Thursday, December 29, 2005

Cat C

Mike Linksvayer wrote on his Blog that Wikipedia belongs to The Anti-Authoritarian Age.
I tend to agree with him. I think this anti-authoritarian problem will worsen in the near future since Web 2.0 is about micro-contents that are torn from the original article - so that the author's intention and even the author's name are forgotten at the end of the day.

Mike Linksvayer expressed on his Blog his appreciation to encyclopedias. I left him the following note:

It looks like you appreciate encyclopedias a little too much. IMO they are old macro content monsters that have to be shattered to atoms of knowledge and rearranged according to users needs.

So here's an example to what I mean by the term "atoms of knowledge".

I took from Wikipedia titles starting with the letter C and manipulated them with QT/Search so that all the superfluous information vanished and all the relevant information appeared on one page, saving the user the need to click links in order to get it.

Results for California Spangled - California Spangled Cat
o The California Spangled Cat is a breed of cat.They were bred to resemble spotted wildcats, like the endangered species ocelot and leopard.
o California Spangled Cats are a crossbreed of many strains of cat.Despite their wild appearance, they are completely domestic.

Results for Caracal - Caracal
o The Caracal, also called Persian lynx or "African lynx"(Caracal caracal, sometimes Felis caracal), is a medium-sized wild cat.Caracals are labeled as small cats, but are the heaviest of all small cats, as well as the fastest. The caracal resembles a lynx and is related to this genus.The Caracal is 65 cm in length (about 2 ft), plus 30 cm tail (about 1 foot).It has longer legs and a slimmer appearance than a lynx. The colour of the fur is variable: it may be wine-red, grey or sand-coloured.
o Young caracals bear reddish spots on the underside; adults do not have markings except for black spots above the eyes. The most conspicuous feature of the caracal are its long, tufted black ears, which also explain the origin of its name--"karakulak", Turkish for "black ear".Their ears are controlled by 20 different muscles, to help them find their prey. The tufts of fur help pinpoint their prey.
o They are solitary, or paired, territorial cats. A caracal may survive without drinking for a long period - the water demand is satisified with the body fluids of the prey.It hunts at night (but in colder seasons also in the daytime) for rodents and hares; rarely it may even attack a gazelle, a small antelope or a young ostrich. They are picky eaters, and discard the internal organs of the mammals they catch, partially pluck the fur off of hyraxes and larger kills, and avoid eating hair by shearing meat neatly from the skin.
o But they will eat the feathers of small birds and are tolerant of rotten meat. They are most well-known for their skill with hunting birds; a caracal is able to snatch a bird in flight, sometimes more than one at a time.Caracals can jump and climb exceptionally well, which enables it to catch hyraxes better than probably any other carnivore. Their life expectancy in the wild is 12 years, or 17 years in captivity.
o Caracals are almost impossible to see in the wild, not because there are very few of them, but because they hide extremely well. Game drives in countries such as Kenya and Botswana widely encounter other animals, but a sighting of a caracal is extremely rare.
o The caracal has been hybridised with the domestic cat.I Kusminych and A Pawlowa reported a caracal/domestic hybrid cat at Moscow Zoo ("Ein Bastard von Karakal Hauskatze im Moskauer Zoo" in Der Zoologische Garten Vol. 68, No. 4 (1998)).

Results for Cat body language - Cat body language
o A small catalogue of cat body language signals.

Results for Cat Fanciers Association
1. - Cat Fanciers' Association
o The Cat Fanciers' Association is, an American non-profit organization, is the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats.The CFA's stated mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of all cats. - York Chocolate cat
o The York Chocolate cat is a new American breed of show cat, with a long, fluffy coat and a plumed tail.The first part of its name is taken from New York state, where it was bred in 1983. This breed was created by colour-selecting domestic longhaired cats, and as the name suggests, all members of this breed are solid chocolate or lavender, solid chocolate and white, or lavender and white (see bicolor cat).The breed is not yet widely recognized by breeders and the Cat Fanciers' Association. - Turkish Van
o The first Vans were brought to the United States in 1982 and accepted into championship for showing in the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 1994.Since then, CFA has registered approximately 100 Vans born each year in the US, making them one of the rarest cat breeds.However, the gene pool thrives because it still uses Vans imported from Turkey. Imported Vans have no human breeding intervention and are quite robust. - American Curl
o The American Curl is a breed of cat with unusual ears.The ears curl back from the face in a smooth arc toward the center of the back of the skull; they are otherwise perfectly normal cats. The breed is the result of a spontaneous mutation which occurred in a cat in California in 1981.The first cat, a black female domestic cat, was found and taken in by the Ruga family who named her Shulamith.All American Curls descend from her, the foundation female. In 1983, the first American Curl was exhibited at a cat show, and in 1987, the longhair American Curl was given championship status by The International Cat Association (TICA).In 1993, the American Curl set a precedent in the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) by being the first breed to be admitted to the Championship Class as one breed with two coat lengths.The American Curl is a medium size cat with no health handicaps associated with the curled ears.They are strong, healthy cats remarkably free of genetic defects that affect many purebred cats. The American Curl may have either curled ears or straight ears.

Results for Cat flap - Flap
o A cat flap is a hinged flap to allow a cat to enter and leave a room
Results for Catamount - Puma
o It is more closely related to the common house cat than to the african lion. It is also known by the regional names of cougar, mountain lion, panther, catamount, and painted cat.The word puma comes from the Quechua language. In North America, particularly the United States, panther by itself refers to a puma, although the term black panther is more commonly associated with the melanistic variants of leopards or jaguars rather than pumas. - Big cat
o Puma (other names: catamount, cougar, mountain lion, painted cat, panther) (North and South America) - Western Carolina University
o The university mascot is a catamount, a fictional feline animal normally resembling a mountain lion or cougar.

Results for Catfight - Catfight
o A catfight is, by literal definition, a physical clash between two cats.
o More often, the term 'catfight' is used as a slang term for a physical altercation between two women, usually young adults or teenagers.It is stereotyped as involving slapping, scratching, hair-pulling, and sometimes biting as opposed to punching or kicking. It can also be used to describe two human females insulting one another verbally, or being unpleasant to one another.
o There are many different forms that now exist. Catfighting media displays forms from the more recent extreme catfight aspect, in which punching and kicking are included with the stereotypical array of woman fight tactics, such as scratching and the pulling of hair.Such stereotypical displays of anger are frequently demonstrated on the daytime television talk show The Jerry Springer Show.
o The subject of a catfight was also once the focus of an episode of the popular TV sitcom Seinfeld, episode number 156, The Summer of George.

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