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As with a low sucking sound it slowly disappeared again, Starbuck still gazing at the agitated waters where it had sunk, with a wild voice exclaimed—“Almost rather I had seen Moby Dick and fought him, than to have seen thee, thou white ghost!”
      “What was it, Sir?” said Flask.
      “The great live squid, which, they say, few whale-ships ever beheld and returned to their ports to tell of it.”

Moby-Dick, 1851


3-17-09  No one reads this column
Guys, FURL sucks. It has sucked for years, and I'm sorry I've been using it. I have switched over to delicious; I would have done this much sooner, but they made it really difficult the last time I tried.

4-21-08  Archives
Uhmm, apparently archives haven't really been working since late 2006. THANX for the heads up guys! They are temporarily fixed, and will stay temporarily fixed until I migrate to new software/layout. I have said some hilarious things in the last 7 years, that future generations will feel lucky I preserved. Go check them out.

1-18-08  new iPhone icon
Woah, it's been 3 years since the last news update! Fuzzysquid now has a webclips icon for your iPhone! It'll automagically show up when you add FS to your home screen. Atom and RSS feeds have been available for a few years now, but I never made special mention of it.

1-14-05  LJ images
Since it seems to be popular, and it's been linked in a lot of different places besides here, I've decided to post the LJ Images page. At least in the news, at least for now. It's also getting some Google ads because you LiveJournal people are sucking up all my bandwidth (35% for that one page!)

4-02-04  FURL
Check out what I've been browsing: FURL.net bookmark archive. Not much commentary, relevance, or sequitur—but it's what's keeping this blog from turning into a meme dumpster.



  1. TONMO - The Octopus News Magazine Online. Invaluable.
  2. Angrywhale - Meet Leonard. He's an angry sort of whale.
  3. The Squid Blog - From the Laughing Squid people.


  4. Moxyberry - Where the cousin is at. Her bookmarks here.
  5. Cranky User - Brian's bookmarks. Updated, unlike his site.
  6. Rosenstock - Her other ride is your mom.
  7. Lauren - Wet Hot Singaporean Blogging.
  8. Universal Donor - Like the prime number shitting bear, but with terrible back pain.
  9. Olivia - Who receives special dispensation from our usual policies.
BLAG  read the archive

Monday, August 05, 2002
dannyboy 10:44 AM (0)



Here's my longstanding theory about the origins of modern man. So on earth a few million years ago you had all these primates vying for dominance. There's a balance, with no one species having a clear evolutionary advantage. Then all of a sudden, Homo Erectus starts spreading like crazy, displacing all the other primates. But why us, and not say, Neanderthal man? A lot of people believe it was because that is when we developed primitive language.

But rather than spontaneous and sudden development after hundreds of thousands of mute years, I think aliens gave us language. They evaluated all the primate candidates and picked the one most capable of speech, and taught us. Several religious texts dealing with the creation of the world hint at this sort of thing ("In the beginning there was the Word"; the Sumerians believed that the world was "spoken into existence" by a prophet; etc). So rather than having aliens be our biological progenitors, I think they seeded us with the beginnings of real intelligence. I also believe that everyone on the planet once spoke the same master language, and there is some linguistic evidence to support this.

And perhaps the Tower of Babel myth was an actual event; maybe the aliens left, or we rebelled and forced them out. Without a governing influence, we spread out and "forgot" the master tongue, with each locality perverting the original over thousands of years.

Finally, I think there are two ways the story can end. Either the aliens were just nice guys, and are waiting for us to discover our master tongue before they welcome us to the rest of the galaxy, or they seeded our planet in order to have an adequately intelligent source of labor and are waiting to enslave us all.

So if I were supreme potentate of the earth I'd direct all scientific research to linguistic studies and ray gun development.

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