Oh, Iceland, What Does It Mean

This is an article making fun of ROFLcon (which is, really, shooting recursive fish in a meta-barrel) but this bit is worth passing on:

Double Rainbow Guy, aka Bear Vasquez, relates how a high school in Iceland flew him over, put on a play for him, let him sit on a throne as he watched it, and smothered him in affection as though he were a minor deity. "The principal made me the protector of the student body!" Bear says, both astonished and confused.

The next day, his Icelandic hosts took him to swim in a hot emerald lake. "Dude, it's trippy," he says. He didn't know if it was appropriate to go swimming with these students. "I'm this old fat man, right?" But sure enough, everyone was okay with the protector of the student body swimming with their daughters. "All the girls under a hot waterfall. I'm holding them in my arms. They're all surrounding me, putting this cream on me. It was mind-boggling. I was, like, wow!"

I tell Bear he leads a weird life.

"No shit!" he agrees.

Previously.

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3 Responses:

  1. Mark Welch says:

    Where do I get to sign up to live that kind of life?

    A friend of mine is organizing Buddhacon next year, so maybe that'll be my chance at crossing over into that kind of reality-tunnel.

    "What's happened once can happen again." I think I'll start saying that to myself now.

    • pavel_lishin says:

      > Where do I get to sign up to live that kind of life?

      Based on the example, you sign up in the wilderness. Don't forget to bring mushrooms.

  2. Jeremy Leader says:

    Wow, that article's dumb. "But rarely in history have so many truly smart people applied their intelligence to something as dumb as aggregating and propagating LOLcats" Umm, I was an undergrad at Caltech 30 years ago, and I was somewhat familiar with the lore and history there at that time, and I can testify that truly smart people have been doing dumb things for fun for a long time. The first example that pops into my head is "24 hours of Mrs. Miller" around 1982 or 1983. That was an attempt to play a then-20-year-old vinyl recording of an inept, overly-dramatic singer singing popular tunes for 24 hours. Of course, back then the perpetrator wasn't clever enough to try to share it via the ARPAnet. He also didn't have the stamina to keep it up for more than a few hours.

    But one of his pieces of evidence for the "New Dumbness" is that "people are now spending more time online than watching TV". Because, hey, TV, height of archaic intellectual pursuits!

    I suppose I should have figured it out when I saw the big "Help Governor Scott Walker Defeat the Recall" ad in the middle of the page.