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Rick taught his cat, Lou, how to use instant messaging. Their chat logs can be read at Lou vs. Rick. (SLTP)
posted by shiu mai baby (106 comments total) 189 users marked this as a favorite

 
At first I was a little annoyed that he didn't train his cat to like, hit buttons that would generate a txt message for wants and needs, but then I read


CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE RICK


and I decided that little matter.
posted by The Whelk at 11:57 AM on November 3, 2011 [68 favorites]


*didn't*
posted by The Whelk at 11:57 AM on November 3, 2011


Awesome.
posted by DU at 11:57 AM on November 3, 2011


rick...
posted by djseafood at 12:01 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


These are cute.

Shame it hasn't updated in two years.
posted by pts at 12:02 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


mittens blum. hello new sockpuppet.
posted by elizardbits at 12:03 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


rick
posted by griphus at 12:03 PM on November 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


rick
posted by drezdn at 12:03 PM on November 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


I was trying to be funny and I think I got throttled...
posted by griphus at 12:03 PM on November 3, 2011


LouisTheCat: im having a crisis too
LouisTheCat: my bowl is full of cat food
LouisTheCat: my bowl is full of cat food on thanksgiving


The first few he needed to find his voice a bit, but the Chanukah, Emily and Thanksgiving ones are great.
posted by jeather at 12:03 PM on November 3, 2011


Also, a cat wanting to convert to Judaism is one of the running gags in this Completely Charming Totally Amazing Comic book FROM FRANCE (but it's in English too)
posted by The Whelk at 12:04 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


is this where I admit my dog has a gmail account and regularly emails my wife and I reminders concerning his supply of food, treats, toys, and poop bags. He's also very concerned about his walk schedule and who is going to be home in time for his walk that evening.
posted by JPD at 12:05 PM on November 3, 2011 [12 favorites]


I feel Cat_ebooks is possibly a better reflection of feline philosophy.
posted by Artw at 12:05 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


What is not mentioned in this site: Rick has a second cat, Tom. Tom was taught how to send instant messages while a kitten, but quickly realized Rick wasn't worth his time. Now Tom lies around in the sunny spots, figuring out if he should kill Lou or Rick first. Unfortunately, this indecision and his love of sunny spots, cat food magically appearing in his bowl when he least expects it, and the occasional scratching behind the ears has kept Tom from enacting any of his schemes.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:05 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Very well written. My Trilby has his own account on MetaChat where he posts about his dream to become an international spy and his side interest in writing poetry, and if I spend too long on MetaChat myself he hints, very subtly, that it's past time I logged out and let him have his turn.

I can only hope he never finds out about instant messaging.
posted by orange swan at 12:06 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


The cat has the personality of my best friend since middle school, who happens to be of the human persuasion, to the T.

I'm ashamed.
posted by Malice at 12:09 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


archy and mehitabel for the new age... with all that that implies.
posted by ubiquity at 12:09 PM on November 3, 2011 [6 favorites]


rick
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:15 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cats are strange. I am always trying to tell them that they have got to get over this thing they have with water. They should also wear pants, or at least carry a bag. The fact that they have no place to carry money or snacks puts them at a severe disadvantage in the global marketplace.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:15 PM on November 3, 2011 [9 favorites]


I need to have a discussion with my cat and his habit of putting his little butt-hole in my face every time I lay down. Sportscenter is a whole other show with catbutt in your face.
posted by grubi at 12:22 PM on November 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


The caps lock thing is how I totally thought my late beloved Ozzy thought of me or my husband oversleeping when it was time to be fed around five a.m.

IT TIME IT TIME

OH IT TIME

HALP IT TIME

IT TIME IT TIME IT TIME

HALP

IT TIME
posted by Kitteh at 12:22 PM on November 3, 2011 [72 favorites]


It's too bad there's not a cat version of OK Cupid because I've got a girl at home who sounds like she'd be a perfect match for Lou. If they didn't kill each other.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:23 PM on November 3, 2011


LouisTheCat: maybe i dont have time for this
RickDickens77: You lick your balls all day.
LouisTheCat: thats more than a little insensitive and i think you know why


Oh man. This is just... wow.
posted by koeselitz at 12:24 PM on November 3, 2011 [18 favorites]


I was just going to pull that bit too, koeslitz!

So awesome.
posted by emilycardigan at 12:25 PM on November 3, 2011


I made a pledge to NEVER laugh at anything cat-related on the internet a while back. I nearly broke that pledge today.
posted by sourwookie at 12:26 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shame it hasn't updated in two years.

"Rick" happens to be one of my dearest friends and I nudge him about this every now and then. Totally delighted to see it pop up on the blue!
posted by padraigin at 12:27 PM on November 3, 2011 [8 favorites]


The "little rick" bit has me cackling at my desk and disturbing my coworkers. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:28 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


why does everything have to go somewhere with you
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:29 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm just going to create email accounts for all our pets and start emailing my wife.
posted by unSane at 12:31 PM on November 3, 2011 [6 favorites]


Some people think it would be great if their pets could talk.

I've always been of the opinion that it would work out something like this.
posted by valkyryn at 12:31 PM on November 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


The caps lock thing is how I totally thought my late beloved Ozzy thought of me or my husband oversleeping when it was time to be fed around five a.m.

Ozzy, previously on MetaFilter. Back when he was with us.

Aw man now I'm tearing up a little

stoopid cat lifespans
posted by Shepherd at 12:32 PM on November 3, 2011 [6 favorites]


Yes Little Rick had me giggling here...

RickDickens77: Ok, you made something out of what?
LouisTheCat: love
LouisTheCat: and clay
--------: 3:19 PM
LouisTheCat: and poopies
posted by dabug at 12:33 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


The cat has the personality of my best friend since middle school, who happens to be of the human persuasion, to the T.

he pees on your girlfriends?
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 12:35 PM on November 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


This is really great. I laughed. A lot.
posted by OmieWise at 12:36 PM on November 3, 2011


I'm glad other people love this as much as I do. The caps lock thing is particularly funny since it seems, based on my internet observations, that he's not the only one who feels that way inside.
posted by phearlez at 12:38 PM on November 3, 2011


A+. Super funny.
posted by Jacob G at 12:42 PM on November 3, 2011


LouisTheCat: maybe i dont have time for this
RickDickens77: You lick your balls all day.
LouisTheCat: thats more than a little insensitive and i think you know why
...
So awesome.
posted by emilycardigan



After what that cat has done to you, emilycardigan, I suppose you're justified to a little laugh at his expense.
posted by Kabanos at 12:43 PM on November 3, 2011 [18 favorites]


I'm setting up an email account for our cat as we speak. Too bad Hubblecat is taken.
posted by lydhre at 12:45 PM on November 3, 2011


Hey! I wrote this!

Thanks to my pal padraigin for calling this to my attention, and to the poster for sharing. It's exciting that it makes people laugh. As you can see, I ran a little dry on ideas for LVR a couple years back, but I'm working on bringing up a new blog one of these days, on which I hope it may find a home.

Humbly yours.
posted by shanecyr at 12:50 PM on November 3, 2011 [118 favorites]


Made of Love and Clay and Poopies.

Brilliant.
posted by Mcable at 12:54 PM on November 3, 2011


In my head, Rick sounds like Brian and Lou sounds like Stewie.
posted by alona at 12:57 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm hearing H. Jon Benjamin as both. Preferably animated in Squigglevision.
posted by anthom at 1:01 PM on November 3, 2011 [17 favorites]


Welcome, Shane. This was funny as hell.
posted by mintcake! at 1:02 PM on November 3, 2011


I enjoyed this.

I wish sometimes that my cat Ninja could talk... though I fear he would sound like a hyperactive 10 year old.

For the time being, he shall have to be content with expressing his displeasure by twitching his tail at me, and playing the knock-off game.
posted by utsutsu at 1:06 PM on November 3, 2011


I'm hearing H. Jon Benjamin as both. Preferably animated in Squigglevision.

I'm hearing HJB too, but with "rick" as Archer's "Lana!"
posted by zombieflanders at 1:15 PM on November 3, 2011 [6 favorites]


Love this, but hard for me to get Amy Poehler's voice out of my head as the voice of Lou. Rick Rick Rick
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:17 PM on November 3, 2011 [15 favorites]


i mean for reals that is a messed up lamp

Excellent.
posted by JoanArkham at 1:17 PM on November 3, 2011


I always imagined my old man cat Fizgig had a voice like Samuel L. Jackson. Especially when he would walk up to you and just say "mwor." In my head I always heard it as "Mwor muthafucka."

Good job Shane.
posted by teleri025 at 1:18 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was appreciably more amusing than I expected.

CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE RICK

Me too, Louis. Me too.
posted by Decani at 1:31 PM on November 3, 2011


There's a story about what happens when cats can talk.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 1:31 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


rick
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 1:36 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


LouisTheCat: being nice sounds like work rick
LouisTheCat: tomorrow is our peoples day of rest


I'm going to use this line forever. Since there are so many different people, I figure there is at least one day of rest for each day of the week.

Also my greyhound once sent me a gift from amazon. It was the best birthday present ever - I'm still amazed at the effort my friends made to pull that one off.
posted by winna at 1:37 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


rick
posted by middleclasstool at 1:39 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


RickDickens77: Tell me you didn't pee on Emily
RickDickens77: Louis.
RickDickens77: LOU


Dying. You made my week.

Thank you shanecyr and shiu mai baby.
posted by millions of peaches at 1:40 PM on November 3, 2011


That's right, Dude. He peed on your fuckin' girlfriend.
posted by xedrik at 1:42 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


She really tied the room together, didn't she?
posted by grubi at 1:49 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Rick!
posted by drezdn at 1:50 PM on November 3, 2011


Shanecyr, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE update! It is WAY better than the time I came back to my computer, shooed the cat off the keyboard and looked at what she'd 'typed':

"iiiiiiiiiiiii lllllliikkee pooooooooo".

Lou is far more literate than my cat.
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 1:52 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


shanecyr--

Yes. Shockingly large numbers of people await the continuation of these adventures.
posted by effugas at 1:54 PM on November 3, 2011 [9 favorites]


He really nails the cat voice once he finds it. I'm half-convinced he really did teach a cat to type.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 2:12 PM on November 3, 2011


Lou sounds like H Jon Benjamin in my head.
posted by amarynth at 3:06 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


^-.-^
posted by item at 3:06 PM on November 3, 2011


Someone needs to find HJB saying "Rick" and edit it together.
posted by phearlez at 3:09 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love this. It's like the best reimagining of Garfield ever.
posted by Betty_effn_White at 3:21 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


LouisTheCat: rick
RickDickens77: What?
LouisTheCat: can i get a puppy


Priceless.
posted by Splunge at 3:28 PM on November 3, 2011


The stress of muffling my laughter here at the office has given me a headache.

Totally worth it.
posted by blurker at 3:40 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I keep hearing Amy Poehler in my head. Rick!
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:05 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: more than a little insensitive and i think you know why.


...and poopies.
posted by jadayne at 4:26 PM on November 3, 2011


Totally love this. Have to read the rest at home as my cow-orkers are noticing my silent laughter.

I have a friend that's out of town for a few months, and I think I'll set up a gmail account for her elderly cat (who is still here).
posted by Specklet at 4:57 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


This had me giggling uncontrollably, and I agree he totally nails the cat voice once he finds it. Puts my cat's twitter feed to shame. Moar please, Shane!
posted by sharpener at 5:06 PM on November 3, 2011


Rick
posted by advicepig at 6:06 PM on November 3, 2011


Almost as good as Kim Jong Il's AIM conversations
posted by cman at 6:10 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


rick
rick
rick
posted by radiosilents at 6:28 PM on November 3, 2011


I'm reading this at a bar on my iPhone and got to:

"rick"
"oy vey"

and I think I might get kicked out.
posted by tristeza at 6:38 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


RickDickens77: The people next door, their last name is Blum.
LouisTheCat: mittens blum
RickDickens77: I suppose so.
LouisTheCat: ok well im never gonna let that one die


omg, this pretty much saved my day today. Thanks for the link!
posted by Wuggie Norple at 7:12 PM on November 3, 2011


shanecyr
shanecyr
shanecyr
put lou on i wanna talk to him
shanecyr
what did you do with lou
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:23 PM on November 3, 2011 [18 favorites]


I am now harassing my cat by repeatedly saying his name and giggling.

He's ignoring me. I
posted by grapesaresour at 7:31 PM on November 3, 2011


Hah. Do not taunt happy fun furball.
posted by Justinian at 7:41 PM on November 3, 2011 [7 favorites]


I have wondered what it would be like if my dog could talk. The best I can come up with is, it'd be like living with a small hairy(er?) Alex Ovechkin who doesn't have thumbs.
posted by cmyk at 7:57 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


rick
posted by Ceiling Cat at 7:59 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


rick.
posted by Ceiling Cat at 8:00 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


RICK
posted by Ceiling Cat at 8:00 PM on November 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


I have wondered what it would be like if my dog could talk. The best I can come up with is, it'd be like living with a small hairy(er?) Alex Ovechkin who doesn't have thumbs.
Ha! I have a friend at the dog park who says she wishes the dogs could talk for one day a year. I think she may be onto something...
posted by trip and a half at 8:10 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have a friend at the dog park who says she wishes the dogs could talk for one day a year.

That would make an awesome comic.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 8:14 PM on November 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm just going to create email accounts for all our pets and start emailing my wife.
posted by unSane


I have stolen your idea and a tiny part of me now pities my wife (while the rest of me can't wait for her to check her email).
posted by COBRA! at 8:15 PM on November 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


A few of our cats used to email their christmas lists to my wife.
posted by drezdn at 8:18 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


That did it. I just created an email account for the dog and sent an email to my husband about picking up her shit on their morning walks. I often voice my dog's inner life, and I think it will now take the form of email to my husband. As if he didn't have enough on his hands already...
posted by msali at 8:37 PM on November 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


turns out samantha@gmail.com and butterscotch@gmail.com are not available
posted by Kwine at 9:41 PM on November 3, 2011


I REALLY REALLY enjoy this.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:14 PM on November 3, 2011


It's amazing how much timing and delivery you can get, in a totally written medium. Man, that's fantastic.

Shanecyr, please let us know if you get a new blog up!
posted by meese at 10:20 PM on November 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Kwine, here's a protip: try adding samantha[the dog/cat] or butterscotch [the hamster/guinea pig] and I bet you get the address. I signed up with rainathedog and it worked just fine!
posted by msali at 11:29 PM on November 3, 2011


I spent last night in the hospital with a migraine, and once the meds kicked in, I distracted myself by diving into the blue. Finding this got me laughing myself back into headacheland, but it was totally worth it, even just for this:

LouisTheCat: she was in my spot

Earlier this year I created a Facebook account for my cat Shackleton T. McShacklepuss (who was named, incidentally, by MeFites; you can read his story here). I set it up originally because he's diabetic, has special needs, and I wanted to use that avenue to spread awareness that illin' kitties need loving too. But he's also got more personality than most humans I know, and it soon descended into schizophrenia-style snark. The scary thing is that he's up to 82 friends now.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 4:13 AM on November 4, 2011


okay chalk up another hospital inmate laughing her head off. This is awesome and made me smile and miss my fatass cat, thank you.

rick
rick
rick

posted by zennish at 4:46 AM on November 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


LANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA






danger zone
posted by timory at 10:18 AM on November 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


I love how--upon multiple re-readings I just now discovered this--the breaks in the timestamps could indicate a period of afk or perhaps just Rick trying to figure out how to keep his sanity in composing a response to Lou.
posted by PapaLobo at 2:03 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


My wife and I were in tears laughing at the Thanksgiving episode, and CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE ALL THE TIME is going in our repertoire right next to "clean all the things!"
posted by mdaugherty82 at 6:07 PM on November 4, 2011


rick
rick
RICK
posted by wallabear at 8:05 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


WHAT
posted by wallabear at 8:06 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rick, rolled
posted by not_on_display at 10:01 AM on November 6, 2011


Between this and the Yelping with Cormac McCarthy thingy, I have been sitting in my quiet apartment cackling like a lunatic for the past hour and probably terrorizing the bejesus out of my neighbors. Oh, sweet internet, you can stay forever.
posted by palomar at 10:53 PM on November 7, 2011 [1 favorite]


This really is fantastic. I haven't laughed that hard in several months. I hope you can revive it.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:26 PM on November 9, 2011


New twitter feed: @LouisVsRick
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:15 AM on November 17, 2011


Thanks, MexicanYenta. I can't follow hard enough.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on November 17, 2011


Oh, and here's a link. Louis doesn't do html, yet, apparently.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on November 17, 2011


Episode 9 is up.
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:14 AM on November 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Every time I read (or think about) that, I feel a nearly irresistable urge to leave where I am (work) to go home and clean the litter boxes.
posted by jeather at 11:50 AM on November 21, 2011


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