A Question and Meow Session

A couple weeks ago, Socks randomly suggested a “Q&M” (Question and Meow) session, and roped me into it. He claimed he would have it ready for Monday. First of all, he doesn’t quite know what Monday is. Second, this took time–MY time–and I was busy. So here we have, just slightly later than scheduled, an interview with Socks (and myself), using questions posed by his legions of fans.

OH BOY HERE WE GO answers will be answered in the order they were recieved PLEASE HOLD

What?

@sockington Origin stories please! How did you come to live with hooman and @pennycat? What made you into the cat you are today? by eveykitty (Eveykitty)

BORN ON DISTANT PLANET AS CAT-EL travelled through space LANDED AT FARM complete superpowers AND NOW INTO THE SKY

They found him near a subway stop. For my own part, I successfully charmed my staff at a farm I was visiting and was immediately accepted as a member of the family. Greyboy showed up a few years later.

@sockington Oh Sockamillion you are so funny! A cat on twitter! How does this even happen!? by JupiterMonday (Pearson Taighnt)

SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE WIRES under desk of fatty food provider OR MAYBE IT IS MAGIC wooo

@sockington Sardines or Mackrel? by paperingasmile (Louise S)

WHAT

Those are fish. The elongated, tasty morsels, remember?

YES

Which one, then?

ALL

@sockington How many stars? by laura0141 (Laura Thomson)

NO IDEA WHAT YOU MEAN

I have to admit I’m confused too.

Not letting it stop me though so AFTER 120 STARS YOU FIGHT BOWSER

Uh, what?

ITSA ME SOCKINGTON

@sockington To what do you attribute your great popularity? by reidrankin (Reid Rankin)

WORLD-CLASS GROOMING PLUS SHAKYMOUSE EQUALS ARMY also do great purring

His guess is as good as mine, and his guess is horrible. I have no idea what people see in him. In a perfect world, I’d be the one with the tens of thousands of followers, while maybe a few minor moonbats would follow Socks and his twitchy rantings. But a perfect world this is not. However, I appreciate the many kind and discerning individuals of great taste who take the time to gaze upon me and marvel at my outlook, of course.

@sockington um do u need some cat food? by izsy_xox (izsy)

DEPENDS ON IF YOU HAVE ANY

We’re cats, izsy. We will continue to eat food until we explode. Socks, I suspect, would continue to eat after he explodes.

@sockington Do you play with toys? Which is your favorite? by shaetia1997 (shaetia)

LOVE BARON VON SHAKYMOUSE mostly because I know HE HIDES DELICIOUS FOOD IN HIS BELLY and I want to help it escape

@pennycat Q for Socks – Now you’ve got this army, what exactly do you intend to do with it? Is a @Sockington military coup imminent? by mishakidd (Misha the cat)

ARMY=love and treats and toys ONLY TAKEOVER WILL BE OF PET STORE TO ACQUIRE FEATHERS ON A STICK (parakopsicles)

@sockington What is the meaning of life other then food? by Gentandaruler (kamron ahmed)

My, that’s a difficult question. Well, there’s literature of course. Self-improvement and self-examination. Poise and manners and doing what’s right–all of these bring meaning. Socks?

WHERE’S THE FOOD

There’s no food, Socks. It was a question.

OH GOD I DIED OF STARVATION

No, you didn’t. Hush.

AH-HAH SHHHH FOOD COMING SHORTLY

@sockington Which is superior? Cardboard scratchers, or carpet scratchers? by vectorwolf (vectorwolf)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch OOOO scratch scratch SCRATCH SCRATCH SCRATCH
Well, there goes the study. Personally, I just go for the couch. Perfectly arranged in the center of my daily tour, and so well made! I’m convinced they’re built for cat-scratching first and human-sitting second.
@sockington Have you ever considered adding a title to your name and going as Lord Sockington or similar? by hamiltonthefish (Alexander Hamilton)

ALREADY AHEAD OF YOU current name is THE MOST ESTEEMED MISTER SOCKS ESQUIRE you can call me socks
Cats don’t generally go for honorifics, Alexander. We just assume we’re honored, no matter what.
@sockington Do you have a New England accent? I just wondered because my kitties meow with a Kentucky accent. by djhein70 (Deb Hein)
YOU BET Y’ALL COME BACK
While I meow with a pleasant mid-atlantic lilt, Socks actually meows like whatever person, cat or appliance he just recently heard. Not an original thought in the little stump’s brain, I tell you. However, this has made him an excellent mimic, like the morning he woke me imitating a car alarm.
@sockington What’s a good way to make a cat get out of your bed if it is sleeping there ALL DAY uninvited! by toastedbeagle (Suz)

Let me step in here. Why would the question of being “invited” possibly have relevance here? Everything is ours first, others’ second. We’re simply using our property to its fullest advantage.
PENNY IS RIGHT relavents ahoy
@sockington Where did you learn to write and at what age? by BeeBeeDuBois (Bridget Brown)
AM NOT A WRITER but able to pounce on keyboard and make GOOD WORD STUFF
@sockington what are your and penny’s favorite conversation topics? by DonnaNBC4 (donnamwillis)
ONE what is food TWO when is food THREE why is bird out of reach FOUR what was the question
Philosophy, psychology, literature, favorite napping positions, ideal perches, the relative tastiness of various birds and, of course, my good buddy Sockington and how to undermine him.
WHAT MINE UNDER ME NOW thought that was a basement
Not a difficult proposition, obviously.
@sockington wet or dry? by DjBradley (Bradley Fitzhenry)
I AM CURRENTLY DRY
I think they mean our food, Socks.
OOPS I MEAN WET
So you like… wait.. SOCKS! BAD SOCKS!
@sockington Now the real question is, do you like things suited for batting around, danglies, jinglies, and with or without catnip? by hazakaza (Melissa Newman-Evans)

IDEAL IS A BATTY DANGLY JINGLY WITH CATNIP
I must agree with Socks here. Any item with all of those qualities is a cat’s dream come true.
@sockington A/S/L?? by ducttapeavenger (ducttapeavenger)
THIS MANY/DELIGHTFUL/LIVING ROOM
A few people asked about Socks’ age, and unfortunately for these inquisitive folks, Socks is totally unaware of when his birthday is, although the vet thinks he was about six months old when he was found, so that would make him about five years old now. A word of advice: please do not inquire about my age; I will simply say that I’m older than he is, and I’ve made good use of the time in the intellectual realm. Obviously.
@sockington staff training tips please – what works for you by Bitzy_Cat (Bitzy_Cat)
SHEDDING IS GOOD so is random yawping AND JUMPING ON GUESTS HI GUESTS
Socks is right on the money with this one. You know I must admit, despite his many deficits, Sockington is extraordinarily strong in the area of using negative reinforcement to make staff meet his needs.
RIGHT NOW NEEDS IS FOOD so where is fatty so I can SHED ON HIM
@sockington is it claustrophobic being so furry all the time? by HannahmRoman (Hannah Roman)
not quite sure what you’re saying OH YOU MEAN THE FUR well now that you put it that way I guess it scratches a little and WAIT AAAAA GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF
SOCKS! Oh, well, there he goes. He’ll simply writhe around for a minute or two, and by then he’ll forget what he was thinking of, so we can expect him back in a little while. In the meantime, let me answer one in his absence.
@sockington is it true that @pennycat is the one who really wears the pants…er um….fur in your family? by Monkey_Cat (Monkey Cat)

Well, I think the answer is obvious, right? He can manage Twitter, but when it comes to actually roping all the food people into fulfilling their duties, standing watch at night, ensuring safety within the home and answering e-mail, it all comes down to yours truly. The fact is, Socks just isn’t that smart. He’s the kind of cat who gets his head stuck in a box and then thinks the lights have gone out. Ah, and he’s back.
HI WHAT’S GOING ON
No, Socks, it’s what’s on YOU. Your FUR!
not quite sure what you’re saying OH YOU MEAN THE FUR well now that you put it that way I guess it scratches a little and WAIT AAAAA GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF
That is just too good.
@sockington Hey, I hope you’re taking care of your teeth. So many kitties don’t. by DentistryGuide (Your Dentistry Guide)
BITING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT tomorrow I hope to try a wall
Our vet, Dr. Storey, has been checking us regularly for a few years and says we’re doing pretty well. Occasionally we get tartar buildup and need some special treats, but have no worry, we’re both getting excellent medical care. No psychiatric help, though. I don’t need it, and Socks won’t sit still long enough to benefit from it.
Are u a male cat? by Chiquita67 (Chiquita Chiki)

YES
No.
AM TOO
I meant me.
OH HI I AM SOCKS
Sigh. Well, anyway, thank you for joining us, and that’s all the questions we have for today. Let’s do this again soon. Socks?
GOODBYE NICE PEOPLE

A Good Hat Day

Out of nowhere (like everything else), Socks indicated he would like to wear a hat. Thanks to the efforts of his army, suddenly, he was wearing hats.

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Naturally, I thought it was horrible that everyone was going through such effort, so I politely asked that I recieve some hats too. And people were so kind!

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Now that’s more like it! A calvacade of hats befitting a lady.

Also, iGaia has provided an excellent wanted poster, based on the obvious sinister look in Socks’ eye:

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Who could ask for more?

YES WE MEOW

Oh come now, was this REALLY necessary?

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Well, one can’t blame people for being caught up the moment. A heartfelt thank you to Laurae Hall and Eveykitty for collaborating on this artwork. Now where’s mine?

Twitter Improves: I Am Now On Twitter

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I decided to see what all the fuss is about, so I’ve acquired an account on Twitter. I am Pennycat on there, and I will be spending some of my spare time seeing what this is all about. Socks is quite excited about this new turn of events, but he would be; he gets excited when a car drives by outside. Or when he turns in a new direction.

This is all very new for me; I’m from the farm, people. It was hard enough to get the whole “blogging” thing down, and twitter seems more appropriate for someone of Socks’ temperament, but I’m willing to give it a shot; never let it be said I won’t try and innovate.

I look forward to meeting some of you through that, and maybe getting to understand your love of that dope.

15,000 Strong


Socks Army is 15,000 Strong on Vimeo.

Honestly! Like shakymice to the slaughter, thousands of people are following Socks around. As if that isn’t bothersome enough, he ends up recording a message about it and broadcasting it without my input or contribution. (Waking me up and confusing me with the goings-on upstairs doesn’t count as “contribution” in my book.)

Fifteen thousand! I wouldn’t mind a few followers myself. Maybe I should check this “twitter” thing out more closely…

Star of Stage and Screen and Sockington

Well, it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it. With nearly 13,000 various beings watching Sockington’s ramblings, the word of his incessant nattering continues to delight, entreat and annoy.

First of all the Food Guy was all around some other place far away talking about His Greyness. I refuse to explain why he’s wearing the outfit he is, except that I am very pro-zipper, so he gets my vote.  I see that he even got on some sort of television show. The show’s pleasant enough, but what really makes it excellent is how, at several junctures, I am mentioned.

My suggestion, therefore, is that you enjoy it until you see me, then shut it off.

Sockington’s Fame and Fortune

When the following of the little dope started to increase wildly a week back, I was pretty confused. At most, you see, he’d get a few new followers a day, probably containing the curious and the gullible. Occasionally, of course, a wave of new followers would occur, but after some pawing around, it would be determined a prominent person had mentioned Socks in their twitter feed or elsewhere, and then we knew.

But things started to go off the rails when his followers started increasing by the dozen. The hundred. The many hundreds. In fact, within the scope of two days, over two thousand followers signed up. That is, as we say, a little disconcerting, although I endeavored not to show it, as I am a cat and cats have pride.

The number is now somewhere around 200-300 a day, which is still a lot. He used to flip out at every 1,000 new followers, but when the events are happening within 12 hours of each other, it started to seem silly, even for him. It appears we’re on track for ten thousand within the month of January.

A lot of this can be traced to the fact that Socks is now on the Twitter Suggested Feeds feature, which just came into existence last week. It’s been suggesting him to a lot of people, and a lot of people are following him as a result. Granted, many get smart and leave, but a lot stay as well.

Mystery solved. Now the other hanging question is what to do with all the new followers.

Personally, I go in for the realm of good. I think Socks has no opinion, and you know what they say: all it takes for evil to triumph is for grey cats to sleep. Wait. Give me a moment with these cards….

Where do we go from here? I have no idea. But a sun patch is calling me now.

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Socks in a Questionable Cameo

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Well, he’s no star of stage, screen or radio, but Socks has made an appearance where it counts: in a webcomic.

A quick back and forth with Jeph Jacques, creator of the excellent web comic Questionable Content has resulted in a cameo appearance by the little grey nerd.

I think they captured him perfectly, since he’s begging for food.

More 5000 GET from the Socks Army

Here’s a few more photos rolling in:

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Thanks to The Girl, Patrick Thomson, browniehamster, rezno182, Arisu_2, Skeezix, Banditkitty (I just want to take you home, kid), jwisser.

And finally, I have to give a special award to this photo by Sparklecat which captures, in one photo, the pride of the Socks Army:

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A Cat Calvacade of Coinciding Confluence

Hi, folks. Penny here.

Bearing in mind that  a standard cat’s day has maybe 2-3 items on it, with a couple being “sleep”, it has been an amazing flurry of events around the little grey nimrod. Now, far be it from me to complain, since people seem to be sending me gifts as well; but ultimately, we’re just seeing a lot of “stuff” happening.

First of all, something and we’re not sure what happened a couple days ago, because Socks had several hundred new followers add themselves. On a typical day, he might lure one or two people onto his entourage with his big wide eyes and shiny grey coat and wayward whiskers. But it’s pretty unusual to have over 350 people follow him in a 24 hour period (and it is not subsiding in the least).

This pushed us over the mark into the 5000 followers realm, which scant few can really claim at this point in time. To celebrate, we asked followers to send photos. Here’s a few:

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Don’t worry, more are forthcoming.

So suddenly here we are at 5,000 followers, and what comes after so many followers? That’s right, the press. Socks sat down (or cat loafed) with Skeezix the cat and did a short interview, which some people may or may not find enlightening:

http://tinyurl.com/sockingtoninterview

And as a special treat for the socks historians in the crowd, we’ve been sent the original photos of Socks just a little while after he was found on the street outside a mass transit stop (running a three card monte game, but nobody ever talks about that…)

The set can be found by clicking on his photo:

Thanks again, everyone, for stopping by. I appreciate it, even if numbrain doesn’t.