Today is the big day with a blackout across major sites on the internet but I’m not going to talk about that really. I came across the rather excellent the Oatmeal anti SOPA page earlier and I have to say it’s the first site to really spell things out in simple language for people. (Of course it’s the oatmeal so you may find it offensive if you do click on through)
This got me in turn thinking about things I’ve done and what do you know I would potentially have one of my sites shut down (or should I say cat’s sites) if SOPA came into being.
It’s a non for profit site and a bit of a labour of love it is of course the page of Squishy The Cat.
He has appeared in a number of movie poster / parodies and if SOPA / PIPA came into power and someone takes offence / feels the parody works are infringing on copyright then hey presto the site could be gone in a second. This would make Squishy very sad and we don’t want that do we? I’ve had a load of people thank me for bringing a smile to their faces and so many nice comments from complete strangers on the internet it’d really sadden me that this could just be wiped of the face of the earth without any due process if the laws are made.
Squishy doesn’t normally make serious posts apart from his political campaigns but that’s another story but he spoke out earlier on the Squishy the Cat Facebook page
Those who know me probably think I’m some kinda cat obsessed maniac of some sort and I guess you might be slightly right. 3 years ago give or take a few months my wife wanted a cat and we got Yoda (stage name Squishy). I was never a big fan of cats growing up I have to be honest so it came as a rather major surprise to like the little guy so much. 3 years on we’ve clocked a lot of miles and done a lot of work together (working from home and himself being an indoor cat means we’ve spent much of those 3 years together).
Squishy has his own facebook page now with 300+ followers which I find highly amusing but that’ll be another blog post another day and that isn’t exactly where I’m going with this post.
One of the things I do for Blacknight is try to come up with some interesting graphics / imagery for their blog posts / newsletters / campaigns. For these I’ve used pictures of Squishy as well as other stock imagery of cats / dogs and so on.
An example of one of the graphics would be:
But this got me thinking. I have a strong dislike/fear of spiders (arachnophobia) so obviously I wouldn’t like to see them used on a blog post. I know a few people have a dislike of cats and dogs (I know I was shocked too).
So I ended up running a little poll a few weeks back to see just what peoples reactions are. I mentioned it on Twitter / facebook and maybe one or two other locations and I ended up getting just shy of 90 votes which I was quite happy about. (Thanks everyone who took the time to vote)
Pretty crazy stats … 14% are cat people vrs 53% being doggy people. Both was included as an option as well and taking that into account (30% liking both) that’ll make 44% of people being cat people vrs 83% being doggy people.
Of course this is a pretty small set of people in the poll (probably mostly my peer group as well I would guess) but still 83% vrs 44% means the next adverts I’ll be running may be more dog orientated (if I do end up using an animal).
So there you have it … if you’re a creative and thinking of using cats or dogs in any advertising you’re going to be doing maybe think twice. Do you dislike one or the other ? Would seeing a cat / dog in an advert make you smile or turn you off the ad?
So its been a week or so since my last post but I’ve got my excuses lots has been happening. I was in Morocco for one and had a great time. Shutting down completely for a few days from online life is definitely to be recommended from time to time. Are we too connected sometimes .. yes .. yes we are.
The worst thing about coming back from holidays where you shut off is the amount of catching up you have to do especially when you’re a freelancer but thats going somewhere else that I don’t want to go with this post and a post on Fes in Morocco and my trip will be coming up shortly… So without further ado here we have my latest contribution to the Squishy The Cat / Catatar dynasty meet Borcat:D
Out with the old and in with the new so to speak … I have recently been making some decisions … I find that my time is less than productive when on Twitter though it is a good release for me working from a home office. I’ve also found that I was spending more and more time on Mafia Wars on Facebook … sure its just 10 seconds here 10 seconds there .. and pretty soon its 20 minutes – 30 minutes over the course of the day.
But what to do what to do .. I ended up setting up a facebook page for my cat … sad … no he doesn’t think so at all :D
What started rather silly has become a minor fun obsession for me for Example one of the first ones I created was:
Ah well if you fancy becoming a fan of his page you can go on over to http://www.facebook.com/catatar I couldn’t get Squishy (before you ask its my nickname for him his real name is Yoda.