Friday, April 1, 2011

Internet Holiday!

You've heard that the Internet is a of sub culture and if you're one of my many geek friends you're like UHM YEAH but for everyone else who is kind of foggy on the whole culture part of the Internet, may I introduce you to...

April First?

This is the day when we Internet geeks (and other creatives) make up stuff that sounds plausible and see how many non-geeks (definitions of geek are conveniently flexible today) fall for them.

It's kind of an Internet Christmas. A day of prezzies of humor for minds. A day to enjoy the fruits of those who have clearly spent way too much time creating amusing stories for our entertainment.

For example...

Google is usually good for a chuckle, and today is no exception. It's not just a good idea, it's the future, but here the big G plays it out for humor with dry delight.

I like EFF's offering which includes earning a degree in facebook privacy settings (*snicker*) and addressing internet porn, but I'm disappointed that they felt the need to tell me it was all for April Fool's. Come on, guys -- even Google doesn't do that.

If you've got favs today, toss 'em at me.


  1. Thanks for this post, Sonia. I wasn't aware of how widespread this phenomenon is on the internet. The google offering is great. Unfortunately, the EFF link didn't work for me.

    Been thinking of you recently and feel the desire to reconnect soon.

  2. More widespread than you might think, even. Imagine coming into work as a software dev and having the welcome screen say "all files deleted!" Not a day for the faint of heart, in many companies, even today.

    Not sure why EFF link isn't working for you. Will send to you direct.

  3. EFF's disclaimer: Too many lawyers. Useful lawyers, but... The direct e-mail lacked warning. It was a definite improvement.

    I rather liked the new Playmobil Apple Store Playset. There's also this smartphone patent case.

    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, although I am closely related to a Texas lawyer. That should be enough to worry you.