Ginger Cat is Local Star for Stealing Hundreds of Toys and Presenting Them Sweetly to Neighbors:
Photos: (Left) Ingrid Moyle, (right) Kay McCall
A cat burglar and kleptocat, has stolen the hearts of Australians after becoming an internet celebrity for his relentless robbing of locals and their toys. Kay McCall and her husband were moving into a new apartment last year in Ferny Hills, near Brisbane, when they met a ginger cat who hopped over the fence looking for a head pat and chin scratches. It became an enjoyable daily encounter, but as the visits continued they began to notice an accumulation of toys in their yard. They caught the cat in the act and found out that he was stealing toys from other homes in the area. The pair then took to Facebook to post about the event where Ingrid Moyle, a resident in the neighborhood that fostered animals, offered to take care of the cat. Kylo now chooses a toy and drags it up the stairs to their bedroom, where he presents it to his new mother while she is presumably trying to sleep. He then runs off to get another one. Since the happy ending, the Pirate Kitty fan base has asserted that Kylo actually now owns Moyle, rather than the other way around and everyone looks forward to new posts about the cat’s mischief in the Ferny Hills home.
With the Blink of An Eye, Even the Paralyzed Can Play Musical Instruments:
EyeHarp / YouTube
While many say the eyes are the windows of the soul, a Greek music professor sees them as windows of soul music… rock, electronica, or jazz. Zacharias Vamvakousis is the creative mastermind behind EyeHarp, and while he missed the opportunity to call it “EyeTunes,” his new digital musical instrument is allowing hundreds of quadriplegics to create music using only their eyes. The EyeHarp was created because one of his friends got into a motorcycle accident that left him heavily disabled. On the device, screen notes appear in a color-coded wheelset to pentatonic or heptatonic scales and are selected for sonification by the user’s gaze. The same note as the one previously selected will remain on the screen for fast power riffing, or another can be chosen. To help students learn, visual aid in the form of a circle will drag across the screen to direct the gaze at the next correct note but can be turned off so that disabled people can go through the rigors of practice that anyone trying to learn an instrument have to suffer. Over 650 people are currently using the EyeHarp and this new technology has given quadriplegics new hope and a chance to find purpose through music.
Shoes Made From Coffee Grounds and Recycled Plastic Bottles Are Not Only Waterproof But Super Comfy:
Your morning coffee could be used to make a pair of sneakers, a Finnish startup reveals. Rens makes new kicks from old coffee, cutting back on waste in terms of space in landfills and methane emissions. 5,000 backers pledged over $500,000 to see the sneaker come to life, which uses up 21 cups of coffee and 6 recycled plastic bottles in each pair of shoes. Rens come in 9 different colors and are waterproof and super comfy. Furthermore, the shoes absorb odors, and they are designed to be slipped off and on easily. So far 250,000 water bottles and 750,000 cups of coffee have been turned into these shoes. The coffee grounds are combined in a low-heat environment with recycled plastic to create a coffee yarn to spin into the shoe's upper section, while recycled plastic accounts for the other components, and milky tree sap that biodegrades creates the outer sole. Not only are the shoes made out of recyclable materials, but even if they are thrown out, they will be able to break down quickly and return to the Earth.