Basically what’s going on right now is like when your friends or your parents buy a new house that’s getting built for them in some new suburb and get sooooo excited they forget other people don’t really give a shit, and during the building process they keep on going, OMG COME VISIT MY NEW HOUSE, and finally you cave in and go, and it smells like fresh paint and there’s no carpet just concrete, and you just kind of stand there going, uh-huh as they gush about the cabinets that are gonna be installed and that bay window in the dining area while sweaty construction workers work on putting in the fixings, thinking “dude, if you think I’m going to drive an extra twelve miles now to have movie night at this place as much as we used to, you are so wrong”.
I’m not fannish, I find it frustrating that Dreamwidth has been seized on as a fannish project when it’s not, I find the hype and bitterness over invite codes hard to understand (people, it’s in closed beta, this is the equivalent to sawdust everywhere and people in overalls banging on things and a crackly radio playing chart hits somewhere), and I think that level of hype is dangerous because it creates unrealistic expectations and with that, disappointment. Of course it’s not going to shit glitter and rainbows and world peace. But I, personally, am glad that I’ve given it my time and contributed towards it.
The Telegraph celebrates the recently departed Clement Freud (writer, grandson of Sigmund, chef, politician, broadcaster) with this clip of the delightful old codger telling “the funniest joke ever told.” I laughed aloud — and I loved his Grimble kids’ books, which were weird, subversive and funny in just this way.
Did Clement Freud tell the funniest joke ever told?
Once there was a typeface called Helvetica. It was extremely popular. Later came a software company called Microsoft. They “borrowed” Helvetica for their operating system and called it Arial. This inferior typeface is now on millions of desktops all over the world. Can you tell the difference between the original and the rip-off in these ten examples?