Yes, yes, I get it already, I’m a f****** robot!

Cidu Bill on Jun 12th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Zach Weiner, cats, comic strips, comics, humor, robots | 41 responses so far

41 Responses to “Yes, yes, I get it already, I’m a f****** robot!”

  1. Bill Jester Jun 12th 2013 at 11:33 pm 1

    I laughed harder after replacing “cats” with “kids”. Now, I’m trying to figure out if the cop is a robot for saying “domestic kid” and this whole thing is a training session of some sort.

  2. Kilby Jun 13th 2013 at 12:05 am 2

    The comic is perfectly OK, but I don’t understand the vehemence of Bill’s headline, unless he is objecting to the (slightly repetitive, and perhaps unnecessary) final panel.

    P.S. For what it’s worth, here’s the extra “votey” panel:

  3. Folly Jun 13th 2013 at 12:14 am 3

    Ha ha ha. I think you’re ok Bill. Unless you own a cat AND don’t understand them.

    If you’re worried though, take the test!

  4. James Pollock Jun 13th 2013 at 12:25 am 4

    A cat owner that doesn’t think their cat is unique, and won’t take any opportunity to tell a story about this cute thing their cat did this one time, is not actually a cat owner.

    This is nothing more than an updated version of detecting that a grandparent isn’t really a grandparent because they don’t have 58 photos of the grandchildren to show off at the slightest provocation.

  5. CIDU Bill Jun 13th 2013 at 01:17 am 5

    Okay, I can see how my comment might be confusing if you’re not one of the many people who sent me this comic today with a comment along the lines of “This explains it! Bill’s a robot!”

  6. Winter Wallaby Jun 13th 2013 at 01:22 am 6

    Bill #4: Not too confusing, I figured that was what happened. :)

  7. Mona Jun 13th 2013 at 01:42 am 7

    Folly & James P: People do not OWN a cat. People are servants to cats.

  8. Bob in Nashville Jun 13th 2013 at 07:11 am 8

    All this “cat-owner” talk is moot. Everyone knows that the cat is the owner and the human is the pet. ;-)

  9. mitch4 Jun 13th 2013 at 07:23 am 9

    Hey, I just got a new cat! … Felt compelled to mention it here and everywhere of course.

    That’s me with the gray hair, maroon shirt, and the of course uniquely special “dilute calico” sweetie.

  10. The Bad Seed Jun 13th 2013 at 08:09 am 10

    But it’s only a test of humanity if one does own a cat. Do you own a cat, CIDU Bill? If so, I guess I’ve chosen not to remember that about you. By the way, maybe a humanity test for a non-cat-owner might be to ask him if he wants to hear a cute story about your cat. I’ve never heard a cute-cat story that was actually worth the time or energy to tell.

  11. Elyrest Jun 13th 2013 at 08:24 am 11

    I understood Bill’s headline as I almost, but didn’t, send him this comic. Bill’s known for not understanding cat comics as he doesn’t have a cat. I sent him another cat one instead.

    mitch4 - I couldn’t look at the picture of your new calico, and you too of course - there is a security warning when I click on it. Enjoy your calico - they are known for being very” talkative”. My calico is quite the chatter. Did I ever tell you what she did the other day with a chipmunk………………..

    “Reported Attack Page!
    This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.”

  12. Kilby Jun 13th 2013 at 08:41 am 12

    Ditto on Elyrest’s warning (@10), when I click on the link @8, Safari reports “The website you are (trying to) visit contains malware…“.

    P.S. Of course, it’s also possible that the person who posted (@8) is not the real “mitch4″, but merely an impersonation. The first sentence does not sound 100% authentic.

  13. Elyrest Jun 13th 2013 at 08:51 am 13

    Of course, it’s also possible that the person who posted (@8) is not the real “mitch4″

    Kilby - It does make you wonder what happened to mitch1, mitch2, and mitch3.

  14. mitch4 Jun 13th 2013 at 09:22 am 14

    Hmmm!, the Adoption pages are giving me that warning now too in Chrome, though it wasn’t there when I checked the page earlier to copy that URL. I’m trying to notify them — thabks, guys, for the alert.

    Did we ever meet Agent 006? In the Fleming canon?

  15. padraig Jun 13th 2013 at 09:39 am 15

    Cats are not owned by people, nor are humans their pets. Humans are their currently tolerated food sources. They like us in that role because, should we terminally malfunction, we also act as short term food sources until a replacement can be summoned.

  16. Folly Jun 13th 2013 at 09:57 am 16

    @mitch4. Awww. I got my boston terrier from Paws too!

  17. Mona Jun 13th 2013 at 11:19 am 17

    Mitch4: Awesome! Thanks for letting us see you and your new cat.
    Elyrsest @12: I believe your question has been answered by Padraig @14.
    (I hope we will not be hearing from Mitch5 in the near future….)

  18. Mona Jun 13th 2013 at 11:24 am 18

    Elyrest: My apologies for the previous typo on your name. (Darn Droid phones!)

  19. ANDREA Jun 13th 2013 at 11:30 am 19

    . . . dog stories, OTOH, are always good ones!

  20. Cidu Bill Jun 13th 2013 at 12:42 pm 20

    Some years back, after my son heard Preparation H mentioned in a movie, he asked me what it was. When I explained, he said “I don’t want to even think about Preparation G”

  21. Chakolate Jun 13th 2013 at 02:10 pm 21

    Mitch4, When/if the problem clears, could you post a note so we can see your kitty?

  22. Frosted Donut Jun 13th 2013 at 03:00 pm 22

    Having braved the perilous website, I have snagged the URL for the image of Mitch4’s new boss, which should be safe from all shenanigans.

  23. Chakolate Jun 13th 2013 at 03:12 pm 23

    Thanks, Frosted Donut. Mitch4, that’s one adorable kitty you have there. Be a good slave, okay?

  24. Mary in Ohio Jun 13th 2013 at 04:35 pm 24

    ooooooohMitch! A calico! YESSSSSSSSSS!

  25. Mona Jun 13th 2013 at 04:48 pm 25

    Mitch4, we all want to know her name.
    (And did PAWS tell you her name?)

  26. mitch4 Jun 13th 2013 at 05:57 pm 26

    Thanks for all the nice comments on my cat!

    PAWS did have her under one name, that I didn’t keep because it’s a close friend’s name. I’m now calling her Gemma.

    (If anyone from the analytic philosophy crowd is following this thread, I once had a cat named Geach, hence thought of Peter Geach’s partner (or wife??) Elizabeth Anscombe, who sometimes signed things with her initials GEMA. But “Gemma” is more of a real name…)

  27. Elyrest Jun 13th 2013 at 06:23 pm 27

    Frosted Donut - Thanks for the safe link to mitch4 and his lovely calico.

    mitch4 - I’m sure that you’ll enjoy Gemma and I bet she’s impressed to be named after an analytic philosopher. Calicos are a lot of fun and mine really does talk quite a bit and can keep up quite a conversation.

  28. Kilby Jun 13th 2013 at 07:09 pm 28

    @ Mitch4 (26) - Nice photo, and I’m very glad that you are using two M’s in the name.

    P.S. The acronym “GEMA” has very negative associations for anyone who lives in Germany. GEMA is the draconian - and effectively monopolistic - manager of broadcast rights and licensing fees for virtually all music and videos in Germany, and is the reason that many YouTube items referenced on CIDU are not watchable here.

  29. Lost in A**2 Jun 13th 2013 at 07:55 pm 29

    Re 006: No, we don’t meet the other members of the Double-0 section because they are seldom, if ever, in the office at the same time. I remember reading about 008 being in hospital recovering from a trip to Berlin. When the members aren’t in the field, in hospital or on holiday, they read various and sundry documents and mark which ones the other members of the section should read when next they are in the office.

  30. mitch4 Jun 13th 2013 at 09:04 pm 30

    Kilby #28 — For a while, the dominant kind of computer memory you would order was designated “DDR”, which struck an odd note for the history-minded.

  31. Todd Jun 14th 2013 at 04:53 am 31

    I’ve been thinking of getting a cat. I’ve got a mouse in my apartment which won’t step into one of traps. Nature made the best trap, in the form of cats and snakes, but I’m not the kind of person to own a snake.

    I’m sure the paws website is completely legit. It probably just got erroneously marked, or the hackers decided it was an easy target. But so is any blog that uses wordpress. (Hackers don’t kill your computer anymore; they take it over to use as a bot.)

    I assume, Mitch, that you’re talking about the official name of East Germany. But the free dictionary also lists the possibly unsettling “Disarmament, Demobilization and Resettlement”.

  32. Kilby Jun 14th 2013 at 06:25 am 32

    @ Todd (31) - What have you been baiting the traps with? Despite the stereotypes, cheese doesn’t work that well. Try a small piece of salami, or a little dab of peanut butter.

    P.S. @ mitch4 (3) - Yes, I was quite amused by the DDR moniker, as long as it was current.

    P.P.S. @ Lost in A**2 (29) - Wikipedia has a list of all the 00-agents that have appeared in both the books and on film:

  33. Morris Keesan Jun 14th 2013 at 09:49 am 33

    Peanut butter has always worked well for me as mousetrap bait.

    And as someone who sent this comic to Bill with “Bill Bickel is a robot” in my subject line, I found Bill’s reaction quite funny.

  34. Elyrest Jun 14th 2013 at 11:30 am 34

    I’d agree about the peanut butter and Bill’s reaction.

  35. Chakolate Jun 14th 2013 at 12:09 pm 35

    Morris Keesan and Elyrest,

    I used to use pb until the mice got smart enough to just lick it off. So then I used pb and stuffed the bait hole with a bit of bread - that made the mice work harder and it triggered the trap.

    Then I got a cat and never saw another (live) mouse.

  36. Elyrest Jun 14th 2013 at 12:29 pm 36

    “Then I got a cat and never saw another (live) mouse.”

    My cat brings the occasional live mouse into the house to “play” with - and, once, a chipmunk. When I did use mousetraps, I used chunky peanut butter and I thought that worked better than smooth.

  37. ANDREA Jun 14th 2013 at 12:36 pm 37

    I’ve had rabbits chased into the house, and last month, one dog tried to bring a possum home from the yard . . . this is all done by a two-legged dog, mind you, so she is very determined. I’m just happy she doesn’t eat what she catches.

  38. Keera Jun 14th 2013 at 05:05 pm 38

    mitch4, congrats on new kitty! I had a diluted calico, too, but she was quiet. And incredibly sweet-natured. I hope you have many wonderful years with yours!

  39. farmer Jun 14th 2013 at 05:28 pm 39

    My favorite mousetrap trick:

    Use a kernel of dried corn, like you might get out of birdseed or something (if you’re not a farmer with lots around). Wedge that sucker into the notch on the mousetrap; you might even need a pair of pliers to open the gap slightly. It should fit in there real snug, and can’t be yanked out by a mouse before the trap goes off. The corn also doesn’t go bad, like PB or other foodstuffs. I’ve caught five or more mice with a single kernel. It only ends when enough tiny, fatal nibbles get taken out of it, at which point you replace it with a new kernel. Works like a charm in my barns and house.

  40. Lost in A**2 Jun 14th 2013 at 10:11 pm 40

    Thank you, Kilby. I don’t read the various pastiches, and I haven’t seen all (or even most) of the movies. I got irritated when “Moonraker” was released as a book after the movie came out. A quick look indicated that it was based on the movie, rather than a re-release of the original novel.

  41. Mark in Boston Jun 14th 2013 at 10:52 pm 41

    The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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