Friday, February 13, 2009

A Couple of Quick Things

First, this afternoon Unix time will hit 1234567890, according to the way geeks universally track these things.
This event may pass without much fanfare unlike the famous Y2K bug which, as we all remember, resulted in failures in the power grid lasting up to six months, planes dropping out of the sky spontaneously, werewolves running wild in the streets and the election of George W Bush through systematic failure of the paper ballot infrastructure of the state of Florida.
Well, at least some of that happened, probably. 2000 is kind of a blur for me and I haven't got time to do any actual research.
What is important about the Unix date of 1234567890 is that the Olmec people of Central America covered it extensively in stone carvings strewn all over the jungle.
According to their religion, at precisely 1234567890, Xyxechotlelian the Blood God will descend from his throne of monkey skulls and spread disease across the land in the form of peanut butter. Or some paste made from some kind of legume, anyway. The Olmecs weren't big into labeling and photo-realism. It must also be noted that some historians interpret the glyphs to mean that we should leave work early. And take the stairs.

In other news, Twitter may actually be hitting the "officially interesting" area of my consciousness. I'm surprised it has taken me this long to care since sharing every single tiny part of my life online has become a necessary ritual for me. Like hand washing and blowing my nose after I eat.
The fun part seems to be reading the posts of strangers. Out of order. And only the ones with certain key words.
If you'd like to try it, this site displays Twitter messages with profanity in them in real time, tracks the usage of particular words, and displays Twitter users according to the frequency of curse-laden tweet.
It's kind of addictive.

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