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This guy knows where your cat lives… and he has a website to prove it
Metro [UK] ^ | Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 | Stephen Marr

Posted on 07/24/2014 1:18:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

It is either the funniest thing on the internet, or the creepiest, but one thing is for certain: a guy called Owen Mundy knows where your cat lives.

No matter where you are in the world, if you have posted a photo of your feline friend on social media, chances are Professor Mundy’s supercomputer has captured it, collated it, and pinpointed your location.

Professor Mundy combines art, design and computer programming in his addictive site – simply titled iknowwhereyourcatlives.com - highlighting our obsession with cats and the trends of the internet.

On his website, Mundy reveals that there are 15 million photos tagged with the word ‘cat’ on the internet – and thousands more are being added around the world every day.

He swept popular photo-sharing sites, searching the word ‘cat’ (which is why some photos are of people, or pictures of cats, or cat tattoos etc), and captured around one million pictures.

Using latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in pictures’ metadata, Mundy used a supercomputer at Florida State University to present them in clusters on a map of the world.

Before you start calling the police, he has not included postcodes or addresses, just a simple general area – and, of course, the photo you uploaded.

The result is: a decent way to waste about two hours of your life.

We can’t think of any real practical use for the site, although it would have been handy for James Bond when he was searching for that elusive underground lair.

(Excerpt) Read more at metro.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Pix at source. He hasn't found my cats...yet.
1 posted on 07/24/2014 1:18:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 07/24/2014 1:19:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This guy’s hobby obsession could end up being very useful. If I were him, I would expect a very polite email, tweet or phone call from Scotland Yard, extending to him an offer he best not refuse. If they don’t get him on the payroll, a group of jewel and furniture thieves is standing next in line.


3 posted on 07/24/2014 1:44:57 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Slings and Arrows

Doesn’t have either of my cats. This is actually kinda creepy.


4 posted on 07/24/2014 1:52:43 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (You cannot protect a child from child abuse by aborting it. Abortion *is* child abuse.)
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To: lee martell
If they don’t get him on the payroll, a group of jewel and furniture thieves is standing next in line.

What about cat burglars?

5 posted on 07/24/2014 2:14:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Politicalkiddo

"I see no problem with this."

6 posted on 07/24/2014 2:17:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I.cant get it to work to see if he has my kitty.


7 posted on 07/24/2014 2:50:05 AM PDT by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder ")
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To: Slings and Arrows

NSA: “That’s chickenfeed.” WE KNOW WHERE YOUR GUNS ARE.


8 posted on 07/24/2014 3:04:41 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Slings and Arrows

Another reason to avoid “social media”.


9 posted on 07/24/2014 3:08:07 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Gefn

It’s based on Google Earth. You may need a desktop machine.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 3:13:16 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Gaffer

At the bottom of the lake, after that tragic boating accident.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 3:14:33 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Indeed.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 3:15:18 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Gefn
I.cant get it to work to see if he has my kitty.

Zoom the map in on your house. Then zoom out a few times, until the site switches from displaying individual cats to showing cat counts in the region. You'll find the numbers are way low compared to the actual number of cats that should be in the area.

13 posted on 07/24/2014 3:16:15 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: lee martell
If they don’t get him on the payroll, a group of jewel and furniture thieves is standing next in line.

Cat burglars?

14 posted on 07/24/2014 4:34:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Mundy used a supercomputer at Florida State University to present them in clusters on a map of the world.”

Hmm, sounds like public assets being used for
personal reasons. One more reason I don’t subscribe to social media. Other than FR and an email address that’s about it for me.

Even his name is creepy. I can hear the news report now:

“Professor Owen Mundy was a quiet man, lived alone, his only hobby, locating where cats live, until THE HEADS OF 5 COLLEDGE STUDENTS WERE FOUND IN HIS FREEZER!


15 posted on 07/24/2014 4:49:23 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: afraidfortherepublic
If they don’t get him on the payroll, a group of jewel and furniture thieves is standing next in line.

>>Cat burglars?

The director John Waters says that he used to case houses to break into as a yute based on photos of people's "stuff" in the newspaper.

Now everyone posts their rooms online for the world to see.

16 posted on 07/24/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Exactly zero cat pictures near my local Chinese restaurant. Strange.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 5:19:37 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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18 posted on 07/24/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: V_TWIN

The cat project is a legitimate computer science project, and I don’t doubt that he’s gotten numerous publications out of it. Not sure about the heads in the freezer, though.


19 posted on 07/24/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Not sure about the heads in the freezer, though.”

Me neither but these days, not out of the realm of possibility.


20 posted on 07/24/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers; Slings and Arrows
Slings and Arrows thanks for the ping.

ZirconEncrustedTweezers That's hysterical!

21 posted on 07/24/2014 10:06:07 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum; ZirconEncrustedTweezers

OK, if that the theme of the day...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8zEfYbsrr0


22 posted on 07/24/2014 10:38:08 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks for the ping. He hasn’t found my cat either even though my cat and his antics are somewhat ubiquitous on the Instagram and the Facebook (thanks to my wife). In her professional circle, the cat is a local sensation.


23 posted on 07/24/2014 10:42:42 AM PDT by bluetick
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To: bluetick

You’re quite welcome.


24 posted on 07/24/2014 10:51:09 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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