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April 6, 2012 3:44 AM   Subscribe

October Jones's dog sends him text messages at work.
posted by minifigs (66 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
RICK.

RICK.

SOMEONE'S STEALING OUR BIT, RICK.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:48 AM on April 6, 2012 [124 favorites]


Did you read my mind, Faint of Butt?
posted by infini at 3:51 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why is he being so unnecessarily vulgar and mean to that poor texting dog?

Also, yes, it's a pale imitation of Louis.
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 3:55 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


PROMISE YOULL NEVER TELL ME TO FUCK OFF RICK
posted by seanmpuckett at 3:56 AM on April 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Most of these predate RICK actually. They've just been collected on tumblr for the first time.
posted by minifigs at 4:19 AM on April 6, 2012


My personal favourite October Jones bits are Things that Look Like Faces and How To Draw [Famous Person], but as far as I know they haven't been collected in one place like Texts From Dog yet.
posted by the latin mouse at 4:48 AM on April 6, 2012


If they predate RICK then why are all the timestamps on the texts from the last week or two?
posted by item at 4:51 AM on April 6, 2012


He's only started doing them as fake-screenshots rather than plaintext recently.

I'm kind of surprised that the Louis vs Rick fans here hadn't already heard of October Jones' dog, who is a pretty well established Twitter micro-celebrity. (There were complaints last year when the guy tried to change his profile picture to one of himself.) But then I don't know many people here who follow Shane Cyr; maybe it's a UK vs US thing?

Either way, I think this is just one of those times when two people came up with similar ideas independently.
posted by the latin mouse at 5:07 AM on April 6, 2012


It appears that this is a continuation of a project that's been underway on Twitter for significantly longer than the Tumblr. They used to just be tweets that said, "Text from dog: [content]." The Tumblr, and the iPhone renditions, and the exchanges (I believe), are new. From what I can see, the "Text from dog" tweets used to just be tweets that listed texts from the dog, labeled "Text from dog." Example.

I certainly haven't investigated thoroughly enough to prove it came before Rick, but it's not remotely difficult for me to believe two people had the idea of getting texts/IMs from their pets. I know loyalty to Louis and Rick runs deep (with me too!), but I sometimes think folks are a little quick to presume that any similarity in general ideas has to mean that whichever one they heard about second must have ripped off whichever one they heard about first.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 5:15 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


This guy is very mean to his dog and therefore I do not like it.
posted by subbes at 5:18 AM on April 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Surely someone must be doing a "tweets from bird" feed. Surely.
posted by DU at 5:19 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't actually get the RICK thing at all.
posted by empath at 5:26 AM on April 6, 2012


I always thought that the RICK thing was a sudden resurgence of popularity in that Saturday Night Live sketch with Amy Poehler. RICK RICK RICK!! PANCAKES AT NIGHT!!
posted by NoMich at 5:31 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


PRICK.

PRICK.

PRICK.

THIS GUYS SUCH AN ASSHOLE TO HIS DOG.
posted by Subterranean Homesick Pygmalion at 5:53 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


If this post resuscitates RICK RICK I vote ban hammer.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:12 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Flagged for animal cruelty.
posted by Trurl at 6:16 AM on April 6, 2012


this could have been really good.

instead, it was really swear-y.
posted by xbonesgt at 6:26 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Guys, I think this might be fake. Also, he bought his dog a phone so he's not that much of a dick.
posted by OsoMeaty at 6:29 AM on April 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Texts from my dog, who spends his day in the backyard, would all read:

Squirrel!

SQUIRREL!!

CAR!

MAILMAN!

SQUIRRELSQUIRRELSQUIRREL!!!!
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:29 AM on April 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


So is this guy January's brother or is that a stage name? Naming your kid after a month (other than April, May, or June) must be a thing now. Whatever, I don't get this text-messaging/twittering pets bit. Dogs and cats don't have opposable thumbs so how does that even work? But seriously, doesn't icanhascheezburger already have this covered?
posted by fuse theorem at 6:31 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I call fake too. Fakey McFake in fact.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 6:36 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Naming your kid after a month (other than April, May, or June) must be a thing now.

Couple famous guys did it about 2000 years ago too. Caesar something.
posted by DU at 6:38 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I, for one, am looking forward to the textfromdog / textsfromhillaryclinton mash-up.
posted by j03 at 6:39 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Couple famous guys did it about 2000 years ago too. Caesar something.

No, that's naming your month after a kid. Subtle difference.
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:47 AM on April 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Dogs and cats don't have opposable thumbs so how does that even work?

Some cats do.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:49 AM on April 6, 2012


I don't actually get the RICK thing at all.

It's from this prior post, which was a guy (Rick) and his cat (Louis). The site had not been updated since 2009, but from recent spike in interest in the site, it seems like it's back, and with a new format (at least, I think the format is new -- archive.org doesn't have an old snapshot of the site, but this site has a clip of what I think the site used to look like).

The RICK in caps comes from the "Grace" episode, in which Louis learns of caps lock ("CAPS LOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE RICK / ALL THE TIME"), but the caps were a single episode thing.


So is this guy January's brother or is that a stage name? Naming your kid after a month (other than April, May, or June) must be a thing now.

As a tot, I had a babysitter named Austria, supposedly named because she was born when her parents had planned to go to Austria. Her younger sister was born in August, and thus, she was named August. I guess they were ahead of the curve.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:06 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


And if it's a stage name, it's supposed to be catchy. If your stage name is dull, you're probably doing it wrong (unless your bit is to play the straight guy/dull fellow).
posted by filthy light thief at 7:07 AM on April 6, 2012


Huh. I wonder if there's any way to make cursing at a dog funny. This definitely isn't it.
posted by HotToddy at 7:10 AM on April 6, 2012


I don't actually get the RICK thing at all.

It's from this prior post
, etc.

Pretty sure he meant he didn't understand why people thought it was so funny and bring it up all the time.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:10 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank god, I finally know that the RICK RICK RICK thing is now.
posted by Windigo at 7:19 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


what the, rather.
posted by Windigo at 7:20 AM on April 6, 2012


Pretty sure he meant he didn't understand why people thought it was so funny and bring it up all the time.

Nope, didn't remember the original post, and but now I also don't think it's that funny.
posted by empath at 7:23 AM on April 6, 2012


I also don't think it's that funny IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE

ALL THE TIME
posted by subbes at 7:29 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I think if there's one message that needs to be conveyed to people attempting comedy it's that the word "fuck" is not, in itself, funny. In this case, it's sort of negative funny - it would be a lot better without it.

FWIW, the RICK thing is funnier than the dog thing, but neither catch either cats or dogs like this well-worn meme.
posted by Grangousier at 7:33 AM on April 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


This guy has nice, surprisingly intricate background art.

Everything else I hate.
posted by delmoi at 7:33 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


DELMOI
posted by infini at 7:37 AM on April 6, 2012


This guy has nice, surprisingly intricate background art.

Everything else I hate.
posted by delmoi at 7:33 AM on 4/6
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Yeah, it's funny that so much work has gone into the presentation of content that isn't funny.
posted by jayder at 7:52 AM on April 6, 2012


Maybe he's hoping he can get a book deal for this dumb content.
posted by jayder at 7:53 AM on April 6, 2012


I think if there's one message that needs to be conveyed to people attempting comedy it's that the word "fuck" is not, in itself, funny. In this case, it's sort of negative funny - it would be a lot better without it.

This is exactly what I thought but you said it better than I would have.
posted by not that girl at 7:59 AM on April 6, 2012


Actually, I think these are pretty funny. So there.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:26 AM on April 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


the word "fuck" is not, in itself, funny.

Well, fuck.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:29 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


It's how you deliver your fuck that matters.
posted by subbes at 8:32 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I fucking hate Rick.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:42 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Someone should make one with a fish! It would be ridiculous because you'd be thinking "How did the fish text without getting the phone all wet?"!
posted by orme at 8:57 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


orme: "Someone should make one with a fish!"
BLUB

BLUB

                        seriously, fish, how is your phone not dead?

BLUB

                        fish, I have no idea what that means

BLUB, GURBLE, BLUB

posted by idiopath at 9:05 AM on April 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Seriously though, what cat DOESN'T like lasagna??
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:08 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's how you deliver your fuck that matters.

This works in multiple contexts, if you know what I mean.

(laaaaaaydeeeeeeez)
posted by mightygodking at 9:24 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Delivery" and "fuck" would be indivisible in that context.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:26 AM on April 6, 2012


MARMADUKE, YOU GOT A "TEXT MESSAGE" AGAIN
posted by benzenedream at 9:29 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am sorry, but I thought this was funny.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:30 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's how you deliver your fuck that matters.

Its all the in delivery, really, and sad to say, for me at least, this tumblr sags. (but his twitter feed is pretty funny )
posted by infini at 9:40 AM on April 6, 2012


LOLCATS were funny because they incorporated how a cat (or dog) probably wouldn't care about grammar or spelling. Having a dog or cat not only care about grammar and spelling but also proper capitalization just highlights that it's a human's imaginary thought. It doesn't "sound" like it's actually coming from a dog.
posted by bleep at 10:04 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


It doesn't "sound" like it's actually coming from a dog.


The texts from the dog just kinda sound like texts from an annoying man baby that's crashing on your couch because his mom kicked him out of her basement.
posted by OsoMeaty at 10:31 AM on April 6, 2012


expression is the need of my soul
i was once a vers libre bard
but i died and my soul went into the body of a cockroach
it has given me a new outlook upon life
i see things from the under side now
thank you for the apple peelings in the wastepaper basket
but your paste is getting so stale i cant eat it
there is a cat here called mehitabel i wish you would have
removed she nearly ate me the other night why dont she
catch rats that is what she is supposed to be fore
there is a rat here she should get without delay

most of these rats here are just rats
but this rat is like me he has a human soul in him
he used to be a poet himself
night after night i have written poetry for you
on your typewriter
and this big brute of a rat who used to be a poet
comes out of his hole when it is done
and reads it and sniffs at it
he is jealous of my poetry
he used to make fun of it when we were both human
he was a punk poet himself
and after he has read it he sneers
and then he eats it

i wish you would have mehitabel kill that rat
or get a cat that is onto her job
and i will write you a series of poems showing how things look
to a cockroach
that rats name is freddy
the next time freddy dies i hope he wont be a rat
but something smaller i hope i will be a rat
in the next transmigration and freddy a cockroach
i will teach him to sneer at my poetry then

dont you ever eat any sandwiches in your office
i haven’t had a crumb of bread for i dont know how long
or a piece of ham or anything but apple parings
and paste and leave a piece of paper in your machine
every night you can call me archy
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:34 AM on April 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


MARMADUKE, YOU GOT A "TEXT MESSAGE" AGAIN
posted by benzenedream


Marmaduke has just received a text message from the female dog down the street, asking him if he plans on visiting his puppies before they are adopted.
posted by orme at 10:36 AM on April 6, 2012


Orme: 'Someone should make one with a fish! It would be ridiculous because you'd be thinking "How did the fish text without getting the phone all wet?"!'

Not a fish, but...
posted by the latin mouse at 10:43 AM on April 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


MARMADUKE, YOU GOT A "TEXT MESSAGE" AGAIN

HELLO, YES THIS IS DOG
posted by en forme de poire at 11:53 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


A post from my cat:

4st!​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZZZZZZZZ​ZZZZ
posted by 4ster at 12:10 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Huh. I wonder if there's any way to make cursing at a dog funny. This definitely isn't it.

http://music.metafilter.com/4491/Fuck-You-You-Fucking-Fuck

Yeah.
posted by palbo at 2:47 PM on April 6, 2012


Actually, the video with the actual animals wasn't in that link, let's try again :P

Huh. I wonder if there's any way to make cursing at a dog funny. This definitely isn't it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKgSFJH8uIk
posted by palbo at 2:49 PM on April 6, 2012


And now i forgot to use anchor tags, thanks brain. (My kingdom for an editing window, etc.)
posted by palbo at 2:50 PM on April 6, 2012


Yo gang! I appreciate the LvR loyalty, for real, but be really careful what you call a ripoff. I know I didn't copy this thing and have no reason to believe October Jones copied me. It'd be a dumb thing to steal, wouldn't it?

Room for cats and dogs in all media. Peace among writers of dumb things. Joy to the world.

-s
posted by shanecyr at 3:44 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is October Jones related to January Jones?
posted by bleep at 4:01 PM on April 6, 2012


I do sympathize with dogs. Mirrors do create convincing lookalikes.
posted by Metamorpheus at 4:35 PM on April 6, 2012


"I'll just come up and watch you then" is, I'm sorry to report, objectively funnier than anything on MvR.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 5:02 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


DU: "Surely someone must be doing a "tweets from bird" feed. Surely."

I have not updated my Twitter for a while now, but yes.
posted by Splunge at 1:20 PM on April 12, 2012


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