maybe our
contribution will be a bit more meaningful” than for one of the major players.
They also seek geographic variety, “to spread the love across the country,” O’Connor
For now, the kitties subsist on the thin gruel of revenue from small ads that
a Google service generates and places on the Cats vs. Cancer page. The company
gets a small amount when an ad is clicked on. O’Connor says those pay only
pennies per page view. O’Connor hopes that by next year the site will have
enough visitors that he can sell ads directly to companies and raise more money
for the project.
In December, he says, the ad revenue — several hundred dollars — went
to the Vickie S. Honeycutt Foundation in Charlotte, which provides funds to support
teachers battling cancer. Adam White, one of the foundation’s founders,
says, “Cats vs. Cancer is such a great gesture and a great idea. Tom [O’Connor]
kept saying, ‘I know it won’t be much,’ but I say you don’t
have to make a million-dollar donation to make a million-dollar impact.”
January’s funds were earmarked for Brent’s Place in Denver, a long-term “safe
and clean” housing facility for pediatric cancer patients whose immune
systems are compromised; kids and their families stay there free for as long
as need be. Bridget Fitzpatrick, the organization’s development director,
says, “Cats vs. Cancer turned out to be a fun and engaging fundraiser for
Our families have been following the cats” on the Web site for entertainment — and
to help drive up the page-view numbers. As for the likely size of the donation,
Fitzpatrick says that while she anticipates it won’t be large, “it’s
the individual, small donations like this that keep our organization running.”
Cats vs. Cancer donates about 85 percent of the funds it receives, O’Connor
says. That percentage should increase as ad dollars and donations grow, he says,
noting that the organization’s expenses (mostly related to Web-domain registrations
and basic business software purchases, plus a small fee to the D.C.-based Network
for Good to manage online donations) are largely fixed. O’Connor, Peña
and tech director Adrian Baker donate their time, he says.
O’Connor, 33, and Peña, 31, who met while attending Georgetown University
in the early 2000s, live in New York; O’Connor works for Fox News, and
Peña is in Internet advertising.
So how do they pick the videos? Same way we all do. “We go to YouTube and
type in ‘cat’ and any other thing you can think of,” O’Connor
says. “ ‘Cat versus lemon’ or ‘cat versus rice cooker.’ ” They
also check the “cat stuff” on other popular video-sharing sites,
trying to “stay abreast of trending videos as they begin to go viral.”
What about dogs? Some recent reports suggest dog videos have gotten more popular
than cat videos these days. O’Connor says he wasn’t aware of that
trend. But he allows that if things go as planned with Cats vs. Cancer, dog videos
could well come into play one day.
We are Cats vs. Cancer,” he says, “but we aren’t anti-dog.
We love dogs, too.”
Kibble for Kitties
was alerted to a web site called freekibblekat.com by
Beloved Girlfriend. You go there, play a simple trivia game and the site
donates kibble to
needy animal shelters. It's free and you can play once a day, every day.
They obviously make a few bucks for themsleves but it's clear that the
majority of proceeds goes to the animals, so please stop in when you
PS, you can also totally
send some kitty vittles with just a click at theanimalrescuesite.com.
Just visit the site and press the big purple button. That's all there
is to it.
Oh, and if you're looking to save
some money on meds for your moggies how about a free 1800petmeds
Need a custom web
site that's attractive, fast-loading, Google-friendly and,
relatively-speaking, dirt cheap? Then see my friends at X-Site-D
Web Creation. Tell
'em Mike sent ya!
you're interested in placing a graphic link on your web site
back to the ICP, here's the very thing you're looking for.
link above and
help support the
"My Infinite Gratitude"
The following is
a relatively short yet very heartening list of those
who have contributed in
support of the Infinite Cat
of listing the names
in any intelligent way I decided to post them alphabetically.
It's not a perfect system, as those of you of Polish descent
get the shaft again <grin> but at least it helps me
keep the names straight.
In case you're wondering, names in white indicate donations
of $5 or less, while green notates donations
in excess of $10. The
lover who recently earned the prestigious "Quadruple Kittyhead"
for her generous and continuing support. (You know who you
are and I want to have your children.)
Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone,
S. Almaguer, G. Ancell,
M. Axtell, A. Bachman,
D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H.
T. Blassingame, P. Blassingame,
A. Bolt, R. Bruner, J.
Bullas, A. Chiang, M. Cogen, D. Conlin, B. Coren,
M. Cracauer, D.Davis, M.
Dawson, J. Delton, T. Devrick, J. Diamond,
T. Dixon, C. Dofer, E. Dorfman,
B. Dutton, E. Fitzpatrick,
B. Fonteboa, E. Foss, B. Friesner, G. Garcia, M. Gordon,
A. Greeley, A. Gunn, J.
B. Harper, J. Hays, T.
D. Herbert, A. Hertz, M. Hester,
A. Hilbert, K. Hildebrandt, A.
Houser, V. Huston, , J.
Ikeda, B. Jones,
S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, D.
W. Lee, M.
Lufkin, C. Lewis, K.
MacKenzie, M. Mcgann,
J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher,
S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D.
A. Neduha, A. Nelson, L. Nevins,
C. O'Brien, A. Ocean,
www.oldamericancentury.org, K. Orman, K.
Otto, Pinky & Bunny,
R. Owens, J. Pavlov, R. Perry, C. Phillips,
H. Pirani, C. Plant, R. Poletto, K. Pride, D.
Rakowski, R. Redman, R. Riitala, M. Ryan,
W. Ryngwelski, D. Sanders, M.
H. Sherwood-Taylor, J.
Sokel, S. Somero, M. Stabile, F. Street, J.P.
Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich,
J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K.
Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.
I thank you, the cats thank you, and my web host
The Infinite Cat Project
Presented by Mike Stanfill, Private Hand
©Mike Stanfill, 2015