37 thoughts on “And Now, Another Installment of Cheap Amusement Theater

  1. no idea the music but nice bassline. I love laser pointer and my cat. Very fun until he gets bored and just stares at me instead of the light.

  2. That almost beats a night in the woods, with campfire, soap bubbles, laser pointer, and a bunch of hippies.

    I *think* that might have been the night we melted the booze bottle but I’m not sure.

    Why yes, as a matter of fact alcohol was involved, why do you ask?

  3. I can’t figure out the tune either, but it doesn’t matter, cat + pointer = LOL I watched(and listened) multiple times and I figure my giggling kept me from figuring out the music.

  4. O Great Scalzi, the Executive Committee DEMANDS a video clip of Her Most Glorious Perfection RIGHT NOW.

    Go ahead, you know you want to do it.

    The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

    PS – If you wish, you may repost the segment you did on By The Way so long ago. But a new one, say about 15 minutes long, would really help you get another The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club Seal of Approval Award.

  5. I think one of the interesting things about the video is that in a couple of spots you can actually hear Zeus purr, which is impressive because he’s several feet away from me at the time.

  6. We have friends who swore that doing this caused their cat to have a psychotic break.

    Of course, bacon may be some sort of psychotropic.

  7. I used to be able to do this with my brother.. but doing it with a cat is about equal on the amusement level. And the cat is cuter.

  8. He’s never gonna tell us who the winner of the duck contest is. He isnt even pretending to care anymore.

  9. The Catina is much lazier than that. She goes all hunter-killer and then… flops over and sort of enhs her way to the pointer. Physically dragging herself along the carpet because it is too much effort to stand.

    I do love that if I put the dot on a paw, her immediate reaction is to pounce harder!. Because that’s how it works. Glad to see Zeus does the same.

    On the other hand, my first experience with a green laser pointer did incapacitate me for a nontrivial amount of time. It was green! I couldn’t stop staring, nor even think!

  10. I love how Kodi’s like “what’s this? Oh, just a laser pointer. You dumb cat.”

    My rabbit is rather insistent that laser pointers are so not funny, man. The way he acts around them, you’d think he was worried about a hit out on him or something.

  11. There was music playing in the background? Oh crap. I’m deaf. Did you HEAR ME!? DEAF I tell you!

  12. I think the music playing in the background was perhaps — just perhaps — the opening of a song that Our Gracious Host linked to via YouTube a few months back. It’s a bit soft, and difficult to tell if it’s an artifact, but I’d guess “Major Tom” by Peter Schilling.

  13. Music? All I heard was an excerpt from John Cage’s composition “4:33″.
    Cute cat though. If you like cats. Which I don’t.

  14. I used to be able to get Ember (one of the cats at my regular comic book store) to go in circles like that, with a laser pointer. She got wise to it pretty quickly, though.

  15. I love that you have that compulsion to “tap” or “touch” the cat with the laser when he’s looking the wrong way. I do that too. Sad, ain’t it?

  16. It’s always funny to spin them around till they get dizzy. When they stop, their heads wobble back and forth. :)

    One of my dogs is crazy for the lazy point. Heck, he’ll even chase a flashlight beam. Of course, he’s a herding dog, and they’re a little obsessive.

  17. Next time run the lazer dot across the floor and up the wall. My result is either a cat trying the climb the wall or planting his face in it, either one leaves me laughing and the cat trying to regain his dignity.

  18. I could hear the bass line which was nice but not any recognizable melody. And at about :22 I definitely hear Zeus purring.

    We have a laser pointer but we only bring it out on rare occasions. 5 Maine Coons on a destructive rampage to hunt down and kill the red dot is not always a pleasant site. The big males tend to bulldoze past the smaller ones with enough brutality to lift them off the carpet. And every time they eventually come to a halt and look up at the pointer in my wife’s hand. They KNOW. We put it away before they come after us.

  19. I didn’t hear any music, either! Are we all ready for AARP??
    I did, however, hear the cat purring–I just thought it was my stomach!

    Used to do that with my bulldog long ago, until one night when we waved the flashlight on the couch arm, she LUNGED for it and smacked her chest right into the couch, and then fell to the ground squealing and nearly knocked herself out. Bad, bad dog mommy!

  20. I tried that with my cat. He took a quick sniff, apparently decided it was inedible and resumed holding the carpet down..

  21. I could hear some bass in the background, but that was all. Also, I bought one of those laser pointer things for Spot last month. His reaction was sort of, “Oh, well, that’s nice.” Then he ignored it. Subsequent attempts have generated no different results. Heck, I have more fun with it than the cat does.

  22. Hmm . . . I didn’t hear any music either, there was a little “ticking” sound, but unless that was part of a long Pink Floyd song intro, it didn’t sound like anything familiar.

  23. Nice vid. My guess for the music (based only on the bass that I could hear) is Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up….?

  24. I fear that this type of laser-pointer hijinks is what will eventually spur the feline species to evolve above us.

  25. I turned the sound up really high and I could only barely hear the bass bit. The cats paw hitting the carpet was fairly loud, though.

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