Archive for February, 2012


All about the funny Kitties

This is one of the first meme I got into, and I still hold it close to my heart.

LOL-Cats is a very simple meme. You have a picture of a count in a situation and you try to make a joke out it so that you Laugh Out Loud (LOL). One of the first and most famous ones is this, the Cheezburger” cat:

From icanhascheezburger.com

The cute face looks hopeful and possibly asking for something. I think what made is funny and so popular was that he asked for a , something most people would ever expect. Most people found this cat hilarious and started sharing him everywhere. The website, icanhascheezburger.com, dedicated there entire website around this one cat and produced lots of cats similar to him, called LOL Cats. A lot of the other LOL Cats use the grammar used as the Cheezburger cat known as LOLCat speak. There is even a programming language for it (just for the lols of course).

LOL cats are a lot of the times cats in funny situations saying funny things, but some are also very cute with cats saying cute thing. It’s one of those cat fandoms (I might talk about this eventually, give me comments of whether want it or not). It has spread to lots of other animals but I think cats are still the most popular.

It is a way of relieving stress by laughing and awing at pictures of cats. When I first found LOL-cats, I spent hours looking at these pictures to help me forget about the stress of an upcoming test (not the most productive method) or just the normal worries of life. So help the world feel better by taking picture of your cat doing something cute or funny, add a caption, and post it on the web.

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U MAD BRO?

Everybody has had a class clown in their class. He/she constantly makes jokes and disrupts the class with his rude behavior. Unfortunately, there are lot of people on the internet who are exactly like this: the Trolls>

Wikipedia defines a troll the best : someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional responseor of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

TL;DR: People who will say anything to make people angry. Sexism, antisemitism, even saying that the moon landing was fake. Just check the comments on a YouTube video of it. It doesn’t matter what they talk about, it is all about making the angry and start convincing them that they’re wrong.

This face describes everything about them:

It’s a look that wants to make you angry, and they’re enjoying it. They are some of the lowlife of the internet, slightly above internet pedophiles.

It is amazing how much troll life has increased over the years. Calling any video or picture “fake and gay” is the epitome of being a troll because it happens on almost every video ever made. They even started to make fake science to annoy, but also to amuse people. Though troll science is acceptable on the internet, most other types of trolling is unacceptable.

Here is a word of advice: If you respond to it, the troll wins. So please just try to ignore the trolls on the internet and do not give them a reason to continue trolling.

Warning: Text Picture Text is not an internet official term for this time of thing, but it’s what some people call it and a good name for it for me (plus there isn’t a real term for it anyway).

It is very simple: have some text the top, a picture animal or person in the middle, then more text on the bottom. The hard part is making something that’s memorable and interesting enough that people want to spread it. What usually happens is that the top text gives a situation and the bottom text is what the displayed person or animal would do or suggest to do in that situation It’s a way of expressing an idea through personification. It’s kind of hard to understand through only words, so here’s an example:

Advice dog is one of the original text picture text memes (probably, it’s hard to keep track of things on the interwebs).  Though this is not the best example of Text Picture Text, it is an excellent example of Advice Dog:

After this came a lot of different ideas for certain animals, like insanity wolf, the wolf that does completely ridiculous things, or Awkward Penguin (we have a lot in common) who does a lot of awkward things. Ones with humans were also created like College Freshman and B0romir.

It can be used to vent your feelings in ridiculous ways. I could use Socially Awkward Penguin to talk about how awkward I feel about trying to get directions, or Success Kid to portray how awesome it felt when I tried to make my classmates follow me into a long route to class but found a shortcut instead. I can also use to talk about how annoying some girls on facebook can be or how annoying some teachers can be. People even use it to advertise politicians.

So if you want a laugh or just get something out of your system go to site like memegenerator.com and either look at some of these memes or make some of theme.

What is a Meme

For those of you who don’t know what a meme is, it isn’t a silly word created by the internet. It’s definition is: a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition. While the “cultural part” is questioned by some people about internet memes, they are certainly repeated.

Memes are mostly for amuse or to move people, or to affect politics. It is a way of bringing people together. But how do memes come into affect? It’s rather simple: if  the idea is amazing, catchy, funny, or ridiculous enough, it will spread and attract people like a virus spreads through a country. It uses the internet as its medium and spreads.

I’ve witness the creation of a meme firsthand when I was at Otakon 2011, an anime convention (don’t judge me!). There were a lot of vendors outside of the convention trying to sell us food, water, and various knickknacks.  There was a particular vendor with a raspy voice, probably from smoking, trying to sell people “ice cold water” to people in a catchy rap using a megaphone.

Here’s what he rapped:

I found it pretty funny, but a lot of people found it hysterical. At the convention, people yelled “I got that ice cold water” and people would respond in turn “and it’s only one DOLLAR!”. After the convention, people really started to spread that around including a lot of “text, picture, text” pictures including this one:

What I find really funny is that they have a dubstep remixes of it, and some of them aren’t that bad.

Because of this meme, I feel more apart of the people that go to Otakon. I can respond to the call like everyone else, and they know I’ve witnessed this man in his moment of glory and enjoyed it like them. It may only be a small point of connection, but it helps me to feel more comfortable about being with all these strangers at the convention.

For a more information about this meme and other memes, go to http://knowyourmeme.com/.

First Post!

Welcome to my blog. It feels a little world to troll myself in this post, but I felt the title is appropriate. I hope you enjoy my blog and interesting posts will come soon.