Every now and again I like to google ‘crushing the frantic penguins’. It’s an odd thing to do, I know, but there’s a certain history to it: here and here. Basically, it just amuses me (and pretty much nobody else, I know, but indulge me) that searching for a more or less random, if memorable, phrase from the works of H P Lovecraft leads you directly to some weird places on the internet. Here’s an update on where the trail of tragically flattened flightless birds leads these days. (I note in passing, and with only a little tremor of pride, that the first place it leads is still to one of my own posts on the topic 2 years ago. I am number one in at least something.)
Anyway, here’s indisputable evidence that I’m on to something. The seventh result on Google is … Lady Gaga. I rest my case. All important cultural phenomena (or should that be ephemera?) can be accessed through the gateway of crushed penguins. Though whether this wholly unintentional Lovecraftian homage truly counts as an important cultural phenomenom I leave you to decide for yourself:
Yikes. On the sfnal front, Lady Gaga does always make me think of something out of a William Gibson novel. I suspect most of her fans are thinking of entirely different things while watching her …
As a brain cleanser, here’s the next oddity ‘crushing the fantic penguins’ led me to. It appears to be a proposal to create some kind of inorganic monstrosity, all in the best interests of humanity. I think. I’m not sure I got my head around it all, though it sounds either bonkers or extraordinary:
To be fair, it’s probably not strictly bonkers: there’s a longer talk on the subject at the TED talks site, with much highbrow disucssion of the idea in the comments.
And finally, amalgamorphs. A pleasing word, though I’m not sure it’s actually made it into any credible dictionary