Our Long National Pet-Feeding Nightmare Is Coming To An End

Finally, the technology industry has developed a solution to a question that has plagued us for decades: How exactly do you feed a dog?

Pets are great, but feeding them? It’s a challenge on par with the space program, and few have really mastered how to feed a dog.

There are so many variables to consider — what kind of animal is this? is it hungry? how much food should I give it? — that most of us just give up and don’t feed our pets at all, leaving them to fend for themselves and find nutrition from couch cushions and strips of carpeting, like they do in the wild.

But no longer. A solution to the problem of feeding animals is being pieced together by Petnet, a Los Angeles tech company that has developed a kind of pet-feeding robot that connects, as all things must, to your iPhone.

And today, the company said its robot will grow more intelligent:

Petnet(io) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SlimDoggy Inc., giving Petnet access to SlimDoggy’s world class pet food database and patent pending technology which the company plans to incorporate into its “Smart” line of pet products. Together, Petnet and SlimDoggy aim to make feeding a pet and selecting appropriate pet food as simple and convenient as possible. The acquisition allows Petnet to leverage the data and methodologies SlimDoggy has developed into an innovative pet feeding system that empowers pet owners to improve the overall health of their pets through proper diet.

“Petnet will be integrating the SlimDoggy pet food database of almost 6,000 dog and cat foods, as well as our patent pending feeding and food analysis algorithms into all of the Petnet Smart products,” SlimDoggy said in an announcement of its own.

The Petnet SmartFeeder device costs $199, although the company says limited supplies mean you’ll need to reserve one (“request an invite”).

But once you’re let into the exclusive circle, the SlimDoggy acquisition means a whole new layer of data-enabled dog feeding. “The amount and type of pet food is the single biggest decision a pet owner can make to impact their pet’s health. With the long and confusing pet food labels, consumers are left to guess when trying to make intelligent, healthy food and portion control decisions,” said Steve Pelletier, SlimDoggy’s founder.

“We are excited to work closely with Petnet to improve the way pet food is served, evaluated, and purchased, all the while helping to keep pets as healthy as possible.”

SlimDoggy, which has a sister site called SlimKitty, says its founding inspiration came from a 105-pound labrador named Jack, who managed to drop 25 pounds by eating based on SlimDoggy algorithms. “Little did we know that there are a lot of dogs like Jack,” the company says on its site. “We decided to share our work and create an iPhone App (Android version coming soon) and attack the dog obesity problem head on.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomgara/our-long-national-pet-feeding-nightmare

White House beat or Tiger Beat? CNN journa-stalker creeps on Obama

http://twitter.com/#!/NFloridaWriter/status/292827580309053440

Oh, the shame. CNN’s Tom Foreman has written a letter to President Obama every day. Every. Day. No word yet if there has been a pillow fight between him and simpering Suzanne Malveaux, who was ready to throw her panties on stage at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Read it before they pull it. CNN “reporter” @tomforemancnn wrote Obama letters EVERY DAY FOR FOUR YEARS. cnn.com/2013/01/18/pol…

— Jimmy Simpson (@informedblackmn) January 19, 2013

That’s right. CNN even highlighted the creeptastic letters as something good. Foremen sadly took pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, for the last time. Unrequited love, oh how it hurts! His first letter:

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations! Watching you on that podium today, surrounded by so many hundreds of thousands of Americans, I could not help but feel inspired by the miracle of democracy and the greatness of our nation. I also have a question: Do you have any idea what you’ve gotten yourself into?

I know you are busy today, but call when you can.

Regards,

Tom

Call me! Maybe! It gets creepier from there. He echoes the “call me” suggestion over and over. And as his letter writing obsession winds down to his alleged self-imposed cease time, you can just feel the tears. Reading his letters is totally like reading the tear-stained diary of a teenage Emo chick. Set your iPod to “Everybody Hurts,” break out the cloves for atmosphere and start reading. It will be to your benefit: Giggling is cardio!

Twitter has been buzzing over the creeptastic Foreman for days. Mockery really is the best medicine.

Awww, how cute. @tomforemancnn, this is just too presh. #p2 #tcot #lnyhbt #msm #ocra #resist44 @cnn #obamaboy #Obama twitter.com/Shaughn_A/stat…

— Shaughn (@Shaughn_A) January 20, 2013

CNN ‘journalist” Tom Forman has written a letter to POTUS every single day since he was elected weaselzippers.us/2013/01/19/obs… #creepy

— Bill O’Keefe (@DefendWallSt) January 19, 2013

If you’ve written POTUS 1,460 times you maybe on the Secret Service watch list. Or you’re a CNN journalist. Either/OrCc: @tomforemancnn

— LilMissTeamOffense (@LilMissRightie) January 19, 2013

Heard you wrote fangirl letters to Obama every day for 4 years. You do realize there’s a TigerBeat magazine for that, right? @tomforemancnn

— John Difool (@MCHblazer) January 19, 2013

@tomforemancnn so you stalked @barackobama your lord and savior for 4 years? Creepy… Are you in love with him? I thought @cnn was centrist

— glockmaster (@aaronjoseph81) January 20, 2013

A Twitter account responds. It is unverified; is it the real mooning Tom Foreman?

@tendencytoslip Wow!I thought only my mother did that.You’ve made my day…many thanks.

— tomforemancnn (@tomforemancnn) January 18, 2013

@jackassletters just online.would have mailed if i knew it was going to go on so long.and so no, no replies.

— tomforemancnn (@tomforemancnn) January 20, 2013

@jackassletters good idea

— tomforemancnn (@tomforemancnn) January 20, 2013

Please be a parody account. Otherwise, that’s just sad.

Hilarity ensues, as Twitter continues to buzz with the unbelievably creepy news.

There is serious mental illness in the press corps and addressing it is more important than any Second Amendment issue: ac360.blogs.cnn.com/category/lette…

— David Chugg (@DavidChugg) January 19, 2013

@garymic Definitely need something for those making hiring decisions at CNN. Put Tom Foreman in a cage. Now.

— David Chugg (@DavidChugg) January 19, 2013

CNN Political Correspondent writes a letter to Obama every single day in his first term, and still going. #wtf #wacko ac360.blogs.cnn.com/category/lette…

— Brian Reynolds (@ModernGinger) January 20, 2013

What the heck? CNN “journalist” has been writing letters to Obama every day of his first term. shar.es/Calh5 via @sharethis

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) January 20, 2013

@richardgrenell Guys like Tom Foreman, a @cnn “journalist” that wrote Obama fan letters everyday, come tomind. ist1-1.filesor.com/pimpandhost.co…

— DC Dude (D) (@DCDude1776) January 20, 2013

@fuimfunny The first few times I saw Tom Foreman, I was sure it was Darrell Hammond doing an impression of someone.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 20, 2013

@jimgeraghty I love at the end of all the grand standing they have to add, the president never called and we’re not sure he even read them

— Paul Geraghty (@fuimfunny) January 20, 2013

At least he didn’t stand outside the White House with a boombox playing “In Your Eyes.”

Yet.

Hi @barackoama – This is Day One of what will become 1,460 letters. You don’tmind do you? Yours, @tomforemancnn

— LilMissTeamOffense (@LilMissRightie) January 19, 2013

Hi @barackoama – Can I have some hair clippings? If that’s too much to ask, nail clippings would do. You had me at hello, @tomforemancnn

— LilMissTeamOffense (@LilMissRightie) January 19, 2013

He completes him!

Hi @barackoama – This one goes out to you. youtube.com/watch?v=5JVhbu… XOXOXO, @tomforemancnn

— LilMissTeamOffense (@LilMissRightie) January 19, 2013

Don’t give him any ideas. Is another letter writing campaign on the horizon? The alleged Tom Foreman Twitter account swooned over Julie Mason a few months ago.

@juliemason your show absolutely rocks…like T Rex in the day. Loving the tunes and talk.

— tomforemancnn (@tomforemancnn) November 6, 2012

Hi @barackoama – “I never meant to get in this deep” (actual quote btw). youtube.com/watch?v=pmDkqv… With all myheart,@tomforemancnn

— LilMissTeamOffense (@LilMissRightie) January 19, 2013

Shudder.

This Twitter user points out that Foreman isn’t really alone.

CNN writes Love Letters to Obama Everyday – & that’s just their news coverage, not even counting their “Journalist” Tom Foreman’s letters.

— Leaping Lemurs (@practicetheory) January 20, 2013

And this one puts it all in a hilarious nutshell.

Keep in mind that the same guy who hired Tom Foreman at CNN is the same guy who hired Piers Morgan. And they wonder why no one watches them.

— David Chugg (@DavidChugg) January 19, 2013

Zing! It’s funny, because it’s true.

Four years in the life of a simpering teen journalist. Thanks for the giggles, at least, Mr. Foreman!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/20/white-house-beat-or-tiger-beat-cnn-journa-stalker-creeps-on-obama-i-did-not-intend-to-get-in-this-deep/

Two youths killed on Eid in Kashmir, as protesters defy curfew, clash with cops – Times of India

Two youths were killed and dozens injured in clashes with security forces amid curfew, leaving the biggest religious festival of Kashmir, Eid-ul-Azha, a grim affair for the first time in the insurgency-ridden valley.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-youths-killed-on-Eid-in-Kashmir-as-protesters-defy-curfew-clash-with-cops/articleshow/54319351.cms