Gizmo – The Dog Bowl

Kickstarter : Gizmo The Pet Bowl - The friendlier and engaging pet bowl made to reflect the personality of your best friend in the simplest way.

A pet bowl? Hope this is better than that last one.

Kickstarter : Most pet bowls on the market today aren’t made to reflect the fun and spontaneous personality of our pet friends. My goal was to conceptualize and develop a pet bowl that characterizes the key attributes of a pet while still reflecting balance and elegance. Engaging and simplistic, Gizmo is a product that a pet owner would be proud to display in their home.
Well, that’s quite a load of designer-speak.

I don’t really know what any of that means, so let’s check out the picture.

Kickstarter : Bowl set $45
They’re two thin, vacuum-formed plastic bowls with a colored stripe.

I guess it’s “fun and spontaneous” because the top curves a little?

Kickstarter - From ideation to fabrication, gizmo has made quite a journey. Through concept development and establishing various design constraints, Gizmo is finally ready for production. The prototypes for the Gizmo bowl set were made at the University of Illinois at Chicago using our lathe and vacuum-forming machines.
This project is a perfect example of why I hate the word “ideation”. It’s only ever used by people who think the act of having an idea is magical and special. It’s supposed to imply that having an idea is a process that talented people have to work very hard at.

That’s all complete bullshit. Everybody has a hundred ideas every day. Having an idea is not something to be proud of. It’s not something to brag about. It’s just a thing that happens to anybody that isn’t isn’t functionally brain-dead.

The thing to be proud of is figuring out which ideas are good, Figuring out which ideas will work, Figuring out which ideas are valuable and desirable, and then (and this is the important bit) doing all the hard work to make the idea a reality.

Kickstarter - sketches of dog bowls

So before you put yourself up on a pedestal for being special and creative enough to “have an idea” and then rush to Kickstarter to unveil your idea to the world, stop and figure out if the idea is honestly better than the sea of ideas we all wade through every single day of our lives.

Because this one wasn’t.

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Cardboard Boxes for Cats

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If I wanted to choose a project to illustrate the negative stereotypes of a middle-class American. I think I would choose this one.

This is a cardboard box, specifically manufactured for cats to sit in.

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You mean the cardboard boxes I got for free that my cat absolutely loves? I should get rid of those and spend $35 (plus shipping) to buy a new cardboard box?

I’d better do it. If people saw my cat sleeping in something that wasn’t manufactured in China specifically for cats to sleep in, people might think I was poor!!!!


This project kindly suggested by reader and commenter Lee Ann Rucker

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Cat Tunes

Music for cats

You’re kidding me, he doesn’t really mean that?

I am an electronic music maker who has been able to put cats into a trance whilst they listen to my music.  I hope to create an album just for cats.

He does mean it. He’s making music for cats. He claims to have worked out mathmatically exactly what sort of music cats like.

(This project has no video, and no sample music, so I guess we’ll just have to take his word for it.)

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Ten bucks for one song? Wow. Cat Music is expensive! Who knew?

See Also :

Doggy Tunes Headphones for Dogs! Doggy Tunes — Headphones for Dogs!

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Cat Erotica. Catrotica.

  I want to Create a 2015 calendar of Cat Erotica.

This man wants to make calendar of “cat erotica” and he didn’t once use the pun “Kitty Porn”. According to his facebook, he’s doing this because a gypsy fortune teller told him to. I guess they have gypsies in Montana?

Who doesn't love a cat photo?   Now add the excitement of a tastefully placed cat teat in that photo and you got yourself some Cat Erotica.

How titillating.

A copy of this sexy calendar will set you back $25, but if that’s too rich for your blood, you can get your named tattooed on the photographer for only $10.

I’m not sure what that has to do with the project, or why you would want that, but hey, ten dollars is a bargain!

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Fun fact : , To get 10,000 names tattooed on your flesh between September 19th, and the end of December, you’d need to get 625 names per week.

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He’s off to a great start!

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Digital Ditties for Doggies.

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Yes! Finally!

Is your cat or dog stressed out? Either by loud noises, or just by the crushing ennui of having the instincts of a predator in a comfy suburban home? No problem! Play that domesticated beast some soothing tunes!

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Oh, good point. If my cat tuned the stereo to the Country station, I’d probably have him put down.

He’s going to need his own 4gb mp3 player!

For the, admittedly quite reasonable, price of $98, you can get fluffy his own mp3 player that he (or his owner) can load up with the mp3s that he likes. Hours of non-stop doggy music, without bothering his human owners!

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Rock on, pooch! Rock on.

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PawNosh – Expensive Pet Bowls

PawNosh -   A safe and sustainable step forward for pet bowls. Non-toxic, 100% recycled material, and made in the USA.

It’s a glass bowl.

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It’s a glass bowl!

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IT’S A GLASS BOWL!!!

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It’s an expensive glass bowl.

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But … this isn’t packaging. It’s a bowl. Aren’t dog bowls traditionally made of Stainless Steel? Isn’t Stainless Steel also GRAS?

But whatever, let’s not kid ourselves. If you’re really concerned about packaging material and contaminants in your dog food, the least important piece in that entire supply-chain is the bowl.

Yeah, dog food is manufactured from questionable ingredients and then spends months in a plastic-lined sack or can of dubious quality, but I can feel good about it, because I’ve paid big bucks for a nice bowl to hold the food for its final sixty seconds.

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Oh good. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been burned by counterfeit bowls.

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Is Kickstarter trolling me?

I'm making a photography book of my kittens sleeping. Help me!
I must be dreaming.
 After a long day of work, what is more rewarding than coming home to adorable cats who are fast asleep and snuggly? I'd like to pull together a book of photos and share them with you!

This woman wants $300 to take a bunch of photographs of her cats! Photographs of her cats!

Is she so out of her mind that she honestly thinks that we will pay money for pictures of her cats? Maybe she thinks we don’t know where to find cat photos? Could she possibly be so mind-boggling out of touch with reality that she thinks amateur cat photos are a rare and valuable item? Could she possibly be so vapid that when she looks at her cats she thinks “My cats are cute! That’s so original!”

Is she harboring a secret hope that these photos will become so popular that she’ll forever be known as “The Artist Who Takes Photos of Cats”?

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It’s made all the more mystifying by the one and only example photo included in the project page. It’s not a good photo, and it’s not particularly cute by cat standards. When she was posting this project did she believe that this photo was so spectacular that it would speak for itself and we’d just start throwing money at her?

No, I have to assume that this project is a cover for some mafia money-laundering scheme. At the last moment it’ll be funded with a million dollars of stolen drug money, and then she’ll withdraw the money into a numbered account in a Swiss bank.

That’s the only explanation that doesn’t make my head hurt.

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Watch your tail.

“Tailly”, the tail that wags when you get excited

This project needs £60,000 (About $95k) to build electronic tails for people to wear.

Sure, we’ve all wished that we had a long fluffy tail to let people around us know if we were excited or not, but evolution didn’t give us one! Now technology has solved that problem!

Fantastic! …but, where could I wear such a thing?

Yes, of course. Exactly what I need on a date is something that tells the world if my heart rate goes up.

Incidentally, it’s really only going to “Add a level of communication” if you and your date spend the evening staring at each others’ butts.

Who invented this crazy thing anyway?

Of course. Here he is wearing his other invention : Necomimi, the cat ears that move according to your brainwaves.

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