Cat Cake Open Thread

It was my birthday last week, and the people at work got me a cake:

Seeing this cake cleared up a strange moment from the week before. I’d walked into the conference room, and there was a picture of Samwise up on the big screen. My team lead forgot he was projecting from his laptop and quickly switched to a different window.

“Was that a picture of my cat?” I asked.

“…no,” he said.

“Why do you have a picture of my cat? Not that I’m complaining.”

“I… don’t?”

Then the meeting started.

Politics-allowed open thread! Bonus Samwise pic below the fold.

(n.b. While my name is not a secret, I would prefer if we could keep ourselves from typing it here, since it’s so unique. Danke!)

43 replies
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    Big Jim Slade says:

    Nice cat, Frederick the Conqueror! Oh, wait. Sorry.

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    Jackie says:

    What a handsome birthday cake!

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    MazeDancer says:

    Great cake! Very handsome cat.

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    satby says:

    Great cake! I finished season 4 of Lucifer and I am spent.

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    That was so sweet of them!! And he makes a great cake topper. Happy birthday, belated.

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    @satby: Did you like it as much as I did? I felt like they really nailed it.

  7. 7

    @satby: Oh yeah, that dropped, didn’t it?

    I’m just firing up an episode of Scott & Bailey which was recommended to me by several of y’all when I asked for procedural recommendations the other day.

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    debbie says:

    So were you surprised?

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    @debbie: unfortunately not, since I’d chosen to work from home that morning. They had to tell me to come down and eat my cake!

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    satby says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I loved it. But I’ll feel ripped off if there isn’t a season 5, there’s still more they can do with the premise of the show.

  11. 11
    satby says:

    I have to try to get to sleep, have to get up in 6 hours for the market.
    ‘night all.

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    Barbara says:

    What a sweet thing to do! I hope you enjoyed your birthday.

  13. 13
    satby says:

    @Major Major Major Major: by the way, my younger son Padhraic feels your pain.
    (Link just shows how to pronounce it, it’s not my son 😆)

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    @satby: Hold up! They are fully expected to get a season 5. Just hasn’t been announced yet. So fingers crossed.

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Dude, they must really like you. Your co-workers, I mean.

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    satby says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Good 😊
    Ok now 😴 for reals.

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    Jay says:

    “A source with direct knowledge of the situation told VICE that Lemire was hired around 2005 and his role as a network analyst allowed him access to sensitive data regarding Hamilton employees. Around the same time of his hiring by the city of Hamilton—the early to mid-2000s—Lemire was in the midst of his failed effort to restore prominence to the neo-Nazi group the Heritage Front, a group one anti-racist researcher described as “the most significant hate group in Canada since the Klan of the 1920s” and the government called, in 1994, the “the most prominent white supremacist group in Canada.” While Lemire denies being the leader, court records and an article (available on Lemire’s own website) written by Heritage Front founder Gerry Lincoln indicate Lemire was an important member during Heritage Front’s heyday and the group’s leader in its waning days.”

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    MomSense says:

    Samwise is such a handsome cat.

    Saw the last symphony concert of the season. Amazing. I may not be able to sleep tonight.

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    plato says:

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has rejected a “bribe” from an 11-year-old girl who wrote asking her government to conduct dragon research.

    The girl, identified only as Victoria, wanted to be given telekinetic powers so she could become a dragon trainer.

    She included NZ$5 ($3.20; £2.50) with her letter, apparently as a bribe.

    Writing back on official letterhead, Ms Ardern said her administration was “not currently doing any work in… psychics and dragons.”

    But in a handwritten note, she added: “P.S. I’ll still keep an eye out for those dragons. Do they wear suits?”

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    spudgun says:

    What a lovely thing for your colleagues to do!

    Aww, Samwise is such a furry boo…

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    Mike in NC says:

    @plato: Cute!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Is the picture made of frosting? Have 3d printers started frosting cakes?

    (I seriously can’t tell.)

  23. 23

    @mrmoshpotato: it’s some sort of edible overlay on top of ganache. The ribbon is 3D, vaguely candy corn-y.

  24. 24
    Chris T. says:

    Search for “cake printer”.

  25. 25
    NotMax says:


    Printers designed to use edible inks on equally edible surfaces have been around for a while now. Video on the basics.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Oh the weirdness of cutting into that cake.

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    Bluemouser says:

    Lovely magnificent feline!
    I wish more people were watching Chernobyl and that experts like Cheryl would talk about it. I can understand why not though. Been a GOT fan since the beginning and it’s fun and it’s spectacle, but Chernobyl blows that series out of the water in terms of acting and storytelling. Justin Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård are such fantastic actors. While it’s fun to get into the cultural phenomena of GOT, I’m finding parts of Chernobyl are really sticking emotionally.
    Just yesterday got the audiobook Midnight in Chernobyl and so far its a great listening experience, lots of detail and context about nuclear power in the former Soviet Union but presented in away that’s never boring.

    Anyway, happy belated birthday Majorx4

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @NotMax: Mmmmmmmm.

    Bill! Dave! Print me a cake!

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    NotMax says:


    I for one will mourn the extinction of buttercream rosettes.


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    ruemara says:

    Funny. I’m planning the farewell cake since I am laid off at the end of Friday. Went with a quinoa chocolate that I’m filling with raspberry. It’s gonna be both fast and way too long to get to the end of this week.

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    NotMax says:


    Willing to bet that even tastes pink.


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    Dan B says:

    Okay Taipan we will keep your secret. At least it isn’t mine, Garial, oops I let that slip out. Oh noes!

    And I’ve got some spare petromalt in case you need to cough up that frosting. I’m just around the corner…

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Ugh. Layoffs. I wish you were the kind of irresponsible person who would “accidentally” forget to leave documentation of her work and leave the office in the lurch, but I know you’re too nice to do that no matter how crappy they’ve been to you.

    You should at least do something mostly harmless but annoying, like deleting the takeout menus that people order their lunch from or tossing a single raw shrimp behind the refrigerator so someone has to pull that out and clean it up when it gets stinky. Something petty but satisfying.

  35. 35
    Jay says:


    Whole fish wrapped in rice paper, stuffed into an air duct.

    Stays sealed and intact for over a month.

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    prostratedragon says:

    What a lovely cake and gesture! Samwise is definitely an It cat.

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    arrieve says:

    @Bluemouser: I’m loving Chernobyl — I’m a huge Jared Harris fan and he and Stellan Skarsgard are both great in it — but I have to admit, every time one of the characters makes or receives a phone call, I get pulled out of the plot temporarily to marvel at those so-ugly-they’re-almost-beautiful Soviet phones.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    That’s a great story. Happy birthday!

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    Luciamia says:

    So your coworker is stalking your cat? Hmmmm.

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    laura says:

    I’m convinced you moved to NYC to boost fog pelted cat’s modeling career. I’ll be looking for him gracing the catwalk come fashion week.

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    karen marie says:

    Thank you for the hilarity, Major Major etc. It assuages to a degree my deep disappointment that I’m not waking up to a banner headline TRUMP RESIGNS, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEIZES ALL ASSETS.

    One day.

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