Wednesday, March 4, 2009

LOL Cats!

Today in class, "text language" was brought up- specifically, the bible text version. This got me to think about computer languages. How could we have ever forgotten the phenomenon of the LOL Cats? LOL Cats have given cute little kitties everywhere an unique voice in the virtual world- and I think it is only appropriate that they are mentioned in this class.

For those not-in-the-know, A lolcat is an image combining a photograph, most frequently of a cat, with a funny and idiosyncratic caption in (often) broken English—a dialect which is known as “lolspeak,” ”kitteh,” or “kitty pidgin”. LOL Cats really took off- for some people- you can check some out here

A bit of trivia:
  • LOL Cat history goes as far back as the 1860s, when a photographer named Henry Pointer began publishing a carte-de-visite (small photos) series of cats. Later, in the early 20th century, Harry Whittier Frees published novelty postcards and children's books with images of animals dressed in human clothing.
  • The first recorded use of the term "lolcat" is from the anonymous imageboard 4chan sometime around 2005.
  • The word "lolcat" is attested as early as June 2006, and the domain name "" was registered on June 14, 2006.