The return of Keyboard Cat

It’s all over the internets tonight, but I thought that I should include it in today’s offerings just in case you missed it. It’s new footage of our friend Keyboard Cat, this time providing social commentary on casual PCP use.

The best cultural critique I’ve found thus far comes from MetaFilter user I Foody, who says the following:

I like the keyboard cat videos where they show the cat briefly before tragedy arrives. It sort of changes the whole meaning behind the keyboard cat videos. Instead of just celebrating human tragedy it seems as though the keyboard cat anticipates it, like he’s this omniscient trickster just looking on, aloof and smug, as people wander unwittingly towards misfortune. It’s as though all of life that came prior to an accident was just an elaborate trap, bait meant to draw fools towards an accident and humiliation and having finally caught his prey the keyboard cat celebrates joyously. Aha! we think, so that’s the trick, fortune and misfortune are all the same in the end, distinguished only by whether it is happening to us or to another, and by whether we can hear the song of the keyboard cat, pounding out a tune looking down on us, the fools below.

I knew that if we stayed with the keyboard cat meme long enough it would yield something truly beautiful, and it has.

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8 Comments

  1. Jim
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    For true beauty, I like this:
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/06/cross_stitch_keyboard_cat.html

  2. Cantor
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    I’m guessing that video wasn’t supposed to arouse me.

  3. Posted June 23, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    All I get is a “page not found” error, Jim. My guess is that there was something so beautiful there, that the had to take it down. Otherwise it would have brought on to much love, broken down national borders and the like.

    And, Cantor, that’s nothing to be ashamed of… unless your male, in which case it makes you a disgusting pervert.

  4. Posted June 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of Hall & Oates , did I ever tell you the story my friend told me about how she had to wait outside a hotel room door when she was 15 or 16 as her friend made love to Oates after a concert? She could hear the sounds too. The thought of it still makes me feel ill.

  5. Ricker 76er
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure what was creepier; the cat or Hall and Oates…

    See the following for more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMTI8vg7A5U

  6. Jim
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another link to the same image:
    http://www.boingboing.net/2009/06/22/cross-stitch-him-off.html
    Apparently Craftzine pulled the pattern when it was alleged that cross-stitch keyboard cat was a blatant rip off of 8 bit keyboard cat.

    I’d like to see cross-stitch keyboard cat on a wretched hive t-shirt.

  7. Patrick
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    a friend of mine showed me this a few days ago + I have to say: I’m a big fan of this keyboard cat character …

  8. Posted June 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Patrick, if you want to get a Keyboard Cat face tattoo, I’ll chip in for it.

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