≡ Menu

About This Blog

This blog is in no way officially associated with LAPS, TinyKittens, People for Happier Cats, or any of the people officially involved with those organizations.

It is merely a labour of love and OCD from an avid follower.

Background:

I’ve watched Shelly’s live cams off and on since the Jungle kittens, but it wasn’t until Calypso and her endless pregnancy that I really started to watch regularly. By the time the multi-generational Roundup litter arrived in the summer of 2014, I was watching steadily and was hooked.

Still, it wasn’t until 2015 that I started to track information for my own use in a journal (in particular during the week that the Zoo Kittens died). It looked a little like this:
zoo kitten journal 1 zoo kitten journal tip journal

That quickly became unworkable. But a blog is a perfect tool for that kind of data gathering — I can add feeds, screencaps, embedded videos, links, and extra information easily here that expand the usefulness of the content; and everything is much more accessible and searchable.

About the content:

  • The text updates come from watching the live feeds and from text updates on the various social media pages.
  • Embedded videos come from a variety of YouTube accounts and Facebook pages (mostly Little Darling, Kimsies, Shelly, and my own) — all of the embedded videos allow you to easily go directly to the original pages for those videos and the source is indicated above or below the embedded video.
    • If no source is listed for a YouTube video that is embedded within the recaps, it’s a video I captured and uploaded to my own gwendelk YouTube account. (Little Darling’s video captures are almost always embedded in a section of their own at the end of the page since they usually cover entire visits or events.)
    • The videos that I upload are typically available in HD on YouTube. I record pretty much anything that I’m watching live or on DVR (which isn’t always everything), but I generally only upload Periscope recordings and LAPS Livestream videos — I upload TKHQ videos if I haven’t yet seen a version on Little Darling’s channel or if I have some footage Little Darling doesn’t or if I think that the HD version I have might be interesting to people….so it’s a random collection, unlike Little Darling’s pretty thorough and steady coverage. Neither of us upload videos from the VIP stream.
  • Pictures are generally screencaps taken by me from the live feeds or videos.
  • Where I can, I try to embed Facebook and Twitter content within the page, so that you can see and interact with any pictures or videos along with the post text and comments but in a format that makes it clear that it is not my own blog content. You can always click through to view the content directly on Facebook or Twitter.
  • The three “Feed” tabs at the top of the page take you to pages that feature all of the appropriate Facebook, Livestream, and Twitter feeds in one place. This is helpful if, like me, you have trouble remembering to check everything.

All content is publicly accessible.

About the updates:

  • I’m behind right now (as of February 14 — see my update post here), but my aim going forward is to create and publish each recap page within 48 hours of the end of that day. (That allows me time to capture, edit, and upload any videos I’m going to upload — when there were three rooms and three separate streams full of multiple snugglers visiting, just watching took a lot of time, let alone adding in all the rest. 48 hours also allows time for Little Darling to finish uploading any of her videos and for any other updates to trickle in for that day from other sources.)
    • The last items that generally get added to the recap pages are the videos that I upload myself. Those might be added much later, since editing and uploading the videos frequently takes a back seat to other things and it might take me weeks to get back to them. (I have several hundred GBs of videos recorded, most of which haven’t/won’t be uploaded, but there are definitely some that I have to get back to.) I won’t post notices anywhere to tell you that I’ve added a video (other than changing to update date at the bottom of a page) — if you really want to keep up on the videos that I upload as I upload them , subscribe to my gwendelk YouTube channel.
  • Notebooks representing two months of notes for these recapsThe notebooks in the picture to the right represent less than two months of recap notes, from late December 2015 to mid-February 2016. (Prior to late December, I was just scribbling on pads of paper that I would later lose track of. But I have a huge stockpile of blank notebooks that I wanted to use up so I started using them instead. The coloured pencils are used to colour-code days and special items so things are easier to track.)
    • 2 notebooks tracking the various LAPS and TK visits and videos for each day and whether I’ve watched/recorded/uploaded/whatevered each one (each notebook covers less than two months)
      tkrecaps log notebook
    • 9 notebooks containing notes from all of the visits and videos plus general notes about cam resets and whatnot (each notebook covers less than a week)
      tkrecaps daily notebook
    • 1 notebook tracking the page creation/publication
    • 1 notebook tracking general “to do” items

Here’s to getting everything back up to date. 🙂
Kitty

[Page last updated: 2016/02/14 at 19:21 PST]

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • billy bob bohunk November 13, 2015, 7:47 pm

    just wanted to say thank you for putting this blog together – it must be a labor of love to put in so much effort – it should be a valuable resource for kitten cam watchers – once again, thank you!

    • Kitty November 13, 2015, 8:32 pm

      Aw, thanks for the kind words. (And thanks for emailing through YouTube earlier — that’s what prompted me to put the contact notice up and turn on comments on this page.) I’m glad people are finding it useful. 🙂

  • Emiy December 1, 2015, 10:24 am

    I Love it, what a great website!

  • Aubrey December 11, 2015, 8:57 am

    I found this site two days ago (can’t remember how). Where have you been my whole life?! I’ve been following TKHQ since the Wizard of Oz Litter, but my heart is really with the People for Happier Cats rescues. It’s been increasingly difficult to keep up since the whirlwind of Mr. Casserole. Thank you for this labor of love–so happy to make this my homepage to check first thing every morning <3

  • Maggie Pixel January 26, 2016, 8:50 am

    Hello Kitty,

    I really appreciate the summaries you provide, it’s been very helpful in coming up to speed with these (formerly) feral friends and their devoted human rescuers. I started following this comedy/drama series with the “Miracle Kitten” Cassidy this fall, and your page has been invaluable. Thank you very much for all the work you do.

    I have some questions about your recap pages that start with: “Note: Page is still being updated.” Currently (for January) the recaps for the following dates are in this condition: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. My questions are:

    1. At what point should I stop revisiting these pages and just assume there will be no further updates? After 2 days, a week, a month, or should I wait until the “still being updated” notice is removed?

    2. When you have updated the recap, is there any way for me to tell what has been updated? Are the updates at the bottom or potentially throughout the page? If it’s throughout the page, are the updates in a different font, text/background colour, or is there some other method to identify them?

    Thanks again for your contributions to this community.

    • Kitty January 26, 2016, 12:52 pm

      Excellent questions and comments. Clearly the way I have been tackling these recaps up to now isn’t quite working out when TinyKittens and LAPS are as busy as they have been. I’m off this week and will get all of those old pages updated and the notices removed. I’m also going to be sorting out a better plan for future recaps. I’ll come back to your comment after that and answer any questions that are still not covered by the updates.

      • Maggie Pixel January 29, 2016, 7:23 am

        I just want to make it clear that I’m not trying to increase your workload in any way. Don’t let my OCD negatively influence your life 🙂

        In fact, if it would help you, I’d be glad to help in some way. Would it be useful for me to track any “Note: Page is still being updated.” and let you know if a post has slipped through the cracks for more than… a week, a month, whatever? Is there anything else I could assist with?

        • Kitty January 29, 2016, 9:15 am

          Oh, no. They were excellent and entirely appropriate comments, Maggie. I’d been getting bogged down and sidetracked for awhile and your comment was the incentive I needed to figure something else out, something to lessen my self-imposed workload. (I’ll see your OCD and raise you my own. LOL)

          I’ve pretty much decided to stop posting partial recaps and just wait until the next day to post the full thing. That way no one has to keep coming back to check on the completion status of any post and I don’t have to worry about incomplete posts. And really, this blog was never intended to be a “breaking news” live blogging kind of a thing — that’s what the Livestream chats and Facebook/Twitter posts are perfect for. This is meant to be a more permanent archive thing, to pull together the news and posts that otherwise get lost on Facebook and other social media after a few days.

          It’s going to take me a couple of weeks to go back through all of the older posts to make sure they’re all complete, but that’s less critical than starting out again as I mean to go on from here. So hopefully, other than the older posts I have to finish, you won’t encounter any more “Page is still being updated” notes. 🙂

          • Maggie Pixel January 29, 2016, 9:13 pm

            Oooh! I really like that concept. It would be both easier for you to manage, and a great resource for those people joining the community who want to know more background information.

            People wanting to use the archive will be able to go back and forth in time, and using the tags they can search by topic/space as well. People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff. OMG you’ve created a Kitty-TARDIS!

            So, if the archive is to be really useful in the long term, then it needs a great index. I’ve tried to use the tags, but I get inconsistent results: sometimes a topic is mentioned but not tagged; other times a topic is NOT mentioned but IS tagged. Here are some examples from January: Cassidy IS mentioned (untagged): 1, 2, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, and 24; Cassidy is NOT mentioned (tagged): 6 and 7. I don’t know if this is a WordPress issue or what.

            That completes my OCD quota for today. Goodnight, and thanks for the fun.

  • Deirdre Walford February 19, 2017, 9:52 pm

    Hi,

    I’d just like to thank you so much for doing these blogs and sharing them with everyone else. You have no idea how much I appreciate receiving such accurate and timely information such as the updates you have been writing during the fixations. It’s wonderful to be able to get running commentaries about how many cats have been caught/spayed/neutered and who has needed extra attention and which ones will be kept at TK for further treatment/socialization. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Leave a Comment