Monday, June 05, 2006


I am addicted to the Penny Arcade podcast for two reasons:

1. They are an excellent thing to listen to on my commute to/from work.
2. "Tycho"* talks a lot like my pal Chris, by which I mean the rhythms of his speech, the words he chooses to use, and the way he constructs sentences are very similar. In a weird way, listening to this podcast is sort of like hanging out with Chris by proxy.

Anyway, the point is that a new one came out, about the process that led to this strip, and it's excellent. What I now wonder is whether we need yet another new name for the internet, and maybe we do. This one would be for people who remain in that precious, clueless state regarding the internet where they might still think it's called "the information superhighway."

I kind of like "the turbo porn boulevard," but that's probably not as good as it could get.

I have a friend who mused on this once, the fact that near-ubiquitous wireless means that we are constantly being bathed in pornographic imagery at all times. Like being stranded in a luminous nebula. A porn nebula.

* This presents an interesting puzzle because I know the dude's real-life name, but feel weird about referring to him by it because doing so feels oddly presumptuous to me, so I have compromised by deploying quotation marks around his chosen internet alias.