Let Overwrite, Let Override

At the beginning, Internet memes passed me by without leaving a mark. I’d see all of the Zero Wing mashups at YTMND or the latest bunny-with-a-pancake-on-its-head macro, be amused, and go on about my life. People would post lists of movies they’d seen or states they visited on their LiveJournal and I wouldn’t participate.

Lolcats changed all of that. I stumbled upon I Can Has Cheezburger shortly before Liza was born, and I was lost. I read them obsessively. I started critiquing them. I read Anil Dash’s take on kitty pidgin. I created LOLTrek.

That was months ago, and yet I still look for lolcats that I think are funny. I save them in a folder on my computer. I created lolcat versions of an author whose books I like. I’m turning into that guy from the one XKCD comic.

Misty’s take on all of this is that I do it because it keeps getting laughs. “And you have to keep track of lolcats to do good ones.” That’s the most comforting lie I’ve heard all week. I keep track of them because I can’t help myself. I can has ten-step program?

The SF writer John Barnes has written several novels set in a future where people can have programs forced into their brains in much the same way as computers can catch computer viruses. These memes then make their infected humans behave in ways to further spread the meme. If that future ever comes to pass, I am so screwed.



  1. Jota
    on July 11, 2007 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I believe that after “I’m turning into that guy from the one XKCD comic.”, you need to add the parenthetical “(No, not that one.)”

  2. on July 11, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Permalink


    I subbed to your blog based on your lolcats @ the Whatever.

    Then you post an entry with a title that I just had to click through to – becuase “Candle” (I think that’s the name) is one of the sci-fi books I keep going back to.

    I didn’t realize John Barnes wrote any others….I must be a bad intertuber, cause I didn’t even think of wikipedia-ing him or anything.


    I think I’m gonna like it around here.

  3. on July 11, 2007 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Excellent! Welcome to the blog. I actually have never read Candle, since after Kaleidoscope Century I swore off reading Barnes for a while. I recently read The Sky So Big and Black, which is where I ran into One True and Resuna.

  4. on July 11, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I was trying to remember how I found the blogs I enjoy, and I belive it was the LOLtrek, now look at me. I am an avid rss feeder, started my own blog, and working on a podcast. What have you people done to me? Oh, I know, its like finding all of my oldschool RPG friends back in 8th grade.

  5. on July 11, 2007 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I will stage the intervention whenever Misty calls and tells me that it’s time. Until then, all the LOLCats are belong to you.

  6. on October 5, 2007 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    The thing about it is that there are so many different lolcats. You can look forever and never read them all.