Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Adams Family

I still have moments of heart breaking loss when I think about how brilliant Douglas Adams would have been at tweeting.

By all accounts the man loved procrastinating and the 140 character format would have suited him to a tee. But alas, it will never happen, and I still occasionally get blindsided by that loss.

And then,

My old friend Stephen Fry (We're very close. I'm one of his followers on Twitter you know) pointed out the eighteenth birthday of Polly Jane Rocket Adams. Douglas' daughter. And I immediately hit follow. I could read all of her publicly posted comments. And it felt really, really weird.

I mentioned this on Twitter but I intentionally didn't reference her Twitter handle. I kind of didn't want her to know I existed. Like an ageing accountant sneaking birdlike glances at the drunk and giggling club girls on the train.

It was at this point that my old friend radio personality Spencer Howson (I'm one of his followers on Twitter you know) replied to me including the easily tracked data. I was outed. I felt exposed, but there was nothing I could do.

And then she wrote back.

I mean...
Suddenly I felt like a voyeur. I got the feeling of horror when someone's father is giving you one chance to explain what those binoculars are for and he really wants to believe that it's for bird watching.

I felt like I was doing something really wrong. I tried to define why that could be, but it was a feeling that swam around inside me without a metaphor to attach itself to.

And then it clicked.

I feel like that guy who's in love with the unattainable girl so he's dating her younger sister.

The horrible motivations of "I'll take what I can get, because this brings me closer to what I want".

So I'm still surreptitiously following the eighteen year old girl (a phrase that meant something altogether more horrifying a decade ago), but now at least I know why I feel like a massive creep whenever I read her  posts.

If you would like to follow Polly Adams her username is @pollyjradams.

If she would like to follow me it's @dnabeast.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Batman Conspiracy

Holy shit!! You guys?

Be prepared to be astounded. Josh Helfferich discovered that if he turned the new Twitter logo on its side...

It looks, like BATMAN!

Oh sure, you say. That's probably just a coincidence. Be truly shocked when I show you that your journey into flabbergaustation has only just begun. I did some research into some other popular companies.

Behold, the apple logo.

Some simple tricky and...

But we're not over yet. See Apple's biggest competitor. Windows!

Some simple adjustments...

Beware the dark screen of death.

More Microsoftery.

This has gone way past mere coincidence. These logos are obviously all about capturing the strength of Batman and presenting it subliminally.

Behold the most shocking of them all.

The Green Lantern.

Outer space police. And yet still...

They defer to the Batman.

It seems that if you find something that looks vaguely like Batman and then make it look more like Batman...

It ends up looking A BIT LIKE BATMAN!

Tell your friends!

Tell all your friends!

It's Batman!!
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