raven != writing desk

I’m not sure how I feel about this “Alice In Wonderland Day” that I’ve seen gaining steam in odd corners.

A few months ago, I had a dream in which LiveJournal and everyone on it went completely nuts for a day. The entire world had turned upside-down and inside-out and nobody was their normal self anymore. And it was such a good read, that I think it should happen for real.

January 27th is the birthday of Lewis Carrol, author of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Alice fell down a rabbit hole into a place where everything had changed and none of the rules could be counted on to apply anymore. I say, let’s do the same: January 27th, 2005 should be the First Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day. When you post on that Thursday, instead of the normal daily life and work and news and politics, write about the strange new world you have found yourself in for the day, with its strange new life and work and news and politics. Are your pets talking back at you now? Has your child suddenly grown to full adulthood? Does everyone at work think you’re someone else now? Did Bush step down from the White House to become a pro-circuit tap-dancer? Did Zoroastrian missionaries show up on your doorstep with literature in 3-D? Have you been placed under house arrest by bizarre insectoid women wielding clubs made of lunchmeat?

Let’s have a day where nobody’s life makes sense anymore, where any random LJ you click on will bring you some strange new tale. Let’s all fall down the Rabbit Hole for 24 hours and see what’s there. It will be beautiful.

Oh, in theory it’s a fantastic little burst of internet creativity meeting internet time wasting, but all I can see in my mind’s eye are the jackasses. I realize this isn’t supposed to be super wacky fan fiction day, but I recall a similar experiment meeting a short end after Boing Boing Gadgets attempted to do a week of pretending to be blogging from an authoritarian future. Worse still, I recall the launching of h2g2, Douglas Adams’ pre-wikipedia wikipedia, and I still wonder if it wouldn’t have had a better go of things if 80% of the user base hadn’t attempted to adopt the same jaunty-ridiculous tone as Adams’ prose, and failed.

Look, all I’m saying is your going to end up with 30% of the day’s content being fan fic involving the blog’s gothy owner meeting the mad hatter and 40% will sound like choose your adventure mash ups.

(A buffer of 30% may seem like a lot for ‘reasonable content’, but you’ve also got to factor in a certain amount of cushion for plain old ‘wtf?’)

In the end though I’m betting the only winner in this little contest will be apathy.

It's Winter. It's Cold.

The CNN Headline Generator is on the case once again.

Ugh
The snow, it burns!

I refuse to take the “Canadians smirk” or an SNL style “Oh Really?” tact on this, mostly because I love the almost mad lib aspect of it:

Frankenstein’s Monster: Fire hurts, makes ‘skin burn’

or

Child: Grandma’s boring, makes ‘sucky afternoon’

or

Iowan: Hamburger Helper, makes ‘a great meal’

Suxorz 2009

A friend of mine has been nominated as a panelist for the Suxorz 2009 panel at SXSW. (Yes, that’s a real thing). Please help her win by clicking the link and voting for Shannon McKarney. It took me three seconds (couldn’t find her name at first) and I didn’t have to register or sign up or give them any info. Please pass this on!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=xjSWV_2fofVyWOEv1bw8cDhQ_3d_3d

Thanks!

A quick request from anycheese, and it really does take less time to complete than to read. We need our candidates determining what sucks before their candidates have monopolized the discourse!

dang

The archerfish (or archer fish) are a family (Toxotidae) of fish known for their habit of preying on insects and other small animals by shooting them down with water droplets from their specialized mouths. A large lower jaw helps these fish to hunt…Archerfish are remarkably accurate in their shooting; adult fish almost always hit the target on the first shot. They can bring down an insect six feet above the water’s surface. – wikipedia

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhBZ40jIo4Q]

Tricked Out

Other uses are tricked out ie blazoned ornately like a coat of arms. Old Eng. trick: a trait, feature or characteristic peculiarity. A heart too capable of every line and trick of his sweet favour

Folk-etymology A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in Form Or Meaning, by False Derivation Or Mistaken Analogy By Abram Smythe Palmer

It’s odd how much slang we never second think. I wonder if this also explains the more obscure “How’s Tricks?” The Urban Dictionary claims both uses of Trick were derived from prostitutes, and I guess I can’t blame them for backfilling some folk history.

Thuggee

short-round-cart

Given that they had mind control juice, why did the evil guys in Temple Of Doom feel a need to use child slave labour? Maybe in some sort of Industrial Temple their little hands would be useful in the machinery, but weren’t they supposed to be old school mining?

Also, how do people in the heart devouring sector get into mineral extraction?

Spinal Tap

I had a friend back in highschool who often used the following logic: Late is a binary state, you’re either late or you aren’t. If you’re already late than what’s the point of being concerned about your time of arrival?

I had sort of a similar thought when I started watching this video; your spine can only really be shattered once, so what’s the point of being concerned:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWJhF7yfnI4]

Still, I was pleased to see the whole thing close with a happy ending.

Excluding the Exclusionists

This whole piece is poop, but by assaulting the money shot I think I can easily point out the stupidity:

Jordan Lorence, Not Gay
Jordan Lorence, Not Gay

“It won’t. But it will surely send a message to those who believe in marriage, that they will be viciously attacked for expressing, or merely believing, that marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. Ms. Kolbert provides just the latest example of how the forces of “tolerance” and “diversity” quickly abandon their principles of “live and let live” when somebody disagrees with them.”

Not only does Mr Lorence admit that his side (apparently Christianity) isn’t one for “tolerance” or “diversity”, but the bulk of his argument is “Hey, you guys said you would accept everybody!” which seems like an odd turn about for mudslinging. This kind of “Aw, c’mon guys!” argument sounds doubly hollow from the whistling throat of a member of the church.

I’m sure in the name of Judge Not\the LORD therefore be judge\etc, Mr. Lorence’s church has found a passionately gay man to say some words before the next few Sunday sermons. Actually, that’s not the best example despite it being a nice bit of turnabout, more appropriate might be inviting a militant atheist to speak. The logic of why this wouldn’t please everyone is obvious to any adult.

Rick Warren, not gay
Rick Warren, Not Gay

There are apparently people trying to soften the reasoning for Warren not being wanted at the inauguration, giving idiots like Lorence room to hide, so let’s be clear: He’s unwanted because Obama ran, and won, on a progressive platform, one of the major tenants of which Warren vehemently opposes. While articles like Lorence’s may serve to whip up the angrys who still have time to be upset about gay marriage and not just that they can no longer pay their mortgage, its infantile whininess simply underscores the dumb beast that is that portion of the right that’s still obsessed with other people’s dinkies and hoohahs.