If you are a student taking any sort of liberal arts class, chances are you’ve written a paper this semester. You might even be writing one right now, as you’re reading this. Shhh, it’s okay, we can keep a secret.

The thing with papers, especially long papers, is that it’s very easy to lose focus. Sure, the prize of finishing the paper and all of its associated glory is always there on the horizon, but let’s be real, it’s really darn far away when you  have to write a 15 page paper. We need motivation in intervals, to consistently keep us going. Written?Kitten! is here to save the day.

It’s quite a simple concept, but you’ll be amazed at how great it works. Type your paper in the dialog box and VOILA, you’ll get a new freakishly adorable kitten “randomly selected from Flickr’s “most interesting” photos matching the tags “kitten” and “cute,”’ according to their about section, every time you hit the word goal you’ve set for yourself. Genius right? Let’s see it in action:

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Here, we set the goal to 100 words (you can also set it to 200, 500, or 1000). Since the “paper” exceeded that, it gave us a kitten! And look, it’s almost asleep. D’AWWWWW IT CAN’T KEEP ITS HEAD UP.

See, if you use this beauteous tool to write your papers, you’ll never be bored or deprived of cuteness again. And if you do get bored? Well, there’s a new kitten in probably a few words! And in no time, you’ll be done with your paper and cute-ed out. The best of both worlds. And with all that excess dopamine in your brain, you’re sure to do well on the paper! Dopamine helps brain function, right? Don’t quote us on that, we’re not psych majors.

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WE CAN’T

DISCLAIMER: Let it be known that we just copied and pasted the same phrase over and over so we could see what was in kitten store. We do not advise this to all you paper-writers out there. That’s cheating!

Happy writing! The time is meow.

Image sources: (1) Hailey Simpson, Daily Cal,  (2) ankakay under Creative Commons, (3) BigTallGuy under Creative Commons


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All of us experience the fearless, foraging squirrels on a nearly daily basis, but these squirrels are a lot smarter than we might think. Maybe the atmosphere of academia is rubbing off on them? … Or maybe the squirrels are rubbing off on Berkeley?

Researchers have been observing how the squirrels here actually save food for the future. They either eat the nuts they find or look for places to bury them, sometimes travelling as far as 100 meters. This behavior is called “cacheing.” Who knew these fox squirrels were so forward-thinking? Every nut is precious, especially in this economy.

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D'AWWWWW.

Baby seal, for comparison purposes: read more »


ACORN!

This was on that new free-use white board thing on the ground floor of Dwinelle Hall yesterday morning. Google Translate says that “un topo carina!” means “a cute mouse!” in Italian.

Well, we’re sorry to inform you, anonymous — though kind-hearted — 8 a.m. Italian 1 student (Godspeed, by the way), that assessment is incorrect. This is most definitely a totoro. Which is like a billion times more awesome than even the cutest mouse. Respect!

Image Source: Jill Cowan


wallabyAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

It appears that some cute, seemingly innocent wallabies, such as the one shown at right, have become a bit rebellious and begun getting high off of opium poppies. Tasmania, you see, is the world’s largest producer of legally grown opium, and the poor creatures have been wandering into opium poppy fields, eating the crops and becoming … a bit disoriented.

This bizarre phenomenon has given rise to another—crop circles. As the Tasmanian attorney general puts it, “We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles.”

Hmm … uncontrollably going around in circles, that sounds a bit like another Tasmania native. In any case, we can only hope that the adorable, drugged-up wallabies get the help they need. And we advise you, Berkeley students, to go outside and enjoy the vegetation — before the wallabies trample it.

Image Source: Siebbi under Creative Commons
Stoned Wallabies creating crop circles [Telegraph]
SNES Super Nintendo TAZ-MANIA [YouTube]
Earlier: King of Pop Rocks Our World, Beats It


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And they’re back! After what we can only assume was a sucessful first time out and an adorable video, the Dachshund Derby (or should we say, The Wiener Nationals) will return for more tomorrow at Golden Gate Fields. read more »