The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Rabbit Hole Day

This article is intended to present a set of basic rules for writers to follow when creating “Conspiracy” or “Fringe Theory” texts. I hope that no-one is tempted to use them for “real world” applications—except for spotting the faults in existing material. However, real “fringe theory” buffs don't need me to teach them how to think. (But I've done so anyway, using my personal orbital mind control laser.)

THE TRUTH—OBVIOUSLY

Today is The Second Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day—a day where LiveJournal entries were supposed to be fun, wierd, unexpected, different, in honor of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's 174th birthday (although he's not around to enjoy it). I thought it sounded like a neat idea, so I thought I'd try it here, even though this isn't LiveJournal.

Only you can see that I didn't quite get a round toit (those seem to be hard to find lately) and that's due to not having an idea of what to write about until too late, and then running out of time.

An idea I was trying to come up dealt with one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, seeing how it's his 250th birthday (and he too, is not around to enjoy it), but I had no good ideas. Nothing jelled until I found out that it was also the birthday of Captain Edward John Smith, R.N.R. (who too, isn't around to enjoy the celebrations, mainly because he was obligated to go down with his ship). Once I saw that, then it hit me—a conspiracy theory tying all three together.

I didn't get a chance to work on this at work, so I thought I might be able to at the weekly D&D game (since I rarely pay attention to the game anyway, and Bob, the DM is fine with that) but this week, of all weeks, his computer took a dive and it took several hours to help him debug the issue (his copy of Panda Network Antivirus updated itself and the update hosed his computer hard).

So there went that idea.

So no Rabbit Hole Day for me this year.

Maybe next year.

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