Shutdown Day 2008

Shutdown Day 2008If you’ve visited in the last week or so, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the banner ad for Shutdown Day 2008 blinking and flashing ((…and flashing and blinking…it just keeps blinking and flashing. I can’t stand it anymore! Why doesn’t somebody pull the plug?)) above the first post. Let me assure you that the presence of this ad does not herald a new wave of product pitches or promises that you’re the 10 bajillionth visitor and if you’d just click the banner you could claim your fabulous prize. That’s just not how we roll up in here.

On occasion, however, when I participating in (or planning to participate in) something I think is interesting or (dare I say?) cool, I may pop a banner for it up there for a week or two, just to get people’s attention.

Shutdown Day falls into both “interesting” and “cool” categories: it’s a day (tomorrow) when thousands of people across the globe will be turning off their computers. Will it make a difference? Maybe not terms of saving electricity or rainforests or tree frogs or sailors with the scurvy, but to those people who sit on the edge of their seat waiting for my next tweet…well, their butts are going to get numb. That’s about it.

This morning I got up at 6:30, ((Yes. 6:30. Ante meridiem. If you’re thinking that sounds like the beginning of an episode of The Twilight Zone, you’re not alone; I’m still not convinced it happened, myself.)) completed my morning routine, ((No hoboes were harmed during the completion of my morning routine. This time.)) went down to my office, synchronized KJToonz ((My iPod. )) and powered down Hannibal. ((My desktop PC.)) Yes. A day early. The silence was soul-rending.

If I didn’t have to work today, I could be completely computer-free. Alas, I do need to bring home the (turkey) bacon, so the ones and zeroes will have to continue their relentless march for a few hours more.

See you on the other side.

First of May 2008

Begone, ye fools and showers! April is no more!

As is my annual tradition, I am posting (some of) the lyrics from Jonathan Coulton’s “First of May”, with the caveat that the remaining lyrics are decidedly adult in nature.

Jonathan CoultonJonathan Coulton is as close to an Internet rock star as one can possibly be. His song “Skullcrusher Mountain” is the official theme of The Secret Lair, and if that isn’t enough to convince you, Coulton’s “Still Alive” appears not only in the wildly popular first-person shooter, Portal, but also in the wildly popular musical madness known as Rock Band.

Yes, he’s an incredibly talented, incredibly funny, incredibly bearded guy, and he wrote a song just for today.

I woke up this morning
I had a scone and a large house blend
Then a little conversation
with my squirrel and chipmunk friends

I said, “I’m sick and tired of winter,
and I wish that it was spring.”
Then a little fella named Robin Red Breast
began to sing.

And he sang,
Ooh-ooh, child
what you think the cold winter’s gonna last forever?
Ooh-ooh, child,
now’s the time for all the people to get together…

‘Cause it’s the first of May,
first of May…

First of May” by Jonathan Coulton

Whether or not you celebrate today in the spirit that Jonathan intended, do get outside and enjoy the weather, and if you should stumble across someone who is celebrating in the spirit of the song…well, it’s probably best to just avert your eyes.