Somehow I’m not surprised that Our IX Lives has been running the same storyline for that long.
Vexing controls recorder
That’s just how Elvis sounds, Goldie! Get used to it!
Yes TVs we’re very popular in Victorian times. :)
Not to be confused with the slightly more recent Victrolan times.
I thought that “Victorian Times” had “Victrolas”.
That seventh panel reminds me a bit of the Quaker Oats’ infinite regress, only this time it’s a cat on a TV with cats in the TV, with yet another cat on a TV inside the TV, ad infinitum …
I love that Mouse is the model for Puck’s video chart. Somewhere, I have a photo of Miss Kitty sleeping atop one of those Very Cool Robots!
Well, at least the Man is useful for something! (according to Elvis)
When I bought a heated cat bed for Silver, he initially luxuriated in it, rolling around in Feline ecstasy for about 15 minutes. He suddenly sat straight upright, staring at me; I know the message was “What took you so long to get this? I should have had one of these years ago!”
Is that Mouse on the TV in the seventh panel?
I suddenly feel so, so very old.
Shed cat fur inside old TVs can do unsettling things when combined with high voltage…
(Smells nasty, too.)
Ah, the VCR. One of the greatest mysteries of my childhood! What does it stand for? (I like Burt’s suggestion.)
My thin screen iMac and TV would not make those kitties happy.
But why is the Man collecting these CRTs?
“That’s just how I sound.” Say it again, Elvis! <3
‘Our IX lives’ is a classic. And Robin’s trying to turn it off.
Those can’t be Victorian. Victorian TVs were made of mahogany and polished brass.
Does the man collect old TVs?
Victorian Cat Relaxant.
If it’s not for sits, then why is it made of warm?
Video Catnip Player.
What’s next on the Man’s collecting list? 8-track tape players?
Is the tin foil on the antennae antique and come with it or has that been added?
That’s why they were called CAThode Ray Tubes, after all.
Almost lost the tea I was drinking with Victoria Times, I should know better!
wow its been so long since i read this i got to catch up a lot
The adorable details always make me smile—like the wad of aluminum foil on top of one of those “Victorian” TVs of my childhood. Only us oldies understand it’s importance to one’s viewing pleasure !
Obviously, VCR meant Victorian Crook Robots. Them robots is always eevil. Eeevilllll.
I still own a VCR for one specific reason… To prove to any doubters that Han shot first!
Goldie, Elvis watch Puck to make sure he doesn’t accidentally roll off the self heating cat bed in panel three.
If it belongs to Elvis, it might be called a “Very Cranky Robot”. Pets become like their owners, after all.
warm cat bed is the place to be
old tv is the life for me
cats spreadin’ out so far and wide
keep Lupin’s paws off the power switch side
by Vic Mizzy – Green Acres
The Man is such a technical hero!
But do his VCRs tell time or just flash all zeroes?
Quick, what channel is Our Nine Lives on?
Elvis peevish? Clutch the pearls! :-0
The Man really brought home a new cardboard box.
If vcr stands for Very Cool Robot, then pig actually stands for Portable Interplanetary Gerbil.
Now if you can remember how to program one to record your favorite shows, you really are old. That was of course before they decided to start scrambling all the channels forcing you rent one of their over priced annoying cable boxes.
Is that July-Bug Jules in the seventh panel?
VCR – Vintage Collectible for Ryan?
Why does the Man have a bunch of tube tvs? Does he collect vintage video games, like my dad?
Where does the man find all those old TVs, I mean self-heating cat beds?
I’m actually sort of surprised at myself at how much I really don’t miss VCRs—what we’ve got now does pretty much blow them out of the water. :P
After a few years the drive belts of VCRs tend to stretch and wear out. A repair manual and several belts purchased along with the VCR have kept it going for years. Finding a business that transfers VCR tapes to DVD is even better. Finding a home unit to do that better yet. (Some of those businesses will only transfer your own videos and will not touch commercial movies. Stupid copyright laws.)
Computer monitors too, back when they used to be big and bulky. If I was in my home office, and my computer was on, chances are you would find my kitty purring and fast asleep on top of the monitor.
Meanwhile, Back on the Nile
Queen Catshepsut the Golden: I would like to make a visit to the Nile and Afar Public Library and Koffee Shop local branch.
Violet-Ifa: Excellent, Your Majesty! With your permission, Agnes-Ata and I would like to accompany you.
Sometime Later Still, at the Library and Koffee Shop
Franklin-Ben, Head Librarian: This is a tremendous honour, Your Majesty. And I am using the UK spelling.
The Queen: It is a pleasure. I would like to borrow a few scrolls for some light reading.
Frank: Certainly, our latest bestsellers are on this shelf. But have you seen some of our other collections and programs?
The Queen: No. Tell me about them!
Frank: Well, here we have writing tools available for circulation courtesy of Elvis-Anum and Kat-Mandu. And here are a few others:
Gardening tool and seed collection courtesy of Burt-RaTrumpet workshop conducted by Serfig-AroTumbling workshop courtesy of LupiniumCheese making and cheese taking by Thomios and Tash
Frank: And these are but a few of our libraries’ RNS, Really Neat Stuff.
The Queen: How wonderful! Do any of our Orb friends have any stories about their libraries’ Really Neat Stuff?
Viet Cong Reserves
When we bought our first ‘thin’ TV. Big Gray and his bro took it as a challenge. One of them was always carefully perched on the top. Amazed me they never toppled it over. They finally gave up after several stern lectures….and moved to sleeping in the exit tray of the laser printer.
That would be video cassette recorder. And is that the July bug with baba mouse?
I returned home last night from a trip to the National Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB to find one of Jules’ cousins (and a very large one) crawling around on my living room carpet. How he got into the house is a mystery, but the July bug was rescued and released outside before the cats noticed him!
The purpose of a VCR is to flash “12:00”.
TV collecting. Hmm… Why not? I have some old German radios. I’d love to have one of those futuristic Dumont TVs.
Our cats were very unhappy with us when we got rid of our old computer monitors for new ones several years back. Those were their favorite nap spots. Never really went for the TV though (except to stand in front of the screen and swat at “hockey men” when a game is on).
Four little lines, one fluffy tail tip (panel 1). It really helps show Lupin’s excitement. <3 to Georgia.
This was actually officially the first strip I did in the “old/new” style, with hand lettering! From now on the Sundays are caught up too!
Video Cassette Recorder
Our small town local bookstore had a store cat who just LOVED to nap on top of the computer monitor. He was rather miffed when they were forced to upgrade to a flatscreen.
While I don’t remember our family cats on the TV (in FRONT of is another story), somewhere in the family photos there is a picture of Diana contentedly snoozing on the TV while Mom and Dad watched election results, and another of her looking down with interest at whatever Dad was doing on the computer. I plan to set up a CRT television for old game playing at some point, so we’ll see how that works as a kitty magnet.
The Man has good taste.
Thanks for clearing that up Elbiff. Now I know for sure that you also sound like you are complaining. ( I kinda already knew that, but Elbiff didn’t know that).
I’m sure everyone has already said it, but I’m late to the party today… I spy Baba Mouse as a young kitty atop the TV!
After years of people just throwing away old TV’s, they are now collectible and people want them (if they work, that is)!
My previous cat, Bob, used to sleep on top of the cable box on top of the TV. Which was an especially amazing feat because it had about the same footprint as a paperback, possibly even smaller, and he was a fairly long cat. But he’d manage to scrunch himself up enough to not actually fall off it, although he definitely overflowed it.
First time we brought home a flat-screen TV, we set it in the dining room in the box (it was actually for the summer cottage, so we were planning on just bringing it down in the box). Bob came down and stretched out on top of the box, clearly recognizing that this would be the only time he’d be able to do that with this TV lol
My techie friend who is an awful lot like the Man (even looks like him) has been known to bring home old technology to fix up and sell, mostly free curbside hauls at the end of the school year. He says: "I think I had read panel four before I realized that wasn’t actually a cat bed! I do remember thinking during panel two, hm, that reminds me of a Sony Trinitron TV, but I was still waiting for the “real” heated cat bed reveal."
Soon they’ll forget what a DVD is, too (if they haven’t already)
I had a 30" CRT TV that I just junked recently. It still worked but I just couldn’t wrestle it anymore. My cats were not pleased. You don’t get very warm falling off the top of a flat screen TV.
February 26, 2016