The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #426: LOL and Behold
One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.
It's a bike ride.
Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.
It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
(3rd and New Hampshire)
We ride at 9pm.
On the ninth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other peoples rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- Were not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
LOL and Behold
You lost your first advisor to drink, the second to madness, the third to desertion. Each time, you clicked the
Button to start again. When you first began your studies of this virtual world, it was perpetually under
constuction, then in endless beta, then drifting like some ghost ship in the Cloud. As the pace of technological
change moved forward, you found your points of conceptual reference hurtling ever backward. What started
out as a rather straightforward post-structural analysis of the Hampsterdance transformed over time into a
class analysis of cat memes (what was to become of the Hampsters, you asked, under this seemingly
unrelenting feline hegemony?). And now, in the seventeenth year of your doctoral dissertation in Internet
Studies, you have finally arrived at the snake, which you draw over and over again, each draft more detailed
than the last. This snake is not a dying beast. Indeed, you think, it might be the only thing that can endure. Its
resemblance to the Button is surely not coincidental. You click, and you start again. Refresh. Refresh.
(25-30 miles; not especially hilly; some mildly educational content)
Talk, talk, talk: http://midnightridazz.com/forums.php?topicId=19218
Passage site: http://www.thepassageride.com/
Passage tumblr: http://thepassageride.tumblr.com/
Mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/the-passage-announcements
The hacienda must be built.