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In San Francisco, kittypr0n is on cable channel 29 the first and third Tuesday night / Wednesday morning of every month at half past midnight. For Portland, check their schedule.

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
11:24 am
Screenshots for episode #18 are now up.

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Sunday, May 9th, 2004
11:57 am
The kittypr0n site has received a long-overdue update. The most recent episodes are listed, and there's even some new screenshots.

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Saturday, July 19th, 2003
10:15 pm - new screenshots
Screenshots for episodes #13 and #14 are now online. And not a moment too soon.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003
11:59 am - keepin' it real
Accept no corporate-sponsored substitutions. Tonight at half past midnight on San Francisco channel 29, it's a new episode of the original kittypr0n. Watch for a rare appearance by actual kittens, set to the echoey sounds of BART, by Brett Lunceford's ambient project Goose. All this with no commercials, and the brand names digitally removed in post-production. (Well, no commercials, anyway.)

And, yes, we've heard about Meow TV. What can I say? Except on the most superficial level, it doesn't sound like our show. Among other things, the other show claims to be "for" cats--a somewhat stupid idea, given your average cat's attention span--while kittypr0n is for people who like watching cats. (And, yes, cats have been known to watch kittypr0n, but it's still not *for* them. Some cats watch their shadows on the wall, too.) You will also never see "cat haiku" or a cat surfing on our show. Perhaps most importantly, according to the AP story, Meow TV "was developed after research showed that one-third of cats enjoy watching television." kittypr0n, on the other hand, was developed after watching public access while stoned. You do the math.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2003
10:47 am - Walpurgisnacht
It may look and sound like a repeat of episode #10, featuring Michelle Tea's cat and sounds by Negativland, but tonight we're calling it The kittypr0n Walpurgisnacht Special! It's the perfect way to gear up for an evening of riding brooms or sacrificing virgins (or whatever it is you kids are into these days), so get yourself a big plate of seitan and join us at 8pm--hey! prime time!--on cable channel 29 in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003
11:32 am
Screenshots for episodes #9-12 are up.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003
7:55 pm - GO!!!!!
You'll want to turn your volume either way down or way up for tonight's episode, featuring the very noisy stylings of The Boredoms. You may even want to join the tabby in the closet to escape the aural onslaught. Damage your eardrums tonight at half past midnight on San Francisco cable channel 29, and again tomorrow morning at half past eight.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2003
1:53 pm - boots!
The title says it all, really. Lots and lots of shiny black boots. Indulge yourself tonight at half past midnight on San Francisco cable channel 29, and again Wednesday morning at half past eight. You know you want it, you pervert.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2003
4:12 pm - very rude things with q-tips
You know them. You love them. You may even occasionally use them for personal hygiene. (I can't imagine how, but it's possible.) Tonight's guest cat Thelma and her owner Lynn Breedlove (author and lead singer of the legendary queercore band Tribe 8) demonstrate uses which can't be discussed in polite company, and are probably illegal in some municipalities. Meanwhile, Sonic Youth lays waste to their studio. Witness the debauchery tonight at half past midnight on San Francisco cable channel 29, and again Wednesday morning at half past eight.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2003
12:29 pm - hardwood puppet terror redux
Due to error both technological and human, last month's new episode didn't air at its proper time, so we're repeating it tonight. Because we care.

At the feet of every great visionary mixologist there's a cat, and local artist slash Sacrifice & DNA Lounge bartender Chupa Cabras is no exception. (The scary sculptures you may have seen in the window of Leather Tongue are hers.) See Chupa's cat Cretin adapt and survive against some scary puppets, on what may be the most beautiful hardwood floor in the 415 area code, to the insecty sounds of Tribes of Neurot's Adaptation and Survival. All this and still more battery-draining flashlight antics, tonight at half past midnight on San Francisco cable channel 29.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2003
10:49 am
Due to technical difficulties at Channel 29, kittypr0n was not on the first and third Tuesdays of January as scheduled. Hopefully the issues will be resolved by February, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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Friday, December 20th, 2002
1:33 pm - schedule change
Starting in January 2003, kittypr0n will be moving to the first and third Tuesday night/Wednesday morning of each month. The time will still be 12:30am.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002
10:44 am - New Screenshots and Updated URL
The kittypr0n episode guide has moved to http://www.ossuary.org/~kittypr0n/index.html. Also, screenshots for episodes #5-8 are up.

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Monday, December 2nd, 2002
7:19 pm - carnations and petunias
Tonight's guest cat is Petunia, owned by San Francisco writer Michelle Tea and slam poet/rapper Rocco Kayiatos. Watch as Petunia makes no attempt to hide her contempt for us and our camcorder--if you've ever wanted to see under Michelle Tea's bed, you're in luck. Marvel at the breakable things which should get knocked off the dresser, but don't. Wonder what the heck that cacophony in the background is. (Negativland's recent automotive opus Deathsentences of the Polished and Structurally Weak, in fact.) All of this, and fun with flashlights. Happy holidays.

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Saturday, November 30th, 2002
2:08 am
We're much closer to being able to offer copies of kittypr0n to people outside of San Francisco. Episodes 1-4 are nearly ready to go, we're just waiting for the sleeves we've ordered to arrive and struggling to get our ancient printer to accept the labels we're trying to feed it. Once we overcome those small obstacles, the tapes will be available for an extremely affordable price.

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2002
11:02 pm - Episode guide updated, now with screenshots!
So what does kittypr0n look like, anyway? Go to our newly updated episode guide to find out. Or, if you prefer, you can go directly to the screenshots.

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Monday, November 4th, 2002
12:25 pm - From the Vaults!
Ever since the last original idea was used by The Shaggs on Philosophy of the World in 1969, everything in pop culture is a remake of something else, and silly little public access shows are no exception. Tonight, we present an ultra-super-rare b&w kinescope of the original kittypr0n, as broadcast by a pioneering independent New York station in the late forties. None of the slick digital effects or ironic, self-referential dialog you've come to expect from kittypr0n—this is the original stuff.

The centerpiece is a 1944 short film by Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren called The Private Life of a Cat. The rest of the episode should give you a sense of how much we try to be faithful to the original show—you'd swear those were the same cats in the same apartment you see in every episode and that we simply pressed the "monochrome" button. It's so eerie, maybe *this* should have been the Halloween episode. And how the heck were the original producers were able to use the soundtrack to Eraserhead three decades before that movie was made? It's a puzzle right up there with Fermat's Last Theorem. Watch the mystery unfold tonight.

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Thursday, October 31st, 2002
10:57 am - The kittypr0n Halloween Special!
Tonight at 8pm on San Francisco cable channel 29. It just wouldn't be Halloween '02 without it.

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Monday, October 7th, 2002
11:22 am - October Double Dose!
Tonight, it's a special sneak preview of The kittypr0n Halloween Special, featuring Vangelis, post-Syd Barrett/pre-popularity Pink Floyd, This Mortal Coil, and the oh-so-tired sounds of Stars of the Lid. Also, if you watch closely, you'll see the first appearance of the color green on the show! It's teevee history.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for the aforementioned kittypr0n Halloween Special, airing on that very night at 8:00pm. kittypr0n in prime time--this will be the scariest Halloween ever.

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Friday, October 4th, 2002
11:04 am - Rain Graves on kittypr0n

I should also mention that kittypr0n needs to package their episodes into purchasable videos. I have had episodes 1-4 on this morning, as I was going through email and catching up on things, and there is a before and after I should share:

Before: Ed, my overly-large black cat, kept hopping up onto my lap with dilusions of granduer that he could actually FIT and STAY on my lap, as I typed... Meowing became incessant. He then hopped on the printer, and tried to make his way onto my messy desk, batting at frankenbunny, toppling things as he pussy-footed around, trying to find a spot large enough to accomodate his big furry butt.

After: Ed noticed something different about the TV. There were cats on it. Nothing but cats! He now sits, watching TV, intently and complacently on the rug with great interest in this strange spacy music world of silent felines just like him.

He especially enjoyed the cat-nip episode, and when the kitten was swatting at the feather-stick, he too, got all interactive and attempted to swat at the screen. He's mesmerized.

If kittypr0n can tame Ed, it can tame your cats too. It's like... Disney films for kids! Plunk your cat in front of the screen, and he'll be occupied for hours.
posted by Rain Graves on 9.21.2002 at 12:15 PM


It's nice to know that something that's intended for humans holds such fascination for cats too.

current mood: amused

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