Pretend this post is awesome

| Thursday, July 2, 2009
While at work today I had what I thought was a really great idea for a post. It was pretty deep, but not something that you'd have to spend forever to figure out. It covered a lot of ground without being too broad. It was even pretty simple. I had it figured out. I'd gone over it in my head and even written a bit of an outline, though that isn't to imply that it would have been too long to easily read.

Unfortunately I forgot it.

Can we just pretend that this is a really great post about World of Warcraft with potential application in the wider genre of MMORPGs?

Thank you and have a happy day before Independence Day. Unless you're English, in which case have a happy day before you lost to ramble-rousers in wigs and the French.

Oh right, that reminds me of my other, much worse idea: Do people outside the US care about the fourth of July? My first thought was maybe, since we are pretty big and important. But that seemed incredibly arrogant. Britain is plenty important and I have no clue when they have a comparably important day, such as signing the Magna Carta or something of that sort. Then again, what American other than the CIA knows anything about the rest of the world? Even the CIA is in doubt. Maybe it is arrogant, but it could still be true, after all, odds are we've recently invaded your nation or at least invaded someone nearby and called your nation evil.

In related news, I got early fireworks from using a grinder to cut nails. I'm hoping the coating of metal on my eyes protected me from the blinding sparks.

12 comments:

Jormundgard said...

People in other countries usually have their own national holidays to celebrate. You don't celebrate Australia day in the US, do you? :)

Also, you should just write your posts at work like I do!

Klepsacovic said...

Australia has days!?

My work is summer work, home remodeling with my brother. Computers are entirely unavailable. :(

spinksville said...

Nah, we don't really care about the 4th July, although you can use it as a good excuse to have an American themed barbecue or something. (The extent to which no one in the UK cares is ... high :) )


But do enjoy your holiday, it's yours after all!

LarĂ­sa said...

We've got our own national holiday in Sweden at June 6. But it has never become any big success. The celebrations can in no way compete with for instance Norway (May 17) or France (July 14). I've got a theory, that the intense of the celebrations is related to at what extent you've been involved in huge, traumatizing wars.
We've been lucky enough to stay out of that for hundreds of years.

gnomeaggedon said...

You have a 4th of July there too?

Any excuse for a day off I guess...

Oz used to be the country of public holidays... then most got taken away...

Apparently a fair proportion of the population dont want us to become a Republic because we would loose the Queens's Birthday day off...

PS: Awesome post!

Mine usually get eaten by the dog (that is Worpress iPhone bloggin software)... and I can never repeat the genius from my original concept...

Stabs said...

Most English people are at least aware of 4th July as so much of our tv and films are American.

Stabs said...

Oh, another thing, perhaps oddly just about no one in UK sees American independence as a bad thing.

I think people here feel the country did a lot better under self-management than it would have done as a colony. Or even more simply it's so hard to conceive of an alternate history where the rebels lost the American War of Independence that we don't know what we're missing.

Sojourner said...

South Africa has it's own fair share of holdays. 16th of June being the most recent (Youth Day). Political wars being the order of the day here.

I always though 4th of July was a movie :) Damm Tom Cruise, mislead again.

Klepsacovic said...

@All: You've helped to enlighten me. It's fascinating how something as simple as a day off (and of course all the added pieces of celebration) is created by such traumatic history. It's almost sad to think that we celebrate huge wars; we'd be horrified if someone tried to start a holiday to commemorate the hour that police secured the school at Columbine (it was an infamous site of an attack by students in the 90s, very tragic).

@Stabs: It's hard to imagine, the whole world would be different. I wonder if there would have still been the idea of Manifest Destiny. If so, I imagine it would have captured even more due to the added inspiration (or lack of setback) of already having Canada. Given time I wonder if the UK would have 'flipped with the American 'colonies' becoming so much more powerful that political power shifted to the other side. Maybe that's not so different than what happened anyway.

Stabs said...

Well one's thing for sure. At least we would have taught you to drink tea instead of dumping it overboard into harbours!

Klepsacovic said...

Little known historical fact: That was actually an early attempt at large-scale water treatment.

Fish said...

wow, your post was witty and insightful! lol

I think Canadians have Canada day or something around this time. We have a contingent of our guild from there, so they wished us happy canada day (Vancouver, mississippi, and ohio, how do those fit together, NO IDEA)

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