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Something fun for this holiday weekend. You may (or may not) know that some of the most popular videos on the Internet are ones featuring cats. The well-regarded modern Walker Art Museum of Minneapolis held its first Internet Cat Video Film Festival recently featuring 70 videos of cats in t-shirts, cats pounding on pianos, etc.

With more than 70 videos, the Walker mounted a social experiment as much as a film festival. At issue was whether cat video lovers used to gorging on the clips in the privacy of their homes would do so in public — an online community of fellow aficionados interacting face to face for the first time.

‘‘It is a cultural phenomenon that raises some interesting questions,’’ said Katie Hill, the Walker program associate who first suggested the festival.

But Hill, a self-described ‘‘art historian and cat lady,’’ was quick to add: ‘‘I’m not a behavioral psychologist, I’m not a sociologist. I just think they’re funny and cute, and I think a lot of other people do, too.’’

Was it well-attended? What do you think? Read the article here in the Boston Globe.


Here's an even better link with photos and video links: http://www.examiner.com/article/over-10-000-attend-first-internet-c...


Does anyone have any favorite cat videos -- maybe cats that paint?

This post is in honor of our cat Bianca, my sweet computer cat, who died on Friday. We'll definitely miss her hi-jinks.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on September 5, 2012 at 1:57pm

Thanks, everyone. She was a sweetie. Liked to lie on the mouse when I am working here.

I thought this would be a funny post, with all of the concern about extraneous activities at the art fairs, it is sort of ironic that the Walker would hold this film festival.

Comment by Kathleen J. Clausen on September 5, 2012 at 1:42pm

Connie, sorry about Bianca.  She looks like a special cat in your picture.

Comment by Barbara Pool on September 5, 2012 at 1:04pm

Sincere condolences on the loss of your feline friend Bianca. Cats have a way of claiming places in our hearts.

Comment by Brenda Fronek on September 5, 2012 at 9:32am

Aww,,, so sorry about Bianca.

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on September 4, 2012 at 9:03pm

I will surely miss her, too.  Even though she wasn't seeing me on a regular basis I could tell she still knew me when ever I saw her.  We cat people like that in a cat.   

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