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From today's Scenes From A Multiverse:

The whole thing:

Mouseover title: "and that is how nicki minaj brought on the alien apocalypse".

For any aliens who may be reading this: Consulting services are available at reasonable rates.


  1. maidhc said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 4:36 am

    Maybe a reason to mention the recent report about music for cats?

  2. Victor Mair said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 8:53 am

    In the last bubble of the last frame, where the salmon-colored figure says "We must learn more about butts. Ready the probe teams", it reminds me of the Woo Woo commercial.

  3. Victor Mair said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 8:58 am


    I listened to "Spook's Ditty", "Cosmo's Air", and "Rusty's Ballad", and I can't imagine that they'd be soothing to a cat.

  4. David L said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 9:16 am

    I just played those bits of cat music to my cat. No reaction.

  5. Ferdinand Cesarano said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    The only correct response from aliens to the receipt of Earth music, such as that found on the record carried by the Voyager spacecraft, a craft which is now in interstellar space:

  6. Chris C. said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    I've known for a long time that cats respond to music. Negatively in my case. I've never been able to play Holst's The Planets suite in my house. My cats absolutely freak out when "Mars, Bringer of War" comes on.

  7. Mark Mandel said,

    March 11, 2015 @ 11:51 pm

    My Ista had been walking back and forth across my desk as she likes to do, repeatedly blocking my view of the keyboard (important when assembling multistroke characters) and occasionally screwing things up royally* by stepping on the touchpad. At this point, though, I was blocking her with my left elbow and she was just sitting there.
    *(Well, she is the Queen of the House.)

    She usually ignores music and other sounds coming from the laptop, including the racket emanating from this just now (VTOL taking off) a few minutes ago. But as soon as I started Spook's Ditty she turned her head to look and listen toward the laptop, and continued visibly paying attention through the whole ca. 30sec of it.

    I followed it with Cosmo's Air and Rusty's Ballad in that order. She appeared to be less interested in these, and turned away in the middle of Cosmo's Air.

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