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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The crisis

URGENT, URGENT:

TWITTER OUT. FACEBOOK ERRATIC. GOOGLE SLOW. CAN’T HOLD OUT MUCH LONGER.

No word on what is happening — Internet Explorer “cannot display the Web page” about Twitter’s “denial of service.” Sky has strange milky color. CNN is writing about John Edwards’s former mistress. What?

Has one of Obama’s climate experiments gone bad?

Did Bill Clinton carry back some sinister online virus from North Korea or a simulacrum?

Was that actually Bill Clinton who came back from North Korea?

Are we in the End Times?

Are we to be reduced to speaking to actual people — in person — and reading text on paper? It’s medieval.

5 comments:

  1. My take: It turns out we were ALL born in Kenya.

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  2. My good sir, why are you using Internet Explorer?

    Please look into using A Better Browser™.

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  3. John. Get a Mac. For God's sake, man.

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  4. Chrome. Clean. Shiny. Simple controls.

    IE8 - tried it; it crashed; constantly.

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