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May 16, 2014 at 6:45 AM

China’s love of Kenny G, and other stuff you might have missed this week

1 Bothell kitten cam goes viral

We already knew cats ruled the Internet. But these are local cats!

David Clem holds Tory, one of two cats he and wife, LuAnn Smith, adopted after John Bartlett, right, fostered the kitten and its mom and siblings. Clem and Smith saw Tory and her brother Grant on Bartlett's Foster Kitten Cam, which has more than 40,000 followers. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

David Clem holds Tory, one of two cats he and wife adopted after John Bartlett, right, fostered the kitten and its mom and siblings. They saw Tory and her brother Grant on Bartlett’s Foster Kitten Cam, which has more than 40,000 followers. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Bothell resident John Bartlett started the live stream so the kittens he was fostering could find homes.

People were so into watching the little critters that about 60 of them organized a convention here this month (called “Kitten Cam Con.” Really.) so they could gather with fellow fans.

The site has 40,000 followers worldwide. One flew in from Australia for the convention.

2 Sorry, guys, Amazon’s not why you’re still single

It’s not me the tech industry. It’s you.

Tech consultant Jeff Reifman recently wrote that Seattle’s booming, dude-heavy tech industry was throwing off the city’s dating stats (its straight dating stats, anyway).

For every 100 women, Seattle has 116 men. It’s even worse in Bellevue (144 to 100).

But as Seattle Times FYI Guy Gene Balk points out, cities like Miami and Los Angeles and Wichita also have big gender imbalances, and they’re hardly tech hubs. So while Amazon could be faulted for its homogeneity (employees are about 75 percent male), it probably can’t be blamed for Seattle’s lonely hearts.

A note: Neither analysis accounts for LGBT or polyamorous folks. They used census data, which tracks only same-sex couples, not the orientations of singles.

3 Kenny G is a staple of Chinese society

Yes, that Kenny G, the curly-coiffed sax man and Franklin High School alumnus.

Could you handle hearing Kenny G’s instrumental “Going Home” on loop for an hour and a half? The managers at an antiques market in Beijing are betting their patrons and students can’t.

The song is piped in 90 minutes before closing time to signal that it’s time to, well, go home.

But it isn’t just at that market. Shopping malls, schools and gyms all over China play the tune for the same purpose.

Kenny G doesn’t see a cent in royalties from it, but told The New York Times he was just glad to know “there was no language barrier to connecting with music.”

At concerts in China, he plays the song last.

4 Red wine and chocolate won’t cure what ails ya, study says

…But some of us would contend that they’re still miracle foods.

Ever since the Wide World of Nutrition Science™ started singing the praises of resveratrol, it has felt OK to indulge in a daily dose of red wine and dark chocolate. Because, hey, we were fighting cancer! And heart disease! And inflammation! And, um, well, cravings.

Turns out resveratrol’s not quite all it was cracked up to be. You need a lot more of it than you could possibly consume in food form (even in chocolate form) in order to reap its benefits.

So have your wine and drink it, too — but don’t expect it to provide anything besides a buzz.

5 Fishy face!

A highlight from our Picture This blog

Nina MacDonald, 5, at left, gives her best fish-face impression while visiting the Seattle Aquarium with aunt Kaysi MacDonald and uncle Kyle MacDonald on Monday. The family has been enjoying the recent sunny weather. “The rain is a small price to pay for days like today,” said Kyle MacDonald. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Nina MacDonald, 5, at left, gives her best fish-face impression while visiting the Seattle Aquarium with aunt Kaysi MacDonald and uncle Kyle MacDonald on Monday. The family has been enjoying the recent sunny weather. “The rain is a small price to pay for days like today,” Kyle MacDonald said. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

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