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February 8, 2008
By: Kevin Drum




FRIDAY CAT VLOGGING....Last night it occurred to me that my new camera also shoots video, so I decided to forge boldly into new frontiers and give it a try. Domino was sacked out in her pod and completely immobile, but luckily for me, Inkblot was puttering around at the time and eager to become a matinee idol. So today he makes his debut in a modestly budgeted YouTube production called "Inkblot's Evening Snack." Click for dramatic snacking action!

So that was fun. Turns out I shot the thing at the wrong resolution, but I guess that doesn't really matter. And I should probably track down some kind of simple freeware video editor for this stuff. Any suggestions? Also, why does my embedded clip pop up a bunch of links to other videos when you scroll your mouse over the bottom of the screen? Other embedded YouTube videos I've seen don't do this. How do I get rid of this?

[UPDATE: Hmmm. The popup links only appear in Explorer, not in Firefox. What's up with that?]

[UPDATE 2: Thanks, jerro!]

Next week: Domino's star turn! But first I need to get her to do something. Does rolling around in the backyard count?

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That thing where YouTube offers related videos at the bottom of the screen -- it's a feature, not a bug. They will go away after a while if you just leave the screen alone.

Posted by: Bob G on February 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

I like it. I have inkblot-in-a-bag as my screen background...at work, so my own cats won't be jealous.

Posted by: mirror on February 8, 2008 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Video editing? Roxio products have been good to me but I'm no expert.

Posted by: Tripp on February 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

How to turn off related videos:
http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=75301&topic=10836

Posted by: jerro on February 8, 2008 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

Very cool, Kevin! Mucho appreciado! I'm here at your site for the cats, but I get a bit of a political fix while I'm here, so it's all good.

Friday cat blogging.
Friday beer drinking.

Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by: Angela on February 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Vlog my f***ing cat, Kos!

Oh, wait; wrong blog. Sorry.

Posted by: lampwick on February 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Very nice. But how authentic is Inkblot?

Posted by: thersites on February 8, 2008 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

28 seconds of pulse-pounding excitement! Two Opposable Digits Up!

Posted by: Cap'n Phealy on February 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Marian's laughing in the background makes it even better. But I have to say that it's strange to see Inkblot moving around....

Posted by: Winslow on February 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

"Does rolling around in the backyard count?"

Only if you're Ernest Borgnine wearing a diaper.

Posted by: Matt on February 8, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

you're welcome!

thanks for the video!

Posted by: jerro on February 8, 2008 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

How about a Blogginheads session with Inkblot & Domino? That's about the only thing that could get me to watch one of those episodes.

Posted by: junebug on February 8, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

No! Grossly grossly unfair.

I am at work and there is a very strict No YouTube policy in effect in this joint.

YouTube discrimination!

No cats....[breaks down and sobs hysterically]

Posted by: Zit on February 8, 2008 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

What on earth is the movie in the background? The dialogue is really weird!

Posted by: Teresa on February 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Is Marian feeding Inkblot potato chips? Does he like dip, as well?

Posted by: pol on February 8, 2008 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK

Good Lord, put that cat on a diet.

Posted by: Henk on February 8, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, you could get her a job at FEMA.

(My cat is running for president.)

Posted by: Lucia on February 8, 2008 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Not enough car chases in this movie. Or is this one of those experimental foreign films?

Posted by: Speed on February 8, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Hey! We get to see Inkblot live! He's now more than just a photo on Friday afternoon (not, that we don't love the photos). Why don't you acquire a Ffeline Flyer (stick with a long string and a rotating feather thing on the end). That will attract them both, we can see them do goofy mid-air stunts and it will give them exercise. I use on with my cats and they (and therefore I) always sleep better.

Posted by: greynoldsct00 on February 8, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

anything counts when you are doing a video of your animal-children

see www.youtube.com/muddyleeperkins

and check out the 2 dog videos

Posted by: MuddyLee on February 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

I've noticed that Firefox has an internal firewall that plays havoc with videos, etc. They say it's for security reasons, and it works -- since I won't use them, they can feel secure.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on February 8, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

I love it! Inkblot moves! I love Inkblot! Stop teasing him ;-)

Posted by: scruncher on February 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
- French Proverb

Does rolling around in the backyard count?
Not as much fun as a roll in the hay.

Posted by: Mike on February 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Are you sure that should be titled Inkblot's Evening Snack? I mean there is a woman and a bed in the video. Shouldn't you call it
Inkblot's Evening Shack? And rate it XXX for heaven's sake.

This doom's Inkblots chance for the presidency, here is is on the bed, with a woman hand feeding him.

Posted by: optical weenie on February 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Jeez, wish I could see it.....[breaks down and sobs hysterically some more]

Posted by: Zit on February 8, 2008 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Get a Mac, iMovie comes free with it... 8^)

Easy to use, free, exceptionally capable of doing what you want to do and more.

Posted by: wc4d on February 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

If you were on a Mac you could use iMovie, which is aimed at consumers and can do edits, transitions, titling, video filtering etc. Even on a PC you could just look into upgrading to QuickTime Pro, which isn't free but isn't expensive, and lets you do some simple editing and import/export stuff, not to mention mucking around in the video/audio tracks, doing resizing etc.

Posted by: jimBOB on February 8, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Cat porn.

Posted by: Bush Lover on February 8, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

why is hillary clinton feeding your cat?

Posted by: erock on February 8, 2008 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

For next week, I suggest you smear a picture of John McCain with catnip and let Domino have at it. You can call it 'Filet Meow'.

Posted by: Auster on February 8, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

why is hillary clinton feeding your cat?

Dammit, I was just gonna post this. Nice work.

Posted by: mattstan on February 8, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

I use some free software to compress the raw video to a more manageable size.
If I want to edit the video, I use Adobe Premier Elements 3.0 -

I also have the newer version (4.0), but The 3.0 version seems to have more options for
creating .wmv or .avi (quicktime) or .flk files.

Posted by: John on February 8, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, next time try using a laser pen and getting the cats to chase it around into paper bags, etc.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on February 8, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot! A star is born.
And to think we can all say we knew him when...

Posted by: clio on February 8, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, don't you think it's controlling to pimp your cats out, in some weird sort of way, like this?

Posted by: Swan on February 8, 2008 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Avidemux is Free video editing software.

Posted by: Brock on February 8, 2008 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

LOL, that's really funny! Cool idea, Kevin. You've raised the bar for the entire blogosphere.

For your next video, how about Inkblot playing with a catnip mouse. Or maybe taking a crap in a litterbox shaped like Karl Rove's head.

Posted by: DanM on February 8, 2008 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Now, my cat would take a couple of fingers along with the kitty treats, if we tried that . . .
:O

Posted by: rea on February 8, 2008 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

the secret to Kevin's cats' obesity is out ... it's the snacking inbetween meals.
Why am I so suspicious that those are not *healthy* snacks? What's the fat/sugar content of those snacks?
Next thing we'll learn is that Inkblot's humans are giving him catnip .... addicting the poor kitty to drugs....

Posted by: diana on February 8, 2008 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Why do cats look embarrassed when they know they have an audience? And they get so dainty..

no chomped fingers, no snapping at the air like a starving pit bill..

Posted by: Miss Otis on February 8, 2008 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK
The popup links only appear in Explorer, not in Firefox. What's up with that?

What's up is that Internet Explorer is evil.

Posted by: navamske on February 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

For your next video, how about Inkblot playing with a catnip mouse. Or maybe taking a crap in a litterbox shaped like Karl Rove's head.

Hey...they used to make catnip toys that looked like Newt Gingrich.

Updated version may be out there, somewhere. There's an amazing amount of pleasure in seeing a beloved animal getting blissful while chomping the head of a tiny version of a RW maniac.

Posted by: Miss Otis on February 8, 2008 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

wow, that kitty is so spoiled he knows he doesn't even have to put up a pretense of working for it... lol.

love cat blogging fridays. look forward to next week's vid.

Posted by: linda on February 8, 2008 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

Hey...they used to make catnip toys that looked like Newt Gingrich.

Updated version may be out there, somewhere.

damn, that's an excellent idea. check out these finger puppets -- stuff 'em with some catnip and flip 'em for $$$. i'm gonna be a millionaire!!!!

http://www.philosophersguild.com/index.lasso?page_mode=Product_Detail&cat=puppet%20set&skip=2&item=0184

Posted by: linda on February 8, 2008 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

Or maybe taking a crap in a litterbox shaped like Karl Rove's head. Posted by: DanM on February 8, 2008 at 5:38 PM

How Avant Garde.

You could do a close up and call it A Turd Blossom is Born.

But I wouldn't get to see it [insert more blubbering].

Posted by: Zit on February 8, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, you've reminded me of the innovator of providing prostitutes to soldiers at war-- a God-fearing Baptist Southerner, the Confederate Civil War general, Joseph Hooker.

Posted by: Swan on February 8, 2008 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

Oops, Union general, that should have been...

Looks like I jumped the gun / assumed too quickly he'd have to be a Southerner is he was notorious whore-monger...

Well, folks, it ain't always true. Sometimes a Southerner teaches a Northerner to be a pimp.

Posted by: Swan on February 8, 2008 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

Oops, and it looks like it's a legend that Joe Hooker was a whore-monger, too. I'm a regular Shuster, today.

But hey, I said plenty of wonderful things about him. I didn't intend anything I said about him pejoratively. I should have realized some might misinterpret it that way. If anybody was offended, I apologize.

Posted by: Swan on February 8, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, this is just like Garbo Talks!

Posted by: Bobbie on February 8, 2008 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

link

Posted by: Swan on February 8, 2008 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

Swan,

Please report to the nursing station.
Time to take your meds.

Posted by: nurse ratched on February 8, 2008 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

...annnnd of course you're feeding him.

Posted by: The Other Chris on February 8, 2008 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

Still photos don't do justice to his...mmm...gentlemanly girth.

Fun, thanks!

Posted by: PTate in MN on February 8, 2008 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

Get a Mac, iMovie comes free with it...

Kevin:

If you have a PC, Windows Movie Maker is a standard part of the OS. On my XP menu, it is found at start/programs/accessories/entertainment/windows movie maker. Your mileage may vary on its location. If all else fails when looking for it, do a search on Movie Maker.

I've used WMM lots and I have few complaints. It will assemble/edit multiple avi or wmv files, (haven't tried MP4), allow for add-on audio tracks for background above/below the recorded audio from camera, provide titles, transitions, clip editing, etc. Major drawback: no way to edit the avi audio separate from the avi video except to turn down the volume. You can also insert still pics in a movie, and make the stills from frames within the movie. Email me if you want some time-saving pointers.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR on February 8, 2008 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

This is piss poor.

First, thersites questions Inkblots authenticity.

Next, Weenie fails to defend Inkblot, indeed, throws in the towell on the Presidency.

Erok asserts that it's Hillary who is feeding Inkblot.

mattstan only regrets not making the accusation first.

swan takes takes it to the next level, pimping.

A couple of weeks ago, Inkblot reflected our best hopes and dreams.

Now... he may as well be a Clinton.

Posted by: little ole jim on February 8, 2008 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

Doesn't it seem like Inkblot's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way"?

Posted by: lampwick on February 8, 2008 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

Almost lost a finger there!

Posted by: david in norcal on February 8, 2008 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK

Dint know you had a pet seal [sound], howz about puttin it on the tube?

Heh.

Posted by: Ya Know... on February 8, 2008 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

A background track [music] would be nice =)

Posted by: Ya Know... on February 8, 2008 at 10:23 PM | PERMALINK

Video link no longer work!

:-(


Can you post the full URL to it?

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on February 9, 2008 at 12:16 AM | PERMALINK

Off topic (or is it?):

I'm sitting here gorging on Mr. Kipling Cherry Bakewells. They're more gelatinous than I remember. Maybe I should move on the Bakewell Slices, which I've never had.

On to the McVitie's Hob-Nobs!!

Posted by: Anon on February 9, 2008 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

hey, no fair! i can't watch vids on-line as internet connection/speed in bangladesh (my one, anyway)is too iffy ... how about some pics?! :(

Posted by: logicat on February 9, 2008 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK

KITTY!!

Rolling around in the backyard would be adorable.

Posted by: Derannimer on February 9, 2008 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

I can no longer hold back. Inkblot is obviously my late Dexter Gordon, brother to the also late George Gordon, reincarnated. He's about the same weight (the only obese cat, save one who was also abandoned by her mother, I ever owned), has the same moves, and -- obviously -- loves to eat.

Dexter was abandoned by his fickle mother when he was not yet weaned, and I raised him and his brother on goat milk. He slept on my head every night for years and years. As a baby he had some kind of liver (?) shunt problem, and he didn't grow. The vet told us to keep him inside (I live on a farm) and baby him because he had no reserves. Dexter took that advice to heart (or maybe to butt) and developed serious reserves. He lived to a ripe old age but died of cancer. He is still deeply missed.

Watching the video of Inkblot is like having Dexter back for a short while.

Posted by: Lucy Beloungy on February 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

Good to see a happy cat...parents are doing a fine job!

Posted by: john_manyjars on February 9, 2008 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

Aww, he's so cute. He looks a little gator-ish when he's snapping at those treats.

Posted by: kc on February 9, 2008 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

I was thinking that cat looked a little thinner in the moving pictures than in the stills. How much does s/he weigh?

Posted by: phoebes on February 9, 2008 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

That's cute. Thanks for sharing that.

Posted by: cjenk415 on February 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Great looking Kitty - thanks for sharing!

Posted by: lisa on February 10, 2008 at 12:25 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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