April 18, 2005

Orgle Alert!

God help the kid who waits until late Sunday Night to start his research paper on Camelidae.

Courtesy of Tom at Hamster Motor, Steve-O and I have now made it into the pages of Wikipedia:

Llamas in popular culture

Llamas are often treated as comical characters. For example, a relatively recent movie made by Walt Disney Pictures, known as The Emperor's New Groove, was made popular by the llama emperor involved in it voiced by David Spade. A llama named Tina was also featured in the popular movie Napoleon Dynamite. The Naked Dancing Llama (http://www.frolic.org), an online advice giving "sage", frolics about and gives humorous advice to netsurfers. Finally, Monty Python's Flying Circus has numerous references to the llama as an object of humor.

Perhaps because of this comical perception, the term "llama" has become popular amongst internet denizens; especially gamers. Generally used as a derogatory title, a llama is usually a newbie or else person that doesn't play the game in question very well. Most prevalent among games that are played simultaneously by many people online, such as team games, a llama will invariably detract from the gaming experience of others due to his own ignorance or intentional disruption.

In addition, the Llama also seems to be a creature of much fascination to the developers of games such as Sim City and the music program Winamp, the apothegm of the latter being: "Winamp - it really whips the llama's ass". This, and particularly the usage within gamer culture, are likely due to the similarity between the word 'llama' and the word 'lamer'. The origin of this could be also Jeff Minter's fascination for the animal, leading to the release of Atari ST titles such as Attack of the Mutant Camels, Llamatron and Llamazap for the software house Llamasoft (http://www.medwaypvb.com/llamadloads.htm).

Also, The Llama Song (http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php), a popular web-song, is about a person (who according to the song was once a treehouse) who sings about llamas.

There also exists a weblog called Llamabutchers (http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/).

Carl Wheezer, a character on Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron has a seemingly unhealthy obsession with llamas.

(Emphasis mine.)

Heh, heh, heh. Let the disinformation campaign begin!

Posted by Robert at April 18, 2005 12:55 PM

Those that hold Llamas in derision do so at their own peril.

Posted by: babs at April 18, 2005 01:07 PM

Yeah, since when is it derogatory to call someone a llama? When did this lingo come out?

Posted by: RobertJ at April 18, 2005 01:53 PM

I wonder if that counts as a publication for my CV?

Posted by: Steve the llamabutcher at April 18, 2005 04:49 PM

hej jeg hedder fido jeg er en hund vis du ikke har nåde i modid

Posted by: nej at July 24, 2005 11:18 AM
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