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Sep 23, 2008

Here's the deal.

First, Guy finds kitten outside his flat.

Next, Guy photographs the kitteh's development, including Kitteh discovering sunbeams (Rule #40)

Many, many cute photos ensue.

Photos get sent to C.O. (Natch).




It's OK, little dude, sunbeams are niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.


It's about time we sent out a schweet new desktop image, Sender-Inner Josh N. GREAT photos, Mescal. :D

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I like the outstretched kitten paw. In my house, it is called "The Craw."

(the original) Mel
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:24 AM

That last picture is stunning. What a beautiful kitten.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:26 AM

How the heck am I supposed to concentrate on work now?

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:27 AM

What a beautiful little bebeh! Look at those brilliant eyes!!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:28 AM


 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:29 AM

I'm in wuv. I can has kitteh plz?

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:34 AM

Those eyes!!!!!!!! Guy finding a bebeh and doing the right things = luff. Oh and Barley - what a perfect name for his color.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:35 AM

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:37 AM

Can we get a higher resoloooooshun? I <3 the desktop pic idear. :) Thanks, Meggy Meg Meg!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:41 AM

" Whats at the top of a sunbeam, where does a sunbeam go,
Right at the top
Theres a Candy shop,
My Mother told me so."

Hon Glad
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:45 AM

Kitten and sunbeams! Is this heaven?

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:45 AM

Awright, when is that CO dating site going live? Guy rescues kitten? Takes awesome photos? Whatever his orientation, I'm sure there are lots of takers.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:47 AM

OK, this is honestly the first time I have felt the urge to snatch up something from C.O. and put it my mouf.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:48 AM

This is so cute I'm actually feeling a pain in my chest! *killed by adorable kitten-ness*

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 09:59 AM

awww.... the stretched paw is sooo cute! and those eyes! :)

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:00 AM

No kitteh, do not go into the light! You still got 9 whole lives ahead of you!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:01 AM

the craw! I love it!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

p.s. This is the first time I've seen a cat with red nose.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:11 AM

OMG PRECIOUS!!! PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!! i'm goingk to pass OUT!!!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:14 AM

if Mescal reads this, a better way to discourage biting is to screech like a little girl when bit.

Cats seem to echo more than react, if that makes sense.

If you yell at them, they just get angry in an echo responce.

If you screech and show "scaredy" emotion, they'll get scared and back away.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:17 AM

stunning photos. am now very curious to see guy who took those.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:19 AM

You all have GOT to go through the thread with all these pictures. some of these shots are just stunning.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:29 AM

@Mel, Not "craw"-- "craw"!

Are we sure the light doesn't *emanate* from this kitten? I think it does.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:35 AM

@Leslie .. it happens to all of us eventually.
This is a truly beautiful kitten. I wish I could see the other photos but it's filtered.. I will have to take a look at home.

Mary (the first)
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

..and thus begins a beautiful relationship of lounging in the warm sun.


 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Beautiful eyes on that kitty!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Don't tell my own cat this but I have secretly replaced my computer desktop background of my own cat with the picture of the outstretched mini-paw action. Let's watch...
Yesh...savory richness...pawpad deliciousness...sunbeam purrfection. Yes, I said purrfection, and I'll say it again if necessary.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Guys, I think we did something wrong. In the SA thread:

"Robot Chicken posted:

God drat cute overload, rear end in a top hat. Never post pictures of her again. emot-crying.gif"

Rear end in a top hat? LOL!

Space Cowgirl
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Stunning pictures! This little one has great eyes.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:12 AM

I have kittens, but none are this cute!!

Is ded frm the QT!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:28 AM

@Space Cowgirl:

Does that make us Asshats?!?!

(the original) Mel
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

What worked for me was to stop doing whatever it was the cat wanted me to do and completely ignore him. He eventually got the idea that if he didn't bite me, I would continue to pat/brush/play with/snorgle him.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I wish someone would find the directory of all the pictures he has up, since so many come up as bad on the forum.

It should be said that the forum is probably NSFW in some instances.

I am dying from the adorablenessess

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM

The last photo has a mesmerizing Cheshire-Cat-esque quality, as if his wee head is floating.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Normally I'm a dog person, but I make exceptions for selected cats - have even been owned by a couple - but this one made me squee out loud and say AWWW! A passing neighbor's cat actually looked in my open doorway to see what was up...

Boomer's Babysitter
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM


Man these pictures are so great! I <3 Them.

I wish I had a kitty :(

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:16 PM

oh man, work filter won't let me go to site of other pics...
can someone just tell me, although it is implied, the guy kept the kitteh???

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:25 PM

It's weird reading a thread that (I think) has been edited. It's like reading a book with missing pages.

That having been said, I will need to be revived after that first COXCU. That kitteh is BEYOND prosh!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:34 PM

I have no where to upload it to, but I found that the first pic enlarged in Photoshop with very little distortion using the "bicubic smoother"- I have mine at 1280x1024 and looking good. Anyone know a free place where I could send it to share? Or anyone have an email I can send it to so they can distribute it? (I assume that the original photographer won't mind this, but perhaps I should ask...)

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:35 PM

There is now no further need for those performing Transcendental Meditation to use the focus term "Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmm". All they need do is look into this kitty's eyes & the sunbeam.

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 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:36 PM

After reading half the thread so far, it seems the guy has a wife/girlfriend. And a dog that the kitty loves to pieces.

And it appears he's a photographer, so that explains how he's been able to get such amazing shots. Like the yawn.

Ceejoe, he kept the kitty and named him Barley.

warrior rabbit
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Those photos are beautiful and that kitty is now an adult cat. But still beautiful.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Space Cowgirl etc. -- re: weird comment about Cute Overload -- not to worry. It wasn't the guy who's been posting about Barley the kitten (now cat), it was some other troll who later went & took back what s/he wrote.

Also, it looks like SomethingAwful does automatic text substitution in its forums; "drat" = damn, "rear end in a top hat" = @$$hole, etc. Kinda funny, considering the message that shows up automatically, if somebody edits a comment (it includes the F-bomb).

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Amazing photos - streeeech!

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Aw, the last kitten I had was my now-12-year-old crabby tabby. I don't have room for another kitty. WANT KITTEN NOW.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 01:03 PM

Theo, I noticed that, too (and the edit notation). My fave was 'gentle caress.' LOL. It lends a madlibs feel to the whole thread, actually.

warrior rabbit
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 01:14 PM

Here's the higher resolution wallpaper. Enjoy :D


Josh N
 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 01:20 PM

Zanna -- I know what you're talking about, but I still think a "bicubic smoother" sounds like an expensive spa treatment. With lasers.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 01:20 PM

Josh N for the win!


 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 01:21 PM

I've had that as a desktop for almost two years now. C'mon, CO, you can do better than this.

 |  Sep 23, 2008 at 01:31 PM

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