Cat Interlude

Greetings once again from the neon streets of Tokyo. The TBLI conference is in full swing here and that means yours truely is working hard to make sure technology works during this two day event. Therefore I shall interrupt the serious citizen journalism with a little interlude worthy of the worst and most distracting entertainment websites on the internet today. Yes as of this post, I too am guilty of promoting cat humor.

The following is what I believe to be a very unique cultural experience here in Tokyo, a place where those who cannot or do not own cats can pay a small fee and go spend time in a wonderland of felines.  Here they can sit for hours just watching cats or actively petting and playing with them.  Why? Who cares? All these questions are valid, and as your intrepid reporter, I considered these questions.  With help from my Japan anthropologist friend Semisara, here is what we learned in the form of a video entry.


  1. Giulio
    May 28, 2010

    Brilliant piece Mark, but you say that you ‘believe to be a very unique cultural experience’.

    Something is either ‘unique’ or not. It cannot be very unique, slightly unique or partially unique.

    . . . sorry

  2. bicyclemark
    May 29, 2010

    I disagree with many language rules and conventions.. one of them being that I can’t say very unique.. in my brief life I have found things that are more than unique, unique, and the scale moves towards common from there. Sooo my good man, no need to apologize, on my site, I abuse language when it suits me 🙂

  3. June 2, 2010

    awesome place! thanks for video tour!

    I also strongly agree with BM here, Giulio – Language is just a tool like any other. Common rules of it’s usage shouldn’t ever limit freedom of how to apply it.

    (Especially on privately hosted blog. 🙂

    .. same way as I often and intentionally switch fork and knife depending on the content of my plate 🙂

  4. Giulio
    June 2, 2010

    Happy that everybody likes the piece, but please allow me the right to campaign against grammatical relativism . . .

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