My End-of-the-World Sweater

12 Dec

Guys, there’s a lot on all our plates right now.  It’s the end of the year.  It’s the week The Hobbit gets released. It’s right before the week when we may or may not see the world end again.  

What I’m saying is, it’s a big time.  A big deal.  Feel the power.

Also, I just found this:

It's a thing of beauty.

It’s a thing of beauty.

Is that a sweatshirt with a digital print of a cat wearing a crown and cloak as king of the galaxy, you ask? Why, yes it is.  And it could be mine on eBay for about thirty American dollars.  At a time when everyone is focused on hauling out their ugly Christmas sweaters for prizes, I must beg the question: shouldn’t we all be more concerned about locating an appropriate sweater for the end of the world?  It may or may not be swiftly approaching.

Well anyway, I found mine.  

I’m going to want to have this sweatshirt on so that if any part of me is preserved by future races, they believe it’s an artifact proving ancient Americans worshiped space cats.   And if the world doesn’t end, I might want to consider going in to 2013 in style.  After all, Stacy London was just co-host on Anderson Live, and she said cat sweaters are in.

No really, she did.  Here is proof:

cat sweaters

Those are cat sweaters on national television, people.  They’re in.

So now I have to add this ‘to get the cat sweater or not to get the cat sweater’ to my list of to-do’s, which is already stacked to the brim with Christmas-related activities.  And then once I finish the Christmas-related activities, it will be time to reflect on 2012 and figure out what I want to do in 2013. 

Unless the world ends before Christmas, which would be great because then I wouldn’t have to pay my credit card bill. Or try to figure out if I’m destined to be a cat sweater owner in 2013.

Best of luck to all of you as we enter the Christmas home stretch/the beginning of a cat sweater fashion era/the end of the world.  

May the holy royal space cats be with us. 

Hey! I adopted another blog pet.  It’s okay; you’ll always be my favorite.  But this week I wrote my first article as a contributor over at the freshly made VStheUniverse, which is a group of folks who are dedicated to celebrating all that is nerdalicious.  I argued for why everyone should go see The Hobbit in 48fps format instead of the standard 24fps. Hey, like I said – it’s nerdy.  Go check it out here if you’d like.  End transmission.
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30 Responses to “My End-of-the-World Sweater”

  1. ilovethedangerindistance December 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Please tell me you ended up buying the cat sweater!? It’s seriously one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      Well first I have to see if I get any cat-related clothing for Christmas. If not, it’s then time to pounce on this. AHAHAHA POUNCE. POUNCE!

      Ugh.

  2. knotrune December 13, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Yes, if you’re still undecided here’s another vote that you should get the cat sweater! But which colour…? 🙂

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      blue for sure. don’t you think? or maybe the red is more kingly. oh man.

  3. breezyk December 13, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    How is this even a question?? Buy it!

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      Because buying clothes with cats on them is the only remaining difference between me and crazy.

  4. Wazeau December 13, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I wonder if I can beat you to that sweater!

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      what color you thinkin? I’m thinkin blue.

  5. Dyl December 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    GET THE CAT SWEATER. I need a cat sweater so bad. It is on the top of my Christmas list. It will go perfectly with my cat bracelet. Onward to crazy cat lady status!!!

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      there are cat bracelets!?

      • Dyl December 21, 2012 at 12:04 am #

        Yes, and I own one. A picture to be posted to my blog soon-I’ll let ya know. Cat accessory love needs to be shared!

  6. thesinglecell December 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    That sweater is terrifying. You are the only person I “know” who could pull it off. And by “pull it off, “I mean put it on.

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      I don’t know that I can pull it off. This might be the last straw for those who have been waiting for a final sign of my going off the deep end.

  7. Jules December 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    It’s like a self fulfilling prophecy. You truly are a crazy cat lady. 😛

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      oh you’re right. I’m doing myself in here. Must. Resist. Cat. Sweater.

  8. Erin Schmalfeld December 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    ITS SO BEAUTIFUL. I’m ready to quit my job and start worshipping that sweater full-time.

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      okay but you’ll have to tithe so maybe just drop down to part time.

  9. Samantha December 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Please buy the kitty sweater.

    P.S. I really like Anderson’s kitty sweater. 😀

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      I actually kind of like Stacy’s. Or maybe I’m just used to it after staring at it for so long.

      I don’t know what to believe anymore.

  10. natelowrie December 14, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Because Jeremy dragged me into the 48fps debate, here’s my take. I couldn’t comment on the linked page….

    What I really dislike is the growing number of people who have this attitude: “If you resist 48fps, then you are as bad as the people who resisted color or sound being introduced to film.” In my opinion the analogy is deeply flawed. What separates a movie (film-that-is-art) from normal video (security camera footage, home video, really anything without directorial craftsmanship) is the intentional aesthetics that contribute to the message that the film is attempting to convey to the audience. This message can be anything from a visual message to an ideological message, or even a statement on the nature of the universe or mankind.  Normal video, on the other hand, seeks to portray events exactly as you would see in real life.  This distinct difference plays a big role in how we perceive particular footage.

    All of the elements that go into film (lighting, makeup, color palate, performance, etc.) contribute to the conveyance of it’s core message; they are building blocks for the construction of the larger whole. Framerate is just another building block. Like color or sound, the director has a CHOICE as to whether or not to include these elements in any given scene. Some scenes benefit from an absence of sound or color, but often sound and color are better choices because as humans we only have so many senses to perceive stimuli. The same can be said for higher or lower framerate. Directors should have as many tools at their disposal to play with as possible when they create there movie (art), and I approve of the industry being given the option of shooting/projecting movies/scenes at 48fps.

    What I whole-heartedly reject is the perceived notion that 48fps is a superior experience and every movie going forward that isn’t shot at 48fps is somehow inferior. 48fps isn’t universally superior to 24fps or 30fps.  The primary advantage argument of 48fps is that because more frames are present, the blurriness of action is reduced and the overall clarity is increased. However, a lack of motion blur is often something that a director often doesn’t want, which is something we beginning to see with The Hobbit. When too much motion blur is removed, the ‘uncanny valley’ effect happens.  While 48fps looks CLOSER to what our eyes actually see every day, it still isn’t an exact matchup.  This is the same reason why ultra-photorealistic computer animation (especially of humans) can be so unsettling; it’s ALMOST real, but not quite. Coincidentally, because of this very effect, many video games (which have extreme frame-rates) are now opting for a more stylized artistic presentation than for photorealism.

    The main advantages motion blur offers relates to oneiric film theory in that films have a dreamlike quality. Nothing we ever see on screen is going to quite match the physical reality of the world outside the screen. Many film theorists posit that the immersion is equally derived from the engaging stories and characters and the visual aesthetics of film, specifically framerate. We consciously know that film is false; just a shadow on a wall, an illusory trick of light. Therefore, film does not assault the mind on the conscious level on the false premise that it is “real,”; it instead goes for directly to our emotional center, the limbic system. So in a medium that chiefly operates as a circumvention of realism, is attempting to approach hyper-realism the “superior way to craft a film?”

    In my opinion, the answer of “yes” to this question would be quite rare.  Based on the mixed reviews of the experience we are hearing about, I am sure many people are asking themselves the same thing, even if they don’t fully realize why they don’t like the style.  So, while 48fps is technically superior to 24fps, because of the way the human mind perceives the world, it is regarded as inferior or different.  While I believe it will be a useful tool for conveying certain aspects of a scene, I also believe that because of the human perception it will be relegated as a small or failed footnote in film history.  Remember, perception is reality.

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      I’m certainly not claiming that 48fps is a superior experience. I’m just claiming that folks should go see it and weigh in. In your next to the last paragraph there, I would just say that approaching hyper-realism *can* be a superior way to craft a film. It depends on the subject matter (c.f., The Blair Witch Project). 48fps may just go away and we may look back at it with a laugh but I tip my hat to anyone who is looking to increase the number of tools in the filmmaking toolbox and is bold enough to experiment in a time when box office numbers make or break everyone involved in the process.

  11. 1daughter December 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Fabulous sweater, especially the with the blue cloaked Kitty. Merry Christmas/Happy Year of the Sweater Cat/Happy End of the World!

    • Jackie December 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      Year of the Sweater Cat = perfect. You too 🙂

  12. cheriedear December 28, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    So…magical…shall not buy…will not buy…where can i buy it?

    • Jackie December 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      ahaha I don’t know whether to get you to a support group or enable you. Like myself

  13. Read Stuff With Me! January 10, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    Hey just out of curiosity…are these cat sweaters really in? 😉

    • Jackie January 23, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Do iiiiit. Buy iiiiit. 😛

  14. The Owls Meow February 12, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee send me a link to where I can find these

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