Thanks for the lolcat deletion May 18, 2007 2:53 AM   Subscribe

Today, for the first time, I wished I could favorite a thread deletion justification. "This post was deleted for the following reason: im in ur over-trafficked meme, stating ur ironic deletion raisin" - cortex
posted by BrotherCaine to MetaFilter-Related at 2:53 AM (143 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

So, basically, you're thanking cortex for using a cliche joke to explain why he deleted a cliche jokes post.

I'm going to drink more coffee before I come back to this thread. It's too circular for me right now.
posted by ardgedee at 3:29 AM on May 18, 2007


BrotherCaine, sly as you are, I know this is just a subtle way to reopen the discussion. Heartily endorsed, for my part.
posted by Firas at 3:30 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Quasi hilarious.
posted by jack_mo at 3:40 AM on May 18, 2007


Uday wasn't bad either.
posted by Firas at 3:41 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


I still don't understand the term "macro" as applied to cat images. I understand macro- as a prefix, and macro as a camera setting for making images very large, and macro as a series of keypresses and commands that can be programmed into a word processor. But I don't get how image + text = macro.

And lolaliens has grown. I wish I had time to turn it into a full-time blog, so I could be known as that guy who blogs about a meme making fun of a meme making fun of bad internet grammar/spelling and people's insipid pictures of their pets. No, wait, that wasn't it. I wanted to be the guy remembered for inventing time travel. I guess I figured I could waste time along the way, because once someone invented it, I could just go back in time and give it to myself.

What was I talking about again?
posted by Eideteker at 3:52 AM on May 18, 2007


Think it has to do with macrochan.org, where the 'funny image+text' subculture has long thrived.
posted by Firas at 3:57 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


No, wait that's totally wrong. Nevermind me.
posted by Firas at 4:00 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wikipedia:

An image macro, also known as a thread bomb, is a picture with text superimposed, typically through the use of graphics software such as GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, or Microsoft Paint. The name image macro originates from the Something Awful Forums[citation needed], where for a time the use of a preset "macro" text would insert into the post a corresponding image.
posted by teleskiving at 4:06 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


The snark in deletion justifications is uncalled for, comes off as trite immature high school giggling and sets a low bar example for users.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:23 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I know how to look something up on wikipedia, t-skiv. So is it like a word processing macro in the sense that you're stamping a set block of text onto an array of images (in a repetitive, assembly line sense)? Shift-Ctrl-I = insert this text into the selected image.
posted by Eideteker at 4:35 AM on May 18, 2007


I'm with Brandon Blatcher, even though he smells.
posted by Eideteker at 4:35 AM on May 18, 2007


The snark in deletion justifications is uncalled for, comes off as trite immature high school giggling and sets a low bar example for users.

Lord knows nothing calls out for high-flown seriousness like pictures of cats reciting pidgin Shakespeare.
posted by chinston at 4:37 AM on May 18, 2007 [5 favorites]


There are only so many levels of irony one can scramble up onto, knuckles bloody and eyeballs wriggling from the aftershocks before it all goes wrong, and we all end up looking really stupid.

I advocate exploration of the possibilities, but only so I can point and laugh when some poor bastard hits N+1.

It's possible that I am that poor bastard, in which case: lookit me I am captian luser! I AM!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:41 AM on May 18, 2007


~criticize my ninja-esque comma-placement skills and I'll fuckin' cut you, man~
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:43 AM on May 18, 2007


✰ ✰ ✰ ➳ im in ur base, killin ur dudes ➳ ✰ ✰ ✰
posted by killdevil at 4:44 AM on May 18, 2007


*points, laughs*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:46 AM on May 18, 2007


I have an infinite capacity for laughing at lolcats, but then again I still laugh at "all your base."

I are easily amused.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:46 AM on May 18, 2007


It's a macro in that keywords in your post could be auto-replaced with inline meme-pics, hosted by the forum. Takes all the effort out of exhausting a meme!

I find it hilarious that neckbeards on Wikipedia insist on naming the GIMP first.
posted by blasdelf at 4:48 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, and those Shakespeare lolcats? PURE GENIUS.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:49 AM on May 18, 2007


All the coffee in Ethiopia won't help. I give up.
posted by ardgedee at 5:00 AM on May 18, 2007


It's been at least a week since we stroked cortex's ego. We were overdue for one of these adoration threads.
posted by Dave Faris at 5:05 AM on May 18, 2007


I still like the Iraqi Information Minister meme: "My feelings - as usual - we will slaughter them all" and "Our initial assessment is that they will all die."
posted by breezeway at 5:06 AM on May 18, 2007


is it like a word processing macro in the sense that you're stamping a set block of text onto an array of images

Well, if the Wikipedia article is correct, they used to be called macros because they were inserted into a post using a preset piece of text which was automatically expanded into the image.

In other words, the name "macro" is nothing to do with the fact that the pictures have text on except for the fact that those kinds of images were frequently used as image macros and the association has stuck.
posted by teleskiving at 5:08 AM on May 18, 2007


Man... that meme is so dead. [warning, disturbing pictures ahoy].
posted by yeti at 5:11 AM on May 18, 2007


Well, if the Wikipedia article is correct, they used to be called macros because they were inserted into a post using a preset piece of text which was automatically expanded into the image.

Oh poop. The IMAGE MACRO phrase (and style: Impact 20px, 2px contrasting stroke) came from the SA forums back in 2001, just like every goddamn stupid but funny image-manipulation meme that's taken the rest of the internet by storm (eventually and belatedly) in the last five years or so has done. Not that the SA forums don't suck compared to their glory days 4 or 5 years back (it's September all over the goddamn web for us old bastards, relieved only by AJAX and Twittering thank you sir can I have another, thank you sir can I have another) of course, but Jesus's bristley unstroked balls it irritates me when people lose the...

Sorry, what were we talking about?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:27 AM on May 18, 2007


I find it hilarious that neckbeards on Wikipedia insist on naming the GIMP first.
neckbeard - Derogatory term for slovenly nerdy people who have no sense of hygene [sic] or grooming. Often related to hobbies such as card gaming, video gaming, anime, et. al [sic]
I learnt something today.
posted by tellurian at 5:30 AM on May 18, 2007


Funny, those cat pictures. Tx.
posted by jouke at 5:44 AM on May 18, 2007


"This post was deleted for the following reason: im in ur over-trafficked meme, stating ur ironic deletion raisin" - cortex

Fish, barrel, I'd have thought.
posted by cillit bang at 5:47 AM on May 18, 2007


The loldedcats series is horrible. Someone should post it to the front page.
posted by grobstein at 6:10 AM on May 18, 2007


It's been at least a week since we stroked cortex's ego. We were overdue for one of these adoration threads.

He is still awesome, you know.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:19 AM on May 18, 2007


BrotherCaine paraphrased: Cortex is so awesome, he deserves daily hot stone massages.

I can get behind this. Do we sign up for dates, or is it first come, first serves? (Or first served, first... no, nevermind.)
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:29 AM on May 18, 2007


Man, I've been massaged when I've been stoned, and it's the bomb.
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:50 AM on May 18, 2007


Im in ur metatalk, snarking your snark...
posted by jonmc at 6:50 AM on May 18, 2007


"The snark in deletion justifications is uncalled for, comes off as trite immature high school giggling and sets a low bar example for users."

Oh, Brandon, your quest against humor is charmingly quixotic.
posted by klangklangston at 6:53 AM on May 18, 2007


When I get bombed, I like to massage my stones.
posted by jonmc at 7:03 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Man, a massage sounds great.

I've been thinking a lot about the back-and-forth that mediareport and languagehat had the other day, about the balance of utility for some against entertainment for others in the use of deletion reasons. I think they both had good points:

- Deletion reasons might be instructive to the newer poster and newer readers who aren't as familiar with the site, but
- Most people who know to look at the deletion reason are by definition in the poweruser category.

In this case, it was Yet Another Lolcats Post, by jonson. So the poster hardly needs gentle instruction (jonson has had more entertaining posts deleted without malice than most mefites will ever make), and if by chance some raw newbie managed to comment in that thread and so discover the deletion reason by serendipitous clickery in My Comments or whatever, I'd love it if they took from that a little bit of discouragement toward meme posting.

If I went at this all wrong and actually hurt jonson's feelings, well, I'll feel kind of shitty about that and apologize without qualification.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:04 AM on May 18, 2007


i'm in ur jonson hurtin your feelins (?)
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:17 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


You know, you can favorite a deleted thread if you want to come back to that deletion reason and laugh again. (I've done it myself before)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:19 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


If I went at this all wrong and actually hurt jonson's feelings, well, I'll feel kind of shitty about that and apologize without qualification.

You'd have to delete LOLpugs for that to happen.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:19 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? WHERE ARE THE LOLCATS? IF YOUR JONSON IS HURTING MAKE AN ANONYMOUS POST TO ASKME KTHXBYE!
posted by languagehat at 7:36 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm pleased that Cortex got commended on his deletion reason.

Because otherwise I never would have seen the Shakespeare LOLCATS, and they did make me LOL.
posted by booksherpa at 7:37 AM on May 18, 2007


He is still awesome, you know.

One wonders why we need to keep reiterating this universal truth.
posted by Dave Faris at 7:45 AM on May 18, 2007


One wonders why we need to keep reiterating this universal truth.

There is an argument to be made that saying nice things about other people helps reduce the overall level of sorrow and suffering in the world, if only by a tiny bit.

Every time I check in to Flickr I try to leave a comment on someone's photos that says something nice even if it's something dorky like "nice picture." Since I check my pictures often and I have a few friends who update a lot, they tend to get the bulk of my accolades. On the other hand, saying something nice isn't zero sum. You can say something nice about cortex and still have enough words left to say something nice about jonson [cute baby!] or blasdelf [lol neckbeards!] or stavros [hey I didn't know that, thanks for sharing!] or you [excellent use of the nominative!].

I don't see why you need to continually point out that you find this process distasteful unless you're attempting a subtle self-parody in which case, lol!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:52 AM on May 18, 2007 [10 favorites]


I'm pretty goddamn sure I hate you all.

...'cause that's what too-serious chinkhaters would say, if they were comedy-handicapped. Am I rite? Nigger jew joke? It's all funny comedy, so no problem, right?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:54 AM on May 18, 2007


There is an argument to be made that saying nice things about other people helps reduce the overall level of sorrow and suffering in the world, if only by a tiny bit.

Yes, but cruelty can often be amusing. And making people laugh is nice. Sometimes you just gotta be cruel to be kind.
posted by jonmc at 7:56 AM on May 18, 2007


I think it's safe to say that the Shakespeare lolcats got pwned.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:57 AM on May 18, 2007


But I love you too, you know. That's life.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:00 AM on May 18, 2007


There's an argument to be made that being force-fed endless treacle makes everything sweeter and better.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:01 AM on May 18, 2007


There is an argument to be made that saying nice things about other people helps reduce the overall level of sorrow and suffering in the world, if only by a tiny bit.

Oh, no doubt, no doubt. The Adoration of the Cortex probably wipes away all the sins of the entire state of Vermont, I'd venture. But I can't help but wonder ... in a community of 50,000, it's curious that we can't find someone new to lavish all this bountiful adoration and good will upon. I mean, CORTEX ROCKS, of course we all know that. Facts are facts, But the trick, I think, is for us to find someone who rocks just slightly less than Cortex.

And I propose whoever does find that person, that they just keep it to themselves since a secret is a wonderful thing.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:02 AM on May 18, 2007


It's you, Dave. We all know that. We're just keeping it to ourselves, because we know you prefer it that way.
posted by languagehat at 8:17 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


excellent use of the nominative!

I want this on a T-shirt.
posted by scody at 8:18 AM on May 18, 2007


I don't get it.
posted by jonmc at 8:19 AM on May 18, 2007


"Yes, but cruelty can often be amusing. And making people laugh is nice. Sometimes you just gotta be cruel to be kind."

Oh, man, I saw that coming. I was already humming "in the very best measure" in my head by the time I get to the end of your line.
posted by klangklangston at 8:26 AM on May 18, 2007


One wonders why we need to keep reiterating this universal truth.

Sah-kit-toe hay-tah-zu! SAH-KIT-TOE HAY-TAH-ZU!!!
posted by kosem at 8:28 AM on May 18, 2007


[excellent use of the nominative!]

Jessamyn, I'd like to say something nice. This made me laugh out loud (not to be confused with "lol," which rarely coincides with actually laughing out loud, as I understand the acronym to stand for).
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 8:29 AM on May 18, 2007


I love you guys.
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:32 AM on May 18, 2007


(not to be confused with "lol," which rarely coincides with actually laughing out loud, as I understand the acronym to stand for)

This is one of the things that makes my eyes cross -- when people use "lol" when it's utterly unrelated to any possibility of anything even remotely funny having been said. And I don't mean after a lame joke; I mean after NO joke -- like when someone will say "I just got an iPod, lol." It's as if the user thinks it's some type of...verbal punctuation indicating a general sense of the positive? I don't know.

posted by scody at 8:38 AM on May 18, 2007 [3 favorites]


I don't know either, lol.
posted by ND¢ at 8:41 AM on May 18, 2007


It's the textual equivalent of giggling, scody. Some people are like that.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:41 AM on May 18, 2007


I totally agree with scody's comment, lol
posted by grouse at 8:46 AM on May 18, 2007


I, for one, welcome our new I'm in UR base can haz cheezburger 3) profit! MetaFilter: LOL brb jk this wendell, it vibrates?

SYSTEM ERROR
posted by ORthey at 8:57 AM on May 18, 2007 [10 favorites]


Wait a second... the meme is "over-trafficked?" What does that mean? People toss it around too much? It's getting too many eyeballs? Sheezus.

Anyway, this was an editorial prerogative deletion. No guidelines breached. And kudos to cortex for managing to pull of the admin thing while still being everyone fun pal. But the overeager deletions continue...
posted by scarabic at 8:58 AM on May 18, 2007


O RLY?
posted by Otis at 9:00 AM on May 18, 2007


maybe we need to find a meme as yet unborn. a memebryo, if you will.
posted by jonmc at 9:03 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


My feelings weren't hurt by the deletion reason, they were hurt (albeit only very slightly) by the realization that I had misjudged what people would find at least mildly amusing. I thought the physics jokes & shakespeare gags would be funny to some, but if the flags say otherwise, it's really no biggie. I know cortex is a good guy & bears pretty much no one here any ill will, so it's not likely his deletion reasons would carry any malice.
posted by jonson at 9:06 AM on May 18, 2007


We can hold the First Annual MetaFilter Meme-Off! (or MeFiMe-O).

Rules:

1) Invent a meme.
2) That's about it!
posted by ORthey at 9:07 AM on May 18, 2007


jonson- couldn't you be just a tiny bit upset about it? Maybe storm off in a huff only to return five comments later? I mean, just for the sake of argument... let's say cortex did hate your everliving guts... WHAT THEN?
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:13 AM on May 18, 2007


Oh. My. God. I must say, the whole "niceness is positive-sum" thing is quite a mindblowing concept.

Wait, is it really though?

First of all, saying something nice requires an acknowledgement of niceness, thus extracting a concession from the complimentor.

Secondly, even if we consider the particular concession immaterial in a way that the compliment itself is not, then if we look beyond the two-party transaction, the very introduction of more niceness into the system has sort of created an imbalance right? If you say "you're wonderful" to one person in a group, you're basically withholding the compliment from other people in the group. It's like, if you kiss Jill, you're effectively not kissing Jenny.

So niceness may be positive-sum between the bestower and the bestowee, but may be more complicated in terms of the holistic balance of niceness in a system.

This merits further investigation.
posted by Firas at 9:14 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


ORThey sounds like he's joking, but wasn't there a contest along these lines like a year or two ago? That "pictures of people eating while crying" site (if I'm remembering correctly) was one of the entries.
posted by jonson at 9:14 AM on May 18, 2007


Deletion raisin? I thought deletion raisins were all those you see on the cereal box picture that you can't find when you open the box.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:15 AM on May 18, 2007


oh - and anotherpanacea, if cortex had it in for me, I'd be fucked. He's an admin, and also a musician, so he could write clever songs that mocked me, and then delete my complaints about them. At least if you piss off matt & jess, you don't have to worry about the musical onslaught.
posted by jonson at 9:16 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


I think he's letting it smolder.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:17 AM on May 18, 2007


Well played, sir.
posted by pineapple at 9:18 AM on May 18, 2007


The snark in deletion justifications is uncalled for, comes off as trite immature high school giggling and sets a low bar example for users.

You're either new here or you haven't paid any attention.

i'm in ur jonson hurtin your feelins (?)

BAD TOUCH. NOT ON FIRST DATE.
posted by loquacious at 9:20 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


We can hold the First Annual MetaFilter Meme-Off! (or MeFiMe-O).

Interrobang wants singing cowboys to be the next meme. Like frilly Roy Rogers shirt wearing cowboys. I don't get it exactly, but there you go.

Also, all those that are like "that meme is played out, don't post it" are working against their own interests. A meme is like a fever. It has to burn itself out. It has to get worse before it gets better. It has to be posted so many times at so many places that everyone is so sick of it that they want it to go away. If you get tired of a meme and want it to stop, the answer is to FPP that bitch daily. I single-handedly killed off "all your base" a couple of years ago. It can be done.
posted by ND¢ at 9:20 AM on May 18, 2007


You got really mad and indignant, just then, right? Let it out. Feel the power. Yes... the hate is swelling in you now.

Good. I can feel your anger. Cortex is defenseless. Take your keyboard! Snark him down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the dark side will be complete.
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:24 AM on May 18, 2007


i have no vocal cords, lol
posted by brain_drain at 9:32 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


I still laugh about totally sweet ninjas who flip out and kill people.
posted by iconomy at 9:41 AM on May 18, 2007


this was fun.

maybe we need to find a meme as yet unborn. a memebryo, if you will.

but now then, what would that be? a meme in general usage is a cliche or a popular trend, so prior to its cultural adoption it's just any old this or that... it's only in being overdone that it earns the nomenclature.

posted by mdn at 9:48 AM on May 18, 2007


I have a lazy eye, loll
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:49 AM on May 18, 2007 [3 favorites]


Firas : So niceness may be positive-sum between the bestower and the bestowee, but may be more complicated in terms of the holistic balance of niceness in a system.

Nicely said. You are smart. We love you.

*hugs*
posted by quin at 9:50 AM on May 18, 2007


Whoa! If jonson can be deleted... then NONE of us is safe!!!!!!!!!
posted by The Deej at 9:53 AM on May 18, 2007


it's not likely his deletion reasons would carry any malice.
posted by jonson


Let's work on that eh? More malice please, cortex. I'll pay an extra $5.
posted by The Deej at 9:54 AM on May 18, 2007


mdn, did you just commit a memebortion?
posted by jonmc at 9:54 AM on May 18, 2007


but now then, what would that be? a meme in general usage is a cliche or a popular trend, so prior to its cultural adoption it's just any old this or that... it's only in being overdone that it earns the nomenclature.


beans
A PLATE

posted by iconomy at 9:56 AM on May 18, 2007


im in ur plate, overthinkin ur beans
posted by grouse at 9:58 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


tl;dr

I just wanted to thank the poster for directing me to the deleted post which I had unfortunately missed.
posted by exlotuseater at 10:00 AM on May 18, 2007


The cool thing about the term memebryo is that, much like the shorthand "MeFi," its pronunciation isn't really explicit. meem - bree - oh? mem - bree - oh? me - fie? meh - fee?

Also:

I'M IN UR THREAD FUCKEN HATIN U, LOL.
posted by eyeballkid at 10:00 AM on May 18, 2007


quin, I wuv you too! *hugz* xoxo
posted by Firas at 10:01 AM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


ORThey sounds like he's joking, but wasn't there a contest along these lines like a year or two ago? That "pictures of people eating while crying" site (if I'm remembering correctly) was one of the entries.

It was called "Contagious Media," and it was my first metafilter post EVAR.
posted by dersins at 10:03 AM on May 18, 2007


iconomy, the true graphic would be this:

metafilter
thinkaplateofbeans

posted by jonson at 10:04 AM on May 18, 2007


Yours is definitely more clever, jonson. I was doing beans on a plate like snakes on a plane. Two memes for the price of one!
posted by iconomy at 10:08 AM on May 18, 2007


MetaFilter -- I thought the physics jokes & shakespeare gags would be funny to some
posted by matteo at 10:09 AM on May 18, 2007


What do you call a MeFi member who co-starred on the X-files for a while?

Meme-y Rogers.

What do you call a MeFi member who is also a stand-up comedian?

Meme-o Phillips

What do you call a bunch of MeFi members who beat up the world in basketball?

The Meme Team.

I could keep going. But I won't, thank god.
posted by ORthey at 10:20 AM on May 18, 2007


Every time I check in to Flickr I try to leave a comment on someone's photos that says something nice even if it's something dorky like "nice picture."

It might not surprise you to know that entire forum threads on Flickr have been devoted to comments and what they really mean.

One large contingent believes that people that drop comments like "Great shot!" or "nice." are just being lazy. That is, they have nothing substantive to say about your picture and the comment is so generic they may have not even looked at your photo at all. The suspected motivation then is that they are leaving a comment self-servingly so that you might go and take a look at their photos!

I know that all seems like a cynical view of the world but I think its an interesting example of how something done in the spirit of altruism or niceness can surprisingly be percieved as selfish and self-serving.
posted by vacapinta at 10:26 AM on May 18, 2007


Like that time I ate all the ice cream so my wife wouldn't get fat. I know she's so concerned for her figure!
posted by jonson at 10:39 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


plate of beans, huh? Lemme think about that for a bit...
posted by jonmc at 10:55 AM on May 18, 2007


I think its an interesting example of how something done in the spirit of altruism or niceness can surprisingly be percieved as selfish and self-serving.

Wow, interesting. I'll have to be less lazy-seeming if I go that route in the future. It never even occurred to me that it might be taken that way.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:00 AM on May 18, 2007


1) Did anyone else read that as "ur-ironic"?

2) raisin lol
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:07 AM on May 18, 2007


I know that all seems like a cynical view of the world but I think its an interesting example of how something done in the spirit of altruism or niceness can surprisingly be percieved as selfish and self-serving.

Yeah, it's a tricky thing. I think it's less of a mixed signal when the praise is directed at someone you have a relationship with—dropping a "Ha!" or a "Great shot, man." into a mutual contact's stream doesn't carry the same motivational questions because we're already (at least in theory) well aware of each other.

I've noticed a big uptick in really generic, postive blog spam in the last couple months. I used to get lists of bare links for the most part, or Bayes-fighting random text, but lately there have been more and more "You has great site! Very nice design, I tell my friend!" type crap with just one link, perhaps buried in the "my website" field of the comment. That seems like the ultimate cynical capitalization on the situation.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:16 AM on May 18, 2007


And jonson, it wasn't an awful post, it just seemed like (a) we've had a lot of lolcat stuff in the last month and (b) neither of the links had much content. It was the combination of the two that really got me, but I may have some sort of twisted meme-supression anxiety disorder with the lolcats that's making me harsh the bud unrighteously.

I'd rather see a big meaty roundup of all the latter-day lolcat riffs than just one link here and there continuing on for a month at a time. Yes, that's editorial prerogative, and if the overal message here is Hey Man, Let The Cats Run Free, I can try turning the other cheek.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:20 AM on May 18, 2007


I'm just here to go on record as adoring several mefites.

Matt, Jess, and Cortex are adored by default, and all subsequent lists of adoration can be assumed to include them, even if they are unintentionally omitted.

Further, I adore:

Stavros
Madamejujujive
Vacapinta
Taz

I also adore several others whom I know well, and so they are in no doubt of their adoration, and need not be mentioned.

This list of adored mefites is woefully incomplete, as I have a terrible memory for names. If you think I should adore you, but do not find yourself on this list, rest assured that I do, in fact, adore you. Unless I don't.
posted by frykitty at 11:24 AM on May 18, 2007


Two days ago, I found myself throwing my sister's two cats up in the air while she took pictures of them*, in the vain hope of getting a funny one I could turn into a lolcat, just to see if I could. Then I thought, WHAT HAVE I BECOME???

*this actually happened.
posted by ORthey at 11:34 AM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


ORthey writes "Two days ago, I found myself throwing my sister's two cats up in the air while she took pictures of them*, in the vain hope of getting a funny one I could turn into a lolcat, just to see if I could. Then I thought, WHAT HAVE I BECOME???

"*this actually happened."


LOLcatTosser? I like it!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:37 AM on May 18, 2007


Love me!

love me?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:41 AM on May 18, 2007


Let the cats run free cortex!

I thought it was a good post Jonson. Made me giggle like a little girl. And if memory serves, it was one of your posts a while back that had the "I made you a cookie" cat in it that was the first lolcatz I had ever seen.
posted by vronsky at 12:05 PM on May 18, 2007


I made you a cookie.

I has a bucket.

Two of the first and best of the meme.
posted by quin at 12:13 PM on May 18, 2007


I thought it was a good post Jonson. Made me giggle like a little girl.

Me too.

OK, the giggle was more like a slightly overweight, unshaven nerd sipping from a near empty cup of cold coffee and sitting alone in his underwear at lunchtime because yesterday he said "fuck it" and decided he needed a vacation day today just for the hell of it and because sometimes you just have to escape yet another day at the same old untidy desk as you cruise purposelessly towards an unspectacular mid-life crisis whilst wondering how the hell you ended up here anyhow.

But the sentiment was probably the same.
posted by normy at 12:59 PM on May 18, 2007 [3 favorites]


There are a few things that no amount of aging or maturity will ever stop me from laughing at, which include:

- People falling down
- Farting loudly
- The "I has a bucket" walrus photo series
posted by ORthey at 1:10 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


"This is one of the things that makes my eyes cross -- when people use "lol" when it's utterly unrelated to any possibility of anything even remotely funny having been said. And I don't mean after a lame joke; I mean after NO joke -- like when someone will say "I just got an iPod, lol." It's as if the user thinks it's some type of...verbal punctuation indicating a general sense of the positive? I don't know."

Pssst...scody.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:26 PM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


crash: LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

(seriously, I started laughing so hard that someone came into my office to ask if I was all right. She, too, is now laughing helplessly. Jesus really does spread joy!)
posted by scody at 1:33 PM on May 18, 2007


- The "I has a bucket" walrus photo series

I'd never seen that until just now. Freakin' awesome.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:48 PM on May 18, 2007


I, for one, welcome our new I'm in UR base can haz cheezburger 3) profit! MetaFilter: LOL brb jk this wendell, it vibrates?
SYSTEM ERROR
JRUN

Fixed that for you, ORthey.

And yes, I vibrate, but I'd like to know where you heard that. And after a recent MeCha entry, I would like you to refer to me by my new name: cyst valley.

And if you really are going to have a MetaFilter Meme-Off, here is my entry.
posted by wendell at 2:27 PM on May 18, 2007


My cat's breath smells like cat butt.
posted by y2karl at 2:41 PM on May 18, 2007


I tend to get a little upset whenever LOLcats or image macros come up and 4chan (or 2chan, 7chan, 12chan, 420chan, ...) is not acknowledged. It's a subculture that's been around for years, and is just now becoming popular, so it's really annoying to see people think it's something new.

If you need me, I'll be in my lab. [probably nsfw]
posted by Rhomboid at 3:27 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


(probably?)
posted by Dave Faris at 3:41 PM on May 18, 2007


Hm, you just posted a picture of a guy fucking his dog.
posted by puke & cry at 3:43 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


And the less mentions of chans here, the better.
posted by puke & cry at 3:45 PM on May 18, 2007



\beansbeansbeansbeansbeansbeansbeansbeans/
\beansbeansbeansbeans/

think

posted by team lowkey at 3:54 PM on May 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


My cat's breath smells like cat butt.

I think you're snuggling the wrong end. LOL.
posted by pracowity at 3:57 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thanks, rhomboid, we can pretty much rule out EVER getting the img tag back. (Although the whole LOLCATS fad is a strong enough argument against it).

-cyst valley
posted by wendell at 4:05 PM on May 18, 2007


I'm in Ur ...
posted by thatwhichfalls at 4:15 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


rhomboid, the's the world probably I've ever seen.
posted by ORthey at 4:19 PM on May 18, 2007


the's the world probably I've ever seen

get out of my head!
posted by found missing at 4:26 PM on May 18, 2007


you just posted a picture of a guy fucking his dog.

favorited, only so I can tell people to get off my ass when they start the OMG CHICKENFUCKING refrain again.

You just posted a picture of a guy fucking his dog.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:02 PM on May 18, 2007


Jules: Chickens are filthy animals. I don't fuck filthy animals.
Vincent: How about a dog? Dogs eats its own feces.
Jules: I don't fuck dog either.
Vincent: Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal?
Jules: I wouldn't go so far as to call a dog filthy but they're definitely dirty. But, a dog's got personality. Personality goes a long way.
Vincent: Ah, so by that rationale, if a chicken had a better personality, he would cease to be a filthy animal. Is that true?
Jules: Well we'd have to be talkin' about one charmin' motherfuckin' chicken.
posted by found missing at 5:23 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


*Worst probably*

I need to get out of my OWN head.
posted by ORthey at 5:24 PM on May 18, 2007


Metafilter: You just posted a picture of a guy fucking his dog.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:19 PM on May 18, 2007


With apologies to Cortex... I couldn't help it.[jpg]
(from a recent victim of intelligent lolcat post deletion. revenge is a dish best served cold. and it is very cold in metaspace.)
posted by moonbird at 8:59 PM on May 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey, cortex looks like a slightly sardonic Jesus.

I'm good with that.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:06 PM on May 18, 2007


Well played, moonbird. Though that aspect ratio totally makes me look fatter.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:40 PM on May 18, 2007


I've been waiting for the right thread to submit my contribution, based on the wonderful LOLCATZ meme. I think this is the right thread, so here it is!
posted by Lynsey at 10:19 PM on May 18, 2007


Rhomboid, I'd like to thank you for giving me the tools to completely fucking devastate all who oppose me.

Also, all of my "friends" hate me now.
posted by Stunt at 11:31 PM on May 18, 2007


This article FINALLY got me up to speed on the lolcat thing or whatever you call it.
posted by The Deej at 11:44 PM on May 18, 2007


Jonson, for the record, I liked your lolcats post.

Thatwhichfalls, subtle, I like it.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:25 AM on May 19, 2007


Catmacro song ftw. [via]
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:47 AM on May 19, 2007


Holy fuck, wemayfreeze. I couldn't finish it. Didn't get past the second stanza of the rap.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:46 AM on May 19, 2007


I got past the second stanza but am now bleeding out of every orifice.

(yep, even THAT one).
posted by ORthey at 9:26 AM on May 19, 2007


Because it was so great?
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:31 AM on May 19, 2007


Only long years of experience of college radio let me get through the cat macro song wemayfreeze. DO NOT WANT.
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:32 PM on May 19, 2007


✰ ➳
posted by bigmusic at 10:53 PM on May 19, 2007


I'M IN MAH 'PUTER CHAIR.

TRYN TA UNSEE TEH DAWG FUCKIN.
posted by Cyrano at 6:21 AM on May 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wait, jonson posted a cat macros thread? This makes me feel so much better about the cameltoe.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:24 AM on May 20, 2007


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