Thursday, June 07, 2007


This page, on the evolution of "kittah"/"lolcat" speak, was making the rounds today, and since I wanted to bookmark it so I'd be able to find it in the future, I figured I'd just toss it up on my blog.

A Special In-Depth Analysis of the cat image macro speak world.

On a similiar note, I was thinking this week about 1800s era novels. There's a particular feature of many of these novels that characters are called "Mr. R---" or "Mrs. L---". It's kind of cute, and occurs in a lot of writing from that time. This came up because I had four different conversations with friends who I've worked with in the past/work with now and in each coversation we were typing "A" and "G" (where "A" == and for today you can guess what "G" is). This occured independently in each of those separate conversations, and it occured to me that it's a sort of convention among some circles these days to refer to employers by a single letter. For one, it's much shorter to type, but for another, it's a weak defense against the monitoring of email/IM/network traffic/etc that we all know goes on. It's just a little quirk that I noticed, and I was kind of fascinated how conversations adapt to limitations like the realization that the text being transferred between the participants is almost certainly being logged somewhere. Anyway, go read the kittah blog post. It's a neat analysis.

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