What Ten Years of Whatever Looks Like
Posted on September 13, 2008 Posted by John Scalzi 11 Comments
As seen through the magic of blog titles. The first is from 1998; the final one from 2007. To see the latest, just look up.
Will the title art change again? Oh, I think we all know the answer to that, don’t we.
Is there a ratio of title card changes to book deadlines? Kind of like the ratio of PhotoSHopping to book deadlines?
The one thing I noticed with all those whatevers stacked up is that you’ve been putting the word “HATE” at the top of your column for ten years now.
So, tell us how you really feel about humanity, John, if you’ve been hiding this all this time.
Naaaah, just kidding. It’s just a side effect of the stacked-up typography: The word “whatever” is kind of weird-looking — is it pronounced “whate-ver”, perhaps? (if you follow the normal English language rules, “baseball” would be pronounced “bah-‘seh-ball”).
Actually, a compound word is pronounced according to the way the component words are pronounced alone, regardless of the appearance.
But that’s beside the point. I actually popped on to say that I think “Taunting the tauntable” is the best slogan to date.
I truly enjoyed your AOL journal, with pictures of the cat, the dog, your daughter, and so forth. I still miss that one.
This one, though, is probably much more the “real you”. I’m sure AOL didn’t want you expressing certain opinions of your own.
Welcome… to Scalzicom.
The unreal is made real… at Scalzicom.
Your parents never thought you would amount to anything, but you can prove them wrong… at Scalzicom.
If you don’t already have a theme song, might I suggest Imogen Heap’s fantastic song, “Whatever.” Great stuff.
The Smithsonian is calling — they want to know how the hell they can exhibit ten years of Ethernet data… Never mind. Skynet just deleted it.
Hey, I’ve seen those before someplace! .
Heh. I actually took a picture of your collage, Christian, but it didn’t turn out as well as I liked.
I totally dig that first one. Do you remember how you made it? I would really like to rip off your idea, but I don’t want to put a lot of work into it. Thanks!
Just ordered my ticket, looking forward to meet you guy’s and glad to see that you guy’s think of us in the UK