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The Kitten in the Window

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

Dave!People have been telling me that my thinking is abnormal for as long as I can remember. And I absolutely get that. It's not like I don't see it myself. My brain is just wired different, it's a part of who I am, and people can either choose to accept it or move on and (wisely) forget all about me.

A perfect example of this happened last night.

I was scrolling through Facebook and a video of a cat lounging in front of a window popped up...

A kitty sleeping in front of a window... on his back.

A kitty sleeping in front of a window... lifting his head.

Cute, right?

Except... where is this?

A city behind the kitty in the window.

And, all of a sudden there's my brain going into an obsessive state and I simply must know where this kitten lives or else my head will explode. It's like a puzzle I can see but nobody else cares.

First thing I did was see the tower in the background. That could be from anywhere because a lot of cities have towers like this. The difference being that this one looks like it has giant windows for an observation deck. It's not just a boring radio and communications tower like so many of them are.

Then I looked at the roads. The traffic drives on the right. That excludes Japan, Great Britain, and all the colinization on behalf The British Empire (Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, etc.). But there's something strange here. Not that they drive on the right-side... but that they're offensive about it. Look at all those arrows! And this got me to thinking that maybe this country is next to a country that doesn't drive on the right, so they are plastering it everywhere to make sure they see it.

My brain immediately went to China, for some reason, which meant this could be Hong Kong or Maccau. And it ain't Hong Kong.

So I did a search for towers in Maccau and, sure enough, there was "Maccau Tower" and it's a visual match for the video.

Then I saw the Casino & Hotel Lisboa building, and immediately felt stupid. This is an iconic architectural structure that I would have recognized immediately if I had not been so focused on the tower.

So then I was off to Google Maps to see if I could triangulate a position.

It wasn't difficult. Between the geographic features, the design of the grass patches next to the river, Maccau Tower, and Casino Lisboa... the answer was pretty obvious...

A city behind the kitty in the window.

Fortunately my brain was satisfied with that level of cyber-stalking and I didn't feel the need to track down the person and the floor of the building! That would be too obsessive, even for me.

And this is the kind of thing that I do all the time.

Which would be fine if it were happening at normal hours and not at 1am in the morning.

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  1. kapgar says:

    Why did they design it like a giant spade drill bit?

  2. haha I love that sort of puzzle
    like figuring out where you currently live (which admittedly I did have a head start on based on your home town)
    That picture above I guessed pretty quickly because of the Lisboa hotel.. certainly helps having been there 😉

    • Dave2 says:

      Yeah, I’m not difficult to track down at all. Something that was made abundantly clear to me when people showed up looking for me back when blogging was a thing! — I’ve not been to Casino Lisboa, but I’m a big architecture nerd so I am familiar with it. I was just so focused on the tower that I wasn’t looking at anything else! I’m obsessive like that!

  3. oh there was also the video Kirsten Dunst did in Tokyo for Turning Japanese.. I figured out which building they filmed it from and the next time I was in Tokyo went and found it. It was an apartment building with an external staircase.. so I climbed it and got some great photos 🙂

    • Dave2 says:

      I do this kind of thing a lot. One of my favorite novels of all time is “Noble House” by James Clavell. It takes place in Hong Kong, so when I finally got there I went to every location I could think of from both the book and the television adaptation!

      • ha cool 🙂
        People do whole blogs/sites on that crap. Like the one from an anime series we watched last year. Stu went and found one of the locations when he was in Japan in Feb 🙂
        I recently went and found a bunch of locations from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in Venice .. funniest thing is, some of the shots were literally filmed (shown) *backwards* to reality.

        • Dave2 says:

          There’s a game that uses Google Maps Street View to have you guess where it’s located. I’m always shocked at people who can actually do this. I guess if you play enough you recognize places.

          • Yeah I used to play every so often.. altho it kinda died (the free version) once Google started charging a fortune for the APIs. Half the time it would drop you in the middle of Brazil or some eastern European country and you’d have no idea and walk down long country roads trying to find clues. But then every so often it’d drop you somewhere you’d been (I remember once getting the Hakodate waterfront) which would be pretty cool 🙂

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