Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Web Time-waster of the Week [Updated] [Updated again]

Oh, noes! What a time-sink!

Thanks to a slideshow article on Slate.com, I have been introduced to lolcats (a.k.a. "cat macros"), and to the mother lode of lolcats at icanhascheezburger.com (scroll down - the pics are posted atop one another, blog-style).

It all started when someone posted a picture of an earnest-looking Russian Blue cat to a web forum with the plaintive caption, "I can has cheezburger?" Someone responded with an edited picture of the same cat and a cheeseburger with the words "No you can't has cheezburger (not yours)." Thus was born an in-joke that became a meme that became a website hosting hundreds of photos of cats with their thoughts captioned in a very weird yet very catlike pidgin English. (The beginnings of the site are outlined here.)

(What's that? You're a dog person?)

Definitely an add to the bored-at-work list, right along with MyCatHatesYou.com .

Update: In the comments section, Rob (hmm, would that be Rob of the Autographed Cat? one wonders?) helpfully points us to http://cat_macros.livejournal.com/ , the sister site to the dog site mentioned above. The difference between cat_macros.livejournal.com/ & sister site community.livejournal.com/dog_macros/, and icanhascheezburger.com, is that the latter has a pair of editors who accept submissions and decide which lolcats to post, adding several every day; the cat_macros and dog_macros sites are both livejournal blogs, and anyone with a livejournal account can post their submissions, giving it more of a "live feed" feel and allowing anyone to participate. Each is fun in its own way.

Also in comments, Sherwood takes the opportunity of my mentioning MyCatHatesYou.com to remind me of his boy Alnitak's star turn on the site. Day-um, get that cat some A-1 sauce, stat!

Update again: Speakin' of Sherwood, special shout-out to him, 'cuz I thought of his astronomer self when I discovered this not-lol-but-instead-beautifully-profound cat_macro.

ronnie

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6 Comments:

Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

Jayzus, ronniecat, here it is goin' on 11pm and I've got a stack of exams to grade and you've got me looking at pictures of cats and dogs by the damn hundreds with hilarious captions...

How 'bout you explain this to my students tomorrow, eh?

Since you mentioned mycathatesyou.com, I'll plug Alnitak's appearance therein: just click here for Big Al's moment of fame!

2:48 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

You might want to check out http://cat_macros.livejournal.com/ for real-time lolcat goodness.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

Thanks, ronnie, for the full-of-stars cat's eyes.

While going through the dog macros last night (while I should have been grading papers, but I did finally get them done at a million o'clock), I ran across this one by the same person, but somehow managed to miss the whole point, the stars in the eyes.

I love them both.

9:16 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Sherwood:
Regardingz lookin at cat macros instead of grading papers, don't shoot the messenger d00d!

Blame the lolcats k? bai ;)

ronnie

8:49 AM  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

canihascheezeburger is doggone (ha) funny. how do you catpeople find the time to invent all this cuteness?

NOTE TO SHERWOOD:
(sherwood, your students probly love you, but not cuz you get their tests back on time.)

5:30 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Xtreme English wrote:
how do you catpeople find the time to invent all this cuteness?

I would say, "We find the time because our cats are so helpful around the house and run errands for us, so we have a lot of spare time", but I am afraid that a lie of that magnitude would melt my keyboard...

12:46 AM  

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