LoL by: djcat595
This week we’re excited to learn more about Featured User djcat595—a creative and fun member of our community!
We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
I’m afraid that the story isn’t all that exciting. The username combines my first and middle initials with “cat”, because I love cats. When I attempted to register under the username “djcat” on another site, the name was already in use, and they offered me “djcat595.” So I recycled it for Cheezburger because it was easy to remember. After all, I’m getting older!
How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I’ve been a lurker on and off for the last three or four years, but didn’t start becoming active until mid-2012. I’ve always enjoyed humour, especially in the way of satire, and Cheezburger has plenty of that. The cute animal pictures also roped me in with their elevated “Awww” factor.
What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
When I first joined, my main focus was on creating captions merely for the fun of it, in addition to exploring the respective Cheezburger sites. Eventually, as I posted more pictures, the friend requests came to me, and I have accepted all of them. As the old saying goes, “like attracts like.” And I find that requests come from people who share the same sense of humour and appreciation for animals and birds.
What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
OK, I confess—it’s Lolcats. You get a combination of amazing cat photos and fantastic captions from people who obviously know the nature of felines. But I’m partial to all of the I Can Has sites, including Daily Squee, Animal Capshunz, etc. I even get a kick out of Fail Blog, and a number of the Memebase sites. When I was a kid, I grew up reading MAD magazine and various comic books, including Donald Duck. I find that Memebase and Fail Blog are very similar to MAD in their sense of social satire. As a child, I intuitively felt something very dark connected with Donald Duck, especially on Wonderful World of Disney when he would go into his rages and sound as if he was swearing. The Dolan comics may not be for everyone, but the people creating them have seen and captured that darkness to the extreme.
What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
All of it—there is something for everyone. Here is a site that unites people of all ages from all over the world in their love for the funny, absurd, and the amazing things we all confront in everyday life. I make captions for the sheer joy of it, but it’s fantastic that a complete stranger thousands of miles away from you loved it as well.
Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
At work I’ve managed to change the annoying “Paperclip Office Assistant” on Word into a cat. It actually meows when you edit your document. Even when the volume is turned down quite low it seems to meow rather loudly, so I’m sure some of my co-workers think that I have a cat hidden away somewhere!
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
If there was a way to eat chocolate without paying the consequences, I could deal with that. Or the main course could be a seafood platter (shrimp, scallops, lobster), with unlimited chocolate for dessert. Oh, and ginger ale to drink. How is that for a quirky meal?!
If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
It would be great if I could move my uploaded photos into collections like you can do with the favorites. Right now, it is a bit awkward to go through numerous pages of photos trying to find a certain one that you want to use in the LOL Builder. The option of being able to delete an uploaded picture would help as well.
What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
I never get tired of reading, and now with the wonders of technology I can either pick up an old fashioned book, or use an eReader.