Play me off June 30, 2009 9:43 AM   Subscribe

Did I hallucinate a Metafilter comment? I remember reading the line "Play him hither, Lute Cat" on Metafilter recently and though it was so hilarious I needed to illustrate it. I wanted to give credit to the original commenter, but I can't for the life of me find the comment. All my styles of google-fu have failed me. Did this comment actually exist?
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter-Related at 9:43 AM (57 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

Man, that's my comment and I don't know where it is either. My immediate guess is that this all took place on Metachat. Looking it up now!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:46 AM on June 30, 2009


Ah! That explains it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:48 AM on June 30, 2009


I claim that comment in the name of the king!!!
The king, in this case, being cortex. Man, that's one great illustration.
posted by item at 9:48 AM on June 30, 2009 [12 favorites]


And yeah, that is some fine lute cat illumination.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:49 AM on June 30, 2009


Hence is not hither.
posted by item at 9:50 AM on June 30, 2009


aha! I'm not crazy! I TOLD YOU! I TOLD YOU!
posted by The Whelk at 9:51 AM on June 30, 2009


and updated. This is what I get more trolling Deleted Threads at 2 in the morning.
posted by The Whelk at 9:53 AM on June 30, 2009


for. I oh typing bad now lunch nap go
posted by The Whelk at 9:54 AM on June 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Item: "Hence is not hither."

I came in here to complain about "hither", too. It reverses the whole meaning of the phrase.
posted by Plutor at 9:58 AM on June 30, 2009


That cat looks nothing like Hitler.
posted by gman at 10:01 AM on June 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


I have taken your concerns into account.
posted by The Whelk at 10:02 AM on June 30, 2009 [5 favorites]


Yeah, but is there an actual real-life lute cat? Because if there isn't verily shall I weep.
posted by ob at 10:10 AM on June 30, 2009


Yeah, but is there an actual real-life lute cat? Because if there isn't verily shall I weep.

Kinda
posted by The Whelk at 10:13 AM on June 30, 2009


Yeah, I saw that deletion reason too and was really sorry I couldn't favorite it. I also briefly fantasized (with both hands above the equator) about making such a video. The problem is how to get curly-toed boots onto a cat...
posted by DU at 10:13 AM on June 30, 2009


I can't access your link. Why do you torture me so?
posted by ob at 10:14 AM on June 30, 2009


The problem is how to get curly-toed boots onto a cat...

You'd have to declaw it first. I can't wait for the AskMe.
posted by ob at 10:14 AM on June 30, 2009


Maybe there could be a "Play him hither, Zither Cat" illustration.
posted by rtha at 10:14 AM on June 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


I can't access your link. Why do you torture me so?

Click on it. Then hit enter on the URL.
posted by gman at 10:15 AM on June 30, 2009


Click on it. Then hit enter on the URL.

oh and OOH!!
posted by ob at 10:16 AM on June 30, 2009


Yeah, I saw that deletion reason too and was really sorry I couldn't favorite it. I also briefly fantasized (with both hands above the equator) about making such a video. The problem is how to get curly-toed boots onto a cat...

Seriously speaking, this kinda comes up a lot. Like how much *work* it is just to make one stupid joke ...and the joke is usually so short or so stupid that you don't think it's going to take any time at all but it does cause it always does then you're halfway into it going "Why am I stressing out over a joke about a cat with a lute?" Like how that 26 Scarlet Letter thing turned into like 10 months of procrastination and re-drawing for something that'll take all of 50 seconds to read. Like taking hours and hours and hours of footage to make a 30-second boob joke.


What I'm saying is, you really have to have faith and confidence in your stupid jokes if you're ever going to make them into reality.

or, summed up

"It took an hour to write! I thought it should take an hour to read!"
posted by The Whelk at 10:22 AM on June 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


The problem is how to get curly-toed boots onto a cat...

Staple gun.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:24 AM on June 30, 2009 [5 favorites]


cortex's deletion reasons need their own page. I always look forward to them. (no pressure)
posted by small_ruminant at 10:26 AM on June 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


There is one, but it's not being updated, as far as I can tell.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:45 AM on June 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


Pithy deletion reasons are seen by so few people that I look on them as free for the taking and making of my own jokes. [presses kill switch]
posted by carsonb at 10:56 AM on June 30, 2009


ahhhh! thank you Astro Zombie!
posted by small_ruminant at 10:57 AM on June 30, 2009


We also have http://deletedthread.blogspot.com/ with the deletion reasons from ALL the mods.
posted by exogenous at 11:04 AM on June 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


I think it should say, "Play him thither, Zither Cat." I mean, seriously, did I have to come up with that?
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:05 AM on June 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


I, too, watched Futurama last night.

How do I look?
Like a cheap French harlot.
FRENCH?!?!?!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:08 AM on June 30, 2009


I'm glad we're including all the deletion reasons from all the mods, because I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but it seems like vacapinta is really starting to get comfortable in his role as graveyard-shift mod.

I love your illustration, too.
posted by misha at 11:14 AM on June 30, 2009


[Exeunt.]
posted by not_on_display at 11:18 AM on June 30, 2009


Between the bardcat and the free porn coupons, I declare The Whelk awesome.
posted by CKmtl at 11:21 AM on June 30, 2009


The Whelk, you've got a gift! For illustration, I mean--I'm too cheap to send you a present.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:26 AM on June 30, 2009




I love it. Keytar cat?
posted by exogenous at 11:38 AM on June 30, 2009


They're both great, TW, but Lute Cat better captures the very unhappy, I'm-so-going-to-savage-you-as-soon-as-you-let-me-go look on Keyboard Cat's face in the video.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:43 AM on June 30, 2009


I figured Zither cat was the friendly one, but with a sinister, expectant gleam in his eye.


Fuck, Now I have to do the Pantheon of Internet Cats.
posted by The Whelk at 11:48 AM on June 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


HARK A HERALD
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:57 AM on June 30, 2009 [14 favorites]


DU : I also briefly fantasized (with both hands above the equator) about making such a video. The problem is how to get curly-toed boots onto a cat...

I could do this video, but I think it would be pretty boring to watch:

Me (shouting at a cat sitting on the floor): Take the god damned lute!

Kitty: Meow?

Me (shaking the lute at the cat): Take it you stupid cat! And put on these fucking boots!

Kitty: Meow.

Me (vein standing out in forehead): Take the lute you little furry bastard! You are going to make make me a fortune!

Kitty (walks away)

Me: You will never work again in this town, cat!
posted by quin at 12:04 PM on June 30, 2009


Potomac Avenue, that's a beautiful riff off the Bayeux Tapestry.
posted by lowlife at 12:09 PM on June 30, 2009


Cool illustration.
posted by Sailormom at 12:15 PM on June 30, 2009


I have a very hard time pronouncing both zither and thither. It makes my tongue strike the back of my teeth in the same way that a petulant child might strike out at his father when angered.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:16 PM on June 30, 2009


cortex's deletion reasons need their own page. I always look forward to them. (no pressure)

Well, there is this but it only shows one page and I can't figure out why it does that. This works better but isn't exact.
posted by dead cousin ted at 12:22 PM on June 30, 2009


Please, no keytar cat. That guy from The Darkness dressed as a pirate, playing the keytar ruined whatever respect I had for the instrument. He apparently rode a giant pair of breasts (mostly SFW, as it's a fan-shot video and none too clear) while playing a keytar.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:20 PM on June 30, 2009


can.. not..stop laughing... My cat says purr to you all.
posted by dabitch at 2:06 PM on June 30, 2009


ruined whatever respect I had for the instrument

That statement worries me.
posted by ob at 2:23 PM on June 30, 2009


To be clear, the very act of putting keys on something that could be slung around one's neck in a lame keyboard equivalent of the electric guitar deserves contempt.
posted by ob at 2:26 PM on June 30, 2009


I like Zither Cat just because of the "thither/zither" thing.
posted by Sidhedevil at 3:09 PM on June 30, 2009


What does the left hand do on a keytar anyway? Seems really limiting to only play keys with one hand.
posted by rottytooth at 3:12 PM on June 30, 2009


You work the buttons that control the pitch and such things with the other hand.

But you can play a keytar with both hands if you really want to. Probably less stable, though.
posted by CKmtl at 3:31 PM on June 30, 2009


What does the left hand do on a keytar anyway?

Bitchin' note bends, I believe they're called.
posted by ob at 4:49 PM on June 30, 2009


Play him off, Rifle Ape! Play him to hell!
posted by qvantamon at 12:03 AM on July 1, 2009


ENOUGH WITH THE CATS.
Play them off, Guitar Dog. (warning: contains borderline cruelty to dog by aging hippie)
posted by wendell at 6:26 PM on July 1, 2009


This brings up an important point... I would sincerely like to be able to favorite deletion reasons. This will not, I assure you, ruin Metafilter. I just need them for, uh, bookkeeping purposes.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:24 PM on July 1, 2009


God help me, I love stupid shit on the internet.
posted by steef at 6:56 AM on July 2, 2009


You know, I've been away from MeFi for a little while due to real life pressures, and I was starting to think, "Ehn. I'm not missing it that much." Then I read a thread like this and you people have sucked me right the fuck back in.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:14 PM on July 4, 2009


yadda yadda just when I think I was out yadda yadda pulled me back in yadda yadda
posted by The Whelk at 8:27 PM on July 4, 2009


Very late to this, but it's been bugging me for days - what the hell is that thing in Potomac Avenue's Bayeux-shop image? My gf & I guessed a lion, embroidered by somebody who'd only read descriptions of sea-lions.

And in my googling around, I found this.

I guess that proves once and for all that, whenever you think the internet has produced something highly original and esoteric, some crazy cat-fancier got there first...
posted by Pinback at 3:58 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


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