Featured Cheezburger: Heather Logue

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Past Featured Cheezburger posts: Heather Bradley, Will Sharick, Matthew Martell, Kirsten Martin, JM Presley, Tori Wadzita.

Heather “poppylady” Logue | Community Support Specialist

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I’m part of Cheezburger’s Community Team, along with the lovely Tofu and dollydally81 — which means that I’m most likely the person who reads your emails… so please be kind. I’ve worked at Cheezburger since last Summer, and I love it because my coworkers are hilarious, my job is entertaining as hell, and I get to bring Sammy, my gorgeous pooch, into the office. Although she’s always rolling around on the ground, spreading her legs and begging people to touch her. That’s a little awkward.

Do your friends and parents understand where you work?
My friends, yes — and they love hearing all of my stories since they are also crazy cat and/or dog people. My parents, on the other hand, are just confused as to how their English major, freelance writer, grammar-crazy daughter ended up somewhere that can’t spell their own name right. Their words, not mine.

What fictional character would you like to be for one day?
Probably Jem (of Jem and the Holograms of course). She has magical earrings, really big hair and a rock band. I just have a dusty guitar that sits in the corner of my room because I only know three chords.

Tell us a behind-the-scenes Cheezburger story!
The lifespan of any sort of communal food and/or beverage (especially packs of Diet Coke) placed in the Cheezburger break room is approximately 53 seconds. True story.

You used to work for the company that produces Hoarders?
That’s correct! And though I worked on a different show for the company, I did learn valuable lessons about what actually constitutes a “pack rat.” Maybe my husband keeping every band shirt he’s ever acquired isn’t actually that terrible.

Favorite meme right now?
I like Condescending Wonka — because everyone needs a little Gene Wilder in their lives, even if he’s being creepy.

Is there anything you used to think was terrible that you now think is really funny?
Probably unicycles. I used to hate them when I was going to college in a little hippy town, but lately I’ve seen this guy who unicycles by me on my way to work — he has long, flowing hair and sings songs to himself. He just seems so happy… I’ve changed my mind.

What was your favorite interaction with or comment from a user?
I’m not sure if this is my favorite interaction, but I did have one user who kept referring to me as “poopy-lady” in our correspondence. I eventually just stopped correcting her. Then there was another user who thought that poppylady was some kind of drug reference… I’m afraid it’s just about the colorful flowers, buddy, just about the flowers.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
Just that I love being part of Cheezburger. Maybe even more than I love actual cheeseburgers. Which is a lot.

 

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Featured Cheezburger: Heather Bradley

A new feature wherein we gaze into Cheezburger, Cheezburger gazes back at us, and you get the who, what, where and when about the people working hard for your Internet!

Past Featured Cheezburger posts: Will Sharick, Matthew Martell, Kirsten Martin, JM Presley, Tori Wadzita.

Heather Bradley | Web Design Director

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been the web design director at Cheezburger since June 2011. I teach graphic design in my spare time. I’ve been designing and illustrating on the web since before you could change the background color on a browser. Seriously. There was a time when ALL websites had gray backgrounds. I’m so old…

Do your friends and parents understand where you work?
Surprisingly, yes. My sister introduced Cheezburger to my family in 2007 when her cat was selected as one of the first LOLcats (Rescue Cat!) and later featured in the first printed book. When I applied to Cheezburger, I gave the CEO a letter of reference from that cat.

Tell us a behind-the-scenes story!
Ben and Emily’s dog Nemo once contributed to a creative brainstorming session by peeing on my dining room rug.

Micron might be the best looking Cheezburger dog. Does that make your other dog jealous?
Did you just call my other dog ugly? Dude, that’s cold.

So you used to live in New York?
Yep, for 11 years. For 7 of those years, I lived in a small box in the East Village. I could stretch out my arms and touch both walls of my living room. My knees hit the wall when I sat on the toilet. The other 4 years were spent living in Brooklyn in a slightly larger box. As much as I love Seattle, I’ll always love NYC.

Favorite meme right now?
“Neil deGrasse Tyson Reaction” otherwise known as “We’ve got a badass over here.”
I get a lot of crushes on nerds. My home office is covered in photos of Spock and Data.

Is there anything you used to think was terrible that you now think is really funny?
When I was younger, I thought just about everything was terrible because “the world is cruel and people are ignorant.” Eventually I realized I was just being a self-righteous ass. So yeah, self-righteous asses are totally hilarious to me now.

What fictional character would you like to be for one day?
The Internet.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
My sister and I published a dating book called the “Rock and Roll Field Guide to Guys.”
I have a large mineral and fossil collection.
I’m always on the lookout for new illustrators for Cheezburger, so email me your portfolios!

 

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Featured Cheezburger: Will Sharick

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Past Featured Cheezburger posts: Matthew Martell, Kirsten Martin, JM Presley, Tori Wadzita.

Will Sharick | Cheezburger Community Team Lead

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I work on the Community Team with Tofu and poppylady (I’m dollydally81). I’ve been working here for just over a year now and I love it! My role at Cheezburger includes a broad range of responsibilities and each day is different. My main focus is supporting the community. I consider myself a Cheezburger detective and work very closely with Dr. Tinycat when contacted about technical issues. I get to learn about all sorts of interesting stuff every day, some of which I will turn into content here on this new Cheezburger Community Support Site. I really want people to send me their own community support content so that I can feature it on this site!

Do your friends and parents understand where you work?
Yes! I love talking to my friends and parents about some of the cool stuff I work on. My friends and my mom (who I call the Ultimate Mother of Mayhem) get it and think it’s rad that I work here!

So I hear you have acting experience.
I was totally nominated for the “Thespian Award” at my eighth grade graduation for my main character role as a King in a play that my drama class collaboratively wrote. I lost (was robbed), but it’s cool because my peer who won, let’s call him Frank, ended up getting lots of congratulations for winning the “Lesbian Award.” Kids can be so cruel. Aside from that, I’ve done a few other plays here and there and I do very much enjoy it.

Tell us a behind-the-scenes story!
I tend to give off a really creepy vibe when I’m deep in thought. When processing a thought, I generally have no idea of what or whom I might be looking at. I’ve definitely creeped out a few of my colleagues (based on their facial expressions) when I come back to reality. When I’m not creeping, I’m rocking out to electropop at my desk while cracking up over the vast amount of funny content I get to see every day.

If you were a cocktail, what cocktail would you be?
I’d be a Negroni. I look good, I smell good, I’m sweet, and I’m bitter.

Favorite meme right now?
Most definitely would have to be Ridiculously Photogenic Guy because, ahem, I can relate.

What fictional character would you like to be for one day?
Stewie Griffin. In fact, I’m dressing up as him for Halloween this year. Anyone interested in being my date to a Halloween party will be required to be Brian.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
I’m a 6’5” left-handed Virgo born in the year of the Cock and I’m currently training for the Rock ’n’ Roll half marathon in Portland on May 20th.

 

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Featured Cheezburger: Matthew Martell

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Matthew Martell | Content Team Copy Editor

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I’m the copy editor for the Content team here at Cheezburger. I’ve been doing that for a couple of months, but I’ve been with the company for almost two years. For a long time I was the de facto animal guy on content, running I Can Has Cheezburger?, I Has a Hotdog and Daily Squee all at once. Oh, I also run So Much Pun. I was an English major and now I get paid to make bad puns all day. How amazing is that?

So. They call you “Martha.”
About a month into my tenure here, I was handling a customer service request from a woman who lived in Iceland and for whom English was most assuredly a second or third language. Fun fact: Google Translate apparently turns Matthew into Martha when you switch it back and forth between English and Icelandic, or at least it did for her, since that is what she called me despite my name being listed in my e-mail signature. The name has stuck ever since.

What is your personal opinion on the Oxford Comma?
I hate it. HATE IT. I had a private party with myself on the day it “died.” I worked for a newspaper before joining Cheezburger, and the first thing a good newspaper editor does to the uninitiated reporter is smother out any affection for that blasted, unnecessary piece of punctuation. Unfortunately the rest of my coworkers on Content seem to think the Oxford Comma is the best thing since sliced bread, so I’m sadly not allowed to forbid it on our sites.

Do your friends and parents understand where you work?
My friends get it — many of them are regular visitors to many of our sites — but my parents still have difficulty accessing their e-mails (which I had to set up for them to begin with), so in their mind I just write puns about cats all day for this weird thing called a “website.” Which isn’t really that far from the truth, I suppose.

Tell us a behind-the-scenes story!
A lot goes on behind the scenes here, so here’s a recent story: Myself and a couple of coworkers started a Turntable.fm room that one person accurately described as “tactical musical warfare.” Working on the internet desensitizes you to almost everything. Carly Rae Jepsen, interestingly, does not fall under that almost everything umbrella. Call me maybe?

Favorite meme right now?
Dolan. When you work on the Internet, finding something that the rest of the Internet mostly hates is kind of refreshing. Also I just think Dolan is hilarious in general. Gooby pls. My all-time 5eva favorite will always be Reglob if u crey, though.

Is there anything you used to think was terrible that you now think is really funny?
I find myself mostly bored by the majority of Advice Animal memes, but occasionally I stumble across a good Lame Pun Coon or Anti-Joke Chicken and for a brief moment find myself feeling far more tolerant of those usually awful two-colored background macros. I that isn’t really much of a conversion story re: liking them as a whole or anything, but I definitely like Advice Animals more now than I did before I started working here.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
My most recently acquired nickname in the office is Sexy Jesus Panda. You don’t need any context for something like that, right?

 

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Featured Cheezburger: Kirsten Martin

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Kirsten Martin | The Daily What Team Lead

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
The Daily What! 3 weeks! But I’ve been “curating” and “aggregating” via Facebook for years. Most of my friends have probably hidden me from their feeds.

Do your friends and parents understand where you work?
Actually, my parents get it more than my friends. My sorority sisters are pretty much, “Cats? But you hate animals,” and “Didn’t you USED to write a blog?”

What’s the most “interesting” thing that’s happened to you while you’ve worked at Cheezburger?
I’ve made it to Queen Anne! I work in the suburbs! I’ve lived in Pioneer Square for two years and I had trouble finding the QA Safeway last week. I’m exploring and discovering something new (The Spectator!) every day.

Tell us a behind-the-scenes story!
Ben told me in my interview — and I’m paraphrasing! — that whoever took over The Daily What would get hate mail for years. He is turning out to be right. If I knew then what I know now… No, seriously, I’m converting people slowly but surely. I killed one hater with kindness via email, and now we’re besties.

Favorite meme right now?
I’m still learning about memes. Probably Bill crashing Obama’s press conference that’s been going around this week. I’m a politics junkie.

Is there anything you used to think was terrible that you now think is really funny?
Animals. I’ve never liked them! But now that I have to find one or two videos every day for The Daily What, I’m the weird girl laughing out loud by herself in the office at 7 a.m.

So you’ve never seen Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Are there any other big pop culture things you’ve never experienced? (My dad has never eaten a donut.)
MUSIC. All music. I am terrible at it — name the artist, name the album, name the era, name the tour — I fail at ALL OF IT. If anyone wants to guest post on TDW when breaking music news happen, you’re more than welcome. Unless it’s about John Mayer or Norah Jones, I’m not qualified.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
I was ET for Halloween when I was 9 months old.

 

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Featured Cheezburger: JM Presley

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JM Presley | Dr. Tinycat

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been writing software professionally for nearly 15 years. I joined Cheezburger just over a year ago and did a lot of work on Cheezburger Sites. In January, I took on the mantle of Dr. Tinycat, our site reliability engineer. These days I work tirelessly to keep our sites online and stuffed full of pictures of cats.

So you work from home. How is that?
Working from my home office is a real blessing. I’ve always been very picky about my work environment, and working from home lets me pick the right chair, computer, desk, and lighting for me rather than falling victim to whatever was left in the supply closet when the last guy left.

What’s your favorite part of being at Cheez HQ for a week?
The people. There isn’t a single person at Cheez HQ that I wouldn’t want to get a beer with. There’s even this girl who moved here from the east coast and keeps calling me “friend”. I want to pet her!

Tell us a behind-the-scenes story!
I definitely wear the Freudian slip around the office. When I’m at HQ, people have to be on their toes when I speak up. Was that a double entendre, or do we really have a “content hole”? What did he mean when he said “I’m looking for the right ‘Open Space’”? I probably make two or three Freudian slips a gay.

Favorite meme right now?
Texts from Hillary is brilliant, but I have a soft spot for a good Me Gusta rage comic. Art of Trolling is definitely my favorite site. Those trolls always get me!

Is there anything you used to think was terrible that you now think is funny?
I never really got LOLcats, I’m a dog person. Things have turned around, though. Now LOLcats is a guilty pleasure of mine. Cat people… amirite??

I hear you have a dog.
It’s the truth. My canine companion is a 3 year-old mini schnauzer named Harvey. I taught myself how to do his grooming, so he’s turned into my own personal bonsai tree. Harvey always looks super angry in his photos, so he became the inspiration for my Cheezburger Site: Harvey Hates You. He just finished learning the command “Can I have a hug?” and we’re starting work on “roll over”. His favorite treat is Himalayan Yak Cheese.

Anything else you want to share with us?
I just drank a bottle of clam juice while humping a picnic table on a dare if anyone is looking for a life coach.

 

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Featured Cheezburger: Tori Wadzita

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TORI WADZITA | Multi-media Content Creator and Master for Ad/Sales and Marketing

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I drink coffee, that is what I do. Been doin’ that since the 4th grade. As for what I do here… I’ve been at Cheez for a solid 4 months now and have yet to figure out what my official title is. For now, I will say I am the “Multi-media Content Creator and Master for Ad/Sales and Marketing.” Essentially I make content where content is needed, I mine the internet for relevant content; and I make sites all. day. long. I’m a “jack of all trades,” if you will.

Tell us a behind-the-scenes story!
A few weeks ago I started putting office supplies in the girls’ bathroom. I was waiting to see if anyone would notice/do anything and finally, people started drawing on post-its and putting them all over the bathroom. There’s a lot of poop jokes. A looooot of poop jokes. Woops — I think I just blew my cover. Hey ladies, it was me. I am the “masked supplier.”

So you make a lot of Cheezburger Sites. What are some Sites you have made?
I counted the other day and realized I have hit 65 sites; I think I need to pump the brakes. Some of my favorites are:

I Before E – A site devoted to all of my fellow grammar nerds out there
Gaydar – A site devoted to all of my fellow gays out there; gay-positive and amaaahzing
The Originals – A site devoted to what I feel are the original memes; the internet wonders that started it all
Remix – A site devoted to remixed, mashup-ed and dubstepped versions of songs
So Say We All – Clearly, a site devoted to BSG. Sometimes you just gotta roll a hard six
The Spice – A site devoted to my gingers out there; ginger-positive

Okay, okay I’m done!

Favorite meme right now?
I hate that I think Dolan is funny, but I do. First World Problems are always great. I’m also jonesing for anything Hunger Games right now. Longtime fan. Oh man, that’s another site

Is there anything you used to think was terrible that you now think is really funny?
That is a FANTASTIC question. You should ask everyone that question. I hate to admit this, but when Rage Comics were first becoming a thing, I was too lazy to read them. Honestly, it wasn’t necessarily that I thought they were terrible, it was more of a moot point for me. And now that is my go-to site. I can’t believe I missed out on it for so long.

So I heard you used to work for Bacon Salt…
You heard correctly. I moved up to Seattle to go to school back in ’07 and found the job on Craigslist within the first two weeks of being up here. I still remember the title of the job posting: “Do you love bacon?” to which I answered “duh.” I worked there for a solid 2.5 years, right as the company was moving from Dave’s garage into an office space. It was a great experience to be with a company from the start and watch it grow. By the time I left, we had been on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, made Bacon Chapstick and launched Baconnaise with a rowdy night of Baconnaise wrestling. Yep. Wrestling in bacon-flavored mayonnaise. My mom was so proud.

Peeta or The Other Guy?
I think Katniss and Johanna should have gotten together in the end; that would have been the most stable relationship of them all. Bahaha. Okay but really, between Peeta and Gale? I understand her pull to Gale, having that person who is essentially family already; on the other hand, I think what develops between her and Peeta is very natural and genuine. I don’t want to drop any spoilers for those who haven’t read the whole series, so I will just say I’m happy with how things turned out; I think it makes sense.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
I’d love to tell you loads more but I have to go make more sites.

 

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Cheezburger Is Hiring

High-level Internet wizard seeks UX Designer, Moderator/Reporter and others for party. You don’t need to own a cat, but you do need to love the Internet and sauces both new and old. Check out our jobs board and apply today!

 

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Cheezburger Gets A New Office!

We can has new office! This week, Cheezburger HQ moved into our new home in Seattle. We had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday and are celebrating the new space this week with lunchtime taco bars, game night, and lots of high fives for our amazing Customer Service team who spent all weekend moving our desks and computers. Here’s to growing the team in our new office, and not getting lost on the way to the bathroom!


Photo of Cheez HQ ribbon cutting ceremony by Rick Simpkinson

 

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Behind the Scenes at Cheezburger: LOLMart Shirts

 

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