Over at Unqualified Offerings, Jim Henley put up a one-word post saying “Blog.” Its comment thread didn’t so much follow as blossom, or perhaps effuse. It’s brilliant. Have a look.
Addendum: Mike Ford’s being brilliant again. From the comment thread of our own instantiation of “Blog”:
You people have no inkling of the facts.
You people just don’t see the situation.
You people sit alone and grind an ax.
You people start and bring your own damn nation.
You people sleep with partners made of straw.
You people’d unconvert old Johnny Knox.
You people sturmed the drang off Godwin’s Law.
You people, get your hands out of your socks.
You people, by the merest act of saying,
“You people,” spin the prop atop your beanie;
“You people” is your one-string banjo playing,
“You people” goes da capo senza fine.
Here sits a church, the browser is its steeple:
Open the tab, and see the typing people.
Further addenda: There have been moments, reading this thread, when I’ve honestly thought I was going to injure myself by laughing immoderately. I can’t do justice to the whole, but here are a couple of sequences. The first were all posted by Greg London:
sheepish comment by latecomer, with apology for not being overly funny due to self deprecating excuse.Ajay’s sequence:
“in a snowstorm, uphill, both ways” post referencing ancient computer hardware.
completely unrelated comment by frequent poster.
apology by frequent poster confessing that recent post was put on the wrong thread.
“I know I’m being pedantic here but” post invoking philosophical arguments to the meanings of several terms used by previous poster ending by proclaiming the previous poster is an idiot, for some definition of “idiot”.
attempt by a third party to mediate ongoing flamewar which only reignites topics that had been previously buried and forgotten.
original flamers flame mediator
mediator drops off list.
haiku is posted
which conveys some new insight,
rhymes with “Nantucket”.
picture of rabbit with a pancake on its head is posted.
ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:21 AM:
Plaintive remark that I blogged this two weeks ago, in detail. Link to blog named after obscure part of human brain.
ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:27 AM:
Blindingly erudite post in foreign language (German?). Reply in more obscure foreign language (ideally dead; Latin? Sumerian?). Learned chortle from third poster at unsuspected ambiguity in Sumerian post. Question about making replica clothes of obscure Oriental dynasty. Long conversation between at least four people who know all about said clothes and wear them in their spare time. Offer to sell mysterious item of clothing, nature unknown except to above four people. Parody of Dante. Reference to Early Church Father. Interjection about emergency medicine.
ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2006, 05:31 AM:
Long, bloodcurdlingly detailed advice from James D. Macdonald about what to do in event of some dire emergency (heart stops, house floods, leg falls off, children attacked by whale, etc.) Posters stunned into silence. Long, contemplative pause as commenters look thoughtfully at own houses, children, legs, etc. Timid, Piglet-like question. Terrifyingly learned and hope-destroying reply.