Live Stream of Adorable Cats in Ugly Christmas Sweaters? Zooey Deschanel, You’ve Been Out-Cuted

In an effort that could only be described as the cat-loving Interwebs topping itself, Christmas Cats TV is entering its final live streaming day, scheduled to wrap up at 2 p.m. PST. Get your wondering eyes over to for a glimpse into what your nutty Aunt Edna’s festive living room would look like full o’ felines, with your dopey cousin Rudy on the camera. Once you get there, you’ll see why it becomes almost redundant to mention that most of these kitties are wearing miniature ugly Christmas sweaters that would do any Williamsburg hipster proud (no surprise, this visual treat comes to you from some arty warehouse in the big BK).

Courtesy of Sony’s Legacy Recordings in partnership with the North Shore Animal League America out of Port Washington, New York, Christmas Cats TV is part promotion for Legacy’s classic Christmas albums, part seasonal adoption drive for the States’ largest no-kill rescue and adoption shelter. And you’re hearing it first here: the cats, the cat lady, the gross elf, and Phil Collins will all be available for adoption starting tomorrow. Sweaters included. Get your adoption bids in early, because there is likely to be a full-on bidding war. J/k about the sweaters. And the bidding war. But quite frankly—North Shore chose very attractive, friendly (cat) actors. People should pay good money for those little guys.

All cattiness aside, there’s something that makes us all feel a bit warmer and fuzzier when we see a content campaign in the name of good. I don’t know if Sony and North Shore have thought this far, but why not crowdfund the continued streaming of Christmas Cats TV, and extend the adoption drive over the month of December?  It would feel good to give back for a content gift like this. And it would feel even better to give more very deserving animals a home this holiday season.

My Marshall McLuhan Moment

One of my favorite moments in film is in “Annie Hall,” where Woody Allen confronts a know-it-all in line at the movies with Annie, and pulls in Marshal McLuhan himself to tell the guy he’s wrong.

I had one of those moments today when I read that Toyota was coming out with a concept car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. I blogged back in July that branding for a hydrogen car should focus on the fact that the only exhaust from this technology is water. Several bloggers scoffed at the notion. But Toyota, the world’s number one automaker, has validated my statement through the actual design of their new concept car: they shaped it to resemble a drop of water. Their current name for the vehicle is a placeholder until they launch a real consumer car sometime in 2015, but the shape of their car is the first step in their brand development, something even more fundamental than the name. Now they can build on this to make a really compelling consumer brand, just as they did with their groundbreaking Prius. Thank you, Toyota, for being my Marshall McLuhan.